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
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,”
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.
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
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
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