Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Nada Kostova

Nada Kostova, age: 68, passed away October 17, 2021 at her home.

Nada first came to America in search of a better life and to join her sister Violeta Georgiefski, and brother Straso Kostov in 1977. She was a skilled seamstress and embroidery technician.

She was an active member of SS Peter and Paul Macedonian Cathedral and their Ladies Auxiliary.

Nada was the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death by her parents Risto and Nadezda Kostov and older brothers Dimo Kostov, and his wife Pavlina of Kavadarci, Macedonia and Straso Kostov of Crown Point.

She was retired from Crown Point Community School Corporation.

Nada is survived by her loving son Zoran, and her loving granddaughter Ana. She is also survived by her sister Violeta Georgiefski, sister Mara Djorevski, sister-in-law Ljubinka Kostov and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Nada was very special to her family and friends. She was always cheerful and had a smile on her face, she loved everyone she met and loved helping people anyway she could. She was always very generous and loving. She was especially proud of her loving son Zoran and granddaughter Ana and wanted to spend time with them. Nada loved gardening, she especially loved flowers- she was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and all who knew her.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10 AM SS Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point, with a visitation beginning at 930 at the church. Father Georgij Gligorov and Father Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840

Julio Cesar Velazquez

Julio Cesar Velazquez, age 73 of Portage IN, passed away on Thursday Oct. 14th. He lived the life he loved and loved the life he lived. He retired with over 30 years of service as a licensed clinical social worker. He was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and a former coach/board member of the Portage Soccer Club. He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Julio Velazquez Sr. and sister Rosemary Cothran. Survived by wife Olga (nee Galic) of 43 years, sons, Adam (Christine) and Daniel (Kelly) Velazquez; Grandchildren, Mara, Charlie, and Nick Velazquez; Brothers, Bob (Mary) and Jim (Julie) Velazquez; Aunts, Maria Miller and Libia Pabon. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, sister and brother in laws, cousins, dear Kumovi, and CLOSE friends.

Julio was gentle, kindhearted, and full of life. He brought humor to any gathering and prided himself on his ability to bring joy/laughter to others. The “Sugar Bear” was always there when you needed him, never met a stranger, and LOVED his family. In the end, Julio fought his health battles with tenacity and immense courage. He will be missed by all who knew him. May his Memory be Eternal.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11am St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with V. Rev Marko Matic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 9am until the time of service, 11am. Interment St Sava Holy Cross Cemetery, Merrillville. May his Memory be Eternal. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.

Barbara K. Cloud

Barbara Cloud, 99, of Gary, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021. She is survived by her beloved children: Ramon (Kim) Cloud, and Diane Alexander; cherished grandchildren: John (Jina) Cloud, Lee (Misty) Cloud, Jade (Brandon) Case, Lynn (Julius) Fritz, Bill Alexander, Curtis (Kristie) Alexander, and Laura Alexander; 18 treasured great grand children and 19 precious great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Ina Ray; her dear husband, Robert “Bud” Cloud; daughter, Marie Newstrom; son-in-law, William Alexander; grandchildren: Chrisa Alexander and Caron Mc Cloud; and sister, Annalee Chrisman.
Barbara was a long time resident of the Region, and a member of Black Oak Baptist Church for over 65 years. She worked in the power plant at Inland Steel for nearly 20 years and was also a substitute teacher. Barb loved to spend time with her husband fishing in Alma, Wisconsin and vacationed there for over 50 years. She loved to keep busy and was very active in her Church, singing in the choir and performing solos. She also enjoyed bowling, making candy, baking, canning and spending time with her family, especially her husband Bud. She loved clothes and fashion, but more than anything else, she loved being a wife, mom and grandma. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 19, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville). Funeral services will be held directly at Black Oak Baptist Church (6502 W 25th Ave, Gary) at 11:00 AM with visitation from 10:00 until time of service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

Norma L. Hoffman

Norma Lee Hoffman, aged 83, of Crown Point, IN, passed away Monday October 11, 2021.

She was the beloved wife of Balthasar D. Hoffman; loving mother of Steven (Michelle) and James; caring grandma of Bridget, Jackson, Trevor, and Justin; dearest sister of the late Barbara Jones; dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Calvin and Luella Jones.

Norma was a clerk at U.S. Steel for 27 years. As an avid White Sox fan she never missed a radio broadcast of the game. She loved gardening and exhibiting her bountiful harvest at the Lake County Fair. She cherished spending time with her family and hearing the accomplishments of her grandchildren which were her greatest joy. As an exceptional cook she put her heart and soul in everything she prepared with her lasagna being her signature dish.

Norma touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all.

