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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 Ferdinand Legion Post 124, as well as a member of Huntingburg V.F.W. He was a member of Huntingburg Conservation Club and a member of the Dubois County Museum. Harlan enjoyed coin collecting, playing cards, traveling, and being with his nieces & nephews. He visited all 50 states and over 25 foreign countries.

Surviving are his wife Alba E. Altman; 2 brothers, Francis Altman & Thomas Altman and his wife Anna Rose both of Ferdinand. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Dorita Kleeman & Romona Morgan.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Military services conducted by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Sunday & 7 to 10:00 AM Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to The Sisters Of St. Benedict.  Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



William J. “Bill” Mohr Sr., 76 of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday January 19th in Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. He was born April 15, 1937 in Ferdinand to John Sr. & Augusta (Oser) Mohr. He married Julia Schwartz on June 8, 1956 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Bill worked for DMI, and retired from Jasper Cabinet. He also worked as a bartender at Fleigs Café, Ferdinand. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Huntingburg, St. Anthony Conservation Club, and a past member of Ferdinand Jaycees. He enjoyed hunting & fishing, playing cards, & woodworking. He loved to sit on his front porch and his deck.

Surviving are his wife, Julia Mohr, 4 daughters, Darlene Pickens and husband Mark of Medina, TN, Sue Mohr of Ferdinand, Cindy Greulich and husband Randal of Ferdinand, Phyllis Seifers & husband Bruce of Newton, IL; 1 son, Bill Mohr Jr. of Ferdinand; & 6 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are 6 brothers, Robert Mohr & wife Barbara, John Mohr Jr. & wife Margie, Ronnie Mohr & wife Doris, Paul Mohr & wife Becky, Ed Oser & wife Martha all of Ferdinand, & Richard “Dick” Mohr & wife Elaine of Mariah Hill; & 3 sisters, Mary Louise “Dolly” Harris and husband Jim of Huntingburg, Frances “Bootsie” Brinkman and husband Jerome, Vita Vogerel and husband Kenneth both of Ferdinand.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Wednesday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Bretzville Cemetery, Bretzville. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Tuesday & 7 to 9:30 AM Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Dorothy M. Oeding91 of Ferdinand passed away Wednesday January 8, 2014 at her home in Ferdinand. She was born March 18,1922 in Jasper to Henry J. & Eleanora M. (Lechner) Stenftenagel . She married Emil J. Oeding on May 22,1945 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, he preceded her in death on February 24,1990.

Dorothy was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, and its St. Ann’s Sodality, Ferdinand Daughters Of Isabella, Ferdinand Home Economics Club, and Tri-County YMCA. She was a Gold Star Mother and a 35 year member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Auxillary.

She was preceded in death also by 1 son, Dennis L. Oeding, 1 daughter, Gloria M. Lange, 1 brother, Felix “Jim” Stenftenagel, and 1 great-grand daughter.

Surviving are 7 daughters, Diane Rasche and husband Robert Jr., Judy Brockman and husband Paul, Debbie Weyer and husband Alan, Sue Lange and husband Glenn, and Tammy Miller and husband Patrick all of Ferdinand. Shirley Oeding of Louisville, KY. & Jane Curtis and husband Stuart of Santa Claus. 4 sons, Dave “Petsy” Oeding, & Gary Oeding and wife Jane, and Mark Oeding all of Ferdinand. Tony Oeding and wife Tina of Fishers, IN. 25 grandchildren & 20 great-grand children.

6 sisters, Caroline Mehringer and husband Victor, Ruth Ann Beck, Mary Schitter and husband Kenneth, Anna Mae Hopf and husband Alfred, Patty Mathies and husband Delbert all of Jasper, & Lucille Recker of Ferdinand.

3 brothers, Lucas Stenftnagel , Jow Stenftnagel and wife Martha, Richard Tenftnagel and wife Helen all of Jasper. Her caregiver Jackie Uebelhor of St. Henry.

Funeral services 10:00 AM EST Friday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM EST Thursday and after 7:00 AM Friday at the church. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of all the arrangements. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to, Right to Life, St. Ferdinand Church, or the Dubois County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





Karl S. Dilger, 96, of Mariah Hill, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2014 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. Karl was born October 15, 1917 in Mariah Hill to Edward and Mary (Schum) Dilger. He married Juliana Wagner on September 3, 1940 in Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. She preceded Karl in death on June 15, 1974. Karl married Marie (Bankford) Gaesser on July 19, 1975 in Mary Help of Christians Church.

            Karl is survived by his wife, Marie Dilger; three sons, Chester Dilger and wife LuAlice of Ferdinand, Samuel Dilger and wife LouAlice of Mariah Hill and Roger Dilger of Mariah Hill; two daughters, Andrea Wagner and husband Larry of St. Anthony and Vicki Keller and husband John of Mariah Hill; three step-sons, Ray Gaesser and wife Elaine of Corning, IA, Bob Gaesser and wife Ruth of Dale and Larry Gaesser and wife Mona of Gentryville; three step-daughters, Cathy Nolan and husband Mark of Indianapolis, Linda Droege and husband Gary of Wadesville, IN., and Mary Fischer and husband Dan of Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren also survive.

          Karl was preceded in death by a daughter, Justine Schaefer; one step-son, David Gaesser; three brothers, Leonard, Hubert, and Richard Dilger; and 2 sisters, Amelia Hassfurther and Elnora Wessel.

Karl was a lifelong farmer who also worked in coalmines during the 1930’s. He was a member of Mary Help of Christians Church, Mariah Hill Conservation Club and Mariah Hill YMI.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM CST Tuesday in Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2-8:00 PM CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Tuesday from 9:00 AM CST until time of service at Mary Help of Christians Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuenralhome.com.



Roberta E. Wagner, 93 of St. Anthony passed away Thursday December 26th in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. She was born July 10, 1920 in Jasper, IN to Jacob & Kathryn (Miller) Mundy. She married Othmar N. Wagner on May 10, 1941 in St. Joseph Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on October 11,1957.

Roberta was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, and its Christian Mothers Society. She was a cook at St. Anthony Elementary School, Palm Gardens in Bretzville, Jasper K of C, & V.F.W.  She also retired from Jasper Rubber Products. Roberta enjoyed embroidery, reading & cooking.

Surviving are 3 sons, Lawrence Wagner and wife Andrea of Huntingburg, Dennis Wagner and wife Arlene of St. Anthony, Othmar Wagner Jr. and wife Constance of Santa Claus; 3 daughters, Kathryn Keaton and husband Curtis, and Julia Ann Mitchell and husband Larry both of Jasper, & Phyllis Casper and husband Charles “Chuck” of St. Croix.  12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren also survive. 

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Jo Wagner, one grandson Robert Wagner, 4 brothers, John, Albert, Raymond, & Edwin Mundy, 4 sisters, Anna Mundy , Rosalyn Mundy, Leona Blessinger, Pauline Vogler.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Monday December 30th in St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church, St. Anthony, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, & from 9:00 till service time Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com. 




Frieda C. Gehlhausen, 88, of Santa Claus, passed away at 2:40 AM, Monday, December 23, 2013 at Good Samaritan-Northwood in Jasper. She was born July 4, 1925 to Thomas and Emma (Hopf) Giesler at Jasper. Frieda married Jerome R. Gehlhausen on November 26, 1946 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2008.

Frieda is survived by 3 sons; Ronald Gehlhausen and wife Mary of Bretzville, Steven Gehlhausen and wife Lynda of Ferdinand and Gregory Gehlhausen of Santa Claus; 4 daughters, Donna Belkoski of Ferdinand, Gayla Utley and husband Wayne of Santa Claus, Shelly Haidari of Ferdinand, Kanda Wade and husband Randy of Santa Claus; 3 sisters, Caroline St. Clair of Cincinnati, OH., Rosalie “Rosie” Fromme of Jasper and Armella “Mell” Hale of Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren also survive. Frieda was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; 3 children in infancy, Joseph, Mark and Mary; 4 brothers, Martin, Louis and Victor Giesler and Elmer  Thomas; 6 sisters, Hilda Kays, Margaret “Peggy” Schmitt, Katherine Kluemper-Lubbers, Bernadine Mehringer, Roberta Sternberg and in infancy Dorothy Mae Giesler.

Frieda was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 124 and St. Ferdinand Parish. She was formerly employed in the kitchen at the former Marion Heights Academy and also at General Electric in Huntingburg. Frieda enjoyed playing cards and quilting.

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





Elizabeth Rose “Betty” Kieper, 69 of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Betty was born April 18, 1944, in Ferdinand to Albert  & Marcella (Kordes) Heidet.  She married Edwin F. Kieper on November 25,1971 in St. Henry Church, Belleville, IL.

Surviving are her husband Edwin F. “Ed” Kieper, 2 sons, Michael Kieper and his wife Michelle of Ferdinand, Stephen Kieper and his wife Melissa of Indianapolis;

2 daughters, Lisa Kieper of Nashville, TN & Sherly Stephens and her husband Jacob of Evansville. 6 grandchildren also survive.

Betty was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Parish.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday December 23rd in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Sunday & 7 to 9:30 AM Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth F. “Betty” Morris, 90, of Birdseye, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at The Timbers of Jasper. She was born June 5, 1923, in Kyana to Martin and Mary (Gunselman) Steffen. Elizabeth married Harry L. Morris on November 4, 1940 in St. Martins Catholic Church in Siberia. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1981.

Elizabeth is survived by six daughters, Sharron Cross of Princeton, KY, Shirley Grundhoefer of Owensboro, KY, Doris Pfaff and husband John of Birdseye, Donna Hasenour and husband Michael of Huntingburg, Debra Kunkler and husband John “Koonie” of Dale, Ruth Rasche and husband Lester of Ferdinand; one step-daughter, Mary Lou Foster of Galena, IN, 25 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; two sons, David and Dennis Morris; four brothers, Lawrence, Sylvester, John and Aloysius Steffen; two sisters, Matilda Abell and Clara Gunselman.

Visitation will be Friday from 2-8:00 PM CST and Saturday from 7-9:30 AM CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM CST in St. Martin of Tours Church in Siberia with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Richard “Dick” A. Gehlhausen, 68 of Dale, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born July 31, 1945 in Evansville to Roy and Dorothy (Winiger) Gehlhausen. Richard married Joyce Dewig on June 15, 1968 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Haubstadt.

Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; 2 sons, Keith Gehlhausen and wife Dorothy of Evansville and Jeffrey Gehlhausen of Montrose, CO; one brother Donald Gehlhausen; 3 grandchildren, Suzanne, Meg and Jon Gehlhausen. Richard was preceded in death by both parents.

