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Gladys M. Oberlin dies at 80

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Local artist, Gladys M. Oberlin, of Porter, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 at her residence. She was 80.

She was born Sept. 9, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of Lawrence and Beulah (Frank) DeKoker, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Sept. 15, 1967 in South Bend, she married Charles R. Oberlin, who preceded her in death in 1999.

She is survived by sons, Charlie (Janice) Oberlin of Clearwater, Fla. and David (Lisa) Oberlin of South Bend; four daughters, Holly Jackson of Chesterton, Susan Jackson of Porter, Carrie (Tim) Curran of Scotsdale, Ariz. and Lorie (Frank) Mason of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Emily Simmons of Beverly Hills, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry DeKoker.

Gladys was an art instructor at the Chesterton Art Center. She was a member of the Chicago Art Institute and attended Indiana University. She was a member of Chesterton First United Methodist Church.

A memorial service, Rev. Terry Rhine officiating, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at Chesterton First United Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Her body has been donated as an anatomical gift.

There will be no visitation.


Posted 9/13/2007