Johana B. Vaal, 96, Ferdinand

Johana B. Vaal, 96, of Ferdinand, formerly of St. Meinrad, died Wednesday July 24th, 2019, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born September 2, 1922 in Detroit, MI. to Bernard and Lottie (Vaeth) Bischof. She married Eugene “Eugh” Vaal on April 24, 1946 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church.
She was a retired employee of General Electric in Tell City. During World War II she worked at Kelsey Hays Machine Gun Factory in Plymouth, MI. She was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and its St. Elizabeth’s Society, Hoosier Campers and Happy Go Lucky Campers. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and spending time with grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Gene Vaal and wife, Paula, of Celestine; Bernard “Benny” Vaal and Jack Vaal and wife, Nan, all of Jasper; two daughters, Georgia Tretter of Dale and Therese Windell; fifteen grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Smith, son-in- law, Kenneth Tretter, and a daughter-in-law, Gail Kiefer Vaal.
Friends may call Tuesday, July 30th, at the church from 9am until time of services. Services will be at 11am Tuesday in St. Meinrad Church. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at

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