Obituaries

Martha Elizabeth Fraser

Martha Elizabeth Fraser, 99, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  She was born on August 5, 1921, to Clarence O. and Bertha (Berriaux) Brown.  She was a legal secretary with her husband’s law firm and a banker for many years.

 

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Keith Fraser; and siblings, Mary Ellen Heniser, Gloria Anne Martin, and Joseph Brown.

 

Surviving is her daughter, Elizabeth (Peter) Barker of Naples, Florida and Plymouth, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Kara Barker, Julie Barker, Scott Barker; and great-grandchildren, Coleman, Bryce, Sydney, and Audrey.

 

Private entombment will take place at Elm Ridge Memorial Park in Muncie, Indiana. Arrangements

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

 

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

Norman Stanley Filipiak

Norman Stanley Filipiak, a resident of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2020.


He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, MaryAnn Filipiak; and his sisters, Julie Stone, Janice MacCaughan, Romaine Grundy; and his brother Harold Filipiak.


The son of Stanley and Cecilia Filipiak, he was born in Alpena, Michigan, February 19, 1942. With the untimely passing of his father at age 6, he and his siblings helped out wherever they could. Albert Harris married Cecilia when Norm was 8 and took care of this family of eight. Norman, as a boy, worked as a newspaper carrier. Subsequently, at age 15 in 1957, he worked for J. C. Penney’s in Alpena, which began a long career in the retail business. He married MaryAnn Corriveau on December 28, 1963.


After 10 years with J. C. Penney’s, Norman joined Sears and Roebuck Company in 1967 as a department manager, eventually becoming Operations Manager after moving from Alpena to Jackson, MI to Freeport, IL to Normal, IL and finally to Michigan City, IN. Norman left Sears in 1982. He purchased a Montgomery Ward’s Catalog Store in Laporte, IN. Shortly thereafter, he bought “Quality Bakery” in Karwick Plaza in Michigan City and opened a satellite store in New Buffalo, MI. In 1990, after many successful years ‘making the donuts’, he sold the bakery and built “Flip’s Cascade Mountain Adventure Park” until his retirement in 2007.


He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed travel and golf. He really enjoyed watching his Detroit Red Wings or Detroit Lions or Detroit Tigers play professional sports. His passion was card games, especially Bridge and Poker. You could always find him playing bridge on-line and well as having friends come over for Poker night or Bridge club. Norm was also very active in the Catholic Church, volunteering whenever he could.


He took great pride in the accomplishments of his family members, especially his grandchildren.


Norm will always be remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues as a kind and gentle man who ‘led by example’ and tried to instill a pronounced ‘work-ethic’ into his children. Norm ‘walked-the-walk.’ He was always upbeat, with a great sense of humor, and enjoyed a good joke or prank. Those who knew him were truly blessed.


His children are as follows: Jeffrey A. and Patty Filipiak of Michigan City, IN; Curtis J. and Shannon Filipiak of Western Springs, IL; Edwin and Kendra K. Wollert of Corvalis, OR; and Robert and Carla M. Neary of Michigan City, IN. His grandchildren are: Joseph and Kylie Filipiak of Michigan City; Connor and Tess Filipiak of Western Springs, IL; and Rory, Molly, MaryCate, and Liam Neary of Michigan City, IN.


Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Queen of all Saints Catholic Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN. A private burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 10:00 am Saturday at the church. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360.


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


 

Charles "Dan" Daniel Firebaugh

Charles "Dan" Daniel Firebaugh, 90, of rural La Porte, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso. 

   

Dan was born in Wooster, OH, on June 28, 1930 to George Marshall and Mary Lillian (Coffman) Firebaugh. 

 

He married Nina Meyers on September 4, 1954 in Galena Baptist Church, La Porte County.  She survives as his beloved wife of 66 years.  Also surviving are his children; Jane Firebaugh of Porter, Jerry (Mona Reinhard) Firebaugh of Winfield, IL, and Karen Firebaugh of rural La Porte; a brother, John (Francille) Firebaugh of Columbus, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Della Daugherty, Annie Australia Baldridge, and Marian Vermillion; and brothers, Wyman Firebaugh, Jay Glenn Firebaugh, George Lawrence Firebaugh, and Lowell Wayne Firebaugh.

 

Dan served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was in charge of POWs.

 

He met his wife while at Bryan College.  After graduation and marriage, he then received a Master's degree in history from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. 

He accepted Christ as his savior at a young age and lived out his faith.

Dan was a teacher and elementary school principal for over 37 years.  He was also a farmer, raising Black Angus cows.  He enjoyed flower gardening and landscaping.  People in cars passing by their house would occasionally stop and look at the photo-worthy front yard.  Starting in his late 60's, he enjoyed long-distance bicycling with his daughter Karen and son Jerry.  He made spending time with his family a priority.  He attended Liberty Bible Church. 

 

Cremation was done by Cutler Funeral Home.

   

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. (CST) on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Crots officiating.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 1 p.m. (CST) until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.   

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 50 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. La Salle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610 or Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton, TN 37321.

 

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

Joan P. Leinbach

Joan P. Leinbach, 86, of La Porte, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

 

She was born November 13, 1934, in La Porte to Willard and Margaret (Oberem) Nichols.

Joan retired from the La Porte Community School Corporation after 30 years as a devoted and caring second-grade teacher. She graduated from Ball State University and Indiana University, South Bend.  Joan enjoyed her Bunco club and Lincoln Elementary School retired teachers’ group, and for many years volunteered at the La Porte Hospital gift shop, Door Village Harvest Festival and La Porte County Pioneerland. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in La Porte.

 

Joan is survived by her children, Matt (Mary Lynne) Plis of Glendale, Arizona, Mark Plis of Tijeras, New Mexico, Margo (Matt) Bowen of Michiana Shores, Indiana, Marti (Andy Card) Hankins of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Ben and Abe Plis, Montana Kliphan, Morgan Schwarz, Taylor Bowen, and Max and Mason Hankins; a great-grandson, Jaden Schwarz; and a sister, Betty Bunce of Freeport, Florida. Joan was preceded in death by husband Dr. Earl R. Leinbach, and siblings Richard Nichols, Jeanette Gaekle, and Willard Nichols, Jr.  She was previously married to the late Joseph S. Plis of La Porte.

 

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2020, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G. Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350, where family and friends may visit one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Fletcher Cemetery, Hamlet, Indiana.

 

Due to Covid-19 all attending are required to wear a mask.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Lincoln Elementary School Library, 402 Harrison Street, La Porte, Indiana, 46350, or The Bethany Foundation, 102 G. Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350.  Contributions will be accepted at the funeral service, or they may be mailed directly.

 

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

Scott Gesse

Scott Gesse, 54, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 30, 2020, at his brother's home in La Porte, IN.

 

He was born March 16, 1966 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Walter L. and Charlotte (Reed) Gesse.

Scott was an outgoing man who loved sports, particularly the Cubs. He enjoyed going to Casinos and trying his luck at various games. A partial owner of a storage facility in Ft Wayne, Scott spent much of his time going through the abandoned storage lockers searching for treasures, especially scrap metals, and cleaning them up for the next renter. He also enjoyed auctioning and volunteered as a clerk at auctions. Scott would ride his lawnmower for hours, smoking his cigar and thinking about life.

 

He is survived by his four brothers, Tim (Chris) Gesse of La Porte, IN, Rick (Kathy) Gesse of La Porte, IN, his best friend Todd Gesse of La Porte, IN and Tabb Gesse of La Porte; seven nieces and nephews and many friends from Ft. Wayne.

 

Scott was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Darla L.Guthrie.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.  The family will hold a private interment at Pine Lake Cemetery. 

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Social and Learning Institute, 201 E Garfield St, Michigan City, IN 46360 or VNA Hospice,803 Washington St., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Robert "Bob" Ernest East

Robert “Bob” Ernest East, 78, of Michigan City, passed away due to complications with Covid-19 at 7:52 am, Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

He was born October 4 th,1942, in Michigan City, Indiana to Ernest East and Alice (Crawford-East) Shaffer.

Robert served for the US Army as a combat engineer from 1959-1962 and was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany. He retired from Nipsco as a dozer operator for the coal handling department after 27 years of service and also worked for Clark Equipment for 9 years. He was a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church and an usher for many years. He was a member of American Legion Post 451 and took great pride in his involvement in the honor guard and the flag presentation to veteran families. Bob was also a ham radio operator for many years and was recognized on air as WB9WNU and KC9NP.

Additionally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Queens Church), Founder of MCROCKS, an avid Trump supporter, and classic muscle car enthusiast. He was a frequent patron of Schoops diner where he enjoyed visiting with his “coffee buddies.” Above all, Robert loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed pool parties and cookouts, holidays, family dinners, but most of all he enjoyed family vacations.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years Anita (Cizewski) and three children. Dawn (Patrick) Landers, Duane (Richelle Millich) East and Jason (Anne) East.

He is also survived by grandchildren Danielle (Josh) Solano, Amber and Wyatt East, Erin, Katie and John East and Trevor Ackerman. Also surviving are great grandchildren Connor and Garret Solano, sister-in laws Dennice Adrian and Diana Parker, and several loved nieces and nephews. Robert also leaves behind his loving companion dog Dillon.

Preceding in death were his parents, his sister Celia Flowers, his step-father Robert Shaffer, and his grandson Steven Skoczek.

The East family would like to personally thank Marie (Duval) Macke, RN, Dr. Jamile Shammo, MD, Dr. Christopher Seder, MD, and their colleagues and staff at the Rush Cancer Center. We would also like to thank the compassionate staff who cared for him in the ICU while we could not be with him.

Cremation will take place. A proper Christian burial and Military Veteran Service will take place at Queens Catholic Church at a later date due to Covid-19. 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 web site at www.otthaverstock.com.


 

Joanne Harding Gillerlain

Joanne Harding Gillerlain, 79, passed away Sunday November 22, 2020 at Brentwood Assisted Living in LaPorte, IN.

 

She was born November 29, 1941 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of the late Charles and Rufina ( Stockman) Harding.

 

Joanne is the beloved wife of Paul Gillerlain, the loving mother of Tim (Sue) Gillerlain and Teri and the late Todd (Regina) Gillerlain; sister to Ken (Tricha) Harding; Mary Ann and the late Phil Harding; grandmother to five grandchildren, Jack, Sarah, Danny, Patsy, Maggie.

 

She was an R.N. at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, before retiring with her husband to La Porte.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. The family has selected cremation.  Due to Covid restrictions, services will be held at a later date.

 

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

Donna L Smith

Donna L Smith, 75, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Miller's Health and Rehab in La Porte

 

She was born August 11, 1945 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Charles and Mary Lou (Graham) Greenlaw.

 

On May 31, 1969, at St. Joseph Church in LaPorte, she married Gerald "Jerry" Smith who preceded her in death October 13, 2019.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Donna was a self-employed hairdresser at Donna's Beauty Boutique, retiring in 2017 after 48 years. She continued to work at Hair Control for 3 more years. Donna was also a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, the La Porte Womens' Elk's Lodge 396 and the American Legion Post 83 auxiliary. She loved living on Pine Lake and saved the lives of three men whose boat capsized, receiving the Red Cross award. Because of her years of owning her business and dedication to her family, church and community, in 2015 the mayor declared November 27 Donna Greenlaw Smith Day, presenting her with a proclamation.  Donna enjoyed the Cubs, golfing and bowling, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Grandma Horsey".

 

She is survived by her son, Marc (Kathleen) Smith of Valparaiso, IN; daughter, Dana (David) Henderson of LaPorte, IN; twin brother, Dan (Gale) Greenlaw of Laporte, IN; her grandchildren, Ashley, Katelyn, and Zachary Smith and Abigail, Emma, Isabella and David Henderson, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerry; and brothers, Leroy and Patrick Greenlaw.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30a.m.  A Catholic Mass will then be offered Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, masks are required and social distancing will be observed, both at the funeral home and the church.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 213 West Institute Place Suite 302 Chicago, IL 60610 in Donna Smith's name.

 

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

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Robert Morn McGee

Robert Morn McGee, 90, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at his home.

 

Robert was born on May 16, 1930 in La Porte, IN, to Basil and Cora (Mandeville) McGee.

 

On April 17, 1949 in Michigan City, he married Geraldine "Gerry" Virge who preceded him in death on May 14, 2015.  Surviving Robert are his children, Robert "Bob" McGee of La Porte, Penny Kaderly of La Porte, Linda Fisher of N. Las Vegas, NV, Nancy Goff of Decatur, MI, and Michael McGee of Hudson Lake; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Snyder of Diamondhead, MS; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings, Tom McGee and Connie "Cora" Smith.

 

Robert was a pipefitter for many years with the Pipefitter Local 172, South Bend.  He loved jewelry making and silversmithing.  Robert also loved painting and artwork.  He enjoyed traveling, RVing, and fishing,.  Robert loved to read western novels and watch westerns.  He deeply loved his wife of 66 years.  Robert was a devoted husband and father.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  Memorial service to be announced at a later date.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

Renessa Christiane Pihl

Renessa Christiane Pihl, 30, of La Porte, Indiana, died November 20, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her family.  

 

She was born December 12, 1989 in Westwood, NJ, daughter of Keith and Renee (Volay) Pihl .

Along with her parents, Renessa lived in three different states, New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana.

 

She was a sweet young lady with beautiful hair and bright brown eyes who always gave joy and love to others.

 

Renessa is survived by her parents and her two older brothers, Kerent and his wife Sarah of Grand Rapids, MI and Rolen, his wife Erica and their children Ember and Keadyn of Las Vegas, NV.

Renessa was preceded in death by her grandparents.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN 46350 where a visitation will be held Friday, December 4, 2020 from 10:00 am to service time at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, masks will be required and social distancing observed. 

 

On line condolences may be made at haverstockfuneralhome.com

Anna Sue Arnett

Anna Sue Arnett, 63, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at Northwest Health, La Porte.

 

Anna was born on December 7, 1956 in Searcy, AR, to William and Dorothy (Todd) Bressie.

 

On August 9, 1973 in St. Joseph, MI, she married Richard who survives.  Also surviving are her children, Eric Arnett of South Bend and Carey Foldenauer of Union Mills; 3 grandchildren, Alexis Arnett, William Arnett, and Lily Foldenauer; siblings, Eva Storie of Russell, AR, Henry Bressie of Searcy, AR, and Edward Morrison of Beebe, AR; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gertrude "Trudy" Moon.

 

Anna worked in the La Porte County Public Library system for 26 years.  Her last position was as team leader for the Union Mills branch.  She very much enjoyed her years with the library and all of the friends she made within her community.  Anna enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting, and reading.  Most importantly, she enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and spending time with 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 La Porte County Public Library-Children's Programming, 904 Indiana Ave., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

Shirley Morris

Shirley Morris, 83, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 at NW Health-La Porte.

 

She was born December 5, 1936 in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, the daughter of A.H. and Kathryn (Sterling) Knutsen.

 

On December 26, 1972, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, Shirley married the late Robert Morris and shortly afterward they moved to La Porte. She worked as a secretary for Boise Cascade, currently Graphic Packaging, Inc., which she retired from after 27 years in 1999. Shirley was a member of First United Methodist Church, La Porte and loved singing in the church choir.  She was a former member of the Michigan City Women of the Moose #935, enjoyed traveling, especially cruises, and was an avid reader.

 

Shirley is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Jane Morris;  a host of close friends, including Marcia (Gary) Alexander, JoAnn (Marvin) Erby, John (Dawn) Krishack, , Mark (Lesa) Hill, Lois Hagglund, Becky Read; and many "adopted" grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; her cousin Jeffrey Knutsen; close friend, Marian Krickshack and her beloved Pomeranian pup, Buffy.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN., where a private memorial service will be held with interment at Pine Lake Cemetery.  Pastor Bob Vale, First United Methodist Church, will be officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave. La Porte, IN 46350. 

 

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

Ryan M. Losiniecki

Ryan M. Losiniecki, 38, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:20 am in his home.

Private family services will be conducted. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

Contributions may be made to American Heart Association 6100, W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

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

Robert Allen Kindig

Robert Allen Kindig, 89, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at VNA Hospice Center, Valparaiso.

 

Robert was born on May 6, 1931 in La Porte, IN, to Emery and Alta (Arndt) Kindig.

 

On October 6, 1956 in La Porte, IN , he married Nancy Kessler who preceded him in death.  Surviving Robert are his children, Robert "Rup" Kindig of La Porte, Melodie (Tim) Robinson of La Porte, Christine Kindig-Ellis of Rockton, IN, and Karen (Dale) Wright of White Haven, FL; 11 grandchildren, Timmy, Cherokee, and Kelsee Robinson, Stephen and Westley Ellis, Courtney and Corey Oman, and Lexus, Porsche, Blazer, and Royce Wright; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Trey Robinson; siblings, Juanita Curless of La Porte, Gerald Kindig of La Porte, and Cleo Bach of IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded by his parents; wife; and 8 siblings.

 

Robert proudly serviced in the U.S. Army, Active, from 1952-54, earning the Korean Service Ribbon with 2 bronze Campaign Stars, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.  He was later transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves to complete his 8 years of service.

 

Robert was a carpenter, working in construction.  He enjoyed fishing in WI, bowling, gardening, and playing horse shoes.  A highlight for Robert was watching his granddaughters' softball games.

 

A Celebration of Life Service with Full Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Jeff Zigler officiating.  Cremation will follow the service.

 

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

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 50 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, Inc., 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

 

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

Eugene F. Neulieb

Eugene F. Neulieb, 85, DeBary, Florida, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:37 pm in Advent Health Center, Palm Coast, FL.

Private funeral services will be conducted. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday December 1, 2020 the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN.

He was born November 24, 1934 in Michigan City, IN to the late Leonard and Genevieve (Bartos) Neulieb. On September 19, 1953 in Michigan City, IN he married Joyce Black who survives in DeBary, FL.

Also surviving are two daughters, Brenda Neulieb of Sanford, FL and Beth (Greg) Henn of Michigan City, IN; two sons, Bruce (Linda) Neulieb and Bradford (Kelly) Neulieb, both of Michigan City, IN; grandchildren, Sarah Bendle, Renee Bays, Nick Neulieb, Kyle Neulieb and Casey Neulieb; step-granddaughter, Brooke Kubath; great-grandchildren, Colin, Braden, Caiden, Hunter, Chase and Maveryk; two step-great-grandchildren, Mason and Sam; and three sisters, Phyllis Nowatzke of Michigan City, IN, Barbara Hewitt of Westville, IN and Lorraine Barber of West Lafayette, IN.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Neulieb.

Eugene retired after 20 years as a firefighter for the Michigan City Fire Department. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

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

Louise M. (Wallin) Gray

Louise M. (Wallin) Gray, 99, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Brentwood at La Porte.

 

Louise was born in 1921 in North Judson, Indiana.  Growing up on the family farm, she was a good student whose dream was to attend college.  As a child, she loved music, dancing and going with Mom and Pop to dances where “Pop” played his concertina in the polka band.  Instead of college, she stayed at home with Mom and Pop, Louis E. and Rose Ann (Klecka) Krulik, as well as her younger sis, Evelyn, to help with farm chores.  By that time, her brother, Chuck, was an Army Paratrooper.

 

As a teenager, she met Larry S. Wallin, a handsome Norwegian, who also went to Saturday night dances.  It was love at first sight and when Louise graduated from high school the two married.  The couple lived in North Judson and Union Mills eventually moving to La Porte with their daughter, Linda.  Larry was a Master Electrician and a builder with many skills.  Louise first worked as a clerk typist at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant but her career in life was as a Legal Secretary until she was about 72.  The Wallins were very active at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Louise supported Linda in her stewardess career and loved taking a plane trip whenever possible. 

 

In 1967, the love of her life, Larry, passed away.  Soon after that, Linda and her family moved to Texas where Louise visited them often.  A few years later, the family encouraged her to attend a “Parents without Partners” event just to have dinner and enjoy dance music.  Frank E. Gray, a widower, also enjoyed music and loved to dance.  The meeting was meant to happen.  A year later, they married and Louise became mom to 4 teenage sons.

 

The Grays were active Bethany Lutheran Church members and enjoyed the Kouples Klub.  Louise worked on the Stewardship Committee, enjoyed the Peanut Butter Bible Study, and the Rebecca Circle.  She loved the annual “Taste of Bethany” when she would bake dozens of Kolache in honor of her Czech Heritage.  Along the way, Louise had fun with her friends as a charter member of the Red Hat Society called “Les Chapeaux Rouge of La Porte”.

 

Frank passed away in 1998 from complications of a blood disorder.  As a “pay-back” to the American Red Cross for all the blood Frank had received, Louise and a Red Cross representative organized blood drives every other month at Bethany Church.  Louise worked tirelessly delivering announcements to the radio station, Herald-Argus paper, and to the bank for the corner marquis.  She made dozens of tuna sandwiches and provided drinks for the donors.

 

At age 92, she could no longer continue her passion, even though she argued “yes, I can”.  In her honor, The American Red Cross held the November 2013 drive.  The H-A newspaper did a great article and photo of this long-time La Porte resident telling of the upcoming event, but mostly telling of Louise’s volunteering.  The turnout was huge.

 

Louise is survived by her daughter, Linda (Tom, deceased) Hughes; grandson, Thomas Hughes, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jason (Tylene) Hughes, Zoie (DR) Davenport, Wyatt Hughes, and Emma Hughes; great, great-grandchildren, Allison Hughes, Audrina and Olivia Davenport, and Julius Jay "JJ" Hughes; sister, Evelyn Pilar; stepdaughter-in-law, Carolyn Gray; stepsons, Lenny (Beth) Gray and Gary (Cheryl) Gray; stepgrandchildren, Natalie Gray-Sopterean, Alexis Gray, Nadine Barnes Coulter, and Stephanie Hoffman; as well as many nieces, nephew and cousins.

 

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother, Charles E. Krulik; and stepsons, Robbie and Steven Gray.

 

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.  Interment will take place at Carmel Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Meyer officiating.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in the Spring.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross of La Porte County, 113 Warren Road., Michigan City, IN  46360 or the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN  46545.

 

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

Keith A. Harris

Keith A. Harris, 63, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:11 am in Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be announced at a later date. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.

 

Contributions may be made to any of the local Veteran's Organizations.

 

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

Julie Ann Fish

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, Nora, and three special grandchildren; mother; 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 crafting, going antiquing, and visiting garage sales.

 

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

 

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

 

Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com

 

James L. Quartuccio

James L. Quartuccio, 93, of La Porte passed away Friday, November 20, 2020.

 

He was born August 4, 1927 in Michigan City to Gioacchino “Jack” and Eliza (Thibideau) Quartuccio.

 

He was the owner of Quartuccio Spaghetti Western Boot Company and Leather Repair and formerly worked at Studebaker in South Bend, IN, at Whirlpool as an industrial engineer, and at Arno Adhesive Tape as a purchasing agent. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and of the choir. In 1946, he graduated from St. Mary High School and enlisted in the US Navy Medical Corps. He was a former member of the YMCA, a charter member of the Maple City Lions Club, and a former member of SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America). James's barbershop chorus won a national championship in 1956 and recorded an album to commemorate the honor. James also sang and performed in many La Porte Little Theatre productions.

 

James loved to sing Ave Maria at weddings, O Holy Night at midnight mass, Italian folk songs and arias while making homemade meatballs in the kitchen. He loved his dogs: scraggly Homer, and then, aristocratic Annie. He loved to swim at the Y. He loved picking up a toddler who had just taken a fall, swooping in to make the child laugh. He loved taking great care of a child with the sniffles or a freshly skinned knee. He was quick to visit anyone he knew who had fallen ill and was known for bringing a bowl of pasta to patients in their hospital beds. He loved talking expressively with his hands, punctuating storylines. He loved his family, as they will always love him. 

 

On August 15, 1953, James married Norene Schmich who survives with their children, Jack P. Quartuccio (wife, Linda) of Michigan; Cathleen A. (husband, Anthony DiOrio) Quartuccio of Chicago; Jane E. Quartuccio of La Porte; Michael J. Quartuccio of La Porte; and Amy (husband, Joseph K.) Zook of Michigan City. He had eleven grandchildren: Jessica (husband, Brody) Komp of Indiana; Kelly (husband, Paul) Lillig of Michigan; Laura (husband, Trevor) Carlson of Indiana; LeAnna Quartuccio of Chicago; Samantha Musgrave of La Porte; Nicholas (wife, Kathleen) Lofton of Wyandotte, Michigan; Maxwell Lofton of Chicago;  Eliza Lofton of Morrisville, North Carolina; and Valerie Zook, Abigail Zook, and Joey Zook of Michigan City. Additionally, great- grandchildren: Lila Komp; Samuel Komp; Lucy Lillig; Paul Lillig; Sloan Carlson; Isaac Szpila-Quartuccio; Octavia Lofton; Daphne Lofton; Dahlia Hummer; Alaina Musgrave; and Eleanor Musgrave. James was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joel Quartuccio; brothers, J. Fedele Quartuccio and Theodore P. Quartuccio; sister, Joanna M. Quartuccio; great-granddaughter Sofia Komp; and great-granddaughter Ariana Lofton. 

 

Due to Covid-19, a private service and burial will take place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

 

Please share prayers, condolences, and memories at esslingfuneralhome.com.

 

The funeral service will be video streamed at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at, https://www.facebook.com/esslingchapel. You may also view the funeral at a later date at the same website.

Frank J. Parkerson

Frank J. Parkerson, 74 years old,  passed away after a lengthy illness on November 22, 2020.

 

        A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 10 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 1010 Moore Rd., Long Beach, IN. Visitation will be held at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN  from 6 pm to 8 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2020, and from 9 am to 10 am Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Swan Lake Cemetery following the Mass.

 

        Memorial contributions may be made to the Notre Dame School Foundation or the Salvation Army.

 

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

Patricia "Pat" June Legner

Patricia "Pat" June Legner, 92, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family

 

Pat was born on June 4, 1928 in Fond du Lac, WI, to Ruth (Anderson) Hanson.  She was lovingly raised by her mother and stepfather, Clarence Hanson.

 

On September 4, 1949, in La Porte, she married Rudolf "Rudy" Anton John Legner, who preceded her in death on July 27, 2017.  Surviving Pat are her beloved children, Garrick "Garry" Legner of La Porte, Doreen Legner of La Porte, and Carol (James) Hagenow of Grand Rapids, MI; 9 grandchildren, Stephanie Legner, Vanessa (Jacob) Nichols, Monica Legner, Ivy Legner, Ryan (Chelsea) Legner, Jessica (Chris) Harding, Cy Konieczny, Nicholas Hagenow, and Alexis Hagenow; 7 great-grandchildren, Zenobia Weigel, Kain Kokkeler, Elena, Henrik, and Leo Nichols, Tristin Johnson, and Jack Legner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded by her parents; husband; son, David Legner, and grandson, Nathan Konieczny.

 

Pat was a homemaker.  She enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and watching westerns.   Music was a big part of her life, particularly the oboe, which she enjoyed playing.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Bob Vale officiating.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. 

 

Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six-feet.  Also, we are limited to 50 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the La Porte First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

Jerome A. "Lefty" Jarka

Jerome A. "Lefty" Jarka, 94, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 at 6:35 am in Rittenhouse Senior Living of Michigan City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN with Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

He was born October 22, 1926 in Michigan City, IN to the late Frank and Margaret (Novak) Jarka.

Surviving are three daughters, Charmian Kalk, Melony (Dean) Jarka, and Lori Mitchell; son, Kerry (Sandy) Jarka; step-daughter, Debbie (Mark) Debiak; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife Lorraine Kuskowski; his second wife, Merle Kutch; three step-daughter's, Diane Valdez, Linda Garner and Donna Ward; step-son, Steve Kutch; sister, Shirley Frankin; two brothers, Frank "Ed" Jarka and, Clement Jarka; and a granddaughter, Sunshine Taylor.

He retired as a machinist from Joy Mfg. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, American Legion Skwiat Post 451 and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was lovingly called Lefty because he was left-handed and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan who was overjoyed that he got to see them win the World Series. Go Cubs! Lefty was also proud of the fact that he was able to save the linoleum floor at St. Stanislaus Church where is it still shines today.

Contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Renaissance Campaign, 1506 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360 or to the American Legion Skwiat Post 451, 121 Skwiat Legion Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360..

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

 

Phyllis Shiff

Phyllis Shiff, age 66, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, at NW Health La Porte.

 

She was born November 18, 1954, in Holden, West Virginia, the daughter of Vester Lee and Gladys Vance Adkins.

 

Phyllis, who lived in the area for many years, was on the swim team for La Porte High School, where she won a medal. She worked as a waitress for Luigi's for several years and was a past member of 1st Free Will Baptist Church. Phyllis enjoyed bold colors and dressed accordingly and loved listening to music. She kept a special photo album of her late daughter, Connie - her family meant everything to her.

 

Phyllis is survived by a brother, Jerry David (Marti) Adkins of Fort Worth, TX; sister, Sharon Disbrow of New Carlisle, IN;2 grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Connie Shiff; her brother, Leon Adkins, and 2 ex-husbands, Bill Schepel and James Shiff.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.  A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Calvary Baptist Church,1808 I Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Lois Idella Dyer

Lois Idella Dyer, 89, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 at Brentwood Assisted Living in La Porte.

 

She was born February 15, 1931 in Hanna, Indiana, the daughter of Merl L. and Gladys (Cumerford) James.

 

On April 19, 1952, in Door Village, she married William Dyer, who preceded her in death on December 4, 2019.

 

A resident of Rolling Prairie since 1955, she moved to New Carlisle in 1995.  A member of the Wesleyan Church in New Carlisle, Lois was a homemaker and an Avon Representative, which she loved. She enjoyed traveling with the "Avon ladies", going to conventions and workshops to places like Branson, MO. Lois had a passion for making ceramics, which she gave to all of her children and grandchildren, but her greatest passion were her grandkids and great-grandkids, who were the love of her life.  She had a porcelain doll collection, was a huge Cubs fan and NASCAR fan, especially Jeff Gordan and loved gardening.   She and her late husband spent many hours sitting together and watching the hummingbirds gather at their feeders in the backyard.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Richard (Kathleen) Dyer of New Carlisle, IN, Daniel (Debra) Dyer of La Porte, IN; daughter, Terry (Kevin) O'Neil of Rolling Prairie, IN; 7 grandchildren, Ken and Jeff Weir, Lisa Durham, Mikayla Golden, Justin Dyer, Brooke Dyer-Wolf, Christine Koster; 7 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family.

 

Lois was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; her brother, Robert James; her sister, Shirley (James) Buehrer.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will hold a private memorial service and interment of cremated remains Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the AlzheimersAsso at act.alz.org or 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL 17, Chicago IL 60601 or the Wesleyan Church, 32645 Early Rd, New Carlisle, IN 4655

 

Online condolences or floral orders may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

LaVicie Mae Weaver Runkle

LaVicie Mae Weaver Runkle, 85,  went to her eternal home with the Lord and Savior on November 17, 2020. 

 

LaVicie was born September 30, 1935 in Wabash Co Indiana to Arthur and Cleo Weaver.  She graduated from Urbana High School near Wabash Indiana in 1954. She married Dean Runkle August 1956 and they enjoyed 57 years together.  Dean preceded her in death August 2013.  They had one daughter Karen (Craig) Snyder of Monument, Colorado; and two grandchildren, Matthew Snyder of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Brooke (Davin) Duke of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is survived by one sister, Lois (Bill) Rettig of Wabash, Indiana. Donna Weaver Unger Harstine preceded her in death June 2007. 

 

LaVicie developed a love of travel, photography, and adventure that she pursued throughout her life.  She gave her heart and soul as a volunteer for People to People, serving on the International Board of Directors for eight years and as a Trustee for People to People International for many years. She lived and breathed their mission of “peace through understanding.” She loved meeting people and cultivated an endless number of lifelong friendships that she kept dear to her heart throughout all her years.

 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in LaPorte, Indiana, and the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Arizona where they first lived as part-time, then eventually as full-time residents. 

 

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Frank L Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 am. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to People to People International International Travel Programs for Students | People to People, First United Methodist Church in LaPorte Give | Laporte First United Methodist Church (laportefumc.org) or Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley Valley Presbyterian Church - Home.

 

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

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