In Memoriam...       
Hammond High School, Class of 1959    

Michael E. Abbott

 Doretta Addison

David Michael Baer

Richard S. Bajer

Jerry Betts

Jerry Borman

Jean Brown

William Brumm

Mary Clayton

George Connor

Art Cook

Beverly Countreman
Bill Craidon

Gerry Edwards

Patricia Etter

Jerry Evans

Carolyn Forsythe
Rollin Grannon

George Glendening

Colleen Ann Grigware

James Hamilton
Jim Heiser
Jim Heiser

Conrad Heisner

June Hess

John Highland

Jack Hugus

Katherine Janice

George Jen

Wayne G. Kaegebein

Ted Kaegebein
Claudia Krawczyk



Robert Krueger

Allen Kuehl

Janet Jenkins

Joyce Lee Johnson

Wayne Lander

Terry Lovell

Mary Ann Martinak

Joyce Darlene Miller

Frieda Mudd

Carol Nabors

Philip Lee Orr

Wayne Osburn

Roberta Shank

Merle Pertile

Nancy Virginia Peters
Ralph Powell, Jr.,Ph.D.

Louis Wayne Reynolds

Marcia Schaw

Phyllis Schofield

Jacqueline Seglin

Robert A. Selva

Paul Shatkowski

Robert Smith

Gregory Swantko

Jerald Williams
Robert Wilson

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Revised: June 20, 2014.

Michael E. Abbott
Munster, Indiana

         Michael E. Abbott, age 65, of Munster, passed away November 20, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife Judy of 47 years; two sons: Parry and Scott Abbott of Munster; two daughters; Natalie (Terry) Klema and Tricia Abbott all of Munster; three granddaughters: Camille Burger, Elaine Klema and Katie Klema; one brother, Robert (Miriam) Abbott of Las Vegas, NV; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m. with the Munster F.O.P. conducting services. Friends may call at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster on Wednesday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mike was a graduate of Hammond High School class of 1959, a graduate of Calumet College, retired from the Munster Police Department after 25 years of service, and founded the detective division in the Munster Police Department. Mike helped to build Munster's firing range where he served as the training officer for firearms for all officers in the department. He was very active in Munster's F.O.P., served 20 years in security at the Community Hospital. He was a member and secretary of the "Good Guys Club" of Community Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lake County Foundation for the Retarded or Arc BRIDGES of Lake County would be appreciated. He always received the love and respect of his family.

Source: The Times


Doretta Addison


David Michael Baer
Dec 20, 1940 - Aug 3, 1995


Richard S. Bajer
San Bernardino, California

September 15, 1941 - June 12, 2000
Richard married Alice R. Stuplich on February 24, 1962 in Orange County, California..
 He passed away in San Bernardino, California.


Jerry Betts
Dyer, Indiana

       Gerald T. Betts, 59, of Dyer, IN, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2001. Survived by wife of 38 years, Eleanor; son, John (Pam) Betts of Schererville; daughter Paula (Gus) Katsaros of Schererville; one sister, Marge (Richard) James of Dyer; one sister-in-law, Diane Betts of Cold Water, Michigan; six brothers in-law and seven sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Betts and one brother, Charles Betts.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 11th, from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fagen Miller Funeral Home, 1920 Hart St., Dyer, Indiana. Funeral services Saturday at 12:15 p.m. from the funeral home and at 1 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. John, Indiana, with burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN.

Mr. Betts was a teacher at Spohn and Riley Schools in Hammond for 32 years, now teaching at Bloom Trail High School in Sauk Village, IL. He was also teaching Adult Education Classes at the Hammond Career Center. Member of St. John the Evangelist Church and the Indiana Teachers Association. Donations would be appreciated to Hospice of the Calumet or World Wild Life Foundation. Gerald will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Source: The Times, May 11, 2001



Jean Brown


George Connor
 Munster, Indiana

     George J. Connor, III Munster, IN George J. Connor, III 65, of Munster, IN passed away Sunday, December 3, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy; three children: Crystal (Greg) Kime of Munster,IN, George J. Connor, IV of Hammond, IN and Ralph L. Connor of Munster, IN; three grandchildren, Stephanie and Sara Baker and Shane Connor; two brothers, Mike (Kay) Connor of Hammond, IN and Bill (Debbie) Connor of Portage, IN; one sister, Sharyn Connor of Florida; nieces and nephews.

     Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond, IN. Burial will be private. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, IN. George was a lifetime resident of this area, Chairman of the Board of Commonwealth Edison of Indiana, and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Munster, IN where he served as an usher and treasurer of the congregation, and made sure that the Christmas Cross was put up and lit.

     He was a graduate of Hammond High School in 1959 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in accounting, from Indiana University. George donated many pints of blood during his lifetime. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan, bowled on the American Medical Oxygen League for 20 years, delivered food to the homeless, loved walking his dog, Buddy, and enjoyed horseback riding, hiking, golf, and spending time with his family.  

Published in The Times from 12/5/2006 - 12/6/2006.

Notes from Classmates

I am sorry to report that one of our classmates, George Connor, died Sunday at the age of 65. It was in the Times this morning.

George was a good guy and a funny friend. Two great high school stories always come to mind when I hear his name or think about him.

One was in Geometry class with Mr. Overman. George was to put a diagram on the chalk board and had his completed assignment written out. He balanced it on the chalk tray but while he was drawing his triangle on the board, the paper on the chalk tray slowly slid off and disappeared as it was sucked up into the 3 by 3 foot air ventilation shaft that was located beneath the chalk tray.

Mr. Overman continued to talk unaware of what was happening. But George, seeing the proof of his homework assignment disappear, was not to be overcome by the forces of nature. He grabbed the 3-foot wooden pointer that lay on the chalk tray and crawled up the air shaft to retrieve his work. Students could see the soles of his shoes and part of his legs sticking out as George used the wooden pointer to bat down the elusive paper.

The banging of the stick against the metal duct work sent echoes throughout Hammond High School.

Mr. Overman turned around and yelled, "George! What are you doing?"

"My paper! My paper!" George exclaimed, his voice coming from within the ventilation shaft and echoing into the classroom.

"George! Get out of there!" Overman responded as he bent down and started pulling George out of the belly of Hammond High School ventilation system.

George never completed his chalk drawing. He didn't have to. Overman was convinced that George had his homework done and knowing George, it had been done correctly.


The second memorable story of George Connor took place in Miss Work's Latin class. You will recall that Miss Work was attentive to detail and was easily moved to tears whenever things didn't go exactly as they should.

After handing a test back for student review and class discussion, she asked that students (who were sitting in alphabetical order) to pass their tests to the right, placing their tests on the bottom. Someone wasn't listening or didn't understand and placed their test on top, thus confusing the alphabetical order of the forms.

