Death Notices & Obituaries
Van Dusen - FLORENCE VAN DUSEN - Mrs. Florence E. Van Dusen, 87, of 220 E. Dunn Rd., New Carlisle, and formerly of 1409 Monroe St., LaPorte, died Monday, Aug 28, 1989, at 2:15 pm at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home, New Carlisle. She was born Jan. 29, 1902, in St. Joseph County, to James A. and Nettie (Haverstock) Hostetler, and lived in LaPorte County most of her life. Mrs. Van Dusen was a member of Sauktown Church of Christ and had retired from American Home Foods. On Sep. 22, 1923, in St. Joseph County, she married Clifford Van Dusen, who survives. Also surviving are three sisters, Elizabeth Anderson of LaPorte, Edith Bentley of Mill Creek and Evelyn Fetter of South Bend; one brother, James Hostetler of North Liberty and several nieces and nephews. One daughter, Joy, and three sisters preceded her in death. The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday at the Haverstock Funeral Home, with Rev. William C. Flewelling officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 9 pm and Thursday until the service. Burial will be in Sauktown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Nutrition Center. Source: LaPorte Herald Argus, Tue, Aug 29, 1989.|
Van Dyke, Calista Minerva (Rogers) Cross - These and other Cross obituaries can be obtained from either the Michigan City Library or the La Porte Co., Library - -Calista Van Dyke had 9 children by her 1st husband, Richard. Four died at very young ages. See above listing. Of the 5 remaining children, all of whom suffered from hearing impediments, they were; Elcista M. b. 2/26/1843 m. John D. Collins - she died June 1925 in Boise, Ada Co., Idaho;
Olive Ann Cross m. Peter Shuster, her burial is recorded above; Jasper Jason. Cross b. 1849 and d. Dec 1925; Barnum C. Cross (b. 1853 and d. - obit appeared Nov 13, 1923 Michigan City News); Jesse C Cross b. 1856; he do. April 1945
Calista - additional information donated by: Laura Larson
Calista was a member of the Church of the Brethern (as was Archibald Van Dyke) and taught Sunday School at one point. Calista and Archibald (AKA Archie) Van Dyke were married December 25, 1901, the license was issued in La Porte County, Indiana December 23, 1901. Calista was born in Randolph, Portage County, OH. Daughter of William Rogers and Minerva Goss. Through her father, she was a descendant of Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. Calista’s first husband, also listed on your site, Richard Cross, was born in Randolph, Portage County, OH. Son of Mercy Rogers and Jesse Cross. According to a great granddaughter of Elcista Minerva Cross (a daughter of Calista and Richard, listed on your site), Janice Castro, reports that Calista Rogers’ father and Richard Cross’ mother were brother and sister, so Calista and Richard were first cousins. Calista and Richard could both hear, but all of the living children were deaf. It has been speculated that they carried a deafness gene called GJB2, which is a recessive genetic disorder. Elcista, Olive, Jasper, Barnum, and Jesse C Cross were all enrolled in the Indiana School for the Deaf. The sons, Jasper, Barnum, and Jesse all married deaf women. Archibald and Calista remained married but lived separately (with children) in their final years, reasons are unknown. Burial in Cross Cemetery.
VanHaelewyn - Vallier: Mr. Vallier Van Haelewyn, 86, of 909 Virginia Ave., LaPorte, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at 3 a.m. at his home. He was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Chicago, to Desire and Elisa (Samyn) Van Haelewyn, and had lived in LaPorte for 22 years, coming from Lake Forest, Ill. Mr. Van Haelewyn had been a custodian. On June 22,1940, in Joliet, Ill., he married Stella Pudlo, who died Aug. 21, 1987. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Surviving are: one daughter, Carolyn Smith of LaPorte; two grandchildren and one sister, Alice Reid of Hollywood, Fla. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Haverstock Funeral Home with Rev. David Kardatzke officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the service Wednesday. Interment will be in Pine Lake Cemetery at a later date. Obituary contributed by: Andrew Smith
VanHaelewyn - Stella: VANHAELEWYN, STELLA (nee PUDLO) of LaPorte. IN, Friday, August 21. Born in Joliet, IL in 1914. Survived by her husband, Vallier; daughter, Carolyn Smith (David): two grandchildren, Kris and Andrew; sisters, Steffie Kozubek I(Mike), Lansing, IL, Angie Palenik (Wendell), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Wanda DiSalvo (Dom), Joliet, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents. Dominic and Mary; brothers, Adam and Walter and others in infancy. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 24, from Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN, to Sacred Heart Church at 11 a.m. Interment in LaPorte. - Obituary contributed by: Andrew Smith
VERGANE, ERNEST A ERNEST A. VERGANE, Died 07 Aug 1950 Ernest A. Vergane, 57, 524 S. Carroll, South Bend, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in Healthwin Hospital, following several weeks’ illness. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Hummer Mortuary with Rev. A. P. Hardt officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Vergane was born Feb. 15, 1893, in LaPorte County, the son of John and Minnie (Prestine) Vergane. Surviving are two sisters – Mrs. Elizabeth Hartman, LaPorte; and Mrs. Lee Dodd, Oak Park, Ill., and a brother, August Vergane, Moline, Ill. A brother, William Vergane, Michigan City, preceded him in death. The deceased was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the American Legion. Contributed by: Alice Peo Winterrod at Wfrankc@aol.com
Vermilyer, Harriet Mrs. - Herald Argus - November 7, 1910 - Mrs. Harriet Vermilyer died yesterday morning at 3:30 o'clock at her home in Mill Creek. Mrs. Vermilyer had been in failing health for two years with acute indigestions,, and had been critically ill for the past week. She was born January 9, 1844, in Montreal, Canada, and had made her home in Mill Creek and vicinity for forty years, moving there from the state of New York. Her husband Charles Vermilyer, died eight years ago. Surviving her are four sons and on daughter. Frank, of Hamond, Edward of Lincoln township, Elma of Lincoln Township and Fred of South Bend. The funeral cortege will leave the late residence of the deceased Tuesday morning at 10 o'c lock, going to the Salem Chapel, where services will be held. The burial will take place at the Salem cemetery, Austin Cutler is in charge. .Contributed by: Kim Knight
Voltz, Mrs. Bertha - Michigan City News Dispatch. December 11,1895 - - After an illness of three months, Mrs Bertha Voltz succumbed to that dreaded disease, consumption, and at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, was relieved in death. Deceased was 30 years of age and a husband (from whom she was divorced, her first husband, Mr. Voltz, being deceased) and four children, survive her. The children are George, aged 12 years, Minnie, 10 years, Bessie, 6 years and Lillie, 8 years. A brother and sister also mourn her untimely death. They are Wm.C. Schultz and Mrs. Minnie Schultz. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Voltz, Fred W. - LaPorte News, April 3, 1903 - - Fred Voltz, of Michigan City died yesterday of old age. He leaves four children, they being Mrs. Eugene Smalley of LaPorte, Indiana, Richard Voltz of Michigan City and Louis and George Voltz of Grand Rapids. The remains will be taken to Michigan City for burial.. Austin Cutler is in charge. Brief funeral services over the remains of the deceased will be held at the Smalley home on Park Street at 6 o’clock. Reverend G. W. Switzer officiating after which the remains will be taken to Michigan City for burial.
Voltz, Mrs. Fred W. - October 19,1892 - - Fred Voltz, residing at the corner of Eighth and Wabash streets died Wednesday evening about 5 o’clock. Mrs. Voltz had been ill with consumption for the past two years and the past two months her death had been expected at any time. Her family realized the end was at hand and could do nothing but await the inevitable result of that dread disease. Mrs. Voltz bore her suffering with marked fortitude, never being heard to complain. She suffered untold pain and death came as a welcome relief. Deceased was a native of Germany, having been born there 56 years ago. She came to this Country when yet a young woman after marrying Mr. Voltz, located in Michigan City. Her long, continued residence in the city gave her a wide list of acquaintances and she was loved and esteemed by all. She was a devoted member of St. John’s church and was of true Christian spirit. A husband and the following children survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother: Richard, Louis, George, Tillie and Ida Voltz. They have many friends who sincerely sympathize with them in their bereavement. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Voltz, Rudolph - The Evening Dispatch, May 16, 1892 - - Funeral for the yard master of the Rock Island road in Chicago who was killed there last week, was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock in St. John’s Church. The funeral procession left the house of Fred Schultz, father-in-law of the deceased, Michigan Street, a little after 1 o’clock. The procession was headed by the Ames Union Band, which played a funeral dirge on the way to the church. The band was followed immediately by the switchmen. Then the firemen, engineers, conductors, and brakemen. Each order was represented by from twenty to twenty-five men. The relatives and friends of the deceased in carriages followed the organizations. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever witnessed in the city. The head f the procession was at the corner of Seventh and Franklin Streets when the last carriage was leaving Mr. Schultz’s residence. The funeral services at St. John’s Church were unusually impressive. Rev. J. G. Hock preached an eloquent sermon, which was highly praised by those who understood the language in which he spoke and his words were an eloquent tribute to the merits of Mr. Voltz. After the services, the remains were escorted to Greenwood Cemetery and laid to rest. Hundreds of people besides those who followed the remains from the church , were at the cemetery to witness the last sad rites. The pallbearers were Fred Bushnell, Rufus Rathburn, Charles Tiedt, E. J. Cooney, James Cahill and R.A. Harper, all of the Chicago lodge of switchmen, to which Mr. Voltz belonged. Thomas Meredith and Michael Rienke were flower bearers. All of these except Mr. Rienke were members of the Chicago Switchman’s organization to which Mr. Voltz belonged .
Volstorf, Sophia - The Herald, LaPorte , Indiana, Thursday, February 17, 1898 - -Mortuary Record: Sophia Volstorf: Died in Michigan City yesterday in her 78th year. Funeral Friday afternoon.
Voss, Henry Henry Voss, age 60, of 402 G street, died at the Holy Family hospital Monday morning at 6:30. Mr. Voss was born Sept. 30, 1867, at Schwasdorf, Germany, coming to this country in 1890 and settling in LaPorte, having lived here since that time. In 1890 he married Lena Walters in LaPorte. Mr. Voss has been an employe of the local water works for the past 32 years. Surviving are the widow; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Koehn and Mrs. Augusta Buhr; a brother, Charles Voss of Lockport, N.Y.; four sons, Max Voss of Michigan City, Clarence Voss of Minneapolis, Fred Voss of South Bend and Herbert Voss of LaPorte; four daughters, Mrs. Ira Turhune of Gary. Mrs. Raymond McDermott of LaPorte, Mrs, Lavaine Schultz of Grand Rapids and Esther Voss at home, and nine grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. --?--Cuttler brothers in charge --?--" (illegible at the end)
No date of obit given, but stone at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery shows: Aug 14, 1928 - Obituary contributed by: Holly Ringle