Author: Kelly Ableidinger

Anacorita Antonavich

Anacorita Antonavich, age 76, of Kouts, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020. She was known as the “Egg Roll Lady of Kouts”. Her passion for cooking sure did stand out. She was a member of WISBA (Women’s of Indiana State Bowling Association) and enjoyed her time spent at the bowling alley. She also loved to play bingo, she could get lost in her home town or a mile radius, but if there was a bingo facility, she would be sure to find her way to it. Her pride and joy was her grand-daughter, Kayana Joy, she absolutely adored her and loved spending precious time with her teaching her about Filipino culture, one thing in particular, the infamous ‘sniff kiss’. She was a loving, caring, selfless soul and was so delightful to be in her company.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years- Richard Antonavich; children- Elizabeth Seltenright and Jonny Owsley; grand-daughter- Kayana Joy Seltenright; step-son- Brian Antonavich; Sister Maria (John)Shields; Special Niece- Marietta (Steve) Coyle; Step-grandchildren- Dawn Antonavich and Amy McInerney; step-great-grandchildren; Arianna Moore and Aliyah Resendez.

Anacorita was preceded in death by her parents- Olicarpio and Fructosa Maganda (Gernale); sister- Pricella Maganda; and brother- Edelberto Maganda.

She will be so deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Her memories will live in our hearts for a lifetime.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:45 – 10:45 A.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) with a funeral service at 10:45A.M. Father Lourd Pasala officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Due to covid-19 restrictions, memorial gathering will be limited, guests are asked to please wear masks and practice 6 ft. social distancing. No food or drinks. Calumet Park Funeral Chapel-Hobart entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting

John C. Mendez

John C. Mendez, age 75, of Valparaiso (formerly of Hobart), passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Iris (Nellie) Mendez the two were truly inseparable. His two children, Lisa Mendez Guerrero and John A. Mendez; three grandchildren which were his pride and joy: Kayla Guerrero, Juliana Mendez, and Austin Guerrero; siblings: Edward (Linda) Mendez, Myrna (Richard Sr.) Mendez Ayala , Gladys Bosque-Mendez;sister-in-law: Lucy Mendez and many nieces & nephews, and all the dear friends that touched his life. He was preceded in death by his parents: Eladio Mendez (father) , Elaine Mendez (mother), Luz Santiago Mendez (step mom) ; sisters, Maria Colon and Esther Mendez; brothers: James and Henry Mendez. May they all be reunited in Heaven. Johnny was a veteran of the US Navy military and had retired as Machinist at US Steel with 40 years of employment. He loved to tinker with his tools, and was an amazing carpenter. Johnny was definitely a man of all trades, and could fix just about anything. He also enjoyed landscaping and loved to see all of his flowers bloom. He took great pride in the homes he built and kept them immaculate. But most of all Johnny was truly a family man who was an admirable provider, he would have done anything for his wife and kids. He will be deeply missed by so many and his memories will forever be sketched in our hearts.
A memorial visitation will take place on one day Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 11:00 A.M – 3:00
P.M. with a pray service at 3:00 P.M. Father David Kime officiating. A celebration of life
luncheon following the wake.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, memorial gathering will be limited, guests are asked to please
wear masks and practice 6 ft. social distancing. No food or drinks. Calumet Park Funeral
Chapel-Hobart entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting

Juan R. Carrillo

Juan Carrillo, age 48, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 1, 2020. He is survived by
his wife of 23 years, Carolina Carrillo; children: Juan J. Carrillo, Sebastian A. Carrillo,
Marco A. Carrillo and Camila Carrillo; father, Felipe Carrillo; siblings: Francisco Carrillo
and Marisol Carrillo. Juan is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Preceded in death by his mother, Elba Carrillo.

Juan Ramon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico.
Growing up, Juan always wanted to help those in need and always wanted to be a
paramedic. He began to study and pursue a career to become a paramedic but at the
age of 17 he decided to come to the states in search of a better life. He worked in and
around Pasadena, California for a couple years. He then moved to Chicago and where he
eventually met his wife, Carolina, at the age of 22. In October of 1997, 5 years after they
met, they decided to get married. Juan and Carolina would be married for 23 years and
throughout those 23 years they had 4 children, Juan Julian, Sebastian Alejandro, Marco
Antonio and finally their little girl Camila. Throughout those years he strived to be the
best father and husband that he could. Juan Ramon came to this country with nothing

and he still found a way to give his family everything.

A memorial gathering will take place on (to be determined) from (tbd) at St. Francis
Xavier Church (2447 Putnam St. Lake Station, IN). Memorial service will begin at (tbd).
Due to covid-19 restrictions, memorial gathering will be limited, guests are asked to
please wear masks and practice 6 ft. social distancing. Calumet Park Funeral Chapel-
Hobart entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.

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, 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.