Obituaries

Cary Lynn Hansell-Ferry

Cary Lynn Hansell-Ferry, 59, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, March 15th, 2023.

 

Cary was born May 7th, 1963 in Gary, Indiana to James Aubrey and Gloria Ann (Harris) Hansell. Cary was a homemaker.

 

Cary is survived by a son, Ryan Hansell of Wheatfield, Indiana; and a sister, Rebecca (George) Nolan of La Porte, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Michael Hansell; and a sister, Rena Sue Hansell-Tillman.

 

Cremation has taken place with Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

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

Harliss Collins

Harliss Collins, 82, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Thursday, March 16th, 2023.

 

Harliss was born November 22nd, 1940, in Salyersville, Kentucky to Lee Collins and Dolly Bailey.

 

On July 2nd, 1971, Harliss married Mary Kathleen Robinson. Harliss worked as a Heavy Equipment operator for the Railroad and retired in 1990. He served on the Stark County Sheriff’s Posse. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and also woodworking.

 

He is survived by his wife Mary; sons, Lynn (Sandie) Collins, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Mark Collins, of American Fork, Utah, Greg (Jennifer) Collins, of Twin Falls, Idaho, Randy (Mari) Collins of Grovertown, Charlie (April) Collins of Grovertown, Michael (Lori) Collins of La Porte, Brian Collins, of Salyersville, Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren; brothers, Haskell Collins, of North Judson, Hank Collins, of Dutton, Alabama; and sisters, Justine Salyers of Knox, Josephine Born of Winamac.

 

Visitation will be from 4–7p.m. CST,  Monday, March 20th, 2023, with a Celebration of Life following at 7:00 p.m., at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. 681405 Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.

 

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

Sharon Ann Wathen

Sharon Ann Wathen, 61, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Thursday March 9, 2023 at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

She was born January 8th, 1962 in Eldorado, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Wathen and Betty (Wiggins) Wathen.

 

Sharon truly enjoyed the company of her family especially her grandchildren, friends, and her dogs. She enjoyed collecting butterflies and an array of flowers. She will be greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts. 

 

She is also survived by her son, Eric (Lindsay) Wathen of La Porte, IN; daughter, Melissa Mueller of Pigeon Forge, TN; two brothers, Randy Wathen, Jim Wathen; five grandchildren, Viviannah Riley, Jordana Patten, Emma Wathen, Colin Wathen, Miles Wathen; and her dear family friend Larry Welch.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Karen Cole.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, LaPorte, IN. The family has chosen cremation with a family gathering at a later time. 

 

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

 

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

Heather Moore

Heather Moore, 41, of Walkerton, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 12th, 2023 at her home with her family by her side.

 

She was born December 11th, 1980 in Lake City, Florida, the daughter of Jim Moore and Paula Oblinger.

 

A lifelong resident to the Plymouth area, Heather pursued an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Ancilla College. Heather enjoyed reading and listening to music of just about every genre. She had an interest in psychology and enjoyed researching case studies. She especially loved watching True Crime documentaries. Heather was a loving and caring mother and grandmother, who took most pride in spending time with her daughters and granddaughters.

 

She is survived by her four daughters, Patience Forsythe of Walkerton, IN, Zailey Hess of Plymouth, IN, Quincey Hess of Lafyette, IN, Jezzabelle Hess of Bourbon, IN; mother, Paula Oblinger; step mom, Ann Moore; brother, Troy Oblinger of Cincinnati, OH; and two granddaughters, Lilly and Violet Fisher of Walkerton, IN.

 

Heather was preceded in death by her father, Jim Moore and brother, James Moore.

 

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.

Charles "Lucky" Stephenson

Charles "Lucky" Stephenson, 73, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully Saturday March 4th, 2023 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

He was born January 22nd, 1950 in Knox, Indiana, the son of Jack Stephenson and Jane (Brooks) Stephenson.

 

Charles was a lifelong resident of the area graduating from North Judson High School. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing on his computer in his free time, but loved nothing more than to relax and listen to his CDs. 

