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2001-05-20T00:00:00Z Memorials (L - Z)
May 20, 2001 12:00 am

Wanda Lemon

East Chicago

Wanda Lemon, 81, of East Chicago, IN passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001 at the Whispering Pines Nursing Home in Valparaiso, IN. Preceded in death by her husband, James, son, David, parents and a sister, Mary. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Gail Lemon; granddaughter, Jennifer Lemon; grandson, James Lemon; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 21, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. from the Burns Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, East Chicago. Interment will be in St. Joseph/St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m.

Mrs. Lemon was a member of AARP and St. Stanislaus Church, East Chicago. She was a clerk employed by K-Mart. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Florence P. Lewis

Portage, IN/Berwyn, IL

Florence P. Lewis, 91, of Portage, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at Millers Merry Manor. She was born, May 13, 1910 in Chicago the daughter of Frank and Rose (Pekar) Petrik. A Portage resident for 2-1/2 years, formerly of Berwyn, Illinois, and Eagle Harbor, Michigan. She was married on September 23, 1934 in Chicago, to Ralph C. Lewis. He preceded her in death on February 23, 1993. She graduated from the Vandercook School of Music and was a music teacher for the Chicago public schools from 1931 to 1965 when she retired. Mrs. Lewis was a very talented musician, artist and photographer. She was a member of the Michigan Nature Society, the Photographic Society of America, the Keweenew Historical Society and the Independent Cat Society. She is survived by her sister: Eleanor Torode of Ogden Dunes, one niece, Lenore Hibbs and one nephew, Eugene Torode.

There will be no visitation or funeral service. Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana 46368 in charge of arrangements. For information please call 1-219-762-8595.

Kenneth Lipkovitch


East Chicago

Kenneth "Kenny" Lipkovitch, 31, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Patricia Lipkovitch of East Chicago; one brother, Brian Lipkovitch, at home; two sisters, Charlene Lipkovitch, at home, and Michaelene Rubi of East Chicago; two nephews, Christopher and Joshua; one niece, Amy; God-father, Michael Witczak; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Matt and Emily Witczak and niece and nephew, Biana and Abraham Rubi.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday evening, May 25, 2001 at 7 P.M. at Sacred Heart Church, 1731 LaPorte Ave., Whiting, Indiana, with Rev. David Keim officiating.

Kenneth was a graduate of St. Mary Grade School in 1984; graduate of Bishop Noll High School, class of 1988 and attended Calumet College.

Harriet A. Mallett

(nee Schillo)

Fort Wayne/Munster, IN

Harriet A. Mallett (nee Schillo), 88, of Fort Wayne, IN, formerly of Munster, IN, passed away Friday, May 18, 2001. She is survived by her daughter: Karen (James) Foote of Johnson City, TN; her son: Thomas (Judy) Mallett of Fort Wayne, IN; five grandchildren: Mark and Tim Foote, Ariana, Raleigh and Maralissa Mallett; and two great-grandchildren: Liam and Molly. Preceded in death by her husband, Alfred M. Mallett, on December 19, 1993.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 9 a.m. DIRECTLY at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7227 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN, with Rev. Karl Davies officiating. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Ave. (at 45th St.) Munster, IN.

Mrs. Mallett was a former employee of Calumet National Bank, a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Past President of the Munster Womens Club and a Girl Scout Leader for 25 years.

Mary Matusik

Hegewisch, IL

Mary Matusik, 85, late of Hegewisch, IL, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, Hammond. Survived by two sons, Stanley (Mary) Matusik and Frank Matusik; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley.

Services Tuesday, May 22, 2001 (time pending) at Opyt Funeral Home, 13350 Baltimore Ave., Chicago, IL, to St. Columba Church for Mass. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m.

John D. Meschede

Crown Point/Union City/Gary, IN

John Dallas Meschede, 60, late of Crown Point, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2001 at St. Anthony Medical Center. John is survived by four children: Jonathan of Crown Point, Tina, Sarah and Joe of Hebron; four brothers: Bob of Lansing, IL, Jeff (Judy) of Crown Point, Louis (Theresa) of Schererville and Rick (Jennifer) of Hobart; two sisters: Lynn (Carl) Horvath of Sarasota, FL and Kathy Meschede of Gary; one grandchild, Tyler; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends, Sharon and Jon Chalfant of Winchester, IN and Jim Alexander of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Betty Meschede.

Funeral services Monday, May 21, 2001, 9 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, (corner 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to Blessed Sacrament Church, Gary, for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Rev. Krzysztof Bugno, SDS officiating. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Burns Funeral Home Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m.

John was born in Gary on January 18, 1941, attended St. Mark Grade School in Glen Park, and graduated from Calumet High School in 1959 where he was voted "Mr. Football" his senior year. John worked various jobs in Northwest Indiana during the 1960's and 1970's, enjoyed playing mushball on region teams, and developed a hobby around horses. Interestingly, his maternal grandfather and namesake, Dallas Simms, was a horse trader in New Orleans just after the turn of the last century. While living and working in Marion County, Kentucky, in the early 1980's John became involved in the business of fabricating steel products for farm use, including gates, horse stalls, and hay racks. He was employed as Plant Manager at Applegate Steel Co. in Union City, IN, from the late 1980's until 1997 when he suffered a disabling industrial accident. John continued to work with horses and owned and managed a small horse stall manufacturing business. John was active in the Indiana Chariot Racers Assoc. and was a Certified Buckskin

and 4-H Horse Judge. John was generally a man of few words but his smile could light up a room. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Sophie E. Morski


Sophie E. Morski. Beloved wife of the late Sigmund C. Morski. Loving mother of Anthony R. (Betty) Morski, James (Mary) Morski and Marianne Shaw (late Larry). Fond grandmother of Jennifer Morski, Kathryn (Craig) Fobert, Joseph Morski, Matthew Morski, Douglas (Sharon) Morski and Kim (Bennett) Leffler; great-grandmother of Nicholas, Nathaniel, Brighid, Nicholas and Jeremy. Dear sister of Chestura Szewczyk. Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Santa Maria Council K of C. Funeral Monday, May 21, 2001, 9 A.M. from McKenzie Funeral Home, 15618 So. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL, to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 768 Lincoln, Calumet City, IL, Mass 10 A.M. Entombment, Holy Cross. Visitation Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. 708-687-2990.

Celia "Honey" Nealon


Celia "Honey" Nealon, 89, of Portage, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2001 at Fountainview Nursing Home. She was born in Miller, Indiana, on October 13, 1911, the daughter of Banjamin Allen and Clara (Bigelow) Crisman. She was a Portage resident for 56 years and was married to Paul E. Nealon in 1931 in Crown Point. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1970. She was employed as a sales clerk for Penney's and was the manager of the first Portage office of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She was a member of the Brunswick Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star, the Portage Democrat Club, A Port Authority Board Member, Vice-chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, a former campaign manager for Senator Birch Bayh. She is survived by two daughters, Detta Rose (Richard G.) Oliver of Mesa, Arizona, and Judy Nealon of Portage; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; three sisters: Edna Saunders of Mount Vernon, Ruby Crisman of Miller and Ila Wheat of McAllen, Texas; and one ne

phew, Mark Wheat. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one grandson, Ryan.

A visitation will be held Sunday, May 20, 2001 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana, 46368. A funeral service will follow at 6 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. For information please call 1-219-762-8595.

Loren E. Rich


Loren E. Rich, 78, of Griffith, IN, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001 at The Community Hospital. Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. For info: 219-365-9554.

Helen Richardson

Schererville, IN

Helen Richardson, 99, of Schererville, IN, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Richardson, brothers Earl, Archie and twin brother, Howard Otto, a sister, Imo Lamb and son-in-law, Dr. E.D. Angulo. She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn "Lynn" Angulo; grandchildren, David (Sonia), Daniel and Linda (Michael) Stas; great-grandchildren, Michael, Rachael, Anthony, Michelle and Darcey Stas, William Angulo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 in Nevada, Iowa. Plans for a memorial service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, Illinois, will be announced at a later date.In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mrs. Richardson to Our Savior Lutheran Church would be appreciated. Arrangements by the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, Lansing, Illinois.

Irene Saager

Lowell/Cedar Lake, IN

Irene Saager, 93, of Lowell, IN, formerly of Cedar Lake, IN, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001, at the Lowell Healthcare Center. She is survived by one brother, Tom, Jr. (Dorothy) Taylor of Cedar Lake; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1959.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in Cedar Lake, Indiana, Rev. Paul Grammit officiating. Interment, Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point, IN. Friends may call at the Eller- Brady Funeral Home, 8510 Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Lake, Indiana, on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Irene was a former member of the Federated Womens Club; and she was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church Ladies Circle.

Mildred E. Shegich

(nee Sector)

St. John/East Chicago, IN

Mildred E. Shegich (nee Sector), 87, late of St. John, Indiana, formerly of East Chicago, Indiana, entered into eternal life on Friday, May 18, 2001 at her home. Beloved wife of the late Peter. Loving mother of Donald (Patricia) Shegich and Richard (Charlene) Shegich, all of California, and Judith Litavec of St. John, IN. Devoted grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five. Dear sister of the late Joseph (late Jenny) Sector, late Barbara (late Joseph) Chuck, Violet (Steve) Spudic, late Michael (late Louise) Sector and Mary (late Anthony) Stripka. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Retired employee of Inland Steel with 15 years of service. Member of Holy Trinity Croatian Church, East Chicago, IN, and the Croatian Fraternal Union of America.

Visitation Monday, 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral services Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. from Elmwood Chapel, 11300 West 97th Lane (1/2 block west of US 41-Wicker Ave. at 97th Lane), St. John, IN, to St. Joseph Church, Dyer, Indiana. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with Rev. Mark Pavlina officiating. Interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. 219-365-3474

Margaret Elizabeth Shoop


Margaret Elizabeth Shoop, 85, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2001 in the Munster Med-Inn. Born in McKeesport, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and the late Barbara Totic Mazor. Survived by daughter: Dian Newton of Merrillville, IN; sons: Donald (Noreen) Shoop of Ft. Wayne, IN, Robert (Carol) Shoop and Richard (Carol) Shoop of Vancouver, WA; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters: Elsie (Ray) Messmer of Florida and Marion (Herb) Halberg of California; brother: Robert (Margarite) Mazor of Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2001 at 11 A.M. from the Burns-Kish Funeral home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with service conducted by the Rev. Barry Groh. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mrs. Shoop was a Hammond resident since 1939 and she was a Homemaker.

Lucille M. Soley

(nee Marcinek)

Roselawn/Lake Village, IN

Lucille M. Soley (nee Marcinek), 66, of Roselawn, IN, formerly of Lake Vilalge, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at Crestmark of Roselawn after a lengthy illness. Born May 11, 1935. She is survived by two daughters, Helen (Larry) Hershman of Wheatfield, IN and Mary Ann Soley of Chicago, IL; four sons, Stephen and George of DeMotte, IN, Joe (Lindsay) of Dallas, TX and Michael of Roselawn, IN; three grandchildren, Andrew, Jennifer and Timmy Hershman of Wheatfield, IN; four sisters, Lorraine (late Bill) Orban of Griffith, Bernadine (Roy) Gonzalez of Naples, FL, Shirley Mulholland of East Chicago and Janice (Henry) Marcinek of Hammond; two brothers, Flory Marcinek of East Chicago and Jerry (JoAnn) Marcinek of Highland, IN; dear aunt, Francis (late Bill) Radzinski of East Chicago and brother-in-law, Nicholas (Irene) Soley of South Bend; sisters-in-law, Anne Marchetti of Springfield, VI, Helen (late Joe) Visnyak of Hammond, Marie Soley of Lake Village and Arlene (late Bill) Soley of Nevis, MN; and many nieces, n

ephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1978, parents, Adam in 1988 and Helen (nee Wietecha) in 1994 and brother, Richard Marcinek in 1998.

Divine Liturgy Monday, May 21, 2001 at 10 A.M. DIRECTLYLO at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Munster, IN, with Msgr. Frank Korba officiating. Lucille will lie in state at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. At rest, St. Nicholas Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN. Panachida 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lucille was a member of St Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church and Rosary Sodality. Member of American Legion Auxiliary #238 in Roselawn and P.W.A.

John R. Strickland

Florida / Lansing, IL

John R. Strickland, 88, of Clearwater, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2001 at home under Hospice. Born in Sioux St. Marie, Ontario Canada. Moved to Florida in 1973 from Lansing, Illinois. Supervisor Traffic Dept. Inland Steel Co., East Chicago, IN; member of Nebraska Ave. Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor; Inland 25-Year Club, Iron & Steel Institute of America; an expert in Packaging, handeling and shipping of steel. Enjoyed fishing, golfing, world traveler, and making stained glass. Survived by daughter, Sandra Strickland, Los Angeles, CA and Don Dayle J. Wright, Hammond, IN; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements handled by the Moss-Feaster Funeral Home in Dunedin, FL. 727-446-2375.

John Suckey


John Suckey, 74, of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001. John was a lifelong Gary-Hobart resident. He retired from American Bridge as a draftsman in 1981. John was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII. John was a hardworking, God-fearing father and husband. He was a sports lover who enjoyed music and woodworking. John was very proud of his accomplishments through American Bridge on such buildings as McCormick Place, Sears Tower, St. Louis Arch and the John Hancock Building. John was a member of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Crown Point. Survivors are wife, Laura Lee (nee Parker), two sons: Clay Suckey of Portage and Troy Suckey of Merrillville; two daughters: Corinne (Roger) Pederson of Valparaiso and Michelle (Larry) Smith of Washington; eight grandchildren: Brian, Brittany, Courtney, Nicole, Travis, Sarah, Eric and Skylar; three sisters: Mary Kupkee, Josephine Zabrowski and Barbara (Glenn) Isley, all of Washington; and special friend, Marge Barker. Preceded in death by parents, daughter, Jo

hnette Judge, four brothers, Frank, Steve, Mike and Joe; and four sisters, Helen, Irene, Ann and Margaret. Funeral service Monday, May 21, 2001, 11 A.M. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, with Rev. Armando M. Camacho officiating. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call on Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.

Dorothy Lou Swanson

Florida / Valparaiso, IN

Dorothy Lou Swanson, 57, of Florida, a native of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2001. Preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Ruth Lang and a daughter, Susan Sullenger. Survived by her husband: Robert D. Swanson, her sister, Mary K. Parker, her children: Jerry (Mary) Venekamp, Jennifer (William) West, Monica (Chris) Lovall, Robert G. Swanson and grandchildren: Richard and Matthew Sullenger, John Lynn, Autumn and Anna Venekamp, Jessica and Alexandria West, Haylee, Kristina and Keith Lovall.

She was a good friend, a loving mother and wife. A Memorial Celebration will be held at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe, Valparaiso, IN on Monday, May 21, 2001, 2 to 4 P.M. In lieu of flowerss, please make memorial donations to The Cancer Society.

Luke Aron Witvliet


Luke Aron Witvliet, 18, of Hammond, Indiana, precious son of Jerry and Teana Witvliet, passed away on Friday evening, May 18, 2001, at home. He is survived by his mother and father, Jerry and Teana, two loving brothers, Philip and Levi, and special loved one, Katie Sanchez; grandparents, George and Mae Hoeksema of Lansing, IL and Theresa Witvliet of Highland, IN; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Luke was a Senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. Luke enjoyed sports, the outdoors and his friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Munster Christian Reformed Church, Munster, Indiana, with Rev. Herman Schutt officiating. Burial at the Munster Christian Reformed Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, lansing, IL on Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Luke requested donations be made to the Illiana Christian Tuition Assistance Fund and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana.

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