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Mary M. (nee Souder) Allen
Hobart / Florida
Mary M. Allen (nee Souder), 86, a longtime Hobart resident and winter
resident of Lantana, Florida, passed away in St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart
on Monday, September 21, 1998. Mary was born in Columbia City, Indiana on
September 22, 1911. She was a graduate of Hobart High School, class of 1929.
She was a former employee of American Bridge Co., Gary, and member of First
United Methodist Church, Hobart. She was an avid bridge player with the
"Girls" in Hobart. Survived by husband of 62 years "E" Easterling M. Allen of
Hobart; three children, Robert J. (Zeta) Allen of Hobart, Bruce B. (Shirley)
Allen of Lake Clarke, Shores, FL and Donna Allen Monfort of Champaign, IL; one
sister, Helen Reeder of Hobart; seven grandchildren, Andy, Eric and Stuart
Allen, Mindy and Renee Monfort, Russell and Marnie Allen; ten great
grandchildren; nieces, Cheryl Bowman of Hobart, Nancy Flick of Hobart, Joan
Anderson Hays and Judy Anderson, both formerly of Hobart; numerous other nieces
and nephews and cousin, Dr. Robert Meiser of Huntington, IN.
Funeral services Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 10 a.m. in the Burns
Funeral Home, Hobart, (corner of Rt 51 and 7th Street), Rev. Larry K.
Whitehead officiating. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart.
Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hobart.
Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home (Hobart) on Wednesday from 3 to 8
George L. Aponte
George L. Aponte, 39, of Whiting passed away on Sunday, September 20,
1998 at home. He is survived by wife Stephanie (nee Lovasko); three children,
Melissa Ann Marie, George William and Matthew John Aponte, all at home;
parents, Jorge and Lydia Aponte of Whiting, three brothers, Wilfred Aponte of
Whiting, David (Janice) Aponte of West Palm Beach, FL. and Robert (Denise)
Aponte of Schererville; grandfather of Luis Pabey of East Chicago;
father-in-law, John A. Lovasko of Whiting; and numerous aunts, uncles and
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 10:15
a.m. from the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN,
and 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Whiting, with Rev. John Hannigan
officiating. Burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call at the Fife
Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Prayer service on Tuesday at
George was an employee of the City of Whiting for 14 years; a member of
Sacred Heart Church, Whiting, and a lifelong resident of the area.
John A. Bosel
Crown Point, IN
John A. Bosel, 84, of Crown Point, IN passed away Monday, September 21,
1998 at St. Anthony Medical Center. Survived by one daughter, Gertrude Bosel
and one son, Daniel (Susie) Bosel, both of Crown Point; two sisters, Dora
(Nicholas) Rinkovski and Jeanette Hanlon, both of Crown Point; three
sisters-in-law, Mary (Walter) Purvich of Merrillville, Margaret Bosel and
Mildred Bosel; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Helen.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 24, 1998, 10:30 a.m. at
the Geisen Funeral Home, John P. Star officiating. Burial at Calumet Park
Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N.
East Street, Crown Point, IN on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Bosel was a member of South Lake Christian Church and the South Lake
Christian Church Senior Citizens Group. He was retired from Crown Point
Community News. He also worked at Letz's Manufacturing and Railroad Express.
Information call 219-663-2500.
Loren Damon Burress
Loren Damon Burress, 75, of Merrillville, IN, formerly of Hammond and Lake
Village, passed away Saturday, September 19, 1998. Survived by one son, Mark
(Nancy) Burress of Merrillville; five daughters, Janice (Jim) Byrley of
Hammond, Pat (Larry) Jones of Marietta, Georgia, Karen (Paul) Feges of Dyer,
Diana Burress of Alabama and Maude (Greg) Coleman of Hobart, 27 grandchildren,
13 great grandchildren; one brother, Wilmer (Kate) Burress of Madison, Indiana,
two sisters, Mary Risk of Indianapolis, Indiana and Evelyn (Raymond) Walker,
Scottsburg, Indiana. Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Burress.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 22, 1998, 9:30 a.m. at the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Steven Haskins officiating. Burial at
Lake Village Cemetery, Lake Village, Indiana. Friends are invited to meet with
the family Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039
Kleinman Road (2 blocks South of Ridge Road) Highland, IN.
Mr. Burress was retired from Republic Steel after 30 years, veteran of
the U.S. Navy, World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal.
Grady Dodson, 57, of East Chicago, Indiana, formerly of Vildo,
Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 1998 in residence. He leaves to
cherish his memories one daughter, Dana Dodson and one granddaughter, Shelette
Dodson, both of Racine, WI; three sisters, Juanita Dodson and Helen Williams
both of East Chicago, Ellen R. Dodson of indianapolis, IN; three brothers,
Winfred (Margaret Ann) Dodson and Nazareth (Lelia) Dodson of Memphis, TN. and
Wayne C. (Julia) Dodson of Gary, IN; one uncle, Arthur Dodson of Boliva, TN;
two aunts, Endie Whitehorn and Lizzie M. Wilkes of Whiteville, TN; one
sister-in-law, Callie Dodson of Whiteville, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 1998 at Johnson
Chapel C.M.E. Church in Vildo, TN. at 1 p.m. Condolences and floral
arrangements may be sent to Motley and Rivers Funeral Home, 251 Oak Street,
Whiteville, TN. 38975 1-901-254-8004. Visitation will be held Wednesday at the
Allen Funeral Home, 3546 Guthrie Street, East Chicago, Indiana from 4 to 8 p.m.
Family hour 7 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Dodson was a member of Goodwill Baptist Church where he joined under
the Pastorage of Rev. J. E. Landers. Allen Funeral Home, Mr. Rosenwald D.
Allen, L.D. in charge of local arrangements.
Robert J. Dwyer
Robert J. Dwyer, 82, of Lansing, IL passed away Monday, September 21,
1998. Survived by two sons, Michael (Rita) and Robert (Diane) Dwyer; one
daughter, Nancy (John) Coughlin; seven grandchildren; half-brother, Charles
(Helen) Dwyer; two sisters, Mary Alice (Ed) Westrich and Margaret K. Snapp.
Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 25, 1998 at 8:30 a.m. from
the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. to St. Ann
Church, Mass 9 a.m. Burial at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m
Mr. Dwyer was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
Geneva Guzijan, 74, a Gary resident for 47 years, passed away on Monday,
September 21, 1998. She is preceded in death by husband, Petar and son, Steve
Mlinarevich. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Geneva is
survived by one daughter, Millie Mlinarevich of Inver Grove Heights, MN; one
sister, Elizabeth Djurich of Gary; two nephews, Pete Djurich and Milorad
Djurich; and special friends in MN.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with a
Pomen Service at 7:30 P.M. at the Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535
Taft Street (Hwy 55), Merrillville, IN. Funeral services will be held on
Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 10 A.M. DIRECTLY at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox
Church, 9191 Mississippi, Merrillville, IN with the Very Rev. Jovan Todorovich
officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 9 A.M. until the time of
service Thursday. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Building Fund.
Robert L. Hynes
Robert L. Hynes, 81, of Merrillville passed away on Tuesday, September
22, 1998. Survived by wife Bernice of 57 years; three children, Kathleen (Alan)
Jillson of Merrillville, James (Jean) Hynes of South Bend and Robert E. (Emily)
Hynes of LOFS, Crown Point; and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Hynes was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the Catholic
Order of Forresters. He was a retired supervisor from the 46" Slab Mill, Gary
Works with 42 years of service. Funeral arrangements pending at Pruzin
Brothers Funeral Service.
Peggy "Bun" Kawalec
Peggy "Bun" Kawalec, 59, of Lansing, IL passed away on Monday, September
21, 1998. Survived by two sons, John (Ann) and Thomas (Lisa) Kawalec; one
daughter, Kathryn (Robert) Jurgeto; six grandchildren; Kayley, Ethan, Paulina,
Taylor, Sydney and Owen; two brothers, Richard Lallos and Roger (Karen)
Reynolds. Preceded in death by husband Edward and son, Robert.
Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 24, 1998
from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL with burial
at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at the funeral home
on Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Kawalec was a long time employee with the Village of Lansing Clerks
office. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the National Committee for the
Prevention of Child Abuse, 332 So. Michigan, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL.
David J. Lenczycki
Joliet / Calumet City, IL
David J. Lenczycki, 56, late of Joliet, IL, formerly of Calumet City,
IL, passed away Sunday, September 20, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Tamara
(nee McAlpin); three children, Paul (Kelly Czyc) Lenczycki, Dawn (Jim Martin)
Lenczycki and Gina (Eric) Lynn; his mother, Evelyn Dressler; a brother, Norman
Paul (Betty) Lenczycki; sister, Paulette (John) Prince; sister-in-law,
Christine McAlpin; two nephews, Jason Lenczycki and Richard McAlpin; three
nieces, Lisa Lenczycki, Denise Prince and Jessica McAlpin; and great nephew,
Caleb Miller. Preceded in death by his father Paul Lenczycki and step-father,
Robert F. Dressler.
Resting at the Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.),
Calumet City, IL on Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Thursday,
September 24, 1998, 11 a.m., Pastor Philip T. Vinciguerra officiating.
Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mr. Lenczycki was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Vietnam Conflict.
Alabama / East Chicago
Watkin Long, 78, formerly of East Chicago, IN., passed away in Union
Springs, AL on Saturday, September 19, 1998. Survived by his wife of 53 years,
Winnie; two sons, Watkin Jr. (Savannah) and Jesse (Rose Ann); five
grandchildren, Tony, Nicki, Syreeta, Lamarr and Cordero; two great
grandchildren, three brothers, Tommy (Carrie), Arthur and Walter; four sisters,
Rejonnie (late George), Selma, Edna and Tuth; also many nieces, nephews,
cousins, friends and neighbors. Preceded in death by dearest daughter, Druetta.
Visitation and services will be held Saturday, September 26, 1998 at Andrew
Chapel in Hurtsboro, Alabama, Viewing at 11 a.m., Services at 1 p.m.
Member of St. Mark AME Zion Church of East Chicago and retired from
Combustion Engineering. Arrangements handled by Allen Funeral Home, 313 North
Prairie St., Union Springs, AL. 36098 . 334-738-2690.
Chicago Heights, IL
James McCloskey, 60, of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away Monday,
September 21, 1998. Survived by one son, Patrick of Chicago; two step-sons,
Wally Todd of Seattle, WA and Gary (Sandy) Todd of Johnsburg, IL; six
step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (late Pitch)
Piccirilli of Calumet City and Dorothy (Mike) Ferrantella of Munster IN; one
brother, Robert (Marsha) McCloskey of Calumet City; and numerous nieces and
nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Marilyn , step-son, Rick Todd, brother,
Raymond McCloskey and sister, Betty Cole.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 24, 1998 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9
p.m. at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. Funeral
services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. from the funeral home chapel with
burial at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, Illinois.
Mr. McCloskey was the former owner of McCloskey's Flower Shop in Lansing,
IL, and had been currently an employee of Metra. Member of the Lansing Country
Club and former member of Lansing Chamber of Commerce. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to Hospice of the Calumet Area or charity of your
Betty Lou Miller
Betty Lou Miller (nee Watts), 73, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Gary,
Indiana passed away on Friday, September 18, 1998. Betty Lou was the daughter
of Henry and Martha (Koedyker) Watts. Graduate of Horace Mann High School,
class of 1943. Preceded in death by parents and husband, Jay P. Miller. She is
survived by special care givers, Robert and Midge Bothwell, three aunts, Myrtle
VanderMeer, Clarice Streling and Doris Koedyker; many cousins, former
co-workers, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 24, 10 a.m., at the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leroy Fassett officiating. Burial at Ross
Cemetery. Friends are invited to meet with the family Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m.
