Obituaries


Michael Jacob Volz, 20, Huntingburg

Michael VolzMichael Jacob Volz, 20, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (February 22) at his home. He was born in Huntingburg August 11, 1996, to Jacob Lee Volz and Stephanie Petry.

Michael was an avid video gamer, a Bob Marley fan, and was devoted to his dog, “Luna.”

He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Petry and fiancé, William Frye II, Huntingburg; his father, Jacob Lee Volz, Jasper; grandparents Danny and Marcia Petry of Jasper and Dee and Dan Hochgesang and Mary Ann Barkley and Chester Volz all of Huntingburg; two sisters, Jessica and Jasmine Volz both of Huntingburg; one brother, Christian Dominguez, Huntingburg; one stepsister, Aliviah Frye, Indianapolis; one stepbrother, Villjo Frye, Indianapolis; one nephew, Darius Guitterez; and half-brothers and half-sisters.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pam Wollenman, and great grandparents, Clarence and Sylvia Petry, Don Barkley, and John and Emma Volz, and one cousin, Isaac Fawks.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Saturday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery.

Clara P. Stemle, 99, Jasper

Clara StemleClara P. Stemle, 99, of Jasper, died Wednesday (February 22) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Scott City, Missouri, October 15, 1917, to William and Elizabeth (Seyer) Blattel. She had two marriages. She married Leroy J. Egler December 26, 2940, in Kelso, Missouri. He was killed June 4, 1945,in combat in the Philippines during World War II. She then married John Stemle July 2, 1959, in St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1998.

Clara retired as a head cook for the Greater Jasper School Corporation, where she was instrumental in starting the first school cafeteria in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed cooking, baking cookies, and spending time with her grandchildren.

she is survived by one son, Gary Egler and wife Rita, Jasper; one brother, Leon Blattel, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, three grandchildren, Debbie Mann, Jennifer Ulsomer, and Tom Egler, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Maria Gawthorp, Alvina Haase, Dorothy Miller, and Virginia Mehringer; and two brothers, Theon Blattel and Paul Blattel.

Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 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. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery Jasper at a later date.

Harold Wellmeyer, 85, Holland

Harold WellemeyerHarold Wellmeyer, 85, of Holland, died Wednesday (February 22) at his home. He was born in Stendal May 9, 1931, to Herbert and Ethel Wellmeyer. He married Roberta Weitkamp June 17, 1961.

Harold grew up attending St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal and began attending Zoar United Methodist Church after his marriage. He was a 1949 graduate of Stendal High School. in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army, until his honorable discharge in 1956 as a Staff Sergeant, assigned to the Atomic Artillery Unit stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and Baumholder, Germany. He worked for more than 25 years at Holland Dairy where he retired in 1993. He loved hunting, fishing, and taking rides at night to count deer, wild turkeys, and, in recent years, bald eagles.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roberta Wellmeyer; one daughter, Connie Wellmeyer, Evansville; one son, Jeff Wellmeyer, Holland; two sisters, Rosemary Latta, Brazil, and Ruth Rauscher and husband Leon, Huntingburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Carla Jo Wellmeyer, and one sister, Mable Borman.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Zoar United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to the church. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zoar United Methodist Church, pastors Keith Chanley and Cindy Keck will officiate. Burial will follow in the Zoar Cemetery. Holland American Legion Post No. 343 will conduct military graveside rites.

 

John C. Himsel, 53, Dubois

John HimselJohn C. Himsel, 53, of Dubois, died Tuesday (February 21) at his home. He was born in Troy, Missouri January 27, 1964, to James C. and Viola (Recker) Himsel.

John was a graduate of Jasper High School. He worked for Farbest Foods in Huntingburg, loved to read and liked history and science, collecting Indian artifacts, mushroom hunting, and traveling.

He is survived by six sisters, Wanda Haas, Jasper, Mary Hohl, Santa Claus, Angela Himsel Sacks and husband Selig, New York, New York, Elizabeth Eblen and husband Doug, Greenwood, Sarah Burcon and husband David, Ann Harbor, Michigan, and Rachael Himsel, Bloomington; three brothers, James R. Himsel and Edward Himsel and wife Kathy, all of Jasper, and Paul Himsel, Terre Haute; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his partner, Lucy Bove, and one sister, Abby Himsel.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A prayer service is scheduled at 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Community Cemetery in Haysville at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Lester F. Merder, 97, Jasper

Lester MerderLester F. Merder, 97, of Jasper, died Tueday (February 22) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 28, 1920, to Henry and Clara  (Blessinger) Merder. He married Caroline Wilz April 25, 1940, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She died December 17, 2014.

Lester was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World Warl II. He retired from Jasper Novelty, where he worked for 40 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, the Holy Name Society, American Legion Post No. 147, the Jasper Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th degree knight, and a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673. He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved Indiana University basketball games and all Jasper sports.

He is survived by one daughter, Ruth Flick and husband Tom, Jasper; two sons, Rich Merder and wife Gloria, Jasper, and Bob Merder and wife Kathy, McKinney, Texas; daughter-in-law Jane Merder, Jasper; nine grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Ron Merder.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Memorial Hospital Foundation, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rights.

Jerald L. “Jerry” Mundy, 72, Jasper

Jerald Jerry MundyJerald L. “Jerry” Mundy, 72, of Jasper, died Monday (February 20) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, January 15, 1945, to Theodore and Mathilda (Witt) Mundy. He married Yvonne Korthaus August 8, 1987, in Wilton, Iowa.

Jerry worked at Grunder Ready Mix in Wilton, Iowa, and at Jasper Engines for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He volunteered for the French Lick Railroad and was on its board of directors from 1995 to 2009 after he was awarded a lifetime membership for his years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Munday; two step-daughters, Marjorie Rust and husband Robert, Seymour, and Melissa Korthaus, Jasper; one step-son, Kenneth Korthaus and fiancé Heather Hasenour, Jasper; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Mundy.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Burial will follow at a later date. Pastor Darrel Land will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Mary Jo Holmes, 81, Jasper

Mary Jo HolmesMary Jo Holmes, 81, of Jasper, died Sunday (February 19) at St. Charles Assisted Living Center in Jasper. She was born in Maywood, Illinois, October 22, 1935, to Henry and Alexandria (Tennis) Schmitz. She married Wendell Holmes August 7, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Princeton. He died March of 1983.

Mary Jo is survived by one son, Michael Holmes and wife Joyce, Lafayette; two daughters, Connie H. Egloff and husband Jerry, Ferdinand, and Barbara Vining and husband Roel, Windsor, Colorado; two sisters, Sr. Barbara C Schmitz, OSB, Ferdinand, and Patricia Schleinzer, Lombard, Illinois; one brother-in-law, David Holmes and wife Marsha, Evansville; one sister-in-law, Susie Wilson, Evansville; and six grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Holmes.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday in the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Church. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

 

Kimberly S. Sermersheim, 46, Huntingburg

Kimberly SermersheimKimberly S. Sermersheim, 46, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (February 18). She was born August 5, 1970, to Lawrence E. and Rita M. (Wagner) Sermersheim.

Kim was a 1988 graduate of Southridge High School. She attended the University of Southern Indiana where she joined Delta Zeta Sorority. She transferred to Vincennes University and graduated with a degree in accounting. She worked as a bookkeeper for Northside Machining Incorporated in Huntingburg. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality and served as a Sacristan. She loved animals (especially her dog, Maddie), crafts, sewing, wood burning art, reading, and more. She enjoyed attending her nieces and nephews’ piano concerts and their school and sporting events.

She is survived by her parents, Lawrence and Rita Sermersheim, two brothers, Kevin J., Birdseye, and Keith A. and wife Connie, Evansville; one sister, Katherine L., West Lafayette; one niece, Maria; five nephews, Kyle (Devon), Luke (wife Jill), Benjamin, Jacob and Christopher; one great niece, Reagan; one great nephew. Mason; her maternal grandmother, Caroline Wagner; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary and ladies sodality prayer vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests memorial donations to be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the Dubois County Humane Society. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Chad A. Knies, 17, Celestine

Chad KniesChad A. Knies, 17, of Celestine, died Sunday (February 19) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Dubois. He was born in Jasper April 14, 1999, to Kent and Brenda (Buechler) Knies.

Chad was a senior at Northeast Dubois High School. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, had a passion for farming, and enjoyed tractor pulls, deer hunting, and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by his parents, Kent and Brenda Knies, one brother, Blake Knies, and his maternal grandparents, Jim and Janet Buechler, all of Celestine, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Elmer and Imogene Knies.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made 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.

John Russell Bolton, 84, Jasper

John BoltonJohn Russell Bolton, 84, of Jasper, died Thursday (February 16) at his home. He was born in Shoals November 9, 1932, to Dorothy Dillon, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosa (Powell) Bolton; two daughters, Debbie Taylor and husband Bob, Anderson, and Karen Lombness, Clarkston, Michigan; one son, Tim Bolton and wife Alicia, Jasper; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; four half-sisters, Brenda Jones and husband Mike, Washington, and Carolene Leonard and husband John, Bobbie Murray, and Dee Dee Trout and husband Don, all of Robinson, Illinois.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by three half-brothers, Melton Bolton and Jon and Jim Leonard, and two half-sisters, Bette Ann Schmidt and Ruby Atchison.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954. He was employed for 21 years at McCord Corporation in Washington as a plant superintendent. He retired from Kimball Electronics in Jasper after 20 years of employment as a manufacturing manager. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, golfing, and watching the Indianapolis Colts. He was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist church where he served on the initial church building committee, was a lay leader representative at the general conference, a trustee, and many other areas of service. Life-time highlights include a recorded interview of John’s stories from theKorean Conflict with a veteran representative which are recorded in the Library of Congress. Another highlight was his receiving the prestigious 50-year membership award with the Masonic Lodge

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh United Methodist Church. The Masons will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be donated to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to Heart to Heart Hospice. A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the church followed by military burial at Shiloh Cemetery in Ireland. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Grandson Rev. Brandon Risch and Rev. Paul Alvey will officiate at the service.