Obituaries


Dennis E. Otto, 78, Jasper

Dennis E. Otto, 78, of Jasper, died Sunday, January 13, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born January 9, 1941, to Aloysius and Eldena (Zehr) Otto. He married Marlene Ann Sermersheim May 13, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Dennis was a 1959 graduate of Jasper High School. He was in the Army National Guard and worked as a brick mason for 43 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed golfing, crappie fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene Otto; one daughter, Lisa Methena, Jasper; two sons, Kurt Otto and wife Jill and Kent Otto and wife Laura, all of Jasper; six grandchildren, Trevor, Travis, Spencer, Reagan, Olivia, and Max; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Laureli; and one brother, Donald Otto and wife Shirley, Huntingburg.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Dolores Rauscher, and one brother, who died infancy.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home, the Jasper Moose will conduct a ritual at 6 p.m. 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 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Sharon C. Fuhs, 62, Jasper

Sharon C. Fuhs, 62, of Jasper, died Saturday, January 12, at The Timbers in Jasper. She was born in Jasper January 30, 1956, to Jerome and Clara (Scherle) Streicher. She married Steve Fuhs June 18, 1977, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Sharon was a 1974 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a cook for Precious Blood Catholic School and for Tri-Cap for many years. She was a member of Precious Blood Church, the Jasper German Club, and the VFW Auxiliary. Sharon enjoyed shopping and making crafts and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Fuhs; two sons, Stuart Fuhs and wife Dana and Spencer Fuhs and wife Brittany, all of Jasper; one granddaughter, Lainey Fuhs; one sister, Rosemary Woolsey and husband Marlon, Fishers; and two brothers, Danny Streicher and wife Liz, Avon, and Ronnie Streicher and wife Annette, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one nephew, Matt Woolsey.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Precious Blood Church, the American Diabetes Association, or to the Davita Dialysis Center.Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood Church with burial following at a later date.

Eugene John Gogel, 79, Dale

Eugene John Gogel, 79, of Dale, died Friday, January 11, at his home. He was born in Dale December 5, 1939 to Emil and Anna (Tretter) Gogel. He married Irma Mehling September 29, 1962, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. She died December 16, 2018.

Eugene was a 1957 graduate of Dale High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist IV. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale where he was a Eucharistic minister for many years and a member of its Holy Name Society. He was a floor covering installer for many local companies and enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and pinochle.

He is survived by one son Steven Gogel and wife Mary, Birchwood, Wisconsin; four daughters, Sandra Rasche and Glenda Edge and husband Brad, all of Evansville, Brenda Ramsey and husband Bruce, Kentucky, and Jennifer McGehee and husband Todd, Boonville; nine grandchildren, Benjamin Edge, Emily Riffert and husband Ty, Korynne, Kamille, and Klaire Rasche, all of Evansville, Lauren Edge, Portland, Oregon, Bryce Ramsey, Kentucky, and Ryan and Nathan McGehee, Boonville; two great-grandchildren, Trenton Riffert and his soon-to-be sister, Evansville; five sisters, Anastasia Kern, Lucille Lubbehusen, and Ruth Schwinghamer and husband Bill, all of Dale, RoseMary Sitzman, St. Meinrad, and Mildred Rummel and husband Dave, Huntingburg; one brother, Herb Gogel, Dale; and nephew Roger Kern and wife Maureen.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Philip in 1992, one brother, Joseph Gogel, and his goddaughter Janet (Lubbehusen) Hirsch.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or the Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial and military graveside rites following in the church cemetery.

Irene R. Giesler, 90, Jasper

Irene R. Giesler, 90, of Jasper, died Monday, January 14, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was the wife of Sylvester Giesler, who died Thursday, January 10. Joint visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial are scheduled. Irene was born in Schnellville October 23, 1928, to Bernard and Anna (Humbert) Theising. She married Sylvester Giesler November 8, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past November.

Irene was a 1946 graduate of Birdseye High School. She worked at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, was a homemaker, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and its sodality. She enjoyed playing softball and volleyball, canning and baking, watching her children and grandchildren’s sporting events, and volunteering at the food bank and St. Vincent de Paul.

She is survived by two daughters, Martha Wehr, Jasper, and Mary Witte and husband Michael, Zionsville; seven sons, Kenneth Giesler and wife Sarah, Haysville, Richard Giesler and wife Lois, Stanley Giesler and wife Nancy, Gary Giesler and wife Kris, and Jeffrey Giesler and wife Angie, all of Jasper, Ronald Giesler and wife Karla, Evansville, and Paul Giesler and wife Jamie, Ferdinand; 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Veronica Heldman, Celestine, and Mary Ann Schmitt and husband Louis, Jasper; and one sister-in-law, Helen Theising, Schnellville.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one grandchild, Kale Giesler; one son-in-law, Richard Wehr, one sister, Dorothy Seger, and one brother, Hilbert Theising.

A joint visitation for Sylvester and Irene Giesler is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. today (January 14) at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. tomorrow (January 15) at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.  A Mass of Christian Burial for Irene and Sylvester Giesler will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (January 15) at Holy Family Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Chloie Elizabeth Lubbehusen, 23, Huntingburg

Chloie Elizabeth Lubbehusen, 23, of Huntingburg, died Friday, January 11, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Evansville February 2, 1995, to David R. and Barbara (Brown) Lubbehusen.

