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April 09, 2002 12:00 am

Eleanor V. Lesniak

Munster

Eleanor V. Lesniak, age 74, of Munster, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002. She is survived by her loving husband, Walter A. Lesniak, of 52 years; Children: Walter (Darlene) Lesniak, Janice (David) Snuckel, Brian (Denise) Lesniak, Lynn Winkler, Laura (Joseph) Wolfe, George (Cathleen) Lesniak, Eileen Lesniak and Lisa Lesniak; Grandchildren: Tracy, Jennifer, Carie, Shane, Steven, Lauren, Nichole, Eric, David, Matthew, Cody, Adam, and Alex; Brothers and sisters: Mary Ann Spanich, Emil Tomich, Tony Tomich, Carl Tomich, Gloria Wennerberg and Donald Tomich. She was preceded in death by brothers, John and Jubo Tomich. Visitation will take place on Thursday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 12, 2002, 10:00 a.m. prayers at the funeral home with 11:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Ghost Church in South Holland, IL, Father Joseph Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.

Antonia Murrietta

East Chicago

Antonia Murrietta, age 89 of East Chicago, IN, died on Thursday, April 4, 2002. Visitation and prayer service Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 10:00 a.m. at Divinity Funeral Home, 3820 Pulaski St., East Chicago, IN. Burial, Hess Memorial Cemetery, Hammond.

Michael W. Lowe, Sr.

"Mikey"

Portage

Michael W. Lowe, Sr. "Mikey", age 54, of Portage, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at home. He was a 29 year employee of Bethlehem Steel Five Stand Mill. A two tour veteran of the Vietnam War. He will be missed by his wife of 30 years, Melody Lowe of Portage; son, Michael (Lacey) Lowe, Jr. of Lake Station; daughter, Tessa Lowe of Texas; grandsons, Michael Lowe III; brothers, Billy (Mattie) Lowe of Alabama, Ron (Sue) Lowe of Minnesota and sister, Pat (Jerry) Weaver of Georgia. Preceded in death by his parents Willie and Anita Lowe.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 10:00 a.m. at the Christopher Funeral Home, 1307 Central Ave., Lake Station, IN, with interment at Calvary Cemetery, Portage. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Christopher Funeral Home. 219-962-4415

Erna L. Novacich

(nee Schwarz)

Hegewisch, IL

Erna L. Novacich (nee Schwarz), age 76, late of Hegewisch, IL, entered into eternal life on April 7, 2002. Beloved mother of Ken C.P.D. (Peggy) Novacich, Lydia (Bill) Pope and John Novacich; Grandmother of Nick, Kevin, Vikki, Gina, Olivia and William. Sister of Gertrude Gibbons, Mary (John) Samtak and the late Kenneth; nieces and nephews. Visitation Tueday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Sadowski Funeral Home, 13300 So. Houston Ave., Hegewisch, IL. Funeral Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Florian Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. 773-646-1666 I.F.D.

Milos Momcilovic

East Side

Milos Momcilovic, late of the East Side, passed away on April 6, 2002. Born August 13, 1927 in Lika. Beloved husband of Milica (nee Knezevic). Loving father of Ilija (Ann) Momcilovic, Danica (Milorad) Duskov and Anka (Miroslav) Stojanovic. Fond grandfather of Marija, Zarko, Milos Momcilovic, Milos Stojanovic, Milica and Ilijana. Also survived by brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews in Yugoslavia. Dear Uncle of Momcilo and Ratko Momcilovic of Chicago. Retired employee of Republic Steel Co (LTV). Funeral services Wednesday at St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church. Will lie in state at Church from 9:30 A.M. until time of services at 10:00 A.M., Very Rev. Luka Lukic officiating. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the Kompare Funeral Home, 9858 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, Tuesday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pomen Service 7:30 P.M. 773-768-8800

Norene Luketic

Munster / East Chicago

Norene Luketic, age 59 of Munster, formerly of East Chicago, passed away Monday, April 8, 2002. She is survived by her sister, Fay (late Victor) Finke of Munster; two brothers, Michael (Barbara) Luketic of Crown Point and Ronald (Patricia) Luketic of Munster; sister-in-law, Lorraine Luketic; many nieces and nephews; and cousin, Mary Ilijanic. She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Barbara Luketic, three sisters, Lucille Haiden, Mildred Kotzo and Lorraine Luketic and two brothers, Norbert Luketic and Kenneth Luketic.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Croatian Church, East Chicago with Msgr. Paul Bogovich officiating. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Portage, IN. Friends may call at the Fife Funeral Home from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. Msgr. Bogovich will pray the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Norene worked as a teacher and counselor for the Diocese of Gary including 17 years at Bishop Noll Institute. She was employed in the Illinois Schools and most recently for the Indianapolis Public School System as a Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Luketic was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Illinois Association of School Social Workers. She received her BA degree in Sociology from St. Joseph's College Calumet Campus, her MS degree in Social Studies from Valparaiso University and MS degree in School Services Personnel from Purdue University. She was a pianist, painted, and traveled the world. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hospice of the Calumet Area, in her name.

Ann Marie Osterman

Crown Point

Ann Marie Osterman, age 87, of Crown Point, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002. Survived by three sons: Richard (Mary) Osterman of Schererville, Robert (Helen) Osterman of Hammond and James (Linda) Osterman of Dyer; daughter, Sharon Sam) Crowley of Hammond; daughter-in-law Evelyn Osterman of Whiting; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Clarence, two sons, Clarence, Jr. and Gerald and grandson, Richard.

Visitation will take place on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Funeral services will be held on Friday, 9:30 a.m. prayers at the funeral home chapel with 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas More Church. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Indiana. Ann Marie was a member of St. Thomas More Church of Munster.

Vaudine O'Brien

Hammond

Vaudine O'Brien, age 62, of Hammond, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002. Survived by nine children: Barbara Sue (Lindsay) Fox, Michael (Lorraine) White, Charles White, Harold (Theresa) White, Robert (Susan) White, Billy (Karen) Demumburn, Joseph Demumburn, JoAnn (Alan) Sammons and Trica (Chris) Hughes; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; companion, Ron Chris; one sister, VonJean Frasier; five brothers, David, Donnie, Royce, Kenny and Billy Bruton; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one son, James Otis White and one brother, Douglas Bruton.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, Indiana. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 11:00 a.m. from the funeral home with burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond.

Vaudine was a member of the Hammond Women of the Moose. She was the former owner of the 708 Club; the treasurer of the Mohawks Bowling League and owner of Vaudine's Truck Stop in Burnham, Illinois.

Ronald W. Shelpton

"Squirrel"

Michigan City, IN

Ronald W. Shelpton "Squirrel", age 62, of Michigan City, IN, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002 at the Michigan City Healthcare Center. He was employed as a truck driver from the William Good Trucking Company. Survived by one son, Randy Lopin of New Chicago; one daughter, Judi Breneman of Portage; one sister, Sherry Richardson of Portage; three grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews. Also, the Christian Motorcycle Association-LaPorte County Chaper, LaPorte County Hospice and the Michigan City Healthcare Center. Preceded in death by one daughter, Tonya Lynn Lopin. Private funeral services were held from the Kraft Funeral Services and Crematory, Inc. 370 No. County Line Road, Hobart, IN with cremation at the Kraft Crematory. For more information call 219-942-9866.

Edward M. Ostrowski, Sr

Dyer, IN / East Side

Edward M. Ostrowski, Sr., age 55, late of Dyer, formerly of the East Side, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Broadway Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, IN, after a short illness. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Bullock) for 36 years. Loving father of Edward M. Ostrowski, Jr. of Dyer, IN and Karen (Thomas) Mischak of Granger, IN; Devoted grandfather of Jack and Emily Mischak of Granger, IN. Dear son of Edward J. and Adele (nee Milano) Ostrowski of Chicago, IL. Dearest brother of Ronald (Dianne) Ostrowski of Steger, IL. Fond son-in-law of Noraine and late James Bullock of Tucson, AZ. Uncle of four nephews.

Longtime supervisor at U.S. Steel Gary Works. Visitation Wednesday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11300 W. 97th Lane (1/2 block west of US 41/Wicker Ave. at 97th Street), St. John, IN, to St. John the Evangelist Church, Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Sammie Maletta officiating. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Please omit flowers. 219-365-3474

Louis J. Spear

Hammond

Louis J. Spear, age 78, of Hammond, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002. He is survived by two sons: Louis J. Spear, Jr. and Daniel (Pam) Spear both of Hammond; two daughters, Mary Spear of Hammond and Patricia (Roy) Pitcher of Gary; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Bernice in 1982, grandson, Daniel in 1999 and brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 10:30 A.M. at the Solan Funeral Home Chapel, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, with Rev. Ian Williams officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may call at the Solan Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Louis was a lifelong area resident. He was retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad with 39 years of service and was an Army Veteran of WWII.

James G. Shelby

Marengo, IL/Crown Point, IN

James G. Shelby, age 61, of Marengo, IL, died on Saturday, April 6, 2002 in his home. He was born on April 21, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Luke H. and Margaret A. Marnik Shelby. In 1988 in Crown Point, Indiana, he married Judy Ellen Hinkle. He was a retired engineer and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 399, Chicago, IL. Surviving are his wife of Marengo; one son, Howard (Pati) Shelby of Calumet City, IL; three daughters: Debbie Douglas of Sauk Village, IL, Brenda (Jeff) Butzen of Crestwood, IL and Cheryl Shelby of Dolton, IL; 10 grandchildren; nine brothers and sisters: Pat (Jerry) Kitten, John (DeEtta) Shelby, Michael (Thelma) Shelby, WM. (Betty) Shelby, Joseph (Linda) Shelby, Edward (Jana) Shelby, Mary (Dan) Leonard, Daniel (Christie) Shelby and Margie (Greg) Dyess; Extended family members: Mark Cotton, Heather Cotton, Rocco (Jacki) DiCianni, Tony and Kari DiCianni, Chris (Ray) Munoz, Lisa, Theresa, Corrine and Alex Munoz, David (Maureen) Cotton, Marie (John) Jacques, Miranda, Keith and Jennifer Jacques and Danny DiCianni. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Ann Shelby and Marcy Jean Harlow. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at the Morengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy, Marengo, IL, with a Christian Wake Service at 5:00 P.M. Monsignor Philip O'Neil officiating. Visitation will continue at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 8303 Taft St. (Rt 55), Merrillville, IN 46410 from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 10, 2002, until time of Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be Maplewood Memorial Cemetery in Crown Point, IN. For info: 815-568-8131.

Dorothy L. "Dottie" Sims

Portage

Dorothy L. "Dottie" Sims, age 74, of Portage, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2002. Dottie was an area resident since 1953. Dottie was born January 27, 1928 in Greenville, Kentucky to the late Lester E. and Mary M. Pendley. She is a member of the New Hope Church of God in South Haven. Dottie was an avid bowler at Camelot Lanes and a member of the Lake Suburban Womens Bowling Association. Dottie is preceded in death by her husband, Billie J. Sims, daughter, Mary Anna Redman, one sister, Nancy Hankins and one brother, John Pendley. Dottie is survived by five daughters; Gail (Joe) Pugh of Arizona, Phyllis (Dennis) Cox of Portage, Treasa (Warren) Beattie of Florida, Kathy Sims of Portage and Mary (John) Pugh of Portage; five sons: Ronnie (Cathy) Sims, Terry Sims, Danny (Pat) Sims and Donald Sims, all of Tennessee and Bruce Carroll of Portage; 29 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Josie Crick, Ellwood Pendley and Faye Newman, all of Kentucky and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 1:00 P.M. at the Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage, IN. The service will be co-officiated by her Family and Friends. Please help share precious memories of Dottie with us. Burial at Blake Cemetery, Portage, IN. Friends may call Monday, April 8th, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, Portage, IN. For more information please call 219-762-3013.

Hazen R. Tucker

Calumet Township

Hazen R. Tucker, age 28, of Calumet Township, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2002. He is survived by his parents, Bertis and Karen Tucker of Calumet Township; one brother, Ray Tucker of Highland; two sisters, Lois (Marty) Moreno of TN and Laura Tucker of Schererville; four nieces: Margaret, Sarah, Lacey and Leah; and grandfather, Bertis (Melbe) Tucker of IL. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 9:30 A.M. from the Bible Baptist Church, 231 N. Broad St., Griffith, IN, with Pastor Mike Poole officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, IN. Hazen was a member of the Bible Baptist Church of Griffith and the N.R.A. Info: 219-923-7800.

Stephen M. Sporinsky

Griffith

Stephen M. Sporinsky, age 75, of Griffith, passed away on Saturday, April 6 2002. He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Horvatich) Sporinsky of 48 years; two sons: Stephen (Eva) Sporinsky of Granger, IN and Cary Sporinsky of Griffith; three grandsons, Adam, Eric and Kevin, all of Granger, IN; three sisters; Irene (late Robert) Evacko of Bakersfield, CA, Mary Helen (Michael "Ed") Rusnack of Whiting and Helen (Joe) Furto of Whiting; brother-in-law, Edward Moskalick of Whiting; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Anna Sporinsky, brother, John (late Kay) Sporinsky, three sisters, Ann (late Alfonse "Huffy") Moskalick, Justine "Jay" Moskalick and Mildred (late Casmer "Casey") Matulwicz; and great nephew, Richard Moskalick.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. from the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel and 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Griffith, Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Cremation, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. (prayer service at 4:00 p.m.) at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

Stephen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Griffith; retired from D.H. Mitchell Generating Station, Gary; veteran of U.S. Navy WWII; a former leader of Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 518; former coach and manager of Griffith Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He loved fishing and especially his gardening. Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Calumet Area, 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN. 46321 or to your favorite charity.

Frank Trzeciak

Hegewisch, IL

Frank Trzeciak, age 77, of Hegewisch, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Survived by his children: Stanley (Donna) Trzeciak of Dyer, Christine Pearson of Chicago and Joseph Trzeciak of Hegewisch; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Stanley and John Trzeciak, both of Poland, and numerous nieces and nephews of Poland.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 12:00 Noon at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, April 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave. (one mile south of Rt. 30), Schererville, IN. Frank was a WWII veteran, longtime resident of Hegewisch and retired from Republic Steel Co. For information please call 219-365-9554.

Margaret Violet Sinkovitz Taylor

Florida / Lansing, IL

1914 - 2002

Our dear and loving mother passed away on April 7, 2002 to be with our Lord in heaven. With her compassion, kindness, soft loving ways and bright optimism, Mom will be greatly missed by so many family and friends who had their hearts and lives blessed by her very presence. We mourn our earthly loss, but rejoice in her new body in Christ and heavenly home.

Margaret was born January 23, 1914 in Rochester, PA, of parents, Albert Sinkovitz and Golda Orock. Margaret was the first born of five children with surviving sister, Helen Ruth Jaros, living in Stanford, FL, with her son, Charles. Margaret married Vaughn Paul Adams (1912-1986), also from Rochester, on September 11, 1933. Their children are Alberta Lee Kontos of Lansing, IL, Vaughn Paul, Jr. (Polly) of Tempe, AZ and Ronald William (Joan) of New Port Richey, FL, with whom Mom resided and received loving care until her departure. Surviving stepchildren include Larry Taylor, Jr. and Gerry Taylor, sons of Larry Taylor, Sr. from the Port Richey area.

Margaret has 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Six of her grandchildren live in the Lansing area; Wanda (Charles) Foster, Meg (Todd) Tempco, Carrie (Michael) Yoniles, Rhonda (Gary) Throw, Michael (Rebecca) Adams and John Eric Adams. Other grandchildren include Vaughn Adams III and Kenton Adams from Tempe, AZ, Tracy (Brent) Davis of Raleigh, NC, Laura (John) Lorance, David Adams of San Francisco, CA and Sherri Ceiga of Doublespring, AL.

Mom was a long time resident of the Port Richey area, retiring there in 1972 with her second husband, Lawrence Elmer Taylor (1915-1985), from Lansing, IL. Larry and Mom married on November 3, 1962, and commenced the still flourishing L&M Jewelry business in Lansing. Not to be idle handed, Mom continued to do necklace restringing work for jewelry business in the Port Richey area until her calling home. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springhill, Florida.

Mom was unceasingly thoughtful, caring, smiling, and viewed life from the most positive light. She overcame life's hurdles with uplifting determinism and hard work. Her most precious possessions were not her things, but rather the people and their treasured memories together.

Funeral services will be held directly at the First United Methodist Church of Hammond, IN, 6635 Hohman Ave., on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Burial, Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. Friends may visit with the family at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Esther F. Nielsen

Valparaiso

Esther F. Nielsen, age 84, of Jackson Township (Valparaiso), passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002 at home. She was born June 28, 1917 in Shell Lake, WI, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Garbe) Schubert, graduated from Shell Lake High School and had owned and operated Nielsen's Carry Out in Valparaiso from 1959 to 1976. She was a 70 year member of Valparaiso First Church of the Nazarene. On June 30, 1940 in Shell Lake she married Hans L. Nielsen who preceded her in death in 1976. Survivors include their five children, Robert Nielsen of Beverly Shores, Donald (Pat) Nielsen of Valparaiso, Christine (Ray) Zinsli of Lafayette, Richard (Janice) Nielsen of Houston, TX and Trish (Tony) Ficocello of Coon Rapids, MN; one brother, Eugene Schubert of Valparaiso; one sister, Elaine Krantz of Spooner, WI; 14 granchildren; one foster granddaughter and 17 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Peter Hans Nielsen in 1971.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:00 A.M. at Valparaiso First Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Gene Tanner officiating, with burial at Westville Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m at the Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Valparaiso First Church of the Nazarene..

Benedict John Yankauskas, Jr.

Hebron

Benedict John Yankauskas, Jr, age 74, of Hebron, was called peacefully to his eternal reward, in the presence of family on April 6, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Porter Memorial Hospital, with complications from pneumonia. Ben was born January 28, 1928 in Cicero, IL, the son of Benedict and Anna (Augustauskas) Yankauskas. He was a devoted husband of 42 years and a loving father of 14 children, 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a lifelong resident of Hebron and graduated from Hebron High School. He enjoyed a life-long commitment to farming and agriculture. He was a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church in Hebron, past member of the St. Helen's Holy Name Society, member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and The Independent Order of Foresters. He retired from the Porter County Highway Department in 1995. Ben also served 40 years as a 4-H Club Leader on Boone Township. On August 16, 1952, he was married in Hessville to Virginia M. Michal, who preceded him in death on June 12, 1994. He cherished and raised his family with a foundation of a strong faith and Sunday Family Rosary, instilling love and respect for others, and guided them with a firm hand and a soft heart. Among his favorite past times, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, watching "Bonanza", going out for crab legs and eating ice cream. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, Phillip M, one infant grandson, Joshua M. and one sister, Julia (Yankauskas) Gesse. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia (Eugene) Sims of Griffith; twelve sons: Benedict M. (Sandra) of Hebron, Joseph (Jane) of Kouts, Paul (Karen) of Hebron, Fr. Peter, Obalte of the Oblates Virgin Mary of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fr. David, Oblates of the Virgin Mary of Cordoba, Argentina, Anthony (Gayle) of Hebron, James (Jane) of Hebron, Philip B. (Tina) of Hebron, Vincent (Rhonda) of Crescent Hills, PA, Dominic of Hebron, Matthew (Shelley) of Hebron and Andrew of Merrillville; 26 grandchildren: Robb, Tim (Melissa), Charlene, Pamela, Laura, Hannah, Joseph, Jr., Angela, Paul Jr., Jeffrey, John, Amber, Anthony Jr., Shelby, Jennifer, Michael, Jeremy, Krystal, Philip Jr., Stephanie, Caleb, Kira, Dominic, Jr., Clayton, Jacob, Matthew Jr., and one great-grandchild, Emily. Other survivors include one brother, Adolph of Lowell and one sister, Anne (Yankauskas) Schank of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at Family Service Funeral Home, Hebron Chapel. There will be a rosary service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m . Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at St. Helen's Catholic Church of Hebron, Fr. David Yankauskas, Fr. Peter Yankauskas and Fr. Derrick Dudash officiating. Burial, Hebron Cemetery.

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