Frances “Babe” Razumich | Jan. 15, 1927 - Dec. 15, 2012

Portage woman was passionate about work, faith

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z Portage woman was passionate about work, faithCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Frances Razumich was a kind, compassionate woman who always had a positive outlook on life, her children said.

“She was rarely negative about anything,” said her son Joe Razumich. “She could find amusement or pleasure in very simple things.”

Frances “Babe” Razumich, 85, of Portage, died Dec. 15. She worked as a secretary at Stardust Bowling Alley, Merrillville. She was also director of the youth bowling program there.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert Razumich.

Her son, Bob Razumich, said his mother had an excellent sense of humor.

“More often than not in any gathering she would be one of the hubs of activity,” he said.

Razumich grew up without her own mother, and didn’t want her own children to want for anything.

“She did things with us, not just for us. She always tried to be a part of our lives,” she said. “When I grew up, she became one of my best friends.”

Razumich was a very spiritual woman and was always involved in her church, which most recently was Nativity of Our Savior.

“Mom would be selling raffle tickets, working bingo and the annual church festival,” he said.

Daughter Mary Hileman said her mother loved her job at the bowling alley, where she was known as “Momma Razz” or “Grandma Babe.”

“She loved her bowling family,” she said. “We were all so blessed to be a part of that and to benefit from the countless generations of friendships created in the process.”

Joe Razumich said his mother was an excellent cook.

“She could cook a holiday turkey to die for,” he said. “She also made excellent cookies, fried chicken and this Croatian pastry called nut roll.”

Bob Razumich said he loved the Christmas cookies she used to make.

“My favorites were these sugar cookies she would make in Christmas colors,” he said. “As long as there was milk around, they didn’t tend to last too long.”

Joe Razumich said his mother was fearless and enthusiastic until the last hours of her life.

“She fervently believed in eternal life,” he said. “She was looking forward to seeing her mother, her sisters and brothers, and all of her older cousins again.”

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