Betty Jean Welp, 87, Schnellville

Betty Jean Welp, 87, of Schnellville, died Sunday, September 1, in Evansville. She was born in St. Anthony May 21, 1932, to Anthony B. and Rose M. (Drach) Haas. She married Lee Joe Welp August 11, 1951, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Betty Jean was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she participated in the Eucharistic Adoration and was a member of the St. Anne’s Society. She was also a member of the Schnellville Community Club, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Schnellville Home Ec., and the American Sewing Guild. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, needlework, cooking, gardening, playing euchre, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Lee Joe Welp; five daughters, Mary Lee Uebelhor and husband Denis A., Ferdinand, Shirley Messmer and husband Greg, Ireland, and Ruth Vaughn and husband Roger, Janet Mehringer and husband Bob, and Theresa Gutgsell and husband Bernie, all of Schnellville; two sons, Jack Welp and wife Joyce, Schnellville, and Arnie Welp, St. Anthony; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virlee Hayden and husband Ray, Louisville, Marleen Hochgesang and husband Gene, Jasper, and Mary Jo Schwindel and husband Kelvin, St. Meinrad; and sister-in-law Marilyn Hopster and husband Don, Bretzville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Gabriel Nord, who died in infancy, one brother, Bobby Haas, and one sister, Diane Marie Haas who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church. The Divine Mercy Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Divine Mercy Pipe Organ Fund at Sacred Heart Church or to the Sacred Heart Cemetery fund. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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