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January 09, 2001 12:00 am

Ann Lasko (nee Rivich)

Merrillville/Whiting/East Chicago

Ann Lasko (nee Rivich), 90, of Merrillville, formerly of Whiting and East Chicago, IN, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2001, at the Southlake Methodist Hospital, Merrillville, IN. She is survived by one daughter, MaryAnn (Emil) Ciochina of Merrillville; two granddaughters, Annette (Dan) Eick of Carmel, Indiana, and Diane (Paul) Schultz of Merrillville; four great-grandchildren: Anthony and Abby Eick, and Paul and Brooke Schultz; sisters-in-law: Mary (late Nicholas) Rivich, Ruth (late Andrew) Rivich and Susan (late Matthew) Rivich; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Marissa Schultz, her parents, John and Anna Rivich, brothers, Joseph (late Anne), Michael (late Mary), Nicholas, Andrew, and Matthew Rivich and sisters, Katherine Szarkowski, Mary Goldasich and Rose Miksich.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. from the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN, 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity Hungarian Church, East Chicago, with Rev. Alphonse Skerl officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Hammond, IN. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home will be from 2 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Ann was a retired beautician from 114th Street in Whiting, after 42 years. She was a lifelong member of the Forresters Lodge, C.F.U. Lodge #154 and AARP. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes preferred.

Ann was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Marilyn Ann Lehmann


Marilyn Ann Lehmann, 63, a Valparaiso, IN, resident for over 40 years passed away Sunday, January 7, 2001 at Porter Memorial Hospital. She was born March 25, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Walter and Helene (Walter) Hoffman; graduated with honors from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 and remained active at Valparaiso University, where her husband taught in the College of Engineering. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso and will be remembered for her long term interest in Art and for her avid collection of the works of local artists.

On July 5, 1958 she married Gilbert Lehmann who survives, along with their two children, Susan Helene Lehmann of Porter Beach and Christopher Mark (Virginia) Lehmann of Urbana, IL.

Funeral services will be held Thursday 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rev. Stephen H. Bongard officiating (corner of Glendale Blvd. & Monticello Park Dr) Valparaiso, with private burial to follow. Visitation Wednesday 3:30-7 p.m. at Immanuel All Saints Chapel. Memorials are encouraged to the Friends of Art at Valparaiso University or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Penny MacLennan (nee Shegich)


Penny MacLennan's courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer ended peacefully at home on Sunday, January 7, 2001. Penny, age 38, of Valparaiso, IN, was a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. She is survived by her loving husband of nine years, Ross MacLennan, her mother, Joan Shegich of Munster, her father, Richard Shegich of California; sister, Pamela Shegich of Munster; brother, Christopher (Deborah) Shegich of Chicago, IL; and her two grandmother's, Helen Mackowiak of Munster and Mildred Shegich of St. John.

Penny graduated Munster High, School, 1980 and Indiana University Northwest, 1996, with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked in the dental industry for 15 years and was very proud to receive her college degree from IUN. She was a member of Iota Chapter of Tri Kappa. Penny enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling with her husband, Ross.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. A Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church, Munster, on Friday, January 12, 2001 at 11 a.m. Contributions in memory of Penny may be made to the Penny A. MacLennan Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408. Prayer service Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

John Manfredo

Mesa, AZ / Calumet City, IL

John Manfredo, 74, died on Thursday, December 28, 2000. He was a long time resident of Calumet City, IL, and moved to Mesa AZ, in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Joe Manfredo; daughters, Renee (Bill) Turnbull and Lisa (Bill) Kirch; six grandchildren; his brother, Frank Manfredo and sister, Mae Kupres. Funeral services were held in Arizona.

Evelyn "Hopp" Marlin

California/Hammond, IN

Evelyn "Hopp" Marlin, passed away on December 31, 2000 in Fresno, CA, at the age of 81. She was born December 3, 1919 in Hammond, IN. Preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Marlin. Burial will take place on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 in Concordia Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Virgil Huber Funeral Home of Hammond, IN, in charge of the arrangements. 219-844-1020.

Lucille Rose Nemeth


Lucille Rose Nemeth, 77, of Highland, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2001. Survived by two brothers, Ernie Nemeth of Highland and Edward (Nancy) Nemeth of Birmingham, AL; three nieces, Paula (Ken) Mitchell and Carolyn (Craig) Porter, both of Birmingham, AL, Sally Nemeth of Los Angeles, CA; many great nieces and nephews; cousin, Irene Szakatits of Highland; and special friend, M.J. Downing of Munster. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Rose Nemeth and baby brother, Richard.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, IN, with Rev. Alphonse Skerl officiating. Visitation Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Please omit flowers. Lucille was a nurse at St. Catherine Hospital, worked at Sinclair and Arco Oil Refinery and the East Chicago School System; member of Holy Trinity Hungarian Church, East Chicago, and St. Catherine's Alumni Association. She enjoyed monthly breakfasts with her nurse classmates and friends. Lucille was a person who loved people. Children played such a big part in her life. She was fond of animals, loved her family, loved her church and being a nurse was very important to her. Her generosity to many will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Lucille, you will be missed so very much.

Paul O. Patton "Papaw"


Paul O. Patton "Papaw", 87, of Merrillville, IN, departed this world to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 7, 2001. He was born in Dycusburg, KY in 1913, and moved to Gary, IN, in 1937. He married his first wife, Nona Bell Teer on Nov. 18, 1929, who preceded him in death in 1986. Paul married his present wife, Delilah Aud-Flannigan Patton, Nov. 13, 1988. He is also survived by his three children: Ruby Lee Powell (Larry) O'Brien, Paul (Linda) Patton and Jim (Abby) Patton; two stepdaughters: Deanna Carter and Debbie (Jackie) Stone; one sister, Oda Shewcraft; numerous loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and many many loving friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 10 a.m. directly at Eastlake Baptist Church, 7121 E. Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, IN, Rev. Donald B. Deel and Rev. Frank Worthington officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN, on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Papaws love and ambition for his cattle and his farming of many acres and many years in Enfield, IL, was his treasure. He also worked 30 years at U.S. Steel Sheet and Tin Mill as a Millwright. He served as a Deacon for 50 years at Glen Park Baptist, 49th Avenue Baptist and presently at Eastlake Baptist Church. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Memorial donations may be made to Eastlake Baptist Church in memory of Mr. Patton. Mr. Patton may also be viewed on Thursday directly at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 10 a.m.

David Lee Pierce

Fish Lake / Portage, IN

David Lee Pierce, 67, of Fish Lake, IN, formerly of Portage, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2001 at South Bend Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Born in Dubois, PA, October 9, 1933 to the late Delbert Pierce and Irene Phillips Pierce who survives in Louisville, OH. Married May 29, 1992 in Portage, IN, to Elaine Griffith, who survives: Also survived by son, Derek (Sara) Pierce of Portage, IN; step-sons: Michael (Liane) Godbey of St. Cloud, FL, Randy (Tammy) Godbey of Portage, IN, Carl Griffith II of Valparaiso, IN, Greg (Tammy) Griffith of Hebron, IN and Phillip (Kim) Griffith of Portage, IN; daughters: Candice (David) Jeffress of Chesterton, IN and Cherie (Jerry) Davich of Portage, IN; brother: Calvin (Dorothy) Pierce of State College, PA; sister, Linda (Mervin) Mayes of Louisville, OH; six grandsons all starting with "J's"; and many step-grandchildren.

Funeral services Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, with Pastor Larry Delli and Pastor Rick Oliver officiating. Interment, Heritage Cemetery, Portage, IN. Visitation Tuesday, January 9th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN.

Mr. Pierce was an area resident for 50 years. Retired Crane Operator from Bethlehem Steel with 28 years service. Member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Salem Heights, IN. He was an avid fisherman and faithful supporter of the Baptist Childrens Home. Family suggests memorials to Baptist Childrens Home, 354 West St., Valparaiso, IN. 46383.

Earl T. Pringle

Calumet City, IL

Earl T. Pringle, 87, of Calumet City, IL, passed away Monday, January 8, 2001. He is survied by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn; one son, Eugene (Barbara) Pringle of Londonderry, New Hampshire; two grandsons, Christopher (Michelle) Pringle of Salt Lake City, Utah and Evan (Christi) Pringle of Benington, Vermont; one great-grandson, Ryan Pringle; two brothers-in-law, Carl (Margaret) Gonser of Lansing, IL and Jack (Grace) Warner of Schererville, IN.

Visitation will take place at the Burns- Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN, on Wednesday, January 10th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 11, 2001, 1 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Paul Arnold officiating. Interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN.

Earl was a member of McKinley Lodge 712 F.&A.M., Scottish Rite 32nd Degree of South Bend. He was a retired member of Pipefitters Local #597 and was a Charter member of the Woodmar United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Memorial Fund of Woodmar United Methodist Church in his memory would be appreciated.

Frank Rimsky, Jr.


Frank Rimsky, Jr., 55, of Hobart, IN, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Frank and Martha Rimsky; two brothers, Robert (Louise) Rimsky and Dennis Rimsky; one sister, Stella (Chuck) Richardson and many other relatives. Visitation for Mr. Rimsky will be held on Wednesday, January 10th, at 9 a.m. at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN, with the funeral service immediately following at 10 a.m. Interment is at McCool Cemetery. For information please call 219-762-8595.

Leslie E. Robinson


Leslie E. Robinson, 70, a Valparaiso resident since 1970, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2001 at VNA Mary Bartz Hospice Center. He was born May 2, 1930 in Amarillo, TX, the son of Walter E. and Vara (Cross) Robinson; graduated from Park High School in Racine, WI and received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, Inernational Association of Financial Planners and International Certified Financial Planners. He joined Northern Indiana Bank in 1970 and served as its President at the time of its acquisition by Gainer Bank in 1988, then going into business for himself as a Certified Financial Planner and had continued to work full time. He was quite active civically as a member of the Porter County United Way Board, serving as Campaign Chairman in 1973, Great Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Associates in Downtown Valparaiso, State of Indiana Jobs Training Pa

rtnership Council and Community Long Range Planning Committee. He is currently a Director of the Valparaiso Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Club of Porter County and Porter Starke Services, all of which he had also served as President or Chairman. He is also active with Porter County Council for Welfare Planning, President of the Community Development Corporation (affordable housing). Porter County Community Foundation, and the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation. His recent recognitions include Sagamore of the Wabash, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and Boys and Girls Club Man and Youth Award.

On October 15, 1955 in Appleton, WI, he married Donna Sense who survives along with their three children, Bradley (Sheryl) Robinson of Valparaiso, Randall (Susan Buhler) Robinson of Corvallis, OR and Katie (Rob) Baker of Northville, MI; one sister, Jo Hansen of Sacramento, CA, and four grandchildren, Bryan Meanovich, Cori Robinson, Alison and Chad Baker.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Valparaiso, IN, with Rev. E. W. Morack and Rev. Jon Nyberg officiating with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. at the Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso, IN. Memorial contributions are enoucraged to be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Porter County, First Presbyterian Church or VNA of Porter County.

Waltraud "Wally" Serynek

South Haven

Waltraud "Wally" Serynek, 73, of South Haven, passed away Sunday, January 7 2001 at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso. She was a Northwest Indiana resident for 45 years. "Wally" was a homemaker and a member of American Legion Post #502 Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, John, Sr.; five children: John, Jr. (Sharon) Serynek of Wanatah, Dave (Barbara) Serynek and Annegret (Louis) Lajcin, both of Valparaiso, Kathie (Mike) Hutchison of Frankfort, IN, Mike (Tina) Serynek of South Haven; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Manfred (Inga) Pohlmann, Bodo (Elfrieda) Pohlmann and sister, Gehilda (Alfred) Reineke, all of Germany. Preceded in death by parents and grandson, Patrick Hutchison.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 1 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Portage. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Visitation is on Tuesday, January 9th, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel 219-762-3013.

Raul G. Vela

East Chicago

Raul G. Vela, 74, of East Chicago, passed on Sunday, January 7, 2001. Survived by wife of 52 years, Minerva; (nee Canas), four children: Robert Vela, Raul (Tawana) Vela, Ruben (Diane) Vela and Alicia (Daniel) Hluska; four grandchildren: Neal Hluska, Rachel Vela, Rene Hluska and Seth Vela; many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service Friday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. from Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, East Chicago, with Rev. Stephen Gibson officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Prayer service at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Raul retired from Champion Rivet in East Chicago; a WWII U.S. Army veteran; a member of St. Mary Church and resident of East Chicago for the past 37 years.

Donald E. Whetzel Sr.


Donald E. Whetzel, Sr., 82 of Valparaiso, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Anne, of 60 years; son, Donald E. (Vicki) Whetzel, Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah; three daughters: Terri Bruce of Valparaiso, Sharon (Terry A.) DuMay of Broken Arrow, OK and Carol Brandy of Kouts; one brother, Kenneth Whetzel of California; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Donald had 43 years of cumulative service as a steelworker, retiring in 1983 as an operator from Midwest Steel and was a member of the Retirees Club. After his retirement he was involved in numerous volunteer activities through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Donald had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a SeaBee.

A private memorial service will be held for family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society's Valparaiso office or the American Heart Fund. Arrangements by Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN.

Agnes Willett


Agnes Willett, 86, of Merrillville, passed away at Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Merrillville, IN, on Saturday, January 6, 2001. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church and the Ladies Guild. Former member of Knights of Columbus Msgr. Ryder Wives Group. She attended the 10 a.m. Cardiac Rehab Class at Southlake Methodist Rehabilitation Center for 10 years. Agnes loved to dance and was an avid seamstress and excellent fur finisher. She is survived by her husband, Ernest W. Willett of Merrillville; one daughter, Nancy Willett of Matteson, IL; one sister, Florence Sepiol of Schererville; one brother, William Tomaszewski of Portage; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 10 a.m. directly at St. Joan of Arc Church, 200 E. 78th Ave., Merrillville, IN. Rev. Sammie L. Maletta officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Wake Service will be offered on Tuesday at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Church. Mrs. Willett may also be viewed at the church on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m.

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