John R. Edwards
John R. Edwards, 62, of Lake Station passed
away on Wednesday, February 17, 1999. He was a Lake Station resident for 32
years and a lifelong Northwest Indiana resident. He was the owner of Edward's
Motors on Central Ave. in Lake Station. Survived by his wife, Mae; five
children, Steve (Julia) Edwards and Jackie Edwards, both of Valparaiso, Mike
(Tanya) Edwards, Ray (Lynnette) Edwards and Carla (Brian) Vaughan, all of
Portage, 12 grandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Wade of Chesterton and
Virginia (Frank) Bertucci of Portage.
Funeral services Friday, February 19,
1999, 12 Noon prayers at Rees Funeral Home, Brady Chapel, 3781 Central Ave.,
Lake Station, and 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis Xavier
Church with Rev. Robert B. Evers celebrating the Mass. Cremation at Calvary
Crematory, Portage. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at
the Rees Funeral Home, Brady Chapel. 219-962-1606.
Thomas John Gross, Jr.
Nevada / Gary/Portage, IN
Thomas John Gross, Jr.,
28, of Winnemucca, Nevada, formerly of Gary and Portage, Indiana, passed away
on Monday, February 15, 1999 as the result of an accident at the Getchell Gold
Mine. A graduate of Portage High School, class of 1988 where Tom was active in
high school band. He was an avid fisherman and cook. He was a member of the
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Parump, Nevada. Survived by his wife,
Lillian (nee Tello); three sons, Thomas J. Gross III, Branden M. Gross and
Anthony M. Garza and two daughters, Tiffany Garza and Tonya Garza, all of
Winnemucca, parents, Thomas and Jennifer Gross of Portage; two brothers, Robert
Gross of Hobart and Kevin Gross of Portage; maternal grandmother, Stella V.
Buckwalter of Portage; also, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. at
Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville, I!
ndiana, with Rev. Roy Zerbe of
Margaret Mary Hillsamer
Margaret Mary Hillsamer (nee
Olson), 75, of Hobart, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 1999. Margaret was
the beloved wife of Wilbur L. Hillsamer for 57 years. The beloved mother of
Nancy (Timothy) Koss and Anne Remenius, both of Hobart, Indiana and John W.
"Jack" Hillsamer of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; She will be greatly missed by
grandchildren: Collette (Martin) Cleland, Rhonda (Tom) Grynovich and Tiffany
(Jay) Mummey, all of Hobart, Indiana, Mark (Susan) Koss of Anderson, IN, and
four very loved great grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by a brother Jim
(Kay) Olson and many caring nieces nephews. Preceded in death by parents, John
C. and Anna Olson, brother, Harold E. Olson and son-in-law John S. Remenius
Funeral services Thursday, February 18, 1999,10 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran
Church, 5402 U.S. Highway 6, Portage, Indiana, Rev. Timothy A. Engel
officiating. Entombment at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN. Friends may!
call at the Geisen Funeral Hom
Mark H. Luckel
Mark H. Luckel, 37, of Lowell, IN passed away on
Monday, February 15, 1999. He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Phyllis
Luckel of Lowell, and one brother, Dale T. Luckel of Lowell.
will be held on Friday, February 19, 1999, 11 a.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home,
604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN., Pastor David Skidmore officiating. Burial
will follow at Lowell Memorial Cemetery. Friends are invited to call on
Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mark was a member
of the 1st Baptist Church of Cedar Lake and attended Valparaiso University.
Teresa A. "Terri" Null
Chesterton / Miller/Portage
Teresa A. "Terri"
Null, 37, of Chesterton, passed away Monday, February 15 1999. Teresa was a
lifelong Miller/Portage area resident. She was self employed as a professional
appraiser and was affiliated with Ross Appraisals of South Bend and Plymouth.
Survivors are son, Brandon Null of Chesterton; mother, Peggy Ann Casey of
California; one brother, Christopher A. (Toni L.) Casey of Crown Point; two
nephews, Jordan A. Casey and Garrett J. Casey, both of Crown Point. Preceded in
death by father, Everett and brother, Darrell Wayne Casey.
will be Thursday, February 18, 1999, 10 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson
Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage, IN. Cremation at Calvary Cemetery, Portage.
Memorials are preferred to the Brandon Null Scholarship Fund. Friends may meet
with the family on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home,
Olson Chapel, 219-762-3013.
Ricky Dale Null
Chesterton / Miller/Portage
Ricky Dale Null, 41, of
Chesterton, passed away Monday, February 15, 1999. Ricky was a lifelong
Miller/Portage area resident. He was employed as a truck driver with Columbia
Pipe and was a member of Teamsters Local #142. Survivors are son, Brandon Null
of Chesterton; mother, Gladys Null of Portage; three brothers, Robert L.
(Barbara) Null of Hobart, John A. (Maryanne) Null of Portage and Danny B.
(Deborah) Null of Valparaiso; nieces, Lisa Null Cannon and Christine Null,
nephew, Bob Null. Preceded in death by father, John L. Null and nephew, Gary J.
Funeral services will be Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Rees
Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage. Burial at Calvary
Cemetery, Portage, IN. Memorials are preferred to to the Brandon Null
Scholarship Fund. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral
Home, Olson Chapel. 219-762-3013.
Sophie A. Rogers
Portage / Gary
Sophie A. Rogers, 78, of Portage, passed
away on Tuesday, February 15, 1999 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, IN.
She was a Portage resident for 22 years and former longtime Gary resident.
Member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in South Haven and retired from
the School City of Gary with 22 years of service. Survived by three sons,
Joseph (Jacquelyn) Rogers of Portage, Lawrence (Linda) Rogers of Hobart and
John Rogers of Portage; three grandchildren, Wendy, Michael and Dana Rogers;
two brothers, John (Pauline) Kowal of Clairton, PA and John Subart of Portage,
IN; two sisters, Stella Cieslak of LaPorte and Anne (Ovid) Neid of Knox, IN.
Preceded in death by husband, Joseph R. Rogers.
Funeral services Friday,
February 19, 1999, 9:30 a.m. prayers at Rees Funeral Home Olson Chapel, 5341
Central Ave., Portage, IN, and 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of
Sorrows Catholic Church with Rev. Doug Mayer celebrating the mass. B!
urial at Calvary Cemetery, Port
Ruth A. Stephens
Crown Point, IN
Ruth A. Stephens (nee
Davis), 87, of Crown Point, IN, formerly of Colorado Springs, CO. and born in
Wabash, IN on May 13, 1911, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 1999. Ruth
was preceded in death by her husband, Carl R. Stephens on April 11, 1998.
Survived by two daughters, Kristin A. (Richard) Smith of Albuquerque, N.M. and
Jody (Gene) Grieger of Valparaiso, IN; six grandchildren, Shelley (Barry) Miles
of Maryland, Lynn Glassburn of Colorado, Scott (Ruth) Glassburn of West
Virginia, Lori (Daniel) Lodics of New York, Wendy (James) Guth of Lake Station
and Michael (Mary) Grieger of Indianapolis, IN; 11 great grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held at the Graceland Cemetery Mausoleum in
Valparaiso, Indiana (time and date will be announced later). Cremation at the
Burns Funeral Home Crematory will precede the memorial service. There will be
no visitation. Burns Funeral Home (corner of 101st and Broadway), Merrillv!
ille/Crown Point Chapel in char