Dolores Grimmer Kender Mech Aloia
Dolores Grimmer Kender Mech Aloia, 81, of Griffith, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2001. Survived by five children: Donna Rae (George) Bolda of Illinois, Dennis F. Mech of Crown Point, Darrell (Lisa) Mech of Valparaiso, Douglas S. (Lori) Mech of Crown Point and Judith (Robert) Becker of Crown Point; eight grandchildren: Brian Bolda, Craig (Marge) Bolda, Rhonda (Jeff) Callahan, Tashia Mech, Malerie Mech, Jamey Callow, Bruce (Kelley) Turner and Ronald Turner, Jr.; three great grandchildren; April and Ashley Bolda and Dylan Callahan; two brothers: Johnny (Gladys) Grimmer and Raymond (Gerry) Grimmer, both of Hammond; two sisters, Dorothy Hinkel of Indianapolis and Mary Margaret Schumak of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Hazel Grimmer of Schererville, Jeanne Grimmer of Florida and Mabel Chlupacek of Schererville; two brothers-in-law, Joseph (Dorothy) Aloia and Vero (Ann) Aloia. Preceded in death by husband Earl Aloia and first husband, John Kender, and brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 18, 2001, 9:30 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Griffith, IN, with Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana. Prayer service Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Aloia was a member of St. Mary Church of Griffith. She was an avid bingo player and caller.
George S. Badis
Florida / Hammond, IN
George S. Badis, 79, of Naples, FL, formerly of Hammond, IN, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2001. He is survived by his three children: Kathy Tomas of Thornton, FL, Anthony (Linda) Flaris of Jacksonville, FL and Demetria (Gregg) Hansen of Munster, IN; six grandchildren: Louise (Jerry) DeYoung, Toni Beth Sayre, Anthony (Leigh) Flaris, Jr., George Robert Flaris, Adam (Debra) Hansen and Amy (Sean) Szuba; and six great-grandchildren: Jason, Ashley, Christopher, Tony, Kyle and Maddison. Preceded in death by his wife, Vaselekia "Betty" Badis on January 23, 1999.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 10 a.m. at the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Ave. (at 45th St.), Munster, IN, with Rev. Damian Messires officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation on Monday, 3 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Mr. Badis was a retired crane operator at Sinclair Oil Refinery and was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran.
Ruth Louise Banser
Ruth Louise Banser, 87, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at the Saint Anthony Medical Center. Survived by one daughter: Patricia A. (Dave) Carnine of Roscoe, IL; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; one brother, Robert and two sisters, Grace Miller of Cedar Lake, IN and Adelia Pattee of Knox, IN. Mrs. Banser is preceded in death by husband Glenn, one daughter, Jannyne L. (Banser) Bisig, six brothers, Bertrand, Earl, William, John, Frederick, Jr. and Virgil; and one sister, Beatrice Horner Castrogiovanni.
Funeral services Monday, June 18, 2001 at 1:30 P.M. at Church of Christ Christian, Lowell, IN, Charles Hochmuth officiating. Cremation service to follow. Friends may call at Church of Christ Christian, 299 No. Burr St., Lowell, IN, on Monday from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Mrs. Banser was a member of the Church of Christ Christian in Lowell, and was a former charter member at the Merrillville Church of Christ. Ruth was born June 22, 1913 in Lowell, IN, the daughter of Maude (Wheeler) Ewer and Frederick Colfax Ewer. She was former owner of the Merrillville Beauty College and former president of the State Cosmotology Association. Arrangements handled by the Geisen Funeral Home, Crown Point. For information call 219-663-2500
George Balog, 82, of Merrillville, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2001. Survived by beloved wife of 60 years, Helen; Devoted daughters: Victoria Balog Isenstadt of Colorado Springs, CO., Veronica Balog Schmid of Merrillville, IN and Suzanne Rose Balog of Castlemaine, Australia; sons-in-law: Paul Isenstadt, Howard Schmid and Douglas Witt; grandchildren: Mark Isenstadt of Chang Mai, Thailand, David Witt of Chicago, IL, Monica (fiance, Kurt Schmutz) Witt of Chicago and Jeffrey Isenstadt of Los Angeles, CA; one sister: Maria Sabo of Crown Point, IN. Preceded in death by his brother, Aurel Balog. Survived by nephews: George Osan and his wife, Doris and family, and John Osan and his wife, Anna and family, all of Northwest, IN.
Funeral services will be held at the New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church, 17601 Wentworth Avenue, Lansing, IL, 60438 on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 10 A.M. with Father John Ionita officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, 2305 West 73rd Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410. Visitation Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft Street (Hwy 55) Merrillville, Indiana.
Mr. Balog was a member of American Legion Post 430, American Association of Retired Citizens, Union and League of Romanian Societies, where he served as Midwest Vice President, New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church and former President of the Romanian Radio Hour. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church, 17601 Wentworth Avenue, Lansing, IL 60438, for their handicap lift.
A MAN OF TWO CONTINENTS, George Balog was born November 22, 1918 in Aurora, IL to Theodore Balog and Maria Iluts Balog. At the age of 3, he moved to Romania with his parents and younger sister, Maria. While in Romania, his brother Aurel was born. At an early age, he travelled to Timisoara, Romania where he served an apprenticeship as an Interior Design Craftsman. At age 20, he ventured back to the United States, living and working for his uncle, Charles Novak. In 1940 he purchased a partial interest in his uncles grocery. In 1941 he met and married Helen Mehes, his devoted partner for 60 years. They would have 3 wonderful daughters: Victoria Balog Isenstadt of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Veronica Balog Schmid of Merrillville, IN and Suzanne Rose Balog of Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
George entered the United States Army in 1944 and served in Japan. Upon returning from devoted service to his country, he opened a grocery store in Indiana Harbor. His last store in Black Oak was sold in 1970. He then worked as a painter for Saul Cohen Company and continued painting businesses, homes and churches until the year 2000.
George was a devoted family man whose commitment to his family and to his Romanian cultural heritage was unprecedented. His generosity to those in need was a constant value which was certainly impacted by his own life of poverty in Romania.
George had a love for people and surrounded himself with many visitors who travelled to the United States from Romania and visited him and his family. His wonderful voice would echo melodies of life many depicting his Romanian heritage.
George has left us, but his spirit will never leave. His constant teaching to his grandchildren to work hard and respect your elders was a theme echoed at his home and kingdom in Merrillville, IN.
May all remember the man from 2 continents who spread joy, love and happiness to all lives that he touched.
Raymond Blotnicki "Whitey"
Raymond "Whitey" Blotnicki, 58, of Lynwood, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at the St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer. Survived by wife: Agnes; daughter: Christina Lakatos (Christopher) Holst; grandchildren: Tricia, Tiffany and Tori; brothers: Robert Blotnicki, Thomas (Connie) Blotnicki, James (Rose) Blotnicki and Dennis Blotnicki; sisters: Joyce (Robert) Glazewski, Alice (Floyd) Balsiger, Sharon Majewski, Elizabeth (Johnny Perez) Dopkowski and Lillian (Randy Balsiger) Blotnicki; brother-in-law: Stanley Ratajack; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Bruno and Anna Blotnicki, his sisters, Rose and Elaine and son-in-law, Ryan Lakatos.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 10 a.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Wachtstetter officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Monday, June 18th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave. (one mile south of Rt 30), Schererville.
"Whitey" was employed at Kickert Bus Lines in Lynwood. He served in the U.S. Army 1964 thru 1966 and was a member of the American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. For information call 219-365-9554.
Celia M. Mlynarczyk
Celia M. Mlynarczyk, 87 of Hegewisch, IL passed away Saturday, June 16, 2001. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank. Survived by three daughters, Dolores (James) Sullivan, Camille (late Norton) Kovar and Frannie (Art) Stessl; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers Harry (Dolores) Grabarek and late Joseph (Stephanie) Grabarek; sisters, Betty (Paul) Guzzo, late Helen and late Alfrieda.
Services Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 9 a.m. from Opyt Funeral Home, 13350 Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch, IL, Mass 9:30 a.m. at St. Florian Church. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2 to 9 p.m.
Celia was a member of Young at Heart and Golden Agers.
Arlie O. "Chappy" Chapman
Arlie O. Chapman "Chappy", 84, of Lake Station, IN, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2001. Arrangements are being completed by the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel. 219-942-2109.
