(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.
The Rendina family has served the community since 1961. Thousands of families have had their funeral needs taken care of by Tony and his family, and now the torch has been passed to Calumet Park Cemetery. By combining this completely renovated Rendina Funeral Home facility with Calumet Park Cemetery’s rich tradition of “family first”, even a casual visitor will be impressed.
Stop in between 5 and 7 on September 29th and say hi to your old friend Tony. Refreshments will be served and you will be able to take a casual tour of the facility and see for yourself how comfortable and well appointed the remodel is.
Harley Hearse for the actual last ride of your life. Available only at Rendina Funeral Home and other Calumet Park affiliates.
For For over 53 years the Rendina family served your families in a tradition of excellence. And now, the continuation of this remarkable family’s life’s work is going to be carried on by Calumet Park. Meet some of our staff and enjoy an evening reminiscing about old times and making new friends. The funeral home is located at 5100 Cleveland Street and you can call 980-1141 for more information and directions. It’s close proximity to Calumet Park Cemetery makes this a perfect marriage between Rendina and family owned and operated Calumet Park Cemetery.
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If you are looking for a fun, free evening with the kids, or if you just like fireworks, come out to the cemetery at 7:00 on Saturday night, May 24. You will get a close-up look at our new Harley Hearse and see the horse-drawn carriage from hoof-n-harness out of Jasper County. The evening is a guaranteed couple of hours of fun and relaxation. There will be hayrides and maybe a surprise or two.
Calumet Park Cemetery is located at the corner of Taft and 73rd in Merrillville. To go to the fireworks show, drive west past the main entrance to the cemetery for about a quarter mile and turn right into the cemetery. You will be directed as to where to park. This event will not disturb any graves spaces and is done as a way to honor all veterans who have given so much for this nation. Think of the verse: and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there. The Star Spangled Banner waves because of the dedication of our country’s men and women in uniform. And we thank each and every one who ever donned the uniform, or stayed behind and sacrificed so much for so many.
For more info, call 218-769-8803
Weather permitting, a family may choose the traditional funeral coach (hearse) or the new Harley Hearse when you elect to have your funeral service through Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (our funeral home). Not just for bikers! Call 769-8803 for more information.
Even though the Harley Hearse has yet to make its debut as a traditional hearse alternative, there has been a very strong reaction from the public in favor of this concept. It should be noted that this hearse may only be used when a family chooses Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (Calumet Park’s funeral home) as their place of service.
Even though a family may have their cemetery property at Calumet Park, the Harley Hearse is part of the funeral home experience. It is our goal to make life easier and better for a family by creating a complete funeral experience with Calumet Park as the organizer of this special time. So, if you like the idea of using this unique ride to your cemetery, call us and make your wishes known by prearranging with Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. Note: If you use Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and choose a cemetery other than Calumet Park, you will be able to experience the Harley Hearse farewell ride. Call 219-769-8803 or go to calumetparkcemetery.com
For a unique final farewell ride to remember, Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana is adding a Harley Hearse to our transportation inventory as part of our ongoing goal of personalizing funerals. In this day of cookie-cutter funerals where each one looks like the last one, Calumet Park is looking for ways to add special meaning to a funeral. To remember and be remembered are inborn in all of us, and what better time to create a warm and caring memory than on what is normally one of the worst days of a survivor’s life? For something a little more memorable, call us or stop in at the funeral home for a close-up look at this addition to our program.
May God bless every man or woman who gave their life for their country, and God bless their families!