Mildred Atkinson, 90, of Schererville, was called home to the Lord on March
15, 2000. Just prior to her passing, Mildred was compassionately cared for by
St. Mary Hospital, Hobart, and The Lutheran Home, Crown Point.
She was born August 9, 1909, in Atlanta, IN, to the late James and Viola
(Carlisle) Baden. Mildred was a graduate of nursing school and a LPN at St.
Catherine Hospital, East Chicago. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member
of Merrillville First Church
of the Nazarene. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, William, in
1985, three children, James, Phyllis and Betty, six brothers and one sister.
She is survived by two sons: David (Marilyn) Atkinson of Schererville, and
Daniel (Kathleen) Atkinson of
Broomfield, CO; two daughters: Mary Lou (Bob) Phelps of Crown Point, and Sarah
Brough of Sierra Vista, AZ; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six
great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Stewart of Ocean Side, CA; many
nieces and nephews, and
her devoted church family.
Friends may visit with the family 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Chapel Lawn
Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Avenue (1 mile south US 30), Schererville, IN. Funeral
services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Merrillville
First Church of the Nazarene, 2408 W. 78th Ave., Merrillville, IN, with the
Reverend Jerry D. Ulrich officiating. Private interment will follow in Chapel
Lawn Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to
the church in loving memory
of Mildred. Chapel Lawn Funeral Home. 219-365-9554.
Rosemary E. Behling
Rosemary E. Behling, 70, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Friday, March 17,
2000. She is survived by her husband, Raymond; two daughters, Ruthellen
(Richard) Andries of
Lowell and Rosanne (Jim) Hayes of Lansing, IL; six grandchildren, Randy, Ryan
and Rachel Andries, Jeffery, Jimmy and Jodi Hayes; one great-grandson, Tyler
Andries; her mother, Mary Rafish of Hammond; and two aunts, Alice Pesusich of
East Chicago and Barbara
Hacko of Matteson.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 20, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. Cremation
will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7
to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Behling was retired from Pepsi Cola after 30 years of service. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ in
Santos J. Castillo
Santos J. Castillo, 37, of East Chicago, passed
away on Friday, March 17, 2000. He is survived by his mother, Odilia Castillo;
brothers and sisters: Guadalupe (Jose Perez) Castillo, Phillip (Kathy)
Castillo, John (Joanne) Castillo, Jorge Castillo and Teresa (late Ken)
Santos-Rios; numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
Santos and Josephina Jimenez.
Funeral services Monday, March 20, 2000, 8:30 a.m. at Fife Funeral Home, 4201
Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN, and 9 a.m. at St. Mary Church, East
Chicago, with Rev. Stephen Gibson officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery,
Hammond. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday. Rosary at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Santos was an employee of Royal Office Products, Hinsdale, IL; a 1981
of Washington High School; and he attended the following college's, majoring in
Architecture: Lakeland College of Sheboygan, WI, Roosevelt University of
Chicago, the University of Illinois and University of Houston. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
family, would be greatly appreciated.
Don J. Coleman
Don J. Coleman, 69, of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2000.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Korean Conflict. Retired from EJ&E Railroad as a
machinist. Member of International
Association and Aerospace Workers Lodge #582, for 49 years; member of St.
Andrew Mens Club and AARP. Preceded in death by his parents, August and Regina
(McGirr) Coleman, brother, Paul Coleman, sister and brother-in-law, Bette and
George Forbes, mother and
father-in-law, Pius and Marie Bauer. Survived by wife, Betty Coleman, son, Mark
(Bonnie) Coleman of Valparaiso; daughter, Debbie (David) Alamillo of
Merrillville; four grandchildren; Laura Coleman, Brittany Alamillo, Stephanie
Coleman and Adam Alamillo;
sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Cliff Fortier of Hobart; sister-in-law,
Marie Coleman of Gary. Also, his beloved dog, Buffy.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Rendina Funeral Home, 5100
Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Prayer service
4 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service 9:45 a.m. on Monday from the chapel and 10:30
a.m. at St. Andrews Church, Merrillville, with Rev. Terrence Chase
officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.
