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Our Obituaries

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

May 25, 1917 - February 26, 2015

President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, C.S.C., 97, died Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, IN. Fr. Hesburgh was born on May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, N.Y. He was the second of the five children born to Theodore Bernard and Anne Marie (Murphy) Hesburgh. He graduated from Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse in 1934. He knew...
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Jeanette M. Potter

June 30, 1921 - February 26, 2015

Jeanette M. Potter, 93, formerly of South Bend, passed away on Thursday February 26, 2015, at Sunset Village, Sylvania, OH. She was born on June 30, 1921, in New Carlisle, IN, to the late Emil and Elizabeth (Packee) Dhaeze. On October 6, 1945, she married Warren J. Potter, who preceded her in death on September 29, 1989. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hurst and Valerie...
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Lorene Joy Strow Stoneburner

November 26, 1920 - February 21, 2015

New Carlisle - Lorene Joy Strow Stoneburner, 94, died February 21 in Fort Wayne IN. She was born November 26, 1920 in Waterloo IN to Russell and Faye Strow. She was married to Harry E Stoneburner on July 3, 1943. Lorene lived most of her life in New Carlisle, IN She was an elementary school teacher and taught at Olive Township Elementary (New Carlisle) and for the South Bend School Corp. She...
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Ervin E. Nowaczewski

July 12, 1932 - February 21, 2015

Ervin E. Nowaczewski, 82, of South Bend passed away Saturday February 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. He was born July 12, 1932, in South Bend, to the late Frank and Hattie (Demski) Nowaczewski, Sr., and was a lifelong area resident. On November 9, 1957, he married Theresa Masszi, who survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Tina (Jim) Holtsberry of Bremen, IN and Terri (Gene) Bolin of...
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Elayne M. Bajdek

May 9, 1934 - February 20, 2015

Mishawaka - Elayne M. Bajdek, 80, of Mishawaka, passed away Friday February 20, 2015, in Hospice House, South Bend. She was born May 9, 1934, in South Bend, to the late Clem C. and Josephine C. (Barczykowski) Kucharski. On May 15, 1954 she married Leonard T. Bajdek, who preceded her in death on September 16, 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Jo (Dennis) Bajdek-Slomski of Laguna...
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Donald Alfred Cornelis

June 24, 1928 - February 18, 2015

Donald Alfred Cornelis, 86, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Dujarie House located in Holy Cross Village. Donald was born on June 24, 1928 in Bristol, Indiana to Maurice and Beatrice (Dobbelaere) Cornelis. Donald had been employed as a Police Officer with the South Bend Police Department, retiring in 1971. He had also worked for the former Studebaker...
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Gertrude M. Wettergren

September 5, 1920 - February 16, 2015

Gertrude Marie (Gorski) Wettergren, age 94, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Lake Placid Health Care Center, Lake Placid, FL. She was born on September 5, 1920 to the late Michael and Laura ( Guzicki) Gorski in South Bend, IN, and has been a lifelong area resident, until moving to Florida three years ago. Gertrude retired from the Department of Public Welfare in...
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Gale C. Andrews

September 17, 1937 - February 12, 2015

Gale C. Andrews, 77, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 2:58 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Hospice House. Gale was born on September 17, 1937 in Athens, Ohio to Luther B. and Florence Madelyn (McMurray) Andrews. He had been employed with Nickles Bakery for 4 years as a Route Driver ; L.B. Price Mercantile for 17 years, serving as a manager for 8 years; he was also self employed with...
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Linda L. Stickler

December 6, 1942 - February 11, 2015

Linda L. Stickler, 72, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. After a lengthy illness, Linda is finally at peace home with the Lord. She was born on December 6, 1942 to the late Orval and Virginia (Neighbors) Lung in Sturgis, MI, and has lived in South Bend, IN since 1950, coming from Sturgis. Linda was retired from...
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Kenneth L. Tooley

December 29, 1957 - February 11, 2015

Kenneth L. Tooley, 57, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 10:41 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Ken was born on December 29, 1957 in South Bend to Alton and Margie (High) Tooley, and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed since he was 18 years old with Logan Industries. After 39 years at LI, he retired to the Logan Senior Program. Ken is...
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Benedict L. "Ben" Kopinski

September 10, 1916 - February 11, 2015

South Bend - Benedict L. "Ben" Kopinski, 98, of South Bend, left this world for eternal life on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at Brownsburg Health Care Center, Brownsburg, IN. He was born September 10, 1916, in South Bend, to the late Michael and Helen (Torzewski) Kopinski. On January 11, 1947 he married Natalie Yuhas, who preceded him in death on June 20, 2006. He was also preceded in death by...
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Thomas Scheurer, CSC

April 26, 1938 - February 10, 2015

Brother Thomas Henri Scheurer, C.S.C., age 76, died on February 10, 2015, in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Mankato, MN, on April 26, 1938, the son of Clement and Anastasia (Leonard) Scheurer. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School and Loyola High School, graduating in 1956. Thomas worked as a heavy construction equipment operator with his Father...
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Daniel A. Pejza

January 24, 1925 - February 8, 2015

Daniel A. Pejza, 90, of Decatur, MI, passed away on Sunday February 8, 2015 at Bronson Hospital. Daniel was born January 24, 1925, in South Bend, IN to Al and Sadie Pejza. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Delores (Klosowski) Pejza. Daniel is survived by his wife, Catherine (Platt); three sons, Christopher (Jan) Pejza, Charles (Mechelle) Pejza, Darl (Ruth) Platt;...
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Veronica Majcher

July 12, 1924 - February 8, 2015

Veronica Majcher, 90, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday February 8, 2015, at Hospice House, South Bend after an extended previous stay at Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 12, 1924, in South Bend, to the late Charles and Laura (Kowalski) Holubiak. On May 18, 1946, she married Henry Majcher, who preceded her in death on February 9, 2003. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary...
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Cecil "Chief" J. Jump

February 14, 1922 - February 7, 2015

Attention! All hands on deck!! Cecil "Chief" J. Jump is on final patrol in the Silent Service. Jump, 92, died peacefully Saturday, February 7, 2015. He had his taxes in the mail. Jump is survived by 7 children: Darryl of Salinas, CA; Jill (Peter) Hallenbeck of Efland, NC; Jerome (Jane) of Gaithersburg, MD, Jon of Solana Beach, CA; Joseph of Raleigh, NC; Jeffrey (Connie) of Richland Center, WI;...
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Rita T. Trzop

February 20, 1925 - February 7, 2015

Rita T. Trzop passed away on February 7, 2015 in her home on the family farm, which she loved dearly, just two weeks short of her 90th birthday. She was born in South Bend on February 20, 1925 to Stanley and Josephine (Cierzniak) Dombek. On May 17, 1947 she married Walter Trzop, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her four sisters: Mrs. Carrie Manuszak, Sr. M....
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Bob G. McQueeney

February 3, 1933 - February 6, 2015

Bob G. McQueeney, 82, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 12:40 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015 in Hospice House, Elkhart, Indiana. Bob was born on February 3, 1933 in Greenfield, Indiana to John R. and June I. (Thomas) McQueeney. He retired on January 1, 1996 from the Unifax Corporation, where he was employed for 20 years. On November 24, 1956 in New Carlisle, he married Ruth M. Harrington,...
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Lenore Roark

January 29, 1932 - February 5, 2015

Lenore Sharpe Roark passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 29, 1932 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Sarah (Dunn) Sharpe. She attended Mason City Schools and graduated from Mason City High School in June of 1950. On October 20, 1951, at the 1st Baptist Church in Mason City, she married Richard D. Roark,...
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Norma I. Janczak

July 18, 1926 - February 4, 2015

Norma I. Janczak, 88, of Mishawaka, Indiana passed away at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Norma was born on July 18, 1926 in Callao, Missouri to Luther and Alma (Sloan) Roberts. She retired in July 1988 from Memorial Hospital, where she was employed as a Computer Operator. On June 8, 1946 in St. Patrick Church, she married Louis Janczak,...
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Thomas Leon "Tom" Mihail

March 27, 1968 - February 2, 2015

Thomas Leon "Tom" Mihail, 46, of South Bend, went to be in the hands of the Lord on Monday, February 2, 2015, in South Bend. He was surrounded by the loving prayers and comfort of his parents, Brunette Mihail and Andy Mihail. Also present were his loving mom, Christine Mihail and long time girlfriend, Karla Milbourn. He was born on March 27, 1968, in Athens, Greece, but spent most of his life in...
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Theodore C. "Ted" Honchell

November 24, 1936 - February 2, 2015

Theodore C. "Ted" Honchell, 78, of South Bend, Indiana passed away the morning of Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross Rehabilitation Center. Ted was born on November 24, 1936 in South Bend to John Honchell and Wreatha Harrison (Wolford), and was a lifelong resident. He retired in 2001 as the successful Owner and Operator of T.H. Transport. On July 26, 1958 in the Ardmore...
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Richard L. "Dick" Botka

January 6, 1924 - February 2, 2015

Richard L. "Dick" Botka, 91, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN, surrounded by family. Dick was born on January 6, 1924 to the late Louis A. and Hattie (Szymanowski) Botka in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; Richard was also preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Kulwicki; three...
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Florian H. Moskwinski

July 11, 1929 - February 1, 2015

Florian H. Moskwinski, 85, of South Bend passed away on Sunday February 1, 2015, in his home. He was born on July 11, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Henry and Martha (Jeziorski) Moskwinski. On May 17, 1958 he married Rita J. Przybysz, who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Susan (Duane) Wachowiak and Christine (Fred) Cencelewski, both of South Bend; his son, Michael (Diane) Moskwinski...
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Sister Harriet Marie, C.S.C. (Ruth Elizabeth St. Marie)

May 9, 1922 - January 31, 2015

A Holy Cross Sister for 70 years, Sister Harriet Marie was born and educated in Pocatello, Idaho. She earned her BA in education at Saint Mary of the Wasatch College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then taught in elementary schools in the West for 25 years. During her second half of life she was able to do more of what she said she really wanted to do--"to work with people directly." Reception of...
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Laverne M. "Bunny" Kwasneski

August 11, 1932 - January 29, 2015

Laverne M. "Bunny" Kwasneski, 82, of South Bend, passed away peacefully at 7:45 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Laverne was born August 11, 1932, in Eau Claire, MI, to the late William and Tilly (Hibner) Kublick and coming from Berrien Co, MI, lived most of her life in South Bend. She had been employed with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., retiring in 1992. On...
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Kevin J. Kusz

April 10, 1959 - January 29, 2015

South Bend - Kevin J. Kusz, 55, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday January 29, 2015, in his home. He was born on April 10, 1959, in South Bend, to the late Aloysius C. "Al" and Phyllis (Kolber) Kusz. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Tina Berta. Kevin is survived by wife, Linda (Norborg); his sons, Brandon Kusz of South Bend and Robbie Kusz of Indianapolis, IN; two step-sons,...
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Brother Robert Fillmore, C.S.C.

May 1, 1939 - January 28, 2015

Brother Robert Elwood Fillmore, C.S.C., age 75, died on January 28, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Barberton, OH, on May 1, 1939, the son of Elwood and Helen (Rogers) Fillmore. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School in Barberton, OH, and St. Mary's High School in Akron, graduating in 1957. That winter he decided to join the Holy Cross Brothers...
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Robert R. "Bob" Traxler

September 25, 1941 - January 27, 2015

Robert R. "Bob" Traxler, 73, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical in Mishawaka, IN. Bob was born on September 25, 1941 to the late Nick and Irene (Valdez) Traxler in Monte Vista, CO. He grew up and spent his childhood in New Carlisle, IN, before moving to South Bend when he married the late Christine Czerna, whom he was married to...
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Gladys T Arch

October 22, 1925 - January 25, 2015

South Bend - Gladys Theresa Arch, RN of South Bend passed away peacefully at the home of her son, Terry, January 25, 2015. She was born October 22, 1925 to Larry and Severina Laskowski. On February 4, 1950 she married Joseph R Arch who preceded her in death June 13, 1991. Surviving are 3 sons, Dr Joseph Arch, Sr, DDS of Chesterton IN, Gene Arch of South Bend IN and Dr Terry Arch, OD of Orlando...
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Marilyn J. Parin

March 16, 1947 - January 24, 2015

Marilyn J. Parin, 67, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at home. She was born on March 16, 1947 to the late Joseph C. and Louella M. (Rinderie) Shappie in Greenville, OH, and spent her childhood in Versailles, OH. Marilyn has lived in Mishawaka, IN since 1991, coming from Cincinnati, OH. Marilyn taught 2nd and 4th grade at...
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Stuart L. Clark

June 5, 1933 - January 24, 2015

Stuart Clark, 81, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Stuart was born on June 5,1933 in New Carlisle, IN, to Aura and Glennie Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 siblings, his son, Matthew, and his granddaughter, Jackie Ewert. Following his graduation from New Carlisle High School, Stuart served in the Navy during the Korean War...
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Rita L. Zielinski

November 4, 1926 - January 23, 2015

Rita L. Zielinski was born on November 4, 1926; the second of four children born to the union of Edward and Lottie (Malkowski) Markiewicz: Sr. Mary Loretta CSFN, Geraldine Litka and John Markiewicz all preceding her in death. Polish being the primary language spoken in her home, she learned English as a second language when she attended St. Casimir's Catholic Elementary School; and, although...
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Dolores T. Derucki

October 6, 1927 - January 22, 2015

Dolores T. Derucki, 87, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in her home. She was born on October 6, 1927 to the late John S. and Cecelia (Kubacki) Derucki in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her siblings, Stanley Derucki, Irene Kaczmierczak, Raymond Derucki, Florence Watkins, and Donna Jackson. ...
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Brother Raymond Joseph Harrington, C.S.C.

September 10, 1929 - January 21, 2015

Brother Raymond Joseph Harrington, C.S.C., age 85, died on January 21, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 10, 1929, the son of John and Margaret (Maloney) Harrington. He went to St. Sabina Elementary School and Leo High School for a year, and then transferred to Calumet High School where he graduated in 1951. Raymond was the...
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Raymond J. Rospopo

December 28, 1935 - January 21, 2015

Raymond J. Rospopo, 79, of South Bend, passed away at Hospice House at 8:24 AM Wednesday after a brief illness. He left this world knowing that he was loved by many. Ray was born on December 28, 1935 to John and Florence (Eberlein) Rospopo. They preceded him in death along with two brothers, Richard and James. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and proudly served this...
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Genevieve "Jean" Cytacki

September 16, 1919 - January 20, 2015

South Bend - Genevieve "Jean" Cytacki, 95, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday January 20, 2015, in Sanctuary at Saint Paul's, South Bend. She was born on September 16, 1919, the second of four daughters to Walter and Clara (Koszewski) Kaminski. Her sisters, Carrie Ganus (2014), Helen Nowak (2009) and Stella Taberski (1966) preceded her in death. On November 26, 1938, she married Casimir A....
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Matthew R. Dhoore

December 26, 2001 - January 19, 2015

Matthew R. Dhoore, 13, of South Bend, passed away on Monday January 19, 2015, in his home. He was born on December 26, 2001 to Rob and Susie (Brown) Dhoore. He is survived by his parents; a sister, Abbie Dhoore; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Joan Brown of Granger, IN; aunts, Deborah (Chris) Monjeau and Melissa Dhoore Williams, both of South Bend; uncles, Thomas Dhoore of Denver, CO and...
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Helen Irene Harke

