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Spanish spoken here – Newest staff member understands language, customs of Hispanic community

Written by Dan Moran. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on August 02, 2017 with No Comments

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road just north of County Line Orchard in Hobart announces the addition of Violet De La Torre-Corona to its team of funeral directors.  She will join with Michelle Hanrahan (at Rendina Funeral Home in Gary), Carrie Evans and Raquel Santos (in Merrillville) and manager Kim Jones to help with the funeral needs of the community.  This newly-renovated Hobart funeral home will help serve Lake and Porter County as the Baby Boomer generation ages.

Violet is fluent in Spanish and has an understanding of Italian.  Violet is originally from Chicago, where she worked with her family’s funeral home for the past 20 years and has been a funeral director for 16 years.  She has experience with all kinds of funeral services: traditional burials, cremations and even international shipping of the departed. She has helped families from Mexico to the Philippines.

Violet was born in Palos Heights, Ill., and was raised in the northwest side of Chicago (Logan Square/Bucktown area).  She attended Madonna High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.  At a very young age, Violet understood her calling was to help those in need during the worst time of their lives, when one loses a loved one.

Along with her deep-rooted Christian faith and determination to serve her community, Violet decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a funeral director and embalmer.  She is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  Throughout her funeral directing career she has helped many families in her community, as well as many Northwest Indiana Latino families looking to be guided through all the decisions necessary to have a funeral with a person who spoke the same language and understood their customs.

She came to Indiana in February as a result of her husband’s working here in the region.  Although it was very difficult to make the move, leaving family and her love of working with her family, she felt it best for her to come to Indiana with her two children and her husband.  Her initial plan was to take a year off and see if she liked Indiana enough to continue with her calling here as a funeral director.   If she did then she would make this her new home.  And she loves it here!

Although her home base will be at the new funeral chapel in Hobart, she will go wherever necessary when a Spanish-speaking need arises.  She will be more than happy to assist at any of our three funeral homes and our cemetery when an interpreter is needed.   Her ability to communicate in two languages, including the funeral customs of Spanish-speaking families, will help Calumet Park be of greater service to our Hispanic populace in general.

In her spare time, Violet loves to travel, draw and paint, and dance.  She is an animal lover and has two cats and fish.  KLove radio offers her music to relax to.

Although Violet has been a licensed funeral director for 16 years, Indiana requires that she must test for an Indiana funeral director’s license.  The earliest she can do that is September.  In the meantime, Violet will visit churches and nursing homes to introduce herself to the community.  She will learn Calumet Park’s approach to helping families, and will perform all the duties that are part of the day-to-day life of working at a funeral home that falls within the restrictions of the law.

Violet is permitted to serve as an interpreter at funeral arrangements when a Spanish-speaking person is needed, so feel comfortable knowing that she is available at once to help with your service need.  She is also permitted by law to help make prearrangements for funerals at any of Calumet Park’s three funeral homes.

If you have any questions or wish to stop in to say hello and meet Violet or any of our staff, feel free to do so.  You can speak to Violet by calling 219-940-3791.

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