Category: Hobart/Portage Obituaries

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.

Donna Yazel

Donna Mae (Auten) Yazel Age 77 passed away peacefully at 4 am January 6, 2022. embraced by her loving family. She was a devoted Catholic and often brought mass to her home, she enjoyed watching Joel Osteen on Sunday mornings. Donna was affiliated with The Arch Diocese of Gary, IN.

Darrell A. Hoover Sr.

Darrell A. Hoover Sr., age 53, of Hobart, passed away on December 31, 2021.

He was a member of the Mohawks Club and worked for the City of Hammond for 33 years and Creviston Trucking for 26 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Hoover (nee Englehorn); mother-in-law, Donna Nash.

Darrell is survived by his wife Wendy Hoover; father, Raymond Hoover; children, Darrell A. (Caylee) Hoover Jr., Kayleigh (Chris) Hunt, and Jacob Hoover; grandchildren, Bryson Hunt and Asher Hoover; siblings, Doug Hoover, Don (Roberta) Hoover, and Derrick Hoover; several nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Darrell enjoyed gardening, NASCAR, watching sports like the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Black Hawks and Chicago Cubs. He loved to go fishing and spending time keeping his yard, his home and his belongings very well kept. He was the most kind, big hearted, friendliest, jokester. He was always there when you needed him and would do anything for you. He will be so deeply missed by all that knew and loved him. May his memories live on through the beautiful memories he created and left behind with all of his cherished family and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Patricia Pavlakovic

Patricia A. Pavlakovic, age 84, of Portage, passed away on December 27, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Parker; parents, Harry and Goldie Shaffer; brothers, “Bill” David William and “Hank” Harry Edward; sisters, “Rckey” Audrey Dicesare and Betty Nagy.

Patricia is survived by her husband, John Pavlakovic; children, Jo Ann (Chuck) Froman. Steve (Missy) Parker, Marie (Ted) Choucalas, Dean Parker, and Viki Pavlakovic; Sisters, Lavern Gursky and Mable Pennington; grandchildren, Hilary (Nick) Froman, Shannon (Chris) Hilley, Jacob (Megan) Parker, Grace Parker, Sarah Parker, Charissa (Dylan) Ellis, Brittni Choucalas, Tyler Parker, Jordan (Garrett) Piers, Ryan Pavlakovic, and Nikolas (Hannah) Pavlakovic; 9 great-grandchildren; God daughter Brandi Dicesare; and sweet dog Bella.

Patricia married Ralph Parker 08/18/1956 and he passed away 04/16/1966. She then married John Pavlakovic 05/10/1969. She enjoyed baking and watching the Chicago Bulls. Patricia loved animals so much she became a rescue for them. She mostly loved spending time with her family, she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by many that knew and loved her. May her memories be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. until the time of service at 6:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart Indiana 46342) Deacon Dennis Guernsey officiating. Private Inurnment at Calvary Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Thomas Reibly

Thomas Reibly, age 74, of Portage, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021. He was born in Gary, IN on September 28, 1947 to the late Stephen and Thelma Reibly. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1967- 1971. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears, & Bulls fan who could be caught cheering on his favorite teams year-round. He especially loved his children and grandchildren and devoted the last years of his life to them. Tom is survived by his wife, Sheila Reibly and two children, Becky (Michael) McFadden, grandsons, Connor & Thomas McFadden and Sean (Maria) Reibly, grandsons, Dominic, Tate, & Blake; two sisters, Pam Read, Shay McCart along with many nieces & nephews. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Thelma Reibly, brother Douglas Reibly.

Friends may visit with the family Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 10am to 12pm with Funeral Service beginning at 12pm at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory -Hobart/Portage, 370 N County Line Road, Hobart, IN. Interment St Paul’s Cemetery, Valparaiso. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840.

Gayle Hlista

Gayle M. Hlista (nee McCay), 68, passed away on December 17, 2021, in Merrillville, IN. Gayle was born on February 21, 1953 to Rose (nee Frankovich) and Walter “Bud” McCay in Hammond, IN. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and wife. She was loving, compassionate and kind. She was also a successful business owner, real estate agent and dealer at Majestic Star Casino. Her favorite things to do were to spend time with her family, cook and write. She loved drinking coffee, corona beer with lime and coca-cola. She also occasionally made her family pina coladas. Whenever she had the chance, she would sing and dance to Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Hlista; children: Jennifer Biro and Amber Kowal; sister: Linda (Rob) Marvel; eight grandchildren: Amanda Biro, Ashley Biro, Alayna Biro, Sara Biro, Cody Biro, Alyssa Kowal, Eric Kowal and Justin Fowler; two great-grandchildren: Ashton Marvel and Kailena Kowal; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rose; father, Bud; sister, Diane Smith; and brother, Dennis “Denny” McCay.

Friends and family are invited to visit from 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 22 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 370 N County Line Rd, Hobart, IN 46342. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 10 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christopher Hlista in care of the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

William N. Sovich

William N. Sovich, age 74, of Schererville, passed away on December 13, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas Sovich and Doris “Maggie” Biller (nee) Mefford.

William served in the United States Army and was the Owner of Schererville Blue Print & Supply.

He is survived by his loving children, Nicholas (Debra) Sovich and Natalie Crofton; the mother of his children, who he loved dearly; Lorrie Sovich; grandchildren, Sebastian and Scarlett Sovich; very special cousins, Lynda “Dee Dee” (George) Alhorn, and Gary (Lil) Sovich, several extended family and dear friends.

William enjoyed boating during the summer months, watching the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. His family was his entire world and he cherished all of his time spent with them. He will be greatly missed by so many and his memories will be forever etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 4:00P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will begin at 7:00 P.M. Pastor Dick Bashta officiating. Private burial of cremains at Calvary Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Emery William Knopf

Emery William Knopf, age 93, of Crown Point, passed away on December 12, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Matilda Knopf; siblings, Edward, Elmer, Kenny, Florence and Margaret Knopf.

Emery is survived by his children, Marcie (Steve) Hepburn, Mike (Shelly) Knopf, Jeff and Justin Knopf, Rick (Sue) Knopf, Ed (Mary) Knopf, and Myshelle (Gary) Babcoke; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a host of extended family and dear friends.

Emery enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and was a true fan his entire life. He loved fishing, farming, gardening, and cherished his children and grandchildren. He was a kind gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Donations may be made in Emery’s name to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN.) A memorial picnic will take place on July 2, 2022 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. For further information please call 219-940-3791.

Timothy Guined

Timothy Guined , age 52, of Hobart, passed away on December 7, 2021. He was an employee of US Steel and a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union.
Timothy was preceded in death by his father, James Guined; and sister, Janet Terpstra.

Timothy is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Guined; mother, Geneva Guined; children, Jillian Guined, Samantha Guined, Madeleine Kopas; brother, Michael (Susan) Guined; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Tim loved camping and exploring state parks, fairs, festivals, antique tractor shows and browsing flea markets and antique shops looking for hidden treasures; and, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Tim will be deeply missed by so many. His memories will be forever etched in our hearts

Friends are invited to visit the family Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN 46342) Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 10:00 A.M at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, Pastor Roger Parker and Dave Forest officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-940-3791.