Obituaries

Joyce Poston

Joyce Poston, 77, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Friday April 9, 2021 at Northwest Health-La Porte in La Porte, IN.

 

She was born August 1, 1943 in Thompson, Georgia, the daughter of Elmo Cooper and Lo (Haden) Cooper.

 

Joyce was an avid painter and loved to knit and do needlepoint. She also was one of those who were blessed with a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. 

 

She is survived by her son, Johnny (Danielle) Poston of South Bend, IN.

 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN. Joyce has chosen cremation.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

 

Filiberto G. Hernandez

Filiberto G. Hernandez, 71, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:34 pm in his home.

 

Private funeral services will be conducted. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

 

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

 

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our website at www.otthaverstock.com.

Daniel Lewis Garrett

Daniel Lewis Garrett, 32, of Michigan City, Indiana passed away Friday, April 9, 2021.

 

Daniel was born March 1, 1989, in Michigan City, Indiana to Larry and Cheryl (Griffin) Garrett.

Preceding him in death were grandparents, Warren and Donna Garrett, Perry and Patricia Griffin; and uncle Fredrick.

 

Daniel is survived by his parents, Larry and stepmom, Margaret “Peggy” Garrett of La Porte, Indiana; a sister, Sara (C.J.) Able of Coleman, Alabama; and a brother, Kyle (Ashley) Garrett of Michigan City, Indiana.

 

Daniel had worked with Storm Life Restoration.

 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m., with Deacon Frank Zovinski officiating.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

 

Reuben Cravens

Reuben Cravens, 53, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully, Monday April 12, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.

 

He was born September 22, 1967 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Reuben W. Cravens Jr.and Sue Ann (Bartos) Cravens.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Reuben was self-employed, working on automobiles doing bodywork and restoration for most of his career, which he really enjoyed. He was a huge Vikings fan and loved watching the oldies, like Rifleman and Gunsmoke on TV. Ruby had a very endearing personality and a kind soul and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

 He is survived by his parents; his sister, Michelle Cravens of La Porte, IN; aunt, Terri (John Mills) Bartos of La Porte, IN and uncle, Robert Bartos of La Porte, IN.

 

Reuben was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Bartos.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN. Cremation has been selected.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to his mother, Sue Ann Cravens, in care of Haverstock Funeral Home.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

 

Justin Timothy Barnes

Justin Timothy Barnes, 32, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021, following an unfortunate accident.

 

Justin was born on June 16, 1988 in La Porte, IN, to Timothy "Tim" and Tamara "Tami" (Siford) Barnes.

 

Surviving Justin are his children, Isabel "Izzy" and Chase Barnes; parents, Tim and Tami Barnes; brothers, Brandon and Dylan Barnes; niece, Brooklynn Barnes; cousins and best friends, Colton and Jeremy Siford; grandfather, Jack Siford; uncle, Mike (Amy) Siford; aunts, Gaye (Nathan) Hodum and Debbie Barnes; cousins, Brooke Wiencek, Brittany Brewer, Amber Collins, Brandi Duncan, Gabriel Hodum, and Elijah Hodum; and beloved dog, Alpine "Bub".

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sharon Siford, Edith Barnes, and Robby Barnes and uncle, Greg Barnes.

 

Justin was a Local 41 laborer at Tranco Industrial Services.   He enjoyed motorcycles and had a passion for working on cars.  Not only did he enjoy riding, but he also enjoyed the motorcycle community.  He and his cousin, Colton, started NWI Mini-Moto Club.  Justin was also a part of the NWI Riders Club.  More than anything, Justin was an amazing father who cherished every second with his children.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Chris Allen officiating.  Cremation will take place following the service.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Timothy Barnes, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN  46350.

 

Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com.

 

John Robert Wilson

John Robert Wilson, 55, of Amite, Louisiana, formerly of La Porte, Indiana passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021.

 

John was born November 12, 1965, in La Porte, Indiana to Robert and Joyce (Upp) Wilson.

John is survived by a daughter, Courtney (David Emmons) Pinks of Walkerton, Indiana; a son, Nathan (Lindsey) Wilson of Kewanna, Indiana; a grandson, Cohen Pinks; his mother, Joyce Wilson of Kingsford Heights, Indiana; and a sister, Juli (Rick) Boisvert of North Judson, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Wilson.

 

John was an automotive body technician and had been employed with Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Louisiana. He loved everything 4 X 4, trucks, 4-wheeling, and the outdoors. Above all he dearly loved his children and grandson, never hesitating to make his affection known. He will be deeply missed by many friends and family.

 

Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Tracy Cemetery, Hamlet, Indiana,  A Celebration of Life for John will follow the burial at the American Legion, 500 Grayton Road, Kingsford Heights, Indiana 46346.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel.

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

 

Jack F. Robinson

Jack F. Robinson, 77, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:32 am in his home.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN with  Rev. William O'Toole officiating. Entombment will follow in St.

Stanislaus Cemetery Columbarium. Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

 

Contributions may be made to the New Buffalo Rod & Gun Club, 10487 Kruger Rd., New Buffalo, MI 49117 or to the charity of the donor's choice..

 

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our website at www.otthaverstock.com.

Doris Jean Stanley

Doris Jean Stanley, 75, of Michigan City, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family. 

   

Doris was born in Baroda, MI, on May 26, 1945 to Edwin W. and Leona Elinore (Kizer) Schmaltz. 

 

On December 4, 1964 in La Porte, she married Don Harold Stanley, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Doris are her son, James "Jim" Stanley of Michigan City; 5 granddaughters, Krystle (Trevor) Beals, Andrea Stanley, Heather Stanley, Amanda (Kylle) Arnold, and Jamie Stanley; 5 great-grandsons; siblings, Mary Jo Hampsten of San Antonio, TX, Jerry (Sue) Schmaltz of West Lafayette, IN, and Penny (Don) Nelson of La Porte; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David M. Stanley; sister, Joyce Elaine Allison; grandson, Ronnie Bodenheimer, and brother-in-law, Ron Hampsten.

 

Doris was a school cook and babysitter for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, bowling, and painting.  Doris was a member of the La Porte WBA Hall of Fame.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at La Porte Missionary Church with Pastor Steve Galloway officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.                                 

 

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.  

 

Ryan Aaron Timm

Ryan Aaron Timm, 41, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. 

   

Ryan was born in La Porte, Indiana on September 11, 1979 to Dennis E. and Bonnie (McMahan) Timm.

 

Surviving are his parents; brother, Jarred Timm; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Al and Barbara Hinton and Floyd and Rose Timm as well as 3 uncles, Gary McMahan, John Timm and Michael Timm.

 

Ryan graduated from La Porte High School in 1998.  He was good at every sport he ever played and was quite a pitch in his baseball days.  Ryan worked construction and had the ability to build just about anything.  In his backyard, he built tree forts, skate ramps and even built log cabins in the mountains of Colorado.  Ryan loved his family and spending time with them.   He also loved music, cooking, growing cherry tomatoes, and being a great BIG brother. 

 

Ryan struggled with alcohol addiction, which challenged him throughout his life.  He was a gentleman and will be deeply missed and remembered for his loving, funny, and caring nature.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and his laugh was contagious to us all.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Nate Loucks officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 pm until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place following the service with a private family burial at Oak Grove Cemetery on a later date.

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the PAX Center, 605 Washington Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter, 2855 W. State Road 2, La Porte, IN  46350.   

 

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com

Pedro "Peyuco" Farias

Pedro "Peyuco" Farias, 17, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away suddenly Thursday April 8, 2021 at his home in La Porte.

 

He was born November 17, 2003 in Indianapolis, Indiana, into the Farias Oliveros family.

 

Peyuco was a lifelong resident of La Porte and was a Jr. at La Porte High School. He worked as a landscaper for Vegas Landscaping. Baptized a catholic, he attended St Joseph Catholic Church. Pedro was a soccer player who played for La Porte High School, also attending Riley Elementary and Boston Middle School. He enjoyed listening to music, like Corridos and Banda, watching PBR Rodeo and attending Jaripeos. Pedro was a happy, energetic person who brightened up the room when he entered. He truly enjoyed and cared about his parents and spending time with his extended family.

 

He is survived by his parents; his brother, Jorydi Farias; his sisters, Isamar Farias and Llamilet Farias(Joshua Flores); Uncle, Juan Cirilo Garcia and Aunt Ana Garcia; cousins, Hermelinda Ruiz (Fernando Hernandez), Leslie Garcia, Juan Garcia Jr.(Mechon)and Martha Ruiz(La China) Alberto Oliveros; nieces and nephews, Litzy Perez-Farias, Shanik Perez-Farias, Leonardo Perez-Farias, Jose Luis Farias and Matias Flores; The love of his life, Melissa Osornio.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN, where the family will receive friends for a visitation from 4-9 p.m. Friday, April 16, with a rosary service at 4:30.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday April 17, 2021, with Father Nate Edquist, officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana. Because of limited seating, the mass will be live streamed on Facebook. Anyone attending these events are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family in care of Haverstock Funeral Home.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Lesley Mae Dingman-Wooton

Lesley Mae Dingman-Wooton, 97, of New Carlisle, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Hamilton Communities. 

   

Lesley was born in Michigan City, IN, on April 3, 1924 to Albert and Laura (Hileman) Peo.

 

On May 24, 1941 in La Porte, IN, she married Lowell G. Dingman, who preceded her in death.  Then, in Mishawaka, IN, on October 18, 1980, she married Kempton J. Wooton, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Lesley are her children, LaVerne Kniola of Michigan City, LaDonna (Bob) Danielson of Niles, MI, Lyle (Susan) Dingman of Michigan City, and Lanny (Joyce) Dingman of Sarasota, FL; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughters, Lynne L. Kaser Lootens and LaVonne Wick; son, Loren Dingman; four sisters; and two brothers

 

Lesley was born and raised on a farm in Springfield Township.  During WWII, she cared for their twins while her husband, Lowell, was serving his country.  Together they raised seven children and she was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.  Lesley spent many years as a homemaker, flower gardener, salesperson at Ohmings Dress Shop, and receptionist for Dr. K. J. Wooton.  She enjoyed traveling, outings with family, and took pleasure in cooking for picnics and holiday gatherings.  She loved the Lord and was active in church activities and was a kind and compassionate person who will be missed by those who knew her.  She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Michigan City, IN.

 

A private family Memorial Service will be held at Swan Lake Gardens at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road, Michigan City, IN  46360 or to Hamilton Grove Greencroft Communities, P.O. Box 819, Goshen, IN  46527-0819.                 

 

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.

Krista Smith MacLennan

Krista Smith MacLennan, 53, a lifelong resident of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

 

Krista was born December 26, 1967, in La Porte, Indiana to Mayor Dennis F. and Sylvia M. (Meltinos) Smith.

 

On February 29, 1992, Krista married Thomas P. MacLennan Jr. who survives along with two sons, Joseph MacLennan of Indianapolis, Indiana, and John MacLennan of La Porte, Indiana; her mother, Sylvia Smith of Dunedin, Florida, and her brother, David (Jamie) Smith of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her father, Mayor Dennis F. Smith.

 

Krista graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in 1990 and from Notre Dame Law School in 1994. She practiced law in La Porte and worked for many years for the La Porte Circuit Court as Director of Juvenile Court Services. In recent years she worked as a grant writer for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and as Volunteer Coordinator for the Center for Hospice.   Krista was always active with her kids, helping out at schools, working in the concession stands, and cheering from the sidelines.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.  A Parish Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 C Street, La Porte, Indiana.  Reverend Ian Williams will officiate.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to La Porte Catholic Churches, 201 Bach Street, La Porte, Indiana 45350.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

Charles Hardin Jr.

Charles Hardin Jr., 70, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 6, 2021 at Northwest Health La Porte.

