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Norma L. Kerstiens
, 72, of Fulda, passed away, Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. Norma was born April 12, 1942 in Fulda to Thomas and Bertha (Mehling) Dilger. She married Dennis H. Kerstiens on June 30, 1962 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. Norma retired from Masterbrand Cabinets in Ferdinand. She was a member of St. Boniface Parish and its Ladies Sodality. Norma belonged to the Fulda Sportsman Club and the Fulda Card Club. She was an avid quilter and loved playing cards.

Norma is survived by her husband Dennis Kerstiens of Fulda; two daughters, Karen Ketzner and husband Joe of Ferdinand, Debra Moore and husband Stacy of Huntingburg; three sons, Randall J. Kerstiens and wife Sandra of Ferdinand, Rick T. Kerstiens and wife Anita of St. Meinrad and Dave W. Kerstiens of Mariah Hill; eleven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great grandchildren also survive. Norma was preceded in death by a brother, Wilfred Dilger.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 am CST in St. Boniface Church in Fulda with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8:00 pm CST and Wednesday from 7-9:30 am CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Restoration Fund or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com





Robert Lee Mohr,
79, of Ferdinand, passed away, Wednesday, November 5th at his home. Robert was born September 4, 1935 in Ferdinand to John Sr. and Augusta (Oser) Mohr. He married Barbara Meyer on September 3, 1962 at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Robert was a member of; St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and its St. Joe’s Sodality; Mariah Hill YMI Council #582; Ferdinand Historical Society; Ferdinand Community Center; Tri County YMCA and was a charter member of the Ferdinand Jaycees. Robert graduated from Ferdinand High School in 1955. He was the second recipient of the Sportsman Award for participation in basketball, track and baseball. Robert served six years in the National Guard and was employed at Schreiner and Verkamp IGA for 42 years. He retired from Jasper Cabinet. Robert was an avid fan of the New York Yankees. He followed Indiana University Basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.

Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara of Ferdinand; one son, Donnie Mohr and wife Kim of Ferdinand; one daughter, Gina Hides and husband Jay of Louisville, KY.; three grandchildren, Claire, Blake and Cole; two step-grandchildren, Brittani and David; two step-great-grandchildren; five brothers, Dick and wife Elaine of Mariah Hill, Ron and wife Doris, John Jr. and wife Marge and Paul Mohr and wife Becky all of Ferdinand, Ed Oser and wife Marty of Ferdinand; three sisters, Dolly Harris and husband Jim of Huntingburg, Vita Voegerl and husband Ken, Francis “Bootsie” Brinkman and husband Jerome all of Ferdinand; sister-in-law, Julia Mohr of Ferdinand. Robert was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Mohr.

Visitation will be Friday from 2-8:00 pm and Saturday from 7-8:30 am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Saturday at 9:00 am in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com




David Thomas, 56, of Santa Claus, died, Friday, October 31st at 11:30 pm at Saint Charles Health Campus in Jasper. David was born March 30, 1958 in Huntingburg to John and Shirley (Buechler) Thomas. David was a mechanic. He enjoyed playing cards, socializing with friends and was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church. David is survived by a brother, Martin Thomas and wife Janet of Ferdinand; one niece and one nephew. David was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers and a sister all in infancy. A memorial service will be Tuesday at 6:00 pm CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 pm CDT until time of service at Becher Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com






Richard Lindauer, 79, of St. Meinrad, passed away, October 30, 2014 at Ownensboro Mercy Health Hospital. Richard was born October 20, 1935 in Mariah Hill to Hugo and Lucille (Wiederkehr) Lindauer.

He married Yvonne Taylor on August 30, 1958 in St. John’s Catholic Church in Bristow. Richard was a farmer and also retired from Masterbrand in Ferdinand. Richard was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 and St. Meinrad Senior Citizens. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, sports and helping his wife Yvonne quilt. Richard also helped Yvonne stuff teddy bears for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Richard is survived by his wife, Yvonne of St. Meinrad; two sons, Kelvin and wife Linda of St. Meinrad, Elmer and wife Carrie of Winslow; one daughter, Diane Weber and husband Fred of Dale; five grandchildren, Maria Weber, Christine Himsel, Jessica Mehling, Megan Lindauer, Amber Lindauer; one great-grandchild, Christian Himsel; one brother, Sylvester Lindauer and wife Myrna of St. Meinrad and one sister, Rosie Bender and husband Werner of Jasper. Richard was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Harpenau.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8:00 pm CDT and Monday from 7-9:30 am CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am CDT Monday at St. Isadore Catholic Church in Bristow. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 providing Military Graveside Rights. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com



Emil Wagner, 93, of Ferdinand, passed away, Wednesday, October 29th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. Emil was born May 9, 1921 in Ferdinand to William L. and Elizabeth B. (Schadler) Wagner. Emil was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed playing guitar, talking with friends and keeping up with current events.

Emil is survived by twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five sisters; Louise Nord, Lorine Schlachter, Frances Schlachter, Emma Schlachter, Rose Wilmes and one brother, Edmund Wagner.

Visitation will be Friday, October 31st from 4-8:00 pm and Saturday from 7-8:30 am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 9:00 am Saturday in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com






Irene C. Werne
, 90, of Ferdinand, died, Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. Irene was born June 6, 1924 in Dubois to John and Elizabeth (Schepers) Terwiske. She married Gilbert P. Werne on May 23, 1944 in St. Mary Church in Ireland. Gilbert passed away on June 24, 2010. Irene was a lifelong Homemaker. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St Anne’s Sodality. Irene enjoyed reading and scrapbooking.

Irene is survived by one son, Larry Werne and wife Linda of Ferdinand; two daughters, Darla Schipp and husband Tom of Ferdinand, Sharon Persohn and husband Kenneth of Schnellville; one brother, Cletus Terwiske of Boston, MA., two sisters, Monica Thacker and husband Bob of Huntingburg and Mary Merkley of Jasper; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert; one son, Gary Werne; one grandson, Todd Werne; four brothers, Jim, Bob, Tony and Maurice Terwiske.

Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8:00pm and Monday 7-9:30am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00am Monday in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com




Charles W. “Charlie” Kuntz
, 60 of Fulda died Saturday October 18, 2014 in rural Fulda, In. He was born January 15, 1954 in Fulda to Carl A. & Helen M. (Weigand) Kuntz. He married Karen S. Flamion on August 12, 1978 in Saint Isidore Catholic Church in Bristow.

