Obituaries


Patricia Hooper, 78, Ferdinand

Patricia Hooper, 78, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (August 14) at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Marlette, Michigan, March 14, 1940, to James and Marie (Netkowski) Sullivan. She married Jon Hooper April 4, 1960, in Santa Anna, California. He died March 18, 2013.

Patricia was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. She belonged to the Red Hats Society, was an Indianapolis Colts fan, and enjoyed watching all sports.

She is survived by three sons, Brian (Dave Cook) Hooper, Lake Villa, Illinois, Robert Hooper and wife Stephanie, Loogootee, and David Hooper and wife Kristy, Mariah Hill; two daughters, Shelly Lange and husband Brian, Ferdinand, and Jonelle Bodrie and husband Ron, Linwood, Michigan; two brothers, Dick Sullivan and wife Marcia and Mike Sullivan, all of Marlette, Michigan; two sisters, Jeane Jacket, Orange, California, and Hellene Bridge and husband Jim, Fort Gratiot, Michigan; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, David Sullivan.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home followed by burial in the St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery.

Robert F. Fleck, 92, Jasper

Robert F. Fleck, 92, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 15) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Jasper October 19, 1925, to Albert Sr. and Emily (Hopf) Fleck. He married Dorothy J. Lechner June 14, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died April 22, 2000.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran and served as an anti-tank gun crewman in the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147 and VFW Post No. 673, where he served on its color guard, Precious Blood Catholic Church and its Men’s Society, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the German Club, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed volunteering for the Disabled American Veterans, transporting veterans to hospitals and clinics, and he and his wife Dorothy volunteering at the Dubois County Museum and for Red Cross blood drives.   He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, bingo, and spending time with his family, friends, and grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughers, Mary Beth Gibson and husband Glaze, Seymour, and Anne Therese Poling and husband George, Versailles; two sons, Terry Fleck and wife Sylvia, Indianapolis, and Randy Fleck wife Sharon, St. Anthony. seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step granddaughters; and one brother, Leon Fleck and wife Elrieda, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Bill Floeck, and three brothers, Albert, Harold, and Raymond Fleck.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Precious Blood Church Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation – Bill Fleck Legacy Endowment, St. Mary’s of the Woods, Precious Blood 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. Tuesday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 and American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Laverne E. Sermersheim, 89, Jasper

Laverne E. Sermersheim, 89, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 15) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper July 11, 1929, to Anita (Brelage) and Leo Durcholz. She married Jerome A. Sermersheim September 25, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died in 2008.

Laverne was a waitress at Heichelbech’s Restaurant for 32 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the St. Anne’s Society, and TOPS. She enjoyed her friends, hosting parties, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Connie Helming and husband Bernie and Carla Matheis, all of Jasper, Bonnie Keusch, Ireland, and Lori Koerner and husband Matt, Washington; five sons, Gary Seremersheim and wife Charlene, Mark Sermersheim and wife Sharon, and Nick Sermersheim and wife Tammy, all of Ireland, Jeff Sermersheim and wife Patty, Stendal, and Daryl Sermersheim and wife Beth, Boise, Idaho; 32 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Reg and Duane Sermersheim, son-in-law Dennis “Red” Keusch, and grandson, Derek Arvin.

Friends may call from 2-8 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 St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

David L. Mundy, 74, Birdseye

David L. Mundy, 74, of Birdseye, died Monday (August 13) at his home. He was born in Jasper September 22, 1943, to Ollie and Jenny (Waddle) Mundy. He married Peggy Frick May 12, 1962. She died September 5, 2017.

David was an Indiana Insurance agent. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed watching wildlife, and spending his summers in the mountains of Colorado. He retired as a 4H shooting sports instructor after 14 years of service and was a member of the Dubois County Sportsman Club.

He is survived by four sons, Bret Mundy and wife Toni, Birdseye, Bart Mundy and wife Marla, Dale, Brian Mundy and wife Vivian, Holland, and David Mundy, Jr. and fiancé Diane Wendholt, Jasper; four sisters, Carol Mehringer and husband Danny and Pam Schwenk and husband Mike, all of Jasper, Ann Berg and husband Randy, Huntingburg, and Sandy Schwenk, Brownsburg; five grandchildren, Heather Allen, Whitney Griggs, and Keith, Kristofer, and Olivia Mundy; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. There will be no visitation. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Lois Jean “Jeanne” Neukam, 88, Dubois

Lois Jean “Jeanne” Neukam, 88, of Dubois, died Tuesday (July 17) at Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven in Sacramento, California. She was born in Dubois June 25, 1930, to Ray and Lorena (Seger) Matheis.

Jeanne was a graduate of Dubois High School and Lockyear Business College in

Evansville. She was a secretary and bookkeeper at Jasper Lumber Company for many years and a member of St. Isadore Parish – St. Raphael’s Campus. She enjoyed watching basketball on television, playing cards with family and friends, and her dog “Muff”.

She is survived by two daughters, Shelley Fehribach and husband Eric, Jasper, and Holly Butler, Elk Grove, California; five grandchildren: Dylan Fehribach, Keila Butler, Leia Grand and husband Patrick, Slade Butler, and Tyia Colfescu; four great-grandchildren, Malia and Mason Tye and Henry and Violet Grand; one sister, Diane Craig, Jeffersonville; one nephew; and six nieces.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Harold Matheis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial following in the church cemetery. There will be no visitation before the mass. A luncheon will be held immediately after the mass in the church basement for family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Thelma L. Elliott, 86, Jasper

Thelma L. Elliott, 86, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 14) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 3, 1932, to Louis and Clarissa (Giesler) Vonderschmidt. She married Alva Earl Elliott April 7, 1951. He died January 13, 2004.

