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    James Michael Lifke

    James Michael Lifke, 80, of Santa Claus passed away peacefully Thursday September 20th at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. James was born October 22, 1937 in Mishawaka to Michael & Ruth (Coil) Lifke. He was united in marriage to Janet Schelstraete on August 17, 1963 at St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka. James graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1956, and from Indiana State University in 1965 of which he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Jim began his teaching and coaching career at Lakeville High School, Schmucker Middle School, Penn Township, Hobart High School and most recently Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City. Jim was a member of St. Francis…

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    Edmond "Dwain" Reynolds

    Edmond “Dwain” Reynolds, 82, of Ferdinand passed away at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper on September 15, 2018, surrounded by family members. Ed was born on February 18, 1936, in Plainville, IN to John Marion and Lillian Naomi (Meurer) Reynolds. He married Susan D. Schue on October 18, 1958 in Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. Ed Graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, IN and then went to work at Delco Remy. He joined the National Guard and then the Air Force, where he was an Air Traffic Controller. He was in the service during the Korean War. After leaving the service he was an…

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    Roberta Grace (Claycamp) Kaetzel

    Roberta Grace (Claycamp) Kaetzel, 91 of Dale passed away Monday September 10th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born July 7, 1927 in Jackson County, Indiana to Harold & Frances (VanCleave) Claycamp. She was united in marriage to Carl D. Kaetzel on September 5, 1948 at Santa Claus United Methodist Church. Roberta was a self-employed beautician for many years. She was a member of Santa Claus United Methodist Church and Santa Claus Legion Post 242 auxillary. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crochet. She also collected precious moments figurines. Surviving are her husband, Carl D. Kaetzel, one son, Timothy Kaetzel of Dale and one daughter, Jill Kaetzel of…

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    Mary A. Heberer

    Mary A. Heberer, 72 of Ferdinand passed away Friday September 7th in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born December 6, 1945 to Martin & Henrietta (Bachman) Auffart. She was united in marriage to Arthur Heberer on June 26, 1992 in St. Ferdinand Church. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2002. Mary was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She retired from DMI as a secretary. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed flowers, going out to lunch with her friends, her friends at the gym and various card clubs, and…

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    Verlyn E. Gehlhausen

    Verlyn E. Gehlhausen, 54, of Huntingburg passed away on Friday, September 7th at Memorial Hospital and HealthCare Center in Jasper. Verlyn was born December 25, 1963 in Huntingburg to Eugene and Virlee (Braunecker) Gehlhausen. He married Rita Prueher on July 4, 1987 in St. Meinrad Catholic Church. Verlyn was a skilled laborer. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping, fishing, playing guitar and taxidermy. Verlyn loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of Divine Mercy Parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church. Verlyn was a member of St. Anthony Community Center. Verlyn is survived by his wife, Rita of Huntingburg; two sons, Brandon (Bethany) Gehlhausen of Dubois…

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    David A Grundhoefer

    David A. Grundhoefer, 74, of Santa Claus Indiana passed away peacefully at home on August 28, 2018. He was born in Mariah Hill, Indiana on January 7, 1944 to Arthur and Cecelia Grundhoefer. Dave was a graduate of Dale High School and Brescia College with a degree in education and business. Dave was united in marriage to Marsha Werner on May 24, 1969 in Tell City, IN. Dave and his wife, Marsha, owned and operated a clothing store, Four Seasons, and a shoe store, The Shoe String, both located in Santa Claus, in the 1970s. Dave was fortunate to be involved in the initial development of Christmas Lake Village, which…

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    Patricia Hooper

    Patricia Hooper, 78, of Ferdinand, passed away, Tuesday, August 14th at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Patricia was born March 14, 1940 in Marlette, MI. to James and Marie (Netkowski) Sullivan. She married Jon Hooper on April 4, 1960 in Santa Anna, CA. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2013. Patricia was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. She belonged to the Red Hats Society. Patricia was an Indianapolis Colts fan and enjoyed watching all sports. She is survived by three sons, Brian (Dave Cook) Hooper of Lake Villa, IL., Robert (Stephanie) Hooper of Loogootee and David (Kristy) Hooper of Mariah Hill; two daughters,…

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    David L Mundy

    David L. Mundy, 74, of Birdseye, passed away Monday, August 13th at his home. David was born September 22, 1943 in Jasper to Ollie and Jenny (Waddle) Mundy. He married Peggy Frick on May 12, 1962. David was an Indiana Insurance Agent. He was an avid hunter who also enjoyed just watching wildlife. He loved spending his summers in the mountains of Colorado. He retired as a 4H shooting sports instructor after 14 years of service. David was a member of Dubois County Sportsman Club. David is survived by four sons, Bret (Toni) Mundy of Birdseye, Bart (Marla) Mundy of Dale, Brian (Vivian) Mundy of Holland and David Jr. Mundy…

