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Happy 88th birthday, Helen Kirby!
Helen Kirby, of Valparaiso, was quite surprised at a recent 88th birthday celebration held in her honor.
The celebration was hosted by her four daughters, Betsy, Cindy, Tammy and Zorine Kirby, also of Valparaiso.
Surprising Helen at her birthday celebration were a group of women who worked along side Helen in the billing department of United States Steel Corporation in Gary some 70 years ago!
The ladies were all smiles as they posed together after a day of reminiscing the good ole days.
I am so thankful for the billing department for bringing us together," said friend Ida Trajkovich.
The friendship continues even though Helen left the workforce some 60 years ago to raise her daughters. All the ladies are thankful for 70 years of friendship with one another which is fueled by admiration and respect!
Also joining the festivities were neighbors, grandchildren and Helen's brother, Tim Vitkovich. Relatives in Ohio and Las Vegas sang birthday cheer over the phone.
Happy, happy birthday, Helen!
Looking alive at 75
The family of Dennis Beach recently gathered at his daughter's home to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Happy 91st birthday!
Happy 91st birthday to our wonderful mom, grandma, and great-grandma! Two kids, six grandkids and eight great-grandkids later, you're still going strong and we are all so blessed to have you in our lives!
The Vlamis, Taylor, Lindemann, and Stefanik gang
Through the years
You've never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I've found
I've found with you
Happy third wedding anniversary
Lordy, Lordy, look who's 40!
Happy 40th birthday, Greg Sheppard Jr.!
With lots of love,
Congratulations to Geri Gonzales for 18 years of service at
Southridge Elementary School in Highland! We're really going to miss you! Hope you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes!
-The Southridge Dependent Care Ladies, Darlene, Jill and Belinda
Mike and Connie Lohrman are excited to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Erin to McIntyre Webb.
Erin is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette with a degree in hospitality and tourism management. She is employed by Chick-fil-A as a training leader and at the Cincinnati Zoo as a birthday party coordinator. McIntyre is a graduate of Michigan State and Western Michigan University with degrees in sports management. He is the video coordinator for the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team.
The happy couple was engaged last July before a fireworks display and will be married in Crown Point on May 12.
They will reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We are going to be grandparents!
We are adding another princess to our family! Baby girl Alkhovsky will arrive in August.
Congrats on your engagement, Ryan and Angela!
She said yes! Welcome to the family!
Happy 1 year anniversary!
Kyle, You are my greatest of life's adventures. Here's to so many more amazing years together. I love you!
Amanda Vassar and Kyle Hopeck, of Broadlands, Virginia, announce their engagement.
Amanda is a graduate of Don Roberts School and is employed as Regional General Manager of Woodhouse Day Spas. Kyle is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and is employed at Tanium as Director of Strategic Accounts.
Amanda is the daughter of Timothy and Mary Vassar, of Crown Point, and Kyle is the son of Greg and Donna Hopeck, of Ashburn, Virginia.
They will be married on Dec. 1, 2018 in Chicago.
Jessica Pearson and James Kienker were happily married on Dec. 31, 2017, at the Linq Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andrea Byczko, close friend of the bride, and Ray Kienker, father of the groom served as attendants.
Jessica is the daughter of Charles and Barbara Pearson, of St. John, and Jim is the son of Ray and the late Mariann Kienker, of Dyer. In addition to the couple's parents, guests included the Tom Elmore family, of Farmersville, Illinois.
Immediately after the ceremony a fun-filled reception was held at Batista's Restaurant in Las Vegas.
The newlyweds are now at home in Northwest Indiana with their two dogs, Paulie and Frankie.
Happy 70th wedding anniversary
Ruth and Del Cathey celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 10. They were married at the First Baptist Church in Hammond on April 10, 1948. There will be celebration with family and friends at a private party April 15, 2018.
They have three daughters, Jodee Trujillo (Robert), Cindy Bertram and Laurie Thomas (the late George). They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren, Andrew Trujillo, Doug (Erin) Trujillo, Grace Thomas and Yvette Thomas.
Del served in the US Army prior to their marriage, and was employed by VanTil's Supermarket in Hammond. He is currently employed by Strack and Van Til. Ruth was employed with VanTil supermarket, and Wise Way Foods as bookkeeper.
They lived in Schererville before moving to Crown Point.
