Obituaries


Diane M. Hurst, 69, Newburgh

Diane M. Hurst, 69, of Newburgh, died Friday April 3, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville. She was born October 14, 1950, to Marinus H. and Ardella (Laake) Weyer. She married Pat Hurst June 19, 1971, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Diane was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, St. Anthony Church, and its church choir. She was a member of St. Anthony Home Economics Club, St. Anthony Christian Mothers Sodality, and Christ Renews His Parish. She enjoyed music, playing bingo, cards, and board games with her family and friends. She loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Pat Hurst; two sons, Joseph Hurst and wife Lana, Princeton, and Michael Hurst and wife Kaytlin, U.S. Army; three daughters, Suzanne Hurst, Evansville, Karen Strahl and husband Sean, Boonville, and Kristine Breitweiser and husband Craig, Velpen; seven grandchildren, Katherine “Katie,” Elija, Lucille, and Joshua Hurst, Allyssa and Emily Strahl, and Jennifer Breitweiser; and three brothers, Dennis Weyer and wife Janice, Larry Weyer and wife Mary, and Mark Weyer and wife Gayle, all of Ferdinand.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marinus and Ardella Weyer.

Private family graveside services will be held Wednesday in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Betty Jean Schmidt, 85, Jasper

Betty Jean Schmidt, 85, of Jasper, died Thursday, April 2, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper June 3, 1934, to  Walter and Ella Mae (Frank) Henke. She married John Fredrick Schmidt September 15, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Betty was a stay at home mother, a nurse’s aide, and a secretary for Mauck Supply for 26 years. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and its Ladies Sodality, and the home economics club through 4-H. She enjoyed her family, supporting her children and grandchildren through their sporting events, and playing Blitz and Yahtzee.

Surviving are her husband, John Schmidt; two daughters, Debbie Berger, Jasper, and Denise McCrary and husband Ray, Payson, Arizona; one son, Greg Schmidt and wife Sue, Jasper; six grandchildren,  Nichole (Josh) Peter, Adam Schmidt, Lauren (Luke) Keller, Jessica (Jason) Cava, Stuart Berger, and Jason Gress; eight great-randchildren, Jude, Roman, Vivian, and August Peter, Noel and Maren Keller, and Mason and Easton Cava.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Gary Schmidt, and one brother, Don Henke.

Private funeral services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Sympathy cards can be mailed to her husband, John Schmidt at Legacy Living in Jasper. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com

Robert E. “Bob” Schuetter, 73, St. Anthony

Robert E. “Bob” Schuetter, 73, of St. Anthony, died Wednesday, April 1, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Jasper January 15, 1947, to James J. and Mary (Lindauer) Schuetter. He married Patricia Hoffman June 7, 1988, in Nevada.

Bob was a truck driver for 40 years, driving for Ferdinand Furniture, DMI, Kimball, and E.H. Hamilton. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his fishing partner, Kenny Hoffman, won many Jasper Bass Master’s Thursday Night Tourneys. He was a member of the German Ridge Cabin Group, Jasper Bass Masters, the National Rifle Association, and Ferdinand Legion Post 124. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving for six years during the Viet Nam War. He was in the Navy Ceremonial Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, participated in the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson, and funeral ceremonies for President Herbert Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur, and in over 600 funerals for service men and women.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Schuetter; two sons, James Schuetter and wife Stacey, St. Anthony, and Faron Schuetter and wife Tammy, Ferdinand; one daughter, Gerry Fleck and husband Dean, St. Anthony; two step-daughters, Dawn Tretter and husband Chris, Ferdinand, and Tracy Oser and husband Dean, Santa Claus; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom and Dave Schuetter, both of Jasper; and one sister-in-law, Michelle Schuetter, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry (Butch) and James Schuetter, and two sisters, Marla Kreilein and Phyllis Schuetter, who died in infancy.

Private graveside services will be held in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery with Ferdinand Legion Post 124 conducting military graveside rites. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Albert L. Schnarr, 82, Jasper

Albert L. Schnarr, 82, of Jasper, died Tuesday, March 31, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. Albert was born in a farmhouse in Daviess County March 10, 1938, to Robert and Eline (Sendelweck) Schnarr. He married Shirley Freyberger May 23, 1959, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Albert was a self-employed farmer and a bus driver for the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools for 40 years. He was a lifelong member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, a deacon, trustee, and a Luther League youth sponsor for the church. He and his family were recipients of the Heritage Farm Award for over 50 years of farming through Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. He was a 1956 graduate of Alfordsville High School and a United States Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, square dancing, boating, tractor pulling, winning several tractor pulling trophies, attending demolition derbies, and going on family vacations. His lifelong dream was fulfilled when he saw the Grand Canyon with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Schnarr; one daughter, Cheryl L. Stemle and husband Terry, Jasper; one son, Jerry D. Schnarr and wife Patti, Shoals; three grandchildren, John Schnarr and wife Michelle, and Joanna and Anthony Schnarr, and two great-grandchildren, Michael Eugene and Kyle Luther Schnarr.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Marcella Hoffman.

Private services were held at the Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home downtown chapel in Jasper with burial following in St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church or to Gideons International. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Bernice C. Weyer, 88, Ferdinand

Bernice C. Weyer, 88, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday, March 31, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Ferdinand December 31, 1931, to Joseph and Susan (Olinger) Laake. She married Wilfred Weyer May 21, 1955, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. He died October 14, 2005.

Bernice and Wilfred were lifelong farmers. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Hoosiers. She was a long-time supporter of the Forest Park High School Marching Rangers and dedicated much of her time to her family and the quilt committee.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Lasher and husband Howard, Cynthiana;  three sons, Kurt Weyer and wife Brenda, Chris Weyer and wife Donna, and Glenn Weyer and wife Marcy, all of Ferdinand; son in-law Eric Pund, Ferdinand; sister in-law, Theresa Weyer, Ferdinand; two sisters, Dolores Schwinghamer, St. Henry, and Joan Persohn, Noblesville; two brothers, John Laake and wife Nancy, Ferdinand, and Allen Laake and wife Ann, Jasper; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Judith Pund, three sisters and their spouces, Ardella and Marinus Weyer, Mary Lee and Othmar Lueken, and Anita and Jim Russ; and in-laws Ernie and Olivia Weyer, Evelyn Weyer, Floyd Schwinghamer, and Allen Persohn.

Private graveside rites will be held in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. All memorial gifts may be made in the form of donations to her daughter Judy Pund’s Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Jasper. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

John Walter Hoffhaus, 79, Jasper

John Walter Hoffhaus, 79, of Jasper, died Wednesday, March 25, at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Huntingburg October 28, 1940, to Walter W. and Wima V. (Lichlyter) Hoffhaus. He married Jean Chriswell in Las Vegas, Nevada.

John was a graduate of Huntingburg High School. He worked as an oilfield foreman, served in the United States Air Force; and loved the outdoors, especially fishing, boating, and camping.

He is survived by one son, Dennis D. Pratte and wife Debbie, Chesapeake, Virginia; one daughter, Cindy L. Schreiner and husband Norb, Jasper; one sister, Helen Astrike and husband George, Destin, Florida; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Hoffhaus, and one daughter, Debbie Hoffhaus.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at Palm Henderson Cemetery in Henderson, Nevada. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Robert Lee “Bob” Wertman, 89, Holland

Robert Lee “Bob” Wertman, 89, of Holland, died Sunday, March 29, at the Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, Florida. He was born in Huntingburg October 14, 1930, to Ralph and Grace (Sattler) Wertman. He married Sharon Ann Wibbeler September 1, 1956, at Holland Methodist Church.

