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Claudia Ann Klich dies at 66

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Claudia Ann Klich (Shingler), of Valparaiso, died late Sunday night, July 20, 2008 in Valparaiso after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 66.

She was born Oct. 29, 1941 in Gary, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Shingler, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was married to Gerald J. Klich, her husband of 43 years, who survives.

She is also survived by five children, Joseph Klich (Michele Haryasz), Michael (Mary) Klich, Beth (Noel) Ellis, Debra Klich, Diane (Lawrence) Angel and eight granchildren, Andrew Angel, of Chesterton, Nashell, Mike, Alex, Claire, Sean, Katie, and Benjamin.

Claudia held three things most dear to her: faith, family, and community. As a woman of extreme faith she dedicated much of her time to her church, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and taught religious education classes. She also became an associate to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Watching the sunset on the lake with Jerry, preparing for holiday gatherings, and spoiling her grandchildren were among her favorite pastimes.

Throughout her life she was actively involved in bettering her community. Countless volunteer hours were given to those in need as well as to Duneland and Portage school systems. To friends and family she was known for her gift of hospitality and bright smile. Over three years ago, she bravely took up the cross of being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. Time and time again she amazed doctors and friends as she miraculously overcame every obstacle put before her.

Sunday was spent at home surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren. True to her spirt she left on a beautiful Sunday night after praying the Rosary and while holding her daughter’s hand. Three last breaths and she quietly slipped away. She will be remembered for her courage, strength, and deep faith.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Douglas Mayer officiating, will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Parrish at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24. Burial following service at Heritage Cemetery, Portage.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 3 until 8 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN 46368 with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

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Posted 7/22/2008