Pedro Torres-Colon, 73, of Gary, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2001. Retired from Inland Steel and member of Union Local #1010. Preceded in death by his parents, Mateo and Rosita and one sister, Sixta. Survived by wife, Juanita Colon of Gary; seven children: Milagro (Robert) Blondet of Merrillville, Ruth (Jose) Valtierra of Portage, Ana Torres of Houston, Texas, Pedro J. (Evelyn) Torres of Irving Texas, Rosa (Clyde) Jennings of Gary, Martha Torres-Catano of Houston, Texas, and Peter Torres of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two brothers: Juan Colon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Francisco Colon of Puerto Rico.
Funeral services Tuesday June 19, 2001, 11 A.M. directly at Holy Angels Cathedral, 640 Tyler St., Gary, IN, Rev. Robert P. Gehring officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, Monday, June 18th, from 2 to 8 p.m. Mr. Torres-Colon may also be viewed directly at the Cathedral on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations or masses are preferred.
Georgia L. Cox
Georgia L. Cox, 95, of Valparaiso, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2001. She was born November 18, 1905 in Hartsville, Indiana, the daughter of Harry and Blanche (Case) Carr. Mrs. Cox was a retired teacher. She was married to the Rev. Jasper H. Cox, who preceded her in death May 12, 1998. Surviving are three children, Dr. L. Hughes Cox and Judy of Shreveport, LA, Rev. Marion C. Cox DM and Teddi of Bellvale and Sugar Loaf, NY and Dr. John W. Cox and Ruth of Barrington, IL; six grandchildren: Thomas and Matthew Cox, Jake and Michael Cox, Amanda Cox and Katie Cox McKelvain and two great-grandchildren, Ben Boyd and Eilan John McKelvain. A grandson, Ben Cox, preceded her in death.
A Committal Service will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 9:30 A.M. at the Faith United Methodist Church in Wanatah, IN. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 A.M. at the the First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin St. Valparaiso, IN. Bartholomew Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN, in charge of arrangements.
Walter "Sharky" Czarnik
Walter "Sharky" Czarnik, 79, of East Chicago, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2001. Survived by two sisters: Bernice (late Joseph) Kasprzycki of Hammond and Celia (late Casey) Zawada of East Chicago; also by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 18, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lesniak Funeral Home, 4918 Magoun Ave., East Chicago, IN, and 10 a.m. Mass at St. Stanislaus Church with Msg. John J. Siekierski officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at Lesniak Funeral Home for visitation on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Rosary prayer service at 2 p.m.
Mr. Czarnik was a lifelong resident of East Chicago. A retired employee of Arco Oil Refinery. Veteran of World War II, U.S. Army, and member of American Legion Post #369 who will Post Colors Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and conduct Military Rites on Monday.
Penny Nobuko Darnell
Wisconsin / Indianapolis / Gary, IN
Penny Nobuko Darnell, 73, of Janesville, Wisconsin, formerly of Indianapolis and Gary, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 2 a.m. at the Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI. Loving mother and grandmother of: Susan E. Darnell and children, Michael and Jennifer Darnell of Portage, IN, Franny (Tom) Flynn and daughter, Nicole of Greenwood, IN. Timothy Astor Darnell of Indianapolis, IN, Patricia (Richard) Turley and sons, Joshua and Christopher of Janesville, WI and Walter (Brenda) Darnell and children, Princess and Calvin of Indianapolis, IN. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Astor Darnell, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kamita of Osaka, Japan, and two grandchildren, Shawn and Megan Darnell-Hall.
Funeral services which will be held on Tuesday in Indianapolis, IN, are incomplete. Forest Lawn Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home, Greenwood, IN, in charge of the arrangements. 1-800-891-3607.
Delores M. Fuller
Delores M. Fuller, 74, of Schererville, IN, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2001 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital. Survived by her husband, Otmar; children: Karyl (Terry) Sarnowski, Linda Anderson, Richard Fuller, Diane (Randy) Lacy and Barbara (Jeffery) Inch-Paeth; daughter-in-law: Gayle (William) Steffel; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her son, David Fuller.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 12 Noon at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Monday, June 18th, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave. (one mile south of Rt 30), Schererville, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. For information call 219-365-9554.
