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Doyle C. Gray
Porter resident Doyle C. Gray, 64, died Monday, May 27, 2002, at Porter Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1938, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Dalas and Opsie (Richardson) Gray, who preceded him in death.
On Feb. 21, 1960, he married Dorothy F. Vance, who survives in Porter.
Also surviving are two sons, Eric (wife Sharon) Gray of Milan, Ohio, and Todd (wife Jamie) Gray of Taylorsville, Ky.; a brother, Donavon (wife Joan) Gray of Normal, Ill.; two sisters, Helen Burnside of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Bobbie Althaus of Louiseville, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Connor and Olivia Gray.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Douglas and Samuel Gray.
He was an area resident since 1978 and worked as a pipe fitter for Ford Motor Company until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 551 in Chicago and of the National Rifle Association.
Funeral services, the Rev. Edward Mitchell officiating, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. He will be interred at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Edmonds & Evans.

Donna JoAnn Novak
Donna JoAnn Novak, of Westville, died Monday, May 27, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. She was 65.
She was the daughter of James and Gladys (Matherly) Huff, who preceded her in death.
On February 11, 1956, she married Leonard Novak, who preceded her in death on April 22, 1982.
She is survived by four daughters, Connie (Greg) Lachner of Otis, Donna (Stephen) Novak-Rodrick of Otis, Terri (John) Hynek of LaPorte, Lori (Charlie) Miller of Otis; two brothers, Jimmy Huff of Valparaiso, Johnny Huff, of Michigan City; Three sisteres, Nancy Rush, Patsy Moore, both of Valparaiso and Cathy Culp of Westville; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was an associate at Kmart in Michigan City for 22 years until it closed. She was also a member of St. Mary Church in Otis.
A mass of Christian burial, Fr. Dennis Blaney officiating, is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31 at St. Mary Church in Otis. Interment will follow the service at St. Mary Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Newhard Funeral Home, 58 West Walnut St., Westville.

Penny Louise Bartholomew
Penny Louise Bartholomew, of Chesterton, died Thursday, May 30, 2002 at University of Chicago Hospitals. She was 45.
She was born July 17, 1956 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of Robert and Noreen Nelson of Lansing, Illinois.
On September 14, 1979 in Lansing, she married Charles Michael Bartholomew, who survives in Chesterton.
She is also survived by three children, Mary Bartholomew of Valparaiso, Charles Joseph and Robert Michael Bartholomew of Chesterton; a brother, Rick Nelson of Lansing, Ill. and Tina Haro.
She was Features Editor for United Press International since 1990. She was a member of the Wire Service Guild.
Funeral services, Rev. Brenda Ludwig officiating, are scheduled at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 6 at Bartholomew Funeral Home, Valparaiso. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Valparaiso.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.
Memorials may be made to Contact Cares in Valparaiso, Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, South Dakota or any NO-KILL Cat shelter of your choice.

Penny Louise Nelson Bartholomew
CHICAGO, May 30 -- Penny Louise Nelson Bartholomew, who wrote, edited and published numerous columns and features for United Press International over a distinguished career of more than 20 years with the news agency, died Thursday at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She was 45.
Doctors said she had suffered four cardiac arrests since being transferred to Chicago May 20 from a hospital in Michigan City, Ind. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Bartholomew, a former broadcaster who joined UPI in 1981, produced columns that were used around the world, including "Today in Music," "Entertainment Today," "Of Human Interest, "Hot Buttons," "Jockstrip" and the Almanac.
Each day she saw that 14 columns and features moved without fail on the UPI wires. She wrote some, edited others.
"Penny was a gifted writer, a real pro, with a sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor," said Bruce Cook, UPI senior editor.
"She was a UPI treasure."
Bartholomew, of Chesterton, Ind., became ill in early May, experiencing severe breathing problems. She was taken to a local hospital but doctors sent her home, saying they could find nothing seriously wrong. Shortly afterward, on May 6, Bartholomew was admitted to St. Anthony Memorial Health Center in Michigan City, Ind. Her condition gradually worsened and she was transferred to Chicago.
She died at 12:42 p.m. CDT in the intensive care unit of the Bernard Mitchell Hospital complex at the University of Chicago Hospitals, said her husband, Mike Bartholomew, a free-lance writer.
Bartholomew, who worked at her home and called herself the "Feature Creature," loved cats. She had seven of them and "a dog who thinks he's a cat." She liked to tell stories about the pets and sometimes featured one of them in a column.
"My computer just crashed. One of the cats tipped a drink on the keyboard," she once told a fellow editor in a telephone call.
Bartholomew was a legendary figure to UPI employees past and present. Most had never met her.
"Like most of us, I never met Penny in person," said UPI National Editor Harold Martin. "I spoke with her once or twice and she was a hoot to talk to. But above all, she was a legend for her energy and drive to turn out day after day a product that every client cried for. Even if nothing else moved, they would scream for the columns she produced. And she never let them down. Even in sickness she seemed always anxious to get back to 'Of Human Interest,' 'Today in Music,' the almanacs, and other columns she so carefully crafted."
"Penny was a pro," said UPI writer Pat Nason, who worked closely with Bartholomew over the years and often pinch-hit for her when she was on vacation. " She was as productive and reliable as anyone I have ever known. She set a high standard for the rest of us."
"I'm terribly sorry to hear this news," said Elizabeth Manning, deputy international editor. "I never met Penny in my seven years or so with UPI, but the talent I saw on the wire more than confirmed her reputation as a Unipresser in our finest tradition."
Bartholomew was born July 17, 1956, and raised in Lansing, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago. She was the first in her family to attend college, first the University of Chicago and then the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was in 1975 at UIC that she began working for the college radio station and was bitten by the broadcasting bug. She changed her major from biology/premedicine to speech/mass communications, the closest thing to journalism the university offered. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978.
In May 1977, Bartholomew got her first "real" radio job -- running the control board and doing some production work at WYCA-FM in Hammond, Ind., and later branching out into news and editorial writing. Other radio stations she worked for included WJOB-AM (Hammond), WWMM-FM (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and WDAI-FM (Chicago).
In February 1981, while working as the morning news writer for WCFL-AM in Chicago, Bartholomew heard about a job opening in the national broadcast department at UPI's Chicago bureau. She applied and was hired, starting work for UPI on March 2, 1981.
From December 1987 until March 1988, Bartholomew did a call-in segment every Friday morning on WMAQ-AM (Chicago), discussing the weird and wacky news of the week. She continued to write broadcast news for what was called UPR until late October 1990, when she was promoted to features editor, a position she continued to hold through the company's many changes. In 1983 she participated in the first Chicago commercial radio broadcast of a live birth, her daughter, Mary Elizabeth. 
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Michael Bartholomew, 53; her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 19; two sons, Charles Joseph, 17, and Robert Michael, 13; parents Robert and Noreen Nelson; a brother; a sister; and her beloved cats Tansy, Willow, Pepper, Saffron, Clover, Ivy, and Jasmine.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Bartholomew Funeral Home in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Juliana Josephine Clark
Juliana Josephine Clark, of Pierceton, Ind., died May 29, 2002 at Mason’s Health Care in Warsaw, Ind. She was 92.
She was born February 7, 1910 in LaPorte, Ind. the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Lopatka) Blanda, who preceded her in death.
On June 8, 1938 in Valparaiso, she married A. Edmond Clark Sr., who preceded her in death June 9, 1998.
She is survived by her only child, Arthur E. Clark Jr., (Eddie) and his wife Roberta Ann, of Chesterton; two grandchildren, JoAnn Lynn (Ryan Jay) Koepke of Michigan City and Donald Racy Clark and his fiancée Heather Louise Barus of Valparaiso.; two great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Brook and Alexandria Jean, both of Michigan City.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Walter and Henry, all of LaPorte; two sisters, Dr. Nell Grudowski DPM of Chicago and Rose Waugauman of LaPorte; many dear friends and her husband’s family; Nancy Stoddard and Julia Harrison.
She was a former resident of Gary, Ind. She was a housewife and member of 1st Presbyterian Church, Pierceton, Ind.
Funeral services, Jerry Hartman officiating, are scheduled at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Ind. Interment will be at Washington Union Cemetery, Pierceton, Ind.
Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, Ind.

