Feb. 4 Obituaries (M - Z)

2003-02-04T00:00:00Z Feb. 4 Obituaries (M - Z) nwitimes.com
February 04, 2003 12:00 am

Fortunato "Fred" A. Manzo


Fortunato "Fred" A. Manzo, age 77, of Hammond, passed away Monday, February 3, 2003. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Joan; four daughters, Sheila (Dr. John) Ancich of Schererville, Marian (Gil) Rivera of Valparaiso, Therese Vasquez of Portage and Carole (Brad) Ladwig of Hobart; three sons, Frederick (Kazuyo) and Paul Manzo, both of Hammond and Dr. John Manzo of Canada; eight grandchildren: Lisa (Michael) Bell, Robbie, Elizabeth, Bryan, Jillian, Rachel, Eric and Matthew; one brother, Angelo Manzo of Chicago. Also, loving pets, Mimi, Friskie and Lucky. Preceded in death by two brothers, Carmine and Daniel and sister, Ann.

Funeral services Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 9:30 A.M. from the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, for 10:00 A.M. Mass at St. John Bosco Catholic Church with Fr. Richard Orlinski officiating. At rest, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home. Prayer service 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Fred was a longtime area resident and a member of St. John Bosco Church. Retired from the Ford Motor Company with thirty-three years of service and a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a avid gardener and animal lover. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and loving pets.

Amelia Young Miller


Crown Point

Amelia "Bette" Young Miller, age 76, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, on Sunday, February 2, 2003. Bette was a supervisor at the Anderson Company until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church. Preceded in death by parents, Ross and Florence Engraffia and husbands, William D. Young Sr. and Michael Miller. Survived by three sons: Ross (Diane) Young of Chesterton, IN, William Young, Jr. of Rockford, IL and Michael Young of Crown Point, IN; three daughters, Darlene (Bill) McQuen of Hillsboro Beach, FL, Patricia (Larry) Robinson of St. John, IN and Mary Beth Conrick of LaPorte, IN; four grandchildren; Lisa (Michael) Muraco of Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, Christine (Brad) Terry of Wheatfield, IN, Steven Young of Portage, IN; and Justin Conrick of Valparaiso, IN; four great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ross (Geri) Engraffia of

Tinley Park, IL; one sister,

Rosalie (Bill) Lanzi of Westchester, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday, February 5, 2003, 9:30 a.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church, with Rev. Joseph E. Vamos officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Vigil Service Tuesday afternoon, 5:30 p.m.

Rachel Sarfaty Mishoulam


Rachel Sarfaty Mishoulam, age 85, Beloved wife of 55 years to Daniel. Loving mother of Dr. Irwin (Sharan), Dr. Howard (Dr. Carol) and Ted Mishoulam. Devoted grandmother of Stefanie, Dagan, Rachel, Sylvia and Harriet. Dearest sister of Tillie (Morris) Calderon. Wonderful aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. Services Tuesday 1:00 P.M. at the Piser Chapel, 9200 N. Skokie Blvd. (at Church St.), Skokie. Interment, Shalom. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jewish United Fund, 1 S. Franklin, Room 625, Chicago, IL 60605. Info: 847-679-4740.

Patrick J. "Mooch" Pastor


Patrick J. "Mooch" Pastor, age 35, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Horton VNA Hospice Center. He was born in Valparaiso on June 15, 1967, son of Bob and Lois (nee Myers) Pastor, Sr. of Valparaiso. Married on May 12, 2001 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, to Cindy (nee Snitchler) Pastor, who survives in Valparaiso; also survived by a daughter, Taylor; sister, Melonie G. (Richard) Holland of Valparaiso; brother, Bobby (Debbie) Pastor Jr. of Valparaiso; mother-in-law, Sue Snitchler of Hobart, IN; three nieces: Katty Holland, Ashley Pastor and Kylie Christmas; one nephew Aaron Snitchler; brother-in-law, Chuck Snitchler of Hobart, IN; sister-in-law, Carri Snitchler of Portage, IN.

Mr. Pastor was a 1985 graduate of Valparaiso High School. He attended Glen Oaks College at Glen Oaks, Michigan. A Midwest Steel employee for 14 years as a Z.S. 9000 Co-ordinator. Member of St. Paul Catholic Church. A Loaned Executive for United Way. U.S.W.A. L.U. 6103. He was an avid sportsman, an avid golfer, and favored the Pittsburg Steelers and the Pirates.

Funeral services Wednesday, February 5, 2003 from Dykes Funeral Home chapel at 10:15 a.m., for 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Teresa of Avila, 1511 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso, IN, Rev. Kevin McCarthy and Msgr. John J. Charlbois Concelebrating. Burial, Angelcrest Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday at Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 North Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN, from 1:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Wake Service at 3:30 p.m. Family wishes memorials to the family or to the VNA Hospice Center

Wilhelmina Prentice


South Haven

Wilhelmina Prentice "Minnie" age 91, of South Haven, passed away at home on Sunday, February 2, 2003. Minnie had been a South Haven area resident since 1935 and was a bank teller at Chesterton State Bank retiring in 1974 with 20 years of service. Minnie was a member of Portage United Methodist Church.

Minnie is survived by two sons, Frederick C. (Shirley) Prentice of South Haven and Lowell Lee (Judith) Prentice of Valparaiso; Daughter-in-law, Cayrol Prentice of Valparaiso; seven Grandchildren, 10 Great-grandchildren and one Great-Great-Grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford F. Prentice, son, Clifford D. Prentice and Great-Grandchild, Frederick Charles Prentice III.

Funeral Services Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 7:00 P.M. from Rees Funeral Home, Brady Chapel, 3781 Central Avenue, Lake Station, IN with Rev. Gerald T. Walworth officiating. Cremation at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Rees Funeral Home, Brady Chapel (219)962-1606.

Corrine A. Presco

(nee Cwik)

Calumet City, IL

Corrine A. Presco (nee Cwik), age 79, late of Calumet City, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2003. She is survived by three children: Wayne Presco, Cynthia (Michael) Pindara and Kathleen (Dale) LaBorde; and four grandchildren: Jason, Shawn, Nicholas and Susan. Preceded in death by her son, Dennis J. Presco, her father Albert Cwik and mother, Sophia (late Joseph) Rutkowski.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 6, 2003, 9:30 a.m. prayers from the Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.), Calumet City, IL, to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m.

Patricia Ann Roberts


Patricia Ann Roberts, age 73, of Hobart, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2003. She was employed as a sales clerk with Goldblatts for 30 years. She was also employed with Wise Way Foods in Hobart, for many years. Patricia is survived by her loving husband, George; two daughters, Debbie (Patrick) Andrew of Abingdon, IL and Marsha (Mike) Caldwell of Hobart; one sister, Shirley Mahoney of Porter, IN; sister-in-law, Helen Leek of Hudson, FL; step-grandson, Mike Caldwell Jr.; and numerous loving nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kraft Funeral Services, 370 N. County Line Rd., Hobart, with the Rev. Jerry Funes officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 5th, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. For more information call Kraft Funeral Services 219-942-9866.

Asimo J. Sarantis

California/East Chicago, IN

Asimo J. Sarantis, age 95 and 8 months, formerly of East Chicago, Indiana, who, in 1975 retired to Simi Valley, California, with her husband John Sarantis (deceased June, 1983), passed away in death on Tuesday, January 28, 2003. She is survived by their six children: Daughters: Anastasia Plomaritis and Husband Timothy of Kouts, Indiana, Martha McNinch of Lakeport, California, Niki Kallikounis and husband Jim of Laguna Niguel, California, Rebecca Simon (who, assisted by her son Daniel, 28, was her long-term caregiver, of Simi Valley, California and Sylvia Morafka and husband, David of San Francisco, Claifornia; Son: Timothy Sarantis of Ashland, Oregon. Asimo is also survived by her twelve grandchildren: Andrew, Jonathan, Melissa Gottschlich and husband, Michael, Eunice, Phoebe, Suzanne Puchley and husband Thomas, Pamela Webber and husband Tom, Laura, Denise, Christopher Philip, Daniel and two great-grandchildren: Michael Puchley and Nathaniel Webber. Mrs. Sarantis' funeral

arrangements are being handled by the Rose Family Funeral Home and Cremation, Simi Valley, California. Asimo Sarantis, an active Jehovah's Witnes since she was twenty-three, is one of the Anointed Remnant. Visitation at the Rose Family Funeral Home and Cremation on Friday, February 7, 2003, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services at the Chapel of the Oaks at Oakwood Memorial Park on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. She will be interred at Oakwood Memorial Park next to her beloved and dearly missed husband, John. Asimo was born in Achaia, Greece, on May 12, 1907, and moved to East Chicago, Indiana, in 1936 as the wife of John Sarantis, the original owner of John's East Shop in Indiana Harbor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Asimo's daughter, Rebecca Simon at Post Office Box 232, Simi Valley, California 93062. Info: 805-581-3800.

Helen Samborski

East Chicago

Helen Samborski, age 86, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2003. Survived by one brother, Leonard Samborski of East Chicago; one sister, Sabine Usdowski of East Chicago; one nephew, Richard R. Usdowski of East Chicago; one niece, Jean Ann Samborski of Montana; two great nephews, Richard J. Usdowski of Crown Point and Leonard J. Usdowski of Portage. Preceded in death by her sister, Mary and brothers, Joseph and John

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lesniak Funeral Home, 4918 Magoun Ave., East Chicago, Indiana, and 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, East Chicago, with Rev. Jacek Palica officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at the Lesniak Funeral Home for visitation on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Ms. Samborski was a lifelong resident of East Chicago; a retired employee of the School City of East Chicago and a member of St. Stanislaus Church. She was an amateur tennis champion of Northwest Indiana.

Ellen H. Simunic

Porter, IN

Ellen H. Simunic (nee Newman), age 81, of Porter, IN, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2003, at Porter Memorial Hospital. Born in Chicago, IL on October 18, 1921 to the late Emil and Hilda Newman. Married January 10, 1942 in Chicago to Joseph E. Simunic who preceded her in death January 24, 1997. Survived by loving daughter, Sandra Klimek of Porter, IN, loving son, Mark (Sheryl) Simunic of Whiting, IN, one sister, Elsie Ditto of Jacksonville, FL, niece, Darlene Johnson of Jacksonville, FL, deeply devoted grandchildren, Kimberley (Douglas) Bailey, Katherine (Derrick) Enloe, Laura, Alexandra and Erica Simunic, great-grandchildren, Marisa, Daniel and Nicholas Enloe. Funeral Services were held at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home on Saturday, February 1, 2003 in Chesterton, IN with Pastor Robert Armao of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Chicago, IL officiating. Interment was private. Ellen, "Mom" and "Gram" will be truly and deeply missed by her loving family.

Daisy Smith

East Chicago

Daisy Smith, age 53, of East Chicago, IN, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2003. She leaves to cherish her memory, her father, Eddie (Phyllis) Cofield of Montclair, New Jersey; three sons, Broderick (Janela) Smith of Racine, WI, Iwan (Myriam) Smith of Waukegan, IL and Laron (Patricia) Smith of Round Lake, IL; three daughters: Artra (Patrick) Gray of Racine, WI, Tonya Lee and Naome Lee of East Chicago, IN; seven sisters: Wanella (Bolatito) Cofield of San Francisco, CA, Nancy Lawcine Love, Sandra (Arlester) Shaw and Kimberly (Lloyd) Cousins, all of East Chicago, Connie (Johnny) Taylor of Gary, IN, Clarie (Marcel) Landrum of Hammond, IN, Terrilyn Love of Muncie, IN; one brother, Lokmar Abdul Wadood of East Chicago; one aunt, Margree Butts of Winona, Miss; 17 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Baptist Church, 1201 Chase St., Gary, IN, Rev. Frank Burns officiating. Interment, Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith, IN. Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Family hour 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Divinity Funeral Home, 3820 Pulaski St., East Chicago, Indiana. 219-397-2024

John F. Valich

East Chicago

John F. Valich, age 44, of East Chicago, passed away Monday, February 3, 2003 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by his sister, Mary Ann Valich of East Chicago; his fiancee, Linda Trutko of Whiting; step-daughter, Arica; nephews, Andy Trutko and Nick (Sara) Trutko; great niece, Katlyn and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Evelyn Valich

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. from the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago,10:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, East Chicago, with Msgr. Joseph Semancik officiating. Burial, St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Prayer service at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

John was a member of the East Chicago Teamsters Union; member of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #154 and Sacred Heart Church in East Chicago; and was a lifelong resident of East Chicago.

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