Obituaries

Michael "Mike" P. Turner

Michael “Mike” P. Turner, 81, of La Porte, Indiana and Bradenton Beach, Florida passed away Tuesday, February 7th, 2023.

 

Mike was born January 10th, 1942, in South Bend, Indiana to the late Ben and Bernice (Poncher) Turner. 

 

Mike is a retired steelworker from Bethlehem Steel after 30 years of service. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Saint Peter Church in La Porte, and a volunteer firefighter with Center Township and Coolspring Township fire departments. 

 

On July 5th, 1986, Mike married Aileen Stiller, M.D. who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Amy (Casey) Sanders of Chicago; sons, Michael (Kathy) Turner of Lake Mary, Florida, Scott (Martha) Stiller of Chicago, Sean (Deanna) Stiller of San Diego, California, and Stephen Stiller of Chicago; grandchildren, Phoenix Sanders, David Michael Sanders, Steven Stiller, and Julia Stiller; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Turner; and a brother, John Turner.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, February 10th, 2023 at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11th, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, Saint Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center Township Volunteer Fire Department, 4504 West Johnson Road, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Mike’s life or leave a message of comfort for his family, please visit esslingfuneralhome.com.

Billy Wayne Robbins

Billy Wayne Robbins, 77, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 4th, 2023.

 

Billy was born on July 19th, 1945 in Mount Vernon, KY, to Charlie B. and Viola (Bullock) Robbins.

 

On May 29th, 1987,  in La Porte, IN, he married Anita Diane, who preceded him in death.  Surviving Billy are his daughters, Valerie (David) Malik and Vicki (Tommy) Johnson; 3 grandchildren, Amanda (Jacob Forsythe) Steele, Jacob Malik, and Anamarie Elizabeth Johnson; 1 great-grandson, Zane Forsythe; sister, Francis Petrey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane; parents; granddaughter, Ashley Jennifer Malik; sisters, Flonnie Helen Chasser, Minnie Mae Petrey, Irene Hodge, Josephine Oaks, Virginia Lail, Roberta Brown, and Betty Sue Robbins; brothers, Paul Robbins, James "Buster" Robbins, Kenneth Robbins, Jack Robbins, and Jessie Robbins, Sr.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

Billy worked in castings for 32 years at Teledyne Casting Service. He also worked part-time at Barnes Service Center through the years. Billy was a faithful member of Rolling Prairie First Freewill Baptist Church, where he was often found caring for not only the building but also the congregation members. He enjoyed reading his Bible and working outside at the farm.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastors Verlin Combs and Mike Noble officiating.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13th, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Rolling Prairie First Freewill Baptist Church, 2456 East State Road 2, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.

 

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

Judith Alice Swanson

Judith Alice Swanson, 81, of New Carlisle, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 5th, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, surrounded by her family.

 

She was born February 22nd, 1941 in Three Oaks, Michigan, the daughter of Merle and Esther (Meyer) Martin .

 

Judith, a lifelong resident of the area, was passionate about several things. She enjoyed sewing and re-purposing items. She was a skilled gardener and loved to can the fruits and vegetables she grew.  Judith was also deeply spiritual and was a dedicated member of the choir at New Carlisle United Methodist Church. Her love for Jesus was a central part of her life. 

 

She is survived by her two sons, Michael Swanson of South Bend, IN, Roger (Becky) Swanson of TN; daughter, Cynthia Short of New Carlisle, IN; brother, James (Doris) Martin of Plymouth, IN; sister, Nancy (Larry) Huge of Liberty, SC; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 

 

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Esther Martin.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends for a viewing Friday, February 10th from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Kal Morrison, New Carlisle UMC, officiating. Procession will follow to Lamb's Chapel Cemetery. All times are central standard time.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Judith's memory to the New Carlisle United Methodist Church, 300 East Compton Street New Carlisle, IN 46552.

 

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

Bruno Puentes

Bruno Esteban Puentes, 51, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, February 5th, 2023.

 

Bruno was born on August 3rd, 1971 in Sinaloa, Mexico, to Chavelo Puentes and Martha Quevedo.

 

Surviving Bruno are his children, Thalia Garcia-Castro of Warsaw, Alejandra Puentes of Nappanee, Jaden Puentes of La Porte, Christian Garcia of La Porte, Marisa Swager of Hamlet, Amber Mote of Grovertown, and Bruno Puentes-Nolazco of Sacramento, CA; 6 grandchildren, Madison, Carson, Caitlyn, Lilyana, Harley, and Alysia; father, Chavelo Puentes; siblings, Karol, Martha, and Claudia Quevedo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Quevedo; granddaughter, Gabriella Swager; and brother, Ulysses "Cacho" Puentes.

 

Bruno worked in maintenance for many years.  He enjoyed playing guitar, collecting coins, hunting, and fishing.  More than anything, Bruno loved spending time with his children.

 

A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Thalia Garcia-Castro, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN, 46350.

 

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

Jeffery Lee Santana

 

Jeffrey Lee Santana, 61, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at 4:52 pm in his home.

Per Jeff's request, there will be no services. Cremation will take place. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.
Jeff wanted all to remember him by thinking of the good times that you may have shared with him. God Bless us all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

To sign a guest book and leave condolences online visit our web site at
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Charlene Kesling

Charlene Jeanette Kesling, 91, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family.

 

Charlene was born on November 2nd, 1931 in La Porte, IN, to Harold and Virginia (Ordun) Kneisley. 

 

On September 4th, 1954 in La Porte, IN, she married Dr. Peter C. Kesling, who preceded her in death on July 25th, 2022.  Surviving Charlene are her sons, Dr. Christopher K. (Tami) Kesling of La Porte and Andrew C. Kesling of Union Pier, MI; grandchildren, Abigail L. Kesling of Mishawaka, Hannah E. (Jim) Kesling Post of La Porte, Halley A. (Erik) Kesling Umbrasas of New Buffalo, MI, Katelyn R. (Troy) Kesling Smith of Bridgman MI, Austen C. (Raegan) Kesling of Valparaiso, Chloe J. Kesling of La Porte, and William K. (Julia) Kesling of Los Angeles CA; great-grandchildren, Adella Keener, Breccan Keener, Langley Smith, Willow Post, Story Smith, and Monroe Kesling; sisters, Karen Kneisley Danser of La Porte and Diane Kneisley Keenan of Dallas, TX; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Adam Winslow Kesling; daughter, Emily Ann Kesling; granddaughter, Lindsey O'Brien Kesling; grandson, Calvin Kesling; sister, Sally Allgood; and half-brother, Dennis Henderlong.

 

Charlene's first love was her family.  She was involved in numerous activities and groups.  Charlene was a member of the Questers, La Porte Service League, and the La Porte County Historical Society.

 

A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LOK Wishing Tree Foundation, c/o Unity Foundation of La Porte County, 422 Franklin Street, Suite C, Michigan City, IN 46360 or the La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Avenue, Suite 1, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Theodore "Ted" Yagelski

Theodore "Ted" Yagelski, 91, from Michigan City, Indiana, passed away
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023, at 4:45 am in VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso, IN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, February
11th, 2023 at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1506 Washington Street,
Michigan City, IN with  Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Burial will
follow in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery with full military honors.  Visitation
will be from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday and from 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street,
Michigan City, IN. The Saint. Joseph Young Men's Society will recite the
Rosary at 6:00 pm and the American Legion Skwiat Post 451 will conduct a
memorial service at 6:30 pm both Fridays in the funeral chapel.

Contributions may be made to Saint Stanislaus School Fund,1506 Washington
St., Michigan City, IN 46360 or to the Ted Yagelski Scholarship Fund c/o
Joy Elementary School, 1600 East Coolspring Avenue, Michigan City, IN 46360..

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

Dr. John A. Smith

John A. Smith, MD, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, February 1st, 2023.

 

Dr. Smith was born May 1st, 1935, in Bremen, Missouri to Arthur and Naomi (Burtner) Smith. On September 1st, 1956, John married Helen A. Snauwaert in Lafayette, Indiana who passed away in 2012. He is survived by his sons; John (Lynda) Smith and Charles (Jennifer) Smith; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Morrison, Ryan Handley, Adam Smith, Ashley (Quinton) Janek, Jillian (Matt) Samela, Daisey Smith, and Alecia Tello; and great grandchildren, Jozlyn (16), Braxton (12), Brantley (8), Jack (10), Mason (7), Kennedy (4), Beckham (2), Chase (10), Olyvya (8). He was preceded in death by his wife Helen; daughter; Linda, and his parents.

 

Dr. Smith graduated from Chesterton High School in 1953. He was recruited to play basketball for Indiana University where he earned his bachelor's degree, and went on to study medicine graduating in 1963 with a medical degree. He was the medical director of the emergency department at La Porte Hospital, the medical director of the La Porte County EMS, and the president of Maple City Family Practice, retiring May 12th, 1994, after practicing medicine for 30 years. He served in the Army National Guard as a Captain and head of medical services. He raised black angus to teach his children a good work ethic. He was an avid La Porte High School sports supporter. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, February 6th, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, Saint Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Family and friends may visit one hour (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.), prior to the Mass at Saint Peter Church. 

 

Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe Street, La Poret, Indiana 46350 or the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Dr. Smith’s life or leave a message of comfort for his family, please visit esslingfunmeralhome.com.

 

Charles "Chuck" Harper

Charles "Chuck" Louis Harper, 85, passed away on Saturday, January 21st, 2023.

 

Chuck was born on August 24th, 1937 in South Bend, IN, to Raymond Harper and Winifred (Koehler) Harper-Shipley.

 

Surviving Chuck are his brother, Richard (Carolyn) Harper of South Bend; and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Chuck was a graduate of Washington Clay High School, South Bend.    Later, he became a produce manager for many years, working at A&P and Al's Supermarket.  He also previously worked for Bernacchi's.

 

He loved to travel when he could, but most recently enjoyed caring for the cats and wildlife on the farm of his good friend, Manny Cox.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  Inurnment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, IN, where he will rest adjacent to his mother.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.

Beverly A. Novak

Beverly A. Novak, 90, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 at 11:23 am in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, February 6th, 2023 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 South Woodland Avenue, Michigan City, IN with Reverand Jordan Fetcko officiating. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Monday at the Queen of All Saints Legacy Center. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

 

She was born November 12th, 1932 in Michigan City, IN to the late William and Ethel (Jenkins) Rowlands. On November 28th, 1950 in Michigan City, IN she married Joseph Novak who preceded her on September 12th, 2014.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Denise (Harold) Michaels of Hanna, IN and Janice Novak of Michigan City, IN; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Richmond of Michigan City, IN, Kevin Novak of Wanatah, IN, Blake Cortelyou of Michigan City, IN, Brad (Trisha) Novak of La Porte, IN, Aaron (Brooke) Kubath of Chesterton, IN and Trevor (Jason) Lambert-Novak of Michigan City, IN; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Kohler and Nancy Scott, both of Michigan City, IN.

 

She was also preceded in death by her three sons, Steven, Mark and Brian Novak; two sisters, Donna Lewis and Linda Morlan; and her grandchild, Scott Novak.   

 

Beverly was a member of Queen of all Saints Catholic Church and enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting and sewing.

 

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

 

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

William Kennedy

William Paul Kennedy, 76, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 12:35 p.m., Monday, January 30th, 2023 at Goshen Hospital.

 

He was born on January 26th, 1947 in Michigan City to Paul and Eleanore (Fox) Kennedy.

 

William was a lifetime member of the DAV, American Legion Post 83 in La Porte and Vietnam Veterans of America.  He was a “Mr. Fix-it”, enjoying vintage cars and working on projects at home. William loved his family, was a great father and a wonderful husband.

 

On June 16th, 1967 in Harbert, Michigan he married Susan (Hess) Kennedy who survives.

 

William was preceded in death by his parents.

 

He is survived by his two children, Peter (Jamie) Kennedy and Jennifer Kennedy; sister Sandra Feece; and two grandchildren, Gage and Gavin Kennedy.

 

A visitation and viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2023 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Road, La Porte, (219) 362-3100.

 

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

 

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

William "Pat" Ritchie

William Ritchie, 54, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 29th, 2023, at Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

He was born May 15th, 1968, in Wolfe County, Kentucky, the son of William Ritchie and Nancy (Stacy) Ritchie.

 

He enjoyed coloring and solving jigsaw puzzles in his free time. He loved eating but candy and coffee were his favorites. Christmas presents were sure to bring a smile to William's face, but he especially adored his pop it and fidget toys, which he carried everywhere in his lunch box.

 

He is survived by his sister, Lena Ritchie of La Porte, IN and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 

William was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Ritchie.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN. Cremation will take place.

 

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

Donna Teresa Siebert

Donna Theresa Siebert, 68, Evans, Georgia, formerly of Michigan City, IN passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2023 at 8:05 am in her home.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN with  Rev. William O'Toole officiating. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Friday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.    

 

She was born April 19th, 1954 in Gary, IN to the late Juozas and Jadvyga (Krakaitas) Dambrauskas. On October 5th, 1974 in Lake County, IN she married Donald Siebert who survives.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Lindsay (Mike) Bruemmer of La Porte, IN and Tracy (Peter) Panou of Palos Park, IL; son, Michael Siebert of Clearwater, FL; six grandchildren, Vincent Bruemmer, Ryan Bruemmer, Lauren Bruemmer, George Panou, Adrianna Panou and Anastasia Panou.

 

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ann Venckus Stephens; and three brothers, Leo Dambrauskas, Al Dambrauskas and Dennis Dambrauskas;   

 

Donna had worked in jewelry sales at Zales and Carson Pirie Scott & Co. She enjoyed shopping, spa days and being with her family.

 

Contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. 

 

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

Mary "Dee" Hunt

Mary Dolores Hunt (Dolores Haller), 87, of Union Mills, Indiana passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 27th, 2023. Known fondly to many as “Dee”, she was born on February 21st, 1935, in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

 

On June 6th, 1953, Dolores Haller married Richard Neil Hunt in her hometown of Roseville, Michigan. Together the couple are survived by their four children: Sandra Christine Gorny (Edward) of Juno Beach, FL; Richard Clyde Hunt of Colorado Springs, CO; Vicky Dee Dereka (Tony) of Valparaiso, IN; and Cynthia Lucille Rix (Scott) of Chattanooga, TN. Also survived by younger sister, Thelma Grisham of Surprise, Arizona.

 

Dee’s passion for serving the Lord was evident in every aspect of her life, personally and professionally. Dee enjoyed a successful career as Senior Vice President at Senior Lifestyle (Michigan Avenue, Chicago), while also serving the Lord in a variety of roles in her church, community and amongst her Senior Lifestyle residents. Also known as “Aunt Dee,” she was often found in her kitchen preparing a Sunday roast dinner to be shared with family and friends, always trademarked with her famous homemade cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies.

 

Her legacy lives on not only through her children but also her beloved grandchildren (Chris Gorny, Jeff Gorny; Jamie DiGiacomo, Katie Hein, Jonathan Hunt; Craig Dereka, Natalie Dereka, Jimmy Dereka; Lauren Rix, Kyle Rix, Josie Rix), fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

The visitation for Mary Dolores Hunt will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, at Cutler Funeral Home, followed with a Celebration of Life Service from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Private burial will take place at the Union Mills Cemetery where she will rest in peace beside her beloved husband of 59 years, Richard.

 

As a reflection of Dee’s love for life and those around her, John 10:10 reads, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.”

 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be received at the Great Commission Church c/o Haller Orphanage, located at 1017 Indiana Avenue, Marysville, MI 48040 and online at hallerorphanage.org.

 

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

Mark Young

Mark J. Young, 87, passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2023 at Rittenhouse Senior Living Center.

 

Mark was born on April 7th, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA, to Francis and Edith (Heinz) Young.

 

On September 22nd, 1963 in Hammond, IN, he married Joan Larson who preceded him in death.  Surviving Mark are his sons, Bill (Michelle) Young of Trail Creek and Dan (Carol) Young of Bloomington; grandchildren, Joel (Brianna) Young of Martinsville and Erin Young of Bloomington; and 2 great-grandchildren, Collin and Amelia.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Vicky Platis.

 

Mark was a salesperson for many years at Sears Roebuck.  He enjoyed biking, fishing, and antiques.  Mark will be fondly remembered as never meeting a stranger.  He was known to take his time to hear and learn about the lives of others.  Mark was a treasure to have as a father and friend.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

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

Steven Lawrence

Steven Mitchell Lawrence, 59, passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2023.

 

Steven was born on March 29th, 1963 in Gary, IN, to Hobert and Clara (Mae) Lawrence.

 

On September 8th, 2007 in Michigan City, he married Stacy Jo Galloway, who survives.  Also surviving are his parents; 2 brothers, Robert and Alan (Joleen) Lawrence; as well as a few nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Megan Lawrence-Tidey.

 

Steven was a proud veteran of the United States Army.

 

Steven worked as a truck driver.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding his Harley, listening to music and being with his friends. 

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at a later date.

 

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

 

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

 

Elisa Leanor Dorsett

Elisa Leanor (Solis) Dorsett, 96, of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, passed away on January 27th, 2023, at Miller's Health and Rehab Nursing Home, La Porte, Indiana, surrounded by family.

 

Born on November 6th, 1926, in Brownsville, Texas, Elisa was the daughter of the late Julian  F. Solis and Refugia (Martinez) Solis.

 

On February 11th, 1944, in Brownsville, Texas, she married Henry (Poncho) Dorsett. Elisa, Henry and their first born Maria de Lourdes moved from Texas to Indiana in 1946 settling in Kingsford Heights.

 

Elisa is preceded in death by her husband, Henry of 50 years of marriage in 1994. Elisa is also preceded in death by her brothers, Ernesto Solis of Brownsville, Texas KIA in World War II and Julian M. Solis of Brownsville, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth (Dorsett) Ackerson of Kingsford Heights, Indiana; son-in-law, John W. O'Quinn of Beaufort, South Carolina; and great grandson, Skyler Joseph Kliene of La Porte, Indiana.

 

Elisa is survived by her three daughters, Maria "Mary" O'Quinn of La Porte, Indiana; Ella Dorsett of Kingsford Heights, Indiana; Diane Dorsett (Mark) Kendall of La Porte, Indiana; her two sons; Henry (Yvonne) Dorsett of Spotsylvania, Virginia and Jeffrey Dorsett of La Porte, Indiana; as well as 14 grandchildren Jon Baldwin of La Porte, Indiana, Kari Baldwin of Bluffton, South Carolina, Devony Arvin of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, Katherine (Scott) Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia, Karen (Andrew) Murphy of Rockville, Maryland, Jason Crum of Jacksonville, Florida, Nichole (Christopher) Krueger of Newport News, Virginia, Scott (Lindsey) Kendall of Warren, Michigan, Michael Kendall of Chicago, Illinois, Justin Nutter of Michigan City, Indiana, Jamison (Kayt) Dorsett of Mishawaka, Indiana, Jennifer Samm of La Porte, Indiana, Jeffrey (Shannon) Girard of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, and Julian (Andoreni) Dorsett of Chicago, Illinois; as well as 15 great grandchildren; Misty (Francisco) Acevedo, Connor Murphy, Brendan Murphy, Jayden Crum, Victoria Crum, Breanna Crum, Esme' Krueger, Jasper Krueger, Trent Samm, Caleb Girard, Emily Girard, Morgan Maynard, Gabriel Dorsett, Clare Dorsett, Anthony Dorsett, and 1 great-great granddaughter Elisa Marie Acevedo. She is also survived by special sister-in-law Esther Solis and niece, Sylvia (John) Glass and nephew Richard (Penny) Solis.

 

A loving mother and devoted wife Elisa spent much of her life raising her six children, as well as helping with her grandchildren. She loved to make home cooked meals and her special tortillas in which she was known for in the neighborhood - hand made, tossed on the stove top grill with butter and coffee or cocoa. Her family loved her "soupy spaghetti and homemade rice and beans" and many more homemade dishes. There was a period that she volunteered at the Kingsford Heights Community Center to assist in serving meals to the community, in which she enjoyed. She loved to go on long country drives with our father and her children to the movies. She loved to shop for hours and to attend church, dance with her friends and watch her White Sox, Cubbies, Tigers, Notre Dame, CNN, MSNBC and Spanish Soaps. She also loved to embroider, patch clothing and read. Mom was very dedicated to her Catholic faith.

 

Elisa wishes were to be laid to rest in the Spring. Arrangements for this Spring Service, Celebration of Life and private Family Burial will be announced at a later date. 

 

At this time we would like to thank Joe Coyer and Cathy Baxley, Real Services, Help at Home - special thanks to, Earl Calahan and Eartha Coleman. Also, Miller's Health and Rehab Center, Tonya, Jenna, Penny, Melissa, Marliza, Karina, Dana and Paula (s); Center for Hospice, Diana, Candice, Kendyll, and Kari. Chaplain Arlin, Andrew Paton and Reverend Nate Edquist for all their prayers. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at JDRF.org.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Jude Meehan

Jude Martin Meehan, 63, passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

 

Jude was born on September 13th, 1959 in Chicago, IL, to Bernard and Bridget (Kennedy) Meehan.

 

On June 4th, 2005 in Rolling Prairie, IN, he married his best friend, Nancy L. Lawrence Brinkman, who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Heather (Keith) Jonas-Berry, Meghan Meehan, and Jonathon Meehan; 2 grandchildren, Allie and Jacob Berry; brother, Dismas "Diz" (Brenda) Meehan; and nephew, Daniel Meehan.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Jude was a maintenance manager for many years, providing maintenance to the Beachwalk vacation homes.  He enjoyed helping people by fixing things and loved his animals, especially his dogs, Lexi and Amora.  Jude loved going out to dinner and spending time with his wife of 23 years, Nancy, and his family.  He will be fondly remembered as a good friend, a great husband, and for his love of chocolate candy, mint chocolate ice cream, and Squirt soda.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Jettie Goodman

Jettie Lee Goodman, 91, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 at Brickyard Healthcare in Valparaiso, IN with family by her side.

 

She was born November 6th, 1931, in Salem, Arkansas, the daughter of J.T. Clanton and Hattie (Jones) Clanton.

 

In 1943, Jettie moved from Lake City, Arkansas to the La Porte area. On February 14th, 1948, in La Porte, she married Charles L. Goodman. Together they enjoyed traveling especially to their weekend home on the river. Jettie was a member of the La Porte Assembly of God. She had a passion for collecting rocks and found joy in mowing her lawn on her riding lawn mower and strolling through garage sales. She enjoyed listening to old country classics and enjoyed listening to Janis Joplin. She took great pride in her family and grandchildren. 

