Author: Marcia Ochoa

Jean Boyer

Jean Freeland Boyer, 93, recently of Kankakee, Illinois, joined the Lord for eternity on December 25, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.
She was born January 28, 1927 in Bessemer, Alabama to Sewell and Elizabeth Williams. She was raised in Gadsden, Alabama before moving to Northwest Indiana, and then to Illinois.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max Colley; husband: Horace Freeland; and husband: Frank Boyer; her brother Charles (late Shirlee) Williams; and great-granddaughter, Ruby Stech.
She goes before her beloved children: Charles (Susan) Freeland and Beth (Kevin) Wischnowski; treasured grandchildren: Meredith, Charles, and Jack (Misti) Freeland, and Tiffani (James) Stech; and her always cherished and talked about 7 great grandsons.
Jean was an accomplished and well-respected professional and contributor to the Dyer community. She owned her own accounting firm for over 50 years, filing her last client tax return at 86 years old. She also served as the Town Board President in Dyer from 1984-1987, where she led the way in the building of their Town Hall. She was active in her community church, loved Jesus with all of her heart, and taught many women’s Bible studies over the years.
Jean will be missed by her church family at Bethel Baptist Church in Bourbonnais, her special friends Billie Dodson and Mary Hawkins, and many staff and friends at the Citadel Care Center. She touched the hearts of all she encountered with the love, grace and mercy of Jesus, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM, with visitation from 11 – 1 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, In. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Masks are required at 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.

William Lockhart

William Ellis Lockhart Sr. (81) passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020. He was born in Covington, VA to John and Sarah and resided in Merriville, IN. He retired from Frito Lay after working for 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and on the golf course.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane Lockhart, his sons, Bill Jr.-Rocky (Robin) and Steven (Danielle) and his grandkids Nikki, Brian (Brittany), Camden, and Ellie. He is also survived by his siblings Ray (Jean), Wayne, Claudine, Lewis (Ruth), and Linda (Jim). Preceded in death by brother John Jr, and sisters Zoel and Nadine.

The visitation will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on December 23, 2020 from 2-7PM. Internment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. A fund will be established for a Junior Golf Scholarship.


Mildred Lalic

IMildred (Millie) Lalic, age 74 of Crown Point, passed away on Dec 18, 2020 of natural causes. Millie was born on May 5, 1946, in Eboli, Italy to Obrad and Draga Lalic. She graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, IN in 1965. She was a retired employee with the Social Security Administration with over 30 years of service. She attended St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, IN.

Millie is preceded in death by her parents Obrad and Draga.

She is survived by her brothers Peter (Nancy) Lalic of Seattle, WA; Michael (Myra) Lalic of Crown Point, IN; nephews, Nicholas (Dr Jessica) Lalic of Half Moon Bay, CA and Geoffrey Lalic of Crown Point, IN, niece Annette (Clement) Lalic-Thiery of Brooklyn, NY; great niece Esme Lalic and great nephew, Harrison Lalic both of Half Moon Bay, CA, many relatives, Kumovi and friends here in the Merrillville area.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 directly at 10AM St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral with V. Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. May her memory be eternal. For further information please contact Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840

Mildred (Millie) Lalic, age 74 of Crown Point,

Marko Pokrajac

Marko (Mark) Pokrajac age 74
Formerly of Gary, IN passed away December 16, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Marko was born 12/19/1945 in Eboli, Italy to the late Dan and Stella Pokrajac.

He is survived by his brother Michael of Miller, IN, his sister Millie (Rick) Wise of Valparaiso, IN niece Jaclyn (Marcus) Biggs of Winfield, IN nephew Eric (Sydney Harold) Wise of Royal Oak, MI and numerous cousins, Kumovi and friends.

Mark was a 1964 graduate Horace
Mann, Gary , In. Attended Indiana State University. US ARMY Vietnam Veteran. Retired employee of Youngstown/J & L Steel.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 directly at 1 PM at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment Holy Cross (St Sava) Cemetery 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Mary Ann Behnke

MaryAnn Behnke, age 93, of Menifee, CA passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020. She was a Gary area resident for 80 years. MaryAnn was a past member of St. Mary’s Eastern Orthodox Church and Descent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Church in Indiana and also a member of St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in California. Preceded in death by her loving husband, LeRoy. Survived by 2 daughters, Deborah (Ronald) Krupinski, Catherine (Thomas) Crouch, 4 grandchildren; Carl (Becca), Nick (Melissa), Tim, MaryAnn (Jim Crail) and 3 great grandchildren; Violet, Scarlet and Greyson. Also, 2 sisters Olga (William, deceased) Atzhorn, Helen (Lee) Campbell and 1 brother Nickolai Diachuk (deceased) and infant brothers Philip and David. Funeral service Thursday, Dec 3 at 3 pm at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in California with Father Andrew Lesko officiating. Burial service Monday, Dec 7 at 11 am at St Mary’s Cemetery, Gary, IN with Rev. Father Lev Holowaty officiating. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Higinio Cortez

Higinio Cortez , age 76, resident of Merrillville, IN passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020. Higinio was born January 15 ,1944 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elena Cortez of 47 years; children Carlos H. Cortez, Erica Cortez, Elizabeth (Adan) Diaz, Victor Cortez, and Francisco Cortez; grandchildren Stephanie Torres, Ayanna E. Diaz, Jesus Torres Jr., Adan E. Diaz Jr., Adrian E. Diaz, Victoria Torres, Olivia Cortez, Rosalina and Violet Cortez. Higinio was preceded in death by his parents, Maria Del Refugia Cortez and Carlos Cortez.

He was a great father who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them. He retired from being a crane operator from U.S. Steel in 2003 with over 30 years of service. His best skill was to uplift the spirits of those around him, and passing his knowledge on to his children and grandchildren. Higinio always had a warm smile and a friendly word for everyone, but his greatest impact was made during his free time with his children and grandchildren; they were his greatest joy.

He is truly loved and will be missed by many!

Friends and family may visit on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 3PM – 7PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel -7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410. Friends and Family can meet again Friday morning from 10 am to 11am at Our Lady of Consolation before. Mass services will begin promptly at 11AM with Father Peter Muha officiating at Our Lady of Consolation Church- 8303 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410. Interment will follow mass at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared on Calumet Park’s website for the Cortez family.

Radovan Vraniskoski

Radovan Vraniskoski, age 82 of Crown Point passed away Nov 25, 2020 with his family by his side. Radovan was born September 7, 1938 in Mali Vlaj Macedonia.

Radovan was an active member of S. S. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point. He was also in the Yugoslavian National Army from 1959-1961. He was a Brick Layer in Macedonia and enjoyed playing the accordion. He was a retired employee of US Steel with over 30 years of service. He thoroughly enjoyed his side job at Dunkin Donuts. He took great pride in helping others. The love he had for his family was extraordinary, especially the love for his grandchildren. He leaves memories of a beautiful life filled with deep love. Radovan was a selfless man. He taught his family to be giving and accepting of everyone. He was a dad who taught his children to be compassionate and strong. Radovan taught everyone around him to love life as much as possible and he did. Radovan walked into a room with a big smile that was so contagious, he lit up the room. Everyone admired his heart and his smile. He enjoyed his time with family, friends and being outdoors. The love his family has for him will never disappear; he will walk beside them every day. He was a kind and gentle soul, he will be fondly remember and forever missed. May his memory be eternal.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vangel & Ruska Vraniskoski; brothers, Avram & Tode Vraniskoski, sisters Zivanka Bakraceska, Mirjana Sekeroska and Elena Vraniskoski.

Radovan is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Jovana; four beloved daughters, Jasmina (Mark) Herring, Rose (Mendo) Ristovski, Helen (Steve) Clark, & Elaina (Mike) Deranek; six cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Nick, Alex, Ben and Joey; siblings Gligor (Nikolina) Vraniskoski, Makedonka Tanaskoska, & Lube Vraniskoski and their families; and many other relatives, and close family friends.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Cathedral, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point at 11am. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am prior to the service. Fr Georgij Gligorov and Fr Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or

Thelma Markley

Thelma (Kennett) Markley, age 96, formerly of Highland, IN and New Lenox, IL, passed away at Lantern Crest Senior Living in Santee, CA on November 21, 2020. After a private service, Mrs. Markley was laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN.

Born on April 14, 1924 in Parma, MO, Mrs. Markley, who worked at Rand McNally Corporation, Hammond, IN for 26 years before retiring in 1980, is survived by sons Glenn (Shirley) Gray, Sierra Vista, AZ; Scott (Nada) Markley, Lakeside, CA; daughter-in-law Diane (late Robert) Markley, Highland, IN; grandchildren Scott Markley, Chicago, Illinois; Ryan (Sandra) Markley, Peach Tree City, GA; step-granddaughter Nicole Markley, Valparaiso, IN; great-grandchildren Alexa and John Patrick Markley, Peach Tree City, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Markley was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ray Markley; daughter, Bonnie Gray; son, Officer Robert Markley (Highland Police Department); parents, Addie and Grover Kennett; brothers, Garold (Beulah) Roadman; Grover (Jean) Kennett; and sisters, Rene (George) Moore; Opal (Adolph) Anderson; and Donna (Paul) Cantrell.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 122, P.O. Box 1743, Highland, Indiana 46322.

James E. O’Marrah

James “Jimmy” O’Marrah
Griffith, IN
James E. O’Marrah, age 52, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020. Jimmy was the O in OZ Tax Services where he worked side by side with one of his greatest and dearest friends, Rick Szromba. Jimmy loved sports; “Da Bears”, the Bulls, and Chicago White Sox. He was born in Munster, Indiana and grew up in Sauk Villiage, Illinois where he learned to play baseball. He later coached his kids in Hessville, Indiana. Jimmy graduated from Bloom Trail High School then moved to Maryland to work side by side with his father at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Jimmy also enjoyed making friends and playing softball with his dad till he moved back to Indiana. Jimmy was introduced to the love of his life Dottie by his God Mother “Momma Jan” at Vogels Restaurant where Dottie worked. They soon after started a family. Jimmy was so full of life. There were not many moments where he wasn’t making someone laugh. Jimmy adored his family and was proud of each and every one of them. Jimmy is survived by the love of his life, Dottie; Sons: Stevin (Justine) Tyrka, Tim (Emily) Tyrka, Richard (Heather) Williams and James “Jimmy” O’Marrah Jr.; Grandchildren: Christrian, Adrian, Avery Raven, Noah, Jeremiah, Jade, Keinan and Richard III; Mother: Bonnie Ricci “O’Marrah”; Step-Mother: Diane O’Marrah; Siblings: Katie, Skylar (Richie) Rusk and many friends who will dearly miss him.
Preceeded in death by his father, Phillip O’Marrah: Brother, P.J. O’Marrah and God Mother Janis “Mamma Jan” Hahn.
Funeral Service will be held 1:30 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN
Interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery
Friends may meet with the family from 2-6 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. For more information please call 219-736-5840.

Zivko Cucuz

Zivko Cucuz, age 89 of Merrillville, IN passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Nov 02, 2020. Zivko was a lifelong member of St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

He was very active with the Church School Board, member of sports club Dinara and Serbian Chetniks of Schereville.

He was a retired employee of US Steel and ABC Rail with combined 23 years of service.

Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Milica Cucuz, twin daughters Stoja and Ruza, Parents Savo and Ruza (Gvero) Cucuz, brothers Nedeljko and Petar Cucuz and sister Mileva Malinovich.

Survived by his 3 loving children; son Savo Cucuz, Daughters Ruzica (Michael) Malich, Ljilana Djordjevic, 4 cherished grandchildren: Joakim, Anastasija, Nedeljko and Milica. Brother Sveto Cucuz and sisters Jovanka Serbedzija and Jelka Cucuz with many other relatives, kumovi and friends in the North America and Europe.

Zivko loved working and building things around the house, reading books, crossword puzzles and playing cards. He also loved all sports especially Soccer and Tennis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 directly at 1030am at St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St, Merrillville, IN with V Rev Aleksandar Novakovic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 930am until the time of service. Interment, St Sava Monastery Cemetery, 32377 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL.