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“Uncle Dan and Mark, I am very sorry to hear of Aunt Theresa's passing. She was one of my favorite aunts. She always had a smile on her face. I still...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Laity - Marlborough, MA

“Uncle Dan and Mark, I am very sorry to hear of Aunt Theresa's passing. She was one of my favorite aunts. She always had a smile on her face. I still...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Laity - Marlborough, MA

“Dan and Mark and family, So sorry to hear of Theresa's passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. We enjoyed visiting with her and...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Norman & Irene Gonshor - VA

“Mark and Sean and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to say goodbye to someone so dear to you. It doesn't matter how long you've...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Aragon - South Bend, IN

“Miss Theresa as I called her, worked for me at Spaghetti Works. She brightened my day and our customers loved her. Thoughts and prayers to her...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Fisher (Salverson) - Warsaw, IN

“Miss Theresa as I called her, worked for me as the BEST server at Spaghetti Works. I loved her positive attitude and love for the customers. God...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for the empty spot left in your hearts with her passing. Tim and I only new her briefly but were blessed by her smile. That smile will...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ruth and Tim Slater - Niles, MI

“So many wonderful memories of Aunt Theresa.When I was a child I loved to visit Uncle Dan and Aunt Theresa's. Aunt Theresa always had treats which...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Lois Eslinger - Grand Rapids, MI

“To the Ellis family,so Sorry for your loss. Theresa worked for me at the Holiday Inn,Spag. Works,always worked her heart out,may she RIP. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“My aunt Theresa was the most wonderful person and she always welcomed me with a smile, a warm hug, a compliment, an amazing laugh, followed by a...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Palen - Plainfield, IL

“My lovely Aunt Theresa. She had such a Bubbly laugh. Every time I heard it, her laugh would have the effect of cheering me up. I always told her...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: "Nephew Bobby" Laity - NY

“So sorry for your loss Aunt Theresa was such a wonderful person. I know she will be missed,sending prayers. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Judith Laity Kyzer - Henrico, VA

“we share your loss to let go into the lords hands ...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: frank slivinski - wilkrs-barre, PA


Theresa I. Ellis of South Bend passed away November 10, 2016 at Hospice of South Bend. For decades, Theresa was a well known, popular and beloved waitress in South Bend. Born October 11, 1928 in Willkes- Barre Pennsylvania to an immigrant coal miner father, Adam Cherpak and an immigrant former Chicago Meatpacker mother, Mary (Kita) Wojcik, Cherpak, Theresa began her over sixty year server career at the age of 13. At that early age in addition to running errands for neighbors and helping them with cleaning she waitressed at the Faust Diner on the square in downtown Willkes Barre. The majority of the money she earned she contributed to the support of her parents and 13 siblings. Generally she kept just enough for a Coke, a candy bar, and a comic. In August 1948 she married Mark H. Cohan in Willkes- Barre and in December they moved to South Bend. Shortly thereafter, with persistence she was hired and worked at the former hotel LaSalle Coffee Shop. Simultaneously she worked many banquets and parties for various organizations. When the LaSalle closed she waitressed at the former downtown Holiday Inn, later the Americana until their closings. She moved on to the Spaghetti Works in South Bend until it closed and finished her career at the age of 75 while waitressing at Fiddlers Hearth in South Bend. Over the years she was known for her always smiling, friendly, extraordinary service. She was recognized in 1994 with "The Best of Michiana", Best Waitress Award. She was informally recognized by a round table of attorneys in Dec, 1986 as a "Specially Qualified" waitress, deserving of the highest accolades. On November 30, 1974 she married Daniel L. Ellis her devoted, loving husband of 42 years. She enjoyed bowling, ping-pong, card games, cross-word and word puzzles. But most of all, she enjoyed her work and her family. Her life and love was for family. She doted on her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings. She is survived by her devoted husband, Dan; her lone remaining sibling sister, Margie (Joe) Elias, of Wilkes-Barre Pa; her loving son Mark D. (Roxanne) Cohan of South Bend; three grandsons: Sean (Gabrielle Thompson) Cohan of South Bend, Mark A. (Erin) Cohan of Plainfield, IL; and Michael D. (Joanna) Cohan of South Bend; and three great grandchildren; Jonathon Cohan of South Bend; Caitlyn and Kennedy Cohan of Plainfield, IL and many loving and loved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M on Sunday November 13 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home 3545 N. Bendix Dr. A funeral service will be held on Monday November 14, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice Care. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com