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Ralph D. Jordan

January 26, 1936 – December 30, 2010

GRANGER – Ralph DeWain Jordan, 74, passed away early Thursday in his residence. 

Ralph was born in Ashland, OH to the late Ernest and Ester (Adang) Jordan.  Ralph retired in 2001 as a Union Electrician and Past President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #153.  On August 20, 1966 in South Bend he married Rosemary Louise (Gallagher) Jordan who survives him in Granger. 

Along with his wife Rosemary, Ralph is survived by a daughter Jody (David) Rhodes of South Bend; three sons: Jeff (Vicki) Jordan of Houston, TX, Paul (Jenny) Jordan of Fishers, IN and Andy (Laura) Jordan of Granger; three sisters: Virginia Kemp of Reynoldsburg, OH, Joyce (Bob) Morrison of Montrose, CO and Loretta Boncea of Bayard, NM and a brother Bob Jordan of Seagoville, TX; eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his K9 companion Jake.  He was predeceased by three brothers: Ernie (Joann) Jordan of South Bend, Walt Jordan and Ed (Jo Ann) Jordan of Osceola.

Ralph was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church where he coached sports teams, the Granger Knights of Columbus Fr. Baden Council #4263, he was one of the founders of Harris Baseball/Softball, coached at Northside Little League and was an avid fisherman and loved camping in the outdoors.  Ralph was an Artist and enjoyed painting and woodworking. He lived life to the fullest often saying he got 25 hours out of everyday.  He especially loved his grandchildren.

Friends may call Monday from 3-5 & 6-8pm in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.) where there will be a parish Vigil Service at 4:30pm.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00am and calling from 9-9:45am at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Fir & SR23).  Cremation will follow at American Cremation Society.

Rather than sending flowers, the family would wish for you to consider a donation in Ralph’s memory to either: St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, IN 46530 or to Pet Refuge, 2300 W. 6th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.  




Feb. 10, 1929 - Dec. 29, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Anthony "Tony" Patrick Pica, Sr., 81, passed away on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:28 p.m. at his home with family by his side. Tony was born on February 10th, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Peter Anthony Pica, Sr. and Natalie Ethel (Wilk) Pica, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946. He then served his country in World War II for three years in the US Army. Tony graduated in 1953 from Purdue University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pharmacy. On August 18th, 1956 at Holy Family Church in South Bend he married Jane Ann Tobey, who survives. He is also survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (the late J. Michael) Jones, Kathleen (William) Box, Anne (Roger) Brummet, and Jane (Michael) Johnson; four sons, Anthony (Lynn) Pica Jr., Patrick (Carol) Pica, Michael Pica and Peter (Kristen) Pica; his 23 grandchildren, Patrick, Kevin, and Maureen Jones; Andrea, Natalie, and Brendan Box, Amy (Nick McClure), Nick, and Mark Pica, Nicol (Greg Liggins) and Chad Baker; Rachel, Rebecca, and Ross Brummet, Katherine, Mary, Michael, and Andrew Johnson, Collin, Evan, Emmie, and Clay Pica and one great-grandchild, Sarah McClure. Other survivors include one brother, Peter (Bonnie) Pica Jr.; and two sisters, Jacqueline (Walter) Schimmel and Carolyn (Brent) Banulis. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Baker. Tony owned and operated McKinley Pharmacy for 40 years and retired March 31, 1995 when he sold the business. Tony will be greatly missed by his friends and family for his generous spirit, sense of humor, guidance, and love of his grandchildren. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, January 3rd at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road at Ironwood. A PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: McGannHay.com.


Margarita C. Humphrey 

   

Sept. 17, 1917 - Dec. 16, 2010
SOUTH BEND 
- On December 16, 2010, God wrapped his arms around Margarita C. (Couch) Humphrey to be with him and the love of her life, James Humphrey. Also, preceding her in death were her brothers Victor, James, Joseph, Leo, Fred and Howard Couch. Left behind to cherish her memory is her beloved sister, Cecilia Bauters (Joe); her nine children, Kathleen Hinnegan, Jim Humphrey (Peg), Jeanne Marie Wear, Robert Humphrey (Dianne), Thomas Paul Humphrey, Therese Humphrey, Joseph Humphrey, Mary Cecilia Pinkowski (Scott), Michele McLaughlin (Pat); her grandchildren, Jennifer Hinnegan, Francis Hinnegan III, Trisha Humphrey, Kim Humphrey, Orin Wear(Jen), Heather Budzinski (Mike), Melissa Riem (Matt), Matthew Humphrey, Thomas Humphrey, Maria Beck(Bob), Tony Schirripa (Allyson), Cecilia Gobdel ("Ivan"), Justin Berryman(Tara), Rachel Berryman, Christian Pinkowski, Joshua Pinkowski, Patrick McLaughlin, Alicia Roennow (Emil); and her twenty great-grandchildren. Margarita was a lifelong resident of South Bend, a 'country girl' and a city girl. At Washington Clay High School, Margarita was the captain and star point guard of the first all girls basketball team for four years. She continued playing basketball for the CYO, where she met Jim, who ref'd her games. After a two year courtship, they were married on December 30, 1942, when Jim surprised her with a three day furlough he was able to procure from the Army. Margarita was a stay-at-home-Mom until her youngest child, Michele, was in school. At which time she became a crossing guard, her main area was Perley School. She retired from that job to be a stay-at-home- Grandma. Margarita and Jim made the rounds to all of the grandchildren's book fairs, concerts and sporting events not to mention all of the birthday parties and times at Lake Cora (Fleabag). Margarita left a legacy of love, laughter and life. Smile God Loves You! Good Bye, God Bless, Have a Good Day! A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrate Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony dePaua Catholic Church with Rev. Mark A. Gurtner, JCL, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grave Cemetery, Notre Dame. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. with the Rosary being prayed at 4:30 pm in the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Margarita's name to the Christ Child Society, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624. To send condolences to the family log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com.

 

Francis E. “Al” Wells, Jr.

March 22, 1938 – December 16, 2010 

MISHAWAKA – Francis Ellsworth “Al” Wells, Jr., passed away at 3:15am at his home, knowing he was given the most loving care possible by his wife Roberta.

Al was born in St. Joseph, MI to the late Francis Ellsworth, Sr. and Wilma Lavera (Blake) Wells. On August 25, 1979 in Mishawaka he married Roberta Josephine (Lenson) Wells who survives of Mishawaka. For 35 years Al worked at Jessen Manufacturing as a Tool & Die Supervisor.  At one time he was the owner of The Fireside in Edwardsburg and for a short time he owned Porky’s in Mishawaka.

Other survivors along with Roberta are: a daughter Shawn (Dean) Schimpa of Edwardsburg; a son Kenneth C. (Michele) Wells of Niles; two step-daughters: Diana Brinkley of South Bend and Leana Sanders of Elkhart; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His sister Sharon Radabaugh passed away on February 24, 2003. 

Always a hard worker, in his free time, Al liked camping at Shady Point Camp Ground on Bear Lake in Jones, MI.  He also enjoyed golf, fishing, and bowling.  From 1957 to 1963 Al served his country honorably in the US Air Force during the early time of the Viet Nam War era. 

Roberta and Al’s family would like to say a special thank you to all their friends, family, employees of Heraeus and Harbor Light Hospice for their love and support through out this most difficult time. 

Al requested cremation and no services. His ashes will be scattered at a later date. 

Morning Star Funerals & Cremations and American Cremation Society are assisting the family in their cremation wishes. To send your condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com



  

Timothy F. McGinnity 

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Dec. 12, 1952 - Dec. 11, 2010
MESA, AZ - Beloved son and brother, Timothy Francis McGinnity Born December 12, 1952, in Gary, IN, to Francis David McGinnity and Mary Catherine (McQuillin) McGinnity. Died December 11, 2010, the day before his 58th birthday, at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Tim is preceded in death by his father, Francis, in 1975; by his infant brother in 1961, and his infant sister in 1953. He is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine McGinnity of South Bend, IN; his three brothers, Michael (Linda Bozenski) McGinnity of South Bend, IN, Patrick (Tina Ivankovics) McGinnity of Queen Creek, AZ, and Joseph (Cathy Coates) McGinnity of Maricopa, AZ; his five sisters, Margaret Thomas of South Bend, IN, Kathleen Erin of Peoria, IL, Jane McGinnity of Chicago, IL, Susan McGinnity of Mesa, AZ, and Mary E. McGinnity of South Bend, IN. In 1967, the McGinnitys moved from Hobart, IN, to South Bend, IN, where Tim began his freshman year at St. Joseph's High School. Tim greatly enjoyed his role as school photographer for several years on the yearbook staff. He graduated St. Joseph's in 1971. Tim worked for Midwest Distributing until he moved to Arizona in 1976. Tim was a machine operator and foreman employed by Coca-Cola Bottlers of Phoenix for thirteen years; and more recently by Microchip Technologies of Tempe, AZ, and Micro-Semi Corporation of Scottsdale, AZ, where he operated and supervised water fabrication technology, used to process silicon wafers. He was experienced in the operation of many kinds of manufacturing equipment as well as the handling of hazardous chemicals. Tim worked hard to provide for his family of three daughters: Jessica, Jennifer and Juliana. Tim loved music; cars; antiques; and baking chocolate-chip cookies in huge batches. He also loved Christmas lights. He was a talented musician, who played the keyboards for various non-profit organizations and churches. As a child, Tim would play the pipe organ in St. Bridget's Church, Hobart, Indiana, on Saturdays, and thus taught himself to play by ear. His favorite composers were Bach and Handel. Timothy, beloved son and brother, your pain is gone now. Rest in peace, dear one!   
Visitation will be 6-8 PM today in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road. Please call to get the time of the prayer service. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.mcgannhay.com




Willard Toll, Jr. 

 

December 9, 1917 -- December 15, 2010

SOUTH BEND - Willard Toll, 93, died peacefully at home on­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ December 15, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.  Raised in Stevensville, Michigan, Willard moved to South Bend and on June 15, 1941, married Florence Thursday of Lakeside, Michigan.  Florence preceded him in death after 49 years of marriage. Their union produced two sons, Larry (Ellen), and Mark (Carol) Toll.  Also surviving are a grandson, Jeffrey Toll, and two granddaughters, Jennifer Toll and Laura Toll Marchiano (Anthony).

Following the death of Florence, Willard married Evelyn B. Jones of South Bend, who survives with a son, Gary Jones (Lynnette), and two daughters, Christine Wrobel and Judy Houston (Richard), a granddaughter Amanda Vetor (Andrew) and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Vetor.

Willard is also survived by a sister, Louise Sootsman.

After 42 years in management at Fruehauf Corporation’s local branch, Willard retired in 1983.  He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Lodge #427 F.A.M., as well as York Rite and Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason.  Willard was a member of Orak Shrine in Michigan City, the South Bend Shrine Club, and Tuxedo Patrol, where he participated in the transportation of children to the Chicago Shrine Hospital and Shrine Burn Center in Cincinnati.

A funeral service celebrating Willard’s life will be held at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr.  at 1:00PM on Friday,  with Rev. Tom Thews officiating.  Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Memorial United Methodist Church at 1001 W. Colfax, South  Bend, Indiana  46616, or to the Valley of Promise at 430 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601.

To send condolences or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

 


June 8, 1943 - Dec. 11, 2010
SOUTH BEND
 - Frederick "Fred" Frank, 67, passed away Saturday at 11:00 p.m. in Regency Place. In South Bend, on April 14, 1991, he married Maxine "Max" (Silver) Frank, who survives along with several cousins including locally, Marilyn Brown, Mel Brook, Babs (Mel) Waks, and a brother-in-law, Robert J. Silver, and two nephews, Ben Silver and Joshua Silver. Fred was a Merchandise Close Out Broker and was one of the original 25 people to set up at the Shipshewana Flea Market. He was the owner of Frank Sales in Roseland. Fred was a member of Sinai Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. He graduated from John Adams High School in the Class of 1961 and attended 
Purdue University. Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. in the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson, Rabbi Michael Friedland officiating. Burial will follow at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. In Fred's memory, memorials may be directed to Sinai Synagogue, 1102 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617-3322; or to The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615-295. To send condolences to the family, log on towww.McGannHay.com.


Barry N. Johnson

June 8, 1959 – December 9, 2010

MISHAWAKA – Mr. Barry Neal Johnson, 51, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, in Oxford, AL, while there on business.

Mr. Johnson was born in Seattle, WA on June 8, 1959, to the late Robert Arthur and Catherine “Dee” (Logsdon) Johnson. On January 26, 1985 he married Hasmig Vart (Babayan) Johnson who survives of Mishawaka.

In addition to his wife, Barry leaves behind two daughters: Virginia Johnson and Ani Johnson and a son Haig Johnson all at home; two brothers: Leonard (Helen) Johnson of California and Douglas (Patty) Johnson of Florida; two sisters: Bobbi (Brian) Patchin of the state of Washington and Danette (Ron) Isaacs of California.

Mr. Johnson had a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Information Technology.  He had worked for some years in the Aerospace Industry at Honeywell but most recently was employed by the Flint Group where he was a Continuous Improvement Manager in the Packaging and Narrow Web division.

A gathering time for friends and family of Mr. Johnson’s will be held on Friday, December 17th from 5-7pm at the Presidents Room at McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd).

In memory of Mr. Johnson, please consider donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in lieu of sending flowers.  Their address is: 26 Broadway, 14th Floor,?New York, NY, 10004 or online at: www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=100899. To send your personal condolences to the family log on to:www.McGannHay.com.



Jean Pickens

August 6, 1923 

-- December 9, 2010

GRANGER, IN -- Jean Pickens, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went home to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday, December 9, 2010 surrounded with the infinite love and respect of her family. The only daughter and the youngest of Annie Barnett Hicks and Grover Cleveland Hicks' four children, Mrs. Pickens was born in Kensett, Arkansas on Monday, August 6, 1923. On Thursday, December 28, 1939, she wed Clell Watson Pickens, the love of her life with whom she was married for 52 years. Part of the ‘greatest generation’, as her husband served his country in the US Army stationed in Germany, she served in a Munitions Factory supporting the war effort. Having displayed a model work ethic her entire life, Mrs. Pickens retired from Swifts Premium Meat Packing Company of East St. Louis, Illinois and was a proud Union Member. In addition, she was Member of the Eastern Star, Searcy Chapter. Mrs. Pickens greatest work was her labor of love. A tremendous example as caregiver to everyone who needed help, she nursed family members and loved ones through life and death.

Mrs. Pickens, the matriarch of her family, is preceded in death by her husband, her son-in-law, Denny Waid and great grandson, Maxwell Foley Ramstrom. She is survived by daughters, Doris Pickens Foley (Tom) and Joan Waid; grandchildren, Michael A. Foley (Allen), Elizabeth Ann Felten (Doug), Rebecca Foley Ramstrom (Todd), Shannon Waid Kitzrow (Ben), Christopher Waid (Trisha); great-grandchildren, Joel Felten, Anna Felten, Brayden Waid, Levi Waid, Savannah Ramstrom, Ella Ramstrom and Bryce Kitzrow.

Visitation will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Pickens Chapel Church in Letona, Arkansas. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm at the Pickens Chapel Church with interment following the services.  The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to centerforhospice.org or strokeassociation.org.  Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com or 501.268.3546.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

 




Melvin C. Frick Sr.

Feb. 11, 1919 - Dec. 8, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Melvin C. Frick, Sr., 91, passed away at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at Regency Place, South Bend, IN. Melvin was born on February 11, 1919, in Detroit, MI, the son of Clarence L. Frick, Sr. and Elizabeth Stephan. He is survived by 5 children, Melvin of Arizona, Everett (Jennifer) of Carmel, and residing in South Bend, Leola (Theodore) Zdoniak, Elizabeth (Melvin) Launer and Eric (Brenda) Frick, 13 grandchildren, Mindy, Amy, Jackie, Amanda, Laura, Jessica, James, Tasha, Hanna, Andrew, Grant, Amanda and Andrea, 8 great grandchildren, Alex, LaMinda, Keyshawn, Brianna, Eric, Michael, Preston, Christopher, numerous nieces and nephews. Melvin was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Donald, Raymond and Delbert; his sister Ruth; and a grandson Michael Zdoniak. On May 11, 1941 Melvin married Clara E. Peterson at Midway Tabernacle, married in this life for 53 years. Clara preceded Melvin in death on April 24, 1995. Melvin worked at Studebaker in the office until it closed and retired from the Pabst Brewing Company of Milwaukee. Early on he was a minister and very religious his whole life. He was a voracious reader, subscriber to many book clubs often reading a book per day, crocheted creating many beautiful afghans, bedspreads, doilies, quilting and scrapbooking numerous family albums. Melvin also loved poetry, winning orator awards, even reciting long stanzas from memory after age 90. Per his wishes cremation will immediately take place. The family will be holding a memorial service celebrating his life at Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend IN on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Vickie VanNevel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Daniel E. Deak

12/20/1951 – 12/6/2010

 

Daniel passed away on 12/6/2010 after a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patty (Davis) as well as his dear mother, Mary Ann Payonk, and his father, Edward R. Deak. 

 

He is survived by his stepfather, James Payonk, his sisters, Nadine (Mary Kenney) Deak, Denise (Glenn) Faikus, and Victoria (Georgette Burvee) Deak, as well as his nephews and niece, Kenneth (Andrea) Faikus, Anthony Faikus, and Amanda (Joseph) Rivera.

At Daniel’s request, there will be no visitation.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan at a future date.  McGann Hay Funeral Homes are handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

(http://www.kairosdwelling.com).   




William E. Horvath


June 26, 1949 - Dec. 5, 2010

MISHAWAKA 
- William Edward Horvath, 61, passed unexpectedly of apparent natural causes only hours after returning to China for work following a visit home here with family and friends for Thanksgiving. 

On June 26, 1949, in South Bend, Bill was born to the late George Louis and Margaret (Golba) Horvath. Bill was married to (Liu) Yan on December 19, 2009, in Mishawaka. She survives of Mishawaka. Other survivors include his children, Jennifer (Robb) Berger of South Bend, Sarah Dawson of Granger, Ashleigh (Justin) Klatt of Mishawaka, Elaine Horvath of South Bend, Elizabeth Horvath of Mishawaka; siblings, George (Adeline) Horvath of South Bend, Nancy (Lee) Harbeson of Charleston, SC, Kathy (Herb) Pellow of South Bend; nine grandchildren, Alexis, Robbie, Savannah, Cassee, Gabriel, Ryleigh, Addison, Jaiden and Brooklyn. 

Mr. Horvath was employed as a project manager for Yutong Company in Zhengzhou, Peoples Republic of China, in the RV industry. He had previously worked in the same industry in the Elkhart area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, and the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Mishawaka Council #1878. Bill loved traveling. 

Visitation will be from 5-6:30 p.m. followed by Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m., both on Thursday in McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road), Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor of St. Pius X parish, officiating. Bill's remains were cremated in China and his ashes will be returned here for burial later next summer. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to encourage memorial donations to honor Bill's memory be made to Memorial Children's Hospital, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601. To send your condolences to the family, log on to: www.McGannHay.com.




Doris Madge Smurr

July 8, 1926 -- December 2, 2010

 

NEW CARLISLE Doris Madge Smurr passed away December 2, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Smurr. Survivors include her three children, Sharon Lee Thompson of Mishawaka, William Vinton Smurr, Jr. of Washington State, and Dawn Marie (Christopher) Parmelee of New Carlisle; grandchildren, Sarah Smurr, Isaac (Candice) Smurr, Amy (Bill) Zimmer, Christopher Thompson and Ashlee and Chase Parmelee; great-grandchildren Riley and Sydney Smurr; and brother-in-law, Harold (Barbara) Smurr of Granger.  Memorial services are pending. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com. 




Cynthia M. Sawayda 

1960-2010

GRANGER Ind. - Cynthia Michelle Lahti Sawayda, 50, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at her residence, with family by her side.

Cynthia was born Feb. 13, 1960, in Green-ville, Pa., to the late Sulo Maynard and Grace Louise Leonhard Lahti.

She resided in early life in Kinsman and graduated from Pymatuning Valley High School.

On May 11, 1997, in Las Vegas she married John P. Sawayda III, who survives, of Granger and previously of Warren. Also surviving are a daughter, Kelly R. (Fabick) Ruder of Overland Park, Kan.; sisters, Sue Panak of Kinsman and Sandi Sirrine of Eureka, Calif.; and a brother, Maynard Lahti Jr. of Kinsman.

Cynthia pursued careers in cosmetology and in the dental field.

Cynthia demonstrated a strong faith in the Lord and a love and service for family, friends and pets. Her dogs Snuffy and Doby will miss her dearly.

Private, immediate family only, graveside services will be held at Williamsfield, Ohio, Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Cindy's memory may be made to cancer charities or a charity of the donor's choice.

To send condolences to the family, log onto www.McGannHay.com.





