Barbara Joan Gaudio

Barbara Joan Gaudio, 79, formally of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at her daughter’s home her in La Porte.


She was born September 23, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mary (Griffin) Kennedy.


Barbara was catholic where she attended St. Kevin Catholic Church and Bright School of Chicago. Barbara met her late husband, (the love of her life) William Gaudio Jr., at White Castle in Chicago where she was a waitress. William was persistent in his efforts in asking Barbara out when he finally got his “Yes”. They were married on April 20, 1963 in Chicago. After starting their young family, they moved to Valparaiso. As a homemaker, she loved to cook and watch cooking shows, enjoyed taking trips and going to the casinos, and was Elvis' biggest fan. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved laughing, an "all Irish" girl. Fall was Barbara's favorite time of the year. She was talented, winning many dance contests while twirling around the floor with William. But when it came to pure joy, it was Barbara's family and friends that gave her the greatest happiness, especially those grandchildren. 


She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Frances (Richard) Yerich of GA; Julie Anne Buck of La Porte, IN; son, Joseph Timothy (Meri) Gaudio of AZ; brother, Robert (Skipper) Kennedy of Michigan City, IN; sister, Mary Kay (Michael) Perez of Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, Angela, Spencer, Collin, Courtney, Ryan, Casey


Along with her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Thomas Kennedy and sister, Patricia Biron.


Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.  The family will hold a Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Valparaiso, IN. They have selected cremation.


A Celebration of Life at Cummings Lodge Grangemouth Dr. on Stonelake La Porte will follow after the mass.


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