Obituaries (A - Z)

2003-05-17T00:00:00Z Obituaries (A - Z) nwitimes.com
May 17, 2003 12:00 am

Floyd Alan Adkins

Valparaiso / Kouts

Floyd Alan Adkins, age 62, of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Porter Memorial Hospital. He was born October 10, 1940 in Hawesville, KY to Floyd and Mary Agnes (Corley) Adkins. An area resident for over 40 years, he lived in Kouts before moving to Valparaiso. He worked for many years as the produce manager at Tittles and also worked at McDaniel Fire Systems. Alan is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara Sue Baldwin; two children, Wendy (Robert) Bogel and their children Robert and Brandon of Valparaiso; Ron Adkins and his children Gina and Teddy of Wanatah; two step-sons, Mike Birky and Mark (Robin) Birky and their children Justin, Amber and Coel all of Valparaiso; three brothers, Jim (Alleen) Adkins of Hawesville, KY, Henry (Lil) Adkins of Louisville, KY and Doug (Chris) Adkins of Valparaiso; three sisters, Dorthy (Jack) Marsh of Sebree, KY, Mary Hardin of Valparaiso and Lillian (Carl) Lillpop of Louisville, KY; a sister-in-law Pauline Adkins of Hawesville, KY and

his pet cat, Prissy. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Scott on this day, May 15, 1992 and a brother, Walter on January 16, 1986. Alan was well loved and will be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews also. We will miss his smile and jokes and his love of nature. He will live in our hearts forever. Funeral services will be Monday, 11:00 AM at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, Chaplain Mike Porter officiating with burial at Angelcrest Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Porter County Cancer Society.angelcrestinc.com

Sylvester J. Breitenbach

"Sy"

Wanatah

Sylvester J. "Sy" Breitenbach, age 78, a lifetime Wanatah resident passed away Friday, May 16, 2003 at his home. He was born January 26, 1925 in Wanatah, the son of Aloysius and Augusta (Daniels) Breitenbach, graduated from Morgan Twp. High School in 1943, served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines during WWII and was a member of Wanatah American Legion Post #403. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wanatah, had worked for many years at Anco in Michigan City retiring in 1988 and will be lovingly remembered for his beautiful garden and love for golf and baseball.

On April 19, 1952 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, he married Pauline Flitter who survives along with their three children, Kathleen (Donald) Scurlock of Wanatah, Carol Trout of Plant City, FL and Steven (Cindy) Breitenbach of Wanatah; five brothers and sisters, Brother Clarence Breitenbach, C.S.C. of Notre Dame, IN, Leo (Jacquelyn) Brietenbach of Valparaiso, Sister M. Judian Breitenbach, P.H.J.C. of LaPorte, Loretta (Kenneth) Hanson of LaPorte, and Margaret Majewski of Hobart; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1958.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wanatah, with Fr. Jerry Schweitzer officiating with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2:00 to 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Sacred Heart. Wanatah Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. www.angelcrestinc.com

Wayne Alan Duncan

Valparaiso

Wayne Alan Duncan, age 64, of Valparaiso, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Porter Memorial Hospital. He was born November 25, 1938 the son of Harry Wilbur and Leona Rae (Corson) Duncan. Wayne was an automotive mechanic. On July 29, 1959 in Valparaiso, he married Sandra R. Woods, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving is a daughter, Teresa M. (L.D. Hummel) Soto of Wheatfield, IN, a son, Patrick W. (Debbie) Duncan of Brazil, IN; five grandchildren: Stephanie (Dave) Andree, Tony (Kim) Soto and Patrick, Michael and Nathan Duncan; a great-grandson, Brayden Soto; three brothers, Ronald (Christel) Duncan, Dennis (Carol) Duncan and Harry Duncan, all of Valparaiso; two sisters, Dawn (Jerry) Ruge of Chesterton and Faith Duncan of Hanna; a sister-in-law, Kathy Duncan of Valparaiso and two brothers-in-law, Waldo Woods of Valparaiso and Larry Woods of Kouts. His parents, a son, Steven Alan Duncan and three brothers, Roger, Glenn and Roderick preceded him in death. Funeral Services will

be held Monday, May 19, 2003 at 1:00 PM at the Bartholomew Funeral Home, Pastor Mike Porter officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, May 18, 2003 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso, IN. 219-462-4102.

