Margaretha “Marge” Paulina (Hladek) Motes, age 97, of Merrillville, Indiana, formerly of Hammond, Indiana and Uvalde, Texas, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Born in East Chicago, Indiana on July 6, 1920, to the late Andrew and Paula Hladek. Margaretha proudly served her country for two years during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned the rank of Corporal.
She was stationed at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina where she worked on the base as a bookkeeper at the Hostess House. During this time, she met and married another Marine, her late husband, William Jackson Motes.
In her youth, Margaretha modeled for five years in Chicago, one of the studios being Vera Jane Studio. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and was very active in the Altar and Rosary Society serving as a past president and Chairperson of many committees. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 369, First Catholic Ladies Slovak Association, and the Our Lady of Grace Crafters for 30 years. For many years she was the Tiger mascot for the Hammond Tech Float that appeared in parades throughout Northwest Indiana.
Margaretha was a resident of the Towne Centre Retirement Community in Merrillville, Indiana where she enjoyed playing bingo, crafting, and sharing many of her childhood stories.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves to cherish her memory three children: Peggy (Joseph) McBride, William (Vickey) Motes, Timothy (Lyn) Motes; grandchildren: Julie (Frank) Southfield, Laura (Tony) Crisp, Kathleen (David) Bunting, Jack (Samantha) Gebhart, Ian Motes, Rachel (Neil) Burkdoll, Samantha Motes, Jason (Kristen) Malone, Trazy (Wayne) Howard; great-grandchildren: Allison, Amanda, Courtney, Audrey, Ava, Isla, Cordelia, Cecilia, Chloe, Makagan; sister, Elsie Palikan; and sister-in-law, Aggie Hladek.
Preceded in death by her husband, parents; two daughters: Rebecca Ann Motes, and Monica Louise Motes; sisters: Agnes Smalley, Victoria Jones, Esther Pukac, Lorraine Gibson; brother, Larry Hladek.
Funeral Services will take place on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, with prayers at LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond, Indiana at 9:15 a.m. to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7132 Arizona Avenue, Hammond, Indiana, for mass at 10 a.m. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at LaHayne Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Contributions in honor of Marge Motes may be made to the Motes and McBride Family Scholarship (allocation # 016829) in Purdue University’s College of Education. Please make donations payable to the Purdue Foundation and mail to: Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West LaFayette, IN 47907. To make a memorial gift online, visit http://www.Giving.Purdue.edu/InMemoryOfMargeMotes.
Mass Memorials may also be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7132 Arizona Avenue, Hammond, IN 46323. For more information please call 219-845-3600 or visit www.lahaynefuneralhome.com.
The preceding is a paid obituary.