Johana B. Vaal, 96, Ferdinand

Johana B. Vaal, 96, of Ferdinand, formerly of St. Meinrad, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Johana was born September 2, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan, to Bernard and Lottie (Vaeth) Bischof. She married Eugene “Eugh” Vaal on April 24, 1946, in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church.

Johana was a retired employee of General Electric in Tell City. During World War II Johana worked at Kelsey Hays Machine Gun Factory in Plymouth, Michigan.

She was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and its St. Elizabeth’s Society, Hoosier Campers and Happy Go Lucky Campers.

She enjoyed reading, playing cards and spending time with grandchildren.

Johana is survived by three sons, Gene (Paula) Vaal of Celestine, Bernard “Benny” Vaal and Jack (Nan) Vaal, all of Jasper; two daughters, Georgia Tretter of Dale and Therese Windell of Evansville; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Johana was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Smith; son-in- law, Kenneth Tretter; and a daughter-in-law, Gail Kiefer Vaal.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday, July 30, in St. Meinrad Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 9 a.m. CT until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

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