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Li Hwa Chong
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Li Hwa Chong, 45, of West Lafayette passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at IU Arnett Hospital.

Li Hwa was born on March 7, 1972 in Singapore to Chong Cheong Yun and Chung Chew Lian.

She received her bachelor's degree with honors in Social Work and Economics from the National University of Singapore. For five years she worked as a social worker in a hospital and family social agency for low income families and individuals with disabilities in Singapore. She graduated with a Master's degree in Counseling specializing in Child Development and Family Therapy from Purdue University in 2002. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004 and worked for Caterpillar as a financial analyst and inventory accountant. In 2014, she co-founded a startup technology company and served as CFO.

On June 12, 2004, she was married to Brad Duerstock at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Aurora, IN.

Li Hwa was a member of the Indiana CPA Society and National Association of Professional Women. She was also an accomplished writer, singer, and artist winning competitions and publicly showing her paintings in local galleries.

Surviving with her parents and husband is her daughter, Yiwen Duerstock of West Lafayette; her siblings, Kenny (May Guan) Chong, Chestal Chong, and Chong Li Chin of Singapore; brothers-in-law, Scott (Yun) Duerstock and Greg (Maribeth) Duerstock; and nephews and niece, Chong Kai Cheng, Chong Kai Wen, and Han, Mack, Baek, Jakob and Emma Duerstock.

A Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 5-8 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Friday, January 26th at 1 p.m. with Father Jeff Martin officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice in memory of Li Hwa. Envelopes will be available at the Cathedral.

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