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Ralph P. Massoth Sr.

Lowell

Ralph P. Massoth Sr., age 84, of Lowell, IN, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2002. He is survived by four children: Ralph P. (Fujiko) Massoth, Jr. of Universal City, TX, Betty (Philip) May of Lowell, Lindsey Massoth of Hebron and Linda (Matt) Lipton of Crown Point; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Massoth of West Lafayette, IN, Sylvester (Nonna) Massoth of Remington, IN; two sisters, Marie Zurawski of Cedar Lake, IN and Eleanor Eder of Calumet City, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, MaryEllen; one daughter, Kathy Fuller, and 13 brothers and sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Lowell, IN, Father Peter Muha officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. Ralph was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Lowell and was a retired cement contractor and dairy farmer. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Ambrose R. Melvan

Dyer / Chicago

Ambrose R. Melvan, age 63, of Dyer, Indiana, died on Thursday, October 31, 2002. Mr. Melvan was born in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Joseph and Julia Melvan. He is survived by his friend and former wife, Georgia Melvan of Whiting, IN; two daughters: Kelly (David) Potts of Schererville, IN and Laura Salin of Schererville, IN; two brothers; Alex (Christine) Melvan of CT and Jerome Melvan of Dyer, IN; grandchildren, Amber Rose Salin and Takoda Potts; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother, August Melvan.

Friends may call on Sunday, November 3rd, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Funeral Services will be private.

Mr. Melvan was a retired Chicago Police Officer after 27 years of service.

Marita K. Mischka

East Chicago

Marita K. Mischka, age 46, of East Chicago, IN, died October 27, 2002. Survived by daughters, Tuesday Smith of Lake Station, IN, Samantha Barnes of Scranton, PA, parents, Artis and Beatrice Balentine of East Chicago, IN; sisters Gail Lomeli of San Antonio, TX, Oma (Sergio) Silva of Chicago, IL; brothers Roger (Janice) Balentine of San Antonio, TX, Michael Balentine of East Chicago, IN, David (Valerie) Balentine of Smithville, VA, John (Sharon) Balentineof Pensacola, FL, Frank Balentine of Las Vegas, NV, Charles Balentine of East Chicago, IN; nephews, Jose and Daniel Villarreal of Hammond, IN; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Akins Funeral Home in Russellville, Alabama. Funeral service Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with a chapel service followed by burial in Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Information 256-332-1131.

Laurene Marie Moore

Schererville / Calumet City / Lowell

Laurene Marie Moore, age 32, late of Schererville, IN, formerly of Calumet City, IL and Lowell, IN, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2002. Loving daughter of John and Doris Moore of Calumet City. Cherished Sister of Jodene Moore of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Deborah Moore of Calumet City. Graduate of Thornwood High School, 1988 and the University of Illinois, 1992.

Resting at the Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL on Sunday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Services 11:00 a.m. Monday. Interment, Beverly Cemetery. 708-798-5300

Charlotte Olsen

Calumet City, IL

Charlotte Olsen, age 86, of Calumet City, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2002. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Dennis) Heaps of Lowell and Kay (Gary) Pingel of Lansing, IL; three grandchildren: Donna (Bob) Fox, Ken (Terri) Biesboer and Laura (Wendell) Coleman; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Kay Tuuk; two sisters-in-law, Annamarie Dekker and Ada Dekker; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 4, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. Burial, Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Chicago. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jacqueline Pacurar

Hessville

Jacqueline Reese Wheeler Vana Pacurar, of Hessville, passed away on Thursday October 31, 2002 at St. Catherine Hospital. She was born in Valparaiso, October 26, 1934 to Helen and Jess Wheeler. She is survived by four children: Van (Diane) Vana of Towanda, PA, Charles (Yvonne) Vana of Everett, WA, Lauri (Robert) Rymarczyk of Richmond, IL and Dana (Nick) Komocsar of Lakevill, MN; seven grandchildren: her mother, Helen M. Horvath; step-mother, Ruth Wheeler, three sisters, Karen, Kathy and Deborah and two brothers, Neal and Scott; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her son, Brian in 1991, stepfather Cyril Horvath in 1996 and her father, Jess Wheeler in 1999.

Chapel service will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. DIRECTLY at the Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana, with the Rev. Kevin Miller, of the Whiting United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St., East Chicago, Indiana.

Mrs. Pacurar graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1952 and had been an active member of her class reunion committee. She was employed by the School City of Hammond as a Bus Driver for the past 17 years. Donations can be made to the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation. P.O. Box 1724, Woodstock, IL 60098 or Premier Hospice, 8002 Utah St., Merrillville, IN. 46410.

Shirley J. Seling

Hobart

Shirley J. Seling, age 75, of Hobart, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2002. Shirley was the former co-owner of The Jewel Shop in Hobart. She was active with American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #54, Hobart. Shirley is preceded in death by her loving husband, Matthew, her son, Donald and a brother, Anthony Winski. Shirley is survived by one daughter: Donna J. (Joe) Gospodarek of Hobart; two grandsons: Justin Matthew and Kyle Joseph Gospodarek; two sisters: Vada Troxel of Merrillville and Edna Wittig of Hammond; and one brother: Ronald (Judy) Winski of Georgia. Numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends and caregivers.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road in Hobart with Rev. Kevin McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Friends may call on Sunday, November 3, 2002 from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to The Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. For more information please call 219-942-2109.

V. Joan Snyder

DeMotte / Crown Point

V. Joan Snyder, age 72, of DeMotte, formerly of Crown Point, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2002. Survived by son, Larry (Bev) Snyder of DeMotte; daughter, Tami (Skip) Pelton of Crown Point; five grandchildren: Shanna and Mick Snyder, Jenni, Brad and Jason Pelton; three sisters; Caroline (Warren) Pierce of Crown Point, Charlene (Ted) Kolivas of South Haven and Gloria Dean (late Jim) Gentlemen of Crown Point; brother-in-law: Harold (Joan) Snyder of Lowell. Preceded in death by husband Shirl in 2000.

Mrs. Snyder was a graduate of Crown Point High School, class of 1949 and married her husband Shirl on April 19, 1952. Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive (on State Road 55 south of State Road 231) Crown Point, on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 4, 2002 at 10:00 A.M., at the Pruzin & Little Chapel with Rev. Dennis Shock officiating. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church, Crown Point.

Delbert W. Starkey

Hessville

Delbert W. Starkey, age 65, of Hessville, passed away on Thursday, October 31 2002 at The Community Hospital, Munster. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Donnia; one son, Rev. Dennis (Tana) Starkey, Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Memphis, Indiana, formerly Pastor of Woodmar Baptist Church of Hammond; two sisters, Betty Reed of Hammond and Norma Bromfield of Gary; four brothers; Donald (Jane) Starkey, Clarence (Pat) Starkey, Jr. and Roland (Ann) Starkey, all of Hammond and Richard Starkey of Gary; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services Monday, November 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from the Black Oak Baptist Church at 6502-25th Ave., Gary, Indiana, with Rev. Dennis Starkey and Rev. Bob Parnell officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Starkey was a native of Hammond and a lifetime resident of the Calumet Area. He was a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church and was an ordained Deacon. Also, an avid Southern Gospel music fan. He retired in 1999 after 13 years as a sales clerk with Truck Stops of America. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund is being established in favor of the Black Oak Baptist Church.

Norbert S. "Tex" Szklarski

Valparaiso

Norbert S. "Tex" Szklarski, age 68, of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2002. He was born, July 6, 1934 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Stanley and Harriet (Kulesa) Szklarski. He was married to his wife Carol on January 7, 1961 and was employed as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years and the Portage Township Schools as a custodian for 30 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Szklarski of Valparaiso, his loving family, one son, Robert Szklarski of Valparaiso; one daughter, Patricia Hullett of Scottsburg, Indiana; four grandchildren, Michael Browner III, Charlie C. Hullett, Anna C. Hullett and Bradley A. Demarrow; one brother, Donald (Roberta) Szklarski of Glendale,Arizona; one sister, Loretta (Alex) of Dunedin, Florida; three nephews and three nieces. Also, his special friend, his dog. "Frisky. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Barbara

Szklarski.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 1st from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana, 46368. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 10:15 a.m. at Engel Funeral Home and 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 356 W. 700 N., Valparaiso, Indiana 46385, with Rev. Doug Mayer officiating. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Portage, Indiana. For information please call 219-762-8595.

Margaret L. Trimmel

"Grandma Marge"

Hammond

Margaret L. Trimmel "Grandma Marge," age 81, of Hammond, IN, died on Thursday, October 31, 2002. Mrs. Trimmel was born in East Chicago, IN, the daughter of the late James and Sophie (nee Szur) Evion. She is survived by four daughters: Margaret (Mark) Scott of St. Paul, MN, Patricia (Phillip) Zaborowski of Highland, IN, Janet (David) Keck of Hammond, IN and Susan (Bob) Zuver of Hammond, IN; one son: John (Marilyn) Trimmel of Hobart, IN; 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; two sisters: Mary Moore of Rensselaer, IN and Ethel Taylor of Highland, IN; one brother: John (Anna Mae) Evion of Merrillville, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. in the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with Rev. Anne Smith officiating. Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Burial will be at the Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Mrs. Trimmel was formerly employed by Inland Steel and I.C.A.R.

Anna D. Williams

California / Valparaiso

Anna D. Williams, age 85, of Hemet, California, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2002. A long time Valparaiso resident, she had also lived in Lake Havasu City, AZ, prior to moving to Hemet in 1990. She was a member of Inman Valley Baptist Fellowship in Hemet. Anna was born on April 5, 1917 in Kouts to Rudolf and Aline (Heiniger) Germann. On September 22, 1935 in Westville she married Raymond E. Williams, who survives, along with four children, Rosalie (Glenn) Munsch of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Carolyn (Sonny) Tomlinson of Lake of the Ozarks, MO, John (Cheryl) Williams of Canyon Lake, CA and Susan (Ron) Zulich of Valparaiso; two brothers, Daniel Germann of San Pierre and Henry Germann of Cameron, MO; one sister, Edna Moser of Columbia, MO; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Maria.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 4, 2002 at 12:00 Noon at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. Tom Troxel will officiate with burial at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in LaCrosse. Visitation Monday from 10:00 A.M. until time of the service. Memorials may be made to New Tribes Missionary or Wycliff Missionary Fund.

Evelyn A. Zweig

Paxton / Hammond

Evelyn A. Zweig, age 97, formerly of Hammond, IN, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 in Paxton, IL. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Carol Zweig of Elgin, IL; two grandsons: Brian (Amy) Zweig of Elgin, IL and Brett (Kathy) Zweig of Fox Lake, IL. Preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1985, sons, Douglas in 1992 and Bruce in 1994, her sister, Geraldine Bell and her brother, Russell Henrikson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 4, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. directly at the First United Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN, withPastor Byron Kaiser officiating. Interment, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. There will be no hours of visitation.

Evelyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond and was a graduate of Columbia School of Music. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Chapel, Hammond, IN.


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