Dec. 26 Obituaries (A - J)

2003-01-01T00:00:00Z Dec. 26 Obituaries (A - J) nwitimes.com
January 01, 2003 12:00 am

Raymond C. Basanda

Munster

Raymond C. Basanda, age 80, of Munster, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2002, at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty," of 55 years. Son: Mark R. Basanda of Taylors, S.C.; Daughters; Elizabeth Ann (Frank) Patton of Irvine, Calif., and Susan Basanda of Moorpark, Calif. Brother: Clarence M. Basanda of Akron, Ind.; sister: Mary Snn Teska of Trenton, Mich.; Sister-in-law: Ruth (late Richard) Brusch of Vista, Calif.; Five Granddaughters; Sarah (William) Cannon of Lancaster, Ohio, Jennifer Patton of Owings Mills, Md., Becky and Lauren Basanda of Simpsonville, S.C., and Katherine Patton of Irvine Calif.; great-grandson, Will Cannon of Lancaster, Ohio.

Ray was a graduate of Hammond High School, class of 1940. He enlisted in the Army and was a member of the 100th Infantry Division, which fought in France and Germany in WWII. He graduated from Indiana University School of Business. He operated the Basanda Insurance, Real Estate and Tax Service for 35 years. He was a 35 year director of Calumet Federal Savings & Loan (now Security Federal). Ray was a member of St. Thomas More Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Weis Council. Ray was a 17 year member of the St. Catherine Hospital Cardiac Fitness Center.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 27, 2002, at 9:30 a.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, with a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas More Church with Fr. Richard Emerson officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations may be made to the Pastoral Council Ministry at St. Thomas More Church.

Geraldine M. "Geri" Breu

Munster

Geraldine M. "Geri" Breu, age 71, of Munster, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at the University of Chicago Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Albert J.; two daughters, Jane Breu of Chicago, and Janet (Jack) Pearman of Munster; two granddaughers, Katie and Colleen Pearman of Munster; one brother, Don (Nancy) Robinson of Hernando, Miss.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Burk.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at 10 a.m. from St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8601 Harrison Ave., Munster, with Dr. Eric C. Stumpf, Pastor Scott D. Bruick and Pastor Matthew Poronto officiating. Burial, Concordia Cemetery, Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, and Saturday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Instrumental Music Program.

Geri was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend and was always upbeat and happy and such a joy to be around. She enjoyed her granddaughters, flower-gardening, golf, riding her bike to garage sales, and a good game of cards. She displayed her humor, strength and resilience in everything she did. Geri was a lifetime resident of this area and a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Munster. Information (219) 845-3600.

Blas Caballero

Illinois

Dear Father of Michael and John. Loving son of the late Funcado and Virginia. Fond Brother of Virginia Guerra, Irene Herrera, Ruben, Lalo, Jose and Manuel, Julia Davis, Mary, Frankie and the late Andrew, Funcado Jr. and Lupe.

Visitation Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, from 2 to 9 p.m. at the original Rago Brothers Funeral Home, 624 N. Western (at Erie). Funeral services at 7 p.m. cremation, private. For information call (773) 276-7800.

Dolores Carrabine

(nee Ogrin)

Arizona / Bloomington, Ind. / Chicago Heights

Dolores Carrabine (nee Ogrin), age 71, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., formerly of Bloomington, Ind., and Chicago Heights, passed away in Arizona on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002. She ws a member of the American Health Information Medical Association, The Indiana University Women's Club and St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dee was a Medical Records Technician at St. James Hospital and Oak Forest Hospital

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mildred Ogrin and sister, Patricia. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard M. Carrabine of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; children: Therese Carrabine of North Hollywood, Calif., Kathleen (Michael) Lewis of Oak Lawn, Ill., Kevin J. (Elizabeth) Carrabine of Phoenixvill, Penn., Dennis (Lori) Carrabine of Lisle, Ill., Diane Carrabine of Waltham, Mass., Nancy (Todd) Thorsen of Jacksonville, Ill., and Keith (Rebecca) Carrabine of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren and cousin, Frances Sternal of Michigan.

Funeral services Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at 9:30 a.m. at the Burns Funeral Home, (corner 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5858 Harrison St., Merrillville, for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Dennis J. Teles officiating. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Visitation at the Burns Funeral Home, Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Prayer Service Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Arnold M. Engel

Highland

Arnold M. Engel age 85, of Highland, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2002. Survived by his wife, Jennie (nee Cole), of 60 years. One daughter, Bernadette (Robert) Duncan of Lake Placid, Fla.; two granddaughters, Amy (David) McCain of Sebring, Fla., and Lisa (Gregory) Hall of Rome, Ga.; four great-grandchildren: Jessica and Kailey McCain, Matthew and Joshua Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Anton and Anna Engel and seven brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, 10 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church with the Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, Catholic Cemeteries, Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland. Prayer service at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Mr. Engel was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland; member of Catholic Order of Forresters and the Highland Senior Citizens. He was retired from City Services in East Chicago with 29 years of service and also retired from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, with over 10 years of service.

John R. "Sonny" Fay

Hobart

John R. "Sonny" Fay, age 53, of Hobart, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2002. He was a lifetime area resident, a longtime employee at AT and T Cable, a member of the Hobart American Legion Post 54 and a member of the Head Hunters Golf League at Indian Ridge. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Dearing of Hobart; his mother, Juanita Fay of Hobart; one step-son, Ike Boyer; one step-daughter, Dawn Boyer, both of Cedar Lake; three brothers, James (Susan Fay of Hobart, Danny (Cathlene) Fay of Hobart, Lenny (Ellen ) Fay of New Chicago; two sisters, Joann (Donald) Evans of Portage, Carol (James) Fitzgerald of Portage; one step-grandchild, Summer Crosser; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Fay, and his son Jason Fay.

Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Cremation will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Portage. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Calumet Area, 700 Superior Avenue, Munster, IN 46321.

Helen Fontaine

(nee Ivankovich)

Hobart

Helen Fontaine (nee Ivankovich), age 45, of Hobart, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dusan and Stana Ivankovich. Survived by two children: Janie Kljajich and Jeffrey Kljajich, both of Chicago; seven sisters; Smilja Jovanovska of Macedonia, Diane Gligic and Jovanka (Dusan) Jelaca, both of Hobart, Vicky (Momcilo) Kovljenic of Canada, Sally Ivankovich of California, Millie (Don) Lencioni of Highland and Mary Elsey of Portage; also many nieces, nephews and Kumovi.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at 10 a.m. directly at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Merrillville, with the V. Rev. Lazar Kostur officiating. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery. Arrangements completed by Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors. Visitation Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home, corner of 101st and Broadway, Merrillville /Crown Point Chapel. A Pomen Service will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. For further information please phone Savich & Semplinski at (219) 661-1200.

Genevieve R. Franks

(nee Gobert)

Highland

Genevieve R. Franks, nee Gobert, age 76, of Highland, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002. She is survived by her husband Iris, of 56 years, one son, John Paul Franks of Highland; one granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Franks of Lisle, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by friend, Marianne Madeka

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday Dec. 27, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland, Indiana. Cremation to follow. Mrs. Franks was a member of N.O.W. and the Humane Society.

Tom (Grzywacz) Gray

Valparaiso / Hammond

Tom (Grzywacz) Gray, age 85, of Valparaiso, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2002, at Hines Veterans Hospital. Survived by his son: Robert Gray of Hammond and daughter, Debbie (John) Pecsek of Valparaiso; Grandchildren: Laura (Jesus) Danielson of Arizona, Rosalyn Pecsek and David Pecsek, both of Valparaiso; Great-Granddaughter: Kristen Danielson of Arizona; brother: Joe Grzywacz of Hammond; Sister: Stella (Raymond) Awe of Griffith; Nieces and Nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (nee Dabek, daughter, Dorothy and sister, Lillian.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at 10 a.m. directly at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7132 Arizona Hammond, with Fr. John Winterlin Celebrating. Burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave. (one mile south of Rt 30) Schererville.

Tom as a retired machinist for Sinclair/Arco/ECI. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and was also a member of the Blinded Veterans Association. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hines Veterans Hospital Blind Center. For information please call (219) 365-9554.

Sally M. Gregorovich|

(nee Radolak)

Whiting / Munster / Syracuse

Sally M. Gregorovich, nee Radolak, age 84, of Whiting, Munster, and Syracuse, Ind., passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, in Syracuse. Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Roger-Pete) Komendat of Syracuse; 11 nieces: Mary (Don) Elman, Dorothy (Ted) Bendis, Phyllis Bender, Christine (Robert) Baradziej, Laura (late Tony) Gasinski, Diane (Jim) Wozniak, Bernadine (Chuck) Bonebreak, Patricia (James) Peters and Susan (James) Shebech, Kay (Fred) Rosinski; nephew, Tom (Ann) Gregorovich; many grand nieces and nephews. and great-grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Juluis in 1992 and a sister, Phyllis in 2000.

