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Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville adds casket display area that is family friendly…

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You may click on any photo to enlarge it to see the detail of design and color.  All the caskets shown are Batesville caskets made in the USA in Batesville, Indiana.  Batesville is one of the oldest and biggest casket manufacturing companies in the country.  They are highly respected and admired for the quality and variety of their products, from simple to “how much?”  There is literally a design that meets all budgets.

Stop in for a free tour of the room and consider preplanning with Calumet Park using our interest free monthly payment plans, and do not forget to ask about our veteran program.

Call 219-769-8803, or stop by any of our locations as shown on our website http://calumetparkcemetery.com

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Why do cemeteries have so many rules?

osos     Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.  Before you know it, the days will get longer, the sun will come up earlier and set later, and the warmth of the season will return.  It will not be long before February teases us with Groundhog’s Day.  Except for those who love the cold and snowy season, the hope for the rest of us is for a cloudy day so the groundhog will not see its shadow and we can have an early spring.  Or, so goes the folklore.

Regardless, as sure as warm weather returns, families will return to the cemetery in great numbers.  Flower planting in earnest begins after what is hoped to be the last frost of the season, and along with the beauty that grows from this annual process, also come the complaints.  Most of the complaints come in the form of “why can’t I plant whatever I want to”, or “someone took the Teddy Bear off my child’s grave”, or “I demand to know why there is water on my lot”, or “someone stole my flag” and on and on.

There are two main areas of concern when cemeteries decide what they will allow and not allow regarding grave decorations:  the appearance of the cemetery and the cost to maintain what is allowed.  For instance, some cemeteries allow virtually anything.  It does not take long for such cemeteries to start looking like a dump.  A Teddy Bear that is placed on a grave on a nice sunny day has a special meaning to the person who placed it there.  After the first rainfall and heavy winds, what was cute now looks like a clump of stuffed cloth that may have been blown far away from the original placement.

Flags, artificial flowers, concrete angels, shepherd’s poles holding baskets of flowers and more become hazards when the lawns are being maintained.  A lawnmower that costs thousands of dollars can have serious damage to its blades when it meets up with wires from grave decorations or objects of endearment that are quickly turned into refuse with just one pass of a sharpened blade.  Such objects can also present a danger to the grounds crew when a lawnmowers and weed eaters hit them with such force as to send projectiles in every direction.

It has been suggested that we have guards to keep items from being stolen.  Go back to your high school math days and run an estimate of costs which would have to be passed on to the consumer and it becomes a frightening number.  Forty sections (some sections would need many guards because of the contour of the grounds and the size of the sections) x three shifts of guards to cover the each 24 hour day x 365 days in a year x $20 per hour for each including benefits and taxes = approximately $876,000 per year.  And without trying to seem overly simplistic or dismissive in this cost analysis, that is a lot of money spent to keep the 10 to 12 items per year that are reported as having been stolen from being stolen.   As important as an item might be to the memory of a loved one, the best way to prevent items from being stolen is to not allow items of value that become an invitation to a thief.

We have 70,000 property owners and over the 88 years of our existence as a family owned enterprise, that translates into the millions of family and friends that are connected to Calumet Park Cemetery due to having loved ones buried here.  It would be prohibitively expensive to try to tell them all what the rules are so we have maps with grave decoration rules available at the front desk that speak to such issues.  We have staff available to answer any question about what is allowed on any given grave in the 160 developed acres of land, and when people invest in cemetery property, we give them clear guidelines on what is or is not allowed.

The point is that a decision was made in 1928 when this cemetery came into existence that it would always be maintained as a park-like parcel of land that would offer beauty and dignity to both the deceased and the families and loved ones of those cradled here for eternity.  It is not always popular to tell a family that their choice of a meaningful tribute is not allowed.  And today, with the use of the internet, people feel so brave as they make anonymous negative comments on company facebook pages and on websites.  Freedom of speech is always welcome, but when that freedom infringes on the rights of others, it is sad.  Each undeserved negative comment hurts the very entity that they attack.  In the case of Calumet Park Cemetery, the staff does all that is possible to ensure the beauty of the cemetery while complying with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

So, bring on spring and summer.  Bring on all the outdoor activities we love and the cookouts and the ice cream cones on a hot, summer’s night.  And please, check with us before coming in to plant for the 2017 year so we can work together on a way to honor those you love in a way that meets the needs of the many…and that means keeping your cemetery’s reputation as being a beautiful memorial park.

