Karen Gazdich, 80, of Valparaiso passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023. She was born April 1, 1943 to Talmage & June (Rank) Eisenmenger and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1962. Karen made her career with Valparaiso Community Schools Food Service for 28 years. She was a member of First Christian Church DOC where she worshipped with her friends in the Mary Circle. Swimming at the YMCA, galivanting with the Red Hat Society, membership in Saxon Lodge branch 26, bowling at Inman’s, and sharing her love through cooking and entertaining gave her the abundant life that Jesus encouraged.
On January 4, 1964 she married Andrew Gazdich who survives along with their children; Cheryl Gazdich & Todd (Jolene) Gazdich, brother, Al (Cheryl) Eisenmenger, all of Valparaiso, granddaughter, Michaela (Camaron) Warren, and great-grandson, Bentley Andrew Warren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Cheryl Ann Eisenmenger.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 9 – 11 am at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 11:00 am and burial to follow at Angelcrest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice.
I have wonderful memories of Karen's kindness. She was always so happy to see my family and I at family gatherings, and we were equally happy to she, Andy, Cheryl, and Todd. Rest in Peace Karen - you will be missed. -George Antal
I have many found memories of Karen. Loved our time in Red Hats. Karen was always positive and up beat. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. -Joy Kasprzak
I had the privilege of having several conversations with Karen. She was upbeat and personal, always. I will think of her always with a smile on my face! May the Angels surround her on her Journey home!!!!!!!!! She and her husband were always welcoming and a joy to talk with and be in their presence. What a Blessing to so many!!!! -Patrick and Joyce Mehegan
I am so grateful for the many memories that I have of Karen. She was a member of First Christian Church DOC where she worshipped with her friends in the Mary Circle; she always supported my ministry at FCC for the years I served as Co-Pastor there (2005-2013). I remember Karen swimming the YMCA and participating in all of our spiritual growth opportunities offered when I was the YMCA chaplain (2017-2018). I remember the friendship that she had with my late mother and all the fun times that they shared together in the Red Hat Society. Deepest sympathy to all of you. -Victoria Ubben