Category Archives: Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville Indiana
Come out to the cemetery on Saturday, June 9th at 11:00 and bring the kids. This is an annual catch and release program of fun for the entire family. Refreshments will be served. Stop at the office for a map to the Meditation Pond, or look for the fountain, gazebo and waterfalls. See you there. 99% sure you will catch fish. Call 769-8803 if you have any questions.
Calumet Park thanks all who visited the park this weekend to pay their respects. Thousands of cars passed through the gates over the weekend with people coming out to remember their lost loved ones.
The Veteran Memorial Columbarium is located in the Veteran Section. New this year are the five flagpoles that will have the branch of service flags flying high. They will be in place by Memorial Day.
The Memorial Weekend service for veterans will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Pastor Dan Jacobsen will deliver the invocation. The service is organized by The American Legion First District and will have a number of dignitaries speaking, including the Honorable Peter Visclosky, with Captain James Wiltshire, USNR (ret) presenting the Memorial Day address.
Special thanks go to the Merrillville High School Symphonic Band, Wolff Gang singing group from Hobart High School, Mattie Willis singing My Buddy and Tom Cushing playing Taps. Other participants will be Tim Conner, Joe Simonetto, Marty Dzieglowicz, Judy Morris, Dewey Long, Denise Delaney-Wrolen, David Tretter, Chaplain Bob Downy, the Marine Corps Howlin Mad Detachment 93 and the many who make up the color guard.
This event offers an opportunity for all to show their respect and appreciation for all that our veterans have done to keep this country safe for democracy. To them and to their loved ones, Calumet Park salutes you and offers our most sincere thanks.
Questions regarding any of the Memorial Weekend’s many services, or for info about the annual fireworks on Saturday night, call 219-769-8803. Calumet Park is located at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville just one mile north of Route 30. See you there! When you call, ask about the many specials available for Memorial Weekend with the sale ending June 14.
Calumet Park Cemetery is giving a facelift to the mausoleums in preparation for Memorial Weekend. Over time, the buildings have become an eyesore due to weather, pollution, and who knows what. On your next visit to the park, drive past the three mausoleums at the west side of the cemetery. Something old can look like something new with some tender, loving care which is proven by the restoration shown above as Calumet Park gets ready for the thousands of families that will visit Calumet Park Cemetery over Memorial Weekend.
For information on preplanning your cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803 and let us answer your questions about this need that we all have. http://www.mycalumetpark.com
Alternatives to traditional hearse offered at Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home…
(Permission to use photos/name granted by family.) Photos show an alternative choice for a funeral procession. Traditionally, casketed loved ones are driven in funeral coaches, more commonly referred to as a hearse. At Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home, a family may select a funeral coach, a horse and buggy or a Harley Hearse.
The photos shown above were from the recent funeral of Pablo Arriaga. Daughter, Iris Petroff, was very happy with the uniqueness of a horse drawn carriage to carry her father to church and then to his final resting place. The services were handled by Violeta de la Torre-Corona and Mike Poweska at the Hobart Funeral Chapel just north of County Line Orchard in Hobart. The horse and buggy are owned and operated by Rob Poortenga. Rob has volunteered his services for different veteran-related functions at Calumet Park Cemetery. His company name is Hoof-n-Harness.
For information on prepanning a funeral, call Violeta at 219-940-3791 for Hobart or Michelle at 219-880-1141 for Rendina or Carrie at 219-736-5840 for Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville. All have the use of any of the three means of moving a loved one to their final resting place contingent on availability on the day needed. You can call Calumet Park Cemetery at 219-769-8803 for more information.
Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, baskets filled with straw.
Are what we see in early Spring after the last wintry thaw.
Boiled eggs in colorful shells, Peeps of pink and yellow…
Easter bonnets and lacy dresses and bunny molds filled with Jello.
Is this what Easter has become – what it is all about?
Or is it the rising of Christ that makes the stones want to shout.
It was on that morning Christ rose from the dead and gave life to all who have lived
That makes Easter Sunday so special for all, as all of our sins He forgives.
Just three days before, He was nailed to a cross; on his head was a crown of thorns.
And as the blood trickled down, the crowd down below seemed to show only scorn.
He forgave them all then, and He forgives us all now…
Heaven’s gates were unlocked, now that’s a big wow!
