Lake County, Indiana
Miscellaneous Obituaries

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Age 78 of Scottsdale, Arizona formerly of Merrillville passed away on Friday, May 16, 2003 at Scottsdale Health Care. Survived by his wife: Irene of 57 years; son: Jimmie (Mary Beth) Lopez of Henderson, NV; daughters: Carolyn (Chuck) Lowe of Merrillville, Sharon (Jack) Kirtland of Bloomington, IN, Camille (Rick) Ferguson of Henderson, NV, and Denise (Tim) Farley of Scottsdale, AZ; 8 grandchildren: Rick, Christopher, Carey, Jay, Sarah, Kimberly, Shannon, and Jenney Lynn; 1 great grandchild: Payton; sister: Mary (Milton) Alexander of St. Petersburg, FL; dear niece: Michelle (Gene) Peters of Fountainview, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Fr. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, May 22 from 3-8 p.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave. (one mile south of Rt.30) Schererville. Vigil service Thursday 3:30 p.m. Senen was retired from Budd Company in Gary, he was a WWII Army Air Corp. Veteran, member of VFW Post 7237, member of the Sociedad of Mutualista Mexico, and he was very active in the Jundale Little League for over 25 years. Memorials may be given to The American Diabetes Association. For information, please call (219) 365-9554.

Age 69 of Gary, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2003 peacefully. Survived by loving wife, Gail of 12 years; sons, Jack (JoAnne) Singer, Richard M. (Vicky) Singer Jr. & Donald F. (Debbie) Hero; daughters, Anita (Thomas) Niemiec, Christy A. Shaffer; grandchildren, Lauren, Greg, Kim, Brittany, Brianna, Penny, Daniel, Cindy, Terra, Terry, Brandy; great grandchildren, Allen, Virtue, Jasmine; daughter-in-law, Peggy Hero; brothers, Leo Roland Singer Jr., Jerry Balder; sisters, Bernice Foust, Diane Tippins; numerous nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by son, Terry Hero. Funeral services Thursday, May 22, 2003, 12 noon from the chapel of Virgil Huber Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Kilpatrick officiating. Friends may visit with the family 2-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. Wednesday May 21, Virgil Huber Funeral Home, Hammond. In lieu of flowers please make donation to Hospice of Calumet Twp.

Age 75 of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, formerly of Merrillville passed away Saturday, May 17, 2003. Survived by 3 daughters: Mary (Mike) Wirtz of Schererville, Carol (Doug) Cox of Greencastle, IN & Patricia Wheat of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida; 4 grandsons: Jason & Jeremy Wirtz, Aaron & Peter Jones. Proceeded in death by husband William. Mrs. Wenrich was a former employee of Handy Andy Home Improvements and Turkey Creek Utilities. She was a former member of Emmanuel Church. Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 1:30 .m. at the Pruzin Brothers Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Gember officiating. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery.

Age 78 of Gary, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2003. Formerly of Lafayette, IN, graduate of Roosevelt High School Class of 1942. She was a member of Mizpah Seventh Day Adventist Church. Preceded in death by. John & Elsie Pryor, John D. Smith, Elenstine Clinton, Christine Smith. Survivors: loving husband, Robert Gray; 2 daughters, Angela Elaine Jones, Wanda J. (Eugene) Comer all of Gary; 14 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Visitation Thursday May 22, 2003, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family hour 7-8 p.m. at Smith Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home, "Your Golden Rule Funeral Home" 4209 Grant, Gary. Funeral services Friday May 23, 2003, 2 p.m. at Mizpah Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2350 Jefferson with Elder Donnell Smith officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.

Age 82 of Schererville, Indiana, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2003 at home. She was born September 6th, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Bernard and Edith (Fossler) Trautman. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph of 21 years, her parents, one sister, Anna (Howard) Schneidle and leaves four step-children, Jane (Bub) Fentress of Dyer, Indiana, Joseph Jr. (Margaret) of St. John, Kathy (Dave) Kohanyi of Schererville, and Mike (Cheryl) of Valparaiso, Indiana; one sister-in-law, Alice McBride of Hammond; one brother-in-law, Al Schuman of Largo, Florida; 8 grandchildren, Tim Fentress of Laporte, Texas, Robyn Fentress of Laporte, Texas, Steve Fentress of Woodville, Texas, Paula Molina of Laporte, Texas, Patrick McBride of Highland, Stan Nawrocki of Schererville, and Michael & Patrick McBride of Valparaiso; and 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2003, 9:45 a.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana, with Father Barry Evers officiating. Burial, St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana. Family and friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday, May 21 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. McBride was retired from NIPSCO after 33 years of service. She was a graduate of Michigan City High School. She attended Indiana University and was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was the past President of the Y.W.C.A. Edith enjoyed traveling, golfing, needlepoint, and spending time with family and friends. She will be truly missed. Memorials may be given to All Saints Church, Hammond, Indiana or Hospice of the Calumet Area, Inc.

Age 85, of Hobart, passed away Monday, May 19, 2003. He was born March 21, 1918 in Moberly, MO to the late Irwin and Effie Mae (nee Cunningham) Bouque and had been an area resident since 1937. Frank was a Roll Grinder at U.S. Steel, retiring in 1983. He was an Elder of Christ Community Church, a member of U.S. Steel Retirees, a former manager and active leader of various Hobart baseball leagues. He was also a former President of the Hobart Booster Club and was an avid Hobart Brickie football fan. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (nee Goin); 4 sons, David (Susan) Bouque of TN, Robert (Carol) Bouque of Elgin, IL, Joel (Bonnie) Donaldson of Portage and Dennis (Jane) Donaldson of Greenville, SC; sister, Gertrude Nichols of Westfield, NJ; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Donaldson. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christ Community Church would be appreciated. Funeral services Thursday, May 22, 2003, 11 a.m. at the Christ Community Church, 7983 Grand Boulevard, Merrillville, Rev. Gary Culp, officiating. Entombment, Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, 2-8 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart. (219) 942-2109.

Age 73 years, formerly of Macon, GA, and East Chicago, IN, resident for over 50 years, departed this life on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. Survivors: 3 sons, Robert (Veronica) Morris, Jimmy (Denise) Morris, and Allen Morris, all of East Chicago, IN; cousin, Shirley (Jim) Thomas of Macon, GA; 10 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren; special friend, Maybelle Reed; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday, May 22, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral services Thursday at 11:00 a.m., all services at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 West 11th Ave. Rev. Richard Wilford officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Professional services rendered by: Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.

Age 76 of Wheatfield formerly of Portage, Indiana, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2003 at Porter Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 7, 1926 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to George and Lila (Hillyard) Stephenson. On October 10, 1947, he married Anna (Walker) in Jeffersonville, Indiana. George is survived by his wife, Anna of 55 years; son, George (Linda) of Valparaiso; daughter, Jean (Gary) Winters of Wheatfield; sister, Louise (Bill) Bilderback of Princeton, Indiana; aunt, Alberta Hillyard; 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister, Cleona Logsdon and uncle Russell Hillyard. George was a retired Roll Turner from the USX Tube Works. George was a member of the 1st Church of the Nazarene in Demotte. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at the Boersma Funeral Home, 90 East Grve St, Wheatfield. Services for George Stephenson will be held at the Boersma Funeral Home on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Hunter officiating. Interment will be in the Wheatfield Cemetery.

Age 62, of Highland, IN, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2003. Survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Maurice L. Hurlbert; 1 son, Keith (Lora) Hurlbert of Martinsville, IN; 2 daughters, Donna (Ron) Shoultz of Pekin, IL, Dawn Hurlbert of Charlotte, NC; 1 goddaughter, Sherri (Jim) Moore of Merrillville, IN; 1 brother, Rev. Brian K. (Emily) Jones of Knoxville, TN; 4 grandchildren, Cody, Bobbi, Cole & Mitchell; 3 sisters-in-law, Ilene (Dave) Rawdon of Watertown, SD, Marian West of Watertown, SD, Doris (Herman) Williams of Delavan, IL; 1 brother-in-law, Dale (Darlene) Hurlbert of Mesquite, IL; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Cleo and Marion Jones, and stepfather, Herbert Schweitzer. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2003, 10 a.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3711 Ridge Rd., Highland with Rev. James H. Milligan, officiating. Burial Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, Highland. Mrs. Hurlbert was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Highland, coordinator at Glorid Dei Lutheran Church for the Sedar Meal, Prayer Chain, Birthday Club, the Bereavement Committee, Ucharistic Ministry, member of the Lydia-Ruth Circle, church choir, St. Joseph Soup Kitchen. She taught Sunday school 1st and 2nd grade for 20 years. She delivered Meals-on-Wheels with her husband in Hessville, known as Aunty Mel. She was dearly loved by many children. Memorials may be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Joseph Soup Kitchen or Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Age 91 years, of Gary, IN passed away Saturday, May 17, 2003. Lawrence was born to William and Matilda Rice in St. Louis, MO, on December 23, 1911. He retired in 1970 as Supervisor of the Brunswick Post Office Station after a career that spanned over 40 years of dedicated service. Active in civic and service organizations, Lawrence was a member and officer of the Frontiers International, Inc., and a founding member of the Gary Frontiers. He served as president of the Gary Municipal Airport Authority, was a member of the Northern Indiana Political Action Association, and was secretary for the Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners. Lawrence was a 33rd degree Mason with the King Solomon Lodge #57, Prince Hall Affiliation, and a Life Member of the NAACP. Among his many recognitions, Lawrence was honored by Governor Frank O'Bannon with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, and was the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver award for exemplary service. Lawrence was an active supporter and Trustee Emeritus of First A.M.E. Church, where he received the Man of Allen Award in 2000 as the oldest male member. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Lou, and a son, Paul. Lawrence is survived by two sons, Lawrence Jr. (Audrey) Rice of Auburn Hills, MI, and Phillip (Delores Diane) Rice of Merrillville, IN; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Rice of Crown Point, IN; one sister, Rachelle Rice Burton of Rogers Park, IL; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and a devoted friend, Nona Shootes. Lawrence was a man of great wisdom and faith and will be dearly missed by his family. Visitation Friday, May 23, 2003, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Family Hour 7-8 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 West 11th Avenue. Funeral services Saturday, May 24, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., First A.M.E. Church, 2001 Massachusetts St., Rev. Lewis E. Grady, Jr., officiating. Interment Fern Oaks Cemetery. Professional services rendered by Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.

For Lake County, Hammond, Indiana:
Mrs. Clifford Olds. 
HAMMOND.-Mrs. Clifford G. (Iva Irene) Olds, 79, of 7320 Tapper Ave., a native of Valparaiso and former Westville area resident, died Wednesday at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. She was born in Valparaiso Jan. 28, 1893, a daughter of Marion and Eva (Martin) Curtis. She and her husband resided on a farm at Westville until 1950. He preceded her in death. Two brothers and a great-grandson also preceded her in death. She was a member of United Covenant Presbyterian Church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. George (Raychall) Hood of Hammond, Mrs. E. D. (Maryeva) Anderson of Great Lakes, Ill., Mrs. Wm. Ruby Highland of North Lauderdale, Fla., and Mrs. Raymond (Dorothy) Lloyd of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, Valparaiso, with the Rev. John Eastwood officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

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