 

He was born February 22, 1951 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Charles Wesley and Ada (Horton) Hardin.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Charles worked as a frame builder for Thanhardt-Burger Company. He was a big sports fan and player, especially basketball, baseball, football, and hockey. He enjoyed watching the History and Discovery channel, playing bingo, and working search and find books.

 

Charles is survived by his daughter, Sunny Morningstar-Hardin.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, John Wesley Hardin and Bertha Spawn Hardin and Arthur Neil Horton and Mary Horton; his brothers Wesley Morris Black and Michael Lee Hardin.

 

Arrangements are entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN 46350. Charles selected cremation for himself.

 

Memorial contributions may be made for a marker for the Hardin brothers through Haverstock Funeral Home.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Charles L. Meyers

Charles L. Meyers, 79, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Wednesday April 7, 2021, at home, surrounded by his family.

 

 He was born August 26, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Leroy J. Meyers and Dorothy (Young) Meyers.

 

Charles moved to the La Porte area at the age of 3. He served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963, then went to work for National/US Steel, retiring after over 40 years of service to them. Over the course of his life, Charles was a member of the DAV in Michigan City, the American Legion Post 51 in Buchanan, MI and the Polish Falcons in La Porte. He enjoyed golfing and loved to garden. After retirement, he kept himself busy doing lawn care for Swan Lake Cemetery and delivering flowers for Wright Florist. His special joy was spending time with his grandchildren, who loved their Papa dearly.

 

 On November 21, 1998 in La Porte, Charles married his beloved wife, Rowena, who survives him.  He is also survived by two sons, Joe (Cheryl) Meyers of Griffith, IN and Christopher (Regina) Smelser of Mill Creek, IN; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

 

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charlie Meyers; brother, Ronald Meyers and granddaughter, Erika.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN.  Cremation has been selected.  The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Michiana Hematology and Oncology in Westville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles' honor to the Share Foundation with the handicapped, PO Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 or online at sharefoundation.org or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund at  https://heartlandhospicefund.org.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

 

Adam Fedorowicz

Adam Fedorowicz, 67, of La Porte (40 years), formerly of Olesnica, Poland, passed away unexpectedly at 5:55 a.m., Monday, April 5, 2021 in La Porte, Indiana.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, La Porte, (219) 362-3100. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Poland at a later date. Burial will take place at Cmentarz Komunalny in Olesnica, Poland.

 

Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com.

Margaret L. Fisch

Margaret L. Fisch, 94, Michigan City, IN, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at in Community Hospital, Munster, IN.

 

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

 

Contributions may be made to Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our website at www.otthaverstock.com.

Barbara Ann Zerbe

Barbara Ann Zerbe, 92, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:50 am in her home.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. 9th St., Michigan City, IN with Rev. Dr.

Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN and from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Friday at the church.

 

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. 9th St., Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our website at www.otthaverstock.com.

Pamela Robbins

Pamela Robbins, 76, of West Point, Iowa, passed away Saturday April 3, 2021 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA.

 

She was born February 27, 1945 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Stanley A. and Gladys (Callender) Poop. On December 10, 1965, she married Larry Robbins in Shreveport, Louisiana. They later divorced.

 

Survivors include her three children; Christine (Jay) Helterbran, Todd (Shannon) Robbins and Jeffrey Robbins; five grandchildren: Cameron, Kara and Kyle Helterbran, Chelsea Rochon and Savannah Robbins; two brothers: Stanley (Connie) Poop and Tim Russell.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Stanley Poop and Gladys Bass; step-father: Duane Russell; two brothers: Curtis Poop and Douglas Russell and infant sister: Robin Russell.

 

Pam retired from Hearth and Home Technologies. She loved being a Mom, loved and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed horses and loved her cats.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where a graveside service will be held on Friday, April 9 at 1 PM at the Carmel Cemetery in La Porte, IN. Pastor John Lange will be officiating.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

 

Arturo Zobek Barrón

Arturo Zobek Barrón, 45, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.

 

Arturo was born on September 21, 1975 in Nochistlan, Zacatecas, Mexico to Arturo and Josefina (Bustos) Barrón.

