Peter Francis Murphy III, 67, Terre Haute

Peter Francis Murphy III, 67, of Terre Haute, formerly of Huntingburg and Jasper, died Thursday (December 7) at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago. He was born in Hammond January 29, 1950, to Peter Francis Murphy and Margaret (Lane) Murphy. He married Judith Ann Fleck October 5, 1974, at Holy Family Church Catholic Church in Jasper.

Peter was a certified public accountant with a private practice in Huntingburg, and for the last four years served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hammond Group Inc., in Hammond. He was a member of Holy Family Church in Jasper and attended the St. Joseph’s University Parish in Terre Haute. He was an advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, was a past board member for Anderson Woods and Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Services, and volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul and many other charitable organizations. He enjoyed good conversation, especially on politics and religion, and the companionship of friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Murphy; three sons, Brian Murphy and wife Lori, Jasper, and Kevin Murphy and wife Jessica and Daniel Murphy and wife Ashley, all of Terre Haute; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kathryn, Ann, Jackson, and Elliott Murphy; his mother, Margaret Murphy-Danielson and husband Dan, Naples, Florida; one sister, Kathleen Murphy, Phoenix, Arizona, and two brothers, John Murphy and wife Beth, Indianapolis and Terry Murphy and wife Marianne, Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his father, Peter Francis Murphy.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or its sister parish in Dupity, Haiti, Anderson Woods, 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. Thursday at Holy Family Church with entombment following at a later date in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

 

Virginia G. Heim, 89, Ireland

Virginia G. Heim, 89, of Ireland, died Sunday (December 10) at her home. She was born in Litchfield, Ohio, June 5, 1928, to Victor and Lorena (Zehr) Gehlhausen. She married Edward J. Heim April 8, 1947, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois. He died March 4, 1990.

Virginia was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the St. Anne’s Society, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Doug Heim and wife Mary, Evansville, and Stan Heim, Ireland; three daughters, Wanda Leisman and husband Gene, Schnellville, Marcia Zehr and husband Jim, Dubois; and Barbara Kirkwood and husband Don, Evansville; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Arthur Gehlhausen, St. George, Utah, and Edgar “Boots” Gehlhausen and wife Dian, Dubois.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Janice Gerber, Vera Brown, and Wilda Barnett, and one brother, Kenneth Gehlhausen, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Mary Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund or to a favorite charity. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Sheriff’s Department Seeks Assistance

Celestine (NNDC) – There was an accident Sunday in the parking lot of the Happy Hour Sports Bar and Grill in Celestine and information on the accident is being sought by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

It was a leaving the scene accident and the Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from anyone who may have witnessed the accident or have information on the accident. Anyone with such information is asked to call 812 482-3522.

Five 18-Year-Old Men, Two Minors Arrested on Drug Charges

Jasper (NNDC) – Five 18-year-old Dubois County men and two juveniles face multiple drug charges following their arrests Friday evening at a residence on the north side of Jasper.

Jasper City Police were sent to the home following a complaint of possible illegal drug use at that address. During their investigation of the premises the officers located over 60 grams of marijuana and multiple items of paraphernalia.

Alexander Wayne Paugh, Skylar Elton Byrd, Brandon Lee Dick, and Chance Ronald Beck, all of Jasper, and Josten Alan Tyler Fellers of Huntingburg, all 18 years of age, were arrested along with two juveniles.

Paugh, Byrd, and Dick were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance, Fellers was charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and visiting common nuisance, Beck was charged with visiting common nuisance. All were arrested and taken to the Dubois County Security Center. Paugh, Byrd, Dick, and Beck have been released on bond. The two juveniles were released into their parents’ custody.

Santa’s Holiday Hoedown

Jasper – (NNDC) Ireland Elementary School presented a very special musical Thursday night featuring Kindergarten, 3rd, & 4th grades. (click on videos)

It was standing room only at the Ireland School and it was a great show click on the videos for a little taste of the Christmas fun.

The music was directed by Mrs. Mary Burke

The musical included a North Pole scene with a rendition of “Santa Claus is coming to Town” with all the Elves being named after Country music stars like Yokam, Vince, Billy Rae, Wynonna, and we don’t want to forget Shania.  The reindeer also went to Branson and met up with Elvis, Santa, and Willie.

Fun was had by all and you can get a Disc of the whole program from our friends at Brescher Filming.

Final Two “12 Days” Recipients Announced

Dubois County (From Release) – St. Vincent Depaul and Survivors of Suicide are the final two of 12 recipients of the 2017 Dubois County Community Foundation’s Twelve Days of Giving grants. The Twelve Days of Giving is a yearend granting blitz to 12 local nonprofits. Each recipient receives a $1,000 grant.

St. Vincent DePaul leads individuals to join together and grow spirituality by offering person-to-person service to the needy.

Survivors of Suicide offers local outreach and peer-led support services for suicide loss survivors.

The first 10 recipients announced earlier were Celestine Community Club, Camp CARE, Community CHEW, the Dubois County Humane Society, Dubois County CASA, Girls On The Run, HOPE Garden, Southern Indiana Education Center, Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detatchment, and St. Patrick’s Celebration. The 12 grant recipients were chosen by last year’s grant recipients with the goal of “paying it forward.”

All 12 organizations receiving grants will be eligible for a $10,000 grant chosen by the public on Facebook. The public can cast a vote on Tuesday, December 12, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the nonprofit they wish to receive the final $10,000 grant. A total of $22,000 will be granted to local charity during 12 Days of Giving. Additional information is available on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page or by calling Nona Baker at 812.482.5295.

Mary Jane Striegel, 88, Jasper

Mary Jane Striegel, 88, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 7) at 8:20 Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Celestine September 3, 1929, to Theodore and Margaret (Humbert) Knies. She married Paul John Striegel October 4, 1952, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Mary Jane was a homemaker and worked at Aristokraft for 16 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Blessed Virgin Sodality, and the Celestine Community Club. She loved homemaking, cooking, walking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her iving are her husband, Paul John Striegel; one daughter, Gayle Ann Hochgesang and husband John, Jasper; two sons, David Paul Striegel, Salisbury, Maryland, and Brian Joseph Striegel and wife Diane, Bothel, Washington; four grandchildren, Chris Hochgesang, Erin Clem, and Jacob and Heather Striegel; one sister, Brenda Epple and husband C.G., Haubstadt; and four brothers, Richard Knies and wife Carol, and Larry Knies, alld of Jasper, Dallas Knies and wife Inez, Celestine, and Douglas Knies and wife Kathy, Evansville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Peg Knies.

Friends may call from noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church. The Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, Kindred Hospice, 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. Monday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Mental Health First Aid USA Classes Scheduled

Jasper (From Release) – Plans have been announced for local Mental Health First Aid USA Classes. Participants will be trained in mental health first aid. The trainings, which are open to the public, will be held at the Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Building.

The training dates are January 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (must attend both days), March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (must attend both days).

The evidence-based program teaches individuals how to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn general knowledge about a variety of mental illnesses, how to recognize them, and how to respond to them. Substance use disorders, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and more are covered in the course.

The classes are sponsored through the Dubois County Public Health Partnership, which has identified mental health as a local health concern. Volunteers Kim Deitz, Amy Dilger, Kara Glendening, and Crista Linette have been trained to lead the classes.

Enrollment fees of $35 per person will be reinvested in the program to pay for the manuals participants receive, other supplies, and instructor training.

To register for the class go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. For additional information email Dubois County Heath Department Administrative Director Donna Oeding at dcoeding@duboiscountyin.org or call 812 481-7050.

Leo R. Reller, 92, Huntingburg

Leo R. Reller, 92, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (December 6) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Stendal March 10, 1925, to Daniel and Margaret (Butke) Reller. He married Laurabell Kaetzel September 29, 1956, in Huntingburg.

Leo served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was owner and operator of Reller Jewelers in Huntingburg for 35 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal and V.F.W. Post #2366. He was an advocate for military veterans and was active in the V.F.W. at the local, state and national levels.

He is survived by his wife, Laurabell Reller; one daughter, Glenda Nugent and husband James, Huntingburg; one son, Keith Reller and wife Cheryl, Prospect, Kentucky; one sister, Ruth Kamman and husband Donald, Haubtstadt; six grandchildren, six grandchildren, Justin Neal, Montgomery, Alabama, Cameron Harris, Jasper, Whitney Chamberlain, Huntingburg, Tyler and Braxton Reller, both of Prospect, Kentucky, and Luke Durcholz, Huntingburg; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Amos, Edwin “Pete,” Paul, and Cleo Reller, and one sister, Dorothea Henke.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church with Pastor Ed Wicks officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. V.F.W. Post #2366 will conduct military graveside rites.

Two More “12 Days” Recipients Announced

Dubois County (From Release) – Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment and St. Patrick’s Celebration are the ninth and tenth recipients of the 2017 Dubois County Community Foundation’s Twelve Days of Giving grants. The Twelve Days of Giving is a yearend granting blitz to 12 local nonprofits. Each recipient receives a $1,000 grant.

Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment is dedicated to assisting veterans from all branches of service, visiting veterans in hospitals or nursing homes, participating in Honor Guard for military funerals and providing morale and financial support to families of veterans and currently deployed servicemen and women.

St. Patrick’s Celebration works for the betterment of Ireland, supporting community organizations and efforts to improve connectivity through new sidewalks.

The first eight recipients announced earlier were Celestine Community Club, Camp CARE, Community CHEW, the Dubois County Humane Society, Dubois County CASA, Girls On The Run, HOPE Garden, and Southern Indiana Education Center. The last two recipients will be announced at 4 p.m. Friday (December 8). The 12 grant recipients were chosen by last year’s grant recipients with the goal of “paying it forward.”

All 12 organizations receiving grants will be eligible for a $10,000 grant chosen by the public on Facebook. The public can cast a vote on Tuesday, December 12, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the nonprofit they wish to receive the final $10,000 grant. A total of $22,000 will be granted to local charity during 12 Days of Giving. Additional information is available on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page or by calling Nona Baker at 812.482.5295.