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Frank Sessa services Thursday

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Former Chesterton cobbler and Town Board president Frank Sessa passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the age of 72.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on December 10, 1941, to Federico and Mary (Chilleli) Sessa.

Frank is survived by two daughters, Kimberly (Matt Moore) Sessa of Orlando, Fla., and Cheryl (Doug) Highlan of Valparaiso, Ind.,; step sons Michael (Malissa) Valpatic of Portage, and Joe (Jamie) Valpatic of Arvada, Co. He was the proud grandfather of Avery and Mia Mortensen of Orlando, Zeke and Macy Highlan of Valparaiso, Devin and Emily Valpatic of Portage, and Ethan Valpatic of Arvada.

Surviving siblings are Charles Sessa of Phoenix, Ariz.; Fred (Lu) Sessa of Lake Wales, Fla.; Sarah Johnson, and Christine Sessa of Chicago, Ill. Jerry (Ron) Valdivia and Joy (Dan) Johnston were also very dear friends to Frank, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Federico Sessa; mother Mary (Chilleli) Sessa; former wife Rosie Sessa; and brother-in-law Bruce Johnson.

Frank was known around town for his contagious smile, gracious attitude, and kind heart. Frank’s family moved to Chesterton in 1977 from Riverdale, Ill. From that time on, he involved himself in many endeavors for his beloved town. His trade was shoe repair, but his passion was for politics and the people of the community. He served many years on the Chesterton Town Board, and took pride in being the liaison for the Chesterton Fire Department. He also served on the Porter County Police Merit Board for many years. He spent his free time landscaping his yard, walking his dog, enjoying nature, and playing cards.

A service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton. Guests will be encouraged to share their favorite short story about Frank.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Duneland Community Center.

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Posted 4/1/2014