Edna Mae Nadratowski, of Chesterton, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 in
Valparaiso. She was 95.
She was born May 5, 1913 in Valparaiso the daughter of William and Mary (Affeld)
Steinhagen, both of whom preceded her in death.
On Dec. 2, 1932 in Michigan City, she married John J. Nadratowski, who
preceded her in death in April 1956.
She is survived by a son, James (Joan) Nadratowski of Chesterton; a daughter,
Phyllis (late Edward) Payne, of Chesterton; grandchildren, John (Susan)
Nadratowski, James Nadratowski, William (Linda) Nadratowski, Debra (Jim)
Reuther, Jamie (Karl) Dagostaro and Cheryl (John) Gillikin; 14
great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, John, Edward and Clarence
Steinhagen and sisters, Elsie Lowe, Mabel Engelson, Ann Schwinn and Mary
Jankowski. She was also preceded by grandchildren, Laurel and Valarie Payne.
Edna was a lifelong area resident and a member of St. Patrick Catholic
Church. She was a member of the Ladies Rosary Society and was very active in
devotional work in her church. Edna worked as a seamstress, and also worked
as a welder at Pullman Standard, helping to manufacture troop cars during
World War II. She worked there until they closed.
She also worked for Talos Manufacturing until their closure and then at
Electroseal, when she retired to take care of her grandchildren and great
grandchildren at her own Grammie School.
A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. James Meade officiating and Fr. Terry Bennis
con-celebrating, will be at noon, Thursday, Aug. 21 at St. Patrick Catholic
Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd. Chesterton. Interment will follow at St. Patrick
Catholic Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with prayers at
11:30 a.m., prior to going to church, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517
Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of Porter County and/or Masses to St.
Patrick Catholic Church.