Summer Marie Coronado
1977 - 2021
February 9, 1977
January 19, 2021

Summer Marie Coronado

GRIFFITH, IN - Summer Marie Coronado, of Griffith, IN passed away on January 19, 2021 after a sudden illness.

Summer lived far beyond her years, an old soul even when she was a child. Her name was perfect because she brought light, warmth, and love into our hearts. Her enthusiastic love of life and others made everyone smile. You were graced when you were in her presence. Her laughter, wit, and genuine concern made all feel like family.

Summer was a creative soul. She was a dancer and an instructor of dance with the Ballet Folklorico of Joe Verduzco. She proudly danced to remember and share her Hispanic heritage. Summer was a true thespian, not only an actor, but the creator of theatre companies, Theatro del Sol while at Purdue Calumet, and Calavera Theatre Company while living in Texas.

Upon graduating from Purdue Calumet, Summer began her career with State Farm. She was employed for more than twenty years. She diligently studied and achieved her CPCU license to advance in position.

Summer was an avid reader and writer. Her dream was to retire and write a novel about her father, Domingo. She wanted all to know of his love and sacrifice. His journey to the United States made her life accomplishments possible and she was so grateful for his love and support.

Summer came back to Indiana in March to care for her mother, Sandy. The two bonded even more and became closer than ever. These last months together were truly a gift.

Summer was a mentor and counsel to her sister, Alexis. Born fifteen years apart they shared a bond that can never be broken. They were travelers together, business organizers, clothing rivals, but most of all, best friends.

She leaves behind her loving parents, Domingo and Sandy and her treasured sister, Alexis. Her fur babies Smoky, Chula, Preciosa, and Dulce were lucky to have Summer bring them into the family. Summer was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Andres and Soledad Sanchez, and her dear aunt Alicia.

Summer's love for others was evident in the vast number of friends and family she left behind. You know how much she meant to you...that is how she felt about you, too.

Summer's parents and sister would like to acknowledge the family that loved Summer and the friends who were like family.

Auntie Rae, Auntie Mary, many Aunts and Uncles from Mexico, Tia Terri and Tia Suzi and all your families. Devoted cousins Valerie, Lauren, Stephanie, Agustin, David and Traci, Mariano, Roxanne along with your families, and countless other cousins too many to name. Dearest friends Dan, Paul, Patrizzia, Christian, Mike, Angelica, Rosaura, Natalia, Amy and Larry, Julika and Valerie, Stephanie G. and Edna, Erika, Maria H., Canuto, Jose', Veronica G., Veronica R., and her adopted Texas parents, Alice and Carlos, along with all your families. Summer was blessed to have numerous theater friends and co-workers who will always be in her heart. Domingo, Sandy, and Alexis thank you for the friendship and love you shared with Summer. Her life was richer because of each one of you.

Summer epitomized what it was to be a free spirit. She was an ardent traveler across the United States and Europe. She was determined to live life fully with no regrets. As Summer would say, "Eat dessert first!" She was a ready friend to anyone in need, an animal rescuer, a caretaker, a wonderful soul whose impact on us will live on. She must have been standing near at the inauguration cheering and celebrating as the Biden & Harris team took to the stage. She would want them to continue to fight this pandemic. In her spirit of love and concern for others, she would ask all to please wear a mask. Covid is real and heartbreaking. If you are attending the memorial please wear masks and maintain social distance. The family feels your love, no hugs will be shared because of the pandemic.

A Mass will be celebrated in honor of her life on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM DIRECTLY at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3025 Highway, Highland, Indiana 46322, Father Gregory Bim-Merle celebrating.

In memory of Summer, donations may be made to the family or an animal rescue center. The family requests no flowers please.

To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published by The Times on Jan. 24, 2021.
Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Grace Church
3025 Highway, Highland, Indiana
Funeral services provided by:
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
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Her name is perfect. Summer brought light and warmth into any situation. I am lucky to have known her and to have worked with her at State Farm. She will be greatly missed by her State Farm Family.
Tim Northquist
January 27, 2021
I am so shocked to see that Summer has passed. So sorry to see this. I remember working with Summer in El Teatro Del Sol in El Jardin. It was a great experience and was so happy to be in that show. She was a wonderful person.
January 26, 2021
I "met" Summer just a couple of years ago at State Farm when I became and informal mentor to her in her job in the Chicago area. I really enjoyed speaking to her and found her to offer just as much mentoring to me as I did to her. My condolences on her passing. I was so deeply saddened to hear about it!
Erin Maple
January 26, 2021
My prayers and condolence to the family. I am blessed to have met, worked with and befriended the amazing Summer. She quickly became part of our SF Family as an intern and I was elated when she came back as a full-time employee. She was most definitely a light and will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her
Jacqueline Nicholson
January 26, 2021
I am deeply sadden by this news of Summer passing away. I had the honor of going to college with her and working at The Chronicle with her. She was a fantastic human being. He said, She said commentary at the paper was a fun time. I also remember the celebrations of fun at the Coronado's home. My condolences to the family. As in life people move on from each other but some of my funniest and crazy times were in part due to Summer. Life is so precious and a true reminder of being grateful with day gifted to us here on Earth. Bless you all.
Michael D. "Stew" Stewart
January 25, 2021
I meet summer when she started grade school. She was so enthusiastic and made many friends immediately. She was always such a happy person. It broke my heart when I learn that she passed away. May God give her family the strength to get through this very difficult time.
Rose Chapa
January 25, 2021
It broke my heart to hear Summer had passed away. Her friendship in the office and out was always such a blessing and will be sorely missed. She had told me how she was happy to be near her parents and we talked about her coming down and catching a musical together when she could make it back down to Texas. Even when we did not talk for awhile we could always pick up the phone and chat for an hour. We shared the love of our rescue pets and I will be making a donation in her honor. She really touched my life and I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman who was both beautiful and genuine, inside and out.
Amber Tyler
January 25, 2021
I am saddened by the news of Summer's passing. I was fortunate enough to work with her. She always greeted me, and I am sure many others, with a cheerful "Hola" and a smile. My condolences to your family.
Matt Brenner
January 25, 2021
Summer will be missed. Prayers lifted to the family. I always enjoyed our chats at work (SF). This is very sad news.
Jennifer Parson-Butts
January 25, 2021
Alexis and family, May Summer's memory be eternal.
Anthea Morgan
January 24, 2021