Mary F. Pantea

August 26, 2021

Mary Fulea Pantea, 92, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2021 at University Place, West Lafayette, IN, her home for the last 10 years.  Mary was born on November 3, 1928, in East Chicago, IN, to Moise (Mike) and Maria Bozan Fulea.  Mary graduated from Gary Tolleston High School in 1945.  After high school she worked and took classes, eventually attending and graduating from Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, IN.  Mary taught elementary school at both Edison and Aetna Schools in the Gary Public Schools.  She married Victor P. Pantea on August 19, 1951, and together they had 3 children, Victor John, Thomas Michael, and Lisa Marie.  They raised their family at homes in Gary (Aetna) and Ogden Dunes, IN.

Mary and Vic enjoyed their summer cottage at Scott Lake, MI, and winters in Tarpon Springs, FL.  Their passion for travel took them on many excursions to see the sights of North and Central America, Europe, and Africa, with their favorite countries being Egypt and Greece.  They were both excellent dancers and especially enjoyed the music of their era, but they were also aficionados of the Chicago Lyric Opera, where for many years they held season tickets.

After her husband’s death in May 2001, Mary continued to reside in Ogden Dunes until moving to University Place Senior Community in 2011.  She leaves behind many friends among the loving residents and staff of University Place.  She is survived by her children, Vic (Lynne) of Bangor, MI, Tom (Stephen Wright) of Milwaukee, WI, and Lisa (Dan Lybrook) of West Lafayette, IN, grandchildren, Layne Pantea Dinnell (Josh), Chicago, IL, Jason Pantea (Lynndie), South Bend, IN, and 3 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor P. Pantea, sister Rica Verkuilen, brother-in-law Roy Verkuilen, and grandson Carter Douglas Kiser. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, 10:30 a.m. at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church with visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial to follow at Calumet Cemetery.  At the family's request, masks and social distancing required except for those fully vaccinated.  Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Descent of the Holy Ghost  Romanian Orthodox Church, 750 W. 61st Ave., Merrillville, Indiana 46410. Calumet Park Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. Please call 219-736-5840 for information

Visitation

Thursday, September 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church

750 W. 61st Ave., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

Service

Thursday, September 2, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church

750 W. 61st Ave., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

Burial Calumet Park Cemetery