Obituaries

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Rebecca A.Bissonette

(nee Eberhardt)

Tiskilwa, IL

Rebecca A. Bissonette, 31, passed away February 17,1998. Devoted mother of

Michelle Weyforth; cherished daughter of Joseph and Susan (nee McCann)

Eberhardt; beloved sister of Stephen (Cari) & Elizabeth Eberhardt; dear

granddaugher, of James and Fran McCann (nee O'Brien); Rebecca is also survived

by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services Friday 9:30 a.m. from the Petkus-Lemont Funeral Home,

12401 S. Archer Avenue, (at Derby Road), Lemont, IL, to St. Patrick Church,

Lemont, for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment, Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice of the Calumet Area, 600 Superior

Avenue, Munster, IN, 46321, will be deeply appreciated.Visitation Thursday 4 to

8 p.m.800-994-7600.

Ellen Pauline Campbell

Hammond

Ellen Pauline Campbell, 93, of Hammond entered into her eternal home

Monday, February 16, 1998 at Community Hospital, Munster. She is survived by

two nieces, Vivian (Howard) Prange of Greenfield, Indiana and Mildred Wiemuth

of Terre Haute, Indiana; dear friends, Martha Steele, Paul and Toni Caldwell.

Preceded in death by her husband, Claude W. Campbell.

Committal services will beheld Thursday, February 19, 1998, 11:30 a.m. at

Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville with Dr. Eric C. Stumpf officiating. C.J.

Huber Funeral Home, 722 165th Street, Hammond (one block west of Calumet

Avenue) in charge of arrangements. Friends may gather at St. Paul Lutheran

Church, 8601 Harrison Avenue, in Munster at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Campbell was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church; the Quilting

Circle and Mission Circle of St. Paul's Ladies Aid. She will be missed by all

that knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St.

Paul's Lutheran Church.

Lillian Carney

(nee Najmolovsky)

Hammond, IN

Lillian Carney, 76, a long time resident of Hammond, IN, passed away

February 17,1998 in her current residence of O'Fallon, MO after a brief

illness. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence (Bill) Carney and

her five sisters. Surviving are five children Michael Lucas, Stella (Lucas)

Vogrig, Jackie (Lucas) Nicely, William Lucas and Billie Carney; two step

daughters ; Toni (Carney) Stoddard and Christine (Carney) Lambert;18

grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews - who

all loved and will miss her dearly.

Pursuant to her wishes, donations may be made to the American Cancer

Society in lieu of flowers. There will be no services. For further information

314-946-7811.

Fr. William "Denny" Devine

Milwaukee, WI. / East Chicago, IN.

Please remember in prayer Fr. William "Denny" Devine, who died on

Saturday, February 14, 1998 in Milwaukee. He was 88 years old. Originally from

New York City, Fr. Devine professed his first vows with the SCJs in 1940 and

was ordained to the priesthood in 1945. He first ministered in South Dakota and

Mississippi before being named as pastor of St. Jude's Parish in East Chicago,

IN. in 1953. Fr. Devine served the parish until 1973, when it was closed.

Following the closure, he spent a summer in Harlingen, Texas serving as a

chaplain. He then went to Dorr, Mich. where he was pastor of St. Stanislaus

Parish until 1977. From 1977 until 1979, he was associate pastor of Immaculate

Conception Parish in Whiting, IN. In 1980, he became associate pastor of Our

Lady of Guadalupe Parish in East Chicago. Six years later, he was appointed as

parochial vicar of St. Mary's, also in East Chicago. After he retired, he

continued to help out at St. Mary's while also serving as a chaplain at St.

Catherine's Hospital. For the past several years, he has been a member of the

Villa Maria community, with residence at Marian Catholic Home.

A Funeral Mass for Fr. Devine will be offered at Sacred Heart Monastery

in Milwaukee on Friday, February 20, 1998.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 4312 Indianapolis

Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana at 5 P.M. on Thursday, February 19, 1998.

