Pope Francis Appoints Sixth Bishop of Evansville

By Elsie Harris

Vatican City (From Sources) – The Vatican has announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, Illinois, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, Indiana, which has been vacant for several months.

Siegel’s appointment was announced Wednesday in a communique from the Vatican, and comes just four months after the previous Bishop of Evansville, Charles C. Thompson, was reassigned to Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The youngest of nine children, Seigel was born in Lockport Township July 18, 1963, and attended Catholic school.

After graduating from St. Charles Borromeo High School, he attended St. Meinrad Seminary where he completed his college education and was eventually sent to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

He completed his theological studies there, also taking courses at the Pontifical Gregorian and Angelicum Universities.

Siegel was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet March 4, 1988, and assigned to the St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale. While serving at the parish, he completed a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

Other parish assignments the bishop held include St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, St. Mary Nativity in Joliet and the Cathedral of St. Raymond, where he also served as the diocesan Master of Ceremonies. In 2004, Siegel was named pastor of Visitation Parish in Elmhurst.

He served as a member of the diocese’s Presbyteral Council for nine years, including three as chairman, and was also appointed to the diocesan Board of Consultors. He also held the role of director of the Continuing Formation for Priests and was a member of the diocesan Vocation Board, the Priest Personnel Board and was the Dean of Eastern Will County.

Within the Catholic Conference of Illinois, Siegel served as a priest-representative on the Executive Committee and was also chairman of the Catholics for Life Department. During the diocesan celebration of the Year of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Congress in Joliet, he chaired the Steering Committee.

Siegel was also a member of the Bishops’ Respect Life Advisory Board, and is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.

He was named auxiliary bishop of Joliet by Benedict XVI in 2009, and received his episcopal ordination in January 2010.

A year later, in December 2010, the bishop was named Apostolic Administrator of Joliet when the previous bishop, J. Peter Sartain, was reassigned to the Archdiocese of Seattle. When Joliet’s current bishop, R. Daniel Conlon, was appointed in 2011, Siegel was named the diocese’s Vicar General.

In addition to English, the bishop also speaks Spanish and Italian.

The Diocese of Evansville is comprised of 5,010 square miles. It has a total population of 512,870 of which 76,218, or 15 percent, are Catholic.


Jasper River Centre Groundbreaking


Jasper (NNDC) – Groundbreaking on Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at Jasper, in River Centre Development.

Jasper Man Charged With Battery

Jasper (From Sources) – A 49-year-old Jasper man was charged with battery following an incident Monday evening.

Police were called to a private residence in Jasper shortly after eight o’clock in reference to a complaint of battery. After a brief investigation Timmy Lagenour was charged with battery and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

No additional information is available.


Model Train Show Saturday at County Museum

Jasper (NNDC) – The 2nd annual Model Train Show and Swap Meet is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 Newton Street in Jasper. Participants can buy or sell trains, toys, and accessories.

HO train layout features up to 10 trains running simultaneously. Numerous trains, train accessories, displays, and more.

Adult admission is $5 for adults, $12 family, $3 youth, and $2 kids. Free admission for children under 4. Admission includes full access to the museum, the largest county museum in Indiana. Free parking. Hot dogs, chips and sodas will be available on site. Out of town visitors will find a number of restaurants less than a mile from the museum.


Kenneth R. Fleck, 76, Jasper

Kenneth R. Fleck, 76, of Jasper, died Monday (October 16) at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper September 6, 1941, to Raymond and Pauline (Parsons) Fleck. He married Linda Muenichbach December 21, 1968, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kenneth was a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from U.S. Steel Supply after 25 plus years of service. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco 49ers, and Jasper High School football and baseball.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Fleck; two daughters, Tracie Fleck, Indianapolis, and Julie Breitwieser and husband Jim, Jasper; three sons, Conner, Kevin, and Kennedy Fleck, all of Jasper; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Austin Breitweiser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity. A Celebration of Life service will be held at noon Saturday at the church.

Birdseye man arrested for setting fire to Koerner Building

Click on Video to see Koerner building from Monday

Adam L. Hensley, 36, was arrested by Indiana State Police. Hensley was named as a suspect in the fire soon after it occurred.

Monday afternoon, Detective Brock Werne was investigating a complaint of residential entry and theft in the Birdseye area.  Information received by Werne led him to investigate 36-year-old Adam Hensley of Birdseye as a suspect.

At the same time, the State Fire Marshall’s Office was actively investigating the fire at the Koerner Block building, on State Road 145, Birdseye.  Investigators believed the fire had been set and were also looking for Hensley as a possible suspect in that crime.

Werne later found Hensley and placed him into custody for residential entry and criminal mischief. Hensley was transported to the Dubois County Security Center.

After taking Hensley to the Security Center, Hensley was charged with Arson based on the additional information that was gathered by the investigation of the Fire Marshall’s Office. According to police, it was determined that Hensley set the fire to the Koerner Block building escaped and had a witness  at the scene dial 911.

Hensley is charged with a Level 4 felony count of arson, a Level 6 felony count of residential entry and a Class B misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

Phyllis “Diane’ Birchler, 78, Huntingburg

Phyllis “Diane” Birchler, 78, of Huntingburg, died Monday (October 16) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg June 17, 1939, to Gilbert and Mary (Helmrich) Hoffhaus. She Alfred Birchler June 20, 1981, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Diane enjoyed crocheting, making quilt tops, canning, cooking, fishing, and time with friends and family. She was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Lamar.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred Birchler; one son, Scott Hoffhaus and wife Carrie, St. Louis; and one brother-in-law, Calvin Peutzer, Evanston.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Peutzer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-10 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peters UCC or to St. Boniface Parish. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Paul “Chip” Jahn and Father Anthony Vinson, OSB, presiding. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Church Cemetery.



Four Rivers Arts Festival This Weekend

Jasper (NNDC) – The 41st annual Four Rivers Arts and Crafts Harvest Home Festival is scheduled Saturday and Sunday (October 21 and 22) at the Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds in Jasper.  Festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The festival features nearly 200 booths filled with handmade merchandise including woodcrafts, needlecrafts, pottery, glass, soap, jewelry, floral arrangements, an assortment of baked goods and treats, and more. No flea-market merchandise, alcohol, firearms, tobacco, or fireworks allowed. The festival has become a destination event for hand-craft exhibitors and shoppers, attracting people from a wide area. Over 3,000 shoppers attended the event last year.

Craft vendors  and food vendors can direct inquiries about craft vendor and food vendor booths to Craft and Food Booth Chairperson Kim Woods at 812 630-6218.

Joseph G. Mehringer, 78, Jasper

Joseph G. Mehringer, 78, of Jasper, died Sunday (October 15) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Jasper July 11, 1939, to Martin and Irene (Fleck) Mehringer. He married Norma Lampert August 17, 1961, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Joe served in the Military Police for the U.S. Army. He retired from the Jasper Cabinet Company after 45 years of service. He was a member of Holy Family Church and its Holy Name Society, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Ireland Sportman’s Club, Jasper Moose, and Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, bowling, pitching horseshoes, listening to country music, and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University basketball, and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Mehringer; one son, Steve Mehringer and wife Linda, Martinsville; two daughters, Brenda Wynn and husband Kevin, Bradenton, Florida, and Sheila Mehringer, Jasper, two granddaughters, Rachel Bowling and Sarah Mehringer; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerome “Baldy” Mehringer and Robert Mehringer and wife Mary Ann, all of Jasper; and his four-legged companion of 13 years, “Lexie.”

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Elmer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Funeral Home in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Harold L. Bair, 78, Dubois

Harold L. Bair, 78, of Dubois, died Saturday (October 14) at his home. He was born in Dubois August 20, 1939, to Wilfred and Arnetta (Wolf) Bair. He married Dorothy Wening September 7, 1963.

Harold retired from Wabash Valley in Dubois where he worked for many years. He served in the Indiana National Guard, was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads, and was an avid sports fan, especially softball and baseball.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Bair; one daughter, Deidra Pieper and husband Scott, Celestine; one son, Derrick Bair and wife Terra, Jasper; seven grandchildren, Shelby, Colby, and Bodie Pieper, Bralen and Easton Bair, and Hannah and Clayton Nixon; four sisters, Shirley Berger and husband Bill, Muncie, JoAnn Elliott, Boonville, Donna Friedman and husband Michael, Corydon; and Rhonda Tedrow and husband Rick, Dubois; one brother, James Bair, Dubois; and sisters-in-law Patty and Becky Bair, both of Dubois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry and Donald Bair.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church and the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Mary Poston will officiate.