Author: Kelly Ableidinger

Darrell A. Hoover Sr.

Darrell A. Hoover Sr., age 53, of Hobart, passed away on December 31, 2021.

He was a member of the Mohawks Club and worked for the City of Hammond for 33 years and Creviston Trucking for 26 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Hoover (nee Englehorn); mother-in-law, Donna Nash.

Darrell is survived by his wife Wendy Hoover; father, Raymond Hoover; children, Darrell A. (Caylee) Hoover Jr., Kayleigh (Chris) Hunt, and Jacob Hoover; grandchildren, Bryson Hunt and Asher Hoover; siblings, Doug Hoover, Don (Roberta) Hoover, and Derrick Hoover; several nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Darrell enjoyed gardening, NASCAR, watching sports like the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Black Hawks and Chicago Cubs. He loved to go fishing and spending time keeping his yard, his home and his belongings very well kept. He was the most kind, big hearted, friendliest, jokester. He was always there when you needed him and would do anything for you. He will be so deeply missed by all that knew and loved him. May his memories live on through the beautiful memories he created and left behind with all of his cherished family and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Patricia Pavlakovic

Patricia A. Pavlakovic, age 84, of Portage, passed away on December 27, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Parker; parents, Harry and Goldie Shaffer; brothers, “Bill” David William and “Hank” Harry Edward; sisters, “Rckey” Audrey Dicesare and Betty Nagy.

Patricia is survived by her husband, John Pavlakovic; children, Jo Ann (Chuck) Froman. Steve (Missy) Parker, Marie (Ted) Choucalas, Dean Parker, and Viki Pavlakovic; Sisters, Lavern Gursky and Mable Pennington; grandchildren, Hilary (Nick) Froman, Shannon (Chris) Hilley, Jacob (Megan) Parker, Grace Parker, Sarah Parker, Charissa (Dylan) Ellis, Brittni Choucalas, Tyler Parker, Jordan (Garrett) Piers, Ryan Pavlakovic, and Nikolas (Hannah) Pavlakovic; 9 great-grandchildren; God daughter Brandi Dicesare; and sweet dog Bella.

Patricia married Ralph Parker 08/18/1956 and he passed away 04/16/1966. She then married John Pavlakovic 05/10/1969. She enjoyed baking and watching the Chicago Bulls. Patricia loved animals so much she became a rescue for them. She mostly loved spending time with her family, she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by many that knew and loved her. May her memories be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. until the time of service at 6:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart Indiana 46342) Deacon Dennis Guernsey officiating. Private Inurnment at Calvary Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

George Gilea

George Gilea Sr., age 92, of Merrillville, passed away on December 17, 2021.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 485 and the VFW Merrillville IN.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Gilea; parents, Nick and Kristina Gilea, brothers, Paul, Ben, and Pete Gilea; sister Tereasa Pavel.

He is survived by his children, Georgan (Larry) Yuha, Pat Houston, George Gilea Jr. and Carol Harvey; six grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

George served in the United States Army and honored his county by serving in the Korean War. He enjoyed bowling and gambling at the casinos. He loved and enjoyed his bartender position at the American Legion. George adored his family and his presence will be missed by all that knew and loved him. His memories will be kept alive and he will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit the family on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St. Merrillville IN. 46410) Funeral service will be on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-736-5840.

Gayle Hlista

Gayle M. Hlista (nee McCay), 68, passed away on December 17, 2021, in Merrillville, IN. Gayle was born on February 21, 1953 to Rose (nee Frankovich) and Walter “Bud” McCay in Hammond, IN. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and wife. She was loving, compassionate and kind. She was also a successful business owner, real estate agent and dealer at Majestic Star Casino. Her favorite things to do were to spend time with her family, cook and write. She loved drinking coffee, corona beer with lime and coca-cola. She also occasionally made her family pina coladas. Whenever she had the chance, she would sing and dance to Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Hlista; children: Jennifer Biro and Amber Kowal; sister: Linda (Rob) Marvel; eight grandchildren: Amanda Biro, Ashley Biro, Alayna Biro, Sara Biro, Cody Biro, Alyssa Kowal, Eric Kowal and Justin Fowler; two great-grandchildren: Ashton Marvel and Kailena Kowal; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rose; father, Bud; sister, Diane Smith; and brother, Dennis “Denny” McCay.

Friends and family are invited to visit from 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 22 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 370 N County Line Rd, Hobart, IN 46342. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 10 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christopher Hlista in care of the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

William N. Sovich

William N. Sovich, age 74, of Schererville, passed away on December 13, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas Sovich and Doris “Maggie” Biller (nee) Mefford.

William served in the United States Army and was the Owner of Schererville Blue Print & Supply.

He is survived by his loving children, Nicholas (Debra) Sovich and Natalie Crofton; the mother of his children, who he loved dearly; Lorrie Sovich; grandchildren, Sebastian and Scarlett Sovich; very special cousins, Lynda “Dee Dee” (George) Alhorn, and Gary (Lil) Sovich, several extended family and dear friends.

