Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Shirley Anne Plemons

Shirley Anne Plemons (nee Griffin)
Valparaiso, IN
Formerly Whiting, IN
Shirley Anne “Shirl” Plemons, age 81, peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side, on Monday, March 23, 2020. She was born to the late Clarence and Anne Griffin.
Shirley attended Washington High School before marrying the love of her life, Arvine Plemons, in 1957.
Family and friends were Shirley’s passion and delight. She had a vivacious personality and made people around her laugh. She enjoyed hosting parties, simple family meals, bowling with friends, girls’ night out, and attending work functions with her husband.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 61 years, Arvine. Children, Bret (Nicole) Plemons, Pamela Plemons, Christopher (Krissy) Plemons, and Jeff (Tammy) Plemons; grandchildren, Holly (Jason) O’Drobinak, Abigail and Brooke Plemons, Justin and Austin Plemons, Aidan and Evan Plemons, Allie Sciacero; great-grandchildren, Jessa Plemons and Ashton Reeves; many other loving relatives and close friends who will miss her dearly.
Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Anne Griffin; daughter Hope Anne, and grandparents.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 5501 N Cumberland Ave #101, Chicago, IL 60656. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days and those who have known Shirley in her fruitful journey with us. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

Aleksandar Tomich

Aleksandar (Aleks) Tomich

9/27/1935-3/12/2020

Aleksandar Tomich passed away on March 12, 2020 surrounded by family at the age of 84. Aleksandar is survived by son Ron Tomich, daughter Nada (Rade) Vasic, grandchildren Sonja Vasic, Sasa (Jelena) Vasic, and great grandchildren Luka & Mila Vasic.

Aleksandar was born on September 27, 1935 in the village of Gornji Jarusice, Serbia. In 1954 he married his late wife Ljiljana (Zivanovic) Tomich. Aleks was an avid reader, who loved music and most of all his family. In 1968, he and his family moved from Serbia to Gary, IN where he joined his parents who had previously moved to the states. He immersed himself within St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and took pride in his work at Budd Co. until it closed in 1980. Shortly after, he moved to Munster, IN with his wife and children. In 1986, Aleksandar and Ljiljana moved to Hollywood, FL with their son Ron Tomich. He continued his faith and dedication to the church as Vice President of St. Simeon Mirotocivi of Miami, Florida.

After the death of his late wife, Ljiljana (Zivanovic) Tomich in 2014 he moved back to Munster, IN to be cared for by his loving family.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 directly at 10am St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, March 15 from 3pm to 7pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St. Merrillville, IN with a Pomen Service at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Aleksandar Tomich to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, IN or Lifeline Humanitarian Organization at www.lifelinechicago.org/donate. For further information please call Mileva or David at (219) 736-5840.

Marilyn Arly

Marilyn Arly, age 76 of Merrillville, IN, passed away on March 09, 2020. She is survived by her brother James Barr, her daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Alfredo Luna, her two grandchildren, Alexander and Yvonne Luna, as well as her niece and nephews, Kimberly and James Barr, and Mark McCarthy. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Arly and her older sister, Rennie McKinney.
On March 14, there will be a visitation and service at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN. From 1:00-3:00 p.m., friends and family are welcome to join for the visitation; at 3:00, Pastor Chad Cook of Living Grace Church will be officiating the service. There will be a luncheon immediately following the service at Living Grace Church, 2408 W 78th Ave., Merrillville, IN.
Marilyn Arly loved and was loved by many; her family sends their sincerest thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and therapists who helped her throughout her last years of her life. She enjoyed watching movies, reading books, and spending time with family. Marilyn spent her last few weeks relaxing and being loved by her new puppy, Bella.

Marilou Kmetz

Marilou Kmetz, of Crown Point, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the age of 90.
She is survived by her children: Robert (Joyce) Kmetz , and Karen (Kenneth) Bronowski; grandson:
Derek Cullimore; sister, Donna Capps; many nieces and nephews; as well as many dear friends and
caring neighbors. She is preceded in death by her life companion of 70 years: John Kmetz; son
Kenneth Kmetz; brother John Boyajian; and sisters: Dorothy Pappas, Violet Boyajian, Rose Tokash,
and twin sister, Catherine “Pat” Dian.
Marilou touched many lives, including the years she spent as a volunteer at St. Anthony Hospital. She
was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Merrillville Fire Department during its early years.
She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 10
th
, 2020, with visitation from 9:00 AM
until time of service. All services at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville. Internment
Calumet Park Cemetery.