Richard was retired from Leed Selling Tools Corp. He was a former member of the Army Reserves and Nativity Church Mens Club. He was an active Assistant Scout Master with Troop 312 in Evansville. Richard enjoyed fishing and camping. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8:00 PM EST and Friday from 8-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions can be made to Sisters of St. Benedict of a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


Mitchell Aaron Haas, 21, of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born August 8, 1992 in Jasper to Bradley and Karen (Mathies) Haas. Mitchell is survived by his parents Bradley and Karen of Ferdinand; 2 sisters, Brittney and Fiancé Steve Baer both of St. Louis, MO, and Morganne Haas at home; paternal grandmother, Marilyn Hopster and her husband Don of Huntingburg; maternal grandparents Norbert and Mary Rita Mathies of Ferdinand. Mitchell was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Haas.

Mitchell was a mechanic at Cave Quarries. He was a 2011 graduate of Forest Park High School who went on to Vincennes University to earn a degree in Diesel Technology. Mitchell was a member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department where he previously participated as a Junior Firefighter for 7 years. He was a 10-year member of 4H shooting sports and a member of FFA. Mitchell participated in wrestling and football while at Forest Park. He enjoyed hunting, hanging out with friends and 4-Wheeling.

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

Frances E. Meyer, 87, of Ferdinand, died Sunday December 8, 2013 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center. She was born May 17, 1926 to Anthony and Minnie (McKenzie) Kunkler in Huntingburg. She married Eugene J. Meyer on May 6, 1947 in Huntingburg. He preceded her in death on October 5, 1992.

Frances is survived by 7 daughters, Nancy Knies and husband Hermie of Jasper, Jane Meyer of Jasper, Marilyn Hagerman and husband Everett of Ooltewah, TN, Connie Gehlhausen and husband Ronald of Birdseye, Bonnie Gehlhausen and husband Chris of Birdseye, Lisa Gehlhausen and husband Robert of Huntingburg, and Joan Meyer of Evansville; 2 sons, Donald Meyer and wife Paulette of Newburgh and David Meyer of Ferdinand; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survive.

Frances was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Theresa Wehr and Angela Ramsey; 1 grandson Tim Schneller and a son in infancy Ralph Meyer; 4 sisters, Gloria Kunkler, Mary Gramelspacher, Dorothy Schnepper and Verena Steffen; 3 brothers, Ben, Anthony and Rev. Fr. Victor Kunkler.

Frances was retired from General Electric in Huntingburg. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Her hobbies included word search books, cooking and baking. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8:00 PM and Thursday from 7-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand parish or a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com


Gerald “Jerry” Herbig, 76 of Ferdinand, passed away Friday December 6th at his home in Ferdinand. He was born April 10, 1937 in Jasper to Othmar & Juanita (Goldman) Herbig. He married Barbara Olinger on May 28, 1960 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife Barbara Herbig; 1 son, Rick Herbig and his wife Ava of Cincinnati, OH; 2 daughters, Debbie Hoffman and husband Phil, and Sue Herbig both of Jasper; and 4 grandchildren.  Also surviving are 3 brothers, Tony Herbig of Ferdinand, Ron Herbig of California, Jim Herbig of Atlanta, GA; 4 sisters, Mrs. Allen (Marlene) Merkel of Jasper, Mrs. Rich (Betty) Helming & Mrs. Albert (Janice) Berger both of Ferdinand, and Mrs. Marty (Gloria) Nosko of Boonville.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and 2 grandchildren. Jerry was a Route Salesman for of 7-UP bottling company. He was a Salesman at Marketing & Management Insurance Company from which he retired after 15 years. He was an Army National Guard Member. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality; St. Meinrad K of C Council # 5599, the Ferdinand Community Center, and Ferdinand American Legion Post 124.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Burial to follow in the church cemetery, Ferdinand Legion Post 124 will conduct military rites. 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 Lange-Fuchs Cancer Center, C/O Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center, or St. Ferdinand Parish. Online condolence may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Richard E. Lange, 83, of Ferdinand, passed away Thursday December 5, 2013 at his home. Richard was born June 16, 1930 to Herman and Ida (Begle) Lange in Ferdinand. He married Aleene Blessinger on April 19, 1952 in St. Joseph Church in Jasper.

Richard is survived by his wife Aleene Lange; 3 sons, Jim Lange and wife Maria, Ken Lange and wife Selma, Dick Lange and wife Jane; 2 daughters, Bonnie Kerstiens and husband Gene, Judy Englert and husband Greg all of Ferdinand; one sister Lastie Carl of  New Albany; one brother, Norman Lange of Ferdinand; half sister, Bernita Metz of St. Anthony; half brother, Donnie Hoppenjans of Ferdinand; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survive. Richard was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Johnny Lange, Ernest Lange and Alfred Lange; one sister, Minnie Hoppenjans.

Richard was a retired farmer. He was past Director of Farm Bureau Co-Op, past Director of Farm Bureau as well as past Director of Huntingburg Conservation Club. He was a member of St. Anthony and Ferdinand Senior Citizens, St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. Richard enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing cards and dominos.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8:00 PM at Becher Funeral Home and also Monday from 7-9:30 AM at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Monday 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.




David Anthony Auffart, 18 of Ferdinand passed away Saturday November 16,2013 near Bristow, In. David was born March 30,1995 in Jasper to Daryl & Cathy (Lasher) Auffart.

David was a freshman at Purdue University and a farmer. He was a graduate of Forest Park  High School, 2013, where he was an honor roll student, competed on academic teams, and played the Baritone Saxophone in the Rangers 2012 state championship marching band. At Forest Park he was a member of the FFA, Beta Club, National Honor Society & Natural Helpers Group. He was active in Forest Park Musicals.  He was an active member of St. Ferdinand Parish, where he was a Youth Group Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and Youth Choir Member. At Purdue he was a member of The Fall Concert Band , & Black & Gold Sound, and a member of the Lifelong Purdue Alumni Association. He enjoyed farming, HALO, Nature & Being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather David L. Lasher.

Survivors include his parents, Daryl & Cathy Auffart of Ferdinand, 3 sisters, Tempa Auffart, his twin sister, Kelley Auffart & Rylee Auffart all of Ferdinand. His paternal grandparents, Anthony & Jeanette Auffart of Ferdinand, and his maternal grandmother, Barbara Lasher of Tell City.

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



Raymond Ira Coyer, 69, of Santa Claus, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Raymond was born February 21, 1944 to Ira and Marie (Bowen) Coyer in Gowanda, NY. He married Louise A. Smith on June 20, 2009 at Peace Episcopal Church in Rockport, IN.

Raymond was a retired Electrical Engineer at Richardson Electrical in LaFox, IL. He was a Volunteer Firefighter & E.M.T.for 35 years in Moecherville, IL Fire Department where he attained the rank of captain. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was owner/operator of Walnut Hill American Eskimo Dog Rescue in Santa Claus. 

Surviving are his wife, Louise A. (Smith) Coyer; 1 son, Timothy and wife Jennifer Coyer of Aurora, IL; 2 daughters, Debra Coyer of Marsailles, IL, & Jennifer Wilson of Aurora, IL; 4 step-daughters, Lisa Sallee of Inglewood, FL, Laura and husband Gary Yoder of Evansville, LeAnn and husband Robert Stern of Inglewood, FL, & Ami Sallee of Tampa, FL. Also surviving is Raymond’s mother, Marie Coyer of Great Valley, NY, a brother, Martin Coyer and wife Lorelei of Aston, TN, a sister, Lois Smith and husband Jim of Lehigh Acres, FL, and 8 grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM EST Thursday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Fr. Donald Overton will officiate. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM EST Wednesday & from 9 till the service time Thursday at the funeral home.  A Firefighters Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Moecherville, IL. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Walnut Hill Farm, American Eskimo Dog Rescue at 9013 E. Candy Castle Road, Santa Claus, IN, 47579. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Henrietta M. Bartell, 93 of Huntingburg, passed away Thursday, November 7th, at The Waters Of Huntingburg. Henrietta was born October 9, 1920, in Ferdinand to Edward & Margaret (Nord) Oser. She married Raymond Bartell on August 17, 1943, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, Ferdinand. He preceded her in death in 1998.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Maryann Bartell of Chapel Hill, NC; 4 sons, James Bartell of Long Beach, CA, Raymond Bartell Jr. of Big Rapids, MI, William “Bill” Bartell of Cincinnati, OH, & Robert “Bob” Bartell of Lansing, MI. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Rosemary Downing of Russellville, OH, Virginia Hubert of St. Croix, & Rita Buechlein of Huntingburg; and 3 brothers, Leroy Oser of Siberia, Edward Oser of Ferdinand, & George Oser of Mariah Hill. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.

Henrietta was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Barbara Carter; 3 sisters, Dolores Carnahan, Margaret Martin, and Louisia Oser in infancy; 3 brothers, Alfred “Jim” Oser, Walter Oser, and Robert  “Bob” Oser; and her step-mother Olivia (Meyer) Oser.

Henrietta was a retired church secretary, a member of St. Meinrad Post 366 Auxiliary, & St. Marys Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She enjoyed knitting.

Funeral services will be held 10:00AM CST Tuesday in St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8PM CST Monday & 7:00 to 9:30AM CST Tuesday at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Etta Marie Klem, 92 of Ferdinand, passed away Monday, November 4th, 2013, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.  Etta was born November 9th, 1920, to Bernard & Catherine (Fischer) Gadlage in Celestine.  She married Hilbert Klem on April 24th, 1946, in Celestine; he passed away August 15th, 1979.  

Etta is survived by one son, Bernard “Butch” Klem and spouse Doris of Ferdinand; Four daughters, Becky Emmons and spouse Rick of Ferdinand, Marcy Knust and spouse John of Ferdinand, Mary Hoffman of St. Anthony, Phyllis Reynolds and spouse Tom of Huntingburg; One sister, Alvina Schnell of Jasper; Eight grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also survive. Etta was preceded in death by her husband Hilbert; a daughter, Luann; a son, Randy; Three brothers, Roman, Herman and Ralph in infancy; Five sisters, Veronica Hoffman, Ella Fritz, Minnie Nordhoff, Gertrude Gehlhausen and Clara Schulz.

Etta was a homemaker who enjoyed altering clothes, crocheting and sewing. She sat with the elderly and cleaned the Ferdinand Church Rectory. Etta was a member of Saint Ferdinand Church Parish where she taught religion and also belonged to it’s St. Ann’s Sodality. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8:00 PM and Friday from 7-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


Linus F. Rahman, 90, of Ferdinand, passed away Monday November 4, 2013 at Memorial Health Center in Jasper. He was born June 25, 1923, in Spencer County to Frank and Christine (Pund) Rahman. Linus married Hilda Metzger on August 26, 1947, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Linus is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda; 4 sons, Alan and spouse Georgia, Edwin and spouse Gloria, Steve and spouse Angela all of Ferdinand, and Frank and spouse Mary of Santa Claus; 7 Daughters, Marcella Harpenau and spouse Paul of Branchville, Margaret Hoffman and spouse David, Mary Jo Giesler and spouse William, Doris Klem and spouse Bernard “Butch” all of Ferdinand, Carol Lueken and spouse Kenneth of Hatfield, MO, Martha Demuth and spouse Charles of St. Meinrad, Connie Mundy and spouse Steve of Jasper; 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren also survive. Linus was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Herbert Rahman, Henry Rahman and a sister Marcella Rahman.

Linus was a retired dairy farmer since 1988. He was a member of the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124; Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church and its St. Joseph Sodality; & a Lifetime Member of Merrills’ Marauders 475th 2nd Battalion. Linus received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, WW II Victory Medal, Bronze Star Medal and China Ribbon.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8:00PM and from 7-9:30AM Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00AM in Saint Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct Military Graveside Rights. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com



James Michael Harris, 65, of Huntingburg, passed away Sunday October 27, 2013. He was born March 17, 1949 to Charles and Wilma (Young) Harris in Perry County. James married Carolyn S. Rogier on April 15, 1967 in St. Augustine Church in Leopold.

James is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his mother Wilma L. Harris of Leavenworth; one son, John M. Harris and his wife Cynthia of Huntingburg; one daughter, Tammy S. Greulich and her husband Dave of Ferdinand; 3 sisters, Linda Terry of English, Faye Billman and her husband Richard of Allegan, MI, Sandy Zeller and her husband Mike of English; 2 brothers, Gene Harris of Santa Claus and Darrell Harris of Huntingburg; and 3 grandchildren, Amanda Hoppenjans, Melissa and Jessica Greulich.

James was employed by Kimball 11th Avenue plant for 46 years. He was a former member of Crossroads Methodist Church and he enjoyed camping and fishing.

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


William F. Jochim

, 92, of Mariah Hill, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. William was born January 7, 1921 to John and Frances (Hollander) Jochim at Mariah Hill. He married Roberta Handschiegl on October 21, 1950 at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. William was retired from Traylor Brothers in Evansville. 

William is survived by his wife, Roberta; two sons, Stan (LeAnn) Jochim of Mariah Hill and Sam Jochim of Mariah Hill; one daughter, Sandy Dilger of Dale; five grandchildren; one step grandchild and six great-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by two brothers, James Jochim and Louis Jochim; one great grandchild, Isaac G. Miller.

William was a WW II Veteran, serving as an Aviation Machinists 2nd Class. William was a member of the Santa Claus American Legion Post 242, St. Vincent Depaul Society, Mariah Hill Conservation Club and Mariah Hill YMI.  He was a manager of the Mariah Hill Yankees for 20 years. William was an avid New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Fan.  He also enjoyed Heritage Hills sports.

Visitation will be Friday from 3-8:00 PM CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and from 9-10:00 AM CST Saturday at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 AM CST with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Military graveside rights will be performed by Santa Claus American Legion Post 242. Condolences can be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com



Russell E. Morgan, 86 of Bloomington, formerly of Santa Claus, died Wednesday September 11th at Garden Villa Nursing Home/ IU Health in Bloomington. Russell was born December 14, 1928, to Welza O. & Agnes (Parr) Morgan in Dushires, IN. He married Romona Altman on November 30, 1946, in Saint Ferdinand Rectory, Ferdinand. She preceded him in death on August 4, 2012. 

He served in the US Navy during WWII.  He was employed at RCA as a test foreman for 22 years. He was employed at the Magnavox Company for 18 years as general foreman for military Electronics products. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was an avid fisherman & IU basketball fan.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Sharon D. Gill and husband Glen of Covington, KY, 2 sons, Gary N. Morgan and wife Sue of Bloomington, & Ronald W. Morgan and wife Rebecca of West Lafayette, as well as 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 3 brother-in-laws, and 1 sister-in-law.

Graveside services will be held in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 AM EDT. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside Rites. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM EDT Tuesday September 24th at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Condolences may be offered online at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

 



Ruby I. Gehlhausen, 93 of Birdseye passed away Monday September 16th at River Point Health Campus in Evansville. She was born June 9, 1920 in Warrick County, In. to James & Golda (Taylor) Lauderdale. She married Ambrose A. Gehlhausen on November 11,1941 in St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia, In. He preceded her in death on January 25,2007.

 Surviving are 3 daughters, Betty Glaz & husband Thomas of Columbia, SC, Patricia Dean & husband Patrick of Evansville, & Joan Gehlhausen of Birdseye. 11 grandchildren, Eric Carson, Michele Leahy, Nancy Glaz, John Mark Glaz, Carrie & Michael Dean, Natalie Boyles, Eric & Kevin Schatz, Tara Oliver & Lori Delagarza. 16 great-grandchildren. 2 sisters, Jane Casey of Sevierville, TN & Geneva Shourd of Evansville. 1 brother, Loren Lauderdale of Evansville. Ruby was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn J. Carson, 1 son, Gregory Gehlhausen, 2 grandchildren & 7 siblings. Ruby and her husband owned & operated A & R Country Store in Birdseye, she was a former employee at Grants Department Store & Sears.

    Ruby was a member of St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church, Siberia. Her hobbies include Crossword puzzles, crocheting, and she was an avid reader.

    Funeral services 10:00 AM CDT Friday in St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church, Siberia, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1:00 to 7:00 PM CDT Thursday & 7:00 to 9:30 AM CDT Friday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.


    Lee Ray “Yogi” Jochem, 80 of St. Henry, passed away at his home in St. Henry on September 12, 2013. He was born March 4, 1933 in St. Henry to Leo & Clara (Hohl) Jochem. He married Mary Alice Lindauer on August 7, 1954 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, Ferdinand.

    Lee Ray was a graduate of Holland High School. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a Mail Carrier at the Ferdinand Post Office for 36 years, and a former Ferdinand Police Chief for 17 years. He was a member and past commander at Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, as well as a member of St. Henry Parish and a member of Catholic Knights Of America.

    Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Alice Jochem, 3 sons- Gerald Jochem and his wife Sandra of Gallop, NM, Alan Jochem and his wife Angie of Trafalgar, IN, & Greg Jochem and his wife Kim of St. Henry, 2- daughters, Diane Stipp and her husband Bob of Bedford, and Judy Nino Jochem and her husband Primitivo of Huntingburg.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, 1 brother- Jerome Jochem of Jasper, and 2 sisters- Dorothy Hollander & Rosie Stetter both of Huntingburg.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Jochem, 1 granddaughter, Abigail Nino, and a sister, Coletta Caine.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday in St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial with military graveside rites by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Sunday & from 7 to 9:30 AM Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or St. Henry Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




    Hilbert Frank Kunkler, 81 of St. Meinrad, passed away September 3, 2013 at The Waters Of  Scottsburg in Scottsburg, IN. He was born September 16, 1931 in Adyeville, IN to Joseph H. & Ottilla (Otto) Kunkler. He married Rita J. Jasper on June 22, 1957 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

    Hilbert was formerly employed at Hoosier Garage in Ferdinand, and was also a farmer. He was a member of St. Meinrad Parish. He was a Korean War Veteran, and a member of St. Meinrad Legion Post 366.

    Surviving are his wife Rita J. Kunkler; 1 daughter, Caroline Mullis and husband Jim of St. Meinrad; 2 grandchildren, Kristina Nadin and Luke Mullis, 2 brothers, Jerome Kunkler and his wife Marlene of St. Marks, Perry County, and Albert Kunkler and his wife Imogene of Ferdinand; and 1 sister, Lucille Bumm of New Boston.

    Hilbert was preceded in death by his parents, and twin brothers Edmond & Raymond Kunkler who both died in infancy.

    Funeral services are at 10:00 AM CDT Friday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM CDT Thursday & 7 to 9:30 AM CDT Friday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





Ernest A. Lange, 85 of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was born August 25, 1928 in Ferdinand to Herman & Ida (Begle) Lange.

    Ernest was retired from Indiana Desk in Jasper. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Ernest was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish. He was an avid woodworker, gardener, and he loved growing flowers.

    Survivors include his companion, Virlee Gunselman of Ferdinand, 2 sisters, Lastie Carl of New Albany, and Mrs. Linus (Bernita) Metz of St. Anthony, 3 brothers, Richard Lange and his wife Aleene, Norman Lange and his wife Sharon, and Donald Hoppenjans and his wife Ann all of Ferdinand.

     He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and Alfred “Shorty” Lange, and 1 sister, Hermina Hoppenjans.

    Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Burial following with military graveside rites by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Friday & 7 to 9:30 AM Saturday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Parish. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.





    Joann (Chandler) Vannoy, 79 of Santa Claus, passed away Wednesday July 31, 2013 at Vanderbilt Regional Hospital in Nashville, TN. She was born July 11, 1934 in Louisville, Ky. to Frank & Josie Pearl (Edwards) Chandler. She married Fred L. Vannoy in October 1953 in Louisville, Ky. He preceded her in death on April 29, 2000.

        Joann was a homemaker.

     She is survived by 2 sons, Lee Scott Vannoy of Pekin, IN and Victor Vannoy of Inwood, WV and 1 daughter, Mrs. Brian (Phillis) Martin of O’Fallon, MO. 3 grandchildren and 1 sister, Mary Martin of Louisville also survive.

    
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM CST Wednesday in Santa Claus United Methodist Church Cemetery, Santa Claus. Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spencer County Library. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




    Clarence W. Hildenbrand, 86 of Fulda passed away Monday August 19,2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand. He was born November 28,1926 in Fulda to August & Ida (Weaver) Hildenbrand. He married Edna M. Konerding on August 16,1952 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Fulda. She preceded him in death on April 19,1997.

    Clarence was a rural mail carrier for 24 years & farmer. He was a member of St. Boniface Parish and its Men’s Sodality, and was a past member of the parish council.  He was a WWII veteran and a member of St. Meinrad Legion Post 366. He was a member of the Letter carriers Association and received numerous awards for his conservation of the land. Clarence was a member & past board member of the Fulda Sportsman Club. He was a past member of the Fulda Development Board.

