• Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Barbara Kutnik

    Barbara Ann Kutnik (nee Kawalec) WHITING, IN – Barbara Kutnik (85) was born April 27, 1933, in Chicago, IL. She passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Edward Kutnik and loving mother of Michael (Kim) Mandas, Gayle (Michael Becich) Mandas, and Patrick (Sheryl) Mandas; grandmother of Erik and Paige Mandas; sister of Robert Kawalec; and cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Bonaventura and Stanley Kawalec; her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Peggy Kawalec; and sister-in-law Nora Kawalec. Barbara’s faith in God was very strong and she was a member of…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Sylvester Smith III

    Sylvester Smith III was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1992. He graduated from Merrillville High School in May of 2012. Sylvester dabbled in sports as a child, but his favorite pastimes were skateboarding, playing video games, and his new-found passion, photography. Sylvester is survived by his loving parents: Vanessa L. Cohen Smith and Sylvester (Vernita) Smith Jr.; grandmothers: Nancy Smith and LaTiece Cohen; siblings: Dwayne A. Cohen and Saleah L. Smith; step siblings: Victoria Stanton, Dashioa Hogan, Michael Hogan and Ladarius Boyce; beloved aunts and uncles: Charisse (Glen) Henson, Dink F. Cohen III, Eva Nell Rogers, Reverend James E. (Beverly) Smith, Alicia M. Smith, and Michael (Sonya) Cephus…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Mijo Dukic

    Mijo Dukic Merrillville Mijo Dukic, age 79, of Merrillville, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was born in Nuglasice, Bosansko Grahovo, Bosna (former Yugoslavia). Mijo immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Gary, IN in 1964. Mijo was a lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Movement of Serbian Chetniks-“RavanaGora” and a supporting member of the Serbian Singing Soriety Karageorge. Mijo retired from the Budd Co. in Gary, IN. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mara (Rajkovich); his dear son, Ilija; siblings, Ilija, Stana, Jovan, Simo, and his dear cousin Dusan Djukic who passed one day before on Janurary 2, 2019. Mijo is…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Lawrence Lundgren

    Lawrence Alan Lundgren Lawrence Alan Lundgren passed away peacefully at 98 years of age on December 10, 2018 at Sunrise Senior Living, Lincoln Park, Chicago. He was born to August Rudolph Lundgren and Eva St. Claire Eastman Lundgren on May 24, 1920 in Hessville of Hammond, Indiana. After graduation from Hammond High School, he received his B.S. in Physics and an MBA in Business and Industrial Relations from the University of Chicago. During his long teaching career in physics at Hammond High School, his citations for excellence in teaching were numerous. Most notably, he was named by the American Association of Physics Teachers as Indiana’s Distinguished Physics Teacher, and the…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    James "Jimmy" Thornberry

    James E. Thornberry "Jimmy" age 66 of Hobart, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 with his family by his side. James was employed at Monosol Plastics for many years. Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Denise (Hall) Thornberry; children Jimmy (Kara) Bobby (Mary) JenniferL(Paul) Heather (Jacob) Michael (Rose) Syerra; several grandchildren; and his siblings, Mike (Margaret) Danny, Sandy, Carla (Charlie) Patty ( Allen) Chris (Janice). Jimmy will be missed and fondly remembered. Visitation service will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 from 2pm to 6pm at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 370 N. County Line Road, Hobart, IN with a Funeral Service being held at 530…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Minerva Elizaldi

    Minerva V. Elizaldi, age 94, of Gary, passed away December 31, 2018. Minerva was born and raised in Saltillo, Mexico where she met her husband, Armando. After moving to Gary, she became a devoted mother and homemaker for her family. She is survived by her cherished son, Ricardo, and lifelong beloved friends, Carmen Medellin and the Hernandez family, and many other dear friends. She is preceded in death by her husband; sisters: Concepcion, Angelica, Olivia, and Tona; and brother: Ignacio. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019, from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9 – 9:30 AM at Rendina Funeral Home,…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    John Bumpus

    John Dale Bumpus, 66, of Paragon, Indiana, formerly of Griffith, Indiana, passed away early December, 2018. John was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1952 to the late Albert William Bumpus and late Jacqueline Mary (Ellison) Bumpus. He lived most of his life in Griffith, Indiana, where he graduated from Griffith High School, class of 1971. John served his country with The United States Army during the early 1970s and was honorably discharged in 1974. John moved to Paragon, Indiana, in 2016 to enjoy the quiet rural lifestyle of that area. He had a love for nature and the outdoors, and especially enjoyed fishing. He soon referred to his Paragon home…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Jeanine Andjelich

    Jeanine Jovanka Andjelich passed away on January 1, 2019. Jeanine was born in Pont-a-Mousson, France to parents Albert and Helene (Bachman) Gouverneur on January 2, 1929. She immigrated to the United States with her 11 month old daughter in 1952 to be reunited with her husband, Jovo, residing in East Chicago then Gary, IN. Along with her husband she was a founding member of the St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church and proudly served as President of the Serbian Sisters Circle for 7 years as well as being a founding member and proudly serving as President of the Chetnik Serbian Sisters Circle for 10 years. She and her husband were founding…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Joanne Gerike

    Joanne Marie Gerike (nee Cramer), age 82, of Portage, IN passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Married to Albert Gerike, who preceded her in death. Loving mother of Jeff (Lisa Barnes) Gerike, David Gerike and Brian (Kristine) Gerike. Cherished grandmother of Zack, Justin, Lydia and Evan Gerike. Great grandmother of Kannon and Waylon Gerike. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 370 N. County Line Rd., Hobart, IN. Funeral Service will take place on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at 10:00am. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. For more information please call 219-940-3791 or visit www.mycalumetpark.com

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Richard Vrtikapa

    > Richard Marko Vrtikapa, age 91, of Merrillville, IN passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marko and Bosiljka Vrtikapa; his beloved wife Rose Mary, and their daughters Karen and Susan Vrtikapa, brothers Mirko Vrtikapa, Steve (late Judith) Vrtikapa, Gordon Vrtikapa and sister Dessa Bogosian. > He is survived by two daughters: Kathy (Jay) Friedlander of Carmel, IN , Nancy (Tom) Allesee of Palm Coast, FL; five grandchildren: Susan, Michael and Karen Friedlander and Taylor and Tyler Allesee; sisters Olga (late Ted) Vukelich of Midland, PA, Anka (late Theodore) Rudman, and Milena (late George) Rudman of Valparaiso, and brother John (Sue)…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    James Beddome

    James Beddome, age 56, passed away unexpectedly. He is survived by his children: Tiffany Beddome and James Beddome; father, James E. Beddome; siblings: Cindy Beddome and Cathy (Robert) Antrim. James is also survived by his nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Beddome. Jim proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force. He has a passion for guitars and enjoyed playing. James will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary.

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Rose M. Ibarra

    Rose (Rosebud) Morales Ibarra, of Gary, age 98, born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, went to be with her God on December 28, 2018. The oldest of the family with 11 siblings. Rose is survived by her son, William, and daughter Brenda (Ibarra) Ford, granddaughter Isidra, grandson James and great-grandson Beckham. Brothers Hilbert, Frank, Lupe, Ralph, Robert, and sister Socorro. Also, many nieces, nephew’s, cousins and old friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Toribio and Guadalupe Morales, Brothers Anthony, Andrew, Michael, Seville, and sister Theresa. Husband Salvador, Sons, Edward and Arthur. Rose graduated from Froebel High School class of 1939 and Gary Business College. She retired from the…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Ray W Rokicki

    Ray W Rokicki LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS, CROWN POINT, IN Ray W. Rokicki, age 80, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Born in Gary, IN on August 23, 1938, Ray was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School in Gary. He worked for his fathers grocery store until he joined the Air Force at 17 years old. Ray started at NIPSCO as a lineman and continued to work there in various roles for over 40 years. Ray valued spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Ray is survived by his daughters: Michelle (Daniel) Jackson, Susan (William) Jackson; sons, Ray J.…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Cecil Strydom

    Cecil Alan Strydom, age 80, went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Donna Strydom; sons: Joseph Strydom and Dwayne Strydom. Preceded in death by his father; mother, Maude Strydom; siblings: Lawrence and Bonita; and Honorary Pastor Kenneth Collins. Cecil was born in Port Elizabeth South Africa . He loved to sing and attend service at his church. Cecil was a loving husband, father and friend who will be truly missed. Funeral service will take place on Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Prayer Tower Fellowship Church, 4595 W. 29th Ave., Gary, IN (corner of 29th ave…