at the Kuiper Funeral Home , 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blocks South of Ridge Road),
William "Willie" Morris
William "Willie" Morris, 73, of East Chicago, IN passed away on Sunday,
September 20, 1998 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by two sons, Drake
Morris Sr. of East Chicago and Willie Morris Jr. of Chicago; one step-son,
Arthur (Janice) Williams, Jr. of Hammond; one step-daughter, Annette (Everett)
Warren of East Chicago; three grandchildren, Dennard, Tashima and Drake, Jr.;
seven step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; one brother, Walter
(Mary) Morris Jr. of Portland, OR; one sister, H. Olester (Warren Jr.) Blackmon
of East Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by wife, Louise Patricia Morris, August 1998.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 25, 1998 at 11 a.m. from
Friendship Baptist Church, 4756 Melville Ave., East Chicago, IN, Rev. David
Pugh officiating. Cremation, Oak Hill Crematory, Gary. Friends may call
Thursday, September 24th, at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Ave.,
East Chicago, IN from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friendship Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Morris was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a U.S. veteran
of World War II.
Connie Ruth Ozbolt
Connie Ruth Ozbolt, 48, of Portage passed away at Northwestern Hospital
in Chicago. She was born February 5, 1950 in Michigan City, Indiana the
daughter of Raymond Allen and Francis Mae (Baker) Biggs. A Portage resident for
48 years she was married on November 11, 1967 in Portage to James R. Ozbolt. A
1967 Portage High School graduate she was a homemaker and member of the Calvary
Primitive Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband James R. Ozbolt of
Portage; two sons, Ronald D. (Charlotte) Ozbolt of Falkville, Alabama and
Michael W. (Lisa) Ozbolt of Portage, Indiana; one daughter, Jenny R. (Chris)
Mitschelen of Portage, Indiana; her parents, Raymond A. and Francis M. Biggs of
Wanatah, Indiana; four grandchildren, Dylan Michael Ozbolt and Cole David
Ozbolt of Portage, Bailey Cooper Mitschelen of Portage and Zachary Michael
Ozbolt of Falkville, Alabama; seven brothers, Larry Allen (Jennifer) Biggs of
Union Mill, Indiana, Kent Harold (Mary) Biggs of Portage, Bill D. Biggs of
Valparaiso, Timothy Ray (Tammy) Biggs of Chesterton, James D. (Carol) Biggs of
Chesterton, Jerry D. (Dodie) Biggs of Valparaiso and Gary D. (Tracy) Biggs of
Wanatah; her aunt, Connie Williams of Wanatah and 17 nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. Funeral
services will be held Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the Engel
Funeral Home, 2700 Willow Creek Road, Portage, IN. 46368, with Pastor Mark
Overmyer of the Family Bible Church of Portage officiating. Interment in McCool
Cemetery, Portage. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 23rd from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at the Engel Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the
Porter County Hospice or to the Caring Place. We will have memorial envelopes
at the funeral home. For information please call 219-762-8595.
Calumet City, IL
Dorothy Skubisz (nee Streiber), 75, late of Calumet City, IL, passed away
in her sleep, after a prolonged illness, on Monday, September 21, 1998 at her
home. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Stanley; five
children: Agnes (Kelly) Matthews, Dennis Skubisz, Gregory R. (Rita) Skubisz,
Michael S. (Kathy) Skubisz and Stanley R. Skubisz, Jr., three granddaughters,
Melissa Skubisz, Trisha Skubisz and Michelle Skubisz, one grandson, Michael
Skubisz, and great granddaughter, Monica Skubisz, all of Calumet City, IL;
sister, Helen Young and half brother, Richard Cvytich, both of Hegewisch, IL.
Preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Tobias and Evelyn (Steve) Csikos.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 25, 1998 at 9:15 a.m.
from the Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.), Calumet
City, IL, to St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church, services 10 a.m.
Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Visitation on Thursday from
2 to 9 p.m.
Dorothy Skubisz was born and raised in Hegewisch, IL. A graduate of Henry
Clay Elementary School and Bowen High School. Respectively marrying her husband
of 54 years Stanley, they then relocated to Calumet City, IL in 1957 where she
remained until her death. She was a member of many civic and religious
organizations too numerous to mention. She remained an avid Chicago Cub fan
until the day of her death.
Jesse C. Smith, Jr.
Jesse C. Smith, Jr., 52, of Gary, a native of West Liberty, Kentucky,
passed away Monday, September 21, 1998. Survived by wife, Wanda; one son,
Michael (Kristin) Smith of Gary; two daughters, Anna (Al) Wilkins of California
and Tammy Smith "Willie" of Gary; mother, Goldie of Kentucky; five
grandchildren, Ashley, Joshua, Kayla, Brittany and Jesse Ray; four brothers and
five sisters. Preceded in death by son, Jessie Jr.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 11:30 a.m.
from the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles Ison officiating.
Burial at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the
family on Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman
Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mr. Smith was retired from Painters Union Local #460, Hammond; Past Worthy
President of F.O.E. #2593 of Black Oak. In lieu of flowers, donations will be
Elaine Phyllis Stepina
Cedar Lake, IN.
Elaine Phyllis Stepina (nee Kokuska), 70, of Cedar Lake, Indiana passed
away on Monday, September 21, 1998. She is survived by her children, Sandra
Stepina, Richard (Connie) Stepina, Susan (John) Warner and Debbie Wolfe; nine
grandchildren and three great grandchildren; her brother, Marvin (Grace)
Kokuska. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard Stepina. A Memorial Mass
will take place at a later date.
Dr. John J. Wadas, Jr.
Dr. John J. Wadas, Jr. 59, of Hammond, IN passed away Monday, September
21 1998. He is survived by his very loving wife of 36 years, Gerry K. Wadas;
children, Dr. John J. (Carrie) Wadas III, Debbie M. (Larry) McCarthy,
Christopher J. Wadas, Dr. Amy J. Wadas, Theresa A. Wadas and Joel M. (Candace)
Wadas; grandchildren, John J. IV, Kathryn G., Elizabeth G. and Michael J.
Wadas, Erin T. and Trace L. McCarthy, Natalie L. Vellutini; mother, Lottie
Wadas, sisters, Mary Ann (James) Kevin and Barbara (Dr. Lester) Fuller; and
many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Dr. John J. Wadas
Sr., and our angels, Jennifer M. and Theodore J. Wadas.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 25, 1998 at 9 a.m. from the
Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. with a 10 a.m. Mass at
St. Joseph Church, Hammond, IN. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City
, IL. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Dr. John practiced dentistry for 35 years in East Chicago, Munster and
Merrillville, IN. Graduate of Marquette University Dental School, class of
1963. Member of numerous Dental Associations, Professional Societies, Board of
Directors People's Bank, St. Joseph Church and the Serra Club. Dr. John was a
devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed walking on the beach and
watching sunsets. His generosity reached many people over many years and he
will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family will direct donations to
the Rush Presbyterian Cancer Research Fund.
Fred J. Younkers
Fred J. Younkers, 76 of Seymour, IN, formerly of Highland, IN passed
away Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at Four Seasons Nursing Home in Columbus,
IN. Survived by wife, Rhoda, three children, David Carrubba of Hammond,
Patricia Settle of Cedar Lake and Jack (Merry Louise) Younkers of Merrillville;
seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one brother, Richard
Younkers of Hammond.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 19, 1998 at the
Burkholder Chapel in Seymour, IN. Mr. Younkers was a former employee of Amoco
Oil Co., Whiting Refinery as a stillman and a World War II veteran.
Victoria M. Zurek
St. John, IN
Victoria M. Zurek, 92, of St. John, IN passed away on Friday, September
18, 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Lucille (Harry) Roper of St. John;
seven grandchildren: Jane Roper of St. John, Susan (Butch) Miller of Whiting,
Daniel (Judee) Roper of Cedar Lake, Ronald (Patti) Zurek of Crown Point,
Carolyn (Richard) Nowacki of St. John, Robert (Stacy) Zurek of Munster and
Cathy (Jay) Williams of Orlando, FL; daughter-in-law, Joann Zurec of Highland;
14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by
her husband Stanley and son, Stanley, Jr.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 25, 1998 DIRECTLY at the
St. John Ev. Catholic Church of St. John, IN for a 10 a.m. Mass with Rev.
Thomas Tibbs and Rev. Hugh Zurat celebrants. At rest, Holy Cross Cemetery,
Calumet City, IL. Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at
Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 West Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN. (Rt 30
East of Cline Ave.)
Mrs. Zurek was a member of the St. John Evangelical Church.