Venita Joyce Wise-Smith
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Venita Joyce Wise (Calloway) passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019. A beloved matriarch and pillar to the Gary community, Venita was born March 7th and raised by the late Vollie and Velma Calloway in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947. While in school, she met the love of her life, Lester Wise. They were soon married and bore three children to their union: Myrna, DeWayne and Leslie. Venita's talents and ambitions were endless. She held numerous roles throughout her career. She was an accomplished cook, amazing seamstress, dedicated teacher, president and co-founder of the Unique Bronzettes. She was a mother, grandmother, community volunteer and friend who loved to entertain. She enjoyed travelling internationally and throughout the country visiting family. Venita is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of over 30 years, Lester Wise. She is also preceded in death by her second husband and companion, Clyde Smith, her son, Dewayne Wise; her parents Vollie and Velma Calloway; three sisters: Wilma Whittimore, Jeanette Young and Shirley Jones; and three brothers: Lorenzo Calloway, Vollie Calloway Jr. and Lawrence Calloway. Venita is survived by her devoted daughters: Myrna (Gerald) Irons and Leslie Wise. She is survived by her loving and heartbroken grandchildren: Gerald Irons Jr., Jarrett (Jazelle) Irons, Grant Irons, Alyssa Jones, William Wise and Ariana (Alan) McGee. She is also survived by her favorite little people in the world, her great-grandchildren: Gerald Irons III, Marlin Jones, Bella Irons, Zoe Irons, Jade McGee and Mya-Jae Wise. She is also survived by her siblings: Velma Lester, Bettye Taylor and Richard (Linda) Calloway. Venita is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones. Visitation is at 10am with funeral services starting at 11am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at First A.M.E. Church, 2045 Massachusetts Street, Gary, IN 46407. Rev. Carrell K. Cargle will be officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary, IN. The family would like to express our thanks to Guy & Allen Funeral home.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Mar. 24 to Mar. 27, 2019.
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April 9, 2019
You all are in my thought's and prayer's. May God comfort you heart's today tomorrow and forevermore in Jesus name I pray Amen Amen andAmen
Debra K. Smith
March 30, 2019
I am sincerely sorry for your loss and my warmest condolences are extended to the family. God understands the comfort that we need when we lose a loved one. May you confide in Him always because His understanding is beyond measure. (Psalm 147:3)
T L
March 30, 2019
To Myrna, Leslie, Gerald and family may your memories of a beautiful Mother comfort you in the weeks and years to come.God bless and keep you in His care.
Ruth Bonner
March 29, 2019
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March 29, 2019
To Myrna and Gerald and family, please except our prayers in your time of your Mother' homecoming May God bless and keep you and your family and we will always have you in our prayers and in our hearts.



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Arthur and Janice Knight
March 29, 2019
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Janice Knight
March 29, 2019
Rest In Glory Aunt Vanita.
From Your Nephew,
Melvin Wise Jr.
March 28, 2019
May God be with the Wise family during this challenging time!!

God bless,
Priscilla Priscilla
March 27, 2019
To the Irons, Wise, and Calloway Families,

May God comfort you during this time of bereavement.

With heartfelt condolences.
Donald Coleman Jr.
Minietta Coleman-Nelson
March 27, 2019
Gerald Irons &wife Myrna Irons GOD BLESS Both of You during your loss I remember you Gerald at the YMCA in Gary,indiana when I was a teenager in judo class you were just drafted by The Raiders with late Art Laster I'm very proud of you! GOD BLESS! Ralph Riley a fan!
March 26, 2019
Loss for words... grief-stricken...my mother-in-law Venita Calloway-Wise ascended to Glory despite my selfishness of wanting her on the planet forever...you can never have too many real Mothers in your life to mold and nurture you...too many incredible moments..memories to recall through grief-stricken thoughts but let all know you steered me into manhood, fathership & self awareness with sterness, compassion and love..It has been an absolute honor to be your son-in-law and I promise to continue to stand strong and uphold your #1 moto...Family First!!...Love & cherish you forever Mama Nita (Family treasure)!!
Mark E Scoggins Sr
March 26, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. Heavens gain. Please know that I will be praying for Myrna and the rest of the family. Blessings always.
Pat Fointno
March 26, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of "Momma Nita". We were all blessed to have her in our lives. May God give you strength for today, hope for tomorrow, and the assurance of His constant love and care. Keeping you in prayer.
Forstine and Lawrence Morris
March 26, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Ms. Venita's passing. She was always so nice and kind to me, even before I became a Calloway. She offered many words of wisdom when we worked at the Calumet Township Trustee Shelter together and then came the restaurant...Oh my the food was amazing!

She will be missed and I am so honored to have known her.

God Bless you all!
Tamilla "Tammi" Calloway
March 25, 2019
Condolences to the family. Keeping you in prayer.
Vernishia Stanford Payne
March 25, 2019
I am very saddened to hear about the lost of your Loved One. Please accept my deepest Condolences. May the God of all comfort be with you during & after this sad occasion.
E. C.
March 25, 2019
Myrna and Gerald, so sorry to hear of your loss! I will keep your family in my prayers.


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F. Naima Wares-Akers
March 25, 2019
F. Naima Wares-Akers
March 25, 2019
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March 25, 2019
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Wise family. May she rest in heavenly peace.

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Barbara Hemphill
March 24, 2019
Carl Protho
March 24, 2019
Myrna, Gerald and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and the matriarch of your wonderful family. She lived a long and blessed life and you are all very fortunate to have had her for so long. May God bless you all and keep you during this time of sorrow and sadness.
Kay Behn
March 24, 2019
I will miss you Mother V. Your tax lady Brenda
I will continue to pray for the family. Brenda Perry
Brenda Perry
March 24, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Annie Pearl Eddie-:eaden
March 24, 2019
Dear Myrna, Leslie and the ENTIRE FAMILY:

Our prayers are with ALL of you. We ask that God will comfort your hearts during this difficult time. She was a vibrant, beautiful, and giving person. God blessed her with many years.

May she rest in peace and in the days to come, may all of you continue to cherish her memories and look to God to comfort and keep you.
Milton, Syrathia & Milton G. THAXTON, SR. & JR.
March 24, 2019
I had the pleasure of knowing Momma Nita while shes been in Houston. She has a lovely family to carry on her legacy. So sorry for your loss but please know her time here on this earth was a gain for the rest of us. Blessed to be a part of this family. Love you all.
Donna Williams
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