JUNE ELAINE ASHLEY VALPARAISO, IN June Elaine Ashley (nee Liskey), age 83, of Valparaiso, formerly of Merrillville, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard G. Ashley, Sr.; parents: Paul and Ada Liskey; brother, Norman P. Liskey, Jr.; and sisters: Phyllis Thompson and Lois Vick. June is survived by two sons: Willard G. (Donna) Ashley, Jr. of New Carlisle and Robert W. Ashley of Portage; four daughters: Leslie E. (Joseph) Ritter of Michigan City, Susan D. (Brian) Peterson of Valparaiso, Sharon L. (Joseph) Zych of Lowell, and Barbara E. (Thomas) Palansky of Lowell; grandsons: Joseph IV and Phillip Ritter, Willard Ashley III, Joseph Zych III, Andrew (Kara) Peterson, and Thomas (Candice) Palansky, Jr.; granddaughters: Ann Marie Ritter, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Huyvaert, Aimee Heatherly, Katherine (Tim) Kammerer, Ashley Palansky, Racquel and Gabrielle Ashley, and Samantha Miller; great grandchildren: David and Arissa Ritter, Jeffrey, Avery and Pressley Huyvaert, Georgia and June Peterson, Ryan Heatherly, Emily and Elizabeth Palansky, and Dylan and Brytney Penrod; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. June was a former employee of EJ&E Railway and Sauzer's Waffle Shop. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the World Clown Association. Prior to her illnesses, June loved performing as a clown for various events, especially in the hospitals for the sick children. She learned sign language so she could also communicate with the sick hearing impaired children. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point. June's cousin, Rev. Ziden L. Nutt, officiating. Interment in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. www.burnsfuneral.com
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Published in The Times from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2011