Obituaries

Truman B. King Jr

Truman B. King Jr., 69, loving father, grandfather, and brother of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

 

Truman was born September 4, 1952, in La Porte, Indiana to the late Truman Sr. and Ada (Hoops) King.

 

Truman retired from Lewis Bakery as a truck driver where he worked for over 20 years.  He was a Union Steward for Teamsters, an extreme Chicago White Sox fan along with Chicago Bears and Notre Dame.  He also was an avid bowler, dart player in many leagues, played softball in La Porte, and was a coach for little league in Kingsford Heights and basketball at Boston Middle School. He served his country in the United States Air Force.

 

Truman is survived by his children, Melissa Arnett (Stacey Wood) of Michigan City, Indiana, Matthew King of La Porte, Indiana, Trinity King (Jeremy Klement) of La Porte, Indiana,  Tunisha (Rob) Childress of Michigan City, Indiana, Brian (Jessica) Lower of La Porte, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Bryce King, Blake King Arnett, Bayleigh King Arnett, Bryleigh King Arnett, Bethany King Arnett, Braydon King Arnett, and Madelynn Burns-King; a sister, Vickie Murray (Dan Buck) of New Carlisle, Indiana; a brother, Thomas (Lisa) King of Kingsbury, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John King Sr.; a granddaughter, Kyleigh Wood-King; and daughter-in-law, Jami King.

Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A celebration of Life service will be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family of Truman King Jr. C/O Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Truman’s life or leave a message of comfort for the family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com

Ivy Breeze Allen

Ivy Breeze Allen, 3, Long Beach, Indiana, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022.

 

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm, Friday, May 20, 2022 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN.  Visitation will be from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Friday at the funeral chapel.    

 

She was born October 8, 2018, in La Porte, IN to Andrew Allen and Breanne Smith who survive in Long Beach, IN. 

 

Also surviving are her brother, Killian Allen of Long Beach, IN; sister, Juliette Allen of Long Beach, IN; grandparents, Donna and Tim Allen of Trail Creek, IN, Rick and Debbie Sheaffer of La Porte, IN and Chuck and Sandy Smith of La Porte, IN; aunt, Shelbi (Alex) Lant of La Porte, IN; and cousins, Levi, Lucas, and Braiyden.    

 

Ivy was a very curious girl who loved being outdoors. She enjoyed dolls, dressing up, batman, dinosaurs, climbing, unicorns, mermaids, the movie Frozen, Disney, and the color lavender.

 

Contributions may be made to the family c/o Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Inc., 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360. 

 

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

Eugene "Gene" Fowler

Eugene "Gene" Fowler, known as Dziadzia to his family, was welcomed into heaven on May 5, 2022.

 

His life of service to others travels with his wife, and time spent with his close-knit family was the joy that fed his soul. He will be greatly missed and his absence deeply felt by the many who knew and loved him.     


Gene was born April 4, 1936, to Charles and Loretta (Killingbeck) Fowler in Michigan City, IN.

 

He attended Elston High School in Michigan City and graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Accounting in 1958. Gene married Arleen Koziatek on September 13, 1958 in Michigan City, IN. He entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps and obtained the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge from the Army. He became a CPA and completed the Harvard University Corporate Finance Program. Gene concluded his education with an MBA from Northern Illinois University. 

 

Gene’s accounting career was spread over various industries, which included: manufacturing (Weil McLain), steel (Midwest Steel and Inland Steel), Agriculture (DeKalb Ag Research) and Oil & Gas industry (Pride Petroleum Services and Dawson Production Services). He was grateful that he could go to work every day doing something he loved with people he enjoyed working with.

 

Gene was an active leader in many organizations. In Michigan City, he was a member of the Marquette Catholic High School Board, and at St. Stanislaus Parish he was on the financial council and one of its first lectors. In DeKalb, IL, he was a board member and President of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. He was elected as Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. In Houston, Gene served on the finance Council of St. Maximilian Catholic Parish. He was a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and a charter member and treasurer of St. Michael the Archangel Council. As a member of the AESC (Association of Energy Services Companies) he was Treasurer, President, and member of the Board of Directors for several years. Gene was presented the prestigious “Golden Rod Wrench” award for his lifetime of achievements in the oil well services industry. He was also active in the AICPA, Financial Executive Institute and the IPAA.

 

In retirement, he continued to be involved in the St. Michael Catholic Parish; serving as a lector, Eucharist minister and President of St. Michael Sociable Seniors. He was an avid golfer during his retirement. His golfing foursome met 2 to 3 times a week, even though he was the D player: it was his passion.  Traveling could also be considered a second career for Gene. He and Arleen traveled to over 100 countries. Their travels started with self-designed itineraries, then progressed to group tours, then cruises, and then individual tour guides. The vacations with the entire Fowler family were a highlight for Gene. His most memorable and moving travel experience was receiving a personal blessing from Pope Francis. Favorite sites included the Taj Mahal in India and the Augusta National Golf course, with his favorite city being Barcelona, Spain.


Gene was a devoted and loving father and Dziadzia. He never missed an opportunity to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s various events. He was their biggest cheerleader.


Surviving are: Arleen, his friend, wife and true love of 63 years, his 5 children and their spouses: Camille (Kevin) Higdon, Tammy (Butch) Lamoreux, Barry (Meg) Fowler, Maureen (Mike) Frank, Suzanne (Stuart) Webb. His 11 grandchildren and their spouses: Kyle Higdon, Brian (Megan) Fowler, Wesley (Maddie) Higdon, Cody (Kristen) Portales, Margo Portales, Haley Portales, Holly (Andres) Osorio, Jordan Lamoreux, Casey Fowler, Alyssa Fowler, and Kennedy Webb. His 6 great-grandchildren: Cassidy Portales, Carter Portales, Owen Fowler, Camdyn Portales, Caden Portales and Alexandra Osorio. One sister Peggy (James) Ninmer of Las Vegas, NV.  


Services:  Visitation will be held at 6 pm, followed by saying of the Rosary for Gene at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 16th at Earthman Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX. Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 17th at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, TX. A reception will follow at the church.

 

 Burial Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, May 21st at St. Stanislaus Cemetery Chapel, 1015 Greenwood Ave. Michigan City, IN. A reception will follow the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Gene’s childhood church of St Stanislaus Parish in Michigan City, IN. 

https://secure.myvanco.com/L-YZ93/campaign/C-11B57 or St. Michael Parish in Houston, TX 

https://stmichaelchurch.net/online-giving

Mark Stephen White

Mark Stephen White, 67, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 7:28 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

He was born June 6, 1954, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Lawrence White and Jean (Spohn) Dyer.

 

Mark worked as a programmer in the steel industry and was a former chair member of Ducks Unlimited of Michigan City.  He was also a member of the NRA and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Mark was an avid guitar player, enjoyed 3-D printing, hunting, and motorcycles. 

 

On October 29, 2009, in La Porte, Indiana, he married Camie (Lansberg) Edson-White, who survives.

 

Also surviving are one son, Brian White; one daughter, Tiffany White; two stepsons, Eric (Kristen) Edson and Nathan (Brandy) Edson; one stepdaughter, Lindsey Elderkin; one daughter-in-law, Nicolette White; and eleven grandchildren, Brad, Taylor, Mark III, Caz, Louisa, Charlotte, Annabelle, Matilda, Ashley, Anna, and Matthew.

 

Preceding in death were his parents; one son, Mark White Jr.; one daughter, Annie White; three brothers, Matthew Steinman, Billy Dyer, and David Dyer; and one sister, Tina Gipson.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte (219) 362-3100 with Rev. James Ferguson officiating.  Visitation and viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Duneland Health Council, P.O. Box 9327, Michigan City, IN 46360 in memory of Mark Stephen White.

James "Jim" E. Robinson

James "Jim" E. Robinson, 79, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

   

Jim was born in La Porte, on April 12, 1943 to the late William and Margaret (Norris) Robinson. He was a 1962 graduate of Mill Creek High School and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves, stationed at Kingsbury, IN.

 

On December 29, 1972 in Portage, IN, he married Bonnie Felton White. 

 

Jim worked as a Pipefitter through Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 172, South Bend, IN.  He spent several years of his career working for Dye Mechanical of La Porte, IN.  Jim also ran his own business for several years and was working for D. A. Dodd Mechanical Contractor, Rolling Prairie, IN when he retired in 2002.  He was a 50 year member of the Union.

 

Jim was a member of the La Porte Loyal Order of The Moose #492, where he served as a past governor.  He was also a member of the American Legion #83, P.R.C.U., the La Porte Falcons, and a member of the Masons. Jim was a member of the Barbershop Chorus and a Barbershop Quartet in the 1960's-1970's. 

 

Jim was very outgoing.  He would often strike up a conversation and befriend people wherever he went. Jim will always be remembered as being a character.

 

Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bonnie (Felton) Robinson; children, Lee White of La Porte, Ruth (Craig) Lile of Walkerton, IN, Jeff (Ann) Robinson of La Porte, and Matt (Jackie) Robinson of La Porte; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Lee White; brother, William Robinson; and granddaughter Christina Woods.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.  Interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Bonnie Robinson, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN  46350.                               

 

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

Cleda M. Hamilton

Cleda M. Hamilton, 84, of Mill Creek, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2022 at her home in Mill Creek, IN., surrounded by her family.

 

She was born April 9, 1938, in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Willard Brown and Dorothy (McGarity) Brown.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Cleda was a graduate of Mill Creek High School. She went to work as a telephone operator for GTE, then was the relief postmaster for the Mill Creek post office until her retirement in 2010. On May 7, 1983, in La Porte, Cleda married Robert Hamilton, who preceded her in death on February 28, 2010.  Cleda was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, embroidery and cooking. She loved traveling and going on vacation with her husband to Florida to visit relatives.  Her greatest joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she attended their games and activities faithfully.

 

She is survived by her four sons, Williard Brown of Mill Creek, IN, Roger (Shirley) Hamilton of Walkerton, IN, Rodney Hamilton of Mill Creek, IN, Ralf (Cyndi) Hamilton of Bristol, IN; four daughters, Trudy (Kip) Lamb of La Porte, IN, Roxanne (Dave-Deceased) Jermolowicz of Tampa, FL, Robin (Albert-deceased) Saboski of Columbia City, IN, Roberta (Rick) Davis of La Porte, IN; 18 grandchildren;34 great grandchildren, including Mason Brown and Kinsley Wolff; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Along with her husband Robert, Cleda was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Edith Hamilton.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends for a visitation on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with Deacon David Parrish, Mill Creek Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mill Creek Baptist Church, 8762 E 200 S, Mill Creek, IN 46365.

 

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

Beverly Jean (Bell) Chapman

Beverly Jean (Bell) Chapman passed away on February 24, 2022 in Tucson AZ, surrounded by her family.

 

Beverly was born on November 5, 1931 in Wanatah, IN. to the late Alex and Myrtle (Ballard) Bell.

 

On February 20, 1963 Bev married Kenneth Ray Chapman, who preceded her in death on August 18, 1988.

 

Surviving is her only son, Kenneth Lee Chapman from La Porte, IN.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers Damon, Orris, George, Wilbur, Richard and 3 sisters Eula, Thyra, Betty Lou.

 

She worked at Hedwin Corporation for 22 years from 1972 to 1994.

 

She was an avid Chicago Cubs, John Wayne and Vince Gill fan.

 

A gravesite memorial will be held on May 28, 2022, at 1:00 pm (Central time) at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, IN.  

Carl R. Baker

Carl R. Baker, 68 of Noblesville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022.

 

Carl was born March 10, 1954, in LaPorte, IN to the late Carl T. and Gussie M. Baker.

 

He received his associate's degree from Purdue University. Carl worked for Motorola for 34 years. He began his career as a technician and retired in 2015 as a systems manager.

 

He was a member and usher at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, the Frederick Maryland Knights of Columbus, and Sons of the American Legion, Post 295. Carl was a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul in Noblesville.

 

His passions were cooking, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

Carl is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jane F. Baker; children, Nicole M. Baker, Christopher R. Baker and Courtney L. (husband, Jared) Laub; grandchildren, Addison, Parker, Everly and Brooks Laub; siblings, Londa (husband, Jim) Smith, Robert (wife, Sheryl) Baker and Craig Baker. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Baker.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society 1391 Greenfield Ave. Noblesville, IN 46060. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

 

Gene Edward O'Connor

Gene Edward O’Connor, 87, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

 

Gene was born October 25, 1934 in Chesterton, Indiana to the late William and Christine (Rhoda) O’Connor.

