James D. Abel, Vi Blinn, Steven O. Staley

James D. Abel

James D. “Jim” Abel, 78, of Vincennes, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Lodge of the Wabash Nursing Home.

Jim Abel

Jim Abel

Jim was born on Dec. 3, 1941 in Shoals, the son of Howard D. and Betty (Qualkenbush) Abel. He married Roberta “Birdie” Barksdale on March 6, 1981. Jim worked in service for Hoosier Gas and later SIGECO until his retirement. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing, bowling and hunting. Jim was also a member of the American Legion and an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Indiana University fan. More importantly though, Jim enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in any sporting event they were in.

Survivors include his wife, Birdie Abel of Vincennes; his children, Mike Sheren and his wife, Sherry, of Bruceville, B.J. Helderman of Vincennes, Jeff Abel and his wife, Judy, of Vincennes, and Shannon Abel and his wife, Chrissy, of Westfield; his siblings, Jerry Abel and his wife, Gladys, of Peoria, Illinois, Roger Abel and his wife, Debbie, of Vincennes, Janice Fehlinger and her husband, Doug, of Vincennes, Greg Abel and his wife, Gaye, of Vincennes, Kevin Abel and his wife, Lorrie, of Vincennes, Angie Hobson and her husband, Rick, of Jasper, and Cindy Wright of Vincennes; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dwain and Brian Abel; and his brother-in-law, Dave Wright.

Private graveside services will be held on Monday at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Dale Biehl officiating. Anyone interested will be able to watch the service live on the Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page; and you will be notified when it goes live. The Abel family will have a public celebration of life ceremony at a later date. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, Vincennes is honored to assist the Abel family with arrangements.

Online memories may be sent to the Abel family at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com

Vi Blinn

Vi Blinn, 83, of Vincennes, passed away at 10:03 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Gentle Care Nursing Home.

Vi Blinn

Vi Blinn

Vi was born on Sept. 21, 1936 in Huntington County, the daughter of Fred W. and Zelma E. (Trout) Reece. She married Mark Blinn on Dec. 9, 1956. Vi worked at Francis Vigo Elementary School as a reading assistant and then as a supervisor in the Food Service Department at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was also a member of First Baptist Church for many years. Vi moved to Vincennes in 1968 and with her husband, Mark, was instrumental in starting the host family program for international students at Vincennes University. Vi was proud of the fact she taught some of the students English and made prom dresses for some as well. She was also proud of the fact that one the international students they hosted lived with them for seven years. She also was a member of the YMCA Men’s and Women’s Club.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Mark Blinn of Vincennes; her daughter, Vicki Booth and her husband, Steve, of Vincennes; sons Steve Blinn and his wife, Regina, of Vincennes, and Brian Blinn and his wife, Theresa, of Vincennes; brothers Bob Reece and his wife, Linda, of Naples, Florida, Oris Reece of Greenwood, and Roger Reece of Upland; her sister, Carol Kilgore and her husband, Jerry, of Upland; her grandchildren, Chris Booth and his wife, Michelle, Jessica Booth, Casey Booth and his fiancée, Ashley Gilmore, Kristina Aglyim and her husband, Michael, Justin Blinn and his wife, Ariel, Jared Blinn, Sarah McKinney and her husband, Josh, Kyle Blinn and his wife, Randa, and Eli Schlomer; her great-grandchildren, Joshua Booth, Emilee Booth, Masyn Blinn, Kara McKinney and Hunter Blinn.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents.

A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday at Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington with Rev. Phillip Walthall officiating. Anyone interested will be able to watch the graveside service live on Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page and will be notified when it goes live. Memorial contributions may be made to United Way of Knox County.  Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to assist the Blinn family with arrangements.

On line memories may be shared with the Blinn family atwww.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Steven O. Staley

Steven O. Staley, 54, of New Carlisle, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020, at his home surrounded by his wife, Alyssa and their children.

Steve Staley

Steve Staley

Born on June 4, 1965 in Vincennes, Steven proudly served his country for 26 years with the Army National Guard. He was also a dedicated past master of the Acme Masonic Lodge No. 83, F & A.M. of Michigan City, and member of the York Rite chapters 15, 32 and 12. Steven enjoyed camping with his friends and family, watching the Packers games, and spending time with his kids. Steve was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2019, and celebrated with us on Sept. 26, 2019, in a living celebration of life.

He is survived by his wife, Alyssa Staley; children, Stephanie Staley, Michael Staley, Kole Staley, Mason Hurtado-Staley, Tessa Staley and Zuri Staley; his brothers, Rick Staley ands his wife, Debbie, and Larry Staley and his wife, Samantha; his sisters, Darla Walker and her husband, Stephen, Kathy Morris and her husband, Bill, and Rita Merridth and her husband, Don; his in-laws, Steven and Kathy Nelson; and his brother- and sister-in-law, Michael and Amanda Nelson.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents Elza and Ida (Stewart) Staley; a brother, Elza Staley Jr.; and a sister, Alfreda Wells.

Memorial contributions may be made to curemeso.org. In honor of Steven, considering wearing blue on Sept. 26 each year in remembrance of him.

FUNERALS

Baum, Donna Lee, died March 19. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service for her will be announced at a later date. Memorials: Knox County Community Foundation’s “Cantwell Family Fund,” 20 N. Third St., Vincennes, IN 47591.

DeLisle, Shirley M., died March 24. Private services will be held. Burial: St. Vincent Cemetery. Memorials: Heart to Heart Hospice or the Vincennes Animal Shelter. Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Frye, Mary Ann, died March 23. Private serves will be held. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Stout, Betty Lou, died March 25. A private graveside service will be held at the Sumner, Illinois, Cemetery. Memorials: Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Condolences: www.cunningamfuneralhomes.com.

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