Obituaries


Margie A. Blessinger, 76, Plano, Texas

Margie A. Blessinger, 76, of Plano, Texas, died April 11 at her home. She was born June 12, 1937, in Ireland, Martin and Anna (Hopf) Blessinger.

Margie worked in the offices of the Jasper Corporation, Jasper Stylemasters, and Jasper Laminates over a span of 24 years. After moving to Dallas, Texas, she worked in the corporate offices of Southland Corporation, headquarters for the 7-11 Convenience Stores, from which she retired after 20 years of service. She enjoyed traveling and listening to music.

She is survived by two sisters, Rosemarye and Lorena Blessinger, both of Streamwood, Illinois.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Blessinger, and one sister, Martina Anna Blessinger, both of whom died at birth.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Morris W. Schnarr, 83, Jasper

Morris SchnarrMorris W. Schnarr, 83, of Jasper, died Friday (April 18) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born September 13, 1930, in Effingham, Illinois, to Virgil and Mamie (Patrick) Schnarr. He married Doris “Dot” Vonderheide April 19, 1952 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Morris retired as a chief warrant officer W-3 from the United States Army, where he served for 20 years, including two tours of service in the Korean Conflict, and one in the Vietnam War. He worked for 20 years at the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Indiana, and then retired. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster Awards, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster Awards, and the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and two Battles. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673 and a past member of the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races, Indiana University basketball and several other sports  loved to read the newspapers, and watch the television show M.A.S.H.

He is survived by his wife, Doris “Dot” Schnarr; two daughters, Debbie Schitter and husband, Mike, Jasper, and Cherie DeKemper and husband Joe, Dubois; two sons, Glenn Schnarr and wife Judy, Celestine, and Gary Schnarr and wife Carla, Huntingburg, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Michael Dylan Schitter, one sister, Jewell Canary, and his infant twin brother, Marvin Schnarr.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday  at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

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William Thomas “Tom” Mitchell, 81, Birdseye

Tom MitchellWilliam Thomas “Tom” Mitchell, 81 of Birdseye died Thursday (April 17) on his property in Birdseye following a tractor accident. He was born March 4, 1933, in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to Wilburn and Modean (Pool) Mitchell.

Tom retired as a salesman of heavy truck parts. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean war. He was a member of Birdseye Christian Church and American Legion Post No. 54 in Hobart, Indiana. He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially antique cars.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Mitchell, Scottsville, Arizona, and Diane Johnson and husband Wally, Snowflake, Arizona; one grandson, Jeff Johnson; and one brother, Frank Mitchell and wife Billie, Celestine.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial following at a later date in Qualls Cemetery in Perry County Tennessee. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military rites. Pastor Ron Hickman will officiate. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Birdseye Christian Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.


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Lucille Brahm, 94, Ferdinand

Lucille BrahmLucille Brahm, 94, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (April 17) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born July 14, 1919, to Clements and Magdalene (Jent) Schwindel in St. Meinrad. She married Leroy Brahm December 28, 1943. He died August 27, 2009.

Lucille is survived by one son, Loren and wife Marilyn, Ferdinand; one daughter, Linda Williams, Lexington, Kentucky; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services at 10 AM Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial following in St. Meinrad Cemetery. Friends may after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Church.Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfunerlhome.com.

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Ralph L. Sendelweck, 98, Haysville

Ralph SendelweckRalph L. Sendelweck, 98, of Haysville, died Wednesday (April 16) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born March 31, 1916, in the Kellerville area of Dubois County to Chris and Mary (Bauer) Sendelweck. He married Cyrilla Eisenhut September 26, 1939, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. She died October 10, 2001.

Ralph was a lifetime farmer in the Kellerville area. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by one son, Gene Sendelweck and wife Marian, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Karen Moore, Julie Conner, Cathy Hamm, and David Sendelweck; seven great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Vannini, Maggie Moore, Emma Moore, Joseph Conner, Jacob Conner, Alex Hamm, and Molly Hamm; and one sister, Norma Wuchner, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Elfrieda Kieffner, and two brothers, Hilbert and Earl Sendelweck.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Charla Grieves will officiate. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Romilda F. “Millie” Padgett, 89, Jasper

Millie PadgettRomilda “Millie” F. Padgett, 89, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 15) at Providence Home and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper, December 24, 1924, to Jacob F. and Colletta (Renner) Lechner. She married James E. Padgett December 31, 1947, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He died July 25, 1994.

Millie was a high school graduate and completed one year of college at St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute. She finished her novitiate and was named Sister Marie Robert before sickness forced her departure. She later worked at the Ben Franklin store in Jasper. She enjoyed farming, country living, and decorating cakes. She quilted weekly with the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Quilters’ Club for 20 years, and donated many handmade items to the church picnic. In 1998, she was presented the Brute Award by Bishop Gettelfinger for “Time, Talent, and Treasure.” Romilda resided at the Providence Home in Jasper since 2001. Over the years, she has won 15 medals in the Senior Olympic games for spelling and wheelchair races.

She is survived by two sons, Sam L. Padgett, and wife Marilyn, and Donald R. Padgett and wife Margie, all of Winslow; one grandson, Dale Padgett, Winslow; two sisters, Wilma Jeannie Seger, Jasper, and Luella Bredhold and husband Clarence, St. James City, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday  at the Providence Home Chapel  with burial following in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services Monday  at the Providence Home Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, the Providence Home, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Margie June Blessinger, 79, Jasper

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMargie June Blessinger, 79, of Jasper, died Monday (April 14) at her son’s home in Owensboro, Kentucky. She was born July 8, 1934, to Alton B. and Inez Marie (Stanley) Cates. She married Hilary Blessinger April 29, 1982.

Margie received her bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, and her master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University. She worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer at the Hilary Blessinger Public Accounting firm for 20 years, and was a middle school teacher in Daviess County, Kentucky. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Dubois County Museum, the Dubois County Historical Society, and the Southern Indiana Doll Club. She was treasurer of the 20th Century Literary Club and volunteered at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She enjoyed collecting dolls, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Hilary Blessinger; one daughter, Julie Marie London, Richmond, Virginia; two sons, John Alton London and wife Karen, and Jeff K. London and wife Tammy, all of Owensboro; two step daughters, Laura Blessinger, and Antina Lemond and husband Kevin, all of Jasper; three step sons, Frank and Chris Blessinger, both of Jasper, and Mark Blessinger and wife Joyce, Newburgh; five grandchildren, Jason, Tabitha, Krystal, Haley-Jule, and John Cates London;  two great-grandchildren, Layla and Alton London; and four step-grandchildren, Erica and Tyler Schmitt and Evan Lemond, and Lucas Blessinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

 

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Kenny L. Hopf, 76, Jasper

Kenny HopfKenny L. Hopf, 76, of Jasper, died Sunday (April 13) at his home. He was born in Jasper July 22, 1937, to Robert and Bernadine (Wehr) Hopf. He married Lois Buechler June 6, 1959, at St. Celestine Church in Celestine.

Kenny retired as a vice president of Cave Quarries Inc, where he worked for over 47 years. He was a 1955 graduate of Jasper High School and served in the Indiana Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Jasper Moose, was a 50 year member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Celestine Community Club, the Hoosier Campers, and the Jasper German Club. He enjoyed gardening, walking, riding his bicycle, camping, and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Hopf; one daughter, Gail Knust and husband Kennthy, Jasper; two sons, Greg Hopf and wife Karla Greener Hopf, Jasper, and Gary Hopf and wife Marcia Fuhrman Hopf, Bloomington, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Kyle and Dana Knust, Ryan and Brett Hopf, and Emily, Megan, and Adam Hopf; two sisters, Mary Ann Mehringer and husband Robbie, and Betty Jean Mehringer and husband Randy, all of Jasper; three brothers, Charlie Hopf and wife Linda Lou, and Larry Hopf and wife Pat, all of Jasper, and James Hopf and wife Terry, West Lafayette, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph Parish members will pray a rosary at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

 


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Larry W. Fawks, 60, Jasper

Larry FawksLarry W. Fawks, 60, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 8) at his home. He was born May 12, 1953, in Huntingburg, to Edward and Carol (Whipking) Fawks. He married Mary Beth Linne in Celestine December 6, 1986. She preceded him in death on December 20, 2007.

Larry worked for Masterbrand Cabinets in Ferdinand for 26 years. He served in the Indiana Army National Guard and was a member of the Wounded Warrior Project. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and collecting marbles.

Surviving are one daughter, Chelsey Fawks, Tell City; three sons,
Jamie Fawks and wife Priscilla, Birdseye, Jarrod Fawks, Dubois, and Nicholas Fawks and wife Tina, Dubois; seven grandchildren, Callie Fawks, Racha and Cheyenne Bolden, Brody and Zander Tabor, and Noah and Abra Fawks; four sisters, Julie Powell and husband Rick, and  Deb Sitzman and husband Herb, all of Huntingburg, Lori Petry, Dubois, and Brenda Thomas and husband Danny, Dale; and two brothers, Eddie Fawks, Jr. and wife Rennie, Tell City, and Mike Fawks and wife Judy, Dubois.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ernie Fawks.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Raphael Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No.147 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

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Infant Luna Lynn Grace Hays, Huntingburg

Luna LynnLuna Lynn Grace Hays, infant daughter of Tasha and Christopher Hays of Huntingburg, died from complications of a congenital diaphragmatic hernia shortly after her birth Saturday in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

In addition to her parents, Luna Lynn is survived by one brother, Danté Hays; at home; maternal grandparents Philip Schraner and Melody Reavis; paternal grandmother, Cheryl Hays-Scott; maternal great-grandparents, David and Mary Sims and Sharon Bender; and paternal great-grandfather, Charles Hays.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Mike Schraner and Marcella Hays.

Services will be held at a later date. Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is in charge of arrangements.

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