Obituaries (A-K)

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

Celia Baradziej

(nee Drwiega)

Hammond

Celia Baradziej (nee Drwiega), age 91, of Hammond, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at the Dyer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survived by three sons: Donald (Cynthia) Baradziej of Dyer, Robert (Christine) Baradziej of Hammond and Richard (Nadine) Baradziej of Hammond; four grandchildren: Ronald Baradziej, Kerry (Keith) Branham, Kevin (Kellean) Baradziej and John Baradziej; three great-grandchildren: Jack and Peighton Baradziej and Zach Branham; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, John.

Funeral Services Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 9:30 AM from the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 4404 Cameron Ave., Hammond, IN, (two blocks east of Hohman, one block north of Gostlin), 10:00 AM Mass at St. Casimir Church with Rev. Vladimir Janeczek officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Baradziej was a Hammond resident for the past 63 years; and a member of St. Casimir Church for many years.

James R. Bellamy

Hammond

James R. Bellamy, age 54, of Hammond, IN, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2003. He is survived by his brother, Richard (Bonnie) Bellamy of Schererville, IN; sisters-in-law, Ouk Kyong (Jeff) Hines and Kum Cha (Jerry) Dawes; Uncle Don Bellamy of Naples, FL; Aunts: Phyllis Hudec of Dyer, IN and Lucille Fredley of Salt Lake City, UT and Betty Bellany of Merrillville, IN. Preceded in death by his wife, Angie and parents, Russell and Anna Bellamy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 11:00 AM from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

James served with the U.S. Army and retired from LTV Steel after 30 years of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hospice of the Calumet Area or the American Cancer Society, in his memory, would be appreciated.

Bonnie M. Bittner

Hammond

Bonnie M. Bittner, age 44, of Hammond, IN passed away Friday, May 9, 2003. She is survived by her fiance, Dale Kudrecki; two nieces, Amy and Ashley Bittner; one nephew, Aaron Bittner; aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Minnie Bittner and her brother, David Bittner.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 9:30 AM from LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN and 10:00 AM Mass from St. John Bosco Church, 7113 Columbia Ave., Hammond, IN with Rev. Richard Orlinski officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at LaHayne Funeral Home. Prayer service Monday at 3:00 PM. Bonnie was a lifetime resident of this area and had worked as an X-ray Technician at Munster Community Hospital for 22 years. Information 219-845-3600.

Mary A. Bluml

(nee Korneta)

Lansing / Rosemoor, IL

Mary A. Bluml (nee Korneta), age 82, of Lansing, Illinois, formerly of Rosemoor, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2003. She is survived by two loving daughters: Janet Bluml and Betty (Joe Devinny) Bluml; Aunt of Bob and Jean Korneta and Kay Giaimo. Loving friend of Tino Salinas; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Bluml. She was a former member of St. Johns Married Couples Club.

Visitation Tuesday, May 13, 2003 from 2:00 to 9:00 PM . Funeral services Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 9:30 AM from the Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943

South Torrence Ave., Lansing, IL, to St. Ann Church, Lansing, IL for Mass at 10:30 AM. Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses preferred.

Ann Catherine Bobalik

Hammond

Ann Catherine Bobalik, age 84, of Hammond, IN, passed away Saturday, May 10 2003. She is survived by her sons, John (Judith) Bobalik of Chicago Heights, IL and Patrick (Sue Ellen) Bobalik of Bradenton, FL; grandchildren: Katelyn, Taylor and Emily Bobalik; sister, Mary (late James) Barron of New Elliot, IN; sister-in-law, Gloria Shanley of Hammond, IN; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great-nephews and one great-great-niece. Preceded in death by her husband, John, and brothers, John (Connie) and Thomas Shanley.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, in charge of arrangements.

Ann was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, AARP #2411 and Sears Retirees. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice in her memory would be appreciated.

John F. Conners Sr.

Gary, IN / Joliet, IL

John F. Conners Sr., age 74, of Gary, Indiana, formerly of Joliet, Illinois passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 A veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Inland Steel after 43 years of employment. He served 25 years as an active member of the National Little League Board and officiated at the 1985 Little League World Series.

He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Conners; six children: John (Venetia) Conners Jr., Tracey Conners Booker of Gary, Renee (Stephen) Elliott of Simpsonville, SC, Phyllis (Anthony) Poston of Shelbyville, KY, Karen (Willie) Monroe of Atlanta, GA, LaToya (Steve) Lester of Indianapolis, IN; loving nephew, Dr. Ned Fleming of Chicago, IL, Goddaughter, Valerie (Wise) Burrell of Park Forest, IL, Godson, Charles Metcalf of Richmond, TX; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at St. Timothy Community Church. Visitation prior to memorial service beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment, Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Repast at St. Timothy Community Church. Funeral services entrusted to Smith, Bizzell, Warner & son "Your Golden Rule Funeral Home," 4209 Grant St. 219-885-7614.

