Athelene A. Cooley, Michigan City, died Tuesday (Nov. 4, 2003) at Life Care Center of Michigan City.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Carlisle Funeral Home, 613 Washington St., Michigan City, with Kim Cole of Earl Road Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home where the VFW Women's Auxiliary will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Cooley was born in Lansing, Mich., to Percey and Edna (Jones) Bell. On May 28, 1947, in LaPorte, she married Lawrence L. Cooley, who survives in Michigan City.
Survivors include one son, Edward (Janice) Oszust, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; two daughters, Rita (Charles) Horn, Carson City, Nev., and Cherie (Rick) Gardner, Valparaiso; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth Shawley and Betty Slisher, both of Michigan City, and Marquerite Johansen, Santa Rosa, Calif.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Shelia R. Cooley; two brothers; and one sister.
She was employed by Kabelin's as the manager of housewares for 12 years.
Mrs. Cooley was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary and was an avid reader of storybooks and psychology texts.
Memorials may be made to the Earl Road Christian Church or Stepping Stone Shelter for Women.
Dawn M. Schooley, 38, Michigan City, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 4, 2003) at her home.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carlisle Funeral Home, 613 Washington St., Michigan City with President Dale Tipton of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.
Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Ms. Schooley was born Dec. 5, 1964, in Michigan City, to Gale E. Schooley, Michigan City, and Madeleine S. Habig, Michigan City.
Survivors also include one daughter, Zahara Starr Schooley, Michigan City; one sister, Julie R. Barnett, San Antonio, Texas; three brothers, James G. (Angela) Schooley, Michigan City, Patrick L. (Latrica) Schooley, Indianapolis, and Mathew G. (Karen) Schooley, Michigan City; and many nieces and nephews.
Ms. Schooley was employed with Michigan City Baking and had worked for Dungarvin as a program counselor for three years.
She was a lifetime resident of Michigan City, a graduate of Elston High School and of Iowa Western Community College, where she earned a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, graduating with honors.
She was also a licensed CNA, having worked in the health care industry for many years. In spite of being diagnosed with epilepsy for the last 30 years, Ms. Schooley enjoyed a full and varied life. She traveled to Guatemala on a CISV exchange program, was involved for years with the Moose Corps, was on the Elston track team, the Devilettes, and toured the country as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp. She was also a black belt in Taekwondo, having studied under Master Neil Singleton.
Ms. Schooley was a devoted mother to her daughter, Zahara.
Paul R. Cress, 52, Michigan City, died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2003) at his home.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Walter Ciesla and the Rev. Tom Mischler officiating. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.
He was born July 1, 1951, in Elkhart, Ind., to Richard K. and Beverly (Stafford) Cress. On Nov. 24, 1978, in Atlantic Beach, Fla., he married Susan White, who survives.
Survivors also include his father and stepmother, Richard K. and Janet Cress, Elkhart; his mother, Beverly Cress, Ocala, Fla.; two daughters, Jennifer (Mario) Castillo, Logan, Utah, and Chelsea Cress, Michigan City; two sons, Geoffrey Cress and Bryan Cress, both of Michigan City; two sisters, Pam Wilson, Bellview, Fla., and Dawn Cress, Carburo, N.C.; two brothers, Patrick Cress, Ocala, Fla., and Tim Cress, Elkhart; and two granddaughters, Jordann Cress and Natalia Castillo, both of Logan.
Mr. Cress formerly was the principal at St. Stanislaus Catholic School, Notre Dame Catholic School, St. Edward's Catholic School, Lincoln Elementary School and was a current guest lecturer at Indiana University-South Bend.
Mr. Cress was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He was a member of the Michigan City Men's Golf Club. He received his bachelor's degree from South Florida University in Tampa, Fla., and his master's degree in education from North Florida University in Jacksonville, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus School, Marquette High School or to the Renaissance Academy.
LaPORTE -- Rose Lambert, 84, LaPorte, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2003) at her home.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Haverstock Funeral Home, with Pastor Jerry Sterchi officiating. Burial will be in Lambs Chapel Cemetery, LaPorte.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.
She was born Sept. 29, 1919, in Basel, Switzerland, to William S. and Rose (Stahli) Allenbach. On Aug. 13, 1938, in Michigan City, she married Lawrence E. Johnson, who died Aug. 17, 1952. On Aug. 7, 1953, in Union Mills, she married William H. Lambert, who died Aug. 30, 1984.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Louise) Gregor, LaPorte, and Gaile Sookradge, Michigan City; one son, David L. Johnson, New Carlisle; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Lambert lived in the LaPorte area since the age of 10, coming from San Diego, Calif. For 25 years, she worked as a realtor for ABC Realty, retiring in 1998. She also was a member of the Rolling Prairie Business Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pacific Garden Mission, 646 State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
TRAIL CREEK -- James F. Oliver, 78, Trail Creek, died Monday morning (Nov. 10, 2003) at his home.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Root Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Hogan officiating. Burial to follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Michigan City.
