Obituaries


Whitney Sharon Rose Patterson, 32, Evansville

Whitney Sharon Rose Patterson, 32, of Evansville, died Thursday (September 21) at her home. She was born in Jasper September 13, 1985, to Dean Patterson and Lauren (Stout) Patterson.

Whitney was a staff writer and assistant editor of News 4 U Magazine in Evansville. She was a social and political activist, a member of the Tri-State Alliance, enjoyed art,
painting, writing stories, and poetry. She loved animals; especially her pet dogs Roo and Jett.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lauren and Max Mollette, Grandview; her father, Dean Patterson, Kaneohe, Hawaii; her fraternal grandmother, grandmother, Imogene “Jean” Patterson, Jasper; four brothers, Brian, Daniel, and John Patterson, all of Birdseye, and Eric, Kaneohe, Hawaii; one sister, Latisha, Kaneohe, Hawaii; her best friend, D’Arcei Morgan O’Leary, Evansville; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her fraternal grandfather, Robert Patterson, her maternal grandparents, Ruth Pauly and Eddie Stout, and one aunt, Sharon Stout.

Friends may call from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday at Christian Church in Alfordsville. There will be no visitation at the Nass and Son Funeral home, who is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitney Patterson Go Fund Me account, created by Seamus Coffey for funeral expenses, Tri-State Alliance, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, or any animal rescue shelter. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Christian Church in Alfordsville. Brother Jason Denton will lead the service.

Cyrilla Mae Knies, 75, Huntingburg

Cyrilla Mae Knies, 75, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (September 24) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry October 6, 1941, to Emil and Mayme (Sermersheim) Jochem. She married Albert Knies May 5, 1960, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

Cyrilla was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She worked in the cafeteria at Maple Park and Crestview Schools. She loved her family, gardening, sewing, crocheting, canning, and dancing, and is remembered as being good at the limbo dance.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Albert Knies; five daughters, Kim Hopf and husband Mike, Georgetown, Kyla Schepers and husband Rudy and Kellie Knies and Kandra “Kandi” Knies, all of Jasper, and Karlene Nelson and husband Jeff, Otwell; one brother, Roman Jochem, St. Henry; two sisters, Verena Nordhoff and husband Clarence, Celestine, and Lucille Dooley and husband Glenn, Huntingburg; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Esther Welp.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by St. Mary’s Auxiliary, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church. Online condolences may be shared www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Fatjer Ryan Hilderbrand.

Gail A. Vaal, 66, Jasper

Gail A. Vaal, 66, of Jasper, died Saturday (September 23) at her home. She was born in Huntingburg February 11, 1951, to William and Rita (Beck) Kiefer. She married Bernard “Benny” Vaal November 11, 1972, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Gail was a homemaker and worked as a cashier for Buehler’s Pharmacy. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and the American Legion Post No. 147 Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing this outside, playing cards, being with friends and people, and her dog Gus.

She is survived by her husband, Benny Vaal; two sons, Adam Vaal and wife Stacie, Jasper, and Bret Vaal and wife Tina, Bretzville; two grandchildren, Hailey and Luana Vaal; and three brothers, Al Kiefer and companion Lisa Kern, Mike Kiefer and wife Michelle, and Tom Kiefer and wife Glenda, all of Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one grandson, Garrett Vaal.

There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois Community Foundation – Bill and Rita Kiefer Endowment, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or the Dubois County Humane Society. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in the Jasper Enlow City Cemetery.

 

Mary Louise Fenneman, 83, Holland

Mary Louise Fenneman, 83, of Holland, died Wednesday (September 20) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Perry County November 3, 1933, to William Arthur and Elsie (McCallister) Tanner. She married Bobby Jerome Fenneman June 2, 1956, in Tell City. He died July 23, 2016.

Mary was employed at General Church was a 50+ year member of the Eastern Star, current membership with the Birdseye Order of the Eastern Star No. 590. She loved quilting and, along with her husband Bob, created over 200 quilt tops yearly which were given to St. James Lutheran Church for the Lutheran World Relief.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Simpson and husband Mark, Ellicott City, Maryland; one sister, Marcella Vandgrift, Tullahoma, Tennessee; and two granddaughters, Chelsea Czekalski and Heather Simpson, both of Maryland.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Carmen Fenneman Lucas, six siblings, Charles Tanner, Zelda Tanner, Arthur Tanner, Martha Tanner Anderson, Raymond Tanner, and Elsie Catherine Tanner Vandgrift, and one grandson-in-law, Steve Czekalski.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. An Eastern Star vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in the Holland Methodist Cemetery. Rev. Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

 

Lillian K. Breitwieser, 87, Dubois

Lillian K. Breitwieser, 87, of Dubois, died Thursday (September 21) at Brookside Village Health Care in Jasper. She was born in Boone Township July 8, 1930, to George and Ella (Bauer) Hupp. She married Ralph W. Breitwieser October 27, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died May 15, 2011.

Lillian was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads and WELCA of the church. She taught Sunday school for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Mitchell, Evansville, and Kathy Rottet and husband Phil, Jasper; three sons, David Breitwieser and fiancé Mellissa Seifert, Haysville, Thomas Breitwieser and wife Joann, Jasper, and Gary Breitwieser and companion Tracy Cronin), Cuzco; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Robert Hupp, Dayton, Ohio, Charles Hupp and wife Sonya, Loogootee, and Lee Hupp and wife Eunice, Mitchell.

