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Obituary: Mary L. Berda

April 15, 1920 – January 08, 2019

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Mary L. Berda (Yates) passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2019, at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana.

Born on April 15, 1920, in Guston, Kentucky, to Anna Navada and David Clarence Yates, Mary was the oldest of five siblings. The family moved from Kentucky to Hammond, Indiana, prior to 1928. While Mary was attending Hammond Tech school, she met her husband Henry. They were married July 4, 1940, and moved to Lansing, where they raised 7 children. They were married for 45 years before Henry’s passing.

Survived by her loving children and grandchildren: Antoinette (William) Webster, Richard (Rhonda) Webster, Susan (Geoffrey) Osberg, James (Penny) Webster, Veronica (Vincent) DeLaurentis, Mary (Mike) Przbylski, Andrew (Becky) DeLaurentis, Kathleen (Chris) Kreski, Henry (Darlene) Berda, Melissa (Eric) Kelso, Henry (Pina) Berda, Amanda (Matthew) Coffman, Samantha Harrison, and Sarah Berda. Lorena (Lawrence) Norkiewicz, Cheryl Norkiewicz, and Jason Norkiewicz. Martha (Hal) Wilson, Christopher (Amanda) Wilson, Patricia (Ronald) Quilici, John (Kristin) Quilici, Julia Quilici, and Thomas Guerino. Also nine great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her loving husband: Henry Berda; parents: Anna N. and David C. Yates; sisters: Anna C. Patheiger and Lucy M. Stephen; brothers: George E. Yates and Charles D. Yates; grandson: John L. Webster.

Mary retired from School District 215 after working 18 years as a head cook. After retiring she volunteered at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital Gift Shoppe in Dyer for many years. She enjoyed traveling, her garden, and crocheting afghans. Mary was a parish member for 67 years at St. Ann Church. She also belonged to St. Ann’s Ladies Club, Daughters of Isabella, and the Morning Church Group at St. Ann Church in Lansing.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 3:00 to 8:00pm at Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 10:00am at St. Ann Catholic Church, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. She will be laid at rest at Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Schererville, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Ann School in Lansing, Illinois.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Patty and Ron, I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I surely remember her at the TFS Cafeteria. May God be your comfort.

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