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From the archives….

2017-02-03-20-18-22Found in the archives, the invitation that was sent out for the dedication of the Catholic Sections from back in 1933.  Calumet Park, always and still family owned and operated.

2017-02-03-20-18-47 2017-02-03-20-18-54From its humble beginnings in 1928, Calumet Park has grown to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.  Besides the cemetery, Calumet Park now owns and operates two crematories and three funeral homes:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville, Rendina Funeral Home in Gary and Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Hobart.

For information on pre-planning your cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803 or stop in for a tour of any of our facilities.  Find out more about us by reading some of the posts in this blog or go to http://calumetparkcemetery.com

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Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville adds casket display area that is family friendly…

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You may click on any photo to enlarge it to see the detail of design and color.  All the caskets shown are Batesville caskets made in the USA in Batesville, Indiana.  Batesville is one of the oldest and biggest casket manufacturing companies in the country.  They are highly respected and admired for the quality and variety of their products, from simple to “how much?”  There is literally a design that meets all budgets.

Stop in for a free tour of the room and consider preplanning with Calumet Park using our interest free monthly payment plans, and do not forget to ask about our veteran program.

Call 219-769-8803, or stop by any of our locations as shown on our website http://calumetparkcemetery.com

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Stop in and see the changes when you are in the neighborhood…

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Look for the grand opening of Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Hobart and Portage.  Located just south of Route 6 on County Line Road between Hobart and Portage, this facility is now open to serve Hobart and Portage families.  Stop in when passing by and have a free tour of the building.  A complete remodeling of the building will greet families as they pass through the main entrance to the funeral home.

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There is parking for 98 vehicles, and the funeral home has the size and staff to easily serve two families at the same time.  The building is approximately 12,000 square feet and there is a crematory on the premises.

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This is the third funeral home acquired by Calumet Park Cemetery since 2004.  The first funeral home was purchased in 2004 on the site of the original Stilinovich and Wiatrolik funeral home on Taft in Merrillville, and in 2014 a smart investment was made in adding Rendina Funeral Home to serve local families and their funeral needs.  Rendina is just two miles north of the cemetery on Cleveland in Gary.  Calumet Park, started in 1928, is still owned and operated by the same families.  Calumet Park and its affiliates have the funeral home resources to help 500 families a year through one of life’s greatest challenges…the death of a loved one…and the next few days after such a loss.   Already serving over 600 families with their cemetery needs, the addition of funeral homes makes this transition between life and death much easier for the families that suffer a loss.

Call now at 219-940-3791 to find out how the right place with the right people may be just what you are looking for from your cemetery and funeral providers.

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1st Annual Angel Tree lighting ceremony at Rendina Funeral Home…

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The First Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony was held at Rendina Funeral Home on December 3, 2015.  It was a pleasant success as families served by Rendina gathered to remember their lost loved ones.  Not that long ago, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel instituted the event at their chapel which is now attended by over 200 people annually.  Thanks to all that made this first remembrance ceremony a success, especially Michelle Hanrahan, Taylor Wise, Teresa Dille, Carrie Evans and Marsha Ochoa.

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Watch this space next week for pics of the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel’s Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Thanks to all who helped and to all who came to the first annual angel tree ceremony at Rendina Funeral Home.  In the years to come, you will remember the first as a great gathering of like-minded hearts celebrating the lives of loved ones taken too soon.

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Tony Rendina honored at retirement dinner given is his honor…

On December 2, Tony Rendina and his brothers, Romeo and Vince joined with friends and family to celebrate his official retirement.  A dinner party was held at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville, Indiana arranged by Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home.   Calumet Park invested in Rendina Funeral Home to partner with Tony and his family back in April of 2014 and will now fully own and operate Rendina Funeral Home.

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Rendina Funeral Home has been completely remodeled and is managed by Michelle Hanrahan.  Taylor Wise, funeral director, works closely with Michelle and Kim Jones, owner and funeral director, to ensure that the tradition of great service to the family will continue as has been accomplished since Tony and his family started Rendina back in 1961.  Thank you Tony and have a great retirement.

For info on preplanning, call 980-1141.

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It seemed so important at the time…

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The holidays can be a time of supreme joy, or a time of extreme pain and loneliness. As anyone who works in the death care industry will tell you, their days are filled with extremes. As you read this article, 2014 is all but a memory.  For some, there were babies born in 2014 and were held and coddled by family and friends. Many people found new jobs, or got pay raises that were higher than expected. Graduations happened at all levels, and miracles of recovery have taken place in hospitals across the region. People who did not even know each other last year at this time found true love and many of these romances blossomed into marriage proposals. For some, weddings have been their highlight for the year,  and the circle of life goes on.

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For others, without enumerating each and every “opposite”, 2014 was not a good year. Sadly, many people passed away in 2014. Most were hard working, caring, loving and gentle people. All ages, colors, races, religions and creeds were taken from this life. No matter what a person may have accumulated by way of material things during their time on earth, all was lost when they sighed their last breath. Things that seemed so important, like the new car, fancy house at the right address, stylish clothes or all of their I-things (I-pad and I-phone) are no longer important to them. What seems so important when we are in the moment loses all significance when our moments are over.  When God hits the delete button on His computer, we are deleted from this earthly plane.

