Obituaries


Clara Fay Rust, 81, Huntingburg

Clara Fay Rust, 81, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, September 16, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Dubois County July 5, 1939, to Oscar and Verona (Whitsitt) Heim. She married Don E. Rust May 25, 1959, in the Salem Parsonage. He died February 7, 2019.

Clara worked as a custodian at Crestview and Huntingburg Elementary schools for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, and weaving rugs. She also enjoyed her family and most of all loved being a grandma.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Rust and wife Erin and Ron Rust and wife Gretchen, all of Huntingburg; one brother, Jim Heim and wife Tonya, Holland; one sister, Mary Morris, Dale; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Mark “Porky” Rust, and by sisters.

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

Mary Lou Henke, 78, Jasper

Mary Lou Henke, 78, of Jasper, died Monday, September 14, at her home. She was born in Ferdinand April 2, 1942, to Victor and Eleanor (Boeglin) Hedinger. She married Eugene “Gene” Henke November 26, 1960, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Mary Lou was a homemaker. She enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Henke; four sons, Glenn Henke, Huntingburg, Steve Henke and wife Rita, Dale, Brian Henke and wife Dee Ann, Birdseye, and Rick Henke and companion Karen Fetter, Ferdinand; one daughter, Debbie Buschkoetter and husband Mike, Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosie Greulich, Ferdinand; and three brothers, Robert Hedinger and wife Margie, Florida, Paul Hedinger and wife Tina, Jasper, and John Hedinger and wife Crystal, Greensburg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Englert, one brother, Joseph Hedinger, one son-in-law, Patrick Kerstiens, and one grandson, Jason Kerstiens.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Susan Kay Mishel, 55, Westfield

Susan Kay Mishel, 55, of Westfield, died Monday, September 14, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg September 7, 1965, to Alan Wayne and Connie Kay (Aufderhar) Nass.

Susan was a graduate of Southridge High School and earned her master’s degree in speech pathology from Ball State University. She worked as a speech pathologist at the Indianapolis V.A. hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

She is survived by two daughters, Alexis and Anna Mishel, both of Carmel; her parents, Alan and Connie Nass, Huntingburg; and two brothers, Andy (Sammy Stills) Nass, Huntingburg, and Stephen Nass, Evansville.

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Mark McDaniel will officiate at the services. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Ronald V. Elkins, 77, Crystal

Ronald V. Elkins, 77, of Crystal, died Saturday, September 12, at the home of his daughter in French Lick. He was born in Crystal June 30, 1943, to William and Clarence Marie (Wineinger) Elkins.

Ron was a graduate of Springs Valley High School. He owned and operated Elkins Concrete Construction. At one point three generations of Ron’s family were working together in the construction business. He also worked for Truluck Construction in South Carolina and Ruby Construction in Louisville. He was very meticulous, enjoyed repairing things, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, Chad Elkins and wife Charity, Jasper; one daughter, Kirstie Lynch and husband Jason, French Lick; five grandchildren, Henry and Edwin “E.J.” Elkins, and Keira, Jadyn, and Luke Lynch; his mother, Clarence Marie Elkins, Crystal; one sister, Diane Kempf, Crystal; two brothers, David Elkins, Charleston, South Carolina, and Gordon Elkins and wife Judy, Crystal.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Elkins and one brother, Garry Elkins.

Private services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Doris J. Schnell, 86, Schnellville

Doris J. Schnell, 86, of Schnellville, died Monday, September 14, while visiting her daughter in Lecanto, Florida.  Arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes in Jasper.

Roman B. Tempel, 94, Ferdinand

Roman B. Tempel, 94, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, September 12, at his home. He was born in Ferdinand January 14, 1926, to John and Sophia (Fleck) Tempel. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Pund July 3, 1951, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. .

Roman was a lifelong member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and the St. Joseph Sodality. He was a member of the Ferdinand Senior Citizens. He retired from DMI Furniture after 43½ years of employment. After retirement he drove for the Meals on Wheels program for 15 years. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the first Honor Flight in 2014. He was a torch bearer for the Indiana Centennial and a life member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 (past commander) and Huntingburg VFW Post 2366.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Tempel; seven daughters, JoRene Richard and Rebecca Hedinger, both of Ferdinand, Michelle Brockman and Cindy Faulkenberg and husband Terry, all of St. Meinrad, Cheryl Childress and husband Bobby, St. Henry, Karen Franchville and husband Larry, Bandon, and Sharon Jones and husband Joe, English; three sons, LeRay Tempel and wife Clara, St. Meinrad, Paul Tempel and wife Julie, Huntingburg, and Jeff Tempel and wife Tracy, Ferdinand. Thirty-seven grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Krampe, Ferrdinand;

In addition to his paents he was preceded in death by eight brothers, Joe, Charles, Jerome, Hubert, Leo, Albert, Dennis, and Gilbert Tempel, one sister, Marie Tempel, and sons-in-law Mike Richard, Dennis Hedinger, and Mark Brockman.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday at the church followed by burial and military honors in the church cemetery.

