Obituaries (M-Z)

2003-03-02T00:00:00Z Obituaries (M-Z) nwitimes.com
March 02, 2003 12:00 am

Paul J. Mackowski

Calumet City

Paul J. Mackowski, age 79, lifelong resident of Calumet City, IL, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, February 26, 2003. He is survived by two sons, Robert (Vivian) Mackowski of Clinton, TN and Richard (Chris) Mackowski of Dyer, IN. Two loving grandchildren, Nicole and Paul Mackowski of Dyer, IN. Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Josephine, his parents, Veronica and John Mackowski and one brother Edward Mackowski.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2003, 9:00 A.M. prayers from Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Rd., (154th St.), Calumet City, IL, to St. Victor Church Mass 9:30 A.M. He will be laid to eternal rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Visitation is Sunday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Mr. Mackowski was a retired employee of Ameircan Steel Foundries/Amsted after 43 years of service. A member of the American Steel 25-Year Club. He was a graduate of St. Andrew's School and attended Thorton Fractional North. He was a member of St. Victor Church for 50 years where he served as usher for many of them. Mr. Mackowski was also a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran who served aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown as an Aviation Machinist.A lifetime member of Calumet Memorial Post #330 American Legion, who's members will conduct Port Everlasting Services Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Paul was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Calumet City Paramedics would be appreciated.

Clarence E. Marlow

"Gene"

Highland

Clarence E. Marlow "Gene", age 62, of Highland, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rozanne (nee Matlock); one son, Tim (Peggy) Marlow of Schererville; one daughter, Jennifer (Brent) Heinrichs of Hobart; two grandchildren: Nicky Marlow of Schererville and Kilee Heinrichs of Hobart; four brothers: William (Vicki) Marlowe of Portage, James (Ann) Marlow of Florida, Jerry (Margie) Marlow of Michigan and Frank (Adeline) Marlow of Griffith; six sisters; Ruby (L.C.) Traylor of Gary, Louise Boyd of Portage, Mary (Ken) Barker, Brenda (Larry) Moran, Linda (Wayne) Cox and Charlotte (Jeff) Sandor, all of Hammond, two sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Fred) Getty of Cedar Lake and Karen (late Joe) Matlock of Portage; one brother-in-law, and Mike Matlock of Hammond. Preceded in death by parents, Sam and Katherine Marlow and son, Robert Marlow.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, HIghland, with Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Shererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, IN.

Mr. Marlow was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland, and was retired from LTV Steel with 37 years of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Jean F. McMahon

Dyer

Jean F. McMahon, age 60 of Dyer, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital South. She is survived by her loving husband James, of 29 years. Two loving sons: John Yocum of Kalamazoo, MI and Patrick (JoAnn) Yocum of Union, MI; one loving daughter, Jennifer Reed of Crown Point, IN; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry (Sandi) Wagner of Kentucky, Bertram (Iylene) Wagner and Roger Wagner of Indiana; one sister, Carol (Daniel) Shellenberg of Indiana; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Mary Ann Evolga of Hammond. Preceded in death by her loving son Mark Yocum and daughter Lisa.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday evening, March 4, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, Indiana with Pastor Scott Wagner officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital in her loving memory. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and many friends.

Charles E. McNeely

"Charlie"

Crown Point / Kentucky

Charles E. McNeely "Charlie" age 54, of Crown Point, IN and formerly of Kentucky, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 26, 2003. He was an area resident since 1986, and a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kaye McNeely, Daughter, Christie (Jamison) Dixon of Crown Point. Son, Eric McNeely (fiancee Janet Gettler) of Indianapolis. Two grandchildren, Spencer Charles Dixon and Danielle Dixon.Special friend, Frank Ortega of Crown Point, Also, many cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2003 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, corner of 101st and Broadway, Merrillville/Crown Point. Arrangements were completed by Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors. Cremation will follow the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the family. For further information, please phone Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors at (219)661-1200.

Gerald D. Miller

Sauk Village

Gerald D. Miller, age 67, of Sauk Village, IL, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2003. Survived by wife of 34 years, Kathleen; three sons, David (Sandra) Miller of Crown Point, IN, Donald (Laura) Miller of Elmhurst, IL and Richard (Violetta) Miller of Highland, IN; four grandchildren: Eduardo, Matthew, Luke and Kathleen "Katie"; one sister, Marilyn (late Raymond) Gregory of Lynwood, IL; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers, Cecil (late Lena) Miller and Irvin (late Naomi) Miller and parents, Roland and Fern Miller.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dyer United Methodist Church, 2016 Church St., Dyer, Indiana, with Rev. Mark Wilkins officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends may call at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 1920 Hart Street, Dyer, Indiana on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Gerald was an active member of the Dyer United Methodost Church having served as trustee, head usher and numerous other committees. He retired from Fred Beyer Company and was a member of the International Labor Union Local #5. He coached SVSA Little League for many years. HE was a member of the Griffith Masonic Lodge #735 and a Veteran of the United States Army.

Jack J.Murray

St. John

Jack J. Murray, age 78, of St.John, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003, at his home. Survived by his children: Connie Murray of St.John, Tom (Karen) Murray of Crete, IL and Patrick Murray of Florida; grandchildren. Tom, Jr. (Lisa) Murray, Tim (Azucena) Murray, and Marisa, Jack, David and Megan. Preceded in death by his wife, Marion, and son, Jackie.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March, 3, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Don Rector and Rev. Richard VanDyke officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville.Friends may meet with the family on Sunday, March 2, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Avenue (one mile south of Rt. 30), Schererville, IN.

Mr. Murray owned and operated PLA-MOR Golf of Lansing, IL for 30 years, he built and operated River Oaks Golf Course and was owner of U.S. Golf Course Construction. He was also a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the 11th Airbourne Division, and he attended the First Baptist Church in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Calumet or Christian Home Health Care of Schererville. For information, please call 219-365-9554.

Chester W. Napiwocki

Highland

Chester W. Napiwocki, age 76, of Highland, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2003, with his loving family at his side. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Josephine who passed away in October of 2002. He is survived by one daughter, Judy (Frank) Felker of Highland, IN; two sons: Tony (Lisa) Napiwocki of Valparaiso, IN and Chester (Betti) Napiwocki of Bolingbrook, IL; 10 grandchildren: Sarah, Ryan and Stephanie Felker, Matthew and Brandon Napiwocki. Ashley and Joshua, Mikayla, Spencer and Melaina Napiwocki; one brother, Dr. William J. Napiwocki of Hammond, IN; many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Also preceded in death by parents, William and Stephanie, sisters, Helen and Jean and brother, Thaddeus.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church in Highland, IN, with Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

Chester was a longtime resident of Highland and a lifelong resident of the area. He was a 1945 graduate of East Chicago Washington High School and attended Purdue University. He was a WWII Veteran where he served in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of Seaman 1st Class. He retired from Inland Steel in 1986 after 41 years of service as Safety Engineer in the #3 Cold Strip. He was a member of Inland Steel 25-Year Club and Inland Steel Management Association. He also served on the Inland Steel Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for several years. He was very active in politics all of his life and served on many boards, commissions and committees and held several elected positions from Precinct Committeeman to Highland Town Board President. He had recently been presented with an award for 30 years of service to the Town of Highland. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church in Highland. Chester loved fishing and coaching softball. He was a loving and devoted husband, father,

grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials given to VNA Hospice of Porter County would be appreciated. Prayer service Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Anna Louise Patterson

Florida

Anna Louise Patterson of Deltona, Florida, passed away in Orange County, Florida on Saturday, March 1, 2003. Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Burns Funeral Home Merrrillville/Crown Point Chapel.

Dorla "Dolly" D. Pietrzak (nee Evanoff)

Munster

Dorla "Dolly" D. Pietrzak (nee Evanoff), of Munster, IN, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003. Survived by her loving husband, Jerry, Sr. of 44 years; two daughters, Carol and Sherri; one son, Jerry Jr. (Gina); two grandchildren, Jeremy and Reyna; mother, Carol Hardesty; sister, Ella (Don) Tiltges; brother, Ralph (Carole) Hardesty; aunt, Millie Hartz; special friend, Dennis "Butch" Kellams; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by stepfather Ralph J. Hardesty, father, John Evanoff Sr., father-in-law, Steven (Julia) Pietrzak, brother, John Evanoff Jr, nieces, Shelly and Penny; one nephew Don, and faithful companions Gizmo and Pierre.

