Obituaries – Kish Funeral Home http://www.kishfuneralhome.net Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Darlene M. Smith http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/darlene-smith/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/darlene-smith/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:13:44 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5693 In Darlene’s words “My greatest gift was God saying, ‘It’s February 22nd 1935, this day you are to be born. You are to live a life journey and experience the stories that will make you who you are.’ I talked to God often. He was my constant friend. My friendship with Jesus was built around […]

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In Darlene’s words “My greatest gift was God saying, ‘It’s February 22nd 1935, this day you are to be born. You are to live a life journey and experience the stories that will make you who you are.’ I talked to God often. He was my constant friend. My friendship with Jesus was built around a large picture that hung in my childhood church’s sanctuary. That picture was Jesus holding a lamb. I imagined that lamb to be me.”
On December 6th 2018 Darlene Smith leaped into Jesus arms for eternity. Darlene’s entire life was focused toward service. As a child on the farm in Nebraska, she witnessed God’s creative miracles everyday. She studied nursing at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska and worked at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital where she met the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Jerry Smith M.D. In 1959, the two moved from Larson Air Force Base in Washington to Munster, Indiana where she and Jerry settled in to make this new community their home. They began attending Westminster Presbyterian Church and Darlene was asked to serve on the worship committee where, because of her tireless devotion to the church, they offered her a full time position. She served as the Director of Christian Education, Parish Nurse, and Director of Worship. She left God’s fingerprints on every bike trip, bible study, and outreach she became involved with, but more importantly she opened up people’s hearts to know and love God like she did. Some humorously called her the “Church Lady” while she called herself the Church Grandma shedding words of encouragement and warm hugs to all she encountered. In 2012, she was awarded the honor of Rotary Club “Woman of the Year” for her community work and service. Her love and concern for all members of our community were exemplified by convincing St. Margaret’s Hospital in Hammond, IN that they had the wonderful “opportunity” to fund and establish the Hammond Warming Shelter. Darlene’s success in rallying support for our community stemmed from the fact that everyone knew her efforts and ideas had nothing to do with her, but were all for God’ s heart toward the underprivileged. She had the unique ability to make others commit and feel blessed in their “opportunity” to serve.

Darlene was a devoted wife, caring mother, loving grandma, and thoughtful friend. She lived her life to serve Jesus by showing His love to all she came in contact with. Her love lives on in the lives of all of us. She leaves behind her husband Jerald “Doc” Smith M.D., their 3 children; Brent (Linda) Smith M.D., Shari (Dave Staniszeski) LeMonnier, and Craig (Cindy) Smith. They were blessed with 9 grandchildren; Lindsey (Bobby )Wagner, Kyle Smith M.D., Courtney (Mike) Neal, Brent Smith Jr M.D., Flynn LeMonnier, Claire LeMonnier, Brandon (Kayla) Smith, Jason Smith, and Scott Smith, as well as their 6 great-grandchildren; Katy Wagner, Julianna Wagner, Lauren Wagner, Luke Wagner, Hadley Neal, and Josie Neal.
As the curtain closes on this special woman’s life here with us, a new day dawns as she hears her Lord say, ‘Well done my good and faithful servant. Welcome home!’

A wake will be held on Friday Dec. 14 from 4-8pm, at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN. Darlene’s Memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church 8955 Columbia Ave Munster, IN at 12pm on December 15, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fish and Loaves Ministry or Lost and Found Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Michael R. Phillips http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/michael-r-phillips/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/michael-r-phillips/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:17:45 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5692 Michael R. Phillips,79, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife Lenora, son Michael (Jody) Phillips and daughter Jeanine (Matthew) Maloney, sisters: Patricia (late Lawrence) Gorey and Margaret (James) Dunlavy, sister-in-law Charlotte (late Thomas) Phillips, five grandchildren: Marymargaret, Thomas, Madison, Megan and Macey. Michael is preceded in death by his […]

