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James Merritt Love service Monday, November 10

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James Merritt Love, age 66 of Chesterton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

He was born on September 1, 1948 in Gary, IN, to Merritt Love Jr., who preceded him in death, and Dolores Barnes-Love, who survives in Lowell, IN.

On October 1, 1983 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Lowell, IN, he married his best friend, Donna Kalvaitis-Love who survives in Chesterton. Also surviving is his loving daughter, Mary Kathryn Margaret Love of Chesterton and her boyfriend whom he loved like a son, Kynan Wallace of Chesterton. Also surviving is his sister, Charlene (Jay) Mario of Chesterton, his special aunt, Helen Loncaric of Valparaiso and many funeral home coworkers and close friends whom he loved like family. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Jim was co-owner of the White-Love Funeral Home with his wife, Donna since 1988. He received his 40 year pin commemorating 40 years of service as a funeral director in the state of Indiana. Jim was also a member of the Calumet Masonic Lodge #279, Indiana Funeral Directors Association and board member of the Chesterton Cemetery Association. He was a graduate of Vincennes University, attended Indiana University and was a 1970 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he received the National Board Certificate.

Jim will always be remembered for his genuine, caring heart and sense of humor.

A celebration of life and a service of thanksgiving for Godís unending love for Jim will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. at his home, White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, with some of Jimís clergy friends officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic Service at 6 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. with Father Meade officiating on Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to local Chesterton churches. We are so grateful for the love and support they have given to us through the years.

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Posted 11/7/2014