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Lucille Caroline Bies, 85, Jasper

lucy-bies2Lucille Caroline Bies, 85, of Jasper, died Friday (January 6) at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Jasper. She was born in Jasper September 17, 1931, to Godfrey and Veronica (Wehr) Gutgsell. She married Dr. John G. “Jack” Bies, February 7, 1953, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Lucy was a homemaker for much of her life. In her early years she worked at Wilson’s Drugstore and for Dr. Charles Klamer. Later she worked at Dubois County Tri-CAP. She was an avid golfer and won the Dubois County title. In mid-life she took up watercolor painting. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper where she volunteered for perpetual adoration. She made regular trips to walk the Way of the Cross at Monte Cassino Shrine in St. Meinrad. A highlight of her life was visiting the Marian Shrine Fatima in Portugal.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Jack Bies; three sons, John Bies, Evansville, and Doug Bies and wife Cindy and Kurt Bies, all of Jasper; two daughters, Christine Curtis and husband Todd, Woodstock, Illinois, and Angela Bies and husband Tony Egan, Potomac, Maryland; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lorraine Brown and husband Bob, Patty Sermersheim and husband Jerry, Barb Berger and husband Dave, and Mary Lehmkuhler, all of Jasper, and Sr. Betty Gunselman, Evansville; three brothers, Larry Gutgsell and wife LouAnn, St. Anthony, and Dave Gutgsell and wife Rosie and Jim Gutgsell and wife Louise, all of Jasper; and brother-in-law John Hoban, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Hoban, two brothers, Sylvester and Robert Gutgsell; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Gunselman and Ed Lehmkuhler; and one sister-in-law, Rosie Gutgsell.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Fr. William Traylor will officiate.

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