cobbler and Town Board president Frank Sessa passed away Saturday, March 29,
2014, at the age of 72.
He was born in
Chicago, Ill., on December 10, 1941, to Federico and Mary (Chilleli) Sessa.
Frank is survived
by two daughters, Kimberly (Matt Moore) Sessa of Orlando, Fla., and Cheryl
(Doug) Highlan of Valparaiso, Ind.,; step sons Michael (Malissa) Valpatic of
Portage, and Joe (Jamie) Valpatic of Arvada, Co. He was the proud
grandfather of Avery and Mia Mortensen of Orlando, Zeke and Macy Highlan of
Valparaiso, Devin and Emily Valpatic of Portage, and Ethan Valpatic of
are Charles Sessa of Phoenix, Ariz.; Fred (Lu) Sessa of Lake Wales, Fla.;
Sarah Johnson, and Christine Sessa of Chicago, Ill. Jerry (Ron) Valdivia and
Joy (Dan) Johnston were also very dear friends to Frank, along with many
loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his father Federico Sessa; mother Mary (Chilleli) Sessa; former
wife Rosie Sessa; and brother-in-law Bruce Johnson.
Frank was known
around town for his contagious smile, gracious attitude, and kind heart.
Frank’s family moved to Chesterton in 1977 from Riverdale, Ill. From that
time on, he involved himself in many endeavors for his beloved town. His
trade was shoe repair, but his passion was for politics and the people of
the community. He served many years on the Chesterton Town Board, and took
pride in being the liaison for the Chesterton Fire Department. He also
served on the Porter County Police Merit Board for many years. He spent his
free time landscaping his yard, walking his dog, enjoying nature, and
A service to
celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 10:00
a.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton. Guests
will be encouraged to share their favorite short story about Frank.
The family will
receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at the funeral
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be given to the Duneland Community Center.
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