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Louid Norfleet of Valparaiso

Louid V. Norfleet, 76, of Valparaiso, passed away on October 17, 2014, at his residence. Louid was born on May, 24, 1938, in Trimble, Kentucky, to Bennie and Edith (Stevenson) Norfleet, who both preceded him in death. On May 24, 1957, he married Mary Jane Eads, who survives him. Louid worked as a tool and die setter for Kaiser Aluminum in Wanatah for 31 and ½ years. Louid was a lifetime member of the Northern Indiana Historical Power Assoc. and loved his blue grass music and attending blue grass festivals. He also enjoyed spending time gardening, camping, playing with his grandchildren, and showing his Ford tractors. He is survived by; his children Ronald (Sherry) Norfleet of Valparaiso and Janet (David) Joyce of Kentucky , and siblings Glendell Norfleet of Illinois, Larry Norfleet of of Kentucky, Garry Norfleet of Kentucky, Delphia Greene from Kentucky, Deloris Conrick of Valparaiso, and Regina Bryant of West Lebanon. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Leigh (Brady) Sicina, Tracey (Greg) Kasten, Bradley (Christine) Joyce, Erin (Gregg) Goodrich, and Melinda Norfleet, 4 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Wendell, Bernard, and Dormas Norfleet. A visitation for Louid will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014, at Bartholomew Funeral Home in Valparaiso, from 2:00-7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 11 AM, at Bartholomew Funeral Home with Pastor Craig Forwalter and Chaplain Bob Rawlins officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook, www.bartholomewnewhard.com 

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Patricia Ann Adams of Valparaiso

Patricia Ann Adams, 67 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, October 3, 2014. She was born on July 26, 1947 in Valparaiso, the daughter of Gilbert and Gladys (Sims) Clark. Pat was a 1965 graduate of Washington Township High. In 2011, she retired from Roadway Express as an office clerk, after 30 years of service. On May 17, 1977, she married Edward Adams, who survives her in Valparaiso. Pat was a member of the American Legion Post #502 Ladies Auxiliary and was Chairman of the Legion BINGO. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Stacy (Herren) Blackman of Atlanta and Kimberly Adams (Deb Bergand) of Crown Point; a son, Mark (Kristine) Adams of Valparaiso; 2 granddaughters, Meredeth Blackman and Taylor Adams; a grandson, Shawn Adams; and several nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Her parents and her sisters, Nancy Arndt and Joanne Morgan, preceded her in death. Pat loved to read, do puzzles, entertain friends and spend time with her grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, October 6, 2014 from 4-6 PM with Funeral Services at 6:00 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe Street, Valparaiso. Pastor Gretchen Seidler-Gibbs officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Legion Post #502 Ladies Auxiliary. 

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Jean Marie Lipke of Hobart

Jean Marie (Kraft) Lipke, 82 of Hobart, passed away on October 1, 2014, at her home with her loving family. She was born June 28, 1932 in Portage, the daughter of Martin Conrad and Lucille (Maines) Kraft. Jean was a lifelong resident of Wheeler and graduated from Wheeler High School in 1950. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society at the church. On June 14, 1952 she married Donald Gene Lipke, who survives in Hobart. Also surviving are her sons Martin R. (Cynde) Lipke of Greenville, Indiana and Carey W. (Lisa) Lipke of Hobart, a daughter Carol A. (James) Needham of Crown Point, eight grandchildren, Samuel, (Michelle) Jeffrey, Keith, Adam, Aaron, Melissa, Emily and Vinessa and two great- grandchildren, Goldie and Rex Samardzija. She was preceded in death by her darling daughter Debora Samardzija, her parents, Martin and Lucille Kraft and brothers, Ray, Bob and Emery Kraft. Visitation will be held 2-7 PM on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St. Valparaiso. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 356 700 W. Valparaiso, on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 11:00 AM, Rev. Paul Quanz officiating. Friends and family may also pay their respects on Monday at the church from 10 AM until time of services. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Valparaiso. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altar and Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish or VNA Hospice of Porter County, 2401 Valley Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383. 

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Lawrence Joseph Siegel of Hamlet

Lawrence Joseph Siegel, 72, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014. He was born July 3, 1942 in Lackawanna, New York to Lawrence R. and Beatrice A. (Corser) Siegel. On January 6, 1973 he married Jean M. Mitchell who survives. Also surviving are his children Laura Eich of Valparaiso, Lawrence (Shonda) Siegel of Colorado, Lana Siegel of Hamlet, his grandchildren Matthew Eich, Jr., Joseph Siegel, Destiny Kennedy, Casey Siegel (preceded), his brother David (Joan) Siegel of Florida, his ex-son in law Matthew Eich of Valparaiso and his ex-daughter in law Debbie Siegel of Colorado. Lawrence was a retired millwright from Bethlehem Steel where he worked for many years. He was a U.S. Airforce Viet Nam veteran and was a member of the Hamlet American Legion Post #356 where he was a past treasurer, the Disabled American Veterans, AARP, and was a recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Boys Scouts of America. A funeral mass will take place at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 4th at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso. Rev. Joseph Pawlowski and Rev. Anthony Spanley will concelebrate the mass. Visitation will be from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., in Valparaiso, Indiana and from 10:00 AM until the time of mass on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, the Boy Scouts of America or the National Park of donor’s choice.

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Dolores Mae Lesmeister of Calumet City, Illinois

Dolores Mae Lesmeister, 82, of Calumet City, Illinois passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 in Valparaiso. She was born January 6, 1932 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Walter and Alice (Downing) Lesmeister. On June 25, 1949 she married Arnold Lesmeister who survives. Also surviving are her daughters Kim (John) Runko of Valparaiso, Debbie (Allen) Eulert of Vandalia, Illinois, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one step granddaughter, and five step grandchildren.

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Kathryn F. "Kay" Kraft of Valparaiso

 Kathryn F. “Kay” Kraft, 89 of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She was born October 12, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Alfred and Flora (Kuehl) Jacobs. On January 24, 1953 she married Robert E. Kraft, who preceded her in death March 10, 1984. Kay was a clerk at Montgomery Wards. She is survived by her son David Kraft of Beach Island, SC, daughter Lori McLaughlin of Valparaiso, grandchildren, Phillip, Chris, Michael, Robert, Shawn and Jessica and 8 great grandchildren. Her parents and her brothers, Martin, Fritz and Ken preceded her in death. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe Street, Valparaiso, Rev. John Albers officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Valparaiso. Visitation will be Monday, September 29, 2014, 3-7 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Memorial Donations may be made to Rebuilding Together in Valparaiso, P.O. Box 1001, Valparaiso, IN 46384.

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Sandra F. Coslet of Valparaiso

Sandra F. Coslet, 71 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. She was born July 30, 1943 in Hobart, the daughter of Steve and Geneva (Gafford) Pittas. Sandra was an EMT and a VNA caregiver. She was a member of St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church and the Philoptochos Society. On April 14, 1967 in Portage she married Ken Coslet, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are her 7 children, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 3 sisters. Her parents and a grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St. Valparaiso. Visitation will be Thursday 2:00 PM until time of services at 4:00 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church, 36 West 700 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385. 

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