MELENA JO CERCONE (NEE RANCICH) WHITING, IN Melena Jo Cercone (nee Rancich), age 47, of Whiting, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Loving mother of Lia Marisa (Steve Frei) Cercone, Nicolas Milan Cercone, and Irena Marlene Cercone; beloved daughter of Marlene (Seto) Rancich and the late Milan "Moose" Rancich; cherished sister of Marisa Roman; adoring aunt of Stephanie Rancich, Brian (Kayla Perez) Rancich, and Evan Roman; dearest great aunt of Kaidin Milan Rancich; dear niece of Linda (Gene) Sbalchiero, Steve (Linda) Seto, and the late Nada Poynter; and many cousins. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S. of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, officiating. Cremation to follow. Visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to time of services. Melena Cercone was born on February 27, 1964 and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. She was a graduate of Indiana University and was a Registered Nurse. Melena was a great cook, an avid reader, and history buff. She had a fine appreciation for the arts and loved to draw and paint. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, and aunt and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family, would be appreciated. (219) 659-4400
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Published in The Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2012