Obituaries


Geraldine “Gerry” Seger, 86, Jasper

Geraldine SegerGeraldine “Gerry” Seger, 86, of Jasper, died Friday (December 19) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born January 30, 1928, at Whitesville, Kentucky, to Ivo and Mary (Higdon) Howard. She married Charles Seger October 15, 1949, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Gerry retired from Holy Family School where she worked in the cafeteria department. She was a member of Holy Family Church, the Blessed Virgin Sodality, Daughters of Isabella, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, cooking, walking, and volunteering at Holy Family.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Seger; two sons, Glenn Seger and wife Karen, Bishop, Georgia, and Dave Seger and wife Laurel, Jasper; daughter-in-law Kathleen Seger, Jasper; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Delphine Hardesty, Owensboro, Kentucky.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ronald J. Seger, who died July 15, 2014, one brother, Celestine Howard, and two sisters, Mary Edelen and Rose Payne.

Services at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Blessed Virgin Sodality and the D of I will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, St. Meinrad Archabbey, or to a favorite charity.

Michael W. Vogt, Sr., 86, Jasper

Michael VogtMichael W. Vogt, Sr., 86, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 18) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born September 16, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Michael J. Jr. and Sophia (Jorg) Vogt. He married Shirley Ragland July 7, 1956, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cincinnati. She died February 22, 2012.

Michael graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a chemical engineering degree, and retired as the technical director for Jasper Chemical Coatings after 40 plus years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he served as a eucharistic minister, American Legion Post No. 147, Jasper Moose Lodge No. 1175, and the Jasper Lions Club. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball and camping and was an avid bridge and rum card player, and an avid Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan.

He is survived by four sons, Michael Vogt, Jr. and wife Cindy G., Jasper, Tim Vogt and fiancé Vicky, Jasper, Mark Vogt and wife Cindy A., Crestwood, Kentucky, and John Vogt and wife Laura, Danville, Illinois; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Louise Smith, Wooster, Ohio, and Betty Burns, Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Denise Goodman, and one grandson, Jonathon Underwood.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Mary A. Kleeman, 94, Jasper

Mary KleemanMary A. Kleeman, 94, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 18) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born May 30, 1920, in Cannelburg to Patrick and Julia (O’Conner) Kavanaugh. She married Karl “Shorty” Kleeman July 12, 1941. He died November 2, 2000.

Mary retired from Jasper Wood Products. She also worked for Swift Processing and the Loogootee Shirt Factory. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Ann’s Society, and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed traveling, latch hook, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Bieker, Jasper, and Nancy Hedinger and husband Joe, Goose Creek , South Carolina; three sons, Carl “Bud” Kleeman and wife May, Jasper, Bob Kleeman and wife Suzanne, Santa Claus, and Mike Kleemen and wife Jeanette, Fairfield, California; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter who died in infancy, Karen Kleeman, three sons who died in infancy, Jimmy, Larry and Ricky Kleeman; one son-in-law, John Bieker; one sister, Margaret Grow; three brothers, James, Paul and Robert Kavanaugh; and two brothers, Raymond and Timothy Kavanaugh who died in infancy.

Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Ann’s Society and Jasper D of I will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Caroline I. Merder, 95, Jasper

Merder, CarolineCaroline I. Merder, 95, of Jasper, died Wednesday (December 17) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Jasper May 30, 1919, to Andrew and Anna (Dick) Wilz. She married Lester Merder April 25, 1940, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Caroline was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Church and the St. Ann’s Society. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Lester Merder; one daughter, Ruth Flick and husband Thomas; two sons, Richard L. Merder and wife Gloria, Jasper, and Bob Merder and wife Kathy, Wichita, Falls, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jane Merder, Jasper; nine grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ronald J. Merder, who died November 9, 1990, one sister, Mary Ann Blessinger, and three brothers, Jerome, John, and Hilbert Wilz.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Meleties J. Weyer, 93, Ireland

Weyer, MeletiesMeleties J. Weyer, 93 of Ireland, died Wednesday (December 17) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born April 12, 1921, in Ireland to Ferdie Sr. and Emma (Kippenbrock) Weyer. He married Alberta Rasche February 19, 1949, in St. Joseph Church in Jaspe. She died October 24, 2010.

Meleties retired from Jasper Seating after 40 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran ahd served in the South Pacific on the USS Monadnock minesweeper during World War II. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, VFW Post No. 673, American Legion Post No. 147, the Ireland Sportsman’s Club, and a charter member of the Ireland Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, bowling, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

He is survived by one daughter, Marlene Schroeder and husband Mark, Ireland; one son, Doug Weyer and wife Nancy, Ireland; six grandchildren, Shawna Dawson, Stacy Hubster, Shannon Weyer, Maria Bueltel, Beth Sermersheim, and Kelly Schroeder; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler, Logan, and Kylie Dawson, Laurel, Ella, and Maggie Hubster, Jacob Weyer, and Will Bueltel.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Richard, Robert, and Ferdie Weyer, Jr.

Services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Virlee T. Rasche, 63, Jasper

Virlee RascheVirlee T. Rasche, 63, of Jasper, died Tuesday (December 16) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born September 14, 1951, in Celestine to Carl and Marie (Schneider) Hasenour. She married Albert V. Rasche February 16, 1974, at St. Celestine Church in Celestine.

Virlee worked for Walmart in Jasper for the last 17 years. Previously she also worked for the Jasper Holiday Inn, the Energy Plus convenience store in Huntingburg, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and Stens Corporation. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She was a 1971 graduate of Dubois High School, and a member of the Huntingburg and Jasper Senior Centers, VFW Post No. 673 Ladies Auxiliary, and Jasper Outdoor Recreation. She enjoyed word search books, playing bingo, and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband, Albert V. Rasche; one daughter, Donna Mehringer and husband Joseph “Joe”; three sisters, Anna Mae Lampert, Celestine, Betty Stapleton and husband Marvin, Duff, and Laverne Mosier, Ireland; and one brother, Ron L. Hasenour and wife Jan, Celestine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice Kluemper and Rosa Lee “Rosie” Hasenour.

Services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Jasper D of I and St. Mary’s Church will pray a rosary at 1:45 pm. VFW Post No. 673 Ladies Auxiliary will perform a memorial service at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Jean Marie Jones, 87, Huntingburg

Jean JonesJean Marie Jones, 87, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (December 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born January 18, 1927, in Jeffersonville to John and Bertha (Schwabe) Frermann.

Jean attended and graduated from high school in Louisville. She married Marvin Raymond Jones November 22, 1947, in Louisville and in 2007 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He died April 3, 2008. Shortly after their marriage, Marvin and Jean moved to Huntingburg to raise their family. They owned and operated The Gift Shoppe in Jasper and Huntingburg for more than 21 years. She was a long time member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church, a member of the Huntingburg and Holland Business and Professional Women, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by one son, Wayne Jones and wife Mag, Murray, Kentucky; two daughters, Sandra Nicholson and husband Michael, Woodlands, Texas, and Sharon Feeney and husband Kevin, Peachtree Corners, Georgia; one sister, Anna Mae Pearce, New Albany; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and William Frermann.

Services at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday at Huntingburg United Methodist Church with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Lee Campbell will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial donations can be made to the Huntingburg United Methodist Church. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Gladys Marie Steinkamp, 101, Jasper

Gladys SteinkampGladys Marie Steinkamp, 101, of Jasper, died Tuesday (December 16), at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Petersburg November 10, 1913, to Clyde and Ethel (Higgins) Howell. She married Elmer William “Doc” Steinkamp March 10, 1945, in Indianapolis. He died May 27, 2001.

Gladys was a graduate of Petersburg High School. She graduated from business school in Washington, D.C. and then attended Indiana University. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper and served as financial secretary of the church. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the 20th century Literary Club, and her bridge club. She enjoyed coin club, rose gardening, playing piano, and doing crossword puzzles.

She is survived by one son, David Steinkamp, Jasper; three daughters, Annie Meeks and husband Robert, St. John, Sarah Krodel and husband Greg, Jasper, and Lynne Ehrgott and husband Roberts, Bloomington; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Kettlelhut and Hazel Stonecipher.

Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. The Rev. Jane Hilllman will officiate. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ or to Young Life of Dubois County.

Steven J. Terwiske, 63, Jasper

Steven TerwiskeSteven J. Terwiske, 63 of Jasper, died Tuesday (December 16) at his brother’s home in Jasper. He was born September 14, 1951, in Jasper to James and Dorothy (Steffen) Terwiske.

Steven retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army, serving in over 13 countries throughout his career with the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army. He worked at A.K. Steel for 10 years after his retirement from the U.S. Army. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673. He enjoyed reading, studying war history, traveling, and playing chess.

He is survived by four sisters, Karin Malone, Oaktown, Sarah Wigand and husband Simon and Nancy Cannon, all of Jasper; and Deb Chamberlain and husband Charles, Fischers; three brothers, Mike Terwiske and wife Kate, Utah, Pat Terwiske and wife Joyce, Richmond, and Thomas Terwiske and wife Rose, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one niece, Shannon Terwiske.

Military gravesite rites and burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct the military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Mark E. Bettag, 55, Portersville

Mark BettagMark E. Bettag, 55, of Portersville, died Monday (December 15), at his home. He was born in Evansville August 22, 1959, to Elmer and Margaret (Brown) Bettag. He married Karen Keller September 3, 1994, in Haysville.

Mark was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Crailsheim, Germany. He was a dump truck driver for Triple K Trucking Company and for Paul Cooper and Robert Schaeffer Trucking Company. He enjoyed fishing, trapping, deer hunting, sprint car racing, and N.F.L. football. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Bettag; two step-daughters, Keena Rostron, Princeton, and Sharon Myers and husband Dustin, Portersville; three step-grandchildren; his father, Elmer Bettag, Loogootee; three sisters, Cathy Antey and husband Mike, Newburgh, Sherry Reynolds, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Vicki Bryant and husband Jeff, Oakland City; and four brothers, Tom Bettag, Evansville, Steve Bettag and wife Kim, Oakland City, Kenny Bettag, Cannelburg, and Lenny Bettag and wife Maria, Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Bettag.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church with burial following in the Portersville Cemetery. Rev. Adam Ruschau will officiate. V.F.W. Post No. 673 in Jasper will conduct military grave side rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity.