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Our Obituaries

Mary Maxine (Gentry) Nova

June 27, 1924 - June 27, 2015


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Theresa A. "Teri" Vermillion

December 27, 1954 - June 24, 2015

NEW CARLISLE - Theresa (Teri) Vermillion (60) formerly a bank teller, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and Chicago Cubs fan passed away early Wednesday 6-24 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in LaPorte, Indiana on December 27th 1954. She lived the majority of her life in New Carlisle Indiana with a brief 5 year hiatus in Avon Park, FL after retirement in 2005. Teri...
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Rosemary J. Molnar

November 22, 1930 - June 23, 2015

Rosemary J. Molnar, 84, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:35 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in her home. Rosemary was born on November 22, 1930 in South Bend to Frank C. and Leona M. Molnar. She retired in April 2009 from Ave Maria Press, where she was employed for 28 years. She had also been employed with Studebaker for 14 years, Fides Publishers for 13 ½ years and Claretian Publishers...
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Joan M. Simmons

October 28, 1931 - June 22, 2015

Joan M. Simmons, 83, of Palatine, Illinois, formerly of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015. She was born on October 28, 1931 in South Bend to William and Anna (Kowalski) Tobolski. On January 1, 1951, in Holy Cross Church, she married Keith E. Simmons, who survives. Also surviving are her two sons, Mark K. (Margaret) Simmons of Troy, Maine and Craig A. (Anne Francis)...
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William A. Kidder

May 25, 1919 - June 21, 2015

South Bend - William A. Kidder, 96, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday in his home of acute renal failure. He was born on May 25, 1919, in Crystal Valley, MI, to the late Hugh and Almeda (Smith) Kidder. On June 4, 1948 he married Joan Bourdon, who preceded him in death on April 2, 2006. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Margaret Lackey Verlia Patterson, Bessie Cabana and Axa...
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Betty Ann Nixon

November 15, 1934 - June 18, 2015

New Carlisle, IN – Betty Ann Nixon, 80, of North Woods Village in Mishawaka, IN (formerly of New Carlisle, IN) passed away at 12:25 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Hospice House in South Bend, IN. Betty Ann was born on November 15, 1934 to the late Herschel and Dorothy (Scott) Adkins in Beckley, WV, and has lived in New Carlisle, IN since 1978, coming from Angola, IN. Betty was retired from...
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Stephen J. "Steve" Chodzinski

November 14, 1950 - June 17, 2015

Stephen J. "Steve" Chodzinski, 64, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in his home. He was born on November 14, 1950 to the late Chester and Dolores (Stephens) Chodzinski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by two daughters, Amy and Melissa Chodzinski; and a grandson, Ashton Jachimiak. Steve graduated in...
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Raymond F. Lemon II

October 5, 1962 - June 14, 2015

SOUTH BEND - Raymond F. Lemon II, 52, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday June 14, 2015 at West Bend Nursing Home, South Bend. He was born on October 5, 1962, in Bloomington, IL, to James Lemon, Sr. and Patricia McGuire. On November 21, 1987 he married Cheryl Stone, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Raymond (Katie) Lemon III and Ashley Lemon, both of South Bend; his father, James...
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Della E. Bloom

June 16, 1924 - June 12, 2015

Della E. Bloom, 90, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 3:35 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Della was born on June 16, 1924 in South Bend to John and Clara (Lee) Harnden, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed for 31 years as a cashier at the K-Mart in Mishawka, where she retired in June 1997. She had also been employed with the Bendix...
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Patrick M. Chamberlain

February 22, 1986 - June 12, 2015

Patrick M. Chamberlain, 29, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015 in his home. He was born on February 22, 1986 in South Bend, Indiana. Patrick was a 2007 graduate of Riley High School. He is survived by his father, Barry Chamberlain of South Bend, Indiana. Graveside Services will take place at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Riverview Cemetery. Kaniewski...
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Jane S. Clark

May 6, 1943 - June 11, 2015

Jane Ellen Clark (nee Sawyer) passed away in her home on June 11, 2015 surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on May 6, 1943 in Portland, Maine to the late Frank and Bessie Hale Sawyer, and raised in Standish, Maine. She was married on June 23, 1961 to Elton True Clark in Standish, Maine. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Charmaine Evans Leinen

October 29, 1934 - June 10, 2015

Charmaine Evans Leinen, 80, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday June 10, 2015 at Healthwin Specialized Care in South Bend. She was born on October 29, 1934 to the late Joseph and Gertrude (Hauty) Hartnett in Chicago, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 1993. Along with her parents; she was also preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Ritthaler of Valparaiso, IN. On June...
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Sister Mary Elizabeth Niesen, C.S.C.

June 10, 2015

Born in LaPorte, Indiana, Sister Mary Elizabeth was taught by Holy Cross Sisters and entered the congregation in 1940 directly out of high school. For 27 years she was a first grade teacher and a Master teacher in Mathematics. The following years were spent in internal ministries including administration and prayer ministry both at Mary's Solitude on Saint Mary's campus and at Mater Ecclesiae...
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Ella Irene Heritz

June 4, 1940 - June 9, 2015

South Bend - Ella Irene Heritz, 75, of South Bend, passed away on June 9, 2015 at Hospice House, South Bend. She was born on June 4, 1940, in Clovis, NM, to the late Albert and Nola (Ehlers) Drager. In February 1959, as Ella Irene Drager, she married Herbert Hertiz, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Grembowicz. Ella is survived by her daughter,...
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Christopher M. Swihart

April 9, 1972 - June 8, 2015

Christopher M. Swihart, 43, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Monday June 8, 2015 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He was born on April 9, 1972 in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Christopher was a graduate of LaSalle High School. He was currently employed at Hoosier Tank in South Bend, IN, where he has worked for the last ten years. Christopher is survived by...
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Henrietta E. Marosz

April 29, 1924 - June 5, 2015

South Bend - Henrietta E. Marosz, 91, of South Bend, passed away on Friday June 5, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on April 29, 1924, in South Bend, to the late William and Anna (Kowalski) Tobolski. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel and a grandson, Shane Marosz. Henrietta is survived by her two sons, Greg (Cheryl) Marosz of Holland,...
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Phyllis A. Rzepka

February 26, 1932 - June 4, 2015

South Bend - Phyllis Dhaene Rzepka, age 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday June 4, 2015. Phyllis was born on February 26, 1932 in South Bend Indiana to Clarice (Coppieters) and Frank Dhaene. She graduated from Washington High School in 1949 and remained very active in arranging class reunions. She and Bernard (Jake) W. Rzepka were married on January 13, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church, South...
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Leonard Myron Wind

April 3, 1940 - June 1, 2015

New Carlisle - Leonard Myron Wind, 75, of New Carlisle, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Monday June 1, 2015. He was born on April 3, 1940, in Bemidji, MN to the late Susan Wind and Albert Churchill, Sr. Raised in Sandstone, MN on the reservation by his maternal grandmother, Anne Wind until he was four years old. He moved to Danbury, WI to live with his mother and step-father,...
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Mary Alice Chmielowiec

August 15, 1930 - May 30, 2015

Mary Alice Chmielowiec, 84, gently passed into God's loving arms on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in her home after a short illness. She died in the presence of her family while holding her daughter's hand. She was born on Aug. 15, 1930 to Henry and Harriet (Pianowski) Klawinski in South Bend. She attended St. Hedwig's School and graduated from South Bend Catholic High School. On October 24, 1964...
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Robert Pierce Sedlack, Jr.

June 8, 1967 - May 30, 2015

Robert P. Sedlack, Jr., 47, South Bend, IN, died on May 30, 2015, in his home. Born in Greencastle, IN, he was the son of Robert and Ellen Sedlack. In 1999, he married Theresa Barnhart at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Robert attended Miller Elementary School and Greencastle High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana...
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Rose Marie Antonucci

August 13, 1932 - May 30, 2015

Rose Marie Antonucci, 82, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 10:24 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, Indiana. Rose Marie was born on August 13, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to James A. and Rose (Lococo) Talerico, and had lived in New Carlisle for most of her life. Rose Marie was preceded in death by her parents; and a son-in-law, Mark Frazier. She had been the...
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Gregory D. Barrett

April 3, 1971 - May 29, 2015

Gregory D. Barrett, 44, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 at IU Health La Porte Hospital in La Porte, IN. He was born on April 3, 1971 to Dean and Susan (Camic) Barrett in Coco Beach, FL, and has lived in New Carlisle, IN since 1981. Greg graduated in 1989 from New Prairie High School in New Carlisle, IN. He was employed as a Union Painter and Drywall Worker for the...
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Sister Margaret Ann Nowacki, C.S.C.

September 9, 1926 - May 28, 2015

Sister Margaret Ann Nowacki, CSC Sept. 9, 1926 - May 28, 2015 NOTRE DAME - Born and raised in California, Sister Margaret Ann called herself a real native daughter. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Los Angeles in 1944. Having endured the Midwest weather during her four years of formation, she returned to California and began 38 years of ministry there. She was in education for 21...
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Jay Clair Mayberry

July 21, 1943 - May 28, 2015

Jay Clair Mayberry entered his journey on earth Wednesday, July 21st 1943 at 8:05 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA to James and Josephine Mayberry. He lost his long battle with cancer on May 28, 2015 passing peacefully beside his best friend and wife, Toni and daughter, Amy. Deemed "one of the smartest people you will ever know" by colleagues and family, Jay graduated with a...
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Ella M. Geissel Spaulding

October 11, 1915 - May 25, 2015

Ella M. Geissel Spaulding, 99, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 9:20 a.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Ella was born on October 11, 1915 in South Bend to Frederick and Nellie (Taylor) Geissel. She retired in 1977 from Robertson's, where she was employed as a sales clerk. On October 19, 1935, in South Bend, she married Richard L. Spaulding, who preceded her in death...
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Leonard C. Kapalczynski

July 20, 1928 - May 24, 2015

Osceola - Leonard C. Kapalczynski, 86, of 443 North Beech Road, Osceola, IN, died peacefully at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday May 24, at home. He was born on July 20, 1928, in South Bend and was a life-long area resident. Mr. Kapalczynski retired from Bendix Corporation after 36 years of service. He served his country in the United States Army as a Private First Class during WWII enlisting October 5,...
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Bradley A. Clark

November 19, 1952 - May 22, 2015

We met and fell in love in 1971. You 18, me 16. Even then I (Fran Maure Clark) knew you were the one. We married on June 8, 1974. We would have been married 41 years this year. Thank-you for my early Anniversary card. It was comforting to know I was the last thought on your mind. I will cherish you and the card for the rest of my life. Through our journey together, our love gave us four...
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Arthur J. Perry

March 10, 1934 - May 22, 2015

Arthur J. Perry, 81, left this world peacefully and finally pain-free on May 22, 2015. Anyone who knew Art knew that he was a man of many incredible talents, not the least of which was his ability to defy the odds and survive even the most dire of diagnoses for the last 12 years. Art Perry was an intelligent, charming, well-read, and well-respected man in the community. During his 50+ years...
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Chester E. Denby

March 20, 1924 - May 22, 2015

Chester E. Denby died on 5/22/15 at Morningside Nursing Home, aged 91. He was the youngest of 4 children of Maximillian and Genevieve Dembinski. He grew up in Michigan City, IN. Upon graduation from Elston High School in 1943, he enrolled in the U.S. Army. He was transferred to England, and after D-Day served in the quartermaster corp. He rose to the rank of Master Sargent, recieving a...
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Sara L. "Sally" (Mowers) Dahms

December 18, 1931 - May 21, 2015

A Memorial Visitation will take place from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, followed by a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. Sally donated her body to the I.U. School of Medicine. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, Inc.
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Jerome F. Wendel

June 3, 1932 - May 20, 2015

Jerome F. Wendel, 82, of Traverse City, MI, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in the Traverse Victorian Senior Living Community, Traverse City, MI. He was one of 13 children, born on June 3, 1932 to the late Fred W. Wendel, Sr. and Elvera B. (Lollman) Wendel. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Fred W. Wendel, Jr. of South Bend, IN; Robert D. Wendel of...
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Edward J. "Butch" Zielinski

February 20, 1926 - May 19, 2015

Edward J. "Butch" Zielinski, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Wellbrooke of South Bend. Butch was born on February 20, 1926 to the late John S. and Sarah C. (Coyne) Zielinski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and John Zielinski. He graduated at the age of 16...
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Michael Sacchini

November 18, 1916 - May 19, 2015

South Bend - Michael Sacchini, 98, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday May 19, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, peacefully with his son at his side. He was born on November 18, 1916, in Logansport, IN, to the late Pasquale and Matilda (Frisoni) Sacchini. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Henry and Carolyn "Snookie" Ehlert; four sisters and five brothers. Michael...
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Joan L. Wilson

October 17, 1937 - May 18, 2015

Joan L. Wilson, 77 passed away after an extended illness at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, May 18, 2015. Joan was born on October 17, 1937 in Michigan City, Indiana to the late Carl and Eva Hope. She has lived in the New Carlisle area for 45 years, coming from South Bend. She graduated in 1955 from New Buffalo High School in New Buffalo, Michigan. She was employed at Sears in Michigan...
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William C. Maciejewski

April 14, 1925 - May 17, 2015

William C. Maciejewski, 90, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in his home. William was born on April 14, 1925 in South Bend to Casimir and Laura (Faltynski) Maciejewski, and was a lifelong resident. He retired from the former St. Stephens Parish in South Bend. He had also been employed with Studebaker. On May 5, 1956, in Holy Cross Church, he married Sally Rozycki, who...
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Judith A. Grossnickle

November 30, 1937 - May 16, 2015

Granger - Judy Grossnickle was surrounded by her loving family when she died on May 16, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She devoted her life to her family and her final days were spent with them. Judy was born on November 30, 1937 in Benton Harbor. She grew up on the family farm in Berrien Springs as the oldest of six children. She graduated from Berrien Springs High School two...
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Frank A. Pennino

October 14, 1933 - May 16, 2015

On May 16, 2015, God sent his Angels to Chet Waggoner Little League for Frank A. Pennino, 81, of South Bend, IN - on the same day his grandson pitched a no-hitter. Frank was born on October 14, 1933 to the late Joseph and Margaret (Lewensky) Pennino in Chicago, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 1965. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by his son, Steven Pennino in 1976....
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Clayton G. Akemon

June 27, 1939 - May 13, 2015

Clayton G. Akemon passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 13, 2015, surrounded by family and loved ones at Memorial Hospital in South Bend after a lengthy illness. Clay was born in Big Branch, Kentucky on June 27, 1939 to the late James and Polly Akemon (Ingram). He was the youngest of 13 children. In the mid-1950s he migrated north to Indiana, eventually settling on South Bend's West side, where...
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Joseph A. Biggs

March 29, 1960 - May 13, 2015

South Bend - Joseph A. Biggs, 55, of South Bend, passed away on Wednesday May 13, 2015, in his home. He was born on March 29, 1960, in South Bend, to Patrick J., Sr. and Teresa (Schwartzfisher) Biggs. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Biggs; his mother, Teresa Biggs, both of South Bend; two sisters, Karen (Terry) Kalemba of Rockford, MI and Jean (Tom...
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Betty C. Kooistra

May 30, 1930 - May 13, 2015

Betty C. Kooistra, age 84, died May 13, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. She was born on May 30, 1930 to Frank and Betty (Kazunas) Starzyk in Chicago where she resided most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, William A. Kooistra. She is survived by three daughters; Deb (Bob) Wills of Chicago, Illinois, Kathy (Rich) Allen of Chesterton, Indiana, Dawn (Mark) Nemelka of...
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Clement J. "Clem" Urbanski

January 27, 1933 - May 10, 2015

Clement J. "Clem" Urbanski, 82, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 3:15 a.m., Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Memorial Hospital. Clem was born on January 27, 1933 in South Bend to Harry and Stella (Albrecht) Urbanski, and was a lifelong resident. He retired in 1990 from the South Bend Community School Corporation, where he had been employed as a teacher. Clem taught at Pierre Navarre, McKinley...
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Dennis P. Graber

April 24, 1949 - May 10, 2015

South Bend - Dennis P. Graber, 66, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday May 10, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. He was born on April 24, 1949, in South Bend, to the late Herman and La Della Mae (Allison) Graber. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Sam Graber. On August 13, 1977 he married Bonnie (Cuthbert) who survives. Also surviving him is his daughter, Holly Graber; two sons...
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Juanita Mae Williams

July 21, 1926 - May 9, 2015

Juanita Mae Williams, 88, a long time resident of the New Carlisle area passed away on May 9, 2015 at Millers Merry Manor. She was born on July 21, 1926 to the late Paul and Hazel Groshans. Juanita loved quilting, gardening, reading and could be frequently found sharing coffee with her many friends. She is survived by her loving husband Paul of 70 years; her three children, Wayne (Linda),...
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Gregory G. Calhoun

April 30, 1944 - May 7, 2015

Gregory Calhoun, 71, longtime resident of South Bend, IN, passed away on May 7, 2015. Greg was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 30, 1944, and was preceded in death by his parents, William and Adele Calhoun and his sister, Barbara. Greg is survived by his wife, Patricia Calhoun, two sons Jeffrey (Amie) Calhoun of Weidman, MI, and Christopher (Julie) Calhoun of South Bend and one daughter Caryn...
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Mary Ann Tice

February 17, 1917 - May 7, 2015

At the age of 98, the spirit of Mary Ann Tice departed this earth on May 7, 2015 in Goshen, IN. Mary was born to Florian and Anna (Hodal) Hradel in Niles, MI on February 17, 1917. She married her high school sweetheart, Damon H. Tice, on January 21, 1939. He predeceased her in November, 2003. They had four children: Beverly (Rudolf) Stegelmann, Goshen, IN; Kathryn (Donald) Felten, Green Cove...
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Dolores P. "Do-De" Rybak

July 15, 1932 - May 7, 2015

South Bend - Dolores (Do-De) Rybak of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Thursday May 7, 2015, at Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle, Indiana. Dolores was born on July 15, 1932 to the late Henry and Lottie (Jedrzewski) Poznanski in South Bend, Indiana. On September 1, 1956, Dolores married Robert Rybak, who passed away on April 20, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Elaine...
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James A. Sebens

May 6, 1960 - May 4, 2015

South Bend - James A. Sebens, 54, of South Bend, passed away Monday May 4, 2015, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 6, 1960 to Robert J. and Mary Ann (O'Donnell) Sebens, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Debra L. (Allen) Wujcik of South Bend; his nephew, Kyle J. (Theresa) Wujcik of Denver, CO; and his niece, Rynn M. (Joshua) Thompson of South...
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Lola Mae (Jo Compton) Wise

May 21, 1921 - May 2, 2015

South Bend, IN- Lola Mae Gilmore was born to Elmer J. and Lora (Culp) Gilmore on May 21, 1921. She was raised on a farm in Monon, Indiana and is the last surviving child among her six siblings, five sisters and one brother. In December of 1941 she married Norman T. Compton (deceased October 1991) in Valparaiso, Indiana and was thenceforth known as "Jo". They had five children who are Nancy...
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Christine A. Haas

May 21, 1952 - April 30, 2015

Our beloved daughter, mother, sister, Gigi, and caregiver to all, Christine A. Haas, 62, of South Bend, Indiana passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in her home. Chris' time on earth was full of smiles, laughter, and love. Though she suffered from multiple health conditions throughout her life, she was always there to help at a moments notice and put others needs before her own. ...
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Beverly A. Nagy

November 23, 1940 - April 29, 2015

Vandalia, MI - Beverly A. Nagy, 74, of Vandalia, MI, passed away on April 29, 2015 at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. She was born on November 23, 1940, in Bluffton, IN, to Douglas and Ann (McDonald) Ginger. On December 24, 1970 she married David J. Nagy, who survives. Also surviving are her daughters, Julie (Charley) Hatley of South Bend, IN, Janet (Ken) Gropp of...
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Ellen Ruth Ritzler

February 21, 1915 - April 29, 2015

Ellen Ruth Ritzler, 100, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota where she resided for the past seven years. She was born on February 21, 1915 in Elgin, Illinois to William and Iva (Beard) Williamson. She was married on October 21, 1939 to Russell Edward Ritzler in Three Oaks, Michigan. She was formerly of South Bend, Indiana where...
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Cathy "Katie" A. Keck

June 9, 1963 - April 28, 2015

NEW CARLISLE – Cathy "Katie" A. Keck, 51, of New Carlisle, passed away peacefully and comfortably in her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. Katie was born on June 9, 1963, in South Bend, IN, to David and Barbara (Fisher) Stickler. On November 6, 1982, she married Robert Keck, her beloved husband of 32 years, with whom she has three...
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Jeanette "Jinx" Landy

November 5, 1935 - April 28, 2015

Jeanette "Jinx" Karaszewski Landy—you knew her as Jinx—passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 79. A loyal graduate of St. Adalbert's Catholic School who helped plan the school's 100th Anniversary in 2011, Jinx was a proud Pole from South Bend's West Side. Though she moved to "the burbs" when she married, she never forgot those roots. Her heritage...
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Lance M. Johnson

April 1, 1963 - April 27, 2015

Lance M. Johnson, 52, passed away peacefully at home on Monday following a one year illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife, brother, and children. His new journey takes him to a wonderful place where he will be laughing, socializing, singing and dancing to his heart's content. He has been notified that he has successfully completed his mission here; climbed every mountain, fearlessly faced...
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Valerie L. Kelver

October 25, 1939 - April 27, 2015

Valerie L. Kelver, 75, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Valerie was born on October 25, 1939 in Logansport, Indiana to C. Eldon and Alyce E. (Norris) Bruce. Valerie grew up on the near northwest side of South Bend and was a proud 1958 graduate of South Bend Central High School. After high school, Valerie went to work at...
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Rita I. Gapinski

August 6, 1932 - April 26, 2015

Rita I. Gapinski, 82, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Hospice House in South Bend, IN. She was born on August 6, 1932 to the late Carl and Loretta (Dee) Whalen in LaSalle, IL, and has lived in South Bend, IN for 57 years. Along with her parents; she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Gapinski; and her husband, Art Gapinski. Rita retired in...
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Richard R. "Dick" Nelson

January 14, 1927 - April 26, 2015

South Bend - Richard Nelson, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 26th at Sterling House where he received wonderful care. He was born Jan 14th, 1927 in South Bend, IN. Survivors include his wife Margaret (Sulok); daughter, Lisa (Eric) Karaman of Niles, MI; son, Karl (Mollie) Nelson of Granger; and eight grandchildren, Jeffrey, Scott and Mark Nelson, Kyle and Connor Nelson, Jason ...
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Delores Irene Krause

June 7, 1924 - April 24, 2015

Delores Irene (Harr) Krause, 90, of South Bend, formerly of Michigan City, Indiana passed away peacefully on Friday April 24, 2015 in South Bend. Delores was born June 7, 1924 in Napolean, ND to the late John and Catherine (Rosen) Harr. Delores worked as a Manager for Majerek's Hallmark for over 30 years before retiring on September 29, 2005. On March 12, 1960 she married Jack James Krause, who...
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Jean Keleher, C.S.C.

December 5, 1932 - April 23, 2015

Sister Jean Keleher, CSC (Sister M. Jean Patrice) Dec. 5, 1932 - Apr. 23, 2015 NOTRE DAME - Sister Jean Keleher, CSC, died at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, on April 23, 2015. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Her aunt, Sister Brigetta, CSC, influenced her choice to join Holy Cross over the sisters who had taught her in grade school and high school. Sister Jean led a...
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Judith A. McCormick

February 27, 1942 - April 21, 2015

South Bend - Judith A. McCormick, 73, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2015, at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility, South Bend. She was born on February 27, 1942, in Watervliet, MI, to the late Arthur and Alice Marie (Dukesherer) Hawks. On May 29, 1976, as Judith A. Hawks, she married John L. "Mack" McCormick, who survives. Also surviving are her sister, Elaine (Bill Sanford)...
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Brother Charles Bernard Gregg, C.S.C.

January 19, 1942 - April 19, 2015

Brother Charles Bernard Gregg, C.S.C., age 73, died on April 19, 2015 at his home in the Maple Court Apartments, in South Bend, Indiana. He was born in Akron, Ohio on January 19, 1942, the son of Francis and Dorothy (Joles) Gregg. He attended St. Paul's Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Akron in June 1958. He studied for a year at John Carroll University in Cleveland,...
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Linda K. Cornell

November 15, 1952 - April 17, 2015

Linda K. Cornell, 62, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 in her home. Linda was born on November 15, 1952 in South Bend, to David and Hattie (Wojtisak) Emmons, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed with RACO for 11 years as a press operator, and then worked for Aramark for 8 years. On February 11, 1978 she was married in her mother's home, by...
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Jeanne Ireland (Cross) DeCelles

December 26, 1933 - April 17, 2015

SOUTH BEND - Jeanne Ireland (Cross) DeCelles passed away on April 17, 2015, after a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving and compassionate husband, Paul, and many devoted family members and friends. Jeanne was born at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, on December 26, 1933, to Harold and Helen (Niman) Cross. Her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she first met Paul in...
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Anne Helen Kotoske

October 24, 1930 - April 17, 2015

Anne Helen Kotoske departed this life peacefully at home on Friday, with the sun shining and birds chirping. She re-joins her beloved husband, Dr. Don E. Kotoske, who passed in 2012, her parents Paul and Margaret Sergio, siblings Tony Sergio, Josie Muhlherr and Joe Sergio and her beloved grandchild Dalton Metcalf. Left to cherish her memory are her children David Kotoske (Becky Lannan), Kathy...
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Norma Yager

July 3, 1930 - April 17, 2015

Norma Yager, 84, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:41 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. She was born on July 3, 1930 to the late Wilbur and Anna Beulah (Loyd) Manlove in E. St. Louis, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 2013, coming from Glen Ellyn, IL. Along with her parents; two sisters, Lois Yager; Dorothy Bartel; and one brother, Russell Manlove also...
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Rita M. Bland

August 17, 1931 - April 17, 2015

Rita M. Bland, 83, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday at Sterling House, 17441 Indiana 23, in South Bend, with Jack, her devoted husband of 62 years at her side. Rita courageously battled Alzheimer's in the last few years of her life. She was born in Three Rivers, Mich., on Aug. 17, 1931, the only daughter of Helen and Michael Antkowski. Rita was an outstanding student at South Bend Catholic High School,...
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Harry E. Niemier

September 5, 1926 - April 17, 2015

Harry E. Niemier, 88, passed on peacefully to his next adventure the morning of April 17, 2015, following an unexpected and brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. Harry was born in South Bend, Indiana, on September 5, 1926. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Harry was employed at Studebaker's as a tool and die maker. On November 15, 1952, Harry married Marcelle Jane...
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Rusell Mark Rempala

September 22, 1955 - April 16, 2015

Rusell Mark Rempala, 59, of Lafayette, CO, passed away on April 16, 2015, at True Hospice Care Center, Louisville, CO. He was born on September 22, 1955, in Chicago, IL, to the late Leonard W. and Adele M. (Myzewski) Rempala. Rus was the Owner/CEO at Marketing Decision Support Services, obtained his MBA from Notre Dame University and completed his undergraduate at Bradley University. He is...
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David W. Lindborg DDS

July 30, 1952 - April 15, 2015

David William Lindborg DDS, 62, of Niles, Michigan died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from a heart attack while working in his woods in Niles, Michigan. David was born July 30, 1952 in South Bend, IN and was a lifelong resident of the area. He worked as a dentist for 31 years in South Bend. David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cynthia Kay Lindborg, DDS of Niles, Michigan; daughter,...
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Diana J. Benjamin

June 19, 1922 - April 15, 2015

Diana J. Benjamin, 92, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away on Wednesday April 15, 2015, at IU Health LaPorte. She was born on June 19, 1922, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Burl and Nora (Hathaway) Harrington. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Smith of Rolling Prairie, IN; and two sons, Chuck Manzuk of Hudson Lake, IN and Dean Manuzuk of Rolling Prairie. There will be no services, cremation will...
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Laura M. Wood Barkowski

August 15, 1954 - April 15, 2015

Laura M. Wood Barkowski, 60, of South Bend, IN, passed away surrounded by her loving family, at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross in South Bend, IN. She was born on August 15, 1954 to the late Ben and Grace (Swaney) Wood in Toledo, OH, and has lived most of her life in South Bend, IN. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her sister, Marcia...
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Alice M. Ward

September 18, 1924 - April 14, 2015

Alice M. Ward, 90, formerly of Terre Haute, passed away on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Hamilton Grove Communities, New Carlisle. She was born September 18, 1924 to Wilburn R. and Esther J. (Catlin) Butland. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ward (Peggy Weber) of Clinton, IN and Kathy (Mark) Belsaas of New Carlisle; two grandchildren, Matt (Desma) Belsaas of Indianapolis, IN and Kari ...
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Joan M. Webber

December 22, 1930 - April 13, 2015

"Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star, so strong and bright, gentle mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, teach us love." Joan Marie (Chrobot) Webber passed away early Monday morning, April 13, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family, and is finally at peace after her battle with cancer. Though her death was difficult, we know by her selflessness and faith that never has such a...
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Carol A. Bogol

September 1, 1936 - April 13, 2015

Carol A. Bogol, 78, of Mishawaka, IN, died on April 13, 2015 in her home surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness. She was born on September 1, 1936 in South Bend, IN, and spent her entire life in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. She was the daughter of the late Marie (Kolanda) and Clement White; and sister to Thomas (wife Anne) White of Mishawaka, IN. Carol and Robert...
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Dick E Swisher

November 26, 1949 - April 12, 2015

Dick E. Swisher, 65, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. Dick was a devoted husband and father. He was born on November 26, 1949 in Watervliet, Michigan to James and Melva (Kisor) Swisher. He had been employed as a salesman in the automobile and manufacturing industries. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen S. Swisher. He is...
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Judith A. Kobb

May 15, 1948 - April 12, 2015

Judith A. Kobb, 66, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:26 a.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 in her home surrounded by friends and family. Judith was born on May 15, 1948 in South Bend the late Joseph W. and Margaret Corinne (Walsh) Wroblewski. On October 2, 1976, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, she married Kenneth W. Kobb, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Jennifer Ford of...
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Alice H. Janiszczak

March 31, 1935 - April 11, 2015

Alice H. Janiszczak, 80, of Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away at 4:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Alice was born on March 31, 1935 in South Bend to Louis and Hattie (Szymanowski) Botka. She had been employed as the Head Baker for St. Mary's College for fifteen years and then worked in Advertising Sales with Ave Maria Press for ten years. On October 26,...
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Rev. James T. Burtchaell, III, C.S.C.

March 31, 1934 - April 10, 2015

Rev. James T. Burtchaell, C.S.C., 81, died Friday (April 10, 2015) at Holy Cross House. He was born to James T. Burtchaell, Jr. and Marion M. (Murphy) Burtchaell on Mar. 31, 1934, in Portland, Ore. He attended All Saints and Columbia Prep School. He was received into the Congregation on August 15, 1952. He professed vows on August 16, 1953 and graduated with a bachelor degree from the...
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Catherine F. Pieronek

August 14, 1962 - April 9, 2015

Catherine F. Pieronek, 52, of South Bend, Indiana died on April 9, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. Cathy was born on August 14, 1962 in Detroit , MI. She is survived by her mother Joann Pieronek, and predeceased by her father Richard Pieronek. Cathy graduated in 1984 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Following her childhood dream of working in...
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Jeanette A. "Janet" Luczkowski

May 17, 1929 - April 8, 2015

Jeanette A. "Janet" Luczkowski, 85, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 5:55 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Sprenger Health Care of Mishawaka. Janet was born on May 17, 1929 in South Bend to Casimir and Ann (Bogunia) Graczyk, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed at the University of Notre in the Dining Hall and as a seamstress with Wilson Brothers in the mid 1940's. On...
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Dolores T. Pinkowski

December 22, 1928 - April 5, 2015

South Bend - Dolores T. Pinkowski, 86, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday April 5, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born December 22, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Vince and Irene (Stanger) Ciesielski and was a lifelong area resident. On May 19, 1951, she married Edward R. Pinkowski, who preceded her in death on November 26, 2002. She was also preceded in death by a sister,...
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Benjamin J. Prentkowski

November 22, 1922 - April 5, 2015

Benjamin J. Prentkowski, 92, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:02 a.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Hospice House. Benjamin was born on November 22, 1922 in South Bend to John and Blanche (Golihowski) Prentkowski, and was a lifelong resident. He retired from RACO in 1986. Benjamin had also been employed with Studebaker and White Farm Equipment. On April 12, 1947 he married Esther Piasecki...
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Isabel M. de Quesada

March 14, 1938 - April 4, 2015

Isabel M. de Quesada, 77, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Holy Saturday evening, April 4, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had a holy and peaceful death at home surrounded by family. Isabel was born on March 14, 1938 in Camagüey, Cuba to E. Alejandro de Quesada and Hortensia M. Pichardo. She was the loving mother of Frederick W. (Lisa) Everett of South Bend. She was...
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Irene B. Gumkowski

April 5, 1931 - April 4, 2015

South Bend - Irene B. Gumkowski, 83, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday April 4, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on April 5, 1931, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Joseph and Belvina (Mish) Cichon. She moved to South Bend in 1950, coming from LaPorte, and on June 17, 1950, as Irene B. Cichon, she married Bert A. Gumkowski, who survives. Also surviving are her sons, Michael...
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Edward F.H. Bauer

September 12, 1921 - April 4, 2015

Edward F.H. Bauer passed away Saturday afternoon at home surrounded by family. He was 93. Ed was born Sept. 12, 1921, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis to Henry G. and Nancy L. (Daugherty) Bauer. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Earl, William (Joy) and a twin who died during childbirth; sisters Ruth Bauer, Ellen Bauer, Elizabeth (George) Derr, Clara (Floyd) Allen...
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Mary A. Michalak, DVM

September 5, 1955 - April 4, 2015

Dr. Mary A. Michalak, 59, of Granger, passed away on Saturday, April 4th at home. Mary was born on September 5, 1955 in Bay City, MI to Harry and Leona (Wisniewski) Michalak. On July 19, 1986 in Bay City she married Lynn Schram, who survives along with their son, Luke Schram of Granger. She is also survived by her three brothers: Tom (Kris) of MI, Tim (Nancy) of ME, and Larry (Alison Thorburn) of...
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Read E. Smythe II

March 15, 1950 - April 3, 2015

South Bend - Read E. Smythe II, 65, of Mishawaka, passed away Friday April 3, 2015, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on March 15, 1950, in Oakland, CA, to Read E., Sr. and Hazel Fern (Myers) Smythe. He moved to the area in 1985 and married Mary Bunnell on October 1, 1996, she survives. Also surviving are his niece, Jennifer Mink; and his sister-in-law, Christine...
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Patricia L. Tollens

March 17, 1928 - April 2, 2015

Patricia L. Tollens, 87, of South Bend, passed away Thursday April 2, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on March 17, 1928, in Mishawaka, IN, to the late Firman and Caroline (Held) Tollens. She was also preceded in death by a brother, John L. Tollens. Patricia is survived by a sister-in-law, Diane Tollens of Evanston, IL. She graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1945...
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Patricia A. Wagner

July 29, 1930 - April 2, 2015

South Bend - Patricia A. Ferguson Wagner, 84, of South Bend, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on April 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. A native of Bourbon, IN, she was born July 29, 1930, to Harrison and Osa La Vada (Buzzle) Ferguson. Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Howard R. Wagner, and their eldest daughter, Andrea (Marc) Chizek. She is survived by her daughters,...
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Eva Lea Barclay

July 3, 1925 - March 31, 2015

Eva Lea Barclay, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in her home, following an illness. She was born to the late Heenan and Irene (Rosselott) Carter in Walnut Ridge, AR, and has lived in South Bend since 1951, coming from Arkansas. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Susan Barclay;...
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Mary Frances Terry

August 30, 1931 - March 23, 2015

South Bend - Mary Frances Terry, 84, of South Bend, passed away Monday March 23, 2015, in her home. She was born on August 30, 1931, in Royalton, IL, to the late Joshua and Clara (Hieple) Lefler. On December 3, 1973, she married Robert C. Terry, who preceded her in death on February 6, 2013. She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Scott Hoover; two sisters, Modena Carpenter and...
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Ronald D. Meert

February 12, 1936 - March 23, 2015

Ronald D. Meert, 79, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:48 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 in Memorial Hospital. Ronald was born on February 12, 1936 in South Bend to Louis and Germaine (Beckelandt) Meert, and was a lifelong resident. Ronald retired from the Bendix Corporation where he was employed for 30 years as a Supervisor in the Brake and Steering Department 9A. He had also been...
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Fred Rainey

May 8, 1927 - March 22, 2015

Fred Rainey, 87, of Homestead, FL (formerly of Elkhart, IN) peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, March 22, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 8, 1927 to the late John Lewis and Hazel (Wilder) Rainey in Winchester, KY. He had lived most of his life in Elkhart, IN, prior to retiring to South Florida in 1997, where he enjoyed helping his daughter at her gift shop in...
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Sarah L. "Lois" McDonald

November 4, 1916 - March 20, 2015

Sarah L. "Lois" McDonald, 98, of New Carlisle, Indiana, formerly of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Hamilton Communities. Sarah was born on November 4, 1916 in Laurel, Mississippi to Alexander and Julia (Derbin) Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean E. McDonald; her half sister, Verna Joiner; and three brothers, Ernest Hoyle, Robert Hollis, and...
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Benjamine "Ben" Lowe Neuman

March 29, 1980 - March 17, 2015

Benjamine "Ben" Lowe Neuman, 34, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Ben was born on March 29, 1980 to Charles and Maryann (Lowe) Neuman in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong New Carlisle resident. He graduated from New Prairie High School in 1998 before attending Indiana University South Bend. He was currently employed as a Delivery Driver for Siding World in South...
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Ronald G. Piekarski

January 19, 1960 - March 16, 2015

New Carlisle - Ronald G. Piekarski, 55, of New Carlisle, passed away Monday March 16, 2015, in his home. He was born on January 19, 1960, to the late Stanley and Mildred Piekarski. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Piekarski and a step-father, Raymond Dankowski. Ron was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1978. Ron is survived...
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Grace "Lorraine" Rummel

April 15, 1923 - March 15, 2015

Grace "Lorraine" Rummel, 91, formerly of Muncie, passed away on March 15, 2015 at Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, IN. She was born on April 15, 1923, in Knoxville, TN to Roy and Pearl Walden who preceded her in death. On May 15, 1954, she married Paul Rummel, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Paul) Boehm of Edwardsburg, MI; son, Fred (Nancy) Rummel of...
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Lawrence E. Zook

September 10, 1949 - March 13, 2015

Lawrence E. Zook, 65, of New Carlisle, passed away suddenly on Friday March 13, 2015, in his home. He was born on September 10, 1949, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Virgil and Donna Bell (VanDusen) Zook and was a lifelong area resident. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Maryann (Russ) Oake of Mill Creek, IN; two sons, Jason (Brooke) Zook of South Bend and Matthew (Tiffany) Zook of...
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Brother Louis Steffes, C.S.C.

March 12, 2015

Brother Donard (Louis) Steffes, C.S.C., age 100 years and 3 months, died on March 12, 2015, at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Carleton, MI, on December 10, 1914, the son of Daniel and Clara (Eby) Steffes. He attended St. Joseph's School in Maybee. He was influenced by the Sisters to become a Holy Cross Brother and went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown...
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Sophie C. Brooks

November 22, 1918 - March 12, 2015

Sophie Brooks Nov 22, 1918 – Mar 12, 2015 Sophie C. (Rakowski) Brooks, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2015 at The Sanctuary at St. Paul's where she had been a resident since September 2010. Sophie was born on November 22, 1918 to Alexander and Josephine (Werwas) Rakowski in South Bend. She was the 9th of their ten children. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death were her...
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