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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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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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Christmas is just around the corner…

Christmas is just around the corner…

By Daniel Moran

Depending on one’s perspective, Christmas can be a wonderfully happy time of year, or the holidays can be filled with sadness.  Celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus, should be a time to be filled with hope for eternity

For those who have lost a mom or a dad, a child, a spouse or friend in 2017, the joy of Christmas will be somewhat overshadowed by the sadness of such a loss.  But for those who truly believe in the grace and mercy of God, Christmas can be wonderful…even if someone you loved died.  For, you see, we all want to go to heaven but few of us want to do the things that are necessary to get there:  believe in Jesus and die.

I believe our date of death was pre-ordained.  We should all do the best we can each day since none of us know when we will depart this world.  We should all enjoy our favorite Christmas carols, and savor the flavor of candy canes and cookies.  We should all learn how to give without expectations, and learn how to graciously receive with a simple ‘thanks’.  All hearts seem a little more caring during the month of December.  When Nat King Cole sings ”chestnuts roasting on an open fire” or “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, how can we not be transported to all of our yesteryears of love and family, surrounded by the smells of turkey and pie and, dare I say, fruit cake?

Those who have passed away, whether this past year or in years past, remembering the good times can help to balance out the sadness of their not being with us, in the flesh, this year.  Think of the special gift that had so much meaning that only that loved one would have known enough about you to give it to you.  Think of the hugs by a fireplace, or the sledding or skating that made any given Christmas in your life together  a Christmas to remember.

Nothing will ever take the place of those special people in your lives, nor should anything be so overpowering that those times could be replaced.  There is room in each of our hearts to look back at the first kiss from our mate, the first smell of our first baby, the 60th anniversary or the first anniversary with that someone special.  I believe that is one of the best benefits of being human.  God gave us the ability to feel with our hearts besides just feeling with our hands.  He gave us billions of storage cells in our brains where each special moment could be captured and pulled out as a memory when we need to feel good, even in our loss of a loved one.

Did you ever notice that a smell, or a song, or a sunset can take us right back to an important time in our lives?  My father’s favorite song was “Oh my Papa.”  That was sung back in the ‘50’s but to this day, when I hear it, I am immediately transported back to a time that Dad was holding my hand.  He did not spend his time saying I love you.  He lived his “I love you’s”.  Too bad I only had him for the first 11 years of my life.  Yet, though he is gone, his impact was such that, even in the many Christmas’s that have come and gone since he died, I still know him.  I still feel him.  I still love him and know that he is in heaven rooting for me.  And that is a good feeling.

So, yes, Christmas will be sad for many this year because of the loss of a special person in their life, but I ask all who read this article to cry your tears and offer your pain up to God.  Know that your heroes, your lost loves, your reasons for living are alive and sitting at the table of our Lord, just waiting for you to join them when your appointed time comes.  You will feel their presence when you pull good Christmas memories from your very smart brain.  Love the ones you are with and cherish the time that you have with your husband, or wife, or parent, sibling, children and friends.  There is lots of room left in your heart to store up great moments of joy so you will be able to give and get a spiritual hug whenever you need it.  It is up to you to build those precious moments that can be drawn upon as needed after a loved one is gone.

God bless you all and I pray for your happiness, good health and prosperity for the coming year.

 

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville hosts the 13th Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony …

Under the leadership of Carrie Evans (funeral home supervisor), Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville sponsored its 13th Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2.  Along with her team of Raquel Santos, Teresa Dille, Greg Schafer, Marcia Ochoa, Sandy Ferris, Matt Hahn, Marilyn Kligler, Mike Poweska,  Mileva Savich, Richard Stake,  Rick Kalk, and Barb F. planned and executed a wonderful event.  Other participants were Kim Jones, Paul Vogel, Brant Vogel, Renee Wilson, Carolyn Moore, Sara and Matt Courtney, and the Merrillville H.S. Choral group.

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Thank you to all who attended this beautiful ceremony to honor those who have passed away and thanks to all those involved in the planning and perfectly executed service to the community.  Please remember that the birth of Jesus is the reason for the season and have a happy and healthy Christmas holiday.

For information on future events, call 219-769-8803.

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Calumet Park Cemetery holds annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Saturday, November 11…

Reverend Jim Drummond

Calumet Park Cemetery honored area veterans at the annual Veterans Day Commemoration on November 11.  Rev. Drummond opened the ceremony with a prayer and some thoughts on what it means to be a veteran.

Paul Vogel II shares stories about Tony Rendina and Paul Vogel who recently passed away. Paul Vogel Sr. was CEO of Calumet Park and Tony was part of the Rendina Family that owned Rendina Funeral Home. Rendina F.H. is now part of the Calumet Park Family.

Pat O’Donnell, WJOB radio, keynote speaker

Rob Vogel, Theo (great friend of Paul Sr.) and Kim Jones.

Paul Vogel Sr. remembered.

Tony Rendina remembered.

Vince Rendina with a display of personal military items.

Rob Poortenga and one of his horse and buggies.

Ceremony inside the original mausoleum at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Calumet Park salutes all veterans from the past, the present and into the future.  For information on the veteran program for pre-need at Calumet Park, stop in at the cemetery office or call 219-769-8803.

