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Spring Newsletter for Calumet Park…

Please click below for your electronic copy of the Calumet Park Cemetery newsletter for the Spring 2015 issue:

Spring 2015 Newsletter

The Memorial Weekend schedule is on the last page.  Also, join us for a free fireworks show on Saturday, May 23 at dark.  There will be horse and buggy rides and hayrides before the fireworks begin.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join in on the fun for the weekend.  And remember to honor and thank your vets.

Specials for Memorial Weekend:  25% off veteran memorial columbarium niches, 20% off all pre-need graves and 15% off all markers and monuments.  We can deliver markers and monuments to all Lake and Porter County cemeteries.  Sale cannot be combined with other discount programs.

Always get a free grave for a veteran at Calumet Park Cemetery, at need or pre-need.

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For info on pre-planning, visit calumetparkcemetery.com or call 219-769-8803.

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Toys For Tots drop off officially up and running at Calumet Park and Rendina Funeral Home…

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You may drop off new, unwrapped toys for tots at Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel or Rendina Funeral Home.  They need to be here no later than December 15 to allow time to sort the toys.  Thank you for your generosity during this season of giving.

Calumet Park Cemetery is located at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, one mile north of Route 30 on Taft

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel is located at one half mile north of Route 30 on Taft in Merrillville

Rendina Funeral Home is located three miles north of Route 30 on Taft (also known as Cleveland Street).

For more info, call 769-8803 or go to calumetparkcemetery.com

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Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6th at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

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Limited number of seats.  Call 219-736-5840 for reservations and to get your take-home memorial glass angel.

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel will have its 10th Annual Angel Tree Lighting celebration on December 6 from 3-5 in the afternoon.  There is always a full house with standing room only, so if you hope to attend, we need to get you on the list now.  There will be the usual:  Merrillville H.S. choir singing holiday songs, a harp player playing soft background music while the names and dates are read for those being honored with an angel, other entertainment and complimentary refreshments.  Hope to see you there.

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Veterans honored at Calumet Park Cemetery on November 11th

Gun salute as part of the Veterans Day ceremony at Calumet Park Cemetery.  Photo by Richard Stake

Gun salute as part of the Veterans Day ceremony at Calumet Park Cemetery. Photo by Richard Stake

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John Rassbach

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On November 11, Calumet Park Cemetery sponsored a meaningful Veterans Day Tribute with approximately 100 in attendance.  This turnout was a nice surprise considering the weather turned to you know what overnight.  Paul Vogel II opened the event with an appropriate prayer and thank you to all who contributed to make this the best nation in the world.  This was followed by a short and powerful speech from John Rassbach, thanking vets for their service to this country.  He made special mention for the families of veterans as they served their country as well when they had a loved one wearing the uniform of the U.S. military.  Keynote speaker Pat O’Donnell gave a moving talk on some of his own experiences in Nam and stressed that war is hell, and so is being a loved one of a veteran.  He noted that we are all in the debt to anyone who donned the uniform, man or woman.  A placing of a wreath before the flag, with a gun salute and taps were incorporated in the Veterans Day show of appreciation.  The gathering concluded with the cutting of a yellow ribbon to officially dedicate the new bronze, kneeling soldier before a cross on the new Veteran Memorial Columbariu.  For more photos of the morning’s activity, scroll down.

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What can I do with the ashes?

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Arthur Robinson, a New Jersey widower, is pleading with burglars to return the wooden box containing ashes of his wife.

I was recently reading about a home burglary where the bad guys made off with flat screen TV’s, computers, ipads and other valuables; all of which are replaceable.   They also took something that is irreplaceable…they stole the victim’s mother’s ashes.  The cremains were in an urn that was originally selected because of its beauty and the thieves probably thought it was worth something to his “buyer”.

Horrible!  That was the first thought that came to my mind.  Then, sadness as the urn and mom could have been placed in a permanent resting place at Calumet Park Cemetery.  There are many choices at Calumet for ashes (cremains), from glass front niches at the original mausoleum, to ground burial in any section of the cemetery.  For veterans, besides being interred in the ground, there is a new columbarium with kneeling soldier on top praying before a cross.  There is a back to nature section that meets the needs of the outdoorsy type of family and a second columbarium for non-vets.  In the mausoleums, there are niches, and there are even some in-ground niches called cremorials that many be chosen.

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The point is to consider a permanent, safe placement of those you love who wanted cremation.  Have a place to visit, and remember the good times and not live forever in pain should the cremains be lost or stolen.  It is a nice notion to have your loved one’s ashes at home, but what happens when the second and third generation comes along?  What happens to the ashes then?  For many, it is a sad trip to the garbage or tossed away as though the person never lived.

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Call us (769-8803) for an appointment to visit Calumet Park and explore the possibilities, or stop in.  Find out more on our website by going to calumetparkcemetery.com.

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Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel are once again drop-off points for Toys-For-Tots

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Manger scene above door to Calumet Park Funeral Chapel’s entrance.

