Author: Kelly Ableidinger

Ronald DeRoos

Ronald L. DeRoos, age 81, of Hobart, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born and raised in Chicago and married for 30 years to his high school sweetheart. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1968. They moved to Indiana in 1972 to live in the country and raise their 3 children. He worked for Republic and Thomas Steel for a total of 27 years as Chief Mechanical engineer. He was happiest at home sitting outside on his deck gabbing with his family and friends. Ronald was also a volunteer firefighter and first responder for the Union Township Fire Department for 16 years. He enjoyed fishing, vacationing with family, cooking and working in his yard. He was a very active and supportive father and devoted husband.
Ronald is survived by his children- Kristine (David) Stawinski, Steven (Laura) DeRoos, and Suzanne DeRoos; Grandchildren- Benjamin, Lincoln, Katherine, and Owen; and Great-grandchild- John Henry.

He is preceded in death by his wife- Marlene DeRoos; parents- Frank and Edith DeRoos; and brother- Frank DeRoos.

He will be missed greatly by all that knew him. May he rest in peace.

Donald Barclay

Donald E. Barclay passed away in his home May 7th, 2020. Don, as he was known to all of us, lived a full life. He married his grade school sweetheart and they shared 63 years together until she preceded him in death a little over three years ago. After 63 years with someone, you do not recover easily when they are gone, and not a day passed that Don did not mourn Shirley’s passing.

Don was a son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to many. His family and friends were the recipients of his generosity. His work ethic was exemplary. He loved working with his hands. From the steel mills to owning his own ‘filling’ station; to working as a mechanic and service writer at Shaver’s Chevy to finishing his work career working for Dean’s Auto Repair, Don did not cheat his employer or his customers.

Don loved sports. He was a three sport athlete in high school, continued to participate in sports following graduation, playing softball and golf. He encouraged his sons, grandsons and great- grandsons as they played various sports. He was never too tired to play catch, offer tips and build various apparatus to help them succeed . He would even prepare an ice rink in his back yard with lights, music and hockey equipment for the family and neighborhood kids to use.

He loved the Cubs, Bears and Bulls. College basketball took a close second place. Earlier in life he and Shirley were frequent visitors to Merrillville High School football and basketball games.

You may remember Don for a reasons different than above. But I am certain Don would want you remember him as honest, hard-working and a many who sacrificially loved his family and friends.

Michelle Briski-Flores

Michelle Briski-Flores, age 55, of Hobart, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. She is survived by her husband- Victor Flores; son- Tyler Flores; siblings- Richard Briski, Sharon Briski, and Denise Briski; her dogs- Kodi, Zack and Stella; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents- Richard and Tommie Briski.
Michelle was a Registered Nurse and she dedicated her time to the handicapped. She was very passionate when it came to taking care of the mentally disabled and handicapped community. She was a very loving and caring person that will be greatly missed by so many. In lieu of flowers please contribute donations to the family. Due to COVID private funeral services will take place. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

ANGELINA OJEDA

Angelina Ojeda, aged 78, born Los Contreras, Michoacán, Mexico. Angelina enjoyed hours in her flower garden, enjoyed taking day-long road trips with her husband. She was a strong woman of faith as well as a strong prayer warrior. The thing that brought her the most joy was being surrounded by her family.

Survived by husband, Juan, of 59 years. Children: Norberto Ojeda, Martha Perez (Daniel), Ester Alaniz (Pat), Veronica Castillo (John), 9 grandchildren, 4 great grand children. Sister: Cari Carmona, Lilia Carmona, Inez Trinidad, Ofelia Pardo, and Josefina Alfaro. Proceeded in death by her parents Facundo Carmona and Sosima Anaya.

She had an infectious sense of humor and laughter, a beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Vera Baldauf

Vera Baldauf, age 88, of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. She was born to parents Ignatz and Rose (Leckman) Lucas. She was a graduate of Emerson HS class of ’50. Vera was a member of the Dunkin Donuts Coffee Club, The Russian Club, and The American Legion.
Vera was preceded in death by her special friend of 30 years, Jerry Palumbo; siblings, Albert, Leo, John (Eleanore), Paul, Don (Delores), Julia (Max) Brown, Helen (Nick) Malich, Betty (Ben) Pruitt, Eva (Jim) Bodnar, and Catherine Flick.
She is survived by her sister Genevieve (Dean) Conley; step-son, Kenneth (Lucy) Baldauf, step-daughters, Cindy (Russell) Jorgensen, and Carol Wesson; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Tom Flick, and many nieces, nephews, and other close relatives, dear friends and her sweet companion Skittles. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Friends and loved ones are invited to visit with her family Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2-6 p, at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St. Gary IN. Funeral service will take place Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10 am at Rendina Funeral Home, Father Meade officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-980-1141.

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson, age 59, of Hobart, was suddenly called home by our Lord early Saturday, February 15, 2020. Gary devoted husband and best friend to Susie Michalec Peterson; loving father of Kevin Peterson and the late Daniel Peterson; amazing brother of Linda, Mike, Diane, Gene, Mark, Mary, Eric, Jackie, Ed and the late David Peterson;Son of the late Eugene E. Peterson and Mary Frances Egan Peterson; devoted son-in-law of Karl and Mary Ann Michalec;beloved uncle, brother-in-law, godfather and friend to many.

Gary is a graduate Morgan Park H.S.; DeVry Institute; Ivy Tech Community College also attended classes at Purdue University-Hammond; and Indiana University-Gary, Indiana. He was a gifted nurse, committed to his work at DaVita Dialysis

Gary was a strong, gentle, big hearted man who excelled in sports activities including football (Morgan Park Mustangs football, swimming and diving teams). He loved people, camping, boating, golfing, bowling, music – especially Karaoke; enjoyed cooking “specialties” for his family and friends. His love of family and friends was unconditional and limitless. He will be greatly missed by many.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday February 19, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart, IN.) with a prayer service at 7:00 pm Father Kime officiating.  Morning prayers will be offered on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 9:00 am at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel then process for 10:00 am Funeral Mass at St Francis Xavier Church. (2447 Putnam St. Lake Station, IN.)

In lieu of flowers please donate to Saint Jude in memory of his son Daniel. Please call Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/ Portage for any further information at 219-940-3791.

Douglas Whiteside

Douglas Whiteside, Age 68, of Portage, passed away on February 4, 2020. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Portage on County Line Road. He also attended Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jewell “Jack” and Margaret Whiteside; brother, William “Bill” Whiteside.
Douglas is survived by his 2 nephews, many cousins, extended family and dear friends. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Procession line up Friday, February 7, 2020 will begin at 10:30 from Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N County Line Rd. Hobart) Comital service at Graceland Cemetery Chapel at 11:30 AM. Funeral memorial luncheon following comital service at the Moose Lodge (3075 County Line Rd Portage). In Lieu of flowers donations are greatly appreciated.

Norma Diane Ketner-Culbertson

Norma Ketner-Culbertson, age 64, of Portage, passed away January 20, 2020. Norma is survived by her husband of 10 years (together 18 years) Howard; children, Michael (Tabitha) Ketner, Jeremie, Nicholas (Tina) Hensler, Christopher (Alyssa) Hensler, David, Anita (Jeff), Patricia (Scott) and Vincent; grandchildren, Samantha, Rachael, Amy, jeremiah, Jazlyn, Hailey, Audreah, and (unborn Nicholas Jr.), Emily, Clayton; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Peyton; siblings, Karen Bak, Susanne Parks and Shirley, very close niece and nephew Joe and Kristen(Kristopher) Bak-Millie; very dear friend Kay Aquayo; several nieces, nephews, and close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Ronald Raybourn and Norma Cotton.
Norma was an active member of her church the Family Christian Center. She enjoyed family gatherings, was a lover of God, Family, and fashion. Her favorite flower is the bluebonnet which is the state flower of Texas.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 10:00 – 12:30 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N County Line Rd Hobart IN) with funeral services at 12:30pm. Internment Calumet park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations are greatly appreciated.

Judy Hall

Judy Hall, age 79, a lifelong resident of Hobart, passed away January 19, 2020. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where she directed the church orchestra for over 30 years. Judy was a charter member of the Rusty Pipes (Hobart Community Band), she played an active part in the Valparaiso Community Band, also was an active member of the ASAAD (AHA). Judy previously worked as a substitute teacher at Meister Elementary and River Forest Jr/Sr High School. She really enjoyed watching and cheering on all of her family’s sporting events, especially baseball games. Judy touched the lives of so many and she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Robert C. Hall; parents, Murl and Ruth Thompson; brother, Glenn Thompson; and grandson, Dillion Mavity.
She is survived by her children, Tracy Mavity, April (jim)Busch, Danny (Jane) Hall; grand-daughter, Amanda Mavity (Jay )and Jacob Busch; siblings, Jim Thompson, Dave Thompson (Ginny), Donna (Jack) Woods, Sue (Paul) Miller, and several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday January 26, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N County Line Rd. Hobart IN) Funeral services at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Monday, January 27, 2020 10:00 am. Internment Graceland Cemetery

Richard Brooker

Richard Brooker, age 69, of Hobart passed away January 16, 2020. He is survived by his lovely wife of 50  years Nancy Brooker; Two children Craig (Angela) Brooker and Michelle Brooker (Mike Weis); grandchildren, Cole, Jacob, Gage, and Jeehoon; brother, Clifford (Jennifer) Brooker. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Gloria Brooker.