April 5, 1914 - January 17, 2015

Helen Irene Harke, at the glorious age of 100, passed away on Saturday evening, January 17, 2015 at The Sanctuary of St. Paul's. Born to William and Lavern (Wiseman) Bloomfield in South Bend on April 5, 1914. Her father was killed in a motorcycle accident when she was three months old. Much of her childhood was spent on her Grandparent Wiseman's farm in Green Township. There she began to drive...
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Opal G. Sexton

December 12, 1917 - January 17, 2015

Opal G. Sexton Born December 12, 1917 in Newport, near London, OH died on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, South Bend, Indiana. In her early years, with the loss of her father in a fire before she had reached her 7th birthday, life was enormously difficult for her mother, brother and sister (all now deceased) . Her grandparents helped as they could and her mother...
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Louise V. Piotrowski

April 29, 1919 - January 17, 2015

Louise V. Piotrowski, 95, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:11 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 in her home. Louise was born on April 29, 1919 in South Bend to Leo and Barbara (Miklas) Kazmierczak, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed as a Clerk with the South Bend Employment Agency and had also worked at the Bendix Corporation. Louise was primarily a homemaker taking care...
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Raymond Dufresne, C.S.C.

May 4, 1926 - January 15, 2015

Brother Raymond Dufresne, C.S.C., age 88, died on January 15, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Somerset, Wisconsin on May 4, 1926, the son of Edward and Emma (Belisle) Dufresne. He attended St. Anne's Elementary School and Somerset High School graduating in 1942. Raymond believed he had a calling for the religious life and entered the Brothers'...
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Mary Margaret Sipes

August 30, 1980 - January 15, 2015

Mary Margaret Sipes, 34, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 9:12 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on August 30, 1980 to Raymond and Diana (Thompson) Sipes. She leaves behind beloved Aaron Torbet and their children Brayden and Makaylah Torbet; mother, Diana and Rod Staples; father, Raymond and Kathleen Sipes; sisters, Jennifer Pieniazek, Elizabeth (Jeff)...
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Joel Dudley "Crabby Joe" Gumm

March 2, 1934 - January 14, 2015

Joel Dudley "Crabby Joe" Gumm, 80, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in The Pointe at Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle, IN. He was born to the late John David and Lillian (Reddell) Gumm in Irvin, KY, and has lived most of his life in New Carlisle, IN. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jodi Gumm; and a brother, Bill Gumm. Joel...
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Ronald M. Plencner

March 30, 1939 - January 13, 2015

Ronald M. Plencner, 75, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 6:40 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in the Golden Living Center-Foutainview. Ronald was born on March 30, 1939 in South Bend to Sylvester and Rosalie K. (Dembinski) Plencner. He had been employed as a salesman for most of his working career. Ronald had been employed with Belville Tile, Detrex Chemical, Customation Technology, and...
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Ronald L. "Ron" Van De Veire

March 24, 1953 - January 11, 2015

Ronald L. "Ron" Van De Veire, 61, of Walkerton, IN, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 in his home, following a brief illness. He was born on March 24, 1953 to the late L. Albert and Betty (Scherer) Van De Veire in South Bend, IN, and has lived in Walkerton, IN the last 10 years, coming from South Bend. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Mary Louise Robinson

March 15, 1919 - January 11, 2015

Mary Louise Robinson, 95, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Millers Merry Manor in New Carlisle. She was born on March 15, 1919 to the late Milton and Winona (Miller) Jerue in New Carlisle, IN, and had lived in New Carlisle most of her life. Mary Louise was a graduate of North Manchester College. She was an Elementary School Teacher for 35 years, starting...
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Loretta M. Ewald

May 16, 1925 - January 11, 2015

Loretta M. Ewald, 89, of Granger, IN, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Community North Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She was born on May 16, 1925 to the late Joseph and Nellie Kominkiewicz in South Bend, IN, and has lived in Granger, IN, for over 60 years, before moving to Indianapolis six months ago. On July 3, 1945, as Loretta M. Kominkiewicz, she...
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Anthony J. "Tony" Papandria, Sr.

March 4, 1920 - January 11, 2015

South Bend - South Bend- Anthony John Papandria,Sr., 94, of South Bend,IN, passed away on Sunday January 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rosemary (Chause), and his second wife Jane (Riffel). He was also preceded in death by his brothers (Rocco, Sam, and Peter) and his sisters Anna (Rhodes) and Josephine (Bamber). He is survived by his remaining siblings, George of South...
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Terry B. Dokey

October 7, 1943 - January 9, 2015

South Bend - Terry B. Dokey, 71, of South Bend, passed away on Friday January 9, 2015, in his home. He was born on October 7, 1943, in South Bend, to the late Orville Kenneth and Mary Maxine (Hoyt) Dokey. On June 1, 1968, he married Nancy Kujawski, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Kimberly (Stephen) Sarasin of South Bend, Terry J. (April) Dokey of Fort Belvoir, VA and Tyler...
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M. Gabriella (Margaret Ann) Doran, CSC

August 16, 1922 - January 9, 2015

Sister M. Gabriella, CSC, (Margaret Ann Doran) Aug. 16, 1922 - Jan. 9, 2015 NOTRE DAME - It is no surprise that Sister Gabriella became a Sister of the Holy Cross. Born in a Holy Cross-sponsored hospital in South Bend, she was taught by Holy Cross Sisters in both elementary and high school. She entered the Congregation after graduation and taught for 33 years in Midwest schools. Later she worked...
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James A. Braden, Jr.

July 25, 1945 - January 8, 2015


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Cynthia M. Howard

May 4, 1950 - January 7, 2015

Cynthia M. Howard, 64, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at 7:35 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in her home. Cindy had fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on May 4, 1950 in South Bend to Ralph E. and Genevieve H. (Osmanski) Howard. Cindy retired after 25 years from The Andersons in Toledo, Ohio, where she was employed as the...
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Frances A. Hyduk

June 27, 1926 - January 7, 2015

Frances A. Hyduk, 88, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. She was born on June 27, 1926 to the late George and Helen (Kubasiak) Kibiloski in Bronson, MI, and has lived in South Bend since 1948. Frances graduated in 1943 from Bronson High School in Bronson, MI. She retired on October 25, 1996 from Sears,...
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Caroline Beutter

February 15, 1933 - January 7, 2015

Caroline Beutter, 81, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 2:25 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. Caroline was born on February 15, 1933 in South Bend to Joseph and Virginia (Renes) Madar, and was a lifelong resident. On September 1, 1951, in South Bend, she married Irvin J. Beutter, who preceded her in death on April 7, 1993. Also preceding her in death was her...
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Jason D. Lindower, Jr.

November 22, 1935 - January 6, 2015

Jason D. Lindower, Jr., 79, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in his home, following an illness. He was born on November 22, 1935 to the late Jason D., Sr. and Blanche (Fruth) Lindower in Toledo, OH, and has lived in South Bend since 1969, coming from Elizabethtown, PA. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald J. Lindower. Jason...
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Rev. Eugene Francis Gorski, C.S.C.

January 7, 1932 - January 3, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Rev. Eugene Francis Gorski, C.S.C., 82, died Saturday (January 3, 2015) at Holy Cross House. Eugene Francis Gorski was born January 7, 1932 to Eugene Gorski and Frances (Palewicz) Gorski. A native of Chicago, IL, he graduated from St. George High School as Valedictorian of his class. From the University of Notre Dame, he received a Ph.B. (magna cum laude) in Finance, with...
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Rocco J. (Nati) Nate

October 8, 1921 - December 29, 2014

Rocco "Rocky" Joseph Nate (Nati), 93, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 29, 2014 at Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, Indiana. Rocco was born on October 8, 1921 at home in South Bend to Vincenzo and Carmella (Bruczessi) Nati. His parents were immigrants from the province of Calabria in Italy. He grew up in South Bend's "Little Italy" near Madison...
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Gaynelle R. Watts

July 8, 1941 - December 23, 2014


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Dennis J. Stark

October 9, 1923 - December 22, 2014

Dennis J. Stark, of South Bend, IN, passed away on December 22, 2014 in the comfort of the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN, surrounded by his loving family. Dennis was born on October 9, 1923 in Detroit, MI, to Joseph and Helen Stralkowski. On June 7, 1947, in St. Stanislaus Church, he married Angeline A. Gajewski, who preceded him in death on October 26, 2003. Also preceding him in...
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Helen D. Kawka

December 3, 1922 - December 22, 2014

Helen D. Kawka, 92, of South Bend, passed away on Monday December 22, 2014, in Hospice House, South Bend. She was born on December 3, 1922, in South Bend, to the late Stephen and Hattie (Kalamaja) Lisek. On November 22, 1945, as Helen D. Lisek, she married Ted F. Kawka, who preceded her in death on December 29, 2008. Helen is survived by her daughters, Kathryn "Kathy" (Martin) Albright, Lucille ...
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Joseph W. Basker

January 19, 1943 - December 21, 2014

Joseph W. Basker, 71, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 in his home. Joseph was born on January 19, 1943 in Fort Stewart, Georgia to Eugene and Hazel (Condley) Basker. He retired from the City of South Bend, where he was employed with the Park's Department. He had also been employed with the Bureau of Sanitation, was a Bartender at the former Rick's Time Out, and...
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Margaret Ann Shafer

August 15, 1930 - December 21, 2014

Margaret Ann Shafer, 84, formerly of North Kaley Street, South Bend, Indiana, passed away 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 21, 2014 in her daughter's home. Margaret was born on August 15, 1930 in South Bend to Joseph and Elizabeth (Soltesz) Fodor, and was a lifelong resident. She retired in January 1996 from RACO, where she was employed for 20 years. On November 23, 1950, in St. Joseph Church, South...
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Jo Ann Farekas

April 12, 1956 - December 20, 2014

Winter Park, FL - Jo Ann Farekas, 58, of Winter Park, FL, formerly of South Bend, passed away on Saturday December 20, 2014, in Winter Park Memorial Hospital. She was born in South Bend to Stephen E. and Betty Farekas. She is survived by her mother; her sister, Beth Grogg; a nephew, Stephen (Susan) Grogg; and a two great-nieces and one great-nephew. Jo Ann graduated from Clay High School in...
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David R. Tauriainen

November 6, 1960 - December 18, 2014

South Bend - David R. Tauriainen, 54, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday December 18, 2014, in his home. He was born on November 6, 1960, in Detroit, MI, to the late Rueben and Helen (Laho) Tauriainen. He moved to South Bend and on August 15, 1998, he married Nenita Sarita, who survives. He is also survived by his son, Adrian "AJ" Tauriainen of South Bend; three sisters, Lois Touchette of...
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Mary Ellen Adams

February 24, 1943 - December 17, 2014

Mary Ellen Adams, 71, passed away on December 17, 2014, surrounded by her family in her home in South Bend, Indiana following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mary was born February 24th, 1943 to the late Bernice (Radecki) and Benedict Sopczynski in South Bend, Indiana. On June 16, 1966, she married Everett Dean Adams with whom she shared many happy years until his death in February 2011. Mary is...
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Patricia Ann Bonczynski

September 16, 1933 - December 17, 2014

Patricia Ann Bonczynski, 81, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in her home. Patricia was born on September 16, 1933 in South Bend to Chester L. and Florence (Burger) Merrill. She retired in 1990 from Indiana Bell after 33 years of employment. She had also been the secretary/treasurer for Local CWA 4802. On April 26, 1952, in the Linden Avenue...
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Rev. James F. Blaes, C.S.C.

September 16, 1926 - December 14, 2014

Rev. James F. Blaes, C.S.C., 88, died Sunday (December 14, 2014) at Holy Cross House. He was born to Frederick and Agnes (McNellis) Blaes on Sept. 16, 1926, in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended St. Joan of Arc grade school and Cathedral High School, run by the Holy Cross Brothers, graduating in 1944. With WW II ongoing, Fr. Blaes attended the University of Notre Dame for four months, followed by...
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Esther J. Homeleski

June 12, 1928 - December 14, 2014

Esther J. Homeleski, 86, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday December 14, 2014, in her home. She was born on June 12, 1928, in South Bend, to the late George and Josephine (Celmer) Gotowka. On June 5, 1948, as Esther J. Gotowka, she married Alexander Homeleski, who preceded her in death in April 1978. Esther is survived by her son, Michael (Marcy) Homeleski of Fishers, IN; her grandsons, Blayne ...
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Henrietta L. Elias

February 8, 1925 - December 13, 2014

Henrietta L. Elias, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. She was born on February 8, 1925 to the late Joseph Martin and Josephine (Stankiewicz) Chlebek in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Clara (Dorn) Chlebek; and a brother, Joe Chlebek...
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Virginia H. Wesolowski

August 7, 1930 - December 9, 2014

Virginia H. Wesolowski, 84, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 11:16 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, Indiana. Virginia was born on August 7, 1930 in South Bend to Chester and Helen (Greszczk) Deranek, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed with Singer Sewing for 10 years; Simon Brothers for 10 years; Louvered Door Restaurant as a cook for...
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Essie "Fay" (Howell) Lies

July 1, 1924 - December 9, 2014

Fay Lies, 90, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, surrounded by family. She was born July 1, 1924 in Iowa Park (Burkburnett), Texas to Samuel P. and Thelma B. (Collier) Howell. She married Francis A. Lies on October 5, 1945 in the Catholic chapel on Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX on his return from WWII, and resided in South Bend since. Mrs. Lies was preceded in death by her...
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James P. Panowicz

January 18, 1930 - December 9, 2014

Granger - James P. Panowicz, 84, of Granger, passed away on Tueseday December 9, 2014, in Michiana Health and Rehabilitation. He was born on January 18, 1930, in Dunkirk, NY, to the late James and Wanda (Konwinski) Panowicz. On September 5, 1959 he married Mary Ann Feirrell, who preceded him in death on August 12, 1993. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Panowicz in 2000. James is...
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John T. Przybysz

May 24, 1931 - December 7, 2014

John T. Przybysz, 83, of Dowagiac, Michigan, formerly of South Bend, passed away at 4:56 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. John was born on May 24, 1931 in South Bend to Alex and Christine (Odusch) Przybysz. He was a retired salesman, having been employed with US Aviex and Standard Products. On October 13, 1952, in Holy Cross Church, he married Donna M. Ellis,...
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Sister Joyce Troyer, C.S.C.

November 2, 1938 - December 6, 2014

Sister Joyce Troyer, a Sister of the Holy Cross for over 55 years, was an elementary teacher in Midwest schools for 16 of those years and quoting her, "I loved every minute of it." How fitting that Sister Joyce went to God on the Feast of St. Nicholas described often as a festival for children. A serious illness caused Sister Joyce to move out of elementary teaching to teaching for eleven years...
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Mary M. Nawrot

July 22, 1919 - December 4, 2014

Mary M. Nawrot, 95, of Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle and formerly of Diamond Avenue, South Bend passed away on December 4, 2014 at Hospice House of St. Joseph County after a brief illness. Mary was born July 22, 1919 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Frank and Stella (Walkowiak) Rogers. On October 1, 1949 at St. Stanislaus Church in South Bend, Mary married Theodore A. Nawrot, who preceded her...
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Phyllis J. Fitzgerald

October 19, 1924 - December 2, 2014

South Bend - Phyllis J. Fitzgerald, 90, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday December 2, 2014, in West Bend Nursing Home, South Bend. She was born on October 19, 1924, in South Bend, to the late Dominique and Bernice Kroger. She married James Fitzgerald, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Kroger. Phyllis is survived by her brother, Darryl Kroger of...
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Leslie N. Sebasty, Jr.

June 2, 1932 - December 1, 2014

Leslie N. Sebasty, Jr., 82, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 1, 2014, in his home. He was born on June 2, 1932 to the late Leslie N., Sr. and Florence (House) Sebasty in New Carlisle, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Russell Hancock; and two brothers, Carl and Paul Sebasty. Les graduated in...
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Rose V. Walkowski

July 15, 1911 - November 30, 2014

Rose V. Walkowski, 103, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014. She was born on July 15, 1911, in Zielona, Poland, to the late Jacob and Mary (Terleki) Rypnicki. She moved to the area in 1923 and on July 25, 1934, she married Clement Walkowski, who preceded her in death on May 15, 1988. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Streminski and Victoria Hajducki and son...
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Judith A. Pieniazkiewicz

July 18, 1939 - November 29, 2014

Judith A. Pieniazkiewicz, 75, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday November 29, 2014, in her home. She was born on July 18, 1939, in Chicago, IL, to Miles and Genevieve Wiktor. At the age of 10 her parents moved the family to Peotone, IL, where she was raised and graduated High School. She went on to graduate from Murray State University, Murray, KY, in 1961, with a degree in Home Economics. ...
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Harold F. Greene

August 12, 1924 - November 26, 2014

Harold F. Greene, age 90 of Flat Rock, NC died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Elizabeth House. He was born August 12, 1924 in Minneapolis, NC to the late Simeon E. Greene and Lula Jane Buchanan Greene. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Dayton, Horton, and Homer Greene; and his sister, Bonnie. Greene. Mr. Greene was a member of the First...
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Robert E. Rodes, Jr.

May 29, 1927 - November 25, 2014

Robert E. Rodes, Jr., 87, of South Bend passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Professor Rodes was born on May 29, 1927 in New York, N.Y. to Robert E. Rodes and Marjorie (Reid) Rodes. He attended Trinity School in New York City, graduating in 1944. He earned his A.B. from Brown University in 1947. After serving as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1949, he ...
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Thomas J. Mason

November 12, 1932 - November 24, 2014

Thomas Joseph Mason, 82, of Naples, FL (formerly of South Bend, IN) passed away November 24, 2014. Born in Detroit, MI to James M. and Caroline (nee LaRonde) Mason, he was a graduate of St. Jerome Kitchener in Ontario, Canada, the University of Detroit where he graduated with a BS degree in 1959 and an MBA in 1963 and was an honorably discharged veteran of the U. S. Air Force, proudly serving...
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Anita Marie Hunt

March 11, 1936 - November 24, 2014

Anita Marie Hunt, 78, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, in Memorial Hospital following a heroic battle with glioblastoma. Born on March 11, 1936 to the late Olle & Thelma (Dumont) Olsen, she was a lifelong South Bend resident. Anita is survived by her husband of 42 years, Carl W. Hunt, as well as her devoted children and their families; Linda (Fred) Kien, John (Debbie) Palmer, Jackie ...
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Larry "Joe" McCay

August 13, 1937 - November 20, 2014

Larry "Joe" McCay, 77, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 1:49 a.m., Thursday, November 20, 2014 in his home. Larry was born on August 13, 1937 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Charles A. and Mabel (Souder) McCay. He had been lifelong self-employed farmer. On April 25, 1964 in St. Pius X Church he married Rosalie A. Walker. Larry is survived by his wife, Rosalie A. McCay; his son Donald A. ...
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John J. Fuchs

April 28, 1923 - November 19, 2014

John J. Fuchs, 91, of Holy Cross Village passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in his residence. John was born on April 28, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Harry W., Sr. and Marie C. (Lawler) Fuchs. On January 13, 1944 he married his beloved wife, Dolores M. Miskinis, who preceded him in death on June 7, 2014. He is survived by his children, John Michael (Kathy) Fuchs of New Durham, New...
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Nicholas P. Petrella, Jr.

