Author: Marcia Ochoa

Lloyd Postell Jr.

Lloyd Postell Jr., of Hammond, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2020 at Horton Hospice House. He is survived by his daughter Natalie, and her son Brian (Samantha) Brilmyer; his daughter April, and her children: Alexandria (Max) Lai, Brianna, Marcel, Gabrielle, and Vanessa Boswell; his son Yogi, and his children: Brennan, Ryan (Arrie), Nathan (McKenzie) and Joshua. He is also survived by great grandson Caelen; great granddaughters Lily Belle and Sophie; and two more great grandchildren on the way.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Rexie; his beautiful daughter, Melody; and bonus grandson, Justin Brilmyer.
Lloyd was born in Higdon, Georgia, and relocated to the region. He was also an Inland Steel retiree. Above all else, Junior will be known as a kind, Christian, southern gentleman. He will remain forever in our hearts and will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM with visitation from 11:00 until time of service, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to VNA Hospice, Valparaiso. For more info visit www.mycalumetpark.com

Mirosava Jasnic

Mirosava Jasnic, age 93 of Crown Point, passed away July 25, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Mira was born in Mekinice, Serbia. In December of 1950 she married her husband Konstantin. She came to America in December of 1968 with her family and settled first in Gary Indiana later moving to Crown Point. She was a strong and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a great story teller who enjoyed the simple life. She is preceded in death by her husband Konsatntin Jasnic.
Mirosava is survived by her three loving children; Mirko (Dostana) Jasnic, Vido (Branka) Jasnic, and Milica (Ratko) Stanojevic; grandchildren, Vera Jasnic, Mirjana(Joel)Gonzalez, Sanja (Dennis) Miller, Nikoleta (fiance Michael Wasserott), Zeljka (Skip) Rau, Vesna (Branko) Kostic; and great grandchildren, Emilia, Natalia, Sienna, Lauren, Marina, Jade, Nenad, Nikola, Stefan, Andrijana and Milan. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday July 29, 2020 directly at 1030am St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St, Merrillville, IN with V. Rev Aleksandar Novakovic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840 or www.mycalumetpark.com

Gordana Kostic Lovin

Gordana Kostic Lovin, age 53 of Lowell passed away suddenly on Monday July 27, 2020. Gordana (also known as Donna) came to America in 1969 with her parents Dragan and Stanimirka (Mira) Kostic, at 3 years of age. She attended St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church her entire life.  She graduated from Hammond High School in 1984.

Gordana was employed by Franciscan Healthcare, as a medical assistance for Crown Point Pediatrics  with 15 years of dedicated service. Gordana had an exquisite talent in crafts. She had an innovated talent for creativity and a knack for repurposing. She enjoyed experimenting and tinkering and was always outside in her garden. Those who knew her will remember her baking crazy desserts. Gordana truly loved her job. She thoroughly enjoyed taking care of others and nurturing those in need. Gordana loved nature, the arts,  bugs, her three cats and anything that was green.
Gordana is survived by: her two loving children of whom she adored, son Derrick Lovin and daughter Evica Lovin; cherished parents Dragan and Stanimirka (Mira) Kostic, one beloved sister Miroslava “Miki” (Marlon) Mitchell, her niece and nephews, Adam, Emilija, & Aleksandar Mitchell, her best friend Kim, and her entire work family at Crown Point Pedicatrics.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020 directly at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Interment Holy Cross (St Sava Cemetery). May her memory be eternal. For further information please call Mileva or Dave at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or www.mycalumetpark.com

Annie Green

Annie J. Green began her life’s journey in Mobile, Alabama on March 28, 1941. She was the second oldest daughter of eleven children born to the late Cecil Ball, Sr. and Tisha Ball. She married the love of her life, O’Neal Green on September 21, 1959 in Blytheville, Arkansas. She worked as a homemaker and entrepreneur, launching her day care business, Christian Kiddie Kare, in 1981, where she provided a loving, nurturing and Christian environment for hundreds of children until her retirement in 2013.

Annie Green accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized in the name of Jesus and received the precious gift of the holy ghost. She was a faithful and God-fearing woman, always putting Christ first in her life. She was a dedicated member of New Jerusalem Apostolic Faith Church for over twenty years, under the pastorate of the late Bishop Fred T. Donahue. Following Bishop Donahue’s departure, she served for fifteen years at New Hope Life Ministries under Pastor Ricky Jones. In 2004, she was led to join The Rock Church, where she served as a church “mother”, under the current leadership of Pastor David Stovall. Over the years, in addition to serving in the Sunday school department and nursing home ministry, she passionately expressed her love and zeal for the Lord through her powerful, anointed gift of praise and worship. Mother Annie Green impacted countless lives through her kind, loving spirit, fervent prayers, and endless encouragement!

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, O’Neal Green; grandson Anthony Green, Jr.; brothers Cecil Ball, Jr., James Ball, and Bobby (Winona) Ball; sisters Mary Harris, Eva Hudgins, and Shirley (Michael) Burns, parents, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles. She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Diallo Omar Shango, Anthony (Lela) Green, Angela Dillon, Jeffery Green, Erica (Dwight) Richmond and LaToya (Nicholas) Neal; her grandchildren: KaSheena, LaKenya (Honey), BJ, Dion, Darius, Jayonna, AJ, Tre, Niyah, Kayli, Eli, Jayden, and Sonja. 13 great grandchildren: brother Edward Ball, sisters Mary Pearl Jackson, Josephine (Willie) Lewis, Lillie Ball and a host of nieces, nephews, god children, honorary children, daycare children, other family, and friends.

Lou Martinez

Lou passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday July 21, 2020, in Merrillville, IN. He was born August 5, 1924 in Ponca City, Okla. His mother died when he was 4 years old and his father then moved the family to Gary, IN. Unable to care for the children while he worked, his father placed Lou and his brother in the Carmelite Home for Boys in Hammond, IN and his two sisters in the Carmelite Home for girls in East Chicago, IN. Louis attended St. Joseph’s School while in Hammond, IN. When Lou was 12 years old his father brought him and his brother to Gary to live with him. Lou then attended school but quit when he was 16 and went to work to earn enough to bring to his sisters home, but WWII intervened and he enlisted in the Army.
Lou was assigned to the 264th Field Artillery Battalion and received his basic training at Camp Swift, TX., and became a Gunner on an 8” Howitzer. After completing basic training his unit went on maneuvers in LA. and then went to Camp Hood, TX for further training. From there they were shipped to Europe, where they participated in numerous campaigns including the Battle of Northern France, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland, and Central Europe. Louis attained the Rank of Sergeant while in the service.
Louis worked in Gary for Taylor Forge for 18 years and after the plant closed he operated an auto body repair shop until he retired. During this period he also worked for his son Joe at Archie’s Auto Recyclers in Merrillville. Lou was an avid sports fan and lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. Louis always considered himself blessed with the beautiful family God presented him with.
Lou is survived by his two sons: Louis (Pat) Martinez of Crown Point, IN, and Joseph (Melissa) Martinez of Schererville, IN; his three daughters: Yolanda (Robert) Santos of Crown Point, IN, Lisa (Richard) Mazzio of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Laure Jean (Timothy) Gilliam of Denver, CO. He is survived by his 5 granddaughters: Michele (Timothy) Jurgens of Tinley Park, IL, Cheryl (Craig) Taylor of Grand Blanc, MI, Linda (Ryan) Montogermy of San Diego, CA, Sara Martinez of San Diego, CA and Bianca Marie Martinez of Denver, CO. In addition, he survived by his 6 great grandchildren – his three great grandsons: Timothy and Zachary Jurgens of Tinley Park, IL, and Jasper Montgomery of San Diego, CA; and his three great granddaughters: Kayla McCabe of MI, Jessica Jurgens of Tinley Park, IL, and Lilah Jane Montgomery from San Diego, CA. Louis is preceded in death by his parents, Estefania and Pedro; his brothers Pete of Kentucky, and Leonard of Gary, IN in addition to his sisters: Flora, Pauline, Mary Lou, and Frances; and most recently, his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen Martinez of Merrillville.

Branka Sasic

Branka Sasic, age 80 of Schererville, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020. Branka was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville. IN. She is preceded in death by her husband Petar Sasic; her parents Todor and Ruza Loncar; her 4 siblings; brothers Milkan, Tomislav, Borislav and sister Marija. Branka is survived by her three loving daughters; Radmila Sasic, Maria (Nikola) Mileusnic, and Diana (Paul) Cook; her 6 precious grandchildren; Danielle, Michael, Gabrielle, Ivana, Brixton and Delilah. Branka will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services PO Box 98018 Washington DC 20090-8018 in her memory.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11 am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with visitation beginning at 10am. V. Rev. Marko Matic Officiating. Interment Holy Cross (St Sava) Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. For further information please contact Mileva or Dave at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or www.mycalumetpark.com

Vance E. Crowder

Vance E Crowder, age 76, of Merrillville, IN passed away on July 8, 2020. He was born in French Lick, Indiana. Vance retired from Arcelor Mittal after 49 years of dedicated service. Vance was also a faithful member and Past Master of M. L. McClelland Lodge No 357 of Hobart, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Estel & Ruth Crowder; brothers Robert Crowder, Charles Crowder and sister Doris Lindsey.

He is survived by his loving wife Brenda Crowder; Two beloved sons, Chris (Bonnie) Crowder; Brent (Crystal) Crowder; 6 cherished grandchildren, Cheryl Crowder, Nick Crowder, Kendyl Cooley, Madalynn Crowder, Bailey Crowder and Braxton Crowder; brothers Harold Duane Crowder, James Crowder, and sisters Margie Eastridge and Carolyn Dexter; also many other family members and friends whom he loved dearly.

Vance enjoyed traveling with his wife; fishing and hunting with his sons and grandson, spending time with friends and family on the lake on his pontoon boat and he enjoyed long rides on his golf cart.

Visitation will be Monday, July 13, 2020 from 11am to 1pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville with a Masonic Ceremony beginning at 1230pm and Memorial Service at 1pm. Pastor John Starr officiating. Entombment Gracelend Cemetery, 1505 Morthland Drive, Valparaiso, IN. Vance will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840 or www.mycalumetpark.com

Mirjana Babich

Mirjana “Mira” Babich, age 54 of Hobart, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 4, 2020. Mira loved her Orthodox faith dearly and was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox church in Merrillville. She was a long time employee of Indiana Vocational Technical College. Mira is preceded in death by her husband Simo Babich. Mira is survived by her loving son Marko Babich, her kumovi and other family and friends both here and in Serbia. A graveside service will take place Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 9am. Cars will line up at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (at the funeral home) at 845am and funeral procession will follow to Calumet Park Cemetery. V. Rev Marko Matic, officiating. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-746-5840.

Wally Djerich

Wally Djerich, age 62 of Hobart passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020. Wally was a life long member of St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and great friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stevan & Zlatija Djerich. He survived by his loving wife Mira Djerich; beloved daughter Stephanie Djerich; sister Helen (Jon) Street; nephews Dan (Anna) Westforth and Dave Westforth; Aunt & Uncle Milka (Rade) Milich; cousin Violet (Paul) Terzioski and many other relatives and Kumovi.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 and the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St at 11am with V. Rev Aleksandar Novakovic, officiating. Friends may visit from 9-11am at the church prior to the service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. May his memory be eternal! Wally will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or www.mycalumetpark.com

Constantine Halkias

Constantine N Halkias of Merrillville, Indiana passed away on June 14, 2020. He was born to Greek parents, Irene and Nicholas Halkias, August 16, 1942 in Baghdad, Iraq, where he lived until he was 8 years old. He attended high school at Horace Mann, went to Edwards Military Institute in North Carolina, and was a graduate of Indiana University. He worked for over 40 years at Inland Steel. After retiring, he worked as a substitute teacher for the Merrillville School Corporation. He is survived by his loving wife, Despina (Patera) Halkias, 4 daughters, Irene (John Malaty), Maria (Feras Karadsheh), Nicole (John Dembowski), and Hara, and his 3 granddaughters, Alexandra, Sophia, and Marina Poppy. He is also survived by his sister Betty Pappas, brother George (Vicky) Halkias and all his nieces and nephews.
Costa was known for his love for his family and his sense of humor. He made friends everywhere he went. He will be terribly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel from 2 to 6 p.m. with prayers at 3 p.m.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday at Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Costa’s name to Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.