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Michael R. Phillips,79, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife Lenora, son Michael (Jody) Phillips and daughter Jeanine (Matthew) Maloney, sisters: Patricia (late Lawrence) Gorey and Margaret (James) Dunlavy, sister-in-law Charlotte (late Thomas) Phillips, five grandchildren: Marymargaret, Thomas, Madison, Megan and Macey. Michael is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Margaret Phillips.
Michael was a United States Army Veteran, a member of IUOE Local 399 and was considered an “all around handy man”. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 directly at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8501 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN with a 10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial with Father Michael O’Keefe officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm and again at the church on Monday, from 9:30 am until the 10:00 am Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to www.cureitfoundation.org.

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Dr. James L. Smallman http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/dr-james-l-smallman/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/dr-james-l-smallman/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:34:52 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5691 Jim Smallman, DDS, 92 years young, was born in East Chicago, Indiana. He passed away on December 8, 2018, and was surrounded by his family and friends. His parents Laura and Jim Smallman, and his beloved grandparents Nuncia and Dino Baccelli, all preceded him in death. He will finally be reunited with them. Their family […]

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Jim Smallman, DDS, 92 years young, was born in East Chicago, Indiana. He passed away on December 8, 2018, and was surrounded by his family and friends. His parents Laura and Jim Smallman, and his beloved grandparents Nuncia and Dino Baccelli, all preceded him in death. He will finally be reunited with them. Their family was a close knit Italian-American family. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Jim graduated from East Chicago Roosevelt High School, then attended Indiana University and continued and graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry for 42 years in Hammond, Indiana. Jim belonged to the Northwest Indiana Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the Illinois Dental Society. Jim had an incredible practice and truly loved dentistry and his many loyal patients.

Jim married Nancy Mason in 1962. He leaves behind two daughters, Lynn Compton along with her twin granddaughters Kate and Kristin Compton (California), and Dawn Smallman (Oregon); a very special nephew Rob Mallehan (DiAnn) of Michigan and their family; one aunt Gloria Chechi and her children Maria and Robert. Jim had many Smallman cousins: Jack (Joan) Smallman, John (Grace) Smallman, Tom (Carol) Smallman and Chuck (Kris) Smallman. Chuck and Kris Smallman have been like a son and daughter to Jim and Nancy over the years. Cousins include Rene (Kathy) Morelli and family; Bill (Barb) Cataldi and family; and special friends Jim O’Donnell, Donnie Harvey, Gene Fort, Doug Irk, and Tom (Carol) Smith. Tom and Carol Smith were his forever friends. Drs. David Harvey (deceased) and Mickey Goldenberg (deceased) were his best fishing buddies and longtime friends. His sister-in-law Drella Mallehan Crankshaw (deceased) of Michigan introduced Nancy to Jim in 1957.

Jim and Nancy recently celebrated 56 happy years together. Jim relished all aspects of growing up Italian in an Italian-American family. He loved the music, the food, the operas, the language (and spoke it fluently) and loved visiting Italy. Jim’s passion for Italian operas began with his cousin Vivienne Della Chiesa, a well-known soprano, inviting him to Chicago to attend her debut at the Chicago Civic Opera House. Jim loved all animals, especially his faithful cocker spaniels named Buddy and Rusty. Jim cherished his daughters as they grew up (too quickly he would add) and often made college campus visits after they went away to their respective universities. When he finally retired (something he really never wanted to do), he learned how to cook, and loved cooking authentic northern Italian style cuisines for all of his friends and family members who were eager to taste his new creations. His summers were spent fishing on Lake Michigan and with his friends. In his later years he wintered in Las Vegas with Lynn and her family. His granddaughters adored their only grandpa.

Jim lived life to its fullest with integrity, dignity and loyalty. Jim had a love of God, a love for his family, and a love for his country. His incredible sense of humor will be truly missed by all. Good journey my husband, father, grandfather and friend…you will be missed but will always live within our hearts. Ora e il momento di dire addio (translation: “And now it is time to say goodbye.”)

A special thank you to Hospice of the Calumet Area for their loving care during his final days.
Visitation will take place at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave., Munster, Indiana from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. A Christian mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 13th, at 10:30 am at St. Thomas More Catholic church on Calumet Avenue in Munster, Indiana. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of The Calumet Area, 600 Superior Ave., Munster, Indiana 46321, or St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen, 5310 South Hohman Ave., Hammond IN, 46320, or to the charity of your choice.

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James L. Smallman, DDS http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/james-l-smallman-dds/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/james-l-smallman-dds/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:10:49 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5690 The post James L. Smallman, DDS appeared first on Kish Funeral Home.

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Darlene M. Smith http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/darlene-m-smith/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/darlene-m-smith/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:25:13 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5686 The post Darlene M. Smith appeared first on Kish Funeral Home.

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Lorena “Rena” Szumski http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/lorena-rena-szumski/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/lorena-rena-szumski/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:52:10 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5684 Lorena “Rena” Szumski, age 74 of Dyer, IN passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Raymond Szumski; children, Martin (Maria) Szumski, Jean (Robert) Staack and Daniel (Peggy) Szumski; grandchildren, Martin, Lauren, Ryan, Joseph, Zachary and Andrew; siblings, Paul (Zita) Lapham, Darcy Lapham, Jean (Ron) Cauwenbergh, […]

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Lorena “Rena” Szumski, age 74 of Dyer, IN passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Raymond Szumski; children, Martin (Maria) Szumski, Jean (Robert) Staack and Daniel (Peggy) Szumski; grandchildren, Martin, Lauren, Ryan, Joseph, Zachary and Andrew; siblings, Paul (Zita) Lapham, Darcy Lapham, Jean (Ron) Cauwenbergh, Larry (Nancy) Lapham, Clair (Margaret) Lapham, Rita (late Roger) Poston and David (Sue) Lapham and many loving nieces and nephews. Rena was preceded in death by her parents, Alger and Ruth Lapham, grandson, Maxwell Szumski, sisters, Virginia (late John) Krabbenhoft and Sandra Lapham; and sister-in-law, Elva Lea Lapham.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 directly at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church with a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial offered by Reverend Charles Niblick. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery Calumet City, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 KISH FUNERAL HOME 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and again, on Wednesday, at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Rena was the most loving wife, mother and grandmother that any husband, child or grandchild could ever experience. She devoted her life to her family with an unselfish heart. She was a wonderful example of a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Rena will forever be loved and remain in hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.

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Mary Ann Tataren http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/mary-ann-tataren/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/mary-ann-tataren/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:49:11 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5683 Mary Ann Tataren, 102, of Hammond, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Patricia (Maurice) Core, grandchildren Janeen and Celeste, great grandchildren: Timothy, Sara, Daniel and Robert. Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, husband Michael, daughter Christine Carothers, sister Katherine and grandsons Robert and Terrence Saunier. […]

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Mary Ann Tataren, 102, of Hammond, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Patricia (Maurice) Core, grandchildren Janeen and Celeste, great grandchildren: Timothy, Sara, Daniel and Robert. Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, husband Michael, daughter Christine Carothers, sister Katherine and grandsons Robert and Terrence Saunier.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 500 Northgate Dr. Dyer, IN 46311 with Rev. Charles Niblick officiating. Memorial contributions in Mary Ann’s name can be made to Hospice of the Calumet, 600 Superior Avenue, Munster, IN 46321-4032.

