Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Douglas K. Clark

Douglas K. Clark, age 67, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 20, 2020. He is survived by his loving daughter, Amanda (Daniel) Colon; cherished grandchildren: Austin, Alexander and Adam; brothers, Joel (Chris) and Scott Clark. Doug is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents: Douglas and Reeva Clark; wife, Helenann Clark and brother, Larry Clark.
Douglas retired from the Lake County Sherriff’s department after 25 years of service. He was an avid gun collector and loved going to sniper training and cooking for the guys. Douglas’s daughter and grandchildren were his world. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN) Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For information call 219-736-5840

Gilbert (Galvez) Navarro

Gilbert (Galvez) Navarro, age 80, passed away on January 14, 2020

He was born in East Chicago, Indiana on February 25, 1939 to Fredricko and Otilia Galvez.

Gilbert graduated from Edison High School in 1958 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

He worked as a store manager for MAYS department store in the seventies and then went on to work at Bethlehem Steel mill in the Coke Plant until he retired in 2001. In his spare time he loved flipping houses and being a Landlord to many tenants throughout the years.

Gilbert had a great passion for the Chicago Cubs, horse racing, boxing, and the music of the late fifties.

Gilbert is preceded in the death of his father Fredricko, his mother Otilia and his brother Fred.

Gilbert is survived by his daughters: Michele (Navarro) Norwood & Theresa (Navarro) Brisentine.

His grandchildren, Alaina Vazquez, Allie Brisentine, and J.D. Brisentine.

Gilbert had many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends are invited on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2 pm – 6 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

(7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana) There will be a private, graveside service for just the family on Monday, January 20, 2020at noon, at Calumet Cemetery.

Catherine Goodman

Catherine Mary Doreen (Warner) Goodman of Hobart, Indiana, passed away on January 8, 2020. She was born on August 11, 1949 in Gary Indiana to Charles and Rosalie (Bianco) Warner. She married her high school sweetheart Dean Goodman on February 7, 1970.

Catherine was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and Chairwoman of the Voice of Democracy 1st District for 10 years.

Robert Cirak

Robert J. Cirak
Portage, IN

Robert Cirak, age 72, passed away on January 8, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda I. Cirak; children: Valerie (Chad) Nesmith and Michael Cirak; grandchildren: Brittany, Skylar, Alexis, Hunter, Analyse, Gavin, Kendra and Greenlee; longtime best friend, Don Fife.
Preceded in death by his parents: Steve and Mary Cirak; siblings: Patty, Richard, John and Marcy.

Robert was a proud US Army Vietnam Veteran. He retired from Arcelor Mittal after 48 years of employment. Robert loved going to the movies and riding his bicycle. He was a dedicated family man who would help anyone in need. Robert was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed by all.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN) . Pastor Bob Parnell officiating. Entombment Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at noon. For information call 219-736-5840.

Rene Cooper

Rene Cooper
(Green)
Merrillville, IN
Formerly Des Plaines, IL

Rene Cooper, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Charles L. Cooper; beloved children: Randy (JoAnn) Cooper, Nancy (Gary) Harner, Karen (Mike) Okazaki and Kelly Cooper; cherished grandchildren: Angela, Mark, Kayla, Jenna, Daniel, Matthew, Jon, Ken, Jayson, Jeremy and Thomas; dear great grandchildren: Isabella, Jack and Nora.
She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Preceded in death by her parents: Walter and Birdie Green; daughter, DeAnn Cooper; grandson, James Philips; sisters: Ethel White, Gladys Franklin and Lenita Battles.
Rene was born in Penelope, TX where she graduated from Penelope High School. She married the love of her life, Charles Cooper on 4/18/1953. Aside from being a devoted Pastor’s wife, she worked as a LPN in various nursing homes since 1977. Rene and Charles lived in many parts of the U.S. including Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana.
Rene will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 p.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft ST., Merrillville, IN). Gary Harner and Don Taylor officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at noon. Please call 219-736-5840 for information.

Irene Wagner

Irene J. Wagner
Portage, IN

Irene J. Wagner passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020. She is survived by her loving sister, Janet Fairchild; nieces and nephews: Barbara (Tim) O’Rourke, Jerry (Julie) Fairchild, Allan (Denise) Fairchild, Richard (Kim) Fairchild and Cindy (Michael) Bodnar and their families.
Preceded in death by her parents: Louis and Helen Wrona; husband, Virgil Wagner; daughter, Pam Certo; partner, Henry Boone; brother, Ed (Evelyn) Wrona and nephew, Daniel Wrona.
Irene will be remembered for her incredible fashion style. She worked at Sears and JCPenney’s women’s department for many years until her retirement. Irene and her partner Hank were members and officers in the Fraternal Order of Eagles and helped with their charity efforts. Irene loved to dance, listen to live music and have fun. She enjoyed traveling, especially to beach destinations. Irene cherished spending time with her family and friends and will be sadly missed. Our thanks to Golden Living and AseraCare Hospice for providing her excellent care this past year. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to AseraCare Hospice Foundation.
A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN) Inurnment Calumet Park Cemetery. For information please call 219-736-5840.
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Nicholas “Nick” Baraba

Nicholas “Nick” Baraba, 28 of Portage, Indiana passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Chicago. Nick was born December 30, 1991 in Merrillville, Indiana.

Nick was sweet, generous, and kind. He liked to draw, and had an artistic talent inherited from his mother and grandmother. Nick had a passion for cars and could identify one from a glance. Growing up, he enjoyed fun activities and special times spent with his mom. He loved boating and fishing and going to the shooting range with his dad. Nick made friends wherever he was, including Dickies Barbeque Pit in Portage where he was a manager.

Victor Negron

Victor Negron, age 73, of Gary, passed away on December 27, 2019. Surviving Victor is his loving wife of 49 years Milta Negron; daughters, Melissa(Jim) Negron-Schilling, Michelle Negron(Kevin Ronkowski) grandchildren, Nathan Negron, Serenity Serrano, Alyssa Negron-Schilling, Coda Negron-Schilling, James Schilling, Stormie Schilling, Jacqulynne Ronkowski, and Hannah Ronkowski; sister, Elva Pierson; brothers, Julio Santos(Doris), Edwin(Denise) Santos, and Bill(Dr. Susan) Santos, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Victor is preceded in death by his mother Bonifacia Santos; sister, Maria Cardenas, and brother George Negron.

He loved his family and cherished his wife Milta. Everyone that knew him well, knows how much he loved his casino time. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family, but his memory will be kept alive forever.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St Merrillville, IN) a service by a family member will take place at 7pm. For more information please call 219-736-5840

Rosemary Kachaturoff

Rosemary Kachaturoff, age 88, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Saturday December 28, 2019. Rosemary is survived by Dan, her loving husband of 62 years; adoring children, Dawn (Bill) Veness, Diann (Tony) Tsikouris, and Dan (Eileen Maloy-Kachaturoff); grandchildren, Angie Tsikouris, Alex (Tifanie) Tsikouris, Dylan Kachaturoff; sisters, Marceline (late Richard) Ciesielski, Edwina (Mike) McHugh; brother, David (Geraldine) Alvarez.