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Services Tuesday for Mary 'Matzie' Stipanovich

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Mary “Matzie” Stipanovich, age 91 of Chesterton, passed away on June 15, 2017, at Porter Regional Hospital.

She was born on October 26, 1925, in Chicago, IL, to Amelia Rapaich Popovich (Pupovac) and Bude Rapaich, both of whom preceded her in death.

On June 2, 1946, she married Miles Stipanovich Sr., who preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by her son, Miles (Mary Lou) Stipanovich, Jr., of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Michele Stipanovich of Chesterton, IN; daughter, Deborah Stipanovich of Chesterton, IN; and her grandson, Marko Stipanovich of Pittsburgh, PA.

She is also preceded in death by her brother, “Buddy” Rapaich, who died at a young age.

Mary was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church, in Chesterton, IN. She was a member of the Chesterton Woman’s Club for forty-seven years. She was also a member of the Duneland Historical Society, Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN, the AACPC (Association of Artist and Craftsmen of Porter County), Royal Neighbors of America, and NWHM (National Women’s History Museum) Charter Member in Alexandria, VA. She was also a board member of the Chesterton Art Center and the Gary Artist’s League in Gary, IN. In South Bend, she worked for a potato chip factory, basket factory, and clothing factory. During WWII, she worked for the Plant Newspaper at Pullman Standard. She was a medical receptionist in Gary.

Her artist name was Matzie and she exhibited tole painting and artwork in the Pletcher Village Arts and Crafts Festival in Nappanee, IN, and she was one of the first exhibitors when it became the Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival. She also exhibited her works of art in many area shows and art fairs. She exhibited in the first Duneland Folk Festival at the Westchester Public Library and then at Bailly Homestead. Matzie won numerous awards including a Best of Show in Southern Shores Gary Artist’s League Juried Show. In 2016, she participated in a mother-daughter exhibit at the Village Gallery at the Pines Retirement Community Valparaiso, IN. She won numerous ribbons in the Chesterton Garden Club Flower Shows for her marigolds and zinnias. She was an extremely talented artist, but most of all, she was known for being a wonderful wife, mother, and friend.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11 a.m., at White-Love Funeral Home with Father David Pearson officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Francis Episcopal Church, Chesterton, IN, to community art organizations, or to the Midwest Museum of American Art, in Elkhart, IN.

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Posted 6/19/2017





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