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2001-11-17T00:00:00Z Memorials (A - R)
November 17, 2001 12:00 am

Patsy Antonello

South Holland, IL

Patsy Antonello, 93, of South Holland, passed away Friday, November 16,2001. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane; daughter, Judy Bohr; granddaughter Erika (Phil) Mullens and great-granddaughter, Madison. Also survived by brother Carl (Gloria) Cicirale and sister, Theresa Antonello. Preceded in death by brothers, Andrew (Sylvia), Joseph, Victor and sister, Florence Meyer.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 19,2001, at 9:30 a.m. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL to Our Lady of Knock Church, Calumet City, IL for 10 AM Mass. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Antonello was retired from General Mills of the Southeast side and was Past President of the Southeast Side Belles and Beaus Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Calumet Area. No mass cards please. 708-474-0024.

Alfred "Al" Carter


Alfred "Al" Carter, age 85, of Lansing, IL passed away Friday, November 16, 2001. Survived by loving wife; LaVerne, one sister; Lillian McNew, five nieces, two nephews, nine great nieces, seven great nephews, several great great nieces and nephews, three god children.

Visitation will take place at Burns Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster on Sunday, November 18 from 2-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19, 2001 directly at St. Ann Church, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, with Father Michael Gabriel officiating. Interment will be at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.

Al was formerly employed as a technician in the Edible Lab at Lever Bros. for over 39 years. He was a member of the Lever Bros. Quarter Century Club and the Lever Bros. Retiree Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Lansing Council #3540. He was a member of St. Ann Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice in his memory.

Hannah Christine DeGroot


Hannah Christine DeGroot, 23 months, of 19th Street, Columbus, IN died at 10:33 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2001 at First Christian Church with Tony Gore officiating. Calling will be Sunday, Novemer 18, 2001 from 4-8 p.m. at Myers Funeral Service, Reed & Jewell Chapel on 25th Street. Burial will be in Garland Brook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association (NTSADA) 2001 Beacon Street, Brighton, MA 02135 or through the funeral home.

Hannah was born in Columbus on November 23, 1999, the daughter of Jason Anton and Gina Renee (Allen) DeGrott. Survivors include a sister, Allissa DeGroot, maternal grandparents; Kenneth Allen of Highland, IN and Karen Allen and Richard Lee of Columbus. Paternal grandparents; Edwin and Nancy DeGroot of Hammond, IN. Great-grandparents; Ida Dawson of Huntington, IN and Charles and Alice Berg of Merrillville, IN.

Rudolph P. Dearborn

Altadena, CA / Chicago

Rudolph P. Dearborn, age 74, of Altadena, CA formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away November 11, 2001. He is survived by three daughters, Candace (William) Lyles, Stephanie (Freeman) Harris and LaTanya (Kirby Smit, one son; Craig, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters; Florence Payne and Catherine Dearborn; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Alma (nee Brown) and son, Eric.

Funeral Mass Monday, November 19, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Chicago, IL. Visitation, Sunday, November 18, 2001 from 4-7 p.m. at the Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943 S. Torrence Avenue, Lansing, IL and also Monday, Morning 9:30 a.m. until time of mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Interment Lincoln Cemetery, Chicago, IL

He was a retired engineer for the Chicago Public Schools after 30 years of service. 708-474-2404.

Michal J. Armocewicz

East Chicago

Michal J. Armocewicz, age 63, of East Chicago passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2001. Survived by his wife, Krystana, two sons; Maciej Armocewicz, Gregorz Armocewicz, both of Poland; two grandchildren,

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lesniak Funeral Home, 4918 Magoun Ave, East Chicago with Rev. Thomas Balys officiating. Burial will take place in Suwalki, Poland. Friends may call at the Lesniak Funeral Home for visitation on Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

Alice V. Diener

Crown Point, IN

Alice V. Diener, 87, of Crown Point, IN passed away on Tuesday, November 13th at St.Anthony Hospital in Crown Point. She had lived in Hammond for 67 years. She is survived by her dear friends, Louise Lamb of Munster, Bonnie Hoover, Rowena Piety, Jeanne Tibbles of New Buffalo, MI and Wilma Fisher of Calumet City, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Agnes Diener, and an infant brother.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 19th, at 11 a.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alfred Dwenger officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road, (2 blocks South of Ridge Road, Highland.

Miss Diener was retired from the Hammond School system after 45 years of service. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ and the Tabea Women's Guild, Order of Eastern Star, Griffith Chapter #583 Lake County Teachers Association of which she was Past President, Past President of the Phi Omega Club, Past High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, a member of the Hope Shrine #106, Past President of the Hammond Intermediate Woman's Club, Past President of the Big 10 Club G.F.W.C.I.F.C., life member of Harriet Higgins Memorial Court of Hammond, life member of Indiana University Alumae Association, she was a graduate of Indiana University with Advanced Degree. Order of Eastern Star Chapter #583 of Griffith will hold Services Sunday evening 7:30 p.m.

Robert G. DiMichele

Highland/East Chicago

Robert G. DiMichele, 66, of Highland, formerly of East Chicago passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001. Survived by his son, Edoardo R. DiMichele of Highland; one brother, Edward (Joan) DiMichele of Highland; three sisters, Mary (late John) Bodnar of Highland, Jacqueline (Dr. Anthony) DiMichele of Naples, Florida and Angela (Mario) Olivotto of Visalia, CA; seven nephews; four nieces; four great nephews; seven great nieces. Preceded in death by parents, Edoardo and Sabina DiMichele.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday,November 17, 10 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marayya Pamisetty officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family Friday form 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mr. DiMichele was retired from Carpenters Local Union #599 of Hammond; Veteran of the U.S Army Korean War, Past Commander of VFW Post #2724 of Whiting, and Cesare Battiste Lodge #27 of Schererville. Prayer service will be held Friday evening 8 p.m.

Victor Fodor

East Chicago

Victor Fodor, Sr. age 69, of East Chicago, passed away Wednesday, November 24 2001 at St. Catherine Hospital.He is survived by his loving wife, Frances, two sons, Victor, Jr. and Robert (Clarissa) Fodor both of East Chicago, four daughters Aurelia, Jessie, Fodor, Jackie, Jennifer, Robert Fodor and Crystal (Mike) Valez all of East Chicago, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three brothers, Richard Garcia, of East Chicago, Joe Garcia of Hammond, Fred Garcia of Wyoming, two sisters, Millie Garcia of Wyoming, and Mary Johnson of Hammond, numerous nieces, nephews and sister in laws and brother in laws. Preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Marie and sister Gloria Garcia and daughter, Patricia Rose.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. from the Prusiecki Funeral Home Chapel, 3831 Main St., East Chicago, with Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3-8 the Prusiecki Funeral Home. American Legion will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m.

Victor was employed by the City of East Chicago Housing Authority, a Korean Veteran where he received three bronze stars. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated.

Phyllis Golec

(nee Van Alstyne)

St. John

Phyllis Golec (nee Van Alstyne) passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001. Late of St. John. Beloved wife of Frank for 49 years. Loving mother of David (Kathy) Golec of Chandler, Arizona and Debra (David) Otte of St. John; devoted grandmother of Greg Golec, Drew, Lauren and Kyle Otte; fond aunt of Barbara Kroll and Judy Sommers.

Visitation Saturday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Saturday evening November 17, 2001 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Joseph Kelchak officiating at Elmwood Chapel, 11300 W. 97th Lane (1/2 block west of US 41-Wicker Ave. at 97th Street), St. John, IN. Cemetery private. 219-365-3474.

James Allen Halligan



James Allen "Jim" Halligan, 50, of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001. He was born January 13,1951, in Albany New York to Robert R.and Mary A. (Allen) Halligan. Jim had lived in Valparaiso since 1994 coming from West Sand Lake, NY and had worked at Opportunity Enterprises. Surviving are two sisters, Susan (Robert) Anderson of Valparaiso and Dorothy Webb of Rochester, NY; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 to 7 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso. Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 24, at the Congregational Church in South Hero, VT with burial to follow at South Hero Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Special Olympics Indiana Area 1, c/o Lorrie Woycik, 836 George St., Valparaiso, IN 46385.

Raymond L. Hicks


Raymond L. Hicks, age 77, of Gary, IN passed away November 14, 2001. He is survived by daughters, Karen, (Richard) Williams, Sharon (Robert) Ross, Nancy and John Kosek, Rev. Richard Hicks, grandchildren; Raymond, Ronald, Jakki, Cyndy, Beth, Robert, Nancy, Darlene, Richard, Thomas, Matthew, Shane, Charlie, Shari; 19 great-grandchildren, one brother, Hugh Hicks and many friends.

Visitation will take place from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Burns Kish Funeral Home, 8414 Calumet Avenue, Munster. Funeral service, Saturday at 10:00 a.m at the funeral home with Rev. Scott Hobbs officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Gary, IN

Jason M. Hitzelburger

Crete, IL

Jason M. Hitzelburger, passed away Nov. 16, 2001 at St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields, IL. He is survived by Parents: Patricia Langreder, Crete, and William Hitzelburger, Steger, brothers: Philip (Tammy) Hitzelburger, Crete, Mark Langreder, Crete, Step-Brothers: Danny Langreder, Monee, David Langreder, Matteson, Robert Langreder, Alabama, Joe Payne, Chicago and William Payne, Cedar Lake. Sister: Jennifer Hitzelburger, Steger, Step-sisters: Tammy Hein, Chicago Heights, Brenda Krapf, Crown Point. Funeral services will be Nov. 20, from Zion Lutheran Church, Beecher, 10:00 a.m., Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Visitation Nov. 19, from 2-9 p.m. Hack Funeral Home.

Mr. Hitzelburger was born Dec. 22, 1974, in Hazel Crest, IL and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years.

Ida S. Krieter

Crown Point, IN

Ida S. Krieter, 97, of Crown Point, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 at St. Anthony Medical Center. She is survived by one sister: Mary VonderHere of Crown Point, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Monday, Nov, 19, 2001, 9:30 a.m. Geisen Funeral Home, 10:00 a.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church. Msgr. Don Grass, officiating. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Crown Point, IN. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N. East St., Crown Point, Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vigil Service at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Auziliary Service at 3:30 p.m.

Miss Krieter was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Alter and Rosary Society, a charter member of St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, a life member of Gary St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. She was a longtime caregiver for several Crown Point families.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Mary Catholic Church.

For information call 219-663-2500.

Margaret E. Larson


Margaret E. Larson, 96, of Valparaiso passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001 at Life Care Center. She was born December 3, 1904 in Berwyn, IL to Andrew M. and Anna Louise (Erickson) Nelson. A Valparaiso resident since 1970, formerly of Gary, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Methodist Hospital Guild, former member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana and an avid supporter of the Porter county Boys and Girls Club. On October 20, 1928 in Berwyn she married Edward C. Larson who preceded her in death in 1984. Together they established the Edward and Margaret Larson Scholarship at Valparaiso University.

Margaret is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Don) Hagstrom of Valparaiso; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, The Rev. Chris Nunley officiating with entombment at Graceland Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County or Northwest Indiana.

Raymond A. Mau


Raymond A. Mau, 73, of Hammond, IN passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2001. He is survived by four children, Robert (Deloris) Mau of Great Falls, MT, Raymond James Mau of Woodridge, IL, Kenneth (Esther) Mau of Orlando, FL and Karen A. Mau of Hammond, IN; six grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wives, Helen L. Mau (nee Davis) and Miriam L. Mau (nee Poole).

There was no visitation or funeral services. Cremation took place at Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN. LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Mau was a lifetime resident of this area, a retired brick mason from LTV Steel Co. where he worked for 42 years and an Army Veteran of World War II. Information 219-845-3600.

Fern McDonald


Fern McDonald, 92, of Merrillville, formerly of Hessville, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at the Southlake Methodist Hospital. Survived by her children: Elinor (Bob) Cole of Darien, IL, Charles "Dick" (Janice) McDonald of Schererville, Grandchildren: Linda (Jeremy) Millard of Eagle River, WI, Thomas M. Cole of Phoenix, AZ, Sharon (Nicholas) Lehnert of Schererville, Wendy (Randy) Buvala of Lansing, IL, seven great grandchildren. Brother-in-law, John Gable of Cherry Valley, IL, several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Charles C. McDonald.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Halsted officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Monday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline ( one mile S. of Rt. 30) Schererville.

