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Top cemetery in the country awarded to Calumet Park Cemetery from American Cemetery and Cremation magazine…
ACE Winner Click here for the article announcing Calumet Park Cemetery as the winner of the best cemetery in the country. Thanks to all the employees and owners of Calumet Park Cemetery. It is due to the dedication and true spirit of service to our neighbors that inspires the Calumet team to be the best. Like the Wizard of Oz, we always knew that we had a brain, a heart and courage, and now we have bragging rights that our feelings about what we do is officially recognized. Calumet Park has received runner-up awards a number of times so it is appreciated to be the recipient of this honor from the American Cemetery and Cremation magazine (celebrating their 90th anniversary just as Calumet Park Cemetery is doing the same…both founded in 1928).
For info on prearranging you cemetery and funeral needs, call 219-769-8803.
The following letter was received from a sweet lady after the placement of her loving husband in the new niche bank on the north shore of the Meditation Pond at Calumet Park Cemetery. This letter is included in this facebook entry, not as a way to give special credit to Dan because he was just being Dan. It is here because we all need to be reminded that love like this exists, is real and the loss is felt so deeply. All of the staff at Calumet Park helps people every day of the year, whether our funeral home staff, office people, family service department or the people that oversee the grounds. Permission was granted to put this letter on Calumet Park’s facebook page.
November 20, 2018
Board of Directors
Calumet Park Cemetery
2305 West 73rd Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Dear Board Members,
I needn’t tell you as members of the Board of Directors of Calumet Park Cemetery that losing a loved one, any loved one, is one of life’s most painful and stressful experiences. However, losing someone that I loved as passionately as I did my late husband brought agonizing pain for which I was totally unprepared even though I knew of the unthinkable for the previous fifteen months. Thankfully I received and continue to receive consolation and support from dear family members and friends.
Occasionally someone new to me provided solace as well. One such person is a dedicated and sensitive employee of yours, Dan Moran. I met Dan briefly on my first visit to the cemetery. He stepped into the office where I was completing paperwork, introduced himself, and provided me with a business card. I am so incredibly thankful that he did. I contacted him a few days later to voice a concern but couldn’t initially speak through a deluge of tears. Dan was genuinely impacted, and after speaking with him, I sensed his sincerity and that he would absolutely resolve any issue I identified. And of course he did.
One issue that I will be eternally grateful to him and the Board is understanding how important it was to me, to us, that the inscription, “With all my love, always” be included on our niches. Joe signed hundreds of cards and letters using these five words for 56 years. Those five words reflect a love story the depth of which is difficult to express, let alone explain. Five words, two lives, one love.
I wish to commend Dan for the tender and professional manner in which he conducted himself each time we met or spoke. He is, needless to say, an incredible asset to Calumet Park Cemetery. Whoever had the foresight and insight to hire him also needs to be commended.
It is a beautiful fall day in Merrillville. Below are some random shots of Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, Indiana. From atop the hill of crosses, it feels like the property is endless. There are over 400 acres of land owned by Calumet Park, with 170 developed. There are thousands of graves available from all price ranges in the area that is currently developed. At approximately 1100 burials per acre and at the current rate of usage, Calumet Park has land for close to 550 years. This means that it is OK to not worry about using up all the land. In fact, there are seven different possibilities for permanent placement of cremains, along with private and community mausoleums, flush bronze on granite sections, flush granite sections, above ground monument sections and so much more.
Mark you calendars for Veterans Day, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. for a Memorial Service for veterans. Call 769-8803 for details.
November 29 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rendina Funeral Chapel from 6-8 p.m. (call early to reserve your angel and come early to have time to pick up your angel before the ceremony begins. Call 980-1141 for details.
December 1 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at Merrillvile Funeral Chapel and will be from 3-5 p.m.. Try to come early to get your angel and to get good seats. Call 736-5840 for details.
December 8 will be the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Hobart Chapel on County Line Road in Hobart near the Apple Orchard. The time for this event will be from 3-5 p.m. Call 940-3791 for details.
Call now to reserve your angel.
Happy thanksgiving to all. You are all appreciated.
Thanks to all who visited this year’s Trunk or Treat event at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart. The funeral home is just north of the County Line Apple Orchard and just south of Route 6 and County Line Road in Hobart. A special thanks go out to all who helped make this event such a success. Lead by Violet de la Torre-Corona, funeral director, and Mike Poweska, many local businesses participated which offered a safe place for kids of all ages to spend a couple of hours having fun. Several employees from Calumet Park worked along side Violet and Mike and are appreciated for their contribution to this wonderful activity.
For information on pre-arranging or regarding future special community activities, call 219-940-3791 or stop by the funeral home for a personal, guided tour. Se habla espanol.
Mark your calendar for December 8 for the Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held at the Hobart Chapel (370 North County Line Road in Hobart. Merrillville’s tree lighting is December 1 and Rendina’s tree lighting is November 29. Call for times and to reserve your angels.
You can still participate in the Calumet Park Cemetery 5K Light the Darkness walk/run for suicide prevention…
Click on article above written by Jerry Davich, writer for the Post Tribune newspaper. His article tells the story Dr. Gold. She will be the guest speaker for Saturday, September 29, 5K fundraiser for suicide awareness. The map shows the path of the 3.1 mile course. All are invited to join in on this fundraiser to bring suicide awareness and prevention into the public conversation.
