Category: Obituaries

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson, age 59, of Hobart, was suddenly called home by our Lord early Saturday, February 15, 2020. Gary devoted husband and best friend to Susie Michalec Peterson; loving father of Kevin Peterson and the late Daniel Peterson; amazing brother of Linda, Mike, Diane, Gene, Mark, Mary, Eric, Jackie, Ed and the late David Peterson;Son of the late Eugene E. Peterson and Mary Frances Egan Peterson; devoted son-in-law of Karl and Mary Ann Michalec;beloved uncle, brother-in-law, godfather and friend to many.

Gary is a graduate Morgan Park H.S.; DeVry Institute; Ivy Tech Community College also attended classes at Purdue University-Hammond; and Indiana University-Gary, Indiana. He was a gifted nurse, committed to his work at DaVita Dialysis

Gary was a strong, gentle, big hearted man who excelled in sports activities including football (Morgan Park Mustangs football, swimming and diving teams). He loved people, camping, boating, golfing, bowling, music – especially Karaoke; enjoyed cooking “specialties” for his family and friends. His love of family and friends was unconditional and limitless. He will be greatly missed by many.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday February 19, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart, IN.) with a prayer service at 7:00 pm Father Kime officiating.  Morning prayers will be offered on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 9:00 am at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel then process for 10:00 am Funeral Mass at St Francis Xavier Church. (2447 Putnam St. Lake Station, IN.)

In lieu of flowers please donate to Saint Jude in memory of his son Daniel. Please call Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/ Portage for any further information at 219-940-3791.

Heidi Zima

Heidi Zima (nee Sencaj), age 75 of Schererville, IN, known fondly to many as “Oma”, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Heidi was the beloved devoted wife of Robert Zima; loving devoted mother to Anthony (Terry) Clark, Ramona (Mark) Rogers, Donna Clark, and Sandy (Jimmy) Lessentine; Oma to Tiffany and Jeremy (Bethany) Wilson; Amber (Ryan) O’Connell; Marissa Clark-DeButch (Kody Elder); Kevin, Christopher, Kasseidi, Kailey, Casey Lessentine; Jarred (Cayla) Ebeltoft; Jessica, Ashley Clark; Jodi (Ryan) Phelps; Michael (Becky) and Kevin (Kristen) McFadden. Heidi was the loving Ur Oma/Oma-Oma to Jaden, Aaliyah, Sariyah, Mariyah Browder; Chase, Harper Ebeltoft; Isaiah Zinkiewitz; Mason, Molly, Olivia Wilson; Caden, Nolan, Gavin Robert O’Connell; Chase Elder; Bryson Harville; Brooklyn Phelps; and Conner, Tommy, Kooper, Kole McFadden. Heidi had many wonderful nieces and nephews: Monica (Roger) Baldwin; Andy, Garet, Blake, Jillian Sencaj and Dale (Val) DeVries.
Heidi was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; parents: Andy (Andrija) and Vera Sencaj; brother, Mato Sencaj, sister, Christel Renate Burgwald, and siblings Dieter, Gunter and Milka Sencaj, whom passed away in Germany.
Heidi was born in Hamburg, Germany and came to America when she was only six. She became a long-time resident of Lake County, IN. The family loved the States and became proud American citizens, something she spoke of with much pride. She wrote a book for her kids for Christmas of 2017, so they would know what life was like for her and the family in the old country and the new country. It was a true legacy of love for them. She was a 28 years member of the Schererville Central Lions Club, and a co-founder of the Schererville Historical Society: past secretary. She worked for the town of Schererville for many years, as well as at Children’s Therapy Plus in Crown Point. She retired from Crete-Monee H.S. in Crete, IL.
She loved riding with her hubby, Bob (Rev), on his Harley on road trips. She loved going to plays and comedy clubs with her kids, enjoyed having lots of laughs; reading and going to her grandkids activities and games. She loved life; had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us all together. She never met a stranger. Everyone that touched her life made her a better person, and vise-versa. She had wonderful friends and enjoyed her ladies in her Deutsche Kaffe Klatsch. Heidi lived for her children, husband, family and friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest and she always thought she was truly blessed! She would remind us that “Every beat of your heart, I am with you – always and forever.”
Services will be 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 15, at Griffith Lutheran Church, (1000 N. Broad Street, Griffith IN) Pastor Freda Scales officiating. Friends and family are invited to visit from 8:00 AM until time of service at the church. Interment of ashes at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Griffith Lutheran Church. For more info, call 219-980-1141 or visit

Elizabeth Meszaros

Elizabeth M. Meszaros passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2020. She was 78 years old. She was born the youngest child of Earl and Myrtle Evetts in Corinth, Mississippi. As a teenager she moved to the Chicago area in order to attend school, and later relocated to Northwest Indiana.
Elizabeth worked for many years at Indiana Botanic Gardens (Botanic Choice Vitamins and Supplements) and enjoyed spending time on the casino boat. She also loved playing bingo and cards. She was known as the “life of the party” and brought joy and humor to all.
She is survived by her loving son, Elmer “Bubby” Whittaker; sister, Juanita (late Dean “Stubby”) Sheeley; sisters-in-law: JoAnn (late Melvin) Evetts and Janie (late Clayton) Evetts; and many dear nieces and nephews and friends.
Liz is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son, Greg Whittaker; her husband and love of her life, Sal Duarte; and her brothers: James (late Jean) Evetts, Melvin “Bud” Evetts, George (late Jewel) Evetts, Clayton Evetts, and Earl “PeeWee” Evetts.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street, Gary) on Tuesday, February 11 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 PM. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens following service. For more information, call 219-980-1141.

Ann (nee Uzelac) Stark

Ann (nee Uzelac) Stark age 95, passed away peacefully, February 6, 2020. Ann was a lifelong area resident who retired from Burlington Coat Factory at age 91, after 30 years of service. She loved going to work every day. Ann really enjoyed spending time with her family, that was her favorite thing to do.

Korey Izynski

Korey B. Izynski, age 24, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020. He is survived by his mother, Susan Yamashita; twin sister, Kayla M. Izynski, brothers: Christian Izynski and Auston Stewart; nieces: Leah Izynski and Yessinia Izynski and nephew, Yezekiel Owens; aunts: Stephanie Cunningham and Ginger LaCoss and uncle, Steven Yamashita. Korey is also survived by the love of his life, Liz Wilkerson and her son, Ashton.

Douglas Whiteside

Douglas Whiteside, Age 68, of Portage, passed away on February 4, 2020. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Portage on County Line Road. He also attended Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jewell “Jack” and Margaret Whiteside; brother, William “Bill” Whiteside.
Douglas is survived by his 2 nephews, many cousins, extended family and dear friends. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Procession line up Friday, February 7, 2020 will begin at 10:30 from Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N County Line Rd. Hobart) Comital service at Graceland Cemetery Chapel at 11:30 AM. Funeral memorial luncheon following comital service at the Moose Lodge (3075 County Line Rd Portage). In Lieu of flowers donations are greatly appreciated.

David N. Cook

David N. Cook age 78 of Fort Myers Florida formerly of Gary and Merrillville, went to be with the our Lord on Friday January 31, 2020. David is a retired fire chief with the city of Gary. He also retired from U.S. Steel Fire Department with rank of Captain. David was also proud as serving as Harbor Master with Hidden Harbour Marina. David was an avid Notre Dame fan always ready to go to the game. He is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Elsie Cook and his daughter Melissa Cook. David is

Maria A. Delgado

Maria A. Delgado was a native of Gary, Indiana.  She was the ninth child of ten children.

Maria was employed by the Methodist Hospital until her health began to fail.  She held the position as an MRI Imaging Clerk.  She served as an active member for the Lupus Foundation of Northwest Indiana as well as an active member of the Kidney Foundation.  She also volunteered and assisted with raising donations for fundraising events.

Norma Diane Ketner-Culbertson

Norma Ketner-Culbertson, age 64, of Portage, passed away January 20, 2020. Norma is survived by her husband of 10 years (together 18 years) Howard; children, Michael (Tabitha) Ketner, Jeremie, Nicholas (Tina) Hensler, Christopher (Alyssa) Hensler, David, Anita (Jeff), Patricia (Scott) and Vincent; grandchildren, Samantha, Rachael, Amy, jeremiah, Jazlyn, Hailey, Audreah, and (unborn Nicholas Jr.), Emily, Clayton; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Peyton; siblings, Karen Bak, Susanne Parks and Shirley, very close niece and nephew Joe and Kristen(Kristopher) Bak-Millie; very dear friend Kay Aquayo; several nieces, nephews, and close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Ronald Raybourn and Norma Cotton.
Norma was an active member of her church the Family Christian Center. She enjoyed family gatherings, was a lover of God, Family, and fashion. Her favorite flower is the bluebonnet which is the state flower of Texas.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 10:00 – 12:30 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N County Line Rd Hobart IN) with funeral services at 12:30pm. Internment Calumet park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations are greatly appreciated.

Douglas K. Clark

Douglas K. Clark, age 67, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 20, 2020. He is survived by his loving daughter, Amanda (Daniel) Colon; cherished grandchildren: Austin, Alexander and Adam; brothers, Joel (Chris) and Scott Clark. Doug is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents: Douglas and Reeva Clark; wife, Helenann Clark and brother, Larry Clark.
Douglas retired from the Lake County Sherriff’s department after 25 years of service. He was an avid gun collector and loved going to sniper training and cooking for the guys. Douglas’s daughter and grandchildren were his world. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN) Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For information call 219-736-5840