age 89 of Chesterton, passed away on May 1, 2017, at Symphony of Chesterton.
She was born on
March 1, 1928, in Gary, IN, to Nick and Katie Wukich, both of whom preceded
her in death.
from Gary Froebel High School and Indiana University in Bloomington, with a
degree in elementary education. She began her teaching career overseas,
where she taught in Germany and the Netherlands. After returning to the
U.S., Stella worked as a teacher and a librarian in the Gary Community
School Corporation and lectured on library science at Indiana University
Northwest, Purdue University Northwest and Valparaiso University. Stella
finished out her forty-five year career in education working as coordinator
for the Urban Teacher Education Program with Indiana University Northwest.
Stella is survived
by her brother, Dan (Wenonah) Wukich of Chesterton; grandson, Joseph (Sean)
Markovich of Valparaiso; step-son, Joseph (Remedios) Markovich of
Valparaiso; nieces: Kathy (Robert) Pierce of Ogden Dunes, Donna (Timothy)
Gallagher of Bristol, UK, Niki (John) Sakelaris of Porter; great-nieces
Hannah and Melanie Sakelaris; great-nephews Nicholas Gallagher and Daniel
Sakelaris, as well as many loving and cherished friends.
She was also
preceded in death by her husband, Charles Markovich on July 2, 2001, her
sister, Rosemary Rukavina, and brother-in-law Emil Rukavina.
Stella was an avid
reader and belonged to book clubs at the Chesterton United Methodist Church
and the Westchester Public Library. In addition to reading, she loved to
travel and was an excellent cook. She enjoyed spending time with her
wonderful neighbors at the Fifth Street Condominiums in Chesterton and also
at the Duneland YMCA. She was a member of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox
Church and the Lake County Retired Teachers Association. Stella will be
greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family will be
hosting a celebration of Stella’s life at a later date.
may be given to: St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St.,
Merrillville, IN, 46410; Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave.,
Chesterton, IN, 46304; or to the Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St.,
Chesterton, IN, 46304.
under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.
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