Chesterton Tribune

Edna Mae Nadratowski dies at 95

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Edna Mae Nadratowski, of Chesterton, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 in Valparaiso. She was 95.

She was born May 5, 1913 in Valparaiso the daughter of William and Mary (Affeld) Steinhagen, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Dec. 2, 1932 in Michigan City, she married John J. Nadratowski, who preceded her in death in April 1956.

She is survived by a son, James (Joan) Nadratowski of Chesterton; a daughter, Phyllis (late Edward) Payne, of Chesterton; grandchildren, John (Susan) Nadratowski, James Nadratowski, William (Linda) Nadratowski, Debra (Jim) Reuther, Jamie (Karl) Dagostaro and Cheryl (John) Gillikin; 14 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, John, Edward and Clarence Steinhagen and sisters, Elsie Lowe, Mabel Engelson, Ann Schwinn and Mary Jankowski. She was also preceded by grandchildren, Laurel and Valarie Payne.

Edna was a lifelong area resident and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a member of the Ladies Rosary Society and was very active in devotional work in her church. Edna worked as a seamstress, and also worked as a welder at Pullman Standard, helping to manufacture troop cars during World War II. She worked there until they closed.

She also worked for Talos Manufacturing until their closure and then at Electroseal, when she retired to take care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren at her own Grammie School.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. James Meade officiating and Fr. Terry Bennis con-celebrating, will be at noon, Thursday, Aug. 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd. Chesterton. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with prayers at 11:30 a.m., prior to going to church, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of Porter County and/or Masses to St. Patrick Catholic Church.


Posted 8/20/2008