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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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Ribbon cutting ceremony at Hobart funeral home on December 15th from 4-5:30…you are invited

2015-03-17 06.16.412015-03-17 06.18.33You are invited to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber’s of Commerce from Hobart, Portage and Lake Station.  The date will be Thursday, December 15, at 4:00-5:30 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel located just south of Route 6 on County Line Road between Hobart and Portage.  Refreshments will be served.

This event is open to the public as well as local businesses.  It is a chance to have a tour of the building and meet your local funeral director and staff.  For directions or questions, 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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Veterans Day Ceremony honoring all veterans was held at Calumet Park Cemetery….

2015-07-06-15-13-06Pat O”Donnell from WJOB was the keynote speaker at Calumet Park Cemetery’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony.  All the seats were filled as Paul Vogel II opened the event with a prayer and a sincere thank you to all veterans.  Pat reviewed some positions on veteran benefits and then spoke with honor and from the heart on the debt that is owed to all veterans, including their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pat O'Donnell speaks to the veterans in attendance, and to their family and friends.

Pat O’Donnell speaks to the veterans in attendance, and to their family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville hosts its annual Fall Festival

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It is official, kids love hot dogs!  250 dogs were consumed at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel’s Fall Festival held on October 8.  A gorgeous fall day served as the backdrop to hayrides, pumpkin painting, crazy hair coloring, games and all around good fun.  Let the pictures do the talking (click on any pic to enlarge):

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See you next year.  Don’t forget to sign up for our Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Call either Calumet Park at 219-736-5840 or Rendina at 219-980-1141 for details.

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Calumet Park Cemetery and wildlife….

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Calumet Park Cemetery, founded in 1928 as an open, natural cemetery, is privileged to have many of God’s beautiful creatures visit at times.  There have been reported sightings of deer, all orders of ducks and geese, rabbits, raccoons, cranes and hawks, every species of birds that stop by for a short stay and a big, friendly turkey.  We would ask that you do not feed the animals as that encourages them to look for handouts instead of forage for food as they were created to do.

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It is understood that some people love to see nature close up and others prefer to see turkeys on a nice platter at Thanksgiving.  We at Calumet Park see these visitors as glimpses of God and appreciate the life they bring to a cemetery.

 

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Thank you to so many of you that take the time to express your appreciation for maintaining Calumet Park Cemetery in the manner in which the founding fathers envisioned it to be.  The grounds are kept beautiful and there is enough of the old time natural beauty present that is inviting to our families and our special friends, all creatures great and small.

For information on preplanning, call 219-769-8803 or stop by and enjoy the Fall season, one of the most beautiful here at Calumet Park Cemetery.

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You are invited to the Rendina Funeral Home open house on September 29

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The Rendina family has served the community since 1961.  Thousands of families have had their funeral needs taken care of by Tony and his family, and now the torch has been passed to Calumet Park Cemetery.  By combining this completely renovated Rendina Funeral Home facility with Calumet Park Cemetery’s rich tradition of “family first”, even a casual visitor will be impressed.

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Stop in between 5 and 7 on September 29th and say hi to your old friend Tony.  Refreshments will be served and you will be able to take a casual tour of the facility and see for yourself how comfortable and well appointed the remodel is.

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Harley Hearse for the actual last ride of your life. Available only at Rendina Funeral Home and other Calumet Park affiliates.

For For over 53 years the Rendina family served your families in a tradition of excellence.  And now, the continuation of this remarkable family’s life’s work is going to be carried on by Calumet Park.  Meet some of our staff and enjoy an evening reminiscing about old times and making new friends.  The funeral home is located at 5100 Cleveland Street and you can call 980-1141 for more information and directions.  It’s close proximity to Calumet Park Cemetery makes this a perfect marriage between Rendina and family owned and operated Calumet Park Cemetery.

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Three things in life…

To exist, you need the items above.  To live...that's a whole other ballgame.

To exist, you need the items above. To live…that’s a whole other ballgame.

Three things in life, once gone, never come back:  time, words, opportunity.

Three things in life that can destroy a person:  anger, pride, inability to forgive..

Three things in life that are never certain:  fortune, success, dreams.

Three things in life that make a person:  compassion, sincerity, hard work.

Three things in life that are most valuable:  love, family, kindness.

Three things in life that you should never lose:  hope, peace, honesty.

Three things that are truly constant:  Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
And since we do not know when our final breath will be breathed, consider the three things in life.

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