Benedict SaligaDecember 13, 1925 ~ October 13, 2017 (age 91)
Benedict Saliga, 91 of Whiting, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the William J. Riley Memorial Residence, Munster. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, JoAnn (nee Kubayko); loving father of Karen (Victor) Garcia; cherished “Papa” of Daniel (Jennifer) Saliga; adoring great grandpa of Grayson; dearest brother of Monie (late Dave) Eutsler, Dorothy (late Paul) Devine and the late William Saliga and Helen (late Sharpe) Marshall; dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:00am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S., officiating; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The St. John Rosary Society, together with members of the parish, will offer prayers at the funeral home on Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Ben Saliga was born on December 13, 1925 in Whiting, Indiana to Paul and Mary Saliga. He was a lifelong resident of the Whiting-Robertsdale Community and was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1943. He was a devoted member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting where he faithfully served as a usher for many years and was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, Wreath 81. Ben was a US Navy Veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a retiree of the ECI Oil Refinery (Sinclair, Arco, Atlantic Richfield) East Chicago, with a service of 40 years. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, loved to play golf and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of Little League Baseball, from supporting his great grandchildren to watching the Little League World Series on TV. Devoted to his family, Ben will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.