1999-08-27T00:00:00Z Obituaries
August 27, 1999 12:00 am

Evelyn Ard

East Chicago

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


Allen Berg


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

First United

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

of Morrison

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,

Austin Welch.


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,

Merrillville, Indiana.

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

East Side

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

(Mirko) Petkovich,

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


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

Lansing, IL

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

Merrillville, IN

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 Golden

(nee Gurczewski)


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

Lansing, IL

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

(nee Lorent)

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

and nephews.


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

Hammond, IN

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

Michigan City/Porter/Hammond

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.


Eleanor "Kay"

Kapera Scherette

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

Oakwood, Ohio.

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

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