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J.P. Salb, M.D., 88, Jasper

J.P. Salb, M.D,88, of Jasper, died Friday (January 20) at Brookside Village in Jasper. Arrangements are pending at
Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Virgil R. Lechner, 82, Jasper

Virgil LechnerVirgil R. Lechner, 82, of Jasper, died Thursday (January 19) at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper December 14, 1934, to Henry and Philomenia (Gramelspacher) Lechner. He married JoAnn Durcholz December 27, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Virgil was a real estate developer and developed the Lechner subdivision in Jasper. He also worked as a self-employed carpet layer and farmer. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, and going to yard sales and auctions.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Lechner; one daughter, Jane Weidenbenner, Cartersville, Georgia; four sons, Terry Lechner and wife Sherri, Joe Lechner, and Mike Lechner and wife Brenda, all of Jasper, and John Lechner and wife Mary Lou, Huntingburg; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Jim Lechner, six sisters, Cordella Hopf, Florence Hurst, Eleanor Gogel, Rosetta Keusch, Marcella “Sally” Heim, and Ruth Schmitt, and one brother, Vincent Lechner.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Precious Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Mary Ann Sadenwater, 77, Fort Wayne

Mary Ann SadenwaterMary Ann Sadenwater, 77, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday (January 14) at her home. She was born August 21, 1939, to Philip Sr. and Minerva (Piper) Hubbuch.

Mary Ann was a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School.

She is survived by two sons, Bob Sadenwater, Jr. and wife Christy and Patrick Sadenwater and wife Christine; two daughters, Beth Krudop and husband Jeff and Karen Sadenwater; six grandchildren; three brothers, John Hubbuch and wife Dianna, Tony Hubbuch and wife Dianna, and Don Hubbuch and wife Jill; one sister, Kathy Allen and husband Mark; and sister-in-law Linda Hubbuch.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sadenwater, Sr. and one brother, Phil Hubbuch, Jr.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Klaehm, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road in Fort Wayne, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4525 Arlington Avenue, in Fort Wayne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with inurnment at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw. Preferred memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org.

Lloyd A. Wright, Jr., 70, Birdseye

Lloyd WrightLloyd A. Wright, Jr., 70, Birdseye, died Monday (January 16) at his home. He was born in Perry County May 5, 1946, to Lloyd A. Wright, Sr. and Eithel (Underhill) Wright. He married Pansy L. Kellems June 26, 1965, in Cannelton.

Lloyd was employed as a carpenter. He was a member of the Oak Ridge Apostolic Church in Bristow and was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Pansy L. Wright; one son, Kenneth Wright and wife Jill, Birdseye; two daughters, Dawn Kissel, Grantsburg, and Joanella R. Hartley and husband Toby, Birdseye; three sisters, Lulabelle Morgan and Mary Kellems, both of Birdseye, and Carolyn King, Boonville; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Wright, one sister, Rosalie Allen, and one grandson, Daniel Wright.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. (EST) Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online  condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Rev. David Hayes, Rev. Arlie Brock, and Rev. Bobbie Renshaw will officiate.

 

Urban O. Blessinger, 81, Huntingburg

Urban BlessingerUrban O. Blessinger, 81, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (January 15) at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper December 6, 1935, to Edward and Veronica (Vogler) Blessinger. He married Barbara J. Streicher September 3, 1960,at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Urban was a past clerk-treasurer for the City of Huntingburg and also ran an accounting business. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict; a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a life member of VFW Post No. 2366, the Moose Lodge, Holland American Legion, and Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3335 where he served as secretary for 19 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Blessinger; one son, Kerry (April) Blessinger and wife April, Huntingburg; three daughters, Amy Hoffman and husband Gary and Julie Birkle, all of Huntingburg, and Kim Mundy and husband Rodney, Ireland; four sisters, Mary McMahand and husband John, Arkansas, Leona Johnson and husband Donald, Deer Park, Texas, Mildred Merkel and husband Cletus, Jasper and Anna Smith and husband Harold, Owensboro, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg A prayer vigil is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Father Ryn Hilderbrand will celebrate the mass. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post No. 2366 memorial detail.

Alvin John Niehaus, 98, St. Meinrad

Alvin Niehaus

Alvin John Niehaus, 98, of Saint Meinrad, died Saturday (January 14) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Siberia July 6, 1918, to Frank and Mary Elizabeth (Brockman) Niehaus. He married Frances Rasche August 9, 1947, at St. Ferdinand Church. She died June 8, 1993.

Alvin was a member of St. Meinrad Catholic Church. He enjoyed cooking and wood working, was a retired mechanic, served in World War II and was a recipient of the Bronze Star.

He is survived by four sons, Ron Niehaus and wife Patti, New Jersey, Dennis Niehaus and wife Martha, Bretzville, and Tim and Rich Niehaus, both of Saint Meinrad; two daughters, Patty Grant and husband Steve, Peoria, Illinois, and Jane Hellmann and husband Pat, Alexandria; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by six brothers, Raymond, Amil, Sylvester, Louis, Arthur, and Pete Niehaus; four sisters Helen, Marie, Ester, and Sally, and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Meinrad Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Meinrad Church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rights.

 

Joan C. Oeding, 76, Jasper

Joan OedingJoan C. Oeding, 76, of Jasper, died Thursday (January 12) at her home. She was born in Jasper November 26, 1940, to Anton F. and Theresa (Knust) Bockelman. She married Jerome Oeding November 23, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Joan was a 1958 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and did alterations for Siebert’s Clothing in Jasper. She enjoyed Indiana University basketball, shopping, antiquing, cooking, and traveling. She was a member of St. Joseph Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Oeding; two sons, Luke Oeding and wife Ann and Tim Oeding and wife Jill; four grandchildren, Lacey, Jake, Grace, and Hope; and one sister, Ardella Lubbehusen and husband Cletus.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Horney and Eleanor Sermersheim, and five brothers, Anton, Harold, Fredrick, Sylvester, and Claudie Bockelman.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Lange Fuhs Cancer Center or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.A Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

David E. “Davey” Wilz, 67, Jasper

David WilzDavid E. “Davey” Wilz, 67, of Jasper, died Wednesday (January 11) at his home. He was born in Huntingburg February 12, 1949, to Hilbert P. and Alberta H. (Marks) Wilz.

Davey was employed for 12 years at the Jasper Novelty Plant No. 2 in Jasper and retired recently from Kimball’s 15th Street Plant where he worked for 39 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, enjoyed enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching basketball games; and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by three sisters, Linda Sherman and husband Eugene and Mary Mutchman and husband David, all of Huntingburg, and Carol Dischinger, Owatonna, Minnesota; his co-worker, friend, and caregiver, Rodney Kapp, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Craig, one brother, Hilbert “Butch” Wilz, one nephew, Chad Mutchman, and one niece, Theresa Whitaker.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish vigil prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Madden.

Ruby Fern Gramelspacher, 94, Jasper

ruby-gramelspacherRuby Fern Gramelspacher, 94, of Jasper, died Monday (January 9) at her home. She was born in Daviess County March 5, 1922, to Richard and Bertha Elizabeth (Cox) Huls. She married John W. Gramelspacher, after his return from World Warl II, October 9, 1947 at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in French Lick. He died March 5, 2003.

Ruby was a 1942 graduate of Jasper High School. She worked at the Dubois County Bank and was a founding parishioner of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and its Ladies Sodality. She and her husband were inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. She was both a girl scout and cub scout leader and volunteered with the Patoka Valley Center for Handicapped Children and at Memorial Hospital. She and her husband hosted a number of exchange students from around the world. She enjoyed tailgating and hosting business friends and her large family.

She is survived by four daughters, Maribeth Seger and husband Randy, Indianapolis, Kathryn Jerrell and husband Steve, Jasper, Anne Hasenour and husband Daniel, Huntingburg, and Gretchen Sell and husband, Steve, Auburn, California; three sons, George Gramelspacher and Philip Gramelsapacher and wife Annie, all of Jasper, and Joseph Gramelspacher and wife, Audrey, Nashville, Tennessee; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by six sisters, Norma Opel, Helen Himsel, Wava Critchlow, Phyllis Neal, Jean Breidenbaugh, and Edna Huls, and four brothers, Forrest, Larry, Jerry, and Leo Huls.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Ruby’s honor to the Precious Blood Endowment, Holy Trinity Catholic School Endowment, or the Sisters of Providence. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at Precious  Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Rita Marie Tucker, 88, Jasper

rita-tuckerRita Marie Tucker, 88, of Jasper, died Monday (January 9) at her home. She was born in Fowler November 16, 1928, to August J. and Ernestine E (Pamperin) Gretencord. Her mother was originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, her father from Ottawa, Illinois. She grew up on the family farm near Dunnington, Indiana. She married Robert L. Tucker July 3, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunnington. He died April 10, 1995.

Rita was a 1946 graduate of Freeland Park High School and a 1950 graduate (with honors) of Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana State University with a BS in education. She taught Home Economics at Jasper High School followed by various elementary grades at Holy Family School. Later she began a career in retail, first as a partner in R & B Menswear and then in the bridal business, retiring from the Bridal Boutique in 2015. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 60 years where she was active in many capacities, including the parish RCIA team for an extended period until her death. She was a 2015 recipient of the Catholic Diocese of

Evansville’s Simon Brute Award. She was a member of the parish’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and one of the founding leaders of the Holy Family Young Hopefuls 4-H club.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Stutsman and Ann Rasche and husband Tim, all of Jasper; two sons, Terry Tucker and wife Kim Lampert-Tucker, Jasper, and Joe Tucker and wife Lesa. Vincennes; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Brian, Savannah, and Brady Stutsman, Kelsey Valenta, and Craig, Amanda, Adam, Kyle, and Lauren Tucker.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Florence M. (Pamperin) Gretencord, and three sisters, Doris M. Victor, Janet A. Kramerich, and infant Josephine Gretencord.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family 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. Saturday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.