Dorothy Ann (Shinners) Hayduk, 81, of Valparaiso and formerly of Chesterton
and Gary, died at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, on September 9, 2009.
Dorothy was born in Gary, March 8, 1928, the daughter of Mathew and
Elizabeth (Durkin) Shinners, both of whom preceded her in death.
On September 21, 1952, at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Gary, she
married Michael Hayduk, who preceded her in death in 1995.
Dorothy is survived by son, John of Valparaiso; son Dr. Michael (Trish) of
Munster; daughter, Elizabeth of Chicago; granddaughters, Aubrey Velasquez of
Highland and Matie Velasquez of Munster; great-granddaughter, Leona
Velasquez-Noel of Highland; brother Edward (Joan) Shinners of Murray, Ky.;
sister-in-law, Josephine Hayduk of Valparaiso; brother-in-law, Paul (Anne)
Sikora of Hobart; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and
great-nephews from around the country and Ireland.
She also was preceded in death by sister Mary Elizabeth Lazar,
daughter-in-law, Patricia (Cook) Hayduk, and brothers-in-law, Anthony Lazar
and Joseph Hayduk.
A lifelong Northwest Indiana resident who joyfully celebrated her
Irish-Catholic heritage, Dorothy grew up on Gary’s East Side, graduated from
St. Luke Catholic School and Emerson High School, and attended Indiana
University in Gary. She was a former employee of the Gary Screw and Bolt
Company, and the Dunes Bookstore and Westchester Public Library, both in
Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso and a
former parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton and Holy
Angels Cathedral and St. Luke Catholic Church, both in Gary. She was a
former member of the Omicron chapter of Pi Epsilon Kappa in Chesterton and
American Legion Post 270 Women’s Auxiliary in Gary.
The family will receive friends, from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13 at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, in Chesterton and a rosary
will be recited at 6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Meade at St.
Patrick Catholic Church, 638 North Calumet Road, Chesterton, Monday,
Sept.14, at 11 a.m., preceded by a short visitation at the funeral home at
10:30 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made in Dorothy’s name to the Westchester
Public Library in Chesterton.