Call 219-769-8803 for details. Calumet Park is located at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville. Over 100 runners/walkers have signed up and will participate.
A time when “medaling” made a difference…
by Daniel Moran, G.M. Calumet Park Cemetery
I was standing outside the Calumet Park office in Merrillville in mid-August. It was 91 degrees and very high humidity. I was walking a man out to his car after helping with his cemetery questions. For this story, I will refer to him as Bob. I made mention that I could see he was riding with Christ and he stared at me for a second. I pointed to the small statue on his dashboard.
“Oh! Oh yeah, that,” he answered. And then, as we stood in the scorching sun, he told me his story. A number of years ago, he spoke of riding his motorcycle and just loved the feeling of freedom this simple act gave him. His bike was not even a week old and he was putting it through the paces. He said he might have been pushing the speed limit a little when, from his left mirror, he saw a car headed directly into his path. To avoid being hit, throttled up to the max, lost control and veered directly into a concrete wall.
By all accounts, he said he should have died. In fact, he even thinks that maybe he did die. After three weeks in a coma, he awoke. His first wife had died a couple of years before, and when he woke up after the crash, his second wife teared up as he spoke. He whispered to her what you might expect someone to say when waking up in a hospital room. “Where am I?” he asked. “What happened?”
“Bob, you were in a serious accident,” she answered.
“Three weeks ago,” she replied.
Bob looked around the room. He was connected to monitors and wires and tubes connecting him to life sustaining gadgetry. He said a nurse came running in and doctors’ were called in to check on the return to life of this bandaged and broken body. As things calmed down, he resumed his talk with his wife. She explained that (please forgive the description of his injuries, but they are important to this miracle) his nose was torn to the side of his face. Some of his teeth were gone and his lower jaw was ripped to the side. Along with this were a number of broken bones but the facial injuries were the most severe. He was knocked out completely and was constantly being monitored and observed as regards to brain injuries.
They talked and prayed and thanked everyone they saw that contributed to his recovery. As Bob was wrapping up his story, I was sweating in the jungle-like heat and just wanted the story to be over so I could get back inside. I was three feet away from one of my favorite inventions of all time…air conditioning, but I did not want to interrupt his story.
“So, I asked my wife about my chain and medal. Did they find it?”
I figured it was maybe a medal from the service, or a gift from some special time in his life from some special person, or even a simple piece of gold jewelry that was important to him. But, as he continued his story, the medal was a medallion that had the Sacred Heart of Jesus cast upon it. It was a medal that Christians would wear as a reminder of the sacrifice made for all of our sins.
“My wife reached into her purse and stared down at the medal for a few seconds. She started crying again. I asked her what was wrong. She handed me the silver chain and the medal. My heart skipped a beat as I looked at my medallion. It seems that when I hit the wall, I slammed so hard that somehow the medal was torn and bent…at the nose, mouth and chin. My injuries were mirrored exactly on the medal. “
Bob stopped talking for a minute, and a chill ran down my sweat-soaked back. It took a minute to register in my mind that his own injuries were replicated on a medal by a simple artists impression of what Jesus, the man, looked like….and how they melded into one on that fateful day three weeks previous to his regaining consciousness.
Coincidence? Possibly. But in this business, I hear too many stories of such incidents in people’s lives to believe in coincidence. To me, his story rang true. There was no need to enhance what happened. It just happened. There was nothing to be gained or lost in the telling of the story but I received it as an affirmation of the fact that God still makes miracles.
“So, the fact that I am here talking to you, and showing you my scars, and telling you why I have a $10.00 statue on the dash of my car…man, I believe He was riding with me that day. Now, I go no place without Him. Before the accident, it was just an ornament that seemed cool. But believe me, I totally believe He was watching over me that day.
With that, we shook hands and said goodbye. I asked if I could tell his story and he said sure, I tell everyone anyway. His story reminded me of one of my favorite prayers. You know the one. Footprints, where a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints and he noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he asked the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you and I would never leave you. During the times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
I don’t know the author of Footprints, but the bike guy was looking me in the eye and telling his own version of Footprints. You can read this and say it’s an interesting story, or you can read this and know that miracles still happen. Simply put, for you to even be reading this story, at this moment, is quite a miracle when you consider how fragile life is for all of us. I believe absolutely that we are here because we are supposed to be here, and if it is not our time to go, then we can run into a stone wall at 80 miles an hour and live to tell about it.
So, Bob, thanks for your story. I am glad that we met and you shared your story. Or…hey, maybe it was preordained that I hear your story so I could share it with those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
For info on pre-planning funeral and cemetery arrangements, stop in or call 219-769-8803
Marian Havrila passed away August 9, 2018. He worked as an engraver and grounds crew member for over 30 years at Calumet Park Cemetery. He had the old country work ethic and was always willing to help wherever needed. He was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. He loved traveling and listening to Slovak Polka music. He was a loving husband, brother and godfather. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Burns Funeral Home at 10101 Broadway in Crown Point. A funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13 at Descent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Church at 545 East 77th Avenue, Schereville followed by interment at Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville.
Marian will be sadly missed by all his friends and co-workers at Calumet Park Cemetery.