Chesterton Tribune

Sheila Midkiff dies at age 69

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Sheila Midkiff, age 69 of Chesterton, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, Ind.

She was born June 5, 1942 to Louis and Carmen (Petersen) Clapack, both of whom preceded her in death.

Sheila is survived by her daughters, Stephanie (Jeff) Joll of Valparaiso and Chris Brandt of Porter; grandchildren, Ethan and Sophia Joll and Marrin and Miranda Brandt; step-mother, Germaine Clapack; step-sister, Micheline Beattie; special friends, the Verheage and Antone families; and cat and special companion, Stormy.

Sheila was a teacher at Yost Elementary School for 25 years. She loved teaching and was active in tutoring after retirement. She was an avid reader and loved the Blues. She was an awesome mother and grandmother.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with Father Jerry Schweitzer officiating.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions for Sheila may be made to the VNA Hospice Center of Porter County.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 11/9/2011