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Hawley, Mary

Mary Hawley, age 87 of Jasper, Indiana passed away at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, (May 24, 2015), at Northwood Good Samaritan Nursing  Center in Jasper.

She was born at Dubois, Indiana on June 24 1927 to William and Florence (Hooten) Hentrup.

Mary retired from Western Electric at Indianapolis, Indiana where she worked for 30 years.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper  and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois and Telephone Pioneers of America.


Four sisters,

Doris Gehlhausen, Port St. Lucie, FL

Alice Childers and husband Millard, Science Hill, KY

Kathy Knies and husband and Jerry, Jasper, IN

Patti Brosmer and husband Jim, Jasper, IN

One brother, David Hentrup, Jasper, IN

Preceding her in death are two sisters, Cindy Spivy  and Marcella Roberts also four brothers, Donald, Wilfred, Leroy and Louis Hentrup.

Funeral services for Mary Hawley will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, (May 27, 2015), in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow in St. Raphael’s Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois and Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Gress, Virgil

Virgil M. Gress, age 70 of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at 6:14 p.m. on Saturday (May 23, 2015) at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Virgil was born in Jasper, Indiana on April 4, 1945 to Anton and Margaret (Lampert) Gress. He married Judy Schlachter  on April 8, 1967 in St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

Virgil was the co-founder and president of Kitchen Jewels, Inc.  in Jasper, Indiana.   He served as the past president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer, and was a member of the Jasper American Legion Post #147.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Jasper Optimist Club, and a Past President of the Jasper German Club.  He and his wife Judy served as the host and hostess of the Jasper Strassenfest.

He enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling,  and spending time with his grandchildren.



Judy Gress, Jasper, Indiana

Two sons;

Darren Gress and  wife Pam, Jasper, IN

Dale Gress and wife Micki, Jasper, IN

Six Grandchildren;

Emily, Abby and Evan Gress, and Jade, Lexi, and Will Gress.

Four Sisters;

Clara Mae Braunecker, Ireland, IN

Mitz Lanham and husband Bob, Plainfield, IN

Naomi Gress, Jasper, IN

Diane Buechlein and husband Gene, Fischers, IN

Two Brothers;

Lee Gress and wife Rita, Ireland, IN

Wilfred Gress  and wife Helen, Ireland, IN

Preceding him in death was one brother Rich Gress.

Funeral services for Virgil M. Gress will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday (May 29, 2015) at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, IN, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, Indiana.  The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday (May 28, 2015) at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before the 10 a.m. service time at Holy Family Catholic Church.  The Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Hohler, Frieda

Frieda I. Hohler, age 95 of Jasper, Indiana passed away at 6:55 a.m. Monday, (May 25, 2015), at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born on September 22, 1919 at Celestine, Indiana to Frank and Margaret (Schnell) Heichelbech.  She married Urban M. Hohler on June 17, 1947.  He preceded her in death onNovember 26, 1995.

Frieda was a homemaker and member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Blessed Virgin Sodality.

She enjoyed camping, playing cards, embroidery, Word Search and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed mother – daughter sleep overs.


Three Daughters,

Mary Lou Gehlhausen, Jasper, IN

Ruth Seger and her husband Michael, Paoli, IN

Donna Schwartz and her husband Gerald, Jasper, IN

Two sons,

Dennis Hohler and his wife Becky, Jasper, IN

Mark Hohler, Jasper, IN

Nine grandchildren,

Kevin J.  Gehlhausen and his wife Veronica,

Teresa Giesler and her husband Mark

Keith Seger

Amy Graves and her husband Bradley

Jill Graham and her husband Daniel

Ryan Hohler and his wife Ashley

Scott Hohler

Brian Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife Cari

Eight great grandchildren,

Gavin Giesler

Coty Giesler

Jacob Graves

Austin Graves

Bentley Graham

Myla Hohler

Henry Schwartz

Thomas Schwartz

Preceding her in death besides her husband are six sisters, Cecelia Schroering, Bernadine Rape, Rose Pieper, Bertha Kossen Mahlman, Veronica Heichelbech and Helen Heichelbech who died in infancy, also three brothers, Herbert, Alois and Ray Heichelbech.

Funeral services for Frieda Hohler will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, (May 28, 2015), in Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, (May 27, 2015), at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at church. Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Blessed Virgin Sodality at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to Holy Family Catholic.

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James H. Kloeck, 69, of St. Meinrad passed away May 19, 2015, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. James was born August 16, 1945 in St. Meinrad to Xavier and Lorena (Rupprecht) Kloeck. James was retired from the Abbey Press. He was a member of Saint Meinrad American Legion Post 366, Saint Meinrad K of C and Saint Meinrad Catholic Church Parish. James was an avid reader, fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University Sports.

