Category: Merrillville Obituaries

James E. O’Marrah

James “Jimmy” O’Marrah
Griffith, IN
James E. O’Marrah, age 52, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020. Jimmy was the O in OZ Tax Services where he worked side by side with one of his greatest and dearest friends, Rick Szromba. Jimmy loved sports; “Da Bears”, the Bulls, and Chicago White Sox. He was born in Munster, Indiana and grew up in Sauk Villiage, Illinois where he learned to play baseball. He later coached his kids in Hessville, Indiana. Jimmy graduated from Bloom Trail High School then moved to Maryland to work side by side with his father at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Jimmy also enjoyed making friends and playing softball with his dad till he moved back to Indiana. Jimmy was introduced to the love of his life Dottie by his God Mother “Momma Jan” at Vogels Restaurant where Dottie worked. They soon after started a family. Jimmy was so full of life. There were not many moments where he wasn’t making someone laugh. Jimmy adored his family and was proud of each and every one of them. Jimmy is survived by the love of his life, Dottie; Sons: Stevin (Justine) Tyrka, Tim (Emily) Tyrka, Richard (Heather) Williams and James “Jimmy” O’Marrah Jr.; Grandchildren: Christrian, Adrian, Avery Raven, Noah, Jeremiah, Jade, Keinan and Richard III; Mother: Bonnie Ricci “O’Marrah”; Step-Mother: Diane O’Marrah; Siblings: Katie, Skylar (Richie) Rusk and many friends who will dearly miss him.
Preceeded in death by his father, Phillip O’Marrah: Brother, P.J. O’Marrah and God Mother Janis “Mamma Jan” Hahn.
Funeral Service will be held 1:30 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN
Interment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery
Friends may meet with the family from 2-6 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. For more information please call 219-736-5840.

Robert F. Guthrie Jr.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Franklin Guthrie Jr., age 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on November 6 2020.
Bob was born in Blue Island, IL, son to Robert Franklin Guthrie Sr. and Helen Jane (Meenan) Krause on November 1, 1940. After graduating high school he joined the Marine Corp and proudly served for 3 years in Okinawa Japan. Upon returning to the United States, Bob became a movie operator and union member of IATSE. While working full time as a movie operator, he graduated from George Williams College in Chicago and went on to graduate from George Williams College of Osteopathic medicine in 1975 where he earned his doctorate in Osteopathic medicine. Over the next 35 years he had a very fulfilling career starting out working in the emergency department at Little Company of Mary, then as the director of the emergency department at St. Margaret’s North for 10 years, and finally moving into family medicine where he ended his career working at Northwest Family Healthcare.
Bob loved to play golf and was a long-time member of Woodmar Country Club until it closed and then Innsbrook Country Club and Briar Ridge Country Club. He had an uncanny ability to make a friend wherever he went. He enjoyed playing cards and pool. He was an avid reader and did the crossword puzzle every day, but what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family. He was a friend to many and will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, mother, baby brother Edward Clyde Guthrie, beloved uncle James Meenan, and daughter Gina Sands. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Mary and children Robert (Deborah) Guthrie, Tony (Cindy) Guthrie, Steven (Lisa) Ruffalo, Katie Salk, Kevin (Suthida) Guthrie, Brogan (Kevin) Hoffman, Meghan (David) Snuckel and grandchildren Erin and Emma Guthrie, Olivia and Reese Ruffalo, Charley Salk, Anjela Guthrie, Cameron and Abigail Hoffman, and Winston Snuckel. A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his name to the Lustgarten Foundation or Hospice of the Calumet area.

Freida White

Juanita, 87 years old, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in the Nathan Adelson Hospice Center in Las Vegas, NV. She lived in Las Vegas for 31 years. She was born on July 16, 1933 in Hartford, KY to Mervin and Mary Lou Cooper Brown. Her family moved to Lake County, Indiana area, where she lived and raised her family for over 60 years until moving to Las Vegas.

Zivko Cucuz

Zivko Cucuz, age 89 of Merrillville, IN passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Nov 02, 2020. Zivko was a lifelong member of St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

He was very active with the Church School Board, member of sports club Dinara and Serbian Chetniks of Schereville.

He was a retired employee of US Steel and ABC Rail with combined 23 years of service.

Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Milica Cucuz, twin daughters Stoja and Ruza, Parents Savo and Ruza (Gvero) Cucuz, brothers Nedeljko and Petar Cucuz and sister Mileva Malinovich.

Survived by his 3 loving children; son Savo Cucuz, Daughters Ruzica (Michael) Malich, Ljilana Djordjevic, 4 cherished grandchildren: Joakim, Anastasija, Nedeljko and Milica. Brother Sveto Cucuz and sisters Jovanka Serbedzija and Jelka Cucuz with many other relatives, kumovi and friends in the North America and Europe.

Zivko loved working and building things around the house, reading books, crossword puzzles and playing cards. He also loved all sports especially Soccer and Tennis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 directly at 1030am at St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 8700 Taft St, Merrillville, IN with V Rev Aleksandar Novakovic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 930am until the time of service. Interment, St Sava Monastery Cemetery, 32377 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL.

Dorothy Savich

Dorothy Savich, age 96, passed away peacefully, October 23, 2020 at her home. Dorothy was a parishioner of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and volunteered many years as the church secretary. Many will remember her countless hours of volunteering at church events. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her first nursing job was at US Steel in Gary. She then went on to be a nursing instructor at Evanston Hospital’s School of Nursing and finally retired from her nursing career at Lake County Indiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents Micheal & Helen Savich, half brothers Pete Mandich, George Mandich, sisters Bernice Bresich and Emily Savich, and brother Nick Savich.

Dorothy is survived by her niece Kathy Bresich and nephew Michael (Dawn) Bresich; great niece Danielle Bresich and great nephew David Bresich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Towne Centre for their wonderful care of Dorothy over the years and especially in her final days. May her memory be eternal.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN at 12 noon. V. Rev Aleksandar Novakovic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840 or

Brett A. Shriver

Brett Shriver
Griffith, IN
Brett Shriver, 50, passed away surrounded by his family on October 16, 2020 after a short, but hard-fought battle with cancer. Brett was born in Hammond, IN on February 27, 1970. He grew up in Merrillville, IN where he made many close friends. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Papusch of Hebron, IN; his daughter, Lyssa Falk of Griffith, IN; brother, Gregg of Merrillville; sisters, Kimberly of Las Vegas, NV and Carrie of Hebron; his stepmother, Sharon Shriver of Crystal Lake, IL; and his significant other, Ste
fani Houston of Griffith; plus many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Shriver and stepfather Marty Papusch.
Brett was employed by Superheat FGH Services INC. His job sent him to many different places.
Brett was truly one of a kind, he loved his family and could always make us smile even in hard times. He loved to shoot pool and watch cheesy horror movies, but the thing he loved most was riding his Harley. He will be surely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Ride on Brett!!
Visitation will be Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 3 – 7 PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville. For more info, call 219-736-5840 or visit

Jerome N. Poradzisz

Jerome Poradzisz, of Valparaiso, passed away on October 13, 2020 at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving children: Cynthia Varga, Janeen (John) Zandarski, Jerome Poradzisz, and Jeffrey (Lisa) Poradzisz; 8 grandchildren; 4 beloved siblings; and many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his cherished wife of 47 years, Lillian; and his parents, Joseph and Emily.