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Stephanie E. Madejczyk

Valparaiso, IN/Steger, IL

Stephanie E. Madejczyk, 74, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Steger, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 9:34 a.m. at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. She is survived by brother, George Kvarta of Florida; sister, Ann Beckwith of Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 1 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 So. Second St., Chesterton, IN, with Mr. Mark Russell officiating. Cremation, Calvary Crematory, Portage. Burial of cremains, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be given to the Mary E. Bartz Hospice Center, Valparaiso, Indiana.

Helen T. Maffie

(nee Kolada)

Merrillville/Whiting, IN/Riverdale, IL

Helen T. Maffie (nee Kolada), 84, of Merrillville, IN, formerly of Riverdale Illinois, born in Whiting, Indiana, passed away at the VNA Mary E. Bartz Hospice Center in Valparaiso on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Church, member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch #452, Whiting. Preceded in death by her husband, Libero Maffie in 1986. She is survived by one son: Arthur (Anne) Maffie of Geneseo, IL; one daughter, Jane (Dan) Maffie-Lee of Quincy, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren: Gia, Michael, Andrew and Eric Maffie, Andrew, Christopher and Nicholas Lee; one sister-in-law, Helen (late John) Kolada; and loving cousins and nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2001, 10:30 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 801 West 73rd Ave., Merrillville, IN, Rev. Terrence R. Chase officiating. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, Indiana, on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. A Wake Service will be offered Thursday at 7 p.m. Mrs Maffie may also be viewed at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m.

Judith A. McAuliffe


Judith A. McAuliffe, 61, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2001 at St. Anthony Hospital, Crown Point, Indiana. Born in Hobart, September 28, 1939, daughter of the later Perry E. and Ellen J. McIntyre Anderson. Owner of Hop-N-Stop Mini Mart, Rt 30, Valparaiso; member of Laureate Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; member of Old Mill Decorative Painters, Painted Dunes and Illinois Prairie Painters. Graduate of Hobart High School. Survived by husband, Donald H. McAuliffe and son, Stephen (Kathleen) McAuliffe of Valparaiso; daughter, Crystal (Joseph) Nacci of Lyle, IL; granddaughter, Rosalyn Nacci; two brothers, Joseph "Pat" (Phyllis) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV and Donald (Lynn) Anderson of Wisconsin. Preceded in death by her brother, Perry Arnold Anderson.

Funeral service Friday, February 23, 2001 from Dykes Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. to St. Paul Church, for 11 a.m. Mass, Rev. Joseph Pawlowski and Msgr. John J. Charlebois con-celebrant. Burial St. Paul Cemetery, Valparaiso. Visitation Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., with a Wake Service at 4 p.m., at Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 North Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 219-462-3125. Family wishes memorials to Hoosier Boys Town and Special Olympics.

Chad McClellan

Saint John, IN

Chad L. McClellan, 28, of Saint John, IN, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2001. He is survived by his mother, Joyce McClellan and grandmother, Josephine Barbier of St. John; brothers: David (Susan), Daniel (Janice) and Jeffrey; nieces and nephews: Amber, Megan, Brandon, David, Margaret, Phoebe and Daniel; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends: Brian, Rob, Ben and Val. Preceded in death by his father, Howard.

Friends are invited to gather with the family for a Celebration of Chad’s Life on Saturday, February 24, 2001 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Elmwood Chapel, 11300 W. 97th Lane (1/2 Block West of US 41-Wicker Ave., at 97th Lane), Saint John, IN. Private Burial in Dugger, IN.

Chad was a 1990 graduate of Lake Central High School, a 1994 graduate of Purdue University Calumet and was employed at Lucent Technologies. He operated his Amateur Radio Station- KA9YLV-since the age of 14, enjoyed fishing, gardening/landscaping and carpentry. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Info: 219-365-3474.

Agnes A. Molnar

Hobart / Gary

Agnes A. Molnar, 90, of Hobart, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2001. Mrs. Molnar had been a Hobart resident since 1960 coming from Gary. She was born April 24, 1910 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Anna (Kocsiscik) Kohut. Survivors are daughter: Arlene (Floyd) Iddings, Jr. of Hobart; two grandchildren: Mark (Kim) Armenta and Nancy (Douglas) McGowan; three great-grandchildren: Lauren and Kathryn Armenta and Alexander McGowan; three step-grandchildren: Barbara (Edward) Mazur, Debbi (Dan) Mamula and Keith (Debbie) Iddings; six step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; brother, Emil (Teddy) Kohut of Gary. Preceded in death by husband, Louis A., parents, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 23, 2001, 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN, Rev. Robert B. Evers officiating. Cremation, Calvary Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.

Bernice P. Ozanus (nee Mamunski)

Calumet City, IL

Bernice P. Ozanus (nee Mamunski), 88, late of Calumet City, IL, passed away Monday, February 19, 2001. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (Cyril) Smotrilla; two grandchildren: Cheryl (Tim) Riordan and Ron Smotrilla; one great-grandson: Ben Riordan; a sister, Celia Mamunski; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. Ozanus, her parents, John and Valaria Mamunski, two brothers, John and Walter Mamunski and two sisters, Sophie Stein and Lucille Mamunski.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 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. Visitation Friday 4 to 9 p.m.

Melvin C. "Mel" Perzee

Hebron, IN / Joliet, IL

Melvin C. "Mel" Perzee, 78, of Hebron, IN, passed away at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point at 11:15 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2001. Born July 10, 1922 in Danforth, IL to the late Sam and Emma (Zeebyk) Perzee. A resident since 1988 coming from Joliet, IL. Married Sept 16, 1986 in Granger, IN to Janice (Krueger), who survives. Also survived by six children: Melvin J. (Trudy) Perzee of Wheatfield, Marilyn E. (David) Farmer of Joliet, Tom (Janeta R.) Perzee of North Webster, IN, John C. (Janet) Perzee of Wheatfield, Sandra L. Perzee of Joliet, Raymond M. (Mary Ann) Perzee of Sierra Vista, AZ; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three sisters: Helen Collings of Humbolt, TX, Maryellen Bertrand of Kankakee, IL, Dorothy Bieshiuzen of Cissna Park, IL; three stepchildren: William E. (Bonnie) Woodlee of Elkhart, Douglas Lee (Diane) Woodlee of Barbourville, KY, Sue Shaer of Plainfield, IN; 10 step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his first wife: Marjorie E. (

Korte) in 1985, grandson, John Farmer in 1997, grandsons, Timothy Perzee in 1970, Paul Perzee in 1971 and James Perzee in 1973; three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation at Calvary Assembly of God Church in DeMotte, IN, on Saturday February 24, 2001 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a memorial service at 4 p.m., with Reverend James Clarke officiating. Interment, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Joliet, IL. Memorials to Morningstar Rescue Mission, 350 E. Washington, Joliet, IL 60433-1150. Family Service Funeral Home, Miller Hebron Chapel is handling arrangements. Info: 219-987-2323.

Charlotte E. Rench (nee Fenes)


Charlotte E. Rench (nee Fenes), 86, of Highland, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. Survived by two sons: Dwight (Jacqueline) Rench of Lowell and Robert (Patty) Rench of Crown Point; two daughters: Mary (Glen) Piretto of Reno, NV and Elizabeth (Tom) Reilly of Phoenix, AZ; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Medford in 1967, one son, Richard Rench and one daughter, Delpha Olney.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. from the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, Mass of Chrisitian Burial 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland, Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, IN. Prayer service Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Rench was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church of Highland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony Hospice.

Helen Protolipac


Helen Protolipac, 85, of Whiting, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2001 at home. She is survived by her children: Carol (Chuck) Hendricks of Highland, Barbara (James) Mikula and John "Tater" (Jennifer) Protolipac, both of Whiting; seven grandchildren: Christine (John) Arlet of Union Park, FL, Mark Hendricks of St. Louis, MO, Richard Buckmaster of Whiting, Joseph Buckmaster of Highland, Theresa Mikula, Nicole Protolipac and Peter Protolipac, all of Whiting; three great-grandchildren; Mark Hendricks of St. Louis, MO, Leia and Erin Arlet of Union Park, FL; one brother, Martin Lamski of Hammond. Preceded indeath by husband, Peter in 1987, two brothers, Edward Lamski of East Chicago and Tom Lamski of Tucson, AZ, two sisters, Ann (late Frank) Schaller of Chicago Heights, IL and Marge Stevenson of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. from the Owens Funeral Home, Calumet Avenue & 119th St., Whiting, IN, 10 a.m. Mass at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Whiting, with Rev. Charles Niblick officiating. Burial at St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Protolipac was a member of the Croatian Catholic Union Lodge #5 and SS. Peter & Paul Rosary Society. She worked for Al Knapps Restaurant and Vogels Restaurant. She started and managed Burger’s Supermarket Bakery Dept. in 1968, and worked part time at Whiting Community Center until the age of 75. She was an avid bingo player, and a lifelong resident of Whiting.

Joseph E. Solan


Joseph E. Solan, 82, of Munster, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2001. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Irene (Hrycak); two sons: Joseph (Maureen) Solan, Jr. of St. John and David (Kim) Solan of Reno, NV; one daughter: Sara (Stephen) Powell of Australia; one twin brother, Anthony (late Mary) Solan of Munster; five grandchildren: Joseph (Vivian), Jason (Alison), Jered, Matthew and Jamie; great grandchild, Sophia Mikayla; sisters-in-law, Antoinette Solan, Dorothy Kuzemka and Alice (Thomas) Wood; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by four brothers, Pete, John, Mike and Steve.

Divinie Liturgy Friday, February 23, 2001 at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Nicolas Byzantine Church with Msgr. Frank Korba officiating. He will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. At rest, St. Nicholas Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Solan Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN. Parastas 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Joseph was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church. Retired Chief Appraiser for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Chicago. A retired Naval Commander, he served in WWII, Atlantic & Pacific Theatres and the Korean Conflict. First Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Reserve Training Center, Miller Beach. Member and Past Commander of American Legion Post #16 and V.F.W. Post #2697. American Legion Post #16 will hold services Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Evelyn A. Woerner

(nee Stiehler)

Dolton, IL

Evelyn A. Woerner (nee Stiehler), 80, of Dolton, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2001. Loving mother to Frank (Susan), Susan (Neil) Plug, Barbara Noel and Gary; Beloved grandmother of six: Devoted sister to George Stiehler and sister-in-law to Eleanor Stiehler; Many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Friday, February 23, 2001, 10 a.m. at the Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943 South Torrence Ave., Lansing, Illinois. Visitation on Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. Interment, Mount Greenwood Cemetery. 708-474-2404.

Dr. Steven William Vargo

Hershey, PA/Whiting, IN

Dr. Steven William Vargo, 69, of Hershey, PA, passed away peacefully Sunday February 18, 2001 following a lengthy illness. Originally from Whiting, IN., Dr. Vargo served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954-1956. He earned his Masters Degree at Purdue University in 1957, at which time he became Director of St. Joseph’s County Crippled Children’s Hospital in South Bend, IN. In 1965 he earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University. He served as an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University and then completed a 2 year post-doctoral research at Northwestern University in 1972.

Dr. Vargo came to Hershey in 1972, establishing the Audiology/Speech Pathology Department at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. In 1979, he entered private practice, serving the community until his retirement in 1999.

Dr. Vargo was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, PA, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was a member of the Rosary Group, served as past chairman of the Parish Advisory Council and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor John J. Lawley Council #6693. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Hershey and served in the Dairy Twp. Bicentennial Committee. A proud veteran, Dr. Vargo belonged to the V.F.W. Post #710 as well as the American Legion. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years; Jean Hadarich Vargo of Hershey, PA; two sons, Steven J. Vargo and Jeffrey A. Vargo (Chrisantly) both of Lantana, FL; one daughter, Dr. Julie A. Vargo, Vero Beach, FL; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Tyler and Virginia.

Dr. Vargo touched many lives over the years and he will be missed by his family and friends. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey, PA. Memorial gifts may be sent to: St. Joan of Arc Heart of the Parish Fund, 359 W. Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033 or Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33486, Attn: Community Relations, in Dr. Steven W. Vargo’s memory. Info: 561-732-8151.

Frances Rita Zaleski (Zale) (nee Jeska)

Elkhart, IN

Frances Rita Zaleski (Zale) (nee Jeska), 92, of Elkhart, IN, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2001. Survived by daughter: Lucille (Theodore) Izak of Elkhart, IN; sons: Joseph A. Zale of Elkhart, IN, Raymond (Veronica) Zale of Thornton, CO, Eugene (Cheryl) Zale of Warsaw, IN, Bernard (Pamela) Zale of Cincinnati, OH, Thad (Deborah) Zale of Lansing, MI; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph (former Gary, Indiana Fire Chief), parents, John and Mary Jeska, sister, Regina Madajczyk, great-granddaughter, Jaime Izak and grandson, David Zale; brother-in-law, Tony Zale (former two-time Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. at Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft St. (Rt 55), Merrillville, IN and 10 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 3530 Illinois St., New Chicago, IN, with Father Joseph Krupp officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Portage, IN. Friends may call on Friday, February 23rd, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the chapel of Stilinovich & Wiatrolik.

Frances was a member of Daughters of Isabella, DePaul Circle 434, PNA Madame Curie Circle, Gary Firefighters, Womens Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Glen Park Post. Born and raised in Chicago and lived in Hobart and Gary where she married Joseph in 1929. After her marriage she cared for her home and family. She loved to dance the polka and play pinochle. She also managed Zale’s Marine Inn, located in Glen Park for 20 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Czado Catholic/Christian Education Fund, P. O. Box 80075, Lansing, MI 48908-0075