Fern Bonifer, 93, Ireland

Fern Bonifer, 93, of Ireland, died Monday, September, 21, at the home of a daughter in Ireland. She was born in Stendal August 19, 1917, to Marvin and Milda Henke. She married Robert Lee Bonifer in 1952. He died in 2005.

Fern expressed a vivid imagination at an early age with her three imaginary childhood friends, Hugo, Sophie and Roseadale. Her favorite pet was a dairy cow she named Whistle-Whistle. She gave names like Green Apples and Daisy Gold to her dresses.

A 1946 graduate of Huntingburg High school, Fern was a pioneering professional woman. Her lightning-fast shorthand and typing skills earned her a job as the court reporter for the Dubois County Circuit Court and a staff position with circuit court judge Eldo Wood. She and her husband raised six children and produced a long-running series of adventures on their family farm southwest of Ireland. As co-owner and chief troubleshooter for Bonifer Enterprises, she deftly managed businesses that included: farming; farm equipment sales; long-haul trucking; manufacture and sales of Fantastic Pig Feed; thoroughbred racing; and, most famously, Clover Leaf Park & Riding Stable, a family-operated theme park built around rehabilitated horses and she never even liked horses. That she managed to see it through was proof of the unconditional love she had for her husband and her family. In addition to all that, Fern had a busy social and community life. Ninety-three years was barely enough to contain it all.

Fern quilted, crocheted, and sewed, and at age 83, in partnership with her daughter, launched Fern Fashion to make and sell aprons on Etsy and at local craft shows. In 2020 she cut fabric for over 10,000 COVID masks her daughter and friends sewed and sold. Fern was a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Mary Church in Ireland where she was a longtime parishoner; a member of the BPW, sang with the Singing Seniors at local assisted living centers; bowled with her team, The Rubies, was in a Tuesday Morning Women’s Bowling league; served as a teacher’s aide at 10th Street School in Jasper; was a member of Women of the Moose; served as President of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post 673, where she got photos of all the past Presidents installed at the post; was active in the Jasper High School Band Parents, and every year for 39 consecutive years presented the Brian Bonifer Award to the band’s Outstanding Jazz Musician at the annual band banquet.

Fran and Robert were early adopters of CB radios. In the 1960s they build their own and operated under the call letters, ’18Q3362.’ Later, in the 1970s, when the CB radios got popular, Fern’s handle was ‘Delta Dawn.’ She played piano and co-hosted bonfire sing-alongs and big family reunions on the family farm. She was a regular at the Habig Center in Jasper, where she consistently relieved other seniors of their betting money in games of poker and Scrabble. On Friday and Sunday nights she could be almost always found at a bingo game and could be talked into a visit to the casino in French Lick on five minutes’ notice. She was an amazing cook. Her oatmeal cookies were legendary. She caused frequent squabbles at the dinner table over who got to eat the end pieces of her French bread and she was a prodigious finder of four-leaf covers.

She is survived by one sister, Jeanne Rust and husband Joe, Holland; three sons, Michael Bonifer, Los Angeles, Alan Bonifer and wife Marilyn, Tampa, Florida, and Mark Bonifer, Indianapolis; two daughters, Anne Mehringer and husband Bucket, and Beth Underwood and husband Carl, all of Ireland; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Brian Bonifer, and her grandson, Luke Mehringer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Church. The Women of the Moose will hold a short memorial at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Masks and social distancing will be required. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Memorial contributions can be made to the Women of the Moose, the Luke Mehringer Endowment Fund, the Jasper High School Jazz Band, or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dennis Ray Merkley, 58, Huntingburg

Dennis Ray Merkley, 58, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, September 15, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Siberia May 23, 1962, to Hubert and Margaret (Schnetzke) Merkley.

Dennis worked as a shipping supervisor for Decora.

Dennis is survived by two sons, Josh Merkley, Albion, Illinois, and Brandon Merkley, Jasper; one daughter, Angelica Merkley, Stendal; four sisters, Pamela Merkley, Celestine, Sarah Bailey and Joan Oser, both of Huntingburg, and Nance Merkley, Louisville; three brothers, Darrell “Butch” Merkley, Birdseye, Randy Mehling and wife Kathy, Kyana, and Hubert “Junior” Merkley, Jr., Texas; and four grandchildren, unnar and Jasey Merkley and Dustin and McKenzie Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Margaret Merkley.

Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. No services will be held at this time. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Judith K. “Jude” Atwood, 58, Jasper

Judith K. “Jude” Atwood, 58, of Jasper, died Sunday, September 20, at her home. She was born in Jasper September 22, 1961, to Maurice and Lorraine (Striegel) Buechlein.  She married Robert Atwood September 29, 1984, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

Jude was a 1979 graduate of Jasper High School and a member of Precious Blood Church. She loved children and working with them, especially special needs children. She was a para-educator for the Olathe, Kansas, school system, a Girl Scout leader, and a religious education leader in Olathe, Kansas and Jasper. She enjoyed gardening, camping, all holidays, wintertime, Christmas, and making sentimental personalized Christmas ornaments and she loved steamed Maryland Blue crabs.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Atwood; one son, Brian Atwood, Quincy, Illinois; two daughters, Carolyn Willis and husband Matthew, Winslow, and Rachel Atwood, Jasper; five grandchildren, Skylar Atwood and Brittney, Danielle, Richard, and Jami Willis; her mother, Lorraine Buechlein, Jasper; three sisters, Deb Fischer and husband Phil, Huntingburg, Mary “Sue” Gogel and husband Mike, Dale, and Diane Brescher and husband Mark, Ireland, and two brothers, Joe Buechlein and Daniel Buechlein and wife Dana, all of Jasper.

She was preceded in death by her father, Maurice Buechlein.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America c/o Assistance in Health Care, 2520 Elisha Ave., Zion, IL, 60099, or to Precious Blood Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 2, at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Karl G. Fluckey, 48, Washington

Karl G. Fluckey, 48, of Washington, died Saturday, September 5, at his home. He was born in Jasper June 15, 1972, to Thomas and Judith (Baker) Fluckey.

Due to a childhood illness, Karl was left with severe physical and mental handicaps, but through all of this he was still able to touch and inspire many people throughout his life. Those who knew Karl could feel his love for family and friends, and his greatest contribution will be how he taught those around him to love, live and appreciate life.

Karl loved coloring, his Etch-A-Sketch, and looking at and carrying around stacks of magazines.

He is survived by his mother, Judy Fluckey, Jasper; three sisters, Tammy Hayworth and husband Bertt, Loogootee, Shelley Truelove and husband Keith, Otwell, and Shari Morrison, Jasper; one brother, Tim Fluckey, Jasper; three nieces; seven nephews; one great niece; and one great nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Fluckey.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following at a later date. Rev. Daniel Land will officiate.

Delmar L. Fuhrman, 79, Dubois

Delmar L. Fuhrman, 79, of Dubois, died Sunday, September 20, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Dubois September 8, 1941, to Norman J. and Luetta (Meyer) Fuhrman. He married Florence Straw August 19, 1961, in Lafayette.

Delmar was a graduate of Dubois High School and Purdue University with a degree in engineering. He was self-employed as a consultant and also worked at Home Depot in Jasper. He enjoyed playing golf and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Florence Fuhrman; one son, Delmar Furman, Jr., Rhonda Beach, California; one daughter, Teresa EiIand and husband Steven, Longwood, Florida; one brother, Donald Fuhrman and wife Shirley, Dubois; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Brian Fuhrman.

Friends may call from noon to1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. COVID-19 safety protocols will be mandatory for all family and friends in attendance including the use of face masks, observation of social distancing, and the use of hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the facilities. The family will appreciate everyone’s cooperation. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper or to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with burial following in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Haysville .

Susan Beier, 67, Fulda

Susan Beier, 67, of Fulda, died Friday, September 18, at Willowdale Village in Dale. She was born in Huntingburg April 14, 1953, to August and Frances (Tempel) Krampe. She married Ronald H. Beier September 13, 1980, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand..

Susan was a member of St. Boniface Parish in Fulda and its Ladies Sodality. She worked at Mobel Furniture in Ferdinand for over 40 years and at MasterBrand Cabinets for three years before her retirement. After retirement she worked part time as a gatehouse attendant at Lake Rudolph Campgrounds. She enjoyed camping and being with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald H. Beier; two sons, Brent Beier and wife Kyla and Craig Beier, all of Fulda; four grandchildren, Rylie, Brexley, Avery, and Nolan Beier; her mother, Frances Krampe, Ferdinand; one sister, Joan Heeke and husband Rick, Ferdinand; and three brothers, Steve Krampe and wife Sue and Mark Krampe, all of Ferdinand, and John Krampe and wife Donna, Evansville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her father, August Krampe, and one brother, Edward Krampe.

Friends may call from 9-11:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon (CST) Wednesday at St. Boniface Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Doris Mae Erwin, 94, Winslow

Doris Mae Erwin, 94, of Winslow, died Friday, September 18, at Courtyard Health Care in Goshen. She was born in Pike County December 20, 1925, to William A. and Maude (Coleman) Chumbley. She married Lawrence Ray Erwin in1945 in Shawneetown, Illinois.

Doris was employed at Swift and Purdue Farms and enjoyed quilting and embroidery.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol (Dawn) Rademacher, Goshen, and Faye Collins and husband Gary, Huntingburg; two sons, Tom Erwin and wife Betty, Jasper, and Verturia Quiggins, Greenwood; six grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Ray Erwin, one son, Michael R. Erwin, one step daughter, Meris Ella Julian, one grandson, and one step grandson.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Oak Hill Cemetery in Winslow.

Sister Cities of Jasper – German Exchange Fundraiser for Jasper High School this weekend

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Fundraiser for the Jasper High School German Exchange trip scheduled for summer 2022:

Sonntag-Mittagessen Dinner Ticket ($12)

Choice of Fried Chicken, two Bratwurst, or Pulled Pork and Includes German Fries, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, and a Cookie

Sunday, September 27, 2020

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Great Day for Liberation League Baseball Enjoy Saturday’s 6:30 game now!

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Enjoy Saturday night’s 6:30 game between the Indiana Barn Owls and the Indy WindStorm

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Last Night’s Raffle Winner of Autographed Bat Jackson Ruhe with CJ a Liberation Player and PA Announcer Saturday Evening.

 

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Arthur L. Kempf, 90, Celestine

Arthur L. Kempf, 90, of Celestine, died Friday, September 18, at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington. He was born in Dubois November 10, 1929. to Bart and Mary (Heeke) Kempf. He married Ann M. Kluesner April 24, 1954, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine. She died August 7, 2011.

Arthur was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and was a member of Jasper VFW Post 673 and St. Anthony American Legion Post 493. He was an independent insurance agent for many years and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, where he served on numerous committees, was a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award, and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was a member of the Celestine Community Club, the Schnellville Conservation Club, and the Jasper German Club. He was a recipient of the Celestine Distinguished Citizens Award and was a member of the Dubois County Museum where he was instrumental in the establishment of the museum. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, making wine, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by two daughters, Paula Wehr and husband Leon, St. Anthony, and Karen Eisenhut and husband Mark, Dubois; two sons; Tim Kempf and wife Diane, Jasper, and Rick Kempf and wife Karen, Dubois; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Hoffman, and four brothers, Henry, Eddie, Larry, and Roman Kempf.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. 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. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Mask and social distancing will be required for the visitation and mass.