Obituaries

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Joseph R. Banks

Orland Hills, IL

Joseph R. Banks, Vietnam veteran 1962-1965, U.S. Army, late of Orland Hills

IL, passed away on January 3, 2000 at Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights,

IL. Beloved husband of Thelma L. Matthews-Banks.

Loving son of Eleanor Banks of Wilkinsburg, PA. Dear brother of James Robert

(Donna) Banks of Palm Coast, FL, Lester (Kathy) Strong of Boston, MA, Eleanor

Kathleen Banks and Kenneth Moses, both of McKeesport, PA and Cheryl Ann Banks

of Natrona Heights, PA;

fond son-in-law of Thelma Runnerstrom of Arlington Heights, IL, brother-in-law

of Arthur Matthews of San Mateo, CA and Kenneth (Renee) Matthews of San

Francisco; Uncle of Jaronde, Darius, Gregory, Darwin, Kenneth Arthur, Rachel,

Modesty and Kiana. Mentor

and closest friend of Jim (Margie) Shivers of Hazel Crest, IL. Mr. Banks was

preceded in death by his father Joseph Harry Banks, sister, Joyce Banks,

brother, Dennis Gregory. Banks.

Memorial visitation Thursday, January 6, 2000 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The

Thornridge

Funeral Home, (Janusz Family Funeral Service), 14318 So. LaGrange Rd., (Rt.

45/9600 W.), Orland Park. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8,

2000 at 11 a.m. at the Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, 2326 Jenny Lind St.,

McKeesport, PA 15132. Inurnment

at the Restland Memorial Park, 990 Patton St., Monroeville, PA.

Mr. Banks was a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers,

Pittsburgh, PA. He worked as a Civil/Structural Design Engineer for Raytheon

Engineers and Constructors, Inc., Highland,

IN. Arrangements entrusted to The Thornridge Funeral Home, Orland Park, IL. In

lieu of flowers, memorials to the Vietnam Veterans of America (V.V.A.), Federal

Building, Room 465, 536 So. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60605. 708-460-2300 or

708-841-2300.

Florence

E. Blaemire

Munster

Florence E. Blaemire, 84, of Munster, IN, passed away on Monday, January 3,

2000 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point. Survived by daughter, Patricia

M. (George) Bellar, Jr. of Munster; two grandsons, Scott (Sheri) Bellar of

Schererville and Robert (Jeannie) Bellar of Griffith three great

grandchildren, Stephany of Schererville, Matthew and Michael of Griffith;

sister, Caroline (Thomas) James of Bloomington, IN; sister-in-law, Ann

Berwanger of New Hampshire; several nieces and

nephews. Preceded in death by husband Orton R. in 1974 and grandson, Mark in

1994.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2000, at 11 a.m. from

LaHayne Funeral Home, 5746 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN, with Pastor Warren Mandel

officiating. Burial

at Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on

Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be given to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Calumet City,

IL.

Mrs. Blaemire was a lifetime

resident of the area, and a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Donald M. Blastick

Munster,IN/Whiting,IN

Donald M. Blastick,72, late of Munster,Indiana, formerly of Whiting, passed

away January 3, 2000. Beloved son of (late)

Michael and (late) Marie (nee Tokarz); cherished husband of Clare V. (nee)

Grabowski; devoted father of Lynn L. Blastick of Munster, Mary M. Blastick of

Munster and M. Scott Blastick of Munster; loving brother of Florence (Harry)

Zuvich of Hammond, Robert

Blastick of Florida , (late) Richard (Lillian) Blastick of Hammond; dearest

grandfather of Celeste M. Lindley of Munster and Whitney R. Lindley of Munster;

fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. Donald Blastick was a Navy Veteran

of World War II, member

of the Indiana Sheriffs Association, Associate Member of F.O.P. Lodge 147,and

the American Legion Post 0428 whose members will hold services on Thursday at

7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Friends are invited to meet with the family in

the Ruzich Funeral Home

on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Father Rakoczy will offer prayers

in the funeral home at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7,2000, at 11:30 a.m. from

the Ruzich Funeral Home, 2031 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting,

Indiana to St. Adalbert Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 12

Noon with Rev. Walter Rakoczy officiating. Interment, private. In lieu of

flowers, contributions to the Hospice of Calumet Region and St. Adalbert

Catholic Church would be appreciated.

For additional details regarding funeral arrangements, friends may contact the

Ruzich Funeral Home, 219-659-0018.

