Obituaries


Judith A. “Judy” Bockelman, 76, Evansville

Judith A. “Judy” Bockelman, 76, of Evansville, died Wednesday (August 8) at North Park Nursing Center in Evansville. She was born in Washington May 15, 1942, to Floyd and Esther (Ray) Fields.

Judy was a graduate of Washington Catholic High School. She worked 20 years for M. Fine & Son in Bedford and at PTS Electronics for 10 years. She was a member of St. Benedict Cathedral and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jerry A. Bockelman; two sons, Wayne Bockelman, Evansville, and Scott Bockelman and wife Kristy, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; one sister, Marilyn Helms; one brother, Fred Fields; seven grandchildren, Emily Cvengros and husband Blake, Ryan and wife Stephanie, Luke and wife Marci, Jacob, Evan, Dylan, and Sarah; and one great-grandchild, Leland.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Michaels and Mary Ellen Ochs, and one brother, Richard Fields. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Cathedra with burial following at a later date in St. John Cemetery in Washington. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Benedict Cathedral. Online condolences can be shared online at www.browningfuneral.com.

Lou Ann Schuler, 88, Jasper

Lou Ann Schuler, 88, of Jasper, died Thursday (August 9) at the Timbers of Jasper. She was born in Ireland March 19, 1930, to Leo B. and Cecilia T. (Hopf) Schuler.

Lou Ann attended Ireland High School. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed watching sports on the television and reading.

She is survived by four sisters, Dora Bickwermert and Arlene Sermersheim, both of Jasper, Leola Heeke, Dubois, and Juliann Kunkler and husband Kenneth, St. Anthony; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Venita Fleck, and four brothers, Remus, Ivo, Lloyd, and Thomas Schuler.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s 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 St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Miriam “Bonnie” Thimling, 83, Huntingburg

Miriam “Bonnie” Thimling, 83, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (August 8) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg May 13, 1935, to Heber and Etta Marie (Doughty) Miller. She married Dennis Thimling June 4, 1955, at Central Christian Church in Huntingburg.

Bonnie was a 1953 graduate of Huntingburg High School. She was a homemaker and worked at the Huntingburg Convalescent Center for many years. She was a member of Central Christian Church in Huntingburg and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads. She loved playing the piano, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Thimling; four daughters, Donna Borden and husband Joe, Birdseye, Sharon Gunselman and husband Jeff, Jasper, Mary Dick and husband Keith, Ireland, and Alisa Schank and husband Dave, Huntingburg; one son, Dennis Thimling Jr. and wife Carma, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; one step great-grandson; and one brother, James Miller and wife Dixie, Richmond.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Harris and Doris McAfee, and one brother, Gordon Miller.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or to St. John’s Church. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Richard E. Dell, 76, Dubois

Richard E. Dell, 76, of Dubois, died Tuesday (August 7) at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Saline, Michigan, January 29, 1942, to Lloyd C. and Luella E. (Burkhardt) Dell. He married Barbara Ann Zehr November 24, 1966, in the Norton Air Force Base Chapel in San Bernardino, California.

Richard was a Untied States Navy veteran, serving for 20 years. He rose to the ranki of Chief Petty Officer and aboard five ships, including the aircraft carrier JFK during the Vietnam War. After retirement from the Navy he worked at Jasper Electric Motors and Jasper Engines. His hobbies included woodworking, crafting pens and pencils, and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Dell; one daughter, Kristina Dell Lewis and husband Ronald, Beaufort, South Carolina; one son, Timothy D. (Mary Melissa) Dell and wife Mary Melissa, Greensboro, North Carolina; one granddaughter, Emily Smith; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Lola Dell.

A memorial service will be held in November at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, where he served on the church council and repaired handbells. Internment will follow in the St. Peter’s UCC Cemetery in Dubois. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Carol L. Chappell, 75, Huntingburg

Carol L. Chappell, 75, of Huntingburg, died Sunday (August 5) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper September 24, 1942, to Dorothy (Buechlein) Kelley. She married Dewayne Chappell September 24, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He died August 11, 2014.

Carol retired in 2005 as manager of Indiana Berry and Plant Company. She was a member of the Huntingburg High School Class of 1960, a former Girl Scout leader; and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg where she served as a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Ladies Sodality and C.R.H.P (Christ Renews His Parish).

She is survived by two daughters, Stacy Weisman and husband Phil, Ireland, and Shannon Farrell and husband Joe, Indianapolis; one son, Doug Chappell and wife Brenda, Indianapolis; one brother, Charles “Buck” Kelley, Jr., Marengo, four sisters, Rose Schitter, Haysville, Judy Jeffries and Inez Himes, both of Huntingburg, and Cathy Arehart, Celestine; and six grandchildren, Jessica, Marissa, Emily, Audrey, Kevin, and Kenzli.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Raymond Kelley.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. The St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality will lead a rosary prayer vigil at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Riley Children’s Hospital, or ShowHope.org. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m.Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Ardella L. Kunz, 90, Huntingburg

Ardella L. Kunz, 90, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (July 31) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Huntingburg January 30, 1928, to Franklin and Cornelia (Blessinger) Kunz.

Ardella worked as a telephone switchboard operator and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg

She is survived by her niece and nephew who were her guardians, Gretchen Mundy and husband Paul, Huntingburg and Gary Hoffman and wife Carol, Indianapolis; nieces Judith Wells, Evansville, and Margaret Gerlach, Crystal Lake, Illinois; and nephews Donald Kunz of Georgetown, Edward Kunz, Martinsville, and Michael Kunz, Carmel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Cornelia Kunz, four brothers, Robert, Ralph, Franklin, and Othmar Kunz, and one sister, Dorothy Hoffman.

Friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be given to St. Mary’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Kathryn S. “Kathy” Schitter, 59, Newburgh

Kathryn S. “Kathy” Schitter, 59, of Newburgh, died Thursday (July 26) of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born in Jasper January 25, 1959, to Paul C. and Alma V. (Sendelweck) Schitter.

Kathy was a 1977 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of Tri-State Beauty College. She was a licensed beautician and worked in the Evansville and Newburgh area for 25 years. She enjoyed music, crafts, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Yadie.

She is survived by her mother, Alma Schitter, Ireland; one brother, Jerald Schitter and wife Elaine, Jasper; three sisters, Janet Schitter, Jasper, Karyn Borden and husband Randy, Portersville, and Lori Hopf and husband Kurt, Celestine; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul C. Schitter.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s 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. Thursday, August 9, at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Daria Petry, 56, St. Anthony

Daria Petry, 56, of St. Anthony, died Saturday (July 7) at the Linda White Hospice House in Evansville. She was born in Brunswick, New Jersey, December 6, 1961 to Dennis and Dolores (White) Wigodinski. She married Michael Petry March 9, 2001, in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Daria was a graduate of East Brunswick Vocational Technical High School where she received her cosmetology license. She practiced cosmetology for many years in New Jersey while pursuing a real estate license. After earning her real estate and insurance license in New Jersey she moved to Dale, Indiana. She was employed by the United States Postal Service, working in Huntingburg and Jasper before becoming a NFTI (Non-Traditional Full-Time) employee in Holland.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Petry; her parents, Dolores and Dennis Wigodinski, Jamesburg, New Jersey; three sons, Derek Wigodinski and wife Kim, Jasper, Kevin Brown and wife Brittney, Chicago, and Michael W. Petry, St. Anthony; two step-sons, Chad Petry, Holland, and Adam Petry and wife Brandi, Birdseye; 13 grandchildren, Damien, Deontae, Mikayla, Passion, Hayley, Brody, Marly, Chloe, Nathaniel, Leon, Laney, Emerson and Rayce; one brother, Dennis Wigodinski and wife Bobby, Beachwood, New Jersey; three sisters, Denise McPherson and husband Brad, Winslow, Debra Gogel and husband Chris, LaGrange, Georgia, and Darlene Alexandersen and husband Michael, Bordentown, New Jersey; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Victory Temple Assembly of God in Jasper. Pastor Joel Rivera will officiate. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Carol L. Winkler, 83, Jasper

Carol L. Winkler, 83, of Jasper, died Saturday (July 28) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper November 14, 1934, to Carl and Aline (Arnold) Winkler.

Carol retired from Radio Station WITZ in Jasper after 53 years of service. She also worked part time at the Astra Theater in Jasper for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed bowling and visiting the casino and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Indiana University basketball fan.

She is survived by two sisters, Doris Gutzweiler and husband Jerry, and Joyce Brandt, all of Jasper; two brothers, Gerald L. Winkler and wife Donna, Detroit, Michigan, and Paul Winkler and wife Diane, Jasper; six nieces; four nephews; and great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Therese Winkler, who died in childbirth.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday 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. Wednesday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Christopher John Allen, 48, Jasper

Christopher John Allen, 48, of Jasper, died Wednesday (July 25) at his home. He was born in Eureka, Kansas, February 19, 1970, to J.L. and Sadie M. (Howard) Allen. He married Melissa Bass May 24, 1997, at First Christian Church in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Christopher received a B.S. Degree in Wood Technology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He was owner and operator of Creative Storage in Ireland. He was an active member of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper, where he served
on its security team. He served as a Cub Scout leader for Pack 130 and as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 185 in Jasper, and as a facilitator for Financial Peace University. He enjoyed scuba diving and flying ultralight planes. He was an accomplished woodworker, a car fanatic, and Halloween was his favorite holiday. He was a stay at home dad for
12 years and was devoted to his family.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Allen; one daughter, Chloe Allen, and one son, Kyle Allen, both at home; his father and step-mother, J.L. and Shirley Allen, Pleasanton, Kansas; two sisters, Nichole Murphy and husband Steven and Megan Brixey and husband Chris, all of Lee’s Summit, Kansas; and one brother, Jay Allen and wife Tana, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sadie Allen.

Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Redemption Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Christian Church, the Dubois County Leukemia Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church.