Chesterton resident JoAnn Ruppenkamp died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at St.
Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City.
She was born on April 17, 1935, in Cumberland, Md., the daughter of Bernard
and Mary (Kassecamp) Hardy, who preceded her in death.
On March 19, 1955, in Baltimore, Md., she married Robert J. Ruppenkamp, who
survives in Chesterton.
She is also survived by daughters Brenda (husband Ronald) Miller of Houston,
Texas, and Cindy Agent of Porter; a brother, Bernard (wife Ruby Jean) Hardy
of Ridgeley, W.V.; her four precious grandchildren, Tiffany Jurkash, Dustin
Agent, Ryan Miller, and Hannah Wright; and a great-granddaughter, Kate
Jurkash. JoAnn made a point of talking to each of them every week.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Gilda Metzner.
JoAnn and Robert moved to Chesterton in 1967. She loved to bake and shop,
decorating her house, and doing community service. She also enjoyed traveling
with Robert, to Mexico, Jamaica, and they spent two weeks in Rome and visited
other fabulous locations.
JoAnn was very active at the Duneland Resale Shop and over the years spent
many volunteer hours sorting there. JoAnn and Robert were very active
parishioners as well at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and it was JoAnn’s idea
to feed the community, which initiated the Table of Plenty ministry at St.
Patrick, where she always worked on Fridays serving food and talking to the
folks who came for supper.
In addition, JoAnn always supported Bob’s Barber Shop Chorus, attended many
Chorus shows, and helped the wives with ticket sales.
JoAnn’s family thank all the neighbors and close friends who have always been
there to enrich JoAnn’s life.
A Mass of Christian Burial, Father James Meade officiating, is scheduled for
11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick, 638 N. Calumet Road. Visitation is
scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. Visitation is also scheduled
from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at St. Patrick. She will be
interred at Chesterton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Table of Plenty at St. Patrick Catholic Church.