Jesse S. Fletcher

Hammond

Jesse S. Fletcher, age 63, of Hammond, IN made his transition on Thursday, May 15, 2003. He was retired from the Street Dept. City of Hammond, member of the Urban Enterprise Association, IHSAA, NAACP and The Crusaders Club.

Jesse was preceded in death by his son, Alfonzo Fletcher; daughter, Cheryl-Lynn Fletcher; parents, Otis and Mable Fletcher. Survived by loving and devoted wife, Cherie; three daughters, Maxine (Edward) Simmons, Natalie (Michael) Mack and Owana (Keith) Miller; seven grandchildren: Edward III, Jennica and Jessica Simmons, Candace and Nia Mack, Keiona and Keaira Miller; two sisters, Alice (Henry) Washington and Bessie (Donald) Ferguson; brother, Terry Fletcher; four sisters-in-law, Maxine McClendon, Betty (Bruce) Lewis, Julia Mae Williams and Catherine Jones; brother-in-law, Robert (Lois) Williams; special friends: McKinley and Phyllis Nutall and Raymond Cross; Devoted Doggy Max; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation Monday, May 19, 2003 from 9:00AM to 8:00 PM. Family Hour 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with Homegoing Services Tuesday, May 20, 2003, 11:00 AM. All services held from Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1047 Kenwood St., Hammond, Rev. William Collins, Pastor, officiating. Interment, Concordia Cemetery, Hammond. Services entrusted to "The Caring Professionals" of Alpha Mortuary, 421 W. 5th Ave., Gary. (219)882-8230.

Amanda F. (Daehn) Grimler

March 5, 1906- May 15, 2003

Dyer /Lansing / Calumet City

Amanda F. (Daehn) Grimler passed away on May 15, 2003 in Dyer, IN. She was a lifelong resident of Lansing and Calumet City, IL. Survived by children: Edward (Lillian) Grimler, Margaret (Will) Gaskell, Robert (Delphine) Grimler, Vernon (Anita) Grimler and John (Carol) Grimler. Grandchildren: Roxanne (David) Kaminski, Kathleen Natzke, Keith (Jean) Gaskell, Kurt (Julie) Gaskell, Greg (Mary) Grimler, Terrence (Sue) Grimler, Nancy Grimler, Gary (Deena) Grimler, Eric (Kathy) Grimler and Kris Gaskell; 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by husband Edward J. Grimler 10/26/78, parents Charles and Bertha Daehn and sister and brothers: Edna (Herb) Hannagan, Olga Daehn, Elvira (Ted) Tinberg, Carl (Evelyn) Daehn, Wilma Daehn, Bobbe (Richard) Potter, Herbert Daehn, George (Ruth) Daehn and Nelson Daehn.

Visitation Sunday, May 18, 2003 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Fagen- Miller Funeral Home, 1920 Hart Street, Dyer, Indiana. Funeral Services Monday, May 19, 2003 at 10:00 AM from the funeral home with Pastor Warren Mandel officiating. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City.

Betty J. Hagerman

(nee Sibley)

Highland / Calumet City

Betty J. Hagerman (nee Sibley) of Highland, IN and formerly of Calumet City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2003 at The Chicagoland Christian Village. She and her late husband Harry raised four children: Lawrence (Helen Ann) of Crown Point, late Harry Jr. (Patricia) of Chicago, Laura (Ronald) Landreth of Mantua, Ohio and Margaret of Highland; also survived by 11 loving grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Ruth (Frederick) Dempsey of Shelbyville, MI; cousin, Ford (late Alberta) McLain of Hadley, N.Y.; and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Della Sibley and sister and brother-in-law Jeanne and Johnston Hill.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 19, 2003 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Pastor Byron Kaiser officiating. Interment, Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, IL. Friends may meet with her family on Sunday, May 18th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the McCoy Funeral Chapel, 5713 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN.

