Obituaries


Donna K. Braun, 69, Haysville

Braun, DonnaDonna K. Braun, 69, of Haysville, died Sunday (July 16) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper March 11, 1948, to Willard and Eloise (Wagner) Harder. She married Kenneth Braun July 31, 1965, at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. He died December 8, 2013.

Donna was a graduate of Dubois High School. She worked at Woopenheimers
Restaurant in Haysville and at Master Brand for many years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and WELCA of Christ Church and she enjoyed traveling and going to casinos.

She is survived by three daughters, Corinna Cox and husband Mike and Lucinda Grimes and husband Brandon, all of Loogootee, and Cassy Foster and husband Cody, Otwell; three sons,  Norman Braun and wife Amy, Petersburg, and Kenny Braun and wife Lacey and Jeremy Braun and wife Crystal, all of Loogootee; her companion Paul James, Loogootee; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Sue Dorsam and husband Lowell, Haysville, Mary Jo Emmens, Hillham, and Sharon Kerns and companion Dwayne Roberts, Loogootee.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Braun, one brother, Edward Harder, and one sister, Anna Jeanne Hellums.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one son, Rodney Braun. One brother,
Edward Harder and one sister, Anna Jeanne Hellums.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Community Cemetery in Haysville. Rev. Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

Robert Eugene Hunt, 77, Huntingburg

Robert Hunt Obituary Photo901Robert Eugene Hunt, 77, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (July 15) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Muncie January 17, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana to Oris and Evelyn (Wyne) Hunt. She married Glenda A. Tull  June 22, 1979, in
Crawfordsville.

Robert was a retired Indiana State Police trooper.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda  Hunt; two daughters,  Connie De La Cruz and Teresa Hughes, both of Cloverdale; one son, Randy Hunt, Putnamville; one stepdaughter, Cassandra Cheatham, Greencastle; one brother, Gary Dean Hunt, Philadelphia; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home chapel. Online condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

Norma Eileen Atkins, 80, Jasper

Norma Atkins Obituary Photo900Norma Eileen Atkins, 80, of Jasper, died Saturday (July 15) at The Timbers of Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg March 20, 1937, to Earl and Clois (Wells) Coble.

Norma was a factory worker, a member of New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye, and enjoyed playing cards.

 She is survived by two sons, Terry Atkins and wife Donna, Huntingburg, and Gary Atkins and wife Brenda, Dubois;  three daughters, Sherry Howe and husband Rick, Taswell, Ann Mangin and husband Gary, Otwell, and Penny Atkins, Jasper; one brother, Martin Coble, Martinsville; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Leon, Kenny, Red, and Wendell Coble, one sister, Nelma “Shorty” Partenheimer, and two grandsons, Shawn Howe and Daryl Jeffries.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Birdseye Cemetery.

Kathleen O’Connor, 70, Jasper

Kathleen O’Connor, 70, of Jasper, died Tuesday (July 11) at her home. She was born in Port Jervis, New York, April 2, 1947, to George and Elizabeth (Bedell) Trautlein.

Kathleen enjoyed bowling and spending time with friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Heather O’Connor, Bedford; two grandchildren, Chloe O’Connor and Rex Evans; and two sisters, Pat Crotty, Arizona, and Sally Joyce, Westtown, New York.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Trautlein, and one brother, George Trautlein.

Private services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Rita J. Pagett, 84,

Rita PadgettRita J. Pagett, 84, of Jasper, died Thursday (July 13) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Evansville December 16, 1932, to George and Margaret (Schmitt) Summers. She married Ralph “Booty” Pagett October 30, 1970, in Evansville. He died March 30, 2011.

Rita retired from Sten’s in Jasper where she worked for several years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed playing cards and sewing.

She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Wininger and husband Eddie, Jasper; and two grandchildren, Brent and NaKaiya Wininger.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in in Crystal Community Cemetery. Father Ray Brenner will officiate.

Richard L. Steinhart, 88, Jasper

Richard SteinhartRichard L. Steinhart, 88, of Jasper, died Thursday (July 13) at Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper. He was born in Ireland June 7, 1929, to George and Emma (Sermersheim) Steinhart.

