1996-03-29T00:00:00Z Obituaries
March 29, 1996 12:00 am

John Frederick Beckman,Jr.

Hammond, IN

John Frederick Beckman, Jr., 79, of Hammiond, IN., passed away Monday,

March 25, 1996, in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is survived by loving wife,

Anne; three loving daughters, Louann Allen of Chicago, Elinor Schmidt of Elk,

California, Margaret Wood of Knox, IN; two loving sons, John F. (Donna) Beckman

III of Porter, IN,,and Richard (Debbie) Beckman of Marion, IN; nine

grandchildren; one brother, Joseph (Mary) Beckman of Munster; one sister, Mary

Kristel of Munster, IN.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 29,1996, at 10 am at St.

Joseph Church in Hammond with Father Roy Beeching celebrating the Mass.

Mr. Beckman was a graduate of Indiana University Law School where he

was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Mr. Beckman was a member of the

Beckman, Kelly and Smith law firm until 1982 when he retired. Former City and

School Board Attorney; a member of the Hammond Kiwanis Club; member of the

Board of Directors at Calumet College of St. Joseph; served in the U.S. Navy

during World War II ; member of the Indiana Bar Association for 50 years.

Donations may be made to St.Joseph Church or the Pleasant Street School

Scholarship Fund in his loving memory.

Hilda Denvit Bokich

Dyer, IN

Hilda Denvit Bokich, 74, of Dyer, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 26,

1996, at her home. Survived by one daughter, Carol (Dennis) Doolin of Crown

Point; 10 grandchildren: Joseph (Kim) Doolin of Cedar Lake, Robert (Jodie)

Doolin of Kendallville, IN, Courtney (Steve) Edwards, Genevieve (Richard) Tate,

Stephan-Megan-Ryan--Mary-Patrick and Michael Doolin - all of Crown Point; four

great granddaughters; one brother, Jim Keilty of Florida; preceded in death by

husbands, Thomas Denvit and Dan Bokich and Grandson John Doolin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30,1996, 9:30 A.M. Geisen

Funeral Home, 10 A.M. St. Mary's Catholic Church, Msgr. Don C. Grass

officiating. Burial, Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood,Illinois. Friends may call

at the Geisen Funeral Home, 109 N. East St., Crown Point, Friday 2 to 5 and 7

to 9 pm. Vigil services will be held Friday at 4 p.m.

Levy Alma Daniel

Gary/Memphis, Tennessee

Levy Alma Daniel, 87 of Gary, formerly of Memphis Tennessee, passed away

Tuesday, March 26, 1996, at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. Survivorss:

one grandson, Marcus (Barbara) Peterson, Jr. of Gary; two granddaughters,

Carolyn (Charles) Smith of South Bend, IN., and Almeda (Rev. Asher) Harris of

Gary; seven great grandchildren, Kimberly (Charles) Kelly, Asher, Jr., Aisha

and Aaron Harris, Stephanie and Marcus Peterson III, all of Gary, Kamilah Smith

of South Bend, IN., and many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by

daughter Hazel Lee Peterson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 11 a.m. from

Antioch Baptist Church, 3902 Alexander Avenue, East Chicago, Rev. Dr. Vincent

McCutcheon officiating. Interment, oak Hill Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call

Saturday, March 30th, at Antioch Baptist Church from,10,am to 11 am prior to

funeral services. Hinton-Williams Funeral Home in charge of


Randolph R. Graves, Sr.


Randolph R. Graves, Sr., 72, of Lynwood, Illinois, passed away Thursday,

March 28, 1996. Survived by his wife, Elizabeth; one son, Randolph (Jacki)

Graves Jr. and one daughter, Marsha (David) Brum, all of Lansing; five

grandchildren, Kurt and Brad Graves, Shellie (Brian) Fazio, Matthew and

Meredith Brum; six great grandchildren; brother, Hugh (Joan) Graves of Houston,

Texas; sister, Margaret (Stanley) Bush of Roswell, N.M. and numerous nieces and


Funeral services Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 11 a.m from the

Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, with Rev.

