VINCENNES ---- The Rev. Father Albert J. Scheller, 70, of Vincennes, formerly of Evansville, passed away June 12, 2005, at Bridge Pointe Health Campus in Vincennes.
Born May 20, 1935, in Evansville, he was the son of William and Margaret (Elpers) Scheller.
Father Scheller graduated from Assumption Elementary School, and from high school, college and seminary at St. Meinrad Archabbey. He was ordained to the priesthood at Assumption Cathedral on May 27, 1961, by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman. His first assignment in 1961, was assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jasper, Ind. In January 1968, he became assistant pastor at St. Theresa Church in Evansville, and was a part-time teacher at Rex Mundi High School. In October of that year, he was named pastor at St. Peter Church in Linton. In 1972, he became associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Jasper, and in 1973, he was named associate pastor at Holy Family Church in Jasper. On June 17, 1975, he became associate pro-tem at St. James Church in Haubstadt, and on July 21, 1975, he was named pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in Poseyville, where he stayed until 1987. That year, he became pastor of Mary, Help of Christians Church at Mariah Hill. In 1992, he was named pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Vincennes. He added duties as pastoral moderator at St. Thomas Church, Vincennes, in 1998. He retired as pastoral moderator in 1999, and continued as sacramental minister there. He also continued as pastor at St. Vincent de Paul. Father Scheller retired on May 31, 2005.
Survivors include: his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Jeanette Scheller of Evansville; his sisters, Dolores Shoemaker and Marcella Goodwin, both of Evansville, and Sister Edna Scheller, S.P. of St. Mary-of-the- Woods; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jim Bienhaus of Wadesville; and 14 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Bill and Ralph Scheller.
Visitation was held Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Vincennes, with a Memorial Service that evening. Visitation was also held Wednesday, with service Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville. A Memorial Service was also held Wednesday at the church. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and priests of the Diocese of Evansville concelebrated a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Father Scheller's family would like to express their appreciation to Dottie and Marvis Lane and to Hospice of Southern Indiana for their loving care through Father's illness.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul parish, 1837 S. Hart Street Road, Vincennes IN 47591; to St. Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods IN 47876-1089; or to Hospice of Southern Indiana.
Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel, 219 East Franklin Street, Evansville, was in charge of arrangements.