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
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 Master’s 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 Grant’s Pass, Ore. and later
taught in Marysville, Calif., East Gary (Lake Station) and from 1962 to 1967
she was principal at Chesterton’s Thomas Elementary and Porter’s Hageman
Elementary Schools. In 1964, Dr. Miller co-authored “The Reading Consultant
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.