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Lori Madden Gapinski service Saturday

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Lori Gay Madden Gapinski, age 55, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014, with her family by her side.

She was born to James and Constance Madden on April 7, 1958, in Freeport, Ill., where she married Lloyd M. Gapinski on June 20, 1987.

He survives, as does their 16 year-old son, Matthew James Gapinski in Chesterton, Ind.

Also surviving are her father; one sister, Lynne (Bill) Yowell of Hudson, Ill.; one brother, Mark (Beth) Madden of Iowa City, Ia.; father-in-law, Maurycy A. Gapinski and brothers-in-law, Lennard (Cheryl) and Raymond of Monticello, Ind., as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Lori graduated from Freeport Senior High School in 1976 and after attending Coe College for two years, graduated from St. Louis University in 1981 with a degree in medical records administration. Just out of college she worked at Saint Anthony's Hospital in Michigan City, Ind., when she was set up on a blind date that ended in marriage to the love of her life.

She continued working in the medical field until their child arrived. Lori's joy in life came from her family and friends, especially her son whom she treasured.

Lori was the guardian of family traditions and history and had instant recall of people, places, dates and times. She was the chief event planner for family football weekends, holidays and reunions.

Lori was an active member of P.E.O. and St. Johnís parish. Over the years, her P.E.O. sisters and church members filled her with comfort and warmth and she enjoyed those relationships immensely, as she did her long time friends from high school and college. She loved catching up with her Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters and would not miss a high school reunion or a chance to get together with a childhood friend.

The family would like to thank those who were her exceptional caregivers and her extended family over the last few years, including those at Whispering Pines, Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center and Porter Regional Hospital.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at St. John United Church, 225 W. Lincoln, Chesterton, Ind., 46304, with Pastor Heidi Vardeman officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. immediately preceding the service with burial after the service at Angelcrest Cemetery in Valparaiso.

Memorials may be directed to the women's education and philanthropical organization, P.E.O., Chapter ED, in care of Treasurer Barb Von Huben, 298 East US Hwy 6, Valparaiso, Ind., 46383.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St. Chesterton. To send an online condolence, visit



Posted 1/31/2014