Dolores Theresa Duncan

September 20, 2020

Dolores Theresa Duncan, 86, of St. John, Ind., died September 20, 2020 at Wesley Manor, Frankfort, Ind.  She was born October 12, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Stanislaw and Josephine (Sczepanska) Balcerak. She married Frank Alexander Duncan on May 9, 1953 and he preceded her in death on January 5, 2017.

She was a 1951 graduate of St. Michael Catholic High School. Dolores was a homemaker but also enjoyed working in catering and had previously worked at the Crown Point Juvenile Detention Center.  She is a devout Catholic and member of the St. John Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana where she enjoyed volunteering her time cooking and praying.    Dolores loved pinochle and enjoyed playing at the Tri- City Senior Center. She enjoyed playing games with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. John Evangelist Parish, 11301 W 93rd Ave., St. John, IN 46373. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Evangelist Parish.

Survived by:

Children: Tom (Lisa) Duncan of Schererville, Indiana, Mike (Pam) Duncan of Schererville, Indiana, Denise (Bruce) Barney of Frankfort, Indiana, Nancy (Mark) Brokaw of Port Orchard, Washington, Dan (Audrey) Duncan of Ellicott City, Maryland, Cheryl (Don) Klingberg of Hammond, Indiana, Bob Duncan of Whiting, Indiana, Brother: Jerry Balcerak of Naperville, Illinois. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded by:

She is preceded by her parents, and 13 siblings.


Leave your Condolences

30 Condolences for “Dolores Theresa Duncan”

  1. Judy Rodgers September 21, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    We Love Mama D and will cherish the memories that we have of her and time spent with her and we know that she will remain here with us in our hearts and memories.

  2. Bill Keith (Ramsey) September 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you for a lifetime of great memories Mrs. Duncan. You were a positive light in my life as a kid, and then in all four of my children’s lives as well. You were a pillar in our community and an example of Christ to all of us. May your loving savior Jesus Christ welcome you into his loving arms and also comfort your family during this time of grief.

    • Denise Barney October 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Thank you Bill. Mom spoke of your children often. I’m going to miss the ‘hood’.

  3. Cheryl Witkowski September 21, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Your mom was a lovely person. The short time we visited on Jerry’s 90th birthday and when he spoke with her always brought a smile to his face. Prayers to you all.

  4. Sue Skopelja September 21, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Very sorry for your family’s loss. May she rest in peace.

  5. Jay Balcerak September 21, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Tom, Mike, Denise and family,
    We never got to research our connection but seeing your Mom liked pinochle so much she had to be a Balcerak. Sounds like a wonderful lady. I’m sorry for your loss but very happy you had her around you so long. Blessings to you all. Your friend, classmate n family,
    Jay (Stanley W) Balcerak
    LC ‘74

    • Denise Barney October 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Thank you Jay! Mom’s father’s name was Stanley…research!

  6. Barbara Opperman September 22, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Farewell, my sweet choir buddy. May you rest in the peaceful arms of your Jesus. Thanks for all the fun times we shared in the SJE choir loft during our practices. I will always remember your sweetness and sense of humor, and love for your Jesus and your family. Until we meet again.

  7. John & Darla Large September 22, 2020 at 8:37 am

    So sorry for your loss Denise. Prayers & Hugs! Praying for your whole family.

  8. Cathy Dick September 22, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I would like to offer my condolences. I got to spend one evening with your mother, and loved her right away. So much fun. As Denise said, she is dancing with Jesus. I believe that. Cathy Dick

  9. Joyce Jacobs September 22, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Denise and family
    So sorry for your loss. Moms are the best and I’m sure you have lots of great memories
    Take care
    Joyce Jacobs

  10. Dennis Weis September 22, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Sorry to hear about your mom, she was a great lady. We’ll keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Gwen September 22, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Kristy I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  12. Pat Wolkenberg September 22, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Dear Nancy, Mark and family,
    Your Mom was a delightful person on this earth. May you see her in the sun, the moon and the stars…knowing that she is at Peace and that she is with you always.

  13. Colleen Hansen September 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Dolores was such a lovely person, so thoughtful and so creative…one of the first I met when moving to St. John from New Jersey. She made me feel welcomed, and she could be so very funny! To this day I still have a cross and a crown of thorns she made for me from palms on two different Passion Sundays. May the good memories you have of her give you comfort.

  14. Omer and Sharon September 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Dolores was quite a person. We played some great games of pinochle with her and Evelyn when she came to Arizona. We know your family will really miss her. God bless you all.

  15. Bill Farrenkopf September 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    So sorry for loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  16. Pedro Trejo September 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Our deepest condolences, my old neighbor and friend. From Pedro and Maria.

  17. Kevin & Dori Doolin September 22, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. It’s so hard to let them go. Our thought and prayers are with you all. May her memory be eternal.

  18. Mike and Mary Ziemkowski September 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers!

  19. Sue Sosnowski September 23, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Aunt delores will be missed by her wonderful family, she will be joining her sisters and two brothers and my mom , Virg. Finally resting in heaven with a big family deepest sympathy to the whole family. Love always and prayers..

  20. Hillis & Pat Dunn September 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss Denise. May she rest in peace. Sending hugs your way

  21. Rick and Janie Gunter September 24, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Our condolences to Denise and the entire family in this most difficult time.

  22. Debbie Gardner Griggs September 24, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Deepest Sympathy to the Duncan Family. Aunt Dolores will be missed.

  23. Donna Ridenour September 25, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Denise and family, I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I truly enjoyed meeting and spending some time with her. Hugs and prayers for you all as you give her back to the Lord.

  24. Keith Kennedy September 26, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    What a wonderful woman Delores was, she was truly a godsend for my wife Pawarisa when she came to this country from Thailand. Pawarisa would walk over to visit her regularly and while announcing to me, ” I’m going to see my best friend”. It was heartwarming to see how much they truly enjoyed each others company in-spite of a huge age and cultural difference. I attribute this to Delores generous and accepting heart, we are both truly blessed for having known her. Well done Delores, rest in peace.

    • Denise Barney October 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

      She loved you so much! Thank you for being such awesome neighbors….a comfort to those who did not live as close!

  25. Julie Barber September 28, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I am so sad to hear about Dolores leaving us. She was truly a special lady, so very kind and loving. She would always invite me in for some pop when I dropped her off from the senior center. More than once she shared those little ice cream cones from Walgreens with us. I’ll never forget her.

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