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  • "I am sorry I could not attend the services, but would like..."
    - Edward Niedzwiedz
  • "I had the pleasure to grow up next door to the Barkowski..."
    - Krissi Poznanski
  • "Dear Donna: God bless you and your family at this difficult..."
    - Dar Gautreaux
  • "Jerry was a great son, brother, husband, father, and..."
    - Herschel and Jeanne Peterson
  • "We will miss you so much! You have give my son and I a..."
    - Cristy Simmons

JEROME "JERRY" BARKOWSKI PORTAGE, IN Jerome "Jerry" Barkowski, age 75, of Portage, passed away Thursday, May 8 2014. He was born on October 24, 1938 in Indiana Harbor to Clement and Antoinette (nee Horabik) Barkowski. He was a retired Mechanical Repair Tech at Midwest Steel. He was a member of Nativity of Our Savior Church in Portage and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9114 and was a master of all trades. He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Wentz and Donna (Mike) Johnson both of Portage; two brothers, Raymond (Peg) Barkowski of Florida and Norbert (Janice) Barkowski of Munster; five grandchildren, Paige and Bryan Wentz, Brandon Collins and Danielle and Nathan Johnson. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Janet K. (nee Jackson) Barkowski and his parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 12,2014 at 10:00 am directly at Nativity of Our Savior, 2949 Willowcreek Portage with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation is Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 3:00- 8:00 pm at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage. For more information, please call (219) 762-3013 or online at


Published in The Times on May 10, 2014