Paula Ann Orthman,
age 71, of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away on Friday, March 23.
With a brilliant
mind, a gentle hand, a generous heart, and a wicked sense of humor, Paula
was a beloved wife, mother and Nana to her four grandchildren and a lifelong
educator in Northwest Indiana.
Born on January 29,
1947, to Lawrence and Irene (Pankowski) Murray, Paula was a graduate of
LaPorte High School (class of 65’), received her BA of Mathematics from
Dominican College in Racine, WI, and her Masters Degree from Purdue
University. She also attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and
Argonne National Laboratories, Chicago.
She is survived by
her devoted husband of over 47 years, Erwin; children, Kevin (Wendy), Andrea
(Michael) Slawski, Jonathan (Erica); grandchildren, Charlie, Philip, Ellinor,
Truman; siblings, Marti (Daniel) Fridh and Tom (Renee); aunt, Jean Pankowski;
several nieces and nephews; and extended family.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, Lawrence and Irene Murray.
spending time and traveling with her family, was a voracious reader, a loyal
friend, a creative genius, engaged student of life, and an innovative
educator. For nearly 40 years, she taught in the Michigan City area school
system where she retired as the Chair of the Math Department, and at Purdue
University, North Central, for over 25 years. Throughout her life, Paula
lent her talent, creativity, kindness, and wit to numerous organizations
including; Welcome Wagon, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, 4-H, TOPS of
Westville, the Retired Teachers Association, and served on Publishing
Councils for mathematics textbooks.
The family invites
you to celebrate Paula’s life, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday March 27, at
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304, with a
prayer service at 5:00 p.m., CDT.
The funeral mass
for Paula will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 204 N. Ohio St.,
Wanatah, IN, on Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m., CDT. Burial will follow at
Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wanatah, IN.
to the family may be made at www.ee-fh.com