Obituaries


Eva Marie Fettinger, 61, Winslow

Eva Marie Fettinger, 61, of Winslow, died Tuesday, June 4, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She was born in Evansville June 26, 1958, to Franklin and Joan (Brand) Barnett.

Eva was a 1976 graduate of Pike Central High School and a 1980 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. She worked as an account manager at Kimball International for 21 years. She enjoyed shopping, animals, gardening, craft shows, white water rafting, and attending covered bridge festivals.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Gary Fettinger; two daughters, Sabrina Marie (Brent) McDivitt and husband Brent and Crystal Fettinger and companion Jason Brown, all of Evansville; three grandchildren, Zoe Lynn Fettinger, Meadow McDivitt, and Jaxon Brown; and one sister, Carol Miley and husband Verdane, Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood Church in Jasper. In leu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Precious Blood Church, your local humane society, or the American Lung Society. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pike County.

Esther LaJune Kendall, 98, Huntingburg

Esther LaJune Kendall, 98, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, June 2, at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Birdseye September 24, 1920, to Orville R. and Iva (Throop) Faulkner. She married Theodore R. “Ted” Kendall October 5, 1938, in Huntingburg. He died October 14, 1993.

Esther was a lifelong believer of the Christian Pentecostal faith. For many years, she assisted and supported her husband in the stewardship and pastoral duties of his Christian ministry.

She is survived by one son, Terry Wayne Kendall and wife Michaela, Huntingburg; two daughters, Frieda Ross and husband Arthur and Marsha Stutsman and husband Roger, all of Huntingburg; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Jean Masterson; three sisters, Mildred Stilwell, Opal Hale, and Hazel Grooms; one brother, Robert Faulkner, four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and noon-2 p.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Birdseye Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Brother Charlie Lawson, Brother Charles Collins and Brother Jeremiah Pitts.

Dorothy Jean Kimmel, 60, Dubois

Dorothy Jean Kimmel, 60, of Dubois, died Monday, June 3, at her home. She was born in  Huntingburg November 1, 1958, to Alois and Mary (Kupper) Goller. She married George Kimmel November 1, 1995.

Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic religion. She enjoyed playing on her tablet and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, George Kimmel; seven children, Jeffery Dotterwich, Melissa Mills, Tiffany Freyberger and husband Chris, Felicia Dotterwich, and Ashley and George Kimmel II; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Fran Purdy, Mary All Bachman, Carla Howell, and Helen Hagman; and one brother, Carl Goller, Jr.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Carl Goller; one son, Joshua Dotterwich, one sister, Theresa Lattrell, and two brothers, Lee Joe and Johnny Schneider.

Private services will be held at a later date. Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Glen R. Werne, 73, Jasper

Glen R. Werne, 73, of Jasper, died Monday, June 3, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in St. Meinrad December 22, 1945, to Victor and Josephine (Kunkler) Werne. He married Marilyn S. Schnaus September 19, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. She died February 3, 2011.

Glen was a graduate of Dale High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam in the 3rd BDE Task Force, 25th INF Division. He was a pressman, production manager, and foreman at Abbey Press for over 40 years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He enjoyed playing golf and watching sports, especially his grandkids playing, and was an avid Cincinnati Bengals fan.

He is survived by three daughters, Denise Kleiser and husband Rob, Jasper, Jennifer Lashley and husband Pete, Lamar, and Allison Fromme and husband Zach, Greenville, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Austin, Reagan, Grant, Mason, Pierce, Caleb, Carter, and Lucas; two sisters, Mary Werne, Ferdinand, and Martha Tempel and husband Larry, Brazil; two brothers, David Werne and wife Bessie, St. Meinrad, and John Werne, Ferdinand;and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Schnaus, Ireland.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Linda Werne, and his father-in-law, Leroy Schnaus.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, 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. Friday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Bernice Gerlach, 91, Huntingburg

Bernice Gerlach, 91, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, June 2, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg March 11, 1928, to John A. and Rose (Hess) Lasher. She married Russel E. Gerlach September 20, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He died February 11, 2012.

Bernice worked as a medical and dental office receptionist; she was a member of St. Mary’s Church, VFW Post 2366 Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, and the Daughters of Isabella. She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She is survived by one son, Kevin Gerlach and wife Marge, Crystal Lake, Illinois; two daughters, Martha Gerlach Fink and Cheryl Rauscher and husband Steve, all of Huntingburg; two brothers, Richard Lasher, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Charles Lasher, Lexington, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Stephanie Gerlach, Crystal Lake, Illinois, Jeremy Gerlach and wife Nikki, McHenry, Illinois, Jeffrey Rauscher and wife Laura, Clarksville, Tennessee, Emily Rauscher, College Station, Texas, and Nathan Rauscher and Mark Fink, both of Huntingburg; four great-grandchildren, Audrey, Jeff, Avery, and Cailyn Rauscher; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ardella Carson and Imelda Whitten, one brother, John C. Lasher; and one grandson, Matthew Fink.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  A parish rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. and a VFW Auxiliary vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Mary E. Schmitt, 82, Jasper

Mary E. Schmitt, 82, of Jasper, died Sunday,  June 2, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Jasper March 4, 1937, to George and Theresia (Fritz) Buechlein. She married Howard L. Schmitt October 4, 1956, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mary was a 1955 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed bird watching, flowers, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Schmitt; three daughters, Cheri Acton and husband Bob, Cindy Lichlyter and husband Mike, and Lisa Brewer and husband Jeff, all of Jasper; five sons, Randy Schmitt and wife Sherry, Tijeras, New Mexico, Phil (Laurie Weinzapfel) Schmitt, Speedway, and Tony Schmitt and wife Linda, Glen Schmitt and wife Karen, and Drew Schmitt and wife Janette, all of Jasper; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren on the way; and one sister, Virginia “Tootie” Knies, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Maurice, Ambrose, Donnie, and David Buechlein.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. 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 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

James Myron Songer, 58, Huntingburg

James Myron Songer, 58, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, May 30, at his home. He was born October 6, 1960, to Hugo C. Songer and Janet Larson.

Jim was a graduate of Evansville Harrison High School and the Indiana University School of Business with a degree in marketing. He loved music and Indiana University sports, especially basketball, and Rock Creek Farm.

He is survived by his parents, Hugo Songer and Janet Larson; one sister, Julie Mae Songer and husband John Tappenden; his step mother, Mae Chinn Songer; one nephew, Chad Sneed; and one niece, Nicole Sneed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Sharon Ann Weitkamp, 82, Evansville

Sharon Ann Weitkamp, 82, of Evansville, died Wednesday, May 29. She was born September 17, 1936, to Marvin and Wilma (McCool) Dike. She married Eldo Weitkamp June 25, 1960.

Sharon grew up in Dale and was a graduate of Dale High School. She helped her husband on the family farm, attended Zoar United Methodist Church, and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg. After moving to Evansville she worked at the Protestant Home before retiring to help in the care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Janet Hayden and husband Shawn, Evansville; three granddaughters, Lily, Olivia, and Lacy Hayden, all of Evansville; two sisters, Linda Lancioni and husband Denny, Bloomington, and Darlene Hubster and husband Steve, Huntingburg; and one brother, Charles Dike, Dale.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to Zoar United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Zoar Cemetery. Pastor Denny Stevenson will officiate.

Dereck W. Blocker, 49, Huntingburg

Dereck W. Blocker, 49, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, May 29, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Huntingburg  July 10, 1969, to Thomas and Joanne (Dearing) Blocker. He married Amy D. Alexander February 17, 1996, in Evansville.

Dereck was an avid KISS fan and sports cards collector.

He is survived by his wife, Amy D. Blocker; five sons, Nick Byers and wife Dominique, Boonville, Corey Boyer and wife Ashley, Jasper, Jonathan Blocker, Bicknell, and Joshua and Zakk Blocker, both of Huntingburg; his mother, Joanne Blocker, Huntingburg; one brother, Darin S. Kemp, Huntingburg; five half-sisters, Mary Blocker, Owensboro, Kentucky, Connie Blocker, South Carolina, Kimberly Durham, Pennsylvania, Gail Inman, Colorado, and Jane Jennings, Utah; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

Ruth E. Carlisle, 81, Pikeville

Ruth E. Carlisle, 81, of Pikeville, died Monday, May 27, at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville. She was born near Stendal January 9, 1938, to Chester and Edna (Weitkamp) Brockriede. She married James R. “Jim” Carlisle April 26, 1958, at Zoar. He died July 24, 2013.

Ruth was a 1956 graduate of Holland High school. She farmed and was actively\ involved in the family farming operation until just recently. She was a clerk in the Pike County Recorders Office for 23 years and the Lockhart Township Trustee for 16 years. She was a lifetime member of Zoar United Methodist Church, a 50+ year member of the Winslow Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 391, served as Eastern Star District Deputy in 2001, and was former Grand Representative of the Utah Grand Chapter in Indiana. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, making lap robes, and traveling with her family throughout the United States.  She was known for her cooking and was always willing to share her recipes.

She is survived by two sons, Max Carlisle and wife Cheryl, Pikeville, and Rex Carlisle and wife Paula, Stendal; one daughter, Beth Goeppner and husband Jason, Pikeville; seven grandchildren, Jacob and Taylor Carlisle, Brandon, Corey, and Parker Goeppner, and Hannah and Levi McCarter; and one great-grandchild, Tobias Carlisle.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Friday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Zoar UMC. An Eastern Star vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Zoar Cemetery or Cup Creek Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the Cup Creek Cemetery near Pikeville. Pastor Keith Chaney, Pastor  Jeff Crowe, and Pastor Terry Russell will officiate at the services