Category: Obituaries

William “Billy” McEllis

William “Billy” McEllis, age 53, of Demotte, IN passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. He was born on October 25, 1965 in Gary, IN to Frank and Beverly McEllis who preceded him in death.

Billy is survived by his loving daughter, Sabrina (Aaron Meek) McEllis; grandson, Liam Meek; siblings, Frank “Mac” McEllis and Tom (Jeanee) McEllis; many nephews and great-nieces.

Ann Tomlin

Ann Tomlin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 with her family by her side. She is survived by her loving daughter, Carol A. Tomlin; brother, Thomas (Judy) Henik; nephew, Tom Tomlin; great nephews: Derek and Alex Tomlin. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents: Joseph and Julia Henik; husband, Jack Tomlin; daughter, Patricia A. Tomlin; siblings: Rudy, Victor, John and Frances Henik and Victoria Tomlin.

William Teel

William L. Teel, age 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2019. He is survived by his loving children: Karen (Steven) Riggins, Charles (late Donna) Teel, Sr., Mary (late Gary) Andres and Robert (Renee) Teel; grandchildren: Amy, Larissa, Jason, Seth, Charles Jr., Nicholas, Michael and Harrison; great grandchildren: Krysten, Daniel, Sarah, Luke and Grace.

Shawn G. Brehm

Shawn G. Brehm left this world on July 3, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife Denise and their dear friends. Shawn and Denise appreciated your prayers and your presence in spirit and grace during this time.

Shawn is survived by his beloved wife, Denise; Aunts, Becky Parker, Judy Napier, and Jacky Ingalsbe; and many nieces and nephews.

Judith “Judy” Lawrence

Judith Ann “Judy” Lawrence, age 80, passed away June 30, 2019.
Judy was born in August of 1938, and was raised by adopted parents; Roland and Della Eckert. She is a graduate of Calumet High School, class of 1956. After graduation with honors, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, NY., and the her master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.
She worked for nearly 30 years as an administrative secretary at the University of Chicago Divinity School until her retirement in 2010.
Judy loved writing, and adored music, and had a special talent for playing wind instruments. She also took great interest in astronomy, and had been a member of the Calumet Park Astrological Society since 1996. During baseball season she could be found cheering for the Cubbies, and enjoyed watching the games with her family.
She is survived by her cousins: Millie Hayden, Dave McPherson and his family, William (Pat) Hayden, Heather (Ed) Hixon and extra special caretaker (and 4th cousin!) Aiden, Ashley Hayden, Billy Hayden, and George O’Neal; and many friends and colleagues.
Per Judy’s wishes, a graveside service is being planned for a later date. Please contact 219-736-5840 for information and updates. In memory of Judy donations in her name can be made to the Dementia Society of America.

Alfred “Red” Wilson

Alfred Glenn “Red” Wilson of Calumet Township passed away on Friday June 28th at Gary Methodist hospital. 
   He served in the Army for 3 years, and was stationed in Germany for 8 months of that time.  He had been a member of St. Ann’s Church in Black Oak since 2012. In his later years he attended daily mass with his brother-in-law, Kenny Rhone, and he took great pride as the groundskeeper for the church. He enjoyed fishing, telling the many stories of his life, and baseball.

   He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 38 years: Sharon Kay (Rhone) Wilson; father: Ervin Lee Wilson and mother: Charity June (Harrison) Wilson; and sisters: Rose (Wilson) Hartman and Penny Lee Wilson.
   He is survived by his 5 children: Jeffrey (Debra) Rhone, Christopher (Ashley) Wilson, Jesse (Ashley Stately) Wilson, Linda (Brandon) Sharp, and Michael (Chance McNamara) Wilson; 3 siblings; 11 cherished grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, loving family and friends.
   Memorial Services will be held on Monday, July 1st at 11:30 AM at St. Ann Church, 6025 W 25th Ave, in Gary.

Jose Luis Guzman

Jose Luis Guzman, age 65, of Hobart, IN passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born on November 18, 1953 in San Rafael del Carrizal, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico to Jose and Florencia Guzman who preceded him in death.

Jose is survived by his loving wife, Maria (nee: Herrera) Guzman; children: Fernando (Maria) Guzman, Rene Guzman, Jose Luis (Jaqueline) Guzman Jr, and Lorena (Brent) Guzman-Schmidt; grandchildren: Joaquin Felipe, Saia Evangeli, Allura Cruz, Enrique Luis, Anthony Rene, Isabella Renee, and Olivia Renee Guzman, Claire Elise, Xavier Thor, and Kenneth Allen Schmidt; siblings: Sara, Teresa, Timeteo, Lucio and Trinidad.

Jose is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Abel, Andrea, and Griselda Guzman.

Jose loved to travel and explore. He was a proud 40 year Union Carpenter and most importantly a man of faith. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother and will be missed by many.

Albert A. Toth Jr.

Albert A. Toth Jr., age 77, of Lake Station, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 27th, 2019.

Albert was a lifelong Northwest Indiana resident, born in Gary, IN to Helen and Albert Toth Sr. who preceded him in death.

Albert is survived by his loving wife, Deborah; sons, Scott Toth and Mark (Gabriela Rodriguez-Machado) Toth; step-daughter, Brittany Collins; grandchildren, Enzo and Luiza Toth; sister, Sandra (Richard) Duff. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jo Ellen Nicholls.