Obituaries

1996-10-18T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
October 18, 1996 12:00 am

Stephen J. Arent

Schererville/Munster

Stephen J. Arent, 36, of Schererville, IN., formerly of Munster, IN.,

passed away Wednesday, October 16, 1996. Beloved son of Joseph and Rosemarie

Arent of Munster, IN.; loving brother of Joseph (Angela) Arent of Hammond IN.,

Annette, Laura, Mary Beth and Therese Arent, all of Munster, IN.; cherished

uncle of Joszabe Arent of Hammond, IN.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. at the

Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. with a 10 a.m. Mass of

Resurrection at St. Thomas More Church with Father Richard Emerson officiating.

Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Visitation will be Friday 2

to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:15 p.m.

Stephen was a member of St. Thomas More Church. He was employed at the

Trump Casino and was a Ham Radio Operator (N9FBA).

Carmen L. Aspy

Highland

Carmen L. Aspy, 81, of Highland, IN. passed away Wednesday, October 16,

1996. Survived by one daughter, Kay; one grandson, Chuck (Michele) O'Day of

Schererville; one granddaughter, Rose (Randy) Peters of Highland; four

grandchildren; Nicole Oakley Tayler and Jordan; one sister, Vivian (Marion)

Jack of Berne Indiana.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 10:30 a.m.

from the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grace Free officiating. Burial at

Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family Friday

2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blks

south of Ridge Road), Highland,IN.

Mrs. Aspy was a member of Unity Church of Hammond; member of Moose Lodge of

Schererville; a lifetime artist and teacher in Highland for 45 years. In lieu

of flowers, memorials may be given to Vitas Hospice.

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Edward H. Behrens

Whiting

Edward H. Behrens, 84 of Whiting, IN. passed away Wednesday, October 16,

1996 at the St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, Hammond. He is survived by

three sons, Clay (Sandy) Behrens of Montvale, Virginia, Kevin (Barbara) Behrens

of Denman Island, British Columbia and Thomas (Nora) Behrens of Whiting;

daughter, Katherine (Jim) Vojtko of Monongahela, Pennsylvania; five

grandchildren, Geoffrey, Amanda, Katie Lee, Zack and Chris; brother, Rudy

Behrens of Covington, Kentucky; sister, Agnes (Joseph) Nigro of Villa Park,

Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 10:30 a.m.

at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN., 11 a.m. Mass at St.

John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, with the Rev. John E. Kalicky,

C.PP.S. officiating. Entombment at St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation

at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

Mr. Behrens was a resident of Whiting for the past 25 years; member of St.

John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting; a World War II Army veteran; member

of the Whiting Community Center Senior Citizens Club and a retiree of LTV

Steel, East Chicago, with a service of 18 years. 219-659-4400.

Terry Lee Borchert

Hessville,IN

Terry Lee Borchert, 42, of Hessville, passed away Wednesday, October 16,

1996 at home. Survived by his wife of 20 years, Paula Borchert (nee Vaughn);

two children, Sonja and Cheyen; mother, Dorothy Sullivan of Hessville; father,

Harold Borchert of Portage; sister, Sherri (Sonny) Sitko of Dyer; four

brothers, Eddie (Helen) Sullivan of Michigan, Chuck Sullivan of Portage, Cliff

Borchert of Hessville and Jerry (Patty) Borchert of Highland; niece, Jenny

Sitko and nephew, Kevin Sitko.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Octobr 18, 1996, at 8 P.M. from the

Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN., with John Snyder,

Minister, officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends are invited to call at the

Bocken Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Terry was a lifetime resident of Hammond. He served in the U.S. Army and

was employed at Chicago Crane & Equipment as a crane inspector.

Jacqueline Thelma Chatter

Gary

Jacqueline Thelma Chatter, 54, of Gary, IN., passed away Saturday, October

12 1996. She leaves to mourn, loving husband, Rufus Lee Chatter Sr.; son,

Tyrone William Chatter and brother, Willie Donald "Ola" Forte, all of Gary;

sister, Katharine Brandon of Memphis, Tennessee; step-mother, Marie (James)

Bryant of Midway, Alabama; uncle, William Henry (Mary) Forte of Flint,

Michigan; cousin, Evelyn Forte, mother-in-law, Modester Chatter, and

sisters-in-law, Essie Thomas and Alvester Bradford, all of Spring Hill,

Alabama; Jeannette Crews of Baker Hill, Alabama; brothers-in-law, Jessie

(Aloina) Battle, Charlie Chatter and Willie (Louise) Chatter, both of Fort

Myers, Florida, Hossie (Marie) Battle of Columbus, Georgia and Allen (Merlo)

Chatter of Fort Leavonworth, Missouri; and many other loving relatives and

friends.

