Ray Erness Livinghouse, 
                                                                                                        1922 - 2011

89, of LaPorte, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his home.

He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Jack’s Cabin, CO, to Noah and Charlotte (Brockman) Livinghouse.

Ray had been a farmer all of his life.

On July 8, 1944, in Michigan City, IN, he married Lydia (Huge) Livinghouse, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Wanda (Chris) Schoof of LaPorte; three sons, Richard (Marilynn) Livinghouse and Erness (Linda) Livinghouse, both of LaPorte, and Donald (Sandy) Livinghouse of New Carlisle, IN; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Edward Livinghouse.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home, LaPorte, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. A Life Celebration will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. 

                                                                                                                             Walter A. Strakowski Jr.,

                                                                                                            1927 - 2011

83, of LaPorte, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital.

   He was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Michigan City, IN, to Walter A. Sr. and Frances (Rozinski) Strakowski.

   Walter worked as a sub-station electrician for NIPSCO, retiring on Jan. 1, 1988. He also owned Michiana Motors. He was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working on cars.

   On Dec. 30, 1950, in LaPorte County, he married Doris A. (Menke) Strakowski, who survives.

   He is also survived by his daughter, Cathy (David) Reese of LaPorte; three brothers, Robert Strzalkowski of LaPorte, James Strakowski of Michigan City and Richard Strakowski of Nappanee, IN; two sisters, Elizabeth Strakowski of Michigan City and Virginia Kroening of LaPorte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Walter was preceded in death by his parents.

                                                                               Marilyn R. Nelson,

                                                                                         1926 - 2011

85, of LaPorte, died Nov. 17, 2011, in Plainfield, IL.

She was born April 17, 1926, in LaPorte to Andrew and Josephine (Guinea) Pankowski.

Mrs. Nelson was a teacher for 26 years at Rolling Prairie Elementary School. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Bethel College,

University of Notre Dame and Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI.

On June 19, 1948, in LaPorte, she married Paul E. Nelson, who survives.

Also surviving are her son, Donald (Traci) Nelson of Naperville, IL.; six grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Melissa and Megan Kariger and Danielle and Zachary Nelson;

two sisters, Rita (Leo) Wetzel of Lakeland, FL, and Patricia (Jack) Day of LaPorte; son-in-law George Kariger of Plymouth, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Barbara Kariger, sister Frances Suitor and brother Bernard Pankowski.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. 

Mr. Clifford D. Bealor, 84, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at La Porte Hospital.

He was born May 28, 1926, in Walkerton, the son of Joseph Raymond Bealor and Ruth (Peer) Bealor.

Clifford worked as a customer service representative for Indiana Michigan Electric Co. for 42 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Clifford was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the New Carlisle American Legion Post 297. Clifford loved his garden and being with his grandchildren. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

On Dec. 31, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark., he married Barbara Shead Bealor, who survives.

He is also survived by his two sons, Paul (Barbara) Bealor of Phoenix, Ariz., Tim (Connie) Bealor of Mendon, Ill.; one daughter, Joan (Dan) Woodrow of La Porte; eight grandchildren, Kathy Greer, Nathan Bealor, Luke Bealor, Paul Bealor, Chad Mosson, Jennifer Peters, Jackie Jansing, Amanda Woodrow; three great-grandchildren, Jack Greer, Michael Greer, Isaac Bealor; one brother, Robert Cuskaden; three sisters, Iona Gring, Sandy Parker and Sue Kirkwood.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; son, Raymond Bealor and five brothers.

Arrangements are being handled by Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, where the family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 from 10 a.m. until time of service. Services will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home Inc., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of Rolling Prairie, 3376 E. US Highway 20 Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 

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If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.


                                                                  Alex George Burkus            1929 - 2010

80, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, died Thursday April 29, 2010 at Golden Living Center Fountainview in LaPorte.

He was born November 12, 1929 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Alex Burkus and Dorothy Ray Burkus. Alex lived in the LaPorte area, most of his life.