Walter K. Smoot

Walter K. Smoot, age 84, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point after a brief illness.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 62 years: Sandra Smoot (nee Jackson); three daughters: Jami (Ron) Naughgle, Lori Johnson, and Sherri (David) Ward; six grandchildren: Joel (Meredith) Naughgle, Bethany (David) Gill, Rachel Johnson (Justin Sumler), Derek Johnson, Erika Ward, and Andrea Ward; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Eliza Smoot, and four sisters: Irene Blomeyer, Billy Katherine Smoot, Vivian Stimson, and Irma Medinger.

Walter was born on June 17, 1935, in Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School and served in the Indiana National Guard. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Walter retired after 31 years as a teacher in the Gary Community School Corporation, and he enjoyed coaching several different sports. Family was everything to him, and he was a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana. The service will immediately follow the visitation at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Richard Boshoven officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (www. cancer.org). For more info, call 219-736-5840 or visit www.mycalumetpark.com

William Schipani

William Schipani
William ( Bill ) Schipani age 79 of Crown Point Indiana passed away on February 23, 2020. Bill was the former owner of the Old Mill Pizzeria in Merrillville IN and the Shattuck Avenue Spats in Berkley CA. Bill is preceded in death by his parents William and Sarah Schipani Brother John and Sisters Rosie, Fanny and Katie. Bill is survived by the love of his life Judy Schipani and his step children Carmen Luna-Hogan, Christina (Kevin) Mc Queeney, Ben (Amie) Luna and Angela Luna. Grandchildren : Ashley, Joshua, Zachary, Weston (Jackie), Jaclyn and Christian. Brothers: Frank and Jimmy (Lynn) Schipani. The Sharing of Bills Life and Memories will be held at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center 3550 E Lincoln Hwy Merrillville In on Saturday February 29,2020. Family and friends may visit starting at 11 am with a Eulogy at 12 noon followed by a luncheon. Bill was a very caring and loving man that never met a stranger, he will be dearly missed.

Betty Lou Shelton

Betty Lou Shelton
(Wilson)
Chesterton, IN

Betty Shelton, age 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
She is survived by her loving daughters: Cynthia Shelton and Deborah (Gary)
Knoll; sisters: Dorothy Sue Scott and Patricia Wothke. Betty is also survived by her
precious cat Baby, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved second family at

Addison Pointe.

Preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 42, years, Jerry D.

Shelton.

Betty was a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed participating in activities with
her special friends at Addison Point. Once of her favorite pastimes was fishing
with her husband. Betty will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m. at
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN). Pastor Bob Parnell
officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation will take place from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

Julka Jovanovic

Mrs. Julka Jovanovic, age 86, of Kouts, IN, passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon February 22, 2020, at her residence.
She was born June 15, 1933, in Bresnicic, Serbia a daughter of the late Cvetko and Zorka Djordevic.
Julka was preceded in death by her two brothers, Milovan Djordevic, Radoslav Djordevic, one sister, Ljubinka Savic and two son in laws, Larry Sandlin and Dragan Jovic.

Mihailo Kostur

Mihailo Kostur
Cedar Lake, IN
Mihailo Kostur age 77, peacefully passed away on February 18, 2020 with his loving family by
his side.
Mihailo is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mara (Mary); Sons, Eli (Alicia) Kostur and Nenad (Dragana) Kostur; daughter, Nancy (Craigory) Wise; grandchildren, Harry, Luka, Marko, and Aiden Nikolas; sister, Nada (Risto) Lozevski, nephews, Nikola and Jovan; many Kumovi, cousins, relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by parents: Bozo and Andja Kostur.
Mihailo was born in Vrlika Dalmatia, Croatia. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 15. Mihailo graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, IN. He worked as an operator for Arcelor Mittal for 37 years. Mihailo enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, playing bocce ball, many different card games, making homemade wine, following Serbian traditions and spending time with his grandchildren. Mihailo was a member of St. Elijah Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana, as well as the Chetnik organization.

Funeral Service will be held directly at St. Elijah Cathedral, 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville IN on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 Am with V. Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic officiating.
Friends may meet with the family on Friday February 21st at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel,7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, from 5-8 PM. Pomen Service at 7 PM.
Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery