Obituaries


Rachel Ferguson, 57, Jasper

Rachel FergusonRachel Ferguson, 57 of Jasper, died Friday (July 25) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born January 4, 1957, in Southern California to Charles and Doris (Wheeler) Parker.

Rachel was a homemaker. She enjoyed ceramics , babysitting, and sports.

Surviving are two sons, Ashton Parker, Jasper, and Joseph Ferguson and wife Hailey, Louisiana; one step-daughter, Sarah Green and husband Aaron, Fresno, California; and three grandchildren, Lola Sunshine Ferguson, Logan Green, and A.J. Green.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mattie Hoffman.

Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Carolyn S. Vaughn, 70, Jasper

Carolyn VaughnCarolyn S. Vaughn, 70, of Jasper, died Monday (July 28) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She was born April 17, 1944, in Lula, Tennessee, to James L. and Beulah (Hysmith) Vandiver. She married Donald Vaughn April 17, 1982, in Reynosa, Mexico.

Carolyn retired as a financial accounts manager for a Mobile Home Sales Company in Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Vaught; one daughter, Donna Sanderson and husband Gary, Scottsboro, Alabama; one son, Charles Cochran and wife Lori, Victoria, Texas; her mother, Beulah Vandiver, Henderson, Tennessee; two stepdaughters, Audrey Frank, Evansville, and Wendy Kunzler, Ohio; four grandchildren, Jessica Eberle, Anthony and Meagan Cochran, and Chris Sanderson; six sisters, Freida Ann Cleek and husband Jerry, Middleton, Tennessee, Wanda Reece and husband Joe, Pinson, Tennessee, Brenda Guinn and husband Jerry, Karen Ross and husband Dennis, and Judy Foster, all of Henderson Tennessee, and Marilyn Rowin and husband Arnold, St. Petersburg, Florida; one brother, Mike Vandiver and wife Debbie, Henderson, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shackleford Funeral Home Casey Chapel, 304 Crook Avenue, Henderson, Tennessee, with burial following in Chester County Memory Gardens Cemetery in Henderson. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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Herbert A. Balbach, 89, Ferdinand

Herbert BalbachHerbert A. Balbach, 89, of Ferdinand, died Saturday (July 26) at Brookside Village Senior Living Community in Jasper. He was born in Mariah Hill October 16, 1924, to Anton and Bertha (Jochim) Balbach. He married Theresa A. Kerstiens on May 22, 1951, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. She died December 17, 2007.

Surviving are three sons, Robert Balbach and wife Patty and Ken Balbach and wife Julia, both of Evansville, and Larry Balbach, Ferdinand; three daughters, Rita Messmer and husband Edward, Jasper, Judy Louthan and husband Mark, Newburgh, and Patty Copeland and husband Bob, Louisville; one brother, Leo Balbach, Mariah Hill; and 11 grandchildren.

Herbert was a World War II veteran, serving as a medic. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 and St. Ferdinand Parish. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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James J. “Bimbo” Gunselman, 81, Huntingburg

James GunselmanJames J. “Bimbo” Gunselman, 81, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (July 27) at The Waters of Huntingburg Nursing Center in Huntingburg. He was born October 17, 1932, in Indianapolis, to Ed and Rose (Gunselman) Klee. She died November 8, 2012.

Jim was a retired crane operator for Olinger Construction Company and Hall Local No. 181. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Y.M.I. Club, the Huntingburg Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was an avid baseball fan.

He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Martin and husband Cliff, Sarasota, Florida, and Shelly Hedinger and husband Eric, Jasper; two sons, Jimmy Gunselman and wife Deb, Jasper, and Danny Gunselman and wife Donn, Holland; one brother, Eugene Klee, Jasper; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish and Y.M.I. vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

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Charlotte M. “Shirley” Cockerham, 82, Jasper

Shirley CockerhamCharlotte M. “Shirley” Cockerham, 82 of Jasper, died Friday (July 25) at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Shirley was born February 2, 1932, in Tell City to William J. and Marie (Howell) Labhart. She married Gerald E. Cockerham March 14, 1953. He died December 4, 1966.

Shirley was a licensed cosmetologist. She retired from Hooks Drugs in Jasper after 17 years. She was a teachers aid for 18 years at 10th Street School in Jasper. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper, where she served as a Sunday School Saint. She enjoyed reading and being a teachers aid.

Surviving are one brother, William “Neil” Labhart and wife Kate, Jasper; her caregiver, Marilyn Litherland, Jasper; one niece, Donna Werner and husband Larry, Ireland; and one nephew, William Dean Labhart and wife Brenda, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, William Gerald Cockerham, who died January 5, 1980.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Church of Christ with burial to follow at a later date in the Cuzco Cemetery. Pastor Jane Hillman will officiate. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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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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