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Carol F Kallas, age 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Merrillville IN, at Golden Living Center. She was born on November 7, 1940 in Gary, IN and was a resident of Calumet City, IL for the majority of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Frances (nee Kozlowski) Mockaitis, her beloved and devoted husband of 28 yrs, George W Kallas Jr; cherished daughter, Laura Kallas; blessed son, David Kallas; beloved Sister, Jean (David) Grabowski, and dear brother-in-law, Robert Kallas.
She is survived by her devoted and loving son, Lawrence Kallas (Kathy Ayala-Kallas), endeared grandchildren, Michael and Elena Kallas, her beloved sister, Bernice (Charles) Oram, and cherished brother-in law, David (Celeste) Grabowski. Special thanks and remembrance to her godsons Joseph (Milli) DesCamp and James (Basia) Grabowski.
She was blessed to share in many family events and memories with nieces, nephews, and cousins. She enjoyed her visits to “The Farm” in Sodus, MI, visiting with some of her favorite cousins, Joe & Marie Grajauskis, and their family. She fondly remembered special times and warm visits with her Aunt Helen Petrites, cousins Kay (Lulich) Neis, Rose (Lulich) Dearinger, Marge Lulich, and their families. Visits with her sister’s families were fondly remembered as specially, cherished moments.
Carol was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved caring for her family, cooking daily meals, baking, crocheting baby gifts, participating in Club 30 events, sharing time with her grandchildren, watching TV, tending to her flowers, walking with dear friends Jean Lebioda and Edna Paprocki, attending St. Andrew picnics, intensively working her “Word Search” puzzle books, writing letters to family and friends, winning prizes at Bingo games as a resident at Golden Living Center, and very proud to be a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. She was a devout Catholic. Her daily ritual consisted of reciting countless decades of her rosary, praying, and offering special intentions for others. She literally wore through beads, broke chains, and tore strings of numerous rosaries. Her genuine loving and generous care for others is a testament to her legacy. Her engaging smile, quick witted humor, strong bear hugs, and her deep, contagious belly laughs will be dearly missed by many.
Carol was offered unconditional support from family and friends during very trying moments in her life. Special gratitude and thanks to: Bernie (Joseph) DesCamp, Joe & Milli DesCamp, Kay Neis, and Bill Petrites,and dear friends, Edna Paprocki (Jane Nolan) and Bill (Sheila) Roser; your dedicated time and meaningful words of comfort made Carol's situation easier to manage.Special thanks to Dr. P. Chor for helping the family manage Carol’s health and well being. If not for his life-saving instincts, Carol would not have actively participated in the many life experiences that she enjoyed over the last several years of her life. To the many who were not mentioned, your endless support, prayers, and love for Carol have been recognized and are forever deeply appreciated by the family.
All memorial services will be held on Friday, July 13th, 2018. Visitation prior to mass from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home: 248 155th Place, Calumet City, IL 60409. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church: 768 Lincoln Avenue, Calumet City, IL 60409. Services to conclude at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel: 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, IL. There will not be a formal grave side service.
The family requests that in lieu of floral arrangements, put the word “donate” on your gift/sympathy card envelope and your gift will be designated for donation to the “WISH LIST” at the "Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Chicago Hospital” in memory of Carol’s daughter Laura.