Edmund J. Michalak, of Chesterton, formerly of Whiting, passed away
peacefully with family present Monday, March 17, 2008 at Porter Hospital
Valparaiso Campus, Valparaiso. He was 91.
He was preceded in death by his wife Regina.
He is survived by children, Robert of Redmond, Wash., Norbertine (Richard)
Balka of Hammond, and Gregory (Nancy) of Valparaiso; seven grandchildren,
Alana (Matt) McCoy, Duvall, Wash., Marlene (Mychal) Kempt, Beaverton, Ore.,
Monica (Paul) Biggers, Kirkland, Wash., Carolyn (Rick) Timko, St. Charles,
Ill., Kathleen (Frank) Lind, Boca Raton, Fla., Michael and Joseph Michalak,
Valparaiso; 12 great-grandchildren; Megan (Dustin) Crawford, Carnation,
Wash., Marcie McCoy, Carnation, Wash., Cody, Kyle, and Jacob Kempt,
Beaverton, Ore., Benjamin and Samuel Biggers, Kirkland, Wash., and Julia,
John, Kristen, Emma and Anna Timko, St. Charles, Ill., one great-great
grandchild, June Crawford, Carnation, Wash. and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Henry and a sister, Frieda.
Edmund graduated from East Chicago Washington High School, played clarinet
and saxophone with the Johnny Kaye Orchestra, was a retiree of Unilever and
past president of Unilever Retiree Club.
Edmund was also active in Unicorp Federal Credit Union for over 50 years
where he served as the president and on the Board of Directors for many
years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton and also
a life member of the Whiting Elks. He was a good neighbor, a great friend and
a sounding board to many people. He was a wonderful father, grandfather,
great grandfather and uncle. He never forgot birthdays, and anniversaries of
his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great, great
grandchild. He had a passion for fishing and loved his backyard birds. He was
compassionate, tender and generous, with a heart of gold.
For the entire course of his life, Edmund was devoted to the Catholic church.
He loved his religion, believing in it fervently and living it as best a man
could. He truly loved to fix and repair anything. He was an all around great
guy and will be deeply missed. Edmund will always be remembered as someone
who placed God and family first and who always had a warm smile.
Funeral Mass, Father Terry Bennis officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Monday,
March 24 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7132 Arizona, Hammond.
Visitation will be held in the Gathering Room from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment
will be private and will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Ill.
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton, handled arrangements.