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Michele Stipanovich

Born: Mon., Oct. 31, 1949
Died: Sun., Jul. 19, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jul. 23, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 23, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

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Music by The Piano Brothers

       Michele Stipanovich, age 70 of Chesterton, IN, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2020.  She was born on October 31, 1949 in Gary, IN to Miles and Mary (Rapaich) Stipanovich, both of whom preceded her in death. 
       She is survived by her loving siblings, Miles (Mary Lou) Stipanovich Jr. and Deborah Stipanovich; her adoring nephew, Marko Stipanovich; and by her many cousins. 
       Michele was a music lover at a very young age.  She enjoyed playing the piano during her early childhood, and continued to spread her love of music throughout the years by teaching piano to eager learners.  After graduating from Lew Wallace High School, where she played in the orchestra, Michele attended IU Northwest in Gary, IN for Music.  Then, she attended Valparaiso University. She was employed in the music department at Liberty Middle School, and then worked at the Westchester Public Library in the reference department.
She returned to Duneland School Corporation, working at Chesterton High School as the Office Manager for WDSO. She hosted a weekly symphony show for WDSO. Music was her passion and she shared this with her beloved students. She played the harpsichord in the Chesterton High School Madrigal Dinner. 
       She enjoyed playing Happy Birthday by the US Marine Corp Band for birthdays. 
       Michele was also a member of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Chesterton, IN, where she was the former choir director. Michele was a very active in many different organizations, such as:  the Duneland Historical Society in Chesterton, IN, the CHS Alumni Association, the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN and the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN. She was also a member and contributor to the Quilts of Valor Group String-a-long Stars and Stripes. She was currently employed at Chesterton High School, with a total of 39 years working for the Duneland School Corporation.  She will be truly missed by those who loved her in the Duneland community. 
       Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11 a.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN with Fr. David Pearson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.  For the protection of the family and the community, masks are mandatory when attending the services at the funeral home and cemetery. 
       Memorial donations in honor of Michele may be given to: St. Francis’ Episcopal Church: 237 E 1200 N, Chesterton, IN 46304 or to WDSO Radio-Chesterton High School: 2125 S 11th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.
       Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com. 

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Elaine K. Shumwau
   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
Michele was one of my long-time colleagues in Duneland. I can remember when I first met her. We shared a common love of music - she of the piano and I of the violin. As her position became that of the radio station, we shared many visits in her studio at CHS. As a personality on WDSO, she interviewed several of my conductors and promoted their concerts in the region. Another connection was her sister, Debbie, who was in my French class at the old Chesterton Junior High for a year, and her brother Mitch who was also in my French class at the high school. Michele will be sorely missed, and it is my prayer that the God of all comfort will be with the family at this time. God bless you and keep you.
Your friend,

Jacob Weitzel
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
On behalf of every WDSO student's life that Michele touched with her kindness and wisdom, Thank you Michele, Thank you for everything you did for the station. Thank you for taking so much pride in what you did, thank you for making each and every WDSO member smile. Thank you for showing kindness to the students who did not always treat you with the most kindness. Thank you for allowing me to change everything up on you last year, and thank you for being gracious and patient as I taught you. Thank you for teaching me everything that you did, and thank you for quite literally being the heart and soul of WDSO. My heart hurts for the students that will never get to meet you, learn from you, or ask you for a lunch pass. Michele, you were an amazing person, and I know you're looking down on us smiling now. Thank you, Michele.

Jessica Pupovac
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Michelle was an absolute joy to be around. Every time I saw her she was smiling, telling stories, and spreading her love of art, music, and family. Her spirit of light and love will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to you, Deborah, Mitch & Mary Lou, and everyone who knew and loved her. I'm so sad to be learning of the visitation and services right now, as they are in progress. I so wish I was there with you all to send her off with the kind of love she showed to all of us through the years.

Beth (Poling) Warner & Family
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Our hearts and thoughts are with you now. May her love of the arts carry on through us all.

Beth (Poling) Warner & family.

Doug Anderson
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Miles, Deborah, and family, we're so sorry to hear of your loss. Michele was truly a kind soul. My mom always looked forward to her visits at the nursing home. Our prayers are with you.

Doug and Mary Anderson

Cheree Geary
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
I was shocked to see this today. I am so sorry to have missed the service. Michele was such a kind, wonderful person- yes one of the good ones for sure! Michele I will miss our visits and still treasure the quilt paintings you gave me when I left CHS. WDSO Radio will never be the same. God bless. ❤😪
Your friend,

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