Obituaries

Jack Dean Werner

Jack Dean Werner, 88, of Union Mills, Indiana, passed away on April 11th, 2024, at home, surrounded by his family.

 

Jack was born on September 1st, 1935, in La Porte, IN, to Valentine and Esther (Reeves) Werner.

 

On March 21st, 1959, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Union Mills, he married Marian Hefner, who survives. Also surviving are his 2 nieces, Tammy (Paul) Heinen of Union Mills and Kelly (Terry) Nelson of La Porte; 2 nephews, Jeffrey (Dawn) Werner of Union Mills and Kevin (Susan) Werner of Crown Point; 2 great nieces, Alex and Abby Werner; 4 great nephews, Jon (Tara), Joe (Dalis), Nathan (Cie Ana), and K.C. Werner; 2 great, great nieces, Esmé and Annelia; 5 great, great nephews, Brysen, Rayland, Kayden, Jackson, and Landon; and goddaughter, Mary (Steve) Blazek.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Marge, Evelyn, Mary, and June; 3 brothers, Jim, Walter, and David; and nephew, Jay.

 

Jack was a dairy farmer who enjoyed wildflowers, wildlife, flowers, and gardening.  He truly enjoyed the simple things in life.  Jack was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, where he was the oldest living member and a full-session member.  He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and a former board member of Union Mills Cemetery.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18th, 2024, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Union Mills with Pastor Bill Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Union Mills Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the church.

 

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

 

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

Jack Dean Werner

Jack Dean Werner, 88, of Union Mills, Indiana, passed away on April 11th, 2024, at home, surrounded by his family.

 

Jack was born on September 1st, 1935, in La Porte, IN, to Valentine and Esther (Reeves) Werner.

 

On March 21st, 1959, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Union Mills, he married Marian Hefner, who survives. Also surviving are his 2 nieces, Tammy (Paul) Heinen of Union Mills and Kelly (Terry) Nelson of La Porte; 2 nephews, Jeffrey (Dawn) Werner of Union Mills and Kevin (Susan) Werner of Crown Point; 2 great nieces, Alex and Abby Werner; 4 great nephews, Jon (Tara), Joe (Dalis), Nathan (Cie Ana), and K.C. Werner; 2 great, great nieces, Esmé and Annelia; 5 great, great nephews, Brysen, Rayland, Kayden, Jackson, and Landon; and goddaughter, Mary (Steve) Blazek.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Marge, Evelyn, Mary, and June; 3 brothers, Jim, Walter, and David; and nephew, Jay.

 

Jack was a dairy farmer who enjoyed wildflowers, wildlife, flowers, and gardening.  He truly enjoyed the simple things in life.  Jack was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, where he was the oldest living member and a full-session member.  He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and a former board member of Union Mills Cemetery.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18th, 2024, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Union Mills with Pastor Bill Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Union Mills Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the church.

 

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

 

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

Roy Harold Pennington Sr.

Roy Harold Pennington Sr., 75, of La Porte, Indiana, suddenly passed away on April 11th, 2024, at his daughter's home, where he was surrounded by his loving family

 

Roy was born on April 13th, 1948, in Viper, KY, to Luther and Dora (Fields) Pennington.

 

On February 13th, 1971, in La Porte, IN, he married Tonya Vermilyer, who survives. Also surviving are his 6 children, Dora Jones of La Porte, Roy Pennington, Jr. of La Porte, Rich Pennington of La Porte, Amanda Pennington of La Porte, Carl Pennington of La Porte, and Roger Watt of North Vernon, IN; 12 grandchildren, Kyle, Jacob, Shelby, Chelsey, Cody, Cory, Bailee, Brooklyn, Colton, Reid, Liam, and Elliana; great-grandchildren, Aria, Korbyn, Layla, Greyson, Preston, and Kenyan; 3 sisters, Martha Sumner of Skuddy, KY, Linda Smith of Austin, IN, and Rita Lowe of Austin, IN; 4 brothers, Tommy Pennington of Austin, IN, johnny Pennington of Austin, IN, Jerry Pennington of Austin, IN, and Troy Pennington of Marengo, IN; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Dora Pennington; 3 brothers, Jay, Gene, and Don Pennington; daughter-in-law, Sherri Pennington; and grandson, Dakota Pennington.

