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Deborah Cheryl Denton, 65, Jasper

Deb DentonDeborah Cheryl Denton, 65, of Jasper, died Tuesday (August 26) in St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born at Huntingburg April 21, 1949, to Charles Burk and Wilma Freyberger-Burk- Neukam.

Deborah was a 1967 graduate of Dubois High School. She retired from K-Mart where she worked for 37 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jasper, the Christian Women’s Club, and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Huntingburg.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Denton; one daughter, Kristina Denton, Indianapolis; three sons, Jeff Harlow and wife Blair, Jasper, Scott Harlow and wife Laura, San Antonio, Texas, and Craig Rupprecht and wife Holly, Clarksville; her mother, Wilma Neukam, Jasper; two brothers, Chuck Burk and wife Linda and Duane Neukam, all of Jasper; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Burk, and her step-father, Willis Neukam.

A Celebration of Life memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel with burial at a later date. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Allen J. Werne, 85, Ferdinand

Allen WerneAllen J. Werne, 85, of Ferdinand, died, Monday (August 25) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand February 12, 1929, to Ray J. and Dorothy (Dotterweich) Werne. He married Doris Harpenau March 26, 1951, at St. Marks Church near Tell City.

Allen was a self-employed farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served 18 years as president of Ferdinand Farmers Insurance Company and was one of the original six members of the Dubois County Airport Authority. He received numerous awards, including the 2006 Dubois County Cattleman Outstanding Cattleman Award; 1965 Outstanding Grassland Farmer, and the 2006 Indiana Beef Cattle Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124, St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, and the church’s St. Joseph Sodality.

He is survived by his wife, Doris A. Werne; one son, Dan “Red” Werne, Ferdinand; four daughters, Judy Olinger and husband Gene, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Mickie Paulin and husband Greg, Ferdinand, Brenda Lueken and husband Ronnie, Schnellville, and Bev Atkins and husband Gordon, St. Anthony; two sisters, Elaine Bettag and husband John, Mariah Hill and Dolores Boeglin, Ferdinand; two brothers, Bill Werne, Surprise, Arizona, and Donald Werne and wife Rita, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in death by one son, Jerry L. Werne. one sister, Phyllis Sermersheim, and two grandchildren, Nathan and Deven Lueken.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post No.124 will conduct military graveside services. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Thomas C. Braun, 64, Jasper

Thomas BraunThomas C. Braun, 64, of Jasper, died Sunday (August 24) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg September 19, 1949, to Paul and Lydia (Harder) Braun. He married Patricia Schmitt September 26, 1970.

Tom worked at Kimball in Jasper. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Braun; two sons, Ross Braun, Jasper, and Scott Braun and wife Shelby, Valparaiso; two grandchildren, Landry and Ryan Braun, Valparaiso; two sisters, Linda Kalb and husband Eugene, Dubois, and Carol Lampert and husband Roman, Jasper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Braun.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

LaVerne A. Meyer, 84, Huntingburg

LaVerne MeyerLaVerne A. Meyer, 84, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (August 21) at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg. She was born September 16, 1929, in Jasper to Albert and Catherine (Frohlich) Schmitt. She married James E. Meyer July 18, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Mrs. Meyer was a full time registered nurse at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper for 42 years. After retiring from the hospital, she continued to provide nursing care to homebound patients for an additional 18 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, the Huntingburg V.F.W. Post No. 2366 Auxiliary, and the Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Meyer; seven sons, Ed Meyer and wife Donna, Pat Meyer and wife Barb, Bob Meyer and wife Eileen, all of Huntingburg, Art and Paul Meyer, both of Brownsburg, Joe Meyer and wife Lori, Shawnee, Kansas, and Randy Meyer and wife, Mary, Spring Hill Kansas; three daughters, Mary Jo Fischer and husband Jake, and Cathy Tretter and husband Rich, all of Huntingburg, and Nancy Rahman, Chesterfield, Missouri; three brothers, Frank Schmitt, Huntingburg, and Ray and Vincent Schmitt, Jasper; one sister, Gloria Jean Ruhe, Brazil; 23 grandchilden; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, David Schmitt; and two sisters, Josephine Jacob and Mary Bresser.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  St. Mary’s Parish and Ladies Sodality will pray a rosary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and a combined V.F.W. and American Legion Auxiliary memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church Organ Restoration Fund. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Othmar J. Ebert, 96, Ferdinand

Othmar EbertOthmar J. Ebert, 96, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (August 19) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Ferdinand July 13, 1918, to Joseph and Mary (Rahman) Ebert. He married Hilda T. Schaefer May 22, 1945, in St. Meinrad Archabbey’s church.

Othmar retired from farming and DMI Furniture. He was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Post No. 366, The Farm Bureau, Ferdinand Senior Citizens, St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality, and was a life member of St. Meinrad Knights Of Columbus Council 5599. He was a director for Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative for 15 years. He enjoyed playing cards and farming.

Surviving are his wife, Hilda T. Ebert; a son, Sylvan Ebert and wife Linda of Greenwood; five daughters, Norma Murray and husband Jim of Kokomo, Diane Balbach and husband David of Dale, Marlene Braunecker and husband Gene of Huntingburg, Sandy Meyer and husband Steve of Lexington, Ky., and Terri Carson and husband Jeff of Carmel; a brother, Anthony Ebert of Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Amelia Laake, and three brothers, Edwin, Robert and infant Raymond Ebert.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Jeff Todd Barnett, 55, Huntingburg

Jeff Barnett2Jeff Todd Barnett, 55, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (August 17) at his home. He was born February 28, 1959, in Huntingburg to Robert and Helen (Witte) Barnett.

Jeff worked at Office Furniture Styline as a semitrailer loader. He was a member of the Heritage Hills High School Class of 1977 and enjoyed music, watching NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts, and home brewing.

He is survived by one daughter, Cara Ward and husband Brad, Jasper; one son, Tyler Barnett, Nashville, Tennessee; his mother, Helen Barnett, Dale; one brother, Darrin and wife Shari, Huntingburg; one granddaughter, Finley Ward; and two nieces, Karly and Haley Barnett.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Barnett.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Dale Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Louise O. Hembree, 75, Jasper

Louise KLouise O. Hembree, 75, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 20) in the Professional Care of Dale. She was born in Jasper September 14, 1938, to Christian C. and Anna B. (Neukam) Kieffner. She married Harold Hembree April 30, 1960, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Louise was a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School. She did child care for many years in her home in Jasper. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Harold V. Hembree; one daughter, Barbara Miller and husband Glenn, Chrisney; and one grandson, Christopher L. Miller.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth I. Mutchman and Marie S. Kieffner, and two brothers, Carl F. and Wilfred A. Kieffner.

Services at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Charla Grieves will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church or to the American Heart Association.

Anastasia Wollenmann, 84, Ferdinand

AAnastasia Wollenmann, 84, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (August 17) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born June 12, 1930, in Troy, to Lawrence and Nellie (Gelarden) Braunecker. She married John Wollenmann June 25, 1954, in St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy. He died April 29, 1997.

Anastasia retired from Ferdinand Elementary School where she served as a cook for 24 years. She loved going to yard sales and playing bingo at local picnics. She had a special love for anything to do with Christmas. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality.

She is survived by one son, John Wollenmann Jr. and wife Patty, Jasper; one daughter, Dianne Gogel and her partner Jerry Klee, Perry County; one brother, Ambrose Braunecker, Danville, Kentucky; two sisters, Rosie Mills and Patty Welp both of Evansville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jeannie Becher and Mary Braunecker.

Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Sylvester J. Mehringer, 93, Jasper

Sylvester MehringerSylvester J. Mehringer, 93, of Jasper, died Sunday (August 17) at his home. He was born March 10, 1921, in Jasper to Joseph R. and Margaret (Scheurich) Mehringer. He married Lucille E. Kreilein June 2, 1949, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She died February 8, 2007.

Sylvester was employed by Lockhead Overseas Corporation from 1942 to 1944 as an aircraft technician serving in Northern Ireland and England. Then he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps with duty on Guam and in Japan. In 1980 he retired from Dubois Rural Electric Co-op after 36 years. He was a life member of St. Joseph’s Church. He enjoyed archery and black powder shooting.

He is survived by one daughter, Karen Mehringer, and two sons, Keith J. and James D. Mehringer, all of Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by nine sisters, Caroline Schmitt, Catherine Sermersheim, Mary Sermersheim, Bertha Fromme, Clara Fromme, Ardella Wehr, Frances Mehringer, and two infants, Elizabeth and Olivia Mehringer, and three brothers, Robert Mehringer, and two infants, Leo and August Mehringer.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. V.F.W. Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to Gentiva Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Kathleen A. Rottet, 63, Jasper

Kathleen RottetKathleen A. Rottet, 63 of Jasper, died Friday (August 15) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg August 10, 1951, to Ralph and Alma (Bolte) Meyer. She married Steven Rottet April 25, 1971, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Kathleen was a 1969 graduate of Jasper High School. She retired from Headquarters Restaurant in Jasper where she worked for many years. She was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois.

Surviving are her husband, Steven Rottet; two daughters, Kimberly Mundy and husband Chad and Sandy Elmore and husband Reggie, all of Jasper; one son, Christopher Rottet, Jasper; three grandsons, Trey and Jade Mundy and Jeffery Elmore; one sister, Carol Rasche and husband Bob, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and her step-mother, Albertina (Tina) Meyer, St. Anthony.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Meyer.

Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorials contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.