Obituaries (N - Z)

2003-05-02T00:00:00Z Obituaries (N - Z)
May 02, 2003 12:00 am

Harry C. Newman


Harry C. Newman of Beecher, IL, died April 30, 2003 at Ingalls Hospice in Harvey. He was born Nov. 25, 1928 in Decatur. He was employed at Ford Motor Company many years. He was an enthusiastic owner of Throughbred horses and was well known at Uncle John's Flea Market. Survivors are his wife Kathleen, five sons, Mark of Arkansas, Joseph of Florida, John of Lansing, Daniel of Galesburg and Steven of Beecher. Also three daughters, Yolanda Zanaglia of Champaign, Robin Blecha of Coal City and Nancy Newman of Park Forest; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Harold and Ivan.

Visitation at Hack Funeral Home, 753 Hodges St., Beecher, IL, on Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial and Veterans services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Info: 708-946-2161

Karen E. Nondorf

(nee Ludwig)

So. Chicago Heights

Karen E. Nondorf (nee Ludwig), age 50, of So. Chicago Heights, IL, passed away April 30, 2003. Beloved wife of Glen; Dear mother of Chad Nondorf of Chicago Heights and Brian Nondorf of So. Chicago Heights. Loving daughter of Irene Ludwig of Flossmoor and the late Fred J. Ludwig. Daughter-in-law of Delores Nondorf of So. Chicago Heights. Dear sister of Phyllis (Chuck) Reeder of Crown Point, IN and Thomas Ludwig of Westville, IN; close cousin of Anna Gollner of Griffith, IN; aunt of five nieces and four nephews.

Visitation Friday, May 2nd, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Steger Mem orial Chapel, 3045 Chicago Rd., Steger, IL. Funeral Services will be held held Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Liborius Church in Steger, IL. Interment, Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Mrs. Nondorf was a secretary at Crete-Monee High School for 19 years, a member of Homewood Cancer Society Support Group and of South Chicago Heights/Chicago Heights Bunketts. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society-Homewood Chapter or Masses would be appreciated. Info at 708-755-6100.

Julia Nottoli


Julia Nottoli, age 93, of Hammond, IN, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2003. She is survived be her son, Gene (Barbara) Nottoli of Munster, IN; grandchildren, David (Teri) Nottoli of Southlake, TX, Judy Nottoli of Folsom, CA and Janet (Patrick) Wories of Munster, IN; great grandchildren, Lynn and Joseph Nottoli, Amelia and Adam Wories; sisters, Lydia Osterbur and Annie Veroni, both of Beloit WI; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Louis in 1978.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 5, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. All Saints Church. Interment, St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 6 P.M.

Mrs. Nottoli was a lifelong member of All Saints Church and a former member of The Daughters of Isabella. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Alzheimer Research or a charity of your choice in her memory would be appreciated.

Bertha Ann Powers

Georgia / Cedar Lake

Bertha Ann Powers, age 84, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, formerly of Cedar Lake, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2003. She is survived by four daughters, Susan Bland of Tampa, FL, Cathy O'Neill of Lilburn, GA, Dawn (Richard) Lane of Lawrenceville, GA and Tracy (Gregory) Hasbrouck of Lilburn, GA; five sons: Alan George Powers of Nebraska, Barry (Joyce) Powers of Crown Point, Gartrell (Carol) Powers of Cedar Lake Gart (Carolyn) Powers of Wisconsin and Kevin (Dawn) Powers of Hobart, IN; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Strenkel of Monee, IL; and one brother, Carl Boland of California. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gartrell in 1991.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 2, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Eller-Brady Funeral Home, 8510 Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Lake, IN, with Pastor Tony Suitor officiating. Interment, Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 12 Noon until time of service. Bertha was a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother and will be missed by all.

Mike Radulovich


Mike Radulovich, age 78, of Hegewisch, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Violet (nee Poljak), one son, Michael (late Kim) Radulovich; sister, Rose Hollitt; two grandchildren: Emily and Jacob; nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 134th and Green Bay Ave., Chicago. Private interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Mike was a WWII Army Veteran. Opyt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Elaine P. Rice

(nee Murphy)


Elaine P. Rice (nee Murphy), age 78, of Valparaiso, passed away at the VNA Horton Hospice Center on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Elaine was a retired Secretary for the Gary Board of Health. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Valparaiso. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert A. Rice in 1987 and son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Rice. Survivors are four sons: Richard (Ophelia) Rice of Portage, Thomas (Laurie) Rice of Valparaiso, William Rice of St. Petersburg, FL and Patrick (Tammy) Rice of Chesterton. Nine grandchildren: Jackie, Jeri, Joey, Jimmy, Matthew, Monica, Joe, Jordan and Brittany and eight great-grandchildren; Brother, Richard Murphy of Minnesota; sister, Agnes Hill of Portage and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart) (corner of Rt 51 and 7th Street), going to St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1885 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Bob Naglich, officiating. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Portage. Friends may meet with the family at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart) on Friday from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Robert C. Sorrell

"Paw Paw"

Calumet Township

Robert C. "Paw Paw" Sorrell, age 54, of Calumet Township, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Dianna; two daughters, Tammy (John) Derucki of Griffith and Jennifer (C.J.) Danielewicz of Highland; mother, Grace Sorrell of Calumet Twp; brother, William (Patricia) Sorrell of Highland; five grandchildren: Joseph, Reanna, Dylan, Brook and Erica; cousin, Vern Sorrell; nephew, Christopher (Nora) Sorrell and three great nieces. Preceded in death by his father, Howard William Sorrell.

Funeral services Monday, May 5, 2003, 11:00 A.M. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home (corner of Main and Kennedy) Schererville/Highland with Deacon Tom Kreidler officiating. Cremation to follow. Final resting at Concordia Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home.

Robert was a member of the Roofers Union Local #11 and was an Army Veteran, who served in Germany. Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Lillian M. Sweet


Lillian M. Sweet, age 87 of Lynwood, IL, left this world peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2003. She was born in Glenwood and resided in Chicago, Dolton and Lynwood, IL. She is survived by her husband of 45 years Henry Duwain Sweet, three daughters, Kathie Karpin (Glenn) Jevert, Beverly Karpin Seibt and Joyce Karpin Graves, also four grandchildren, Jeff Seibt, Julie Jevert Nash and Greg and Doug Jevert and five great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the Anthony and Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Ave. (at 45th Street), Munster, IN, from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Sophia L. Sylvestrzak

(nee Kloskowski)

Calumet City / Harvey

Sophia L. Sylvestrzak (nee Kloskowski), age 88, of Calumet City, IL and formerly of Harvey, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2003. She is survived by two children: Edward Sylvestrak and Sally Schultz. Three grandchilren, Deborah Sylvestrak, Peggy Jugovics and Tim Schultz. One great-grandson, Jeremy Jagielski. One sister, Genevieve Bucek and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Edward Sylvestrzak.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2003, 11:30 a.m. prayers from Hennessey-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Rd. (154th St.) Calumet City, IL to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Mass 12:00 Noon. Entombment, Holy Cross Mausoleum. Visitation Saturday, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Mrs. Sylvestrzak was a member of the Women's National Polish Alliance.

Gerald Eugene Trimble



Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Trimble, 65, longtime resident of Highland-Hammond area passed away in to the arms of our Lord on April 22, 2003. He was a graduate from Hammond Tech, Class of 1956. Immediately enlisting to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. He received flight training at Pensacola and honorably discharged in 1959. He then completed a 2 year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Ironworker, working out of Local #395 for 39 years, retiring in 1999.

Jerry was highly regarded for his skills in drafting and lay-out work, ranking him with an Elite Group of Ironworkers. His many construction projects have yielded lasting contributions to society. A member of First Church of Christ in Highland, he quietly exemplified a generous spirit, giving to those in need or passing on knowledge to help fellow workers.

Jerry enjoyed fishing, horticulture, creating metal artwork and antique furniture refinishing. His great sense of humor and quick wit made him deeply loved and greatly missed.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Chester E. Trimble and Linnie (Metcalf) Trimble, his only sister, Gladys (Trimble) Chance. He is survived by children, Karen S. (Timble) Lott and Patrick E. Trimble; brothers, Kenneth, Robert, Richard, James and Thomas; grandchildren, Mystie, Derek, Rachel, Joseph, and Brian, plus many other family members and in-laws.

His wishes to be cremated without a mournful funeral have been honored. There will be an informal Memorial Celebration on May 17, 2003 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at The American Legion Post #232, 6523 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, IN.