Radmilo “Rade” Radojcic

Radmilo Radjojcic, Age 83, of Crown Point, Indiana passed away Friday, October 8, 2021.  Born on the 23rd of September, 1938 in Kragujevac, Serbia.  Loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on Friday October 8th.  Radmilo emigrated to the U.S. in 1965, became a U.S. citizen, and established roots in Northwest Indiana.  He was a retired steelworker with 37 years of service at U.S. Steel, Gary Works.

Radmilo was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana and was well-known in the community.  A lifelong soccer enthusiast, he was also a member of Avala Soccer Club for many years and enjoyed playing in his youth, as well as coaching and staying active.  After retirement, Radmilo stayed busy by gardening and tending to his large fruit orchards with his wife Mimi.  When he wasn’t busy with his horticultural interests, he would care for his honey bees and enjoyed his retirement hobby of beekeeping.  Being a life-long learner and doer, there wasn’t much he couldn’t do.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paun and Borika Radojicic.  He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Milovanka “Mimi” Radojicic, his sons Milan, Nenad (Tami) and Tomislav as well as his grandchildren Stevan (18) and Tijana (15).  Radmilo also had an extensive network of family and friends in Serbia and here in the U.S.  He was well loved and will be dearly missed by many.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 directly at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191  Mississippi St, Merrillville, with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment New Gracanica Cemetery, Third Lake, Illinois. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.

Tome Josif Milevski

Tome J. Milevski, age 46, of Crown Point passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Tome was born February 15, 1975, in Hobart, Indiana.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Cveta Milevski, Aunts Milica Ristovski and Ljubica Gjorgievska.

Tome is survived by his loving wife, Angela of 17 years, his beloved children, Dominik and Sophia. Loving father Josif and stepmother Ivanka and devoted sister Juliana. His father-in-law David Bryan, sister-in-law Rachel Bryan, nephew Zakari, nieces Ayva and Liliana. He is also survived by his loving Godparents, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. Also, very special lifelong friends, Van Ristovski and Greg Norris whom he loved like brothers. 

Tome was an active member of SS.. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point. He was a retired Telecommunications Engineer with AT&T. He was an avid sports fan especially of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs. All who knew him knew his unique sense of humor and his love for food. 

Tome also found his greatest pleasure spending time in the kitchen with his greatest treasures, his children. 

Tome was a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother whom will truly be missed and fondly remembered by all that knew and loved him. 

Funeral Services will be Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11 am SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 9660 Broadway Crown Point, IN with a visitation beginning at 9am until the time of service. Revs Georgij Gligorov and Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or Dave at 219-736-5840 .

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. 

William “Bill” Best

Loving husband, father and grandfather, William Martin Best, Jr. of Crown Point, Indiana passed away peacefully on October 4th, 2021, at the age of 78. His children were by his side.
William (Bill) was born in Gary, Indiana on January 13th, 1943, to father William Best, Sr. and mother Helen Kuchenbrod. Bill grew up in the Glen Park area and graduated from Lew Wallace High School. He began his career at US Steel Gary Works as an Electrical Apprentice in 1961.
On May 1st, 1965, Bill married the love of his life, Judith Denise Velligan, at Assumption Parish in East Chicago, Indiana. Together for 50 years, they enjoyed raising a family and taking many trips, including Michigan, Las Vegas, Florida, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon.
At US Steel, Bill advanced in his role to Operations Services Area Manager of Electrical Services/Crane Repair. Bill was a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers. He remained with US Steel for 38 years, until his retirement in 1999.
In his next chapter, Bill joined Calumet Coach in Calumet City, Illinois, returning to his trade as an Electrician. As a highlight, he was selected to travel to Saudi Arabia to help build advanced medical and dental trailers for the King. Bill retired from his second career in 2011.
Bill will be remembered by all who knew him as an avid storyteller. He enjoyed the great outdoors and often relayed stories about family fishing trips to Crystal Falls, Michigan, which he referred to as “God’s Country.” He would fondly reminisce about hunting trips to Pennsylvania and fishing trips to Canada.
In recent years, Bill regularly attended mass at St. Mary’s Church and Our Lady of Consolation. He enjoyed swapping stories at monthly “Retired Manager Breakfasts,” which he hosted. He also enjoyed making trips to local casinos on occasion.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, by his sister Judy Stefan, and by his wife Judith Best. He is survived by his children Susan McCowan (Stuart) and David Best (Michelle); by his sister Debbie Leguen; and by his grandchildren Jason Best (Hailey Smith), Emily Best, Alyssa McCowan, Chris Best, Conner McCowan and William Best.
Following his wishes, a private family service was held on October 8th, 2021 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel/Mausoleum in Merrillville, Indiana. Condolences and special memories of Bill may be sent to the family at
Anyone wishing to honor Bill’s legacy is asked to make a donation to Sunshine PAWS. Please send all donations directly to Sunshine PAWS at PO Box 72, Crown Point, IN 46308 or online at