Evelyn Ard, 70, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on August 24, 1999
at the St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana. Survived by two sons and
two daughters: Orville Ard of Plainfield, IN, Frederick (Dorothy) Ard,
Floradine (Johnny) Washington and Connie Ray, all of East Chicago, IN;
step-mother, Rose Spencer of Illinois; one brother and three sisters: Albert
(Luth Ann) Spencer of Harvey, IL, Willie Mae Green of Bessemer, AL, Freddie Mae
Hackett of East Chicago, IN
and Susan (Steve) Washington of Gary, IN; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Barnett of
Columbus, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Soloman Ard; special brother-in-law Charles
Hackett Sr. of Hammond, IN; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; special
friends, Linnie Williams
and Fannie Mae Reed; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by husband, Garvey and one sister, Thelma Bryant.
Funeral service will be Saturday, August 28, 1999, 11 a.m. at Faith Temple
C.O.G.I.C., 3711 Pennsylvania Ave.,
East Chicago, IN, Elder David Blakely officiating, Eulogy by Rev. Frederick
Ard, Jr. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, IN. Visitation Saturday from 10
a.m. until time of service at the church. Arrangements by Divinity Funeral
Home, East Chicago, IN. 219-397-2024
Rex Allen Berg, 80, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away at his residence on
Wednesday, August 25, 1999. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth; three
sons, Rex Jr. (Sheila) of Loveland, CO, Ron (Maxine) of San Francisco, CA and
(Roberta) of Crown Point, IN; five grand-daughters, Anne (Brian) Talcott of
Portland, OR, Shannon (Roberto) Casini of Florence, Italy, Kimberly Berg of
Monterey, CA, Carley Berg of South Padre Island, TX and Catherine Berg of
Loveland, CO; two grandsons,
Tyler and Trevor Berg, both of Crown Point; three great-grandchildren, Dagan
Trnka, Isabella Casini and Giorgio Casini; two brothers, Commander Retired
U.S.N., Royal D. Berg of San Diego, CA and Arthur V. (Barbara) Berg of Des
Plaines, IL; nieces and nephews;
and special cousin, Linnea Steinke of South Holland, IL. Preceded in death by
his son, Rickey.
Funeral services Monday, August 30, 1999, 11 a.m. from the Bocken Funeral
Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, with Dr. David A. Schrader of the
Methodist Church of Hammond, officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends are
invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Berg was a native of Chicago and a lifetime resident of the Calumet area.
He was a member of the First United Methodist
Church of Hammond, where he served as an usher. He retired in 1983 after 40
years of employment with the Father and Son Shoe Stores of Endicott Johnson
Company and served as a store manager in several stores in Chicago,
Springfield, IL and Hammond. He also
was a full time employee with the U.S. Postal Service, Chicago Main Post Office
as a supervisor, where he worked for 30 years. A Memorial Fund is being
established in favor of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond, in memory
of Mr. Berg. He was a
U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Raymond J. Betters
Florida / Merrillville, IN
Raymond J. Betters, 81, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of
Merrillville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 1999. Former president
Engineers and Constructors of Hammond He was a native of Pittsfield, Mass.,
and has lived in Florida the past 20 years, moving their from Merrillville, IN.
Survived by wife of 56 years, Vera L. Betters; one son, David R. (Sharon)
Betters of Ft. Collins,
CO; two daughters, Susan E. Tonk of Indianapolis, IN and Jill L. (Lucas) Alonso
of LaCrescenta, CA; four granddaughters: Renee Welch, Heather Tonk, Kristine
Betters and Courtney Tonk; one grandson, Raymond Alonso and one great-grandson,
services Saturday, August 28, 1999, 2 p.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home 7905
Broadway, Merrillville, IN with Rev. Michelle A. Cobb officiating. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Saturday from 12 Noon until time of service. At
rest, Calumet Park Cemetery,
Mr. Betters was a WWII Navy veteran serving with the 103rd Naval Construction
Battalion in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of Roosevelt Lodge #716
F.&A.M. in Merrillville, Indiana, Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Indiana,
American Legion Post 318 and Elks Lodge 2658, both of Port St. Lucie, Florida,
and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Madelyn F. Blade
Madelyn F. Blade, 83, of Hammond, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 1999.
by one son, David Blade of Highland; two daughters, Judy (Don) Welsh of
Merrillville and Joyce Fenstermacher of Rochester, IN; 11 grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul (Doris) Finch of California and
three sisters-in-law in Pennsylvania.
Preceded in death by husband David in 1994 and daughter-in-law, Charlotte.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. from the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville.
Friends may meet with the family
on Friday 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.
