Lake County, Indiana
Miscellaneous Obituaries


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 Park Cemetery.

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, IN.

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 Park Cemetery.

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 Home, Hobart.

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).

MARGARET SCHLEMMER
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 of Robinson.

LILLIE AUSTIN 
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 p.m.

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.

ANTHONY GALOOZIS
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.

CLARENCE MARTIN
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.

CATHERINE BILLS
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 (219) 661-1200.

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 Motorcross.


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