Author: Kelly Ableidinger

Gwendolyn Jean Clapp

GWENDOLYN JEAN CLAPP (JOHNSTON)
December 19, 1941 – February 20, 2021

Gwendolyn Jean Clapp, age 79, of Portage, went home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday,
February 20, 2021, where she was reunited with her beloved husband and soulmate, Dale V. Clapp. She
was preceded in death by her parents; Burton and Hannah; stepfather, Arthur Crisman, and best friend,
Judy Cooley.

Gwen graduated from Gary Emerson High School. She went on to become a beautician and was
employed at Mary’s Beauty Salon in Portage, Indiana for over 25 years. Gwen was a member of
Augustana Lutheran Church where she married the love of her life on December 17, 1960.

Gwen battled heart failure and many other health issues bravely and gallantly over the past 30 years.
She fought tirelessly and was determined to remain independent at home with her two best friends, her
dogs, Rowdy and Roxie.

Gwen bowled and golfed in leagues for many years. She was an avid animal lover who donated to many
different animal organizations. She loved traveling and enjoyed spending time in Florida. She loved
being with her children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed and looked forward to attending the
many sporting events, musical concerts, and any other activities her children and grandchildren were
involved in. Her family was her life.

She is survived by her three children; Dale (Lynn) Clapp, Tammy (Tim) Pivarnik, and Douglas Clapp. Six
grandchildren; Dale (Rebecca) Clapp, Kelly (Scott) Hutchins, Tara Villarreal, Jakob Clapp, Keighly Clapp,
and Cara (Cory) Grinnell. Two great-grandchildren; Alan and Adam Moore, and Betty Widelski, a very
special cousin who was like a sister to her.

Gwen touched the hearts of so many people and she will be deeply missed. She leaves behind
memories that will be forever etched in our hearts.

Family and Friends are invited to visit with the immediate family on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from
5PM until the time of the service at 7PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart,
IN) with Pastor Charles Strietelmeier officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ASPCA (secure.aspca.org) or the Valparaiso VNA (Hospice).

Ruark H. MacArthur

Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791
Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791

Rogelia Alicea

Rogelia Alicea, age 90, of Portage, passed away surrounded by loved ones on February 1, 2021.  

Rogelia was an elegant woman and was devoted to God, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and conversation. Rogelia took pride in her family and made all that knew her feel special.  

Rogelia is preceded in death by her parents, Hilario and Teotista DeLeon; brothers and one sister. 

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Agripino Alicea; loving children, Rolando (Angela) Alicea, Mary Alicea Davis, Noel (Evelyn) Alicea, Sandra (Alfred) Cruz and Brenda Alicea; siblings, Santos De Leon, Damain De Leon and Victor De Leon; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.  

Rogelia will be greatly missed by so many that knew her. Her memories will forever be etched in our hearts.  

Private funeral Mass will be held for immediate family. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/Portage. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude  https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.  For further information please call 219-940-3791 

Shawn Hoover

Shawn M. Hoover, age 52, of Hobart, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Lake Station and a member of the Habitat for Humanity.
Shawn was preceded in death by his father, Mark Schest.
He is survived by his loving wife, Camille Hoover; mother, Rosemary Schest; daughter, Miranda (Randy Jr.) Wilkening; granddaughter, Lydia Wilkening; siblings, Traci McKinney and Robert (Lisa) Hoover; nieces and nephews, Alan (Lisa) Turich, Amanda Turich, Richard Turich, Joshua Hoover, Cortni McKinney and Tyler McKinney; great nephews, Alan Turich III, Kai Turich and Kalem McKinney.
Shawn enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spa

Rosa Mangual

Rosa Mangual
January 13, 2021

Rosa (Leon) Mangual August 30, 1930 to January 13, 2021.

Rosa (Leon) Mangual, age 90, born August 30, 1930 to Pedro and Manuela Leon was a long-time resident of Gary, IN. In 2009,
she moved to Merrillville, IN where she resided with her daughter, Gloria, and special son-in-law, Peter Obregon. Her final year
was spent in their new home in Crown Point, IN.

Rosa is preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Manuela Leon; husband, Amado Calo Mangual; daughter, Anita Gamez;
sons, Anthony Vargas and Amado Calo Mangual, Jr.; sister, Jennie Sandusky; brothers, Juan Flores and Peter Leon;
granddaughters, Atina Rodriguez, Yvette N. Williams, Lindsey Williams, and great grandchildren, Jazmin Osbourne, Jamin
Osbourne, Yazmin Goldman and Ariel Goldman. She is survived by 8 daughters, Deborah Surgener, Jennie Teague, Judith
Williams, Gloria (Peter) Obregon, Sorida DeLeon, Neraida Torres, Angelina Mingo, Laura (Danny) Alcocer; brothers, Simon Leon
and Eddie Leon.
Rosa accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and literally praised Him with her last breath. She was a long-time member of
Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, IN where she sang in the choir and participated in a special prayer group. Rosa frequently
attended Family Christian Center for services, productions and other events until she became ill. Thereafter, she streamed the
services alongside family.
Her family was her ministry. This adoring matriarch of five generations was a devoted wife, beloved mother of eleven children,
grandmother of twenty-three grandchildren, forty-two great grandchildren, and twelve great-great grandchildren. She raised
strong-willed children with wide-ranging personalities; yet, loved them unconditionally and nurtured each one according to their
needs. Initially reared in the Catholic Church, godly morals and values were instilled in her children. During her last days, she
reminded them to seek the Lord for themselves, to love and care for one another, to always forgive each other, and never ever
allow anything or anyone to separate them. Rosa wore many hats and filled many roles: loving daughter, devoted wife, gracious
mother, adoring grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, protector, and teacher. When her husband was disabled, she became his
primary caregiver until he passed. She was a wonderful example to follow and the rock the family needed.
In addition to raising eleven children, maintaining a marriage and a household, Rosa was employed full-time in retail
management until retirement. She was known for her loyalty, exceptional work ethic, grace, kindness, and friendly
demeanor. She lived a full, active, blessed life, which consisted of intentionally serving others, giving of herself relentlessly,
unselfishly and without complaints. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman of God.
In her younger years Rosa loved to dance and was known to be quite trendy and fashionable. She relished cooking Sunday dinners
for the entire family, celebrating holidays, birthdays, family outings and more. She enjoyed the outdoors, going out for dinner
and a movie, word puzzles, and most recently playing bingo with her special circle of friends–Monin, Celia, Isabel, Margaret,
Ofelia, Sandra and Lisa.
NEVER GIVE UP appeared to be the mantra throughout Rosa’s life. She lived through the Great Depression, war times, and was
privileged to vote in many presidential elections from Harry S. Truman to Joseph R. Biden. She endured much heartbreak,
hardships, emotional pain, and trials; yet, remained strong and maintained her peace. She learned to recognize that God’s
blessings far outweighed every challenge.
In 2009, Rosa became part of the Obregon household and remained there until her transition. Gloria and Peter provided the
best care and spoiled her to no end, as did the rest of her children. Her daughter Debbie was at her side 24/7, whenever she
was hospitalized and required special attention. Rosa shared time between households, which allowed her the opportunity to
intimately know ALL of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She had a special relationship with
each one. Because she treasured spending time with family near and far, Rosa never missed birthdays, showers, weddings,
graduations, sporting events or any other significant occasion. She was present for the birth of many of her grandchildren. She
was showered with love and joy all of her life, not only by her family but also many close friends.
Rosa fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). She was called home on Wednesday, January
13, 2021, which also happened to be her wedding anniversary, and transitioned peacefully at home with family by her side. This
woman of God achieved her heart’s ultimate desire, to meet Christ Jesus our Eternal Savior, and be reunited with her husband
and family who made their glorious journeys prior to her departure. Both family and friends honor and celebrate her
extraordinary life.
Rosa left an amazing legacy that will carry on for generations to come and her children will not fail her.

Jack Blanton

Jack Blanton, age 74, of Hammond IN, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 1, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Elanda and numerous brother and sisters.

He is survived by his three daughters, one son, numerous grandchildren and grand-dogs

Jack never met a stranger and he will be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral services entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart IN.

Charles E. Brewer “Eddy”

Charles E. Brewer Jr., (Eddy) age 70, of Lake Station, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl Brewer- (nee) Lenzo; children, Paul Brewer, Charles (Ariel) Brewer III, and Jason Komenda; grandchildren, Breana Brewer, Ayden Brewer, Stefen Brewer and Gabe (Brianna) Brewer; siblings, Gary (Sheryl) Brewer, Kenneth (Debbie) Brewer, Tony (Kathy) Brewer, Linda Coffman, Page (Dave) Mo

Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Conrad Villanueva

Conrad Villanueva, age 74, of Hobart, formerly of Merrillville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 3, 2020. He was a member of Our Lady Consolation Parish in Merrillville and an active member of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of Valparaiso.

Conrad was preceded in death by his parents Salvador and Soledad Villanueva; and siblings, Lucy Silva, Paul Villanueva, and Rebecca Villanueva.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rosa Villanueva; children, Mary Ann (Chris) Brandly, Conrad (Marivelle) Villanueva, and Michael Villanueva (Rainie); grandchildren, Miranda and Marissa Brandly, Gavin, Layla, and Ava Villanueva, Jonathan (Angelique), Ariana, and Amiah Villanueva; siblings, Carlos (Barbara) Sanchez, Nicholas Villanueva, Carmen Schimke, Lydia Jane Stamate, Manuel Villanueva (Tracey), special sister-in-law Rita Villanueva and cousin Carmen Jimenez; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Conrad proudly served in the United States Navy and retired from A & P Stores after 20 years and US Steel as a Machinist after 40 years. He will always be remembered as a self-taught man of many talents and skills, specifically, upholstery, real estate, investing, gardening, and woodworking. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who cherished time spent with family. Conrad will be missed dearly by all of those who knew him, and his memory will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN). Chapel prayer service at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 6:30 P.M. Friends can meet again at Our Lady of Consolation (8303 Taft St. Merrillville IN 46410) Friday, December 11, 2020, from 10:00 -11:  00 A.M. before Mass. Services will begin promptly at 11:00 A.M. with Father Peter Muha officiating.

Antonio DelGrosso

Antonio Del Grosso, age 69, of Hobart IN, formerly of Baselice (BN), Italy, passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of the Lord on December 2, 2020 surrounded by his children.

Antonio was preceded in death by his parents – Leonardo and Angela Maria Del Grosso; siblings – Carmelina, Giuseppe and Rosario Del Grosso.

He is survived by his sisters – Lucia (Costantino) Del Vecchio, Giuseppina (Frank) D’Agostino and Rosemary Del Grosso; children – Angela Whitaker, Carmelina (Feliciano) Italiano, Rosaria (Matthew) Buoscio, Leonardo Del Grosso, Gloria Del Grosso, April Del Grosso, Aaron Del Grosso, Antonio Del Grosso and Gina Del Grosso; grandchildren – Alessandro Italiano, Cristiano Italiano, Angelica Italiano, Isabella Buoscio, Madeline Buoscio, Mason Whitaker, Adam Whitaker, Olivia Buoscio, Adelai Miller, Lillian Buoscio and Irelyn Miller; and countless nieces and nephews.

Antonio “Tony” was a hardworking, loving, caring, strong and amazing man and father. He loved his children and grandchildren fiercely. He had a passion for soccer and devoted much of his time to coaching. He invested in people and expected nothing in return – he was very giving and selfless. He was the best of the best, truly one of a kind. He was here for a short time but touched so many lives. Memories of his personality, humor and wit will forever live in our hearts. He will be so deeply missed.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) Funeral service will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M.

Masks, social distancing and limited capacity enforced. No food or beverages are allowed in the building at this time. Please follow social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Marjorie Mansell

Marjorie Mansell, age 92, of Portage, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020. Marjorie was a member of Deep River Church of Christ and Real Life Community Church of Portage.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Mansell; brother, Fritz Beilfuss, and her son-in-law, Jim Wahlie.

Marjorie is survived by her loving children, Carol Wahlie and Kelly (Ronald) Cummins; grandson, Aaron Cummins; step-grandchildren, David Wahlie and Joe Cummins; and great-grandson Blake Cummins.

Marjorie will be greatly missed by all that knew her and her memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. To 12:00 P.M at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN.) Graveside funeral service and interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. Any questions please call 219-940-3791