Francis “Benny” Sermersheim, 102, Jupiter, Florida

BennyFrancis “Benny” Sermersheim, 102, of Jupiter, Florida, formerly of Jasper, died June 15 at Mangrove Bay Senior Residential Community in Jupiter.

He was born May 30, 1911, in Jasper, to John J. and Josephine (Schuetter) Sermersheim. He married Lillian “Louise” Lein on October 25, 1939, in St. John’s Catholic Church in Loogootee.  She preceded him in death on July 21, 2002.

Benny was a businessman and was very active in the Jasper community. He was city councilman from 1960 through 1963, and after the death of the mayor at the time, was appointed as mayor of Jasper in order to finish the term.  Benny and one of his brothers, John Jordan “Junie” Sermershiem opened Sermersheim Auto and Home Supply store in Jasper in 1947. Benny then helped bring cable TV to the Jasper and Huntingburg area. He was also instrumental in helping to form the Lions Club in Jasper. He was instrumental in organizing community sports leagues in Jasper, and coached a number of teams. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a boy scout leader. He was an Army veteran and served in World Worl II, and was a member of the American Legion Jasper Post #147. He loved to play golf and to dance. Even at 100 years of age, he was attending dance classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Jupiter.

Surviving is a daughter, Gail Sermersheim, Jupiter. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters,  Cleopha “Sis” Fisher, Demetra “Mitz” Blessinger, and Lucille Bettag; and four brothers, August, Victor, John “Junie”, and Vincent Sermersheim.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from  4-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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