Charles L. Laumeyer
Charles L. "Chuck" Laumeyer, 55, of Lowell, IN passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Debi; one daughter, Beth Ann (John) Lewis of Lowell; one son, Cory Wietbrock at home; two grandchildren, Tyler and Mitchell Lewis at home; three brothers, Dale (Georgie) Laumeyer of Wanamaker, Tom (Sharon) Laumeyer of Tyler, TX, and Rick (Julie) Laumeyer of Lowell; one sister, Sara (Clyde) Haniford of Crown Point; aunt and uncle, Johanna (Bob) Wallace of Great Falls, MT; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and loving family by marriage.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 19th, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lowell,IN. Pastors Jeff Newton and Susan Poynter officiating. Cremation preceding at Heritage Crematory in Portage,IN. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home,604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN.
Chuck was in service for the Lord through his membership with the First United Methodist Church in Lowell and his involvement with the Indiana Dunes Great Banquet Community. He was employed at Avery Dennison in Lowell and was a Vietnam Navy Veteran. Chuck coached many youth sports in the Lowell community. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Chuck Laumeyer Memorial Fund.
Vera M. Leathers
Vera M. Leathers, 93, of Highland,IN passed away Tuesday, January 15,2002. Survivors include her two daughters, Jane (Bob) Ross of Highland and Judy (Floyd) Tatum of Lake Village,IN; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces; preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Maurice, and son, Gene.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19th, 10:30 a.. m. from the Fagen Miller Funeral Home,2828 Highway Avenue,Highland with Rev.Paige Cantwell officiating. Burial Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville.Visitation will be Friday, January 18th, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.. Vera was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ. Highland Senior Citizens;former co-owner of Leathers Plumbing. Family requests donations to Hospice of the Calumet in Vera's name. Further information, 219-838-4824.
Jacopa "Jean" Maaskant
Jacopa "Jean" Maaskant, age 89, of Lowell, IN, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2002. She is survived by special friends, Pat, Chuck, Rob and Kevin Kopas of Lowell; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jack" Maaskant in 1987. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN, Pastor Brian Hurst officiating. Burial will take place on Friday, January 18th, at 11:00 a.m at Oakridge Cemetery in Lansing, IL. Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 12:00 Noon until time of service at the funeral home. Jean and her husband were former owners of a Mattress Factory in Chicago Heights, IL and active Amway Distributors. Jean enjoyed playing cards and going to the Lowell Senior Citizens Center. She attended Lake Dalecarlia Bible Church, Lowell.
Merrillville / East Chicago
Aurelia Kozlowski (nee Piplic) age 79, of Merillville, IN formerly of East Chicago, IN passed away at Bernard Mitchell Hospital, University of Chicago Sunday, January 13, 2002. Mrs. Kozlowski was born on September 10, 1922 in Cleveland, OH. She was a graduate of East Chicago Washington High School, Class of 1940. On June 21, 1941 she married Albin, her high school sweetheart. Six children blessed their marriage and home. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly 50 years, Albin A. Kozlowski Sr, who passed away on October 22, 1990, two daughters, Gayle and Pamela, parents, George and Mary (Marina Dopcea) Tiplic, sister, Amy Haluska, and brother, George Tiplic Jr. Survived by children, Arliss (Ian) Beardmore of Vancouver, B.C., Jacqueline Ruark of Merrillville, Albin A. (Joyce) Kozlowski of Granger, IN, Kenneth Kozlowski of Merrillville, six grandchildren, Lisa (Graham) Best, and Larissa Beardmore, both of Vancouver, B.C., Eric and Christopher Hanak of Crown Point, IN, Alison and Muriel Kozlowski of Granger, IN; two great grandchildren, Elisabeth and Jonathan Best; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service Saturday, January 19, 2002 10:00 a.m.directly at St. John Cantius Church, 139th and Pulaski, in East Chicago, IN, Rev. Joseph R. Niezgoda officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, from 2-8 p.m. Wake Service Friday afternoon, 3:00 p.m. Legion Memorial service Friday evening, 7:00 p.m.
Aurelia was always involved in civic and community affairs and volunteered her time to many charitable organizations such as the Heart Fund, Muscular Dystrophy, Alzheimers, Polio, Cancer, United Way, and Walk for the Retarded. Aurelia served as president and treasurer at Washington High School PTA, Ways and Means chairwoman of Washington Elementary PTA, organizer of "Spring Frolics" Fund raiser.She served as president and treasurer of St.Patrick's Alter & Rosary Sodality. She was Girl Scout Leader of St.Patrick's Intermediate Girl Scout Troop. Aurelia was a 30 year member of Lake County Association for the Retarded and served 26 years on the Board of Directors, East Chicago chairwoman "Walk for the Retarded", United Way chairwoman for East Chicago, East Chicago Cancer Drive Chairwoman, a member of East Chicago Women's Commission and Planning Commission. Served on the Board of Directors Roberto Clemente Child Care Center. Aurelia was a past president and chaplain for American Legion Auxiliary Allied Unit #369. During her presidency she received numerous state and national awards for her programs, public relation skills and fund raising abilities. Among them are National Award in Public Relations, National Unity Award, Unit #369 "Auxiliary Member of the Year" for 1989 and went on to win the State Competition. She was Veteran's Affairs and Rehab Chairman and raised $10,000 for hospitalized veterans. She was given national recognition for her efforts for the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. She individually raised in excess of $10,000, thus making her the number one individual recruiter in the nation. She started and organized the Korean Veterans War Association, Windrich Chapter #3. She took an active part in raising funds for the Women's Memorial in Washington D.C. - WIMSA. Aurelia was also associated with Roumanian/American Youth Society (RAYS), Polish National Alliance, United Polka Association, St. John Cantius Senior Citizens Club, East Chicago Women's Historical Society, the Golden Times, Ivy Street Social Club and Big Pleasant Lake Association. Former lifetime member of American Legion Auxiliary Allied Unit #369, 8et 40, and president of the past presidents Parley. She recently joined American Legion Auxiliary Allied Unit #430 in Merrillville
Harold W. Meacham
Harold W. Meacham, age 77, of Gary passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Lakeside Veterans Hospital in Chicago. He was a supervisor for Martin Oil Company. He served in the Army during WWII. Preceded in death by wife, Violet, daughter, Lisa Meacham and sister, Shirley Gholston. Survivors; four sons, Darell (Sandy) of Crown Point, Robert (Rita) of Hobart, Donald (Robin) of Merrillville and Larry of Seattle, WA, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren
Friends may call Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Merrillville. VFW Post #9323 Service at 7:00 p.m. Friday. Funeral service Saturday, 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Entombment Calumet Park Mausoleum.
Joe Douglas Lippert Jr.
Mishawaka / Westville, IN
10-23-1966 to 1-14-2002
Joe Douglas Lippert Jr. "Doug", age 35, dear son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on January 14, 2002 at 6:10 a.m. at the Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center where he was cared for and loved by many. Doug was born October 23, 1966, in Plymouth, IN, the son of Mary Jo Hurley "Jodi" and Joe Douglas Lippert, Sr. Doug was very fortunate to have had a second father, Jack Alan Hurley, who raised Doug since the age of 7. Doug grew up mainly in Westville, IN. and moved to Mishawaka, IN, his sophomore year where he attended Mishawaka High School. Doug sadly was shot in the neck shortly after his 21st birthday, January 21, 1988, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Despite being paralyzed Doug had gone on to receive his High School Diploma and learned to draw with his mouth. Doug drew and sold many paintings and even created a greeting card entitled "The Sisco Kid". With the help of a sip and puff wheelchair, Doug was able to do many things such as attending concerts, one in which he even got to go on stage to meet and talk to Ozzy Osbourne. Doug made a lot of devoted and caring friends at his church and at his home.
Cherishing his memory are his parents, Jack and Jodi Hurley, of Rochester, IN. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Douglas Lippert, Sr., of St. Robert, MO. Maternal grandparents, Bonnie and Charlie Busard of South Bend, IN, step-grandmother, Isabell Hurley of Lake of the Woods, IN. Doug also leaves behind four loving sisters, two older sisters, Michelle Michaels and her husband Mike of Westville, IN, Sandra Reihl and her husband Mark of South Bend, IN. Doug also had two younger twin sisters, Jill Ann Colpitts and her fiance Dennis Maike, from South Bend, IN and Jana Lippert of St. Petersburg, Florida. Doug had a nephew who was more like a brother, Daniel Alan Hurley, two step sisters, Joi Walter and her husband Mark, Deanna Allen and her significant other Jeff, two step brothers, Robert Hurley and Jack Alan Hurley, Jr. and his significant other Darlene, all from Maryland. Two half brothers, David Lippert of Louisiana and Douglas Lippert of St. Robert, MO. In addition to one half sister, Megan Lippert from Burlington, Iowa and a foster sister, Tammy Haynes. Doug leaves behind many nieces and nephews who love him dearly, Robert, Jacob, Angel, Raymond, Jordan, Jasmine, Nicholas, Lacy and Justice. Doug also had a host of step nephews and nieces, Christopher, Cassie, Adam, Jennifer, Angela, Mark, Allisa and Arianna. Doug also had many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that he has had since childhood, and many devoted friends from his church, and the staff at the Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center who made Doug's time at the center feel more like his home and who took such great care of him for all these years!
Graveside services will be 12:00 NOON Saturday, at Westville Cemetery, located on the corner of Hwy 2 and Hwy 6, Westville, IN. Officiating the service will be Charles Busard. Family and friends are welcome.
Elsa Minter, 90, of Griffith, IN passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002. She is survived by one sister, Marie (James) Lafferty of Portage, IN, three nephews, one niece. Preceded in death by her husband, Tex Minter, in December 1963, three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. from Griffith Lutheran Church, 1000 Broad Street, Griffith, IN with Pastor Richard Poole officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, IN. Visitation at the church Friday from 1 p.m. until time of services.
Mrs. Minter was a lifetime resident of this area and member of Griffith Luteran Church. LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond, IN in charge of arrangements. Information 219-845-3600.
Harry P. Norlin
San Pierre, IN / Chicago
Harry P. Norlin passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at the Our Lady of Holy Cross Health Center of San Pierre, IN, formerly of the Chicago East Side. He is the beloved husband of the late Mary Norlin. He is survived by his son, Alfred (Julie) Norlin, one brother, Ragna (Svea) of Sweden, dear grandfather of Catherine (Steve) Martinovich, Maryann (Ben) Binder, Mary Beth (Stan) Sadlik, great-grandfather of six, and numerous nieces and nephews in the United States and Sweden.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 noon at the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville (Route 30, east of Cline Avenue) with Rev. Karen Knutson officiating. At rest, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, IL. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Harry was a retired employee of the USX Company.
Michael A. Novales
Michael A. Novales, 12, of Katy, TX, passed away Monday, January 14, 2002. He is survived by his parents Nestor and Edna Novales; six brothers and sisters, Enrique Novales, Esther (Ricky) Moran,Yolanda, Linda, Deanna and Melissa Novales; grandmother, Jenny Ortiz; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 18th, 2002 10 a.m. at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, with Pastor Herman Perez officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Visitation will be at the Fife Funeral Home Thursday, 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Michael was a 7th grade student at Thornton Jr. High School in Katy, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated.
Ann C. Noy
Ann C. Noy, 93, of Hammond,IN passed away Sunday, January 13, 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Harriet Piecuch of Calumet City, IL; numerous grandchildren; nephew, James (late Helen) Prange of Morrisville, PA; one great nephew, James M. Prange of Morrisville, PA. Preceded in death by her son, Harry J.Noy, in September,1980.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18,2002, at 10 AM DIRECTLY from St. Joseph Church, 5304 Hohman Ave., Hammond,IN with Rev. Roy T. Beeching officiating. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St.Joseph Church, Altar and Rosary Society.
Mrs. Noy was a resident of this area for 76 years, a retired sales clerk in the Shoe Department of Carson,Pirie, Scott & Co.where she worked for 12 years a member of St. Joseph Church of Hammond, IN, the Altar and Rosary Society, DAV Hammond Chapter #17 Auxiliary, and American Legion Post #330 Auxiliary of Calumet City, IL. LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave. Hammond, IN in charge of arrangements.Information 219-845-3600.
Robert Wayne Paxton
Robert Wayne Paxton, age 65, of Moline, IL passed away Sunday January 13, 2002 at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island after a brief illness. He was born July 21, 1936 in Kewanee, IL to Frank and Olive Bickers, Paxton who preceded him in death. On November 29,1959 in Galva, IL he married Joyce Peterson who passed away September 6, 1978. He owned and operated Paxton & Sons Remodeling, was an avid fisherman and was the past president of the Silvis Little League in the 1970's. He is survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Audrey Witzman of Valparaiso, IN.
Funeral services Saturday, 11:00 a.m at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial, Galva Cemetery, Galva, IL. Visitation, Friday 5 to 7 p.m. at Schroeder Mortuary, Silvis and again Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rux Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.
Violet Catherine Reeves (nee Moore)
Lowell / Crown Point
Violet Catherine Reeves (nee Moore) age 93, of Lowell, formerly of Crown Point, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at St. Anthony Medical Center. Survived by one son; James (Gwenn) Reeves of Lowell, two grandchildren; Tamara (Mike) McMindes of Brookston, IN, Robert Reeves of Lowell; one great granddaughter, Marisa McMindes, longtime good friend; Lucile Amos of Crown Point. Preceded in death by husband, John Thomas and sister, Madge Roddiger.
Memorial service, Friday, January 18, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Southlake Christian Church, 501 Pratt Street, Crown Point, IN, John P. Starr officiating. Private burial at Maplewood Memorial Cemetery, Crown Point.
Mrs. Reeves was a member of the Southlake Christian Church of Crown Point and their Esther Circle. She worked for many years along with her husband at Reeves Photography Studio in Crown Point, and was owner of the Crown Dress Shop in Crown Point and later in the office of Reeves Construction Company. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Southlake Christian Church. Geisen Funeral Home, Crown Point in charge of arrangements. For information, call 219-663-2500.
