Obituaries


Kevin A. Schepers, 53, Dubois

Kevin A. Schepers, 53, of Dubois, died Monday, December 2, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper January 26, 1966, to Jerome and Janet (James) Schepers.

Kevin was a 1984 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University and most recently worked at American Family Insurance as an insurance agent. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Dubois Ruritan Club. He was an avid Indiana University and Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoyed music and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by one daughter, Sara Schepers, Lamar; his mother, Janet Schepers, Dubois; one sister, Lavone Mangin and husband Lincoln, Evansville; one brother, Jeremy A. Schepers and wife Mary, Dubois; several nieces and nephews;  and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerome Schepers.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Larry M. Hochgesang, 79, Ireland

Larry M. Hochgesang, 79, of Ireland, died Monday, December 2, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Santa Monica, California, December 29, 1939, to Martin J. and Louise (Bachman) Hochgesang. Larry never married.

Larry attended Ireland High School and St. Mary’s Church in Ireland. He worked in construction for a time in his 30s and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one brother, Mike Hochgesang and wife Pat, Jasper; two sisters, Emma Hochgesang-Noffsinger and husband Tom, Cornelia, Georgia, and Monica Hochgesang-Roy, Chandler; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Rodriguez and Martha A. Hochgesang, two brothers, Charles and Kenneth Hochgesang, and two brothers-in-law, Ron Roy and Juan Rodriguez.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Ireland.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Luther R. Mann, 76, Boone Township

Luther R. Mann, 76, of Boone Township, died Sunday, December 1, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Boone Township April 8, 1943, to Ralph and Hilda (Hoffman) Mann. He married Lou Ella Kieffner May 14, 1966, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Luther was a 1961 graduate of Ireland High School. He served in the U. S. Army Reserves and was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper where he served on the church council and several committees, the Young Farmers, where he received an award for outstanding farmer of the year, the advisory board for Boone Township, and the Dubois County 4-H board. He enjoyed fishing, was a student pilot, and loved flying.

He is survived by his wife Lou Ella Mann; two sons, Jeffery Mann and wife Lisa, Boone Township, and Timothy Mann and wife Nicole, Wooster, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Brittney Lagerman and husband Alex, Lauren Ebenkamp and husband Samuel, Kaitlyn Mann, Olivia Clevenger and husband Morgan, and Ethan, Logan, and Jillian Mann; one great-grandson, Henry Ebenkamp; one brother, Paul Mann and wife Linda, Jasper, and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Harold Eck, and one nephew, Steve Mann.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Contributions may be made to Redeemer Church  or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in St. John’s Cemetery in Boone Township. Pastor Adam Ruschau will officiate.

Lonnie D. Hilsmeyer, 71, Stendal

Lonnie D. Hilsmeyer, 71, of Stendal, died Thursday, November 28, at Eastgate Manor in Washington. He was born in Huntingburg August 28, 1948, to Rollo Henry and Ruby C. (Weitkamp) Hilsmeyer.

Lonnie retired from Holland Dairy. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by one son, Caleb Hilsmeyer, Stendal; one sister, Shirley Barrett, Holland; two brothers, Larry Hilsmeyer, Huntingburg, and Tim Hilsmeyer, Stendal; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A D.A.V. Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Zoar Cemetery. Rev. Keith Chanley and Rev. Gene Marcum will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Holland American Legion Post 343 Memorial Detail and the Army Military Funeral Honors Detail.

Brian Santiago Cruz, 19, Holland

Brian Santiago Cruz, 19, of Holland, died Tuesday, November 26, in Evansville. He was born in Huntingburg May 26, 2000, to Alfredo Cruz and Sonia Mendez.

Brian attended Southridge High School and the Victory Temple Assembly of God in Jasper. He was very creative and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his parents, Sonia Mendez, Holland, and Alfredo Cruz, Jasper; two brothers, Frede N. and Kevin D. Cruz; one sister, Esmerelda K. Cruz; one stepbrother, Yahel Mendez; one niece, Brielle Marie Cruz; and his grandparents, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at: www.nassandson.com. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Anna Mae Songer, 96, Huntingburg

Anna Mae Songer, 96, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, November 28, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg March 12, 1923, to Joseph A. and Philomena (Hollander) Griesinger. She married Glen W. Songer February 19, 1946, in Mooresville. He died February 25, 2012.

Anna Mae was a 1941 graduate of Huntingburg High School. She attended Welborn Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Evansville from 1942 to1945 and  worked as a registered nurse for 51 years, the last 33 years in obstetrics/gynecology at Stork Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg. She also worked at Welborn Hospital in Evansville, Riley and Methodist hospitals in Indianapolis, Boehne Tuberculosis Hospital in Evansville, as an industrial nurse at General Electric in Huntingburg and as a private duty and Red Cross nurse in Huntingburg and Evansville.

She and her husband owned and operated Songer’s OK Grocery in Huntingburg until 1963 when she returned to fulltime nursing at Stork Hospital. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She visited the homebound brining them Communion for over 25 years. She and her husband were active in the Dubois County Democratic Party. She was a member of the Serra Club, volunteered with a crisis prevention hotline, and enjoyed going on bus tours.

She is survived by one daughter, Gwen Barnett and husband Jesse, Evansville; four sons, Gregory M. Songer and wife Marsha, Bill Songer and wife Julie, Joseph A. Songer, and John Songer, all of Huntingburg; 15 grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Aaron, Rachel, Mara, Lauren, Jeff, Josh, Jacob, Adam, Hillary, Andrew, Drew, Ian, and Chloe; 14 great-grandchildren, Prudence, Tallulah, Davin, Aidan, Breckin, Jude, Madeline, Mikala, Brayden, Madison, Maci, Kru, Archer, Dean, and Mabel; one great-great-grandchild, Eleanor; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Tyring, and an infant brother, Jerome Griesinger.

Friends may call from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial Hospital’s Nursing Honor Guard will conduct a vigil service at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Shared Abundance. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

William J. “Bill” Kleinhelter, 77, Celestine

William J. “Bill” Kleinhelter, 77, of Celestine, died Thursday, November 28, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Celestine May 28, 1942, to Hubert and Adele (Merkley) Kleinhelter. He married Betty A. Fetter November 30, 1963, at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill.

Bill retired from Wabash Valley Produce after many years of service. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish  – St. Celestine Catholic Church, the Good Shepard of the Hills Knights of Columbus, and the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, watching old westerns, reading old western books, watching Indiana University basketball, his grandkids sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Betty A. Kleinhelter; three daughters, Annette Jones and husband Gary, Santa Claus, Ashley Schwenk and husband Ryan, Ireland, and Heather Terwiske and husband Joel, Dubois; two sons, Terry Kleinhelter and wife Jan, Celestine, and Tom Kleinhelter and wife Angie, Jasper; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one sister, Barb Knies, Celestine; and one brother, John Kleinhelter and wife Pam, Jacksonville, Florida.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters who passed in childbirth and his godfather, Lawrence Kleinhelter.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, 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 St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Ruth Glen Burlingame Mann, 91, Jasper

Ruth Glen Burlingame Mann, 91, of Jasper, died Saturday, November 23, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Velpen April 19, 1928, to Glen and Emma (Robinson) Burlingame. She married Lester W. Mann February 14, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died December 23, 2011.

Ruth was a 1945 graduate of Ireland High School. She was  a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township where she served and volunteered as an officer for various committees. She was a member of the Ireland Homemakers Club and enjoyed sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crocheting, tatting, baking, reading, working on  puzzles, and her flower garden, especially her geraniums. She loved the Christmas holidays and she and her husband loved to travel.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda M. Selb, Jasper; three grandchildren, Chad and Ryan Morton and Emma Halter-Mann; eight great -grandchildren, and one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Halter.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two daughters, Martha L. Corn and Rebecca L. Mann, one brother, Paul Burlingame, and three sons-in-law, Bruce J. Selb, Randy Morton, and Roger Corn.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

Mildred A. Noble, 81, Haysville

Mildred A. Noble, 81, of Haysville, died Wednesday, November 27, at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Haysville August 9, 1938, to Edward and Katherine (Neukam) Weisheit. She married Donald Noble September 18, 1957, in French Lick.

Mildred was a homemaker, a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, and she enjoyed antiquing.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Noble; one son, Terry Noble, Haysville; one grandson, Joshua Noble, Dubois; two sisters, Marie Thimling, Haysville, and Mabel Woolsey, Huntingburg; and one brother, Linus Weisheit and wife Sarah, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Steven Noble, one sister, Vernalda Mauder, and three brothers, Lester, Amos, Jim, and Cletus Weisheit.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Tim Holt will officiate.

Rebecca S. Skelton, 61, Huntingburg

Rebecca S. Skelton, 61, of Huntingburg, died Monday, November 25, at her home. She was born in Evansville June 10, 1958, to Charles and Opal (Price) Todd She married George Skelton May 1, 1982.

Rebecca retired from Executive Furniture/OFS where she worked as a finish sprayer and repaired laminates.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, George Skelton; two sons, Jason Skelton and wife Heather, Birdseye, and Jeremy Skelton, Spurgeon; one daughter, Reneé Skelton, Chicago; one sister, Sandy Leinenbach, Evansville; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby and Monty Todd, and one sister, Debbie Sparks.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.