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Alexander, Daniel

Dan’s good sense of humor and his oversized black-rimmed glasses earned him the nickname, “Owl,” during his Noll years. This polite man will be missed by the many classmates that knew him.

Bender, Fred

Life improves when those around us are dependable. Fred was a person upon whom you could count to be there when you needed a friend. Fred’s stay on Earth was too short, as he was remembered in the 20th Anniversary Reunion Booklet in 1985.

Bonaventura, Peter

Pete was a mild and kind man who made a wonderful physician. Fronting a group as lead singer beyond our Noll years, Pete served the community as a wellness professional until cancer claimed his life in the late 1990s.

Bonneau, Larry

Larry will be remembered as a fine speaker and actor. Unfortunately, at a young age, Larry drowned when he accidently fell overboard in a boating accident.

Bradtke Byrd, Pauline “Pat”

With great sadness, we learned of the death of our friend Pat in December, 2004. Many of us recall the enjoyment of a perfect 2003 reunion, sharing dinner, dance and conversation with Pat, an evening full of smiles and laughter. Then came the news of her pancreatic cancer, and Pat left us within eight months time.

Carney, Craig

If ever a “Good Samaritan” paid the ultimate price for an act of generosity, it was Craig Carney. Craig stopped to offer roadside assistance to a motorist in need, and he suffered a fatal blow by a passing vehicle as he attempted to lay out warning flares on the road. This beloved classmate exemplifies the giving, spiritual training that he learned at Bishop Noll Institute.

Carnowski, Thomas

Thomas S. Carnowski, age 63 of Brazil, IN died May 10, 2010 of complications of cancer at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.
 He was born November 18, 1946 in Hammond, IN as the son of Sigmund A. and Anna Partak Carnowski. He attended grade school at Irving School in Hammond, IN and graduated from Bishop Noll High School. He attended college in New Mexico. He moved to Chicago and trained at the Washburn Trade School to become a chef. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium where he was chef to the U.S. European Forces. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the U.S. and worked at Gapers Caterers and later at Ferray- Florshine as a chef. After 35 years in Chicago, he retired and moved to Brazil, IN in 2002. He enjoyed living in this small community and liked the very friendly people there. Tom loved cooking and even in retirement made food and bread for friends, neighbors, and relatives; especially at big family events.
 In Hammond he attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. In Chicago he attended St. Andrew Catholic Church and in Brazil, IN he was a member of Annunciation Church for the past eight years.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in- law, Ralph Nordyke. He is survived by his sisters: Eleanor Gagnon of North Stonington, CT, Henrietta Nordyke of Dyer, IN, and Linda Dunn of Tempe, AZ; nieces: Kathy (David) Rosenberg of Pawcatuck, CT, Annette (Mark Sr.) Meyers of Brazil, IN, Carrie (Stephen) Roach of Indianapolis, IN, and Chancey (Timothy) Stanage of Crown Point, IN; nephews: William (Holly) Gagon of Ledyard, CT, Ralph Nordyke Jr. of Crown Point, IN, Jeffrey (Cary) Nordyke of Chesterton, IN, and Daniel M. Nordyke of Dyer, IN; and many great nieces and nephews.
 At his request, Moore Funeral Home was chosen to provide cremation services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010 at Annunciation Church with Military Honors to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Church Building Fund or Masses at 415 E. Church St., Brazil IN 47834. Visit www.moorefuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.

Chess, Kathleen

People like Kathy Chess provided the backbone of Noll’s class of 1965: considerate, steadfast, and with an understated simplicity that, in the end, speaks volumes. Kathy gave her classmates a friend to be warmly regarded and remembered.

Dolinski Kelly, Denise

(Highland, IN, formerly Whiting; Died 9/24/10, age 62)

Dubczak, Leonard

Len was the kind of well-rounded person who enjoyed a good time but who knew when to get serious and finish the task at hand. After a period of illness, this beloved classmate moved on from this Earthly plane during 2002.

Dybel Zabrecky, Paula

Paula had a sweet nature that made her easy to befriend. Married to classmate Bob Zabrecky, Paula enjoyed life with her spouse and 3 sons in the New Orleans area until a freakish accident cut short her stay on Earth in January, 2002. Paula’s fall from a foot-stool necessitated a simple surgical procedure, but a pulmonary embolus took Paula in the middle of the night 10 days after her unfortunate fall. Paula is remembered fondly by family and classmates alike.


Marvin Gonsiorowski

We lost Marv July 14, 2012 due to cancer.

Halcarz, John

John Halcarz died on August 5, 2008.  With his wife of 36 years, Diana, and their three cats, they resided in Crown Point, IN and raised one son and two daughters. After his BNI years, John graduated with a B.S. in History and Political Science from St. Joseph Calumet, attending two years at Rensselaer and two years at the Calumet Campus. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. Stating that his favorite subjects in high school were history and government, it’s no wonder that John’s career spanned many very rewarding years – three as a prosecutor, then 24 as a private attorney, and the last four (1999-2003) as a Magistrate in The Lake Superior Court in Crown Point, IN. His hobbies included “gardening, listening to music, model railroading, and doing anything together with my wife, Diana.”

At BNI, John was active in football, wrestling, Monogram Club and Spanish Club and his favorite teachers were Coach Jake Weger and Brother Amedy. He was the 1965 Hammond Sectional Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, and received Honorable Mention on the local All Star football team. Yet, John claims, his best award was, “a License that allowed me to marry the Love of my life.” John tells us that his favorite BNI memories are the friendships; and his response to the best thing about Bishop Noll, “Many, many, friends, including students and teachers. It helped me mature into an adult, at a time when I needed the guidance.” John said, “I looked at our BNI list of students and while there are some closer to me than others, I was pretty surprised by the large number of our class that I considered friends. I wouldn’t and couldn’t list all of them, there are probably near a hundred. I’ve kept in contact with some, but I wish a lot more.”

What are John’s favs? Movies: “Brian’s Song,” “Pride of the Yankees,” “Christmas Vacation;” Performers: Nat King Cole and Kathryn Hepburn; and Songs: “When I Fall in Love” by the Lettermen, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. Celebrities he has met – hold on – Mickey Mouse and Bozo The Clown! What would surprise us about our former classmate? John admits that, “when you see me, you might get intimidated by my loud, gruff voice and feel I’m a tough guy. Actually I’m a softie. People who know me, sometimes compare me to Hoss Cartwright. To that, I can only say, ” yessum.””

Along the path of life, John had many serious health challenges and in 2003 after a devastating stroke, he took disability retirement. Yet, John always fought back, just as he did on the football field years ago. He credits the love of his wife, who is his “Knute Rockne and Cleopatra all rolled into one” and his three wonderful grown children as one of the reasons for his good attitude about life and that it is worth living every day!” Learning in 2007 that he had cancer of the esophagus, John’s was gearing up to win the next big game and our prayers for strength and recovery were with him. With John’s philosophy, “Try to treat other people like I would like to be treated,” it follows that he would volunteer his services at the Community Hospital Rehab Unit, as a past member of their patient review board and anytime they need him to encourage people going through the Rehab Unit. John says, “I’m blessed with so many friends, who are very special to me! This includes friends from the BNI class of 65!”

 And, John concludes, “When I meet people…I get a warm glow inside. You know, we sure had a lot of nice kids at BNI, who grew up to be nice people in life! If we had more people in the world like that, what a better world it would be!” In John’s biography, he concluded with these words of advice that he himself followed, “Enjoy life. Have fun. Smile and laugh as much as you can. Be humble and never miss the chance to be nice to someone!”

Hazel, Sharon

Sharon’s quiet but strong presence contributed to the character of Noll’s remarkable Class of 1965. Sharon lived in the Southwest after attending college in Wisconsin.

Hammer, Dennis

Dennis Scott Hammer, age 61, of Merrillville, IN, succumbed to cancer Thursday, July 17, 2008 in his home surrounded by family and other loved ones. Dennis was born December 21, 1946 in Bartlesville, OK, the fourth child of John Henry and Guadalupe Hammer. Dennis was employed at Guardsmark Security. He was an alumnus of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, IN, and was a proud veteran who served 7 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Robles Jr., and his father. Dennis was a devoted husband, son, and father. He is survived by his mother; Guadalupe Hammer; his wife of 30 years, Maria Therese Hammer; seven siblings: Carol Abner, John Hammer II, Diana Hammer, Manuel Dias, Anita Ruiz, Stella Mata, and Eva Robles; five children: Jeannie Caltagerone, Valerie Sineni, David Hammer, Donald Hammer and Diana Hammer; seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway in Merrillville with Deacon Malcolm Lunsford officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, July 23 at the Geisen Funeral Home Merrillville Chapel from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  A Prayer Service will be held Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family for medical expenses. To share condolences with the family, please visit www.geisenfuneral.com.

Jamroz, Paul

Our fair-haired classmate, Paul was taken from us on December 29, 1984, due to complications of juvenile onset diabetes. After his school years at St. Stanislaus and Noll, Paul lived in Highland, IN, and worked at Inland Steel. Paul is survived by a son, who was 12 years old at the time of Paul’s death. These memories of Paul were fondly recalled by his older sister Mary Ann, who is also a BNI Alumni.

Johnson, Ray

Ray spent a brief time in the seminary before heading to Chicago to study radio broadcasting. He died in Kansas City, KS, sometime in the early 80′s, leaving a wife and daughter.

Knaver, Richard

Rich was a jovial, sociable person who worked his way into the hearts of all who knew him. He participated in dramatic projects and earned quite a reputation as an excellent hair-care specialist prior to his departure during the 1980s.

Konetski, Edward

Edward Joseph Konetski, age 62, of LaPorte, IN passed away December 17, 2009. He was born March 19, 1947 in Chicago, IL.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy (nee Kirk) of 38 years; son, Steven (Sherry) Konetski; grandsons: Craig Kominowski, Damon Konetski, Aaron (Mirika) Searing, and Adam Reed; great granddaughter, Madeline Reed and future great grandson Baby Boy Searing due April 2010.  Also surviving is his brother, Thomas (Fern) Konetski; sisters: Margie (Ron) Bissonnette, Linda Pancheri, and Cathy (Steve) Whitt; sisters-in-law: Brenda Galinski and Sherry Huber and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Kay and Mel Konetski and parents-in-law: Chuck and Mary Kirk.

 Funeral services held on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd. (two blocks south of Ridge Rd.), Highland, IN, with Deacon Joe Codespoti officiating, private burial to follow.  Friends invited to meet with the family also on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:00-8:00 PM at Kuiper Funeral Home.

Ed was retired from Welded Tube where he was a crane operator and union steward.  He was a proud member of the Eagle Scouts and a previous member of the Order of the Arrow.  He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan, a former Pop Warner coach and Scout Master.  He loved all animals, fishing, music, and motorcycling.  Ed was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Kovach, Louis

Louis J. Kovach, age 63 of Dyer, formerly of Munster, passed away following a short illness on Monday, July 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; one daughter, Kaitlin Kovach of Munster; one sister, Trudy (Robert) Hahn of Winona, MN; one nephew, Rob Hahn of Minneapolis, MN; and one niece, Kristin (Scott) Altenburg of Mankato, MN. Louis was a graduate of Bishop Noll High School, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Business. He was CPA employed by BP Oil Company until his retirement, with 30 years of service. Louis was a member of St. Thomas More Church and the American Legion.

Kukuch Diwyk, Carol

Carol (Kukuch) Diwyk, age 60, of Laporte, Minnesota, passed away on December 15, 2007, at her home. Carol was born in Gary, IN on September 26, 1947. She was the daughter of John and Caroline (Macko) Kukuch. She attended Assumption Grade School and graduated from Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, IN. On February 17, 1968, she married Bohdan Diwyk, whom she met while working as a secretary at Inland Steel. She subsequently became a librarian for Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Lake County Public Library in Merrillville, IN. Over the years, family vacations were spent in Minnesota and, in 1989, the family moved to a home on Kabekona Lake, near Laporte, MN. Carol was an organist for St. Theodore Catholic Church in Laporte and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Walker. She also worked with the youth of St. Theodore and directed the church choir. Carol enjoyed her music, horses and horseback riding, crossword puzzles, needlepoint embroidery and reading. She was strongly supportive of the ASPCA and the National Wildlife Association. She is fondly remembered for her musical ability, twinkling eyes, good spirit and humorous personality. Carol is survived by daughters: Yvonne Diwyk, Christine (Carl) Steffes and Irene (Wally) Zelasko; grandsons: Alexander and Nicholas Zelasko; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and her much-loved dogs: Juno and Shilo. She was preceded in death by her parents; and, in 2005, by her husband, Bohdan. A memorial mass was held on December 21, 2007 at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Laporte, MN with Fr. Duane Pribula officiating. Arrangements handled by Dennis Funeral Home.

Laskarin Michaels, Janis

Word was received of the sudden and unexpected death of Janis (Laskarin) Michaels (age 60) on January 2, 2008. She passed away in her sleep on New Years. Survived by her husband of 39 years, James; son John (Nichole) Michaels of Dyer, IN; daughter Nicole (Steven) Miskowicz of Chicago, IL; son Nicholas Michaels of Hammond, IN; grandchildren Skylar and Maride Michaels; mother Marge (late John) Laskarin of Hammond; sister Nancy (Mark Purevich) Laskarin of Schererville, IN; her loving pets Buttons, Rosie, Crammer and Cindy.
Her gift of life was celebrated on January 19, with Memorial Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Calumet City, IL, and a reception immediately followed. A Summer Solstice celebration of friendship, love and loyalty will be held in the house that she made everyones home on Saturday, June 21, 2008. Private funeral services were entrusted with Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home & Crematory, Schererville/Highland, IN.
Janis was a member of St. Andrews of Calumet City, IL, and St. Thomas More of Munster, IN, Carmelite Guild, Rotary Club, Tri-Kappa, and the famous Linda Zipko Cookie Club. She had a fulfilling career at Highland Bosak Automotive, and working with the Tyson Automotive family. She will always be remembered as a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and humanitarian. Everyone who knew her loved her and will greatly miss her kindness, generosity, unmatched humor, gentle ways, loving stories, consistently sweet demeanor and zest for life. Her faith and devotion to our Blessed Virgin Mother eased her through life; may we all gain strength from her faith. Our deep sorrow turns to joy when we think of the pleasure of her company. We were all so blessed to know her, learn from her and have been loved by her. “Bunny was a FLY Lady,” according to granddaughters Skylar and Mara.

Llano, Phyllis

It was with great sadness that, while planning our 2003 reunion, we learned of the death of Phyllis. A talented artist, her life was cut short when, in 1988, Phyllis suffered a fatal blood clot shortly after back surgery.

Markevicius, Mindaugas

“Minnie” was usually seen with a broad smile across his face. Rarely the prankster, Minnie nonetheless enjoyed the hi-jinx of the other boys, and his laugh can still be heard in the memories of good friends.

Marshall, William S.

With great sadness we learned of the drowning death in Alabama on December 25, 2005, of our classmate Bill Marshall. Growing up in Highland, IN, recent years Bill had been living in Florida. Bill is survived by one son. May he rest in peace as we classmates mourn the loss of yet another favorite classmate.

Marzec, Patricia

Patricia Ann “Pat” Marzec, of East Chicago, IN, died on August 17, 2005, at the age of 58. Pat was employed by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (PHJC) Vocations Office in Indiana Harbor. She was past president of Bank Women, Chicago Chapter, a member of St. Mary’s Church in East Chicago and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Pat will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She was a lifelong resident of East Chicago, IN.

Matovina, Thomas

Tom died in a car accident May 24, 2009 that may have been caused by a stroke or heart attack. His wife said he complained of not feeling well and seemed to lose consciousness moments before he drove into a parked vehicle. His mother-in-law, Irene Barron was also killed in the crash in their Briar Ridge neighborhood of Schererville/Dyer, IN. Tom was employed as the Area Manager for McAllster Equipment and previously worked at Patten Industries for 40 years. He was a member of Briar Ridge Country Club and former member of All Saints Church. He is survived by his wife, Beverly (nee Barron); son, Mark (Keva) Matovina; daughter, Ann Marie Matovina; sister, Mary Matovina; brothers: Michael, Peter, Joseph and Ted (Pat) Matovina; niece, Laura (Jeff) Keever; great nephew and godson, Luke Keever; and great niece, MaKenzie Keever. Kish Funeral Home in Munster handled the arrangements with a funeral Mass at St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, June 1. Tom was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL.  His obituary stated that “Tom’s family could always depend on him and he never complained. He was a loving husband, father, and brother, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Mazur, Kenneth

Formerly of Indiana Harbor, late of Phoenix, AZ and Alpharetta, GA, Ken passed away on January 20, 2005. He is survived by his wife Marie of 37 years. Unfortunately, we had not located Ken for our 2003 reunion. His obituary noted that Ken played drums in a band called the Chevelles and that his cat Oil Pan was also very special in his life, as was his computer work. He was employed by AT&T in Georgia.

