OBITUARY FROM POST-TRIBUNE, APRIL 22, 2009:
Debbie Berland, age 55, of Valparaiso, IN, an angel in life went home to heaven on April 20, 2009. As we weep, heaven opens its arms to receive Debbie Ann Berland. Born November 3, 1953 in Tonasket, WA the 4th child of 6 to Loren and Gloria (Gonzales) Allen, encompassed the heart of her family circle, surpassing the ordinary to become a daughter and sister beyond compare. Debbie was a graduate of Hobart High School and from there followed her heart to find her passion and universe in the love and devotion for her husband, Larry Berland and her 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Debbie was a Girl Scout troop leader, loved crossword puzzles, music, reading, travel, spending time with her grandchildren, Christmas and giving to others. Debbie's passion for life combined with her courage and strength will become the inspiration to sustain us until our paths cross again.
Debbie is survived by husband, Larry Berland of Valparaiso; father, Loren Allen of Spokane, WA; children, Erica Mahns of Indianapolis, IN, Joshua (Star) Mahns of Marion, KY, Beth Berland of Valparaiso; brothers & sisters, Donna (Leonard) Selvig of Escondito, CA, Gerry (Carol) Allen of Westville, IN, Ron (Annette) Allen of Hobart, IN, Lisa Allen of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Trenton Baker & Jacob Mahns; and beloved friend, Samantha Sons of Portage, IN. She was preceded in death by her mother; and brother, Melvin Allen.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Tim McGuire officiating at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, located at 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN. Cremation Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials for Debbie may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. www.EE-FH.com.
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