Charles August Cross “Deutch”, Age 87, of Chesterton,
formerly of Chicago, passed away at home Tuesday, January 6, 2009.
Charles was born March 16, 1921 in Chicago, the son of Carl
and Anna (Melcic) Cross, both of whom preceded him in death.
On October 15, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Mich., Charles married
Dorothy Kirby his wife of nearly 60 years.
Mr. Cross is survived by his wife, Dorothy Cross of
Chesterton; daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Marciniak of Lansing, Ill. and
Carol (Anthony) Piazza of Chesterton; son, Gary (Nancy) Cross of Chesterton;
sister, Lillian (Frank) Hankosky of Arizona; nine grandchildren, Todd
Marciniak of Chicago, Amy (Bill) Sparkowski of Lake Zurich, Ill., Laura
(Brian) Dekker of Cedar Lake, , Carly (Bill) Troy of LaPorte, Marc Piazza,
Daniel Piazza, Jacob Cross, Charlie Cross, and Nicholas Cross, all of
Chesterton; six great-grandchildren, Augustus and Alyssa Sparkowski of Lake
Zurich, Ill., Tyler and Kendall Troy of LaPorte, Andrew and Benjamin Dekker
of Cedar Lake.
He was also preceded in death by sisters, Marie Carlson and
Arlene Cross and brothers, Eugene, Gerald, Robert and Walter Cross.
He attended Bowan High School in Chicago. He served four
years in the US Army and C.C. Camp at age 16. Mr. Cross worked as an
electrician for Valley Mould & Iron for 37 years retiring in 1976. He was an
active member of St. Petri Church for 55 years and a charter member of the
New Troy American Legion in New Troy, Mich. Charles enjoyed his family,
traveling, helping others, music, dancing and all kids. He had a great sense
Funeral Services, Pastor Chris Newman-Jacobs and Pastor
Robert Hempel officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Chesterton
First United Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St. in Chesterton.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton and 10 a.m. until the
time of service on Friday at the church. Cremation will follow services.
may be made to the VNA Hospice of Porter County.