Kuiper Funeral Home

9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN


Eligarda "Gigi" Hartnett

April 10, 1956June 2, 2020

Eligarda “Gigi” Hartnett age 64 passed away peacefully at Community Hospital in Munster Indiana on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Gigi was born April 10, 1956, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. As a lifetime member of A.B.A.T.E. and a Member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, she loved motorcycles and all things Harley Davidson. Gigi also had another love, M&M's. She was known affectionately as the M&M lady and had accrued quite an extensive an impressive collection over the years. Anyone who knew Gigi knew that she loved to cook and would never let you go hungry. If you came to her house you were leaving with a full belly. Her home was always open to those in need and she would give you the shirt off her back without hesitation. Gigi had a kind soul and an extremely giving spirit. She had an outgoing and tenacious personality that would infect others around her and she was always wearing a smile no matter what was happening around her. Gigi loved her family fiercely and she was loved back with the same intensity by those who were close to her. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Gigi is survived by her Fiance Joe Flores; son John Farris, daughter-in-law, Ashley Farris and Grandchildren Ellie Farris, Olivia Farris and Tristan “Sammy” Farris. She is deeply loved and will be severely missed.

Family and friends may visit on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 10AM - 1PM Kuiper Funeral Home - 9039 Kleinman Rd, Highland, IN 46322. Words of remembrance will begin at 1PM with a procession to follow for burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Crown Point.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

  • Words of Remembrance

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Eligarda "Gigi" Hartnett

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June 9, 2020

My beautiful wonderful mama, and I was her mija,,,i miss you more than words can say. I will be checking up on papa, like i know you would've instructed me to do. I will never forget your giving spirit and your unconditional love for me. You were there to feed me, comfort me, listen to me, and cry with me. I love you so much, and there will be a constant void in my life, that you hold. I know you are safe and at peace, with no pain, and with all of our friends that had went before you. I will feel your spirit at the September bike run, where i know you will be right at the front, for the start your engines. I love you my friend, RIH

Spring Smriga

June 7, 2020

I met Gigi at Billy Bears many years ago, and she had become like an aunt to me. I will always remember her awesome piñatas she always put together for her birthday for everyone to enjoy! When Gigi loved you she loved you unconditionally!! She was always willing to share toos toos with me and always sent me with some😉 I will miss her fiercely♥️♥️ I love you Gigi fly high with those angels momma♥️

Cari Machnikowski

June 7, 2020

I met Gigi through my uncle, Jimbo, a long time ago. They were very close friends; she always laughed & talked about how he ate some of her M&M collection one night!
Gigi was an amazing, caring woman. She was always so generous. She gifted my son & me with something every time we saw her (a stuffed Harley hog & she said “it look like Jimbo! Hahaaaa!”, jackets, mementos, games, anything!).
I’m sad that I hadn’t seen Gigi in quite a while. It hurts just a bit more. I missed you already, now I’ll miss you even more.

Tina Giorgetti

June 5, 2020

Gigi was a kind and caring woman who greeted everyone with a hug and a smile. She cared deeply for her family and her grandchildren most of all. It was always a treat being able to spend any amount of time with her. I am sure she is organizing a huge buffet as I type, for those who greeted her at the pearly gates.

Bridget Kreighbaum

June 4, 2020

Met Gigi through my aunt Debi she was so loving and caring asked about my kids all the time and I remember the first time I got to french braid her beautiful hair omg it was the first and last Gigi will be deeply missed say hi to everyone til we meet again