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January 04, 2001 12:00 am

Tyler Dennis Lopez

Michigan City, IN

Tyler Dennis Lopez, born December 28, 2000, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2000. Baby Tyler is survived by his parents: his mom, Karen Ford of Michigan City, IN and dad, Dennis Lopez of Michigan City, IN; two sisters, Philomena Hannon of Michigan City and Elisa (Tim) Rodriquez of Portage; one brother, Philip Hannon of Michigan City; two nieces Tajae and Angelika; aunts, Caroline Lopez and Toni Gilkie; and several other aunts, uncles and cousins. Baby Tyler is preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles and aunts.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, Indiana, with Pastor Jim Utley officiating.

Jesus Love The Little Children

Into your hand I commit my spirit.

You have redeemed me.

Oh Lord of Truth.

Psalms 31-5

Kenneth Eber Ludington

California / Valparaiso, IN

Kenneth Eber Ludington, 76, of Hanford, CA, formerly of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2001. Arrangements pending at Dykes Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN. 219-462-3125.

John N. Melendez

"I.C. John"

Blue Island, IL.

John N. Melendez, "I.C. John", 70, of Blue Island, IL, passed away January 1 2001. Loving father to Laura; beloved brother to Pablo (Isala), Steve (Helen), Josephine (Able) Tobar, Francisco Banda, Mario, Guadalupe (Roberto); devoted grandfather of two; cherished great grandfather of three.

Funeral services Friday, January 5, 9:30 a.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home, 248 155th Pl, Calumet City (one block West of Wentworth Ave.) to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Mass 10:00 a.m. Visitation Thursday 5-9 p.m. Interment, St. Mary Cemetery.

John was retired from the Metra Railroad. 708-862-4480.

Eileen M. Mitchell

(nee Papke)


Eileen W. Mitchell (nee Papke), 84, of Portage, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2001. She was a lifelong Portage resident coming from Illinois. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service where she worked as a Postal Carrier. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Portage and the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1326. She is survived by one son, William R. (Marsha) Mitchell of Portage, IN; one daughter: Donna L. Mitchell of Portage, IN; three sisters, Edith Strawhun of Crown Point, Grace Papke of Crown Point and Annette (Julius) Plawecki of DeMotte; three grandchildren and six great-granchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Mitchell in 1987 and by her son, James C. Mitchell in 1996.

Funeral services are Friday, January 5, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage with Rev. Roy Zerbe officiating. Burial will follow at McCool Cemetery, Portage. Visitation is Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home , Olson Chapel.

Scott A. Molnar


Scott A. Molnar, 21 of Highland, IN, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2001. Survived by his loving mother, Joyce Molnar of Highland; one brother, Todd Molnar of Gary; maternal grandmother, Jane Muha of Highland and maternal grandfather, John Muha of East Chicago.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday, January 5th, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road, (two blocks South of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, contribututions may be made to the family.

Shawn E. Moyer


Shawn E. Moyer, 19, of Kouts,Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at his home. Shawn was born January 3,1981, to Nicholas and Beverly (Freyenberger) Moyer in Valparaiso, Indiana. He graduated from Kouts High School in 1999 and currently a sophomore at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.He had been awarded the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and was a member of the Open Door Fellowship Church of Kouts,Indiana. He was survived by his parents, Nicholas and Beverly Moyer, one brother, Brad Moyer and one sister, Kayla Moyer, all of Kouts; grandparents, Ed and Irene Freyenberger of Kouts,IN, and Mark and Betty Moyer of Pennsylvania; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 6, 2001, at 10:30 A.M. at the Hopewell Mennonite Church of Kouts, Indiana, with Pastor Jerry Kandel officiating.Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery, Kouts, Indiana. Memorials may be given to the Open Door Fellowship Youth Mission Fund or the Kouts High School Band Uniform Fund.Visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2001 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Hopewell Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall of Kouts, Indiana. Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts, IN, in charge of the arrangements. 219-766-2224.

Theodore J. Muszynski

Glenwood, IL

Theodore J. Muszynski, 85, U.S. Army veteran. Beloved husband of the late Vern (nee Zaucha); devoted father of Kenneth (Cheryl); Proud grandfather of Michael; Loving brother of Raymond (Rita), Stanley Markey, Terese (late Anthony) Kopernik, Jean (late Cliff) Petersen and the late Edward and Clarence (Ann) Muszynski.

Funeral Saturday, January 6, 2001, at 9 a.m. from the Drumm Funeral Home, 1200 E. 162nd Street (one block west of the Calumet Expressway on US 6, (159th St.) South Holland, Illinois, to St. John Church, Glenwood, IL, Mass 10 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society, would be appreciated. For info: 708-333-0011

Andrew Yngve Peterson


Andrew Yngve Peterson, 90, of Chesterton, IN, passed away Tuesday, January 2 2001 at Fountainview Place, Portage, IN. He was born May 16, 1910 in Husdvarna, Sweden to Anders and Elin Pettersson. He and his parents came to America in 1929 froim Sweden. On March 13, 1939 he married Edith (Lund). Andrew was a Millwright at U.S. Steel-South works for 45 years.

Survived by wife, Edith Peterson of Chesterton, IN; two daughters, Arline (Dean) Colley of Comstock Park, MI, Lois (Denis) Fancher-Wiesemann of Chesterton, IN; six grandchildren, Denise Lange of Comstock Park, MI, Dean (Julie) Lange of Lake Jackson, TX, Vicki (Stan) Fancher-Keller of Porter, IN, Glen (Shawna) Fancher of Crown Point, IN, Joseph (Maggie) Colley of Minneapolis, MN, David Colley of West Lafayette, IN; nine great grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 33 step-great grandchildren; 3 step- great-great grandchildren; brother, Allen Peterson of Sweden. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gunnar.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 6, 2001 at 11 a.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St, Chesterton, with Rev. Michael L. Cobbler officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 5 from 3-8 p.m. Burial, Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, IN.

Mr. Peterson was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Chesterton, and Andree Lodge of Chicago.

Robinette "Bobbie" Probasco

(nee Albright)


Robinette "Bobbie" Probasco (nee Albright), 75, of Dyer, passed away Wednesday, Janaury 3, 2001. Survived by husband of 55 years, Ray; one son, Ray "Bud" Probasco; one daughter, Pattye Probasco; daughter-in-law, Diana; two granddaughters, Jenee and Jessica; one sister, Patricia Kresach of Dyer; brother-in-law, Joe (Betty) Probasco; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Julian and Phyllis Swing. Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Lucille Albright.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2001, at 10 a.m. from Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 1920 Hart St., Dyer, IN, with Rev. Steve Conger and Jeremy Brown, officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Visitation on Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dyer United Methodist Church would be appreciated.

Mrs. Probasco was a graduate of Highland High School, class of 1944; member of Independent Order of Foresters Court #1107; graduate of St. Catherine School of Nursing in 1947; worked at St. Catherine's, St. Margaret and St. James Hospitals, and worked at VNA of Northwest Indiana from 1975 to 1996. She was a school nurse for 11 years at Dyer and Lake Central High Schools, and was a 40 year member of Dyer United Methodist Church.

Betty L. Scott

(nee Newman)

Gary, IN

Betty L. Scott, 64 of Gary, IN passed away January 1, 2001. Survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Wesley; one daughter, Theresa Daniels of Gary; one son, Melvin Scott of Gary; four grandchildren, Cody, Caitlin, Ashleigh and Megen; two brothers, Billy (Barbra) Newman of Hopkinsville, KY and Lois Newman of Sikeston, MO; one sister, Judy (Dale) Lasters of Grand Rivers, KY; preceded in death by son, Joe Scott.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 4, 2001, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steven Loft officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks South of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mrs. Scott was formerly employed with the Lake Ridge School System.

Stella D. Sefzik

(nee Sierzputowski

Evergreen Park, IL

Stella D. Sefzik (nee Sierzputowski, late of Evergreen Park, IL. Beloved wife of the late George A. Sefzik. Loving mother of Barbara (James) Mulcrone, Andrea (Louis Sherman) Holecek-Sherman, Nancy (John) Pietraszewski and George (Julie) Sefzik. Cherished grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 14.

Funeral service Friday, January 5, 2001, 9 a.m. prayers at Ryan Funeral Home, 18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL, to St. Bernadette Church, Mass 10 a.m. Visitation at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. Interment, private. 708-798-0331..

Michael Purko

Laramie, Wyoming

Michael Purko, 82, of Laramie, Wyoming, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming. He is survived by his brother, Myro Purko of Laramie; nephew, Michael (Dawn) Hrinyo of Whiting, IN; two nieces, Tanya (Peter) Pavlina of Dayton, OH and Elaine (Steve) Miller of Whiting, IN; two great-nephews, Peter and Andrew Pavlina and one great niece, Emily Pavlina. Preceded in death by his brother, John and sister, Emily Hrinyo.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 6, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN, with Very Rev. Father Eugene S. Meschisen, Dean of the Pro Cathedral of St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Hammond, officiating. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitaiton at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

Michael was born Nov. 20, 1918 in Calumet City, IL, to Harry and Pauline (Staskiew) Purko. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII (1942-1946) and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Following the war he attended the University of Illinois, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1951 he completed his Master of Science degree in Dairy Science and was a member of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists, American Chemist's Society and numerous professional organizations. While completing his studies he was offered and accepted the position of State Dairy Bacteriologist for the State of Wyoming and moved to Laramie in 1951. He was later appointed Director of the Divison of State Laboratories and State Chemists for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and maintained this position until his retirement. Over the years he developed many interests including hunting, fishing and traveling. His favorite trips were to China and the Ukraine. He was a lifelong member of the Ben

evolent and Protective Order of Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Loyal Order of Moose. 219-659-4400.

Grant A. Rau

Joliet, IL

Grant A. Rau, age 81, passed away at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Monday, January 1, 2001. Survived by his wife of 59 years Frieda K. Rau (nee Mikkelsen); a daughter Lyn Rau Pence of Hampton, VA; two sons, Jon (Fern E.) Rau of Joliet, and Jay Rau of Corbett, OR; seven grandchildren, Beth Tohn of Ft. Meade, MD, Laura K. Pence of Vandalia, IL, Sara and Evan Rau of Joliet, David, Joshua and Shawna Rau of Corbett, OR; three great-grandchildren, Rachel, Adam and Joshua Tohn; sister, Gloria Corns of Greensburg, KS. Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eva Rau and a sister, Evelyn.

Mr. Rau was a member of First Presbyterian Church; charter member and Elder of the Community Reformed Church of Dolton, IL; member of the Danish Brotherhood in America Lodge #35; Master Gardener and literacy volunteer at JJC Renaissance Center. He was a graduate of Calumet High School class of 1937 and Fox Business College; worked for the Acme Steel Co. for 11 years; was owner and operator of the Calumet Pet Supply in Hammond, Indiana from 1950 until 1983. As a youth, Grant was active in the Boy Scouts of America and spent his summers on his uncle's farm in Elwood, IL where he developed his lifelong interest in farming. In addition to gardening, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, auto racing, football and woodworking.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Thursday, January 4, at 1:30 P.M. Pastor Dale Hammond officiating. Visitation will be held at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, 2320 Black Rd., Joliet, IL (815-744-0022), Thursday from 10:00 until 12:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Grant's name to the Glaucoma Foundation, 116 John St., Suite 1605, NY, NY 10038 will be appreciated.

Maria Margretta Somodi


Maria Margretta Somodi, 81, of Highland, IN, passed away Monday, January 1, 2001. Survived by six brothers, Frank Somodi of Highland, IN, Louis Somodi of Highland, IN, Joseph (Donna) Somodi of Highland, IN, William (Dolores) Somodi of Kansas City, MO, Arpad (Carolyn) Somodi of Highland, IN, Lawrence Somodi of Oak Forest, IL; four sisters, Elizabeth (James) Waller of CA, Margaret (Richard) Effler of Arlington, VA, Rita (Charles) Barcus of Rockville, MD, Theresa Somodi of Highland, IN; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Elizabeth Somodi, two sisters, Julianna Tothfalusi, and Barbara Somodi; one brother, Ronald Somodi.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 5 at Kuiper Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at Our Lady of Grace Church, with Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday, 2 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 KIeinman Road (2 blocks South of Ridge Road) Highland.

Maria was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland. She was a retired Nurse with over 50 years of service. Prayer Service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Maxine Sprague


Maxine Sprague, age 67, of Valparaiso, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2000. Maxine is preceded in death by her husband, George Sprague. She is survived by her three sons, George Sprague, Jr. of Kansas, James (Darlene) Sprague of Valparaiso, Robert (Kori Donaldson) Sprague of Valparaiso; one daughter, Linda (Richard) Sutherland of Valparaiso; two sisters, Shirley (Fred) Prentice of Valparaiso, Pat (Ed) Krumrie of Florida; six grandchildren, Shawn (Dawn) Sutherland, Brandy Sutherland, Nicole Sutherland, Leslie (Dave) Johnson, Amber Sprague and Ashley Sprague; five great-grand- children.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 2:00 PM from the Kraft Funeral Services and Crematory Inc., 370 N. County Line Road, Hobart, Father Joseph M. Pawlowski officiating, with cremation preceding the memorial service from Kraft Crematory.

John J. Toth

Crown Point,IN

John J. Toth, 76, of Crown Point, IN passed away Sunday, December 31,2000, at Methodist Hospital Southlake. Survived by: Wife, Irene "Renie" of 44 years; son, Mark (Karin) of Crown Point; daughter,Diann (George ) Mataxakis of LOFS; two grandchildren, Phillip Poulton and Heather Poulton; preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Anna Toth, half brother and sister of Slovakia; George and Mary.

Funeral service Thursday,January 4,2001, DIRECTLYat St.Matthias Catholic Church, 9:30 to 10 a.m. visitation. 10:00 a.m.Mass. Fr. Terry Steffens and Fr.Gerald H. Sweitzer officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N. East St., Crown Point Wednesday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vigil Service at 3 p.m.

Mr. Toth was an active member of St.Matthias Catholic Church, a Eucharistic Minister, a council member for several years and active in the St.Matthias Out Reach Program. He graduated from Emerson School in 1944. He was a machinist by trade in the blast furnace at US Steel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Out Reach Programs of St.Matthias. For information, call 219-663-2500.

Mary Louise Zeiber

San Antonio, TX/Kouts

Mary Louise Zeiber, 63, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2000 at University Hospital, San Antonio, TX. Mary was born April 17, 1937 in Lowell, IN, to Floyd and Ruby (Fox) Hibbs. On August 8, 1954 in Wheatfield, IN, she married Kenneth Marvin Zeiber, who preceded her in death on April 24, 1979.

Survived by one son, Kenneth R. (Joan) Zeiber of Missoula, Montana; three daughters, Mary R. (Charles) Fitts of Ft. Worth, TX, Peggy M. Zeiber, also of Ft. Worth, TX, Cynthia Ann Zeiber of Independence, Oregon; father, Floyd Hibbs of San Pierre, IN; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (Courtney) Rothman, Maria Rothman, Michelle (Adam) Slack, Susann (David) Williams, Ronald Zeiber, Amanda Zeiber, Angela (Gene) Babiak; three great grandchildren, Collin Slack, Shelby Williams, Alec Babiak; four sisters, Wilma (David) Coffman of Mishawaka, IN, Velma (Hank) Bays of Kokomo, IN, Charlotte (Frank) Hale of Hebron, IN, Mildred Selby of Valparaiso, IN; companion, Norman LaJoie of San Antonio, TX. Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth and mother, Ruby, who passed away in 1992.

Funeral services at Family Service Funeral Homes, Miller Hebron Chapel, Hebron on Saturday, January 6, 2001 at 10 a.m. with Minister Chris Schrum officiating. Interment, Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN. Visitation will take place Friday, January 5, 2001 from 2 to 8 p.m. Memorials to Hebron Christian Church, American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Mary was educated in Kouts Schools and lived most of her life in Kouts. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Royal Neighbors in Kouts and had attended Hebron Christian Church.

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