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February 7, 2019 • Obituaries
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William “Bill” Westmeier

William “Bill” Westmeier, 66, of Versailles passed away at 6:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home. He was born at Milan on March 21, 1952, the son of Aaron and Geneva Kieffer Westmeier. He was married to Mary Ann Strunck on April 24, 2004 and she survives
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Other survivors include one son Aaron Westmeier of Versailles; stepson Vincent (Jessica) Kieffer of Versailles; stepdaughter Vanessa Kieffer of Versailles; grandchildren Evan, Lilly, Alex, Abby, Devin, Anna Rae, and Jacob; two sisters Linda (Terry) Hillman of Connersville, and Patricia (Paul) Reese of Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Clarissa Lee Westmeier.

Mr. Westmeier was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a 30 year employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus where he worked in various positions. After his retirement from Cummins, Bill worked in maintenance for the Waters of Dillsboro, but his favorite job was being a farmer like his father was. Bill was always of a kind heart and gentle soul and some of his favorite things were watching the Three Stooges, playing euchre, and spending time with his family. Bill was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 2 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Curtis Black officiating. Burial was in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Special Olympics in care of the funeral home.

Mary Susan Smith


Mary Susan Smith, 61, of Butlerville passed away at 12:08 a.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 7, 1958 the daughter of Charles and Bertie Witt Bunch. She was married to Joel Smith on March 7, 1987 and he survives. Other survivors include her father Charles Bunch of Seven Mile, Ohio; one son Joel (Aimee) Smith, Jr. of Greensburg; one daughter Amanda (Adam) Franklin of Holton; two grandchildren; one brother Charles Bunch of Seven Mile, Ohio; three sisters Donna Walls of Versailles, Patty Saunders of Seymour, and Sherri Cox of North Vernon. She was preceded in death by her mother and her brother Tommy Bunch.

Mrs. Smith was a 1977 graduate of Ross (Ohio) High School. She was a homemaker and a long time employee of Defender Home Security in Batesville. She was also a former employee of Ohio Rod in Versailles. Mary Susan was a member of the Dillsboro Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 5 at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Walter Hudepohl


Walter Hudepohl, 94, of Milan passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at his home with family by his side. Walter was born Monday, October 13, 1924 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the son of Herman and Clara (Wurzelbacher) Hudepohl. He married Margaret “Peggy” Duffy on May 17, 1947 and she preceded him in death July 8, 2017.  He was a devout member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a contractor and founder of Hudepohl Construction Company, and was awarded Conservation Farmer of the year in 1984.  His greatest passion was his wife and family.

Walter is survived by children Vincent (Sylvia) Hudepohl, Jean (Bill) Hicks, Rosemary (David) Carter, John (Hollis) Hudepohl, Theresa (Victor) Ferneding, Jenny (Chuck) Day, Thomas (Kathi) Hudepohl, Nancy (Dan) Denhart, Lois (Greg) Bogenschutz Kremer, Walter (Anne) Hudepohl, and Virginia (Robert) Sinkhorn; brothers Art (Rita) Hudepohl and David (Janie) Hudepohl; sister Mary McIntosh; sister-in-law Nancy Hudepohl; and brother-in-law Howard Niehaus. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sisters Rita Niehaus and Ann Griesser; brother-in law Ed Griesser; and brother Herman Hudepohl. He had over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday February 9, 2019 at St. Nicholas Church, Sunman.  Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery in Milan.  Family will receive guests at Walter’s Celebration of Life reception, following the burial, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church Hall, Milan. Memorials can be made to the St. Charles Endowment Fund, St. Charles Right to Life, or charity of choice. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan is entrusted with arrangements.

Donna J. Fletcher

Donna J. Fletcher, 75, of Rexville passed away at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on April 6, 1943, the daughter of Ralph and Blanche Oden. She was married to William Fletcher on May 7, 1979 and he survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Kenneth Schorle of Cincinnati, and Anthony Schorle of Versailles; one daughter Peggy Schorle of Batesville; one stepson Richard Fletcher of Madison; one stepdaughter Michelle (Kim) Johnson of Cincinnati, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Donna was a homemaker.

Donna’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles was in charge of arrangements.

Jesse R. Norman


Jesse R. Norman, Batesville, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 9 from 11 to 1 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood with the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m..