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Clem Kosmatka dies at 90

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Clem A. Kosmatka, of Chesterton, passed away Friday April 18, 2008 at The Waters of Duneland Health Care Center in Chesterton. He was 90.

He was born on March 9, 1918 in Otis, the son of John and JoAnn (Stahoviak) Kosmatka, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Oct. 5, 1946 in Chesterton, he married Wilma Hineline, who preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 1987.

He is survived by his sons, Dennis Kosmatka of Minneapolis Minn., and Donald (Gina) Kosmatka of Hobart; daughters, Jerilyn Heck and Joyce Dietz (John Burton) both of Hobart, and Gayle Kosmatka of Chesterton; grandchildren, Colleen Bennett, Kevin Burton, Pam Smith, Stephen Burton and Stephanie Burton; 12 great grandchildren; brother Ben Kosmatka of Chesterton; sister in law, Ruth Kosmatka.

He was also preceded by brothers Lewis, Walter, Sylvester, Clarence and Raymond Kosmatka; sisters, Agnes Byers, and “Izzie” Kosmatka, grandson James Triantofolis.

Clem graduated from St. Patrick’s School in 1933 and Chesterton High School in 1937. He retired on July 1, 1980 from Inland Steel Company after 27 years of service as a Billet Stocker. He was a member of the Michigan City Moose Lodge #980, joining in 1946. He was a Past Governor, 25 Club Member and Ritual team member for 33 years and received the Fellowship Degree of Merit. Clem began giving blood to the Red Cross in 1960 and continued until 2001 giving over 10 gallons of blood. He belonged to Our Lady of Sorrows in South Haven, serving as usher and working the Friday Night Fish Fry. He also attended St. Patrick Church in Chesterton. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society-Seven Dolors Shrine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday April 22, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd. Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chesterton.

A visitation will from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008 with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. and a Moose service at 7 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

Memorials for Clem may be made to the American Red Cross either in monetary gift or blood donation.


Posted 4/21/2008