Madelyn M. Houchin-Crosariol

Schererville

Madelyn M. Houchin-Crosariol, age 77 of Schererville, IN, formerly of Highland, IN, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2003. Beloved wife of George Crosariol. Loving mother of Jeffrey Houchin of Venice, FL, Scott Houchin of Highland, IN and Colleen (Jack) Leach of Hobart, IN; Fond sister of Robert (Janet) McDonald and Patricia Janott, both of Highland, IN.

Cherished grandmother of four and great-grandmother of three. Preceded in death by her first husband, Sterling Houchin, son, Little Sterling, parents, Andrew and Elizabeth McDonald and brother, Andrew McDonald

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM with a 4:30 Prayer Service at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, and Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at St. James Church, Highland, IN, with a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. Francis Lazar officiating. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Madelyn was a member of St. James Church, the Golden Times and a graduate of Hammond Tech High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Chicagoland Christian Village in her memory would be appreciated.

Arron Lee Deardurff

Valparaiso

Arron Lee Deardurff, age 23, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, May 9, 2003. He was born November 24, 1979 to David Deardurff and Kathy McConnachie, both of Valparaiso, who survive. Also surviving are one son, Grant Phillip Bogue of Chesterton. Brothers, Brian Deardurff and Brandon Deardurff, both of Valparaiso, and Alex Hall of Lake Station. Grandmother, Jean Deardurff of Kouts. Grandfathers, George Deardurff of Florida and Murray (Daphne) McConnachie of Hobart. Step-grandfather, Glen Kneifel of Valparaiso. Aunts and Uncles: Dave (Judy) Kotzer of Kouts, Gail (Jerry) Grieger of Valparaiso, Patty (Dean) Phillips of Valparaiso, Rick (Peggy McConnachie of Valparaiso; his step-aunt, Carrie Kneifel of Shelbyville, IN; and several cousins. Preceding him in death are one brother, Michael Ryan Deardurff and one grandmother, Dorothy Kneifel.

A visitation for Arron will be held on Monday, May 12, 2003 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso, IN. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Garner Tullis officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Kouts. Memorial contributions can be made to the family.

Louise Patricia DeLaney

Hammond

Louise Patricia DeLaney, age 93, of Hammond, IN, went to be with her Savior on Friday, May 9, 2003. She is survived by her brother, Edgar L. Plain, Sr.; two granddaughters; one grandson; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; son, Charles; grandson, Charles, Jr; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be private and final resting at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana.

Louise was a lifelong area resident. In her earlier years she was an accomplished oil and acrylic portraits and scenery painter. She enjoyed working in her yard and rose garden. Memorial gifts can be sent to St. Jude Hospital in her name. Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home & Crematory, Schererville/Highland in charge of the arrangements. 219-322-7766.

Ralph R. "Butch" Drinski

Merrillville

Ralph R. "Butch" Drinski, age 60, of Merrillville, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Ralph "B.J." (Kris) Drinski of Hammond, Brian (Dawn) Drinski and Thayer and Darren Drinski of Hammond; one daughter, Paula (Fred) Dauksza of Merrillville; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Nila Ball of Lowell; one brother, Michael Drinski of Lowell and one sister, Sandy Young of Cedar Lake; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph M. and brother Darren. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN 46356 with Pastor Jeff Newton officiating. Burial will follow at Fair Oaks Cemetery, Fair Oaks, IN. Friends are invited to call on Monday morning from 9AM to 11AM at the funeral home. Butch worked for Consolidated Fabrications in Gary, as a certified Welder. He was a Korean Conflict Army veteran serving in Germany and a member of the American Legion in

Roselawn.

Georgia M. Fountain

East Chicago

Georgia M. Fountain, age 84, of East Chicago, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by four daughters, Mary (Rev. Fletcher) Pugh of Eufaula, AL, Mary Lou Hardy of East Chicago, Alice Pugh of Gary and Terri Fountain-Simmons of Detroit; one son, Jimmie (Cathy) Fountain of Country Club Hills, IL; 24 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Willie Mae Leonard of East Chicago; one brother, Arthur (Bertha) Sims of Munster; two sisters-in-law, Susieanna Fountain of Midway, AL and Lillie Fountain of Gary, IN; step-sister, Minnie Turk of Gary; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Friendship Baptist Church, 4756 Melville Avenue, East Chicago, Rev. Rodney Golson, Sr., Pastor; Rev. John E. Hillary, officiating. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary. Visitation Monday, May 12, 2003 at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Avenue, East Chicago, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and Friendship Baptist Church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Loretta H. Fredianelli

(nee Dorsey)

Calumet City, IL

Loretta H. Fredianelli (nee Dorsey) age 90, late of Calumet City, IL, passed away Friday, May 9, 2003. She is survived by children: Diana (the late John) Pleta, Robert (Lorraine) and Jerry (Patty); eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Sister of Walter "Kelly" Dorsey, George Dorsey, Beatrice Milkovich and Elaine Lorenz; Aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Nello.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 9:30 AM prayers from Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Rd. (154th St.), Calumet City, IL to St. Victor Church, Mass 10:00 AM. Interment, Oakland Memory Lanes. Visitation Monday from 2:00 to 9:00 PM. Mrs. Fredianelli was a longtime waitress at Spicca's Restaurant in Whiting, IN; and a crossing guard for many years for the Calumet City School District.

Konstanty "Konny" Gargas

Merrillville

Konstanty "Konny" Gargas, age 80, of Merrillville, IN, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2003. Brother of Mary Leboda and Stella Berkos; and two sisters in Poland. Uncle of Steve Berkos, Robert and Ronald Leboda and Carol Kachaturoff. Many Great nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft St., (Rt 55), Merrillville. Funeral Mass Wednesday, 10:30 AM at Salvatorian Fathers Monastery Church, 5755 Pennsylvania, Merrillville, IN. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery. 219-738-3223

Anthony John Gengo

"Tony"

Valparaiso

Anthony John Gengo "Tony," age 85, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, May 9, 2003 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. Born January 21, 1918 in the Bronx, New York, son of the late Roger and Mary (Laguori) Gengo. He married Mary Lengal in 1941, she survives. Also survived by two sons, Roger (Kathy) Gengo and Anthony (Linda) Gengo; two granddaughters, Stacey Gengo and Tina (Jeffrey) St.Aubin; one great-grandson, Cole St.Aubin; and sister, Nancy Criscenti of Bronx, NY. Preceded in death by sister, Tina Criscenti.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, May 12, 2003 at 1:00 PM Directly at St. Paul Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Pawlowski, Presider, and Msgr. John J. Charlebois, Con-celebrant. Burial, St. Paul Cemetery, Valparaiso. Visitation Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 1:00 PM at Queen of Apostles Chapel, St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, IN.

Tony was a Army Veteran of WWII. He fought with the Golden Gloves in New York City and was Golden Glove Champion in 1936 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Tony came to Valparaiso in 1955 and opened Tony's Pizza on Garfield Street. He then moved with his son to Tony's Place, 218 East Lincolnway. Tony loved Valparaiso and always told his New York friends he came here to "watch the corn grow". He will be remembered for the wisdom he gave to hundreds of kids who worked at or patronized Tony's Place over the years. His kitchen was always open to people down on their luck. Tony loved beautiful cars and enjoyed feeding the birds in his later years. Family wishes memorials to the American Heart Assn. and Valparaiso Park Department. Arrangements by Dykes Funeral Home, Valparaiso, Indiana. 219-462-3125.

John Hanacek

Lansing, IL

John Hanacek, age 86, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2003 at his residence. Survived by one daughter, Bernadette Hanacek of Hammond; son, John, Jr. (Judith) of Crete, IL; grandchildren: John Kyle and Michelle; one sister, Helena Siskova of Slovakia; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his wife, Johanna "Jean", his mother and father, Andrew and Mary Rusnak, step father, Andrew Rusnak, brother and sister, Andrew and Angela.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 8:30 AM from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL to St. Ann Church for Mass at 9:00 AM. Burial, Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 2 to 9 p.m.

John was a U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant during WWII. Member of American Legion Post 746, who will conduct services Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Retired in 1982 as instrument designer in the Biological Science Department of the University of Chicago. Member of First Catholic Slovak Union; member of St. Ann Church, Lansing; founding member of the former Golden Eagle Bowmen Archery Club; self taught artist, musician, astronomer, inventor, collector and out-doorsman. Designed and built his own log cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and called it his "U.P.Topia." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Calumet Area or Lansing Meals on Wheels.

Terrence J. Hanlon

"Terry"

Hammond, IN / South Chicago, IL

Terrence J. Hanlon "Terry," age 48, late of Hammond, IN and formerly of South Chicago, IL, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2003. Beloved husband of Bonnie. Loving father of twins, Matthew A. and Christine M. Hanlon. Devoted son of James and Marcella Hanlon. Dear brother of James (Linda) Hanlon, Kathryn Hanlon and Nancy (Mark) Harrison. Also survived by many Nieces, Nephews and Godchildren. Terry was a lifelong Salesman for various companies. Terry was born and raised in South Chicago where he graduated from Mt. Carmel High School and attended Western Illinois University. Some of his most cherished memories were that of his early years in South Chicago.

Visitation Monday 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Funeral service Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 9:45 AM from the Elmwood Chapel, 11300 W. 97th Lane (1/2 block West of U.S. 41/Wicker Ave. at 97th Street), St. John, IN, to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Schererville, IN, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. Rev Keith Virus officiating. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society appreciated. 219-365-3474.

Milos "Major" Ivetich

Merrillville

Milos Ivetich "Major" age 92, of Merrillville, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2003. Born in Crni Lug, Bosna, Yugoslavia, he immigrated to the U.S. after valiantly serving the World War II Forces of Gen. Draza Mihailovic. Until just recently he was an active member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and served the Central Committee of the Movement of Serbian Chetniks-"Ravna Gora" and was a longtime President of its Gary Chapter. A member of Serbian National Defense, The Loyal Serbian Democratic Club, the Serbian Pioneer Club and a supporting member of SSS "Karageorge" Choir. Major was a retired supervisor of the Lake County Highway Department, and was also active in the Greenbriar Apartment Complex where he resided for the past 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ljubica, son, Marko, son-in-law, Milos Sormaz and his dear granddaughter, Helen Sormaz. Major is survived by three children, Jovan (Mara) Ivetic and Sava (Dusan) Trkulja, both of Yugoslavia and Milica Sormaz of Schererville. Daughter-in-law, Koviljka Ivetich of Schererville; 12 grandchilren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Also, many nieces, nephews, Kumovi, other relatives and numerous life-long friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 9:00 AM Directly at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church with V. Rev. Jovan Todorovich officiating. Interment, Most Holy Mother of God Monastery in Third Lake, IL.

Arrangements were completed by Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Burns Funeral Home, corner of 101st & Broadway, Merrillville/Crown Point. A Pomen Service will be offered at 7:30 PM, Tuesday. For further information, pease phone Savich & Semplinski at (219)661-1200.

Margaret Elizabeth Kantor

(nee Remak)

Hammond

Margaret Elizabeth Kantor (nee Remak), age 81, of Hammond, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at home. She is survived by one son, Carl (Susan) Kantor of Schererville; three grandchildren: Melissa Peterson of Phoenix, AZ, Katie Kantor and Lolly Kantor, both of Schererville; one great-granddaughter, Ireland McCoy of Phoenix, AZ; one sister, Helen Remak of Hammond; three nieces: Patty (Frank) Hornyak of Highland, Mary Ann (Danny) Fisher of Griffith and Linda (Larry) Carroll of St. John; and one nephew, Michael Bodnar of Griffith. She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Bodnar

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 9:00 AM prayers from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 10:00 AM Mass at Holy Trinity Hungarian Church, East Chicago, with Father Alphonse Skerl celebrating. Entombment to follow at St. John/St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN. Father Skerl will conduct a Rosary Service Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

Margaret was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Hungarian Church; and a member of American Legion Post #369 Ladies Auxiliary, who will conduct a service at 3:00 PM Tuesday; Retired from Southern Electric Company after 42 years of service. She was loved dearly and will be missed by all.

Dorothy L. Kirton

Hammond

Dorothy L. Kirton, age 63, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at The Community Hospital, Munster, IN. She is survived by one daughter, JoElla (Michael) Receveur of Poland, IN; three sons: Eric (Erika) Johnson, Anthony (Jennifer) Johnson and Roosevelt Johnson, Jr., all of Hammond, IN; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Hanna) Kirton of Cloverdale, IN and Ralph Kirton of Patricksburg, IN; four sisters: Nancy Manely of Bloomington, IN, Judy (Bob) Reisinger of Brazil, IN, Jeanetta (Mike) Summit of Greencastle, IN and Pam (Terry) Kendall of Filmore, IN; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:30 AM from the LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, Indiana, with Rev. J. Snapp officiating. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM.

Dorothy was a resident of this area for 27 years and worked for 25 years for The Times as a dispatch driver. Information 219-845-3600

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