Obituaries

2000-03-21T00:00:00Z Obituaries nwitimes.com
March 21, 2000 12:00 am

Winona E. Anderson

"Nonie" (nee Meier)

Lake Station/Portage

Winona E. "Nonie" Anderson (nee Meier), 88, of Lake Station and Portage,

passed away Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Methodist Hospital, Southlake. "Nonie"

was a lifelong Northwest Indiana

resident, a longtime member of the Community Christian Church, the Nightingale

Club and the East Gary Alpha Class. She is survived by three sons: Dennis

(Phyllis) Anderson of Lake Station, Dr. Ned (Beth) Anderson of Highland and

Dale Anderson of Hallendale,

Florida; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in

death by her husband, Melvin H. "Bud" Anderson, great- grandson, David

Anderson, brother, Randall Meier and sister, Mary Elaine Walley.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March

22, 2000, 11 a.m. at the Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600 West Old Ridge

Road, Hobart, IN, with Rev. Terry Harman, of the Family Christian Center,

officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Portage, Indiana. Memorials

are preferred to the Community

Christian Church Building Fund. Visitation is Tuesday, March 21st, from 2 to 5

and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.

Violet B. Brinsky

Chicago

Violet B. Brinsky, 85, of Chicago, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2000,

at St. Francis

Hospital, Blue Island, IL. Survived by four grandchildren, Wayne Hunniford of

Hammond, IN, Renee Hunniford and Jerry Hunniford of Chicago and Christine

(Robert) Rossiano of Calumet City, IL; one great-granddaughter, Rachel

Benavidez; son-in-law, Walter (Vickie)

Hunniford of Chicago; and one sister, June (late Bill) DeLuca of Lompac,

CA.Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph S. Brinsky, daughter, Doris Ann

Hunniford (nee Brinsky).

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 10 a.m. from the

Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, with Rev. Forest

Simpson, officiating. Burial at Memory Lane Memorial Park, Schererville, IN.

Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 5

and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Brinsky

was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. In lieu of flowers,

memorials to be used at families discretion, will be appreciated.

Loretta B. Csonka

Hammond

Loretta B. Csonka, of Hammond, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2000. She

is survived

by her two sons, Ronald (MaryAnn) Csonka of Hammond and Norbert (Agnes) Csonka

of Griffith; brother, Bernard Keltyka of Highland; three sisters, Charlotte

Jillson of East Chicago, Emily (Spiro) Johnson of Hobart and Celia (Edward)

Majewski of Merrillville;

grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by

her husband, Louis Csonka, Sr., and son, Louis Csonka, Jr.

Funeral services Thursday, March 23, 2000, at 9:30 a.m. from the Solan Funeral

Home, for 10 a.m. Mass at St. John Bosco

Catholic Church, Hammond. At rest, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at

the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN. Prayer service 3 p.m.

Wednesday, at the funeral

home.

Loretta was a member of St. John Bosco Church, member and former officer of

American Legion Unit #369 Ladies Auxiliary, who will hold services Wednesday at

2:30 p.m.; member of United Polka Association avid fan of polka music, and a

former member

of White Eagles.

Catherine Demian

(nee Dumakowski)

Illinois

Catherine Demian (nee Dumakowski), 89, at rest, Sunday, March 19, 2000.

Beloved wife of the late, Bill Demian. She is survived by her loving children,

Joan (Walter) Pucher and David (Regina)

Demian; Proud grandmother of Daniel and Randall (Kim) Corbel, and her

great-grandchildren, Drew, Kady, Samantha, Nichole and Amanda.

A Committal Service will be held Thursday, March 24, 2000, 10 a.m prayers from

the Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski

Rd. (154th St.), Calumet City, IL, to Holy Cross Cemetery, services 10:30 a.m.

Visitation Wednesday 3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, masses would be preferred.

Angela R. Jachim Derezinski

(nee Tekiela)

Orland Park/Calumet City, IL

Angela R. Jachim Derezinski

(nee Tekiela), 79, late of Orland Park, IL, formerly of Calumet City, IL,

passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2000. She is survived by her daughter,

Patricia (late Norbert) Jaroszewski; three grandchildren, Gail (Steve) Jensen,

Lori (John R.) Carlson and James

(Linda) Jaroszewski; five great-grandchildren, Nickolas, Erick and Dana Jensen,

Jonathan Carlson and Hannah Jaroszewski; three sisters, Lillian (late Florian)

Lewandowski, Jean (late George) Sichta and Adeline (Andrew) Papai; two

sisters-in-law, Sr. Evelyn

Derezinski R.S.M. and Elizabeth Jachim; two brothers-in-law, Daniel Derezinski

and Sylvester (Jean) Jachim; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in

death by her husbands, Dominick Jachim and Chester Derezinski; parents, Andrew

and Bernice Tekiela,

brother, Alfred (Mary) Tekiela and sister, Dorothy (John) Frankiewicz.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 9:30 a.m. prayers

from Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, 400 Pulaski Rd. (154th St.), Calumet City IL,

to St. Andrew the Apostle Church,

Mass 10 a.m Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Monday, 5 to 9 p.m. and

Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Derezinski was a member of Hammond U.P.A.

Jean M. Dragus

Hammond

Jean M. Dragus, 79, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2000,

at

her home. She is survived by one son, John D. "J.D." (Judy) Dragus of Hammond;

one sister, Kathleen Kuniega of Crown Point; God-daughter, Maryann (Vince)

Terrazas of Hobart; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a host of very

dear neighbors.

Funeral

services Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 9:30 a.m. prayers from the Virgil Huber

Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. at Our Lady

of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Hessville, Rev. John R. Winterlin

celebrating. Friends may call

on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051

Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN.

Jean was a lifelong Democrate and followed her husband as Precinct

Committee-person of the 5th Council District #85 of Hammond. A member of Our

Lady

of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Jean was born in Chicago, and moved to East

Chicago, at the age of four, where she attended St. Mary Grade School and

graduated from Roosevelt High School, East Chicago. She worked for Cast Armour

during WWII and continued

until the early '50's, later working for American Steel Foundries, where she

remained until the early 70's, at which time she began working at City Hall in

Hammond as a clerk, until retiring in the early 80's. The family has requested,

in lieu of flowers,

donations be given in her name, to Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Anastacia Drossos

(nee Chakos)

Merrillville

Anastacia Drossos (nee Chakos), 78, of Merrillville, IN, passed away Sunday,

March 19, 2000. She was a member of SS. Constantine & Helen Greek

Orthodox Cathedral; member and past treasurer of SS. Helen's Philoptochos

Womens Society; member and past treasurer of T.O.P.S. of Gary #1089; and a 1940

graduate of Froebel High School. Preceded in death by her parents, James and

Demitra Chakos and sister,

Nina Gottschling. Survived by husband, Christ; two sons, Christ Jr., of

Bloomington, IN, and James of Merrillville; daughter, Mary Ann of

Merrillville; grandson, Nicholas; brother, Tom (Mary) Chakos of San Francisco,

CA; two sisters, Mary (John) Andros

and Christina Chakos, both of Merrillville; brother-in-law, Edward Gottschling

of Portage; sister-in-law, Charlotte "Dolly" (Karl) Wossidlo of Schaumburg, IL;

also, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 10 a.m.

at SS. Consantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison St.,

Merrillville, IN, with Father Ted Poteras officiating. Burial at Calumet Park

Cemetery, Merrillville. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m., with a

Trisagion Service at 6:30 p.m.,

at the Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft St. (Hwy 55),

Merrillville, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Church Building

Fund appreciated.

Patricia A. Duke

(nee Moore)

Dyer

Patricia A. Duke (nee Moore), 49, of Dyer, IN, passed

away on Monday, March 20, 2000, at her home. She is survived by her husband, of

22 years, Russell; son, David Duke, at home; two sisters, Doris (Alfred)

Schultz of Eau Claire, WI, and Carol (Sam) Flitar of Hammond, IN; one brother,

Gordon (Bettie) Moore of

Warsaw, IN; four nephews and five nieces; and dear friend, Mary Moore of

Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23, 2000, at 10 a.m. from the

Bocken Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Bruick officiating. Burial at Concordia

Cemetery, Hammond,

IN. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave.,

Hessville, Indiana, on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Duke was a lifetime resident of the Calumet Area. She was a member of

St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Munster;

and was employed at Illiana Transit Warehouse in Hammond, as an Administrative

Assistant.

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Dale H. Harms

Merrillville / Gary

Dale H. Harms, 68, of Merrillville, formerly of Gary, passed away at his

home on Saturday, March 18, 2000. He was

a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church, and the Holy Name Society; and

American Legion Post #20. Dale was a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Sheet &

Tin Mill, with 35 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy-Korean

Conflict, aboard the U.S.

Lowry DD770. Preceded in death by his parents, Henry M. and Rose G. Harms,

sister, Barbara Harms, and three brothers, Robert Joseph, Eugene and Donald

Harms. Survived by wife, Frances M. Harms of Merrillville; children: JoAnn

(Jeff) Swackhamer of Frankfort,

IN, Colin (Micolette) Harms of Crown Point, Glenn (Lisa) Harms of Annapolis,

Maryland, Michael Harms of Seattle, WA, Steven (Charmain) Harms of Valparaiso,

Jennifer (Adam) Noel of Cedar Lake, Jacqueline Harms of Indianapolis, Jill

Harms and John Harms, both

of West Lafayette; seven grandchildren; one brother, David Harms of San Pierre,

IN; two sisters, Maureen (Joe) Sedor of Cedar Lake, and Janet (Chuck) Anderson

of LaPorte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 9:30

a.m. from the Burns Funeral Home (corner of 101st & Broadway),

Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel, to Our Lady of Consolation Church, for Mass of

Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with Rev. Joseph E. Vamos officiating. Services

will terminate at the church, with

cremation following at the Burns Funeral Home Crematory. Friends may call at

the funeral home on Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Prayer service will be

recited Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Robert Holguin

Crown Point / Gary

Robert Holguin, 64, of Crown Point,

IN, formerly of Gary, and a Crown Point resident for 30 years, passed away on

Sunday, March 19, 2000. A graduate of Emerson High School, class of 1955.

Retired Sheet Metal Worker of Local #20. Retired Battalion Chief of the Gary

Fire Department with 21 years

of service, and upon his retirement he was employed by the School City of Gary,

for 10 years. He was a loyal and faithful fan of the Chicago Cubs for 55 years.

Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Inez Holguin, brothers, Frank Holguin

and Mike and Joe

Flores, and sister, Lillian Herrera. Survived by wife, Janice; two daughters,

Kim (William) Peterson of Lowell, IN, and Lorri (John) Holguin-Grozdina of

Chicago, IL; two step-daughters, Kathryn (Joseph) Petrovich of Valparaiso, IN,

and Karen (Thomas) Antczak

of Lafayette, IN; one step-son, Leigh (Anne) Smith of Hobart, IN; two

grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; two sisters, Sally (Albert) Moreno

of Lake Station, IN and Alicia (George) Arroyo of Phoenix, AZ; one brother,

Hector (Jesse) Holguin of Toledo,

OH; several nieces and nephews; and three close friends, Sam Stone, Joe

Hornick and George "Britt" Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the Burns Funeral

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

with Rev. Robert L. Stroup, officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at the Burns Funeral Home,

Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel, on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Julia L. Ivey

Gary

Julia L. Ivey, 52, of Gary,

passed away Sunday, March 19, 2000, at home. Survived by husband, Theoda; one

daughter, Torry Ivey, and one son, Justin Ivey, both of Gary; two sisters, Eula

(Elijah) Davis of Phenix City, AL, and Robbie Williams of Columbus, GA; three

brothers, Johnny (Gladys)

Williams and Ceola (Joan) Williams, both of Chicago, Cornelius (Claudette)

Williams of Phenix City, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and

friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24, 2000, at 12 Noon at St. James

Baptist Church,

Cottonton, Alabama, Rev. Jessie Quarles officiating, with interment at St.

James Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 22, 2000,

at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home, 4859 Alexander Ave., East Chicago, Indiana,

from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mrs.

Ivey was a former licensed practical nurse at The Community Hospital, Munster,

IN. Please wire flowers to Sumbry Funeral Home, 418 South Seale Road, Phenix,

City, AL 33429-81361.

Dorothy Kisylia

Merrillville

Dorothy Kisylia, 79, of Merrillville,

passed away Saturday, March 18, 2000. Survivors are sister, Mary Pintar of

Merrillville; brother, Steve Pavlovich of Gary; cousin, Katie Batusic of Crown

Point; many nephews, nieces and God-children. Preceded in death by husband,

Louis, sister, Ann Antol

and brother, John Pavlovich.

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

Merrillville, IN, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a Rosary service at

3:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 9 a.m.

at the Pruzin Brothers Chapel, and 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church,

with Rev. Benedict Benakovic officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery.

Merrillville.

Dorothy was a retired employee of St. Mary Medical Center, a longtime member

of St. Joseph

the Worker Church and the Altar-Rosary Society; also a member of Croatian

Fraternal Lodge #170, and the Club of Retired Croatians.

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Edmund C. Lessner, Sr.

"Diggetts"

Calumet City, IL

Edmund C. Lessner, Sr. "Diggetts", late of Calumet City,

IL. Beloved husband, for 53 years, of the late Martha Lessner (nee Rogalski).

Dear father of Thomas (Norma) Lessner, with whom he had made his home the last

years, and Edmund C. (Lois) Lessner, Jr. Fond grandfather of Susan Malinowski,

Jeffery (Debbie) Lessner,

Beth (Tim) Schickel and Pamela Lessner, and great-grandfather of Jason Lessner,

Jennie Lessner and Brianne Lessner. Dear brother of Joseph (Virginia) Lessner

of Dolton, Henry (Leona) Lessner of Dyer, IN, Paul (Gerry) Lessner of Hart, MI,

late Robert (Dorothy)

Lessner of Calumet City, late Annie Lessner and the late Leonard Lessner. Fond

brother-in-law of Sophie (late Paul) Muschelewicz of Calumet City, Lottie (late

George) Laczny of Calumet City, late Frank (late Helen) Dratwa, late Frank

(late Viola) Rogalski

and late Casimir (late Pearl) Soczyk. Many nieces and nephews. Life member of

American Legion Post #330 in Calumet City. Retired employee of Lever Brothers.

Funeral service Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Castle Hill Funeral Home,

248-155th Place, Calumet

City, IL, to St. Andrew the Apostle Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian

Burial. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu

of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church

or the Calumet City Paramedics.

The American Legion Post #330 will hold services at 7:30 p.m Wednesday.

708-862-4480.

Paula Markovich

Arlington Heights, IL

Paula Markovich, 81, passed away on March 19, 2000. Beloved wife of late,

Steve Markovich; Loving mother of Katica (Jure) Brozovic,

Marica (Ivan) Vusak, Josip (Sue) Markovich, Ljubica (Ivan) Tomasic and Danica

(Zelko) Rakaric; Loving grandmother of 12 and proud great-grandmother of seven.

Visitation Tuesday, March 21, 2000, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Drake & Son Funeral

Home, 5303 Northwestern

Ave., Chicago, IL. Prayers 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home to Blessed

Alojzije Stepinac Church, Chicago, Mass 10 a.m. Interment, Calumet Park

Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana. For funeral info call 773-561-6874.

Holly J. McNeill

Flossmoor,

IL/Hammond, IN

Holly J. McNeill, late of Flossmoor, IL, formerly of Hammond, IN. Loving

sister of the late Carmen McNeill, Howard McNeill and Phyllis Moery. Dear aunt

of James (Vivian) Moery, Richard (Patricia) Moery, Mary Dettmer, and many other

nieces

and nephews. Fond sister-in-law of Josephine McNeill and Rudolph Moery. Devoted

friend of Christie Attenborough.

Holly McNeill worked for Indiana Harbor Belt (IHB) Railroad for approx, 40

years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hammond,

for the past 75 years.

Funeral services Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at 1st United

Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Lying in state at the church

one hour prior to service. Visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ryan

Funeral Home, 18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, Illinois. Interment, Elmwood

Cemetery, Hammond, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the

First United Methodist Church Foundation in Hammond, IN. 708-798-0331.

Brigitte Middleton

Cedar Lake

Brigitte Middleton, 59, of Cedar Lake, IN, passed away on Sunday, March 19,

2000, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy; daughter,

Patricia (Robert) Soappman of Glen Burnie, Maryland; two brothers, Heinrich and

Hans Flickinger, both of

Germany; two sisters, Angelica Rogers of Tennessee and Bianca Caraway of

Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the

Burdan Funeral Home, 12901 Wicker Ave., (corner of 129th & US 41), Cedar Lake,

Indiana, with Pastor

Dennis H. Greene officiating. Interment will follow at the German Methodist

Cemetery, Cedar Lake, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday

evening, March 21st, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Middleton was an avid gardener and made many donations towards

animal welfare. For further information please call 219-374-5518.

