Category: Obituaries

Gwendolyn Jean Clapp

GWENDOLYN JEAN CLAPP (JOHNSTON)
December 19, 1941 – February 20, 2021

Gwendolyn Jean Clapp, age 79, of Portage, went home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday,
February 20, 2021, where she was reunited with her beloved husband and soulmate, Dale V. Clapp. She
was preceded in death by her parents; Burton and Hannah; stepfather, Arthur Crisman, and best friend,
Judy Cooley.

Gwen graduated from Gary Emerson High School. She went on to become a beautician and was
employed at Mary’s Beauty Salon in Portage, Indiana for over 25 years. Gwen was a member of
Augustana Lutheran Church where she married the love of her life on December 17, 1960.

Gwen battled heart failure and many other health issues bravely and gallantly over the past 30 years.
She fought tirelessly and was determined to remain independent at home with her two best friends, her
dogs, Rowdy and Roxie.

Gwen bowled and golfed in leagues for many years. She was an avid animal lover who donated to many
different animal organizations. She loved traveling and enjoyed spending time in Florida. She loved
being with her children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed and looked forward to attending the
many sporting events, musical concerts, and any other activities her children and grandchildren were
involved in. Her family was her life.

She is survived by her three children; Dale (Lynn) Clapp, Tammy (Tim) Pivarnik, and Douglas Clapp. Six
grandchildren; Dale (Rebecca) Clapp, Kelly (Scott) Hutchins, Tara Villarreal, Jakob Clapp, Keighly Clapp,
and Cara (Cory) Grinnell. Two great-grandchildren; Alan and Adam Moore, and Betty Widelski, a very
special cousin who was like a sister to her.

Gwen touched the hearts of so many people and she will be deeply missed. She leaves behind
memories that will be forever etched in our hearts.

Family and Friends are invited to visit with the immediate family on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from
5PM until the time of the service at 7PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart,
IN) with Pastor Charles Strietelmeier officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ASPCA (secure.aspca.org) or the Valparaiso VNA (Hospice).

Jessica Gadzala

Jessica Anne Gadzala

August 01, 1983 – February 18, 2021

Jessica A. Gadzala, age 37, of Merrillville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Jessica battled a rare type of lung cancer also known as adenoid cystic carcinoma over the past 11 years. She was truly the strongest warrior and never let any situation get the best of her. She was the most optimistic, loving, caring, selfless, determined and beautiful soul on this planet. She truly loved and appreciated life and all that it had to offer.

Jessica was a graduate of Lake Station Edison High School class of 2001. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening and yoga.

She is survived by her three loving sons, Vincent Medina, Julian Medina and Henry Rodriguez; parents Mark and Vicki Gadzala; siblings Joe (Jen) Eaton, Teresa (Harry) Burgos, Andrew (Mandie) Gadzala and Angela (Jeff) Antonio; many cherished nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410 with Funeral Services on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Mika Trivunovic

Mika Trivunovic, age 73 of Schererville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, February 8, 2021. Mika was born in Glamoc, Bosna to parents Stevo and Stana Ninkovic. She came to America with her husband and son, to join her daughter and family in 1998. She was a member of St George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville and was retired from Briar Ridge Country Club and Bank One with many years of service.

Ruark H. MacArthur

Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791
Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791

Rogelia Alicea

Rogelia Alicea, age 90, of Portage, passed away surrounded by loved ones on February 1, 2021.  

Rogelia was an elegant woman and was devoted to God, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and conversation. Rogelia took pride in her family and made all that knew her feel special.  

Rogelia is preceded in death by her parents, Hilario and Teotista DeLeon; brothers and one sister. 

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Agripino Alicea; loving children, Rolando (Angela) Alicea, Mary Alicea Davis, Noel (Evelyn) Alicea, Sandra (Alfred) Cruz and Brenda Alicea; siblings, Santos De Leon, Damain De Leon and Victor De Leon; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.  

Rogelia will be greatly missed by so many that knew her. Her memories will forever be etched in our hearts.  

Private funeral Mass will be held for immediate family. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/Portage. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude  https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.  For further information please call 219-940-3791 

Risto Ilijevski

Risto Ilijevski,  age 64  of Crown Point, IN  passed away Wednesday, January 27, 20201.  Risto was a member of SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral over 40 years, serving in many capacities including past vice president. He was retired from Triune Tucking Company after several years of service.