Mrs. Blade was a member of the State Street Baptist Church of Hammond; founder
of the Hammond Contest Club, and a poet;
graduate of Hammond High School in 1935.
John "Boogie" Bogojevich
John "Boogie" Bogojevich, late of East Side, passed away on August 25, 1999.
Devoted son of the late Dusan and Senka Bogojevich. Loving brother of Milica
Mileva (Slobodan) Kaurin, Boris Bogojevich, Nickey (late Tom) Kasperek and late
Michael Bogojevich; special uncle to Kristen Kasperek; also survived by a
niece, nephews, great nephews and cousins.
Funeral Saturday 1:30 p.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery
in Libertyville, Illinois. Interment at St. Sava Cemetery. Visitation at the
Kompare Funeral Home, 9858 So. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL, on Friday from 2
to 9 p.m. with a Pomen Service at 7 p.m. 773-768-8800.
Robert E. Cordeau, Jr.
Robert E. Cordeau, Jr., of Schererville,IN passed away Tuesday, August 24,
1999. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; son, Ronald Cordeau of Merrillville;
daughter, Michelle (David Piasta) Cordeau of Ft.Lauderdale, FL; one grandson,
Robert Scott (Fiance Jennifer)
Cordeau of San Diego, CA; niece, Carol Douglas, and nephew, Roger Synberg,
both,of Ohio; preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Geraldine Cordeau,
Sr. and brother, Gerald, Cordeau.
Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 27th, 1999, at 11 a.m.
from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Visitation
will be Thursday 6 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Cordeau was former co-owner of Merz Machine & Tool Works in Crown Point
for 47 years; former resident of Merrillville for 35 years; member of Indiana
Manufacturers Assoc., graduated from Milliken University in Decatur, IL; was in
the Air Force Pilot Training School, member of Innsbrook Country Club in
Merrillville for 36 years, Briar Ridge Country Club since 1989. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be
made to the Hospice of the Calumet area.
Phil R. Cullimore,79, a Merrillville- Crown Point resident for 22 years
passed away at Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus on Wednesday, August 25,
1999. Survived by
two sons, Philip K. Cullimore of Chesterton, Branson C. (Lynn) Cullimore of
Crown Point; seven grandchildren. Also survived by two sisters, Katherine
(Harold) Kyler of Warsaw and Jane Hamilton of Ft.Wayne. Preceded in death by
his wife, Anne L. (nee Kent)
Cullimore and sister and brothers, Arthur, Marjorie, Hugh and Robert (Butch).
Funeral service Friday, August 27,1999, 12 Noon at the Burns Funeral Home
(corner 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. Interment,
Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends
may call at the Burns Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.and
Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. time of services.
Phil was a retired journalist from the Gary Post Tribune, a member of the
Newspaper Guild. He was a graduate of the School
of Journalism at Indiana University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during
World War II and active in the retaking of the Phillipines and New Guinea.
Lyle "Eric" Erickson
Lyle "Eric" Erickson, 87, of Lansing, IL passed away Tuesday,
August 24,1999. Survived by his wife, Merlyn; daughter, Jean (Robert) Vajgrt of
St.James, Minn.; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Scott) Danger and Bradley
Vajgrt; two sister in laws, Margit Shields and Betty Peterson; numerous
nieces and nephews; beloved
friends, Mel and Hildred Hilldebrandt; preceded in death by brother, Donald
(Dode) Erickson and sister, Muriel (Roy) Mattson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 28, 1999, at 11 a.m. from the
First United Methodist Church of Lansing, Rev. David
Seyller officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL on Friday 2 to 5
and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Erickson was a member of the First United Methodist Church, retired from
a life member of Arcadia Lodge #1138 AF & AM. Memorials may be directed to the
First United Methodist Church Building Accessibility Fund.
Sylvia Mary Claire
Isolampi Lecik Fabian
Sylvia Mary Claire Isolampi Lecik Fabian, 62, of Merrillville,
IN passed away Tuesday, August 24,1999. Survived by six children; Don (Holly)
Lecik of Merrillville,Donna Geist of Midlothian,IL, Diane Lecik of Pinellas
Park, FL, David (Sheila) Lecik of Lansing, IL, Douglas (Sandy) Lecik of
Midlothian, IL and Denise (Paul)
Michna of Aurora,IL; 12 grandchildren; Jason Lecik, Melissa, Joseph and Sarah
Geist, Stephen, Danny & Rose Lecik, Raymond, Bradley and Kevin Marinec, Brian
Rust and Taylor Lecik-Boyne; sister Elizabeth (John) Stuhlmacher of Lowell;
brother, David (Hazel)
Isolampi of Tooele, Utah. She was preceded in death by husbands, Donald Lecik
and William Fabian.
Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive
(on State Road 55 South of State Road 231), Crown Point, on Friday from 2 to
8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 28,1999, at 11 a.m. at
the Pruzin & Little Chapel with David F. Isolampi and Michael Kozak
officiating. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials are preferred to
the VNA Mary Bartz Hospice Center.
Bernice (nee Gurczewski) Golden, 92, Beloved wife of the late Joseph Golden;
Loving mother of Theresa (William) Rusiniak and the late Raymond (late Vida)
Bielawski; devoted grandmother of five; great grandmother
of 11; great great grandmother of three; dear sister of Clara (late Edward)
Szwed, late Selma (late Frank) Jurek and late Lawrence (late Virginia)
Gurczewski; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Saturday,
August 28,1999, at 9:30 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 So. Ewing Avenue,
Chicago, to St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Please omit flowers, 773-731-2749.
John A. Gritters
John A. Gritters, 54, of Lansing, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August
25, 1999 . Survived by four daughters, Dana Lynn, Dawn Ann, Debra Jean and
Donna Marie Gritters; one grandson, Zachary (Allen) Gritters; four brothers,
Edward (Kathy), Don (Vicki),
Roger (Phyllis) and Robert (Ellen) Gritters; two sisters, Myrtle (Bernie)
DeYoung and Diane (Keith) Zigterman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 30, 1999 at 11 a.m. from Our
Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing, Illinois.
Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lansing. Visitation at the Schroeder- Laur
Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, on Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.
Jean J. Grzyb
Calumet City, IL
Jean J. Grzyb, 80, late of Calumet City and formerly of South
Chicago,passed away Tuesday, August 24,1999. Beloved wife of the late Frank;
loving mother of Frank (Cathy) of Munster,IN, Robert (Ruth) of Lansing,IL,
Daniel (Sharon) of Gold Canyon, AZ and Timothy (Yvonne) Grzyb of Mesa, AZ and
Danell (Roy) Cypher of Schererville,
IN; fond grandmother of 12; great grandmother of 5; dear sister of Jane (late
Edward) Pawlowski, Tessie (late Steve) Wilczewski, Sophie (late Ben) Grzyb, Al
(Addie) Lorent and the late Walter (Sophie) Lorent; fond aunt of many nieces
Friday 2 to 9 pm. Funeral service Saturday, August 28,1999, at 9:15 a.m. from
the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 S. Ewing Avenue, Chicago, to St.Andrew the Apostle
Church,768 Lincoln Ave., Calumet City, IL. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
Interment, Holy Cross
Cemetery, 801 Michigan City Rd., Calumet City, IL.
Mrs. Grzyb was a very loving and devoted mother to her children. She was very
active and lived her life to the fullest. She was a wonderful homemaker and
devoted sister. She will be sadly missed by all.
Ronald W. Howard
Arlington, VA / Hammond, IN
Ronald W. Howard of Arlington, VA., formerly of Hammond, IN, passed away
Thursday, August 19, 1999. Son of the late Warren A. and Clara R. Howard. Twin
brother of Donald K. (Ruth) Howard of
Hoffman Estates, IL. also survived by nephews, Jeffrey A. (Lynn) Howard and
Brent A. (Debbie) Howard.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 28,1999, at 11 a.m. at the
Burns Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana, with Pastor
Richard Stadt officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment,
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Indiana. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance
Fund, George Washington University,
2033 K. St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20052 or Hospice of Northern
Virginia, P.O. Box 922, Falls Church, VA 22040.
Ann (Rogina) Hrabrich
Ann (Rogina) Hrabrich, 82, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 25,
1999. Survivors include
her husband, of over 60 years, Vincent Hrabrich II of Hammond, Indiana; two
sons, Vincent (Lois) Hrabrich III of Whitewater, Wisconsin and Rick (Sue)
Hrabrich of Merrillville, Indiana; two daughters, Barbara (Mike) Potterfield of
Big Sur, California and Mary
Ann (Mike) O'Neal of Angola, Indiana. She leaves behind eight grandchildren,
Vincent Hrabrich IV of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Jennifer (Joe) Filipovich of
Brandywine, Maryland, Greg Hrabrich of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Kirk Hrabrich of
Minneapolis, Minnesota, David
Hrabrich of Chicago, Illinois, Nicole (Greg) Furman of Hammond, Indiana, Julie
and Ryan Babcock of Lafayette, Indiana and one great-grandson, Vincent Hrabrich
V of West Allis, Wisconsin. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph
(Delores) Rogina of Whiting,
Indiana and her sister, Barbara (late Wayne) Roberts of Whiting, Indiana. She
was preceded in death by one grandson, Mark Hrabrich or Whitewater, Wisconsin,
as well as three sisters and a brother. Ann was a life-long resident of the
Calumet Region; a lifelong
member of Holy Trinity Croatian Church in East Chicago, Indiana, as well as the
Croatian Fraternal Union.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 1999 at Owens
Funeral Home, Calumet Ave & 119th St., Whiting, Indiana. Funeral services
will be on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., at Owens Funeral Home, proceding to
Holy Trinity Croatian Church for a 10 a.m. funeral mass (with tamburizan
music), Msgr. Paul Bogovich will officiate. Entombment service will follow at
the Calumet Park Mausoleum
Chapel. Family requests memorials be sent to Hospice of the Calumet Area or for
masses at Holy Trinity Croatian Church.
