Obituaries


Emil Wagner, 93, Ferdinand

Emil WagnerEmil Wagner, 93, of Ferdinand, died Wednesday (October 29) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Ferdinand May 9, 1921, to William L. and Elizabeth B. (Schadler) Wagner.

Emil was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed playing guitar, talking with friends, and keeping up with current events.

He is survived by nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Louise Nord, Lorine Schlachter, Frances Schlachter, Emma Schlachter, and Rose Wilmes, and one brother, Edmund Wagner.

Services at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Dwight Daniel “Danny” Ellis, 44, Birdseye

Danny Ellis USEDwight Daniel “Danny” Ellis, 44, of Birdseye, died Tuesday (October 28) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born May 5, 1970, in Indianapolis to Ronald C. and Karen A. (Grant) Ellis.

Danny worked as a plumber and roofer in the construction trade and as an automotive mechanic. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and mushroom hunting.

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Karen Ellis, Birdseye; two brothers, Michael Ellis and wife Janet, Mooresville, and Jerry Ellis and wife Rosemary, Coral Springs, Florida; and two sisters, Dawn Powell and husband Tim, Mooresville, and Christina Dallman and husband Glenn, Greenfield.

Services at 1 p.m. (EST) Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Pastor Ron Hickman will officiate. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Danny Ellis Burial Fund c/o Freedom Bank. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Doris Jane Kendall, 85, Huntingburg

Doris Jane KendallDoris Jane Kendall, 85, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (October 29) at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg. She was born November 11, 1928, in Jasper to Silas P. and Emma Catherine (Lampert) Birk. She married Russell Kendall January 27, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. He died September 6, 2013.

Doris was a homemaker; a retail sales clerk, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, and enjoyed cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Seger and husband David, Jasper, and Rebecca S. Bowling and husband Ken, New Haven, Kentucky; two sons, Gregory A. Kendall, Jasper, and John F. Kendall and wife Beth, Holland; son-in-law Bob Seifert, Jasper; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Beth Seifert, one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Kendall, and one great-grandson, Jackson Paul Veirs.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice or to St. Mary’s Church. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com

Sr. Mary Kenneth Scheessele, OSB, 91, Ferdinand

Scheessele Mary KennethSister Mary Kenneth Scheessele, 91, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (October 28) in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

A native of Spencer County, Sister Mary Kenneth was born December 5, 1922, the seventh of nine children born to John George and Ida (Griesbaum) Scheessele. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1940 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1942.

She was a teacher at Tell City, Ferdinand Elementary, St. Anthony, and Christ the King School in Evansville.  She was a teacher and librarian at Mater Dei High School in Evansville and Academy Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand and served as librarian at the monastery, St. Benedict College in Ferdinand, Ferdinand High School, and at schools in Holland, Indiana. She was the monastery archivist and most recently served in prayer ministry.

She is survived by two sisters, Eleanora Lathery , Red Brush, Indiana, and Sister Mary Clare Scheessele, Ferdinand; one brother, Kenneth and wife, Joan, Newburgh; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Beatrice Scheessele, Esther Browning, Coletta Scheessele, Dorothy Lindauer, and Sister Jovita Scheessele, OSB.

Visitation from 3-7 p.m. (EDT) Friday and from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the monastery. A wake service at 7:15 p.m. The funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.Saturday in the monastery church. Burial will be at a later date. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.

 

Martha Sue Schepers, 67, Celestine

Martha Sue SchepersMartha Sue Schepers, 67, of Celestine, died Sunday (October 26) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. She was born in Huntingburg March 9, 1947, to John and Alvena (Nordhoff) Schepers.

Martha was a 1967 graduate of Dubois High School. She was a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Society, served on prayer line, and the Red Hats Society. She enjoyed crocheting, card games, and computer games.

She is survived by two sisters, Marilyn Lampert and husband Hilary, Celestine, and Ruth Ann Boyer, Dubois; one brother, Kenneth Schepers, Huntingburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice Gene Schepers, and one nephew, Glenn Schepers.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Church, Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Vincent’s DePaul Society, or to a favorite charity.

