Obituaries


Irene C. Werne, 90, Ferdinand

Irene WerneIrene C. Werne, 90, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (October 23) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Dubois June 6, 1924, to John and Elizabeth (Schepers) Terwiske. She married Gilbert P. Werne May 23, 1944, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland. He died June 24, 2010.

Irene was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Anne’s Sodality and she enjoyed reading and scrapbooking.

She is survived by one son, Larry Werne and wife Linda, Ferdinand; two daughters, Darla Schipp and husband Tom, Ferdinand, and Sharon Persohn and husband Kenneth, Schnellville; one brother, Cletus Terwiske, Boston, Massachusetts; two sisters, Monica Thacker and husband Bob , Huntingburg and Mary Merkley, Jasper; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Gary Werne, four brothers, Jim, Bob, Tony, and Maurice Terwiske, and one grandson.

Services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 7-9:30 a.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Bart Matthew Houchin, 33, Holland

HouchinBart Matthew Houchin, 33, of Holland, died Wednesday (October 22) at his home. He was born May 10, 1981, in Evansville to Rick and Connie (Arnold) Houchin.

Bart was a welder by trade. He played guitar and was the leader of band Dunwich.

He is survived by his parents, Rick and Connie Houchin, Stendal; one stepson, Christopher Williams, Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister, Kim Vaughn and husband Matt, Stendal; one brother, Bret Houchin and girlfriend Taylor Barnett, Newburgh; his grandmother Imogene Russell, Winslow; one niece, Shelby Vaughn, Stendal; and aunts and uncles.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Cup Creek Cemetery near Pikeville. Services will be officiated by Elder Tim Hopper. Friends may call ffrom 2-7 p.m. Saturday and from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Wynonia Eck, 84, Boone Township

Wynonia EckWynonia Eck, 84 of Boone Township, died Tuesday (October 21) at her home. She was born December 18, 1929, in Washington to Lawrence and Scherlottie (Allen) Schnarr. She married Chris Eck June 4, 1950, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died November 6, 2004.

She graduated from Alfordsville High School in 1948 as the class valedictorian. She worked at the Daviess County Surveyors Office, General Electric in Huntingburg, as a cook at the Caper House and the Gas Light in Huntingburg, and on the family farm. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and she enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by one son, Gary Eck and wife Marlene, Boone Township; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Cledamae Kuckuck and husband David, Tampa, Florida, Marilyn Witter and husband Duane, Newaygo, Michigan, Brenda Witt, Washington, and Arlene Wininger and husband Richard, Montgomery; and four brothers, Carmin Schnarr and wife Sylvia, Washington, Gilbert Schnarr and wife Carolyn, Glendale, John Schnarr and wife Janis, Jasper, and Michael Schnarr and wife Betty, Washington.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Delbert Schnarr, daughter-in-Law Nancy Eck, and her step-mother, Beatrice Schnarr.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Northside Chapel in Jasper and one hour before the service at church Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St John’s Church Cemetery Trust Fund or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Charles W. “Charlie” Kuntz, 60, Fulda

Charlie KuntzCharles W. “Charlie” Kuntz, 60, of Fulda, died Saturday (October 18) at his home. He was born January 15, 1954, in Fulda to Carl A. and Helen M. (Weigand) Kuntz. He married Karen S. Flamion August 12, 1978, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bristow.

Charlie was a member of St. Boniface Parish in Fulda. He was a propane delivery driver for SynEnergy and a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on tractors and machines, and was an avid photographer.

He is survived by his wife, Karen S. Kuntz; one son, Adam Kuntz, Fulda; two daughters, Andrea Lynn Kuntz and fiance’ Evan Tennery, Dayton, Ohio, and Amy E. Freeman and husband Cory, Haysville; four grandchildren, Marissa, Mason, and Micah Freeman and Braxton Tennery; and four sisters, Sister Romain Kuntz, Lima, Peru, Betty Garland and husband Ron, Jasper, Doris Graman and husband Pat, Huntingburg, and Judy Smith, Greencastle.

Services at 10 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday at Saint Boniface Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

 

Abbey L. Schurz, 31, Huntingburg

Abbey SchurzAbbey L. Schurz, 31, of Huntingburg, died Sunday in an automobile accident. She was born September 3, 1983, in Washington, to Kathryn (Marsee) Williams. She married Jonathan Schurz October 5, 2013, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

Abbey was a homemaker and a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Schurz; two daughters, Peyton Williams and Kaitlyn Schurz; three sons, Tristan, Xavier, and Deicon Schurz; her mother, Kathryn Williams, Louisville; her stepfather, Terry Hurst, Petersburg; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Lindy Schurz, Holland; one sister, Cheri Norrington, Petersburg; one brother, Andy Hurst, Petersburg; her grandparents, Arleeta Wininger, Petersburg, and John T. Marsee, Indianapolis; and nieces and nephews.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the services. Friends may call ffrom 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Reiss W. Goldman, 61, Birdseye

Reiss GoldmanReiss W. Goldman, 61, of Birdseye, died Saturday (October 18) at his home. He was born June 2, 1953, to Victor and Janice (Andry) Goldman. He married Ruth Lueken October 19, 1974.

