Obituaries

1994-12-11T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
December 11, 1994 12:00 am

Elizabeth E. Benko

Elizabeth E. Benko, 79, of East Chicago, passed away Friday, December 9,

1994, at St. Catherine Hospital. She is survived by her beloved husband, Paul;

sister-in-law, Margaret (Ralph) Cave of Hammond; brother-in-law, William Benko

of Lansing, cousin, Ann Jurik; several nieces and nephews and dear friends,

Steve and Elaine Chovanec.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 12, 1994, at 10:30 a.m.

DIRECTLY at the Concordia Cemetery Chapel, 6551 Calumet Ave., Hammond, with

Pastor Ludovit Vajda officiating. Viewing at the cemetery chapel on Monday from

10 a.m. until time of service. Friends are invited to visit with the family on

Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St. (one

blk north of Columbus Drive US12), East Chicago. Pastor Vajda will hold a

prayer service Sunday at 6 p.m.

Mrs. Benko was a life time resident of East Chicago; she was a homemaker

and a member of Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Ev. Church, East Chicago.

Sigmund E. Bittner

Sigmund E. Bittner, 75, of Highland, passed away Thursday, December 8,

1994. He is survived by wife, Marjorie; one son, James (Cindy) Bittner of Crown

Point; one daughter, Leta (Daniel) Kegebein of Texas; five grandchildren; one

great grandson; mother, Zenobia Bittner of Hobart; one sister, Irene (John)

Cioroianu of Griffith; also, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 12, 1994, 10 a.m. at the

Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Leroy Fassett officiating. Burial at

Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville. Friends may meet with the family Sunday 3

to 7 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd (2 blks south of Ridge

Rd), Highland, Indiana.

Mr. Bittner was retired from Inland Steel Co. with 42 years of service;

member of Inland Steel Management Club and 25 Year Club; veteran of the U.S.

Air Force during World War II.

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Charles Canamar, Jr.

Charles Canamar, Jr., 63, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away Thursday,

December 8, 1994, at his residence. He is survived by his mother, Mary

Parkerson of Hammond; three daughters, Ivy Salazar of East Chicago, Denise

Onate of Hammond and Sheila Canamar of Chicago, Illinois; one son, Charles

Canamar III of San Diego, California; five grandchildren and one great

granddaughter. Preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Canamar and sister,

Charlotte Melyon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 13, 1994 at 10:30 a.m.

from Huber's Funeral Home, 905 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, with Rev. Anthony

J. Valtierra officiating. Cremation will follow. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial

Gardens, Schererville. Friends may call at Huber's Funeral Home on Monday 2 to

5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Canamar was a member of All Saints Church, Hammond; retired

Maintenance Supervisor at the City Hall, Hammond, Indiana; he served in the

U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; member of American Legion Post #508 of East

Chicago, who will post colors at the funeral home on Monday at 8 p.m.; member

of Veterans of Foreign Wars #802 of Hammond, Indiana and member of Disabled

American Veterans Commanders Club. The D.A.V. Chapter #17 of Hammond, will hold

a Memorial Service at the funeral home Monday, 8:15 p.m.

Patsy I. Daley

Patsy I. Daley, 63, of Merrillville, formerly of Hobart, passed away

Friday, December 9, 1994. Survived by two daughters, Janice (Lonnie) Damron of

Highland and Jean (James) Ward of Griffith; five grandchildren, Tracy (Brent)

Workman of Ohio, Karen, Robert, Thomas and Elizabeth; one brother, Joe

(Shirley) Hayes of Munster; one sister, Dorothy Easterday of Indiana; one aunt,

Marie Hayes of Crown Point and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 13, 1994, 10 a.m. at the

Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leroy Fassett officiating. Burial at

Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville. Friends may visit with the family on Monday

2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd (2 blks

south of Ridge Road), Highland.

Mrs. Daley was formerly employed with the Fidell Employment Agency.

Frances R. Ervin

Frances R. Ervin, 78 , of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday,

December 7, 1994 at residence. Survivors, daughter, Sally (Roger) McLaughlin

of Merrillville; three granddaughters, Kathleen (Bob) Orosz of Merrillville,

Kelly (Shawn) Nobles of Irvine, CA. and Shannon Frances McLaughlin of Chicago;

two great grandchildren, Austin and Morgan Orosz; two brothers, William (Alice)

Doyle of Ft. Myers, FL. and James (Charlotte) Doyle of Acton, CA.; namesake,

Frances Doyle Karageorge of Hobart; God-daughter, Ruth L. Pirau of

Merrillville; special friend, Sue Geiger Alsager of Munster. Preceded in death

by husband Archie in 1967 .

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Endina Funeral Home, 5100

Cleveland St., Merrillville. Prayer service 7 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service

9:30 a.m. Monday from the chapel, 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Church with Rev.

David Gosnell officiating. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond.

She was a former employee of Sears catalog in Hammond; longtime resident of

San Juan, Capistrano, California; retired from office of protocol for the mayor

of Los Angeles.

James C. Fisher

James C. Fisher, 84, of Munster, Indiana, passed away on Saturday,

December 10, 1994, at The Community Hospital, Munster. He is survived by one

daughter, Leslie Fisher of Chicago.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 12, 1994, at 1 p.m. from

the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster. Visitation will be on

Monday, one hour prior to the services. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond.

Mr. Fisher was a member of the Masonic Garfield Lodge of Hammond and a life

long employee of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.

Eugene R. Jehle

Eugene R. Jehle, 59, late of Hegewisch, passed away Friday, December 9,

1994, at home. He is survived by two sons, Randy Robert and Russell Ben Jehle;

one brother, Harry "Sonny" (Paulette) Jehle and mother, Annette Jehle. Preceded

in death by his father, Harry and one brother, Ben Jehle.

Services Monday, December 12, 1994 at 11 a.m.from Opyt Funeral Home, 13350

Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation on

Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Jehle was retired from Beatty Machine & Manufacturing Co., Hammond;

member of the Elks Lodge #485, Hammond, IN.

Michelle M.

"Cookie" Kalena

Michelle M. "Cookie" Kalena, 58, of Whiting, passed away Saturday,

December 10, 1994, at her residence. Beloved daughter of Helen M. (nee

Chernota) and the late John Kalena; also survived by many aunts, uncles and

cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 1994, 9:30 a.m. at

the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, 10 a.m. Mass at Immaculate

Conception Church, Whiting, with Rev. Anthony D. Ficko, officiating. Interment

at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Visitation at the funeral home Monday 2

to 8 p.m. Rosary will be recited at the funeral home Monday at 7:30 p.m.

"Cookie" was a lifelong resident of Whiting; member of Immaculate

Conception Church, Whiting; the Slovak Catholic Sokol Wreath #81; the First

Catholic Slovak Ladies Association; the Slovak Catholic Federation Lake County

Chapter; she was the organist at the Holy Trinity Slovak Catholic Church in

Gary for 27 years; she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Calumet

College of St. Joseph and Master of Arts Degree from Purdue University; a

teacher for the School City of Hammond, teaching learning disabled students at

George Rogers Clark High School for the past 9 years and was active in many

teachers organizations. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Special

Education (L.D.) Dept. of Clark High School would be appreciated. 219-659-4400.

Mary A. Kaminski

Mary A. Kaminski, 87, of Munster, formerly of Whiting, passed away

Friday, December 9, 1994 at The Community Hospital, Munster. She is survived by

loving daughters, Loretta Thompson of Niles, Illinois and Margaret Kaminski of

Munster; loving son, Leonard (Candace) Kaminski of Highland; four

grandchildren, Gregory, Maureen and Glen Thompson, and Kimberly Kaminski; many

nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 12, 1994 at 10:30 a.m. from

the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, Mass of Resurrection

11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church with Msgr. Carl Mengeling Celebrating the

Mass. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Harry "Tom" Keightley

Harry "Tom" Keightley, 47, of San Francisco, formerly of Hammond, passed

away Thursday, December 8, 1994. He is survived by his mother, Lois Keightley

of Hammond; one brother, Alan Keightley of Alsip, Illinois; two nieces,

Jennifer and Janet; two nephews, Alan S. and Kevin; five aunts, Irma Veith,

Beulah Alexander, Ruth Keightley, Ann Keightley and Barbara Keightley; four

uncles, Wally Keightley, Bill Veith, George Alexander and Robert Schafer; also

many cousins and close friends.Preceded in death by his father Harry "Hap"

Keightley, October 24, 1994, and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 12, 1994 at 10:30 a.m.

from the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, with Rev. James

Swanson, officiating. Entombment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens,

Schererville. Friends may call at the Solan Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 5

and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Keightley was a graduate of Hammond High School in 1965; graduated

from Indiana State University in 1969; taught for two years in the Gary and

Hammond School Systems; was employed in the sales division of Graybar

Electronics and transferred to San Francisco in February of 1979 and was

currently employed as a sales engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company in San

Francisco.

Martha Loretta Keriacos

Martha Loretta Keriacos, 86, of Ethelsville, Alabama, a Hessville

resident for many years, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 1994, in

Aliceville, Alabama. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (James) Foster

of Aliceville, Alabama and Patricia (Robert) Taylor of Hammond, Indiana; one

brother, Cleatus Woodard and one sister, Irene Soice, both of Prescott,

Arizona; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and

nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Peter Keriacos.

Funeral services Monday, December 12, 1994, 1 p.m. at the Virgil Huber

Funeral Home with John Snyder, Minister,officiating. Burial at Ridgelawn

Cemetery, Gary. Visitation Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil Huber

Funeral Home, Hessville Chapel, 7051 Kennedy Ave.

Mrs. Keriacos was a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in

Hessville and use to work at Sawyers Snack Shop and Bob's Donuts in Hammond.

Leon Key

Leon Key, 43, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, December 6,

1994, at St.Catherine Hospital. He is survived by two daughers, Tiffany Key of

East Chicago and Michelle Robinson of Detroit, Michigan; one brother, Henry

(Charlene) Key, Jr. of Gary; two sisters, Annie Mae (Cassie) Jordan and Sarah

(David) Miles, both of Hurtsboro, Alabama and a host of nieces, nepphews,

other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Decemeber 12, 1994, at 11 a.m. from

Friendship Baptist Church, 4756 Melville Ave., East Chiciago, Rev. David Pugh

offficiating. Interment at Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith. Friends may call

Sunday, December 11th, at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Ave.,

East Chicago, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Key was retired from the Inland Steel Company.

Felix Ortiz

Felix Ortiz, 92, of San Antonio, Texas, former long time Gary resident,

passed away in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, December 8, 1994.

Funeral arrangements pending at the Burns Funeral Home (Hobart),

219-942-1117.

Natividad Partida

Natividad Partida, 79, of East Chicago, passed away Friday, December 9,

1994, at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by three sons, Richard (Phylis)

Zuniga, Joe R. Zuniga and Araldo (Nora) Manzo, all of East Chicago; two

daughters, Josephine (Charlie) Quintanilla of East Chicago and Maria Elena

(Ramiro) Garcia of Lowell; 23 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren. Preceded

in death by son, Trinidad Manzo.

Friends may meet with the family on Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the

Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm St.(one blk north of Columbus Drive US

12), East Chicago, Cremation, Park Crematory Park Forest, IL.

Natividad was a resident of Indiana Harbor for 50 years.

Theresa A. Piontek

(nee Lamfalusi)

Theresa A. Piontek (nee Lamfalusi), 58, of Merrillville, passed away on

Thursday, December 8, 1994. She was a lifelong area resident. A member of SS

Peter & Paul Catholic Church and a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute-Class of

1953. Preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Frank Lamfalusi. She is

survived by her husband, Chester Piontek of Merrillville; one son, Steve

Piontek and two daughters, Gina Piontek and Nancy Piontek, all of Merrillville;

aunt, Anna Piko of East Chicago; uncle, George (Margaret) Lamfalusi of

Highland; cousin, George, Jr. (Susan) Lamfalusi of Crown Point; also many

nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Stilinovich

& Wiatrolik Funeral Home to SS. Peter & Paul Church for a 10 a.m. Mass, with

Rev. Dennis Teles, officiating. Interment will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Stilinovich &

Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville. A Wake Service will be

offered at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Leona M. Rak

Leona M. Rak, 72, of Hegewisch, died in her daughters home of

complications from cancer. She was born December 25, 1921 in Indiana, to Joseph

and Frances Dobos. She was united in marriage to the late Dr. Michael J. Rak,

September, 1945. She assisted her husband in his dental practice for 40 years

while raising a family of six children with tenderness and love. She is

survived by her children, Lori (Wayne) Bognar, Mary (Paul) Smith, Karen (Joe)

Heindlmeyer, Liz (Stan) Jasek, Dr. Michael (Leigh) Rak, Dr. Daniel (Diane) Rak

and 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Fred (Dolores)

Dobos, Alvin (Charlene) Dobos, Ted Dobos and sister, Jean (Gus) Monos and a

caring brother-in-law, John (Esther) Rak.

Services Tuesday, December 13, 1994, 9 a.m. from Opyt Funeral Home, 13350

Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch, to St. Florian Church for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment

at Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Monday 2 to 9 p.m. Contributions in her

memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mark J. Satmary

Mark J. Satmary, 26, of Hammond, passed away Thursday, December 8, 1994.

He is survived by loving wife, Bridget; step-daughter, Shelby Lane of Hammond;

father, Joseph Satmary of Hammond; mother, Marilyn Satmary of Hammond; brother,

Michael (Tammy) Satmary of Hammond; grandmother, Frances Summerlot of Highland;

niece, nephew, many aunts and uncles.

Visitation at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Gardens, 2828 Highway Ave.,

Highland will be on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9

p.m. (with a funeral service Sunday at 8 p.m.), with Rev. Bill Hallsted,

officiating. Burial will be private.

Mr. Satmary was a member of the East Chicago Moose and bowled for the

East Chicago Moose League. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be

appreciated.

Elizabeth M. Snider

(nee Liesenfelt)

Elizabeth M. Snider (nee Liesenfelt), 77, lifetime resident of Calumet

City, passed away Thursday, December 8, 1994 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital,

Hammond. Survived by two sons, James (Yvonne) and David Snider;

daughter-in-law, Connie Snider; eight grandchildren: Donald (Lori) Snider,

Donna (John) Klimczyk, Douglas (Tracy) Snider, Paula (David) Larson, Damen,

Daniel and Fred Snider and Shannon (William) Hobock; eight great grandchildren:

Landon Snider, J.D., Megan and Amber Klimczyk, Zachary Snider, Jillian,

Carlysle Larson and Allison Louise Hobock; a brother, Jerome (Barbara)

Liesenfelt; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 1994 10:30 a.m.

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

Calumet City to St. Victor Church, Mass 11 a.m. Cremation, Oakland Memory

Lanes. Visitation Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Snider was a retired telephone operator for Illinois Bell Telephone;

a long time member of St. Victor Church and member of Telephone Pioneers of

America, Theodore N. Vail Suburban Chapter.

Edward G. Sperka

Edward G. Sperka, 82, of Merrillville, passed away Friday, December 9,

1994. Survived by wife, Gertrude (nee Kruszynski); two sons, Edward M. (Pat)

Sperka of Merrillville and George M. (Barbara) Sperka of Hebron; six

grandchildren, Sandra, Vicki, George E., Stephanie, Christine and Michael;

also, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 13, 1994, at 9:30 a.m. at

the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. for 10

a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church with Rev. Joseph Vamos officiating.

Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may visit with the

family Monday from 2 to 9 p.m.at the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Chapel. Wake

service 4 p.m.

Mr. Sperka was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church; retired from

U.S. Steel Gary Works Plate Mill with 41 years of service and member of Local

USWA #1014. A former Tolleston resident.

Jerry P. Volom

Jerry P. Volom, 45, of Merrillville, passed away at St. Anthony Medical

Center on Thursday, December 8, 1994. He was a member of Our Lady of

Consolation Church and past president of the parish Holy Name Society. Jerry

was employed as a Lake County Police Officer and was the first D.A.R.E. Officer

for the Lake County Sheriff's Department. He was member of the Lake County

Policy Association #72; Past Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police

Chris Anton Lodge #125; a Precinct Committeeman for the Town of Merrillvile

District #3; Board member of Independence Hill Conservancy District; past

president of both the Merrillville Democratic Club and the Magic Glass Corvette

Club; a proud member of the Harley Owner Group of the Calumet Region.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Michael Volom in 1984. He

is survived by his mother, Mary of Merrillville; brother, Vic (Donna) Volom of

Valparaiso; sister, Mary Theresa (Rev. Jeff) Coester of Shabbona, Illinois;

nieces and nephews: Matthew, Sean and Susan Volom, Jeffrey and Christine

Coester; also, numerous loving relatives.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 12, 1994, at 9:30 a.m.

from the Geisen Funeral Home to Our lady of Consolation Church for 10 a.m.

FuneralMass, Rev. Joseph E. Vamos officiating. Burial to follow at Maplewood

Cemetery, Crown Point. Friends may call Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5

and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville. A

parish prayer service will be offered Sunday at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of Lake County, Inc., c/o Jerry

Volom D.A.R.E. Fund., 1000 East 80th Place, 305 North Tower, Merrillville, IN.

46410.

Mabel M. Wakefield

Mabel M. Wakefield, 77, of Crown Point, passed away Friday, December 9,

1994. She is survived by husband, Mark; two sons, Roy Wakefield of Crown Point

and Melvin Wakefield of Illinois; two daughters, Markita Wakefield of Crown

Point and Melinda (Bryon) Tarver of Arizona; 11 grandchildren and three great

grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14, 1994, 10 a.m. at Holy

Shepherd Lutheran Church in St John, Indiana with Rev. Mark Vance officiating.

Burial Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville. Friends are invited to meet with the

family Tuesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039

Kleinman Rd. (2 blks south of Ridge Rd), Highland.

Mrs. Wakefield was a member of the Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church of St.

John.

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