So eat up your candy and play with your toys.
Find the joy of the season amidst all the noise.
The promise of heaven was fulfilled on that day
When the rock covering the tomb was pushed away.
Just say I believe, and eternity is yours
The crucified Christ opened heaven’s doors.
He gave you free will so choose as you may
Just remember that your future is about what you say.
Invite Jesus into your heart and your soul –
Let His mercy and grace fill your heart’s empty hole.
Simply ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord
Rejection means something that you can’t afford.
So enjoy your candy and Sunday’s big feast
While remembering that Jesus dying defeated the Beast!
Happy Easter to all from Calumet Park Cemetery.
Go to YouTube and enter Calumet Park Cemetery Benefits for veterans
Calumet Park Cemetery will be posting short informational videos on YouTube periodically. Some videos that will be coming soon will be tours of the cemetery and of the three funeral homes: Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on Taft in Merrillville (219-736-5840), Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road between Portage and Hobart just north of the Apple Orchard (219-940-3791) and Rendina Funeral Home (219-980-11410) at the edge of Gary and Merrilliville on Cleveland.
Calumet Park Cemetery and Affiliates hold annual holiday party at Insbrook Country Club on February 3…
A wonderful time of fine food, fellowship and laughter was had by all at this year’s holiday party. The affair was held at Insbrook Country Club on Saturday night. Enjoy the following pictures from the evening of appreciation for all the caring work that was performed in 2017. Click on any picture to enlarge.
For anyone who has had the responsibility of making cemetery arrangements for a loved one, the costs of opening and closing of a grave (O/C), a crypt or a cremation niche hits them like a slap in the face. “To dig a grave, you want how much?” is often heard during a meeting to finalize the paperwork for a burial. “I’ll get my brothers and we’ll come dig the grave!”
There is a lot more to the opening and closing of a final resting place than just the digging of a grave. Under the umbrella of “opening and closing”, the charges include administration and permanent record keeping. It must be determined who has the ownership with accompanying right to open a grave,. Permission to open the grave is only half of the process. The second half is who has the rights of disposition for the human remains. In other words, who is permitted by law to dispose of a human body. Entering the interment particulars in the interment register, and maintaining all the legal records is included in the opening and closing fee.
At Calumet Park, a triple verification system is in place which means locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling in the interment space, the installation and removal of the lowering device, placement and removal of artificial grass and set up to allow for a safe burial site for both the family and friends attending a committal service and for the cemetery crew responsible for the burial. When weather conditions permit, the costs for setting up and taking down of a tent is part of the O/C charges.
Upon the completion of a burial, the grave must be filled in immediately, and again a number of times until the dirt has settled. Once the dirt has settled, and after tamping and re-grading of the topsoil, grass must be planted. When markers are in place, they must be tended to which usually means removing and replacing to allow the grave to by prepared for the burial. Finally, there is a pro-rated insurance that must be maintained for the cemetery for the protection of both the families served and the employees against any possible damage from equipment while processing the interment and financial protection should any person or persons be injured during the burial process.
A burial includes the digging of the grave, removing the dirt from the site (to be brought back after the interment is completed), the setting of a vault (outer protective receptacle into which the casket is placed), the lowering of the casket into the vault, filling in of the grave and grave completion process as described above.
The good news, if such a thing exists when considering all that goes into the O/C process, is that you can prearrange and freeze the price for the opening and closing of a grave. Currently at Calumet Park, the price for an O/C is $2140 and can be prearranged with as little as 10% down and interest free monthly payments of $80.25 per month for 24 months. Of course, we are an old fashioned company in that we will accept payment in full on credit cards, debit cards, personal check or actual cash.
It should be noted that there are no payment terms except payment in full when you find yourself in an immediate need situation and short of money. A grave will not be opened without this fee paid at the time of need. It is not the intent of cemeteries to require payment before burial. The facts are that some people do not pay their bills, which puts an unfair burden on all the others who do pay.
Stop in today at Calumet Park Cemetery for more information or to prearrange an opening and closing for yourself or other loved one. Call 219-769-8803 now to set up a personal meeting with one of our caring Family Service Counselor. There is no obligation to get educated in regards cemetery and funeral arrangements.