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Section: bPR PAGE: 03

Date: 01/19/98

Head: Obituaries.


Betty M. Cecil


Betty M. Cecil, 76, of Hobart, IN. passed away Friday, January 16, 1998. A

long time area resident she was born December 9, 1922 in Channahon, Illinois,

to the late Lee and Edith Paulson. She was a retired secretary at U.S. Steel

Gary Works. Survived by two children, Marilyn (F. Roger) Carter of Ross

Township and Donald Carew of Hobart; three step-children, Donna (Gene) Ciszek

of LacDuFlambeau, WI., Betty (Bruce) Tosser of Palm Harbor, FL. and Sharon

Truax of Portage, IN.; seven grandchildren: Dona (Bob) Golding, Mike Plumb, Jon

Carter, Josh Carter, Jerry Truax, Tracy Truax and Kim Karantonis; four great

grandchildren; one brother, William (Marjorie) Paulson of Hobart. She was

preceded in death by husbands, Joseph Stanley Carew and Henry "Jack" Cecil.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 19, 1998 at the Rees

Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN., with burial in Elmhurst

Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois, at 1 p.m. Visitation Sunday 2 to 5 P.M.only, at

the Rees Funeral Home Hobart Chapel.

Mary Elizabeth Hickey

(nee Cleary)


Mary Elizabeth Hickey (nee Cleary), 40, of Griffith, Indiana, died

peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 17, 1998 at the William J. Riley

Memorial Hospice in Munster, Indiana, after a courageous battle against brain

cancer. She was an art instructor in area schools for 16 years. Beloved wife of

Patrick F. Hickey; loving mother of Nora Conor and Clare Hickey; devoted

daughter of Patrick Cleary and Alice (Chuck) Holm; dearest sister of James

(Gail) and Michael (Carmen) Cleary; dear step sister of Alisha (Bill) Bever,

Cindy (Bob) Welter and Jim (Nancy) Holm; dear daughter-in-law of Patrick E. and

Virginia Hickey; kind sister-in-law of Kevin Hickey and Joan (Larry) DeMatteo;

fond aunt of Patrick and Daniel Cleary and Kevin and Jack DeMatteo.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 11 A.M.

DIRECTLY at St. Mary's Church, 525 North Broad Street, Griffith, Indiana.

Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL. Visitation will be on Monday

from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 West 151st

Street, Orland, Park, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hickey

Childrens Fund, c/o Mr. Edward Kearney, 16250 LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL.

60467. 708-857-7878

Donald R. Hyatte

Schneider, IN.

Donald R. Hyatte, 65 of Schneider, IN., passed away on Sunday, January 18,

1998 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita M. Hyatte. He is

survived by one daughter, Margaret Czerwionka of Chicago, IL and three sons,

Dan Hughes of Chicago, IL., Mike Hughes of Seattle, WA. and Leo Hughes of La

Verne, CA.; two sisters, Virginia White of Cedar Lake, IN. and Margaret Faverty

of Schneider, IN; two brothers, Charles Hyatte of Cedar Lake, IN.and Thomas

Hyatte of Rosedale, IN.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday,

January 24, 1998 at 2 P.M. at the South Lake County Conservation Club,

Schneider, Indiana. Private services were arranged by the Sheets Funeral Home,

604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. 46356.

Irene M. Fitch McClure

Porter / Valparaiso

Irene M. Fitch McClure, 86, a Porter resident the past six years,

formerly of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, January 18, 1998 at Chesterton

Health Care Center. She was born May 18, 1911 in Sparta, MI. the daughter of

James Ault and Nora (Hawkins) Holaday. She had attended Porter United Methodist

Church, was formerly a member of Valparaiso Frist United Methodist Church and

attended the Banta Senior Center. In 1931 she married Ephraim Fitch who

preceded her in death in 1973, in 1991 she married Paul McClure who survives

along with four children, Claire Zimmerman of Bourbonais, IL., Arlene "Lee"

(Wayne) Elliott of Valparaiso, Walter Fitch of Anderson, IN. and Rev. Sharon

(David) Peters of Silver Spring, MD; two step-daughters, Gloria (Alan) Fancher

of Chesterton and Alice (Wayne) Gland of Nebraska; one sister, Patricia McNulty

of California; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and one great great


Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11 A.M. at the Moeller Funeral

Home, Valparaiso, IN., Rev. Douglas Barber officiating, with burial at

Graceland Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 4 to 8 P.M. Memorials may be made to the

donor's choice.

Leonard V. Miller II


Leonard V. Miller II, 63, of Munster passed away on Saturday, January

17, 1998. Survived by loving wife, Bonnie; children: Len (Molly) Miller of

Munster, Ann Jeanette (Steve) Patridge of Birmingham, Alabama and Andrew (Amy)

Miller of Logansport, Indiana; one granddaughter, Victoria Miller; brother,

James (Sharon) Miller; sister, Frances Maahs; and brothers-in-law, cousins,

nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, January 19th at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home,

8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN. from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services on

Tuesday, January 20, 1998, at 11 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Maria Goretti Church in

Dyer, Indiana, with Father Alfred Dettmer officiating. Interment at Mount Mercy

Cemetery, Gary, Indiana.

