Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Trajan Lozanoski

Trajan Lozanoski, age 82 of Cedar Lake, formerly Crown Point, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born July 23, 1938 at Crneec, Macedonia. He was a founding member of SS. Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral. Trajan emigrated to the United States in March 1962. He was a retired steelworker with 36 years of service at Inland Steel.

Trajan was preceded in death by parents Jordan and Luba; Brothers Dragi and George. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Pera (Ilievski); daughter Lena (Dragan) Kutanovski; Sons Tom (Valentina Parducci) & Paul (Mary Whitingham). 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings Patsy (Metodija Petrushevski), Zagorka (Vanco Gagovski), and brother Chris(Sabrina Cermak)

He passed away peacefully after a short illness and fought valiantly. He will be missed by many because of his cheerful disposition. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved gardening and socializing with friends. He actively helped and supported His church. May his memory be eternal .

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 9600 Broadway, Crown Point at 11am with Rev Georgij Gligorov and Rev Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 prior to the funeral service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Providence Hospice, 8929 Broadway, Merrillville, IN www.providencelifeservices.com

For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840

Sabino Rodriguez

Sabino Rodriguez, 85, of Valparaiso, IN passed away May 3, 2021. Sabino was born to Juan and Manuela Rodriguez on August 24, 1935 in Argentina. He came to America and worked as a Bricklayer for Local 6 for over 60 years and was a member of the Spanish Society for 50 years.

David J. Rossa

avid Jeffrey Rossa, 53 of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2021. David was born on February 6, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Wallace and Leta (Stover) Rossa. David was the beloved husband to Rose (Rodriguez) Rossa and oldest brother to Dennis (Jody) Rossa and Christy (Kevin) Meyer. He was the “funkle” to Emma and Evelyn Meyer, and he was an adored step-father to Vanessa (Gomez) Ely and her husband Sam Ely. He is reunited in Heaven with his much-loved parents and three miniature Schnauzers.

David was a 20+ year employee of Southwest Airlines where he was able to bring his sense of humor to a captive audience of countless, unassuming passengers and co-workers.

David was known for his love of God, family, friends, fantasy football, and all things Purdue University. He was happiest when he was with his wife, reading his daily devotions, working in his garden, or landscaping. David brought a love of life and the ability to tell great stories (many of them made-up to the delight of his nieces). His voicemail greetings and Facebook posts were those of legend, especially when joking about his parents’ retirement community and sharing hilarious interactions about his wife, nieces, or sister. He was devoted to his Rossa-Meyer-Ely family and they will greatly miss the dinners, Christmas gag gifts, and Scrabble games. But most of all, they will miss David’s presence in their lives.

David’s Memorial & Service
A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 2:00 pm – until the time of service at 4:00 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana 46410) Pastor Ryon Adcock officiating. Face masks are requested during the full time of both the memorial visitation and service. For further information please call 219-736-5840.

avid Jeffrey Rossa, 53 of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2021. David was born on February 6, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Wallace and Leta (Stover) Rossa. David was the beloved husband to Rose (Rodriguez) Rossa and oldest brother to Dennis (Jody) Rossa and Christy (Kevin) Meyer. He was the “funkle” to Emma and Evelyn Meyer, and he was an adored step-father to Vanessa (Gomez) Ely and her husband Sam Ely. He is reunited in Heaven with his much-loved parents and three miniature Schnauzers.

David was a 20+ year employee of Southwest Airlines where he was able to bring his sense of humor to a captive audience of countless, unassuming passengers and co-workers.

David was known for his love of God, family, friends, fantasy football, and all things Purdue University. He was happiest when he was with his wife, reading his daily devotions, working in his garden, or landscaping. David brought a love of life and the ability to tell great stories (many of them made-up to the delight of his nieces). His voicemail greetings and Facebook posts were those of legend, especially when joking about his parents’ retirement community and sharing hilarious interactions about his wife, nieces, or sister. He was devoted to his Rossa-Meyer-Ely family and they will greatly miss the dinners, Christmas gag gifts, and Scrabble games. But most of all, they will miss David’s presence in their lives.

David’s Memorial & Service
A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 2:00 pm – until the time of service at 4:00 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana 46410) Pastor R

William Akin

William Gerald Akin, aged 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. He is survived by daughter, Renée; grandchildren: Basil, Sami and Adam; sister: Cindy (Tim) Ross; nieces and nephews: Gordon Akin, Wesley Hodge, Rebecca Orange, Kristie Jones, Desirée Brummett, Tiffany O’Day, Solomon Long, Neil Lindgren, and Nick Lindgren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Akin, of 44 years, and his parents, William and Vernabelle Akin. Gerald worked at NiSource (formerly NIPSCO) for 23 years.

Richard Sweeko

Richard T Sweeko, age 86 of Crown Point, formerly of Highland, IN passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021. Richard was retired from LTV Steel with 31 years of service. He was a member of the Gary Sportsman Club for over 20 years; he was a member of the American Legion Post 180 Highland, and the Griffith VFW post 9982.

Richard is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy Sweeko; 2 children; daughter Kathy Crites of Michigan and son David (Laura) Sweeko of Cedar Lake, IN; stepson John (Diana) Hartz of Texas; 4 grandchildren, Brian, Rachel, Steven and Miranda; and 5 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his love for fishing Rich also enjoyed watching football. His favorite teams were The Chicago Bears and Notre Dame.

Rich also had a love/hate relationship with the Chicago Cubs.

Richie had a very loving family whom he cared for very much and he enjoyed his life. He will be fondly remembered by all who loved him.

Services were held privately for family at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel.

Luz Ortiz

Luz Maria Ortiz, age 74, of Merrillville, Indiana passed away after a year-long fight against cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family when she passed on April 17, 2021.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she was a nanny, an assistant teacher, and volunteer. Her greatest passions included traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She was known as “mom or Lucy” to many, and she was the one who many came to rely on as their “rock”. She was a calm spirit and the voice of reason to all who needed her, and it was not unheard of for her to open her home to someone in need.

She is survived by her husband, Ray, and their children; Jackie, Alex, Michael, and Christine and her five grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son Ray Anthony, her sister Connie, and her father Jose. Services will be held privately for immediate family and close friends.

A fundraiser page is being set up in memory of our mother whose life was taken too soon by cancer. She dreamt of the day that no child would ever suffer from this dreadful disease. St. Jude Research Hospital is a charity that was dear to her heart, and for this we ask friends and family to make a small donation in her honor. http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=39300&px=7027835&pg=personal

She will always be loved, will never be forgotten, and will be forever missed.

Barbara J. Jimenez

Barbara J. Jimenez, of Crown Point (formerly Merrillville), passed away peacefully April 13, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She was 84 years old. She is survived by her loving children: Catherine (Ted) Vega, Raymond Jimenez and Nicholas Jimenez; cherished grandchildren: Michael and Robert Vega, and Brandon, Eric and Sean (Caitie) Jimenez; treasured great grandchildren: Mayson, Hailie and Bobby Jimenez; sisters: Rosemary Segura and Beverly (John) Agnos; brother-in-law, Dave Hill; sister-in-law, Judy Kish; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.