Obituaries


Bernard T. “Bernie” Pund, 76, Ferdinand

bERNIE PUNDBernard T. “Bernie” Pund, 76, of Ferdinand, died Friday (February 12) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand August 6, 1939, to Leo & Cornelia (Schum) Pund. He married Mary F. Kerstiens June 23, 1962, at Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Bernie served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality, Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years, and the Ferdinand Community Center. He retired from Jasper Wood Products. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana University basketball Hoosiers.

He is survived by his wife, Mary F. Pund; one daughter, Donna Lueken and husband Andy, Ferdinand; one son, Dan Pund and wife Elaina, Lake Charles, Louisiana; four brothers, Harold Pund and wife Paulita and Ken Pund and wife Susan, all of Ferdinand, Robert Pund and wife Janice, Santa Claus, and Tom Pund and wife Linda, St. Anthony; t. Anthony; two sisters, Jean Schultz and husband Ron and Rita Streicher, all of Ferdinand; three grandchilren, Brandon, Rachel, and Zachary Lueken; two step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandson, Ethan Lueken.

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 may be made to St. Ferdinand Church Renew Project or to a favorite charity. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry with burial following in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

Donald R. Rebber, 64, Jasper

Donald R. Rebber, 64, of Jasper, died Saturday (January 6) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Holland March 13, 1951, to Ralph and Rosemarie (Meyer) Rebber.

Donald was a 1973 graduate of the Indiana University School of Business. He was a U. S. Army veteran and member of Holland American Legion Post No. 343. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper and enjoyed hunting, target shooting, and fishing.

He is survived by one brother; Stan Rebber and wife Kathy, Kokomo; and caregivers James Meyer, Holland and Cathy Speedy, Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace and Peace Lutheran Church in Evansville. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial following in St. James Lutheran Cemetery in Holland. American Legion Post No. 343 will conduct military gravesite rites. Pastor Roberta Meyer will officiate.

Annetta D. Goller, 102, Jasper

Annetta Gogel2Annetta D. Goller, 102, of Jasper, died Thursday (February 11) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Boone Township April 14, 1913, to Isaac and Barbara (Mann) Schnarr. She married Mike Goller August 14, 1943, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died March 1, 1991.

Annetta was a homemaker and a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed quilting, canning, flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice Ann Schiller and husband James, Boone Township, and Helen Breitweiser, Jasper; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Alfred Schnarr, and one great-grandson, Garett Chanley.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church or to Northwood Retirement Community. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate.

Dennis Gill Ring, 79, Jasper

Dennis Gill Ring2Dennis Gill Ring, 79, of Jasper, died Wednesday (December 10 )at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. He was born in Terre Haute May 9, 1936, to Nicholas and Ernestine (Wernz) Ring. He married Gail Needham June 10, 1957, at Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Gill retired as a professor of Philosophy at St. Meinrad Archabbey, where he taught for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, was an avid golfer, an artist, enjoyed good movies and books, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gail Ring; three daughters, Tracy Beane and husband Pat, Bloomington, Molly Mitchell and husband Mike, Washington, and Kathy Brandt and husband Charlie, Carmel; two sons, Nick Ring and wife Christine, Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and John Ring and wife Nicole, Nobelsville; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Patrick Ring.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to the St. Meinrad Archabbey. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Daniel Ray Jochim, 58, Huntingburg

JochemDaniel Ray Jochim, 58, of Huntingburg, died Monday (February 8) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg May 6, 1957, to Oliver Ray and Elsie Marie (Werne) Jochim.

Daniel was employed as an extrusion operator at Spencer Industries. He was a member of Huntingburg VFW Post No. 2366. He served in the United States Navy as a torpedoman’s mate for two terms of active duty.

He is survived by one son, Eric Jochim, Huntingburg; one daughter, Danielle Jochim, Jasper; one brother, Frank Jochim, Huntingburg; one sister, Mary Wright, Arizona; and one grandson, Little Ray Jochim.

Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, February 21, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home chapel. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Memorial services at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday, February 21, at the funeral home with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail.

Virginia Ann Schmitt, 74. Holland

Virginia Ann Schmitt, 74, of Holland, died Thursday (February 4) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Asheville, North Carolina February 11, 1941, to Bert J. and Mable F. (Pressley) Schmitt.

