Obituaries A to N

2003-04-28T00:00:00Z Obituaries A to N
April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Frances Barbeauld


Frances Barbeauld, age 95, of Lansing, passed away on Saturday April 26, 2003. Survived by children, Dolores Webster of Lansing, IL and James (Jackie) Barbeauld of Henderson, NV, one brother, Ben Amelfe; also survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Frank, daughter, Patricia Sminchak and granddaughter, Laura Wiist. Also preceded in death by Cynthia M. Tar.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL to Our Lady of Knock Church, for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Burial, Oakland Memory Lanes, Dolton, IL. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Mrs. Barbeauld was a member of Our Lady of Knox Church. Retired from the Chicago Board of Education after having served 20 years as a cafeteria worker. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ingalls Hospice in Mrs. Barbeauld's memory.

Gertrude Gladys Buckley

East Chicago

Gertrude Gladys Buckley, 88 of East Chicago, a life long resident of the area born May 29, 1914, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 27, 2003. Loving mother of: Karen Buckley of East Chicago, Kenneth W. (Geraldine) Buckley and Jacqueline (Leonard) Jarecki both of Highland, devoted grandmother of: Jef (Juanita) Jarecki of Dyer, James Jarecki of Highland, Kenneth (Beth) Buckley of Gary, Kimberly (Curtis) Cobb of Griffith, Kristi Buckley of Highland, Kim (John) Power of Highland and Gina (Mike) Sanders of Highland, twelve precious great grandchildren: Tony, Michael, Scott, Jason, Brittany, Courtany, Curtis James, Kelsey, Erin, Ashley, Megan and Joey. Most dear brother John (Frances) Deasy of Hammond, sister: Eileen Ferguson of Chicago Ridge, IL, sister in law and dearest friend: Frances (Ernie) Gauthier of Munster, sister in law Dolores (Joe) Monti of Gary, brothers in law: Ron Habel of California and Bernard Naftel of California, many wonderful nieces and nephews. Preceded in death

by her loving husband of 62 years Kenneth L. Buckley, parents, Peter and Gladys Deasy, step-mother, Mary Deasy, brother, William Deasy, sisters, Marie (John) Albert, Catherine Habel, and Margaret Naftel, sisters in law, Theresa (John) Conroy, Pearl (Harold) Phillips, Margaret (Dewey) Templeton, and Eileen Eccles and daughter in law: Kaye Buckley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. directly at Holy Angel Cathedral, 640 Tyler St., Gary, IN with Rev. Robert Gehring officiating. Burial at St. Edwards Cemetery in Lowell. Friends may call at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Wednesday, Rev. Stephen Gibson will hold prayer services 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Buckley was a parishoner of St. Mary's Church in East Chicago, former member of the Alter and Rosary Society and a past President of the Boy Scout Mothers. She will forever be remembered for her loving devotion to her husband and family, also her joy of homemaking, gardening, and fishing. In the early 1920s following the death of her mother, Mrs. Buckley was a resident for a short time in the East Chicago Carmelite Home for Girls. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: East Chicago Carmelit Home for Girls or Holy Angels Cathedral (Rev. Robert Gehring, Pastor) Gary or St. Mary's Church, East Chicago (Rev. Stephen Gibson, Pastor) or Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Wilma I. Burge


Wilma I. Burge, age 98, of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2003 at her home. She was born March 20, 1905 in Lake County, IN, the daughter of Albert and Gertrude (Laughlin) Wilson. She served in the Supply Service Department at Marshall Field in Chicago 17 1/2 years.

On March 28, 1925 she married Milo C. Burge who preceded her in death in 1993. Survivors include their son, Robert M. (Dorothy) Burge of Park Falls, WI, one sister, Margery Black of DeMotte, two brothers, Maurice Wilson and Ross Wilson both of Hebron, three grandsons, Robert M. Burge, Jr. David M. Burge and Timothy M. Burge and two great-granddaughters Lindsey and Alissa. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Charlotte Evans, Martha Dance, Beulah Wilson and Dorothy Hewitt and two brothers, Herbert Wilson and Vernon Wilson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday 2:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd. Valparaiso with visitation Tuesday from Noon until 2:00 p.m. with private burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to your favorite charity.