Funeral services Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, for 11 a.m. Mass directly at St. James Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Francis Lazar officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may call at Owens Funeral Home, Calumet Avenue & 119th St., Whiting, on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wake service on Friday at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Gregorovich was born and raised in Whiting. She lived in Munster for 35 years and was recently of Syracuse, Ind. She was a member of the Ladies Guild at St. James Church in Highland, and was a member of Whiting Jednota Branch 130.

Evelyn M. Guss

(nee Andres)

Hammond

Evelyn M. Guss (nee Andres), age 93, of Hammond, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2002. She is survived by two daughters, Carol (Gus) Pens of Hammond and Mickey (Mike) Scheive of Highland; sister-in-law, Mary Andres of Leesburg, Ind.; three grandchildren: Jeff (Anne) Scheive, Susan (Rob) Ramirez and Cassie Pens; five great-grandchildren: Melanie, Karelyn and Nicole Scheive, Stephen and Erika Ramirez; and loving caregiver, Jane. Preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1997, one brother, Carl Andres and sister, Emma Jarvis.

Funeral services Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, 11 a.m. from the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, with the Rev. John Wasem of SunCrest Christian Church officiating. At rest, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home.

Evelyn was a lifelong area resident, member of the Southside Christian Church Senior Saints at Southside Christian Church and loving friend of SunCrest Christian Church. She loved her family and home, and was an avid gardner. Memorials to Hospice of the Calumet Area would be appreciated.

Jennie Genetos

Merrillville / Gary

Jennie Genetos, age 88, of Merrillville, formerly of Gary, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002. She was a member of SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the Daughters of Penelope. Jennie and her husband, Chris, were owners of the Copper Kettle Restaurant in Gary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris. Survived by three sons: Lanny (Lily Schaefer) Genetos of Valparaiso, Dr. Basil (Sharon) Genetos of Ft. Wayne and Philip (Dorthea) Genetos of Indianapolis; grandchildren: Chris and Colleen, Damian and Nicole Alexander and Helene; and sister, Tula Kalleres of Merrillville.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at 10 a.m. at SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 8000 Madison St., Merrillville, the Rev. Theodore Poteres officiating. Interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Burns Funeral Home, Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel, (corner of 101st & Broadway) on Thursday, from 2 to 8 p.m. A Trisagion Service will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Contributions may be made to SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Barbara S. (Tuttle) Henry

(nee Horn)

Hammond / Arizona

Barbara S. (Tuttle) Henry, (nee Horn), age 47, of Hammond, formerly of Tempe, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002. Survived by loving husband, Richard Henry of Hammond; three children: Stacy (Rafael) Bejar of East Chicago, Allen (Penny) Tuttle of Dyer and Rhonda Tuttle of Hammond; eight beautiful grandchildren: Jasmine, Alejandro, Sirenna and Hanna Elizabeth Bejar, Richard Tuttle, Josalynn Tuttle, Holly and Carl Jr. Simonton; one brother: Gordon (Joanie) Horn of Highland; two brothers-in-law, Alan Carpenter of North Carolina and James (Joann) Henry of Hobart; father-in-law, Vernon (Virginia) Henry of Hobart; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Pattie Horn.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, with Bill Hallsted, Minister, officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 2 to 5 and 5 to 7 p.m.

Barbara was a much beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Family requests donations to Hospice of the Calumet Region in Barbara's name. For further info: (219) 838-4824.

Rojelio Jimenez

Whiting

Rojelio Jimenez, age 42, of Whiting, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at home. He is survived by his parents, Chuey and Minnie Jimenez; one daughter, Corina; five sisters: Margie (late Edward) Pena of Chicago, Eva Rebles of Chicago, Susie (Stanley) Kasmerski of Hammond, Yolanda Jimenez of Whiting and Nyda Carmona of Chicago. four brothers: China (Sylvia) Jimenez of Chicago, Alfonso Jimenez and Michael Jimenez of Whiting and Angel Zavala of Glenwood, Ill.; also, numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Jimenez was preceded in death by his brother, Pedro in July of 2001 and niece, Sonya "Crystal" Valdez on Nov. 1, 2002.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at 10 a.m. from the Owens Funeral Home, Calumet Ave & 119th St., Whiting, with Father Stanley Dominik officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, Dec. 27, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Jimenez was employed at the Near North National Title Corporation and was a lifelong resident of Whiting.

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