Obituaries

Victoria Estep

Victoria Estep, 49, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at her home.

She was born December 8, 1970, in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Timothy Schaible and Ruth (Bailey) New.

 

A member of the Moose Lodge #935 in Michigan City, Victoria was an avid reader, enjoying love stories. She was a fabulous cook, especially enjoying anything to do with pasta. Although Victoria was a stay at home Mom for many years, she was a pharmacy technician, a CNA, a dialysis technician, and a medical assistant. Victoria truly loved her family and her service dog "Phatty".

She is survived by her mother, Ruth of La Porte;  three daughters, Ashley Estep who serves in the United States Navy stationed in Japan; Emily Estep who is with the Estes National Park in Colorado; and Abigal Estep who now lives in Wichita, KS and a brother, Tim Schaible of La Porte, IN.

 

Victoria was preceded in death by her father Timothy Schaible.

 

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

 

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

Lloyd E. Singleton

Lloyd E. Singleton, 87, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Lloyd was born on October 21, 1932, in North Liberty, Indiana to the late Lloyd “Buck” and Irene (Ryan) Singleton. 

 

Lloyd married Norma Anspaugh in August 1955, then married Diana Louise Moscrip in 1982.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Diana Singleton; three sons, Stephen Singleton, Scott Singleton, and Shaun Singleton; two step-daughters, Juli Lynn Cusmariu and Lisa Ann Nielsen; five grandchildren, Mandolin Alexis Arochas, Lauren Louise Nielsen, John Christian Nielsen, Benjamin Thomas Singleton, and Daniel Joseph Nielsen; two great-grandchildren, Nikolaos Jonathan Arochas and Arya Monroe Arochas; and a brother, Kenneth Singleton.

 

Lloyd was a 1950 graduate of North Liberty High School and a 1960 graduate of Commerce Business College in South Bend.  In 1951 he joined the United States Navy and was discharged in 1956.  He served in the Korean War era as a radar and navigator on two Navy ships.  He worked at the Bendix Corporation for 18 years, Wheel Horse in South Bend in management, Harris Float Boat in Fort Wayne as a vice president, Patton Electric in Fort Wayne as a vice president, and an independent representative for Bali and Hunter Douglas before retiring in 2007.

 

Lloyd enjoyed their horses, dogs, and cats, traveling to many states, gardening, golfing, and enjoying life to the fullest. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church in La Porte, with Pastor Bob Vale officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

Duryne Lois Porter

Duryne Lois Porter, 100 of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  Duryne was born on October 31, 1919, in Freeman, South Dakota to Henry and Josephine (Metzner) Mensch.  She retired as a Beauty Operator and elementary school teacher with the La Porte Schools.  She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in La Porte and graduated from Purdue University with a master’s degree. 

 

On November 29, 1940, Duryne married Lloyd A. Porter who preceded her in death on May 5, 2002.  Surviving is her son, Dr. David L. Porter of La Porte; seven grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Mensch, Lieutenant Colonel of Fairfax, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by a son, Verleon H. Porter; a grandson, Leonard Porter; a sister, Margaret Dodd; and a brother, Vernon Mensch.

 

Private services and burial will take place.  Arrangements by, Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

A special thank you to Sandy Miller for her devoted spiritual and loving care for Duryne. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, 701 W Camp St, Lebanon, Indiana 46052.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

Frances Meeks

Frances Meeks, 73, Lake Station, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 1:45 pm in St. Mary's Medical Center, Hobart, IN.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm, Monday, July 6, 2020 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

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

Aaron Gene Lovvorn

Aaron Gene Lovvorn, 87, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Miller's Merry Manor.

 

Aaron was born on November 1, 1932, in Russellville, AL, to Ruffin and Lucy (Williams) Lovvorn.

