Catherine Kielpikowski was a hard-working woman who always tried to have a positive outlook no matter what life threw at her, said her daughter, Janice Ault.
The family lived on a 225-acre farm in Union Township, and at one time Kielpikowski lost several fingers in a farming accident. She was always matter-of-fact about her injury, but never let it keep her from doing anything, her daughter said.
“She never let it stop her,” Ault said. “She did everything she wanted to do, despite her injury.”
Catherine Kielpikowski, 90, of Valparaiso, died April 28. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George Kielpikowski, in 2008.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was involved in several activities, including singing in the choir.
She was a staunch Republican, and often worked the polls on Election Day. At one point, she served as a vice precinct committeeman, Ault said.
Kielpikowski raised chickens on the farm, while her husband tended the pigs. She enjoyed riding around the farm on the tractor with her children and grandchildren.
The family farm was eventually sold, and became part of Taltree Arboretum.
Ault said her mother had several interesting collections, including tea cups, onyx animals and fruit jars.
Kielpikowski was a good homemaker, a good cook, and an excellent mother.
“She wasn’t a get-out-into-the-world person,” she said. “She was a humble woman and family oriented.”