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Services Thursday for Robert J Politano

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Robert J. Politano, age 81 of Chesterton, passed away on September 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born on June 8, 1936 in Brownstown, PA, to Joseph and Irene Politano, both of whom preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by the love of his life, Joan Brooks Politano. They were wed on March 23, 1957 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church and enjoyed a remarkable sixty years as man and wife.

He is also survived by his children: Mary Branham (William Branham), Joseph Politano (Carol Koziczynski), Barbara Poparad (Brian Waldo), Robert Politano, Jr., William Politano (Karen Kelly), Patricia Decker (Brad Decker), all of Chesterton, IN, and Kathleen Jennings (Mark Jennings) of Springfield, VA; his grandchildren: William (Nicole) Branham, Brian Branham, Joseph Eppolito, Jacob Eppolito, Nicholas Politano, Zachary Decker, Emily Decker, Abigail Decker, all of Chesterton, IN, and Adaire Jennings of Durham, NC and Madeleine (Logan) Jennings Baxter of Raeford, NC; and by his great-grandchildren: Samantha Branham, Manny Branham, Aiden Branham, Amaya Branham, and Ryder Eppolito, all of Chesterton, IN.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Frank (Katheryn) Politano, his sister, Angeline (Vero) Aloia, and infant sister, Kathleen Politano. Also daughters-in-law, Dora Politano, Kris Politano and son-in-law William Poparad.

Bob graduated from Elders Ridge High School in Elders Ridge, PA, in 1954, where he was a gifted athlete and star of both football and baseball teams. He was an avid sportsman and fisherman and was beloved by his grandchildren for teaching them his skills and love of the outdoors. He worked at U.S. Steel for forty years and was a dedicated Steelers and Pirates fan.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 3 p.m., at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton, IN. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be given to the VNA Hospice Center, 2404 Valparaiso Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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Posted 9/20/2017




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