During this upcoming holiday season, think about the reason for the season.  And remember your less fortunate neighbors.  Both Calumet Park Cemetery (Corner of Taft and 73rd in Merrillville) and Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street in Merrillville just one half mile north of Route 30 on Taft) are drop-off points for Toys-For-Tots.  Bring an unwrapped gift to either location and make a child’s Christmas just a little nicer.  You can be Santa in a bigger way than you will ever know when a kid gets a gift from the Marine’s, who sponsor Toys-For-Tots.  For more info, call 219-769-8803 or 219-736-5840.

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Calumet Park Fall Newsletter for 2013 (Merrillville, Indiana)…

Click on the link below to the newsletter to see what is happening at Calumet Park Cemetery.

FALL 2013 NEWSLETTER

Thank you for your support for the past 85 years and we look forward to being your cemetery and funeral provider for years to come.  Always privately owned and operated!

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Free…are you kidding me, nothing is free…

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Usually when we see “free” we wonder what’s the catch?  For a mouse, what seems like free cheese turns out to be a free trip to mouse heaven.  So, is there such a thing as free, and if so, why would any company just give their stuff away?  Speaking only for Calumet Park Cemetery, we do have free stuff:  for veterans, a free grave whether at-need or preneed, free installation of their government marker (which is not really free since a civilian dedicated a part of their life to all of our freedoms when they put on the uniform of the United States Armed Forces) and on a preneed basis for anyone that does not own cemetery property, a free grave (one to a family) or a credit of $950 toward a grave space of greater value.

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So, what is the catch in Calumet Park giving away graves?  Advertising is expensive and with so many types of media hitting all of us every day, advertising is not always effective.  So, instead of spending thousands of dollars on ads that nobody answers, we decided to take the money that would have been spent on newspaper ads or billboards and give the money to families, one family at a time.  Consider this:  if you had a grave space in Calumet Park Cemetery, you would at least consider using us when the need arises.  This usually means that your family will follow suite when they have a need for cemetery property or funeral services.  Yes, we own a funeral home…the old Stalinovich and Wiatrolik funeral home on Taft in Merrillville.

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In actuality, Calumet Park owns enough land that is dedicated to cemetery use to last approximately 600 years.  So, you might say we are land rich which means it costs us almost nothing to have a program that truly gives back to the community.  Some may wonder why we would even charge for any graves if we have so much space available and the answer is quite simple.   It takes money to run a cemetery, to handle all the legalities of getting a person to their final resting place.  It takes money to maintain 5 miles of paved road, from keeping the surface in good shape to removing snow from that same surface to allow families to find their way through the cemetery in winter.  It takes money to cut 160 acres of grass, to trim the almost mile of hedges around the cemetery, to constantly clean up after heavy winds cause trees to lose branches or even topple trees.  It costs money to prepare a grave, to dig and refill, to set up and remove tents and to have qualified people to do all of these things.  It takes money to keep an office staffed to help families during their time of need and to handle all the paperwork involved to satisfy the laws of the state and federal regulations.  And never forget, Uncle Sam always gets his piece, as do the state coffers take their cut on any non-service transaction.

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I could go on and on, but let’s just say that it costs a lot to run a cemetery, and a little more to run one as expertly as Calumet Park has done for 85 years and counting.  So, there are charges to families.  In fact, the average price for a traditional funeral in 2012 was $12,000 to $15,000 for a complete funeral service including casket, vault, and grave.  So, we felt it would be a help to give away $950 (price of our least expensive grave) to at least get a family started on a path of planning for the future.  We can help prearrange all of one’s needs or build a package that starts with the grave and a chance to add a little at a time until, by making payments on a monthly basis with no interest and no credit checks or credit turn-downs, a person can have everything pre-planned and paid for before their time of need.

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So, yes, there is such a thing as free but even getting a free grave does mean you must make the effort to come to the cemetery to pick out the grave and, if inclined, to get information that will certainly benefit you as you learn all that is involved in making cemetery and funeral arrangements.  So, your cost is a little time and an inquiring mind.  If you feel you would like to have more information, call 219-769-8803 or go to calumetparkcemetery.com and learn about Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel.  Also, take the time to scroll through the over 160 articles in this blog that may offer you insight to this difficult subject.

So, we do have something free for you so don’t get trapped by false promises.  You do not have to buy anything to get your free grave!   By the way, Calumet Park’s complete veterans program is worth a look-see as it can save as much as $5000 on complete arrangements for veterans.  This program is not subsidized in any way from any outside entity nor have prices been raised on non-vets to make it possible to give vets discounts.

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Calumet Park truly does wish to celebrate our 85 years of being privately owned and our promise for personal, caring service by giving back to the community that has honored us with a chance to help.  And to all men and women currently in uniform, thank you for your courage and sacrifice.

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Need a safe place to jog, walk or bicycle…?

Calumet Park Cemetery, at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, is an ideal place to do your favorite aerobic workout.  There are five miles of paved roads that allow for variety as the roads form a unique pattern.

cemetery mapCalumet Park is open daily from dawn until dusk.  For your next work-out, stop by and join other like-minded people.  When it comes to having a clean, safe and quiet environment in which to get into shape or stay in shape, Calumet Park is the place.  We do request that you do not bring your dog as the families who have chosen Calumet Park as the final resting place for themselves and their loved ones do not wish to clean up after that part of “nature’s wonder”.  See you there!

For more info or directions, call 769-8803 or go to calumetparkcemetery.com

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