If the testament to
a life well lived is gauged on the yardsticks that measure what matters
most, and balanced on a scale that considers how deeply one has touched
others in ways memorable and meaningful, for Bill Tutlewski and those who
loved him, life was, by all accounts - very large.
Tutlewski, 72, of Dune Acres, Indiana, died on Sunday, March 8, 2020. His
passing was sudden, after an exquisite evening enjoying what he loved most,
time with friends to savor sunset from his home high over Lake Michigan. He
leaves a void in the small beach town he called home for the past 13 years,
a place where he loved life and will be remembered as a good neighbor and a
great friend whose signature saying was “Every day is Saturday”.
He is survived by
his wife of 34 years, Sharon (Frey) Tutlewski; son, William J. Tutlewski
Jr.; stepdaughters, Lori Ann (Herb) Fitzgerald and Michelle (Eric) Hansen;
grandchildren, Stephen, Lucas, Mikenzie, Lorraine, Kayla and Michael;
brother, Robert (Delores) Tutlewski; and nephews, Robbie (Kaleigh) Tutlewski
and John (Mandy) Tutlewski.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and niece, Jill Tutlewski.
Bill was born April
15, 1947, in Gary, Indiana to Walter and Donna (Wranish) Tutlewski. His
Polish father and Serbian mother met at Chicago’s lively east side polka
lounge, the old Club 505, dancing with the Smith Sisters, whose last name
was actually Dabalski. His parents’ ethnic influences assured Bill’s
childhood home in Gary was always full with the 3 p’s: Perch, Pierogi and
Polish Sausage, along with Serbian strudel pie and Palatschinke for good
measure. A lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana, Bill embodied the best
qualities of the “Region Rat” stereotype, manifesting in a lifetime of hard
work and an unwavering commitment to his friends and family. His brother
Bobby has said: “Sometimes you have the privilege of knowing a person who is
truly unique, a rare individual who you always want in your corner. Bill was
one of those people. He was someone you could look up to, and someone who
was always there to offer help and guidance when the chips were down. To the
day he died, even when times were tough, you would never hear him complain.
Bill was a family man, a restaurant owner, an accountant and much more
throughout his life. But beyond all that, he was a genuinely great human
being, who will be sorely missed.”
A mass of Christian
burial will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick
Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Indiana 46304.
follow from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517
Broadway, Chesterton, Indiana 46304.
A light lunch will
be served and an afternoon of memories shared at he Dune Acres Clubhouse
between 2 and 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers,
contributions in memory of William Tutlewski may be made to the University
of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Mary Strek’s Advanced (ILD) Lung Disease
Research Fund, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 6076, ATTN: Elneda Boyd, Chicago,
may be shared with the family at www.eefh.com.