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Obituaries - Lake County/IL

Obituaries - Lake County/IL

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Carlos J. Alvarez

Hammond

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

9 p.m.

Matthew "Matt" Baginski

East Chicago

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

Chicago, 219-398-0938.

Mary T. Balog

Highland

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

in 1974.

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

Gary

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)

East Chicago

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;

son,

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

Highland

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

Chapel

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,

Indiana.

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

Griffith

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

Crown

Point

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

Christopher. Survived

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

New York.

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.

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James G. Edwards

Portage

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

to 9

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.

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Steve "Foxy" Emrick

East Chicago

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)

Crown Point

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

John "Johnny".

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

Mass follows

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

officiating.

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

Hammond/East Chicago

Henry Herrera, 68, of Hammond, IN, passed away on Monday, May 17, 1999 at

St. Margaret

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

deCristobal

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

Highland

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,

1994.

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

9 p.m.

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.

Porter/Merrillville/Hammond

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,

AL 334-298-0364.

Florence Kinsley

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

(nee Taraj)

Whiting

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

his grandchildren.

Thomas B. Luedtke

"Tommy Turtle"

Hobart

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

loving friends.

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

Burns Funeral

Home, Hobart Chapel. Contributions may be made to The Thomas B. Luedtke

Memorial Fund.

Lillian Mae Marshall

East Chicago

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

Griffith/Gary

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

(nee Hatfield)

Crown Point

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.

Friends

may call at the Geisen Funeral Home, Merrillville chapel on Wednesday from 2 to

8 p.m.

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