Mary Ann Vrlich, 1927-2017

Mary Ann Vrlich, 89, of LaPorte, was called to join her family and friends in her eternal resting place with the Lord on Friday, May 5, 2017.

She was born May 12, 1927, in Gary, IN, to Matthew and Mary (Petkovich) Vrlich.

Mary Ann worked at U.S. Steel as an executive secretary and for the Diocese of Gary. She also was an organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church and was involved in every aspect of parish life. As an assistant to Monsignor John  C. Witte, she worked at Holy Angels (Gary), Ct. Cyril & Methodius (North Judson), and St. Joseph (LaPorte) parishes, just to name a few. After retiring, Mary Ann enjoyed reading, gardening, cheering on the Notre Dame football team, and watching wildlife around her home. She was a reverent Catholic who believed in the power of the Eucharist. Her deep love for Family, Friends and Faith were everything to her.

Mary Ann is survived by her sister, Sylvia Wilk, and her nephews and nieces: Mark Vrlich, June (James) Gormley, Jimmy (Linda) Towers, LuAnn (Patrick) Huffmaster, Gina Wilk, Steve Wilk, and Diane (Dean) Ott. She is also survived by several special great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Violet (James) Towers, Frank Wilk Sr., Albert (June) Vrlich and Karl Vrlich; and her nephews, Craig Vrlich, Matthew Wilk and Frank Wilk Jr.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaPorte. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 C St., LaPorte, IN 46350.

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3 Responses to “Mary Ann Vrlich, 1927-2017”

  1. Jerry and Donna Smith

    May 08. 2017

    Such a great lady, that will be truly missed! Worked hard and enjoyed life. God has another angel at his side. RIP, Mary Ann.

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  2. Don and Mary grott

    May 08. 2017

    A wonderful lady who will be missed greatly but happy for her to be joining her family and friends in heaven. R.i.peace Mary Ann

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  3. Robyn Karkiewicz

    May 09. 2017

    Mary Ann was a wonderful person. I remember her when I went to St. Joseph Grade School. RIP Mary Ann.

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