Chesterton Tribune


Services Monday for Rita Blakley

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Rita C. Blakley, age 80 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Valparaiso, Ind.

She was born March 9, 1932 in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Arthur James and Jessie (Lantham) Porter, both of whom preceded her in death.

Rita was married in April 1950 to Charles O’Brien, who passed away in August 1963.

She was also preceded in death by her second husband, George Blakley, in 2010.

Rita is survived by her sons, Craig (Kelly) O’Brien, Daniel (Anna) O’Brien and Edward Blakley, all of Chesterton; daughters, Pamela (Michael) Daly of Valparaiso, Ind., Debbie (Ian) Grant of Chesterton, and Diane (Roger) Dodrill of Valparaiso, Ind.; sister, Hazel Porter of Owensboro, Ky.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, James, William and George Porter; sisters, Martha Pierce and Cecelia Porter; and granddaughter, Rachel Phillips.

Rita was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Chesterton Women of the Moose and the Chesterton American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with Father James Meade officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice Center of Porter County.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 11/9/2012