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Alternatives to traditional hearse offered at Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home…

(Permission to use photos/name granted by family.)  Photos show an alternative choice for a funeral procession.  Traditionally, casketed loved ones are driven in funeral coaches, more commonly referred to as a hearse.  At Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home, a family may select a funeral coach, a horse and buggy or a Harley Hearse. 

 

The photos shown above were from the recent funeral of Pablo Arriaga.  Daughter, Iris Petroff, was very happy with the uniqueness of a horse drawn carriage to carry her father to church and then to his final resting place.  The services were handled by Violeta de la Torre-Corona and Mike Poweska at the Hobart Funeral Chapel just north of County Line Orchard in Hobart.  The horse and buggy are owned and operated by Rob Poortenga.  Rob has volunteered his services for different veteran-related functions at Calumet Park Cemetery.  His company name is Hoof-n-Harness.

For information on prepanning a funeral, call Violeta at 219-940-3791 for Hobart or Michelle at 219-880-1141 for Rendina or Carrie at 219-736-5840 for Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville.  All have the use of any of the three means of moving a loved one to their final resting place contingent on availability on the day needed.  You can call Calumet Park Cemetery at 219-769-8803 for more information.

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Happy Easter to all…

Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, baskets filled with  straw.

Are what we see in early Spring after the last wintry thaw.

Boiled eggs in colorful shells, Peeps of pink and yellow…

Easter bonnets and lacy dresses and bunny molds filled with Jello.

Is this what Easter has become –   what it is all about?

Or is it the rising of Christ that makes the stones want to shout.

It was on that morning Christ rose from the dead and gave life to all who have lived

That makes Easter Sunday so special for all, as all of our sins He forgives.

Just three days before, He was nailed to a cross; on his head was a crown of thorns.

And as the blood trickled down, the crowd down below seemed to show only scorn.

He forgave them all then, and He forgives us all now…

Heaven’s gates were unlocked, now that’s  a big wow!

So eat up your candy and play with your toys.

Find the joy of the season amidst all the noise.

The promise of heaven was fulfilled on that day

When the rock covering the tomb was pushed away.

Just say I believe, and eternity is yours

The crucified Christ opened heaven’s doors.

He gave you free will so choose as you may

Just remember that your future is about what you say.

Invite Jesus into your heart and your soul –

Let His mercy and grace fill your heart’s empty hole.

Simply ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord

Rejection means something that you can’t afford.

So enjoy your candy and Sunday’s big feast

While remembering that Jesus dying defeated the Beast!

Happy Easter to all from Calumet Park Cemetery.

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March 28, 2018 · 7:42 pm

It costs how much to dig a grave?

 

 

For anyone who has had the responsibility of making cemetery arrangements for a loved one, the costs of opening and closing of a grave (O/C), a crypt or a cremation niche hits them like a slap in the face.  “To dig a grave, you want how much?” is often heard during a meeting to finalize the paperwork for a burial. “I’ll get my brothers and we’ll come dig the grave!”

There is a lot more to the opening and closing of a final resting place than just the digging of a grave.  Under the umbrella of “opening and closing”, the charges include administration and permanent record keeping.  It must be determined who has the ownership with accompanying right to open a grave,.  Permission to open the grave is only half of the process.  The second half is who has the rights of disposition for the human remains.  In other words, who is permitted by law to dispose of a human body.    Entering the interment particulars in the interment register, and maintaining all the legal records is included in the opening and closing fee.

At Calumet Park, a triple verification system is in place which means locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling in the interment space, the installation and removal of the lowering device, placement and removal of artificial grass and set up to allow for a safe burial site for both the family and friends attending a committal service and for the cemetery crew responsible for the burial.  When weather conditions permit, the costs for setting up and taking down of a tent is part of the O/C charges.

Upon the completion of a burial, the grave must be filled in immediately, and again a number of times until the dirt has settled.  Once the dirt has settled, and after tamping and re-grading of the topsoil, grass must be planted.  When markers are in place, they must be tended to which usually means removing and replacing to allow the grave to by prepared for the burial.  Finally, there is a pro-rated insurance that must be maintained for the cemetery for the protection of both the families served and the employees against any possible damage from equipment while processing the interment and financial protection should any person or persons be injured during the burial process.

