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Date: 01/21/98

Head: Obituaries.


Ernest A. "Buzz" Arthur

Florida / Gary

Ernest A. "Buzz" Arthur, 57, of Jacksonville, FL. and formerly of Gary,

IN. passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 1998. Survived by his wife of 34

years, Elaine; son, Christopher B. Arthur; daughter, Sheryl R. Ware and

grandson, Blake E. Ware, all of Florida, mother, Sybil Arthur of Portage; three

sisters, Darlene (Paul) Shotts of Florida, Dottie (Bill) Isaacs and Phyllis

(late Jerr) Kerley, both of Portage. Preceded in death by his father, Rev.

Ernest G. Arthur.

Mr. Arthur was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Tolleston High School,

class of 1958. He was an engineer with the St. John's River Power Park for 12

years. Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway,

Merrillville, on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be

held Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Pruzin Brothers Chapel with Rev.

Randell Spence officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Marguerite A. August

(nee Ryan)

LOFS / East Side of Chicago

Marguerite A. August (nee Ryan), 48, of Lakes of the Four Seasons,

formerly of the East Side of Chicago, IL., passed away on Monday, January 19,

1998. A member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Valparaiso and LOFS Ladies

Golf League. Preceded in death by husband, Richard C. August and father, John

Ryan. Survived by one son, Michael August of Chicago; mother, Agnes Ryan of

Chicago; two sisters, Marion (Gerald) DeLira of Lansing, IL. and Kathleen

(Robert) Rogers of Midlothian, IL; four brothers, John (Nancy) Ryan of Chicago,

Daniel (Mary) Ryan of Mokena, IL., Kevin (Joanne) Ryan of Schererville, IN. and

William Ryan of Whiting, IN; sister-in-law, Helen (Robert) Przybysz of South

Holland, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services Thursday, January 22, 1998, 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann

Seton Church, 509 West Division Road, Valparaiso, IN. Rev. David H. Gosnell

officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends may call

2 to 9 p.m.Wednesday at the Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville,

IN. Prayer service Wednesday evening 7 p.m. On Thursday morning relatives and

friends may call directly at the church from 9 a.m. until time of scheduled


Margaret L. Berger

(nee McKerchie)

Portage / Calumet City, IL.

Margaret L. Berger (nee McKerchie), 69, of Portage, formerly of Calumet

City, IL., passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 1998. Survived by four

daughters, Jean Nelson, Jan (Ron) Wasieleski and Judy (David) Murdock, all of

Portage and Jill Berger of Chicago; two sons, Henry (Vonda) Berger of Kentucky

and Mike (Mary) Berger of Griffith; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren;

and two nieces. Preceded in death by husband Henry Berger and sister, Dorothy.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 1998 at the

Kuiper Funeral Home with Bill Hallsted, Minister officiating. Burial at Chapel

Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on

Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two

blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, Indiana.

Margaret retired from the Continental Life Insurance Company of Chicago, as

a secretary.

Kyle J. Carson

South Bend

Kyle J. Carson, 20, of Old Ridge Rd., South Bend, IN., died Sunday

around 3 a.m. following an automobile accident on US 421 near Francesville,

Indiana. Kyle was a Junior at Valparaiso University where he majored in Civil

Engineering. He was born June 28, 1977 in Lafayette, IN. and had lived in South

Bend since 1983 coming from Logansport. Kyle is survived by his parents, Kathy

(Hutchings) and Scott A. Carson, with whom he lived; one sister, Kelly M.

Carson and one brother, Gavin M. Carson, both at home; his maternal

grandparents, Jeanette and Clarence "Red" Hutchings of South Bend; and his

paternal grandmother, Dora Carson of Edwardsburg, Mich. Kyle was a 1995

graduate of Riley High School where he played center on the football team, was

named First Team Academic All State for football, participated with the

marching band, was a cheerleader, participated in fresman baseball and was a

member of Future Problem Solvers and National Honor Society. He also found time

to work for Martin's Supermarket in Erskine Plaza. At Valparaiso he was

president of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Captain of the Cheerleading Squad, was a

member of the Student Advisory Committee for Electronic Information Services,

an active member of the Valparaiso University Student Chapter of the American

Society and Civil Engineers and had recently completed an Eingeering Co-Op with

the Indiana Department of Transportation where he served as an engineer. His

career goals were to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, pursue

a law degree, and work in the field of Construction Law.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Welsheimer Funeral

Home, 521 No. William St., South Bend, IN. Burial will follow in Southlawn

Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the

funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Kyle Carson Memorial Fund

c/o any Teacher's Credit Union location. 219-232-4857

Laura Cerovina

Burnham, IL.

Laura Cerovina, 79, late of Burnham, IL., passed away Monday, January 19,

1998 at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey. Survived by one sister, Doris Ladas;

one niece, Donna (John) Staynar; one brother-in-law, Donald "Red" Danewicz.

Preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin and George Cerovina and one sister,

Dorothy Danewicz.

Services will be held Friday, January 23, 1998, 9:30 a.m. from the Opyt

Funeral Home, 13350 Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch, IL. Interment at Oak Hill

Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Visitation on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

William B. Craft


William B. Craft, 65, of Schererville, IN. passed away on Monday, January

19, 1998 at St. Margaret Mercy South Campus. He is survived by loving wife,

Margaret; two sons, William D. (Nancy) Craft of Hammond and Shawn Craft of

Schererville; one daughter, Sheila Hedges of Indianapolis, IN; one sister,

Margaret (Tom) Paluck of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, William, Kenneth,

Jonathan, Robert, Zachary and William Kyle. Preceded in death by loving son,

Robert Eugene Craft.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the

Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN. Burial will take place

at Memory Lane Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home

on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Craft was a former employee of the Ford Motor Company.


Joseph Diombala


Joseph Diombala, 80, of Munster, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, January

20, 1998. Survived by wife, Virginia; son, Richard (Carrie) Diombala of

Munster; two grandchildren, Dan and Amanda; three brothers, James (Ann)

Diombala, Bruno (late Barbara) Diombala and Albert (Jeanie) Diombala.

Funeral services Friday, January 23, 1998, 11 a.m. at Anthony & Dziadowicz

Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Ave. (at 45 St.), Munster, IN. with Rev. Keith Virus

officiating. Entombment at Chapel Lawn Mausoleum, Shererville, Visitation

Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Diombala was the former owner of Adams Hardware and founder of the

Ardillo Corporation. He was a Charter member of the North Hammond Business

Men's Association, member of the Hammond Kiwanis, St. Thomas More Holy Name

Society and American Legion Pershing Post #428-services Thursday 7:30 p.m.; and

a Navy veteran of World War II. Please omit flowers.

Grace P. Eyer

Highland, IN.

Grace P. Eyer, 72, of Highland, IN. passed away on Tuesday, January 20,

1998. Survived by husband, James; daughter, Beverly (Gary) Nichols of

Evansville, IN; two sons, Kelly (Tina) Eyer of Schererville, IN. and Jimmy

(Barbara) Eyer of Lansing, IL; six grandchildren: Penny (Harold) Randolph, Tony

Nichols, Tammy and Katie Eyer, Nick and Trisha Eyer; one great grandson, Cory

Randolph; and one sister, Janie (L.J.) Cartwright of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held on Friday January 23, 1998 (time pending) at

the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, IN., with burial at

Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may call at the funeral

home on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Arvella J. (Billi) Held

Cromwell / Gary, IN.

Arvella J. (Billi) Held, 68, of 9282 E. Miss Muffett Way, Cromwell IN.

passed away Monday, January 19, 1998 at 12:15 p.m. at her residence. Born

February 16, 1929 in St. Louis, MO. to Ralph and the late Pamela (Getty)

Rosnagle. Married June 20, 1947 to LeRoy A. Held who survives. Also survived by

daughter, Pamela (Roger) (Clark) Smith of Syracuse; two sons, Leroy Held of

Dyer, IN. and Owen Held of Hobart, IN; eight grandchildren and three great

grandchildren; father, Ralph Rosnagle, Sr. of Corvallis, Oregon; two brothers,

Ralph Rosnagle, Jr. of Corvallis, Oregon and Samuel Rosnagle of Warsaw, IN.

Preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Ann Slater and a son, Russell.

Funeral services Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. from the Eastlund

Funeral Home Harris Chapel, 7458 E. 1000N, Syracuse, IN. with Rev. Harlan

Steffen officiating. Burial at McClintic Cemetery, Syracuse. Visitation 2 to 4

and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 219-457-3144.