Helen K. Dworianyn, 99, Chicago

Helen K. Dworianyn, 99, of Chicago, died Friday, September 11, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, June 13, 1921.

Helen was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Chicago where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by two sons, Emil Dworianyn and wife Wendy, Huntingburg, and Eric Dworianyn and wife Bernadette, Libertyville, Illinois; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchidren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Alfred, Lawrence, Adam, and Omar Romanow.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. ( C.D.T.) Thursday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cathedral in Chicago with burial following in the cathedral cemetery. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and Muzyka Funeral Home in Chicago are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Judy A. Klem, Jasper

Judy A. Klem, 73, of Jasper, died Friday, September 11, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Huntingburg December 24, 1946, to Wilfred “Bill” and Leona (Heldman) Kluemper. She married Morris D. Klem October 19, 1991, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper..

Judy retired from Memorial Hospital in Jasper after 38 years of service. She worked at the hospital as a cardiac technician and as an EMT. She was a member of Precious Blood Church and its Ladies Sodality and choir. She enjoyed baking, cooking, reading, singing karaoke, and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Morris Klem; one daughter; Juanita Eckert and husband Tom, Jasper; three sons; Jerry Haas and wife Marla, Ireland, and Jim Haas (Christina Bodkins) and John Haas (Tonya Heif), all of Jasper; eight grandchildren; Kylee, Levi, Elijah, and Seth Eckert, and Nick, Zach, Devin and Jordan Haas; three sisters; Mary Jo Hart and husband John and Jackie Seifert and husband Randy, all of Jasper, and Becky Troesch and husband Bill, Ferdinand; seven brothers; Don Kluemper and wife Kathy, John Kluemper and wife Chris, Jim Kluemper and wife Amanda, Willie Kluemper and wife Medea, and Larry Kluemper and wife Connie, all of Jasper, Albert Kluemper and wife Pam, Ferdinand, and Bob Kluemper and wife Brenda, The Villages of Florida.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Carol Jean Kluemper, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Precious Blood Church. Precious Blood members will lead a rosary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Marietta Johnson, 90, Jasper

Marietta Johnson, 90, of Jasper, died Friday, September 11, at the St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Ohio June 16, 1930, and was raised in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. She married Richard H. Johnson February 14, 1953. He died June 6, 1997.

Marietta attended Mary Washington College in Virginia and New Kensington Commercial School in Pennsylvania. She worked as a receptionist at WBOW Radio and The Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts in Terre Haute. She was an avid bridge player and her hobbies included counted cross-stitch and using a computer.

he is survived by two daughters, Linda Sherfick and husband Larry, Shoals, and Mary Johnson, Norfolk, Virginia;  two grandchildren; Elise Hasenstab, Norfolk, Virginia, and Augustus Sherfick, Austin, Texas; one niece; Janet Caryll and husband Sam, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania; and one nephew, Bob Johnson and wife Lisa, Racine, Wisconsin.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Blanche McKnight.

A private graveside service will be held at the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of arrangements.

Carl D. Kaetzel, 99, Dale

Carl D. Kaetzel, 99, of Dale, died Thursday, September 10, at Scenic Hills at the Monastery in Ferdinand. He was born in Dale April 15, 1921, to Christian and Charlotte (Kokomoor) Kaetzel. He married Roberta Grace Claycamp September 5, 1948, at Santa Claus United Methodist Church. She died September 10, 2018.

Carl was a 1940 graduate of Dale High School. He was a lifelong farmer, a World War II veteran and belonged to Santa Claus American Legion Post 242. He was a member of Santa Claus UMC and enjoyed fishing and playing bingo.

He is survived by one son, Timothy Kaetzel, Florida; one daughter, Jill Kaetzel, Rockport; adopted children Velda and Bob Varner, both of Dale; one sister, Esther Fortner, Madison, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Michele Killebrew, Chicago, Jason Killebrew and wife Shaunna, Lamar, Amy Kaetzel, Holland, Ben Kaetzel and wife Jenny, New Harmony, and Hillary Harvey, Rockport; and seven great-grandchildren, Jessica and Adam Tompkins, Caleb and Reilly Lechner, Kamden Kellems, and Addison and Nolan Killebrew.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Fredrick, Glenn, and Jesse Kaetzel, and three sisters, Ruth Hicks, Lois Kelly, and Inez, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Santa Claus UMC. The family requests that all Covid-19 safety precautions be practiced at the church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.