David Seyler officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call at the

funeral home Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Graves was a veteran of World War II; retired from T&J (formerly Stone

Meat Packing Co.); member of V.F.W. Post 2825 of Chicago Heights and former

member of the Orak Shrine.

Father Alfred J.

Jarosz, O.C.D.


Father Alfred J. Jarosz, O.C.D., 80, of Munster, Indiana, passed away on

Wednesday, March 27, 1996. He is survived by one sister, Clara Jarosz of

Poland; three brothers, Walter Jarosz of Munster, Joseph Jarosz of Detroit,

Michigan and Stephen Jarosz of Poland; niece, Janina Mesjasz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 10:30 a.m. Mass

of the Resurrection at the Carmelite Monastery & Shrines, 1628 Ridge Road,

Munster, Indiana, with Bishop Dale J. Melczek officiating with other priests

and members of the Carmelite Community Con-celebrating. Burial, Holy Cross

Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois. Visitation Friday 3 to 9 p.m. at the

Carmelite Monastery & Shrines, 1628 Ridge Road, Munster, IN., Prayer service 4

p.m. Friday by Carmelite Societies with Father Thomas Balys presiding. A prayer

service will be offered at 7 p.m. on Friday with Rev. Richard Emerson


Father Alfred entered the Carmelite Order on July 15, 1932. He was ordained

Priest on July 9, 1939 in Krakow, Poland. Father Alfred came to the Carmelite

Monastery & Shrines of Munster in March of 1958 and twice served as Superior

from 1961 to 1965 and from 1968 to 1972. Arrangements by the Anthony &

Dziadowicz Funeral Home, Munster.

Donald W. Jezuit


Donald W. Jezuit, 57, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March

27 1996. He is survived by mother, Frances Jezuit; daughters, Mary Catherine

Schuotel and Michelle Charlene Jezuit; brothers, John (Kathy) Jezuit and Ronald

(Louise) Jezuit; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral

Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Funeral services tentatively set for

Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Herrmann officiating. Interment, Chapel Lawn

Cemetery, Schererville, IN.

Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and former employee of LTV Steel.

Lorraine C. Kerman

Calumet City

Lorraine C. Kerman, 77, of Calumet City, Ilinois passed away Tuesday,

March 26, 1996. She is survived by two sons, John (Karen) Kerman of Highland,

Indiana and Richard Kerman of San Diego, California; one daughter, Jolaine

Kerman of Indianapolis, Indiana; three grandchildren, Andy, Trisha and Nicki.

Preceded in death by her husband, John and two sisters, Blanche Walsh and

Margaret McKinnon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. from the Burns-Kish Funeral

Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN., and 9:30 a.m. at St. Victor Church in

Calumet City, IL. with Father Thomas Cima officiating. Interment, St. Joseph

Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation will be on Friday 4 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Kerman was a member of St. Victor's Church in Calumet City. Donations

to St. Victor's Church in her memory would be appreciated.


Thomas E. Langbeen, Sr.


Thomas E. Langbeen, Sr., 73, late of Dolton, formerly of the East Side,

passed away Monday, March 25, 1996. Beloved husband of the late Virginia (nee

Franko); devoted mother of Mary Jo (Bill) Pepper, Judy (Michael) Williams,

Thomas Langbeen, Jr. and Ernest (Donna) Langbeen; proud grandfather of six;

dearest brother of Ethel (Red) VanAustin, Gloria (Donald) Margraff and George

(Pat) Langbeen; dear friend of Marie Darragh; fond uncle of many nieces and


Visitation Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Friday, 10 a.m. at the

Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 4 blocks north of 162nd

Street (Rt. 6), Dolton, Illinois. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Langbeen was a member of Inland Steel 25 year Club and lifetime

member of V.F.W. Post #8827. 708-841-2300. 708-460-2300.

Adela P. Luengas

East Chicago

Adela P. Luengas, 90, of East Chicago passed away Tuesday, March 26, 1996

at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. She is survived by three children,

Carmen (Tio) Solano of Mexico, Maria L. (Antonio) Barreda of East Chicago and

Rosario (John) Fredrickson of Florida; three grandchildren, Monica Barreda of

East Chicago, Cynthia (Alfredo) Sanchez of Hammond and Rene Barreda of East

Chicago; four great-grandchildren, Erica and Michael Barrera; Julian Madera and

Sara Barreda; niece, Susana (Manuel) Rosenda of Whiting; many other nieces and

nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Arnulfo and son, Dr. Rene Luengas.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 1996, 9:15 a.m. at the Fife

Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago and 10 a.m. at Our Lady of

Guadalupe Church in East Chicago, Rev. Juan Gonzalez, C.PP. S. officiating.

Cremation to follow. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 5 to 9 p.m.


Mrs. Luengas was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, former owner and

manager of El Patio Restaurant and El Senorial Restaurant in East Chicago and

was a resident of East Chicago since 1956.

Petronila "Petra" Ortiz

East Chicago

Petronila "Petra" Ortiz, 84, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on

Wednesday, March 27, 1996 at St. Catherine Hospital. She is survived by eight

children: Aracelia (Carlos) Valle and Myrna (Salvador) Vargas, both of East

Chicago, Diznalda "Tata" (Esteban) Semidey, Rosaura (Alejandro) Cora, Gloria

(Berna) Ramos and Miriam Ortiz, all of Puerto Rico, Ruperto (Rosa) Ortiz and

Gilberto (Luz) Ortiz, both of New Jersey; 23 grandchildren; 28 great

grandchildren; brother, Jacinto Vazquez of Puerto Rico; two sisters, Juanita

(Tito) Flores of New Jersey, Catalina (Juan) Cato of Puerto Rico; many other

relatives and dear friends throughout the area and in Puerto Rico.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 1996 at 7 P.M. from the

Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St., East Chicago, Indiana, with Pastor

Jaime Serrano officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on

Friday evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burial and other services will take place in

Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Mrs. Ortiz was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Indiana Harbor.

Mario S. Ortiz, Sr.


Mario S. Ortiz, Sr., 25, formerly of the Gary area and a Portage resident

for ten years, passed away in Portage, Indiana on Wednesday, March 27, 1996. He

was an employee of the Beta Steel Company of Portage; member of the

International Long Shoremen's Association A.F.L/C.IO. Local 2038 and a member

of the Truth Christian Church of Portage. Preceded in death by his father,

Manuel Ortiz and grandfather, George Quarstrom. Loving husband of Charolett

Ortiz of Portage; loving father of Ashley, Justin, Amanda, Sarah and Mario Jr.,

Ortiz all of Portage; loving son of Ava (William E., Jr.) Miller of Lake

Station; grandson of Evelyn Quarstrom of Portage; one uncle, Julian (Luz)

Quarstrom of Chicago; three aunts, Karen (James) Utley Sr. of Portage, DeNay

Cortez and Nastasha Cortez, both of East Chicago; three cousins, Tina, (Dan)

Thews of Portage, Kimberlee (Joe) Kenjic of Hobart and James (Noelle) Utley Jr.

of Michigan City; father-in-law, Charlie (Sheryl) Williams; mother-in-law, Jana

Williams; brother-in-law, Edward Williams; sister-in-law, Barbara Williams;

grandmother-in-law, Sally Cheatham; grandfather-in-law, William E. (Pauline)

Miller Sr. and nephew, David Williams.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 1, 1996, 1 p.m. at Burns

Funeral Home (Hobart, Indiana), (corner of Rt 51 and 7th St.) with Pastor James

Utley, Sr. officiating. Friends may call on Saturday and Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. at

the Burns Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.

George Sabo

Hobart, Indiana/Gary

George Sabo, 81, passed away Wednesday,March 27, 1996, at his home in

Hobart. Formerly of Gary, he had resided in Hobart for 33 years. A veteran of

World War II serving with the 113th Division of Army Engineers. Retired from

U.S. Steel #3 Open Hearth with 35 years of service. Retired from Mutual of

Omaha Insurance Company with 17 years. A member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

where he served as Cantor for 30 years. Present Chaplain and member of American

Legion Post #367 who will conduct graveside services and Past Governor and

member of Loyal Order of Moose #783 who will have a service Friday at 8 p.m.

He was a Charter member of the U.S. Steel Band where he played the French Horn

for 35 years.

Survived by his wife, Helen, two daughters, Cindy (Sandy) Lange and Connie

(Tom) Heerman; three granddaughters, Kristen and Alexandra Lange and Maggie

Heerman, all of Indianapolis; four sisters, Julia (Ernie) Coffman of Portage,

Marie (Jack) Bell of Orland Park, IL, Helen Clements of Lockport, IL. and

Catherina Sabo of Chicago and many nieces and nephews.

Divine Liturgy and Panachida will be held Saturday, March 30,1996, directly

at St.Nicholas Orthodox Church, 954 State Street, Hobart, IN. at 10 a.m.with

Rev. Father Peter Zarynow officiating. Mr. Sabo will lie in state at the church

from 9:30 until the time of service. Friends may call at the Pruzin Brothers

Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. on Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9

P.M. Prayer service Friday at 7 p.m. Memorials are preferred to the Moose Heart

Children's Home.

William "Bill" Sass


William "Bill" Sass, 64, of Three Rivers, Michigan, formerly of Lansing,

Illinois, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 1996. Survived by his wife, Nila

(nee Brouillette); one son, Kenneth (Cheryl) and one daughter, Debra Sass, all

of Three Rivers; two grandchildren, Kyle and Mallory Sass; three sisters, Norma

Hesterman, Vera Schmidt and Lorraine Fisher, one brother-in-law, Conrad Gleim

and one sister-in-law, Trudy Szpyrka, all of Lansing, Illinois; numerous nieces

and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 31, 1996 at 3 p.m. from

the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Three Rivers, Michigan.

Mary E. Scripnec


Mary E. Scripnec, 74, of Hammond passed away Tuesday, March 26, 1996. She

is survived by her two daughters, Mary Ann (Arthur) Knight of Hobart and

Patricia (Franklin) Stofko of Schererville; four grandchildren, John and

Bridget Knight, Tim and Paul Stofko; three sisters, Julie (Stanley) Kijak of

Hammond, Helen (Joseph) Ferrantelli of Calumet City, Ella (Arthur) Bonneau of

Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Ann Skrzekut of Hegewisch and Sue Cuprak of

Calumet City; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her

husband, Michael in 1977; one sister, Anne Sedivy and two brothers, Michael and

George Cuprak.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 1996, 9:30 a.m. from the

Solan Funeral Home for 10 a.m. Mass at St. John Bosco Catholic Church with

Father Peter Muha officiating. Burial, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. 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. Wake Service 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Scripnec was a lifelong area resident, member of St. John Bosco

Catholic Church and Rosary Society. She was an avid walker.

Mary J. Shoemaker

(nee Roberts)

South Holland

Mary J. Shoemaker (nee Roberts), late of South Holland, IL. Beloved wife

of the late Charles A.; loving mother of Linda (John) Bruene and Daniel

(Carla); proud grandmother of Adam and Jacob; dear sister of Lora Renello and

James Roberts.

Visitation 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Chapel service 10 a.m. Monday at

the Drumm Funeral Home, 1200 East 162nd St., (one blk west of the Calumet

Expressway on US 6), South Holland, Illinois. Interment at the Beverly

Cemetery. 708-333-0011.


Eugene F. Smolinski

Calumet City

Eugene F. Smolinski, 51, late of Calumet City, IL. passed away suddenly

on Thursday, March 28, 1996. Survived by wife, Carolyn (nee Smith); son,

Kristopher (Elizabeth Eklund) Smolinski; sisters, Lorraine Wood and Mildred

Holt; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Aharon) Chen, Karlene (George) Megales and

Barbara Smith; brother-in-law, William (Helen) Smith and fond uncle of many

nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 10:30 a.m. from

the Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.), Calumet City,

IL. to St. Victor Church, Mass 11 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the

American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Harvie Tuttle


Harvie Tuttle, 85, of Portage, IN. passed away Wednesday, March 27,

1996. He was a resident since 1969 coming from London, Kentucky and was a

former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Portage Lodge #1900. He is

survived by two sons, Carl Wayne Tuttle of London, KY. and William (Donna L.)

Hale of Portage; three grandchildren, William James Hale, Sheila Ann Hale and

Dugger Hale.

There will be no local visitation or funeral service. Cremation will take

place at Calvary Crematory. Arrangements by Rees Funeral Home Olson Chapel.

Arthur J. Van Kley


Arthur J. Van Kley, 86, of Lansing, Illinois passed away Wednesday, March

27, 1996. Survived by his wife, Hazel (nee Jabaay); two sons, James (Sharon)

Van Kley of Lansing and Duane Van Kley of Beecher; one daughter, Beverly

(Wendall) Smits of Michigan; daughter-in-law, Shirley Van Kley; 10

grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; dear friend and caregiver, Maria


Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 11 a.m. from the

First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing, Rev. Lester Van Essen, officiating.

Burial, Homewood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Schroeder-Lauer

Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Van Kley was retired from Ford Motor Company, Chicago Assembly Plant.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Lansing Christian School Foundation,

Lansing Paramedics or Hospice of the Calumet Area would be appreciated.

Eva M. Wallace

Calumet City

Eva M. Wallace, 73 of Calumet City, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 1996 at

St. Margaret Mercy, North Campus, Hammond. She is survived by her husband,

Norman W.; son, David (Beverly) Wallace of Hammond; five grandchildren, Paul

(Julie) Wallace of St. Louis, Missouri, Frances Wallace of Madisonville,

Kentucky, David Wallace, Jr. and Cynthia Wallace, both of Bossier, Louisiana,

Donita (Mike) Harris of Haughton, Louisiana; three great-grandchildren; three

sisters, Nina Michetti of New York City, N.Y., Laura (Tullie) Vincent of Baton

Rouge, Louisiana and Irene (Ray) Adams of Hammond, Louisiana; nieces and

nephews; two cousins, Esther (Harold) Gabriel and Fannie (Arthur) Hawkins of

St. Joseph, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 1996, 11 a.m. from LaHayne

Funeral Home, 5746 Hohman Ave., Hammond, Indiana with Pastor Alan Cassel

officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday morning 10 a.m. until

time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Northside

Baptist Church of Hammond.

Mrs. Wallace was a den mother and leader in Cub Scouts for about 20 years;

a resident of this area for 49 years.

Anna K. Williams

Crown Point

Anna K. Williams, 75 of Crown Point passed away Tuesday, March 26, 1996.

Survivors: brother, Jonathan Williams of Anderson, IN; two nieces, Lisa K.

Maier of Pompano Beach, Florida and Dianna L. (John) Neller of Clearwater,

Florida; great nephew, Alex Neller; cousins, Frances (Tyron) Inbody of Dayton,

Ohio, Mark and David Inbody.

Friends may call at the Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 E. Franciscan

Dr., (on State Road 55 South of State Road 231), Crown Point on Thursday, March

29, 1996 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.. Funeral services will be held Friday,

2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 352 South Main St., Crown Point

with Dr. Ronald Verlee officiating. Burial, Mechanicsburg Cemetery,

Mechanicsburg, Indiana on Saturday, March 30, 1996 at 1:00 p.m.

Miss Williams was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Crown

Point for many years, the President of the United Methodist Woman and was the

Chair of Missions for the United Methodist Church; a member of Contact

Ministries for 25 years, and was a Credit Counselor for Consumer Credit

Service, Gary; a retired Home Economist from Purdue University and 54 year

member of the Home Economics Association. Memorials preferred to the First

United Methodist Church.

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