Obituaries


Arthur L. Kempf, 90, Celestine

Arthur L. Kempf, 90, of Celestine, died Friday, September 18, at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington. He was born in Dubois November 10, 1929. to Bart and Mary (Heeke) Kempf. He married Ann M. Kluesner April 24, 1954, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine. She died August 7, 2011.

Arthur was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and was a member of Jasper VFW Post 673 and St. Anthony American Legion Post 493. He was an independent insurance agent for many years and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, where he served on numerous committees, was a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award, and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was a member of the Celestine Community Club, the Schnellville Conservation Club, and the Jasper German Club. He was a recipient of the Celestine Distinguished Citizens Award and was a member of the Dubois County Museum where he was instrumental in the establishment of the museum. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, making wine, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by two daughters, Paula Wehr and husband Leon, St. Anthony, and Karen Eisenhut and husband Mark, Dubois; two sons; Tim Kempf and wife Diane, Jasper, and Rick Kempf and wife Karen, Dubois; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Hoffman, and four brothers, Henry, Eddie, Larry, and Roman Kempf.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Mask and social distancing will be required for the visitation and mass.

 

Madonna C. Leibering, 84, Huntingburg

Madonna C. Leibering, 84, of Huntingburg, died Friday, September 18, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Holland September 1, 1936, to Albert and Blaundina (Evard) Hubert. She married Wesley Leibering November 26, 1955.

Madonna was a graduate of Holland High School. She loved to cook and sew, was a homemaker and child care provider, an avid supporter of high school athletics, and head of concessions at Memorial Gym for 30 years during the basketball sectional tournaments. She was also a member of the VFW Post 2366 Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Leibering; one daughter, Sharon Leibering, Huntingburg; one son, Tom Leibering, Kendall Park, New Jersey; daughter-in-law Debbie Leibering, Huntingburg; two sisters, Ramona Brosmer and husband Bob, Jasper, and Rose Waters and husband Louis, Huntingburg; five grandchildren, Breanne Wyman and husband John, Jami Mabb and husband Jon, Michael Leibering and wife Reene, and Ryan and Tommy Leibering; and six great-grandchildren, Izzy and Gabby Leibering, Toby Sawyer, and Emerson and Campbell Wyman.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Jim Leibering, one brother, Raphael Hubert, and two sisters, Alberta Runyan and Anna Kathryn Blessinger.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and a VFW Post 2366 Auxiliary memorial service at 6:30. Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department, Southridge High School Athletics, Indiana Organ Donor’s Association, or the Dubois County Leukemia Society. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.  Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Biju Thomas.

Max E. Leffert, 89, Ferdinand

Max E. Leffert, 89, of Ferdinand, died Friday, September 18, at his home. He was born in Bourbon August 28, 1931, to Maurice and Charlotte Amanda (Tripp) Leffert. He married Barbara Ann Mayville July 7, 1956, at Elizabeth. She died March 14, 2010.

Max was known for designing houses in the local community. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer from 1950 to 1954, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of the Ferdinand American Legion and the Huntingburg United Methodist Church. He was a 1949 graduate of Merrillville High School and the Louisville Technical Institutional trade school. He worked in design and was owner of Leffert Construction. He also worked for Styline and was one of the original employees who started Craftsman Construction. Following his retirement he taught himself AutoCAD and began taking computers apart and rebuilding them as a past time. He enjoyed walking in the park, talking with his neighbors and friends, and was proud of his family.

He is survived by one daughter, Deborah Aders and husband Tony, Ferdinand; three sons, Anthony Leffert and wife Lou, San Diego, California, and Mark Leffert and wife Linda and Paul Leffert and wife Carolyn, all of St. Meinrad; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); and one sister, Eleanor Klevickas and husband Mamertas, Merrillville.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Steve Leffert.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services at noon Monday at the funeral home with burial following in the St. Ferdinand Church cemetery. COVID-19 guidelines and protocol for gatherings will be followed. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Eugene P. Hedinger, 90, St. Meinrad

Eugene P. Hedinger, 90, of St. Meinrad, died Thursday, September 17, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Perry County September 28, 1929, to George and Apolona (Waninger) Hedinger. He married Viola Braun May 3, 1952, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tell City.

Eugene was a member of St. Meinrad Parish. He was a retired farmer and logger and also retired as a truck driver for Mulzer and Foster Brothers Trucking. He enjoyed farming, UTV rides, story-telling, and being with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Viola Frieda Hedinger; six sons, James Hendinger, Mariah Hill, Phillip Hedinger and Charles H. Hedinger and wife Diane, all of Tell City, Keith Hedinger, Bretzville, and Randall Hedinger and wife Sharon, St. Meinrad; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Daniel Hedinger, Fulda; and two sisters, Imelda Thomas, Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and Martha Oser, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Hedinger, one daughter, Sandra Hedinger, four brothers, David, Seo, Ollie, and Kenny Hedinger, and one sister, Pearline Kluemper.

Friends may call from 9-11:30 a.m. (CST) Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon (CST) Tuesday at St. Meinrad Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Donald Eugene Wiesman, 91, Summerfield, North Carolina

Donald Eugene Wiesman, 91, of Summerfield, North Carolina, died Sunday, September 13, at his home. He was born in Dubois County May 1, 1929, to Samuel and Gladys (Spurlock) Weisman.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Wiesman; one son, Jeff Wiesman and wife Lynn, Summerfield; one daughter, Lisa Wiesman (Marion Peeples), Oak Ridge, North Carolina; one granddaughter, Candace Garrison and husband Keith, Greensboro, North Carolina; one grandson, Zane Wiesman, Summerfield; two great-grandchildren, Ella and Owen Garrison, Greensboro; and one aunt, Della Hemmerlein, Huntingburg.

A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to AuthoraCare (Hospice of Greensboro) 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences can be shared at www.forbisanddick.com.

Ruth Ann Gentry, 80, Huntingburg

Ruth Ann Gentry, 80, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, September 16, at her home. She was born in Bristow January 27, 1940, to Alvin and Bernice (Flamion) Lasher. She married Eugene Gentry July 11, 1959. He died in 1990.

Ruth Ann was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She owned and operated Wind in the Willows floral shop in Huntingburg for 18 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, golfing, and working out and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by four sons, Michael Gentry and wife Hazel, Chris Gentry and wife Shannon, and Vince Gentry and wife Clara, all of Huntingburg, and Dennis Gentry and wife Beth, Ireland; two daughters, Beth Dahlen and Laura Morgan, both of Jasper; her companion, Tony Harris, Huntingburg; two sisters, Alene Dauby, Tell City, and Phyllis Bender and husband John, St. Meinrad; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law Joella and Fred Evrard, brother-in-law Joe Dauby, and one granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Morgan.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Associations. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in St. Isidore’s Cemetery in Bristow. Father Biju Thomas will officiate at the service.

Jerry Dee Schurz, 81, Huntingburg

Jerry Dee Schurz, 81, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, September 16, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg August 17, 1939, to Karl and Mary (Robling) Schurz. He married Patty L. Whitsitt June 9, 1956, at the Church of Christ in Duff.

Jerry worked in management at the MetLife Insurance Company for 30 years and owned Hunter Paving and Construction Company. He was a founding member of the Northside Christian Church in Huntingburg where he served as an elder, song leader, and adult bible study leader and was a member of the Dubois County Masonic Lodge 520 F&AM.

He is survived by his wife, Patty L. Schurz; two sons, Kurt Schurz, Huntingburg, and Jay Schurz and wife Leila, Linton; one daughter, Kim Chambers and husband Ed, Paragon; one sister, Linda Mundy and husband “Hub,” Huntingburg; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, John Schurz.

Friends are invited to attend public visitation 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Private funeral services Sunday followed by burial in Mayo Cemetery near Duff. Ministers Jason Rae and Ron Frazier will officiate at the services.

Gerald “Chub” Stenftenagel, 72, St. Anthony

Gerald “Chub” Stenftenagel, 72, of St. Anthony, died Wednesday, September 16, at his home. He was born in Jasper February 26, 1948, to Roman and Lilla Mae (Hopf) Stenftenagel. He married Julie Kordes May 30, 1970, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Chub was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of VFW Post 693 in Jasper. He retired as a parts man from Hasenour Motor Company in St. Anthony after 41 years of service and worked part time for Kitten Automotive in Ferdinand. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church. He served on the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, was on its board of directors, and was a member of the St. Anthony Community Center. He enjoyed camping, was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University basketball fan, a NASCAR racing fan, and enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews’ sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Stenftenagel; one daughter, Amanda “Mandy” Stenftenagel. St. Anthony; four sisters, Donna Schuetter and husband Jerry, Joyce Stenftenagel, Cindy Meyer and husband Jerry, and Brenda Gehlhausen and husband Rod, all of Jasper; three brothers; Melvin Stenftenagel and wife Pat and Joe Stenftenagel and wife Deb, all of Jasper, and John Stenftenagel, St. Anthony; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie and Larry Stenftenagel.

There will be no public visitation. A private family visitation will be held at the Becher- Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish, the St. Anthony Fire Department, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. Jasper VFW Post 693 will conduct military graveside rites.

Dorothy Marie Traylor, 94, Columbus

Dorothy Marie Traylor, 94, of Columbus, died Tuesday, September 15, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. She was born in Jasper December 8, 1925, to Edwin and Rose Stallman, the eldest daughter of five siblings. She married Robert C. Traylor May 8, 1948, in Jasper. He died in 2002, a few days shy of their 55th wedding anniversary.

Dorothy was a military wife and served her family and friends with love and devotion.

She is survived by two sons, Gregory A. Traylor, Columbus, and Richard V. Traylor and wife Tammy, Easton, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Connie L. Jackson, Columbus, and Sherry Traylor and husband Steve, Shelbyville; one brother, James Stallman and wife Ruth, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Stallman and John Stallman, who died in infancy, and one sister, Benigna Stallman, who died in infancy..

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper followed by a prayer service at 1 p.m. Internment will follow in Traylor Union Church Cemetery in Otwell. Online condolences can be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Doris J. Schnell, 86, Schnellville

Doris J. Schnell, 86, of Schnellville, died Monday, September 14, while visiting her daughter in Lecanto, Florida. She was born in St. Anthony March 26, 1934, to Hubert and Louise (Wehr) Bonifer. She married John J. Schnell June 1, 1957, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. He died September 28, 2001.

Doris was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and its St. Anne’s Society and Christian Mothers. She made alter cloths for the parish and was awarded the Brute Society Award in 2016. She was a member of the Schnellville Community Club, St. Anthony Community Center, St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 auxiliary, and Betzville Park. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter, made hundreds of quilts for others and assisted in picnic quilting for many years for the Fire Department and parish picnics. She was active in blood drives and served as the chairman for the local Red Cross blood drives for 21 years. She was involved in the community of Schnellville and was considered by many a community matriarch. She enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, doing crossword puzzles, visiting the casino, and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Doug Schnell and wife Peggy, Kiowa, Colorado; one daughter, Dr. Lisa Schnell Morey, Lecanto, Florida; three sisters; Shirley Terwiske and husband Gerald and Diane Bair and husband Gary, all of Dubois, and Ruth Hauser and husband Bill, St. Anthony; three brothers; Ronald Bonifer, Jasper, Ralph Bonifer and wife Alice, Chicago, and Butch Bonifer and wife Betty, Dubois; five grandchildren; Connor Snyder, Nicole Brady and husband John, Tyler Schnell and wife Ashlee, Trent Schnell and wife Shenna, and Lindsey Snyder; seven great-grandchildren; Archer, Griffin, Gaige, and Violet Schnell, Brae Holmes, Felix Griswold, and Aiden Smith.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one grandchild, Shayna Schnell, and one brother; Kenneth Bonifer.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required.