Nov. 21 Obituaries (A - O)

2002-11-21T00:00:00Z Nov. 21 Obituaries (A - O) nwitimes.com
November 21, 2002 12:00 am

Joseph F. Baatz

Hammond

Joseph F. Baatz, 56, of Hammond, IN, passed away November 18, 2002. Survivors: he was loving husband of Paulette; beloved Father of Joseph Jr., Tina, Susan (Robert) Varnadore, Brenda and Tony; proud grandfather of Crystal, Brittany and Kaitlin Varnadore, Matthew and Justin Smith; brother-in-law of Camille Hefner.

Memorial service Friday at 8 P.M. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home,7051 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, IN. Pastor Ken Nickell of the Hoffman Street Baptist Church officiating. Visitation Friday 5 to 9 P.M. Interment, private.

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Emily J. Bartholomew

(nee Kolodziejczyk)

Highland

Emily J. Bartholomew (nee Kolodziejczyk), age 79, of Highland, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2002. Survived by two sons, Kenneth Bartholomew of Highland and David Bartholomew of Schererville; three daughters, Judith Bartholomew, Barbara Bartholomew and Eileen Bartholomew, all of Highland. Preceded in death by her husband Harold, in 1995, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland.

EuGeane Bonhama

East Chicago

EuGeane Bonhama, 23, of East Chicago passed away Monday, November 18, 2002. Survived by his loving mother, DeAnna Bonhama (Darryl) Smith; father, Eugene Stanley; three brothers, Darryl Bonhama, Robert Smith and Jonathan Smith. He leaves behind a loving son, Elijah EuGeane Bonhama with Irene Vargas; grandmothers, Marie Gant, Bessie Smith (Frank) Faulkner and Audrey Jackson and a host of aunts,uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his grandfather R.P. Jackson, and grandmother, Marlene Theresa Bonhama.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 22, 2002, at 12 Noon at the Rock Church, 5400 West 29th Avenue, Gary, with Rev. Brent Endris officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, IN. Friends may call at the Rock Church for visitation on Friday from 10 A.M. til 12 Noon. Arrangements by Lesniak Funeral Home,

EuGeane was a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana, an employee of Millinium Dry Wall Company. He was a loving and caring son, brother, father and friend and will be greatly missed by all.

Anna Inez Brandon

(nee Van Orman)

Calumet Township

Anna Inez Brandon, nee Van Orman, age 85, formerly of Calumet Township, passed away November 19, 2002. Survived by two sons, Glenn Edward (Sue) Brandon of FL, Roy (Sharon) Brandon of DeMotte; one daughter Nancy Elaine (Leon) Snow of Highland; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Margaret (late Leon) Van Orman of Maryland. Preceded in death by husband Glenn in 1984.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday, November 21, 2002 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland.

She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. Burial will be in Alabama.

Marie C. Carpenter

Valparaiso / LaPorte

Marie C. Carpenter, age 89 or Valparaiso, IN, formerly of LaPorte, IN, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at Porter Memorial Hospital. She was a life long resident of LaPorte. Born September 12, 1913 in LaPorte to Belle (Way) and John Ehrick who preceded her. She was married on January 1, 1939 in Westville, IN to Robert Dean Carpenter who preceded June 7, 1991. She was a member of Door Village United Methodist Church and a 50 year member of the Pinola Grange.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Jones of Valparaiso, IN. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Leo and Harold Ehrick.

Services will be at Haverstock Funeral Home on Saturday, November 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Jeff Jones officiating. Burial at Door Village Cemetery, LaPorte, IN. Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, and 8:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at Haverstock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Pinola Grange.

Doris C. Cole

(nee Horst)

Lansing

Doris C. Cole (nee Horst) of Lansing, IL passed away Tuesday, November 19,2002. Loving mother to Ann and James. Beloved sister to Margaret McCarthy, Ruth C. Meisterling-Cummings, Eileen Quebec, Lillian McMullin and Donald Horst. Doris was a member of the Lansing Senior Citizens, St. Ann's Ladies Club, and the Columbian Ladies. She was retired from Zeger's after 14 years of service.

Cremation and service will be private. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Doris' Memory. Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 708-474-0024.

Fred A. Colosimo

Crown Point

Fred A. Colosimo, age 90, of Crown Point passed away at St. Anthony Franciscan Home, Tuesday, November 19, 2002. He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church. A 1932 graduate of Lew Wallace High School, lifetime member of NACCCA, worked for various Northwest Indiana lumber, construction and home building companies as a Salesman, Estimator, Draftsman and Consultant. He is survived by one sister, Mary Romano of Crown Point; three nieces, Carolyn (Dino) Favretto of Merrillville; Joan Cvitkovich of Schaumberg, IL; Donna (Daniel) Kassens of Des Plaines, IL; two nephews, Frank (Angie) Nuzzo and John Romano, both of Crown Point; many other cousins, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral service, Saturday, November 23, 2002, 11:00 a.m., Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at SS Peter and Paul Church, Rev. Dennis J. Teles, officiating. Burial Ridgelawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, Merrillville, on Friday, from 2 to 8 p.m.. Prayer service, Friday 3:00 p.m.

George W. Douglas

Valparaiso

George W. Douglas, 96 of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at the Life Care Center. He was born February 27, 1906 in Shawnee, Oklahoma the son of Dr. George R. and Maude (Vincent) Douglas. Mr. Douglas was an athlete at Valparaiso High School and graduated in 1924. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1928 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1930 and practiced law in Gary with Draper and Draper. In 1937 he came to Valparaiso. He served as City Attorney under Mayor Conover from 1944 to 1948. He was at one time in Partnership with his sons Herb, James and Bruce and practiced law until his retirement in 1996.

Mr. Douglas was preceded in death by his wives Betty Knapp Douglas, October 2, 1960 and Marion Filgiano Douglas, March 4, 1999 and a son Bruce Douglas who was Porter County Superior Court Judge, November 5, 1989, his parents, a brother Herb Douglas and a sister, Mary Whiting also preceded him in death. Surviving are three sons, Herb (Sharon) Douglas and James (Catherine) Douglas, Prosecutor for Porter County, both of Valparaiso and Robert (Janet) Douglas of LaJolla, CA.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Private Funeral Services will be held with burial in Graceland. There will be no visitation. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the Donor's Choice. Bartholomew Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Annie Edmonds

East Chicago

Annie Edmonds age 72, of East Chicago, IN, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at home. Survivors are two daughters, Barbara (Drew) Patterson of Hammond and Brenda Edmonds of East Chicago; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia Miller of Tuskegee, AL and Naomi Morris of East Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Sam Robinson.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 22, 2002, 11:00 A.M. at Zion Baptist Church, 3939 Drummond St., East Chicago, Rev. Dr. J.C. Wade, Jr. officiating. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart. Friends may call on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Avenue, East Chicago, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Zion Baptist Church from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Velma L. George

"Baby Sister"

East Chicago

Velma L. George, age 71 of East Chicago, IN passed away November 12, 2002. She is survived by daughters Martha (Richard) Starks of Hammond, IN, Bonnie (Derrick) Ross, Elaine (Ronald) Glover, both of East Chicago, IN, Diane George of Saginaw, MI; son, Robert Cobb of East Chicago; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; five nieces; one nephew and a host of great nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by husband, William H. George; son, Larry (Lumberjack) Davis, and Granddaughter, Toemicka Marie Davis.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3712 Butternut St., East Chicago, IN, Rev. James Hunter officiating. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, IN. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2002 at Divinity Funeral Home, 3820 Pulaski St., East Chicago, IN.

Florence M. Hamilton

Lansing

Florence M. Hamilton, age 75, of Lansing, IL passed away Tuesday, November 19 2002. She is survived by: one daughter, Linda (Jack) Veenstra; four grandchildren, Michael (Marilyn) Kimberly (Dennis Bell) Veenstra, Tammy Davis (Mike), Angela (fiance Jeff Payne) Veenstra; nine great-grandchildren, William, Jason, Michael, Amber, Ashley, Johnathon, Brandon, Jessica and Aubrey; one sister, Lorraine Johnson and two brothers, Martin (Josephine) Weir and Robert (Barbara) Weir; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and son, John.

Funeral service will be held Friday, November 22,2002, at 8:30 A.M. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, to St. Ann Church for Mass at 9 A.M. Burial, Oakridge Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 5 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M.

Artemia Irene Hernandez

East Chicago

Artemia Irene Hernandez, age 70, of East Chicago, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2002 at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Alejandro; two sons: Mike (Sue) Hernandez of Griffith and Alex Hernandez of East Chicago; two grandchildren: Mike, Jr. and Annie Hernandez; sister-in-law, Julie Monte de Orca of Chicago; and brothers and sisters in Mexico.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. from the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church, East Chicago, with Rev. Stephen Gibson officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Rosary 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Hernandez was a member of St. Mary Church in East Chicago and was a resident of the area for the past 27 years..

Alice M. "Snook" Ingram

Hammond

Alice M. "Snook" Ingram, of Hammond, IN passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, North Campus, Hammond, IN. She is survived by five children, John Tulba, Vicky (James) Graham, Bill (Sue) Ingram, Craig (Tracy) Ingram, and Tom (Amy) Ingram, all of Hammond, IN; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Ruth) Wurtzbacher of Sauk Village, IL and Dick Wurtzbacher of Gary, IN; two sisters, Sandy (Don) Degard of Knox, IN and Sue (Tom) Smith of Gary, IN; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her busband, Bill Ingram and parents, Frances and William Wurtzbacher.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 22, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. from LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN. with Pastor Steve Clark officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Information 219-845-3600

Walter Kabala

Oregon / East Chicago

Walter Kabala, age 83 of Oregon formally of East Chicago, IN, passed away Monday, November 11, 2002 at Rose Haven V.A. Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. Survived by his sister Helen (late Leo) Szarkowicz; his cousin Helen (Steven) Velichko; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Katherine, nee Sitasz, his brother Frank Kabala, his sisters Sophia (Frank) Szot, Josephine (Steve) Demps and Mary (Bernard) Frank.

Funeral services, Saturday, November 23rd, 9:15 a.m. from the Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943 S. Torrence Ave., Lansing, IL, to Our Lady of Knock Church, 163rd and Hirsch, Calumet City, IL. Mass 10:00 a.m. Visitation, Saturday morning prior to funeral service. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. 708-474-2404.

Virginia M. Kaiser

"Tinkey" (nee Hamilton)

Crown Point

Virginia M.Kaiser "Tinkey" (nee Hamilton), age 90 of Crown Point passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2002, at St.Anthony Medical Center. She is survived by son, Carl J. "Cuney" Kaiser of Crown Point and much loved daughter-in-law, Frances; grandson, Carl S.(Mary) Kaiser of Crown Point; granddaughter, Sherri (Michael) Ham of Crown Point; Great Grandchildren, Jordan, Justin & Jacquelyn Ham, Richelle Kaiser, Mary K & James Anderson, Virginia cherished her dear friends and neighbors. Preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Kaiser, brother, James Hamilton and sister, Blanche Carrigan.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2002, at 1 P.M. DIRECTLY at The Southlake Christian Church, 501 Pratt St., Crown Point, John P. Starr officiating. Friends may visit with the family, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Mrs. Kaiser was a member of the Southlake Christian Church. She was a Montgomery Ward retiree and and Crown Point Community schools Cashier retiree. A Volunteer and member of the Old Lake County Court House Foundation, the Lake County Historical Society, past President, as well as, honorary of the Crown Point Federated Woman's Club, a member of Gary Emerson High School Alumni Association and contributed to their annual newsletter "From Gold to Grey." She established Montgomery Wards Village Reunion Group. A member of the Crown Point Gold Key Bridge Club, also, A.A.R.P. Chapter 3210 in Crown Point. Mrs. Kaiser had been active in Boy Scouts. She served as first den mother of Pack 48 in 1948, at the Crown point Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Old Lake County Courthouse Foundation. Arrangements by Geisen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Crown Point. For information, call 219-663-2500 or visit www.geisenfuneralhome.com

Jacob J. Kochis

Dyer

Jacob J. Kochis, of Dyer, IN, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at the Community Hospital in Munster. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Kochis; one sister, Anne Yatsko, of Hammond IN; one brother, Paul (Stella) Kochis of Hammond; sisters-in-law, Florence and Janet Kochis of Munster; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2002, at 11:30 a.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave, Munster IN. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More at 12:00 noon with Fr. Joseph Vamos celebrating the Mass. Burial will take place at the St. John Cemetery in Hammond. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9 p.m.

He was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in Hammond. He served in the US Navy during WWII for 3 years, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, he was a member of the Holy Name Society of the St Thomas More Parrish, he was a director of the Briar Ridge Property Owners Assoc., he was a recipient of the Notre Dame "Man of the Year" Award, and he also recieved the St. Joseph the Worker Award from Calumet College. He was a former District Govenor and International Trustee of the Calumet area Serra Club. He was a Life Trustee of the Serra Club of Hammond. He was retired from the Calumet and Portage Electric Supply Companies where he served as President. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Christ Burse Fund for the Education of Seminarians to study for the Priesthood and Religious Life or for Holy Masses for all the departed. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Regina Mrkonich

(nee Sajack)

Glenwood

Regina Mrkonich (nee Sajack) age 92, late of Glenwood,IL. Beloved Wife of the Late Miyo (Mike) Mrkonich; Loving Mother of Miyo, George (Late Vilma) Mrkonich of Lynwood,IL and Robert (Loretta) Mrkonich of Scottsdale, AZ; Dear Sister of the Late Clara Zorich, Late Mary Grubusich, Late Esther Ban, Late Joe Sajack and The Late George Sajack (Retired M.P.D.). Also survived by many Nieces and Nephews. Regina retired from University of Chicago Billings Hospital Cancer Unit and was Research Follow-up and Interpreter of Slavic Languages for Physicians.

Funeral Service Friday 10:00 A.M. From the Kompare Funeral Home, 9858 S. Commercial Avenue To Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 A.M. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Friday 8:00 A.M. Until Time of Service. (773) 768-8800.

Mylane "Millie" Oros

Munster

Mylane "Millie" Oros, 84 of Munster formerly of East Chicago passed away Wednesday, November 20,2002 at home. She is survived by her brother, Victor A.Marshall; many, many loving nieces, nephews dear friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Victor, in July of 2002.

Funeral service will be held Friday,. November 22, at 11 :30 A.M. at St.Nicholas Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church located at the corner of 143rd Street and Olcott Avenue, East Chicago, with the very Rev. Charles Mezzomo officiating. Cremation to follow. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church on Friday.

Millie was a member of St.Nicholas Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite charity would be appreciated. Fife Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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