Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Charles E. Brewer “Eddy”

Charles E. Brewer Jr., (Eddy) age 70, of Lake Station, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl Brewer- (nee) Lenzo; children, Paul Brewer, Charles (Ariel) Brewer III, and Jason Komenda; grandchildren, Breana Brewer, Ayden Brewer, Stefen Brewer and Gabe (Brianna) Brewer; siblings, Gary (Sheryl) Brewer, Kenneth (Debbie) Brewer, Tony (Kathy) Brewer, Linda Coffman, Page (Dave) Mo

Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Vicki Lukawski

Vicki Lukawski, 58, is now cancer-free. After a short and courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma, Vicki passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on December 29, 2020.

Vicki was born on July 5th, 1962 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to George and Artes Theodore as the youngest of four siblings. She moved to Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood with her family in 1964, where she attended Luther High School North. Later settling in Northwest Indiana, she married Joseph G. Lukawski on June 9th, 1984, and shortly thereafter gave birth to their two children, Joe and Amanda. The family has called Lakes of the Four Seasons home for 30+ years, all of which were filled with friends, family gatherings, sunset boat rides, and the delicious meals that Vicki would expertly prepare. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, kind nature, and warm hospitality. May we all love each other just as she loved us — with open arms and a loving spirit.

Vicki honorably worked in the Lake County Court System for 40 years where she most recently served as the Court Administrator/Chief of Staff for Judge Sheila M. Moss in Superior Court, County Division Room 2. More than a coworker, she was a friend, mentor, and role model to everyone that she worked with.

Her legacy will live on with her family, friends, Greek traditions, and a 3-inch thick cookbook that she created for her children, nieces, and nephews. They may not be able to match Vicki’s prowess in the kitchen, but they will always cook with the same amount of love and passion that she did. Vicki cultivated a true appreciation of life that she passed onto her family – playing piano, painting, and encouraging them to follow their passions. Vicki was a devoted member of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, singing in the church choir for over a decade.

Vicki is survived by her beloved husband of 36 years, Joseph; daughter, Amanda (Jonathan) Gandolf; son, Joseph (Sonia Lecomte); sister, Helen (Mark) Schillo; brother, John (Elaine) Theodore; brother-in-law Father Michael Kouremetis; dog, Zeus; nephews, Matthew (Caitlin), Christopher (Amanda), and Gregory (Paige Umphred) Schillo, Tommy (Kate), and George Theodore, Tony (Sarah) Kouremetis; nieces, Stephanie (Shawn) Bordelon, Artie (George) Khitiri; sisters-in-law, Janny Lukawski, Nancy (John) Castro, Kathy (Mark) Nagdeman, Barbara (Norbert) Lyon, Jo Ellen (Dennis) Grabelle, Mary (Kim) Kessler; nephews Ben (Brooke) Lyon, Kyle Nagdeman, Kevin (Cassie) Kessler; nieces Veronica (Shawn) Kelly; Kara (Michael) Nigh; Kristyn (Luis Arellano) Kessler; Audrey Lukawski; so many loved ones in her extended family; and a community of friends that will continue to celebrate her life and legacy by hosting parties, enjoying each other’s company, and sending everyone home with leftovers of traditional Greek dishes.

She is preceded in death by and now joins her mother, Artes; father, George; sister, Presvytera Cyndy; mother-in-law Helen; father-in-law Edward; and brother-in-law Edward among the angels.

The family wishes to thank everyone who supported Vicki in her fight against cancer; and more importantly, everyone who shared in the loving moments of Vicki’s incredible life.

Funeral services will be held by brother-in-law Father Michael Kouremetis on Thursday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana. For those who are unable to join us, services will be streamed live on Vicki Lukawski’s Facebook page. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private wake will be held for immediate family, and a memorial to honor Vicki will be set at a later date when it is safe to celebrate together.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation here: cholangiocarcinoma.org/Vicki-Lukawski/

Masks are required at all services.

Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Christine Ketchum

Christine M. Ketchum (nee Gozdecki) age 65, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020. She is survived by her loving children: Amy and Donnie Ketchum; sister: Peggy (Rich) Kobe; niece, Allison and nephew, Eric; sister: Patty (Mark) Smith; and beloved furbaby, Remy; as well as many dear friends. Preceded in death by her devoted husband, Donald: and parents Edward and Rae Jean.
Christine was a life-long resident of the region, ultimately making her home in Valparaiso. She graduated from Bishop Noll, and then continued on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her Master’s degree from Purdue Cal – and remained a true Boilermaker for all of her days.
Christine worked in finance and accounting at ArcelorMittal for nearly 40 years. She loved her work nearly as much as she loved to travel. She will always be known for her positivity and her loving, kind smile and she often gave back to her community, participating in blood drives whenever able. She enjoyed spending time at St. Agnes Day Services Center, and will be missed by many friends and caregivers there. Above all else, she loved her family, and never missed an opportunity to support her husband and children in whatever they were involved in. She will be truly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2020 with visitation from 8:30 AM until time of service at 11:45 AM Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Masks are required at all services.
Donations may be made in Christine’s name to St. Agnes Day Services Center, 1859 Harrison Blvd, Valparaiso, In 46385.
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Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Jean Boyer

Jean Freeland Boyer, 93, recently of Kankakee, Illinois, joined the Lord for eternity on December 25, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.
She was born January 28, 1927 in Bessemer, Alabama to Sewell and Elizabeth Williams. She was raised in Gadsden, Alabama before moving to Northwest Indiana, and then to Illinois.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max Colley; husband: Horace Freeland; and husband: Frank Boyer; her brother Charles (late Shirlee) Williams; and great-granddaughter, Ruby Stech.
She goes before her beloved children: Charles (Susan) Freeland and Beth (Kevin) Wischnowski; treasured grandchildren: Meredith, Charles, and Jack (Misti) Freeland, and Tiffani (James) Stech; and her always cherished and talked about 7 great grandsons.
Jean was an accomplished and well-respected professional and contributor to the Dyer community. She owned her own accounting firm for over 50 years, filing her last client tax return at 86 years old. She also served as the Town Board President in Dyer from 1984-1987, where she led the way in the building of their Town Hall. She was active in her community church, loved Jesus with all of her heart, and taught many women’s Bible studies over the years.
Jean will be missed by her church family at Bethel Baptist Church in Bourbonnais, her special friends Billie Dodson and Mary Hawkins, and many staff and friends at the Citadel Care Center. She touched the hearts of all she encountered with the love, grace and mercy of Jesus, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM, with visitation from 11 – 1 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, In. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Masks are required at all services.

Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Violet Sekulich

Violet Sekulich, age 91 of Schererville, Indiana, fell asleep unto the Lord December 20, 2020 with her daughter by her side. Violet was born in East Chicago, Indiana, August 15, 1929. The daughter of +Mirko and +Mary Ranich (Prodanovich), sister to beloved +Sophie Varichak, aunt to + precious John Hulick and + memorable Michael Hulick, (Carol Hulick Builta).

Violet is survived by her devoted and loving daughter Donna Marie, niece Marilyn Hulick, nephew Mark Loomis, great nephews Sam Hulick, Michael Hulick and Jeffrey Hulick, and treasured kumovi, loving friends, and cherished neighbors.

Violet earned her Cosmetology certificate from Don Roberts Hair of School Design and pursued her career by building a beauty salon in her home, where she continued to cultivate her professional clients while ensuring she provided a consistent, stable and loving home life. She continued her career retiring from Inland Steel Corporation, followed by serving as Hall Manager of St Sava. Equally important to her professional endeavors, Violet embraced philanthropic efforts through her lifelong participation in and dedication to church activities, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, East Chicago, IN and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN including Board Member of Serbian Circle of Sisters, 4 Kolo including the inaugural trip to her Yugoslavian ancestral homeland, Folklore Groups, SSS Karageorge Choir, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Chairman of many St. Sava Bake Sales, SNF Lodge and Historical Society, for the benefit of all.

A renowned quote which eloquently describes Violet is “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. She was not a modicum ordinary, quite contraire. She was special, rare, unrivaled, beyond compare, a precious gem, more precious than rubies.

Singularly, she built a home which foundation was made of faith; the walls were covered with virtue and wisdom and the inside adorned with furnishings of her selfless deeds of love for church, family, friends, neighbors and her precious daughter Donna.

She arose while it was still night to provide food; she set about her work vigorously, her arms strong for her tasks. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy. She was clothed with strength and dignity; she spoke with sage wisdom, and faithful instruction was endlessly on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and never ate the bread of idleness. Her daughter called her blessed. Many women do noble things, Violet surpassed them all.

The Orthodox Faith is rich in 3. The Holy Trinity, Resurrection on the Third Day; Daniel and the 3 young boys in the furnace, and faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Like her faith’s connection to 3, Violet’s significant 3: kumovi/friends, family and caretakers provided profound support, exceptional care and above all else, incomparable love for her, especially during her recent months. Abundant gratitude and lavish appreciation to each of her 3. Several years ago, divine providence bestowed upon Violet a special angel who provided medical attention, care and companionship up until her last, peaceful breath. A humble, inexplicable expression of indebtedness.

