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Betty J. Kulchar passes away at age 76

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Betty J. Kulchar (nee Cannon), 76, of Hammond, IN, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, November 16, 2017. She was surrounded by her family, in a house filled with love. She touched many lives and was loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.

Betty was born in DeLong, IN, on February 6, 1941, the first child to the late Charles and Dorothy Cannon. She was the oldest of four children.

During high school, she spent her summers working at Culver Military Academy in the laundry department. Upon graduation from Aubbeenaubbee H.S. in Leiters Ford, IN, in 1959, she moved to South Bend, IN, where she worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass and in the banking industry. She met Arlander J. Kulchar Jr. in South Bend, whom she married there in 1963. After leaving South Bend, they lived in Detroit, MI, Michigan City, IN, and moved to Hammond, IN, in 1971. Betty was part of the Porter’s Apparel family, and had worked there between 1974 and 2017 in several different roles, covering everything from laundry and office work, to embroidery and sewing. For a short time, she worked at Steel City Trophy in Merrillville, IN as an embroiderer, and was also a postal carrier for a time in Calumet City, IL. She was always busy, whether that be with crafts, sewing, working on her house and garden, reading, or treasure-hunting, but would drop everything to go on little adventures with her friends and kids. She enjoyed being a member of the Northside Bowlerettes for over 25 years, bowling on “The Cat’s Meow” team, and served as league president for the 2012-2013 season.

Betty is survived by her children, son, James A. Kulchar (Mary Caputo) of Carlsbad, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Julianne M. and Larz Putchaven of Chesterton, IN. Granddaughter, Jade Paris Naus of Schererville, IN, who was the joy of her life. Step-grandchildren Levi (Camie) Putchaven, of Kouts, IN, and Gavin and Miles Putchaven of Chesterton, IN. Sister and best friend, Laraine (Marshall) Fry of Rochester, IN; Sister Janet (Doug) Harrover of Jacksonville, FL, and brother Charles (Nancy) Cannon of Leiters Ford, IN. Many very special best friends, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dorothy Cannon, and husband, Arlander J. Kulchar Jr.

Betty’s main purpose in life was being an amazing mom, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her children, grandchildren, family, and friends will forever cherish their memories of her. Our gratitude is sent to the wonderful staff at Dunes Hospice, who cared for and guided her during her final journey here on earth.

A mass will be held at St. Casimir In Hammond, IN, in January, to be followed by a memorial lunch at her home; family and friends will be contacted once date and time are confirmed.



Posted 11/20/2017




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