Obituaries


Sarah J. Chambers, 77, Jasper

Sarah J. Chambers, 77, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 8) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. Arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Richard L. Eckerle, 88, Jasper

richard-eckerleRichard L. Eckerle, 88, of Jasper, died Tuesday (December 6) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Jasper October 5, 1928, to Anton and Rose (Fink)  Eckerle. He married Romilda Eckerle September 23, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She died October 16, 2010.

Rich was co-owner, with his brother Arnold, of the Eckerle Dairy which operated from 1951 to 1965. He retired as property manager from Kimball International where he was responsible for planning, supervising, and construction of the Kimball  Building Program, Kimball Forestry Program, Kimball Corporate Headquarter  Maintenance, and Kimball Farms.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, serving as a parish counselor from 1961 to 1965. He served on the Knights of Columbus Columbian Home Board for 23 years; 10 years as president. He was the K of C Grand Knight from 1966 to 1967 and was Faithful Navigator, Jasper 4th Degree Knight, from 1972 to1973. He was president of the Jasper Jaycees from 1959 to 1960 and president of the Jaycees Associate Members Club from 1980 to 1982. He served on OEO Tri-Cap Board for 15 years and was the board president for five years. He served on the Jasper Little League Board for 10 years, two years as president. He also served as president of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Building Corporation. He served as Dubois County Commissioner from 1961 to 1970, eight years as president. He served as County Councilman from 1974 to 1982, six years as president, and from 1991 to 2004, as president from 1993 to 2004. During his time on the council he was involved in making the South Newton Street and North Mill Street extensions a reality. He served as president of the Indiana County Commissioner Association and the Indiana County Councilman Association.

He was president of the Association of Indiana County Officials in 1970, served on the Indiana Local Government Study Commission from 1977 to 1980, served on the Indiana Long Term Highway Finance Study Commission from 1977 to 1978, served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and 1976, on the Dubois County Health Board for 12 years, and on the Shawnee Trace Private Industry Council for 10 years. He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Indiana Local Government Property Tax Control Board, his service ending in 2004. He was a recipient of several Jaycee Awards, the Jasper Distinguished Service Award in 1961, the Golden Ruler Award, presented by the Association of Indiana Counties for dedicated service to County Government, in 1970, Jasper High School Alumni of Distinction Award in 1991, Indiana Association of Counties Arthur R. Himsel Award in  1996, Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Evan Bayh in 1996, and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce President’s Community Excellence Award in 1991. He enjoyed serving Dubois County, was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University fan and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Eckerle and wife, Amelia, Indianapolis, and Greg Eckerle and wife, Brenda, Jasper; four grandchildren, Nichole Eckerle Rubright, Jessica and Shannon Eckerle, and Margot Burke; and one brother, Dr. John Eckerle and wife Margaret, Louisville, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters, Rita Hahn, Dora Schmidt, and Joan Schipp, and three brothers, Herb, Bernard, and Arnold Eckerle.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

William T. Mehringer, 84, Jasper

william-mehringerWilliam T. Mehringer, 84, of Jasper, died Monday (December 5) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born April 19, 1932, in Jasper, to John S. and Christina (Schuetter) Mehringer. He married Beatrice Fleck June 21, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She died October 8, 2014.

William retired from Masterbrand Cabinets after 35 years of employment. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, working with small engines, going on Sunday drives, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by three daughters, Christine Popp and husband Todd, Jasper, Kimberly Lubbehusen and husband Don, Huntingburg, and Vicki Ludwig and husband Jason, Evansville; two sons, Glenn Mehringer and wife Marlene, and Rick Mehringer, all of Jasper; six grandchildren; one step grandchild; two stehttp://newsnowdc.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wp-filemanager/fm.phpp great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lewis (Dud) Mehringer, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by six sisters, Helen Mehringer, Leona Seng, Sally Mehringer, Virginia Jochem, Mary Lou Hohl, and Dorothy Rees, and six brothers: Bernard, Eugene, Norbert, Delmar (Bud), Alvin (Chebbie),and Robert Mehringer.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Jerome A. Streicher, 89, Jasper

jerome-streicherJerome A. Streicher, 89, of Jasper, died Sunday (December 4) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper December 28, 1926, to Anthony and Clara (Hochgesang) Streicher. He married Clara Scherle September 4, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died May 28, 2015.

Jerome was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II with the Occupied Japan Reconnaissance Tour. He was a member of VFW Post No. 673 and its Military Funeral detail and American Legion Post No. 147. He retired as a supervisor from Jasper Rubber Products after 42 years of service and was a founding member of Jasper Southgate Industries. He was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and its Holy Name Society, was an original member of the Holy Family choir and its finance ministry, and participated in the Holy Family softball league. He was a 2010 recipient of the Simon Brute Award. He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the Jasper German Club and volunteered at Memorial Hospital, local blood drives, RSVP, and Tri-Cap. He enjoyed watching and listening to sports and was an Indiana University basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, and trips to the casino and was a member of the Happy Go Lucky and Camping Hoosiers camping clubs.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Fuhs and husband Steve, and Rosemary Woolsey and husband Marlon, all of Jasper; two sons, Dan Streicher and wife Elizabeth, Avon, and Ron Streicher and wife Annette, Jasper; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew K. Woolsey, five sisters: Marcella Klein, Bert Borho, Lucille Merkle, Mildred Horney, and Lila Templeton, and two brothers: Rufus and Linus Streicher.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Atelene Grigsby, 89, West Baden Springs

atelene-grigsbyAtelene Grigsby, 89, of West Baden Springs, died Monday (December 5) at Springs Valley Meadows in French Lick. She was born in Orange County February 25th, 1927, to Oscar and Grace (Scott) Wilson. She married Herman Grigsby June 26th, 1946. He died August 31, 2002.

Atelene was a member of the Crystal Community Church and the Red Hats Society. She was a 1945 graduate of West Baden Springs High School. She loved to crochet and complete crossword puzzles. She retired from the French Lick Five and Dime, where she worked in the fabric and sewing department.

She is survived by one daughter, Collene Qualkenbush and husband Bobb Dean, West Baden Spring; three grandchildren, Stephanie Faulk, Indianapolis, Stephen Qualkenbush and wife Christina, French Lick, and Jason Bayer and wife Julie, Huntingburg; four great-grandchildren, Michael “Robbie” Watson and wife Christina, Dubois, Amanda and Matthew Qualkenbush, both of French Lick, and Rusty Bayer, Huntingburg; and three great-great-grandchildren, Ava, Alexis, and Jase Watson, all of Dubois.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Bayer, one son-in-law, Chester Bayer, one grandson, Jonathan Bayer, and one grandson-in-law, Jeff Faulk.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the T.L. Pinnick Chapel. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the T.L. Pinnick Chapel with burial following in the Ames Chapel Cemetery in Paoli.

Damian J. McBride, 19, Birdseye

damian-mcbrideDamian J. McBride, 19, of Birdseye, died Saturday (December 3) in a house fire in Pike County alongside his Rottweiler dog Zander. He was born in Evansville January 28, 1997, to Karena Vonderheide and Josh McBride.

Damian was a graduate of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand, where he played football, and was in his second year at Vincennes University. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Jasper, the St. Anthony Conservation Club, the NRA, and ABATE. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and helping people.

He is survived by his parents, Karena Vonderheide and Josh McBride, Birdseye; two brothers, Justus and Xavier McBride, Birdseye; his paternal grandmother, Vickie McBride and husband Gary Chism, Evansville; his paternal grandfather, Arthur B. McBride, Cuzco; his maternal grandfather, William Vonderheide, Huntingburg; his great-grandfather, James D. Neukam, Huntingburg; and aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Alvina Vonderheide.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with burial following at a later date.

Virgil J. Messmer, 89, Jasper

virgil-messmerVirgil J. Messmer, 89, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 1) at Cathederal Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg November 4, 1927, to Frank and Rose (Bische) Messmer. He married Clara Mae Schnell, his wife of 58 years, on September 6, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Virgil was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Jasper Desk after 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its Holy Name Society, VFW Post No. 673, and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening and hunting.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Clara Mae Messmer, Jasper; two daughters, Joan Messmer and companion Brian Clevenger, Spencer, and Dorothy (Dee) Mendel and fiancé Stuart Campbell, Jacksonville, Florida; three sons, Joe Messmer, Tampa, Florida, Frank Messmer and partner Nate Simons, Grove City, Ohio, and Tony Messmer, Schnellville; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marcella Oeding and Ann Hoffman, both of Huntingburg, Norma Steffen, Jasper, and Bernadine Mohler and husband Johnny, Greencastle; and three brothers, Orville Messmer, Huntingburg, Hubert Messmer, Ferdinand, and Donald Messmer, Velpen.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, David Messmer, one sister, Viola Schafer, and one brother, Richard Messmer.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Monastery of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Thomas L. Sternberg, 70, Jasper

tom-sternbergThomas L. Sternberg, 70, of Jasper, died Tuesday (November 29) at his home. He was born in Jasper April 11, 1946, to Albert “Jack” and Dorothy (Gunselman) Sternberg. He married Patricia Schwenk January 24, 1970, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

Tom was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany. He was an owner of Sternberg Automotive Group, headquartered in Jasper with affiliates in Louisville, Evansville, Bloomington, and Dale. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and its Holy Name men’s sodality, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the Jasper Kiwanis. He enjoyed golf, playing sheepshead, bowling, pickleball, going to the grandkids’ sporting events, and, of course, selling cars.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Sternberg; two sons, Derek Sternberg and wife Vicki and Curtis Sternberg and wife Nancy, all of Jasper; five grandchildren, Dillon, Madison, Kiersten, Kyle, and Andrew Sternberg; one brother; Steve Sternberg and wife Grace, Louisville, Kentucky; his step-mother, Carol Sternberg, Bloomington; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Sternberg, Jr.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to the Dubois County Leukemia Association. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Patricia Jean Mansini, 93, Ferdinand

patricia-manciniPatricia Jean Mansini, 93, of Ferdinand, died Monday (November 28) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. Caption text here.

She was born in Indianapolis Februbary 9, 1923, to Thomas J. and Louise (Seuffert) O’Connor. She married Angelo Mansini in 1944 at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He died in 1995.

Patricia attended St. Phillip Parochial School, the Franciscan Academy, and Marian College. She worked for a number of years in the Center Township assessor’s office and was a trust officer at Indiana National Bank. She was formerly a member of St. Phillip, St. Andrew and St. Lawrence Catholic churches in Indianapolis and was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish.

She is survived by one son, Father Guy Mansini, OSB, St. Meinrad. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Matthew Mansini, and one sister, Margaret Connel.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Archabbey and School Of Theology. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Church with burial following in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Georgina “Jeanie” Stetter, 84, Jasper

jeannie-stetterGeorgina “Jeanie” Stetter, 84, of Jasper, died Monday (November 28) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper February 4, 1932, to William P. and Theresa (Birk) Mehringer. She married Edgar Stetter August 8, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He died March 16, 2001.

Jeanie retired from 10th Street School in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by four daughters Donna Thewes and Deb Starrs, both of Jasper, Diane Williams and husband Devin, Ft. Branch, and Denise Saalman and husband Dwaine, Frisco, Texas; one son, Larry Stetter, and wife Carol, Ireland; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and one brother, Ambrose Mehringer and wife Mary Lee, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four sisters, Lorena Englert, Armella Hochgesang, Anna Mae Hasenour, and Jenny Bockting, and one brother, Thomas Mehringer, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 3:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.