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Laurie Jane Schlueter dies at age 53

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Laurie Jane Schlueter, age 53, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the VNA Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso, after a courageous three and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on August 14, 1958, in Gary, to Edwin J. and Eleanor (Fedor) Wilczynski.

On October 14, 1978 in Griffith, Ind., Laurie married Jon Schlueter, who survives.

Also surviving are her mother and step father, Eleanor and Arnold Filis of Westville, Ind.; three sons, Andrew, Noah, and Devin all of Valparaiso; sister, Leslie (Rich) Kokesh of Chesterton; brother, Edwin D. Wilczynski; sisters-in-law, Joellen (Dave) Felix, Janet Salinas, Joy (Rich) Philip, Jane (Bob) Kuva, Jill (Art) Schlueter-Kim, and Jodi (Brian) Aurand; Godchildren, Ryan and Kevin Kokesh, Anna Philip, and Willa Kim; 20 nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and her loving dog and companion, Barley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Wilczynski; father and mother-in-law, Carl and Joan Schlueter; and brother-in-law, Santos Salinas, Jr.

Laurie worked for the family business, J and L Pool Service as a partner with her husband, Jon, and was a substitute teacher for Union Twp. Schools. She was very involved with her children in their scholastic, athletic, and extracurricular activities throughout their school years at Union Twp. Schools. She enjoyed gardening, her koi pond, reading, and cooking, but most importantly she loved her family.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 509 W. Division Rd., Valparaiso, with Fr. Doug Mayer officiating. Cremation will take place at Angelcrest Crematory, Valparaiso.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, and Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or the VNA Hospice 2401 Valley Dr., Valparaiso 46383.



Posted 4/23/2012