 

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Jackowicz of Hudson Lake, IN; son, Eric (Kathy Underwood) Goodman of La Porte, IN; brother Billy Joe (Diane) Clanton of Illinois; daughter-in-law Sandy Goodman of La Porte, IN; seventeen grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  

 

Jettie was preceded in death by her parents; sons, John Goodman and Charles Goodman; daughter, Diane Volk, and brothers, Wallace Clanton, Harold Clanton, Mack Clanton, and Clifton Clanton.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Tuesday, January 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A life celebration will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home, on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Hines, officiating.  Interment will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. A lunch will be provided at the Assembly Church of God on Boyd boulevard after the burial.

 

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

 

Patrick C. Haas

Patrick C. Haas, 93, La Porte, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 12:28 AM in VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso, Indiana with loving family at his bed side.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, February  1st, 2023 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana with Rev. David Kime officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM, (Eulogy begins at 11:40 AM) on Wednesday, at the Church. Arrangements are being provided by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to  Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400  Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.

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

John "Jack" Orlowski

John Francis "Jack" Orlowski, age 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home the morning of January 24th, 2023.

 

He was a lifelong resident of Michigan City and was born with a twin sister Joan on July 3rd, 1932. Which as he would remind you was also George M. Cohan's birthday and he would then sing the Yankee Doodle Dandy lyric. Jack was second to the youngest child in a large depression era family of 9 and delivered  newspapers every day while he attended St Mary's grade school and then graduated from St Mary's High School in 1950. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1952. But before his enlistment began, was drafted into the U.S. Army. Due to a significant twist of fate during basic training exams at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he ended up stationed in La Rochelle France during the Korean War.

 

He had many fine stories and pictures to share of his travels in Europe. After being honorably discharged, he returned home and met the love of his life, Karen Mae Wolf who became his bride on April 14th, 1956. They wasted no time in having children and by July of 1961, they were blessed with five, namely, Dan, Kathy, Tom, Mary, and Tim.
 
Jack was a Michigan City Firefighter for 25 years and fought some of the city's worst fires. He had a strong work ethic and always had a part time job to support his family. In the 1970's it was at Sanlo industry on the shipping dock and then Dr Bankoff's Lab. 

 

After his retirement from the fire department, he worked in maintenance at St Anthony hospital for 19 years. He was the best hospital bed repairman they ever had. Jack was the steady hand in a storm and was always a man you could rely upon. He was an avid White Sox and Packers fan. He liked to bowl. He won the ABC bowling League championship title in 1993 and collected many high game awards with his left handed bowling balls.

 

Dad enjoyed a long and joyful retirement where he and mom became more active in their Faith. They enjoyed so very many fun and memorable days being with and loving their family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his last years of life, he often remarked how blessed he was, how blessed his whole family was, to have lived this journey of a life with such a loving family, truly a gift from God.

 

Jack is survived by his five children: Daniel (Debbie) Orlowski; Kathryn (Bob) Marion; Thomas Orlowski: Mary Dornbrock; and Timothy (Mary Jo) Orlowski. 13 grandchildren: Andrew Orlowski, Jennifer Speary, and Tracey Orlowski: Matthew and Evan Pabis: Grace, Jacob, Hannah and Caspian Orlowski; Kate Gonzalez; Vincent, Alexander, and Celeste Orlowski. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren: Adam and Sophie Orlowski: Lucas and Violet Frazer, Caden Gonzalez : Ian, Lillian, Charlotte, and Jackson Orlowski; Arabella, Oliver, and Verena Pabis; Otto Eli and Myah Rose.

 

Proceeding him in death were his wife Karen: his parents, Mary (Drewes) and Adam Orlowski; Siblings Eugene "Bud" Orlowski, Eulalia "Lolly" Kazmucha, Deloris Whitaker, Lois Daniel, Joan Siegel, and Jerry Orlowski; granddaughter Lydia Orlowski and grandson Dominic Dornbrock.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, January 30th, 2023 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN with  Pastor William Fine officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday and from 9:00 am - 10:00 am Monday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.    

 

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1201 Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN 46360. 

 

"He has told you, Oh mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

 

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

Julia I. Lisak

Julia I. Lisak, 91, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 5:06 am in her home.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana with Reverand Sean Danda officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Tuesday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN.    

 

She was born January 4th, 1932 in Michigan City, IN. On February 7th, 1953 in Chesterton, IN she married Henry Lisak who preceded her on June 13th, 2014.

 

Surviving are two sons, James (Lisa) Lisak of Muskego, WI and Michael (Janet) Lisak of Murfreesboro, TN; two daughters, Susan Grattenthaler of Michigan City, IN and Katherine (Richard) Danda of Brownsburg, IN; five grandchildren, Rev. Sean  Danda, Sis. Heather Danda, George  Grattenthaler, IV, Lauren Lisak and Sam Lisak; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn Grattenthaler and Caroline Blue; sister, Carol (Gene) Tylisz of Michigan City, IN; and brother, Tom Lipinski of Westville, IN.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, William Janowski; mother, Jane Lipinski; and step-father, Adolph Lipinski.   

 

Julia retired as a bookkeeper at Pioneer Lumber Co. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Saint Mary's Rosary Sodality and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and R.S.V.P.

 

Contributions may be made to Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 411 W. 11th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 or to the Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 

 

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

Gordon Westergren

Gordon Lewis Westergren, 91, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

Gordon was born on May 26th, 1931 in Chicago, IL.

 

On February 14th, 1955 he married Patricia Helmick, who preceded him in death in 2005.  Later on June 30th, 2006, he married Eunice Marlene Wolfe who preceded him in death in 2021.  Surviving Gordon are his children, Louis (Kelly) Boswell of Richland, MI, Jeffrey (Vickie) Westergren of Yoakum, TX, Eric (Ronda) Westergren of Lake Charles, LA, and Kristen (Tom) Westergren of Kalamazoo, MI; stepchildren, Jody (Dwight) Ames of Union Mills, Michelle (Matthew) Rozinski, Steven (Jeanne) Osborn, Thomas (April) Osborn II, and David Osborn, all of La Porte; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren and great step-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and wives.

 

Gordon was a proud veteran of the United States Army.

 

Gordon was an electrical engineer and traveled the world through his work.  He loved sports, particularly the Valparaiso University Crusaders, where he graduated.  Gordon also enjoyed golfing and collecting stamps.  He was a supporter of Habitat for Humanity.  Gordon was an avid NRA member.

 

A Celebration of Life Service with Military Honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Dennis Meyer officiating.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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

John "Jack" Orlowski

John Francis "Jack" Orlowski, age 90, passed away peacefully in his
sleep at home the morning of January 24th, 2023.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, January 30, 2023 at
Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
with  Pastor William Fine officiating. Burial will follow in Saint
Stanislaus Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday
and from 9:00 am - 10:00 am Monday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1201 Franklin Street,
Michigan City, IN 46360.

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

Samantha Angeledes

Samantha Carrie Angeledes, 53, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, January 24th, 2023.

 

Samantha was born February 13th, 1969, in La Porte, Indiana to Charles and Donna (Minix) Wood.

 

Samantha is survived by her children, Courtney ( Dominik) Jedrysek of La Porte, Indiana, Dana Angeledes of La Porte, Indiana, Nicholle Angeledes-Jones of La Porte, Indiana, Peyton Clemons of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jessica Bailey of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Wyatt Hon of La Porte, Indiana; nine grandchildren; a sister, Shonna Wood of Rensselaer, Indiana; brothers, Doug (Rabecca) Wood of New Braunfels, Texas, Charles (Tricia) Wood of Lowell, Indiana, Mike (Rachelle) Wood of Florida, and Nolan Wood of North Dakota; her companion, Jeff Angeledes; her mother, Donna Wood of Knox, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Wood.

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Family of Samantha Angeledes, ? Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

To light virtual candle, share a story of Samantha’s life or leave a message of comfort for her family, please visit esslingfuneralhome.com.

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