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Celebration of Life Sunday for Dawn Berntsen

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Dawn “Dawnski” Berntsen, age 49, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

She was born in Valparaiso, IN, on August 2, 1968, to Larry “Mac” and Judy (Sinks) McKinney.

She married the love of her life, Greg Berntsen on September 30, 1995.

Dawn graduated from Chesterton High School Class of 1987. She worked as a bartender for the Coach Lite Inn in Chesterton for over 25 years and recently worked at Serenity Springs for several years. Dawn never met a stranger. She was kind, caring and selfless and always had a smile on her face. She was taken too soon and will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of calling her a friend.

Dawn is survived by her loving husband, Greg Berntsen; her mother, Judy McKinney; brother, Chris (Faith) McKinney; nieces and nephews, Sierra Subartowicz, Dustin McKinney and Shanelle, Robert and Kristina McKinney; mother-in-law, Barb Berntsen; brothers-in-law, Chuck and Jeff Berntsen and her beloved fur babies, Pork Chop, Rusty, Casper, Fluff and Lucky.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry “Mac” McKinney; sister, Lisa Subartowicz; father-in-law, W.C. Chuck Berntsen; special fur babies, Callie, Pepper, Marshmallow and Scaredy Cat.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at LeRoy’s, 333 US 20, Porter, IN.

Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences to the family may be made at



Posted 8/15/2017




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