Author: Marcia Ochoa

Sophie Cichocki

Sophie Cichocki, the oldest remaining resident of Dallas Street, in the Brunswick area of Gary, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 just over a month before her 98th birthday. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband George, and siblings, Evelyn and Chester.
She is survived by her loving children: Kenneth (Linda), Georgene (Carl), and Leonard; cherished granddaughters, Kathryn and Sandra; treasured great grandson, Tristan; and many dear nieces and nephews.
Sophie was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Crown Point for more than 50 years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank all for their prayers and support during Sophie’s final years.
A private service and burial were held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Cemetery. Donations in Sophie’s memory can be made to St. Jude or charity of your choice.

Karen McLaughlin

Karen McLaughlin 56, passed away on Thursday 4:51am July 1,2021, at Brookside Care Stragties, Muncie, In

She is survived by her 2 sisters, Cathy (Andy) Svitek of Hammond and Kay (Tom) Ganser of Montana

She is preceded in death by her loving parents Lucille and Herb Mclaughlin, Brother Jimmy Mclaughlin, Sister Sue Stafford and Childhood Friend Christina Drees

Karen’s main love, was getting on the bus in the morning to go to the workshop. She was one of the first childen (age 4) when the Lake County Association for the Retarded, started in a basement in a church in East Chicago. She attended there workshop in highland till 1997, and the next 23 years at the workshop at Cardinal Services, Warsaw. She seldom missed a day of work in her life.

She was the most caring, loving and happy person you could ever imagine. She was loved by everyone she met. She Liked to talk, tease, and pamper you, especially when you needed it most. She was just so unique, She knew what others felt or needed, without words. She possessed an awareness and perception of her surroundings that was far superior than ours.

Elsie L. Frazier

Elsie Frazier, age 85, passed away at home on Thursday, June 17th, 2021.She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 65 years, Bernard; her daughter, Catherine Frazier and daughter-in-law, Janet Frazier; cherished grandchildren: Kevin, Jenny, and Leslie Frazier and Pam and Nick Chalos III, treasured great grandchildren: Joy and Lilly Thompson, and Nick IV and Nicole Chalos; and dear sisters: Marilu (James) Beshears and Emily (Albert) Matthews.
She is preceded in death by her parents: James and Joy Adams; her beloved son, John Frazier; and siblings: Elizabeth Holmes, James Adams, David Adams, Gwen Aiello, Lucille Ward, and Joy Adams.
A graveside service is scheduled for Thursday, June 24th, 2021. Line up for procession to the cemetery will begin at 10:30 AM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. For information, please call 219-736-5840.

Daylin Hunter Vines

Daylin Hunter Vines became Heaven’s newest angel on Monday, June 14, 2021.
I am here in Baby Heaven, God took me by the hand, wrapped me in His love, gently lead me to His land.
I will always be your baby, our hearts joined by love. Now a perfect little angel, I’m watching from above.
I am a part of you, though brief the time we shared. Take comfort and be healed, I’m safe in loving care.
Remember me with joy, lift a smile to the skies. Say a prayer for me, let there be no sad goodbyes.
One day we’ll meet again, a lifetime I will wait.
You will know this little angel with outstretched arms at Heaven’s gate.
Daylin is survived by his adoring parents, Alexis Kraai and Aaron Vines; loving grandparents: Greg and Marlene Kraai, and Michael and Lisa Loomis; siblings: Miya, Spencer, Tyler, Jacob, Aubrey and Adalyn; and devoted aunts and uncles: Jennifer Ware, Samantha Prince, Leasha Jacobs, Jamie Kraai, Amanda Gentry, Stephanie Summers, Glenn Vines and Christopher Vines.
He was welcomed to Heaven by his great grandparents: John and Marjorie Kaluf, Doris Wolford and David Vines, and Albert Kraai and Ruth (Kraai) Hoekstra.
A private service will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery’s Garden of Angels.

Walter Szymanski

Walter Szymanski
Crown Point

Walter Szymanski, 66, of Crown Point, IN, passed away at home after an eight-month illness on Friday, May 28, 2021. The eldest child of Walter and Violet Szymanski, Walter is survived by his sister Sandra (Michael Kelley); his brother Richard (Francine Vargo); his daughters Susan, Kathryn (Alex Philip), Elizabeth (Ernesto Vargas Aguilar); and his wife of 33 years, Cynthia Szymanski (Bauer).
Walter was a graduate of Lew Wallace, ‘72, and the University of Notre Dame, ’76. A long-time business resident of Gary’s Glen Park neighborhood, he owned and operated Szymanski’s Northern Indiana Swimming Pool Company, and worked for many years with his father and uncles, brother, close relatives and friends.
An avid reader with a wonderful curiosity, Walt had a wide range of tastes and interests. He loved sharing music with his friends. He enjoyed hosting football tailgates and holiday parties. He cooked and liked a good bowl of hot soup. He spent free time outdoors and carried on his father’s tradition of treating family and friends to camping, canoeing, stargazing, and bird watching. His sense of humor and wit made him a joy to be around.
Walt will miss many things – he cherished his family, long-time friends, and loyal customers – these relationships remained close to him to the very end.
Friends may meet with the family on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 2-6 PM at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary.
Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery on Tuesday, June 8. Family and friends will line up at Rendina Funeral Home at 10 AM.

Juanita Roaden

Juanita Roaden, age 91, peacefully went to heaven on Sunday, May 16th 2021. She was born on January 25, 1930 to Bess and Howard Combs in Harrodsburg, KY.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, William F. Roaden Jr. of 64 years of marriage; and her beloved children, Ella Chadwell and Terry Roaden.
She left behind her loving daughter and son, Patricia (Manuel) Fuentes and Michael C. Roaden; son, Ed Roaden; dearest Grandchildren: Michael, Alicia (Doug), Patrick (Betsy), Kathy (Tommy), Samantha, and Jeff; and treasured Great Grandchildren: Skylar, Trace, Marris, Emme, Payton, Carson, Oscar, Leo, Dominic, Benjamin and Chadwell.
Juanita retired from Highland Dentistry as a dental assistant after 30 years. She also continued her education at Purdue Calumet as an LPN and worked in Sauk Village.
She was a dedicated Christian of the Southern Baptist faith throughout her adult life. She and her husband were among the oldest members of First Baptist Church of Griffith (now HopeSpring Church).
Juanita was an avid Cubs fan, and her greatest joy in life was her family. What she enjoyed most were all of the family get togethers and parties. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed and never forgotten by her family.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 3 – 7 PM on Thursday, May 27 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 28 Directly at Hope Springs Church, 324 N Colfax St, Griffith, IN. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Masks and social distancing required for all services.