Obituaries


Lauren Woebkenberg, 11, Carmel

Lauren Woebkenberg, 11, of Carmel, died Saturday, December 8, at her home. She was born in Evansville  August 16, 2007, to Ryan and Amy (Wetzel) Woebkenberg.

Lauren was a student at Little Star Center in Carmel. She loved music, dancing, playing with her toys, going for walks, swimming, spending time with her family, and being with her grandparents.

She is survived by her parents, Ryan and Amy Woebkenberg; one sister, Katherine Woebkenberg, at home; her grandparents, George and Gail Wetzel, Santa Claus, and David and Edna Woebkenberg, St. Henry; and her great-grandmother, Nellie Wetzel, Buffaloville.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 7-9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Autism Society of Indiana. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

George E. Himsel, 75, Huntingburg

George E. Himsel, 75, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, December 9, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg November 19, 1943, to Elmer and Evelyn (Mann) Himsel. He married Mary Lou Welp November 22, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

George received a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland City College and a Master’s of Education from Indiana State University. He was a fifth grade teacher in the Southwest Dubois School Corporation for 36 years before retiring. He coached basketball for many years and was a passionate Indiana University basketball fan. He enjoyed watching every game on TV and talking basketball with his grandsons and friends. He loved spending time at the Smoky Mountains, hiking trails with his wife. He also had a love for auto racing and attending the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500.

He was an active member and volunteer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a former church board member. He enjoyed time volunteering at Shared Abundance in Huntingburg.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Lou Himsel; two daughters, Stacey Matelic and husband Stephen and Jennifer Grcevich and husband Brian, all of Indianapolis; one sister, Marlene Huls, Jasper; and seven grandchildren, Nate, Lyla, Eden, Drew, Chloe, Madelynn, and Lucas.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Timothy Holt will officiate at the service.

Charles L. “Pete” Armstrong, 82, Jasper

Charles L. “Pete” Armstrong, 82, of Jasper, died Sunday, December 9, at his home. He was born in Ireland August 28, 1936, to Milton and Geneva (Kearby) Armstrong. He married Mary Ann Herzog September 27, 1958, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Pete retired from Kimball. He also worked for JOFCO and delivered for Meals on Wheels for many years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He was an outstanding athlete in his younger years, a star basketball and baseball player at Ireland High School. He enjoyed watching sports (especially the St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University Hoosiers), playing cards, fishing, and watching westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Armstrong; two daughters, Nan Armstrong and husband Jack and Kim Armstrong, all of Jasper; two grandchildren, Cody Schnell and husband Jason and Tess Kempf and husband Jordan; four great-grandchildren, Carly and Cash Schnell and Austin and Cort Kempf; three sisters, Judy Crane, Palmdale, California, Esther Grundhoeffer and husband Kenny, Evansville, and Linda Beard, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hilma Stenftenagel and Lillian Eckert, and four brothers, Lester, Howard, and Donald Armstrong, and one brother who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund 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. Thursday at the church with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Ireland.

Kevin S. Klein, 61, Huntingburg

Kevin S. Klein, 61, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, December 8, at Cypress Grove Rehabilitation Center in Newburgh. He was born in Jasper August 31, 1957, to Robert and Stella (Schneider) Klein.

Kevin attended Jasper High School with the class of 1976. He enjoyed sports, especially Indiana University basketball, fishing, and good times with family. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1982 through 1986, a crewmember on the USS Pensacola. He was part of the Amphibious Force, 6th Fleet with the U.S. Forces in Lebanon. Before moving to Huntingburg he resided in Evansville and retired as a surveyor from Lochmueller Group of Evansville after 25 years of service.

He is survived by one son, Chad Klein, Jasper; two grandchildren, Jalyn and Caden Klein, both of Huntingburg; three brothers, Ken Klein and companion Roseann Westlake, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Kim Klein and wife Donna, St. Croix, and Keith Klein (Scott), Rocky Mount, North Carolina; two sisters, Kathy Seger and Kyle Eckert and husband Mike, all of Jasper; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded death by one brother-in-law, Ronald Seger, and one sister-in-law, Diane (Sermersheim) Klein.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. 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 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in Enlow Cemetery in Jasper. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Theresa H. Stratman, 92, Huntingburg

Theresa H. Stratman, 92, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, December 8, at Meadow View Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem. She was born in Huntingburg August 10, 1926, in Huntingburg, to George and Frances (Verkamp) Boeglin. He died in 1994.

Theresa worked as a retail sales clerk. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and its ladies sodality. She enjoyed baking cookies to give to friends, camping, and outdoor activities. She was a former National Women’s Muzzle Loading Rifle Champion and National Tomahawk Throwing Champion.

She is survived by one son, William “Bill” Stratman and wife Nancy, Huntingburg; two daughters, Jane Perry, Huntingburg, and Ann Mouser and husband Max, Indianapolis; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, 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 St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Father Ryan Hilderbrand will be the celebrant.

Starr L. Kieffner, 74, Haysville

Starr L. Kieffner, 74 of Haysville, died Friday, December 7, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg May 13, 1944, to Lee and Emadean (Schmeltekope) Broeker. She married Robert L. Kieffner January 2, 1965, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg. He died February 20, 1990.

Starr retired from Kimball Electronics after many years of service. She had also worked for Purdue Diagnostic Lab and the Huntingburg Airport. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville where she served on the church council and in the handbell choir. She enjoyed reading, watching wildlife from her front porch, vacationing, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Amanda Kluemper and husband Jim; four grandchildren, Tyler, Hannah, Ryan, and Kyle Kluemper; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Raven Broeker and wife Cathi, North Carolina; one niece; and one nephew.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Church, the Dubois County Humane Society, St. Jude’s Hospital, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Isidro Sulayao, 81, Jasper

Isidro Sulayao, 81, of Jasper, died Wednesday, December 5, at The Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Sumar, Philippines, January 1, 1937, to Simeon and Genoveva (Adorna) Sulayao.

Isidro was a fisherman by trade. He enjoyed playing blackjack at the casino and watching his grandchildren participate in school sporting events.

He is survived by three daughters, Rubie Fromme and Rebecca Butler, both of Jasper, and Riza Sulayao, Norfolk, Virginia; four sons, Renato, Rolando, Raul, and Rafael Sulayao, all residing in the Philippines; one brother; three sisters, 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Central Christian Church in Huntingburg. His cremated remains will be returned to the Philippines and interred at Heritage Park in Fort Bonifacio. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Jerome O. Nordhoff, 77, Birdseye

Jerome O. Nordhoff, 77, of Birdseye, died Wednesday, December 5, at Cathedral Health Care in Jasper. He was born in Celestine June 5, 1941, to Frank G. and Philomena M. “Minnie” (Hasenour) Nordhoff. He married Rita Laake August 26, 1967, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Jerome was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He was owner and operator of Jerome’s Home Construction Company. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Sacred Heart Campus, Schnellville, Builders Association of Dubois County, St. Anthony Conservation Club, and American Legion Post 147 in Jasper. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and good times with family.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Nordhoff; one daughter, Ruth Vanwinkle and husbgand David, Birdseye; one son, Jerome Nordhoff Jr. and wife Michelle, Jasper; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Doris Klem Weyer and Vernita Klem and husband Alvin, all of St. Anthony, and Marilyn Fleck and husband Tom, Huntingburg; fhree brothers, Clarence Nordhoff and wife Verena, Celestine, Robert Nordhoff and wife Janice, Jasper, and Herbert Nordhoff; and sister-in-law Pat Nordhoff, Ferdinand.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters who died in infancy and one brother, Norbert F. Nordhoff.

Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schellville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Dorothy P. Heichelbech, 93, Ireland

Dorothy P. Heichelbech, 93, of Ireland, died Wednesday, December 5, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Ireland September 29, 1925, to Frank and Clara (Stenftenagel) Schnaus. She married Charles J. Heichelbech February 17, 1947. He died December 15, 2003.

Dorothy was a graduate of Ireland High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed fishing, golf, bingo, cards, birds, and animals.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy Sharer, Jasper, and Jane Strain and husband Jerry, Paris, Tennessee; two sons, Stan Heichelbech and wife Jane, Jasper, and Tom Heichelbech, Indianapolis; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Leo Schnaus and wife Verena, Ireland.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Helling and Mary Schnaus, who died in infancy; and three brothers, Clarence, Felix, and Amos Schnaus.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church, the American Cancer Society, 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. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dennis E. Schroering, 87, Jasper

Dennis E. Schroering, 87, of Jasper, died Tuesday, December 4, at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Jasper March 1, 1931, in Jasper, to Frank and Mary (Beckman) Schroering. He married Joan Sander August 24, 1957, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois.

Dennis was a U.S. Air Force veteran, served in the Korean Conflict, and was a life member of VFW Post 673 in Jasper. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Holy Family CRHP group, a recipient of the Brute Award, and a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent De Paul. He served as treasurer of the Celestine Fire Department, was an officer of the Celestine Community Club, and a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau. He enjoyed playing cards, driving his 4-wheeler, gardening, farming, and spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Schroering; four daughters, Marcia Katterhenry and husband Bruce, Huntingburg, Diane Verkamp and husband Stan, Jasper, Brenda Barnett and husband Kevin, Mooresville, and Connie Dilger, Oxnard, California;  two sons, Paul Schroering and wife Lisa and Leon Schroering and wife Cathy, all of Jasper; 12 grandchildren, Eric and Myra Katterhenry, Cassie Beyke, Brandon Verkamp, Amanda Blanchard, Ryan and  Angela Barnett, Lori and Holly Dilger, Katie Reuber, Courtney Hopf, and Olivia Schroering; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alice (Blumle) Schroering, two sons, David Schroering and Vernon Schroering, who died in infancy, one grandson, Benton Kluesner, one sister, Mary Alice Schroering, and seven brothers, Linus Schroering, Cyril Schroering, Fr. Cletus Schroering, Fr. Raymond Schroering, Fr. Francis Schroering, and Arthur and Jerome Schroering who both died in infancy

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church. The Holy Family CRHP group will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 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 11 a.m. Friday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.