Josephine Begnoche, 98, of Merrillville, formerly of Hammond, passed
away on Saturday, October 25, 1997. She is survived by her grandson, Baron
Sivewright of Flint, MI. Preceded in death by her husband, daughter and son.
A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 11 A.M.
from St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Hammond, IN., with Father Stanley J.
Dominik officiating. At rest, St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation Tuesday
DIRECTLY AT THE CHURCH from 10:30 A.M. until time of service. Solan Funeral
Home in charge of the arrangements. 219-931-5762.
David A. Bragg
David A. Bragg, 46, of Valparaiso, died October 25, 1997 at Porter
Memorial Hospital. Formerly of Riverdale Illinois. Special agent with the
Norfolk Southern Railway, Chicago; member of St. Paul Catholic Church; Vietnam
Army veteran; member of the Fraternal Order Of Police; and Purdue University
graduate. Beloved husband and best friend of Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Jacobs);
loving father of Michael, Meghan, Patrick, Matthew and Kaitlyn; dear son of the
late Jeanne (nee Allen) and Rodger Bragg; dear son-in-law of
Patricia (nee Lee) and William Jacobs; fond brother-in-law of Charles (Cate)
Jacobs, Carol (Rick) Seiner, Joan (Peter) Bentley, Jeanne (Mike) Vail, Rita
(Joe) Barker, Nora (Mike) O'Keefe and John (Maria) Jacobs; cherished uncle of
22 nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.
Funeral services Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. from Dykes
Funeral Home, 2305 No. Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN., to St. Paul Catholic
Church for 11 a.m. Con-celebrated Mass by Msgr. John J. Charlebois and Rev.
Gavin Quinn, O.Carm. Burial at St. Paul Cemetery, Vaparaiso. Visitation Tuesday
3 to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Family wishes
memorials to The Caring Place of Valparaiso. 219-462-3125.
Ruth Woolley Brumble
Crown Point / Cincinnati
Ruth Woolley Brumble, 71, of Crown Point, formerly of Cincinnati, passed
away Thursday, October 23, 1997. Survived by husband, Stephen; son, John Best
of Columbus, OH; sister, Lois (Robert) Willsey of California; step-son, Glenn
(April) Brumble of Crown Point; step-daughter, Gayle (Brian) Curtiss of
Detroit, MI; three step-grandchildren and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Brumble was a Board Member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, a member
of WANISS of Northwest Indiana, the American Association of University Women,
the Crown Point Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church, Crown Point.
She was a recipient of the Governor's Award from the State of Indiana for
volunteering for the Northwest Indiana Symphony.
Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan
Drive (on State Road 55 south of State Road 231), Crown Point, Indiana, on
Monday from 5 to 7 P.M., with a funeral service Monday at 7:30 P.M. Entombment
will take place on Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 11 A.M. at the Spring Grove
Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rev. George Brown officiating.
Donald R. "PaPa" Brumfiel
Crown Point / Gary
Donald R. Brumfiel "PaPa", 62, of Crown Point and formerly of Gary, a
Crown Point resident for 24 years, passed away in his home on Sunday, October
26, 1997. Former member of City Methodist Church in Gary. Graduate of Emerson
High School, class of 1954; member of Hobart Elks Lodge 1142; past president of
the Indiana Elks State Golf Association; member of American Legion Post 20 of
Crown Point; member and secretary of the Gary Sportsmen Club; member of
A.A.R.P.; member of the National Guard; member of the July 4th Crown Point
Parade Committee; past president of the Crown Point Athletic Boosters Club;
retired instrument and electronics repairman for U.S. Steel Corporation and
recently employed as a school bus driver for the Crown Point Community School
Corporation; Survived by wife, Estelle R. (nee Zarski) Brumfiel, one son, James
Russell Brumfiel and one daughter, Jennifer Rose Brumfiel, all of Crown Point;
two grandchildren, Raven Rose and Regan Russell. Preceded in death by his
parents Russell and Betty Brumfiel, one aunt and several cousins.
Funeral services Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Burns
Funeral Home (corner of 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel.
Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at Burns
Funeral Home on Tuesday 2 to 8 p.m.
Stanley P. Bugajski
Stanley P. Bugajski, 82, late of Hegewisch, IL., entered into eternal
life Sunday, October 26, 1997 at home. Preceded in death by his wife Frances.
Dear father of Patricia (Don) Golden, Peter (Peggy) Bugajski, Theresa (Stanley)
Dabrowski, Joseph (Charlene) Bugajski and William (Linda) Bugajski; fond
grandfather of Lynette, Ann Marie (Brian), Jill, Mark, Michael, Stanley,
Eileen, Jeanette, John, Joseph, Casey, Matthew, Eric, Andrew, Nancy, Rebecca
and Jacob; great grandfather of Amber Lynn; brother of the late Edward (Helen),
Joseph (Jacqueline), Helen (late Bizet) Kinard, Mary (late Matthew) Kot, the
late Casimir, Henry (Wanda), Frank (Marie) and the late John (Stella) Bulanda;
and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bugajski was a member of St. Florian's Young at Heart and the Holy Name
Society. Knights of Columbus General Pulaski Council #3323, Hegewisch Post #44
P.L.A.V., Stanley J. Sukta Post #5414, Hegewisch Community Comittee and retired
from Allied Chemical Company.
Visitation Monday 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. Prayers to be said
Wednesday 9 a.m. at the Sadowski Funeral Home, 13300 South Houston Ave.,
Hegewisch, IL. to St. Florian Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m.
Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. 773-646-1666.
Edgar E. Connor
Edgar E. Connor, 55, of Hammond, IN., passed away on Wednesday, October
22, 1997 at St. Margaret Hospital, Hammond. Survived by wife, Martha; two
step-sons, John Rice and James Winchester, both of Chicago, IL; four
step-daughters, Evelyn Lenore of Chicago, Linda (Fred) Poindexter and Betty
(Silver) Sanders, both of East Chicago, Georgia (Randy) Turner of Gary; 27
grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; mother, Rosie L. Shelton of Chicago; one
sister, Eleanor (Tommy) Wilson of Chicago; step-brother, James (Barbara) Pruitt
of Chicago; sister-in-law, Janice (Richard) Norwood of South Holland, IL. and a
host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 11 a.m. from
Greater First Baptist Church, 4862 Olcott Ave., East Chicago, IN., Rev. Tavis
Grant officiating. Interment at North Township Cemetery, Hessville. Friends may
call on Tuesday, October 28th, at Greater First Baptist Church from 10 to 11
a.m., prior to funeral services. Hinton-Williams Funeral Home in charge of
Elsie M. Cuppy
Elsie M. Cuppy, 89, of Portage, IN., passed away Sunday, October 26, 1997.
She is survived by two sons, Jess (Carol) of Portage and Don (Linda) of
Phoenix, Arizona; one daughter, Patsy (late Raymond) Welsh of Lansing; three
grandchildren a nd three great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband
Audrey F. Cuppy in 1983.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 11 a.m.
from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. Burial at
Washington Memorial Gardens, Homewood, IL. Friends may call at the funeral home
on Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m.
Wilma June Fletcher
Wilma June Fletcher, 71 of Lake Station, passed away Saturday, October
25, 1997. June was born August 2, 1926 in Morton's Gap, KY. to Samuel and
Cecile "Pat" Daughtery. June moved to Evansville, IN. with her family and lived
there with her sister Dolores and brothers, Sam Jr., Paul, Jerry and Steven.
She was united in marriage to Walter Marshal Fletcher (Bill) and they
celebrated their 45th anniversary one month before he died. There were three
children born to this couple Fay, Lee and Treesa.
June was a Christian, a member of the First Baptist Church of Liverpool in
Lake Station, IN. and was very active teaching Sunday school and bible school
when she was younger. She graduated from the Purdue University nursing program
in 1969 and worked for Saint Mary's Hospital in Gary and Hobart for 21 years.
