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Services Friday for Stephen J. 'Steve' Pluta

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Stephen J. "Steve" Pluta, 92, Chesterton, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at 4:27 a.m. in Franciscan Health - Michigan City, Michigan City, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana, with Brother Shaun Gray officiating. Burial will follow in Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, Indiana.

Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.

He was born December 12, 1924, in Chesterton, Indiana, to the late Ignatz and Agatha (Koziol) Pluta.

On February 15, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada, he married Judith (Fletcher) Michalec Hayden Pluta who survives in Chesterton, Indiana.

Also surviving are four daughters, Sharon (Bernie) Herod of Katy, Texas, Charlene (Keith) Lewalski of Snoqualmie, Washington, Pat (Jack) Janasiak of LaPorte, Indiana and Karen (Larry) Gutowski of Trail Creek, Indiana; three step-sons, Thomas (Lori Halvik) Michalec of Chicago, Illinois, Scott (Amy) Michalec of Chesterton, Indiana and James (Gina) Hayden of Chicago, Illinois; two step-daughters, Karen McClafferty of Chesterton, Indiana, and Susan (Robert) Trcka of Chesterton, Indiana; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Herod and 12 brothers and sisters.

Steve enjoyed playing the concertina accordion and was a talented polka dancer receiving numerous awards. He enjoyed woodworking and retired as a general foreman from Joy Mfg. His pride and joy was working in the fields of his farm and raising his farm animals his whole lifetime.

Contributions may be made to donor's choice.

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Posted 4/18/2017




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