Obituaries

1996-06-10T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
June 10, 1996 12:00 am

Ethel M. Anderson

Chicago Heights

Ethel M. Anderson, 65, of Chicago Heights, IL., passed away Saturday,

June 8, 1996. She is survived by husband, Allen; daughter, Jane (Paul

Grebenick) Ahmed of Hazel Crest, IL.; granddaughter Sandi (Tony) Zamora of

Homewood, IL.; two great grandchildren, Amber and Tommie; her mother, Hazel

Schaefer; sister, Donna (Lee) Myers of Laotto, IN.; brother, Gale (Bev)

Schaefer of Churbusco, IN. and nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements incomplete. Visitation Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 1920 Hart St., Dyer, Indiana. Burial, Memory

Lane Cemetery, Schererville, Indiana.

Julius J. "Jucques" Becke

Gary

Julius J. Becke "Jucques", 79, of Gary, IN. passed away Saturday, June 8,

1996. He is survived by his wife Theresa; four sons, Julius "Skip" (Ruth) Becke

of Merrillville, Donald Becke of New Orleans, Robert (Rochelle) Becke of

Hammond and Fred (Tammie) Becke of Gary; 11 grandchildren; five great

grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 9:15 a.m. at the

Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft St. (Hwy 55), Merrillville,

IN., and 10 a.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, Msgr. John Siekierski

officiating. Interment, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends

may call on Tuesday 2 to 8 p.m. There will be a rosary on Tuesaday at 7 p.m. In

lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calumet Hospice.

Mr. Becke was retired from Youngstown Sheet & Tube Steel with 44 years of

service. He was a World War II Combat veteran and member of the American

Legion. Former member of the B.O.P.E. Elks #1152.

Dora (nee Arrigo) Benigno

Hammond

Dora Benigno (nee Arrigo), 91, of Hammond passed away Saturday, June 8,

1996. She is survived by her son, Joseph Benigno of Hammond; one sister,

Josephine (late Jerome) Stanek of Hammond and many nieces and nephews. Preceded

in death by her husband James, son, Casper, three sisters, Connie Augustine,

Marge Buono and Sophie Buono and four brothers, Tony, Pete, Joe and Frank

Arrigo.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. from the

Solan Funeral Home for 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. John Bosco

Catholic Church with Father Peter Muha officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn

Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may visit with the family Monday 2

to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN.

Prayer service 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Benigno was a member of St. John Bosco Church and the Rosary Society

of the church, Italian Catholic Federation #195 who will hold services Monday 7

p.m., Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #570, American Legion Auxiliary #16, who will

hold services Monday 8 p.m., Catholic Order of Foresters and the Daughters of

Isabella Unity Circle 363 will hold a prayer service Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Charles A. Bulot

Merrillville

Charles A. Bulot, 71, of Merrillville, IN. passed away at Methodist

Hospital Southlake Campus on Saturday, June 8, 1996. He was a retired employee

of U.S. Steel Corp.; former member of Blessed Sacrament Church; a World War II

Army veteran and member of American Legion Post #270. Preceded in death by a

brother, Tony Plukas and a sister, Ann Cogley. Survived by two loving

daughters, Maryann (Mark) Gust of Merrillville and Charlene Bulot of Gary; two

grandchildren, Derek and Jessica; two brothers, Joe Plukas of Merrillville and

Johnny Bulot of Valparaiso; five sisters, Vickie Connely of Pennsylvania,

Bernice (Al) Waters of Portage, Esther (Paul) Weinberg and Agnes (Casimer)

Sielski, both of Merrillville and Delores Bulot of Colorado; one brother-in-law

Paul Cogley of Portage; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 10, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. from the

Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. to St. Joan of Arc Church

for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial with Rev. Richard J. Tlapa officiating.

Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Portage, IN. Friends may call on

Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Martin J. Chnupa

Merrillville

Martin J. Chnupa, 78 of Merrillville, IN. passed away Sunday, June 9,

1996 after a short illness. Retired from the Crown Point Post Office as

Superintendent of Postal Operations in 1984. Member of Emmanuel Lutheran

Church, Merrillville. A devoted husband and father he is survived by wife,

Barbara (nee Vigil); five children: Jane Tibbs of Lake Station, IN., Paula

(Jon) Bollinger of Valparaiso, IN., Marba Lea (Richard) Paskash of Portage,

IN., Martin T. Chnupa of Merrillville and Janette (Chad) Rompa of Deltona,

FL.; loving grandfather of Eric and Aaron Tibbs, Michelle Walbright, Jennifer

Shadrix, Matthew and Daniel Paskash, Martin C. and Katy Chnupa, Michael and

Lindsey Rompa and six great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mildred (late

Karl) Chnupa, Margaret (late Paul) Chnupa.

Funeral services Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 2 p.m. at Emmnauel Lutheran

Church, 5375 Harrison St., Merrillville, IN., Rev. Donald M. Weber officiating.

Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call on Tuesday

from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway,

Merrillville, IN. On Wednesday afternoon, friends may call at the church from 1

p.m. until time of service.

Radisav Djordjevic

East Chicago

Radisav Djordjevic, 87, of East Chicago, IN. passed away Saturday, June

8, 1996 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by two sons, Ljubisav and Veselin

(Anita) Djordjevic, both of East Chicago; one daughter, Dusanka (David) Tobias

of Whiting; eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and many family

friends and kumovi throughout the area and in Serbia.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996, at 9:45 a.m. from

Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church,

East Chicago, with Rev. John Todorovich officiating. At rest, Calumet Park

Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may visit with the family Monday 4 to 9

p.m. at the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home 3934 Elm St., East Chicago, Indiana

(one blk north of Columbus Dr., US 12). Father John will hold a Pomen prayer

service at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Djordjevic was a resident of East Chicago since 1951. Retired employee

of the Inland Steel Company and member of Union Local #1010 and Inland 25 Year

Club; member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago.

Frank T. Hoese

Minnesota/Dolton/So.Chicago

Frank T. Hoese, 80, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, formerly of Dolton and

South Chicago, IL., passed away on Saturday, June 8, 1996.

Visitation Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. at the Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 So.

Cottage Grove Ave., Dolton, Illinois. Funeral prayers Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

from the funeral home to St. Jude the Apostle Church in South Holland for 9:30

a.m. Mass. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Hoese was a retired President of International Federation of Grain

Millners. 708-841-2300

Arthur Kaiser

Hebron/Crown Point

Arthur Kaiser, 63, of Hebron, IN. formerly of Crown Point, IN. passed

away at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer on Saturday, June 8, 1996.

Retired from the Ford Motor Corp. Survived by wife Carolyn (nee Jaeger) of

Hebron; five children: Kenneth (Jane) Kaiser of St. John and Phillip (Carla)

Kaiser, Donald Kaiser, James (Pamela) Kaiser and Sandra (Ron) Schaafsma, all of

Crown Point; eight grandchildren and one brother, Walter Kaiser of Crown Point.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 11 a.m. from the

Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. with Rev. Donald M. Weber

officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville,

IN.Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m.

Victoria F. Mantzovas

East Chicago

Victoria F. Mantzovas, 82, of East Chicago passed away Friday, June 7,

1996. Survived by daughter, Pat Klarich of East Chicago; four grandsons, John

(April) Klarich, Michael, Jason and Kevin Klarich, all of East Chicago; one

great granddaughter, Allison Klarich; one sister, Irene Rogers. Preceded in

death by husband Constantine in 1980.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996, 10 a.m. at the Fife

Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN., Rev. Frank Torres

officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call

at the Fife Funeral Home 2 to 9 p.m Monday. Father Torres will hold a wake

service at 4 p.m. Monday.

Mrs. Mantzovas was a lifelong resident of East Chicago.

Christine A. McFee

Highland

Christine A. McFee, 53, of Highland, Indiana passed away on Friday, June

7, 1996. She is survived by her husband, Eddie; two sons, Ryan McFee of Georgia

and Darrin (Mclynda) McFee of Hammond; one daughter, Renee (Robert) Helms of

Clinton, Indiana; one granddaughter, Meghan; parents, Ira and Jeanette Hurst of

Louisiana; one brother, Dean Hurst of Mississippi; two sisters, Imogean (Don)

Draganowski of DeMotte, Gerry (Robert) Hand of Dyer.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 1996 at 2:30 p.m. at

the Southside Christian Church in Munster, Indiana, with James Spradlin,

Minister officiating. Cremation, Oakland Memory Lanes, Dolton, Illinois. There

will be no visitation.

Mrs. McFee was a member of the Southside Christian Church of Munster and

was formerly employed at The Community Hospital in Munster. Memorials may be

given to the American Cancer Society or Southside Christian Church. Kuiper

Funeral Home of Highland, in charge of arrangements.

Joseph J. "Joey" Mitsch

Lowell

Joseph J. "Joey" Mitsch, 23, of Lowell, passed away Saturday, June 8,

1996. He is survived by his parents, James and Margaret Mitsch, Sr.; paternal

grandmother, Bernice Mitsch; two brothers, Jim (Sandy) Mitsch Jr. and Mike

(Jacki) Mitsch and two sisters, Carrie (Mike) Austgen, all of Lowell and

Lucinda (Dan) Coffman of Hebron; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996 10 a.m. directly at St.

Edward's Catholic Church in Lowell, Indiana with Father Thomas Mischler

officiating. Burial in Plum Grove Cemetery, Lowell. Friends are invited to call

at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. on Monday 2 to

5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

Joey was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1991. Owner of Lake

Salt Inc. of Lowell; active F.F.A. member; member of St. Theresa's Catholic

Church in Shelby; active 4-H member; member of the Northwest Fur Traders and

DeKalb Seed Dealer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the F.F.A.

Lowell Chapter.

Helen I. (Patrick) Moblo

Hobart

Helen I. (Patrick) Moblo, 74, of Hobart, IN. passed away Thursday, June

6, 1996. She was a Hobart resident for 56 years. She is survived by one son,

James WIlliam Patrick of Niwot, Colorado; one daughter, Susan K. Patrick of

Portage; three grandchildren, Michelle K. Patrick and Sean W. Patrick, both of

Niwot, Colorado and Erin K. Patrick of Portage; three brothers, John C. (Mamie)

Low of Hobart, James E. "Ed" (Eilene) Low of Crown Point and Jack L. (Joan) Low

of Mountainhome, Arkansas; two sisters, Elizabeth G. (Joseph) Shepard of Kouts

and Adaline R. Bane of Racine, Wisconsin. Preceded in death by her husbands,

William "Bill" Patrick and Elmor "Moe" Moblo.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996, 10 a.m. at the Rees

Funeral Home, Hobart, with Rev. Gerald T. Walworth officiating. Burial,

Evergreen Cemetery, Hobart, IN. Friends may call Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

at the Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN.

Stanley Tom Murzyn

Whiting

Stanley Tom Murzyn, 80, of Whiting, IN. passed away Saturday, June 8,

1996 at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago. He is survived by his beloved

wife of 57 years, Mary (nee Hajduk); two sons, Bob (Beverly) Murzyn of Whiting

and Tom (Karen) Murzyn of Las Vegas; five grandchildren: Jeff (Beverly) Murzyn,

Tim Murzyn, Jenny Murzyn, fiance of Jerry Reeves; Dawn (Jason) Dietermann and

Brandy Murzyn; five great grandchildren; Brian, Dylan, Eryn, James and Nicole.

Preceded in death by his grandson, David Murzyn.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996, 9:30 a.m. at the

Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN., 10 a.m. Liturgy at St. Mary

Byzantine Catholic Church, Whiting, with the Rev. Joseph Pohorlak officiating.

Interment, St. Marys Cemetery, Hessville, IN. Visitation at the funeral home

Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parastas Service at the funeral home Monday at

7:30 p.m.

Mr. Murzyn was a lifelong resident of Whiting; member of St. Mary Byzantine

Catholic Church, Whiting; the St. Mary Holy Name Society; the American Slovak

Club; the Knights of Columbus Pope John XXIII Council #1696 (prayers Monday 8

p.m) and a retiree of the Amoco Oil Whiting Refinery with a service of 34

years. The St. Mary Rosary Society will recite the rosary at the funeral home

Monday at 2 p.m. The Daughters of Isabella Circle #81 will offer prayers at the

funeral home Monday 2:30 p.m. 219-659-4400

Raymond A. Nowakowski

Hegewisch

Raymond A. Nowakowski, 67, late of Hegewisch, IL. passed away Saturday,

June 8, 1996 at home. Survived by wife, Dorothy (nee Andrzejewski); one son,

John Nowakowski; two daughters, Mary (Leonard) Skowronski and Doreen (fiance,

Stanley Jamnik) Nowakowski; one brother, Robert Nowakowski; one sister, Rose

(Al) Ksiazek; one granddaughter Sara and one grandson, Andrew.

Services Tuesday, June 11, 1996, 9 a.m. from Opyt Funeral Home, 13350

Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch, IL. to St. Columba Church for 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Nowakowski was retired from General Mills Co. in Chicago after 44 years

of service as a plant operator.

Albert T. Pelc

Lansing

Albert T. Pelc, 78, of Lansing, IL. passed away Sunday, June 9, 1996. He

is survived by his wife, Vivian; one son, Kent of Lansing; two daughters,

Carrie (Garry) Zack of Dyer and Donna (Michael) Nairn of Munster; two

grandchildren, Valeri and Steven Nairn; three brothers, Frank of Munster, John

(Jerry) of Highland and Ed (Marge) of Munster; three sisters, Josephine Mroz of

Hammond, Agnes (Al) Kallas of Phoenix, AZ. and Margaret Pelc of Munster.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 8:30 a.m. from

the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, to St.

Ann Church for Mass at 9 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday 2

to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Pelc was a veteran of World War II and a member of K of C Unity

Council #726 in Hammond. In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred.

Robert E. Rogers

Florida/Munster

Robert E. Rogers,74, of Tavares, FL. formerly of Munster, IN., passed

away Friday, June 7, 1996 at home after suffering from emphysema. He is

survived by his wife, Genevieve (nee Hahn); three sons, Mark (Phyllis) Rogers

of Beatrice, Nebraska, William Rogers of Orlando, Florida and John Rogers of

Los Angeles, California; daughter, Sharon (David) Bobeck of Munster; three

grandchildren, Stephanie, Adam and Joshua Bobeck; sister, Laura (late Joseph)

Spencer of Merrillville; brother-in-law, Charles Croach Sr. of Hammond; niece,

Yolanda (Bill) Butler of Hammond; nephew, Charles (Carol) Croach Jr. of

Hammond; brother-in-law, Alvin (Shirley) Hahn of Ladoga, IN. Preceded in death

by his parents, Marcus and Josephine Rogers, sister, Margaret Croach and

brothers, Lawrence and Edward O. Rogers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 12, 1996 (time pending) at

the C.J. Huber Funeral Home, 722-165th St., Hammond, (one blk west of Calumet

Ave.). Burial, Lowell Memorial Cemetery in Lowell, IN. Friends may call at the

C.J. Huber Funeral Home on Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm.

Mr. Rogers was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for 47

years; the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees; the

American Legion and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He

was born in Hammond, Indiana, on December 3, 1921. Attended Maywood School, All

Saints School and Hammond High School. Enlisted in the Army in 1942, serving in

North Africa and Italy. Was discharged in 1945. He married Genevieve on August

20, 1954 in Illinois. They were long time residents of Munster, Indiana. He

retired in 1981 after working 42 years on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad as a

Locomotive Engineer. In 1982 he and his wife moved to Tavares, FL. and traveled

the country during the summers. In 1993 he became too ill to travel. He will be

missed by his family and by his many friends in Indiana and Florida.

Jeannie A. Scepkowski

Hammond

Jeannie A. Scepkowski, 49, of Hammond, IN. passed Away Sunday, June 9,

1996. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Albert; three daughters,

Michelle, Noel and Amber Scepkowski and one son, Michael Scepkowski, all at

home; one granddaughter, Samantha Scepkowski; father, John Novalich of Hammond;

one brother, John Michael (Joan) Novalich of Munster; one sister, Patricia

(Nick) Grabovich of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by

her mother, Geraldine.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 12, 1996, 11 a.m. at the

Solan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Beeching officiating. Burial, Elmwood

Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana. Visitation will be Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN.

Mrs. Scepkowski was a lifelong area resident; retired head custodian at

Edison Elementary School with 15 years of service; member of St. Joseph's

Church.

Martha Smaluk

Hammond

Martha Smaluk, 88, of the Roby Section of Hammond, IN., passed away on

Saturday, June 8, 1996 at her residence. She is survived by three sons, Michael

(Margaret) Smaluk, Alex (Georgene) Smaluk, Nicholas (Lillian) Smaluk and

daughter, Anne Smaluk, all of Whiting; nine grandchildren; 11 great

grandchildren; two brothers, Nicholas Panasuk and Walter Panasuk, both of

Marcellus, Michigan; sister-in-law, Irene (late Vasil) Panasuk of Whiting;

nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Smaluk, January

13, 1969.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 1996, 12 Noon at the Baran

Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN., with the Very Rev. Father Eugene S.

Meschisen of St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Hammond, officiating.

Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation at the funeral home

Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Smaluk was a resident of Roby for the past 75 years. She and her late

husband Arthur were the owners and operators of the Roby Tavern and Smaluk's

Inn of Chicago for many years, retiring in 1958. 219-659-4400.

Nicholas Soeka

Michigan/Lansing/Wisconsin

Nicholas Soeka, 82, formerly of Lansing, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin

passed away on Saturday, June 8, 1996 in Lake Orion, Michigan. He is survived

by two daughters, Patricia (Kenneth) Rooney of Lake Orion, Michigan and Marilyn

(Joel) Thomas of Park Forest, Illinois; four grandchildren, Frank Thomas,

Dottie Presutti, Sally Manaois and Michelle Bulka; six great grandchildren and

two brothers, John of Milwaukee and Frank of Lakes of the Four Seasons.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 9 a.m. from the

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin with burial at the

Greenridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227

Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 6

to 9 p.m. at the Bruch Funeral Home, 3503 Roosevelt Road, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mr. Soeka was a graduate of Kenosha High School, Class of 1931. On May 19,

1935 he married Mary Koziol at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church where he

was a Charter member of the St. Nicholas Brotherhood. He was a retired

Production Manager from Simmons Company where he served for 43 years in

Wisconsin, Kansas, Massachusetts and Indiana.

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Everett M. Swickard, Jr.

"Moose"

Griffith

Everett M. Swickard, Jr., "Moose", 69, of Griffith, Indiana, passed away

on Friday, June 7, 1996. Survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise; sons, Jackie

(Deloris Louise) Swickard of Gary, Robert (Connie) Swickard of Merrillville and

Marshall R. Swickard at home; four grandchildren, Jason, Tina, Scott and Kelly;

one great grandson, Michael; one brother, Charles (Lillian) Swickard of

Valparaiso; three aunts, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death

by his parents.

Visitation will be on Monday, June 10th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the

Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 921 West 45th Ave., Griffith, Indiana, Funeral

services will be held on Tuesday June 11, 1996 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home

with Rev. James Heard officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville, Indiana.

Everett served in World War II and was a lifetime member of American Legion

Post #66.

Andrea Pena Velasquez

East Chicago

Andrea Pena Velasquez, 87, of East Chicago, IN. passed away Friday, June

7, 1996 at the Hammond-Whiting Convalescent Center. Andrea was born to San

Juanita and Manuel Pena, March 13, 1909 in Laredo, Texas. The family moved to

East Chicago-Indiana Harbor in 1923 where she attended various schools. She

belong to various civic Mexican-American organizations one of which was Club

Regis and along with her parents founded a number of civic organizations in the

Mexican- American Community. Was crowned in one of the first local beauty

pageants for the 16th of September Parade in 1928. Was a member of St. Jude's

Church which was later rebuilt as O.L.G. Church. She married Paul Velasquez,

December 16, 1939 at St. Jude's Church on Pennsylvania Avenue in Indiana

Harbor. They had two children, Paul J. and Juanita. Survived by her husband

Paul Velasquez, who during her years in the nursing home was with her every

single day to feed and nurture her. He was known among the staff as the

"devoted husband". Also survived by son, Paul J. Velasquez and daughter,

Juanita Gil-Mendez; grandchildren, Richard Robert Guerrero II, Dean (Olga)

Guerrero, Lisa (Tony) Serna and Ruben James Gil and great grandchildren,

Richard R. Guerrero III, Anthony Paul Serna and Steven Dean Guerrero; two

brothers, James Pena of Encenitas, CA. and Rudy Pena of Philadelphia, PA.; one

sister, Mary Tovar of Carlsbad, CA.; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in

death by her mother, San Juanita, father, Manuel, sisters, Elvira and Clelia

"Nena" and brothers, Manuel and Bill and son-in-law, Ruben Gil-Mendez.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. at

the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, Funeral Mass 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe

Church with Father Juan Gonzalez officiating. At rest, Ridgelawn Cemetery,

Gary, IN. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. at

the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St., East Chicago, IN.

She was a devoted wife and loving, warm and caring mother who devoted her

life to her family and all those close to her. She will be missed by all who

knew and loved her.

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