Jeanne A. Miller (83) born August 16, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter
of Harry B. and Marie (Carroll) Miller. Passed away Tuesday morning, October
21, after a short illness. Survived by siblings, Jacquelyn (Dale) Sterling,
Harry B. “Mic” Miller (Konnie Kuiper), Carole (Timothy E.) McCarthy and
adopted brother Jon (Joyce) Miller son of Jacquelyn Sterling and nieces and
nephews: Robert (Tammie) Sufana, Michelle M. (James) Searer, Melissa (Mike)
Johnson, Amanda Miller, Cynthia (Andrew) Herrold, Dale Sterling Jr., Colleen
McCarthy, Timothy McCarthy, Brian and Katie Miller, Brooke and Blake
Sterling, Katie and Kerry McCarthy, Michael Doyle, Michael III and Dominick
Doyle, Guy (Hannah Storbeck) Trueblood II, and Julianna, Nicholas, Tyler,
Brandon, and Alexx Sufana, Joseph, Emily and Lukas Searer, Whitney and
Abigail Herrold, Sarah Smith, Teagan Freeman, Cayden Carter, and Jessica
Slade: Dearest Friend and “Adopted” Daughter Sandra Haness, Friends: Helen
Drew, and Catherine Crouse; beloved dogs: Murphy and Molly, her beloved cats
Oliver, Butternut, and Ebony.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents Harry B. and Marie Miller of
Michigan City, formerly of Liberty Township, Valparaiso, IN, and nephew
Michael L. “Mickey” Miller of Westville.
Jeanne graduated in 1949 from Liberty Center High School, Valparaiso, Ind.
She earned both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from
Indiana University in Elementary Education and completed all doctoral
coursework for a Ph.D. in child psychology from Indiana University. In the
summer of 1964 she completed additional studies in guidance and human
development at Indiana University and worked on a research project
commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education on the development and
evaluation of a diagnostically based curriculum for pre-school
psychosocially deprived children with education psychology professors Dr.
Walter E. Hodges and Dr. Boyd R. McCandless. A lifelong learner Jeanne took
a multitude of college courses in various areas of study at Valparaiso
University, Ball State University, and Purdue University.
Long time education professional, Jeanne held many and varied positions
first as a first grade teacher in Beverly Shores 1954, then moved into
counseling serving as an elementary guidance counselor, the Director of
Student Services which included counselors, school psychologists, and nurses
in Michigan City School Corporation retiring in 1996 ending an 42 Year
Career of Community Dedication. After she retired she continued her passion
for teaching at Purdue University North Central and Ivy Tech Community
College teaching Sociology and Psychology. Jeanne was a trained counselor
who specialized in grief, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse.
Of her many professional accomplishments she piloted the first elementary
education counseling program in the State of Indiana; and implemented
IMPACT, a drug abuse training program in collaboration with Memorial
Hospital. She also implemented two critical character development programs
that are still in use today in Michigan City Area Schools, which include
Search for Self and Others and DUSO (Development of Understanding of Self
and Others). Jeanne also spearheaded the first Red Ribbon Campaign in
Jeanne also trained counselors in leading parenting groups utilizing the
Active Parenting Guide by Michael Popkins. Jeanne's unconditional compassion
and knowledge helped and touched countless families in the communities in
In 2003 Jeanne was honored for her professional service and commitment by
the Michigan City Area Schools and inducted into the Wall of Fame which
honors school employees who have made outstanding contributions to the
children of the Michigan City Area Schools. Jeanne was also active with the
Swanson Center in Michigan City for much of her professional career. Jeanne
was also among Who's Who Among American Professional Women.
Active in her community and various professional organizations, Jeanne was a
member of the Indiana Teachers Association; Phi Delta Kappa; Delta Kappa
Gamma, two honorary teachers’ organizations, and CARE.
Jeanne's activities extended abroad as well with Children’s International
Summer Village (CISV) in 1963 she took a delegation of children, junior
counselors and chaperones to Great Britain for Children s International
Summer Village, Jeanne then served as Children's International Summer
Village Vice President and was Camp Director in 1965 at La Lumiere Academy,
LaPorte, Indiana, When children and delegations from 10 different countries
came here to the United States to share their respective cultures. Jeanne
was also active with the Swanson Center in Michigan City for much of her
Jeanne was Past Worthy Matron of Chapter #274 Order of the Eastern Star,
Chesterton, Ind.; Past Honored Queen of Bethel #54, International Order of
Jobs Daughter, Valparaiso, Ind.
A very dedicated and caring person, Jeanne immersed her passions in many
hobbies and activities. She was a truly gifted communicator and had a
passion for bringing people together to solve even the most complex
Jeanne had a great fondness for and dearly loved children; her students and
her many nieces and nephews as well.
As an accomplished artist she excelled in photography, jewelry making,
painting, and poetry. She was truly a cultural aficionado having a great
appreciation for the arts and nature. Jeanne also loved travel and traveled
abroad touring Europe and most enjoyed her travel’s to Ireland.
Jeanne was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Otis, Indiana.
At the request of family and in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to
Visiting Nurses Association Hospice, 2404 Valparaiso Street, Valparaiso,
Ind., Porter County Red Ribbon Campaign Committee For Drug Free Porter
County, P.O. Box 1182, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46384, Or Lakeshore Paws, 405
Elm St., Valparaiso, 46383.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 25, at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Otis. Rev. Jerry Schweitzer will officiate. Burial
will be in Chesterton Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. On Friday at the
Newhard Funeral Home, 58 W. Walnut St. in Westville and On Saturday at the
Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass.