Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Radovan Vraniskoski

Radovan Vraniskoski, age 82 of Crown Point passed away Nov 25, 2020 with his family by his side. Radovan was born September 7, 1938 in Mali Vlaj Macedonia.

Radovan was an active member of S. S. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point. He was also in the Yugoslavian National Army from 1959-1961. He was a Brick Layer in Macedonia and enjoyed playing the accordion. He was a retired employee of US Steel with over 30 years of service. He thoroughly enjoyed his side job at Dunkin Donuts. He took great pride in helping others. The love he had for his family was extraordinary, especially the love for his grandchildren. He leaves memories of a beautiful life filled with deep love. Radovan was a selfless man. He taught his family to be giving and accepting of everyone. He was a dad who taught his children to be compassionate and strong. Radovan taught everyone around him to love life as much as possible and he did. Radovan walked into a room with a big smile that was so contagious, he lit up the room. Everyone admired his heart and his smile. He enjoyed his time with family, friends and being outdoors. The love his family has for him will never disappear; he will walk beside them every day. He was a kind and gentle soul, he will be fondly remember and forever missed. May his memory be eternal.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vangel & Ruska Vraniskoski; brothers, Avram & Tode Vraniskoski, sisters Zivanka Bakraceska, Mirjana Sekeroska and Elena Vraniskoski.

Radovan is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Jovana; four beloved daughters, Jasmina (Mark) Herring, Rose (Mendo) Ristovski, Helen (Steve) Clark, & Elaina (Mike) Deranek; six cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Nick, Alex, Ben and Joey; siblings Gligor (Nikolina) Vraniskoski, Makedonka Tanaskoska, & Lube Vraniskoski and their families; and many other relatives, and close family friends.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Cathedral, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point at 11am. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am prior to the service. Fr Georgij Gligorov and Fr Aleksandar Mirtov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or

Rory J. Dimos

Rory J. Dimos, 66, of Hobart passed away on November 23, 2020.
Rory is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jackie; his mother, Ethel; better known as “Rita”; son, Christopher; daughters: Michelle and Kelly; brothers: Tom, Eric (Annette), and Matt; sister-in-law Rhonda; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, John; brother, Kevin; and sister, Carole Westberg.
Rory worked at US Steel for 44 years before his retirement. He was a relentless Cubs fan and loved keeping his hands busy with wood crafting. Rory had a great sense of humor and was always a joy to be around. He was great family man and will leave a void that cannot be filled. Rory will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Visitation will be 3-7 PM on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, with a chapel service at 6 PM. Masks are required, please follow all social distancing guidelines. For more information, visit

Doris Onder

Doris Marie (Koruga) Onder passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1934 in the city of Gary, Indiana where she resided for 35 years, married, and started her family.

Over the years she lived at several different locations including Crown Point, IN, Siesta Key, Florida, The Villages Florida, and Merrillville, Indiana. She had several interests and passions including Girl Scout Troop Leader, interior design, business ownership, and traveling. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Indiana.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Andrew L. Onder and her second James Bencie.

She is survived by her 4 children Joseph Onder (Rheasa), Mary Kay Hovanec (Terry), Jeffery Onder (Nancy), David Onder (Sandra). 9 grandchildren, Michelle, Matthew, Jacob, Amber, Nathan, Casey, Jared, Nicole, and Corey. And 16 great-grandchildren.

She will be interred next to her husband Andrew at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Rest in peace Mom.

Froilan Guzman Jr.

Froilan Guzman Jr. of Merrillville, Indiana passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at the age of 43.

Froi was the Proud Father of Faith (Nathan) Guzman; Beloved Son of Froylan and Abigail (nee Diaz Guzman); Cherished Brother of Anna Rosa (Robert) Ortiz and Gloria (John) Vargas; and Dearest Cousin and Uncle to many.

He is preceded in death by his Uncles: Melesio Guzman and Hector Escalante; his Beloved Grandmother Enedina Silva; Dearest Niece, Erica Ortiz; and Brother-in-Law Javier F. Ortiz.

For those that knew him by Froi, Tio Froi, Froi Dogg, or “Ghost,” he was a person that anyone and everyone knew they could depend on. With his big, warm hugs, boisterous laugh, charming wit, and giving nature, he could always put a smile on your face.

Froilan had an avid love for music, sending his favorite songs to family and friends. Throughout his life, Froilan enjoyed painting and gifting his artworks to his loved ones.

It goes without saying that Froilan had an innumerable amount of friends that he made throughout his life and treated as his own family. The Guzman family is incredibly grateful to those that continued to bring happiness to his life, even during the difficult times.

Froilan Guzman Jr. will be greatly missed by all the hearts he touched.

Family and Friends are to gather for the Visitation Monday, November 16th, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street Merrillville, IN, 46410. Interment will be private.

Due to current health guidelines, the Guzman family is asking that all guests please wear face masks.

Sevasti Spaliaras

Sevasti Spaliaras—“Stoula” to her friends—of Crown Point was called home on Monday, November 9th, just four days after her 97th birthday. She passed peacefully surrounded by family in her home.
She is survived by her son, Nick; daughter-in-law, Jeannie (nee Spurlock); grandchildren: Dan (Toni), David, and Katie (Bojan); great-grandchildren Niko and Kaitlynn; K9 friends: Frank and Ernie; and extended family in Greece.
An identical twin, Sevasti was born in Athens, Greece, in 1923 and came to America in 1958 with her late husband Dennis to start a family. Today her family—who affectionately calls her “Mamou”— celebrates a life well lived, full of endless generosity, a deep adoration of all things Santa Claus, a fierce love of family and a stubborn insistence that everyone should eat more cake.
Until we meet again, Kalinychta, koúkla.
The family will hold private services. In lieu of flowers or donations, it was Mamou’s wish that we all remember to love one another.

James E. O’Marrah

James “Jimmy” O’Marrah
Griffith, IN
James E. O’Marrah, age 52, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020. Jimmy was the O in OZ Tax Services where he worked side by side with one of his greatest and dearest friends, Rick Szromba. Jimmy loved sports; “Da Bears”, the Bulls, and Chicago White Sox. He was born in Munster, Indiana and grew up in Sauk Villiage, Illinois where he learned to play baseball. He later coached his kids in Hessville, Indiana. Jimmy graduated from Bloom Trail High School then moved to Maryland to work side by side with his father at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Jimmy also enjoyed making friends and playing softball with his dad till he moved back to Indiana. Jimmy was introduced to the love of his life Dottie by his God Mother “Momma Jan” at Vogels Restaurant where Dottie worked. They soon after started a family. Jimmy was so full of life. There were not many moments where he wasn’t making someone laugh. Jimmy adored his family and was proud of each and every one of them. Jimmy is survived by the love of his life, Dottie; Sons: Stevin (Justine) Tyrka, Tim (Emily) Tyrka, Richard (Heather) Williams and James “Jimmy” O’Marrah Jr.; Grandchildren: Christrian, Adrian, Avery Raven, Noah, Jeremiah, Jade, Keinan and Richard III; Mother: Bonnie Ricci “O’Marrah”; Step-Mother: Diane O’Marrah; Siblings: Katie, Skylar (Richie) Rusk and many friends who will dearly miss him.
Preceeded in death by his father, Phillip O’Marrah: Brother, P.J. O’Marrah and God Mother Janis “Mamma Jan” Hahn.
Funeral Service will be held 1:30 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN
Interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery
Friends may meet with the family from 2-6 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. For more information please call 219-736-5840.

Robert F. Guthrie Jr.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Franklin Guthrie Jr., age 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on November 6 2020.
Bob was born in Blue Island, IL, son to Robert Franklin Guthrie Sr. and Helen Jane (Meenan) Krause on November 1, 1940. After graduating high school he joined the Marine Corp and proudly served for 3 years in Okinawa Japan. Upon returning to the United States, Bob became a movie operator and union member of IATSE. While working full time as a movie operator, he graduated from George Williams College in Chicago and went on to graduate from George Williams College of Osteopathic medicine in 1975 where he earned his doctorate in Osteopathic medicine. Over the next 35 years he had a very fulfilling career starting out working in the emergency department at Little Company of Mary, then as the director of the emergency department at St. Margaret’s North for 10 years, and finally moving into family medicine where he ended his career working at Northwest Family Healthcare.
Bob loved to play golf and was a long-time member of Woodmar Country Club until it closed and then Innsbrook Country Club and Briar Ridge Country Club. He had an uncanny ability to make a friend wherever he went. He enjoyed playing cards and pool. He was an avid reader and did the crossword puzzle every day, but what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family. He was a friend to many and will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, mother, baby brother Edward Clyde Guthrie, beloved uncle James Meenan, and daughter Gina Sands. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Mary and children Robert (Deborah) Guthrie, Tony (Cindy) Guthrie, Steven (Lisa) Ruffalo, Katie Salk, Kevin (Suthida) Guthrie, Brogan (Kevin) Hoffman, Meghan (David) Snuckel and grandchildren Erin and Emma Guthrie, Olivia and Reese Ruffalo, Charley Salk, Anjela Guthrie, Cameron and Abigail Hoffman, and Winston Snuckel. A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his name to the Lustgarten Foundation or Hospice of the Calumet area.

Zivko Cucuz

Zivko Cucuz, age 89 of Merrillville, IN passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Nov 02, 2020. Zivko was a lifelong member of St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

He was very active with the Church School Board, member of sports club Dinara and Serbian Chetniks of Schereville.

He was a retired employee of US Steel and ABC Rail with combined 23 years of service.

Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Milica Cucuz, twin daughters Stoja and Ruza, Parents Savo and Ruza (Gvero) Cucuz, brothers Nedeljko and Petar Cucuz and sister Mileva Malinovich.

Survived by his 3 loving children; son Savo Cucuz, Daughters Ruzica (Michael) Malich, Ljilana Djordjevic, 4 cherished grandchildren: Joakim, Anastasija, Nedeljko and Milica. Brother Sveto Cucuz and sisters Jovanka Serbedzija and Jelka Cucuz with many other relatives, kumovi and friends in the North America and Europe.

Zivko loved working and building things around the house, reading books, crossword puzzles and playing cards. He also loved all sports especially Soccer and Tennis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 directly at 1030am at St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St, Merrillville, IN with V Rev Aleksandar Novakovic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 930am until the time of service. Interment, St Sava Monastery Cemetery, 32377 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL.

Dorothy Savich

Dorothy Savich, age 96, passed away peacefully, October 23, 2020 at her home. Dorothy was a parishioner of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and volunteered many years as the church secretary. Many will remember her countless hours of volunteering at church events. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her first nursing job was at US Steel in Gary. She then went on to be a nursing instructor at Evanston Hospital’s School of Nursing and finally retired from her nursing career at Lake County Indiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents Micheal & Helen Savich, half brothers Pete Mandich, George Mandich, sisters Bernice Bresich and Emily Savich, and brother Nick Savich.

Dorothy is survived by her niece Kathy Bresich and nephew Michael (Dawn) Bresich; great niece Danielle Bresich and great nephew David Bresich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Towne Centre for their wonderful care of Dorothy over the years and especially in her final days. May her memory be eternal.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN at 12 noon. V. Rev Aleksandar Novakovic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840 or

Brett A. Shriver

Brett Shriver
Griffith, IN
Brett Shriver, 50, passed away surrounded by his family on October 16, 2020 after a short, but hard-fought battle with cancer. Brett was born in Hammond, IN on February 27, 1970. He grew up in Merrillville, IN where he made many close friends. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Papusch of Hebron, IN; his daughter, Lyssa Falk of Griffith, IN; brother, Gregg of Merrillville; sisters, Kimberly of Las Vegas, NV and Carrie of Hebron; his stepmother, Sharon Shriver of Crystal Lake, IL; and his significant other, Ste
fani Houston of Griffith; plus many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Shriver and stepfather Marty Papusch.
Brett was employed by Superheat FGH Services INC. His job sent him to many different places.
Brett was truly one of a kind, he loved his family and could always make us smile even in hard times. He loved to shoot pool and watch cheesy horror movies, but the thing he loved most was riding his Harley. He will be surely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Ride on Brett!!
Visitation will be Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 3 – 7 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. For more info, call 219-736-5840 or visit