Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home to sponsor annual Fall Festival on the grounds of Calumet Park Funeral Chapel…..

Date:  October 7, 2017

Time:  11:00am- 1:00pm

Where:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 1/2 mile north of Route 30 on Taft in Merrillville

Activities:  hayrides, pumpkin and face painting, games, refreshments and more

Bring the kids and have a great time of memory building.  Fun for all ages.

For info and directions, call 219-736-5840

 

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road in Hobart to hold first annual Fall Festival…

306Date:  October 21, 2017

Time:  11:00am – 1:00pm

Place:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel just north of County Line Orchard in Hobart

Activities:  pumpkin painting, face painting, games, truck or treat and refreshments

Price of admission:  Free – compliments of Calumet Park

Invite your friends and come for a couple of hours of pure fun.  Create some memories that will last a lifetime.

Call 219-940-3791 for details and directions.

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Can one or two people make a difference in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey?

Paul Vogel from Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana and Jim Bognar, a Merrillville police officer, in Houston to help families after Hurricane Harvey blasted the Texas with wind and almost unending rainfall.

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Mr. Liu with Paul Vogel. Mr. Liu is a Vietnamese homeowner who just moved into his home three weeks before the storm. He liked the river location because it reminded him of home. His family escaped Vietnam after the communist takeover via a boat to the Philippines.

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Paul Vogel (left) with his team, working to help families with clean-up in Houston.

There is a story of a man who came upon a small child tossing starfish back into the ocean.  The man asked the boy what he was doing.  The boy picked up another starfish and threw it as far as he could, and told the man he was saving the starfish’s life.  The man looked around and saw hundreds of beached starfish and told the boy he was wasting his time.  “There are hundreds of starfish here so what difference will it make if you save a few?”, he asked.  The boy went about his business as he threw another starfish into the water, turned to the old man and declared, “It made a difference to that one.”

Loading up a truck of all sorts of things that will be needed for the people of Houston.

Items collected from Calumet Park Cemetery and affiliates employees and members of Valley Baptist Church and Bridgepoint Church in Valparaiso.

And so it is with two local men who felt that driving to Houston, hooking up with the Second Baptist Church and Pastor Craig Reynolds (a former Houston Astros shortstop) in Houston, and donating their time and energy to helping where needed.  Their mission is to help in any way possible and to answer the simple question of WWJD. .. What would Jesus do?  Paul and Jim are on a mission to “save some starfish”, and what better way than to get your hands dirty and help families, one at a time.

As difficult to believe it to be possible, looters are going through neighborhoods and stealing from those who have had their lives turned upside down from the storms. There should be a special place in hell for such sinful behavior.

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is beyond anything that words can describe.  Pictures can show the destruction of homes, cars, businesses and even life.  Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and everything you owned was gone.  Include in this the business that you worked at, the paycheck that no longer exists, the lack of food and shelter, and the despair and loss of hope that you would be feeling.  And in every direction you look your friends and family and neighbors by the millions are frightened to their last nerve as you all wonder how you will survive.  There is no electricity, no water, no food, no stores to buy food, no way to get to stores if money were not an issue,  and all the while the threat of another hurricane lurking in the Atlantic.

Storms do bring out the worst in people, but they also bring out the best in so many others.  There are thousands of Paul Vogel’s and Jim Bognar’s descending on Houston and Florida with but the muscle on their bones and a desire to help every family, rich or poor, white or black or Hispanic, and every color in-between, and every faith under God.  Seen nailed over one door was a simple sign:  Grant me patience Lord, but hurry!!  Our TV’s are filled with videos and pictures that try to capture all that is going on in Houston and now, Florida, and all the other countries that were hit so hard by Hurricane Irma.

The simple phrase This Too Shall Pass makes for a nice graphic to place over a sofa in one’s home, but it is hard to believe the message when the sofa and the wall of the house has been blown away.  This is where true faith comes in as there will come a time that all of the houses will be rebuilt.  All the furniture, and clothes and appliances and cars and all that has been lost will be replenished.  Eternity is what ultimately matters, and all of those who have joined in the quest to rebuild Houston and the East Coast and beyond are following their hearts as they seek to be of service to all of the victims as God’s helpers.

