Clara A. Wilgus, 88, Ferdinand

Clara A. Wilgus, 88, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday, January 21, at her home under the care of Heart to Heart Hospice. She was born in Troy May 12, 1931, to Erwin and Gertrude (Bergman) Lamar. She married Paul Wilgus April 11, 1953, in Troy. He died February 14, 1981.

Clara was Salutatorian of the 1949 class of Tell City High School. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and retired as a cook at Forest Park High School. She was a charter member of Ferdinand Home Economics Club and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, and cooking, and was an avid bird watcher.

She is survived by five daughters, Patti Bos and husband Maarten, Sarasota, Florida, Mona Elder and husband Kenny, Tell City, Terry Brinker and fiance’ Wayde Jones, Evansville, Sandy Waninger and husband Tony, Fulda, and Marci Hansen and husband Michael, Ferdinand; two sons, Rick Wilgus and wife Tonya, Evansville, and Ron Wilgus and wife Shelly, Schnellville; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Linda Lamar, Arkansas; brother-in-law Charlie Wilgus and wife Sue, Tell City; several nieces and nephews; and caregivers Ruth Sickbert, Angie Rahman, and Denise Schnell.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Wilgus, one great-grandson, Corbin Sarfos, three brothers, Albert, Marty, and Paulie Lamar, and one sister, Agnes (Bootz).

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dubois County Health Department to Hold Emergency Drill

Jasper (NNDC):


The Dubois County Health Department will be closed to the public on January 30th, 2020 from 8 AM – 12 NOON.

The Health Department staff will practice the setting up of a mass point of dispensing (POD) location to provide medication if there were an outbreak or attack of an agent.  This drill is a requirement for part of a grant the Local Health Department was awarded by the Division of Emergency Preparedness DEP within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).  The DEP is the entity responsible for administering the Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant (PHEP) received from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) grant received from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).  The goal of the exercise drill is to enhance the County’s Local Health Department’s preparedness operations in order to better respond to public health and healthcare emergencies.  

A POD’s sole purpose is to distribute medication in order to prevent illness. PODs are not treatment sites. If there were an outbreak, residents that were exposed or found to be at risk of exposure to the identified agent would come to the POD to receive medication that would be funded by the ISDH and at no charge to the participant.  Anyone who would be experiencing symptoms from the identified agent should contact their family physician or go to the hospital or other treatment location for treatment.  Those actively experiencing symptoms would not receive the medication that would be dispensed as a prevention measure.  

For the purpose of the emergency pod exercise drill, a made-up scenario of a Hepatitis A exposure in a buffet style popular restaurant was created.  In the made-up scenario, the supposed worker handled food while ill and prepared food for consumption by customers on 1/18/20 and 1/19/20.  Therefore, a POD will be set up on Jan 30th from 9 AM – 12 Noon.  This vaccination clinic scenario will be scheduled at the Jasper Middle School.  The staff of the Local Health Department each are assigned a role to help with the setup of the POD exercise.  

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light-colored stools.  Yellowing of the eyes or skin may also appear.  People can become ill up to 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus.  In 2019, Several Counties throughout the State of Indiana had experienced outbreaks of this nature and have had to set up PODs to prevent the spread of this communicable disease.  Careful hand washing, including under the fingernails, with soap and water, along with vaccination of anyone at risk of infection, will prevent the spread of this disease.  Indiana law has required a hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, and the vaccine is required for students entering 6th and 12th grades in 2018, so many students have already been vaccinated.  

Emergency Preparedness for public health is a service that the Dubois County Health Department continues to provide.  The entire staff of the Health Department has been working very hard to ensure the safety of the residents of Dubois County.  They are committed to be a public health service provider and to ensure the optimal well-being of our community.  Administrative Director, Jo Ann Spaulding states, “We are committed to prevention efforts that promote and protect our community’s health by serving with dedication, respect, and responsibility. Being prepared for a public health emergency is part of our job, and we are thankful for those partners who are helping us remain protected.

Reminder, the temporary closure of the Dubois County Health Department services to the public on January 30, 2020 is for an exercise drill only and from 8 AM to 12 Noon.

Violating the new Smoking Law Raises Penalties for Retailers who don’t Comply

Statewide (NNDC):

Increased enforcement of the new tobacco with an age limit of 21 warns retailers who repeatedly sell to minors they could lose their license to sell tobacco for breaking the law. Before reaching that point, fines would be higher, with the penalty for a first violation more than doubled, from 200 dollars to a minimum of 500.

Most of the debate in the House focused on the part of the bill that’s already federal law: raising the minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21. 

14 House Republicans voted against raising the age as an infringement on personal freedom. Seymour Representative Jim Lucas half-seriously suggested the bill opens the door to a “war on cheeseburgers” to roll back obesity-related illnesses. And he argues it’s unfair to allow 18 year olds are able to be part of the military and serve our country yet not be allowed to smoke.

Studies have concluded that smoking is a leading cause of premature birth, which makes it a major factor in Indiana’s chronically high infant mortality rates. Making cigarettes harder to get at an early age improves the odds of keeping prospective mothers tobacco-free.

The Senate could pass its own version as soon as Thursday, but the two chambers still have to agree on a single final version.

Recycling of Old Christmas Lights a Huge Success

Dubois County (NNDC):

The second annual Christmas light recycling program was another success with over 1000 pounds of old or broken Christmas lights. This is the second year a half ton of light strands were collected Vs heading to the landfill.

Carla Striegel-Winner, remarked that the program was a resounding success again. Carla is the director of the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District, the agency that oversees the program.

The district plans to offer the program again next season.

Coal to Diesel Plant in Dale Still being Contested by Local Residents

Dale (NNDC):

Fear of health issues along with negative environmental concerns has spurred SW Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life and others, to hold another public discussion to Riverview Energy’s plans to build a coal to diesel plant in Dale.  The discussion will be led by the group’s president, Mary Hess and Valley Watch president John Blair.

IDEM says the proposed plant will not pose a significant risk to public health or the environment but local residents aren’t so sure.  The discussion will take place January 28th at 7 p.m. at Dale Presbyterian Church.

Some opponents think IDEM’s motives are political in this case, saying they don’t feel any better about the plant coming to Dale than they did before IDEM issued its findings.

Veronica C. “Fronie” Hochgesang, 96, St. Anthony

Veronica  C. “Fronie” Hochgesang, 96, of St. Anthony, died Tuesday, January 21, at her home. She was born in Schnellville October 24, 1923, to Joseph and Mathilda (Gunselman) Brosmer. She married August X. Hochgesang April 22, 1941, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. He died September 5, 1992.

Fronie was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church where she was a cleaner for over 35 years. She was a member of the church’s Christian Mothers and a recipient of the Simon Brute and Mother Theresa awards. She was a homemaker and cooked at the St. Anthony Community Center and St. Anthony Elementary School. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, crafts, planting flowers, playing bingo, helping people, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by seven daughters, Darlene Tuell, Huntingburg, Mary Jean “Jeannie” Begle and husband Jim, St. Henry, Janet Braunecker and husband Joseph “Junie,” St. Meinrad, and Linda Hochgesang, Cindy Hochgesang (Jerry Young), and Brenda and Laura Hochgesang, all of St. Anthony; four sons, William “Bill” Hochgesang and wife Carol, Clarksville, Tennessee, Ernest “Ernie” Hochgsang and wife Eileen, St. Henry, Michael “Mick” Hochgesang and wife Tami, Birdseye, and Richard “Rick” Hochgesang and wife Jenny, St. Anthony; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild on the way; and one brother, Lawrence Brosmer, Schnellville.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Charles Tuell, and Arnie Heeke, three sisters, Dorothy Messmer, Anna Mae Brosmer, and Catherine Hartings, and five brothers, Isidore, Cletus, Edward, Philip, and Joseph Brosmer.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Anthony Christian Mothers will pray a rosary at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Jasper Chamber to host “Launch Your Own Business Event” Sign up now!

Jasper – (NNDC)

Launch Your Own Business Thursday – January 23rd, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. Jasper Chamber of Commerce 302 West 6th Street – Jasper, IN

$25 per person – payable at the door

Evaluate your business idea and start on a solid foundation.

Instructed by ISBDC Business Advisors, this workshop covers:

  • Identify Personal Objectives, Skills, and Resources
  • Describe Your Business Idea and Requirements
  • Understanding your competition and how to position your product or service.
  • Identify the managerial requirements for your business

Receive a free 55-page step-by-step workbook, and one-on-one business consulting

To register – – call the Jasper Chamber at 812-482-6866 or:


Tai Chi with local Certified Instructor and Black Belt Jim Birkle (Click on Video)

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Verna Wollenmann, 85, Ferdinand

Verna Wollenmann, 85, of Ferdinand, died Sunday, January 19, at Scenic Hills at the Monastery. She was born in Ferdinand September 13, 1934, to Werner A. and Irene A. (Lindauer)  Wollenmann.

Verna attended Ferdinand Elementary Grade School and the Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. She received her nursing credentials at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Indianapolis and started her nursing career at Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg. She worked as a nurse for Dr. J.P. Salb in Jasper and retired from her career working as a home health care nurse in Jasper. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its’ St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan, a choir member, lector, and a religion educator.

She is survived by two sisters, Carolyn Tieken and husband Virgil, Ferdinand, and Gloria (Wollenmann) Shreve, Santa Claus; one brother, Paul Wollenmann and wife Joelle, Evansville; sisters-in-law Betty (Borho) Wollenmann, Ferdinand, Marilyn (Abel) Wollenmann, Naperville, Illinois, and Martha (Vehr) Wollenmann, Holland; and 37 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by siblings Maxwell and Helen (Borders) Wollenmann, Leander Wollenmann, Aloysious and Mary Ann (Borho) Wollenman, Mary Margaret (Wollenmann) and Sy Hurst, John and Ann (Braunecker) Wollenmann, Charles Wollenmann, Matthew Wollenmann and brother-In-law Christopher Shreve.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Anne’s Sodality. Online condolences can be shared at A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church.

Thomas Owen Ellsworth, 92, Huntingburg

Thomas Owen Ellsworth, 92, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, January 18, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg October 4, 1927 to William Emil and Clementine (Carpenter) Ellsworth. He married Mildred Lee “Midge” Conner  April 13, 1952, at Central Christian Church in Huntingburg.

Tom was a 1945 graduate of Huntingburg High School where he was a member of the Huntingburg Happy Hunters football and basketball teams and the high school band. He attended Ohio State University under the Army Specialized Training Program and Oakland City College. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea from 1946 to 1947. In the late 1940s and early 50s he was a member of Mike Kelly’s Orchestra playing the drums. He worked at Ellsworth Dairy and Styline Furniture and served the City of Huntingburg as a City Councilman and 12years as City Clerk-Treasurer. He was a member and Elder Emeritus at Central Christian Church and a member of Huntingburg VFW Post 2366.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Ellsworth; one son, Tom D. Ellsworth and wife Elsie, Bloomington; one daughter, Suzanne Mastin and husband Mike, Zionsville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Gordon, Bill, and Richard Ellsworth, and one sister, Mary Ellen Schultz.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to Central Christian Church. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Mt. Zion Christian Church Cemetery near Santa Claus. The VFW Post 2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites.