Obituaries - Porter County

1999-07-08T00:00:00Z Obituaries - Porter County
July 08, 1999 12:00 am

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

Krejci Sodomka.

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

Sacrament Church.


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

Douglas officiating.

Contributions may be made to the church in her memory. Richards-Loy & Wheeler

Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Shawn Cozad-Fernando

Tulsa, OK/Valparaiso

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

(nee Borracci)


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

(nee Larson)


Blanche "Minnie" Graves (nee Larson), 83, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away

on Sunday, July 4, 1999. Survived by one daughter, Sandra Robledo of Hammond;

two grandchildren,

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

Wheatfield, IN

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

Granger, Indiana

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

Porter County

Cancer Society. C.W. Bartholomew Funeral Directors sympathetically handled

local funeral arrangements.

Dolores S. Ruzich

(nee Dobos)

Whiting/East Chicago

Dolores S. Ruzich (nee Dobos), 66, late of Whiting, formerly of East Chicago,

retired receptionist

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

Lodge #677.

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

delivering newspapers

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

Knoxville, TN.

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.

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