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Former Town Board member Ronald Sabinske dies at 74

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Former Chesterton Board and Council member Ronald Owen Sabinske, 74, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born July 2, 1935, in Chesterton.

On May 18, 1962, in Edwardsburg, Mich., he married Helen L. McCormick, who survives in Chesterton.

He is also survived by a daughter, Betty M. Sabinske of Kokomo; a son, Robert F. Sabinske of Liberty Township; three siblings, Sharon Holley, Viola Piotroski, and Carl Hyde, all of Michigan City; a special cousin, Dianne Sabinske Justice of Chesterton; and special friends, Al and Marcia Gaston, Bill and Sharon Skalker, and Carroll “Gus” and Carol Gustafson, all of Chesterton.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Don Sabinske and Tom Hyde.

Ron was a 1953 graduate of Chesterton High School and served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. He worked as a supervisor at the Blast Furnace Division of U.S. Steel in Gary, with 42 years of service, and was on the first startup team of the 13th blast furnace at Gary Works.

From 1980 through 1987 he served on the Chesterton Board of Trustees and from 1992 to 1995 on its successor, the Chesterton Town Council. During his tenure he served as liaison to the Chesterton Police Department, Chesterton Fire Department, and Chesterton Park Board.

He belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Ron was also a member of Sand Creek Country Club and Chesterton Moose Lodge No. 1623. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan always proud of the fact that he and his fellow graduate Dick Newton were asked to try out for the Cubs, and a bowler, golfer, swimmer, baseballer, mushballer, and enjoyer of games of chance.

There will be no funeral service or visitation.

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W. 1100N, Chesterton, IN 46304.

Arrangements are under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton. For information call 926-1309.



Posted 12/14/2009