 

On December 20, 2000 in Zacatecas, Mexico, he married Evangelina Sandoval who survives.  Also surviving are his daughters, Eva Maria Barrón, Brisa Barrón, and Marbella Barrón, all of La Porte; siblings, Julio (Keri Marrs de Barrón ) Barrón of La Porte, Hernan Barrón of La Porte, Yesenia Barrón of Mexico, Oswaldo Barrón of Mexico, and Zorasa Barrón of Mexico; uncle, Roberto Bustos of CA; many close friends; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

Arturo worked as a forklift driver for many years at Markman Peat Corporation. 

 

Arturo enjoyed listening to music at all times, whether in good health or bad.  He enjoyed helping as many people as possible.  Arturo always had a smile on his face and made those around him happy.  He had a positive outlook on life, even after he found out he was ill.  Arturo always worked hard to achieve his goals and said nothing was impossible.  He was a member of  St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte.

 

A time of visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Evangelina Sandoval, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com.

Harry Smith Berry

Harry Smith Berry, 80, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his home, with his wife and family by his side. 

   

Harry was born in Valparaiso, IN, on May 20, 1940 to Jack Berry. 

 

On August 31, 1991 in La Porte, IN, he married Julie Wilhelm who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Scott Daily of La Porte, Brandi (Rich) Reinke of La Porte, Kurt (Kristen) Ulrich of La Porte, and Stephani (CJ) Bealor of La Porte; 7 grandchildren, Kyle, Klayton, and Reese Reinke, Taven and Tannen Ulrich, and Kiaya and Elora Bealor; best and most faithful companion, his little dog, Dottie; beloved dog, Big Boy Dunkin; special cat, Ms. Piggy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Berry.

 

Harry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from March 1960 to November 1963.  He earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 1962 and the Good Conduct Medal in 1963.

 

Harry was a counselor for 26 years at the Indiana State Prison.  He was a member of the First Church of God.

 

Harry enjoyed cars and woodworking.  For every family graduation and wedding, he would make a special, wooden card box for each child or couple.  His special, handcrafted gifts have left precious memories for his family.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at First Church of God with Pastor Jeff Zigler officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Julie Berry, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN 46350.                                

 

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.  

 

Carl W. Simpson, Jr.

Carl W. Simpson, Jr., 69, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 9:54 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN. Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

 

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

 

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our website at www.otthaverstock.com.

June E. Anderson

June E. Anderson, 63, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Friday, April 2, 2021.

 

She was born on August 4, 1957 in St. Louis to Jerald Hiob and June Eileen Martin.

 

On March 19, 1994 June married Lloyd W. Anderson who survives with her children, Rebecca (Deyne) Dybas-Nicholson of Clark, Colorado, Jacob (Tristan) Dybas of Chesterton, Indiana, Niccole (Adam Simon) Anderson Schelling of Valparaiso, Indiana, Marissa (Derek) Newtoff of St. John, Indiana; her father, Jerald (Ann) Hiob of Tiger, Georgia; grandchildren, Olivia “Grae”, Dexter, Samuel, Alastair, Mitchell, Blake, and Owen; a sister, Jill (Dave) Parbs of Wisconsin; and a half-sister, Suzanne (Steve) Berninger of Clayton, Georgia.

 

June waitressed for many years, which is how she met her husband. In her free time, she loved sewing and crafting, mainly for charity. She considered others before herself. She was a wonderful cook and made a mean lasagna. June was a devout Christian who loved spending time with children, was an avid reader, and loved doing crosswords and puzzles, while watching daytime court shows. She and her adoring husband loved their Saturday "day dates" and she spent 27 years training him just the way she wanted him.

 

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where a memorial service will begin at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Food Pantry.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

Charles F. Hughes

Charles F. Hughes, 85, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Thursday April 1, 2021 at his home.

 

He was born August 25, 1935 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the son of Joseph Hughes and Florence (Whitner) Hughes.