Jean Roberts, 86, of Hammond, IN passed away Sunday, January 13, 2002. She is survived by one daughter, Donna L. (Oakley) DeYoung of Hammond, IN; two grandchildren, LeAnn (Robert) Slowik of Deerbrook, WI and Michael DeYoung of Hammond, IN; one great granddaughter, Jessica Elaine Slowik of Deerbrook, WI; one sister-in-law, Delores (late Herbert) Volz of Calumet City, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Warren E. "Bob" Roberts, in 1982.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 2:00 p.m from LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond, IN with Pastor Samuel Polito officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the 8 & 40 "Nurses Scholarship". Information can be obtained from the family.
Mrs. Roberts was a resident of this area for all but the 20 years she lived in Florida. She was past president of American Legion Hammond Victory #168 Auxiliary, past president of American Legion Hammond Unit #16 Auxiliary, past Chapeau of Terre des Dunes Salon #446 of 8 & 40, and past president of 1st District, American Legion Auxiliary.
Wilbur A. Schultz
Wilbur A. Schultz, age 77, of Merrillville, passed away Tuesday, January 15 2002. Survived by wife, Florence J. (Luebcke) of 54 years; two daughters: Marjorie (Thomas) Echterling of Cedar Lake and Carol M. Plew of Warsaw; two grandsons: Ehren and Cameron Plew, both of Warsaw; sister, Charlene (Roy) Dockweiler of Merrillville; two sisters-in-law, Marie (Ray) Segert of Crown Point and Maejean Luebcke of Lowell; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother-in-law, Herbert Luebcke.
Mr. Schultz was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Merrillville. He was a retired electrician from Bethlehem Steel and farmed in the Merrillville, Crown Point and Lowell areas. Friends may call at the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville, IN, on Thursday, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Parr, IN with Rev. Robert Breitbarth officiating. Burial to follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church Friday morning.
Diana Louise Yoldash
Diana Louise Yoldash, age 33, of Hammond, passed away on Monday, January 14 2002. She is survived by husband, Ismail Yoldash; daughters, Amber and Aisha Yoldash, parents, James and Sally Mikhel; father-in-law, Jengis Yoldash, mother-in-law, Minnie Yoldash; brother, Jim Mikhel; aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her son, Andrew N. Yoldash.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Chapel with Edward Shabaz officiating. Burial will follow at the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may visit with the family, Friday, January 18th, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN. After the funeral service a luncheon will be served at Orchard Drive Baptist Church, 3425 Orchard Drive, Hessville, IN, sponsored by the Morton Elementary P.T.A Diana was a loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt and devoted friend.
Andrew N. Yoldash
Andrew N. Yoldash, age 9, of Hammond, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2002. Survived by his father, Ismail Yoldash; sisters, Amber and Aisha; paternal grandparents, Gengis and Minnie Yoldash; maternal grandparents, James and Sally Mikhel; numerous aunt, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Diana Louise Yoldash.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2002, 10:00 a.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Chapel with Edward Shabaz officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 18th, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, Indiana. After the funeral service a luncheon will be served at Orchard Drive Baptist Church, 3425 Orchard Drive, Hessville, IN, sponsored by the Morton Elementary P.T.A
Andrew was a student at Morton Elementary where he was a member of the Chess Club. He also played baseball with the Hessville Little League. Andrew was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and devoted friend. .
Mary M. Zelinka
Mary M. Zelinka, age 72, of Merrillville, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Methodist Southlake Campus. Retired from U.S. Steel Sheet & Tin, CIO Local #2695; member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Preceded in death by parents, John and Elizabeth. Survived by brother, Michael Zelinka of Merrillville, sister, Helen Marusak of Joliet, IL; nieces and one nephew. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Prayer service Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services Friday at 8:45 a.m. from the chapel and 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Gary, with Rev. Steve Loncar officiating. Burial will follow in Calumet Park Cemetery.
Mildred A. Zunich
Hobart / Gary
Mildred A. Zunich, age 90, of Hobart, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2002. Mrs. Zunich had been a life long Hobart and Gary area resident. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo, daughter, Eleanor Kobza and brother, Rod Podunavich. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Zunich, Laguna Nigel, CA, Robert Zunich, Dana Point, CA, one daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Zunich, Hobart, two brothers, Mike (Lenora) Podunavich, Valparaiso, George Podunavich, CA; three sisters, Anne (Marion) Yugo, Merrillville, Mary Kovel, Hobart, Kate Fiorentine, Portage; 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart. Rev. Jerry Funes officiating. Burial Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 2 - 5 and 6 - 8 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart.