Virginia R. Bauser
Virginia R. Bauser,73, of Griffith passed away on Sunday, September 28,
1997. Survived by four sons, Vernel Bauser and Robert Bauser, both of Griffith,
Glen (Kathy) Bauser of Gary and Ronnie (Lassie) Bauser of Murphy, N.C.; two
daughters, Judy (Jimmy) Nelson of Cartersville, GA. and Kathy (Terry) Nichels
of Griffith, IN; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Betty
(Grover) Umphryes of San Pierre, IN; two brothers, Vernel (Joan) Laviolette and
Bill (Pat) Laviolette, both of Griffith, IN.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 30, 1997, 1 p.m. from
Fagen- Miller Funeral Home, 242 North Griffith Blvd., Griffith, IN., with Rev.
Theodore Mens officiating. Burial at Ross Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.
Visitation on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service.
Thomas L. Biernacki
Thomas L. Biernacki, 38, of Highland, IN. passed away on Saturday,
September 27, 1997. Survived by loving wife, Karen; children: David, Lisa and
Lauren; mother, Ernestine Finson; one brother, Joey (Amelia) Biernacki; one
sister, Denise (Billy) Flatt; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. at the Burns-Kish
Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. Funeral services Wednesday,
October 1, 1997, 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home with 10 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of
Grace Church in Highland, with Father Edward Kennedy officiating. Interment at
Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond,
Thomas worked at Inland Steel for 11 years and currently employed at U.S.
Steel. He was a self employed carpenter.
Paca S. Budzevski
Paca S. Budzevski, 77, of Crown Point, and lifelong area resident,
passed away on Sunday, September 28, 1997. Preceded in death by loving husband,
Stojan Budzevski (October 11, 1993), parents, Sotir and Stefanka Tonevich and
brothers, Boris and Jim Tonevich. Paca was a member of SS. Peter & Paul
Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral. She is survived by loving son, Trajan "Tony"
(Angie) Budzevski of Crown Point; three loving daughters, Mica (Mile) Metlov of
Crown Point, Jovanka (Joanne) Budzevska of Crown Point and Nada Budzevska of
Crown Point; five loving grandchildren: Annette (Zoran) Srbinovski of Chicago,
Peter (Gina) Metlov of Crown Point, Michael (Sanja) Budzevski of Crown Point,
Jason Budzevski of Crown Point and Stephanie Budzevski of Crown Point; four
loving great grandchildren: Alexandria, Samantha and Paulina Srbinovski of
Chicago, IL. and Michael A. Metlov of Crown Point; two loving sisters-in-law,
Draga and Esther Tonevich; many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives in
Australia and Macedonia.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 10 A.M. from
SS. Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point, with Rev. Tome
Stamatov officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held
on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the
Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft Street (Hwy 55), Merrillville,
IN. A Pomen service will be offered at 7 P.M. Wednesday evening. Paca was a
Mother and Grandmother to everyone she came into contact with. She will be
Albert Channell, Jr.
Albert Channell, Jr., 81, of Tucson, AZ., passed away September 3, 1997
at home. He was born Dec. 21, 1915 in Sparrow Point, Maryland, and wed to Mary
Bailey in 1937. December would have been their 60th Wedding Anniversary. He was
employed as a Project Manager for Riggs Sargent. He withheld his joint venture
at Bethlehem Steel Burns Harbor until his retirement in 1981. He was a member
of the Masonic Lodge in Dundalk, Maryland since 1957 and achieved the highest
honor, the 32nd Degree in the Shriners of Southbend, Indiana. After moving to
Tucson he pursued his interest by becoming an active member of the Sheriffs
Reserve of Pima, County and model railroading. Most who knew him knew him for
his love for trains. There in Tucson, on his acre lot, he constructed a town so
his trains could run as if they were actually serving their intent purpose. He
is survived by his wife, Mary Bailey Channell and their six children: Albert
Channell III, Paula Broda, Stephen Channell, Barbara Stewart, Phyllis Stanley
and Michelle Hensel. Jeanne Goodman, Albert's sister, still resides in Tucson,
AZ. In addition he had 17 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In his
memory, donations can be made to Hospice or the Diabetes Association, per
request of the Channell Family.
