Author: Carrie Evans

Douglas Smith

Douglas Richard Smith, 66, of Merrillville, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022. He was born on January 18, 1956 to Gordon and Barbara Smith in Lafayette, Indiana.
Doug served 4 years in the US Army and then 18 years in the US Navy as a medic and surgical nurse. He was stationed at several bases, both stateside and overseas in Germany, Iceland, Japan, and South Korea. He served on the USS Nassau (LHA-4) amphibious assault ship as the operating nurse for President G. Bush when he went to Columbia, and for President Clinton when he went to Haiti.
After retiring from the Navy, Doug worked as a nurse for Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. He loved swimming, hiking, reading, and drinking coffee, and he especially enjoyed fishing and holidays with his family.
Doug is survived by his loving mother, Barbara; his beloved wife, Chong; dear brother and sister, Ron (Cathy) Smith and Diane (Brett) Dahlgren; cherished nephews and niece: Levi (Rachel) Cowsert, Taylor Smith, Zachary Smith, Carter Dahlgren, Preston Smith, and Brittania Dahlgren; and great-nephew, Rhett.
He is preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col. Gordon Smith and grandmother, Alta Smith.
Doug was a wonderful son, husband, brother, and uncle who will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana) on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 12:30 with visitation from 11:00 until time of service. Pastor Marks Adams officiating. Military burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

Marcello Borgetti

Marcello was born on December 6, 1929 and entered into eternal rest on March 13, 2022. He was born in Ferentino, Italy to Sam and Natalina Borgetti. When he was 7 years old, he moved with his mother and 2 brothers, Ambrose and Americo (Bill) to Whiting, IN. The Borgettis were the only Italian family in town for many years. At the age of 14, Marcello began selling newspapers to help his family. His paper stand was at the corner of New York Avenue and 119th Street. His charming personality, warm smile and wit made him an unforgettable paperboy.

Marcello attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Whiting High School.
On May 5, 1962, Marcello married Annette Justak. They were married for 55 years before she passed away on December 12, 2017.

Marcello is survived by his son Mark (Caryn), daughter Kara (fiancé Kent Fisher), and six grandchildren, Alyssa Borgetti, Cayla Gibson (Nick), and Adam Borgetti, Zack, Callan (fiancé Derek Doncyson) and Garrett Molle, his brother Bill Borgetti, sister Jean (John) Thibault, sister-in-law Delores Borgetti, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Sam and Natalina, brother Ambrose, and sister-in law Lucille Borgetti.

Marcello worked for Standard Oil, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Purex and the City of Whiting before beginning a lengthy insurance career with Western-Southern Life. He retired in 1992 and then spent his time gardening, woodworking, volunteering with Annette and telling tales to his grandchildren.

Marcello was active in many organizations. He was a member of the Cesare Battisti Lodge since 1943 and served as Vice President, Treasurer, Chaplain, and Flag Bearer as well as serving on numerous committees. He was chosen Member of the Year in 1987, a true honor for him. He was also a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. While he and Annette resided in Schererville, he volunteered much of his time at the Southlake YMCA in Crown Point.

A celebration of life will be held at the Cesare Battisti Lodge, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN on Saturday, April 23rd. Visitation for family and friends from 10:00-11:00 CST followed by a memorial service and luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Southlake YMCA, 100 W. Burrell Dr, Crown Point, IN 46307 can be made in his name.

Vicky Lynn Manley

Vicky “Lynn” Manley, who preferred to be called “Lynn” by her family and friends, peacefully passed on March 6, 2022, after a brave battle with health complications.

Lynn was born to Joseph & Victoria Peck at St. Mary’s hospital in Gary, IN. She graduated high school in NW Indiana and held positions with US Steel (Gary, IN) and Hydril (Houston, TX). In 2006, Lynn founded a successful home fragrance and candle company, Linnea’s Lights, in homage to her Swedish grandmother, Linnea De St. Jean. Until her retirement in 2013, Lynn built her company like she crafted her life; on a foundation of quality, integrity, beauty, and love.

Lynn was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all. She had many passions in life, such as traveling, reading, cooking, and gardening, with family being her primary source of happiness. She was a force with a flair for the dramatic. She will be missed dearly but her strong and independent legacy will endure forever.

Lynn is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James “Danny” Manley, her parents, Joseph & Victoria Peck, and her siblings, Mary Peck, Charles Peck, and Eva Peck.

Lynn is survived by her children: Michael (Laura) Terek of Schererville, IN, Rob (Jo) Terek of Crown Point, IN, and Laura (Matt) Cler of Carmel, IN.; her grandchildren: Nicholas Lane, Ian Lane, Gabrielle Batchelor, Hannah Cler, Madeleine Cler, Hayden Cler, Mia Terek, Simona Terek; her ex-husband and friend, Ron Mokol of Binghampton, NY; her stepchildren: Ronnie Mokol of Binghampton, NY, and Tanya Coleman of Charlotte, NC; her siblings: JoAnn (Bert) Bruno, Jackie (Steve) Miller, and Joe (Cindy) Peck; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Home on March 16, 2022. Visitation at 9:00 AM with a memorial service to follow at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Porter County Animal Shelter (https://www.portercountyanimalshelter.org/) and Random Acts of Flowers (https://rafindy.org/) can be made in Vicky Lynn Manley’s name.

Quotes that describe mom –
“She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined.” – Erin Hanson
”A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory” – Leonard Nemoy

Helen Pappas

Helen Pappas (nee Gruchalski) passed away Saturday, February 5, at 101 years of age. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews; a host of cherished great nieces and nephews and extended family; and good friend, Kim Thurman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Kazmiera; brothers: Edward and Henry Gruchalski; sisters: Mary Zakrzewski, Bernice Gawronski, Jean Szpakowski and Irene Kopanski; and her beloved husband, Harry.
Helen was a life-long resident of the region, and a long-time member of St. Hedwig Church. She loved to keep her hands and mind busy (which many would say contributed to her long and happy life). She was a fantastic seamstress and walked anywhere, and everywhere, at any chance she could get.
Her sunny smile and irresistible charm will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Per Helen’s wishes, there will be no formal services.

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret “Peg” Sullivan, of Bokeelia, Florida (previously of Gary), passed away January 24, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born in Gary, Indiana on April 11, 1937 to Clarence and Doris Gustafson. Peggy graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1955 and was a photographer for many years in Gary. She held a position at a bank for some time before working in the pharmacy at Methodist Hospital for more than 20 years until her retirement. She then moved to Florida and took on miscellaneous jobs to keep busy. She moved to Pine Island to be near her mother and sister and became the resident pet sitter on the island. She absolutely loved animals. She also loved to paint and took opportunities to travel to Italy and Austria with her art group, painting and touring the countryside as she went.
Peggy is survived by her loving sons: Tim (Iva) Sullivan of Valparaiso, and David (Karen) Sullivan of Terre Haute; four treasured grandchildren: Ryan Sullivan, Kate (Ken) Owens, Sam (Hope) Sullivan and Mikaila Sullivan; two cherished great granddaughters: Lennon and Poppy Owens; nephew, Mark (Maria) Tinkle of Monticello; and a host of family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her dear sister, Marilyn Clements.
Peggy lived a full life as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
A private graveside service is planned at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Jeanetta Korlin

Jeanette Korlin, 98, formerly of Schererville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee after a long illness.

Jeanette was born on April 29, 1923 to Nicholas and Anna (Kupczak) Wadiak in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Fenger High School in 1941, Jeanette went to work at The Hymen-Michael Company in downtown Chicago and would eventually be employed by Purdue University Calumet Campus where she was in charge of telephone operations. She retired from Purdue in 1986.

In 1946, Jeanette met her future husband, Vern, at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago. They married in 1948 and eventually had one daughter, Donna.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Vern Korlin (a retired Hammond, Indiana police officer and former Chief of Police at Purdue University Calumet Campus), her parents Nicholas and Anna, and her five siblings (Walter, Joseph, and Stephen Wadiak, her sister Olga (Vincent) Clerkin, and her infant sister, Irene, all of Chicago). She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Roy) Cohen of Memphis, her grandson Adam (Christine) Cohen of Palm Harbor, Florida, and her granddaughter, Leigh Cohen currently of Memphis. Jeanette had one great-granddaughter, Addison Grace.

Interment will be held at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana in April 2022 (date and time to be determined). Contributions in memory of Jeanette can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to First United Lutheran Church of Hammond, Indiana where Jeanette was a member for over 60 years.

Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Shawn Davis, of Gary, passed away on January 7, 2022. She was born the eldest of three girls to Don and Cheryl Hamilton on July 13, 1963. She was brought up in Northwest Indiana with her sisters, Leticia (Kevin) Roach and Jennifer (Daniel) Hamilton.
Kim and her husband of 41 years, Dawayne, bought a house in Calumet Township where they raised their own three daughters: Jessica (Joey) Pennington, Bridget Suprenant, and Megan (Destiny) Davis. She was a beloved “Mamaw” to grandchildren: Alyssa, Joseph, Jacob, Aaron, Kaitlynn, Andrew, Alex, and Trinity; and favorite “Aunt Bubba” to her many nieces and nephews. She was also very close to, and grew up alongside her husband’s brothers and their wives.
Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents: Ora and Mamie Hamilton and Robert and Margret Harms; her in-laws: Walter and Beverly Davis; and her two favorite people: her father, Don and her best buddy, Rick “RT” Harms.
Kim was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to cook, and we all loved her cooking too! She also loved to be outdoors, either planting flowers or fishing in her favorite place – Lake Michigan. Kim was a very strong woman and wasn’t easily pushed around. She did life the way she wanted and was a blast to be around. She was loved by so many. She will never be forgotten and will be forever missed.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” Corinthians 16:13
Donations may be made to: Faith Mission Church (5093 Stone Avenue, Portage).

Bruce Downs

Bruce Howard Downs (76), of Winfield, Indiana, passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2022. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 19, 1946 to Robert and Marie (Mitchell) Downs. Bruce served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Specialist supporting the 8th Radio Research Field Station during the Vietnam War. He also served as a general contractor supporting numerous housing projects in the south Chicago / northwestern Indiana region.
Bruce is survived by his brother, Michael (Karen) Downs; his son, Christopher (Bethany)Downs; his daughter Amanda (Jeff Suender) Downs Suender; and two grandchildren, Clayton and Mitchell Downs. There are no formal services planned. Per Bruce’s request, memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars online at VFW.org

Dorothy A. Anderson

Dorothy A. Anderson (Dot) of Fishers, IN passed away on January 6,2022 at the age of 64.

Dorothy Ann Anderson

was born March 27, 1957 in Gary, IN to David Anderson and Luella Jackson. She attended Roosevelt High School in Gary. Dot began working for the Gary Community School Corporation in 1992 where she retired in 2014.

Dorothy accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1992 at Full Life Church Inc. Her relationship with Christ continued to grow into her becoming a minister. Dorothy later joined New Destiny Ministries where she was an active member until her passing.
Dot was a help to so many with her encouragement, prayers, love, and advice. Most of us in this room have felt the lasting love and care of our beloved Dot.

She is survived by her one and only son Robert Sharp, three daughter’s Bonnie Sharp, La’Tonda Sharp, and La’Kema(Michal) Gaines. Two sisters Martha and Susan Anderson, three brothers Willie Mills(Nora Lee), Willie(Gail)Anderson, and Kevin Brown. Her very special childhood friend Lisa Davis. A host of nieces, nephews, grand, and great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents David and Luella. Brothers Freddie, David, Jessie, Nathaniel, and William.

Dorothy will truly be missed; we know her spirit is smiling and rejoicing. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8(NKJV)

Gregoria “Gloria” Campos

Gregoria “Gloria” (Porras) Campos
Gregoria Campos passed away January 4, 2022, at the age of 73. Gloria resided in Gary, Indiana. Gloria is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Juan Campos; Dear parents; Manuel and Lucy Porras; brothers: Manuel and Salvador Porras; and her fur baby Oso.
Loved ones who will dearly miss her until they meet again are her loving son, Daniel Ayala III and beloved Goddaughter (partner in crime), Irene “Nena” Bastardo. Also included are her brother, Albert Porras; sister, Helen Cuellar and treasured grandchildren: Neyali, Ruby, and Mikey Ayala; and cherished great grandchildren: Sylvia Caine and Umi. Gloria is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and fur baby Spook, whom she loved dearly. Special thanks is extended to Gloria’s neighbors, Erica Wiggins and Bobbie Miller, and friends, Eugene Eddie and Yolanda Hicks.
Gloria Campos loved dancing with her husband (Juan) and competing in dance competitions. She is now reunited with her dance partner and showing everyone in Heaven how it’s done! Her infectious smile and feisty spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.