Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
and Mausoleum

Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Mary Ellen Mitch, 71 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021.  She was born July 27, 1949 in Gary, IN to Steve and Mary (Kuzma) Rusak.  After graduation from Merrillville High School, Class of 1967, Mary worked at Montgomery Wards and studied at Indiana University.  After rising two beautiful children, she worked at Wise Owl Preschool and Merrillville Iddings after school program.  There’s not a child Mary would not love or educate.  Mary lived for her kids and grandkids, loved reading and word games.  To know Mary Ellen, was to love her.  She always looked out for others and put others first.  On July 18, 1970 Mary Ellen married Douglas Mitch who survives along with their children, Kristen (Pat) Stanton of Illinois and Matthew (Misty) Mitch of Michigan; grandchildren, Audrey, Jack, and Charlotte Stanton and Chloe and Parker Mitch; aunt, Helen Sopko of Portage; brother, Michael (Sally) Rusak of Wisconsin; mother-in-law, Dorothy Mitch of Illinois; brother-in-law, Duane (Donna) Mitch of Illinois; nieces and nephews, Steven, Alana, Audra, Max, Lucus, Jacob, Jodi, Dena, and Tina; and best of friends, Jani Morton of South Carolina, Gayle Whittaker of Indiana, Donn and Annie of Converse, Dan and Chris Bridy of Valpo, and Toby and Sally Tyler of Illinois.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Mary Rusak; brother, Richard S. Rusak; and father-in-law, Donald Mitch.  The Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to: Dr. Kovalow-St. John and Nurse Karen, Avalon Springs Nursing Staff, and VNA Hospice of Valparaiso.
A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 AM at St. Paul Catholic Church 1855 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, with a Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 AM.  Followed by at memorial luncheon in the church hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested in Mary Ellen’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter,  9302 N Meridian St Ste 203, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

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