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Rita Cwiakala services Wednesday

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Rita B. Cwiakala, age 90, of Chesterton, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2011 at The Waters of Duneland in Chesterton.

Rita was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 23, 1922 to Andrew and Gertrude (Gierszewski) DeMask.

She was married on August 1, 1964 to Frank Cwiakala, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Rita is survived by her son, Bruce (wife, Marcee) Cwiakala of Westville, Ind.; daughters, Mary Ann Rasmussen of Lake Village, Ind., Patricia (husband, Donald) Sutton of Porter, Ind., and Jean (husband, David) McLachlan of Michigan City, Ind.; son-in-law, Ronald Ruthenberg of Akron, Ohio; brother, Ronald (wife, Barbara) DeMask of Joliet, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; daughter Frances Ruthenberg; and sisters Frances Heisler, Lucille DeMask and twin sister, Avita Beland.

Rita was retired as a clerk for the railroad, where she worked for more than 25 years. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the St. Patrick Senior Organization.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 21, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind.

Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials for Rita may be made to the VNA Hospice Center of Porter County.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 11/19/2012