• Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Janette Goldsmith

    Janette Goldsmith, age 65, of Lake Station, IN went to Heaven on December 16, 2018. Born Rita Janette Johnson in Savannah, TN, she lived a life full of love, laughter, and joy. She is survived by her husband of 42 years Randy; son Paul (Maryanne) Goldsmith of Spring Hill, TN; grandchildren Keaton, Adalyn, Hudson Goldsmith; sisters Judy (Dave) Alsop, and Wanda (Larry) Haner; brother Joey (Colleen) Johnson; sisters-in-law Rebecca Merritt, Evelyn (Phil) Rykyto; brothers-in-law Everett (Karen) Goldsmith and Darrell (Joy) Goldsmith; best friend Jessie Escoto; and numerous other loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Robbie Johnson; and parents-in-law who loved her as their own…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Ilija Pokrajac

    Ilija Pokrajac, 85 of Crown Point passed away peacefully on Friday, December 14 after a prolonged illness. Ilija was born in Raduc, Lika and immigrated to U.S. in 1971 with the help of his sister and brother-in-law, Milka and (late + Petar) Adamovic. He resided with them until he could bring his family in 1974. He became a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church where his family still attends services. He was employed at U.S. Steel and retired after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jovan and Ljubica Pokrajac, brothers Marko, Dane and Dusan Pokrajac and brother-in-law, Petar Adamovic. He is survived by…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Allen Conaway

    Allen Beal Conaway, Jr., 83, of Hobart, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 11. Survived by Barbara, his wife of 60 years, as well as children Kim (Mike Baker), Chuck (Freda Vossburg), and Kristy (Vince Galambos), Al was grandfather of nine (Jared, Lauren, Ashley, Megan, Kristin, Kathryn, Aelinor, Cady, and Sarah), great-grandfather of seven (Jaida, Landyn, Lennox, Kylee, Mason, Chase, and Rio—and another on the way!), and brother of five siblings (Jackie, Margie, Steve, Kathy, and Cosette). Al was born in Bakersfield, California and attended Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California, before graduating from Waynesboro High School in Waynesboro, Virginia. Al joined the military (U.S. Army) near…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Billy Vickrey

    Billy B. Vickrey, known to many as "Chops", passed away December 6th 2018 at the age of 62. He was born in Sullivan, Indiana and a resident of Lake Station, Indiana. Billy B. Vickrey is survived by his loving wife; Jayme Vickrey, son; Nick Vickrey, daughter; Stephanie Vickrey, sister; Peggy Honeycut, aunt; Ruth Carter, father-in-law Jerry Fifer, as well as many brother & sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Lilian Ethel and Billy R.Vickrey and his brother John Patrick Gallagher. Billy Vickrey was a loving husband and father who will forever be loved and missed. Billy was a hard working man who retired…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Mary P Kokinda

    Mary P. Kokinda, age 101 of Crown Point, IN passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2018. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Virginia) Kokinda of Elmwood Park, IL; daughters, Dorothy (Edward)Necco of South Point, OH and Diana(Lindsey) Gullett of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Beau Necco, Wendy(Brad) Goodenough, Ryan Gullett and Lauren Gullett; great grandchildren, Olivia Goodenough, Nicholas Goodenough, Sophia Necco and Addison Necco. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Barbara Bazin and beloved husband, Nicholas Kokinda. Mary was a lifelong area resident and member of the Grace Reformed Church. She loved to spend her time cooking, playing pinochle and bingo. She will be greatly missed. A Funeral…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Ramona L. Barandela

    Ramona L. Barandela, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 05, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert A. Barandela; loving sons: Jay(Sherry) Barandela, Richard (Christine) Barandela, Ronald (Trina) Barandela and Tony (Michelle) Barandela; grandchildren: Jeremy, Drake, Brianna, Hunter, Kendall, Christopher, Taylor, James, Dwayne, Michael, Monica, Jenna, Haley and Tyler; numerous great grandchildren including her dear Tyler, Savannah and Leo; sister, Rachel (Rudy) Garcia. Ramona is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and various Mosqueda relatives. Preceded in death by her parents: Adolph and Pauline Montez and brother, Raymond Montez. Ramona was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed line…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Charlene Lehocky

    Charlene Lehocky CROWN POINT, IN – Charlene Lehocky, of LOFS in Crown Point, IN, and Bonita Springs, FL, passed away November 27, 2018 at the age of 90. Charlene is a graduate of Lew Wallace High School, Class of ’49, and worked as a secretary with Nipsco and National Tube Co. of US Steel, as well as the Budd Company. She enjoyed gardening immensely and was a member of LOFS Garden Club for many years. She also painted and sold several of her paintings to admiring patrons. She is also a founding member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where she remained a dedicated parishioner until the time of her passing.…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    William "Lafey’ Armontrout

    William “Lafey” Armontrout July 2, 1928 – November 29, 2018. Northwest Indiana lost a dedicated high school teacher and coach on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Lafey passed away in his home town of Centralia, Missouri after a long battle with cancer. He is proceeded in death by his wife Eleanor (Reisinger) Armontrout. He is survived by his brother Gilbert (Joyce) Armontrout and numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation and burial service in his hometown of Centralia on Saturday, December 8, from 12-1 at Oliver’s Funeral Home. During his career he touched the lives of thousands of students and athletes at Merrillville and Crown…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Norman Howard Lohse

    Norman Howard Lohse, age 72, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born on November 29, 1946 in Hammond, IN to Phyllis and Harvey Lohse. Norman was a 1965 graduate of Oliver P. Morton High School. He went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army for three years where he was stationed in Korea. On October 28, 1967 he married Elaine Lohse (Dulijan). Norman is survived by his companion Ruth Breclaw; sons: Mike of Valparaiso, IN, Kevin (Jennifer) of Calvert City, KY, Steven (Laura) of LaPorte, IN and daughter, Heather Eller of St. Louis, MO; sisters: Madelyn (Alan) Gregory and Gayle (Mike) Johnson. Norman…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Donna Jean Varela

    Donna J. Varela (Reyes), age, 80, Crown Point, IN went home to be with her savior on November 15, 2018. Donna is survived by her 3 children: Anna (Fuller) Pahkanen, Arty Reyes, and Tim Reyes; 4 grandchildren: Sadie Fuller, Butch Fuller, Rashelle Reyes, and Rianne Reyes; 13 great grandchildren: sister, Dorothy (Gill) Ward: and an Indian village filled with amazing, loving extended family and friends. Donna had several careers working with James Vending as a young mother; and at Omni Grocery store where she enjoyed every second as a meat cutter. Donna was a loving, precious, nurturing mother and grandmother. Donna, known as "Madre," was passionate for our family, her…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Barbara J. Rowan

    Barbara Rowan, age 82, of Merrillville, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Francis J. Rowan and parents: William and Mary Kapsch. She is survived by her son, Danny Rowan of Pueblo, CO; sister, Marilyn M. Tomondi of Merrillville, IN and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (5920 Waite St., Merrillville, IN) with a visitation at St. Stephen’s from 9:15 a.m. until the time of mass. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. For information please call 219-980-1141.

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Denise Hicks

    Denise Hicks, age 57, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018. She is survived by her daughters: Kayla and Jessica Hicks; siblings: Cyndy (Steve) Blanton, Cheryl (William McGee) Raza, Jack (Julie) Hicks, Jr., and Jackie (Joe) Mendenhall. Denise is also survived by many other dear family members and friends. Preceded in death by her parents: Jack and Joyce Hicks and sister, Diana Hicks. Denise was former employee with the Post Tribune. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. Private services will be held by the family.

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Labern Howard O’Neal

    Labern Howard O’Neal, age 80, of Crown Point, IN, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents; Labern and Glenda. Survived by his loving wife Barbara, many family and friends whom will dearly miss him. Labern was a proud Airforce veteran. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a bachelor degree in social work. Funeral Service will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:30 am. Friends may visit with the family 9:30 until time of service. Burial at Abraham Lincoln Memo

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Dorothy Freville

    Dorothy Freville, age 93, beloved wife, loving mother and grandma passed peacefully surrounded by her family on November 14, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. She was born on November 18, 1924 in Gary, Indiana, daughter of Joseph and Ingred Swetlick. She graduated from William A. Wirt High School in Gary, Indiana in 1942. On April 16, 1947, she married Charles (Chuck) A. Freville. Before moving to Dublin, Ohio in 2011, they were long time members of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart, Indiana and a current member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. She was a terrific homemaker and cook. Anyone who came to visit her home was treated…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Branka "Brenda" Mileusnic

    Branka “Brenda” Mileusnic, age 55 passed away with her family by her side Friday, Nov 16, 2018. She was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville. Branka was born and raised in Leicester, England and came to America in 1996. She is preceded in death by her parents Milan and Milka Mileusnic; Kum and Tetak Jovan Mileusnic. Branka is survived by her beloved siblings Miroslava “Millie” (Nikola) Stojavljevic and Nikola (Marija) Mileusinic; cherished nieces and nephews, Natasha & Aleksandar Stojsavljevic and Ivana Mileusinic; adored Tetka Mara Mileusnic; loving cousins Milorad (Sonja) Mileusnic and Mira (Jeff) Evans, and her special Prija, Branka Sasic. Funeral Services will be held…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Margarete Roman

    Margarete Roman, age 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2018. She is survived by her grandson: Kenneth Michael (Jennifer) Roman, John William Roman; great grandchildren: John and Rebecca Roman; daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Roman and dear friend Rodica (Nick) Anca. Preceded in death by her husband, Marin Roman and son, Klaus Roman. A funeral service will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Rendina Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m.…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    John Pipta Jr.

    John Pipta Jr. age 93, of Whiting, IN passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. He was born to John and Anna Pipta on January 22, 1925 in Whiting, IN, where he lived most of his life. He is survived by daughter, Karen (Tom) Olson of Highland, IN; grandchildren, Erin McMahon, Michael (Alexis) McMahon and Eric McMahon; sisters, Ann (Michael, dec.)Fiala and Mary (Mike, dec.)Golub; nephews, Mike Pipta, Alan Pipta and Mike Golub and his beloved cat, Kitty Kitty. Preceded in death by his brother, Mike Pipta. John was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, served in WWII and was stationed in Washington DC.…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Rose Stephan

    Rose Stephan (Stefanovich), age 97, of Valparaiso, IN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, November, 11, 2018. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her son; Jim (Isabelle) Stephan of Schererville, grandchildren: Jaime (Ryan) Hollis of Schererville, Neeley Stephan of Hobart, IN, Megan (Nick) Dres of Chesterton and Jeffrey Stephan II of Laguna Niguel, CA; great grandchildren: Grace, Jeffrey Stephan III, Anthoney, Steven, Jade, Lia and Amelia Rose; nephews, Mark (Kim) Stephan, William (Carol) Stephan, Robert(Rebecca) Stephan and Chris (Shelly) Naum; sister in law, Florence Stefanovich of Valparaiso and brother in law, Charles Stephan of Valparaiso, IN. Preceded in death by her husband, Steven C. Stephan; son, Jeffrey…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Albert E. Arnold Jr.

    Albert "Burr" Edward Arnold Jr., 43, of Portage, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1975. He passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on November 3, 2018. He was a beloved son and is survived by Albert and Susan Arnold, he was a cherished and loved brother of Selena (Brian) Bolke and Kathy (Alex) Lopez. Loving father of Edward, Madison and Mathew. Uncle of Anthony, Monica, Xander, and Kiley. Paternal nephew of Jackie (Joe), Joan (Dennis), Betty (Rusty), Larry (Michelle), Carol (Carl), Maureen (Jim), and Terry (Renae). Maternal nephew of Lucy Hogan, Angelo (Janice), and Joe (Marge) Conti. Cousin to many. Preceded in death by grandparents Albert…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Josiah Antonio Cantu

    Josiah Antonio Cantu, born into life and entered into eternity on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He is survived by his loving parents: Alicia Serrano and Antonio Cantu; maternal grandparents:Stephanie Serrano and Joe (Courtney) Gursky; paternal grandparents: Ortencia (Bobby Miller) and Antonio Cantu; maternal great grandparents: Dominic (Dolores) Serrano and Sandy (Steve) Serrano; paternal great grandparents: Antonio Cantu and the late Maria Gutierrez; great great grandparents: Guadalupe Saucedo, the late Mateo Saucedo and the late Dominic (Anita) Serrano; aunts and uncles: Isaiah Serrano, Joseph Gursky, Antonia, Marisol, Maria, Dangelo, Lorenzo, Mercedes, Navaeh, Deja and Emilio – Precious Little One: I’m just a precious little one who didn’t make it there. I…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Deborah Huber

    Deborah Ann Huber (nee Macchia), 55, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Deborah was born in Gary, Indiana to Richard and Susan (Zezule) Macchia. She attended Saint Mark’s Elementary School where she met her first husband, Richard Leggitt, they had two children, Richard "Little Richie" and Christina. Years later she met her second husband, Thomas Huber, and they raised two sons, Daniel and Joseph. Deborah had a great love of music and enjoyed being silly. Her greatest love of all was spending time with her family. She is survived by her three children; Christina (Willy), Daniel, Joseph, her mother Susan, brother Rick…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    John Sickles

    John Robert Sickles, age 73 of Merrillville, IN passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at home. John is survived by his loving wife, Jannie O. (Gray) Sickles; sons, Nathan John and Lothar Otto; four grandchildren: Olivia, Diaboliq, Jaden and Cameron John; sister, Barbara (John) Phillips; brother, Karl (Wanda) Sickles and many loving family and friends. John retired from Bethlehem Steel (Mittal) and served in the US Airforce as a medic. Inspired by the assassination of John F Kennedy, he began to collect memorabilia and studying the history from the middle 1800’s of American History. He truly enjoyed studying the history of that time period. A Funeral Service will be…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Aurora DeLuna

    Aurora DeLuna Joliet, IL Aurora DeLuna, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. She is survived by her children: Aurora DeLuna, Raymond (Angie) DeLuna, Jr., Sarah Erwin, Sophia (late Kevin) Myers and Rose “Rosie” Marie DeLuna; grandchildren: Jacob, Caleb, Andrew, Amber, Jeremiah, Monica, Matthew, late Gabriel and Raquel; 9 great-grandchildren and brother, Manuel (Emelina) Gallegos, Jr. Preceded in death by her husband, Raymond DeLuna and brother, Paul Gallegos. Aurora was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her passion and joy came from entertaining and cooking for family and friends. Music and dancing filled her life to the very end. She did it her…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Helen "Tuna" Matilda Moss

    Helen "Tuna" Matilda Moss (nee Seberger) 69, passed away Monday, October 29th, with family at her side. Helen graduated from River Forest High School In 1967. She leaves behind Robert Moss, her loving husband of 51 unforgettable years. Her children, Randy Moss, and Heidi (Greg) Edmonds, grandchildren, Gary Nelson, Chris Moss, Jake Moss, Jessica (Stephen) Perry, Nikole (Anthony) Hutton, Hayley Edmonds, Matt & Cassie Moss, and great granddaughter Natalie Moss. Her loving siblings, Joseph(Karen) Seberger, Janice Loving, and Mildred Armato. Along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Helen is proceeded in death by her parents, Joseph & Myrtle Seberger, In-Laws Lyle & Dorothy Moss, her siblings, Artha, Dorothy, Nancy, and…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Tom Kunovski

    Tom Kunovski, age 81 of Merrillville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Tom was a founding member of SS Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral as well as former Past Vice President. He was a retired employee of Inland Steel Company with over 40 years of service. Tom is preceded in death by his parents Andre & Velika Kotevich. He is survived by the love of his life, his beloved wife of 56 years, Ruby Kunovski; two loving children, David and Linda; 1 cherished grandson Adam, and 1 sister Luba (Kosta) Tants and family; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and kumovi. “Uncle Tom” called by many was…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Eleanore P. Hague

    Eleanore P. Hague MERRILLVILLE, IN – Eleanore Hague, age 88, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018. She is survived by her loving family; one son, Robert J. Hague of Merrillville; one daughter, Rhonda J. Hague of Merrillville; grandchildren: Jason Hague of Indianapolis, IN., Jamie Hague of Indianapolis, IN, Josh (Alyssa) Hague of St. Paul, MN, Amber Hague of St. Paul, MN, Heather (Jeff) Heikkinen of Phillips, WI; great-grandchildren: Cortez and Sofia Hague, JJ and Kalle Heikkinen, TinniciaJeAnn, and Emoreigh Eleanore, Anya, Maddox, Declan, Lachlan Hague; great-great grandchild, Gemma Hague; her nephew, Ralph (Donna) Gagliardi; their children: Kyle and Ryan #1; her niece, Debby "Gags" Walk, her son, Tyler; special…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Violet B. Weber

    Violet “Skippy” Weber age 96, of Wheeler, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Skippy was born June 13, 1922 in Demotte, Indiana. As written per Skippy’s request. “Skippy worked at the Chuck Wagon for two years in Glen Park. From there she went to the Mill where she drove a forklift tractor loading boxcar. From there she went to the Lake County Juvenile Center in Crown Point, Indiana where she cooked breakfast and lunch for the kids for 10 years and retired in 1987. The kids liked ‘Ms. Skippy’ very much, she always had time for them.” Skippy is survived by her son, Robert (Connie) Swisher; granddaughter and…

  • Gary,  Hobart,  Merrillville

    Aracelio "Junior" Hernandez Lopez

    Aracelio "Junior" Hernandez Lopez, 75, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Gary, Indiana passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018 with his family at his side. Aracelio was born to Aracelio Hernandez and Susana Lopez in Camuy, Puerto Rico in 1943. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Y. Garcia Hernandez, his children; Melissa Hernandez Cockerham, Steven (Victoria) Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. Grandchildren; Antylissa, Jacob, Aliya, James, Steven, Elijah, Isabella, Sibling; Roberto, Luz (Carlos), sister-in-law; Maria Hernandez. Junior is preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren; Angel and Jaimito Jr, brother; Pedro and sister-in-law Olga Hernandez. Aracelio retired after 33 years at Inland Steel/ArcelorMittal. He was a member of…