Category: Merrillville Obituaries

Valorie Grant

Valorie Grant, “MawMaw”, age 68, passed away March 21,2022 at home, with her daughter. She is survived by her two daughters Paula Garrison (Mike), and 3 step children Tuesday Gomez (Bob), Garry, and Carrie Grant. She had 4 grandchildren; Bridgette (Danny), Brianna (Kris), Kourtney, and Jaden. And one step grandson Christopher. One Great Grandson Bennett, in addition to one on the way, Jessie.

Sisters; Veronica Kelly (Scott), Velinda Yockey (Brad), Brothers; Duane Bannister (Christy), Darrell Bannister, Paul LaPradd, Bob LaPradd (Tina), numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dolores Cuevas

In loving memory of Dolores Cuevas, 73, who passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022, with family at her side. Dolores is survived by her children Daniel, Michael, Ginger, and Jason, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service and burial will be held privately for the family.

Branko Ivetic

Branko Ivetic, age 87 of Highland, IN passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side. He was born on January 18, 1935 in Gornje Peulje, Bosankso Grahovo. After immigrating to the United States with his family, he became a parishioner of St George Serbian Orthodox Church where he remained a faithful member until his passing. Branko was retired from Inland Steel Company with over 25 years of dedicated service. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Jovo and Mika Ivetic, brother Bosko Ivetic and daughter Slavica Ivetic. 

Branko is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Olga (nee Sormaz) Ivetic, beloved children, Milka (Mile) Jerosimich, Milan “Mike” (Cheryl) Ivetic, Zarko (Paulette) Ivetic, Jovanka Ivetic, Brankica (Sasha) Vujovic, Ranko (Michelle) Ivetic, & Dragica (Dejan) Miljkovic; cherished grandchildren, Mirko, Steven, Milan, George, Brittany, Daniela (Chris), Alex, Dimitir, Danilo & Ivan, and one great-granddaughter Olivia; many other relatives, Kumovi and friends both here in the United States and Canada. 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 10am St George Serbian Orthodox Church, 905 E Joliet St, Schererville, IN with V. Rev. Radovan Jakovljevic officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 9am. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or Dave at 219-736-5840. Vecnaja Pamjat. May His Memory be Eternal. 

Marcello Borgetti

Marcello was born on December 6, 1929 and entered into eternal rest on March 13, 2022. He was born in Ferentino, Italy to Sam and Natalina Borgetti. When he was 7 years old, he moved with his mother and 2 brothers, Ambrose and Americo (Bill) to Whiting, IN. The Borgettis were the only Italian family in town for many years. At the age of 14, Marcello began selling newspapers to help his family. His paper stand was at the corner of New York Avenue and 119th Street. His charming personality, warm smile and wit made him an unforgettable paperboy.

Marcello attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Whiting High School.
On May 5, 1962, Marcello married Annette Justak. They were married for 55 years before she passed away on December 12, 2017.

Marcello is survived by his son Mark (Caryn), daughter Kara (fiancé Kent Fisher), and six grandchildren, Alyssa Borgetti, Cayla Gibson (Nick), and Adam Borgetti, Zack, Callan (fiancé Derek Doncyson) and Garrett Molle, his brother Bill Borgetti, sister Jean (John) Thibault, sister-in-law Delores Borgetti, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Sam and Natalina, brother Ambrose, and sister-in law Lucille Borgetti.

Marcello worked for Standard Oil, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Purex and the City of Whiting before beginning a lengthy insurance career with Western-Southern Life. He retired in 1992 and then spent his time gardening, woodworking, volunteering with Annette and telling tales to his grandchildren.

Marcello was active in many organizations. He was a member of the Cesare Battisti Lodge since 1943 and served as Vice President, Treasurer, Chaplain, and Flag Bearer as well as serving on numerous committees. He was chosen Member of the Year in 1987, a true honor for him. He was also a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. While he and Annette resided in Schererville, he volunteered much of his time at the Southlake YMCA in Crown Point.

A celebration of life will be held at the Cesare Battisti Lodge, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN on Saturday, April 23rd. Visitation for family and friends from 10:00-11:00 CST followed by a memorial service and luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Southlake YMCA, 100 W. Burrell Dr, Crown Point, IN 46307 can be made in his name.

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich

March 10th, 2022

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich, a gentle giant, entered the gates of heaven on Thursday, March 10th 2022 from Hobart, Indiana.

A loyal and kindhearted friend, brother, and son, he was born in Gary, IN November 6th, 1965 to Miholjka (nee Herin), and Walter “Vlado” Tomich to which he was preceded in death;

A graduate of Hobart High School’s class of 1984 where he excelled in physical fitness and the sciences. He especially enjoyed physics, photography, and chess;

Unconditionally loyal, helpful, and caring with an infectious laugh the timbre of which is on par with that of a grizzly bear. Generous to a fault and a smidge stubborn at times. He was well known for his analytical mind, persistence, defense of the downtrodden, and for solving complex problems on a napkin;

A traditional and moral man who was spiritually and inextricably at one with his beloved Eastern Orthodox faith and the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church;

Nikola is survived by his brothers Ilija (Tammy Podunovich), and Ostoja (Natalie “Mimi” nee Pastar) Tomich; his three nephews Ristan, Milan, and Damjan;

His Uncle Alex and Aunts Alexandra (nee Tomich, Bob) Jeka, Mary (nee Persley, Pokonji Tihomir “Cheech”) Tomich, Michelle (nee Foster) Tomich; 

Cousins Tommy (Dianne), Sandy, and Marko Tomich; Angelia and Gabriel Jeka; and many other familija, Kumovi, and prijatelje, both here and overseas;

While we’re on the way to there, Why not share. Please honor his memory with an unexpected act of kindness for some less fortunate soul. May His Memory Be Eternal;

Visitation will be Friday, March 18th, 2022 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville at 9:30 am with Funeral services beginning at 10:00 am. Officiated by Very Reverend Father Marko Matic. Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. CV19 contagion prevention encouraged. For further information, please call Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel: 219-736-5840. 

Vicky Lynn Manley

Vicky “Lynn” Manley, who preferred to be called “Lynn” by her family and friends, peacefully passed on March 6, 2022, after a brave battle with health complications.

Lynn was born to Joseph & Victoria Peck at St. Mary’s hospital in Gary, IN. She graduated high school in NW Indiana and held positions with US Steel (Gary, IN) and Hydril (Houston, TX). In 2006, Lynn founded a successful home fragrance and candle company, Linnea’s Lights, in homage to her Swedish grandmother, Linnea De St. Jean. Until her retirement in 2013, Lynn built her company like she crafted her life; on a foundation of quality, integrity, beauty, and love.

Lynn was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all. She had many passions in life, such as traveling, reading, cooking, and gardening, with family being her primary source of happiness. She was a force with a flair for the dramatic. She will be missed dearly but her strong and independent legacy will endure forever.

Lynn is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James “Danny” Manley, her parents, Joseph & Victoria Peck, and her siblings, Mary Peck, Charles Peck, and Eva Peck.

Lynn is survived by her children: Michael (Laura) Terek of Schererville, IN, Rob (Jo) Terek of Crown Point, IN, and Laura (Matt) Cler of Carmel, IN.; her grandchildren: Nicholas Lane, Ian Lane, Gabrielle Batchelor, Hannah Cler, Madeleine Cler, Hayden Cler, Mia Terek, Simona Terek; her ex-husband and friend, Ron Mokol of Binghampton, NY; her stepchildren: Ronnie Mokol of Binghampton, NY, and Tanya Coleman of Charlotte, NC; her siblings: JoAnn (Bert) Bruno, Jackie (Steve) Miller, and Joe (Cindy) Peck; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Home on March 16, 2022. Visitation at 9:00 AM with a memorial service to follow at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Porter County Animal Shelter ( and Random Acts of Flowers ( can be made in Vicky Lynn Manley’s name.

Quotes that describe mom –
“She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined.” – Erin Hanson
”A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory” – Leonard Nemoy

Deanna Marie Bielak (nee Hall)

Deanna Marie Bielak,

57, of Merrillville Indiana, passed away on March 4th, 2022. Deanna (Dee) was born to the late Ronald and Mary (Fox) Hall on September 15th, 1964. Deanna was a 1983 graduate of Merrillville High School. She and her husband, Anthony (Tony) Bielak were married for 38 years.

Deanna is survived by her husband, Anthony Bielak, daughters, Nicole, Rachelle, Amanda and granddaughter, Leighton.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12th, 2022, from 3pm-7pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 W Taft St, Merrillville, IN 46410. For further information please call Mileva at 219-736-5840.