Thomas E. Pliske of Chesterton passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010 in
Valparaiso. He was 89.
Born August 12, 1920 in Chesterton, he was the son of Walter and Veronica (Demorotski)
Pliske, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 25, 1948 in Chicago, he married
Dorothy E. Fischer, who preceded him in death in 1986.
He is survived by his son, Paul Pliske of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Joyce
(husband Robert) Haas of Chesterton; brother, John Pliske; grandchildren
Nicholas (wife Janelle) Haas, Thomas (Erica) Haas and Emily Haas; great
granddaughter, Annebell; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his brothers Herman, Walter, Clem, Alex and
James Pliske and sisters Laurie Brandt and Eleanor Shooter.
Tom was a lifelong area resident and was a dedicated member of St. Patrick
Catholic Church. He was a carpenter and owner of T. Pliske Construction. He
joined the Chesterton Fire Department in 1938 and was a charter member of
the Chesterton Moose Lodge #1623, a member of the VFW Porter Post 2511 and
the American Legion Chesterton Post 170. He was also a lifelong member of
the Carpenters Union Local 1485. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army in October,
1941 and served as Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War
II. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the Philippines and was the
recipient of two bronze stars. He enjoyed beekeeping and was a devoted
family man. He liked to play cards and was one of the original owners of the
Chesterton Feed and Garden Store.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton, with Rev.
Father Lawrence Heeg officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with a wake service at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Chesterton Volunteer Fire Department, 702
Broadway, Chesterton, IN. www.EE-FH.com