Obituaries


James H. “Jim” Knust, 76, Ferdinand

jim-knustJames H. “Jim” Knust, 76, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (September 25) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand September 14, 1940, to Nick and Verena (Wirtzberger) Knust. He married Betty Kloeck June 22, 1963, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church.

Jim was a retired insurance agent. He was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand and as a young boy served at mass and sang in the children’s choir. He continued to be active in the church throughout his adult life, singing in the choir for 60 years, serving during funeral and weekday masses, and serving as a Eucharistic minister. He also served on the St. Ferdinand parish council and was a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award. He was an original member of the Celebration Singers and was serving as president of its board of directors at the time of his death. Following retirement from the insurance business, he was a Step-On Tour Guide for Dubois County Tourism. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and its color guard. His hobbies included singing, gardening, traveling, and following his grandchildren’s activities. During his lifetime, he traveled to all 50 states and a number of foreign countries.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Knust; one son, Jim A. Knust, St. Anthony; three daughters, Marian Bromm and husband Mark, St. Anthony, Julie Lindauer and husband Glenn, Ferdinand, and Audrey Abell and husband Lee, Plainfield.; one brother, Donald Knust and wife Mary, Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Kayla and Brian Lindauer, Megan, Jennifer, and Austin Bromm, and Katie, Gracie, and Nicole Abell.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Jo Meuser.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuchs Cancer Center or to the Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhoem.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rights.

Dolores M. “Jimmi” Mehringer, 94, Jasper

jimmi-mehringerDolores M. “Jimmi” Mehringer, 94, of Jasper, died Saturday (September 24) at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper April 24, 1922, to Edward and Otillia (Hopf) Buehler. She married Robert L. Mehringer July 19, 1941, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died May 26, 2012.

Jimmi retired from Jasper Wholesale House. She was a member of St. Joseph Church the St. Anne’s Society, and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She was a Girl Scout leader and served on the board of the Providence Home in Jasper. She enjoyed volunteering and spending time with friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Carole Feltner and husband Fred, Jasper; one son, Ron Mehringer and wife Judy, Jasper; four grandchildren; Chad and Gina Mehringer, Maria Sellers, and Mark Feltner; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Heichelbech, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sally Schitter, Lenore Knies, and Annie Schmidt.

Private funeral services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemtery. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. -/jmj

Lois A. Moesner, 73, Huntingburg

lois-moesnerLois A. Moesner, 73, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (September 24) at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg July 27, 1943, to Fred and Irene (Bayless) Batch. She married Billy J. Moesner August 1, 1959, at the Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg.

Lois was a homemaker; a 1961 graduate of Huntingburg High School, and a member of Central Christian Church of Huntingburg and the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed following her grandkid’s sporting activities, fishing, completing woodworking projects with her husband, and watching movies and sports, especially the Indiana University Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Cardinals.

She is survived by her husband, Billy J. Moesner; one son, Jay Moesner and wife Linda; two sisters, Betty Egler and husband Mike, Jasper, and Joyce Purviance and husband Jerry, Huntingburg; two grandchildren, Zachary D. Moesner and wife Justine, and Cody M. Moesner, all of Holland; and three great-grandchildren, Maxell, Evelyn, and Eleanor.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Central Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church or to a charity of your choosing. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in FRairmount Cemetery. Pastor Paul Newland will officiate.

 

James R. “Jim” Gramelspacher, 93, Jasper

james-gramelspacherJames R. “Jim” Gramelspacher, 93, of Jasper, died Wednesday (September 21) at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Troy May 15, 1923, to Frank and Theresa (Linne) Gramelspacher. He married Mildred “Mick” Brown September 5, 1942, in the Ferdinand Chapel. They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary September 5th, 2016.

Jim was the owner/operator of Jim’s Plumbing and Heating Company in Jasper for 43 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years he loved to hunt and enjoyed fishing at Idlewild Lake, playing cards, and spending time sharing stories with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Mick” Gramelspacher; two daughters, Kay Reger and husband Larry, Islamorada, Florida, and Judy Leinenbach and husband Allen, South Bend; one son, Jerry Gramelspacher and wife Gail, Jasper; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters, Sr. Anna Gramelspacher OSB, Mary Wirthwein, Bernadine Mullis, Helen Weddle, and an infant sister, Anna Louise Gramelspacher; and one brother, Francis “Franny” Gramelspacher.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher Kluesner Downtown Chapel In Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the American Heart Association, Cathedral Health Care Center, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m Saturday at Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

 

Margaret O. Huff, 79, Ferdinand

margaret-huffMargaret O. Huff, 79, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (September 20) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Birdseye February 5, 1937, to Verner Milton and Olive (Cook) Andry.

Margaret was a custodian at Pine Ridge Elementary School for 30 years. She enjoyed shopping, going for walks, and being with her family.

She is survived by one son, Steven Ray Huff and wife Mary, St. Anthony, two daughters, Marsha Lynn Seger, Bretzville, and Joan (Brian) Metz and husband Brian, Ferdinand; two brothers, Verner Andry, Jr., and wife Mary, Florida, and Harold Andry, French Lick; six grandchildren, Mark and David Seger, Jessica and Jared Huff, and Rachel and Amy Metz; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jim Seger.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30-10 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Jeff Seger officiating. Burial will follow in the Mentor Cemetery.

Donald P. Smith, 78, Jasper

don-smithDonald P. Smith, 78, of Jasper, died Monday (September 19) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Logansport July 22, 1938, to Byron and Gertrude (Slatton) Smith. He married Sondra Taylor February 19, 1972, at Carmel.

Don was a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. He owned and managed the JCPenney department store in Jasper from 1991 to 1998. He worked for JCPenney for 35 years managing stores in several different locations. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

He is survived by his wife, Sondra Smith; two sons, Michael Smith and wife Michelle, Hanover, Minnesota, and Brian Smith and wife April, Jasper; seven grandchildren, Chloe, Drake, Quinten, Eliot, Gabriel, Gerard, and Shelby; two brothers, Kenney Smith , Indianapolis, and Dick Smith and wife Sandy, Logansport; one sister, Karen Gremelspacher, Walton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Smith.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Northwood Retirement Community. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Richard A. “Rick” Linette, 66, Jasper

mike-linette-useRichard A. “Rick” Linette, 66, of Jasper, died Sunday (September 18) at his home. Rick was born in Huntingburg January 2, 1950, to Ted and Dorothy (Wigand) Linette.

Rick worked for Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Ruxer Ford Automotive, and owned and operated Rick’s Marathon in Jasper. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper and the Ireland Knights of Columbus. He was a double lung transplant recipient and enjoyed antiques, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members.

He is survived by two daughters, Jill Kidwell and husband Jay, Jasper, and Jodi Whitler and husband Chad, Evansville; two sons, Chad Linette and wife Crista, Jasper, and Eric Linette, Kansas City, Kansas; a friend, Mary Linette, Evansville; thirteen grandchildren; and three brothers, Mike Linette and wife Donna, Ireland, and Bill Linette and wife Judy and Mel Linette and wife Suzie, all of Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Shiloh United Methodist Church. The Ireland Knights of Columbus will conduct a memorial service Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church or to For the Love of Africa Ministries. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Larry Van Camp will officiate.

Michael P. Brosmer, 69, Huntingburg

mike-brosmer-useMichael P. Brosmer, 69, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (September 17) at his home. He was born in Belleville, Illinois, February 17, 1947, to Gilbert and Sheila (Richardson) Brosmer.

Michael was a carpenter, an auxiliary member of VFW Post No. 2366, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed tossing horseshoes and playing cards.

He is survived by two daughters, Chris Brosmer, Huntingburg, and Anita Brosmer-Begle and husband Gerald, Ferdinand; one son, Steven Brosmer, Bloomington; two sisters,
Susan Kuper and husband Daniel, Glendale, Arizona, and Sharon Brosmer, Slidell, Louisiana; two brothers, Dennis Brosmer, Loogootee, and David Brosmer and wife Barbara, Evansville; and one granddaughter, Keiara Begle, at home in Ferdinand.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com. A memorial service celebrating Michael’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Norbert A. Kern, 81, Schnellville

norbert-kernNorbert A. Kern, 81, of Schnellville, died Thursday (September 15) at his home. He was born in Dale January 26, 1935, to Aloysius and Frances (Titzer) Kern. He married Rosetta Vogler June 20, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died January 9, 2002.

Norbert was a farmer in the Schnellville community and a retired truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493, Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Church, and the Schnellville Conservation Club. He was an amateur pilot and enjoyed flying, reading, and working on the farm.

He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Messmer and husband Alan, Celestine; two sons, Steve Kern, Jasper, and Jerry Kern and wife Ann, Schnellville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, two sisters, Patricia Hays, Cloverport, Kentucky, and Mathilda Kern, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one grandson, Robert Kern, one sister, Mary Hulsman, and three brothers, Albert, Harold, and Thomas Kern.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 493 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Brian “Tony” Burton, 56, Jasper

brian-burtonBrian “Tony” Burton, 56, of Jasper, died Wednesday (September 14) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, June 10, 1960 to Harold and Nancy (Buechlein) Burton. He married Kathy Clements April 27, 2001.

Tony was a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. He worked for ERS-OCI. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club, Dubois County Sportsman Club, and the Dubois County EMA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Burton; two sons, Brent Burton and wife Brandy and Travis Burton, all of Jasper; two stepsons, Brian and Evan Howell, Bloomington; his mother, Nancy Burton, Jasper; one sister, Jill Cooper and husband Bart, Algiers; and two nephews, Blake and Brady Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Burton.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action network. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary‘s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.