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Evelyn Mae Samuelson dies at 87

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Evelyn Mae Samuelson, age 87 of Porter, IN, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in Chesterton.

She was born on June 1, 1922 in Valparaiso, the daughter of William T. and Hazel Mae (Woodman) Ehlers Sr., both of whom preceded her in death.

Mae is survived by her daughters, Judy (Carl) Freeze, Suzanne (Paul) Clemens and Audrey (Don) Arnold; daughter-in-law, Sandy Samuelson; step-sons, Bruce (Nancy) Garrett and Brian (Pat) Garrett; sisters, Mabel Brainard and Helen Hess; grandchildren, Les (Nancy) Arnold, Laura (Terry) Dull, Helen Ann (J.D.) Ward, Darren and Guy Dickey, David (Amy) Little, Kim (George) Werner, Lt. Col. Becky Freeze, Mandy Rickard, and Sara and Michael Clemens; great-grandchildren, Jorie (Kevin) Furman, Jenna and Josh Arnold, Brett (Heather) Dull, Courtney (fiancˇ Steve Georgion) Dull, John and Angela Ward, Bradley, Crystal and Aaron Dickey, Daniel, Tyler, Jacob and Levi Dickey, Aiden and Emily Little, Tony Werner and Jordan Kiner; great-great-grandchildren, Trey Georgion and Bryce Furman; many nieces, nephews and close friends; and childhood friend, Jeanette DeKoker.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Garrett in 1945; second husband, Carl Leslie Samuelson in 1992; son Carl George Samuelson; sisters, Margaret BoBo, Mildred Sexton and Pauline Ehlers; brothers, William “Bud” Ehlers, Leroy Gaston and Milton Danderson; and great-granddaughter, Brandi Dickey.

Mae was a lifelong area resident. She was a member of Porter United Methodist Church and was a member of the Women’s Society at Porter United Methodist Church. She worked as a Cashier at National T Grocery and was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, driving fast, summers at their cottage in the UP, playing cards, Couples Club, Secret Pal and circles at church, wordsearch puzzles and embroidery work.

Funeral services, Pastor G. Thomas Jones officiating, will be at 11a.m. Monday, September 14, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Interment will follow at Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, September 13 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Porter United Methodist Church, 100 E. Beam St., Porter, IN 46304, or the VNA Horton Hospice Center of Porter County, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.


Posted 9/10/2009