Virginia was a retired furniture factory worker, a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland, the Huntingburg VFW. Auxiliary, and the Holland American Legion Auxiliary. She was never married.

She is survived by two sisters, Linda Bunner, Indianapolis, and B.J. Goodwin, Peyton, Colorado; and one niece, Theresa Elpers, Stendal.

There will be no services at this time. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of her cremation arrangements. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Sameer C. Mehta, 39, Huntingburg

Sameer Metha2Sameer C. Mehta, 39, of Huntingburg, died Monday in a traffic accident on Highway 231. He was born in Bharuch, CJ, India, November 2, 1976, Chandravadan and Chandrika Mehta.

Sameer was proud to be a United States citizen, working very hard to achieve this goal. He graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed at Jasper Engines and Transmissions in Jasper as a mechanical engineer and also worked at Circle “A”. He enjoyed building electronics as a hobby, was a member of the Cooking Club at Circle “A” and the Exercising Club at Jasper Engines.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa A. Mehta; one daughter, Vincenzina Bullock, Jasper; two sons, Zac Thomason, Huntingburg, and Matthew Toomire, who is on military assignment, his parents, Chandravadan and Chandrika Mehta, Bharuch, India; two brothers, Manish and Arvind Mehta, both of Bharuch, India; and one grandchild, Clark Bullock.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from noon-2 p.m. Friday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. (EST) Friday at the funeral home with cremation following in Evansville.

Marcella A. “Sally” Lindauer, 88, Jasper

Sally LindauerMarcella A. “Sally” Lindauer, 88, of Jasper, died Tuesday (February 9) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Fulda September 25, 1927, to August and Clara (Nielander) Boehm. She married Linus J. Lindauer October 21, 1947, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. He died October 7, 1997.

Sally retired from the Jasper Holiday Inn in December of 1995, where she had worked in the housekeeping department for 30 years. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Ladies Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Daughters of Isabella, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was a volunteer worker at Memorial Hospital. She loved flowers and mowing and working on the lawn, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Greulich, and husband, Darrell, Ireland, Brenda Young and husband, Russ, Morton, Illinois; Donna Linesch and husband, Doug. Florence, Kentucky, and Cheryl Greive, her daughter and caregiver, Jasper; two sons, Arnie Lindauer, and wife Mary, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Steve Lindauer and wife, Cindy Hudson Lindauer, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Claude Boehm and wife Maryetta, Fulda.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Corina Hildenbrand, Esther Harpenau, and Mary Ann Jochem, and four brothers, Karl, Cletus, Sylvester, and Edward Boehm.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Ora A. Jones, 80, Huntingburg

Ora JonesOra A. Jones, 80, of Huntingburg, died Monday (February 8) at the home of his daughter Debbie Hensley in Schnellville. He was born in Martinsville July 16, 1935, to Sherman Robert Sherman Jones and Maggie (Cox) Jones.

Ora retired from Jasper Rubber Company and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Freida Jones; one daughter, Debbie Hensley, Schnellville; one son, Ronnie “Jonesy” Jones, Duff; his caregiver, Poppy Hands, Taswell; one granddaughter, Charity Schaad and husband Jay, Mt. Pleasant; three great-grandchidren; and one great-great grandchild.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. (EST) Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Bethany Union Cemetery in Eckerty. Rev. Harold Bayer will officiate.

Viola “Shortie” Heitz, 97, St. Anthony

SHORTY USEViola “Shortie” Heitz, 87, of St. Anthony, died Sunday (February 7) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper March 16, 1928, to Leo and Bertha (Rickelman) Kunkler. She married William Russel Heitz June 27, 1953, in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Viola retired at the age of 75 from the linen department at Memorial Hospital in Jasper where she worked for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Anthony Church and enjoyed cooking, cleaning, and going to basketball games.

She is survived by her husband, Russ Heitz; one daughter, Tonya Wilgus and husband Rick, Evanville; two grandchildren, Trace Wilgus and wife Abby, Austin, Texas, and Trev Wilgus, Dallas, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Nora Jo Wilgus; and one sister, Bernice Deffendoll, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Esther Schnell Barnett, and one brother, Leroy Kunkler.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St Anthony Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Retirement Community or to St. Anthony Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.