Obituaries


Elmer J. Meyer, 82, Celestine

Elmer MeyerElmer J. Meyer, 82, of Celestine, died Monday (July 21) at his home. He was born August 17, 1931 in Ferdinand to Frank and Frances (Eversman) Meyer. He married Doris Schnell June 27, 1953, in St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Elmer was superintendent of Jasper Novelty Plant No. 3 for 27 years. He also worked at Jasper Seating and retired from Executive Furniture in 1993. He was a member of St. Celestine Church. He served in the Indiana National Guard for 9 years, served on the steering committee to form the Celestine Fire Department, and was a charter member of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, where he served on the board of directors and was a first responder. He was a charter member of the Celestine Community Club, and served as the club’s second. He served on the Celestine Quasqui-Centennial Committee, was an honorary member of the Celestine Jaycees, and was instrumental in bringing street lights to Celestine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and was an avid fan of Indiana University basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Meyer; two daughters, Mary Geralyn Nordhoff and husband Gary, Celestine, and Suzanne Krampe and husband Steve, Ferdinand; one son, Roger Meyer and wife Theresa, Celestine; daughter-in-law Deb Meyer-Benton and husband John, Celestine; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild; and one brother, Frank “Jackson” Meyer, Ferdinand.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Randall Lee Meyer, two sisters, Theresa Meyer and Florentine Lasher, and one brother, Herbert Meyer.

Services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church Friday. The St. Celestine parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. The Indiana Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Church, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Michael L. Birk, 61, Jasper

Michael BirkMichael L. Birk, 61, of Jasper, died Friday (July 18) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper December 21, 1952, to Raymond and Betty (Seng) Birk. He married Martha Berg October 7, 1972, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Mike graduated from Jasper High School in 1970. He attended Vincennes University. He retired from Messmer Mechanical in Jasper and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, the New York Yankees, Cleveland Browns, and Indiana University basketball.

He is survived by his wife Martha; one daughter, Mindy Albright and husband Brady, West Chester, Ohio; one son, Mark Birk and wife Jill (Underhill), Houston, Texas; one grandson,  Jackson Raymond Albright; one sister, Mary (Lisa) Wagner and husband Tom, Jasper; and one brother, Jeff Birk and wife Carol, Indianapolis.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 23) in St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Members of St. Joseph Parish will pray a rosary at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper. Condolences may be made at www.Becherkluesner.com.

 

 

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Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Sollman, 79, Huntingburg

Betty S.Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Sollman, 79, of Huntingburg, died Friday (July 18) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born October 15, 1934, in Huntingburg to John and Theckla (Geesken) Junge. She married Lee Sollman May 1, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He died February 21, 1986.
Betty was a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg, a member of St. Mary’s Church, the St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, VFW Post No. 2366 Auxiliary, Happy Homemakers Club, and the Tuesday Rosary Prayer Group. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University basketball, and Southridge Raider fan.
She is survived by one daughter, Sheila Bradford and husband Roger, Houston, Texas; four sons, Steve Sollman and wife, Nancy, Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Stu Sollman and wife Felicia, Louisville, Kentucky; and Stan Sollman and wife Toni and Scott Sollman and wife Sherry, all of Huntingburg; two sisters, Mary Smith, Henderson, Kentucky, and Ginny Schroeder, Huntingburg; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

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Roy Zehr, 59, Dubois

Roy ZehrRoy Zehr, 59 of Dubois, died Thursday (July 17) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born June 20, 1955, in Jasper to Leonard and Betty (Meyer) Zehr.

Roy worked for Leitz Tooling Systems in Jasper for many years. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois, where he served on the church council. He was member of the National Rifle Association. He served on the Dubois Fire Department and was a past member of the Dubois Community Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, cooking, and spending time on the White River.

He is survived by two step-daughters, Angie Moffitt and husband David, Crystal, and Christina Hudson, Florida; three sisters, Sandra Kluesner, Jasper, Kimberly Goodman and husband Ted, Celestine, and Peggy Freiberger and husband David, Greenville; two nieces. Jennifer Titzer, Evansville, and Keri Johnson, Jeffersonville; two nephews; Jeffrey Kluesner, Dubois, and Adam Oxley, New Albany; and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jeremy Zehr.

Services at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The Rev. John Sterrett will officiate. Friends may call from 9 am to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Louise J. Brewster, 86, Jasper

Louise BrewsterLouise J. Brewster, 86 of Jasper, died Wednesday (July 16) in the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper May 16, 1928, to Joseph and Rose (Gehlhausen) Buechlein.

Louise retired from the Fiesta/Mill House Restaurant after 31 years. She is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Sodality, and the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and traveling.

She is survived by five daughters, Jane Schroeder and husband Stan, and Angie Cox, all of Jasper, Barbara Wright and husband Alan, and Kathy Sitzman and husband James, all of Huntingburg, and Lisa Harner and husband David, French Lick; one son, Wayne Buechlein and wife Dianne, Paris, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Alicia Taylor, Aaron Buechlein, Amanda Smith, Adam Wright, Brad and Derek Sitzman, Thomas Harner, and Tyler and Matthew Cox; and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Agnes A. Schuler, Clara Kreilein, Veronica Schmidt, and Carolyn Jackey; and five brothers, Leander, Urban, George, Carl, and August Buechlein.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before service Saturday morning at the church. A combined rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Friday by the Blessed Virgin Sodality, the Daughters of Isabella, and the St. Ann Society. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to the Northwood Retirement Community. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Ronald J. Seger, 63, Jasper

Ron SegerRonald J. Seger, 63, of Jasper, died Tuesday (July 15) at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born December 10, 1950, in Washington, to Charles and Geraldine (Howard) Seger. He married Kathleen Klein June 25, 1972, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ron managed the Dubois County Community Meal Program. He was a retired insurance agent, realtor, and professional sales person. He worked for Hopf Equipment, Stens Corporation, and Ditto Sales. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He was the Grand Knight and a 4th Degree member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus Council No. 1584. He was a member of VFW Post No. 673 and American Legion Post No. 493 of Jasper. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and was active in the Christ Renews his Parish community, Cursillo, and the Education Commission. He participated in the Divine Providence Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Ron was an avid volunteer for many organizations, and enjoyed cooking and grilling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Seger; two sons, Khris Seger and wife Kathy, Evansville, and James Seger and wife Karen, Kannapolis, North Carolina; one daughter, Libby Szudzik and husband Dan, Charlotte, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Sydney, Emily, Ethan, and Peyton Seger; his parents, Charles and Geraldine Seger, Jasper; and two brothers, Glenn Seger and wife Karen, Bishop, Georgia, and Dave Seger and wife Laurel, Jasper.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph with burial following in Enlow Cemetery in Jasper. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3 p.m. Friday at the Divine Providence Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Divine Providence Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, the Dubois County Community Meal Program, or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Ronald E. Schroeder, 73, Ireland

Ron SchroederRonald E. Schroeder, 73, of Ireland, died Friday (July 11) at his home. He was born in Jasper January 9, 1941, to Joseph and Esther (Fischer) Schroeder. He married Sue Bleemel October 12, 1963, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ron was a 1959 graduate of Jasper High School and served in the Indiana National Guard. He retired from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper where he worked as an emergency medical technician. He served for 41 years as a firemen and first responder for the Ireland Fire Department. He was a member of the Ireland Water Utilities for over 30 years, served on the board and was a past president of the utility. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ireland, a member and past grand knight of the Ireland Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed working on the family farm, Beaver Lake, fishing ,playing cards, and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Schroeder, two daughters, Rhoda Hedrick and husband Brent, Indianapolis, and Deborah Dysert and husband Steven, Sorrento, Florida; seven grandchildren; Abby, Lydia, Nathan, and Luke Hedrick, and Alexis , Alyssa, and William Dysert; six sisters, Kate Labhart and husband Neil, Jasper, Rose Ann Sanders and husband Harold, Reelsville, Carolyn Auffart, Ferdinand, Rebecca Schroeder, Evansville, Linda Lambert and husband Dave, Evansville, and Christine Prior, Huntingburg; and three brothers, Leroy Schroeder and wife Bernetta, and James Schroeder and wife Donna, all of Jasper, and Charles Schroeder and wife Ruth, Greencastle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Scott Schroeder, and two sisters, Norma Jean Mehringer and Cynthia Rosbottom.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church followed by burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The District 18 Indiana Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Michael Wayne Morgan, 52, Birdseye

Michael Wayne MorganMichael Wayne Morgan, 52, of Birdseye, died Thursday (July 10) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born October 10, 1961, at Stork Hospital in Huntingburg, to Charles L. and Lulabelle (Wright) Morgan.

Mike was a cabinet maker, enjoyed motorcycle riding, and was a member of the Bristow United Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his parensts, Charles and Lulabelle Morgan, Birdseye; his wife, Michelle (Betz) Morgan; one daughter, Lily Morgan, Birdseye; three step-daughters, Britney and Kaitlin Cooper, both of Shoals, and Tarzana Sadler, Jasper; and two brothers, Mark and Carl Morgan, both of Birdseye.

He was preceded in death by one niece, Jessica L. Morgan.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Pastor Clarence Enmen will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

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Angela Kaye Sutton, 44, Jasper

Angela SuttonAngela Kaye Sutton, 44, of Jasper, died Wednesday (July 9) at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville. She was born in Jasper March 25, 1970, to Howard and Kathleen (Sendelweck) Goss.

Angela graduated from Pike Central High School in 1988. She attended Vincennes University, Indiana State University, and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati. She worked as a counter manager for Estee Lauder at Carson’s in Jasper. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. She was an organ and tissue donor, a pet lover, and enjoyed spending time with her puppies.

She is survived by her parents, Howard and Kathy Gross, Jasper; one brother, Philip Gross, Lebanon; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or to the Dubois County Museum. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Edward Charles Schilling, 66, Ferdinand

Edward SchillingEdward Charles Schilling, 66, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (July 10) at the Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born September 20, 1947, in Ferdinand to Albert E. and Elenora E. (Hildenbrand) Schilling.

Edwin was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 and the Ferdinand VFW. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, serving in the engineer corps. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish.

He is survived by three brothers, James “Tex” Schilling and Tom Schilling and wife Sue, all of St. Henry, and Mark Schilling and wife Mary, Fulda; four sisters, Joan Beckman and husband Ray, St. Meinrad, Janet Titzer and husband Craig, Elberfeld, and Mary Ann and Karen Schilling, both of Ferdinand; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church followed by burial in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Becher Funeral Home Ferdinand is in charge of all arrangements.Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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