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William Theodozio Sr

Apr 16, 1951 - Oct 25, 2023

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Griffith, IN

William B Theodozio Sr. age 72 of Griffith, IN, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Community Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family. William was born April 16, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of William & Anna (nee Burton) Theodozio. He married Roberta 'Bobbie' Brautigam in 1974 and they settled in Indiana in 1985. William worked as a building maintenance mechanic for United Airlines for 23 years. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 264. He is survived by his wife, ...Read More

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Tina Marie Varady

Oct 22, 1981 - Feb 27, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Tina Marie Varady, age 42, of Griffith, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. She is survived by her parents Steven and Donna Varady; brothers: Steven A. (Cassandra) Varady, and Michael J. (Krystal) Varady; nieces and nephews: Paige, Michael, Zoey, Liam, and Axel; and by her friend Charles. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 7:00 PM at White Funeral Home, located at 921 W. Glen Park (45th) Ave. Griffith, Indiana 46319. Cremation will follow services. Friends may meet with the family also on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM when service begins at White Funeral Home. Tina graduated from Griffith High School Class of 2000. She was a Medical Technician and loved cooking and baking. She will truly be missed and always hold a place in our hearts. For additional information, please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us at www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com

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Michael A. Copp

Apr 17, 1969 - Feb 26, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Michael A. “Mike” Copp, age 54, of Griffith passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. He is survived by his sweetheart, best friend, and wife of 32 years Stefanie; children: Breanne (Payton) Brezinski and Gregory Copp; granddaughter Ruby Brezinski; parents: Richard and Barbara Copp; brother Rick (Anne) Copp; sister Patty (Ken) Croft; nieces Brittany (Adam) Brewer, Courtney (Lou) Grounds, Kristen (Alex) Gorman; nephew Corey Copp; and his four-legged companion Boozer. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Frank and Sheila Church; and loyal four-legged companion Chip. Friends may meet with the family on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM at White Funeral Home located at 921 W. Glen Park (45th) Ave. Griffith, Indiana 46319. Mike was a Master Carpenter for 35 years. He enjoyed golfing, hanging out on his “Hillbilly Porch” and being a wonderful Papa. The family would prefer that everyone wore casual attire and a ball cap in remembrance of Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the family in his memory. For additional information. please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us at www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com

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Fredrick S. Misczak

Sep 29, 1935 - Feb 08, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Fredrick S. Misczak age 88 of Griffith, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024. He is survived by his children Mark Misczak, Cindy Franklin, and Amy (Dan) Shelton; grandchildren Kelly (Miles) Toledo, Nick Franklin, Eric Shelton, and Holly Shelton; and George Franklin, who was like a son to him. Fred was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Marie (Ferek) Misczak, and by his brother Richard Misczak. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 7:00 pm at White Funeral Home located at 921 W. Glen Park Ave. (45th Ave.) in Griffith with Pastor Brandon Rukes officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, February 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm at White Funeral Home. Fred was fortunate to enjoy over 30 years of retirement life from Illinois Bell and AT&T, and a proud member of the I.B.E.W. There wasn’t a phone or wiring issue that he couldn’t fix. Our Freddy/Dad/Grandpa was a generous, patient, and kind soul. There will forever be a void in our hearts from his absence. We will always cherish the vacations we took together in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. He will also be dearly missed by his beloved cats Geno and Karimi. He loved to spoil them with treats and affection. His special pets Tom, Maggie, and Baby are waiting for him on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. For information, please call White Funeral Home at (219) 924-4100. To to the family or in memory of Fredrick "Fred" S. Misczak, please

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Elainea Gholston

Aug 09, 1955 - Feb 02, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Elainea Gholston was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 1955, born to Bruce and the late Verda Mae Gholston. She departed from this life on February 2, 2024. Elainea was blessed with three children Nakia, Charles Jr. and Maryia. Elainea's faith in the Lord was fostered at an early age. She was a member of Grace Church and loved to sing in the choir. Elainea was a very spirited and a driven person. Elainea went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, February 2, 2024. The love and memories of Elainea will forever be cherished by her father Bruce Sr. (Nadeen), her siblings: Bruce Jr. (Lisa), James, Victor (Barbara), both Lisa and Robert who preceded her in death. Children: Nakia (Angelo), Charles Jr., and Maryia. Grandchildren: Juanita, Angelica, Sofia, Caroline, and Carlos. Her memory will also continue through the hearts of a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. For additional information, please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com

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Shirley Julia McKnight

Mar 03, 1935 - Feb 02, 2024

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Griffith, IN

SHIRLEY JULIA MCKNIGHT (nee:MOORE) Shirley McKnight, age 88, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024. Shirley was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her children; Joe (Kris) McKnight of Hobart, Joy Kent of Griffith, Judi (Mitch) Conn of Hebron, Jim (Aubrey) McKnight of Sandy, UT, and Jennifer (Nathan) Clark of Florence, AZ, her Brother, Jacob Moore of Schererville, and also Robert Reynolds of Highland, who was like a son to her. She is also survived by her Grandchildren, who she adored; Michael C.(Kara) Kent, Kya Perine, Madison Kent (Michael Mastey), Jordan Conn, Adam (Chyna) Kent, Kelsey McKnight, Aaron Conn, Andrew McKnight, Celeste Clark, Colton Clark, Connor Clark and her cherished Great-Grandchildren; Carter Mastey and Faye Shirley Kent. Other survivors include her 105 year old Aunt Joan “Jenny” Wojtena of Schererville, her cousins; Janice Novak of Western Springs, IL, Jerry (Delores) Wojtena of Dyer, Paul (Susan) Wojtena of Crete, IL, Carole (James) Nagy of Dyer, Judy Smelter of Orlando, FL, Delores Nichols of Hammond, Cindy Isslieb of Bryant, AR, Edward (Patti) Skarwecki of Littleton, CO, Terry Lovegrove of Littleton, CO. Also survived by many Nieces, Nephews, and Grand-Nieces and Grand-Nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband James Younger McKnight, her parents Wade Moore and Julia Lesniewski, her brother Daniel Lee Moore, sisters-in-law Betty McKnight and Susan Moore, step-sister Sharon Carter and cousins Gail Elboar, Paulene Craig, and Robert Moore. Shirley was born to Wade Harvey Moore and Julia Wojtena on March 3, 1935 in East Chicago, Indiana. She married James McKnight on October 29, 1966 and then settled in Griffith where they raised their five children. In her early years she attended four elementary schools and seven high-schools. The locations include four in Indiana, two in New Mexico and one in Arizona. Later in life, she attended Ivy Tech where she enjoyed learning about computers, networking, and web design. .She was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1966 with a firm testimony of Jesus Christ and His doings in that church. She served in many different callings both on the Ward and Stake levels. She was a member of the Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers group and enjoyed playing with the group in local nursing homes, churches, various events, and especially at Pierogi Fest. She was a woman of many talents and interests including toll painting, cross-stitch, sewing costumes for a grandson’s High School Play, making blankets and stuffed animals for her great-grandson, baking breads for her family, and playing the ukulele. She was known for the Birthday cards she sent to family members that contained a $5 bill that she lovingly folded into an origami object. Each year she sent out a new creation and hoped to be an expert at folding that object by the end of the year. With all her talents and interests, the love of teaching and sharing the gospel overruled all. She spent countless hours reading and studying the scriptures to prepare her Sunday lessons. She also talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone willing to listen. She loved Christ with all her heart. Although no longer with us, she expressed that she loves the many friends she made during her time here on earth, especially those who served her and her family in any way. She was continually blessed all of her life and is grateful for all of them. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 300 Wirth Road Griffith, IN. Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 am with the funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com To to the family or in memory of Shirley Julia (Moore) McKnight, please

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Kevin Riese

Jun 09, 1980 - Jan 27, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Kevin Riese was an unforgettable, endearing, and charismatic person. He was also incessantly goofy. Delivering smiles and laughter was his favorite pastime, even at his own expense. He was also a passionate listener, with an immense backlog of stories to match any occasion, often bordering the taboo. Kevin loved his friends and family, and he loved the Lord. He was lucky enough to call two Churches home. Kempville Chapel Old Time Methodist, where he found God in 2011, and Chief Cornerstone Christian Center (C4!!!), where he was studying to become a deacon. The greatest joy in his life was fatherhood. He loved his boys more than life and was proud of every accomplishment, great or small. He married the love of his life in June 2013, and loved her without reason or pause until his last breath. He also took so much pride in working hard for his boys, and deeply loved our Cooper's Hawk family as well. We will forever miss his love, his stories, his laughter, and even his snoring. Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Kris Riese, as well as his three sons and daughter in love, Austin and Emily Riese, Noah Winn, and Samuel Riese. Also, his mother, Nancy Riese, brother Daniel Riese, sister and brother-in-law Jennifer and Larry Atkins, and nieces Faith Atkins and Maverick Winn. Additionally numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is joining in Glory many loved ones, including his father, Bob Riese, and his precious baby girl, Francheska Riese. For additional information, please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us at www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com.

