Obituaries

1999-11-18T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
November 18, 1999 12:00 am

Demetris "Mooky" Baggett

Chicago/Hammond

Demetris "Mooky" Baggett, 25, of Chicago, Illinois/Hammond, Indiana entered

into eternal life on Wednesday, November 10, 1999. He is survived by his

beloved parents, Christian Baggett and stepfather Hector

Medina; his paternal father, Philbert Dennis of Chicago, Illinois/California;

one sister, Tradrinna (Ty) Yates; one brother, Jose Baggett; three daughters,

Latrica Nesbitt Baggett; one stepson, Timothy Diaz; wife, Michelle Baggett;

friend and companion, Latasha

Carter; a host of cousins, uncles, Frank Baggett, Aureliuse H. Piper, Don A.

Oden, Rufus Newman; aunts, Charlene Newman, Rhonda L. Piper, Pearl Brooks,

Allison Baggett, also Kimberly P. Rawls and Tina Bell from Chicago. Preceded in

death by his great grandparents,

Charles and Gertrude Baggett; his grandparents, Joe Oden, Mildred H. Nash and

Shirley Person; two aunts, Awilda Wallace and Thelma Allen.

Visitation Thursday, November 18, 1999 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Calahan Funeral

Home, 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

60621. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19, 1999 at 10 a.m. at

the funeral home. Burial, Burr Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may

be made to the family to help with expenses.

Gusta Lee Bailey

(nee Boyt)

Gary, IN

Gusta Lee Bailey,

72, of Gary, IN passed away Tuesday, November16, 1999, after a long illiness.

Survivors: son, David A. (Christina) Bailey of Griffith; two daughters, Linda

L. (Kenneth) Karlstedt, Sr. of Griffith, Janet S. Bailey of Gary; eight

grandchildren, Mike J. (Sara)

Satmary, Jason E. (Jayme) Bailey, Danielle M. Bailey, Angela L. (Jason)

Simpson, Michele M. Beko, Kenneth E. Karlstedt, Amanda K. Bailey, Samantha A.

Bailey; one great granddaughter, Aryanna Lazell-Butler.

Friends are invited to meet with the family Sunday,

November 21, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2

blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mrs. Bailey was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary Hessville VFW

Memorial Post #7881, an avid bowler, great cook, she made beautiful handmade

quilts, croqueted fine lace, and had a candid sense of humor. She is, also,

survived by her dog and constant companion, Mitzi. Those F. N. Cherry Tarts. In

lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.

Elaine (Williams) Blank

Calumet

City

Elaine (Williams) Blank, 75, formerly of Calumet City, passed away Monday,

November 15, 1999 in Tempe, Arizona. Beloved mother of Deborah (Kevin) Hesse of

Phoenix, Arizona and Carol (Martin) Siegel of Chicago, Illinois; one sister,

Clarice Johansen

of Galesberg, Illinois; three grandchildren, Amy Siegel, Sarah and Alex Hess.

Preceded in death by her former spouses, Melvin Williams of Dolton, Illinois

and Carl Blank of Calumet City, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19, 1999 at

10 a.m. from the Ridge United Methodist Church, 8607 Columbia Ave., Munster,

Indiana with Pastor Steven Conger officiating. Interment, Oakland Memory Lanes,

Dolton, Illinois. Friends may meet with her family Thursday, November 18, 1999

from 7 to 9 p.m. at

McCoy Funeral Chapel, 5713 Hohman Ave., Hammond.

Mrs. Blank was a former member of the Ridge United Methodist Church.

William J. Choisser "B.J."

Valparaiso/Chesterton, IN

William J. Choisser "B.J." , 19, of Valparaiso, IN formerly of Chesterton,

passed

away Monday, November 15, 1999, at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, IN.

