Michele Stipanovich, age 70
of Chesterton, IN, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2020.
She was born on October 31,
1949, in Gary, IN, to Miles and Mary (Rapaich) Stipanovich, both of whom
preceded her in death.
She is survived by her
loving siblings, Miles (Mary Lou) Stipanovich, Jr., and Deborah Stipanovich;
her adoring nephew, Marko Stipanovich; and by her many cousins.
Michele was a music lover
at a very young age. She enjoyed playing the piano during her early
childhood, and continued to spread her love of music throughout the years by
teaching piano to eager learners. After graduating from Lew Wallace High
School, where she played in the orchestra, Michele attended IU Northwest in
Gary, IN, for Music. Then, she attended Valparaiso University. She was
employed in the music department at Liberty Middle School, and then worked
at the Westchester Public Library in the reference department.
She returned to Duneland
School Corporation, working at Chesterton High School as the Office Manager
for WDSO. She hosted a weekly symphony show for WDSO. Music was her passion
and she shared this with her beloved students. She played the harpsichord in
the Chesterton High School Madrigal Dinner. She enjoyed playing Happy
Birthday by the U.S. Marine Corp Band for birthdays.
Michele was also a member
of St. Francisí Episcopal Church in Chesterton, IN, where she was the former
choir director. Michele was very active in many different organizations,
such as: the Duneland Historical Society in Chesterton, the CHS Alumni
Association, the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN, and the Midwest Museum
of American Art in Elkhart, IN. She was also a member and contributor to the
Quilts of Valor Group String-a-long Stars and Stripes. She was currently
employed at Chesterton High School, with a total of 39 years working for the
Duneland School Corporation. She will be truly missed by those who loved her
in the Duneland community.
Funeral Services will be
held on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 11 a.m., at White-Love Funeral Home, 525
S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN with Fr. David Pearson officiating.
The family will receive
friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will
follow at Chesterton Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
For the protection of the
family and the community, masks are mandatory when attending the services at
the funeral home and cemetery.
Memorial donations in honor
of Michele may be given to: St. Francisí Episcopal Church: 237 E 1200 N,
Chesterton, IN 46304 or to WDSO Radio-Chesterton High School: 2125 S 11th
St., Chesterton, IN 46304.
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