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JAMIE PERKO | May 26, 1969 — April 23, 2014
Allen, Williams S., 77,
Valparaiso
Bianchi, James D. Jr., 65,
Dyer
Camarillo, Maria
DeJesus (nee Torres),
85, East Chicago
Cox, Eileen A., 64,
Crown Point
Franko, Gail P., 72,
Valparaiso
Guerrero, June A. (nee
Rohrman), 66, Hobart
Jennings, Glenn D., 68,
Valparaiso
Lech, Henry V., 58,
Merrillville
McAllister, Lillie M.,
Hammond
Michalec, Grayson H.
Morris, Gennie R., 59,
East Chicago
Rance, Delores F., 73,
Merrillville
Renn, Richard B. Sr., 86,
Crown Point (LOFS)
Ripple, Sandra L.
(Peters), Sarasota, Fla.,
Highland
Rosenberg, Dorothy, 96,
Valparaiso
Simmons, Adair
“Simmie”, 84, Portage
Snider, Nancy Teer, 47,
Hobart
Spindler, Richard E. III,
“Ricky”, 21, Downers
Grove/Munster
Sytnik, Paul J., 59,
Highland
Vasquez, Charles
“Charlie”, 73,
Hammond
Wasko, Clara “Polly”
(nee Hayes), 83,
Highland
Franko, Gail P., 72, of
Valparaiso, passed
away May 11. Burns
Funeral Home, Crown
Point in charge of
arrangements.
Rance, Delores F., 73, of
Merrillville. Burdan
Funeral Home, Cedar
Lake in charge of
private arrangements.
Snider, Nancy Teer,
47, of Hobart,
passed away May
15. Visitation 2 to 8
p.m. Sunday at Burns
Funeral Home, Hobart
and 9 a.m. to time of
services at 10 a.m.
Monday at Trinity
Lutheran Church,
Hobart.
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CARRIE RODOVICH
Times Correspondent
Jamie Perko was a loving and loyal son,
brother and friend, his brother, Nickey
Perko, said.
“He had a smile that was contagious. He
had a sense of humor that was priceless,”
he said. “He was a trickster and a master of
impersonations.”
Jamie Perko, 44, of Highland, died April
23. He was a 1987 graduate of Highland High
School and attended Indiana University,
Bloomington. He worked for Majestic Star
Casino, Gary.
He was known as the “Cable TV Sports
Guy,” covering Northwest Indiana high
Services for Jamie Perko were April 28 at St. Maria
school sports from the late 1990s until 2010.
Goretti Catholic Church, Dyer. Burial was in St. John — St. He had done work for Comcast, WJOB radio
and Channel 56.
Joseph Cemetery, Hammond. White Funeral Home,
Griffith, handled arrangements.
OLGA SHINOVICH
(NEE KROCHTA)
Olga Shinovich (nee Krochta) age 92 born April 15, 1922 passed
away Monday May 12, 2014. Olga was born in Gary, IN the
youngest daughter of William and Mary Kochta. She graduated
from Froebel High School in 1940 and married her husband Bob
Shinovich in 1942. They had four children who survive: John
"Doc" and Cindy Shinovich of Simpsonville, SC, William "Bill"
Shinovich of Naperville, IL, Deborah "Debbie" and Carl
Rutkowski of Cedarburg, WI, and Sandy Shinovich of
Schererville, IN; beloved grandchildren: Todd (Christina), Brad
(Stacy), Elizabeth, Steven and Stacey Shinovich, Kate (Ryan)
Schweiger, Jon, Joe, Michael and Diane Rutkowski; loving great
grandchildren: Jacob, Avary, Brayden, Max, and Abigail; as well
as sister, Mary Drozda; along with her nieces and nephews: Jim
and Barb Shinovich, Joyce Krochta, Barb Whitlow, Mary Lynn
Fuller, Bill Drozda, Valerie Mc Mullen, Tamara and Gordon
Ainsworth, Claudia and Ron Coker; and several great nieces and
nephews. Olga worked at Bank of Indiana and later the Lake
County Clerk's Office. She was a dedicated wife, mother and
baba. Nothing gave her greater joy than cooking a meal for her
family and having them together. Her nut rolls and kolachas were
second to none. Olga was a selfless woman who put her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren before herself. Her love of
her family equaled by her love of her Orthodox Faith. She attended her church regularly until her illness where her parents
were founders. Olga was a lifelong member of the Protection of
the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church. She was preceded in death by
her parents; husband, Bob (1980); siblings: Nick (Lala), Dan
(Mary), Steve and Nettie Krochta, Ann (John) Mansfield;
in-laws: Joseph Drozda, Sophie, Ann (Lefty), Helen, Ike (Estelle)
Shinovich and Mildred (Charles) Kluge; and nephew, Bob
Shinovich.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
DIRECTLY at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville with V. Rev Marko Matic officiating. Internment St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Cemetery. Visitation will
be held Friday from 2:00-8:00 PM at Burns Funeral Home, 10101
Broadway, Crown Point with a Pomen Service at 7:00 PM. In lieu
of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Protection of
the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 8600 Grand Blvd., Merrillville, IN 47410 or St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN 46410. The family would also like to
thank the kind and giving nurses and caregivers at Wittenberg
Lutheran Village for the exceptional care and love she received
from them in her last years. May God bless you all. Olga will be
dearly missed by her family. She will be remembered for her
many talents of knitting, cooking, baking and her beautiful Easter
eggs! She will be fondly remembered for her loving, caring and
nurturing nature she shared with her children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren. May her Memory be Eternal! Vecnaja
Pamjat! Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
PATRICIA JEAN
APPLETON
HIGHLAND, IN
Patricia Jean Appleton (nee
Blackman), age 81, of Highland,
formerly of Hammond, passed
away Saturday, May 10, 2014.
She is survived by two sons:
Scott (Theresa Maglish) Deere
of Portage and Mark Deere of
Schererville; six grandchildren:
Jeff, Junanne, Tommy, Jason,
Justin, and Cassandra; five great
grandchildren;
two
sisters:
MaryAnn (George) Noonan and
Theresa Parker-Sweeney; one
brother, William (late Margie)
Sweeney; one sister-in-law,
Delores (late Edward) Sweeney;
and numerous nieces, nephews,
and cousins. Preceded in death
by her husband, Charles; two
brothers: Jack (late AnnaMay)
Sweeney and Edward Sweeney.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 17, 2014
at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at St.
Maria Goretti Church, 500
Northgate Dr., Dyer, IN with Fr.
Charles W. Niblick officiating.
at rest private. Friends may visit
with the family on Friday, May
16, 2014 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at
the Solan-Pruzin Funeral
Home, 14 Kennedy Ave. (corner
of
Main
and
Kennedy),
Schererville, IN.
Patricia was a member of St.
Maria Goretti Church and was
retired from AT&T with 36
years of service.
solanpruzinfuneralhome.com
JAMES D. BIANCHI, JR.
DYER, IN
James D. Bianchi Jr., 65, of
Dyer, IN passed away on
Wednesday, May 14, 2014. He is
survived by his wife of 43 years,
Adrenne (Templin); daughter,
Tia Bianchi; mother, Mary
Bianchi; brother, Peter (Betty)
Bianchi; dear friend, Ron
Ronciak;
numerous,
nieces,
nephews, great nieces and great
nephews. Preceded in death by
his father, James Bianchi.
Visitation will be on Sunday,
May 18, 2014 from 2:00-7:00
with a prayer service at 4:00 PM
at Kish Funeral Home, 10000
Calumet Ave., Munster, IN and
on Monday from 9:30-10:00
AM at the church. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 19,
2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas
More Church, 8501 Calumet
Ave., Munster, IN. Interment
will be private.
Jim worked for LTV Steel for 32
years and for the last 12 years he
worked as a Conductor for the
Union Pacific Railroad. He was a
lifelong member of the Cesare
Battisti Lodge. Jim was an avid
golfer. He was a loving husband,
father, son, and brother who
will be missed by everyone who
knew him.
www.kishfuneralhome.net
WILLIAM S. ALLEN
VALPARAISO, IN
William S. Allen, 77, of Valparaiso formerly of Rontonda
West, Florida, passed away
Wednesday, May 14, 2014. He
was born July 5, 1936 in Johnstown, PA, graduated from Dale
High School in 1954 and received his B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering from the University
of Pittsburgh in 1958.
Bill began his career with Bethlehem Steel as a Looper Class of
"58" and continued until his retirement in 1998 as Superintendent of Service Shops and
Technical Maintenance with 42
years of service.
