Caroline T. Zaparucha, 94, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at Whispering
Pines Nursing Home, Valparaiso.
She is survived by a son, Timothy (Judy) Zaparucha; daughters, Stephanie
(James) Miller of Chesterton, Carol (Zaparucha) Goldsmith and Mary Lou
(Robert) Judis; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen L. Zaparucha; father, John
Drag; mother, Anna (Kalemba) Drag; brothers, Walter (Kay) Drag, Mitchell (Alfreda)
Drag, John (Isabell) Drag and sister, Sasha Drag.
Caroline worked as a sewing machine operator for Bear Brand in Gary. After
she married, she was a homemaker and raised four children. In her 50s she
attended Purdue University and became a licensed practical nurse at Mercy
Hospital in Gary. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Gary, then
transferred to Nativity Parish in Portage. She belonged to the Nativity
choir that sang for funerals and she and Steve worked in the church kitchen
making pierogis for church festivals and fish fries.
Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Andrew Corona officiating, will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. Monday, July 27 at Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church, 2949
Willowcreek Road, Portage. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of
service at the Church Monday.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at Rees Funeral Home, Olson
Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., 762-3013 or online