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Services set for Pauline Czarnecki

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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 Newman.

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 Sodality.

She loved nature, art, and music, especially classical music, opera, and church music.

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.




Posted 7/7/2009