Charlie was a member of Saint Boniface Parish in Fulda. He was a propane delivery driver for SynEnergy, and a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on tractors and machines, and was an avid photographer.

Survivors include his wife, Karen S. Kuntz, 1 son, Adam Kuntz of Fulda, 2 daughters, Andrea Lynn Kuntz and fiance’ Evan Tennery of Dayton, Ohio. And Amy E. Freeman and husband Cory of Haysville, IN. 4 grandchildren, Marissa, Mason, & Micah Freeman and Braxton Tennery.  4 sisters, Sister Romain Kuntz of Lima, Peru, Betty Garland and husband Ron of Jasper, Doris Graman and husband Pat of Huntingburg, & Judy Smith of Greencastle, In.

Funeral services 10:00 AM CDT Wednesday October 22, 2014 in Saint Boniface Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM CDT Tuesday and 7 to 9:30 AM CDT Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




Marcella M. Gogel
, 88 of Mariah Hill passed away Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. She was born December 16, 1925 in Ferdinand to Joseph & Mathilda (Nord) Wilmes. She married Chester J. Gogel August 8, 1946 in St. Ferdinand Church, he preceded her in death on June 12,1958. Marcella retired from the Abbey Press in 1990.

Marcella was a member of Mary Help Of Christians Church and its Christian Mothers Society, Santa Claus American Legion Auxillary, Ferdinand Senior Citizens. She enjoyed Quilting, sewing and playing cards.

She was preceded in death by 3 daughters, Alice Kemper and Cindy & Mary Gogel in infancy. 1 son, Larry Gogel in infancy. 1 grandson, Todd Werne, 1 sister Hilda Oser, 6 brothers, Urban, Oscar, Clarence, Ernest, Hubert, & Dennis Wilmes.

Surviving are 4 sons, John Gogel and his wife Lois, Randy Gogel and his wife Laverne all of Mariah Hill, Rick Gogel and his wife Devona of Lamar, Harold Gogel and his wife Linda of Santa Claus. 2 daughters, Judy Eckerle and husband Kerry and Diane Hoppenjans and husband Alvin all of Ferdinand. 25 grandchildren & 31 great-grandchildren also survive. 1 brother, Joseph Wilmes of Ferdinand & 1 sister, Margaret Fetter of Ferdinand.

Funeral services 10:00 AM CDT Monday in Mary Help Of Christians Church, Mariah Hill, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 PM CDT Sunday and from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM CDT Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





Helen L. Harpenau,
89, of Dale, passed away, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born August 27, 1925 in Perry County to John and Ella (Rogier) Naviaux. Helen married John F. Harpenau on November 5, 1947 at St. Joseph Church in Ranger, IN. He died on April 13, 1993. Helen worked at General Electric in Tell City and as a cook at Professional Care Rehab in Dale. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Dale and its Christian Mothers, American Legion Auxillary and Dale Senior Citizens. Helen loved to garden and care for her flowers.

Helen is survived by one son, Mark J. Harpenau and wife Sarah of Santa Claus; two daughters, Marsha Cooper and husband Raymond of Dale and Phillis Altmeyer and husband Larry of Huntingburg; daughter-in-law, Margie Harpenau of Ferdinand; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive. Helen was preceded in death by her husband John; three sons, Daniel Harpenau and in infancy Dennis and Steven; two brothers, John and Fred Naviaux; one sister, Bertha Elder.

Funeral services will be at 10:00am CDT Friday in St. Joseph Church in Dale with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8:00pm CDT Thursday at St. Joseph Church in Dale and from 9:00am CDT until service time Friday at the church. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com





Marcella A. Balbach,
87 of Dale passed away Monday evening in Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. Marcella was born October 5, 1926 in Spencer County to Albert and Therese (Schum) Hohl. She married Louis A. Balbach on October 26, 1946 in Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. Louis died April 23, 1991. Marcella was a member of Santa Claus Legion Auxillary; Christian Mothers; Santa Claus Senior Citizens and St. Joseph Parish in Dale. Marcella enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends & family, gardening, traveling and farming with her husband Louis for many years.

Marcella is survived by four sons; David Balbach and wife Diane, Ron Balbach and wife Mary, John Balbach and wife Marian all of Dale, Rick Balbach and wife Kim of Santa Claus; three daughters, Barbara Powers and husband Jerry, Karen Grossand husband Monty all of Evansville, Jenny Morales and husband Reynaldo of Columbus, GA.; nineteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive. Marcella was preceded in death by a 2 brothers, Cletus Hohl and Joseph Hohl in infancy; a sister, Imelda Price

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am CDT on Friday, September 26th in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3-8:00 pm CDT at the church and Friday from 9:00 am until service time at the church. Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com




Mary Ann (Becher) Potter,
89, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.
She was born November 1, 1924, in Jasper to Othmar and Susan (Seger) Becher. She married George R. Potter on August 3, 1946, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1970.
A homemaker, she was member and past president of both the American Legion Auxiliary and Daughters of Isabella. She was also a member of St. Ann’s Sodality, St. Ferdinand Parish Council, Ferdinand Community Foundation, St. Ferdinand Parish, Ferdinand Senior
Citizens and served as Ferdinand Librarian, Senior Housing Manager
and Booking Manager for the Ferdinand Community Center. She
enjoyed quilting, cards, camping and reading and was a golfer and
seamstress.
Survivors include three daughters, Susan Pund and husband,
Kenneth of Ferdinand, Ginny Begle and husband, Lee of Bretzville
and Margie Vaught and husband, Marty of Jasper; four sons, George
T. “Bud” Potter and wife, Donna, John Potter, and Mark Potter and
wife, Margaret, all of Ferdinand and Bill Potter and wife, Janice of
Huntingburg; three brothers, Thomas of Topeka, KS, Charles of Paris,
IL, and Frank Becher of Ferdinand; one sister, Ruthie Durlauf of
Ferdinand; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death besides her husband and her parents were one
sister, Cyrilla Lueken and one brother, Joe Becher.
Services for Mary Ann Potter will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, September
26 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial in the church
cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com





Olivia A. Hagedorn
, 94 of Ferdinand passed away Sunday morning in Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. She was born September 14, 1920 in Perry County to Edward & Emma (Hubert) Naviaux. She married Clarence A. Hagedorn on April 18, 1939 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Perry Co. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1990.

Olivia was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Ann’s Sodality; Ferdinand Daughters of Isabella and Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Auxillary. Olivia was a cook at The Convent of Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand and a cook at Ferdinand American Legion Home. Olivia was an avid quilter, gardener and a wonderful cook and baker.

