Lawrence E. Bolka

Lawrence E. Bolka, 75, Trail Creek, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 8:30 pm in Life Care Center of Michigan City.


Private family services will take place. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.    

He was born July 5, 1947 in Michigan City, IN to the late Edward and Lottie (Bacztub) Bolka. 


Surviving are two sisters, Judy (Roger) Schmidt and Janice Plamowski, both of Michigan City, IN; nephew, Edward (Jessica) Schmidt; great-niece, Natalie (known as Little Annie to Uncle Larry); and three great-nephews, Wesley, Maxsim and Jackson.

He was also preceded in death by his niece, Shelly Schmidt; brother-in-law, Alan Plamowski; and pets, Grindle 1 & 2 and Papo.


Larry was a 1965 Elston graduate having received the following degrees from Purdue; BS (1970), MS (1974) and Ed.S in Education (1982). He was employed with the La Porte County Schools for 35 years as an attendance officer and assistant superintendent; worked at Jewel part time for 37 years retiring in 2005 and also had worked at Franklin Pharmacy while in high school.


He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and attended grade school graduating in 1963. Larry was a devoted altar server thru grade school and high school. He was also a life member of the St. Joseph Young Men's Society.


Larry loved to do gardening when he was able to do it. You could pass by his house in any season and enjoy many different colors of flowers and bushes. The yard was always just so. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed watching Purdue and Notre Dame football. In his downtime he enjoyed working Sudoku puzzles. He will be missed by all of us, especially Roger, since he always told him that he was more of a brother to him than a brother-in-law.


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


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