Stipanovich, age 91 of Chesterton, passed away on June 15, 2017, at Porter
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.
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.
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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