Obituaries


Carol Gaesser, 70, Ferdinand

Carol Gaesser, 70, of Ferdinand, died Friday, December 13, at her home. She was born August 30, 1949, to Alois “Sas” and Pauline M. (Dischinger) Tretter. She married David Gaesser June 3, 1972, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Carol was a retired teacher at St. Anthony and Pine Ridge Elementary schools. She was a lifelong member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a 1967 graduate of St. Ferdinand High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Benedicts and a Master’s Degree from Indiana State University. She was a charter member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Ferdinand Daughters of Isabella, Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary, and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed her grandchildren, knitting, camping, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, David Gaesser; one daughter, Jennifer Ebert and husband Philip, Greenfield; one son, Mark Gaesser and wife Kate, of Carmel; three granddaughters, Caroline and Sarah Ebert and Reeve Gaesser; two brothers, Richard “Digger” Tretter and wife Kathy, Ferdinand, and Joe Tretter, Wasilla, Arkansas; two sisters, Miriam Ash, Ferdinand, and Madonna Gerber and husband Greg, Wasilla, Arkansas; and sisters-in-law Georgia Tretter, Dale, and Elizabeth Tretter, Ferdinand.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenny, Patrick, Mark, and Charles Tretter, and one brother-in-law, Paul Ash.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Norma Irene Vaughn Saddler, 83, Pikeville

Norma Irene Vaughn Saddler, 83, of Pikeville, died Wednesday, December 11, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Pikeville January 28, 1936, to Norman and Margaret (Barrett) Stilwell.

Norma was a farmer, foster mother, and childcare provider and lived on the Stilwell farm in Pikeville her entire life. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Winslow Chapter and Pikeville Church of Christ since the age of 12 and loved gardening.

She is survived by three daughters, Darlene (Edward) Peyronnin and husband Edward, Evansville, Nancy Schneider and husband Anthony, Leesville, South Carolina, and Norma Hughart and husband Jeff, Newburgh; three brothers, Richard “Ray” Stilwell, Petersburg, Roy Stilwell and wife Margie, Otwell, and Phillip Stilwell and wife Lou Anne, Pikeville; three sisters, Bernice Luker, Pikeville, and Alethea Henke and husband Ron and Phyllis Reinbold and husband Gene, all of Jasper; eight grandchildren, Eric Elliott and wife Sarah, Lindsay Bevilaqua and husband Tully, Sarah Raines and husband Russell, Samantha Schneider, Drew Schneider and wife Sarah, Laura Liotti and husband Brian, Jeffrey Kuhn and wife Dana, and Daniel Kuhn and wife Jennifer; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Vaughn in 1991; her second husband, Ralph Saddler in 2013; her stepmother, Wilma Stilwell; and sister-in-law Joyce Stilwell. stepmother, Wilma Stilwell; and sister-in-law, Joyce Stilwell.

Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Stilwell Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stilwell Cemetery in Pikeville. Her brother Richard “Ray” Stilwell will officiate at the service.

Sharon Faye Neukam, 74, Jasper

Sharon Faye Neukam, age 74, of Jasper, died Tuesday, December 10, at her home. She was born in Paoli November 28, 1945, to Charles and Virginia (Howell) Wininger.  She married Gene Neukam July 29, 1995, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads in Dubois.

Sharon was a 1963 graduate of Springs Valley High School. She worked at Springs Valley Bank in Jasper and retired from Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper where she worked for several years. She was a founding and charter member of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper and a former member of Nicholson Valley Christian Church. She enjoyed singing and was a lead singer of a trio in high school which continued to perform after high school at events and on stage. She enjoyed playing piano, and was a pianist at both Nicholson Valley and Redemption Christian churches. She loved to play cards, do jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Gene Neukam; two sons, Ryan Hall and wife Carla, Indianapolis, and Kyle Hall and wife Brittany, Jasper; two step-daughters, Leah Pinnick and husband Terry, Phoenix, Arizona, and Kathy Bledsoe and husband Brad, West Baden; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Janet Pridemore and husband Buddy, Mitchell.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Stacy Hall, one son, Jeffrey Hall, and one brother, Gary Wininger.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Redemption Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick. Pastor Darrel Land and Pastor Joe Crow will officiate.

Richard J. Brinkman, 78, Jasper

Richard J. Brinkman, 78, of Jasper, died Tuesday, December 10, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand March 5, 1941, to Leo Joseph and Anna Marie (Bencken) Brinkman. He married Ruth Ann Neuman September 7, 1963, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper.

Richard worked as an iron worker on a number of projects around the United States including the St. Louis Arch, the Rockport power plant, and surrounding Dubois County Schools. He obtained his pilot’s license and flew for personal enjoyment. He was a member of Trinity, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, and Iron Workers Local Union 103. He raised horses and enjoyed horseback riding, flying planes, gardening,  the outdoors, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Brinkman; three daughters, Christine Dodd and husband Daniel and Cynthia Denu, all of Jasper, and Catherine Fullington and husband John, Velpen; two sons, Chad and Curt Brinkman, both of Jasper; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two on the way; one sister, Florence Hostetter and husband Gene, Jasper; and one brother, Jerome Brinkman, Ferdinand.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Bridget Brinkman.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 1011 a.m. Monday Trinity United Church of Christ. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Pastor Jane Hillman will officiate.

Joseph G. Kendall, 74, Jasper

Joseph G. Kendall, 74, of Jasper, died Monday, December 9, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Chelmsford, England, April 27, 1945, to Everett and Violet (Moss) Kendall. He married Helen Meyer April 30, 1966, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Joseph was a 1963 graduate of Huntingburg High School. He retired in 2004 from Kimball International after 23 years as a furniture design engineer. He also worked at Acme Metal Products and Ditto Sales for many years.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, where he served multiple times as president of the church, treasurer, council member, reader, senior choir, men’s choir, and all other church activities. He was a Jasper High School Band supporter and Pit Crew member, coached Ireland Little League baseball, softball, and Jasper Pony League baseball. He enjoyed baseball, basketball, and football and played all three sports at Huntingburg High School. He also enjoyed golf, travel, gospel music, and spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Kendall; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann (David Kelley), Indianapolis; one son, Philip Kendall and wife Kris, Jasper; four grandchildren, Maxwell McClellan and  Aidan Kelley, both of Indianapolis, and Jaida Kendall and Maya Kendall, both of Jasper; one step-grandson, Jacob Kelley, Shelbyville; three sisters;  Jan Kuhnhein and husband Jim, Mason, Ohio, Lois Niksch and husband Tom, Valparaiso, and Barb Perry and husband Bob, Huntingburg; one brother, Pat Kendall and wife Linda, Huntingburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death gby one nephew, Jeff Perry.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Church. Memorial contributions cam be made to St. John’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with bu;rial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

Infant Loucelia Ann Englert

Infant Loucelia Ann Englert was stillborn December 6 at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born to Evan and Molly (Colvin) Englert of Jasper.

In addition to her parents Loucelia Ann is survived by one brother, Daxton Englert; her maternal grandparents, Neil and Sheila Colvin, Jasper; her paternal grandparents, Marty and Jeanne Englert, Huntingburg; and her great-grandmother, Lou Englert, Huntingburg.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Evelyn V. Merkel, 94, Celestine

Evelyn V. Merkel, 94, of Celestine, died Friday, December 6, at her home. She was born in Celestine March 8, 1925, to Frank and Bertha (Gehlhausen) Kluesner. She married Alfred A. Merkel October 18, 1952, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. He died June 21, 2002.

Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was active in the CRHP program and a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award and was an organizing member of the Celestine Community Club. She enjoyed cooking, keeping her house, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Ulrich and husband Paul, Borden, and Diane Niehaus and husband Larry, St. Anthony; four sons, Andrew Merkel and wife Janie, Bernie Merkel and wife Lisa, and Doug Merkel and wife Renee, all of Celestine, and Gary Merkel and wife Ann, Evansville; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter who died in childbirth, Jane Ann Merkel, and three sisters, Anna Mae Kempf, Lou Alice Buechler, and Mary Heeke.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Members of St. Isidore Parish will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Mary Catherine Mehringer, 91, Jasper

Mary Catherine Mehringer, 91, of Jasper, died Friday, December 6, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper July 14, 1928, to William and Rose (Schroering) Brosmer. She married Claude J. Mehringer November 8, 1952, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died September 4, 1964.

Mary Catherine retired from Jasper Woodworking, where she worked in the office for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Church where she was a member of its St. St. Anne’s Sodality and served as a Stephen Minister and was a member of the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella where she organized the monthly Bingo at the Providence Home for 45 years. She served as a Eucharistic Minister at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community and was a member of the Dubois County Right to Life. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane Verkamp and husband Charlie, Schnellville, Martha Keusch and husband Kevin, Ireland, and Trish Mehringer and husband Dan, Jasper; three sons, Stan Mehringer and wife Mary Jane, Teague, Texas, and  Glen Mehringer and wife Marcia and Mark A. Mehringer, all of Jasper; son-in-law Bob Scherle, Crystal; 20 grandchildren;  24 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Brosmer and wife Ramona and Alf Brosmer, all of Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Scherle, four sisters, Lillian Fromme, Anna Mae DeMotte, Betty Brosmer, and Martha Brosmer, who died in infancy; and four brothers, Romie, Harold, Tom, and James Brosmer, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. The St. Joseph St. Anne’s Sodality and the Daughters of Isabella will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, Dubois County Right to Life, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held  at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Charles J. Durcholz, 88, Ireland

Charles J. Durcholz, 88, of Ireland, died Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ireland December 26, 1930, to Carl and Marie (Bleemel) Durcholz. His first marriage was to Rita M. Rasche on October 27, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died August 8, 1983. He then married Eugenia “Dolly” Prohaska July 7, 1984. She died March 15, 2003.

Charlie was a 1949 graduate of Ireland High School. He was a farmer and a grain bin salesman, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, and the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed playing cards, riding motorcycles, and cooking.

He is survived by one son, Randal “Randy” Durcholz and wife Sue, Duff; three daughters, Janice Durcholz, Petersburg, Carol Schetter and husband Eugene, Arlington, Texas, and Sarah Helms and husband Mark, Jasper; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Rita Dall and husband Art and JoAnn Lechner, all of Jasper, Ruth Small and husband Alan, Ireland, and Dottie Mack and husband Ron, Indianapolis; and one brother, Ed Durcholz and wife Mary, Ireland.

In addition to his parents and wives he was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth “Kenny” Durcholz, three sisters, MaryLou Lechner, Rosie Cole, and Angeline Schwoeppe, and two brothers, Cletus and Rich Durcholz.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Mary’s Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jasper River Walk Memorial for Charlie. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery..

Charles M. “Rocky” Renneisen, 89, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Charles M. “Rocky” Renneisen, 89, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died Wednesday, November 13, in Chattanooga. He was born in Jasper February 4, 1930, to C.M. and Rose Bockting Renneisen. He married Phyllis Pfeffer June 12, 1958, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Rocky was a 1948 graduate of Jasper High School where he played baseball, ran track and cross country, and was student manager for the basketball team. He played semi-pro baseball for a number of years with the Jasper Reds and was a member of the 1953 Jasper Reds I-K (Indiana-Kentucky) League champions. Longtime Jasper Reds player and manager Tom Alles says of Renneisen, “Rocky was a man of great integrity and a reliable friend. Although I never got to see him play, a number of his contemporaries have mentioned his great speed and tremendous competitive spirit. He supported the Jasper Reds for many years and followed the team’s progress each season and he drove up from Chattanooga each year to attend our team reunions.”

Rocky served as a Fire Control Seaman in the U.S. Navy and in the education field as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He studied at Michigan State, Indiana University, and Ball State University. He taught math and coached at Wolcottville (Indiana) High School, taught math and coached at St. Mary’s High School in Anderson, was head resident adviser at Michigan State University, was dean of students at Virginia Commonwealth University, dean of men at St. Louis University, and served as chancellor for student affairs at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Pfeffer Renneisen; one son, Eric Renneisen and wife Elizabeth; four daughters, Rachael Renneisen, Amy Fawcett and husband Brian, Karen Cicala and husband John, and Kay Hughes; and five grandchildren, Tyler, Kelly, and Kyle Fawcett, and Roman and Grayson Hughes.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by six brothers, Bob, Bill, Tom, Jim, Dan, and Frank Renneisen, and one sister, Rosemary Renneisen.

His body was donated to the University of Tennessee Medical School and there will be no visitation or service.