Chesterton resident Pauline Czarnecki, 92, died Sunday, July 6, 2009, at the
Horton Hospice Center in Valparaiso.
She was born July 24, 1916, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Chovanetz)
Brilla, who preceded her in death.
On Aug. 29, 1937, she married Eugene S. Czarnecki, who in 1987 also preceded
her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Alexandra Newman and Paula McHugh, both of
Chesterton; four grandchildren, Alexa Newman of Crystal Lake, Ill., Mark
(Tracy) Newman of Greenwood, Ind., Brian McHugh of Cornville, Ariz., and
Christopher McHugh of Michigan City; great-grandchildren Allison Newman and
Peyton Newman, both of Greenwood; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law,
Bonnie Brill; and friends.
Pauline, the youngest of eight children, was preceded in death by sisters
Mary Misiyuk, Anna Dewenetz, Hellen Diachuk, Olga Piwiniski, and Betty Kane;
brothers Peter Brilla and Nicholas Brill; and a son-in-law, H. Anthony
Pauline moved with her family in 1923 to Gary, where in 1933 she graduated
from Horace Mann High School. During the Depression she worked at U.S. Steel
for several years. She was retired after 25 years with the School City of
Gary, where she was secretary to the Director of Vocational Education.
Pauline was a member of The Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in
Merrillville, of which her father was one of the founders. She served on the
Church Council, was a member of the Federated Russian Orthodox Church Club,
and a former sponsor of the Junior FROC. She was also a member of the FROC
Bowling Team, a former member of the church choir, and a long-time member of
She loved nature, art, and music, especially classical music, opera, and
Funeral services, Father Christopher Seraffin officiating, are scheduled for
10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at The Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox
Church, 8600 Grand Blvd. in Merrillville, with internment at The Protection
of the Virgin Mary Cemetery in Gary.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton. Panihida will be
at 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given in her name to The Protection of the Virgin
Mary Orthodox Church or Morningstar Foundation for Adults with Autism.
For information call White-Love at 926-1309.