2000-05-04T00:00:00Z Obituaries
May 04, 2000 12:00 am

Kenneth R. Ales


Kenneth R. Ales, 78, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 29

2000. Survived by his loving wife, Cora; two brothers, Kenneth, Jr. and Danny

Ales; one sister, Donna Bruce; and one grandson, Brandon.


will take place on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home,

5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5th,

11 a.m. from the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Carver Tinsley officiating.

Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery,

Hammond, Indiana.

Mr. Ales was retired from the Town of Munster Street Department and was a

WWII veteran-U.S. Army Rangers. Memorial contributions to the family would be


Tommie Lee Anderson

Hammond / Alabama

Tommie Lee Anderson, 79,

passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2000. He was a Hammond resident for 50 plus

years, formerly of Hurtsboro, Alabama. He was a Deacon at Mount Zion Church and

also in the male choir. Employed with the city of Hammond and member of Mount

Zion Baptist Church.

His survivors are his daughter, Patricia Anderson of Chicago; son, Norman

Skillern of Gary; one sister, Lena Davis of Hurtsboro, AL; three grandchildren;

three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Friday, May 5,

2000, 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, Rev. Williams

Collins officiating. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Visitation at the

church on Thursday, May 4th, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services

entrusted to Smith-Bizzell-Warner

and Son "Your Golden Rule Funeral Home", 4209 Grant St., Gary. 219-885-7614.

Audrey C. Hanson


Audrey C. Hanson, 72, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away at St. Mary Medical

Center, Hobart, on Tuesday May 2, 2000. Born February 29, 1928 in Tappen,

North Dakota. Retired employee of American Bridge Company; member of Our Lady

of Sorrows Church and St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary. Preceded in death by

husband and beloved friend, Lloyd Hanson, parents, Henry and Agnes Overman and

two sisters, Rose Appel

and Margaret Schmidt. Survived by one daughter, Henriett McCorkle (Dennis

Demetrakis) of Crown Point, IN; two grandchildren: Chad McCorkle of Merced CA,

and Dina McCorkle of Crown Point, IN; one sister, Bernice Wilber of Salinas, CA.

Funeral services Saturday,

May 6, 2000, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church (7 Dolors Shrine), 356 West

700 North, Valparaiso, IN, Father Douglas J. Mayer officiating. Burial, Calumet

Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905

Broadway, Merrillville,

on Friday 2 to 8 p.m. St. Mary Auxiliary Memorial Service Friday at 3 p.m. Wake

service Friday evening 7 p.m. On Saturday morning relatives and friends may

call directly at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m.

Thomas B. Baldwin



Thomas B. Baldwin, 39, of Naperville, IL, for the past two years, formerly

of Aurora, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at home. Born May 13, 1961

in Chicago. Survived by wife, Halina of Naperville; three children, Burke,

Caitlin and Cullen

Baldwin; brothers, Michael (Alida) of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin (Kathy) of

Greensboro, North Carolina and Brian of Orland Park, IL; sisters, Eileen (Mark)

Rhoda of Lansing, IL and Maureen (Dave) Rarick of Mesa, Arizona. Preceded in

death by parents Eugene and

Joan Baldwin.

Graduate of Thornton Fractional South High School. Gradute of University of

Tulsa, Bachelors degree. Played professional football for New York Jets

1984-1989. Member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community, taught CCD; insurance

agent for State

Farm Insurance in Montgomery, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Thomas

Baldwin Childrens Education Fund.

Visitation Friday 4 to 9 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 So. Mill

St., Naperville, IL. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10 a.m.

at St. Thomas Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL, with Rev.

David Baldwin officiating. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL. For

info 630-355-0213.

Alejandro "Alejo" Batista

East Chicago

Alejandro "Alejo" Batista, 81, of

East Chicago, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2000. Survived by his wife of

42 years, Ramona Batista; 10 children: Anita Marquez, Alejandro Jr. (Lydia)

Batista, Rafaela (Rafael) Hernandez, Loida (David) Mejias, Rachel (Eddie) Vera,

Pedro (Victoria) Batista,

Josue (Adanivia) Batista, Ramonita (Arturo) Tristan, Merari (Milton) Oliveras

and Maria (Efrain) Santos; three step children, Estrella,Papo and Margie; 28

grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Maximo (Vicenta)


Funeral services

Friday, May 5, 2000, 9:30 a.m. from the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis

Blvd., East Chicago, IN, Pastor Gilberto Novales officiating. Burial at

Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Visitation at the Fife Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6

to 9 p.m. Thursday.


retired from Inland Steel Company in 1981 after 30 years of service; Korean

Conflict, U.S. Army veteran; and member of the Pentecostal Church of East

Chicago. He was a loving husband and father.