They were members of the First Baptist Church in Hammond, Griffith Baptist Church in Griffith and are currently members of Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville,.
Ruth and Del owned many business throughout the years, including Mrs. Cathey's Kitchen in Schererville, Dairy Queen Brazier in Miller, and Eagle Travel in Merrillville.
They have enjoyed traveling the world, gardening and their family and friends.
Sara Wagner and Jonathan Whitelaw, both of Hammond, announce their engagement.
Wagner is the daughter of Glen Wagner and Luz Catalina Escamilla, both of Hammond. Wagner is a 2011 graduate of Donald E. Gavit High School and a 2018 graduate of Tricoci University (specializing in Esthetics).
Whitelaw is the son of Matthew Whitelaw (Susan Webber) of Batavia, Illinois, and the late Jacqueline Whitelaw of Cedar Lake. Whitelaw is a 2002 graduate of Donald E. Gavit High School and a 2005 graduate of DeVry University (Computer Information Systems). He is an Assistant General Manager with Menards.
The couple is planning an October wedding at Christ Lutheran Church in Hammond with reception to follow at Centennial Park Clubhouse.
The couple will reside in Hammond after their honeymoon.
Indiana University student wins first Walsh Scholarship
From a highly qualified field, Jamie Zega, an Indiana University senior, has won the first-ever Bill Walsh Scholarship, named for the late author of three books and editor of news at The Washington Post.
Zega receives $3,000 plus financial support to attend the next annual conference of ACES: The Society for Editing, which will be in Chicago in April.
Zega has a double major of journalism and history. Culminating an active campus career, she served as the editor-in-chief for Indiana University's student newspaper, managing all online and print content while overseeing its transition from five days a week in print to two in print and 24/7 online coverage.
This summer, Zega will be a multi-platform editing intern at — coincidentally — The Washington Post. Last summer she was a copy editing intern at The New York Times.
Support for the Walsh Scholarship comes from individual donations from the Walsh family, ACES members and other contributors. The competition is administered by the ACES Education Fund, of which Bill Walsh was a board member.
Finalists for the scholarship had to write an essay based on the Bill Walsh quote "a finely tuned ear is at least as important as formal grammar," correct a news lead, write summaries for a variety of news reports, and take a timed editing test.
The judging panel was made up of three members of the Walsh family who are professionals in the editing/writing field and two editors who are members of ACES.
McColly Real Estate is proud to announce the following new agents and the McColly offices they’ve joined in January and February: Cody Sutton (Valparaiso), Kristina Bryant (Crown Point), Kellie Losey (Portage Rt. 6), Mike Bilek (LaPorte), Nick Christian (Chesterton), Maureen Jones (Highland), Lisa Lara (Schererville), Craig Hinchman (Chesterton), Cathy Gouwens (Schererville), James March (Highland), Victoria Kapke (Crown Point), Lana Conroy (Chesterton), Mario Pruitt (Crown Point), Tina Sagarsee (Valparaiso), Jim Cloutier (Crown Point), Tyler Cloutier (Crown Point), Adam Pilota (Crete) and Nicholas D. Neligan (Crown Point).
As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, McColly Real Estate combines authentic, local expertise since 1974 with global connections to the highest quality real estate firms worldwide. We’re Local. We’re Global.
Look who's turning 90!
Dorothy J. Gunning will be celebrating her 90th birthday April 9.
Congratulations to the Scott Middle School band on your gold wins at ISSMA!
Congratulations to the seventh- and eighth-grade Scott Middle School Band members for your GOLD wins this past weekend at ISSMA! All of you played flawlessly, and obviously the judges agreed! Special shout out to a very special band teacher who just so happens to be a guitarist and trumpet player for "Caught on Cline," Mr. Akers!! Thank you for teaching our kids to play their instruments and for teaching them to truly love music! Our kids are lucky to have the best band teacher around! Happy Belated birthday and thanks for everything you do for our kids!
Happy Easter, Richard Zak
First Easter without you. Miss you and love you very much.
From Jean, four sons and families.
Celebrating your memory
Celebrating your life, remembering the good times. The world could never be dark, for your light continues to shine. We love you Chante!
Theodore Carroll celebrates 70th birthday
Theodore Carroll, formerly of Whiting, will be celebrating his 70th birthday in Washington, Iowa, on April 4. Theodore was a former resident of Whiting for 60 years and a proud Vietnam veteran. Celebrating with him are his wife Lorie and children Helen, Ted, Joe,and John Carroll.
