Member List -- Last Updated 01/16/19
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Sadly, we have lost these members:
Judy Olinger, Soprano -- Huntingburg IN -- Judy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 11/14/18 at the age of 78. She was a founding and faithful member of the Celebration Singers, as well as a 45-year member, and director, of the church choir at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg. Judy was very involved with her church and her community, and could often be found working either at the church or somewhere in town, serving on boards and committees of both. Her dedication and selfless leadership will be missed.
Jim Lammers, Tenor -- Huntingburg IN -- Jim was a founding member of our choir, and a talented trombone player. He served as a member of our first Board of Directors from January 2005 through January 2008. Jim shared his trombone talents with our choir as well as in the Methodist Brass at his church, Huntingburg United Methodist. Jim also played trombone as an original member of the Santa Claus German Band, and most recently with the Crawford County Community Band. Jim passed away at the age of 88 on 9/18/18.
Ramona Dittmer, Alto -- Jasper IN -- Ramona was a charter member of our choir, as well as a charter member of the Music & Art Coterie Music Club in Jasper. She also sang in the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Jasper for 75 years. Ramona passed away on 6/18/18 at the age of 85.
Joe Wagner, Tenor -- Jasper IN -- A charter member of our choir, Joe also sang with the Singing Seniors and the Precious Blood Catholic Church choir. Joe passed away on May 25, 2018 at the age of 89.
Vera Peach, Alto -- Huntingburg IN -- Vera was a charter member of our choir. She passed away on October 19, 2017 at age 83. She was a member of the Salem Church choir in Huntingburg for 50 years and was in the bell choir.
Helen Grewe, Alto -- Huntingburg IN -- Helen passed away on June 29, 2017 at age 92. She was a founding member of our choir, and she sang in the Salem Church choir in Huntingburg for 76 years. Helen also belonged to the Huntingburg Music Club since 1948.
Nancy Abell, Alto -- Huntingburg IN -- A charter member of our choir, Nancy passed away on 5/21/17 at age 74 after a sudden illness. Although Nancy had not sung with us for many years, she sang with the Salem United Church of Christ choir for 33 years.
Jim Knust, Bass -- Ferdinand IN -- A founding member of our choir, Jim passed away on 9/25/16 at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. Jim loved to sing. As a young boy, he sang in the children's choir at St. Ferdinand Catholic church, then went on to sing for 60 years in the church's adult choir. Jim served two terms on the Celebration Singers' board of directors, (Term1: 1/2012-1/2015, Term2: 1/2015-9/2016) serving as its president at the time of his death (President: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). We will miss Jim's quiet, strong leadership.
Matt Rhodes, Bass -- Jasper IN -- Matt joined our choir in early 2015. He passed away suddenly on 12/28/15 at the age of 31. Matt had a surprisingly deep bass voice and a wonderful outgoing personality.
Susie Kemp, Soprano -- Huntingburg IN -- Susie passed away on 10/12/14 at the age of 85.
Loma Hartke, Bass -- Huntingburg IN -- A founding member of our choir, passed away on 2/6/14 at the age of 82. A Bass who could really hit the low notes, Loma also sang at Purdue and at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg for many years.
Ralph Hemmer, Bass -- Huntingburg IN -- Ralph was a charter member of our choir. He passed away on 12/31/12 at Fort Myers FL at age 88. He was a member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church choir in Huntingburg for many years before moving to Florida.
LaVerne Kieffner, Alto -- Jasper IN -- LaVerne passed away on 12/23/13 at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.
Terry Wahl Musician (trumpet) -- Ferdinand IN -- Terry passed away on 5/30/12 at the age of 41.
John Guthrie, Bass -- Jasper IN -- A member since 2002, John succumbed to cancer on 05/04/12 at age 81. John was a Bass in our choir and also sang with the St. Joseph Catholic Church choir in Jasper for many years.
Will Koch, Bass Guitar -- Santa Claus IN -- Will accompanied the choir on his bass guitar for several performances in our early years. He was the president of Holiday World and was an amazing visionary. Will died on 6/13/10 at the age of 48 from complications of diabetes.
Jane Friz, Soprano -- Huntingburg IN -- A founding member of our choir, Jane passed away on 11/02/09 at age 85 after a battle with cancer. Jane was a talented musician with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
Bev Phillips, Alto -- Huntingburg IN -- An Alto in our choir, Bev passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 2/19/09 at the age of 58.
Mike Winkler -- Huntingburg IN -- passed away on 05/05/08 at the age of 68. His wife, Carolyn Winkler, remains an active member of the choir.
Phyllis Sermersheim, Alto -- Ferdinand IN -- A founding member of the Celebration Singers, Phyllis passed away on 10/26/04 at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. Phyllis was an Alto in our choir and a strong leader.
We wish to recognize and express our appreciation for these members' contribution of time, talent and friendship to our choir. They will be missed.
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