"Who did this?" Miss Work exclaimed. "I asked you to put your test on the bottom, not the top!" The stress of the day caught up with woman and the tears began to flow. A box of Kleenex was always on her desk... just in case.

The day came when we were discussing the Roman army and how they lived, traveled throughout the Roman Empire, and went about setting up their protective encampments....

"And when the Roman army set up camp," Miss Work quietly explained in her soft voice, "they would dig a ditch around their camp to protect themselves from..."

As Miss Work went on to finish her thought, a hand was raised from the attentive students...

"Yes, George?"

"Miss Work," asked George Connor, "What did they do with the dirt?"

"Well, George," she responded quietly, "I imagined they hauled it away..."

Feeling she had addressed the inquiry, Miss Work continued with her presentation of the Roman army...

Again the hand slowly went up.

"Yes, George?"

"Miss Work," George responded to her answer. "Why didn't they put the dirt on the side of the ditch?"

"Good point," Miss Work responded thinking she had appeased the inquiry of a listening student, "they probably put the dirt on the side of the ditch..." Thinking she had made her concession and agreed to an explanation, she continued...

"Miss Work?" the hand went up again.

"YES, George!" signs that Miss Work was about to lose her composure.

"What side of the ditch did they put the dirt?"

At that point Miss Work began to cry, reaching quickly for the box of Kleenex. "George, what different does it make WHICH side of the ditch the Romans put the dirt? Why can't we just move on..." The tears were flowing now as the class was witnessing true academic genius at work.

Thinking that Miss Work might be comforted in knowing his line of questions and trying to reassure her that there really was intellectual inquiry at the heart of his thought, George got up from his chair, went to the chalk board and illustrated the impact of the fortification if the dirt was placed on the inside or outside part of the ditch.

"If you put the dirt on the outside of the ditch," George explained, "then the enemy would have to come up over the mound of dirt and fall into the depths of the ditch. But if you put the dirt on the inside of the ditch, the enemy would have to jump into the ditch and climb out the height of the ditch plus the added height of the ditch..."

A perfectly good question! I don't recall which tactical maneuver was used by the Roman Army, no final explanation was ever given by Miss Work. But once again George demonstrated the academic inquisitiveness that was to follow him throughout his adult life.

This is one guy I am really going to miss...

Rich Barnes

Art Cook
Beverly Countreman
August 5, 1941 - April 1, 2014

Beverly Ann "Miss Beverly" (Countreman) Kotyuk  

BEVERLY ANN KOTYUK (NEE COUNTREMAN) WHITING, IN Beverly Ann "Miss Beverly" Kotyuk (nee Countreman), age 72, of Robertsdale, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


Beloved wife of late Victor Kotyuk who was her lifelong love. Loving mother of Steven (Dana) Kotyuk, Kristine (Marc) Woodke, and Vicki (Paul Wanek) Dillon. Loving sister of Dianne (Gary) Metcalfe. Loving sister-in-law of Ida Kotyuk. Proud Me-Maw of Anthony Sansone, Julia Sansone, Timothy Kotyuk, Nicholas Kotyuk, Stephanie Kotyuk, Alex Dillon, Lilli Wanek, and step grandmother of Rudy Wanek and Heather Wanek. Dearest daughter of late Jack and late Vivian Countreman (nee Stam).


Cherished by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. As a resident of Robertsdale, Beverly taught children at "Miss Beverly's Preschool". She was a Hammond Public School Teacher for over 30 years and loved to teach children to read. Beverly was a generous woman who loved her family dearly and always put them first. She was a wonderful friend to many people who touched her life with visits or just a phone call. Beverly loved to travel and spend time in the yard with her family and friends. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Beverly was an Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was a lifelong member of the New Life Christian Church (formerly known as First Church of Christ).


 Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the OWENS-RUZICH FUNERAL HOME, 816 - 119th St., corner of (Rt. 41) Calumet Ave. at 119th St., Whiting with Pastor Paul M. Vale officiating. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 PM at OWENS-RUZICH FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the family. For further information regarding services, please contact OWENS-RUZICH FUNERAL HOME at (219) 659-0417 or (219) 659-0018 or visit our web site at www.owens 


Bill Craidon
February 9, 1941 - October 4, 1998
Gerry Edwards


Rollin W. Grannon
Date of Birth: Saturday  April  06, 1940
Date of Death: Tuesday  October  18, 2011
Est. Age at Death: 71 years, 6 months, 12 days

Rollin "Rollie" Grannon, 71 of Red Feather Lakes, CO, Died Tuesday October 18, 2011.

He is survived by, daughters Susan (Greg) Bohney, Sandra (Henry) Villarreal, son Scott (Audrey) Grannon, six grandchildren: Diana, Brandon(Andrea), Joshua, Sarah, Jaclyn, and Jillian; and brother Jerry Grannon. Also, survived by his Wife Myrna Grannon and her children: daughter Julie (Jerald) Danielson, Sons David (Tamara) Kaiser, Daniel (Dorothy) Kaiser 3 grandchildren Malachi Kaiser, Madisen (Thomas) McLaughlin, James Walden. : 1 great granddaughter Keira McLaughlin.

Preceded in death by his father Roland Grannon and Hazel Berkheimer.

He was born April 6, 1940, and raised in Hammond, IN. Graduated from Hammond High School class of 1959. Was a member of Carpenter Union 599, Phi Delts Fraternity.

He moved to Colorado in 1981. He enjoyed Notre Dame football, snow skiing, Traveling, also a member of the GMC Mountain Airs Motor Home Club, and The Red Baron Ski Club.


Colleen Ann Grigware
November 15, 1940 - October 13, 2001
Colleen was born in Saginaw, Michigan and after graduation from Hammond High School in 1959,
married Albert John Stec, They lived in Joliet, Illinois, until her death in October 2001.


George Glendening
July 5, 2011

GEORGE J. GLENDENING MUNSTER, IN George J. Glendening, age 70 of Munster, passed away July 5, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters: Linette (John) Costello of Hammond and Alison (Michael) Petrovich of Schererville; one son, Bradford (Tania) Glendening of TX; five grandchildren; one sister, Lois Mudge of West Chicago. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the McCoy Funeral Chapel, 5713 Hohman Ave., Hammond. Interment at Concordia Cemetery in Hammond.

George was admitted to law practice in 1966. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1959 and was a class officer and a member of the debate team which finished third in the nation in the National Forensic League debate tournament. He then attended the University of Chicago and graduated in 1963. George attended the University of Michigan Law School, following where he clerked for a federal district court judge for two years. He had been in practice of general law since 1968 with a concentration in litigation. George served on the Munster Town Council and Plan Commission, the Hammond Rotary Club, and the L.C.B.A. as director. He enjoyed reading, fishing, and taking it easy. An expression of sympathy may be given to the Hammond Rotary Club.

 NW Indiana Times, July 6, 2011

James Hamilton
June Fanchon Hess Handler
July 3, 1941 – March 30, 2009

June was professionally educated as a audiologist and also worked as a travel agent. June's husband, Jerry, was a pharmacist and they had four children: Robert, Susan, Lisa and Howard.

Her most memorable thoughts of HHS: "Singing in chorus. I absolutely loved participating in the programs."

Most like to forget: "When I copied by brother Bob's paper in Miss McGranahan's English class. I was caught red-handed and was sent to Mr. Rapp's office !!!!"

-Source: 1959 Reunion Book -25th Class Reunion 1984.  

June F. Handler (nee Hess)

 June F. Handler (nee Hess) beloved wife of Gerald; loving mother of Robert (Linda) Handler, Susan (Wesley) Nissen, Lisa (Brian) Ackerman and Howard Handler; proud Bubbie of Nathan, Matthew, Andrew, Hallie and Gabrielle; devoted daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude Hess; dear sister of Robert (Linda) Hess and Stanford Hess; special sister-in-law of Raymond and Arlene Handler; wonderful aunt, great-aunt and friend to many.

Upon graduating from Hammond High School in 1959, June studied at Indiana University before beginning a career as a vestibularologist.  June left vestibularology to get married and raise four children in Northbrook, Illinois.  While she raised her family, June also worked part-time as a travel agent.  When her children were older, June went back to school to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.  She went on to work as a social worker and college counselor for Chicago’s Council for the Jewish Elderly and Jewish Vocational Services. 

June had very fond memories of her childhood in Hammond, and attributed the Hammond community as a positive and significant influence in shaping her as an adult.  She always said that she had “the best childhood.”  June always loved returning to Hammond to visit her parents and brothers, and bringing her children and grandchildren to see where she grew up.

June was very well known throughout her community for her significant contributions to her synagogue and her work as a college counselor in the larger Jewish community.  She will be remembered by all those who knew her as a happy, welcoming, caring and selfless person who touched the lives of countless individuals. 

She is buried at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Contributions in her memory to University of Chicago Melanoma Research, c/o Dr. Thomas Gajewski, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC2115, Chicago, IL, 60637 would be appreciated.

  -Source: Howard Handler (son)



Jim Heiser  James J Heiser
Jim Heiser

James J Heiser
(March 22, 1941 - January 25, 2014)

James J. Heiser, son of the late Edgar Willis Heiser and Ruby Jewel “Judy” Hinkle Heiser Harris, was born on March 22, 1941, in Hammond, Ind., and died on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett at the age of 72. 

He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Glennonville. He earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Indiana University and throughout his life worked in that field as well as computer programming, installation and repair. Mr. Heiser also operated a peach orchard for several years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and had served as member and president of the St. Teresa School Board.

On August 21, 1965, he was united in marriage to the former Lorraine Ann Rietman, who survives of the home in Campbell.

Also surviving are four children and theirs spouses, Loretta Jane “Janie” and Jeremy Cook of Bartlett, Tenn., Rebecca Jean and Bob Schatz of Kansas City, MO, Cathryn Jennifer and Frank McClelland of Lawrence, KS, and James William and Bridget Heiser of Campbell; seven grandchildren, Elissa Brooks, Kersten and Bethany Schatz, Ashlen Cook, Liam and Jonas Heiser and Joel McClelland; three step-grandchildren, Cory, Josh and Katie Cook; on brother and his wife, Tim and Peggy Heiser of North Carolina; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Heiser was preceded in death by his stepfather, Waldo Harris.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Landess Funeral Home in Malden. A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Glennonville with Father David Dohogne officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Landess Funeral Home of Malden is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the gamily gratefully requests donations may be made to St. Teresa Catholic School, 40648 St. Hwy. JJ, Campbell 63933 or the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis 63132


Rev. Conrad Heisner
(March 17, 1941 - February 1, 2013)

Rev. Conrad Heisner, 71, of Atwood,IL, passed away at 5:58 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana,IL

Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. , Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36, Atwood , IL , with Rev. Tom Norwalk and Rev. Dennis Hanner officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

Conrad was born on March 17, 1941 in Joliet, IL, the son of Walter G. and LaVerne Kuester Heisner. He married Marilyn J. Hardy Parker on May 13, 1978 in Highland,IN. She survives.


Other survivors include his children: Conrad W. (Deborah) Heisner of Bluffton, IN, Donna (Jeffrey) Perkins of Masaryktown, FL, Marijo (Dwayne) Weller of Hobart, IN, Jon (Michelle) Heisner of Titusville, FL, David (Cindy) Parker of Highland, IN and Thomas Parker of Dayton, OH, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, brother: Neil Heisner of Port Charlotte, FL and sister: Sheila Takacs of Schererville, IN


He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son: Timothy Parker.


Rev. Heisner retired from the Lake Fork United Church of Christ, where he served as the minister for 15 years. He had previously served churches in Merrillville , IN , Mt. Vernon , IN , Hammond , IN and Whiting, IN. Rev. Heisner graduated from the University of Chicago Seminary in 1983.


Conrad served his country as a member of the US Army in Alaska, where he worked in communications. He was a member of the Atwood Ministerial Alliance, Illinois Conference of the UCC, and Indiana - Kentucky Conference of the UCC.


Conrad enjoyed raising goats, boating, fishing, playing cards and visiting with his many friends.




Katherine Janice

Katherine J. Gaughan, 70, of Clarkdale, Arizona died October 14, 2010.  She was born April 17, 1940  in Hammond, Indiana, the daughter of Lawrence A. and Catherine Huppenthal. She was a graduate of St. Joseph  Grade School  and Hammond High School.  She worked at the American Trust and Savings Bank in Whiting, Indiana.

Mrs. Gaughan was a member of the Whiting Emblem Club, the Camp Verde (AZ) Historical Society and was named Volunteer of the Year by the Jerome Lodge of Elks in Arizona.  She loved to cook, enjoyed crafts and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her father Lawrence A. Huppenthal and her husband Patrick Gaughan. She leaves her daughter Shannon Gaughan-Kelly (Dan) of Indiana; her mother Catherine Huppenthal of Indiana; a brother Lawrence L. Huppenthal (Anne) of Indiana; and a sister Janet J. Phillips (Frederick) of Indiana.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11 AM. Donations in her memory may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 700 N. Bill Grey Rd., Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Source: Helen Duran Rickenbrode


Janet Elaine (Jenkins) Russell

    JANET ELAINE RUSSELL (NEE JENKINS) HAMMOND, IN Janet Elaine Russell (nee Jenkins), age 70 of Hammond, IN passed away July 7, 2012. She is survived by two sons: Tim of Hammond, IN and Dave (Lisa) of TX; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and one sister, Betty (Jerry) Vates. Preceded in death by her daughter, Terri-1967; son Dan-1984; and one sister, Arlene-2007. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Rd.) Highland, IN. A graveside service will be held Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Janet's favorite pastime was crocheting scarves for the needy and homeless. She was a longtime member of Izaac Walton, Griffith Chapter. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the     
Joyce Lee Johnson
d. September 5, 2012
    JOYCE L. STEPHAN HAMMOND, IN Joyce L. Stephan, age 71 of Hammond, IN, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2012. She is survived by her two sons: Michael I. (Lucy) Stephan and Timothy J. (Julie) Stephan; two grandchildren: Trace and Allison Stephan; and three step- brothers: Walter M. (Ardith) Skorch, Stanley (Toni) Skorch and Thomas (Rose) Skorch. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents: Hazel F. Johnson Skorch in 2011 and Irwin E. Johnson in 1955; and step- father, Walter Skorch in 1990. A committal service will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, September 9 from 3:00–8:00 PM at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing, IL. Joyce had been employed at the Hallmark Store in the River Oaks Shopping Center in Calumet City.    
George Jen




WAYNE G. KAEGEBEIN BRIDGEMAN, MI Wayne G. Kaegebein, age 72, of Bridgeman, MI, arrived at heaven's gates on June 17, 2014. Born on September 20, 1941 in Hammond, IN. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and caring friend to many. After a courageous battle with cancer, his final days were spent surrounded by the unconditional love of his entire family by his side. He will forever be remembered by his wife of 51 years, Margot Kaegebein; their children and their spouses: Beth (George) Nicholas of Naperville, IL and Todd (Joanne) Kaegebein of Westville, IN; and five grandchildren; Matthew, Ashley, Amanda, Christina, and Emma. Family and friends are welcomed in the commemorating of Wayne, viewing Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN. The burial service will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For questions or to sign the online guestbook go to: - See more at:
WAYNE G. KAEGEBEIN BRIDGEMAN, MI Wayne G. Kaegebein, age 72, of Bridgeman, MI, arrived at heaven's gates on June 17, 2014. Born on September 20, 1941 in Hammond, IN. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and caring friend to many. After a courageous battle with cancer, his final days were spent surrounded by the unconditional love of his entire family by his side. He will forever be remembered by his wife of 51 years, Margot Kaegebein; their children and their spouses: Beth (George) Nicholas of Naperville, IL and Todd (Joanne) Kaegebein of Westville, IN; and five grandchildren; Matthew, Ashley, Amanda, Christina, and Emma. Family and friends are welcomed in the commemorating of Wayne, viewing Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN. The burial service will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For questions or to sign the online guestbook go to: - See more at:

Wayne G. Kaegebein

September 20, 1941 - June 17, 2014



Wayne G. Kaegebein, age 72, of Bridgeman, MI, arrived at heaven's gates on June 17, 2014. Born on September 20, 1941 in Hammond, IN. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and caring friend to many. After a courageous battle with cancer, his final days were spent surrounded by the unconditional love of his entire family by his side. He will forever be remembered by his wife of 51 years, Margot Kaegebein; their children and their spouses: Beth (George) Nicholas of Naperville, IL and Todd (Joanne) Kaegebein of Westville, IN; and five grandchildren; Matthew, Ashley, Amanda, Christina, and Emma. Family and friends are welcomed in the commemorating of Wayne, viewing Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN. The burial service will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. 








Ted Kaegebein
April 30, 2010

TED KAEGEBEIN: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Greensboro News & Record (NC) - Sunday, May 2, 2010


GREENSBORO - Ted Kaegebein, 69, of Greensboro died Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Select Specialty Hospital of Forsyth in Winston-Salem.

A Celebration of Life will be 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010 at George Brothers Funeral Service Chapel.

At one time, Ted worked as a quality assurance engineer with McDonnell Douglas, now known as the Boeing Company but he turned to carpentry and painting in order to satisfy his artistic needs. His true love was being anywhere out of doors, whether he was camping in Asheville, fishing in Alaska, or simply walking the shoreline of a distant coast. Ted was a great man in stature and in spirit. He was an accomplished athlete that loved games of skill simply for the fun. He found great joy in making sure those that participated in sports with him were having fun and maybe even learning something new. Ted found his love of athletics in his youth just when he needed direction like so many young people do. The discipline and hard work of those early games created in him a love for life that he carried with him all of the time. To know Ted was to love him and his zest for life which he showed with his kindness and generosity to everyone he knew. We will all miss him greatly.

Ted is survived by his wife, Caren Kaegebein of the home; sons, Ted Kaegebein, Jr. and Trace Kaegebein; his daughter, Mary Lou Kaegebein; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Margot, Terry and Juleen; and his four beloved grandchildren, Trace, Amanda, Matthew, and Shannon.

Lou Reynolds, HHS quarterback, Ted Kaegebein, fullback, and Don Brumm, All State Tackle
scrimmage on the HHS football field in preparation for their 1958 undefeated season.



Allen Kuehl

Allen L. Kuehl, 65, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (May 20, 2007) at Hospice House Woodside under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Gary, Ind., graduated from Hammond High School in 1959, and moved here in 1988 from Homewood, Ill. He worked for Illinois Bell for 20 years until retirement and later worked for Tampa Expanets Communications, the Flower Shoppe in Clearwater, and was an attendant for Mohn Funeral Home in Seminole. He was Catholic and attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He was a member of Illinois Bell Pioneers and Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge 291  in Madeira Beach. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, J. Patricia; a son, Scott Allen, Largo; two daughters, Cynthia Stahl, Monee, Ill., and Susan Kuehl, Plainfield, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Wesley, Andrew, and Isabelle Stahl, all of Monee. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

Wayne Lander
d. May 29, 2011

Wayne Allen Lander, age 69, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at his home. Wayne is survived by his son, Benjamin Lander; sister, Rita J. Lander; former wife and friend, Connie Lander; and special friend, Alice. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Blanche Lander; sister, Marilyn; and maternal grandparents: David and Mary Nemeth. Wayne was a Navy veteran, he belonged to Methodist Church of Lowell, taught at Lowell Middle School for 38 years, and instructed drivers education in Crown Point, IN. Wayne was an avid traveler, music lover. He enjoyed the calming effect of being near water, calling it "his water fix." He was a master Trivial Pursuit player and loved sharing a joke with friends. Wayne was a proud member of Lowell Lions Club and Gary Sportsmens Club, he kept in touch with many of his high school and college friends from across the country. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011, 10:00 AM at Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre, (located 2 blks east of Broadway), 606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN, with Pastor Bill Dunfee officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre, (located 2 blocks east of Broadway) at 606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Mary Ann Martinak
March 12, 1941 - May 2, 2006
Riverside, California

Joyce Darlene Miller  ( Lundin )
July 11, 1941 - March 29, 2011
Hammond, Indiana

Joyce D. Lundin (nee Miller), age 69, of Hammond, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Lundin; children Linda (Robert) Schell, Paul (Judy) Martens and Mary (fiance-Sam Gamblin) Maroulis; grandchildren: Lindsay, Ryan, Scott, Lauren, Rebecca, Athena, Alex, Yanni and Rachel; stepchildren: Kim (Ron) Toppel, Lori (Lee) Falstrom and Sheila (Van) Strickland; step-grandchildren: Jeffrey, Kevin, Jennifer, Karissa, Eddie, Eric, Emily, Jessica, Stephanie, Tricia, Erica, Stephen and Joey; sister, Marge Poulson; brother, Robert (Dorothy) Miller; brother-in-laws: Ivan (Connie), Jimmy (Betty) and Artie (Natalie) and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her good friend, Charles Martens.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Joyce's life Thursday, March 31, 2011 with a visitation from 2-8 p.m. and a service beginning at 8 p.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home, 1219 Sheffield Avenue, Dyer Indiana 46311. Interment private.

Joyce attended Hammond High School Class of 1959, and worked at Chicken Unlimited in Calumet City, IL. She was a wonderful wife, mom and aunt who loved her family and grandchildren. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. For information call 219-864-0170 or visit



Frieda Mudd
Philip Lee Orr
March 4, 2009

PHILIP L. ORR DYER, IN, age 67, passed away at home after a long and brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joanne Orr (Zmija); his daughters: Amy Russell and Holly (Danny) Messick; beloved grandchildren: Tori Russell and Jacob Zablo; brother, Denny (Susie) Orr; sister, Ann (Bill) Lamott; aunt, Carol Kutak; uncle, Joseph Micka; sisters-in-law: Agnes (Lou) Zatorski, Deanna (Dave) Shimala, Mary Jo (Mike) Saksa and Carol (Jerry) Bazarko; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Phil ran his family business, Whiting Cab, for a number of years and was known as a sports enthusiast. He will be remembered and forever treasured for all of his stories, his sense of humor, and his love of his family especially his grandkids. A memorial service will be held at the Unity Church of Christ, 740 River Drive, Hammond, IN at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Source: NW Indiana Times

This one should be for the fans
Northwest Indiana Times, Friday, February 21, 1997
by Steve Hanlon
Sports Department

The autos buzz past the busy street life on 119th Street in Whiting.  Phil Orr, a Hammond High grad, works the counter at the Whiting Cab Stand.  It's been a family-owned business since 1949.  It's in his blood.  A peculiar kind of passion pervades his very being. Taxis? Sure.  That's the bread.  But it's certainly not the butter.  Basketball is his life.  As it is for a lot of others around this state. 

So, when asked about the final one class boys basketball tournament, Orr is quick to address the subject.  Like a bartender's response to the meaning of life.

"It might be hard for some today to understand this, but you had so much pride just putting on the uniform," Orr said.  "It was like football at Hobart or baseball at LaPorte.  Going to the tournament in those days was like going to church, or a picnic.

"That's where everyone went. That's where you went if you wanted to see folks."
Orr played on legendary Hammond coach Bob King's last team in 1959.  He remembers the time when games were held up until all the downtown shops were closed so the fans wouldn't miss a minute of the action.
So many nameless thousands have watched what the nation's marveled at, Hoosier Hysteria.  Orr, after he hung up his Chuck Taylors, was one of those countless numbers that sat riveted to the bouncing orange balls.

In many ways, after this year, the link to the past will be over.

Hope chest tales
If you want a taxi, go to the cab stand.  If you want to hear about basketball, do the same.
"It was so great back then it's hard for the younger kids to believe you," Orr said.  "There were so many great teams that didn't win a sectional game.  So many great players on every team."

Orr recalls Hammond Tech's Stan Bafia in 1960.  He led the area in scoring for two years. E.C. Washington held Bafia to 13 points in the first game of the sectional, a 54-50 win.
The Senators would go on and win the state title, a 75-59 win over heavily favored Muncie Central.  That Bearcats edition, with Ron Bonham, is considered one of the great teams in Indiana history.
E.C.W. beat them by 16, Hammond Tech by four.
"There were just so many great teams up here that never got out, " Orr said.

One last ride
Orr could talk for days about those good old days.  His postseason knowledge is prodigious. He knows all about all the players who put on that uniform with pride.  And, all the adoring fans who joined the event.
But after this year, in a way, it'll be over.

"There's just so much history, " he said.  "That's what makes change so difficult."

Next year there’ll be four state champions.  Some feel saying farewell to the old lady will be like saying so long to a dear friend.  But working in Whiting, he understands why many feel the need for different system.
"Things have just changed so much, the game, society, the schools.  It won't be easy, but maybe it'll work.  Maybe things will get better."
And in memory of Oscar Robertson, Damon Bailey, Johnny Wooden, Glenn Robinson, Stan Bafia and all the others who've put on the uniform, let's hope it does get better.

The last two years the taxi ride has been bumpy.  And all the area fans need one that'll be a little smoother.


July 29, 1941 - June 6, 2013

Wayne Osburn, 71, of Graysville, IN passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, IN. He was born on July 29, 1941 in Hammond, IN, the son of Herbert and Gertrude (Spencer) Osburn. Wayne married Joan Parker on December 27, 1964. He received his master's degree from Indiana State University and taught at Hammond, Hutsonville, and Sullivan schools and was also a bus driver for Southwest School Corp. Wayne was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church in Fairbanks, IN and was also a church trustee. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Joan Osburn; two brothers: William "Bill" Osburn of Hammond, IN and Richard (Claire) Osburn of Knox, IN; sister-in-law, Judy and Dr. Mike Dukes of Newburgh, IN; six nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother Robert "Bob" Osburn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Banks and Brust Funeral Home in Sullivan, IN with Rev. Paul Myers officiating. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Banks and Brust Funeral Home in Sullivan, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Sullivan County, 2425 N. Section Street, Sullivan, IN 47882.

Phyllis Schofield

Roberta J. Shank (Calia)
February 13, 1941 -  March 6, 2014

 ROBERTA J. CALIA (NEE SHANK) HAMMOND, IN Roberta J. Calia (nee Shank), age 73, of Hammond, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014. Roberta will be remembered as a much loved sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a retired Inside Sales Representative from Philips and enjoyed reading, playing electronic games, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Laura Shank; husband, Frank; and brother, Kendell. She is survived by her brother, Allen Shank, his wife, Katherine, and their six children; son, John Silva, his wife, Shannon, and their two children; and daughter, Laurie Hill and her four children. Roberta will be missed by many friends and family. She taught us how important it is to love, be generous and kind and enjoy every moment of everyday. Friends are invited to meet with the family for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM followed by a visitation until 7:00 PM at LaHAYNE FUNERAL HOME, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN. Private Interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart and Stroke Assoc.  




Ralph Powell, Jr., Ph.D.
Hammond, Indiana

May 13, 1941 - August 24, 2007

RALPH  D. POWELL, Ph.D. JR, age 66 of Chicago, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2007 at the South Shore Hospital in Chicago. Survivors; three brothers, Joe Clark of Jackson, MS, Alfred Powell Sr. of Hammond and Robert (Teresa) Powell of Gary: four sisters, Eleanor Reese, Judy Burts, Nellie (Woodrow) Sohl, all of Hammond, Rosella Walls of Augusta, GA and many adoring nieces, nephews and a host of great nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Nellie Powell; brother-in-law, James Allen Walls and niece, Jacqueline Greer. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Church, 1047 Kenwood St, Hammond with Rev. William Collins officiating. Interment in Fern Oaks Cemetery, Griffith, The visitation will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at Mount Zion Baptist Church from 10-11 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Dr. Powell received the Top 20 Who's Who in American Award at Franklin College in 1962. Hinton & Williams Funeral Home, East Chicago, in charge of the arrangements.



Paul Shatkowski
Name: Paul Shatkowski
State of Issue: Indiana
Date of Birth: Tuesday  December  23, 1941
Date of Death: January 1974
Est. Age at Death: 32 years




Marcia Schaw  
Munster, Indiana

      Marcia J. Beatty (Schaw) Munster, IN Marcia J. Beatty ( nee Schaw), age 65, of Munster, IN, died of cancer Saturday, January 20, 2007 in the William J. Riley Hospice Residence, Munster, IN.

     Survived by her husband William Beatty of 47 years and two sons: Brian Beatty of Munster, IN and Jeff Beatty of Munster, IN; daughter-in-law Julie Beatty of Munster, IN; sister Cynthia (James) Swarts of London, KY and two brothers: Walter (Madeleine) Schaw of Beaufort, NC and Paul Schaw of Munster, IN; grandchildren Scott Lindsey, Steven Beatty, Philip Chiang and Shelby Hsiao. Preceded in death by parents Walter and Mary (nee Barkal) Schaw.

     Visitation will take place Tuesday, January 23, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Dr. Bassam Abdallah officiating. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery Hammond.

     Marcy was a graduate of Hammond High School class of 1959, graduated Distinguished from Purdue Calumet with a degree in elementary education. She was a former teacher at Nathan Hale elementary school Lansing, IL. Past Director of NSSEA. Marcy was the founder and owner of School Stuff, Inc. with six locations in three states and was a generous sponsor of the Hammond Robotics Team. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hammond Robotics team c/o School City of Hammond 41 Williams St. Hammond, IN 46320.

Northwest Indiana Times


Robert Smith



Mary Clayton (Grist) 
Hammond, Indiana

Mary Clayton Grist was a woman of simple tastes. She liked pizza, Coca-Cola and country music, was loyal to her company and dreamed about her husband succeeding in the music business.

Mrs. Grist, a 49 year old Hammond resident died Thursday (5/17/1990) in her home after a long illness caused by a stroke.

The 1959 graduate of Hammond High School was a native of Battle Creek, Michigan, who became a secretary after studying at the Moser Secretarial School. Her last job before she became ill in August, was as a secretary at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary.

Joyce Williams, who worked with Mrs. Grist in the hospital's medical staff department, said she was hired as a temporary staffer. "But she was such a hard worker and impressed us so much we hired her for a full time job."

Doris Moore of Gary, who supervised Mr. Grist, said she enjoyed staying busy. "She was a vivacious, friendly, petite redhead who liked to work and was concerned about others. Once she even made a baby blanket for my grandchild."

Her husband, steel worker Frank Grist, said his wife's greatest source of pride was the work she performed at St. Mary's. "She always talked about how good it made her feel."

He said she was fond of her cats, Midnight and Ebony. "We could never have any children, she liked to say I was the only child she ever had. But she treated her cats like kids."

Mrs. Grist enjoyed watching her husband perform on weekends in his country band and was so enamored of Coca-Cola, he said, that "She probably would have bathed in it if you asked her to."

The Grists were married for 15 years. "We had a very happy marriage, Mary was the kind of person who cared about everybody. She was one loving person."

Mrs Grist is survived by her husband, Frank; father in law, Frank; mother in law Berthel; aunt, Valcour Smith of Aberdeen, Miss; and numerous cousins.

Services were held in Hammond at LaHayne Funeral and she was buried at the Westville Cemetery.

This was in the Post-Tribune from Gary on May 19, 1990 - Saturday
I appreciate you putting this in the memorials. I will try to find the obit on Gerald Edwards and forward that to you. Thanks again. Judi Hart



Jacqueline Seglin Mahan
Rockport, Maryland
July 25, 1941- December 13, 2008

      Born July 25, 1941, to loving parents Jack and Vivian Seglin, Jacqueline Seglin Mahan spent the first 18 years of life as a resident of Hammond, IN. She continued to be a regular visitor until her beloved father died at age 100 in 2001.

      On Saturday, December 13, 2008, nine years to the day from her own mother's death, Jackie succumbed to breast cancer after a brave 16 year battle with the disease. She is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 45 years David L. Mahan, who is also a native of Hammond; their three children: Wendy Putnam (husband Jonathan), Amy Kim (husband Joseph), and Joshua Mahan (wife Ashley); their four grandchildren; and sister Diana Granat. David and Jackie met and began dating as juniors at Hammond High School in 1958 and were married in 1963. They shared a love of travel, having journeyed to countries on six different continents over the years, delicious food, and family.

     Jackie began dancing ballet as a child with her sister Diana, a pursuit she continued throughout her adult life. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's in education and a master's in sociology. She taught in public and private elementary schools once her children were older, most recently substituting in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she lived for 34 years. She was well known and loved in her community and over the years she volunteered at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum and with the Jewish Social Services Agency, So Others May Eat, and her temple school board. Her favorite past times were walking on the beach, reading a good novel, cooking and decorating, exploring new places, and sharing her finds with family and friends.

     She lived her life fully, always believing, "The only day we have is today."

Published in The Times on 12/16/2008




Gregory Swantko
Crown Point, Indiana
September 3, 1941 - October 2, 2009

Gregory "Greg" Swantko, age 68 of Crown Point, IN passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009. He was born on September 3, 1941 in East Chicago, IN to Albin and Margaret (Gye- mont) Swantko. Greg graduated from Hammond High School with the class of 1959 and attended Purdue University Calumet.