 

On February 12, 1999, Gene married Marilyn Crouse who survives along with their children, Gene Alan O’Connor of Burns Harbor, Indiana, Christine (Pete) Muller of La Porte, Indiana, Patrick (Sherry) O’Connor of La Porte, Indiana, Steve (Kim) Siebe of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, Cheryl (Joe) Asbury of La Porte, Indiana, Lisa (Scott) Shively of St. Joseph, Michigan, and Jeff (Laura) Siebe of Louisville, Kentucky;  grandchildren, Monica (Andy) Gauer, Andrew (Mandy) Muller, Sarah (Chris) Hunt, Haley (Brian) Witt, Tyler Asbury, Hali Nepsha, and Josh, Ben and Olivia Siebe; great-grandchildren, Celeste and Terra Gauer, Andersen Muller, Connor and Oliver Hunt, and Jade and Ellie Witt; and four nephews, David, Ken, Jeff and Jim.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Christopher O’Connor; a brother, Robert O’Connor and a daughter-in-law, Cindy O’Connor.

 

Gene held several jobs and was most proud of his time spent as a local farmer.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and square dancing.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Catholic Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Reverend Nate Edquist will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Catholic Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350 or Saint Meinrad, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577.

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Gene’s life or leave a message of comfort for the family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com

Anthony (Tony) Steinman

Anthony (Tony) Steinman

 

A Celebration of life in honor of  Anthony (Tony) Steinman will be Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 pm at the D.A.V. Chapter 23, 2301 Ohio Street, Michigan City, Indiana

Jean W. Lawson

Jean W. Lawson, born December 16, 1950, reached the end of her life’s journey on Monday, May 9, 2022, with the same unwavering spirit and strength that touched so many lives during her 71 years. She passed away surrounded by family at her home in LaPorte, Indiana, one in which she filled with so many loving memories as a wife, mom, grandma, aunt, and friend.

 

If there is no greater calling than to serve others, then fewer lives have been more well-lived. You won’t find her name in newspaper clippings or fixed upon the edifice of a building, but indelibly etched forever on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to cross her path.

 

Above all, Jean found joy in the joy of others. A mother of three boys, she came along with them on fishing trips and immersed herself in March Madness, often picking a much stronger bracket than any of them, mind you. The love for her boys may have only been surpassed by the love for her grandchildren. The blankets she so enjoyed knitting and crocheting would often find their way to people undergoing cancer treatment or others in need. The Christmas ornaments and decorations she made, over the years for family, brightened the holidays in a way only she could.

 

Those who were close to her would tell you that she knew precisely when you needed a push and when you needed a hug. She was quick to shoulder the burdens for others but never wanted to burden anyone with her own. She had an empathetic ear, kind heart, and quick wit. She loved her students at Kingsbury Elementary like they were her own children and the people at LaPorte County Parks like her own family.

 

Her parting words were, "I love you". Perhaps nothing could better describe this sweet women’s legacy. While her absence will be felt by all who loved her, there is peace in knowing that she now returns to her true love, the late Jim Lawson, who married her 50 years ago this coming May 27.

 

Jean is survived by sons, Brian (Judy Newman-Bale) Lawson of Traverse City, Michigan, Mickey (Kristi) Lawson of Lake Barrington, Illinois, and Dan (Megan) Lawson of Noblesville, Indiana; 9 grandchildren Eva, Avery, Holly, Emmett, Claire, Connor and Colin Lawson and Emma and Sophie Newman-Bale; and sister Janet Weber of Boulder, Colorado.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Polly (Bryan) Weber.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Cutler Funeral Home.

 

Memorial donations can be made to the LaPorte Service League, P.O. Box 45, LaPorte, IN 46352 or LaPorte County Parks Department, 0815 S. Holmsville Road, LaPorte, IN 46350.

 

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

Roger L. Milzarek

Roger L. Milzarek, 75, La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 4:20 pm surrounded by his family.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 818 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN with  Pastor Mark Reshan officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

 

He was born August 13, 1946 in Michigan City, IN to the late Lawrence and Louise (George) Milzarek. On April 8, 1972 in Michigan City, IN he married Norma Kriesel who survives in La Porte, IN.

 

Also surviving are his daughter, Shari Milzarek of Charlotte, NC; son, Terry (Kristi) Milzarek of Franklin, TN; two grandchildren, Austin and Maddison Milzarek; and two brothers, Donald (Delores) Milzarek of South Bend, IN, Wayne (Shirley) Milzarek of Bartlett, TN.

 

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Milzarek.   

 

Roger retired after 36 years as a station operator at NIPSCO. He also was a basketball official for 25 years and a U.S. Navy Veteran. Roger was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved animals, especially his dogs. The family request if you able to please donate blood to honor his memory.

 

Contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 818 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46360 or to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. 

Douglas Eugene Swanson

Douglas Eugene Swanson, 59, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 1:05 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Plymouth.

 

He was born October 2, 1962, in La Porte, Indiana, to Danny and Sherry (Deardurff) Swanson.

 

Surviving are his four siblings, Ray Swanson and Shelley (Bill) Armour both of La Porte, Danny (Lacy) Swanson of Indianapolis, and Matt (Tosha) Swanson of Wabash.

 

Preceding in death were his parents, Danny Swanson and Sherry Siddall; and one nephew, Chase Swanson.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100. Visitation and viewing will be held from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. A private burial will take place in Patton Cemetery, La Porte.

 

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

Mabel Fay Jackson

Mabel Fay Jackson, 77, of La Porte, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

Mabel was born on July 17, 1944 in South Bend, IN, to Harmon John and Bertha (Weigle) Jackson.

 

Mabel is survived by her sisters, Madelyn Jackson of La Porte, IN, Martha (Larry) Gillen of Puyallup, WA, Becky Groll of Buckeye, AZ, and Tina (Pete) Reed of St. Augustine, FL; many nieces and nephews; and bonus son, Timothy Bower.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harmon and Bertha Jackson; brother, Roger Rosebush; and brother-in-law, Karl Groll.

 

Mabel was a laborer for many years at American Home Foods.  She also provided childcare, which is where she created a lasting bond with her bonus son, Timothy.  Mabel enjoyed eating out and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors.

 

A Graveside Service will held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Patton Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

Anthony W. Simola

Anthony W. Simola, 82, La Porte, IN, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 10:57 am in his home.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 pm, Friday, May 13, 2022 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN. Visitation will be from 10:00 am -12:00 pm, Friday at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church Legacy Center. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

 

He was born March 12, 1940 in Irwin, PA to the late Anthony and Jane (Milbrada) Simola. On December 31, 1967 in Michigan City, IN he married Christina Potempa who survives in La Porte, IN.

 

Also surviving are two daughters, Debbie (Ryan) Taylor of Knox, IN and Beth Simola of LaPorte, IN; three grandsons, Jordan (Brandi) Simola, Tyler (Meagan) Simola-Wallingford and Eric (Leonora) Taylor; brother, Edward (Elaine) Simola of Chicago, IL; and his beloved pet, Munchkin.

 

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Fedyna; and brother, David Simola.   

 

Anthony retired as a supervisor at Bethlehem Steel. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

 

Contributions may be made to Queen of all Saints Catholic Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360. 

George Everett Adey Sr.

George Everett Adey Sr., 85, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 5:25 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Cedarhurst of Edison Lakes, Mishawaka.

 

He was born September 23, 1936, in Baltimore, Maryland, to George and Mildred (Pugh) Adey.

 

George honorably served his country in the United States Army serving from 1956 to 1957. He retired as foreman in 1988 from Bethlehem Steel. George was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Michigan City. He enjoyed gardening, crabbing, working in his yard, and pulling the little ones around on his tractor. George loved his dogs but he especially had a love for his family including his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

 

On August 4, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia “Pat” Adey, who preceded him in death April 30, 2019.

 

Also preceding in death were his parents, George Adey and Mildred Crockett; two daughters, Paula Bailey and Renee Anderson; and one grandson, Joshua Adey.

 

Surviving are three children, George (Suzie) Adey Jr. of Michigan City, Mark (Elizabeth) Adey of South Bend, and Becky (Keith) Gouge of Michigan City; 12 grandchildren, Angie (Mike), Kay (Todd), Amie, Rachel (Sergio), Heather, Jennifer (Sam), Jillian, Benjamin (Sara), Amber (Evan), Amaryllis, Janelle, and Jacob; 17 great grandchildren; cousin, David (Stephanie) Adey of Andover, Massachusetts; and brother-in-law, Fred Buettner of Savannah, Georgia.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100. Visitation and viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022 and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte, IN.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, Indiana 46617 and/or Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 in memory of George Everett Adey Sr.

 

Pamela Sue Hunsley

Pamela Sue Hunsley, 60, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Northwest Hospital-La Porte.

 

She was born June 17, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Donald Webb and Judith (Lunog) Webb.

 

 "Pyro Pam", as she has been known, was a lifelong resident of La Porte County. She was the Owner of CrackerShack fireworks and Col. Hunsley's Freaks and Oddities.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, and going to the Casino and playing the slot machines.  She also enjoyed traveling, but out of all that her true passion was her grandchildren.

 

On May 2, 1980, in New Buffalo, she married Darrell G. Hunsley who survives.

 

She is also survived by her two daughters, Kyra (Stephanie Knabenshue) Hunsley of Covert, MI, Samantha (Michael) Jones of La Porte, IN; two brothers, Ron (Tammy) Webb of New Buffalo, MI, Donald (Barb) Webb of Richmond, VA; three sisters, Sheila (Freddie) Rich of Hobart, IN, Veronica Allen of La Porte, IN, Carol Lilley of Virginia Beach, VA; six grandchildren, Mariah Jones, Macaiah McGlothlin, Maverick Jones, Zen Matthews, Wesley Knabenshue, Chance Knabenshue.

 

Pamela was preceded in death by her father Donald Webb; and sisters, Sandra Hammonds and Valerie Wightman.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. Cremation will take place.  A life celebration will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home, Friday May 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm with visitation from 4:30 PM until the time of service. Felica Webb-Stone will be officiating the service.

 

In lieu of flower the family would appreciate donations be made to assist with funeral expenses.

 

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

 

 

Matthew Edward Bline

Matthew Edward Bline, passed into the Lord’s hands on May 3, 2022.  He was born on August 28, 1974.

 

His parents are Sharon and Alex Gurbatow and Robert and Lynn Bline. 

On October 15, 2005, he married Christiana Molitor who survives along with his son Logan Robert Bline.

 

He is also survived by his three grandmothers, Loretta Vaughn, Grace Bline Bailey, and Barbara Kelley as well as several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 

Proceeding him in death were three grandfathers, Edward Fisher, Forrest Bline, and John W. Kelley

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Matt was a 1992 graduate of New Prairie High School and Indiana University, holding a degree in criminal justice and a minor in business.

Matt served in the United States Marine Corps as a proud Recon Marine.  He also served in the Indiana Air National Guard.  His college education was disrupted after 9/11 and he was deployed to the middle east several times.  After three years he returned to IU to finish his education and marry his love, Christiana, who he affectionately called “Sweets”.

 

From a young age, Matt was a dedicated and responsible hard worker.  He held several jobs and was most proud of his time spent as an investigator at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

 

Matt was confirmed and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at First United Methodist Church of La Porte.

 

Matt loved the outdoors and adventure, canoeing, camping, and skiing from a young age.  As an adult Matt hiked to the top of the tallest mountains in the lower 48, with his wife, friends, and family along on a few. He ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

 

Matt’s family was his greatest love.  He was the first to be there in time of need.  Always the rock to lean on.  The bond he shared with his son will not be broken by death.

 

A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Internment will be at the National Military Cemetery in Indianapolis.  

 

Cremation has taken place with Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte, Indiana. 

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Logan's College Scholarship Fund, (please make checks to Christiana Bline),1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350 or to the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund at, https://www.mcsf.org/donate/

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Matthew’s life or leave a message of comfort for the family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com

Steven Wayne Shepherd

Steven Wayne Shepherd, 61, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

Steve was born on February 26, 1961 in Knox, IN, to Kenny and LueVerna Shepherd.

 

Surviving Steven are his children, Cynthia (Michael) Charizopoulos of Naperville, IL and Steven A. Shepherd of Valparaiso, IN; 2 grandchildren, Evelyn and Theodore; parents, Kenny and LueVerna Shepherd of Union Mills, IN; sister, Sandy (Jerry) Werner of Unions Mills, IN; 2 nephews, Adam (Tricia) Werner of Union Mills and Joe (Krystal) Werner of Brownsburg, IN; and 4 great nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brandi.

 

Steve was a foreman with the Canadian National Railroad for 35 years.  He enjoyed hunting, grilling, and watching college sports. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Katherine Rose Kinsey

Katherine Rose Kinsey, 75, of La Porte, passed away at 12:15 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2022.

 

She was born May 3, 1946, in La Porte, Indiana, to Roger and Mary Elizabeth (Graf) Powers.

 

Katherine was a graduate of Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was a parishioner, reader, and a catechism teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte. Katherine also taught elementary education at Park School and ISTEP remediation at La Porte High School.

 

Her husband, Darrell Kinsey died on September 17, 2007.

 

Also preceding her in death were her parents; Roger and Mary Elizabeth Powers

 

Surviving is her son, Kevin (Karley) Kinsey of Sacramento, CA and their son, Garen; her brother, Roger (Sue) Powers; and sister, Mary Gragido.

 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 Bach St., La Porte, with Rev. Ian Williams officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of mass Saturday at the church. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 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 Child’s Play Charity, https://childsplaycharity.org,  9660 153rd Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Steven Klemz

Steven Klemz, 64, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Monday May 2, 2022 at his home in La Porte, IN.

 

He was born January 23, 1958 in La Porte, Indiana.

 

Steve was with the Highway Department for 32 years before his retirement. He was a fan of the White Sox baseball team and also the University of Michigan football.  He collected die-cast cars and motorcycles, Vinyl records and was a fan of classic country music. John Denver was his favorite country-western singer.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.  No services at this time.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Haverstock Funeral Home in Steve's name.

 

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

Gregory J. Thoman

Gregory J. Thoman passed away peacefully May 2, 2022 at the age of 69.   His parents, Joseph and Adaline (Polega) Thoman, moved their handsome son to the country shortly after he was born.  Greg’s real home was the forest and wetlands.   At a very early age, he found his place with nature.   He spent most of his spare time ‘down by the swamp’, in the woods building forts and trails, or talking to Sebastian his goat or Harvey, the crow.  

He attended New Prairie and LaLumiere High Schools and went to alumni events with both schools to keep in touch with his old friends.  From an early age he knew no strangers and rarely forgot one!  He received undergrad degrees in biology and engineering from Indiana University and Purdue respectively and he never stopped learning and reading.  He also studied to become an electrician and was a member of local union 531.  He was taking either a class or teaching one for more than a third of his life.

He had a varied career in the manufacturing, hospital and utilities fields.  For a period of time just prior to retirement he worked at Dunes State Park Nature Center.  One of his voluntary tasks was to take children on tours of the forest and dunes and give them hands-on experience with nature.   On several occasions the parents sent pictures of Greg interacting with their child to the Nature Center. Often, he got down on his knees so he could introduce them to turtles or explain a leaf structure face-to-face.   It was one of his most favorite life experiences.

When he purchased a small farm from his childhood neighbor and friend, he was again close to his favorite environment...the wetlands.  He would take friends ‘down to the swamp’ for long discussions on religion, nature, world events, psychology, “how-to’s” or a myriad of other subjects.  It was an everyday event for him to visit the swamp by himself or with his dog, Red.  The animals and birds learned to accept him. Two of his favorites were a pair of Sandhill cranes that returned each year to nest.  One day their chicks (colts) strayed from Mom and Dad and came within three feet of Greg.   Greg, hearing the approaching parents behind him and anticipating an attack by the male, froze in place.   The male Sandhill was on one side of him and the chicks on the other.   Instead of attacking Greg, the male walked slowly around him and then quickly ushered the chicks back to the swamp.  All was good.

After retirement, Greg joined the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation Board where his knowledge and passion for preserving the land for future generations were well utilized.

Greg has great friends that, along with his family, miss him deeply    While always very private, he shared his mind and his heart with those he loved.   He had an unforgettable sense of humor, a deep voice that commanded respect, and a mind that reached out and touched the hearts of many.   He is survived by his mother, Adaline (Polega) Thoman and his brother and sisters, John (Liz) Steichen, Paula (Stanley) Polega, and Charlene (Evan) Campbell.  His father, Joseph, preceded him in death.

No service is planned.   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the LaPorte County Animal Shelter.

Patricia Alice Otolski

Patricia Alice Otolski, 82, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

 

Patricia was born September 20, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana to the late Elmer and Alice (Slisz) Maeyens.

 

On June 11, 1960, Patricia married Clem Otolski in South Bend, Indiana who preceded her in death on March 8, 2002.

 

Patricia was an office manager for the La Porte Community Federal Credit Union.  She was a very active member of St. Peter Catholic Church, volunteered with Meal on Wheels, and at Handley and Lincoln Elementary Schools.

 

Patricia is survived by a daughter, Michelle (Max Miller) Otwinowski of La Porte, Indiana; five sons, Greg (Karen) Otolski of Indianapolis, Indiana; Michael Otolski of La Porte, Indiana, Brian (Mary) Otolski of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve (Barbra) Otolski of La Porte, Indiana, and Tom (Maria) Otolski of La Porte, Indiana; grandchildren; Katharine Otolski, Claire Otolski, Mariah (Matt) Mulcahy, Dylan Otolski, Tatum Otolski, Anthony (Emily) Otolski, Eric (Morgan) Otolski, Matt (Kyleigh Kubik) Otwinowski, Andrew Otwinowski, Noah Otolski, Zofia Otolski, and Anna Otolski; a great grandson, Sterling Otolski; siblings, Shirley (Robert) Williams of Georgetown, Texas, Sandie (Ken) Minder of South Bend, Debra (Leonard deceased) Smudey of South Bend, Barbara Klempay of Elkhart, and Terry (Sue) Maeyens of Elkhart; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clem; a grandson, Nathan M. Otolski; and son-in-law, George Otwinowski.

 

Cremation has taken place with Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte, Indiana.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Catholic Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass in the church. Reverend Ian Williams will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.   

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church or Lincoln Elementary School, Playground Fund, 402 Harrison St, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

To light a virtual candle, share a story of Patricia’s life or leave a message of comfort for the family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com

Virginia Norlene Bates

Virginia Norlene Bates, 88, of Kingsbury, passed away peacefully at 5:24 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2022 in her home.

 

She was born a farm girl on August 17, 1933, on her family’s farm in Hamlet, Indiana, to Darl Warner Lile and Elinora (Forsdike) Lile.

 

Virginia enjoyed attending church with her family formerly at Davis Wesleyan Church, Hamlet and more currently at Walkerton United Pentecostal Church. She was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening, country cruises (“Her history lessons.”), and dancing and singing to her favorite album while house cleaning on Saturdays. Most importantly, her children and grandchildren were her heart and soul. Virginia was the best mother, grandmother and great grandmother in the whole world. She loved and cherished her family. Virginia was known to have the memory of an elephant and was a great story teller. She stayed very sharp all the way up to the end of her life. She will be greatly missed by her family.

 

On November 7, 1959, in Hamlet, Indiana, she married Byrum Bates, who preceded her in death.

 

Also preceding her in death were her parents; six siblings, Richard Lile, Edith Cunningham, Martha Wagner, James Lile, Leigh Lile, and Baby Virginia Lile; her two sons, Frank and Jeffery Lile; and one grandson, Garrick Holmquest.

 

Surviving are her six children, Connie Lile of La Porte, Patti (Bob) Young of LaCrosse, Lorie Smutzer, Paula (Bill) Stowe, Darla Bates, and LeeAnn (Norman) Daisy all of La Porte; one brother, William (Diane) Lile of Plymouth; one sister, Joyce Lile of Hamlet; 19 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Karen Lile of La Porte.

 

A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Pastor Dwayne Smith officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Tracy Cemetery, Hamlet.

 

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

 

Virginia contributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on a monthly basis and the family wanted to continue that legacy through the memorial contributions they have chosen.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Virginia Norlene Bates.

David  Layman

David  Layman, 68, of Michigan City, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

   

David was born in Michigan City, IN, on January 20, 1954 to Edward  Joseph and Aleen Alma (Westphal) Layman. 

 

On November 19, 1977, in La Porte, he married Joanne Schroeder who survives.  Also surviving are his children, son, Matthew (Melissa) Layman of South Bend, IN and daughter, Angela (Kory) Thomas of Modoc, IN; three grandchildren, Wiley and Eleanor Thomas of Modoc, IN, and Sophia Layman of South Bend; 4 siblings, brother, Edward (Sue) Layman of Michigan City, sister, Roszella (Dennis) Tylinski of Michigan City, sister, Carol (Jim) Kester of Sarasota, FL, and half-brother, Irvin (Pam) Layman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

David was a Union Carpenter for many years  He was a member of Local 1485.  David enjoyed fishing, hunting, completing puzzles, mowing grass, playing cards with friends and loved traveling with his family and friends.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at  12:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Father Joseph Pawlowski officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place at a later time.

 

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

 

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

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