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Geraldine "Jerry" Keene of Wheeler

Geraldine O. “Jerry” Keene, 92, of Wheeler, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015. She was born November 19, 1922 in Gary, Indiana to Ora and Lida (Miller) Angerman. In March of 1942, she married David L. Keene who passed away March 31, 1983. Geraldine is survived by her children Patricia Czechanski of Portage, Janine (Dan) Evans of Valparaiso, Leanna Keene of Wheeler, Harry Keene of Valparaiso, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and her sisters Marge Angerman of Merrillville and Judy Rubino of Valparaiso. She was preceded in death by her infant son David, her parents and her brother Robert. Geraldine was a cashier for many years for Tittles and Wiseway grocery stores in Valparaiso and the Little Red Barn in Hobart. Visitation will be from 3-7 PM Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St. in Valparaiso with funeral services at 7:00 PM. Pastor David Banning will officiate. Place of final rest will be at McCool Cemetery in Portage. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family.

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Dale E. Sterling Sr. of Valparaiso

Dale E. Sterling Sr., 75 of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, January 1st, 2015. He was born June 17, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Paul and Estelle (Williams) Sterling, who preceded him in death. Dale was a US Army Veteran and worked in the power department at Inland Steel in East Chicago for 32 years and was a member of the Steelworker Union, Local 1010. He was a member for over 25 years of the Chesterton Calumet Lodge #379 of the Masons and the Moose Lodge in Chesterton. He served as the first Republican Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 16 for over 20 years and was a dedicated volunteer with the Porter County Red Ribbon Committee. He was also an avid Ohio State University fan. Dale was deeply dedicated to his faith and family. He proudly claimed that his boss was a Jewish carpenter, which inspired him to be an avid prayer warrior for countless people. He was a long-time member of the Episcopal Church and a member of the walk to Emmaus Community. On October 6, 1962 in Valparaiso, he married Jacquelyn Sterling, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are his children: Jon (Joyce) Miller of Chesterton, Cynthia (Andy) Sterling Herrold of Valparaiso, Dale E. Sterling, Jr. of Valparaiso and a granddaughter that he helped raise Brooke Sterling of Hammond, grandchildren, Michael Doyle II of Valparaiso, Guy (Hannah)Trueblood, Whitney and Abigail Herrold all of Valparaiso, Brian Miller and Katelyn Miller of Chesterton and Blake Sterling of Westville, 3 great grandchildren Michael Doyle III and Dominick both of Chesterton and Julianna Storbeck of Valparaiso and a sister Barbara (Tom) Doran of Germantown, WI. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 4, 2015, 2-6 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St. Valparaiso. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM at St. Francis Episcopal Church 237 E. 1200 N. Chesterton, Fr. Thomas Kincaid officiating. Burial will take place in Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Porter County Animal Shelter of the Porter County Red Ribbon 

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Rosetta Mae Little of Valparaiso

Rosetta Mae Little, 95 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at the VNA Horton Hospice Center. She was born March 25, 1919 and raised in the Winamac area the daughter of Henry Louis and Nellie (Yockey) Malia. On December 17, 1939, she married William Little, who preceded her in death April 12, 1995. Surviving is her daughter Kay F. Little of Valparaiso, a sister Alice Sapp of Logansport and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, 3 brothers, Everett, William and Kenneth, 3 sisters, twin Rosella White, Madelyn Kalena and Marie Foust and her cousin John Hatterey preceded her in death. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:30 AM until time of Funeral Services at 12:30 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home; 102 Monroe St. Valparaiso. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Logansport, Indiana. Memorial Donations may be made to the Horton Hospice Center, c/o Visiting Nurse Association, 2401 Valley Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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Billy A. Butterfield of Valparaiso

Billy A. Butterfield, 81 of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was born April 3, 1933 in Valparaiso, the son of William and Eleanora (Sharp) Butterfield. Billy was a Valparaiso Fireman for 41 years, serving as Fire Chief for 10 of those years. He also worked for In Touch Pharmaceuticals recently. Billy was a US Marine Veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 94 in Valparaiso. On May 28, 1966 in Valparaiso, he married Kay Johnson, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are his sons Bob Butterfield of Colorado Springs and William (Pierrette) Butterfield of Texas, 3 grandchildren, a sister Belva Reid of Valparaiso and a brother Byron Butterfield of Florida. His parents preceded him in death. Private Funeral Services will be held at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Valparaiso. Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of the Donor’s Choice. 

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Rosalie S. Cornett of Valparaiso

Rosalie S. Cornett, 85 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at Valpo Care and Rehab Center. She was born December 17, 1928 in Gary, Indiana. Surviving is her daughter Julie Cornett of Valparaiso and her son Johnnie Cornett of Valparaiso, There are no services at this time. 

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David D. Wells, Sr. of Valparaiso

 David D. Wells, Sr. 79 of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. He was born May 11, 1935 in Cumberland, Kentucky, the son of Jim and Monetta (Sheppard) Wells. David was a machinist with McGill Manufacturing. Of July 14, 1958 in Kentucky, he married Janice Owens, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are his sons, David D. (Ann) Wells, Jr. of Valparaiso and Timothy R. (Shelly) Wells of Westville, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a brother Halfard Wells of Valparaiso. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Paul Wells. David enjoyed fishing and raising flowers. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 10 AM until services at 12 Noon at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St, Valparaiso, Rev. Kenneth Gamblin officiating. Burial will be in Angelcrest Cemetery, Valparaiso.

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A. Henry Studebaker of Dunes Acres

 A. Henry Studebaker of Dune Acres, Indiana, died Friday, December 5th at his family home. He was 87. Henry was born September 3, 1927 at the Dune Acres home, the son of Alden Koch Studebaker and Naomi Chellberg Studebaker, both of whom preceded him in death.

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