Obituaries


Clara M. Streicher, 85, Jasper

obitClara M. Streicher, 85, of Jasper, died Thursday (May 28) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper February 9, 1930, to Robert and Justine (Marks) Scherle. She married Jerome Streicher September 4, 1954, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Clara was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Ladies Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Golden Girls Class of 1948, the Happy Go Lucky Campers, the Camping Hoosiers, and the Jasper Deutscherverein. She volunteered for Memorial Hospital, the Jasper Arts Center, R.S.V.P, Tri-Cap, and local blood drives. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and her rose gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Streicher; two daughters, Sharon Fuhs and husband Steve, and Rosemary Woolsey, and husband, Marlon, all of Jasper; two sons, Dan Streicher and wife, Elizabeth, Avon, and Ron Streicher and wife Annette, Jasper; 10 grandchildren; and one brother, William Scherle and wife, Pat, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Catherine Stemle, two brothers, Arnold and John Scherle, and an infant sister, Rose Marie Scherle.

Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview  Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Mary E. Leisman, 77, St. Anthony

Mary LeismanMary E. Leisman,77, of St. Anthony, died Monday (May 25) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Celestine October 18, 1937, to Alois and Bernice (Nordhoff) Schepers. She married Albert Leisman May 26, 1959, in St. Celestine Catholic Church. He died December 28, 1985.

Mary was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the St. Anthony Christian Mothers. She enjoyed reading, embroidering, gardening, flowers, plants, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Angela Russell and husband Jonathan, Shoals, and Theresa Lehmkuhler and husband, Greg, Huntingburg; six sons, Darwin Leisman, Mark Leisman, David Leisman and wife Janet, Randall Leisman and wife Sheila, and Albert Leisman, all of St. Anthony, and Thomas Leisman and wife, Kristin, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pat Recker, and her husband Leon, Celestine, Sr. Eileen Schepers, OSB., Martin, Kentucky, and

Rita Schepers, Celestine.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Kristin White and two brothers, Richard and Gerald Schepers.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church. Members of St. Anthony parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

John L. Wehrle, 83, Jasper

JohnJohn L. Wehrle, 83, of Jasper, died Monday (May 25) at his home. He was born in Carmi, Illinois, August 8, 1931, Charles and Lola (Stokes) Wehrle. He married Debbie Thompson September 30, 2006, in Maui Hawaii.

John owned and operated the Jasper Nursing Center in Jasper for a number of years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked in special intelligence in Germany. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, enjoyed taking cruises and traveling, fishing, and spending Sundays with family.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Wehrle; one daughter, Alice Gee and husband Russell, Katy, Texas; two grandchildren, Jacob and Jaleen Gee; and one brother, George Wehrle and wife Ellen, Brownsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents..

Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to Gentiva Hospice. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Virgil M. Gress, 70, Jasper

Virgil GressVirgil M. Gress, 70, of Jasper, died Saturday (May 23) at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Jasper April 4, 1945, to Anton and Margaret (Lampert) Gress. He married Judy Schlachter April 8, 1967, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad.

Virgil was the co-founder and president of Kitchen Jewels, Inc. in Jasper. He served as the past president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer and was a member of Jasper American Legion Post No. 147. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Jasper Optimist Club, and was a past president of the Jasper German Club. He and his wife Judy served as the host and hostess of the Jasper Strassenfest. He enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Gress; two sons, Darren Gress and  wife Pam, and Dale Gress and wife Micki, all of Jasper; six grandchildren, Emily, Abby, Evan, Jade, Lexi, and Will Gress; four sisters, Clara Mae Braunecker, Ireland, Mitz Lanham and husband Bob, Plainfield, Naomi Gress, Jasper, and Diane Buechlein and husband Gene, Fischers; and two brothers, Lee Gress and wife Rita, and Wilfred Gress  and wife Helen, all of Ireland.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by one brother, Rich Gress.

Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites. 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 the church. Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Frieda I. Hohler, 95, Jasper

Mary HawleyFrieda I. Hohler, 95, of Jasper, died Monday (May 25) at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Celestine September 22, 1919, to Frank and Margaret (Schnell) Heichelbech. She married Urban M. Hohler  June 17, 1947. He died  November 26, 1995.

Frieda was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Blessed Virgin Sodality. She enjoyed camping, playing cards, embroidery, Word Search, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed mother – daughter sleep overs.

She is survived by three daughters, Ruth Seger and husband Michael, Paoli, and Donna Schwartz and husband Gerald, and Mary Lou Gehlhausen, all of Jasper; two sons, Dennis Hohler and wife Becky, and Mark Hohler, all of Jasper; nine grandchildren, Kevin J.  Gehlhausen and wife Veronica, Teresa Giesler and husband Mark. Keith Seger, Amy Graves and husband Bradley, Jill Graham and husband Daniel, Ryan Hohler and wife Ashley, Scott Hohler, Brian Schwartz, and Jeffrey Schwartz and wife Cari; eight great grandchildren, Gavin and Coty Giesler, Jacob and Austin Graves, Bentley Graham, Myla Hohler, and Henry and Thomas Schwartz;

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by six sisters, Cecelia Schroering, Bernadine Rape, Rose Pieper, Bertha Kossen Mahlman, Veronica Heichelbech and Helen Heichelbech, who died in infancy, and three brothers, Herbert, Alois, and Ray Heichelbech.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner

Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church. A rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday led by the Blessed Virgin Sodality  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to Holy Family Church.

