Gayle S. Polakowski,
age 67 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
She was born on
December 24, 1946 in Valparaiso, IN, to Charles and Virginia (Maguire)
She was married to
John N. Polakowski on April 12, 1969, who survives of Chesterton.
She is also
survived by her son, Erik (Ann) Polakowski of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Sara
(Jack) Sharp of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; grandchildren, Tristan and Hayden
Polakowski and Erin and Kyler Sharp; cousins, Douglas Bateman of Granger, IN
and Michael Maguire of Philadelphia, PA; aunt, Marilyn (Jim) Snodgrass of
Urbana, VA, sisters-in law, Joanne (Don) Cade of Port of the Islands, FL and
Molly Rakochy of Gary, IN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her parents and brother, Barry Bateman.
Gayle served the
Town of Chesterton as its Clerk-Treasurer for 25 years and retired on
December 31, 2013. She was a longtime Rotarian, Past President of
Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club and received an Honorary Membership in June
2013. She was a Duneland Chamber of Commerce board member from 1987 through
1994. She was past president of Indiana Association of Cities and Towns,
Northern Indiana Public Transportation Commission and Chesterton Soccer Club
and vice chairman of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
Gayle was a lifelong area resident and a member of First United Methodist
Church. For over 20 years she served as the Republican vice-committeeman of
Precinct 3 in Westchester Township and was a member of Beta Gamma Upsilon
Sorority, Alpha Rho chapter in Chesterton.
She received many
awards including the 1990 Duneland Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, Chamber
Community Leadership Award in 1998, Outstanding Rotarian of the Year
1991-1992, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary, and received the Ed Pearson
Memorial Award in 1992. The NWI Times honored her in 1998 as one of Porter
County’s 10 Influential Women of the Year.
will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304, with Rev. Terry
Rhine officiating. Memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the
time of services at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
may be made to VNA Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN, 46383, or The
Town of Chesterton, 1490 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304.
may be left for the family at