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Services Saturday for Barbara Thorstad, 87

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Barbara Thorstad (nee) Kelly, age 87, longtime resident of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Valparaiso, IN, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 7, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to Paul and Gertrude (Healy) Kelly.

Barb attended Immaculata High School and Mundelein College both in Chicago, IL. She married her best friend, James Thorstad in Chicago, IL, on July 14, 1951.

She is survived by her husband, James Thorstad, Sr.; sons, James (Lauren) Thorstad, Jr. of Chesterton and John (Laura) Thorstad of Valparaiso; daughters, Janice (Daniel) Edquist of LaPorte, Kate “Kitty” Wallace of Valparaiso, Barbara (Phillip) Warwick of Melbourne, FL and Patricia Zosso of Chesterton; daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Bob) Hedge of Melbourne, FL; sister, Patricia Connery of Elmhurst, IL; sister-in-law, Pat Thorstad and her children, Chris and Bill of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Julie Terhorst, Doug and Craig Hugus, Tim, Chris, Ben, Kelly, Nick, Nate and Kaitlin Edquist, Natalie, Tom and Drew Thorstad, Adam and Ryan Thorstad, David, William, Zachary and Robert Hedge, Elizabeth Murphy and Katherine and Sarah Warwick, Paul Wallace, Amelia Lasky, Jillian, Myles and Garrett Evans, Eric and Evan Thorstad and great grandchildren, Suzi, Lucy, Colin, Isaac, Alma, Gavin, Ella, Troy, Sam, Joey, Mia, Julia, Ethan, Alexzander, Atlas, Maximus, Cayden, Seton, AnnaLea, Olivia, Owen and Bayne and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas P. Thorstad and daughter, Susan Hugus; sisters, Mary Kelly, Virginia (James) Kindelin and Frances (Russell) Leist; brothers-in-law, Robert C. Thorstad and Joseph Connery; and granddaughter, Lara Wallace.

Barb started her career in education, she worked as a teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher within the Duneland School system for many years. She later worked at the Porter County Tourism Center. She was an excellent seamstress and at one time had her own business with Stretch & Sew. Barb was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where she was very active throughout the years. She was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, member of the Women’s Club and at one time served as a member on the Parish Council. Barb also did volunteer work through the Welcome Wagon and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau sorority. Barb was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and community member. She enjoyed her time as a homemaker and was very involved with all of her children’s activities. She was a caring friend to many and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Avenue, Chesterton, IN 46304, with Father Nathaniel Edquist officiating and Father Jon Plavcan concelebrating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 5:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.

Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass.

Memorials may be made to Share Foundation With The Handicapped, Inc., P. O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371-0400.

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Posted 10/18/2018




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