Obituaries

Fred Sachtleben

Fred Sachtleben, 83, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday September 14, 2021 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Michigan City, IN.

 

He was born January 6, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter L. Sachtleben and Eunice (Dean) Sachtleben.

 

On August 29, 1959, in Chicago, IL, he married Patricia A. (Felthouse) Sachtleben, who survives. He is also survived by his three daughters, Donna Osier of Orland Park, IL, Claudia (Doug) Winter of La Porte, IN, Elaine (Allen) Furth of Annapolis, MD; son, Fritz (Sharon) Sachtleben of Tinley Park, IL; brother, Richard (Marcille) Sachtleben of CA; sister-in-law, Judy Sachtleben of Harbert, MI; sister, Doris (Gene) Kwazaborski of Burbank, IL; six grandchildren, Fritz (Molly), Chris (Sandra), Elyse (Josh), Roger (Michelle), Eric (Shannon), Elaine (Ruben); and 2 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Frederick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother who was his identical twin, Robert Sachtleben; sisters, June Kondrath, and, Ruth Rickard.

 

Fred retired from Ford Motor Company as a process engineer, all the while building a life with God and a family he adored. He was a member of Liberty Bible Church, Chesterton and had a strong connection to his church family. Fred loved cars and was a member of the Michiana Antique Car club. He was strictly a "yes or no" man and generous to a fault. His ultimate joy lay in his love of God and his love for his wife and family.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends Monday, September 20 from 12 Noon until 2 PM at the Liberty Bible Church 824 N. Calumet Ave. Chesterton, IN 46304. A life celebration will be held at the church at 2 PM, with Pastor Mike Akert officiating. Interment will follow at the Angel Crest Cemetery in Valparaiso, IN.

 

In lieu of flowers Fred would like for you to subscribe go to TABLETALK magazine.com. Go to gettabletalk.com. Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

James M. Lovejoy

James M. Lovejoy, 75, a happily retired lifelong resident of the town of Rolling Prairie, IN, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

James was born on January 9, 1946 in Great Falls, MT, to James M. Lovejoy and Helen Marion Martinowitz. On November 13, 1965, he married Sue Ann Fall, who preceded him in death on September 2, 2021. James and Sue enjoyed 55 years of marriage. Surviving James are his daughter, Lori Winters; son, Ron Lovejoy; 4 grandchildren, Cole Winters, Ashley Thayer, Haley Spencer, and Damen Lovejoy; and 2 great-grandchildren, Kyndra Thayer and Logan Spencer. James was a proud Yorkie dog owner as he leaves behind his 14 year old Yorkie, Reggie. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

James proudly served in the United States Army, as an SGT E5, from September 27, 1965 to September 16, 1968, during Vietnam. He later worked and retired from Ed Cote, a local steel plant in New Carlisle.

 

Since his retirement in the early 2000's, James has spent the majority of his time avidly reading books and keeping up with local news. James enjoyed many hobbies and activities, but his favorite was watching each and every one of his grandchildren play ball. He attended every high school baseball game of his grandson, Cole, and kept statistics, of every player on the team, for all 4 years of varsity baseball. He went to every one of his granddaughters' softball games and recorded statistics for their games as well. When his great-grandchildren recently began playing ball, he followed suit being at every game for them. James loved watching them all play.

 

James will be remembered for his sarcastic attitude and witty comebacks, as he had a select few phrases he loved to say. He was notorious for telling his grandkids if they grabbed a snack while visiting his house, “Leave a dollar!” or asking them “Does this look like a hotel to you?”, always chuckling at their confusion. James had several phrases he loved saying that are rated for a mature audience. These phrases can now be laughed and smiled at by his grandchildren, as they repeat them in his memory. James will be deeply missed by all of his loved ones.

 

Per his request, cremation will take place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, Illinois, 60603 or the National Autism Association, One Park Avenue, Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

 

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

Katheryn Ardel Ainsworth

Katheryn Ardel Ainsworth, 79, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family in La Porte, IN.

 

She was born November 10, 1941 in Porter, Indiana, the daughter of Wayne McCorkel and Loretta Mae (White) McCorkel.

