(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.