 

In August 1952 in Delphi, IN, he married Berdina Venters who preceded him in death.  Surviving Aaron are his children, Delores Ann (Garry) Adams of La Porte, Faith Marie Gainer of Plymouth, Jackie Lee (Tom) Smith of La Porte, and Vicky Lynn Lovvorn of New Carlisle; 17 grandchildren, Robert (Nora) Jones of California, Ronnie (Karen) Combs of La Porte, Rebecca (David) Wallen of La Porte, Samantha (Jeff) Hurlbut of Mishawaka, Donald (Heather) Adams of La Porte, Gabriel (Leslie) Smith of La Porte, Marianne Rush of Mishawaka, Robert (Lester) Lovvorn, Jr. of Michigan City, Ricky (Ludovic) Dale of Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Jean) Lovvorn of La Porte, Patrick Gainer of California, Caitlin (Kelson) Stone of La Porte, Josh  Barger of La Porte, Russell (Beth) Spaid of La Porte, Travis Spaid of New Carlisle, Guy (Danielle) Gainer of Grovertown, and Candice (Mike) Gainer of Donaldson; 15 great-grandchildren, Cordell, Nathan, Tyler, Quinn, Brandon, Drake, Mason, Tucker, Maggie, Logan, Peyton, Brayden, Abigail, Ty, and Aaron; 4 great, great-grandchildren, Callan, Rowen, Stella, and Will;

sister, Christine (Gene) Lawson of Michigan City; daughter-in-law, Debbie Lovvorn of La Porte; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents; sister, Mabel Mohler; brothers, Arvle and Travis Lovvorn; and sons, Robert Dean Lovvorn and Donald Eugene Lovvorn.

 

Aaron was an over the road tanker truck driver for 36 years, primarily with Refiners Transport.  He enjoyed attending church.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.  The family requests that masks be optional.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, Inc., 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

 

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

Ronald William Beard

Ronald William Beard, 38, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his residence.

 

Ronald was born on March 29, 1982, in Harriman, TN, to Charles and Angelia (Miller) Beard.

 

Surviving are his mother; siblings, Jason (Melissa) Strotheide of Charlotte, MI, Jeanette McMann of La Porte, Charlise (Glenn) Ferguson of Soddy Daisy, TN, and Astin (Jason) Jackson of Harriman, TN; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family..

 

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Lois and Gentry Beard. 

 

Ronald worked in construction.  He enjoyed basketball and collecting hats.  Ronald had a passion of going to the gym and lifting weights.  Although never having children of his own, he enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

 

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

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

 
 

Spencer J. Brady

Spencer J. Brady, 67, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at La Porte Hospital and Health Services.

 

Spencer was born on May 9, 1953, in Netcong, NJ, to Phillip and Virginia (Byrd) Brady.

 

Surviving Spencer are his life partner of over 40 years, Susan Levenhagen of La Porte; special daughter, Carrie Levenhagen of St. Croix; brother, Shawn (Dianne) Brady of Nicholsville, KY; and sister-in-law, Janice Tyskie of Mill Creek.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Spencer was a millwright for over 40 years at Arcelor Mittal.  He loved space and NASA. Spencer also enjoyed old muscle cars and electronics.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Roger Ash officiating.  Burial will follow at Kingsbury Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.

 

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

Sharon Bradford

Sharon Bradford, 75, of Hamlet, IN, died June 27, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born January 19, 1945 in Michigan City, IN, daughter of LeRoy and Hellen (Schofield) Burch.

 

On February 29, 1964, Sharon married Del Burch who precedes her in death. 

 

Sharon truly loved her family and especially her animals. She enjoyed doing yard work and was an avid reader. She loved reading Murder-Mystery novels and True Crime stories. One of the things she loved to do as well was riding roller coasters.  Sharon worked as a factory worker in manufacturing. She enjoyed all kinds of music from rock-n-roll to today’s modern music.

 

Surviving are her sons, Jeff (Jean-fiancé) of Hamlet, and Bob Bradford of La Porte; daughters Kelly Bradford of La Porte, and Shelly (Paul) Johnson of Piggott, AR; a brother David Burch of Michigan City, IN; grandchildren Sharrie Bradford; Brittany (Taz) Latchford;  Dalton Bradford; Austin Johnson; Brittany Johnson of Paragould, AR: and Cayden Horst; as well as great-grandchildren Ligia, Lee, Livia, and Alaska. 