Visitation 2 to 8 p.m., (with family hour from 6 to 8 p.m.), on Friday,

October 18th at the Genesis Funeral Home, 421 West 5th Ave., Gary, IN. Funeral

services Saturday, October 19, 1996, 11 a.m. at Zion Missionary Baptist Church,

3939 Drummond, East Chicago, IN. with Rev. J. C. Wade, Jr. officiating.

Adelaide Elkins

Hammond

Adelaide Elkins, 75, of Hammond passed away Thursday, October 17, 1996.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Coppie of Hammond; four sons, Ace

(Marianne) Elkins of Merrillville, Patrick (Sue) Elkins of Vincennes, IN.,

Albert Elkins, Jr. of Hammond and Jimmy (Vickie) Elkins of Gary; 18

grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one brother, Frank Graves of Indiana;

sister-in-law, Marie Krienhagen of Seymour, IN.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Albert, Sr., two grandchildren, Victor and

Randy Elkins and brother-in-law, Willis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 1996, 11 a.m. at the

Solan Funeral Home with Brother Johnny Colsten officiating. Burial at Chapel

Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may visit with the family on

Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet

Ave., Hammond, IN.

Mrs. Elkins was a lifelong area resident and member of the First Baptist

Church in Hammond.

Charles "Don" Griffin

Hammond

Charles "Don" Griffin, 43, of Hammond, IN. passed away Thursday, October

17, 1996. Survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Dustin (Melanie) Griffin of

Hammond; daughter, Dana Griffin of Hammond; one granddaughter, Erica Lynn;

mother, Inez Griffin of Highland; brother, Charles (Linda) Griffin of Hammond;

three sisters, Faye (Janmes) Stewart of Alabama, Tommie Asbell of Highland and

Kathey Riley of Highland.

Funeral services Saturday, October 19, 1996, 9 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral

Home Chapel. Burial at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends are

invited to meet with the family on Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper

Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (2 blks south of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mr. Griffin was retired from LTV Steel after 23 years.

Patty Kimmel

Pittsburgh, PA

Patty Kimmel, 85, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away Tuesday, October 15,

1996. Patty was born February 7, 1911, in Sparrows Point, MD. Survivors; three

daughters, Dr.Margaret Mary Kimmel of Pittsburgh, PA, Catherine Kimmel of New

York City, NY and Andrea Griggs of Bettendorff, IA; two sons Michael (Pam)

Kimmel of Greer, SC and Timothy Kimmel of Battle Creek, MI; five grandchildren;

she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Wayne Kimmel (1909-1981).

Funeral services Saturday,October 19,1996, 9:15 am from the Burns Funeral

Home (corner of 101st and Broadway) Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. to

St.Stephen the Martyr Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am.Rev. Pat

Maloney and Rev. David G. Nowak concelebrating. Interment, Calvary Cemetery,

Portage. Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home on Friday from 3 to 8 pm. A

Memorial Service will be held at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh, on Monday,

October 21, 1996, at 10 am. Contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund,

Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201 or to the

Altzheimer's Association.

Patty was active in the archconfraternity at Holy Angels Parish, the

Visiting Nurse Association, Beta Gamma Sorority and Meals on Wheels. She taught

second grade at Holy Rosary and Holy Angels Schools in Gary for 17 years; she

was a member of the choir and played the organ for St.Stephen the Martyr

Church; in 1989 she moved to Pittsburgh and was an active resident at

Canterbury Place.

Tom M. King

Lynwood

Tom M. King, 50, of Lynwood, IL., passed away suddenly on Wednesday,

October 16, 1996. Survived by his wife Ruth (nee Kainrath); daughter, Jennifer

(Joey) Edano of California; two sons, Thomas and Kenneth, both at home; father,

Tom T. (Betty) King of California; step-father, Jack Beattie of Florida;

brother, John (Nicole) Beattie of South Carolina; aunt and uncle, Bonnie and

Bill Craven; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death

by his mother, Jessie Beattie.