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Brandon A. Dickerson

Jan 04, 2004 - Jan 29, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Brandon A. Dickerson, age 20, of Griffith, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on January 29, 2024. Brandon was born on January 4, 2004, to loving parents Sue Marie Dickerson (Kasting) and Steve Dickerson. Brandon graduated from Griffith High School in 2022 and went on to work at Domino’s Pizza in Griffith, where he was a shift manager. Brandon was a valued and dedicated employee, a sweet and kind human, and an endlessly loved brother and son. He was an avid gamer who loved antique thrifting and skateboarding. Brandon was preceded in death by grandparents Raymond Kasting and Charles Dickerson and Christine Dickerson (Gajewski). Brandon is survived by his mom and dad, Sue and Steve, siblings Vanessa Gardin (Brad), Ethan O’Brien, Joshua Dickerson, and Mariah Dickerson, and niece Lillian Gardin. Brandon also leaves behind numerous extended family members and friends, whom will love him dearly, always. The empty space that Brandon leaves behind is heartbreakingly immense, but we will find comfort in knowing Brandon is whole, healed, and at peace. Visitation will be Sunday, February 4, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd) Highland, IN, 46322 with a Funeral Service at 3:30 pm. Pastor Bob Parnell officiating. For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com To to the family or in memory of Brandon A. Dickerson, please

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Barbara Negrete

Jun 25, 1924 - Jan 30, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Barbara Negrete, age 99, of Griffith, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday January 30, 2024. Barbara met her husband during World War 2 in Marseille France. After the War they moved to Northwest Indiana to start a family in Oct of 1946. Barbara will be remembered for her love of family and the love everyone felt when in her presence. No one is truly gone when they live forever in the souls and memories of those who loved them. She is survived by her children: late Alfred (Vicki) Negrete and Juliet (late Raul) Dominguez; grandchildren: Bryan Dominguez, Dawn Negrete, Stephanie (Chris) Dominguez-Price, Erik (Jaima) Negrete. And Scott (Kelly) Negrete; great grandchildren: Stephanie (Travonte) Negrete-Boles, Brooke Dominguez, Tatiana Negrete, Alexis Dominguez, Ben Negrete, Eston Price, Genevieve Negrete, Adalyn Negrete, Emilia Negrete, Wesley Negrete, Luca Price, Dylan Price; great-great grandchildren: Carter Dominguez and Harper Boles; special friends: Pam (John) Hernandez and family, Vicki Wilhelm and the Corejo family, and David Jackson. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Alfred Foffi, Theresa Landro, Roger Foffi, Paulette Pascal; and her husband Frank E. Negrete. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 10:00 at White Funeral Home, located at 921 W. Glen Park (45th) Ave. Griffith, Indiana 46319 with Father Chris Perez officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary, Indiana. Friends may meet with the family on Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM at White Funeral Home. Barbara loved cooking for her family, especially tamales and pizza. She will be missed. For additional information, please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com

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Mary Lou Kimmel

Apr 08, 1941 - Jan 28, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Mary Lou Kimmel, age 82, of Griffith, IN, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024 at her residence with her loving family at her side. She is the loving wife of 64 years to Harold Kimmel; devoted mother to Randy (Rhonda) Kimmel and Lisa (Israel) Quinones; proud grandmother to Ryan Kimmel, Adrianna Kimmel and Kaylee Richardson; fond sister to Cheryl Smith; step-sister to Bernadette Bardell and William Cox; aunt to many. Mary Lou enjoyed Nascar and especially loved going to the Illiana Motor Speedway with her husband and joining their friends at the speedway. When her children were growing up, she was always the extended mother to many friends. She extended on her nurturing relationship to be a special grandmother to several. Mary Lou enjoyed being outdoors and tending to her flowers. Visitation will be Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Kuiper Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, February 2, 2024 at 12:00 noon. She will be laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be given towards St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Jill J. Stodgel

Aug 03, 1948 - Jan 17, 2024

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Griffith, IN

Jill J. Stodgel, age 75, of Griffith, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. She is survived by her cousins Kathy (Tom) Guzek, Joel G. Hedrick, Donna (Rich) Anderson and Tricia Hedrick. She was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Virginia Stodgel; uncle John (Geraldine); and aunt Josephine. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 11:00 AM at White Funeral Home, located at 921 W. Glen Park (45th) Ave. Griffith, Indiana 46319 with Pastor Brandon Rukes officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond, Indiana. Friends may meet with the family on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 10:00am until 11:00 AM when the service begins. Jill graduated from Morton High School and Indiana State University. She was a retired 2nd grade schoolteacher at Beiriger Elementary in Griffith, Indiana. Jill was a former member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hammond, Indiana, and a member of the Griffith Eastern Star. For additional information please contact us at (219) 924-4100 or visit us www.whitefuneralhomeofgriffith.com

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