Obituaries


Rose T. Merkley, 92, St. Anthony

Rose T. Merkley, 92, of St. Anthony, died Friday (April 13) at her home. She was born in Maltersville February 23, 1926, to William and Mary (Buechler) Gutgsell. She married Alban Merkley July 5, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died March 16, 2014.

Rose worked at the General Electric plant in Huntingburg during World War II welding filaments for radio tubes and later retired from Inwood Furniture Company. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Church and its Christian Mothers. She was a past president of the American Legion Post No. 493 Auxiliary, a member of the VFW No. 673 Auxiliary, the St. Anthony Community Center, and the Older American Center. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, cross stitch, gardening, reading, and watching birds.

She is survived by two daughters, Lois June Wagner and husband Daniel, Ferdinand, and Carol Ann Kreilein and husband Michael, St. Anthony; six sons, Stephen L. Merkley and wife Darlene, St. Anthony, Randall A. Merkley and wife Sharon and Michael G. Merkley, all of Huntingburg, Robert F. Merkley and wife Donnettia and Leon K. Merkley and wife Karen, both of Jasper, and Kenny W. Merkley and wife Lisa, Dubois; 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Meyer, four brothers, Albert, Victor, Frank, and Roman Gutgsell, and one daughter-in-law, Annette Merkley.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church. Members of Divine Mercy parish will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite Charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

 

Helen Elizabeth Rademacher, 102, Holland

Helen Elizabeth Rademacher, 102, of Holland, died Thursday (April 12) at Willowdale Village Nursing Home in Dale. She was born near Bretzville March 24, 1916, to Anthony and Gertrude (Bretz) Schwartz. She married Andrew Rademacher September 7, 1940, at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Bretzville. He died January 4, 1983.

Helen was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland where she was a long-time Youth Choir Mother and a member of the Women of the Church. She enjoyed working outdoors with her flowers and mowing grass. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Roseann Scott and husband Ron and Janet Smith and husband Parvin, all of Dale; three sons, Eugene Rademacher and wife Mary Jane, Holland, Terry Rademacher and wife Debbi, Memphis, and Joe Rademacher and wife Anita, Montgomery; two sisters, Flora Phillipy and husband Bob, Jasper, and Ardella Meyer, Mayfield, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Welp, and seven brothers, Arthur, Edgar, Alvin, Carl, Gilbert, Elmer, and Alfred Schwartz.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 1-2 p.m. Monday at St James Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church or to the St. John’s U.C.C. Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. James Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. David Darling will officiate.at the service.

Thomas Othmar Weyer, 66, St. Anthony

Thomas Othmar Weyer, 66, of St. Anthony, died Tuesday (April 10) at his home. He was born in Huntingburg November 14,1951, to Othmar “Oats” and Helen (Heilers) Weyer. He married Doris L. Klem.

Thomas retired from Masterbrand Cabinets in Ferdinand. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493 and Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 and Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Doris L. Klem; two sons, Craig Weyer and wife Lori and Clifford Weyer and wife Leah, both of St. Anthony; two daughters, Erin Gould (Ryan Stemle), Schnellville, and Nina Pitt and husband Chad, Plainfield; two stepsons, Dwayne Klem and wife Cindy, St. Anthony and Brian Klem and wife Jennifer, Coppell, Texas; three stepdaughters, Glenda Brames and husband Matt and Rhonda Oser, all of Bretzville, and Sheila Wagner and husband Roman, St. Anthony; 13 grandchildren; 17 step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Weyer and wife Linda, Ferdinand, Tim Weyer and wife Liz, Bozeman, Montana, and Joe Weyer, Spokane, Washington; and three sisters, Linda Herrington, Richardson, Texas, Kathy Schneiders and husband Jack, Ferdinand, and Jane Marquez and husband Larry, Collierville, Tennessee.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Norb Nordhoff.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Redemption Christian Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday at the church. Rev. Darrel Land will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 will conduct military graveside rites.

Leona Kluemper, 98, Jasper

Leona Kluemper, 98, of Jasper, died Thursday (April 12) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Celestine December 22, 1919, to George and Caroline (Schnell) Heldman. She married Wilfred “Bill” Kluemper June 17, 1944. He died September 5, 2007.

Leona and her husband owned and operated the Palm Gardens at Bretzville for 17 years and Bill’s Truck Stop in Birdseye for nine years. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Brute Society, Ladies Sodality of Precious Blood, and the VFW Post No. 673 Auxiliary. She enjoyed visits from friends, family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking, baking, Bingo, playing the harmonica, and dancing.

She is survived by four daughters, Judith (Morris) Klem and husband Morris, Mary Jo Hart and husband John, and Jackie Seifert and husband Randy, all of Jasper, and Becky Toesch and husband Bill, Ferdinand; seven sons, Donald (Kathy) Kluemper and wife Kathy, St. Anthony, Bob Kluemper and wife Brenda, Villages, Florida, Albert Kluemper and wife Pamela, Ferdinand, and John (Chris) Kluemper and wife Chris, Jim Kluemper and wife Amanda, Willie Kluemper and wife Medea, and Larry Kluemper and wife Connie, all of Jasper; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one brother, Cletus Heldman, Aberdeen, Maryland; and two sisters, Lucille Blume and Delphine Knies, both of Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Jean Kluemper, two sisters, Albertha Knies and Margaret Schroering, and four brothers, Barnabas, Joseph, Raymond, and Norman Heldman.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Precious Blood Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Harold R. “Ronnie” Young, 70, Jasper

Harold R. “Ronnie” Young, 70, of Jasper, died Wednesday (April 11) at his home. He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, December 21, 1947, to James and Ann Young. He married Carolyn Trotter December 26, 1967.

Ronnie was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of VFW Post No. 673 and American

Legion Post No.147. He worked for National Office Furniture 11th Avenue Plant in Jasper for 35 years, was a member of the Indiana Freemasons Lodge No. 520, and enjoyed his family and spending time with his dog Otis.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Young, two daughters, Roxanne Snyder and husband Don, Santa Claus, and Jennifer Kaus, Jasper; three grandchildren, Austin Anderson and wife Whitney, Dylan Anderson, and Collin Snyder; two great-grandchildren, Quinton and Ryder Anderson; his mother, Ann Owen, Evansville; one sister, Mary Ann Anderson, Ferndale, California, and one brother, Doug Owen, Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Young.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial following in the Jasper Enlow City Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Robert A. Haase, 71, Celestine

Robert A. Haase, 71, of Celestine, died Wednesday (April 11) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Celestine March 26, 1947, to Alois and Veronica (Sander) Haase. He married Judith Berg June 24, 1967, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Bob retired from Kimball International and also worked at the Jasper Cabinet Company. He served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, the Celestine Community Club, and the Jasper Moose Club. He enjoyed his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, and restoring antique tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Haase; one daughter, Connie Archer and husband Mike, Celestine; two sons, Brian Haase and wife Melonie and Bradley Haase and wife Stacy, all of Celestine; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle, Stefanie, and Megan Archer, Braeden, Gavin, Samantha, and Ashley Haase, and Elijah Cox; two great-grandchildren, Rylynn and Emery; three sisters, Shirley Giesler and husband Ronnie, Ferdinand, Carol Sermersheim and husband Richard, Celestine, and Mary McCain and husband Donald, Jasper; and two brothers, Gerald Haase and wife Shirley and Steve Haase and wife Karen, all of Celestine.

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

David L. Buechlein, 78, Jasper

David L. Buechlein, 78, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 10) at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper October 16, 1939, to George and Theresa (Fritz) Buechlein. He married Martha Zoll November 24, 1960, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tell City.

Dave served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of VFW Post No. 673. He retired from Jasper Cabinet Company after 41 years of service. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and its Men’s Club, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed gardening, wine making, Indiana University basketball, the Indianapolis Colts, the St. Louis Cardinals, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Buechlein; two daughters, Jackie Howard and Jo Ann Mehringer, both of Jasper; three sons, Brad Buechlein and wife Sheila, Jasper, Mathew Buechlein and wife Dori Yorysh, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Greg Buechlein and wife Nancy, Ireland; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mary Schmitt and husband Howard and Virginia Knies, all of Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Maurice, Ambrose, and Donnie Buechlein.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood Church. Jasper Moose Lodge No. 1175 will conduct a memorial service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

John Henry Warthan, 55, Huntingburg

John Henry Warthan, 55, of Huntingburg, died Monday (April 9) at Garden Villa in Bedford. He was born in Huntingburg August 4, 1962, to Claudia Warthan and Tom Leonard.

John Henry is survived by two sisters, Claudette Warthan, Taswell, and Kelly Leonard, Terre Haute; three brothers, Sammy Warthan, Taswell, and Michael and Tom Leonard, both of Terre Haute; and his nephew and caregiver, Donald Kunkler, Indianapolis.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Tina Leonard.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at noon Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Minister Craig Taylor will officiate at the service.

Rosalee Stemle, 91, Jasper

Rosalee Stemle, 91, of Jasper, died Monday (April 9) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Ireland August 20, 1926, to Leo and Rosina (Giesler) Hoffman. She married Lawrence “Lefty” Stemle October 30, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died February 2, 2013.

Rosalee was a graduate of Ireland High School. She was a homemaker and worked at Leed’s Selling Tools and Braunecker Cabinet Company. She enjoyed playing golf and cards and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

She is survived by two sons, Steve (Peggy) Stemle and husband Peggy, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Pat Stemle and wife Deb, Jasper; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Cathy Ash.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church building fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Robert Meyer, 91, Jasper

Robert L. Meyer, 91, of Jasper, died Monday (April 9) at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Haysville February 15, 1927, to Leo and Amanda (Kieffner) Meyer. He married Joan Albert May 8, 1954, in Ferdinand.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a banker for 35 years at Dubois County Bank, was a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper, a lifetime member, past commander, and bookkeeper of VFW Post No. 673, American Legion Post No.147, Jasper Moose, Jasper Civitan, Jasper Masonic Lodge, and the Shriners. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, and loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Meyer; three sons, Bruce Meyer and wife Lynn, Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Brian Meyer and wife Jane, Fishers, and Kurt Meyer and wife Heather, Westfield; two daughters, Cheryl Blackman, Carmel, and Donna Hellman and husband John, Velpen; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Dorothy Mae Seitz, Jasper, and Barbara Ann Lottes and husband Bob, Loogootee; and one brother, John Meyer and wife Sandy, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Redeemer Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.