Marie A. Carpenter
West Lafayette, IN/Portage
Marie A. Carpenter, 92, of West Lafayette, Indiana passed away Friday, June
25, 1999 at the George Davis Manor (West Lafayette) at 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Carpenter
had lived in West Lafayette the past five years,
moving from Bradenton, Florida. She formerly lived in Portage for 60 years, and
was one of the founding members of St. Francis Xavier Parish where she was very
active. She was born August 6, 1907 in Pennsylvania to Vincent Sodomka and Anna
On September 4, 1926 she married Thomas K. Carpenter and he preceded her in
death on February 24, 1982. Mrs. Carpenter was very active in her former
communities. She enjoyed traveling and her family. She was a member of Blessed
are two daughters, Janet Scarcelli of West Lafayette and Patricia Hoeg of
Hobart; two sons, Thomas D. Carpenter of Louisville and Gerald R. Carpenter of
Greenville, Tennessee. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by
her daughter, Jean Zander.
Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Blessed
Sacrament, 2224 Sacramento Dr., West Lafayette, Indiana with Father David
Contributions may be made to the church in her memory. Richards-Loy & Wheeler
Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Shawn Cozad-Fernando, 26, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, July 4,
1999. She was born
November 22, 1972 in Valparaiso the daughter of Allen and Sandra (Hettinger)
Cozad. She was a 1991 Valparaiso High School graduate and was married to
Bernard Fernando on January 31, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Bernard
Fernando of Tulsa, OK; mother,
Sandra (Bruce) Shinabarger of Valparaiso, Father, Allen (Dianna) Cozad of
Tulsa, OK; brother, Eric A. Cozad of Fort Wayne, IN; half-sister, Julie Cozad
of Tulsa, OK; step-sister, Johnna Tirella of Tulsa, OK and grandmother, Doris
Hettinger of Valparaiso.
A graveside service will be held Friday, July 9, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Graceland
Cemetery's Chapel, Valparaiso with Rev. Adam Goodman officiating. Engel Funeral
Home in charge of local arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Porter
County Cancer Society.
There will be no visitation or funeral service at the funeral home. For
information please call 219-762-8595.
Santa Didonna, 91, of Hobart passed away Monday, July 5, 1999. Mrs. Didonna
had been a Hobart resident
since 1958, coming from Noicattaro Bari, Italy. She was a member of St. Bridget
Church, Hobart. Santa is survived by her seven children, Marino Didonna of
Hobart, Nick (Toni) Didonna of Hobart, Tony (Diane) Didonna of Dyer, Rose
Shearer of Hobart, Berardina
(Frank) Cinquepalmi of Italy and Teresa (Pietro) Maggio of Hobart; son-in-law,
Danny Soria of Hobart and Maria Jackson of Lake Station; 22 grandchildren; 31
great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; Preceded in death by her
husband, Pasquale Didonna
in 1981, son and daughter-in-law, Vito and Anna Didonna, daughter, Nella Soria
and son-in-law, Robert Shearer.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 9, 1999, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at
Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart,
preceding to St. Bridget Catholic Church, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10
a.m. Rev. Dominic V. Bartino officiating. Rosary Thursday at 7 p.m.Visitation
will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. at Rees
Funeral Home, 600 West
Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana.
Blanche "Minnie" Graves
Blanche "Minnie" Graves (nee Larson), 83, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away
on Sunday, July 4, 1999. Survived by one daughter, Sandra Robledo of Hammond;
Dawn McHugh of Munster and Justin Robledo of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; two great-
grandchildren, Ariel Plowman and Tyler Zorbaugh, both of Munster; one brother,
Louis (Valerie) Larson of Griffith; two sisters, Donna (Bob) Burchfield and Ann
(Gerald) Grabinski, both
of Bakersfield, CA; one sister in law, Patricia Larson of Hammond; many nieces
and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Louis and three brothers, Dale,
John and Cecil Larson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 8, 1999, 11 a.m. at the Kuiper
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim King officiating. Burial at Chapel Lawn
Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the
family on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home,
9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks
south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mrs. Graves was a member of Riverside Community Church, Hammond.
Carl Halien, 84, of Wheatfield, IN passed away July 2,1999 at Lutheran
Retirement Village, Crown Point, IN. He is survived
by one daugher, Diane (Alex) Barabas of Schererville, IN and Dale (Jim) Fortier
of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Brian Barabas and Mike Fortier and Janelle
Fortier; preceded in death by wife, Mary (nee Tepovich) Halien, November 30,
1989, father, Olaf Halien
and mother, Ellen (Sanler) Halien.
