Obituaries


Estelle Marie Kaiser, 94, Holland

Estelle Marie Kaiser, 94, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 9, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Zoar November 9, 1924, to Louis and Viola (Ingram) Weitkamp. She married Harold “Boom” Kaiser June 20, 1946. He died February 4, 1983.

Estelle was a 1941 graduate of Stendal High School. She and Boom were co-owners and founders of Boom’s Café in Holland where she was known for her homemade pies. They also operated The Holland Dairy Barn and Kaiser’s Café. She was also previously employed at The Jasper Country Club, Holland Industries, and Katter’s Grocery Store in Stendal. She enjoyed watching Indiana University basketball and liked cooking for her family and visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Hunefeld and husband Lloyd, Sellersburg; two sons, Joe Kaiser and wife Lim, San Diego, California, and Mark Kaiser, Holland, who was also her caregiver; three granddaughters, April Stewart and husband Monty, Amber McNew and husband Kevin, and Rachel Kaiser; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Floyd Weitkamp, and three sisters, Luana Walker, Norma McAllister, and Opal Leingang.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.

Carolyn J. Moore, 83, Huntingburg

Carolyn J. Moore, 83, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, October 8, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Petersburg November 5, 1935, to Frank and Alma (Carey) Shawhan.

Carolyn worked as a bookkeeper, was an avid Indiana University basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, loved talking on the phone with friends, and being with her grandkids.

She is survived by one daughter, Becky Moore White, Otwell; one son, Stacy Moore and wife Debra, Dale; two sisters, Patty Erwin and husband Ronnie, Evansville, and Jackie Hasenour and husband Dave, Ireland; one brother, Tony Shawhan, Tennyson; five grandchildren, Cody, Summer, Clay, Craig and Kegan; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Roesner, one brother-in-law, Daryl Roesner, and one sister-in-law, Gaela Shawhan.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Father Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Helen L. Rayls, 89, Davenport, Iowa

Helen L. Rayls, 89, of Davenport, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 2, at the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport. She was born in Ethan, South Dakota, September 26, 1930, to Louis Rippe and Martha Rickels. She married Bert J. Rayls August 15, 1948, in York, Nebraska.

Helen enjoyed Christian music, art, poetry, reading her bible, and going to church. She especially enjoyed New Life Baptist Church where she had many friends.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Rayls, and wife Karen, Davenport, Iowa, and Steven Rayls and wife Sharon, Huntingburg; one sister, Betty Pederson-Freeman, Lakewood, Colorado; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by her husband, Bert J. Rayls, and seven siblings.

A private family graveside service was held October 8, at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary of Davenport along with Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg assisted the family with arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be made to the family at www.cunnick-collins.com.

Zachary Lee Johnson, 25, Jasper

Zachary Lee Johnson, 25, of Jasper, died Thursday, October 3. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, August 17, 1994, to Robert and Michelle (Prechtel) Johnson.

Zac was a 2012 graduate of Jasper High School. He worked in information technology at Jasper Engines and Transmissions and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He loved fishing, bowling, and computers, including building them and playing
games on them.

He is survived by his parents, Bob and Michelle Johnson, Jasper; two sisters, Erin Johnson and husband Bryan, Jacksonville, Florida and Taylor Johnson, Jasper; his paternal grandparents, Mel and Mike Oeding, Velpen, and Harold and Virginia Prechtel, Jasper; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sandy and Dave Conklin.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

LaVerne H. Welp, 80, Washington

LaVerne H. Welp, 80, of Washington, died Sunday, September 29, at The Villages of Oak Ridge in Washington. She was born March 27, 1939, the daughter of Edward and Leona (Lampert). She married Eugene “Gene” Welp June 12, 1958. He died April 11, 2017.

LaVerne was a native of Jasper and a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School. For several years she owned and operated Washington Auto Trim along with her husband.  and son Keith. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery and was active with Psi Iota Xi and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheri Fields and husband Rocky, Washington; one son, Keith Welp and wife Mitzi, Washington; two sisters, Brenda Mason and husband Lance, Indianapolis, and Cynthia Schum and husband Larry, Cornville, Arizona; one brother, Mel Fleck, Louisville; seven grandchildren, Brittany Bean and husband Luke, Brittany Derr and husband Chris, Todd Clark and wife Paige, Luke and Emily Fields, and Mikel and Maria Alcantar, and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one grandson, Ryan Welp, one sister, Dianne Fleck, and one brother Larry Fleck.

A private burial will take place Saturday. The Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peters Catholic Church, 305 2nd St., Montgomery, IN 47558. On line memories can be shared at www.goodwinsieversfh.com.

