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CARMEL, IN - Godfrey 'Jeff' Cogelja, age 92 of Carmel, formerly of Merrillville, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. Survived by five children: Debbie (Bob) Szwet, Beth (Jeff) Waggoner, Carol (Tom) Shallenberger, Cyndi (Rick) Laird, Jeff (Angie) Cogelja; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters: Sylvia Sallen, Evelyn (Steve) Schutt; brother, Jerry (Vickie) Cogelja; sisters-in-law: Terry Kuchta, Mel Motta. Preceded in death by wife of 61 years, Julia; parents, John and Julie Cogelja; brother, Emil Cogelja; father-in-law, Angelo Motta, mother- in-law, Jennie Motta; step-mother-in-law, Carm Motta; brothers-in-law, Don Sallen, Tom Motta, and Joe Kuchta.

Jeff was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Merrillville, and served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, usher, and was involved with various church committees. He was also very involved in parent activities at Andrean High School, where all five of his children attended. Jeff was a charter member and past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Msgr. Ryder Council 4047 and was a part of the Meadowland Subdivision building committee.

Jeff was a graduate of Froebel High School and Purdue University, earning a degree in engineering. Upon graduation, Jeff began working for US Steel Gary Works until retiring in October of 1983. Jeff loved gardening and working on projects for all of his children. Jeff was proud of his family and was happiest spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call at PRUZIN BROTHERS FUNERAL SERVICE, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a K of C Rosary at 7:00p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. from Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 10:00 a.m. from SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5885 Harrison St., Merrillville with Rev. James Meade officiating. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to To express online condolences and view online obituary please visit

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