Bolesch, age 85, of Chesterton, IN, passed away at his home Thursday,
October 24, 2019.
He was born May 31,
1934 in Gary, IN, to George and Catheryn (Pikofsky) Bolesch.
George is survived
by his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Shankland) Bolesch; daughters Melissa
(Bill, U.S. Army Colonel, retired) Leady of Vancouver, WA; Cheryl (Jeff)
Lussman of Muscatine, IA; son Douglas G. Bolesch, Western Springs, IL;
grandchildren Eric, Anna and Andrew Leady; Stephanie, Noah, Ben, and Owen
Lussman, and Elly Bolesch. Also, sister Charlene Wells of Merrillville and
He was preceded in
death by his parents, daughter-in-law Caroline, and brother-in-law Richard
from Lew Wallace High School, Gary, and in 1957 from the University of
Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Following two years in
the U.S. Army at White Sands, NM, missile range, George returned to
Northwest Indiana and worked in the steel industry until retirement from the
Budd Company in 1983, later working as a data processing consultant at
Inland Steel. He had a lifelong interest in the natural world, with an
extensive rock collection. He and his wife spent many happy hours hiking
woodland trails to identify what was growing in the Indiana dunes, in
Michigan, and Arizona in January. George enjoyed college football,
especially following the University of Florida team, and he coached youth
soccer in the 1980s. In retirement, he became an excellent bridge player. He
was a poll worker, every election, and served on the Indian Boundary
Conservancy Board when residing in Westchester Twp.
cremation, private family services will be held.
contributions for George may be directed to Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988
Range Line Rd, Niles, MI, 49120, or to Shirley Heinze Land Trust, 109 W
700N, Valparaiso, IN, 46385.