Obituaries

Robert "Bob" J. Nawrocki, Sr

Robert “Bob” J. Nawrocki, Sr., 82, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 2:36 a.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Franciscan Health, Michigan City.

 

He was born August 21, 1939, in La Porte, Indiana, to Leonard and Anna (Sanetra) Nawrocki.

 

Bob honorably served his country in the United States Army Reserves. He retired as a supervisor from NIPSCO.

 

On September 19, 1964, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in La Porte, Indiana, he married Linda (Odle) Nawrocki, who survives.

 

Also surviving are one daughter, Stephanie (Brian) Carpenter of Brighton, MI; one sister, Mary Ann (Phillip) Poczekay of Michigan City; brother-in-law, Steve Odle of La Porte; sister-in-law, Sue Odle of Goshen; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding in death were his parents; two brothers, James and Louis Nawrocki; one son, Robert Nawrocki Jr.; and brother-in-law, Donn Odle.

 

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Pastor Bob Vale officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 in memory of Robert “Bob” J. Nawrocki Sr.

 

MaryEllen Riedel

MaryEllen Riedel, 79, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 12:31 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 in her home.

 

She was born April 27, 1942, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

 

MaryEllen graduated with a double major in French and English from Valparaiso University. She was a teacher and certified financial planner. MaryEllen formerly taught at Hobart High School and Bates Mental Facility. She regularly went to the Michigan City and La Porte Senior Centers.

 

In 1964, in Hamlet, Indiana, she married Fritz Martin Adolf Riedel, who preceded her in death.

 

Also preceding in death were her parents; one brother, Donald Koebbe; and one grandson, Daniel Hodum.

 

Surviving are her two sons, Carl (Mei) Riedel of Chesterton and Grant (Donna) Riedel of Rolling Prairie; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Kaitlyn and Madelain Riedel; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden Butler and Elliott Terusiak.

 

Cremation will take place. There will be no services. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929 and/or Native American Rights Fund, Planned Giving 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 in memory of MaryEllen Riedel.

 

Howard Leon Milam (Services Update)

Howard Leon Milam, 72, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Northwest Health La Porte.

 

Howard was born on April 1, 1949 in La Porte, IN, to Hugh and Cynthia La Vera (Hires) Milam.

 

On July 19, 1969 in La Porte, IN, he married Bonnie Zollman who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Shawn (April) Milam and Sara (JP) Smith, both of La Porte; 2 grandchildren, Gabrielle and Leon; 1 great-granddaughter, Esther; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Phyllis, Virginia, and Raymond.

 

Howard served in the Army during the Vietnam War.  He worked as a service manager at Brown Tire in Valparaiso for over 25 years.  Howard enjoyed watching Star Trek, John Wayne and the Cubs.  His hobbies included wood working, home remodeling, taking scenic road trips, and attending car shows.  His happiest moments were when his family was gathered around the table together.  Howard was a "true" good samaritan.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Hamon Gray American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincolnway, La Porte, IN 46350. 

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Bonnie Milam, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350 or to the donor's choice.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

 

Sedalia "Sue" A. Rollins

Sedalia “Sue” A. Rollins, 83, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021.

 

Sue was born on November 8, 1937, in La Porte, Indiana to the late William and Wanda (Shuita) Thornburgh.

 

On March 31, 1956, Sue married Richard W. Rollins who survives.  Richard and Sue were married 65 years.

 

Sue was a bookkeeper for Plastic & Stampings Inc., a member of the Michigan City Art League, and a homemaker.  She also was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

 

Sue is survived by her husband, Richard; children, Kim (Larry Tharp) Goethals, Kari (Michael) Milliken, Jennifer (Ronald) Sass, Michael (Lori) Rollins, and Jeffery (Meredith) Rollins; grandchildren, Jake (Shana) Goethals, Brad (Rachel) Rollins, Emily (Nick) Fisher, Makala  (Tom) Schouls, Mitchell (Nichole) Milliken, Erin (Brennen) Jenkins, Ben (Carin Weston) Sass, Andrew (Lyna Benhacine) Sass, Danielle Rollins, Holden Rollins, and Lucy Rollins; great-grandchildren, Nora Jenkins, Atticus Jenkins, Lucas Rollins, and Daniel Rollins; a brother, William Thornburg; and sisters, Kris (Chris) Valarano and Joanne Smart.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Ryan Goethals; and a sister, Marilyn Bodmer

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Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 29, 2021, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G. Street, La Porte, Indiana. Pastor Dennis Meyer will officiate.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.

 

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

Roseanna Jean Locke

Roseanna Jean Locke, 66, of La Porte, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021. 

 

She was born November 16, 1954, in Gary, IN to Ollie Ray Locke and Emma Jean (Varro) Thompson.

 

Ms. Locke served six years as a Sunday School Teacher for St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in LaPorte. She was a foster mother through the LaPorte County DFS, and for over six years, she was both a volunteer and paid instructor for the LaPorte County Chapter of the American Red Cross. For over ten years, she was involved with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, holding a variety of positions from the pack to district levels through Northern, IN and LaSalle Councils BSA.

 

Ms. Locke was a 1973 graduate of LaPorte High School and attended Purdue North Central Part-time and some full-time hours for seven years.  She was a past employee of LaPorte Hospital, Fountainview Terrace, Purdue North Central, and Employer's Security, Inc.

 

Surviving Roseanna are her children, James M. (Elicia Feasel) Garske, II of La Porte, Danielle Garske of La Porte, Annette L. (Michael) Buell of La Porte, Amanda (Mike) Cornell of Rolling Prairie, Jon (Ashley) Garske of La Porte, and Erin Garske of La Porte; "Nana" to her foster-sons, Nicholas Sloan of Ohio, Brandon and Brentlyn Jones of La Porte and Joshua Craig of La Porte; brothers, L. Ray Locke of TX and Tim G. Locke of La Porte; stepsisters, Rebecca S. Budzinski of Knox and Colleen A. Danti of North Judson; 13 grandchildren, Sean (Shelby Phelps) Cornell, Elizabeth Buell, Callie Ellenberger, Maiara Feasel, Jessica Buell, Louis Feasel, Audri Garske, Laytan Brinsfield, Claira Garske, Alexandria Buell, Trentan Brinsfield, Sarah Buell, and Kimberlee Garske; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  She is also survived by her former husband, of 25 years, James M. Garske of La Porte.

 

Ms. Locke was preceded in death by her father, Ollie Ray Locke; mother, Emmajean Thompson; stepfather, Clarence A. Thompson; brother, Terry R. Locke; six grandparents; and companion, Barry W. Bush.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, South Bend.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home. 

 

Contributions may be made to the family c/o Annette Buell, 2900 Monroe Street, LaPorte, IN 46350.

Leslie Horn

Leslie Horn, 68, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, IL

 

He was born June 16, 1953 in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of Edsel Ford Horn and Alice Marie (Metts) Horn.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Les was an over-the-road truck driver who traveled across North America but always called Michigan City home. While he was home, he faithfully attended Full Gospel Church of Deliverance in Michigan City.  Most of his friends and family could always find Les at Joe's Bar and Grill, the neighborhood gathering spot, when he was in town.  Les loved wearing his cowboy boots and enjoyed fishing and camping.  He was a free-spirited, big-hearted, kind person who loved kids and would do anything for anybody.

 

Les is survived by two daughters, Denise Horn of Michigan City, IN, Julia Horn of Michigan City, IN; brother, Larry (Shirley) Horn of Michigan City, IN; sister, Kimberly Horn of Michigan City, IN; step-children, Shirley O'Neill, Nancy Cox, Kim Faith, Kenneth O'Neill and Anthony O'Neill and a large extended family including many grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley Horn and brother, Terry Horn.

 

Services will be private.

 

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

 

Ralph G. Jones

Ralph G. Jones, 68, of Rolling Prairie, IN, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Northwest Health-Porter in Valparaiso, IN.

 

 He was born in Knox, IN, the son of Ralph H. and Betty (Luke) Jones.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Ralph, whose nickname was "Too Tall", attended Ivy Tech for two years and retired as the Electronics supervisor for Bayer Corp.  On September 19, 1981, in La Porte, Ralph married the love of his life, Deborah Sue Nichols. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 83, La Porte and a member of The La Porte County Sheriff's dive team, where he was featured on the cover of Skin Diver magazine.  Ralph was a car guy and owned a 1973 Blue Chevy Camaro, which he proudly took to shows and won many trophies for.  The car made the cover of Region Rides magazine. He also enjoyed fishing and Boar hunting, woodworking, cooking and boating. Ralph and Deborah loved to travel, with their last big trip being to Alaska. His family, especially those grandchildren were his special joy.

 

Ralph is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah; his mother Betty Jones; his son, Brian (Delanna) Hurley of La Porte; brothers Bryan (Janice) Jones of Carol Stream, IL, Kenneth (Amy) Jones of Kirklin, IN; sisters Kathy Hill of La Porte, Karen (Chris) Heaps of Florida; 6 grandchildren Kevin Murphy, Kayla Hurley, Koral Hurley, Kyle Hurley, Taylor (Chris) Brown, Travis (Cassie) Gambrel; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Ralph was preceded in death by his father; sister Denise McKay;brother Glenn Jones; mother and father-in-law Della and William Nichols.   .

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00-11:00.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27 at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at the Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation by going to bafound.org and clicking on donate.

 

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

 

 

Colby Lee Cole

Colby Lee Cole, 33, of Michigan City, passed away sudden and unexpectedly at 2:19 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in his home.

 

He was born April 25, 1988, in Michigan City, Indiana to Todd Eugene Cole.

 

Colby had many passions and hobbies including paintballing, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and going on camping trips. His life was not easy, but he always found a way to make people smile. Colby was a very caring person and family-oriented. He loved his family deeply and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and his dog, Ruger.

 

Surviving are his paternal grandpa, George Cole of La Porte; father, Todd (Cindy) Cole of Michigan City; former wife, Paula Moore-Allen of Westville; four children, Alexandrea Rivera, Tyler Rhodes, Sydney Kosek, and Mia Kosek all of Westville; one sister, Summer Cole of Michigan City; two brothers, Andrew Cole of Chicago and Richard Butler of Michigan City; three grandchildren, Kayden, Araya and Audia Rivera; aunts, Amy Cole of Michigan City and Kim Gondek of Indianapolis; several cousins; close cousins; Candace Walsh, Christy Miles, Josh Gondek, Corey Bush and Brandon Walsh; and many aunts and uncles.

 

Preceding in death his paternal grandmother; Donna Cole.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Pastor Dennis Pickens officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until time-of-service Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the funeral home.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Rosemari Petersen

Rosemari Petersen, 83, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Miller Health and Rehab. 

   

Rosemari was born on May 29, 1938 to Earl and Lucille (Meeks) Bowles. 

 

She married Lawrence Robert Petersen who preceded her in death.  Surviving are her son, Don Petersen of Lafayette and two grandsons, Gavin and Colton Petersen.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Joseph Lawrence Petersen.

 

Rosemari worked for NIPSCO as a meter clerk for 25 years.  She enjoyed painting with watercolors and watching the Cubs.  Rosemari was the former president of The Michigan City Art League.  She especially loved her grandkids.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Michigan City Art League, PO Box 9720, Michigan City, IN  46360.

 

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

Paul Edwin Gillen

Paul Edwin Gillen, March 9, 1937-October 15, 2021, 84, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Friday October 15, 2021 at The Villages Regional Hospital in Florida.

 

He was born March 9, 1937 in Laporte, Indiana, the son of Ralph and Bessie (Cannon) Gillen.

 

Paul lived most of his life in the La Porte, IN, area, moving part-time to Florida in 2000, then full time to The Villages in 2006. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and retired after 28 years with Nipsco utilities in La Porte. On November 23, 1957, in La Porte, IN. Paul married the love of his life, Rejean Przybylski. Together they attended St. Peters Catholic Church in La Porte and St. Timothys in The Villages. Paul was also a member of the Michigan City Moose Club, American Legion Post 347 in The Villages and a lifetime member of the VFW in La Porte.  He loved playing cards, golfing, walking and being on the water. 

