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Mass Saturday, December 3 for James Joseph Jarka, 79

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James Joseph Jarka, 79, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 7:24 p.m., in Hospice Franciscan Communities, Michigan City, IN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana, with Rev. Walter Rakoczy officiating. Private entombment will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN, is handling arrangements.

He was born October 28, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Benedict "Ben" and Stephien (Lisztewski) Jarka.

On July 29, 1961 in Michigan City, IN, he married Joan Bonfield, who survives in Michigan City, IN.

Also surviving are three daughters, Karen (Jim) Wolf of Rolling Prairie, IN, Kimberly Cash of Michigan City, IN, and Debora (Ellis, Jr.) Kennedy of Channahon, IL; son, John (Christy) Jarka of Chesterton, IN; sister, MaryAnn Stanage of Sun City, AZ; brother, Don (Donna) Jarka of Illinois; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Barry Cash.

As his profession, Jim was a clothing pattern maker and worked throughout the United States. Upon retiring, he worked several different part-time positions: Manager of Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park, courier for Ticor Title and as an office manager for Kip's Integrity Builders.

Jim had a great love of bowling and was on leagues in several different states and was known to his friends simply as "JJ" or "Jarka". He was also active in his church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Church, as an altar server and usher. He used his carpenter skills for several items throughout St. Mary's and Sacred Heart Parishes.

Contributions may be made to Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN, 46371 or to, St. Mary's Catholic Church for Masses, 411 W. 11th St., Michigan City, IN, 46360.

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