Obituaries


Edna M. Wigand, 87, Jasper

Edna M. Wigand, 87, of Jasper, died Sunday, October 14, at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Jasper December 27, 1930, to Roman and Elizabeth (Rupprecht) Jacob. She married Leon J. Wigand May 16, 1952, in Indianapolis. He died April 8, 1996.

Edna worked at Heichelbech’s Restaurant in Jasper for many years and for 3D and Wal-Mart in Jasper for 30 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandy Braunecker and husband Jerry, Jasper, Sheila Wigand, Denver, Colorado, and Marla Britton and husband Will, El Paso, Texas; four grandchildren, four grandchildren, Shane Zoglman, Jason Braunecker, Jared Wigand, and Jennifer Zehr; three great-grandchildren, Jara and Jessa Braunecker and Hayden Wigand; one sister, Sharon Hopf, Jasper; and son-in-law, Rich Schwenk, Otwell.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Schwenk, one brother, Ralph Jacob, and one brother-in-law, Maurice Hopf.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jerry Owen Frick, 51, Huntingburg

Jerry Owen Frick, 51, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, October 13, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg January 27, 1967, to William and Connie (Hilgeman) Frick.

Jerry worked as a mechanic; enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved being in the garage and out gardening.

He is survived by one son, Jerry W. Frick, Huntingburg; his mother, Connie Frick, Huntingburg; three stepchildren, Adam, Jasmine, and Anthony Young, all of Lebanon; and five aunts and uncles, Beverly Giesler and husband Robert, Birdseye; Karl Frick, Jacksonville, Florida, Marie Seibert, Huntingburg, Marvin Frick, Jasper, and Breda Gross, Evansville.

Friends may call from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Memorial services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Kay Schwinghamer, 67, Holland

Kay Schwinghamer, 67, of Holland, died Friday, October 12, at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville. She was born in Huntingburg January 30, 1951, to Raymond and Arla (Egbert) Meyer. She married Mark Alan Schwinghamer November 25, 1977, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. He died January 8, 2015.

Kay was a homemaker and a teacher’s aide, a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, enjoyed reading and bird watching, and was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

She is survived by three daughters, Melissa Schwinghamer, Holland, Amanda Johnson and husband Adam, Indianapolis, and Lauren Hayes and husband Johnny, Otwell; and one grandchild, Callie Johnson.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Allan Meyer, and one sister, Patricia Kuntz.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Church. The Nass and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to The Linda E. White Hospice House or to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Church. Pastor David Darling will officiate.

Linda VanWinkle, 73, Ferdinand

Linda VanWinkle, 73, of Ferdinand, died Sunday, October 7, at Core Nursing and Rehab Center in Dale. She was born in Perry County June 13, 1945, to Hilbert and Lorine (Wagner) Schlachter.

Linda retired from Masterbrand. She loved animals and fishing.

She is survived by one son, David VanWinkle and wife Ruth, of Birdseye; one daughter, Michelle Taylor, Oriole; one sister, Betty Buechler and husband Charles, Adyeville; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Rick VanWinkle, and one grandson, Tyler Cundiff.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Delores Marie Auffart, 95, Huntingburg

Delores Marie Auffart, 95, of Huntingburg, died Monday, October 8, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg January 19, 1923, to Louis and Frances (Schepers) Uebelhor. She married Norbert Auffart June 4, 1947, in Huntingburg.

Delores worked as a restaurant cook, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Society, and enjoyed quilting, embroidery, playing cards, and traveling.

She is survived by one son, Albert Auffart and wife Martha, Cutler; three daughters, Margie Staten and husband Bill, Ladoga, Marilyn Kunkler, Charlestown, and Susanne Brown and husband Bob, Taswell; son-in-law Dan Reckelhoff, St. Anthony; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Father Ryan Hilderbrand will celebrate the mass.

Norman Celestine Schue, 82, Ferdinand

Norman Celestine Schue, 82, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, October 6, at his home. He was born in Mariah Hill September 27, 1936, to Paul and Catherine (Vaeth) Schue. He married Leona Kitten January 10, 1959, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Norman was a retired coal miner and farmer. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of Santa Claus Legion Post 242. He was a member of the Mariah Hill YMI and a former 4-H leader. He was recipient of the 2010 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award and enjoyed his farm, dogs, children, and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Schue; four sons, Paul Schue and wife Jenell, Huntingburg, Scott Schue and wife Gina, Evansville, Jeff Schue, Dale, and Eric Schue and wife Audra, Jasper; four daughters, Norma Kreilein and husband Michael and Audrey Fischer and husband Scott, all of Jasper, Valerie Hassfurther, Ferdinand, and Gayla Sliwa, Cicero; 15 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, eight step great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Sue Reynolds and Paulita Pund, both of Mariah Hill, and Nellie Ebert and husband Fred, Ferdinand.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Schue, two brothers, John and Leo Schue, and one sister, Sylvia Obermeier.

 

Lucille F. Weyer, 93, Ferdinand

Lucille F. Weyer, 93, of Ferdinand, died Friday, October 5, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in St. Meinrad May 10, 1925, to Jacob and Veronica (Schaeffer) Meier. She married Clarence L. Weyer May 5, 1951, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Lucille was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She belonged to the Ferdinand Legion Post 124 Auxiliary and the Ferdinand Community Center. She worked at Jasper Wood Products and retired from the St. Meinrad Abbey Press. She enjoyed traveling, flower gardening, and following her grandchildren’s sports.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence L. Weyer; four sons, Steve Weyer and wife Judy, John Weyer and wife Jean, and Gary Weyer and wife Michele, all of Ferdinand, and Terry Weyer and wife Sue, Troy; one brother, Jerome Meier and wife Lucille, Grand Rapids, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Jason, Scott , Cliff, Kelly, Clarissa, and Dylan Weyer, Stacy Gessner, Amanda Kemper, and Shari Gress; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Judy Knust.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Donald L. Kluesner, 68, Jasper

Donald L. Kluesner, 68, of Jasper, died Friday, October 5, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. He was born in Huntingburg July 11, 1950, to Othmar and Rosella (Streicher) Kluesner. He married Sharon Messmer on November 5, 1971, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Donald served for 20 years as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673 in Jasper where he served as post commander and was an active volunteer. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and enjoyed fishing, playing cards, sports, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting activities.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Kluesner; one daughter, Denise Kluesner, Jasper; two granddaughters, Isabella and Alivia Kluesner, both of Jasper; one sister, Shirley Hasse and husband Jerry, Celestine; and two brothers, Edward Kluesner and wife Nancy, Jasper, and Dennis Kluesner, Haysville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Kluesner.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial willl be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following at a later date in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Eloise R. Berg, 71, St. Anthony

Eloise R. Berg, 71, of St. Anthony, died Thursday, October 4, at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Dubois November 24, 1946, to Robert and Helen (Schneider) Hopster. She married Charlie L. Berg July 2, 1966, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Eloise retired from Kimball International in Jasper, where she worked as a telephone operator for over 38 years. She was also a volunteer for Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center and Tri-Cap in Jasper. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie L. Berg; two daughters, Shelly Wilgus and husband Ron and Kristy Bayer and husband Brian, all of Schnellville; four grandchildren, Kyle and Jared Wilgus and Trent and Taylor Bayer; two sisters, Charlotte Schlichting and husband Dave, Evansville, and Kathie Hohl, Dubois; and one brother, Denny Hopster and wife LaDonna, Ft. Branch.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Church. Divine Mercy Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic 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. Monday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

James K. “Jim” Vaughn, 94, Jasper

James K. “Jim” Vaughn, 94, of Jasper, died Wednesday, October 3, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Speedwell, Virginia, October 21, 1923, to Walter and Pearlie Vaughn. He married Rita O. Sermersheim May 20, 1944, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died December 24, 2011.

Jim was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served in World War II. He was a retired brick mason and also worked at the Jasper Municipal, Sultan’s Run, and French Lick golf courses. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, the Indiana/Kentucky BAC Union, American Legion Post No. 147, Jasper Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Police, Jasper Outdoor REC, and the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed golfing and fishing and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Indiana University basketball fan.

He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Gehlhausen, Jasper; one son, Donald Vaughn, Jasper; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Florence Hensley.

Friends may call from 9:3011 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites