Obituaries


Gary A. Schnarr, 58, Huntingburg

Gary Schnarr2Gary A. Schnarr, 58, of Huntingburg, died Friday (October 17) at his home under the care of Heart-to-Heart Hospice. He was born February 27, 1956, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis to Morris and Doris (Vonderheide) Schnarr. He married Carla R. Giesler January 3, 1978, in Jasper.

Gary was a maintenance man and electrician at Spencer Industries. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, enjoyed art and music, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Carla R. Schnarr; two sons, Derrick A. Schnarr and wife Jessica, Winter Haven, Florida, and Adam R. Schnarr, Huntingburg; two daughters, Sasia J. Schnarr-Fehribach, and Lynee N. Heichelbech and husband Nick, all of Jasper; his mother, Doris “Dot” Schnarr, Jasper; one brother, his twin brother Glenn Schnarr and wife Judy, Jasper; two sisters, Debbie Schitter and husband Michael, Jasper, and Cherie DeKemper and husband Joe, Dubois; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Morris Schnarr.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Fr. Tony Ernst officiating. Cremation will take place following the visitation and funeral services. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

John Wehr, 65, St. Anthony

John WehrJohn Wehr, 65, of St. Anthony, died Wednesday (October 15), at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Huntingburg December 19, 1948, to Charles and Rose Marie (Blessinger) Wehr. He married Sharon Begle September 30, 1978, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

John retired from Ernie’s Welding Shop in Saint Anthony and also worked for Smitty’s Farm Equipment store in Jasper. He was a member of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Saint Anthony, the St. Anthony 800 Club, and the Jasper Knight of Columbus. He enjoying farming, tractor pulling, canning, gardening, daily workouts, and meetings with his coffee buddies. He also enjoyed collecting and restoring Oliver tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Wehr; one daughter, Brenda Schnell and husband Brandon, Jasper; six sisters, Margie Jeffries and husband Birnie, Eileen Schnieders and husband John, and Kaddy Merkel and husband Jason, all of Saint Anthony, Julie Gutgsell and husband John, and Ann Hassfurther and husband Mike, all of Jasper, and
Barb Becher and husband Glenn, Arizona; sister-in-law Martha Wehr-Bohnert, St. Anthony; and three brothers, Mark Wehr and wife Sue, Leon Wehr and wife Paula, and
Paul Wehr, all of Saint Anthony.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ernie Wehr.

Services at 10 am. 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 and one hour before service at church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Anthony Church Cemetery, Saint Anthony 800 Club, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Rita Mae Oeding, 87, Jasper

Rita Mae OedingRita Mae Oeding, 87, of Jasper, died Monday (October 13) at the Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, North Carolina. She was born December 11, 1926, in Jasper to August C. and Mary (Nordhoff) Rasche. She married James Oeding September 16, 1950. He died April 30, 2004.

Rita Mae retired from Jasper Chair Company, where she worked for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the St. Joseph St. Ann’s Society, the Jasper Moose, the Jasper American Legion Post No.147 auxiliary, and the VFW No. 673 auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time in Florida, taking photographs, and spending time in the Florida room at her home in Jasper.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha Stallings and husband Steve, Jasper, and Mary Hill and husband Danny, Ft. Mill, South Carolina; two sons, Michael A. Oeding and wife Mel, Velpen, and Mark Oeding and wife Leta, Linton; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Eckerle and Alvina Leinenbach.

Services at noon Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Susan L. Frye, 51, Birdseye

Susan FryeSusan L. Frye, 51, of Birdseye, died Tuesday (October 14) at her sister Rita Morrow’s home in Birdseye under the care of Gentiva Hospice. She was born April 1, 1963, in Johnson County to Mary (Debord) Frye.

Susan was a furniture factory worker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her best friend, Brandy Polen.

