JoAnn A. Ortis, age 69, of Chesterton, Ind., passed away on Wednesday,
August 15, 2012 at her residence.
She was born on February 11, 1943 in Brewster, New York, to Valtine and
Winona (Carr) Sholar, both of whom preceded her in death.
JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Jenifer Ortis (fiancé Spencer Brumfield)
of Chesterton, Jodi Ortis (Scott Siewert) of Chesterton and Jaime (Randy)
Bobo of Chesterton; her four grandchildren, Sarah and Madison Ling and
Teagan and Thatcher Bobo; and her former husband and friend, Jerry Ortis of
She grew up in Hazelcrest, Illinois and moved to Chesterton to raise her
JoAnn worked as a billing account representative for Oce – USA, retiring in
2008. She was an extremely adoring mother and grandmother. She enjoyed
reading and loved to curl up with a great book.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012
from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at her daughter Jaime’s home, 990 Portage
Avenue, in Chesterton.
Cremation will take place at Heritage Crematory, Portage, Ind.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home.
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