Mrs. Held was a resident of Lake Wawasee area since 1971, coming from Gary,

IN. Former school bus driver and former clerk at Ben Franklin Store (Syracuse);

member of Elkhart Doll and Miniature Society, the Now and Again Club at

Middlebury and National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.


Peter P. Janik


Peter P. Janik, 78, of Hammond, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 1998 at

the St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, Hammond. He is survived by wife, Mary

(nee Duhon); three sons, Peter John (Karen) Janik of St. John, Phillip Janik of

Arizona and Michael P. Janik of Hammond; daughter, Marilyn R. Janik of Hammond;

granddaughter, April Janik; sister, Mary (Ralph) Jaroszewicz of Whiting;

brother, Joseph (Nell) Janik of Burlington, Iowa; sister-in-law, Helen Janik of

Highland; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew

and Mary (Matej) Janik and three brothers, Anthony, Andrew and John "B.G."

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, 1998, 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 the Immaculate Conception Church, Whiting, with the

Rev. Anthony D. Ficko officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville. Visitation at the funeral home Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The St. Ann Sodality will offer prayers at the funeral home Thursday at 7 p.m.

Mr. Janik was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region; a member of

Immaculate Conception Church, Whiting, the St. Joseph Society Branch #762 of

the First Catholic Slovak Men's Union; a World War II Army veteran; a retiree

of Lever Bros. Company, Hammond, with a service of 20 years and member of the

Lever Bros Retiree Club. Peter was an avid baseball fan and had played with

American Legion Whiting Post #80. 219-659-4400.

John "Jack" Lavery

Hobart / North Carolina

John "Jack" Lavery, 81, of Hobart, passed away Monday, January 19, 1998.

Jack had been an area resident since 1992 coming from North Carolina. He was a

member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army serving

in WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He played professional baseball for the

NY Yankees and served as a batting practice pitcher for the Yankees. He was a

veteran fire fighter for the New York City Fire Department serving for 16 years

and he retired as head cashier of the Forsythe Hospital in Winston Salem North

Carolina. Jack is survived by his wife, Marva (Robley); five step-children:

Donna (Ronald) Vaughn of Chesterton, Dale Robley of Hammond, Mara (Ray) Trudeau

of Golfport, MS., Judy (Bill) Graham and Tom (Nancy) Renboth of North Carolina;

eight step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren.

Memorial funeral services will be Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 1 P.M. at

the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3561 South Randolph, Hobart, IN., Rev.

Paul F. Rogers officiating. Memorial visitation Wednesday January 21st from 10

a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, in charge of arrangements.


Richard J. Mika


Richard J. Mika, 86, of Hammond, IN. passed away on Tuesday, January 20,

1998. Survived by his wife, Margaret and two children, Jacqueline and Richard

Mika, all of Hammond; two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Shelley Mika. Preceded in

death by his parents and a sister, Evelyn Sheldon.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, 9:30 a.m. prayers at the Virgil

Huber Funeral Home, Hessville Chapel, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow

at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Hessivlle with Rev.

Richard Orlinski celebrating. Burial will follow in Calumet Park Cemetery,

Merrillville. IN. Friends may call on Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the

Virgil Huber Funeral Home, Hessville Chapel, 7051 Kennedy Ave. Father Orlinski

will render a prayer service at 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Mika was born and lived in Chicago until the age of seven when his

family moved to the Hammond area. He graduated from Washington High School,

class of 1927, after which he was an assistant buyer for the East Chicago

School System. He attended Chicago University among other schools. During WWII

he served as an ambulance driver in the Army with duty in London. Upon

returning to the United States, among other jobs, he worked as a forman for

Winston Lumber in East Chicago and later for Inland Steel Company, where he

was employed for 17 years in the 28-inch mill.

Yvonne V. Passuello

(nee Stokke)

New Mexico / Kouts, IN.

Yvonne V. Passuello (nee Stokke), 62, of Deming, New Mexico, formerly of

Kouts, Indiana, passed away Sunday, January 18, 1998. Survived by husband,

William J.; children: Debra Barbour of Sacramento, CA., Susan (Kendall)

Swanberg of Champlin, MN, Kathy (Rick) Hoover of Kouts and David (Teresa)

Passuello of Rensselaer, IN; six grandchildren; her mother, Alice Stokke of

Wheatfield, IN; one brother, Lowell (Gloria) Stokke of Gulf Shores, AL; one

sister, Lee (Earl) Holmes of Wheatfield, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Nickolas Cobb

Sandborn / Wheatfield, IN.

Nickolas Cobb, 60, of Sandborn, Indiana, and a resident of Wheatfield

until 1991, passed away at 11:55 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 1998 at Greene Co.

General Hospital. Born in Blackwater, Kentucky, Dec. 21, 1937 to the late

Larkin and Susan (Moore) Cobb. Married Martha (Waggoner) Cobb on July 24, 1965

who survives. Also survived by five daughters, Linda Hicks of Washington, IN.,

Frances Barrientos of Rensselaer, IN., Diane Dunagan of Fairland, IN. Sandi

Cobb of Sandborn, IN. and Mary McKenzie of Fairland, IN; one brother, Bill Cobb

of Tennessee; two sisters, Beulah Perkins of Clarksville, IN. and Martha Davis

of Hammond, IN. Preceded in death by parents, one daughter, Julie Cobb 1987,

two brothers and one sister.

Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services

Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 11 a.m. from the Anderson-Poindexter Sandborn

Chapel, 214 Anderson St., Sanborn, Indiana 812-694-8427. Interment at the

Sandborn Cemetery. Mr. Cobb was an area resident since 1991; and a supervisor

Ford Motor Co., Chicago, 31 years.


(Kompier) Sanders

Highland / Monticello

Maxine (Kompier) Sanders, 82, of Highland, formerly of Monticello,

passed away on Sunday, January 18, 1998. Survived by children: Walter E.

(Evelyn) Kompier of San Antonio, TX., Gay Sharp of Highland and James (Irene)

Kompier of Highland; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren;

brother, James Dorris; brother-in-law, Robert Kindle of Hammond; five

sisters-in-law, Julia Toth and Anna Yoder, both of Whiting, Genevieve Satmary

of Highland, Eirene McManus of Whiting and Margaret Kompier of Kissimmee, FL;

many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Preceded in death by

husbands, Michael Kompier and Elmer Sanders.

Fuenral services will be held Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. from

Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, IN. with Rev. Francis

Lazar officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation

Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney

Foundation or American Heart Assoc.

Mrs. Sanders was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 369 of

East Chicago; former member of the Highland Democratic Club, Highland Senior

Citizens & Metro Golden Agers.


Norbert J. Smith

Lakes of the Four Seasons / Gary

Norbert J. Smith, 75, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, formerly of Gary,

passed away at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus on Monday, January 19, 1998.

Survived by loving wife of 49 years, Rosemary (nee Mackin); one son, John J.

(Judy Dziezak) Smith of Hoffman Estates, IL.; one daughter, Gerri Smith Klein

of LOFS; three grandchildren, Kyle, Brandon and Garrett Klein; one brother,

Alfred E. Smith of Hobart; two sisters, Charlotte Downey of Spencer, IN. and

Estelle Bartolomeo of Crown Point; sister-in-law, Emogene Smith of Arizona;

many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles I. and

Philomen L. Smith and his brother, "Bud" Charles R. Smith.

Funeral services Thursday, January 22, 1998, 9:15 a.m. at the Burns

Funeral Home (corner of 101st & Broadway), Merrillville/Crown Point Chapel to

Our Lady of Consolation Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Rev.

Joseph E. Vamos officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

Friends may call at the Burns Funeral home on Wednesday 2 to 8 p.m. Prayer

service Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Norbert was a graduate of Emerson High School, class of 1940. A decorated

veteran of WWII U.S. Air Force where he served as a Captain and pilot having

flown the C-47 on many missions. After service he was employed at U.S. Steel

Merchant Mill. Retired from the Gary Fire Department as a Captain after 23

years of service; member of Our Lady of Consolation Church of Merrillville and

former member of Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Council #1347 of Hobart. Norb

will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Alyce E. Stellfox

Sauk Village, IL.

Alyce E. Stellfox, 67, of Sauk Village, IL. passed away on Sunday, January

18 1998. Survived by her husband, George; two daughters, Helen Amy Stellfox of

Sauk Village and Kerry (Dave) Sonntag of Crete; three sons, George, Jr (Sandra)

of Sauk Village, Jeffery (Diane) of Crete and Timothy (Kirstin) of Lansing, IL;

one sister, Jeanette Martin of South Bend, IN; three brothers, Warren Mather of

Hammond, IN, James Mather of Williamsport, PA. and Paul Mather of Nashville,

TN; 11 grandchildren: Sara, Laura, Elizabeth, Geoffery, Michael, Patty, Rachel

and Daniel Stellfox, Matthew, Tiffany and Ben Sonntag.

