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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Calumet Park Cemetery and Affiliates hold annual holiday party at Insbrook Country Club on February 3…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funeral Services for Paul Vogel
Public from 2pm-8:00pm
10 – 12 am for visitation
12 noon for funeral service
ETA to Calumet Park Cemetery – 1:30
Call 219-736-5840 for directions
Service times and dates set for funeral ceremony for Paul Vogel at Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel
Family at 1:00pm
Public from 2pm-8:00pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memory challenges – age or Alzheimer’s
by Laura Conant, Calumet Park Correspondent
Have you been forgetting things a lot lately? Can’t find your keys or glasses? Is the worry of Alzheimer’s nagging at the back of your mind? More than 5 million people in the US are living with Alzheimer’s so it’s in the news a lot.
Let’s put your worries to rest by finding out what are symptoms of normal aging vs. symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Memory problems such as forgetting recent conversations, misplacing items, difficulty in solving problems, can be normal as we age. It may take us longer to do complex tasks but we can do them without a lot of confusion. Signs of Alzheimer’s would be misplacing something and be unable to know how to retrace your steps to find it. Balancing your checkbook may become difficult as numbers no longer make sense. You may start getting lost on familiar routes while either walking or driving. Familiar areas now feel foreign.
Language problems can include not remembering the names of familiar objects like the TV or phone, or suddenly stopping in the middle of a conversation because you can’t remember what you were talking about. It’s not just losing your train of thought-it’s that you don’t remember starting the conversation at all. You may start having trouble reading by not recognizing or understanding the words.
Depression and becoming very easily agitated is another sign. Losing interest in things you previously enjoyed and being in a flat mood, personality changes and the loss of social skills are other symptoms of Alzheimer’s. You, yourself, may not be able to perceive these changes but may experience family members or friends telling you about them.
If you or a loved one are having any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a physician to start treatment to slow the progression of the disease.
Please try to understand what I am now; not think of me as I was. I am alone, shut in, with my fears, my frustrations, my forgetfulness. Forgive me if I strike out at you. Why do I do that? What has happened to me? I cannot cope in this alien world. I feel threatened. I am frightened. Speak softly, approach slowly. Repeat again and again what you want of me. Those twisted tangles in my brain have messed up my world. Be patient, for I do love you. And I need your help and love so very, very much. Your Alzheimer Patient. by Joy Glennner.