Donald L. “Donnie” Blessinger, 79, Jasper

Donald L. “Donnie” Blessinger, 79, of Jasper, died Monday, May 4, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born May 24, 1940, to Harry and Leona (Mundy) Blessinger. He married Mary Lou Artmeier July 7, 1962, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper. She died August 2, 2009.

Donnie was a 1958 graduate of Jasper High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1963 to 1965. He worked at Chesapeake Packing Company in St. Anthony for 30 years, and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and American Legion Post 147. He enjoyed playing cards and watching Indiana University basketball.

He is survived by one sister, Doris Voelkel, Dubois; one brother, Eugene Blessinger and wife Verena, Jasper; five nieces, Carla Durcholz, Sharon Brames and companion Bob Brown, and Donna Haase and husband Michael, all of Jasper, Rhonda Boehm, St. Henry and Sara Hamm and husband Jason, St. Johns, Florida; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Ann Blessinger, and one brother-in-law, Wesley Voelkel.

Private funeral services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church. Online condolences can be shared at