Chesterton resident Jeannette E. DeKoker, 88, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at
the Life Care Center of Michigan City.
She was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Chesterton, the daughter of Jacob and Ellen
(Blink) Ton, who preceded her in death.
On Sept. 18, 1949, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Porter, she
married Larry DeKoker, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2007.
She is survived by three children, Dan (Suzi) DeKoker of San Diego, Calif.,
Dennis (Kim Janowski) DeKoker of Porter, and Marijo (Kevin) Novinger of
Michigan City; six grandchildren, Lesley DeKoker of Portland, Oreg., Chris
Kane of Phoenix, Ariz., Jesi (David) Potirus of Michigan City, Amanda (Tim)
Martin of San Diego, Sarah DeKoker of Valparaiso, and Jim DeKoker of
Phoenix; a great-granddaughter, Marley DeKoker of Lowell; a special niece,
Sue Poparad of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Emily Simmons of
Hollywood, Calif., and Alice Ton of Hamilton, Ohio; and many nieces and
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Ozzie Ton, Jake Ton, Steve Ton,
Swede Ton, Louie Ton, and Cooney Ton; and five sisters, Katherine Zieske,
Nellie DeLacy, Louella Betts, Wanda Poparad, and Johanna Boehm.
Jeannette was a long-time member of the Chesterton First United Methodist
Church, where she formerly belonged to the choir and was a member of the
Companions in Christ Bible Study Group and a very dedicated volunteer.
She was a former employee of the Les Pratt Store for Men in Chesterton,
during the war was employed at Wilbar Manufacturing, and most recently
worked on the cafeteria staff at Westchester Middle School.
Jeannette was a loving wife and a great mother and grandmother.
Funeral services, Pastor Cathy Allison officiating, are scheduled for 10
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Chesterton First United Methodist Church, 434 S.
Second St. in Chesterton, with burial to follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct., 16, at the
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton, and from 9 a.m. to
the time of service on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Chesterton First United Methodist Church.
For more information call White-Love at (219) 926-1309.