Mary Beth Kirby
Mary Beth Kirby, 52, of Michigan City, Indiana, formerly of Porter, Indiana
away on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Memorial H3alth
Care Center, Michigan City, IN. Born in Hammond, Indiana on May 19, 1947 to the
late Louise B. Sr. and Rosemary Mund Jaeger, Sr. who survives in Chesterton.
Married April 2, 1974
in Porter, Indiana to Donald Kirby who survives. Also survived by son, Thomas
Kirby of Michigan City; brothers, L. Bernard (Pamela) Jaeger, Jr. of Porter,
IN, Richard C. (Karen) Jaeger of Evansville, IN, Thomas R. Jaeger of
Valparaiso, IN; mother-in-law,
Dorothy L. Kirby of Gary, IN; sister-in-law, Margaret (Bill) Carper of Burns
Harbor, IN; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father and
daughter, Tricia Beth Kirby, who preceded July 27, 1985.
Funeral services Saturday, August 28, 1999,
10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 No. Calumet Road, Chesterton, IN,
Rev. Father Lawrence Heeg officiating. Interment, Chesterton Cemetery,
Chesterton, IN. Visitation Friday August 27th, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Wake
Service at 7 p.m. at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.
Mrs. Kirby was a life long area resident; employed in the general office at
Dwyer Products of Michigan City; member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and
former Newsletter Editor for Compassionate Friends.
Family suggests memorials to LaPorte County Cancer Society.
John J. Litzan
Florida / Calumet City/Thornton, IL
John J. Litzan, 86, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away July 25, 1999. Born
in Calumet City, IL and moved to Florida in 1984 from Thornton,
IL. He was a refrigeration repairman for Ice Machine Company of Chicago for
many years and served in the Armed Forces Navy during WWII in the South
Pacific. Survivors include one brother Edward of Crete, IL. Burial will take
place on Friday, August 27, 1999
at 11 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Indiana.
Ohio / Valparaiso/East Chicago, IN
Eleanor "Kay" Kapera Scherette, 74, of Kettering, Ohio, died August 18, 1999.
Ms. Scherette was a former resident
of Valparaiso, Indiana and East Chicago, Indiana. She graduated from Washington
High School, East Chicago, Indiana, in 1942 and Indiana State University in
1946. Ms. Scherette served in the Army during the Korean War as a Company
Commander, retiring as 2nd
Lieutenant. Preceded in death by her parents, Francis and George Kapera and
sisters, Francis Pawlak and Gertrude Witczak. Survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Susanne S. and Jack King and grandchildren, Brittany and Cecily
King of Dayton, Ohio. Memorial
services were held Monday, August 23, 1999 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Norma P. Zack
Norma P. Zack, 59, of Hammond, IN passed away Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at
St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, North Campus, Hammond, IN. She
is survived by two daughters, Barbara (James) Serbentas of East Chicago, IN and
Delores Zack of Hammond, IN; two grandchildren, James Serbentas, Jr. of East
Chicago, IN and Jeanette (Steve) Koselke of Hammond, IN; mother, Gwen Mullins
of Ypsilanti, MI; four
brothers, Keith Mullins of Arizona, Jerry (Barb) Mullins of Akron, OH, Rodney
(Nancy) Mullins of Ohio and Gary (Linda) Mullins of Ypsilanti, MI; numerous
nieces and nephews; and close friend, Mary Hamilton. Preceded in death by her
husband, Raymond Zack
and her father, Clyde Mullins.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 27, 1999 at 8 p.m. from LaHayne
Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, Indiana, with Pastor Michael J.
Matiscik officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Zack was a resident of this area for 29 years and was retired from Welsh
Oil Co. Information 219-845-3600.