Mrs. Hagerman served her country in WWII as a U.S. Marine. She retired from St. Margaret Hospital in 1983 after 14 years of service and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be directed to the church.

Beatrix A. Harring

Highland / Whiting

Beatrix A. Harring, age 86 of Highland, formerly of Whiting, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Ignatius Harring, who passed away August 18, 1968. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Powell of Highland and Margaret (Peter) Sutcliffe of Whiting; three granddaughters: Lisa (Duane) Purnick of Portage, Tracy (Christopher) Kozy of Griffith and Michelle (Philip) Taillon of Highland; three great-grandchildren: Ryan, Nathaniel and Madeline.

A Memorial Mass will be offered on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 10:30 AM from Sacred Heart Church, 118th & LaPorte Ave., Whiting, IN, with Rev. Stanley J. Dominik officiating. A gathering to celebrate Beatrix's life will be held on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:30 PM, at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN.

Beatrix Harring was born July 1, 1916 in Burnley, England, to Louis and Rhoda (Mercer) Lofthouse, and was a resident of the Calumet Region for the past 31 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Whiting. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Harbor Light Hospice, Merrillville, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. 219-659-4400.

Audrey M. Hitz

Michigan

Audrey M. Hitz, age 80 of Farmington Hills, MI, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2003. She was born April 21, 1923 in Bay City, MI and is survived by her husband, Leonard Hitz; four children: James (Jill) Hitz of Kouts, IN, Thomas (Cynthia) Hitz of Plymouth, MI, Richard (Judith) Hitz of Petoskey, MI and Robert Hitz of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Maxine Virkler; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Patricia Hitz and a sister, Delema Steffen. Funeral services will be Monday, 11:00 AM EST at the Apostolic Christian Church in Livonia, MI. Visitation Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 PM (EST) at Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia. A graveside committal service will be held on Tuesday, 11:00 AM at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery, 1825S 875W., LaCrosse, IN. Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice Development Dept., 25900 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 600, Oak Park, MI 48237. Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts angelcrestinc.com

Charles R. Holder Jr

Munster / Indianapolis

Charles R. Holder, Jr., age 55, of Munster/Indianapolis Indiana, passed away Friday, May 16, 2003 in Hammond. Survived by one son, Joshua (Aubrey) of Highland; one daughter, Rachael (Michael) Raketich of Griffith; one brother, Roy (Meredith) of Lansing, IL; one sister, Judy (Carl) Harroff of Hammond; father, Charles R. Holder, Sr. of Munster; and four grandchildren. Preceded in death by his mother, Jewell (Bartell).

Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 7:00 PM from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL with Rev. Robert Neuman officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 3:00 PM until time of service.

Charles was a long time resident of the Calumet area. A graduate of Hammond Tech High School, class of 1965 and a self employed carpet layer and inspector.

Father John Kolaczek, OCD

Hammond / Munster

Father John Kolaczek, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite priest from Poland who served for many years in the Gary Diocese as a member of the Carmelite Community in Munster, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond. Fr. John was born Stanislaw Kolaczek in the village of Andrychow outside the city of Wadowice, Poland, on April 29, 1921. He entered the Discalced Carmelite Order at Czerna in 1937, professing his first vows there on July 13, 1938, and taking the religious name John the Baptist of Jesus and Mary. After professing solemn vows on July 2, 1944, he was ordained a priest in Krakow on July 8, 1945. While still in Poland, he was renowned for his zealous work as a teacher, homilist, and spiritual director, serving also as prior at various monasteries. In 1971, he came to the Carmelite Monastery in Munster, where he carried on a fruitful apostolate for over 20 years, serving pilgrims at the shrine and assisting in many parishes throughout

the Gary Diocese. After falling ill in 1991 he lived at the Albertine Home in Hammond under the care of the Albertine Sisters until his death.