Michael J. Czapla

East Chicago

Michael J. Czapla, age 85 of East Chicago passed away Saturday, April 26, 2003. Survived by 2 daughters Michaelene Czapla of Highland, IN and Patricia (Thomas) Avgers of New Lenox, IL, two sons, Terrence (Mary) Czapla of St. John, IN and Anthony (Deborah) Czapla of Valparaiso, IN, seven grandchildren, Brian, Jason, Alison, Avgeris of New Lenox, IL, Christopher and Nicholas Czapla of St. John, IN, Anthony II and Patrick Czapla of Valparaiso, IN, one sister, Lillian Luczak of East Chicago. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years Angeline, four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lesniak Funeral Home, 4918 Magoun Ave., East Chicago, IN and a 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Stanislaus Church with Rev. Joseph Niezgoda officiating. Burial St. John St. Joseph Cemetery of Hammond, IN. Friends may call at the Lesniak Funeral Home for Visitation on Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Service schedule: Vigil Service 3 p.m., Holy Name Society 7 p.m., Boy Scouts Troop 7 at 7:15 p.m., American Legion Post 369 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Czapla was a lifelong resident of East Chicago, he was a member and lector of St. Stanislaus Parish, a member and past President of Holy Name Society, a veteran of WWII U.S. Army. Member, delegate, and chaplin of American Legion Allied Post 369. He is a member and Grand Aumonier of 40 and 8, Grand Voiture of Indiana. Past Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 7. Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He played third baseman for the 1939 Indiana State Fast Pitch Softball Champions and 1951 Forth Place World Championship Team. He was retired from Dupont Chemical Company with over 35 years of service. In lieu of flowers contributions to Hospice of the Calumet Area, 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN 46321 would be appreciated.

Dorothy M. Dessuit "Dottie"


Dorothy M. "Dottie" Dessuit, 49, of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2003 at Southlake Methodist Hospital. A Valparaiso resident for over 28 years, she was born February 28, 1954 in Bay City, MI to Robert P. and Dorothy (Garish) Moreau. She was a member of Grace New Testament Church and was a teacher's aid at Washington Township Elementary School for eight years, retiring in 2002. Prior to becoming an aid, she spent several years as a volunteer at the school.

On August 16, 1974 in Valparaiso she married Frank Dessuit, who survives along with four children, Cyril A., Christina M., Franklin, Jr., and Matthew P. all of Valparaiso; her birth mother, Dorothy Grandsen of Michigan; her adoptive mother, Jan Wortz of Williams, AZ; one sister, Linda Moreau of Michigan; four brothers, Larry (Paula) Moreau and Terry (Vicki) Moreau both of Valparaiso, Allen (Gayla) Moreau of Union Mills and Robert M. Moreau of Burns Harbor. She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10:00 A.M. at Grace New Testament Church, Pastor Dan Bontrager officiating with burial at Angelcrest Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso.

Othello Durward Fain Jr.


Othello Durward Fain, Jr. of Portage, IN passed away on Friday, April 25, 2003 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Facility, Portage, IN. Othello was born November 11, 1925 in Moore, TX to late Othello Fain, Sr. and late Jesse Harrison. Othello married Betty Wildermuth on September 28, 1944 in Cherry Point, NC. She is currently living in Portage, IN.

Survivors: sons, Jim (Karen) Fain and Jack (Stevie) Fain both of Portage, IN, daughters, Judith (Jim) Morris of Portage, IN and Janet (Tom) Ling of Burns Harbor, IN, sisters, Peggy Stock of Eagle Pass, TX and late Eunice Littleton, grandchildren, Tracy (Jeff) Shields, Tammy Gil de Montes, Tiffany (Dale) Heath, Lance (Shiela) Olson, Cindy (Tony) Tudyk, Kristi Fain, Todd Fain, Cheryl (Skip) Hilzley, Lisa (Mike) Dempsey and Jeff Fain, great-grandchildren, Jessica, T.J., Ellyse, Angelita, Noelle, Dylan, Samantha, Allyssa, Jordan, Evan, Lauren, Jake, and Luke.

Othello was an area resident for 52 years and worked for U.S. Steel as a Steelworker. He is a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and served in WW II.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 5:00 p.m. at Edmond & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN. Cremation to take place at Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN. There will be no visitation. Family suggests memorials to Harbor Light VNA Hospice. Family also suggest that any floral memorials be made in the form of a potted or live plant.

Stephen Goralczyk Sr.

East Chicago

Stephen Goralczyk, Sr., 78 of East Chicago passed away Sunday, April 27, 2003 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond. He is survived by his wife of 52 years: Tania, four children: Eleanor (Ron) Ehresman, Stephen (Carol) Goralczyk Jr., John (Laurelyn) Goralczyk, and Tom (Pamela) Goralczyk, seven grandchildren: Erika, Jacklyn, Andrew, Brandon, Brittany, Zachary, and Bradley, cousin: Jeanette Baranowski of Hammond, IN.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN and 10:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church in East Chicago with Msgr. Joseph Semancik officiating. Burial St. John Cemetery in Hammond. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday. Prayer service 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Goralczyk retired from Inland Steel Company in 1986 after 36 years if service. He was former Treasurer of Club Syrena, a member of the Polish American Vets and Polish National Alliance, member of Sacred Heart Church and a resident of East Chicago since 1950.

Edward D. Harbin


Edward D. Harbin, age 73, of Whiting, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at his residence. He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Doris (nee Bayly); three sons: Mark (Andrea) of Whiting, Scot (Sherry) of Zionsville, IN and Donald, (WFD) (Michelle) of Whiting; three grandsons: Alexander, Zachary and Ethan; brother, Charles (Sally) Harbin of Schererville; sister-in-law, Rachel (late Ray) Carlotta of Whiting; special nieces and nephews, Garrett, Edward, Linda and Brittany Maddox and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29th, 9:30 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235 119th Street, Whiting to St. Paul Episcopal Church, Munster for 10:30 services with Rev. Bennett G. Jones, II officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home, Monday, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Edward Harbin was born on April 17, 1930 in Whiting, IN, to George and Thelma (Molle) Harbin and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Whiting High School, class of 1948. Member of St. Paul Episcopal Church, Munster, the Whiting F.&A.M. #613 (services Monday, 8:00 pm); the Roosevelt Club, former member of Whiting Loyal Order of Moose #1189; a former City of Whiting Councilman (2nd District), Past President of the Whiting Sanitary Board; a retiree of the Amoco Oil Whiting Refinery with over 25 years of service; and a former member of Amoco Athletic Club. 219-659-4400.

Slava Jevtic

Jagodina (Vrba), Serbia

Slava Jevtic, age 79 of Jagodina (Vrba), Serbia, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2003 at home. Slava wa a retired craftsman who made frequent trips to the United Stated where he spent time with his children and their families. He made many friends durin his travels here.

He is preceded in death by his wife Radunka. Survivors include three children- Stan (Janet) Jevtic of Hobart, Cana Milosevic of Chicago, Jela (Uros) Andelkovic of Niles, IL; 7 grandchildren- Mickey, Roz, Marko Jevtic, Dragan, Vladan Milosevic, Natasha (George) Rainovic, Dragan Andelkovic; great grandaughter- Katarina Rainovic.

Services will be held on Tuesday, April 29th in Jagodina, Serbia. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 107 W. 78th Pl., Merrillville, IN. For info phone Burns Funeral Home, 219-942-1117.

Katharine J. Kotulak


Katharine J. Kotulak, age 76 of Merrillville, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2003. Survivors: husband Thomas of 57 years, 3 children, Dr. Thomas Kotulak of New Albany, IN, David Kotulak of Valparaiso, and Belinda Kotulak of Grand Rapids, MI, 2 sisters, Mildred (Edwin) Pratt of Valparaiso, and Marge (late Jack) Landes of Lake Station, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters Mary D'Mura and Olga Curley.

Friends may call at the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2003, 9:30 a.m. at the Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 10:00 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Dennis Teles officiating. Burial SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Mrs. Kotulak was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church and Rosary Sodality. Prayer service 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Gus Louis Nassios

Sauk Village, IL

Gus Louis Nassios, age 76 of Sauk Village, IL, died Friday, April 25, 2003 in Munster, IN. Husband of Mildred (nee Stamper) Nassios. Father of John (Kathy) Nassios, Connie Nassios-Berry (Ken) and Sandra Nassios. Grandfather of Erin Almquist, Abigail Berry and Joshua Wellington. Brother of Peter (Mary) Nassios and the late Edith Nassios and Bessie Touzios. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Demetra Nassios.

Gus owned and operated Morgan's Supermart Grocery Store in Hyde Park, Illinois for 17 years.

Interment Private. Memorials to Hospice of the Calumet Area, Inc., 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN 46321. Arrangements completed by Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, IL. 708-754-0016.

LaVera M. Neal


LaVera M. Neal, age 75, of Highland, IN, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2003 at the William J. Riley Center. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Edwin; one daughter, Cynthia (Tom) Lang of Palatine, IL; one son, Randall (friend-Carol) Neal of Highland; three grandchildren: Steve Joseph of Chandler, AZ, Shane (Jill) Neal of Dyer, IN and Bradley (fiancee, Jennifer) Neal of Highland, IN. Preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Hersal Page and three brothers, Kenneth Page, Patrick Page and Windford Page.

Funeral services Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. from the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, with Pastor Don Rector of the Suburban Bible Church of Highland officiating. Burial will be at the Memory Lane Memorial Park, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Bocken Funeral Home Monday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Neal was a native of Linton, IN, and a resident of Highland for 53 years. She was a member of the Suburban Bible Church of Highland. A Memorial Fund, in memory of LaVera Neal is being established in favor of Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Roger A. Nemec II


September 22 1964 - April 24, 2003

Roger A. Nemec, 38 of Hammond passed away suddenly at home. Roger leaves behind to cherish his memories: his devoted mother and step-father Ruben W. and Louise Schluntz of Hammond, IN. His loving father and step-mother Roger and Leah Nemec of Valparaiso, IN, two brothers, Carroll (Jenny) Gadberry, Jr. of Forrest City, Arkansas, Allan (Andrea) Gadberry of Griffith, IN, four sisters, Kristie (Tony) Kiser of Logan, OH, Anita (Kevin) Sills of Valparaiso, IN, Pamela Gadberry of Wheatfield, IN, Patricia Nemec of Hammond, IN, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by two daughters: Rachelle and Christine Nemec, grandparents, Robert Cothran, Ira and Edith Nemec, and his nephew Nicholas Cencion.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Matiscik officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until the time of service at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road, Highland IN.

Roger was a graduate of Gavit High School, Hammond, he was employed 12 years with Midwest Fasteners, 8 years with Continental Midland. Roger enjoyed racing and was a member of the American Eagles. Roger will be greatly missed by all who knew him. MAY GOD REST HIM WELL.

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