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Obituary: Elmer W. Kerstowske

March 14, 1934 – February 14, 2023

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Elmer W. Kerstowske Elmer W. Kerstowske, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Franciscan Saint Margaret’s Hospital near his home in Dyer, IN, formerly of Dolton, and South Chicago, IL. He was born on March 14, 1934, in Chicago, IL, to Joann E. (Gorecki) Kerstowske and Elmer Kerstowske. He married Barbara Ann Michalak at Immaculate Conception Church in South Chicago on September 21, 1958. He was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School and Wilson Jr. College, and attended Roosevelt University. He worked as a production manager at Crain Communications in Chicago, IL from 1970 until his retirement in March of 2000.

Affectionately nicknamed “Blinky” by his family, Elmer was a kind, considerate man with a quiet nature and sharp wit. He enjoyed simple pleasures such as golf, bowling, word-searches, eating hot fudge sundaes from Gayety’s, and watching the Cubs. He was a loving husband and father, and a doting grandfather. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughters Kathleen Kerstowske and Judy (Mark) Swisher, and granddaughters Mallory Kroll (Mike) and Kate Swisher.

Visitation Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 10 a.m. until the time of Elmer’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. directly at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer, IN, with Rev. Leo Gajardo officiating. Interment Memory Lane Memorial Park Cemetery – Crown Point, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations to the American Heart Association.

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