Velma J. (Fuller) DeMass

Velma J. (Fuller) DeMass (91) passed away peacefully on April 24, 2022, at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaPorte, Indiana. 


Velma was born April 10, 1931, to James and Flossie (Pratt) Fuller at home in Chesterton, Indiana.  She graduated from Chesterton High School in 1949 and married Herbert L. DeMass on November 11, 1949, who preceded her in death.


Velma was also preceded in death by her son, Jeffery A. DeMass; brothers, Charles, Robert, and Allen Fuller; and sisters, Margaret Fuller, Mary Norton and Martha Billerbeck. 


She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dan & Gayle DeMass; grandchildren Koreen (Matthew) Garrett, Kaitlin (Jason) Tuholski and Jeffery (Amanda) DeMass and great-grandchildren Wade & Gavin Garrett, Averee & Alayna Tuholski and William DeMass.


She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.


Velma was an avid lover of all things nature and gardening, hunting & fishing with her father as a child, cooking, sewing, painting, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her nieces, friends and family.  She loved every one of her pets (of all species) and could often be found watching Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Downton Abbey and Oak Island. 


A celebration of life will be held on May 1, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a memorial at 12:45 p.m. at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana.  A luncheon will be held immediately following at the VFW located 181 W. McClung Road, LaPorte, Indiana.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following organizations that were close to Velma’s heart: Tunnels for Towers, Shriners Hospital and Dunes Hospice.


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