Carol Gaesser, 70, Ferdinand

Carol Gaesser, 70, of Ferdinand, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019, at her home from complications of Multiple Myeloma.

Carol was born August 30, 1949, to Alois “Sas” and Pauline M. (Dischinger) Tretter. She was united in marriage to David Gaesser on June 3, 1972, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Carol was a retired teacher at St. Anthony and Pine Ridge Elementary Schools. She was a lifelong member of Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Ann’s Sodality.

Carol was a 1967 Graduate of St. Ferdinand High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Benedicts and a Master’s Degree from Indiana State University.   

She was a charter member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Ferdinand Daughters of Isabella, Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, knitting, camping and gardening.

Survivors include her husband David Gaesser; one daughter, Jennifer (Philip) Ebert of Greenfield; one son, Mark (Kate) Gaesser of Carmel; three granddaughters, Caroline and Sarah Ebert and Reeve Gaesser; two brothers, Richard “Digger” (Kathy) Tretter of Ferdinand and Joe Tretter of Wasilla, Alaska; two sisters, Miriam Ash of Ferdinand and Madonna (Greg) Gerber of Wasilla, Alaska; three sister- and brothers-in-law, Martha (Jerry) Gagney and Kathy (Randy) Dorsam, all of Jasper, Mary (Greg) Wehr of Bretzville; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry (Denise) Gaesser of Ferdinand; and two sisters-in-law, Georgia Tretter of Dale and Elizabeth Tretter of Ferdinand.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kenny, Patrick, Mark and Charles Tretter; and one brother-in-law, Paul Ash.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to support charities and organizations Carol was passionate about.

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