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Myron A.Thornburg

“How proud I was to serve my country to support freedom for all Americans,” was the reply Myron A.Thornburg would always offer when he was thanked for his service to the U.S.A.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, four days after Myron and his second wife, Joanne Shephard Thornburg, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, Myron passed away at Miller’s Health and Rehab.

Myron A. “Whitey” Thornburg was born in Walkerton, Indiana, on Aug. 21, 1926, to the late George and Bertha (Cavin) Thornburg. He had three siblings, Walter Thornburg, Rose Taylor and Doris McLean, who preceded him in death.

Whitey graduated from La Porte High School in 1944. That same year, in December, he began his service in the U.S. Army. At first, he was stationed in Okinawa in the 184th Infantry Division, then six months later, he was sent to Korea where his unit was re-named the 31st Infantry Division. During his tour in Korea, he was selected to be in a 60-man Palace Guard Unit as a back-up for 2 Star Gen. Archibald Arnold, who negotiated with the Russians over the 38th parallel.

After completing his service, he returned to La Porte, where he worked as service manager at Pendleton’s Olds and Cadillac and later retired from NIPSCO.

In 1952, Myron married A. Kathryn Wetter, who preceded him in death in 1988. They had three children, Philip (Jan) Thornburg (deceased), David (Debra) Thornburg and Laura (Doug) Kiger. When Myron and Joanne married, he gained three bonus children, Cristofer (Jack-deceased) Rudyk, Deborah Morgan Yarnes and Stephen P. Morgan. In addition, he had five grandsons, Matthew, Nick, Bradley, Kyle and Tyler; two bonus granddaughters, Brady and Mikie; five bonus grandsons, Nick, Colton, Luke, Chase and Christopher; and eight great-grandchildren. Other bonus family includes the Lisa Menke family and the Angie Reaves family.

Whitey was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a former Boy Scout master, a Little League Baseball coach, member of Beechwood Golf Course and Golf Hammock of Florida, and a past post commander for VFW Post 1130 from 1961 to 1962. In his earlier years, Whitey had a passion for playing softball.

A Celebration of Life Service with full military honors will take place on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and the memorial service at 1 p.m. Pastors Evan Lash and Robert Vale will be officiating. Burial will follow the service at Pine Lake Cemetery.

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Healthcare Foundation of La Porte awards first round of grants to improve health and wellness in county

La PORTE — The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte has awarded its first round of 2022 grants to community partners and nonprofits looking to improve health and wellness in La Porte County.

In the first grant cycle this year, HFL awarded $3.8 million across 55 grants spanning its three strategic priorities – Healthy Children, Healthy Minds, and Healthy Living – and projects that contribute to overall health and wellness through its Healthy La Porte grants, according to said Maria Fruth, HFL president and CEO.

“Congratulations to all grantees,” she said. “Effecting positive change truly takes a village, and HFL’s partners are invaluable to the mission of empowering La Porte County residents to live healthy and well.”

Within the three strategic areas, 17 Healthy Children grants totaled $900,069; 17 Healthy Living grants totaled $2,464,741; and five Healthy Minds grants totaled $108,000. There were 16 Healthy La Porte grants totaling $331,740.

Healthy Children focus on prenatal, infant and child wellness, and included $75,000 to The Salvation Army of La Porte for its Weekend Backpack Program, which serves approximately 600 children, Fruth said.

HFL also awarded a two-year grant for $150,000 to La Porte County Habitat for Humanity for the 2022-2024 Habitat Home Build. It will allow for five homes to be built in La Porte for low-income residents, including single-parent families, seniors, veterans and ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) households “to help people become successful homeowners,” she said.

Healthy Living grants focus on improved physical health through access to healthy foods and an active lifestyle. Highlights include a two-year grant to the city of La Porte for $960,000 for Soldiers Memorial Park improvements, including an eight-foot-wide greenway from Craven Pond to Orchard Avenue; restroom facilities, construction of a viewing deck and trails at Link Park; and paving and lighting for the existing mountain bike parking lot and trail head area.

