Carissa Lynn Bottos, 47 of Wanatah, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. She was born November 26, 1975 in Valparaiso to Lee & Cheryl (Gearhart) White and graduated from Kankakee Valley High School in 1994. Carissa made her career as a cashier with Ben’s Soft Pretzels at the Valparaiso Wal-Mart and enjoyed membership at the Christian Assembly of Hobart. She enjoyed the art of making jewelry, decorating of all sorts, especially with flowers, and playing cards with her mother and sisters.  The memory of how she touched so many lives will endure in all of the small gestures that left positive impacts in seemingly unnoticeable ways.
On November 10, 2001 she married Jeffery Bottos who survives along with her mother, Cheryl (Richard) Muscara of Chesterton, her father, Lee (Sheryl) White of Greenwood, IN, mother-in-law, Cassandra Bottos, sisters; Heather (Brad) Dimmitt of Greenwood, IN & Trinity (Jon) Steen of Muncie, IN, granddad, Sandy Muscara of Valparaiso, brothers & sisters-in-law; John (Linda) Bottos, Jim (Linda) Bottos, Audrey Mansavage & Desiree Birky,  nieces & nephews; Kerrigan (Corbin) Gatza, Jace Dimmitt, Misty, Krista, Raylynn, Nicholas, Micah, Steven, Kalib, Stacey & David, Andrew and great nephew & niece, Connor & Elizabeth. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul & Clara Gearhart, Dolly Muscara, Marge Westforth & Roy White; and father-in-law, David Bottos.
A visitation will be held Friday from 5 – 7 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 pm, Pastor Michael Macchia officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to the family.


I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, daughter, niece, cousin and friend. Carissa had a heart of gold and was always willing to help with whatever means she had. I will miss her smile and positive attitude she shared with all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Carissa. All my love, -Desa Birky 

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow. -Bonnie Holyfield 

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. You, my angel, may you rest in eternal peace. You were an angel who helped me in my need. Miss you... -Rada Metzger 

So sorry for your lose. We will keep you in our prayers. -Stacey and Ryan Stanley 

Audrey. Sorry for the loss of you sister in law. Prayers for your family, -Tony and Gloria Hendrix 

You were the sweetest woman. You were a wonderful daughter... I will miss the late night caramel apple pie and ice cream chats.. Your Dad and I will miss you and Love you Always. RIP.... Sweet Daughter...God Bless all the family. Jeff you were a wonderful husband to Carissa. -Sheryl White 

I am so very sorry to hear of Carissa's passing. She was a Wonderful person beyond words. I am so glad to have been called her friend. Heartfelt prayers to Jeff, Sheryl, her family and friends. -Deborah Roberts 

Lee and Cheryl so sorry to hear about Caressa remember when our kids would sleep under the table when we played cards. -Bill Welsh 

Dear Jeff, I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. -Jerry Birky 

Words can not express our disbelief in the sudden passing of this gentle soul with such a kind heart. It has been a good while since we last have seen her but we have reminisced about our family get-togethers with her beginning as a child. There is absolutely no doubt that the love, kindness and attention that she gave her Grandma Gearhart during her later years exemplified her caring personality. God bless and comfort all of you as you deal with this terrible loss. -Denny Herron 

I am so saddened by the death of my daughter in law. So very sorry I couldn’t make in to Indiana. Rest in peace Carissa. -Cassandra Bottos 

This is really hard I am gonna miss u sis we have been bestfriends for over 15 years .gonna miss are beautiful memories we shared like church days karaoke Friday nights , hangout with u when Jeff was working and games cookouts holiday dinners at are house .u was there when I was fighting cancer & always been a aunt to my kids .even just to share tears together .u always had a heart of gold .I am going to miss see phone calls I wish I could call u .my prayers goes out to Jeff and all the Family and church friends ..your never be forgotten sis ..Jeff pls if u need anything even just to talk call us or wanna hangout come by ..anytime gonna miss u sis -Samantha & August Hough 

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