Mattie Boffo, age 79, of Gary, IN, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 23, 2020. She is survived by her children: Valerie Dimos-Watkins, Edward (Mindy) Boffo and Mattie Lyne (Edward King) Boffo; grandchildren: Heather, Junemarie, Michael, and Stephanie; great grandchildren: Casey, Jakob, Brooklyn, Hailey, Andrea, Autumn, Alexandrea, Aleasha, and Nathan. Mattie is also survived by her loving brothers, sisters, cousins, and dear friends.
Eurie Jarvis passed away April 20, 2020 at the age of 95. He was born in Kentucky, and later moved to Northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille, who preceded him in death. He was a decorated Army Veteran, and after his time in the service he worked as a coal truck driver. He later became an auto mechanic, then finally retired from LTV Steel as a crane operator. When he wasn’t working, he liked watching the Chicago Cubs on TV and spending time in his yard. Eurie came from a large family which included many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and their families, two sons and daughters-in-law, three grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and three poodles. He was a memorable soul who will be deeply missed.
Vera Baldauf, age 88, of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. She was born to parents Ignatz and Rose (Leckman) Lucas. She was a graduate of Emerson HS class of ’50. Vera was a member of the Dunkin Donuts Coffee Club, The Russian Club, and The American Legion.
Vera was preceded in death by her special friend of 30 years, Jerry Palumbo; siblings, Albert, Leo, John (Eleanore), Paul, Don (Delores), Julia (Max) Brown, Helen (Nick) Malich, Betty (Ben) Pruitt, Eva (Jim) Bodnar, and Catherine Flick.
She is survived by her sister Genevieve (Dean) Conley; step-son, Kenneth (Lucy) Baldauf, step-daughters, Cindy (Russell) Jorgensen, and Carol Wesson; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Tom Flick, and many nieces, nephews, and other close relatives, dear friends and her sweet companion Skittles. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Friends and loved ones are invited to visit with her family Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2-6 p, at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St. Gary IN. Funeral service will take place Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10 am at Rendina Funeral Home, Father Meade officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call 219-980-1141.
Beverly E. Lamb
Beverly Lamb, age 80, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020. She is survived
by her loving children: Gerald “Eddie” (Pamela) Lamb, Connie Lamb-Hixon,
Rhonda (Robert Oestriech) Lamb-Fromm, Steven (Amy) Lamb and Duane
“Doobie” Lamb; cherished grandchildren: Michael Lamb, Zachary Fromm,
Stephanie Lamb, Zoe Fromm, Kole Lamb, Cameron Lamb, Dominick Lamb, Logan
Lamb and Serenity Demas-Lamb; step grandchild: Robert (Arista) Dawson; great
grandchildren: Adalynn and Alice Lamb; step great grandchildren: Jeffery and
Conner Mika and Kaleb and Mackenzie Dawson; siblings: Bonnie (Rex) Lewis and
Jim (Pam) Danford.
Preceded in death by her parents: Arnold and Edna Danford; husband, Gerald
“Jerry” Lamb; and brothers: Warren and Bill Danford.
Beverly was a wonderful mother and fabulous great grandma. She enjoyed and
took great pride in supporting all of their activities and sports. She worked hand in
hand with her husband in the family business, Jerry’s Mobil and J.L.I., until
retirement. She perfected the art of social media with Facebook and enjoyed
spending time with her “lady friends” at Merrillville Senior Center. Mom was
loved and touched many lives. She will be sincerely missed by all.
Visitation will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN) with a Chapel Service
beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Bob Parnell officiating. Per Beverly’s request, please
omit flowers. For information call 219-980-1141
Robert Joseph, 96, of Calumet Township, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, surrounded by his family during his last few days.
He was born on November 23, 1923, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Assyrian immigrants. He attended Emerson High School, where he played tackle on the Norseman football team. Bob continued his education at Indiana University, where he earned a bachelors of science degree and was a member of the 1945 Big 10 Championship football team.
After graduation, Bob commenced a teaching career at Calumet High School, the beginning of more than 50 years of service to the Calumet Township Schools. He met his wife Mabel, a fellow teacher, at Calumet. In 1957, Bob started the Calumet High School football program from scratch and served as its coach for 11 seasons. He went on to become an administrator, serving as assistant principal for Lake Ridge Junior High School and principal for Calumet High School. After Bob retired, he was elected to the Lake Ridge School Board, where he served for twelve years.
Bob was proud of and knowledgeable about his Assyrian heritage, but he also embraced his wife’s Italian heritage, becoming a family expert in Italian history, travel, cooking, wine-making, and other family traditions. He followed a fitness regimen his entire adult life, working out almost every day until a few weeks ago. He maintained lifelong interests in history, travel, football, cooking, wine, and politics. In his later years, Bob took joy in his grandchildren, seeing them weekly and coming to Chicago to attend all of their significant events, up to the very end of his life.