 

Paul is survived by his wife, Rejean; daughter, Paula (Gary) Raybould of Bloomington, IN; Son, Randall (Cindy) Gillen of LaPorte, IN; 3 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Brooke) Raybould of Bloomington, Travis Gillen of La Porte and Matthew (Rachal) Gillen of South Bend; 3 great-grandchildren Summer, Huxley and Marc.

 

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Richard Gillen and two sisters, Helen Stephens and Judy Winters.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends on Monday, October 25, 2021 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. A Catholic service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with Father Nate Edquist, Holy Family of Catholic Churches, officiating. Interment will follow at the Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Paul's honor to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 or American Legion Post 347, 699 W Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake, FL 32159.

 

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

Ruth Gonzales

Ruth Gonzales, 61, of La Porte, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

Ruth was born February 2, 1960, in Esla, Texas to the late Natividad and Maria (Trevino) Navarro.

 

On July 18, 1990, Ruth married Felix Gonzales who preceded her in death on July 29, 2020.

 

Ruth is survived by her children, Elizabeth Gonzales of La Porte, Jeremias Gonzales of La Porte, Esther Gonzales of La Porte, Augustine Alegria, Crystal Garza, and Elias Garza; grandchildren, Alex Jr., Erika, Gabriel, Xavier, Alianna, Angelina, Jolee, Augustine Jr., Israel, Deseray, Sophia, Raynard Jr., Brooklynn, Aryanna, Brandan Jr., Maya, Iyana, Neyelirae, and Naomi; great grandchildren, Emiliano, Nevean, A’mora, Ezwkiel, and Alani.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Felix.

 

She was a member of Christ Gospel Church in La Porte, Indiana.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 25, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel. Pastor Ricky Bray will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to, https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-with-final-expenses-for-ruth-gonzales.

 

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

 

Gregory Allen Pearson

Gregory Allen Pearson, December 2, 1954-October 12, 2021, 66, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away suddenly on October 14, 2021,

 

Gregory was born on Dec 2, 1954 in La Porte, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Henry Pearson. He is survived by his three children, Jodi Reese (Ocala, FL), Lisa Weems (Blue Springs, MO), and Justin Pearson (Blue Springs, MO). He is also survived by 7 grandchildren; Hope and Haley Reese (Valrico, FL); Brian, Kayla, and Alexis Weems (Blue Springs, MO) and Gage and Odin Pearson (Tampa, FL).

 

Gregory has 4 living brothers; Steve Pearson (Clearwater, FL); Ron Pearson (Tampa, FL); Larry Pearson (Plymouth, IN); and Chris Pearson (Nova Scotia, Canada).

 

Greg served seven years in the U.S. Army three of those years in Germany, patrolling the Chex border. He received many awards and commendations for his performance. Greg was full of life. He will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, being a jokester, and, enjoying good times. He will be missed.

 

Services will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home 602 Maple Ave. La Porte, IN on Friday, October 22 with visitation from 11 am until service time at 1 pm. Burial to take place at Pine Lake Cemetery with Military Honors being served.

 

A gathering of friends and family will take place at the Silver Place from 3:30 PM until 6:30 PM. Friday, October 22.

 

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made directly to Haverstock.

 

On-line condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Jerry Lynn Wakeman

Jerry Lynn Wakeman, 69, of Sparta, MI, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2021 at his residence.

 

Jerry was born on February 24, 1952 in La Porte, IN, to Warren and Gladys (Hunsley) Wakeman.

 

Surviving Jerry are his sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Brad Foldenauer of La Porte.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Scott Foldenauer.

 

Jerry was previously a stockman at JC Penny.

 

Cremation has taken place.  Inurnment will occur at Pine Lake Cemetery, at a later date.