William was born in Valparaiso, IN on September 9, 1980, to mother, Rose

(Gregor) Choisser of Valparaiso, IN and father, William "Buck" Choisser of

Valparaiso. Survivors: parents,

William Buck (Karen) Choisser and Rose Choisser (Curtis Clemans) of

Valparaiso, IN; maternal grandmother Katherine Gregor O'Connor (Tony) of

Chesterton, IN; paternal grandparents William "Bill" and Pat Choisser of

Chesterton,IN; special friends, Tony DeJesus

and Donald Clemans of Valparaiso, IN; sister Rose Eizabeth Choisser of

Valparaiso,IN: aunts, Karyn Gregor (Dennis Wilson) of Valparaiso, IN, Patsy

(Greg) Staub of Valparaiso, IN, Tina (Jeff ) Kerlin of Wisconsin, Dawn (Mike)

Wagner of Oregon; many loving

cousins; preceded in death by grandfather, Joseph Gregor, and great

grandfather, Paul Zona.

Memorial Service will be Thursday, November 18,1999 at 5 p.m. at Edmonds &

Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN. Cremation Heritage Crematory,

Portage,

IN with interment of ashes at Chesterton Cemetery.

NO Visitation.

William had been a lifelong resident of the area, worked as Computer

Operator. Employed at History in Print. Graduate of Valparaiso High School in

1998 and Honorary Member of Chesterton

Moose Lodge #1623. Memorials to Home Health Services of Muscular Dystrophy

Association would be appreciated.

John F. Colins

Green Valley, AZ

John F. Colins, 67, a 4 year resident of Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Lakes

of the Four Seasons, passed

away in Green Valley on November 15,1999. Survivors include: beloved wife of 47

years, Karen; one son, Terry (Sandy) Colins of Homewood, IL; daughter, Peggy

Colins (Tim) Cooley of Crown Point; grandchildren, Wesley Morin of Crown Point,

Taylor, Megan and

Caitlin Colins of Homewood; two sisters, Gail (Larry) Hoffman and Carol

(Robert) Smith; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19,1999, 10 a.m. at the Burns

Funeral Home, (corner 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel.

Interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends may call at

the Burns Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. American Legion East

Chicago Post #508 will conduct services Thursday at 7 p.m.

John was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 2592

of Green Valley, American Legion Lodge No. 508 of East Chicago, the Air Force

Association and the Sheriffs Auxiliary Volunteers of Green Valley where, until

his recent illness, he served on the Board of Directors, Manager of Special

Events, and the Emergency

Response Team. He served with the First Marine Division in Korea for 14 months.

Upon returning to the States he worked for Inland Steel as General Foreman,

retiring after 33 years, then worked as consultant for General Refractories for

nine years until retiring

and moving to Green Valley, AZ.

Zelma E. Croak

(nee McCreary)

Crown Point/Hammond

Zelma E. Croak (nee McCreary), 89 of Crown Point, formerly of Hammond, passed

away Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point,

Indiana. Survived

by two loving sons, Gerald and Dennis Croak ,both of Hammond; two loving

daughters, Catherine (Tom) Davis of Valparaiso and Nancy Chute of Dallas,

Texas; eight grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special family at the

Chicagoland Christian Village.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19,1999 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Chicagoland Christian Village Chapel, 6685 E. 117th Ave., Crown Point with

Frank Klobucar officiating. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may

call at the Chicagoland Christian

Village Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made to the

Chicagoland Christian Village in her loving memory. Burns-Kish Funeral Home of

Griffith, Indiana in charge of arrangements.For information call 219-924-4100.

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Inez Madelyne

Dahlin

(nee Crooks)

Hammond

Inez Madelyn Dahlin (nee Crooks) of Hammond; sister of the late Harry Crooks

and Betty Crooks (nee Donahue - deceased) died Sunday, November 14, 1999 at St.