Dec. 21, 1924 - Nov. 29, 2010
GRANGER
 - Eleanor M. Olson, matriarch of four generations of a family that will be telling funny stories about her for years to come, died Monday in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 85 and had been in good health until suffering a stroke nine days earlier. She is survived by six children, Barbara Weaver (Larry) of Granger, Nancy Lemley (John) of Elkhart, Mary Prince (Steve) of South Bend, Robert H. Olson III (Rita) of Granger, Bernard "Bill" Olson (Chris) of Zionsville, Ind., and Charles "Chuck" Olson (Rosemary) of Granger; (16) grandchildren, R. Lee Weaver (Suze) of Iowa City, Iowa, Scott Weaver of Osceola, Debbie Biggs of Granger, Bernie Weaver (Gina) of Lake Mary, Fla., John B. Lemley (Meredith) of Elkhart, Todd Lemley (Kristen) of Fort Wayne, Greg Lemley of Mishawaka, Christine Neely (Chris) of Granger, Cynthia Jay (Bruce Krueger) of Middlebury, Dennis Jay of Denver, Colo., Jennifer Moore (Bill) of Elkhart, Robert H. "Hank" Olson IV (Tracy) of Osceola, Benjamin Olson (Courtney) of Zionsville, Cassandra Olson of Zionsville, Melissa Olson of Osceola, Charlie Olson of Osceola, as well an honorary family member, Joseph Brown. She is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren and a sister, Caroline Van Horn (Robert) of Los Altos Hills, Calif. She was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Hinsdale, Ill., to Bernard William and Ethel (Law) Maas. On July 31, 1943, in Hinsdale, she married Robert H. Olson Jr., who survives. They were high school sweethearts who had known each other since they were children. Their fathers worked for the same company and played golf together. Their mothers played bridge together. Bob called her "Peachy." Ellie and Bob spent the early years of their marriage in the Illinois communities of Western Springs, Hinsdale and Naperville before moving to Salt Lake City in the early 1950s when Bob was promoted from plant manager for Kroehler Mfg. Co. to sales representative. When he was transferred to the Midwest in 1961, they settled in South Bend, living in three different houses in Swanson Highlands. Bob retired in 1979, and they spent the next five years in a motor home, traveling everywhere from California to Nova Scotia. They spent their winters in Melbourne Beach Fla., where they attended Los Angeles Dodgers spring-training games, played golf, and attended their share of happy hours. They returned to northern Indiana seven years ago for good. She and Bob were living in the Hearth at Juday Creek in Granger at the time of her death. Eleanor loved art, music and golf. For many years she took piano lessons and continued to teach herself new music. She was very interested in art and painting, and took many art classes and continued to paint through her life for enjoyment. Her artistic talent also supplied an avenue for financial reward as she co-owned with her daughter Barbara a small creative studio called "The Owls Nest" where they produced hand-painted household items, ornaments and knickknacks. She and her daughter sold their work at a retail store on U.S. 31 North in South Bend and they traveled the Midwest attending art shows and festivals displaying their wares for many, many years. Eleanor was also an avid golfer. She shot three holes in one, and also played in many South Bend women's city golf tournaments. She and Bob played couples golf at both the Morris Park Country Club in South Bend and Four Lakes Golf Course in Edwardsburg. They were also active in Moose Lodges in Elkhart and Florida, and were members of the United Methodist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and made all her daughters' clothes, including their prom dresses when they were in high school. When Nancy was named homecoming queen on a Thursday night, she stayed up all night making a dress Nancy could wear to the homecoming parade and dance Friday night. She made her daughters dolls dressed in clothes she made herself, using toothpicks as needles to knit sweaters and caps. She also was a Cub Scout den mother, enjoyed playing bridge and attended numerous swim meets, ballet and piano recitals, baseball and hockey games. When Bob was coming back from the road and she was too busy having fun with her children to make sure everything was picked up, everyone would band together to straighten up the house. She would hide the dirty dishes in the oven so Bob wouldn't know. One of the highlights of Bob and Ellie's day was spending some quiet time alone together in the living room having a cocktail before dinner to catch up on their day. Soon after arriving in South Bend, Bob bought four season tickets for University of Notre Dame football games, and for many years they hosted large tailgate parties before heading off to the game, with Eleanor, like other women in those genteel days, getting dressed up and wearing high heels. She remained an Irish fan long after she could no longer attend games. Family will visit with friends from 10-11:30am before a memorial service at 11:30am on Saturday, Dec. 11, in McGann Hay Funeral Home on Indiana 23 in Granger. Memorial contributions may be made to Hannah and Friends, 51250 Hollyhock Road, South Bend, IN 46637; or to LOGAN, P.O. Box 1049, South Bend, IN 46624. To send condolences to the family, log on to
www.McGannHay.com.




Feb. 11, 1954 - Nov. 29, 2010
ELKHART -
 Michele Debra Zeitler passed away unexpectedly at 1:04 PM on November 29, 2010, in Elkhart General Hospital following a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Benjamin Plotkin, MD, mother of stepchildren, Winter Plotkin, Phoenix, AZ, and Ross Plotkin, South Bend, Indiana; daughter of Beverly B. Zeitler and Philip S. Zeitler, MD, Elkhart, Indiana; sister of Madelyn Zeitler Elia, Toronto, Canada, Manette Zeitler, Bristol, Indiana, Marjorie Zeitler, South Bend, Indiana, and Melanie Zeitler, Denver, Colorado; aunt of Livya Zeitler, Denver, Colorado, Eleana and Calla Elia, Toronto, Canada, Kathryn Rogers, Washington, DC, and Andrew Rogers, Middlebury, Indiana; and sister-in-law of Richard Rogers, Bristol, Indiana, Robert Elia, Toronto, Canada, and Michael Tibbs, South Bend, Indiana; all of whom survive. She was also a dear friend and colleague to numerous others. She was a graduate of St. Mary's College and Notre Dame Law School, and completed graduate work in International Studies at American University in Washington, DC. She was a past board member of the Potawatomi Zoo, a member of the Indiana State and Elkhart City Bar Associations, and practiced law in Elkhart County, Indiana, for 25 years, specializing in Social Security Disability litigation. During that period, she was also a longtime advocate and lawyer with the Elkhart County Public Defender Office. She was past board member of the Potawatomi Zoo, The South Bend Symphony, Temple Beth-El, active in the Jewish Federation of St. Joe Valley, an avid animal lover and activist, and was active in local civic affairs and politics. She was a member of the Temple Beth El Synagogue, South Bend, Indiana, and Temple Israel Synagogue, Valparaiso, IN. She was a Mock Trial Coach at Trinity School in South Bend. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Lupus. Over the next 40 years, she endured three separate kidney transplants interspersed with a glut of other medical procedures too numerous to humanely comprehend or list. Yet, she refused to once complain of, make excuses for, be defined or limited by, or give in to her medical conditions or limitations, choosing instead to live her life with passion and zeal, and to the very fullest. She was intelligent, quick-witted and sharp-tongued, a formidable opponent, a tenacious warrior, a medical marvel, an inspiration, a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, friend, and, above all, a genuine thoroughbred and a real mench. She left us far too soon and will be horribly and unbearably missed. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 3, 2010, at 10:00 AM in Temple Beth-El, 305 W. Madison St., South Bend, Indiana. Burial will take place at the Jewish Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka, Indiana, with Rabbi Shoshana Feferman and Rabbi Eric Siroka co-officiating. Please, no flowers, but you may make donations to Pet Refuge, South Bend, Indiana, and Elkhart County Humane Society, Elkhart, Indiana. To send condolences to the family log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com.



Sept. 11, 1923 - Nov. 28, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - M. Ali Mobashery, 87, passed away Nov. 28, 2010. Survivors include wife, Banou Mobashery; son, Shahriar (Mayland Chang) Mobashery of Granger; daughter, Niloufar Mobashery of Philadelphia; and grandson, Alexander Mobashery. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 AM, with gathering of friends from 10-11 in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. In lieu of flowers, send donations to your charity of choice. Condolences at 
www.mcgannhay.com.

March 18, 1923 - Nov. 29, 2010
ELKHART
 - A. Pauline Jones, 87, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2010. Born March 18, 1923, in Cutler, IL, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Rachel (VanAusdoll) Killgrove. Pauline was married to the late Eugene A. Jones on February 22, 1941, in Perryville, MO, and moved to the South Bend/Elkhart area where they resided for over 50 years. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, James Hestad in 2001, four sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hestad; two grandchildren, Ron (Cindy) and Darren Hestad; and four great-grandchildren, Brad, Hannah, Samantha and Katelyn Hestad, all of Granger; a sister, Lillian Williams of Percy, IL; and her beloved dog, Lacy. Pauline had belonged to the Elkhart Moose Lodge. She retired from Ball Band, later known as Uniroyal, after 20 years of service. Pauline enjoyed gardening, ceramics, crocheting, traveling and going to the casino. She was a wonderful wife, mom and grandma. She will be greatly missed. Visitation will be 4-8 PM on Thursday in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Friday in the funeral home, with burial following at Riverview Cemetery. Pastor Bud Walterhouse will be officiating. The family would like to thank Dr. Rudolph Navari and his staff for their excellent care and attentiveness to Pauline. Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care or to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County. Send condolences to 
www.mcgannhay.com.




Richard R. Wolfe 


Nov. 29, 1933 - Nov. 27, 2010
GRANGER - Richard Ratcliffe Wolfe, 76, passed away from an extended illness at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at Emeritus at Arborwood. He leaves behind four children, Richard Jr. (Katy) of Jamestown, Rhode Island, Marie Wolfe of Chicago, John (Rosemary) Wolfe of Chicago and Anne (Eric) Coles of Niles, MI; an older brother, Francis (Flo) Wolfe of Chicago; as well as six grandchildren and six nieces. Richard was born on November 29, 1933, in Palmyra, Missouri, to the late Dr. and Mrs. Francis and Marie (Ratcliffe) Wolfe. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma A&M in 1955 and his law degree from the 
University of Michigan in 1957. He was admitted to the Bar in the States of Illinois, Michigan, and the District of Columbia. In addition to running for Congress in Illinois's 35th District (Springfield) in 1966, his careers ranged from being a rocket engineer in Huntsville, AL, a patent attorney in Washington, D.C., and a staff member of the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences. While raising his family, he was a corporate attorney in Chicago, IL (1967-1986) and Traverse City, MI (1987- 1992). And for 10 years, he was president of EMCO Gears in Chicago, IL, retiring in 2002. His favorite hobby was sailing, both cruising and racing, on the Great Lakes. He held the position of Commodore of the Harbor West Yacht Club in Traverse City during the mid-90s. Yet, it was his lifelong love for reading that made him most content. His family would like to thank all the staff at Emeritus at Arborwood, past and present, for all their kindness and care they provided him for almost eight years, as well as Dr. Scott Eshowsky of Main Street Medical Group, and Harbor Light Hospice who were an absolute blessing this past week-and-a-half. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 4330 Miami Street, South Bend, IN 46614; or to the charity of your choice. A gathering and fellowship for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 State Road 23 (enter off Cherry Road), Granger, IN. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com




Jerome J. Hoffman

March 21, 1942 – November 24, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND – Jerome Jay “Jerry” Hoffman, 68, passed away Wednesday in Healthwin Extended Care.

 

Jerry was born in South Bend at the old Epworth Hospital (now known as Memorial) on March 21,1942, son of the late Milton and Ida Hoffman.

 

Mr. Hoffman is survived by his sister Cecile Hoffman Berko (Malcolm) of St. Petersburg, FL, three nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister in l975 Janice Leibowitz.

 

He graduated from South Bend Central High and attended Indiana University. He owned and operated Hoffman's Auto Painting for several years later retiring after eighteen years as a Supervisor with a commercial cleaning company. He was an avid sports fan, particularly Notre Dame and the Detroit teams.  He was a very active volunteer at the College Football Hall of Fame, impressing many with his knowledge and entertaining presentations.

 

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 30th at 3pm at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson, Rabbi Eric Siroka, officiating.  Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.  Shiva will be observed at 7pm at Temple Beth-El that evening. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to Temple Beth-El, 305 W. Madison St., South Bend, IN 46601. To send condolences to the family log on to:  www.McGannHay.com.

 

 





Mary E. Brueck 

   

July 9, 1953 - Nov. 23, 2010
GRANGER - Mary Elizabeth Brueck, 57, passed away Tuesday in her Granger home with family at her side after a nearly 15-month battle with cancer. She was a unique combination of boldness and kindness, of spirituality and zest for life, and humor. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Pius X Church. The Rev. William Schooler will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Pius X Church with a Rosary at 2 p.m. and a vigil at 8:30 p.m. Though deeply religious and yet sometimes incredibly irreverent, Mary was known as the neighbor who reached out to all, saw the good in the most mischievous of kids and made sure everybody felt included. In her lifetime, the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of three more reached out to neighbors as close as across the street or as far away as West Virginia and Mississippi, the latter two of which she made numerous trips to both Appalachia to work on homes with the St. Pius X youth group and to aide hurricane victims. She took to heart Jesus' teaching to "love your neighbor as yourself." and fought for what was right for her family. She enjoyed sprucing up the family's yard. It included mums, bushes, trees, and a statue of both The Blessed Virgin and a flamingo. Mary was an active parishioner at St. Pius X in numerous ways including taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and homebound. She also enjoyed hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, golfing, passing on an Internet joke and spending time with family and friends. She fought her cancer bravely and with gratitude for the care she received from her family and friends and hospice. Mary was a 1971 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy HS and a 1977 graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She is survived by her loving husband, Mark Korody, whom she married in Northville, MI on Aug. 11, 1979, and her daughter and sons and their families: Amanda Rantz (Randy), Nick Korody (Chrissy) and Cameron Korody (Angela), and what she treasured most -- her grandkids Rory Rantz, Braden and Logan Korody. She is also survived by her brothers George Brueck and Paula Brueck, Jim Brueck (Ruth) and sister Barbara Shubel (Gus). She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Anne Brueck. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, St. Vincent De Paul and the St. Pius X Education Fund. To send condolences to the family, log on to: 
www.McGannHay.co



John R. Earl

February 12, 1928 – November 23, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND -John R. Earl, 82, passed away November 23, 2010. Survivors include wife, Mary T. Earl; sister-in-law, Kay Houser of South Bend; nephews, Matt Houser of South Bend, and John (Charlene) Earl and Anthony Earl of Florida; and niece, Christine Zhengraff of Georgia. Visitation will be 4-7PM on Friday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, with Rosary at 6:30PM. Mass is at 10:00AM Saturday at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.  Donations may be made to the Andersonville Fund or Christ Child Society. www.mcgannhay.com. 



Susan M. Knapick

May 31, 1943 – November 22, 2010

 

MISHAWAKA – Susan Marie Knapick, 67, passed away Monday in her residence.  She was born in Indianapolis.  Survivors include her children: Michael D. (Pam) Knapick, III of Portage, MI, Christopher D. (Jody) Knapick of Rockford, IL, Mary E. (Mike) Sinini of Gurnee, IL, Andy J. (Jessica) Knapick of Granger and six grandchildren.  A memorial service will be celebrated Monday at 10:00am with visitation from 9-10am at St. Pius X Parish.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Pius X.  Condolences:  McGannHay.com.



SHERRY MOSES

Nov. 24, 1924 – November 22, 2010

SOUTH BEND -- Sherry Moses, 85, of South Bend, passed away Monday evening, November 22, 2010 at Hospice House in South Bend of complications resulting from a stroke. 

She was born on November 24, 1924 in Lisiatche, Czechoslovakia to the late Leib and Frimit (Kahan) Moskowitz.  A survivor of the Holocaust, and of the death camp Auschwitz, she came to America in April 1946 after having lost her parents and many siblings and relatives in the concentration camps.  She was in Auschwitz at the time it was liberated, was then taken to Sweden where her health was restored, and eventually brought to South Bend by her uncles.  On November 25, 1948 she married her beloved Simon Moses, who passed away in November 1979. 

Preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Moses, she is survived by a son, Larry (and Susan Steinman) of Columbus, Ohio, and two daughters, Diane Sandock (and Louis) of South Bend, and Simone Street (Lynda Moses) of South Bend.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Deena Abraham (and Dovid) of South Bend, Jacob Sandock (and Emily) of South Bend, Alana Moses of New York, Danielle Moses of New York, Ashley Street of New York and Simon Moses of South Bend.  She is survived by a daughter in law, Amy Moses, of South Bend.  She is also survived by her brother, Alter Moskowitz (and Raizy) of New York. Mrs. Moses is survived by eight great-grandchildren Akiva Hilail, Miryam Esther, Shmuel Efrayim, Yosaif Dov, Mayer Simcha, and Tzivya Basya (of South Bend, from Deena and Dovid Abraham) and Yofi and Lucy (of South Bend from Emily and Jake Sandock), and many nieces and nephews.. 

During her life Mrs. Moses spoke and taught in many forums, classrooms and ceremonies bearing witness to the Holocaust and the lost legacy of European Jews.  She devoted much of her time to teaching young people about the brutality of Nazi racism specifically, and the inhumanity of prejudice and intolerance more generally.

Sherry Moses survived the concentration camps, the premature death of her husband Simon and her son Jonathan, and many other life challenges, including Alzheimer’s disease over the last decade of her life.  Yet throughout, she never lost her love of life, her optimism, and her staunch belief in the goodness of people.  She lived life with gratitude for her blessings, love of family being on top of the list.  Her legacy will be an unflinching love and kindness that the challenges of life could not uproot.

Contributions in her memory may be directed to the Jewish Family Services of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, or to Sinai Synagogue of South Bend, Indiana.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday morning, November 24 at the McGann Hay funeral home at 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson.  Following services, burial will occur at the Hebrew Orthodox cemetery. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.mcgannhay.com. 




George Oscar Matz

December 12, 1925 -- November 22, 2010

 

MISHAWAKA-George Matz, 84, passed away November 22, 2010.

 

Born December 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Oscar and Rosetta Matz. Three sisters and four brothers also preceded him in death.

 

Survivors include brother, Richard Matz of Lafayette; sister, Marjorie Dittman of South Bend; step daughter, Patricia Andrews of Elkhart; stepsons, Dan Morrisette of St. Joseph, MI and Timothy Morrisette of Lakeforest, CA; several loved grandchildren; and a close companion, Lilah Strope of Mishawaka.

 

George was a very kind and strong man. He was a great provider to his family both monetarily and emotionally. He was especially close to his grandchildren, and they knew they could always rely on him. He not only helped his family whenever possible, but he will also be remembered for growing lots of vegetables and donating them to local organizations. He was a proud US Army Veteran.

 

Friends may call on Sunday from 3-5PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to The Children’s Campus, 1411 Lincoln Way West, Mishawaka, IN 46544.

 

To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




James E. Holzman
April 27, 1955 – November 22, 2010

SOUTH BEND – James Edward Holzman, 55, died Monday in his residence. Born in Gary, IN to Emil and Gladys Mercedes (Hagan) Holzman.  He was a Longshoreman at the Port of Indiana. Survivors include: a brother Samuel P. (Tammy) Holzman of Chesterton, IN; a sister Emily M. Sanchez of Lakestation, IN and a friend Blake (Ramona) Hughes of Burns Harbor, IN.   Marine verteran.  Cremation by McGann Hay and American Cremation Society.  Memorials to: AIDS Assist or Center for Hospice Care. Condolences:mcgannhay.com.



Feb. 17, 1947 - Nov. 18, 2010
GRANGER
 - William H. "Bill" Weber, 63, passed away unexpectedly in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center on November 18, 2010. Born February 17,1947, in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late William J. and Dorothy (Barnes) Weber. Bill's brother, Ron, also preceded him in death. Surviving Bill are his wife, Linda (Messex), to whom he was married for 40 years. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Marty Messex; two nieces, Alison and Katie Messex; and former sister-in-law, Cathy Messex, all of Louisville, KY. He was a veteran of the 
United States Air Force, stationed at Grissom Air Force Base. Bill was a graduate of the University of Louisville, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree. He was currently employed at Tri-State Forest Products. Woodworking remained a passion throughout Bill's life. He was a gifted craftsman. Friends may call on Monday from 4-7 PM inthe McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home at 11 AM, with visitation one hour prior. Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action, National Headquarter, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. To send condolences to the family or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Gloria Joy Pecina

December 17, 1927 – November 14, 2010

MISHAWAKA -- Gloria J. Pecina, 82, of Mishawaka, formerly of Michigan City, passed away November 14, 2010.  Born December 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late George and Lillian Kuchaba. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Delores Kuchaba.  Survivors include two sons, Roger Pecina of Niles, MI and Wayne (Paula) Pecina of Granger; ten grandchildren, Allison, Michael, Marin, Ryan, Malory, Parker, Andrew, Lauren, Cara and Dana; and six great-grandchildren. No services are being held. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com. 




Paul Blackburn

November 19, 1950 – November 13, 2010

GRANGER -- Paul Blackburn, 59, went home to his Heavenly Father on November 13, 2010, after a courageous battle with Amyloidosis.

Born November 19, 1950, he was the son of Robert and Mary (Keaton) Blackburn. They preceded him in death, along with his brother, Robert; and sister, Virginia Crispin.

On September 3, 1971, Paul married the love of his life, Sherry Clark. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jen (Eric) Smith of Madison, WI, and Becca (Jeremy) Hood of Mishawaka; six grandchildren, Jacob, Josiah, Lilyanna, Micah, Jamin, and Rylie; three sisters, Katharine Blackburn of Denver, CO, Carolyn Sandifer of Rochester, MN, and Ruth Blackburn-Rader of Austin, TX; and brother, James Blackburn of Denver, CO.

Paul was devoted to his family, and he enjoyed any activities that brought them together.  While Paul was a very hard worker, he also loved the outdoors. He especially enjoyed time in the mountains hiking & skiing. He also loved to travel and try new things.  Paul was very committed to the Lord and his local church. Throughout the years, he faithfully served as usher, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader. He was a member of Grace Church in Granger. 

The Memorial Service will be held at Grace Church on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM.  Doors will open at 10:00 AM for visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Ministries, 532 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601.

To send condolences, please visit: www.mcgannhay.com. 



May 31, 19116 - Nov. 10, 2010
WARSAW - Irene M. Sheetz, 94, passed away Nov. 10, 2010. Survivors include her son, Royce Sheetz of Escondido, CA; daughter Phyllis (Dale) Borkholder of Warsaw, IN; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 13 at Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw officiated by Rev. Fred Plastow. Calling will be one hour prior in the church. Memorials may be made to Pleasant View Bible Church or the 
Alzheimer's Association . To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Genevie V. Weber
March 20, 1912 – November 2, 2010

SOUTH BEND – Genevie V. (Watkins) Graves Weber, 98, died Tuesday. Born: Delta, Ohio to William and Bertha (Miley) Watkins, she out lived two husbands.  Supervisor for the IRS and worked in Naval Intelligence.  Survivors: a nephew Buford Shankland; a step-son Denny Weber and a step-granddaughter Janet Horvath.  Memorial Service: 2pm on Sunday November 28, Sanctuary of St. Pauls Chapel.  Ashes buried next to her first husband in Fulton Union Cemetery, Ohio.  Condolences: McGannHay.com.



James M. Pola

August 4, 1956 – November 3, 2010

GRANGER – James Michael Pola, 56, passed away Wednesday after a ten year long illness.

James was born in South Bend to Louis Vincent and Evelyn (Nagy) Pola who survive of Granger.  Other survivors include his brother Louis J. Pola of South Bend; an uncle Robert (Janice Nagy) of South Bend; and cousins: Theresa (David) Bodnar of Plymouth, Gina (Jeff) Mynsberge of Mishawaka, Dante (Debbie) Pola of Edwardsburg, Tom Pola of Elkhart, Joe (Lorna) Pola of  Mishawaka, Myra (Lee) Holsgon of New Carlise and Kim (Jim) Brumbaugh of Granger.

James graduated from Mishawaka High School in the Class of 1974. He played in the Mishawaka Slow Pitch Softball League and was an active golfer. Jim was a big fan of Notre Dame and Chicago Bears football. He loved to play cards and sit out in the backyard and cook out with his friends including his little dog Bruno named after his favorite pizza place. Jim loved animals. He liked to travel, especially to Las Vegas and fishing in Minnesota with his buddies.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be today at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor, officiating, at 11am with calling before from 10-10:45am.  Visitation was 4-7pm yesterday at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 at Cherry Rd. where there was a parish vigil service at 5pm.

Memorials in Mr. Pola’s memory may be made to: St. Pius X Building Fund, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, IN 46530. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.




Edward C. Willems           

July 20, 1922 – October 24, 2010

South Bend- Edward C. Willems, 88, of South Bend, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010, in his home.

He was born on July 20, 1922 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to the late Anthony and Marie Willems. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert.  Mr. Willems was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1944.  He served as a pilot on a B-17 airplane in the 486th Bomb Group during World War II. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service and honorably discharged in 1945.

After the war, Edward Willems graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a business degree. He worked for Kaiser Aluminum, Sequoia Supply Company, and Wickes Lumber during a professional career in building supplies that spanned four decades.

On June 2, 1951, Edward Willems married the former Jean Kotz in Kenosha. They moved to South Bend in 1956 and made it their lifelong residence.  Surviving family members include: his wife, Jean; daughters, Jean Marie Willems, Mary (Richard) Armstrong, Jane (David) Jones, and Anne (Daniel) Malone; sons, David (Petra)Willems, Mark Willems, Paul Willems, and John (Lauri) Willems; and grandchildren, Kate and Kyle Malone, Kara, Kristina, Aaron, and Cason Jones, and Danielle and Taylor Gadus.

 

 

Edward Willems’ favorite pastime was supporting his Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

 

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 on Friday, October 29th, at Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 North Ironwood Road. The funeral will follow at 11:00.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Flower Food Pantry.

To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com. 





Melisa Marie Van Vooren

December 9, 1978 – October 22, 2010

 

Edwardsburg - Melisa M. Van Vooren, “Aunt Mimi,” 31, passed away October 22, 2010 after a short illness.

 

Born December 9, 1978, she was the daughter of Raymond and Donna Van Vooren. They survive in Edwardsburg. Melisa is also survived by four siblings, Dale Van Vooren of Edwardsburg, Sheri (Todd) Buysse of Edwardsburg, David (Karen) Van Vooren of Edwardsburg, and Doug (Mary) Van Vooren of Osceola; fiancé, Troy Lake of South Bend; and nine nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Gabrielle, Nathan, Olivia, Alexis, Hunter, Liliana, Peyton, and Gage.

 

Melisa was extremely loyal to her family. She was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt! She loved music, laughter, dancing, and going on cruises. She lived her life to the fullest and brought joy to everyone around her. She will be greatly missed by many.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, October 29 at 1:00 PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter of Cherry Rd. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

 

Memorial Donations may be made to the Autism Society, 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350 
Bethesda, MD 20814, for the research of Asperger’s Syndrome.

To send condolences, or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Paul D. Gill

September 27, 1922 – October 20, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND – Paul Douglas Gill, 88, passed away Wednesday, at Woodland Manor, Elkhart, following an illness. 

Paul was born on September 27, 1922 in Lexington, NE to the late Donald Gill and Hazel (Haggedone) Gill Daniels.  Mr. Gill served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Aircorps, 504th Bombardment Group during World War II.  On August 11, 1947 he married Elizabeth Laurue “Betty” McAdams in Norton, KS, she passed away on May 10, 2003.  Paul retired in 1984 after a long career as a Meat Cutter at Kroger’s.

Mr. Gill is survived by his two sons: Douglas J. (Barbara) Gill and Darrell P. (Sharon) Gill all of Osceola; a sister: Phyllis Swartz of Loveland, CO; 9-grandchildren: Doug (Crystal) Gill, Tonya (Chris) Runyn, Darrell (Andrea) Gill, Jason (Amanda) Gill, Justin (Michelle) Gill, Warren Gill, Kim (Bruce) DeWulf, Sherri Gill, Tony Gill; and his loving companion “Buster” as well as longtime friend and neighbor Dorothy Toth and 21 great-grandchildren.

 

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Monday at 2pm at McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremation Chapel, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd., near Portage, Rev. El Akuchie, a family friend from Ohio, officiating.  Calling will be from 1-2pm prior to the funeral service. Military Honors service will follow the committal service at Highland Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Paul’s memory to either: Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637 or Pet Refuge, 2300 W 6th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544.  To send condolences to the family log on to: wwww.mcgannhay.com.




July 31, 1915 - Oct. 20, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Virginia M. Walsh, 95, of Mishawaka passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Healthwin Extended Care. She was born on July 31, 1915 in Spencer, IN to Ivah May (Wark) Chambers and Courtland M. Chambers who preceded her in death. On October 3, 1943 in Indianapolis, IN she married Paul A. Walsh who preceded her in death in September, 1997. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Sharon Veith, of South Bend and son, Dennis (Robin) E. Walsh, of Laguna Beach, CA. Also surviving are three grandchildren: James C. (Theresa) Veith of Granger, Trevor J. Walsh of New York, NY, and Erin E. Walsh of San Francisco, CA and three great-grandchildren, Amanda Jones, Ashley Jones, and Trenton Veith. Virginia grew up in Bloomfield, IN and attended Indiana State University. After many stops along the way in Dallas, TX, Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH, South Bend, IN, Buchanan, MI, London, Ontario, Canada, and Vero Beach, FL, she and Paul returned to Indiana in 1995 to ultimately reside in Mishawaka. She was an avid golfer and bingo player during her retirement years, as well as a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, and formerly a member of Orchard Hills Country Club. Virginia was a wonderful woman who greatly loved her family, her many nieces and nephews, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her beautiful smile and fun loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her. Her family would like to thank her many friends at Tanglewood Trace Retirement Community and the many caring medical personnel who cared for her so compassionately. Friends may call from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 25th and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 26th at McGann Hay Funeral Home, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend where funeral services celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clay United Methodist Church - music programs or to a charity of the donor's choice. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Christopher Mikulak
September 25, 1948 -- October 18, 2010

SOUTH BEND - Christopher Alan Mikulak, 62, passed away unexpectedly of
natural causes in his residence. He was born in South Bend to the late
Mary Alice (Frank) and Julius Mikulak who survives of South Bend. He
earned a BS in Economics at IUSB  and worked at Bendix. Other survivors
are brothers: Stephen, John, Phillip  and Peter. Private family services
and reception following will be help  at McGann Hay Funerals |
Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, Rev. Neil Ryan, Pastor, Little
Flower Parish, officiating.  Memorials: Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook
Lane, South Bend, IN 46637. Condolences: McGannHay.com.



May 30, 1944 - Oct. 18, 2010
GRANGER -
 Judith Ann "Judy" Siatkowski, 66, passed away October 18, 2010, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born May 30, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Jack Clarke and Gladys (Nowak) Clarke of Granger. On August 13, 1966, Judy married Willis "Bill" Siatkowski, who survives. Also surviving are two children, Amy (Mark) Schmitt of Charles Town, WVa, and Mark of Wichita, KS; sisters, Patricia Starr of South Bend and Nancy Reith of Granger; and three grandchildren, Stephen Siatkowski, Joseph and William Schmitt. Judy enjoyed traveling all over the world. She was also a dedicated teacher for the parochial school system and Penn-Harris-Madison. But what she valued the most was her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Friends may call prior to the service from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. A chapel service will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the 
American Cancer Society . To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Oct. 3, 1925 - Oct. 16, 2010
GRANGER
 - Louis Wolfrom, 85, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, October 16, 2010, with his family by his side. Born October 3, 1925, to the late Louis and Laura (Ingberg) Wolfrom. He grew up in Rhinelander, WI, before moving to the South Bend area in 1950, when he married Phyllis Kleven. She preceded him in death in 1981, as did his brother, Allan Wolfrom, and sister, Aileen Wolfrom. Louis is survived by his children, LouAn (Gerald) Beaudoin of Watervliet, Jon Wolfrom of Granger and Kristan (Jay) Wittig of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, William Wolfrom, Tiffanie (Maurice) Smith, Melissa Beaudoin, and Kyra, Kylee and Kendall Wittig; as well as a brother, Jim (Dorice) Wolfrom of Des Moines, Washington; and sister, Joan Wolfrom of Glendale, Arizona. Mr. Wolfrom was a WW II veteran and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Road. Visitation will be one hour prior. Memorial donations may be made to the 
Alzheimer's Association(www.alz.org). To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Keith Roy Higgins

July 21, 1970 – October 15, 2010

 

NILES-Keith Roy Higgins, 40, of Niles, MI, passed away October 15, 2010. Born July 21, 1970 in Benton Harbor, he was the son of Linden Roy and Nancy June Higgins. His father preceded him in death.

 

Keith is survived by his mother, Nancy, of Hartford, MI; daughter, Ashley Leak of Niles; sister, Tina Oehler of Benton Harbor; and fiancé, Jennifer Leak of Niles.

 

No services are being held at this time.  The McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. South Bend, IN is handling arrangements.






Harold M. Libstaff

February 16, 1927 – October 8, 2010

 

Middlebury-Harold M. Libstaff, 83, passed away October 8, 2010 in Goshen General Hospital. Born February 16, 1927, he was the son of the late Henry and Myrtle (Chapman) Libstaff. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jacquelin Nell (Crites) Libstaff. Harold is survived by one son, Harold H. “Mick” Libstaff of Adrian, MI. No services are being held. Cremation will take place, then burial at Gracelawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Elkhart Humane Society. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.





Nov. 5, 1940 - Oct. 1, 2010
SOUTH BEND
 - Charles L. Tatay, 69, of Ft. Worth, TX, formerly of South Bend, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 in Ft. Worth. He had complications from surgery that left his heart and lungs both weakened. He spent five months in the hospital putting up a brave fight to get well. Chuck was born on Nov. 5, 1940, in South Bend to William and Pauline Tatay. He spent most of his life in Texas. Chuck was president and owner of O.E.M, Inc. and Tatay, Inc. He loved fishing and traveling. He was an avid art collector and brought back many things from his travels around the world. He was a loving, generous and kind husband, father and grandfather He will be missed greatly by his friends and family. Mr. Tatay is survived by his loving relatives including: his wife of 42 years, Carol Tatay; his daughters, Mary Tatay Hohman and Coco Tatay (Bill) Bland and grandsons: Tre Hohman, Billy and Charlie Bland, and eight brothers and sisters. A celebration of Chuck's life and time for sharing will be held on Friday, Oct. 22 at 2 pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd., Granger, where there will be a reception with the family immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: 
Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 65030, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.





July 3, 1956 - Oct. 5, 2010
GRANGER - Judy Lynn Askew, 54, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with Leukemia, on October 5, 2010. She was born July 3, 1956 in South Bend, IN and graduated from Edwardsburg High School in Edwardsburg, MI. On September 26, 1981, Judy married David Askew. He survives. She is also survived by daughter, Alisha Askew; mother and step-father, Betty and Paul Kendall of Granger, IN; sister, Linda (Keith) Maxom of Cincinnati; and brother, Michael (Cathy) McKee of White Fish Bay, WI. Judy mostly loved being a wife and mom. Her other passions included reading, which she passed down to her daughter, and collecting many different types of things. Friends may call from 4-7 PM today (Friday) at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral Services will be Saturday, October 9, at 2:30 PM at the funeral home. Pastor Earl Smith of Granger Missionary Church will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Memorial Donations may be made to the 
American Cancer Society . To send condolences, or for directions, please visit: www.mcgannhay.com.




Salvatore C. Lazzara 

   

Jan. 26, 1926 - Oct. 5, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Salvatore C. Lazzara, 84, departed from this earth to his eternal resting place on October 5, 2010, after a courageous battle due to complications of surgery. While there is relief that he is no longer suffering, his amazing personality, laugh, and caring soul will leave a void in the lives of so many. Salvatore's life began January 26, 1926, when he was born to Charles and Margaret (Datillo) Lazzara. The family moved to South Bend from Vincennes in 1936. He graduated from Central High School in 1944. He then joined the US Navy on March 10, 1944, during WW II, serving in the South Pacific on a destroyer, DD874-USS Duncan. He was honorably discharged May 27, 1946. On May 8, 1954, he married the love of his life, Anna L. Galasso. She survives. To their union they had one daughter, Janet "Jan" Lazzara of Granger. Also surviving are two grandchildren, who meant so much to him, Brian C. Nordan of Fort Wayne and Angela M. Jasinski of Fort Wayne; and his siblings, Terese Binder, Anne Kovas and Joseph Lazzara. One sister, Mary Lazzara, preceded him in death. Mr. Lazzara was the detective sergeant for the South Bend Police Department. He retired after 27 years of service. He then became co-owner of Lazzara and O'Hara Soft Water, which is still run by family. Above all of Salvatore's accomplishments, what he was most passionate about was living life with no regrets and being a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. His legacy and memory will live on in the lives of every individual who had the opportunity to know him. If at all possible to try to sum up his life, it would be as Frank Sinatra said, "
I did it my way!" Visitation will be held Sunday, October 10, from 3-6 PM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. A vigil service will take place at 4:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:00 AM in St. Pius X Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. To send condolences or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

March 18, 1912 - Oct. 5, 2010
SOUTH BEND
 - Mrs. Jean Cecilia (Wojcik) Szewczyk, 98, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday in Regency Place. Jean was born in Chicago, IL, on March 18, 1912, to Michael and Angela Wojcik. She was baptized and raised in Holy Trinity Parish, and as an adult she belonged to and sang in the choir at St. James Parish, both in Chicago. On June 2, 1934, in Chicago, she married Andrew Aloysius Szewczyk, who passed away March 25, 1961. After graduating from high school she studied for a while, intending to become a nurse. She was employed for more than 30 years as the cashier and treasurer at Continental Distributing in Chicago, retiring in 1977. She loved knitting, cooking and, in her later years, spent many hours reading. Jean moved to South Bend 17 years ago to be near her son and his family. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Notre Dame, IN. Mrs. Szewczcyk is survived by her son, Professor Albin A. (Barbara) Szewczyk of Granger; three grandchildren, Karen Knop of Indianapolis, Andrea Simpson and Teri (Paul) Sinka, both of South Bend; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is the last of six siblings and was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lisa (Tim) Kruger of South Bend. A Mass of Christian Burial and her life will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 
University of Notre Damecampus. Friends may call Thursday afternoon from 1-2 p.m. at McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, a half-mile east of campus and from 2:30-3:15 p.m. prior to Mass in the Basilica. Following cremation at American Cremation Society, her ashes will be interred at St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, IL. Donations in Jean's memory may be made to Sacred Heart Parish. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


April 16, 1918 - Oct. 3, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Margaret L. Koczan, 92, of Atria Tanglewood Trace, Mishawaka, died at 10:40 P.M. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. Margaret was born Apr. 16, 1918, in Peru, IN, to the late Arthur and Grace (Booker) Carpenter. On Nov. 22, 1938, in Mishawaka, she married Charles G. Koczan Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2001. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Mason in 1988; infant son, Eugene in 1951; and two sisters, Hazel Keim and Florence Schrader. Margaret retired in 1979 from Koczan's Paint Corner which she operated alongside her husband for many years. From 1979 until 2004 she made her home in Pasco County, Florida, where she was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Hudson. In 2004 she returned to South Bend. Survivors include her son, Charles (Audrey) Koczan III of Granger, IN; grandchildren, Susan Mason, Linda Hazen, Diane (Randy) Rutkowski, Alison (Jason) Szabo and Charles (Christina) Koczan IV; and five great-grandsons, Phillip, Jacob and Daniel Hazen, William and Everett Koczan. Services will be at 11 A.M. today, Oct. 7th, in the multi-purpose room at Atria Tanglewood Trace, 530 Tanglewood Lane, Mishawaka, where friends may visit one hour prior to services. Cremation will take place with interment at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. McGann Hay Granger Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.



The family has asked memorial donations to be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses.

Condolences may be made at: www.mcgannhay.com.





Lena J. Berebitsky
July 2, 1927 – Oct. 2, 2010

SOUTH BEND — Lena J. Berebitsky, 83, passed away peacefully October 2 after a brief illness. She was born July 2, 1927 in Indianapolis to Jacob and Rebecca (Camhi) Calderon. She married Harold (Teener) Berebitsky on March 28, 1948 in Indianapolis and has lived in South Bend since then.

For many years, she coordinated activity for the Friendship Club of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley and was honored with a lunch upon her retirement. She was also a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital. She was a member of Sinai Synagogue and the Jewish Federation.

Lena enjoyed traveling and attending live theater with her husband. She also enjoyed bowling, mahjong, reading and hosting bar-b-ques and other family gatherings at their homes.

She is survived by her husband Harold of 62 years; sons Paul (Ann), Roger (Mara), Larry and Jerry (Diksha); brothers Hymie (Wanda) and Dave (Arlene). She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Lena was preceded in death by her parents and sister Annie.

Memorial contributions can be made to either Sinai Synagogue or the Jewish Federation.


Services will be conducted on Monday, October 4 in the Chapel at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Jefferson and Logan, Mishawaka beginning at 2:30 p.m. Condolences to the Family can be left at www.McGannHay.com.



Anna Olga Graf

June 25, 1912 - Sept. 28, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Ann Olga Graf, 98, passed away at The Acres of Indiana, New Carlisle, IN late Tuesday, September 29th. She was born June 25, l912 to John and Julia (Jambrich) Krizmanik in South Bend, IN. She married Wilbur F. Graf July 20, 1935 in South Bend where they lived all of their lives except for many winters spent in Clearwater, FL. Ann is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Frank) Nemeth of South Bend and a son Ronald (Darlene) Graf of Centerville, IN, grandchildren Jeffery (Nancy) Nemeth, Johannesburg, South Africa, Jayn (Ray) Barson of South Bend, Jon (Tracy) Nemeth of West Bloomfield, MI, Todd (Monica) Graf of Clarksville, TN, Nancy Million of Aurora, IN, Nicholas (Nicole) Graf, Los Angles, CA and Alex (Laura) Graf of Melbourne, Australia and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Julie (Steve) Nyikos of Broken Arrow, OK, brothers Edward (Eleanor) Krizman and Andrew (Florence) Krizman both of South Bend. She is preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Mezykowski and Helen Campbell and brothers, Mathew Krizman, John Krizman, Arthur Krizman and Steve Krizman. Ann was the oldest member of Little Flower Church at the time of her death. She and her husband, Bill, spent many wonderful years volunteering at the church. She was dearly loved by her family including nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to her as "Auntie Ann". The family would like to thank the staff at The Acres of Indiana for their compassionate loving care and also Becky, Bill, Lynda and Rocky for their dedication and love caring for Ann in her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Little Flower Catholic Church with visitation in the church Friday, October 1, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m. and one hour before mass on Saturday. Internment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Flower Catholic Church. To send condolences please visit 
www.McGannHay.com.





Mayer Goloubow

January 20, 1926 – September 28, 2010


SOUTH BEND-Mayer Goloubow, 84, passed away peacefully after a long courageous battle against non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  He will first and foremost be remembered as a loving husband to his best friend and wife of 61 years Sally.  He was a loving father to his children Linda (Dr. Mark Toth), Diane (Dick Evans), and Ron (Christine Schenone); and a big brother to Mrs. Rae Smith.

Mayer served proudly in armed forces during World War II and was a graduate of Purdue University; class of 1949. He was highly regarded as a civil engineer and land surveyor in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.  His professionalism and attention to detail made him well respected in the engineering field and all over the South Bend planning department.

His wisdom, guidance, and charitable contributions will form the lives of his surviving children and their children Sam, Abigail, Lisa, Scott, Garrett, Gabrielle, and Jillian.

Funeral Service will be held today at 3:00 at Sinai Synagogue; the burial is to follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Sinai Synagogue, the Jewish Federation, or the charity of your choice.

To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.  




Susie Ritchey

September 14, 1921   - September 26, 2010


SOUTH BEND- Susie Ritchey, 89, passed away peacefully in her home September 26, 2010. She was born September 14, 1921 to the late William and Annie Sparkman. Survivors include two daughters, Lois Wilkinson of South Bend and Betty (Larry) Clark of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Susan (Brian) Lee and Timothy Clark; great grandchildren, Brandy Cragg, Kayla, Madison and Owentyr Clark, Gauge and Savo Rios, and Daniel Lee; and a great-great grandson, Brenton Teders. No services are being held. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com. 




June 18, 1925 - Sept. 18, 2010
 

SOUTH BEND - William Thomas Schmitt, 85, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 18th, in the health care unit of the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Bill was born June 18, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Mary (Newton) and William Frederick Schmitt. His education included Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and a bachelor's degree in education from Fordham University. He served in the U.S. Navy as radioman on the destroyer U.S.S. Maddox in the Pacific in World War II. On April 16, 1955, Bill married the former Eileen Bird of Queens, N.Y. They had one child, William Gerard, raising him in New Hyde Park, N.Y., where the family was active in Notre Dame Parish. William T. was also active in the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He was an avid music-lover who embraced ongoing learning about science and current events. William T.'s career centered on writing and administration in the publishing and management consulting fields, including the position of sales promotion manager for the Grolier Encyclopedia Company. His beloved wife passed away in 1994. Shortly after retirement from the Risk Management Planning Group in 2004, he moved from Long Island to St. Paul's in South Bend. He valued the closeness to his son's family and to his new neighbors in the retirement village, where the Mass and a Rosary group were especially cherished. He was a member of KofC Council 553. In his final months he and his family valued the caring attentiveness of staff at St. Paul's. He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law Eileen (Schongar) Schmitt, and beloved granddaughter, Mary. Interment will be at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y. Contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., with calling one hour prior (10-11 a.m.) in St, Joseph Catholic Church, Hill Street & LaSalle Avenue, South Bend. Contributions in Mr. Schmitt's memory may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.
 




Farrel B. Allen

Dec. 5, 1913 – Sept. 17, 2010

 

MISHAWAKA – Mr. Farrel B. Allen, 97, passed Friday at Morningside Nursing Home.  He was born in South Bend. Surviving are his wife: Beatrice; Children: Dorla Allen, Wesley Allen, Juanita Washington, Laura White and a nephew Jerry Bell ten grandchildren and 2 great-Grandchildren.  His parent and a son Richard Allen predeceased him. He was a self-employed Mechanic and loved fishing, golf and going to LasVegas.  Services will be later.  Donations to: The Humane Society.  McGann Hay and American Cremation Society are handling his cremation. 




Agnes L. Szczesniak 


Nov. 29, 1922 - Sept. 14, 2010
 

SOUTH BEND - Agnes Loretta Szczesniak, 87, passed away September 14, 2010. Born November 29, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nettie (Maievsky) Swirski. She was also preceded by her husband, Edward Sr.; and son, Edward Szczesniak Jr. Agnes is survived by her daughter, Diane (Rae Sovereign) Szczesniak of South Bend; sisters, Mary Binkowski of GA and June Downs of Michigan City; brother, Sonny Swirski of Michigan City; and a special caregiver, Kelly Rocca of South Bend. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Agnes loved....To DANCE. She and her husband would go to all the dances, dressed in their finest, and were the first couple up and the last to stop. For twenty years, Agnes taught belly, Hawaii dance, and developed an exercise program called Polkaerobics at the Forever Learning Center. As a young woman in Chicago, she sang in the Lyric Opera chorus and kept singing until the very end of her life. She worked most of her adult life as an executive secretary for various firms, including the Social Security Administration. The family would like to thank all the people that cared for Agnes so she could remain at home, especially her hospice nurse Chrissie. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, 9/29 at 4 pm at Highland Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made in her name to the Center for Hospice. To send condolences, please visitwww.mcgannhay.com
 

March 16, 1923 - Sept. 11, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Helen Fitzgerald Donovan, 87, of South Bend, died peacefully in the early hours of September 11, 2010, at Morningside Nursing Home in South Bend. Helen was born March 16, 1923, in Cambridge, Mass. In December 1950 she married Mortimer J. Donovan, who was on the English faculty of the University of Notre Dame. He preceded her in death in September 1981, as did their son Joe in 1998. Helen is survived by her children, Anne McGraw of South Bend, John Donovan of Galveston, TX, Elizabeth Peralta (Paul) of Charlotte, NC, James Donovan of Chicago and Bernard Donovan of Belleville, MI; and grandchildren, Patrick (Lindsey), James, Katherine, Ellen, Grace, Thomas, Elizabeth and Anna. She is also survived by her brother, Kevin Fitzgerald (Joan) of Cambridge, MA. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, in St. Joseph Church, 211 N. Hill St., South Bend. The family will receive friends in the church one hour before Mass. Helen was a tutor in the Chapter One program of the South Bend Community School Corporation for many years and was later a dedicated volunteer at St. Margaret's House. She was a voracious reader, a champion of the underdog, a wise friend with a compassionate heart. She was a second mother to many throughout the years. She was well-loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Margaret's House, 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601; or to the Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601. The family would like to thank the legions of friends who loved our Mother as we did, with special gratitude to Lilia Barriga, Helen's caregiver and friend, and to the wonderful, caring staff at Morningside. To send condolences, please visit
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April 13, 1921 - Aug. 2, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Irene M. Wozniak, 89, passed away August 2, 2010. On April 14, 1945, Irene married James Alan Wozniak, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Jim (Charleen) Wozniak of Granger; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. No services are being held at this time. The family would like to thank the concerning people at Sterling House, and give great appreciation to the staff at the Center for Hospice. McGann Hay Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

March 11, 1922 - Sept. 6, 2010
SOUTH BEND - John Wilfred Fremeau Jr., 88, passed away Monday at 9:25 p.m. in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, South Bend, IN. John was born in Lowell, MA, to the late John W. Fremeau Sr. and Ethel Louise (O'Sullivan) Fremeau. On May 1, 1948, he married Monica Ellen Kelly in Graniteville, MA. They were married 60 years until her death on August 29, 2008. John attended the University of Pennsylvania on the Navy V-12 program, and served in the 
U.S. Navy during WW II as a Communications Yeoman serving in the Mediterranean theater. He graduated from Lowell Commercial College, and made his living as a grocer and supermarket manager for 30 years with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in Massachusetts. He later worked as a banker at First Bank in Chelmsford, MA, and retired in 1984. He and Monica enjoyed 20 years of retirement in Bradenton, FL, before retiring a second time to Mishawaka, IN. John was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, IN. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Indiana, Massachusetts and Florida, volunteering his time with special-needs children. He was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player, and he loved to travel. He loved his family, and had a special devotion to his grandchildren. Mr. Fremeau is survived by a son, Jack (Joyce) Fremeau of Jackson, MI; his daughters, Rosemary (Norman) Mathews of Goffstown, NH, and Joan (George A. Jr.) Spohrer of South Bend, IN; grandchildren, Scott (Lidija) Fremeau of Jackson, MI, Brian (Molly) Fremeau of South Bend, Joseph Fremeau of Mt. Prospect, IL, Michael Fremeau of Jackson, MI, Ethan Foss of Arlington, VA, Rebecca Spohrer of Geneva, Switzerland, Kelly Spohrer of Chicago, IL, Katie Spohrer and George A. Spohrer III, both of South Bend; and great-grandchildren, Colin and Owen Fremeau of Jackson, MI, and Audrey Fremeau of South Bend. He was predeceased by a sister, E. Louise Nicholson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir & SR 23, Granger, with visitation an hour prior to the Mass. Following cremation at American Cremation Society, he will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in East Chelmsford, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Center for Hospice Care or to the Foundation of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are being handled by McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations| Gatherings, in Indiana, and Richard Burkinshaw Funeral Home in Massachusetts. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


June 7, 1924 - Sept. 4, 2010
NEW CARLISLE - Elmer Jackson, 86, passed September 4, 2010. Mr. Jackson was a long time and beloved resident of the Hamiliton Grove-Greencroft Community Homes. He was an avid fisherman, scholar of ancient literature, and civil rights advocate. He graduated with honors from Dusable High School in Chicago and later joined the 
Army. He was a patriot to the last and served his country honorably during WWII. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his family who loved him dearly. www.mcgannhay.com.





Dec. 30, 1948 - Sept. 4, 2010
MISHAWAKA - Robert Hastings, 61, passed away peacefully with his family by his side in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on Saturday, September 4, 2010. He attended Farris State College after graduating from Culver Military Academy. He worked in the South Bend area most of his life. He was a beloved husband, father and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ethel Hastings. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Hastings; daughters, Amy (Nick) Drost, Angela Hastings and Allison Dewald; sons, Bobby Hastings and Ben Ameling; and by a sister, Doreen (Howard) Wilkison. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to McGann Hay, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend, IN 46615. To send condolences to the family, log on to
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Mildred E. Emboden

October 22, 1912 – August 25, 2010


EDWARDSBURG - Mildred E. Emboden, 97, passed away in her home August 25, 2010. She was born October 22, 1912 in South Bend, IN. Mildred is survived by one son, William A. Emboden, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA. No services are being held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI  48307. McGann Hay Funeral Home is being entrusted with arrangements.  



Irving M. Waxman


Sept. 6, 1946 - Aug. 22, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Irving Mark "Butch" Waxman, 63, passed away on Sunday, August 22nd. Irving was the son of the late Sol and Marion Waxman. He is survived by a brother, Kalvin (Bonnie) Waxman; a sister, Diane (Mark) Voight; six nieces and nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews. Irving was fortunate enough to have had two families in addition to his immediate family, his Logan Center family and his Sinai Synagogue family. Irving was born with special challenges which did not stop him from living a full life and inspired his family to create opportunities for him and others with developmental disabilities. Irving was one of the first students at Logan School, the predecessor of Logan Center, participated in the 1st International Special Olympics in 1968, and was one of the first clients at Logan's Sheltered Workshop Program and a resident in the Logan Group Living Program. He was active in the local Special Olympics and the Logan Recreational Programs. He was a lifelong member of Sinai Synagogue. If it is our responsibility to live up to our potential and make a difference in our world for good, Irving was most accomplished. In his own way, Irving made a valuable contributions to the community. He was a trailblazer for those with developmental disabilities. He will be missed by all who knew him Services for Irving Waxman will be at 11 a.m. today, August 24, 2010, in the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 435 South Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46615. Interment will take place at Westlawn Cemetery, 78012 West Montrose Ave., Norridge, IL 40706, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to honor his memory do so with a contribution to Logan Center, 2505 East Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615; or to Sinai Synagogue, 1102 East LaSalle Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. To send condolences to the family, log on to 
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April 3, 1947 - Aug. 18, 2010
GRANGER - Karl Bruce Varga, 63, of Granger, passed away August 18, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born April 3, 1947 in South Bend, he was the son of the late Eugene and Helen Varga. On December 15, 1974, Karl married Star Ann Gill. She survives. Also surviving are sons, Karl R. (Kimberly) Varga of Mishawaka, William Minder of Elkhart, and Robert (Debra) Minder of Nappanee; daughter, Stacey (Jeff) Rach of Osceola; sister, Shari Cuzinski of South Bend; and eight grandchildren, Abigail and Victoria Varga, Lindsey, Ashley, Katelyn and Cole Minder, and Edward and Jeffrey Rach, Jr. Karl was a graduate of Washington High School in 1965 and earned his Associates degree in Business Administration in 1967. Karl proudly served our country as a Marine. Most of his employment career was spent in sales, retiring in 2009. He had a tough outer shell, but those who knew him best, knew he was kind, gentle and loving on the inside. He had many hobbies including camping with his treasured friends, where he was known as Baggo (corn-hole) champion, and he let everyone know it! He also enjoyed hunting in his earlier years, spending time by his pool, driving his Corvette and teasing his family as his show of affection, especially to his grandchildren to whom he displayed your typical "Grandpa" characteristics of spoiling them and teasing them to no end. We will always love our Papa/Pa! Karl could often be found with his friend, George, cutting wood, gardening, picking seasonal fruit or mushroom hunting, among other things. Karl will be remembered for his gracious and generous spirit. He was always willing to lend a hand and his caring personality was such that he did not like to see others hurt. He also never backed down from an argument...and he let you know what his opinion was even if you did not ask for it. Most of all, Karl loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his niece Candance. He will be forever missed! Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 23 in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23. Enter off Cherry Rd. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, or to the 
American Cancer Society . To send condolences or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Oct. 12, 1923 - Aug. 18, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Mildred "Mickie" Knoblich passed away, joining the Lord and her beloved family in heaven, on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010. Her last days were spent peacefully with her family by her side. Mickie was born the youngest of eight children to Charles and Marie Marty on October 12, 1923 in Pana, IL. She is survived by her eldest sister, Agnes Elden Maxson of Elmhurst, IL; her 6 children and 10 grandchildren, Joan, Katie and Greg Wahlman of Houston, TX; Jean, Toni and Nicole Wallace of Washington, D.C.; Mary, Tim, and Kara Wynkoop of Roswell, GA.; Kirstin and Jonathon Moehlig of Lexington, KY.; John, Sheila, Andrew, Kevin and Marissa Knoblich of Acworth, GA.; Theresa, Michelle and Colleen King of Evanston, IL.; and Tom, Karen, John and James Knoblich of Mishawaka, IN. Mickie is joined in heaven by her much loved husband, Marvin "Marv" Morris Knoblich, whom she met on a blind date and was married to for fifty-four years prior to his passing. She is also welcomed by her youngest son, William "Billy" Gerard Knoblich; her parents; and six of her brothers and sisters. Mickie was a resident of South Bend for almost 50 years. She had joyous memories spending time with her many friends while raising her family. She was a member of Little Flower Parish and Sacred Heart Parish on the campus of Notre Dame, where she enjoyed interfacing with the college students and the never ending ND "Fighting Irish" spirit while working at the Notre Dame Bookstore. She was an avid supporter of Right To Life, the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, and an active member of her church community. After graduating with a degree in Chemistry from St. Francis College in Joliet, IL and her marriage, Mickie had the daunting task of raising seven children. With the patience of St. Job and her strong Catholic faith, she faced each day with compassion and never- ending love for her family, her siblings and friends. She was known for her gentle spirit, her wit and her creativity in managing a large family. Mickie moved to Atlanta in 2002 to be with her children, Mary and John and their families. The family invites you to visitation from 2 to 6 p.m., with a rosary at 4 p.m. in McGann Hay Funeral Homes University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison at Ironwood on Sunday, August 22. A funeral Mass with burial to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery will be in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 23 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Right To Life, 320 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601, or the Center for the Homeless, 813 South Michigan, South Bend, IN 46601. Condolences may be expressed and directions found at: 
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Dorothea Lorraine Jura

January 5, 1931 – August 13, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND – Dorothea “Dee” Jura, 79, of Regency Place of South Bend, Indiana, formerly of Walahalla & Lakeview, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday, August 13 in Hospice House Palliative Care Elkhart, Indiana.

Dee was born in Milton Township, Michigan on January 5, 1931 to Warner and Maude Hause who both preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her son Steve (Deb) Jura and brother Ronald Hause.

Survivors include her 3 children; Scott (Marcia) Jura of Delphi, Indiana along with their 3 sons, Jonathan, Martyn, and Silas Jura. Sandu (Dan) Harrell of Granger, Indiana and their children Bryan (Haley) Harrell, Brittany (Wade) Iams, and Lauren Harrell. Shaun Jura of Delphi, Indiana and the grandchildren of Steve (Deb) Jura; Mike (Jennifer) Jura, Misty Jura, and Marc Jura.

Dee is also survived by three sisters; Elaine (Jim) Shupe, Bobbie Soule, and Wanetta Mahlich, all of Michigan and 5 great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be arranged by McGann Hay Funeral Home, 13260 SR 23, Granger, Indiana at a later date, but the family wishes to thank the many caring people who have assisted Dee while at Regency Place of South Bend & Hospice House.

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LaMar Mathews


Feb. 25, 1923 - Aug. 13, 2010
GRANGER - The life of LaMar Mathews, 87, was one to truly celebrate! LaMar passed away Friday, August 13, 2010, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. LaMar now joins his wife of 54 years, Margaret, who preceded him in death in 2003. LaMar was born February 25, 1923, to David Jay and Sarah May Mathews in Fawn River, MI. He has a large family consisting of seven siblings, three children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. LaMar married Margaret Shannon on October 15, 1949. He leaves behind three loving children, Joe (Janet) Mathews, Crystal Lake, Illinois, Marsha (Richard) Daviduke, Granger, IN, and Ellen (late Steve) Pyznarski, Lockport, IL. LaMar was the Labor Relations and Benefits Manager for Clark Equipment (retired 1987). In his retirement he enjoyed winters golfing in LeHigh Acres, Florida, and summers with his ever-growing family across the Midwest. He was generous with his time and delivered meals to those in need for Meals on Wheels. He was also a regular at Battell Senior Center where he honed his game of euchre. Seven "perfect" grandchildren celebrate his life as they tell stories to his seven great-grandchildren on his ability to stack the deck in euchre, bluff his grandchildren out of poker pots, and the kindness and support he offered without hesitation. Visitation arrangements have been made at McGann's Funeral Home, (574-247-1411), Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road), Granger, IN, today, August 15th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., where there will be a parish vigil service at 4 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir & SR 23, where friends may call one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be at Battle Creek Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan. Donations may be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on towww.McGannHay.com.


Jane E. Wogoman

May 3, 1942 - Aug. 12, 2010
ELKHART - Jane Eileen Wogoman, 68, of Elkhart, IN, died of surgical complications Thursday in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was born on May 3, 1942, in South Bend, IN, to Allen and Musa (Walker) Daffinee. She married Frank Wogoman on July 31, 1965, in South Bend. She graduated from James Witcomb Riley High School in 1960. She received an Associate Degree from Ball State University in 1962. She worked at Miles Laboratories/Bayer Corporation from 1962 until retirement in 1999. She enjoyed many years singing with the Sweet Adelines. The Melodeers won numerous national competitions and sang the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game. In her retirement she was an active member of the community as a volunteer for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra League, Center for History where she was named an outstanding volunteer in 2010, the South Bend Library, and the South Bend Regional Airport. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her brother, Richard Daffinee, as well as by her parents. Survivors include sister-in-law, Cathy Daffinee (Jim) Heeter of Long Beach, IN; nephew, Jim (Cindy) Daffinee of Westfield, IN; nephew, Marc (Sirilak) Daffinee of South Bend, IN; niece, Jill (Jason) Jaronik of Granger, IN; great-nephews, Suepsai Daffinee and Camden Daffinee; great-nieces, Kenzie Daffinee, Isabelle and Sophia Jaronik. Friends may call from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on. Monday, August 16th, in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). A service of sharing will take place at 6:30 for those that would like to share a memory of Jane. A gathering for friends and family at Jane's home will immediately follow the calling. Donations may be made in Jane's name to the American Cancer Society , to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or to the charity of your choice. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.McGannHay.com.




WILLIAM H. “UNCLE BILL”  KROGER

 

July 26, 1923 - August 10, 2010


SOUTH BEND -- William H. Kroger, 87, of South Bend, IN, known to all as “Uncle Bill”, died on August 10, 2010, at The Milton Home.  Born July 26, 1923, in Michigan City, IN, he was the son of the late Dominic F. Kroger and Bernice L. (Fogelman) Kroger.  He was also predeceased by his son, Robert H. Kroger. who died in February 1968 in Viet Nam while serving his country in the U.S. Army. On March 24, 1945, Bill married Patricia D. MacDonald, who survives.  Also surviving are his sister, Phyllis J. Fitzgerald, his two brothers, Ronald G. (Jan) Kroger, of Clayton, IN, and Darryl D. (Judy) Kroger, his sister-in-law, Mildred R. Seall, his brother-in-law, Winfield A. MacDonald, his many nieces and nephews, and his good friend Walter Overton.

 

Bill was employed by The Torrington Company for over 31 years, where he served as a Maintenance Supervisor.  Prior to that, he had been a South Bend City Fireman.  Bill was a combat veteran of World War II, having served in the Army from January 1943 until February 1946.  He was a graduate of South Bend Central High School.

 

For many years, Bill was the Treasurer of the Inter-City Catholic League.  He also was active as an Umpire in the South Bend City Baseball and Softball Leagues for several years, after his playing days ended.  Bill was like a second father to his many nieces and nephews.  Whenever his nieces or nephews, or their children, were participating in any athletic or other event, Bill and his wife Pat were always in attendance to offer their support and encouragement.  He was also an avid fan of all Notre Dame sports teams, as well as the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010, at St. Joseph Church in South Bend, where he was a parishioner.  Friends may call at the Church one hour prior to the funeral services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 226 North Hill Street, South Bend, IN  46617, REAL Services, Inc., P.O. Box 1835, South Bend, IN 46634-1835, or any charity of the donor’s choice.  To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

Dec. 1, 1935 - Aug. 10, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Prof. Eileen T. Bender, Ph.D., 74, died Tuesday. Survivors include husband, Dr. Harvey A. Bender; children, Leslie C. (Chris Wunder) Bender, Samual D. (Ellen) Bender and Philip H. (Linda Rotuno) Bender; sisters, Edith (Melvin, MD) Goodman and Cynthia (Mark, MD) Soloway; and eight grandchildren. Private graveside services are planned for later today (Wednesday) at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to 
McGannHay.com. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund in her memory at IUSB where she was a Professor of English.



May 1, 1944 - Aug. 4, 2010
SOUTH BEND - The gentle soul of Joyce Elizabeth returned to God on August 4, 2010. She was born the only child of Howard and Lucille (Kinerk) Murdock on May 1, 1944. Both parents are deceased. Joyce lovingly cared for her mother for many years. She graduated from LaPorte High School in 1962, St Mary's of the Woods, Terre Haute, Ind. in 1966, and Purdue School of Nursing in 1977. Joyce lived her passion for nursing, retiring from Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was known among her colleagues as a "great IV nurse". A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. in St Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend. Visitation will be in the church one hour prior to the mass. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte. Joyce leaves dear friends a wealth of smiles and laughter by her good humor. May she now rest peacefully with her parents and family. Joyce loved to read, so in lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the St. Joseph County Public Library. To send condolences visit 
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May 17, 1947 - July 31, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Roberta L. Noland, 63, passed away unexpectedly at Ironwood Health and Rehab on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Roberta was born on May 17, 1947, to the late Robert and Wilma Noland, who both passed away in 1974. Left surviving are her sister, Ruth (Greg) Kozak of South Bend, and their children, Rosemary and Steven Kozak. Born with spinabifida, Roberta NEVER let her disabilities stand in her way; she never saw it as a burden, just an obstacle. No matter the condition, she was always more concerned about others. Roberta loved to, and enjoyed, working at Logan Industries for many years. As well as working, she was an active member of the R.A.Pclub (Really Able People). Among her many interests, Roberta loved her Soap Operas, Diet Dr. Pepper, and B.I.N.G.O. She had no enemies and touched the lives of whomever she met. She was a loving sister and aunt who will be missed by her friends and family. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Aug. 5th, in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend. Rev. Carl Bassett will officiate. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to LOGAN. To send condolences or for directions, please visit: 
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Dec. 19, 1919 - July 31, 2010
MISHAWAKA - Thomas Edward Hoyer Sr., 90, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2010, with family by his side. He was born to Raymond A. and Mary Kohin Hoyer on December 19, 1919, in LaSalle, Illinois. The family moved to Mishawaka in 1924 when Raymond Hoyer joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. They moved to 1001 E. Corby Street in South Bend in 1926. Tom Hoyer formed a lifelong attachment to Notre Dame, watching Knute Rockne's stadium go up in an empty field on the north side of Angela Blvd. He attended St. Joseph's grade school and then Central High School. At Central he was an outstanding athlete, earning his varsity letter four straight years in both swimming and football. He swam on two of Coach John Wilmore's State Champion teams (1935 & 1938). In his senior year, he was elected captain of the swimming team and was conference champion in the 40 freestyle and anchorman on the 1st place 180-yd. Medley Relay. On the football team he was the primary ball carrier for the legendary Bob Jones- coached offense and also starred on defense. In 1937 he was named 1st team full back on the very first South Bend All City Team After graduating from Central in 1938, he entered the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Physical Education and was on the swimming and gymnastics teams. He graduated in 1942 with a physical education degree and was drafted into the Army Air Force. He served in Lakeland, Florida, and England between May 22, 1943, and Feb. 6, 1946, mustering out as a 1st lieutenant. He remained active in the Air Force Reserves in which he served as liaison officer to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for the South Bend areas. He referred many outstanding students to the Academy over the years and retired in 1984 at the rank of Reserve Lt. Colonel. On September 8, 1945, at the SFAAF base in Sioux Falls, SD, Tom married Jeanne Audrey Crockett of Roseland. During over 60 years of marriage, Tom and Jeanne had seven children, six of whom survived and were raised in South Bend. After the war the couple returned to South Bend where Tom worked briefly for Studebaker. In the fall of 1947 he began his long teaching and coaching career by accepting a job at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1949 Central High School appointed Tom Hoyer head swimming coach. He coached for 10 seasons as varsity swimming coach and as a junior high assistant in football and baseball. His 1955 swim team won the state championship, the school's first since 1939 when Hoyer, as a sprint star, helped the Bears capture the championship. During his tenure, he produced 11 individual state champions. Three other Hoyer-coached teams finished second in the State Championship meet but none ever placed lower than 5th. His Bears also captured three Northern Indiana Conference championships and six city titles before his coaching retirement in 1959. In recognition of his contribution as a coach, he received the Wegner Award in 1983. In April 2007 he was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. In addition to coaching, Tom was a lifelong teacher. He taught Social Studies and American History at Central (1949-1965), Jackson (1965-1975), and Riley (1975-1984). He was Chairman of the Social Studies Department at both Jackson and Riley. During his long teaching career, he completed graduate work at Western Reserve, Indiana University, Purdue University and Notre Dame. Many of his former students will remember with great pleasure their Basic Events in U.S. History and the American Presidents, which were fixed in their minds using HAM, the Hoyer Association Method. He retired from the Riley High School faculty in 1984 In retirement, he re-established his close relationship with Notre Dame, swimming every weekday at the Rockne Memorial and walking the Notre Dame campus. Avidly following Notre Dame football was one of his greatest pleasures. In 2005 he moved with his wife from his longtime home at 815 Patterson Drive to live at Tanglewood Trace in Mishawaka. He moved to Fountainview in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne C. Hoyer; his brother, Robert Hoyer (Gloria); and his children, Thomas E. Hoyer Jr. (Maureen), Timothy P. Hoyer (Toni Folger), Judith Berg (Tom), Janet S Hoyer (Kim Orfanos), Jeanne M. Hoyer and JohnPaul Hoyer (Marlow). He is also survived by grandchildren, Christopher Moon (Berg) and Zoe' Orfanos. Visitation will be held at Little Flower Church on Tuesday afternoon, August 3rd, from 4 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday morning, August 4th, there will be an a hour of visitation at Little Flower Church at 9 a.m.. followed by a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Memorials for Thomas may be made to Catholic Charities. To send condolences, please visit 
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Annamae Bauer

April 28, 1933 – July 30, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND-Annamae Bauer, 77, of South Bend, passed away July 30, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna Marie Hummel; and daughter, Barbara Ann Snider. On September 5, 1953, Annamae married the love of her life, George A. Bauer. He survives; along with a grandson, Donald Schiring of Pittsburg; and a great granddaughter. Annamae retired, after 33 years, from the University of Notre Dame, where she worked in the Economics Dept. No services are being held at this time. www.mcgannhay.com. 



May 1, 1957 - July 26, 2010
GRANGER - Richard Francis Good, 53, of Granger, passed away in Cancun, Mexico, on Monday, July 26th. All who knew Richard know what a wonderful son, father, brother, boss and friend he was. He was successful in all areas of his life. He was extremely intelligent and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in Industrial Management. He owned a successful business that has grown and prospered for over 26 years. He loved to travel, and had been to many exotic locations, including Jamaica, St. Martins and Puerto Vallarta. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, supported Right to Life, and loved Notre Dame football. He has helped so many people throughout his life and has left a lasting legacy through his family, friends and business. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Richard's surviving family includes his mother, Pauline Good-Hales of Akron, Ohio; two children, Autumn and Maryann of Granger; former wife, Lou (Bailey); girlfriend, Colleen Krugh; three sisters, Linda (Darrell) Olson of Watauga, Texas, Francine Good of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Debbie (Greg) Eldridge of Mogadore, Ohio; two nephews, Justin and Tyler Eldridge; two nieces, Kathy Dorsey and Erica Olson; and numerous close friends. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Francis, and by his grandparents. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 2nd, and the funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd, at noon, with viewing one hour prior to service in the McGann Hay Granger Chapel at 13260 SR 23, Granger. Enter off Cherry Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Indiana Right to Life, 8520 Allison Pointe Blvd., Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46250. To send condolences or for directions, please visit 
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Oct. 4, 1920 - July 25, 2010
GRANGER - Francis Carl Shafer, 89, of Granger, formerly of South Bend, passed away July 25, 2010. Born October 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Vernon Joseph and Louise Clara (Schiffli) Shafer. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Fred Shafer. After serving in the Army during World War II as an engineer, Francis married Joan M. Vanderbosch on November 22, 1945. She preceded him in death in 2002. Francis is survived by two daughters, Linda (Doc Andrews) Shafer of Granger and Sandi Plummer of New Palestine, IN; two brothers, Joseph of South Bend and Jack Shafer of Granger; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Shafer was a tool designer and later an engineer draftsman. He retired from Bendix in 1985. His favorite thing in life was tennis (playing and watching), being an avid tennis player until age 85, winning many city and state tournaments. After retirement he was asked and then coaxed by his daughter to take a coaching job with Saint Joseph High School which he thoroughly enjoyed for the next 15 years. He also enjoyed bowling, and was a member of the Bowlers Hall of Fame. Francis retired as a football usher, holding a Gold Card, at the University of Notre Dame. He was also a member of St. Anthony's Parish where he was part of the Ushers Club. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 AM on Friday in St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, with Mass beginning at 11 AM. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Please don't send flowers; instead, please make donations to the church. To send condolences, please visit 
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Mike Burnette

ST. JOSEPH - Michael John Burnette passed into His gracious Light on July 20, 2010.

Mike touched the hearts of everyone he met and never knew a stranger.

Mike was born Feb. 15, 1953, in Watervliet, to Bill and Edna (Bahm) Burnette. He grew up in Keeler and attended the first school (Arlington) and workshop in Van Buren County for children with learning disabilities, which his parents help found. He lived in St. Joseph and worked at Gateway before retiring. He was very active in Milestone programs, Special Art Programs and Area 17 Special Olympics. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, bowling and "Duh Cubs."


Mike is survived by his siblings - Pat, St. Joseph, Carl, Seattle, and Judy (Homer) Sales, Fairview, N.C.; his niece, Amy Muth, Atlanta; his nephews, Grant (Kristen) Root, St. Joseph, and Chris (Deborah) Winans, Richmond, Va.; his special great-nieces and nephews - Alex, Brian, Carter, Derek and Elizabeth Root, St. Joseph; Benjamin, Rebekah and Ana Winans, Richmond, Va.

He will be remembered by his dearest friends - Jim and Joyce Bunk, Krin Jurgensen, Marie (Al) Hartline, Bryce, (Sandy), Tristan and Meghan Engle, Renata Hartman, Peg and Ron Davis, Cindy (Rick) Jones, Deanna (Loyall) Bennett, Jolene and Doug VonKoenig, Magda and Bruce Zoschke, Sandy and Dennis Hafer, The Birthday Group, his Hidey Ho Neighbors, all his Canadian friends, all his Special "Buddies" at Milestones, Gateway, Special Olympics, and Spiritual Frontiers, they were all like family to Mike.

Donations may be made to Hospice at Home of St. Joseph.

There will be a private Celebration of Life for Michael.

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Catherine E. Polcyn
January 14, 1918 – July 13, 2010

MISHAWAKA – Mrs. Catherine Ella (Curtis) Polcyn, 92, passed away Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Kay was born in Bradley, IL to Stephen Alex and Bertha P. (Francoeur) Curtis.  She was married on August 25, 1925 to Edward J. Polcyn who passed away on February 14, 2002.  Also preceding her in death were her 5 sisters Lillian Rajski, Florence Nemeth, Marie Stickler, Margaret Turk, and Marcelline Curtis; and 4 brothers Alex, Amos, John Paul, and Steve. She retired after 24 years in the accounting and billing department of South Bend Stamping later known as Allied Stamping.

Kay was a 1937 graduated of Riley High School.  She was Past President of the Army & Navy Club #291 Auxiliary in South Bend.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church where she served as Vice-President of the Lady’s Sodality.

She loved reading, family, perfume and fashion and at any family gathering she was always the best-dressed woman. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends that have fond memories of her.

Internment will take place with privates services held at a later date.  McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations is handling the arrangements.

For those wishing to make a memorial donation please do so to your own favorite charity in Kay’s memory.  Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.McGannHay.com.






 



James R. Wegs

April 23, 1937 – July 14, 2010

 

MISHAWAKA-James Robert “Bob” Wegs, 73, passed away in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center on July 14, 2010, after a long struggle with Primary CNS Lymphoma.

 

Born April 23, 1937 in Quincy, IL,  he was the son of the late Frank and Gladys (Flynn) Wegs of Mt. Sterling IL.   He was also preceded in death by his brother, Harry Wegs. 

 

Bob married Joyce Markert on June 13, 1964. She survives. He is also survived by a  daughter, Alison (Richard) Abner of Granger; two grandchildren, Amanda and Ciera Abner; twin sister, Betty (Gene) Jansen and brother, Harold Wegs, both of Quincy, IL.

 

Reared near the small country town of Mt. Sterling, IL, he graduated from the equally small St. Mary's Academy in 1955.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and spent the next three years sorting parts at an army base in  Stuttgart, Germany and traveling around Europe with his army buddies.  He had been introduced to a much wider world, so he enrolled in Western Illinois University and obtained his B. S. in Ed. with a major in history in 1963.  Continuing his educational career funded by the GI Bill, he became a graduate teaching assistant at Northern Illinois University and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1970. 

 

Bob began his academic career at New York University in Greenwich Village, where he enjoyed all the urban opportunities of attending the opera, the theater and jazz clubs. Then he spent one year as a visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tn. In 1977 he came to teach at the University of Notre Dame' s Dept. of History, where he served as department chairman and ultimately was promoted to full professor.  In cooperation with the Holocaust Education Foundation, he introduced the study of the Holocaust at Notre Dame and for many years team taught this course with colleagues from the theology department.  Under HEF auspices, he was able to travel to Jerusalem and to Poland to see sites important for the study of the Holocaust.  Perhaps his proudest accomplishment was turning a lecture series into what was to become the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; he became the Institute's founding director. 

 

His publications included The Economic Mobilization of Austria during World War IGrowing Up Working Class(a social history completed through oral interviews with elderly Viennese who spoke a German dialect), and Europe Since 1945, which has now come out in six editions and was recently published in an edition in Polish. 

 

Bob's friends and relatives will always remember the aggressive tennis player, the lover of music who even studied the cello in his fifties until he developed “cello elbow”, and the appreciator of good wine. 

 

Bob's family will always appreciate the wonderful medical care he received at the Mayo Clinic and the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester MN and were deeply touched by the always personal concern exhibited by Dr. Brian O'Neill. 

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Visitation will be Friday (today) from 4-7PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Funeral Services will be Saturday at 11AM at the Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the Food Bank of Saint Joseph County.

 

To send condolences or to get directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

 


 

June 9, 1932 - July 13, 2010
NOTRE DAME - Robert L. "Bob" Wohlever Jr., a man who put God and his family first, and always had a song in his heart, entered this world on a beautiful note on June 9, 1932, in Amherst Hospital. St. Joseph, the patron saint of families, became intertwined with Bob's life, starting at an early age. His younger years were spent attending St. Joseph elementary school and church where his strong faith was born as an altar boy. His high school years were spent at Amherst High School. During his time there, his love for people and social involvement bloomed. Bob played football, ran track, and served as president of his junior class. He was a member of the Drama, French and Latin clubs, Boys State, and various other activities before graduating in 1950. Showing his love and devotion to our country, he served in the Naval Air Force from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. Emerging as a leader among his peers, Bob was an instructor at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he taught Instrumental flying and other flying-related courses. While his professional life was flying high, his love life truly began to soar when he met the woman who would change his life, Margaret Susko. The courtship began after Bob took a job at the Thew Shovel Co. following his time in the military, where he excelled as an Export Manager. Bob and Margaret were married in 1958 in South Amherst and started a life together in Lorain, Ohio. Out of their love, five children, Kevin, Terry, Roberta, Rebecca and Timothy, were born at St. Joseph Hospital between 1960 and 1968. While raising his young family, Bob flourished as a salesman for several prestigious companies including Atlantic Container Lines, French Lines, Japan Lines, and many others. All the while, he still made time for one of his passions, performing on stage. He was an active member of the Workshop Players where he sang, danced and played the lead in several productions. His service to the church was also never far from his heart. He was a Lector, Lay Minister and served on the Parish Council at all of the churches he attended throughout the years. In his spare time, he loved volunteering as a Boy Scout leader, fishing, photography, good music, gardening, camping, sports, and tooling leather. Many of Bob's leather artistries were distributed worldwide. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At 78 years old, Bob passed away on July 13th surrounded by his loving family at his home in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame. To quote one of his favorite movies, The Sound of Music, "
When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window." On that day, a window was opened for Bob in heaven. While his song may have ended here on Earth, it will always play on in the hearts and memories of those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Francis; his parents, Robert and Myrtle Wohlever; his brother, Dennis (Skip) Wohlever, and his sister, Barbara Wohlever. Survivors include sons, Kevin Lee (Barbara), Terrence Alan and Timothy David (Tami) Wohlever; daughters, Roberta Lynne (Bradley) White and Rebecca Ann (David) Krueger; and sisters, Patricia Phillips and Carol Dostall; along with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two separate services will be held for Bob, one in Indiana and the other in Ohio. On Thursday, July 15th, a mass celebrating Bob's life will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana. It will begin at 11 a.m., with a visitation in the church one hour prior to the Mass. The family will receive friends at Hempel Funeral Home at 373 Cleveland Avenue in Amherst, Ohio, on Friday, July 16th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 17th, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass for Bob will be held Saturday in St. Joseph Church at 200 St. Joseph Drive in Amherst, beginning at 10:30 a.m. He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery immediately following the service. Please send donations to St. Pius X Catholic Church, to the American Cancer Society , or to Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame. McGann Hay and Hemple Funeral Homes are handling the arrangements.

 


 


 


 

 

Dec. 26, 1946 - July 8, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Cheryl Lynn Leisenring, 63, passed away on Thursday, July 8th. Survivors include her uncle, Johnny Batiz, and cousins, Andrew Batiz and Sharyce Secondo. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly. There will be no visitation or services. Contributions may be made in her memory to help with expenses at McGann-Hay, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend, IN 46615.

 




Debra M. Sax

January 2, 1944 – July 11, 2010


WESTVILLE – Debra Marcy (Kessler) Sax, 64, of Westville died in Valparaiso Hospice Center on Sunday.  Born: Chicago, IL to Jacob and Elaine (Spivak) Kessler. Owner of Checks 4 Cash retired Nov. 30, 2006 after 16 yrs.  Married Marshall A. Sax in Gary, IN on Jan. 13, 1968.  He survives with three children including Jeffery E. Sax of South Bend,   Graveside services were Monday at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.  Memorials:   Condolences: www.McGannHay.com 

 




Oct. 22, 1945 - July 10, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Duane Louis Holte, 64, of South Bend, died on Saturday evening surrounded by family and loved ones following a valiant fight with cancer. Duane was born October 22, 1945, in Cedar Lake, Indiana, to the late John Holte and Ethylrita (Schafer) Holte, and was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Holte, and sister, Diane Holte. Duane is also survived by his loving wife, Mari (Marvel) Holte; brothers, Dennis Holte (Barbara), David Holte (Michelene) and Dean Holte (Nancy); sons, Duane Louis Holte II and Brian Paul Holte; grandson, Austin Jacob Holte; and mother-in-law, Helen N. Wilfing. After growing up in the Chicago area, Duane served his country during the Vietnam Conflict in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he moved to California, living in San Jose and Los Angeles before returning to Chicago, IL, to work for West Suburban Limousine. On May 17, 1986, he married Mari Denise (Marvel) Holte in Granger, IN. Duane and Mari moved to South Bend in 1987, where Mr. Holte was employed by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross until his retirement in 2006. Duane loved to be active. He was an avid bowler, billiards player and fisherman, spending time at his lake cottage at Camp Wildwood in Edwardsburg, MI. He loved boating, fishing and being on the water. He spoke often of his friends at the lake, whom he considered like family. Another of Duane's passions was shooting pool. In 2008, with his son, Duane II, he proudly represented the Clay Pub in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Nine Ball Doubles Tournament. Being from the Chicagoland area, Duane loved to root for the Cubbies and Da Bears! The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame had a true fan in Duane. Fair or foul, good seasons and bad, he stood by his team, even attending the 1991 Hawaii game at Hawaii, and cheered them "onward to victory." Watching classic cowboy movies and action thrillers with his grandson, Austin, was a joy for Duane and became a weekly event for the pair. He loved God, his family and, of course, Notre Dame football. His easy smile and gentle heart will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank the excellent doctors and staff at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Fort Wayne, IN, and Marion, IN, as well as the staff at Regency Place, South Bend, for their quality care and many kindnesses shown. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the McGann Hay Morning Star Funeral Home, 21275 W. Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN. Service will begin at 12:30 pm. Dress is Camp Wildwood casual. To send condolences, please visit 
www.mcgannhay.comGo Clay Pub!

 

 





June 26, 1920 - July 8, 2010
GRANGER - Margaret Louise (Buchanan) Petrie, 90, of Granger, passed away Thursday, July 8th, in her residence. Born in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Robert James and Christine Carlene (Granell) Buchanan. On November 19, 1955, she married Harry Petrie, who passed away in September 1987. Margaret was employed as a secretary by Oliver Chilled Plow Works, later White Farm Equipment, until her retirement in 1955. She was a member of Delta Theta Chi, Epsilon Chapter Social Sorority, Granger Lions Club, First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsburg, the Women's Group at the church, and was involved with the PHM Schools PTA. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Chrissie Mac Kenzie of South Bend; a brother, William J. Buchanan of South Bend; grandchildren, Tammy (Alec) Breden of Granger, Sarah Mac Kenzie of South Bend, Michael (Marianne) DePoy of Plymouth, Terry (Susan) DePoy Jr. of Denver, CO, and Rene (Carol) Secor of Dowagiac; a stepdaughter, Vesta Principe of Port Charlotte, FL; a niece, Susan (Robert) Smith of South Bend; two nephews, John (Cheryl) Buchanan of Plano, TX, and Greg (Linda) Buchanan of Brownsburg, IN; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Joann Morrison. A memorial service to celebrate Margaret's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road), with Rev. Scott P. Scheel, pastor of Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church, officiating, 
 
with calling one hour prior to the service. 
 
 Burial of her ashes will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family of for directions, log on towww.McGannHay.com.

 




Frances M. O'Leary


June 17, 1923 - July 8, 2010
NORTH CAROLINA -Frances Marie Guesno O'Leary, 87, formerly of Long Island, NY, and South Bend, IN, passed away in Flat Rock, NC, on July 8, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and son, Richard. She is survived by her son, Bruce (Diane); daughter-in-law, Linda O'Leary; granddaughters, Patti Ogle (Bryan), Megan Leyes (Chris) and Erin O'Leary; grandsons, Daniel and Kevin O'Leary; great-granddaughters, Cori and Grace Ogle; and great-grandson, Cale Ogle. Committal services will be held on Thursday, July 15, at 11:00 AM in the mausoleum at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Richard O'Leary Memorial Fund (112 Joyce Center, Univ. of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556); the Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville, NC (
http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate.php); or to the American Cancer Society . A memorial service in Arden, NC, will be announced at a later date. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




M. Maxine Dokey 


Feb. 19, 1923 - July 7, 2010
MISHAWAKA - Mary Maxine Dokey, 87, of the Golden Living Center, died Wednesday in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Maxine was born on February 19, 1923, in Cassopolis, MI, to the late Beryl and Anice (Bailey) Hoyt. She retired as a housekeeper after 10 years at Howard Johnson's. She was married on December 23, 1939, in New Carlisle, IN, to Orville K. Dokey, who passed away on October 8, 1981. Maxine loved to listen to CAT Country 99.9 on the radio and country & western music. She is survived by her children, Larry (Janet) Dokey of Mishawaka, Terry (Nancy) Dokey and Mary (Bill) Paulus, both of South Bend; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Rickey in 1992, a sister, Helen Korp, and a brother, Elis "Jerry" Hoyt. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 13th, at 1:00 p.m. in the McGann Hay Funeral Home's University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road at Ironwood, Rev. Ronald Drake, pastor of Forestbrook Missionary Church, officiating. Burial of the ashes will follow at Sumnerville Cemetery, Sumnerville, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to McGann Hay to help with funeral and cemetery marker expenses. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to 
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William E. Dvorak Jr. 


Feb. 12, 1928 - July 8, 2010
SOUTH BEND - William E. Dvorak, Jr., 82 of Cassopolis and South Bend, passed away in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, on Thursday, July 8, 2010. Bill was born in South Bend on February 12, 1928, the eldest son of William J. and Eulalia (Niesen) Dvorak. He was a 1945 graduate of South Bend Central Catholic High School, South Bend. Bill was an insurance agent and the father of seven children. He was a loving brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Bill was active in the Knights of Columbus; the Boy Scouts; and an avid gardener. He enjoyed time with his family at his home on Diamond Lake. Mr. Dvorak was US Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Norman Dvorak. His brother, Richard (Margie) Dvorak and his sister, Suzanne (John) Ferry survive him, as well as his aunt, Sister Mary Elizabeth Niesen, C.S.C. Bill is survived by his seven children, Michael (Kathleen) Dvorak, Patrick (Wendy) Dvorak, Kathie (Guy) Miranda of Warren, Ohio, Margaret "Peggy" (Bernie) Bolka of Cassopolis, Suzanne (Bruce) Michaels, Daniel (Robyn) Dvorak of Manhattan Beach, CA, and William Dvorak III of Ventura, CA. He is also survived by his 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grandchildren, Ryan (Angie) Dvorak, Todd (Sarah) Dvorak, Sean Dvorak, Brett (Sofie) Dvorak, Carrie (Steve) Brennan, Brady Dvorak, Casey Dvorak, Tyler Dvorak, Lindsay Dvorak, Erica (Jim) Lomax, Nicole (Will) Mayfield, B.J. (Courtney) Bolka IV, Lee Bolka, Erin Michaels, Wesley Michaels, Brittany Michaels, Adrienne Michaels, Stacy Dvorak, William Connor Coit, and Alexandra Dvorak. Great-grandchildren; Lily Mayfield, Liam Mayfield, Lila Mayfield, Oliver Dvorak, Caroline Dvorak, and J. Bolka V. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 S.R. 23 (enter off Cherry Rd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir & SR 23, where friends may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to mass. Entombment will follow in Riverview Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to: Potawatomi Greenhouses, 2105 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com. Green Houses, Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to:www.McGannHay.com.

 




April 21, 1912 - July 5, 2010
GRANGER - Rosalind Dew, faithful wife of husband Arthur, and loving mother of four children, Grace, Daniel, Phoebe and Paul. She passed away on July 5th, 2010, from a chronic lung condition and went to spend eternity with her Lord and God, peacefully and fully satisfied with life. She is survived by her husband of 74 years, three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was born in Hong Kong in 1912, and was married in 1936 to Arthur Dew. She and Arthur im-migrated to Elkhart, in 1973 and later lived in Sugarland, TX, Nashville, TN, Malvern, PA, and finally returned to Granger. Rosalind was a devout Christian whose main interests were reading Christian books and spending much time praying for her family and friends. She took great interest in their lives and was even more concerned about their well-being, frequently more than she ought to be. She cared deeply for the salvation of others, and seized every opportunity to share her faith with them. She witnessed without reservation, and especially to new friends of hers. A member of the Michiana Chinese Christian Church while living in Indiana, Rosalind was an active contributor to its mission and vision. She was known to everyone as "Grandma," being the old-est of them all. Rosalind was a frugal person, but very generous to others. She will be greatly missed. Her memorial service is scheduled for July 10th, 2010, in Michiana Chinese Christian Church, located at 11805 Loughlin Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545, 574-256-9422. The service will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Michiana Chinese Christian Church Memorial Fund. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.

