Veronica A. Remes
Jensen, a resident of Chesterton, passed away on Thursday, November 2.
Known as Roni to
friends and family, she was born in Gary in 1946.
Descended from a
line of fierce-willed Slavic matriarchs, the beloved daughter of an elegant
and soft-spoken stonemason from Croatia, Roni grew up in Glen Park and
attended Lew Wallace High School. She was active in Girl Scouts, and was, at
heart, a Girl Scout to the end. Her interest in the visual arts developed
early and was accompanied by an ardent love of the written word.
self-taught, she became a first-rate draftsman and painter. She attended IU
Northwest and IU Bloomington, majoring in English and political science. It
was at IU Northwest that she met the love of her life, Philip, who she
married in 1970. In 1977 she had a son, Dylan, to whom she gave the name of
her favorite poet. In her lifeís travels, she had the opportunity to visit
Yugoslavia and Greece with her family, trips which long influenced her
painting. Whether in the studio or in her home life, Roni spent her 71 years
wrestling to create beauty in all that she set her hand to.
She served for a
number of years on the board of directors for the Chesterton Art Center,
volunteered to teach English as a second language at Thomas Library, and was
a Purdue-certified master gardener. There was little Roni didnít know how to
do at home, from tuck-pointing a foundation to making wine. It was through
her talents in the kitchen, though, that she demonstrated her love for those
closest to her.
Throughout her life
she was strongly opinionated, passionate, and outspoken, but also
sentimental and possessed of a private and deeply sensitive nature. Loyal to
her friends, scourge to her enemies (primarily those in the medical
profession), her intelligence, wit, and biting sense of humor will long be
remembered by all who crossed her path. She leaves with the regret of having
to fire her body for non-performance rather than being hit by a beer truck.
Roni was preceded
in death by her parents, Frank and Mary (Irak) Remes.
She is survived by
her husband of 47 years, Philip; her son, Dylan; daughter-in-law, Alison;
much-loved granddaughter, Milena; brother, Frank Remes; sister-in-law, Helen
Remes; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service
was said by Fr. Kevin McCarthy at White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton on
Saturday, November 4.
Donations may be
made in her name to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana or
the Independent Cat Society in Westville.