Mary Hawley, 87, Jasper

Frieda HohlerMary Hawley, 87, of Jasper, died  Sunday  (May 24) at Northwood Good Samaritan Nursing  Center in Jasper. She was born in Dubois June 24, 1927, to William and Florence (Hooten) Hentrup.

Mary retired from Western Electric in Indianapolis where she worked for 30 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois, and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She is survived by four sisters, Doris Gehlhausen, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Alice Childers and husband Millard, Science Hill, Kentucky, and Kathy Knies and husband Jerry and Patti Brosmer and husband Jim, all of Jasper; and one brother, David Hentrup, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Cindy Spivy  and Marcella Roberts, and four brothers, Donald, Wilfred, Leroy, and Louis Hentrup.

Servces at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Church and the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Agnes E. Lueken, 96, Jasper

Agnes L.Agnes E. Lueken, 96, of Jasper, died Sunday (May 24) at St. Charles Health Campus in Japer. She was born in Jasper January 25, 1919, to Leopold and Catherine (Otto) Stemle. She married Jerome Lueken June 9, 1945. He died June 20, 1967.

Agnes retired from Memorial Hospital and Health Care where she worked for 20 years in food services. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and the Blessed Virgin Sodality. She quilted for the church for many years.

She is survived by one son, John Lueken and wife Jacque, Huntingburg; three daughters, Mary Beth Flick and husband James, Jasper, Dee Thorndell, Louisville, Kentucky, and Donna Pund, Jasper; four grandchildren, Nathan Pund, Sara Boswell, Emily Ricker, and Matthew Lueken; four great grandchildren; and one brother, ,Robert Stemle.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Anna Catherine Lueken, who died in infancy, one grandson, Michael Lasher, and three brothers, Henry, Lawrence (Lefty), and Ralph (Cotton) Stemle.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church.

Mary A. Hulsman, 74, Jasper

Mary H.Mary A. Hulsman, 74, of Jasper, died Saturday (May 23) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.She was born in August 17, 1940, in Fulda to Alois and Frances (Titzer) Kern. She married Linus Hulsman September 30, 1961. He died December 15, 2000.

Mary was a child care provider for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the St. Anthony Christian Mothers. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Diane Lindauer, Loogootee; one son, Mike Hulsman and wife Krista, Lagrange, Kentucky; her companion, William Prior, Jasper; four grandchildren, Ryan and Ashley Lindauer and Alexa and Evan Hulsman’ two sisters, Pat Hayes, Hawesville, Kentucky, and Matilda “Tillie” Kern, Jasper; and one brother, Norbert Kern, Schnellville.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers,  Harold, Albert, and Thomas Kern.

Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial following in St. Anthony Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Church, the American Heart Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

William Fredrick “Bill” Lohman, 80, Huntingburg

Bill LohmanWilliam Fredrick “Bill” Lohman, 80, died Friday (May 22) at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was in Huntingburg December 18, 1934, Martin Henry and Helen Minerva (Kunz) Lohman. He married Linda Gayle Flamion September 10, 1960, in Huntingburg.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, spending 28 months in Africa. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Huntingburg Excavating Company and retired from Old Ben Coal Company. He was a member of VFW Post No. 2366 and UMWA Local No. 4343.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and gardening, and was a NASCAR, Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Hasler and Doris Katterhenry; by one nephew.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Gayle Lohman; two daughters, Jacqueline Schlachter and husband Mark, and Lori Fromme and husband Patrick, all of Ferdinand; one son, Kevin Lohman and wife Jackie, Holland; one step sister, Jerlene Peach, Evansville; one step brother, Joe Todrank, Las Vegas, Nevada; two brothers in law, Dale Hasler, Santa Claus, and Glenn Katterenry, Evanville; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and one niece and one nephew.

Services at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Rev. Jack Neighbors will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 Memorial Detail. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice or to VFW Post No. 2366. Condolences may be shared online at: www.nassandson.com.

James H. Kloeck, 69, St. Meinrad

James KloeckJames H. Kloeck, 69, of St. Meinrad, died Tuesday (May 19) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He born in St. Meinrad, August 16, 1945,to Xavier and Lorena (Rupprecht) Kloeck.

James retired from Abbey Press. He was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366, St. Meinrad K of C, and St. Meinrad Catholic Church. He  was an avid reader and a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University sports.

He is survived by four sisters, Theresa Wahl, Evansville, Sister Vera Kloeck, Edwina Wahl and husband Leo, and Betty Knust and husband Jim,  all of Ferdinand;  sister in law, Marta Kloeck, Ferdinand; one brother, Tom M. Kloeck and wife Sarah, St. Meinard; and nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and Francis Kloeck; and two nephews.

Services at 2 p.m. (CDT) Friday at St. Meinrad Church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rights. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Meinrad parish. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.