Flossie M. Copeland
Flossie M. Copeland, 89, of Hammond, IN., passed away Friday, September
26, 1997 at the Dyer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Survived by daughter, Iva
Jewell (Paul) Wagner of Port Richey, FL; granddaughter, Susan Coolen of
Hammond; three sisters, Nola Carte and Lois Carte, both of Prairie Grove,
Arkansas and Olivie Cole of Oklahoma; brothers, Conrad Hodges of California,
G.W. Hodges and Ferral Hodges of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 10 a.m. at the
South Side Christian Church in Munster, Indiana, with James Spradlin, Minister
officiating. Services will conclude at the church with private burial to follow
at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken
Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9
Mrs. Copeland had been a resident of the Calumet area for 44 years;
retired from the former Maide Rite Restaurant as a cook, and was a member of
the South Side Christian Church of Munster.
Calumet City, IL.
Chester Derezinski, 71, late of Caluemt City, IL., passed away Saturday,
September 27, 1997. He is survived by his beloved wife, Angela Jachim (nee
Tekeila); a daughter, Patricia (late Norbert) Jaroszewski; three grandchildren,
Gail (Steve) Jensen, Lori (John) Carlson and James (Linda) Jaroszewski; four
great grandchildren, Nickolas, Erick and Dana Jensen and Jonathan Carlson;
sister, Evelyn Derezinski R.S.M., brother, Danile Derezinski; three
sisters-in-law, Lillian (late Florian) Lewandowski, Jean (late George) Sichta
and Adeline (Andrew) Papai; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 9:30 a.m. prayers
from Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.), Calumet City,
IL., to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment, Holy Cross.
Visitation Monday 4 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Derezinski was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran; member of B.A.C. Drum & Bugle
Corps of South Chicago; South Chicago Post #493 A.L. and U.P.A. Hammond Chapter.
William Froberg, Jr.
William Froberg, Jr., 68, of Hammond, passed away on Sunday, September
28, 1997 at his residence. Survived by one daughter, Donna (Andrew) Skura of
Merrillville; one son, Mike Froberg of Meridian, Miss.; two step-daughters,
Loretta (William) Myers of Jasper, TN and Lillie (William) Creed of Alabama;
five grandchildren and one great granddaughter; two sisters, Ruth Froberg of
Escanaba, MI and Marlene (Wayne) Lippold of Rapid River, MI; five brothers,
John (Patricia), Richard (Dorothy), James (Lora), Robert (Nancy) and Dennis
(Marcella) Froberg, all of Rapid River MI. Preceded in death by wife Alice and
sister, Alice Rousseau.
Funeral services Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 7 P.M. at the Skradsky
Funeral Home, 706 Wisconsin Ave., Gladstone, Michigan, with Rev. Stephen
Gaugher officiating. Burial at Rapid River Cemetery. Visitation on Thursday
from 4 to 7 p.m.
Mr. Froberg was a retired employee of I.M.S. at U.S. Steel Gary Works; Army
veteran of Korea. Local arrangements by Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home of
Claylue "Kate" M. Galbreath
Claylue "Kate" M. Galbreath, 96, of Dyer, IN., passed away on Saturday,
September 27, 1997. Survived by sister-in-law, Marie Galbreath; special niece,
Jane Johnson of Carmel, CA. and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by
sister, Olga Larson and two brothers Robert and Paul.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 10 a.m. from
Fagen-Miller Funeral Home ,1920 Hart St., Dyer, IN. with Pastor Fred Bishop
officiating. Burial at Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood, IL. Visitation
Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Miss Galbreath was co-owner of Fitch Brothers Garage in Dyer; and a member
of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dyer.
Helen Gladdis, 90, of Merrillville, passed away on Sunday, September 28,
1997. Survived by four sisters, Elizabeth Gladdis and Dalene Gladdis, both of
Merrillville, Christine Sliwinski of Shipshewanna, IN. and Julia Sliz of
Nappanee, IN; five brothers: Joseph (Katherine) Gladdis of Burbank, IL.,
Michael Gladdis and William Gladdis, both of Merrillville, Emil Gladdis of Lake
Station and John (Evelyn) Gladdis of Portage; many nieces and nephews.
Miss Gladdis was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church. She was a retired
accountant from First Federal Savings and Loan, 5th & Broadway, Gary, for 30
years. She was a former member of St. Mark's Church where she sang in the choir.
Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway,
Merrillville, IN. on Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. with a prayer
service at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 9
A.M. from the Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 9:30 A.M. at SS. Peter and Paul Church
with Rev. Dennis Teles officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.
Marcelino Gonzalez, Jr.
Marcelino Gonzalez, Jr.,"J.R., 39, of East Chicago, passed away Monday,
September 29, 1997 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by parents, Bienvienida
and Marcelino Gonzalez Sr.; three brothers, Francisco (Luz) Gonzalez, Robert M.
(Miriam) Gonzalez and Jose A. (Alicia) Gonzalez; four sisters, Ana C. Culver,
Aida I. (Jimmy) Perez, Luz Enieda Villavicencio and Nereida (Ruben) Martinez;
dear friend, Armando Sanchez; also, many cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and
Funeral sevices will be held Thursday, October 2, 1997 (time pending)
directly at Iglesia Del Pueblo Christian Church, 6936 Grand Ave., Hammond, with
Pastor Juan A. Rodriguez officiating. At rest, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St., East Chicago, IN.
"J.R." was a former employee of the School City of East Chicago; former
employee of Tri State Coach Lines Company and member of Teamsters Union Local
Robert E. "Red" Goodwin
Robert E. Goodwin "Red", 67, of Hobart, IN. passed away Monday, September
29, 1997. Mr. Goodwin had been a lifelong Hobart resident and retired from the
Sears Service Department in 1992 with 42 years of service. Member of the Marine
Corps League Howlin Mad Detachment; life member of VFW Post 5365 and member of
American Legion Post 54. Survived by wife, O. Fern; two daughters, Karen (Cory)
Smith and Kathy (Phil) Fugate, all of Hobart; eight grandchildren, Aaron,
Kristen, Michael and Katie Smith, Peggy (Mike) Samuels, John, Robby and Amanda
Fugate; two great grandchildren; Alexia Smith and Kayla Samuels; two sisters,
Harriet (Melvin) Fletcher and Ginny (Jim) Morris; one brother, Jim; three
nephews, who were like his brothers, Harold (Betty) Goodwin Jr. of Granger,
IN., Robert D. (Joanne) Goodwin of Albuquerque, N.M. and Chuck (Linda) Goodwin
of Kouts, IN; sister-in-law, Betty Carns of Lake Station; six brothers-in-law,
Eugene (Betty) Wineinger of Lake Station, Paul (Clara) Wineinger of Hobart, and
Clarence (Helen) Wineinger of California, Floyd (Esther) Wineinger of Georgia,
Lee (Clarice) Wineinger of Hobart and Marvin (Margaret) Wineinger of Florida;
special friends, Ben Watts and Jesse Simmons. Preceded in death by parents,
Emma and Harry Goodwin, brothers, Harold (Dorothy) Goodwin, Sr. and Bill
Goodwin, and niece, who was like a sister, Marilyn (Goodwin) Luenberg.
The Marine Corps League Howlin Mad Detachment and VFW Post 5365 will
conduct services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services Thursday, October 2,
1997 at 12:30 p.m. from Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN.,
Rev. G. C. Martin officiating. Cremation at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call
on Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart.
Rev. Charles R. Hunt
Rev. Charles R. Hunt, 51, of New Chicago, passed away Sunday, September
29 1997. Rev. Hunt had been a New Chicago area resident for 25 years, formerly
of Colorado and was a retired Methodist Minister last serving as Pastor at the
Hillcrest United Methodist Church of Michigan City. Prior to the Michigan City
Church he served at Roselawn United Methodist Church in Roselawn, IN. Formerly
served as a Police Officer in Gary and New Chicago. A graduate of the Indiana
Police Academy, former U.S. Steel employee and was a New Chicago Police
Commissioner and a New Chicago Committeeman. He was a member of Trinity United
Methodist Church, Hobart. Survived by wife, Elaine; father, Charles "Mike" Hunt
of Twin Falls, Idaho; five brothers, Gary Hunt of Keenesburg, CO., Jack
(Ingrid) Hunt of Arvada, CO., Ronald (Glenda) Hunt of Denver, CO., Mahlan
(Deanna) Hunt of Norris City, IL. and James Hunt; one sister, Debra Brooks of
Topeka, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his
Funeral services Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 11 a.m. from Trinity United
Methodist Church, 3561 South Randolph, Hobart, IN., Rev. Paul F. Rogers
officiating. Burial at Colfax, Wisconsin on Saturday at 1 p.m. Visitation
Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge
Road, Hobart, Indiana.
Arizona / Hammond
Paul Keister, 78, of Mesa, AZ., formerly of Hammond, IN., passed away
Saturday, September 27, 1997. Survived by wife, Yvonne; two sons, Baron Gene
(Carolyn) of Hammond and Randy (Anna) of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren; Brandon of
Highland, Brian (Pam), Lanna and Randy Jr., all of Hammond; great grandson,
Retired from Inland Steel in 1982, supervisor of Field Forces; an avid
Private Memorial Service on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 in Mesa, AZ.
Burial services incomplete. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by
the family for the Hospice of Mesa, AZ.
John C. Klein
Portage / Lake Village, IN.
John C. Klein, 96, of Portage, formerly of Lake Village, IN, passed away
on Friday, September 26, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Ann M.; four sons,
Gerald (Leona) of AZ, Leroy (Susan of S.C, Clayton (Marjo) of CA and Lester
(Trudy) of Portage, IN; one daughter, Bernadette (Bill) Dohr of WI; 18
grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ceceil Schutz of Crown
Point, IN and Sister Rhoselda Klein of Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by
one son, Kenneth in 1955.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at 11 a.m.
at St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village, IN. Burial will follow at Lake
Village Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Monday 4 to 9 p.m. at Sheets
Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. 46356. Rosary at 7 p.m.
Mr. Klein retired from Keen Foundry in 1966 on his farm in Lake Village.
He was a member of St. Augusta Catholic Church and acted as a lector. A Charter
member and 1st Master of the Lake Village Grange. His most noted contributions
were to his Faith and Family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the Porter Co. Visiting Nurse Association.
Frieda Knitter, 89 of Hammond entered into her eternal home on Saturday,
September 27, 1997 at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
She is survived by her two daughters, Evelyn (Glennon) Chivington and Ruth
(Dale) Alexander, both of Hammond; nine grandchildren and 14 great
grandchildren; and many nieces and a nephew. Preceded in death by her husband
Erick, son, Alfred and sister, Gertrude.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997 11 a.m. at the
C.J. Huber Funeral Home, 722-165th Street, Hammond, IN. (one block west of
Calumet Avenue), with Dr. Eric C. Stumpf officiating. Burial at Memory Lane
Cemetery, Schererville. Friends may call at the C.J. Huber Funeral Home on
Tuesday, September 30th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mrs. Knitter was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She was married to her loving husband Erick for 39 years and she will be missed
by all that knew and loved her.
Charles H. Leeper, Jr.
Charles H. Leeper, Jr. "Skip", 50, of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday,
September 28, 1997. He was a lifelong Valparaiso area resident. Employed with
Leeper Construction. He is survived by his beloved parents, Charles H. and
Dorothy Leeper of Valparaiso; loving father of Timothy C. (Michelle) Ohmart of
Valparaiso, Jody Ray (Darlene) Ohmart of New Port Richey, Florida and Krissy
Leeper of Lake Station; devoted grandfather of Cassey, Brody, Brittney and
Jessica; one brother, Gary Leeper of Louisiana; ex-wife, Linda Leeper of
Portage; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother, Bruce Leeper.
Funeral services will be Thursday, October 2, 1997, 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral
Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage, IN. Burial at McCool
Cemetery, Portage, IN. Friends may call on Wednesday 2 to 9 p.m. at the Rees
Funeral Home, Olson Chapel.
Raleigh J. Lopez
Schererville / Gary
Raleigh, J. Lopez, 48, of Schererville, IN., formerly of Gary, passed away
on Saturday, September 27, 1997. Survived by one daughter, Angela (Roberto)
Mireles of Schererville; three sons, Raleigh A. (Stacey) Lopez of Virginia,
Marcelino Lopez and Erik Lopez, both at home; mother, Caroline Lopez of Gary;
one brother, Dennis (Nadine) Lopez of Hammond; two sisters, Maria "Nena"
(Richard) Pagan of Hammond and Caroline Lopez of Gary; numerous beloved nieces
and nephews; fiancee, Charlene Peiffer of Schererville; and childrens mother,
Lynette Lopez of Schererville. Preceded in death by his father, Raleigh.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 9:45 a.m. at the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. at St.
Michael's Church, Schererville, with Rev. Jim Wozniak officiating. Burial at
Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on
Monday 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 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.
Mr. Lopez attended St. Michael's Church, Schererville; graduate of St.
Joseph Calumet College; former Gary Fireman and former Lake County Sheriff
Police Officer. Employed with the U.S. Government, presently Assistant Special
Agent in charge of the Chicago Field Division D.E.A. Department of Justice;
also founder of the Combined Hispanic Federal Law Enforcement Committee. He was
loved and respected by family and friends and had the heart of a King. He will
be dearly missed. Prayer services Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.
George Milan, 74, of East Chicago, passed away Monday, September 29,
1997 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by his wife, Martha (nee Reczek); five
children: Ronald Milan, Candace (Dom) Najolia, Gregg Milan, Kevin (Stacey)
Milan and Donna Milan; two grandchildren, Cheri Woomer and Ryan Milan; one
great granddaughter, Kaylie Woomer; one sister, Olga (John) Chovanec. Preceded
in death by parents, Joseph and Mary Milan, grandson, James Woomer, two
brothers, Andrew and Joseph Milan and two sisters, Ann Anderson and Margaret
Funeral services Thursday, October 2, 1997, 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran
Church, 8601 Harrison Ave., Munster, IN., with Pastor Dr. Eric Stumpf
officiating. Burial at Concordia Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may call at
Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago from 2 to 5 and 7 to
9 p.m. on Wednesday, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Mr. Milan retired from the B&O Railroad after 40 years of service; a World
War II U.S. Army veteran; member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Munster; and
a lifelong resident of East Chicago.
Veronica Nelson, 86, late of Hegewisch, IL. passed away Sunday, September
28, 1997 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital. Survived by one son, William (Lora)
Nelson; one brother, Joseph Dusan (retired U.S.A.F.); six grandchildren; 10
great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Harry, and one son, Edward
Visitation Wednesday, October 1, 1997 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Opyt Funeral
Home, l3350 Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch, IL. Services Thursday (time pending).
Interment at Fairmont Hills Willow Springs, IL.
Mrs Nelson was retired from the Chicago Board of Education Food Service
Calumet City, IL.
Leonard Nering, 70, late of Calumet City, IL., passed away Monday,
September 29, 1997. He is survived by two daughters, Carmen Wimmer of Calumet
City, IL. and Rita Lucchetti of Florida; six grandchildren: Michael Dzugan and
Jennifer Wimmer, both of Calumet City, IL., Jesse, Cheyenne, Chase, and Meghan
Davis, all of Florida. Preceded in death by his mother, Florence Nering.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 1997, 10:30 a.m.
prayers from the Hennesy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Road (154th St.),
Calumet City, IL., to St. Victor Church, Mass 11 a.m. Interment at St. Adalbert
Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 4 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Nering was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran; and member of Steger
Honor 11 Post #8283 VFW.
Victor F. Pasko
Victor F. Pasko, 90, of Gary, passed away Sunday, September 28, 1997.
Survived by wife of 55 years, Phyllis; two sons, Richard (Lu) Pasko of Crown
Point and Edward Pasko of Cape Cod, MA.; two grandchildren, James (Valerie)
Pasko of Highland and Jennifer Pasko of Chicago. Mr. Pasko was a member of St.
Hedwig Church. He was a retired employee from the U.S. Steel Gary Sheet & Tin
Mill with 40 years of service, a member of the American Legion Post #207, a
WWII Army veteran having served in the African Campaign and was a member of
Orchard Lake-St. Mary's Auxiliary.
Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway,
Merrillville, IN. on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer service 4
p.m. Legion services pending. Funeral services will be held on Thursday,
October 2, 1997 at 10:45 a.m. from the Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 11:30 A.M. at
St. Hedwig Church. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.
Frank J. Perkovich
Schererville, IN / East Side
Frank J. Perkovich, 71, late of Schererville, IN., formerly of the East
Side. Beloved husband of Mary Ann (nee Peso); loving father of John (Karen)
Perkovich, Ann Deborah (Allen) Spajer and Frank (Diane) Perkovich; devoted
grandfather of seven; dear brother of John (Nell) Perkovich, Anne Smajo,
Rosemary (Eugene) Kowalis and Joseph (Diane) Perkovich; uncle of many nieces
Veteran of U.S. Navy WWII. Retired employee of Fallstaff Brewing Company
and Orland Toyota Inc.; member of Bridgeport VFW Post.
Visitation Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Wednesday, October 1, 1997
at 9:30 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 South Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL, to
Church of the Annunciata, Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment, Holy
Cross Cemetery. 773-731-2749.
William "Bill" M. Smith
William "Bill" M. Smith, 20, of Munster, IN. passed away Saturday,
September 27, 1997. Survived by parents, Thomas and Carole Smith; twin brother,
Tom Smith of Vincennes, Indiana; sister, Ellen Smith, at home; grandmother,
Ruth Gregas of Munster; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 12 Noon
from the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN. with Dr. Johnny
Colsten officiating. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral home on
Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Bill was a lifetime resident of the Calumet area; a graduate of Gavit High
School, Class of 1995; he was a freshman student at Vincennes University; a
member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond; a former American Legion Boys
Baseball League player; and member of Hammond YMCA Soccer Club. He was an avid
fisherman and motorcyclist. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the YMCA would be
Louis R. Sobak
Louis R. Sobak, 65, of Hammond, passed away Saturday, September 27,
1997. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; son, Richard Sobak of Chicago;
mother, Anna Sobak and brother Joseph (Carol) Sobak, both of Florida. Preceded
in death by his son Lee.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. from the
Solan Funeral Home for 10 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hammond.
At rest, Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville. Friends may visit with the family
on Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet
Ave., Hammond, IN.
Mr. Sobak was a longtime area resident, retired from Inland Steel with
thirty-seven years of service, member of USWA Local 1010 and was an Air Force
Angelo "Murphy" Ven Dramin, 85, of East Chicago, IN. passed away on
Monday, September 29, 1997 at home. He is survived by three daughters, Jeanette
(Paul) Bramer of East Chicago, Audrey Louise Ven Dramin of East Chicago and
Mary Joan (Jerome) Roe of Whiting; one brother, Bruno Ven Dramin of Rockville,
IN; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and four step-great
grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Louise in 1989, and one brother
Andrew Ven Dramin,
Funeral services Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. from the Prusiecki
Funeral Home, 3831 Main St., East Chicago, IN., and 10 a.m. at Assumption
Church, with Father Larry Kew officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery,
Merrillville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday,
October 1st, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Angelo was a member of Inland Steel Local #1010 and Inland Steel 25 Year
Club. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and a lifelong resident of
Moris Weichman, 81, of Highland, IN., passed away Monday, September 29,
1997. He is survived by his wife, Sally; two sons, Henry (Sheri) Weichman of
Munster, IN. and Jack Weichman of Dyer, IN; seven grandchildren: David,
Michael, Ari, Lauren, Lisa, Sean and Adriana; three sisters, Ruth Metzler of
Colorado, Frieda Wortman of Connecticut and Itkah Rosenberg of Israel.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 11:30 a.m. from
the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN., with Rabbi
Raphael Ostrovsky. Interment at Beth El Cemetery, Portage, IN. Visitation will
be one hour prior to service.
Mr. Weichman was a member of Congregation Beth Israel. Survivor of
Auschwitz and served in the Israeli Air Force.
Warren A. Wendt
Warren A. Wendt, 73, of Hammond, passed away Saturday, September 27,
1997. Survived by wife of 25 years, Doris; five step-children, Sandra (Ellis)
Wells, Bruce (Diane) Robertson, Doug (Marie) Robertson, Cynthia (fiance, Gary
Sheets) VanZant and Alex (Amy) Robertson; 12 grandchildren; four sisters,
Nathalie Becker, Doreen (Augie) Koch, Delores (Bill) Ward and Elaine (James)
York; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by two
sisters Adeline Kryzaniak and Myrtle Briggs.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 11 a.m. from the
Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave. Highland, Indiana. with Dr. Grace
Free officiating. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN.
Visitation on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Wendt was an Army veteran of WWII; life member and past Commander of
VFW Post 7660 of Lansing; and member of American Legion Post 697 of Lansing. He
was a machinist at Inland Steel for 30 years retiring in December of 1986.
Ketura D. Wright
Tennessee / Highland, IN.
Ketura D. Wright, 79, of Clinton, TN., formerly of Highland, IN. passed
away on Friday, September 26, 1997. Survived by husband, James Wright and one
daughter, Perry Ann (Jerry) Coggin of Clinton, TN; four sons, Chuck (Pat)
Thompson of Schererville, IN., Jerry Thompson of Crowley, LA. Douglas (Carol)
Thompson of Gary, IN. and Dennis (Jean) Thompson of Nashville, IN; three
step-daughters, Valerie Jean (Paul) Flores of Columbia, MS, Roxanne Wright of
Hammond, IN. and Nina Wright of Highland, IN; one sister, Jeanette Odom of
Rockmart, GA; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and six great great
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 1997, 11:30 a.m. at
the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Halsted officiating. Burial at
Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with the
family on Tuesday from 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. Wright was retired from the Queen Anne Candy Co., of Hammond.