Fern was a member of the Eastern Star, the Hessville Christian Church and she was a former G.O.P. Precinct Committee Woman in Hessville for many years. Please omit flowers.

For information, please call (219)365-9554.

Sigmond Nowak


Sigmond Nowak, 82, of Hammond passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty four years, Anna; two daughters, Gail (Ron) Fisch of Highland and Cathy (Jim) Carrier of Tinley Park, IL; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen (late Jim) Wilson of Tualatin, OR and Irene (late Gabe) Sakas of Tempe, AZ. Preceded in death by grandson, Michael.

Funeral services Saturday, November 17, 2001, 10:30 a.m. from the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond with Fr. Richard Orlinski officiating. At rest, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may visit with the family Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home. Prayer service 3 p.m.

Sigmond was a lifelong area resident; retired from GATX with forty years of service and a Veteran of World War II.

Betty Lou Petro


Betty Lou Petro (nee Pivarnik) age 72, of Portage passed away Friday, November 16, 2001. Survived by daughter Nancy Petro of Portage, son Phillip (Debbie) Petro of Erie, PA and two granddaughters, Kelly and Julie Petro of Erie PA, sister, Judith Vidobich-Kuppinger of Griffith, special nieces, Christine (Don) Steffes of Beverly Hills, MI, Susan (James) Zemen of Dyer, Diane (Joseph) Trgoviach of Whiting, sister-in-law, Mary (John) Petro, Whiting, aunt; Loretta (late John) Kujawa, Hammond, dearest friend, Janis Tobias, Portage; other uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in the Petro, Pivarnik, and Kujawa family. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond P. Petro, parents, George and Elizabeth Pivarnik, brothers-in-law George Bidovich, John L. Kuppinger, John, Julius, Steve and William Petro, sister-in-laws, Mary Larson, and Helen Petro.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday November 19, 2001 directly at the Woodmar United Methodist Church, 7320 Northcott Avenue, Hammond, with Pastor Paul Arnold officiating. Burial Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 3-8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home 9039 Kleinman Rd, (2 blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland.

Mrs. Petro was a member of the Woodmar United Methodist Church in Hammond. She was retired from the Lake County Superior Court in the Juvenile Division. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family would be appreciated.

Myrtle LeMelle Roos

East Chicago

Myrtle LeMelle Roos, 97, of East Chicago, formerly of Lake Charles, Louisiana passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survivors: devoted daughters, Verlie (Jesse) Hinton and Leola (Jesse) Jones, both of East Chicago, Ethel Porche of Los Angeles; daughter-in-law, Kay Roos of Hobart; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Ernest E. Roos, Sr.; son, Ernest E. Roos, Jr. and grandsons Ernest E. Roos III and Anthony Porche.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lake Charles. Friends may call Monday, November 19, 2001 at Combre Funeral Home, 1200 Mill Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana from 6 to 8 p.m. with Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Roos was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary-St. Rita's Court and the Rosary Society of Sacred Heart Church. Please wire flowers to Combre Funeral Home (337) 436-3341. Hinton-Williams Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

Joseph E. Rybicki

Munster, IN

Joseph E. Rybicki, 87, of Munster, In, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. He is survived by his son: John (Joyce) Rybicki; seven grandchildren: Deborah, John, David and Joseph Rybicki, Jim (Christy) Kerr, Jennifer and Karen Kerr; two great grandchildren: Courtney and KayLee Kerr, son-in-law: James Kerr; two sisters: Marie (Alex) Kaleta and Regina (late Stanley) Roszkowski; and one brother: Stanley (Loretta) Rybicki. Preceded in death by his wife, Stephanie M. Rybicki, in 1994, and her daughter, Stephanie Kerr, in 1992.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, 10:30 a.m. at the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Ave. (at 45th St.), Munster, 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas More Church, Munster, with Rev. Stephen J. Titko officiating. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Visitation Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wake service 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Rybicki was a retired Battalion Chief with the Hammond Fire Department and a member of St. Thomas More Church.

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