Alex worked for Sara Lee Bakery for twenty years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Rolling Prairie, Rolling Prairie Masonic Lodge #291, Scottish Rite of South Bend, Orak Shrine, LaPorte American Legion Post #83 and Farm Bureau. He enjoyed being with his family and teaching his grandchildren. Alex enjoyed golf and all sports. "He was a very honest and loyal man". His "Punk" was the love of his life. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the Golden Living Center Fountainview and the staff on the 4th floor at LaPorte Hospital, for their special care.

On June 4, 1951, in Lawton, OK, he married Doris H. Holdeman Burkus who survives.

He is also survived by his son David Burkus of Hampton, VA; daughter, Karen David Frazier of La Porte, IN; five grandchildren, Gregory M. Alberding, Nicole Burkus, Bryan Burkus, Karley Kinsey, Kate Burkus and one brother William Leona Burkus of South Bend, IN. 

Alex was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Frances Smith, Doris Toth, Betty Rajski, and two brothers, Elmore Burkus, James Burkus.

Arrangements are being handled by Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN, where the family will receive friends Saturday, May 01, 2010 from 2:00 pm, until time of service. A memorial service will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home, Inc., Saturday May 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

                                                                           Mr. Clarence L. “Buzz” VanBibber,

                                                                                                  1936 - 2011

74, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died at 12:15 a.m. March 13, 2011, at The Arbors, Michigan City, IN.

   He was born July 22, 1936, in Haydenville, OH, to Jess and Hazel (Dorst) VanBibber.

   Mr. VanBibber was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. He was a prep cook at Heston Bar for 18 years.

   He leaves behind three sisters, Shirley A. Sater of Rolling Prairie, Patti Bennett of Gulf Port, MS, and Flo (Richard) Bialurucki of Long Beach, MS; several nieces and nephews; special niece Kristin (Tim) Black of LaPorte and special nephew Randy (Sandy) Sater of Bartlett, IL; and special friend Charles Tackett of Michigan City.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary McKinney; two brothers, Robert L. VanBibber and Russell Dowler; and nephew Terry Sater.

   A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, with Pastor Dorothy Jones officiating. 

Russell Ritzler  95,     6/16/1915 - 11/25/2010

 Russell Edward Ritzler, 95, died on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota, where he resided for the past two years. He was born on June 16, 1915 in New Buffalo, Michigan, to Edward and Florence Ritzler. On October 21, 1939, he married Ellen Ruth Williamson in Three Oaks, Michigan. He was formerly of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, where he retired after 35 years with Unocal (formerly Pure Oil) in Palatine, Illinois. He began his career in the oil business in South Bend, Indiana in 1941 with Pure Oil Company as a general office worker and advanced to Vice President of Super Par Oil stations of the Midwest. When the company was transitioned to Unocal, he moved to Palatine and became general manager of marketing where he worked until 1976. Before retirement, he and Ellen would travel to Indiana to help build their retirement home in Rolling Prairie, Indiana where they lived for 25 years. His hobbies included woodworking, wall papering, tile laying, gardening and golf. Russell was a dedicated member of the Lions Club in South Bend and Rolling Prairie, Indiana and was a loyal member of Rolling Prairie Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and served a term as church treasurer. Since his youth, he was an avid New York Yankee fan. His love for baseball began when he was active in the New Buffalo, Michigan, amateur league. He later umpired in the minor league system in the Midwest. He was also instrumental in the formation years of the German Township Elementary School serving as its president for several years. Russell is survived by his wife, Ellen; a son, Barry (Carolyn) Ritzler of Edison, New Jersey; a daughter, Kathleen (Ronald) Hooley of Kasson, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and one sister, Elaine Simpson of Muncie, Indiana. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 29, 2010 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive in South Bend, Indiana followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Rolling Prairie Methodist Church in Rolling Prairie, Indiana or Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota. To send online condolences, please visit 

 Lenore Harris,  7/15/1916 - 7/20/2011

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.