Mecha, Ray

Ray Mecha was born on January 19, 1947, and he died on December 2, 1998. In speaking with his sister Jane, she describes fondly her only brother as a nice man whose sudden death took their family by surprise. Ray loved cats and had one of his own. He loved to tinker and fix cars and one day he did just that, and then, later that night he died in his sleep in what was suspected to be a heart attack. During his short time here, Ray lived life to the fullest. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. In 1975, he earned a B.S. in Business/Economics at St. Joseph’s Calumet College, East Chicago, IN, where he was on the Dean’s List every semester. Ray also held a Real Estate Broker’s License in Illinois. He grew up in Calumet City, IL, and continued to live in The Region. He was employed as a Cost Accountant at Interlake Technical Center, Inc., in Riverdale, IL. Ray learned scuba diving by attending an evening class that was offered during our years at Bishop Noll. The course was taught by Noll’s swimming coach, Mr. Bush. Ray enjoyed boating, camping, scuba diving, photography, auto mechanics and reading. He loved the water and owned two boats. Jane recalls one pleasant summer outing when brother Ray invited her, plus their parents, for a boat ride to the Chicago Venetian Nights and later that same evening he took them for a sightseeing tour along the Chicago Lakeshore to view the skyline by night. Jane said she misses him to this day and that the world lost a very strong, intelligent and nice man.

Meingasner, Donald

Don passed away on July 22, 2003, at his residence in Whiting, IN. A member of St. Casimir’s Church, Don was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He was a retiree of LaSalle Steel Company with 27 years of service.

Mojzik, Timothy

The votes are in and by all counts, Timmy was our favorite funnyman. In the halls, in class, at dances, at games–anywhere and everywhere–Tim Mojzik never failed to make people laugh. His penchant for making people look at life’s humorous side will never be forgotten. Tim’s high school athletic prowess was rewarded with a college football scholarship, where he was successful as an all-conference player. Prior to a career change, he had started up the ladder as a high school football coach. Unfortunately, Tim was the victim of a violent crime, having been shot by an armed robber. The intruder entered Tim’s business establishment after hours and caught him unexpectedly working in the back office.

Osika, William

(died 12/3/10)

Polich, David

Przybyl Strong, Marilyn

With great sadness we received the news of the death of Marilyn Przybyl Strong. Many of us had the pleasure of enjoying our 40th anniversary class reunion in June, 2005, and Marilyn was among the smiling faces pictured that evening. Marilyn was on the reunion committee and hosted committee meetings in her home. Shortly after that reunion in 2005, Marilyn learned that she had breast cancer and, after a valiant battle, Marilyn left this world to be with God in eternity on September 4, 2006. Mrs. Strong was a graduate of Butler University, a former teacher at St. Thomas More School and a former Student Teaching Supervisor at Calumet College. Marilyn is survived by Kenneth, her husband of 38 years, and their two daughters/spouses and three grandchildren.

Regeski, Martin

Growing up as one of ten children in the Regeski family (one sister being another ’65 classmate of ours, Ruth Ann Regeski), Martin lived in Minnesota after his high school years. He loved the outdoors/wilderness. Weekends would find him going up to his land in northern Minnesota to enjoy the peaceful outdoors. He was very active and loved to hike and bike. Martin passed away on November 19, 2004. Martin leaves two grown daughters and two grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Reppa, John

Johnny Reppa was so quiet that few people outside his classes knew what his voice sounded like. This gentle soul hailed from East Chicago but lived out his last years in sunny San Francisco.

Reyes, Robert

Sadly we learned of the passing of Bobby Reyes on December 1, 2004. He leaves wife Yolanda, two daughters, one son, and a granddaughter. Bobby remained a lifetime resident of this area. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a retired operator from BP with 10 years of service, after working for Inland Steel Company for 25 years. In recent years he battled complications of diabetes.

Sajdera, John

Beatle George Harrison once sang, “All things must pass.” Each moment in time gives and takes the precious things that make up life. John Sajdera, who had made Texas his home, died in 2004(?). He’ll always be remembered for his fun-loving personality and his wide smile.

Schreiner Hughes, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Hughes, beloved wife of James L. Hughes; loving mother of Trevor Cunningham; dear sister of John and David Schreiner; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews passed on in July, 2010. Cremains interred at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in her loving memory.  Mary Ellen’s cousin and our classmate Paul Schreiner learned the sad news.  It seems Mary Ellen delayed in seeing a doctor about a lump in her breast.  When she finally had it checked, the cancer was too advanced and she died in two months.  Showing the resolve and dedication she displayed at Noll, she continued working until her employer had to tell her it was time to quit.  She was another who made our class the finest.  God rest you well, Mary Ellen.
Condolences can be left on the legacy site: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nwitimes/guestbook.aspx?n=mary-hughes&pid=143889831&cid=full.  Some may also know her brother, John Schreiner, who graduated in BNI’66.  His address is: 17 Lawndale St, Hammond, IN 46324

Seremet, Thomas

Tom’s sudden death on January 16, 2004, took everyone by surprise. We’ll miss Tom’s kind nature, sharp mind and polite manners. We recall the black plastic eyeglasses popular during the 60′s that framed Tom’s eyes, eyes that were alternately intent in his study of you and his surroundings or brightened above a sincere smile. Our condolences to his wife (Kathy Fabian, also a ’65 classmate of ours) and their family.

Shreibak Curtis, Maureen

Upon learning recently that she had a serious illness, we have received word of the death of Classmate Maureen (Shreibak) Curtis, age 60, of Munster, IN.   She passed away on April 1, 2008, at Community Hospital in Munster, IN.  She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Richard; two daughters, Diane and Suzanne Curtis; one son, Brian Curtis; sister, Kathy (John) Dunn, brother, Martin F. (late Carol) Shreibak), sister-in-law, Patricia (John) Eastin, four nieces and two nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Cleona Shreibak.

Private services were held April 3 at St. Thomas More Church in Munster with Fr. Michael Hoffman officiating.  Burial took place at Memory Lane Cemetery in Schererville, IN.  

Maureen was a former teacher at Lafayette School in Hammond from 1969-1980.  She was also a certified surgical technologist and was a member of the Munster Association of Women.  Donations may be made to the charity of your choice in her loving memory.  The family is very grateful for her lifetime of love and devotion.  Burns-Kish Funeral Home, Munster, IN, handled arrangements.

We have enjoyed seeing Maureen and her husband Richard at our recent reunions and they were present at our class 60th Birthday Bash last summer.  It is a sad day, indeed, to lose such a beautiful classy lady that we were all just beginning to know again.

Stockus, Lawrence C.

Classmate Michael Daumer of Crown Point, IN recently informed us, “I found the following obituary for Larry Stockus.  I was greatly saddened to hear of Larry’s passing.  Larry was one of my closest friends until our lives took us in separate directions after high school.”

Lawrence C. Stockus of Bowling Green, OH died on October 17, 2005 at the Wood County Hospital, at the age of 58.  He was born August 31, 1947 in Chicago, IL to the late Charles and Bernice (Bartkus) Stockus.  He married Lynn A. Fuhrmark on October 31, 1970 and she survives.  Lawrence worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago until he retired in 1997.  He was a member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses Church of Bowling Green.
Lawrence is survived by his wife Lynn; sons, Peter of Bowling Green, OH and Jacob of Griffith, IN; daughters, Maggie Shepard of Napoleon, OH, Sarah Reba of Highland, IN, Katy Holman of Downers Grove, IL, Elizabeth Reba of Griffith, IN, and Patricia Schmenk of Grand Rapids, OH; brother, Robert of Monterey, TN; sisters, Christine Schultz of Park Forest, IL and Mary Stockus of Indianapolis, IN; and 6 grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on October 22, 2005 in Kingdom Hall, 10444 Bowling Green Road East, Bowling Green, OH.



Joseph E. Whelan, age 61, late of Tinley Park, IL, died on June 18, 2009, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan, nee Dempsey; loving father of Kimberly; caring brother of Patricia (Victor) Hoffman, Kathleen Bogusz and the late Barbara Whelan; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Funeral held Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10 AM at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 17248 S. Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477.  Interment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, IL. Visitation held Sunday, June 21, 2009 from 2-8 PM.