Mary Ellen Henkel
went home to Jesus on April 13, 2017, at 8:45 p.m., at VNA Hospice Care in
Valparaiso, surrounded by her family.
She was born on
March 7, 1936, to James and Inez Twigg, in Longview, IL.
She married Allen
Henkel on June 4, 1955, in Philo, IL. They later divorced, and he survives.
They raised five children together. Mary spent most of her life in
Chesterton, IN, but also lived in Valparaiso and West Lafayette, IN, and
Mary loved the
Lord. She enjoyed reading her bible, playing the organ, riding roller
coasters and water slides, and, for a short time, riding her motorcycle. She
also enjoyed food – cooking, canning, baking, and eating. She loved spending
time with her family and friends. Mary was an 18-year cancer survivor.
Mary was active in
her church. Before her retirement, Mary was employed at Costasí and then
Wise Way supermarkets in Valparaiso and Chesterton, and at the Spring Valley
Homeless Shelter in Valparaiso.
Mary is survived by
her sons, James Henkel of Liberty Hill, TX; Michael Henkel (Lisa) of
Naperville, IL; and Thomas Henkel (Kim) of Chesterton, IN; her daughter,
Cathy Anderson of West Lafayette, IN; her sister, Louise Cler of Urbana, IL;
10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and her dog, Baxter.
She is preceded in
death by her son, Philip Henkel; her parents; a brother, Mark Twigg; and a
sister, Marguerite Marlatt.
A Celebration of
Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers,
please send donations to VNA Hospice Center (VNAnwi.org) at 2401 Valley
Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana; the American Cancer Society (cancer.org); or the
National Parkinson Foundation (Parkinson.org).
The family would
like to thank the fantastic, caring staff at the hospice center for their
dedication to Mary during her stay.