William enjoyed boating during the summer months, watching the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. His family was his entire world and he cherished all of his time spent with them. He will be greatly missed by so many and his memories will be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 4:00P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will begin at 7:00 P.M. Pastor Dick Bashta officiating. Private burial of cremains at Calvary Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Emery William Knopf

Emery William Knopf, age 93, of Crown Point, passed away on December 12, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Matilda Knopf; siblings, Edward, Elmer, Kenny, Florence and Margaret Knopf.

Emery is survived by his children, Marcie (Steve) Hepburn, Mike (Shelly) Knopf, Jeff and Justin Knopf, Rick (Sue) Knopf, Ed (Mary) Knopf, and Myshelle (Gary) Babcoke; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a host of extended family and dear friends.

Emery enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and was a true fan his entire life. He loved fishing, farming, gardening, and cherished his children and grandchildren. He was a kind gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Donations may be made in Emery’s name to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN.) A memorial picnic will take place on July 2, 2022 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Timothy Guined

Timothy Guined , age 52, of Hobart, passed away on December 7, 2021. He was an employee of US Steel and a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union.
Timothy was preceded in death by his father, James Guined; and sister, Janet Terpstra.

Timothy is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Guined; mother, Geneva Guined; children, Jillian Guined, Samantha Guined, Madeleine Kopas; brother, Michael (Susan) Guined; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Tim loved camping and exploring state parks, fairs, festivals, antique tractor shows and browsing flea markets and antique shops looking for hidden treasures; and, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Tim will be deeply missed by so many. His memories will be forever etched in our hearts

Friends are invited to visit the family Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 10:00 A.M at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, Pastor Roger Parker and Dave Forest officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Mary Varella

Mary Varella, age 76, passed away on December 5, 2021. Mary was born in Gary and a lifelong resident of the Calumet Township area.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.
Mary is survived by her children, Daniel (Sue Eaglebarger) Varella and Valerie (Bob) Hiser; grandchildren, Jasmine Varella, Paul Cooper, Tony (Melissa) Cooper, and Valentina Hiser; great-grandchildren, Autumn Culp, Olivia Culp, Jayson Culp, Ian Culp, Charlotte Cooper, A.J. Cooper, and Martha Cooper; her twin brother, Raymond (Beverly) Torres along with other siblings and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Mary enjoyed shopping, with a fondness for thrift stores. She was a night owl and could often be found cooking or watching movies late into the evening. She loved music, and spending time with her family.
Mary will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her. May her memories be forever etched in our hearts.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 12:00 P.M. at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Ave. Gary IN 46408) Pastor Ryon Adcock officiating. Interment at Memory Lane Cemetery. For further information please call 219-980-1141.

Timothy J. Hiddle

Timothy J. Hiddle, age 77, passed away on November 29, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Hiddle; and brother, James (Verla) Hiddle.
Timothy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Arlene Hiddle; two sons, Tim Hiddle, and Gerald (Cassie) Hiddle; grandchildren, Landon, Ali, Thomas, Mia, Miles and Emily; several nieces, nephews, extended friends and family.
Timothy was a Calumet High School graduate, a US Army veteran who proudly served during the Vietnam War and a member of Morocco Lodge 372. He enjoyed being outdoors golfing, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and cruising on a Harley He was an avid fan of college sports, especially his beloved Notre Dame football and IU basketball teams.Private services entrusted by Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. Entombment at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-736-5840.

John Kachur

John Kachur, age 87, of Schererville, formerly of Merrillville, passed away on November 21, 2021. He was born in Gary, son of John and Anne (Tomasic) Kachur. Survived by wife, Elizabeth June (Murray); three children, Rebecca (John) DeLorenzo of Melbourne, Australia, Peter (Stephanie) of Plainfield, IN. Douglas (Louonna) of Zionsville, IN. Eight grandchildren, Lauren, Jonah, and Mitchell DeLorenzo, Peter, Lucy, Piper, Margaux, and Andrew Kachur; brother, Donald (Diane) Kachur. John had great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
John was a member of St. Andrew Parish, Knights of Columbus Council 4047, Indiana & Lake County Retired Teachers Assoc. He served in the Army Medical Corps with the 395th Evacuation Hospital during the 1961-62 Berlin Crisis.
He was a 60-year employee of the Gary Community School as an intervention specialist. For many years John also taught adult education classes for the Latin American Family Education Program (LAFEP). He took pride in his career as a teacher and his dedication reached a countless number of lives in the region.
John was an alumnus of Bishop Noll High School class of ’53. He earned a degree in Business and a MS in Education, both from Indiana University. He enjoyed woodworking, big bad and swing music, WWII history, and his vocation as a teacher. John took pleasure in travel, in particular the Pacific trips to Japan, China, and thirteen visits to his daughter’s family in New Zealand and Australia.
Direct cremation and arrangements entrusted to Rendina Funeral Home with interment at Calumet Park Cemetery.