Author: Kevin Music

Jose Vega Sr.

LAKE STATION, IN – Jose Vega Sr., 74, of Lake Station, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. He is survived by his beloved mother, Isabel; loving wife, Maria Olivia; son, Jose Vega Jr. (Rachel); daughters: Orlett and Eliza (Michael) del Toro as well as the mother of his girls, Sonia Apante. He is also survived by his cherished granddaughter, Victoria and treasured great grandchildren, Issac and Isabella; brothers: William (Patty) and Jesse (Carmen); sisters: Eneida (Freddy), Milta (late Victor), Nancy (Steve), Jeannette (late Matt); as well as many extended family and friends.

Smilja Stosic

It is with great heartache and a forver loss, of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Smilja Stosic. Smilja was born April 16, 1940 in Serbia. She and her husband Radoljub came to Chicago in 1967. She was an amazing mother to her daughter, Tanja Stosic-Latinovich. Smilja has devoted her life to her family, cooking and preparing traditional Serbian meals. She has taught many young ladies, Serbian traditional cooking.

Leon Ort

Leon “Lonny” Frederick Ort, 76, of Miller Beach, IN passed away on June 27, 2020. Leon was born on July 24, 1943 in Washington, DC to W. Frederick Ort, M.D. and Ellen Schwenk Ort. He leaves behind his sisters, Marla (Joseph) Schneider; Lauren (Michael) Ondra; Diane (Charles) Schaffer; stepdaughter-in-law Cheri Marquiss; and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Anna Ort; his wife Diane (nee Kiel), who passed in 2007; and his stepson Jeffrey Marquiss.

Alice Johnson

Alice Lorraine Johnson of Merrillville, Indiana passed away peacefully on June 23, 2020, at the age of 77. She was born on December 31, 1942 in Hazard, Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances Johnson and her beloved sister, Nancy Hollandsworth. Alice is survived by her four nieces and nephews. Michelle Hollandsworth, Marc Hollandsworth (Fiancée Rebecca Short), Melinda (William) Rolle, Don (Vanessa) Hollandsworth. She is also survived by five great nieces and nephews. Wayne Garrett, Madison Rolle, Mackenzie Rolle, Katie Bishop and Isabella Hollandsworth. Along with special family member David Garrett.

Menka Gulaboff

Menka Gulaboff, 90, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020. Menka was born on March 17, 1930 in Lavci, Macedonia, the daughter of Dime and Boica Nicolich. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old in June 1940, in the midst of World War II. In fact, they were on one of the last ships permitted to sail from Europe due to the War. They settled in Battle Creek, MI where she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1949.

Mattie Boffo

Mattie Boffo, age 79, of Gary, IN, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 23, 2020. She is survived by her children: Valerie Dimos-Watkins, Edward (Mindy) Boffo and Mattie Lyne (Edward King) Boffo; grandchildren: Heather, Junemarie, Michael, and Stephanie; great grandchildren: Casey, Jakob, Brooklyn, Hailey, Andrea, Autumn, Alexandrea, Aleasha, and Nathan. Mattie is also survived by her loving brothers, sisters, cousins, and dear friends.

Catherine Tomko

Catherine Wilhelmina (Goss) Tomko, formerly of Lowell, Indiana passed away peacefully in Fort Worth, Texas on May 19, 2020 at the age of 95 years. She enjoyed cooking, traveling and spending time with her family. She walks beside relatives who preceded her in death – her husband Robert Paul Tomko, daughter Sandra Tomko Lewandowski, son-in-law Frank Lewandowski, twin sister Pauline M. Goss, and brothers, Emil, Marion and John Goss. Catherine is survived by her devoted and loving son, Robert John Tomko (Susie Rice); grand-daughters, Donica Tomko and Kara Lewandowski, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. The Committal Service will be held on Friday June 25, 2020, beginning at 10:00 am, at Calumet Park Cemetery, 2305 West 73rd Avenue Merrillville, IN, with Fr. Rick Holy officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Catherine may be made to St. Edwards Chapel, 216 South Nichols Street, Lowell, Indiana

Henry S. Fisher

Henry S. Fisher, age 82, passed away suddenly on the early morning of April 30, 2020. He left this world quietly with his best friend Foxy by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Martha Faye Fisher, 2 daughters, Tammy G. Fisher of Cedar Lake, Indiana and Debbie (Roger) Hester of Killen, Alabama, and 1 son, David W. (Christine) Fisher of Valparaiso, Indiana. He also leaves behind 1 brother Bobby (Glenda) Fisher of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and a slew of friends to remember him.

Mary Ann Ivankovich

Mary Ann Ivankovich, age 69 of Hobart, passed away on April 19, 2020 at home with her lvoing family at her beside. Mary Ann was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and baker who loved to share her talents at many family and friend gatherings. Many Ann was also a dedicated and caring Registered Nurse and her desire to help others carried on to her daughter and several grandchildren who have chosen healthcare careers in her footsteps.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents William and Helen Skafish and her in-laws Bozidar & Mary Ivankovich.

She leaves behind to mourn her death, her husband of almost 26 years, Danny Ivankvich, daughter Jeanine (Brian) Davis, son Robert Kamizeles; grandchildren Andrew (Sarah Veronesi) Portlock, Noah Davis and Natalie Davis; three stepsons Danny (late Nicole) Ivankovich and children Lauren & Ryan, David (Milka) Ivankovich and son Viktor, Bozidar (Brooke) Ivankovich & children Danika and AJ; siblings William (late Kathy) Skafish, John (Judy) Skafish, Donna (Jim) Ward, and Robert Skafish.

Services were private. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or