Lodena Budnyk


Lodena Budnyk, 88, of Hammond,

passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation

Center. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy (Michael) Jusko of Hessville;

seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three

great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death

by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5, 2000, 10 a.m. from the Bocken

Funeral Home, with Rev. Timothy McKay officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery,

Hammond, IN. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home,

7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, on Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Budnyk had been a resident of the Calumet Area for over 70 years; and was

a member of Tabernacle of Grace Church, East Chicago.

Stella Chapko


Stella Chapko, 80,

of Merrillville, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2000. She is survived by one

son: Max (Mary Ann) Chapko, Jr., of Crown Point; one daughter, Christine

(Michael) Purbaugh of Griffith; one grandson, James Chapko and one

granddaughter, Jenny Purbaugh; brother-in-law,

Anthony Bartosh of Merrillville; niece, Maryon Akers of Las Vegas, NV and

nephew, Dr. Steven (Sophia) Bartosh of Munster. She was married to her husband

Max for 47 years, who preceded her in death in 1992.

Stella was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic

Church and a longtime member of the Rosary Sodality. She enjoyed making holiday

crafts for the church bazaar, friends and family.

Friends may call at the Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway,

Merrillville, IN, on Thursday, May 4, 2000 from 2 to

5 and 7 to 9 p.m Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5, 2000, at 9:30

a.m. from the Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic

Church with Rev. Dennis Teles officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park

Cemetery. Prayer service

will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Elder Evanti E. Collins


Monday, April 24, 2000, Elder Collins, a resident of Gary, IN, went home

to be with the Lord. Survived by her daughter Lisa (Collins) Kamya of Tulsa,

OK, and her son, Christopher Collins

of Gary; A native of Portsmouth, VA, 1995 graduate of three Masters degrees at

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, in Missions, Marriage and Family Therapy

and Substance Abuse Counseling. After graduation, in association with Higher

Dimensions Family Church,

Tulsa, OK, Elder Collins worked extensively with Hannah's Prayer Adoption

Agency, as a coordinator of Christian Adoptions, facilitating over 100

adoptions for the unborn and those in crisis pregnancy. She also initiated

Bulrush Family Life Center International,

a ministry designed to encompass foreign missions and ministry to families in

both the U.S. and abroad. In 1998, continuing her work to hurting women and

families Elder Collins relocated to Gary, IN. As an Elder in ministry to Catch

the Fire Christian Fellowship

Church, Hammond, IN, she organized and facilitated support groups for teens and

unwed mothers. She was an instructor and assessment specialist with the CTF

IMPACT Program, liaison to the Gary City Drug Court, Therapist in Crisis

Pregnancy Counseling, established

Purity with Purpose for Women and most recently received her license as a

Mental Health Counselor. Her spiritual Journey to fulfill God's purpose in her

life was challenging, fulfilling, difficult and even suffered setback, but she

continued on purpose to

glorify God.

Memorial services will be Thursday, May 4, 7 P.M. at Catch the Fire

Christiabn Fellowship Church, 6923 Marshall, Hammond, IN. 219-845-3756.

Thomas J.Dempsey


Thomas J. Dempsey,71,of Dyer, IN, passed away May 3, 2000 at St. Margaret

Mercy South Campus. Survivors: wife, Marie; daughter, Rachel Marie (John)

Ossyra, of Flossmoor, IL; son, Thomas Kelly (Elizabeth) Dempsey, of Uttica, IL;

grandchildren, John Robert, Angela; step grandchildren: Leis, Sunshine, and

Sage; sister, Carol Dempsey

of Downers Grove, IL; niece, Candice Babcock, of Gurnee, IL.

Funeral services will be Saturday at Noon at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 1920

Hart St, Dyer, 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Dyer, with Rev. Mark

Pavlina, officiating. Burial will be in Des

Plaines, IL.

Mr. Dempsey was involved for over 30 years on the Dyer B.Z.A. and the Dyer

Planning Commission, of which he was its President. Retired from Amoco Oil with

over 30 years of service. Former member of the Dyer Lions Club. Donations to

St. Joseph's

Church, Dyer, IN, would be appreciated.

Mary Ann Galka


Mary Ann Galka, 72, of Merrillville, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2000.

Survived by Andrew Galka of Crown Point; one son, Walter (Stephanie) Galka of

Dyer; two grandchildren, Kelly

and Kaitlyn; sister, Georgia (Christ) Christoff of Valparaiso; one nephew, Alex

Christoff of Chicago; nieces: Dr. Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Eastes of Fishers, IN,

Susan (Steve) Jones of Schererville.

Funeral services Thursday, May 4, 2000, 11 a.m. at the Fagen-Miller

Funeral Home, 1920 Hart St., Dyer, Indiana. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial

Gardens, Schererville, Indiana. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Edward Golubiewski


Edward Golubiewski, 81, of Highland, IN, passed away on Sunday, April 30,

2000. He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Madras); daughter, Jane Golubiewski

of Las Vegas, NV; and two sisters, Therese (Peter) Sutkowski and Elsie Arcella.

Private funeral services were held on Thursday, May 4, 2000, with burial at

Holy Cross Cemetery,Calumet

City, IL.

Mr. Golubiewski was a retired machinist at Blaw Knox, East Chicago, IN.

Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, Munster, in charge of arrangements.

Joseph W. Grabarek

Dolton/South Chicago

Joseph W. Grabarek, 87, late of Dolton, formerly of

South Chicago. Husband of Stephanie (nee Raczka). Father of Stan (Christa)

James, Joseph (Kathy) Ken Grabarek and Eileen (John) Pachuta. Brother of Celia

Mlynarczyk, Betty (Paul) Guzzo and Harry (Dolores) Grabarek. Grandfather of

seven and great-grandfather

of six. Uncle of several nieces and nephews.

46-1/2 year employee of U. Steel South Works retiring in 1974. Interment

private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Blue Cap School, 2155 Broadway, Blue

Island, IL 60406. Arrangements by Thornridge Funeral Home

(Janusz Family Funeral Service) Dolton/South Holland, IL. 708-841-2300 or


Irene M. Greig


Irene M. Greig, 79, of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2000 at

Porter Memorial Hospital. She was born December 25, 1920 in

Valparaiso, the daughter of Frank L. and Luella N. (Galbreath) Witner. She was

a homemaker and a volunteer for several charities. On March 27, 1948 in

Chicago, she married Donald A Greig who preceded her in death May 30, 1996.

Surviving are two daughters,

Marianne Betz and Bonnie Kunkel of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren and five

great-grandchildren. Her parents, a sister, Marjoriy Hayes and a brother, Edgar

R. Witner preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 4, 2000, 11 a.m. at Bartholomew

Funeral Home, Valparaiso, Indiana, Rev. Brenda Ludwig officiating. Burial will

be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 10 a.m. until time of

service at 11 a.m.

Mary J. Holub

East Side

Mary J. Holub, 89, a 69 year resident of the East

Side. Beloved wife of the late Frank A. Holub Sr., Loving mother of Frank

(Madeleine) Holub of Highland, Ann (Albert) Idec of Calumet City, IL, Theresa

(Gerald) Talabay of Lake Village, IN, Eleanor (Dan) Avgerinos of Munster, IN

and Klary (Charles) Osearo

of Chicago, IL; Devoted grandmother of 15 and Great-grandmother of 21; Dear

sister of the late Joseph Jr. (Ann) Frjelich of Hegewisch, late Andrew (Mary)

Frjelich of Hegewisch, Ann (late Joe) Janota of Lansing, IL, late Steve (late

Katherine) Frjelich of

Hegewisch and late John Frjelich of Hegewisch. Daughter of the late Joseph and

Anna Frjelich.

Member of the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovac Roman and Greek Catholic Union,

long-time member of St. George Catholic Church of the East Side and former

long-time member

of St. John the Baptist Slovak Church of South Chicago.

Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Saturday, May 6, 2000 at 10:30

A.M. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 So. Ewing Ave., Chicago, to St. George

Church, Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment,

Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses preferred. 773-731-2749.


Emil C. Jansky, Jr.


Emil C. Jansky, Jr, 80. Beloved husband of the late Dream. Loving father of

Laura (late John) Cosich, Linda (late David) Iwaszko, Charles

(Bridgett), William and Edward (Cheryl) Jansky, Elizabeth (Narvie) Byers,

Ronald (Pamela) and David (Lanelle) Jansky, late Dianne Peckler and late Frank

Jansky. Devoted grandfather of 22 and great-grandfather of 17. Dear brother of

Raymond Jansky. Fond uncle

of many

Army veteran of WWII. Member of Illiana Post #220 American Legion. Retired

Boiler Maker for Local #374. Visitation Friday, May 5, 2000 from 2 to 9 p.m. at

the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 So. Ewing Ave., Chicago. Service time pending for

Friday. Cemetery,

private. 773-731-2749.

Ira L. Judge, Ph.D

Gary / Merrillville

Ira L. Judge, Ph.D., 61, formerly of Gary, a Merrillville resident for 25

years, passed away at Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus on Monday, May 1,

2000. Survivors are wife, Joan Dolores

Judge of Merrillville; two sons, Larry (Susan) Judge of Laramie, Wyoming and

Mike (Kim) Judge of Marietta, Georgia; one grandson, Jay Judge of Marietta,

Georgia; mother, Dorothy Judge of Lake Station, Indiana; brother, Timothy

(Jackie) Judge of Milton, Florida;

sister, Patricia (Wayne) Anthony of Lakes of the Four Seasons; and many nieces

and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Judge.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at

the Burns Funeral Home (corner

101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel. Funeral services will be

private with cremation to follow at the Burns Funeral Home Crematory.

Ira was a member of the United States Track Federation, the Indiana Track and

Cross Country Association and

the Indiana Football Coaches Association. He was Past Board member and Chairman

of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and

Dance. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers and The Indiana

University Alumni Association;

a retired employee of the Gary Community Schools with 38 years of service; a

teacher Consultant in the Dept. of Health, Physical Education and Drug

Education. He was a former football and track coach at Lew Wallace High School

and also coached Girls Basketball

at Bailey Middle School. He was an Indiana University graduate, B.S. & M.S.

degrees, and also a member of the College Football Team. He received his Ph.D

Degree from Indiana State University.

Loretta M. Kierzkowski

(nee Izydorek)

Country Club Hills

Loretta M. Kierzkowski (nee Izydorek), late of Country Club Hills. Beloved

wife of Harry J. Kierzkowski. Loving mother of John H. (Judy) Kierzkowski. Dear

grandmother of Corinne (Scott) Shudick, David (Sue) Kierzkowski, Jeanine

(Kelley) Kaurich, Thomas

Kierzkowski, Marlene Johnson. Fond great-grandmother of 12.

Funeral service Friday, May 5, 2000, 9:15 a.m. prayers at Ryan Funeral Home,

18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL, to St. Emeric Church, Mass 10 a.m.

Visitation Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. Interment at Holy

Cross. 708-798-0331

Joan A. Lynch

(nee Thorn)


Joan A. Lynch (nee Thorn), 66, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Monday, May 1

2000, at Porter Memorial Hospital. Joan was born on February 24, 1934, in St.

Clair, PA, to Theodore D. Thorn and

Sara Evans (nee Gregory) Thorn. She is survived by her husband of 46 years,

Richard C. Lynch; two daughters, Carol A. (Tom) Byerly (grandsons, Matthew and

Michael) of Valparaiso, Lisa (Gary) Cauley (grandsons Lucas and Gary) of

Wanatah; one brother, Theodore

Donald Thorn of St. Clair, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other

relatives who reside in Pennsvylania. Joan was preceded in death by her

parents, her sister, Margaret (Walter) Howells and infant son, Bruce Richard


She was a member of the Porter

County Red Cross Board of Directors and the First Presbyterian Church of

Valparaiso. A memorial service is planned for Saturdya, May 20, 2000, 10a.m. at

First Presbyterian Church, 3401 N. Valparaiso Street, Valparaiso, IN. In lieu

of flowers, please make

memorial donations to the Porter County Red Cross or the American Cancer


Thomas L. Martz


Thomas L. Martz, 45, passed away Monday, May 1, 2000, at home in Spring

Texas. Graduate of Purdue University receiving his degree in Chemical

Engineering. Employed by Criterion Catalyst Company as Plant Manager. He

enjoyed golf and family activities. Preceded in death by his father, Fred

Martz. Survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters, Trinity, Jenise and Jenna

and sons, Bradley and Tommy; granddaughter,

Kamryn; mother, Margaret Martz; brothers, John (Marilyn) Martz and Jerry Martz,

and sister, Judy Hoover; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m. at the Klein Funeral Home in

Champion Forest, Texas, with services

to be held in Valparaiso Indiana, at a later date. Contributions may be made to

charity of choice. Arrangements by the Dykes Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN.


John Micu


John Micu, 83, of Munster, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May

3, 2000. Survived by loving wife, Helen Micu; one daughter, Janis Winer; two

grandchildren, Robin and Andrew Winer; one sister, Victoria Johnson; brothers,

Victor and Andrew Micu. He was a resident of Munster since 1951 and retired

from the Budd Company in


Services private. Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, in

charge of arrangements. 219-836-5000.

Charles "Chuck" H. Novotny


Charles "Chuck" H. Novotny, 81, of Merrillville, passed away at Methodist

Hospital Southlake

Campus Saturday, April 29, 2000. Chuck was a retired president of John Novotny

and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning Company in Gary. Graduate of Lew Wallace

High School. Mr. Novotny was a 50 year member of Glen Park Masonic Lodge 732

F&AM, Orak Temple,

Michigan City, 32nd Degree Mason of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite South Bend

Consistory. Chuck was a life member of the Rotary Club and had served as

president of the Glen Park Chamber of Commerce. Preceded in death by his wife

Vivian in 1991. He is survived

by one son, Jonathan, Karena and sister, Alice McKinley.

Cremation will precede a memorial service which will be held on Saturday, May

6, 2000 at 2 p.m. from the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville,

IN. Friends may meet with the family on Saturday

from 1:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests

contributions be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children of charity of

ones choice.

Robert T. Peterson





Robert T. Peterson, 77, of Valparaiso,

passed away Monday, May 1, 2000 at Porter Memorial Hospital. He was born

January 5, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Bror and Dora (Thomson) Peterson. He

was the owner of the Peterson Brothers Trucking and later KRC Transit, both

based in Valparaiso. Mr. Peterson

was a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran and a Life member of the VFW Post 988 and the

American Legion Charles Pratt Post 94 in Valparaiso. He was a member of the

Nike Preservation Group, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Ex-POW


His daughter

Dayna wrote a book about him "Dad's Story". On August 3, 1946 in Chicago, he

married Pauline Lawrence who survives in Valparaiso. Surviving are seven

children: Doria (David) Selent of Paw Paw, MI, David (Donna) Peterson of Battle

Ground, IN., Dayne (Terry)

Mason of Temecula, CA, Daniel (Alice) Peterson of Battle Ground, IN, Douglas

(Susan H.) Peterson of Flowermound, TX, Donald (Susan C.) Peterson of West

Lafayette, IN and Dennis Peterson of Valparaiso; 14 grandchildren; two

brothers, Ben and Bruce Peterson

and a sister, Betty Buell. His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 4, 2000 at 2 p.m. at Bartholomew

Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN, Rev. Boyd Latchaw officiating. Burial will be in

Battle Ground Cemetery, Battle Ground,

IN, with a Graveside Service there at 4:30 P.M. Visitation Wednesday evening,

May 3rd, 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 12 Noon to 2 p.m. at Bartholomew Funeral


Michael Leon Poe


Michael Leon Poe, 40, of Gary, IN, passed away on Monday, May 1,

2000. Employee of Merfeld Trucking in Iowa. Survived by parents, Alton L. and

Lottie Mae Poe of Gary; two sons, Michael Leon Poe, Jr. and Billy Shinkle, one

daughter, Jeanie Shinkle and one granddaughter, Alexis Hardesty, all of Gary;

four brothers, Larry

E. (Janice) Poe of Gary, Richard L. (Felicia) Poe of Lake Station, Jerry L. Poe

and Johnny D. Poe, both of Gary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2000 at 12:30 p.m. from the

Burns Funeral Home, Hobart,

(corner of Rt 51 & 7th Street), with Rev. Walter W. Davis officiating.

Cremation by Burns Funeral Home Crematory will precede the memorial service.

There will be no visitation.

Anna L. Renn

Crown Point

Anna L. Renn, 89, of Crown Point, passed away

at Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus on Monday, May 1, 2000. Survivors are

one son, Ralph (Ann) Dillman of Hobart; two daughters, Dolores (Ed) Swanek of

Springhill, Florida and Donna (Roy) Duffee of Lily, Kentucky; three

grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;

sister, Lucille Bonn of Portage; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was

preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Renn in 1985 and her granddaughter,


Funeral services Friday, May 5, 2000, 10 a.m. at the Burns Funeral Home,

(corner 101st and Broadway)

Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel, with Rev. Robert Stroup officiating.

Interment, Calumet Park Cemetry, Merrillville. Friends may call at the Burns

Funeral Home Thursday, 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Anna was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Merrillville,

and was a retired employee of U.S. Steel after 30 years of service.

William Keith Rumbaugh

Florida / Hegewisch, IL

William Keith Rumbaugh, 81, of Englewood, FL, since 1984, formerly of

Chicago, passed away Monday, May 1, 2000. Born August 21, 1918

in Cranesville, PA. Retired in 1980 from South Suburban SLA, former President

of Hegewisch Federal SLA; member of Fred Schweitzer American Legion Post #272

and V.F.W. Suketa Post #5414 both in Chicago, IL, Masonic Lodge 1350 in

Englewood, FL. Served in the

Army 109th anti aircraft artillery group during WWII. Survived by wife of 54

years, Doris; daughters Karen M. (Walter) Huskey of Lake Bluff, IL and Joan M.

(Jay) Turner of Naples, FL; son, Keith L. Rumbaugh of Park Forest, IL; brother,

Edward E. (Mary) Rumbaugh

of Chicago; grandchildren: Abra and Garth Huskey of Lake Bluff, IL; and many

nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held Monday, May 8, 2000 at 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran

Church in Englewood, FL. Donations to Hospice Organization or Lebanon Lutheran

Church in Chicago. Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte,


Helen Seregely

(nee Bodie-Ilona)

Washington / East Chicago, IN

Helen Seregely (nee Bodie-Ilona), 99, of Bellingham, Washington, formerly

of East Chicago,

IN, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2000. Survived by son, Daniel W.

Seregely of Ventura, CA; daughter, Helen (Charles) Nastyn of Bellingham, WA;

five grandchildren: Janice (James) Campbell of Aloha, Oregon, Claudia Nastyn

Benoit of Bellingham, WA, Daniel

W. Seregely Jr. David M. Seregely and Karen S. Seregely, all of California; two

great grandchildren; Matthew Charles Benoit of Bellingham, WA and Tyler Lee

Seregely of Arizona. Preceded in death by husband, Daniel, granddaughter,

Barbara Marie Seregely, sister,

Mary Dienes and brother, Andrew Bodie.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5, 2000, at 11 a.m from the Faith

United Church of Christ, 3030-175th St., Hammond, IN, with Rev. Karl Ludwig,

officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends

may call at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, IN, on

Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and on Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 11

a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Seregely was born October 10, 1900, to Andrew and Bertha (Petho) Bodie

in Mezokovesd, Hungary, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1921. Her special

interests were gardening, fine embroidery, and her entire family. She belonged

to the Woodmen of the World Lodge #6057 of Indiana; and was a faithful member

of the United Church of Christ,

formerly the First Hungarian Reform and Evangelical Church of East Chicago, and

worked diligently with their Ladies Aid Society. She will be greatly missed.

Mara Sila

(nee Kirincic)

Highland/East Chicago

Mara Sila (nee Kirincic), 76, of Highland, and

formerly of East Chicago, a loving mother, grandmother and friend, passed away

on Tuesday, May 2, 2000. She is survived by her children: John (Kathie) Sila of

Lafayette, IN, Ana (Joseph) Stankovich of Highland, Stevo (Kathy) Sila of

Croatia and Joseph (Patsy)

Sila of Crown Point; eight grandchildren: Debbie and Diana Sila, Joseph J.

Stankovich, Jr., Vesna, Zdravko and Silvia Sila and Joseph and Anthony Sila;

two brothers, George (Mira) Kirincic of Highland and Stevo (Kathy) Kirincic of

Munster; one sister, Ana

(late Vilko) Vukin of Munster; also many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and

Croatia. Preceded in death by her husband, Stevo, parents, Mirko and Jela

Kirincic and sisters, Ljuba Markovich and Kathy Matan.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 6,

2000 at 9:30 a.m. from the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, to Holy Trinity

Croatian Catholic Church, for a 10 a.m. Mass with Msgr. Paul B. Bogovich

officiating. Burial at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit with the

family on Friday from 2:30 to 5

and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm Street, East

Chicago, IN (one block north of Columbus Dr-US12). A Rosary will be prayed at 3

p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Sila was a member of Holy Trinity Croatian Church and its Altar and

Rosary Society.

A retired caretaker of Holy Trinity parish and member of the Croatian Catholic

Union. She loved to spend time in the outdoors, and enjoyed gardening.

Jacob N. Smith

Brookston/Schererville, IN/Lansing, IL

Jacob N. Smith, 21, of Brookston, Indiana, a

former resident of Lansing, IL, and Schererville, IN, and a graduate of Lake

Central High School, St. John, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2000. Father

of Tyler Smith of Brookston, IN; Friend of Jill Blauw; Son of David Smith of

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