James is survived by four sisters, Theresa Wahl of Evansville, Sr. Vera Kloeck, Edwina Wahl and husband Leo, Betty Knust and husband Jim all of Ferdinand; sister in law, Marta Kloeck of Ferdinand; one brother, Tom M. Kloeck and wife Sarah of Saint Meinrad; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and Francis Kloeck; two nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 CDT Friday, May 22, 2015 at Saint Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Saint Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rights. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 AM CDT until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to, American Cancer Society or Saint Meinrad Parish. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com

Gilbert Steckler, 87, of St. Henry died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home. He was born April 18, 1928 to Henry and Josephine (Angermeier) Steckler in St. James, IN. Gilbert married Mary Gries October 16, 1948 in St. Wendel Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on February 1, 2009. Their growing family moved to St. Henry in 1958 where Gilbert continued his lifelong vocation as a dairy farmer until his retirement in 1992. Gilbert was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Catholic Knights of America and National Farmers Organization. Gilbert and his wife Mary were former recipients of the Brute’ Award. He enjoyed horses, antique equipment, family and especially grandkids.

Gilbert is survived by nine sons, Allen and wife Martha, Jerry and wife Marsha, Dave and wife Linda, Greg and wife Julie, Paul and Kenny all of St. Henry, Mike and wife Margie and Mark and wife Colette all of Huntingburg, Stan and wife Martha of Leopold; eight daughters, Carol Jean Niehaus and husband David, Elaine Morris and husband John, Janet Theiring and husband Nathan all of Newburg, Donna Dilger and husband Vernon of St. Wendel, Norma Blackgrove and husband Joe of Huntingburg, Karen Woodside and husband Garry of St. James, Linda Schwinghammer and husband Greg of St. Henry and Lori Tischendorf and husband Terry of Santa Claus; three brothers, Joe, Harold and Donnie of St. James; six sisters, Margaret Ramsey of Texas, Mary Seib of Huntingburg, Betty Lefler of Francisco, Patricia Jackson and Kathy Ising of Evansville, Jean Martin of Newburg; Ninety-four grandchildren and Ninety-seven great-grandchildren.

Gilbert was preceded to eternal life by his wife of 60 years, Mary; a granddaughter, Melissa Steckler; two daughter-in-laws, Margaret and Becky Steckler; three brothers, Edwardn Oscar and Lewis; four sisters, Ester Gries, Sr. Mary Ester, Viola Scheller and Irma Bender. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday at St. Henry Catholic Church and Friday from 8:00 until service time at the church. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated beginning at 10:00 AM Friday with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church, The Monastery of Immaculate Conception or St. Meinrad Monastery. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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Alan E. Schwartz, age 76, of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:22 a.m., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at his residence.

He was born April 23, 1939 in Huntingburg, Indiana, to Arthur P. “A.P.” and Mildred (Hull) Schwartz.  He married Cara Lee Buschkill on July 11, 1964 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Evansville.  Mr. Schwartz retired from NCR Corp where he worked as a District Sales Manager.  He was a member of Central Christian Church in Huntingburg and Sigma Phi Epsilon at Indiana State University.  Alan was preceded in death by his wife, Cara Lee Schwartz, who passed away November 26, 2013; two brothers, Stanley Schwartz and Arnold Schwartz; one sister, Ruth Esarey; and one niece, Sherrie Schwartz.

He is survived by:

His daughter and son-in-law,

Lisa (Bruce) Parks of Holt, Michigan,

One brother,

Jerald Schwartz of Ft. Wayne, IN,

Three grandchildren,

Holly, Joshua and Katie Parks at home in Holt, Michigan,

and by nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Alan E. Schwartz will be held at 1:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at the Central Christian Church in Huntingburg with burial of his cremains to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  Pastor Paul Newland will officiate at the services.

Friends may call for visitation at the Central Christian Church in Huntingburg from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 26th, the day of the service.  Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  Condolences may be shared online at:  www.nassandson.com.

Hilda T. Ebert, 92, of Ferdinand, passed away, Sunday, May 17, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. Hilda was born April 16, 1923 in Adeyville, IN. to Joseph and Catherine (Jacob) Schaefer. Hilda married Othmar J. Ebert on May 22, 1945 in St. Meinrad. Othmar passed away on August 19, 2014.

Hilda is survived by one son, Sylvan Ebert and wife Linda of Greenwood, IN.; four daughters, Norma Murray and husband Jim of Kokomo, Diane Balbach and husband David of Dale, Sandy Meyer and husband Steve of Lexington, KY., Terri Carson and husband Jeff of Carmel, IN.; a son-in-law, Gene Braunecker of Huntingburg; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren also survive. Hilda was preceded in death her husband Othmar; a daughter Marlene Braunecker; five brothers, Raymond, Robert, Hilbert, Richard and Othmar Schaefer.

Hilda was a homemaker and helped her husband work on the family farm. She was a member of the St. Meinrad American Legion Auxiliary, Saint Ferdinand Church Parish and Daughters of Isabella. Hilda was also a member of Ferdinand Senior Citizens. She was an avid reader who enjoyed making quilts and playing cards.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00 PM and Thursday from 7:00 until 9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com