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Barbara Louise Watts service Saturday

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Barbara Louise Watts, a longtime Portage resident, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012.

She was born on March 15, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Leo and Agnes Gaal.

She is survived by seven children, Charles Watts, Mary (Thomas) Goolik, Michele Balas, Richard (Debra) Watts, of Chesterton, Kurt (Carol) Watts, Steven (Cynthia Portney) Watts and Christopher Watts all of Northwest Indiana; grandchildren, Joseph and Brian Balas, Charles Watts Jr., Laura Theodorakos, Alexis and Natalie Goolik, Christen Watts, Nicholas Watts; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Carley, Megan and Brandon Balas, Lilith Watts, Atlas and Xander Theodorakos.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Watts, one sister, Leona Broom, one great-granddaughter, Arianna, and one daughter-in-law, Donna Watts.

She was a longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Church, where she also served as a Eucharistic Minister. She also took communion to people in their homes. Barbara worked for many years in the office at St. Francis Xavier School. She was a lifelong Cubs fan. Barbara loved gardening, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her dog, Gunner, and her faith.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning with 9:30 a.m. with prayers at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage and proceeding to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Eduardo Malagon officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Portage.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer vigil at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel.

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Posted 10/30/2012