The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Rose Mary Vrtikapa. Memory eternal.

Rose Mary (Polizzotto) Vrtikapa (November 15, 1925 – May 27, 2016), age 90, of Merrillville, IN passed away Friday, May 27th 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuele and Rose Polizzotto, her daughters Karen and Susan Vrtikapa and sisters Frances (late Dale) Erickson of Valparaiso, IN and Sara (Ed) Beladela of Hobart, IN. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard Vrtikapa, daughters Kathy (Jay) Friedlander of Carmel, IN , Nancy (Tom) Allesee of Palm Coast, FL and her 5 grandchildren Susan, Michael and Karen Friedlander and Taylor and Tyler Allesee, sisters Ann (late Kalman) Geleta, Sandra Jo (late Russell) Maranto, and Barbara (Jim) Shinovich, and many nieces and nephews.

Rose Mary, was a graduate of Froebel High School in Gary, IN where she was given the nickname, Polly. She was known for her famous spaghetti sauce, homemade Italian sausage and ziljanica. She was a founding member of the Indiana Chapter of Children’s Research Foundation, and a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Sava Serbian Sisters, and supporting member of Karageorge Choir and St. Sava Historical Society. She retired from JCPenney drapery workroom, and Associates Loan Company in Gary, and volunteered at St. Sava Bingo.

She was loved by her grandchildren, close family and many life-long friends and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will take place at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Pomen by Fr. Marko Matic at 6:30pm.

Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 DIRECTLY at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN.

Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Rose Mary’s name may be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church or Children’s Research Foundation, P.O. Box 205, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.

Arrangements entrusted with Savich and Semplinski Funeral Directors at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. For info please call 219-736-5840.

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