Obituaries

Frederick "Lynn" Goldenstern

Frederick "Lynn" Goldenstern, 78, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

  

Lynn was born in Chicago, IL, on July 28, 1942 to Fred Joseph and Marjorie Blanch (Muschenheim) Goldenstern. 

 

On January 12, 1963 in La Porte, IN, he married Mary Beth Burden who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Julia L. Walker of Noblesville, IN, Jill M. Conkey of Chicago, IL, Carey J. Johnson of La Porte, and Michael P. Goldenstern of New Carlisle; 9 grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Jennifer E.Wells.

 

Lynn worked as a bus driver for the La Porte Community Schools for about 15 years.  He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church where he worked as a custodian for 30 years.  Lynn was also a member of the Maple City Lions Club.  He volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader when his son was involved and later as a Boy Scout leader.  Lynn enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and especially being with his family.   

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday, May 10, 2021 at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place following the service.

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

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

 

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

Raymond A. Nixon Jr

Raymond A. Nixon Jr., 79, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Wednesday May 5, 2021 at Miller's Health and Rehab in La Porte, IN.

 

He was born January 12, 1942 in Mishawaka, Indiana, the son of Raymond Allen Nixon and Viola "Eleanor" (Rush) Nixon.

 

Ray and Debbie were married February 26, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church La Porte, IN.

 

Ray enjoyed many things in his life from gardening (he took a Master Gardening course at Purdue University), tending to his vegetable gardens and his beautiful flower gardens accompanied by his border collie “Jen”.Ray was also a member of The Bass Club enjoyed fishing in tournaments. He was a big Green Bay Packers fan and would attend their games and truly enjoyed training camp. He liked watching old western movies featuring John Wayne, and was a John Denver fan. He was a volunteer at Pioneer Land for many years. Ray was a 1961 graduate from La Porte High School, and a proud Navy veteran serving 4 years with 1 in Vietnam. But Ray's true passion in life was his love for his family. Ray enjoyed traveling with Debbieand went to all the states including Hawaii and Alaska. He held a special love for his grandkid's and great-grandkid's.

 

He is also survived by his wife Debbie; two daughters, Shellie (Marc) Games of La Porte, IN, and Sheila C. Nixon of Rolling Prairie, IN; sister, Barbara (Bob) Scalf of Three Oaks, MI; four grandchildren, Jessica (Levent) Deger, Shantel Games, Tashenna (Deven Wilson) Bougher, Ronald "RJ" E. (Shaelyn Falls) Bougher Jr.; along with two great-grandchildren, Colt, and Jet; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Marvin and Wayne Nixon.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. A memorial will take place at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Land 2581 IN-2 La Porte, IN 46350, and Dunes Hospice 4711 Evans Ave. Valparaiso, IN 46383.

 

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

Judith Anne (Miller) Dickson

Judith Anne (Miller) Dickson, 55, of LaPorte, IN passed away surrounded by family at IU Health in Indianapolis.

She was born December 7, 1965, in Michigan City, IN to Merrill and Jeanie (Yoder) Miller.

 

Judy graduated from Ball State University and has served LaPorte County as a social worker for over 30 years, specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia programming. Judy served as a dedicated caretaker not only for her patients but also for family members in need, often seeing them off to the other side. She was the Director at Golden Living Center - Fountainview Terrace. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church of La Porte.

Judy had an eclectic sense of style and got a kick out of antiquing for treasures. She was an excellent cook, making up her recipes as she went along, and found joy in hosting her family and friends. She always made sure you had enough to eat before leaving. She played softball for many years and was very creative. She used to make funky antique button brooches that many friends are still sporting after 20 plus years! While she will be dearly missed, we are at peace knowing she had an awesome crew waiting that welcomed her in with open arms.

She is survived by her loving husband Scott Dickson, her twins Brynn and Brayde Hines, her brother, and sister-in-law Scott and Jamie Miller, and nephew Jake. Her family also extended to her stepdaughter, Katie Mannia; and Scott’s children Victoria (Ben) Fletcher and Emma and Josh Dickson, and grandchildren, Ashlyn and Cody. Also, surviving are her special aunts and cousins, her lifelong BFF Lisa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and late husband Jack Mannia.