 

On June 22, 1957 he married his beloved Margaret A Hughes in La Porte.

 

Charles moved to the La Porte area when he was 2 years old from Tennessee.  He served in the United States Army and worked for Berkel Corp. as a maintenance engineer until retirement.  Charles was a member of the VFW Post 1130, La Porte, IN. He loved working in his yard and following his grandson's baseball, particularly enjoying high school baseball.  When the kids were younger, Charles loved to take them camping in his RV.   After retirement, he and Margaret enjoyed taking cruises and traveling around visiting casinos.  

 

In addition to his wife of 63 years, Charles is survived by his daughter, Sue A. (Kurt) Brown of La Porte, IN; brother, Herman (Lila) Hughes of FL; sister, Juanita (Bill) Glenn of Kingsford Heights, IN; Sister-in-law, Clara Hughes of Union Mills, IN; grandchild, Garrett (Jodi) Uhlemann; great-grandchild, Austin Uhlemann;

 

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charles Michael Hughes; brothers, J.C. and Frankie Hughes; sisters, Louise Wheaton, Mary Sue Chapman and Virginia Lane.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   A Celebration of Charles' life will be held at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Jim Mandeville, officiating. The family has selected cremation.  Anyone attending these events will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Gloria Jean Arndt

Gloria Jean Arndt, 91, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Settlers Place in La Porte.

Gloria was born on December 1, 1929, in Wanatah, IN, to Lester Harvey and Ethel Jean (Howell) Steinke.

On June 4, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Porte, she married Walter Louis Arndt, Jr., who preceded her in death on January 14, 2017. Surviving Gloria are her beloved children, Dennis (Janice) Arndt of Manitou, KY, Brad (Suzy) Arndt of Austin, TX, and Corinne (Eric) Goodson of La Porte; grandchildren Rebecca Arndt of Manitou, KY, Aaron (Caitlin) Arndt of Cincinnati, OH, Jennifer (Brad) Shafer of Austin, TX, Andrew (Kimberly) Arndt of Tell City, IN, Ashley (Shawn) Fitzpatrick of Dune Acres, IN, and Alexander (Kimberly) Keim of Noblesville, IN; and great-grandchildren Gray and Julia Shafer, Archer Arndt, Sophia and Tobin Arndt, and Breck, Pruett, and Evann Fitzpatrick. Gloria is also survived by her cherished brother, Lester Harold Steinke of West Jefferson, NC and several nieces and nephews.

 

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and husband.


Gloria was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, and  a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, all in La Porte. Gloria was previously active in the Tuesday Women’s Golf League at Beechwood Golf Course and a member of the La Porte Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. She had volunteered at the St. John’s Thrift Shop and La Porte Hospital. Gloria retired from Modine’s in La Porte.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Ronald Brauer officiating.   Burial will follow at Patton Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, April 7 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Special thanks to the best neighbors in the world, Jim and Peggy Hill and Earl and Lucy Bisom, for all their love and care over the years.  The family would also like to thank the staff at Settlers Place and Dunes Hospice for the love and care shown to Gloria.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

 

Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com.

 

Sandra S. "Sissy" McLouth

Sandra S. “Sissy” McLouth, 55 of La Porte, Indiana passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, surrounded by her family.

 

Sissy was born on July 13, 1965, in La Porte to Jennie Hilliard of La Porte and the late Edsal Mewbourn. Sissy was a waitress at Dick’s Bar for 17 years. She had an outgoing fun-loving spirit and loved to ride her bike. She loved gardening, the sun and her grandsons were her everything. 

 

Sissy is survived by a daughter, Jessica (Scott) Eldred of La Porte; grandchildren, Scott, Edward, Braylon; her lifelong partner, Chad McCleery; sisters, Tammie (Rolan) Collins of La Porte, Shelly (Jerry Wingett) Mewbourn of La Porte; brothers, Jeff (Linda) Wiersema of New Era, Michigan, Dale (Jackie) Owens of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Joshua McLouth preceded her in death.

 

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. following the visitation.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Where a memorial service will begin at 2 p.m.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

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