Obituaries


Mark E. Schmitt, 62, Huntingburg

Mark Scmitt finalMark E. Schmitt, 62, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (April 26) at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was born in Huntingburg March 31, 1953, to Frank J. and Ruth (Lechner) Schmitt.

Mark was a farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Duff Water Corporation, and the Duff Conservation Club. He loved working on his farm and playing cards.

He is survived by his special friend of 20 years, Doris Harris, Huntingburg; his father, Frank J. Schmitt, Huntingburg; four brothers, Roger Schmitt, Washington, Daniel Schmitt and wife Sherry, Velpen, Norbert Schmitt and wife Phyllis, Huntingburg, and Lee Ray Schmitt and wife Susie, Washington; three sisters, Mary Beth Vogler and husband Tom, Ireland, Diana Uebelhack and husband Dennis, Mt. Vernon, and Kim Davis, Huntingburg; Doris Harris’ daughter and son, Laura Peters and husband Tom, Jasper, and Scott Harris and wife Mandy, Huntingburg; and by grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Schmitt, and one sister, Karen Sue Schmitt.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church, the Dubois County Leukemia Society, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Gaela S. Shawhan, 54, Holland

ShawhanGaela S. Shawhan, 54, of Holland, died Saturday at her home. She was born in Huntingburg May 11, 1960, to Kenneth and June (Lehmkuhler) Meyer. She married Tony F. Shawhan June 19, 1982, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

Gaela was an information technology business analyst for Masterbrand Cabinets where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member of St. James Church, an active member of the women’s group and the church choir. She loved spending time with her family and friends, and enjoyed nature watching, especially her hummingbirds.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Shawhan; one daughter, Haley Shawhan, Holland; one sister, Gloria Lindsey and husband Paul, Holland; four brothers, James Meyer, Holland, Tom Meyer and wife Cathy, Huntingburg, Dave Meyer and wife Roberta, Holland, and Dan Meyer and wife Rhonda, Granger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and June Meyer.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday at St. James Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor David Darling and Deaconess Roberta Meyer will officiate at the service. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the church.  Memorial donations can be made to St. James Church. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Patsy L. Andry, 77, Jasper

Patsy Andry2Patsy L. Andry, 77, of Jasper, died Sunday (April 26) at her home. She was born in Orange County April 2, 1938, to Loval and Helen (Parks) Patton. She married Harold Ray Andry June 30, 1956, Fairview General Baptist Church in Taswell.

Patsy was a retired teacher’s aide. She worked in the Pine Ridge, Jasper, and Huntingburg school systems. She was a member of the New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Andry; one son, Jimmy R. Andry and wife April, English; one daughter, Shannon Open and husband Lee Allen, Huntingburg; one brother Jack Patton, Taswell; four sisters, Sharon Ponder, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Linda Roberts, New Albany, Cathy Staten, Taswell, and Bevery Oxley, English; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Alicia Robin “Robbie” Wiseman, and three sisters, Janet Carr, Sheila Atkins, and Bonnie Wilkes.

Services at 11 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church with burial following in Birdseye Cemetery. Rev. Robert Borden and Rev. Harold Bayer will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg, and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.nassandson.com.

Donald Louis Bell, 70, Duff

Donald BellDonald Louis Bell, 70, of Duff, died Friday (April 23) at his home. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, July 31, 1944, to Guy
Louis and Frances (Burke) Bell. He married Rehnea Lynn LaRue June 29, 1984, in Wheeling.

Donald was a retired pest control professional with 40 years of experience and was known to his friends and customers as “Don the Bug Man”. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a lifetime member of the N.R.A., and an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed
gardening and played a big role in Duff’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

He is survived by his wife, Rehnea Lynn Bell; two sons, Kevin Guy and Keith Joseph Bell; one daughter, Dawn Elizabeth Bell; one sister, Janet Henry; and four grandchildren, Brooklyn, Lydia, Noah, and Jackson Bell, all of Wheeling.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frances and Guy Bell.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg. Brother David Wayne Mathias will officiate. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

 

Kristi Louise Bernardi, 23, Huntingburg

Kristi BernrdiKristi Louise Bernardi, 23, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (April 23) at her home. She was born in Jasper April 26, 1991, to Dennis Wayne and Melanie Kathleen (Sherman) Bernardi.

Kristi worked as an assistant manager at Papa John’s Pizza. She loved spending time with her kids, riding 4-wheelers, cookouts, and being with friends.

She is survived by her parents, Dennis and Melanie Bernardi, Huntingburg; one daughter, Ka’Myra Re’nae Jordon, and one son, Kayson William Bernardi, both at home; two sisters, Cassandra Bernardi Hoffman and husband Randy, and Kimberly Bernardi Bath and husband Ricky Thomas, all of Huntingburg; her companion, Justin Hubster, Huntingburg; her grandfather, William Sherman, Sr., Huntingburg; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Margaret Sherman,.and her paternal grandparents, Pete and Diane Bernardi.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Gene Marcum will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to assist with funeral expenses. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Gerald “Woody” McCaslin, 70, Jasper

Woody McCaslin2Gerald “Woody” McCaslin, 70, of Jasper, died Thursday (April 23) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Orchardville, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1945, to Gerald and Mabel (Uber) McCaslin. He was married Ruth Ellen Hemmerlein. She died October 30, 2009.

Woody enjoyed sports, fishing, and golf.