Beatrice R. Castle
Beatrice R. Castle, of Burns Harbor, died Monday, June 3, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. She was 83.
She was born April 1, 1919 in Rock Island, Illinois, the daughter of Jay and Lura (Lounsbury) Baldwin, who preceded her in death.
On June 4, 1938 in Chicago she married William S. Castle, who preceded her in death on March 20, 1982.
She is survived by two sons, George W. (Irma) Castle and Richard C. Castle, both of Burns Harbor; a daughter, Carolyn (Jack) Deuitch of Fish Lake, Ind.; two brothers, Donald (Helen) Baldwin of Ira Hill, N.Y. and Ted Baldwin of Hannibal, N.Y., nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Bernice DeVito.
She was a local resident since 1946 and was a home maker. She was a member of Porter United Methodist Church and was a 4-H leader for 35 years. She was also a Founding Member of Westport Community Club.
Funeral services, Rev. Edward Mitchell officiating, are scheduled at 10 a.m., Thursday, June, 6 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home. Interment will be at Chapel Hills Gardens West, Elmhurst, Ill.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Memorials may be made to either the American Cancer Society or to Breast Cancer Research Fund.

David McAfee
David McAfee, of Portage, died Saturday, June 1, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. He was 48.
He was born in Plymouth, Indiana, the son of the late Walter Hanes McAfee and Rebecca (Roden) McAfee, who survives in Portage.
On February 23, 1985 in Newport News, Virginia, he married Mary Wallace, who survives in Portage.
He is also survived by brothers Daniel (Carol) McAfee of Belleville, Ill., Peter (Sharon) McAfee of Valparaiso, Ind., Paul McAfee of Valparaiso and Matthew (Diana) McAfee of Valparaiso.
He was employed since 1997 in the Security Department of Rural Metro. He served with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and attended Bible Baptist Church in Portage.
Funeral services, Rev. Donald Good officiating, are scheduled Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel. Interment will be at McCool Cemetery, Portage.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage.

Allison Margery Thedens
Allison Margery Thedens, of Chesterton, died Thursday, August 1, 2002 at V.N.A. Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso. She was 78.
She was born September 30, 1923 in Chicago, the daughter of John and Elsie (Denham) Clark, who preceded her in death.
On February 14, 1942 in Chicago, she married Harold Thedens, who preceded her in death August 5, 1982.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia (Ron) Lhotak of Chesterton; a brother, Richard (Sylvia) Clark of Boston, Mass.; four sisters, Virginia Clark of Orland Park, Ill., Beverly Dahlen of Redwing, Minn.; Joanne Malxin of Phoenix, Ariz., Patricia (Robert) Bagdon of New Mexico; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Orville Clark and two sisters, Kay Seavertson and Mary Jane Sherko.
She was a resident for 19 years coming from Chicago. She was a home maker.
Funeral services, Father James Meade officiating, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Memorials may be made to VNA Horton Hospice Center, 2404 Valparaiso, IN 46384.

Renate Kulczycki
Renate Kulczycki, of Chesterton, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at the waters of Duneland Health Care Center, Chesterton. She was 75.
She was born December 13, 1926 in Germany.
She was married to Walter Kulcyzcki, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Robert) Stevens of Chesterton and four sisters.
She was employed as a secretary at Sarnecki Brothers catering hall in Chicago. She was a member of Westchester Senior Citizens Club.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday at Adalbert Cemetery, 6800 Milwaukee Ave., Niles, Ill. She was interred at Adalbert Cemetery.
No visitation was scheduled.
Memorials may be made to the Porter County Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton.

