HAMMOND, IN - Joane "Tootsie" Sowula (nee Robertson) age 82, of Hammond, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Tootsie is survived by her loving son, Robert Matter; sister, Elaine (late Delmer) Chenore; and nieces and nephews, Royce Chenore, Diana Roskowski, Denise Super and Rene Chenore. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sowula; sister, Alverta "Bootie" Barber; and niece, Cynthia Barber.

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A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM at the SOLAN PRUZIN FUNERAL HOME, 7109 Calumet Ave Hammond, IN 46324. Fr. Richard Orlinski will officiate a service celebrating Tootsie's Life at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. solanpruzinfuneralhome.com