Olivia is survived by four sons, John Hagedorn and wife Marilyn of Ferdinand, Michael Hagedorn and wife Karen of Bristow, Bernard Hagedorn and wife Deborah of Vincennes, Fred Hagedorn and wife Belle Ann of Ferdinand; four daughters, Laverne Grundhoefer and husband Robert of Santa Claus, Mary Ann Hoge and husband Bill of Zionsville, Rosalie Denu and husband John of Jasper, Clara Pfister and husband Michael of Evansville; one sister, Alma Cook of Plainfield, IN.; twenty one grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren

She was also preceded in death by 1 brother, Leonard Naviaux and 1 sister, Irene Mosby.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Wednesday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Tuesday & 7 to 9:30 AM Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or Lange Fuhs Cancer Center C/O Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




Eleanor A. Denning
, 90 of St. Meinrad passed away Friday September 12th at her home. Eleanor was born February 8,1924 in Ireland, In. to Theodore & Cecelia (Sermersheim) Renner. She married Clarence Denning on May 17,1947 in St. Mary’s Church in Ireland, In.

Eleanor was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and its Ladies Sodality. She was a homemaker. Besides her husband Clarence, she was preceded in death by 1 son, Frank Denning, 1 grandchild, Brian Denning, 1 brother, Clemie Renner, 2 sisters, Agnes Eckert & Magdaline Sendelweck.

Surviving are 1 son, Randall Denning and his wife Janice of St. Meinrad. 1 daughter-in-law, Mary Denning of St.Meinrad. 5 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services 10:00 AM CDT Wednesday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM CDT Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, and from 9:00 AM CDT till service time Wednesday and the church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.






Judith A. Birchler, 56, of Mariah Hill, passed away, September 10, 2014 at Woodlands Nursing Center in Newburgh. Judith was born November 2, 1957 in Huntingburg to Severln F. and Estella Agnes (Gogel) Birchler. Judith enjoyed making blankets and bibs for babies and was a member of Spencer County Right to Life. Judith was a Special Olympics participant.

Judith is survived by five sisters; Vita M. Kippenbrock of Ferdinand, Carole Leibering of Lamar, Della Fehribach of Houston, TX., Patricia Birchler and Charlene Mary and husband Thomas Wayne Boutwell both of Evansville; four brothers, Ronald Joseph Birchler and wife Kristina of Moorsesville, IN., Larry Eugene Birchler and wife Mary of Gadsden, AL., Richard Lee Birchler and wife Barbara of Grandview and William Albert Birchler and wife Wini of Evansville; thirty-six nieces and nephews; ninety-three great nieces and nephews; sixteen great-great nieces and nephews also survive. Judith was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Louise Birchler and Donna Louise Birchler.

Funeral services will be at 10:00am CDT Monday September 15th at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Visitation will be Sunday, September 14th from 2-8:00pm CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Monday from 9:00am CDT until service time at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spencer County Right to Life. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com




Joseph Mehling, 63, of Ferdinand, passed away, Friday, September 5, 2014 at his home. Joe was born December 15, 1950 to Hugo and Verena (Metzger) Mehling in Ferdinand. He married Judy Ebert on November 18, 1972 in St. Ferdinand Church. Joe was owner and operator of JJ’s Express Lube in Ferdinand, Ferdinand Farm Service and Joe Mehling Trucking. Joe was a 1968 graduate of Forest Park High School. He enjoyed playing cards, raising beef cattle and grilling outdoors. Joe was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and also Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce.

Joe is survived by his wife, Judy Mehling of Ferdinand; one daughter Jill Zazzetti and husband Tony of Ferdinand; three sons, Doug and wife Cheryl of St. Anthony, Greg and wife Joni of Dubois, Jeff Mehling and wife Tracy of Bretzville; nine sisters, Anna Rose Altman and husband Tom, Eileen Hauser and husband Fred, Bernita Fleck and husband John, Evelyn Hasenour and husband Tom and Katie Mehling all of Ferdinand, Agnes Leadingham and companion John of Beckley, WV., Marietta Hagedorn and husband Don of Waverly KY., Lucille Weissenberger of Long Beach CA. and Dolores Hasenour and husband Gary of Celestine; one brother Ray Mehling and wife Sheryl of Bretzville; nine grandchildren also survive.

Visitation will be from 2-8:00pm on Monday and 7-9:30am on Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00am on Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to The Lange-Fuchs Cancer Center

 


Lucille Heilers, 91, of Ferdinand, passed away, Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Scenic Hills Care Center. Lucille was born March 25, 1923 in Ferdinand to Andrew and Caroline (Heeke) Boeglin. She married Linus Heilers on October 11, 1947 in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church. Linus passed away on June 30, 1971. Lucille was a former switchboard operator at the Monastery of Immaculate Conception. She was a member of Saint Ferdinand Parish and St. Anns Sodality; Monastery of Immaculate Conception prayer line. Lucille enjoyed baking and praying the Rosary.

Lucille is survived by, three sons; Tom and wife Karen of  Louisville, KY., John of Columbia, KY., Fred and wife Dianne of Ferdinand; two daughters, Karen Sue Ferguson and husband Bruce of Greenwood, IN. and Mary Heilers of Mesquite, TX; one sister, Rose Mae Kline and husband James of Ferdinand; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Linus; three brothers, Alphonse, Ralph and Ted Boeglin; five sisters, Frieda Olinger, Elnora Hedinger, Leona Lueken, Mary Etta Merkley and Hattie Boeglin.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 4th from 2-8:00pm and Friday from 7-9:30am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00am in Saint Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Benedict. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com

John “Pup” Schuetter, 49, of
Huntingburg, died, Saturday, August 30th at Brookside Village in Jasper. John was born June 27, 1965 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper to Jacob “Jack” and Barbara (Ruhe) Schuetter. He married Angela (Schulz) Schuetter on April 17, 1993 in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church. John was a driver for Central Concrete. He enjoyed camping, hunting and being with family and friends. He was a fan of the Indiana Hoosiers, Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Dolphins. John was a member of the St. Anthony Conservation Club and Saint Ferdinand Parish. 