Sister Julie Kramer
Sister Julie Kramer, of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. died July 30, 2002 in Lourdes Hall, St. Mary-of-the Woods, Ind.
The former Julie Anne Kramer was born March 1, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to George Albert Sr. and Florence Marie (Westendorf) Kramer.
She is survived by four sisters, Sister Constance Kramer, S.P. of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the Woods, Ind., Mary Kramer Leonard of Valparaiso, Susan Kramer Devlin of New London, N.H. and Anne Kramer Nahn of Middleton, Wis.; a brother George A. Kramer, Jr. of Valparaiso; many nieces and nephews and many more grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, William J. Kramer and John and Joseph, infant twins.
Sister Julie Kramer entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence Sept. 17, 1962, professed First Vows Aug. 15, 1965 and Final Vows Oct. 4, 1969. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence and ministered as a Registered Nurse in Indiana. Schools include St. Leonard, West Terre Haute, grades 5 and 6; Central Catholic H.S., Fort Wayne, Chemistry and Math, Schulte H.S., Terre Haute, Chemistry and Math, Reitz Memorial H.S. Evansville, Math, Scecina Memorial H.S., Indianapolis, Math, St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Registered Nurse, Health Care Services, St. Mary-of-the Woods, Registered Nurse and as a volunteer in the Health Care Activity Room.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception with Rev. Barrabas Gillespie, OSB officiating. Interment will be in the Cemetery of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.
A Wake is scheduled at 2:30 p.m., Sunday in Providence Hall. A Wake service is scheduled at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. 
The Callahan Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Ramona Cooke Gatewood
Ramona Cooke Gatewood, of Dune Acres, died Thursday, August 1, 2002 at her home. She was 78.
She was born April 15, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Bennett W. and Lyda (Dalzell) Cooke, who preceded her in death.
In 1948 in Chicago she married Emmett H. Gatewood, who preceded her in death August 22, 1978.
She is survived by a son, Andrew (Dawn) Gatewood, of Chesterton; a daughter, Lyda C. Gatewood, of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren, Clayton Gatewood, Jared Bonomo and Sumer Kabelis; great grandchildren, Karley Fink, Erica and Dustin Kabelis.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bennett W. Cooke II and Peter Cooke.
She was a resident since 1950 and was a home maker. She was a member of Chesterton First United Methodist Church. She attended University Baptist Church while wintering in Baton Rouge with her daughter. She was one of the founding members of the Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County; a member of Beta Gamma Epsilon sorority and a long time advocate for Alcoholics Anonymous. She was instrumental in starting the Moraine House in Valparaiso.
Funeral services, Rev. Terry Rhine officiating, are scheduled at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002 at First United Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Chesterton.

John Thomas Stewart Sr.
Former long-time Chesterton Park Department Board Member, local volunteer and businessman, John Thomas Stewart Sr., of Chesterton, died Sunday, August 4, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. He was 62.
He was born April 8, 1940 in Kouts, the son of Homer W. and Darlie Mae (Bloomer) Stewart, who preceded him in death.
On January 21, 1960 in Gibson, La., he married Grayce Charlene Stewart, who survives in Chesterton.
He is also survived by a son, John T. (Brenda) Stewart Jr. of Chesterton; a daughter, Shannon Graham of Hanna, Ind.; a sister, Neva Reif of Kouts; three grandchildren, Kaeleigh Graham, Samantha and Alivia Sims; two step grandchildren, Samantha Morgan and Logan John Stewart.
He was employed for 35 years as a paint professional. He was employed at Lowes. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a 1958 graduate of Kouts High School and former owner of Dunes Decorating and Star Video. He was a past member of the Chesterton Park Board and was a past President. He was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, Little League Coach and a Pop Warner Football Coach.
A graveside service, Father Jack Meyer officiating, is scheduled at 3 p.m., Thursday at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

