Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Jo Nell Kilgore

Jo Nell Kilgore (Latham), age 87, of Merrillville, IN passed away May 19, 2022. She was born April 26, 1935, in Saragossa, Alabama to William Latham and Blanche Alma Haynes.
Jo is survived by her three children, Betty Kilgore, Linda (Bolde, Erickson) Bolde, and Tom (Janet) Kilgore, 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Jo started at Anderson Co. on December 2, 1959 and spent 34 years working her way up the ladder before retiring in 1993. She was a kind, loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm. Private Burial at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Jo’s church, Southlake Nazarene Church, 7355 Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Jose Cervantes

Jose Cervantes, 89, of East Chicago, IN passed away Monday, May 16, 2022. Jose was born on July 8, 1932, to Octaviano Cervantes and Agustina Cervantes (Davalos) in Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico. He immigrated from Mexico in 1963, worked hard to finally become a U.S. citizen in 1992. He worked at Inland Steel for 36 and a half years. Jose loved to play soccer and spend time with family and friends. He was a Cubs fan, a gardener, and had a great sense of humor.
Jose is survived by his loving wife Blandina; children; Jose, Alma (Juan), Alejandro (Olga), and Nancy (Anthony); 14 grandchildren: Jason, Meghan, Juan Jr., Jeffrey, Ashley, Vanessa, Luis, Claudia, Adam, Daniel, Andrew, Matthew, Olivia, and Alina, and one great-grandchild: Aubrey, and one on the way, Aria.
Jose is preceded in death by his parents and his four siblings.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410). Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM Directly at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, (3510 Deodar St, East Chicago, IN 46312).

Deanna Marie Winquist

Deanna (Hoffman) Winquist, age 80, of Valparaiso, IN passed away peacefully at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, IN on Friday, May 13, 2022.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Balthasar L. Hoffman, Mother Alene (Blackman) Hoffman, her brothers Alan Hoffman (Judith “Tavenier”) Hoffman, and Balthasar (Norma “Jones”) Hoffman.

She is survived her brother, Kenneth P. (Madelyn “Cole”) Hoffman, sister Rosemary “Hoffman” (Louis) Thomas, three loving children, Patricia (Winquist) Huber, Theresa Winquist, and Christopher Winquist, along with her two Grandsons Kyle and Dalton Winquist.

She was employed at US Steel, she raised her three kids on her own, after 34 years she retired from US Steel to slow down and enjoy the Big Picture, “LIFE!” (POOL SIDE) and to watch her two grandsons grow up to be the fine gentlemen that they have become. She was looking forward to her first great-grandson in July. She will be known and remembered as a warm, loving, and caring person with a huge smile that could light up a room and always a lot of fun. And last but not least, she was a Diehard Notre Dame Fan!! She loved and enjoyed going to the football games and rooting on the “IRISH.” We can hear her saying “Go IRISH!”

Genevieve Bank

Genevieve Bank (nee Plesniak), 98, of Crown Point, IN passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022. She is survived by her children; Karen, John (Roxie), late Robert (Ann), David (Sylvia), Laura, Lawrence (Lorraine), Elizabeth (Todd), Edward (Lisa), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Andrew and Mary Plesniak; she was the last surviving of 13 siblings.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, May 16, 2022, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410). Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For more information, visit

Ronald Mokol

Ronald Mokol often referred to as “Ron” or “Ronnie” by friends and family, age 75,
passed away peacefully May 8, 2022, after recent health issues. He was born on
January 6, 1947, in Gary, IN to Peter Mokol Sr. and Mary (Rado) Mokol. He attended
Gary Edison High school where he played football and wrestled. He was a veteran of
the United States Navy and worked as an Engineer for several railroads in Indiana,
Texas, and New York, retiring in Johnson City, NY where he passed away. As a young
father, Ronald coached little league baseball and football teams. He was an adventurer
who adored long road trips, spending time in nature, camping, rowing, swimming, and
fishing. His other hobbies included socializing with his friends and family, working on his
house, tending to his rose gardens, and helping others in need. He was a lover and a
fighter who helped others when necessary and defended those who needed it most. He
was strong, courageous, and loved with intent. He will be missed dearly.

Ronald is survived by his children: Ronald G. Mokol of Johnson City, NY, Robert
“Bobby” Mokol of Texas, Christine Eades of Gulf Shores, AL, Michael (Laura) Terek of
Schererville, IN, and Laura (Matt) Cler of Carmel, IN and numerous grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife, Judy Single, his fourth wife,
Terry Mokol, and his brothers Peter Mokol and Kenneth Mokol and his sisters Sue
Hammons, and Karen Foor.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Peter Mokol Sr. and mother, Mary (Rado)
Mokol, his son Robert Terek, his brothers Robert Rado and Michael Mokol, and his
other wives Vicky Manley and Carol Ralson.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at Calumet Park Chapel, 7535 W Taft St,
Merrillville, IN 46410 on Thursday, May 26, 2022, starting at 9:00 am with a memorial
service beginning at 10:00 am. Burial in the veteran’s section will follow at Calumet Park
Cemetery, 2305 W 73rd Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the family or to the Alliance for the Great Lakes at in
Ronald’s memory.

Desse Crnoevich

Desse Crnoevich (née Chelovich)
Desse Crnoevich (née Chelovich), age 98, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Milan “Mickey” Crnoevich and
cherished son Michael “Butch” Crnoevich. She is survived by her devoted son Charles
(Marcia) Crnoevich, adored grandchildren Charles and Alexandra, and many dear
nieces, nephews, and kumovi.
Desse and Mickey operated the Glen Park Tavern for over thirty years and were lifelong
members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Desse was also a lifelong member of
the Church’s Circle of Serbian Sisters and, in retirement, was the financial secretary of
the Church for twelve years. She was a champion bowler and an even better baker.
Her family especially enjoyed her Christmas cookies and her chocolate chiffon cake.
Desse lived a long, full life and will be missed.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at St. Sava Serbian
Orthodox Church. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Sava with the Very
Reverend Marko Matic officiating. The burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. For
further information, please call Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox

Naum Stefanoski

Naum Stefanoski
June 30, 1949 – April 18, 2022
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear husband, father and dedo, Naum Stefanoski. Naum passed away peacefully with his cherished family by his side.
He will forever be missed by his wife and best friend of 51 years, Vasilka (nee Neloski) Stefanoski, his children Persa (Troy) Carpenter and Sandy (Nick) Korunovski and his adoring grandchildren Zach, Cole, Mila, Liam and Elle. He is predeceased by his parents Zivko and Cveta Stefanoski. He is survived by his brothers Dimitri(Elica)Stefanoski and Ilo(Mira)Stefanoski and sister Krstinka (Vasil) Bozinoski. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, family and friends here and in Macedonia.
Naum was born in Orovnik, Macedonia and immigrated to the US in 1970 for a better life for himself and his family. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral. Naum had a great sense of humor and would lend a helping hand to anyone when he could. He loved listening to his favorite Macedonian music but most of all, he loved his family.
Naum worked at Nortrak and retired after 40 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:30 am directly at S.S. Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point, IN with Funeral Services beginning at 12:30pm, Father Georgij Gligorov and Father Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840