Author: Kevin Music

Romeo R. Rendina

Romeo Rendina, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Rendina (Durakovich); cherished daughters: Kathy (Mitch) Merle and Karen (Tim) Brust; brother, Vince Rendina and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents: Antonio and Michelina Rendina; siblings: Ang (Bert) Orosz, Rose (Butch) Truax, Joe (Evelyn) Rendina, Phil (Mary Lou) Rendina, Tony (Lee) Rendina and Mike (Pat) Rendina; sister-in-law, Marcia Rendina.

Crystel Fisher

Crystel Fisher, of Portage, passed away on November 15, 2019 at the age of 69.
She is survived by her loving daughter Angela (Kevin) Dobrzeniecki, and the sunshine of her life, her grandson Grant Deinema. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Lisa Pope; sister-in-law, Carol O’Donogue; and brother-in-law, Bob Hobson.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Wayne and Juanita Pope; her first husband, James Fisher; her second husband, Randy Campbell; brothers: Wayne Pope Jr. and Jim O’Donogue; and sisters: Andrea (Gene) Ours and Pam Hobson.
Crystel was a life-long resident of NWI and spent many dedicated years working at Inland Steel. She will forever be remembered for her feistiness and her intense love for her family – especially her grandson, who was her best buddy and partner in crime. She was a true animal lover and will be missed by her furry grandbabies.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 21st with visitation from 11:00 AM until time of service at Calumet Park Hobart-Portage Chapel, 370 N. County Line Road, Hobart.

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He is survived by his loving children: Patrick (Wanda) Doherty, Mary (Jim) Young, Kevin (Holly) Doherty and Maureen Doherty; grandchildren: Jennifer (Victor), Brendan (Kirsten), Caitlin (Scott), McKenah, Connor, Elizabeth, Liam and Norah; great grandchildren: Kinsley, Isbel, Arianna and Avalynn; niece, Kristine Smock and nephew, George Doherty.

Jelena Kalaba

Jelena Kalaba, age 71 passed away on November 5, 2019. Jelena was preceded in death by her loving husband, Milan. She was born in Trstenica, Beograd on October 20, 1948 to Pavle and Sava Vukovic. Jelena came to the United States 1965 and was an active member of the Serbian Community. She enjoyed being with her husband and children at the Serbian dances and church events.

Noel Martinez

Noel Martinez, age, 78, of Portage, passed away November 4, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Octavia Martinez and sister, Cereida Arceo.

Noel is survived by his step-sons, Hector and Daniel Reyes; step-grandchildren, Cynthia, Brittany, and Dawn; step-great-grandchildren, Maddison and McKensie; sister, Oneida (Efrain) Fontanez; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Billy Williamson

Billy Williamson, age 91, born to Goldie and Andrew Williamson, preceded in death by 7 sisters and 4 brothers.

Billy graduated from Tolleston High School in 1946 and in his senior year enlisted in the US Navy. He served 4 years in the regular Navy and 4 years in the Naval Reserve. Billy was a Cub Scout, a member of the ROTC and a lieutenant in the Gary Cadet Corp.

Milena “Nena” Popovich

Milena “NENA” Popovich, age, 95, formerly of Northwest Indiana, passed away peacefully Oct 24, 2019. She immigrated to Gary, IN in 1959 from Josipdol, Yugoslavia and was a retired seamstress from Jantus Manufacturing Company. ‘Nena’ was a dedicated member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, its Circle of Serbian Sisters and a Supporting member of ‘Karageorge Choir’. Over many years, She also devoted much time to helping the St. Sava catering and Bingo workers.

Cecilia V. Pankowski

Cecilia V. Pankowski, age 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She is survived by her loving daughters: Deborah (Robert) Gallup, Kathleen (Jerry) Hedrick, Mary (David, Sr.) Rarity and Roberta (Tony) Bauer; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 4 great -great grandchildren.