Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Michael A. Gifford-Valparaiso, IN and Formerly of Hegewisch and Dolton, IL

Michael Gifford, age 64, entered into eternal life on November 23, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; daughters, Yvette (David) Lilly, Shannon (Nolan) Gorney, and Janet Curin; son, John Gifford; grandchildren, Avery Benson, Bella Lilly, Keely Gorney, and Xavier Gorney; brothers, Russell (Susan) Gifford, Randy (Debbie) Gifford, and Rick (Laura) Gifford; brothers-in-law, John (MaryHelen) Znavor and Thomas (Vicki) Znavor; sister-in-law, Karen (Ronald) Both; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, his much loved Aunt Marian, and countless friends.  Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Angie Gifford; and in-laws, John and Irene Znavor.  Mike was born March 31, 1950 and spent his early childhood years in Hegewisch.  Later his family moved to Dolton, where Mike graduated from Thornridge High School.  He met Nancy in the fall of 1988 and they married on June 23, 1990.  Mike retired from Inland Steel/Arcelor Mittal with 32 years of service in the transportation department.  He was an avid White Sox Fan, enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, doing crosswords and Sudoku, and showing his classic cars.  He was always quick with a joke.  Mike enjoyed spending time with Nancy and their pets.  Weekends often found them antiquing, at “the boats”, or walking the dog at the beach. 
Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29th at 10:00 AM at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center 1511 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso with Fr. Kevin McCarthy celebrating.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.  Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso and Saturday at St. Teresa of Avila from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass.  Mike will be missed by all who knew him, but his legacy of love and a fighting spirit will live on.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center or VNA Hospice 2401 Valley Dr., Valparaiso 46383. 

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