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Sophie Ann Henderlong dies at 85

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Sophie Ann Henderlong, age 85 of Valparaiso (Liberty Township) passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Horton VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso.

She is survived by four daughters; Eileen Wells-Wilson (Ed Wilson) of Knoxville, Tenn.; Bonnie Larkin of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Darlene (Rick) Lawson of Valparaiso and Linda Heath of Chicago, Ill; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Stella Malarz of Elk Grove Village, IL; sister-in-law Jean Pacyga; brother-in-law, Don Bernhagen and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Henderlong was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Julia (Cygan) Pacyga; her husband, Robert and a son, Ronald and 11 siblings.

Henderlong was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who loved to play Bingo and Polka dance.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and Our Savior Mission Parish, where she served as treasurer and helped to organize many activities.

A visitation will be held Sunday, June 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 600 West Old Ridge Rd, Hobart, IN 46342.

A Funeral Mass will be Monday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Savior Mission Parish, 3547 Michigan Avenue, Hobart, with the Very Rev. Edward Meus officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Portage.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Mission Parish, 3547 Michigan Avenue, Hobart, IN 46342.

Arrangements are being handled by Rees Funeral Home, 219-942-2109 or


Posted 6/26/2009