He spent his entire professional career working for Inland Steel where he retired after 36 years of service. Greg is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Wanda (Evans); children: Jeannine (David) Larimer of Chesterton, IN, Jennifer (David) Woods of Bloomington, IN and Craig (Julie) Swantko of Crown Point, IN; grandchildren: Sam, Meghan, Joe, Ben, Mia, Madeline and Max; brother, Fred (Theresa) Swantko of Hobart; sister, Marcia (Ron) Casassa of Valparaiso and his faithful cocker spaniel companion, Crash. In addition to his parents, Greg was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Sakal of Schererville. Greg participated on the Crown Point 4th of July Committee as well as the Crown Point chapter of the Jaycees, a local philanthropic organization. He enjoyed traveling, photography, bowling, auto racing, rooting for the Cubs and most especially, spending time with his family. Greg touched the lives of all that he met and was a kind friend to many.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Geisen Funeral- Cremation & Reception Centre (NOTE: NEW LOCATION- Two blocks east of Broadway) at 606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN, with Fr. Pat Kalich officiating. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery in Crown Point, IN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at Geisen Funeral- Cremation & Reception Centre in Crown Point, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association , 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.  



Robert A. Selva
Schererville, Indiana
August 5, 1941 - December 15, 2002

Robert A. Selva, age 61, of Schererville passed away Sunday, December 15, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Kepperling); one brother, Stanley R. (Harriett) Selva, Jr. of Lexington, KY; one sister, Mary Anne Selva of Las Vegas, NV; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Kepperling of Highland; nephews, Scott and Todd Selva. Preceded in death by his parents, Stanly and Josephine Selva.

Visitation and services Thursday, December 19, 2002 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home (corner of Main and Kennedy Ave.) Schererville/Highland. Funeral services Thursday evening, 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Robert Crytzer officiating. Cremation to follow by Solan-Pruzin Crematory. Robert was the Controller of Good Hospitality Service of Vaparaiso, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Army veteran. He was the Hammond Times, Athlete of the Year, 1958; Hammond High Hall of Fame inducted March 5, 1996 and a graduate of Western Michigan University. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Heart Association or Hospice of the Calumet Region would be appreciated.

Source: The Times

Just an interesting note: Bob was born at St. Margaret's Hospital in Hammond, Indiana, on the same day as another HHS '59 Classmate, Carol Joan Salczynski. Carole is married to HHS '59 Classmate, Richard Barnes, and they live in Miller Beach, Indiana.





Terry J. Lovell, age 69 of Dyer, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010. He is survived by his daughters: Laurie Trueblood of AZ, Lisa (Scott) Gauthier of Highland and Linda (Tim) Lovell-Ewen of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren: Emily Trueblood, Matthew, Allyson and Andrew Gauthier and Catherine and Jessica Ewen and brother Weldon (Alice) Lovell of WA. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Rozanne; and his sister, Brenda Hall. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 16, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave. (Rt. 41), St. John, IN with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Evangelist Church, Day Chapel (93rd and Wicker Ave.) St. John IN. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Lovell retired after 40 years as a sheet metal worker, Union Local 303 & 20. He was a superintendent for Zack Company and Howard Industries. 



Louis Wayne Reynolds
Scottsdale, Arizona
Jan.29-1941 / Sept.18-1976

After graduating from Hammond High, Lou attended the University of Wisconsin and then Arizona State University. He moved to the San Diego, CA, area where he was the district manager for a financial company. After two years, Lou and his family returned to Scottsdale, AZ where he joined the management staff at The Arizona Bank and served as bank manager until his death in 1976.

Lou married Kathleen Cramer of Hammond, Indiana. Kathleen and the boys moved back to the Calumet area following Lou's death. Kenny Reynolds, their son, is presently a teacher and head baseball coach at Thornton Fractional South in Lansing, Illinois.

In 1976, Lou began suffering with terrible headaches and hadn't told anyone how painful they had become. Finally, after being examined at the Barrows Neurological Center in Phoenix, AZ, Lou was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor that had positioned itself in the left frontal section of his brain. During surgery, the tumor was successfully removed but his body reacted to the medication that was to keep the brain from swelling. Following the nine hour surgery, Lou become comatose during the night and never regained consciousness. Lou passed away five days later at noon on September 18, 1976 at the age of 35 years.

Lou loved the golfing climate and the beautiful scenery in Arizona. He was very active in the Scottsdale Kiwanis Club and had worked with Ernie Banks for "KIDS" and the Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games. When Lou's son started playing Little League, Lou joined as a team manager.

Lou was so talented in so many ways, and his life touched my whole family's being. He has been really missed all of these twenty-eight years.. He was my only brother...

Lou Reynolds is buried at the Green Acres Memorial Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

June Reynolds Thomson
HHS '53




Jerry Borman

Killed in Vietnam
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Merle Pertile

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A devoted teacher at Hammond's Lew Wallace School for more than 40 years, Nancy Peters touched the lives of thousands of loving children who learned from her the lessons of life and knowledge for their future.
This was her family... they were all her children...


Nancy Virginia Peters, age 71, of Munster passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013. She is survived by one sister, Rose (Lawrence) Filkowski of Lincolnshire, IL; three nieces: Leslie (Tyson) Cornell, Gail Filkwski, and Kristin (Jarred) King; great niece, Hannah Cornell; great nephew, Charlie Cornell; friends: Maxine (Edward) Simmons and family, Janelle Buckner, Edward and Virginia Brock, Cherie Fletcher, and Margaret Walker. Preceded in death by parents: Irvine and Ruby. Nancy retired after 40 years of teaching school in the City of Hammond at Wallace Elementary. she was very devoted to family and friends, and was an avid reader. Visitation will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN with Pastor Thomas Knutson officiating. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Gardens, 5050 State Route 144, Owensboro, KY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Nancy's loving memory. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends


Claudia Krawczyk
West Sunbury, Pennsylvania

Claudia was married to Robert Ingversen and living in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania.  Claudia had a congenital heart murmur and in 1988, she entered the hospital for open heart surgery to repair one of the heart valves. Claudia passed away on the operating table. Her husband reports that she was cremated and the ashes placed in her rose garden.

Robert Ingversen


John Highland
Valparaiso, Indiana

Devoted Valparaiso Attorney Succumbs to Heart Attack
     John R. Highland didn't handle the high-profile cases that bring attorney's fame.
     But among his fellow lawyers, he earned another valuable commodity: respect.
     "He was an interesting human being," attorney Glenn Tabor said. "On the one hand, a big man physically, but on the other hand a gentle human being. When he represented a client, he devoted full-time to in depth legal research, to the fullest extent of the law."
     "He was a true advocate for his client."
     Highland, 50, who died Monday, March 16, 1992, in Indianapolis after suffering a heart attack, had been an attorney in Porter County since 1969.
     Born in Gary, he grew up in Hammond and graduated from Hammond High, where he played football, formed and interest in government and met his future wife, Martha Bamber.
     After graduating from Princeton University, where he also played football, he went to Indiana University Law School, graduating in 1966.
     Highland then served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, advancing to the rank of Captain. His proudest achievement there, his wife said, was graduating at the top of his class in the naval justice school.
     Highland worked first with a Valparaiso law firm, practiced a short time in Hammond, then set up an office in Chesterton in the mid-1970s. He practiced there until two years ago, when he moved is office to his family's home in Valparaiso.
     In recent years, advancing multiple sclerosis weakened him and prevented him from some, but not all, of his favorite leisure pursuits.
     "He was a pretty active gardener," Martha Highland said. "He loved to putter around in his garden. After his mobility was limited, he was a great supervisor."
     But the law was his love.
     "He would have been happier," she said, "if he didn't have to charge his clients."
     Highland is survived by his wife, Martha; daughters, Kristin of Indianapolis, Laura of Muncie and Ashlee of Valparaiso; his mother, Janet Highland, Hammond; and sister, Jean Highland, New York.