She is survived by one son, Frank Frye, Greencastle; three sisters, Bessie Peters, Franklin, and Rita Morrow and husband Robert, and Phyllis Frye, all of Birdseye; sister-in-law Bonnie Lovins, Whiteland; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parent and one brother, Burchel Lovins.

Services at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Marc Grimes will officiate.Burial of her cremains will take place during a private committal service at the Birdseye Cemetery. Friends may call ffrom 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Anna Mae Hautsch, 87, Jasper

Anna Mae HautschAnna Mae Hautsch, 87, of Jasper, died Monday (October 13) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Harbison Township November 9, 1926, to Oscar and Anna (Neukam) Breitwieser. She married Lester Hautsch June 24, 1947, at Emmanuel Hill Lutheran Church in Dubois. He died August 7, 1964.

Anna Mae was a homemaker and worked for Jasper Wood Products and Jasper Corporation. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville and the Women’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Association. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and quilting.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Breitweiser, Jasper, and Marlene Eck and husband Gary, Otwell; two sons, Dennis Hautsch and wife Dorothy, and Steve Hautsch and wife Bobbie, all of Jasper; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Aleda Tucker, Chesapeake, Virginia, and Elta Borman, Boonville.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Roger Hautsch, two brothers, Robert and Ralph Breitweiser, three sisters, Vera Rein, Pauline Eichmiller, and Melba Baker.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one son Roger Hautsch. Two brothers, Robert and Ralph Breitwieser. And three sisters, Vera Rein, Pauline Eichmiller and Melba Baker.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Charla Grieves will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before service time at church. Memorials contributions may be made to St. Paul Church or to a favorite charity.

Susie B. Kemp, 95, Huntingburg

Susie Kemp2Susie B. Kemp, 85, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (October 12) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born February 7, 1929, in Eckerty to John and Nora (Graves) Polen. She married Don Kemp February, 1951, in French Lick. He died May 10, 1986.

Susie was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Birdseye and was a minister and musician. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing at church and was the accordion player on the WITZ radio program for Rev. Johnny Buford. She worked as a substitute school teacher and was a volunteer worker at St. Joseph’s, Jasper Memorial, Evansville St. Mary’s, and Owensboro-Daviess County hospials. She also volunteered for many years for the American Red Cross.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana Lueken and husband Bill, Jasper; one sister, Leona Naney, Fenton, Michigan; one granddaughter, Kristy Kramer and husband Tony, Huntingburg; and two great-grandsons, Caleb and Caden Kramer.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Omer and Otto Polen; one sister, Naomi Phillips; and two half-brothers, Robert Polen and Jackie Worman.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Birdseye Cemetery Pastor Bret Eckert and Pastor Patty Rottet will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuessday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Marilyn J. Gramelspacher, 84, Jasper

Marilyn GramelspacherMarilyn J. Gramelspacher, 84, of Jasper, died Saturday at her home. Marilyn was born in Huntingburg July 20, 1930, to William F. and Evelyn L. (Elshoff) Hoffman. She married Robert E. Gramelspacher October 15, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died January 7, 2006.

Marilyn was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Church, where she was a member of the St. Ann’s Society and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She was a homemaker and gardener and enjoyed singing, walking, tennis, and golf. She was a member of Tri Kappa Associates, the Jasper Racquet Club, and a 65-year-member of the Jasper Philharmonic Club.

She is survived by three daughters, Jan Stenftenagel and husband Charles, Celestine; Mary Lou, Indianapolis, Marcia Desmond and husband Tom, Winnetka, Illinois; two sons, Gregory Gramelspacher, MD, and wife Mary Lou, Indianapolis and Mark Gramelspacher and wife, Meredith, Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, Adam and Luke Stenftenagel, Meghan and husband Andy Koeppel, Colleen and Caitlin Desmond, Anna Maria Gramelspacher, MD, and husband Jon Levine, and Joe, Gregory, Mary Grace, Cate, Gus, and Wil Gramelspacher; one brother, William C. Hoffman and wife Marlene, Nashville, Tennessee, and one sister, Phyllis Truong and husband Xuan, Dunlap, Illinois.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Fallon, who died October 8, 2014.

