Kuiper Funeral Home

9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN


Jose Hiram Caraballo

March 5, 1949May 15, 2020

Jose Hiram Caraballo age 71 of Munster, IN formerly of East Chicago, IN passed away Friday, May 15, 2020.

Jose is survived by his wife Juanita; three children: Melissa Rodriguez, Carlos (Jamie) Rodriguez, Luciana (Eric) Abraham; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; eleven brothers and sisters: Francisco (Blanca) Caraballo, Elsie (Robert) Mergesky, Ferdinand Caraballo, Jorge (Mary Ann) Caraballo, Hector (Theresa) Rivera, Norberto (Tomasa) Caraballo, Mary Caraballo, Arturo (Terri) Caraballo, Rosemary Caraballo, Manuel (Rosanna) Caraballo, and Sara (Michael) Reed; many nieces and nephews; He was preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Etelvina; and one brother Efrain Rivera. A special thank you to caregiver Ruth Maxwell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 10:30AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Munster, IN with Rev. Declan McNicholas, officiating. A family gathering will be held from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at St. Thomas More Church on Thursday morning. Entombment at St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Jose was in the army for 24 years. Because of the limited number of people who are able to attend at the church you can watch the live webcast of the Mass at https://www.facebook.com/KuiperFuneralHome at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 21, 2020.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


Jose Hiram Caraballo

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Jacqueline Garcia

May 23, 2020

God bless you and praying for the family. May you be in heaven free of pain and happy. Love ya

Melissa Rodriguez

May 18, 2020

While Jose wasn’t my dad and didn’t raise me ! He didn’t treat me any differently than a father would have ! We bumped heads at times (we are human) we laughed and we kept secrets from my mom ($$$ he would win at the casino) !! He was a great man ! He loved my son like a Grandfather and Godfather should ! He taught Aj so many things that the list is long and I hope my son will one day show his son all that this Warrior taught him ! He loved my mother and made her the happiest I believe she has ever been ! He loved Music and even in his final days would snap his fingers to the beat the best that his weak little body could !! Thank you Jose for loving me and my son in which ever way you did ! I am proud and a bit jealous to know that heaven just got a warrior like you when we still needed you hear on earth with us ! Run fast and run hard Jose ! Be free !!


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