Violet was an exemplary example of someone to be emulated. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise. Her daughter humbly prays, “As is the mother, so is her daughter”. Ezekiel 16:44. Her daughter was blessed, fortunate, and privileged to be the only one to call Violet “Mom”.

May her Memory be Eternal.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Monetary donations are welcome to be made to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611 or lifelinechicago.org. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

William Lockhart

William Ellis Lockhart Sr. (81) passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020. He was born in Covington, VA to John and Sarah and resided in Merriville, IN. He retired from Frito Lay after working for 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and on the golf course.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane Lockhart, his sons, Bill Jr.-Rocky (Robin) and Steven (Danielle) and his grandkids Nikki, Brian (Brittany), Camden, and Ellie. He is also survived by his siblings Ray (Jean), Wayne, Claudine, Lewis (Ruth), and Linda (Jim). Preceded in death by brother John Jr, and sisters Zoel and Nadine.

The visitation will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on December 23, 2020 from 2-7PM. Internment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. A fund will be established for a Junior Golf Scholarship.

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Mildred Lalic

IMildred (Millie) Lalic, age 74 of Crown Point, passed away on Dec 18, 2020 of natural causes. Millie was born on May 5, 1946, in Eboli, Italy to Obrad and Draga Lalic. She graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, IN in 1965. She was a retired employee with the Social Security Administration with over 30 years of service. She attended St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, IN.

Millie is preceded in death by her parents Obrad and Draga.

She is survived by her brothers Peter (Nancy) Lalic of Seattle, WA; Michael (Myra) Lalic of Crown Point, IN; nephews, Nicholas (Dr Jessica) Lalic of Half Moon Bay, CA and Geoffrey Lalic of Crown Point, IN, niece Annette (Clement) Lalic-Thiery of Brooklyn, NY; great niece Esme Lalic and great nephew, Harrison Lalic both of Half Moon Bay, CA, many relatives, Kumovi and friends here in the Merrillville area.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 directly at 10AM St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral with V. Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. May her memory be eternal. For further information please contact Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840

Mildred (Millie) Lalic, age 74 of Crown Point,

Marko Pokrajac

Marko (Mark) Pokrajac age 74
Formerly of Gary, IN passed away December 16, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Marko was born 12/19/1945 in Eboli, Italy to the late Dan and Stella Pokrajac.

He is survived by his brother Michael of Miller, IN, his sister Millie (Rick) Wise of Valparaiso, IN niece Jaclyn (Marcus) Biggs of Winfield, IN nephew Eric (Sydney Harold) Wise of Royal Oak, MI and numerous cousins, Kumovi and friends.

Mark was a 1964 graduate Horace
Mann, Gary , In. Attended Indiana State University. US ARMY Vietnam Veteran. Retired employee of Youngstown/J & L Steel.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 directly at 1 PM at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment Holy Cross (St Sava) Cemetery 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Arlene Bender

Arlene was born December 15, 1941, Hammond, Indiana, to Shelton and Luella Davis. She died December 15, 2020, Portage, Indiana and will be buried in Concordia Cemetery, Hammond, IN. She was married to Carroll E. Bender on June 12, 1960, Marshall, IL for 40 years.

She had an associate arts degree in nursing and was a registered nurse. She lived for a number of years in Kouts, IN, working part-time as an on-call nurse for local schools. She always loved animals and being outside.

Arlene and Carroll had two children: John (Laura) Bender and Jeffery Bender, who survive, as well as three grandchildren: Tyler Bender, Michael Bender, and Zachariah Bender. Other survivors include her sister, Norma Baum, and two brothers, Allen Davis and Richard Davis. There will be a celebration of life next summer in honor of Arlene.

Peggy Hudak

Peggy Neal Hudak (nee Tomerlin), of Cedar Lake, passed away Monday, December 14, at the age of 86. She was born to Oscar and Gertrude Tomerlin, who precede her in death. She was born in Echols, Kentucky on August 10th, 1934.
Also preceded in death by her son: George Jr., and daughter, Shelly Rebenack; sisters: Betty (late William) Goodall, Nitra (late James) Brakulis, and Litsy (late Neil) Berger; brothers: Charles, Maurice (late Marge), William, Larry, and Michael.
She married her beloved husband, George in 1950, who survives her. She is also survived by her loving children: Jeffrey Hudak, Gregory Hudak, and Lisa (Brian) Meier; daughter-in-law Mary, and son-in-law Richard; dear brothers: Eddie (Marsha) and Phil (Karen); sisters-in-law: Linda, Avonne, and Cheryl; 8 adored grandchildren, 11 cherished great grandchildren, and 4 treasured great-great grandchildren.
Peggy was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date.