Category: Obituaries

Richard Scibbe

Richard (Rick) Scibbe, currently of Hobart, Indiana, born November 13 1954 in Berea, Ohio, died May 21, 2022 at University of Chicago Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Alice Scibbe (nee Merkle) his children Teri Childers (Nathan), Andrea Hofland (Michael), Daniel Doleys (Amber), Joseph Scibbe (Robyn), Andrew Scibbe (Kelsey), Thomas Scibbe (Tina), Claire Knight (Brandon), Noah Scibbe, and Caleb Scibbe along with sixteen grandchildren. He, as well, is survived by his sister Kristen Swihart (Mark) and brother Mark Scibbe (Michelle).

Richard is a graduate of Strongsville High School and Cuyahoga Community College of Ohio. Richard recently retired after more than thirty years of service to Johnson Controls/Simplex-Grinnell. He was an active member of Bethel Church of Crown Point and Hobart. Richard enjoyed home improvement, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Scibbe, and his mother Evelyn Scibbe (nee Golke).

Visitation will be held Friday, May 27, 4-8 pm and a memorial service will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 am. Both services will be held at Bethel Church of Hobart/Portage (704 W 700 N, Hobart, IN 46342).

In lieu of flowers, financial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or blood donations can be made to the American Red Cross in his honor.

Gwendolyn F. Sims

Gwendolyn Florence Sims, age 77, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022. She was born on October 22, 1944 in Portland, Oregon to Oscar Franklin Webb, Sr. and Lucy (Kelley) Webb, both of whom preceded her in death.

Gwen grew up in Gary, Indiana, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1963 before moving on to Oakwood College. In 1966, she married her love, Alton Sims, Sr. She completed her nursing degree at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, and began her career as a registered nurse, which spanned nearly 40 years. She was very proud of her work as a nurse, and throughout those years, worked at Methodist Hospitals, Gary Community School Corporation, and Robinson Adult Daycare.

Janice Espinoza

Janice “Pat” Espinoza, 83, of Gary, passed away at home on May 19th, 2022 with her loving family by her side.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Joe; her beloved children: Cindy (Chris) Fenik, Steven (Michelle) Sorrels, Diana Byrd, Don (Mindy) Sorrels, Christina (Anthony) Paz, Steven (Amanda) Espinoza, and Michael (Jennifer) Espinoza; numerous treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law: Carmen (Glen) Batista, Martha (Juan) Guajardo, James (Mary) Espinoza, Rick (Regina) Espinoza, Lilia (Mario) Menchaca, and Frank (Lourdes) Espinoza, and many, many dear nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jeter and Dorothy Maxwell; sister, Linda and brother-in-law, Tom; and siter-in-law, Olga Espinoza.
Pat was a loving wife and wonderful mom and grandma who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 3:30 – 7:30 pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville). Funeral service Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM, also at the chapel with burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery.

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.