So, thanks to Paul, and Jim and the thousands who have donated to the cause of rebuilding lives.  Find a charitable group, from the Red Cross to veterans groups to local churches that are collecting money to help those who cannot help themselves, and give as though you were the one that needed to receive.  Forego the steak and go with a hot dog and send the extra money to help.  Every penny does become a dollar which does become a life savor to those who need your kindness and generosity more now than ever before.  You will feel great when you give more than you think you can afford.

And prayers are always welcomed…for the victims and for those trying to make a difference to every starfish and every child of God.

For information of prearranging for cemetery and funeral needs, call 219-769-8803.

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Save the date – Calumet Park Funeral Chapels in Merrillville and Hobart planning annual Fall Festivals…

When:  October 7 in Merrillville and October 21 in Hobart (both are Saturdays)

Where:  Merrillve at 7535 Taft Stree one half mile north of Route 30 in Merrillville (oct 7)

Hobart at 370 North County Line Road just half a mile north of the Count Line Orchard (Oct 21)

Time:  11:00 am to 1:00 pm for both events

Cost of admission:  Free

Hayrides (at Merrillville), face painting, crafts, pumpkin decorating (pumpkins free), refreshments and more.

Come out and enjoy a couple of hours of memory building with your family.  Hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, call 219-980-1141 for Merrillville and 219-940-3791 for Hobart.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share a fun day with your little ones without breaking the bank.  Your cost of admission is a promise to be a kid again for a couple of hours.

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In memory of Tony Rendina…

Obituary for Anthony S. Rendina Jr.

Anthony S. “Tony” Rendina, Jr.
Merrillville, IN

Anthony S. Rendina, Jr., passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Lee Rendina in 1989. He is survived by his son, Tony (Donna) Rendina III; daughter, Beth (Steve) Hitt; grandchildren: Tony Bill Rendina, Kristin (Chris Holland) Rendina, Mandi (Chad) Bogue, Anni Bartok and Rich Bartok; great grandchildren: Triston Spencer, Jaycie Bogue, Autumn Rendina, Ryan Bogue, Joey Brazeau, Ben “Bengy” Bogue, Izzy Smith and Cooper Holland; brothers: Vince Rendina and Romeo (Dorothy) Rendina; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rendina; special friend and companion, Barbara Fedorchak. Also survived by and a very large extended family. Also preceded in death by his parents: Antonio and Michelina Rendina; sisters: Angeline Orosz and Rose Truax; and brothers: Joe, Phil and Mike Rendina.
Tony was a well-respected funeral director in Indiana for 62 years. He also retired from EJ&E Railroad. Mr. Rendina proudly owned and operated Rendina Funeral Home in Gary, IN with his brothers for many years. Tony was a Veteran of the U. S. Army and also a member of the Sons of Italy and Gary Lions Clubs. A devout Catholic, Tony was a longtime parishioner of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Merrillville. He also served as former president of the Indiana State Board of Funeral Directors as well as a past Merrillville Police Commissioner.
When Tony wasn’t caring for families at the funeral home, he enjoyed going to the casinos, cruising in his convertible, telling a funny story or joke, giving children Dairy Queen money, praying the rosary…but most importantly he loved spending time with his beloved family. They were his world. He was generous, caring and always willing to help those in need. Tony will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (5920 Waite St. Merrillville, IN). Rev. Michael Maginot officiating with prayers from Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland St. Gary, IN) at 9:15 a.m. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Rendina Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. and Sons of Italy service at 5:00 p.m.
For information call 219-980-1141

Tony with Kathy Chepela and Dianne Correll on Memorial Day 2017

 

It has been a privilege to work with Tony and his family over the years.  He was a man of honor, of character, generous to the 10th degree, and kind to all who have had the good fortune to have met him.  Tony was detailed in his work and lived to serve his families.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a born story-teller.  He was a friend to many and he seldom met a person that he didn’t like and his outer toughness was but a mask as all could see the great heart that this man had – for families he helped through times of loss to children to vet groups and within his church.  Tony will be missed by all and is in our prayers as he takes his place in heaven.  Goodbye, Tony…the world is a lesser place with your passing.