Bob was a 1949 graduate of Holland High School. He was a farmer and worked at the Holland Dairy. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving on the USS Oriskany and USS Bairoko. He was a member of Holland United Methodist Church and Holland American Legion Post 343 for 60 years. He was an avid sports fan and was honored for his longtime support of Southridge Raider athletics when he was presented the 2018 Spirit of Southridge Award.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sharon Ann Wertman; two sons, Kevin Wertman and wife Diane, Holland, and Lee Wertman and spouse Jeff Rothweiler, St. Louis;  one daughter, Tammy Wertman, Holland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Keith A. Thewes, 55, Celestine

Keith A. Thewes, 55, of Celestine, died Monday, March 30, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper of injuries suffered in an ORV accident near his home. He was born in Birdseye December 23, 1964, to Lawrence and Marilyn (Persohn) Thewes. He married Gail Buechler September 22, 1990, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Keith worked for Simple Transport and was a partner in Thewes Brothers Farms. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Church, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Celestine Community Club, and Celestine Park. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, jeeping, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Thewes; one daughter, April Mullis and husband Derek, Celestine; one son, Lance Thewes and companion Brittany Partenheimer, Celestine; his parents, Lawrence and Marilyn Thewes, Celestine; his father and mother-in-law, Jim and Janet Buechler, Celestine; two sisters, Michelle Keller and husband Dean, Dubois, and Beverly Harris and husband Tom, Celestine; two brothers, Paul Thewes and wife Susie and Duane Thewes and wife Courtney, all of Celestine; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one nephew, Chad Knies.

Private services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in St. Celestine Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department or the Celestine Community Club. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Clifton C. “Jack” Cook, Jr., 85, Birdseye

Clifton C. “Jack” Cook, Jr., 85, of Birdseye, died Friday, March 27, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Indianapolis August 30, 1934, to Clifton Sr. and Virginia (Richey) Cook. He married Diana L. McFarland June 29, 1952. She died February 15, 2017.

Jack worked for the Eckerty Mulzer Crushed Stone plant where he retired after 40 years of employment. He was a campground host at Bear Lake and Indian Celina Lake in Perry County. He was a member and deacon at New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye and served as vice-president on the Birdseye Cemetery Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Snelling and husband Eli, Wickliffe; one brother, Melvin Cook, Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Dawn Detty and husband Joe, Birdseye, Shawn Cook and wife Angie, Velpen, Shanna (Chad Schmitt) Cook, Wickliffe, Erica Scherzinger and husband Ryan, Jasper, Chris Cook and wife Ashley, Newburgh, and Andy (Dana McBride) Snelling, Wickliffe; and 10 great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kristen Detty, Levi, Wyatt, and Grace Allinger, Hunter and Evan Snelling, and Paige, Meredith, and Grayson Cook.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two sons, Clifton “Cliff” and Doug Cook, two brothers, Norman Cook and Bill Barley, and two sisters, Wanda Lane and Cleo Simpson.

Private funeral services Monday at New Hope General Baptist Church with burial following in the Birdseye Cemetery. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Rosetta C. Hasenour, 90, Jasper

Rosetta C. Hasenour, 90, of Jasper, died Thursday, March 26, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Celestine July 5, 1929, to Bernard and Alberta (Heldman) Knies. She married Anthony “Tony” Hasenour April 23, 1949. He died September 18, 2004.

Rosetta was a homemaker and a cook for St. Anthony School and other establishments. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church, the St. Anthony American Legion Auxiliary, and the Christian Mothers at St. Anthony Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by four sons, Anthony B. Hasenour and Mark Hasenour and wife Roxanna, all of Jasper, Lawrence Hasenour and wife Vicki, Louisville, and Patrick Hasenour , Paoli; three daughters, Jacinta McGookey and husband Jim, Huntingburg, Mary Steffen and husband Lenny, Meeker, Colorado, and Michelle Crecelius and husband Noble, Paoli; one daughter-in-law; 17 grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Paul Knies and wife Carol and Perry Knies and wife Janie, all of Jasper, Virgil Knies and wife Frances and Randy Knies and wife Janice, all of Celestine, and Bernie Knies and wife Diane, Dubois; two sisters, Connie Schroering and Sharon Burger and husband Jerry, all of Jasper; and two sisters-in-law, Bernice Knies, Dubois, and Bonnie Knies, St. Marks.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Hasenour, one grandson, Ronald Berger, five brothers, Jerome, Jim, Vernon, Ernest, Dennis, and Albert Knies, three sisters-in-law, Ruth and Cyrilla Knies, and Margaret Hoffman; and four brothers-in-law, Delmar Schroering, and Justin Maurice, and Vincent Hasenour.

Private funeral services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in St. Anthony Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.