Category: Hobart/Portage Obituaries

Richard Scibbe

Richard (Rick) Scibbe, currently of Hobart, Indiana, born November 13 1954 in Berea, Ohio, died May 21, 2022 at University of Chicago Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Alice Scibbe (nee Merkle) his children Teri Childers (Nathan), Andrea Hofland (Michael), Daniel Doleys (Amber), Joseph Scibbe (Robyn), Andrew Scibbe (Kelsey), Thomas Scibbe (Tina), Claire Knight (Brandon), Noah Scibbe, and Caleb Scibbe along with sixteen grandchildren. He, as well, is survived by his sister Kristen Swihart (Mark) and brother Mark Scibbe (Michelle).

Richard is a graduate of Strongsville High School and Cuyahoga Community College of Ohio. Richard recently retired after more than thirty years of service to Johnson Controls/Simplex-Grinnell. He was an active member of Bethel Church of Crown Point and Hobart. Richard enjoyed home improvement, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Scibbe, and his mother Evelyn Scibbe (nee Golke).

Visitation will be held Friday, May 27, 4-8 pm and a memorial service will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 am. Both services will be held at Bethel Church of Hobart/Portage (704 W 700 N, Hobart, IN 46342).

In lieu of flowers, financial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or blood donations can be made to the American Red Cross in his honor.

Michael J. Collins

Michael J. Collins, 74, of Gary, IN passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022. He is preceded in death by his mother, Julia Lozier, stepfather, Frank Lozier; sister, Louise Scott; and brother Robert Lozier.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, “Link” Eileen Collins; children, Michael Collins Jr., Chris (Roger) Levine, and Jamie (Parnell) Barnett; sister, Joanne (Steve) Serna; grandchildren, Aaron Collins, Jordan Barnett, Percy Barnett, Dylan Collins, William Levine, Joseph Levine, Jorel Collins; many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Michael was a dedicated husband, father, and proud Vietnam Veteran. He held many roles within the Aetna Little League in which his children played. Michael retired from U.S. Steel after 45 years of service in the sheet and tin mills. He was a family man who enjoyed traveling and family vacations. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Duane A. Fisher

Duane Fisher, 32, of Portage, IN passed away Friday, April 22, 2022. He is preceded in death by his Grandfather Lyman Fisher (paternal) and his uncle Rodney Fisher (paternal).

Duane is survived by Survived by his wife Samantha Buza; daughter Analeice Fisher, son Duane Fisher Jr.; Parents Pamela Fisher, Lyman (Keith) Fisher (Michelle Fisher); Twin brother Dustin Fisher, Brother Sam Fisher, Sister Missy Fisher and Michael Gall; his Grandmothers Eunice Fisher (paternal) and Judy Freeman (maternal). All the Buza nephews: Easton, Harrison, and Abel, and all the Buza in-law’s. Many Aunts & Uncles – Jager’s Lusk’s James’, and many loving cousins, and friends. 

Philip J. Grenchik

Philip J. Grenchik, age 83 of Marina Shores, formerly of Ogden Dunes, Indiana passed away on March 30, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his daughter, Heidi Grenchik of Charleston, South Carolina and his son and daughter-in-law Philip J. Grenchik Jr. and Keeli Grenchik of Ogden Dunes, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carol J. Grenchik on October 10, 2020.

Helen Pappas

Helen Pappas (nee Gruchalski) passed away Saturday, February 5, at 101 years of age. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews; a host of cherished great nieces and nephews and extended family; and good friend, Kim Thurman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Kazmiera; brothers: Edward and Henry Gruchalski; sisters: Mary Zakrzewski, Bernice Gawronski, Jean Szpakowski and Irene Kopanski; and her beloved husband, Harry.
Helen was a life-long resident of the region, and a long-time member of St. Hedwig Church. She loved to keep her hands and mind busy (which many would say contributed to her long and happy life). She was a fantastic seamstress and walked anywhere, and everywhere, at any chance she could get.
Her sunny smile and irresistible charm will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Per Helen’s wishes, there will be no formal services.

John Satka

John Robert Satka


After a long journey with Multiple Myeloma, John “Johnny” “JR” “Pops” Satka gained his angel wings on January 28th, 2022, surrounded by family in his home. He is survived by his children, Ryan (Hana) Satka and Stefanie (Charles) Riley; grandchildren, Colie Satka and Carter Riley; father, John Satka; brother and best friend, James (Debbie) Satka, sister, Lori (Lou) Klimaszewski; former wife, Julie McAdams; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ernesto Ornelas

Ernesto Ornelas, age 57, unexpectedly passed away on January 17, 2022. Ernesto was a member of Local Union 81 for 31 years and was proud to serve on the executive board.
Ernesto is survived by his daughters: Selena and Angelina; brother, Andres Ornelas; sisters: Susana Ornelas, Esperanza (Miguel) Murrillo, Rosie (Dan) Rodriguez; many nieces and nephews; his go to person no matter what time of day or night, Danny Vargas.