Germaine (Jerry) Clapack of Porter, Ind., passed away on July 3, 2013.
She was born on January 21, 1925, in Athus, Belgium.
She first met Earl Edwin Beattie, a United States soldier, on a blind date
and married him on October 15, 1945 in Brussels, Belgium. She came to the
U.S. as a war bride in 1946. She taught herself English by watching movies
and reading the comics and became a U.S. citizen in 1952. She bore three
children, but only two survived childbirth. The two were married for 21
years until Earl died of a heart attack at home during the snowstorm of
February 2, 1967.
She met Lou Clapack after a friend set them up on a date. After a courtship
of flowers and dancing, they married May 2, 1970 in Miller, Ind.
With that marriage, she gained a step-daughter, Shelia Midkiff.
Unfortunately, she lost her son, Patrick Beattie, though suicide on February
22, 1984; step-daughter Sheila due to cancer on November 8, 2011 and her
husband, Lou, succumbed to leukemia on September 15, 1988.
She is survived by her daughter, Micheline Beattie along with seven
grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
All will miss her wisdom and many kisses, along with her sometimes mix-ups
of the English language. She liked shirtless sleeves (she meant sleeveless
shirts) and enjoyed taking her ears off after church (she meant her
She enjoyed keeping up with her friendsí lives. She did work outside the
home for a short while at Microfiche in Chesterton, Ind.; but mainly she was
a loving housewife and mother par excellence.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m., from St.
Patrick Catholic Church, 642 North Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Ind., with
Father James Meade officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery,
2305 West 73rd Ave., Merrillville, Ind.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 5, from 6 until 8 p.m. at
the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton. Call
219-926-1309 for more information.