John is survived by his wife, Angela; two sons, Jacob and Nathan; two daughters, Claudia and Calli all at home; his mother, Barbara Henning and husband Tracy of Ferdinand; three sisters, Chris Becher and husband Shawn of Ferdinand, Janet Roller and husband Jeff of Carmel, IN and Connie Spinner and husband Dave of Ferdinand; one brother, Bill Schuetter and wife Max of Ferdinand. John was preceded in death by his father, Jack; one brother, George; grandparents, Mary and Edward Ruhe, George and Mary Schuetter.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 3rd from 2-8:00pm and Thursday from 7-9:30am at Becher Funeral Home on Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00am in Saint Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com



Allen J. Werne, 85, of Ferdinand died, Monday, August 25th at 12:20am at his home. He was born February 12, 1929 to Ray J. and Dorothy (Dotterweich) Werne in Ferdinand. Allen married Doris Harpenau on March 26, 1951 in St. Marks Church near Tell City. Allen was a self-employed farmer. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. Allen served 18 years as President of Ferdinand Farmers Insurance Company. Allen was one of the original six members of the Dubois County Airport Authority. Allen received numerous awards, 2006 Dubois County Cattleman Outstanding Cattleman Award; 1965 Outstanding Grassland Farmer and 2006 Indiana Beef Cattle Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen was a member of, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and its’ St. Josephs Sodality.

Allen is survived by his wife, Doris A. Werne; one son, Dan “Red” Werne of Ferdinand; four daughters, Judy Olinger and husband Gene of Mechanicsburg, PA., Mickie Paulin and husband Greg of Ferdinand, Brenda Lueken and husband Ronnie of Schnellville, Bev Atkins and husband Gordon of St. Anthony; two sisters, Elaine Bettag and husband John of Mariah Hill; Dolores Boeglin of Ferdinand; two brothers, Bill Werne of Surprise, AZ., Donald Werne and wife Rita of Ft. Lauderdale FL.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-granchildren.  Allen was preceded in death by one son, Jerry L. Werne; one sister, Phyllis Sermersheim and 2 grandchildren, Nathan & Deven Lueken.

Visitation will be, Wednesday, August 27th from 2- 8:00pm and Thursday from 7-9:30am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00am on Thursday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will provide military graveside services. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com






Othmar J. Ebert,
96 of Ferdinand passed away Tuesday August 19th in Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. He was born July 13, 1918 in Ferdinand to Joseph & Mary (Rahman) Ebert. He married Hilda T. Schaefer on May 22, 1945 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church.

Othmar retired from DMI Furniture and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366, Life member St. Meinrad Knights Of Columbus #5599 St. Meinrad, Farm Bureau, Ferdinand Senior Citizens, St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Josephs Sodality. Othmar was a director for Perry-Spencer RTC for 15 years. He enjoyed playing cards and farming. He was preceded in death by 1 sister, Amelia Laake, 3 brothers, Edwin, Robert and infant Raymond Ebert.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Hilda T. Ebert  1 son, Sylvan Ebert and his wife Linda of Greenwood, 5 daughters, Norma Murray and husband Jim of Kokomo, In., Diane Balbach and husband David of Dale, Marlene Braunecker and husband Gene of Huntingburg, Sandy Meyer and husband Steve of Lexington, Ky., and Terri Carson and husband Jeff of Carmel, In. 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive. 1 brother, Anthony Ebert of Ferdinand.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Saturday in St. Ferdinand Church, burial with military graveside rites provided by St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 in the St. Ferdinand church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Friday & 7:00 to 9:30 AM Saturday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


Anastasia Wollenmann,
84, of  Ferdinand, passed away, Sunday, August 17, 2014, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. Anastasia was born June 12, 1930 in Troy, IN to Lawrence and Nellie (Gelarden) Braunecker. She married John Wollenmann on June 25, 1954 in St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy. He passed on April 29, 1997.

                Anastasia is survived by a son, John Wollenmann Jr. and wife Patty of Jasper; one daughter, Dianne Gogel and her partner Jerry Klee of Perry County, IN; one brother, Ambrose Braunecker of Danville, KY; two sisters, Rosie Mills and Patty Welp both of Evansville; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. Anastasia was preceded in death by her husband John, and sister’s Jeannie Becher and Mary Braunecker.

                Anastasia retired from Ferdinand Elementary where she served as a cook for 24 years. She loved going to yard sales and playing bingo at local picnics. Anastasia especially loved anything to do with Christmas. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality.

                Visitation will be Wednesday, August 20th from 2-8:00pm and Thursday from 7-9:30am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00am in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com











 David H. Hassfurther, 69, of Ferdinand passed away, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center. David was born October 19, 1944 in Ferdinand to Lawrence and Amelia (Dilger) Hassfurther. David is survived by his son Keith Hassfurther of Ferdinand; four brothers, Linus, Tom, Pat and Sylvester”Nessy” all of Ferdinand; one sister, Martha Hulsman of Siberia and two grandchildren. David was preceded in death by four brothers, Edgar, Joe, Albert and Norman and two sisters, Ruth Gish and Dorothy Oeding.
David was owner-operator of Hassfurther Masonry and a member of Dubois County Homebuilders Association. He enjoyed being out on the farm with
animals, especially his dog Opie. David also operated Dave’s Mule Train. He was an avid Forest Park Ranger fan.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-8:00 pm Friday and Saturday from 7-8:30 am at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Saturday at 9:00 am in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com


Joseph G. Persohn, 83 of St. Meinrad passed away Friday August 1st at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Tell City. He was born December 31, 1930 in Saint Anthony, In. to Hubert & Pauline (Altmeyer) Persohn. He married Mary Jane “Jeanie”Vaal on September 27, 1951 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church, St. Meinrad. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2011.

Joseph retired as plant superintendent at Aristocraft / Masterbrand Cabinets. He was a member of St. Meinrad Parish. He loved to hunt and fish, playing softball & cards, cooking & baking. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

Survivors include, 1 daughter, Debbie Kelley and husband Jim of Leopold, In.  2 sons, Roger Persohn of Haubstadt, In. & Dean Persohn and fiancé Brenda of Wadesville.

8 grandchildren, Jeremy Edwards, Jamie Edwards, Jill Tompkins, Jennifer Kellems, Jordan Kelly, Jeff Kelly, Adam Persohn & Emily Persohn.

11 great grandchildren, Wyatt , Ethan, Andre, & Alexa Edwards, Reese & Ava Tompkins, Hunter & Hope Kellems, Clohe, Calissa, & Cayleigh Kelly.

1 brother, Lawrence Persohn and wife Ramilda of Jasper 4 sisters, Cora Fischer and husband Jim of St. Meinrad, Bonnie Fleck of Jasper, Ardella Schneider and husband Pete of Ferdinand, & Leona Schaefer of Dale.