We love you Dad!
Celebrating the memory of a loved one
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measures.
Congratulations, Janet “Jelly Bean” Tucker
Janet "Jelly Bean" Tucker, past president and current member of the Calumet Clowns Michiana Clowns, received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" March 16 at the World Clown Association convention in Bloomington, Minnesota. She was honored by her peers, 240 clowns from 14 countries around the world including a large contingent of former Ringling circus clowns.
Olga Dahlgren celebrates her 100th birthday
Surrounded by family and friends Olga Jean (nee Gotch) Dahlgren celebrated her 100th birthday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church were she is a charter member.
Olga was born on March 14, 1918, to Mary and Joseph Gotch. She had four brothers — Joe, Frank, Bill and Paul — and one sister, Ethel. She grew up on Elm Street in Indiana Harbor and attended Washington High School. Olga participated in every sport that ladies were allowed to play in the 1930's, as well as glee club, drama and chorus. Before graduating in 1936 she broke the school long jump record and has recently shattered another record of reaching 100 years young. Think of all the inventions and progress she has seen. Without hesitation, Olga will tell you that the best invention EVER was indoor plumbing!
She met and married the love of her life, Gerald (Jerry) A. Dahlgren, on May 22, 1937. Olga and Jerry owned and operated the Schultz Park Food Shop in Lansing, IL for many years. Sadly Jerry passed away on September 13, 1963. Olga was a young widow and over the years people would ask her why she never remarried. Her classic response was, "When you've had champagne, why settle for beer?"
Olga has two children, Gerald G. Dahlgren born in 1938 (passed away in 2012), and Carole L. (nee Dahlgren) Fozkos born in 1942. She has seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and one more due in June.
She vacationed in Hawaii three times, traveled extensively in the United States, and took cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Alaska. At age 87 she took her first ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with her grandson and enjoyed it way more than she thought she would. Olga worked hard all her life, including 20 years at Indiana Bell Telephone Company in Highland. Apparently hard work is good for a person, because look at her now.
All her family and friends love her dearly and appreciate her sage advise. We are all very grateful to share a part of her long and remarkable life.
30 years as a freemason
Joined because the free masons do great work and wanted to be a part of it. Been at the same lodge whiting #613 all this time.
Grace Church Lansing ordains and installs its 9th senior pastor
Grace Church Lansing ordained and officially installed their Senior Pastor Leroy Childress Jr. on Sunday, March 4 at a special Ordination & Installation Service. He has been serving at Grace Church since 2014 as its Youth Pastor and then as Senior Pastor since 2015.
Steven D. Guerrero sworn in to the U.S. Navy
Congratulations, Steven, on your decision to serve your country. I am proud of you.
Maxine Rice celebrates her 100th birthday
Happy 100th birthday to a fashionable, independent and lovely lady.
Born on March 23, 1918, in rural Stockland, Illinois, Maxine was the youngest of seven MCalla children. In time she met and married Gerald Rice. In 1941 Maxine and Gerald, with baby Jerry, moved to Gary. There Maxine worked in banking and Gerald in steel production. In 2006, after 72 years of marriage, Gerald rice passed away. In retirement Maxine volunteered at Methodist Southlake Hospital for 20 years.
Maxine currently lives independently in Portage. She maintains an active social life, enjoys card games and dining out. In addition, she is an avid fan of the Cubs, Bulls and Bears.
Her life has been blessed, a blessing shared with people of all ages.
Happy 100th birthday, Maxine Rice! We honor and greatly admire you for your magnificent life achievement. We love you deeply.
Happy birthday, Timothy! We love you so much! God bless you!
-Lini and family
Happy 60th birthday!
Still going strong.
Happy 75th anniversary
David and Mildred Munson, of Munster, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20. They enjoyed an Open House at their home on Feb. 17, and were overjoyed to spend time with close friends, neighbors, and family.
They are the parents of three children: David (Tina), the late Jerry (Ilene) and Debbie (Michael). They are loving grandparents to Joe (Sarah), Gina (Ivan), Doug, Mandy (Shannon) and Jon (Sharon); and proud great-grandparents of Alyssa, Mateo, Maggie, Grace, Michael and Leo.
David served in the US Navy during World War II and is retired from Heckett Engineering. Dave & Millie are members of the Salvation Army and traveled extensively doing mission work. They traveled to the Caribbean for reconstructive work following hurricanes, helped build churches and schools in India, escorted adopted babies from South Korea, assisted with flood damage in the Midwest, and were also able to do some sightseeing in Europe.
If you pull up a chair on the deck, have a glass of iced tea and listen. David will regale you with stories of strip mining coal in Pennsylvania, serving in the Pacific during the war, and describing any big equipment you care to know about. Millie will tell you about breaking her leg on a mountainside on a Caribbean island and being carried down on the back of a native, meeting Mother Teresa in India, and being awed by the beauty of the Alps.
Their commitment in good and bad times taught us how to love. Their tolerance taught us patience. Their support during our failures taught us solidarity. They taught us how to live. We have truly been blessed.
Only days left to this beautiful day. Love you!
Happy 100th birthday, Alice Flitter
Lifetime Valparaiso resident Alice Flitter welcomed a century of life surrounded by five generations of family at her 100th birthday party.
Alice M. (nee Gast) Flitter was born on Feb. 20, 1918, in Valparaiso, only one mile from where she currently resides at 275 Joliet Road. From the old white farmhouse — a great white barn with fading letters reading "L’Clar Farm" looming nearby — Alice has watched the world change all around her. She has lived through events others only learn through secondhand accounts in history books, seen firsthand what now only exists in photographs.
On Jan. 20, 1936, Alice married Clarence Flitter. Together, the two would run L’Clar Farm for decades, Clarence also working as a carpenter. With Clarence’s split work, this left Alice busy raising three daughters - Janice, Rita, and Donna - while also helping Clarence run the farm.
The Flitters were a staple at the Porter County Fair for decades. Clarence pulled the Water Wagon with his clydesdale horses. Alice, meanwhile, would volunteered her time at the rural youth tent during the fair, serving food to those searching for a meal. In the early days, Alice would also make Christmas gifts for children, sewing clothes for dolls while Clarence would build toys out of wood.
When her girls grew into women and married, Alice watched her daughters navigate their way into adulthood from her farmhouse window, gifting each a parcel of land upon Joliet Road to start families of their own.
Today, Alice still sits in that old white farmhouse, Joliet Road no longer fields of agriculture she once helped till with her husband, but instead a land sprouting upscale homes. Even after her children have come and gone from the homes she’s gifted them — and grandchildren and great-grandchildren have begun their own lives in Valparaiso and beyond — Alice remains gazing out the window not so very far from where her life began, watching the seeds she’s sown come to fruition.
Last weekend, generations of family returned to the farmhouse which started it all to wish the matriarch of their vast family congratulations. Congratulations on 100 years, on continuing to live independently even after the loss of her husband and hip surgery, and on continuing to look out that old farmhouse window to see where else her far-branching family tree will stretch out to.
Happy Valentine's Day and 60th anniversary
Richard Zak, happy Valentine's Day and happy 60th wedding anniversary!
Jean and sons
Excited for No. 3
What will it be for No. 3? Alexa, 12, and Haley, 5, want to know!
Happy 100th birthday!
Mary Gratkowski celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 1. She was born in East Chicago, and is the daughter of Andrew and Mary (nee Koscielniak) Piekarczyk. She was the sixth child out of 10, with two sisters and seven brothers. She is the only living sibling.
Mary married Grank Gratkowski at St. Michael in East Chicago on Oct. 11, 1941. They lived in Indiana before moving to Michigan where they began farming.
Frank and Mary had three children: Franklin, deceased (Carol), Larry, Alice (Ray) Delgado. They also have six grandchildren: Kelli (Tim) Chastonay, Mark Gratkowski, Lynsey (Jack) Crego, Emily (Bob) Noteware, Meghan (Jason) Hathaway and Katie Gratkowski. They also have eight great-grandchildren and 18 nieces and nephews.
In her younger days, Mary worked at a cannery 12 hours a day, seven days a week during harvest time. She was a great cook and baker. Her specialty was apple pie made from scratch.
She proudly wore her cap and gown when she received her GED diploma. She was a determined lady!
Mary's home to us was like Disney World.
The greatest thing about Mary is her loving, gentle and kind ways, not only to family but to all. STO LAT! You did it!
Albert and Sue Owens celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary
They met on a blind date that was set up by Albert's sister Barb (Robert) Harris and Sue's sister Marge (Merlin) Molhoek. Albert and Sue's nephews were in the same Boy Scouts troop. Their first date was to see the Sound of Music at the old Michigan City movie theater, and it was love at first sight.
They were married in Portage Indiana on Feb. 10, 1968. Albert's father Rev. Willie Bill Owens officiated and the ceremony was held inside of Sue's sister's home.
Albert is a retired millwright from ArcelorMittal after 39 1/2 years of service. Sue was a stay-at-home mom for 20-plus years and then retired after working as an inventory specialist for RGIS.
Albert and Sue are the parents of Kenneth Alan (Jennifer) Owens, of Portage, and Kathy (Brandon) Miller, of Hobart. They have two grandchildren and many family and friends who love them dearly.
Happy 60th anniversary, Mom and Dad
Joe R. and Dolores M. Simmons celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12, 2017.
They celebrated this diamond anniversary in November dining with their four children: Mary Kay (Patrick) Ader, Tammy Olsen, Joseph, Jr. (Mary Beth), and Tina (David) Valentin; their 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
They also renewed their vows at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello, Indiana, where they have resided since retirement.
Congratulations, Mom and Dad! We love you!
Making grandma proud
This is my grandson, A.J. Shih. He just turned 7 on Dec. 31. He loves to watch sports, and before the games start, his mom sees him doing this. She took these two pictures of him on different game days, and sent them to me. He had no clue she took these pictures. He does this on his own. After all that the NFL players and such are doing, I think to myself, this little boy gets it, he just gets it.
Happy 95th birthday!
Marian Gunia, of Munster, celebrated her 95th birthday at her home with family and friends. She was born on Jan. 23, 1923 in Russellton, Pennsylvania.
She married John Gunia on April 11, 1943. Her sisters, Helen Laczek and Vernie (Michael) Whitico, live in Pennsylvania.
Her children are John (Nina) Gunia, of Valrico Florida, Kenneth Gunia, of Highland, Anthony (Susan) Gunia, of Englewood, Florida, and Mary Ellen (Roy) Slazyk, of Hammond. Mrs. Gunia is a member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Munster and the Navy Mothers Clubs of America.
Craig Chism is celebrating his first year at Comcast Spotlight.
Happy 95th birthday, Marian Gunia!
Marian Gunia, of Munster, celebrated her 95th birthday last Saturday at her home with family and friends.
She was born on Jan. 27, 1923 in Russellton, Pennsylvania, and married John Gunia on April 11, 1943. She has two sisters, Helen Laczek and Vernie (Michael) Whitico, both of Pennsylvania. Her children are John (Nina) Gunia, of Valrico, Florida, Kenneth Gunia, of Highland, Anthony (Susan) Gunia, of Englewood, Florida, and Mary Ellen (Roy) Slazyk, of Hammond. She also has eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Marian is a member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Munster and the Navy Mothers Clubs of America.
Congratulations on your promotion, LTJG Tony Emanuele!
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Tony Emanuele was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Coast Guard.
LTJG Emanuele’s promotion ceremony took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
LTJG Emanuele is assigned as a Reserve Officer at the United States Coast Guard National Command Center and DHS National Operations Center in Washington, D.C.
LTJG Emanuele is the son of Janet and Vince Emanuele and a 2005 graduate of Chesterton High School.
Conrad and Sharon Aleksinski are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Happy 100th birthday, Marcella Yatsko!
Happy Birthday! You are loved by so many! Hope you have the best day!
Lending a helping hand
Scarlett knows the true meaning of Christmas. She was a volunteer for the angel tree at the Salvation Army in Munster. Her grandmother Marianne Stachyra was with her and is so proud of her.
Happy 100th birthday
Marcella Yatsko, is turning 100 on Jan. 20. She has lived in Northwest Indiana all her life.
Happy 90th birthday to Theresa Sulski
Theresa (Torchy) Sulski will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Jan. 10.
She has spent 90 years dedicated to the things she loves: family, friends and church.
She was married to Stephen Sulski for 61 years and their family of six children has now grown to include eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She has a big heart and has always put family first.
Her family is blessed to be celebrating her 90th birthday with her at Teibel’s Family Restaurant in Schererville.
Happy Birthday Torchy!
Your loving family
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