Bob is survived by his son Robert, of Gary; his daughter Elizabeth (Jonathan) Bohlen of Chicago; 2 grandchildren—Anna and Dominic Bohlen; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mabel Ann (née Largura) Joseph; his parents, Absalom and Evelyn Joseph; his siblings Samuel (Annabell) Joseph and Evelyn (William) Gill; his mother-in-law Ida Largura; and his siblings-in-law Elio (Ruth) Largura and Delores Largura.
Visitation will be at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street; Gary, IN 46408) on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Friday, February 21 from 9 am to 10 am. The funeral service will be at Rendina Funeral Home on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 am, Bishop Ronald Hicks officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SHARE Foundation with the Handicapped, PO Box 400; Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. SHARE is an organization that served Bob’s sister-in-law Delores over many years.
Heidi Zima (nee Sencaj), age 75 of Schererville, IN, known fondly to many as “Oma”, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Heidi was the beloved devoted wife of Robert Zima; loving devoted mother to Anthony (Terry) Clark, Ramona (Mark) Rogers, Donna Clark, and Sandy (Jimmy) Lessentine; Oma to Tiffany and Jeremy (Bethany) Wilson; Amber (Ryan) O’Connell; Marissa Clark-DeButch (Kody Elder); Kevin, Christopher, Kasseidi, Kailey, Casey Lessentine; Jarred (Cayla) Ebeltoft; Jessica, Ashley Clark; Jodi (Ryan) Phelps; Michael (Becky) and Kevin (Kristen) McFadden. Heidi was the loving Ur Oma/Oma-Oma to Jaden, Aaliyah, Sariyah, Mariyah Browder; Chase, Harper Ebeltoft; Isaiah Zinkiewitz; Mason, Molly, Olivia Wilson; Caden, Nolan, Gavin Robert O’Connell; Chase Elder; Bryson Harville; Brooklyn Phelps; and Conner, Tommy, Kooper, Kole McFadden. Heidi had many wonderful nieces and nephews: Monica (Roger) Baldwin; Andy, Garet, Blake, Jillian Sencaj and Dale (Val) DeVries.
Heidi was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; parents: Andy (Andrija) and Vera Sencaj; brother, Mato Sencaj, sister, Christel Renate Burgwald, and siblings Dieter, Gunter and Milka Sencaj, whom passed away in Germany.
Heidi was born in Hamburg, Germany and came to America when she was only six. She became a long-time resident of Lake County, IN. The family loved the States and became proud American citizens, something she spoke of with much pride. She wrote a book for her kids for Christmas of 2017, so they would know what life was like for her and the family in the old country and the new country. It was a true legacy of love for them. She was a 28 years member of the Schererville Central Lions Club, and a co-founder of the Schererville Historical Society: past secretary. She worked for the town of Schererville for many years, as well as at Children’s Therapy Plus in Crown Point. She retired from Crete-Monee H.S. in Crete, IL.
She loved riding with her hubby, Bob (Rev), on his Harley on road trips. She loved going to plays and comedy clubs with her kids, enjoyed having lots of laughs; reading and going to her grandkids activities and games. She loved life; had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us all together. She never met a stranger. Everyone that touched her life made her a better person, and vise-versa. She had wonderful friends and enjoyed her ladies in her Deutsche Kaffe Klatsch. Heidi lived for her children, husband, family and friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest and she always thought she was truly blessed! She would remind us that “Every beat of your heart, I am with you – always and forever.”
Services will be 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 15, at Griffith Lutheran Church, (1000 N. Broad Street, Griffith IN) Pastor Freda Scales officiating. Friends and family are invited to visit from 8:00 AM until time of service at the church. Interment of ashes at Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Griffith Lutheran Church. For more info, call 219-980-1141 or visit www.mycalumetpark.com.
Elizabeth M. Meszaros passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2020. She was 78 years old. She was born the youngest child of Earl and Myrtle Evetts in Corinth, Mississippi. As a teenager she moved to the Chicago area in order to attend school, and later relocated to Northwest Indiana.
Elizabeth worked for many years at Indiana Botanic Gardens (Botanic Choice Vitamins and Supplements) and enjoyed spending time on the casino boat. She also loved playing bingo and cards. She was known as the “life of the party” and brought joy and humor to all.
She is survived by her loving son, Elmer “Bubby” Whittaker; sister, Juanita (late Dean “Stubby”) Sheeley; sisters-in-law: JoAnn (late Melvin) Evetts and Janie (late Clayton) Evetts; and many dear nieces and nephews and friends.
Liz is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son, Greg Whittaker; her husband and love of her life, Sal Duarte; and her brothers: James (late Jean) Evetts, Melvin “Bud” Evetts, George (late Jewel) Evetts, Clayton Evetts, and Earl “PeeWee” Evetts.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland Street, Gary) on Tuesday, February 11 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 PM. Burial at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens following service. For more information, call 219-980-1141.