Visitation Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster. Funeral servi ces Monday, March 3, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Matthew Kish officiating. Burial, Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. Dolly was formerly employed by Illinois Bell and Goldblatt's Department Store. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend and will be dearly missed by all.

Frederick J. Post

South Holland

Frederick J. Post, age 73 of South Holland, IL, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003 at The Community Hospital, Munster, IN. Mr. Post is survived by one daughter: Lori (Randy) Groen of Cedar Lake, IN; two sons: Daniel (Diane) Post of Griffith, IN and Tim (Nanette) Post of Highland, IN; nine grandchildren; two sisters: Annette (Richard) Davis and Laverne (Harold) Haan. Mr. Post was preceded in death by his wife, Helen on September 2, 2002. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at the Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St., South Holland, IL. Funeral Service Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the Cottage Grove Christian Reformed Church, 16556 Cottage Grove Ave., South Holland, IL with services conducted by Dr. Joel Nederhood. Interment, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lansing, IL. Mr. Post was the co-owner of Suburban Landscaping Co. in South Holland for over 40 years. He was a long time member of the Cottage Grove Christian

Reformed Church serving as both a deacon and elder at various times and was a former board member of The Bible League. Mr. Post also served in the Air National Guard of the United States and the Air National Guard of the State of Illinois. Memorials may be given to The Bible League, 3801 Eagle Nest Dr., Crete, IL 60417. More info 708-333-7000 or www.legacy.com

Therese M. Raymond

Hammond

Therese M. Raymond, age 68, of Hammond, IN, passed away Friday, February 28 2003 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, North Campus, Hammond, IN. She is survived by her husband, Glendon; three children: Jeanette (David) Zilai of Lowell, IN, Timothy (Joan) Raymond of Whiting, IN and Robert Raymond of Hammond, IN; three grandchildren: Rachel and Samantha Zilai and Joseph Raymond; one brother, Daniel Girt of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. from LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN, with Rev. Joseph Niezgoda officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Assn. Mrs. Raymond was a resident of this area for over 40 years, a member of St. Casimir Church, Hammond, IN and Our Lady of Fatima at the church. Information 219-845-3600

Janet M. Rutkowski

Valparaiso

Janet M. Rutkowski, age 87, of Valparaiso, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2003 at Porter Memorial Hospital. Born at Escanaba, Michigan, January 12, 1916, daughter of the late Joseph and Famie (nee Perro) DeMars. Member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Kouts, IN, and U.S. Steel Workers Retiree Club Local #1014.

Survived by her husband, John J. Rutkowski. three sons, Jerry (Teresa) Russell of Valparaiso, John (Terry) Rutkowski of Portage and Donald (Patricia) Rutkowski of Valparaiso; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and brother, Frank DeMars of Escanaba, MI. Preceded in death by a brother and six sisters.

Funeral Services Monday, March 3, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. from Dykes Funeral Home to Queen of Apostle Chapel at St. Paul Church, 1855 W. Harrison Blvd, Valparaiso, IN, for 11:00 a.m. Mass with Rev. Joseph Pawlowski officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Visitation Sunday, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Wake Service at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Thomas T. Tibbs officiating at Dykes Funeral Home 2305 North Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN. Family wishes memorials to the Alzheimers Association. Info: 219-462-3125.

Julia Galison

Hammond

Julia Galison, age 82, of Hammond, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2003. She is survived by five sisters, Anne Botsko of Hammond, Irene Twerdok of PA, Sue (Burish) Hearne of St. John, Margaret A. (Casimir) Aranowski of Hammond and Helen M. Borowski of MN; sisters-in-law, Julia Galison and Helen Galison, both of Hammond; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles Sr. and Julia Galison, brothers, Charles Jr. and John Galison and sister, Mary Galison.

Divine Liturgy Monday, March 3, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 8103 Columbia Ave., Munster, with Msgr. Frank Korba officiating. Julia will lie in state at the Church from 9:30 a.m. till time of service. At rest, St. Nicholas Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond. Panachida Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and Rosary 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Julia was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church and Ladies Guild, Greek Catholic Union, bowled with District 9 League, an avid golfer at Wicker Park Ladies League and Sherwood Club and a member of the Golden Times. Retired from Lever Brothers with forty-one years of service and member of Lever Brothers 25 Club.

