THOMAS J. RICHARDSON " T.J. "
Age 78 of Lake Station, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2001. He was a
resident of Lake Station for 50 years, Veteran of WWII serving in US Army,
member of Liverpool Baptist Church, retired from Budd Company with 30 years
of service, and self-employed in the excavating business. Preceded in death
by his parents, Thomas & Ruth Richardson, son, Kennard J. Richardson,
& brother, Paul Richardson. Survivors: wife, Charlene; 3 daughters:
Ruth (Rudy) Pach of New Lenox, IL, Melinda (Ray) Ostrander of Lake Station
& Debra (Richard) Hunt of Valparaiso; son, Thomas Richardson of Lake
Station; 14 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren; nieces & nephews.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100
Cleveland Street, Merrillville. Funeral service will be Thursday from the
chapel with his grandson Eric Ostrander officiating. Burial in Calumet
AMARI DeSHAWN DANIELS
Was born on March 28, 2001 at 4:06 p.m. He was born to the proud parents,
LaNesha Daniels and Kenny Grady and passed away at the University of Chicago
on July 26, 2001. Preceding him in death are great-great grandmother, Cora
Lewis and beloved cousin, Kazaria Harris. Left to cherish his memory are:
Mother, LaNesha Daniels; father, Kenny Grady; maternal grandparents, Anita
(Hosea) Lipscomb-Taylor and Gerald Daniels; paternal grandparents, Barbara
(Mike) Alexander; great grandmother, Catherine Sease; aunts, Shanta Robinson,
LaKeida Daniels, Ajanay Harris, Mychae'l, Michelle'Lay, Mikeyia Mikalia,
and Mikalyn Alexander all of Gary, Akiyah Daniels of Lithia Springs, GA;
uncles, Isaiah Taylor, Gerald, Jr., Jermaine Daniels all of Gary, IN; great
aunts, Yolanda Lipscomb and Lerdine (Rodnick) Darden, Minneapolis, MN;
great uncle, Edward (Corliss) Moore of Michigan City, IN; special grandma,
Lydia (James) Carter; very special friends, Brian Spears; Godmothers, Tiara
Goins and Ashley Farr and Brandie Frith and a host of other family and
friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2001 at 11
a.m. at Mount Moriah M.B. Church, 735 E. 20th Avenue, Gary with Rev. Marion
Johnson officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park , Hobart. Visitation
Friday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with Family Hours from 6-8 p.m. at Smith,
Bizzell, Warner & Son, "Your Golden Rule Home," 4209 Grant St., Gary,
KENNETH ALAN CALDWELL "Kenny"
Was born of William and Emily in Gary, IN, on Feb. 4, 1961. He had
a happy childhood with his siblings, Muriel and William. He attended and
graduated from Holy Angels School and Horace Mann High School; served honorably
in the United States Navy; and attended Indiana University Northwest. Kenny
loved photography, bicycling, old cars and, most of all, people, family,
friends and strangers. He loved life, loved living. He died horribly and
alone last Monday, July 23, 2001 on a country road near Beverly Shores.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2001, at 10:00 a.m.
at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 19th and Ellsworth St., in Gary.
KWAME SEKOU RICHARDSON
Age 21, a lifelong resident of Gary, passed away July 24, 2001. Kwame
was a graduate of Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School and a
student at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN. Preceded in death by his
brother, Nandi O. Richardson. Kwame leaves to cherish his memory: loving
and devoted mother, Willie Richardson; father, Roosevelt Richardson; 4
sisters, Merlene, Ayanna, Miriam, and Shilonda Richardson; grandmother,
Pauline Greenwood; niece, Rasean Richardson; 3 nephews, Addae and Da'Mani
Richardson and DeVon Currington III and a host of aunts, uncles, other
relatives and friends. Visitation Wednesday, August 1, 2001 12pm-5pm from
Alpha Mortuary, 421 West 5th Avenue, Gary. Family Hour 6-8pm from Abundant
Life Baptist Church, 425 West 12th Ave. Homegoing Services Thursday, August
2, 2001 11am from Abundant Life Baptist Church. Rev. Billy Hawkins, Pastor,
officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart, IN. Services entrusted
to: "The Caring Professionals" of Alpha Mortuary, 421 West 5th Avenue,
Gary, IN (219)882-8230.
FRANK L. HALE JR
Age 44 of Madeira Beach, Florida, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2001
at his home. Mr. Hale had lived in Florida for 2 years coming from Vermont
and worked as a carpenter with the Union in Local 105. He loved hunting,
fishing, trapping and mountains. He worked as a Hunting and Fishing guide
in New York for about a year and took a 6 month wilderness survival course
in Denver, Colorado. He was a 1976 graduate of Hebron High School. He was
born January 13, 1957 in Gary, Indiana the son of Frank L. and Charlotte
(Hibbs) Hale Sr. Survivors include 3 children: Frank Lee Hale III of Barton,
Vermont, Jed Hale of Barton, Vermont and Ben Hale of Schuyler Falls, New
York; parents, Frank L. and Charlotte Hale St. of Hebron, Indiana; 2 brothers,
Floyd Hale of Hebron, Indiana and Steve Hale of Redding Beach, Florida;
4 sisters, Yvonne Hale of Valparaiso, Indiana, Brenda Battalio of Pensacola,
Florida, Donna Rosco of Seminole, Florida and Trudy Hale of Hebron, Indiana
and grandfather, Floyd Hibbs of San Pierre, Indiana. He was preceded in
death by his 1 brother, Terry and grandparents, Samuel and Grace Hale and
Ruby Hibbs. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 3, 2001 at 7:00
p.m. at the Kosanke Funeral Home of Kouts, Indiana with Rev. David Byrum
officiating. A Memorial visitation will be Friday from 4 pm til time of
Service at the Funeral Home. Family has requested Memorials be given to
the Porter County Cancer Society in honor of Frank L. Hale Jr.