Source: Post Tribune


William Brumm


Patricia Etter
1941 - 1999

Patricia attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana following her graduation from HHS, where she met her husband, Jim Gambrel. Together they had three children – two girls and 1 boy: Jennifer / Trisha / Jamie.

She later married Jim Barry and moved to the Baltimore, MD area, where she worked in a flower and gift shop. She also loved antiques and horses.

Patty began feeling ill and went to John Hopkins medical facility.  According to her brother, TIm, the doctors could not diagnose her condition.  They eventually found out that Patty was suffering from a rare form of bone marrow cancer.  The doctors said she would be able to live for five years. At the end of the five year period, reports TIm, Patty passed away.

 Source: Tim Etter, (brother)





Jack Hugus
HHS'59 Class President


Jack Hugus, 61, collapsed and died on Friday, September 19th, 2003, in Elko, Nevada, as he was waiting to board a plane. Jack was on a birding expedition at the time.

Jack retired as vice president of Lockheed-Martin, and held a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Applied Math. He had also been in senior management at IBM Corporation and General Electric before joining Lockheed Martin. The eulogy was given by Steven Teets, Undersecretary of the Air Force and former CEO of Lockheed Martin.

Jack is survived by his former wife and classmate, Sandra Mayes Hugus, and their three daughters, Jackie, Kathleen and Laura.


I just wanted to make a few corrections to your short note on Jack Hugus. He
died in the Elko, NV airport, not Reno. I was to be his guide and was
waiting for him in Reno when I heard the news. Also, he was not part of a
tour group; this was to be a private tour just for Jack. He had apparently
just seen his 726th species in North America, a Himalayan Snowcock, up in
the Ruby Mountains.


Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona
Senior Field Leader

Here is a copy of an email that Jack left behind with regards to his interest in birding..

From: Jack & Kathy Hugus
To: rcarter@
 Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:23 PM
 Subject: Total Ticks

  Hello Robin,

  My name is Jack Hugus and I am a birder from VA.  We've never met, but a 
good friend of mine, named Jerry Schaefer, just retired and moved to No.
Augusta.  He had the privilege recently of running into you and a Columbia
Audubon group you were leading at, I think, Phinizy Swamp.  Jerry emailed me
and spoke very highly of that outing.

  Moreover, he said that he spoke with you about my interest in Total Ticks.
He said that you offered to provide me with some advice in that arena.
Having looked up your listing in the ABA List Report, I certainly welcome
that opportunity.

  Based on my own experience in other areas, and my relative newness at
Total Ticks, what I think I'd prefer to do, if it's acceptable to you, is to
ask an open-ended question. ( I'm sure I don't know enough to ask the most
central question.)  If you could tell me what approaches or strategies have
proven key to your success, that would help me immensely.  It would also
stimulate other questions in my mind.  I do not want to become a burden -
please be honest with me if I ask too many questions.

  Thanks in advance for anything you provide.


  Jack Hugus
  Leesburg, VA



Carolyn Forsythe Buster Welbon

1942 ~ 2008

Photo Compliments of The Chicago Tribune

Acclaimed restaurateur

Diners traveled for world-class cuisine
in an unlikely location

| Chicago Tribune reporter

June 18, 2008

It was quite a risk to open a French-inspired restaurant in Calumet City in 1974, but Carolyn Buster Welbon and her then-husband created a phenomenon.

For about 20 years, The Cottage restaurant was the premier fine-dining restaurant in the south suburbs. It was so good that the one-story stucco building—inspired by a French inn the couple had visited—became a destination for Chicago residents.

"Calumet City was in the middle of nowhere," said Nancy Harris, Mrs. Welbon's friend and colleague. "About half-way there, you wondered why you were going but when you arrived you knew why. The food was so good."

Mrs. Welbon, 66, died Thursday, June 12, in an assisted living facility in Albuquerque.

She had been in a coma since April 4 when she hit her head after apparently falling down the stairs at her home in Santa Fe, said police, who have ruled out foul play.

She had moved into the house just a couple days before the fall, said her sister, Gladys Baker of Munster, Ind.

Mrs. Welbon first received attention in the Chicago area when she worked at The Bakery in Chicago, under the legendary chef Louis Szathmary.

She had no formal culinary training, save a 10-week gourmet cooking course offered by Sears, Roebuck and Co., before she started at the Bakery. Her previous job was in the office of a steel plant in Hammond.

At The Bakery, she ran the test kitchen to assist with Szathmary's cookbook. She also worked in the dining room and the kitchen to learn the intricacies of the restaurant business—always with the intention of opening her own place, colleagues said.

"She was like a sponge," said Gerald Buster, Welbon's ex-husband. "When you get a mentor like this guy, it was phenomenal for her."

The couple met while working at the Hammond steel plant. They married in 1965 and opened the Cottage Restaurant in 1974.

They had planned a low-key opening, but the buzz about a Szathmary apprentice drew 103 patrons on the first day.

"There was no way we were prepared for that," Buster said. "People thought we were a spin-off of The Bakery. It wasn't at all. We didn't copy any of his recipes at all; she had her own ideas of what she wanted to do."

The Cottage became well-known for its schnitzel, tasty soups, full-flavored game and autumnal setting. In a 1992 Tribune restaurant review, the touted dishes included smoked quail and wild mushrooms, venison with a stone-ground mustard sauce, roasted duck and swordfish with pomegranate-pistachio sauce.

Mrs. Welbon was the youngest of seven children. Growing up in Hammond, she would bake pies to make money.

Mrs. Welbon was founding member of the Chicago chapter of the Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international women's group for professionals in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. The local chapter was started 25 years ago.

Mrs. Welbon received an honorary degree from the Culinary College at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.

When the couple divorced in 1993, Buster brought in another chef. The restaurant closed in 1996.

Mrs. Welbon never worked in restaurants again. She lived in Rhode Island and southern Indiana briefly and married Paul Welbon. The couple moved to New Mexico, where he died in 1999.

Mrs. Welbon did some menu consultation work with an assisted living community in New Mexico, family said, but essentially retired.

Mrs. Welbon is also survived by two other sisters, Margaret Potts and Ada Mae Davis.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. June 27 in Thorn Creek Reformed Church, 1875 E. 170th St., South Holland.

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Revised: June 20, 2014.