Helen C. Gress, 85, Ireland

helen-gressHelen C. Gress, 85, of Ireland, died Tuesday (January 3) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry June 13, 1931, to Adolph and Clara (Lange) Begle. She married Wilfred “Wif” Gress May 10, 1952, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

She was a 1949 high school graduate of the Ferdinand Academy, where she was a member of the orchestra. She was a homemaker and worked at Wal-Mart in Jasper for 13 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Society and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Ireland Historical Society, the Dubois County German Club, and a past member of the Ireland Extension Homemakers. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, quilting, reading the newspaper, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Wilfred “Wif” Gress; one daughter, Cindy Vogt and husband Mike, Jasper; six sons, Steve Gress and wife Becky, Indianapolis, Terry Gress and wife Susan and Mike Gress and wife Debbie, Ireland, all of Ireland, Ken Gress and wife Jami, Jasper, Dave Gress and wife Karen, Princeton, and Dan Gress and companion Molly Ballard, Santa Claus; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Fischer and husband Pat, Ferdinand; four brothers, Otto Begle and wife Jean, Ferdinand, Norbert Begle and wife Jo Ann, Holland, Adolph “Butch” Begle and wife Cindy, St. Henry, and Dennis Begle and wife Mary, Dale.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Edwin Begle, one sister, Rita Hoffman, and one brother, Edward Begle, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church building fund, St. Vincent de Paul, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.


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