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Reminder of three upcoming events at Calumet Park Cemetery…mark your calendars…..

Now that’s a nice catch!

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How cute…come for the memories.

You are invited:

June 23 at 11:00 for the Fishing For Memories event.  Almost a guaranty to catch a fish.  For kids 12 and under with a parent or guardian.  Snacks, drinks and bait will be provided as a courtesy.  Located within Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73 and Taft in Merrillville just one mile north of Route 30 on Taft.

July 20th at 11:00.  Eleventh annual live butterfly release program.  Join with so many others who wish to celebrate and remember a loved one who has passed.  Call before July 8th to be sure to have a live butterfly reserved for you.  Enjoy live music, select readings and a wonderful way to spend a morning with others in a shared experience.

September 28:  Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual 5K walk/run for suicide awareness.   Last year’s event saw 116 people of all ages compete for medals in their age groups.  Dr. Lisa Gold was the feature speaker and she shared her story that you can see by going to Dr. Lisa Gold on Google.If you have questions on any of these events, feel free to call 219.769.8803 for more information.

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Spring has arrived at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana…Happy Mother’s Day to all…

Administration Building

Check out other posts in this blog to see the Spring newsletter, or stop at the office on your next visit to the cemetery.  The entire Memorial Day schedule is included.  If you have questions, call 769-8803.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s of the world.  Thank you for all you do.  Calumet Park will present a bouquet of flowers to all visitors to the cemetery on Mother’s Day until we run out.  Hope your day is great and thanks to all who come visit their Mother’s at whatever cemetery they are in.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers…..

The most important question that can be asked is the one that you need answered.  So, how can a FAQ sheet be put together that brings your question to the top of the list? A suggestion might be for you to scan through all the questions shown in this blog and find the one that you are looking for.  You can call 219-769-8803 at any time (8:30-4:30 Monday thru Friday) if you need an immediate answer, which generally prompts a caller to ask follow-up questions.  For non-urgent answers, read all the FAQ entries and you may discover questions that you had not thought about to ask but really wanted to know.

Click FAQ for inquisitive families

for answers to 67 frequently asked questions.  Take a little time to read through these questions as you may feel comforted knowing a little about a topic that nobody likes to talk about…

 

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He is risen…

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April 18, 2019 · 1:24 pm

When a death occurs, who do you call?

When a death occurs at home or not in a medical institution: Under hospice care, call your hospice nurse.  They will confirm your loved one’s death and consult with a physician if necessary.  When you are ready to have the decedent removed from your home or other non-institutional place of death, contact your funeral home for further information and assistance.

Did you know that Calumet Park has three funeral homes for your convenience:  Merrillville (219.736.5840), Hobart (219.940.3791) and Rendina Funeral Home (219.980.1141)

When not under hospice care and a death occurs outside of a medical institution, it is necessary to first call the coroner or medical examiner to confirm the death.  This may be done by calling your local police or sheriff department at 911.  Once the coroner or medical examiner has arrived, let them know of your preference to contact us for further information or assistance (or your funeral home of choice).

When a death occurs in an institution: such as a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff will generally take care of all necessary steps.  All you would need to do is to notify the staff that you would like to have us handle the arrangements so that they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork.  It is always your choice as to what funeral home you prefer.  The institution will contact us to make arrangements so that we can assume custody of the deceased.

When a death occurs out of state or out of the area: If death occurs outside of Indiana or away from the region, please call us first so we can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death to have your loved one returned to this area. By being a member of several national associations, we can often save you money and added stress by having our firm make the arrangement to have your loved one brought back to Indiana.  Likewise, if your loved one is from out of the area, we can help with arrangements to get them to a funeral home in their hometown.

By contacting us first, we will assist you by answering any questions you may have.  We will listen and review the many available options that best meet your preferences and financial needs.  We want you to know that you are not alone and our caring staff will help make your loss as easy on you as possible.

Please have the following information available when you call our funeral home for help:

1.  legal name and location of the deceased and

2.  your name, phone number and your relationship to the person who will be in charge of making the arrangements with a funeral director.

3.  finally, for your meeting with your funeral director of choice, please bring the following to help in making the transition go as smoothly as possible – decedent’s legal name, sex, social security number, date of birth, date of death, birthplace (city, state, zip), if in military what branch, marital status, surviving spouse’s name, maiden name if wife, decedent’s occupation, complete address at the time of death, decedent’s highest level of education, if Hispanic origin (State of Indiana asks this for death certificate), what race, father’s name, mother’s name, and mother’s maiden last name.

4.  When you meet with your funeral director, bring all of the info listed plus the following:  burial clothing including undergarments and shoes, recent photograph, clergy name and phone number, copy of military discharge (DD214 or equivalent) when applicable to get all benefits from government and all the special discounts that Calumet Park and Rendina Funeral Home give, any applicable life insurance policies along with the phone number of your insurance agent, and the name of your cemetery of choice (Calumet Park – 2018 winner of best cemetery in the country would be an excellent choice) and deeds and contracts with the cemetery.

If you have any questions regarding anything you just read, please call 219-769-8803.  Check out our new website at http://www.mycalumetpark.com

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This is what -18 looked like on January 31, 2019 at the #1 Cemetery in the country…

Just before sunrise at Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, IN.

One of the local newspapers called the other day as they were planning to run a story about what cemeteries do when it is this cold out.  In talking with Tim McClure, the grounds superintendent for over 14 years and employee for over 32, the answer is much like the line made famous in the baseball movie: “build it and they will come”.  In other words, Calumet Park has never been unavailable for a burial, regardless of the weather.  If a family wants a funeral regardless of the weather, Calumet Park will meet their needs.  That is not to say that the weather hasn’t caused some families to hold off for a burial until better conditions arrived.  The same philosophy applies to our three funeral homes.  Call for more info or if you have any questions.  We are here to serve.   

 

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Scenes from Memorial Weekend 2018…

Bronze statue on top of Veteran Columbarium in the Veteran Section (Section 17)

Calumet Park thanks all who visited the park this weekend to pay their respects.  Thousands of cars passed through the gates over the weekend with people coming out to remember their lost loved ones.

Battle of the Bulge tribute monument. Next visit to the cemetery, get a close-up look at the monument. There are scenes etched into the granite of the battle. On the back of the monument is a map of Europe showing how the battle lines between good and evil bulged but never broke with the good guys winning, thanks to our wonderful troops.

Video Monument showing a short photo history of Paul Vogel Sr., former CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery, with his motorcycle and with the Harley Hears. Paul passed away a few months ago and is sorely missed.

Veteran Section with thousands of flags flying high in honor of all vets buried at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Special Veteran Monument overlooking the thousands of graves of yesterdays heros…all those who proudly wore the uniform of the US military.

Awaiting the color guard…

Wolff Gang choral group from Hobart High School.

Invocation for Veterans Memorial Ceremony with Pastor Dan Jacobsen from Bethel Church in Hobart

Captain James Wiltshire, USNR (ret) giving the keynote address for the Veterans Ceremony.

Music provided by Merrillville High School Symphonic Band…

Merrillville High School band.

Presentation of the wreaths before the Veterans Memorial…

Some of America’s finest ready for gun salute.

One of the many religious services held throughout the park on Memorial Day.

Harry Stemph, retired military and member of the Knights of Columbus, getting ready for procession to Catholic Mass at the Priest’s Circle.

  For information on pre-planning your cemetery and funeral needs, call 219-769-8803 or stop in and talk with one of our no-pressure family service counselors.

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New flag at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville….

 

 

What is 20′ x 30′ and flies 80 feet in the sky?  Answer, the new flag flying over the entrance to Calumet Park Cemetery … 80 foot flagpole and huge flag … we salute all Americans!  For Memorial Weekend, the following are specially priced:  25% off the Veteran Memorial Columbarium, 25% off the new Meditation Pond Columbariums (see pictures above), 25% off a new private mausoleum on a pond with a fountain next to the original community mausoleum, 25% off specific graves (ask a Family Service Counselor to show them to you…new sections, 50% off all selections in the Black Monument/bronze flush marker section, and 15% off all monuments and markers.  We can deliver to any cemetery in NW Indiana.

 

 

For more information, call 219-769-8802

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Benefits for veterans on YouTube…

Go to YouTube and enter Calumet Park Cemetery Benefits for veterans

Calumet Park Cemetery will be posting short informational videos on YouTube periodically.  Some videos that will be coming soon will be tours of the cemetery and of the three funeral homes:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on Taft in Merrillville (219-736-5840), Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road between Portage and Hobart just north of the Apple Orchard (219-940-3791) and Rendina Funeral Home (219-980-11410) at the edge of Gary and Merrilliville on Cleveland.

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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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