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Pulaski County, Indiana Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Pulaski County, Indiana Obituary Collection - 3

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Date: Tuesday, 4 May 2010, at 4:22 p.m.

Fern E. Antrim
September 5, 1923 - August 16, 2005
Fern E. Antrim, 81, of Winamac, died Aug. 16 at 12:07 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Winamac to Reuben A. and Glenn Isle (Knebel) Smith. On April 3, 1972 in East St. Louis, she married Russell Dean Antrim, who died Sept. 25, 1993. Fern lived all of her life in Winamac and was a retired beautician. She formerly attended the First United Methodist Church in Winamac.
She is survived by a daughter, Letitia Galbreath of Winamac; a son Robert Krieg of Marion; a step-daughter, Shelia Wilson of Warsaw; four step sons: John Antrim of St. Louis, Mo., Russell "Rusty" Antrim of Winamac, Jeff Antrim of Francesville, and Kevin Antrim of Rochester. Also surviving are four grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Orval Smith and Raymond Smith. Graveside services were held Friday, August 19 in the Winamac Cemetery, with Rev Carl Lendermon officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Frain Mortuary in Winamac was in charge of arrangements.

Alma O. Kasten
October 22, 1912 - August 18, 2005
Alma O. Kasten, 92 of Elkhart (formerly of Winamac), died Aug. 18 at Elkhart General Hospital. She was born Oct. 22 in North Vernon and was the daughter of John and Myra Etta (Singer) Hinderlider. On Dec. 17, 1932 in Crown Point she married Ralph H. "Pete" Kasten who died Feb. 23, 1996.
She was a homemaker and former clerk at the Pulaski County Treasurer's Office. She had also worked as a sales clerk at the former Logan Drug Store in Winamac. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac. She loved to work in her flower garden. She had lived most of her life in Winamac.
Survivors include: a granddaughter, Shelley [Steve] Reyenga of Highland Village, Texas; three grandsons: David [Kim] Keever of Indianapolis, Kirk Keever, of Seely, Texas, and Mark [Mary] Keever of Elkhart. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 21 at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Rev. Kevin Marsh officiating. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens in Winamac.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Arrangements were made by Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Irvin A. Knapp
November 21, 1925 - August 15, 2005
Irvin A. Knapp, 79, 536 E. Violet St., Francesville, died August 15, 2005 at his residence. He was born November 21, 1925 at Cissna Park, Ill., and was the son of William and Priscilla Feller Knapp. He was married on June 19, 1954, in Gary to Florence Caulk; she died on June 24, 1994. He was then married to Phyllis Lowry Cox on November 25, 1995 in Francesville; she survives.
Irvin was a member of the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church, and a member of the Francesville American Legion. He was the retired owner of Knapp Tire in Francesville. He enjoyed spending winters in Sebring, Fla. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed going to coffee with his friends.
He is survived, along with his wife, by two daughters: Trudie [Harold] Hahn of Branson, Mo., and Sandra [Daniel] Elliott of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a son, Wallace [Marlene] Knapp of Burns Harbor; a step-daughter, Anna [Donn] Larrison of Converse; four grandchildren: Mark [Patty] Hahn of Elwood, Mindy [Toby] Bryant of Bloomington, Gwendowlyn Knapp of College Station, Texas, and Angella Knapp of Valparaiso. Also surviving are four-great grandchildren; a step grandchild, Misha Larrison of Indianapolis; a sister, Mary Ann [Charles] Mann of Cissna Park, Ill.; two brothers: Lynn [Sylvia] Knapp of Cissna Park, Ill., and Roy [Merl] Knapp of Cullom, Ill. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Kenneth Knapp and Charles Knapp.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 18, 2005, at Querry-Ulbricht Funeral Home in Francesville. The Ministers of the Church officiated the service. Burial took place in the Hughes Cemetery in Monticello. Military graveside services were held by the Francesville American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

Violet J. McDonald
July 6, 1918 - August 14, 2005
Violet J. McDonald, 87, of Las Vegas, Nev. (formerly of Pulaski, Ind.) died August 14, 2005 at Odyssey Home Hospice in Las Vegas. She was born on July 6, 1918 in Gary, Ind., and was the daughter of Louis and Goldie Reese Gorden. She was married to John R. McDonald who preceded her in death. Born and raised in Gary, Violet lived in Pulaski for 10 years before moving to Las Vegas, where she had lived for the last 30 years. She was a homemaker, and loved playing poker and going to auctions. Survivors include: a granddaughter, Roxanne [Steve] Gorby of Winamac; two-great grandchildren: Glenn Gorby and Ashley Gorby, both of Winamac; and a son-in-law, John "Ted" Anton, also of Winamac. She is also survived by a brother, Brooks [Carol] Gorden of Portage, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Anton.
There were no funeral services or visitation. Burial took place August 18, 2005 in the Memory Gardens in Las Vegas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Home Hospice, 4011-A McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Frain Mortuary in Winamac was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond R. Rapacki
May 13, 1924 - August 19, 2005
Raymond R. Rapacki, 81, 4812 S. 175 E., Star City, died August 19, 2005 at his residence. Mr. Rapacki was born May 13, 1924 in Chicago. He was the son of Francis and Michaelina Rapacki. On May 15, 1952 in Chicago, he married Beulah Mae Ashbrook who died January 18, 2005.
He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac. He lived most of his life in Chicago, coming to Winamac area in 1984. A retired Chicago firefighter, he was a member of the Firefighter's Association and The Brotherhood of the Barrell.
Raymond had formerly played AAA baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include: a daughter, Barbara Murphy of Star City; a son Michael [Mary] Rapacki of Chicago; four grandchildren: Donald Rapacki of Star City, Shannon Hermanek of Lansing Mich., David Murphy of Merrillville, and Frank Rapacki of Star City; and three great grandchildren: Sarah Hermanek, Andrew Hermanek and Luke Hermanek all of Lansing, Mich. Also surviving is a sister, Alfreda Sims, of Tinley Park, Ill. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Rapacki; and a daughter, Janice Lynn Rapacki. Funeral services were held August 22, 2005 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac, with Rev. WM. Daniel O'Connor officiating. Burial took place in the Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond.
Frain Mortuary in Winamac was in charge of arrangements.

Henry H. "Hank" Kopkey
February 16, 1915 - August 26, 2005
Henry H. "Hank" Kopkey, 90, 845 E. SR 14, Winamac died Aug. 26 at his residence. He was born Feb. 16, 1915 in Winamac and was the son of Frank J. and Maude Hunter Kopkey.
On Nov. 28, 1955 in Monon he married Faye L. Lyles. She died on July 30, 1998.
Hank was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac. He was a charter member of the VFW in Winamac and was a member of the American Legion in Winamac. He was awarded the H.J. Halleck Community Service Award for his volunteer work in the Winamac Town Park. Hank served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He served for four years in England with the 305th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force. Hank was a fur buyer and owned and operated Kopkey's Fur House in Winamac for 55 years. He served as the Sheriff's Chief Deputy from 1939-1940. He played guard on the 1932 State Runner-up Winamac basketball team and was named to the State All Star Team.
Hank is survived by a brother, Jay F. (Mary Lois) Kopkey, and a sister, Olga Russell, both of Winamac. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the First Christian Church in Winamac, with the Rev. Glen Meyers officiating. Burial took place in the McKinley Memorial Gardens in Winamac where the VFW and the American Legion held military graveside services.
Frain Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Grace Hattie Thompson
July 30, 1915 - August 25, 2005
Grace Hattie Thompson, 90, 515 E. 13th Street, Winamac, died Aug. 25 at Pulaski Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. She was born July 30, 1915 in Brook to Charles K. and Mamie (Adkins) Brown.
On March 5, 1932 in Winamac, she was married to Orval A. Thompson, who died Aug. 4, 1984.
Grace was a homemaker, a member of the Winamac Assembly of God Church and Pulaski County Human Services. She enjoyed walking, playing cards, working puzzles and baking cookies with her grandchildren. She was a former volunteer at the Senior Center in Winamac.
Survivors include: a daughter, Nellie [Lacy] Minix of Winamac, a grandaughter Grace Smith of Star City, a sister Leona Crawford of South Bend. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Brian Thompson, Kim Branam, Sandy Vermillian, Scott Thompson and Kevin Thompson all of Rogers, Texas, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Grace was preceded in death by two daughters; Lily June Thompson and Doris Thompson; a son, Ervin Thompson; a sister, Lizzie Lewis; and five brothers, Orville Brown, Ross Brown, Edgar Brown, Raymond Brown, and Cletus Brown.
Funeral services were held on Monday Aug. 29 at the Winamac Assembly of God Church with Rev. Tim McFarland officiating. Burial took place in the Winamac Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Winamac Assembly of God church.
Frain Mortuary in Winamac were in charge of arrangements.

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