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ruth Knies and Madesta Persohn and 3 brothers, Ray , Ralph, and Walter Persohn

Funeral services will be held Tuesday August 5th at 1:00 PM CDT in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church after 10:00 AM CDT on Tuesday. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.










 
 Herbert A. Balbach, 89, of Ferdinand died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Brookside Village in Jasper. Herbert was born October 16, 1924 in Mariah Hill to Anton and Bertha (Jochim) Balbach. He married Theresa A. Kerstiens on May 22, 1951 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on December 17, 2007. Herbert is survived by three sons, Robert and wife Patty of Evansville, Ken and wife Julia of Evansville and Larry of Ferdinand; three daughters, Rita Messmer and husband Edward of Jasper, Judy Louthan and husband Mark of of Newburg and Patty Copeland and husband Bob of Louisville, KY and one brother, Leo Balbach of Mariah Hill. Eleven grandchildren Emily & Scott Balbach, Greg, Brad, & Logan Messmer, Aaron & Tyler Copeland Jennifer & Megan Balbach, Jessica & Brooke Louthan. Herbert was preceded in death by his wife Theresa; a son, Dennis; a granddaughter, Kayla Copeland and one brother William Balbach.

                Herbert was a WWII Veteran where he served as a Medic with the C Squadron 1385th. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and St. Ferdinand Parish. Herbert was an avid gardener who also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Herbert was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.   

                Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 2-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30th from 7-9:30 a.m. at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will provide Military Graveside Honors. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com





Robert L. Schaeffer, 82, of Santa Claus, passed away, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born August 15, 1931 to Paul and Nora ( Schulte ) Schaeffer in Fulda, IN. Robert married JoAnn Daming on November 22, 1956 at St. Marks Catholic Church in Tell City. Robert was a partner in Schaeffer Trucking and High Point Inc. He was also a self-employed farmer who especially enjoyed working on his back-hoe. 

Robert was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict where he earned the Purple Heart Award.  Robert is survived by his wife, JoAnn; two sons, Brian and his wife Stacy of Santa Claus, Gale and his girlfriend Crystal of Santa Claus; two sisters, Lidwina Miller of Fulda and Dorothy Foertsh of Evanston; two grandchildren, Morgan and Jason Schaeffer both of Santa Claus. Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Norbert Schaeffer and one sister, Alberta Keller.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 20th at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. CST and Monday from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. CST at the Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. CST Monday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda with burial to follow in the Church cemetery. Military graveside rights will be conducted by the St. Meinrad Legion post 366. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com






Theodore Othmar Seifrig,
62, of Saint Meinrad, passed away, July 8, 2014 at his home in Saint Meinrad. Theodore was born November 11, 1951 in Saint Meinrad to William and Opal (Kline) Seifrig.

Theodore was a Vietnam Veteran as a part of the Military Police. He enjoyed listening to music and also taking drives. Theodore is survived by his daughter, Dawn Berg and husband Nathan of Saint Meinrad; four sisters, Dorothy Hessig of Saint Meinrad, Alice Stillwell and husband Tom of Birdseye, Helen Stillwell and husband Harold of Birdseye, Milly Harpenau and husband Larry of Tell City; three brothers, Paul and wife Linda of Saint Meinrad, Donald and wife Kathy of Dale; Roger and wife Mary Ellen of Saint Meinrad; three grandchildren, Jazmine, Tiffany and Brody Berg all of Saint Meinrad.
Theodore was preceded in death by three brothers, Leroy, Louis and Ralph Seifrig and a sister Pat Aldridge. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT Thursday, July 17th at Dale Cemetery with Father Anthony Vinson O.S.B officiating. Military Graveside Services will be provided by Dale American Legion. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com



Edwin Charles Schilling
, 66 of Ferdinand passed away Thursday July 10th in Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. He was born September 20, 1947 in Ferdinand to Albert E. & Elenora E. (Hildenbrand) Schilling.

Edwin was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and Ferdinand V.F.W. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving in the Engineer Corps. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Elenora Schilling, brother, Albert David Schilling, 3 sisters, Carol Jean Schilling, Susan E. Schilling, & Margaret “Margie” Merkel.

Surviving are 3 brothers, James “Tex” Schilling, Tom Schilling and wife Sue both of St. Henry, Mark Schilling and wife Mary of Fulda. Joan Beckman and husband Ray of St. Meinrad, Janet Titzer and husband Craig of Elberfeld, Mary Ann Schilling & Karen Schilling both of Ferdinand. Nieces & nephews, and great nieces & nephews also survive.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Saturday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call from 8:00 AM till service time at the church. Becher Funeral Home Ferdinand is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.






  Michael Anthony Boeglin, 30, of Ferdinand, died June 26, 2014 in Detroit, MI. Michael was born September 24, 1983 in Huntingburg to Darlene A. Boeglin. Micheal married Ashley Marie Clark on October 27, 2012 in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church.  After graduating from Forest Park High School in 2002, Michael went on to work as a United States Border Patrol Agent. He later became employed as a truck driver for Mawson & Mawson.  He enjoyed farming and driving Jeeps.

Michael is survived by his wife, Ashley Marie Boeglin of Ferdinand ; his mother, Darlene Boeglin of Ferdinand; two sisters, Melanie Boeglin and his twin sister Michelle Boeglin; one brother, Mark A. Boeglin all of Ferdinand; a niece, Peyton Boeglin and a nephew Dakota Boeglin both of Ferdinand. Michael was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Ralph A. Boeglin.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Visitation will be Sunday, July 6, 2014 at St. Ferdinand Church from 2:00 until 8:00 PM and Monday July 7th from 9:00 AM until service time at the church. Burial will immediately follow in the Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a Trust Fund in Michael’s name at any German American Bank location. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com





Walter Eugene Kasprzycki, 91 of Fairfield, OH. Passed away Thursday June 19, 2014 at Westover Facility in Hamilton, OH. He was born October 16, 1922 in Bayonne, N.J. to Frank & Frances (Michalski) Kasprzycki. He married the former Edna Weyer.

Walter retired from Ford Motor Company in 1989, where he worked as a tool maker at the Sharonville, OH. Plant. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church in Fairfield, OH. He was a WWII Marine veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre. Walter was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Henrietta Welcher and Clara Posluszny.

Surviving are his wife, Edna (Weyer) Kasprzycki . 2 daughters, Nancy Kasprzycki of Adelaide, Australia, & Joan Kasprzycki-Strauss and husband Edmund Strauss of Houston, TX.

Funeral services 1:00 PM EDT Tuesday June 24,2014 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, Ferdinand. Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Monday and from 10:00 AM till 12:30 PM Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Richard Donald Graman, age 62 of Fairfield, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  He was born to Alvera Graman (nee Becher) and Jerome Graman.  On November 22, 1973 in Lincoln City, IN, he married his wife Bonnie Graman (nee Hevron).  Richard, a graduate of Dale High School and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology retired from GE in April of 2013.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie; his son Nicholas (Sarah) Graman;  his mother Alvera Graman; his grandson Nathan Graman; his brothers Roger (Saundra) Graman and Jeffrey (Karen) Graman; his sisters Barbara Eudy and Rebecca (John) Melton; also survived by numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Graman.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 3-5PM at the Avance Funeral Home and Crematory, 4976 Winton Rd., Fairfield, OH 45014.  Graveside service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2PM (Eastern Standard Time) at the Old Pigeon Cemetery in Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, IN.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Old Pigeon Cemetery, C/O David Hevron, P.O. Box 24, Holland, IN 47541.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.avancefuneralhome.com   



James Alan Demuth
, 59, of Ferdinand, passed away, Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home. James was born December 20, 1954 at Huntingburg to Othmar and Emmogyne (Wendholt) Demuth. James worked for OFS. He was a member of St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus #5599; Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Sons of American Legion and St. Ferdinand Parish. James enjoyed antique Oliver tractors and Beatles music. James is survived by four brothers, Bob and wife Shirley, Rick and wife Paula, and John all of Ferdinand, and Charlie and wife Martha of St. Meinrad; two sisters, Pat Nordhoff and husband Norbert of Ferdinand and Angie Gogel and husband Hilbert of Mariah Hill.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8:00 PM and Wednesday from 7-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Church. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Leola “Lee” Marie Oploh, 84 of Louisville, KY, passed away at her home Thursday, May 15th. She was born in Elmhurst, IL on September 11, 1929, to Harold & Marina (Weaver) Jacobs. She married Heinz Oploh on July 27, 1957 and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1995.

She attended public and parochial schools in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Music.  She majored in education during graduate study at DePaul and the University Of Chicago.  She worked as a copy girl for the Chicago Tribune, and as an accompanist to voice teachers at DePaul University.  She taught elementary education and music in Chicago Public Schools for 38 years.  Leola enjoyed nature & traveling , especially the United States and Canada.

Survivors include 1 son, William Oploh and his wife Kimberly of Makanda, IL; 1 daughter, Irene Kostiwa and husband Wade of Milwaukee, WI; and 4 grandchildren, Heidi and Elli Oploh & Margaret and Anneliese Kostiwa.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM CDT Tuesday in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda, IN.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM CDT Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, and Tuesday from 9:00 AM CDT till service time at the church.  Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Stephen Kermit Chase63 of Mariah Hill, passed away at his home Wednesday, May 14that 10:05pm.    He was born May 17, 1950 in Wayne City, IL, to Kermit & Vivian Chase.  Stephen was a receiving clerk at Thermwood Corporation in Dale.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking & gardening.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit & Vivian Chase.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Nichole Chase of Mariah Hill & Danielle Chase of Evansville; 1 son, Kyle Chase and his wife Meagan of Ferdinand. One grandson also survives, as well as 1 brother, Stuart Chase and his wife Barb of Taylorville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am CDT Monday, May 19th in Mary Help Of Christians Church, Mariah Hill, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 8:00pm CDT Sunday & 7 to 9:30am CDT Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





Hugo J. Wagner, 90 
of Ferdinand, IN. passed away Tuesday May 13th at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY. Hugo was born August 27,  1923 in Mariah Hill, IN. to Leo F. & Minnie (Mehling) Wagner. He married Delores N. Niehaus on June 3, 1947 in St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church, Siberia, IN. She preceded him in death on August 15, 2010.

Hugo was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and Huntingburg V.F.W. Post 2366. Hugo was a WWII ARMY Veteran and served in Burma, Eastern Theatre. He was a member of Merrill’s Marauders. He retired from Jasper Cabinet after 48 years. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by 5 sisters, Marie and Martha Wagner, Julie Chester, Lena Laws, Loretta Ringenberg. 2 brothers, Henry & Andrew Wagner.

Surviving are 2 sons, Dennis E. Wagner of Louisville, KY. & Leroy A. Wagner and wife Judy of Ferdinand. 3 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren 2 sisters, Ida Maffenbeier of Jasper & Mrs. William “Bill” Smalley of Jeffersontown, KY.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Saturday in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Friday and 7 to 9:30 AM Saturday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





Anna Mae Kunkler, 88 of St. Meinrad, passed away at 6:55 PM Tuesday May 6th in Northwood Retirement Community, Jasper.  Anna Mae was born November 9, 1925 in St. Meinrad, Indiana to Albert & Magdalena (Neu) Becher.  She married John H. Kunkler Sr. on June 24, 1947, in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on October 25, 1990.

Anna Mae was a Housekeeper at St. Meinrad Archabbey Guesthouse.  She was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and its Ladies Sodality.  She enjoyed quilting, dominos, playing cards & traveling.  She was preceded in death by 1 son, Patrick Kunkler, 1 grandson, Kurt Philipps, 2 sisters, Amanda Kunkler & Irma Fischer, and 3 brothers, Ambrose, Harold, & Roman Becher.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Phyllis Kunkler of Jasper & Vivian Philipps and husband Randy of Dale; 2 sons, John H. “Koonie” Kunkler Jr. and wife Debbie of Mariah Hill, and Mike Kunkler and wife Lana of St. Meinrad.  7 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren 1 sister, Mildred Bolte of Ferdinand also survive.

Funeral services 10:00 AM CDT Saturday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8:00 PM CDT Friday & 7 to 9:30 AM CDT Saturday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Retirement Community 2515 Newton St. Jasper, IN. 47546 or St. Meinrad Cemetery Fund C/O St. Meinrad Parish P.O. Box 8 St. Meinrad, IN. 47577. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Catherine Lucy White Brown, 94, of Ferdinand, formerly of St. Meinrad, passed away April 20, 2014 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. Catherine was born December 2, 1919 in Plymouth IN to Omer and Marie (Molter) White. She married Frank Fleming on September 12, 1942. Frank preceded her in death on October 26, 1959. In January of 1961, Catherine met Bob Brown, a widower with a family of four. Bob swept her off her feet and they were engaged by May 24th.  Catherine and Bob were married one month later on June 24th, 1961.

