Author: Marcia Ochoa

Julio Cesar Velazquez

Julio Cesar Velazquez, age 73 of Portage IN, passed away on Thursday Oct. 14th. He lived the life he loved and loved the life he lived. He retired with over 30 years of service as a licensed clinical social worker. He was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and a former coach/board member of the Portage Soccer Club. He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Julio Velazquez Sr. and sister Rosemary Cothran. Survived by wife Olga (nee Galic) of 43 years, sons, Adam (Christine) and Daniel (Kelly) Velazquez; Grandchildren, Mara, Charlie, and Nick Velazquez; Brothers, Bob (Mary) and Jim (Julie) Velazquez; Aunts, Maria Miller and Libia Pabon. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, sister and brother in laws, cousins, dear Kumovi, and CLOSE friends.

Julio was gentle, kindhearted, and full of life. He brought humor to any gathering and prided himself on his ability to bring joy/laughter to others. The “Sugar Bear” was always there when you needed him, never met a stranger, and LOVED his family. In the end, Julio fought his health battles with tenacity and immense courage. He will be missed by all who knew him. May his Memory be Eternal.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11am St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with V. Rev Marko Matic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 9am until the time of service, 11am. Interment St Sava Holy Cross Cemetery, Merrillville. May his Memory be Eternal. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.

Barbara K. Cloud

Barbara Cloud, 99, of Gary, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021. She is survived by her beloved children: Ramon (Kim) Cloud, and Diane Alexander; cherished grandchildren: John (Jina) Cloud, Lee (Misty) Cloud, Jade (Brandon) Case, Lynn (Julius) Fritz, Bill Alexander, Curtis (Kristie) Alexander, and Laura Alexander; 18 treasured great grand children and 19 precious great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Ina Ray; her dear husband, Robert “Bud” Cloud; daughter, Marie Newstrom; son-in-law, William Alexander; grandchildren: Chrisa Alexander and Caron Mc Cloud; and sister, Annalee Chrisman.
Barbara was a long time resident of the Region, and a member of Black Oak Baptist Church for over 65 years. She worked in the power plant at Inland Steel for nearly 20 years and was also a substitute teacher. Barb loved to spend time with her husband fishing in Alma, Wisconsin and vacationed there for over 50 years. She loved to keep busy and was very active in her Church, singing in the choir and performing solos. She also enjoyed bowling, making candy, baking, canning and spending time with her family, especially her husband Bud. She loved clothes and fashion, but more than anything else, she loved being a wife, mom and grandma. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 19, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville). Funeral services will be held directly at Black Oak Baptist Church (6502 W 25th Ave, Gary) at 11:00 AM with visitation from 10:00 until time of service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

Tome Josif Milevski

Tome J. Milevski, age 46, of Crown Point passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Tome was born February 15, 1975, in Hobart, Indiana.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Cveta Milevski, Aunts Milica Ristovski and Ljubica Gjorgievska.

Tome is survived by his loving wife, Angela of 17 years, his beloved children, Dominik and Sophia. Loving father Josif and stepmother Ivanka and devoted sister Juliana. His father-in-law David Bryan, sister-in-law Rachel Bryan, nephew Zakari, nieces Ayva and Liliana. He is also survived by his loving Godparents, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. Also, very special lifelong friends, Van Ristovski and Greg Norris whom he loved like brothers. 

Tome was an active member of SS.. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point. He was a retired Telecommunications Engineer with AT&T. He was an avid sports fan especially of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs. All who knew him knew his unique sense of humor and his love for food. 

Tome also found his greatest pleasure spending time in the kitchen with his greatest treasures, his children. 

Tome was a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother whom will truly be missed and fondly remembered by all that knew and loved him. 

Funeral Services will be Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11 am SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 9660 Broadway Crown Point, IN with a visitation beginning at 9am until the time of service. Revs Georgij Gligorov and Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or Dave at 219-736-5840 .

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.