Obituaries


Martina “Tina” Berger, 81, Jasper

Tina BergerMartina (Tina) Berger, 81, of Jasper, died Saturday (January 24) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born at Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania, November 7, 1933, to C. Stuart and Gertrude (Cox) Chroniser. She married Richard P. Berger May 12, 1956. He died August 30, 1989.

Tina was a retired registered nurse, a graduate of Philipsburg Nursing College in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. She had a 43 year career in nursing at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Ann’s Society, the Daughters of Isabella, Grandmothers Club, Women of the Moose, American Legion Auxiliary, V.F.W. Auxiliary, and the Dubois County Museum. She enjoyed travelling, crocheting, and reading.

She is survived by three daughters, Christine Wathen and husband Gary, Nineveh, Jane Pittman and husband Mark, Indianapolis, and Susan Evans and husband John, Cleveland, Ohio; two sons, Tim Berger, Jasper, and Phil Berger and wife Claire, Muncie; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

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

Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Monday, led by the D of I and the St. Ann’s Society. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation or to a favorite charity.

George W. “Buddy” Emmons, 87, Cuzco

George EmmonsGeorge W. “Buddy” Emmons, 87, of Cuzco, died Friday (January 23) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Martin County January 4, 1928, to Emil and Clara (Lewis) Emmons. He married Mary Ruth Beatty June 20, 1948, at Cuzco Methodist Church.

Buddy retired from National Gypsum in Shoals. He enjoyed raising beef calves, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Emmons; one daughter, Peggy Burton and husband Gordon, Cuzco; three sons, Garry Emmons and wife Pat and Timothy Emmons and wife Missy, all of Cuzco, and Danny Emmons and wife Janie, Corydon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Buffington and husband Terry, Mitchell; and three brothers, Emil Jr. Emmons, Milford, and Estel “Hump” Emmons and wife Thelma and Bill Emmons and wife Ruth Ann, all of Hillham.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Jessie B., Clint, and Shain Emmons, and one sister, Audra Anderson.

Services at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date. Pastor Mike Stout will officiate. Friends may call from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cuzco Cemetery or the American Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Dennis A. Sermersheim, 89, Jasper

Dennis SermersheimDennis A. Sermersheim, 89, of Jasper, died Thursday (January 22) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Jasper November 17, 1925, to Cornelius and Clara (Bachman) Sermersheim. He married Pauline E. “Sis” Goodman May 25, 1950. She died April 23, 2014.

Dennis was a cabinet maker and retired from Indiana Furniture Industries in 1989 after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Jasper American Legion Post No. 147. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine. He was a lifetime member of the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and mowing his grass.

He is survived by one son, Kevin W. Sermersheim and wife Nancy, Jasper; two granddaughters, Jamie Fleming and husband Ryan, Jasper, and Amber Sermersheim and fiancé Brad Kramer, Huntingburg; one great-grandson, Kasen Fleming, Jasper; and one brother, Donald Sermersheim and wife Joan, Rockport.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Thereesa Pfister, and one brother, John Sermersheim.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 9-11 Monday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to St Joseph Church or to a favorite chairity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

 

Helen Virginia Abell, 91, Birdseye

Helen AbellHelen Virginia Abell, 91, of Birdseye, died Thursday (January 22) at her home. She was born in Mentor December 5, 1923, to Vernie and Rosella Ida (Crawford) Pfaff. She married Forrest L. Abell October 6, 1945, in English. He died January 23, 2012.

Helen retired from the Purdue Extension Food Service Program where she worked as a food nutritionist. She was a member of Birdseye Christian Church, a charter member of the Birdseye Order of the Eastern Star No. 590, VFW Post No. 2366 auxiliary in Huntingburg, and D.A.V. auxiliary in Jasper.

She is survived by two daughters, Ava Gehlhausen and husband Rick, Ferdinand, and Ann L. Deel and husband Michael, Birdseye; five grandchildren, Ryan and Kyla Gehlhausen, Adam and Jenna Deel, and Alicia Harmon; and six great-grandchildren, Rayna and Rylynn Gehlhausen, Aiden and Abel Klem, Hunter Chappell, and Jaxon Deel.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Farrel and Gene Pfaff, and one great-grandchild, Caleb Deel.

Services at 1 p.m. (EST) Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Pastor Ron Hickman will officiate. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the Order of the Eastern Star No. 590. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Marilyn Habig Schultheis, 73, Evansville

Marilyn SchultheisMarilyn Habig Schultheis, 73, of Evansville, died Tuesday (January 20) in Evansville. She was born in Jasper June 8, 1941, to Arnold and Mary Ann (Jahn) Habig.

A 1959 graduate of Jasper High School, Marilyn graduated from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame and Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy. She taught elementary school in Esquipulas, Guatemala, Boonville, and Evansville, and secondary art at Bishop Knoll Institute in Hammond. She worked at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, did home visitations as a Hospice volunteer, and volunteered in local elementary schools. She loved traveling, often to exotic locations, and fulfilled a lifelong dream by visiting Anghor in Cambodia. She returned frequently to her adopted home town, Florence, Italy.

She is survived by one son, Joab Schultheis and wife Jenn; one daughter, Lea Unfried and husband Benjamin; 11 grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Peyton, Lillian, Cecilia, William, Sabina, Greydon, Rosemary, Hope, and Grace; two brothers, John and Doug Habig; and one sister, Barbara Habig.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo B. Schultheis, who died December 18, 2014, one brother, Thomas Habig, and two sisters, Nancy Ruth and Margaret Ann Habig.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Alexander North Chapel. A special remembrance is scheduled at 2 p.m. A private family Celebration of Life and burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.

LeRoy J. Schnarr, 86, Jasper

Leroy SchnarrLeRoy J. Schnarr, 86, of Jasper, died Wednesday (January 21) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born April 12, 1928, in Boone Township to Orville and Dora (Hoffman) Schnarr. He married Iona E. Neukam April 20, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. She died May 19, 2014.

LeRoy was a lifetime farmer in the Boone Township area. He also worked part time for Uebelhor and Sons automobile dealership and Kimball International. He also managed and was part owner of Westwood Apartments. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, serving on the church council and singing in the choir. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673, American Legion Post No. 147, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. He served as a Democratic precinct committeeman, was a member of Dubois County Civil Defense, and a member of the Memorial Hospital board of directors. He enjoyed singing, collecting coins and stamps, working on puzzles, playing cards, square dancing, and watching sports.

He is survived by one daughter-in-law, Joann Schnarr, Boone Township; two grandsons, Doug Schnarr and wife Kiley, Clayton, and Dr. Chad Schnarr and wife Janet, Hillsboro, Tennessee; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael D. Schnarr, one brother, James E. Schnarr, and one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Fuhrman.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Othmar “Ots” Mehling, 90, Huntingburg

Ots MehlingOthmar “Ots” Mehling, 90, of Huntingburg, died Monday (January 19) at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg. He was born in Ferdinand August 6, 1924, to John and Gertrude (Seger) Mehling. He married Donna J. Birk November 28, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Ots was a retired furniture factory machinist. For many years he was a semi-professional baseball pitcher and went by the nickname of “Oats” when he played baseball locally. One of his biggest claims to fame was the time he struck out 21 consecutive batters in an exhibition game while pitching for the Jasper Reds. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg and the Huntingburg Y.M.I. Club.

He is survived by his wife, Donna J. Mehling.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Romus and Cyril Mehling, and three sisters, Mildred Fleig, Clarissa Fischer, and Estelle Wahl.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Saturday at St. Mary’s Church.  Internment of his cremains during a committal service at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Father Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the funeral mass. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary, followed by a Y.M.I. memorial service, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Mark Alan Schwinghamer, 63, Holland

Mark Schwinghamer - CopyMark Alan Schwinghamer, 63, of Holland, died Thursday (January 8) at the home of his sister, Brenda Dietrich, in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg November 24, 1951, to Wilfred “Butch” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Mehringer) Schwinghamer. He married Kay Meyer November 25, 1977, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

Mark graduated from Ferdinand High School and spent two years in the United States Army. He was employed at Best Chairs in Ferdinand for 23 years before resigning for health reasons. He was a member of Holland American Legion Post No. 343 and the N.R.A. He enjoyed shooting and collecting guns.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Schwinghamer; three daughters, Melissa and Lauren Schwinghamer, both of Holland, and Amanda Johnson and husband Adam, Carmel; his parents, Butch and Betty Schwinghamer, St. Henry; three sisters, Brenda Dietrich and Nancy Beier, both of Jasper, and Janet English and husband Brent, Franklin; one brother, David and wife Sue, St. Henry; and one granddaughter, Callie Johnson, Carmel.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Brian Schwinghamer, who died in infancy, and one nephew, his Godchild Jake Schwinghamer.

A Celebration of Life gathering is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. (EST) Saturday at the C.K. of A. Hall in St. Henry. Cremation has taken place and private disposition will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a covered dish in the form of an appetizer or dessert may be brought to the Celebration of Life gathering. Arrangements by Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Michael J. Bauer, 56, Dubois

Michael J. Bauer, 56, of Dubois, died Saturday at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Jacob “Jake” Meyer, 21, St. Anthony

Jake MeyerJacob “Jake” Meyer, 21, of Saint Anthony, died Friday (January 16) at the Indiana University Health Hospital in Bloomington. He was born in Huntingburg November 29,1993, to Matthew L. and Sharon K. (Wagner) Meyer.

Jacob was in his junior year at Indiana University in Bloomington He was a 2012 graduate of Forest Park High School. He was an avid fan of I.U. basketball, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, and Indianapolis Colts football. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and golf, and was an organ and tissue donor.

He is survived by his parents, Matt and Sharon Meyer, Huntingburg; one sister, Kate Meyer, and one brother, Aaron Meyer, both of Huntingburg; his maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Wagner, St. Anthony; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Wagner, and his paternal grandparents, Marie and Leo Meyer.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob Meyer Endowment Fund, in care of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.