Category: Hobart/Portage Obituaries

Robert R. Highlan

Robert R. Highlan, age 40, of Valparaiso, passed away on July 28, 2020. Bob had a passion for motorcycles and loved working on them along with riding them. He loved watching movies and TV, especially the history channel and learning about World War II.

Bob is survived by his two sons- Cody and Jared Highlan; mother- Lisa Highlan and father Carl Highlan; siblings- Derek (Chloe) Highlan and Carrie (Chris) Highlan; Grandmothers- Colleen Moehl and Helga Highlan; very close friends- Russ Krueger and Jay Hanndck.

He is preceded in death by his two grandfathers- Raymond Moehl and Gordon Highlan.

Bob will be deeply missed by all that loved him. His memories will be forever etched in our hearts.

Private services will be held. Fu

James Rohaley

SOUTH HAVEN,IN  James J. Rohaley age 81 passed away July 16, 2020 in his home surrounded by loved ones.

Jim was born March 19,1939 in Brier Hill, PA. to the late Andrew and Mary Rohaley.

He honorably served his country as a SPEC 4 in the Army where he received the Merits of a Good Conduct Metal and Sharp Shooter awards.

After working for J.M. Construction and as a Barber in Hobart In, he retired from US Steel after 28 years of service as a Millwright in the Coke plant.

He was an avid outdoors man, who also loved garage sales, auctions, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Kathy “Kack” (Mudry); daughters: Deborah Rohaley-Upton (Tom Upton) of Kouts, In, Sandy Buchwalter, and son: Ronald (Jodi) Rohaley of Phillips, Wi; 3 grandchildren: Jason Buchwalter, Christopher Rohaley, and Anthony Rohaley; 1 brother: Bill(Barbara)Rohaley and sister-in-laws: Kathleen Rohaley and Madelyn Rohaley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Edward, Andrew, Robert, Tom, Bernard, Richard, and John; sisters: Margaret and Rita; and his Best Buddy, (Siamese Cat) Frankie.

Private funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday July 22, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Home Hobart Chapel 370 N. County Line Rd. 46342

-In lieu of flowers donations can be made to VNA Hospice Center Valparaiso In 46383.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSIONATE CARE.

Danny Andresen

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel ( 370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN.) Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, Pastor Bob Burkley officiating. Internment at Calvary Cemetery (2701 Willowdale Rd. Portage IN)

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.

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

Anacorita Antonavich

Anacorita Antonavich, age 76, of Kouts, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020. She was known as the “Egg Roll Lady of Kouts”. Her passion for cooking sure did stand out. She was a member of WISBA (Women’s of Indiana State Bowling Association) and enjoyed her time spent at the bowling alley. She also loved to play bingo, she could get lost in her home town or a mile radius, but if there was a bingo facility, she would be sure to find her way to it. Her pride and joy was her grand-daughter, Kayana Joy, she absolutely adored her and loved spending precious time with her teaching her about Filipino culture, one thing in particular, the infamous ‘sniff kiss’. She was a loving, caring, selfless soul and was so delightful to be in her company.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years- Richard Antonavich; children- Elizabeth Seltenright and Jonny Owsley; grand-daughter- Kayana Joy Seltenright; step-son- Brian Antonavich; Sister Maria (John)Shields; Special Niece- Marietta (Steve) Coyle; Step-grandchildren- Dawn Antonavich and Amy McInerney; step-great-grandchildren; Arianna Moore and Aliyah Resendez.

Anacorita was preceded in death by her parents- Olicarpio and Fructosa Maganda (Gernale); sister- Pricella Maganda; and brother- Edelberto Maganda.

She will be so deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Her memories will live in our hearts for a lifetime.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:45 – 10:45 A.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) with a funeral service at 10:45A.M. Father Lourd Pasala officiating. Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery.

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

John C. Mendez

John C. Mendez, age 75, of Valparaiso (formerly of Hobart), passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Iris (Nellie) Mendez the two were truly inseparable. His two children, Lisa Mendez Guerrero and John A. Mendez; three grandchildren which were his pride and joy: Kayla Guerrero, Juliana Mendez, and Austin Guerrero; siblings: Edward (Linda) Mendez, Myrna (Richard Sr.) Mendez Ayala , Gladys Bosque-Mendez;sister-in-law: Lucy Mendez and many nieces & nephews, and all the dear friends that touched his life. He was preceded in death by his parents: Eladio Mendez (father) , Elaine Mendez (mother), Luz Santiago Mendez (step mom) ; sisters, Maria Colon and Esther Mendez; brothers: James and Henry Mendez. May they all be reunited in Heaven. Johnny was a veteran of the US Navy military and had retired as Machinist at US Steel with 40 years of employment. He loved to tinker with his tools, and was an amazing carpenter. Johnny was definitely a man of all trades, and could fix just about anything. He also enjoyed landscaping and loved to see all of his flowers bloom. He took great pride in the homes he built and kept them immaculate. But most of all Johnny was truly a family man who was an admirable provider, he would have done anything for his wife and kids. He will be deeply missed by so many and his memories will forever be sketched in our hearts.
A memorial visitation will take place on one day Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 11:00 A.M – 3:00
P.M. with a pray service at 3:00 P.M. Father David Kime officiating. A celebration of life
luncheon following the wake.
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

Juan R. Carrillo

Juan Carrillo, age 48, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 1, 2020. He is survived by
his wife of 23 years, Carolina Carrillo; children: Juan J. Carrillo, Sebastian A. Carrillo,
Marco A. Carrillo and Camila Carrillo; father, Felipe Carrillo; siblings: Francisco Carrillo
and Marisol Carrillo. Juan is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Preceded in death by his mother, Elba Carrillo.

Juan Ramon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico.
Growing up, Juan always wanted to help those in need and always wanted to be a
paramedic. He began to study and pursue a career to become a paramedic but at the
age of 17 he decided to come to the states in search of a better life. He worked in and
around Pasadena, California for a couple years. He then moved to Chicago and where he
eventually met his wife, Carolina, at the age of 22. In October of 1997, 5 years after they
met, they decided to get married. Juan and Carolina would be married for 23 years and
throughout those 23 years they had 4 children, Juan Julian, Sebastian Alejandro, Marco
Antonio and finally their little girl Camila. Throughout those years he strived to be the
best father and husband that he could. Juan Ramon came to this country with nothing

and he still found a way to give his family everything.

A memorial gathering will take place on (to be determined) from (tbd) at St. Francis
Xavier Church (2447 Putnam St. Lake Station, IN). Memorial service will begin at (tbd).
Due to covid-19 restrictions, memorial gathering will be limited, guests are asked to
please wear masks and practice 6 ft. social distancing. Calumet Park Funeral Chapel-
Hobart entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.

Ronald DeRoos

Ronald L. DeRoos, age 81, of Hobart, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born and raised in Chicago and married for 30 years to his high school sweetheart. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1968. They moved to Indiana in 1972 to live in the country and raise their 3 children. He worked for Republic and Thomas Steel for a total of 27 years as Chief Mechanical engineer. He was happiest at home sitting outside on his deck gabbing with his family and friends. Ronald was also a volunteer firefighter and first responder for the Union Township Fire Department for 16 years. He enjoyed fishing, vacationing with family, cooking and working in his yard. He was a very active and supportive father and devoted husband.
Ronald is survived by his children- Kristine (David) Stawinski, Steven (Laura) DeRoos, and Suzanne DeRoos; Grandchildren- Benjamin, Lincoln, Katherine, and Owen; and Great-grandchild- John Henry.

He is preceded in death by his wife- Marlene DeRoos; parents- Frank and Edith DeRoos; and brother- Frank DeRoos.

He will be missed greatly by all that knew him. May he rest in peace.

Donald Barclay

Donald E. Barclay passed away in his home May 7th, 2020. Don, as he was known to all of us, lived a full life. He married his grade school sweetheart and they shared 63 years together until she preceded him in death a little over three years ago. After 63 years with someone, you do not recover easily when they are gone, and not a day passed that Don did not mourn Shirley’s passing.

Don was a son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to many. His family and friends were the recipients of his generosity. His work ethic was exemplary. He loved working with his hands. From the steel mills to owning his own ‘filling’ station; to working as a mechanic and service writer at Shaver’s Chevy to finishing his work career working for Dean’s Auto Repair, Don did not cheat his employer or his customers.

Don loved sports. He was a three sport athlete in high school, continued to participate in sports following graduation, playing softball and golf. He encouraged his sons, grandsons and great- grandsons as they played various sports. He was never too tired to play catch, offer tips and build various apparatus to help them succeed . He would even prepare an ice rink in his back yard with lights, music and hockey equipment for the family and neighborhood kids to use.

He loved the Cubs, Bears and Bulls. College basketball took a close second place. Earlier in life he and Shirley were frequent visitors to Merrillville High School football and basketball games.

You may remember Don for a reasons different than above. But I am certain Don would want you remember him as honest, hard-working and a many who sacrificially loved his family and friends.