Category: Obituaries

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He is survived by his loving children: Patrick (Wanda) Doherty, Mary (Jim) Young, Kevin (Holly) Doherty and Maureen Doherty; grandchildren: Jennifer (Victor), Brendan (Kirsten), Caitlin (Scott), McKenah, Connor, Elizabeth, Liam and Norah; great grandchildren: Kinsley, Isbel, Arianna and Avalynn; niece, Kristine Smock and nephew, George Doherty.

Jelena Kalaba

Jelena Kalaba, age 71 passed away on November 5, 2019. Jelena was preceded in death by her loving husband, Milan. She was born in Trstenica, Beograd on October 20, 1948 to Pavle and Sava Vukovic. Jelena came to the United States 1965 and was an active member of the Serbian Community. She enjoyed being with her husband and children at the Serbian dances and church events.

Noel Martinez

Noel Martinez, age, 78, of Portage, passed away November 4, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Octavia Martinez and sister, Cereida Arceo.

Noel is survived by his step-sons, Hector and Daniel Reyes; step-grandchildren, Cynthia, Brittany, and Dawn; step-great-grandchildren, Maddison and McKensie; sister, Oneida (Efrain) Fontanez; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Billy Williamson

Billy Williamson, age 91, born to Goldie and Andrew Williamson, preceded in death by 7 sisters and 4 brothers.

Billy graduated from Tolleston High School in 1946 and in his senior year enlisted in the US Navy. He served 4 years in the regular Navy and 4 years in the Naval Reserve. Billy was a Cub Scout, a member of the ROTC and a lieutenant in the Gary Cadet Corp.

Milena “Nena” Popovich

Milena “NENA” Popovich, age, 95, formerly of Northwest Indiana, passed away peacefully Oct 24, 2019. She immigrated to Gary, IN in 1959 from Josipdol, Yugoslavia and was a retired seamstress from Jantus Manufacturing Company. ‘Nena’ was a dedicated member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, its Circle of Serbian Sisters and a Supporting member of ‘Karageorge Choir’. Over many years, She also devoted much time to helping the St. Sava catering and Bingo workers.

Joan Dzyacky

Joan M Dzyacky, born in Gary, Indiana on March12, 1932 died October 23, 2019 at the age of 87.

She worked for 25 years at Gary National Bank.  While she was working at Gary National, she obtained her teaching degree from Indiana University.  She taught at St. Bridget’s Catholic School for nearly 20 years..

Cecilia V. Pankowski

Cecilia V. Pankowski, age 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She is survived by her loving daughters: Deborah (Robert) Gallup, Kathleen (Jerry) Hedrick, Mary (David, Sr.) Rarity and Roberta (Tony) Bauer; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 4 great -great grandchildren.

Phyllis Unkuri

Phyllis Mary Unkuri, age 83, of Schererville, IN passed away on October 22, 2019. Beloved wife of most recent, late Frank Gradisher and the late Roland Unkuri. Preceded in death by siblings: Agnes Early, Evelyn Sims, and Irene Nowak. Phyllis was the proud daughter of Martin and Rose Nowak. She was a loving, dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was an active member of St Thomas More Catholic Church. As an elementary school teacher of Indiana for over 40 years, Phyllis positively affected the lives of many children.