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June 24, 2004
Howard H. Westerfeld
Howard H. Westerfeld, 85, of Batesville, died Monday, June 21, 2004 at his residence.
He was born June 18, 1919 in Batesville the son of William and Elizabeth (Barg)
Westerfeld, both deceased. He married Stella Pat Goyert at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, Crossroads, on November 29, 1941 and she survives.
Other survivors include four sons, David (Janet) Westerfeld, Daniel Westerfeld,
James (Melissa) Westerfeld, all of Batesville, Rick (Patti) Westerfeld of Greensburg,
two daughters, Sharyn Cobler, Mary Anne Walsman and husband Snork, all of Batesville,
two brothers, Monroe Westerfeld of Batesville, William Westerfeld of Indianapolis,
two sisters, Ethel Parmer of Columbus, Evelyn Parmer of Edinburgh, fourteen grandchildren
and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mabel Bauer
and three brothers, Wilbur, Clarence and Raymond Westerfeld.
Mr. Westerfeld was a life long farmer. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of WWII,
a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads and several different church
organizations in the past.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 24, 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, Crossroads, with Pastor Robin Owen and Pastor Danny Wolford officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials
may go to the church or Margaret Mary Hospital Hospice.
Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Jean C. Block
Jean C. Block, 78, of Madison, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at King's Daughters'
Hospital, Madison. She was born January 6, 1926 in Lawrenceburg the daughter
of Paul Neal and Freda Gomph, both deceased.
She is survived by two daughters, Sherry and husband Bob Monroe, Linda and husband
Robert Asher of Nancy, KY, three son, Richard Block and wife Kimberly of Madison,
Denny Block and wife Cookie of Madison, Louis (Tink) Block and wife Georgine
of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, one sister, Jerrie Wuest of Milan, one brother, Wayne
Neal of Cincinnati, 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and several nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew Block and one
great-grandson, Drake Block.
Mrs. Block formerly worked as a cook at Mike's Grill, The Hillside Inn and the
Mississippi Queen. She was a member of the Christian Church in Lawrenceburg,
the American Legion Post #9 Auxiliary.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 18 until the time of services at 1 p.m.
at Vail-Holt Funeral Home, Madison Chapel with Rev. Bob Leach officiating. Burial
will be in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison. Memorials may be made to
the Hospice of King's Daughters' Hospital, T.C.U.
Eugene J. Young
Eugene J. Young, 89, of Clarksville, formerly of Osgood, died Wednesday, June
16, 2004 at Providence Retirement Home, New Albany. He was born May 10, 1915
in Osgood, the son of Jacob and Anna M. Weinman Young. He married Mille Thayer
on May 24, 1974 in Corydon at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and she preceded
him in death. He later married Patricia Hommel in January of 2002 and she survives
Other survivors include two stepsons, Doug Thayer of Osgood, Fred Hommel of Clarksville,
one stepdaughter, Margie Hommel of Clarksville, one sister, Pauline Miles of
St. Bernard, OH, sister-in-law, Rita Young of Lawrenceburg and many nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Jerome, Carl, Anthony and
Vincent Young, and one sister, Helen Garrison.
Mr. Young graduated from Xavier University in 1938. He worked for the District
Office Texaco, Indianapolis in accounting; the Department of Commerce USA and
GS throughout the United States Coast and Geodetic survey; Seagram's Corp and
Distillers limited as an appraiser from 1952-1957; the Army Corp of Engineers
real property appraisers on high level dams on the Ohio River. He was a member
of the William A. Gilland American Legion Post #267 since 1946, the Knights of
Columbus Council #1808 Harrison County, St. John's Catholic Church, Osgood, St.
Anthony of Padua of Clarksville and was a WWII Army veteran.
Visitation will be held Monday, June 21 at St. John's Catholic Church, Osgood
from 9-10 a.m. Funeral services will follow visitation at 10 a.m. Burial will
be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Osgood.
Memorials may go to the donor's choice.
Neal's Funeral Home, Osgood is in charge of the arrangements.
Howard Klusman, 77, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at his
residence. He was born in Ohio County on August 5, 1926 the son of Martin and
Anna Torwelle Klusman. He was married to Joyce Hampton on June 27, 1953 and
Other survivors include one son, Mark Klusman and his wife Ann of Versailles,
one grandson, Dominick Klusman, one brother, Gilbert Klusman of El Paso, Texas,
two sisters, Adina Jacobitz of Kennesaw, Nebraska and Velora Pollert of Seymour.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leroy Klusman.
Mr. Klusman was an Army veteran of WWII where he served in the 1st Air Repair
and Supply Detachment in the Philippines and Okinawa. He was a farmer and had
driven school buses in the Holton, Cross Plains and South Ripley school districts.
He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dewberry and the Brown Township
American Legion. Mr. Klusman also enjoyed antique tractors.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 11, 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral
Home in Versailles.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home
with Pastor Donald Sauls officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Paul's Cemetery at Dewberry with military graveside
rites conducted by the Brown Township American Legion.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Building Fund in care of the funeral home.
Chester E. Nichols Jr.
Chester E. Nichols Jr., 74, of Milan, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at King's Daughters'
Hospital, Madison. He was born July 25, 1929 in Switzerland County the son
of Chester H. and Ernestine (Peters) Nichols Sr. He married Eleanar (Call)
Nichols on July 18, 1948 and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, James (Susie) Nichols of Batesville, Jon (Jean)
Nichols of Milan, one daughter, Mrs. Carol Ann (Andrew) Volz of Batesville, seven
grandchildren, one great grandchild, one aunt, Bernetta Purcell and numerous
cousins and a host of friends.
Mr. Nichols was a 1948 graduate of Milan High School and he then graduated from
the Indianapolis International Barber College. He worked at Seagram's, Fernald
and retired from Cummins Engine while working in the barbershop with his father.
He owned and operated the Milan Barber Shop for many years. He was a lifelong
member of the Milan community, the St. Paul Lutheran Church and Church Council,
was a member and former president of the Ripley County Saddle Club and the Horseman's
Sheriff's Patrol. He was a member of the Milan Business Association, Jaycees,
was a vice precinct chairman for Franklin Township 2 of the Republican party,
and was a volunteer at Ripley Crossing. He was the founder and helped organize
the 4-H Horse and Pony Club.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral
Home, Milan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at St.
Paul Lutheran Church, north of Milan with Pastor Richard Mackey officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Milan Fire Department or Milan Rescue 30.
Dorothy B. (Peelman) Disbro, 70, of Versailles, formerly of Bear Branch, died
Friday, May 28, 2004 at her residence. She was born April 21, 1934 in Aurora
the daughter of Daniel Peelman and Priscilla (Martin) Peelman, both deceased.
She married Darwin Eugene Disbro Sr. on June 14, 1952 and he survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Rita Kappes and husband James of Vevay,
two sons, Darwin Disbro Jr. and wife Debbie of Aurora, Donald Disbro and wife
Barbara of Versailles, three sisters, Opal Peelman of Aurora, Pauline Ochs of
Dillsboro, Betty Burlin of Aurora, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one grandson-in-law,
Scott Singleton, one sister, Euna Faye Lucker and two brothers, Luke and Luther
Mrs. Disbro was a homemaker and also a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church
at Bear Branch.
Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, June 2, 11 a.m. at Union Cemetery
in Moores Hill with Rev. Pat Lanman officiating.
Memorials may go to the family. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, was
in charge of the arrangements.
Ella Jean Benjamin
Ella Jean (Beck) Benjamin, 79, of Friendship, died Sunday, May 30, 2004 at her
residence. She married James Fred Benjamin and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Nancy Hensler of Bright, Jim Benjamin of Harrison,
OH, Tim Benjamin of Friendship, John Benjamin of Miamitown, OH, Lois Wehner of
Lebanon, OH, two brothers, Clyde and Donald Beck, two sisters, Wilma Butterfield
and Joan Wright, fourteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 3, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist
Church in Harrison, OH. Burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery in Bright.
Memorials may go to the Margaret Mary Hospice through the funeral home. John
C. Brater Funeral Home, Harrison, OH is in charge of the arrangements.
Esless "Jack" Jackson
Esless "Jack" Jackson, 69, of Brookville, died Friday, May 28, 2004
at his residence. He was born November 5, 1934 in Manchester, KY the son of Tolerman
and Malvia Bowling Jackson. He married Betty Mays and she preceded him in death
on June 7, 1979.
Survivors include his mother, Malvia Jackson of Connersville, one daughter and
son-in-law, Cheryl and Brad Noes of Harrison, OH, two sons and daughters-in-law,
Steve and Kim Jackson of Brookville, Greg and Jan Jackson of Milan, four sisters,
Jewel Butler of Monroe, OH, Betty Fox of Connersville, Ruth Ann Kenworthy of
Connersville, Linda Sullivan of Hamilton, OH, five brothers, Eugene Jackson of
Columbus, Art Jackson of Ft. Myers, FL, Walter Jackson of Alquina, Junior Jackson
of Everton, Jerry Jackson of Connersville, two half sisters, Vicky and Kathy
of Kentucky and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and
infant brothers, Paul and Ag Jackson.
Mr. Jackson was a retired teamster and driver for Roadway Express retiring in
1990 after 27 years of employment. He was also a Navy veteran serving from 1952
Funeral mass was held Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville.
Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Brookville.
Memorials may go to the Diabetes Research, American Heart Association or Franklin
County EMS 2.
Gerlinde Maria Cozad
Gerlinde Maria Cozad, 84, of North Vernon, died Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Norton's
Hospital in Louisville, KY. She was born May 15, 1920 in Nuremberg, Germany
the daughter of Oskar and Betty Harold Muehlbach, both deceased.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Schmaltz of Osgood, one son, Patrick
Norman Ryan of Seymour and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one
sister, Margaret Lang.
Mrs. Cozad was an interpreter for the city of Nuremberg, Germany after WWII as
she spoke four languages. She was also a secretary for the European exchange
system and a chef for Regal Rugs of North Vernon for 17 years.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 31, 11:30 a.m. at Neal's Funeral Home
Burial was in the Tanglewood Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may go to the
cemetery c/o the funeral home.
Herbert A. Oesterling
Herbert A. Oesterling, 72, of Oldenburg, died Monday, May 31, 2004 at his residence.
He was born July 17, 1931 in Franklin County, the son of William Oesterling
and Leona Meyer Oesterling, both deceased. He married Joan Stenger Oesterling
on October 6, 1956 in St. Leon and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Julie (Charlie) Revard, Molly (Paul) Freeland,
all of Indianapolis, four sons, Bill (Pam) Oesterling, of Oldenburg, Bob (Michelle)
Oesterling of Indianapolis, Jim (Toby) Oesterling of Batesville, Matt (Carla)
Oesterling of Oldenburg, two sisters, Helen Enneking of Oldenburg, Katherine
Pohlman of Batesville, one brother, John Oesterling of Oldenburg and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Claire Moorman.
Mr. Oesterling was a member of the Holy Family Church, St. Leon American Legion
Post #464 and the Knights of Columbus #1461. He was a farmer and an Army veteran
of the Korean War.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 3 at 10 a.m. slow time at
the Holy Family Church with Rev. John Turnbull, O.F.M. officiating. Burial will
be in the Holy Family Church.
Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church. Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville
was in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Nelson Meyer
Jerry Nelson Meyer, 62, of North Vernon, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at his residence.
He was born January 10, 1942 the son of Leonard Meyer and Helen Meyer. He married
Sharon (Kinman Burton) Meyer on February 13, 1993 in Brown County and she survives
in North Vernon.
Other survivors include his father, Leonard Meyer of North Vernon, one daughter,
Kathy Copley of Butlerville, three sons, James and Jerry Meyer both of Holton,
Larry Meyer of Versailles, one stepdaughter, Cindy Ewing of Chesapeake, VA, two
stepsons, William Kinman of Columbus, Mike Littrell of Holton, half brother,
James Beach of North Vernon, one brother, Leroy Meyer of Ogleville, six grandchildren,
10 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.
His mother, Helen Meyer preceded him in death.
Mr. Meyer was a member of the VFW of North Vernon, American Legion of Versailles
and the Moose of North Vernon. He was employed with Cummins, Inc. and served
as a marine. He was a 1960 graduate of Holton High School.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 4 from 4-8 p.m. at the Pickett Funeral Home,
North Vernon. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at
the Holton Christian Church with Rev. Robert McCreary officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Jennings County Hospice or the Holton Christian
Virginia Greiwe, 87, of Greensburg, died Monday, May 31, 2004 at Decatur County
Memorial Hospital. She was born May 21, 1917 in Millhousen the daughter of
William B. Schwering and Mary Schoettmer, both deceased. She married Carl G.
Greiwe on August 20, 1937 in Greensburg and he preceded her in death on March
4, 1997. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three sons, Donald, Steve and Richard Greiwe all of Greensburg,
two daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Mary Ann) Wilmer of Greensburg, Mrs. John (Judy)
Steuri of Napoleon, twenty-three grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, two great-grandchildren, two brothers,
Harry and Wilber Schwering and one sister, Leona Vogel.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m. at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Greensburg with Msgr. Harold Knueven officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may go to the church. Gilliland-Howe
Funeral Home, Greensburg, is in charge of the arrangements.
William Earl "Whitey" Roeschlein
William Earl "Whitey" Roeschlein, 81, of Rising Sun, died Sunday,
May 30, 2004 at Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital, Cincinnati. He was born July 10, 1922
Clay County the son of Earl C. Roeschlein and Seddona (Deakins) Roeschlein, both
deceased. He married Marsha A. (Ferguson) on February 22, 1964 and she survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Ann Michelle Cochran and husband Jeremy
of Rising Sun, two sons, William Roeschlein and wife Joyce of Rensselaer, Michael
Roeschlein and wife Shannon of Patriot, one sister, Anna Kathryn Bridgewater
of Terre Haute, eight grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mr. Roeschlein was a member of the Patriot Baptist Church. He was a 1940 graduate
of Staunton High School in Clay County. He received his teaching certificate
from Indiana State Teacher's College, where he also received his Bachelor's and
Masters degrees. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in
WWII. He received the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with two bronze stars, the American
Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct
Medal, Meritorious Unit Award and the Victory Medal World War II.
He was the principal of Patriot and Switzerland County High Schools. He served
four terms on the Switzerland County School Board.
Visitation will be held today, Thursday, June 3 from 4-8 p.m. slow time at the
Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay with the Switzerland Masonic #122
and Patriot Belle River Lodge #32 conducting special services at 7:30 p.m. Funeral
services will be held Friday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor
Mike Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery in Patriot with
full military graveside rites conducted by the Vevay American Legion Post #185
and the Vevay VFW Post #5396.
Memorials may be made to the Patriot Baptist Church.
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