Viola R. Sosh
Viola R. Sosh, of Porter, died Monday, August 5, 2002 at the waters of Duneland Health Care Center, Chesterton. She was 63.
She was born March 6, 1939 in Bluffton, Ohio, the daughter of Roy and Ailene (Marshall) Moser, who preceded her in death.
She married Kemon Kominakis, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Dorothy) Kominakis of Valparaiso and David Sosh of Crawfordsville; two daughters, Carol Neely of Porter and Diana Fennell of Chesterton; a sister, Marie (James) McKee of Portage; nine grandchildren, Cari and Conrad Neely of Porter, Ryan and William Kominakis of Valparaiso; Jonathan and Jeni Fennell of Chesterton, Chloe, Emma and Elijah Sosh of Crawfordsville.
She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bob Neely and a sister, Mariam Sue Moser. 
She was a resident since 1957 and was a home maker. She attended Christian Assembly Church, of Portage. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Westville Fire Department.
Funeral services, Pastor Michael Cloud officiating, are scheduled at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home. Cremation will follow services at Heritage Crematory, Portage.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Anton “Tony” J. Valentic
Anton “Tony” J. Valentic, of Porter, died Monday, August 5, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. He was 85.
He was born April 23, 1917 in Homewood, Ill., the son of John and Anna Valentic, who preceded him in death.
On July 17, 1971 in Chesterton, he married Thelma Earwood, who survives in Porter.
He is also survived by a son, Anthony Valentic of Terre Haute, Ind.; a step son, William O. (Beauty) Farmer of South Bend, Ind.; a son-in-law, John Klosinski of Michigan City; two daughters, Jenny Sullivan, of Ind. and Lisa Ann Williams; step daughters, Dian Klosinski of Mishawaka, Ind., Thelma Susan (Donald) Grafe and Pamela Keen, both of Walls, Miss. and Linday (Duayne) Rogers of Hammond, Ind.; a sister Vie Apoto of Denver, Colo.; 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose.
He was a resident for 54 years. He was employed as a Hammersmith for 32 years at Indiana Forge. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was owner of Tony’s Landscaping Company.
Funeral services, Father James Meade officiating, are scheduled at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. with a Wake service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Judith B. Ayala
Judith B. Ayala, of Chesterton, formerly of Chicago, died Sunday, July 21, 2002 at St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, Ind. She was 65.
She was born January 28, 1937 in Chicago, the daughter of Meyer and Florence (Jaffe) Brenner, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Elena (Paul) Shook of Valparaiso and two grandchildren, Michael and Paul Shook of Valparaiso.
Living in the Chicago area until 1999, she moved to Chesterton to be closer to her daughter and family. Before her illness, she worked at St. Mary’s Home Health Center in Portage and regularly volunteered at the Westchester Public Library. She was an avid reader and had a great love for the people and culture of Mexico. 
A memorial gathering is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana. Cremation is scheduled at Heritage Crematory, Portage.
Memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society or to Westchester Public Library.
Arrangements were handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton.

Grace Louise Paul
Grace Louise Paul “Mrs. Paul,” of Portage, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at her home. She was 77.
She was born November 7, 1924 in Gary, Ind. the daughter of Joseph Johnson and Luddi (Bronson) Goin, who preceded her in death.
On March 19, 1946 in Crown Point, she married Marion Paul, who preceded her in death July 13, 1984.
She is survived by a son, Ronnie Paul of Portage, Ind.; three daughters, Linda Hogg, Gloria Jane Kane and Shelia Pappas, all of Portage; three brothers, Virgil (Iona) Goin, of Portage, Robert (Nancy) Goin of Cincinnati, Ohio and Franklin Goin of Fla.; a brother-in-law, Pete Kowalenka of Merrillville; two sisters, Mary Jane (Frank) Bouque of Hobart and Pam (Frank) Grecio of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a beloved friend, Erma (Cosmo) Trafaconti and family; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jo Paul and a son Marion Paul Jr. 
She was employed as a laborer at U.S. Steel. She was a former active Bingo player, a member of Women of the Moose and a volunteer for various charities.
Funeral services, great nephew Bryce Grecio officiating, are scheduled at Noon, Friday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel. Interment will be at McCool Cemetery, Portage.
Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave. Portage.

Harry Kreiling Barco
The brother of a Chesterton resident, Retired Air Force Col. Harry Kreiling Barco died Friday, July 26, 2002 at Hope Hospice Center, Ft. Meyers Florida. He was 78.
He was born July 29, 1923.
He is survived by his wife, Leota Barco; a daughter, Sandra Lee Lovins of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Robert Leslie Barco, of Oregon; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Carlson, of Chesterton.
No visitation and no funeral are scheduled.
Donations may be sent to the Hospice Center of the donors choice.

George R. Wroblewski
George R. Wroblewski, of Jackson Twp., died Thursday, July 25, 2002 at his home. He was 76.
He was born April 22, 1926 in Michigan City, the son of Frank and Anastasia (Levendowski) Wroblewski, who preceded him in death.
On September 3, 1949 at St. Mary Church in Otis, he married Dorothy Hroma, who survives.
He is also survived by five children, George (Valerie) Wroblewski, of Jackson Twp., Janet (Dan) Shebel of Michigan City, Karen (Dave) Kelley of Jackson Twp., Jim Wroblewski of Jackson Twp and Jerry Wroblewski of Otis; six grandchildren, Cindy Shebel, Sheri Brackeen, both of Michigan City, Shawn and Kelly Wroblewski, and Shane and Bryan Kelley, all of Jackson Twp; a great grandchild, Jesse Unger, of Jackson Twp. and a brother, Felix Wroblewski, of Michigan City.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Frank and Robert Wroblewski and three sisters, Gertrude Petrowski, Magdeline Wroblewski and Helen Herod.
He was a punch press operator for 30 years at Dwyer Instruments, Michigan City. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Otis, where he served as a maintenance man. He was Veteran of W.W. II having served in the U.S. Army and having been awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of Skwiat American Legion Post 451, Michigan City, D.A.V. Post 23 Michigan City, 132nd Infantry Regiment W.W. II Assoc. and St. Joseph Young Mens Club, Michigan City.
A Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Joseph Pusateri officiating, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Otis, Ind.
The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St. A memorial service by Skwiat American Legion Post 451 is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Wake service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Porter County Visiting Nurse Association, or to the charity of the donors choice.

Terrence L. Dooley
Terrence L. Dooley, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died Saturday, July 27, 2002 at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, Ill. He was 65.
He was born July 14, 1937 in Milwaukee, the son of Lawrence and Mabel Dooley, who preceded him in death.
In 1959 in Milwaukee he married Donna Giese, who survives in Crystal Lake.
He is also survived by five children, Daniel (Patricia) Dooley of Crystal Lake, Jeffrey Dooley of Johnsburg, Ill., Christine (Thomas) Tymorek of Chesterton, Patrick Dooley of Huntley, Ill. and Michael Dooley of Crystal Lake; 10 grandchildren, Megan, Sean, Ryan, Riley, Denise, Sarah and Amanda Dooley, Katie, Megan and Andrew Tymorek. He was also preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
A funeral mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, Rt. 176 and Oak St., Crystal Lake. Interment will be at Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 am. until prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, Ill. Phone 815-459-1760.

Jeremy A. Fletcher
MM1 (SW) Jeremy A. Fletcher, of Valparaiso, stationed at Norfolk Naval Base died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002 in Norfolk, Va. as a result of an accident. He was 30.
He was born May 9, 1972 in Valparaiso the son of Richard E. and Patti Fletcher, of Portage.
On March 11, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nev., he married Stephanie (Hayes) of Valparaiso, who survives.
He is also survived by three children, Cary (age 9), Aidan (age 6), Joshua (age 3) all at home; a brother, Thomas E. Fletcher of Valparaiso; paternal grandmother, Pearl J. Fletcher of Carrier Mills, Ill.; mother-in-law, Susan Richardson, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother-in-law, Ryan Richardson, of Las Vegas; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a large extended family of friends.
He was employed as a nuclear machinist-mate in the U.S. Navy. He was a 1990 graduate of Union Twp. High School and after graduation joined the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services, Pastor Guenther Fritsch officiating, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Full military rites will follow the service at McCool Cemetery, Portage.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m., Friday at White-Love Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to an educational fund for his children.

Hilda J. Biggs
Hilda J. Biggs, of Michigan City, Ind., died August 14, 2002 at Michigan City Lifecare Center, Michigan City. She was 97.
She was born October 3, 1904 in Michigan City, the daughter of Louis and Ida (Deutcher) Frehse, who preceded her in death.
On September 10, 1930 she married Harvey R. Biggs, who preceded her in death October 3, 1999.
She is survived by two sons, Roland H. (Sue) Biggs and Robert L. (Gail) Biggs, both of Michigan City; three granddaughters, Brenda S. Biggs, of Michigan City, Angela Biggs and Amy G. Biggs, both of Indianapolis, Ind., three grandsons, Timothy Biggs, or Redondo Beach, Calif., Jeffery (Amy) Biggs, D.D.S., of Indianapolis and Brian H. (Leslie) Biggs, of Michigan City and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Louis Frehse and two sisters, Dorothy Binsz and Elsie Couch.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. John United Church of Christ, St. John United Church of Christ Women’s Guild, Coolspring Twp. Farmers Institute, Coolspring Twp. Farm Bureau and Coolspring Twp. Project Club.
Funeral services, Rev. Victoria Smith officiating, are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 10 a.m. till time of service at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ, Michigan City, Ind.

Roy E. Rhoda
Roy E. Rhoda, of Liberty Twp., died Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. He was 82.
He was born April 19, 1920 in Liberty Twp. the son of Thomas and Edith Grace (Biggs) Rhoda, who preceded him in death.
On November 20, 1948 in Liberty Twp. he married Lenora Lantz, who survives in Liberty Twp.
He is also survived by two sons, Thomas H. Rhoda of Valparaiso and Robert B. (Vicki) Rhoda of Chesterton and two grandchildren, Michael and Sarah Rhoda of Chesterton.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Edna May Rhoda.
He was a life long resident and was self-employed as a farmer and was employed as a school bus driver for the Duneland School Corporation. He attended Liberty Bible Church. He was a long-time member and served for many years as the president from Liberty Twp. for the Porter County Farm Bureau. He was an advisor for Porter County Rural Youth. He was a member of various bowling leagues in Chesterton and Valparaiso for over 35 years and also called square dancing for many years.
Funeral services, Pastor Ken Long officiating, are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton.
Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m., Sunday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Memorials may be made to Opportunity Enterprises or to the Liberty Bible Church.

Ramona Cooke Gatewood
Ramona Cooke Gatewood, of Dune Acres, died Thursday, August 1, 2002 at her home. She was 78.
She was born April 15, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Bennett W. and Lyda (Dalzell) Cooke, who preceded her in death.
In 1948 in Chicago she married Emmett H. Gatewood, who preceded her in death August 22, 1978.
She is survived by a son, Andrew (Dawn) Gatewood, of Chesterton; a daughter, Lyda C. Gatewood, of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren, Clayton Gatewood, Jared Bonomo and Sumer Kabelis; great grandchildren, Karley Fink, Erica and Dustin Kabelis.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bennett W. Cooke II and Peter Cooke.
She was a resident since 1950 and was a home maker. She was a member of Chesterton First United Methodist Church. She attended University Baptist Church while wintering in Baton Rouge with her daughter. She was one of the founding members of the Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County; a member of Beta Gamma Epsilon sorority and a long time advocate for Alcoholics Anonymous. She was instrumental in starting the Moraine House in Valparaiso.
Funeral services, Rev. Terry Rhine officiating, are scheduled at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002 at First United Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Chesterton.


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