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Laureen Balch

Sep 30, 1961 - Feb 22, 2023

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Porter, IN

Laureen Ann (Brandt) Balch, age 61 of Porter, IN passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. She was born on September 30, 1961 in Valparaiso, IN. Laureen is survived by her husband of 42 years, Danny Balch; son, Danny (Melissa Mullin) Balch II; two daughters, Jessica (Michael Narug) Balch, Stephanie (Ben) Tobar; two grandsons, Jonathan Balch, Carter Tobar; two granddaughters, Natalie England, Brianna Barbian; three sisters, Carleen (Charles) O'Brie...Read More

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William Charles Link, Sr.

Aug 26, 1945 - Feb 22, 2024

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Porter, IN

William (“Bill”) Charles Link, Sr. was born on August 26th, 1945 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to William John Link and Dorothy Genevieve Gauthier. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his home in Porter, Indiana on February 22nd, 2024 at the age of 78. His purpose on this earth was complete and he will forever remain in our hearts.Bill grew up on the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. When he was a child, his father became ill. He and his sister Mary were raised by three loving women- their mother, Aunt Mable, and Aunt Mayme. He learned the power of generosity from his Aunt Mable, who ensured all people were taken care of. Bill’s maternal grandfather, Charles Gauthier, was appointed reservation Chief of Police and Interpreter at the government school. This was his connection to the Native American heritage he was so deeply proud of.In 1964 he graduated from Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, WI. He then traveled to Minneapolis, MN to pursue a degree in Laboratory Technology at The Professional Business Institute with his best friend Hank Bauers. He had many adventures there but loved to tell the tale of one of his best jobs ever- parking cars for valet where he got to drive the best cars in town.Bill then discovered Canton, IL, where he acquired a job at Graham Hospital’s Laboratory. It didn’t take much to convince his friend Hank to move to Canton to join him, where the work was steady and the girls were plentiful. It was here he met Phyllis Fife, who would become his wife in 1968 and Mother to their three children William, Kelli, and Amanda. Bill was a Lab Tech at Graham for nearly ten years. He was determined to provide for his family, escape poverty, and give back to the women who raised him.In 1969, Bill began working for Fisher Scientific, where he worked until the day he passed. To say he loved his job would be an understatement. It was work that allowed him to travel, socialize, problem solve, and provide. When asked just last week when he would retire, he said, “Why would I want to leave a party I’m having so much fun at?” In nearly 55 years at the company and as a Senior Sales Manager, he touched many lives. He often considered members of his team his family and mentored them through their careers and personal lives.He loved being active. Over the course of his life, he enjoyed golf, tennis, jogging, hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, playing cards, taking a “ride” in the car, sitting on his porch, and later in life- caring for his grand-dog Louie and cooking daily meals for his family. Bill had many social circles and was a true people-person. He never said “no” to an opportunity to spend time with friends. He had impeccable comedic timing and a sense of humor that will live on in his children and grandchildren forever. We laughed with our dad every time we were with him.“Gpa” was a devoted and present Grandpa who celebrated the unique differences of all of his grandchildren. He made an incredible impact on their daily lives and was a model of effortless kindness and generosity. He was a pillar of strength for his children and their spouses during the most difficult moments of their lives. Bill was the definition of integrity, planting seeds everywhere as a guidebook for us on how to live. He was tremendously proud of his family.William C. Link, Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, brother-in-law James Boyle, best friends Hank Bauers and Joe Kazale, extended family, and numerous friends. He is survived by his children William Link, Jr. (Tracy Link), Kelli Link (Dave Krause), and Amanda Link-Dudek (John Dudek); Ex-wife Phyllis; Grandchildren, William III, Jackson, Oliver, and Ruby; Step-Grandchildren Levi, Madison, and Kiley; Sister Mary Kay Boyle, nephew John, nieces Mary and Michelle and their extended families; Cousin and dear friend Rick Immler and many other extended family members and friends. Bill was excited to have his first Great-Grandchild on the way.As a young boy, Bill was beat up daily on his walk to school because he looked different than most of his peers. After finally fighting back, he became good friends with those that had hurt and judged him. It is here that he began to model forgiveness, acceptance, and grace, which continued the rest of his life.In honor of our loving Dad, please consider cultivating forgiveness, acceptance, and grace in your heart and into your actions. He only ever asked for “a kind word and a smile,” and never judged, which is a great place to start.A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM (Noon) on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a memorial visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of the services. Monsignor Timothy Nolan will officiate. Burial of ashes, will take place in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Canton, following the services at the funeral home. To view Bill’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Robert D. "Bob" Edwards

Dec 15, 1947 - Feb 15, 2024

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Porter, IN

"Robert D. \u0026quot;Bob\u0026quot; Edwards, age 76, of Porter, Indiana, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 15, 2024. He was born on December 15, 1947, in Lackawanna, New York, to Homer and Thelma (Stevenson) Edwards. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Cathey (Houghton) Edwards; children, Matt (Candace) Edwards, Jennifer (Joseph) Janusaitis; four grandchildren, Kodie Casteel, Taylor Edwards, Devon Janusaitis, Delaney Janusaitis; and many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; all of his siblings; son, Robert Dennis Edwards, Jr.; and daughter, Kimberlee Edwards. Bob was a United States Navy Veteran and served in Vietnam. He loved reading the Bible, golfing, and he adored his kids and his grandkids. Bob requested there be no services. Cremation services arranged with Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN."

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Weldon "Peanut" Coslet

Sep 12, 1947 - Jan 27, 2024

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Porter, IN

"Weldon \u0026quot;Peanut\u0026quot; Coslet, age 76, of Porter, Indiana, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 27, 2024. He was born on September 12, 1947, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to Russel and Thelma (Barney) Coslet. Peanut is survived by his son, Anthony Wayne (Kristen) Coslet; brother, Richard Coslet; sister, Anna Kalbe; five grandsons, Tyler (Stephen) Comer, Michael Coslet, Josh Coslet, Jacob Coslet, Jonathan Coslet; granddaughter, Cheyanne (Doug) Essany; and many nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Russel Coslet; and daughter, Dawnmarie Lynn Comer. Peanut was a Fireman with the Porter Fire Department for 51 years. He also worked for many years at Bethlehem Steel and the Porter Street Department. Peanut was a lover of karaoke and Porter Beach. He was part of the local \u0026quot;Three Stooges\u0026quot; with Raymond Wesley, and Lewis Craig Sr. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 6:00 pm at Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Chesterton, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 5:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm at the funeral home."

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James Carl Wampler

Apr 02, 1953 - Dec 20, 2023

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Porter, IN

James "Jim" Carl Wampler, 70, of Porter, IN, died Wednesday, December 20, 2023. He was born on April 2, 1953, in Gary, IN, and grew up in Valparaiso, IN. Following his 1972 graduation from Valparaiso High School, Jim joined the U.S. Army and spent much of his time in the service stationed in Germany.Back home, he found work at Anco in Valparaiso, where he would spend the next 30 years before retiring from the building maintenance department. Jim is survived by his daughters, Tonya (Stephen) Nigro and Sarah (Jason) Geer; by 4 grandchildren, Lindsey, Thomas, Olivia, and Jane; and by his brother, Paul Wampler. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L. & Dorothy Wampler, and by his son, Raymond Wampler.A private family graveside service will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery (rural Palestine, IL) at a later date. The Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Morlan

Aug 14, 1952 - Dec 07, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Dorothy Ann Morlan, age 71, of Porter, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, due to complications of dementia. She was born on August 14, 1952, in Freeport, New York, to Richard and Dorothy (Carter) Wiggins. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Andy Morlan of Porter; daughter, Emily (Glenn) Katayama of Porter; grandchildren, Katlyn and Carson Katayama; two sisters, Mary MacNeill and Kathy; and three brothers, Richard, John, and Joe Wiggins. She was preceded in death by her father and mother. Dorothy enjoyed many needle work crafts, reading and working on other projects at home. She enjoyed her dogs and rarely would go anywhere overnight where she couldn\u0027t take them along. She enjoyed time spent boating and fishing, especially on fishing trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dorothy was strong in her Christian faith and served as a Bible Study Fellowship children\u0027s leader for many years. Per Dorothy\u0027s wishes, there will be no public service. Arrangements are entrusted to Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. Online condolences may be made to the family at www. ee-fh. com. "

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Bruce Davison

Apr 30, 1940 - Nov 18, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Bruce Edward Davison, age 83, of Porter, Indiana, passed away at his home with his loving family present on Saturday, November 18, 2023. He was born on April 30, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas and Rose (Rosetti) Davison. Bruce is survived by his two daughters, Deborah (Mike) Bishop \u0026amp; Michelle Mathes; son, Keith (Jennifer) Davison; seven grandsons; Nicholas (Meghan) Gustafson, Brian Gustafson, Jr. , Jeremy Mathes, Joseph Bishop, Jack Davison, Andrew Davison \u0026amp; Lucas Davison; two granddaughters, Lauren Mathes \u0026amp; Elizabeth Bishop; two great-grandsons, Dean Gustafson \u0026amp; Davis Gustafson; great-granddaughter, Emily Gustafson; sister, Deanna (Steve) DePung; brother, Thomas (Candy) Davison. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Suzanne Gustafson. Bruce was a graduate of Chesterton High School in 1958, where he played several musical instruments and remained a talented piano player tickling the ivories up until his passing. After high school he worked at the Sinclair Service Station on Calumet and became the owner and mechanic in 1961. Whether it was Bruce's Sinclair, ARCO, Union 76, or Davison's Garage, he greatly enjoyed serving his community and built many lasting friendships in doing so. For his family, he was a loving and supportive father and grandfather who seldom missed a sporting event they participated in. He volunteered for years with The Duneland Wrestling Club and in recent years became involved with the Duneland YMCA and their Silver Sneakers program there. Bruce\u0027s family will be having a Celebration of his Life at a date that has yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St. , Chesterton, IN or Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry, 801 Broadway Ave. , Chesterton, IN. "