In 1937 Catherine graduated from Central High School and one year later entered St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Catherine was capped in 1938 and reached her goal by graduating in 1941. As a nurse, Catherine has held many positions: Staff Nurse at Medical/Surgery Units at four different hospitals; Private Duty Nursing; Physician’s office; Instructor of First Aid and Home Nursing Classes and an Industrial Nurse at the RCA plant in Bloomington, IN.

Catherine has served in many volunteer activities all her life, such as: National Council of Catholic Women’s Retreat Programs, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Indiana Catholic Conference, Spencer County Council on Aging, Driver for handicapped and the elderly, Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer and a longtime member of Catholic Union of the Sick Of America for 26 years.

Catherine had many hobbies such as, Reading, Praying, Classical Music, Traveling and Studying health related subjects. Catherine attended 14 St. Joseph/Holy Cross Alumnae weekend Reunions and enjoyed every second of the get-togethers. Catherine was most thankful for her nurse’s training, and for making her goal in life possible. She lived by the following quotes, “Once a nurse, always a nurse,”  “Friendships are joys that never end,” “Life has been given to us and by completing what God gives us to do we find contentment and happiness.”

Catherine is survived by three sons, John Joseph VI Brown and wife Debbie of Friendswood, TX, Br. Benjamin Brown OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey and James Patrick Brown and wife Maggie of Seattle, WA; twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson also survive. Catherine was preceded in death by a daughter, MJ Heptig; two brothers, Paul White and John White; two sisters, Virginia Tschechtelin and  Dorothy Butler; and one grandson Nathan Trueblood.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 in St. Meinrad Catholic Church at 10:00 AM CDT with burial to follow in the Church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8:00 PM CDT Friday May 2nd at Becher Funeral Home and from 9:00 AM CDT until time of services at the Church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Archabbey. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Rodney Lee (Bud) Bromm, 49, of Santa Claus, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Rodney was born January 22, 1965, in Huntingburg to Dennis and Mary (Kempf) Bromm. He married Adrienne Beckham on June 29, 2002, at the Huntingburg Conservation Club. Rodney worked for Prairie Farms. He enjoyed hunting, four-wheeler riding and card games with family. Rodney was also known to be a very hard worker.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Adrienne Bromm; his mother, Mary Culver of Huntingburg; three daughters, Jessica Dauby and husband Justin of Ferdinand, Ashton Kratzar and husband Charles of Ireland, and Nicole Bromm of Ferdinand; two stepdaughters, Taza Garris of Huntingburg and Natallie Garris of Huntingburg; three brothers, Scott Bromm of New Boston, Rick Bromm of Huntingburg and Joe Bromm of Clarksville; two sisters, Kim Deno and Stacy Huff both of Jasper; six grandchildren, Brayden Kratzer, Maddison Kratzer, Trenton Dauby, Mareah Kiefer, Christopher Garris and Baby L. Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Dennis; a nephew, Eugene Letterman and grandparents.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 EDT on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Becher Funeral Home with Brother Richard Pureyear officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8:00 PM EDT Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home and also from 7:00 AM until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Christian Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com


Greg Fischer, 42, of Bedford, passed away, Friday, April 25, 2014 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford. Greg was born December 31, 1971 in Huntingburg to Irvin and Mary (Tieman) Fischer. Greg enjoyed playing ball and watching sports.

Greg is survived by his mother, Mary Fischer of Ferdinand; seven brothers, Leroy Fischer of Mishawaka, Mike Fischer and wife Donna, Paul, David, Dennis, Steve and Marvin Fischer all Ferdinand; five sisters, Ruth Fischer, Deanne Fischer, Brenda Fischer,  Marilyn Weyer all of Ferdinand, and Marlene Johnson of Omaha, NB; three nieces and four nephews also survive. Greg was preceded in death by his father, Irvin; two brothers, Mark and Ralph; one sister, Jane Marie in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Church cemetery. Friends may call from 8:00 AM until time of service at the Church. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth Cecelia Zoglman, 87 of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, at Millers Merry Manor in Rockport. She was born December 12, 1926 at Huffman Mills in Spencer County, IN, to John J. & Rosa Mary (James) Zoglman. She was a housekeeper at Regina, St. Mary’s.  She was preceded in death by 1 brother, John F. Zoglman.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Clara Dunn of Rockport and Anna Gibbons of Evansville.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM CDT Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda, IN.  Burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM CDT till service time Friday. Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.








Lucille Brahm, 94, of Ferdinand, passed away, Thursday April 17th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.  Lucille was born July 14, 1919 to Clements and Magdalene (Jent) Schwindel in St. Meinrad. She married Leroy Brahm on December 28, 1943. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2009.

Lucille is survived by a son, Loren and wife Marilyn of Ferdinand; a daughter, Linda Williams of Lexington, KY;  six grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM EST in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Meinrad Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday after 9:00 AM at the Church. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfunerlhome.com.




Hilda M. Rahman, 90, of Ferdinand, passed away,  Sunday,  April 6th at her home.  Hilda was born February 25, 1924, in Ferdinand to Theodore and Anna (Kerstiens) Metzger. She married Linus F. Rahman on August 26, 1947, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.  Linus preceded her in death on November 4, 2013.

Hilda is survived by four sons, Alan and wife Georgia, Eddie and wife Gloria, Steve and wife Angie all of Ferdinand, Frank and wife Mary of Santa Claus; Seven daughters, Marcella “Sally” Harpenau and husband Paul of Branchville, Margie Hoffman and husband Dave,  Mary Jo Giesler and husband Bill, and Doris Klem and husband Bernard “Butch” all of Ferdinand, Carol Lueken and husband Kenny of Hatfield, MO,  Martha Demuth and husband Charlie of St. Meinrad and Connie Mundy and husband Steve of Jasper.   27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren also survive.

Hilda was preceded in death by her husband Linus and two sisters, Verena Mehling and Mary Rahman.

Hilda was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and its St. Ann’s Sodality, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Ladies Auxiliary & Ferdinand Daughters Of Isabella.  Hilda volunteered at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and quilted for St. Ferdinand Parish. Hilda enjoyed quilting, baking and her family. Her eyes always lit up when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren visited.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8:00 PM and Thursday from 7-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com .


Renola M. (Nord) Cecil, 86, of Mariah Hill, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born March 2, 1928, in St. Meinrad to Frank and Regina (Neu) Brockman.  Renola married Francis “Bencie” Nord on October 8, 1949 in St. Meinrad.  He preceded her in death on December 22, 1972. She married her second husband, Bill Cecil on October 25, 1974, in Metropolis, IL.  He preceded her in death on December 18, 2008.

                Renola is survived by three sons, Tom Nord and wife Cindy of Newburgh, Tim Nord and wife Tami of Mariah Hill and Terry Nord also of Mariah Hill; one stepson and 3 step-daughters; one sister, Edna “Patty” Eger of Tell City; one brother, James Brockman and wife Mary Lee of Evansville; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.  Renola was preceded in death by; husbands, Francis Nord and Bill Cecil; one brother, Merwyn Brockman and a sister, Mary Jane.

                Renola was a former co-owner of The Chateau Restaurant in Mariah Hill. She enjoyed puzzles, playing dominos, playing cards and bingo. She was an avid fan of the Mariah Hill Yankees baseball team. Renola was a member of the Santa Claus American Legion Auxiliary Post 242; Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and its’ Ladies Sodality. She also served on the Bereavement Luncheon Group at Mary Help of Christians Church.

                Funeral services will be at 10:00am CDT Monday in Mary Help of Christians Church, Mariah Hill. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8:00pm CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Monday from 9:00 am CDT until time of service at the Church.  Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mary help of Christians Church.  Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.






Cyrilla M. (Dotterwich) Schwindel, 89, of St. Meinrad, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Jasper.  Cyrilla was born November 27, 1924, in Ferdinand to Jacob and Mary (Weyer) Dotterwich.  She married Edwin H. Schwindel on October 29, 1946, in St. Meinrad Catholic Church.  Edwin preceded her in death on March 29, 1996. Cyrilla is survived by three daughters, Mary Lou Vaal and husband Gene of St. Meinrad, Mitzy Lewis and husband George of Bloomington, Brenda Braslow and husband Barry of Denver, CO; one half-sister, Henrietta Bishoff of Louisville, KY; 14 Grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Cyrilla was preceded in death by her husband Edwin; a daughter, Kathy Spurlock; one granddaughter, Lynn Jeanette; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Leo Dotterwich; one sister, Dorothy Ebert; two half-brothers, Louis and Frank Fleck; and three half-sisters, Verona Spraggs, Josephine Boehman and Philomina Malone.

            Cyrilla was a life-long farmer and homemaker. She was a member of St. Meinrad Catholic Church Parish and its Ladies Sodality. She was also a member of American Legion Post 366 Auxiliary. 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM CDT Saturday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 2-8:00 PM CDT Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9:00 AM CDT to time of service on Saturday at the church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetary.  Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.  Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Betty Jean Rasche, 86, of Ferdinand, passed away at 4:15am Sunday, February 2, 2014 at her home in Ferdinand. Betty was born to John and Anna (Loehrlein) Hildenbrand on July 17, 1927 in St. Meinrad. She married Robert R. Rasche Sr. on November 18, 1947 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He passed away in 1999.

Betty is survived by 5 sons, Robert Rasche Jr. and wife Diane of Mariah Hill, Lester and wife Ruth of Ferdinand, Steve and wife Jan of St. Meinrad, Donny and wife Martha of Ferdinand, Alan and wife Rhonda of St. Meinrad; 4 daughters, Linda Bouillon and husband Gary of Ireland, Carol Rasche of Ferdinand, Ann Schaeffer and husband Jeff of Birdseye, Mary Rasche of Ferdinand; 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren also survive.

Betty was preceded in death by a daughter; Peggy Faulkenberg; a son, Danny Rasche; a grandson, Jason Faulkenberg; 4 brothers, Robert, Herman, Eddie and Louie Hildenbrand; 2 sisters, Agatha Hildenbrand and Elenora Schilling.

Betty was a member of St. Ferdinand Church parish. She was a former cook at Golden Circle Nursing Home in Dale and also at the Convent in Ferdinand. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, sewing, country drives, and loved attending family gatherings.

Funeral services will be at 10:00am Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. There will be no visitation. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com


        

Rosalee Sheard, 70, of Bristow passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born August 23, 1943 in Indianapolis to Thurman and Ruby (Jackson) Swan. Rosalee was semi-retired from a career in sales. She was a part owner of The Mary Rose Herb Farm near Bristow. Rosalee loved animals, cooking, 1950’s music and being with her grandchildren. Rosalee also enjoyed “junking” or selling miscellaneous items on Ebay.

Rosalee is survived by her life partner and soul mate, Richard Betz of Bristow, 2 sons, Tim Sheard of Austin, TX. and Terry Sheard of Indonesia; 1 daughter, Teresa Dafft of Spring, TX.; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com

Delphine “Della” Catherine Reutman, 86 of Ferdinand, passed away Thursday, January 23rd at her home. Delphine was born November 24, 1927 in St. Meinrad to Odilo & Pauline (Konerding) Vaal. She married Clarence Reutman on May 29, 1954 at St. Meinrad Archabbey Church, St. Meinrad. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2008. Delphine was an amazing wife, mother & grandmother. She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, sense of humor & honesty. Her example of thankfulness for all things will live on in the lives of her loved ones.

Della was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, and its St. Ann’s Sodality, & Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Auxiliary. She loved word search puzzles. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, Harold Vaal and a step-great-grandchild.

Surviving are 3 sons, Charles Reutman of Ferdinand, Terry Reutman and wife Cathy of Dale, John Reutman and wife Marna of Indianapolis; 5 daughters, Carol Bradford and husband Dave, Annette Dowell and husband Gary, & Jan Egenolf and husband Dan all of Mooresville, IN, Darlene Sarber and husband Ken of Dade City, FL, Angela Wilson and husband Rob of Micanopy, FL.

Also surviving are 3 brothers, Walter Vaal and wife Viola of Ferdinand, Arthur Vaal and wife Virginia of Jasper, & Tony Vaal and wife Linda of Michigan; 4 sisters, Verena Kempf of Huntingburg, Irma Kempf of St. Anthony, Annie Lange of Ferdinand, Mary Lee Luebbehusen and husband Sylvester of Haubstadt; 18 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday 1-28-14 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Monday & 7 to 9:30 AM Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


Harlan J. Altman, 84 of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday January 22nd  at his home in Ferdinand. Harlan was born January 22, 1930 in Ferdinand, IN to Cornelius & Henrietta (Leinenbach) Altman. He married Alba E. Meneghel on August 10, 1957 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Harlan retired from The Dubois County Bank/Ferdinand Branch as Manager & Assistant Vice-President. He was a board member of Marion Heights Academy for 25 years. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish. He was a graduate of Huntingburg High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 as a member of Military Police in Germany. He was a member & past commander of Fer

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