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Memorial Service Friday for Ervin J. Hawrylewicz. 89

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Ervin John Hawrylewicz, 89 years old, of Beverly Shores, IN, formerly of Olympia Fields, IL, passed away peacefully at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Hospice Franciscan Communities in Michigan City, IN.

Ervin was born on March 26, 1927, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Harriet (Lapsys) Hawrylewicz, who preceded him in death.

Also preceding Ervin in death were his brother, Henry Hawry and his sister, Lorraine Kampwirth. Erv is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hargrave Hawrylewicz. Together they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Also surviving are his four children, Claudia Hawrylewicz of New Lenox, IL, Christopher (Roxanne) Hawrylewicz of Naperville, IL, Peter (Ken Lieber) Hawrylewicz of Miami, FL, and Cynthia Hawrylewicz Matchinis of Williamsburg, VA; ten grandchildren, Alicia (John) Schmitt, Todd (Crystal) Balousek, Jessica (Finn) Ford, Benjamin Balousek, Zachary Balousek, Carrie (James) Fults, Mandy (Anthony) Perez, Ashley (Martin) Eichmann, Allison Matchinis, and Kellie Matchinis; sixteen great-grandchildren, Alex, Jacob, Maddyn, Annabelle, Ellison, Ethan, Parker, Macy, Brody, Nora, Molly, Tessa, Jackson, Harlan, Lila and Payton.

Ervin honorably served the United States of America in World War II as a correspondent of the First US Infantry Division covering, among other assignments, the Nuremberg Trials. Ervin attended the University of Illinois, University of Chicago and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as Director of Research at Mercy Hospital in Chicago with an emphasis on breast cancer research. Erv was the first Ph.D. to serve as president of the American Cancer Society in Illinois. In retirement Erv enjoyed volunteering for the Indiana State Park and National Lakeshore.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2016, at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Road, LaPorte, IN, (219) 362-3100, with Ange Benz and Terese Fabbri officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123,, and/or Save the Dunes, 444 Barker Road, Michigan City, IN, 46360,, in memory of Ervin Hawrylewicz.


Posted 10/7/2016




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