Obituaries


James R. Zink, 80, Huntingburg

James R. Zink, 80, of Huntingburg, died Monday, February 11, at his home. He was born in Ferdinand January 28, 1939, to Roman and Evelyn (Whipking) Zink. He married Shirley Worman June 13, 1958, in Illinois. She died May 26, 2001.

James worked as a truck driver and was a member of VFW Post 2366. He served in the United States Navy as a quartermaster seaman aboard the USS Toledo.

He is survived by three daughters, Terri Haake and husband Max, Chandler, and Sherry Sherron and Kathi Reynolds and husband Todd, all of Huntingburg; four sons, James J. Zink and wife Terri, Steve Zink and wife Donna, and Danny C. Zink and wife Karla, all of Huntingburg, and Dennis Zink and wife Donna, Newark, Delaware; two sisters, Barbara Tredway, Huntingburg, and Kathy Nelson, Petersburg; 18 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie, Joseph, and Terre Zink, and three sisters, Shirley and Wanda Payne and Rosie Owens.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to your local veterans organization. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services  at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail.

LaVerne Uebelhor, 84, Ferdinand

LaVerne Uebelhor, 84, of Ferdinand, died Sunday, February 10, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Schnellville May 20, 1934, to Albert and Emma (Schnell) Welp. She married Jim Uebelhor August 21, 1954, in Schnellville.

LaVerne was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was employed with General Electric in Tell City before she and her husband Jim formed Uebelhor TV in 1954. She helped grow the family business until she retired in 1990. She enjoyed good food, good music, and many trips to the Corydon Jamboree with friends.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jim Uebelhor; two sons, Scott and wife Mary Sue, St. St. Anthony, and Keith Uebelhor, Ferdinand; one brother, Maryvin Welp and wife Mary Faye, Schnellville; two sisters, Doris Birk and husband Bill, Brownsburg, and Mary Catherine Persohn, Jasper; five grandchildren, Kelsey Jones and Morgan, Cory, Cole, and Randi Uebelhor; and brother-in –law, Bob Neuhoff, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Neuhoff and Irma Hasenour.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral home in Ferdinand. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jim and Laverne Uebelhor Endowment Fund in care of the Dubois County Community Foundation. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Gary Lange, 56, Huntingburg

Gary Lange, 56, of Huntingburg, died Sunday, February 10, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg June 13, 1962, to Arnold and Martha (Welp) Lange. He married Diane Durlauf July 14, 1990, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Gary was a mathematics teacher at Southridge High School. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Henry Church. He enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, landscaping, woodworking, collecting antiques, and Southridge sports. He coached girls and boys basketball.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Lange; one son, Evan Lange, Huntingburg; two daughters, Brooke and Kendyl Lange, both of Huntingburg; his mother, Martha Lange, Huntingburg; three brothers, Darryl Lange and wife Lora, Mariah Hill, and Jason Lange and wife Belinda and Alan Lange, all of Huntingburg; six sisters, Debbie Moore and husband Jim, Whitfield, Marcia Graves and husband Charlie, Bristow, Jean Rahman, Ferdinand, Carla Hoffman and husband Jerry, Portersville, and Elaine Main and husband Bernie and Annette Buse and husband Brad, all of Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Lange, one brother in infancy, Gary Allen Lange, and two brothers-in-law, Gary Rahman and Jim Durlauf.

An informal celebration of life will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Ferdinand Community Center. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation in memory of Gary Lange. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Church.

Martin J. Weisman, 78, Bloomington

Martin J. Weisman, 78, of Bloomington, died Saturday, February 9, at The Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Boone Township in Dubois County January 26, 1941, to Alfred and Viola (Thimling) Weisman.

Martin was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He worked as a TV tuner technician in Indianapolis and Bloomington for many years and retired as a technician for General Electric in Bloomington. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township and he enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Indiana University basketball, and Cleveland Browns football fan.

He is survived by two sisters, Marlene Mann and husband John, Dubois, and Barbara Mosby and husband Jerry, Troy; three brothers, Charles Weisman and wife LaVerne and David Weisman and wife Susan, all of Boone Township, and Radius W. Weisman and wife Rebecca L., Jasper; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19 at St. John’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Veronica C. Heldman, 99, Celestine

Veronica C. Heldman, 99, of Celestine, died Friday, February 8, at Brookside Village Retirement Center in Jasper. She was born at Schellville July 9, 1919, to Bernard and Anna (Humbert) Theising. She married Barnabas Heldman November 10, 1943, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. He died December 20, 2009.

Veronica was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Church, the St. Anne Sodality, and the Celestine Community Club. She taught religion at St. Celestine for over 25 years and served on the quilting committee.

She is survived by five daughters, Germaine Blessinger and husband Leo, Carolyn Schipp and husband David, Patricia Fleck and husband Charles, and Sherril Lueken and husband Greg, all of Jasper, and Kathleen Wibbeler and husband Jerry, Huntingburg; two sons, Gregory Heldman and wife Beth, Greenwood, and Kevin Heldman and wife Marilyn, Evansville; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Schmidt and husband Louis, Jasper; and sister-in-law Helen Theising, Schnellville.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Giesler and Dorothy Seger, and one brother, Hilbert Theising.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Virginia F. Miller, 88, St. Anthony

Virginia F. Miller, 88, of St. Anthony, died Sunday, February 10, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Huntingburg July 9, 1930, to Anthony and Clara Stetter. She married Ambrose F. Miller June 24, 1950. He died December 12, 2000.

Virginia worked at General Electric for several years and retired from OFS, where she worked for 14 years. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially landscaping, and she loved to crochet.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana Gilbert, Holland; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Demuth, St. Henry.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Alan Miller.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony church. Memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online contributions can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dolores C. Habig, 98, Jasper

Dolores C. Habig, 98, of Jasper, died Saturday, February 9, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry February 4, 1921, to William and Therese (Fritch) Kuper. She married Jerome F. Habig June 24, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died February 6, 2013.

Dolores was a 1939 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of Lockyear Business College. She worked in Evansville and Jasper before becoming a stay at home mom for her five children. She did volunteer work for scouting, especially for the Girl Scout Day Camp, and she served on the Jasper Public Library Board for many years. Her interests included spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading, flower gardening, and playing cards, especially bridge, and mahjong. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, the Daughters of Isabella, the St. Anne Society, American Legion Auxiliary Post 147, Dubois County Museum, ROJAC, and Friends of the Library. Through the years she belonged to many social clubs.

She is survived by two daughters, Cindy Roberts and husband Steve, Greenwood, and Sarah Faller and husband Keith, Carmel; three sons, Steve Habig and wife Susan, Jasper, and Dr. Mark Habig and wife Carol and Luke Habig and wife Beth, all of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and 11 step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Phillip and Andrew Faller, one brother, Maurice Kuper, and one sister, Sr. Bernice Kuper, Sister of Providence.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to the Jerome and Dolores Habig Family Endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation. 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 Fairview Cemetery.

Carla A. Pfau, 78, Jasper

Carla A. Pfau, 78, of Jasper, died Saturday, February 9, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Evansville January 4, 1941, to William and Caroline (Daeschle) Joyce. She married Ron E. Pfau November 16, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died February 14, 2011.

Carla retired from Jasper Engines and Transmissions after 27 years of service. She enjoyed volunteering at the Dubois County Museum. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, the Jasper Fire Department Auxiliary, the Dubois County Museum, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Jasper German Club. She enjoyed camping, NASCAR racing, and watching Indiana University basketball.

She is survived by one daughter, Nicole Wagoner and husband Vaughn, Jasper; two sons, Kent Pfau and wife Beth, Jasper, and Ryan Pfau and wife Janell, Celestine; six grandchildren, Kraig, Breanne, and Gina Kiefer, and Dana, Madison, and Connor Pfau; three step grandchildren, Codi Everman and Keighan and Kerrigan Wagoner; one great-granddaughter, Evelyn Keifer; and three step great-grandchildren, C.J, Cort, and Clark Everman.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Caroline Joyce, and her husband of 49 years, Ron Pfau.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, the Dubois County Museum, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Martha F. Bateman, 72, Jasper

Martha F. Bateman, 72, of Jasper, died Friday, February 8, at The Timbers of Jasper. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, April 26, 1946, to Clyde and Mildred (Davis) Burris. She married Paul D. Bateman March 1, 1977, in the Church of Nazarene in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Martha worked as a substitute teacher in California, for Jasper Engines in Jasper,and as a receptionist at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was an active member of the Church of Nazarene in Jasper and enjoyed traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Paul D. Bateman; three daughters, Rebecca Parker, Richmond, Virginia, Dayna Bender, Tell City, and Miranda Moyer and husband Randy, Evansville; two sons, Tracy Bateman and wife Stacy, Hawesville, Kentucky, and Jonathan Bateman and wife Julia, Jasper; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyliss Burris and Dawna Townsend, both of Texas; and two brothers, John and Daniel Burris, both of Texas.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Gonzales, two grandchildren, two grandchildren, Megan Gonzales and Ariel Bateman, and two brothers, James and Paul Burris.

Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jasper Church of the Nazarene or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A memorial service will be held at  5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following at a later date. Pastor Mike Suits will officiate.

Don E. Rust, 79, Huntingburg

Don E. Rust, 79, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, February 7, at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Huntingburg October 11, 1939, to Victor F. and Cora Mae (Schmett) Rust. He married Clara Fay Heim May 25, 1959, at the Salem Church parsonage in Huntingburg.

Don was a UMWA Local #1907 member for 43 years and retired from Amax Coal Company. He was a member of Augustana United Church of Christ in Holland and enjoyed building woodworking projects in his garage.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Fay Rust; two sons, Steve Rust and wife Erin and Ron Rust and wife Gretchen, all of Huntingburg; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.