 

Katheryn lived a very full life. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and canning her own vegetables. She enjoyed snowmobiling and motorcycles especially Harley Davidson's. She loved her horses and was always up early to take care of them regardless of the weather. She was a crafter and designed jewelry. But everyone will agree that the biggest passion in Katheryn's life was her family. She loved to be with them and they were her #1 joy in life.

 

On February 14, 1985, in La Porte, she married Gerald Ainsworth who preceded in death. She is survived by her three daughters, Robin (Joe) Fiorito of La Porte, IN, Celine Hicks of La Porte, IN, Theresa (Milo) Bellis of Rolling Prairie, IN; son, Thomas (Dawn) Deiotte of Wheatfield, IN; two brothers, William McCorkel, Michael (Diane) McCorkel; sister, Betty (Max) Hutka; step-children, Karrie Clark (Scott), Gosehn, IN; step son Corey Ainsworth (Tina) Collman, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Katheryn was preceded in death by her son, Matthew D. Deiotte, and brother, David McCorkel. Sister Barbara McIntrye.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Friday, September 17 from 10 AM until 12 Noon. A life celebration will be held at the funeral home at 12 Noon, with Father Nate Edquist officiating. Private interment will follow at the Union Mills Cemetery, Union Mills, Indiana. Everyone is invited to attend a gathering at the Pinola Grange Hall 5005 IN-2 La Porte, IN right after the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Haverstock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Donna Jean King

Donna Jean King, 69, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family.

 

Donna was born on October 8, 1951 in Michigan City, IN, to Alvina (Lauer) Korner.

 

On August 1, 2008 in Redding, CA, she married Roy W. King, who survives. Also surviving are her mother, Alvina Korner; children, James R. Sobecki of Michigan City, Jasen M. Sobecki of Hanna, Cameron M. King of La Porte, Jessica Blakley of Columbus, GA, Roy W. King III of Columbus, GA, and Darren King of MS; stepdaughter, Angel Moon of OH; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Terry, Eugene, and Debra; her favorite son, Ozzie the dog; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her son, Buzz Sobecki and stepfather, James Korner.

 

Donna was a LPN for 38 years in CA and IN. She retired in February 2009. Donna enjoyed yard sales, estate sales, and operas.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Joe Zigler officiating. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com.

Anthony Bruce Dunfee

Anthony Bruce Dunfee, 58, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Monday, September 13, 2021.

 

He was born on July 6, 1963, in South Bend, Indiana to the late Bruce and Ruby (George) Dunfee.

 

Anthony was formerly employed with the Hedwin Corporation, Graphic Packaging, and the Bonnie Baking Company all in La Porte, Indiana. He graduated from La Porte High School in 1981.

 

Anthony is survived by a son, Ryan Anthony Dunfee; a sister, Cathy Carron Lusk; a brother, David (Toni) Dunfee; and his former wife, Michelle Lukac Dunfee.

 

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

 

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

George William Glassman

George William Glassman, 77, of La Porte, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in his home.

 

He was born August 14, 1944, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Harry H. and Lydia G. (Irk) Glassman.

 

George attended Rolling Prairie High School. He honorably served his country in the United States Army, actively serving in the Vietnam War. George retired from La Porte County Highway Department after 37 years of service.

 

His hobbies included fishing, gardening, puzzles and playing cards.

 

On December 18, 1971, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in La Porte, Indiana, he married Diane (Fritzen) Glassman, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Brandon (Abby Battaglia) Glassman of La Porte; two brothers, Charles (Sharon) Glassman and Lawrence Glassman both of La Porte; three sisters, Fran Pollard and Rose Deutscher both of La Porte and Betty Clark of Michigan City; five grandchildren, Trevor Tidy, Grace (David) Blackwell, Alan Garber and Beckham and Vivien Battaglia; and one great granddaughter, Penelope “Pip” Blackwell.

 

Preceding in death were his parents; one sister, Shirley Shepperson; one brother, Harvey Glassman; and one son, Jarrod “Jerry” Glassman.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Pastor JoEllyn Chadwick officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie.

 

Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com. Memorial contributions may be directed to Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 187, Rolling Prairie, Indiana 46371 in memory of George William Glassman.

Natalie Kay Gilpin

Natalie Kay Gilpin, 32, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at her home.