 

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

 

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

Edwin Charles Mueller,  MD, FACS, (Doc)

Edwin Charles Mueller,  MD, FACS, (Doc) was born March 12, 1926, in La Porte IN, to EDWIN C. and Irene Myer Mueller. He passed away on December 28, 2020 at the home of his son, Steven, in Palm Harbor, FL.


 He was 94 years young. Doc graduated from La Porte High School (Class of 1944), lettering in Track (880-yard run), Cross Country and Football.  

 

He earned Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scouts of America.


Doc was graduated in 1948 from Indiana University, participating on the Track and 
Cross Country teams. He was a member of Delta Chi faternity and Phi Chi medical fraternity.

 

He entered Indiana School of Medicine program and then completed his surgical residency and Masters of Medical Surgery fellowship with Dr. Robert Zollinger at The Ohio State University School of Medicine (Columbus, OH).


Board Certified in General Surgery, Doc was an active member and later President of American College of Surgeons (Indiana Chapter). He served as President of the La Porte County Medical Society and was acitve in the United Way and on various other boards throughout his professional career.

 

In 1953 he married Alice Jeanne Morrison, RN, BSN, of  Massillon, OH (deceased in 2014). 


He is survived by three children: Laurel of Sedona, AZ; Thomas of Sedona, AZ; Steven(Yvonne), FL and grandson Ross Esposito. Son David preceeded him in death.

 

He was a Lieutenant in the Korean War, serving as Physcian in Pusan and Japan and later was a member of Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

A Republican, he served on the City Park Board, as County Corner (elected to two terms), County Coucilman, and County Health Officer. He served as La Porte County Republican Chairman, was on the YMCA board, Hospital Board, United Way and Jaycees.  He and his wife were big supporters of Arts in the Parks music program, Salvation Army, Unity Foundation and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

 

Doc liked most sports.  Once a Slicer, always a Slicer. He was a starter for high scool swimming meets and track meets, team doctor for Football and The La Porte Icers Hockey Club. 

 

Doc attended most home sports events.

 

He contributed to the sports program providing lights for Schreiber Field allowing for night games and hosting the Regional and Semi-State tournament.

Loyal to the Cream and Crimson, he was a 60-year member of the Varsity Club and "I"Man's association. He maintained season tickets for IU Basketball for 37 years. 

 

He created the Edwin C Mueller Track Scholarship and Edwin C Mueller Varsity athlete Medical School Scholarship.

 

Doc was a Conservationist. He belonged to the Stillwell Rod & Gun Club, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and National Wild Turkey Federation.


Fishing and reading were always relaxing past times. Doc and Alice were members of Bridge-a-rama, a card competitive club. After retirement, they enjoyed travel, and winters in Florida.
 
Contributions may be made to donor's choice: Edwin C. Mueller Track Scholarship or Edwin C. Mueller Varsity Athlete Medical School Scholarship.

   
Family and friends are welcome to attend Celebration of Life to be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021  4-7pm VFW post-1130 McClung Rd, LA PORTE 46350                 
 

Jeffrey Paul Place

Jeffrey Paul Place, 64, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 9:21 a.m., Monday, October 11, 2021 in his home.

 

He was born June 9, 1957, in La Porte, Indiana, to Willard Leslie Place and Mary Ann Louise (Tanger) Place.

 

Jeff worked as a press operator at the La Porte Herald Argus and had been employed there in numerous positions since the age of 16.  He loved his cats and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  Jeff also enjoyed fishing and playing in softball leagues through the years.  He will be dearly missed and remembered as having one of the world’s biggest hearts. 

 

Surviving are his former wife, Sharon Place of La Porte; one brother, Jim (Linda) Place of Fort Wayne; one niece, Leslie Armstrong; and two nephews, Brian and Scott Place.

 

Preceding in death were his parents, Willard Place and Mary Ann Engle; and paternal grandmother, Gladys Place.

 

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte (219) 362-3100. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter, 2855 IN-2, La Porte, IN 46350 in memory of Jeffrey Paul Place.

Judah Marshall Morgan

Judah Marshall Morgan, 4, of Hamlet, passed away unexpectedly at 3:57 a.m., Monday, October 11, 2021 in his home.

 

He was born June 17, 2017, in La Porte, Indiana.

 

Judah was raised as a happy, beautiful and energetic little boy. He was also bright and funny. Judah loved fruit and popcorn on family movie nights, and playing with his siblings. At the young age of 18 months, he knew his right hand from his left hand. He was an intelligent child who learned very quickly and enjoyed teaching others about the things he knew.  Judah loved hats and smiling for photos. He loved the family dogs, Thor and Willow, the park, jumping into puddles, and riding his bike. Judah loved to sing and dance, and some of his favorite shows were Paw Patrol, PJ Mask, and Magic School Bus. His favorite character was from the movie Cars, Lightning McQueen.

 

Judah’s big brown eyes, bright smile, and beautiful curly blonde hair caught everyone’s attention where ever he went. He was the most wonderful gift to everyone who met him and a sweet boy, who was loved by many.

 

Surviving are his mother, Mary Yoder of Michigan City; grandparents, Katherine and Eric Yoder of Michigan City; four siblings, Micah Yoder of Michigan City, Dexter Yoder and Liam Morgan both of Hamlet and Cohen Fulton of Wisconsin; great grandmother, Noella Jane of Charlotteville, Virgina; step grandmother, Maureen Yoder of Boston, Massachusetts; two uncles, Eric Yoder Jr of Michigan City and Paul Kopanski of Michigan City; great aunts and uncles, Serrita Reilly, Jennie (Matt) Hantzmon, Carolyn (Bob) Beland, Alison (Colin Gleason) Yoder, John (Robin) Jane Jr., and Michael Yoder; cousins, Jenna (Phil) Hullett and her family Kyle, Katelyn and Madison Hullett; and several cousins.

 

Preceding in death were his great grandfathers, John Yoder and John Jane Sr.

Cremation will take place. Private services will be held. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd, La Porte (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Youth Service Bureau at www.youthservicebureau.com/donate or 906 Michigan Ave., La Porte, IN 46350 in memory of Judah Marshall Morgan.

Jack B. Bennett, Jr.

Jack B. Bennett, Jr., 80, of Fort Myers, Florida, (formerly of La Porte, Indiana), passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, after a long courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

 

Jack was born on August 4, 1941, in South Bend, Indiana to the late Jack and Virginia (Hardy) Bennett.           

                                                                                                                                                      On September 11, 1965, in Michigan City, Indiana, Jack married Mary Elizabeth Wozniak who preceded him in death on November 9, 2008.

 

Jack attended and graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana. After high school, Jack served in the United States Air Force for four years.  He was a Designer, Estimator, and Project Manager of the mechanical construction for commercial and institutional buildings.  He was most proud of his role in the mechanical construction of the Marie DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.  Jack was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church in La Porte and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a past Grand Knight. 

 

Jack lived in Florida and summered in his home in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling, cruising, bicycle riding and bocce ball with his fiancé, Sharon Skunes. He liked to watch Notre Dame football and Women’s basketball, and enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

 

Jack is survived by his children, Lisa (Michael) Zelinsky of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jack B. (Debra) Bennett III of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Christine Meissner (Gary Watkins) of Royal Oak, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Michael Zelinsky Jr., Laura Zelinsky, Ava Bennett, Nina Bennett, Charles Meissner, Casey Meissner, and Bennett Meissner; a sister, Sharon (Larry) Roesch; fiancé Sharon Skunes; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary; and brother, Michael Bennett. 

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church, 109 C. Street, La Porte, Indiana.

Family and friends may gather from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church, 109 C. Street, La Porte, Indiana.  

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

Robert (Bob) Batzel

Robert (Bob) Batzel, 57, of Michigan City, passed away peacefully at 2:16 a.m., Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Franciscan Health – Michigan City.

 

He was born January 12, 1964, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Richard Batzel Sr. and Joyce (Craft) Batzel.

 

Robert worked at Hearthside Foods Solutions as a machine operator for many years. He was formerly active in an adult softball team called Tuck ‘n Roll.  Robert was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed hunting and being outdoors.  Robert loved listening to 80’s rock ‘n roll music and spending time with his father bowling.

 

Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth (Thomas) Grathwohl of Michigan City; two sisters, Dianne Murray and Patricia (David) Kniola both of Michigan City; one brother, Richard Batzel Jr of Fort Wayne; one grandchild, Benjamin Grathwohl; his nieces and nephews, Ricky and Rachel Murray, David Kniola II, and Jennifer Vinson; and four great-nephews.

 

Preceding in death were his parents.

 

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

 

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

Dawn Marie Jenner

Dawn Marie Jenner, October 22, 1977-October 8, 2021,  43, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Friday October 8, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born October 22, 1977 in Michigan City, Indiana, the daughter of Therlo Jenner and Marcia (Martine) Jenner.

 

 Dawn, a lifetime resident of the area, was a member of Galena Baptist Church, La Porte. Throughout her life she enjoyed listening and singing to all kinds of music, especially country gospel.  As a child, Dawn loved to draw with colors and since pink was her favorite color, there were many pink drawings.  She also loved pink Starburst candies. She and her mom would travel in the car, listening to music and go shopping.  She brought much joy, love and happiness into their home and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

 

Dawn is survived by her mother, Marcia Jenner of Michigan City; brother, Clem (Monica) Jenner of Michigan City, IN; sister, Kim Sammelman of La Porte, IN; nieces and nephews Jackie and Dexter Jenner; Ashley and Nicole Sammelman, Scott and Chris Nofel and Josh Layman;

 

Dawn was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Tammy Layman.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m., with Pastor Jason Burrick, Friendship Baptist Church, officiating. Cremation will take place.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Dawn's honor to the Tubular Sclerosis Alliance, 8737 Colesville Rd Ste 400, Silver Springs, MD 20910 or www.tscalliance.org.

 

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

Scott William Buehrer

Scott William Buehrer, May 23, 1967-October 13, 2021, 54, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at home. 

 

He was born May 23, 1967 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Jack William Buehrer and Shirley A. (James) Buehrer.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Scott served in the United States Navy.  He was a former member of the Rolling Prairie Lions Club and a current member of the Sunday Farmers Antique Tractor Club and the American Legion. Scott enjoyed watching TV and movies and listening to music.

 

He is survived by his cousins, Sarah Ann (John) Worthington of North Liberty, IN, Cindy (Ed) Barnes of Mill Creek, IN and Jeff (Rosalice) Buehrer; Cindy's children, Adriana (Michael) Barnes-Clizbe and Kyle Barnes; two uncles, Tom (Sharon) Buehrer of Dade City, FL and Fred "Fritz" (Judy) Buehrer of Rolling Prairie, IN.

 

Scott was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carla Adams.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends on Sunday, October 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.   A Celebration of Scott's Life will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Kay Bond, Salem Chapel, Officiating.  Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc, 161 N Clark, Ste 3550, Chicago, IL60601 or the American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.

 

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

Ronald "Froggy" Lee Ludwig

Ronald "Froggy" Lee Ludwig, 69, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

   

Froggy was born in La Porte, IN, on December 24, 1951 to Irwin W. and Mildred C. (Lange) Ludwig. 

 

Surviving Froggy are his sister, Carol Ludwig of La Porte; cousin, Lisa (Taylor) Jackson of Mill Creek; second cousins, Amanda (Brian) Kieft of Trail Creek and Aaron (Brittini) Johnson of La Porte; and special friend, Phyllis Austin of Rolling Prairie.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Froggy was the ultimate Slicer and was often seen visiting as many Slicer games as he could.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Ron Brauer officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.  Interment will take place at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the LPHS Athletic Dept., 602 'F' St., La Porte, IN  46350 or to Golden Living Center's Activity Department, 1700 'I' St., LaPorte, IN  46350.                                

 

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

Melisa Lynn Byrd

Melisa Lynn Byrd, November 26, 1978-October 12, 2021, 42, of Walkerton, Indiana, lost her battle with cancer Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

She was born November 26, 1978 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Julius Hicks and Sandra Lee (Bailey) Hicks Chapman.

 

A homemaker, Melisa was a lifelong resident of the area. On September 23, 2000, she married Scott Brian Byrd in Rolling Prairie. Together they built a life and a family they loved.  Melisa was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 400 in Fish Lake.  She was an outdoor girl who enjoyed the simple things in life, like kayaking and bonfires. She loved going for short rides just to look at the scenery or longer rides out of state with friends for the pleasure of being with them.  Melisa was very close to her father throughout her life and she passed away on his birthday, October 12.

 

She is survived by her husband, Scott; son, Scottie Byrd, Jr.; daughter, Hope Byrd; two brothers, James Hicks of Knox, IN and Ryan Chapman of La Porte, IN; two sisters, Valory Hicks of North Carolina and Kathy (Don) Harradon of Knox, IN; sister-in-law, Janice (Chris) DeLee of La Porte, IN; father-in-law, Larry (Prudence) Byrd of La Porte and a large extended family.

 

Melisa was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Patricia Byrd; best friend, Jodi Fairchild; uncle, Raymond Alexander; nephew, William Jones and step-brother, Matthew Bair.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  A life celebration will follow at the funeral home, with Bob Vale, officiating.  Friends and family are invited to the Fish Lake American Legion after the service for dinner and sharing stories.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the family in care of Haverstock Funeral Home.

 

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

 

 

Kathryn Theresa Zarr

Kathryn Theresa Zarr, 99, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, October 7, 2021 in her home.

 

She was born December 30, 1921, in La Porte, Indiana to Henry and Mary (Lisak) Hynek.

 

Kathryn was a loving housewife and mother. In her free time, she enjoyed golfing, bowling and tatting (lacemaking). Kathryn formerly won the La Porte Women’s Golf Tournament.

 

On October 19, 1940, in Michigan City, Indiana, she married Bennie Zarr, who preceded her in death in 2010.

 

Also preceding in death were her parents; two sons, Alan and Dick Zarr; four sisters, Julie Beehler, Sophie Cummins, Annie Patterson and Frances Kamierczak; three brothers; Joseph, Henry and Raymond Hynek; son-in-law, David Wellinski; and daughter-in-law, Carole Zarr.

 

Surviving are her children, Pat “Penny” Wellinski and Harold Zarr both of La Porte and Nancy (Bruce) Terman of Edwardsburg, Michigan; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Cremation will take place. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Donor’s Choice.

Jerry Wayne Huffman

Jerry Wayne Huffman, 71, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 12:05 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Northwest Health, La Porte.

 

He was born October 22, 1949, in Buffalo, Indiana, to Loyal Gene and Elizabeth (Tooley) Huffman.

 

Jerry was a member of the First Pentecostal Church, La Porte. He opened his heart and home for 27 foster children over eight years. Jerry adopted his granddaughter and two of his foster children. He enjoyed vacationing and taking trips to the zoo with his wife. Jerry had a loving personality and was there for others who needed him.

 

On October 19, 1999, in New Carlisle, Indiana, he married Ida Sue (Lawson) Huffman, who survives.

 

Also surviving are his three sons, Jeremy Huffman of La Porte, Darwin Allen of Louisville, Kentucky and Lucus Huffman of La Porte; two daughters, Laveah and Kendall Huffman both of La Porte; one sister, Sarah Mullins of La Porte; and three grandchildren, Alexis Moore Sallie, Tiera Moore Minandi and Ezekel Moore.

 

Preceding in death by his parents; two daughters, Robin Lynn Huffman and Penny Sue Alilovich; two brothers, Ted and William Huffman; and one grandson, Gary Alilovich.

 

Cremation will take place. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 16, 2021 at First Pentecostal Church, 1930 Boyd Blvd., La Porte, with Pastor Richard Hoffman officiating. Burial will take place at Salem Heights Cemetery. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

 

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

Eugene L. "Bud" Wahl

Eugene L. "Bud" Wahl, 66, Michigan City, IN, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021, at 3:00 am in Golden Living Center - Fountainview Terrace, LaPorte, IN.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the family of Eugene Wahl c/o Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360

 

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

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