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Mourning the loss of Paul Vogel, Sr…

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On the morning of September 28, 2017 Paul Vogel passed away.  Paul was the CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapels in Merrillville and in Hobart and Rendina Funeral Home.  Paul will always be in the hearts of anyone who ever had the pleasure to meet him.  He was a truly great patriot and was dedicated to any veteran-related clause.  More info and details of his funeral will be forthcoming.patriot guard funeral service 0260732015-10-07-09-02-22031-e1506630684801.jpg115.jpg 151.jpg2012-10-12-08-24-40.jpg2013-05-31-03-38-24.jpg2013-05-31-04-03-22.jpg2014-03-29-05-27-08.jpg2014-03-29-05-55-19.jpg2014-03-30-05-16-17.jpg2017-02-01-03-40-24.jpg

Go to calumetparkcemetery.com for obituary and funeral scheduling details.

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From the archives….

2017-02-03-20-18-22Found in the archives, the invitation that was sent out for the dedication of the Catholic Sections from back in 1933.  Calumet Park, always and still family owned and operated.

2017-02-03-20-18-47 2017-02-03-20-18-54From its humble beginnings in 1928, Calumet Park has grown to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.  Besides the cemetery, Calumet Park now owns and operates two crematories and three funeral homes:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville, Rendina Funeral Home in Gary and Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Hobart.

For information on pre-planning your cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803 or stop in for a tour of any of our facilities.  Find out more about us by reading some of the posts in this blog or go to http://calumetparkcemetery.com

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You are invited to the Rendina Funeral Home open house on September 29

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The Rendina family has served the community since 1961.  Thousands of families have had their funeral needs taken care of by Tony and his family, and now the torch has been passed to Calumet Park Cemetery.  By combining this completely renovated Rendina Funeral Home facility with Calumet Park Cemetery’s rich tradition of “family first”, even a casual visitor will be impressed.

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Stop in between 5 and 7 on September 29th and say hi to your old friend Tony.  Refreshments will be served and you will be able to take a casual tour of the facility and see for yourself how comfortable and well appointed the remodel is.

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Harley Hearse for the actual last ride of your life. Available only at Rendina Funeral Home and other Calumet Park affiliates.

For For over 53 years the Rendina family served your families in a tradition of excellence.  And now, the continuation of this remarkable family’s life’s work is going to be carried on by Calumet Park.  Meet some of our staff and enjoy an evening reminiscing about old times and making new friends.  The funeral home is located at 5100 Cleveland Street and you can call 980-1141 for more information and directions.  It’s close proximity to Calumet Park Cemetery makes this a perfect marriage between Rendina and family owned and operated Calumet Park Cemetery.

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Stop in and see the changes when you are in the neighborhood…

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Look for the grand opening of Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Hobart and Portage.  Located just south of Route 6 on County Line Road between Hobart and Portage, this facility is now open to serve Hobart and Portage families.  Stop in when passing by and have a free tour of the building.  A complete remodeling of the building will greet families as they pass through the main entrance to the funeral home.

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There is parking for 98 vehicles, and the funeral home has the size and staff to easily serve two families at the same time.  The building is approximately 12,000 square feet and there is a crematory on the premises.

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This is the third funeral home acquired by Calumet Park Cemetery since 2004.  The first funeral home was purchased in 2004 on the site of the original Stilinovich and Wiatrolik funeral home on Taft in Merrillville, and in 2014 a smart investment was made in adding Rendina Funeral Home to serve local families and their funeral needs.  Rendina is just two miles north of the cemetery on Cleveland in Gary.  Calumet Park, started in 1928, is still owned and operated by the same families.  Calumet Park and its affiliates have the funeral home resources to help 500 families a year through one of life’s greatest challenges…the death of a loved one…and the next few days after such a loss.   Already serving over 600 families with their cemetery needs, the addition of funeral homes makes this transition between life and death much easier for the families that suffer a loss.

Call now at 219-940-3791 to find out how the right place with the right people may be just what you are looking for from your cemetery and funeral providers.

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The flag that stands for freedom….

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The flag that stands for freedom,

Shouts loud for all to hear…

“We are the good old U.S.A.,

the land we hold so dear.”

The boys and girls who dressed the part,

Aged beyond compare

when they hit the shores of Normandy

or places ‘over there’.

Men and women served with pride,

At home or overseas…

All sacrificed their days of youth

So we could all be free.

And others, please remember,

Have never returned home.

Their souls to God, their blood to soil,

Their families left alone.

At Cal Park, we thank them all,

and understand their plight.

Peace the goal, but because of them

the world still fears our might.

The uniform that makes us one,

from Army to Marines…

and Navy, Air Force and the Guard,

brings peace by any means.

To all veterans and their families, Calumet Park Cemetery and affiliates salute you.

Join us this Memorial Weekend in our show of appreciation for all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

For more info on the weekend, see our Newsletter on this blog or call 219-769-8803.

 

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What if just one cow shows up?

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The tiny white church stood alone on the country road. Catholics in the area, farmers mostly, would gather each Sunday for the 9:00 a.m. mass. They would wear their “Sunday-go-meetin” clothes and eagerly await the Franciscan priest’s words of comfort, joy, or forgiveness. When I say tiny church, there was enough room for maybe 30 people at one time, including the smaller space needed for the average of six kids per farmer that would show up for their weekly dose of goodness.

I remember one Christmas morning after a particularly heavy snowfall that the only people in attendance were Father Mike, me as the altar boy, and one farmer. No wife, no kids…just a God-fearing man in his best bib overalls. I was eight years old and lived only a couple of hundred yards from the church. Walking through waist high snow to serve mass, which was one of my favorite things to do, was no big deal. The year was 1957 and women had to have their heads covered at church, whether with a hat or a scarf. These were times when it felt holy to hear the service, and to respond to the priest, in Latin.

Father Mike said to the farmer, “Well, I guess there is no point to have a service today.”

“Why do you say that, Father?”

“Well, it’s just you, so…”

“I don’t see it that way, Father. If only one cow turns up at feeding time, I still feed it.”

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Hello…guess who’s hungry?

And so there was a Christmas mass on that cold and snowy day. But something bigger than a “mass for one” happened that day for me. I learned the lesson that one cow, one farmer, or one boy should be fed when they come to the table for nourishment. Sometimes, nourishment comes from actually eating a meal, while the feeding of a soul is just as important.

Christmas gets so commercialized that the word itself has lost its meaning to so many. The man, Christ, was born on that day in a manger so many years ago. His very birth was like the planting of a garden of hope for all of humanity that can still be feasted upon today…2015 years later.

 

I once read of a play put on by an elementary school, and a six year old boy who was playing the part of the inn keeper let his own heart be known to the audience during his small, one line role. When Joseph came to his desk and asked if there was room at the inn, the audience could not stop laughing when the inn keeper responded, “Yes sir, how will you be paying for your stay?”

Eventually decorum returned, the play went on, and when it was over, the little boy was asked why he changed the line from the bible story of the birth of Christ. His reply is a lesson we could all use at this time of year. He said, “I just could not turn Joseph and Mary away.”

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There is nothing wrong with decorating with lights and tinsel, sharing wonderful meals with delicious pies and Christmas sugar cookies, and exchanging gifts. It is a season of good will to all men and women and tidings of comfort and joy abound. The question that needs to be asked by each of us is a simple one; simple yet telling of where our faith really lies. If you were asked, ‘Is there room at the inn?’, would you invite Jesus into your heart? That is Christmas in a nutshell. Is there room in our lives for Christ, or do we put a big X over the real reason for December 25th to be marked on our calendars as a favorite holiday when we allow X-mas to be part of our lexicon?

The staff of Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, and Rendina Funeral Home wish for a happy and healthy Christmas to all of the readers of this message. May the grace of God protect you from the craziness of this world in which we live.

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What Does The Christmas Angel Look Like?

  1. Angels come in all shapes and sizes; all ages and skin types.
  2. For example, the little old lady who returned your purse last week when you left it on the bus.
  3. They come disguised as teachers, students, doctors and nurses.
  4. Remember the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things…could it be angels melting your heart?
  5. Remember the stranger who just happened to come along when you had lost your way?
  6. Think back to the friend who touched your heart when you did not think you had one?
  7. Some cherubs have freckles, some have dimples, and some have wrinkles. They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, but when you choose to see, angels are everywhere you look.
  8. Remember Clarence from “It’s a Wonderful Life”? It is even possible that you are a saving angel to someone in their time of need. Love like an angel and be someone’s Christmas Angel.
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A perfect day for taking some current pics at Calumet Park Cemetery….

