Obituaries


Virlee B. Gehlhausen, 78, Huntingburg

Virlee B. Gehlhausen, 78, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (June 12) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in St. Anthony August 13, 1939, to Anthony Sr. and Elizabeth (Englert) Braunecker. She married Eugene A. Gehlhausen June 20, 1959, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Virlee was a lifelong member of Divine Mercy Parish, Saint Anthony Church, and its Christian Mothers Sodality. She was a member of the St. Anthony Community Center, and the Ferdinand Community Center. She retired after 33 years at DMI Furniture in Huntingburg. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was an avid sports fan.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eugene A. Gehlhausen; two daughters, Charlene Fleck and husband Robert and Cincy Bueltel, all of Huntingburg; one son, Verlyn Gehlhausen and wife Rita, Huntingburg; nine grandchildren, Audrey Shaw, Breanne Terwiske, Brett, Calvin and Nikki Bueltel, Brandon and Noah Gehlhausen, Kaci Gutgsell, and Megan Benningfield; 10 great-grandchildren; her step-mother, Carolyn Vogel-Braunecker; four sisters, Beatrice Recker and husband Dave, St. Anthony, Martha Miller, Jasper, Annette Schepers and husband Bob, Celestine, and Marlene King and husband Larry, Huntingburg; two brothers, Jerry (Sandy) Braunecker and wife Sandy, Haysville, and Kenny Braunecker and wife Marla, St. Anthony; one step-sister, Dollie Weikert and husband Dave, Jasper; and one step-brother, Larry Vogel, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Randy Gehlhausen, one sister, Betty Jean Waninger, three brothers, Anthony Jr., Donald, and Kevin Braunecker, and one step-brother, Roger Vogel.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Eugene Louis Rademacher, Sr., 76, Holland

Eugene Louis Rademacher, Sr., 76, of Holland, died Sunday (June 10) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Holland June 11, 1941, to Andrew and Helen E. (Schwartz) Rademacher. He married Mary Jane Fest October 26, 1963, at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry.

Eugene was employed at Holland Dairy for 33 years and retired as a truck jockey at Best Chairs. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and the Holland American Legion. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Southridge Raiders, and Indiana University sports fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Rademacher; one daughter, Jennifer Nordhoff and husband Larry, Jasper; one son, Eugene “J.R.” Rademacher and wife Dianna, Holland; two sisters, Roseann Scott and husband Ron and Janet Smith and husband Parvin, all of Dale; two brothers, Terry Rademacher and wife Debbi, Memphis, and Joe Rademacher and wife Anita, Montgomery; five grandchildren, Amanda Henke and husband Jared, Jasper, Audrey Leinenbach and husband Sean and Blake Rademacher and wife Erika, all of of Holland, Aryn Meyer and husband Michael, Portland, Tennessee, and Cody Rademacher and wife Dea, Selvin; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church or to wishes of the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church with burial following in the St. James Lutheran Cemetery West in Holland. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Virginia “Ginny” Stemle, 81, Celestine

Virginia “Ginny” Stemle, 81, of Celestine, died Saturday (June 9) at The Timers of Jasper. She was born in Celestine October 24, 1936, to Otto and Esther (Schultz) Stemle.

Ginny was a member of St. Isadore Parish – St. Celestine Campus. She enjoyed reading and spending time with family.

She is survived by one sister, Sylvia Schepers, San Diego, California; two brothers, David Stemle and wife Doris, and Steve Stemle and wife Grace, Derby; and nieces and newphews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isadore Parish or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Elizabeth “Betti” Kempf, 65, Ferdinand

Elizabeth “Betti” Kempf, 65, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (June 7) at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Ferdinand June 25, 1952, to Robert and Patricia (Carlisle) Oser. She married Glenn Kempf  August 1, 1970, at St. Ferdinand Church.

Betti worked for 40 years in accounts payable. She loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandkids. She enjoyed flower gardening and reading and attending car shows with her husband. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church where she served as an usher, the Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary, and the Ferdinand Community Center. She was a Friend of the Ferdinand Library.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn; two sons, Ryan Kempf and wife Valerie, Durham, North Carolina, and Luke Kempf and wife Meredith, Evansville; two brothers, Rich Oser and wife Laverne and Randy Oser and wife Bev, all of Ferdinand; three sisters, Pearline Wilson, Pam Kippenbrock and husband Dave, and Kim Oser, all of Ferdinand; and two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Elijah Kempf, both of Durham, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Patricia Oser.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

 

Michael J. Bohnert, 66, Jasper

Michael J. Bohnert, 66, of Jasper, died Wednesday (June 6) at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Huntingburg June 25, 1951, to Paul E. and Anna M. (Rohlman) Bohnert. He married Lynne Meyer June 21, 1975, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mike was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Bohnert Shell Station in Jasper for over 25 years and retired from Ruxer Ford Lincoln in Jasper. He was a member of St. Joseph in Jasper. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He was known for his ability to fix about anything and enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family and friends. His grandson George was the “apple of his eye.”

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Bohnert; two sons, Zachary Bohnert, Jasper, and Alex Bohnert, Colorado Springs, Colorado; one daughter, Molly Gately and husband William, Montclair, New Jersey; one grandson, George Gately; one sister, Martha Hochgesang and husband Kerry, Jasper; sister-in-law, Pam Schneider and husband Greg, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Mark A. Bohnert.

 

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 12:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation – Jasper Lions Club Eyecare Endowment, 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. Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Robert L. Hoppenjans, 82, Bretzville

Robert L. Hoppenjans, 82, of Bretzville, died Wednesday (June 6) at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. He was born in Bretzville May 19, 1936, to Henry and Verena (Muth) Hedinger Hoppenjans. He married Sarah M. Jochum June 19, 1958, at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry.

Robert was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Joseph Sodality. He retired from OFS Brands Plant No. 2 and was a farmer. His hobbies were cooking turtle soup, hulling walnuts, wine making, working on older Case tractors, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah M. Hoppenjans; four sons, Richard Hoppenjans and wife Carolyn, St. Henry, Gerald “Jerry” Hoppenjans and wife Sharon, Birdseye, James “Jim” Hoppenjans and wife Carolyn, Ferdinand, and Kenneth “Kenny” Hoppenjans and wife Joyce, Fulda; two daughters, Martha Sitzman and husband Gerald, St. Meinrad, and Anna Hoppenjans, Huntingburg; 14 grandchildren, Jessica Eckert, Eric, Nicholas, Chad, Joshua, Jordan, Tyler, Kayala, and Jonathon Hoppenjans, Justin and Heather Bauer, Nathan and Travis E. Sitzman, and Danielle Mayes; 11 great-grandchilden, Channing Eckert, Kailey, August, Holden, Cohen, and Brooklyn Hoppenjans, Kylie, Clay, Charlotte, and Edmund Sitzman, and Madison Albert; and two sisters, Mary Alice Hassfurther, Mariah Hill, and Helen Kraus, Boonville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Irma Reutman, Rose Mary Trowbridge, and Emma Welp, four brothers, Leonard Hoppenjans and Frank, Joseph, and Clarence Hedinger, and several in-laws.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Gary L. “Reggie” Knust, 61, Jasper

Gary L. “Reggie” Knust, 61, of Jasper, died Wednesday (June 6) at his home. He was born in Jasper September 21, 1956, to Alvin C. and Estella L. (Ketzner) Knust. He married Beckie Bartley September 13, 1986, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Reggie worked as a mortgage lender for several area banks for most of his life and recently worked part time for the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Jasper and was a 4th Degree Knight and previous Grand Knight with the Jasper K of C. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and was an avid San Francisco Giants and Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his wife Beckie Knust; one daughter, Amy Knust, Jasper; one son, Andrew Knust, Jasper; one sister, Linda Beck and husband Randy, Jasper; and three brothers, Edward Knust, Jasper, Eugene Knust, Florida, and Paul Knust and wife Donna, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one nephew, Bradley Knust.

Friend may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following at a later date.

Anna C. Bickwermert, 90, Huntingburg

Anna C. Bickwermert, 90, of Huntingburg, died Monday (June 4) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry June 1, 1928, to Hubert and Eleanora (Begle) Schwinghamer. She married Edwin Bickwermert November 4, 1950, at St. Henry Church. He died October 12, 1985.

Anna was a homemaker. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, Saint Henry Church and its Christian Mothers and was a 1946 graduate of Holland High School.

She is survived by one son, Philip Bickwermert and wife Debbie, Indianapolis; two daughters, Kathleen Levon and husband John, Pittsboro, and Karen Oles and husband Patrick, Danville; four grandchildren, Chris and Kevin Bickwermert, Matt Levon, and Kara Haynes and husband Seth; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Connor Lavon and Madison Benjamin.

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

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at St. Henry Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

 

Paul C. Schitter, 83, Ireland

Paul C. Schitter, 83, of Ireland, died Sunday (June 3) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Ireland December 25, 1934, to Harry and Laura (Burke) Schitter. He married Alma Sendelweck June 18, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Paul worked as a truck driver for Martin Renner Corporation for many years and then retired from the Dubois County Highway Department. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, a lifetime member of the Ireland Sportsman’s Club, a charter member of the Ireland Knights of Columbus, a member of the Jasper Moose Lodge 1175 and the Ireland Historical Society. He played baseball and basketball in high school. He played semipro baseball for the Ireland Merchants in the Deer Trail League for over 20 years. He was a lifelong bowler, an avid hunter and fisherman, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana Pacers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Schitter; one son, Jerald Schitter and wife Elaine, Jasper; four daughters, Janet Schitter, Jasper, Kathy Schitter, Newburgh, Karyn Borden and husband Randy, Portersville, and Lori Hopf and husband Kurt, Celestine; seven grandchildren, Jenna Hochmeister, Ben Schitter, Brock and Bailey Hopf, Brittany Jarboe, and Kyla and Nick Borden; five great-grandchildren, Reagan, Henry, and Ben Hochmeister, and Paul and Quinn Schitter.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Delores Kunkel and Mary Catherine Persohn, and two brothers, Rudy and Denny Schitter.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. The Ireland Knights of Columbus will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. The Jasper Moose will conduct a memorial service at 6:30. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, the Ireland Historical Society, 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. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Anna Mae Messier, 79, Jasper

Anna Mae Messier, 79, of Jasper, died Friday (June 1) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born December 9, 1938, to Bernard and Clarissa (Steffen) Kreilein. She married Amedie “Tom” Messier May 28, 1960, in Jasper. He died September 9, 2007.

Anna Mae retired as a teacher assistant at Fifth Street School where she worked for 20 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Sodality of the Blessed Mother, Daughters of Isabell, the St. Anne Society, American Legion Auxiliary, where she was past president, VFW Auxiliary, and the Women of the Moose. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos.

She is survived by two sons, Kurt Messier and wife Sherri, Jasper, and Michael Messier and wife Cindy, Newburgh; six grandchildren, Heath, Nicholas, Nate, Jace, Lucas, and Isaac Messier; three sisters, Marcella Rees, Louise Schitter and husband Levienes, and Florence Angerer and husband Delbert, all of Jasper; and two brothers, Dennis Kreilein and wife Virlee, Jasper, and Kenneth Kreilein and wife Marge, Celestine.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Alberta Kreilein and a sister who died in infancy.

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 Holy Family Church. The D of I and St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home and American Legion Auxilary Post No. 147 will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.