Patricia A. “Patty” Bohnenkamper, 78, Ireland

Patricia A. “Patty” Bohnenkamper, 78, of Ireland, died Wednesday, June 5,  at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, She was born February 6, 1941, to Leo and Louise (Giesler) Heim. She married Victor J. Bohnenkamper,  Jr. May 12, 1962, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland. He died March 12, 2013.

Patty was a 1959 graduate of Ireland High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. She was a proud lifelong Ireland Spuds fan. She retired from Heim Brothers Lumber where she was co-owner and bookkeeper of the family’s business. She previously worked for Sears, Leed’s Selling Tools, and Jasper Chair. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland where she was a member of the choir for over 40 years and volunteered with the church picnic, the St. Anne’s Society, Ireland Historical Society, St. Patrick’s Committee, and the Survivors of Suicide of which she was treasurer. She enjoyed attending family events, playing the accordion, gardening, doing yard work, and was known for decorating her house for every holiday. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandson, and her five great granddogs.

She is survived by one daughter, Marlene Schuler, Ireland; one son, Paul Bohnenkamper and wife Tamara, Ferdinand; seven grandchildren, Bethany Rasche, Abby Tunny and husband Mike, Kelsey Lindeman and husband Caleb, Francis Bohnenkamper  and companion, Liz Daugherty, Zach Bohnenkamper and companion Kortney Barbier, Lauren Frick and husband Zach, and Emily Schuler and fiancé Justin Buechler; one great-grandson, Xander Lindeman; two sisters, Carol Schneider and husband Tom, Eckerty, and  Mary Gibson and husband Barry, Orlando, Florida; one brother, Ronald “Ronnie” Heim and wife Joyce, Evansville; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews;  and her five great granddogs, Sophie, Max, Jack, Avie, and George,

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, David Bohnenkamper, one son-in-law, James “Jim” Schuler, and an infant sister.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubois County Survivors of Suicide, or the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner,com. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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