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Dolores D. Gill http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/dolores-d-gill/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/dolores-d-gill/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:10:21 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5682 Dolores D. Gill (nee Alonzo) resident of Highland, IN formerly of Hammond, IN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on 12/4/2018 at the William J. Riley Memorial-Hospice in Munster, IN at the age of 84 years. She will be sadly missed by her children: devoted daughter and caregiver Cindy (Tom) Keslin, loving sons; David Gill […]

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Dolores D. Gill (nee Alonzo) resident of Highland, IN formerly of Hammond, IN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on 12/4/2018 at the William J. Riley Memorial-Hospice in Munster, IN at the age of 84 years.
She will be sadly missed by her children: devoted daughter and caregiver Cindy (Tom) Keslin, loving sons; David Gill (fiancé Mary Johnson), Chris Gill and Mark (Teresa) Gill. Also, daughter-in-law Jamie Gill. Dolores is also survived by her brothers: David Alonzo, Raymond (Linda) Alonzo, Albert (Barbara) Alonzo as well as her grandchildren: Cathy (Tom) Zager, Tom (Laura) Keslin, Colette (Jake) Wiesen, Patrick (Lauren) Keslin, Angela (Steve) Loser, David Gill, Tanya Gill, Jon (Stephanie) Gill, Carli Gill, Nicole (Jeremy) Meulemans and Ryan (Morgan) Gill as well as 21 great grandchildren. Dolores was strongly supported in her final years by her dearest friend Jon Smith and her friends Bruna Qualizza and Shirley McKnight.
Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband Carroll M. Gill, her parents Joseph and Elsie (Maggio) Alonzo, her brothers Tommy Alanza, Joseph Jr. Alonzo and Philly Alonzo, her sisters Rose Marie Alonzo and Patsy Day, her half- sisters Bea Ortiz and Jean Vaccaro.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 DIRECTLY at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 8501 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN with a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial offered by Reverend Michael Yadron. Interment will follow at St. John-St. Joseph Cemetery Hammond, IN. Visitation will be on Monday, December 10, 2018 at KISH FUNERAL HOME 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 2:30 p.m., and again, at the church on Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Dolores was an employee of several Region firms: Southern Electric, Ortman-Miller, Queen Anne Candy and Commercial Wall Paper. She worked hard in order to offer her family the best life possible. When her health permitted, she performed volunteer work at All Saints Catholic Church in Hammond, IN. She was generous with food and monetary donations to support the good works of the Carmelite Sisters. She was always there to provide love, support, and sometimes a room in her home for any family member in need. A phenomenal cook, no visitor ever left her home hungry. The family joked that men she hired for home repairs took longer to finish the job because she fed them so well. An accomplished artist, she enjoyed creating drawings and ceramic works for the enjoyment of her children and grandchildren. She received many compliments regarding her artistic ability when drawing faces. The eyes brought her art to life. For those that loved her, she will be remembered for her quick wit and always direct but sage advice. Ten years ago, Dolores was in a coma for thirty-one days. Her doctors considered her survival a miracle. After awaking, she never gave up the fight to live. To honor Dolores, in her memory, wear something purple. Purple was her favorite color.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following charities in Dolores’s memory: St. Joseph’s soup kitchen in Hammond, IN (Dolores never wanted to see anyone go hungry. If she saw someone in need of food, she offered to buy them a sandwich or give them money for food, St. Vincent DePaul at St. Thomas More, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism and Hospice of the Calumet Area.

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Phyllis Jean Mason http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/phyllis-jean-mason/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/phyllis-jean-mason/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:22:12 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5680 Phyllis Mason, 84, of Munster, IN, and Palisades Park, MI passed away on December 1, 2018. She was born in Hamilton, OH to the late Hubert and Grace (Baker) Jones and grew up on a farm in Liberty, Indiana. She attended nursing school at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN and became a registered nurse. While […]

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Phyllis Mason, 84, of Munster, IN, and Palisades Park, MI passed away on December 1, 2018.

She was born in Hamilton, OH to the late Hubert and Grace (Baker) Jones and grew up on a farm in Liberty, Indiana. She attended nursing school at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN and became a registered nurse. While working at the hospital, she met the love of her life John C. Mason, M.D. and they married in 1957 at St. Joan of Arc Church. They started their family in Goshen, IN then moved to Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, Washington and settled in Munster, Indiana where they raised their family.

Phyllis was a longtime member of St. Thomas More Church, St. Margaret’s Junior Association, numerous volunteer positions and volunteer school nurse. She and John were avid Notre Dame fans and spent many Saturdays in South Bend with friends and family. She loved entertaining and always made friends and family feel welcome at the round table where a few tunes were sung from time to time. She enjoyed her cottage by the beach at Lake Michigan and spending time there with her family and dear friends. She especially enjoyed her “Betty’s Club” friends and their many activities. Phyllis instilled the importance of family in all her children and created traditions that have brought everyone together at least twice a year.

Phyllis is survived by her 8 children, Chris Allegretti (Dave), Lt. Col. Mike Mason (Wendy), Carol Ice (Al) Julie Rogers (Clark), Sam Love (Bill), Rosie Mason, Shelly Yonan (Manny), and Pat Mason (Shelly). She loved her grandchildren, Bekka, Angie, Amanda, Michael, Gina, Allie, Abby, Jack, Maggie, Charlie, Lily and CeCe, great granddaughter newborn Emily and numerous nieces and nephews. Survivors also include sisters Pat Lineback and Shirley Carter, sister-in-laws Patricia Allen and Kitty Jones. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband John C. Mason, sisters Betty Logue and Peggy Higgins and brother Bill Jones.

A funeral mass to celebrate Phyllis’ life will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 8501 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN with a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. Visitation will be on Sunday December 9, 2018 at KISH FUNERAL HOME 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN from 2:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m. and again at the church on Monday, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis’s memory to SHARE Foundation with the Handicapped, Inc. PO Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371(http://www.sharefoundation.org/donations-giving/) or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 (http://www.rileykids.org/).

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Shirley M. Vance http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/shirley-m-vance/ http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/obituary/shirley-m-vance/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:48:53 +0000 http://www.kishfuneralhome.net/?post_type=obituary&p=5674 Shirley M. Vance (nee Brophy) Beecher, Illinois, Shirley M. Vance, former resident of Calumet City, IL, Cape Coral, FL. And Lemont, IL, passed peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, December 2, 2018. She was 94 and is survived by daughters, S. Barbara (James) Wojcikiewicz, Diane T. (Edward) Smosna and Patricia A. (Nael) Hamadeh. She is […]

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Shirley M. Vance (nee Brophy)
Beecher, Illinois, Shirley M. Vance, former resident of Calumet City, IL, Cape Coral, FL. And Lemont, IL, passed peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, December 2, 2018. She was 94 and is survived by daughters, S. Barbara (James) Wojcikiewicz, Diane T. (Edward) Smosna and Patricia A. (Nael) Hamadeh. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Jim, Dan, Joe, Mike, Brian, Jeff, Mark, Kevin, Meghan, Nadia, Nawal, Randa and Rania. She was blessed with eighteen great grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Vance, parents, Arthur and Barbara Brophy, and brother, Arthur S. Brophy.
Visitation will be held between 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James the Greater Church, in Sauk Village, IL. Visitation prior to the Mass at 9:15 a.m. at the church. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for Masses for the repose of the soul of Shirley Vance or memorial contributions to Vitas Hospice, Tinley Park, IL.
Shirley loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren her whole life. She was a loving person dedicated to her faith, family, many close and dear friends, niece, nephews and cousins. She was a faithful, enthusiastic parishioner of St. Victor Church and school, in Calumet City, where she grew up as a child and returned after marriage, in 1945. Shirley was a patriot, and served at the Fletcher General Army Hospital, Cambridge, Ohio. Shirley graduated from St. Margaret School of Nursing, Hammond, IN, as a RN, in 1945. She earned a B.S Health Arts, from St. Frances College, Joliet, IL in 1977. She was employed by the City of Calumet City, as a Public Health Nurse, at the Faith Bailey Health Center, from 1960-1965 and employed by District 155, Wentworth-Wilson, in Calumet City, as a School Nurse, from 1965-1980. She retired in 1980, to Cape Coral, FL and enjoyed many happy years of gardening and quilting. “The love remains in the memories we have made, you are in our hearts forever.”

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