Obituaries

1997-10-27T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
October 27, 1997 12:00 am

Josephine Begnoche

Merrillville/Hammond

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

Valparaiso/Riverdale, IL.

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.

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Stanley P. Bugajski

Hegewisch, IL.

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

Hammond

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

arrangements.

Elsie M. Cuppy

Portage

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

Lake Station

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

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