Angela Marie Mola

Crown Point/East Chicago

Angela Marie Mola, 67, of Crown Point, formerly of East Chicago, Indiana,

passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2000. She is survived by two loving

sisters, Carmella Spiccia of Crown Point, IN, and Rose (Sebastian) Paratore of

Schererville, IN; one brother, Anthony (Julie) Mola of Hammond, IN;

sister-in-law, Bernie Mola of Highland, IN; dearest nieces and nephews:

Josephine (Ugo) Arrighi of Hammond,

IN, Carmelina Spiccia of Crown Point, IN, Michael (Linda) Spiccia of

Schererville, IN, Leo Paratore of Schererville, IN, Robert (Sharon) Paratore of

Schererville, IN, Dr. James Mola of Crown Point, IN, Leo (Carla) Mola of

Merrillville, IN, Ronald Mola of

Highland, IN, Mary Ellen Dennison of Maine, Roger (Kathy) Mola of Washington;

dear cousins, Mike and Rose Mola of Hobart, IN; dear friend, Carmella Smith of

St. John, IN; and many grand-nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Angela

was preceded in death

by parents, Leo and Carmella Mola, brothers, Albert Mola and James Mola,

sister-in-law, Phyliss Mola, and brother-in-law, Mike Spiccia, Sr.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2000, at 9:45 a.m. from

Huber's Funeral Home, 905 W. Chicago

Ave., East Chicago, IN, and 11 a.m. at St. Matthias Church, 12505 Marshall St.,

Crown Point, IN, with Rev. Terry Steffens officiating. Entombment, Calumet Park

Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday,

March 22nd, at the

funeral home, from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Father will hold a Vigil

Prayer Service, March 22nd, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home

Angela was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, and while in East Chicago,

attended Immaculate Conception Church. She worked

as a receptionist for Doctor Samuel Petronella and Inland Steel, where she

retired from after 30 years. Angela was an active member of Italian Caesare

Battisti Womens Lodge in Schererville, and also The Daughters of Isabelle Twin

City Circle #59; member of

Womens Business Club and Inland Traffic Club. Her love for her family and

tradition, were her beautiful traits, along with her sincere and honest nature.

She enjoyed playing the organ and listening to classical music. Her hobbies

were reading and golfing,

and she was a member of 3 book clubs. Her most precious times were when she was

with her family and friends. She was loved by all who knew her, and will be

deeply and greatly missed. "We love you Angie, you will always be in our hearts

and in our prayers

forever". Contributions for Masses or a Scholarship Fund in Angela's memory to

Northern Indiana Arts Association, would be appreciated.

Arthur J. Montreuil

Portage, IN

Arthur J. Montreuil, 65, of Portage, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March

20,

2000. Arrangements pending at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel.

219-762-1330.

Gertrude D. Osburn

Hammond

Gertrude D. Osburn, 83, longtime Hammond resident, passed away on

Saturday, March 18, 2000. Survivors are three sons, Wayne (Joan)

Osburn of Sullivan, Indiana, William Osburn of Hammond and Richard (Claire)

Osburn of Knox; three grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Herbert and

son, Robert.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at the

Solan Funeral

Home Chapel, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, Pastor Grant Ray, of the First

Christian Church of Hessville, officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial

Gardens, Schererville. Friends may call at the Solan Funeral Home on Monday 2

to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Osburn

was a member of the First Christian Church of Hessville, the Greater Hammond

Community Organization, and a former Republican Precinct Committee Woman in

Hammond.

Rene "Keny" D. Osorio

Hammond

Rene "Keny" Osorio, 59, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Friday,

March 17, 2000. Survived by sons: Keny (Kimmy) of Lansing, and Eric (Tracy);

daughter, Dalia (Jonathan) Hunt of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Kyle,

Kennedy, and Anthony; and numerous family members residing in Mexico, and many

close friends in the Calumet

Region.

Friends may meet with the family on Tuesday, March 21, 2000, from 2 to 5 and 7

to 9 p.m. at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing,

Illinois. Private cremation and burial, in Mexico, will follow.

Mr. Osorio was a retired Civil

Engineer from Inland Steel, with 26 years of service, and he was a member of

the 25- Year Club.

Gerald F. Osterman, Sr.

Whiting

Gerald F. Osterman, Sr., 66 of Whiting, IN, passed away on Friday, March

17, 2000, from complications after a long illness,

at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, Hammond. He is survived by his beloved

wife, of 47 years, Evelyn (nee Kristek); four children: Gerald, Jr., Laura

Osterman-Ashton and Mark, all of Florida, and Thomas of California; six

grandchildren: Jason, Rachel,

Becky, Eric, Nathan and Matthew; mother, Ann Marie (Winkler) Osterman of Crown

Point; three brothers, Richard (Mary) of Schererville, Robert (Helen) of

Munster, and James (Linda) of Dyer; sister, Sharon (Sam) Crowley of Hammond;

six brothers-and sisters-in-law,

Marge (late Joseph) Sandor of Hobart, Ann (late Bud) Thomas, Harla (late Steve)

Kristek, and Joseph (late Helen) Kristek, all of Whiting, Thomas (Theresa)

Kristek of Chicago, and Betty (Paul) Cash of Monticello, IN; many nieces and

nephews. Preceded in death

by his father, Clarence Osterman, Sr., and brother, Clarence (late Elaine)

Osterman, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 6 P.M. from the

Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, IN, with Rev. Charles W. Niblick,

of SS. Peter

& Paul Church, Whiting, officiating. Cremation to follow. Visitation at the

funeral home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mr. Osterman was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region; and a retiree of

the St. Margaret Mercy Health Care Center, Hammond.

219-659-4400.

Louise D. Pusateri

(nee Galloy)

Merrillville

Louise D. Pusateri (nee Galloy), 77, of Merrillville, passed away at the

VNA Mary E. Bartz Hospice Care Center in Valparaiso, IN, on Saturday, March 18,

2000. She is a retired employee of

L.C.A.R., and Blessed Sacrament Church, where she was also a parishioner and

member of the Rosary Sodality. Louise was a former foster parent and enjoyed

organizing trips to the "Boats". Preceded in death by her husband, Cosimo

Antonio Pusateri. Survived

by five children: Gerald Pusateri of Portage, Patricia (Walter) Grey of

Valparaiso, Michael Pusateri of Chicago, IL, Gregory Pusateri of Terre Haute,

IN, and Margaret (K.C.) Palmer of Portage; five grandchildren; Amber and Jason

Schneider, Jillian Grey, and

Lia and Ryan Palmer; one brother, William Galloy of Crestwood, IL; and numerous

close friends.

Cremation will precede the Memorial Mass on Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 10

a.m., directly at Blessed Sacrament Church, 41st & Garfield St., Glen Park,

with Rev.

Chris Bugno officiating. Burial of cremains will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial

Gardens, Schererville, IN. Please omit flowers. In memory of Mrs. Pusateri,

memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones choice. For information

call Geisen Funeral Home,

7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. 219-769-3322.

Mary Szotek

(nee Sisco)

Schererville

Mary Szotek (nee Sisco), 75, of Schererville, IN, passed away Sunday, March

19, 2000. Survived by sons, Paul (Marsha) and Joseph (Karen), daughters,

Patricia (Marty)

Behnke-Delismon, Janice (late James Donald) McDaniel, and Kathie (Michael)

Heller; grandchildren: Paul, Lisa, Michelle, Kurt, James, Javonne, Shannon,

Lynnann and Kimberly; eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband,

Peter.

Funeral services

Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 9:30 a.m. at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227

Ridge Road, Lansing, IL, to Our Lady of Knock Church, Calumet City, IL, for 10

a.m. Mass. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday

from 2 to 5 and 7 to

9 p.m.

Mrs. Szotek was formerly an officer of Holiday Boat Sales, Lynwood, IL.

Reatha M. Thompson

Whiting, IN

Reatha M. Thompson, 46, of Whiting, Indiana, died Friday evening, March 17,

2000, at The Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana. She was born

February 13, 1954, in Whiting, IN, to Owen R. and Wilma (Bailey) Thompson.

Reatha attended Clark High School in Whiting, IN. She is survived by mother,

Wilma Thompson of Whiting, IN; one brother, Ronald (Lee) Thompson of

Winchester, VA; one sister, Wilma

May Mitchell of Phoenix AZ; six nephews, Ronnie (Erin) Thompson, Troy (Dreama)

Thompson, David (April) Thompson and Jared Thompson, all of Winchester, VA,

Harold and Jimmy Raines; two nieces, Donna Lynn Sybrant and Vicky Jo Raines of

Phoenix AZ; one great-nephew,

Shane Raines of Phoenix, AZ; two great nieces, Michaela and Nichole Thompson of

Winchester, VA; two aunts, Lena Thompson of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Ruth (Art)

Fisher of Gibson City, IL. Preceded in death by father, Owen R. Thompson,

brother, Thomas "Buddy" Thompson

and sister, Rosalie Thompson.

Graveside services for Ms. Thompson will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22,

2000 in Galien Cemetery in Galien, Michigan. Visitation will be Tuesday evening

6 to 8 p.m. at the Pifer-Smith Funeral Home, 521 E. Main Street, Niles,

Michigan 616-683-1155. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart

Association or American Liver Foundation.

Beverly Vera Ullstam

(nee Stirling)

Hammond

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