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Mary P. “Cookie” Tolin (nee Mihalov), 84 of North Hammond, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Loving mother of David (Judy), Mary Lynn (Brad) Subrin, Rick (Caryn), Michael and the late Donald and Johnny Tolin; cherished gramma of Elizabeth (Justun) Sharp, Jacob Subrin, Nicholas, Lauren, Olivia, Abigail, Adam and Joshua Tolin; adoring great gramma of Margaux and Hattie Marie Sharp; dearest sister of Joseph (Grace) Mihalov and the late Ann Kozak, Helen Markovich, Agnes Vetroczky and John Mihalov; proud aunt to many nieces and nephews; special niece, Debbie Kolodziej.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 9:30am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. Dominic Bertino, officiating; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the funeral home on Friday 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 Friday at 4:30pm. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.stjohnbap.org. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Cookie Tolin was born in Whiting, Indiana on May 21, 1939 to John and Mary (Podubinsky) Mihalov. A lifelong resident of the Calumet Region, she was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1957 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, the St. John Rosary Society and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assoc., BR. 81. She was a retiree of the Dover Chemical Co., Hammond, with a service of 29 years. To Cookie, faith and family was everything. A loving and devoted mother, gramma, great gramma, sister and aunt. She was happiest being at her “Home Shveet” and at her best when her home was filled with family and friends, she loved feeding everyone and her home-made bread was always the hottest item on the menu. She had a passion for music, especially Elvis, and even made national TV, dancing with her granddaughter at a family wedding a few years ago in Texas and the video went viral. Cookie was always very generous…if you needed it and she had it…you got it. If she didn’t have it, she would help you get it. She lived life on her terms and to the fullest, always praying for others and was very thankful for her faith even in the most difficult of circumstances. She was ‘tiny and mighty”, definitely one of kind and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave., Whiting, IN 46394, would be appreciated.