Dolores I. Macko, age 89, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away peacefully at the Munster Med Inn on Friday, March 13, 2020. She was preceded in passing by her parents, John, Sr. and Caroline Macko; loving sisters: Caroline (late John) Kukuch, Anna (late Alex) Slivko; loving brothers: Joseph (late Olga) Macko and John, Jr. (late Eleanor) Macko and dear niece, Caroline Diwyk. Dolores is survived by nephews: Alan (Veronica) Slivko, Joseph Macko; nieces: Teresa Lynn Macko and Geralynn Macko-Harmer; great nieces: Ava, Christine (Carl) Steffes, Yvonne Diwyk and Irene (Wally) Velasko and dear friends and caretaker Elida (Joe) Ochoa, their family, Ericka, Maria Eva, Isaiah and Elijah, Evangelina and Enrique.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at St Patrick Church, 3802 Grand Boulevard, East Chicago, Indiana, with Father Carlos Sosa, A.I.C., officiating. At Rest, St John - St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Hammond, Indiana. Visitation for friends and family will be held at St Patrick Church from 10:00 am until time of Mass at 12:00 Noon.
Dolores was very devoted to the Catholic Church, if she wasn't playing the organ, she was in her church pew praying the rosary with her fellow Rosary Society members. She served her Lord Jesus through prayer and music. Dolores started her life journey in the Catholic Church by serving as an organist at a very young age. She was a graduate of Bishop Noll High School and studied music in College. After a couple of years in College, she returned to her family's Parish, the Assumption Church in East Chicago, where she became the Music Director and Organist. She was very dedicated to her position and never missed a mass. She sang and played for hundreds of baptismals, weddings, funerals and special occasions in the church. After the closing of Assumption Church in 1998, she joined St Patrick Church and continued what she loved most, playing the organ and singing. Dolores was always kind and generous and never forgot your name, your birthday and even your anniversary. She was a member of the former Assumption Parish and St Patrick Parish in East Chicago. Member of the Rosary Society of both churches and was a longtime member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Her home and heart were always open to all of her family and friends. She was loved and revered by many, and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Memory of Dolores, may be made to St Patrick Church, 3802 Grand Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana 46312. Funeral Arrangements under the Care of Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, 3934 Elm Street, East Chicago, Indiana. For further information, you may call (219) 398-0938 or visit www.oleskapastrickfh.com
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