Chesterton Tribune

Catherine Starkey services Thursday

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Catherine Starkey, 79, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011.

She was born November 7, 1931 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Tomo and Catherine (Skinner) Marak.

On April 15, 1951, she married Victor Starkey, who preceded her in death on January 17, 1995.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Bruce) Gropp of Chesterton, Larry (Evelyn) Starkey and Garry Starkey of Valparaiso, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and brother Thomas Marak of Kennewick, Washington.

Her parents, a brother Robert and a sister Dorothy Falls, also preceded her in death.

Catherine was a homemaker and a member of the Valparaiso United Methodist Church. She was active in the American Legion and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home, Rev. Kurt Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.

Memorial donations may be made to Catherine’s family.

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Posted 10/4/2011