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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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Meeting John Glenn…

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John Glenn visited my Grandmother and Grandfather in 1975 at their house in Munster.   The reason for the visit was my uncle Stephen Kovacik wanted to introduce John Glenn to his parents.  Uncle Stephen was John Glenn’s campaign manager for the State of Ohio when he was running for Senator.  Stephen Kovacik SR, was one of the founders of Calumet Park.  (Carl Paunicka as a young boy meets astronaut John Glenn)

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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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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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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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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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Rendina Funeral Home and Calumet Park Cemetery hosts a wonderful open house….(click on all pics for enlargement)

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Barbara Fedorchak with Tony Rendina. Thanks to the entire Rendina family for all of your service to the community.

Rendina Funeral Chapel held an open house for the community on Thursday evening.  Taylor Wise and her committee made up of Greg Schafer, Marcia Ochoa, Barbara Fedorchak, Michelle Hanrahan, Carrie Evans, Teresa Dille, Mike Poweska and Kathy Chepela had the funeral home looking wonderful.  A delicious array of authentic Spanish food was provided by Carlos Rivero, owner of Don Quijote restaurant in Valparaiso and his team along with a guitarist who provided soothing background music.

The parking lot was full and the building was filled with laughter and good fellowship as area residents and invited guests got a good look-see of the newly remodeled funeral home.

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Although Tony officially retired from Rendina Funeral Home, he continues to help out and teach the newer generation the Rendina way of serving families.  Calumet Park is proud to accept the passing of the baton and vows to serve “Tony’s families” as he and his family have since 1961.

For information on preplanning, call 980-1141 or call Calumet Park Cemetery at 769-8803.

Walk-in’s always welcome to stop by for a courtesy tour of the beautiful new version of Rendina Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, you think you own cemetery property that can be left to someone in your will do you?

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Whether you are looking to buy cemetery property, or you are a cemetery  looking to sell cemetery property, or you think you own cemetery property because you have a deed for some graves, all would be wrong.  What people are actually buying are burial rights to a piece of land that is always owned by the cemetery.  The deed that is issued is warranty deed for land that can be used for one specific purpose…a place of interment.  In simple terms, you are buying the rights to bury the human remains or cremains of an individual in a specified location within a cemetery.

Although everyone talks about “cemetery property”, it is important to be aware of the semantics involved, especially when preparing your will.  Many people come to a cemetery at the time of need with a copy of a will that says they get all of mom’s or dad’s personal possessions.  The interment process is often delayed as we point out to presumptive heirs that a court order may be needed, depending on the language in the will, before a burial will be made.  Simply stating that all my stuff goes to whomever, cemetery property needs to be flushed out.  The will must include language that defines exactly the details of said property, or as mentioned above, burial rights.  Language that says you get the cemetery property does not work as the will must state something to the effect of:

My cemetery property burial rights on Deed _______  at Calumet Park Cemetery,

Section ____, Block ____, Lot ____, Grave_____

must be defined and without such specifics, Calumet Park may require a court order to allow the use of the graves as the owner of the deed intended.

It would be best to have your will reviewed by a lawyer if you refer to cemetery property in it.  A death has enough pain and fear of the unknown attached to it.  It would certainly be to your advantage to have this piece of the final arrangement puzzle written into your will to eliminate the question of what the deceased truly wanted done with any unused graves upon their passing.  When burial rights are not assigned before the death of the deed holder, the State of Indiana has some very specific laws as to who gets to be buried in them.

If you are not sure about what rights are attached to the purchase of grave space at Calumet Park Cemetery, feel free to bring your paperwork in (deeds, wills, power of attorney) for Daniel Moran, the General Manager of Calumet Park, to review and offer an opinion – free of charge.  Or, call 219-769-8803 for help with any of your cemetery, funeral, or cremation questions.

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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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