Melba Hoevener



Melba Jane Hoevener, 78, of Crothersville, IN, passed away peacefully at Schneck Medical Center on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 9:58 AM.

Melba was born on Friday October 5, 1945, in Seymour, IN, to Emil and Ruby (Darlage) Stuckwisch, both of whom preceded her in death. A devoted wife, loving mother, and cherished friend, Melba touched the lives of all who knew her.

Melba enjoyed a fulfilling career, retiring as the Head Teller at Jackson County Bank after 30 years of service. Additionally, she retired from H&R Block after nearly 30 years and contributed her time to the Hoevener farm. She graduated from Seymour High School in 1963 and remained active in her community throughout her life.

On November 10, 1963, Melba married the love of her life, Harold L. Hoevener, at St. John’s Sauers Lutheran Church in Seymour. Their union lasted over 60 years, and together they built a life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.

A faithful member of St. John’s Sauers Lutheran Church and the Jackson County Historical Society, Melba found joy in her church community and valued preserving the history of her beloved county.

Melba was a creative soul who expressed her love through quilting. She gifted each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild a handmade quilt for Christmas this year, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and comfort. Her green thumb was evident in the flowers surrounding her home, and she took pride in mowing her lawn. Melba also enjoyed embroidery work and attended tractor shows across the United States.

Known as the family rock, Melba was the “go to person” for anything, always ready to lend a helping hand. She had a good heart, and her love served as the stitching that bound the family together. Melba found joy in refurbishing family pieces, transforming them into cherished family treasures.

Melba is survived by her loving husband, Harold Hoevener of Crothersville, IN; four children; Linda (Mike) Jent of Deputy, IN, Teresa Ann (Robert) Davidson of Crothersville, IN, Kevin L. (Melanie) Hoevener of Seymour, IN, and Greg L. (Angie) Hoevener of Crothersville, IN; 9 grandchildren, Josh (Mable) Brown, Eli (Shelby) Brown, Jacob (MacKenzie) Davidson, Allison (Codie) Vannarsdall, Seth (Emily) Hoevener, Aaron (Kelsey Ault) Hoevener, Kalynda (Nick James) Hoevener, Deric (Brianna Black) Hoevener, and Evin Hoevener, 8 great-grandchildren; Rayleigh, June, Madison, Mentoria, Eli, Kingston, Bentley and Layla, and two brothers; Lynn (Diane) Stuckwisch and Dave Stuckwisch, both of Seymour, IN.

Funeral services, were conducted by Reverend Craig Muhlbach, on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at St. John’s Sauers Lutheran Church, with burial to following at St. John’s Sauers Lutheran Church Cemetery. Family and friends paid their respects on Monday, at Adams Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Crothersville and at the church on Tuesday before the funeral.

Memorial donations may be given to the St. John’s Sauers Lutheran Church general fund c/o Adams Family Funeral Home &Crematory, 110 East Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229.

To view a video tribute or leave an online condolence for the family, please visit Melba’s legacy of love and kindness will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

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