Barbara W. Meyers, 84, Jasper

Barbara W. Meyers, 84, of Jasper, died Friday, October 4, at her home. She was born in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, March 11, 1935, to Fred and Wincie (Wirth) Kuether. She married Terry L. Meyers September 1, 1956, in Cedarburg.

Quote from Barbara – Dear Loved Ones, There is a force within that gives you life -seek that. In your body there lies a priceless jewel – seek that. If you search for a great treasure, don’t look outside, look within and seek that.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Terry Meyers; one daughter, Lori Susmark, Avon; one son, Brad Meyers and wife Alexandria, Jasper; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Susmark, Avon.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Fred “Skip” Kuether, Jr.

Private services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral homes in Jasper, Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online ccondolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

Eula Marie Cave, 88, Jasper

Eula Marie Cave, 88, of Jasper, died Friday, October 4, at her home. She was born near Shoals October 29, 1930,to Fred and Blanch (Burress) Hovis. She married Donal Cave January 2, 1952.

 Eula was a member of Crystal Community Church for 65 years and its ladies church  choir. She volunteered for the Patoka Valley Center for many years and enjoyed baking elaborate anniversary and wedding cakes.

 She is survived by her husband, Donal Cave; three sons, Stephen Cave, French Lick, Doug Cave and wife Sandy, Jasper, and Jeff Cave and wife Kathy, Mooresville; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Salmon, Shoals, and Linda Cannon, Petersburg.

 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Darlene Eastridge and Wilma Jean Land.

 Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Monday at Crystal Community Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Crystal Community Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Monday at the church with burial following in Crystal Community Cemetery.

 

 

James E. “Woody” Troxler, 87, Jasper

James E. “Woody” Troxler, 87, of Jasper, died Thursday, October 3, at The Timbers of Jasper. Woody was born in Jasper June 26, 1932, to Myron and Lillian (Eckstein) Troxler. He married Linda Parker February 21, 1958.

Woody was a 1950 graduate of Jasper High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict era. He worked at Kimball International before becoming a salesman for Aetna Plywood Indianapolis, from where he retired. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, American Legion Post 147, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and hosting customer appreciation shrimp boils and Christmas parties.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Troxler; two sons, Johjn Troxler and Steve Troxler and wife Angie, all of Jasper; two daughters, Julie Plowman and husband John, Colleyville, Texas, and Nancy Hotze and husband Michael, Lansdale, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; and one brother, Jerry Troxler and wife Mary, Batesville, Mississippi.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, John Troxler.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trunity Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Pastor Jane Hillman will officiate. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Richard L. Knies, 87, Jasper

Richard L. Knies, 87, of Jasper, died Thursday, October 3, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Celestine November 16, 1931, to Ted and Margaret (Humbert) Knies. He married Carol Jean Schnell October 23, 1954, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Richard served in the Indiana Army National Guard and was a member of American Legion Post 147. He was owner and operator of Knies Floor and Wall Covering in Jasper. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Celestine Community Club, and the Schnellville Conservation Club. He enjoyed working and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Carol J. Knies; one daughter, Marcia Murry and husband Steve, Ireland; two sons, Mark Knies and wife Kathy and Daniel Knies and wife Suzanne, all of Jasper, eight grandchildren, Cale and Brett Knies, Amanda Gehlhausen, Beth Beyke, Cody and Kent Murry, and Lee and Blake Knies; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Brenda Epple and husband C.G., Haubstadt; three brothers, Larry Knies, Jasper, Dallas Knies and wife Inez, Celestine, and Doug Knies and wife Kathy, Evansville; and brother-in-law Paul Striegel, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Jane Striegel.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family 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. Monday, at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Henrietta C. Buechler, 92, Jasper

Henrietta C. Buechler, 92, of Jasper, died Wednesday, October 2, at her home. She was born in Mariah Hill June 15, 1927, to Paul and Philomina (Schum) Buechler. She married Clarence A. Buechler August 25, 1951, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. He died March 4, 2004.

Henrietta was a homemaker and worked part time at Paco’s restaurant in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She enjoyed bicycling, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Ann Sasso and husband Tony, Colts Neck, New Jersey; five sons, Paul Buechler and wife Jean, Shawnee, Kansas, Dr. Tom Buechler and wife Julie, Tony Buechler and wife Milissa, and Jim Buechler and wife Colleen, all of Jasper, and John Buechler and wife Jennifer, Indianapolis; and 17 seventeen grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Alma Kaelin, Marcella Schipp, and Emma Wilmes; and two brothers, Herbert and Bernard.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.