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Former Chesterton High School English teacher and Chesterton resident, Carol Lee Cordes Gastevich died February 21, 2002 at her home in Lincoln Park, Chicago, following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She was 68.

She was born May 11, 1933 in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of Albert K. and Elizabeth Lee (Hawkins) Cordes.

She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Lee (Adele Schlotzhauer) Gastevich; sons, Vladimir (Dorothea) Gastevich, Jr. and Eric Tanas (Catherine Nardi) Gastevich; grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas and Olivia Gastevich, Eric II, Benjamin and Natalie Gastevich and a brother, Albert K. Cordes, Jr.

She was a real estate appraiser since 1986, she owned her own company and was one of few women to attain the MAI certification. She received her BA from the University of Louisville in 1957 and her MA from Valparaiso University in 1972. She taught high school English in both Gary and Chesterton before moving to Chicago. She began her real estate career in 1976 and became vice president of Pearson Funding, an American Invsco subsidiary, prior to forming her own real estate appraisal company.

A fixture in her Lincoln Park neighborhood, she walked the beach and Lincoln Park Conservatory every morning for 25 years. She lived near her sons and grandchildren and enjoyed their frequent visits to their “Gom.” She traveled extensively with her daughter over the last 10 years.

She gifted her body for medical research.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation, 44 Glen Ave., Newton, MA 02459, to further research for a cure to ALS.


Posted 2/25/2002



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