Visitation Tuesday 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m. at

the Smits Funeral Home, Steger Memorial Chapel, 3045 Chicago Road, Steger, IL.

Funeral Thursday 10 a.m. at Sauk Village United Church of Christ with Rev.

Robert Townsend officiating. Interment at Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, IL.

Memorials to the American Institute for Cancer Research would be appreciated.

She was a charter member of the United Church of Christ of Sauk Village.


Tadius C. Zawada

Riverdale, IL.

Tadius C. Zawada, 76, of Riverdale, IL., passed away Monday, January 19,

1998. Survived by his former wife, Virginia; four sons, Jim (Pamela), Thomas

(Kay), William (Karen) and Donald (Diane); 10 grandchildren; three great

grandchildren; two sisters, Jean (late William) Kopp and Marion Czech; two

brothers, Edward (Marge) and Fred (Wanda); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Zawada was retired from Fisher Body and was a lifetime member of

V.F.W. Post #8141 in Calumet City, IL.

Funeral services Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 8:45 a.m. from the

Rosemoor Funeral Home, 17943 South Torrence Ave., Lansing, IL, to Queen of

Apostles Church, Riverdale, IL. for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 9

p.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. 708-474-2404.

Elva Tamez


Elva Tamez, 36, of Hammond, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 1998.

Survived by one daughter, Angelina (Kyle) Vick of Florida and one son, Jason

Tamez of Hammond; one granddaughter, Kaitlin Vick of Florida; mother, Elva

Tamez of Hammond; father, Fructuoso Tamez of Texas; four sisters, Criselda

(Norman) Camplin of Ohio, Alicia Tamez of Hammond, Yolanda Tamez of Dyer and

Imelda (David) Lewandowski of Hammond; three brothers, Edward Tamez, David

Tamez and Timothy Tamez, all of Hammond.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening, January 21, 1998

from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 4404 Cameron Ave.,

Hammond (two blocks east of Hohman, 1 block north of Gostlin), with cremation

to follow at Oakland Memory Lanes, Dolton, Illinois.

Elva attended George Rogers Clark High School. in lieu of flowers,

contributions to the family appreciated.


John T. Tobias

Crete / East Side

John T. Tobias, 69, of Crete, IL. and formerly of the East Side,

passed away on January 19, 1998 at Mercy Hospital. Survived by his loving wife

Rose (nee Reichel) and sons, Joseph, Andrew and John. Son of the late John and

late Susan (nee Theis) Tobias. Dear brother of Gertrude (late Walter) Knieps,

late Theodore, late Margaretha, late Maria, late George (Kay), late Henry

Tobias and late Rose (Emil) Starcevich. brother-in-law of Joseph (Lois)

Reichel; and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Corporal of U.S. Army Korean Conflict; retired brick layer of Local #21.

Visitation Friday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Saturday, January 24, 1998

at 10 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel, 11200 South Ewing Ave., Chicago, IL. to St.

Francis deSales Church, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment at St.

Mary's Cemetery. 773-731-2749

Raymond Zecevich


Raymond Zecevich, 78, of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, January 19,

1998 at Porter Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born

December 8, 1919 in Gary, IN. to the Peter and Patricia Zecevich. Raymond

earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Northwestern University.

He retired from the Gary Public Schools. Raymond was a veteran of the U.S. Army

serving in the Philippines during WWII. He was a parishioner at St. Elijah

Serbian Orthodox Church. Raymond was preceded in death by his wife Mildred in

1987. He is survived by his loving daughter, Danielle Zecevich; son-in-law,

Wayne Lichtenberger; two granddaughters, Katie and Natalie Lichtenberger, all

of Valparaiso, IN.; one brother-in-law, Millard Trivanovich of San Diego, CA.

Raymond was also very excited about the expectant birth of his twin grandsons,

Michael Grant and Gregory David.

Funeral service will be held Friday 10 a.m. January 23, 1998 at the

Stilinovich & Wiatrolik Funeral Home, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, with the

Very Reverend Lazar Kostur, officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland

Cemetery, Valparaiso. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday, January

22nd from 3 to 8 p.m. Pomen service at 7:30 p.m. If desired, memorial

contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of

one's own choice.

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