Berta Wyant Smith
Berta Wyant Smith, 74, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of New Harmony, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Barnes Jewish - St. Peters.
She was born February 23, 1931, in Benton, Ill., to Raymond and Georgia (Morris) Wyant. Mrs. Smith graduated from Benton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1954 from the University of Illinois. She completed her dietetics internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a member of Rocky River United Methodist Church. In 1979 she and her husband opened Harmony Herbs in Indiana, a gourmet cooking and food store. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and an active member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Surviving are her husband, James H. Smith of Maryland Heights, Mo.; daughters, Renee (Jeff) Rand of DeBary, Fla., and Lisa (Chuck) Kenney of Flower Mound, Texas; sons, Paul (Leslie) Reynolds of Garretsville, Ohio, Wayne (Debbie) Reynolds of St. Charles, Mo., and Matthew (Clare) Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa.; stepdaughter, Victoria (Richard) Shuttleworth of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren, Katy, Michael, Ken, Stacey, Jessie, Peter, Mason, Addie, Tyler, Alissa and Eli.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Baue Funeral and Memorial Center Chapel, St. Charles, Mo. The body was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.
Linus E. Wolf
Linus E. Wolf, 81, of St. Philip, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Woodbridge Health Care.
Mr. Wolf was a self-employed masonry contractor before retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church, the Men’s Club at the church and the St. Philip Conservation Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Greg Goebel; and two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Kathy Wolf and Mike and Diane Wolf, all of St. Philip. Three sisters, Lucille Schenk of St. Philip, Mary Ann Berfanger and Dolores Coomes, both of Evansville; one brother, Raymond Wolf of St. Philip and seven grandchildren, Jennifer, David and Marie Wolf, Daniel Wolf, and Ben, Andy and Katie Goebel also survive Mr. Wolf.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Dorothy (Berfanger) Wolf, in 1993, a sister, Loretta Hoehn and a brother, Sylvester Wolf.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, at St. Philip Catholic Church, Rev. Jack Durchholz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street and from 10:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at St. Philip Catholic Church.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday by members of St. Philip Catholic Church at Pierre Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philip Catholic Church, 3500 S. St. Philip Road, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620.
Helen ‘Maxine’ Handel
Helen “Maxine” Handel, age 88, of Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, January 10, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
She was born October 3, 1917, in Adel, Iowa, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Wright) Atkins. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was a wonderful cook. Maxine also enjoyed square dancing with the Marrs Swingers and the Washington Square Knots.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Ralph E. Handel; one brother John Atkins; two sisters; Ellen Root and Hazel Phearman; and a son-in-law, Willie Brown.
Surviving are two daughters, Marsha Brown of Morgan Hill, Ca., and Rebecca (Billy) Barnes of Morgantown, Ky.; one son, Phil (Dottie) Handel of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren, Angie McNamara, Jenny Krapf, Michael Schenk, Zach Barnes, Shellie Barnes, Todd Brown, Amber Baldwin and Aaron Brown; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Hartmann of Oregon.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, at St. Johns United Methodist Church - Caborn, the Rev. Steve Jasper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church.
Lenard F. Simmons
Lenard F. Simmons, 42, of Mount Vernon, died Thursday, January 12, 2006.
He was born October 11, 1963, in Eldorado, Ill., son of Wilmer “Jr.” Simmons and Nancy C. (Harris) Simmons. Lenard served in the National Guard.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy C. Simmons of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Gabrielle Simmons of St. Petersburg, Fl., two sons, Eric and Will Simmons of Evansville; sister Rebecca Hawkins and her husband Robb of Mount Vernon; a grandson, Eli Simmons of Evansville; a good friend, Phillip Hawkins of Mt. Vernon and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Monday, January 16, at Austin Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Arbor Cremation Center is handling arrangements.
Mildred (Mickey) Schmitt
Mildred (Mickey) Schmitt, 86, of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at her residence.
Mickey was a member of Zion’s (Lippe) United Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon, Ind., for 44 years and was a 1937 graduate of Bosse High School.
She enjoyed sending cards to family, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Margret Pearcy; husband, John P. Schmitt in 1991; daughter, Janice Clark; two brothers and one sister.
Mickey is survived by her sons, Dennis Rutherford (Carol), Glenn Henderson (Sue), and John Schmitt (Rita), all of Evansville; sisters, Kathleen Edwards, Geneva Montgomery, and Joyce Perkins, all of Evansville, and Estle Norrick of Oakland City; eleven grandchildren, Randall and David Clark, Dani Cook, Ursula Matari, Jackie Rutherford; Amanda, Stacy, Alison, and Sam Henderson, Melanie and Shelley Schmitt; nine great-grandchildren; step daughters, Helen Jackson of Kentucky and Betty Alexander of Evansville; seven stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services were Monday, Jan. 16, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Reverend Kenneth Scherry, with entombment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Lois Lee (Topper) Huffman
Lois Lee (Topper) Huffman, 81, of Evansville, and the sister of Wayne (June) Topper of Mt. Vernon, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at VNA Charlier Hospice. She was the daughter of Loyd and Lola Young Topper born Dec, 1, 1924.
Lois was a 1943 graduate of Francis Joseph Reitz High School and attended Lockyear Business College.
She married George Huffman in 1944. They were lifelong residents of Evansville, spending many winters at their condo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She worked for Bucyrus Erie for 30 years in accounting and as a secretary, and was a 25-year club member.
Lois was an avid sports fan.She enjoyed bowling, bingo, cards and spending time with her family and friends.
She was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George Huffman in 1986; parents, Loyd and Lola Topper; brother, Gerald Topper; and nephew, Mark Oeth.
Lois is also survived by brother, Leland (Etolia) Topper of Grand Rivers, Ky.; and five sisters, JoAnn (Albert) Reeves, Gail (Norman) Oeth, Yvonne (Robert) Winstead, Rowena Sue (Alfred) Cloum, and Janet (Bob) Smith all of Evansville and nieces and nephews.
Services were Wednesday, January 11, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Gene Backes of St. James West United Methodist Church, with burial in Alexander Park Lawn.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James West United Methodist Church or VNA Charlier Hospice.
Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com. Arrangements by Alexander West Chapel, 2100 W. Illinois St.
Hassel Estel Brown
Hassel Estel Brown, 82, of Evansville, and the father of Peggy L. Riney and her husband, Jeff of Mount Vernon, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2006, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
Hassel was an asbestos worker with the Local 37 in Evansville. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in WWII in the South Pacific in the 1st Marine Division, graduating in the first class of Marine Corps Paratroopers. He was a member of the American Legion Post 69 in Robinson, Ill., a life member of the Blind Veterans Association and the Retired Veterans Memorial Club in Evansville.Hassel was also a member of the Association of Survivors WWII Para Marines and a life member of the VFW Post 2953.
Hassel was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Elaine Brown; a son, Michael; a brother, Harold Brown; and his parents, William Edward Brown and Daisy Fern Barrett.
Hassel is survived also by a sister, Doris Jean Caywood “Brownie,” of Evansville; sons, John A. Utley, Bowling Green, Ky., Stephen P. Utley and his wife, Ellen, of Haubstadt, Daniel W. Utley, Boulder, Colo., Thomas D. Brown and his wife, Cindy, Robinson, Ill., and Barry L. Brown and his wife, Rowena, of Indianapolis; daughters, Sara Utley-King, Duncan, Okla., Diane Melton and her husband, Dirk, of Evansville, Becky Evans and her husband, Eric, Evansville, and Tina Elaine Brown, Baltimore, Md; grandchildren, Scott Neukam, Grant Utley, Matthew, Nicholas, Rebecca and Samuel Utley, Jason, Andrea, Melanie and Benjamin Utley, Chelsey, Hailey and Kimberly King, Zachary and Olivia Evans, Paul, Vicki and Samantha Christy, Cassidy and Emily Rodenberg and Owen Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, at Memorial Park Chapel at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Sister Jenny Miller officiating. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, where the Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct military rites.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, January 17, at Memorial Park Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the VNA Charlier Hospice Care Center.
Jean Hammerstein Ulrich
Jean Hammerstein Ulrich, 80, of Evansville, and the mother of Marjorie McBride and her husband Larry of Wadesville, died peacefully Tuesday, January 10, 2006, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 19, 1925, in Evansville, to Lawrence and Florence Hammerstein.
Jean was a 1943 graduate of Memorial High School.
She worked at the telephone company as a switchboard operator, at Aldens Catalog Store, St. Mary’s Hospital and Atlas Van Lines.
Jean had a great love for books, music and for life itself.Jean will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and looked forward to her monthly gatherings with “The Meads Group,” “The Hill Group” and her High School lunch group.
Jean is survived also by her husband of 35 years, Harold E. Ulrich; her children, daughters, Cathleen Crouch, Barbara Will and her husband, Steve, of Evansville; sons, Thomas Crouch of Carmel, Ind., Timothy Crouch and his wife, Barb and Daniel Crouch of Evansville; sisters, Mary Jo Bridgford and her husband, Gene, of Carmel, Ruth Griffin and her husband, Jim, of Evansville, brother, Larry Hammerstein and his wife, Berta, of Raleigh, North Carolina; stepdaughters, Ruth Woods and Kathy Huggins of Evansville; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 14, at Alexander North Chapel. The body was cremated and entombed at a later date.
Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com. Arrangements by Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road.
Martina ‘Mom’ Boarman
Martina M. (Hardesty) Boarman, 94, of Evansville, and the mother of Mark (Debby) Boarman of Mount Vernon, and Kevin (Paula) Boarman of St. Philip, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
She was born on April 24, 1911, the daughter of Mary Prudie and George Thomas Hardesty. Mrs. Boarman worked at the Latin School and Sarto Retreat Center from 1965 through 1978.
She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church and a member of the Order of Owls.She enjoyed playing clabber with family and friends.
She is survived also by three daughters, Joyce Hassler and Faye Goebel (Jim), all of Evansville, and Donna Mays (Steve), of Henderson, Ky.; seven additional sons, Bob (Virginia) Boarman of Arlington, Texas, Bill (Audrey) Boarman of Evansville, Kenny (Judy) Boarman of Dayton, Ohio, Randy Boarman of New York, Ny., Jim (Martha) Boarman of St. Louis, Mo., Larry Boarman of Haubstadt, and Jerry (Joyce) Boarman of Evansville. Her sister, Betty Sitzman of Evansville; her brother, Tom Hardesty of Newburgh, 58 grandchildren, 79 great grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and daughters-in-law, Jeanie Boarman, Wanda Boarman and Mary Boarman also survive Mrs. Boarman.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jesse “Pop” Boarman Sr.; a daughter, Phyllis; sons Thomas Boarman, Jesse Boarman, Jr. and Carl Boarman; sisters Mary Agnes Hayden, Celene Perraut and Dorothy Hawkins; grandchildren Sandra Boarman and Robert Boarman and great-grandchildren Heather Boarman and Thomas Boarman Coomes.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Resurrection Catholic Church, Rev. Philip Kreilein officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at Resurrection Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
Earl Tyler, Jr.
Earl Tyler, Jr., 87, of Tilton, Ill., formerly of Poseyville, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at Vermillion Manor Nursing Home.
Earl was a 1936 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, in Mt. Carmel. He was a member of the Poseyville Christian Church, the Poseyville American Legion and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4276 in Mt. Carmel. He was a World War II veteran with three Bronze Stars and also served during the Korean War. He worked as a railroad conductor and brakeman and was a member of the United Transportation Union.
He was preceded in death by father, William Earl Tyler, Sr. of Mt. Carmel; mother, Dorsa (Hartsall) Tyler of Mt. Carmel; wife, Dorothy Marie (Reynolds) Tyler of Poseyville; and grandson, Brandon Lee Trover.
He is survived by son, Gary Tyler of Tilton, Ill.; step daughters, Nancy L. Bulkley of LeClaire, Iowa and Connie K. Trover of Highland, Ill.; step son, Denny Clayton of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 10, at Poseyville Cemetery. Rev. Doris Beckerman officiated. Interment is in Poseyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mary Remington Craft, 62, of Mount Vernon, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Putnam County Hospital.
She was a prison guard for Putnamville Correctional Facility and member of Carbon United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her stepdaughters, Sally Ross and Susan Keller; four stepgrandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; and brother, Jim Remington.
The body was cremated, with graveside services at Clear Run Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Carbon United Methodist Church.
French Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Barry J. Baskett
Barry J. Baskett of Madison, Al., and the son of Melvin Baskett of Blairsville, died at his home on January 10, 2006.
He was born in Evansville on December 27, 1942. In 1976, he received an M.A. in Business Administration, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., and a B.S. in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Degree from Saint Louis University Parks College, St. Louis.
Since 1971, Mr. Baskett was employed by the U.S. Army and Missile Command and its predecessor organizations. In 1989, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service where he served as the director for Advanced Systems and the director for Aviation Engineering.
He recently retired from the Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center located at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Al.
He is also survived by his wife Ann, his son Bryan and granddaughter McKenna of St. Louis Mo.; his daughter Karen of Seattle, Wa.; sisters Sherry Zahner of Boston, Ma.; and Marsha Guilliams of St. Louis; and a brother Michael in Evansville.
A memorial service was held Friday, January 13, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Madison, Al.
The family requests contributions in Barry’s memory be made to either Hospice of North Alabama or the CJD Foundation.
Lois Hullett, 81, and the grandmother of Doug (Kim) Blair of Wadesville, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Angel River Health & Rehabilitation Center in Newburgh.
Lois was a longtime Boonville resident, recently living in Evansville.
Lois was born June 11, 1924, at Eddyville, Ky., to Stella and Nay Holland. Lois and her husband, Owen, owned and managed Hullett Motors in Boonville many years.
Lois was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Boonville. She was an avid bowler and served on the board of Raintree Girl Scouts Council and was a member of the VFW Post 3418 auxiliary.
Lois and her mother sewed drapes for many area interior decorators.
Preceding Lois in death were her parents, three sisters, Edna Powell, Pearl Adams, and Thelma Jackson, and her husband, Owen in 1994.
Lois is survived also by three children, daughter Cinda Austin and her husband, Russ of Evansville; two sons, Richard K. “Dick” Hullett and his wife Judy of Newburgh, Darwin L. Hullett and his wife Mary of Chandler; seven grandchildren, Rick (Julie) Hullett of Boonville, Michele (David) Hullett-Compton of Statesville, N.C., Christy (Bill) Agnew of Evansville, Candy (Chris) Dockter of Parks, Ariz., Brad Hullett of Boonville, Bryce (Nina) Hullett, U.S. Navy, Japan, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Koehler Funeral Home-Boonville Chapel. Rev. Ashland Shaw officiated the service with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Boonville.
Memorial contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Knight Township Volunteer Fire Department.