A burial includes the digging of the grave, removing the dirt from the site (to be brought back after the interment is completed), the setting of a vault (outer protective receptacle into which the casket is placed), the lowering of the casket into the vault, filling in of the grave and grave completion process as described above.

The good news, if such a thing exists when considering all that goes into the O/C process, is that you can prearrange and freeze the price for the opening and closing of a grave.  Currently at Calumet Park, the price for an O/C is $2140 and can be prearranged with as little as 10% down and interest free monthly payments of $80.25 per month for 24 months.  Of course, we are an old fashioned company in that we will accept payment in full on credit cards, debit cards, personal check or actual cash.

It should be noted that there are no payment terms except payment in full when you find yourself in an immediate need situation and short of money.  A grave will not be opened without this fee paid at the time of need.  It is not the intent of cemeteries to require payment before burial.  The facts are that some people do not pay their bills, which puts an unfair burden on all the others who do pay.

Stop in today at Calumet Park Cemetery for more information or to prearrange an opening and closing for yourself or other loved one.  Call 219-769-8803 now to set up a personal meeting with one of our caring Family Service Counselor.  There is no obligation to get educated in regards cemetery and funeral arrangements.

 

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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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Angel Tree Lighting at Rendina Funeral Home on November 30 was a big success…

  Rendina Funeral Home, an affiliate of Calumet Park Cemetery, held its 3rd Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Novembeer 30, 2017.  Lead by Funeral Home Supervisor, Michelle Hanrahan, the event was appreciated by all in attendance.  Approximately 60 guests enjoyed live music from Brant Vogel and Harpest Renee Wilson.  Michelle’s team of Greg Schafer, Teresa Dille and Marcia Ochoa worked hard to ensure that all guests would be comforted as they placed their angels upon the tree.  Paul Vogel offered and inspirational message for the holiday.  After the lights were lit, comfort finger food and sweet treats were shared as people enjoyed fellowship and good cheer.  If you missed the tree lighting, you may attend the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Angel Tree lighting on Saturday, December 2.  Call 736-5840 for details.  Merry Christmas to all.

Greg and Michelle

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A quiet November night in NW Indiana…

View is looking west with the beautiful sunset as a wonderful backdrop to the original mausoleum at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville..

A reminder that the Angel Tree Lighting ceremonies at Rendina will be this Thursday at 6:00 p.m., November 30 and for Calumet Park Funeral Chapel at 4:00 on Saturday, December 2.

Call for directions:  980-1141 for Rendina and 736-5940 for Calumet Park funeral Chapel.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and remember to call in now for your Angel (see below)

 

 

Please be thankful for all the gifts you are given daily from God.

Rendina Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30 (call 980-1141)

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 2 (call 736-5840)

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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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Veterans Day Service scheduled for Saturday, November 11 at 11:00…all are invited.

Paul Vogel serving as patriot guard.  You are invited to attend Calumet Park Cemetery’s Annual tribute to veterans on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m.  Pat O’Donnell from WJOB radio will be the keynote speaker.  Reverend Jim Drummond from St. Michael’s Church will share his thoughts for this special day.

This year’s ceremony hits close to home as two of our own passed away recently.  Tony Rendina (former owner of Rendina Funeral Home) and Paul Vogel (shown above, CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery, Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home) were both proud veterans and both were active in support of all veterans over the years.  The Veterans Day tribute is a way to say a collective thank you to  all the veterans and their families for their contributions to keeping this country safe and free.  Thanks to all veterans from Calumet Park.  For information or directions, call 769-8803.

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Fall Festival 2017 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel a huge success…

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this annual fall event a success.  To all the families and kiddies, hope you had a great time.  If you missed this year’s event in Merrillville, mark your calendars for our second Fall Festival on October 21.  It will be at our newest funeral home on County Line Road just north of the County Line Orchard in Hobart/Portage.  There will be a Trunk and Treat as part of this event so come at 11:00 am and stay for the whole two hours.  There is no cost and it is guaranteed to be a fun couple of hours building memories with your wee ones.  The Apple Orchard is tons of fun but Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart will offer free pumpkins for painting, refreshments, games and safe trunk or treating.  Call 219-940-3791 for directions and details.  A special thanks goes out to Bethany Music for providing the photos in this post.

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