 

He is also survived by his daughter, Marla Nine of Winamac, IN; two sisters, Lynn (Jose) Hernandez of Knox, IN, Bonnie (Joe) Velazquez of Water Burro, SC; four grandchildren, Kourtney Fitch of Winamac, IN, Mercedes Nine of Winamac, IN, Kendall Murray of Winamac, IN, and Randi Ingram of Medaryville, IN.

 

Charles "Lucky" was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edward Stephenson.

 

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

 

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

Lyle Schmidt

Lyle Schmidt of Crawfordsville, IN, passed away February 18th, 2023, at the Lane House with family by his side. He was 85 years old.

 

Born in La Porte, IN, he was the son of Norman & Eunice (Glassman) Schmidt. He graduated from La Porte HS and received a Bachelors’ Degree from Indiana State. He was awarded the Wabash Honorary Alumnus for the class of ’95.

 

He married Judith Johnson of Sheridan, IN, in 1958. Surviving family includes his wife, Judy; son, Jim Schmidt; 3 daughters, Laura Schmidt, Lucy Black, and Jill Schmidt; 6 Grandchildren, Zachary, Bruce, Daniel, Jaclyn, Kate and Will; and 3 Great Grandchildren, Maddox, Henley, and Naomi. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janet Yagelski.

 

Lyle was involved in many community activities. He helped found the Sugar Creek Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and he joined Judy in starting the “Community Friends” International Student Program at Wabash College in 1985 and it continues to successfully aid many international students at the college. Lyle’s seasonal occupations were The Strawberry Festival (signage and advertising), The Covered Bridge Festival (Parking/Security) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Yellow Shirt Security). His hobbies were fishing, making and placing bluebird boxes across the golf courses, making his famous cookies for his family and friends, avid bird watching and was well known for his Hoosier Daddy Salsa that he made and sold locally every year.

 

Lyle’s career started in management at Kroger and in 1965 he started at R.R. Donnelley’s. He retired in 1996 as a Senior Customer Service Representative.

The visitation will be held at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, IN, on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, from 1-4 pm followed by a service. <https://www.burkhartfh.com/>

 

March 18th, 2023, an additional visitation will be held at the Cutler Funeral Home in La Porte, IN, from 1- 3pm, followed by a procession to the gravesite at Door Village Cemetery.

 

Donations in lieu of flowers in memory of Lyle can be designated to the following organizations:

 

Ducks Unlimited Sugar Creek Chapter. Checks should be written to: Ducks Unlimited in c/o Kevin McDougle, 8818 S. 900, West Attica, IN 47918.

 

Montgomery County Community Foundation <https://www.mccf-in.org/how-to-give>

Daniel R. Gordon

Daniel R. Gordon, 79, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, March 12th, 2023 at 10:25 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 17th, 2023 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Friday, at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church Legacy Center. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

 

He was born January 21st, 1944 in Michigan City, IN to the late Arnel J. and Katherine (Volk) Gordon Jr. On November 20, 1965 in Michigan City, IN he married Joy Ann Furois who survives in Michigan City, IN.

 

Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Kristy) Gordon of La Porte, IN and Scott Gordon of Michigan City, IN; six grandchildren, Nicholas Fogarty, Adam Fogarty, Abigail Gordon, Clarissa Gordon, Aidan Gordon and Sophia Gordon; two great-grandchildren, Marlie Fogarty and Cooper Fogarty; three sisters, Patricia (John) Kubik of Trail Creek, IN, Cecilia Granzo of La Porte, IN and Lucy Barden of La Porte, IN.

 

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa Fogarty; and two brothers, Douglas and Kenneth Gordon.   

 

Daniel retired as a mechanic and was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He was a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Daniel enjoyed fishing and working of cars.

 

Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box, 15829 Arlington, VA 22215 or to the American Cancer Society, 111 E. Ludwig Rd., Suite 105, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. 