Chloie was a 21013 graduate of  Southridge High School. She worked at Masterbrand Plant No. 22 in Ferdinand for five years. She was a talented artist.

She is survived by her parents, David and Barbara Lubbehusen, Huntingburg; one sister, Madeline Rae Lubbehusen, Huntingburg; two brothers, Eli David Lubbehusen and Liam Jacob Lubbehusen, both of Huntingburg; two grandparents, Rich Lubbehusen, Evansville, and Margaret Brown, Huntingburg; and  aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two grandparents, Brenda (Bayer) Lubbehusen and James Brown.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Rev. Darrel Land will officiate at the service.

Sylvester M. Giesler, 95, Jasper

Sylvester M. Giesler, 95, of Jasper, died Thursday, January 10, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Jasper June 5, 1923, to Leander and Rosa (Dick) Giesler. He married Irene Theising November 8, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Sylvester was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He served as an aerial gunner in World War II and was awarded the Air Medal. He was a member of VFW Post 673 in Jasper. He worked as a mechanic for Alvin C. Ruxer Ford in Jasper and retired from Jasper Engines and Transmissions. He taught a mechanics class for women at Vincennes University Jasper and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed gardening, playing softball, watching his children and grandchildren competing in sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by his wife, Irene R. Giesler; two daughters, Martha Wehr, Jasper, and Mary Witte and husband Michael, Zionsville; seven sons, Kenneth Giesler and wife Sarah, Haysville, Richard Giesler and wife Lois, Stanley Giesler and wife Nancy, Gary Giesler and wife Kris, and Jeffrey Giesler and wife Angie, all of Jasper, Ronald Giesler and wife Karla, Evansville, and Paul Giesler and wife Jamie, Ferdinand; 21 grandchildren,  16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Leona Knust (Reynold), Ferdinand, and Sr. Mildred Giesler, St. Mary of the Woods.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandchild, Kale Giesler, one son-in-law, Richard Wehr, four sisters, Ardella Heim, Florence Neuhoff, Mary Ann Uebelhor, and Viola Schroeder, and four brothers, Edward, Herman, Robert, and Arnold Giesler.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family 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. Tuesdau at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Frances M. Bauer, 76, Dubois

Frances M. Bauer, 76, of Dubois, died Thursday, January 10, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, February 1, 1942 to Alfred G. and Virginia M. (Boyer) Wagner.

Frances was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports, landscaping, and spending time with her cats.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Schnaus and husband Steve, Jasper; three sons, Greg Bauer and wife Jennifer, Ronald C. Bauer and wife Debbie, and Jon Bauer and wife Tiffany, all of Dubois; 11 grandchildren, Brittany Voelkel Haywood (who was raised by Frances), Stephanie Stemle, Codi Everman, Conor and Mariah Hart, and Kamille, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Griffen, Reece, and Jordan Bauer; nine great grandchildren; and one brother, Steve Wagner and wife Glenda, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Bauer-Voelkel.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Chrch or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral Services  at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following at a later date in the church cemetery.

Mark O. Henson, 61, Dale

Mark O. Henson, 61, of Dale, died Wednesday, January 9, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg May 13, 1957, to Marvin and Delores (Garland) Henson. He married Mary Alice Heeke September 22, 1984, in Jasper.

Mark worked in human resources at Farbest Foods in Jasper for 15 years. He had a love for drawing and for animals.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Henson; his step-mother, Margaret Henson; one sister, Cathy Dearing and husband Noble; one sister, Cathy (Noble) Dearing and husband Noble; one brother, Alan (Deloris) Henson and wife Deloris; and one step-brother, Bryan Quackenbush, all of Otwell; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Delores Henson.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Otwell Cemetery.

Donnie L. Beckman, 75, Holland

Donnie L. Beckman, 75, of Holland, died Wednesday, January 9, at his home. He was born in Dubois August 31, 1943, to Odillo and Edith (Dekemper) Beckman. He married Ruth Brinksneader January 25, 1964, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy.

Donnie worked at OFS for 43 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, and attending auctions.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Beckman; two daughters, Shelly Borden and husband Brian, Jasper, and Jackie Waters and husband Tom, Holland; five grandchildren, Logan and Tyler Borden and Justin, Brittany, and Dylan Waters; two great-grandchildren, Thea Briley Borden and Mila Jane Waters; and one sister, Jeanie Cutshall, Dubois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother who died in infancy.

A private memorial mass was held at St. Mary’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Morris “Dusty” Hubster, Jr., Holland

Morris “Dusty” Hubster, Jr., 71, of Holland, died Monday, January 7, at his home. He was born in Holland July 21, 1947, to Morris and Lorraine (Kaiser) Hubster. He married Susan R. “Sue” Mattingly June 3, 1972, at Augustana Church in Holland. She died February 25, 2013.

Dusty was a plumber and coal miner. He retired from Mehringer’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning where he worked for 25 years. He was a member of the Augustana United Church of Christ, Holland Volunteer Fire Department, Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment No. 931 Marine Corps League, and a life member of Huntingburg VFW Post 2366 and Holland American Legion Post 343. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He is survived by two sons, Morgan (Tiffany) Hubster and wife Tiffany and Landon Hubster, all of Holland; one daughter, Kenley Lintzenich and husband Steven, Ft. Branch; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Augustana United Church of Christ. A Marine Corps League vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. The Holland American Legion and Huntingburg VFW memorial details will conduct combined military graveside rites.