St. John residents say they love its friendly small-town atmosphere, schools, businesses, parks and proximity to major highways.
Town residents Cathi and Rick Lloyd built their first house in St. John in 1989 when they moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“The summer before we moved here, there was a parade of homes in the Homestead Acres subdivision,” Cathi Lloyd said. “We toured some of the homes and very much appreciated the quiet, small-town atmosphere of the area, as well as the proximity to I-394 and easy access to Chicago.”
The Lloyds purchased a lot and built a home in which they lived for 15 years.
“We raised our children in that home,” Cathi Lloyd, who owns Decorating Den Interiors of St. John, said. “It was a very friendly neighborhood for young families.”
Their children both attended Lake Central.
“We were very happy with the school system and the education they received,” Cathi Lloyd said. “When our youngest child went to college, we decided to build another home.”
The Lloyds looked at property in various subdivisions in Dyer, Schererville, St John and Crown Point.
“We chose to build another house in St John for many of the same reasons we chose to move here back in 1989,” Cathi Lloyd said. “St John has tripled in size since we arrived here more than 20 years ago. If anything, life here has never been better. We have a grocery and other shopping in town, along with a great parks and recreation department; all while still holding on to that quiet, small-town atmosphere.”
Gina Fezler and her husband Chris have lived in St John for seven years.
“My husband I chose to live in St John because it has that quaint hometown feel but we are still close enough to the city metro areas,” Fezler said. “I love living in St John because we have great neighbors. A true sense of community can be felt at all times.”
Fezler, a Banking Center Manager at First Financial Bank, said St. John has wonderful parks, schools, and plenty of local businesses.
“It has been a great place to have a family and raise my son Logan,” Fezler said. “We thoroughly enjoy calling St John home.”
Lynn and Clair Hoeksema moved to St. John in 1971.
The couple, both former Illinois residents attended a wedding reception at Teibel’s Restaurant in 1969.
“One of our friends built out in Lantern Woods,” Lynn Hoeksema said. “Then another one said ‘I am going to build there too.’ We were all sitting at the same table.”
The friends encouraged the Hoeksema’s to build in Lantern Woods too.
“We talked it over and we decided to build there,” Lynn Hoeksema said. “We move into this very nice wooded area.”
Hoeksema said at first, coming from a more populated area, she didn’t like being so rural.
“There was one grocery store, there was Sauzer’s Waffle Shop and Teibel’s
and one fast food place called the Lure,” Lynn Hoeksema said.
Every time she needed anything she had to drive to River Oaks Mall. Hoeksema’s husband told her to give it one year and said ‘if you want we will move.’
By the time the year was almost up Lynn Hoeksema was hooked on living in St. John.
“It was wonderful,” Hoeksema said.
She became involved in Tri Kappa Sorority.
“I met a lot of people and he said ‘are you going to make it?’” Hoeksema said. “And I said, ‘yes I am; I love it.’”
Hoeksema said people now would never believe St. John used to be so rural.
“It still is a sleepy town but it has lots and lots of fast food places and shopping areas,” Hoeksema said. “I don’t have to run all the way to River Oaks to get a curtain rod. There are hospitals and doctors; you name it, and wonderful people.”
Hoeksema said she has had her St. John roots so long that it is home for her.
“The community is very nice,” Hoeksema said. “I like the way they decorate the park at Christmas time. St. John has very good park programs.”
“It is a very established church-minded community,” Hoeksema said.
Hoeksema has served on the Tri Kappa board many years in the past. Every year the sorority has a Christmas House Walk. This year’s date is Dec. 8.
“A lot of the people in St. John have graciously opened up their homes for the Christmas Walk,” Hoeksema said. “This is our 17th year. St. John is a very giving community the way they support us with all our Tri Kappa projects. I feel very good about that and the local businesses are also extremely supportive.”