Author: Kelly Ableidinger

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 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

Rory J. Dimos

Rory J. Dimos, 66, of Hobart passed away on November 23, 2020.
Rory is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jackie; his mother, Ethel; better known as “Rita”; son, Christopher; daughters: Michelle and Kelly; brothers: Tom, Eric (Annette), and Matt; sister-in-law Rhonda; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, John; brother, Kevin; and sister, Carole Westberg.
Rory worked at US Steel for 44 years before his retirement. He was a relentless Cubs fan and loved keeping his hands busy with wood crafting. Rory had a great sense of humor and was always a joy to be around. He was great family man and will leave a void that cannot be filled. Rory will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Visitation will be 3-7 PM on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, with a chapel service at 6 PM. Masks are required, please follow all social distancing guidelines. For more information, visit

Marvin R, Barnes

Marvin Ray Barnes was born on November 7, 1962 to James and Loy Barnes. He grew up on the west side of Chicago with his 7 brothers and sisters, and was the second youngest. He enjoyed bike riding, studying insects and bugs, and playing marbles.
He was known for wreaking havoc and getting into mischief in the neighborhood. His sister Renease said that when local boys started to bother her one day, she heard a boy say, “Uh un. That’s Marvin’s sister. Don’t mess with her.” Then the boys proceeded to leave her alone.
Marvin gained the nickname “Bird” in his family. He and his four brothers were known as “The Buzzards” by their mother. That sense of humor definitely passed on, because Marvin became well known for his.
He was constantly bringing laughs to the lives of those around him, even at a young age. Though some jokes were hit and miss, Marvin always guaranteed HIMSELF a good laugh. He especually loved poking light hearted fun at people.
At age 11, Marvin received salvation through Jesus Christ, and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He attended Solid Rock Church of the Living God. Where he was known for his powerful and Davidic styled praise. He would dance and shout right out of his shoes. His dancing in church became a reputation that followed him all the days of his life. It became infamous.
He also sang in the teen choir, where he couldn’t necessarily hold a note, but could definitely carry the anointing. And though he would try to hide from the church van that would pick them up for choir rehearsals, because he wanted to stay and play with his friends, Marvin quickly learned that God had bigger plans for him than baseball and foot races.
After graduating from high school and receiving his diploma from St. Patrick High, Marvin was called into ministry just a few short years later, at the age of 20.
In an interview, someone asked Marvin how he knew he was called. His reply was, “One day I was home watching TV, when I heard a voice call my name. I responded, but no one answered. So I blew it off. I decided to keep watching TV. Then I heard the voice again. ‘Marvin!’ I heard an actual voice! I got up and walked around the house trying to see who it was. Only to realize that I was the only one home. That’s when it hit me. And I remember saying ‘Uh oh…’ to myself. I thought about the story of Samuel and Eli, and realized that God was calling me. So I answered. I replied, ‘Yes Lord.’ and the voice stopped. God got my yes.”
Then God took him at his word. Marvin was preparing to leave a revival early, to take his mother to work. She instead, insisted that they stay. The Holy Spirit weighed so heavy on Marvin, that he became pinned to the floor. He wiggled and moved and fought. But he just could not get up. Not until he agreed to confess his calling in front of leadership. The rest is history.
Shortly, after that, he was sitting in a church service where he saw a group of sisters walking into the church. One of which really stood out to him. This was love at first sight. Marvin described it as the world going in slow motion, as he saw this young lady walking down the aisle of the church. He said he spoke up and told God, “I want her.”
Well, God honored his request. The young lady was named Marva Kimbrough and became Marva Barnes on September 13, 1987. They were married and had two daughters, Mariah and Marissa.
In the year 2000, Marvin became the assistant pastor of Maranatha Temple Church of the Living God. Under the Pastoral leadership of the great, Bishop Preston Raper, he preached awesome sermons, taught sunday school, and had both children called to ministry. He later joined Living Word Church in Lansing, Il. Where the pastor is the wonderful and kind, Pastor Dave Prince.
Marvin lived his life for the sole purpose of being pleasing to God. He ministered to those around him, wasn’t afraid to share the gospel, lived what he preached, loved his wife, led his family, and was an example to many. He was a brother to Renease, Pamela, Douglas, Anthony, David, Michael, and Dennis. He was a husband to Marva Barnes. He was a father to Mariah and Marissa. He was a father in law to William T. Jackson II. He was a grandfather to Tanayzia, Isabella, and Alannah. He was many things to many people. Most importantly though, he was a son of God. He IS a son of God. And now he is standing before him. Seeing the very things he preached about. Experiencing what he spent his whole life living for. Walking the streets of gold that he sang about. Seeing the face of the God that he preached about.
Philippians 1:21 says, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Marvin lived for Christ. Now he has gained all the joy, prosperity, happiness, health, and wholeness that he can possibly handle.

Harry M. Collins

Harry M. Collins, age 65, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Cleveland Ohio, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020. Harry was a member of The American Legion Post 47 in Fort Wayne and a proud member of The Honor Guard in Rensselear. He loved to watch football and loved to cheer on his favorite team the Cleveland Browns.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Nicky Collins.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy; his step-children- Kathy Leon (Jamie Urias), Roger Leon (Memoir Sanchez) , and Oscar (Sonia) Leon; step-grandchildren- Charlene, Marcelino, Billy, Kimberly, Carla, Aly, Matteo, Adam, Alexis, Angelica, and Destinee; very close cousins- Shane and Michelle Collins along with their daughters, Dave Icenogle, Regina Collins, Carrie and Adam and their sons; Heather Collins and her children, Andy, Bill, Tom, Joe, Carolyn, Jackie, Beth, Matthew, Randy, Rusty, Rhonda, and Steve Collins and many more cousins and extended family.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) Military Honors at 3:00 P.M. We ask to please use social distancing and masks are required to enter the building. Any questions please call 219-940-3791

Hobart- Visitation

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.

Edward “Butch” Smith

Edward “Butch” Smith, age 72, of Portage, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Edward was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the M.L. McClelland 357 Lodge of Hobart. He loved riding his Harley and enjoyed everything about drag racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents- Earl Jr. and Ona Smith; brothers Chuck Burch and Erwin Smith; and sister- Karen Shultz.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, of 52 years, Pam; daughters- Jennifer (Gordon) Bruce, and Kelly (Jonathan) Polland; grandchildren- Reese, Savannah and Jada; siblings- Earl Smith “JR”, Shirley Gean, Kenny Burch, Lee Burch, Gene Shultz, and Gary Shultz; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward will be missed by all that knew and loved him and his memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) a Masonic service will take place Monday, October 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Shriners Hospital for Children of Chicago 2211 N. Oak Park Ave Chicago IL 60707. Any questions please call 219-940-3791