Catherine Hospital, East Chicago of a stroke following a short illness

due to pneumonia. During her life of 73 years, she held positions ranging from

treasurer to president of several local chapters and memberships to national

chapters of womens organizations including the American Business Womens

Association; General Federation

of Womens Clubs and Hammond Womens Club (of which she had been a Past

President) and the Delta Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Iota Sororities. A

graduate of the Dormagen Conservatory and alumni of Indiana and Valparaiso

Universities, the accomplished artist,

concert pianist and cellist also held a number of positions through the years

as choral director and organist at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and

Unity Church. She taught music, voice, piano and cello privately, as well as,

sub-taught for the Hammond

School System briefly in the early 70's. She was active in politics and served

as a precinct committeewoman and as delegate to state GOP conventions and

assistant to the delegate to National GOP Convention. She was awarded the medal

for the Republican Presidential

Legion of Merit and traced her roots back to the DAR. She was a member of the

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and a lifetime resident of Hammond.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Charles L. Dahlin and a

daughter, Candace L. Gar-Lane-Dahlin,

as well as, several nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held for the public at the LaHayne Funeral Home, 5746 Hohman

Ave. Hammond, IN 219-931-7500. Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and at

the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7227 Hohman, Hammond

on Friday morning 10 a.m. until time of services where the services will be

officiated by Pastor Karl R. Davies at 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The devoted mother and wife is remembered for her compassion,

generosity, love and gentleness of spirit.

Marian Davids

Lynwood, IL

Marian Davids, 77, of Lynwood,IL, passed away Wednesday, November 17,1999. She

is survived by three children, Courtney (Jeanne), Mary Lou (Randy) Pazik, and

Timothy Davids; five grandchildren,

Barbara and Rick Davids, Eric, Stephanie and Joshua Pazik; six brothers,

Clarence (Elsie) Sluis, Art (Marilyn) Harold, William, James (Clareeen), and

Leonard (Joyce); one sister, Charlotte (Robert) Parrish; many nieces and

nephews. She was preceded in death

by her husband, Jacob, and son, Richard C. Davids.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday,November 20, 1999, at 11 a.m. from

the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing. Burial, Fairmount

Willow Hills Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral

home on Friday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Davids was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church of Lynwood. In lieu

of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bible League.

Rebecca Sue "Becci" Davis

Sebring, FL

Rebecca Sue "Becci" Davis, 21, passed away Tuesday,

November 14, 1999 in Sebring, Florida. She was born January 11, 1978 at Porter

Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. Becci had been confined to a wheelchair all her

life as a result of cerebral palsy.

Survivors include mother, Cathie Davis; stepfather, Bob Beasley;

twin sister Sarah Jane; sister, Dana Ann and one niece, Aericka, all of

Sebring. Also surviving are maternal grandmother, June Richart of Valparaiso;

three uncles, Fred Richard, Jr., John Richart, both of Valparaiso and Bruce

Richart of Porter; one aunt,

Christina "Tina" Richart of Florida; many cousins and a host of friends. She

was preceded in death by father, Danny Davis and maternal grandfather, Fred

Richart, Sr.

Prior to moving to Florida, Becci and her family resided in Porter, Indiana.

Becci had

an incredible joy of life even though she suffered from an incurable and

disabling disease. She was currently attending South Florida Community College

with plans of becoming a social worker.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 20, 199 at Stephenson/Nelson

Funeral Home, 2501 Fairmount Drive, Sebring, FL 33870. Visitation will be

Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Porter County at a

later date.

Georgia Dorsey

Calumet City

Georgia Dorsey, 85, of Calumet City, Illinois passed away

Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at her home. She is survived by her loving husband,

Walter; six sons, Gerald (Sheryl) Finley of Texas, Ronald (Nora Jean) Dorsey of

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Jerry (Marge) Dorsey of Bolingbrook, Illinois,

Earl (Dorothy) Dorsey

of Darien, Illinois, Kenneth (Joanne) Dorsey of Calumet City and Thomas (Anna

Marie) Dorsey of Chicago, Illinois; three daughters, June (Frank) Fresso of

Chicago Ridge, Illinois, Carol (Mike) Corbett of Romeoville, Illinois and

Kathleen Hernandez of Hazelcrest,

Illinois; 34 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Kate

Alexander of Calumet City, Illinois. Preceded in death by her sister, Gladys

Biggs and grandson, Mickey Corbett.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19, 1999 at 8:45 a.m.

at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond. Mass of Christian

Burial at St. Victor's Church in Calumet City at 9:30 a.m. with Fr. Thomas Cima

celebrating the Mass. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2

to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association in her loving memory.

Mrs. Dorsey will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.

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Herbert J. Easto

Hebron

Herbert J. Easto, age 73 of Hebron passed away Tuesday, November

16, 1999. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, sister Mira McCarty of

Washington State and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers

Vernon, Irvin and Richard Easto.

Mr. Easto was a retired supervisor from the Sheet and Tin Mill, with

27 years of service. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, a Charter

Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles #2659, and a member of the American

Legion. He was co-founder of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Rosary Makers.

Friends may call at Pruzin & Little

Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive, (on State Road 55 south of State

Road 231) Crown Point on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Eagles Service 7

P.M., Rosary 7:30 P.M. A Latin Tridentine Requiem Mass will be offered Friday,

November 19, 1999 at 11:00

A.M. at the Pruzin Little Chapel with Rev. Peter Scott officiating. At Rest

Memory Lane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses are requested.

Elmer G. Rowland

Valparaiso, IN

Elmer G. Rowland, 69, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly a resident of Schererville

passed away Tuesday,November 16,1999. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; five

children, Elmer (Lydia) Rowland, Jr. of Lake Station, Sue (Bob) Conners and

Michael Rowland, both of Schererville, Anne (Sonny) Mitchuson of Gary, and

James Rowland of Cedar Lake;

10 grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 19th, at 11 a.m. at the

Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 7607 West Lincoln Highway, Schererville,IN

(Route 30 East of Cline Avenue) with Pastor Gerald Walworth officiating. At

rest, Chapel

Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to call at the funeral

home on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Elmer was a retired employee of Lehigh Portland Cement Company and Veteran of

the Korean Conflict.

Frank Fagyas

Valparaiso

Frank

Fagyas, 71, of Valparaiso passed away Monday, November 15, 1999 at Rush

Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Chicago. He was born May 8, 1928 in

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Frank and Mary (Eski) Fagyas. A Valparaiso resident

for 12 years, formerly of Hammond,

he was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and had worked for Inland Steel

for 32 years, retiring in 1982 as supervisor in the field forces. He was a

member of Faith United Church of Christ in Hammond where he sang in the choir

for many years. He was

also a member of the Indiana Harbor Masonic Lodge #686, F & AM; the Indiana

Harbor #378 Order of Eastern Star; the Scottish Rite of South Bend and the

Duneland Woodcarvers.

On April 14, 1951 in Chicago he married Irene Benda, who survives along with

two

children, Frank (Mary) Fagyas of Divide, Colorado and Linda (Raymond) Johnson

of Munster; five grandchildren, Bryan, Lindsay, Eric, Alexa and Brandon and one

brother, Albert R. (Judine) Fagyas of Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in

death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104

Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. The Rev. Harold Weller officiating with burial at

Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Visitation Thursday 4 to 8 p.m.

with Masonic Service at 7:30.

Robert

W. Fetterhoff

Hammond, IN

Robert W.Fetterhoff, 61, of Hammond,IN passed away Tuesday, November 16,

1999. Survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Mabel; three children, Karen

Fetterhoff , Janet (Dana Uza) Fetterhoff, Thomas (Penny) Fetterhoff, all of

Hammond; three granddaughters, Sarah, Courtney and Hannah; preceded in death by

parents, Louis and Minnie Martin.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 20th, at the Kuiper

Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Hasselbring officiating. Burial,

Elmwood Cemetery. Friends are invited to meet with the family Friday 2 to 4

p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks

south of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mr. Fetterhoff attended the Unity Church of Hammond and was retired

from Pullman Standard in Hammond after 15 years of service.

