Debbie Berland, 55, of Valparaiso, formerly of Jackson Twp., passed away
April 20, 2009.
Born November 3, 1953 in Tonasket, Wash. the fourth child of six to Loren
and Gloria (Gonzales) Allen.
Debbie is survived by husband Larry Berland of Valparaiso; father, Loren
Allen of Spokane, Wash.; children; Erica Mahns of Indianapolis, Joshua
(Star) Mahns of Marion, Ky., Beth Berland of Valparaiso; brothers and
sisters; Donna (Leonard) Selvig of Escondito, Calif., Gerry (Carol) Allen of
Westville, Ron (Annette) Allen of Hobart, Lisa Allen of Spokane, Wash.;
grandchildren, Trenton Baker and Jacob Mahns and beloved friend Samantha
Sons of Portage.
Debbie was a graduate of Hobart High School and from there followed her
heart to find her passion and universe in the love and devotion for her
husband, Larry Berland and her three children and two grandchildren. Debbie
was a Girl Scout troop leader, loved crossword puzzles, music, reading,
travel, spending time with her grandchildren, Christmas and giving to
She was preceded in death by her mother and brother, Melvin Allen.
A funeral service Pastor Tim McGuire officiating will be at 11 a.m. Friday,
April 24, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.
Cremation will be at Heritage Crematory, Portage.
A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday April 23, at the funeral
Memorials for Debbie may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.