Category: Rendina Obituaries

Romeo R. Rendina

Romeo Rendina, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Rendina (Durakovich); cherished daughters: Kathy (Mitch) Merle and Karen (Tim) Brust; brother, Vince Rendina and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents: Antonio and Michelina Rendina; siblings: Ang (Bert) Orosz, Rose (Butch) Truax, Joe (Evelyn) Rendina, Phil (Mary Lou) Rendina, Tony (Lee) Rendina and Mike (Pat) Rendina; sister-in-law, Marcia Rendina.

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He is survived by his loving children: Patrick (Wanda) Doherty, Mary (Jim) Young, Kevin (Holly) Doherty and Maureen Doherty; grandchildren: Jennifer (Victor), Brendan (Kirsten), Caitlin (Scott), McKenah, Connor, Elizabeth, Liam and Norah; great grandchildren: Kinsley, Isbel, Arianna and Avalynn; niece, Kristine Smock and nephew, George Doherty.

Cecilia V. Pankowski

Cecilia V. Pankowski, age 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She is survived by her loving daughters: Deborah (Robert) Gallup, Kathleen (Jerry) Hedrick, Mary (David, Sr.) Rarity and Roberta (Tony) Bauer; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 4 great -great grandchildren.

Joseph Ruda

Joseph Ruda, age 59, passed away on October 15, 2019.  He was born on October 23, 1959 to the late Joseph R. and Helen (nee Sadowski) Ruda.

Joe was a devout catholic, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was also passionately involved with Lake County Right to Life.

Andrew D. Taylor

Andrew D. Taylor, “Bobby”, passed away in Indianapolis at the age of 87. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War, and upon returning home, went to work as a crane operator in the Operating Engineers Local 150 for many years before retiring. He enjoyed spending his time mushroom hunting, fishing, woodworking, and was a distinguished competitive marksman.

Patricia Trumbo

Patricia A. Trumbo, of Merrillville passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at the age of 82. Patricia was a long-standing member of VFW post 5365 and American Legion post 430, as well as the Loyal Order of Moose Hobart Lodge.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Walter; her daughter, Deborah (Lance) Buckmaster; and her grandchildren, Michael and Janessa Buckmaster.
Friends are invited to visit on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary. Funeral service 10:00 AM on Monday, September 30, also at Rendina. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. For information, call 219-980-1141.

Stephen Kaschak

Stephen Kaschak, age 91, of Merrillville, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019. He was born in Garanda, Hungary on September 13, 1928 to the late Ilona Kavecsanszki and Lajos Kaschak. At age 16, Stephen was forced to Germany under Nazi occupation and was held prisoner of war under the Americans. At age 20, the U.S. Army liberated the prison camp and he became a free man. At that time, like everyone, he was looking for the American dream and came to the United States.
When he was 21, he found employment in East Chicago at Youngstown Sheet and Tube (now known as LTV). In 1952 he was called to serve in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria. Upon returning home from service, Stephen returned to work at LTV from which he retired after 45 years. Gardening was his passion. Stephen was a jack of all trades, and there was nothing he couldn’t fix.
Stephen is survived by the love of his life, Aranka (nee Bencze), whom he married on October 8, 1962 in Hungary and then returned back to the states. They would have celebrated their 57th anniversary this year. He is also survived by his son: Steven Robert, of Valparaiso; his daughter: Rita, of Griffith; his grandkids – and lights of his life: Erica and Nathan; his sister: Marika, in Hungary; and many nieces and nephews in Hungary. He is preceded in death by his two brothers: Tibor and Lajos.
Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Chapel service Monday, September 23, at 10:00 AM, Fr. Joseph Vamos officiating. Additional visitation from 9:00 until time of service. All services held at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland Street, Gary. Interment with military honors Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. For information, call 219-980-1141.
Stephen touched so many lives, words cannot express how much he will be missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A very special thank you to all the nurses and caregivers at Wittenberg Village who provided such excellent care for Stephen during his stay.

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.