Lance Joseph Whyle

East Chicago

Lance Joseph Whyle, age 80, of East Chicago, Indiana passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Olivia of 21 years; two sons, Lance J. (Mary) Whyle of San Antonio, Texas and Dave A. Whyle of Valparaiso; two daughters, Robin (Rev. Chuck) Smeltzer of Trapper Creek, Alaska and Laurel Crisp of Riverside, CA; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul R. (Ruth) Whyle of Lansing, IL; two sisters, Peggy M. Borjan of California and Molly Garrison of Vancouver, Washington; step-son, Ray (Janet) Ojeda of Valparaiso; two step-daughters, Linda (Fred) Mendez of Hammond and Yolanda Ojeda of Miller Beach; six step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Bob Tolliver of Kansas. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary Whyle and one sister, Elaine Tolliver.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 2, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. from the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, IN, with Pastor Don Rector officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Whyle was a lifetime resident of the Calumet Area. Member of Suburban Bible Church of Highland, IN. He retired from the Gary Public Transportation Dept. as a Bus Driver after 40 years of service.

Leota L. Wolfe


Leota L. Wolfe, age 84, of Hessville, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at the Southlake Care Center, Merrillville. She is survived by six children: Gerald (Doris) Price of Hebron, IN, Everett (Betty) Price of Princeton, KY, Karen (Tom) Crane of Hammond, IN, Cheryl (Perry) Chism of DeMotte, IN, Darwin (Becky) Price of LaPorte, IN and Vicky (Geary) Knight of Hammond; 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Walter and three children, Marvin, Gordon and Cindy and two great-granddaughters, Tina and Charity.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. from the Concordia Lutheran Church of Hessville, 7441 Grand Avenue. with Rev. Paul Speerbrecker officiating Burial to follow at the Concordia Cemetery, Hammond. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., and also at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Leota was a resident of the Calumet area for 62 years. She was employed at the former Sip and Bite Restaurant in Hessville as a waitress for 25 years and was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church and the V.F.W. #7881 Ladies Auxiliary.

Anne M. Wozniak

(nee Tuskan)

"Grandma Len"


Anne M. Wozniak (nee Tuskan) "Grandma Len," age 80 of Gary, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Anne was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Church and the St. Joseph the Worker Sodality. She was Publicity Chairman for Parish Council of St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Church, a member of the Croatian Fraternal Lodge Union, Lodge #1 and American Legion Auxiliary Post # 214.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard B. Wozniak, her parents, Ljuba and Ivan Tuskan, her aunt and uncle, Katherine and Michael Rujevcan, brothers, Jimmy and Rudy Rujevcan, and infant sisters, Mary and Helen. She is survived by daughters: Charlene (Robert) Gyurko of Gary, Jean (Peter) Kirk of Crown Point, Patricia Wozniak of Gary and Marie (Manuel) Fernandez of Farmington Hills, Michigan, five grandchildren: Andy Kirk (Elizabeth Beno), Erin Kirk (Rob Vandiver) Rebecca, Jennifer and Steven Fernandez, brother: John (Lucy) Tuskan of Everette, Washington, sister: Katie (Larry) Gresh of Anderson, IN, special cousin: Katherine Rujevcan, sisters-in-law: Angie Rujevcan and Katie Rujevcan and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Saturday, May 3, 2003, 9:00 A.M. at the Burns Funeral Home (corner 101st and Broadway) Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Church, 330 E. 45th Avenue, Gary, for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Benedict J. Benakovich and Rev. Stephen Loncar concelebrating. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may visit with the family at the Burns Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 8 P.M. Rosary services Friday at 4:30 P.M. American Legion Auxiliary Post #214 will conduct services Friday at 3:00 P.M.

Contributions may be made to V.N.A. Horton Hospice of Porter County, St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Church or the Hanover Central "Dollars for Scholars". Anne, always a gracious hostess, made everyone feel welcomed and loved.