 

Natalie was born in South Bend, IN, on November 5, 1988 to Greg Gilpin and Brenda L. O'Banion. Surviving are her mother and father, Brenda (Mark Samford) O'Banion; father, Greg Gilpin; half sisters, Karly Rogers, Destiny Daley, and Nikki Daley; many aunts and uncles, Arch (Wanda) O'Banion of Rolling Prairie, Bill (Diane) O'Banion of Hudson Lake, Patsy Bode of New Carlisle, Loretta Smith of Indianapolis, Sandy (Roger) Teska of Hudson Lake, Penny (Joe) Duda of Mill Creek, Tammy Minne of Elkhart, Mike (Janet) Gilpin of Florida, Danny Gilpin of Florida, Jay (Charlene) Gilpin of New Carlisle, and Collette O'Banion of Hudson Lake; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Norman T. (Ethel M.) O'Banion and Jack (Dorothy) Gilpin; and uncle, Norman D. O'Banion.

 

Natalie was a Professional Executive at North Star Stone in Valparaiso, Indiana. She enjoyed going to the beach and being in the water. Natalie was known for being goofy and living life to the fullest. She enjoyed laughing and hanging out with her close friends, Mike Crail, Erailia Pena, and Melissa Stahl, and family.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Deacon Larry Versmesse officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will take place following the service.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Brenda O'Banion, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN 46350 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

 

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

Julie Ann FIsh

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Julie Ann Fish, 59, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Life Care Center of Michigan City. Julie was born on November 6, 1961 in La Porte, IN, to Billy and Wanda (Garab) Hostetler.

 

Surviving Julie are her children, James (Sarah) Fish and Jill (Jake) Nekvasil, all of La Porte; six grandchildren, Hadley and Wyatt Fish, and Nora, Justine, Jolene, and KJ Nekvasil; mother, Wanda Hostetler of Edwardsburg, MI; four sisters, Debbie (Kevin) Smith, Vickie Gourley, Marsha Smith, and Connie (Wayne) Bellinger, all of La Porte; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.

 

Julie was a homemaker. She enjoyed refinishing furniture, antiquing, and going to garage sales. She had a heart for helping others and a gift of finding a bargain. She loved being a grandma, or "JuJu", most of all!

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering for close friends and family will be on November 6, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. at the Share Foundation (the John Laguna Family Senior Center Building), 6617 N. 300 E., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Asa J. Comeno

Asa J. Comeno, 29, of La Porte, Indiana unexpectedly passed away at his home, Sunday, September 12, 2021. Asa was born September 22, 1991, in Renton, Washington to Virgil and Tamala (Worthington) Comeno.

 

On October 14, 2017, Asa married Ashlie McGuire who survives. Asa was a chef for Albano’s Pizza, and he was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. He was a part of an online gaming community and will be missed by friends around the world.

 

Asa is survived by his wife, Ashlie; his children, Kilian and Charlotte Comeno; his mother, Tamala (Brian) Frost of Federal Way, Washington; maternal grandmother, Sally Worthington of La Porte; a sister Emalie Frost of La Porte, Indiana; a brother, Jace Comeno of South Bend, Indiana; and his cat, Meatball. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Comeno.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. Reverend Dennis Meyer will officiate.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ashlie Comeno for Asa’s Children, Kilian and Charlotte Comeno c/o Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

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

Elizabeth "Betsy" Bealor

Elizabeth "Betsy" Bealor, age 61, passed on Saturday, August 28, 2021, surrounded by her family.


Betsy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 20, 1960.  She was th daughter of Walter, Sr. and Elizabeth (Fredericks) Kissling. 

 

She had spent the last seven years of her life in Mattawan, Michigan and prior to that in La Porte, Indiana and also in Darby Borough, Pennsylvania.

 

Betsy graduated from Darby Colwyn High School and attended Olympia Career Institute to become a Certified Massage Therapist. She had spent the last five years as a bus drivr for Mattawan Consolidated Schools.

 

She was dedicated to her work-life, but nothing was more important to her than her family. Betsy enjoyed crocheting, completing puzzles, traveling, coloring on her phone and being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Kissling; daughters, Liz (Jason) Schrier and Charleen Fewtrell; son, Charlie (Bridget) McCrudden; grandchildren, Kaylie, Blake, Tyler, Damion and Olivia; sister, Edna (Richard) Loop; brothers, Harold and Raymond (Michelle) Kissling and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and long-time friends. Betsy was preceded in death by her father, walter, Sr. and brother, Walter Kissling, Jr.

 

A celebration of Betsy's life will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST at Cummings Lodge, 350 Grangemouth Road, La Porte, IN  46350.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 

 

Dennis E. Barger, III

Dennis E. Barger, III, 20, of Michigan City, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Franciscan Health Michigan City.

 

Dennis was born on January 2, 2001 in Michigan City, IN, to Dennis Eugene Barger, Jr. and Amber Lynn Hartke.

 

Surviving Dennis are his parents, Dennis E. (Jackie) Barger, Jr. and Amber Hartke; brothers, Owen Barger, Kodiak Grayam, and Ervin Devaux; sisters, Stephanie (Jeremy) Blacksten, Tabitha Heuck, Kara Devaux, Jennifer Devaux, and Kalia Grayam; grandmothers, Carol R. Barger and Jackie Murray; fiance, Krissy Kramer; Aunts, Sarah (Allen) Murray, Janet Hartke, and Andrea (Tom) Schmidt; Uncle, Mike (Amy) Barger; 3 nephews, Loklann, Yuri, and Flynn; and 1 niece, Stella.

 

He was preceded by brother, Jeremy Grayam; grandfather, Dennis E. (Ripper) Barger, Sr.; and great-grandparents, Normal Westphal and Floyd (Carrie) Barger.

 

Dennis enjoyed football, fishing, and basketball. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 83.

 

Dennis is fondly remembered by his family as a "funny man". A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Cremation will follow the service. A time of visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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

Charles R. Dadlow

Charles R. Dadlow, 86, of North Judson, Indiana, passed away Saturday September 11, 2021 at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

He was born April 1, 1935 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Russell Dadlow and Dorothy (Whorwell) Dadlow. Charles and Mary Jo were married October 7, 1967.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Charles was the owner of Jeepacres, New Carlisle, as well as D & D Boat Mart. He loved to work, but he also loved to play. An avid fisherman and deer hunter, he especially enjoyed duck and goose hunting. He had a converted bus, which he took on trips to Colorado for his deer hunting trips. Charles was also a big family man and thoroughly loved big family gatherings, where he was the life of the party, mainly because of his great gift of gab. 

 

He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Jo (Petrie) Dadlow of North Judson; two sons, C. Douglas (Cindy) Dadlow of Shirley, AR, Daniel Dadlow of Lowell, IN; two daughters, Deborah (Michael) Dillon of Wheatfield, IN, Kimberly (Richard) Facciolo of Wilmington, DE; two brothers, Wayne Dadlow of La Porte, IN, Dennis "Butch" (Nancy) Dadlow of La Porte, IN; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

 

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Tamara Swisher and Dena Marie Damian and a brother, Dallas Collings.

 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Shiners Children's Hospital 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607 in Chuck's memory. Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. There will be a graveside service Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Patton Cemetery, with Pastor Kal Morrison, New Carlisle First United Methodist Church, officiating. There will be a luncheon served after the service.

 

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

Corneilus Wayne Wright Sr.

Corneilus Wayne Wright Sr. peacefully transitioned from this life on Friday, September 10, 2021. A viewing session will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel (418 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360), with a memorial service immediately following.
 
Mr. Wright was born July 12, 1954 in Michigan City, IN, to the late Spencer and Willie Mae (Gerron) Wright. He met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Wright, and they were together for 45 years. Surviving are four sons, Nathaniel (Derise) Washington of Lafayette, IN; Craig (Ashlee) Wright of Indianapolis, IN; Corneilus Wright III and Clinton (Marie) Wright, both of Michigan City, IN, four daughters, Charleena King of Gary, IN; Willie Mae (Jermaine) Wright, Talisha Lee and Mary (Carlos) Wright, all of Michigan City, IN.
 
Also surviving, are two brothers, Spencer (Susie) Wright Jr. and Emmitt Wright of Michigan City, IN; and two sisters, Ozie Mae Talbert of Rockford, IL and Tina (Damion) Holmes of Lithonia, GA; a host of grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces and nephews & cousins.
 
Corneilus was preceded in death by his father, Spencer Wright Sr., mother, Willie Mae Wright; five sisters, Ora V. Torrance, Lillian Hewlett, Rachel Williams, Alice Garrett and Nazaree Garrett.
 
Mr. Wright worked at Jaymar Ruby, and from there, became and independent automotive mechanic until he retired.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Corneilus’ memory to the Dementia Society of America.

Robert "Rob" Stanley Brenda

Robert “Rob” Stanley Brenda, 63, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born on February 14, 1958, in La Porte to the late Stanley John and Peggy Ann (Hoare) Brenda.

 

Rob was a field agent with Farm Bureau for 36 years and had also worked in marketing with Serve-Pro and in insurance with J & B Roofing and Construction.

 

He graduated from La Porte High School in 1976 where he was the catcher on the State Champion Baseball Team. He was proudly the Captain of the LaPorte Icers hockey team during his high school years. He attended Vincennes University and graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Art degree in sports management. He was a member of the Polish Falcon’s in La Porte and grew up attending Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church. He loved all things LaPorte Slicers! Rob was a man of many passions. He loved sports, especially the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Cardinals, and all things Notre Dame. He golfed, fished, scuba dived, camped, mountain biked, snow and water skied. In his retirement he enjoyed gardening and baking cakes and pies. How lucky were you if you received one of his masterpieces.

 

Above all Rob was known and loved by all for his graciousness in every life situation. He was kind, loving, wise, forgiving, outgoing, adventurous, and had an amazing sense of humor. He would want you all to know he trusted his God through all his life blessings, trials, and tribulations.

 

On July 18, 2014, Rob married Patti Hanna who survives with his children, Kate (Collin Arndt) Brenda of Valparaiso, Indiana; Drew Brenda of La Porte; a step daughter, Hanna Johnson of La Porte; children of second marriage loved by him Victor Splix, Victoria Clabaugh and Melissa Splix; a granddaughter, Cora Arndt; and siblings, John Brenda of Arlington, Texas, Kevin (Le) Brenda of Modesto, CA, Paul (Sandi) Brenda of La Porte, Teresa Butler of California, Sister, Sr. Mary Brenda O.P. of Houston, Texas, Steve (Suong) Brenda of Belgrade, Maine, Joe Brenda of La Porte, and Annie (John) Cunningham of Marshall, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, at Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to La Porte High School Athletic Department, 602 F. Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350. Please share prayers, condolences, and memories with the family at EsslingFuneralHome.com.

Daniel Clinton Craig

Daniel Clinton Craig, 45, of La Porte, passed away at 8:35 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Northwest Health La Porte, surrounded by his loving family.

 

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at La Porte Assembly of God Church, 244 E. Boyd Blvd., La Porte with Pastor Jeff Hines officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, La Porte is caring for the arrangements.

 

Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com . Memorial contributions may be directed to his wife, Misty Craig.

Gerald "Jerry" Lee Holeman

Gerald "Jerry" Lee Holeman, 82, of Union Mills, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at University of Chicago Medical Center.

 

Jerry was born on June 28, 1939 in Litchfield, IL, to David and Lola (Wall) Holeman. On October 26, 1978 in Gary, IN, he married Gloria J. Dyer who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Jerry "Duane" (Lori) Holeman of Duluth, MN and Jeff (Chrissy) Holeman of Indianapolis; stepson, David Coots of Union Mills; 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Holeman of Antioch, CA, Eric (Rebecca) Holeman of Sierra Vista, AZ, Mat (Amanda) Holeman of Cloquet, MN, Jessica Holeman of Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, and Yvonne Rager of Sarasota, FL.; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, David, Claude, and Linda; half-sister, Normalee; and half-brother, James; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents and stepson, Michael C. Coots. Jerry was a Millwright for 36 years at Bethlehem Steel.

 

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. Jerry enjoyed helping others and giving back to the community. He proudly coached Little League baseball and helped at the annual "Save Our Pond" festival. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial will follow at Union Mills Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Union Mills Conservation Club, 100 Mill Pond Rd, Union Mills, IN 46382.

 

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

Terence Budrick

Terence Budrick, 83, The Pines, Michigan City, IN, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 2:06 am in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

Private services will be conducted. Private burial will take place in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Chicago, IL. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN.

 

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

James M. McNallan

James M. McNallan, 50, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 8:13 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN with Rev. William F. O'Toole officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary's of The Lake Cemetery, Lake City, MN. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Tuesday in the Legacy Center of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.

 

A celebration of life gathering will be from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday at the St. Joseph Young Men's Society in Michigan City, IN. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

James L. Clark

James L. Clark, 85, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 1:32 a.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Northwest Health, La Porte. James L. Clark James L. Clark James L. Clark

 

He was born November 28, 1935, in Denver, Colorado, to Virgil Harold and Ardis Ruth (Miller) Clark. James honorably served his country in the United State Marines. He was a hard-working owner and operator of Trans American Inc. for 22 years.

 

James was passionate about trucking and it was also his hobby. He enjoyed being with family, especially with his grandchildren. James was often considered funny but he was also kind with being passionate with helping the less fortunate. He often would donate or have local churches borrow equipment for events as well. James will be greatly missed by his family.

 

Surviving are his significant other of 39 years, Maria Zamarripa of La Porte; three children, Michael (Kim) Clark of Riverside, CA, Elisa (Ryan) Mrozinski of La Porte and Christina Clark of Las Vegas, NV; one brother, Dennis (Glenda) Clark of , OK; five grandchildren, Melissa Burger, Tyler (Arianna) Cadwell, Jacob Clark, Nolan Mrozinski and Madison Mrozinski; and four great grandchildren, Bryana Burger, Brandon Clark, Bryce Burger and Bryan Burger.

 

Preceding in death were his parents; and three siblings, Darlene, Sharon and Daryl Clark.

 

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Deacon Bob Bucheit. Visitation and viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte.

Phyllis J. Tuholski

Phyllis J. Tuholski, 70, of Mill Creek, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

 

Phyllis was born in La Porte, IN, on April 22, 1951 to Phillip Heim and Frances (Shaw) Wegiel. On June 17, 1972 in La Porte, IN, she married Lawrence "Larry" Tuholski who survives. Also surviving are her children, Meri Mannia of Rolling Prairie and Joe Tuholski of La Porte; 4 grandchildren, Nathan and Lukas Tuholski of Mill Creek and Brayden and Brooklyn Mannia of Rolling Prairie; brother, Bud Hough of Mountain Home, Arkansas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cheryl Rizek; and brother, Denny Heim. Phyllis was a hairdresser. She had a love of music and Rock concerts.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A Private Family Service will be held. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to VNA Hospice of Valparaiso, 501 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 or National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 East 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Darlene McCoy

Darlene Ann McCoy September 7, 2021 Darlene Ann McCoy, 81, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Fountainview Terrace, La Porte.

 

Darlene was born on May 9, 1940 in La Porte City, IN, to Bernard and Lois (Barnes) McCoy. Surviving Darlene are her daughter, Anna McCoy of Puryear, TN; granddaughter, Aaliyah James of Puryear, TN; son-in-law, Ryan James of Puryear, TN; nephew, Marc (Lisa) Schoof of La Porte; niece, Lois (Michael) Swanson of Rolling Prairie; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Arlene Schoof; and brother-in-law, Mel Schoof. Darlene was a server at McDonalds. She was a member of La Porte Assembly of God. Darlene enjoyed participating in SAMs (Sr Adult Ministry) and spending time with her family.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A private family service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830 or to the American Diabetes Association, 55 E Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, IL, 60603.

Howard Lewis Wright

Howard Lewis Wright, 92, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

 

Howard was born November 24, 1928, in Coffeyville, Kansas to the late Herschel Frank and Pauline Virginia (Fulmer) Wright. Howard was lineman for the IBEW #1393 Union, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Howard is survived by three daughters, Lori (Noval) Alexander of New Carlisle, Indiana, Roxsana (Larry Huber) Willoughby of Union Mills, Indiana, and Lois Massey of Anchorage, Alaska; seven grandchildren, Edward Willoughby, Tabby Willoughby, Michael Willoughby, Chris King, James King, Joshua Lawson, and Nason Alexander; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; half siblings, Elizabeth Brags, James Burns, Charles Hildreth, and Donald Hildreth.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene Wright; a son, James Wright; a grandson, Justin Lawson; brothers, Teddy & Ernest Wright, a sister, Gloria Ray; and a son-in-law, Will Massey.

 

Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Union Cemetery, Toronto, Ohio at a later date.

 

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

Francis Kessler

Francis "Frank" L. Kessler, 90, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

 

He was born October 22, 1930 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Francis Kessler and Amelia (Truchon) Kessler. A lifelong resident of La Porte, Frank graduated from La Porte High School. He joined the United States Army and served in Korea from 1951-1953. After returning to La Porte, Frank worked as a machinist and tool and die maker, most recently for Mayer Tool and Die.

 

He was a member of the American Legion Hamon Gray Post 83, La Porte, the Michiana Antique Auto Club and was a union steward for the Machinist Local. Frank taught himself how to play guitar and loved music, especially country. He had many interests including shuffleboard, billiards, cards, golfing and fishing. Frank was a former stock car racer, owned a 1958 gold and white Chevy Bellaire, was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan and loved his Dairy Queen vanilla ice cream cones! Along with his late wife, Eldina "Dena", he was a "snowbird", spending winters in Mesa, Arizona and while there attended the American Legion post 27 in Apache Junction. And boy could he dance, swinging Dena around the floor while barely moving his feet.

 

Along with his beloved wife, who passed away September 6, 2018, Frank was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul and 2 sisters, Marianne Ivestor and Amelia Loeffler. He is survived by his three daughters, Sharon (Darryl) Johnson, Catherine (Donald) Wright, Debbie (Greg) Cotter, all of La Porte; sister-in-law, Bea "Beattie" Kessler of Stillwell, IN; seven grandchildren, Rachel (Jay) Pignotti, Allison Johnson, Robert (Christi) Trusty, Calvin Trusty, Brittney (John) Satoski, Brodie (Kelley) Cotter, Shelby (Maurice) Killingsworth and 9 great - grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave, La Porte, IN 46350, where cremation will take place. A private graveside interment of cremated remains will take place at Door Village Cemetery.

 

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Dunes Hospice for their extraordinary care and compassion during this most difficult time and suggest memorial donations in Francis' honor to Dunes Hospice, The La Porte Small Animal Shelter or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

Catherine "Cathy" Louise Warner

Catherine “Cathy” Louise Warner, 62, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 11:42 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2021 at Northwest Health, La Porte.

 

She was born July 18, 1959, in Louisville, Kentucky to Minnie Pearl (Ward) Greer.

 

Cathy was a homemaker who enjoyed watching movies, online coloring books, singing Karaoke and cooking Italian food. She was a former member of Eagles Club, Louisville, Kentucky. Cathy loved her family dearly especially her grandchildren.

On July 18, 1998, in Louisville, Kentucky, she married Billy Roy Warner, who survives.

 

Also surviving are her five children, Brandy Brewster of North Yarmouth, Maine, Linda Ann “Pooh” (Stan) Kniola of Michigan City, Shantelle (Greg) Dedicke of Niceville, FL, Roy (Jodi) Warner of Springhill, TN and Shannon Melgard of Knoxville, TN; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Frances Warner of Louisville, KY ; fourteen grandchildren, Shawn Hill, Julian Hill, Emma Kniola, Ryan Kniola, Dane Kniola, Alyssa Hilbers, Addison Hilbers, Gregory Dedicke, Anna Dedicke, Lexi Hawks, Aubrey Hawks, Cobi Melgard, Ethan Warner and Bella Warner.

 

Preceding in death were her mother; stepfather, Joseph Greer; and maternal grandmother, Louetta Clagget.

 

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

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Wolf Foundation, P.O. Box 32443, Kansas City, MO 64171 in memory of Catherine “Cathy” Warner.

Joan Elizabeth Young

Joan Elizabeth Young, 79, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Rittenhouse Village in Michigan City.

 

Joan was born on February 15, 1942 in Hammond, IN, to John and Helen (Johnson) Larson.

 

On September 26, 1963 in Hammond, IN, she married Mark J. Young who survives.  Also surviving are her 2 sons, Bill (Michelle) Young of Trail Creek and Dan (Carol) Young of La Porte; 3 grandchildren; and 1great-grandchild.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

 

Joan was a housewife and an aerobics instructor at the La Porte YMCA.  She loved to run and participated in triathlons and mini-marathons.  Joan and Mark enjoyed riding their bikes to Lake Michigan every week when the season permitted.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte County Family YMCA, 901 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350 or Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

 

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

 

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