Richard retired from the Jasper Veneer Mills where he worked for 37 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He enjoyed playing cards, Wii Bowling, and Bingo. He was a historian and enjoyed talking with people, especially in German.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Jane Neuhoff, Jasper; four nephews, Kenneth Neuhoff and wife Kathleen, John Neuhoff, Tom Neuhoff and wife Karen, and Harold Neuhoff Jr.; five nieces, Sue Schroeder and husband David, Debra Lueken and husband Timothy, Cindy Bredhold and husband David, Cheryl Hentrup and husband Kenny, and Mary Jo Begle and husband David; and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Jean Steinhart, and one brother-in-law, Harold Neuhoff Sr.

Friends may call from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Rosary will be prayed at noon Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to Northwood Retirement Community Center in Jasper. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ireland.

Betty Mae Caldemeyer, 86, Stendal

Betty CaldemeyerBetty Mae Caldemeyer, 86, of Stendal, died Wednesday (July 12) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Flat Rock, Illinois, September 11, 1930, to James and Lorene (Preston) Blount. She married Norman F. Caldemeyer August 30, 1952, in Stendal. He died August 14, 2015.

Betty was a homemaker, a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal, and enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

She is survived by five daughters, Brenda Houchin and husband Jerry, Sharon Roettger and husband Jim, and Rita Williams and husband Mark, all of Stendal, Karen Dixon and husband Rodney, Winslow, and Kutina Kline and husband Albert, Holland; three sons, Gary Caldemeyer and wife Karen and William Caldemeyer and wife Jolene, all of Stendal, and Larry Caldemeyer and wife Denise, Lynnville; two sisters, Jean Eckert, Birdseye, and Carolyn Parks, Boonville; two brothers, Jerry Blount, Velpen, and Donald Blount, Stendal; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, James Blount Jr., and one sister, JoAnn Goodrum.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial following in St. Paul Cemetery, west of Stendal. Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate at the services.

Dodi L. Strange, 76, Jasper

Dodi StrangeDodi L. Strange, 76, of Jasper, died Sunday (July 9) at her home. She was born in Martin County March 25, 1941, to Walter H. and Dorothy (Allen) Lents. She married Edward Strange Sr. December 28, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died May 16, 1992.

Dodi was a registered nurse and worked in long term healthcare compliance for over 25 years. She enjoyed genealogy and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Carla Nicholson and husband David, Edinburgh, and Susan Lane and husband Lowell, Huntingburg; one son, Edward Strange Jr., Jasper; one grandson, who Dodi raised, Jeremy Trusty and wife Mallory, Newburgh; three granddaughters, Thea and Gabrielle Trusty and Madelyn Lane; four great-grandchilren; one sister, one sister, Brenda Levrio and husband John, Lowell; two brothers, Sonny Lents and wife Sandra, Ireland, and Joe Lents, Boynton Beach, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Dixie Vernon, and a close family friend, Monsignor Carl Shetler.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Martin Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Humane Society or to Heart to Heart Hospice in Jasper. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Theodore “Junie” Meyer, 84, Huntingburg

Theodore MeyerTheodore “Junie” Meyer, 84, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (July 12) at his home. He was born in Huntingburg October 26, 1932, to Theodore and Henrietta (Bockting) Meyer. He married Nancy C. Dearing in 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Junie worked as a meat cutter for A&P, More-for-Less, and the Huntingburg Meat Locker and was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Meyer; two sons, Michael Alan Meyer and wife Susan, Jasper, and Gregory Scott Meyer and wife Carol, Ireland; two daughters, Kristi Jo Veatch and husband Robert, Huntingburg, and Melinda Kay Breitwieser and husband Don, Jasper; his caregiver, Linda Wyman, Birdseye; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, one brother, Rob Meyer, and one sister, Mary Ann Brosmer.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Linda Lee Katter Pavelka, 79, Huntington

Linda PavelkaLinda Lee Katter Pavelka, 79, of Huntington, died Wednesday (July 2) at her home at Tipton Place. She was born in Holland July 2, 1938, to Raymond and Meta (Niehaus) Katter. She married Rev. John Pavelka June 7, 1964, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

Linda was a graduate of Holland High School and Oakland City College. She retired from teaching after 35 years. She was a member of Redeemer\ Lutheran Church and the Redeemer Lutheran Church Women. She enjoyed directing musical programs, traveling, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Maria Chanley and husband Scott, Huntington, and Rachel Pavelka, Terre Haute; one granddaughter, Lauren Beer and husband Daniel, Fort Wayne; IN; and two sisters, Karen Dougan, Chrisney, and Mary Ann McDevitt, Crawfordsville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. John Pavelka.

Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church with burial following in St. James Cemetery in Holland.