Mr. Miller was a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

with a masters degree in education and counseling. He established the guidance

department at Hanover Community Schools and retired as Head of Guidance of

Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Indiana, where he worked for 38

years. He also taught at I.U. Northwest and helped to establish Project Head

Start in Cedar Lake. Leonard was a loving, honest, generous, dedicated husband,

father and friend, and his wit will be deeply missed by all that knew him. In

lieu of flowers, memorials to Dollars for Scholars at Hanover Central High

School or Respite Care Services would be appreciated.

Beverly L. Montgomery

Florida / Hobart, IN.

Beverly L. Montgomery, 78 of Port Richey, Florida, formerly of Hobart,

Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 16, 1998 in Hudson, Florida. She was

born March 17, 1919 in Elkhart, IN. to the late Frederick and Mildred (Smith)

Coulombe. She had been a Hobart resident most of her life, moving to Florida in

1984. Married to Yule Montgomery, Jan. 11, 1941 in Gary, and was employed at

Barnett's Clothing Store. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Yule;

daughter, Gail Ann (Rick) Smith of Kouts, formerly of Hobart; brothers, Fred

and Tom Collumbe; sisters, Carol Gilbert, Bernice Stowe and Bessie Taylorson;

four grandsons and two great granddaughters. Preceded in death by her son,

Ronald D. Montgomery.

Funeral services Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Rees Funeral

Home Hobart Chapel, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN., Pastor Richard Brown,

of the First Baptist Church of Hobart, officiating. Interment at Chapel Lawn

Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9

p.m. Monday at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart. 219-942-2109.

Boneta B. Ponder

Kouts, IN.

Boneta B. Ponder, 87 of Kouts, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, January

17 1998 at 11:10 a.m. at the Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in

Callao, Missouri, June 22, 1910 to the late Charles and Olive Murphy Howard.

Married March 17, 1972 in Peru, Indiana to Louis V. Ponder, who survives. Also

survived by sons, Billy D. (Shirley) Brown of Bristol, Indiana and Jerryl (Kim)

Riley of Valparaiso; daughters, Betty L. Western of Lynwood, IL. and Carolyn G.

(Michael) Pottner of Ohio; sister-in-law Verda Ponder of Chesterton;

sister,.Vera Markey of Chillecotte, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 10 great

grandchildren. Preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans

Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN. with Dr. Christoph Armiger

officiating. Interment at Graceland Cemetery, Kouts. Visitation at the funeral

home on Monday January 19th from 4 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Ponder was an area resident

since 1972; and was a homemaker. Memorials to the Visiting Nurse Association of

Porter County would be appreciated.

Clyde E."Junior" Wright, Jr.


Clyde E. Wright, Jr. " Junior", 29, of Hammond, IN. passed away on

Friday January 16, 1998 He is survived by his wife, Virginia "Sissy" Wright and

two children: Chelsea and Clyde III, all of Hammond; one sister, Scarlet (Nick)

Salinski of Calumet City, IL; three step-brothers, James (Cathy) Kovalsky of

Dareing, IL., Rocco (Kim) Kovalsky of Berwyn, IL. and Robert (Charlotte)

Kovalsky of North Barrington, IL; his father, Clyde E. Wright (Frances) of

Cicero, Illinois; mother, Barbara Foster of Calumet City, IL; grandmother,

Fleda Willardo Wright of Hammond; grandfather, Donald Wright of Florida;

several aunts and uncles and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 8 P.M. at the

Virgil Huber Funeral Home Hessville Chapel with Rev. Albert Moreland of the

Northwood Baptist Church of Portage officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday

from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home Hessville Chapel,

7051 Kennedy Avenue.

Clyde was born in East Chicago and raised in Hammond and attended Morton

High in Cicero, Illinois. He was a carpenter by trade and member of Carpenters

Union Local #1005.

Christopher Robert Yeoman

Tennessee / Lowell

Christopher Robert Yeoman, 22, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away

Saturday, January 17, 1998 in Warrenton, Missouri, due to inuries suffered in

an early morning automobile accident. He is survived by his loving parents, Dr.

and Mrs. Donald (Janice Bickerstaff) Yeoman of Lowell; sister, Julie; paternal

grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray G. Yeoman of Rensselaer; maternal grandmother,

Mrs. Pauline Bickerstaff of Lincoln, Rhode Island; many aunts, uncles and

cousins and numerous friends around the world.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 11 A.M. at the

Lowell First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with

Pastors Lorin Clemenz and Susan Beckett officiating. Friends are invited to

meet with the family on Monday, January 19th from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at

the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. 46356.

Christopher graduated Magma Cum Laude in May of 1997 from the Berklee

College of Music in Boston with a degree in music production and engineering.

He was an honor graduate of Lowell High School. At the time of Christopher's

death he was on tour with the new Christian rock group, Shaded Red, as its

drummer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the

Christopher Robert Yeoman Music Scholarship Fund in care of the First United

Methodist Church of Lowell.