Category: Staff

Kelly Ableidinger

Kelly is a proud mother of two children Kyla (18) and Michael (15). She decided to become a funeral director after losing her father in 2014. She attended Ivy Tech and earned her Mortuary Science degree with honors in 2018.   She is very passionate about her career and truly cares about her families, and she has a tremendous amount of empathy for everyone affected by the loss of a loved one. She believes that creating meaningful ways to pay tribute to a loved one begins with genuine compassion and is shaped by the understanding that each life is truly unique. In Kelly’s spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She is very active in fitness and enjoys working out and staying healthy. She is a member of the Lake Station Historical Society and is also a coach for the boy’s high school AAU league basketball team at the courts in Valparaiso.

Michael Poweska

Mike is a resident of Lake Station, IN. He is a Certified Crematory Operator and Cremation Arranger. Mike has two decades of experience serving families in Northwest Indiana. Mike is Vice President of the Lake Station Historical Society, is on the Board of Directors of the Lake Station Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Lake Station Lions Club. He enjoys history, art, working in his yard and garden and spending time with family and friends.

Mileva Savich

Mileva is a lifelong Lake County resident. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. The wife of a funeral director, Mileva has been around all facets of the death care field. As a result, Mileva is certified in Family Service Counseling to assist families with their pre-need services, cemetery and memorials. Several of our clients are delighted to discover that Mileva is fluent in the Serbo-Croation and Macedonian languages.

Sandra Casalin

Sandra began her career as a Family Service Counselor with Calumet Park Cemetery in 2017. She takes pride in treating each and every family with compassion and care, paying attention to every detail from start to finish. Her goal is to ensure that everyone walks away knowing that their loved one is treated with nothing but dignity and respect. She feels her greatest gift is receiving a hug or a card from a grieving family member, thanking her for making such a heart-breaking experience an easier and smoother process.

Sandra currently holds an insurance license for property, casualty, life and health, and she worked in the insurance industry for several years. She is an alumni of Purdue University Calumet, and holds a Business Degree with an emphasis in Marketing. She is especially proud of being the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a scholarship through an entrepreneurial club. She is also proud to be a “foster parent to some of the most beautiful canines on earth!”

Richard Stake

Richard is married and has two children, three grandsons, and is a cat and dog lover. Originally from Chicago, Richard has lived in Merrillville for the past seven years. He is a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Merrillville. He is one of the founding members of the Thursday morning fellowship and prayer group that meets at the cemetery. He has won several recognition awards for service to families as well as outstanding attitude winner on a number of occasions since joining the Family Service staff in 2012. His personal philosophy is “God put me on Earth to make people laugh and smile. I find nothing quite as fulfilling as turning a family’s tears into a smile when appropriate during my short time of servicing their immediate and future needs.”

Kathy Chepela

Kathy has served the families entrusted to our cemetery and funeral homes for more than 20 years. She has a deep-rooted knowledge and experience with various ethnic customs, and so works closely with many members of our diverse community. Kathy is active in the community with the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and various religious organizations.

Kevin Music

Kevin lives in Lake Station, Indiana with his wife Katie and their three children. A lifelong Lake Station resident, Kevin has acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kevin is currently enrolled at Ivy Tech working toward a degree in Mortuary Science. Before moving into the Administrative Assistant role at Rendina Funeral Home, he worked on the grounds crew at Calumet Park Cemetery for 11 years. Kevin loves to spend his free time with his wife and kids, whether it is going to movies, sporting events, or playing video games with the kids, he strives to spend as much time with his family as he can.