Marie A. Dillon

(nee Valoucin)

WHITING

Marie A. Dillon (nee Valoucin), 88 of Whiting, passed away Wednesday,

February 18, 1998 at Munster Community Hospital. She is survived by two

daughters, Leatha of Munster and Jacqueline (Louis) Kovach of Munster; one

sister, Pauline (Peter) Javorcic of Joliet; four sisters-in-law, Catherine

Bednar of East Chicago, Lucille Dillon of Whiting, Michaline Dillon of Hammond

and Alice Dillon of Lansing, IL.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded

in death by her husband, John J.; daughter, Ardith May; three sisters and five

brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 21st, 9:30 a.m. from the

Owens Funeral Home, Calumet Avenue & 119th St., Whiting with 10 a.m. Mass at

Sacred Heart Church with Msgr. Raymond Fowerbaugh officiating. Burial will be

at Calvary Cemetery in Portage. Friends may call at the funeral home, Friday

from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m.

Mrs. Dillon was a member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society, the Jensca

Jednota and the Sacred Heart Social Club. She was a lifelong resident of

Whiting.

Peter Evans

Alabama/Hammond

Petere Evans, 84, of Alabama, formerly of Hammond, passed away Tuesday,

February 17,1998. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Peter (Patricia) of

FL; three daughters, Helen Ann (Thomas) Gorecki of AL, Rose Marie Noojin of OR

and Barbara Timmons of Munster; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren;

sisters,Olga (George) Sotak of Hammond and Susie Sotak of MISS: many nieces and

nephews; close and dear friends. Preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Solan

and Helen Bindas and brother, Andy Evans.

Divine Liturgy will be Saturday, February 21,1998, at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY AT

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Msgr. Frank Korba officiating. Mr.

Evans will lie in state at the church from 9:30 A.M. till time of service. At

rest Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond. Friends may visit with the family Friday from

2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Avenue,

Hammond,IN. Panachida 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Evans had been a longtime area resident, had been an employee of Junior

Toy, Allied Structional Steel and Solan Green House, a former Trustee and

member of St.Nicholas Church.

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Leonard F. "Lou" Gawlinski

Calumet City/Lansing

Chicago Heights, IL

Leonard F. Gawlinski passed away February 14, 1998. Survivors: loving

companion in life, Sandra Seaman; one daughter, Tina (David) Goetz of Hammond;

six grandchildren,Kristina, Michael, Shaun, Natalie. David II, Savannah;

stepson, William C. Petersen; a host of friends. Preceded in death by his wife,

Euel (Dolores) Gawlinski.

Memorial Mass for Leonard and his wife, Dolores, will be said Saturday,

February 21, 1998, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Church, Calumet City, IL.

Arrangements by Castle Hill (Czechanski) Funeral Home, 708-862-4480.

Mr. Gawlinski was the former owner and operator of Custom Fuel in Calumet

City for 30 years; currently employed at ISM Security. He was veteran of World

War II and the Korean Conflict. A man of wisdom, a man of humor loved by many,

liked by all. A man of great love and compassion, the best father,

grandfather, husband and companion that anyone could hope for. Dad, we will

love you always and miss you much.. Gifts to Hospice of the Calumet Area would

be appreciated.

Ted "Poppy" R. Gedmin

Calumet City, IL.

Ted "Poppy" R. Gedmin, 85, formerly of Calumet City, IL. passed away

Sunday, February 15, 1998. He is survived by three daughters, Jacky Gedmin,

Judie Post and Heather (Harris) Drucker; one son, Dave (Mary) Gedmin; eight

grandchildren: Kimberly (Bob) Vukas, Melissa (David) Brynda, Zach and Kevin

Larson, Jason and Alicia Drucker, Deanne (Chris) Nordloh and Jason Gedmin; six

great grandchildren: Jil and Samuel Vukas, Dave, Lauren, Sarah and Michael

Brynda; one sister, Lucille (Gene) Cyrnek; nieces and nephews. Preceded in

death by his wife Anne Gedmin and a brother, Zenny Gedmin.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 1998, 9:30 a.m. prayers

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

City, IL. to Our Lady of Knock Church, Mass 10 a.m. Cremation, Oakland Memory

Lanes Crematory. Visitation Thursday 2 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Gedmin was retired from Wisconsin Steel and was a member of the

Wisconsin Steel Management Retiree Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to your

favorite charity would be appreciated.

Gerald Kent Hrebec

Merrillville, IN

Gerald Kent Hrebec, 59, of Merrillville,IN passed away February 17,1998. A

partner in the law firm of Burke, Murphy, Costanza and Kuppy. Born January

5,1939, in Tulsa, OK. Graduate of Purdue University and the Indiana University

School of Law. Member of the American Bar Assoc., the Indiana Bar Assoc., and

Lake County Bar Assoc. Also a member of the University Club and Innsbrook

Country Club. He is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Helen Hrebec.

Survivors; wife, Joan (nee Kochis); three children, John (Donna) Hrebec of

Western Springs,IL, Elizabeth (Larry) Jackson of St.Louis, MO and Jennifer

Hrebec of St. Louis, MO.; seven grandchildren, William Kent, Thomas, and Mark

Hrebec, Elizabeth, Alexandria, Kristen and Kelly Jackson.

Funeral services Saturday, February 21,1998, at 1 p.m. at the Geisen

Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Geisen

Funeral Home, Merrillville.

Adam Lee Glover

St. John, IN.

Adam Lee Glover, 24, of St. John, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, February

15 1998 as the result of an industrial accident. Employed by Pangere

Construction. Survived by mother, Nancy Glover and brother, Bryan Glover Klein,

both of St. John, IN.; grandfather, Glenn Glover of Alabama; aunts and uncles.

Patsy Evans of Indianapolis, Parker and Linda)Glover of South Carolina, Billy

"B.J." Glover of Evansville, IN., Reba and Raymond Mahaffey of St. John, IN.,

Mike and Cheryl Cortez of Schererville, Teresa and Ciprano Mongaraz of Gary and

several cousins, Shawn, Jason, Angie, Alyssa, Stephine, Jenny, Jeremy and

Scott; also other aunts, uncles, and many friends.

Friends may call Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100

Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Funeral 12 Noon Friday from the funeral home

with Rev. Ralph Schaafsma officiating. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens,

Schererville, IN.

Mabel A. Gray

Swanzey Center, N.H.

Mabel A. Gray, 95, of Swanzey Center, New Hampshire, formerly of Crown

Point passed away Saturday, February 14, 1998. Survived by son Earle K. Gray of

Green Bay, WI; daughter Janet G. Green of Swanzey Center, NH; five

grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brother, William Collins of Port

Charlotte, FL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her

husband, Dr. Daniel E. Gray.

Friends may call at the Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East

Franciscan Drive (on State Road 55 South of State Road 231), Crown Point on

Saturday, February 21,1998, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held

Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Pruzin & Little Chapel with Dr. Ron VerLee

officiating. Burial, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials may be made

to the United Church of Christ, Radio Ministry Fund, 23 Central Square, Kenne,

NH 03431.

Mrs. Gray was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Crown Point

and the Tri Kappa Society. She was a graduate of Valparaiso High School and

Franklin College.

Ruth M. Jarmula

Highland

Ruth M. Jarmula, 82 of Highland, IN., passed away on Tuesday, February

17, 1998. Survived by husband, Edward; daughter, Nancy Jarmula of Highland; two

sons, Joe (Gail) Jarmula of Munster and Bob (Aimee) Jarmula of Hobart; five

grandchildren; Jennifer and Scott, Michelle, Ryan and Bobby; and sister-in-law,

Irene Savini of Florida.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 10:30 a.m.

from the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, IN., with

Pastor Paul Arnold officiating. Entombment at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4

and 6 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Jarmula was a long time member of Woodmar United Methodist Church.

Lorraine Johnson

Merrillville/Lake Zurich/Minnesota

Lorraine Johnson, 80, of Merrillville, formerly of Lake Zurich, IL (Deer

Park area) and St. Paul, MN.) passed away at Chicagoland Christian Village in

Crown Point, IN., on Monday, February 16, 1998. Retired employee of American

Can Corp. as a secretary and had worked as a volunteer at Good Shepherd

Hospital in Barrington, IL. Preceded in death by her husband, Carlyle E.

Johnson who worked for Illinois Bell, parents, Arthur and Minnie Schwabel and a

brother, Herman Schwabel. Survived by one daughter, Carol (Hal) Lavin of

Knoxville, TN; one son, Ronald (Pat) Johnson of Merrillville; two

granddaughters, Susan DeVore of New York City, N.Y. and Jennifer Johnson of

Merrillville.

Memorial services Friday, February 20, 1998 at 7 p.m. at Geisen Funeral

Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN. 219-769-3322. Frank Klovucar, Chaplain

officiating. Cremation at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call

on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Geisen Funeral Home, Merrillville. In lieu of

flowers, memorials are requested to Alzheimer's Assn. Northern Indiana Chapter,

Jefferson Medical Arts Building, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd. #01, South Bend, IN.

46617-3119.

Marjorie V. Logan

Lowell, IN

Marjorie W. Logan, 81, of Lowell, IN passed away on Tuesday, February

17,1998. She is survived by her husband, Clifford W.; two daughters, Patricia

Thomas of Schererville,Judith Chesner of Ocean Side, CA; four grandchildren,

Amy Thomas, Christine, James and Michael Heiser. She was preceded in death by a

granddaughter, Julie Thomas and a sister.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 12:00 p.m. at St.

Edwards Catholic Church in Lowell. Father Thomas Mischler officiating. Burial

will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Friends are invited to

call on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial

Ave., Lowell, IN.

Marjorie was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lowell. In lieu of

flowers,memorial contributions may be given to the Hospice of Calumet.

Patrick W. O'Hara

Munster, IN

Patrick O'Hara, 51, of Munster, IN, passed away Tuesday, February 17,

1998. Survivors: two daughters, Melissa of Denver, CO and Colleen (Warren)

Brenner of Kansas City, MO; one son, Casey of Littleton, CO; one grandson,

Alexander; parents, James and Marjorie O'Hara of Munster; brother, James

(Diane) O'Hara of Lake Arrowhead, CA; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 21, 1998, at 10 a.m. at

the Calvary Baptist Church, 9516 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, with Pastor Donald

Welker officiating. Burial, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends

may call at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home,2828 Highway Avenue,Highland on

Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. O'Hara was employed at Screw Conveyor Corporation in Hammond.

Anna Elizabeth Kulchar Patrohai

Sun City, AZ

Anna Elizabeth Kulchar Patrohai, daughter of Frederick Kulchar and

Elizabeth Tilka Kulchar, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17,1998 in

Fort Worth, TX while visiting family. She was a devoted and loving wife,

mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Anna was born on June 14, 1908, in

Leadville, CO. She moved to East Chicago, IN where she married John Patrohai in

1926 and later moved to Gary, IN where she lived until 1968. During World War

II she worked at the Standard Forge Munitions Plant in support of the war

effort. In 1968 she retired with her husband to Sun City, AZ. She is preceded

in death by her husband,John Patrohai, daughter, Irene Patrohay Sohaney, son,

Richard Patrohay; siblings, Marie Kulchar Palmer, Margaret Kulchar Kovacs,

Betty Kulchar and Fred Kulchar. She is survived by her seven grandchildren:

Lawrence Sohaney of Fort Worth,TX, Carol Sohaney Chambers of Highland Village,

TX,Richard Sohaney of White Lake, MI, Mark Sohaney of Lafayette,IN, Thomas

Matthew Patrohay, Richard Scott Patrohay and John Daniel Patrohay; daughter in

law, Donna Berg Patrohay; son in law, Clarence Sohaney; sister in law, Agnes

Kulchar; seven great grandchildren and numerous other family members and

friends. We will all miss her independent spirit, her wisdom, her friendship,

her caring ways and her good cooking.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 21,1998, at 12 Noon

at the Chapel of Our Lady of Consolation Church,8303 Taft Street,

Merrillville,with Rev.Joseph Vamos officiating. Memorial contributions can be

made to: Sun Health Personal Care Services, P.O. Box 1580, Sun City, AZ 85372,

phone number (602)974-7500.

Pauline Pawlowski

(nee Szczepanek)

Calumet City, IL

Pauline Pawlowski, 93, formerly of Calumet City passed away Monday,

February 16,1998, in Montello, Wisconsin. She is survived by two children,

Donald (Shirley) Pawlowski of Munster and Loretta (Stanley) Walter of Arlington

Heights, IL; five grandchildren, Denise, Scott, Dayna, Douglas and David; four

great grandchildren; two sisters, Lottie Zowal and Florence Perlinski; sister

in law, Betty Szczepanek; she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony

Pawlowski in 1983.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20,1998, 9:30 a.m. prayers

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

City, to St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment,Holy Cross

Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Pawlowski was a member of the St.Andrew Ladies Rosary Confraternity

whose members will meet at 5 p.m. and the Apostleship of Prayer whose members

will meet at 5:15 p.m.

Rudolph Pena

East Chicago

Rudolph Pena, 66, of East Chicago, passed away Monday, February 16, 1998

at his residence. Retired from American Steel Foundry; member of the Steel

Workers Union; veteran of the Korean Conflict; life member of VFW Post 2724,

Whiting and VFW Post 7237, East Chicago; American Legion Post 508 and BPO Elks

Lodge 485. Preceded in death by his wife, Mae Pena; sister, Maria Haydyn and

brother, Antonio Pena. Survived by sister, Anita (Dominic) Serrano of Gary;

three brothers, Ignacio (Delores) Aranda of East Chicago, Robert Aranda of Gary

and Leonard (Rita) Aranda of Gary; sister-in-law, Angie Pena of Merrillville;

and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at

Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St., Merrillville, IN. Prayer service 6

p.m. Thursday. Funeral service 9:30 a.m. Friday from the chapel with Rev. Frank

Torres officiating. Burial at Mt. Mercy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations

may be made to the family c/o Mrs. Anita Serrano. Flag Thomas J. Smolen

Whiting Thomas J. Smolen, 85, of Whiting passed away on Monday, February

16, 1998 at the St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers, Hammond. He was the

beloved husband of the late Catherine Golden Smolen who passed away Sept. 22,

1982. He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. (Fran) Smolen of Highland and

George T. Smolen of Whiting; seven grandchildren: Tim Smolen, Megan (Todd)

Heimen, Joe (Michelle) Smolen, Matt Smolen, Marci (Tim) Dobos, Benji Smolen and

Nick Smolen; six great grandchildren: Michael, Patrick, Mark, Emily, Jimmy and

Kevin; two brothers, Joseph (Carol) Smolen and Arthur (Elaine) Smolen, both of

Whiting; four sisters, Ann (Joseph) Skertich and Theresa Savage, both of

Whiting, Catherine Latronico of Dolton and Mildred (Fred) Mosca of Hammond;

many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Thomas

and Maria (Suroviak) Smolen, brother, John Smolen and two sisters, Mary Gronke

and Elizabeth Caruso. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 20,

1998, 10 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting. A Mass of

Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic

Church, Whiting, with the Rev. Joseph B. Hajduch, C.PP.S. officiating.

Interment at St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home

Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. The St. John Holy Name Society together with

members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home on Thursday at 4

p.m. Mr. Smolen was a lifelong resident of Whiting; member of St. John the

Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, where he served as an usher for many years

and was past president of the Holy Name Society and the former St. John Bowling

League. A member of Catholic Order of Foresters Court 1325; a World War II Army

veteran; a Purple Heart Recipient and member of the American Legion Whiting

Post #80, who will conduct memorial services at the funeral home Thursday at 8

p.m. An alumni of Loyola University, Chicago, where he graduated with a

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and was employed in management at

several Calumet Region lumber companies and retired from Calumet Lumber

Company in 1978. 219-659-4400. Thelma F. Everley Myers Gary, IN Thelma F.

Everley Myers, 77, of Gary, IN, passed away Tuesday, February 17,1998, at her

home. She is survived by her husband, Harold: two daughters, Marsha (Len)

Indovina of Madison, WI and Sandy (Chuck) Schroeder of Gary; three sons, Jewell

Everley, Jr. of Hammond, Dwight Everley of Gary, and James Michael Everley of

Huntsville, AL; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral

services will be held Friday, February 20,1998, at 12 Noon from the Bocken

Funeral Home with Pastor Bufford Wireman officiating. Burial, Ridgelawn

Cemetery, Gary. Friends are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home,7042

Kennedy Ave., Hessville Thursday from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Mrs. Myers was

retired from the former Rand-McNally Co. where she was employed 11 years as a

bookbinder. She was a member of the Christian Faith Assembly Church of

Griffith,IN. Donald C. Velchek St. John, IN / East Side Donald C. Velchek,

84, of St. John, IN., formerly of the East Side, passed away in Crete, IL. on

Tuesday, February 17, 1998. Survived by beloved wife of 63 years, Lorraine (nee

Wolf) Velchek of St. John; loving father of Louise (Frank) Kure of South

Holland, IL and Donna Lore (Edward) Oberman of St. John; 22 grandchildren; 13

great grandchildren; dear brother of Ethel Hasse, Catherine Gach and Charles

(Frieda) Velchek; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by

sister Bernice Schwenn and brother, Lawrence (Phyllis) Velchek. Funeral

services Friday, February 20, 1998, 9 a.m. from the Burns Funeral Home (corner

of 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to St. John the

Evangelist Church (9300 Wicker Ave.) St. John, IN. for Mass of Christian burial

at 10 a.m., Rev. Stephen J. Titko officiating. Friends may call at the Burns

Funeral Home on Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. Vigil service Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Interment, First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, 4135- 127th, Alsip, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dominic Coccarro, c/o Lorraine

Velchek. Donald was a retired employee of Wisconsin Steel and member of St.

John the Evangelist Church. Emil J. Vuich Griffith Emil J. Vuich, 73, of

Griffith, IN., passed away on Monday, February 16, 1998. He is survived by

wife, Jean; one daughter, Jeanne Vuich of Maryland; two sisters, Rose Skertich

and Helen (Matt) Radovich, both of Hammond; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 19, 1998, 9:30 a.m. at the

Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10

a.m. at St. Mary Church, with Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial at Chapel

Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family Wednesday 2

to 8 p.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge

Road), Highland. Mr. Vuich was a member of St. Mary Church of Giffith;

retired from the U.S. Post Office in Gary with 15 plus years of service; and

member of V.F.W. Post #9982 of Griffith. Wake service Wednesday at 3 p.m.

David E. Waugaman Hobart David E. Waugaman, 35, of Hobart, passed away

Thursday, February 17, 1998 at St. Mary Medical Center. A Hobart resident for

25 years; employed at Midwest Products in Hobart; 1980 graduate of Hobart High

School; member of First Baptist Church in Hobart. Survivors: wife, Vickie;

two daughters, Robin and Lisa; parents, Robert and Rosemary Waugaman of Hobart;

two brothers, Larry Waugaman of Hammond and Harry Waugaman of Texas; one

sister, Diane (Tom) Smith of Hobart; nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in

death by brother, Allen Wayne Waugaman in 1995. Funeral services Saturday,

February 21, 1998, 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600 W. Old

Ridge Road, Hobart, Rev. Richard Brown officiating. Burial, Calumet Park

Cemetery. Visitation Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home,

Hobart. 219-942-2109. Herschel S.Westerfield Whiting, IN Herschel S.

Westerfield, 64, of Whiting,IN passed away February 17,1998, at Ohio Co.

Hospital, Hartford, Kentucky. He was born November 19,1933, in Daviess Co.

Kentucky; retired from LTV Steel - Transportation Department; member of

Whiting Baptist Church, Whiting,IN and New Harvest Baptist Church,

Caneyville,KY; Served as Ordained Deacon for over 35 years; organized Bus

Ministry for Whiting Baptist Church; served as Sunday School Superintendent and

Sunday School teacher; Head Usher at Whiting Baptist Church; Headed Pastor

Search Committee. Survivors: wife, Beverly Ann (Canary) Westerfield; son, Butch

Westerfield of Whiting,IN; three daughters, Jewell D. Fortener of Hartford,

KY, Glenda S. Weller of Whiting,IN and Anna R. Irvine of Whiting,IN; five

grandchildren, Angie D. Fortener, Jimmy Weller, Aron Weller, Nathan Fortener,

and Bridget Weller; aunt, Ethel Westerfield of Owensboro, KY; preceded in death

by three brothers, Rondy Westerfield, Brady Westerfield and Edward J.

Westerfield; one sister, Amalee Westerfield. Funeral services will be

February 20,1998, at 2 p.m. at the New Harvest Baptist Church. Burial,

Fordsville Cemetery in Fordsville, KY. Visitation at Harl Funeral Home, 2 to 9

p.m. Thursday, February 19,1998, and 10 to 12 Noon Friday, February 20, 1998.

The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the

New Harvest Baptist Church Family Outreach Program, 815 North Main Street,

Caneyville, Kentucky, 42721. Clarence A. Wille Crown Point Clarence A.

Wille, 81, a longtime Crown Point resident, passed away Tuesday February 17,

1998. Survived by wife Clara of 57 years; three children, Jan (Dan) Swift of

Crown Point, John (Sue) Wille of Crown Point and Jean (Richard) Oliver of Crown

Point; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Ron) Hedrick, Mike Sayre, Marlo Sayre,

Jason Wille, Jennifer (Nick) Byrd, Matt Wille, Kristin Oliver, Rebecca Oliver

and Rick Oliver, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Natalie Hedrick;

sister, Ruby Luecke of Weslaco, TX; three sisters-in-law, Harriet Batterman of

Topeka, KS., Ruth Wehling of Beecher, IL. and Margaret Baterman of Chicago

Heights, IL. He was preceded in death by brother Donald Wille. Mr. Wille was

the founder and co-owner of Wille & Steiner, Associates; a graduate of Purdue

University, 1939 in agricultural education and was a teacher at Argos High

School from 1939-1945. He was a professional farm manager and real estate

broker since 1949, the Assistant Lake County Extension Agent from 1945-1947. A

Charter member and past president of the South Lake County Board of Realtors,

member of Indiana and American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers,

past member and served 22 years for the St. Anthony Medical Center Advisory

Board; member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Crown Point and a Charter

member of the Crown Point Civic club. He was a member of the John Purdue Club

and was an avid Purdue University supporter. Friends may call at Pruzin &

Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive (on State Road 55 south of

State Road 231) on Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held

Friday, February 20, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

with Rev. Lothar Thoelke officiating. Burial at Maplewood Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial are preferred to St. Anthony Medical Center or Trinity Lutheran Church

Building Fund. Mildred M. Wright (nee Stutzriem) Riverdale, IL Mildred M.

Wright of Riverdale, born August 7, 1912, died Feb. 16,1998. Wife of the late

Harry Otis Wright; mother of Maradele L. (Robert Alan) Bowers; sister of Vernon

Stutzriem; grandmother of Sherry Wright, Tracy (Jeff) Lenzie, and Sandie

Richards; great grandmother of Brianna, Corinne, Colton, and Alexis; aunt of

many, and cousins. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 9 p.m., Opyt-Brown Funeral Home

Ltd., 13820 Lincoln Ave., Dolton, IL. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at Our Savior

Lutheran Church, Riverdale. Interment, Cedar Park Cemetery, 708-849-5450.

Eugene E. Zajac "Gene" Merrillville, IN Eugene E. Zajac, 61, of

Merrillville, passed away at home Tuesday, February 17, 1998. Survivors: three

beloved daughters, Deborah (Thomas) Mullins of Dyer, Denise (Peter) Benjamin of

Schererville and Desiree Brown of LaJolla, CA; also his most beloved

granddaughter, Marissa Marie Mullins of Dyer; three brothers, Walter, (Utako)

Zajac of Evanston, Illinois, John (Edna) Zajac of Lakeland, FL, and Robert

(Millie) Zajac of Lowell; two sisters, Clara (Joe) Zablocki of Merrillville and

Leona (Kenneth) Wooten of San Diego, CA; brother in law, James (Eleanor)

Campbell of Crown Point; many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends; he was

preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Marie Zajac, two sisters,

Genevieve Campbell and Lillian Vichinsky, brother Edmund Zajack and son in law,

Kenneth Brown. Funeral service Saturday, February 21, 1998, 10:30 a.m. at

the Burns Funeral Home, (corner of 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown

Point Chapel with Archbishop Larry L. Shaver officiating. Cremation at the

Burns Funeral Home Crematory will follow services. Friends may call at the

funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Gene was a retired employee of U.S.

Steel Corporation; member of the Slovak Club, the Gary Sportsman Club; the

Knights of Columbus Monsignor Ryder Council. Gene attended Froebel High

School.

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