Obituaries


Marcella “Sally” Fleck, 91, Ireland

Marcella Sally FleckMarcella “Sally” Fleck, 91, of Ireland, died Monday (March 30) at her home. She was born in Ireland on May 22, 1923, to Andrew and Fidelia (Hurst) Goeppner. She married Henry L. Fleck October 19, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died November 3, 2009.

Sally retired from the Ireland Elementary School where she was a supervisor in the cafeteria for 30 years. She was also was a cook at the Jasper Knights of Columbus and the Chicken Place in Ireland. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the St. Ann’s Society, Daughters of Isabella, and the Women’s Auxiliary to V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and applique.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Knies and husband Pat, Jasper, and Linda K. Harris and husband Daniel, Ireland; four grandchildren, Nathan P. Knies, Alyssa Knies Seger, Christopher M. Knies, and Katie A. Knies; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and brother, Ray Goeppner and wife Glenda, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Anthony, and Emil Goeppner, three sisters, Bertha Haas and Colletta and Maria Goeppner both who died in infancy.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

James M. “Jim” Mueller, 75, Owensboro

Jim Mueller editedJames M. “Jim” Mueller, 75, of Owensboro, died Monday (March 30) in Owensboro. He was born in Louisville May 17, 1939, to Julius and Frances Mueller.

Jim was a 1957 graduate of West Baden High School. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Indiana State University. Jim loved basketball and fishing. He coached basketball for almost 50 years at Northeast Dubois and Pike Central high schools in Indiana, and Owensboro Catholic and Daviess County high schools in Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jill Mueller; one son, Matt Mueller; one daughter, Jamie Mueller; his mother, Frances Mueller; and two sisters, Mary Melton and husband (Steve) and Julieanne Edwards and husband Harvey.

Services at noon Monday at St. Stephens Cathedral. Visitation from noon-6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association or to Hospice of Western Kentucky. Condolences may be left for the family at www.glennfuneralhome.com.

Gloria J. Lehr, 66, Jasper

GloriaGloria J. Lehr, 66, of Jasper, died Monday (March 30) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Washington August 1, 1948, to Ray and Thresia (Marks) Lehr.

Gloria was a 1966 graduate of Jasper High School. She worked as a master scheduler at Masterbrand Cabinets for 40 years, from 1969 to 2009. She was a member of the Women of the Jasper Moose. She loved sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers fan. She enjoyed playing pickleball, bingo, golfing, bowling, traveling, going to casinos, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by one sister, Donna Smith and husband, Ken, Jasper; one brother, Jim Eckerle and wife June, Loogootee; and nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-niece and nephew.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Eckerle.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Women of the Jasper Moose will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Lucile C. Peach, 96, Huntingburg

Lucille PeachLucile C. Peach, 96, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (March 29) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg April 5, 1918, to Harvey and Clara (Hunefeld) Wessel. She married Don Peach October 2, 1949, at Methodist Church in Huntingburg. He died May 24, 2000.

Lucile was a retired secretary for First National Bank. She was a graduate of Huntingburg High School, a member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church, and an active participant in the Eastern Star and V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, embroidery work, and quilting.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lindeman and husband William, Ferdinand, and Cheryl Cravens and husband Norman, Huntingburg; one sister, Ruth King, Huntingburg; seven grandchildren, David and Cynthia Lindeman, Ronald Rogier, John and Robert Franzell, Melinda Lee, and Michelle Cary; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Phyllis Dorris and Jean Peach, one son who died in infancy, David Allen Peach, one sister, Laverne Helmerich, three brothers, Alfred, Edgar, and Wilbur Wessel, and one grandson, Greg Rogier.

Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Rev. Lee Campbell will officiate. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial services will be conducted by the Eastern Star and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, beginning at noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Lillian M. Wininger, 93, Dubois

Wininger, LillianLillian M. Wininger, 93, of Dubois, died Friday (March 27) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Martin County March 14, 1922, to Edward and Anna (Mann) Harder. She married Ralph Wininger January 14, 1945, in St. John’s Church at the Dubois Crossroads. He died December 18, 2008.

Lillian worked at the sewing factory in Martin County Company and at the Indiana Cabinet Company in Dubois, from which she retired in 1985. She was a member of St. John’s where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the choir. She enjoying sewing and crocheting and playing guitar.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Jones and husband Jacob and Shirley Jones and husband Charles, all of Dubois; one son, Jim Wininger and wife Paula, Dubois; eight grandchildren, Marcie, Shara, Chad, Angie, Deanna, Tess, Chris and Julie; one step-grandson, Jarrod; 17 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Karl Harder, Jasper, Tom Harder and wife Clara Ann, Shoals, and Bill Harder and wife Dot, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Christine Harder, and two brothers, Edgar and Howard Harder.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Mary Poston will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Kyle Douglas Reese, 34, Huntingburg

nEW pICKyle Douglas Reese, 34, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (March 24) at his home. He was born in Jasper March 25, 1980, to Douglas and Cindy (Mathies) Reese.

Kyle was a construction worker and an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Cindy and Larry Spencer, Huntingburg; his grandmother, Shirley Reese, Huntingburg; one sister, Jennifer Reese and companion Scott Corn, Jasper; two brothers, Brandon S. Reese, Huntingburg, and Donald L. Reese, Jasper; two step brothers, Joseph Spencer, Evansville, and Heath Spencer, Groton, Connecticut; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Reese, and his grandfather, Donald Reese.

