Chesterton Tribune

William R. Arndt dies at 76

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William R. Arndt, of Chesterton, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, Valparaiso. He was 76.

He was born January 27, 1932 in Mishawaka the son of William V. and Anna M. (Bechinski) Arndt, both of whom preceded him in death.

On June 29, 1957 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, he married Dorothy Masterton, who survives.

He is also survived by six children, Stephen Arndt of Michigan City, Nadine (Mike) Fetla, Raymonda “Ronda” (John) Doyle, Roberta (Tom) Albertson and Theron (Katina) Arndt, all of Chesterton and Colleen (Daryl) Scharfenberg of Ironton, Ohio; two sisters and two brothers, Mary Frame, Theresa Witek and Ronald Arndt, all of Chesterton, and John Arndt of Orlando, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Stephen S. and Christopher Arndt, Nicole Fetla, Sgt. Shawn Doyle, currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, Jeremy Doyle, Benjamin, Emily and “Little” Bill Albertson, Ashley, Megan and Ian Scharfenberg and three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Olivia and Emily Arndt.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ann Charlson.

William graduated from Jackson Twp. High School in 1950 and served with the U.S. Army from 1952-54. He had farmed with his father in Jackson Twp. most of his life and had also worked many years at Talos Brass Factory in Chesterton, where he met his wife. William was currently a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Otis and was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s parish in Chesterton. He was a talented woodworker and had donated many of these handcrafted items to his church and other charitable organizations in the area.

Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory, a memorial mass, Fr. Jerry Schweitzer and Fr. Kevin McCarthy officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Center, 1511 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso.

The family will greet friends from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Center. A private interment of ashes will take place at a later date in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chesterton.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund, 101 N. Church St., Otis. .


Posted 1/31/2008