The Carmelite Community in Munster will hold a vesper service for Fr. John at their monastery on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 3:00 PM. Visitation will follow until 9:00 PM Monday evening, with a Mass celebrated by the Carmelite Community at 7:00 PM. The Funeral Mass for Fr. John Kolaczek, OCD will be Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 10:00 AM in the church at the Carmelite Monastery, 1628 Ridge Road in Munster, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL. Arrangements by Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, Munster.

Julia Ann Kovach

Nov. 4, 1914 - May 14, 2003

Demotte /Lansing

Julia Ann Kovach, age 88, of DeMotte, IN, formerly of Lansing, IL., passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox, IN. She was born in Leitchfield, KY to the late Joseph Lloyd and Anga Cook Clark. Married in Whiting, IN July 12, 1941 to Albert Kovach, Sr. who survives. Also survived by sons. William (Dona) Kovach of DeMotte, IN and Albert (Kathleen) Kovach, Jr. of Sugar Grove, IL; grandsons: Douglas (Nicole) Kovach, David (Catherine) Kovach, William (Wendy) Kovach, Matthew Kovach and Michael (Katherine) Kovach; granddaughters, Krysta and Rebecca Kovach; five great grandchildren: Alex, Jarod, Michael, Sarah and Jillian; sister-in-law, Eleanor Clark and brothers-in-law, Pete Haluska and Fred Builta. Also preceded in death by brothers, Celestine, Henry and Joseph Jr. Clark, sisters, Thelma Mahoney, Oda Catherine Haluska, Bessie Hammett, Nell Gaffney, Bertha Builta and Dorothy Kulscar.

Family and Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, May 18th, with a prayer service at 2:30 PM, at the Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte, IN. Funeral service 10:00 AM Monday, May 19, 2003 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with Father Paul Wicklum of St. Cecelia Catholic Church officiating. Interment, Cemetery of The Resurrection, DeMotte, IN. Mrs. Kovach attended Sacred Heart School, Whiting, IN. Member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and St. Cecilia Ladies Sodality of DeMotte, IN, Charter member of Daughters of Isabel Circle #896, Lansing, IL.

John J. Lopez Sr.

"Little Joe"

Hammond

John J. Lopez, Sr. "Little Joe", age 75, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003. Survived by his loving wife Estella, of 51 years; son, John J. (Melanie) Lopez, Jr. of Portage, IN; daughters: Nellie (Bill) Townsend of Houston, TX, Mary Jane (Ken) Klemm of Little Hocking, Ohio and Elizabeth (Kevin) Aumiller of Crown Point, IN; grandchildren: Corey Lopez, Billy Townsend, Samantha Townsend, Susan Townsend, Karl Klemm, Adam Klemm and Kaitlin Klemm.

Funeral services Monday, May 19, 2003, 12:15 PM prayers from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in East Chicago, with Msgr. John J. Siekierski Celebrating. Burial to follow at St. John/St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, May 18th, from 2:00 to 9:00 PM. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN.

John loved God and loved his church. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who was loved and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Mary Ann Loudermilk

(nee Molenda)

DeMotte / Munster

Mary Ann Loudermilk (nee Molenda), age 58, of DeMotte, formerly of Munster, IN, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at her home. Survived by husband, Bill; daughter, Robin (Grant) Butler of Battle Creek MI; granddaughter, Bonnie Rose Ann; sisters, Louise (Allen) Skiba of Nineveh, IN and Ann Marie (Daniel) Stolarz of Westville, IN; brother, James (Cheryl) Molenda of Dyer, IN. Preceded in death by parents and brother, John.

Funeral services Saturday May 17, 2003 at 11:00 AM at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, with Rev. Connie Vandersteen officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on Friday, May 16th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 South Cline Ave. (one mile south or Rt. 30), Schererville, IN. For info 219-365-9554.

Trulan "Bud" Merritt

Griffith

Trulan "Bud" Merritt, age 72, of Griffith, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003. Survived by wife, Alice "Jean"; son, Paul (Judy) Brown; three daughters, Trudy Merritt, Terri (Patrick) Booth and Ann-Marie (Dan) Walker; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia (Al) Alexanderson. Preceded in death by son, Thomas in 2003 and a sister, Marjorie Peters.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May, 19, 2003 at 10:00 AM at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 242 North Griffith Blvd., Griffith, IN, with Bill Hallsted, Minister, officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Mr. Merritt was retired from the Hammond Police Department in 1975 after 20 years of service and also retired from Inland Steel in 1992. He was a former truck driver for Bakker Produce. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Griffith V.F.W., Griffith American Legion and Hammond F.O.P.

Edmund "Jack" Milo

California / Hammond

Edmund "Jack" Milo, 83, of Calabasas, CA, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Saturday, March 1st, 2003. He is survived by one daughter, Marcia (Ted Peskin) Milo of Chatsworth, CA; in-laws, Mark (Mary) Corey of Munster, Evelyn Corey of Hobart and Mary Corey of Las Vegas. Preceded in death by wife, Millie Milo in 1996 and son, Don Milo in 1975.

A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, May 19, 2003, 1:00 PM at St. James Church, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, Indiana, with Rev. Francis Lazar officiating. Interment of cremains at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Indiana.

Jack was World War II U.S. Army veteran having served in the Military Police. In lieu of flowers, donations to St.James Church would be appreciated.

Josephine Moorman

(nee Fish)

Munster / Griffith

Josephine Moorman (nee Fish), age 80, of Munster, and formerly of Griffith, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. Survived by her loving husband of 50 years, John C. Moorman. Beloved mother of John C. (Mary Lekas) Moorman of Munster, IN, Janet L. Sirota of Boca Raton, FL and Nancy L. (Harold) Graham of DeMotte, IN. Loving grandmother of six: William Graham, Leslie Sirota, Anna Moorman, Peter Moorman, Jordan Sirota and Nicholas Moorman. Beloved sister to Betty Kroll of Dolton, IL and Beverly Blackerby of Herrick, IL and brothers: William O. Fish of Hudson, IL and Gene Fish of Ramsey, IL; and several loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Sarah Matilda Fish and seven brothers and sisters, Jerry Fish, George Fish, Margaret Fish, Juanita Fish, Vida Mae Trunnel, Joe Henry Fish and Lydia Pastar.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19, 2003, 11:00 AM at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. N. Dale Mendenhall officiating. Burial Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road, Highland, IN.

Mrs. Moorman was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Griffith. Formerly employed with Illinois Bell Telephone Co. Member of Griffith Little League and member and Past President of the Babe Ruth Baseball Auxiliary. Former member of Hammond Ladies Lions Club. Served 20 years plus on the Griffith Park Full of Art Committee and was an election judge for many years. She was an avid bowler, golfer and contract bridge player and volunteered for many organizations. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Edward M. O'Donoghue

Hegewisch

Edward M. O'Donoghue, age 64, late of Hegewisch, IL. Beloved husband of Margaret "Peg" (nee Lentz), of 40 years. Loving father of Mary (Kevin) Fanta, Sheila (Thomas) Ward, Susan (Tom) Blahunka, Sharon (Pat, CPD) Hackett and Edward J. O'Donoghue; Devoted grandfather of 11. Dear brother of Eileen (Ben) Meadway. Fond uncle of James (Rachel) Lentz, Peg (late Mike) Miller, Terri (Hank) Knowles; and many others;

Retired employee of Ameritech. Active member of Wolf Lake Rod and Gun Club. Visitation Sunday 1:00 to 9:00 PM. Funeral service Monday, May 19, 2003 at 8:45 AM from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 South Ewing Ave., Chicago, IL, to St. Columba Church, Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery. 773-731-2749

Clara T. Reczek

Hammond (Hessville)

Clara T. Reczek, age 81, of Hessville, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 13 2003. Survived by husband, Stanley, of 53 years. Sons, Robert P. Reczek of Hessville, Ronald Reczek of Roswell, New Mexico and Raymond S. Reczek Sr. of Hessville. Grandchildren, Sean Reczek of Rapid City S.D., Jessica Reczek of Phillip, S.D., Raymond S. Reczek Jr., Maryann Reczek and Buddy Reczek, all of Hessville, brothers, Barney Zaborowski of Highland and Raymond (Ann) Zaborowski of Hessville; sister, Edna Smith of Highland; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Frank Zaborowski and sister, Jennie Sobkowicz.

Funeral prayers Monday, May 19, 2003 at 9:15 a.m. from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Chapel with 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with Father John R. Winterlin Celebrating. Burial to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, May 18, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville.

Clara was a member of OLPH Church and the Rosary Society, who will pray the Rosary at 3:00 PM on Sunday. She loved to travel, and loved her garden and needle point. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rosary Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

Mike Sovich

Las Vegas, NV / Chesterton

Mike Sovich, age 91, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly a lifelong Chesterton, IN resident, passed away on Tuesday May 13, 2003 at his residence. Born in Gary, Indiana, August 28, 1911 to Nicholas and Anna Sulich Sovich. Married Sept 26, 1937 in Porter, IN to Geraldyne Samuelson who survives in Las Vegas, NV. Also survived by son Wayne (Carolyn) Sovich of Valparaiso, IN; daughters: Monica (Richard) Brown of Las Vegas, NV and Sandra (Donald) Olson of Chesterton, IN; nine grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, brothers, Nick, Steve, Andrew, John and George and sister Jean Stanley.

Funeral services Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN, Marvin Chelburg officiating. Interment, Augsburg Lutheran Church Cemetery, Porter, IN. Visitation Friday, May 16, 2003 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.

Mike retired in 1976, Mill Wright/U.S. Steel & Warehosue Foreman/Jo Sams. He was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School. A member of Michigan City A.E.R.I.E. #1228 and a member of the Senior Citizens Bowling League at Rosebowl Lanes in Michigan City. Memorials may be made to the family for distribution to Hospice and the Augsburg Church. Mike was deeply loved and will be sadly missed.

John Sadowski

Highland

John Sadowski, age 68, of Highland, passed away Thursday May 15, 2003. Survived by his wife, Paula Jo (nee Strbiak), of 41 years; two sons, Michael (Jane) Sadowski of Illinois and Thomas (Linda) Sadowski of Crown Point; one daughter, Nancy (Steven) Alexich of Schererville; four grandchildren: Brooke, Cameron, Hunter and Drew; mother, Anna Sadowski of Highland. Preceded in death by his father Joseph

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Francis Lazar officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road, Highland, Indiana.

Mr. Sadowski was retired from the IRS as a Special Agent. Member of FOP Don Shepherd Lodge of Highland. Employed with MSM Security. Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Erin C. Wentworth

Lowell

Erin C. Wentworth, age 14, of Lowell, IN, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2003. She is survived by her parents, David and Karen Dejnowski of Lowell; two sisters, Jennifer "J.D." Peters of Lafayette and Melissa "P.J" Renkar of Lowell; three brothers, Jeffery and Matthew Wentworth, both of Houston, TX and Geno Wentworth of Lowell; paternal grandfather, Raymond Dejnowski of Lowell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 11:00 AM at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lowell, IN, Father Peter Muha officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN.

Erin attended Tri Creek Grade Schools. She was a 8th grader at Lowell Middle School where she was active in Girls Choir and Junior N.H.S. Erin helped with fund raising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the INDIANA Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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