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William G. Brabbs

Valparaiso

William G. Brabbs, 76, of Valparaiso, passed away on Monday, January 3,

2000. He is survived

by two daughters, Donna (Stephen) Webb of Clayton, North Carolina and Nancy

Brabbs of Crown Point; God-daughter, Linda DeWitt of South Haven, IN; two

sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" (Emery "Jim") Bardoczi of Hammond and Patricia "Pat"

Caston of Hammond; brother,

John Brabbs of Worcester, Mass; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded

in death by his wife, Doris.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 10

a.m. DIRECTLY from Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 356 West 7 Mile Road, Valparaiso,

IN, with Rev. Doug Mayer, celebrant. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen

Park, IL. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy

Ave., Hessville, IN, on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a prayer

service at 3 p.m.

Mr.

Brabbs was a WWII U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving with the Second Air Drome

Battalion 17th AA Battalion. A member of American Legion Post 502 of South

Haven. Retired in 1979 from Harris Bank in Chicago after 33 years as a banker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

to VNA Mary E. Bartz Hospice of Valparaiso would be appreciated.

Esther Bucher

Morgan Twp/Valparaiso

Esther Bucher, age 82, a resident of Morgan Twp and Valparaiso died

Tuesday January 4, 2000 following a long illness. Mrs. Bucher was a member of

the Apostolic Christian Church of Valparaiso, Indiana. She was an energetic

salesperson; a devoted wife and loving mother. She loved her Lord. Esther was

born in Kouts, Indiana, April 17, 1917 to Andrew and Lena (Heinold) Heiniger.

In May, 1942, she married

Arthur Bucher who preceded her in death. She is survived by her children;

Dennis, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Suzanne Ringger, Simpsonville, SC, Ardie, Fishers,

IN, Laurie Kovolew, Raleigh, NC, and Tim, of Valparaiso. Also surviving are

seventeen grandchildren,

four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Madeline Hofferth of Lancaster, PA, and

Alice Messner of Phoenix, AZ, and one brother, Art, of Morton, IL. She was

preceded in death by three sisters, Emma, Clara and Matilda, and two brothers,

Dan and Walter.

The

Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10 AM at The Apostolic

Christian Church of Valparaiso with the ministers of the church officiating.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Memorials may be given

to the Alzheimer's Association,

Parkview Haven, Francesville, IN, or Swiss Village in Berne, IN. Visitation

will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts, Indiana.

Ph. 219-766-2224.

Sally J. Burrell

Nevada / East Chicago, IN

Sally J. Burrell, 51, of Henderson,

Nevada, formerly of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away Saturday, January 1,

2000. She is survived by her husband, Alan Burrell, Jr; two children, Matthew

and Cara Burrell; sister, Joanne (Mark) Gootee of Hammond; mother, Esther J.

Kender of Highland; step-mother,

Anne Kender of Redington Shores, FL; nieces and nephews, Kelly Jo Ruszkewicz,

Bobbi Jo Hess, Anthony Burrell, Amanda Burrell and Jennifer Burrell. Preceded

in death by her father, Fred Kender.

Funeral service will be held Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10 a.m.

from the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN

(Rt 30 east of Cline Ave.), with Pastors John Starr and Bob Burns officiating.

At rest, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to

call at the funeral home

on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Sally was a speech therapist in the Clark County School District in Nevada,

and was an active member of the Green Valley Methodist Church. She was a loving

wife and mother and will be dearly missed.

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George Carl, Sr.

May 7, 1916 - Jan. 1, 2000

Nevada / Valparaiso

George Carl, Sr., former resident of Valparaiso of 15 years, passed away

January 1, 2000 in his present home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a life-time

entertainer (Clown Prince.)

He is third to the youngest of 13 children born in Niles, Ohio. His parents

were Italian Immigrants. Mother: Mary Ida Fonce Carl and Father: Vincenzo

(James) Carl (Chiarello). At the age of fourteen he left home and joined the

circus. That was the beginning

of his show business career. He was a marvelous (the best there was) tumbler.

He did teeterboard with the Pitchiani troupe (acrobats). This is where he met

his (now deceased) wife, Arlene Jeanette Kenitz (Montello, Wisconsin), who was

also with the Pitchiani

troupe of tumblers and teeterboard artists. They teamed up and became George

Carl and Arlene. (Show name). They traveled all over the world with their act.

George started out performing with Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravet, who along

with Joe E. Brown (all

acrobats then) went on to varying degrees of movie fame. He left the Ringling

Bros. Circus and started playing nightclubs. He became one of the finest Mime

artists of all time. He played some of the finest places in the world and all

over the world. He worked

the Palladium in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York, The world renowned

Crazy Horse in Paris, France, The Hilton in Las Vegas, the Sands, the Flamingo,

the Riviera, the New Frontier, Ceasar's Palace and so many more. He was on the

comedy Awards Show

in Los Angeles and did bits with Jack Lemon. In 1979 he was invited to the

prestigious Circus of Monte Carlo, along with 36 of the greatest acts in the

world. It was there, out of this huge collection of talent, that he was honored

with the highest award

given in his profession, The "Golden Clown Award." The award was presented to

George on International Television by Prince Rainier and the late Princess

Grace. He appeared on the Johnny Carson show numerous times, the Ed Sullivan

show 22 times, Kraft Music

Hall, Andy Williams Specials and Jerry Lewis Telethon. He was invited to

perform for Her Majesty the Queen of England numerous times. He made numerous

movies and his last was "Funny Bones."

He had reached star status; was dearly loved and will be remembered

as one of the greatest entertainers of his era. A long successful journey Now

ended.

He is survived by brother John Carl, and three sisters, Rose Trotter,

Josaphine Gamlin, & Margaurite Kovach of Ohio. Two sons, George (Gloria) Carl.

Jr. of Lakes of the

Four Seasons and Anthony J. (Beth) Carl of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter,

Sharon A. (Alan) Corns of Valparaiso; six grandchildren, Hannah Joelle Carl

(3), Anthony Joseph (T.J.) Carl Reitveld (16) of Bourbonaise, IL, Laura Cornejo

(Marc) of Indianapolis,

IN, David W. Carl of Lakes of the Four Seasons, Christine M. Corns of Chicago,

IL and Dr. Robert A. Corns of Baltimore, MD.

The wake will be Thursday, January 6, 2000 at Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 N.

Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN, from 4 to 8 p.m.

EULOGY

BY GEORGE CARL, JR. AT 6:30 P.M.

The funeral will be Friday, January 7th at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic

Church, 1855 West Harrison Boulevard, Valparaiso, IN with Rev. Joseph Pawlowski

officiating. Place of interment: Calumet Park Cemetery, 305 W. 73rd

Ave., Merrillville, IN.

LaVerne E. Carpenter

La Porte, IN

LaVerne E. Carpenter, 87, of LaPorte, IN, passed away at 4 p.m. Sunday,

January 2, 2000 at LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, IN. Born May 16, 1912 in LaPorte

to the late Enock and Alice (Ames) Carpenter.

Married April 29, 1939 in New Buffalo, MI to Agnes C. Behner who preceded July

4, 1984. Survived by daughters, Mary Jo Buckley of LaPorte, IN, Patricia Miller

of Peoria, IL, Marilyn Rhynard of Westville, IN and Beverly Tarnow of New

Cannan, CT; son, Warren

Carpenter of LaPorte, IN; 11 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren. Preceded

in death by parents, three sisters and one brother.

Services at Haverstock Funeral Home, Inc., 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN, on

Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ransom

Ebersole officiating. Burial, Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, IN. Visitation 4 to

8 p.m.Tuesday and on Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. until time of service.

219-362-3333.

Mr. Carpenter was a retired farmer, Auctioneer for 50 years and drove a School

Bus for

35 years.

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Alexander John

Gregory Cizmadja

Portage

Alexander John Gregory Cizmadja, infant of two days, passed away Sunday,

January 2, 2000 at Portage Community Hospital. He was born December 31, 1999 in

Portage, Indiana, the son of Tony and

Michele (Casey) Cizmadja, Jr. of Portage; one brother, Andrew Cizmadja of

Portage; also survived by grandparents, John and Maria Casey of Portage, Karen

Jones of South Haven, Tony Cizmadja Sr. of Hobart and Deborah Gallup of

Portage; great-grandparents,

aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2000 from 1 to 3 p.m., with

funeral service at 3 p.m. at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek Road,

Portage, IN. For information 219-762-8595.

Lillian P. Cox

Hessville

Lillian

P. Cox, 94, of Hessville, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2000. Survived by

two sons, Paul (Margaret Cox of Missouri and Jimmie Cox of Schererville; four

grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two grea- great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband,

Raymond, daughter, Helen Marie, grandson, James P. Cox and daughter-in-law,

Beverly.

Funeral services Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral

Home Chapel, with Mike Pennanen,Minister, officiating. Burial, Elmwood

Cemetery, Hammond. Friends

are invited to meet with the family on Thursday evening 7 to 9 p.m. at the

Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road,

Highland, Indiana.

Mrs. Cox was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in

Highland.

Memorials may be given to the church.

Janet DeGroot

Portage

Janet DeGroot, 77, of Portage, IN, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2000.

She was born July 22, 1922 in Shelby, Indiana, to the late John and Jennie

Rademaker. She was a former secretary

working for numerous doctors, lawyers and the Social Security office in Gary.

She was also a homemaker, mother and loving wife. She was a member of

Evangelical Covenant Church. Survived by her son, James (fiancee, Deana Hall)

DeGroot of Orlando, FL, sister,

Ann (Francis) Forehand of Hobart; many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in

death by loving husband, Richard.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2000, at the Rees Funeral

Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage, IN, with Rev. Larry

Fullerton officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visitation on

Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel.

219-762-3013.

Ignacia H. Duran

East Chicago

Ignacia H. Duran, 68, of East Chicago, passed away on

Monday, January 3, 2000 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by eight children:

Jorge (Elodia) Velez, Yolanda (Oscar) Ramos, Guadalupe (Arturo) Adame, Irma

(Jose) Rosado, Maria Zabala, Juanita (Pablo) Perez, Maria Elena (Aristides)

Vera and Cipriano Duran;

many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tomas (Macaria)

Hinojosa and Luciano (Elena) Hinojosa; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in

death by husband, Raymundo in 1970.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10 a.m.

at the Fife Funeral Home with Pastor Israel Ramos officiating. Burial, Elmwood

Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 4 to 9 p.m.

Thursday. Services at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ignacia was a member of the Iglesia Christiana Pentecostes,

East Chicago, and was a resident of East Chicago for the past 28 years.

Mark L. Dykstra

Griffith

Mark L. Dykstra, 41, of Griffith, IN passed away Monday, January 3, 2000.

Survived by his mother, Viola Kiser of Florida; father, Jack Dykstra of Monon,

IN; one son, Jason Dykstra and one daughter, Kristin Dykstra, both of Highland;

grandfather, Valentine Anderson of Florida; one sister, Nancy (John) Ristic of

Tinley Park, IL; one uncle, Samuel Dykstra of Illinois; three nieces, Jennifer

(Mark) Williams

of Illinois, Julie Ristic of Griffith and Megan Ristic of Illinois and one

nephew, Jon Ristic of Griffith.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 10 a.m. from the

Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. don Borling officiating. Burial at

Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on

Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039

Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

Mark was employed at Inland Steel Company

with 23 years service. Members of Sons of the American Legion Post 66 of

Griffith, who will hold memorial services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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Carl T. Ebersberger

Wheaton, IL / Northwest, IN

Carl T. Ebersberger, 81, a 10 year resident of Wheaton,

IL and former 30 years of Northwest Indiana, passed away January 3, 2000 at

Loyola Hospital, Maywood, IL. Beloved husband of Cecile (nee Turgeon). Loving

father of Terry (Paula), Thomas and Wayne (Janet). Loving grandfather of Bryan,

Michael, Jessica and

Ashley.

Visitation Wednesday 3 to 9 p.m. at Williams Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E.

Roosevelt Road, Wheaton (1 blk east of Naperville Road). Funeral Thursday,

10:30 a.m. to St. Daniel the Prophet Church Wheaton, Mass 11 a.m. Interment,

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Funeral info 630-668-0016.

Nancy Elizabeth Felts

Valparaiso/Gary

Nancy Elizabeth Felts, 80, of Valparaiso, formerly of Gary, passed away

Sunday, January 2, 2000. Nancy was a retired employee of Lazzaro Glass Company

of Merrillville. A member of Central

Baptist Church of Portage Township and a 1936 graduate of Emerson High School,

Gary. Survived by one brother, Donald E. (Marjorie) Felts of Valparaiso; three

sisters, Helen G. Johns of Baltimore, Maryland, Kathryn D. (Merle) Harris of

Griffith and Rosemary

(Walter) Forsyth of Cary, IL; many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and

great nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Central

Baptist Church, 700 North Portage, IN, Rev. Gaylord Shaffer officiating.

Interment at

Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Burns Funeral Home,

Hobart, corner of Rt 51 and 7th St., on Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. In liue of

flowers, contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church or LARC (Lansing

Association of Retarded

Citizens), 19043 Wentworth Ave., P. O. Box 77, Lansing, IL. 60438.

Frank J. Grabowski

Whting, IN

Frank J. Grabowski, 74, of Whiting,IN passed away January 2, 2000. Cherished

husband of (late) Jane (nee) Harris; devoted father of Gloria (Shelby) Withrow

of Paradise, TX; sister, Jane Marie (Sisters of The Holy Family of Nazareth of

Des Plaines, IL), Regina (Mark) Wusik of Crown Point, Thomas (Pam) Grabowski of

Valparaiso,IN;loving brother of Mary (late Ernest) Quisenberry, Eleanor (late

Edward) Mlynarcik,

Clare (late Donald) Blastick, Elsie (Frank) Tomera, preceded in death by

numerous brothers and sisters; dearest grandfather of David (Tina) Withrow,

Jane and Katie Wusik and Matthew Grabowski; fond uncle of numerous nieces and

nephews. Frank Grabowski was

a World War II and Korean War Veteran, P.O.W. in World War II and was wounded

in the Korean War. Received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Member of Post

428 American Legion of Hammond whose members will hold services on Thursday at

7:30 p.m. in the funeral

home. A member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Friends are invited to meet with the family in the Ruzich Funeral Home on

Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Father Rakozcy will offer prayers in

the funeral home at 4

p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7, 2000, at 11:30 a.m.

from the Ruzich Funeral Home, 2031 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting,Indiana, to

St.Adalbert Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon with Rev.

Walter Rakoczy officiating.

At rest, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. For additional details

regarding funeral arrangements, friends may contact the Ruzich Funeral Home,

219-659-0018.

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David Kevin Graves

Hammond

David Kevin Graves, age 40 of Hammond, passed

away Monday, January 3, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; three

daughters, Kelly, Carrie and Amy and two sons, Adam and Kevin, all at home;

father David M. (late Shirley) Graves of Hammond, two brothers, Wayne (Janie)

Wade of TN and Anthony Graves

of Hobart; one sister, Brenda (Marvin) Rude of Round Lake Beach, IL; several

nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. from the

Solan Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Kilpatrick of Griffith

Baptist Church officiating. At rest Elmwood cemetery in Hammond. Friends may

visit with the family Wednesday from 2 to 9 P.M. at the Solan Funeral Home,

7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN. David was a longtime area resident and

served in the U.S. Army.

Susie

"Sue" Haan

South Holland/Lansing, IL

Susie "Sue" Haan, 90 of South Holland, IL, formerly of Lansing, IL, passed

away Monday, January 3, 2000. Survived by three sons, Harold (Laverne), Donald

(Carol), and Fred (Joyce) Haan, all of Lansing; one daughter,

Darlene (Dennis) Plesha of Griffith; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren;

two brothers, Fred (Marge) Hoekstra of Beecher, IL and Richard (Ellen) Hoekstra

of Holiday, FL; one sister, Mabel (late Al) Witvoet of Chicago Heights, IL;

sister-in-law, Mary

(late Emil) Hoekstra of South Holland. Preceded in death by husband Herman, one

brother and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 12:30 pm. from the

Lynwood United Reformed Church in Lynwood, Illinois, Rev. Jerome Julian

officiating. Burial, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lansing, IL. Visitation at the

Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, on Wednesday 2 to 9

p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Illiana Christian High School or

Lansing Christian School, would

be appreciated.

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Russell L. Hook

Highland

Russell L. Hook, 83, of Highland, passed away on Tuesday, January 4,

2000. Survived by wife, Phyllis; one daughter, Darlene (John) Schoon of Cedar

Lake; son, Dan Hook of Montana; three step-children,

Judith (Bob) Duff of Wisconsin, Sharon (Morey) Cook of Michigan and Robert

(Joan) Bosma of Missouri; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchilren, seven

step-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren and one great-great-

granddaughter; one sister, Lois

Slager of Lansing; two brothers, Richard (Eleanor) Hook of Schererville and

Rollin (Lois) Hook of Arizona. Preceded in death by wife, Margaret Hook.

Funeral services Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Reformed

Church, Munster, IN, with Rev.

Phillip Rouwerdink officiatng. Burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Friends are

invited to meet with the family on Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home,

9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road, Highland, Indiana.

Mr. Hook was a charter member

of the Trinity Reformed Church of Munster; retired from Central Wisconsin

Trucking; and a veteran of World War II, U.S. Army First Calvary. Memorials may

be given to the church.

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Frank R. Jaskulski

Tennessee / Illinois

Frank R. Jaskulski, 65,

of Crossville, TN, passed away on January 1, 2000. Born in Chicago, IL, July

29, 1934. He is survived by wife, Carol D.; daughters, Cheryl (Michael) Mack

and Kathryn Rose Jaskulski, both of Lansing, IL; brother, Phillip Jaskulski of

Chicago, IL; sister, Teresa

(Edward) Schuch and one granddaughter Shannon Schuch, all of Lansing, IL.

Preceded in death by parents, Frank C. and Mary Jaskulski, daughter, Michelle

Jaskulski and sister, Melvina Beck. Funeral services were private with Father

Richard Wosiak officiating.

Burial at St. Michael Polish National Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Jaskulski was a pipefitter, Union Local 597; a U.S. Army veteran of the

Korean War; member of PLAV and General Pershing Post of Harvey, IL.

Arrangements by Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, Crossville,

TN. 931-456-0047.

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Fred E. Johnson, Sr.

Calexico, CA / Gary, IN

Fred E. Johnson, Sr. from Calexico, California, formerly of Gary, Indiana,

passed away on December 31, 1999. Preceded in death by his wife, Catherine and

daughter Deloris Tzitz.

Survived by son, Fred E. (Alice) Johnson, Jr. of Griffith and daughters, Carol

(Frank) Anderson, Sandra (Lionel) Lizarraga, Jean (Truxtun) Murdoch, Jane (Sam)

Payne and Kathy (Ben) Villanueva, all of California; also, several

grandchildren, great-grandchildren

and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held January 7, 2000 at Hems

Brothers Mortuary in Calexico, CA.

Julia A. Smith

Griffith / Hessville

Julia A. Smith, 75, of Griffith, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2000.

Survived by one son, Woodrow

Smith; one daughter, Teri (late John) Duran of Griffith; five grandchildren:

Amy (fiance, Mark Green) Duran of Indiana, Dana (Eric) Nesbitt of Indianapolis,

Amanda Duran of Griffith, Gary and Aaron Smith of Indiana; one

great-granddaughter; Julia Nesbitt;

one brother, Louis Novath of Colorado; three sisters, Rose (Thomas) Gardner of

Texas, Mary Galik of DeMotte, IN and Theresa Sabo of Michigan; one

brother-in-law, Florian (late Kathryn) O'Day of Highland; two sisters-in-law,

Betty (late George) Novath of Highland

and Margaret (late Mike) Novath of Griffith. Preceded in death by husband,

Woodrow, in 1993.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. from the

Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor G. Allan Jennex officiating. Burial at

Elmwood

Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday from 2 to 5

and 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks

south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

Mrs. Smith was a lifelong resident of Hessville until 1997.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to William J. Riley Hospice Center.

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Walter A. Kaim, Sr.

Knox, IN / Hegewisch, IL

Walter A. Kaim, Sr., 72, late of Knox, IN, formerly of Hegewisch, IL,

entered into eternal life on Tuesday, January

4, 2000. Beloved husband of Virginia (nee Piszczek); Dear father of Walter Jr.

(Jacqueline) Kaim of Hegewisch, April (Thomas) Rawski of Rhindlander, WI, Alan

(Carol) Kaim of Hegewisch, Anthony (Colleen) Kaim of Dyer, IN, Christina

(Michael) Levine of Lincolnwood,

IL and Patryk Kaim of Knox, IN; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild;

Brother of John (Joan) Kaim and Anthony (Joan) Kaim; son-in-law of Tillie

Pisczczek; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sadowski Funeral Home,

13300 So. Houston Ave., Hegewisch, IL. Prayers to be said on Thursday at 9:30

a.m. at the funeral home to St. Columba Church for Mass of Christian Burial at

10 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. 773-646-1666.

Mildred R. Kashak

Whiting

Mildred R.

Kashak, 74, of Whiting, passed away Monday., January 3, 2000 at her

residence. She was the beloved daughter of the late Leo and Martha (Schulve)

Kashak. She is survived by three sisters, Elinor (John) Geffert of Whiting,

with whom she made her home, Rita

(George) Dvorscak of Sun City West, AZ and Annette Yuritic of Las Vegas; two

brothers, Jack (Eileen) Kashak of Chesterton and Raymond Kashak of Whiting; and

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