 

Roy was a car enthusiast, buying and selling cars throughout his life.  He enjoyed fishing, the color blue, riding his scooter, visiting the casino, caring for his neighbors, and attending car shows.  Roy also enjoyed leisurely drives looking at cars.  Most importantly, he dearly loved his children and grandchildren, who were his whole life.  Roy's greatest moments were spent with his family.  He will be fondly remembered for his humor and for being the life of the party.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Monroe Jones officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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

Katherine A. Richmond

Katherine A. Richmond, 70, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at 3:55 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City, Michigan City, Indiana

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Monday, April 15th, 2022, at 12:00 pm in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1506 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana with Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Private family entombment will take place in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum, Michigan City, Indiana.  Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 am until the time of service in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.  Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana.   

 

She was born November 1st, 1953, in Miller, Indiana to the late Warren and Priscilla (McGinn) Mulzon. On September 1st, 1973, in New Buffalo, Michigan she married Michael "Mick" Richmond who survives in Michigan City, Indiana. Also surviving are daughter, Kimberly Riley, son, Brian (Jennifer) Richmond both of Michigan City, Indiana; grandchildren, Natalie (Corey) McDonough, Ryne Riley, Lucas Richmond, and Brenna Richmond; two sisters, Theresa Mulzon of Sawyer, Michigan, and Margie Demarrow of Three Oaks, Michigan; brothers, John (Norma) Mulzon of La Porte, Indiana, David Mulzon of New Buffalo, Michigan and Thomas (Jen) Mulzon of Michigan City, Indiana; She was preceded in death by brother, Mickey Mulzon and a sister, Karen Purnell; 

 

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church along with being a choir member at the church.  She was a long-time St. Stanislaus Church Girl Scout leader. Katherine also enjoyed gardening and her grandchildren.

 

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 www.otthaverstock.com.

Patricia Novak

Patricia Novak, 80, from Michigan City, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 1st, 2024, at 6:11 p.m. in her home.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14th, 2024, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN with Pastor Brian Parker officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service Sunday at the funeral chapel.

 

She was born on August 23rd, 1943, in Michigan City, Indiana, to the late James and Gertrude (Kniola) Dickerhoff. On July 8, 1961, in Michigan City, Indiana, she married John Novak, who preceded her in death on December 23rd, 2013. 

 

Surviving are her two daughters, Lisa Novak and Tammy (Benny Taylor) Novak both of Michigan City, Indiana; one son, Paul (Lucrethia "Lucy" Altman) Novak of Montpelier, Indiana; two sisters, Joyce Gayheart of Westville, Indiana and Linda (Douglas) Steinhiser of Michigan City, Indiana; ten grandchildren, Jonathon (Christina Venner) Gouge, Kristopher (Katy) Gouge, Brian Gouge, Steven Gouge, Robbie (Katie Schonberger) Novak, Joann (Jon Tharp) Cooper, Joshua (Mandy) McCoy, Katelyn Hansen, Marissa Novak, and Adjalena Altman; fourteen great-grandchildren, Parker, Paige, Molly, Benjamin, Jaeden, Gavin, Bradley, Averi, Haley, Avery, Hazel, Ian, AJ, and Ezra.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Kathy "Sissy" Hansen; and one brother, James "Shorty" Dickerhoff.

 

Patricia was formerly a manager for Sears and Walmart. In her younger days, she was an avid bowler. She was a member of St. Mary the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City. More recent, she enjoyed sitting sessions on her front porch watching the neighbors and birds. She grew fond of the hummingbirds and cardinals. Patricia loved cooking and was always captured tending to her garden. She also loved spending time with her sisters. Her family described her as, "The Best, funny, selfless strongest person." Patricia was the one known to be the rock and glue that held the family together. She will be missed, most certainly.

 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 in remembrance of Patricia Novak.

 

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

Matthew Mercier

Matthew Mercier, 62, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana passed away Wednesday, April 10th, 2024. 

 

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 19th, 2024, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.

 

Family and friends may also visit from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning in the funeral home prior to the Mass. 

Robert Michael Powell

Robert Michael Powell, 93, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at Settlers Place.

 

Robert was born in La Porte, IN, on June 7th, 1930, to Michael and Ethel (Smith) Powell.

 

On June 6th, 1953, in La Porte, he married Pauline Steinfeldt, who preceded him in death on October 12th, 2022. Surviving Robert are his 2 sons, Michael Powell of La Porte and Mark Powell of Longmont, CO; 3 grandchildren, Morgan Powell of Brentwood, TN, McKenzie Powell of South Bend, and Robert Carl Powell of Longmont, CO; sister, Debbie Nixon of La Porte; brother-in-law, Jim Deveraux of Fort Myers, FL; 2 nieces, Sheila Nixon of La Porte and Peggy Deveraux of Cape Coral, FL; nephew, David Deveraux of La Porte; and former daughters-in-law, Ronda Powell of La Porte and Mary Powell of Longmont, CO.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Zinita Deveraux; brother-in-law, Raymond Nixon; and 2 nieces, Kathy Deveraux and Shelly Nixon Games.

 

Robert was a barber for approximately 35 years.  He enjoyed hunting, gardening, raising cattle, horses, and chickens, growing Christmas trees, and fishing, particularly with his grandchildren. Robert will be very fondly remembered for dearly loving his wife, Pauline Powell.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, 2024, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Ronald Brauer officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Friday.

 

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.

Jeffrey "Jeff" Thomas Klinedinst

Jeffrey "Jeff" Thomas Klinedinst, 59, passed away on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, at his home, surrounded by family, after a valiant 10-year battle against cancer.

 

Jeff was born on October 22nd, 1964, in La Porte, IN, to Thomas Klinedinst and Valerie (Szynal) Anez.

 

On February 14th, 2007, in La Porte, IN, he married Crystal Rial, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Jame Menefee of Lexington, SC; sisters, Julie Klinedinst and Gail (Crys) Beal, both of La Porte; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Tammy Klinedinst.

 

Jeff spent much of his life working as a painter, but also worked in the tree removal service. He loved working in his yard, tending to even the most minute details. Jeff enjoyed listening to classic rock and watching horror movies.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Marie D. Polita

Marie D. Polita, 85, Trail Creek, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, at 12:04 pm in her home.

 

Private services will be conducted. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 12, 2024, at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN.    

 

She was born May 25th, 1938, in Michigan City, IN to the late Jake and Marie (Wisthoff) Povlock. On January 13th, 1962, in Michigan City, IN she married Thaddeus "Ted" Polita who preceded her on September 10th, 1988.

 

Surviving are her son, Todd (Jody) Polita of Trail Creek, IN; grandchild, Danielle (Tyson) Blattner of Overland Park, KS; two great-grandchildren, Dax and Bodie Blattner; two sisters, Diane (Rick) Sweney of Long Beach, IN, and Janet Bergeron; four brothers, Jack Povlock of Trail Creek, IN, LaMonte Povlock of California, Daniel Povlock of The Pines, IN and Stephen (Brenda) Povlock of Rolling Prairie, IN; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jane Randhan; two brothers, Joseph Povlock and Lee Povlock.   

 

Marie had worked at Fiber Bond and she was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Michigan City, IN, and the Michigan City Senior Center. She enjoyed playing cards and being with her family.

 

Contributions may be made to Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360. 

 

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

Violet M. DiPaolo

Violet M. DiPaolo, 99, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at 1:22 pm in her home.

 

Private family services will be conducted. The burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.  The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

 

She was born January 31st, 1925, in Florence, WI to the late Richard and Leona (LeFebve) Peisker. On October 5th, 1946, in Michigan City, Indiana she married Samuel D. DiPaolo who preceded her on May 21st, 1988.

 

Surviving are two nieces, Debra (Harold) Maitland of Michigan City, IN, and, Jane Ann Bloom of Angola, IN; three great-nephews, Mathew (Jana) Peisker of Michigan City, IN, Rick (Debbie) Hutchinson of Hobart, IN and Shawn Maitland of Michigan City, IN.

 

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Diane  DiPaolo and Nancy DiPaolo; son, Daniel  DiPaolo; and two brothers, James and Jack Peisker.   

 

Violet had worked as an operator at AT&T. She enjoyed shopping, reading, traveling, watching golf, and her Fannie Mae Meltaways. Violet lived by her faith in God.

 

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. 

 

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

David Anthony James

David Anthony James, a man of courage, intelligence, and adventure, passed away on April 2nd, 2024, in Falls Church, Virginia, at the age of 81. Born on June 27th, 1942, in La Porte, Indiana, David was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend who lived a life marked by service, dedication, and love.

 

David graduated from La Porte High School in 1961 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from Indiana University in 1967. His thirst for knowledge and excellence led him to the University of Southern California, where he received an MBA in Finance in 1972. Further honing his skills, David became a Certified Acquisition Professional after attending the United States Defense Acquisition University in 2000.

