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Elsie A Pallone Nee Kish obituary

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Elsie Anna Pallone, age 94, of Jackson Township, Ind., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.

She was born March 26, 1915, in Hammond, the daughter of Paul and Margaret Bagnor Kish, both of whom preceded her in death.

Elsie attended elementary school at Warren G. Harding in Hammond, Aylesworth school in Boone Grove from 1926 to 1929 where she and her family attended Boone Grove Christian Church. Elsie graduated from Hammond Tech in 1933 where she played the French horn in the national championship band, once under the direction of John Philip Souza.

On Nov. 9, 1935, in Hammond at All Saints Church, she married John Joseph Pallone, who preceded her in death in March of 1993.

Elsie is survived by three daughters: Bonnie Pallone of Chicago and Valparaiso, Kathie (late William) York of Jackson Township, and Maureen (Jerry) Alexander of Avon, Ind.

Also surviving are grandchildren Steven and Timothy York of Chesterton, Sean and Megan Alexander of Avon, Ind., Christopher York of Glasgow, Ky., and great-grandchildren David and Lily York of Valparaiso.

Also surviving are sisters Margaret (late John) Rauer of Largo, Fla., Sylvia (Larry) Tracy of Sun City West, Ariz.; brother Elmer (Adele) Kish of Sun City West; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her faithful companion “Foxy,” a little red Pomerarian.

Elsie was also preceded in death by siblings Paul, Joseph, Michael, Elizabeth, and Theresa who died in early childhood.

Elsie, her husband, and children lived in Calumet Township (Ross) from December 1937 until July 1957 and while there she was active in the PTA, serving as president of Calumet High, and was a Girl Scout leader for five years.

While living in Jackson Township, she belonged to the Toastmistress Club of Valparaiso, the Jackson Hilltoppers, Home Ec Club, and “Jackson Lunch Bunch” for over 20 years.

Elsie worked as a real estate agent and also taught piano.

She was an accomplished painter and metal sculptor. Elsie had a thirst for knowledge and took many credit courses at Indiana University Northwest in Gary over the years.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. from the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton. Interment will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given in Elsie’s memory to the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

For information please call White-Love Funeral Home at (219) 926-1309.

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