Chesterton resident Genevieve Francis (Pluta) Brueckheimer passed away
Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 82.
She was born in Michigan City on Jan. 29, 1928, the daughter of Ignatius and
Agatha Pluta, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded by five
brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by daughters Connie Ellefson (husband Tom), Brenda
Brueckheimer and Bobbie Bower (Tim), all of Chesterton; sons Terry (Lupe) of
Chesterton and Craig Brueckheimer of Hohenwald, Tenn.; sister Antionette
Yagelski (Stan) Yagelski of Chesterton; and brother Steve Pluta (Judy) of
She loved her 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In her younger
years, Jean was an avid bowler and worked as a seamstress at R-Kay Garment
in Chesterton. She also sewed wedding and bridal wear and adult Halloween
costumes. Her best love was her time spent cooking in local restaurants and
her family meals. One never left her home hungry. Her homemade pies and
cookies were a treat for all. In her most recent years she enjoyed playing
dice and pinochle. She maintained a huge garden and would can almost
everything she could get her hands on. She was a member of the American
Legion, VFW and St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was also a cancer survivor
and participated in the local Relay for Life events. She will be greatly
missed by her entire family.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at the
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton with Father Terry
Bennis officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 8
p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at