Robert R. Smith

Hammond

Robert R. Smith, age 82, of Hammond, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003. Survived by loving daughter, Kim Beshears of Hammond; son-in-law, Dennis Lamberg of Schneider, IN; grandchidlren: David (Erin) Lamberg of Highland, IN, Sean Lamberg of Hammond, IN, Joshua (Melissa) Haage of Cedar Lake, IN, Jason Haage of Crown Point,IN, Jillian Henninger of Hammond, IN; four great-grandchildren James, Anthony and Joshua, Jr. Haage and Lillian Lamberg; one brother, Albert Smith of San Antonio, TX; one sister, Theresa Busbee of San Marcos, TX; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter, Cynthia Lamberg.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 3, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Roy Beeching officiating. Burial, German Methodist Cemetery, Cedar Lake, IN.

Robert was a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran and was retired as a Civil Engineer from Walsh Construction.

Jeanette Francis Sterbavy

Florida / Whiting

Jeanette Francis Sterbavy, age 96, of Altamonte Springs, FL, formerly of Whiting, IN, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2003 in Florida. She is survived by four children: Jeanette, Barbara, Jimmy and Bernard; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be offered on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana.

Jeanette Sterbavy was born on December 19, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois. She was a long time Whiting resident and resided in Altamonte Springs for the past five years. A member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; and was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assn. BR. #81.

Derl J. Stines

Valparaiso

Derl J. Stines, age 71, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, February 28, 2003 at the Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso. On July 15, 1931 he was born in Benton Harbor, MI, the son of Chester and Mabel (nee Jess) Stines. He was employed at the Westfield Correction Center, retiring in 1992. On August 28, 1993 he married Jeanette Reisetter Lazinski in Valparaiso. During the Korean War he served with the U.S. Air Force and was also a Army Paratrooper. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a Charter member of the American Legion Post #502 in South Haven, where he served as their first chaplain. Derl cherished his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife: Jeanette of Valparaiso; four sons: Mike (Sandy) Eberhart of Mishawaka, IN, Kevin Eberhart of Wakarusa, IN, Chris (Judy) Stines of Kouts and Jeff Stines of Indianapolis; one daughter: Kim (Dan) Rosenbaum; grandchildren: Heather Eberhart, Kelly and Julie Eberhart, Nathan and Sarah Stines, Crystal, Greg and Michelle Stines, Jayson and Joshua Ling and two great-grandchildren; three step-children: Wendy (Tony) Shires of Cheyenne, WY, Kelly (Richard) Loveless of Valparaiso and Brian (Kim) Lazinski of Hanover, IN; step-grandchildren: Cody and Austin Dunn, Dylan Shires, Alexander Loveless, Timmy and Chrissy Borman and Hannah Lazinski. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Peggy Zook, his second wife, Patricia Mendoza and grandson, Eric Stines.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2003 at the Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, IN, with the Rev. Dr. Freda S. Scales officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, with military rites to be performed by American Legion Post #502. Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2003 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m .at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Norma A. Strohmeyer

(nee Stewart)

Lansing

Norma A. Strohmeyer (nee Stewart), age 80, of Lansing, Illinois, passed away Thursday February 27, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Floyd K. Strohmeyer; two daughters, Sharon (William) LaFlech and Patricia (Clyde) Carnett; three sons: David (JoAnn), Larry (Sandra) and Robert Strohmeyer; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters; Virginia Young of Ypsilanti, MI, Patricia (Allan) Morris of Highland Ranch, CO and Joan Wood of Canyon City, CO; one brother, Gordon (Ann) Stewart of Wichita, KA. Preceded in death by brother, Kenneth Stewart who passed away, March 19, 1999.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. from the Lansing Presbyterian Church, 2625 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL, with Rev. Stewart Pattison, Rev. Linda Skaggs and Rev. Ensign Leininger officiating. Interment, private. Friends may call at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Strohmeyer was a member of the Lansing Presbyterian Church and a member of the former Community Presbyterian Church of Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Mrs. Strohmeyer, contributions to the Lansing Presbyterian Church or Ingalls Hospice would be appreciated.

Jerry B. "J.R." Syler Jr.