MARTHA A. DEWITT
Age 60 of Joplin, Missouri passed away Monday, July 30, 2001 in Joplin,
Missouri. Mrs. DeWitt had lived in Missouri since 1976 coming from Kouts,
Indiana. She had driven a truck with her husband and had been a school
bus driver for the Kouts School. She was a U.S. Navy Veteran and had been
a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Kouts. She was born May 4, 1941
in El Paso, Texas the daughter of Daniel and Paula Leyva. On May 9, 1962
in Waukegan, Illinois she married Ernest "Bill" DeWitt who survives. Other
survivors include 1 son, Daniel (Becky) DeWitt of Granby, Missouri; 1 daughter,
Annette (John) Wynn of Seneca Missouri; 3 step children, Richard DeWitt
of Kouts, Indiana, William DeWitt of Granger, Indiana and Nancy Adauitis
of Munster, Indiana; 4 grandchildren, J.C. and Tyler DeWitt and Ryan and
Ashley Wynn; 4 step grandchildren; 1 step great grandchild; 2 sisters,
Emma Schoonover of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Delia Sandoval of Los Angeles,
California; 1 brother, Hector Leyva of Victoria, Texas. Funeral service
will be Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Mary's Catholic
Church of Kouts, Indiana with Rev. Thomas Tibbs officiating. Burial will
be in the Graceland Cemetery of Kouts, Indiana. Visitation will be Wednesday
from 4-8 p.m. at the Kosanke Funeral Home of Kouts, Indiana.
WILSON "SLIM" C. HALL
Age 85, passed away July 29, 2001 at Porter Memorial Hospital. He was
born November 13, 1915 in Bible Grove, Illinois, the son of Ellis and Mae
(Cammon) Hall. He was a Hobart resident for 2 1/2 years he resided in Portage
for 44 years. He was graduated from high school in Olney, Illinois, he
was married on June 16, 1951, in Flora, Illinois to Mavis M. Moore. He
was employed as a iron worker for Hunter Corp. of Olney, Illinois for 47
years. He was the union steward for the Iron Workers Union Local 395 and
a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi. He
is survived by his beloved family, his wife, Mavis Hall of Hobart; 1 son,
Dwayne Hall of Chicago, Illinois; 2 daughters, Elaine (Lou) Stanko of Portage
and Shirley (Richard) Cunningham of Portage; 8 grandchildren; 10 great
grandchildren; 2 brothers, George (Ruth) Hall of Louisville, Illinois and
Harold Hall of St. Almo, Illinois; 1 sister, Francis Runyon of Wood River,
Illinois; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents,
2 brothers, Edgar and Aden, and 1 sister, Lois Myers. A visitation will
be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Engel Funeral
Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana 46368 with Pastor Don Good
of the Bible Baptist Church officiating. Interment in McCool Cemetery,
Portage. For information please call 1-219-762-8595.
ROBERT JON VANZO
Age 66, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Highland, passed away Friday,
July 27. Survivors: son, Timothy Vanzo of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; daughter,
Lisa Scubelek of North Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Robert and Margaret
Scubelek of North Las Vegas, Nevada; brother, James Vanzo of Adrian, Michigan;
and sister, Virginia (Eli) Nahod of Westville, Indiana; and several nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and God children. Preceded in death by
parents, John and Elizabeth Vanzo and infant sister, Josephine. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, August 4 at 10:00 am at the Fagen Miller
Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave, Highland, with Rev. Francis Lazar officiating,
and a memorial mass Saturday at 5pm at St. James Catholic Church, Highland.
Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, from 7 to 9 pm and Friday
from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. Mr. Vanzo was retired from the Ford Motor Company,
Chicago Heights after 31 years of service,a 1957 graduate of Ball State
Teachers College and a former director at the YMCA in Gary. In lieu of
flowers, memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital would be appreciated.
ELOISE D. KARRLE (nee WILLIAMS)
Age 88 of Crown Point, IN, passed away Monday, July 30, 2001 at Southlake
Nursing & Rehab Center. Survived by 1 daughter, Nancy (Don) Leake of
Matlacha, FL; 1 son, Fred D. (Arlene) Karrle of Merrillville; 5 grandchildren,
Susan (Vailoa) Tavai, Cynthia (Eric) Heimberg, Stacy (Todd) Peres, Fred
D. (Debbie) Karrle, Leanne McClintic and fiance, Steve Hilton; 10 great
grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Fred. Funeral services Saturday,
August 4, 2001, 11:30 a.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home. Services will conclude
at the funeral home with cremation to follow, Rev. Arthur Wilkerson officiating.
Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N. East St., Crown Point,
Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mrs. Karrle was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Merrillville and belonged to the Eastern Star of Hobart. For
information, call (219)663-2500.
PORFIRIO "PHIL" K. LEYBA
Age 80, a longtime Portage resident, passed away on Tuesday, July 31,
2001. Mr. Leyba retired from U.S. Steel, was a U.S. Army veteran of World
War II and a member of the Foresters. Phil was an avid bass fisherman and
loved woodworking. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and
will be greatly missed by all of his family. He is survived by his loving
wife, Ramona; 1 son, Ralph (Carol) Leyba of Lansing, IL; 2 stepsons, Richard
(Maria) Lopez of Whiting, IN and Eugene (Sally) Lopez of PA; 2 daughters,
Phyllis Leyba of Crown Point and Donna Burge of Hobart; 16 grandchildren;
19 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; 1 sister. Preceded in death by parents;
2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 3,
2001, 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Rd., Hobart. Burial
Calvary Cemetery, Portage. Visitation Thursday, 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Rees
Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.
DONALD D. GATCH
Age 54 of Crown Point passed away Monday, May 19, 2003. He was retired
from Inland Steel at #4 B.O.F. with 32 years of service. Presently employed
as an electrician for Prax-Air. A graduate of Lew Wallace School, Class
of 1966. He was All-State Fullback at Lew Wallace in 1964 and 1965. Preceded
in death by his mother, Milicent Gatch. Survivors: wife, Helene; son, Jeffrey
(Bridgette) Gatch of Crown Point; brother, Ben (Linda) Gatch of Zionsville,
Indiana; sister, Milicent Jenkins of Indianapolis; uncles, aunts, nieces
and nephews. Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Rendina Funeral
Home, 5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville. Funeral services Friday, 10 a.m.
from the funeral home, with Rev. Art Wilkerson officiating. Burial in Calumet
JESSIE MAE HARRIS
Age 87, of Jackson, TN, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at West Tennessee
Skilled Nursing Center. She was a homemaker. Survivors: daughters, Annie
B. Day and Angel Williams, both of Jackson, TN and Betty Lyons, of Gary,
IN; sons, Jimmy Robinson, Dallas, TX, Geroy Davis, Minneapolis, MN and
Tecko Green, Detroit, MI. Funeral services Thursday, May 22, 2003, 11 a.m.
at Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church. Burial Parkway Memorial Gardens.
Bledsoe Funeral Home, Jackson, TN in charge of arrangements.
RUTH M. FAHEY (nee MORSE)
Age 86, of Lake Station, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2003. She was
a longtime Lake Station resident. She is survived by 1 son, John M. (Anne)
Fahey of South Carolina; 2 twin daughters, Roberta (Donald) Koznicki of
Chesterton, Rita (Tom) Hecker of Glen Park; 4 grandchildren, Karen and
Mark Koznicki, Michael (Tonia) Fahey, Kathy (Rob) Tyler; 3 great grandchildren,
Robert Michael, Ryan, and Megan. She was preceded in death by her husband,
John R. Fahey, one brother, John Morse, five sisters, Betty Clark, Helen
Morse, Alice Guill, Florence Blanch, and Rita Morse. Funeral services are
Friday, May 23, 2003, 10:30 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge
Road, Hobart, with Rev. Robert B. Evers, officiating. Burial will follow
at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Rees Funeral
RICHARD D. BANASKI, JR.
Age 53, of Portage, passed away Friday, May 16, 2003 at home. Richard
was a lifelong area resident and employed in the construction trades. He
is survived by 5 children: Kelly Sons and Richard Andrew Banaski, both
of Manchester, Tennessee, Troy Banaski of Kentucky, Richard Bickett &
Jessica Bickett, both of Lake Station; 10 grandchildren; 2 sisters, JoAnn
(Michael) Ailes of Valparaiso, Kathy (Wayne) Gagna of Portage. Preceded
in death by his parents, Richard D., Sr. & Jeanette Banaski. Funeral
services are Friday, May 23, 2003, 8 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel,
5341 Central Avenue, Portage, with Deacon Robert Bonta, officiating. Cremation
will follow at Calvary Crematory in Portage. Visitation is also Friday
from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel. (219) 762-3013.
CARL GORDAN "Red" FLEMING
Age 95, a resident for 55 years of Portage and formerly of the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan passed away on Monday, May 19, 2003. Carl was born
on May 26, 1907 in Laurium, MI, the son of William and Ellen (Newberg)
Fleming. Carl married Edythe C. (Lindstrom) Fleming on December 24, 1944
in Miller, IN. Carl retired after working 33 years as a steelworker for
Isle Royal Copper Company and then U.S. Steel. He also worked as a courier
for the Chesterton State Bank and as a janitor for Crisman School. Carl
was a member of the Swedish "Vasa" Lodge and Hobart Masonic Lodge # 342
and a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Miller. Carl is survived by his
loving daughters, Verlaine (Jim) Wright of Portage, IN and Lynnette Fleming
of Portage, IN; a special nephew, Lowell Reuss and other family and dear
friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Edythe
Fleming, two sisters Evelyn and Vi and 3 brothers Lesley, Millar and William.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.
at McCool Cemetery with Reverend Michael Cobbler officiating. A memorial
service will be held on June 8, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. at Bethel LutheranChurch,
411 North Montgomery in Miller. Memorials in Carl's memory may be made
to the family. For further information please call Engel Funeral Home (219)
762-8595 who were in charge of arrangements.
DONNIE LEE STOUT, SR.
Age 54 of Portage passed away at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2003.
Donnie was a graduate of Portage High School, Class of 1969. He was a veteran
of the Viet Nam Conflict, having served with as a Paratrooper with the
U.S. Army-82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was
a pipefitter/welder at L.T.V. Steel for 33 years. Preceded in death by
his mother, Marie Robinette. Survivors: 1 daughter, Michelle L. (Kevan)
Ballenger of Cranehill, AL; 1 son, Donnie Lee Stout Jr. of Portage; father
Conley L. Stout of Ohio; 2 grandchildren, Joshua R. and Kaleb P. Ballenger;
1 sister, Diane Kado of Oliver Springs, TN; niece, Sandy Burres; nephew,
Douglas Carroll, both of Sevierville, TN. Funeral services will be held
on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 6 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart), corner
of Rt. 51 & 7th St. Services will terminate at the funeral home with
cremation following at the Burns Funeral Home Crematory. Friends may meet
with the family on Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. (time of service).
Age 89 of Crown Point, IN, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at Wittenberg
Lutheran Village, Crown Point. Member of Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church,
Crown Point. Funeral services pending. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral
Home, 109 N. East Street, Crown Point Thursday, May 22, 2003 from 2-4 &
6-8 p.m. For information (219)663-2500.
JAMES W. WASHINGTON, SR. (TEE)
Age 74, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2003, at St. Margaret Hospital.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of We-tumpka, AL. He served
in the U.S. Army. He later moved to Gary, IN, in 1956, and retired from
U.S. Reduction with 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Luddie and Iulus Washington, one brother, Iulus Washington Jr.,
one sister, Mildred Tucker, daughter, Barbara Washington, and special niece,
Nellie Ann Tucker. James leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife,
Rebecca Washington of Gary; 4 sons, Edward Harris of East Chicago, IN,
James Jr., Reginald, Derrick Washington, all of Gary, IN; 7 daughters,
Deborah (Jack) London, Wanda Washington, all of East Chicago, IN, Erma
Jean, Brenda Washington, Vivian (Jack) Sims III, Darlene Tucker of Macon,
GA, Yenise (Elliott) Expose' of Merrillville, IN; 2 brothers, Willie Joe
and Charles Washington of Cincinnati, OH; 1 sister, Sarah (Ira) Hampton
of Gary, IN; godchildren, Alonzo Tucker Jr., Marco Tucker; 14 grandchildren;
3 great-grand-children; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives & friends;
special friends, Katherine (Fred) Jacobs. Visitation Friday, May 23, 2003,
12 noon to 8 p.m. Family Hour 6 - 7 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, May
24, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., Trinity Deliverance Christian Center, 5357 Harrison
St. Elder Thaddeus Agee, Pastor. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Professional
services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
EVA LAWSON WALLACE
At rest Sunday, May 18, 2003. She was preceded in death by husband,
Earl Wallace. She leaves to cherish her memories 3 children, Beverly, James,
and Barbara; 3 grandchildren, Danielle, Dana, and Felicia; 2 great-grandsons,
Kylan and Kameron; 1 sister, Evelyn Goins; a host of nieces and nephews;
and a multitude of family and friends of all ages. Visitation Wednesday,
May 21, 2003, from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service Thursday, May 22, 2003,
11:00 a.m. at The House of Robinson, 1900 West 15th Ave. Interment Oakland
Memory Lanes, Dolton, IL. Arrangements and direction entrusted to The House
Age 47, of East Chicago, IN, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2003, at St.
Catherine Hospital. She leaves to cherish her memories children, Shannon
Brown, Rhiannyn Austin, and David Glover, all of East Chicago, IN; brother,
Hank Austin of California; 2 sisters, Bennie Mae Mitchell of Gary, IN,
and Ella Austin of East Chicago, IN; adopted children, Mark (Lanore) Jackson
of East Chicago, and Marcia Martin of Gary; friend, Ronnie (Elaine) Glover;
special friend, Sharon Johnson; special grand-nephew, Forrest Wright; confidant
sister Johnnie Mae Broaders; 8 grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents,
Henry and Lizzie Mae Austin, brother, Sam Jelks, and special sister, Dorothy
Magee. Memorial services Saturday, May 24, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3840 Euclid Ave., East Chicago, IN. No public
viewing, remains to be cremated. Divinity Funeral Home in charge.
ANNIE L. JACKSON
Passed away at Methodist Hospital Southlake, Tuesday, October 2, 2001.
Member of Van Buren Baptist Church. Former employee of Joyce Sportswear.
Preceded in death by parents Fred D. Kindred, Sarah Barnes, and brother,
Charles Kindred. Survivors: Loving and devoted husband, Raymond Jackson
Sr. of Gary, IN; 3 daughters, Domita (Bruce) Hayes of Merrillville, IN,
Anita (Vincent) Hill of Hammond, IN, Valerie (Anthony) Hayes of Douglasville,
GA; 1 son, Raymond (Selena) Jackson Jr. of Gary, IN; 1 sister, Freddie
Mae (Arvis) Reed of Gary, IN; 7 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives
and friends. Visitation Sunday, October 7, 2001, 12 to 8:00 p.m., family
hour 7 to 8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel. Funeral services Monday,
October 8, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at Van Buren Baptist Church, 2601 Van Buren
St., with Rev. Anthony Kelly officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
Professional services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
CHARLES R. YOUNG (BUD)
Age 64 of Merrillville, passed away at Riley Hospice Residence, Thursday
Oct. 4, 2001. Employee of Merz Machine & Tool Works for 37 years. Member
of St. Peter & Paul Church, RICA Team, Eucharistic Minister & part
of the church decorating team. Survivors: his family, special friend &
companion, J. David Vandenberg of Merrill-ville; 1 brother, John (Cindy)
Young of Louisville, KY; 3 sisters, Mary Ann Willinger of Louisville, KY,
Dolores (Steve) Lawson of Louisville, KY, Gayle (Joe) Martin of Rapid City,
SD; 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 6 great nieces, 7 great nephews; friend, Bill
W. Funeral services Saturday Oct. 6, 2001, 11 a.m. directly at SS Peter
& Paul Church, 5885 Harrison, Merrillville Rev Dennis J. Teles officiating.
Burial St. Michael Cemetery, Louisville, KY. Friends may call Friday 2-8
p.m. at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrill-ville. Wake service
4 p.m. Memorial donations to SS Peter & Paul New Church Building Fund.
Mr. Young may be viewed Saturday at SS Peter & Paul church 10 a.m.
until time of service at 11 a.m.
JESSIE MAE JACKSON
Age 81 of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday October 2,
2001 at home. She is survived by 1 daughter, Irma Jean (Curtis) Martin
of Rialto, California; two sons, James Robert Jackson of Gary and Ronald
Wayne (Katie) Jackson Sr. of East Chicago, Indiana; nine grandchildren,
Ronald W. Jackson Jr., Ayesha Jackson both of East Chicago, Dawn Rene (Sherif)
Oliver of Grand Prairie, Texas, James Robert Jackson Jr. and Traci R. Jackson
both of San Bernadino, California, Thalia Jackson of Hammond, Charles Stringer
of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Martin and Shantel Martin both of Rialto, California;
14 great grandchildren; one sister, Bessie Parker of East Chicago; two
nieces, Sadie (Melvin) Phillips of Los Angeles, California and Louise (George)
Powell of Rialto, California; one nephew, Walter L. Parker of Hammond;
goddaughter, Favian (Bruce) Thomas of Gary and a host of other relatives
and friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday October 8, 2001 at
11 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church, 4756 Melville Avenue, East Chicago.
Rev. Gregg Frazier officiating. Interment in Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith.
Friends may call on Sunday October 7, 2001 at the Hinton-Williams Funeral
Home, 4859 Alexander Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8
JOSEPH A. PLUKAS SR.
Age 83, a Merrillville resident for 50 years, formerly of Homer, Pennsylvania,
passed away at home on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 after a long battle of
illness. Joe was a retired employee of the U.S. Steel Merchant Mill with
40 years of service. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Merrillville
and the United Steel Workers Local #1014. He served his country in World
War II as an Army Sergeant in the 27th Infantry Reconnaissance stationed
in the Pacific Theater of War from 1941 - 1945. He was a member of the
Merrillville American Legion Post #430. Joe was known as "Mayor of Lea
Circle" because of all of the generous things that he did for all his neighbors
and friends. He was a special man who will be missed. Joe is survived by
his wife of 53 years, Helen; 4 children, Marie (Jim) Doty of Ft. Wayne,
IN, Diane (Rick) Hammer of Hudson, IN, Joseph (Joyce) Plukas Jr. of Crown
Point, IN and James (Connie) Plukas of Bridgman, MI; 12 grandchildren:
Erin & Justin Doty, Rick, Laura & Lindsay Hammer, Jacki (Andy)
Thorn, Sarah, Aimee & Joe Plukas III, Jessica (Mike) Hammer, Michael
& James Plukas Jr; great-granddaughter, Julia Thorn; 5 sisters, Victoria
Connelly of PA, Bernice (Al) Waters of Portage, Agnes (Cass) Sielski of
Merrillville, Esther (Paul) Weinberg of Merrillville & Delores Bulot
of Merrillville; brother, John Bulot of FL. Joe has many nieces & nephews
and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Anthony
Plukas & Charles Bulot; and sister, Ann Cogley. Friends may call at
Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville on Sunday
from 2-8 p.m. Wake service 4:00 p.m. American Legion service 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 8, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. from
Pruzin Brothers Chapel & 10:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church with
Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery. Any persons
wishing to give a monetary gift in memory of Joe should send it to Residential
Clinicians, Inc. in Merrillville.
CAROLYN LOHMAN Age 52, of Merrillville, IN, passed away Wednesday,
October 3, 2001. Preceded in death by her father, Peter Mudrich and brother,
Fred Mudrich. Survived by 3 daughters, Sheila Lohman of Merrillville, IN,
Dawn (John) Jenkins, Naples, FL and Denise Lohman of Merrillville, IN;
1 grandson, Caddon; mother, Dorothy Mudrich of Merrillville, IN; 2 brothers,
Pete (Dodie) Mudrich of DeMotte, IN, Donald (Kathy) Mudrich of Valparaiso,
IN; 3 sisters, Barbara (Ray Egli) Williams, St. John, IN, Shirley Fauth,
Crown Point, IN and Denise Burnham, Merrillville, IN and numerous nieces
and nephews. Funeral service on Saturday, October 6, 2001, 11 a.m. at the
Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville with John Starr officiating.
Burial in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at
the funeral home on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Carolyn will be sadly missed by
her loving family and friends.
Age 61, a lifelong Gary resident passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2001.
Survived by wife, Valerie; son, Anthony (Cathie) Galoozis of Crown Point;
step-son, Craig (Nilda) Johnson of Peru, IN; 5 grandchildren; 4 brothers:
Jack (Elizabeth) Galoozis of Crown Point, George (Sevasti) Galoozis of
Palm Harbor, FL, Manuel (Joann) Galoozis of Merrillville & Michael
(Marcia) Galoozis of Merrillville; sister, Katherine (Jerry) Donigian of
Henderson, NV; many nieces, nephews & friends. Preceded in death by
parents Maria & Theofilos Galoozis. Mr. Galoozis was a retired steelworker
from Gary Works U.S. Steel with 20 years of service. Funeral Services will
be held TODAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pruzin Brothers
Chapel, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville with Rev. Theodore Poteres officiating.
At rest Ridgelawn Cemetery.
MRS. LEE DANA GREEN
Age 54 years, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at Methodist Hospital
Northlake. A Gary resident for 29 years. A member of St. Timothy Baptist
Church, Rev. Smith. Survivors: son, Lee Preston Green; 4 daughters, Priscilla
Green, April Grady, Twala Green and Latonya Green, all of Gary, IN; 4 brothers,
Gene Caradine, Tommy (Janet) Caradine, Jimmy Lee Caradine and John (Patrice)
Caradine; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Heard and Josephine Caradine; 18 grandchildren;
and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Visitation
Monday, October 8, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral service Monday,
October 8, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. all at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W.
11th Avenue. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. Professional services rendered
by: Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
VERLIN L. "GUS" SCHWANKE
70, of Hebron, passed away on Wednesday, evening, October 3rd at his
residence. Born February 7, 1931 in DeMotte, the son of Henry Earl and
Ada Esther (Spurgeon) Schwanke. A resident of Hebron since 1953, moving
there from DeMotte. On March 29, 1952, in DeMotte, he married Mary Lou
(Knopf) who survives. A 1949 graduate of DeMotte High School, Gus was a
Tool & Die Maker and an Impression Die Sinker. He owned and operated
Able Tool & Die in Hebron, and formerly owned the Napa Auto Parts Store
in Hebron. Gus developed the Pleasant Hills subdivision in Wheatfield.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Wanatah, a U.S. Army Veteran
of the Korean War, Wheatfield American Legion Post #402, V.F.W. Post #11295,
and the Die Sinkers Association. Surviving with his wife are: 3 daughters,
Dawn Louise (Mark) Rathburn of Lafayette, Debra Sue (Rob) Henson of Valparaiso,
Tamara Jo Schwanke of Hebron; 7 grandchildren, Corey, Blake, Nicole, Jamie,
Amber, Michael and Jordan. 2 sisters, Bethel (Robert) Benac, South Bend,
and Janet (Perry) Coberly, DeMotte. Gus is preceded in death by his son,
Roger; sisters, Doris Marcella, and Norma; Brothers, Fred Boyd, Leland
and Dale. Friends may call Friday, October 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Family
Service Funeral Homes Miller Hebron Chapel, Hebron. Funeral services will
be Saturday, October 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, the
corner of W. Sigler St. and county Line Road, Hebron with the Reverend
Joel Steven Zipay officiating. Burial will follow in DeMotte Cemetery with
graveside Military Rites by the American Legion and V.F.W. Memorials may
be directed to St. Anthony Hospice or St. John's Lutheran Church.
FRANCES H. KINDER
Age 80 of Gary passed away October 5, 2001. Survived by children, Kerry
Kinder of Peekskills, New York, Tony (Gail) Kinder of Merrillville, Barbara
(Richard) Musgrove of Crown Point, Stephen (Debra) Kinder of Valparaiso,
Stanley (Candy) Kinder of Highland, Curt Kinder at home; brother, John
(Marguerite) Weber of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Marion Dunn of Worth, Illinois,
Bernice (John) Motill of Chicago, Illinois; sister-in-law, Ella Weber of
Silverton, Oregon; brother-in-law, James Kinder of Sparta, Illinois; 16
grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband William
"Bob" in March of 1999. Funeral services Monday, October 8, 2001, 9:30
a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
at St. Mary's Church, Griffith, with Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial
Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday,
2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd. (2 blocks
South of Ridge Rd.), Highland. Frances was a member of St. Mary Church
of Griffith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American
Diabetes Association. Prayer service will be held Sunday, 4 p.m.
LUTHER CARDEN, JR.
Age 68 of Hebron, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2001 at
Porter Memorial Hospital, Emergency Room. Born June 28, 1933 in Ellsworth,
Pennsylvania to Luther & Lillian (Gillmore) Carden, Sr. A Hebron resident
for 3 years, formerly of Hobart. He married Avalon (Charnack) on July 11,
1991 in Michigan. An employee of Midwest Steel retiring April, 1992. A
veteran of the U.S. Army, Korean Conflict, a Purple Heart recipient. Former
member of the American Legion & Moose Lodge. Survivors: wife, Avalon
Carden of Hebron; sons, Rodney Carden of Hebron, Randy (Dawn) Carden of
Wheatfield, Gregory (Lori) Carden of Hebron, Jeffery (Paula) Carden of
Hebron; daughters, Cheryl (Marvin) Porter of Hebron, Yvonne (Randy) Mehay
of Hebron, Cherrie Lou (Mike) Walstra of Hebron; brothers, Jack (Norma)
and Robert (Rita) Carden, both of Monongabela, PA, and William Carden of
Hebron; sisters, Virginia (Bill) Hays and Fran Baumgardner, both of Monongabela,
PA; 1st wife, Cherrie Carden of Hebron; 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by parents; daughter, Bonnie Lou (Jesse) Cantu; 2 grandsons,
Eric and Tony; granddaughter, Katlynn and sister, Bertha Lee Carden. Friends
may call at Family Service Funeral Home Miller Hebron Chapel, Hebron, IN,
Sunday, October 7, 2001 from 2-8 p.m. Graveside Military rites provided
by the American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October
8, 2001 at 10:30 a.m., Family Service Funeral Home Miller Hebron Chapel,
Pastor Rich Cheek officiating. Interment Hebron Cemetery.
JAMES WILLIAMS ''TREES''
Age 67 of Jackson, Tennessee, formerly of Gary, passed away on Thursday
February 7, 2002 at the Jackson General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife, Zelma; two daughters, Pamela (Lendell) Walker
of Merrillville and Rhonda Williams of Gary; two grandsons, Brian Williams
of Gary and Keir Walker of Merrillville; two granddaughters, Brishonda
Williams of Gary and Kura Walker of Merrillville; stepson, Thaddeus Peterson
of Lafayette, Indiana; two stepdaughters, LaWanda Peterson of East Chicago,
and Valerie Peterson of Minneapolis, MN; two brothers, Louis and Samuel;
sister, Essie Mae all of Chicago; three step grandchildren; four brothers-in-law,
seven sisters-in-law, and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services
will be held on Saturday February 16, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Peace Baptist
Church, 1201 Chase Street, Gary. Rev. F.D. Burns officiating. Interment
in the Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith. Friends may call on Friday February
15, 2002 at the Hinton and Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Avenue,
East Chicago from 2-3 p.m. and at the Peace Baptist Church from 5-8 p.m.
Mr. Williams retired from Inland Steel (Plant 2-28 Inch) in 1991 after
37 years of employment and was a veteran of the United States Army. Friends
may contact the family at 884-3511.
Age 69, a Gary resident of 46 years, passed away on Friday, February
8, 2002. He was a retired former employee of United States Steel Corporation
and a veteran of the U.S Air Force. He is survived by wife, Susie Martin;
6 sons, Cornelius Williams, Atlanta, GA, Clarence Martin, Jr., Dean (Lisa)
Martin, Walter Martin, Morris (Angelina) Martin and Melvin Martin; 4 daughters,
Roberta Jennings, LeVonne Sharp, Connie Martin, and Tameka Martin; 2 brothers,
Albert (Annie) Martin and Fred Martin; 1 sister-in -law, Lula Martin; 14
grandchildren, Kenneth Sharp, Dwayne Sharp, Duron Martin, Durell Martin,
Christopher Martin, Cameron Williams, LaTasha Jennings, Chandra Hester,
Rana Martin, Deana Martin, Tasia Martin, Chantel Williams, Soyraia Williams,
and Chaunci Williams; 4 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives
and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feburary 15, 2002
at 2 p.m. at Smith, Bizzell, Warner & Son Chapel, "Your Golden Rule
Funeral Home, " 4209 Grant St., Gary, IN. Visitation day of service from
8 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at
Oak Hill Cemetery.
