Our Obituaries

Kathe Trinajstich

December 23, 1924 - January 28, 2018

Kathe Trinajstich age 93 of Griffith, IN passed away peacefully in her sleep at William J. Riley Hospice Residence on January 28,2018, she is survived by her son John (Suzi) Trinajstich of Wake Forest, N.C., daughter Sonia Lively of Griffith, IN two grandchildren Katherine & Nicholas Trinajstich, one sister Mitzel Kaiser, nieces & nephews; preceded in death by her husband Ivan. Funeral services...
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John L. Franklin

December 4, 1933 - January 27, 2018

John L. Franklin age 84 of Highland, IN; passed away January 27, 2018, he is survived by his wife Virginia, children & step-children, James(Linda) Taylor of Jackson MS, Gerald (Dominique) of Palmdale CA, Carolyn(William) Billingsley of Matteson IL, Patricia Franklin of Chicago IL, Edie(John) Fleming, of Harvey LA, Melissa Banks of Jackson MS, Larry (Joequetta) Franklin of Schererville IN,...
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Ellen L. Jasin

June 7, 1939 - January 24, 2018

Ellen L. Jasin age 78 of Highland, IN passed away January 24, 2018; she is survived by son Robert (Mary) Jasin, six grandchildren Kyle Jasin, David Jasin, Amy Jasin, and Steven Jasin, Justin Pride, Adam Webb, many great-grandchildren, preceded in death by her husband Don and son Dave. Family services will be held later date. Kuiper Funeral Home Highland, IN entrusted with arrangements. 219-923...
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Timothy C. Winiczay

January 4, 1969 - January 22, 2018

Timothy C. Winiczay age 49 of Griffith, IN passed away January 22, 2018, he is survived by his mother Janet, two sisters Catherine Kotowski, Tracy (Dan) Ahmer nieces and nephews Cody Kotowski, Jennifer, Katie, Dylan, many aunts ,uncles, cousins, preceded in death by his father Kenneth Winiczay ,step-father Paul Marshall. Funeral services will be held Saturday January 27, 2018, 11:30 AM at Kuiper...
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Warren Vernon Van Alystine

June 16, 1923 - January 21, 2018


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Bob C. Iler

June 20, 1930 - January 21, 2018

Robert "Bob" Iler age 87 of Schererville, IN formerly of Highland, IN passed away January 21, 2018 he is survived by son Keith (Peg) Iler, daughter Kim(Joe) Johnson, five grandchildren Jacob Johnson, Kevin Michael Iler, Jackson, Abigail, Maddox Iler; preceded in death by death his son Kevin Iler. Memorial visitation will be held Friday January 26, 2018 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Kuiper Funeral...
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Clare A. Stinar

January 27, 1932 - January 20, 2018


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Beth Ann Allen

September 30, 1958 - January 19, 2018

Beth Allen (Newland) 59 of Griffith,IN passed away Jan. 19th, 2018. She is survived by her husband Steve Allen, daughter Michelle(Josh) Nagy, grandson Brandon, Sister Sheri(Ben) Gonzales, two brothers Scott and Rick Newland, Nieces and Nephews; Terry Barbara, Nick Newland, Erica(Heath) Boone, Eric and Chris Newland. She is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Patricia Newland, sister...
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Maryann Clark

June 24, 1935 - January 16, 2018

Maryann Clark (nee Johnson), age 82, of Griffith, IN passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She is survived by her three children: Karen (James) Smith, Laura Clark and Michael (Cynthia) Clark all of Gary, IN; five grandsons: John (Nicole), Dennis and Keith Gardenhire, Doug and Austin Clark; nine great grandchildren: Brandon, Ashley, Ryan, Amy, Allison, Alexia, Jazon, Kevin and Keith; one sister,...
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Ralph L. Davis

February 12, 1934 - January 16, 2018

Ralph L. Davis, 83 of Hammond passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Frances Davis, Son Gary Davis, Daughter Robin Faught, Son in Law Dale Faught, Daughter in law Kathy Davis. Cherished Grandpa to Thomas Davis Jr, Cassandra Davis, Raelene Faught, Ben Faught, Rita Torrance, Nathan Faught. Cherished Great Grandpa to Joshua Ray,...
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Kathryn A. Vidimos

October 13, 1930 - January 14, 2018

Kathryn A. (nee Heavilin) Vidimos, age 87, died peacefully amidst family at her home in Munster, IN. She was born in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Della Heavilin and the younger sister of Shirley Harris. A wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a graduate of Purdue, a long time quilter, and school volunteer at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Highland, IN. She was...
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Dieter Jentzsch

February 1, 1927 - January 14, 2018


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Robert L. Mecyssine

December 13, 1938 - January 13, 2018

Robert L. Mecyssine, 79, of Munster, IN, passed away on Saturday January 13, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther; son, Joseph (Peggy); grandchildren, Ben and Paige. He is also survived by his three loving sisters, Kathy, Carol (Jim), and Evelyn (Butch), sister-in-law Rita; and one brother John; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his...
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Thomas Joseph Kelly

January 1, 1965 - January 12, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Mary E. Austgen

October 25, 1922 - January 11, 2018

Mary E. Austgen age 95 of Crown Point, IN formerly of Highland, IN passed away January 11, 2018; she is survived by her daughter Judith (Ronald) Maginot, nieces & nephews Dr. and Mrs. Raymond (Christine) Maddalone, Rosellen (Jack) Kozel, Robert (Karen) Maddalone, Kenneth Waugh, Dennis Waugh, Lillian Warthan, David Eylens, James (Patty) Muthig, Beverly Rusk, Rosemarie (Jerry) Pinkerton, Louis ...
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Robert E. Durling

October 9, 1918 - January 10, 2018

Robert E. Durling of Highland, IN passed away Jan. 10, 2018 at the age of 99. Bob was born Oct. 9, 1918 in Kenosha, WI and grew up in Chicago. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty in 2011 after 67 years of marriage. A private military service was held on January 13th at Chapel Lawn Cemetery. Bob leaves behind two daughters, Cheryl (Howard 2017) Chiluski of Mt. Pleasant, SC and...
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Laura J. Cripe

February 4, 1964 - January 9, 2018

Laura Janelle Cripe, nee Graham, age 53, of Chicago Heights, IL, previously of Sauk Village, IL and Midland, Tx, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Devoted and loving mother of Heather and Brian (Marissa). She was a caring sister to Jennifer (Michael) Madewell. Kind and adoring aunt to many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Teddy Maze and Jack Graham. She...
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John Paul Beaver

October 5, 1979 - January 1, 2018

John Paul Beaver, age 38, of Highland IN passed away Monday, January 1, 2018. John is survived by daughter Julee Beaver; father Chris Beaver; mother Donna Beaver; sister Kristin Beaver; maternal grandparents Thomas and Barbara Skierkiewicz; two nephews Tony Jimenez and Jakob Mikolajczyk; and special friend Ariel Plowman. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 3-8 PM...
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Armida Bortolon

June 7, 1928 - December 31, 2017

Armida (Ann) Segalla Bortolon of Dolton, Illinois, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2017 at the age of 89. She was born June 7, 1928 to Caroline (DeRossi) and Joseph Segalla. Armida is survived by her loving children Carol Locke (adored son-in-law Jack) of Highland, IN and Joan Bortolon of Springfield, Illinois; grandsons Nicholas Locke (Dawn York) of Sugar Land, Texas and Andrew Locke of...
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Anthony Joseph Ponzo

May 30, 1947 - December 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Bettye R. Bridges

February 21, 1929 - December 19, 2017

Bettye R. Bridges (nee Moore), age 88, of Schererville IN, formerly of Griffith, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Michael) Grove; four granddaughters: Ann (Chris) Ciannella, Tammy Satmary, Rachel (Kyle) Delaney and Heather (Chuck) Kelley; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Bettye was preceded in death...
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Margarita Martinez

December 2, 1929 - December 18, 2017

Margarita Martinez age 88 of Munster, IN; passed away December 18,2017 surrounded by her family by her side; she is survived by four children Juan Martinez of Everett, Washington, Diane (Kevin) Safin of Highland, IN, Patricia Martinez of Highland, IN, Sandra Martinez of Munster, IN; many grandchildren, many great grandchildren, two special grandchildren Andrew (Brittany) Ramirez, Amanda Ramirez,...
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Leroy P. Locke

February 19, 1921 - December 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Antonio S. Martinez

April 26, 1927 - December 15, 2017

Antonio S. Martinez, age 90, of Gary, IN passed away peacefully on December 15, 2017 with family at his side. Antonio is survived by his wife Carlota of 59 years; brother, Ramiro Martinez; children: Henry and Ernie Martinez (Annette) of Santa Maria, CA, Antonio, Jr. (Elizabeth) Martinez of Gary, IN and Celia Martinez of Schererville, IN; grandchildren: Jackie, Joe, Melissa, Jenelle and Randy...
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Mary Ann GRADISHER

November 27, 1941 - December 13, 2017

Mary Ann Gradisher age 76 of Crown Point IN passed away on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Community Hospital, Munster. Mary Ann was born on November 27, 1941 in East Chicago, IN to David and Mary Cook. She is survived by her daughter Stacey Gradisher of Stuart, FL and her grandchildren Lauren Reed of Columbus, IN and Alex Reed of Gurnee, IL. Two Brothers James Cook of Fredericksburg, IA and John...
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George K. Malerich

May 2, 1960 - December 11, 2017

George K. Malerich, age 57, of Gary, IN passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Gail Coleman-Malerich; six children: Christinna (Matthew) Smith, Tara (Kristopher) Bunton, Keith (Shawna) Coleman, Mark Coleman, Scott Stein and Brian Stein; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers: Randy (Robin) Mann and Brett Malerich; sister, Robin (Larry) Yuknovis; and...
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Jeannette C. Zarantonello

June 1, 1927 - December 7, 2017

Jeannette C. Zarantonello (nee Kowalski), age 90, of Hammond, IN passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017. She is survived by her four children: Irene Papachristou, Tina (late John) Kutkoski, Toni (Tim) Morrissey and Mike Zarantonello; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeannette was preceded in death by her husband, Mario Zarantonello. A Mass of...
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Dorothy M. Maurushes

August 6, 1921 - December 5, 2017

Dorothy M. Maurushes (nee Jurasevich), age 96, of Dyer, IN passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen (fiancÚ William Reed) Maurushes; four grandchildren: Danielle (fiancÚ Jacob Davis) Figlio, Nicole (Jason) Vuurman, Brittany Maurushes and Christopher Maurushes; several great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Carolyn M. Miles

December 27, 1931 - November 28, 2017

Carolyn Marie Miles, born in Whiting and longtime resident of Highland, IN, died on Tuesday afternoon. She was 85 years old. Carolyn was born to Frederick and Thelma (Pat) Poppen on December 27, 1931. In September of 1954 she married William Adron Miles - Bill. They had two sons, Tris and Tain. She is survived by Tris, her grandchildren (Melinda and Eric, Casey, Bruce and Elizabeth,) as well as...
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Barbara Lee Sheets-McCollough

April 4, 1916 - November 27, 2017

Barbara Lee Sheets-McCollough, age 101, of Highland, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She was born in Harrison County, IN near Corydon on April 4, 1916, the daughter of Minor and Anna (Tranum) Smith. Barbara was raised in Southern Indiana. She was united in marriage in Brook, Indiana to Basil Sheets in 1937. ...
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Chester Ronald Griffin

January 17, 1953 - November 25, 2017

Chester R. "Ronnie" Griffin, age 64, of Highland, IN passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017. He is survived by his daughters: Lori (Brian) Chilton and Angie (John) Turpin; five grandsons: Logan Greene, Hayden and Carter Chilton, Mason and Javan Turpin; two sisters: Tommie Asbell and Kathy Riley; and many nieces and nephews. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents: Raymond and Inez Griffin;...
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Ralph R. Biederman

August 7, 1918 - November 25, 2017

Ralph Ray Biederman passed away on November 25 at his home surrounded by his daughters. He was 99 years old. He is survived by two daughters Sandra (Robert) Wagner of Monticello, Indiana and Janice (Richard Waring) Biederman of Belmont, Massachusetts. He is predeceased by daughter Jacquelyn (Charles) Millsap. He is survived by 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Ralph was born, and...
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Joseph Anthony Negele

September 23, 1974 - November 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Paul Eugene Wheatley

October 14, 1925 - November 23, 2017

Paul E. Wheatley, age 92, of Highland, IN passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was born in Deedsville, IN to the late Cecil & Velma Wheatley. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth (nee Coy) Wheatley. Children: Debbie (Dan) Higby, Jeff (Carol) Wheatley. Grandchildren: Tom (Kim) Toso, Ryan (fiancee' Renee' Herrera) Toso, Jonathan (fiancee' Summer Born) Wheatley. Great...
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Antonette Altieri

August 10, 1964 - November 20, 2017

Antonette Altieri (nee Dominguez), age 53, of Hammond, IN passed away Monday, November 20, 2017. She is survived by her two loving children: Neomi Dominguez and George Niko (fiancee' Evelynn Lopez who is currently pregnant with their son baby Leo) Altieri; four sisters: Donna (Gabe) Mendoza and their daughters Clarissa and Allanah and three other sisters; close friend Hector Salinas. Antonette...
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Anna May Geleta

July 30, 1928 - November 19, 2017

Anna May Geleta HIGHLAND, IN - Anna May Geleta (nee Polizzotto) age 89, of Highland passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19th, at Crown Point Christian Village. She was born on July 30, 1928 in Franklin Park, Illinois to the late Emanuele and Rose (Curreri) Polizzotto. Anna graduated from St. Mary's Nursing School and worked as an emergency room registered nurse at Belleview Hospital in New...
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Bennett Young

November 25, 1934 - November 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Sherman A. Morris

March 20, 1961 - November 16, 2017

Sherman Alan Morris, age 56, of Bloomingdale, IL and former resident of Lansing, IL, passed away peacefully November 16, 2017. He is survived by his brothers Harold Scott of Crown Point, IN, and Stewart, of Carrollton Texas. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles Harry (Audry) Morris and Ronald (Catherine) Morris as well as many cousins. Waiting to meet Sherman in heaven are his beloved parents...
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Rosa E. Hall

January 29, 1924 - November 12, 2017

Rosa Hall 93, of Griffith, IN died on November 12, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Rosa was born in Fordsville, KY. to William Thomas and Lee Verta Westerfield. She retired from Blaw Knox, East Chicago, as a crane operator, and was one of only 5 women at the plant for many years. Rosa and her loving husband, Donald M Hall of 38yrs, adopted their only child in 1969. Rosa and Don were...
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Peter D. Bartock

August 16, 1931 - November 11, 2017

.Peter Dyni Bartock age 86, of Hammond, IN has been put to rest on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Riley Hospice Home in Munster, IN. He is survived by his 4 sons: David W. (Susan) Bartock, Philip A. (Christine Podgorny) Bartock, Peter D. (Elaine) Bartock III, Brian V. (Lisa) Bartock, and 1 daughter Melinda (Randy) Foresta. He is also survived by 15 Grandchildren, and 10 Great-Grandchildren....
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Sharon Jones

March 30, 1952 - November 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Judy Gail Power

June 1, 1948 - November 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Bruce A. Smith

August 21, 1950 - November 5, 2017

Bruce A. Smith, age 67, Of Monticello, IN passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017. He is survived by his sister, Cindy (Ron) Rossiter of Monticello, IN; cousin, Chuck Gordon of Manitowoc, WI. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Wanda Smith. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CDT at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of...
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Patricia Ann Lynch

January 16, 1952 - November 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Joe Nelson

September 27, 1955 - November 3, 2017

Joe Nelson Sr. age 62 of Hammond, IN passed away November 3, 2017. He is survived by his children: Joe (Tammy) Nelson Jr., Serena (Willie) Herring, Jake (Noemi) Nelson, step-daughter Amanda (Joe) Miller, 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother Dewayne Nelson, one sister Lynn Isbell, his estranged wife Deborah Nelson, his longtime partner Deborah Hedrick, special aunt & uncle Barbara ...
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Elbert Harris

November 9, 1929 - October 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Tim A. Fetsch

April 2, 1960 - October 25, 2017

Tim A. Fetsch, age 57, of Munster, IN passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Fetsch (nee Cieslak); parents: Ken and Martha Fetsch of Mooresville, IN; two sisters: Susan (Paul) Hruby of Phoenix, AZ and Allison Fetsch of Mooresville, IN; two brothers in law: Randy Cieslak and Robert Newell; two sisters in law: Teresa Newell and Bonnie Cieslak;...
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Franklin Erskin Porter

December 14, 1938 - October 24, 2017

Franklin Porter passed away at home Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 with family by his side. He is survived by wife of 56 years, Penny (Griffin), children: Robin Huffman, Vicki (Tom) Crowel, Brianna and Brayden Porter. Grandchildren, Nichole (Aaron) Barnes, Nicholas Huffman, Tommy and Jonny Crowel. Sisters Alice Davis, Margaret Davis, and brother Gale (Nancy) Porter. Great grandchildren Madalyn and...
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Bradley Gene Finley

September 20, 2017 - October 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Keith Stalder

April 23, 1948 - October 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Phyllis Ann Tinglof

September 7, 1938 - October 16, 2017

Phyllis Ann Tinglof nee Graves 79 of Lowell IN, passed away October 16,2017 at St. Margaret-Mercy Hospital Dyer, IN; she is survived by her husband Roy, son Michael (Susan) Tinglof, granddaughter Samantha M. Tinglof, one brother Robert Graves, brother-in-law Rudy (Karen) Tinglof. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Rev. Edward Moszur officiating....
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Lorena M. Smith

September 20, 1937 - October 14, 2017

Lorena M. Smith (Conway), age 80, of Merrillville, IN- Our lives were forever changed when God called another Angel home on October 14, 2017. Lorena was born in Frankfort, KY to the late Luther and Lela Conway. She was the beloved wife of the late Mar R. Smith. Lorena was the loving mother of Barbara K. Smith, the late Arnold Smith, Patty (late Joe) Dickerson and Kathy Smith, all of Northwest...
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Lloyd Jack Olsen

December 15, 1924 - October 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Lee William Thrasher

March 6, 1925 - September 28, 2017

Lee William Thrasher, age 92, of Gary, IN passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. He is survived by his three sisters: Patricia White of Lisle , IL, Norma Scobey of Valparaiso, IN and Virginia Moriarty of Valparaiso, IN; special nieces: Tammy White and Barbara Osowski; and many other nieces , nephews and cousins. Mr. Thrasher was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Thrasher (nee Larson);...
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Patricia A. Cable

March 1, 1958 - September 28, 2017

Patricia A, Cable (nee Micelli), age 59, of Lowell, IN passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Christina (Matthew) Lundstrom; four grandchildren: Joseph (Madolyn) Nelson, Kaleb Ilant, Vivianna Ilant and Blake Lundstrom; and former husband, Homer Ilant Jr. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman...
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Dorothy M. Kopanda

January 24, 1932 - September 25, 2017

Dorothy M. Kopanda, age 85, of Hammond, IN passed away on September 25, 2017. Survived by one daughter: Julie Kopanda of Hammond. Two sons Charles (Susan) Kopanda of Ft. Myers, Florida and Adam Kopanda of Hammond. Five grandchildren David (Felicia) Cox of Crown Point, Andrew Cox of Portage, Nathan, Katelan and Madeline Kopanda of Ft. Myers, Florida. Two great granddaughters Lily and Emma Cox....
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Willi F. Frenken

July 7, 1953 - September 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Leona Mikrut

October 6, 1938 - September 18, 2017

Leona Mikrut, age 78, of Hammond, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2017 in Munster with her loving family at her side. Leona was born October 6, 1938 in Phoenix/Harvey, Illinois to the late Leo and Helen ( nee Jenkot) Kossak. Also preceding her in death are her loving husband, Clement Stanley Mikrut, which she is finally dancing in heaven with after being apart for over 40 years; her...
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Bobbie Inez Putman

January 25, 1926 - September 15, 2017

Bobbie Inez Putman, age 91, of Wittenberg Village, Crown Point, IN passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. Bobbie was a loving, devoted and talented wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard T. Putman. She is survived by her children Judy (John) Toren and Gary (Linda) Putman, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. As a long time Hammond...
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Judith Penwitt

April 23, 1937 - September 9, 2017

Judith A. Penwitt "Judy" age 80 of Griffith, IN; passed away on September 9, 2017; she joins her husband Evron in heaven on their 58th wedding anniversary, she is survived by daughter Krista Lynn (Lino) Vasquez of Mooresville, IN; son Daniel Wade (Kathleen) Penwitt of Manhattan, Il; six grandchildren Nicholas, Christopher, Andrew, Alexander, Sean, Kerianne; three great-grandchildren Kylee, Eve,...
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Terese Degutis

October 15, 1929 - September 6, 2017

Terese Degutis of Griffith, IN; passed away September 6,2017; she is survived by daughters, Dale(Edward) Covarrubias, Birute Marie Serrano, Laima (Arvidas) Jarasius, son Alex Vyto (Janet) Degutis; 14 grandchildren Angela(Brandon) Glatt, Laura (Sean) McHale, Gina Covarrubias,Lisa Covarrubias, Edward Covarrubias, Tina Serrano, Melinda (Rob) Granger, Lina Jarasius, Daiva Jarasius, Gintas Jarasius,...
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Maxine Newsome

October 2, 1926 - August 25, 2017

Maxine Newsome (nee Deskins), age 90, of Gary, IN passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. She is survived by her five loving children: Yvonne Newsome, Joyce (Jim) High, Tim Newsome, Katie Mitchell and Chet Newsome; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren. Mrs. Newsome was preceded in death by her husband, James Riley; son, Garry Lynn; both parents, and all her siblings....
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Robert J. Kramer

June 1, 1929 - August 13, 2017

Robert J. Kramer, age 88, of Highland, IN passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, August 13th, 2017. He is survived by three children: Lawrence (Sandy) Kramer, Michele Spoljaric and Cheryl (Douglas) Highsmith; Proud grandfather of: Christian and Keith Kramer, Brandon Spoljaric, Nicholas (Rachel) Spoljaric, Jenna Spoljaric, Brandi Highsmith, Briana (Naomi) Highsmith and great grandfather to...
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Pearl Mildred Bodamer

January 5, 1928 - August 12, 2017

Pearl Mildred Bodamer age 89 of Griffith, IN passed away August 12,2017; she is survived by her husband of 56 years Edmund, three children Charlene(Everett) Erwin, Sherry Robinson, Cindy(Dennis) Dailey, she was a grandmother to many grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great-great grandchildren, preceded in death by her five children Pamela, Joseph, Ricky, Eddie, Danny, three sisters &...
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Georgia J. Kosmoski

April 10, 1943 - August 8, 2017

Dr. Georgia J. Kosmoski Ginger age 74 of St. John, IN passed away August 8,2017, she is survived by two sons Jeffrey (Andra) Kosmoski, Joe (Shela) Kosmoski, six grandchildren Evan, Ryan, Greg, Tyler, Carina, Jake, special friend Peg Whitaker, preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents Victor & Helen Cornea. Funeral services will be held Saturday August 12,2017;10:30 Am at Kuiper...
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Allen Lee Osborne

October 3, 1963 - August 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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LoAnn L. Schroeder

August 19, 1932 - August 6, 2017

LoAnn L. Schroeder age 84 of Highland, IN passed away August 6,2017; she is survived by her husband Russell, three children Michael(Kim) Schroeder, Paula Volkmann, Ken (Jackie) Schroeder, daughter-in-law Debbie Schroeder, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, preceded in death by her son David, daughter Cathie Janeway. Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 9 ,2017, 12:00 Noon at...
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Lester Eugene Christian

February 17, 1969 - August 5, 2017

Lester "Eugene" Christian, age 48, of Hammond, IN passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017. He is survived by his children: Joshua, Zachary, Cody and Chloe Christian; father, Jerry (Rose) Mahan; former spouses, Janet Craig-Christian and Rebecca Tomlinson; girlfriend, Amanda Gullang; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Venzor. Eugene was employed with the...
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Isabell P. Stuckert

June 18, 1935 - August 5, 2017

Isabell P. Stuckert (nee Wright), age 82, of Lowell, formerly of Highland, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017. She is survived by her three children: Irene (Gordon) Schontube of Lowell, Daniel (Leanne) Stuckert of Missouri City, TX and Michael (Tina) Stuckert of Valparaiso; eight grandchildren: Stephen (Michelle) Anderson, Sean (Jaclyn) Anderson, Christopher Anderson, J.P. Stuckert, Kelly...
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Mjoriel J. VanVleet

October 29, 1941 - August 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Michael D. Connell

September 1, 1950 - August 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Russell Gearman

July 10, 1936 - July 31, 2017

Russell Gearman Jr., age 81, of Hammond, IN passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. He is survived by his four children: Russell Gearman III, Suzanne Kraly, Leisa (Robert) Cosgrove-Murray and David Gearman; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and mother of his children, Sally R. Pena. Mr. Gearman was preceded in death by his parents: Russell and Elizabeth Gearman; son in law, John Kraly Jr.;...
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Derrick James Barham

October 23, 1982 - July 25, 2017

Derrick James Barham age 34 of Houston TX, formerly of Griffith, IN passed away July 25, 2017. He is survived by his two children, Tyler & Hanna Barham, his parents Olin & Debra Barham, five brothers & sisters, Tianna (Jimmy) Burroughs, Justin (Taylor) Barham, Tanner Barham (Jessica), Payton Lindahl, Miranda Lindahl, aunt Portia Barham-Hubbard who will be speaking at the visitation,...
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Dale Wayne Guinn

July 24, 1961 - July 24, 2017

Dale Wayne Guinn, 56, of Schererville, IN passed away on July 24, 2017. He is survived by his Daughter, Kara Guinn, his Mother, Doris Guinn, Siblings Dixie (Marvin) Balsley, Jim (Debbie) Guinn, Connie (Brian) Isom, Perry (JoAnn) Guinn and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his Father, Fay Guinn. Dale was a proud employee of US Steel for many years. He cherished his two fur babies,...
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Mary Ann Baker

August 17, 1939 - July 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Victoria T. Ortiz

May 18, 1936 - July 14, 2017

Victoria T. Ortiz, 81, of Crown Point, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 14, 2017. She is survived by her loving children, Dominic (Melissa), Mario (Todd), Mark, and Maria, Grandchildren Rosendo, Collin, C.J., and Phoebe, as well as several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her loving husband Roman Ortiz, and brothers and sisters. Victoria was a member of the...
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Adam Michael Hallahan

July 1, 1983 - July 9, 2017

Adam Michael Hallahan age 34 of Schererville, IN passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 9, 2017; Adam is survived by his parents Jim & Christine; two sisters Brooke (Brad) Murzyn, Lauren Hallahan; the loves of his life Chloe & Austin, the pride and joy of his life, Wrigley; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10:30 AM at St....
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Erma T. Barth

October 18, 1929 - July 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Raymond J. Matusiak

August 11, 1940 - July 4, 2017

Raymond Matusiak, 76, of Dyer, passed away on July 4, 2017. Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life of 36 years: Sandra, former wife: Rosemary, children: Dianne, Kristin (Charlie), Grandchildren: Brandon (Jessica), Alyssa (Manny), Casey, Allison, Josh and Kaitlyn, Great-Grandchildren: Isabella and Lincoln, and Brother: Jim (Betsy). Preceded in death by siblings: Robert, Jolayne and...
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Ricky Groves

September 19, 1957 - July 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Jeffrey Matthew DeWier

March 2, 1955 - June 26, 2017

On Monday, June 26, 2017, we lost our Best Friend, Husband, Father, Papa, Uncle, Father-in-law, Riding Buddy, Mr. Know-it-All, Historian, and recipient of BP's Diversity Award. It was a sudden and unexpected, traumatic aortic rupture. Live each day to the fullest; with love, hope, and peace. He is survived by his true love of 35 years Patti/Trish/Tata; his wonderful children and the joy of his...
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Kristen J. Elliott

September 1, 1975 - June 21, 2017

Kristen J. Elliott, age 41, of Hammond passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Elliott and her nephew, Adam Dyczko. Left to cherish her memory is her Fiancé Jimmy Martinez; children, Jose Iglesias, Rayna Martinez and Jade Martinez; Mother, Gail Elliott; sisters, Patricia (Brian) Saule, Dana (Chuck) Dyczko; Aunts and Uncles, Valerie (Dan),...
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Marlene Hull

November 13, 1956 - June 16, 2017

Marlene Hull (nee Cobb), 60, of Hammond, went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Maybelle Cobb, and Sisters Brenda Taucher and Diane Smith. Left to cherish her memory are her Husband Dale Hull, Sisters Joyce (Timothy) McAllister, Betty (William) Orr, Nieces Laurie (Kevin) Hussey, Barbara (Scott) Whiting, Nephews George (Theresa) Smith and...
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Rose Louise LaBuda

September 29, 1927 - June 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Mary George

July 17, 1913 - June 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Allan L. Urbahns

June 26, 1938 - June 9, 2017

Allan L. Urbahns, age 78, of Hammond, IN passed away Friday, June 9, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Ellon; five children: Michael Urbahns, Nancy Urbahns, Charlene Watson, Brian (Glenda) Urbahns and Jessica (Doug) Hayes; seventeen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Paul (Dawn) Urbahns; and sister, Carol Stephens. Mr. Urbahns was preceded in death by his...
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Hannah L. Cullen

March 22, 2010 - June 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Amber L. Fitzgerald

August 2, 1971 - June 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Bonnie R. Sowles

March 17, 1949 - June 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Bob L. Daniels

June 10, 1940 - June 4, 2017

Robert "Bob" Daniels age 76 of Crown Point, IN passed away June 4, 2017; he is survived by three children David (Melissa) Daniels, Doug (Jennifer) Daniels, Donna (Jason) Hendrickson, seven grandchildren, one sister Elenor Craig, nieces and nephews, preceded in death by his one sister Doris Daniels, one brother Jim Daniels, granddaughter Megan Daniels. Funeral services will be held Saturday...
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Phyllis J. Washington