Mary "Mae" Farms Gerber

Portage

Mary Farms Gerber, 83 of Portage, passed away at her residence on Wednesday,

November 17, 1999. She was born June 1,1916, in Dunfermland, Scotland the

daughter

of George and Catherine Agnes (Farms) Masterton. A portage resident for 62

years she was married to William Stewart Gerber on December 25, 1934, in Gary.

He preceded her in death on September 20, 1988. She attended Horace Mann High

School for three years

and graduated from Portage High School. A member of Portage First Church of the

Nazarene where she served in the Missionary Society and Womens Ministries. She

was employed as a custodian for Portage Township Schools for six years.

Survived by two sons, William

Stewart Gerber, Jr. of Portage and Albert Dale (Sandra) Gerber of Jackson

Township. three daughters, Christie Jean (Farrell) "Duke" Knowland of

Valparaiso, Catherine Gerber Coker of Portage and Carole Gerber Kolczak of

Valparaiso; eight grandchildren; 18

great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Gerber Orr of Pittsburgh, PA

and Myrtle Masterson of Little Rock, AR. She was preceded in death by her

parents; husband, Stewart; two brothers, Arthur and Thomas Masterson and her

twin sister, Ellen Masterson.

A visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Engel Funeral Home, 2700 Willowcreek

Road, Portage, IN with a funeral service being held Saturday, November 20,

Portage First Church of the Nazarene, 3134 Swanson Road, Portage with Rev.

Duane Schmidt officiating. Interment,

McCool Cemetery, Portage. Memorials may be made to the Portage First Church of

the Nazarene. For information please call Engel Funeral Home, 219-762-8595.

Lawrence J. "L.J." Hall

Gary/East Chicago

Lawrence J. Hall "L.J.", 78, of Gary, formerly of

East Chicago, passed away Sunday, November 14, 1999 at Methodist Hospital

Southlake Campus. He graduated from Washington High School (East Chicago) and

retired from LTV Steel Corp.

He is survived by five daughters, three sons and two brothers and a host

of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation Thursday, November 18, 1999 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Family Hour

from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Funeral Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave., Gary.

Funeral services Friday, November 18, 1999 at 11 a.m.

at the New Friendship Baptist Church, 1545 Waite St., Rev. Benjamin J. Holmes

officiating. Interment, Fern Oaks Cemetery. Professional services rendered by:

Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.

Howard "Bo" Harris

Los Angeles, CA/Gary

Howard "Bo" Harris,

56, of Los Angeles, California, formerly of Gary, passed away Friday, November

12, 1999. Howard graduated from Tolleston High School in 1962 and went on to

graduate from Tennessee State University. While attending Tennessee State he

became a member of Kay

Alpha Theta Chapter. Howard taught in the Los Angeles School System since 1979.

Survivors include a devoted wife, Charlotte Pye of Los Angeles; a loving

mother, Helen Harris; one sister, Jeanell Headen, both of Gary; two brothers,

Troy Harris of San Rafael,

California and Ricky (Denice) Harris of Dallas, Texas; three nieces, Renee

Purham of Nashville, Tennessee, Jamila Harris of San Francisco, California and

TeAyrra Harris of Dallas, Texas; four nephews, Chorrie "Bo" Quinn of San Diego,

California, Lamont Harris

and Karrem Harris, both of Dallas, Texas and Troy Harris of San Rafael; a

loving cousin, Charlie Mae Morris of East Chicago; three great-nephews; one

great-niece and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation Friday, November 19, 1999 from 12 noon

to 8 p.m. Family Hour from 7 to 8 p.m., all at the Guy & Allen Funeral Chapel,

2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral services Saturday, November 20, 1999 at St. Luke AME

Zion Church, 3543 Block Ave., East Chicago. Family Hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

with funeral services

starting at 11. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Professional Services Rendered by

Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.

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Gerald Huizenga

Highland, IN

Gerald Huizenga, 75, of Highland, passed away Monday, November 15, 1999.

Survived by wife,

Audrey, of 51 years; one daughter, Christy R. (Bud) Van Genderen of New Jersey;

four sons, Gerald K. (Kathy) Huizenga of Highland, Mark B. (Cindy) Huizenga of

Iowa, Brian R. (Karen) Huizenga, of Highland and Alan J. (Mary) Huizenga of

Highland; 15 grandchildren;

two brothers, Nick (Joanne) Huizenga of Michigan and Jim (Marian) Huizenga of

Highland; four sisters, Annamae Milton Van Drunen of Lansing, Katheryn (David)

Rottenberg of California, Joan (Harvey) Vredeveld of Michigan and Carol (John)

Kapteyn of Lansing;

sister in law, Tina Huizenga of California; preceded in death by brother, Rev.

Bart Huizenga.

Funeral service will be held Friday at 10 am at the First Christian Reformed

Church of Highland, Lincoln and Grace Streets, Highland, with Rev. Roger

Gelwicks officiating.

Burial, Oakridge Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper

Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks South of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mr. Huizenga was a member of the Hammond Christian Reformed Church, retired

from Pleasant View Dairy and

Dunhill Formal Wear of Highland; former bus driver for Highland Christian

School; Veteran of the U.S. Army World War II. Memorials may be given to the

Highland Christian School.

Stanley F. Igras

"Steve"

Portage, IN

Stanley F. Igras, 79, of Portage,

passed away Tuesday, November 16, 1999. A longtime area resident, he served his

country in the U.S. Army in WW II, worked as a welder for General American and

for ABEX, both in Hammond and enjoyed playing dartball for the former Trinity

United Methodist

Dartball League. Most recently Stanley had been a floral delivery man for

Portage Flower Shop. He is survived by his wife, Rita (nee Silverthorn) Igras

of Portage; three sons, Steven Igras of Portage, Charles Penix of Portage, Dale

Penix of DE; four daughters,

Linda (Bill) Dingee of Valparaiso, Paula (Karles) Igras-Correll of LaPorte,

Sandra Igras of Portage, Lisa Igras of Valparaiso; two sisters, Martha Sikora

of Whiting, Jeannie (Robert) Costello of Crown Point; two sisters in law, Kay

McClenathan of Portage

and JoAnn Silverthorn of Hamlet, IN: eight grandchildren; many nieces and

nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Eva, one daughter,

Susan Jones, one granddaughter, Tara Marie Jones, three brothers and two

sisters.

Funeral Services are

Friday, November 19, 1999, at 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341

Central Avenue, Portage, IN, with Rev.Paul Rogers officiating. Burial will

follow at Calvary Cemetery in Portage. Friends may call Thursday, November

18,1999, from 2 to5 and 7

to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to

the family.

Bryce E. Jackson

Michigan City

Bryce E. Jackson, age 79, of Michigan City, formerly of Hammond,Indiana

passed away at 10:05 AM Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at the

Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Indiana. Mr. Jackson was

born on February 18, 1920, to Adrian and Katherine (Stevens) Jackson, who

preceded him in death. On March 22, 1947, in Hammond,Indiana he was married to

Mary Euriga, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Judy (Robert) McNamara, of Homer, NY,

Nancy (Sam) Schiciano, Toledo, OH, Susan Jackson, of Laporte,IN, five

grandchildren, Jennifer McNamara, Patrick McNamara, Mike Schiciano, Sal

Schiciano and Tony Schiciano. Mr. Jackson

was a member of Local Union #597 - Pipe Fitter - Steam Fitter for 46 years, he

retired in 1982. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and a U.S. Army

veteran of World War II.

Funeral Services will be at Bethany Lutheran Church on Friday, November 19,

1999 at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Andrew Bailey officiating. Burial at Carmel

Cemetery, La Porte,IN. Visitation will be 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:30

PM, Thursday at Haverstock Funeral Home, and 10:00 AM until service at Bethany

Lutheran Church. Memorials

may be given to Bethany Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 552, LaPorte, Indiana

46352-0552.

Raymond J. Keller

Portage, IN

Raymond J.Keller, 81, of Portage,IN passed away Tuesday, November 16, at

Fountain View Nursing Home,Portage. He was born August 9, 1918,

in Pittsburgh, PA the son of Joseph and Sophie (Kukula) Keller. A Portage

resident since 1961, formerly of PA. He was married on August 7,1948

inPittsburgh to Jane B. Garstka. He attended high school in Pennsylvania and

the Connley Trade School. He was

a retired roller for Midwest Steel for 20 years and served in the US Army. He

was a great help to his daughter in law, Rebecca in her Beckys Floral and Cake

Shop in Hebron. He was a member of Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church. He

is survived by his wife

Jean B.Keller ofPortage; one son, Raymond D. (Rebecca R.) Keller of Valparaiso;

one daughter, Melanie J. (Thomas) L. Corbett of Brentwood, TN; Granddaughter,

Claire Corbett of Brentwood; one sister Josephine (Chester) Gonsowski of

Twinsburg, OH; he was preceded

in death by his parents and sister Helen Matthias.

A Visitation will be held Thursday November 18, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at

Engels Funeral Home, 2700 Willow Creek Road, Portage,IN. A funeral service will

be held Friday, November 19th at 10 a.m. at Nativity

of Our Savior Catholic Church, 2949 Willow Creek r

Road,Portage with Rev.Pat Kalish officiating. Interment, Graceland Cemetery,

Valparaiso. For information please call Engel Funeral Home at 219-762-8595.

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Earl D. Kirby

Seymour, IN/Merrillville

Earl D.Kirby, 56, of Seymour, Indiana, formerly of Merrillville, passed away

Monday, November 15, 1999. Survived by wife, Barbara (nee Romanko); daughter,

Annie Kirby of Seymour, Indiana; sons, Ronald Kirby of Merrillville, Roman

(Joann) Kirby of Warsaw,

Indiana and Robert Mazur of Merrillville; sisters, Doris Johnson of Tennessee

and Mary Climer of Mississippi.

Mr. Kirby was a retired letter carrier from the U.S. Postal Service. He was

an Army Veteran of the Vietnam conflict; a former member of the American

Legion Post #207; the VFW and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway,

Merrillville on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Legion service 7:30 p.m. Funeral

services will be held Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 11

a.m. from Pruzin Brothers Chapel with Rev. Joseph Vamos officiating. Memorial

preferred to the American Lung Association.

Teresa Kuhn

Boca Raton, FL

Teresa Kuhn, 92, of Boca Raton, Florida went Home to the Lord on Tuesday,

November 9, 1999. Born in

Schererville, Indiana on April 23, 1907, one of 12 children to Peter and Anna

Kuhn. Teresa was devoted to the church. She was a founding member of the St.

Joan of Arc Foundation and an active communicant and loved parishioner of St.

Michael the Archangel

of Schererville, Indiana. Ms. Kuhn was a member of the Council of Catholic

Women, Royale Womens Club, Mae Volen Senior Center, Womens Republican Club and

The Friendship Club of Boca Raton. A truly generous and caring person, she will

be missed by all who

knew her.

She was a loving sister to Helen Kuhn and Rose Hammond; a special aunt to

numerous nieces and nephews and great aunt to many "grandchildren and great

grandchildren".

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 1999

at St. Michael the Archangel in Schererville, Indiana.

George P. Mitchell

Glen Ellyn, IL/Dallas, TX/East Chicago

George P. Mitchell, 82, a resident of Glen Ellyn, Illinois for 12 years, and

formerly of Dallas, Texas, and longtime of East Chicago, Indiana,

died Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

He was born on June 27, 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was a retired

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