OTIS EDWARD FORREST
Age 75, a Gary resident for 54 years, formerly of Mounds, IL, passed
away Friday, February 8, 2002, at Methodist Hospital Northlake. He was
a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in WWII and a retired employee of
General Motors Corp. Otis was a member of Bethlehem A.M.E. Zion Church.
He is survived by wife, Louise Forrest of Gary; 1 sister, Lucille Gilliam
of Bakersfield, CA; 2 brothers-in-law, Leo Bogee of Jefferson City, MO,
and Chadwell (Emma) Terry of Oakland, CA; 3 sisters-in-law, Virginia Neuall,
Vera Thornton and Brenda Johnson, all of Gary; and a host of nephews, nieces,
cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday, February 15, 2002,
from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. Family hour 7 to 8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen
Chapel, 2959 West 11th Avenue. Funeral services Saturday, February 16,
2002, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem A.M.E. Zion Church, 560 W. 19th Avenue.
Rev. O.C. Comer, officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. Professional
services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
Age 83, a Gary resident for 61 years, formerly of Magnolia, MS, passed
away at home on February 8, 2002. She was a faithful member of Zion Progressive
Baptist Church, serving as former Assistant Sunday School Superintendent,
Sunday School Teacher, Chairperson of the Mission and member of the Mother's
Board. She was preceded in death by husband, Chester Bills Sr., son, Chester
Bills Jr., parents, John & Maggie Varnado, 2 sisters, Christine Robinson
and Carrie Barnes, 2 brothers, John L. Varnado and Clarence D. Varnado.
Survivors: 2 sons, Ollie Bills of Gary, and John (Patricia) Bills of Ben
Salem, PA; 5 daughters, Peggy (Corashio) Allen, Louise (Foun-tain) Green,
Cathy (Paul) Saleem, Annetrice Bills, all of Gary, Renadar Curtis of Chicago,
IL; 1 goddaughter, Alyverne Coopwood; 1 brother-in-law, Solomon Barnes,
both of Gary, IN; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild;
many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday, February
15, 2002, from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. Family hour from 7 to 8:00 p.m. at
the church. Funeral services Saturday, February 16, 2002, at 11:00 a.m.
at Zion Progressive Baptist Church, 1169 Connecticut St. Pastor Norman
Hairston Sr., officiating. No viewing after the eulogy. The family may
be reached at 224 Taft Place or 886-0345. Professional services rendered
by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
NORMAN W. LINDSTROM "SWEDE"
Age 85 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, February 11, 2002. Norman
had been a life long Miller area resident and a lifetime member of Local
#150 Operating Engineers and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Norman
was an avid bowler in the Classic Leagues at 12 & 20, Tri-City and
Hammond Bowling Lanes, a member of Pickart Insurance Independent Basketball
League and Church Leagues. Norman enjoyed fishing in Minnesota and Canada,
was a good carpenter and loved his vegetable garden. Norman was a good
neighbor and would snowplow his neighbors' driveways. The Lindstrom family
would like to mention the great care given to Norman at Rensselaer Care
Center Special Care Unit. Survivors are his wife, Betty, of 52 years; 3
sons, Craig of Valparaiso, Barry (Melenda) of FL, Alan (Kathy) of MI; 5
grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Roy (Betty) and Sidney,
both of Portage. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sigurd,
Leonard and Paul, four sisters, Ruth McCormack, Edna Lindstrom, Viola Hess
and Edythe Flemming. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred
to Rensselaer Care Center, Special Care Unit, 1309 Grace Street, Rensselaer,
In 47978. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2002,
1 p.m. from Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage.
Friends may call on Saturday from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at Rees Funeral
Home, Olson Chapel, Portage.
ORAL D. PEEK
Age 67 of Portage, passed away Monday Feb. 11, 2002 at St. Mary Medical
Center, Hobart. Retired from US Steel. Survivors: 3 sons, Douglas (Cheryl)
Peek of Hobart, David (Vicki) Peek of Kouts, Dennis (Nadine) Peek of PA;
2 daughters, Debra Shaughnessy of TN, Donna (Jeff) Zacarias of Elkhart,
IN; 2 sisters, Dora South of TN, Eva (Jerry) Smith of KY: 13 grandchildren,
2 great grandchildren; many loving nieces, nephews. Preceded in death by
daughter, Dianna Peek. Private funeral services were held from Kraft Funeral
Services & Crematory Inc, 370 N. County Line Rd, Hobart. 219-942-9866.
MILADIJA "MICA" JASNIC
Age 82 of Merrillville, passed away at her home on Monday, February
11, 2002, following a lengthy illness. She was an active member of St.
Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, and its Circle of Serbian Sisters. Also,
a supporting member of the St. Elijah Choir, and member of "Srbija" Lodge,
#170-S.N.F. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vukoje on January
3, 1983. Mica is survived by her son, Svetolik "Steve" (Ivanka) Jasnic
of Crown Point; and daughter, Stamenka Ristic of Merrillville; and 4 grandchildren,
Branko (Mirjana) Jasnic of Schererville, Milena (Nathan) Lawyer and Tomislav
Ristic, both of Merrillville, Juliana (Andjelko) Miranovic of Schererville;
2 great-grandchildren, Nikolas & Kristina; 1 brother, Miodrag Vukicevic;
and 1 sister, Stana Vukicevic, both of Yugoslavia. Also, many nieces, nephews,
Kumovi, other relatives and friends, both here, and in Yugoslavia. Funeral
services will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2002, at 10 a.m. Directly
at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral with V. Rev. Lazar Kostur, officiating.
Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by Savich
& Semplinski Funeral Directors. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8
p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, corner of 101st & Broadway, Merrillville/Crown
Point. A Pomen service will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For further
information, please phone Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors at
CATHERINE DELORES SKINNER
Age 69, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2002. A Gary resident for
20 years, formerly of St. Louis, MO. She was an Eastern Star and a Registered
Nurse at Methodist Hospital for many years. She is survived by children:
Dennis (Felicia) Skinner of Gary, Fabian (Johnnie) Parker of Indianola,
MS, Delvinia (Antonio) Bates of St. Louis, MO and Regina Skinner of St.
Louis, MO; sisters, Marilyn Charles, Marshallett Chase, Gwendolyn Rimmer
and Denise Truss, all of Gary, IN; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren;
and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held
Friday, February 15, 2002, 2 p.m. at St. Jude Family Center, 4201 Broadway,
Gary with Pastor Lois B. Hill, officiating. Visitation Thursday, February
14th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family hour from 6-7 p.m. at Smith, Bizzell,
Warner & Son "Your Golden Rule Funeral Home" 4209 Grant St., Gary.
DeLORN L. "CHET" CHIDESTER
Known as "Chet" to all who knew him passed away February 11, 2002 at
home in Demotte, Indiana, at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with
lung cancer. A resident of Demotte for the past 13 years and also Melbourne
Beach, Florida, he formerly lived in Glen Park (Gary) Indiana for 40 years.
Born June 23, 1928 in Carey, Idaho to Wren and Helen Draper-Chidester,
he moved to Renton, Washington, at the age of six. On June 10, 1950, he
married Irene Jedlikowski, who survives. Also surviving him are three children,
Jeffrey Chidester (Deborah Hric) of Hobart, David Chidester (Mary Harper)
of Valparaiso and Becky Chidester-Betts (David) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
DeLorn had three grandchildren, Marshall and Phillip Betts and Jim Harper
of Bloomington, Indiana. He is survived by one brother, William (Louise)
of LaCrosse, Virginia and three sisters, Nola Thomas of Las Vegas, Beth
Karns of San Bernadino, CA and Helen Cox (Loy) of El Cajon, CA and numerous
nephews and nieces from the Chidester and Jedlikowsky family. He is preceded
in death by five brothers and two sisters. DeLorn was a Purple Heart recipient
and decorated veteran of the Korean War, obtaining the Bronze Campaign
Star, United Nations Service Medcal and National Defense Service Medal,
and was twice wounded in battle, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.
A former Executive Officer in the 5th Regiment Combat Team, he fought in
North Korea from March to December of 1953. He served in the United States
Army from June of 1946 to December of 1953. He was stationed at Fort Lewis,
Washington, Eglin AFB in Florida, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, Fort
Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Benning, Georgia, where he completed Officers
Candidate School in August of 1951. He was a Airborne Ranger in the 82nd
Airborne Division. DeLorn served as Trustee, Executive Board Member, President
and Business Agent of Ironworker's Local 395 of Hammond, Indiana. He held
the position of Business Agent for Ironworkers Local 395 from 1974 to 1983.
He died a proud union member of the building and construction trades and
leaves a legacy of devotion to the union movement and particularly the
trade of ironworkers. As an ironworker, he primarily worked for American
Bridge Company and Bethlehem Steel Fabrication and Construction, Burns
Harbor, Indiana. He belonged to Divine Providence Polish National Catholic
Church of Merrillville, Indiana and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
of Melbourne Beach, Florida. He traveled extensively and visited all fifty
(50) states in his lifetime and a multitude of foreign countries, including
Australia, Ireland and France.He loved vegetable gardening. An avid golfer
with a twelve handicap before succumbing to cancer, he belonged to various
leagues at Sandy Pines Golf Course and Turkey Creek Golf Course in Indiana
and Aquirina and Holland-Spessard Golf Courses of Melbourne, Florida. He
was a former football season ticket holder of Notre Dame University from
1978 to 1990, and a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears and Lew Wallace High
School, when he started watching nephew, Jerry Shay play football in the
sixties. He was an officer, founding member and umpire with East Glen Park
Little League in Gary in the 1960's. He was also a member of DeMotte VFW.
Funeral services Friday, February 15, 2002, 10:30 a.m. at the Geisen Funeral
Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, Indinaa, Rt. Rev. Edmund Meus of Divine
Providence Polish National Church officiating. Friends may call at the
funeral home on Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Prayer service Thursday afternoon 4
p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials may be given to VNA
Hospice of Porter County, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383. DeLorn
will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was truly a fun person to
be around. He lived a happy, though too short a life.
TIMOTHY J. "TIM" DOVICHI
Age 37, of Cedar Lake, IN, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2002.
He is survived by Tracy Clinton of Cedar Lake, IN; 3 children, Thomas Dovichi
of Glendale, AZ, Ryan and Caitlyn Dovichi of Cedar Lake, IN; his parents,
Harold and Mary "Pat" Dovichi of Cedar Lake; maternal grandfather, Edmund
Palmer of Merrillville; 2 brothers, Tony Dovichi of Cedar Lake, Patrick
Dovichi of Chicago; 2 sisters, Donna Dovichi of Munster, Deanna (Shawn)
Cowenhoven of Lowell; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, Feburary 15, 2002 at
11:00 a.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Cedar Lake, IN. Father Ed Kennedy
officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Name Cemetery in Cedar Lake. Friends
are invited to call on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home,
604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. Timothy was a graduate of Hanover Central
High School in Cedar Lake. He enjoyed weight lifting, body building and