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Coming soon to Calumet Park Cemetery…two new niche columbariums overlooking the Meditation Pond…

Watch this space to see when the new columbarium project will be available for sale.  A columbarium is a bank of niches that are designed as permanent placement of the cremains of a loved one after cremation.  Each of these spaces will accommodate the ashes of either one or two cremains.  The personal information will go on the black granite niche fronts.  There are 160 individual niches.  They are set between the bridge at the Meditation Pond and the gazebo.  During the spring, summer and early fall seasons there is a fountain in the pond which will offer a quiet place of contemplation and remembrance for families that choose this new addition to Calumet Park Cemetery’s constantly growing inventory of peaceful and beautiful final resting places for our departed ones.

There will be a stream surrounding the Columbariums with a waterfalls and bridges to get to this small but beautiful island paradise.

For information on this or any of the many wonderful choices for the cremation-oriented families that we serve, please call 219-769-8803 or stop in for a tour of the new facility.

 

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Funeral Services for Paul Vogel, CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery, are set…

 

Paul Vogel Sr., Rob Vogel, Paul Vogel II and Carl Paunicka

Funeral Services for Paul Vogel

Tuesday (10/3/17):

Public from 2pm-8:00pm

Wednesday (10/4/17):

10 – 12 am for visitation

12 noon for funeral service

ETA to Calumet Park Cemetery – 1:30

Call 219-736-5840 for directions

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Service times and dates set for funeral ceremony for Paul Vogel at Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel

Funeral Services for Paul Vogel

Tuesday (10/3/17): 

Family at 1:00pm

Public from 2pm-8:00pm

Wednesday (10/4/17): 

10 – 12 am for visitation

12 noon for funeral service

ETA to Calumet Park Cemetery – 1:30

Cards or flowers may be sent to Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410

This great man will live on in the hearts and memories of his family, employees, and all of his friends from around the world.  Rest in peace, friend…rest in peace.

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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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Can one or two people make a difference in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey?

Paul Vogel from Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana and Jim Bognar, a Merrillville police officer, in Houston to help families after Hurricane Harvey blasted the Texas with wind and almost unending rainfall.

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Mr. Liu with Paul Vogel. Mr. Liu is a Vietnamese homeowner who just moved into his home three weeks before the storm. He liked the river location because it reminded him of home. His family escaped Vietnam after the communist takeover via a boat to the Philippines.

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Paul Vogel (left) with his team, working to help families with clean-up in Houston.

There is a story of a man who came upon a small child tossing starfish back into the ocean.  The man asked the boy what he was doing.  The boy picked up another starfish and threw it as far as he could, and told the man he was saving the starfish’s life.  The man looked around and saw hundreds of beached starfish and told the boy he was wasting his time.  “There are hundreds of starfish here so what difference will it make if you save a few?”, he asked.  The boy went about his business as he threw another starfish into the water, turned to the old man and declared, “It made a difference to that one.”

Loading up a truck of all sorts of things that will be needed for the people of Houston.

Items collected from Calumet Park Cemetery and affiliates employees and members of Valley Baptist Church and Bridgepoint Church in Valparaiso.

And so it is with two local men who felt that driving to Houston, hooking up with the Second Baptist Church and Pastor Craig Reynolds (a former Houston Astros shortstop) in Houston, and donating their time and energy to helping where needed.  Their mission is to help in any way possible and to answer the simple question of WWJD. .. What would Jesus do?  Paul and Jim are on a mission to “save some starfish”, and what better way than to get your hands dirty and help families, one at a time.

As difficult to believe it to be possible, looters are going through neighborhoods and stealing from those who have had their lives turned upside down from the storms. There should be a special place in hell for such sinful behavior.

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is beyond anything that words can describe.  Pictures can show the destruction of homes, cars, businesses and even life.  Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and everything you owned was gone.  Include in this the business that you worked at, the paycheck that no longer exists, the lack of food and shelter, and the despair and loss of hope that you would be feeling.  And in every direction you look your friends and family and neighbors by the millions are frightened to their last nerve as you all wonder how you will survive.  There is no electricity, no water, no food, no stores to buy food, no way to get to stores if money were not an issue,  and all the while the threat of another hurricane lurking in the Atlantic.

Storms do bring out the worst in people, but they also bring out the best in so many others.  There are thousands of Paul Vogel’s and Jim Bognar’s descending on Houston and Florida with but the muscle on their bones and a desire to help every family, rich or poor, white or black or Hispanic, and every color in-between, and every faith under God.  Seen nailed over one door was a simple sign:  Grant me patience Lord, but hurry!!  Our TV’s are filled with videos and pictures that try to capture all that is going on in Houston and now, Florida, and all the other countries that were hit so hard by Hurricane Irma.

The simple phrase This Too Shall Pass makes for a nice graphic to place over a sofa in one’s home, but it is hard to believe the message when the sofa and the wall of the house has been blown away.  This is where true faith comes in as there will come a time that all of the houses will be rebuilt.  All the furniture, and clothes and appliances and cars and all that has been lost will be replenished.  Eternity is what ultimately matters, and all of those who have joined in the quest to rebuild Houston and the East Coast and beyond are following their hearts as they seek to be of service to all of the victims as God’s helpers.

So, thanks to Paul, and Jim and the thousands who have donated to the cause of rebuilding lives.  Find a charitable group, from the Red Cross to veterans groups to local churches that are collecting money to help those who cannot help themselves, and give as though you were the one that needed to receive.  Forego the steak and go with a hot dog and send the extra money to help.  Every penny does become a dollar which does become a life savor to those who need your kindness and generosity more now than ever before.  You will feel great when you give more than you think you can afford.

And prayers are always welcomed…for the victims and for those trying to make a difference to every starfish and every child of God.

For information of prearranging for cemetery and funeral needs, call 219-769-8803.

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