Category: Merrillville Obituaries


Stanislav M. Sirovica

“Slavko” or “Stan”

Age 90, of Portage, Indiana and formerly of Gary and Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care in Crown Point, Indiana. Stanislav was born January 27, 1931, in Zitnič Dalmatia Krajina in the former Yugoslavia. He is the son of Marko and Stana “Staka” Sirovica (nee Bibič). Stanislav has two sons, Mark S. Sirovica of Crown Point, Indiana and Steven (Katherine DeFalco) Sirovica of Cedar Park, Texas, four daughters Stana (Gradimir) Vukajlovič of Oak Brook, Illinois, Aleksandra (Ronald, deceased) Sirovica Smith of Richardson, Texas, Kristina Nenadič of Western Springs, Illinois and Jovanka (Gregory) Cvitkovich of Highland, Indiana; ten grandchildren Stefan, Sonja and Eva Vukajlovič of Oak Brook, Illinois, Isabella Sirovica of Crown Point, Indiana, Gia and George Cvitkovich of Highland, Indiana, Aleksi and Luka Nenadič of Western Springs, Illinois and Vivian and Violet Sirovica of Cedar Park, Texas.

Stanislav had a brother Dragoljub M. Sirovica who was lost in World War II. He had two sisters Nevenka (Jovan, deceased) Sirovica of Valparaiso, Indiana, Rosa (Jošo, deceased) Pajdek, two half-sisters Boja (Ilija, deceased) Višič and Ana “Anuška” (Jovan, deceased) Mileta, all in the former Yugoslavia; two nieces the late Ksenija (Marko) Crncevič and their children, Slavica (Marko) Čaljkušič of Canada and numerous other nieces and nephews and relatives of the former Yugoslavia. The late Kumovi Jošo and Evica Kovrlija of Crown Point, Indiana and their children; Kumovi Helen (Ilija, deceased) Kirby of Merrillville, Indiana and their children; and Kumovi Milan (deceased) and Andja Dujakovič of Hobart, Indiana and their children; brother-in-law Alex (Brenda) Bondor of LaPorte, Indiana and many friends in Canada, England, the former Yugoslavia and United States of America.

Stanislav was a Četnik. Before arriving in America, he served valiantly in the WW II Cetnik Freedom Fighters’ of Dinarska Division. He was a member of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Merrillville, Indiana. He was a member of the United Steel U.S.X. Gary Works in Gary, Indiana with 43 ½ years of service in the plate mill department.

Stanislav M. Sirovica

“Slavko” or  “Stan”

Age 90, of Portage, Indiana and formerly of Gary and Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care in Crown Point, Indiana.

Andrew J. Fekete

Andrew J. Fekete
June 1, 1925 – March 18, 2021
Born – June 1st, 1925 in Widen West Virginia, the son of a coal miner Andras & Elisabeth Kish Fekete. The only son with 3 sisters Helen Nehring of California, Olga Linceone, and Violet Evans of Schererville (both deceased).

Charles Stephan

Charles A. Stephan, age 92, passed away at his home in Valparaiso on March 6, 2021. He was born April 8, 1928 in Macedonia and immigrated as a young boy with his family to Gary, Indiana.

A proud Lew Wallace High School graduate, Stephan attended classes at the former Gary College, served for six years in the Indiana National Guard, and worked his entire career in supervision at United States Steel and its affiliated enterprises—American Bridge and Universal Atlas Cement and later Lehigh Cement.

Charles married the love of his life, the former Catherine Taseff, in 1954 and they remained married for 58 years until Catherine’s passing in 2013. Together they raised three sons who survive him: Mark (Kimberly) of Carmel; Bill (Carol) of Carmel; and Bob (Rebecca) of Munster. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren: Laura (Scott) Ryan, Michael, Rachel (Matt) Zaudtke, Paul, Suzanne (Brian) East, Will, Nick and Cate, as well as six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Florence, of Valparaiso and nephew James Stephan of Schererville.

He was preceded in death by his father Clement, mother Mary, brother Steve (Rose) Stephan, as well as nephew Jeffrey Stephan.

The family is planning a private funeral service. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Victoria “Vicky” Hurtado

Victoria Ramos Hurtado passed away Saturday, February 27th at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Vicky, as she was known by her close friends and family, was born in Lares, Puerto Rico in 1940. Her family moved to Indiana at a young age where she met her husband Jesus Hurtado and had 3 children. After his passing in 1975, she moved her family to Miami, Florida. Her love and devotion to her children was her guiding light throughout her life. While raising her children, she also studied to become a Medical Assistant. After reaching her goal, she went on to work at Mount Sinai Medical for 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Hurtado; and her parents, Juan and Juana Ramos. She is survived by her loving children: Jesus Hurtado Jr., Maria Hurtado, and David Hurtado; her treasured grandchildren: Jessica, Jesus III, Joshua, and Jeannette; her cherished great-grandson, Markus; and her dear sisters: Carmen, Anna, Luz, and Gina.

A chapel service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 22 with visitation from 10 until time of service at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville, Indiana. Committal service and interment immediately following at Calumet Park Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband.