Obituaries

Douglas "Doug" L. Hines

Douglas "Doug" L. Hines, 64, of La Porte passed away at LaPorte Hospital on January 24, 2021.

 

He was born September 6, 1956 in La Porte, IN to Robert and Nancy (Dowden) Hines, who preceded him in death.

 

Doug was a fan of Chicago sports. He enjoyed gardening, building, and collecting antiques. Doug spent many years playing basketball and softball in the city leagues. Spud had a good jump-shot!

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

He is survived by his brothers, Steve and Rich; one nephew; and four nieces.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to YANA Service Club, 1621 Roberts St., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

 

Robert "Bob" D. Hines

Robert "Bob" D. Hines, 93, of LaPorte peacefully passed away at home on January 22, 2021.

He was born July 30, 1927, in Royal Center, IN, to Tom and Julia (Carlson) Hines.

On September 6, 1952, he married Nancy J. Dowden.

Bob was a proud Army veteran of WWII and a member of the local VFW and American Legion.

He retired from Whirlpool in 1995, where he and his brother Herb were among the first employees when it opened in LaPorte in 1951.

Bob loved sports - especially Chicago and college teams. He was a great basketball player in his day, and even had the fun opportunity to play (and lose!) a game against the Harlem Globetrotters. Having experienced coaching youth baseball teams, he went on to unofficially coach his oldest granddaughter’s LPHS softball and basketball games....from the third row back. Bob also enjoyed playing pool, participating in a league for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; parents; one sister, Wilma; and three brothers, Gene, Dave, and Herb.  One son, Doug, passed shortly after Bob's passing.

Bob is survived by two sons, Steve and Rich; grandchildren, Brynn, Brayde, Carson, Jill and Haley; and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Retta, Donna and Judy; and two brothers, Glen and Frank.

He left us with many memorable words of wisdom regarding sports, gardening, and the importance of driving slow, among other things. A great father, grandpa, uncle, and friend, he will be dearly missed.

A private graveside service with Full Military Honors will be held at Pine Lake Cemetery with Chaplain Joe Mollet officiating.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW, 181 McClung Rd, La Porte, IN  46350 and American Legion, 228 E Lincolnway, La Porte, IN  46350.

 

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

Angeline Mae Mrozinski

Angeline Mae Mrozinski, 87, of La Porte Indiana passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. 

 

She was born on May 16, 1933 in La Porte County to Fred Levi Ames and Laura Melinda Smith.  She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene in 2002; and sons, Cecil Fredrick Coffin and Gerald Lee Coffin; a sister, Hazel Graves; and a brother, Fred Ames.

 

Surviving are her sons, Robert (Melody) Coffin of Knox, Daniel (Laura) Coffin of Grovertown, Dennis  (Cathy) Coffin of Lake Placid, Florida, David Coffin of Hamlet, John (Marzena) Coffin of La Porte; step children, Gena Phelan, Susan (John) Spiess of La Porte, Paula (Don) Marker of La Porte, and Scott (Gina) Mrozinski of San Antonino, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild; a brother, Claude (Sandy) Ames of Union Mills; and a sister-in-law, Carol Ames of Union Mills.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.  A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021, at Union Mills Cemetery.  *All times are C.S.T.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 or the La Porte County Animal Shelter, 2855 IN-2, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

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

Samuel August Swanson III

Samuel August Swanson III, 85, of La Porte, Indiana, went to be with the Lord Thursday January 21, 2021 at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

He was born October 5, 1935 in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of Lot and Laura (Clausson) Swanson.

 

Samuel is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce; his son, Jeffrey Mack of McKinney, TX; daughter, Ellen Mack of Wauwatosa, WI; two grandchildren, Oliver and Xavier Crum; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hickman of South Bend, IN and nieces and nephews in various parts of the country.

 

Samuel was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Vernon, Merle, Larry, Richard and Robert Swanson and sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Helen Swanson.

 

Sam served in the United States Marine Corp for six years, four of those aboard the USS Lexington. After his honorable discharge, he remained in California and worked in the aircraft industry, first on the experimental aircraft XB70 and then on the retro section of the Apollo rocket that went to the moon. In 1973 he returned to Michigan City and went to work as a carpenter for National Steel, retiring in 1998 after 25 years. Sam met his beloved wife Joyce "in the woods" on a camping trip with a friend. On November 22, 1975, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, South Bend, he married Joyce Bulhand Swanson. A man of many talents, Sam repaired wheelchairs and sold or donated them. He spent one summer making small wooden crosses to hand out to people-he just enjoyed helping folks. Sam had an amazing sense of humor, always making people laugh. He was a talented artist who loved sketching and playing the harmonica. Sam and Joyce enjoyed spending time together, sometimes working in the flower garden. "

 

Sam got COVID and then got pneumonia specific to COVID. He fought a good fight, but I guess his body just got tired. You are now with your loved ones and fellow Marines who went before you. SEMPER FI, Sam. We will see you again."

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends from 11:00 - 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 26, 2021. A funeral service will be held at noon at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Vale, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Valley Memorial Cemetery, Granger. If attending these events, you are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

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

F. Dianna (Hale) Bye

F. Dianna (Hale) Bye, 71, passed away suddenly in her home on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

 

Born to Charles Franklin "Frank" Hale and Norma (née Greene) Hale on March 19, 1949 in Madisonville, KY.  Dianna graduated from La Porte High School in 1967.  She then put herself through nursing school at Ivy Tech Community College to become an LPN at La Porte Hospital, where she served in multiple departments.  As well as the hospital setting, Dianna worked in many area nursing homes throughout the late 1960's and 1970's.

 

She married Robert "Bob" E. Bye, of Union Mills, on November 30, 1974, and moved to their family farm in Union Mills/Hanna, IN.

 

Dianna was an avid lover of genealogy, periodicals, puzzles, gardening, baking, crafting, sewing, art and animals.  She loved garage sales, flea markets, birds, cats, and was deeply spiritual; involved in many different churches and area programs for the poor, children, animals, and elderly.

 

Dianna was greatly involved in genealogical research for her own family and her husband's family.  She was a Daughter of the American Revolution, Indiana Genealogical Society, and IN Society for Families of the Civil War.

 

She returned to nursing and the medical field in 1995, working first with developmentally disabled children through the South Central School Corporation, where she had previously taught elementary reading as a PTA volunteer, then returning to La Porte Hospital.  Dianna spent her last 16 years of work in the Maternity and Obstetrics Department at the hospital, retiring in 2014.

 

The same year of  her retirement, her husband of 40 years, Bob, passed away and she moved back into La Porte.  Dianna spent much of her time over these last few years with a tight group of friends that met at the City of La Porte Dog Park, with her beloved rescue dog, "Trixie"; fellow hospital nursing retiree group; neighbors; best friend, Greg; family thru-marriage, Beth Murray and Dan Zeilbeck; children; and grandchildren.

 

Dianna is survived by her daughter, Robann (Wendell) Porter of Alpine, UT; son, Brad (Jennifer) Bye of Hanna; daughter, Joy (Andrew) Bye-Zeilbeck of  La Porte; 6 grandchildren, Danni, Johnny, Talmage, and Bobbi Porter, all of Alpine, UT, Kate Bye of Hanna, and Zoë Bye of La Porte; sister, Charlene Cantrell; 2 nephews and great-nephews, Brian, Darrin (Kim), Dawson, and Caleb Burger, all of Florida; closest friends and confidants, Greg and Lori Charlson; and her dog, "Trixie".

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles "Frank" and Norma Hale, and her husband, Robert "Bob" Bye.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place this spring. for family and friends, with details to be announced at a later date.

 

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

 

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

Beverly Ann Straight

Beverly Ann Straight, 78, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at her home.

 

Beverly was born on May 22, 1942 in Iowa, to Darrell and Bonita (Teager) Hale.

 

In 1961, she married Larry, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Beverly are her children, Teresa (Brad) Proud of Mill Creek, IN, Debbie (Brad) Lubiniecki of La Porte, and Scot (Shawna) Straight of Raymore, MO; 7 grandchildren, Matthew Proud, Lindsey Rohan, Jennifer Hammond, Samantha Albertson, Scot P. Straight, Ayla Straight, and Tyler Straight; 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Amy Hale of La Porte; Scooby the cat; and 2 nieces, Edith and Keri.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Chris Straight; daughter, Kristy Straight; and brother, Darrell Hale.

 

Beverly worked in nursing home medical records for many years.  She enjoyed taking drives and feeding the ducks.  Most importantly, Beverly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and cat.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Dolly May Gibson

Dolly May Gibson, 78, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Friday, January 22, 2021.

 

Dolly was born May 25, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Bud and Dorothy (Smith) Farmer.

 

On January 26, 1963 Dolly married Tom Gibson who survives.

 

Dolly leaves behind her husband, Tom; a son, Richard O. Gibson of La Porte, Indiana; two grandchildren, Andrew Gibson, Carly (Jason) Seyring; and; three great-grandchildren, Emerson, Hayden and Sara; and three brothers, Terry (Hope) Farmer of Ashland City, Tennessee, Roger (Sue) Farmer of Ashland City, Tennessee, and Dale Farmer of Prescott, Arizona.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Beverly.

 

Dolly retired in 1983 from Lake Side Central where she was an accountant.  She also worked at Chicago School Supplies, and Sandusky from 1983-1986 in sales and made grinding wheels.  She was a member of St. Pius Church in Chicago.  Dolly received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marine Valley College.  She also attended Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

 

Cremation has taken 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.

Floyd VanDusen

Floyd VanDusen, 68, of Rolling Prairie, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Fountainview Terrace - Golden Living Center, La Porte.

 

Floyd was born on September 3, 1952 in La Porte, IN, to Floyd and LaDonna (Drews) VanDusen.

 

On September 12, 1970 in Rolling Prairie, he married Deloris M. who survives.  Also surviving Floyd are his daughter, Donna VanDusen-Wilcox of South Bend; 2 grandchildren, Hannah and Samuel Wilcox, both of South Bend; brothers, Bill Dedrich of Kingsbury and Terry VanDusen of La Porte; sisters, Margie Arnett of Walkerton, LaDonna Perry of Union Mills, and Dolores (Randy) Stout of Union Mills; 2 nephews who were like sons, Larry (Kristen) Moss and Brian Young, all of Union Mills; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and family who were near and dear.

 

He was preceded by his parents; sister, Geraldine Young; nephew, Joshua Moss; and brother-in-laws, Paul Perry and Michael Arnett.

 

Floyd was a construction worker for many yeas.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting searching for arrowheads, and feeding animals and birds.  Floyd also enjoyed visiting many coffee shops.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Jeff Hines officiating.  Burial will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Deloris VanDusen, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or to the donor's choice.

 

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

 

Charles Robert "Charlie Tuna" Behrendt

Charles Robert "Charlie Tuna" Behrendt, 74, of Knox, Indiana passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

 

Charlie was born October 29, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska to the late Bernard and Ellanore (Miller) Behrendt. On December 18, 1976, Charles married Christine (Gould), wed nearly 45 years. He is survived by his wife and children: Chris Behrendt of Waterloo, Nebraska, Vicki (Tregg) Jobman of Omaha, Nebraska, Angela (Jason) Mclaughlin, Kimberly (JT) McDermott of La Porte; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald Behrendt.

 

Charlie owned and operated several businesses in Douglas County, Nebraska including Nowhere Special Tavern in Valley Nebraska, the Merchant of Venice in Venice, Nebraska, and Charlie T’s in Valley, Nebraska. He thoroughly enjoyed classic cars and farm equipment, American History, gardening, smoking meats, attending auctions, and shooting the breeze with friends over a drink. He was incredibly involved in his communities as a member of the Lions Club, Sons of the American Legion, Timber Lodge Lake Association, Warsaw Historical Society, Sterett Creek Village Board of Trustees, and a legacy board member of the Valley Fire and Rescue District #5. 

 

Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held in early summer 2021 in Valley, Nebraska.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Charlie's name to the Valley Fire and Rescue Protection, District #5, 210 W. Church Street, Valley, Nebraska 68064.

 

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

Nancy (O'Connor/O'Neill) Schindler

Nancy (O'Connor/O'Neill) Schindler, November 10, 1929 – January 15, 2021

 

Born on her parent's farm in Pulaski County, Indiana, she was predeceased by her father Edward O’Connor, mother Marie (nee Costello) O’Connor, all of her siblings in birth order, Francis, Joan (Render), Richard, Ellen (Essling) Timothy, two husbands, John O’Neill and Ferdinand Schindler, and her daughter, Mary Webster (O’Neill).

 

She is survived by her son, Patrick O’Neill (Tam), four grandchildren, Emily Nozawa (Webster), Madi Ashour (Webster), Miles Webster, Hannah O’Neill, and two great-grandchildren, Rose Marie Nozawa and Theodore Nozawa, all of whom reside in Colorado.

 

Nancy contracted polio in 1945 and walked with the aid of a leg brace and crutches until moving to a wheelchair in the last few years.  She married John O’Neill of Chicago in 1952.  They had two children before John was killed in a car accident in March of 1955. In Indiana, she had part-time jobs with the South Bend Tribune as a reporter and as a secretary at the county welfare office.  She was also active in local Democratic politics.

 

She met Ferdinand Schindler in Winamac, Indiana and they married in October of 1968, residing in Michigan City, Indiana. She wrote a column in the weekly newspaper, The Beacher for about 15 years called The Culinary Corner, ostensibly about recipes but mostly about her observations of life.

Nancy and Ferd retired to Colorado Springs in 1987 to be near her children and grandchildren.  Shortly after her daughter Mary passed in 2007, the Schindlers moved into an assisted living facility in Denver, where Ferd passed in 2016.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 401 N. Monticello St, Winamac, Indiana 46996, where visitation will be held from 9 a.m. EST until 10 a.m. EST.  Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in Winamac. 

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte, Indiana. Please share prayers, condolences, and memories for the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

 

She loved all animals. She was active in knitting, gardening, reading, writing, swimming, travel, and politics. Please

Raymond R. Williams

Raymond R. Williams, 92, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 

 

He was born on December 21, 1928, to Russell and Irene (Adler) Williams.

 

Ray was the co-owner of the Del Ray Inn in La Porte.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, a lifetime member of the Michigan City American Legion, the La Porte VFW, and the Michigan City Disabled American Veterans.

Ray leaves behind a daughter, Julie Williams of Michigan City; a son, Jeffery Williams of La Porte; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delphine H. (Moore) Williams on November 23, 2017; and sisters, Dorothy Mendenall and, Lorraine Rayls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 Bach Street, La Porte, Indiana, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Michigan City.

 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Porte County Animal Shelter, 2855 IN-2, La Porte, Indiana 46350 or Michiana Humane Society, 722 IN-212, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.

 

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

Timothy Albert Pieszchala

Timothy Albert Pieszchala, 63, of Spring Branch, Texas (formerly of La Porte, IN) passed away on January 19, 2021, with his wife by his side, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

 

Tim was born on July 16, 1957 to Chester and Theresa (Cuff) Pieszchala in La Porte, IN.  He had a strong, quiet faith in the Lord and studied seminary, but ultimately went on to graduate from Indiana University.  He was a hardworking and dedicated businessman who spent most of his working days in the oil and gas industry.  He never cared for the cold Indiana winters and pursued his dream of moving to Texas to enjoy the warm and abundant Texas sunshine. Tim took up jeeping and loved the adventures that came as he explored new areas with his jeep.

 

He and his former high school sweetheart, Sharon Phillips, reconnected later in life and went on to marry on August 6, 2011 on the breathtaking beach of Hana, Hawaii. They enjoyed traveling, trying new restaurants, and the simple things in life like being together at home and sitting out by their pool.  Although Tim never had children of his own, he enthusiastically took on the role of Grandpa Tim to Haley, Chase and Brynn Leonard, and Evelyn, Stella, Hazel, and Samuel Yohn. He loved the kids dearly and enjoyed being in the pool and spending time with them.

