Author: Kevin Music

Andrew J. Fekete

Andrew J. Fekete
June 1, 1925 – March 18, 2021
Born – June 1st, 1925 in Widen West Virginia, the son of a coal miner Andras & Elisabeth Kish Fekete. The only son with 3 sisters Helen Nehring of California, Olga Linceone, and Violet Evans of Schererville (both deceased).

Violet Sekulich

Violet Sekulich, age 91 of Schererville, Indiana, fell asleep unto the Lord December 20, 2020 with her daughter by her side. Violet was born in East Chicago, Indiana, August 15, 1929. The daughter of +Mirko and +Mary Ranich (Prodanovich), sister to beloved +Sophie Varichak, aunt to + precious John Hulick and + memorable Michael Hulick, (Carol Hulick Builta).

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.

Ruben Barrera

Ruben Barrera, Sr., of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
He was married to Gloria Barrera (Gomez) of Gary who passed away in 1977.
He was survived by his children Ruben Barrera, Jr., of Pickney, Michigan; Rey Barrera of Las Vegas; Diana Barrera Furbeck of Indianapolis/The Villages, FL; Gregory Barrera of Las Vegas; Ed Furbeck (son- in-law); Susan Barrera (daughter-in-law); Ashleigh Barrera (daughter-in-law). David Barrera, his fourth child, passed away earlier.

His grandchildren: Julia Barrera of Indianapolis; Laura Barrera of Tuscon; Christine Barrera Dulger and great granddaughter Ela Nur Dulger of Ypsilanti.
He is also survived by his siblings Herlinda Trevino of Tucson; Ester Trevino of McAllen, Texas; Miguel Ramirez of La Grulla, Texas; Obdulia, Andrea, Aurora, Andrea, Leticia, and Javier of Reynosa, Mexico. His deceased siblings are Belen, Hector and Juan.

Ruben was born in La Joya, Texas. He came to East Chicago and later Gary to work at Inland Steel Mill. He was employed as a Millwright for 38 years. He was a loving husband and father who worked hard to provide a good life and education for his family. His last residence was at the Cumberland Trace Senior Living facility in Plainfield, IN. He liked the staff and in turn the staff like him.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 2 to 6 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service follows on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10 AM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. Masks are required, please follow social distancing guidelines. For more information call 219-736-5840 or visit

Doris Onder

Doris Marie (Koruga) Onder passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1934 in the city of Gary, Indiana where she resided for 35 years, married, and started her family.

Over the years she lived at several different locations including Crown Point, IN, Siesta Key, Florida, The Villages Florida, and Merrillville, Indiana. She had several interests and passions including Girl Scout Troop Leader, interior design, business ownership, and traveling. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Indiana.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Andrew L. Onder and her second James Bencie.

She is survived by her 4 children Joseph Onder (Rheasa), Mary Kay Hovanec (Terry), Jeffery Onder (Nancy), David Onder (Sandra). 9 grandchildren, Michelle, Matthew, Jacob, Amber, Nathan, Casey, Jared, Nicole, and Corey. And 16 great-grandchildren.

She will be interred next to her husband Andrew at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Rest in peace Mom.

Robert F. Guthrie Jr.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Franklin Guthrie Jr., age 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on November 6 2020.
Bob was born in Blue Island, IL, son to Robert Franklin Guthrie Sr. and Helen Jane (Meenan) Krause on November 1, 1940. After graduating high school he joined the Marine Corp and proudly served for 3 years in Okinawa Japan. Upon returning to the United States, Bob became a movie operator and union member of IATSE. While working full time as a movie operator, he graduated from George Williams College in Chicago and went on to graduate from George Williams College of Osteopathic medicine in 1975 where he earned his doctorate in Osteopathic medicine. Over the next 35 years he had a very fulfilling career starting out working in the emergency department at Little Company of Mary, then as the director of the emergency department at St. Margaret’s North for 10 years, and finally moving into family medicine where he ended his career working at Northwest Family Healthcare.
Bob loved to play golf and was a long-time member of Woodmar Country Club until it closed and then Innsbrook Country Club and Briar Ridge Country Club. He had an uncanny ability to make a friend wherever he went. He enjoyed playing cards and pool. He was an avid reader and did the crossword puzzle every day, but what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family. He was a friend to many and will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, mother, baby brother Edward Clyde Guthrie, beloved uncle James Meenan, and daughter Gina Sands. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Mary and children Robert (Deborah) Guthrie, Tony (Cindy) Guthrie, Steven (Lisa) Ruffalo, Katie Salk, Kevin (Suthida) Guthrie, Brogan (Kevin) Hoffman, Meghan (David) Snuckel and grandchildren Erin and Emma Guthrie, Olivia and Reese Ruffalo, Charley Salk, Anjela Guthrie, Cameron and Abigail Hoffman, and Winston Snuckel. A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his name to the Lustgarten Foundation or Hospice of the Calumet area.

Freida White

Juanita, 87 years old, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in the Nathan Adelson Hospice Center in Las Vegas, NV. She lived in Las Vegas for 31 years. She was born on July 16, 1933 in Hartford, KY to Mervin and Mary Lou Cooper Brown. Her family moved to Lake County, Indiana area, where she lived and raised her family for over 60 years until moving to Las Vegas.

Jerome N. Poradzisz

Jerome Poradzisz, of Valparaiso, passed away on October 13, 2020 at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving children: Cynthia Varga, Janeen (John) Zandarski, Jerome Poradzisz, and Jeffrey (Lisa) Poradzisz; 8 grandchildren; 4 beloved siblings; and many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his cherished wife of 47 years, Lillian; and his parents, Joseph and Emily.