Category: Rendina Obituaries

Phoebe Pauley

Phoebe Pauley, age 78, peacefully passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Phoebe loved the summertime where she could sit out on her porch swing and listen to her wind chimes. Phoebe is survived by her daughter, Angela (Dale) Lawson of Dennison, Illinois; son, Ralph Pauley of Gary, Indiana; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sisters, Ollie Prichard of Logan, West Virginia, Barbara Vanhuss of Clinton, Tennesee, Betty Tolar of Lexington, North Carolina,

Della G. Rodman

Gerry Rodman, age 83, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. She is survived by her brother: James (late Jacqueline) Rodman; nephew, James (Pamela) Rodman, Jr.; niece, Kristin Rodman; great nephew, Nathaniel Baker; great nieces: Emily Rodman and Amy Rodman. Gerry is also survived by many dear cousins. Preceded in death by her parents: James and Mary Rodman. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joseph C. Piazza

Joseph Carl Piazza, age 65, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. He was a long-time resident of Portage, and was also a member of the Carpenter’s Local 1005 in Merrillville.
He is survived by four daughters: Michelle, Patti, Cindy and Kimberly – all of Colorado; and brothers: Doug, Chris (Cathy), and Tim (Angela).
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph M. and Dorothy Piazza.
Joe will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mark DeLong

Mark E. DeLong, of Gary, passed away unexpectedly at home at the age of 54. He is survived by his parents: Donald (Joyce Murray) and Theresa Henke; his sisters: Debbie, Christine, Brenda and Donna; stepbrother: Timothy Murray; two children, and many loving uncles, aunts, extended family members and friends.
Mark will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A graveside service is planned for Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Calumet Park Cemetery. Line up for procession to the cemetery will be at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, at 9:30 A.M.

Mary Ann Senf

Mary Ann Senf (Wilacky) age 84, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents: Leo and Irene Wilacky; husbands: Billie Ray Parnell and Edward Senf; siblings: Leo (Betty Jean) Wilacky , Delores Wilacky, Elizabeth (Mike) Kunas, Antoinette (Joseph) Kwitko and son-in-law, Paul Reder.

Dwight Smith

Dwight Tyrone Smith was born on November 12, 1952 in Richmond, Va. to Francis Smith, (father information unavailable). Dwight attended Maggie Walker High School where he was a part of the marching band. His love for music continued to grow well beyond high school and into his adult life. Dwight self-taught the ability he had to play many instruments, but eventually settled with piano as his main love.

Betty Jean Crosby

Betty Jean (Henderson) Crosby, age 89 of Merrillville and Demotte, passed away August 5, 2019.

Survived by daughter-Karin (Donald) Pritchard, daughters in law Joyce Crosby and Lisa (Iskin) Crosby, son Larry Crosby; grandchildren- Joseph and Joshua Crosby, Nathan (Mandy) Pritchard, Dawn Pollock, Kym (Dwayne) Kiser, 7 great-grandchildren-Brianna, Amanda, Amber, Luke, Bryce, Colin, and Ella; 3 great great-grandchildren-Hunter, Logan, and Harper.

Thomas Martinez

Thomas L. Martinez, of Chesterton, passed away Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 73.
Tom graduated from Gary Edison High School, class of 1965 and worked as an electrician at Amoco Oil until his retirement in 1999. Tom loved sports – baseball and football – and enjoyed tailgating with the Bears every chance he could.
Tom leaves behind his devoted wife, Lynda; his beloved children: Tammy (Mark) Neely, Cherie (Rob) Busenbark, Aimee (Jeff) Pribyl, and Thomas (Kammie) Martinez; and his treasured grandchildren; Cameron Neely, Zachary, Hannah and Carter Busenbark, Brody and Charlie Pribyl, and Kason and Aislynn Martinez. He is preceded in death by his parents: Connie and Thomas Martinez; and brothers: James and Randy Martinez.
Friends and family are invited to visit on Sunday, August 4, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary. Private burial to be held at a later date.

Michael Mandas

Michael Paul Mandas Marietta, GA

Michael Mandas (63) was born on July 30, 1955 in Anchorage, AK.

Michael passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Kim Mandas, children Erik Mandas and Paige Mandas, sister Gayle (Michael Becich) Mandas, and brother Patrick (Sheryl) Mandas, dear friend Lynda Smith and many cousins.

Chris Koseff

Chris Koseff passed away Wednesday July 24th. He was born on August 3rd 1925 in Kereka Bulgaria.  Chris emigrated to the United States and earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  He worked as a professional engineering consultant for Sergeant and Lundy.