A celebration of life will be from 1 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where Pastor Dennis Meyer will officiate a memorial service at 3 p.m.

Donations can be made to http://www.paladin.care/ or http://bethanylutheranfoundation.org/

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

Michael W. Blaze

Michael W. Blaze, 64, of New Carlisle, Indiana, passed away Tuesday May 4, 2021 at his home in New Carlisle with his family by his side.

 

He was born March 14, 1957 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Lawrence Blaze and LuAn (Chapman) Blaze.

 

Michael enjoyed many things in life from fishing, gardening, and collecting. His favorite things to collect were John Deere merchandise, knifes, and guns. He was an avid shooter. In addition, he enjoyed camping from time to time. He was a volunteer fireman for many years with Center Township and Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Departments. But Michael's real passion in life was his love for this wife, his family, and especially his grandkid's and great-grandkid's.

 

He is survived by his wife Jackie; three sons, Jayson (Wendy) Blaze of Mill Creek, IN, Jeremy (Amanda) Blaze of North Liberty, IN, Matthew (Loretta) Blaze of Crawfordsville, IN; daughter, Melisa (Robert) Butler of Crawfordsville, IN; sister, Marsha Blaze of La Porte, IN; 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pam Jervis.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends Saturday, May 8th from 10 am until 1 PM.  A life celebration will be held at 1 PM at the funeral home with George Fultz officiating. A dinner will be served at the VFW in Rolling Prairie after the service. The family has chosen cremation.

 

The funeral service will be "Live Streamed" on the Haverstock Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 1 PM.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in Michael's honor.

 

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

Roger Poorman Hearn

Roger Poorman Hearn, 83, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Fountainview Terrace, La Porte.

 

Roger was born on July 18, 1937 in Huntingdon, PA, to Lois (Poorman) Emery.

 

On June 15, 1971, he married Lois Lagenour, who survives.  In addition to joining in marriage with Lois, on that special day Roger accepted Lois' nine children into his family.

 

Surviving Roger are his wife, Lois; children, Angie (Mike Kingery) Rippe of Chesterton, Anita Elkins of PA, Sheri (Tom) Gilbert of Michigan City, Norman (Beth) Self of Chesterton, Charles W. Self of La Porte, and Michelle (Todd) Welton of Union Mills; 21 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 6 great, great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Rhodes; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother; daughter, Althea Long; 2 sons, Anthony Self and Alan Lee Self; and siblings, Gail Truxel, Bruce Emory, Emma Hearn, and Kay Hearn.

 

Roger was an over-the-road truck driver for 42 years.  He enjoyed motorcycles and playing cards.  Roger also enjoyed being outdoors, particularly working in his yard.  More than anything, Roger enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

 

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

 

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

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

Dr. Robert J. "Bob" McMonigal

Dr. Robert J. “Bob” McMonigal peacefully passed on into Heaven at his home in Port Charlotte, Florida on April 30, 2021.

 

Bob was born to Robert and Mary McMonigal on July 5, 1940, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began his career in the U. S. Air Force and later retired after 30 years from NIPSCO as a civil engineer. After retiring, he continued his career in academia as a well-loved and passionate professor at Purdue University and Brown Mackie College. He was affectionately known as “Doc” by his students.

 

Bob was an avid Chicago sports fan and also enjoyed recreational softball, basketball and golf. When he wasn’t watching or participating in sports, he loved to play the bass guitar. He played on the worship team at Countryside Christian Church as well as in several bands. Bob loved the Lord and was a founding member of Countryside Christian Church in Michigan City, Indiana. He was known for always lending a helping hand to those in need. He was much loved by his family and always enjoyed spending time with them. Bob cherished all of his friends and students. Everyone was important to him.

