February 22, 1942 ~ April 15, 2023

Born in: LaPorte, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

It is with great sadness that the family of Jeffrey Steven Rempala share the news of his passing on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

Jeff was born in LaPorte, Indiana, a city he grew to love, on February 22, 1944, to Stanley B. Rempala and Mary Snyder Rempala.  He grew up in LaPorte and spent his summers playing ball with his brother, Pat, and their friends, and was always dragging little Lynn with them.  Jeff was a tenacious player on the LaPorte High school football team and while in the Army.  He played baseball for Purdue Calumet all the while working a full-time job at NYC/RR and carrying a full college schedule.  He was a life-long Notre Dame football fan and a railroad enthusiast.

Jeff married Judith Martin Olsen on a snowy day on January 26, 1966, while they were both students at Purdue.  It was love at first sight and it lasted for the next 55 years.  Their rural Lafayette home was filled with 4 kids and many rescue dogs and cats.  Outside, there was a tree house in the big oak tree, and in the shade of the tree, were the horses and ponies that Judy dreamed of as a girl and Jeff bought for her.

Jeff and Judy taught for 30 years in the Frankfort, IN school system so, roughly Jeff had over 3,500 students.  In addition, he coached football at Frankfort Senior High School and Wainwright Middle School.  Also, he volunteered to coach Laramie Township girls’ softball (Jenny & Erin) and boys baseball (Dan) for years.

Jeff and Judy loved to travel and camp with the kids.  They visited many State and National parks.  Across the Atlantic, they especially loved Norway with its steep railroads and Hawaii’s beaches and turquoise water.  Jeff was always ready to go.

About 2 ½ years ago, the couple moved to Indianapolis where Jeff became ill.  After a year of chemotherapy, he spent his time at home where Jenny (RN), friends, neighbors, and Judy gave him gentle loving care.  Jeff leaves behind his wife of 55 years Judith, his daughters Jennifer (Plainfield) and Erin (San Diego) and his son Daniel (Honolulu, HI), brothers Patrick (Sybil) (South Bend, IN) and Christopher (Ohio), his sisters Lynn (Rick) Christerson (Port Charlotte, FL), Andrea (Ohio) and granddaughter Lindsey.

Jeff faced his illness bravely without complaint.  He had a great sense of humor throughout his life.  His students respected him.  He was loved.  He asks in lieu of flowers each of us do something kind for someone today or tomorrow and think of him.

“Are those tears in your eyes?  Don’t cry for me Judy, I’m OK”.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    The staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. To Erin, I am sorry for your loss Your dad was a very good parent and easy to work with I hope you treasure the memories of the good times with your dad!!!

    Don Burton
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  3. He was my Brother, my friend and my mentor. Life will never be the same. He was the kindest and most loving person you could meet. Till we meet again.

    • Lynn, He was the best. I’m sending love and prayers to you and Pat. It’s hard to lose a brother😢….Be thankful for all the wonderful times you all shared.🙏🙏

  4. I only met Jeff once but I know 3 of his siblings well and I know the deep love they all had for each other. My deepest sympathy for you all and prayers for peace..

  5. My deepest condolences to the family. Mr Rempala was one of the good ones in my school time. He took the time to ensure I was set to achieve my best potential! He was great teacher!

    Prayers for comfort and healing thought this time of grieving.

    Phil Gunyon
    A Hot Dog – Class of 86

  6. Played softball with Jeff in West Lafayette. He was always a Fair competitor and a pleasure to play with. My condolences 💐 DaveP

  7. I met Judy and Jeff about 15 years ago as fellow traveler on a paddlewheeler cruise down the Columbia River in Washington state. In all those 15 years they became dear thoughtful and sharing friends. I have fond memories of the times when they stopped in Washington, enjoyed the sights and stayed as my guests. Jeff was so blessed having Judys deep love and devotion in his final days along with their devoted family. My heart goes out now to Judy who has her own health issues to contend with along with all the life changes she must now face without Jeff. We go through life with those we love, then we have to part. For awhile they pass from sight but NEVER from the hear. RIP Jeff and much love to you Judy, Karen. xoxoxoxo

    • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many wonderful memories with you and your family Blessings to you. Love. Marilyn Chittick

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many wonderful memories with you and your family Blessings to you. Love. Marilyn Chittick

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