Carol Brendza, age
75 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
She was born on
December 10, 1942, in Clairton, PA, to Matt and Frances (Salopek) Bekavac.
Carol is survived
by her husband of 56 years, Michael; sons, David (Mary Kay) Brendza and
Richard Brendza; grandchildren, Bridget, Claire, Matthew, Christopher and
William; sister, Mary (Steve) Chernicky; sister-in-law, Elaine (Arthur)
Neely and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in
death by her parents; sister, Dorothy (Lou) Sekulich and daughter-in-law,
Carol was a member
of Phi Beta Psi sorority and St. Patrick Catholic Church. She began her
career by teaching school at St. Bridget, Hobart, for many years, in
kindergarten and 2nd grade, before moving her career forward as principal,
starting at St. Bridget, then to St. Francis, Lake Station and St. Joseph in
Dyer, then on to retirement. Carol enjoyed playing cards and boards games in
her groups. She loved to travel and spend time with her beloved
grandchildren and was an avid Notre Dame football and Indiana basketball
Memorial Mass to
take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Patrick
Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd. Chesterton, IN 46304, with Father Jon
Plavcan officiating. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be
held on Friday, December 14, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to: Indiana Special Olympics, 6200 Technology Center
Drive, Suite 105, Indianapolis, IN, 46278, or the Phi Beta Sorority Cancer
Research. Online condolences may be made to