James Arndt, 1927-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for James W. Arndt, 91, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away Monday, March 5, 2018.  

James was born March 1, 1927, in LaPorte to George Arndt Sr. and Susan (Harness) Arndt Blakeman.  He was a firefighter, retiring from the LaPorte Fire Department, and had also been employed with Essling Funeral Home. James was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, PNA Rod and Gun Club, and PNA Club & Lodge 1120; past member of the LaPorte City Zoning Board, and past member of the Pine Lake Cemetery Board.  James served his country in the Navy during World War II.

On October 28, 1950, in LaPorte, James married Bernice Szawara, who preceded him in death on January 9, 2016. 

James is survived by a daughter, Theresa (Michael) Hawk of LaPorte; a grandson, Andrew Hawk; a great grandson, Kody Hawk; and half-sisters, LuAnn Nebelung and Judy Karbowsky of LaPorte.  His son, Timothy Arndt, parents, and siblings, Robert and George Arndt Jr. and Shirley Zirzow, all preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaPorte. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Parish, 130 Bach St., LaPorte, IN 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

5 Responses to “James Arndt, 1927-2018”

  1. Deanna Passafume

    Mar 05. 2018

    Theresa and family, so sorry for your loss..

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  2. Fern Eddy Schultz

    Mar 06. 2018

    On behalf of The Pine Lake Cemetery Association, please accept our sincere condolences. Jim was a very conscientious member of the cemetery board for a number of years and sincerely cared about the cemetery. Seeing him on his regular visits to the cemetery will be missed.

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  3. Linda Arney

    Mar 07. 2018

    Theresa and family…sorry to hear of your Dad’s pasing. I know he’ll be missed.

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  4. Adele Fontanelli

    Mar 07. 2018

    Theresa and family,,, I am so sorry to hear of you Dad’s passing. He has been a wonderful person and neighbor. Prayers for both your Dad and your family.

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  5. Jeanne Essling

    Mar 13. 2018

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a very nice person.

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