VALPARAISO, IN - Annette Marie Shukitis, age 46, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away in her home on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. She was born on December 5, 1970 in East Chicago, IN to Daniel Richard and Georgeanna (Garcia) Baez. Annette is survived by her parents, Daniel Richard (Linda) Baez and Georgeanna Castillo; loving husband, Richard Shukitis; children, Carlos, Maxii, and Angel (Kia Chrispell) Encinas; sisters, Raquel (Douglas) Holmes, Nicole (Joseph) Maldonado- Ochoa, and Lori Mata-Olavarria; brothers, Daniel (Melissa) Baez Jr. and Rene (Claudia) Baez; brother in law, Aaron Garcia; grandchildren, Lilliana and Abel Encinas; close friends, Nicholas Carrillo, Lucy Chavez-Reyes, Domonique Santos and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Annette fought for eight years and was a two time survivor of breast cancer. She was the rock of her family and was a leader for those who knew her. She loved spending time with her loved ones especially her grandchildren and will be truly missed. Annette was a military mom and was very supportive of the armed forces. She was a mom to everyone and opened her doors to provide a foundation for many. Annette loved everyone without judgement.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm at EDMONDS & EVANS FUNERAL HOME, PORTAGE CHAPEL, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN 46368, with Chaplain Ruben Del Valle officiating .Visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Cremation services provided by Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Annette's family. Online condolences to the family may be made at: