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12, 1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Organ, balcony work moving forward at St. Joseph, Jasper By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor from the Holtkamp Organ Company in Cleveland, begin installing new and restored pieces of the pipe at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, on June 19. That's the week from Father Patrick Foster, pastor. dollar project includes repair and replace- portions of the organ and renovation work on the bal- for the project was contributed during a two- drive. L. Flick,'the architect for the project, said the bal- to the way it was from 1900 to 1953, prior Details from the pews are being repeated in the dcony. Flick said the organ company wants the be visually and acoustically transparent. Work is expected to be completed June 19. The wood to be compatible with the rest of the church in- ompany is the contractor. organ will take three weeks, according to Fa- He said workers will need another three weeks to to a great deal of repair work on the organ, Fa- said some enhancements were also being made. he said, the old organ was not designed to accom- singing. Changes are being made to make Organ was installed in 1919, and dedicated in 1920. performed in the 1950s, following the 1953 g during which woodwork was removed and sandstone facing was installed. said he used some old photographs in drawing up current work. for the work, the organ was removed. Pipes and pieces of the wooden casework were saved. and other portions were presented as mementos. Were held among parishioners for some of the pieces. in the balcony were pieces of sheet music and ia related to the legendary choir director, "Prof." Loepker died in 1968 after serving as choir director at St. Joseph Church for more than died after suffering a heart attack, as he was for a weekday morning Mass. had been greatly respected for his work, ac- hn Fierst, a parishioner. The St. Joseph Men's known throughout the area. said the celebration of the organ and balcony WOuld include a recital and dedication ceremony. date and time would be announced when details certain. Photos of photos, show, at left, three generations of the Leopker family, "Prof." Frank, George and Donald; and, below, St. Joseph Church Choir on Easter Sunday, 1966. An architect's drawing, at left, shows what the balcony will look like upon comple- tion. Below, floor joists and electri- cal wiring are ex- posed as construc- tion continues. Rare finds in the choir loft include, at left, a copy of a Psalms Song Book, privately printed for St. Joseph Church, and "Prof." Loep. ker's sheet music for Panis Angeli. cus, 1932. "" Photos on this page by Michael Woolsey