 

David's distinguished career began with his role as a Communications Chief in the United States Air Force. He continued his service to the country as a Communications Chief and Contracting and Procurement Specialist in the United States Army Reserve. His expertise in finance and contracts led him to work with prestigious organizations such as the United States Office of Justice Special Programs, the National Institutes of Health, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the commercial banking sector. David retired as a Captain from the Armed Forces of the United States of America in June 2002, leaving behind a legacy of honor and commitment.

 

Throughout his career, David earned several certifications, including Professional Contract Manager from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and Federal Contracts Manager. His dedication to his field was matched by his commitment to service, as evidenced by his Top Secret/TS SSBI security clearance.

 

David was an active member of several organizations, including the Indiana University Alumni Association, where he served as President of the IU Alumni Club of Los Angeles. He was also a member of the USC Business Alumni Association, Military Officers Association of America, National Contract Management Association, and the Camp Perry Civilian Marksmanship Program. His faith played a significant role in his life, and he was a devoted member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in La Porte, Indiana, where he served as an Altar Boy in his youth, and Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

David's interests were as diverse as his talents. He enjoyed East Coast Swing dancing, European travel, and was an avid sports fan, particularly of IU basketball. His passion for photography and cameras, computer programming, and Big Band music, especially the works of Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton, brought joy to his life and to those around him.

 

David was an incredibly loving and dedicated husband to his wife, Paula M. James, whom he married on May 16th, 2016. He was the father to his sons, Michael T. James and Matthew D. James, and grandfather to Everett, Curtis, Joaquim, Diego, and Lucia James. David cherished his family's heritage and was the guardian of treasured heirlooms that held the family's history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley A. Strojny and Tamar V. (James) Strojny.

 

Those who knew David will remember him for his loving nature, his dedication to family reunions and celebrations, and his support for programs that benefited his church and the military. David's curiosity, authenticity, and special character touched the lives of all who knew him. He lived every day to the fullest, leaving a lasting impact on his community and loved ones.

 

David Anthony James will be deeply missed, yet his legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known him. His adventurous spirit, courageous heart, and intelligent mind have left an indelible mark on this world.

 

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 12th, 2024, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue. 

 

Funeral Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the Funeral Home where family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service. 

 

Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in La Porte, Indiana.

 

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

Juanita Mae Curless

Juanita Mae Curless, 96, of New Carlisle passed away on April 4th, 2024, at Hamilton Communities.

 

Juanita was born in La Porte, Indiana on October 25th, 1927, to Emery and Alta (Arndt) Kindig.

 

She married Albert "Ob" Curless who preceded her in death.  Surviving are her sons, Terry (Yvonne) Curless of La Porte and Gary (Linda) Curless of New Carlisle; daughter-in-law, Angie Curless; 7 grandchildren, Chad (Kelli) Curless, Nicholas (Joanna) Curless, Ryan (Anisha) Curless, Aliesha (Christopher) Hohalek, Garrett (Tara) Curless, Brittany (Sam) Miller, and Bryan (Tabatha) Curless; 14 great-grandchildren, Grace. Griffey, Aiden, Autumn, Lyla, Lane, Jerricho, Jameson, Jay, Ethan, Carver, Piper, Cameron, and Bryceton; siblings, Cleo Bach of Illinois and Gerald Kindig of Michigan City; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Randy Curless; brothers, William, Gordon, James, Robert, and Warren Kindig; sisters, June Wintek, Nancy Kindig; Sharon Greenlaw.

 

Juanita was a seamstress for Kingsley Furniture.  She loved cooking, especially her specialty Christmas pizza. In their younger years, Juanita and Ob enjoyed square dancing together and camping with their young family. Juanita had a card-playing family, particularly Euchre.  She watched sports of all kinds but was an avid Cubs fan.  Juanita especially loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events.

 

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Cremation will take place following the service.  A private family burial at Patton Cemetery will take place at a later date.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice Foundation, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, IN  46383, or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Lorena M. Ritter

Lorena M. Ritter, 85, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 14th, 2024, at Brickyard Healthcare- Fountainview Terrace in La Porte, IN.

 

She was born August 12th, 1938, in La Porte, Indiana. Her parents were Floyd E. Scott and Maxine (Kirkham) Scott, both of whom preceded her in death.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Lorena was a graduate of La Porte High School, class of 1957. On August 3rd, 1957, she married George Ritter, who passed away in 2002. A homemaker, Lorena was a past member of the Pine Lake Grange. She loved crafts like knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing and decoupage. Lorena was an avid reader and a huge Elvis fan who finally got to see him in concert. More recently, she enjoyed traveling with senior bus groups and belonged to a card club with lifelong friends.

 

Lorena is survived by her two sons, George (Kim) Ritter Jr. of La Porte, IN, Gary Ritter of La Porte, IN; daughter, Gayle (Pete) Hill of Crowley, TX; four grandchildren, Erik (Michelle) Ritter, Andrea (Brent) Samford, Andrew (Talitha) Hill, Courtney Hill; five great-grandchildren, Talon Samford, Rhys Ritter, Emily Ritter, Emma Hill and Landyn Hill; 

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN. Memorial service Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Visitation is 10 am to 11 am with service starting at 11 am. Pastor Jeff Zigler with La Porte First Church of God will be officiating. Cremation has taken place.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Lorena's honor to the Alzheimer's Assoc. Greater Indiana Northwest office, 5164 E. 81 Ave, Suite #2, Merrillville, IN 46410, or www.alz.org.

 

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

Joyce Ann Robb

Joyce Ann Robb, 72, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in her home.

 

A private celebration of her life will be held. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana is handling arrangements.   

 

Joyce was born on December 17th, 1951, in Michigan City, Indiana, to the late Oscar and Arietta (Schoonover) Durham. On November 28th, 1970, in Michigan City, Indiana, she married Duane Robb, who survives.

 

Also surviving are one daughter, Sharon Robb-Chakerian of Clinton, Indiana; one son, Steven (Sarah) Robb of Sullivan, Indiana; four grandchildren, Nolan Chakerian, Nathan Robb, Alanis Chakerian, and Jakob Robb; sister-in-law, Debbie Lucero; brothers-in-law, Danial and David Robb; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Janice (James) Egan; and three brothers, William (Mary "Bootsie") Durham, Dick (Janet) Durham, and Danial (Beverly) Durham.  

 

Joyce was a special education job coach over the years working in Michigan City and Terre Haute. She was a former member of the Red Hatters Club, and involved in Footlight Players, Inc. Joyce admired coffee, reading, rides to the beach, trips for ice cream, and enjoyed cooking. She loved all family and will be missed tremendously.

 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 in remembrance of Joyce Ann Robb.

 

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

James Kozlowski

James Kozlowski, age 81, of Porter, Indiana, passed away after a long fight with Lewy Body Dementia, on Thursday, March 28th, 2024, in LaPorte, Indiana. He was born on April 9th, 1942, in LaPorte, Indiana, to Clem and Helen (Witek) Kozlowski. James married Beth E. Kozlowski on April 5th, 1991, in Valparaiso IN.

James is survived by his loving wife, Beth Kozlowski; daughter, Ann Marie (Raymond Stone) Fraze; grandchildren, Cameron (Angie) Fraze, Matthew Fraze, Navy LCDR Benjamin (Eva) Kozlowski; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Helen Kozlowski; son, Timothy J. Kozlowski; brother, Ron Kozlowski; and sister-in-law, Sharon Kozlowski.

James graduated from Elston High School in Michigan City, IN, and attended Purdue University. He worked for Brunswick and later worked for McGills, which took him and Beth to Florida for several years, they returned to Indiana where he started working for ADT. After retiring from ADT he work for Target in Valparaiso for 9 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton IN. James was an avid golfer and was in several golf leagues. He was a dedicated White Sox and Chicago Bears fan. He absolutely loved spending quality time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. James will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2024, at 10:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304. A luncheon will follow at Chapel Hall. Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2024, from 9:00 am until the time of mass at 10:00 am at the church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Alzheimer's Association, alz.org/indiana/donate. The family would like to thank the staff at Brickyard Healthcare -Terrace Care Center in LaPorte IN, for all of their care and support. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.ee-fh.com.

Christine Renee Jarrett

Christine Renee Jarrett, 67, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, at Northwest Health-La Porte.

 

Christine was born in La Porte, IN, on February 25th, 1957, to Charles R. and Catherine B. (Zollinger) Jarrett, Sr. 

 

Surviving are her daughter, Janeen (Randy) Messer of La Porte; son, Justin Jarrett of Michigan City; grandchildren, Jagger (Skylar) and Desney (Jose) Comstock, Wyatt, Zayda and Chris Messer, Oakley, Zyon, and Kori Jarrett; brothers, William Jarrett, Jerry (Darlene) Jarrett, Chuck Jarrett, Bob (Julaine) Jarrett ; as well as nieces and nephews, Kalyn and Grace Jarrett, Jordan and Caleb Stowers, and Kyle and Griffin Jarrett.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

 

Christine was a production worker for Stelrema Corporation.  She enjoyed reading especially her favorite author, James Patterson, watching NCIS and Criminal Minds, and doing arts and crafts.  She loved listening to music, particularly Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw.   Most of all, Christine loved spoiling her grandbabies.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at Gate City Church, La Porte.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Janeen Messer, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN 46350, or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Rose Mary E. Webb

Rose Mary Webb (96) passed away on April 1st, 2024, at Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte, Indiana.

 

She was born in Coolspring Twp. to William & Theresa (Pizarek) Kieffer.  She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in 1946 and lived in Michigan City & the LaPorte area most of her life.  Raised on a farm on Kieffer Road (400 N) which was named after her grandparents.  Rose Mary was employed at Society Lingerie and Arno Tape before retiring.  She enjoyed reading, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, and going out to lunch with her school chums.  Rose Mary had a variety of health issues throughout her life but no matter what she continued to have a feisty spirit and fought up until the end.  She will be fondly missed by all who knew her.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Joseph Marciniak & Amon Webb, sisters Eleanor & Dorthy Kieffer, Margaret Keyon & Irene Skeggs, and her lifelong best friend, Rose Santow.  Surviving is one daughter Cecelia (Dale) Bell, sister-in-law Shirley West, and many nieces & nephews. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 5th, 2024, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN with  Rev. Walter Rakoczy officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Friday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.    

 

Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 411 W. 11th St., Michigan City, IN 46360, or to the Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 

 

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

Ovidio Ovalle Ramos

Ovidio Ovalle Ramos, 95, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 1st, 2024. 

 

Ovidio, husband, father, and grandfather was always known for advising and helping others to improve their well-being.  He lived a long and happy life, born in Chiriguana, Colombia on December 29th, 1928.  He went to study in Brazil where he graduated as an Architect.

 

He married Judith Abuabara for more than 50 years and had two daughters and four grandchildren who were his biggest pride.  His love of literature and broad knowledge was influential in the lives of his family and friends.  As an avid reader, his recommendations were always received with grace and appreciation by those around him.

 

His faith guided his life and was a pillar, central in the raising of his family.  Dad, your life was another proof of God loving us and an example of strength, vitality, temperance, discernment, prudence, optimism, honesty, kindness, wisdom, and unconditional love.

 

He traveled around the world with his family and surrounded by them took his last trip to eternity.  He died peacefully at home with daughters, grandchildren, sons-in-law, and a few friends.

 

Surviving are his loving daughters, Judith Ovalle Abuabara of Kansas City, Missouri, and Monica Ovalle Abuabara of La Porte; sons-in-law, Juan Jaramillo of Kansas City, Missouri, and Richard Gnaedinger of La Porte; and his four grandchildren, Anika Gnaedinger, Nicholas Gnaedinger, Oliver Gnaedinger, and JanLouis Jaramillo.  He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Sabas Abuabara of San Antonio, Texas, and Jose G. Chacón of Atlanta, Georgia as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Cremation will follow with inurnment at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Holy Family Parish for the St. Joseph’s School Project, 201 Bach St., La Porte, IN  46350.

 

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

Mabel Elizabeth Thorp

Mabel Elizabeth Thorp, 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, March 31st, 2024.

 

Mabel was born on March 5th, 1949, in Salyersville, Kentucky to Noah and Maxie (Rice) Bailey.

 

On August 31st, 1989, in La Porte, Indiana, she married Terry Thorp who preceded her in death.  Surviving are her 3 children, Terry Porter of Royalton, Kentucky, Edison (Toni) Porter of Royalton, Kentucky, and Glenda (Ellis, Jr.) Stacy of Knox; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Charley (Star) Bailey of Salyersville, Kentucky; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Junior and Kenneth Bailey; sisters, Maudie, Betty Ethel, and Thelma.  

 

Mabel worked as a laborer for Kingsley Furniture Company for over 30 years. She was a member of Sawdust Trail Missionary Baptist Church.  Mabel liked spending time with family, watching Hallmark movies, and going to her church. 

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Glenda Stacy, 2900 Monroe Street. La Porte, IN 46350, or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Frank Eldon Burnett, Jr.

Frank Eldon Burnett, Jr., 79, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 28th, 2024.  He endured over 70 chemo treatments.

 

Frank was born in New Roads, Louisiana on May 22nd, 1944, to Frank and Lillian (Picard) Burnett.

 

On February 14th, 2004 in La Porte, Indiana, he married Osa Nyby who survives. Also surviving are his children, Robert Eldon Burnett of La Porte, Scott Allen Burnett of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Steven Raymond (Janine) Burnett of La Porte, Derek (Shannon) Lee of Michigan City, David (Stephanie) Lee of Chesterton, Timothy (Hilary) Motta of New Haven, and Thain  Motta of Michigan City; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Roberta Jean (Charles) Baxley; and brother, Owen (Lyn) Freeman.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lonnie Burnett.

 

Frank was a tool & die maker for Huckins Tool & Die.  He retired in 2002.  He enjoyed cooking, fishing, hunting, sports, and watching his grandkids and great-grandkids.  Frank never met a stranger and made everyone laugh.  Most of all, Frank loved his family.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation will take place following the service.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice Foundation, Inc., 4711 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, IN  463838.

 

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

Lisa Ann Mosher

Lisa Ann Mosher, who will haunt her family from beyond if they reveal her true age, passed peacefully on March 31st, 2024. She is survived by her two siblings, Wendy Church (Terry) and Nick (Sara Lister), two nephews, Quentin and Trey, her four-legged feline daughter, Trouble, numerous furry nephews, and the lady who made her widowed father happy again, Patsy Spahn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Gyneth (McCoy) Mosher, all four grandparents, and several other furry children who came her way. Lisa never met an animal she didn’t like, and it was usually mutual.

 

Lisa was a teacher and an amazing one. She taught English as a Second Language. She was honored as Teacher of the Year once, surprising no one. Lisa was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus at a young age. Her doctors told her parents that she wouldn’t survive past 21, but she did, celebrating the anniversary of her 21st birthday over, and over, and over, and over, again. But we won’t talk about her age. During her life, diabetes threw many roadblocks at Lisa. She never got a break, but she never gave up. Lisa had the great fortune of meeting some fantastic people in her medical journey: from the doctors and nurses to the fantastic staff at Trail Creek Place and Dunes Hospice who made Lisa’s transition as peaceful as it was possible to be. Her family will be forever grateful to all of those who treated Lisa with care and compassion over the years.

 

If you’ve read this far, thank you. Lisa just can’t be summed up in five lines or less. She was greatly loved and will be forever missed.

 

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6th, 2024, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. A celebration of Life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Funeral Home following the visitation. Reverend Donald Bayne will officiate.

 

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

Barbara Jane Button

Barbara Jane Button, 62, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024.

 

Barbara was born on August 15th, 1961, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Richard and Bonnie (Smith) Button.

 

Surviving are her brother, Richard Button; nieces, Shelby Cotten of Los Angeles, California, and Stacey Bacon of Plano, Texas; great-nephew, Clark Bacon of Plano Texas; and great-niece, Jill Bacon of Plano, Texas.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; uncle, Paul Smith; and aunt, Helen Brown.

 

Barbara was in medical billing for Meduit Insurance Company.  She was a member of the YANA Service Club.  Recovery was a very important part of Barbara's life.  Barbara began her recovery journey in 1987 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She guided many women through their journey in recovery.  Barbara dearly loved animals and enjoyed crocheting and reading.  She especially loved to brag on her nieces, great-niece, and great-nephew.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at the YANA Service Club, 1621 Roberts St., La Porte.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Richard Button, 2900 Monroe Street. La Porte, IN 46350, or to the donor's choice.

 

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

Dolores Allen

Dolores Allen, 90, of Fish Lake, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

 

She was born January 10th, 1934, in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Harry Rheinholtz Sr. and Elsie (Schweder) Rheinholtz.

 

A lifelong resident of the area, Dolores graduated from Stillwell High School, class of 1952. On November 7th, 1953, at Salem Chapel in Salem Heights, she married the love of her life, John R. Allen Sr.  Dolores attended Assembly of God for many years and was a member of the Pioneer Land Quilters. Over the years, Dolores bowled and golfed in many leagues and tournaments. She loved to travel, visiting her children in Japan and Hawaii as well as taking bus trips with her brothers and sisters. She loved tending to her flower garden and lawn, zipping around on her zero-turn mower. She looked forward to pontoon boat rides on the lake, family reunions, and going to the 4th of July parade. Her family, especially her grandchildren, were precious to her, and she will be missed by all who knew her.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Vicki (Ed) Smith of Chesapeake, VA; and three sons, John R Allen, Jr. of Fish Lake, IN; Bruce (Dianne) Allen of La Porte, IN; Guy (Christine) Allen of Fish Lake, IN; son-in-law, Norman Lott of La Porte, IN; sister, Norma Zeimet of Salem Heights, IN; brother, Raymond (Sharron) Rheinholtz, Sr. of Stillwell, IN; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

 

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 1992; children, Marta C. Lott, Tamara G. Corley, and infant son Douglas Allen; daughter-in-law, Mary Florence Allen; grandsons, Edward W. Smith and Travis Heaps; and great grand-children, Maddie and Noah. Also, by her sisters, Evelyn Shuta, Marge Hansen, Marcille Malone; and brother, Harry Rheinholtz, Jr.

 

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 5th, 2024, from 10:00 to 11:00, with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Patton Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana. A luncheon will be served after the interment.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Dolores' honor to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278, Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 W. Monroe St. #1510, Chicago, IL 60661.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com

Julius Bauer

Julius Bauer

 

November 3rd, 1933 - March 27th, 2024,

 

Julius was born November 3rd, 1933, in South Bend, Indiana, the son of John and Helen (Masszi) Bauer.

 

He graduated Class of 1952 from Central High School in South Bend. He served in the Air Force from 1952 – 1960. He retired from U.S. Steel in Gary. After retiring from the Mill, he and his wife opened and operated J.I.B. Lawn and Cleaning Services.

 

On April 13th, 1957, Julius married Ilona (Kadi) Bauer, who preceded him in death on December 12th, 2014. Julius is survived by a son, Thomas (Lynsae) Bauer; a daughter, Mary (Greg) Bucy; four grandsons; seven great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, John Bauer, and a great-grandson.

 

Private family services and burial will be held.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 

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

John Harold Knoll

John Harold Knoll was born on January 26th, 1947, to the late Harold and Betty (Merchant) Knoll in LaPorte, IN. He passed away on Tuesday, March 26 after a long illness. 

 

A proud resident of LaPorte, John attended St. Peter Catholic School, and LaPorte High School, and then returned to the area after attending Ball State University where he received his teaching and business degrees. John began his career as a teacher at St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Michigan City, then teaching at Wheeler Jr. / Sr. High School, where he advanced to the role of assistant principal.

 

On June 7th, 1969, John married Susan Fulton of Angola. The couple lived in Porter County and taught at Wheeler together until they moved to LaPorte in 1980 to run the family businesses, Harold Knoll & Son Contracting and Knoll Pool Supplies. John continued to be actively involved in the community through his parish, St. Peter Catholic Church, and with organizations such as the Jaycees, Rotary Club, LaPorte County Homebuilders Association, Habitat for Humanity, and the LaPorte County Draft Horse Club. 

 

John was a loving father to daughters Michelle (Kevin) Fessel of Depauw, IN, and Stephanie (Michael) Griesinger of Carver, MN, and grandfather to Brody, Bryce, Abigail, Jacob, and Alexandra, who survive. 

 

In addition to his wife of nearly 55 years, John is also survived by his sister Nancy (Richard) Ransom of Kent, OH, and sisters-in-law Marty Burns, Bobbie (Marty) Gilbert, Pat Fulton, Joanne McKeag, Connie (Jim) Crowl, Lori (Tom) Sanborn, Jeannie DeMato, and Stacy (George) Gilbert of the Angola, IN area. He is also survived by 65 nieces and nephews. 

 

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Benjamin Fessel, his nephew, Jeff Ransom, his niece, Christine Ransom, his mother and father-in-law, and brothers-in-law Al Burns and Richard DeMato. 

 

Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, April 1st, 2024, from 4-8 pm at Haverstock Funeral Home 406 Maple Ave. La Porte, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:00 am with Father Gordan Kalil presiding. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte, IN.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to St. Peter Catholic Church 1101 Michigan Ave. La Porte, IN 46350, 

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave. La Porte, IN 46350.

 

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

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