Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Wally Djerich

Wally Djerich, age 62 of Hobart passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020. Wally was a life long member of St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and great friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stevan & Zlatija Djerich. He survived by his loving wife Mira Djerich; beloved daughter Stephanie Djerich; sister Helen (Jon) Street; nephews Dan (Anna) Westforth and Dave Westforth; Aunt & Uncle Milka (Rade) Milich; cousin Violet (Paul) Terzioski and many other relatives and Kumovi.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 and the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St at 11am with V. Rev Aleksandar Novakovic, officiating. Friends may visit from 9-11am at the church prior to the service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. May his memory be eternal! Wally will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840 or

Alice Johnson

Alice Lorraine Johnson of Merrillville, Indiana passed away peacefully on June 23, 2020, at the age of 77. She was born on December 31, 1942 in Hazard, Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances Johnson and her beloved sister, Nancy Hollandsworth. Alice is survived by her four nieces and nephews. Michelle Hollandsworth, Marc Hollandsworth (Fiancée Rebecca Short), Melinda (William) Rolle, Don (Vanessa) Hollandsworth. She is also survived by five great nieces and nephews. Wayne Garrett, Madison Rolle, Mackenzie Rolle, Katie Bishop and Isabella Hollandsworth. Along with special family member David Garrett.

Liedy Kuzemka

Liedy Rose Kuzemka, age 89 of Chesterton, formerly of St. John, Indiana and Merrillville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. She was born on April 10, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, Missouri to Claude and Loretta Hendricks who preceded her in death. On August 20, 1955 she married William Kuzemka who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, David (Aimee) Kuzemka, daughter, Shelly Liapes and grandchildren Jamie (Matt) Miller, Josh, Sam and Henry Kuzemka and Luke and Caroline Liapes and great-grandson Alekzandr Kuzemka. Her son, James Kuzemka, preceded her in death. Liedy is also survived by 3 sisters, Dorothy, Shirley and Ruby and many nieces and nephews.
Liedy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crown Point. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the American Association of University Women as well as the Indiana and Illinois Retired Teachers Associations.
Liedy earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Missouri State University and Lewis University. She was an elementary school teacher for 38 years. She loved children, loved teaching and loved her family dearly. Liedy was also a nature lover and especially enjoyed the the natural wonders of the United States, traveling to all 50 states. Her final one being the state of Oregon at age 78 with her grandchildren.
A private family service will be held followed by a private internment with Reverend Mark Wilkins officiating. Memorials may be made to Liedy’s favorite charity, the Salvation Army, or to a charity of your choice.

Menka Gulaboff

Menka Gulaboff, 90, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020. Menka was born on March 17, 1930 in Lavci, Macedonia, the daughter of Dime and Boica Nicolich. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old in June 1940, in the midst of World War II. In fact, they were on one of the last ships permitted to sail from Europe due to the War. They settled in Battle Creek, MI where she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1949.

Constantine Halkias

Constantine N Halkias of Merrillville, Indiana passed away on June 14, 2020. He was born to Greek parents, Irene and Nicholas Halkias, August 16, 1942 in Baghdad, Iraq, where he lived until he was 8 years old. He attended high school at Horace Mann, went to Edwards Military Institute in North Carolina, and was a graduate of Indiana University. He worked for over 40 years at Inland Steel. After retiring, he worked as a substitute teacher for the Merrillville School Corporation. He is survived by his loving wife, Despina (Patera) Halkias, 4 daughters, Irene (John Malaty), Maria (Feras Karadsheh), Nicole (John Dembowski), and Hara, and his 3 granddaughters, Alexandra, Sophia, and Marina Poppy. He is also survived by his sister Betty Pappas, brother George (Vicky) Halkias and all his nieces and nephews.
Costa was known for his love for his family and his sense of humor. He made friends everywhere he went. He will be terribly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel from 2 to 6 p.m. with prayers at 3 p.m.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday at Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Costa’s name to Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Helen Martinez

Helen Mary Martinez, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 9, 2020, with her family and
loving husband of 62 years by her side.
Helen was born on October 10, 1930 in Gary, Indiana, and graduated in 1948 from Froebel High
School in Gary, Indiana. Helen continued her education by attending and graduating from
business school and then began her dedicated career with U.S. Steel. Later on she worked alongside
her son, Joseph, as his secretary and bookkeeper for Archie’s Auto Recyclers in Merrillville, IN.
Helen is survived by her loving husband, Jesse Louis Martinez, and her 5 children: Louis (Pat)
Martinez of Crown Point, IN, Yolanda (Robert) Santos of Crown Point, IN, Joseph (Melissa)
Martinez of Schererville, IN, Lisa (Richard) Mazzio of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Laure Jean (Timothy)
Gilliam of Denver, CO.; and sister, Emily Duenas of Gary, IN.
Helen is also survived by her pride and joy, her grandchildren – all granddaughters:
Michele (Timothy) Jurgens, Cheryl (Craig) Taylor, Linda (Ryan) Montgomery,
Sara Martinez, and Bianca Marie Martinez. Additionally, Helen had 8 great grandchildren. She
had many nieces, nephews, and cousins from both sides of her family. She is preceded in death
by her parents Manual and Cirila Camarena; her sister, Triny Varela; and her brother Manuel
Helen was resolute in her dedication and love as a wife and mother. She was a thoughtful,
caring, and dedicated member of her church, Our Lady of Consolation, where she and Louis
were founding parishioners. She was the matriarch of the Martinez family who instilled honesty,
endurance, a strong Catholic faith, and the value of hard work. She loved to shop, cook, bake,
and craft. Spending time with her family, alongside her husband Louis, was the most
perfect way she liked to spend her time. She was influential to everyone who encountered her
and will be missed by all.
Visitation for Helen will be held 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Monday June 15, 2020 inside the vestibule of Our
Lady of Consolation Church (Visitation restricted to 25 people in the vestibule at any given time.
Facemasks and gloves are required by all visitors. Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.)Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30, with interment at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Carol Garcia

Carol Garcia, of Merrillville, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 74 years of age. She is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Joseph Garcia Jr.; 6 beloved grandchildren: Ramon (Lianna), Tony, Celina, John, Pedro (Katie), Analicia; 17 cherished great-grandchildren; and dear brothers: Jerry and David.
She is preceded in death by her treasured children: son James and daughter Angie; and her parents: Dean and Violet Wade.
Carol is a lifelong resident of the region, working as a CNA for many years. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Please visit for further details.

Visitation Wednesday, June 10 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please be mindful of protocol set in place due the COCVID 19 pandemic. Facemasks are preferred to be worn by all visitors. We are complying with social distance requirements and must keep group sizes to less than 25 persons within the building. Funeral services will be private followed by burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. Thank you.

Durable H. Edwards

Durable H. Edwards, 91, received his wings to his eternal home on June 2, 2020. He was employed with U.S. Steel, Finishing Department as a Bandar and held that position for 44 years until retirement in 1995.
He’s preceded by his wife of 67 years, Lucille; his parents; and all of his siblings. Survived by his only child Gayle Edwards Estes. Services are scheduled Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN. Visitation 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Family hour 10:30 – 11:30 with funeral services immediately following. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. For more info or to send online condolences, please visit

Ann Nochevich

Ann Nochevich, age 78 of Crown Point passed away peacefully on Monday June 1, 2020. Ann was born December 15, 1941 in the village of Armenohori in the Aegean part of Macedonia. Immigrated with her family to Windsor, Canada and eventually finding her permanent home in Northwest Indiana. A longtime active member of Saints Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral with active roles in the ladies auxiliary for several years. Ann was a devoted housewife adn homemaker and a loving grandmother helping raise her loving grandchildren. She was an avid baker and graced many with her wonderful specialties for many years, especially her Baklava. Ann found the love of her life and married Peter on April 23, 1961 adn spent 59 loving, happy, glorious years together.

Ann is preceded in death by her parents Naum and Mitra Grosdanis, her loving sister Phyliss Grosdanis. Surviving Ann are her loving husband Peter, sons Nick (Sonia) Nochevich, Michael Nochevich; Grandchildren Andrew, Curtis (Ashley), Nicole (Fiance Nome Damjanoski), Matthew, Nathan, Sam, and Henry Nochevich. One dear great grandson Oliver Nochevich. Loving brothers, Louis (Terry) Grosdanis, and Jim (Annie) Grosdanis. Many loving cousins, uncle, aunt, nieces, nephews, kumovi, and dear friends.

Visitation and Funeral Services will be held at S.S. Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, June 5th, 2020 beginning at 10am to 12pm, followed by funeral services at Noon. Fr Georgij Gligorov & Fr Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the family requests those that would like to pay respects and view Ann during visitation time, please allow family members to attend the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the S. S. Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral Fresco Project in Memory of Ann Nochevich. Ann was a caring loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother adn cherished friend to many and will be remembered for her love and generosity to all that graced her life.
For further information please call Mileva or David at (219) 736-5840 or