Chesterton Tribune

Services set for Catherine Branham 87

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Catherine Branham, age 87 of Chesterton, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Valparaiso, Ind.

She was born February 5, 1924 in Valparaiso, to Henry E. and Hazel (Broad) Bockelmann, who preceded her in death.

She was married on May 29, 1946 in Liberty Township, to James O. Branham, who preceded her in death.

Catherine is survived by her sons, Robert (Peggy) Branham of Merrillville, and William (Mary) Branham of Chesterton; daughter-in-law, Judy Branham of Chesterton; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, James H. Branham.

Catherine was a member of the Republican National Committee and the Farm Bureau Leader Group and was also a 4-H Leader. Catherine helped out on the family farm while growing up and through her entire life, and worked at the steel mills in Gary during World War II. After marriage, Catherine worked at home taking care of her family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with Pastor John Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Posted 6/7/2011