Category: Hobart/Portage Obituaries

Susan Ann Macchia

Larry D. Wright, age 75, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at VNA in Valparaiso, IN. He was born June 19, 1943 in Long Beach, California to Robert J. Wright and step-mother Marguerite at Magnolia Hospital. Larry graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Hammond, IN. Shortly after high school he joined the Army

Cecelia Rodgers

Cecelia Rodgers, 93, of Portage, IN, passed away April 10, 2019. She was born in 1925 in East Chicago, Indiana. Her parents were Zygmat and Stella (Czerwinski) Komorkoski, both born in Poland. She is survived by her two children Larry (Sue) and Sharon Rodgers.

Ronald H. Chase

Ronald H. Chase, 63, of Chicago, formerly of South Shore and Galien, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 29th 2019. He is survived by his loving mother, Virginia M. Hunter (nee Shipley) and his brothers; Steven (Glenda) Chase, Thomas Chase, Don Chase and Teddy Chase and also many nieces and nephews.

Israel Serrano

Israel Serrano, 43, passed away on March 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Gabriela Serrano; his two sons, Israel “Alex” Serrano and Angel Serrano; his mother Magdalena Moncada Martinez; siblings; and many friends and extended family. He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Serrano Lule.

Paul K. Johnson

Paul K. Johnson, 91, of Hobart, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2019. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School, in Gary, in 1945, served in the U.S. Army, 2nd Division, in Colorado Springs, CO in 1945-1946. He became a carpenter of Local 1005 and worked at the trade for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

James T. Stevenson

James T. Stevenson, 72, of Hammond (Hessville), passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019. He is survived by his son Nick (Courtney) Stevenson, daughter; Lisa Demonja, son; James W. (Virginia) Stevenson, daughter; Amanda (Josh) Kaiser, brother; Eric Stevenson, sisters; Paula Sanderson, Mary Tipton and Linda Engle, 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. James is preceded in death by his first wife and mother to James and Lisa; Gail Cowan and second wife; Deborah Stevenson (nee…

Jerry Loconto

Jerry Loconto, of Hobart, passed away March 5, 2019 at the age of 97. Jerry was an exceptionally talented athlete, playing football for Horace Mann High, and was a skilled softball player, bowler and swimmer as well. In later years, he became an avid fisherman and golfer, and even achieved a hole-in-one (of which he was very proud).

Gary Peterson

Richard Brooker, age 69, of Hobart passed away January 16, 2020. He is survived by his lovely wife of 50 years Nancy Brooker; Two children Craig (Angela) Brooker and Michelle Brooker (Mike Weis); grandchildren, Cole, Jacob, Gage, and Jeehoon; brother, Clifford (Jennifer) Brooker. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Gloria Brooker.
Rick was the co-owner of Preferred Auto Body. He loved to play golf and enjoyed fishing. Also, he enjoyed gardening and truly loved to nature watch. He will be remembered by his loved ones as a loyal friend who was very witty and such a prankster. He loved to see people laugh and used his infectious personality to bring the fun out in people. Rick and Nancy traveled the world, visiting 6 continents, where they delved into the local culture, cuisine, and history. He was very loving and cherished his family. His positive outlook defined him, and he will be remembered by his loved ones. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends are invited to visit with the family for a memorial service on Saturday January 25, 2020 from 2 pm until the time of service at 5:30 pm at t