Jack Lesar Obit

Jack Lesar, UPI business writer, editor

Services were Saturday (Oct. 30, 2005) in Hammond, Ill., for former United Press International business writer and editor John "Jack" Lesar who died Oct. 22 after suffering a disabling stroke.

He was 56.

"Jack was a fine writer who could take facts and turn them into a compelling story. His talent will be sorely missed," said Marcella Kreiter, who worked with Lesar in Chicago. Lesar also worked on the news service's General Desk in Washington and for the Chicago Tribune.

Kreiter, former UPI Midwest Regional Editor, said Lesar, a diabetic, was proud he defied doctors who once told him they thought he would never live beyond 30. "He was really a bright guy."

After leaving the company in 1994, Lesar, edited "95" the newsletter of UPIstaffers. He suffered a stroke this summer and was a patient at South Holland Manor Care and Select Care in Hammond, Ind.

He collapsed after going home and died Oct. 22 at Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Hammond, 14 months after the death of his wife Bernadette C. "Bernie" Lesar.

Born Sept. 25, 1949, Lesar, attended Bishop Noll High School in Hammond and earned a doctorate in psychology at the University of Chicago. An advocate of nursing home reform, he was media contact for the Interfaith Federation of Northwest Indiana.

"He went to the seminary, but he was too absorbed to be a priest," said Diana Bonnell, a friend of 42 years.

Mass was said Oct. 29, 2005 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Hammond. -- UPI