On September 13, 1958, Bill
married Dee Shadle who survives along with their daughter,
Krista Massa of Valparaiso;
grandson, Stevie Massa of Valparaiso; twin brother, Bob Allen
of Florida; and sister, Peggy
Stanish of Florida. He was preceded in death by his daughter,
Kim Allen in 1979; his mother,
Margaret Allen; and brothers:
Howard, Jim and Dave Allen.
Following cremation a memorial service will be held Saturday
12:00 noon at Moeller Funeral
Home, 104 Roosevelt Road,
Valparaiso with Pastor Gretchen
Seidler-Gibbs officiating. Visitation Saturday from 11:00 AM
until time of service. A private
burial of ashes will take place at
Graceland Cemetery. Memorials
may be made to the American
Heart Association.
MoellerFuneralHome.com
MARIA De JESUS
CAMARILLO
EAST CHICAGO, IN
Maria De Jesus Camarillo (nee
Torres), age 85 of East Chicago,
IN passed away peacefully
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 with her
family by her side. She is survived by her children: Anna
(Richard) Esparza, Francisco
(Dawn)
Camarillo,
Jr.,
Reymundo
Camarillo,
Jesus
Camarillo, Andrea Cerros, and
Juanita Black; 23 grandchildren;
33 great grandchildren; and one
great-great grandson; sisters
and brother: Dometila Bernal,
Alejandra Teran, and Ignacio
Torres. Preceded in death by her
husband, Francisco Camarillo;
parents: Jesus and Cayetana
Torres; brothers and sister:
Juan, Pedro and Miguel Torres,
and Amelia Dela Rosa; and
grandson, Johnny Cerros.
Funeral services will be held
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:15
AM from FIFE FUNERAL
HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd.,
East Chicago, IN and 10:00 AM
Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church, East Chicago, IN with
Rev. David Nowak officiating.
Burial to follow at Ridgelawn
Cemetery, Gary, IN. Visitation
at FIFE FUNERAL HOME will
be from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on
Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Maria was born in Crystal City,
TX and was a resident of East
Chicago, IN for 48 years. She
was employed at Florsheim
Shoe Company in Chicago, IL
for 15 years and was an Avon
Representative. Maria was a
great cook and a very loving and
caring person. She devoted her
life to her children and grandchildren. Maria will be missed
by all who knew her.
Special thanks to Harbor Light
Hospice. God grant her eternal
peace. Memorial donations may
be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To share a memory or
send a permanent online condolence, logon to:
www.fifefuneralhome.com
He was known for being hardworking
and dedicated to covering prep sports in the
region.
Perko loved running his fantasy baseball
and football leagues, which he did for more
than two decades. He loved the Chicago
Cubs, Miami Dolphins, Boston Red Sox and
the Chicago Blackhawks. He was an avid fan
of WWE wrestling.
He is survived by his family he loved very
much. In addition to his brother, he is survived by his parents, Mary Lou and Nick
Perko, and his sister, Starr Ann Roth.
Nickey Perko said family members felt
blessed they could see him on a daily basis
and created a multitude of memories.
“Jamie was a man with a boy’s heart.
Jamie was peaceful and loving,” he said. “He
seemed to see the good in most people. He
was the sweetest guy you could meet.”
EILEEN ANN COX
CROWN POINT, IN
Eileen Ann Cox, 64, of Crown
Point,
IN,
passed
away
Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She
was born October 6, 1949 in
Cincinnati, OH to John and
Catherine (Conners) Joseph.
Eileen was a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints in Hebron
and had worked at Chipotle in
Merrillville.
On June 16, 1973 in San Rafael,
CA she married David W. Cox,
who survives, along with two
children: Matthew (Karen) Cox
of Hobart and Stephanie (David)
Daubek of Valparaiso; six
grandchildren: Davey, Ryan and
Brandon Cox and Arianna,
Chloe and Hugh Daubek; twin
sister, Kathy (Bruce) Coslet of
Naples, FL; one brother, John
(Terri) Joseph of Grass Valley,
CA. She was preceded in death
by her parents.
A funeral service will be held on
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3:00
PM at the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints, 503 Burlington Beach Rd., Valparaiso
with President Dylan Astle officiating. Burial to follow at
Angelcrest Cemetery. Visitation
will be one hour prior to the
service at the church. Memorials
may be made to the American
Cancer Society.
Moellerfuneralhome.com
ALTON R. CURRY, JR.
CROWN POINT, IN
Alton R. Curry, Jr., age 78, of
Crown Point, IN passed away on
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St.
Mary's Medical Center in Hobart, IN. He is survived by his
two sons: Raymond (Reva)
Curry of Valparaiso, IN and Anthony (Patricia) Curry of
Demotte, IN; grandchildren:
Kyle (Aimee) Curry, Tyler
Curry, Raymond Alan Curry,
Alton Curry, Thomas Curry,
Ashley Curry and Jamie Curry;
great grandson, Christopher
James Curry; brothers: James
Curry and Jerome Curry; and
sister, Judith Curry. He was
preceded in death by his parents: Alton R. Curry, Sr. and
Ruth Probst Curry; wife, Reita
Curry; and two of his sons:
James Curry and Edgar Curry.
Al was a proud veteran of the
United States Marine Corps,
serving in the military police and
a proud veteran of the Korean
War. He spent his career as an
auto body repairman and enjoyed racing. He spent his later
years with his grandchildren
and great grandson. Al's unique
sense of humor and straightforward perspective will be greatly
missed.
A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held on
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at
Geisen Funeral-Cremation &
Reception Centre, 606 E. 113th
Ave./South St., Crown Point,
IN 46307 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
View directions and/or sign
guestbook at:
www.GeisenFuneralHome.com
or contact 219-663-2500
ROBERT J. ENGERSKI
HIGHLAND, IN
We celebrate the life of Robert
Joseph Engerski, 82, of Highland, IN who passed away May
12, 2014, after a brave battle
with Alzheimer's.
Bob, Dad and Papa - as we
know him - loved to laugh, work
hard and aim high in everything
he did. We will remember him as
a positive community leader and
former Highland Town Board
president; a favorite Lake Central High School teacher; a
printer by trade who worked at
The Chicago Tribune, The
Hammond Times, and Rand
McNally
before
founding
Engerski Graphics; an avid
White Sox fan; and a caring
husband and father of seven.
He is survived by his wife,
Marilynne Engerski; daughter,
Sheryl Sculley, along with Mike,
Courtney and Collin; son, Robert K. Engerski, along with Joan,
Kevin, Morgan and Karson; son,
Garry Engerski, along with
Sheryl, Ethan, Evan, Emilie and
Erienne; daughter, Karen Jones,
along with Rick, Kyle and Sarah;
daughter, Michelle Barnard,
along with Jeffrey, Alle and Ian;
daughter, Janelle Clifford, along
with Jackson, Mackenzie and
Ellie; and daughter, Melanie
Engerski, along with Andy,
Samantha and Max Craig; as
well as his two brothers: Joseph
and Jerome Engerski, and their
families.
We will hold a visitation from
1:30-3:30 p.m. and a Memorial
Service from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
this Sunday, May 18, 2014, at
Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039
Kleinman Road in Highland. In
lieu of flowers, we ask that you
donate to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org, your
local PTA or your favorite political candidate. Always remember to vote. www.kuiperfh.com
ANTONIA PEREZ SOTO
FERNANDEZ
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
Antonia Fernandez, age 75, of
Corpus Christi, TX passed away
May 10, 2014. She was born on
April 9, 1939 in East Chicago,
IN. Antonia was the daughter of
the late Roman Perez and Maria
Batalla Perez. She is survived by
husband, Hector Fernandez;
sister, Carmen Perez; brothers:
Edward (Delores) Perez and
Francisco
Perez;
children:
Christine (Jamie) Rock of
Sarasota, FL, Robert DeSoto, Jr.
of
Felicity,
CA,
Rebecca
Quintanilla of Hammond, IN,
Ramona Soto Stevenson of Chicago, IL, Cynthia Soto and
Linda Soto of Hammond, IN;
seven grandchildren: Jeremy
and Vanessa Rock Jacewitz,
Veronica (Brian) Edens, Stephanie and Jessica Quintanilla,
Gabriella Stevenson and Bobbi
Soto; two great grandchildren:
Dominic and Aiden Jacewitz;
and numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins. Preceded in death
by her parents; brother, Adolf
(Nobuko) Perez; sisters: Margaret Perez Mora and Guadelupe
Perez (Carlos) Castro.
Funeral services will be held on
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3:00
PM at Kish Funeral Home,
10000 Calumet Ave., Munster,
IN. Visitation will be Saturday
from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
www.kishfuneralhome.net
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