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“So sorry to hear about your loss. I missed the obit in the paper, and would have attended services had I known. Delphine and Ray were lovely...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Schmiedeler - South Bend, IN

“So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Truly one of the sweetest persons I ever knew. As was your dad. I know my parents adored you all...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Urbanski - Zionsville, IN

“I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I wish I had seen the obit. I would definitely have come to the viewing. Would have loved to see all...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Paula Richards (Urbanski) - IN

“So sorry to hear about your mom's passing, she was truly one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Gregory Urbanski - Indianapolis, IN

“Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane, and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God may assuage your grief. Your mother was truly a saint on earth - a...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Kevin Browne - Austin, TX

“Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark: I am saddened to hear about the loss of your mom. Ray and Del were kind, caring people and we truly miss having...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Nowicki - Naperville, IL

“We have so many fond memories of the years that we spent together in Naperville. Anita was a favorite babysitter. I think I still have a set of...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Gene and Jan Faulhaber - MN

“Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark, I am so sorry about your Mom. I have such pleasant memories of spending time with your family as I was growing...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jenny Micinski (Kowalski)

“To Delphine's FamilyYour mom and dad resided on Diamond shores just down the road from Joe and I. We both belonged to St. Pius in fact a couple times...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: janice goossens - fishers, IN

“My Godmother Delphine was one of those very rare people who you could go for years without seeing, but who always remained strong in your memory. ...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Moore - Southbury, CT

“I met Ray and Delphine at Bible study at St. Pious in Granger. What a lovely couple.Delphine went to lunch with several of us from Bible study and...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Roseann Marchetti - Edwardsburg, MI

“I am so sorry to here of your loss, your Mom and Dad were so sweet at the lake the Year Anthony was born. Your whole family is just so special to us....Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kelly Martino - Edwardsburg, MI

“Aunt Delphine, I will never forget the times I spent with you, Uncle Ray and the kids. Your kindness and beautiful spirit will be greatly missed. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn Moore - Walkerton, IN

“Delphine I will always remember you and your kind heart and endless smile. It was an honor to be a part of your life. Love always Aimee LaPine ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Aimee LaPine - Milford, OH

“Thanking the Lord for the legacy of love and faith she left. What a privilege to have met her. Much love and many prayers that our Heavenly Father...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Andy and Lisa Campbell - OH

“Del was a special cousin. Always caring and loving. I babysat for her children some when I was in high school. My mother (Gladys) was her...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Pajakowski Wesolek - OH

“So very sad to hear about Aunt Delphine. She was a beautiful lady both inside and out. I know my Mom will miss her dearly- Over the years, she had...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“My Godmother. I will always remember the good times at our family gatherings. Such a sweet, caring person, just like Grandma (Saint Mary). You...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Manuszak - Raleigh, NC

“I can remember interviewing Mrs. Plencner for a book I was writing, The Great Child. The book was based on my experiences as a teacher, and how I...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Wes Doi - Mishawaka, IN - Friend

“Always loved Aunt Del. So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to all of you, Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark and your families. May God Bless...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Bryan Piekarski - Huntertown, IN


Delphine M. Plencner, 83, originally of South Bend, IN died from Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday, January 18 at SEM Haven Health and Residential Care Center in Milford, OH.
Delphine Cwidak was born to Walter and Mary Cwidak on June 2, 1933. She was married on October 15, 1955 to Raymond Plencner, who preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Anita and Bob Armstrong of Columbus, OH, Bonita and Mark Rice of Loveland, OH, Mary Diane and Mark Deysher of Colorado Springs, CO, and Mark and Susan Plencner of Plymouth, MI. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, their spouses, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters, Alice Cleppe and Mary Jane Manuszak.
Delphine grew up in St. Adalbert's parish and graduated from Washington High School in South Bend in 1951. She attended nursing school at Memorial Hospital, graduating at the top of her class in 1954, and became a Registered Nurse. She was a wife, mom, homemaker and nurse throughout the years prior to her retirement in 1990 as an occupational health nurse with Bayer Corporation. After retirement, she enjoyed being "Grammie", working in her garden, serving at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, and living life with Ray at Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, MI. They also enjoyed winter months in Orange Beach, AL and trips to visit children and grandchildren whenever possible.
Visitation will be from 4 - 7 pm Sunday, January 22, 2017 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr, South Bend, IN, with a Rosary to be prayed at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, January 23, 2017 at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, IN. A brief visitation will be held from 9:30 until the 10:30 funeral Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, South Bend, IN.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to SEM (Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry) Haven Health and Residential Care Center of Milford, OH (www.semhaven.org), where Delphine was loved and cared for in the final months of her journey.
Delphine, "Mom", "Grammie", "Gramma Del" leaves a legacy of compassionate care both personally and professionally. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, the twinkle in her eye and little wink, her sweet smile, gift of hospitality, and love of children. Those who were touched by her life are thankful for the fingerprints she leaves.