Within this strategic priority area, HFL also awarded a $200,000 grant to the town of La Crosse for the Grand Kankakee Marsh Trail, which will span about nine miles and connect to the existing 11-mile trail that runs southeast from North Judson.

A $50,848 grant was awarded to Citizens Concerned for the Homeless to create a teaching kitchen at Grace Learning Center. The kitchen will engage participants with hands-on lessons, including in-person and live-streamed cooking classes, Fruth said.

HFL awarded five Healthy Minds grants, including $6,000 to Anam Cara Stables for a Grief and Loss Group that will provide peer support sessions hosted by trauma-informed and trained facilitators, and include interactions with horses. It also awarded a two-year grant to Samaritan Counseling Centers for $50,000.

“Healthy Minds grants target the importance of mental health through prevention and treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use,” Fruth said.

Healthy La Porte grants allows HFL to respond to community health and wellness needs outside of the three strategic priorities, she said. They included $24,713 to the La Porte Fire Department’s AED Program, which provides student CPR certifications, life-size realistic mannequins, and maintenance and software updates to the department’s seven AEDs.

A $25,000 Challenge Grant went to Interfaith Community PADS for phase 2 of the emergency overnight shelter remodel in Michigan City, which involves replacing windows and front doors. PADS had to raise a $25,000 match from the community to receive the grant.

The full list of 2022 Cycle 1 Grant winners can be found at 2022-grant-cycle-1-grants -awarded.

“Since 2017, HFL has invested over $34 million in the La Porte County community by giving to our dedicated partners,” Fruth said. “We applaud our partners for all the hard work they put forth toward helping us achieve our mission, and we continue to be proud of what they do for our community.”

HFL’s Grant Cycle 2 closed July 15 and applicants will be notified of decisions in late October.

Local organizations with innovative ideas to improve health and wellness should submit applications for the 2023 grant cycles when they open in January. To learn more about eligibility, guidelines and FAQs, visit -opportunities.

Photo shows a block in Michigan City occupied by Maxine & Heinie’s Restaurant, Blieden’s Camera Center, and the Elite Beauty Shoppe upstairs. Maxine and Heinie’s was a popular gathering place with fantastic food. The Camera Center was owned by Jerome “Jerry” Blieden, who also owned Blieden’s Photography. The Elite Beauty Shoppe used to advertise in the Elston Yearbooks.

Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Anthony Jacobs, 59, of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away on July 27, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. at Life Care Center in Michigan City, Indiana.

Joe graduated from New Prairie High School and attended Bethel College and Purdue North Central. Joe worked in food service for more than 20 years at Westville Correctional Center and Four Winds Casino. Joe was an avid music lover, especially the blues.

He was also a huge Richard Petty fan, attending many NASCAR races. Joe also loved sports, his favorite teams being the Colts, the Bears, the Blackhawks and the White Sox. Joe was also a comic and movie fan – “Star Wars,” “The Blues Brothers” and Marvel being his favorites.

Joe was born on Sept. 14, 1962, in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of the late Joseph and Ruth Ann Jacobs (nee Skierkowski). On Oct. 11, 1997, Joseph married Cynthia S. Brown in Las Vegas, Nevada, who survives.

Joe touched the lives of everyone around him, including his stepson, Terrence Thompson; niece, Brittany Triggs of Buffalo, New York; sister, Claudette Jacobs of Beattyville, Kentucky; and brother, James A Jacobs of La Porte, Indiana. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Joseph Jacobs will be held at Krueger Memorial Hall, located at 801 Liberty Trail Rd., Michigan City, Indiana, 46360, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. All friends, relatives and acquaintances are welcome to share memories and enjoy a light luncheon of Joe’s favorites, “pizza and Coke.”

In lieu of flowers, at Joe’s request, donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pkwy., Suite 300, Rockville, MD, 28052; or to the American Diabetes Associates, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA, 22116-7023.