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I remember when my stepfather died a few years ago. As happens in many cases, families come together to say their goodbyes, and reunions occur that would happen for no other reason but for the death.  After my wife and I lingered and had some good fellowship with people that I had not seen for years, we went to my stepfather’s house (my mother had passed years before) and the entire clan was there. In our case, the clan consisted of eight kids born of my mother and five kids from my stepfather’s life before mom. When I say kids, I mean all ages…all adults.

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What was interesting to me was how the house almost looked ransacked as all of the “kids” went from room to room and took the things that were important to them. One of the kids was to be the executor of the estate and he asked that everyone come get what they wanted before he cleaned out the house to be made ready for selling.  His word was taken as gospel as the brothers and sisters went treasure hunting.

By the time we got there, there were but a few trinkets left; mostly souvenir-type stuff from trips to NYC or Florida. What seemed so important at the time, important enough to buy a souvenir to remember the trip by, became junk that nobody wanted after those two lives were ended.

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All the memories that caused these symbols to be purchased died when those left behind lost interest.

So, what is the point to this story? One year is coming to an end and a new year lies before us. What stories and achievements and goals and promises will you be talking about when 2015 draws to an end? What are the important things that will become part of the legacy you will leave behind when the year comes that marks the year of your passing? For some, the inventory of their life will be made during this next twelve months. For others, it may be 50 or 60 years from now but come it must.

So, the death of 2014 is about to happen. Good or bad, our decisions that got us to today are our reality. The great thing about the gift of life is that we can exchange it for something better. We can all make our resolutions for 2015, and for the most part, our new year will be determined by the choices we make now, and each day that we are blessed with another sunrise. So, I propose that we all find that one thing that will make us a better person, and concentrate on that. Loving others is a great goal. When you wake up each day, say a prayer for help in being the most kind and loving person you can be, and spend the rest of the day being that person.   Don’t worry if you fail, or do just a little better, or even do a little worse. At the end of the day, review how the day went and set your goals for a better tomorrow.

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If we could all be just a little kinder, a little more patient, a little more helpful to those we meet, it is possible to build our own little Utopia. We can sleep the sleep of the innocent when we do our best to be the best we can be. Like the baby learning to walk, we will fall many times. The baby never stops until walking is second nature and running is fun. Let us all learn to run for the new year. It costs so little to do the little extras for those we meet, whether friend, family or foe. My personal motto is to let God take care of judging others. Let me kill my enemies with kindness. And isn’t that a nice way to go?

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And Lord, when I slip and start to judge, as I surely will, please nudge me back to my resolution of being a better person.  Happy New Year to all, and feel free to pass this on to your friends and relatives.

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What happens when you meet with a funeral director to make funeral arrangements?

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Meet with your funeral director to plan the funeral.

– Your funeral director will gather information to help you design a final good-bye in keeping with both

your needs and your emotional and financial well-being.

– Your funeral director will gather personal information to help process all the legal requirements for the

funeral to proceed, including a burial permit and death certificates.

– Arrange for the date and times for visitation and final committal service with the cemetery and church.

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– Prepare and place obituary and death notices and help in applying for death benefits from social

security, the veterans, insurance etc. as applicable.

– Arrange for clergy, pallbearers, personnel for a military funeral, and other participants in the funeral

service, along with producing car lists etc.

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– Explain merchandise options to help you select merchandise, such as a casket, vault, and paper goods,

such as a register book and prayer cards.

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– Arrange flowers, whether from our elegant silk rental flower inventory or from a florist. Advise you

on personalization of the funeral service, from photo boards, memory tables, music to food/drink ideas.

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– Help you decide on the best payment option for your circumstances.

A clear explanation of what to expect during the next few days:

– When to arrive for the first viewing.

– What to expect during the public visitation.

– What will be done after the service with flowers, cards, the photo blanket, the DVD, etc.

that are received.

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– Any items of information you will need to bring to the funeral home, including clothing

for the deceased.

– Inventory of personal possessions of the deceased, along with what is to remain with them

and what is to be returned to you.

– You will be given an explanation of the parting ceremony, the closing of the casket, the funeral

procession, church service if desired, and what will take place at the graveside committal

service up to and including the dismissal at the end of the ceremony.

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– You will be asked to go to your cemetery of choice to verify the grave to be used when you have property, or to select a final resting place.  The cemetery will have some papers for you to sign that ensures the interment, entombment or inurnment is handled with respect and within the laws of the State of Indiana.  They will establish two important protocols:  who has the right of disposition and who has the right to allow a grave, crypt or niche to be used for final placement of mortal remains.

Calumet Park Main Office at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Taft Street in Merrillville

Calumet Park Main Office at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Taft Street in Merrillville

Let our kind and caring funeral staff at both Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home help you through your time of need.

Let our kind and caring funeral staff at both Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home help you through your time of need.

For more information, go to calumetparkcemetery.com or call 736-5840 for Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and 980-1141 for Rendina Funeral Home.

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