 

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

Arnold "Arnie" Schoof

Arnold (Arnie) Schoof, 85, passed away on March 12th, 2023, in the home he built, with his family by his side.  He was born December 28th, 1937 in LaPorte, Indiana, the son of Lawrence and Gladys (Wilhelm) Schoof.  He was baptized, confirmed and married in St. Paul United Church of Christ and graduated from Union Township High School.  He married Dorothy (Dottie) Arndt on March 17th, 1978.

 

He grew up on the family farm and helped work the ground from an early age into adulthood, until the family farm was sold.  It taught him the value of manual labor, the love of the outdoors, responsibility and maintenance.  He could fix almost anything.

 

Arnie retired, after 50 years of service, from Larson Danielson Construction Company where he was an accountant.  He was most grateful for the many friendships he found within the construction community.

 

Devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, the time he spent with them enjoying activities were his fondest memories.  He enjoyed woodworking, deer hunting, fishing, bowling, gardening and golf.  He also enjoyed watching the Cubs and Purdue basketball.  Arnie played basketball in high school at Union Township but most importantly in his life, were his loving wife, his family and especially his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Julie (Jeff) VanLiew, of Bradenton, Florida, Janet (Bob) Archer, of LaPorte, Indiana, brother, Larry (Liz) Schoof, two grandchildren, Kyle VanLiew and Jessica (Donald) Miller, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Gene, daughter Pamela and brother Melvin.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana, where the family will receive friends on Sunday, March 26th, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27th with Pastor Matthew Becker officiating, followed by internment at Tracy Lutheran Cemetery.  A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Lung Association or Dunes Hospice LLC.

 

Online condolences can be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Daniel Woodruff

Daniel Lee Woodruff, Sr. 86 of Westville, passed away Friday, March 10th, 2023 in Walkerton, Indiana.

 

He was born on June 5th, 1936 in Michigan City, Indiana to Louis and Dorothy (Crawford) Woodruff. On May 25th, 1970 he married Alice Beaty who passed away April 19th, 2021.

 

Daniel is survived by his children Cindy (Dennis) Kreske, Wendy Woodruff, Valerie Houghton, Danny Woodruff, Mark (Charlene) Woodruff, Sherry (Jeff) Amor, Barbara (Todd) Miller, Joe (Maggie) Metts, and Brady (Karen) Metts; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren and his brother Edward Woodruff. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter Brenda Woodruff, his son Steven Woodruff, his brother Dick Woodruff, and his sisters Nancy Childress, Sue Woodruff, and Pat Risner.

 

Daniel loved camping, fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

 

Funeral services will be at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 14th at Newhard Funeral Home in Westville. His son Mark Woodruff will officiate. Burial will be in Hanna Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Leonard "Len" John Urban

Leonard "Len" John Urban, 76, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at Northwest Health - La Porte, surrounded by close family members.

 

Len was born on April 23rd, 1946 in Melrose Park, IL, to Richard and Emily Urban.

 

On September 13th, 1969 in East Chicago, IN, he married Cecilia Ann Sobolewski, who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Tammy (Tom) Myers of Terre Haute, IN and Adam Urban of La Porte; 2 grandchildren, Taylor and Trenton; 3 great-grandchildren, Paislee, Kynlee, and Jamison; one great-grandchild on the way; sisters, Carol (LeRoy) Stayley of AZ and Deloris Short of La Porte; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda (Jerry) Evans; brother, Richard Urban; and brother-in-law, Glen Short.

 

Len worked as a millwright for U.S. Tobacco and Local 1693.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force.  Len will be fondly remember for his patriotism.

 

Known as "Snowflake" for his brilliant white hair, Len loved having fun, in a goofy sort of way, with his family.  His humor could be smart, sarcastic, and even dark at times.  Family holidays, especially those that included food, were at the top of Len's favorites list.  In his early years, Len enjoyed fishing, but later grew into a homebody, especially spending time sitting around Adam's pond affectionately called "Lake Minnetonka".

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 at Saint Peter Catholic Church with Father Nate Edquist officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church.  

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Holy Family Parish Memorial Gift Fund, 201 Bach Street, La Porte, IN  46350 or Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital-Memorial Processing, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.

 

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

Jean Aldona Clagg

Jean Aldona Clagg, 80, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at Brickyard Healthcare- Terrace Care Center. 

   

Jean was born in Lithuania, on September 27th, 1942 to Joseph and Elena (Elsteris) Rudzinskas.  She married Don Clagg in January 1961.

 

Surviving Jean are her daughter, Aldona "Cris" C. Clagg of La Porte; sisters, Ann Ziegler and Donna Hathcock, both of La Porte; brother, Joseph (Mary Ann) Rudzinskas of Savannah, GA; 7 nieces and nephews, which includes beloved niece and Goddaughter, Jeni McGuire.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kenneth Clagg on February 11th, 1994; and husband Don Clagg on March 7th, 2023.

 

Jean was a Certified Nurse Assistant for 30 years between Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, IL and Jordans Nursing Home in Bridgman, MI.. She was a member of Christ Church.  Jean loved birds, animals, and being with her family,  but her greatest love was Jesus. 

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, 2023, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Peter Bailey officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will take place at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin, IL at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the MorningStar Mission, 350 East Washington Street, Joliet, IL 60433 or Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360 or to the charity of the donor's choice.                            

 

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

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown, 46, of La Porte, Indiana passed away at her home after a brief battle with cancer on March 11th, 2023. 

 

Lisa was born on October 6th, 1976, in La Porte to Richard and Linda (Bowlby) Mrkva.

 

She married Ricky J. Brown on December 16th, 2000, who sadly preceded her in death on February 23rd, 2010. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her grandbabies. She also enjoyed old movies, history, and music.

 

Lisa is survived by her parents, Linda (Richard) Mrkva of La Porte; a daughter, Jessica (Cleston Caudill) Boone of La Porte; a son, Joshua (Roseva Cheeks) Brown of La Porte; granddaughters, Athena and Nova Caudill; and a sister, Kelly (Joseph) Krause of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Janna Brown on April 10th, 2014.

 

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15th, 2023, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. following the visitation, with Pastor Bill Fine officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to LaPorte County Animal Control & The Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2. La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

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

Gary Lee Havens

Gary Lee Havens, 78, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at Brickyard Healthcare - Terrace Care Center. 

   

Gary was born in La Porte, IN, on February 14th, 1945 to Eugene Alfred and Dorothy O'June (Lashbrook) Havens. 

 

Surviving are his children, Christopher (Robin) Havens of La Porte and Juli (Jason Gohsman) Verkler of Wheatfield; 2 grandsons, Connor and Robert Hageniers of La Porte; brother, Terry (Judy) Havens of Arvada, CO; special friends, Eli (Gina) Russi of New Carlisle; former wife, Susan Havens of Granger; and grandpup, Addy.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joy Deken; brother, Larry Havens; and son-in-law, Bryan S. Verkler.

 

Gary worked as a foreman at American Home Foods for over 20 years.  He was a devoted member of La Porte Assembly of God.  Gary enjoyed watching Notre Dame football.  He was admitted to the La Porte High School Football Hall of Fame.  While in high school he was nicknamed "Tuffy".

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, March 17th, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Jeffrey Hines officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place following the service.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to La Porte Assembly of God, 0244 East Boyd Blvd., La Porte, IN  46350.

 

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

Barbara "Barb" J. Hooper

Barbara "Barb" J. Hooper, 73, passed away on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at Settlers House.

 

Barb was born on September 5th, 1949 in Queens, NY, to Anthony and Lillian (Walthers) Wroblewski.

 

Surviving Barb are her sisters, Linda Askew of Amsterdam, NY and Jayne DeBois of Mastic, NY; and dear friends, Cindy Ault, Lorraine Tighe and Marissa Jongkind, all of La Porte.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Barb taught physical education and health at Kesling Middle School in La Porte for 40 years.  While there, she also coached and was the Athletic Director for many years, retiring in 2018.  Before coming to La Porte schools, Barb taught for several years in the South Central School Corporation.

 

Barb was an avid dog trainer for over 40 years and even competed with her dogs in flyball and Frisbee competitions.  She was an active member and taught many classes through Trail Creek Dog Training Club, as well as, sharing her skills at Camp Gone to the Dogs.  Barb's love for dogs was so deep that she helped organize a group of therapy dogs, including her own pets, that made monthly visits to La Porte Hospital for over 20 years.   She also personally raised seven puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind.  Her dogs are guiding people all over the U.S.

 

She faithfully served on the board of the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter for several years and would aid people in wildlife rescues.

 

Many people recognized Barb with her miniature horse, Libby, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army during the Christmas holiday.  Libby loved to ring the bell and entertain her fans at the La Porte Post Office.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A Private Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 or the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Robert A. "Bob" Shriner, Sr.

 Robert A. "Bob" Shriner, Sr., 83, United States Marine, of Greenfield passed away at 3:51pm Wednesday, February 28th, 2023 at the Franciscan Health Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. 

 

A celebration of life gathering will be from 5pm-8pm Wednesday, March 15, 2023 for family and friends at the American Legion John Franklin Miller Post 37, 756 East U.S. Highway 20, Michigan City, IN. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

 

Bob was born on April 20th, 1939 in Mishawaka, IN to Howard and Marie Shriner.  He married Patricia Sommer and was father to Robert Jr. and Christopher.  He is survived by a brother, Errol (Stephanie) Shriner of Florida; a sister, Bonita (Dave) Wyatt, of Mishawaka; his son, Robert (Kristal) Shriner, Jr., of Greenfield; a step-daughter, Diane Martin, of Michigan City; a former wife, Myrna Caddo-Shriner, of Laporte; and four grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a wife, a sister, a son, and grandson. 

 

Bob joined and served in the U.S. Marine Corps., and, upon honorable discharge, provided over 25 years of service in several areas of the Indiana Department of Correction, served as Deputy Sheriff in Noble County, and owned the 52nd Street Pub & Ale House in Indianapolis. He enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, visiting the Smoky Mountains, and spending time with family and friends. Bob was a member of the Marine Corp League and American Legion. 

 

He was a caring brother, devoted father, proud grandfather, and steadfast friend with strong values, who knew no strangers. His legacy will carry on reminding us that we control our attitudes. 

 

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.

Daniel Robert Hosna

Daniel Robert Hosna, 72, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away at 6:59 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th, 2023, in his home after a hard-fought battle with cancer, surrounded by family and loved ones.  

 

Dan started his adventure in Berwyn, Illinois on April 26th, 1950. He was born to Lorraine D (Timm) and William R. Hosna and was raised by his mother and her husband Charles T. Leach. Dan is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Janet (Amberg) Hosna, his two children, T.C. Hosna (Jon Voelz) of Westminster, Colorado and Carolyn Hosna of Austin, Texas.  His pride and joy were his succession of Bulldogs and Schnauzers. 

 

A graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in journalism, Dan was an award-winning senior sales executive with a printing company for over 40 years. He leaves behind many cherished colleagues and clients.

 

An avid boater from an early age, Dan acquired his first boat in high school. With Sea Scout Troop 132 he co-skippered a sailing cruise of the Out Islands of the Bahamas, and later returned to cruise the Islands with family and friends. Dan was a founding member of Hobie Fleet 126 and took part in several Chicago-to-Mackinac Island sailboat races. Dan and Jan created the first Dingy Derby treasure hunt held at the Washington Park Marina that grew in popularity for more ten years. He loved weekends on Lake Michigan and taking summer cruises along the eastern shoreline in his SeaRay cruiser with his family. A long-time member of the Michigan City Yacht Club, Dan was the Club’s Commodore between 1996 and 1998. The camaraderie he shared with his boating friends produced a real joy in Dan’s life. 

 

In addition to boating, Dan loved non-fiction history books, walks on the beach with his dogs, and playing pranks. His family will miss his sly sense of humor, favorite sayings, inspiring work-ethic, heartfelt correspondence, and his skippering skills at the helm that always made them feel confident and safe. 

 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Michigan City, Indiana. 

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the South Shore Sailing School at 12 on the Lake P.O. Box 245 Michigan City, IN and/or the Michigan City Power Squadron 4909 Waters Edge Drive, Valparaiso, IN  46483. 

 

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

Richard J. Bechinski

Richard J. Bechinski, 68, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2023 in Apache Junction, AZ.

 

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 pm, Monday, March 13, 2023 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

 

He was born July 1st, 1954 in Michigan City, IN to the late Joseph and Phyllis (Kaczka) Bechinski. On July 5th, 1975 in Michigan City, IN he married Cynthia Jones who survives in Michigan City, IN.

 

Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa (Edward) Rompca of Schererville, IN and Stacie Bechinski of Rock Hill, SC; two grandchildren, Josephine Rompca and Lincoln Rompca; sister, MaryAnn Bynes of Johnson City, NY; sister-in-law, Ronda Bechinski, Decatur, IN; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Maggie.

 

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Bechinski.

 

Rich retired after 42 years as a millwright at ArcelorMittal. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Masonic Lodge F&AM 83, York Rite, the Scottish Rite and the New Buffalo Gun Club. Rich enjoyed riding his Harley, driving his Corvette and spending his free time in his pole barn and with his family.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or to the St. Stanislaus Building Fund, 1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

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

Edward William Dennett

Edward William Dennett, 72, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, March 5th, 2023 at 11:52 a.m. in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek. A celebration of life reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at St. Joseph Young Men's Society, 2001 Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

 

He was born September 18th, 1950, in La Porte, Indiana, to the late Victor and Emily (Pospishil) Dennett. On March 3rd, 1973, in Michigan City, Indiana, he married Laura Lee (Ashcraft) Dennett, who survives.

 

Also surviving are three daughters, Theresa (Terry) Greetham and Jennifer Thomas both of Michigan City, IN, and Sandra Heuer of La Porte, IN; one brother, Jim Dennett of Michigan City, IN; two sisters, Deb Campbell of Union Mills, IN, and Jean (Stan) Szymanski of SC; nine grandchildren, Laura Dennett, Scottie Thomas, Samantha Thomas, Kasondra Thomas, Tyler Westman, Matthew Westman, Savannah Heuer, K.J. Heuer, and Jax Heuer; and six great-grandchildren.

 

Preceding in death by parents; four sisters, Rose (John) Timm, Lorraine (Gene) Younggreen, Patricia (Donald) O'Connor, and Victoria (John) Rienke; and one brother, Mike (Valerie) Dennett.  

 

Edward was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved being with family and friends especially at cookouts and bon fires. Edward had a passion to make soup and prime rib dinners to feed any size army. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, playing guitar, listening to different types of music, and watching concerts (Loud!) on DVDs. Edward also enjoyed playing golf and softball. He avidly watched the Chicago Cubs and Bears, NASCAR, and his favorite television shows (CSI, Criminal Minds, SVU, Blue Bloods, Homestead Rescuers, and Gold Rush). He will be greatly missed.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Edward William Dennett,

 

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

Mary Ann Carr

Mary Ann Carr, 79, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at her home.

 

Mary Ann was born on June 10th, 1943 in Chicago, IL, to Phillip A.and Helen Jean (LaMarche) Frye.

 

Surviving are her beloved daughter, Patricia Carr of La Porte; 6 grandchildren, Grace Elkins, Senn Zellers, Andrew Revak, Kiya Long, Elliott and Abby Carr; 1 great-grandson, Jackie Zellers; siblings, William Frye of Lake Tahoe, CA, Timothy Frye of Warsaw, and Joseph Frye of La Porte; many nieces and nephews; and dearest friend, David Kirkby.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Mary Jeanne Elkins, Elizabeth Ann Zellers, and Kathleen Long; grandsons, Jerry Zeller and Willis Elkins; 3 brothers, John, Thomas, and Phillip Frye; and sister, Kathleen Johnson. 

 

Mary Ann worked as the headmaster secretary at La Lumiere School and then as a secretary and accountant for Saint Andrews Products.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a volunteer at La Porte Hospital, and served on the Salvation Army Meals Committee.  She was an avid fan of the Cubs, Black Hawks and Michigan State teams.  Mary enjoyed reading, sewing and especially time with her kids and grandkids.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 16th, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Nate Edquist officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  The reciting of the rosary will take place at 5:30 p.m.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Sacred Heart Church, 201 Bach Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Sandra Parker

Sandra K Parker, 82, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 at Northwest Health-La Porte in La Porte, IN.

 

She was born February 26th, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Kenneth Bealor and Lois (Pearson) Bealor.

 

Sandra was a longtime member of the Door Village United Methodist Church.  Sandra was a fun-loving person enjoying many things in life. She even had the patience to drive a school bus for many years. She loved to bowl, camping with her family, baking her favorite goods and hosting all her holiday family get togethers at her home. She also loved playing cards, especially euchre, doing puzzles, going to the casino and watching her favorite programs on the Hallmark channel. But Sandra's true passion in life was just being with her family most importantly her grandchildren. 

 

On May 14th, 1961, she married Larry L. Parker who preceded in death March 3rd, 2011.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Douglas (Tina) Parker of La Porte, IN, James (Nicole) Parker of South Bend, IN; daughter, Lori (Scott) Ehrick of La Porte, IN; two sisters, Iona Gring, Sue Smith; eight grandchildren, Kenneth (Katie) Parker, Erin Parker, Matt (Sarah) Lilly, Dustin (Hailey) Parker, Jessica Parker, Alannah Walsh, Tyler (Chloe) Ehrick, Cody Ehrich; three great granchildren Lilly, Penny, and Oliver Parker.

 

Sandra was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Gene, Richard, Williard, David, Clifford, and Robert Bealor.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Friday, March 10 from 11 am until 1 PM. A life celebration will be held at the funeral home at 1 PM.  A private interment will follow at the Swan Lake Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the May be made to the charity of your choice in Sandra's name.

 

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

Charles F. Glassman

Charles F. Glassman, 79, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, March 8th, 2023. He was born on June 29, 1943, in Michigan City, Indiana to Harry and Lydia (Irk) Glassman. 

 

Charles served his country in the United States Army. He retired from the La Porte County Highway Department after serving 20 years as a Truck and Heavy Equipment Driver. Charles and his wife were known for providing Hog Roasts. They also provided firewood for many customers over the years. 

 

On August 25th, 1965, Charles married Sharon Hungerford who survives with daughters, Penny (Steve) Gross of La Porte, Cheryl (Ricky) Morris of La Porte; grandchildren, Jennifer Wuthrich, Michael Wuthrich, Stephanie Wuthrich; sisters, Rose Dosher, Franny Pollard; and a brother, Lawrence Glassman. He was preceded in death by brothers, Harvey Glassman, George Glassman; and a sister, Beth Clark.

 

Cremation has taken place with Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home Essling Chapel in La Porte, Indiana. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   

 

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

Rosalie Brettin

Rosalie June Brettin, 92, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023.

 

Rosalie was born on June 21st, 1930 in Chicago, IL, to John and Rose (Kirschenstein) Rademacher.

 

On November 5th, 1949, she married Edward Brettin, who preceded her in death on November 7, 2007.  Surviving Rosalie are her children, Carolyn Brettin of La Porte, Edward (Tama) Brettin of Madison, WI, Linda (Robert) Shepro of Carlsbad, CA, and Paul (Jennifer) Brettin; 7 grandchildren, Rob and Amanda Allen, Andrew Brettin, Nick and Meg Shepro, and Jacob and Noah Brettin; 1 great-grandchild, Carson Allen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tim and Peg Brettin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded by her husband; parents; 2 brothers, John and Robert Rademacher; and sister, Dorothy Peterson.

 

Rosalie was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she volunteered in numerous activities with both the church and school.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13th, 2023 at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Albers officiating.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church. 

 

The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Stanley Kukla

  

Stan was born in La Porte, IN, on April 25, 1963 to Stanley Adam and Pauline (Mrozinski) Kukla. 

 

On May 31, 2008,  in La Porte, he married Tammy who survives him.  Also surviving are his sons, Stanley (Becky) Kukla of La Porte, Stephen (Kristen) Kukla of Plymouth, and Garrett (Sarah) Kautz of La Porte; daughter, Mallory (Brett Buckingham) Kautz of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Amanda Kukla, Kade Kukla, Kenzie Kukla, Jenna Kautz and Amelia Kautz; brother, Chris (Pam) Kukla of La Porte; sisters, Debbie (Dave) Orszulak of La Porte and Andi (Jim) Fabrowicz of La Porte; sister-in-law, Mary Kay Kukla of Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as Sis, his cat.

 

Stan was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Kukla.

 

He was a mill attendant at US Steel for many years.  Stan loved Disney and spending time with his grandchildren  He enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, camping, and looking for shark teeth on the beach in Florida..

 

Stan also proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

 

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

 

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the NewDay Foundation of La Porte, P.O. Box 13, La Porte, IN 46352, or to the charity of the donor's choice.     

LeRoy "Roy" Langford

LeRoy "Roy" Langford, 91, passed away on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his family.

 

He was born on January 6th, 1932 in Rose Hill, AL, to Eula Mae (Moore) and Hugh Langford.

 

Roy was a 1950 graduate of Straughn High School and a 1956 graduate of Auburn University.  Between high school and college, Roy served in the Alabama National Guard, where he received an honorable discharge in 1953.

 

After graduating from Auburn, Roy worked as a project engineer with Allis-Chalmers in Gadsden, AL.  He was then transferred to their plant in La Porte, IN.  While working at Allis-Chalmers in La Porte, Roy met a summer intern, Jane Applegarth.

 

Together, they enjoyed a courtship and 61 year marriage.  Roy spent much of his career at Allis-Chalmers until the plant closed in 1985.  He then continued as an engineer at Wheel Horse/Toro in South Bend, IN.  He eventually retired as a lead engineer from Toro in Bloomington, MN.

 

For many years, Roy was active in Jaycees and in his church, First United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees and boards, as well as serving as a weekly counter, newspaper stuffer, and usher.

 

Roy is survived by his wife, Jane, who was his parenting, gardening, and life companion.  Together, they built a life and wonderful home for three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Trudy Hammett, Kirk, Hugh B, Rabon, Exa Jordan, Janie Clark, and Reba Merrill.

 

Roy is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, John (Katrina) and Eric (Jody); daughter, Melissa (Doug) Beck; grandchildren, MaryBeth (Kole), Jack, Sarah, Sam, Tom, Caroline, Anna, and Luke; great-granddaughter, Kit; and sisters, Sara Bell, Lucy Davis, and Frances Barnett.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is being planned for later in the spring.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family, and Roy, would kindly request that donations by gifted to the Rumely Allis-Chalmers La Porte Heritage Center, 2581 IN 2, La Porte, IN 46350.

Arlene Rose Solmos

Arlene Rose Solmos, 84, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Friday, February 24th, 2023. She was born on August 7th, 1938 in Fowler, Indiana to George and Leona Marcella (Etter) Cota. Arlene was a homemaker to her husband and six children.

 

She was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church in La Porte and the Sagamore Parkway Association.

 

On November 11th, 1961, Arlene married Joseph Solmos who survives. She is also survived by her children, Michele (Phillip) Solmos-Zwickl of Boston, Massachusetts, Michael (Ronna) Solmos of Denver, Colorado, Colleen (Jim) Faulkner of Jefferson City, Missouri, Tricia (Bill) Turner of Indianapolis, Indiana, Joele (Richard) Jones of Melbourne, Florida, Kris (Christina) Solmos of Columbus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and siblings, Miriam Thomson, Diane (Tom) Brown, and Tom (Patty) Cota.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6500 Technology Center Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278. 

 

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

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