Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Lois M. Putman

Lois M. Putman, age 88, of Merrillville, passed away on February, 26, 2021. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Richard Putman; children, Richard (Diana) Deem, Bonnie (Del) Latulip, Renee (Rob) Henderson, Laura Hafner, Annette (George) Pettigrew, Suzanne (Eric) Brandt; 22 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; 2 great-great- grandchildren; siblings, Sandy Bailey, Ola Sebree, and Larry (Sue) Lovings; daughter-in-law, Sherry Deem; very special caregivers, Buma and Zaya.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Gracie and Alfred Lovings, children, William Deem, and Gracie (Dennis) Petty, grandson, Steven Deem; 9 siblings; son-in-law, Bruce Hefner.
She was a member of the doll club, she was great at restoring old dolls. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, and canning and liked to teach everyone how to do it. She also was a antique dealer. She especially loved spending time with her grandkids and family, they always had a wonderful time playing the game aggravation and that was a staple in the family.
There are so many fond memories of Lois and they will forever be etched in our hearts. She will be deeply missed by so many.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St. Merrillville IN) from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 pm. Masks are required, and social distancing is highly encouraged. For further information please call 219-736-5840.

Jessica Gadzala

Jessica Anne Gadzala

August 01, 1983 – February 18, 2021

Jessica A. Gadzala, age 37, of Merrillville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Jessica battled a rare type of lung cancer also known as adenoid cystic carcinoma over the past 11 years. She was truly the strongest warrior and never let any situation get the best of her. She was the most optimistic, loving, caring, selfless, determined and beautiful soul on this planet. She truly loved and appreciated life and all that it had to offer.

Jessica was a graduate of Lake Station Edison High School class of 2001. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening and yoga.

She is survived by her three loving sons, Vincent Medina, Julian Medina and Henry Rodriguez; parents Mark and Vicki Gadzala; siblings Joe (Jen) Eaton, Teresa (Harry) Burgos, Andrew (Mandie) Gadzala and Angela (Jeff) Antonio; many cherished nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410 with Funeral Services on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Mika Trivunovic

Mika Trivunovic, age 73 of Schererville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, February 8, 2021. Mika was born in Glamoc, Bosna to parents Stevo and Stana Ninkovic. She came to America with her husband and son, to join her daughter and family in 1998. She was a member of St George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville and was retired from Briar Ridge Country Club and Bank One with many years of service.

Risto Ilijevski

Risto Ilijevski,  age 64  of Crown Point, IN  passed away Wednesday, January 27, 20201.  Risto was a member of SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral over 40 years, serving in many capacities including past vice president. He was retired from Triune Tucking Company after several years of service.