Berthanna Hardesty Collins
August 15, 1910 - March 15, 20
Berthanna Hardesty Collins, 89, of 13881 S. 1050 W., Wanatah, IN, passed
away Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in her home, after a sudden illness. Berthanna
was born August 15, 1910, in Starke County, IN, to Max and Anna (Hapner) Ottow,
and lived in the
area all of her life. She was married to William Hardesty and Lester Collins,
who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents,
one daughter, Velma, one great-grandson and one sister, Eleanor. Surviving are
one son, Lyman Max
Hardesty of Hamlet, IN; one foster son, William Nutt of Valparaiso; three
brothers, Max Ottow of Donaldson, IN, and Cecil and Charles Ottow, both of
Plymouth, IN; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one
great-great-granddaughter. She was a member
of the Wanatah Christian Church.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. (EST) at Rannells Funeral Home,
Hamlet Chapel, with Richard Shepherd officiating. Burial will be in the Oak
Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, IN. Friends may call Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. (EST)
and Monday, 9 a.m (EST), until the time of services in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Wanatah Christian Church or the
Lions Eye Bank. 219-586-2120.
Elnora L. Daniel
Elnora L. Daniel, 90, of Crown Point,
IN, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2000. She is survived by two daughters,
Karen (Richard) Migas of Washington and Lynn (Bob) Hays of Crown Point; four
grandchildren, Douglas (Sara) Migas, Michelle Migas, Christopher (Robin) Hays
and Brian (Kelly) Hays;
and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2000, at 1 p.m. from the
Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 West Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN, (Rt 30
east of Cline Ave.), with Rev. Dwight Rengstorf officiating. At rest,
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to call at
the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mrs. Daniel was a lifelong member of the Woodmar United Methodist Church and
member of The Eastern Star.
Lake Station/Puerto Rico
Rodrigo Gonzalez, Jr., 62, formerly of Puerto Rico, a Lake Station resident
passed away Thursday, March 16, 2000, at St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart. He
was born in Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his father, Rodrigo
Gonzalez, Sr. Survived by wife, of 40 years, Maria (nee Alvarado) Gonzalez of
Lake Staiton; one son, Rodrigo (Sheila) Gonzalez III of Hobart; two daughters,
Lisette (Robert) Kerr and Celeste Gonzalez, both of Lake Station; three
grandchildren: Lauren Kerr,
Cecily Kerr and Vanessa Gonzalez; his mother, Dolores Gonzalez of Lake Station;
four brothers, Peter (Darlene) Gonzalez of Hobart, Jesse (Priscilla) Gonzalez
of Portage, Michael Gonzalez of Ohio and Raul (Mary) Gonzalez of Chicago; one
sister, Angie (Rudy)
Lozano of Valparaiso; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services Monday, March 20, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the Burns Funeral
Home, (corner of Rt 51 and 7th Street), Hobart, IN, with Deacon Leonard D.
Holland officiating. Interment at McCool
Cemetery, Portage, IN. Friends may call at Burns Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel,
on Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Helen Hahn, 80, of Hammond, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Survived by her husband, Matthew S.; two sons,
Matthew (Janis) Hahn of Whiting, and Richard Hahn of Hammond; one daughter,
Marie Langfield; four grandchildren, Michelle (Marc) Maley of Whiting, Kimberly
(George) Jones of Hammond, Tamara (fiance, Jeff Plemons) Hahn of Whiting, and
Christina Langfield of
Whiting; one brother, Ted (Sylvia) Bilar of Calumet City, IL; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 20, 2000, 9:30 a.m. at the Lesniak
Funeral Home, 4918 Magoun Ave., East Chicago, and 10 a.m. Mass at St.
Church, Hammond, IN, with Rev. Matthew Iwuji officiating. Burial at Holy Cross
Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at Lesniak Funeral Home for
visitation on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Rosary prayer service Sunday
at 3 p.m.
Mrs. Hahn was
a longtime resident of Hammond. Retired employee of the Hammond School
System, and member of St. Margaret-Mary Church.
Theodore Koning, 69, of Lansing, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 15,
2000, at Rest Haven Central,
Palos Heights, IL. Survived by his wife, Effie (nee Tamminga); two
grandchildren, Kelly and Kyle Burse and son-in-law, Kenneth Burse, all of
Highland; four brothers, Jacob (Pearl) Koning of Lansing, Jan (Annie) Koning,
Kees (Frouwke) Koning and Harm (Jantje)
Koning, one sister, Wobbie (Bertus) Grimmius, and brother-in-law, Jan (late
Jantje) Pettinga, all of the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his
daughter, Sheila Burse.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the
Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. Burial, Skyline Memorial Park,
Monee, IL. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to be made to donor's choice
Mr. Koning was a long time member of Munster
Christian Reformed Church.
