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Services Friday for Judith F. Chaplin

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Judith F. Chaplin, age 72, of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

She was born on July 2, 1942, in Blue Island, IL, to Charles and June (Williams) Kara.

She was married on May 31, 1960, in Valparaiso, IN, to James S. Chaplin, Sr., who survives of Chesterton, IN.

She is also survived by her children, Kathy (Ted) Pliske of Valparaiso, IN, James S. (Beth) Chaplin, Jr. of Valparaiso, IN, Mary (Kevin) Feuser of Englewood, FL, Jennifer Neary of Colorado Springs, CO; siblings, Carol Bragg of Jacksonville, NC, Tom (Arnie) Kara of Norwood, MO, Paul (Libby) Kara of Norton Shores, MI and grandchildren, Sam and Meg Keating, Chris and Stephanie Chaplin and Augustus, Lily and Caleb Neary. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Dave Kara and sister, Patricia Kara.

The following is a tribute to my grandmother, by Samuel Keating.

We remember Judy as an incredibly charismatic person, always ready to extend joy to others with a genuine smile. From a young age and onward she showed an incredible passion for the world around her, constantly engaging herself and binding herself with her family and community. She was a dedicated artist, having won the Indiana State Fair Wildflower Project as a teenager, her passion was clear from early on. Her children and grandchildren carry on her tradition of celebrating and embracing art in their lives.

Throughout her life she stayed in the thick of it, always remaining involved with her community. As a young adult she was part of “Young Americans for Freedom”, as well as the “Jr. Women’s Club”. As she grew older the breadth of her involvement and importance only expanded as she joined the “Porter County Tourism Board,” contributed to preserving 4H, and spent countless hours helping with the beautification of downtown Chesterton Đ often happily sacrificing her own private resources and time. With Judy there was always more to be done, more to build, more to grow, new ideas to be explored. She will be missed as a friend and guardian to her community.

Judy owned Shady Lawn Florist as a 3rd generation florist. A sphere full of color and beautiful aromas constantly surrounded her Đ and at its heart was her smile. Watching her assemble an arrangement could soothe you with the simple rhythm of her graceful hands. A magical joy always filled her flower shop and her home. There was always a friend and happy conversation waiting for you inside.

If there was anything she could say to us now, we can all comfortably assume it would be along the lines of, ”Never stop, keep going, continue to birth.”

She is forever loved and missed.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials for Judy may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 5/27/2015




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