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Services Friday for Velsie J. Burton, age 96

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Velsie J. Burton, age 96 of Chesterton, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at Porter Regional Hospital.

She was born on January 6, 1920, in Mason City, Iowa to Marion and Mae (Hudson) Richardson.

On June 3, 1937, she married Bloyd Burton. They were married for 73 wonderful years.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, husband, and brother, Merle Richardson.

She is survived by her children: Carol (Richard) Wilson of Chesterton and Richard (Darlene) Burton of Porter; her grandchildren Richard Burton, Patricia (Wayne) Sullivan, Michelle (Colin) Smith, and Candy Wilson; and three great-grandchildren Ashley Vogedes, Cole Smith, and Madison Smith.

Velsie was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Save the Dunes Council, and a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She was certified by the Sherwood Music School as a piano teacher in 1937. In her earlier years, she enjoyed playing the piano at the E.U.B. Church in Porter and was also the pianist at Chesterton High School for plays and musicals. Velsie was a world traveler. She traveled with her husband to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. She also enjoyed gardening, writing poetry, short stories, and spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton, with Pastor Erik Grayvold officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 29, 2016, from 4 until 8 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Memories may be shared at:



Posted 12/27/2016




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