Skwiat American Legion Post 451 will conduct full military rites at the cemetery.
Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A wake service will be held on at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Oliver was born June 14, 1925, in Hammond, to James Hardy and Florence Anne (Lenz) Oliver. On May 28, 1949, in Michigan City, he married Helen T. Keegan, who survives in Trail Creek.
Also surviving is one daughter, Kathleen P. (Bryan) Howell, Reed City, Mich.; four sons, James P. (Cindy) Oliver, Michigan City; Raymond S. (Estela) Oliver, Houston, Thomas W. Oliver, Vallejo, Calif., and Michael T. Oliver, Trail Creek; a daughter-in-law, Peggy Oliver, Miami, Fla., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were one son, Mark M. Oliver, who died Oct. 6, 2003; one sister, Inez Jezuit; and two brothers, Donald and Raymond Oliver.
Mr. Oliver retired from U.S. Steel-Lincoln Molded Plastics after 30 of service. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver then purchased the Redwood Inn Restaurant in Sister Lakes, Mich. Upon selling the restaurant, he worked for Heartland Industries in Michigan City.
Mr. Oliver was a 1943 graduate of Hammond High School and a 1945 graduate of OCS School at Fort Benning, Calif. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of captain. He was a member of Skwiat American Legion Post 451 and Notre Dame Church.
He was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather and loved to travel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
NEW CARLISLE -- Gertrude E. Wittke, 91, New Carlisle, died at 7:47 a.m. E.S.T. at Hamilton Grove Community, New Carlisle.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Michigan City, with the Rev. David P. Matevia officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carlisle Funeral Home.
She was born June 12, 1912, in Michigan City, to Louis and Emma (Kriesel) Schwark. She married Emil Wittke in Michigan City, who died May 15, 1972.
Survivors include one stepson, Robert Wittke, North Carolina; three nieces, Jeannette Duringer May, Park Ridge, Ill., Doris Duringer Straub, Seabrook, Texas, and Linda Duringer, Elk Grove, Ill.; three grand-nieces, Elizabeth (James) Duringer Winicky, Homewood, Ill., Julie (Martin) May Melia, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jennifer (Erik) Nieman, St. Louis, Mo.; three grand-nephews, Charles (Kimberly) May III, Keller, Texas, David (Amy) Duringer, Goreville, Ill., and William "Bill" May, Atlanta; six great-grandnieces and nephews; and one cousin, Claire (James) Bonfield Williams, Michigan City.
Her sister, Ruth Freese, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wittke was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. She also was a board member of the Michigan City Art Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the Lubeznik Art Center.
LaPORTE -- Matthew D. Ainsworth, 34, LaPorte, died Monday morning (Nov. 10, 2003) at his home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place, and there will be no visitation. Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, handled the arrangements.
Mr. Ainsworth was born March 17, 1969, in Michigan City, to Joseph and Mary Ellen (Korbelik) Ainsworth. His father survives in Michigan City.
Survivors also include three sisters, Erin Ainsworth, Parzak, France, Karen (April Swift) Korbelik, Soquel, Calif., and Kate (Tom Orlowski) Ainsworth, Michigan City; three brothers, Peter (Julia Andrews) Ainsworth, Alexandria, Va., Michael Ainsworth, Soquel, Calif., and William Ainsworth, Chicago; and several nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen.
Memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Helen Bahar, 78, Michigan City, died at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 12, 2003) at Life Care Center in Michigan City.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, with Pastor Ron Moore officiating. Private burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Root Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mrs. Bahar was born Feb. 28, 1924, in the Netherlands. On March 15, 1969, in Rolling Prairie, as Helen Lispet, she married Nicholas Bahar, who died Oct. 24, 1991.
Mrs. Bahar is survived by one sister in the Netherlands.
Mrs. Bahar was a domestic worker in Michigan City for many years. She was loved by all who knew her.
John W. Highberger, 73, Michigan City, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 2003) at his home in Michigan City.
A celebration of life mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Patrick Church in Chesterton, with the Rev. James Meade officiating.
Cremation has taken place, and burial has taken place at the National Veterans Cemetery in Marion, Ind.
Root Funeral Home, 312 E. Seventh St., Michigan City, is handling arrangements.
LaPORTE -- Nicholas Satkoski, 54, LaPorte, died Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2003) at LaPorte Hospital.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Newhard Funeral Home, Westville, with the Rev. Brenda Ludwig officiating.
Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Satkoski was born Jan. 16, 1949, in LaPorte, to Raymond J. and Pearl R. (Levandoski) Satkoski. His father survives in Westville. On June 14, 1980, in LaPorte, he married Diane Slater.
Survivors also include a daughter, Jennifer Troyer, South Bend; two brothers, Gerald Satkoski, Otis, and Charles Satkoski, Westville; and two sisters, Rosemary Shaw and Patricia Hensen, both of LaPorte.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Mr. Satkoski worked as a tank washer for Superior Carriers. He loved to travel and camp, going out to eat and his horses and goats.
Memorials may be made to the LaPorte County Hospice Association.