Evangelos Dousias, 79, of Beecher, IL passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2001. He was born in Andritsa Greece. Beloved husband of 48 years of Kathy. Loving father of Vasiliki (Tom) Drillias, Alex (Kayla) Dousias and Dino Dousias. Cherished grandfather of John, Evan and Cassandra Drillias, Niketa and Dakota Dousias, Angelo William and James Dousias; Fond brother of Maria Kouyias; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his brothers, Pete and Stelios Dousias.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 10 A.M. at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Hammond, IN. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation will be Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Mr Dousias was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Proud owner of the Princess Cafe in Beecher; retired from LTV Steel in 1985; and fought in the Greek Civil War.
David E. Romans
Whiting / South Chicago
David E. "Da Painter" Romans, 63, late of Whiting, IN and formerly of South Chicago. Beloved husband of Betty. Loving Father of Michelle (Thomas) Kleszynski and Margie Romans. Devoted Grandfather of Michael and Katlyn Kleszynski. Navy veteran. Member of East Side Athletic Club.
Visitation Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Monday, June 18, 2001 at 9:45 A.M. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago, to St. Florian Church. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. Cemetery, private. (773)-731-2749.
Novella D. Fleming
Novella D. Fleming, 79, of Hammond, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2001. Survived by four children: William (Sue) Fleming, Norman (Janie) Fleming, Carlotta (Ray) Smart and Lequida Westerfield; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Vance Cartwright and two sisters, Cora Fleming and Ivy Barbie. Preceded in death by son, Daris Ray and husband, Charles W. Fleming.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 19th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family.
Walter G. Golgart, Jr.
Portage / Hammond, IN
Walter G. Golgart, Jr., 76, of Portage, IN, formerly of Hammond, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, in 1999. Survived by his children, Frederick (Debra) Golgart of Indianapolis, IN, Dale (Glenda) Golgart of DeSoto, TX, Alexis (Ray) Forrester of Lively, VA, Joyce Rietman of Mooresville, NC, James (Lucy) Golgart of St. Peter, MN, Jean (Harry) Abbott of Hobart, IN and Richard (Rose) Golgart of Henderson, NV; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Carl (Patricia) Golgart of Augusta, GA; and sister, Caroline (Spencer) Adams of Pasadena, TX.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 18, 2001 at 12:30 P.M. from 1st United Lutheran Church, 6705 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN, with Dr. Bassam J. Abdallah officiating. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday morning from 11 A.M. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the 1st United Lutheran Foundation.
Mr. Golgart retired from Combustion Engineering in East Chicago, IN and was a member of the1st United Lutheran Church of Hammond, Golden Handshake Club, Hammond PTA, and a Boy Scout Master. LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN, in charge of arrangements. Information 219-845-3600.
Eagle River, WI / Gary, IN
Michael Krall, 83, died Thursday, June 14, 2001 at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Eagle River, WI. Born June 20, 1917 in Gary, Indiana. Survived by wife, Helen; sons: Kurt (Alison) Krall of Burr Ridge, IL and Tim (Vicke) Krall of Valparaiso, IN; brothers: Bill Krall of San Clemente, CA and Rudy Krall of Albuquerque, NM; 13 grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Graveside service and burial Monday, June 18, 2001, 10 A.M. at Calvary Cemetery in Portage, IN. Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River, WI. 715-479-4777.
Michael was a fireman in Gary, IN for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing and boating. He and his wife, Helen were the former owners of King Kralls Resort. Formerly of Gary, IN, home has been Eagle River for 42 years.
Marilyn (Krizmis) Kussmaul
Colorado / Hammond, IN
Marilyn (Krizmis) Kussmaul of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Hammond, Indiana, passed away on June 4, 2001 at Lutheran Hospital after a four-year struggle with cancer. She was a grade school teacher for 25 years. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Donald Kussmaul, sister, Barbara (Lou) Golec of Schererville, Indiana, son, Donald (Peggy) Kussmaul Jr. of Thornton, Colorado, daughters, Kristine (Paul Smith) Kussmaul of Denver Colorado, Keely (Dan) Olson of Arvada, Colorado, Kathy (Larry) Reid of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Colorado.