Author: Marcia Ochoa

Bonnie Louise Dreggors

Bonnie L Dreggors (NEE Michalewicz) of SHELBY, IN, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 79. She was a devoted wife of 50 years to (late) Howard J Dreggors; loving mother to daughters: Jennifer (Dave Rassel) Dreggors and Julie (Scott) Mitrisin. She is also survived by cherished grandchildren: Luke and Jake Mitrisin and Molly and Casey Cox; loving sisters: Shalimar (Butch) Shavey, Cynthia Zatlokowicz, Laura (late Gavin) Turner and Deborah (Joseph) Serbentas; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents: Leona & Raymond Michalewicz. Bonnie was a 1959 graduate of Hammond High School and went on to work at St. Margaret’s Hospital and tended bar at her parent’s place Ray & Lees Bar in Calumet City. Bonnie was also a member of the Izaak Walton Leagues of America, Miller Ikes Chapter in Portage and the Diana Chapter in Shelby. Although she enjoyed fishing and traveling to many lakes she truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, never missing a sporting event to cheer them on. Bonnie was a loving mother, daughter, wife, grandmother (busha) and friend to many and she will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. Friends & family are invited to meet with the family on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Calumet Park funeral chapel. Mass will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St Mary Catholic Church 525 N Broad St Griffith, In. Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. For information, please call 219-736-5840 or visit

Kiro Obetkovski

Kiro R. Obetkovski, age 76 of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away on August 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Kirche Obetkovski; son-in-law, Riste Minov; parents, Riste and Ancha Obetkovski; brothers, Kiril and Metodija Obetkovski; sisters, Nadezda Obetkovska, Mara (Mile) Cacovski, Trajanka (Kire) Keremelevski, and Jordanka (Boris) Spasevski; brother-in-law Djuro Vasic; parents-in-law, Aleksandar and Dragica Ilievski; brother-in-law Peco (Lence) Ilievski and nephew, Zivko Keremelevski.

Kiro is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ljubica Obetkovski; his beloved children; his daughter, Julie Minov, and his cherished grandson, Jovan; his daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Ilija Damjanoski; his son, Jovan Obetkovski; his siblings, Cveta Vasic and Josif (Mirjana) Obetkovski; sister-in-law, Ratka Obetkovska; and many nieces, nephews, Numkoj, family, friends, and neighbors.

Kiro was born in the village of Capari, Macedonia. He went to school in Bitola, Macedonia, where he studied to become a teacher. He left his beloved village and homeland in June of 1962 and arrived in the USA in March of 1963, where he was welcomed by family and began his life in Gary, Indiana.

During his first week in this country, he began to volunteer and participate in his beloved Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church where he was an active member until his passing. He spent most Sundays at church with his family, serving on many auxiliary boards and was a dedicated choir member since 1963.

He was very active in the soccer community of Northwest Indiana in the 60’s and 70’s, a founding member of the Macedonia Soccer Club in 1966, the Northwest Indiana Soccer League in 1972, and the Gary Tigers (Indiana Tigers) in 1973.

He had a great love and respect for family. Within the first 10 years he was in the US, he brought his parents, siblings and spouses, and many nieces and nephews to the US. In 1973 he returned to Capari, Macedonia for the first time and married his wife, Ljubica, the love of his life. His family grew in number and love with the arrival of his four beloved children, Julie, Kirche, Tanya, and Jovan. His two loved son-in-laws, Riste and Ilija, and his treasured grandson Jovan. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather to them and was loved and cherished by them.

He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity. Never saying no to anyone needing help. He was an old world gentleman who was also young at heart. He exuded warmth and hospitality to anyone he spoke with or entered his home. He was known for his famous “skara” and never let anyone leave his home without being well fed. He was very artistic, with a talent for drawing, poetry, singing, and dancing. He was a great storyteller, loved to read, and was an expert on Macedonian history – one of his favorite topics of discussion for all who were lucky enough to have had a chance to learn from him. He was a proud and patriotic Caparchanec, Macedonian, and American. He was loved by all and will be tremendously missed by everyone who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point at 11am, with Fr Georgij Gligorov and Fr Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. There will be a one hour visitation beginning at 10 am prior to the service. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. May his memory be eternal. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, (219) 736-5840 or

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Matthew E. Fingar

Matthew E. Fingar

Matthew passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Franciscan Health Dyer. He was preceded in death by his mother: Carla Fingar, father: Richard Fingar, and sister: JoAnn Fingar. He is survived by his only son Tyler Fingar (Sean Anderson); Brothers: Glen Fingar (Jeannie) and William Fingar (Alison); his Girlfriend: Tricia McGuire; his ex-wife and long-time friend Jennifer McNeiley; as well as several nieces and nephews and many great friends.
Matthew graduated from Griffith High school in 1990. Wanting to be an aeronautical engineer, he went to school at Purdue and studied hard and ended up on the Dean’s list. He chose a life-long career as an electrician, which he worked as for over 20 years. Working for A&E Electric, he was an active member of union IBEW Local Union 697. He made many close friends through his union, and traveled the country doing what he loved – fishing and grilling. He was a dedicated Cubs fan, and an avid Fisherman. Matthew was a very caring, giving, and passionate man. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in dedication to Matthew’s mother Carla, who passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. We will be having a celebration of life for Matthew on October 3rd, 2020 at 12pm at Wicker Park in Highland, IN.

Mita Ivanovic

Mita Ivanovic, age 67, born in Donja Bitinja, Kosovo/Serbia, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 11, 2020 with his family by his side. Mita was a lifelong member of Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and a retired employee of ArcelorMittal with 43 years of service.

Mita is survived by his loving family; Milena, wife of 41 years; three beloved children, Angelina (Dr. Ray) Alavanja, Andriana (Carl) Scaramella, and Vidomir Ivanovic; four grandchildren, Lazar, Aleksandar, and Maksim Alavanja, and Violetta Marie Scaramella; brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, Kumovi, family and friends both here and overseas. Mita is preceded in death by his parents Dusan & Draginja Ivanovic.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN. with V. Rev Marko Matic officiating Funeral Services beginning at 11:00a.m. Interment Holy Cross (Saint Sava) Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219.736.5840 or

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church or Nativity of the Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Monastery, 32787 Early Road, New Carlisle, IN 46552.

Leona M. Lashenik

Leona M. Lashenik
Schererville, IN

Leona M. Lashenik, age 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Anne Marie (Chad Miller) Lashenik and brother, Steve Lashenik, Jr.
Preceded in death by her parents: Steve and Ann Lashenik.
Leona retired from Indiana University Northwest where she was the Department Secretary of
Anthropology and Sociology. She was a loving mother and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial gathering will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland St., Gary, IN). Memorial service will begin at 5:00 p.m. Seating will be limited, masks are required and social distancing of 6 feet encouraged. For information please call 219-980-1141

James Cameron Barr II

James Cameron Barr, also known as Jim or Jimmy, passed away on August 2nd, 2020 at the age of 71 in Merrillville, Indiana.
He is survived by his wife Emilie Barr, two children Kimberly Barr, and James Barr, nieces Tanya Dec, Marlena Landry, Dawn Luna, Evee Luna, nephews Mark McCarthy, Alexander Luna, and Luke Hesprich. He is preceded in death by sisters: Rennie McKinney, and Marilyn Arly; and his dog Miller.
Jim was an avid hunter and enjoyed sharing stories about his motorcycle riding days, and his time in the Army. After he retired from Tower Oil, he moved to Merrillville Indiana to be closer to his sister Marilyn. During this time he made many new friends in his new town while still keeping in touch with his Chicago friends.
Jim was known as the family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance who would give you the shirt off his back. He was an amazing father, husband, brother, uncle and friend.
Visitation will be from 12:00 – 4:00 on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

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

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

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