 

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rhonda McMonigal; their seven children, Terri Ferro of Florida, David (Janet) McMonigal of Colorado, Kirsten (Peter) LaCava of California, Steven (Tamara) Bennett of Florida, Daniel (Nicole) Bennett of Indiana, Kevin (Jun) Bennett of Florida, and Mark McAlister of Michigan; 15 grandchildren, Emily, Anastasia, Jacob, Noah, Cora, Maximus, Juliun, Lexi, Ellie, Owen, Luke, Elijah, Oliver, Iris and Ondine; sister, Patty (David) Tackett of Kentucky, and his beloved cat, Blueberry. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Mary McMonigal, and his sister, Rosemary Leis.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Rick Jones officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 2 p.m. (CST) until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the PAX Center, 605 Washington St., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

 

Mary Frances Abner

Mary Frances Abner, 92, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Monday, May 3, 2021.

 

Mary was born January 2, 1929, in East Chicago to Joseph and Victoria (DeRosa) D’Angelo of Montedecoro, Italy. 

 

On March 8, 1952, in Hammond, Indiana, Mary married Joseph H. Abner who preceded her in death on March 2, 1966. She was the owner-operator of Luigi’s Pizza in La Porte with her late husband. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Mary is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo (Abner) Dennis of La Porte, Indiana; grandchildren, Joseph K. Dennis, Kathleen M. Dennis, and Susan K. Dennis; and great-grandchildren, Dominic J. Hefner, Victoria M. Dennis, William J. Dennis.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Susan Marie Abner, and siblings, Margaret (D’Angelo) Smith, Angela (D’Angelo) Hudson, Josephine M. D’Angelo, Sandra (D’Angelo) Borah, Tony, Frank, Salvatore, Joseph Jr. and Michael D’Angelo.

 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.  A Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana.

 

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

Russell Titus

Russell Titus, 74, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021 comfortably at his home in Colorado.

 

He was born April 8, 1946 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Richard Russell Titus and HonoreneJune (Smith) Titus. He was lovingly reared by his grandparents, James C. and Esther F. Smith of La Porte, Indiana.

 

He graduated from La Porte High School and married his high school sweetheart, Sandra L. Barcus in 1966. They remained married for over 54 years. Rusty graduated from Northwestern University where he received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Material Science Engineering. He worked within the micro-electronic field for over 33 years with Teletype, NCR, Symbios and LSI Logic while living in Chicago, Illinois, Centerville, Ohio, Ft. Collins, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado. His retirement years were spent traveling, and enjoying time with his wife, family and friends.

 

Rusty grew up on a lake and enjoyed boating, swimming and other lake activities. Russ was known for his quick wit and passionate storytelling. He elicited tears of joy and laughter from so many over the years. He enjoyed golf, traveling with family, target shooting, chess, movies and all types of music. He exercised his passions by joining various clubs, often performing live music and accepting leadership roles in Orchestra, Band, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lynn (Barcus) Titus of Colorado Springs, Co; brother, Leon C. Lanning (Lili) of Galveston, In; three children, Eric Russell Titus (Melanie Murphy) of Louisville, Ky, Denise Lynn Titus of Colorado Springs, Co. and Kelly Jeanne Titus Glover (Jamall) of Clarksville, In.; thirteen grandchildren, Lauren (DeLuca) Bleecker (Nathan), Danielle (DeLuca) Howland (Evan), Bennett Titus, Sebastian Titus, Dalton Titus, Langston Titus, Finley Titus, Jasmine Drake, Alex Titus, Morgan Glover, Camille Glover, Olivia Glover and Julian Glover. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Rusty was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

 

A memorial service is being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN 46350. The service is open to all friends and family at 2:30pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021. His final resting place will be at Wills Township Baptist Cemetery in La Porte County, Indiana. 

 

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Compassus Hospice.

 

Memorial contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association,www.heart.org, or The American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org.

 

Online condolences may be made at Haverstock Funeral Home websitewww.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Nancy L. Marciniak

Nancy L. Marciniak, 76, LaPorte, IN, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 in her home.

 

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN with  Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Michigan City, IN.

 

Visitation hours will be Monday from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, and Tuesday from 9:00 am - 10:00 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.  The St. Stanislaus Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 4:00 pm Monday in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel. 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN.

 

Contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church 1506 Washington St. Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

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

Jerry Dean Wallace

Jerry Dean Wallace, 83, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Monday, May 3, 2021.

 

Jerry was born on March 16, 1938, in La Porte to Milton Lewis Wallace and Hazel Rose Grieger.

 

Jerry graduated from La Porte High School in 1956 and served in the United States Army after graduation. Later, Jerry worked for Bethlehem Steel and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Purdue University. Most recently, he was the co-owner with his wife and president of Parcel Port on Michigan Avenue in La Porte. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and a beloved member of the community.

 

Jerry married Marlene Ann Larson on October 14, 1961, at St. Peter Parish in La Porte and together had six children, Mary Elizabeth (William) Power of La Porte, Joanna Marie (Michael) Connors of Beverly Shores, Indiana, John Paul (Karen Nicholls) Wallace of East Lansing, Michigan, Peter John (Kelye Martin) Wallace of Syracuse, Indiana, Timothy John Wallace of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Margaret Mary Wallace-McDonald of St. John, Florida; grandchildren, Broc Power, Marlee Power, Theresa Connors, Christopher Wallace, Danyl Wallace Brown, Erin Wallace Curry, Dylan Wallace, Anna Wallace, Jack Wallace, and Thomas McDonald; and a great-grandson, Ashe Brown. He is also survived by a sister, Joan Lewis Arnold, and many nieces and nephews.  

 

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.  A Parish Rosary will be recited at 11:00 a.m.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon, Monday, May 10, 2021, at St. Peter Catholic Church in La Porte. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1110 Monroe Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350, or the Salvation Army. 

 

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

Daniel P. Smith

Daniel P. Smith, 57, Michigan City, IN, passed away Wednesday, April 28,

2021 at 5:10 pm in his home from a struggling battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN with  Rev. Kevin Huber officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

 

Contributions may be made to Fried's Cat Shelter, Inc., 509 U.S. HWY 212, Michigan City, IN 46360.

 

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

Patricia "Tricia" Ann Kessler

Patricia "Tricia" Ann Kessler, 61, of La Porte, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Northwest Health - La Porte. 

   

Patricia was born on June 26, 1959 to Victor F. and Lucille (Parthun) Kessler in La Porte, Indiana. 

 

Surviving are her brother, Bruce (Donna) Kessler of Tucson, AZ; nephews, Michael, Christopher, Steven, and Alan Kessler; niece, Melinda Inestroza; sister-in-law, Mary Kessler; and friend, Jasmine Gonzalez.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ronald and Wesley Kessler; and sister-in-law, Carol Kessler (Wesley's wife).

 

Tricia worked almost 42 years at Howmet Aerospace from August 6, 1979 until her passing.  She taught CPR classes and first responder classes for several years.  Tricia was the senior first responder at Howmet Aerospace.  She attended Purdue North Central and graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies.  Tricia worked for many years for Superior Ambulance Service as a driver and EMT.  She loved being an EMT for the Superior Ambulance Service.  Tricia was always fascinated with the medical field and the rewarding feeling it gave her to be able to help others. 

 

Tricia had a heart for the less fortunate and elderly.  She would always come up with ideas to help those in need.  Tricia would collect personal items and supplies and take to them to the nursing home.  She would keep the residents company, play games, or just listen to their stories.

 

The most important accomplishment to Tricia was when she was able to reconnect with God and become part of a church family.  She was a member of the First Assembly of God, where she volunteered, serving refreshments, handing out information, and other various activities.  She had a passion for God and loved serving Him.  Tricia loved attending service, singing, dancing, fellowshipping, and worshipping her Lord and Savior.  Tricia was also a member of the Women of Grace where she was the beverage server.  She cherished her Bible study group, "The Dragonflies".  Tricia's Bible study group helped her blossom in her relationship with Christ and encounters with others.  She also enjoyed painting, sewing her own clothes, and making crafts.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 5 p.m. with fellowship to follow in the Pat J. Smith Hall at Red Mill County Park, 0185 S. Holmesville Road, La Porte.

 

Elvera "Vera" May Travis

Elvera "Vera" May Travis, 91, of Michigan City, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at her home, surrounded by family. 

   

Vera was born in Donora, PA, on January 30, 1930 to Carmen and Mary Marie (Volp) De'Gidio. 

 

On August 14, 1950 in Monongahela, PA, she married Robert, who preceded her in death on December 19, 2005.  Robert and Elvera enjoyed 54 years of marriage. 

 

Surviving Vera are her children, Robert D. Travis, Jr of Agusta, WI and Jean (Dennis) M. Guzman of Michigan City; 4 granddaughters, Darcy (Jeff) Kindelan, Jennifer Konkey, Sharon (Michael) Braniger, and Hilary (Andy) Combs; 1 grandson, Dennis C. T. Guzman; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter and one more expected; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; and husband, Robert D. Travis, Sr.

 

Vera and Robert moved to Michigan City in 1963, after leaving Monongahela, PA for new employment.  Vera was a homemaker, which was not only her full time job, but also her hobby.  She will lovely be remembered as  the best mother and grandmother.  Vera was easy to love because of her big heart, particularly with helping others.

 

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

 

A Private Family Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

 

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

Carla "Connie" Ann Powers

Carla "Connie" Ann Powers, 84, of La Porte, peacefully passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021 at her home.

 

Connie was born on June 3, 1936 in La Porte, IN, to Chester Hal and Elva Irene (Headley) Younggreen.

 

On January 25, 1960 in La Porte, IN, she married Grover Cleveland Powers who preceded her in death.  Surviving Connie are her children, Lisa (Terry) Calkins of La Porte, Gerald Schweizer of Largo, FL, Robin Schweizer of Wanatah, Patricia Nelson of La Porte, and Stanley Powers of Delhi, NY; 12 grandchildren, Christopher Calkins, Kayla Calkins, Jeff Schweizer, Jerrilynn Wade, Tobby Schweizer, Brandon Schweizer, Michael Nelson, Tim Powers, Stephen Powers,  Joseph Powers, Benjamin Powers, and Joshua Powers; 17 great-grandchildren, Lexy Wade, Kourtney Meary, Pipar Wade, Tatum Wade, Harper Wade, Kyle Schweizer, Natalie Schweizer, Katie Schweizer, Dani Schweizer, Everly Calkins, Noah Powers, Jaden Powers, Taylor Schweizer, Colton Schweizer, Roman Schweizer, Preston Schweizer, and Deacon Schweizer; 1 great, great-grandchild, Maverick Meary; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Hal Younggreen, and son-in-law, Dave Nelson.

 

Connie was a homemaker.  She loved reading and tending to her flower garden.  Most importantly, Connie enjoyed spending time with family.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Union Mills Cemetery.

 

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

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

 

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

LuAnn P. Wedow

LuAnn P. Wedow, 88, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021.

 

LuAnn was born on March 21, 1933, in La Porte, Indiana to the late Stanley J. and Anna (Paszkiet) Lenard.

 

On April 26, 1958, LuAnn married Robert J. Wedow. He preceded her in death on November 6, 2018.

 

LuAnn was employed with the La Porte Community Schools as a secretary at La Porte High School. She was also a secretary at Allis Chalmers, and a homemaker. She was an active parishioner of La Porte St. Joseph Catholic Church and always put God and family first in her life. She was a devoted wife and mother and found fulfillment and happiness in caring for her family and being with them. She enjoyed baking and always remembered family and friends with special cards and handwritten notes. LuAnn loved to read and for many years enjoyed being an active member of Curves.

 

LuAnn is survived by a daughter, Susan A. Lestinsky of New Carlisle; and a son, Robert S. Wedow of St. Joseph Michigan.

 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where a Parish Rosary will be held at 7 p.m..

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in La Porte, with Reverend Ian Williams officiating.  Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. in the funeral home prior to the Mass.  Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 “C” Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

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

Deborah "Debbie" Deckard

Deborah “Debbie” Deckard, 68, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Friday, April 30, 2021.

 

Deborah was born on April 6, 1953, in Michigan City, Indiana to the late Duane and Josephine (Schnick) Lantz. She was also preceded in death by her former husband, Henry Scalf; and friend, Walter “Pete” Sass.

 

Deborah is survived by her children, Michael (Kristie) Deckard, Matthew (Kaelynn) Deckard, Mark Deckard, Alexandria Deckard, Christopher Scalf, Karissa Deckard; grandchildren, Brooklynn, Samantha, Kendel, Mason, and Morgan; and siblings, Jackie (John) Steele, David Lantz, Janet (Bob) Schmidt, Donna (Lynn) Warner, Dennis (Leslie) Lantz, Jeff (Sue) Lantz, Doreen (Dan) Hammons, and Joyce (Robin) Schultz; a special neighbor and grandma to many, Helen Erickson; and a former husband, Jack Deckard.

 

Deborah was a foster mom for many years, a nurse at St. Anthony hospital for over 40 years, a member of the Scipio Township Fire Department and the State Street Community Church. She loved camping, softball, Notre Dame, family, and being from her Pinola community.

 

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home,

Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in the funeral home where family and friends may visit from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Pastor Nate Loucks will officiate. Burial will follow in Door Village Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scipio Township Fire Department, 0693 S. 500 W. LaPorte, Indiana 46350 or CASA Family Advocates, 1005 Michigan Ave, La Porte, IN 46350.

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

Belinda M. Mullins

Belinda M. Mullins, 48, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

 

Belinda was born on December 27, 1972 in Knox, IN, to Leon and Mary (Goble) Mullins.

 

Surviving Belinda are her son, Derek Olson of Michigan City; 3 brothers, Donald (Dana) McCarty of Trail Creek, Jeff (Tia) McCarty of La Porte, and Leon (Shari) Mullins of La Porte; sister, Amy (Mike) Harness of Watford City, ND; 8 nieces and nephews, Donny McCarty of Westville, Ellissa (Steve) Tobey of Culver, April McCarty of La Porte, Luc McCarty of La Porte, Julia Smith of Watford City, ND, Ethan Morris of Watford City, ND, Hannah McCarty of La Porte, and Parker McCarty of La Porte; and great niece, Juniper Smith.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Belinda was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and made the best potato salad.  Belinda also enjoyed crafting and drawing.  She had a heart of gold and was a terrific aunt.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Christ Gospel Church of La Porte with Reverend Ricky Bray officiating.  Burial will follow at Fletcher Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. 

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Tia McCarty, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN.

 

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

Donna Mae Crosthwait

Donna Mae Crosthwait, 92, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 12:37 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 in her home.

 

She was born June 26, 1928, in Stillwell, Indiana, to Lloyd and Elsie (Bartz) Bunton.

 

Donna graduated from Mill Creek High School. She retired in 1986 from Clark Equipment, Michigan City, after 27 years. Donna enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, watching T.V., collecting Norman Rockwell plates and pictures and traveling to Hawaii and Germany. She especially enjoyed caring for her family.

 

On April 16, 1949, in Kingsbury, Indiana, she married Earl Victor Crosthwait, who preceded her in death in 1988.

 

Also preceding in death were her parents; one son, Robert E. Crosthwait; and two sisters, Lorraine Bunton and Beverly Holiday.

 

Surviving are her two children, Lance (Mary) Crosthwait of New Mexico and Lu Ann (Douglas) Davie of La Porte; one brother, Lloyd Bunton of Knox; four grandchildren, Brandon (Kelli) Davie, Brian Davie, Erica (Ian) Barclay and Jenell Davie all of La Porte; and five great grandchildren.

 

Cremation will take place. There will be no services. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City. 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.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Richard Earl Bell, Sr.

Richard Earl Bell, Sr., 67, La Porte, Indiana, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:51 am in his home.

 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, May 3, 2021 at Tracy Cemetery, Kingsford Heights, IN. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

 

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

 

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

Nancy J. Buehrens

Nancy J. Buehrens, 83, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

 

Nancy was born June 9, 1937, in La Porte, Indiana to the late Morris and Pearl (Freese) Hagglund.

 

Nancy worked as a medical transcriptionist and she also was the secretary at the  La Porte Community Schools.

 

Nancy is survived by her children, Doug Glessner of La Porte, Indiana, Cory Glessner of La Porte, Indiana, Vicki Schweizer of La Porte, Indiana, Dana Buehrens of Coventry, Vermont and Suzanne (Brad) Burns of La Porte, Indiana; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Sandy Earl of Valparaiso, Indiana.

 

Graveside services will be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545.

 

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

Sharon Sawaya

Sharon Sawaya, 72, of Laporte, IN passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 

 

Sharon, the fourth child of Peter Charles Peters and Emma (George) Peters was born on October 9, 1948 in Waterville, Maine. 

 

Sharon was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Laporte for many years. 

Many people, both in Laporte and beyond, knew her as the “cake lady” whose works of art were as delicious as they were beautiful. 

 

She built her business from scratch and was also known to offer her goods to charitable groups for their fundraisers. 

 

Sharon was known for putting others before herself, often taking in others who needed a bit of extra support. The moniker Mama Sawaya was well known in the area.

 

She is survived by a sister, Sister Sharon Marie (Dale Ann Peters) of the UK; three daughters, Stephani (Brent) Giffin of Crown Point, IN, Shannon (Aaron) Zila of La Porte, IN, Shawn (Kent) Arnsbarger of La Porte, IN;  three sons, Sam (Jessica) Sawaya of Valparaiso, IN, Scott (Rachel) Sawaya of Valparaiso, IN, Steven Sawaya of La Porte, IN; thirteen grandchildren, Sarah Novak, Tori Novak, Whitney Zila, Grant Zila, Samira Arnsbarger, Pierce Arnsbarger, Leila Sawaya, Sophia Affeld, Eloise Sawaya, Elias Sawaya, Simon Sawaya, Hadley Sawaya, Adeline Sawaya; two great-grandchildren, William Langford, Ily Langford.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her parents, a daughter, Stacy Sawaya, brother, Doug Peters, and a sister, Nancy Peters.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Monday, May 3rd from 3:30 PM until 7 PM.  

 

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte, with Father Nate Edquist officiating which everyone is invited to attend.  Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana.

 

 Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

 

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Veva "Jackie" Irene Downs

Veva "Jackie" Irene Downs, 87, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Franciscan Health Michigan City.

 

Jackie was born on March 20, 1934 in Palestine, IL, to Alva and Faye (Meeks) Wesner.

 

On April 4, 1953 in Michigan City, she married Richard "Dick" Downs, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Jackie are her children, Gerrie (James) Houston of Palestine, IL, Gayle (Steve Jesuit) Losey of Monterey, IN, Richard (Debra) Downs of La Porte, Glenda "Lee" (Dennie) Fugate of La Porte, and Genean "Genie" Pearson of Tampa, FL; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 7 great, great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Norma Antisdel of Michigan City and Virginia Martin of La Porte; 2 brothers, Jim (Dian) Wesner and David (Kim) Wesner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded by her parents, Alva and Faye Wesner, and 2 sisters, Wanda Nagel and Lois Hart.

 

Jackie loved sharing the Gospel and making sure that everyone knew the Lord.  She was a longtime member of La Porte Assembly of God.

 

Jackie was a school bus driver for 20 years with Michigan City School Corporation.  She loved singing and musical instruments.  Jackie also enjoyed pottery and the concrete business.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Pine Lake Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Hines officiating.

 

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial donations may be made to La Porte Assembly of God, 224 E. Boyd Blvd., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

 

Ruth Schaible-New

Ruth Schaible-New, 73, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at in La Porte, IN.

 

She was born August 6, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Raymond Bailey and Florence (Sutton) Bailey.

 

Ruth was a member of the First Church of God La Porte, IN.  Ruth is a past member of the Rose Rebekah Lodge, La Porte, IN; a member of the Moose Lodge 935 Michigan City since 1996; She enjoyed reading, taking long walks in the mornings, has a collection of music boxes and teacups. She became a crossing guard in October of 2020. But Ruth's true passion was her family and grandkids.

 

She is survived by her son, Timothy (Tina) Schaible of La Porte, IN; son-in-law, Shane Estep of Wichita, KS; sister, Elsie (James) Keel of La Porte, IN; ten grandchildren, John Schaible, Colin Schaible, Ashley (Brandon) Estep, Emily Estep, Abi Estep, Brian (Faith) Lindsay, Robert (Ragean) Alexander, John Schaible, Andrieanne (Kason) Kubik, Elijah Ashford; and Brother-in-Law, Ed Kuhns;

 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Victoria, sisters, Linda Kuhns, and Mary E. Mumaw.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Saturday, May 1 from 10 AM until 1 PM at the funeral home. At 12:30 PM a ceremony will be performed by the Ladies Moose Lodge 938 of Michigan City. Her funeral service will take place at 1 PM with Pastor Jeff Ziegler officiating.  Interment will follow at the Patton Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana.

 

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

 

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

 

Gregory Francis Ostroski

Gregory Francis Ostroski, 66, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Sunday April 25, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.

 

He was born November 5, 1954 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Sylvester and Dorothea (Mrozinski) Ostroski.

 

Greg held a passion for playing the drums since he held his first drumstick at the age of 12. He was one of the founding members of The Crowhaven Band and continued to play in several bands throughout his life, most recently Remedy. He enjoyed supporting other performers by attending musicals, plays, and concerts. Every so often you might see him working on his golf swing at the Valley Hills Golf Course. Greg was a laid-back kind of guy with a “make love, not war” attitude. Greg was passionate about his family and loved spending Sunday afternoons with his grandkids.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Angie (Dan) Estes of Houston, TX; son, Justin (Daniella) Ostroski; step-daughter, Mckenzie (Thomas) Rodgers; sister, Linda Ostroski; close friend, Johnna Rhodes; and two grandchildren, Aryka, Hemi.

 

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel Ostroski.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28 from 4 until 7 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 29 at St. John's Kanty Catholic Church located in Rolling Prairie, at 11 AM with Father Heimer officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. John Kanty Cemetery, Rolling Prairie, Indiana.

 

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

 

Due to COVID-19 masks are required while attending the visitation and church service.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Harvey Leroy King

Harvey Leroy King, 73, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

   

Harvey was born in San Diego, CA, on April 13, 1948, to Robert and Annabelle (Riggins) King. 

 

Surviving Harvey are his better half, Judy Pearce; stepdaughter, Angela (Joe Lewinski) Pearce; children, Mindy King and Corey King; 6 grandchildren, Jordan, Robby, Caitey, Colton, Livia, and Tiegan (Tina); 3 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Gavin, and Grayson (Abby); brother, Ron (Connie) King; sister, Bobbi (Kurt) Marksberry; stepmother, Joan King; stepsister, Jonnie (Ron) Phillips; best friend, Roger (Ruth) Stevens; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne King; and stepsister, Linda Bennitt.

 

Harvey proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969.  While enlisted, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Marksman Badge (Rifle M-14), Expert Badge (Rifle M-16), and Combat Infantryman Badge.  Harvey successfully completed the Wheel Vehicle Mechanic Course and the Track Vehicle Mechanic Course.

 

Harvey was a Purchasing Manager for many years at Areo Metals.  He was a member of VFW and Vietnam VVI.  Harvey enjoyed golfing and snowmobiling.  He greatly loved time spent with his grandchildren.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.                                

 

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

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