She retired in 1992. She was a member of the Hobart Chapter No. 314 Order of
the Eastern Star. She did voluntary work for the American Red Cross. She was
preceded in death by her husband Bill, her father Samuel, and her brother
Steven. She is survived by her mother Pat, daughters Fay Fletcher, Lee Fletcher
and Treesa Fletcher Johnson, sons-in-law John (Jack) Harrahill, Curtis Crum and
Bobby Johnson, grandchildren John, Michael, Michele, Greg, Duane, Jacob and
Benjamin; great grandchildren Candice Ann, Lindsay, Gregory and Lauren, also
many other relatives, dear friends and neighbors. She was loved and respected
by those who knew her and her presence among her family, that she cherished,
will forever be missed.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m Wednesay, October 29, 1997 at the Rees
Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, with Deacon Kenneth Miller
officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Rees Funeral
Home Hobart Chapel. Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday in
Unity Church Cemetery, Greenville, KY.
Edward Allen Fraher
Crete/Chicago Heights, IL
Edward Allen Fraher, 59, of Crete, IL., formerly of Chicago Heights, IL
died Saturday, October 25, 1997 at Vero Beach, Florida. Visitation Tuesday 3 to
8 p.m. at the Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy at Joe Orr Road,
Chicago, Heights, IL. Funeral services 11 a.m.Wednesday at St. Paul's Ev.
Church, 330 W. Highland Dr., Chicago Heights, with one hour prior visitation at
the church. Interment at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Flossmoor, IL. Survived
by wife Carol (nee Hansen); two daughters, Debra (Gary) Vanderward and Barbara
(Robert) Belin; three sons, Larry (Gail) Fraher, George (Carmen) Fraher and
Edward Fraher; two brothers, C.J. (Juli) Fraher and Chip Fraher; nine
grandchildren and seven aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by one grandchild.
Reitred automation millwright for Ford Motor Co., retiring in 1986 after
31 years of service. Started famly business Fraher Tire, Inc. of Crete in 1971
to present; member of Seneca Boat Club, Seneca, IL; volunteer for Oak Forest
Hospital, active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Board member of Parents
Club of St. John's Military School in Delafield, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the American Diabetes Association. 708-754-0016.
Edward J. Gurtatowski
Hammond, IN/South Chicago, IL.
Edward J. Gurtatowski, 79, late of Hammond, IN., former lifelong resident
of South Chicago, IL. Beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Namjestnik);
loving father of Richard E. (Karen) Gurtatowski Sr. (owners of Lago's
Restaurant, Cedar Lake, Indiana) and Pamela (Gregory) Johnson; devoted
grandfather of Kelly, Richard, Nicholes and Brandon Lee; dearest brother of
Anna Sobocinski, Joseph Gertatowski, Helen Pagorski, Eugene Gertatowski, late
Celia Walejko, late Marie Grankowski, late Walter and late Charlotte
Gertatowski; brother-in-law of Frances (Ed) Kaleta. Cherished friend of Reggie
Kopaczewski and uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Retired employee of U.S. Steel South Works Machine Shop; member of 4th
Degree Club of Santa Maria K of C #1511, Cardinal Stritch Assembly #205, St.
Mary Magdalene Church Head Usher, Holy Name Society, Senior Citizens Club, Bush
Improvement Association and 4th District Police Senior Advisory Council.
Visitation Monday 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services
Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 9:15 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 South
Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL., to St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mass of Christian Burial
at 10 a.m. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery. 773-731-2749. Helen Halfman Crown
Point Helen Halfman, 94, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away Sunday,
October 26, 1997 at St. Anthony Medical Center. Survived by one brother, Fred
(Esther) Halfman and one sister, Margaret Halfman, both of Crown Point; and
numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October
29, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. from the Geisen Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Mary's
Catholic Church. Burial at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.
Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N. East Street, Crown Point,
on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Ms. Halfman was a member of St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Crown Point. Information call 219-663-2500. Lester Jabaay
Lansing, IL. Lester Jabaay, 77, of Lansing, IL., passed away Sunday, October
26, 1997. Survived by his wife Elaine; two daughters, Arlene Szala and Norene
(Thomas) DeBold; six grandchildren; Robin, Michael, Michelle, Jill, Jennifer
and Dawn; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Winifred), Nelson
(Ann) and Ray (Gerry) Jabaay; one sister, Joyce (late Edward) Sienkowski. He
was preceded in death by one son Daniel and one grandson, Robie. Funeral
services will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 12:30 p.m. from the
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. Burial at Skyline
Memorial Park, Monee, IL. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday 2 to 5
and 7 to 9 p.m. Mr. Jabaay was a Navy veteran of World War II; member of the
First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing and had retired from Pleasant View
Dairy in 1981. Memorials may be made to the Lansing Paramedics. Robert R.
Jaeger Sr Florida/Crown Point, IN. Robert R. Jaeger Sr., 73 of Brandon,
Florida, formerly of Crown Point, IN., passed away Saturday, October 25, 1997
at his home. Survived by three sons, Robert Jr. (Donna) Jaeger of Valparaiso,
Dean (Trudy) Jaeger of Lakes of the Four Seasons and Jerry (Kellie) Jaeger of
Brandon, FL; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by
his wife, Phyllis. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 28, 1997,
11 a.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens,
Schererville, IN. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home 109 N. East St.,
Crown Point on Tuesday, one hour prior to service. Mr. Jaeger was a Navy
veteran of World War II and was retired from U.S. Steel. Information call
219-663-2500. Draga Jocic Florida / Merrillville/Crown Point Draga
Jocic,75, of North Port, Florida, and formerly of Merrillville and Crown Point,
IN., passed away on Friday, October 24, 1997. Mrs. Jocic was a founding member
of the St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and its Circle of Serbian Sisters.
She and her husband Branko, who survives, were honored as Kumovi for the
dedication of the Serbian Hall. Also a member of "Srbija" Lodge #170-S.N.F.
Survivors are husband, Branko Jocic of North Port, Florida; one son, Miso
(Donna) Jocic of Crown Point; three daughters, Gordana (Dusan) Cekarmis of
Seattle, Washington, Dusanka Jones of Tennessee and Branislava Davis of South
Carolina; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother, Nikola and
sister, Joka, both in Yugoslavia; also several nieces and nephews, and many
Kumovi and dear, lifelong friends. Funeral services will be held on
Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, with V. Rev.
Lazar Kostur officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation will
be on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home, (Savich & Semplinski
Funeral Directors), 101st and Broadway, Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. A
Pomen Service will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. For further information,
219-661-1200. Mack L. LaMar East Chicago / Louisiana Mack L. LaMar 90, of
East Chicago, formerly of Delhi, Louisiana, passed away on Wednesday, October
22, 1997 after a lingering illness. Survived by loving and devoted wife,
Dorothy; son, Mark L. LaMar Jr. of East Chicago; step-children: Denise (Stalin)
Walton of Houston, TX. and Donna (Reginald) Barksdale of Gary, IN; one sister, Emma Garrison of Detroit, MI;
six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral
services will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 1 P.M. from THE ALLEN
FUNERAL HOME, 3546 Guthrie St., East Chicago, IN., with Rev. Excel Abrams
officiating. Burial at Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith, Indiana. Visitation on
Tuesday from 12 noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Mr. LaMar was a 30 year
employee of the Youngstown Sheets & Tube Company (LTV). Allen Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements. 219-398-7065. Hazel H. Moore Florida/Whiting Hazel
H. Moore, 85, formerly of Whiting, IN. passed away on Thursday, October 23,
1997 in Fort Meyers, Florida. Survivors include one daughter, Beverly (Dr.
Thomas) Wooden of Hammond, Indiana and Fort Meyers, Florida; one sister,
Catherine (Kenneth) Bryan of Portage; grandson, Thomas F. (Eva) Wooden Jr. of
Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one granddaughter Denyse (Scott) Manin of Tucson,
Arizona; two great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death
by her husband Elry D. Moore, a sister, Betty Garnett and brother, Albert
Shannon. Funeral services Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 10 a.m. from the
Owens Funeral Home (Calumet Ave & 119th St.), Whiting, IN. with Rev. James
Facklam officiating. Burial at Concordia Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m Mrs. Moore was
a member of the Whiting Order of the Eastern Star; member of the Retired
Teachers Association; former member of Pi Sigma Phi and a lifelong resident of
Whiting. Contributions to the Riley Hospice of Munster, IN., would be
appreciated. David T. Norton "Guru" Schererville David T. Norton "Guru",
56, of Schererville, Indiana, passed away Saturday, October 25, 1997. He is
survived by his wife, Linda; four children: Diane (Alan) Kosakowski of Calumet
City, IL., Eric Poe, Daniel Poe and Andrew Norton, all at home; two
grandchildren, Marie and Annie; sister, Geraldine Smythe of Schererville; and
numerous nieces, nephews, and loving friends. Funeral service will be held on
Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. at the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 West
Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN. (Rt 30 east of Cline Ave), with Pastor Carl
Noble officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends are invited to call at the
funeral home on Tuesday afternoon from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Mr.
Norton was an employee of Olympia Lanes Bowling Center of Hammond; member of
the Greater Calumet Bowling Association and the Greater Calumet Bowling
Association Hall of Fame. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given
to the family. Katherine J. Novak Hammond Katherine J. Novak, 88, of
Hammond, passed away Saturday, October 25, 1997. Survivors are five children:
Edward (Clara) Novak of Calif., Arthur (Barbara) Novak of Hebron/Ala., Jerome
(Glenda) Novak of Cedar Lake, Irene Novak of Hammond/Crown Point and Mary Lou
(James) Watters of Schererville; seven granchildren and 12 great grandchildren;
four great great grandchildren; former daughter-in-law Jean Mescall of Hammond;
sisters-in-law, Regina Burton of Rossville, IN and Sue (late Paul) Paprocki of
Whiting. Preceded in death by son Casimir, husband Walter, five brothers and
one sister. Friends may call at the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360
Broadway, Merrillville, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, with a prayer
service at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 10
A.M. directly at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1445 Hoffman St., Hammond
with Rev. Matthew Iwuji officiating. Burial at St. John Cemetery, Hammond.
Visitation a half hour before the funeral Mass at the church on Tuesday
morning. Mrs. Novak was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church. Norma Louise
Porter Cedar Lake, IN. Norma Louise Porter, 77, of Cedar Lake, IN.,
passed away on Saturday, October 25, 1997 at Broadway Methodist Hospital,
Merrillville, IN. She is survived by her husband John; one daughter, D'Ann
(James) Boone of Indianapolis, IN; two sons, Jeffery and Jerry, both of Cedar
Lake; two loving granddaughters, Rebecca and Kathryn. Funeral services will
be held on Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Eller-Brady Funeral Home,
8510 Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Lake, Indiana, with Rev. Phillip Morgan
officiating. Interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Porter
was an active member of the New Life Bible Church, secretary treasurer and
member of the Women's Missionary Group of the church. Past Worthy Matron of the
Lowell Eastern Star; member of the Hanover Homemakers Club and member of
Anemesa Astea Womens Club. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Genevieve M. Schneider Lansing, IL. Genevieve M. Schneider, 73 of Lansing,
IL. passed away on Sunday, October 26 1997. She is survived by her husband
Harold; one daughter, Beverly (Scott) Harper of Boston, Massachusetts; two
grandchildren, Ryan and Abigail Harper; one sister, Leona Kiel of South
Holland; three sisters-in-law Helen Yonke of Munster, Irene (Robert) Schultz of
Calumet City, IL. and Charlene Gouwens of Crown Point; numerous nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Gertrude Lotz and Marian
Carey and one brother, Theodore Gouwens. Funeral services will be held on
Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 12:30 p.m. from the First Reformed Church of
Lansing, IL. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call at the
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, on Monday
from 2 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Schneider was a lifelong member of the First Reformed
Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church.
Flag Joseph L. Semancik "Sammy" Whiting Joseph L. "Sammy" Semancik,
83, of Whiting, IN., passed away on Saturday, October 25, 1997 at The Community
Hospital, Munster. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Margaret
(nee Kasperan); son, John J. (Karen) Semancik of Schererville; two
granddaughters, Julie and Carolyn; sister, Helen (late Joseph) Komar of Naples,
Florida; sister-in-law, Lillian Semancik of Whiting; two brothers-in-law,
Albert J. (late Dolly) Kasperan of Hammond and Donald F. (Mary Ann) Kasperan of
Whiting; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and
Anna (Dvorscak) Semancik, brother, Frank Semancik, and sister, Ann Santay.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. at the
Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be offered at 10 am. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting,
with the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Semancik officiating. Interment at St. John
Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the funeral home on Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to
9 p.m. The St. John Rosary Society, together with members of the parish, will
offer prayers at the funeral home on Monday at 4 p.m. Mr. Semancik was a
lifelong resident of Whiting; member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
Whiting; a graduate of Catholic Central (Bishop Noll), class of 1932; a member
of the First Catholic Slovak Mens Union #130; a World War II Army veteran; a
member of the American Legion Whiting Post #80 (memorial service Monday 7:30
p.m.) and VFW. Walter Kleiber Post 2724 (memorial service Monday 7:45 p.m.). He
was a former co-owner of Semancik Coal Company, Whiting, who were in business
for 65 years, and also a retiree of the North Township Trustee's Office (Wicker
Park). Joseph was an avid sports fan. In his youth he played basketball, golf
and tennis. He will be greatly missed for his wit and humor by his relatives
and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. John School Endowment
Fund or to Catholic Charities, in his memory, would be appreciated.
219-659-4400. Rae Simko Hammond Rae Simko, 73, of Hammond, IN. passed
away Saturday, October 25, 1997. Survived by two sons, Darryl Simko of Chicago
and Mark Simko of Denver; one God-child, Gabriella DeMarco of Los Angeles, CA.;
and many loving cousins. Preceded in death by her husband Frank J. Simko and
two sisters, Lucille and Ann Belmonte. Funeral prayers Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Hessville Chapel with a Mass of Christian
Burial Celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with Rev.
John R. Winterlin, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Hammond.
Friends may call on Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. at the Virgil Huber Funeral
Home, Hessville Chapel, 7051 Kennedy Avenue. Myron C. Smith Lowell Myron
C. Smith, 84, of Lowell, IN, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 1997. He is
survived by his wife of 60 years, Vera D.; three children, Dale (late Ella)
Smith of Lowell, IN, Jan (Carl) Zarndt of Billings, MT and Harold (Cindy) Smith
of Durham, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and one sister,
Lucille Christensen of St. Mary's OH. He was preceded in death by four
brothers. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran
Church, Lowell, IN, with Pastor Daniel Schumm officiating. Burial will follow
at the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary, IN. Friends are invited to call on Monday
from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave.,
Lowell, IN. 46356. Mr. Smith was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in
Lowell; a member of the Munster Fire Dept. for over 40 years where he acted as
Fire Chief for 17 years; a Charter member of the Munster Chamber of Commerce,
member of the Munster Lions Club, owned and operated MC. Smith Service Garage
in Munster for over 40 years; and he enjoyed fishing. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 631 W.
Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. 46356. Helen I. Stasny (nee Chovanec)
Whiting Helen I. Stasny (nee Chovanec), 82, of Whiting, IN., passed away
Friday. Octobert 24, 1997 at the Munster Med-Inn. She is survived by her
beloved husband of 57 years, Steve; son, Steve (Hana) Stasny of Highland; two
grandchildren, Sandy and Steve; two brothers, Pete (Anne) Chovanec of Munster
and George (Modena) Chovanec of Whiting; three sisters-in-law, Marge Chovanec,
Sally Rolph and Rita Dabertin, all of Whiting; two brothers-in-law, Albert
(Mae) Stasny of Highland and Ed (Rose) Stasny of Whiting; numerous nieces and
nephews. Preceded in death by her brother, Steve Chovanec. Funeral services
will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home,
1235-119th Street, Whiting, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at
11:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Whiting, with the Rev. Anthony
D. Ficko officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.
Visitation at the funeral home on Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Stasny
was a lifelong resident of Whiting; a member of Immaculate Conception Church,
Whiting, and the Immaculate Conception Rosary Society; the Slovak Catholic
Sokol Wreath #111; The Knights of Columbus Pope John XXIII Council #1696 will
offer prayers at the funeral home on Monday at 8 p.m. 219-659-4400. Flag
John T. Traczyk Whiting John T. Traczyk, 58, of Whiting, IN., passed away
on Thursday, October 23, 1997 at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago. He is
survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Lorraine (nee Wiak); daughter, Sharon
(Timothy) Kelly of Munster; son, John (Linda) Traczyk of Whiting; mother,
Lillian Traczyk of Lafferty, Ohio; sister, Jane Traczyk of Wheeling, W.V.;
brother, Dr. Richard (Rita) Traczyk of Oklahoma City, OK; nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father, John Traczyk. Funeral services will be held
Monday, October 27, 1997, 10 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St.,
Whiting, IN. with the Rev. Charles W. Niblick of SS.Peter and Paul Church,
Whiting, officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL.
Visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mr.
Traczyk was a resident of Whiting for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of
the United States Army; and the owner/operator of Whiting Home Improvements.
219-659-4400. William Trelinski Hammond William Trelinski, 81, of Hammond,
passed away Friday, October 24, 1997. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary
(nee Rakoczy); two sons, Michael W. Trelinski of Crown Point and Dennis Sr.
(Joyce) Trelinski of Munster; four grandchildren: Michael Patrick, Denise, Dawn
and Dennis Jr.; two sisters, Helen (John) Fesko of Crown Point and Darlene
(Bud) Rosenberg of Lansing; one brother, Gene (Betty) Trelinski of Hammond;
several nieces and nephews. Funeral services Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at
10:45 a.m. from the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 4404 Cameron Ave.,
Hammond, IN. (two blocks east of Hohman, one block north of Gostlin), 11:30
a.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Church. Entombment at Chapel Lawn Mausoleum,
Schererville, IN. Visitation Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parish rosary
service Monday at 4 p.m. Mr. Trelinski was a lifelong Hammond resident;
retired employee of the Inland Steel Company with 22 years of service; Army
veteran of World War II; member of VFW Haan Post #3029 for 50 years and the
American Legion Pershing Post #428, who will hold services together on Monday
at 7:30 p.m. Flag Hurlie F. Tucker Crown Point Hurlie F. Tucker,
68, of Crown Point, passed away Sunday, October 26, 1997. Survived by his wife
Betty J.; two daughters, Lynda (Bill) McGaha of Crown Point and Deborah Scott
of Griffith; six grandchildren: Terry McGaha, Corey (Kellie) Rex, Curtis Rex,
Carrie Rex, Cody Scott and Caitlin Scott; two great grandchildren, Kirsten and
Mark Rex; one brother, James Tucker of Tennessee; two sisters, Velma Loggins
and Ruth Brooks of Alabama; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral
services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 1997, 11 a.m. at the Kuiper
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Winemiller officiating. Burial at Chapel
Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on
Tuesday 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, IN. Mr. Tucker was retired
from Union Tank Company of East Chicago, with 34 years of service; served in
the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the VFW of
Arcadia, Florida. Adriana Vander Heyden South Holland, IL. Adriana Vander
Heyden, 80, of South Holland, IL. passed away Saturday, October 25, 1997. She
is survived by four daughters, Pearl (Howard) McBroom of Lansing, Jo (Ken)
Segraves of Highland, Gert (Bob) Keever of Thornton and Henrietta (Harold)
Bakker of Schererville; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three
brothers, Julius (Lena) Jacobs, Peter (Jennie) Jacobs and Gus (Ruth) Jacobs,
all of South Holland; two sisters, Christine Norman of Munster and Maggie
(John) Kuiper of Racine, WI. Preceded in death by her husband, William.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 28