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Alverissa Miller dies at 81

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Former educator Alverissa Miller died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. She was 81 years old.

She was born Alverissa Christine Faupel January 5, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of Gordon Evans and Evelyne (Vizenau) Faupel.

She married Albert E. Miller II in Muncie, in 1945, who preceded her in death in 1994.

She is survived by a sister, Armida Sharpin of Valparaiso; four children, Kristelle Miller of Duluth, Minn., April Miller Cripliver (John) of Chesterton, Amy Miller Hill (Greg) of Chesterton and Albert E. Miller III (Katherine) of Chesterton; 10 grandchildren, Jason (Amy) Giddings of Duluth, Minn., Neil (Margaret) McClure of New Rochelle, N.Y., Autumn (William) Vendramin of Porter, Chad (Cathleen) McClure of White Plains, N.Y., Travis Derr and Carly Miller of Chesterton; Alexandra, Albert IV, Madelaine, and Mary Miller of Chesterton; five great-grandchildren, Austin Holst of Great Falls, Mont., Liam and Maeve McClure of New Rochelle, N.Y., Beau Giddings of Duluth, Minn. and Sedona Vendramin of Porter.

She was preceded in death by her father and her son Gordon in 1968. Her mother preceded her in death in 1974.

Alverissa was a 1943 graduate of East Gary Edison. She earned her B.S degree in 1947, a Masterís in 1960 from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Chicago.

She began teaching in 1945 in the high school at Grantís Pass, Ore. and later taught in Marysville, Calif., East Gary (Lake Station) and from 1962 to 1967 she was principal at Chestertonís Thomas Elementary and Porterís Hageman Elementary Schools. In 1964, Dr. Miller co-authored ďThe Reading Consultant HandbookĒ.

She also taught at Valparaiso University and at St. Xavier College in Evergreen Park, Ill. She was a reading specialist for the Secondary School Evaluation Team in Rockford, Ill. She was a member of the school holding corporation that build the present Lake Station High School. Before retiring, Dr. Miller taught for PUC and gifted and talented program at St. Patrick School in Chesterton.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Valparaiso chapter), the American Legion Auxiliary #100 in Lake Station and St. Patrick Church in Chesterton. Her family meant the most to her, as well as her many friends. Until the end she enjoyed an intellectual mind and a quick wit.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. Terry Bennis officiating, will be offered Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Portage.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 11 from 4-8 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Rosary is at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be given in her memory to WTTW-11, 5400 North St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.



Posted 5/10/2007