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New Calumet Park Funeral Home in Hobart has ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber’s of Commerce of Hobart and Portage…

On December 15 the Chamber of Commerce for both Hobart and Portage joined together in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart.  the funeral home is located just south of Ridge Road on County Line Road between Hobart and Portage.  Considering the day was the coldest of the year to that point, a nice turn-out of local businesses and residents stopped by for the ceremony.

Location supervisor Roy McNeal and his assistant, Mike Poweska, had the newly renovated funeral home looking great.  The entire Board of Directors joined in the ceremony, with gifts handed out to all attendees.  Hobart Mayor, Brian Snedecor welcomed Calumet Park to the business community, and both Lisa Winstead from Hobart and Nancy Simpson from Portage shared some thoughts as the ribbon was cut making Calumet Park an official member of the community.

Stop by anytime for a private tour of the facility and meet the staff.  For more info, call 219-940-3791.

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home Angel Tree Lighting Ceremonies well attended…

2015-10-09-08-07-29The Merrillville High School Choir greeted the attendees of Calumet Park Funeral Chapel’s annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, December 3.  Over 150 men, women and children enjoyed the choir singing Christmas carols as they found their way to their seats in the chapel.

 

 

Harpist Renee Wilson treated the audience with soft holiday music while waiting for the program to begin.

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A special thanks to Michelle Hanrahan and all those who helped make the evening a success.  Assisting as needed were Kim Jones, Carrie Evans, Teresa Dille, Matt Hahn, Misti Ferkull, Sandy Ferris, Marcia Ochoa, Rick Kalk, Richard Stake, Dianne Correll, Kathy Chepela and Tammy Vogel.  Paul Vogel offered some thoughts and stories to remind us all of the reason for the season, while his brother Brant sang a song inspired by his grandfather and days fishing.  Matt and Sara Courtney and Caroline Moore shared a heavenly song and all enjoyed fellowship after the door prizes were awarded over delicious punch and an assortment of sweets.  And, for the first time, pictures of loved ones were projected on the wall as names and dates were read as loved ones placed glass angels on the tree.

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Halloween of 1994 American Eagle Flight 4184 plane crash in Roselawn remembered

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Theresa Ann Severin, shown above, wrote a truly amazing account of the events before and after the doomed American Eagle flight back in 1994.  Terri lost her sister Patricia and her nephew, Patrick Henry on that day.  Stop in at Calumet Park Cemetery and pick up a copy of this story, powerful in and of itself and brought alive by the courage and tenacity of the author.  Each copy is personally signed by the author and can be yours for only $20.

In looking for the perfect poem or inspirational story to read this afternoon, I could not find one. They all felt too heavy with grief or regret.

I then realized the perfect thing I wanted to recite today was not about remorse, or loss, but about gratitude.

I am grateful for having had my only sibling, my best friend, Patty, for 36 years.

I am grateful to have had little Patrick in my life for 4 years.

I am grateful for the playfulness and small antics Patrick brought to my life.

I am grateful for the sisterhood and the big antics that Patty and I engaged in.

All of us have experienced blessings and miracles from the ongoing presence of our loved ones in our lives, giving us support and hope for the future. So, even when speaking of their departure from this earthly plane, I believe they continue to shape who we are today. Just like all of us here have assisted each other, in even small ways, on our journeys and transformations.

Reflecting on my relationship with my sister, and never wanting to have been selfish, all I can do is hope that I haven’t somehow held Patty back from fully embracing the life she is now meant to live. My strong emotional ties may in fact have been tethers holding Patty to the earthly plane. So, with that said, I fully release Patty and Patrick. I have attempted this throughout the years, but this time, with you as my witness, “I really mean it this time!”

I know our love will never be lost or diminished.

Finally, I am grateful to be here with all of you today to honor our loved ones, who are free and in the light and love of God.

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Almost too hot for butterflies let alone guests at this year’s live butterfly release ceremony…

 

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On Saturday, July 23, a lot of hearty souls joined together at Calumet Park for the 8th Annual Live Butterfly Release.  Under scorching heat, over 350 men, women and children gathered to share in a meaningful event.  Following are some pictures of some of the participants and families that attended.  For those who love the heat, this was your day!

