Author: Kelly Ableidinger

Stephen Ruisard

Stephen Bruce Ruisard, age 72, a resident of Portage for more than 30 years, passed away on July 28, 2021. Steve was a parishioner of First United Methodist Church in Portage and former parishioner at the Garyton Covenant Church. He was a dedicated member of the United Steelworkers Union and The American Legion. He had retired a few years ago after nearly 50 years with Bethlehem Steel/ISG. He served as an infantryman for the U.S. Army in Vietnam, earning medals and honors. He graduated from Demotte High School. He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity by his family and church, and by the many charities to which he contributed.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Ruisard; and brother Bruce Ruisard.

He is survived by his children, Stephen (Carla) Ruisard and Amber (Dan) Lexsa; grandchildren, Xavier English, Isabel Ruisard, Riff Ruisard, and Allie Lexsa; siblings, Rodney Ruisard, Richard Ruisard, Charles Ruisard, Jeff Ruisard and Lisa Way; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Steve loved spending time with his family, who will miss playing board and video games with him (and losing to him at trivia). Steve passed on this love of old classic rock, reading, science fiction, and classic cars to his children and grandchildren. He was handy at fixing things and was often sought out for his advice. He was passionate about gardening, growing mostly vegetables, and about cooking; he loved a chance to share a new recipe. He enjoyed new technology, whether he was building himself a computer or getting a new gadget for the kitchen. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, having started several small businesses of his own over the years. He will be deeply missed by so many who knew and loved him. May his memories be with us until we meet again.

Funeral services entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/Portage. There will be a memorial service for Stephen on August 29, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Portage (2637 McCool Rd.Portage IN. 46368) at 2:00 pm. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Frankie L. Yates

Frankie L. Yates, age 69, of Portage passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 19, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Gladia Yates; brothers, James, Roger and Aaron Yates.

He is survived by his lovely wife, Katherine Yates; sons, Frank Yates, Jason (Helen) Yates; daughters, Melissa (fiancé Joe Walden) and Erica Yates; grandchildren, Sierra Mueller, Sonnie Mueller, Brody Mueller, Jazmine Yates, Jesse Yates, Jelena Kidwell, Alexis Larson, Victoria Larson, Kayla Yates and Dylan Meeks; great-grandchildren, Boyce Morris, Waylon Morris, and Harlee Erdmam; brothers, Samuel (Cindy) Yates, Delbert (Barb) Yates and Larry (Gloria) Yates; sisters, Patti (Adolph) Boudreauk and Tina Adams.

Frankie retired from Laborers Local #81, he was a proud Vietnam Veteran USMC. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 100. Some special things Frankie loved doing in his spare time included managing Little League baseball, the cooking channel, his dog Blue, everyone that knew him knew how much he enjoyed his cookouts and he especially cherished is precious family. He sure did leave a mark on everyone he met. He will be missed by so many that knew him. May his memories be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm with a funeral service beginning at 3:30pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Zdravko Suleski “Z” officiating. For further questions please call 219-940-3791

Leah Fifer

Leah Fifer, age 54, of Hobart, passed away on July 2, 2021. She was a parishioner of the Central Church of God. Leah was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Bonnie Hendrix.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Douglas Fifer; son, Bryan (Kelly) Fifer; siblings, Frank Hendrix, Tim (Lisa) Hendrix, Donna Hendrix; grandchildren, Jeydan , Miley, Kynlie, and Kanden; many extended family and friends.

Leah loved to travel, enjoyed going to concerts, bike riding with her husband, she had a bird sanctuary outside her window which she spent a lot of time feeding and watching the birds. Her family was precious to her and she will be missed so deeply by everyone who knew her. We will cherish our memories of her in our hearts forever.

Memorial visitation will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm with a chapel service at 5:30pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342). For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Freddie Ortiz Jr.

Freddie Ortiz Jr., age 51, of Lake Station, passed away on June 19, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, Freddie Ortiz Sr. and his brother Javier Ortiz (who recently passed away June 18, 2021).

Freddie is survived by his loving wife, Luz Ortiz; mother, Nereida Ortiz; daughters, Anissa Ortiz and Selestina (Eli) Collazo; sister, Connie (Luis) Ortiz, granddaughter, Amelia; sister-in-law, Jeanette Mendez; close nieces and nephews, Selena (Benjamin Velasco), Sofia, Xavier, Jonathan, Angel and Alex; great nephew, Landon; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Freddie was dedicated to his career and truly loved his job as a welder. He also loved building things. Freddie was a social butterfly; he was so free spirited and just loved life. He will be missed deeply by so many and even though he is gone we will always have the wonderful memories we shared with him forever.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. with a chapel prayer service at 6:30 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel ( 370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will be on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, Pastor Jose Ramirez officiating. Burial at Blake Cemetery, Portage Indiana.

Lucy Hogan

Lucy Hogan, age 74, of Portage passed away on May 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel P. Hogan; parents, Guy and Ethel Contie; granddaughter Crystal Hogan; siblings, Lulu Lorenzen, Angeline Hoover, Rose Contie, Guy Contie II, and Joseph Contie.

Lucy is survived by her children, Deborah Hogan, Victoria Hogan, Daniel (Suzanne) Hogan, Gina (Greg) Robinson; siblings, Angelo (Janice) Contie, and Susan (Albert) Arnold; many grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

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Lucy will be missed by so many that knew her and her memories will be forever etched in our hearts. Funeral arrangements entrusted by Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

Cecelia S. Rodriguez

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Cecelia S. Rodriquez, age 84, of Crown Point passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 21, 2021. She is survived by her caring husband of 65 years; Xavier Rodriguez; loving children, Harry (Linda) Rodriguez, Cecelia (Jerry) Stamper, Ramona (Phillip) Archo, Manuel Rodriguez, Eloise Rodriguez, Mary (Richard) Rodriguez; 22 grandchildren; 35 great- grandchildren, and many great- great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and extended family and close friends.

Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Manulea Espinosa.

She was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church. She enjoyed gardening and even grew her own Christmas trees. Cecelia had a green thumb to say the least. She also enjoyed playing board games and cards with her loved ones. She was also a chocolate lover. She will be so deeply missed, and her memories will be forever etched in our hearts.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:00- 10:00 am at St Paul Catholic Church (1855 Harrison Blvd, Valparaiso In 46385) Funeral Mass at 10:00 am Father Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial of cremains at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-736-5840

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz, age 38, of Lake Station passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette Mendez; Son, Xavier Ortiz; mother, Nereida Ortiz; siblings, Freddie (Luz) Ortiz, Connie Ortiz-Reyes; very dear friend, Thomas Gaboian; mother and father-in-law, Annette and Louie Mendez; brother- in- law, Wesley (Angela) Mendez; sister-in-law, Stephanie Mendez; nephew, Tyler; nieces, Selena, Anissa, Sophia, Selestina and Audriana; great nephew, Landon; and his fur baby, Scrappy.
Javier was preceded in death by his father, Freddie Ortiz.

Javier’s love and passion was barbering. His wife was his everything. He had a big heart and would do anything for anybody. He was known for his big bear hugs. He is going to be missed tremendously.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:30pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10:00 am pastor Andrew Concepcion officiating. Burial at Blake Cemetery Portage, IN. For further questions please call 219-940-3791

Salvador G. Zepeda

Salvador Galvez Zepeda, age 60, of Porter passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Salvador was employed at US Steel as a Systems Repairman. He left behind his loving wife of 24 years, Leticia Zepeda; siblings, Luis (Angelica), Josephina (Nicolas), Maria (Luis), Amalia (Raul), Alexandro (Leticia), Cecilia (Alexandro), David (Vicky); and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Preceded in death by his parents Luis and Maria Zepeda; uncles Franciscan-Alexandro Galvez Zepeda, Priest-Salvador Galvez Zepeda, Leopoldo Galvez Zepeda; and brother-in-law, Francisco J. Chavez.

Salvador was a generous man and was known for always giving to the less fortunate. He loved to donate to the poor children, charities and was very giving to his family and loved ones. He enjoyed working with computers. He liked to take them apart and rebuild them or find out what was not running correctly and fix them. He also loved building and wood working. He will be missed by so many that knew him. He will be in our memories and in our heart’s forever.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) with a service at 6:00pm. Father ______________________________ officiating. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Garland L. Tanner

Garland Tanner, age 85, of Lake Station, passed away on April 30, 2021. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Ida Mae; son, John, 3 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; several siblings and other relatives.
Garland is survived by his children, Carl, SueAnn, Mary Lou, Loren, and Larry; siblings, Juanita, Rebekah, Stella, Georgetta, David, and Tommy; several grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He retired from US Steel and he just enjoyed drinking his coffee and socializing with just about anyone he crossed paths with. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him and we will cherish our memories of him for a lifetime.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 2:00- 6:00 pm with a service at 5:30pm. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel ( 370 N. County Line Rd Hobart IN 46342) Pastor Charles Strietelmeier officiating.For further information please call 219-940-3791