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Jay L. Harker

April 5, 1957 December 5, 2018
Jay L. Harker
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Jay L. Harker, age 61, of Munster, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018, after having lost a courageous 27-month battle against brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Deb; children: Kyle (Laura) Harker of Brownsburg, IN and Kristin Harker of Chicago, Il; granddaughter Amelia Harker of Brownsburg, IN;
Mother, Alice June (late Edward) Harker of Jasper, IN; Sister, Julee Gruneisen of Louisville, KY and Niece, Elise Gruneisen of Chicago, Il.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday, December 10,2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8501 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN with Rev. Michael J. Yadron officiating. Jay will lie in state from 11:00 AM until time of service at the church. A visitation will be held at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Jay began his educational career teaching at Gavit High School in Hammond. He later joined the School City of Whiting in an Administrative capacity serving nearly 20 years prior to retiring as both the Middle School and High School Principal.

Jay was blessed to have then been hired as the Principal of St. Thomas More School in Munster, a position that brought him great joy. His tenure in the Principal role was but a few short years as health issues prevailed but he was fortunate to have been allowed to remain with the school in a limited capacity.

Jay was a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr Robert Bernard Weis Council 10596 and the Retired Chapter of Hammond Teachers Federation.

Jay and family are grateful for the extraordinary care provided at Northwestern Memorial by Drs. Priya Kumthekar – Neuro-Oncology, Jinny Tavee- Neurology, Sean Sachdev- Radiation Oncology, Brad Knight Cardiac Electrophysiology – Nurse Practitioners/Clinicians - Margaret Schwartz, Cynthia Bender , Lilia Santana along with the 9th/ 10th Floor Neuroscience units.

In lieu of flowers, Jay would ask to consider a donation to St. Thomas More School for an educational scholarship in his memory or to the Clinical Research Lab of Dr. Priya Kumthekar, Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, to aid in the discovery of a brain cancer cure.

Jay had a kind, unselfish, giving soul. He touched the lives of everyone he encountered. To know Jay, was to love Jay. His presence and caring spirit will be deeply missed on this earth.


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Visitation

Sunday

9

Dec

2:00 PM 12/9/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
Munster Location

8415 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

Munster Location
8415 Calumet Avenue Munster 46321 IN
United States

Visitation

Monday

10

Dec

11:00 AM 12/10/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas More Church

8501 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

St. Thomas More Church
8501 Calumet Avenue Munster 46321 IN
United States

Service

Monday

10

Dec

12:00 PM 12/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas More Church

8501 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

St. Thomas More Church
8501 Calumet Avenue Munster 46321 IN
United States
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