Author: Marcia Ochoa

Jessica Gadzala

Jessica Anne Gadzala

August 01, 1983 – February 18, 2021

Jessica A. Gadzala, age 37, of Merrillville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Jessica battled a rare type of lung cancer also known as adenoid cystic carcinoma over the past 11 years. She was truly the strongest warrior and never let any situation get the best of her. She was the most optimistic, loving, caring, selfless, determined and beautiful soul on this planet. She truly loved and appreciated life and all that it had to offer.

Jessica was a graduate of Lake Station Edison High School class of 2001. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening and yoga.

She is survived by her three loving sons, Vincent Medina, Julian Medina and Henry Rodriguez; parents Mark and Vicki Gadzala; siblings Joe (Jen) Eaton, Teresa (Harry) Burgos, Andrew (Mandie) Gadzala and Angela (Jeff) Antonio; many cherished nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410 with Funeral Services on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Mika Trivunovic

Mika Trivunovic, age 73 of Schererville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, February 8, 2021. Mika was born in Glamoc, Bosna to parents Stevo and Stana Ninkovic. She came to America with her husband and son, to join her daughter and family in 1998. She was a member of St George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville and was retired from Briar Ridge Country Club and Bank One with many years of service.

Phyllis Biancardi

Phyllis Joy Biancardi, age 71, of Merrillville, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021. She is survived by Tony, her beloved husband of 54 years; her loving children: Rebecca (Lee) Driver of Valparaiso, Ann Faulkner of Valparaiso, Fred Biancardi of Merrillville, and Anthony (Toni) Biancardi of Burns Harbor; her treasured grandkids: Ashley, Brenda, Stephen, Antonio, Cheyenne, Travis, Katarina, Daniel and Angel; her cherished great grandkids: Alex, Zach, Jacob, Evan, Emma, Kaden and Sebastian; and her darling fur-baby Diesel.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Althea and Silas Shirley; her dear daughter Pamela; and her brother, Bob Shirley.
Phyllis loved being outdoors, often going on hunting trips with her husband, and she enjoyed visiting family in Wisconsin. Her and Tony’s property in Bedford, Indiana was among her favorite places to be – second only to anywhere her family was gathered. She enjoyed scrapbooking and crocheting and will always be remembered for the love that she put into her projects. She adored collecting bells and angel figurines, and had an extensive movie collection as well.
She was a tried and true Cubs Fan and was blessed to have been able to watch as they won the coveted World Series pennant.
More than anything else, Phyllis will be forever remembered for the enormous love she had for her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, January 13 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 PM. All services held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Please observe all social distancing guidelines, masks are required for all services.

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.