Reiss retired from the City of Jasper in 2006. He also worked as Birdseye Water Superintendent and for the Operators Union. He was most recently self-employed as a carpenter. He was scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 198, helping 10 young men achieve Eagle Scout rank. He served as a deacon at Birdseye Christian Church for more than 15 years. He and his daughter Hannah volunteered at the Dubois County Humane Society. Horses were a favorite hobby. His knowledge of trees and nature was extensive and he was a trained weather spotter. He loved the American West and took several trips to enjoy that area of the country. One of his greatest joys was being a grandfather to his three grandsons and he made special woodcraft items for them during his final months.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Goldman; one son, Zachary Goldman and wife Amy, Schnellville; two daughters, Becca Scott and husband Tood, Evansville, and Hannah Schultz and husband Jordan, Birdseye; three grandsons, Ethan Goldman, Adam Scott, and Coltyn Schultz; his mother, Janice Goldman, Birdseye; one brother, Mark Goldman, Birdseye; five sisters, Kathy Stroud and husband Ray, Debbie Lane and husband Bruce, Vikki Venekamp and husband Richard, Joyce Goldman, and Kelly Wiseman and husband Steve, all of Birdseye; and several nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Goldman, and one sister-in-law, Patti Goldman.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. It will be officiated by Lester Kauffman, minister and friend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation or to a favorite charity. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingbug is in charge of arrangements. Condolences, thoughts and memories may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Gary A. Schnarr, 58, Huntingburg

Gary Schnarr2Gary A. Schnarr, 58, of Huntingburg, died Friday (October 17) at his home under the care of Heart-to-Heart Hospice. He was born February 27, 1956, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis to Morris and Doris (Vonderheide) Schnarr. He married Carla R. Giesler January 3, 1978, in Jasper.

Gary was a maintenance man and electrician at Spencer Industries. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, enjoyed art and music, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Carla R. Schnarr; two sons, Derrick A. Schnarr and wife Jessica, Winter Haven, Florida, and Adam R. Schnarr, Huntingburg; two daughters, Sasia J. Schnarr-Fehribach, and Lynee N. Heichelbech and husband Nick, all of Jasper; his mother, Doris “Dot” Schnarr, Jasper; one brother, his twin brother Glenn Schnarr and wife Judy, Jasper; two sisters, Debbie Schitter and husband Michael, Jasper, and Cherie DeKemper and husband Joe, Dubois; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Morris Schnarr.

Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Fr. Tony Ernst officiating. Cremation will take place following the visitation and funeral services. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

John Wehr, 65, St. Anthony

John WehrJohn Wehr, 65, of St. Anthony, died Wednesday (October 15), at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Huntingburg December 19, 1948, to Charles and Rose Marie (Blessinger) Wehr. He married Sharon Begle September 30, 1978, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

John retired from Ernie’s Welding Shop in Saint Anthony and also worked for Smitty’s Farm Equipment store in Jasper. He was a member of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Saint Anthony, the St. Anthony 800 Club, and the Jasper Knight of Columbus. He enjoying farming, tractor pulling, canning, gardening, daily workouts, and meetings with his coffee buddies. He also enjoyed collecting and restoring Oliver tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Wehr; one daughter, Brenda Schnell and husband Brandon, Jasper; six sisters, Margie Jeffries and husband Birnie, Eileen Schnieders and husband John, and Kaddy Merkel and husband Jason, all of Saint Anthony, Julie Gutgsell and husband John, and Ann Hassfurther and husband Mike, all of Jasper, and
Barb Becher and husband Glenn, Arizona; sister-in-law Martha Wehr-Bohnert, St. Anthony; and three brothers, Mark Wehr and wife Sue, Leon Wehr and wife Paula, and
Paul Wehr, all of Saint Anthony.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ernie Wehr.

Services at 10 am. Saturday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and one hour before service at church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Anthony Church Cemetery, Saint Anthony 800 Club, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Rita Mae Oeding, 87, Jasper

Rita Mae OedingRita Mae Oeding, 87, of Jasper, died Monday (October 13) at the Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, North Carolina. She was born December 11, 1926, in Jasper to August C. and Mary (Nordhoff) Rasche. She married James Oeding September 16, 1950. He died April 30, 2004.

Rita Mae retired from Jasper Chair Company, where she worked for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the St. Joseph St. Ann’s Society, the Jasper Moose, the Jasper American Legion Post No.147 auxiliary, and the VFW No. 673 auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time in Florida, taking photographs, and spending time in the Florida room at her home in Jasper.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha Stallings and husband Steve, Jasper, and Mary Hill and husband Danny, Ft. Mill, South Carolina; two sons, Michael A. Oeding and wife Mel, Velpen, and Mark Oeding and wife Leta, Linton; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Eckerle and Alvina Leinenbach.

Services at noon Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Susan L. Frye, 51, Birdseye

Susan FryeSusan L. Frye, 51, of Birdseye, died Tuesday (October 14) at her sister Rita Morrow’s home in Birdseye under the care of Gentiva Hospice. She was born April 1, 1963, in Johnson County to Mary (Debord) Frye.

Susan was a furniture factory worker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her best friend, Brandy Polen.

She is survived by one son, Frank Frye, Greencastle; three sisters, Bessie Peters, Franklin, and Rita Morrow and husband Robert, and Phyllis Frye, all of Birdseye; sister-in-law Bonnie Lovins, Whiteland; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parent and one brother, Burchel Lovins.

Services at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Marc Grimes will officiate.Burial of her cremains will take place during a private committal service at the Birdseye Cemetery. Friends may call ffrom 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.