Alabama / Calumet City /Hammond

Jerry B. Syler, Jr. age 34, formerly of Calumet City, IL and Hammond, IN died on Thursday, February 27, 2003 at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, GA after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 AM (EST) at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City, AL with Father Tom Weise officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM (EST)

Mr. Syler was born June 27, 1968 in Chicago, IL, son of Patty Lascik Danaher, formerly of Hegewisch, Calumet City and Hammond, IN and father, Jerry Syler Sr., formerly of East Side, Illinois and stepfather, James (Sam) Danaher and stepmother, Vickie Syler. Also survived by wife, Daphne Taylor Syler and 5-1/2 children: Jerilyn 13, Brian 12, Cody 8, David 6, Austin 3 and Gracie Elizabeth due in April and a step-son Alan Wujek. Six brothers and sisters: Lisa (Alan) Kinney, Tony (Kim) Syler, Jimmy (Michele) Danaher, Frances Rose, Sam (Mary) Danaher and Dawn Danaher and a stepbrother, Timothy Martin. Maternal great-grandmother Lola Swaim, maternal grandfather, Walter Lasick and wife Joyce. Special Great Aunt, Bernice Potis and Uncle Paul Lascik and Grama Nanny Alberta Qualls Laco; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Glenda Lascik, maternal great-grandfather, Gentry Swaim, paternal grandmother Jolyne Syler, brother-in-law, Richard Rose, God-parents Helen and

Paulie Laco and the mother of his first four children, Kimberly Wujek.

Jerry worked as a truck driver for Argo Paving and Grading and was of the Catholic Faith. He was a devoted husband, father and son and was an avid football fan who enjoyed coaching his son's football team. Jerry was a big strong, kind and gentle person who was always there for anyone in need. He loved to laugh and joke around and will be missed very much by his family and friends. Vance Memorial Chapel, Phenix City, AL. 334-298-0668.

Elizabeth Thone

DeMotte / Highland

Elizabeth Thone, age 85, of DeMotte, Indiana, formerly a resident of Highland, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2003. She is survived by two sons, Thomas (Patricia) Thone of Arkansas and Robert (Andrea) Thone of Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Beaudoin of Crown Point and Norma Jean Thone of Dyer.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN. (Rt 30 east of Cline Ave.), with Pastor David Buche officiating. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Elizabeth was a Charter member of the Christian Church of DeMotte and Order of Eastern Star. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Christian Church of DeMotte.

Anthony J. (Tony)

Tonkovich

East Chicago

Anthony J. (Tony) Tonkovich, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2003. Survived by two sons: Robert S. (Beverly) Tonkovich of Munster and James W. (Mary Ann) Tonkovich of Schererville; three grandchildren, Robert (Lisa) Tonkovich of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Gayle Tonkovich of Whiting and Kathleen Tonkovich of Schererville; two great-granddaughters, Ellen and Emily Tonkovich of Oak Lawn, Illinois; one brother, Matt Tonkovich of East Chicago (preceded in death by his wife, Mary), three sisters, Rose Majewski of Highland (preceded in death by her husband, Anthony), Ann Fary of Merrillville (preceded in death by her husband, Ray), and Kay Smoljan (preceded in death by her husband, Charles); two sisters in law, Gilberte Tonkovich of Lynwood, Illinois and Evelyn Tonkovich of Hammond; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Claire E. Tonkovich (Majewski). Also preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Helen and by his brothers, Michael and John.

Funeral service will be Monday, March 3, 2003 Directly at St. Michael's Church at 10:30 A.M. Mass in Schererville. Visitation Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. 3 PM Prayer Service at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster. Burial, Chapel Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Tonkovich was born March 24, 1919. He was a lifelong resident of East Chicago, graduate of East Chicago Washington High School, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, retired employee, after many years of service of Inland Steel Company and the City of East Chicago. Member of Inland Steel 25 year Club; the Knights of Columbus; American Legion Post #369- who will post colors at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening; Goodfellows Club of East Chicago; Croatian Fraternal Union, Croatian Home, Inc. and St. Stanislaus Church in East Chicago. Donations may be made to St. Stanislaus Church in his loving memory.

