Obituaries


Belinda H. “Linda” Evans-Gross, 70, Huntingburg

Belinda H. “Linda” Evans-Gross, 70, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, May 31, at her home. She was born in Boonville March 21, 1950, to Everett and Martina (Seger) Evans. She married Terry A. Gross October 20, 1975, in Tennessee.

Linda worked at OFS Styline and Shoe Carnival. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Gross; two daughters, Terrisa Bradley and Tina Hasenour and husband Jonathan Sr., all of Jasper; four grandchildren, Amber Bradley (Donald Russell), Michael Bradley Jr., Jonathan Hasenour Jr., and Christoper Hasenour, and one on way; one great-granddaughter, Jordyn Russell; one sister, Connie Huffman, Evansville; and three brothers, Danny Sivellola, Powderly, Kentucky, Terry Evans and wife Patricia, Mt. Vernon, and Tommy Evans and wife Kelly, Evansville.

In addition to his parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Mike Meredith, and one sister, Shirley Bice.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

James Albert Rowden, 90, Ferdinand

James Albert Rowden, 90, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, May 30, at his home. He was born in Alameda, California, August 28, 1929, to Albert and Ada (Breen) Rowden.

James served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, stationed in South Korea, Japan, and Guam. He worked for decades at Aerojet and Sutter Memorial Hospital in California. He was a lifelong catholic, loved farming, and managed a family plum farm for many years. In his retirement he became an avid cyclist and continued to exercise daily until age 90. He moved with his wife to Ferdinand in 2013, where he was a member of Christ the King Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Rowden; three sons, Marc Rowden, Fairbanks, Alaska, Dan Rowden, Anchorage, Alaska, and Cash Rowden, Los Angeles; two daughters, Annette Rowden, Baltimore, Maryland,, and Denise Vagliardo and husband Billy, Oneonta, New York; one step-daughter, Désirée Douglas, Seven Hills, Ohio; two step-sons, Norman Alvis and wife Shiulo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Robert Alvis and wife Andrea, Ferdinand; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannine Gagne Rowden, and three sisters, Lois McDonald, Phyllis Hicks, and Ethel Colvin.

Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. A funeral Mass and burial will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church.

Gerald F. “Jerry” Fickas, Sr., 74, Loogootee

Gerald F. “Jerry” Fickas, Sr., 74, of Loogootee, died Saturday, May 30, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Evansville September 19, 1945, to Hayden and Virginia (Faries) Fickas. He married Freda Bowles July 10, 1966, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Jerry was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a machinist and a truck driver most of his life. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church and the Jasper Knights of Columbus and enjoyed fishing and restoring trucks, tractors, and cars.

He is survived by his wife, Freda Fickas; two sons, Gerald Fickas, Jr., and wife Tammy, Pekin, and Gary Fickas, Jasper; one daughter, Linda Dukes and husband Randy, Evansville; 10 grandchildren; three sisters, Brenda Blume and husband Maurice, Birdseye, Sara “Becky” Little and husband Gary, Evansville, and Jeanne Neukam and husband Vince, Huntingburg; two brothers, Tommy Fickas, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Danny Fickas and wife Dolores, Owensboro, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Doris Fickas.

Private services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in St. Celestine Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to the Dubois County Humane Society. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Anna Mae Wagner, 92, Jasper

Anna Mae Wagner, 92, of Jasper, died Friday, May 29, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Ireland August 30, 1927, to Joseph and Anna (Stenftenagel) Schmitt. She married Urban B. Wagner November 23, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died May 30, 2005.

After raising their family on their St. Anthony farm Urban and Anna Mae moved to Jasper. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its Sodality of the Blessed Virgin. She was a waitress at the Schnitzelbank for many years and a seamstress for Corbin’s Drapery in Jasper. She loved cooking, tending to her flower gardens, and quilting and making quilt tops, especially the log cabin design.

She is survived by four daughters, Marie Berry Dolletzki and husband Mike, Rosalie Hartwick, and Mary Birk and husband Terry, all of Jasper, and Ruth Wagner, Ferdinand;  seven sons; Gary Wagner and wife Marcia, Don Wagner and wife Joni, Chuck Wagner and wife Shari, and Paul W. and Amos Wagner, all of Jasper, and Bernard Wagner and wife Rita, and Roman Wagner and wife Sheila, all of St. Anthony; 20 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren (and one on the way), 12 step great-grandchildren; two step great-great-grandchildren; and one brother; Richard “Butch” Schmitt and wife Betty, Ireland.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Wagner, six brothers; Anthony, Urban, Othmar, Ralph, Linus, and Leo Schmitt, and two sisters; Bertha Brames and Caroline Wagner.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Church  with burial following in St. Anthony Church Cemetery in St. Anthony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church or the St. Anthony Church Cemetery Fund. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Charlotte Ann Wright, 79, Birdseye

Charlotte Ann Wright, 79, of Birdseye, died Friday, May 29. She was born in Birdseye May 1, 1941, to Edward Dow and Ethel Dora (Ridenour) Blunk.

Charlotte was a homemaker. She enjoyed growing and canning her own fruits and vegetables and growing rises. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by four sons, Thomas Eugene Wright, Larry Wright and wife Mona, and Dennis Wright and wife Shonna, all of Birdseye, and Robert Wright and wife Megan, Memphis, Indiana; one daughter, Darlene Merkel and husband Kurt, Birdseye; daughter-in-law Rachel Wright Porter, Bristow; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Wright, one son, Timothy A. Wright, one grandson, Zachary K., two brothers, Walter and Allen Blunk, and one sister, Melva Blunk.

Private services will be held Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Pastor Bret Eckert officiating. Interment will follow in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye.

Ralph C. Voegerl, 84, St. Anthony

Ralph C. Voegerl, 84, of St. Anthony, died Friday, May 29, at Scenic Hills at the Monastery in Ferdinand. He was born in St. Anthony September 20, 1935, to Joseph and Catherine (Wallhauser) Voegerl. He married Marlene Kluemper January 12, 1963, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. She died January 20, 2014.

Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1955 to 1963. He retired from the Kimball Laminates plant after many years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post 493, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Huntingburg VFW Post 2366, Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church, Huntingburg Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. Anthony Community Center, and the St. Anthony Conservation Club. He enjoyed gardening, riding his 4-wheeler, playing cards, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, going to Arnie’s Tavern for lunch, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by one daughter, Denise Schnell and husband Rick, St. Anthony; one son, Steve Voegerl, Ferdinand; five grandchildren, Tara Leisman, Brooke Mohr, Matt Schnell, and Josh and Braydon Voegerl; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by six brothers; Herbert, Orville, Leo, Otto, Raymond, and Clarence Voegerl.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion will perform military graveside rites. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Brian John Blessinger, 53, Fulda

Brian John Blessinger, 53, of Fulda, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, at his home. He was born in Jasper November 8, 1966, to Alfred “Fritz” and Mary (Fischer) Blessinger. He married Jennie Hoffman October 22, 1988, at St. Boniface Church in Fulda.

Brian worked in maintenance at Kimball Logistics. He was a member of the Indiana Bee Keeping Association and the Army National Guard. He enjoyed bee keeping, fishing, hunting, fixing cars, and metal art work.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie Blessinger; one daughter, Olyvia Blessinger, at home; his mother, Mary Ziliak, Ferdinand; three sisters, Sandy Morton and husband Mark, Jasper, Debbie Gogel and husband Leon, Dale, and Lana Tobin, Ferdinand; and two brothers, Brian Ziliak and wife Angela and Bret Ziliak, all of Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred “Fritz” Blessinger, his stepfather, David Ziliak; and one stepsister, Brenda Ziliak Hafler.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. Online condolences canb be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Phyllis Ann Tempel, 67, Greenwood

Phyllis Ann Tempel, 67, of Greenwood, died Saturday, May 23, at Otterbein Senior Life Community in Franklin. She was born in Huntingburg August 27, 1952, to Otto Edward and Virlee Anna (Lange) Tempel.

Phyllis was a 1971 graduate of Huntingburg High School. She retired from Dubois Wood in 2011 after 26 years of service. She loved to play cards and enjoyed riding bikes around Huntingburg with her son.

She is survived by one son, Matthew Mangold, Indianapolis; three sisters, Linda Tempel, Brooklyn, New York, Judy Tempel, Greenwood, and Bev Tempel, Whiteland; and three sons, Melvin Tempel, Apache Junction, Arizona, Alan Tempel, Huntingburg, and Doug Tempel, Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Temple, who died in infancy.

Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial following in the church cemetery. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Lana L. Lanman, 77, Huntingburg

Lana L. Lanman, 77, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, May 24, at her home. She was born in Bristow August 9, 1942, James “Eck” and Ida (Taylor) Lanman.

Lana received her Bachelor’s degree from Oakland City College and her Master’s degree from the University of Evansville, both in Elementary Education. She was a teacher for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation for 43 years, working at Maple Park and Huntingburg Elementary. She was a member of the Little Pigeon Primative Baptist Church in Lincoln City and enjoyed sewing, computers, reading, decorating, and Indiana history.

She is survived by one brother, Flavis (Judy) Lanman and wife Judy, Huntingburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Everett, Ervin, and Cliston Lanman and six sisters, Evelyn Gaines, Irma Wright, Ruth Jones, Ruby Klem, Betty Egbert, and Dorothy Murphy.

Private services will be held at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Bristow Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared  at www.nassandson.com.

June Ellen Cunningham, 83, Birdseye

June Ellen Cunningham, 83, of Birdseye, died Thursday, May 21, at her daughter’s home in French Lick. She was born in Francisco June 17, 1936, to Fred and Ella Mae (Hill) Lytle. She married Gary Cunningham August 20, 1955, in Birdseye. He died February 8, 2013.

June worked as a seamstress, a real estate agent, and for the Civil Defense Office in Jasper. She was a member of Birdseye Christian Church and the Birdseye Conservation Club. She enjoyed flowers, traveling, and reading.

She is survived by two sons, Keith Blunk and wife Beverly and Eric Cunningham and wife Jan, all of Birdseye; one daughter, Hazel Elaine Ojeda and fiancé Todd McDonald, French Lick; one brother, Bob Lytle and wife Shirley, Oakland City; two sisters, Annadell Muckelrath and husband Ronnie, Vidor, Texas, and Carolea Scott, Angleton, Texas; and sister-in-law  Mayme Lytle, Oakland City; eight grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Curtis Allen Cunningham, who died in infancy, one brother, Gary Lytle, one brother-in-law, Jessie Scott, and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Rev. Albert Madden will officiate at the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.