Obituaries


Margaret J. Steffen, 97, Jasper

Margaret J. Steffen, 97, of Jasper, died Thursday, May 23, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Washington March 15, 1922, to Walter and Mary (Grill) Kidd. She married John G. Steffen January 18, 1945, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Washington. He died June 5, 2005.

Margaret worked at Crane Navel Depot during World War II. She retired from Corbin’s Ready to Wear Store in Jasper, where she worked for 29 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the Daughters of Isabella, the St. Anne’s Society, and Psi Iota Xi. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing cards with her friends, going on family vacations, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid  Jasper sports fan and attended many of the events and most recently listened to every football, baseball, and basketball game on the radio.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Mehringer and fiancé James Rueff, Jasper, and Mary Beth Delaney and husband Charles, Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Jennifer Ball and husband Phil, Mark D. Mehringer and wife Tammy, Kristi Dragan and husband Joshua, Julie Truesdale, and Eric J. Mehringer and wife Kristen; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Alice McBrayer, and two brothers, John “Jack” and Robert L. Kidd.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The D of I and St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, Heart to Heart Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Kenneth L. “Tex” Meyer, 69, Jasper

Kenneth L. “Tex” Meyer, 69, of Jasper, died Thursday, May 23, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg  January 29, 1950, to Louis J. and Olivia E. (Oser) Meyer. He married Connie Voegerl May 18, 1985, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Kenneth was a U.S. Marine veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He was a life member and past commander of VFW Post 673, a member of American Legion Post 147, the Wounded Veterans of Dubois County, the 40 and 8 Club, and a life member of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Marine Corp League. He was a self-employed electrician, a partner in Mehinger-Meyer Electric Company. He was a member of Jasper Outdoor Recreation and enjoyed reading history and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Meyer; two daughters, Davi Mattingly and husband Robert and Kena Robling and husband Lanny, all of Jasper; one son, Adam Meyer, Jasper; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Recker and husband Mark, Dubois; and one brother, Steven Meyer and wife Barb, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Chuck Meyer.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Post 673 funeral detail or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Pastor Darrel Land will officiate. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Claudia LaVerne Brosmer, 90, Jasper

C. LaVerne Brosmer, 90, of Jasper, died Wednesday, May 22, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in French Lick November 3, 1928, to Clarence and Alice (McKittrick) Palmer. She married Edgar W. Brosmer November 14, 1946, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois. He died April 19, 2001.

LaVerne and her husband were owners and operators of Brosmer Lumber Company in Jasper for many years. She worked there as secretary and treasurer. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, and was a Stephen Minister. She was one of the founders of the Dubois County Humane Society, volunteered at the Dubois County Museum, and was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer. She was a member of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club and the National Federation of Business and Professional Womens Club. She loved animals, was a skilled seamstress, enjoyed drawing and painting, genealogy, and spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by one daughter, Carroll Harder and husband Richard, Haubstaudt; one granddaughter, Kimberly Rivers and husband Joe, Albion, Illinois; and two great-grandchildren, Abbigayle and Cade Rivers.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Doreen Mahan, Muriel English, and Delores DeWitt; and one brother, Jack Palmer.

Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Humane Society, the Dubois County Museum, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick. Father William Traylor will officiate.

Genevieve L. Seng, 99, Jasper

Genevieve L. Seng, 99, of Jasper, died Tuesday, May 21, at the Timbers of Jasper. She was born in Jasper October 29, 1919, to Frank J. and Genevieve (Vezolles) Seng.

Genevieve lived in Cincinnati, Evansville, and Jasper. She enjoyed playing cards and Bingo.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Justine Seng and Anna Mae Otte, one brother, Hilary Seng, one niece, Martha Ann Matheis, and one nephew, Charles Seng.

Private funeral services were held at the Becher Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Timbers of Jasper. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Herschel David Kamman, 85, Huntingburg

Herschel David Kamman, 85, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, May 21, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg August 10, 1933, to Gilbert and Augusta “Gussie” (Oxley) Kamman.

Herschel was a lifelong Indiana University and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He served in the U.S. Army infantry division from 1951 to 1953. He retired from the Holland Dairy where he was employed for 52 years. He served 28 years as a Cass Township trustee.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon (Simpson) Kamman; two sons, Rex Kamman and wife Kim and John Kamman, all of Huntingburg; eight grandchildren, Dena Rasche and husband Eddie, Leah Kunz and husband Matt, Sara Durcholz and husband Nathan, Cameron Kamman, Keshia Matthews and husband Brock, and Katie, Andi, and Benjamin Flamion; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold “Butch” Kamman.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar. Memorial contributions can be made to Zoar UMC. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church followed by burial in Zoar Cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Holland American Legion Memorial Detail.

