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Services set for JoAnn Zatorski Goldman

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JoAnn Zatorski Goldman of Chesterton, Ind., passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017.

She was born in Hammond, Ind., on Nov. 22, 1953 to Walter and Erna (Hopfgartner) Zatorski.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, John R. Goldman; her son, Brian R. Goldman (Diana) of Chicago, Ill.; her daughter, Kathryn Ann “Katie” Goldman Finnegan (Kevin) of Chicago; her brothers, Larry Zatorski of Hobart, Ind., and Richard Zatorski (Maureen) of Pleasanton, Calif.; her sister, Linda Zatorski Briones (Manuel) of South Bend, Ind.; her nephews, Joseph Briones (Evonne) of Kansas City, Matthew and David Zatorski of Pleasanton, and Kevin and Jeremy Thurlby of Montgomery, Ill.; her great nephews, Sylvester and Sigmund Briones; her sisters-in-law, Sybil Goldman of Denver, Colo., and Debra Goldman Thurlby (Bud) of Montgomery, Ill.; her exchange students, Marius Backhaus (Germany), Dori Patay (Hungary), Jannik Schottler (Germany), Thomas Pieprzycki (Poland), and Johannes Henzel (Germany), and many other relatives and loved ones.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her father and mother, Walter and Erna Zatorski; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Ida Goldman; her uncle, Stanley Zatorski; her sister-in-law, Laurel Zatorski and her brother-in-law, Harry Goldman.

JoAnn was a member of the Lake Central High School Class of 1972. She graduated from Purdue University in 1978 as a Registered Nurse and from St. Francis University of Joliet with a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts in 1998. She worked as a nurse at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Ind., and then as a nurse auditor at Nichols Healthcare and later Advance Auditing Inc. She then found her passion working with children as a school nurse for 12 years within the Duneland School System at Liberty Elementary School, Liberty Middle School, and Chesterton High School, and for 20 summers as a camp nurse at Hasting Lake YMCA Camp in Gurnee, Ill., and Raw Hide Ranch for Kids in San Diego, Calif. From 2008 until presently, she worked as a nurse auditor at Rising Medical Solution in downtown Chicago.

Throughout the 38 years of JoAnn’s dynamic professional career, her number one priority was being Brian and Katie’s mom. JoAnn was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority for over 37 years, serving as President for two years, Treasurer for six years, Chair of the Philanthropy Committee for four years, Co-Chair of the Chicago National Convention Thursday Night Dinner in 1989, and attended several Provincial and National Conventions.

She was a devoted parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where her children attended elementary school and where she served as Treasurer of the Home and School Association for four years; 1st Grade Homeroom Mother for two years; and 4th Grade Art Docent for four years. She was also a devoted parishioner at St. Anne of Dunes Parish in Beverly Shores, Ind. as her family loved the beach nearby. She exposed her children to music and culture such as years of piano lessons and evenings at the Northwest Indiana Symphony. She was also very proud supporting her son in earning his Eagle Scout Award in 1996.

JoAnn and John were married for 39 years. They were certified square dancers and members of the Wrong Way Squares club and attended several square dancing conventions. They were Andrean High School Girls Soccer and Basketball Booster for four years; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Football Booster for four years, and IUPUI Women’s Soccer Booster for four years. They travelled nationwide to support their children in sporting events from elementary school through college to now, such as tee ball, baseball, softball, swimming, track and field, tennis, basketball, soccer, football, and sailing. They took Katie and Brian camping, snow skiing, and traveling all across the country with Grandma Ida in tow because JoAnn believed that family experiences together were the highest priority. JoAnn backpacked Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with Katie and the Chesterton Explorer Post 20 years ago. They also welcomed five foreign exchange students into their loving family for 12 years.

JoAnn’s favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed walking the Lake Michigan beaches with family and dogs, looking out over her beach at Dunescape, traveling, hiking, sailing, lounging with her 2.5 dogs, Charlie Brown, Lola, and TC (the Tomcat), playing Words With Friends, making jewelry, completing many half marathons and her dream of one full marathon. JoAnn's smile was inspirational and her spirit unbreakable, she found joy in giving and strength in Faith. She remains forever a wife, mother, sister, second mother to dozens, a proud soon to be grandmother, and a pillar of strength, grace and light to her many friends and family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. At 7:30 p.m. Delta Theta Tau will have a memorial service for their dear sister, and JoAnn would like to have all present and past members attend. This will be followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road in Chesterton, followed by a luncheon celebration for family and friends. JoAnn asked that everyone wear colorful happy outfits to celebrate her life.

For those interested, floral gifts may be arranged through The Flower Cart in Chesterton and sent to the Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home. Our mother’s wishes, any monetary gifts will be to support an Educational Fund set up in her honor for her soon to be expected first grandchild and any future grandchildren.



Posted 3/30/2017




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