Category: Hobart/Portage Obituaries

Ruark H. MacArthur

Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791
Ruark “Mack” MacArthur, of Portage, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021.

He was a member of the F.O.P (Fraternal Order of Police).

He is survived by his mother, Jaie MacArthur; brothers, Adam and Garth MacArthur and so many very special friends.

Ruark enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He also loved shooting and was very masterful at it. He was also an American History buff. He was such a pleasure to be around and will be so deeply missed by all that knew him. His memories will forever be in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a funeral service beginning at 5:30pm Pastor Dana Cagle officiating at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN)

For further information please call 219-940-3791

Rogelia Alicea

Rogelia Alicea, age 90, of Portage, passed away surrounded by loved ones on February 1, 2021.  

Rogelia was an elegant woman and was devoted to God, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and conversation. Rogelia took pride in her family and made all that knew her feel special.  

Rogelia is preceded in death by her parents, Hilario and Teotista DeLeon; brothers and one sister. 

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Agripino Alicea; loving children, Rolando (Angela) Alicea, Mary Alicea Davis, Noel (Evelyn) Alicea, Sandra (Alfred) Cruz and Brenda Alicea; siblings, Santos De Leon, Damain De Leon and Victor De Leon; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.  

Rogelia will be greatly missed by so many that knew her. Her memories will forever be etched in our hearts.  

Private funeral Mass will be held for immediate family. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart/Portage. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude  https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.  For further information please call 219-940-3791 

Shawn Hoover

Shawn M. Hoover, age 52, of Hobart, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Lake Station and a member of the Habitat for Humanity.
Shawn was preceded in death by his father, Mark Schest.
He is survived by his loving wife, Camille Hoover; mother, Rosemary Schest; daughter, Miranda (Randy Jr.) Wilkening; granddaughter, Lydia Wilkening; siblings, Traci McKinney and Robert (Lisa) Hoover; nieces and nephews, Alan (Lisa) Turich, Amanda Turich, Richard Turich, Joshua Hoover, Cortni McKinney and Tyler McKinney; great nephews, Alan Turich III, Kai Turich and Kalem McKinney.
Shawn enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spa

Jack Blanton

Jack Blanton, age 74, of Hammond IN, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 1, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Elanda and numerous brother and sisters.

He is survived by his three daughters, one son, numerous grandchildren and grand-dogs

Jack never met a stranger and he will be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral services entrusted with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Hobart IN.

Conrad Villanueva

Conrad Villanueva, age 74, of Hobart, formerly of Merrillville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 3, 2020. He was a member of Our Lady Consolation Parish in Merrillville and an active member of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of Valparaiso.

Conrad was preceded in death by his parents Salvador and Soledad Villanueva; and siblings, Lucy Silva, Paul Villanueva, and Rebecca Villanueva.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rosa Villanueva; children, Mary Ann (Chris) Brandly, Conrad (Marivelle) Villanueva, and Michael Villanueva (Rainie); grandchildren, Miranda and Marissa Brandly, Gavin, Layla, and Ava Villanueva, Jonathan (Angelique), Ariana, and Amiah Villanueva; siblings, Carlos (Barbara) Sanchez, Nicholas Villanueva, Carmen Schimke, Lydia Jane Stamate, Manuel Villanueva (Tracey), special sister-in-law Rita Villanueva and cousin Carmen Jimenez; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Conrad proudly served in the United States Navy and retired from A & P Stores after 20 years and US Steel as a Machinist after 40 years. He will always be remembered as a self-taught man of many talents and skills, specifically, upholstery, real estate, investing, gardening, and woodworking. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who cherished time spent with family. Conrad will be missed dearly by all of those who knew him, and his memory will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN). Chapel prayer service at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 6:30 P.M. Friends can meet again at Our Lady of Consolation (8303 Taft St. Merrillville IN 46410) Friday, December 11, 2020, from 10:00 -11:  00 A.M. before Mass. Services will begin promptly at 11:00 A.M. with Father Peter Muha officiating.

Antonio DelGrosso

Antonio Del Grosso, age 69, of Hobart IN, formerly of Baselice (BN), Italy, passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of the Lord on December 2, 2020 surrounded by his children.

Antonio was preceded in death by his parents – Leonardo and Angela Maria Del Grosso; siblings – Carmelina, Giuseppe and Rosario Del Grosso.

He is survived by his sisters – Lucia (Costantino) Del Vecchio, Giuseppina (Frank) D’Agostino and Rosemary Del Grosso; children – Angela Whitaker, Carmelina (Feliciano) Italiano, Rosaria (Matthew) Buoscio, Leonardo Del Grosso, Gloria Del Grosso, April Del Grosso, Aaron Del Grosso, Antonio Del Grosso and Gina Del Grosso; grandchildren – Alessandro Italiano, Cristiano Italiano, Angelica Italiano, Isabella Buoscio, Madeline Buoscio, Mason Whitaker, Adam Whitaker, Olivia Buoscio, Adelai Miller, Lillian Buoscio and Irelyn Miller; and countless nieces and nephews.

Antonio “Tony” was a hardworking, loving, caring, strong and amazing man and father. He loved his children and grandchildren fiercely. He had a passion for soccer and devoted much of his time to coaching. He invested in people and expected nothing in return – he was very giving and selfless. He was the best of the best, truly one of a kind. He was here for a short time but touched so many lives. Memories of his personality, humor and wit will forever live in our hearts. He will be so deeply missed.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) Funeral service will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M.

Masks, social distancing and limited capacity enforced. No food or beverages are allowed in the building at this time. Please follow social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Marjorie Mansell

Marjorie Mansell, age 92, of Portage, formerly of Hammond, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020. Marjorie was a member of Deep River Church of Christ and Real Life Community Church of Portage.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Mansell; brother, Fritz Beilfuss, and her son-in-law, Jim Wahlie.

Marjorie is survived by her loving children, Carol Wahlie and Kelly (Ronald) Cummins; grandson, Aaron Cummins; step-grandchildren, David Wahlie and Joe Cummins; and great-grandson Blake Cummins.

Marjorie will be greatly missed by all that knew her and her memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. To 12:00 P.M at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN.) Graveside funeral service and interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. Any questions please call 219-940-3791

Marvin R, Barnes

Marvin Ray Barnes was born on November 7, 1962 to James and Loy Barnes. He grew up on the west side of Chicago with his 7 brothers and sisters, and was the second youngest. He enjoyed bike riding, studying insects and bugs, and playing marbles.
He was known for wreaking havoc and getting into mischief in the neighborhood. His sister Renease said that when local boys started to bother her one day, she heard a boy say, “Uh un. That’s Marvin’s sister. Don’t mess with her.” Then the boys proceeded to leave her alone.
Marvin gained the nickname “Bird” in his family. He and his four brothers were known as “The Buzzards” by their mother. That sense of humor definitely passed on, because Marvin became well known for his.
He was constantly bringing laughs to the lives of those around him, even at a young age. Though some jokes were hit and miss, Marvin always guaranteed HIMSELF a good laugh. He especually loved poking light hearted fun at people.
At age 11, Marvin received salvation through Jesus Christ, and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He attended Solid Rock Church of the Living God. Where he was known for his powerful and Davidic styled praise. He would dance and shout right out of his shoes. His dancing in church became a reputation that followed him all the days of his life. It became infamous.
He also sang in the teen choir, where he couldn’t necessarily hold a note, but could definitely carry the anointing. And though he would try to hide from the church van that would pick them up for choir rehearsals, because he wanted to stay and play with his friends, Marvin quickly learned that God had bigger plans for him than baseball and foot races.
After graduating from high school and receiving his diploma from St. Patrick High, Marvin was called into ministry just a few short years later, at the age of 20.
In an interview, someone asked Marvin how he knew he was called. His reply was, “One day I was home watching TV, when I heard a voice call my name. I responded, but no one answered. So I blew it off. I decided to keep watching TV. Then I heard the voice again. ‘Marvin!’ I heard an actual voice! I got up and walked around the house trying to see who it was. Only to realize that I was the only one home. That’s when it hit me. And I remember saying ‘Uh oh…’ to myself. I thought about the story of Samuel and Eli, and realized that God was calling me. So I answered. I replied, ‘Yes Lord.’ and the voice stopped. God got my yes.”
Then God took him at his word. Marvin was preparing to leave a revival early, to take his mother to work. She instead, insisted that they stay. The Holy Spirit weighed so heavy on Marvin, that he became pinned to the floor. He wiggled and moved and fought. But he just could not get up. Not until he agreed to confess his calling in front of leadership. The rest is history.
Shortly, after that, he was sitting in a church service where he saw a group of sisters walking into the church. One of which really stood out to him. This was love at first sight. Marvin described it as the world going in slow motion, as he saw this young lady walking down the aisle of the church. He said he spoke up and told God, “I want her.”
Well, God honored his request. The young lady was named Marva Kimbrough and became Marva Barnes on September 13, 1987. They were married and had two daughters, Mariah and Marissa.
In the year 2000, Marvin became the assistant pastor of Maranatha Temple Church of the Living God. Under the Pastoral leadership of the great, Bishop Preston Raper, he preached awesome sermons, taught sunday school, and had both children called to ministry. He later joined Living Word Church in Lansing, Il. Where the pastor is the wonderful and kind, Pastor Dave Prince.
Marvin lived his life for the sole purpose of being pleasing to God. He ministered to those around him, wasn’t afraid to share the gospel, lived what he preached, loved his wife, led his family, and was an example to many. He was a brother to Renease, Pamela, Douglas, Anthony, David, Michael, and Dennis. He was a husband to Marva Barnes. He was a father to Mariah and Marissa. He was a father in law to William T. Jackson II. He was a grandfather to Tanayzia, Isabella, and Alannah. He was many things to many people. Most importantly though, he was a son of God. He IS a son of God. And now he is standing before him. Seeing the very things he preached about. Experiencing what he spent his whole life living for. Walking the streets of gold that he sang about. Seeing the face of the God that he preached about.
Philippians 1:21 says, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Marvin lived for Christ. Now he has gained all the joy, prosperity, happiness, health, and wholeness that he can possibly handle.

Harry M. Collins

Harry M. Collins, age 65, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Cleveland Ohio, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020. Harry was a member of The American Legion Post 47 in Fort Wayne and a proud member of The Honor Guard in Rensselear. He loved to watch football and loved to cheer on his favorite team the Cleveland Browns.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Nicky Collins.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy; his step-children- Kathy Leon (Jamie Urias), Roger Leon (Memoir Sanchez) , and Oscar (Sonia) Leon; step-grandchildren- Charlene, Marcelino, Billy, Kimberly, Carla, Aly, Matteo, Adam, Alexis, Angelica, and Destinee; very close cousins- Shane and Michelle Collins along with their daughters, Dave Icenogle, Regina Collins, Carrie and Adam and their sons; Heather Collins and her children, Andy, Bill, Tom, Joe, Carolyn, Jackie, Beth, Matthew, Randy, Rusty, Rhonda, and Steve Collins and many more cousins and extended family.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) Military Honors at 3:00 P.M. We ask to please use social distancing and masks are required to enter the building. Any questions please call 219-940-3791

Edward “Butch” Smith

Edward “Butch” Smith, age 72, of Portage, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Edward was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the M.L. McClelland 357 Lodge of Hobart. He loved riding his Harley and enjoyed everything about drag racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents- Earl Jr. and Ona Smith; brothers Chuck Burch and Erwin Smith; and sister- Karen Shultz.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, of 52 years, Pam; daughters- Jennifer (Gordon) Bruce, and Kelly (Jonathan) Polland; grandchildren- Reese, Savannah and Jada; siblings- Earl Smith “JR”, Shirley Gean, Kenny Burch, Lee Burch, Gene Shultz, and Gary Shultz; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward will be missed by all that knew and loved him and his memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (370 N. County Line Rd. Hobart IN) a Masonic service will take place Monday, October 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Shriners Hospital for Children of Chicago 2211 N. Oak Park Ave Chicago IL 60707. Any questions please call 219-940-3791