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June 21, 2002 12:00 am

Gemma Nutini

(nee Di Pego)

Berwyn, / Highland /

East Chicago

Gemma Nutini (nee Di Pego), age 88, of Berwyn, IL, formerly of Highland and East Chicago, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2002. She is survived by her loving daughter, Laura Nutini of Berwyn, IL and loving son, Michael of Schererville, IN; Grandmother of Brian Nutini of Brookly, NY and Katie (Luis) Arceo of Griffith, IN; two sisters, Laura Biagioni and Ilva (Pietro) Gradi of Lucca, Camigliano Italy; one brother, Ozzie Di Pego of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces and nephews in Illinois, Canada and Italy. Preceded in death by her loving husband Pio, brothers, George, Paul, Alfredo and Dino Di Pego and sisters, Orlandina Sarti and Lydia (Lido) Nutini.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, 2002, 9:15 a.m. from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 921 West 45th Ave., Griffith, IN, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Church, Highland, IN, Rev. Charles W. Niblick, Celebrant. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation will be Friday, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.

Gemma was born in Argentina on August 10, 1913. The family returned to Lucca, Camigliano Italy when she was about 4 years old. In 1939 she immigrated to the United States and lived with her married sister, Orlandina (Dante) Sarti in Chicago where she found work at the Red Cross Macaroni Company. In 1941 she married Pio Nutini and settled in the Indiana Harbor Section of East Chicago where Pio operated an ice cream-soda fountain business at 3834 Main St. from 1942-1969, known as "Sarti's". Gemma enjoyed crocheting, she was an avid church goer, a loving mother and good grandmother who also partnered in her husband business for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to be made to the Alzheimers Association in her loving memory.

Richard Anthony

O'Connell Jr.


Richard Anthony O'Connell Jr., age 67, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his home in Munster. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Ann Marie Fitzgerald O'Connell; five loving children: Kevin Michael (Maddy) O'Connell, Kathleen Anne (Paul) Beno, Richard Anthony (Christine) O'Connell III, Michael Fitzgerald (Kathleen) O'Connell and Bridget Ann (James) Collins; six grandchildren: Sarah Marie Beno, Brian Richard Beno, Mark Joseph Beno, Patrick Fitzgerald O'Connell, Ann Elizabeth O'Connell and John Furlong O'Connell; sister-in-law, Kathleen Fitzgerald; three nephews, Brian, Kevin and Sean Burke; and one niece, Kelly Burke Church. Preceded in death by his first wife, Rita (mother of Kevin Michael O'Connell and Kathleen Ann Beno) and his parents, Elizabeth Farrell O'Connell and Richard Anthony O'Connell the 1st.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at 9:30 A.M. from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St.Thomas More Church, Munster. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Richard was born May 27, 1935 in East Chicago, IN. He was a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute and Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957 and was a member of the Pi Pau Sigma National Honor Mechanical Engineering Fraternity. Richard was the owner and President of O'Connell Construction Company in Hammond and relocated to Highland in the late 70's. During his approximately nine years of retirement he and Ann Marie traveled and spent their winters in Palm Springs, California. As a representative of the Calumet Builders Association, Richard was a Trustee of the Construction Advancement Foundation from September 1975 to September 1983. He served as President of the Calumet Builders of Lake County from 1981 to1983. He was past President of the Purdue Club of Lake County and past member of the Hammond Optimist Club and TradeWinds. Richard also served as President and Vice-President of the Culver Academy's Parents Association in Culver, IN from 1991 to 1993. He was a member of Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, IN and the Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Calumet Area, the Multiple Myeloma Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall St., New York, N.Y. 10005.

Richard F. Paganelli


Richard F. Paganelli, age 56, of Hessville passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at St. Catherine's Hospital, East Chicago. Survived by his wife: Karen, son: Tony (Dawn) Paganelli of Carmel, IN, daughter, Candace (Christopher) Paganelli-Shilling of Merrillville, step-children; Michael and Kimberly Kalwat of Hammond, one grandson; Jack Paganelli, father; Fred Paganelli of Hessville, sister; Kathleen (Leonard) Sherwinski of Schererville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann and sister, Marcia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 24, 2002, at 10:00 AM DIRECTLY AT St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 1115 N. Cline Avenue, Griffith, IN, with the Rev. Steven Schuneman celebrant and Rev. Jim Wozniak officiating. Burial to follow at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave, Hessville, IN, on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Richard was a lifetime resident of the Calumet area and was a sales manager for Standard Heating & Cooling of Chicago. He was a member of the VFW. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran obtaining the rank of Petty Officer 2 Class E-4 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal with 1 Star, Viet Nam Campaign Medal with Device, Purple Heart Medal (first awarded for wounds received in Republic of Viet Nam on April 2, 1969 and he also received the Combat Action Ribbon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family would be appreciated.

John L. Pastar Sr.


John L. Pastar, Sr., age 67, of Munster, IN, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 20, 2002. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lydia (Fish) Pastar and his son, John L. Pastar, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his children: Suzie (Pat) Hunt of Leander, TX, Marion (Mark) Balaszek of Fishers, IN, Lawrie (Brad) Knepper of Indianapolis, IN, Mike McCain (fiancee, Elaine Costeas) of Lombard, IL, Kelly (Troy) Szczudlak of Munster, IN and Mary (Mark) Halverson of Munster, IN. Proud "Poppa" of Alex and Adam Hunt, Mark and Eric Balaszek, Ellie and Ava J. Knepper, Brent and Tessa Pastar, Kristy and Kyle Smith, Tyler Szczudlak and Andrea Halverson; also, dogs, parrots, many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and special friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 24, 2002, 9:00 A.M. at the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dale Mendenhall officiating. Burial will be on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Ramsey, IL. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday, June 23rd, from 2:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

John was employed at Wonder Bread and opened the Munster branch as manager. He was retired from Frito-Lay, Inc, after 23 years of service. He loved the Bears, the White Sox and whoever was beating the Cubs and Notre Dame in a game. John was an avid sports fan, playing high school and college football (Ripon College) baseball and basketball. He was a lifetime bowler and bowled in a league at Lan Oak Lanes for many years. In his spare time, John looked forward to his weekly breakfast and golf outings with his buddies. John was a loving Husband, Father and Friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana, P.O. Box 2697 Miller Beach, IN 46403 would be appreciated.

Peter Pavel


Peter Pavel, age 83, of Merrillville, formerly of Gary, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002. Survived by daughter: Teresina (Gregory O'Drobinak) Pavel of Miller; son, Thomas (Karen) Pavel of LOFS, Crown Point; two granddaughters, Leah and Kimberly Pavel. Preceded in death by wife, Doris "Betty" (Dian) Pavel in 1985 and brothers and sisters.

Mr. Pavel was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Merrillville, and a former member of Dr. Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gary. He was a Gold Card member of the Gary Sportsmen Club, a retired production manager from Dairy Rich Ice Cream with 32 years of service and a member of Teamster's Local #142. An Army Veteran of World War II, he was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed coin collection and dealing antiques.

Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville, on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held Monday, June 24, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at Resurrection Lutheran church, 8601 East Lincoln Highway, with Rev. Robery Breitbarth officiating. He will be taken to church Monday morning for viewing from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Arthur and Ethel Horton VNA Hospice or Resurrection Lutheran church. He will be missed by many.

Rosella M. Radovich


Calumet City

Rosella M. Radovich "Rusty", age 69, of Calumet City, IL, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002. Beloved wife to Michael. Loving mother to Cheryl Kirby, Michael K. (Pini) and Deborah (Roger) Jackman. Devoted Mama to Heather Kirby, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie Jackman. Survived by three brothers, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service Saturday, June 22, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home, 248-155th Place, Calumet City, IL (one block West of Wentworth Ave). Visitation on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Information: 708-862-4480.

Louis P. Strbac

Crown Point

Louis P. Strbac, age 76, of Crown Point, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2002. Louis was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Brazil, IN. He was a retired Electrical Supervisor at U.S. Steel and a Vetran of World War II and the Korean Conflict-U.S. Navy.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Virginia (nee Heibert) of Crown Point; son, Terry Strbac of Merrillville; two daughters, Colleen Stetz-Dargavel of N. Fort Myers, Florida and Rhonda (Scean) Patterson of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services Saturday, June 22, 2002, 10:00 A.M. at the Burns Funeral Home (corner 101st and Broadway) Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel with Rev. Kenny Gamblin officiating. Interment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home on Friday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Contributions may be made to the South Haven Lions Club in Mr. Strbac's memory.

Justin R. Tylka


Justin R. Tylka, age 18, of Wanatah, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002. A lifelong area resident, he was born December 8, 1983 in Valparaiso. Justin graduated on June 9th from South Central High School where he played football and baseball, wore #5 on both team jerseys in honor of his uncle, Kevin and was a tri-captain of the baseball team. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wanatah. Justin is survived by his parents, Sandra (Mark) Geskey of Wanatah, Robert (Lynne) Tylka of Westville; two brothers, Nicholas and Blake, both of Wanatah; maternal grandmother, Rosemary Yagelski of Sarasota, FL; paternal grandparents, Robert L. and Marilyn Tylka of South Haven; step-grandmothers, Pat Geskey of Lincoln, IL and Dolores Fernandez of Valparaiso; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mathew Yagelski, Sr. and one uncle, Kevin Yagelski.

A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, 10:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wanatah, the Rev. Jerry Schweitzer celebrating, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation Monday, 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the new gym at the South Central High School. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the South Central Athletic Booster Club or Sacred Heart Catholic Church for masses. Wanatah Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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