Catherine Starkey, 79, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Sunday, October 2,
She was born November 7, 1931 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Tomo and
Catherine (Skinner) Marak.
On April 15, 1951, she married Victor Starkey, who preceded her in death on
January 17, 1995.
Surviving are her children, Linda (Bruce) Gropp of Chesterton, Larry
(Evelyn) Starkey and Garry Starkey of Valparaiso, 10 grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren and brother Thomas Marak of Kennewick, Washington.
Her parents, a brother Robert and a sister Dorothy Falls, also preceded her
Catherine was a homemaker and a member of the Valparaiso United Methodist
Church. She was active in the American Legion and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at
Bartholomew Funeral Home, Rev. Kurt Nichols officiating. Burial will be in
Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102
Monroe St., Valparaiso.
Memorial donations may be made to Catherine’s family.
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