Services at noon Tuesday at the church. Private graveside services will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family extends special thanks for the care provided by Home Instead Senior Care and Gentiva Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Indiana University School of Medicine, Robert E. and Marilyn J. Gramelspacher Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care. Make memorial gifts payable to “IU Foundation” and mail to IU Foundation, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN, 46207-7072. Please indicate “In Memory of Marilyn Gramelspacher” on your gift.

Michele K. Schuelke, 46, Jasper

MichelleMichele K. Schuelke, 46, of Jasper, died Thursday (October 9) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Cutbank, Montana July 27, 1968, to Dwayne and Cindy (Berg) Dahlen.

Michele was a member of the New Ulm High School class of 1986 and an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Cindy and Keith Kreilein, Jasper; one son, Nicholas Schuelke, Lafayette, Minnesota; two brothers, Dennis Dahlen and wife Kim, and Thomas Dahlen and wife Michelle, all of Jasper; two step-sisters, Amy Weisman and husband Chris and Nicole Hurrle, all of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dwayne Dahlen.

A celebration of life visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper. There will be no burial at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of American or to Gentiva Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

James G. Bachman, 88, Jasper

James BachmanJames G. Bachman, 88, of Jasper, died Thursday (October 9) at the Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born March 12, 1926, in Dubois to Albert B. and Eleanor C. (Seger) Bachman. He married Victoria C. Englert October 7, 1950, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She died January 8, 1991.

James retired from the Jasper Corporation, where he worked for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper VFW Post No. 673, Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed playing cards and pitching horseshoes, and was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Indiana University basketball fan.

He is survived by three daughters, Diana Fleig and husband Rick and Christina Schipp and husband Jeff, all of Ferdinand, and Tonya Mendel and husband Tim, Jasper; eight grandchildren, Brad and Luke Fleig, Ferdinand, Nicole Hulsman, Huntingburg, Greg Fleig, Jasper, Ben Schipp, Indianapolis, Dane Schipp, Bloomington, and Cameron and Noah Mendel, Jasper; four great-grandchildren, Kolin Fleig, Shoals, and Anna, Grace, and Samuel Hulsman, Huntingburg; one sisiter, Mary Moeller and husband Dennis, Jasper; three brothers, Tom Bachman and wife Charlene, Gene Bachman and wife Dorothy, and Kenny Bachman and wife Marjorie, all of Jasper; one sister-in-law;
Marietta Bachman, Jasper; and one brother-in-law, Vic Teder, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Mae Schmitt and Helen Teder, two brothers, Bob and William Bachman, and one sister, Ruth, who died in childhood.

Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Home Health Care Center or to Holy Family Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Beatrice M. Mehringer, 74, Jasper

Beatrice MehringerBeatrice M. Mehringer, 74, of Jasper, died Wedneday (October 8) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born January 5, 1940, in Huntingburg to Frank and Loretta (Otto) Fleck. She married William Mehringer June 21, 1962, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Beatrice retired from the Jasper School Corporation after 25 years of service at Fifth Street Elementary School. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasperni and its St. Ann’s Society. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, William Mehringer; three daughters, Christine Popp and husband Todd, Jasper, Kimberly Lubbehusen and husband Don, Huntingburg, and Vicki Ludwig and husband Jason, Evansville; two sons, Glenn Mehringer and wife Marlene and Rick Mehringer, all of Jasper; six grandchildren; one step grandchild; two step great-grandchildren; four sisters, Rosemary Mundy and husband Sylvester, Huntingburg, Georgiane Phillips and husband Joe, Jasper, Becky Schnell and husband Bob, Celestine, and Patty Capps and husband Dave, Montana; and one brother, Martin Fleck and wife Lucy, Germany.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Fleck.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church.