Obituaries

2000-03-18T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
March 18, 2000 12:00 am

Mildred Atkinson

Schererville

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

Hammond

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

Highland, IN.

Santos J. Castillo

East Chicago

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

graduate

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

Merrillville

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

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Wanatah,

IN

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

Crown Point

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.

Rodrigo Gonzalez,

Jr.

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

Hammond

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.

Margaret-Mary

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

Lansing, IL

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

Schroeder-Lauer

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

Schererville

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

two sisters.

Funeral

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.

Phyllis Manes

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,

Indiana.

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

Lake Prairie

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

Building Fund.

Maurice E. A. Mason

Hebron/Valparaiso, IN

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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.

Mary

"Maxine" Misner

(nee Newnum)

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

great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2000, at

the Kuiper

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,

Indiana.

Christopher

Raymond Monestere

Hammond

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.

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Joseph Sikora

Lowell, IN

Joseph Sikora,

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

wife, Marietta.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2000, at the

Kuiper Funeral

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

War II.

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William C. Slease

Crown Point

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

services.

Beverly Vera Ullstam

(nee Stirling)

Hammond

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

(nee Cummings)

Munster

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.

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