July 14, 1930 - November 17, 2014

Nicholas P. Petrella, Jr., 84, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 7:25 a.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Nick was born on July 14, 1930 in Youngstown, Ohio to Nicholas P. Petrella, Sr. and Mary (Kantonic) Petrella. He had a long career as a salesman, prim­arily in the Insurance and HealthCare fields. On February 16, 1957, in Nashville, Tennessee, he married Catherine...
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Dorothy G. Bulla

March 16, 1926 - November 15, 2014

Dorothy G Bulla, 88 formerly of North Liberty made her transition on November 15, 2014 in Brownsburg, Indiana. She was born March 16, 1926 in South Bend Indiana to the late Peter Dobbelaere and Elodie VanTornhout . On April 21, 1945 in South Bend, Dorothy married William Roy Bulla who preceded her in death on April 10, 1988. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her son Gregory and daughter...
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Jerry D. Lacy

June 10, 1944 - November 15, 2014

Jerry D. Lacy, 70, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 9:08 a.m., Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Jerry was born on June 10, 1944 in South Bend to Joseph and Virginia Stokes Lacy, and was a lifelong resident. He retired 2007 from the U.S. Postal Service, where he was employed as a Mail Handler for 20 years. On May 24, 1969, in South Bend, he married Marcia Martinczak, who...
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Don H. Ciesiolka

August 1, 1938 - November 13, 2014

Donald H. Ciesiolka, 76 of South Bend, IN passed away suddenly at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at his home. Don was born August 1, 1938 to Harry and Lillian (Cichocki) Ciesiolka. He had been employed as a Financial Analyst with Clark Equipment Company and A M General. Don retired in 1994 from Clark Equipment and in 2010 from A M General. On November 10, 1962 in St. Casimir's Church...
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James L. Mankowski

March 13, 1926 - November 12, 2014

James L. Mankowski, 88, of South Bend, died in his home on November 12th, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born on March 13, 1926, in Peru, Illinois, to Joseph Mankowski and Beatrix (Schweickert) Mankowski. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Joan Mankowski, and a brother, Joseph Mankowski. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Alice Mankowski, who died on October 16th of this...
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Francis A. Lies

August 26, 1919 - November 10, 2014

Francis A. Lies, 95, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Sanctuary at St. Paul's in South Bend, IN. He was born on August 26, 1919 to the late John Paul and Katharine (Frisch) Lies in Naperville, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 1933, coming from Aurora, IL. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Marie Lies; two sisters,...
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Creston E. Hancock

July 18, 1931 - November 9, 2014

Creston E. "Chris" Hancock, 83, of South Bend, Indiana passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014, in his home. Creston was born on July 18, 1931 to Theo Hancock and Ida Mae (Helton) Hancock in Sloans Valley, Kentucky, who both preceded him in death. Creston grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to school there. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950 to 1955. Creston worked for...
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Rev. John V. VandenBossche, C.S.C.

May 18, 1924 - November 9, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Rev. John Victor VandenBossche, C.S.C., 90, died Sunday (November 9, 2014) at Holy Cross House. He was born on May 18, 1924, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Maurice and Palmyra (Remery) VandenBossche. He attended St. Matthew Grade School in South Bend and the old Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1942. Fr. VandenBossche was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross on...
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Melba L. Walker

March 3, 1924 - November 7, 2014

Melba L. Walker, 90, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014 in her home, following an illness. She was born on March 3, 1924 to the late Juan R. and Francesca (Perez) Lugo in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has lived in South Bend since 1992. Along with her parents; two sons, Joseph E. Walker and John E. Walker also preceded her in death. Melba worked as a Bi...
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Rev. Paul G. Wendel, C.S.C.

September 28, 1921 - November 4, 2014

Rev. Paul G. Wendel, C.S.C. Sept. 28, 1921 - Nov. 4, 2014 NOTRE DAME - Rev. Paul G. Wendel, C.S.C., 93, died Tuesday morning (Nov. 4, 2014) at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. Fr. Wendel was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 28, 1921, to Joseph and Louise Schwartz Wendel. He attended St. Mary grade school and high school in Lancaster, New York, graduating 12th grade in 1939. World War II saw Fr...
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Brother Timothy O' Connell, C.S.C.

December 26, 1933 - November 4, 2014

Brother Timothy O'Connell, C.S.C., age 80, died on November 4, 2014, in his residence at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 26, 1933, the son of Timothy and Katherine (Breen) O'Connell. He attended St. Adrian Elementary School and St. Philip High School, graduating in 1951. That Fall, he went to St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he...
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Ervin G. Dombrowski

June 17, 1921 - November 4, 2014

Ervin G. Dombrowski, 93, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:20 a.m., Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Memorial Hospital. Ervin was born on June 17, 1921 in South Bend to Marion and Stella (Ludwiczak) Dombrowski, and was a lifelong resident. He retired on January 1, 1986 from Nimet Industries, where he was employed for 30 years. On August 14, 1943 in St. Adalbert Church, he married Helen...
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Jerome J. Lupa

February 21, 1927 - November 3, 2014

South Bend - Jerome J. Lupa, 87, of South Bend, passed away on Monday November 3, 2014, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on February 21, 1927, in South Bend, to the late Joseph and Selma (Andrysiak) Lupa and was a lifelong area resident. On June 12, 1948 he married Bernadine Zbrzezny, who preceded him in death on February 27, 2003. Jerome is survived by his sons,...
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Charlene M. Balukiewicz

December 11, 1938 - November 2, 2014

Charlene M. Balukiewicz, 75, of South Bend, Indiana passed away unexpectedly at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Charlene was born on December 11, 1938 in South Bend to Joseph A. and Florence A. (DeBaets) Pinter and was a lifelong resident. She retired in October 2001 from NIPSCO, where she had been employed for 25 years. On June 6, 1959, in the former Sacred Heart...
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