    Surviving are 3 sons, Mark Hildenbrand & wife Peggy of Evanston, David Hildenbrand & wife Angela of Jasper, & Louis Hildenbrand & wife Kelly of Ferdinand.

    3 daughters, Donna Kniese & husband Norman “Skip” of Evansville, Trudy Hagedorn & husband Greg of Santa Claus, & Nancy Badger & husband Michael of Chrisney.

    14 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, Raymond Hildenbrand, & 2 sisters, Agnes Nurrenburn & Lorine Nurrenburn.

    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT Thursday in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. Burial with military graveside rites by St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 in the church cemetery.

    Friends may call from 2:00 PM CDT to 8:00 PM CDT Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, and after 9:00 AM CDT Thursday at the church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

    Rita Gehlhausen, 83, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday August 14, 2013 at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born August 18, 1929 at St. Meinrad to Edward and Claudina (Schnellenberger) Meyer. Rita married Urban Gehlhausen on July 19, 1952 in St. Meinrad. He passed away December 2, 2007.
     Rita is survived by six sisters, Esther Ellingsworth of Florida, Elsie Phieler of Lanesville, Beatrice Ellingsworth and husband Richard of Jeffersontown, KY., Phyllis Nystrom and husband Cliff of Grand Forks, ND., Jane Schnieders and husband Cricket of St. Henry, and Carla Neukam of Huntingburg; a brother Dennis Meyer of Indianapolis also survives. Rita was preceded in death by a sister, Stella Taber and a brother Clarence “Oaks” Meyer.
     Rita was retired from Western Electric in Indianapolis. She enjoyed casinos and playing bingo.
Services will be Friday at 2:00 PM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. V
isitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Deacon James King will officiate. Burial will be in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery in Siberia. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com

Adrian F. Pund, 86 of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born June 17, 1927 to Theodore Sr. and Marie (Lueken) Pund in Ferdinand. Adrian married Anna Mae Schaefer on September 18, 1951 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Adrian is survived by his wife Anna Mae Pund, 5 daughters, Maggie Stimming and husband Chuck of Indianapolis, Karen Hutto and husband Hal of Sandy Run, S.C., Dorothy Buechler and husband Mike of Ferdinand, Linda Hassfurther and husband Brian of Ferdinand, Janet Uebelhor and husband Kent of Ferdinand; 3 sons, David Pund and wife Sheila of Huntingburg, Virgil Pund and wife Cindy of Cary, IL, John Pund of Ferdinand; 3 brothers, Joe Pund of Huntingburg, Francis Pund of St. Anthony, Ted Pund Jr. of Boonville; 2 sisters, Mary Anne Uebelhor of Schnellville, Terri Dicus of Dale; 15 grandchildren, Brad, Ben, Evan, Collin, Abby and Jacob Pund, Megan Wehr, Kevin, Lucas, and Kelli Buechler, Rachel and Christopher Hassfurther, Austin, Olivia and Erika Uebelhor; 1 great grandchild, Kortlen Wehr; 4 step-grandchildren, Mary, Maureen, Christopher and Joe Stimming; 7 Step-great grandchildren, Michael, Kathryn, Paul and Elizabeth Centorcelli, Hopson, Eason and Wells Stimming. Adrian was preceded in death by; 2 children, Eugene and Kevin Pund; 1 grandchild, Elizabeth Pund; 1 brother, Leroy Pund.      
    Adrian served as President on the Saint Meinrad Fire Department Board; Vice-President and President of Bricklayers Local #52; President of Saint Joseph’s Sodality; Director of Spencer County Credit Union; Spencer County 4-H Board; 4-H Club Leader; Spencer County Extension Board; Spencer County Greener Pasture Committee; Spencer County Cattleman’s Association; Spencer County Commissioner – 3rd District; Lincoln Hills Resource, Conservation and Development Board; Lincoln Hills Development Corporation; Spencer County Youth and Community Center Board; St. Ferdinand Church Eucharistic Minister; Charter member of the Brute Society and a member of Ferdinand Historical Society. 
    
    Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8:00 PM and Wednesday from 7-9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




Aliya Raylynn Tucker was stillborn Friday, July 26, 2013, at 2:55 AM in St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children in Evansville. Aliya is survived by her parents, Jeffery Tucker and Julia Thomas both of Ferdinand; three sisters, Kayla Wheat, Haley Wheat and Mandy Wheat all of Ferdinand; one brother, Landon Tucker of Lexington; paternal grandparents, James and Glenda Tucker of Utica, KY; and maternal grandmother Joyce Thomas of Stendel. Aliya was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Rick Thomas and paternal grandmother Carrie Elizabeth.

Graveside services will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30th at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Ella L. Ebert, 84, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Prairie Village Living Center in Washington, IN. She was born in Ferdinand on February 9, 1929, to Bernard (Ben) and Philomena (Minnie) Gudorf Ebert.  Ella enjoyed embroidering and planting flowers.  Surviving are two sisters, Frances Young and husband James of Rockville, IN, and Bernice King and husband Duane of Mariah Hill; one brother, Urban (Hubby) Ebert and wife Nancy of Evansville; a sist
er-in-law, Angie Ebert of St. Meinrad. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Ella was preceded in death by a brother Alvin (Grassy) Ebert.

            Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Friday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 AM until service time at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children’s Hospital or a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



Herbert G. Obermeier, 85, of passed away July 18, 2013, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born January 13, 1928, to Anton and Martha (Roos) Obermeier in Fulda.  Herbert married Marie Kern on May 26, 1951, at St. Joseph Church in Dale.  Herbert retired from Kimball after 35 years. He was a member of St. Boniface Church in Fulda and its Men’s Society, Spencer County Memorial Forest.  He enjoyed gardening and was a talented musician who played with numerous bands throughout Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties.  Herbert also loved to raise his rabbits.

 

Herbert is survived by his wife Marie; two sons, Fred and wife Marion of Fulda and Rick and wife Carla also of Fulda; two daughters, Vicky Obermeier of Louisville and Gina Obermeier of Washington, IN.  Eight grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren also survive. Herbert was preceded in death by a brother James Obermeier.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-7:00 PM CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9:00 AM CDT until service time at the church on Monday. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM CDT Monday in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.



Agnes A. Schneiders,95, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born December 23, 1917 to Edward and Mary (Heilers) Altmeyer in Ferdinand. Agnes married Philamon “Doc” Schneiders on November 26, 1936 in Ferdinand. He died December 18, 1984. Agnes was a former cook at Marian Heights Academy. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Church and its Saint Anne’s Sodality. 

        Agnes is survived by a son, Jack Schneiders and wife Kathy of Ferdinand; a daughter, Judi Hagedorn and husband Jim of Ferdinand; two sisters, Clara Schneiders and Evelyn Brockman both of Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Jean Seidl, Tim Remke, Chad Schneiders, Cory Schneiders, Jamie Pund, Denise Heilers, Jeff Hagedorn and Kerri Winkler. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Remke and a sister Margaret Spayd.

Visitation will be Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 2-8:00 PM and Saturday from 7-9:30 AM. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ferdinand Community Foundation or a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com



Paul Alan Klem
, 51, of Ferdinand, passed away Friday July 12, 2013, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born July 20, 1961, to Eugene and Clara Mae (Lueken) Klem at Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg. Paul married Carol A. Gehlhausen on June 20, 1987, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Paul was a


1979 graduate of Jasper High School and was employed at Kimball Office Furniture’s Cherry Street plant. He was a member of Sons of American Legion, Dubois County Sportsman Club, Dubois County Shooting Sports, Huntingburg Conservation Club, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, National Archery in the Schools Program, Quails Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Jasper Rifle and Gun Club, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, Ferdinand Community Center, C.H.R.P and St. Ferdinand Parish where he served as a greeter and an usher. Paul was also an avid fisherman and hunter. 

Paul is survived by his wife Carol A. Klem, a daughter, Brittney Mae Klem of Ferdinand and her fiancé Jordan A. Lundy of Odon, IN, a sister, Julia Klem of Jasper and a brother Michael Klem and wife Tammy of Evansville. Paul was preceded in death by both of his parents.

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

 

 

Sylvester A. “Si” Hurst, 87 of Ferdinand passed away July 9,2013 at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville, In. He was born April 13,1926 in Jasper, In. to Gilbert & Alma (Burger) Hurst. He married Mary Margaret Wollenmann on June 28,1949 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, and she died April 3,2010.
    
Sylvester was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was a WWII  and Korean War Navy Veteran. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and Ferdinand Veterans Of Foreign Wars. He was a founding member of the Ferdinand Development Corporation, and a member of St. Meinrad K of C #5599.
    
Surviving are 1 son, Chris Hurst and his wife Kyla of Fishers. 3 daughters, Mrs. Bill (Karen) Burkley of Brooklyn, IN., Mrs. Scott (Tina) Willis of Fishers, and Vanessa Hurst of Louisville, Ky. 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren also survive. 1 brother, Arnold Hurst of Middletown, Oh., 2 sisters, Mary Ann Reckelhoff of Lexington, Ky., and Virginia Edelen of Louisville, Ky.
    
He was preceded in death by a son Jerry Hurst, and a daughter Kathleen Hurst in infancy.
    
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with military graveside rites by Ferdinand American Legion in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM Friday & 7 to 9:30 AM Saturday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com


Jerry Allen Fuchs, 55, of Dale, passed away Monday July 8, 2013 at his home. He was born January 9, 1958 at Huntingburg to Robert and Leona (Kern) Fuchs. Jerry was a farmer and a truck driver. Jerry supplied hogs to numerous county fairs throughout Indiana for hog wrestling events. He also enjoyed showing Simmental cattle and won Tennessee State grand champion two years in a row with his bull.  Tug of wars were also a hobby he enjoyed.

Jerry is survived by his son, Jason Allen Fuchs of Elberfield; a daughter, Jamie Fuchs of Lynnville; his companion, Denise Meyer of Mariah Hill; four brothers, Clarence Fuchs and wife Rita of Ferdinand, Dan Fuchs of Dale, Tom Fuchs of Owensboro and Bob Fuchs of Mariah Hill, and one sister, Polly Wagner and husband Ralph of Ferdinand. Jerry was preceded in death by a brother Ralph Fuchs and also by both parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8:00 PM CDT and Thursday from 7-9:30 AM CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM CDT at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale with burial to follow in the Dale Cemetery.  Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.



                                                                                                                           











 

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