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Van Willis

Jul 19, 1939 - Nov 29, 2023

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La Porte, IN

Van Herold Willis, 84, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Van was born on July 19, 1939, in Bryson City, North Carolina to the late Reverend Garland and Rita Willis. Van retired from the Local #172 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and HVAC Union after many years of service. He served his country in the United States Army. On August 18, 1973, Van married Sandra Nelson who survives with children, Sherry (Brad) Hunt of La Porte, Darold (Joy) Willis of Walkerton, Indiana, Stanley ...Read More

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Daniel E. Hammond

Aug 06, 1945 - Feb 19, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Daniel E. Hammond, 78, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at VNA Hospice Center. Daniel was born on August 6, 1945, in Rensselaer, IN to Daniel and Catherine Hammond. On October 21, 1977 in Valparaiso, IN, he married Dorcas Truett, who survives. Also surviving are his 4 children, Antoinette M. Hammond of Orlando, FL, Shanon (Michael) Wroblewski of New Carlisle, Heather J. Hammond of Orlando, FL, and Daniel E. (Kaleigh Hinkle) Hammond of Mishawaka; grandsons, Jacob M. (Callie Fraling) Wroblewski of New Carlisle and Noah C. Wroblewski of New Carlisle; sisters, Elizabeth Harris, Cathy Hammond, Marian (Everett) Truett, Eileen Hammond, and Rita Hammond; brothers, Jim Hammond, Bill Hammond, Marty Hammond, Joey (Debbie) Hammond, Robert (Angie) Hammond, and Paul Hammond; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Timothy Hammond. For many years, Daniel worked in construction as a project manager and superintendent. He was a member of the Carpenter's Local 1005 and Millwright Local 1043. Daniel was an avid walleye fisherman, enjoying the thrill of the challenge, especially during his trips to Lake Erie. He was a music lover and builder. Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350. Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com. To to the family or in memory of Daniel E. Hammond, please

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Nino Bruce Pecoraro

Dec 30, 1947 - Feb 17, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Nino Bruce Pecoraro, 76, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 7:12 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Northwest Health, La Porte.Arrangements are pending with Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com.

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Carol J. Hoenig

May 30, 1947 - Feb 13, 2024

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La Porte, IN

It is with heavy hearts and disbelief that we announce the passing of our matriarch, Carol J. Hoenig, 76, on February 13, 2024, at Northwest Health, La Porte. Carol will be remembered for her caring and generous heart, skill at orchestrating large parties so people stayed connected and the joy she felt when nearly everyone she knew (or met that day) called her Mom.Born in Michigan City and a graduate of Elston, Carol (Short) was married to Bob Hoenig for 56 years and had two daughters, Kristina (Darrin) Gurnicz of LaPorte and Danielle (Rick) Davis of South Bend. While raising two young girls, Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from IUSB, then worked for decades in accounting until her recent retirement. She also prepared tax returns for many years for clients, friends, and family.Carol loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. She enjoyed reading novels, warm summer swims in her pool and spending time with family and friends in the beautiful back yard.Five months ago, Mom planted Ice Cream Tulip bulbs that she ordered from The Netherlands and was so eager to see them bloom. Instead, we will enjoy these rare tulips knowing that Mom had every intention of being here with us this spring. Because Mom was always here, and said so, every day of our lives.Carol is survived by her daughters, sister, Laura Steinke, and a long list of family and dear friends whom she cherished. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Josephine Steinke, sister, Sherrie Sweet, and many others over the years who helped her create a lifetime of great memories.In lieu of flowers, please simply keep Carol and our family in your prayers as we begin these new journeys apart. And take more photos of those you love, be exceptionally generous and kind, and maybe plant some tulips and hydrangeas because they’re beautiful.Our family would like to extend special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to the EMT, ER and ICU staff of NW Hospital for their knowledge and dedication to mom’s care and the compassion they provided to us. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements. A private gathering will be held at a later date.Condolences can be sent to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com or directly to the house.

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Geraldine H. Kubaszyk

Nov 26, 1941 - Feb 18, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Geraldine H. Kubaszyk, a fount of compassion and love, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024, in her hometown of La Porte, Indiana. Born on November 26, 1941, to the late William W. and Pauline (Bonifas) Jones, Geraldine's life was a testament to her faith-filled and passionate spirit. Geraldine dedicated her life to the care and well-being of others. Her career in nursing spanned several decades during which she served with unwavering commitment and empathy. Geraldine began her journey as a nurse at Fountainview Nursing Home in La Porte. She later rose to the position of Director of Nursing at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in Portage, Indiana, and also made significant contributions as a Workman's Comp Nurse. Her colleagues and patients alike will remember her as a loving and dedicated professional who went above and beyond in her duties. Geraldine's passion for service extended beyond her professional life. She was a devoted member of Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church in La Porte, where her faith shone brightly as a guiding light for many. Her commitment to her faith community was unwavering, and she found great joy in participating in church activities. Additionally, her sorority sisters from Alpha Omicron Pi will fondly recall her enthusiasm and the deep bonds of sisterhood they shared. Family was the cornerstone of Geraldine's world. On April 28, 1962, Geraldine married Jerome G. Kubaszyk, Sr., who preceded her in death on April 29, 2014. She is survived by her four sons, Jeff (Josette) Kubaszyk of La Porte; Kerry (Carrie) Kubaszyk of Summerville, South Carolina; Jerome (Jennifer) Kubaszyk of La Porte; and Jonathan P. (Keila) Kubaszyk of Brownsburg, Indiana. Geraldine's legacy continues through her cherished grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jordan, Jackson, Madeline, Simon, Ryan, Angie, Emma, Abriella, Jay, and Sawyer, and her great grandchildren, who will carry forward the values of love and kindness she instilled in them. Geraldine was the youngest of three sisters and was preceded in death by Frances Thomas and Mary Mounce. As we bid farewell to Geraldine, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and the countless lives she touched with her generosity, warmth, and lively sense of humor. Her spirit will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her, and her memory will be cherished in the hearts of her loved ones forever. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where at 6:45 p.m. a Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed followed by the Holy Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2024, at Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church in La Porte. Bishop Patrick M. Neary, C.S.C., will officiate. Family and friends may gather at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home prior to the Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in La Porte. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 108 C. Street Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350. To light a virtual candle, share a story of Geraldine’s life, or leave a message of comfort for her family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com.

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Rita May Michalak

Nov 19, 1936 - Feb 16, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Rita May Michalak November 19, 1936 - February 16, 2024 Rita May Michalak, 87, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11:10 p.m. in Miller's Health & Rehab, La Porte, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2024 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN with Pastor David Solum officiating. Entombment will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral chapel. She was born on November 19, 1936, in Michigan City, Indiana, to the late Frank Alexander and Marie (Salat) Milcarek. On September 8, 1956, in Otis, Indiana, she married Peter Michalak, who preceded her in death September 18, 2013. Surviving are three daughters, Diana Ertle of Denver, Colorado, Andrea Golliff and Valerie (John) Pavolka all of Michigan City, Indiana; twelve grandchildren, Katrina (Codey) Spear of Kentland, Indiana, Kason (Audrieanna) Kubik of La Porte, Indiana, Justin (Heidi) Pavolka of New Buffalo, Michigan, Josh Pavolka of La Porte, Indiana, Hannah (Andrew) Williams of Michigan City, Indiana, John Pavolka and Jesse Pavolka both of Michigan City, Indiana, Rebecca Lee, Matthew Ertle, Ryan Ertle, Jessica Ertle all of Colorado, and Joshua (Jessica) Golliff of Pleasant Lake, Indiana; and 15 great-grandchildren, Gracelyn and Xavier Pavolka of La Porte, Indiana, Selah Williams of Michigan City, Indiana, Keziah Kubik of La Porte, Indiana, Juliet, Lillian, and Bella Hernandez all of Colorado, Osias Ertle of Colorado, Ethan, Emily, Everit, Ellie, and Easton Golliff all of Pleasant Lake, Indiana, Donovan Kussart, and Annabelle Gross both of New Buffalo, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Michael and Thomas Michalak; one sister, Barbara Volkmann; and son-in-law, Bruce Golliff. Rita was a devoted homemaker, who was an exceptionally, dear, sweet, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the kind of grandmother you wish you could have. Her world revolved around her belief system and her love for family. Rita formerly attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, as she was raised up with Catholic beliefs. Rita was crafty and a true homemaker, who loved tending to her flowers and house plants, and held a talent in cooking and baking. She was once a member of the Extension Homemaker Club through Purdue North Central. Rita will be truly missed by all. To to the family or in memory of Rita May Michalak, please

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Judith Kay Lubs

Sep 16, 1942 - Feb 12, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Judith Kay Lubs September 16, 1942 - February 12, 2024 Judith Kay Lubs, 81, La Porte, Indiana, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:20 am in Settlers Place, La Porte, IN. Private services will take place. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements. She was born September 16, 1942 in Michigan City, IN to the late Harry and Louise (Nipple) Washluske. On August 30, 1963 in Michigan City, IN she married James C. Lubs who preceded her on July 11, 2014. Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly (Tim) Martin of La Porte, IN; grandson, Zachary James (Natalie) Martin of Michigan City, IN; and two great-grandchildren, Adam and Samuel Martin. Judith enjoyed dancing to 1950's music. Contributions may be made to Liberty Bible Church, 608 Colfax Ave., La Porte, IN 46350. To to the family or in memory of Judith Kay Lubs, please

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Rocky L. Montorsi

Nov 12, 1950 - Feb 17, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Rocky L. Montorsi, 73, of La Porte, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2024 at Brickyard Healthcare-Terrace Center, La Porte.Arrangements are pending with Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com

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Forrest Delano Barnhart, Jr.

May 28, 1939 - Feb 07, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Forrest "Barney" Barnhart, 84, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away on February 7, 2024 at Northwest Health La Porte. Barney was born in Springfield, OH, on May 28, 1939 to Forrest Delano Barnhart Sr. and Mary (Clabaugh) Barnhart. On May 4, 1962, in South Bend, IN, he married Judith (Martin) Barnhart who survives. Also surviving is his son, Craig Barnhart of La Porte. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Esther. Barney spent many years working as a metallurgist for Kingsbury Castings. He also owned and operated Barnhart Automotive for over 50 years. Barney greatly enjoyed his work as a high performance, racing engine builder. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Cremation will take place following the gathering. Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Judy Barnhart, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350 or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com. To to the family or in memory of Forrest Delano Barnhart, Jr., please

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Wanda Gail Burkhart

Jul 16, 1960 - Feb 09, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Wanda Gail Burkhart, 63, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away on February 9, 2024 at Northwest Health-La Porte. Wanda was born on July 16, 1960 in La Porte, Indiana to Herman and Gail (Kerchner) Hammonds. On May 20, 1995, she married Charles Burkhart who preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, David (Melissa) Stone of La Porte, Kristina Yacconi of La Porte, Michelle (Ricky) Joyner of North Liberty, and Josh Stone of La Porte; grandchildren, Malin Yacconi, Jina (Alex) Winters, Jade Yacconi, Brittoni and William Stone, William, Lilly and Lexxie Stone, Shane Kody, Anya Wyse, and Mathew Stone; great-grandchildren, Maya, Xavier, and Phoenix; siblings, Pam (Rick) Holbrook, Becky Mills, Jeffrey (Lori) Hammonds, and Kathy Gregorich; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Susan Stone. Wanda was a case manager for over 20 years. She was known for having a warped sense of humor. She enjoyed genealogy, collecting elephants, watching movies, and going to Bob Evans. Wanda had a passion for her children and grandchildren and was their biggest cheerleader, never missing a family event. Her family kept her going. For them, she persevered and was a fighter. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Ricky Joyner officiating. The visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Cremation will take place following the service. Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o David Stone, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350 or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com. To to the family or in memory of Wanda Gail (Hammonds) Burkhart, please

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Alan Leo Lorentzen

Jul 18, 1938 - Feb 08, 2024

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La Porte, IN

Alan Leo Lorentzen, 85, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Trail Creek Place. Alan was born on July 18, 1938 in Cozad, NE to Harry and Almine "Minnie" (Jensen) Lorentzen. On June 29, 1994 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he married Clara Silfa who survives. Also surviving are his 2 daughters, Janelle (Jeff) Robinson and Julie Ross, all of La Porte; 4 grandchildren, Kaylin (Kevin) Isaac of Dyer, Jared Ross of Warsaw, Joseph (Emma) Ross of Indianapolis, and Jillian Ross of West Lafayette; great-granddaughter, Harper Isaac; 3 sisters, Lanna Mitchell, Linda (John) Ehrke, and Laura (Vernon) Veal; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Almine "Minnie" Lorentzen; brothers, Larry and Eddie Lorentzen; and son-in-law, Joe Ross. Alan was an Ordained Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he led the senior Bible study, visited the hospitalized and elderly shut-ins, as well as covered church services as needed. Alan enjoyed serving the community, traveling and attending baseball games. Most importantly, he enjoyed serving and spending time with his family, which included attending all the events for his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Michigan City with Pastor Mark Reshan officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 818 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46360. Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com. To to the family or in memory of Alan Leo Lorentzen, please

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