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Anna Coleman

Dec 18, 1931 - Oct 18, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Anna R. Coleman, age 91, of Porter, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. She was born on December 18, 1931, in Liberty, West Virginia, to Mallory and Pearl (Hart) Rickman. Anna is survived by her two daughters, Leslie (Darin) Hazelman of Valparaiso, IN, Linda (Michael) Gear of Valparaiso, IN; three grandsons, Jonathan Gentry, Jeff Ondrovich, Daniel Ondrovich; two granddaughters, Lindsay Gear, Amber (Michael) Harris; three great-granddaughters, Braelin Collins, Violet Harris, Evelyn Harris; and many friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband of 37 years, William Doyle Coleman. Anna belonged to the Gallery Quilters and a member of the String-Along Quilt Guild. She was an avid gardener and had a big heart. Anna was very strong-willed and independent. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sorely missed. Anna will be laid to rest at Tyler Mountain Memorial Garden in Cross Lanes, West Virginia at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton Chapel. "

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Allison Scheerer

Jan 28, 1952 - Sep 08, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Allison (Baribeau) Scheerer, age 71 of Porter, IN passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023, in Michigan City, IN. She was born on January 28, 1952 in Gary, IN to George and Ruth (Forester) Baribeau. Allison is survived by her loving husband of 49 years Ricky Scheerer; Two Daughters, Ashley (Jonathan) Lemons, Amber (Anthony) Siuda; Son, Joshua Scheerer; Two Grandsons, Malakai Siuda, Hunter Scheerer; Three Granddaughters, Masey Scheerer, Nora Lemons, Jade Lemons. She was preceded in death by Father, George Edward Baribeau; Mother, Ruth Mae Baribeau; Sister, Linnell Behrens; Two Sons, Justin Scott Scheerer, Jared Michael Scheerer; Daughter, Shannon Annette Scheerer. Allison\u0027s life passions were her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, who enjoyed crocheting, bird watching and traveling the country. Allison will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. A memorial visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or at heart. org in Allison\u0027s honor, online condolences may be made to the family at www. ee-fh. com. "

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James Navarro

Dec 27, 1942 - Aug 23, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Santiago "Chico" Jose Navarro de Vega, age 80 of Porter, IN passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. He was born on December 27, 1942 in East Chicago, IN to Jose and Carmen (Vega) Navarro. Chico is survived by his daughter, Marcia \u0026quot;Bella\u0026quot; Navarro; his son, Martin (Rachel) Navarro; his daughter, Poppy-Ann (Brian) Carden; two brothers, Eliseo Navarro, Joseph Navarro; 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marcia Lee (Stephenson) Navarro; two sons, James Joseph Navarro, Jr. , Jeffrey Navarro; father, Jose Navarro; mother, Carmen Navarro; and brother, Adolf Navarro. Chico was unforgettable. His adventures and personality always preceded him, lighting up a room with laughter, and the path he blazed for his family continued to burn for generations. He was a "legend" among those who knew him, and his family members are still hard pressed to go anywhere in northwest Indiana without someone yelling, "Hey, I know Chico!" Chico was beloved by his family, especially by his late wife, Marcia, who he cherished with his whole heart. A storyteller, a comedian, and a philosopher, Chico's sharp wit always sliced to the center of a conversation. He was often found playing digital golf, a game of cribbage, or a crossword puzzle, and he loved to try new hobbies and collect oddities that he could "use later"--for Chico, pockets were always meant to be filled. When he wasn't busy in his "man cave," he was almost always watching the Cubs. A collector of experiences, including traveling abroad on a moment's notice, the stories told about Chico are often unbelievable while being wholly and entirely true. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. A grandfather, a father, a brother, a friend, and a ranchero, Chico was one of a kind. As you remember him, be sure to remember the laughs and leave a seat at your cribbage table for him. Funeral Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 3:00 pm at Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at 3:00 pm at the funeral home. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home. "

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Allison Scheerer

Jan 28, 1952 - Sep 08, 2023

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Porter, IN

"Allison (Baribeau) Scheerer, age 71 of Porter, IN passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023, in Michigan City, IN. She was born on January 28, 1952 in Gary, IN to George and Ruth (Forester) Baribeau. Allison is survived by her loving husband of 49 years Ricky Scheerer; Two Daughters, Ashley (Jonathan) Lemons, Amber (Anthony) Siuda; Son, Joshua Scheerer; Two Grandsons, Malakai Siuda, Hunter Scheerer; Three Granddaughters, Masey Scheerer, Nora Lemons, Jade Lemons. She was preceded in death by Father, George Edward Baribeau; Mother, Ruth Mae Baribeau; Sister, Linnell Behrens; Two Sons, Justin Scott Scheerer, Jared Michael Scheerer; Daughter, Shannon Annette Scheerer. Allison\u0027s life passions were her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, who enjoyed crocheting, bird watching and traveling the country. Allison will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Edmonds \u0026amp; Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. A memorial visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or at heart. org in Allison\u0027s honor, online condolences may be made to the family at www. ee-fh. com. "

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