August 18, 1930 - May 31, 2017

Phyllis J. Washington (nee Mills), of Highland, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Larry Washington, Children: Ron (Kelly) Washington, Gary Washington, and Patti (Dave) Neidow, Grandchildren: Cody (Kristie), Madison, Brian, Scott (Celia), Matt and Julie. Phyllis was a graduate of Hammond High School in 1948. She was a devout member...
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Joyce C. Freed

November 13, 1937 - May 25, 2017

Joyce C. Freed, age 79, of Valparaiso, IN formerly of the Mishawaka and South Bend Area, born November 13, 1937, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on May 25, 2017 after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her children, Sharon (Jim) Cumming of Florida, Penny (Glenn) Shank of Missouri, Ted W. Carlson III of South Bend, and John W. Carlson, Sr. of Mishawaka. She is also...
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Gerald F. Kolb

August 1, 1923 - May 18, 2017

Gerald F. Kolb, 93, of Highland/Schererville passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He is survived by his son; Chris Kolb, grandchildren; Christal (Skip) Seeger, Courtney (Todd) Woodruff, Rachel Kolb, and Chelsea (Conor) Smith, 4 great-grandchildren, brother; Virgil (Lois) Kolb, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jeanne, parents; Michael and Mayme Kolb,...
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Ben Snyder

July 30, 1926 - May 12, 2017

Ben Snyder, age 90, of Highland, IN passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. He is survived by his loving daughter, Debra (Herman) Hammonds; two granddaughters: Kimberly (Tom) Spencer and Sandra (Mat) Ernst; five great grandchildren: Clayton, Jessica, Brooklyn, Griffin and Emily; sister, Betty Neilson; brother in law, Robert (Susan) Menke; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by...
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Debra Sue Watson

August 31, 1964 - May 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, IN.
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Dorothy M. Wells

August 6, 1924 - May 2, 2017

Dorothy Wells, age 92, of Hobart, Indiana passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017. She is survived by her children, Jim (Lisa) Wells, Eugene (Daria) Wells, William Wells, Douglas (Cathy) Wells, Twala (Karl) Tarne, Beverly (Stephen) Cummings, and Grandson Robert Wells, Jr. who she raised like a child of her own. She was a proud Grandma of 14 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, and an Aunt to many...
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Wilma Y. Payne

April 26, 1933 - April 26, 2017

Wilma Y. Payne, age 84, of Hammond, IN, formerly of Hazel Green, AL passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017. She is survived by her brother, Jerry (Sharon) Payne; sister in law, Ethel Payne; niece, Christa Cook; six nephews: Donald W. Payne Jr., Thomas Payne, Michael Payne, Kelly (Kathy) Payne, Jerry K. (Kristina) Payne and Joe (Susan) Payne; fourteen great nieces and nephews; and three great great...
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Betty L. Haag

February 15, 1933 - April 22, 2017

BETTY L. HAAG (NEE SCHEIVE) HIGHLAND, IN Betty L. Haag (nee Scheive) age 84 of Highland, IN passed away April 22, 2017. She is survived by son, Arthur (Ellen) Haag; daughter, Linda Haag; one grandson, Glenn Haag; one brother, Ron (Jerri) Scheive; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday April 27, 2017, 10:00 AM at Kuiper Funeral Home Kevin Groben, Minster officiating,...
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Victoriano Morales

January 12, 1923 - April 21, 2017

VICTORIANO MORALES Born January 12, 1923, Weir, TX, passed away, Friday, April 21, 2017 in North Port, FL. Victor is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Olga Cavazos Morales and his oldest son, PFC Victor Hugo Morales, U.S.M.C. He is survived by seven children: Ramiro (Cheryl) Morales, Jenny (Tom) Holaday, Irma (Jeff) Rutkowski, Raquel (Brian) Rotz, Angel (Ruth) Morales, Juan Manuel ...
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Susan D. McCloud

July 12, 1958 - April 19, 2017

Susan "Maw-Maw" McCloud, age 58, passed away on April 19, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, John McCloud; Daughters: Angelique McCloud (Steve Forman), Malissa McCloud, and Justina Slemin (Robert Slemin III); Grandchildren: Erica Goodson, Matthew Goodson, Whyatt McCloud, Mia Slemin, Meadow Slemin, Ferris Slemin, Kyle Ashlock and Ethaniel Boyd; her Mother, Sue Wright (VanLaningham...
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