Richard "Dick" Surowiec, 1937-2011

Mr. Richard T. “Dick” Surowiec, 74, died at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.

He was born in LaPorte on April 2, 1937, to Michael and Mary (Samys) Surowiec, and lived his entire life in LaPorte.

Mr. Surowiec was retired as a teacher with the South Central School Corporation. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. He graduated from LaPorte High School in 1955, from Murray State College in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree, and from Ball State University in 1967 with a masters of arts. He was a former member of Indiana State Teachers Association, former member of National Education Association, and a member of LaPorte Falcons Lodge, Beechwood Men’s Club, Beechwood Senior Men’s Golf League, Senior Bowling League, and LaPorte Horseshoe Pitchers Association. He was former South Central varsity football head coach and varsity baseball head coach from 1968-1980. He also coached LaPorte Babe Ruth baseball.

On Aug. 31, 1991, in LaPorte, he married Carolyn T. (De Bruyne) Cole, who survives.

He also leaves behind two daughters, Jody (Bruce) Kutch of LaPorte and Jolynn (Logan) Walker of New Carlisle, IN; two sons, Nick (Nolinda) Surowiec of LaPorte and Rick (Jen) Surowiec of Downers Grove, IL; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie (David) Daisy, Michael Kutch, Brody Kutch, Katie Rudd, Megan Rudd, Chris Surowiec, Nathan Surowiec, Alexis Surowiec, Madeline Surowiec, and Zachary Surowiec; and one sister, Irene V. Surowiec.

He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Rosetta Barber, sister Mary Jane Levendoski and brother Robert Surowiec.

Visitation will be at Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church, LaPorte, on Monday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Angotti officiating. Burial will be in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, following the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to LaPorte Park Foundation, 250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350; or LaPorte Hospital Foundation, 1007 Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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3 Responses to “Richard "Dick" Surowiec, 1937-2011”

  1. Virginia Behenna RN

    Nov 11. 2011

    Dear Carol and family,
    I just want you to know I was thinking about you..I am so sorry for your loss. I loved taking care of Dick.. I will always remember him.


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  2. Jim Lofton

    Nov 12. 2011

    Carol and the whole family,

    I am saddened and shocked about the passing of my old forever friend, Dick. I last talked with him when Rosetta passed, she was also a forever friend.

    May the whole family remember the good times and memories that last forever.

    I am sure Heavenly Father will guide you and yours with love, comfort,and strength, during this time and hold all in the palm of his hand.

    Jim Lofton

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  3. Steve Poole

    Jun 11. 2012

    sorry to hear of mr surowiecs passing. i was a woodshop student of his back in 84-85 at south central. great teacher, pleasant to be around.

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