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Marilyn Parin

January 25, 2015


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Gladys Arch

October 22, 1925 - January 25, 2015


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Stuart L. Clark

June 5, 1933 - January 24, 2015


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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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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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Sister M. Arlene (Arlene Mary) Kniola, C.S.C.

April 19, 1939 - November 1, 2014

Sister Arlene, a Sister of the Holy for 55 years, was a friendly. compassionate and prayerful woman. She claimed that her special talents in art and music were the stabilizing forces in her life. She used them as often as possibly during her elementary teaching years in Indiana and Illinois. Following her experience as campus minister at Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, Indiana, she accepted a...
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Thomas J. Murphy

December 8, 1920 - October 31, 2014

Thomas J. Murphy, 93, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12.57 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 in his home, following an illness. He was born on December 8, 1920 to the late Thomas Edward and Vesta Valore (Wisely) Murphy in Mishawaka, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Dorothy Keultjes; Mildred Kiser; and his brother,...
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Marlene A. Rakowski

June 30, 1933 - October 29, 2014

Marlene A. Rakowski, 81, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:25 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Marlene was born on June 30, 1933 to Louis A. and Stella (Klosinski) Buczynski, and was a lifelong resident. She had been the owner of the Loading Dock Gift Shop in South Bend, retiring in 1992. On April 7, 1956, in St. Hedwig Church, she married Ralph S....
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Ellen R. Majewski

December 9, 1918 - October 29, 2014

Granger - Ellen R. Majewski, 95, of Granger passed away on Wednesday October 29, 2014, in Tanglewood Trace Assisted Living, Mishawaka. She was born on December 9, 1918, in Cassopolis, MI, to the late Anthony and Helen (Sigety) Karacson. On June 19, 1937 she married Stanley S. Majewski, who preceded her in death on April 28, 2002. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Phillips and...
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Marlene A. Waltz

October 28, 1935 - October 25, 2014

Marlene A. Waltz, 78, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 8:55 a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. A lifelong resident of South Bend, Marlene was born on October 28, 1935,to Leo and Martha (Vrient) Markiewicz. On October 3, 1964 in St. Casimir Church she married Robert L. Waltz. Robert and Marlene recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. ...
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Brother Albert Vincent Kern, C.S.C.

September 24, 1924 - October 23, 2014

Brother Albert Vincent Kern, C.S.C., age 90, died on October 23, 2014 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan on September 24, 1924, the son of Leo and Cecilia (Erlacker) Kern. He attended St. Mary's Elementary School and High School and graduated in 1942. He worked as a clerk for Chrysler Corporation for a year and then entered the United...
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Debra S. Piechocki

December 28, 1956 - October 18, 2014

South Bend - Debra S. Piechocki, 57, of Osceola, IN, passed away on Saturday October 18, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend after suffering a brief illness. She was born on December 28, 1956, in South Bend, to the late Arthur J. Piechocki and Margaret McCay. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Piechocki of LaPorte, IN; her aunt, Roberta Kieffer of Michigan City, IN; her daughters,...
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Alice H. Mankowski

January 12, 1928 - October 16, 2014

South Bend - Alice H. Mankowski, 86, of South Bend, died in her home on October 16th, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born on January 12, 1928, in Peru, Illinois, to Joseph Otorepec and Franciska (Policnic) Otorepec. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Frances Otorepec Jakse, and is survived by her husband, James, and children Mark (Mary Jo) Mankowski, Paul Mankowski, Joan Mankowski, Ellen...
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Jack L. Divens

October 30, 1936 - October 14, 2014

Jack L. Divens, 77, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:57 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in his home. Jack was born on October 30, 1936 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Lewis and Marjorie (Hazlip) Divens. He had been employed with Sibley Foundry for 27 years and then worked at Magnum Security for three years. He is survived by his wife Joyce Divens. They were married on October 30, 1989 in...
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Betty J. Watkins

June 25, 1930 - October 13, 2014

Betty J. Watkins, 84, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 8:15 p.m., Monday, October 13, 2014 in her home. Betty was born on June 25, 1930 in New Carlisle to Elvis and Gertrude (Dodge) Stockton, and had been a lifelong resident. She had been the owner of the former Betty's Beauty Shop in New Carlisle. She had also worked as a waitress for the Indiana Toll Road. On June 15, 1947 she married...
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Sue Steele

February 27, 1934 - October 10, 2014

Sue Steele, 80, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, IN, following a lengthy illness. She was born on February 27, 1934 to the late Wayne and Helen (Shade) Seaver in Kokomo, IN, and has lived in New Carlisle since 1976, coming from South Bend. Along with her parents; she is preceded in death by three sisters, Nancy...
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Stephen Emery Farekas

October 26, 1918 - October 10, 2014

Stephen Emery Farekas, 95, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 1:12 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 in his home. He was born in South Bend, IN to Stephen and Esther (Marscis) Farekas on October 26, 1918. They preceded him in death. Surviving him is his loving wife, Betty (Fisher) Farekas, who he married on June 26, 1947 in Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. He is also survived by his two daughters,...
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Karen Ross Hammond-Nash

August 8, 1962 - October 9, 2014

Karen Ross Hammond-Nash died October 9, 2014 as a result of a car accident near Rensselaer, Indiana. Karen was born in St. Joseph, Michigan on August 8, 1962. She grew up in St. Joseph, graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania and from Washington and Lee Law School, Lexington, Virginia. She practiced law in Michigan for a brief time, serving as an Assistant Prosecuting...
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Robert C. Worrell

November 8, 1961 - October 9, 2014

Robert C. Worrell, 52, of Niles, MI (formerly of South Bend, IN) passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in his home. He was born on November 8, 1961 to Robert P. and Nada J. (Schrum) Worrell in Ann Arbor, MI. Robert lived most of his life in South Bend, moving to Niles, MI four years ago. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert P. Worrell. Robert attended Indiana University South...
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Helen B. White

November 10, 1922 - October 5, 2014

Helen B. White, 91, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday October 5, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on November 10, 1922, in Springfield, IL, to the late Anthony and Helen Minder. On June 7, 1941, in Holy Cross Catholic Church, South Bend, she married Donald L. White, who preceded her in death in May 1980. Also preceded her in death were two sisters and four brothers. ...
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Debbie S. Hill

January 14, 1952 - October 2, 2014

Debbie S. Hill, 62, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:22 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Memorial Hospital. Debbie was born on January 14, 1952 in South Bend to Forrest and Maxine (Fristoe) Young. She had been employed with the Ireland Animal Clinic, retiring in 2008. On July 5, 1986 she married Barry L. Hill, who survives. Also surviving are her two children, Rita (Gary) Daniels...
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Shirley A. Hooker

January 17, 1936 - October 1, 2014

Shirley A. Hooker, 78, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Hamilton Grove in New Carlisle, IN, following an illness. Mom we never thought in our wildest dreams that the good Lord would take you this quickly; he obviously had room for another angel. You showed us every day about compassion, generosity, and true dignity. Shirley was born on January 17, 1936...
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Gerald J. Ujdak

September 3, 1936 - October 1, 2014

South Bend - On October 1, 2014, Gerald J. Ujdak (Jerry) who was loved by his entire family, was called home and is at peace after suffering from an extended illness. His family will miss him dearly. They know he has found a place of rest and comfort while his essence, fighting spirit, and ever-present devotion to family will always remain in their hearts. Born to the union of Joseph and...
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Paul W. "Bud" Lies

December 8, 1916 - September 30, 2014

Paul W."Bud" Lies, 97, of South Bend, died on Tuesday September 30, 2014, in Hospice House, South Bend, IN. He was born on December 8, 1916, in Naperville, IL to John P. and Katherine (Frisch) Lies. On October 24, 1942 he married Esta Mae Lichtenbarger who survives. He is also survived by his son Ronald (Elizabeth) Lies, grandson Scott (Mariha) Lies, Brothers; Francis (Fay) Lies, Charles ...
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Gregory A. Garvin

