Leona Helen Sirko (nee Balcerak), age 88, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away
on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Avalon Springs in Valparaiso.
A long-time area resident, Leona was born in Gary, Ind., on January 15,
She was married on June 7, 1947 to Steve Sirko, whom she met at the Gary
Hotel Crystal Ballroom on December 6, 1946.
Leona is survived by her children: Cheryl (Tom) Pleva of Monroe, CT and
Robert (Katherine) Sirko of Valparaiso; grandchildren: Lori Pleva of New
Jersey, Amy (Tony) DeAngelis of Westport, CT, Andrew, Matthew and Greg Sirko;
great-grandchildren: Anthony James and Chloe Marie De Angelis; brothers:
William Balcerak of Hobart and Jerry (Carol) Balcerak of Baytown, TX;
nieces: Cathy (Tim) Munchenburg of Hobart, Kim (David) Erwin of Baytown, TX,
Diane Balcerak of Baytown, TX and Carrie (Eddie) Durham of Aledo, TX;
nephews Dan (Debbie) Balcerak of
Crown Point, William Balcerak of Crown Point, Tom (Denise) Balcerak of
LaPorte and Brett Balcerak of Baytown, TX;
sister-in-law: Betty Sirko of Merrillville. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Steve Sirko and parents: William and Anna Balcerak.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Sirko and parents William
and Anna Balcerak.
Leona attended Lew Wallace High School. She was a member and president of
the Rosary Sodality at St. Mark Catholic Church, employed at the Ridge
Department Store and later at the Gary Screw and Bolt. A long-time resident
of Crown Point and member of Saint Maryís Catholic Church until moving to
Chesterton to live with her son and daughter-in-law where she attended Saint
She was a devoted mother and grandmother who throughout her life supported
her childrenís education and activities. She rarely missed her grandsonís
events, whether a baseball or hockey game or musical performance. A former
PTA president, she believed in the power of education. Her children chose
careers in the field of education.
In her free time Leona loved to shop, especially for clothes. She was also
an avid reader even unto her final days. She also loved to make ceramic
crafts, gardening and stayed active. She touched many with her warm
personality, her gentle manner and beautiful blue eyes. She is and will be
loved and missed by many.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 8, 2013, at Geisen
Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre, 606 E. 113th Ave./South St., Crown
Point, Ind., from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A Rosary Service will be held at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral prayers will be said on Saturday, November 9, at 9:00 a.m. at Geisen
Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre in Crown Point, Ind., followed by a
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 321 E.
Joliet St., Crown Point, Ind., with Fr. Pat Kalich officiating.
Interment will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimerís Association. View directions and/or
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