Lorrayne T. Vest

"Lorrie" (nee Ryba)

Crown Point / Munster

Lorrayne T. Vest, age 56, of Crown Point and formerly of Munster and Chicago passed away at home on Friday, February 28, 2003. Lorrie attended St. Barbara's High School in Chicago, IL. She was employed by the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Theresa Ryba and her brother, Joseph Ryba, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Don; two sons: Brian and Todd of Crown Point; brother, Robert (Marcia) Ryba of Illinois; and two nieces, Judy Ryba (Michael) and Sandra (Angelo) Roncone.

Funeral Services Monday, March 3, 2003, 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Merrillville, IN, with Rev. Joseph E. Vamos officiating. Lorrie will lie in state at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (time of services). Interment, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home (corner of 101st & Broadway) Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. Prayer service Sunday at 2:30 P.M. Donations may be in Lorrie's memory to St. Anthony's Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. Lorrie will be dearly missed by her loving family and many friends.

William F. "Bill" Waggle

Lake Station

William F. "Bill" Waggle, 81, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 26, 2003. He was a Lake Station resident for the past 53 years. Bill was a retired truck driver for Scot Lad Foods with 25 years of service. He was a member of the Lake Station FOE #2766 and a former member of the Lake Station Lions Club. He coached Lake Station Babe Ruth baseball and was involved in Little League.

He was preceded in death by Barbara, his loving wife of 49 years. Bill will be missed by his devoted children, Sandra Skofield of Missouri, Jerry Waggle of Kansas City, Missouri, Bill (Debra) Waggle of Valparaiso, Cheryl Neff of Pueblo West, Colorado, Pam (Tom) Paterson of Hobart and Alice Bair of Las Vegas, Nevada; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Etta Oestreich of Valparaiso and Violet (Walter) Handley of Portage. Bill will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Not only was he that uncle that you could go to and someone you wanted to be with, he was your friend and your special buddy. At Heaven's Gate he will be greeted by his wife, Barbara and united again with his son, James Waggle, daughter, Wanda Waggle, parents, William and Ali Waggle, sister, Leona Wolfe, brother, Clifford Waggle, brothers-in-law, Bud Wolfe and Charles Oestreich; daughter-in-law, Corinne Waggle and mother-in-law, Eda Quimby.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Burns Funeral Home, Hobart (corner of Rt. 51 and 7th St.), with Pastor Martin Law officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home, Hobart on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James J. Ward

Whiting

James J. Ward, age 66, of Whiting, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2003 at his residence. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Carol; son, Jim of Whiting; two step-sons, Mark Bugajski of Whiting and Michael (Jill) Bugajski of Hegewisch, IL; step-daughter, Kim (Mark) Melton of Michigan; three grandchildren: sister, Mary (Jerry) Abegg of Boston; brother, Gerry Ward of Whiting, IN; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S. officiating. Interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Parish Wake Service at the funeral home Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

James Ward was born August 4, 1936 in Whiting, IN, to Bernard and Margaret (Kanyur) Ward and was a lifelong resident. A graduate of Whiting High School, class of 1954 and a retiree of the Blaw-Knox Co., East Chicago with a service of 30 years. 219-659-4400

Eva Marie Wise

Chesterton

Eva Marie Wise, age 90, of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away Friday, February 28, 2003 at her residence. She was born in Monterey, Indiana on September 4, 1912, daughter of the late Edward and the late Anna Young Reinholt. Married Aug.1, 1979 in Liberty Township, IN to Arnold Wise who preceded 4/27/1990. Also preceded in death by husbands, Chester Roland Jones in 1972 and Ray Eschenbach. Survived by daughter: Melinda Jones of Chesterton, IN; grandchildren: Crystal White, Darlene Crider and Carlene Carter; 10 great-grandchildren: Jon, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Timothy, Ryne, David, Robert, James, Miriam and Hannah; nephews. Donald, Ronald, Stanley and Jack Reinholt. Also by two cats. Toby and Punkin. Also preceded in death by granddaughter Cynthia Rouch in 1986 amd a brother, Donald Reinholt.

Funeral services Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home with Pastor John Sloan officiating. Interment, Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey, IN. Visitation Monday, March 3rd from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.

Eva was Post Master-Fulton County. Also was the Owner/Operator of Jones Grocery in Delong, IN, for 47 years. Member of the First Christian Church of Chesterton. Graduate of Aubbeenaubbee High School, class of 1929. Former member of the Bonner Senior Center. Family suggests memorials to Porter County Visiting Nurse Assoc.

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