Author: Carrie Evans

Ted Anderson

Ted E. Anderson, recently of The Villages, Florida, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the age of 87.  Ted was born and raised in Gary, and attended Lew Wallace High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marines.  He served his country proudly for two years during the Korean War and upon his release, returned to the region to raise his family.  He was an active member of Glen Park Baptist Church and had held jobs as a millwright with Anco Steel, as well as building churches with the Church Builder’s Association.  After retirement, he and his wife Millie relocated to Florida to enjoy some fun in the sun.  After Millie passed away he married Ruth, who would remain by his side until his last day. His devotion to the Lord never waned as he was a member of Tri County Baptist Church in Lady Lake, Florida.

Ted is survived by his adoring wife, Ruth; his children: Jeff Anderson, Lisa (Ron) Floyd, Tammy (Dan) Curran, and Lorelei “Buffy” (Robert) Barnes; 12 treasured grandchildren, and many cherished great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Gene Anderson; his dear sisters: Judy Sobat and Jerrie Dowdy; his precious granddaughter, Amy Beth Floyd; and his beloved first wife, Millie.

Ted will forever be known for his loving nature, his dedicated support for his family and his love for his Lord and Savior. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, services will remain private.

Eugene Kuhn

Eugene Kuhn, passed away April 29, 2020 in Carmel, IN. He was born to Nicholas and Theresa Kuhn and became a lifelong resident of Schererville, IN. He attended Dyer High School, where he was a standout baseball player from 1946-1949, and was also a member of the Schererville traveling team.
After graduating high school, Eugene proudly served in the Korean War as a U.S Army Corporal in 1953-1954. He was an active member of the American Legion and worked as a school bus driver for the Lake Central School District for over 30 years.
When he wasn’t working he enjoyed photography, and being outside hunting, golfing, or gardening. He was a die-hard White Sox fan and loved the Indianapolis 500. He was known for his sense of humor and his talent for buying special (and sometimes crazy Christmas gifts for his family members).
Eugene is survived by his loving children: Kenneth (Lori Ormsby) Kuhn of Crystal Lake, IL, and Kathy (Ron) Kern of Fishers, IN; his treasured grandchildren: Brandon (Diane) Kern, Brooke (Ross) Horton, Brian Kern, Theresa (Pete Kissel) Kuhn, and Elizabeth (Patrick) Trainor; cherished great-grandchildren: Linus, Adelaide & Azelie Kern, Thomas & Jack Kissel, Paddy, Hank, Eileen and Holland Trainor; sister-in-law: Joan Kuss; seven dear nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ann; and his second wife, Margaret; his beloved son, Ronald; his parents; and siblings: James Kuhn, Barbara St. Martin and brother-in-law, Richard.
Eugene taught his children the value of hard work and to take pride and ownership of that hard work. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Due to the current pandemic, Eugene’s services will be private, with burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at

John R. Donley

John R Donley passed away at home, surrounded by family on April 4, 2020. He was born to Ruth and Henry Donley on November 4, 1935. He spent his youth in Valparaiso, graduating from Valparaiso High School in 1953. He went on to attend Valparaiso Technical School and Purdue Calumet NW.

He was a member of Divine Providence Polish National Catholic Church in Gary, where he married the love of his life, Marcella, in 1959, and St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

John proudly served as a Marine during the Korean War, and upon returning from duty found work at US Steel. He was an electronic repairman and taught the Apprenticeship Program at USS. He was then promoted to Management at USS and was Chairman of the Electronic Advisory committee at Ivy Tech.
He retired from USS in 1993 with 38 years of service

John was a devoted Bears fan and avid golfer. He was the Golf Chairman and also served as president of the Gary Works Supervisors Club for several years. He has the distinguished honor of being the first golfer at the Supervisors Club to make a hole in one.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella (nee Mroz) Donley of 61 years; daughter, Doreen (David) Ronzani and son, John H Donley (fiancee Fawn Prahlow); grandchildren: Bradley J Badovinac, Kyle PJ Donley, Alyssa N Donley, and Connor H Donley; sister-in-law, Mary (Dan) Donley-Whitler; several step grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his Angelic grandbaby, Kaitlyn Mckenzie Donley; beloved sister Sharon (William) Lepird and beloved brother James; parents Ruth and Henry Donley; and in-laws, Josef & Mary Mroz.

