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Services set for Eleanor P. Valadez

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Longtime local resident Eleanor P. Valadez died on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. She was 74.

Born on May 13, 1935, in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Miguel and Pasquala (Ramirez) Alva.

She is survived by her husband, Victor Valadez; daughter Vickie Lipniskis and son-in-law Paul of Chesterton; son Victor of Queens, New York; Michael of Chesterton; grandchildren Sarah and Renee Lipniskis and Alana and Michael Valadez, all of Chesterton; sisters Dolores Barto, Amelia Wagner, and Elizabeth Mack, all of Johnstown, Pa.; sister-in-law Mary Louise Bove of West Grove, Pa.; brother-in-law Michael Valadez of Gambrills, Md.; sister-in-law Leah Valadez of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister-in-law Gloria Miller of Silver Springs, Md.; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her brother Robert Alva died in 2003.

Eleanor graduated Johnstown High School in 1953. In 1955, she was the winner of the AMVETS Andrews Flores Post 171 Beauty Pageant, later serving as president and historian of that same post and receiving several awards throughout the years. She later married on April 9, 1957. After having three children, the Valadez family moved to Chesterton in 1969.

In 1974, Eleanor quickly established herself in the St. Patrickís Catholic Community as a teacherís aid in the art department at the elementary school where her sons were attending, eventually serving 18 years as the head of the department. In addition, Eleanor taught English as a Second Language for the Portage Adult Learning Center, encouraging students from other countries to apply for their citizenship exam.

In 1987, Eleanor became one of the ten founding members of the LULAC Duneland Council No. 5016, where she later served as Deputy State Director for the Elderly for four years. In her role, she dedicated her efforts to ensure equal rights for the Hispanic elderly and helping them attain citizenship.

As a LULAC member, Eleanor also organized bake sales, taco luncheons at Hawthorne Park, in addition to preparing and selling meat, beans, pierogies, and nut rolls. For her efforts, Eleanor raised more than $100,000, providing over 100 scholarships to local area students.

In 2005, Eleanor was inducted into the National LULAC Womenís Hall of Fame. She was passionate in every aspect of her life, and an inspiration to each and every person she met.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 4, at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial, concelebrated by Fr. Lawrence Heeg and Fr. James Meade, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery Valparaiso.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic School or the Porter County Cancer Society.

For information please call White-Love at 926-1309.

 

 

Posted 1/4/2010