Category: Obituaries

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

Bobby Ray Beals

Bobby Ray Beals, age 70, of Valparaiso, passed away surrounded by his loving children, on Friday, June 26, 2020. Bobby was a member of the support group AA for over 20 years and took pride in running the meetings for the group members. He enjoyed going to Real Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Portage with his son Mathew, he also was an avid bowler and loved fishing. One of the many hobbies he had was taking his corvette out for a drive, especially if it was to go to one of his grandchildren’s activities. He was very active in their lives and loved to be called the Grandpa Taxi.

Bobby was survived by his three loving children- Mathew Beals, Timothy (Mary) Beals, and Bobby Beals; brother- Larry (Mary) Beals; grandchildren- Nathan Beals, Brandon Beals, and Logan Beals; and was expecting his first grand-daughter (still in the womb).

He was preceded in death by his parents- Jerry and Hazel (nee Cardwell) Beals.

Bobby will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. His Memories will be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family for a Memorial Visitation on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) with a Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Bob Burton officiating. A burial of cremains will take place Thursday, July 9, 2020. Line up at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart at 10:00 a.m. for procession to Calumet Park Cemetery.

Alice Johnson

Alice Lorraine Johnson of Merrillville, Indiana passed away peacefully on June 23, 2020, at the age of 77. She was born on December 31, 1942 in Hazard, Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances Johnson and her beloved sister, Nancy Hollandsworth. Alice is survived by her four nieces and nephews. Michelle Hollandsworth, Marc Hollandsworth (Fiancée Rebecca Short), Melinda (William) Rolle, Don (Vanessa) Hollandsworth. She is also survived by five great nieces and nephews. Wayne Garrett, Madison Rolle, Mackenzie Rolle, Katie Bishop and Isabella Hollandsworth. Along with special family member David Garrett.

Liedy Kuzemka

Liedy Rose Kuzemka, age 89 of Chesterton, formerly of St. John, Indiana and Merrillville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. She was born on April 10, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, Missouri to Claude and Loretta Hendricks who preceded her in death. On August 20, 1955 she married William Kuzemka who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, David (Aimee) Kuzemka, daughter, Shelly Liapes and grandchildren Jamie (Matt) Miller, Josh, Sam and Henry Kuzemka and Luke and Caroline Liapes and great-grandson Alekzandr Kuzemka. Her son, James Kuzemka, preceded her in death. Liedy is also survived by 3 sisters, Dorothy, Shirley and Ruby and many nieces and nephews.
Liedy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crown Point. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the American Association of University Women as well as the Indiana and Illinois Retired Teachers Associations.
Liedy earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Missouri State University and Lewis University. She was an elementary school teacher for 38 years. She loved children, loved teaching and loved her family dearly. Liedy was also a nature lover and especially enjoyed the the natural wonders of the United States, traveling to all 50 states. Her final one being the state of Oregon at age 78 with her grandchildren.
A private family service will be held followed by a private internment with Reverend Mark Wilkins officiating. Memorials may be made to Liedy’s favorite charity, the Salvation Army, or to a charity of your choice.

Marilyn “Patsy” Christmas

Marilyn Patsy “Pat” Lorraine Christmas (nee Bauswell), age 83, of Portage, was born on April 5, 1937, to Clarence and Hazel Bauswell (nee Hartley). Pat was an avid reader, the family historian, an animal lover, and was an active member of her local senior center. Pat is survived by her children: David “Dave” McCosh (Cheryl Bryant), Stephanie (Michael) Hedgepath, and Lee Christmas; daughter-in-law Roseann Ivanovich; grandchildren: Santos “Tinker” Hedgepath, Heather Ivanovich (Todd Paglialong), David “Dave” (Shanon) McCosh, Jr., Tyler Hedgepath, Charlotte Ivanovich (Jonathan) Willoughby, Stephanie Ivanovich, and Christina Ivanovich; great-grandchildren: Kylie Lynn Christmas, Brooke Lee Christmas, Lyric Ava Paglialong, Logan Alexander Hedgepath, Norah May Ivanovich, Stevie K. Willoughby, Irene R. Willoughby, Mia McCosh and Maci McCosh.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence Bauswell and Hazel Bauswell, her son Steven Edward Ivanovich, and her great-granddaughter Telia Helene Paglialong. Pat’s family was blessed to have her for the past 83 years. She will be greatly missed and memories of her will be sketched in our hearts forever.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) with a funeral service at 3:00 P.M. Father Douglas Mayer officiating.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, memorial gathering will be limited, guests are asked to please wear masks and practice 6 ft. social distancing. No food or drinks. Calumet Park Funeral Chapel-Hobart entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting

Menka Gulaboff

Menka Gulaboff, 90, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020. Menka was born on March 17, 1930 in Lavci, Macedonia, the daughter of Dime and Boica Nicolich. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old in June 1940, in the midst of World War II. In fact, they were on one of the last ships permitted to sail from Europe due to the War. They settled in Battle Creek, MI where she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1949.