Family requests no flowers, memorials to Ronald McDonald house 5444 S Drexel Avenue Chicago, IL 60615 or to the family.

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph, 96, of Calumet Township, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, surrounded by his family during his last few days.

He was born on November 23, 1923, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Assyrian immigrants. He attended Emerson High School, where he played tackle on the Norseman football team. Bob continued his education at Indiana University, where he earned a bachelors of science degree and was a member of the 1945 Big 10 Championship football team.

After graduation, Bob commenced a teaching career at Calumet High School, the beginning of more than 50 years of service to the Calumet Township Schools. He met his wife Mabel, a fellow teacher, at Calumet. In 1957, Bob started the Calumet High School football program from scratch and served as its coach for 11 seasons. He went on to become an administrator, serving as assistant principal for Lake Ridge Junior High School and principal for Calumet High School. After Bob retired, he was elected to the Lake Ridge School Board, where he served for twelve years.

Bob was proud of and knowledgeable about his Assyrian heritage, but he also embraced his wife’s Italian heritage, becoming a family expert in Italian history, travel, cooking, wine-making, and other family traditions. He followed a fitness regimen his entire adult life, working out almost every day until a few weeks ago. He maintained lifelong interests in history, travel, football, cooking, wine, and politics. In his later years, Bob took joy in his grandchildren, seeing them weekly and coming to Chicago to attend all of their significant events, up to the very end of his life.

Bob is survived by his son Robert, of Gary; his daughter Elizabeth (Jonathan) Bohlen of Chicago; 2 grandchildren—Anna and Dominic Bohlen; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mabel Ann (née Largura) Joseph; his parents, Absalom and Evelyn Joseph; his siblings Samuel (Annabell) Joseph and Evelyn (William) Gill; his mother-in-law Ida Largura; and his siblings-in-law Elio (Ruth) Largura and Delores Largura.

Visitation will be at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street; Gary, IN 46408) on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Friday, February 21 from 9 am to 10 am. The funeral service will be at Rendina Funeral Home on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 am, Bishop Ronald Hicks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SHARE Foundation with the Handicapped, PO Box 400; Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. SHARE is an organization that served Bob’s sister-in-law Delores over many years.

Heidi Zima

Heidi Zima (nee Sencaj), age 75 of Schererville, IN, known fondly to many as “Oma”, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Heidi was the beloved devoted wife of Robert Zima; loving devoted mother to Anthony (Terry) Clark, Ramona (Mark) Rogers, Donna Clark, and Sandy (Jimmy) Lessentine; Oma to Tiffany and Jeremy (Bethany) Wilson; Amber (Ryan) O’Connell; Marissa Clark-DeButch (Kody Elder); Kevin, Christopher, Kasseidi, Kailey, Casey Lessentine; Jarred (Cayla) Ebeltoft; Jessica, Ashley Clark; Jodi (Ryan) Phelps; Michael (Becky) and Kevin (Kristen) McFadden. Heidi was the loving Ur Oma/Oma-Oma to Jaden, Aaliyah, Sariyah, Mariyah Browder; Chase, Harper Ebeltoft; Isaiah Zinkiewitz; Mason, Molly, Olivia Wilson; Caden, Nolan, Gavin Robert O’Connell; Chase Elder; Bryson Harville; Brooklyn Phelps; and Conner, Tommy, Kooper, Kole McFadden. Heidi had many wonderful nieces and nephews: Monica (Roger) Baldwin; Andy, Garet, Blake, Jillian Sencaj and Dale (Val) DeVries.
Heidi was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; parents: Andy (Andrija) and Vera Sencaj; brother, Mato Sencaj, sister, Christel Renate Burgwald, and siblings Dieter, Gunter and Milka Sencaj, whom passed away in Germany.
Heidi was born in Hamburg, Germany and came to America when she was only six. She became a long-time resident of Lake County, IN. The family loved the States and became proud American citizens, something she spoke of with much pride. She wrote a book for her kids for Christmas of 2017, so they would know what life was like for her and the family in the old country and the new country. It was a true legacy of love for them. She was a 28 years member of the Schererville Central Lions Club, and a co-founder of the Schererville Historical Society: past secretary. She worked for the town of Schererville for many years, as well as at Children’s Therapy Plus in Crown Point. She retired from Crete-Monee H.S. in Crete, IL.
She loved riding with her hubby, Bob (Rev), on his Harley on road trips. She loved going to plays and comedy clubs with her kids, enjoyed having lots of laughs; reading and going to her grandkids activities and games. She loved life; had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us all together. She never met a stranger. Everyone that touched her life made her a better person, and vise-versa. She had wonderful friends and enjoyed her ladies in her Deutsche Kaffe Klatsch. Heidi lived for her children, husband, family and friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest and she always thought she was truly blessed! She would remind us that “Every beat of your heart, I am with you – always and forever.”
Services will be 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 15, at Griffith Lutheran Church, (1000 N. Broad Street, Griffith IN) Pastor Freda Scales officiating. Friends and family are invited to visit from 8:00 AM until time of service at the church. Interment of ashes at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Griffith Lutheran Church. For more info, call 219-980-1141 or visit

Elizabeth Meszaros

Elizabeth M. Meszaros passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2020. She was 78 years old. She was born the youngest child of Earl and Myrtle Evetts in Corinth, Mississippi. As a teenager she moved to the Chicago area in order to attend school, and later relocated to Northwest Indiana.
Elizabeth worked for many years at Indiana Botanic Gardens (Botanic Choice Vitamins and Supplements) and enjoyed spending time on the casino boat. She also loved playing bingo and cards. She was known as the “life of the party” and brought joy and humor to all.
She is survived by her loving son, Elmer “Bubby” Whittaker; sister, Juanita (late Dean “Stubby”) Sheeley; sisters-in-law: JoAnn (late Melvin) Evetts and Janie (late Clayton) Evetts; and many dear nieces and nephews and friends.
Liz is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son, Greg Whittaker; her husband and love of her life, Sal Duarte; and her brothers: James (late Jean) Evetts, Melvin “Bud” Evetts, George (late Jewel) Evetts, Clayton Evetts, and Earl “PeeWee” Evetts.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street, Gary) on Tuesday, February 11 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 PM. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens following service. For more information, call 219-980-1141.

Evelyn Kopach

Evelyn (“Teta Babe”) Kopach, 89, of Hobart, passed away at Broadway
Methodist Hospital on January 12, 2020. She was born in Oakmont,
Pennsylvania, the ninth and youngest child of John and Mary Naglosky.
Evelyn moved to Gary, Indiana at the age of 9. While attending Froebel
High School, Evelyn met the love of her life, Robert (“Bob”) Kopach, a Lew
Wallace High School student. They married on January 21, 1954 after Bob
returned from service as a Marine in the Korean War. They had three
children, Kathy Kopach Woods, Kim (Arthur) Erdelac and Robert (Jenny)
Kopach, whom they raised in Hobart. Evelyn devoted her adult life to
demonstrating love for her family, and for many, many years found time
every Friday to make pierogis at St. Michael’s Church where she was a
long-time parishioner. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her
sisters: Anna and Mary; her brothers: John II, Andrew, Paul, William,
Michael, and Henry; and her husband Bob. Evelyn is survived by her loving
children and six grandchildren: Cameron (Lauren) Woods, Allie (Alex
Kellner) Woods, Michael Erdelac, Katie Erdelac, Hannah Kopach and John
Kopach. She also is survived by three great grandchildren: Charlie and Ben
Woods, and Hattie Woods-Kellner; and many nieces and nephews.

John C. Arvin

John C. Arvin, age 71, passed away at his home in Gary on January 11, 2020

John was the owner of Arvin’s Cedar Bar in Calumet Township for 44 years, and worked with the Painter’s Union Local 460 both as a painter and business agent for 41 years.

Lucille Gazdik

Lucille Gazdik, of Gary, passed away January 4, at the age of 97.
She is survived by her loving children: Susan (Rusty) Gazdik, Steve (Bobbi) Gazdik Jr., and Marty Harrison – who was like a daughter to her. Also survived by 3 cherished granddaughters and 4 precious great granddaughters, and many treasured friends.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Steve Gazdik Sr. and her dear son, Kenneth Gazdik.
Lucille was a long-standing member of Griffith Lutheran Church, and has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in her name to the church.

Joan Dzyacky

Joan M Dzyacky, born in Gary, Indiana on March12, 1932 died October 23, 2019 at the age of 87.

She worked for 25 years at Gary National Bank.  While she was working at Gary National, she obtained her teaching degree from Indiana University.  She taught at St. Bridget’s Catholic School for nearly 20 years..