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Carolyn 'Cookie' Staff passes away at age 75

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Carolyn “Cookie” Staff, age 75 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Valparaiso, IN.

She was born on July 14, 1941, in Gary, IN, to Edward Ward and Sarah Abel, who preceded her in death.

She was married to her husband of 57 years, Jerry Staff, who survives in Chesterton, IN.

She is also survived by her son, Jerry Leland (Beth) Staff; daughters, Crystal (Thomas) Wasowicz, Helen (Jerry) Richards, Charity Staff and Tarri Staff; brothers, Michael (Susan) Ward, Edward (Margie) Ward and Gerald Ward; sisters, Patricia Warren, Mary (Dan) Haley, and Dawn Kara; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Cookie was the rock of her family. She loved knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing horseshoes and bingo. Everyone loved to go to Aunt Cookie’s house. She was a very giving person and helped raise numerous kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Per Cookie’s wishes, no services will be held. Cremation will be performed by Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN.

Arrangements handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Posted 2/10/2017





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