Mary E. Haire passed away on May 22, 2012.
She was born on July 31, 1934 to George and Emma (Benner) Axtell.
Mary is survived by her husband John Haire, daughters Beth Harris (Kenny),
Cynthia Haire (Rob Underwood), Karen Critchley (David), and son Richard
Haire (Susan). Mary enjoyed her four grandsons Dwayne Potts, Ethan Haire,
Austin Haire, and Caleb Haire as well as her two granddaughters, Claire
Critchley and Madelyn Underwood and her special friend Mary Ann Lonergan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kathryn Wahl, and
granddaughter Kathryn Ayn Underwood.
She grew up in Portage Township and graduated from Portage Township School
in 1952. She earned her B.A. from Ball State University in 1959 and her M.A.
from Valparaiso University in 1967. She enjoyed teaching for 37 years in
A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul
Lutheran Church, 106 E. 1100 N., Chesterton, with the Rev. Erich R. Fickel,
officiating. Burial will follow at Angelcrest Cemetery, Valparaiso.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to: The Caring Place,
3107 Cascade Dr., Valparaiso, 46383, or St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 E.
1100 N., Chesterton, 46304.