 

Tim is survived by his wife, Sharon Pieszchala; stepsons, Kyle (Katie) Leonard and Brandon (Katy) Yohn; sister, Lynn (Al) Palm; and nephews, Ryan Pieszchala, and Mike and Sam Palm.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terry. 

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Door Village Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines.   

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 1105, Rockville, MD  20852.

 

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

 

Jerome "Jerry" George Jozwiak

Jerome "Jerry" George Jozwiak, 78, of Rolling Prairie, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

Jerry was born on May 2, 1942 in La Porte, IN, to Clemeus Phillip and Genevieve Lena (Miller) Jozwiak.

 

On June 2, 1962 in Rolling Prairie, IN, he married Rose Ella Cooley who preceded him in death on April 10, 2020.  Surviving are his children, Donald (Dorrene) Jozwiak of Rolling Prairie, Theresa (George) Bladecki of Rolling Prairie, Phillip (Carla) Jozwiak of Hudson Lake, and Lina (Paul VanWanzeele) Jozwiak of New Carlisle; grandchildren, Debbie, Mike Lee, Stephanie, George III (Trey) Natalie, Bobbie, Amanda (Kelly) Webb, Mike Jerome, Samantha, Phillip Jr., Jessica (Corey) Paulsen, Craig Jr., Nathaniel, Bruce and Connor; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Oliver, Stacy, Jackie Jr., Alexandria, Elizabeth, Jay, Kalli, Isabella, Johnathan, Brian, Aubreyanna, Kieran, Correy, Sara, Danica, and Isla; sister, Rose Marie (Timm) Jozwiak; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents; sister, Catherine Marget (Olson) Jozwiak; and granddaughter, Natalie Boughter.

 

Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1980.  Later, he worked as a carpenter and janitor at New Prairie Schools and Jack Post Corporation for 15 years.

 

He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors.  Jerry also enjoyed watching birds and NASCAR Racing.

 

In memory of Jerry and Rose's lives, a Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held with interment to follow at St. John Kanty Catholic Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Donald Jozwiak, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Chester Ronald Cavinder

Chester Ronald Cavinder, 78, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at VNA Hospice Center of Valparaiso, after a long, hard battle with cancer.

 

Chester was born on December 16, 1942 in Kalamazoo, MI, to Emery and Velma (Short) Cavinder.

 

On November 2, 1968 in La Porte, he married Cynthia Francis, who survives.  Chester and Cynthia spent 52 years of marriage together.

 

Surviving Chester are his wife; 3 daughters, Sunshine (Jerry) Bell of La Porte, Dawna Cavinder of La Porte, and Autumn (Tim) Dolson of Pendleton, IN; 3 grandchildren, Jacob Clark, Gillyanne Clark, and Maggie Bell; 1 brother, Russ (Gail) Cavinder of New Carlisle; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents; 2 brothers, Wayne (Ruth) Cavinder and Donald Cavinder; and 1 sister, Jean (John) McCoy.

 

Chester was extremely proud of  his service with the U.S. Air Force, enlisting from 1959-1966.  He loved telling the stories of his time spent state-side, Hawaii, and Futchu Air Station in Japan.

 

Chester retired in 2004 after being a welder for 36 years at New York Blower, La Porte.

 

Chester was an avid gardener, who loved sharing what he grew.  He was a dedicated family man, never missing a school, band, or sports event for his children.  Chester loved spending time watching his grandchildren grow.  He also loved talking to and spending time with his nephews.

 

Above all, Chester loved life.  He loved to travel to places like Vegas, Reno, North Carolina, and taking his girls to Disney World.  Chester loved music, movies, history, and watching documentaries.  He was also a garage sale enthusiast.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 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 and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Cynthia Cavinder, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Christopher Michael Bangs

Christopher Michael Bangs, 28, of Rochester, MN, formerly of La Porte, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mayo Clinic. 

   

Christopher was born on August 16, 1992 to Stuart and Sandra (Curry) Bangs.

 

Surviving him are his parents; sister, Melissa (Matthew) Henderson of Shelbyville, IN; 1 grandmother, LaVon Hines of La Porte; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Elsie Curry of La Porte, Herbert Hines of La Porte, and Clarence and Lois Bangs of Kankakee, IL.

 

Christopher was a member of the Presbyterian Church of La Porte.  He was an avid sports fan, especially cheering on the La Porte Slicers, Purdue Boilermakers, and Chicago Blackhawks.  Christopher enjoyed listening to music and playing his guitar.  He enjoyed many family trips including Disney World, Seattle, New York City, and a Make-A-Wish trip to L.A. for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. 

 

Christopher was brave, loyal, and had an inner strength that will be missed by his family and friends.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the Presbyterian Church of La Porte, 307 Kingsbury Ave., La Porte, parking lot.  Those attending the service may listen to the service via their car radio and/or join Zoom (https://bit.ly/3o6lkCQ) or call 1-312-626-6799, meeting ID: 835 7888 6856, password: 199142).  The burial will be private.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Dr.,

Indianapolis, IN 46202 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, 7330 Woodland Dr., Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46278.                                

 

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

Vincent Richard Shortt

Vincent Richard Shortt, 82, of Rolling Prairie, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

 

Vincent was born on February 7, 1938 in Windber, PA, to Vincent W. and Evelyn Marie (Dobbins) Shortt.

 

On November 26, 1960 in St. Peter Catholic Church, La Porte, he married Linda Lucille McCormick who survives.  Also surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy A. and  Maggie C. Shortt of Rolling Prairie.

 

He was preceded by his parents and brother, Thomas Shortt.

 

Vincent worked in maintenance for many years at Easy Heat Wirekraft.  He retired in January 1998.

 

Vincent enjoyed woodworking.  He regularly delivered for Meals on Wheels and found great joy in helping those needing a helping hand, particularly during the Christmas season putting up their Christmas trees.  Vincent loved to travel and watching his outdoor cats.  

 

Vincent and Linda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past November.  For their 50th anniversary, they celebrated in Ireland.  The memories created during their marriage will forever be remembered and cherished by the family.                

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 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 and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels-La Porte, 620 Boston St., Ste. 12, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

 

James "Jim" A. Perz

James “Jim” A. Perz, 83, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

 

Jim was born December 1, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Alex and Sherry (Rumbakowski) Perz.

 

On May 20, 1960 Jim married Shirley Koepke who survives.

 

Jim served his country in the United States Marine Corps for two years.  He worked at Clark Equipment and National Can.  He then decided to start his own business and became a distributor for Joy Dog Food until his retirement.  He was a member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Northwestern Indiana Beagle Club and the American Legion.

 

Jim was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He is survived by two daughters, Karen Wingett (Ken) of Panama Beach City, Florida, and Kelly (Jeff) Mandeville of La Porte, Indiana; two grandchildren, Jacob Paul Mandeville and Abigail Faith Mandeville; and a sister, Janet Siderits of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathy Ann Perz; a granddaughter, Kayla Paige Wingett; and a brother, William Perz.

 

There will be no services and cremation has taken 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 for the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

Sharon J. Eskridge

Sharon J. Eskridge, 84, of La Porte, IN, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, at Miller's Health and Rehab in New Carlisle, IN.

 

She was born September 17, 1936, in Shelby, Indiana, the daughter of Vergil and Bernice (Kendall) Luchene.

 

On September 17, 1955, in Michigan City, IN, she married Gene Eskridge, who preceded her in death.

 

A resident of the area since 1955, Sharon was a member of the La Porte Missionary Church as well as a member of The Assembly of God Church.   She worked for Kinney Shoes as an Assistant Manager, retiring after 32 years.  Sharon had many interests in life. She enjoyed quilting for the church and being a Missionette Leader with the Assembly of God Church. She loved cleaning the church with her husband for many years as well.  While her family was her greatest passion,  Sharon also enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, (not cooking, that was her husband's role), reading, craftwork, and traveling, going to such places as Branson, MO. with her late husband, Gene.

 

Sharon is survived by her daughters, Darla (Steven) Clough of Highland Village, TX; Dayna Stacy of Jackson, KY; Monica (Wes) Juszkiewicz of La Porte, IN; brother, Kevin Luchene of Indianapolis, IN; 10 grandchildren Krystal, Benjamin, Blake, Adam, Amber, Tara, Nick, Christopher, James, and Tammy; as well as 21 great-grandchildren.

 

Along with her husband Gene, Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Terry and Kenneth Luchene and a grandson, Daniel E. Clough.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends from 11:00 to 1:00 on Friday, January 22, 2021.  A life celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeffrey Starkey, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Swan Lake Mausoleum, Michigan City, Indiana. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks must be worn and social distancing observed when attending these events. Live streaming of the funeral will be available on the Haverstock Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

memorial contributions may be made in Sharon's honor to the La Porte Missionary Church,104 E 18th Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Arthur Benjamin Kidder (Updated)

Arthur Benjamin Kidder, 98, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family, longtime caregivers, Eric and Sandra Kidder.

 

Arthur was born on April 11, 1922 in Bristol, IN to Sylvanus and Olga (Eskilson) Kidder.

 

On December 23, 1945 in Elkhart, IN, he married Norene Skaggs who preceded him in death on April 12, 2012.  Surviving Arthur are his children, Darla (Dale) Hock of Manchester, MI and Eric (Sandra) Kidder of Culleoka, TN; 6 grandchildren, Drew (Tracey) Hock of Manchester, MI, Darren (Stacy) Hock of Manchester, MI, Dayna Hock of Manchester, MI, Darci (Paul) Majewski of Manchester, MI, Katherine Kozal of Grand Rapids, MI, and Susan (Ray) Beauregard of Phoenix, AZ; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great, great-grandchild; siblings, Richard "Bud" Kidder of Elkhart and Olga Fuller of South Bend; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents; wife; 3 brothers, Allen, Donald, and Edward; and 2 sisters, Nancy and Sally.

 

Staff Sergeant Arthur B. Kidder proudly served during WW II in the U.S. Army Air Corp (USAF), where he served as an Airplane Maintenance Technician from 1942-1945.  Arthur was assigned to the 304th Transport Squadron and 30th Transport Group.  He spent 22 months in the China, Burma, and India Theatres.  Arthur completed 96 missions and over 9000 flight hours.  In August 1944, he proudly earned the  Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Unit Badge.  Later in January 1945, Arthur earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. 

 

Arthur was a sewing machine mechanic for over 40 years at Boris Smoler & Sons.  He was a member and past Post Commander of the American Legion, Zook Farrington Post #434, Kingsford Heights.  Arthur enjoyed fishing and growing fruit trees and tomatoes.  He was a member of the former Galena Baptist Church and also attended Bible Baptist Church, New Buffalo.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Mark Bouslog and Pastor David Thompson officiating.  Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Eric Kidder, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Judith McCay

Judith McCay, 73, Michigan City, Indiana, was taken by God on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:20 am in Life Care Center of Michigan City, Michigan City, Indiana.

Private family services will be conducted at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana. 

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.

Phyllis A. Daehn

Phyllis A. Daehn, 72, Michigan City, IN, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:11 am in Northwest Health-Porter, Valparaiso, IN.

A celebration of life services will be observed on her birthday, July 28th, 2021. Invites will be sent out closer to then.
The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements for a private service for immediate family only.

She was born July 28, 1948 in Michigan City, IN. She was raised by her adoptive mother Gladys Pagels. On February 11, 1978 in Michigan City, IN she married Dennis Daehn who survives in Michigan City, IN.

Also surviving are a daughter, Melissa (Allen) Miller of Michigan City, IN; son, Pete Callan of Michigan City, IN; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Charlene Anderson of St. Petersburg, FL; and her brother, Forrest (Brenda) Cates of Michigan City, IN.

She was preceded in death by 11 siblings and her parents.

Phyllis had worked as a counselor at LaPorte Hospital. She enjoyed photography, painting, gardening and arts & crafts.

Contributions may be made to ALS Association - donate.als.org/donate.

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


 

Kimberly Ann Handy

Kimberly Ann Handy, 63, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at her home. 

   

Kimberly was born in Minneapolis, MN, on July 7, 1957, to Dean and Julia (Hartz) Handy. 

 

Surviving Kimberly are her children, Eric Watson of Knox, Anthony Watson of La Porte, and Ian (Jessica) Spry of La Porte; 8 grandchildren; and mother, Julia Handy.

 

She was preceded in death by her son, Adam Handy-Spry; father, Dean Handy; and 2 brothers, Ted Handy and infant, Billy Handy.

 

Kimberly was a postal carrier for many years.  She loved landscaping, both flowers and plants.  Kimberly was a creative writer and loved music.  She was a loving mother and daughter.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

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

 

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

Don Krcilek

Don Krcilek, 84, of Loveland, Colorado, formerly of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

 

Don was born April 7, 1936 in La Porte, Indiana to the late Gerald and Jenny (Mannia) Krcilek.

Don married Doris Grinstead on June 30, 1956, who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1999, he married Mary Berry who also preceded him in death along with his parents; and a brother, Michael Krcilek.

 

Don retired from Howmet after 28 years.  He also sold real estate at K & K Real Estate and was known as Mr. Real Estate.  He was a member of La Porte Realty, Happy Hearts Clowns, and he played Santa Claus for many years.

 

Don leaves behind three daughters, Jill Krcilek of Loveland, Colorado, Beth (Randy) Gourley of La Porte, Indiana and Kathee Krcilek of La Porte, Indiana; a son, Tim (Shelley) Krcilek of Lafayette, Indiana; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Levendowski of La Porte, Indiana and Shirley Pietraszewski; a brother, Gerald Krcilek of La Porte, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021 at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the funeral home, where visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate.  Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

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

John William Adams

John William Adams, 73, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at his home. 

   

John was born in South Bend, IN on July 28, 1947 to Herman and Lois (Palmer) Adams.

 

On June 8, 1974 in La Porte, IN, he married Marlene Joyce Guernsey who preceded him in death on March 28, 2014.  Surviving are his sons, Warren "J.R." Shrader of South Bend and Michael Adams of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Joseph and Isaac Shrader (Laura Shrader) and Graham and Delaney Adams (Whitney Adams); sister, Sandy Scott of La Porte; and niece Toni Baldwin-Dufour of Steinhatchee, FL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlene Adams; and sister, Susan Adams.

 

After graduating from the Indiana University School of Education with a Master of Science degree, John devoted his career to the education of children as a teacher, principal, and administrator.  During his tenure at Lincoln, Mill Creek, Kingsford Heights, Kesling, Indian Trail, and finally the Central Office, John built enduring relationships with teachers, parents, and students.  John retired from the La Porte Community School Corporation as an Assistant Superintendent after a career lasting 36 years. 

 

John's love of trains was lifelong and he was an avid model railroader.  He thoroughly enjoyed home improvement projects and was sure to pass down his knowledge, just as his father had before him.  He was a devoted father and husband who made it a priority to spend time with his sons coaching baseball, attending academic competitions, and complaining about another lackluster Cubs season.

 

In retirement, John again found himself helping others, this time with their home improvement projects by working part-time at the local hardware store.  He was a member of the La Porte Yacht Club and enjoyed spending afternoons with his sister, Sandy, and her family on Pine Lake.  John enjoyed watching "Dirty Jobs" and "The Big Bang Theory" and will be remembered for his laughter and smile.

 

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

 

A private graveside service for family and close friends will be held at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte County Animal Shelter, 2855 W. SR 2, La Porte, IN  46350.

 

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

Jackie Gonser

Jackie Gonser, 64, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:37 am in Franciscan Health - Michigan City from complications of COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, private family services will be conducted. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545 in Jackie’s name on behalf of her family and friends affected by cancer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may also be made to Donald Gonser.

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

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