Evelyn V. Merkel, 94, Celestine

Evelyn V. Merkel, 94, of Celestine, died Friday, December 6, at her home. She was born in Celestine March 8, 1925, to Frank and Bertha (Gehlhausen) Kluesner. She married Alfred A. Merkel October 18, 1952, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. He died June 21, 2002.

Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was active in the CRHP program and a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award and was an organizing member of the Celestine Community Club. She enjoyed cooking, keeping her house, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Ulrich and husband Paul, Borden, and Diane Niehaus and husband Larry, St. Anthony; four sons, Andrew Merkel and wife Janie, Bernie Merkel and wife Lisa, and Doug Merkel and wife Renee, all of Celestine, and Gary Merkel and wife Ann, Evansville; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter who died in childbirth, Jane Ann Merkel, and three sisters, Anna Mae Kempf, Lou Alice Buechler, and Mary Heeke.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Members of St. Isidore Parish will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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