Carlos J. Alvarez
Carlos J. Alvarez, 48, of Hammond, IN, passed away Friday, May 14, 1999 at
his home. Survived by two sons, Carlos J. Alvarez III of Munster, IN and
Anthony Alvarez of Newport News, Virginia. Friends may visit with the family
on Wednesday, May 19, 1999 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201
Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana,
Mr. Alvarez was an East Chicago business man, president of Universal
Industrial Supply; past president of East Chicago Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce; former employee of Inland Steel Company. He was a Captain in the
U.S. Marine Corps and a former resident of Bay Shore, New York.
Mary R. Arzich
Florida / Lansing, IL
Mary R. Arzich, 87, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of Lansing,
IL, passed away Sunday, May 16, 1999. Survived by three children: Mary Ellen
Arzich of Port St. Lucie, Anthony J. (Joyce) Arzich Jr. of Lansing, IL and
Annette (Emmett) Murphy of Port St. Lucie; three grandchildren, Michael (Moira)
Arzich, Anthony J. (Tricia)
Arzich III and John (Virginia) Murphy; two sisters, Amanda (late Ladi) Tome of
Midlothian and Ann (late Joseph) Saban of Morris, IL. Preceded in death by
parents, Matthew and Helen Ratkovic and husband, Anthony J. Arzich, Sr.
Funeral services will be held
on Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 8:30 a.m. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home,
3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL, to St. Ann Church, for Mass at 9 a.m. Burial at
St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL. Friends may call at the funeral home
on Friday from 3 to
Matthew "Matt" Baginski
Matthew Baginski "Matt", 71, of East Chicago, passed away on Monday, May 17,
1999. Survived by two sisters, Antoinette (Joseph S.) Rokosz of Crown Point and
Virginia (late William) Szaller of St. John; two
nieces, Christine (Allan) Pleitner of Munster and Barbara D. (Eric) Dohrmann of
Lafayette; three nephews, Ronald Szaller of Crown Point, Richard and Robert
Szaller, both of St. John; two great nephews, Nathan and David Pleitner and
great niece, Janet Pleitner.
Cremation service will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 1999 followed by a
private burial service on Thursday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL
Mr. Baginski was a lifelong resident of East Chicago and a veteran of the
U.S. Army during the Korean War.
For further information please contact the Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, East
Mary T. Balog
Mary T. Balog, 82, of Highland, passed away on Monday, May 17, 1999.
Survived by one daughter, Lauretta (Ted) Taylor of Urbana,
IL; one son, Steven Balog of Colorado; six grandchildren and four great
grandchildren; three brothers, Stanley Furman and Al Furman of East Chicago and
Joe (Ann) Furman of Lynwood, IL. Preceded in death by her husband, Valentine
Friend may meet
at Our Lady of Grace Church in Highland, Indiana on Thursday, May 20, 1999 at
9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Rev. Edward
Moszur officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends are invited to meet
with the family on Wednesday
from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks
south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mrs. Balog was a former member and organist at Our Lady of Grace Church of
Highand and a former payroll clerk at Topps Discount Store. Prayer
service Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Mary M. Bedner
Mary M. Bedner, 89, of Gary, IN, passed away Monday, May 17, 1999. Survived
by one daughter, Patti (Jerry Govert) Conway of Gary, IN; one son, George
(Shirley) Bedner of Dayton, WY; three grandchildren
and two great grandchildren; and one brother, Bill (Betty) Baran of Arizona.
Preceded in death by husband, Michael Bedner.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 11:30 a.m. from the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial
at 12 noon at St. Mary Church, Griffith, Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. Burial
at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends are invited to visit with the family on
Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two
blocks south of Ridge
Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mrs. Bedner was a member of St. Mary Church of Griffith; retired Registered
Nurse after 27 years; member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 214 of
Merrillville; former member of 41st Street Library Senior Citizens Club and
Harvest House. Prayer service Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Ann Benedek (nee Vieckus), 80, of East Chicago, passed away on Tuesday, May
18, 1999 at her home. Survived by daughter, Cassandra Miller of East Chicago;
William "Butch" (Traci) Benedek of Munster; three grandchildren, Jonathan,
Nicholas and Jeremy Benedek. Preceded in death by her parents, Antanas and
Martha Vieckus and her husband, William Benedek.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20, 1999
at 9:30 a.m. at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago,
and 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church with Rev. Stephen Gibson officiating.
Entombment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may call at the Fife
Funeral Home 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday..
Fathers Mens will pray the rosary at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mrs. Benedek was a member of St. Mary's Parish, member of the Rosary
Sodality and D of I; past president of East Chicago Fraternal Order of Police
Lodge; member of White Eagles Club; graduate of
Washington High School, class of 1937, and a lifelong area resident. In lieu of
flowers, memorials to Hospice of the Calumet Region.
Judith F. Cline
Judith F. Cline, 59, of Highland, passed away on Monday, May 17, 1999.
Survived by three
sons, David Cline of Hammond, Richard (Kathy) Cline of Highland and Robert
Cline of Hammond; three daughters, Cindi (Kevin) Richardson of Highland, Bambi
Matthews of Highland and Evelyn (Barry) Wagoner of Gary; 12 grandchildren; two
great grandchildren; one
brother, Donald (Kathi) Lewis of Florida; two sisters, Grace (Bill) Harbour of
Hammond and Norma (Finley) Wells of New Haven, IN and special friends, Sally,
Betty and Jan.
Funeral services Friday, May 21, 1999 at 1 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home
with Rev. Steve Loft officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN.
Friends are invited to meet with the family Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper
Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland,
Mrs. Cline was
formerly employed with the Lear-Sieglar Company of South Holland and Rocky's
Tap in Hammond. Judy like to play cards, do crossword puzzles and word search.
Linzie Conley, 74, of Griffith, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 1999.
Survived by wife, Angeline, of 46 years; four sons, Stephen (Dianne) Conley of
Rolling Prairie, IN, John Conley and Karen Mika of Cedar Lake, James (Nancy)
Conley of Griffith and Jesse Conley of Griffith; one daughter, Catherine
(Donald) Fech of Highland;
loving grandfather of 11 grandchildren: Kelly, Chris and Mike Conley, Jennifer
and Bryan Conley, Julie and James, Jr. Conley, Nick, Marissa and Tony Maxberry
and Kimberly Fech "his treasured little buddy"; loving great grandfather of
Christy Conley; three
sisters, Zelphia Cossey of California, Gloria Collins of Plymouth, IN and
Fannie (Edward) Wiremen of Michigan.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. from the
Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Theodore J. Mens officiating. Burial
at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may meet with the family on
Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman
Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.
Mr. Conley was a member of St. Mary Church
of Griffith; member of the Izaak Walton League of Griffith for 25 years;
formerly employed with Ortman-Miller Machine Shop, Nicholas Engineering, and
Keen Cast Foundry; Associate member of Griffith VFW. Prayer service Thursday
at 3 p.m.
Sylvia Driskell, 59, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away Monday, May 17,
1999. Retired Surgical Technologist at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus, and
an avid oil panter. Preceded in death by parents, Mabel and Charles
by husband, Michael; three children, Robert (Rachel) Myers of Calumet City, IL,
Janice (Anthony) Anello of Hammond, IN and Michael Driskell of Valparaiso, IN;
three grandchildren, Christopher, Steven and William Myers; one brother,
Benjamin Christpher of
Friends may call at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN, on
Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Private graveside funeral service Friday, May 21,
1999 at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Indiana.
James G. Edwards
James G. Edwards, 50, of Portage, passed away on Monday, May 17, 1999.
Survived by wife, Debra; one daughter, Kimberly Edwards of Griffith; one
granddaughter, Kaitlyn; two sisters, Maruilyn (Louis) Dockstader of Illinois
and Sharon Edwards of Kouts;
nephews and nieces.
Funeral services are Friday, May 21, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Kuiper Funeral
Home Chapel, with Ken Ball, Minister, officiating. Burial at Chapel Lawn
Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 2
p.m. on Thursday at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks
south of Ridge Road), Highland.
Mr. Edwards was employed at U.S. Steel for 28 years and K-Mart for 32 years.
Veteran of U.S. Army.
Steve "Foxy" Emrick
Steve Emrick "Foxy", 72, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May
18, 1999. He was born January 9, 1927, the youngest of four children born to
Michael and Katherine Emrick. Steve was a graduate of Roosevelt High School,
joined the U.S. Army
and served in WWII. Married Phyllis Therese Wierzbinski on October 13, 1956.
Steve was retired from LTV Steel Co. in East Chicago after 34 years of service
and was an avid golfer. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather
and will be dearly
missed. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Phyllis; daughter,
Renee (Paul) Wadas of Westville; son, Stephan Emrick of East Chicago; two
grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon Wadas; two sisters, Irene (Wallace) Skierge of
Munster and Anne Padjen of
Lansing, IL; sister-in-law, Julie Emrick. He is survived by nieces, Kathy Petyo
and Patricia Padjen, nephews, Michael Emrick and James (Kathy) Padjen; great
niece, Amanda Padjen; great nephews, Christopher Padjen and Michael Emrick. He
was preceded in death
by his father and mother, Michael Sr. and Katherine Emrick, brother, Michael
Emrick Jr. and brother-in-law Frank Padjen.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 1999, 9:30 a.m. at the Fife
Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN, and
10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church with Rev. Joseph Niezgoda officiating. Burial
at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call at the Fife Funeral
Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Wake service at 3 p.m. Thursday
at the chapel.
Mary Frances Halpin (nee Eder), 86, died Friday, May 14, 1999, at St.
Athony Medical Center, Crown Point. Born in Crown Point on March 24, 1913, Mrs.
Halpin spent her childhood here. She attended St. Mary Grade
School, also, St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, graduating in 1931. She
graduated from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame in 1935. While at St. Mary's
she spent a year in the Sorbonne at the University of Paris in France. Mary
Fran was awarded a diploma for
French Civilization with superior honors. After college she worked for the Lake
County Title and Trust Company and U.S. Steel in the Chem Lab. During WWII, her
life changed with her marriage in 1944 to an Army Air Force Pilot, Captain
Robert H. Halpin. She
became the mother of five daughters and three sons. All this while traveling
around the world. She organized and made a home for her husband and family in
Canada, Germany, Connecticut and Florida, over her husbands career. She
exhibited herculean efforts
and energy all her life managing household, education, children, church
activities and traveling. When stationed in Florida, she taught 3rd grade. The
Halpin's returned to Crown Point in 1968 to care for Mary Fran's ill mother.
Mary Fran returned to school
to earn a Masters Degree in French at I.U. in Bloomington. She taught French at
South Ward Elementary and at Solon Robinson, traveling between the 5th and 6th
grades at each school. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary Church, Crown
Point, and member
of the Altar and Rosary Society. Member of St. Mary College Club and Tri Kappa
Association. Survivors include her five daughters, Mary, Anne, Jeanne, Patricia
and Paula; two sons, Michael and Robert and five grandchildren. She was the
beloved wife of the
late Robert Hanley Halpin and was preceded in death by her loving son, Edward
A memorial visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 1999 at
Geisen Funeral Home, 109 North East Street, Crown Point, Indiana. A Memorial
on Friday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Crown Point, IN.
For information 219-663-2500.
Howard Martin Hasz
Fox Lake, WI
Howard Martin Hasz, 77, of Fox Lake, died late Saturday evening May 15,
1999 at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital
in Beaver Dam. Howard was born on June 28, 1921 in Mount Prospect, IL, the son
of Martin and Rose (Holste) Hasz. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran School and
was a graduate of River Forest Lutheran High School. Howard then enlisted in
the Army serving during
WWII in the European Theatre. On February 7, 1948, he was united in marriage to
Norma Busse in Mount Prospect, IL. He then graduated from Valparaiso College
in Valparaiso, IN, in 1949 receiving a BS in business and physics. Howard held
various sales positions
over the years and attended U.S. Whitewater earning his Masters in Safety
Management in 1984. He was then employed with Aldrich Chemical in Milwaukee and
retired in 1987. He and his wife then moved to Fox Lake where they resided
since. Howard loved to try
different hobbies but found that he most enjoyed fly tying, fishing, wood
carving with the Lake Country Wood Carvers and e-mailing his family and
friends. He was also a dedicated member of the Randolph Evangelical Free Church
in Randolph, the church's Mission
Board and servied as church elder for many years. Howard will be sadly missed
and mourned by his wife, Norma of Fox Lake; two sons, Joel (Bobbie Jo) of
Boise, Idaho and Jeffrey (Pat) of San Diego, CA; one daughter, Michele Hasz of
Lansing, IL; three grandchildren,
Sara, Marshall and Taylor; two sisters, Norma Angel of Appleton, WI and Lois
Fischer of Broken Arrow, OK, two brothers, Martin of Denver CO and David (Mary
Beth) of Arvada, CO; many nieces, nephews, several other relatives and friends.
Howard was preceded
in death by his parents, one niece, one brother-in-law, James Angel and one
sister-in-law, Gayle Hasz.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday evening May 20, 1999 at 7 p.m. from
the Randolph Evangelical Free Church in Randolph with Rev. Lee Smith
Burial will be held on Friday, May 21, 1999 at 1 p.m. at the St. Paul's
Lutheran Cemetery in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Family and friends may call on
Thursday evening May 20, 1999, from 5 p.m. until the time of services at the
church. Memorials may be directed
to the Mission Media of Campus Crusade for Christ. The Kratz-Smedema Funeral
Home in Fox Lake is serving the family. 920-928-3121.
Henry Herrera, 68, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Monday, May 17, 1999 at
Hospital. Survived by wife, Janet; four step-children, Brenda (John) Uylaki of
Schererville, Linda (Juan) Vargas, Connie Montgomery and John Montgomery, all
of Hammond; two brothers, Peter of East Chicago and Luis of Grand Prairie, TX;
one sister, Eva Nava
of South Chicago; 11 step-grandchilren, one step-great grandchild; numerous
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 8:30 p.m. from the
Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago with Rev. Fernando
officiating. Cremation will take place at Regional Cremation Services. Friends
are invited to call at Fife Funeral Home 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Herrera retired in 1994 from LTV Steel Company with 28 years of service
and was a lifelong resident of East
Chicago and Hammond.
Mary E. Hinkel
Mary E. Hinkel, 88, of Highland, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at
the Highland Nursing Home. Mrs. Hinkel is survived by three children: Linda
(Vernon) Finchum of Highland, Jon Hinkel of Hammond
and Wanda Archer of St. Louis, MO; five grandchildren; Chris Archer, Melissa
Archer, Timothy, Ryan and Brandon Hinkel; three great grandchildren, Melody
Marie, Adam Lee and Jonathan Robert Hinkel. Preceded in death by her husband,
Wilbur L. Hinkel, June 7,
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 21, 1999 at 10 a.m. from the
Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN, with Pastor Alan Lutz
and Dr. John Eastwood of the Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating.
Cremation to follow. Friends
are invited to call at the Bocken Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to
Mrs. Hinkel was a lifetime resident of the Calumet Area; a member of Covenant
Presbyterian Church and a member of the PTA.
Max E. Johnson, Jr.
Max E. Johnson, Jr., 35, of Porter, formerly of Merrillville and Hammond,
passed away on Sunday, May 6, 1999 at his home. Survived by his loving wife,
Michelle; six children; Ashlynn, Sarah and Max III, Zachary, T.J. and Jessica;
father, Max Johnson, Sr.
of Attica, IN; mother, Linda White of Hessville; step--parents, Benny and Laura
Daniel of Griffith; sister, Melissa Daniel of Hammond; step-grandfather, Rich
Beeson of Attica, IN. Preceded in death by his brother, Scott.
A Memorial Service will be held
on Wednesday, May 19, 1999 at 8 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, 7051
Kennedy Ave., Hessville. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Max was a member of Teamsters Local 142 of Gary. Born and raised in Hammond
where he attended schools. Moved
to Houston for a short period of time and when returning to Hammond he has
worked for Dietrich Industries since 1989. Max loved to fish.
Henry Jordan, Jr
Alabama / Hammond, IN
Henry Jordan, Jr., 62, of Hatchechubbee, AL, formerly of Hammond, IN,
entered into eternal peace on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at the Medical Center,
Columbus, GA. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Priscilla; mother,
Eva Mae Jordan of Hatchechubbee, AL; one son, Joel (Myra) Jordan of Las Vegas,
NV; five daughters,
Cynthia (Greg) Espy of Duluth, GA, Charlotte (Daniel) Irvin of Columbus, GA,
Penny Gillis, Nicole (Clarence) Anderson and Charmitta Jordan, all of Hammond,
IN; two brothers, Joel (Mary Pearl) Jordan of Columbus, GA, Brady (Monica)
Jordan and two sisters,
Lois (Felix) Howard, Ernestine (Eddie) Crowell, all of Montgomery, AL; 12
grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded
in death by father, Henry Jordan, Sr.
Funeral service will be Saturday, May 22, 1999 at Mt. Sinai Baptist
Church in Hatchechubee, AL with Rev. Mitchell officiating. Mr. Jodan retired
after 23 years of service from Inland Steel. He was a member of the Friendship
Baptist Church of East Chicago, IN. Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home, 1514
5th Ave., Phenix City,
Calumet City, IL
Florence Kinsley, 70, of Calumet City, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 16,
1999. Survived by loving husband, Edwin; daughters, Heather and Carrie; two
grandchildren, Anna and Amber; one sister, Evelyn
(Tony) Mirarck; one sister-in-law, Mary Fruce and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Funeral services
Friday, May 21, 1999, 11 a.m. at
the funeral home with Rev. Berry Groh officiating. Interment at Oakland Memory
Lanes, Dolton, Illinois.
Florence was a former entertainer by the name of "Flo Parker".
Mary Ann Jamison Koble
Mary Ann Jamison Koble (nee Taraj),
82, of Whiting, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at The Community
Hospital, Munster. Survived by two daughters, Elaine (John) Forgacs of
Ridgeway, Michigan and Joann (William) Keepes of Whiting; two sons, Louis
(Linda) Jamison of Crete and Wayne Koble
of Whiting; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Cecilia
(late Marion) Espinos of Chicago and Sophie (late Frank) Gorczyca of Whiting;
numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary
Taraj, two brothers,
Joseph and John Taraj and sister, Ann Schlichte.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baran
Funeral Home, 1235 -119th St., Whiting. A Mass of Christian Burial will be
offered at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic
Church, Whiting, with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, 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 Rosary Society together with members of the parish
will offer prayers
at the funeral home Thursday at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Koble was a lifelong resident of Whiting; a member of St. John the
Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting; the St. John Rosary Society and a retiree of
the former Condes Restaurant of Whiting with a service of 20 years.
The K of C. Wives Club of the Whiting Knights of Columbus will offer prayers at
the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 219-659-4400.
Joseph L. Leach, Sr.
DeMotte/Lake Village, IN
Joseph L. Leach, Sr., 44, of DeMotte, IN, formerly of Lake Village,
IN, passed away on May 17, 1999 at the University of Chicago Hospital following
a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen (nee Hess)
Leach; two children, Jennifer (Carl) Klahn and Joseph Jr. (Gina) Leach, both of
DeMotte; six grandchildren,
Amber, Coty and Austin Klahn, Nicholas, Steven and Kaitlyn Leach, all of
DeMotte, his parents, Mary Leach Beedle of Lake Village and Joseph N. Leach of
Florida; four brothers, John Leach, Jerry (Angela) Leach, Jeff (Jenn Hall)
Leach and Jay (Tanya Williams)
Beedle; three sisters, Sue (Jon) Greenlee, Sheryl (Mike) Casey and Sandy
(Wally) Egyed; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a
brother, Jimmy Leach.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 21, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. at
the St. Augusta
Catholic Church in Lake Village, IN, Father Ambrose Ziegler officiating. Burial
will follow at Lake Village Cemetery. Friends are invited to call on Thursday
from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN.
Joe was a lifelong
resident of the area. He graduated from North Newton High School in 1973 where
he excelled in track, football and basketball. Later, he coached North Newton
Pop Warner football and Lake Village Pee Wee baseball for several years and
also served as a Scout
Leader. Joe also served as Lake Village Little League baseball and North Newton
Pop Warner football President and actively enjoyed all sports activities with
Thomas B. Luedtke
Thomas B. Luedtke "Tommy Turtle",
48, a lifelong Hobart resident, passed away in St. Mary Medical Center on
Saturday, May 15, 1999. Tom was a graduate of Hobart High School, class of
1968. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict-U.S. Army and a construction
electrician for NIPSCO with 26
years of service. Survived by wife of 29 years, Debbie (nee Shirey) Luedtke of
Hobart; two daughters, Kris (fiance, Joe Casko) Luedtke of Valparaiso and
Carrie (Scott) McCabe Luedtke of Hobart; two granddaughters, Ellexus and Taylr
McCabe; three brothers,
Dick (Susie) Luedtke and Terry (Jean) Luedtke, both of Hobart and Jim (Terri)
Luedtke of Portage; one sister, Lori (Dave) Bull of Hobart; parents, Joan and
Chuck Luedtke of Hobart; maternal grandparents, Mary and Cub Bair of Portage;
many nieces and nephews;
in-laws, Les and Dorothy Shirey of Syracuse, IN, brother-in-law, Gordon (Jan)
Shirey of Hobart; sisters-in-law, Barb (Scott) Workman and Sue (Bob)
Thornberry, both of Hobart and Pam (Jim) Williams of Chesterton; aunts and
uncles and many special cousins and
Funeral services Wednesday, May 19, 1999, 1 p.m. at the Burns Funeral Home,
(corner of Rt 51 & 7th Street), Hobart, IN. Burial, Graceland Cemetery,
Valparaiso, IN. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Home, Hobart Chapel. Contributions may be made to The Thomas B. Luedtke
Lillian Mae Marshall
Lillian Mae Marshall, 74, of East Chicago, passed away Saturday, May 15,
1999 at St. Catherine Hospital. Survived by husband,
Freddie; cousin, Letha Stone of Beloit, WI; two aunts, Bennie Stone of Earl, AR
and Mamie Dear of St. Louis, MO; one uncle, Ollie (Zelma) Brown of Earl, AR;
devoted friends, Irma Modene Wesson and Vera Watts, both of Chicago, Ella Davis
of Gary, William Roberts,
Ralph and Martha Ortega, all of East Chicago; many God-children and a host of
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services Thursday, May 20, 1999, 11 a.m. at Hinton-Williams Funeral
Home, 4859 Alexander Ave., East Chicago, with Rev. Robert
Dickerson officiating. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park, Hobart. Friends
may call Thursday, May 20th at Hinton-Williams Funeral Home from 10 to 11 a.m.,
prior to funeral services.
Leon J. Piet
Leon J. Piet, 55, of Griffith, formerly
of Gary, passed away in his home on Sunday, May 16, 1999. Leo was a graduate of
Horace Mann High School, class of 1962. He was a retired employee of Inland
Steel Corp. and member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Griffith. Member of
P.N.A. (Polish National
Alliance). Preceded in death by his father, Leon S. Piet in 1998 and brother,
William D. Piet in 1990. Survived by his mother, Jane M. Piet and two brothers,
Mark P. Piet and James R. Piet, all of Griffith; aunt, Albina Klempka of
Oakland, CA; cousins,Diane
(Don) Erdelac of Gary, Barbara Roppolo of New Port Beach, CA, Maxine (Jim)
Beougher of Griffith,Tim Gospodorek of Hobart, Karen Klempka-McCue of Oakland,
CA, Alice (Chris) Schlosser of Hobart.
Funeral services will be held on Thurday, May 20, 1999, 9 a.m.
at the Burns Funeral Home, (corner of 101st and Broadway), Merrillville/Crown
Point Chapel to St. Mary Church, 525 North Broad, Griffith, for Mass of
Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Rev. Theodore J. Mens officiating. Interment
at Calumet Park Cemetery Merrillville.
Prayer service Wednesday at 3 p.m. Silver Bell Club service 4 p.m. Friends may
call at the Burns Funeral Home (Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel) on Wednesday
from 2 to 8 p.m.
Melba R. Stevens
Melba R. Stevens (nee Hatfield),
72, of Crown Point, passed away at her residence on Sunday, May 16, 1999.
Melba ran a beauty shop from her residence after being employed for 19 years at
Jay Miniers Beauty Salon as a hairdresser. Member of First Presbyterian Church
of Merrillville and
former member of Innsbrook Country Club. Melba enjoyed traveling, boating and
golfing. She was preceded in death by parents, Mable and Simeon Hatfield and
one sister, Betty Mullis. Survived by companion of 16 years, George "Bib"
Carroll of Crown Point; one
daughter, Nancy (Terry) Willie of Crown Point; one son, Ed (Barbara M.) Beck of
Hobart; four grandchildren, three step-grand-children and two
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Charlotte Workman of Winfield and Shirley
(Sam) Bianco of Valparaiso; numerous
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 1999, 11 a.m. at the Geisen
Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN with Dr. Scott Paczkowski
officiating. Entombment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.
may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, Merrillville chapel on Wednesday from 2 to