Marguerite E. Beluschak
Marguerite E. Beluschak, 88, of Hobart, passed way Saturday May 1, 1999 at
St. Mary Medical Center. She was born July 10, 1910 in Farmington, IL, to the
late Andrew and Mary (Yuhas) Lacey and had been a Hobart resident
since 1960. She is survived by son, Alan Beluschak of Goshen, IN; daughter,
Andrea (Steve) Fressle of Hobart; brother, Andrew (Ruth) Lacey of Houston, TX;
two sisters, Helen (Ben) Pelka of Gold City, CA and Anne Gaddis of Clanton, AL;
Lori (Gerry) McAfee, Christopher Beluschak, Anne Beluschak and Vicki Fressley.
Preceded in death by husband Louis, two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will begin with 9:30 a.m. prayers on Wednesday at the Rees
Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600
W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St.
Bridget Catholic Church, Hobart with Rev. Dominic V. Bertino celebrating.
Entombment Graceland Mausoleum. Friends may call 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday
at the Rees Funeral Home
Hobart Chapel 219-942-2109.
Loretta C. Bernath
Loretta C. Bernath (nee Kilinski), 77, of Griffith, passed away on Friday,
April 30, 1999. Survived by one son, Stephen "Buddy" (Kathy) Bernath of
Griffith; three daughters, Janice
(Larry) Thrall of Crown Point, Jackie (Dave) Stevenson of South Bend and Sharon
Bernath of Illinois; three granddaughters, Blair, Hillary and Mallory; one step
grandchild, Holly Stevenson (Matt) Kosowski and one step great-grandchild,
Lauren Kosowski. Preceded
in death by husband Barney in 1996.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 3, 1999 at 11:30 a.m. from the
Kuiper Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at St. Mary
Church, Griffith, Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial at Chapel
Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on
Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two
blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland.
Mrs. Bernath was a member of St. Mary Church of Griffith;
retired from Packaging Corporation (Mapes) of Griffith; and member of American
Legion Post #66 Ladies Auxiliary. Prayer service Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Gino P. Burelli
Gino P. Burelli, 73, of Merrillville, passed away on Wednesday,
April 28, 1999. He was a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. Gino was born
Dec. 11, 1925 in Gary, IN, to Dario and Maria Burelli, who preceded him in
death. He graduated from Froebel High School in 1944. He served with the U.S.
Navy in both the Atlantic
and Pacific during WWII. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington,
with a B.S. degree in Art Education and M.S. degree in Administration. Gino
taught his first year in Brookville, Indiana and remaining 39 years in the Gary
Public School System. At
the time of his retirement in 1991, he was a high school art teacher and
co-ordinator. He was a loved and highly respected teacher and a gifted artist
specializing in ceramics. He was very active in little league baseball. He
served as president of Junedale
Little League and for many years was Assistant First District Administrator of
Northwest Indiana. Gino was instrumental in bring the Senior Little League
Regional Series and the Senior Little League World Series to Gary. During the
series he served as Director
of Player Housing. He was a former member of the Msgr. Ryder Council of Knights
of Columbus, Indiana University Alumni Association, the American Federation of
Teachers, Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity and Life member of Phi Delta Kappa
and member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Merrillville. He is survived by
his loving wife of 40 years, Pauline (nee Eckert) of Merrillville; his two
sons, David (Mary (nee Burgess) Burelli of Charlotte, N.C. and Gino (Sue (nee
Lukasik) Burelli II of
Valparaiso, IN; his one daughter, Melissa (Bob) Reed of Minneapolis, MN; his
six grandchildren: Michael and Meagan Burelli of Charlotte, N.C., Trey and
Maria Burelli of Valparaiso, IN, and Jake and Samantha Reed of Minneapolis, MN;
a sister, Anita Burelli
of Chesterton, IN; sisters-in-law, Jacque Eckert Stokes of Simi Valley, CA and
Geraldine (Lawrence) Ventura of Valparaiso, IN. He also leaves behind many
wonderful friends and former students whose lives he greatly influenced.
Funeral services will be Monday,
May 3, 1999 at 11 a.m. directly at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5885
Harrison St., Merrillville, IN, with Father Dennis J. Teles officiating.
Entombment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Geisen
Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway,
Merrillville, IN on Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. Wake Service
Sunday at 4 p.m.
Mr. Burelli may also be viewed directly at the church on Monday from 10 a.m.
until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to University
Gino P. Burelli Mesothelioma Fund, c/o Alice Barda, U of C Medical Center
Development, 5841 South Maryland Ave., MC 1115, Chicago, IL 60637 or to SS.
Peter & Paul Church.
Joseph M. Chlupacek
Joseph M. Chlupacek, 73, of Griffith,
IN passed away on Friday, April 30, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Mabel
(nee Aloia); daughters, Sherry (Rich) Zabek and Sandy (Don) Laurinas, both of
Griffith, IN; three grandchildren, Todd and Tracy Zabek, Steven Laurinas;
sister, Frances (George) Koch
and brother, Edward (June) Chlupacek, both of LaPorte, IN; sisters-in-law,
Emily Chlupacek of LaPorte, IN and Catherine Aloia of Bay City, MI;
brothers-in-law, Joseph (Dorothy) Aloia of Portage, IN, Earl (Dolores) Aloia of
Griffith, IN and Vero (Ann) Aloia
of Merrillville, IN; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 3, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. from the
Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 921 West 45th Ave., Griffith, IN with a 10 a.m. Mass
at St. Mary Church. Interment, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens,
Schererville, IN. Visitation at the funeral home will be on Sunday from 2 to 9
p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Mr. Chlupacek was a Certified Gemologist; member of the American Gem Society;
a jeweler in the Twin Towers and served with the U.S. Navy during
World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Ty DeFries, 30, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 1, 1999 at St.
Joseph Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana. Born in November 21, 1968 in
Valparaiso, Indiana the son of Jerry
and Ruth (Rasmussen) DeFries. Jerry had been a resident of Knox for four years
coming there from Hebron. On September 10, 1991 in Hebron, Indiana he married
Kimberly (Pitts). She survives. Ty was a 1988 graduate of Hebron High School
and a forklift driver
for Fairmont Homes in Nappanee. Survivors include his wife, Kimbelry DeFries of
Knox, daughter, Candace DeFries of Knox, step-son Casey Ballas of Knox, mother,
Ruth DeFries of Hebron, mother and father-in-law, Robert and Donna Pitts of
Hebron, paternal grandmother,
Anna DeFries of DeMotte, Aunt and uncle Herb and Betty DeFries and family of
DeMotte; Aunt and uncle Bob and Svanhild Moncilovic of Merrillville; Aunt
Ingrid Rassmussen and family in Norway; cousin, Elizabeth Momcilovic of
Merrillville and cousin, Gunnar
Momcilovic and family in Norway. He was preceded in death by his father,
Jerry, brother Terry and sister Vivi Aabye.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at Family Service
Funeral Home, Miller Hebron Chapel, Hebron. Funeral services will
be held at the chapel on Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Tom
DeFries officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery.
Viola F. Tolliver Jones
Viola F. Tolliver Jones, 75, of Hobart, passed away on Saturday, May 1,
long time Hobart resident she was born March 26, 1924 in Hebron, Indiana, to
the late Arthur and Clara Kneifel. She was a homemaker, wife and loving mother.
She was a member of Hobart Presbyterian Church. Survived by two sons, David
(Norma) Tolliver and Jerry
(Bonnie) Tolliver, both of Valparaiso; one step-daughter, Melody (Bill)
Prohaska of Valparaiso; two brothers, Arthur (Shirley) Kneifel and Donald
(Nancy) Kneifel, both of Kouts; one sister, Doris (Less) Earle of LaCrosse; two
grandchildren, Joseph and Jamie
Tolliver; four step-grandchildren, Sheila and Scott Miller, Michelle and
Michael Robison; one step-great grandchild, Brittany Nevill. She was preceded
in death by husbands, Delbert Tolliver and Milton Jones and one sister, Helen
will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at the Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old
Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana, with Rev. Jeffrey C. Carter officiating. Burial
will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation Monday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at the
Rees Funeral Home, Hobart
John A. Kruhaj, Sr.
Crown Point / East Chicago
John A. Kruhaj, Sr., 86, of Crown Point, formerly of East Chicago, passed
away Saturday, May 1, 1999 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point. Survived
by children, Kathleen (late David) Henjum
of South Dakota, John A. Krujah Jr. of Munster, Diane Kinkade of Highland,
Eugene (Yolanda) Kruhaj of Schererville and Kenneth (Linda) Kruhaj of Hammond;
grandchildren, Paul (Bonnie) Henjum and Jill (Paul) Lang, both of South Dakota
and Maggie Ann Kruhaj
of Hammond; sister, Ruth (late Joseph) Plesha of East Chicago and
sister-in-law, Mildred (John) Nicksic of Hammond; many nieces, nephews, family
and friends. Preceded in death by wife Anne E. Kruhaj, brother, Paul Kruhaj and
sister, Bertha Sopko.
services will be held Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. from Oleska-Pastirck
Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church,
East Chicago, with Father Fernando deCristobal officiating. At rest, St. John
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday 3 to 9 p.m. at Oleska-Pastrick
Funeral Home, 3934 Elm Street, East Chicago (one block North of Columbus
Mr. Kruhaj was born and raised and living in East Chicago (Marktown) until a
few years ago when
he moved to the Lutheran Retirement Village in Crown Point. He was a retired
employee of LTV Steel Company with 32 years of service; member of Steelworkers
Union Local 1011 and a former member of the former Assumption Church, East
Rene C. "Rev"
Rene C. Leal "Rev", 19, of Gary, passed away Friday, April 30, 1999 at his
residence. He attended West Side High School and was an avid musician and loved
music. Survived by parents, Miguel and Maria Leal; five brothers, Michael
of Griffith, Richard (Themla) Leal of East Chicago, Edward (Gina) Leal of Gary,
Raul (Sylvia) Leal of El Paso TX and Robert Leal of Portage; three sisters,
Margie (James) DiMichele of Dyer, Josie (Greg) Garcia of Valparaiso and Sandra
Leal Fentress of Gary;
maternal grandfather, Pablo Alvarez of Gary; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 3rd, at Rendina Funeral Home,
5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Prayer service at 7 p.m. On Tuesday he
will be taken to Holy Rosary
Church in Gary, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
with Rev. Frank Torres officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, IN.
Lela C. Lyons
Lela C. Lyons, 73, of East Chicago, passed away on Thursday, April 29,
1999 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by one daughter, Sheila Sanders; two
grandchildren, Philisa Sanders and Shaharra Davis; two great grandchildren,
Briah Sanders and Sierra Davis; and one sister, Deatrice Bradford, all of East
Chicago; a host of nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by husband, Joe Lyons.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 11 a.m. from St. Luke
AME Church, 3543 Block Ave., East Chicago, Rev. Gearring officiating.
Interment, Fern Oaks Cemetery,
Griffith. Friends may call Tuesday, May 4th at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home,
4859 Alexander Ave., East Chicago, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Mary Lois Malone
Mary Lois Malone, 73, of Gary for 41 years, formerly of Hickory Valle,
passed away in Broadway Methodist Hospital on Saturday, May 1, 1999. Member of
Christ Presbyterian Church, formerly the 43rd Avenue Presbyterian Church;
employed with Hobart Township Schools as a teachers aide at Evans School.
Preceded in death by husband,
James William Malone and eldest son, James Thomas Malone. Mary was a loving
mother and grandmother. Survived by three sons, Roger L. (Sherry) Malone, John
W. (Sharon) Malone and William E. (Robin) Malone, all of Lakes of the Four
Seasons; one brother, Thomas
Ferguson; four sisters, Elizabeth Chapleau, Louise Childress, Laura (Bob)
Heide, Eleanore (Kea) Vaught; grandsons, Timothy J., Brian W., James T.,
Matthew J. and granddaughters, Kelsey A and Brooke M.
Funeral services Wednesday, May 5, 1999, 11 a.m. at Christ
Presbyterian Church, 7416 E. 109th Ave., Crown Point / Winfield. Mary will lie
in state from 10:30 a.m until time of services. Friends may call Tuesday from 2
to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home (corner of 101st and Broadway),
Mark Dale Postma
Arizona / Schererville, IN
Mark Dale Postma, 30, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Schererville, IN.
passed way April 23, 1999. Survivors are parents, James and Millie Postma of
Lake Village; two brothers, Brian (Elizabeth)
of Hobart and David of Lake Village; one niece, Hailey; grandparents, Russell
and Beulah Postma of Schererville, Henry and Anne Sikma of Dyer; great
grandmother Elizabeth Ooms of Lansing, IL; dear friends, Ivan and Ruth Beeman
of Mesa, AZ; several aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Mark was a Policeman on the Mesa, AZ Police Force, 1995 Officer of the Year
for North Folk Southern, 1990 graduate of Indiana University, class of 1986 at
Lake Central High School, member of Trinity Reformed Church in Munster and Mesa
Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 3, 1999 at 7 p.m. the First
Reformed Church in DeMotte, 9991 W. 1200 N. Interment, private.
Gregory M. Sienkiewicz
Gregory M. Sienkiewicz, 53, of Schererville, passed
away on Friday, April 30, 1999 at St. Margaret Hospital, Dyer, following an
extended illness. He is survived by loving wife of 19 years, Elizabeth; six
children, Theresa (Phil) Baker of Blytheville, AR, Angela (Mike) Poynter of
Valparaiso, Cheryl (Lynn) Hopper
and Jennifer Sienkiewicz, both of Blytheville, AR, Alex Sienkiewicz and Lauren
Sienkiewicz, both at home; brother, Mike (June) Sienkiewicz of Aurora, CO;
seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his
parents, Adam and Josephine
Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, May 6, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. at St.
Michael Catholic Church of Schererville. Burial will follow in Chapel Lawn
Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may call Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to
9 pm. at the
Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville.
Gregory was a Life member of V.F.W. Post 802 of Hammond; member of Garfield
Masonic Lodge 569 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hessville. He was born and
raised in Hessville, graduating from Morton High
School, class of 1963. He served in the U.S. Air Force as and aircraft
mechanic. After service he worked for several years for the Institute of Gas
Technology in Chicago, and St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond.
George N. Spiro
N. Spiro, 71, of Schererville, IN, passed away on Friday, April 30, 1999. He is
survived by his loving wife, Patricia; five children, Georgene (George Darnell)
Spiro of Florida, Valerie (Steve) Vesich of Valparaiso, Terri (Alan) Lucka of
St. John, IN, Laura
(David) Augustine of Schererville and Nicholas Spiro of Las Vegas, NV; eight
grandchildren; Sara, Amy, Michelle, Lee, Keith, Sheila, Steven and Katie;
sister, Sylvia Choltye of Munster; brother, Louie (Katina) Spiro of Munster;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at 10 a.m. from the
Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 West Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN (Rt 30
east of Cline Ave), with 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church of
Schererville, with Rev. James
Wozniak officiating. At rest, St. Michael's Cemetery, Friends are invited to
call at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. The American
Legion Allied Post #369 will Post Colors Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
George was a member of St. Michael
Catholic Church; a retired employee of LTV Steel Company; Life member of
American Legion Allied Post #369; member of Men's Catholic Order of Foresters,
AARP and Local #1011.
Anna M. Stugis
Anna M. Stugis, 83, of Dyer, IN, formerly of the Southwest
Side of Chicago, IL passed away on Saturday, May 1, 1999. Loving mother of
Anthony Stugis of Dyer, IN; Cherished grandmother of Amy and Eric Stugis of
Munster, IN; Fond sister of Stella Rand of Oak Park, IL; Fond aunt of Marge
Stavens of Oak Park, IL, , Mary
Ann Rand of Bohling Brook, IL and Noral Wolenkowski of tinley Park, IL.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. from the
Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with 10 a.m. Mass at
St. Maria Goretti Church. Interment
at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7
to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Stugis was formerly employed at Nabisco and attended St. Maria Goretti
Edward E. Thompson
Edward E. Thompson "Coal Man", 78, of
Hebron, passed away Saturday, May 1, 1999 at Porter Memorial Hospital,
Valparaiso. Born August 10, 1920 in Hebron, Indiana, the son of Roland L. and
Edith Mae (Edmonds) Thompson. Edward was a life long resident of Hebron. On
August 31, 1992 in Valparaiso,
Indiana he married Clara Marie (Keaton). She survives. Edward was a 1938
graduate of Hebron High School He was owner and operator of Thompson T.V. for
twenty seven years and a school bus driver for thirty four years retiring in
1993. He had been a member
of the Hebron United Methodist Church since 1930, a former member of the Hebron
Commercial Club, active in Hebron 4th of July Celebration Committees,
participated in Hebron 1 Tourney in 1938 which was the first ever South County
Basketball Tourney, played
softball for Johnson Seed Store, and in 1950 played for Logansport Shamrocks.
They won the Indiana State Championship and went on to be the National Regional
runner-ups for mens softball. He is survived by his wife, Marie Thompson of
Hebron, one son, Dale
Thompson of Valparaiso, two daughters, Judith Ann (Bernard) Williams of
Martinsville, Indiana and Janet (Dennis) Jones of Hebron; three step-children,
Helen (August) Hough of Hebron, James Keaton of South Haven and David Keaton at
home; five grandchildren,
four step-grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother, Robert Thompson
of Hebron. He was preceded in death by one grandson Eric and one step-son, Ron
Friends may call Monday, May 3rd, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Family Service Funeral
Hebron Chapel, Hebron. Funeral services will be held at the chapel on Tuesday,
May 4, 1999 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Mark Eastway officiating. Burial will
follow in the Hebron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hebron United
Gary / Hobart
Diana Vode (nee Yurich), 78, formerly of Gary, a Hobart resident for 20
years passed away on Saturday, May 1, 1999 at St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart.
Diana joins her loving husband John "Duke" Vode and son, Robert (Bobby)
Vode in Heaven on Saturday, May 1, 1999. Survivors are one loving daughter,
Denise Vode of Hobart; two beloved sons, Stephen J. (Theresa) Vode III of
Hobart and Michael (Denise) Vode of Hobart; daughter-in-law, Sharon Vode of
Hobart; five grandchildren, Stephen,
Michael, David, John and Christopher; four great grandchildren, Emilee, Nathan,
Ashley and John; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Funeral services Tuesday, May 4, 1999, 10 a.m at the Burns Funeral Home
(corner of 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown
Point Chapel with Rev. Benedict J. Benakovic officiating. Interment at Calumet
Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Burns Funeral Home on Monday
from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m.