Leona M. Hief, 78, Jasper

Leona M. Hief, 78, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 14) at St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville. She was born in Schnellville March 26, 1939, to Otto and Margaret (Schnell) Vogler. She married Gerald Hief June 19, 1965, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Leona retired from Wooden Keg Liquors after many years of service. She was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Blessed Virgin Sodality and served on its Bereavement Committee. She volunteered for Tri-Cap and Brookside Village and helped with blood drives and the community meals program. She was a member of the Women’s Moose Lodge #1175, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #147, and the Grandmothers Club. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Hief; one daughter, Angie Rahman and husband David, Newburgh; two sons, two sons, Curt and Roger Roger Hief, both of Jasper; six grandchildren, Lydia, Cole, and Sydney Rahman and Noah, Mariah, and Collin Hief; and one sister, Bernice Reuber and husband Thomas, Dubois.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Rosetta Kern.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church. The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The Women of the Jasper Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. 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 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery


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Wanda F. Hendrix, 72, Ferdinand

Wanda F. Hendrix, 72, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (December 12) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Evansville October 31, 1945, to Ed and Edna (Gossett) Noffsinger.

Wanda was a 1963 graduate of North High School in Evansville. She was a hairdresser for 50 years, was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand, and enjoyed going to the French Lick casino, playing bingo, playing cards, and being with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Shelley Wigand and husband Keith, Ferdinand, and Karla Van Winkle and Bobby Siroumis, Munster; two grandchildren, Austin and Madeline Wigand; one sister, Joyce Giolitto and husband Bob, Evansville; and sister-in-law Connie Noffsinger, Newburg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Noffsinger.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and from 7-9 a.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Mondy at St. Ferdinand Church followed by entombment in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.

Janice F. Kreitzer, 92, Dubois

Janice F. Kreitzer, 92, of Dubois, died Thursday (December 14) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Dubois March 15, 1925, to Elmer and Cecelia (Arnold) Zehr. She married Wilmer G. Kreitzer May 8, 1945, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois. He died May 3, 014.

Janice retired from the Dubois office of the U.S. Postal Service. She was a lifelong, active member of St. Peter’s Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Women’s Guild. She sang with the Musical Belles and enjoyed cooking, taking drives with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Diana Terwiske and husband Butch and Lisa Matheis and husband Nick, all of Dubois, and Mary Beth Lottes and husband Scott, Haysville; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Beulah Zehr, and two brothers, Herschel and Roger Zehr.

Friends may call from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. John Sterrett will officiate.

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Final Leaf Pickup Friday in Huntingburg

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The Huntingburg Street Department will pick up loose leaves for the final time of the 2017 fall pickup season Friday (December 15). Leaves must be collected and placed near the curb so equipment can reach them. To ensure leaves are collected, residents are urged to call 812 683-2211 with their street address by days end Thursday.

If residents have leaves to discard after Friday, they have two options: 1. Leaves can be placed in trash bags along the curb for the street department to pickup; 2. Residents can haul leaves to the street department at 1103 East 1st Street any time. For pickup, residents must call the 683-2211 number.


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$10,000 “12 Days” Grant Awarded to Dubois County Humane Society

Dubois County (From Release) – The Dubois County Humane Society is the recipient of the Dubois County Community Foundation’s $10,000 12 Days of Giving grant voted on by the general public.

This grant is the culmination of 12 Days of Giving, a granting blitz that kicked off on December 1 and concluded Friday with the public taking part in the voting process on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

“The Humane Society was able to adopt over 600 animals this year which is a record for our organization and subsequently increased our vet costs,” said Andrea Hedinger Gramelspacher, Dubois County Humane Society President. “This grant will offset all of our vet care needs which we must raise 100% on a local level,” Hedinger Gramelspacher said.

Leading up to the $10,000 grant, 12 organizations received a $1,000 grant. These organizations were then eligible for a public vote that took place on Facebook yesterday. Over 1,725 votes were received on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page. The Humane Society received the most votes (892).

The 12 nonprofits who received $1,000 grants were:

  • Camp CARE
  • Celestine Community Club
  • Community CHEW
  • Dubois County CASA
  • Dubois County Humane Society
  • Girls on the Run
  • Memorial Hospital HOPE Garden
  • Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment
  • Southern Indiana Education Center
  • St. Patrick’s Celebration
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Survivors of Suicide

A total of $22,000 was granted to local charities through the 12 Days of Giving initiative. This year’s 12 grant recipients were chosen by last year’s grant recipients with the goal of “paying it forward”.

“The 12 Days of Giving initiative brings recognition to the good work our nonprofits do in our community,” said Clayton Boyles, Community Foundation Executive Director. “This initiative, through some friendly competition in our community, showcases the impactful work of these organizations and provides them with grant dollars to further those missions,” Boyles said.

“It was humbling to see former adopters, supporters and donors step up and vote for us yesterday. A big thank you to the Dubois County Community Foundation for the continued support of the Dubois County Humane Society today and throughout the years,” Hedinger Gramelspacher said.

$10,000 GRANT – The Dubois County Humane Society was voted recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation Wednesday, capping off the Foundation’s “12 Days of Giving” program. The “large” check was presented by Director Clayton Boyles (right) to Humane Society representatives in the Foundation office.


Sleeping Driver causes accident

Jasper – (NNDC) The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department reports 51 year old Mark Bailey of Bloomfield was traveling south on  US 231 when he apparently fell asleep and traveled left of center sideswiping a vehicle driven by 56 year old Steven Arvin of Loogootee.  Bailey’s Ford truck ended up on the west side of the roadway while Arvin’s truck came to rest off to the east side of the roadway.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s department was assisted at the scene by Uebelhor and Sons wrecker service there were no injuries to the drivers.

New Court date for the Frizes

Jasper (NNDC) – Huntingburg dentist Alan A. Friz, 57, and his wife Aimee Friz, 36, were charged a total of 48 felony back in October in Dubois Circuit Court.  Their most recent court date has been moved to January 23rd in Dubois Circuit court.

The charges stemmed from an October 4 incident at their rural Huntingburg home. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department had been called to the home following a report of a juvenile out of control at the home. Investigations resulted in the arrest of the Frizes, the juvenile girl’s parents.