Obituaries


Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, Ferdinand

Boops2Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 21) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born June 21, 1926 in Ferdinand to Frank Martin Kraus and Clara (Metzger) Kraus. He married Rosina “Tiny” Rohlman May 11, 1948, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died March 1, 2003.

Francis was a retired wood worker from DMI, where he worked for 50 years. He retired in 1990. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, Huntingburg V.F.W., and a 69 year member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan. He enjoyed playing cards, visiting the Ferdinand State Forest with family and friends, and enjoyed his cabin at Yellowbanks.

He is survived by one son, Kenneth Kraus and wife Jan, Evansville; one daughter, Margaret Potter and husband Mark, Ferdinand; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services at 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7-8:30 AM Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Charles Marsh Campbell, 88, Ferdinand

campbellCharles Marsh Campbell, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 21) at Brookside Village Senior Living Community in Jasper. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan, March 22, 1926, to Charles Carrol Campbell and Florence Ruff Campbell.

Charles was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and the St. Joseph Sodality. He held a Master of Fine Arts degree and in 1968 began teaching English and poetry at St. Benedict College and Marian Heights Academy in Ferdinand. He had written poetry since the age of 12 and was the published author of several poetry books. Besides writing poetry, he liked reading the Bible, praying the rosary, and attending Mass daily.

He is survived by four nieces, Nancy Foster, Judy Wallisch, Barbara Campbell, and Susan Faling; and two nephews, Daniel Cambell and Steven Foster.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Services at 1 p.m. (EST) Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Rosemarie E. (Rose) Rebber, Jasper

Rose RebberRosemarie E. (Rose) Rebber, 88 of Jasper, died Wednesday (November 19) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Holland March 6, 1926, to Andrew Sr. and Bertha (Ring) Meyer. She married Ralph E. Rebber August 6, 1949, in Holland. He died December 27, 1984.

Rose worked as a bookkeeper for Holland Dairy in Holland and Whirlpool in Evansville. She also worked for and retired from Sears in Jasper as a retail sales clerk. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper and was a founding member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Evansville. She loved studying the bible, spending 14 years in Bible Study Fellowship in Evansville. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley and to the Gaither Brothers, and talking family history and politics.

She is survived by two sons, Donald Rebber, Jasper, and Stan Rebber and wife Kathy, Kokomo; one brother, Andrew Meyer, Jr., and wife Vilene, Jasper; and 16 nieces and nephews.

Lou Meyer and Ellen Burns, and two brothers, Kenneth W. and Marvin Meyer.

Services at 3 p.m Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.Rev. Adam Ruschau will officiate. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Gary R. Ross, 74, Ireland

Gary RossGary R. Ross, 74 of Ireland, died Wednesday (November 19) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born April 14, 1940, in Pike County to Andrew Brett and Josephine (Wright) Ross.

Gary worked for Traylor Farms in Pike County for many years. He enjoyed attending the Otwell Ruritan Picnic and tractor pulls.

He is survived by three sisters, Mary L. Armstrong, Agnes J. Ross, and Sylvia Ross, all of Ireland; one brother, Raymond Ross, Washington; one niece; and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, all of whom died in infancy.

Services 10 a.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial following in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pike County. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Ruth H. Klem, 80, Huntingburg

Ruth KlemRuth H. Klem, 80, of Huntingburg, died Monday (November 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in St. Marks May 29, 1934, to Theodore and Laura (Striegel) Bieker. She married Victor F. Klem July 29, 1950, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Ruth and her husband operated Windell’s Restaurant in Dale for a number of years. She also worked at Gossard’s, Huntingburg Wood Products, Hoosier Desk, GentleCare, and Grandy’s Restaurant. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, crafting, gardening, and spending time with her family. She loved all animals and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Victor F. Klem; five sons, Victor Klem, Jr. and wife Ann, Mariah Hill, and Richard Klem and wife Sonia, Theodore Klem and wife Gayla, and Douglas and Lawrence Klem, all of Jasper; four daughters, Norma Padgett and husband Jeff, Otwell, and Corma Knebel and husband Gerald, Barbara Eichmiller, Debra Gehlhausen and husband Scott, all of Jasper; two sisters, Marie Mullen, Kyana and Lauretta Prechtel, Santa Claus; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Laura Rose Klem, who both died in infancy; a son-in-law, George Eichmiller; one brother, Theodore Bieker, Jr., and two sisters, Bernice and Leola Bieker.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in St. Anthony Cemetery in St. Anthony. Rev. Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the funeral. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Hoyt H. King, 88, Birdseye

Hoyt KingHoyt H. King, 88, of Birdseye, died Monday (November 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born October 19, 1926, in Birdseye to Guffy and Opal (Eckert) King. He married Avis Nadine Brown March 1, 1951, in White Cloud, Indiana. She died July 13, 2010.

Hoyt was a retired mechanic. He worked for Olinger Construction Company and Rudolph Paving. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Birdseye Conservation Club.He served in the United States Army during World War II.

He is survived by two sons, Alan R. King and wife Kathy, Huntingburg, and Brian L. King and wife Donna, Birdseye; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Gene King, and one grandson, Zachary King.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Birdseye Cemetery. Rev. Albert Madden will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Zach King Memorial Fund. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Sr. Mary Roman Dall, OSB, 80, Ferdinand

Sr. Mary RomanSister Mary Roman Dall, 80, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 14) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. A native of Ferdinand, Sister Mary Roman was born March 5, 1934, the fifth of 11 children born to Anton and Johanna (Verkamp) Dall.

She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1950 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1952. For almost 50 years Sister Mary Roman ministered in education as a teacher, principal, reading consultant, and tutor. She taught at schools in Indianapolis, Evansville (Holy Redeemer and Holy Rosary, where she served as principal), Boonville, St. Anthony, St. Thomas, Vincennes, Rockport, and Ferdinand Elementary. She served as reading consultant for Southeast Dubois School Corporation, and was administrative clerical assistant and more recently assisted the monastery coordinator and tutored students.

She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Wendholt, Jasper, and Mildred Hoffmann and husband James, McAllen, Texas; three brothers, Arthur and Rita, Jasper, Robert and wife Marie and Norbert and wife Carol, all of Ferdinand; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters, Rose Mary Kersteins, Alberta Dall, Clara Mae Hackman, Rita Ann Dall, and Irma Jean Lujan.

Visitation from 2-7 p.m. Monday and 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the monastery. A wake service at 7 p.m. Monday. The funeral Mass at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the monastery church with burial to follow. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.

Maurice F. Mendel, 92, Jasper

Maurice MendelMaurice F. Mendel, 92, of Jasper, died Monday (November 10) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper January 19, 1922, to Frank and Agatha (Gardner) Mendel. He married Eileen Turner May 21, 1949, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died April 19, 2003.

Maurice worked as a financial comptroller for the Jasper Cabinet Company from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. He was a Navy veteran and served in both World War II and the Korea Conflict. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, Notre Dame football, Indiana University sports, and the Jasper Wildcats. He enjoyed making leather crafts.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Lee Mendel, Waggaman, Louisiana; one son, Donald Mendel, Jasper; one sister, Martina Erny, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Schum and Petronella Rothenberg; and two brothers; Sylvester and Jerome Mendel.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. V.F.W. Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Betty L. Wigand, 88, Ireland

Betty WiggandBetty L. Wigand, 88, of Ireland, died Monday (November 10) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Dubois January 1, 1926, to Fred and Elsie (Breitweiser) Zehr. She married Cyril J. Wigand July 2, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died October 14, 2012.

Betty and her husband operated the Wigand Grocery Store in Ireland for many years. She assisted in the operation of the Cyril Wigand Insurance Agency and also worked at General Electric in Huntingburg during World War II. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ireland and enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafting, gardening, and quilting.

She is survived by one daughter, Toni Weyer and husband Marvin, Ferdinand; two sons, John Wigand and wife Donna, and Patrick Wigand and wife Patti, all of Jasper; eight grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, LaVeta Weber.

Services at noon Thursday at St. Mary’s with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Ralph C. Brosmer, 91, Dubois

Ralph BrosmerRalph C. Brosmer, 91, of Dubois, died Monday (November 10) at Professional Care Rehabilitation Center in Dale. He was born in Dubois April 21, 1923, to Frank and Louise (Fehribach) Brosmer. He married Mary Crowe June 13, 1953. She died October 2, 1981.

Ralph was a lifelong farmer and a part time deputy sheriff. He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and a lifetime member of the Dubois Community Club. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and push mowing yards.

He is survived by two daughters, Bea Hopper, and husband, Bill, Dubois, and Millie Zehr, Dubois; two sons, Terry Brosmer, Dubois, and Charles Brosmer and wife Lorrie, French Lick; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisers, Emma Schnell, Pauline Eckert, and Mary Lou Humbert, seven brothers, Oscar, Paul, Edward, Gilbert, Gus, and Adam Brosmer; one grandson, Dallas Brosmer, and one son-in-law, Mike Zehr.

Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.