Florence R. Neal, age 88, of Huntingburg, Indiana, passed away at 7:30 a.m.,Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center, Jasper.

She was born December 9, 1926 in Jasper, Indiana to Edward and Helen (Rees) Meyer.  Florence married Lester H. Neal in Jasper, Indiana.  She worked at General Electric as an assembler in Huntingburg and also in Tell City when the business moved there years later.    Florence was a member of the Huntingburg V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Huntingburg Eagles.  She enjoyed camping and bowling.  She was preceded in death by:  her husband, Lester Neal, who died in 2006; one son, Robert E. Neal, in 1983; two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by:

One daughter and one son-in-law,

Linda (Phil) Ahrens of Huntingburg, IN,

One sister,

Alberta Meyer Leibering of Huntingburg,

by (4) grandchildren and (2) great grandchildren.

Services for Florence R. Neal will be held by the family privately.

There will not be a public visitation. Nass and Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntingburg V.F.W. Auxiliary.  Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared online at:  www.nassandson.com.

Wagner, Patricia

Patricia L. Wagner, age 86 of Ireland, Indiana, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday (June 7, 2015) at Brookside Village in Jasper, Indiana.

Patricia was born on July 12, 1928 in Jasper, Indiana to Otto and Leona (Basch) Hochgesang.  She married Linus N. Wagner on August 27, 1949 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, IN.  He preceded her in death on December 7, 2002.

Patricia was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana and their St. Anne’s Society, and a member of the VFW Post #673 Auxiliary.

She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, watching IU basketball and sports, and spending time with friends and family.


Three Daughters;

Marilyn Wenzel and husband Jim, Jasper, IN

Lynn Greulich and husband Craig, Ireland, IN

Lori Sunderman and husband Bob, Jasper, IN

Four Sons;

Jim Wagner and wife Elida, St. George, UT

Mike Wagner and wife Sherri, Huntingburg, IN

Mark Wagner, Jasper, IN

Patrick Wagner and wife Jill, Jasper, IN

12 Grandchildren

5 Great-Grandchildren

Two Sisters;

Laverne Berg, Jasper, IN

Carol Lueken and husband David, Jasper, IN

Preceding her in death was her husband Linus.

Funeral Services for Patricia L. Wagner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday (June 11, 2015) at St. Mary’s  Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday (June 11, 2015) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, IN.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or a favorite charity.

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

Knies, Imogene

Imogene M. Knies, age 83 of Celestine, Indiana, passed away at 1:48 p.m. on Saturday (June 6, 2015) at the Timbers of Jasper.

Imogene was born on May 8, 1932 in St. Anthony, IN  to Charles and Florence (Voges)Schnell.    She married Elmer Knies on October 11, 1951 at St. Celestine Church. He preceded her in death on October 25, 2012.

Imogene worked as the bookkeeper for Ben Franklin in Jasper for 40 plus years.

She was a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church and their St. Ann’s Society, and the Celestine Community Club.

She enjoyed playing cards, needlework ,watching the St . Louis Cardinals and Indiana Pacers, and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Two Daughters;

Cindy Knies, Celestine, IN

Sherry Bieker and her husband Mark, Celestine, IN

One Son;

Kent Knies and his wife Brenda, Celestine, IN

12 Grandchildren

15 Great Grandchildren, Two Step Great-Grandchildren, and One Step Great-Great- Grandchild.

One Sister;

Doris Meyer, Celestine, IN

Preceding her in death beside her husband were two sons, Scott J. Knies and Michael L. Knies.

Funeral Services for Imogene M. Knies will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday (June 10, 2015) at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, Indiana, with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday (June 10, 2015) at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, IN.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Celestine  Endowment Fund in memory of Elmer and Imogene Knies.

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

Richard S. Colman, age 83 of Dubois, Indiana passed away at 10:07 p.m. Saturday, (June 6, 2015) in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born on February 4, 1932 at Brownsville, Kentucky to Barney and Gladys (Rountree) Colman.  He married Joyce Foy on July 16, 1960 at Chicago, Illinois.

Richard was a US Navy Veteran serving in Japan.

He retired from the U.S. Corp of Engineers.  He had worked at Patoka Lake for many years.

He enjoyed NASCAR, Fishing, Auctions and watching Westerns movies.


Wife, Joyce

Son, Keith Colman, Dubois, IN

Three daughters,

Wonda Colman and fiancé Marc Fasnacht, Huntingburg, IN

Barbara Wood and husband Bob, Jasper, IN

Janice Bates and husband William, Calhoun, GA

Four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Three sisters,

Loretta Fentress, Charleston, IL

Lorene Cutright and husband Jerry, Charleston, IL

Regina Swim , Mattoon, IL

Preceding him in death are one grandson, David S. Wood.

One brother, Floyd Colman and four sisters,

Helen Dailey, Rosetta Shafer, Dimple O’Dell, Dorothy Groves. Also three sisters and one brother died in infancy.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, (June 9, 2015) in the Cuzco Cemetery in Cuzco.  First Baptist Church in Jasper will conduct the graveside service. V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper will conduct military grave side rites.

Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Sister Brenda Englert, 93, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, died at 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

Sister Brenda was born November 4, 1921 in St. Anthony, Indiana, the fifth of 6 children of Jacob and Sarah (Jahn) Englert. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1952 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1954.

She is survived by a brother, Bernard of Jasper; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold; and three sisters, Hilda Staab Whaley, Aurelia Reteneller, and Bernadette Englert.

Sister Brenda was a teacher at Haubstadt (St. James), Mount Vernon, Rockport, St. Anthony, and St. Joseph in Evansville. She also taught religious education at Vincennes (St. Thomas) and at Dale (St. Joseph Parish) and has worked in various support services within the monastery. She most recently served in prayer ministry.

Visitation will be at the monastery on Monday, June 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. EDT, and on Tuesday, June 9, from 2 to 4:15 p.m. A wake service will be on Monday at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the monastery church followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.

Bertha Josephine Wiederkehr, 93 of St. Meinrad passed away Thursday June 4th at Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper. Bertha was born in St. Meinrad, Indiana on July 19, 1921 to Christ & Frances (Dumolt) Wigger. She married Francis G. Wiederkehr on November 8, 1941 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1990.

Bertha enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, cooking and her grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of St. Meinrad Parish and it’s Ladies Sodality, a member of Twin Lakes Homemakers Club. She was a homemaker most of her life, but was employed in the sewing department at Best Chairs for several years. She had an infectious laugh and enjoyed family & friends.

She is survived by 2 sons, James Wiederkehr and his wife Letty of Dearing, GA. & John Wiederkehr of St. Meinrad. 3 daughters, Martha Miller and husband Earl of Tell City, Joyce Kline of Leopold, and Mildred Highfill and husband Charlie of St. Meinrad. One sister, Lucille Gunter of Forest Park, GA. 5 grandchildren, James S. Wiederkehr, Pat and Frank Miller, Valerie Cronin, and Amy Aders. 9 great-grandchildren, Jamie, Tyler, and Angel Wiederkehr, Cecelia Miller, Troy and Trent Cronin, Jacob Vinson, Morgan Hessig, and Ashtin Aders. 1 great great grandchild, Madelyn Cronin.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Hubert Wigger, three sisters, Ann Engelke, Ida Ritzi, and Lena Gogel, one grandson, Jody Hochenberry, and one great grandson, Travis Cronin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM EDT Monday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 PM EDT Sunday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, and after 10:00 AM EDT Monday at St. Meinrad Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Cemetery Fund C/O St. Meinrad Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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James “Jim” David DeCoursey, age 69, of Huntingburg, passed away at 12:03 a.m., on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at his residence.

He was born July 9, 1945 in Bicknell, Indiana, to Everett and Martha (Clemmons) DeCoursey.  He married Damona Brown on May 8, 1976 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lamar.  Jim worked as a radiology technologist at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg and then as a manufacturer’s representative for OFS Brands.  He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, where he served as a past church council president; member of the Y.M.I. Club and Optimist Club; and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Jane DeCoursey.

He is survived by:

His wife,

Damona DeCoursey of Huntingburg, IN,

One Son,

Greg (fiancé, Billie Wininger) DeCoursey of Vincennes, IN,

Four daughters,

Julia (Sherman) Kays of Vincennes, IN,

Kylie (Eric) Lauderdale of Huntingburg, IN,

Kelsey (Cory) Menke of Huntingburg, IN,

Morgan (Kyle) Rust of Huntingburg, IN,

One brother,

Mike (Karen) DeCoursey of Bicknell, IN,

by (10) grandchildren and (1) great grandchild.

Memorial services for Jim DeCoursey will be held at 3:00 p.m., E.D.T., onSunday, June 7, 2015 at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  Friends may call for visitation at the funeral home from 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m., on Sunday, the day of the service.  Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a favorite charity.  Condolences may be shared online at: www.nassandson.com.