Obituaries


Charles G. Fromme, 90, Birdseye

Charles G. Fromme, 90, of Birdseye, died Wednesday, February 19, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper March 15, 1929, to Frank and Rose (Marks) Fromme.

Charles attended Jasper High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a medical corpsman in a U.S. Marine Corps unit during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a cartographer for AAA in California for many years traveling extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, England, and Scotland. He later worked for Jasper Seating Company and the Jasper and St. Meinrad American Legion Posts. While  living in California, he had professional voice training  and after returning to Indiana sang with the Sacred Heart Church choir in Schnellville. He loved country life, especially time spent with his horses and peacocks, time on his farm, and time spent with his many siblings and their children.

He is survived by 27 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Lenore Huls Stemply, Delores Potter, and Joanne Woolsey; four brothers, Vincent, Frank Jr., Thomas, and Norman Fromme; and five nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military rites. A reception will be held following the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department and/or Divine Mercy Parish. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherklesner.com.

Scott D. Dowdell, 57, Syracuse

Scott D. Dowdell, 57, of Syracuse, died Saturday, February 22, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg November 12, 1962, to Ronald M. and Viola Ruth (Reinbold) Dowdell. He married Susan Tevault October 19, 1985, in Orleans.

Scott was self-employed, a member of the Indiana Jaycees, and an avid bow fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Dowdell, Jasper; one sister, Carolyn Dodson, Jasper; and one brother, Alan (Kerry) Dowdell and wife Kerry, Fort Branch.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two nephews, Ryan Dowdell and David Dodson III.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingbug. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Augusta Cemetery in Augusta. Larry Mickler will officiate.

Anetta “Net” Houchin, 94, Jasper

Anetta “Net” Houchin, 94, of Jasper, died Friday, February 21. She was born in Huntingburg April 12, 1925, to Walter and Pearl (Spencer) Rice.

Net was a volunteer for the first Family Hospice of Dubois County and a retiree of Memorial Hospital. Following her retirement at the hospital, she spent years working in the health care profession doing private home care. She completed a multi-decade clinical study done by Nurses of Preventive Medicine for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

She is survived by one daughter, Randalyn Clabaugh, Dubois; daughter-in-law Carrie Houchin, Huntingburg; four granddaughters, Meghan (Derek) Hasson and husband Derek, Texas, Kelleyerin Clabaugh and husband Derek, Hawaii, Margaret Houchin (Brad) Coomer, Jasper, and Lucy Rice Houchin, England, UK; and three great-grandchildren, John Casey Hasson, Jay Patrick Hasson, and Georgia Louise Coomer.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jay E. Houchin.

A private celebration of life and burial at Dale Cemetery will be held at a later date. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation’s Jay E. Houchin Scholarship Fund. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Janet McPherron Anderson, 88, Port Orange, Florida

Janet McPherron Anderson, 88, of Port Orange, Florida, died Sunday, February 23, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Washington February 8, 1932, to Homer and Ruth (Greenwood) Perrine. She had two marriages; She married Charles McPherron June 5, 1951, at St. Simon Catholic Church in Washington. He died in 1997. She married Thomas Anderson April 10, 2006.

Janet graduated from Washington High School in 1950 as the class valedictorian. She earned bachelor’s (psychology) and master’s (social work) degrees from the University of Evansville. She worked in at the Southern Hills Counseling Center and the Area 16 Council on Aging. She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority and the Sweet Adelines International, performing in both the Evansville and Daytona Beach, Florida, choruses. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Anderson; three daughters, Mary Jeanne Schumacher and husband Riley, Huntingburg, Caroline Goodman and husband Dave, Lee;s Summit, Missouri, and Nancy Chaney and husband Ray, Santa Claus; two sons, Michael McPherron and wife Ellen, Huntersville, North Carolina, and Stephen McPheron and wife Jaclyn, Huntingburg; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and first husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Elva Ruth Greenwood.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Meinrad Church 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. Friday at the church with burial following at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery in Washington.

Nicholas E. Stratman, 33, Holland

Nicholas E. Stratman, 33, of Holland, died Thursday, February 20, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Jasper December 25, 1986, to Randall “Randy” and Zada (Dicus) Stratman.

Nicholas enjoyed drumming, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, disk golf, and game playing.

He is survived by his parents, Randall “Randy” and Zada Stratman, Dale; his significant other, Courtney Blair, Holland; one brother, Brian Stratman and wife Megan, Jasper; his grandmother, Peggy Stratman, Jasper; two nieces, Samiya and Sophia; and one nephew, Mason.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

Carol A. Burris, 72, Birdseye

Carol A. Burris, 72, of Birdseye, died Friday, February 21, at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Dubois County April 28, 1947, to Robert L. and Ardella T. (Engelhart) Stenftenagel. She married Thomas Burris September 26, 1986.

