Michael E. Vaal, 51, Santa Claus

Michael VaalMichael E. Vaal, 51, of Santa Claus passed away Monday (April 1).

 He was born August 6, 1961, at Jasper to Edgar and Marion (Wendholt) Vaal. Michael married Lisa Boeckman October 8, 1983, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. He worked for the Town of Santa Claus as a waste water tech. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and turtleling.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; two sons, Jace Vaal of Dale, and Shae Vaal of Santa Claus; his father, Edgar Vaal of Ferdinand; two brothers, Randy Vaal and his wife, Melody, of Stafford, Texas, and Bruce Vaal and his wife, Lea Ann, of New Albany; two sisters, Lauren and her husband, Ken Rickelman of Evansville, and Gina Johnson, and her husband, Richie, of Evansville. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and from 9-10 a.m. (CDT) Thursday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Santa Claus. Funeral services at 10 a.m. (CDT) at St. Nicholas church with burial to follow in the church cemetery..

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