Frieda C. Gehlhausen, 88, Santa Claus

Frieda C. Gehlhausen, 88, Santa Claus, died at 2:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper on July 4, 1925, to Thomas and Emma (Hopf) Giesler. She married Jerome R. Gehlhausen on Nov. 26, 1946, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper; he died July 7, 2008.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald Gehlhausen and wife Mary of Bretzville, Steven Gehlhausen and wife Lynda of Ferdinand and Gregory Gehlhausen of Santa Claus; four daughters, Donna Belkoski of Ferdinand, Gayla Utley and husband Wayne and Kanda Wade and husband Randy of Santa Claus and Shelly Haidari of Ferdinand; three sisters, Caroline St. Clair of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rosalie “Rosie” Fromme of Jasper and Armella “Mell” Hale of Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three infant children, Joseph, Mark and Mary Gehlhausen; four brothers, Martin, Louis and Victor Giesler and Elmer Thomas; six sisters, Hilda Kays, Margaret “Peggy” Schmitt, Katherine Kluemper-Lubbers, Bernadine Mehringer, Roberta Sternberg and infant Dorothy Mae Giesler.

Mrs. Gehlhausen was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 124 and St. Ferdinand Parish in Ferdinand. She had been employed in the kitchen at the former Marian Heights Academy and also at General Electric in Huntingburg.

She enjoyed playing cards and quilting.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

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