December 30, 1948 - September 28, 2014

Gregory A. Garvin, 65, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday September 28, 2014, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on December 30, 1948, in Mishawaka, to Fred and Edna (Diemer) Garvin. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah (Jeff) Cox of Mishawaka; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Ryan, Steven and Allison; his father, Fred (Norma) Garvin of Columbus, OH; three sisters,...
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Alfred R. Denby

March 18, 1919 - September 28, 2014

Alfred R. Denby, 95, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 7:10 a.m., Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Morningside Nursing and Memory Care. Al was born on March 18, 1919 to Maximilian and Genevieve Denby, as a Depression Era child. On September 26, 1941, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. He attained the Rank of Sergeant Major, and was honorably discharged from the service on December 8,...
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Eva Vivian Sommerer

September 4, 1922 - September 27, 2014

Eva Vivian Sommerer passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the age of 92. Vivian was most happy being a mom, she excelled at it. She always did a great job of cooking and keeping the house nice. Vivian took her children to every activity or event they wanted. With her support, her son quickly became a piano playing, mass serving, junior golfing, right hand hitting third baseman. Vivian...
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Thomas E. Owens, Jr.

March 1, 1931 - September 24, 2014

Thomas E. Owens, Jr., 83, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 5:52 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Thomas succumbed to cancer and died peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 1, 1931 in Cicero, Illinois to Thomas E. Owens, Sr. and Edith (Bognar) Owens. Tom was the owner of the former Sun Valley Orange Juice Company in Michiana, and was known as the...
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Helen L. Murphy

January 21, 1924 - September 24, 2014

Helen L. Murphy, 90, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in her home, following an illness. She was born on January 21, 1924 to the late Clarence and Daisy (Fraze) Fouse in Winchester, IN, and has lived in South Bend since September 1, 1949. Along with her parents; she is preceded in death by her two sisters, Annabelle Peters; Yvonne Lasley; and three...
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Joanne M. Gotsch

February 24, 1934 - September 21, 2014

Joanne Marie (Matousek) Gotsch was born on February 24, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Margaret (Spinner) and Joseph Matousek. She married the late Gerald (Jerry) Gotsch on August 21, 1954, at St. Matthias Church in Chicago, Illinois. Surviving to cherish her memory are her two sons, Hon. Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. (Sarah) and Thomas J. Gotsch (Marilyn), nine grandchildren, and one great...
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Ella M. Riffel

June 23, 1927 - September 18, 2014

Ella M. Riffel, 87, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 18, 2014, following an illness. She was born on June 23, 1927 to the late James J. and Gizella (Horvath) Fokey in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Sue Johnston; two sons, Michael R. Riffel; Jeffery A. Riffel; one...
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Josephine V. Sopczynski

August 23, 1924 - September 16, 2014

South Bend - Josephine V. Sopczynski, 90, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday September 16, 2014, in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. She was born on August 23, 1924, in South Bend, to the late Joseph and Victoria (Rembleski) Olszewski and was a lifelong area resident. On October 16, 1948 she married Richard G. Sopczynski, who preceded her in death on August 25, 2000. She was also...
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Edmund J. Nowak

June 16, 1927 - September 13, 2014

Edmund J. Nowak, 87, of Niles, Michigan, formerly of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 4:35 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 in his home. Edmund was born on June 16, 1927 in South Bend to Vitalis and Maryann (Wojciechowska) Nowak. At the age of 17 he wanted to serve his country and joined the Navy. He served as a Seaman Second Class during W.W. II and received a Victory Ribbon and W.W. II...
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David R. Kunkel

November 19, 1942 - September 12, 2014

David R. Kunkel, 71 of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. David was born on November 19, 1942 in Michigan City, Indiana, to Loren and Vivian Irene (Rogers) Kunkel. He retired from Bethlehem Steel, where he had been employed for 35 years. Survivors include two sons, David Kunkel, II of Michigan and Darrin (Kathy)...
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