Thelma was a 1950 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Janet Begle and husband Robert, Huntingburg; three sons, Earl Elliott and wife Tina, Terre Haute, Steve Elliott, Indianapolis, and Kenny Elliott and wife Lisa, Jasper; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Rita Wadsworth and husband John, Spring Hill, Tennessee; and one brother, Donald Vonderschmidt, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Cindy Michell, one son, Phil Elliott, one sister, Imelda Hadden, and one brother, Claude Vonderschmidt, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Northwood Retirement Community, Alzheimer’s Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial for will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Eugene John “Jack” Heldman, 88, Nashville, Tennessee

Eugene John “Jack” Heldman, 88, of Nashville, Tennessee, died Friday (August 10) in Nashville. He was born in Jasper July 23, 1930, to Benjamin and Clara Marie Heldman.

Jack was a graduate of Jasper High School and Vanderbilt University, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and was a member of the 1951 Vanderbilt basketball team that beat the number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats to win Vanderbilt’s first-ever Southeastern Conference championship. He was the Vanderbilt team captain in 1952 and was named All-American his senior year. Later that year he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. From 1954 to 1957 he was Vanderbilt’s first full-time assistant basketball coach. In 1962 he founded Heldman Brokerage Company and worked there until his retirement in January of 2009.

He is survived by four sons, John Russell, Mark Miller, Michael Scott, and David Eric Heldman; one daughter Mary Susan Forsythe; three daughters-in-law, Mamie Craig (Nischan) Heldman, Kristi (Felts) Heldman, and Carrie (Foughner) Heldman; son-in-law Tom Forsythe; grandchildren Phoebe Clark Heldman, Mary Deaton Heldman, Mamie Craig Heldman, Sarah (Heldman) Beavin, Jessica Miller Heldman, Iris McCall Heldman, Jackson Ryan Heldman, and Tyson Gentry Heldman; and one sister, Sandra Sim.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Heldman, his stepfather, Cecil Ray Thomas, one brother, Vincent “Bud” Heldman, and one sister, Deloris June Endris.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Nashville. A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m.at the church. Private family burial will follow the service.

George Leland Norris, 88, Huntingburg

George Leland Norris, 88, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (August 11) at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Loogootee October 2, 1929, to Ernest and Ethel Mae (Washer) Norris. He married Ella Mae Meyer April 19, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She died June 12, 2014.

George was a retired construction worker and a member of Labor Local #561. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church; enjoyed bowling with friends; and was an avid gardener.

He is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Harder and husband John, Alfordsville, Diane Kapp and husband Terry, Branchville, and Lisa Fuhrman and husband Randy, Huntingburg; one son, Kenneth Norris and wife Karen, Holland; daughter-in-law Barbara Norris, Holland; one brother, Merle Norris, Bowling Green, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, George Alan Norris, four sisters, three brothers, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.  Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Ronald J. “RJ” Knies, 78, Celestine

Ronald J. “RJ” Knies, 78, of Celestine, died Saturday (August 11) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Celestine December 5, 1939, to Leo T. and Irene (Haas) Knies.

RJ served in the Indiana National Guard, worked as a carpenter, and retired from Reynolds Construction Company where he worked for several years. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus in Celestine, the Celestine Community Club, and the St. Celestine Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, playing cards, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three daughters, Faye Fuhs and husband Joe, Jasper, Christine Harbeson and husband Leland, Ramsey, and Nicole Robinson and husband James, Louisville; three sons, Jeffrey Knies, Loogootee, Todd Knies and wife Adriana, Plantation, Florida, and Ryan Knies, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Mehringer and husband Kenneth, Jasper, and Lori Baumeyer and husband Dean, Evansville; four brothers, four brothers, Herman Knies and wife Nancy and Keith Knies and wife Debbie, all of Jasper, John Knies and wife Rosie, Arlington, Texas, and Jack Knies and wife Jane, Goshen; and sisters-in-law Mary Lee Knies, Ferdinand, and Virginia Knies, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded ain death by two brothers, Kenneth and Allen Knies.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by members of St. Isidore Parish, the Celestine Knights of Columbus, and the Celestine Community Club. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Celestine Catholic 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. Thursday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Lyle N. Schaus, 63, Jasper

Lyle N. Schaus, 63, of Jasper, died Thursday (August 9) at Indiana University Health Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Spencer County August 5, 1955, to Warren A. and Wanda G. (Darden) Schaus. He married Brenda L. (Parker) Breitwieser October 15, 1994, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper.

Lyle was a logistics coordinator for Kimball International for 40 years and a member of the Jasper Optimist Club. He was his family’s leader and role model. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, helping others, collecting antiques, music, going to auctions, and spending time in the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Schaus; two daughters, Angie Altstadt and husband Alan, Evansville, and Nicki Breitwieser, Evansville; three granddaughters, Britnee and Kaitlin Altstadt and Molly Brothers; two brothers, Todd Schaus and wife Pam, Evansville, and Paul Schaus and wife Staci, Evanston; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pastor Chip Jahn will officiate.