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Memory challenges – age or Alzheimer’s

Memory challenges – age or Alzheimer’s

by Laura Conant, Calumet Park Correspondent

Have you been forgetting things a lot lately? Can’t find your keys or glasses? Is the worry of Alzheimer’s nagging at the back of your mind?  More than 5 million people in the US are living with Alzheimer’s so it’s in the news a lot.

Let’s put your worries to rest by finding out what are symptoms of normal aging vs. symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Memory problems such as forgetting recent conversations, misplacing items, difficulty in solving problems, can be normal as we age. It may take us longer to do complex tasks but we can do them without a lot of confusion. Signs of Alzheimer’s would be misplacing something and be unable to know how to retrace your steps to find it. Balancing your checkbook may become difficult as numbers no longer make sense. You may start getting lost on familiar routes while either walking or driving. Familiar areas now feel foreign.

Language problems can include not remembering the names of familiar objects like the TV or phone, or suddenly stopping in the middle of a conversation because you can’t remember what you were talking about. It’s not just losing your train of thought-it’s that you don’t remember starting the conversation at all. You may start having trouble reading by not recognizing or understanding the words.

Depression and becoming very easily agitated is another sign. Losing interest in things you previously enjoyed and being in a flat mood, personality changes and the loss of social skills are other symptoms of Alzheimer’s. You, yourself, may not be able to perceive these changes but may experience family members or friends telling you about them.

If you or a loved one are having any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a physician to start treatment to slow the progression of the disease.

Dear Family and friends,

Please try to understand what I am now; not think of me as I was.  I am alone, shut in, with my fears, my frustrations, my forgetfulness.  Forgive me if I strike out at you.  Why do I do that?  What has happened to me?  I cannot cope in this alien world.  I feel threatened.  I am frightened.  Speak softly, approach slowly.  Repeat again and again what you want of me.  Those twisted tangles in my brain have messed up my world.  Be patient, for I do love you.  And I need your help and love so very, very much.  Your Alzheimer Patient.  by Joy Glennner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit us at the Lake County Fair from August 4th – 13th

983.pngWhen you need a break from the rides, elephant ears, corn dogs etc., come visit us at the Industrial Building.  We will be at booth 101 and will be giving away a free spinner with each short survey that is filled in.  Don’t know what a spinner is?  Ask your kids as it is the hottest craze.   Take advantage of our Fair Special:  35% off graves in new sections at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville and for niches in the Beautiful Veteran Memorial Columbarium.  A columbarium is a bank of niches for permanent placement of a loved one a Calumet Park Cemetery.  Call for more info at 219-769-8803.  See you at the fair.

 

 

Veteran Memorial columbarium

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Butterfly release scheduled for July 22 at 11:00 a.m. – call before July 12 to reserve your live butterfly…

Dianne Correll, Andrea Paunicka and Stephanie Szymanski handing out butterflies for last years event.

Mark your calendars for the annual live butterfly release program at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN.  This event keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Last year there were over 600 butterflies released during this beautiful and touching time or remembrance.  Call 219-769-8803 now to be sure that you get your butterfly.  Cutoff to order your free butterfly will be July 12th.  Be part of the live music and butterfly ceremony and call now.  Release is set for Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.  See you there.

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Fishing event at Calumet Park Cemetery – fun time on a hot day!

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A fun morning of fishing and building memories at Calumet Park Cemetery on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  A nice gathering of families reeled in some pretty good sized fish and enjoyed snacks during the annual event.  Thanks for those who attended and thanks to those who supervised to ensure that all would be safe and entertained.  Join us next year for this free day of fishing and catch and release.  For information, call Calumet Park at 219-769-8803.

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