Obituaries


Donna M. Fleck, 60, Ferdinand

Donna M. Fleck, 60, of Ferdinand, died Thursday, September 20, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette. She was born in Huntingburg January 29,1958, to Leo and Isabel (Dilger) Gessner. She married Tom J. Fleck July 19, 1980, at Mary Help Of Christians Church in Mariah Hill.

Donna was a custodian at Ferdinand Elementary School. She was a member of Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church and its choir. She was a member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Forest Park Band Boosters, and the Celebration Singers. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, especially flowers, knitting, singing, and hosting guests and family for the holidays.

She is survived by her husband Tom J. Fleck; one son, Luke Fleck and wife Andrea, Ferdinand; two daughters, Kyla Wagner and husband Ryan, Fishers, and Alyssa Fleck, Ferdinand; three grandchildren, Kayden and Isabel Fleck and Logan Wagner; her mother, Isabel Gessner, Mariah Hill; one brother, David Gessner and wife Carol, Mariah Hill; and one sister, Ruth Koenig and husband Kenny, Mariah Hill.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Gessner; and one brother, Daniel Gessner, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions can be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association or Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Joyce Mae Stilwell, 85, Algiers

Joyce Mae Stilwell, 85, of Algiers, died Saturday, September 22, at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg. She was born in Velpen January 21, 1933, to Albert and Zelpha (Stephens) McLaughlin. She married Ray Richard Stilwell June 2, 1952, in Arthur.

Joyce was a homemaker and a member of the Brenton Chapel Church of Christ in Petersburg. She enjoyed cooking, family get-togethers, spending time at her and her husband’s place in Florida, and being a military wife.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Stilwell; three daughters, Brenda Hamm and husband Don, Petersburg, Donna Herold and husband Daniel, Vida, Oregon, and Margaret Evans and husband William, Algiers; one son, Stephen Stilwell and wife Marlene, Henderson, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Dorothy Hardin and Ruth Ann Nelson and husband Stanley, all of Otwell, Lillian Ruckriegle, Ireland, and Marie Gilliand and husband Daniel, Petersburg; and one brother, James McLaughlin and wife Shirley, Otwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Brenton Chapel Church. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in McClure Cemetery in Algiers.

Kiersten Marie Land, 20, Jasper

Kiersten Marie Land, 20, of Jasper, died Friday, September 21, at her home. She was born in Jasper June 24, 1998, to Jarrod and Staci (Fuhs) Land.

Kiersten was a 2016 graduate of Jasper High School. She enjoyed music, animals, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her parents, Jarrod and Staci Land, Jasper; one brother, Tyler Lashbrook, Jasper; her maternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Klingel, Jasper, and Steve and Lynn Fuhs Birdseye; her paternal grandparents Carroll and Judy Land, French Lick; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and her beloved pets, Boots, Lexi, Ryder, and Leia.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Redemption Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Christian Church, the Dubois County Humane Society, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following at a later date.

Bradley J. Burress, 50, Jasper

Bradley J. Burress, 50, of Jasper, died Thursday, September 20, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Jasper April 25, 1968, to James and Rosie (Durcholz) Burress.

Bradley was a truck driver.

He is survived by one daughter, Jamie Nicole Burress, Paoli; two step-sons, Chad Taylor, Jasper, and Josh Taylor, Huntingburg; two grandchildren, Mikah and Luca; his father and step-mother, James and Linda Burress, Jasper; two brothers, two brothers, Chad Burress, Arlington, Texas, and Josh Burress, Jasper; and four step-brothers, Baye Cole, Mansfield, Texas, Brian Cole, Frankfort, Kentucky, Bruce Cole, Indianapolis, and Gene Miller, Rockport.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Cole; his step-father, Hugh Cole, and one step-brother, Barry Cole.

Graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mayo Cemetery near Duff. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

William T. Bridge, 91, Holland

William T. Bridge, 91, of Holland, died Tuesday, September 18, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to William G. and Esther R. (Pfiester) Bridge. She died June 13d, 2017. He married Mildred Mae Weldon. She died June 13, 2017.

Bill was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, U.S. Naval Reserves, and the Coast Guard. He was a retired supervisor with Michigan Bell Telephone Company. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and the Telephone Pioneers of America and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by four daughters, Lynn Allison, Iowa, Nanette Hankins and husband John, Old Fort, North Carolina, Deborah Semifero and husband Joseph, Adrian, Michigan, and Joanne Kennard, White Lake, Michigan; three sons, William Lee Bridge, Holland, Steven Bridge and wife Joanne, Jacksonville, Florida, and Joel Bridge, Radcliff, Kentucky; two sisters, Anne Baddour, Belmont, Massachusetts, and Nancy Todd, La Belle, Florida; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great- grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Immaculate Conception. Online condolences can be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post No. 2366 Memorial Detail.

 

Jimmie L. “Jim” Lammers, 88, Huntingburg

Jimmie L. “Jim” Lammers, 88, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, September 18, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg October 28, 1929, to Enos and Lela (Blemker) Lammers. He married Norma Hagen March 20, 1955, in Terre Haute.

Jim was a 1947 graduate of Huntingburg High School. He lived his entire life on a farm raising livestock and farming. Jim played the trombone and was an original member of the Santa Claus German Band, played with ther Willie Bartley Orchestra, and finished his musical career with the Crawford County Community Band. He was a member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church, the Methodist Brass, and the Celebration Singers. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in 4-H Fair and sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Lammers; two sons, Mike Lammers and wife Mary and Brian Lammers and wife Ann, all of Huntingburg; and five grandchildren, Lance, Brianna, and Justin Lammers, Beth Smith and husband Matt, and Jordan Lammers and wife Nicole.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Huntingburg United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Huntingburg UMC with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Lee Campbell will officiate.

Robert J. Schepers, 69, Celestine

Robert J. Schepers, 69, of Celestine, died Monday, September 17, at his home. He was born in Celestine September 13, 1949, to Roman and Leona (Fromme) Schepers. He married Annette M. Braunecker August 9, 1975, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Robert was a 52 year employee at Jasper Engines and Transmissions. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, the Celestine Community Club, and the Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus. He was the 2013 recipient of the Celestine Distinguished Citizen Award. He enjoyed camping, hunting, cutting firewood, volunteering at the Celestine Community Club, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Annette M. Schepers; one son, Kurt Schepers and wife Roxanne, Jasper; two daughters, Stacy McCracken, Celestine, and Kimberly Bayer and husband Vanis, Jasper; four grandchildren, Gabrielle and Gaige Schepers, Chloe
McCracken, and Haley Bayer; six sisters, Sr. Mary Ann Schepers, OSB, and Rosie Brinkman, both of Ferdinand, Dorothy Schepers, Loogootee, , Bertha Merkley and husband Jerry, Henrietta “Susie” Baglan, and Virlee Hams, all of Jasper; two brothers, Jerry Schepers and wife Diana, Newburgh, and Alan Schepers and wife Phyllis, Celestine; and brother-in-law Wilfred Brinkman, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Darlene Brinkman.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednessday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, 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. Thursday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Edmond “Dwain” Reynolds, 82, Ferdinand

Edmond “Dwain” Reynolds, 82, of Ferdinand passed away at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper on September 15, 2018, surrounded by family members. Ed was born on February 18, 1936, in Plainville, IN to John Marion and Lillian Naomi (Meurer) Reynolds. He married Susan D. Schue on October 18, 1958 in Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill.

Ed graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, IN and then went to work at Delco Remy. He joined the National Guard and then the Air Force, where he was an Air Traffic Controller. He was in the service during the Korean War. After leaving the service he was an Air Traffic Controller for Weircook Airport in Indianapolis. He was a Machine Room Supervisor for Ferdinand Furniture and then Styline Industries. He drove a semi for Wabash Valley Transport before retiring. He was a life member of Santa Claus American Legion Post 242. He enjoyed woodworking, model airplanes, fishing and being with his family .

He is survived by his wife Susan Reynolds, of Ferdinand; four daughters, Lesa (Chuck) Hancock and Lora (Darryl) Lange of Ferdinand, Christina (Tom) McNary of Ekron, KY and Dana Lange of Holland; grandchildren, Chandra (Candido) Sablan of Illinois, Cecile Singer of Greenville, Amanda and Samantha McNary of Kentucky, Wynne (Kody) Curtsinger of Gentryville, Joshua Reynolds (Sloan) Voges of Bristow, Catherine Lange of Kentucky, Claire Lange of Ferdinand, Christopher and Emily Lange of Holland; four step grandkids; eleven great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren and two step great great-grandchildren.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and sister’s Cheryl Lonette Craig, Lillian Deanna Hopper and a brother in infancy, William Marion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 19th at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Santa Claus American Legion Post 242 will provide military graveside rights.

Visitation will be held Tuesday at Becher Funeral home in Ferdinand from 3-7:00 PM CDT and also at the church on Wednesday from 8:00 AM CDT until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at ALZ.org or the American Legion. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com

Ronald Gary Mason, 80, Huntingburg

Ronald Gary Mason, 80, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, September 15, at his home. He was born in Spurgeon August 9, 1938, to Henry Sutton and Inza (Nikon) Mason. He married Lois Tribbie September 12, 1981, at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Chapel.

Ron worked as a mechanical engineer for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. He was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper and a former member of the Spurgeon Baptist Church and Ridgecrest Baptist Church in St. Charles, Missouri. He served in the Army National Guard, was a 50 year member of the Masons, and a member of the Winslow Masonic Lodge No. 260 F&AM and the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Mason, Huntingburg; one daughter, Pamela Mason, St. Louis; one son, Gary Mason, St. Charles, Missouri; two sisters, Sharon Henke, Ellisville, Missouri, and Ruth Ann Fowler, Silvis, Illinois;  three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Spurgeon General Baptist Church. The Winslow Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Spurgeon General Baptist Church or Redemption Christian Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spurgeon General Baptist Church with burial following in Spurgeon Cemetery.

Richard L. Sendelweck, 80, Ireland

Richard L. Sendelweck, 80, of Ireland, died Thursday, September 13, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Otwell April 25, 1938, to Philip and Meta (Eck) Sendelweck. He married Rita Wiseman December 18, 1956, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Richard was employed at Bank of Ireland for 30 years and worked for D and B Auto Sales for 30 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, where he served on the church council and ran the cemetery trust fund for over 25 years, the Ireland Sportsman Club, and the Ireland Lions Club for over 50 years and served as past president and treasurer. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working in the garden, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Sendelweck; two sons, two sons, Dave Sendelweck and wife Jan, Otwell, and Jason Sendelweck and wife Brandi, Ireland; three grandchildren, Alyssa and husband  Matt, Cody and wife Madi, and Kassidy; one great-granddaughter, Emma; and two great-grandchildren on the way; and three sisters, Janice Lemond, Terre Haute, Wilma Jean Hoffman and husband Bill, Ireland, and Kathy Goss, Jasper..

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Rick Sendelweck, one grandson, Jason Meyer, and two brothers, Daniel and Albert Sendelweck.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.