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See you all next year.  Let’s start praying now for a sunny day, 80 degrees and fluffy clouds for shade.

For info on preplanning cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803.

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Fishing for Memories 2016 event is now but a memory…

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A fun time was had by all.  Fish were biting and kids were discovering the joy of fishing while parents were helping to build memories.  Next on the special events calendar is one of Calumet Park’s most attended event.  On July 23 at 11:00 a.m. will be the annual live butterfly release program.  Be sure to call in to get your name on the list.  Last year 660 butterflies were set free to take secrets from earth to heaven.  Call 769-8803 for more information.

And if you are not aware of it, we invite you to visit Calumet Park’s newest funeral home on County Line Road in Hobart on the border of Hobart and Portage.  Just south of Route 6 you will discover a newly decorated funeral chapel that is open for business.  Look for the grand opening in the near future.

New signage at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory on County Line Road in Hobart

New signage at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory on County Line Road in Hobart

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New signage at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory on County Line Road in Hobart

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Fishing For Memories reminder…..Saturday, June 18th

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Just a reminder:  Saturday, June 18th from 1-3:00.  Calumet Park’s Annual Fishing for Memories event will be held for children ages 10 and under.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring a fishing pole.  Bait, snacks, drinks and souvenirs will be provided.  Call to RSVP 219-769-8803.  The address is 2305 West 73rd Ave in Merrillville and will be at the Meditation Pond.  Look for the white gazebo and you will be ready to have a great day with the wee ones.  For info on pre-planning, call 769-8803.

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Memorial Weekend 2016 – a beautiful weekend to honor those who sacrificed so much for so many…

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Another successful Memorial Weekend is now part of history.  Thousands of families visited the cemetery over the long weekend.  Many planted flowers and all showed respect for the sacrifices made by their uniformed loved ones that gave their lives for our freedom.  There were a number of services conducted by different religious denominations as honor was paid to all those who have passed on, whether military or civilian.  Blessings to all who entered the gates of Calumet Park and for all those whose hearts were here but were physically unable to visit their loved one’s graves.

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New signage at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory on County Line Road in Hobart

New signage at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory on County Line Road in Hobart

 

Stop in for a tour when you are in the neighborhood.  Located at 370 N. County Line Road just south of Route 6 between Hobart and Portage

Stop in for a tour when you are in the neighborhood. Located at 370 N. County Line Road just south of Route 6 between Hobart and Portage

A special thanks to all the folks who worked so hard to make the cemetery a place that welcomes visitors.  Remember us next year as we have had bigger and bigger crowds attend our free fireworks, lantern release, horse drawn carriage and hayride evening of fun as part of the Memorial Day ceremonies.

For information about pre-planning, or to have any questions answered, call 219-769-8803 or visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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11th Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel enjoyed by all…

Michelle Hanrahan, Funeral Home Manager, reading the names of those to be remembered.

Michelle Hanrahan, Funeral Home Manager, reading the names of those to be remembered.

The Merrillville High School’s “Choral Teens” greeted guests on Saturday afternoon, December 5th, with harmonious renditions of Christmas carols.

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After about 200 family members had taken their seats, Paul Vogel gave a heart-rendering talk on trusting God.

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Brant Vogel shared a song that had more than a few visitors in tears as they remembered their loved ones.

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Michelle Hanrahan read off the names of those who were to have a family member hang an angel on the tree followed by the lighting of the tree and a closing song by Brant.  During the reading of the names, Renee Wilson played sweet, soft background music on her harp.

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Kim Jones, funeral director, served as MC for the night, making introductions and reading a poem that was perfect for the occasion.

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The evening ended with refreshments and good fellowship among the attendees and staff.

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Please visit our funeral home for your consideration when deciding on what funeral home is right for you.

Please visit our funeral home for your consideration when deciding on what funeral home is right for you.

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Thanks to all who organized the 11th annual tree lighting and for all those who came and shared the afternoon with your friends at Calumet Park.  For info on preplanning, go to calumetparkcemetery.com or call 769-8803.

A very merry Christmas to all.

 

 

 

 

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