He is survived by three sons, Todd McCaslin, St. Anthony, Dave McCaslin and wife Lisa, Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, and Mike McCaslin and wife Sandra, Rural Valley, Pennsylvania; one step-daughter, Kay-Krodel Freyberger and husband Kurt, Fort Thomas, Kentucky; one step-son, Kent Krodel, Jasper; five grandchildren, Lindsay, Jason, Morgan, Kaylee and Emily McCaslin; two step-grandchildren, Andrew and Max Freyberger; one sister, Cathy McWhorter, Largo, Florida; and one brother, Max McCaslin and wife Sharon, Rural Valley, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two sisters, Beverly McCullough and Alice McAfoose, and two brothers, Don and Keith McCaslin.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. May 9 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Beverly Hunt Adkins, 81, Birdseye

Beverly AdkinsBeverly Hunt Adkins, 81, Birdseye, died Thursday (April 23) at her home. She was born in Mayfield, Kentucky March 21, 1934, to O.A. Britt and Mabel Newton. She married Earl Adkins May 30, 1953, in Ashland, Kentucky.

Beverly attended Lafayette and Ashland high schools in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University and earned 30 hours above her Rank 1. She was a teacher at Bend Gate and Union Town elementary schools and retired from the Union County school system. She was a member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Henderson, Kentucky. She earned a gold medal in figure skating in the Senior Olympics, was a fan of University of Kentucky basketball, and enjoyed entertaining.

She is survived by her husband, Earl “Brother” Adkins; one daughter, Linda Rouser, Lexington, Kentucky; two sons, Dr. Mike Adkins and wife Ginger, Birdseye, and Greg Adkins, Indianapolis; one sister, Nancy Hawkins and husband Paul; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Newton.

Services at 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home in Henderson. Rev. Ted Burke will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Henderson. A celebration of life is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared at
www.bentonglunt.com.

 

Joseph William Wehr, 80, St. Henry

Joe WehrJoseph William Wehr, 80, of St. Henry, died Wednesday (April 22) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Celestine January 19, 1935, to William Herman and Ethel (Faulkenburg) Wehr. He married Virginia Ann “Ginny” Schipp June 11, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She died September 7, 2012.

Joseph retired from D.M.I. Furniture where he worked for 39 years as a truck driver and warehouse manager. He then worked for Enterprise Car Rental in Jasper for 12 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church for 36 years and then St. Henry Catholic Church for 24 years. He was a member of the Huntingburg Conservation Club for 25 years and held the position of membership secretary and the Huntingburg Y.M.I. Club for 49 years. He enjoyed his family, traveling, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by three daughters, Kathy Foerster and husbgand Donald, Ferdinand, and Cindy K. Meyer and husband Charles (Chuck) and Denise Miller and husand Dean, all of Jasper; two sons, Douglas Wehr, Fishers, and Timothy Wehr and wife Jackie, Huntingburg; one brother, Richard Carrol Wehr, Jasper; nine grandchildren, Anthony Foerster, Evansville, Tyler Foerster, San Diego, California, Michael Foerster, St. Anthony, Andrew Meyer, Greenwood, Nicholas Miller, Muncie, Leah Miller, Jasper, Danielle Davis, Nashville, Tennessee, Megan Wehr, Huntingburg, and Brooke Wehr, Fishers; and four great grandchildren, Noah and Rylie Meyer and Talen and Paisley Foerster.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one step-grandson, Brad Foerster.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday at St. Mary’s Church 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. A parish rosary prayer service, followed by a Y.M.I. vigil service, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Norbert C. Alles, 90, Jasper

Norb AllesNorbert C. Alles, 90, of Jasper, died Tuesday April 21) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Jasper July 6, 1924, to Jacob and Anna (Rasche) Alles. He married Margaret Krodel June 9, 1951, in Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in French Lick. She died November 12, 2011.

Norb served two and a half years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served overseas along with four of his brothers. He received the following medals the Good Conduct, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern, World War II Victory medals and the Honorable Service Button. He was a 1942 graduate of Jasper High School. After working at Wilson Drug Company in the summer of 1939 and during high school, he went to pharmacy school in 1942 and completed three semesters. He served in the Army and then went to Purdue University, where he graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1949. He returned to Wilson Drug Company and later became a part owner. When the Central Building was sold and the drug store closed, he worked at Flick’s Drugs for five years and then retired. He served as a director and chairman of the board of Dubois County Bank and Old National Bank for many years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Country Club, V.F.W. Post No. 673, American Legion Post No. 147, Jasper Knights of Columbus, Dubois County Sportsman Club, and the Dubois County Purdue Club. He won nine consecutive club golf championships and a total of 14 at the Jasper Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, tennis, and all Purdue sports.

He is survived by one daughter, Toni Alles, Dallas, Texas; two sons, Ken Alles and wife Pat, Indianapolis, and Tim Alles and wife Barbra, Tampa, Florida; three grandchildren, Jennifer Alles Renner, Carmel, and Sam and Mitchell Alles, Tampa; two great-grandchildren, Luke and Logan Renner; and one brother, Jerome “Chick” Alles.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers Oliver, Hilary, James, Edward, and Charles Alles.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rights. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s  Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church and the Dubois County Community Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Dolores E. Schaeffer, 90, Ferdinand

Dolores SchaeferDolores E. Schaeffer, 90, of Ferdinand, died Monday (April 20) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.  She was born in Huntingburg July 3, 1924, to August and Theresia (Brinkman) Reutman. She married Hugo A. Schaeffer October 1, 1946, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. He died April 30, 1994.

Dolores was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Anne’s Sodality, the St. Anne’s Sodality choir, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Auxiliary, and Ferdinand Daughters of Isabella. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and yard work.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana Buechler and husband Ron, Huntingburg, and Mary Kay Schroeder and husband Bernie, Jasper; one sister, Jeanette Auffart, Ferdinand; one brother, Dennis Reutman and wife Diane, Huntingburg; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph Schaeffer, and two brothers, Clarence and Robert Reutman. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.