 

Carole was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy and Helen (Schofield) Burch and a brother Robert Burch.

 

Arrangements are under the careful direction of Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services 602 Maple Ave. La Porte, IN 46350. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1 from 10 am until service time at 1 PM at the funeral home. Pastor Bob Vale will be officiating. Interment will take place after the service at Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte, IN.

 

Memorial contributions in honor of Carole may be made to La Porte County Animal Shelter 2855 IN-2 La Porte, IN 46350.

 

To sign the online guest book, go to www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Kelly J. Snyder

Kelly J. Snyder, 59, of Rolling Prairie, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at her home. 

   

Kelly was born in La Porte, IN, on September 27, 1960, to Leland and Shirley (Gierkey) Snyder. 

 

Surviving Kelly are her siblings, Kyle Graber of Fountain Hills, AZ, Kary (Bob) Henning of South Bend, Kathy James of La Porte, and Christopher (Angie) Foster of Hobbs, NM; love of her life, Nick Principe of Rolling Prairie; special niece, Ashley Downen of La Porte; as well as her beloved cockapoo, Alli, and her cat, Forrest.

 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Ruth Snyder and beloved cockapoo, Lady.

 

Kelly graduated from La Porte High School in 1978.  She was a bookkeeper for many years at La Porte Tool Supply.  Kelly enjoyed cooking, tending to her flowers, and participating in her bowling league.  Most importantly, Kelly enjoyed the 44 years she spent with Nick.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

   

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.                                

 

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

 

Dominic B. Laneve

Dominic B. Laneve, 22, of Kingsford Heights, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

 

Dominic was born on September 24, 1997, in Valparaiso, IN, to Dave Laneve and Stacy (Battleday) Moore.

 

On December 30, 2018, in Kingsbury, IN, he married Alexandrea Eberhart who survives.  Also surviving are his daughter, Caterina; mother, Stacy (William) Moore of La Porte; sisters, Stephanie (Tyler) Searing of Kingsford Heights, Deanne Laneve of La Porte, Simone (Dylan Seeley) Laneve of La Porte, Delanie Laneve of La Porte, and Ashley Moore of Mishawaka; brother, Cory Moore of La Porte; grandmother, Lea Ann (Charlie) Battleday of Valparaiso; father-in-law, Eric (Dorothy) Eberhart; mother-in-law, Sylvia Eberhart; sister-in-law, Juliana Wolozanski; 3 nieces; 1 nephew; beloved dog, Mary "MarBear"; as well as many other loving family and friends.

 

Dominic was a general laborer.  He loved his guns and his truck.  Dominic enjoyed spending time with his beloved dog, but most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. 

 

A time of visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 

 

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

 

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

Judith "Judi" Susan Kingsolver

Judith "Judi" Susan Kingsolver, 59, of Kingsford Heights, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, at La Porte Hospital and Health Services. 

   

Judi was born in La Porte, IN, on December 9, 1960, to Lowell and E. Delores Kay (Turner) Kingsolver. 

 

Surviving Judi are her children, Dee Dee Kingsolver of Mount Washington, KY, Anthony "Tony" Kingsolver of Atlanta, GA, Robert Hawkins of Michigan City, and Cheyenne Wheeler of Koontz Lake; her grandchildren, Erica, Camden, Skylar, and Chloe; her sister, Jodie Kingsolver of Phoenix, AZ; and longtime companion, Patrick "Pat" Hux of Kingsford Heights.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Kay Kingsolver.

 

Judi was a member of the American Legion.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, fishing, gardening, soaking up the sun, any outdoor activities, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking care of those around her.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

   

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Bob Vale officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home.  The family respectfully asks that masks be worn and other CDC guidelines be followed at the visitation and service.

 

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

 

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

Ronald Cowser

Ronald Cowser, 52, of Walkerton, IN, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Walkerton.

He was born May 10, 1968, in Hammond, Indiana, the son of Donald and Sharon (Mullen) Cowser.

 

After living in Arizona for a few years, Ronald returned to the area in 2000. He was a welder by trade who worked in the construction industry for many years. Ronald enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting, loved music, especially classic rock, and spending time with his family and friends. Although not a member, he enjoyed hanging out at the Fish Lake American Legion. Ronald owned a "gentleman farm", where he gardened and kept chickens and turkeys. He just loved to be outside and explore nature. A kindly soul, he loved kids and always put others first.

He is survived by his loving mother, Sharon, a brother, Jeffrey Cowser of Homewood, IL; an aunt, Beverly Sharo of Lansing, IL.

 

Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Cassandra, and his father, Donald.

 

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 602 Maple Ave, La Porte, IN. 46350. with Pastor Bob Vale, officiating. Cremation has taken place.  We respectfully request that those who attend wear a mask or face covering and abide by the CDC guidelines for 6 ft distancing and hand washing.

Memorial contributions in Ronald's name may be made to the family in care of Haverstock Funeral Home.

 

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

Jerrold Dean Worthington (Services Update)

Jerrold Dean Worthington, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, March 13, 2020.

 

Jerrold was born on May 2, 1932 in La Porte, IN, to John and Vertie (Anderson) Worthington.

 

On June 6, 1959 in La Porte, IN, he married Mary Ann Lindwall who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Christine (Robert) Duttlinger of La Porte, Judy Worthington of New Carlisle, John (Sarah) Worthington of North Liberty, and Jerry (Pamela) Worthington of Michigan City; 6 grandchildren, John (Melissa) Duttlinger, William (Amber) Duttlinger, Angela Duttlinger, Janet Clemans, Mary Clemans, and Bethany Worthington; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Ryleigh, Chase, Katelyn, Emily, Raeghan, Avery, Kinleyann, and Theo; 2 brothers, Roland and Dennis; sister, Jill; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

Jerrold was a lifelong farmer.  In earlier years, he was a school bus driver.  Jerrold was a veteran of the US Army.  He was a 4-H member and leader.  Jerrold enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and especially time with his family.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. 

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Peggy Huston officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, IN  46383.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

Dyllen John Hoffer

Dyllen John Hoffer, 36, of New Carlisle, IN, died unexpectedly in New Carlisle, IN on Sunday, June 21.

He was born on February 9, 1984, in Elkhart, Indiana, and moved to the New Carlisle area at a young age.

 

Dyllen loved his music with Nirvana being his favorite group. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was an avid reader. He loved spending time with his family. 

 

Dyllen is survived by his Grandmother, Donna Brown of New Carlisle, IN; father Michael Hoffer of Florida; Great-grandmother, Jeanne E. Hatten; an aunt, Mary L. Mills; an uncle, Rodney R. Hoffer; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Dyllen was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard L. Hoffer, and Great-Grandfather, John A. Hoffer.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Sunday, June 28 from 4-8 pm. where afterward cremation will take place. Inurnment will be in Hamilton Church Cemetery in Hamilton, IN.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in Dyllen's name.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.

William Neil "Bill" Unger, Jr

William Neil “Bill” Unger, Jr. 75 of La Porte, Indiana passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020.  He was born July 3, 1944 in La Porte to William, Sr. and Billie Lorraine (Ott) Unger.  Bill retired from La Porte High School in the maintenance & mechanical department after many years of service. He had also been employed with Allis-Chalmers, Wirecraft, and Plimpton Press.  He served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a member of the V.F.W. Post-1130 in La Porte.

 

Bill leaves behind a sister, Rebecca L. Werner, (husband Robert) of Union Mills, Indiana; and a brother, Robert G. Unger, (wife Pearl) of Mooresville, Indiana. A sister, Patricia Unger preceded him in death. 

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

Robert M. Adams

Robert M. Adams, 73, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Bob was born July 18, 1946 in Rensselaer, Indiana to the late William Maurice “Mauri” Adams and Ethel Pauline (Warren).