Savannah Rose Stout, Infant, Ferdinand

Savannah RoseSavannah Rose Stout, infant, age 3 weeks old, died Saturday (October 25) at her home in Ferdinand. She was born October 3, 2014, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She is survived by her parents, Josh and Sally (Burress) Stout, Ferdinand; two sisters, Kailey and Jasmine Stout, at home; one brother Jayden Stout, at home; her maternal grandparents, Ken and Brenda Burress, Ferdinand; her paternal grandparents,
Randy and Janessa Bryant, Cannelton; and great-grandparents Jerry and Margie Houchin, Huntingburg.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James Stout.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Brother Jason Denton will officiate. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to assist with funeral expenses. The family would appreciate any such memorials be made in care of Nass and Son Funeral Home or any local branch of Old National Bank. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

LeRoy George Loehr, 86, Holland

LeRoy LoehrLeRoy George Loehr, 86, of Holland, died Thursday (October 23) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born February 9, 1928, near Holland to Herbert and Edna (Tormohlen) Loehr. He married Eleanor Weitkamp June 16, 1948, in Zoar.

LeRoy was a 1946 graduate of Holland High School. He was a lifelong farmer and member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. He was a Boy Scout Troop Leader, recipient of the 1983 Tom Wallace Farm Forestry Award, and was honored with the Outstanding Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year award by the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Loehr; one daughter, Sandra Royer, Englewood, Ohio; three sons, Larry Loehr and wife Molly, Naperville, Illinois, and Daniel Loehr and wife Jan and David Loehr and wife Andrea, all of Holland; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services at 11 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday at St. James Church Holland with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor David Darling will officiate. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Irene C. Werne, 90, Ferdinand

Irene WerneIrene C. Werne, 90, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (October 23) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Dubois June 6, 1924, to John and Elizabeth (Schepers) Terwiske. She married Gilbert P. Werne May 23, 1944, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland. He died June 24, 2010.

Irene was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Anne’s Sodality and she enjoyed reading and scrapbooking.

She is survived by one son, Larry Werne and wife Linda, Ferdinand; two daughters, Darla Schipp and husband Tom, Ferdinand, and Sharon Persohn and husband Kenneth, Schnellville; one brother, Cletus Terwiske, Boston, Massachusetts; two sisters, Monica Thacker and husband Bob , Huntingburg and Mary Merkley, Jasper; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Gary Werne, four brothers, Jim, Bob, Tony, and Maurice Terwiske, and one grandson.

Services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 7-9:30 a.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Bart Matthew Houchin, 33, Holland

HouchinBart Matthew Houchin, 33, of Holland, died Wednesday (October 22) at his home. He was born May 10, 1981, in Evansville to Rick and Connie (Arnold) Houchin.

Bart was a welder by trade. He played guitar and was the leader of band Dunwich.

He is survived by his parents, Rick and Connie Houchin, Stendal; one stepson, Christopher Williams, Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister, Kim Vaughn and husband Matt, Stendal; one brother, Bret Houchin and girlfriend Taylor Barnett, Newburgh; his grandmother Imogene Russell, Winslow; one niece, Shelby Vaughn, Stendal; and aunts and uncles.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Cup Creek Cemetery near Pikeville. Services will be officiated by Elder Tim Hopper. Friends may call ffrom 2-7 p.m. Saturday and from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Wynonia Eck, 84, Boone Township

Wynonia EckWynonia Eck, 84 of Boone Township, died Tuesday (October 21) at her home. She was born December 18, 1929, in Washington to Lawrence and Scherlottie (Allen) Schnarr. She married Chris Eck June 4, 1950, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died November 6, 2004.

She graduated from Alfordsville High School in 1948 as the class valedictorian. She worked at the Daviess County Surveyors Office, General Electric in Huntingburg, as a cook at the Caper House and the Gas Light in Huntingburg, and on the family farm. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and she enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by one son, Gary Eck and wife Marlene, Boone Township; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Cledamae Kuckuck and husband David, Tampa, Florida, Marilyn Witter and husband Duane, Newaygo, Michigan, Brenda Witt, Washington, and Arlene Wininger and husband Richard, Montgomery; and four brothers, Carmin Schnarr and wife Sylvia, Washington, Gilbert Schnarr and wife Carolyn, Glendale, John Schnarr and wife Janis, Jasper, and Michael Schnarr and wife Betty, Washington.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Delbert Schnarr, daughter-in-Law Nancy Eck, and her step-mother, Beatrice Schnarr.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Northside Chapel in Jasper and one hour before the service at church Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St John’s Church Cemetery Trust Fund or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.