Private graveside service were held Tuesday, July 6,1999, at Wheatfield
Cemetery, Wheatfield, Indiana. A Memorial Dinner will be held at Wheatfield
American Legion at a later date.
Mr. Halien was born September 20,
1914, in New York, NY. He married Mary Tepovich on December 6, 1941 in East
Chicago IN. He attended schools in New York. He was a World War II veteran and
member of Wheatfield Ameican Legion. He was a painter for Youngstown Sheet &
Tube, East Chicago, IN
being retired since 1972 after 27 years of service.
Lottie V. Kulik
Lottie V. Kulik, 86, of Hammond,IN, passed away Tuesday, July 6,1999. She is
survived by her loving brother, Stanley Kulik of Hammond; two loving sisters,
Helen Owens of
Calumet City and Julie Kulik of Hammond; loving niece Dolores (John) Angyus of
Valparaiso; God mother to many; many loving nieces and nepehws. Preceded in
death by three brothers, Julian, John and Raymond Kulik.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July
10,1999, at 9:45 a.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman e Avenue,
Hammond. Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Church, 10:30 a.m. with Father
Anthony Valtierra celebrating the Mass. Burial will take place at Holy Cross
Cemetery, Calumet City,
IL. Friends may call at the funerl home on Friday 4 to 8 p.m.
Lottie was a retired employee of the American Steel Foundry and retired
secretary for the City Clerk's office in the City of Hammond. "Auntie Lottie"
will be dearly missed by all who knew and
loved her. Donations may be made to All Saints Church or the "Share
Foundation" in her loving memory.
Michael Broderick Norris
Michael Broderick Norris, 75, of Highland passed away Tuesday, July 6, 1999.
Survived by his wife, Lois
Martell Norris; son, Michael A. (Mary) Norris of Huntersville, North Carolina;
two grandchildren, Lindsay and Courtney Norris of Huntersville; three brothers,
John A. (Mary E.) Norris of Gary, Gerald (Louise) Norris of Montezuma, Indiana
and Joe Norris of
Indianapolis; two sisters, Margaret Daniels of Indianapolis and Charlotte Hicks
of Montezuma, Indiana; one sister-in-law, Bev Norris of Schererville. Preceded
in death by step-son, Stephen A. Whitbeck, parents, John and Ruth Norris;
brother, Charles Norris
and sister, Helen Jackson.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 9, 1999, 11 a.m. at the Kuiper
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leroy Fassett and Rev Linda Skagg officiating.
Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to
meet with the family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper
Funeral Home Chapel, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks south of Ridge Road),
Mr. Norris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highland; retired
from Amoco Oil after
38 years; veteran of the US Army 361st Infantry during World War II where he
received the Purple Heart. Mr. Norris was a very loving husband, father and
grandfather and will be sincerely missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be given to the church
fund or Hospice of the Calumet Area.
Judge Robin D. Pierce
Judge Robin D. Pierce, 49, of Granger, Indiana passed away Monday evening,
July 5, 1999 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, after falling at his home. Born
October 12, 1949 in
Valparaiso, Indiana to Robert G. and Roberta W. (Koble) Pierce of Valparaiso.
On January 6, 1973 he married Mila Flickinger who survives with is children
Allison and Robert Pierce.
He graduated in 1967 from Valparaiso High School and DePauw University in
1971. He graduated from Indiana-Purdue University Law School in 1976 and was
admitted to law practice in Indiana and California. He was an associate of
Spangler, Jennings and Dougherty until 1985 when he was appointed U.S.
Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District
Court of the Northern District of Indiana.
He was a member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church where services will be held
at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999 and burial will be in Graceland Cemetery,
Valparaiso. Judge Pierce was past master of Portage Lodge
657 F & AM who will have Masonic Services in the funeral home at 8 p.m.
Thursday. He also belonged to the Indiana and California Bar Association,
Federal Magistrate Judges Association and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a
member of Experimental Aircraft
Association. Friends may call in the Welsheimer Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland
Rd., South Bend from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 1999.
William J. "George" Pluto
William J. Pluto "George", 80 of Portage, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 1999
at Portage Community Hospital. He was born September 22, 1918 in Chicago, the
son of George and Mary (Rausch) Pluto. A Portage resident for 21 years,
formerly of Chicago, he was married to his first wife, Eleanor B. (Dietz) Pluto
and she preceded him in death
on March 17, 1991. He married Donna E. Tolliver Bates on January 11, 1992 in
Portage. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Private First Class during
WWII in Guam as a machine gunner. He was employed as a boilermaker for Inland
Steel for 18 years, he was
a self-employed steel hauler and worked for the Teamsters Union in Chicago, he
owned and operated the Fernwood Luncheonette in Roseland, Illinois for eight
years and drove a truck for the DeNormandy Laundry Service for 7 years. He was
a member of the Masonic
Lodge in Chicago and then transferred his membership to the Dunes Lodge #741
F&AM in Portage. He was a member of American Legion Post 260 in Portage. He
served as a Democrate Poll worker for many years and was a floor manager for
the AHEPA Lodge #78 Bingo
Hall in Hobart. He is survived by his wife Donna E. Pluto of Portage; two
daughters, Arla M. (Robert J.) Caniga of Portage and Eleanor E. (Alfred J.)
Taddei of Ogden Dunes; one stepson Kevin (Debbie) Bates of Butler, Indiana;
three grandchidlren, Debra Lynn
(Harold) Bates of Portage, Gayle E. Taddei of Muncie and William A. (Lori)
Taddei of Valparaiso; four great grandchildren, Natalie N. Bates of Portage,
Aaron Caylor, Nicholas J. Taddei and Sean W. Taddei all of Valparaiso; many
nieces and nephews.
will be Wednesday, July 7, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, July 8th from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at Engel Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held
Friday, July 9, 1999 at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek road, Portage, IN,
at 10:30 a.m. with Rev..
Duane Schmidt of 1st Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment in McCool
Cemetery, Portage. For information please call 219-762-8595.
Clyde L. Rittel, Jr.
Clyde L.Rittel, Jr. 68, of Portage, Indiana passed away July 5,1999, in
Chattanooga, TN. His wife, Norma, parents, and a brother, James preceded him in
death. Survivors include, daughter, Cindy (Dale) Evans; three grandsons, Chad,
Todd and Brett, all of Valparaiso; he was a brother to John and Viv Rittel;
sisters, Meta (Jack)
Conrick and Maybell (Barney) Ilic; special friend and companion to Darlene
Latham and family.
It was his, as well as, his family's wishes that he be cremated with no
services held. Please say a prayer in his honor. Memorials may be sent to the
Cancer Society. C.W. Bartholomew Funeral Directors sympathetically handled
local funeral arrangements.
Dolores S. Ruzich
Dolores S. Ruzich (nee Dobos), 66, late of Whiting, formerly of East Chicago,
from Ruzich Funeral Home of Whiting and Chicago, passed away Tuesday, July 6,
1999 suddenly at her home. Loving daughter of late Mike and late Mary (nee
Dorko); devoted wife of Walter J. Ruzich, Commissioner of Streets and
Sanitation for the City of Whiting
and retired ECPD; cherished mother of David (Judy) Ruzich of Whiting, Marla Kay
(Kirk) Hild of Orland Hills, Luann (Kenny) Kieltyka of Whiting; proud
grandmother of Brian and Melissa Ruzich, Courtney Janiec, Ashley and Stevie
Kieltyka; dear sister of Albert
(late Patricia) Dobos of Monticello, Maryann (Michael) Polich of Lowell, George
(Patricia) Dobos of Highland, Edward Dobos of Florida and John (Rita) Dobos of
East Chicago; loving friend of Dorothy Hylek, Judy and Satch Murzyn, Irene
"Dodo" Earl and Sharon
Moore, Wesley Shake and Francine Tornai; fond aunt of numerous nieces and
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 10 a.m. from the
RUZICH FUNERAL HOME, 2031 Indianapolis Boulevard, Whiting, Indiana to Sacred
Heart Croatian Catholic
Church, 2864 East 96th Street, Chicago for Mass of Chrisitan Burial at 10:30
a.m. Interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana. Visitation Friday, July 9,
1999 at the Ruzich Funeral Home, 2031 Indianapolis Boulevard, Whiting from 2
p.m. until 9 p.m. 219-659-0018.
George Stilinovich, 98, of Merrillville, passed away on Monday, July 5, 1999
at The Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus. George was born October 4, 1900 in
Novi, Croatia to the late Nicholas and Milka (Kosovic) Stilinovich.
He was an area Funeral Director for over seventy years, most recently as
President of Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, Merrillville. George was a
lifelong member of St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Catholic Church; a member of
many fraternal and church
organizations; former Board Member of The First Federal Savings and Loan
Association for over 26 years and a former Police Commissioner for the City of
Gary in the 1950's .
George was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Rose, three brothers, Nick,
and John and one sister, Mary. He is survived by two loving daughters: Nada
Palmer of Schererville and Millie (Robert) Wiatrolik of Crown Point; five
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Anthony (Emma)
Stilinovich of DeMotte; one sister,
Anna Oskorus of California; two nieces, Rosemary Garcher of Ogden Dunes and
Patricia Gulban of Hobart.
Friends may call on Thursday, July 8th, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of
Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft Street (Hwy 55), Merrillville,
with a Rosary Prayer Service at 4 p.m. K of C Msgr. Ryder Council #4047 will
hold services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin 9:30 a.m. Friday, July
9, 1999 with prayers in the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated 10 a.m. at St.
Joseph the Worker Croatian Catholic Church, The Reverend Fr. Benedict
Benakovic, officiating. Interment will follow in Calumet Park Cemetery. If
desired, memorial contributions may be made in his loving memory to the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Research),
600 South Federal St., Chicago, IL 60605.
Richard J. Thomas
Richard J. Thomas, 73 of Hobart, passed away on Monday, July 5, 1999. He is
survived by his wife of 53 years, Clarice (Kaiser) Thomas; two sons, Richard
(Leta) Thomas of Ft. Wayne
and Tom (Nancy) Thomas of Sugar Land, TX; one daughter, Sandy (Jim) Basala of
Leroy, IN; grandchildren, Kim (Barry) Parshall of Vancouver, Canada, Kris
(Bruce) Shover of Marshall, MN, Evelyn and Richie Thomas of Ft. Wayne; Ryan and
Stacey Thomas of Sugar
Land, TX; great granddaughter, Brandi Shover and one sister, Noni (Robert)
Crowe of Indianapolis.
Dick was a WWII Disabled American veteran; a retiree of U.S. Steel Gary Works
Accounting Division with 38 years of service; Past Master of the Gary Lodge
#677 F&AM and served as lodge secretary for 22 years; treasurer for the Steel
City Chapter Order of DeMolay and a long time member of the Supervisors Club
and Hobart Elks Lodge #1152.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999 at the Rees Funeral
Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.
Visitation Thursday, July 8th from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Masonic Service at
the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may
be made to Gary Masonic
Robert R. Westergren
Valapariso, IN / Oak Lawn, IL
Robert R. Westergren, 77, of Valparaiso, formerly of Oak Lawn, IL passed
away Monday, July 5, 1999 at Mary Bartz Hospice. He was born July 7, 1921 in
Chicago the son of Rudolph and Mildred
(Petersen) Westergren, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired as a
Millwright from Locals 1043 in Indiana and 1693 in Illinois. He took a leave of
absence from the Vidette-Times on June 7, 1999, noting that his first job was
and his last job was delivering newspapers. On February 27, 1943 he married
Adele Zippmann who survives along with five children: Lynn (Mike) Vandenberg,
Nancy (Robert) O'Brien, Kurt (Pat) Westergren and Jan Westergren, Scott
Westergren, one brother, Gordon
(Pat) Westergren; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. at Moeller Funeral
Home, Valparaiso, IN. (219-462-0535). A committal service wil be held Friday 11
a.m. at Mt. Greenwood Cemetery Chapel
in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the VNA Mary Bartz
Hospice Center in Valparaiso.
Lee R. Westphal
Lee R. Westphal, 82, of Portage, went to his eternal rest on Monday, July
5, 1999. He was born April 16, 1917 in
Gary, IN, to the late John and Anna (Brigham) Westphal, and had been a lifelong
area resident. He was a WWII U.S.Army veteran and retired roll grinder in the
80-inch mill at U.S. Steel with 43 years service. Survived by wife of 59 years,
Catherine (nee McNally);
son, James Westphal of Portage; daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Rich) Miko of Lake in
the Hills, IL; three grandchildren, David (Melissa) Miko of Huntley, IL,
Stephen and Joseph Miko of Lake in the Hills, IL and sister, Helen Larson of
Mass of Christian
Burial Thursday at 12 Noon at Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church, 2949
Willowcreek Rd., Portage, IN, Rev. Patrick J. Kalich celebrating. Cremation
will follow. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with a 4 p.m.
rosary at Rees Funeral Home,
Hobart Chapel, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart. 219-942-2109.