Category: Rendina Obituaries

Margarita Gomez

Margarita Gomez, age 61, passed away on February 17, 2020 with her loving family by her side. She was a wonderfully generous woman, whose favorite thing to tell everyone was “I don’t have much, but whatever I have you can have.” As her friends and family knew well, she loved dolphins and Betty Boop and was seldom seen without one of her many Betty Boop purses.
Margarita is survived by her loving children, Nicolette Luyando and Eric R Gonzalez: siblings; Minerva Munoz, Ascencion Gomez, SanJuana Gomez and Gerardo Gomez; 6 grandchildren, Alex, Brandon, Aurelia, Kenny, Keyshawnna, and Kionna; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends who will dearly miss her.
Margarita is preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Aurelia Gomez: sisters; Rosemary (Henry) Russi and Bertha Gomez.
Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, February 23, 2020, from 3-7 PM at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN, where all flowers should be sent.
Celebration of Life Service at 6PM.
Cremation to follow.

Donna Lee Pavloff

Donna Lee Pavloff

DeMotte, IN

Donna Lee Pavloff, age 75, peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side.

Donna is survived by her adoring husband, Alexander Pavloff; daughters: Stacie (Doug) Brown and Aaron (Jason) Shireley; son: Jason (Amber) Pavloff; Grandchildren: Addasyn and Zachary Brown, Scarlett Craig, Blayde and Alexis Pavloff. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Eulala Swain.

Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Shawn Davis, of Gary, passed away on January 7, 2022. She was born the eldest of three girls to Don and Cheryl Hamilton on July 13, 1963. She was brought up in Northwest Indiana with her sisters, Leticia (Kevin) Roach and Jennifer (Daniel) Hamilton.
Kim and her husband of 41 years, Dawayne, bought a house in Calumet Township where they raised their own three daughters: Jessica (Joey) Pennington, Bridget Suprenant, and Megan (Destiny) Davis. She was a beloved “Mamaw” to grandchildren: Alyssa, Joseph, Jacob, Aaron, Kaitlynn, Andrew, Alex, and Trinity; and favorite “Aunt Bubba” to her many nieces and nephews. She was also very close to, and grew up alongside her husband’s brothers and their wives.
Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents: Ora and Mamie Hamilton and Robert and Margret Harms; her in-laws: Walter and Beverly Davis; and her two favorite people: her father, Don and her best buddy, Rick “RT” Harms.
Kim was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to cook, and we all loved her cooking too! She also loved to be outdoors, either planting flowers or fishing in her favorite place – Lake Michigan. Kim was a very strong woman and wasn’t easily pushed around. She did life the way she wanted and was a blast to be around. She was loved by so many. She will never be forgotten and will be forever missed.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” Corinthians 16:13
Donations may be made to: Faith Mission Church (5093 Stone Avenue, Portage).

Mary E. Wilusz

Wilusz, Mary Ellen (White), 78 , passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 15, 2021.

She was born in Gary, Indiana in February of 1943. She attended Saint Joseph the Worker elementary school before graduating Lew Wallace High School in 1961.

Elbert Hurd

Castlewood, Virginia

Elbert Hurd, age 86, peacefully passed away on December 10, 2021.

Elbert is survived by, sons; Marvin (Cindy) Hurd, Charles Hurd, Roger Hurd, Jerry Hurd, Elbert (Christine) Hurd Jr., and Eddie Hurd: daughter, Linda Perry.

Mary Varella

Mary Varella, age 76, passed away on December 5, 2021. Mary was born in Gary and a lifelong resident of the Calumet Township area.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.
Mary is survived by her children, Daniel (Sue Eaglebarger) Varella and Valerie (Bob) Hiser; grandchildren, Jasmine Varella, Paul Cooper, Tony (Melissa) Cooper, and Valentina Hiser; great-grandchildren, Autumn Culp, Olivia Culp, Jayson Culp, Ian Culp, Charlotte Cooper, A.J. Cooper, and Martha Cooper; her twin brother, Raymond (Beverly) Torres along with other siblings and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Mary enjoyed shopping, with a fondness for thrift stores. She was a night owl and could often be found cooking or watching movies late into the evening. She loved music, and spending time with her family.
Mary will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her. May her memories be forever etched in our hearts.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 12:00 P.M. at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Ave. Gary IN 46408) Pastor Ryon Adcock officiating. Interment at Memory Lane Cemetery. For further information please call 219-980-1141.

John Kachur

John Kachur, age 87, of Schererville, formerly of Merrillville, passed away on November 21, 2021. He was born in Gary, son of John and Anne (Tomasic) Kachur. Survived by wife, Elizabeth June (Murray); three children, Rebecca (John) DeLorenzo of Melbourne, Australia, Peter (Stephanie) of Plainfield, IN. Douglas (Louonna) of Zionsville, IN. Eight grandchildren, Lauren, Jonah, and Mitchell DeLorenzo, Peter, Lucy, Piper, Margaux, and Andrew Kachur; brother, Donald (Diane) Kachur. John had great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
John was a member of St. Andrew Parish, Knights of Columbus Council 4047, Indiana & Lake County Retired Teachers Assoc. He served in the Army Medical Corps with the 395th Evacuation Hospital during the 1961-62 Berlin Crisis.
He was a 60-year employee of the Gary Community School as an intervention specialist. For many years John also taught adult education classes for the Latin American Family Education Program (LAFEP). He took pride in his career as a teacher and his dedication reached a countless number of lives in the region.
John was an alumnus of Bishop Noll High School class of ’53. He earned a degree in Business and a MS in Education, both from Indiana University. He enjoyed woodworking, big bad and swing music, WWII history, and his vocation as a teacher. John took pleasure in travel, in particular the Pacific trips to Japan, China, and thirteen visits to his daughter’s family in New Zealand and Australia.
Direct cremation and arrangements entrusted to Rendina Funeral Home with interment at Calumet Park Cemetery.