James Joseph Jarka,
79, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 7:24
p.m., in Hospice Franciscan Communities, Michigan City, IN.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana, with Rev.
Walter Rakoczy officiating. Private entombment will take place in St.
Visitation will be
from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Ott/Haverstock
Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN, is handling arrangements.
He was born October
28, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Benedict "Ben" and Stephien (Lisztewski)
On July 29, 1961 in
Michigan City, IN, he married Joan Bonfield, who survives in Michigan City,
Also surviving are
three daughters, Karen (Jim) Wolf of Rolling Prairie, IN, Kimberly Cash of
Michigan City, IN, and Debora (Ellis, Jr.) Kennedy of Channahon, IL; son,
John (Christy) Jarka of Chesterton, IN; sister, MaryAnn Stanage of Sun City,
AZ; brother, Don (Donna) Jarka of Illinois; seven grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also
preceded in death by his son-in-law, Barry Cash.
As his profession,
Jim was a clothing pattern maker and worked throughout the United States.
Upon retiring, he worked several different part-time positions: Manager of
Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park, courier for Ticor Title and as an office
manager for Kip's Integrity Builders.
Jim had a great
love of bowling and was on leagues in several different states and was known
to his friends simply as "JJ" or "Jarka". He was also active in his church,
St. Mary of the Immaculate Church, as an altar server and usher. He used his
carpenter skills for several items throughout St. Mary's and Sacred Heart
be made to Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400, Rolling
Prairie, IN, 46371 or to, St. Mary's Catholic Church for Masses, 411 W. 11th
St., Michigan City, IN, 46360.
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