Funeral services Saturday, October 19, 1996, 10 a.m. at the Bethany

Reformed Church, 201st & Lakewood, Lynwood, IL. Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m.

at the Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943 So. Torrence Ave., Lansing, IL. Interment

at Oakland Memory Lanes.

Mr. King was owner of K & T Trucking of Lynwood and a member of Teamsters

Local #786. 708-474-2404.

Opal D. Knight

Schererville, IN/Texas

Opal D. Knight, 88, of Schererville, IN passed away Wednesday, October 16,

1996. Survivors include two nieces, Karen Gehling of Schererville and Sharon

(Michael) McLaughlin of Texas; one step daughter, Shirley (Bob) Herhold of

Highland; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends; and special friend Tom

Parker. Preceded in death by husbands, Lowell Smith and Joseph W. Knight, son,

Donald F. Smith, sisters, France Pierce and Marie Brown, nephew, Robert Elder

Brown, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 17, 1996, 10 am at the Kuiper

Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Stadt officiating. Friends may call Thursday

from 4 to 8 pm at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road, (2 blocks

south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana. Burial, Chapel Lawn Cemetery,

Schererville, Indiana.

Mrs. Knight was a member of the Mission Covenant Church of East Chicago;

she was a native of Indiana and had lived in Houston, Texas, for a number of

years.

Mary A. Michalec

Highland

Mary A. Michalec, 75, of Highland passed away on Tuesday, October 15,

1996. She is survived by her husband, Michael; three daughters, Rosemary

Michalec of Highland, Nanette Govert and Janice Michalec, both of Griffith; one

son, Jerome Michalec of Michigan City; two grandchildren, Theresa and Christina

Govert; two brothers, Jan Mores and Ondrej Mores and two sisters, Bernadina

Solcova and Vinca Kuksova, all of Slovakia.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. at

the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Avenue, Highland, IN. with a

funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland with Rev. Joseph

Angotti officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends

may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a

prayer service at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Michalec was a member of the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union

and Our Lady of Grace Church.

Bruno J. Pacocha

Calumet City, Illinois

Bruno J.Pacocha, 77, of Calumet City, Illinois, passed away Wednesday,

October 16, 1996, at Ingalls Hospital. Survived by his wife, Eleanore T.; two

sons, Thomas (Colleen) Pacocha of Homewood, Illinois, and Jerome (Susan)

Pacocha of Chicago, Illinois; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Andrew; sister,

Eleanor (Ted) Czech of Rhode Island; brother, Benedict (Ann) Pacocha of Harvey,

Illinois.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 1996, at 9:30 am from

the Castle Hill (Czechanski) Funeral Home to St. Andrew Church for 10 am Mass.

Cremation at Oakland Memory Lanes. Dolton, Illinois. Visitation will be on

Friday 2 pm to 9 pm.

Mr. Pacocha was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans.

Edward T. Procter

Merrillville/Hammond/Florida

Edward T. Procter, 85, of Towne Centre, Merrillville, formerly of Hammond,

Indiana, and Juno Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, October 17, 1996.

Edward was born March 9, 1911 in Chicago, IL. to Thomas and Margaret Procter.

Survived by wife, Suzanne (nee Kitchen) Procter of Merrillville; son, James

(Teresa) Procter of Merrillville; daughter, Nancy (Doug) Reid Procter of

Bozeman, Montana; grandchildren, Carolina Procter and Jimmy Procter of

Merrillville; sisters-in-law, Mabel Procter of Montana, Alice Procter of

Arizona, Helen Piechnik of Hammond, Mary Groesche of Crown Point, Jewel Kitchen

of Florida, brother-in-law, Michael Kitchell of Hammond; and many nieces and

nephews.

Funeral services Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 11:45 a.m. from the Burns

Funeral Home, (corner of 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to

St. Andrews Church, 801 West 73rd Ave., Merrillville, IN. for a Mass of

Christian burial at 12:30 p.m., Rev. David H. Gosnell officiating. Interment at

Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home

on Saturday from 10 to 11:45 a.m., time of services. Contributions may be made

to the Visiting Nurse Association of Northwest Indiana.