Carol worked as a telephone lineman supervisor for GTE in Jasper and was a horticulture buyer for a mail order catalog in Peoria, Illinois. She loved gardening, mushroom hunting, and helping with the Birdseye Chicken Frys, the St. Anthony Festivals, and the Birdseye Firemen’s Festivals.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Burris, Birdseye; one son, Brian Kluesner, Jasper; one step-son, Jason Burris and wife Julie, Jacksonville, Florida; four sisters, Bettye Walling and husband Jerry, Pacific, Missouri, and Linda Fuchs, Nancy Verkamp and husband Louie, and Sandy Sermersheim and husband Kevin, all of Ferdinand; and two brothers, Jim Stenftenagel and wife Ann and Ken Stenftenagel, all of St. Anthony.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ardella Burris.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date in the Birdseye Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Richard L. Schwoeppe, 89, Ferdinand

Richard L. Schwoeppe, 89, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday, February 18 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Rockport December 15, 1930, to John and Louise (Woebkenburg) Schwoeppe. He married Evelyn Bolte November 7, 1953, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 for over 60 years, the Ferdinand Community Center, and Christ the King parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Joseph Sodality and its choir for over 60 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Indiana Hoosiers basketball, and Forest Park Rangers athletics. He volunteered for many years at Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Schwoeppe; two sons, Steve Schwoeppe and wife Linda, Ferdinand, and John Schwoeppe and wife Georgia, Fishers; five daughters, Margie Stallman and husband Dave and Kathy Hoppenjans and husband Mike, all of Ferdinand, Janet Yorlano and husband Steve, Gallatin, Tennessee, Linda McCoy and husband Andy, Columbia, Maryland, and Ann Sonderman and husband Andy, Greenwood; one sister, Mary Lou Weisman and husband Darrell, Ireland; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd, Charles, Louis, and James Schwoeppe.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church or the Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

Mildred T. Vaal, 86, St. Meinrad

Mildred T. Vaal, 86, of St. Meinrad, died Tuesday, February 18, at her home. She was born in Dubois September 20, 1933, to Fred and Leona (Schepers) Humbert. She married Harold A. Vaal June 11, 1955, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois. He died April 8, 1997.

Mildred retired from General Electric after 37 years of service. She enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, word searches, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. After retiring she often babysat for her grandkids. When her husband became ill she became his caregiver throughout his illness.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Vaal and wife Wendy and Rodney Vaal and wife Mary Agnes, all of St. Meinrad; seven daughters, Donna Foertsch and husband Dennis and Denise Lambeck and husband Randy, all of Evanston, Charlene Nowotny and Sharon Schwindel and companion Dennis Mulzer, all of St. Meinrad, Charlotte Hinton and husband Rodney, Tell City, Darlene Brown and fiance John Metzler, Dale, and Sheila Lahee and husband David, Santa Claus; one brother, Norbert Humbert and wife Veronica, Huntingburg; 32 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren and two more on the way.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher Schwindel, four brothers, Richard, Fred Jr., Maurice, and Eugene Humbert, and four sisters, Mary Merkel, Elizabeth Schepers, Anna Merkel, and Mathilda Kern.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Meinrad Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Ruth A. Goepfrich, 68, Ferdinand

Ruth A. Goepfrich, age 68, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday, February 18, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg September 17, 1951, to Roman and Stella (Welp) Lubbers. She married Jim Goepfrich October 9, 1971, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Ruth was a 1969 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of Lockyear Business College and Brescia University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She worked in human resources at Kimball for 43 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand, a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Anne’s Society, the Jasper Daughters so Isabella, and the St. Anthony Legion Auxilary. She was an oblate with the Sisters of St. Benedict, a volunteer at the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, and a former Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Joseph Church. She enjoyed nature, taking walks, reading, and praying for her friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Goepfrich; one daughter, Sarah Goepfrich, Evansville; one son, Brian Goepfrich and wife Lindsey, Ferdinand; IN, and one who was like a son to Jim and Ruth, Nolan Goepfrich, whom they raised for many years; three grandchildren, Theresa, Caden, and Rhyanna; three sisters, Janet Kluemper and husband Dave, Jasper, Jean Weyer and husband John, Ferdinand, and Rhonda Knust and husband Gary, St. Anthony; and two brothers, Joe Lubbers and wife Janet and Ronnie Lubbers, all of St. Anthony;

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Aubrey Goepfrich, two sisters, Judy Kerstiens and Joyce Lubbers, and one sister-in-law, Mich Lubbers.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church. The D of I will pray a rosary at 230 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Ferdinand Church or the Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Deborah Quackenbush, 61, Lynnville

Deborah A. Quackenbush, 61, of Lynnville, died Monday, February 17, at her home. She was born in Jasper February 10, 1959, to Ambrose “Snipe” and Elizabeth “Betty” Scherer. She married Jay Quackenbush Septembe  21, 2002.

Deborah worked as a quality inspector at Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand.  She enjoyed cooking, shopping, flower gardening, landscaping, and time with her grandchildren and family.

She is survived by her husband, Jay Quackenbush; two stepdaughters, Amanda and Hannah Quackenbush, both of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Diana Nicholson, Jasper; one brother, David Scherer and wife Rhonda, Jasper; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Jared and Jesse Siebe, and one sister, Sandra Uebelhor.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Zoar Cemetery.  Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.