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Original mausoleum

Meditation Pond with Gazebo                                    Meditation Pond and Gazebo

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Garden of the Angels

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Veteran Memorial Columbarium and niches

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Hand-carving of hobbit habitat near Meditation Pond

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WWII Battle of the Bulge Memorial

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Back entrance to Calumet Park Cemetery half mile west of Taft

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On Cleveland near Rendina Funeral Home

For information on preplanning, call 219-769-8803 and visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com

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Our interment process and why we do it this way…

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Please take a few moments to read the following explanation of our interment policies and the steps that make up the process.  You may be surprised to find that coming to the cemetery to finalize the burial arrangements of your loved one is more of an involved process than you expected.  Therefore, it is important for you to understand three things:

  1. The process is the same for everyone.
  2. It is not our intention to frustrate you during your time of loss.
  3. There are certain legal requirements and rules that must be met before a burial can take place.

Everything that we do is in the best interests of the families we serve and is aimed at giving you the best possible chance to carry out the permanent placement of your loved one without the possibility of future legal challenges.  There are two primary issues that must be satisfied before an interment, entombment or inurnment can be completed at Calumet Park Cemetery.  These two areas of concern are:

  1. Determine who has the legal right of final disposition.
  2. Determine who has the legal right to open a grave (interment), crypt (entombment) or niche (inurnment).

In most cases, relationships to the deceased are easily determined and the interment process is simply a matter of reviewing an interment order, going to the final resting place to assign or verify the space to be used for the committal of the loved one to (or selecting a final resting place when not already prearranged), signing the official paperwork, paying for items and services necessary to complete the burial and having any of your questions answered.

For some, a selection near a beautiful, mature tree meets their needs.

For some, a selection near a beautiful, mature tree meets their needs.

There are times when questions arise concerning these two issues. It is Calumet Park’s policy (in such circumstances when doubt as to who can do what arises)  to get a court order allowing the interment to proceed.  This is not a complicated process and your Family Service Counselor will assist you in this matter.

It is not comfortable or convenient to either party when a court order is requested.  However, the task of the Family Service Counselor as a representative of Calumet Park Cemetery is to make certain that the interment is performed to meet your needs while complying with the legal requirements of the State of Indiana and the Federal Trade Commission, along with the rules governing the operation of Calumet Park Cemetery.

It should be noted that the question of who has the right of interment and the right to open a grave are laws that must be adhered to regardless of the cemetery or funeral home that you select.  Although all such entities are expected to abide by the laws designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the State of Indiana, not all obey them as written.  Calumet Park believes that the intent of the law as a means of protection for families and individuals during a time of loss far outweighs the disregard for such compliance for the sake of expediency, and does its utmost to follow the law even when not the most convenient to do so.

So please try to bear with us and be patient.  Please understand that going through the process the way we do really is the best policy…for all concerned.  We promise to take as little time as is necessary while helping you complete the interment process for your loved one.  Please accept our condolences for your loss.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information, call 769-8803 or visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com

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The perfect place for veterans choosing cremation…

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At Calumet Park, we respect a person’s personal preferences for how they would like to be remembered.  Veterans are so instrumental in our waking each day to the freedoms that we enjoy, so it is fitting that the Board of Directors of Calumet Park have spared no expense in providing for the needs of veterans when God calls them home.

The Veterans Memorial Columbarium (shown above) is but an example of the way Calumet Park feels about our veterans.  The columbarium is situated in the veterans section right next to the Battle of the Bulge memorial.

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The kneeling soldier at the cross represents so much to so many.  It is a work of art in bronze commissioned by Calumet Park to make the statement that we are one nation under God and our men and women in uniform are responsible for protecting us from those who want to destroy our way of life.  The benches offer a place for the weary and lonely survivors to sit and take refuge; a place in a peaceful, garden-like setting that invites tears and laughter.   Memories are powerful things, and a memorial tribute can capture a little of that feeling when designed with the heart as the center of the memorial.

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To insure that this tribute maintains its beauty, individual and caring attention must be paid to its maintenance.  Andy Proffer, a professional grounds-crew member at Calumet Park Cemetery for many years, is shown watering these colorful trees, shrubs, plants and seasonal flowers.  Each selection of plantings were chosen specifically to give life and love to the families choosing cremation.  The columbarium has a limited number of niches and it is recommended you stop by the cemetery and see if this garden oasis is right for you.  You must have a DD214 or equivalent to be inurned (cremains permanently placed in a niche) in this special place.

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For more information regarding this, or the many other ways that Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel cares for our men and women in uniform, call 219-769-8803 or visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com  Below is the personal information for the cremains that are placed in the niche, done in bronze, with the emblem for branch of service as shown on discharge papers.

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