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First annual Fall Festival a huge success at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road in Hobart just north of County Line Orchard

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart on Country Line Road held its first annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival on October 21.  Free pumpkins, face painting, games, prizes, hot dogs, drinks and popcorn (provided thanks to IMAX in Portage), drinks and 15 local business with open trunks for trick or treating made for a wonderful couple of hours.  A great time was had by all who worked to make it a success and for those who came for the fun.  A special thanks to Violet de la Torre-Corona and Mike Poweska for organizing the event and to Bethany Music for providing all the pics shown below.  Misti Ferkull and Sandy Ferris greeted everyone at the check in table and students from Portage High School and Crown Point High School helped with the games.  A number of other CPC employees worked hard to ensure that a great memories could be made including Matt Hahn, Michelle Hanrahan, Rob Vogel, Marcia Ochoa, Emily Dominguez, Kim Jones, Raquel Santos, and Brant Vogel.  See you all next year. (hopefully I did not leave anyone off who worked to make this a great day)

Prize winners for best costume (some kids with great costumes were gone at time of contest winners)

Rob, Michelle and Brant

Mike and Marcia

Carl Paunicka (Owner and BOD member) and Daniel Moran (GM)

Misti and Sandy

Mike and Violet

Unique to Calumet Park – the Harley Hearse for a final ride to remember

 

Once again, thanks for coming.  If you would like a tour of the newly remodeled funeral home, call Violet (speaks Spanish) or Mike at 219-940-3791 or stop in any time.

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Fall Festival 2017 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel a huge success…

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this annual fall event a success.  To all the families and kiddies, hope you had a great time.  If you missed this year’s event in Merrillville, mark your calendars for our second Fall Festival on October 21.  It will be at our newest funeral home on County Line Road just north of the County Line Orchard in Hobart/Portage.  There will be a Trunk and Treat as part of this event so come at 11:00 am and stay for the whole two hours.  There is no cost and it is guaranteed to be a fun couple of hours building memories with your wee ones.  The Apple Orchard is tons of fun but Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart will offer free pumpkins for painting, refreshments, games and safe trunk or treating.  Call 219-940-3791 for directions and details.  A special thanks goes out to Bethany Music for providing the photos in this post.

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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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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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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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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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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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Memorial Weekend at Calumet Park in pictures…

Thank you to all who came out to show their respect for all of our veterans, and especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Giving one’s life for a just cause is going above and beyond the call of duty…giving your life for freedom is heavenly.  A special thanks goes out to the owner’s of Calumet Park (yes, privately owned and proud of it), all the grounds crew, the family service department and to the administrative departments.  It took a team effort to make Calumet Park Cemetery look so beautiful and a great deal of planning and execution for the weekend to go so smoothly.  We received nothing but compliments from the thousands who entered these hallowed gates during the past three days.  God gave us a weekend of wonderful weather, and your showing up made it a successful weekend of remembering.

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A prayer…

A Prayer

There are men and women from these great United States serving in the armed forces today who will need to be remembered for having given up their lives when this holiday rolls around again this weekend.  And sadly, as long as there are evil, crazy, power-hungry people habiting the planet, soldiers will die.  How many of our fine young men and women have to be killed before peace can truly erupt around the world?

There was a song out when I was young entitled “Where have all the flowers gone?”  by the Kingston Trio.   It had a very repetitive beat played beneath a poem that I only now realize was probably meant  to be that way as the story is the same today as it was when it first hit the charts.

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Gone to young girls, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

The next verse changed to young men, then soldiers, then graveyards until the graveyards went back to flowers…”and the beat goes on, and the beat goes on” sang Sonny and Cher.  Vietnam, the Middle East and hopefully never… but looking scarier and scarier…Korea.

In cemeteries across the nation flowers will be planted and placed next to flags on the graves of so many innocent and lost souls.  I believe the fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women and reserves who gave their all are all in heaven as they gave their last breath for our freedom.  That is a wonderful thought, and one day we will meet again.

However, in the middle of the night, when a parent or spouse or son or daughter finds they cannot sleep over their loss, heaven is far away.  They need strength now…today…tonight, when they are alone with their thoughts.  All the hopes and dreams and plans and fun, the tears and laughter that can no longer be shared with their guy or gal who died bleeding red, white and blue, they are the truly forgotten ones.

So, in this small space on the internet, I offer my prayers and the prayers of so many for all who have been left behind.  God is good and all-knowing and always present which means some of our prayer energy needs to be offered for understanding and faith.  I pray that a child can move though life with one parent gone forever, while a piece of the remaining parent does their best to do their best in all things.  A wife or husband who hugged their honey goodbye and finds they will never be together again lives a pain that others who did not suffer such a loss will never know.

So, God…in Jesus name, I pray that you will give strength to those who are truly vested in Memorial Day.  I pray that you will shelter them with your love.  I pray that you will help them in their most alone moments as they live in but a shadow of their “coupled” life.  I pray that you help them through this life, and that you accept their pain as their penance and forgive them if they may turn from you a little.  I pray, God that you let them remember all the great times with their lost loves, and to cherish the little moments that brought them together in the first place.  Thank you God, for the beauty that you will bless them with in the days ahead, and let their remaining time here on earth be lived in honor of their fallen soldier.  Finally, I pray that you help mankind find a way to discontinue adding to the rolls of those we salute on Memorial Day.  Amen

Come to our free fireworks show on next Saturday night at around 7:00 (May 27) at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.  Call 769-8803 for directions and visit our webside for more info at calumetparkcemetery.com

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