Myrtle P. "Wirick" Yocum

Porter / Knox

Myrtle P. "Wirick" Yocum, age 78, of 227 Michigan St., Porter, IN, formerly of Knox, IN, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 227 Michigan St., Porter, Indiana. Born December 12, 1924 in Bradford, AL, to Shelley and Wilma (Cannon) Patterson who preceded. Survivors are husband William "Bill" Yocum of Portage, IN; daughters and spouses: Lori (Frank) Foust of Griffith, IN, Verna (Dan) Zaragoza of Porter, IN, Debbie (Mark) Curtis of Valparaiso, IN, Pat (David) Wright of Grovertown, IN, Brenda Schwartz of Valparaiso, IN and Carol (Rocky) Raftis of Valparaiso, IN; Step-children and spouses: Carl (Glen) Wallskog, Butch (Sue) Yocum, Marilyn Bilby and Kathleen Ramsy; sisters: Evie Reed, Maxine King, Mavis Reno and Mae Taber; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grand-children. Preceded by two brothers.

Retired C.N.A. at Starke Memorial Hospital, Knox, Indiana.

Visitation 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 2, 2003 at M.C. Smith Funeral Home, Knox, IN. Funeral Services 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the funeral home with Rev. Rod Lawrence of the English Lake Church officiating. Burial, Eagle Creek Cemetery, Knox, IN. INFO: 574-772-4211.

Andrew J. Zajac

Merrillville / East Chicago

Andrew J. Zajac, 82 of Merrillville formerly of East Chicago, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, Dyer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years Frances (nee Lukowski), son, Ron Zajac of New York City, three nephews, James Zajac and Richard Zajac both of Colorado, Peter Zajac of California, niece, Karen Patrick of Oregon. Preceded in death by two brothers, Peter Zajac and Joseph Zajac, and two sisters, Anna Kuva and Mary Vasilko.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 2, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting, with Rev. Stanley J. Dominik of the St. Adalbert Church, Whiting, officiating. Interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the funeral home Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Andrew Zajac was born on May 7, 1920 in Whiting, IN to Peter and Anna (Matis) Zajac and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. A WWII Army Veteran, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and was a member of the American Legion Whiting Post 80 who will conduct memorial services at the funeral home on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. A graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Robertsdale and was a retiree of the Amoco Oil Whiting Refinery with a service of 40 years. 219-659-4400.

Michael Zelinka

Crown Point

Michael Zelinka, age 66, of Crown Point, IN, passed away Thursday, April 30 2003. He was a member of the 1st Slovak Ladies Association #289. Preceded in death by his parents: John and Elizabeth Zelinka; sister: Mary Zelinka. Survivors are sister, Helen Marusak of Joliet, IL; six nieces: Andrea Zelinka, Elizabeth Nagle, Susan (Al) Singer, Marilyn (Kurt) Gall, Kathleen (Dan) Hone, Marie (Darren) Sackman, Thomas (Laurie) Marusak.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 Noon, with Rev. Stephen Loncar officiating, at the Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery.

Doris J. Zieseniss

Crown Point

Doris J. Zieseniss, age 76, of Crown Point, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Survived by husband of 57 years, Glenn; four children: Linda (Dean) Bradley of Valparaiso, Joy (Rich) Spencer of Charleston, SC, Mark (Catherine) Zieseniss of Idaville, IN and Lori (Bill) Gramenz of Crown Point; 10 Grandchildren: Glenda Burke and Deann (Steve) Konche, both of Valparaiso, Tracey (Robert) Caldwell and Trisha Spencer both of S.C., Sherry (Jeremiah) Johnson of Monticello, Rhonda Zieseniss and Glenn Donald Zieseniss, both of Idaville, Kandi Anderson of Cedar Lake, Kelly Gramenz of Lafayette and Timothy Gramenz of Crown Point; 13 great-grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters: Virginia (late Bill) Yakim of Valparaiso, Donna (Gene) Britton of Griffith, George Baldner of FL, June (Dewey) Dallas of Griffith, Jan (Alma) Baldner of Lake Station, David Baldner of Portage and James Baldner of Hobart and close cousin, Geneva Nemeth of Crown Point. Preceded in death by brothers Glen and Kenneth

Baldner and sister, Catherine Knopic.

Mrs. Zieseniss was a ceramics teacher in Crown Point for over 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Ruth Circle, Crown Point, and was a long time member of Crown Point Homemakers Club.

Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive (one State Road 55 south of State Road 231), Crown Point, IN, on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 5, 2003 at 11:30 A.M. at the Pruzin & Little Chapel with Rev. Matt Sauer officiating. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery.

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