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Services Tuesday for Gayle R. Surgener, 67

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Gayle R. Surgener, age 67 was called to her Heavenly home on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Gayle was born in Valparaiso on November 12, 1952, to George and LaValle (Bucek) Andershock, who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Andershock, of San Antonio, Texas.

Gayle was a lifelong resident of Chesterton, attended grade school at St. Patrick’s and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1970. She was employed at Leonard’s Restaurant (now Peggy Sue’s) for almost 50 years. She made hundreds of friends during those years and truly loved her job. Always friendly, always smiling, ready to hear how you are-that’s Gayle. She had a quick wit and a good comeback when she was razzed by her customers.

Gayle had a strong will and a deep abiding faith and seldom complained about her condition. She was more concerned about others even when she was battling Cancer years ago and more recently the auto-immune disease that took her life.

Gayle was an avid reader, loved NASCAR, football and baseball. She was often seen in the bleachers watching her nephews play baseball. Gayle loved nature and liked to watch and feed the birds.

Surviving is the love of her life, Ed Surgener, whom she married on December 28, 1984. Ed and Gayle were deeply devoted to one another during their earthly time together.

Also surviving are her sisters Sue (Norm) Harris and Karan (John) Schnadenberg, both of Chesterton. The three sisters had a special bond. The other surviving family includes brother-in-law, Terry (Renee) Surgener of Texas; nieces and nephews, Tony (Deana) Harris and Mark Harris, Jared and Tara Schnadenberg, Toby (Angie) Barnes, all of Chesterton, George and Tom Andershock of Texas and Susie (Bruce) Horan of New York; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN, on Monday, December 2, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 10 a.m., at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN, with Fr. Nathaniel Edquist officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Church.

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Posted 11/29/2019




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