Naomi E. Lawson
Naomi E. Lawson, 60, of Schererville, IN, passed away on Thursday, March 16
2000. Naomi is survived by her loving husband, Vernon Lawson; three children:
Thomas (Terry) Lawson of Hazel Crest,
Illinois, Robert (Karen) Lawson of Merrillville, and Melody (Peter) Di Gaudio
of Schererville; five grandchildren: Rick, Elizabeth, Jessica, Christopher and
Thomas II; her father, John Farmer of South Holland, IL; and two brothers and
services, Monday, March 20, 2000, at 10 a.m. directly at South Lake Church of
the Nazarene, 7355 E. 81st Ave., Crown Point, IN, Dr. Russell Hosey
officiating. Burial at Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park, Illinois. Friends may
call at the Geisen Funeral Home,
7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Lawson may also
be viewed on Monday morning, directly at the church, from 9 a.m. until time of
service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
children or Teens
Ministries of the South Lake Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. Lawson was employed as a Medical Assistant. Member of South Lake Church
of the Nazarene in Crown Point, and an active member of the Ladies Ministries
"Secret Pals", the Geneology Society and the Medical
Assistance Association. She received her Registered Medical Assistance
Certificate in January 2000.
Lowell, IN/Glenwood, IL
Phyllis Manes, 83, of Lowell, IN, formerly of Glenwood, IL, passed away on
Thursday, March 16, 2000. She is
survived by five children, Rosemary (Richard) Carlberg of Lowell, Mike (Sandra)
Manes of Lowell, Phillip (Josephine) Manes of Cedar Lake, Joanne Klotz of
Lowell and Dorothy (Gordon) Kelly of Peotone, IL; 13 grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren; one sister,
Dorse (Richard) Kozel of Oak Lawn, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband
of 52 years, Joseph, in 1987, son-in-law, Frank Klotz, brother, Donald Nesci,
and a sister, Flora Fazekas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 20, 2000, 2 p.m.
at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Lowell, IN, Father Peter Muha officiating.
Burial will follow at Lake Village Cemetery in Lake Village, IN. Friends are
invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E.
Commercial Ave., Lowell,
Phyllis was born on June 1, 1916, in Falconara, Italy. She was a member of St.
Edwards Catholic Church in Lowell and was active in the Grange, working the
kitchen at the fairgrounds. She is fondly remembered as the "Head Cook" for the
School spaghetti dinners for five years. Phyllis was an avid bowler and very
much enjoyed bingo along with many crafts, such as crocheting, knitting and
ceramics. Mrs. Manes was very loved and will be sadly missed by her family and
many friends. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Edwards Catholic Church
Maurice E. A. Mason
Maurice E. A. Mason, 85, of Hebron, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at
The University Medical Center
in Las Vegas. Born November 9, 1914, in Cannelton, IN, the son of Bert and
Elsie (Richey) Mason. A resident of Hebron since 1948, having lived in
Valparaiso, from 1940 to 1948. On October 1, 1932, in Cannelton, he married
Catherine M. (Brunner), who preceded
him on June 5, 1993. Maurice was a graduate of Cannelton High School. He began
his newspaper career at the Cannelton Telephone in Cannelton, IN, in the
1930's. In 1940 he moved to Valparaiso, where he worked for The Vidette
Messenger until 1948, when he purchased
the Porter County Publishing Company, which published The Porter County Herald
in Hebron and The Kouts Times. During his employment at The Vidette, he also
owned a neighborhood grocery, Mason's Mart. He later purchased The Crown Point
Register and The Cedar
Lake Register. He retired in 1980. He was a over 50 year member of the Indiana
Editorial Association, having served as President and Vice President, and was
presented a gold watch in 1999 by Governor Frank O'Bannon. He was a member of
the Hebron United Methodist
Church, 50 year member of Hebron Masonic Lodge #502 F.&AM, Scottish Rite Valley
of South Bend, Orak Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, formerly the Elks and Moose
Lodges in Valparaiso and the Hebron Lions Club, Call-A-Ride in Hebron,
Meals-On- Wheels volunteer,
formerly on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Assn., Northwest Indiana Forum and
Valparaiso Jaycees, Past Board of Directors of Northern Indiana Bank and Trust,
Past President for 15 years and 30 year member of the Board of Trustees of
Porter Memorial Hospital,
Past Democratic County Chairman, District Chairman and National Committeeman,
former member of the Valparaiso Toastmasters and Crown Point Exchange Club and
a former manager of the Valparaiso License Branch.
Maurice is survived by one son, Robert (Judy)
Mason of Hebron; two daughters Marcella Mason of Hebron and Cynthia (Stephen)
Kimmel of Valparaiso; and two grandchildren, Heather and Brent Kimmel. He is
preceded in death by one brother, Bert.
Friends may call on Sunday, March 19th, from 2 to 9 p.m. at
the Family Service Funeral Home, Miller Hebron Chapel, and also on Monday, one
hour prior to services at the church. Masonic Memorial service will be held at
6:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2000,
at the Hebron United
Methodist Church, with Reverend Mark Eastway officiating. Burial will follow in
the Hebron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hebron United Methodist
Church, Porter Memorial Hospital Foundation, Call-A-Ride, or the charity of the
donor's choice. 219-987-2323.
Nevada / Hammond, IN
Mary "Maxine" Misner (nee Newnum), 81, of Nevada, formerly of Hammond, IN,
passed away on Monday, March 13, 2000. Survived by three children: Mary Ellen
(Mel) Bozack of Nevada (formerly of Highland),
Chuck (Susan) Misner of Glen Ellyn, IL (formerly of Hammond), and Gary (Peggy)
Misner of Texas (formerly of Hammond); five grandchildren and five
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2000, at
Funeral Home Chapel, with Bill Hallsted, Minister, officiating. Friends are
invited to meet with the family on Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Kuiper
Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland,
Christopher Raymond Monestere, 13, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Thursday,
March 16, 2000. Survived by his loving parents, Albert and Laura Monestere; two
sisters, Melissa and Jenni; one nephew, John; grandparents, Nadine and
Jim Reeves; three aunts, Betsy Lanman, Fran (Dave) Etienne, and Pam Monestere;
one uncle, Pete Lanman; also, numerous cousins, and numerous great-aunts and
uncles. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Marcia and Burnham Lanman, and
George Monestere. Visitation
will be Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m., at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave.,
Hammond, IN. Funeral services Monday, March 20, 2000 at 11 a.m. from the
funeral home chapel. Burial, private.
Christopher was a 7th grade student at Eggers Middle School. He
loved fishing camping and enjoyed woodworking. He will be dearly missed by all
of his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your
choice, in his memory, would be appreciated.
81, of Lowell, IN, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2000. Survived by wife,
Sylvia Sikora (nee Painter); two daughters, Karen Sikora of Lowell and Debbie
(Tom) Swanson of DeMotte; one son, Jim Sikora of San Diego, CA; three sisters,
Ann Koedyker of Illinois,
Irene (Chester) Krupinski of Hammond and Theresa Zisoff of Hammond; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his first
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2000, at the
Home Chapel, with Bill Hallsted, Minister, officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn
Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family
on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two
blocks south of Ridge
Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mr. Sikora was a member of the U.S. Army, 80th Infantry Divison, during World
William C. Slease
William C. Slease, 75, of Crown Point, passed away at St. Anthony Medical
Center on Thursday,
March 16, 2000. Bill was a veteran of World War II, U.S. Navy. He was a member
of American Legion Lake Station Post No. 100 and was a member of McLelland
Lodge No. 357 of Hobart, the South Bend Consistory, and The Scottish Rite.
He was a retired employee
of U.S. Steel-Sheet & Tin Mill Division with over 40 years of service. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Alva L. and Aletha Slease and his brother,
Jack Slease. Survived by his wife, of 56 years, Rose E. Slease, son, William C.
(Pamela) Slease, Jr.
of Florida; granddaughter, Penni (John) Harju of Minnesota, great-grandson,
Eric Harju of Minnesota; grandsons, William C. (Alice) Slease III of Georgia,
Phillip (Stacey) Slease of North Carolina; brother, Alva (Shirley) Slease, Jr.
of LaPorte; sister, Madaline
Mallonee of Portage, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services Saturday, March 18, 2000, 1 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home,
(corner of 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. Interment,
Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call
at the Burns Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of services.
American Legion Lake Station Post No. 100 will conduct graveside memorial
Beverly Vera Ullstam
Beverly Vera Ullstam (nee Stirling), 82,
of Hammond, Indiana, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2000, at The Community
Hospital, Munster, Indiana. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Burns-Kish
Funeral Home of Munster, IN, in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Ziants
Mary Elizabeth Ziants (nee Cummings), 65, of Munster, IN, passed away on
Wednesday, March 15, 2000. Survived by loving children: Theodore Ziants III of
Aiea, Hawaii, Timothy (Kim) Ziants of Crown Point and Christina Cash of
Munster; two grandchildren, Emily
and Eric; one sister, Margaret Creighton of Irwin, PA; two brothers, William
(Pat) Cummings and Richard (Janet) Cummings; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 18, 2000, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the
Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415
Calumet Ave., Munster, IN, with services Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., with
Pastor David Schrader officiating. Graveside services will take place Monday,
March 20th, 11 a.m., at the Irwin Union Cemetery in Irwin, Pennsylvania.
Mary was a member of First
United Methodist Church of Hammond. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made
to the American Cancer Society, in her memory.