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Constance J. “Connie” Beckman, 71, Jasper

Constance BeckmanConstance J. “Connie” Beckman, 71, of Jasper, died Sunday (August 31) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg March 22, 1943, to Marcus and Jeanette (Freson) Kluesner. She married Henry L. Beckman July 1, 1973, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He died April 5, 2012.

Connie retired from Hoosier Desk Company in Jasper. She enjoyed her poodle dogs, bowling, yard sales, photography, Bingo, and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Sodality, and Jasper Moose Lodge No. 1175.

Surviving are three sisters, Betty Schaefer and husband Raphael, Ferdinand, and Martha Brown and husband Rodney, and Karen Lopez and husband Leonard, all of Evansville; four brothers, Michael Kluesner and wife Nancy, Huntingburg, and Richard Kluesner, Thomas Kluesner and wife Elaine, and Patrick Kluesner and wife JoAnn, all of Jasper; her caregiver, Tina Servis, Jasper; and many nieces and nephews.
Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services Thursday at church. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday by the Blessed Virgin Sodality of Holy Family Parish. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, the Dubois County Community Foundation, the Humane Society, or to your favorite charity.

Leon Frederick Wellemeyer, 92, Huntingburg

Leon WellemeyerLeon Frederick Wellemeyer, 92, of Huntingburg, died Friday (August 29) at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg. He was born in Holland September 11, 1921, to Edward and Naomi (Weitkamp) Wellemeyer. He married Carolyn Lukemeyer in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York.

Leon graduated from Holland High School and the Indiana School of Mortuary Science. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 2nd Marine Division on Saipan, Okinawa, and Japan. He worked with the Western-Southern Insurance Company for 30 years as an agent and manager. After retirement, he worked for Holland National Bank and German American Bank for over 25 years. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Huntingburg, where he served in many capacities; was a member of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club for over 50 years and served as club president, and served on the board of the Huntingburg Library for 16 years. He was a member of the Huntingburg Country Club, American Legion, V.F.W., Y.M.I. Club, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Hadi Shrine. He enjoyed all sports and working on his pecan farm.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Carolyn Wellemeyer; two sons, Mike Wellemeyer and wife Lynda, Prospect, Kentucky, and John Wellemeyer and wife Elaine, Evansville; one daughter, Marcia Scales and husband Ralph, Jeffersonville; seven grandchildren,
Jeff, Todd, Kyle, Jennifer, Juli, Greg and Jill; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Wellemeyer, and one sister, Betty French.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg followed by burial of his cremains in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Lee Campbell will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post No. 2366 Memorial Detail. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingburg United Methodist Church or to the Huntingburg Stellar Project. The family would like to thank all those who helped as Leon battled the disease of depression. Support from the Waters of Huntingburg, various medical personnel, and his friends was needed and truly appreciated. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Sr. Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh, OSB, 98, Ferdinand

SisterSister Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh, 98, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died Friday (August 29) in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.
She was born in Cannelsburg March 16, 1916, the 10th of 11 children born to John and Mary (O’Connor) Kavanaugh. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1934 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1936.

In 1937, she began her 63-year career in areas of education, including religious education and administration. She taught and supervised student teachers at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and also taught at St. Ferdinand Grade School, St. Benedict in Evansville, and St. Mary’s in Washington. She served as a consultant and supervisor for schools in the Evansville Diocese and was editor of Mine, a national religious education magazine. From 1972 to 1995, she served as director and teacher of religious education at the U.S. Army base in Fort Rucker, Alabama. She was director of religious education at parishes in Siberia, Ferdinand, and Schnellville and served in the ministry of prayer since 2003.

She is survived by one sister, Rose Kavanaugh, Beech Grove; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Kavanaugh and Sister Bernice; and seven brothers, Frank, Timothy, Vincent, Harry, Bernard, Louis, and Albert Kavanaugh.

Visitation from 2-6:45p.m. Monday and from 2-4:15 Tuedsay at the monastery. A wake service at 7 p.m. Monday. A funeral mass at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the monastery church, followed by burial in the monastery cemetery. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.

Deborah Cheryl Denton, 65, Jasper

Deb DentonDeborah Cheryl Denton, 65, of Jasper, died Tuesday (August 26) in St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born at Huntingburg April 21, 1949, to Charles Burk and Wilma Freyberger-Burk- Neukam.

Deborah was a 1967 graduate of Dubois High School. She retired from K-Mart where she worked for 37 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jasper, the Christian Women’s Club, and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Huntingburg.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Denton; one daughter, Kristina Denton, Indianapolis; three sons, Jeff Harlow and wife Blair, Jasper, Scott Harlow and wife Laura, San Antonio, Texas, and Craig Rupprecht and wife Holly, Clarksville; her mother, Wilma Neukam, Jasper; two brothers, Chuck Burk and wife Linda and Duane Neukam, all of Jasper; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Burk, and her step-father, Willis Neukam.

A Celebration of Life memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel with burial at a later date. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Allen J. Werne, 85, Ferdinand

Allen WerneAllen J. Werne, 85, of Ferdinand, died, Monday (August 25) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand February 12, 1929, to Ray J. and Dorothy (Dotterweich) Werne. He married Doris Harpenau March 26, 1951, at St. Marks Church near Tell City.

Allen was a self-employed farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served 18 years as president of Ferdinand Farmers Insurance Company and was one of the original six members of the Dubois County Airport Authority. He received numerous awards, including the 2006 Dubois County Cattleman Outstanding Cattleman Award; 1965 Outstanding Grassland Farmer, and the 2006 Indiana Beef Cattle Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124, St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, and the church’s St. Joseph Sodality.

He is survived by his wife, Doris A. Werne; one son, Dan “Red” Werne, Ferdinand; four daughters, Judy Olinger and husband Gene, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Mickie Paulin and husband Greg, Ferdinand, Brenda Lueken and husband Ronnie, Schnellville, and Bev Atkins and husband Gordon, St. Anthony; two sisters, Elaine Bettag and husband John, Mariah Hill and Dolores Boeglin, Ferdinand; two brothers, Bill Werne, Surprise, Arizona, and Donald Werne and wife Rita, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in death by one son, Jerry L. Werne. one sister, Phyllis Sermersheim, and two grandchildren, Nathan and Deven Lueken.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post No.124 will conduct military graveside services. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Thomas C. Braun, 64, Jasper

Thomas BraunThomas C. Braun, 64, of Jasper, died Sunday (August 24) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg September 19, 1949, to Paul and Lydia (Harder) Braun. He married Patricia Schmitt September 26, 1970.

Tom worked at Kimball in Jasper. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Braun; two sons, Ross Braun, Jasper, and Scott Braun and wife Shelby, Valparaiso; two grandchildren, Landry and Ryan Braun, Valparaiso; two sisters, Linda Kalb and husband Eugene, Dubois, and Carol Lampert and husband Roman, Jasper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Braun.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

LaVerne A. Meyer, 84, Huntingburg

LaVerne MeyerLaVerne A. Meyer, 84, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (August 21) at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg. She was born September 16, 1929, in Jasper to Albert and Catherine (Frohlich) Schmitt. She married James E. Meyer July 18, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Mrs. Meyer was a full time registered nurse at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper for 42 years. After retiring from the hospital, she continued to provide nursing care to homebound patients for an additional 18 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, the Huntingburg V.F.W. Post No. 2366 Auxiliary, and the Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Meyer; seven sons, Ed Meyer and wife Donna, Pat Meyer and wife Barb, Bob Meyer and wife Eileen, all of Huntingburg, Art and Paul Meyer, both of Brownsburg, Joe Meyer and wife Lori, Shawnee, Kansas, and Randy Meyer and wife, Mary, Spring Hill Kansas; three daughters, Mary Jo Fischer and husband Jake, and Cathy Tretter and husband Rich, all of Huntingburg, and Nancy Rahman, Chesterfield, Missouri; three brothers, Frank Schmitt, Huntingburg, and Ray and Vincent Schmitt, Jasper; one sister, Gloria Jean Ruhe, Brazil; 23 grandchilden; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, David Schmitt; and two sisters, Josephine Jacob and Mary Bresser.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  St. Mary’s Parish and Ladies Sodality will pray a rosary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and a combined V.F.W. and American Legion Auxiliary memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church Organ Restoration Fund. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Othmar J. Ebert, 96, Ferdinand

Othmar EbertOthmar J. Ebert, 96, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (August 19) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Ferdinand July 13, 1918, to Joseph and Mary (Rahman) Ebert. He married Hilda T. Schaefer May 22, 1945, in St. Meinrad Archabbey’s church.

Othmar retired from farming and DMI Furniture. He was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Post No. 366, The Farm Bureau, Ferdinand Senior Citizens, St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality, and was a life member of St. Meinrad Knights Of Columbus Council 5599. He was a director for Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative for 15 years. He enjoyed playing cards and farming.

Surviving are his wife, Hilda T. Ebert; a son, Sylvan Ebert and wife Linda of Greenwood; five daughters, Norma Murray and husband Jim of Kokomo, Diane Balbach and husband David of Dale, Marlene Braunecker and husband Gene of Huntingburg, Sandy Meyer and husband Steve of Lexington, Ky., and Terri Carson and husband Jeff of Carmel; a brother, Anthony Ebert of Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Amelia Laake, and three brothers, Edwin, Robert and infant Raymond Ebert.

Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Jeff Todd Barnett, 55, Huntingburg

Jeff Barnett2Jeff Todd Barnett, 55, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (August 17) at his home. He was born February 28, 1959, in Huntingburg to Robert and Helen (Witte) Barnett.

Jeff worked at Office Furniture Styline as a semitrailer loader. He was a member of the Heritage Hills High School Class of 1977 and enjoyed music, watching NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts, and home brewing.

He is survived by one daughter, Cara Ward and husband Brad, Jasper; one son, Tyler Barnett, Nashville, Tennessee; his mother, Helen Barnett, Dale; one brother, Darrin and wife Shari, Huntingburg; one granddaughter, Finley Ward; and two nieces, Karly and Haley Barnett.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Barnett.

Services at 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Dale Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.

Louise O. Hembree, 75, Jasper

Louise KLouise O. Hembree, 75, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 20) in the Professional Care of Dale. She was born in Jasper September 14, 1938, to Christian C. and Anna B. (Neukam) Kieffner. She married Harold Hembree April 30, 1960, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Louise was a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School. She did child care for many years in her home in Jasper. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Harold V. Hembree; one daughter, Barbara Miller and husband Glenn, Chrisney; and one grandson, Christopher L. Miller.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth I. Mutchman and Marie S. Kieffner, and two brothers, Carl F. and Wilfred A. Kieffner.

Services at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Charla Grieves will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church or to the American Heart Association.