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Obituary: Paula J. Grede

December 23, 1947 – July 9, 2023

Paula J. Grede Paula J. Grede, nee Dowling, age 75, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2023. Beloved wife of Phillip Grede Sr. Loving mother of Jennifer (Dennis) Oakes and Jeffrey (Sharon) Eichensehr. Step-mother of Kelly (Timothy) Donahoe and Phillip (Pamela) Grede Jr. Cherished grandmother of Nathaniel and Noah Fortener, Lucy and Melanie Veron. Step-grandmother of Colin, Tristan, Taylor, and Tyler; and several step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband David Eichensehr, and by his parents Paul and Margaret Dowling. Paula was dearly loved and will be missed by all.

Paula volunteered for 30 years for the Little League Organization. She was President of Dyer Little League for five years and spent 25 years as the Local District Administrator. Paula loved children and spent 25 years as a bus driver for Highland Christian School. She loved making all the kids holiday treat bags. Paula was also a lover of animals, most of all her beloved Shitzu, Katie. She was a diehard Yankees and Packers fan who loved to travel and spend time with family.

Visitation Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 3 – 8 p.m. with a funeral service to be held at 7 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park – Willow Springs, IL. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300.

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