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Susan Tokoly dies at age 92

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Susan Tokoly, age 93, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Friday December 16, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. in Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City.

She was born August 19, 1918 in Nokomis, Illinois to the late Mike and Susan (Tomko) Buchko. On January 23, 1939 in Michigan City, she married the late Albert Tokoly, Sr.

Surviving are two daughters, Elaine (James) Wozniak of Lake Kiowa, Texas and Margaret (Edward) Bruemmer of Westville, IN; two sons, Albert J. (Sharon) Tokoly, Jr. of Michigan City, Indiana and Michael (Alice) Tokoly of Chesterton, IN; eight grandchildren, Kathy (Andrew) Wynn, John (Sandy) Wozniak, Kelly (Rob) Rothermel, Jennifer (Byron) Hurtg, Jason (Nikki) Bruemmer, Jonathan (Brandi) Bruemmer, Julia Bruemmer and Lauren Tokoly; five great-grandchildren, Brian Wozniak, David Wozniak, Jordan Hurt, Jasmyn Hurt, Camden Bruemmer; and sister Ann Stainko of Chesterton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Heselton, and very close and dear friend Francis Kubik, M.D.

Susan M. Tokoly was an outstanding citizen of Michigan City for over seven decades. She was well known and loved by her neighbors and friends. Sue was a founding member of the Michigan City Women's Democratic Club, who awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. She was still a very active member of that organization. She was an active parishioner of Queen of All Saints Church, where she was involved with the Rosary Sodality. She has held numerous offices and positions in the organization, including President. She also played and instrumental role in the planning and running of the annual church festival for many years.

In the presence of many friends, family members, and prominent members of the Democratic Party, she was awarded the elite Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Joseph Kernan in April of 2004.

Sue enjoyed playing Bingo, baking and kitchen duties in general, and was a member of the Women of the Moose #935.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, with the Rev. Kevin Huber officiating. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, and 9:30 a.m. until Mass time Wednesday at the church. The Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Hospice, 1225 E. Coolspring Avenue, Suite 1-E, Michigan City, IN 46360, St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105 or to the American Cancer Society, 601 West Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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Posted 12/19/2011