Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Georgia Sobolewski

Passed away on May 4, 2019


Georgia Ann Gall Sobolewski passed away on May 4th, 2019. Georgia was born on April 12th, 1944 in East Chicago, IN, to the late George and Irene Gall. She had just happily celebrated her 75th birthday with her family and friends. She lived a fulfilling life and was loved by everyone that knew her. Georgia fought pancreatic cancer with all of her heart and might and was a true warrior.

She had an impressive academic career: St. Mary's Grade School in East Chicago, IN; Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, IN; and Ball State University in Muncie, IN where she was a proud member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She graduated in just three years from Ball State so she could accept her diploma alongside her future husband, David Sobolewski. Dave was the absolute love of her life. They were happily married for 53 years and had three children together. Georgia is survived by Matthew (Jane) Sobolewski, Curt Sobolewski, and Amy (Greg) Benitez. Georgia balanced a full career with the busy schedules of three active children and always managed to maintain a home that radiated love, kindness, and hospitality which became a natural gathering place for family and friends.

After obtaining her master’s degree from Ball State University in Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Education, she taught at the public schools in Palatine, IL; East Chicago, IN; and Hammond, IN. She then joined the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative (NISEC) and retired from NISEC in 2010. She also was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and received NISEC's Teacher of the Year award for the 1995-1996 school year.

Georgia courageously battled and defeated breast cancer at the young age of 38. She was very proud to say that she was 37 years breast cancer free. She strongly supported others battling breast cancer and became a volunteer for the Cancer Outreach Program. Always selfless, she was known to leave her home with only seconds notice if she was called by a breast cancer patient who needed her. She also completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk twice and raised thousands of dollars to support the cause. 

After Georgia retired, she dedicated her time to philanthropy and being with her children and grandchildren, Jack and Danny Sobolewski and Reesa and Cruz Benitez. Her grandchildren always loved when Gigi came to visit. Georgia and Dave enjoyed traveling, visiting many of the greatest cities in the world, but her favorite trips were the three times they went to New Orleans to rebuild houses for Habitat for Humanity after Hurricane Katrina – a true testament to her selfless spirit.

When Georgia was at home, she was surrounded by wonderful friends and family, the best being her sister, Flora (Chuck) Keslin. Georgia had immense faith and was very active in her church community at St. John the Evangelist. She served as a Eucharistic Minister and attended Bible study - often cheating off of Dave because she could never quite complete the readings in time.

Georgia had a love of education and for helping others, particularly children. She volunteered for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Lake County where she advocated for abused and neglected children. She also loved spending time at the Nazareth Home in East Chicago, IN every week - always saying, “I'm going to go hold the babies.” The Nazareth Home is a place for at-risk children and Georgia loved providing them with love and support – often using her educational background to help them to develop their speech and language milestones. Even while vacationing in Florida, Georgia routinely volunteered at the Immokalee Schools where she provided reading and writing assistance to elementary-aged students.

Georgia was a bright light. She was kind-hearted, compassionate, outgoing, loving, caring, sweet, funny, and incredibly strong. She was taken far too soon but her family and friends find great comfort in knowing that she was greeted in Heaven by her loving parents, her in-laws Victoria and Chester Sobolewski, and her many Aunties and Uncles that filled her childhood with love and laughter. Georgia’s bright light will continue to shine through all of those who loved her.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, May 30th from 4 to 8 pm with a scripture service at 6:30 pm at Elmwood Funeral Chapel located at 11300 West 97th Lane (1/2 block west of US 41/Wicker Ave. at 97th LN.) St. John, Indiana. . We hope attendees will consider sharing a special story about Georgia at the service. The funeral Mass will take place on Friday, May 31st at 10 am directly at St. John the Evangelist Church – Day Chapel located at 11301 West 93rd Ave., St. John, IN. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask for donations in Georgia’s memory to the Nazareth Home. https://www.nazarethhome.com/index.php/donation-form or contact the Ministry Support Center at 219-947-8500.  For more information www.elmwoodchapel.com or 219-365-3474.


DIRECTLY at St. John the Evangelist Church - Day Chapel
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00 am

Funeral Mass:
St. John the Evangelist Church - Day Chapel
Corner of 93rd and 41
St. John, Indiana 46373
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00 am


Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask for donations in Georgia’s memory to the Nazareth Home. https://www.nazarethhome.com/index.php/donation-form or contact the Ministry Support Center at 219-947-8500

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm

"My deepest sympathy to Georgia family"
- Kasandra Bogordos
May 9, 2019 3:10 pm

"We are filled with sorrow and pray that God will bless all of you as you mourn the loss of Georgia. She touched All of us with her smile, laughter, sincerity and wonderful friendship. She is now in the presence of our Lord. "
- Joe Benitez
May 10, 2019 12:15 pm

"Dave & Family - We're deeply sorry to hear of Georgia's passing. She's an extremely beautiful soul who wore her faith in all that she did in life. We especially remember her joy when all the grandkids starting coming along. :-) We will always treasure her friendship, her smile and time with both of in you in bible study over the many years. Paul & Donna McCarthy"
- Paul and Donna McCarthy
May 10, 2019 3:16 pm

"May your candle burn bright Sweet Georgia... we are always thinking of you! What a wonderful happy person you were.. living mother and wife. May the lord keep you and hold you in his arms til we meet again!! Much love Nancy"
- Nancy Crocker
May 10, 2019 4:29 pm

"Sorry to learn Georgia passed away shortly after seeing her in April. She will be so missed. Our prayers are with the family. "
- Dan Krivickas
May 16, 2019 11:53 am

"Julia and I send our condolences and our fond memories of this beautiful lady to the family. Rest in Peace Georgia! "
- Thomas Wratten
May 21, 2019 10:50 pm

"So sorry to learn that Georgia passed away. She always had nice smile and nice personality. She was one of best teachers and one of best speech and language pathologists in deaf education program at school. She was a wonderful lady. Our heart goes out to her family. Alice Kay, Amber and Tiffany"
- Dorothy Alice Kay
May 21, 2019 11:45 pm

Candles Lit
"Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to this kind, sweet, funny woman. She will be missed by many and we hope that happy memories may soon bring you comfort. Much love, The Rusnak and Browning families"
- Nicole Browning
May 8, 2019 5:40 pm

"Rest in peace Georgia!! "
- Eniko Horvath
May 10, 2019 1:35 pm

"Our hearts are with you and your family. Rest in peace."
- Tunde Keslin
May 29, 2019 7:08 pm