 

Bob was the owner of Kendall’s Service which he purchased in 1997 before selling the business to Kaiser Auto in 2013. He served in the Army Reserve and was a member of the American Legion. He served on the La Porte County Lake Patrol and was an advisor for the La Porte County Police Cadet’s. 

 

Bob was a loving son, husband, dad and grandpa “paw-paw”. He will be truly missed by all those lives he touched. 

 

On September 18, 1965 Bob married Christine Wilkey who survives with their children, Paul (Kristie) Adams of La Porte, Karen Parkerson of La Porte; grandchildren, Jake (Sarah) Adams, Heather Macher, Zachary (Sarah) Adams, Kayla (Shawn) Miller, Lexie Adams, Taylor Adams, Bryon (Amanda) Parkerson, and Jessica (Josh) Fawley; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, William (Chris) Adams and Michael (Patty) Adams of La Porte.  He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeff Parkerson.    

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at the funeral home, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the time of services at 11 a.m. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Burial will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center, 2859 W. State Rd 2, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

Katherine J. Colby

Katherine J. Colby, 81, Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:50 am at her home in, Mishawaka, Indiana.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am CST, June 27, 2020 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN. Visitation will be from 10:00 am -11:00 am CST, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

She was born May 12, 1939 in Michigan City, IN to the late Douglas H. and Erma L. (Woodard) Adams.

Surviving are daughter, Paula Henderson of Holiday, FL; son, Shawn Douglas Adams of Bloomington, IN; three grandsons, Myles Shawn Adams of Bloomington, IN, William Stinson, Robert Lewis Smith; three sisters, Elizabeth (Willie) Lynch of Las Vegas, NV, Judith (Robert) Talbot of Clermont, FL, Daisy Scott of Mishawaka, IN; host of nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by daughter, Carla M. Adams; three brothers, Douglas Adams, Charles Adams, Anthony Adams.

Katherine retired after working many years for Whirlpool and Wal-Mart, both of which she was named a lifetime associate. She was an avid reader, enjoyed quilting, and was a very giving person, often giving to multiple charitable organizations. She was recognized for her contributions to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude's Research Hospital and Father Flanagan's Boys Home.

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

 

 

Lee Stapleton, Jr.

Lee Stapleton, Jr., 66, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 12:30 pm in his home.

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

He was born December 16, 1953, in Rolling Fork, MS to the late Lee and Lula (Harrison) Stapleton, Sr. On March 21, 1981, in Michigan City, IN he married Tamara Walker who survives in Michigan City, IN.

Surviving are three daughters, Tiffany Mann of Bloomington, IN, Talea (Milo) Denwiddie of Michigan City, IN and Britney Stapleton of Michigan City, IN; two sons, Tyrone (Amber) Stapleton of Milwaukee, WI and Brandon Stapleton of Michigan City, IN; 12 grandchildren, Brittney, Marqwain, Fantasia, Tyrone, Jr., Tyraysha, Jasmine, Aniyah, Derrick, Jordan, Alani, Alias and Javon. 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bertha McMillan of Chicago, IL, Irene Whisset of Chicago, IL and Queenesther Mack of Michigan City, IN; and four brothers, Johnny (Maureen) Stapleton of Flint, MI, Eddie (Stephanie) Stapleton of Jackson, MS, Ernest (Lanii) Stapleton of Michigan City, IN and Sim Ferrell of Meridian, MS ; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also a father tom many more children other than his own and he loved them dearly. Lee was very close to his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Josephine Ferrell; and brother Douglas Stapleton.

Lee had worked for 30 years total and was a certified welder at New York Blower, IN for 10 years. He graduated from Elston High School and attended some college for computer science. Lee was a U.S. Marine Corps. A veteran of Vietnam and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and cooking. He was a Jack of all trades, nicknamed MacGyver.

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

John George Vapensky

John George Vapensky, 83, died June 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. A graveside service will be held at 10am on Tuesday, June 23 at Pine Lake Cemetery.

John was a proud resident of LaPorte for over 40 years.  He was a long-time parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, where he served as an usher for much of that time. He was also very dedicated to the church’s fundraising by running various booths at the Polish Fest for many years.  He was also a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus.

John worked at Bethlehem Steel as a Chemical Lab Foreman for 33 years before retiring. After that, he loved traveling to Chicago to see his kids and grandkids, proudly touting his “secret route”, Highway 41, to anyone that would listen... hilariously rendering it a non-secret.   He had a great sense of humor.

John was also a lover of anything sports.  He was especially fond of the Baltimore Orioles, the Indianapolis Colts, everything Notre Dame, and of course the Cubs.  He was thrilled to see them finally clinch a World Series championship.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Joan.  He is survived by his daughter Nikki Marvel (Scott) and his son John (Aimee LeBlanc).  He has three grandchildren, Alex Vapensky, Mia Marvel, and Molly Vapensky.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in John’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories for the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

Michael A. Biege

Michael A. Biege, 33, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Porter Regional Hospital.

 

Michael was born on January 6, 1987, in Batesville, AR, to Peggy L. (Biege) Albertson.

 

Surviving are his children, Sarah and Haley; brother, Cody Bean of South Bend; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving family members and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother; brother, Brandon Biege; and his grandparents.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A private family service will take place at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the donor's choice.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

Norah Bergerson Dotson

Norah Bergerson Dotson of Michigan City, Indiana passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, surrounded by her family and friends.

 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at 10:00 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 1000 Moore Road, Long Beach, Indiana. Visitation hours will be at the church Friday from 9:00 am till 10:00 am.

 

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

Helen Marie Bradley

Helen Marie Bradley, 72 of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  She was born on May 13, 1948 in La Porte, Indiana to the late Kenneth and Alberta (Hillman) Bradley. 

 

Surviving is a cousin, Steven Nation of Indianapolis, and a friend, Lynn Lisarelli of La Porte, Indiana.

 

Helen served in the United States Army.

 

Cremation will take place.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at Essling Funeral Home.com.

 Jerry Dean Lambert - Updated Services

 Jerry Dean Lambert, 67, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

   

Jerry was born in Boone, NC, on March 21, 1953, to Willard and Juanita (Gantt) Lambert. 

 

On September 30, 2012, in LasVegas, NV, he married Carilyn "Carrie" Rehlander who survives.  Also surviving are his sons, Jason (Trevor) Lambert-Novak of Michigan City and Brandon (Ashley Terry) Lambert of Michigan City; stepdaughters, Sara (Dustin) Kling of La Porte and Rachel Steigely of Bay City, MI; stepson, Robert Gresham of Michigan City; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Adam, Gavin, Gabrielle and Grant, all of La Porte; siblings, Sandra Lambert of Tampa, FL and Willard Dean (Becky) Lambert of Rutherfordton, NC; father-in-law, Dewey (Rachel Anderson) Rehlander of La Porte; brother-in-law, Matthew (Denise) Rehlander of Concord, NC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Alan Lambert; stepson and stepdaughter, Adam and Meghan Steigely; second wife and mother of Brandon, Lyn Lambert; and first wife and mother of Michael and Jason, Flora Lambert-White.

 

Jerry proudly served in the United States Army, 1971-73.  He retired in 2011 after 20 years as a Corrections Officer at the Indiana State Prison.  Most recently, he was a tester at Weil-McLain.  Jerry was a member of La Porte Missionary Church.  He loved all sports, especially baseball, basketball, and football.  The Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears were his favorite professional teams.  Jerry also enjoyed Indiana University basketball.  He was an avid fisherman.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at La Porte Missionary Church with Pastor Steve Galloway officiating. 

 

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.  The family kindly asks that everyone follow social distancing according to CDC guidelines if they choose to attend the visitation or service.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte Missionary Church building fund, 104 E. 18th St., La Porte, IN 46350, or the American Legion Skwiat Post# 451, 121 Skwiat Legion Avenue, Michigan City, IN 46360.                                

 

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

 

William A. Greene, Jr.

William A. Greene, Jr., 60, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away peacefully Monday, June 15, 2020, at 12:44 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City surrounded by his family after many years of health issues.

A celebration of life gathering will be from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday, June 20, 2020, at the St. Joseph Young Men's Society, 2001 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

He was born December 14, 1959, in Michigan City, IN to William A. and Barbara (Simpson) Greene, Sr. who survive in Michigan City, IN.

Also surviving are a daughter, Nica (Daniel Walters) Greene of Michigan City, IN; son, William A. (Christy) Greene, III of Michigan City, IN; two grandchildren, William Greene, IV, and Orlando Greene; four sisters, Pam (Tim) Mallon of LaPorte, IN, Linda (Steve) Novak of Michigan City, IN, Debbie (Rick) Miller of Highland, IN and Kim (Tony) Brown of Michigan City, IN; lots of nieces and nephews; his former spouse, Kim Greene of Michigan City, IN; special-friend, Tommy Eldridge of Michigan City, IN; trusted companion, Moe (his dog), beloved cat, Smokey; and his granddog, Rosko.


He was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Greene.

William was an automotive mechanic for many years at Greene's Standard Amoco. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and eating.

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 web site at www.otthaverstock.com.

George Edward Lasky

George Edward Lasky, 80, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Porter Regional Hospital. 

   

George was born in Little Falls, MN, on July 30, 1939, to Walter H. and Mary K. (Matis) Lasky. 

 

On December 27, 1974, in La Porte, IN, he married Phyllis (Hunt) Wright who preceded him in death on March 10, 2019.  Surviving George are his 9 children, Robbie (Cindy) Lasky of Jacksonville, FL, Scott Lasky of TX, Shauna (Jack) Sandig of TX, Sheryl (Ricky) Turner of Nenana, AK, Teri (Rick) Strieter of Rolling Prairie, Su (Douglas) Glesner of La Porte, Toni (Fred Moryl) Lenard of La Porte, Richard "Rick" Wright of La Porte, and Dale (Karen) Wright of Orlando, FL; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; 1 great, great-grandchild; sister, JoAnne Thompson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and twin brother, Jerry Lasky.

 

George graduated from Gary Lew Wallace High School in Gary, IN.  After graduation, he became a store manager and served as same for nearly his entire working life.  He began at Kroger in Lansing, IL, and in the mid-'70s moved to La Porte, where he was the manager at 5-Star Grocery.  George was a member and regular attendee of St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte.

 

George had a passion for a variety of sports--as a participant and spectator.  In high school, he played football and basketball but it was his love for bowling that continued from his teen years to his mid-seventies.  George's bowling career included participating in numerous bowling tournaments throughout the country with teams made up of friends and family.  Shortly after retiring his bowling ball, he took to competitive horseshoes.  His bowling skills must have carried over because he helped carry his team to a first-place victory the past 2 years.

 

As a spectator, George and his friends could often be seen supporting our La Porte High School Slicers at football, baseball, and basketball games.  This love of sports carried over into professional and college teams as well.  George had a long tradition of attending Chicago Cubs games in person with friends and family, each season.  When not watching sports, he dedicated time supporting community events like building stage sets for La Porte Little Theatre plays or making and selling popcorn at their famous play "Bleacher Bums", while decked out in his Chicago Cubs garb and yelling "Popcorn here!". 

 

Continuing to show an interest in sporting events, George frequently volunteered for the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he worked the Michigan City Grand Prix and bicycling tours as well as sponsored fishing tournaments on Lake Michigan, to name a few.

 

George greatly enjoyed the La Porte 4th of July celebrations, as it was a type of reunion for him with many friends and family.

 

George and his wife were no strangers to traveling and became known for their love for cruises.  They always planned at least a year in advance and were known for their spectacular cruise attire...they were always "decked out"...George even owned his own tuxedo!

 

On the more personal side, George's love could be seen by his dedication to providing care for his wife for many years prior to her passing in March 2019.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  George was definitely one of the best.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home before proceeding to Saint Joseph Catholic Church. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, at the church.  Cremation will take place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 109 'C' Street, La Porte, IN  46350.                                

 

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

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