Ellen L. Fuhrman, 78, Jasper

Ellen L.  Fuhrman, 78, of Jasper, died Wednesday, May 22, at the University of Louisville Hospital. She was born in Washington March 10, 1941, to Harold and Bessie (Wagner) Frady. She married Emil Fuhrman March 27, 1965, at Frady Memorial United Methodist Church in Raglesville. He died May 7, 2013.

Ellen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was active in her weekly bible study and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcia (Gary) Hopf and husband Gary, Bloomington, Illinois, and Karen Lovell and husband Steve, Oswego, Illinois; two sons, Stanford Fuhrman, Jasper, and Kevin Fuhrman and wife Susan, Bloomington, Illinois; six grandchildren, Emily, Megan, and Adam Hopf and Joshua, Jenna and Alicia Lovell; one sister, Lois Ann Finster and husband Dennis, Greenwood; one brother, John Frady and wife Lana, Washington; and a number of nieces ad nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Helen Vermillion.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St Paul’s Church or the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Rauschau will officiate.

Richard L. Benton, 67, St. Anthony

 

 

Richard L. Benton, 67, of St. Anthony, died Monday, May 20.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Benton; two daughters, Laura Williams and husband Sam and Lisa Benton; two step-daughters, April Burch and husband Jason and Brittany Hall and husband Kyle; one step-son, Russell Reinhart and wife Michelle; and 10 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com

Larry D. Chaffin, 57, Huntingburg

Larry D. Chaffin, 57, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, May 14, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville. He was born in Miami, Florida, July 18, 1961, to Larry W. and Virginia (Medcalf) Chaffin. He married Opal Mae Gentry.

Larry worked as a truck driver and enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Mae Chaffin; one daughter, Michelle Hume, Huntingburg; four sons, Darrel Chaffin, Evansville, Franklin Haaff, Huntingburg; and Donald and Daniel Chaffin, both of Indiana; his mother, Virginia Larvo, Lynnville; one brother, Chris Chaffin, Evansville; one sister, Cheryl Robinson, Evansville; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry W. Chaffin.

Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. No public services will be held. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Josepha F. Sitzman, 91, Siberia

Josepha F. Sitzman, 91, of Siberia, died Thursday, May 16, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She was born in St. Meinrad  September 13, 1927, to Joseph and Hedwig (Moog) Wiederkehr. She married Daniel Sitzman May 6, 1950, at St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He died April 10, 2009.

Josepha was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty Durcholz and husband James, Ferdinand, Dolores Eckert, Jasper, and friend Mike Wilson, Evansville, Patty Messmer, Jasper, and Norma Riesenbeck and husband Kevin, Velpen; one son, David Sitzman and wife Laura, Siberia; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Wiederkehr, St. Meinrad.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Jeanna Durcholz , Madison Sitzman and Nick Knies, three sisters, Agatha Fette, Mary Miller, and Anna Vaal, and one brother, Francis Wiederkehr.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday (Central Time) and from 7-9:30 a.m. Monday (Central Time) at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday (Central Time) at St. Martin of Tours Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Norbert A. “Nip” Wehr, 85, Ireland

Norbert A. “Nip” Wehr, 85, of Ireland, died Thursday, May 16, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Ireland July 23, 1933, to Edward and Helen (Renner) Wehr. He married Gloria Hochgesang February 23, 1954, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Nip worked for the State Highway Department and U.S. Railway and retired from Wehr’s Welding, which he owned for 37 years. He was also a farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and the International Bluegrass Association. He enjoyed playing the fiddle and played at many dances, weddings, and nursing homes. He won many contests and was the Indiana State Fiddling Champion. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Wehr; one daughter, Karen Trimborn and husband Bryan, Evansville; four sons, Marvin Wehr and wife Aurdrey, Ernest Wehr and wife Brenda, Stanley Wehr and wife Wilma, and John Wehr, all of Ireland; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen Vogler and husband Charles, Ireland, and Viola Howard, Bloomington; and one brother, Herman Wehr, Evansville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Richard Wehr, one daughter-in-law, Theresa Wehr, and one sister, Helene Matthews.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church 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. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.