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Butterfly Release for 2018 a resounding success…in spite of iffy weather…

Thanks to all who came out for the live butterfly release on Saturday, July 21.  The weather cooperated and all had a memorable time.  A

A special thanks to all the participants:  Paul Vogel II, Rob Vogel, Rusty Shields, Richard Stake, Dianne Correll, Stephanie Syzmanski, Marilyn Kligler, Sandy Ferris, Carrie Evans, Violeta de la Torre-Corona, Mike Poweska, Matt Hahn,Tim McClure, Tom Music and the entire grounds team who handled the set up and tear down and traffic control and parking.  See you again next year.

Hope I did not miss anyone.

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Fishing For Memories…fun day of fishing for kids 12 and under…

Now that’s a nice catch!

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.

Let Grandpa show you how its done.

Now this is relaxing.

Matt Hahn guides the young-uns in the ways of the wild.

Fun family fishing day.

Leslie looking for her kin to do some fishing.

Paul Jr. helping bait a hook.

Garry Groundhog with Paul Sr. at the Meditation Pond Fishing for Memories event.

Young at heart.

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Scenes from Memorial Weekend 2018…

Bronze statue on top of Veteran Columbarium in the Veteran Section (Section 17)

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.

Battle of the Bulge tribute monument. Next visit to the cemetery, get a close-up look at the monument. There are scenes etched into the granite of the battle. On the back of the monument is a map of Europe showing how the battle lines between good and evil bulged but never broke with the good guys winning, thanks to our wonderful troops.

Video Monument showing a short photo history of Paul Vogel Sr., former CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery, with his motorcycle and with the Harley Hears. Paul passed away a few months ago and is sorely missed.

Veteran Section with thousands of flags flying high in honor of all vets buried at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Special Veteran Monument overlooking the thousands of graves of yesterdays heros…all those who proudly wore the uniform of the US military.

Awaiting the color guard…

Wolff Gang choral group from Hobart High School.

Invocation for Veterans Memorial Ceremony with Pastor Dan Jacobsen from Bethel Church in Hobart

Captain James Wiltshire, USNR (ret) giving the keynote address for the Veterans Ceremony.

Music provided by Merrillville High School Symphonic Band…

Merrillville High School band.

Presentation of the wreaths before the Veterans Memorial…

Some of America’s finest ready for gun salute.

One of the many religious services held throughout the park on Memorial Day.

Harry Stemph, retired military and member of the Knights of Columbus, getting ready for procession to Catholic Mass at the Priest’s Circle.

  For information on pre-planning your cemetery and funeral needs, call 219-769-8803 or stop in and talk with one of our no-pressure family service counselors.

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(click for pics) Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville getting ready for Memorial Weekend…

Meditation Pond and Niches with new falls. Next step will be to shock the water to eliminate the algae.

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Meditation Falls – water flows into pond via two small tributaries.

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Meditation Pond with cremation niches and waterfall.

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Tom Music, Assistant Grounds superintendent and Tim McClure, Superintendent, inspect the new waterfalls at Calumet Park Cemetery.

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One of two columbariums on the north shore of the Meditation Pond now available for placement of ashes (cremains). The columbariums are able to hold either one or two final placements. The granite fronts may be etched with pictures (and names and date) of those families who choose this form of final placement that will last many lifetimes, or designs with names and dates of those inurned.

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Granite flag marking the beginning of the Veteran Section (Section 17).

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Large granite flag at the southeast corner of the Veteran Section. The flag is on a raised hill and will be landscaped in the near future.

 

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Mausoleum complex behind the new granite flag feature in the Veteran Section of the cemetery. Ask about the special program offered by Calumet Park Cemetery designed to save veterans a great deal of the cost of final arrangements. (call 769-8803)

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.

Veteran Columbarium with branch service flags.

Marines

Coast Guard

Army

Air Force

Navy

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.

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Makeovers can be so satisfying…

IMG_1113Calumet 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

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New flag at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville….

 

 

What is 20′ x 30′ and flies 80 feet in the sky?  Answer, the new flag flying over the entrance to Calumet Park Cemetery … 80 foot flagpole and huge flag … we salute all Americans!  For Memorial Weekend, the following are specially priced:  25% off the Veteran Memorial Columbarium, 25% off the new Meditation Pond Columbariums (see pictures above), 25% off a new private mausoleum on a pond with a fountain next to the original community mausoleum, 25% off specific graves (ask a Family Service Counselor to show them to you…new sections, 50% off all selections in the Black Monument/bronze flush marker section, and 15% off all monuments and markers.  We can deliver to any cemetery in NW Indiana.

 

 

For more information, call 219-769-8802

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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.

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Kidney stones are no fun…

Kidney stones are an excruciatingly painful medical condition that can attack without warning. Once you have had a kidney stone you have an increased risk of recurrence. Several of my female patients have told me that the pain is worse than labor. Calcium stones make up the majority of kidney stones.

Calcium oxalate is made by your liver and is naturally occurring in your body. Developing stones may have no definitive cause but there are things that can increase your chance of having stones. They include personal or family history of stones, a high-protein and/or high salt diet, high sugar intake, nuts, chocolate, dehydration and obesity. Ingesting too much vitamin D can also increase your risk. Calcium oxalate crystals start to clump together to form stones. The crystals are very, very sharp and slice at the kidneys, the ureters, (the tubes that lead away from the kidney into the bladder) and the bladder itself.

Imagine small little paper cuts in those areas as the stones travel down the urinary tract that is filled with urine. That’s why small stones can cause excruciating pain. Symptoms include blood in the urine, urinating frequently in small amounts, the feeling of needing to urinate and unable to, pain in the back that can travel to the abdomen on either side, and lower abdominal pain.

Vomiting, nausea and sweating can also occur. Treatment includes IV fluids, pain meds, and anti-nausea medication if needed. If stones are so big they cause a blockage lithotripsy (ultrasonic shockwave therapy) can break the stone up into much smaller stones so they can pass. Surgery may also be an option.

Staying well hydrated is important. Foods that can promote kidney health and reduce the risk of stones are basil, apples, celery, and pomegranate. Vitamin B6 supplements have also proven helpful.

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Calumet Park Cemetery and Affiliates hold annual holiday party at Insbrook Country Club on February 3…

Kim (Hahn) Jones, Matt Hahn and Michelle Hahn at the annual Calumet Park holiday party…fun costumes on the ladies for Calumet Park’s 90th Anniversary.

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.

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It costs how much to dig a grave?

 

 

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.

 

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