Author: Kevin Music

Ethel E. Fitzgerald

Ethel E. Fitzgerald, age 79, of Gary, Indiana, passed away on June 24, 2022. Ethel loved spending time with her family. She loved being a grandma and a great grandma more than anything. Ethel was the sweetest and most stubborn woman you would ever meet. Those who knew her loved her dearly. She had a huge heart and never failed to let you know how much she loved you. Her famous quote that we will never forget is “love ya’ll grandma”.

Harry E. Adams

Harry Everett Adams, age 91 who resided in Merrillville, Indiana went home June 23, 2022 to be with his Lord and Savior. Harry was born on November 6, 1931, in Dixon, Kentucky to Wiley Delmer Adams and Clora White. He is survived by two daughters Susan Whitley and spouse Phillip, Juliene Smith and spouse Chuck; grandchildren: Ryan Dyer of Ca

Joan A. Demonja

Joan Adele Demonja, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 18, 2022 at her home in Valparaiso with her son by her bedside. Joan was born July 5, 1941 to Howard and Shirley Spiller and was originally from Gary, Indiana. She grew up with 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Joan went on and graduated from Calumet High School in 1960.

Albert L. Klodzen

Albert Klodzen, age 88, a lifelong resident of Gary passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Survived by his sister Irene (late John) Lewandowski, brothers Edward (Carolyn) Klodzen and George Klodzen. Preceded in death by his parents Steven and Emma (Werden) Klodzen and siblings James, Lucy, Steven, Emily, Margaret, Ray, Dorothy, Theresa and Joseph, and many nieces and nephews.

Richard Scibbe

Richard (Rick) Scibbe, currently of Hobart, Indiana, born November 13 1954 in Berea, Ohio, died May 21, 2022 at University of Chicago Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Alice Scibbe (nee Merkle) his children Teri Childers (Nathan), Andrea Hofland (Michael), Daniel Doleys (Amber), Joseph Scibbe (Robyn), Andrew Scibbe (Kelsey), Thomas Scibbe (Tina), Claire Knight (Brandon), Noah Scibbe, and Caleb Scibbe along with sixteen grandchildren. He, as well, is survived by his sister Kristen Swihart (Mark) and brother Mark Scibbe (Michelle).

Richard is a graduate of Strongsville High School and Cuyahoga Community College of Ohio. Richard recently retired after more than thirty years of service to Johnson Controls/Simplex-Grinnell. He was an active member of Bethel Church of Crown Point and Hobart. Richard enjoyed home improvement, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Scibbe, and his mother Evelyn Scibbe (nee Golke).

Visitation will be held Friday, May 27, 4-8 pm and a memorial service will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 am. Both services will be held at Bethel Church of Hobart/Portage (704 W 700 N, Hobart, IN 46342).

In lieu of flowers, financial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or blood donations can be made to the American Red Cross in his honor.

Gwendolyn F. Sims

Gwendolyn Florence Sims, age 77, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022. She was born on October 22, 1944 in Portland, Oregon to Oscar Franklin Webb, Sr. and Lucy (Kelley) Webb, both of whom preceded her in death.

Gwen grew up in Gary, Indiana, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1963 before moving on to Oakwood College. In 1966, she married her love, Alton Sims, Sr. She completed her nursing degree at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, and began her career as a registered nurse, which spanned nearly 40 years. She was very proud of her work as a nurse, and throughout those years, worked at Methodist Hospitals, Gary Community School Corporation, and Robinson Adult Daycare.

Jo Nell Kilgore

Jo Nell Kilgore (Latham), age 87, of Merrillville, IN passed away May 19, 2022. She was born April 26, 1935, in Saragossa, Alabama to William Latham and Blanche Alma Haynes.
Jo is survived by her three children, Betty Kilgore, Linda (Bolde, Erickson) Bolde, and Tom (Janet) Kilgore, 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Jo started at Anderson Co. on December 2, 1959 and spent 34 years working her way up the ladder before retiring in 1993. She was a kind, loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm. Private Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Jo’s church, Southlake Nazarene Church, 7355 Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Michael J. Collins

Michael J. Collins, 74, of Gary, IN passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022. He is preceded in death by his mother, Julia Lozier, stepfather, Frank Lozier; sister, Louise Scott; and brother Robert Lozier.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, “Link” Eileen Collins; children, Michael Collins Jr., Chris (Roger) Levine, and Jamie (Parnell) Barnett; sister, Joanne (Steve) Serna; grandchildren, Aaron Collins, Jordan Barnett, Percy Barnett, Dylan Collins, William Levine, Joseph Levine, Jorel Collins; many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Michael was a dedicated husband, father, and proud Vietnam Veteran. He held many roles within the Aetna Little League in which his children played. Michael retired from U.S. Steel after 45 years of service in the sheet and tin mills. He was a family man who enjoyed traveling and family vacations. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Duane A. Fisher

Duane Fisher, 32, of Portage, IN passed away Friday, April 22, 2022. He is preceded in death by his Grandfather Lyman Fisher (paternal) and his uncle Rodney Fisher (paternal).

Duane is survived by Survived by his wife Samantha Buza; daughter Analeice Fisher, son Duane Fisher Jr.; Parents Pamela Fisher, Lyman (Keith) Fisher (Michelle Fisher); Twin brother Dustin Fisher, Brother Sam Fisher, Sister Missy Fisher and Michael Gall; his Grandmothers Eunice Fisher (paternal) and Judy Freeman (maternal). All the Buza nephews: Easton, Harrison, and Abel, and all the Buza in-law’s. Many Aunts & Uncles – Jager’s Lusk’s James’, and many loving cousins, and friends.