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Robert G. Helmchen of Valparaiso

Robert G. Helmchen, 79 of Valparaiso, Indiana went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 22, 2014. He was born April 8, 1935 near Berlin, Germany. He came to Fort Wayne in January of 1962. Robert worked at Howard’s Photo Lab. before joining General Telephone of Indiana (GTE) in 1965 until he retired in 1990 in Valparaiso. He owned and operated RGH VIDEO from 1995 to 2013. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Judy Ann (Murphy) Helmchen of Valparaiso, his daughter Liane Helmchen, his son Rainer Helmchen, granddaughter Katelyn Helmchen, sisters Lonni Helmchen and Ingrid (James) Sheets, all of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents Willi and Hertha (Schluessler) Helmchen and his daughter Christel Rene Helmchen. Visitation will be at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso on Tuesday, November 25th from 4-7 PM with services to follow. Pastor Joseph Ostafinski will officiate. Committal services will be at 1:00 PM Fort Wayne time on Wednesday at the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery Gardens, 5365 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the VNA Horton Hospice Center in Valparaiso or the Donor’s Choice.

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Jean Gertrude Jones of Valparaiso

Jean G. Jones, 78 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014. She was born February 15, 1936 in Valparaiso to John Edward and Mary Magdeline (Graham) Moneypenny. Jean is survived by her children Richard (Dianna) Heavilin of Valparaiso, Cheryl Lavergne of Union Mills, Jerri Wachter of Valparaiso, Susan (Frank) Powers of Valparaiso, William (Loretta) Heavilin of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Garry Heavilin of Kingston, Tennessee, Robert William (Lilian) Jones of Valparaiso, Ronald Lee (Lisa) Jones of Munster, Roxanne (Michael) Dolhover of Valparaiso, Michael (Jeranne) Jones of Alabama, 29 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and her brother-in-law, George Ahsing of Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Jones, a son Ralph Heavilin, Jr., two sisters and one brother. In addition to being a wife and mother, Jean volunteered at the St. Paul Catholic Church Clothing Center for many years. Arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced later.

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Paul Flisiak Sr. of Chicago

Paul B. Flisiak, Sr. Born in Chicago on January 25, 1935. He went into the arms of Jesus on November 14, 2014. Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Vera Flisiak, sister Bernadine, inlaws Wheeler and Pauline Stanley and sister-in-law Paula and husband Joe Hojnacki. He was married to his loving wifeBetty Lou Stanley on September 16, 1956 at Sacred Heart Croation Church in Chicago. They have 2 sons, Paul, Jr. (Phyllis), and Greggory. Grandchildren complete the circle of love with Jamie (T.J.), Alyssa, Alex and Samantha and one absolutely beautiful great-grand daughter, Reese Addison. They all called him “Pa”. Surviving are brother-in-law Wheeler Stanley (Patricia), and sister Marge Piech (John). Many nieces and nephews. Paul was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus #738, a Porter County Master Gardener which he thoroughly enjoyed and was the treasurer for awhile. Always helped his wife with her flower gardening and even won First place with some of their entries. He enjoyed feeding the birds and making sure there was water in the bird bath for them. He loved to grow tomatoes, peppers, cukes, etc. Sometimes when he cooked pasta he sipped a little wine to the music of Dean Martin. He loved taking care of the yard and when he finished would sit back and remark how beautiful everything looked. In Chicago he was instrumental in starting the Memorial Park Homeowners association and as president along with his committees planned many Wonderful fun activities for the community. For his sons, Paul and Gregg, he would dropped whatever he was doing for them. He loved them and the family beyond words. Sometimes he would go fishing with his son, Paul (an avid fisherman) and were proud to come home with their catches. He loved Gregg’s cooking and commented many times on his skills and culinary knowledge. Sport-wise he commiserated with son Paul about the Bears and for Gregg it was Notre Dame. Paul graduated from Saint Michaels and Tilden Technical High School in Chicago. Always interested in sports especially wrestling and soccer in school which he received a Letter in. He retired from the Chicago West Pullman and Southern Railroad, member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Teamsters local 710 which serviced the Ford Motor Company in Chicago. Paul was more than a great husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We will never ever stop loving him. A visitation for Paul will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Bartholomew Funeral Home from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church, at 11:00 AM. 

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James R. Burge of Valparaiso

James R. Burge, 83 of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the VNA Hospice Center. He was born June 1, 1931 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Cecil and Dorothy (Peabody) Burge. James graduated from Wheeler High School in 1950. He attended Arkansas State University where he played basketball. He served in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the frontlines in Korea. He was a Millwright retiring from Bethlehem Steel; he was also a Borden Milk deliveryman and a farmer. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #437 in Valparaiso and the Wheeler United Methodist Church. On May 29, 1952 in Hobart, he married Nancy McLinn, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are his children, Kelly (Gina O’Brien) of Portage, Shelley R. Soderholm of Buffalo, NY and James A. Burge of Valparaiso, 5 grandchildren, Mark, Andrea, Taylor, Elliott and Stephanie, a sister Ruth Ann (Robert) Haggerty and a brother Dan (Bridget) Burge of Valparaiso and a sister-in-law Avis of Ingram, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jack Burge. Visitation will be held Friday, November 7, 2014, 2-8 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St. Valparaiso. Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, Pastor Tim Knauff officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Memorial Contributions may be made to Goshen Center for Cancer Care/ ”Care House”.

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Wayne Eli Wilgus of Valparaiso

Wayne Eli Wilgus, 83 of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 30, 2014. He was born March 15, 1931 in Valparaiso, the son of Eli and Ruth (Leffler) Wilgus. Wayne retired as a driver for Indiana Information Control in Valparaiso. On August 10, 1951 in Valparaiso, he married Garnet Hill, who survives in Valparaiso. Also surviving are his children, Debra (Charles) Myers, Kathleen (Robert) Garmon, Wayne A. Wilgus, Jane Mullins and Cheryl Wilgus all of Valparaiso and Jenifer (Jerry) Barton of San Pierre, 4 grandchildren, Edward Myers, Tara Wilgus, Jason Garmon and Stephanie Mullins and 2 great granddaughters, Madison and Jocelyn Garmon, who he teasingly referred to as the “boys”. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jill Wilgus, brothers Carroll “Bud” (Donna) Wilgus, Dave (Audrey) Wilgus and Bill Wilgus, sister Arlene Hughes and his grandson Arthur Myers. Dad was a Cubs fan who enjoyed his winters in Arizona and was a stock car driver for many years. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2-6 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St, Valparaiso. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, Pastor Beverly Collinsworth officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Valparaiso. Memorial Donations may be made to the VNA Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383

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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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