Graveside services at noon (EDT) Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Huntingburg. Father Ryan Hildenbrand will officiate at the service. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Edwin C. “Eddie” Reller, 74, Holland

rellerEdwin C. “Eddie” Reller, 74, of Holland, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital and Health

Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Stendal April 18, 1940, to Edwin and Irene (Tevault) Reller. He married Mary Jane Fenneman April 2, 1960, at Holland United Methodist Church.

Eddie was employed by Fawnlake Furniture Company, Tretter Motor Company, John Frields Ford in Huntingburg, Scraper Ford in Otwell, and Mangles Garage in Holland. He was owner/operator of the Mobil gas station in Holland. He worked for Peabody Coal Company in Lynnville, where he retired in 1999 after 29 years of service. He was a member of Holland United Methodist Church, an avid sports fan, following the Los Angeles Dodgers, NASCAR, and Indiana University. He enjoyed camping and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Reller; one daughter, Robin Ruhe and husband Dave, Jasper; three sons, Ronald Reller and wiife Dee, Tucson, Arizona, Roger Reller, Jasper, and Ryan Reller and wife Julia, Tewksbury, Massachusetts; one sister, Linda Denton and husband Jim, Terre Haute; one brother, Gerald Reller and partner Shirley Daub, Lynnville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday at Holland United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Joe Kamman will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial donations can be made to the Holland United Methodist Church or to family wishes. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Tim W. Neukam, 51, Celestine

Ted NeukamTim W. Neukam, 51, of Celestine, died Tuesday (March 24) at his home. He was born February 3, 1964, to Jack and Doris (Popp) Neukam. He married Sue Hassfurther June 11, 1988, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois.

He was a member of the 1982 class of Northeast Dubois High School. He was an owner/operator over-the-road truck driver for 30 years and was currently leased to Automated Transportation. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper, enjoyed camping, going to Bristol races with neighbors, and time spent with his granddaughters. He was an avid fan of the Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Stewart Racing.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Neukam; one daughter, Stephany Neukam,and fiancé Ben Rasche, Celestine; one son, Kyle Neukam and wife Virginia, Paoli; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Kylie Neukam; two sisters, Debbie Roach and husband Paul, Huntingburg, and Donna Rasche and husband Bob, Dubois; and six brothers, Terry Neukam and wife Staci, Dubois, and Joe Neukam and wife Tish, John Neukam and wife Sheila, Jason Neukam and wife Crystal, Paul Neukam and wife Terri, and Jack Neukam and wife Tessa, all of Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Doris Neukam.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Adam Ruschau and Fr. Eugene Schmitt will officiate. Friends may call from noon-8 p.m. on Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

David E. Lagenour, 58, Jasper

David LagenourDavid E. Lagenour, 58, of Jasper, died Tuesday (March 24)at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was born in French Lick June 4, 1956, to Elvan and Ruby (Self) Lagenour. He married Deborah Ziegler August 30, 1975, at Truelove United Methodist Church.

David was a 1974 graduate of Jasper High School and a 1985 graduate of Vincennes University Jasper Campus. He worked in property management at St. Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg for 28 years. He attended Truelove United Methodist Church. His hobbies included playing cards, especially cinch, and coin collecting. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and cheered for the Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders and Jasper Wildcats.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lagenour; two daughters, Jennifer Hayes and husband Jeff, and Holly Zehr and husband Derek, all of Jasper; one son, Hans Lagenour, Jasper; four grandchildren, Lauren and Marian Hayes and Grant and Scarlett Zehr; three sisters, Amanda Huff, Tennessee, Nora (Judi) McCarty and husband Jessie, Jasper, and Joyce Zehr and husband Richard, Birdseye; and one brother, Donald Lagenour and wife Trish, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Gladys, and one brother, Lonnie, who died in infancy.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel with burial following in the Truelove Community Cemetery in Loogootee. Rev. Michelle Qualkenbush will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner
Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Museum

Joan M. Giesler, 71, Jasper

Joan Giesler editedJoan M. Giesler, 71, of Jasper, died Tuesday (March 24) at her home. She was born in Jasper March 15, 1944, to Dennis J. and Virginia (Gramelspacher) McDermott. She married William J. Giesler November 26, 1966, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Joan was a retired registered nurse, real estate broker, and rental property entrepreneur. She became a nurse’s aide at age 16, working at Memorial Hospital. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville in 1965 and continued her profession in local facilities for over 50 years, retiring from Brookside Village Skilled Facility in 2012. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Blessed Virgin Sodality. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, playing cards, and reading.

She is survived by her husband, William J. Giesler; two sons, Jay Giesler and wife Dawn, Huntingburg, and Chad Giesler and wife Kathy, Jasper; five grandchildren, Connor, Dillon, Dakota, Madison, and Jaylyn Giesler; and three brothers, Michael McDermott and wife Martha, Rochester Hills, Michigan, Ronald McDermott and wife Elizabeth, Fresno, California, and Gregory McDermott and wife Laurel, Downington, Pennsylvania.

Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, Holy Family Church, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.