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Alice J. Dranger service set for Monday

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Alice J. Dranger, age 88, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away October 20, 2011 at her home.

She was born August 27, 1923 in Chicago, Ill., to Anthony J. and Theresa A. (Jakubczak) Buza, both of whom preceded her in death.

She graduated from Bowen High School in 1941. She was married to T/Sgt. Steve T. Dranger on June 12, 1943.

They previously resided in Oaklawn, Chicago and South Holland, Illinois.

Alice is survived by her sons, Thomas Dranger (wife, Maureen Garry), Phillip Dranger (wife, Jean Sutherland), Mark Dranger (wife, Paula Kavadas); daughter, Phyllis Dranger; grandchildren, Stephanie, Heather, Tad, Elizabeth, James, Stephen, Alice, Andrea, Erin and Theresa; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, Carolyn Laurinas (husband, Kenneth) and Rita Ann Moulton and nephew/Godson, Jerome Badeusz (wife, Patricia).

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steve T. Dranger in 1971 and husband, Joseph Navta in 1992; brothers, Lee Buza and Harry Buza and sister, Dorothy Badeusz.

Alice was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She enjoyed sports and was a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Alice was active in the YMCA in South Chicago, where she taught swimming. She was President of the Mendel High School Mothers Club in 1961 and President of the National Association of Banking Women (NABW) in 1987. She was a Vice President at South Holland Trust and Savings Bank and retired in 1991. Later, after moving to Chesterton, Indiana, she was actively employed at the Duneland YMCA.

Mass will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Ind. Private family burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Ill.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 10/21/2011