Wherever you may worship, chances are the pew you sit on, or the altar before you, was built by William Kadar.
For over 55 years, he operated Kadar’s Wood Shop in Gary, a business now run by his son, Gene.
"The Kadar Wood Shop has done 27 churches" of various denominations, said his granddaughter, Arleen Haas.
William A. "Bill" Kadar, 93, of Merrillville, died peacefully at home on April 26.
It was a familiar sight to see him return from work with sawdust covering his clothes.
"That's who he was," said his daughter, Lynn Sattler.
Kadar was good at woodworking, but was even better as the patriarch of his family, Haas said.
"I looked up to him in so many ways."
He was just under six feet tall, but Haas recalled how his straight posture made him seem much taller.
A decorated hero with the U.S. Army during World War II, Kadar projected a strength that often extended to others.
In his personal life, he practiced hard, honest work, yet he was very gentle and loving with children, Haas said.
There are many photos of him holding a baby or child.
"The man melted in the face of babies," said his granddaughter, Amy Parsons.
"It was a great representation of him as a grandfather," Haas added.
Kadar was known for the Hungarian hot peppers he grew, Haas said.
During holiday gatherings, he would watch as people reacted to them.
"He'd laugh and say, 'they're hot this year,'" Haas fondly said.
During his funeral mass at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, it was probably no surprise when it was noted that the altar they were praying at was built by Kadar, himself.