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    Virlee B Troesch

    Virlee B. Troesch, 82 of St. Meinrad passed away Monday August 6th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. Virlee was born June 11, 1936 in Fulda to Albin & Rose P. (Sergesketter) Waninger. She was united in marriage to Walter Troesch on May 13, 1961 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. Virlee was a member of Saint Meinrad Parish and its’ Ladies Sodality. She was a homemaker, and previously worked at General Electric in Tell City. Virlee enjoyed being with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Walter Troesch, One son Steve Troesch (Kathy) of St. Meinrad. One daughter, Lisa Shipman & fiance’ Brett Kluemper of…

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    Vernita Caroline Sitzman Nies

    Vernita Caroline Sitzman Nies, 84 of Mariah Hill passed away Saturday July 14th at her home in Mariah Hill. Vernita was born November 10, 1933 to Frank & Mary (Lemmer) Miller. She was united in marriage to Ronald Sitzman on July 4, 1953 in Mary Help Of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1993. She then married George Nies on September 20, 2002. Vernita was a lifelong member of Mary Help Of Christians Church, and its Ladies Sodality. She was a member of the Santa Claus Legion Post # 242 Auxillary and the Disabled American Veterans Auxillary. She was a homemaker and farmer.…

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    Leo Joseph Schneider

    Leo J. Schneider, 76 of Saint Anthony passed away Monday July 9th in Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born April 12, 1942 to Alois & Jeanette (Schulthies) Schneider. He married Donna J. Heidorn on April 12, 1969 in St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg. Leo retired in 2010 from Hasenour Motor Company in St. Anthony as a mechanic after 38 years. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Legion post #493, Huntingburg V.F.W., Jasper 40/8 and the St. Anthony Community Center. He was active in local & district Scouting and was a local scout leader for many years. He was the…

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    Joann Philipps Helton

    Joann (Holtzman) Philipps Helton, 88 of Owensboro passed away Thursday July 5th at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born August 8, 1929 in Fulda, Indiana to Pius & Helen (Hurm) Holtzman. She was preceded in death by her first husband Dallas Philipps on January 1, 1973. She then married Arlan Helton on August 1, 1988. Surviving are her husband Arlan Helton of Owensboro, two sons, Michael (Jacquelyn) Philipps of Hartford, KY. and Jeffrey (Khatuna) Philipps of Dale. One daughter, Jody French (Jason) of Indianapolis. Eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and four step great-great grandchildren. Sisters, Leola (Omar) Stein of Santa Claus, Lyra Jane Knauf of St. Joseph, MI., and Margie…

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    James "Jim" Seidl

    James T. (Jim) Seidl passed away from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on July 3rd, 2018. He was 88 years old. He was born on February 12, 1930 to Leo and Magdalena (Luebbehusen) Seidl. Jim grew up on the family farm in St. Henry, and attended St Henry Catholic School and graduated from Holland High School in 1948. He served in Korea from 1951 to 1953, until he was seriously injured in a convoy accident which killed 3 soldiers. During his service, Seidl earned the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the United States Service Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, and Good Conduct Medal. On May 5, 1959, he married…

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    Elaine Wood Daubenspeck

    Elaine Wood Daubenspeck,70, passed away in the early hours of June 19, 2018. She was born in Oakland City, Indiana, on April 14, 1948, to Lucille Easter Soderling and John Lester Wood and lived her early years in Winslow before moving with her parents to Liberty, Indiana, where she graduated from high school in 1966. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Oakland City College in 1970, and later completed her Master’s Degree at Indiana State University. Elaine followed in her mother’s footsteps by selecting a career in education. She began teaching at Dale High School in 1970, and after consolidation, continued her career at Heritage Hills High School…

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    David "Jay" Hides

    David “Jay” Hides, of Louisville, KY passed away Saturday, June 23rd at Baptist Health in Louisville. Jay was born July 12, 1967 in Louisville. He married Gina Mohr on November 3, 2001 in St. Ferdinand Church. He worked in sales. Jay was a fan of all sports, especially golf. He loved University of Kentucky Athletics. Jay genuinely loved life and lived it to the fullest. Even in death Jay gave the gift of life by becoming an organ donor. Jay served in the Army and was a Veteran of Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, Gina of Louisville; one son, David (Erica) Hides of Bloomington, IN; a daughter,…

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    Gwen Graves

    Gwen Graves, 42, of Ferdinand passed away, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. Gwen was born October 15, 1975 in Huntingburg to Michael and Karen (Leinenbach) Hagedorn. She married Tim Graves in St. Ferdinand Church on February 15, 2003. Gwen loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and camping. Gwen loved her dogs. She was a very giving person and continued to give even in death by giving the gift of life through organ donation. She is survived by her husband, Tim Graves, her son, Jordan Hagedorn and a daughter, Gracie Graves all of Ferdinand; her parents, Michael and Karen Hagedorn of…

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    Virlee B Gehlhausen

    Virlee B. Gehlhausen, 78 of Huntingburg passed away Tuesday June 12th at Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center, Jasper. She was born August 13, 1939 in Saint Anthony to Anthony Sr. & Elizabeth (Englert) Braunecker. She married Eugene A. Gehlhausen on June 20, 1959 in Saint 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 Saint Anthony Community Center, and Ferdinand Community Center. Virlee retired after 33 years at DMI Furniture in Huntingburg. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and she was an avid sports fan. Surviving are her husband of 58 years…

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    Elizabeth "Betti" Kempf

    Elizabeth “Betti” Kempf, 65 of Ferdinand passed away on Thursday, June 7th at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Betti was born June 25, 1952 in Ferdinand to Robert and Patricia (Carlisle) Oser. She married Glenn Kempf on August 1, 1970 in St. Ferdinand Church. Betti worked for 40 years in accounts payable. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandkids. Betti enjoyed flower gardening and reading. Betti also enjoyed attending car shows with her husband Glenn. Betti gave the gift of life by being an organ donor. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church where she served as an usher. Betti belonged…

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    Robert Leo Hoppenjans

    Robert L. Hoppenjans, 82 of Bretzville passed away Wednesday June 6th at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, In. Robert was born May 19, 1936 in Bretzville to Henry & Verena (Muth) Hedinger Hoppenjans. He was united in marriage to Sarah M. Jochum on June 19, 1958 in Saint Henry Catholic Church. Robert was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He retired from OFS Brands Plant # 2 and was a farmer. His hobbies were cooking turtle soup, hulling walnuts, wine making, working on older CASE tractors and enjoying spending time with his family & friends. Surviving are his wife of…

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    Anna C. Bickwermert

    Anna C. Bickwermert, 90 of Huntingburg passed away Monday June 4th in Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. Anna was born June 1, 1928 in Saint Henry to Hubert & Eleanora (Begle) Schwinghamer. She married Edwin Bickwermert on November 4, 1950 in Saint Henry Church. He preceded her in death on October 12, 1985. Anna was a member of Christ the King Parish, Saint Henry Church and its Christian Mothers. She graduated from Holland High School in 1946. Anna was a homemaker. Surviving are one son, Philip (Debbie) Bickwermert of Indianapolis, two daughters, Kathleen (John) Levon of Pittsboro, IN. and Karen (Patrick) Oles of Danville, IN. Four grandchildren, Chris Bickwermert, Kevin…

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    Betty Jean Waninger

    Betty Jean Waninger, 74, of Huntinburg, passed away on Friday, May 25th. Betty was born January 25, 1944 in St. Anthony, In. to Anthony Sr. and Elizabeth (Englert) Braunecker. She married Norman Waninger on May 19, 1962 in St. Anthony. Betty was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Anthony Community Center and also Divine Mercy Parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church. Betty enjoyed quilting and sewing. Betty is survived Her husband Norman Waninger, two daughters, Denise (Rick) Kitten of Ferdinand and Brenda (Byron) Ison of Jeffersonville; five sisters, Virlee (Eugene) Gehlhausen of Huntingburg, Beatrice (Dave) Recker of St. Anthony, Martha Miller of Jasper, Annette (Bob) Schepers of Celestine…

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    James Troesch

    Jim Troesch, 52 of Ferdinand passed away Thursday May 17th at his home. He was born March 8, 1966 in Jasper, In. to Walter & Virlee (Waninger) Troesch. He married Jennifer L. Peters on July 16, 1994 in St. Meinrad Catholic Church. Jim was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and of St. Meinrad K of C # 5599. He was a 1984 graduate of Perry Central High School and attended Oakland City University. He was employed at Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Jasper for 23 years. He enjoyed running, playing basketball with his children, attending his childrens’ sporting events and band competitions. He was an avid…

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    Mary Jo Tretter

    Mary Jo Tretter, age 74, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away peacefully on May 14, 2018 at her home. Mary Jo was born October 22, 1943 in Ferdinand, IN to Joseph F. and Olivia Lueken. She was a graduate of St. Ferdinand High School and of DeVry Beauty School. On October 26, 1963 she married Dennis Tretter. She owned and operated Be-Lov-Lee Beauty Shop in Ferdinand for 27 years. After moving to Evansville, IN she managed a dentist office and was the store manager of Enhancing Moments in Newburgh. Mary Jo delighted in dancing with her husband, enjoyed her travels, loved her grandchildren and appreciated her childhood and recent friendships.…

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    Mary Ann "Annie" Hoppenjans

    Mary Ann “Annie” Hoppenjans, 78 of Ferdinand passed away Friday May 11th at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 1, 1939 in Ferdinand to Alois & Henrietta (Durchholz) Oser. She married Donald Hoppenjans on June 10, 1961 in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church. Annie retired as secretary after 35 years for the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. She was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Parish. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing cards, especially weekly card games with her sisters. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sporting activities. Annie was active in playing softball for many years. Surviving are her husband Donald Hoppenjans, three daughters, Karen Hughes…