Friends may call from noon-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Church with burial following in St. John’s Cemetery. Rev. Mary Poston and Pastor Patty Rottet will officiate.

Brian J. Boyer, 60, Jasper

Brian J. Boyer, 60, of Jasper, died Wednesday (September 20) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Vandalia, Illinois, March 16, 1957, to Bernard and Colleen (Chinnock) Boyer. He married Renee Whittington September 2, 1978, at Lincoln Boyhood Memorial Chapel.

Brian worked for Kimball International for 28 years and as an EMT for Memorial Hospital in Jasper. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He enjoyed riding his recumbent bicycle, woodworking, fishing, archery, and the martial arts. He loved animals, flying in airplanes, flying model airplanes, and spending time with his two grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Boyer; one daughter, April Lawton and husband Jonathan, Brownsburg; one son, Joey Boyer and wife Ellie, West Lafayette; two grandchildren, Hayden and Brenden Boyer; two sisters, Mary Boyer Israel and husband Richard, Hartford, Connecticut, and Peggy Boyer Cowens and husband John, Oregon; two brothers, Mike Boyer and wife Jackie, Michigan, and Kevin Boyer and wife April, Jasper; and his mother and father-in-law, Doris and Bill Whittington, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Boyer.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Ireland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Dorothy “Sis” Bleemel, 87, Jasper

Dorothy “Sis” Bleemel, 87, of Jasper, died Tuesday (September 19) at her home. She was born in Jasper February 15, 1930, to Matthew and Lillian (Neuhoff) Wilz. She married Elmer Joe Bleemel May 6, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. He died November 7, 1988.

Sis retired from the Ireland Co-Op, where she worked for several years. She was a charter member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, a member of the Precious Blood Ladies Sodality and the Golden Girls Class of 1948. She was a girl scout leader and volunteered at Dubois County Community Meals and the Jasper Community Arts Center. She was an avid card player and enjoyed travelling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Sandy Fendel and husband Lee, Bristow, Becky Steffe and husband Doug, Sharps Chapel, Tennesse, and Jane Persohn and husband Denny and Ann Brosmer and husband Tim, all of Jasper; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Bleemel, and one sister, Evelyn “Toots” Hopf.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Mary C. Bush, 90, Stendal

Mary C. Bush, 90, of Stendal, died Monday (September 18) in Cloverdale, at her son Larry’s home. She was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, August 21, 1927, to Allen and Nellie Bell (Best) Keown.

Mary was a member of the Bethel General Baptist Church.

Mary is survived by five daughters, Diana Moller and husband John, Huntingburg, Delores Lane and Wanda Whitaker, both of Indianapolis, Wilma Wehr and husband Stan, Velpen, and Darlene Cannon and husband James, Petersburg; three sons, Craig Bush and wife Barb, Suisun City, California, Larry Bush and wife Jan, Cloverdale, and Scott Bush, Spurgeon; one sister, Helen Hudson, Indianapolis; one brother, Bobby Keown, Birmingham, Alabama; 23 grandchildrenp; and 28 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Edward Bush, who died in 2001, one son, Mike Bush, and eight brothers.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Augusta Cemetery. Pastor Ford Glover will officiate.

Lucille M. Wehr, 90, Ireland

Lucille M. Wehr, 90, of Ireland, died Wednesday (September 13) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Ireland September 23, 1926, to Robert and Anna (Weidenbenner) Steinhart. She married Pete Wehr Jr. November 12, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church in Ireland. He died September 6, 2006.

Lucille retired from Leeds Selling Tools after 25 years of service. She also worked for the Jenco service station in Jasper. She was a member of St. Mary’s and its St. Anne’s Society and was a member of the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and working with ceramics and was a sports fan.

She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Wehr, Ireland, and Linda Lassen, Deerfield Beach, Florida; one son, Greg Wehr and wife Mary, Bretzville; four grandchildren, Scott Lassen, Mike and Luke Wehr, and Emily Hultin, three step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one step great grandchild; two brothers, Jack Steinhart and wife Evelyn, Dale, and Donnie Steinhart and wife Marilyn, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Mike and Patrick Wehr, one sister, Catherine Terwiske, one infant great-grandchild, Tyler Lassen, and one son-in-law, Robert Lassen.

Friends may call from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Society will pray the rosary at 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Earl W. Hulsman, 62, Ireland

Earl W. Hulsman, 62, of Ireland, died Monday (September 11) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper September 6, 1955, to Rudolph “Rudy” and Leona (Knies) Hulsman. He married Joanne Roelle May 24, 1981, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Earl was a 1973 graduate of Jasper High School. He was an electrician at Hulsman Electric where he worked for 50 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, the Ireland Water Board,and the Ireland Jeep Club.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Hulsman; one daughter, Sabrina Hulsman and fiancé Bradley Brumley, Louisville; two grandchildren, Mia Belle Hulsman and Liam Brumley, both of Louisville; his mother, Leona Hulsman, Ireland; one sister, Cheryl Hoffman and husband Mike, Jasper; three brothers, Doug Hulsman and companion, Pat, Ireland, Ron Hulsman and wife Doris, Ireland, and Jeff Hulsman and wife Joyce, Celestine; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph “Rudy” Hulsman.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until the 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following at a later date.