Edward was retired from the Amoco Oil Company, Whiting Refinery and was a

member of St. Andrew Church of Merrillville.

Mary Jane Skirpan

(Cholodinski)

Crown Point, IN

Mary Jane Skirpan, (Cholodinski), 71, of Crown Point, passed away

Wednesday, October 16, 1996, at her home. Survived by five daughters, Mary Ann

(Dave) Mesich of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Carole Lewis of Valparaiso, Margaret

(Ed) Bortolini of Nederland, Colorado, Sophie Skirpan of Chesterton and Sheryl

(Tom) Bottos of Lowell; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Bennie (Dorothy) Kulak;

Preceded in death by two sons, John Cholodinski and Pete Skirpan.

Funeral services Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 9:30 a.m. from the Geisen

Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Patrick

Kalich officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may

call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 109 North East St., Crown Point, IN., on

Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Vigil service Friday at 4 p.m.

Ms Skirpan was a member of St.Mary Church; former kindergarden teacher at

St.Marks School for 10 years; and, also, worked at Margo's Catering.

Donald R. White

Hammond

Donald R. White, 62, of Hammond passed away Tuesday, October 15, 1996.

Survivors include his wife Robbie (Ruth); also survived by four children, Donna

(Darrell) Williams of Hammond, Larry (Joyce) White of Hammond, Gary (Tricia)

White of Hammond and Karen White of Hammond; also survived by grandchildren,

Charles, Nicholas, Joshua, Layne, Matthew, Johnathan, Christian and Desiree

White and Stephanie and Brittany Williams; his father, Randolph (Arbulahice)

White of Hammond; one sister, Helen (Howard) Herron of Griffith; four brothers,

Bob (Earleen) White of Highland, Tom (Betty) White of Crown Point, Raymond

(Sharon) White of Griffith and Ted (Camille) White of Highland; many nieces,

nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Mr White was preceded in death by his

mother, Lillian Williams and step-father, Curtis Williams.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 18, 1996 at 10 a.m. at the

Family Christian Center, Griffith with Rev. Stephan Munsey and Rev. James

Williams officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville. Friends may

call at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road ( 2 blocks south of Riddge

Road), Highland on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. White was a member of the Family Christian Church of Griffith for 40

years; a member of the Hammond Fitness Center for 2 years and was retired from

Inland Steel after 41 years.

Evelyn M. Wolf

Highland/Hessville

Evelyn M. Wolf, 73, of Highland, IN. passed away on Thursday, October 17,

1996. She is survived by one son, Thomas (June) Wolf of Schererville; one

daughter, Geraldine (Ray) Fortenberry of Hessville; one sister, Gertrude (Mike)

Micsich of Portage; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Preceded

in death by her husband, Louis, her parents, Gilbert and Florence Galambus and

a brother, Raymond Galambus.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 1996 at 9:30 a.m.

from the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Chapel and 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena

Church with Rev. Richard Orlinski celebrating the Mass. Burial at Calvary

Cemetery, Hobart, IN. Friends are invited to call at the Virgil Huber Funeral

Home, 7051 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN., on Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial service Friday at 3 p.m. by Father Orlinski.

Mrs. Wolf was a former resident of Hessville and a resident of Highland

for the past 5 years. She was a member and past president of American Legion

Auxiliary Post 232; member of VF.W. Post 7881 Auxiliary; and a member of St.

Catherine of Siena Church.

Lucille P. Zurawicz

Dolton, Illinois

Lucille P. Zurawicz, 79, formerly of Dolton, Illinois, passed away

Wednesday, October 16, 1996. Survived by husband, Bronislaus; four sons, Robert

(Cheryl), Barry (Megan), Bennett (Therese), Burt (Karen); one daughter, Bonita

(Girard) Senesac; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; four brothers, Alfred

(Margaret) Harold (Bernice), Wesley (late Caroline), and Ernest (late Maureen)

Pierz; one sister, Elaine (late Howard) Pavlock; sister in law, Jeanne Pierz;

preceded in death by her brother, Richard Pierz.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 19th, at 8:30 am from the

Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, to St. Ann Church in

Lansing for Mass at 9 am. Burial, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. In lieu of

flowers, contributions to Hospice of Van Buren County, Michigan would be

appreciated.

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