Save the date – Calumet Park Funeral Chapels in Merrillville and Hobart planning annual Fall Festivals…

When:  October 7 in Merrillville and October 21 in Hobart (both are Saturdays)

Where:  Merrillve at 7535 Taft Stree one half mile north of Route 30 in Merrillville (oct 7)

Hobart at 370 North County Line Road just half a mile north of the Count Line Orchard (Oct 21)

Time:  11:00 am to 1:00 pm for both events

Cost of admission:  Free

Hayrides (at Merrillville), face painting, crafts, pumpkin decorating (pumpkins free), refreshments and more.

Come out and enjoy a couple of hours of memory building with your family.  Hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, call 219-980-1141 for Merrillville and 219-940-3791 for Hobart.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share a fun day with your little ones without breaking the bank.  Your cost of admission is a promise to be a kid again for a couple of hours.

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In memory of Tony Rendina…

Obituary for Anthony S. Rendina Jr.

Anthony S. “Tony” Rendina, Jr.
Merrillville, IN

Anthony S. Rendina, Jr., passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Lee Rendina in 1989. He is survived by his son, Tony (Donna) Rendina III; daughter, Beth (Steve) Hitt; grandchildren: Tony Bill Rendina, Kristin (Chris Holland) Rendina, Mandi (Chad) Bogue, Anni Bartok and Rich Bartok; great grandchildren: Triston Spencer, Jaycie Bogue, Autumn Rendina, Ryan Bogue, Joey Brazeau, Ben “Bengy” Bogue, Izzy Smith and Cooper Holland; brothers: Vince Rendina and Romeo (Dorothy) Rendina; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rendina; special friend and companion, Barbara Fedorchak. Also survived by and a very large extended family. Also preceded in death by his parents: Antonio and Michelina Rendina; sisters: Angeline Orosz and Rose Truax; and brothers: Joe, Phil and Mike Rendina.
Tony was a well-respected funeral director in Indiana for 62 years. He also retired from EJ&E Railroad. Mr. Rendina proudly owned and operated Rendina Funeral Home in Gary, IN with his brothers for many years. Tony was a Veteran of the U. S. Army and also a member of the Sons of Italy and Gary Lions Clubs. A devout Catholic, Tony was a longtime parishioner of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Merrillville. He also served as former president of the Indiana State Board of Funeral Directors as well as a past Merrillville Police Commissioner.
When Tony wasn’t caring for families at the funeral home, he enjoyed going to the casinos, cruising in his convertible, telling a funny story or joke, giving children Dairy Queen money, praying the rosary…but most importantly he loved spending time with his beloved family. They were his world. He was generous, caring and always willing to help those in need. Tony will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (5920 Waite St. Merrillville, IN). Rev. Michael Maginot officiating with prayers from Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland St. Gary, IN) at 9:15 a.m. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Rendina Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. and Sons of Italy service at 5:00 p.m.
For information call 219-980-1141

Tony with Kathy Chepela and Dianne Correll on Memorial Day 2017

 

It has been a privilege to work with Tony and his family over the years.  He was a man of honor, of character, generous to the 10th degree, and kind to all who have had the good fortune to have met him.  Tony was detailed in his work and lived to serve his families.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a born story-teller.  He was a friend to many and he seldom met a person that he didn’t like and his outer toughness was but a mask as all could see the great heart that this man had – for families he helped through times of loss to children to vet groups and within his church.  Tony will be missed by all and is in our prayers as he takes his place in heaven.  Goodbye, Tony…the world is a lesser place with your passing.

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Memory challenges – age or Alzheimer’s

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.

Dear Family and friends,

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit us at the Lake County Fair from August 4th – 13th

983.pngWhen you need a break from the rides, elephant ears, corn dogs etc., come visit us at the Industrial Building.  We will be at booth 101 and will be giving away a free spinner with each short survey that is filled in.  Don’t know what a spinner is?  Ask your kids as it is the hottest craze.   Take advantage of our Fair Special:  35% off graves in new sections at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville and for niches in the Beautiful Veteran Memorial Columbarium.  A columbarium is a bank of niches for permanent placement of a loved one a Calumet Park Cemetery.  Call for more info at 219-769-8803.  See you at the fair.

 

 

Veteran Memorial columbarium

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Butterfly release scheduled for July 22 at 11:00 a.m. – call before July 12 to reserve your live butterfly…

Dianne Correll, Andrea Paunicka and Stephanie Szymanski handing out butterflies for last years event.

Mark your calendars for the annual live butterfly release program at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN.  This event keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Last year there were over 600 butterflies released during this beautiful and touching time or remembrance.  Call 219-769-8803 now to be sure that you get your butterfly.  Cutoff to order your free butterfly will be July 12th.  Be part of the live music and butterfly ceremony and call now.  Release is set for Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.  See you there.

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Fishing event at Calumet Park Cemetery – fun time on a hot day!

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A fun morning of fishing and building memories at Calumet Park Cemetery on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  A nice gathering of families reeled in some pretty good sized fish and enjoyed snacks during the annual event.  Thanks for those who attended and thanks to those who supervised to ensure that all would be safe and entertained.  Join us next year for this free day of fishing and catch and release.  For information, call Calumet Park at 219-769-8803.

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A boo-boo needs a kiss…

 

For over 10,000 days, I have held the title of father.  For me, every day is Father’s Day.  My girls and my wife fill my heart and soul with love for each day that I am blessed to share with them.  I have tried many things in my life, and succeeded in some and failed in others.  But in my quest to be a good father, I have succeeded far more times than I have failed.

I say this because I have two adult, well adjusted, loving daughters who became that way because of their Mother and me.  We had no guide book on how to parent, although I read a lot of parenting books over the years that never quite gave answers or procedures for unique moments that presented themselves on a regular basis.  There is such a thing as book smart but real life events quite often force a parent into being street-smart on the run.  There is not always time to consult with what all the professionals have to say about challenges faced as a parent.

A simple example might be a toddler falling and scraping a knee.  Their crying gets our attention, soap  water and bandages treat the physical wound, but it is the hugs and kisses that takes away their fear and pain.  All of us with the title of parent understand this.  It did not take Dr. Spock to tell us that a boo-boo needs a kiss.

I believe, and I can only speak for myself, being there in the moment goes a long way to being a good parent.  Being there with patience and willingness to apologize to a child when we are not successful in being patient…being there to listen…being there to guide and to protect and be a home base that kids can return to…all part of good parenting.  I had to learn that my girls (and my wife) are not always looking for answers.  Men seem to think that we have to solve a problem, check it off an imaginary list, and be ready for the next time superman is needed.   Sometimes we just have to shut up and listen.  Very hard for me as I am like an action figure…give me a problem and we will fix it, eliminate it, go around it or through it but I need to act.

I remember being schooled by both of my girls over the years when I show up with the proverbial hammer and saw cause “the fix-it man is in the house” when they would let me know that they did not need a “Tool Time With Tim” dad right then.  What they needed was an understanding male figure who could listen, nod his head up and down, right and left, but mostly to shut up…open my heart, and try to feel their pain or fear.  Going to a new school, or breaking up with a boy friend, or getting a cold shoulder from their BFF’s…they only wanted to think it through, out loud, to a dad, and then get the hug and kiss for their emotional boo-boo’s.

Megan and Colleen taught me to be a good father.  There was never a question of the love part of it.  The first time I held each in my arms I knew.  The smell of a freshly diapered and powdered baby (or even a poopy one for that matter) made my chest swell with pride and unconditional joy.  Looking at their little round faces and their big blue eyes was like looking in the eyes of God.  No man could ever “make a baby”.  No woman could ever will themselves into motherhood.  The power of God took all those eager little swimmers and created Megan, and Colleen and me as a Dad and Teri as a Mom.  And we loved it.

We have loved every blessed minute of being a parent, and continue to enjoy the high of the two wonderful kids that blessed our home.  So, Happy Father’s Day to me.  I may get the greeting cards that utter the sentiments of some Hallmark wordsmith signed by my Meg and my Colleen, but a simple look into the blue eyes of my babies from heaven and I know that it is my day on June 18th,  and on every day that I am allowed to share with my girls.

So, that is a bit of my story.  It is my sincere wish that every father out there realizes the wonder that has been given to them when their children were born.  To you all, I wish a very Happy Father’s Day.  written by Daniel Moran

You are invited to Saturday’s fishing event at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana.  This is an annual catch and release program for kids 12 and under and must be with an adult.  Calumet Park will provide bate and snacks.  Come on out on June 10 and build some memories with your kids.  All you need is a fishing pole and a desire to share some quality free time with those little ones in your life.  Call 769-8803 for info or directions.  It is from 11:00 to 1:00 so bring the kids, suntan lotion and a comfortable chair and join in on the fun.

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Memorial Weekend at Calumet Park in pictures…

Thank you to all who came out to show their respect for all of our veterans, and especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Giving one’s life for a just cause is going above and beyond the call of duty…giving your life for freedom is heavenly.  A special thanks goes out to the owner’s of Calumet Park (yes, privately owned and proud of it), all the grounds crew, the family service department and to the administrative departments.  It took a team effort to make Calumet Park Cemetery look so beautiful and a great deal of planning and execution for the weekend to go so smoothly.  We received nothing but compliments from the thousands who entered these hallowed gates during the past three days.  God gave us a weekend of wonderful weather, and your showing up made it a successful weekend of remembering.

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A prayer…

A Prayer

There are men and women from these great United States serving in the armed forces today who will need to be remembered for having given up their lives when this holiday rolls around again this weekend.  And sadly, as long as there are evil, crazy, power-hungry people habiting the planet, soldiers will die.  How many of our fine young men and women have to be killed before peace can truly erupt around the world?

There was a song out when I was young entitled “Where have all the flowers gone?”  by the Kingston Trio.   It had a very repetitive beat played beneath a poem that I only now realize was probably meant  to be that way as the story is the same today as it was when it first hit the charts.

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Gone to young girls, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

The next verse changed to young men, then soldiers, then graveyards until the graveyards went back to flowers…”and the beat goes on, and the beat goes on” sang Sonny and Cher.  Vietnam, the Middle East and hopefully never… but looking scarier and scarier…Korea.

In cemeteries across the nation flowers will be planted and placed next to flags on the graves of so many innocent and lost souls.  I believe the fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women and reserves who gave their all are all in heaven as they gave their last breath for our freedom.  That is a wonderful thought, and one day we will meet again.

However, in the middle of the night, when a parent or spouse or son or daughter finds they cannot sleep over their loss, heaven is far away.  They need strength now…today…tonight, when they are alone with their thoughts.  All the hopes and dreams and plans and fun, the tears and laughter that can no longer be shared with their guy or gal who died bleeding red, white and blue, they are the truly forgotten ones.

So, in this small space on the internet, I offer my prayers and the prayers of so many for all who have been left behind.  God is good and all-knowing and always present which means some of our prayer energy needs to be offered for understanding and faith.  I pray that a child can move though life with one parent gone forever, while a piece of the remaining parent does their best to do their best in all things.  A wife or husband who hugged their honey goodbye and finds they will never be together again lives a pain that others who did not suffer such a loss will never know.

So, God…in Jesus name, I pray that you will give strength to those who are truly vested in Memorial Day.  I pray that you will shelter them with your love.  I pray that you will help them in their most alone moments as they live in but a shadow of their “coupled” life.  I pray that you help them through this life, and that you accept their pain as their penance and forgive them if they may turn from you a little.  I pray, God that you let them remember all the great times with their lost loves, and to cherish the little moments that brought them together in the first place.  Thank you God, for the beauty that you will bless them with in the days ahead, and let their remaining time here on earth be lived in honor of their fallen soldier.  Finally, I pray that you help mankind find a way to discontinue adding to the rolls of those we salute on Memorial Day.  Amen

Come to our free fireworks show on next Saturday night at around 7:00 (May 27) at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.  Call 769-8803 for directions and visit our webside for more info at calumetparkcemetery.com

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Happy Mother’s Day…

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.  It is one of the most thankless jobs and at the same time, most rewarding.  Being a Mother is one of God’s most loving gifts to the universe.  Dads…while special in their own way…Mothers are the glue that holds all of life together.  Call or visit your Mom today and let her know how much she  means to you.  For many, their Moms are already in heaven.  Offer a prayer of thanks that you were lucky enough to have her as your Mom.  Enjoy this sunny day and praise the Lord for Mother’s everywhere.

The men and women that you see at the entrances to Calumet Park Cemetery on Mothe’rs Day are passing out flowers and a newsletter with the Memorial Weekend activities.  If you are looking for something to do on May 27, bring the family out for a fun evening of free fireworks, hayrides, and horse and buggy rides.  Bring a blanket to sit on or a comfortable beach chair.  You will have a fun evening.  Starts at sevenish.

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