 




Vivian L. Plummer

December 1, 1931 – July 4, 2010

WALKERTON – Vivian L. Plummer, 78, died Sunday in her residence.  Born: December 1, 1931 to James Alfies and Henerietta J. Roseboom. She was the owner of Morris Sales.  Three sons survive: Charles J.  (Beverly) of Elkhart, Ronald A. of Avon Park, FL and  Larry L. (Candi) of Walkerton also her companion Gary Moss.  Predeceased by a son Thomas and a daughter Etta Millice.  Cremation, then burial in South Bend City Cemetery.  No services.  Memorials: Hospice of St. Joseph County.  McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations in charge. 




Edith I. Apple

June 4, 1923 – June 28, 2010 

 


SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Edith Irene (Bashore) Apple, 87, of South Bend passed away peacefully at 8:30pm Monday evening at Memorial Hospital.

 

She was born in South Bend to the late Jessie & Irene (Pinckert) Bashore.  She was a cab driver for Yellow Cab until she retired at age 65.  She married Charles Apple in South Bend and he passed away in 1977.

 

Surviving are her children: Larry (Vicki) Gimson of Granger, Chuck (Sharon) Apple of South Bend, Leroy Apple of South Bend, Pat (Linda) Apple of Niles, MI, Cindy Gibson of South Bend and Tammy (Bill) Hoffer of South Bend.  Also surviving are her siblings: Ralph (Peggy) Bashore of Roseland, Howard (Barb) Bashore of Knox, IN, Ruth (Ed) Arenault of South Bend and Loraine (John) Taylor of South Bend; 20 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Friday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson, with Pastor Paul Wallace of Body of Christ Ministries, officiating.  Friends may call from 9-10:30am prior to services in the funeral home.   Following cremation burial will take place at Southlawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest in eternity with her husband, daughter Sally Buysse and two grandchildren.

 

 



May 6, 1976 - June 28, 2010
GRANGER - Ms. Shannon C. (Turner) Magezi, 34, passed away Monday following a tree removal work accident in Granger. Shannon was born May 6, 1976 in South Bend to Dawn Darlene (Place) Howard and Donald Edmond Turner. She graduated from Penn High Scholl in 1994. She had been a CDL Class B Commercial driver, formerly employed by the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation and Federal Express. She is survived by her mother and step-fathe, Dawn and Calvin H. Howard of Granger and fathe, Donald Turner of Pennington Gap, Virginia; two sons, William Harrison Magezi, age 13 and Cameron Michael Magezi, age 10, both of Granger; a brother, Shawn Turner of Granger; her maternal grandparents, Myron R. and Aleta Place of Mishawaka; her ex-husband, Herbert Megezi of Boston, MA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Shannon had volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was "Aunt Shannon" to all the kids who knew her and was like a "Pied Piper" with them. People had a lot of trust in Shannon, especially with their children. Shannon was an avid angler, enjoying it with her children. She would light up a room with her presence. Shannon loved to laugh and was a "free spirit". Friends may call Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off of Cherry Rd.). A celebration of Shannon's life will follow at 3 p.m., with Pastor Paul Wallace, of Body of Christ Ministries, officiating. Instead of the originally planned cremation, the family has planned a "green burial" to follow at Porter Rae Cemetery in Potato Creek State Park. This is believed to be the first "green burial" in the Michiana area. Rather than sending flowers, the family has set up a trust fund at 1st Source Bank for the benefit of her boys. There will be envelops at the funeral home. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to:
www.McGannHay.com.

 



April 7, 1932 - June 27, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Mrs. Eliza Ann (Slemp) Williams, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon at 4:43 p.m. in Fountainview Place, Mishawaka. Ann was born on April 7, 1932. in Jonesville, VA. to the late Echo and Ora Mae (Crumley) Slemp. She was the head cook at Bonnie Doon's on Lincoln Way West for 22 years. She was predeceased by her first husband, Lloyd E. Lanning in 1982. On September 29, 1984, she married Edward Eugene Willams, who survives of South Bend. Other survivors besides her husband Ed include a son, Donald G. (Dorothy) Slemp of Osceola; grandchildren, Ray Slemp, Lester Horrall and Tammie Horrall; and three great-grandchildren, Heaven Slemp, Skyela Slemp, Jordan Slemp and Gina Horrall. Graveside services are planned for 2:00 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on West Edison Road, with Pastor Paul Wallace of Body of Christ Ministries officiating. McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations, 21275 W. Cleveland Road, is in charge.


Ralph E. Brennan 

   

March 18, 1924 - June 24, 2010
MISHAWAKA - Dr. Ralph E. Brennan, 86, died at the Center for Hospice in Elkhart at 8:45 p.m. Thursday evening surrounded by many loved ones. He was the only child of Edward T. and Ruth F. (Huffine) Brennan at the Washington Park Hospital, Chicago, IL. Ralph graduated from Hyde Park High School in June 1942. He served three years in the Army during WW II. His unit was the 503 Parachute Regiment Combat Team. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat. He was honorably discharged in February 1946. Ralph spent the next seven years at Indiana University earning a BS in 1950 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Dentistry in 1953. He came to Mishawaka after graduation and practiced dentistry until January 2000. On May 1, 1954, he married Mary Ellen Flack. He practiced with her father, Dr. W. Steele Flack, from 1954 to 1978. Dr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen and their six children, Kevin P. (LeAnna), Michael E. (Janice), Mary Pat (Richard) Torbeck, Dr. Matthew S. (Tracy) John R. (Jody) and Edward T. (Jennifer). They have 13 grandchildren: Robert, Christopher, Virginia, Katherine, Clark, Margaret and Brian Torbeck, Grace, Collin, Ellen, Patrick, Ralph and Jack. Ralph was a life member of the American Dental Association and the North Central Dental Association. He volunteered his service for many years at the Children's Dispensary, he was a former member of the South Bend Elks Lodge #235 and of the Morris Park Country Club as well as the Mishawaka Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of the Mishawaka Knights of Columbus and VFW Post #360 in Mishawaka. Dr. Brennan enjoyed his grandchildren and wandering around on the golf courses. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir and SR 23 in Granger, where friends may call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. prior to Mass. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will also be on Monday from 5-7 p.m. in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). There will be a parish vigil service at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that donations be made to The Village of Merici, PO Box 436, Brownsburg, IN 46112, online at 
VillageofMerici.org.; or to Hospice House of Elkhart, 22579 Old US 20e, Elkhart, IN 46516. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.McGannHay.com.



 

 

 

 

Thomas Felton Deese, Jr.

February 28, 1948 – June 24, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND- Thomas “Tommy” Felton Deese, Jr., 62, passed away June 24, 2010. He was the son of the late Doris Jeanette and Thomas Felton Deese, Sr. Survivors include his wife, Jacquelyn S. Carney; sisters, Connie of Texas, Rose, Sharon, Dixie, and Theresa; brother, Emery; and sister in law, Glenda, all of Florida; step-children, Kimberly (James) Keultjes of South Bend and Charles (Jill) Barna of Mishawaka. Tommy worked for the St. Joe Correctional Facility, Ducomb Center, for 10 years. No services are being held. www.McGannHay.com. 




Chung-Ill Park 

Jan. 1, 1942 - June 17, 2010
MISHAWAKA - Chung-Ill Park of Mishawaka, Indiana, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher of life, and entrepreneur, was tragically taken from us on June 17, 2010, at the young age of 68. He was born on January 1, 1942, and was the youngest out of six children. After graduating from the prestigious Seoul National University he came to the U.S. with only $200 to achieve the "American Dream." After many years of hard work, his dream became reality in 1984 when he opened up his first restaurant in Indianapolis, IN. He later opened up a restaurant in West Lafayette, IN, which eventually led him up to Mishawaka, IN, in 1988. This is where he opened up Hana Yori of Japan, which has been Michiana's favorite since. (The restaurant will be closed on Tuesday in deference to the funeral.) His continuing thirst for knowledge earned him an MBA, PhD and CPA. He is survived by his longtime wife of 37 years, Pil-Soo of Mishawaka; his two sons, Fred of Ingalls, IN, and Steve (wife Kasie) of Phoenix, AZ; his grand-son, Brayden-Chung of Noblesville, IN; and his older brother, Chung-Sik Park (wife Yeon-Ri) of Long Island, NY. His intoxicating laugh and off-the-wall humor will be truly missed by all who knew him. The viewing will be held today, June 21, 2010, from 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, located at 13260 SR 23 at Cherry Road, Granger, IN. The funeral ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at 6 PM in the Michiana Korean Church, 29400 CR 10, Elkhart, IN. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com

 




Arlene Joyce Greenman

June 25, 1930 – June 17, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND-Arlene J. Greenman, 79, passed away June 17, 2010. She was preceded in death by parents Floyd and Sadie Supernaw; and son, Andrew Russell Greenman. She is survived by her husband, Darwin Russell Greenman; children, Andrea Lefleur of South Bend and Ricky D. Greenman of FL; brothers, Merle (Millie) Supernaw of Flint, MI and Dale (Marlene) Supernaw of Houghton Lake, MI; grandchildren, Leo Parsons, Chad and Kevin Greenman, and J.R. and Rusty Lefleur; and seven great grandchildren. Private services will be held later. www.McGannHay.com.  

Nov. 20, 1922 - June 14, 2010
GRANGER - Evelyn B. Mock, 87, of Granger, IN, went home to her Savior on Monday, June 14, 2010. She passed peacefully from this life at her home in Meadow View Estates, Cassopolis, MI. Evelyn was born in Allen Co., IN, on November 20, 1922, to Earl and Rena Griswold. On May 28, 1939, she married Cloice W. Mock, and together they raised three sons. Cloice and Evelyn lived most of their married life in Mishawaka. Evelyn devoted her life to her husband and children. A woman filled with love and laughter, she brought joy to all who knew her. Evelyn had a passion for seashells, and her home was filled with decorative pieces she had created from her collection. Her lawn was always perfectly manicured and filled with beautiful blooming plants and flowers. No guest would leave her home without a meal. Her 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren remember her with joy, and each child was her "doll baby." Any event they participated in, she would attend if she was able. Evelyn was a woman filled with love and life. She is now dancing with her Lord. We rejoice with her, yet sorrow in our hearts. Evelyn is survived by her sons, Karon E. Mock (Roxanne), Houston TX, David B. Mock (Linda), Fort Wayne, IN, and Alan W. Mock (Mary Anne), Niles, MI. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cloice W. Mock; two brothers, Cleo and Elmer Griswold; and one sister, Marjorie Godfrey. Her sister and best friend, Maxine Mason of Auburn, IN, survives. As special "thank you" to all of her friends and the staff of Meadow View Estates. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. before the service in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Edwardsburg Cemetery. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com.



Robert Orville Kizer

April 14, 1945 – June 14, 2010

 

NILES -- Robert O. Kizer, 65, passed away June 14, 2010. Born April 14, 1945, in South Bend, he was the son of the late Porter L. and Kathryn K. Kizer. On June 26, 1998, Robert married Ellen Suzanne Fletcher. She survives in Niles. He owned and operated Kizer Starline Printing Co. for six years. He will be missed for many reasons, but especially because of the way he could make people laugh. No services are being held. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

 



Gary Aretz

June 13, 2010

GRANGER – Gary Aretz, 80, died at noon Sunday in New Jersey. Survived by children; Susan (Rabbi Isaac) Farhi of Deal, NJ and Ricki (Jim) McLaughlin of Port Angeles, WA; Edward (Margie) Aretz of Princeton, NJ Bruce (Amy) Becker of Indianapolis, IN; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Gary and his late wife Anita owned and operated Aretz Interiors. Services:  10:30am , Monday graveside at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.



Nov. 22, 1925 - June 11, 2010
NILES - John R. Crump, 84, passed away on June 11, 2010. He was a three time cancer survivor. Born November 22, 1925, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Rosa Mae Crump. On August 7, 1948, John married Margene C. Shidler. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his nine siblings. He is survived by his son, John L. Crump of Niles; his daughter, Cathy J. Smith of Niles; his grandchildren, Chad Crofoot of Cass and Jenny Kujawa of Niles; his step grandchildren, Amanda Carr of WA and Dawn Cornell of South Bend; his great-grandchildren, Lane, Riley and Drew Crofoot and Kole Kujawa; and his step great-grandchildren, Emika Cornell and Cheyenne and Brett Carr. Mr. Crump was a graduate of Culver High School. He was a 33 Honorary Degree Mason; a member of the Scottish Rite; and a Shriner. He was also a proud US Navy Veteran, having served our country during WWII. No services are being held at this time. Memorial Donations may be made in his name to Hospice at Home. To send condolences, please visit 
www.mcgannhay.com.

 


 

Blake Cooper Tuttle

June 7, 2010 – June 8, 2010

 

MILL CREEK -- Blake Cooper Tuttle, was born at 11:05am, Monday, June 7, 2010, to his loving parents Rusty and Kari (Stutzman) Tuttle and brother Aaron.  Due to his premature birth at 24 weeks, he died of natural causes peacefully held in the arms of his parents and was born into the sunrise of eternal life at 5:52am, Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

 

The family deeply appreciates the many prayers of God’s people.

 

Other survivors besides his parents and brother of Mill Creek include: a brother Anthony Tuttle and a sister Carolyn Tuttle and her daughter Peyton all of South Bend; maternal grandparents: Richard and Georgia Stutzman of Mill Creek; paternal grandparents: Gene and Nancy Tuttle of South Bend as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

The family will receive friends from 3-5pm, Saturday, June 19th at the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. (near Ironwood) followed by a celebration of Blake’s short life at 5pm, with Pastor Tim Boucher of Grace Community Church of South Bend-Mishawaka, officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Blake’s memory to:  Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

 

 

 


Aug. 31, 1966 - June 6, 2010
EDWARDSBURG - Lisa Diane Boyles, 43, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, June 6, 2010, with her family at her side. Born August 31, 1966, she was the daughter of Lee Edwin and Diana Sue (Owen) Nye. She graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1984, and later in life decided to get her degree in college. She obtained her degree from Brown Mackie College in 2006. She was so happy working as a medical assistant at "For Women Only" part of Elkhart General Hospital. Lisa married James Myron Boyles on August 13, 1988. He survives in Edwardsburg. She was a loving mother to four children, Katie, Leslie, Andrew and Rachel Boyles, all of Edwardsburg. She also leaves behind her mom, Diana Nye of Elkhart; brother, David (Amy) Nye of Elkhart; aunt, Sandy (Lamar Dean) Grabill of Goshen; best friend, Claudia (Mike) Watkins of Niles; and many numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; with a special consideration to nieces and nephews, Valesca, Dakota, Desiree and Alexis Nye, and Jeff (Krista), John and Charlie Staley; and cousin Susie (Matt) Light. She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Nye. Lisa will be remembered for her sense of humor that was unpredictable and could light up a room. She was unique and made everyone feel special. She had a captivating smile that could make even the greyest days seem brighter. She had a divine inter-faith that helped her overcome all the obstacles God threw at her and her loved ones. The strength and fight that she had within, shined to the outside, inspiring all who knew her. She believed in living a life of laughter and joy, rather than dwelling on the circumstances we could not change, excepting life for what it was. She found the most happiness in her life from running, spending time in Florida and on the lake in the summertime with her family. She had a way about her that one could not even begin to express in words. During her short time on earth she impacted the lives of the ones she loved so much that it is only natural to be left wanting more. She truly will be missed and loved forever by every life she touched. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 11 at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, US 12. Friends may gather one hour prior to the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any TCU Bank, where a Trust is being set up for the children's education. To send condolences, please visit 
www.mcgannhay.com.




Thomas Anthony Scarnecchia

December 21, 1942 – May 26, 2010

 

Granger-Thomas A. Scarnecchia, 67, died May 26, 2010. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Barbara; three daughters, Andrea (Jim) Hawkins of Osceola, Arianne Scarnecchia of Chicago, IL, and Amy (Kevin) Kelley of Dallas, TX; granddaughter, Joanna Hawkins; and brother, Patsy Scarnecchia of the Cayman Islands. Visitation will be at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 6-8PM today; with a vigil service at 7PM. Funeral Mass will be at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Saturday,10AM with visitation one hour prior. Condolences: www.mcgannhay.com. Donations: Center for Hospice or the V Foundation. 


Richard Dale Newcomer, Jr.

September 16, 1950 – May 25, 2010

 

South Bend- Richard Dale Newcomer, Jr., 59, passed away May 25, 2010. He was the son of the late Richard Dale and Eris Edith (Hay) Newcomer. He is survived by sisters, Sandra (Bud) Smith of South Bend, and Connie (Tony) Rinaldo of Bellevue, MI; and brother, Kevin Newcomer of Perrysburg, OH, currently serving our country in Iraq. His siblings, Linda Nuckles, and Johnny Lee Newcomer preceded him in death. No services are being held. Condolences can be made at www.mcgannhay.com. Donations to RiverBend Cancer Services.




Anita Domke Prytz Gettins

May 20, 1918--Nov. 18, 2009

SOUTH BEND -- Graveside services for Anita A. Gettins, 91, who passed away last November will be at 1:30pm, Friday, June 4, 2010 at Sumption Prairie Cemetery. Born in Niles, MI. Surviving children: Ernest Prytz, Jr., John (Andrea) Prytz, Carolyn (Wendel) Lathrop; her brother Elmer Domke; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: two husbands: Ernest Prytz, Sr. and Ed Gettins, her brother Paul Domke, Jr., and her sister Ruth Hancock. Donations to: Boy Scouts of America or American Cancer Society. Condolences: 
www.McGannHay.com.



April 3, 1925 - May 24, 2010
GRANGER - Mrs. Delores Ann (Dant) Fain, 85, of Granger, passed away Monday morning in her home surrounded by her loved ones. Mrs. Fain was born in St. Anthony's Hospital, Michigan City, IN, on April 3, 1925, to the late Joseph Leo and Helen Gertrude (Kubath) Dant. In May 1947 she married Richard H. Fain, who passed away August 16, 1970. Delores lost two children before her: Infant Maureen Michaela Fain in September 1957 and Michael Charles Fain in April 2006. Her brother, Joseph L. Dant (Irene), also predeceased her in 1999. She attended Elston High School in Michigan City but when her family moved to South Bend she graduated from John Adams High School. After working in several law offices in Mishawaka and South Bend she gained employment at the University of Notre Dame from which she retired after 28 years service as secretary and administrative assistant in several different departments. After her retirement from full-time employment she continued to transcribe manuscripts for the Holy Cross priests and the Jacques Maritain Center in her office at home. Delores is survived by two daughters, Kevin Kathleen (Douglas) Moore of Fishers, IN, and Cathleen Camille (Mark) Witucki of Granger; a son, Richard Joseph Fain of Fishers; seven grandchildren, Angela M. (Jeff) Cockey, Richard H. Fain II (Leslie), Joseph P. Jacobs, Riley C. Jacobs, Bailey K. Jacobs, David C. Witucki; and Daniel A. Witucki; and two great-granddaughters, Caitlin Noelle Cockey and Riley Claire Cockey. Mrs. Fain kept a beautiful home, enjoyed planting flowers, working on the internet and playing cards, especially Euchre. She was a member and past president of the South Bend Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. She loved Notre Dame football, and was a devoted member of St. Pius X Parish in Granger. Friends may call from 5-8 PM on Wednesday in McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road) where there will be a Parish Vigil Service at 5pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am, Thursday, May 27, 2010, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir Rd. & SR 23, with Monsignor Bill Schooler, officiating, family and friends may call one hour prior to the Mass in church. Entombment at Fairview Mausoleum, Mishawaka, will be later following cremation. Rather than sending flowers the family wishes to have the funds you may have used for that directed to St. Pius X School, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, IN, 46530. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com. 




Elbert O. Smith, Jr.
September 10, 1926 -- May 15, 2010
SOUTH BEND – Elbert Owen Smith, 83, of Avilla, IN formerly of South Bend passed away, May 15, 2010 at Your Friends & Neighbors Group Home.
He was born in South Bend to the late Elbert Owen,Sr. and Mable Edith Meyers Smith.
Surviving is sister Sara McIndoe of Ft. Meyers, Fl.
A graveside service and interment, will take place at 1pm Friday, May 28th, in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. McGann Hay Funeral Homes is in charge.



Aug. 14, 1962 - May 18, 2010
GRANGER - Mr. Sean Andrew Mosser, 47, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. Sean was born on August 14, 1962, in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by his wife, Linda June (Schmidt) Mosser of Granger, IN, whom he married on October 21, 1995. He leaves behind three daughters to cherish his memory: Erin Mosser, age 21, of Jackson, MI, Jordan Mosser, age 12, and Taylor Mosser, age 10, both of Granger, IN. He is also survived by his parents, John Henry and Patricia Ann (Jarrett) Mosser, of Horseshoe Bend, AR, and siblings; Kimber Wheeler of Houston, TX, Kevin (Ana) Mosser of Thermopolis, WY, and Shannon Mosser of Lancaster, NY. Mr. Mosser graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Lambda Chapter. He was an Manufacturing Manager and had recently started his own company. He previously worked for Goodman Manufacturing based in Texas. Sean loved to golf, "he bled golf balls", and was an avid bird hunter and fly fisherman. He loved his work, he also loved to travel but most of all he loved his girls and the beach. A memorial service and gathering is planned for 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 26 at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.). The family will receive guests following until noon in the funeral home. A trust fund has been established at Bank of America in the names of Jordan and Taylor Mosser for their education. Please consider donations to that in lieu of flowers. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or donations may be mailed to Jordan and Taylor Mosser Trust Fund, i/c McGann Hay, 13260 SR 23, Granger, IN 46530. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to:www.McGannHay.com.


June 17, 1969 - May 11, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Joseph Leonard Ready, 40, passed away Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. as a result of injuries suffered on May 9, in a "hit and run" car/motorcycle accident on Mishawaka Ave. in front of Murphy's Bar. Joe was born in South Bend on June 17, 1969 to Thomas James (Abigail) Ready, Sr. and Sheila Kay (Geans) Ready, they both survive of Mishawaka. Also surviving Joe are his two brothers: Thomas J. (Kristen) Ready of Topeka, KS, and James E. (Wendy) Ready, Sr. of Osceola; two step-sisters: Heather (John) Baugher of Mishawaka, Shantel Jobes of Mississippi; a step-brother Tom Strantz of Mishawaka. Other survivors include: five nephews: Jacob (Lori) Crawford and their daughter Leah Marie and Jordan T., Dylan D. and Chase H. Ready all of Kansas; James E. Ready, Jr. and a niece Sarah E. Ready both of Osceola. Joe was a US Army Reserves Veteran, a member of the Cement & Plaster's Union and he was a "Free Spirit". 
The family of Joseph Leonard Ready request the presence of family and friends to share their memories of Joe and to celebrate his life.  This time of healing will be greatly appreciated.  The gathering will begin at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, on Saturday, June 19th, at L.L. Geans Construction Company, 1923 North Home Street, Mishawaka, IN.; the business that was established by Joe's grandparents, the late Leonard and Agnes Geans.  A light lunch will be served.   The continued celebration of Joe's life will be @ 2:00 PM at Dave's Pub, Mishawaka Avenue, River Park. McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations assisted the family. To help the family with funeral costs, contributions can be made to: James E. Ready, Sr. and mailed to Joseph Ready c/o James E. Ready, Sr., 55927 Brink Avenue, Osceola, IN 46561, To send condolences to the family log on to:www.McGannHay.com.



Oct. 18, 1970 - May 8, 2010
SOUTH BEND - David E. Williams, 39, of South Bend, died at 10:35 AM on May 8, 2010, in Hospice House following an illness. His parents, Larry and Artie Williams, nephew, Orlando Navarrete, and his Grandpa, Faye Winfree, preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother, John Williams of Granger; three sisters, Kimberly Williams of South Bend, Aimee Williams of Mishawaka and Jennifer (Romulo) Navarrete of Granger; four nieces, Ashlee Williams, Cynthia and Olivia Navarrete, and Christine Codor; two nephews, Ryan and Felix Navarrete; and his Grandma, Doris Winfree of Springfield, MO. David was a fun-loving guy who was outgoing and happy. He loved people and animals, and especially his TV and radio. He leaves a lot of friends and family behind. We would like to thank Bruce Haynes of Logan Center for being there for David with love, help and support through all the years. Also, very special thanks go to all the staff from A.W.S. who helped take care of David. He will be missed dearly. Services will be held on Friday in St. Peter's United Church of Christ from 10 AM-noon. McGann Hay Funeral Homes assisted with arrangements.  
God looked around His garden And He found an empty place. And then He looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, And lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain, He knew that you would never Get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids, And whispered, "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.


Jan. 31, 1965 - May 5, 2010
GRANGER - Mr. Robert Joseph Nush, 45, of Granger passed away following an illness, Wednesday evening, in his residence with loved ones by his side. Bob was born on January 31, 1965 in East Gary, IN to the late Charles and Virginia (Fazekas) Nush. He graduated in 1983 from Edison High School in Lake Station, IN. In 1996 he married Ann Marie Jean (Pilawski) Nush and later they moved to Granger. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Abigail, in 2001. Bob was employed at Forest River R.V. in Elkhart. Bob was a huge Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed playing golf. He truly loved coaching his daughter's teams in t-ball and softball at Eastside Little League in South Bend as well as Upward Basketball. Other survivors besides his wife, Ann Marie, are his daughter, Abigail Marie Nush, age 8; a sister Mary (Dave) Conkle of Wanatah, IN; five brothers: Chuck (Cheryl) Nush of Round Lake, IL, Paul Nush of Fond du lac, WI, David (Jean) of Hobart, IN, Jimmy (Tammy) Nush of South Haven , IN and Larry Nush of Fond du lac, WI as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Teresa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Monday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Schooler, officiating. Friends may call 9:30 am to 10:30 am prior to mass in the church on Monday. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, IN. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd), where there will be a parish Wake Service at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has established an account in Abigail Marie Nush's name to be used for her educational needs. Donations may be made into that account at any Notre Dame Federal Credit Union location. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com.


Richard L. "Dick" Turney Jr
Aug. 19, 1946 - May 2, 2010
EDWARDSBURG - Richard L. "Dick" Turney Jr., 63, passed away May 2, 2010. He was the son of the late Nellie Irene and Richard Leroy Turney Sr. On January 29, 1966, he married Janice Miller, who survives. Also surviving are children, Michele (Wayne) Kay of Union, MI, and Todd Turney of Elkhart; sister, Shirley Carpenter of Edwardsburg; and three grandchildren, Michael Kay, Bethany and Jocelyn Turney. Dick was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was always loving and caring not only to his family but also to his friends. He was a NASCAR fan, but also enjoyed their lake cottage, music and fishing. Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Thursday in the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Funeral services will be on Friday at 1:00 PM, with visitation from 11-1 in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Adamsville Cemetery. The family invites all to a gathering to be held at the American Legion, US 12, Edwardsburg, MI, to celebrate Richard's life. The family also encourages casual, comfortable attire. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Breast Cancer Research or to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. To send condolences, please visit 
www.mcgannhay.com.





Oct. 8, 1951 - April 30, 2010 
SOUTH BEND - Beverly M. Simeri Jennings, 58, passed away on Friday afternoon, April 30, 2010, with her husband and family at her side. She was born in South Bend, Indiana, on October 8, 1951, to Vincent J. and Natalie (Linarello) Simeri, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted husband, Randall W. Jennings; her loving sisters, Teresa (Sam) Jermano, Jane Simeri (Frank Gorczyca); and brother, Joseph V. (Kathleen) Simeri. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Jeri Dull, Nella Puttnam and Colean McCoy. Our Beverly was a generous and doting aunt to Elisabeth, James and Susanne Simeri, Jennifer Jermano Miller and Stephen Gorczyca. She had a special place in her heart for her great-nieces and nephews, Saverio and Sabrina Miller, Joseph, Elaine and Louisa Simeri. A host of relatives, co-workers and friends mourn her loss and will miss her. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and attended Indiana University South Bend. Beverly was a loyal and dedicated employee of the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries for 38 years. She was currently a Library Specialist in Government Documents. She served as a lector at Little Flower Catholic Church. Beverly was an avid fan of the University of Notre Dame's women's basketball team, enjoyed music, theater, watching old movies, going out for breakfast with friends, and sitting on the front porch listening to her wind chimes. She was a beautiful and gentle person; her friends were numerous - from all walks of life. Her time and many talents were generously shared, never expecting anything in return. Our family is amazed by the number of people gracing us with their stories of Beverly's acts of kindness. Luke says "And he who humbles himself will be exalted." This is our Beverly. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th, at McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 East Edison Road at Ironwood, where the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Indiana, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5th. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.McGannHay.com.





Monica M. Peak

August 7, 1919 -- April 29, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Monica Marie (Torzewski) Peak, 90 of South Bend passed away on Thursday at 7:19pm at Healthwin Specialized Care.

 

Monica was born in South Bend on August 7, 1919 to Stanley and Bernice “Busia” (Grzezinski) Torzewski.  She received both a Bachelors and Masters in Education from St. Mary’s College.  Later, she would serve as the President of the St. Mary’s College Alumni Association. Monica was a Junior High Math Teacher at both Christ the King and St. Patrick Schools, where she was well loved by her students over the years and often recognized by them wherever she went.  On December 31, 1948 she married Judge J. Elmer Peak. He passed away on April 3, 1960 in South Bend. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish where she was a Eucharistic Minister.  She loved gardening, traveled the world with her family, was an avid reader, involved in politics and supported many charities.

 

Surviving Monica is a daughter: Deborah (Kent Ball) Peak of Danville, CA; a son John E. (Lise) Peak, II of South Barrington, IL;  two brothers: Modest Torzewski and Jerome Torzewski both of South Bend and her eight grandchildren: Stephanie, Christopher, Timothy and Emily Metz; Justin and Courtney Ball and John E., III “Jack” and Katherine Peak.  She was predeceased by two daughters: Francine (Robert) Metz of Princeton, NJ and Victoria Peak; two brothers: Daniel Torzewski and Alvin Torzewski and a sister Virginia Szymczak.

 

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday May 8th, at 11:00am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, on Taylor St. at Western Ave. with Rev. Leonard Chrobot, Pastor, officiating.  Entombment will follow in Highland Mausoleum.  Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00pm, in the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood, where there will be a parish Wake Service at 6:30pm. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL  60674. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www. McGannHay.com.

 

 

 





Nancy Joy Karlin

May 12, 1956 -- April 29, 2010

SOUTH BEND-- Nancy Joy Karlin, 53, passed away peacefully on April 29 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born in South Bend on May 12, 1956 to Erwin and Corinne Karlin, who survive her. She was a beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor. She is also survived by her brother Marty (Nanci) Karlin of Buffalo Grove, IL, her brother Gary Karlin of Harrison, NY and a sister Sharon (Karlin) Avisror of Indianapolis. She was the beloved aunt of her "Supergirls" - Sara and Kimberly Karlin, and Talia and Kayla Avisror.

She maintained a blog on the internet that outlined her struggle with Multiple Myeloma, and was read by many in the U.S. and overseas. She lived in Indianapolis for the last 20 years, and was sole proprietor of "Arts & Letters" and worked as a graphic artist and publisher. Nancy loved gardening, cooking, reading, movies and her dog Molly.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m. at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. & E. Jefferson Blvd.,  ?South Bend, IN 46615. (574) 289-6375. Interment will follow at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Clarian Health Hospice, Att: Methodist Health Fdn., 1800 N. Capitol Ave., P. O. Box 7168, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7168 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or the charity of your choice.


To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.





Sarah A. Vitriol

Jan. 13, 1968 --April 26, 2010


MISHAWAKA – Sarah A. Vitriol, 42, died Monday in her residence.

 

She was born in New Brunswick, NJ to William A. (Jillinda) Virtiol of Granger and the late Vivian Iris (Zucker) Vitriol.  She has a brother Jim (Ana) LaFlair of Syracuse, NY; three sisters: Sherry (Matthew) Creviston of Granger, Michele (Jim) Toth of Granger, Susan Kapsa of Niles; six nieces and four nephews.

 

Committal: Friday at 10am St. Joseph Valley.  Reception following at her parents: 16800 Cedar Crest Ct., Granger.  Condolences: McGannHay.com.



Nov. 25, 1928 - April 24, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Mr. Jesse A. Finton, 81, formerly of South Bend, died Saturday in his residence at the Golden Living Center, Mishawaka. He was born on November 25, 1928, in Andrews, IN, one of three children of Laban and Louise Finton, including his brother and sister, Elmer Finton and Etta Altman. Jesse retired as a staff sergeant in the United States Army after 20 years of service. He later retired as an electrician with over 25 years from Indiana & Michigan Power Co. Jesse was a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mishawaka. His wife, Morie (Umezawa) Finton, predeceased him on June 23, 1997, as well as a son, Ronald L. (Mary) Finton of Mishawaka, who died on November 7, 2007. Surviving Jesse are a son, Richard L. "Rich" (Sherrie Shock) Finton of Jefferson City, MO; six grandchildren, Matthew, Elijah, Rachel, William, Ashley and Ronnie; and his great-grandchildren, Dylan Backer and Aaliyah Finton. Visitation will be today from 4-7 p.m. in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road near Ironwood. The funeral will be on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Golden Living Center, 811 E. 12th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to: 
www.McGannHay.com.



Anna Mae Baker
Jan. 19, 1914 - April 25, 2010
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL
 - Anna Mae Baker, 96, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2010, in Zephyrhills, Florida. She was a lifelong resident of the South Bend area until November 2009, when she moved to Florida to be near her grandchildren, Marcie Baker and Donald Baker, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Baker-Stetson. In addition she is survived by her other grandchildren, Ronald Baker, John Baker and his wife, Gloria, who all live near Washington, D.C. During the later years of her life she was blessed to have many friends who loved her and helped her, especially Sandi Fulton and her family, and many hospice workers and volunteers. She was preceded in death by her only child, Raymond D. Baker, her grandson, Thomas Baker, her husband, Ernest Baker, and all of her siblings. Private cremation with memorial services at a later date. Remembrances may be made to Hernando Pasco Hospice, 37445 Clinton Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525.


Richard “Rick” Paul Reiter  

December 30, 1955 – April 23, 2010

 

White Pigeon, MI-Richard “Rick” Paul Reiter, age 54, unexpectedly passed away Friday, April 23, at the M40 Speedway, Jones, MI-doing the thing he loved-driving around a racetrack.

 

He will be greatly missed by his longtime companion, Karen Rustin; and grand daughter, Baylyn Marie, both of White Pigeon, MI; his mother, Martha Reiter; sister, Debbie (Mark) Reiter; brothers, Ronald Reiter, Kenneth Reiter and Rodney Smithley, all of Bradenton, FL; daughter, Amy Walker and grandson, Austin Walker of Arcadia, FL; and daughter Angie (Tony) Montgomery and grandson, Garrett of Constantine, MI.

 

He will join in heaven his father, Paul Leo Reiter; brother, Rex Reiter; and his hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

 

He was born December 30, 1955 in Fostoria, OH. He attended school in Bradenton, FL. He started stock car racing at age 13 – winning many championships.  He helped his dad at his Bradenton junkyard.  He moved to Michigan in 1983 and started his own auto repair and custom race car business.  He raced at many tracks in the area, and loved walking, talking and wrenching in the pits.  He was a fan of all motor sports, and anything Earnhardt.  He was a gentle, soft spoken man and everyone who met him liked him.  He was a man of many projects.  Richard built a full-size replica of Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s first asphalt stock car (a 66 Chevell, which will be inducted into the Gilmore Car Museum in Kalamazoo, this May.) There will be a celebration of life memorial on May 14 at the M40 Speedway, 58671 Michigan 40 Jones, MI 49061, starting at 6:30PM.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, PO Box 217, Constantine, MI 49042, for Baylyn Marie’s future.   

 

To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.





Betty Ackles

October 11, 1925 – April 16, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND- Betty Ackles, 84, passed away April 16, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Alfred and Marie (Zangerce) Koerth. Her husband, Ronald Ackles, preceded her in death. She is survived by nephew, Steven Rodin of South Bend, and many friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the church. Condolences can be made at www.mcgannhay.com.



Vera P. Goldman

March 5, 1922 - April 15, 2010

 

MISHAWAKA - Vera Pesa Goldman, 86, passed away Thursday at Fountainview.

 

Born in Poland.  Retired:  Wells Electronics. Her husband Moritz

Goldman died in 1973.  She is survived by a son, Rudi Goldman of The

Netherlands, a daughter Tina R. Goldman of Mishawaka and two granddaughters:

Lisa M.

Goldman of Charleston, SC and Valarie L. Varney of Mishawaka.

 

Visitation: Friday 10-11am, McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Granger Chapel,

13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.) Remembrance Service at 11am in the

funeral home.  McGannHay.com.


Sept. 25, 1921 - April 18, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Peter L. Bogumill, 88, passed away on Sunday, April 18th, at Dujarie House in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indiana. Peter was born in Thorpe, Wisconsin, and grew up in the lumbering town of Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He enjoyed sports and the outdoors of northern Wisconsin, often playing hooky from school in order to work as a lumberjack to bring in extra money for his family during The Depression. When Pearl Harbor was bombed he signed up for duty in the military and served in the Coast Guard/Navy on the LCI (Landing Craft Infantry). He saw action during the invasion of Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy. He was wounded in action during the D-Day invasion and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war Peter remained on duty with the Coast Guard and married Bridget C. Coyne on October 28, 1944, in Chicago, IL. Bridget preceded him in death on March 16, 2007. After his retirement in 1982 they moved to Mishawaka to be near family. He enjoyed his family, the St. Joseph river, and Notre Dame football. Surviving Peter are two daughters, Patricia (Don) Cressy of Mishawaka and Catherine Rasmussen of Mishawaka; and three sons, Michael (Mary) Bogumill of Mishawaka, Peter (Mary Ann) Bogumill of Mesa, AZ, and Paul (Mary Kay) Bogumill of Helena, MT. Peter also had 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition, Peter is survived by one sister, Florence Vandeveer, and one brother, John (Avis) Bogumill of Mesa, AZ. A second sister, Betty Wolfe, preceded him in death in March 2010. The family gratefully wishes to acknowledge the kindness and care of the Dujarie House staff. We also would like to thank Curtis Stump, Kay Hill and Cathy Trewhella for their support with our father. Family and friends are welcome to attend a viewing on Wednesday, April 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. in the Dujarie House Chapel followed immediately by Mass of Christian Burial. A private family interment will follow at a later date. In remembrance of Peter, contributions may be made to the Holy Cross Foundation, P.O. Box 706, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Condolences and memories may be sent to
www.McGannHay.com.

 

 


Edward A. Thorpe


June 3, 1930 - April 17, 2010
SOUTH BEND 
- Edward was co-owner of Thorpe's Marine, a three-generation family business from 1927 to 1987. He was an active member of the community, as a member of the South Bend Power Squadron, and officer and commodore of the South Bend Cruising Club, and one of the founding members of the South Bend Snowmobiling Club as well as a member of the Red Cross Civil Defense. In the blizzard of 1978, Edward, and the other Snowmobiling club members, under the direction of Lou Gillespie of the Red Cross and Don German of the Civil Defense, rescued community members from the blizzard, delivered medications, and transported emergency illnesses to the local hospitals. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a lineman, laying phone lines and communications to the front line. He was a 1948 graduate of John Adams High School. He is survived by his wife, Constance (Connie Berquist), loving wife of 59 years; daughter, Linda Thorpe Gordon (Tom Gordon) of South Bend; sons, Tom Thorpe (Mary Kovach) of Cassopolis, MI, and Bruce Thorpe of Riveria Beach, FL; grandchildren, LeighAnn Jeffers, Scott Jeffers of South Bend, Edward Gordon, Grant Gordon and Christine Gordon of South Bend, and Chad Thorpe, Travis Thorpe and Brandon Thorpe of Cassopolis, MI; and his brother, Rolland Thorpe (Helen) of Granger, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, George V. Thorpe, Mildred Thorpe; siste,r Georgia Jean Bear (Thorpe); and brother, Jack Thorpe. Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of his life at his home on Friday, April 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1648 Vernerlee Lane, South Bend, 46635. Donations may be made to the Northern Indiana Food Bank, P.O. Box 11365, South Bend, IN 46634. To send condolences to the family, log on towww.McGannHay.com.



Feb. 26, 1931 - April 16, 2010
GRANGER
 - Jack D. Kuespert, 79, loving husband, father, brother and uncle, passed away unexpectedly April 16, 2010, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Born February 26, 1931, he was the son of George and Pheba (Freel) Kuespert, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Chester (Josephine) and Benjamin (Margaret) Kuespert; and four sisters, Viola Temple, Barbara Willis, Lola Kuespert and Faye (Doyle) Rhymer. Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve "Jenny" Madison. He is also survived by son, Leonard Kuespert of Granger; special nephew and niece, Steve (Stacy) Madison and Patty Madison; and many other nieces and nephews. A special 
thank you to the following family members: Tim and Carol Magiera, Randy (Barb) Redman, Bill (Donna) Redman and Marv (Cindy) Moore for their continued support. Jack retired from the O'Brien Corporation after 43 years. He also owned his own business, Jack's Small Engine Repair, for 15 years. He was a proud Army veteran and belonged to the American Legion, Post 284. He was also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Jack was a humble and generous man. He was a skilled mechanic and craftsman. Jack will be missed by many people, especially his family and close group of friends who would meet for breakfast almost daily at Eleni's Restaurant. Private services are being held on a later date. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Daniel P. Conboy
Oct. 13, 1946 – April 14, 2010
CASSOPOLIS, MI
 – 
Mr. Danial Patrick Conboy, 63, of Cassopolis formerly of South Bend passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack in the Emergency Room of Memorial Hospital, South Bend. 
Mr. Conboy was born in South Bend on October 13, 1946 to the late James Paul and Jeanette (Bauerlein) Conboy, Sr. He was a 1969 graduate of Indiana University. He married Janeen Mary Suth on November 29, 1969 at Holy Cross Church, South Bend. Dan was the owner of the Auten Road Marathon Service Station and another service station in Elkhart, until his retirement in 1995.
Janeen survives of Cassopolis along with: two sons: Sean P. (Paige) Conboy of Hope, IN and their son Gavin, age 3, Kevin D. (Nichole) Conboy of Albuquerque, NM and their children Tiffany, age 2 and "Baby B" a girl to be born soon; his sister Sarah Gavitt of Houston, TX, sisters-in-law Maureen Suth and Phyllis Lentych and brother-in-law Michael Suth, all of South Bend, IN. His brother, James P. Conboy, preceded him in death in 1999 and his wife, Maureen Conboy of Cassopolis, MI survives. He was surrounded by many nieces and nephews at family gatherings who he loved like his own children.
His children and grandkids were the love of his life. Dan was a avid card player that enjoyed the giggles and the fellowship of the games. He enjoyed using his computer and taking road trips in the car with Janeen and he loved the lake and being on and around the water.
A Mass of Christian Burial Memorial Service will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir Rd & SR 23, Granger, with Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor, officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to mass in the church. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel is handling the cremation.
Memorial donations should be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, 
Memphis, TN 38105 or online at 
www.stjude.org . To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com .

May The Road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

                       An Irish Blessing



CARL J. RUDOLPH, JR.

MAY 9, 1941 – APRIL 14, 2010

 

 

SOUTH BEND- Carl J. Rudolph, 69, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away on April 14, 2010. Mr. Rudolph, our brother, lived in Mishawaka, IN with his two loves and constant companions, Carol Fry and Molly, “his little blessing.”

 

Carl’s passions were his family, his eternal green thumb, four legged friends, hot rods and having a good brew as he cheered for Notre Dame. He was a kind and gentle man who loved the simple things in life. We love you, Carl!

 

Mr. Rudolph is survived by four siblings, Mrs. Anna May Stern of Bisbee, AZ, Mr. William Rudolph of Ajijic, Mexico, Mrs. Hazel Myer of Chapel Hill, NC, and Mr. Ronald Rudolph of Savannah, GA; and his nieces and nephew, Kathleen Gormal of Indianapolis, IN, Ryan Rudolph of Savannah, GA and Ashley Diamond of New York, NY.

 

A Mass will be held in the Log Chapel at Notre Dame on Saturday, May 8th, at 4:00PM.  In memory of our brother, donations may be made to the ASPCA, 520 8th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018.  To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Quentin E. Marshall

February 9, 1923 – April 13, 2010

 

 

WALKERTON -- Quentin E. Marshall, 87, passed away April 13, 2010 at the Miller’s Merry Manor in Walkerton.  Quentin was born February 9, 1923 in Sugar Creek Twp, IN to the late George N. and Mary E. (Allee) Marshall. He lived in North Liberty most of his life.

 

Quentin proudly served in the Navy during World War II. On September 12, 1945, he married Genevieve Schweer in Norwich, CT. She preceded him in death. They had three children who survive, Rita (Joe) Hartigan of Fabius, NY, Connie Marshall of Bidwell, OH, and Terry (Dee) Marshall of Tuscola, TX. Also surviving are two sisters, Jacquelyn Steagall of Wappingers Falls, NY, and Beverly Stanley of Norfolk, VA.

 

Quentin was self employed, giving music lessons and tuning pianos.

 

Cremation will take place. No services are being held. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Heather Anne Genovese

Oct. 6, 1989 – April 12, 2010

 

OSCEOLA – Heather Anne Genovese, 20, passed away Monday in Ft. Wayne at her college apartment where she attended Indiana Purdue Ft. Wayne (IPFW).

Heather was born in Lansing, MI on October 6, 1989 to Paul F. and Mary J. (Clancy) Genovese, they both survive of Osceola.  Other surviors include: her sister Lynnalison Shannon of Roswell, GA; her brother Michael R. Genovese of Osceola;  her paternal grandfather Peter P. (Joyce) Genovese of  Jacksonville, FL; her paternal step-grandfather Al Ferguson of  Benton Harbor, MI; her paternal great-grandfather Paul Sineni of Dowagiac, MI and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Heather was a four year varsity letter winner on the PENN High School Softball Team and member of the Class of 2008.  She was a sophomore student athlete at IPFW on a Softball Scholarship and was an Academic Honors Student majoring in Educational Psychology.  While at Discovery Middle School she received the Pride, Hustle, Desire Award.  Heather will be remembered for:  her beautiful smile, vivacious personality, fun loving spirit, determination, her loyalty to family and friends as well as her gifted athletic ability.

A celebration of Heather’s Life will be held on Saturday at 10:30AM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd), Rev. Mark Waltz, of Granger Community Church, officiating.  Friends may call Friday from 4-8PM and on Saturday from 9:30-10:30AM before the funeral. She will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, following.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the PENN Athletic Dept. i/c Softball Coach Beth Zachary so a college scholarship for a softball player in Heather’s name can be established or to the IPFW Athletic Dept. i/c Softball Coach Amy Tudor. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Mary Catherine Stopczynski

October 31, 1928 – April 11, 2010

 

VANDALIA, MI -- Mary Catherine Stopczynski of Michigan, formerly of Granger, passed away peacefully April 11, 2010 with loving family at her side.

 

Mary Catherine (also known as Cakie) was born October 31, 1928 to the late Gerald P. and Bernadine (Riffel) Kintz.

 

On February 7, 1948, she married Alex Stopczynski, who preceded her in death after 60 years of marriage on April 10, 2008.  Those left to cherish her memory are five daughters, Carolyn (Phil) Malstaff of Granger, Linda (Booge) Einfalt of South Bend, Patty (Rodney) Snyder of South Bend, Joan (Jack) Thomas of Hastings, Michigan and Pam (Kim Daugherty) of South Bend; four sons, Jim Stopczynski of Elkhart, Dr. Bob (Gisela) Stopczynski of Granger, Bill Stopczynski of Elkhart, and John Stopczynski of Mishawaka. Also surviving are two brothers, Jack (Leona) Kintz of South Bend, Jerry Kintz of South Bend, and sister, Joyce (Dick) Mead of South Bend; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

Mary Catherine was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  The center of Mary Catherine’s life was being a homemaker and raising her nine children, passing down to them those family traditions of cooking and gardening, and their devotion to their faith by attending Mass for many many years at St. Pius X in Granger, and then St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Vandalia, Michigan, where they retired.

 

Mary Catherine enjoyed watching figure skating and playing Bingo, hoping to hit the jackpot. Family vacations consisted of camping and fishing with her late husband, Alex, and solitude moments of swinging on her glider, watching the birds, overlooking the lake.

 

She had a passion for nurturing abandoned animals, including her pets Luke and Lucy and her beloved cats, Lucky and Baby.

 

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7PM in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road, where there will be a parish Vigil Service at 6:00PM .

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Thursday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where friends may call one hour prior. Entombment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

 

Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To send condolences, please visit: www.McGannHay.com.


Elizabeth Ann Long

May 15, 1921 – April 5, 2010

 

GRANGER-Elizabeth A. Long, 88, passed away April 5, 2010. On September 19, 1945, she married the love of her life, Edgar A. Long. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Jim (Suzanne) Long of Granger; two grandchildren, Amy (Christopher) Kidney of Palm Springs, CA and Scott Long of Dallas, TX; one sister, Barbara MacGregor of Pine Island, FL; and one brother, Herb Teuscher of New York, NY. No services are being held. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



June 10, 1936 - Mar. 31, 2010
MISHAWAKA 
- Barney E. Shilts, Jr. "Putter", 73, passed away March 31, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Judith; daughters, Lori Shilts and Teri Lanning, both of South Bend; son, Brian (Angela) Shilts of FL; adoptive daughter, Tam Mason of South Bend; brother, James Shilts of Alpena, MI; and three grandchildren, Michayla Marganti, Shannon Lanning and Brianna Clark. No services are being held at this time. To send condolences to the family, please visit 
www.mcgannhay.com.


Aug. 19, 1928 - March 30, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - Marilyn J. Dvorak, 81, of Mishawaka, passed away in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Marilyn was born in Mishawaka on August 19, 1928, a daughter of the late James Eugene Radican and Merie Irma Griffis Radican. She was a 1946 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, South Bend. Marilyn was a homemaker, raised seven children, and later worked as a sales representative for a grocery wholesaler. Marilyn was a loving sister, mother and grandmother. She was extremely proud of her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to raising a family and working, she volunteered at her children's school, her church, Camp Fire, St. Joseph's Hospital in South Bend and Plymouth, and the Family Justice Center. She was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister: Clovis Radican, Roger Radican, Duane "Pete" Radican, Norman "Dean" Radican, James Radican, Robert Radican and Rosemerie Yoder. Her brother, John "Jack" Radican, survives her. Marilyn is survived by her seven children: Michael (Kathleen) Dvorak, Patrick (Wendy) Dvorak, Kathie (Guy) Miranda of Warren, Ohio, Margaret "Peggy" (Bernie) Bolka of Cassopolis, MI, Suzanne (Bruce) Michaels, Daniel (Robyn) Dvorak of Manhattan Beach, CA, and William Dvorak III of Ventura, CA. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: Ryan (Angie) Dvorak, Todd (Sarah) Dvorak, Sean Dvorak, Brett (Sofie) Dvorak, Carrie (Steve) Brennan, Brady Dvorak, Casey Dvorak, Tyler Dvorak, Lindsay Dvorak, Erica (Jim) Lomax, Nicole (Will) Mayfield, B.J. (Courtney) Bolka IV, Lee Bolka, Erin Michaels, Wesley Michaels, Brittany Michaels, Adrienne Michaels, Stacy Dvorak, William Connor Coit and Alexandra Dvorak. Great-grandchildren: Lily Mayfield, Liam Mayfield, Lila Mayfield, Oliver Dvorak, Caroline Dvorak and Bernard Joseph "J." Bolka, V. Visitation will be held today, March 31st, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 S.R. 23 (enter off Cherry Road), Granger, Indiana. There will be a vigil service at 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir Road & SR 23, Granger. Friends may also call from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday in the church before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Family Justice Center, 711 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617-2801; or to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences to the family may be made by logging on to 
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Robert A. Schoen

Dec. 7, 1922 - March 28, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Robert A. Schoen, 87, passed away March 28, 2010. On July 5, 1947, he married the love of his life, Mary Schoen, who preceded him in death in 2009. Surviving are three sons, David, Terry and Dan (Misty) Schoen, all of South Bend. Robert proudly served his country in WWII, and retired as a foreman from the Bendix Corp. No services are being held.



June 20, 1911 - March 26, 2010
SOUTH BEND
 - Pauline E. (Rickel) Severeid, 98, died Friday in Hospice House. Born June 20, 1911, in Tippecanoe, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Rickel. She had four sisters and one brother who also preceded her in death. In 1940 Pauline moved to South Bend to attend South Bend Business College. She met and married Epamanondous Stewart in 1941. They had two daughters, Sandy and Sherri. Epamanondous died in 1965. She later married Ward Severeid, who died in 1978. Pauline spent her later years traveling, sewing, and playing bingo. She was an avid reader, loving Danielle Steele books. She also enjoyed gardening and had a great love of flowers. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be missed by all. Surviving are two daughters, Sandy (Lee) Holland of Niles, MI, and Sherri (Jim) Britton of Mishawaka; grandchildren, Kim Holland of Granger, Jim (Mitzi) Holland of Granger and Jeff (Margot) Holland of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Chad Raptis of AZ, Lee Kelly Raptis of Granger, Ally, Justin and Morgan Holland of Granger, Zoey and Brady Holland of Chicago; and great-great-grandchildren, Faith and Grace Raptis of AZ. A family celebration of her life will be held in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, Edison Road, on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Pauline's friends may call one hour prior.


Lucy S. Gottman

Nov. 8, 1925 - Mar. 25, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Lucy S. Gottman, 84, passed away March 25, 2010. She is survived by three children, Richard C. and Jill Ann Ogle, both of South Bend, and Lori Sue Gottman of Arkansas; brothers, Vito, Sebastian and Willie Colletti; sister, Ann Seniuk, sister-in-law, Mary Colletti; all of New Jersey; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Private services will be held by the family. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Jacque C. Hudson

September 8, 1926-March 21, 2010

 

SOUTH BEND – Jacque C. Hudson passed away at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, of natural causes.

Jacque was born on September 8, 1926, in South Bend, IN., to the late Frank and Genevieve (Dauer) Hudson. He had one brother, Jerry, who preceded him in death, and a sister, Phyllis, who survives.

On November 23, 1946, he married the former Rosemary Personett, at The First Baptist Church in Mishawaka, and they recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.  Rosemary survives along with their children, Susan (Tom) Montgomery of South Bend, Sally (Mike) Gray, of Bay City, MI., and Robert (Linda) Hudson, of South Bend: one granddaughter, Pamela (Chris) Smith: and seven grandsons, Michael and Timothy Urbanski, Tom and John Montgomery, and Nicholas, Benjamin, and Lucas Hudson: five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Riley, Alexandra, Victoria, and Tradd.

Jacque was an artist and had a true gift of being able to do anything with wood. Whether it was building, refinishing, or repairing furniture, his services were in demand throughout the area. He worked at many of the local furniture companies, most notably Mishawaka Furniture, Christianson’s, and Ries’s. He worked for piano and organ stores, including Hedman’s, Shirks, and Peltz. He also worked repairing furniture for local moving companies including Hall’s, Woodworth’s, and Allied.

Jacque never really retired from work. His work was also his hobby. He loved his profession, and he only stopped working when he could no longer carry his tool box.

Jacque was an unselfish man who put the needs of his wife and children above all else. He worked seven days a week, to provide the best life he could for his family.

Cremation will take place and a graveside ceremony will take place at ST. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, 375 W Cleveland Rd., Granger, IN, on April 3, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

Contributions in memory of Jacque C. Hudson may be made to the American Lung Association.  To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



George W. Campbell



Dec. 4, 1922 - March 10, 2010
MISHAWAKA
 - George Washington Campbell, D.D.S., 87, of Mishawaka, IN, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on March 10, 2010, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Born in Connellsville, PA, a 1940 graduate of Connellsville High, he played basketball and graduated from Westminster College in 1944. George was an ensign in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific. In 1950 he graduated Pitt Dental School and was the first oral surgeon in Beaver County, practicing 35-plus years in Rochester, PA. At Pitt, he met the beautiful Lois Ruff of Etna, married 1950 for 56-plus years, settling in Beaver Falls, PA, raising three daughters, building a successful oral surgery practice, retiring in 1989. George served his beloved Pitt 18 years on the Board of Trustees, retiring as Trustee Emeritus; 19 years on The Medical Center of Beaver County board; 12 years as School Director, becoming the first President of the Blackhawk School Board; and was a Salvation Army board member. He was a delegate for two Republican Presidential Conventions, and loved playing golf with his buddies at the Beaver Valley Country Club, serving a term as president. George and Lois were blessed with many friends who stayed in touch as they moved to Naples, FL, and South Bend, IN. In South Bend, they built another circle of devoted friends. Thanks to all their friends and to the very special caregivers at Tanglewood and Senior Care. Dr. Campbell attended many Pitt games through the years. He attended all games Pitt played at Notre Dame during his last six years. He took great pride that Pitt was undefeated in South Bend while he was living in the shadow of the Golden Dome! HAIL TO PITT! George was preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Ruff) Campbell; his parents, Dr. Clyde Sparks and Catherine (Strawn) Campbell; and brother, Clyde Sparks (Pat) Campbell Jr. He is survived by his sister, Mary Katherine (Kay) Miller of Connellsville; his loving daughters, Jill (Phil) Foster of South Bend, IN, Beth (Travis) McFarlin of Memphis, TN, Lynn (John) Schuholz of Cincinnati, OH; and his grandchildren, George and Kit Foster, Seth and Meredith McFarlin, Rebekah and Patrick Schuholz; and several nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome to join family members at his 10:30 a.m. memorial service on Friday, March 19th, in First Presbyterian Church, Beaver, PA. In lieu of flowers, please forward memorial contributions to the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Suite 440 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261; to Westminster College, Gifts, New Wilmington, PA 16172; or to a charity of choice. To send condolences to the family, log on towww.McGannHay.com.




Donna J. Robinson


Nov. 11, 1938 - March 15, 2010
EDWARDSBURG
 - Donna Jean Robinson, 71, passed away unexpectedly at SJRMC on March 15, 2010, with her family by her side. Born in LaSalle, IL, November 11, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Ronald and Clara Robinson. The family moved to Niles in 1940. Donna graduated from Niles High School in 1956. She then began her RN training at Michael Reese Hospital's School of Nursing, Chicago. Upon graduation, with her passion in the psychiatric field, she began working at Illinois Psychiatric Institute where she worked for over 30 years, ending her time there as Unit Supervisor. She was honored by being a guest speaker in 1959, representing nationwide psychiatric nurses at the National Psychiatric Convention. Donna always believed that helping people was her calling, and she was great at it! She later retired from Memorial Hospital as Unit Nursing Director of Behavioral Health. Donna then decided to do volunteer work. Nothing would hold her back from making a difference in other people's lives. She was a grade school mentor at Ross Beatty School in Cassopolis, and also volunteered weekly for the 
American Cancer Society and the Cancer Institute at SJRMC up until her passing. Donna is survived by her close companion of 34 years, Kay Conlon of Edwardsburg; two sisters, Karen Robinson and Kathy Deka of South Bend; a niece, Samantha Thalman, Niles, MI; nephew, Jason Deka, Prescott, AZ; great-nephew, Samson Thalman; and a great-niece, Scarlet Thalman. Donna's primary need/concern was to help others before self, so always had a helping hand and wonderful smile for everyone. She was passionate about nature, reading, traveling, and kept five beautiful gardens at her home. She was also a wonderful chef and truly lived her life to the fullest. Donna will be truly missed by everyone who knew and met her. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 'sRelay For Life Team. Cremation will take place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


 





Donald A. Kruk

June 3, 1931 – May 6, 2009

Granger-Donald A. Kruk, 77, passed away May 6, 2009.

Born June 3, 1931, in South Bend, IN, he was the son of the late Alex and Rose (Kokot) Kruk.  Also preceding him in death was a sister, Patricia Gordon.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Jean (Molnar) Kruk; son, Jeffrey T. (Cheryl) of South Bend; daughters, Michele (Paul) Pejza of Canton, MI, Lenore (Kevin) Stuber of Edwardsburg and Lisa Coryell of Mishawaka; brother, Richard (Neoma) of South Bend; sister, Mary Lou (David) Kowalski of Granger; and five grandsons, Jamie and Corey Pejza, Casey (Christina) and Donald J. “D.J” Stuber, and Dylan J. “D.J.” Coryell.

Donald retired from Uniroyal Plastics Company in January, 1989 after 36 years of service. He worked in the sales department.

He was a member of the Uniroyal Mishawaka Management Club, St. Pius X Senior Group and the American Legion Post #161, Mishawaka, IN.  Mr. Kruk was a Korean War Veteran and served with the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, May 11, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where friends may call one hour prior. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct. South Bend, IN  46637. To send condolences, please visit  www.mcgannhay.com.





 

 






James D'Arcy Chisholm

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May 16, 1931 - May 3, 2009
SOUTH BEND - James D'Arcy Chisholm, 77, of South Bend, Indiana, died on May 3, 2009. D'Arcy was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, then moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, as an infant. Following graduation from Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, he attended the University of Notre Dame. He left Notre Dame in his sophomore year to join the Marine Corps and volunteered to serve in Korea where he was awarded two Purple Hearts. After his discharge he returned to Notre Dame to complete his bachelor of arts degree in economics, graduating in 1956. He moved to Southern California that same year to begin a career in the business world that included being president of the Chamber of Commerce in Lancaster, California, West Coast Manager of Industrial Development for the Del Webb Corporation, Vice President of Southern California Operations with Milton Meyer & Co. Realtors, President of Capital Real Estate Management Co. and Trustee of Angeles Mortgage Investment Trust. While with the Del Webb Corp. he was nominated for consideration as Assistant Post Master General to the U.S. Post Office in Washington, D.C., becoming one of three finalists. He also served on special assignment to Governor Pat Brown of California and as a transition team member for then Governor Ronald Reagan of California. In 1980 D'Arcy left the presidency of CREMCO to volunteer his services at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the staff of the Institute for Pastoral and Social Ministry, now the Institute for Church Life. During his tenure as Assistant Director of IPSM he teamed with then Dean of the Notre Dame Law School, Dr. David Link, to found the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Seeing the needs of the homeless and the limits of shelter facilities, they championed a campaign to rectify the problem. The Center opened its doors on December 18, 1988. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother, Pat (Gloria) Chisholm; children, Pamela Gould, Robert (Pamela) Chisholm, Julie (Marine) Cano, Eleanor McCreary, Michael Spydell, Lori (Michael) Wagner and Craig Spydell; 14 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2-5 PM on Sunday, May 10, with a recitation of the Rosary at 4:30 PM in McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel at 2313 E. Edison Road near Ironwood. The Rite of Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, on Monday, May 11, at 9:30 AM, with Rev. Edward Malloy, CSC, officiating and Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, as homilist. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in D'Arcy's memory to the Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.McGannHay.com.

 


Marilyn K. Swartz

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Jan. 22, 1937 - May 3, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Marilyn Katherine (Kubsch) Swartz, 72, passed away at 1:23 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2009, in South Bend, IN, with her family by her side. Marilyn was born on January 22, 1937, to the late Nadine Kubsch Horton in South Bend, IN, and had resided in South Bend her entire life. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nadine, as well as by her brother, Fredrick Charles Kubsch. Marilyn also had a very special friend, Maxine Miltenberger, who preceded her in death. Marilyn graduated from Washington-Clay High School in 1955. Two years later, on May 18, 1957, Marilyn married her soul mate, Robert Leroy Swartz Sr., who survives. "Bob is the best thing that could happen to me. He is my soul mate and I will always love him," Marilyn once wrote. Robert had a special nickname for Marilyn, "Babe." Marilyn and Robert built their home in 1964, down the street from Notre Dame. This is where they raised their four surviving children, Robert (Sandra) Swartz of Osceola, IN, Joni (Marvin) Buwa of Niles, MI, Julie (Nector) Echevarria of South Bend, IN, and Charles (Tracy) Swartz of Mishawaka, IN. Marilyn was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Nicholas, Robert and Nicole Swartz, Christopher and Donald Swartz, Amanda Batiz, Elisa and Elena Echevarria, and C.J., Shelby, Emily and Maggie Swartz. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Nicole and Brittany Hedman, and one great-grandchild, Adrian Mabry, who is due in July. Family was the most important thing to Marilyn. She loved to be surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren. Their love and support gave her strength as she fought her illness. Marilyn especially loved babysitting and spending time with her four youngest grandchildren, C.J., Shelby, Emily and Maggie. They gave her a new sense of life and a reason to battle, along with countless hours of laughs, love and company. "God sure has blessed me with this family and grandchildren," Marilyn said. Besides family, Marilyn's other interests include doing crossword puzzles, having complete control of the television, electronic video games, playing BINGO, and bowling. Her witty sense of humor will truly be missed by everyone. Visitation will be today, May 6, 2009, in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, where friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Road, on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 10 a.m. Following the Mass, Marilyn will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. "I want all my kids to know that I love them very much. They have always been my pride and joy." - Marilyn Swartz.

 


 Beverly E. Walter

Nov. 25, 1932 - March 18, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Beverly Elizabeth (Martin) Walter, 76, passed away in St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend, after a short illness. Mrs. Walter was born to the late Robert Isaac and Alice Elizabeth Martin in South Bend. She graduated from Clay High School in May 1950. Mrs. Walter went on to attend college at Saint Theresa College in Winona, MN, graduating in 1955 with her medical technology degree. After graduation she worked for the South Bend Medical Foundation as a medical technologist. In May 1956 she married William D. Walter in South Bend. She and her husband made their home in Mishawaka, residing there for 49 years. Later, Mrs. Walter worked as a medical technologist for five years at Miles Laboratory in Elkhart. Mrs. Walter is survived by her husband of 53 years, William, and her two children, Amy Baim of Muncie, IN, and David (Kim) of South Bend. She had four grandchildren, Nate and Laura Baim of Muncie, IN, and Brittany and Ashley Walter of South Bend, IN. Mrs. Walter had two half brothers, Richard (Jane) and John (Julie) Martin, both of Bloomington, IN. Mrs. Walter also had two stepsisters, Jan (Kevin) Belton of Napa Valley, CA, and Sue Ellen Schell of Mishawaka. A Memorial Scripture Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 11th, in the First Presbyterian Church in Mishawaka, where Mrs. Walter was a member. Immediately following the service refreshments will be served by the Presbyterian Women's Group. Elisabed Imerlishvili of the Toradze Piano Studio will play Beverly's college piano recital pieces. Contributions may be made in Beverly's memory to the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund. McGann Hay Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


John E. Dragovich

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Feb. 21, 1925 - April 28, 2009
SOUTH BEND - John Eli Dragovich, 84, of South Bend, passed away in his home on April 28, 2009. Mr. Dragovich was born February 21, 1925 in Provident, OH to the late Eli and Mary (Kepic) Dragovich. On May 12, 1951, he married Thelma Mitchell who preceded him in death in 2002. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Chelko, and a brother, Joseph Dragovich. Surviving him are seven children: Joseph M. of Mishawaka, Mary Beth Marsolais of South Bend, John E., Jr. (Amy) of Jacksonville, FL, Lucille M. (Michael) Buckman of Dallas, TX, William A. (Kathleen) of Ellicott City, MD, Anne C. Dragovich of South Bend and Stephen H. Dragovich of South Bend as well as nine grandchildren. After graduating from Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, OH, Mr. Dragovich was recruited to the University of Notre Dame by Frank Leahy on a Football Scholarship but decided to play baseball instead. He graduated from Notre Dame with a BS and MS Degree. Mr. Dragovich proudly served his country in World War II in the Third Army under General Patton. He worked in the South Bend Community School Corporation for 27 years as a teacher and coach. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers, the Retired Teacher's Association and the Notre Dame Alumni Association of St. Joseph Valley. Friends may call from 4-8 PM, with a Wake Service being held at 5 PM, today, May 1, at the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hill & LaSalle, South Bend. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend, IN or the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences or get directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

 

Sept. 3, 1960 - April 27, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Mr. David L. Klimek, 48, of South Bend, passed away Monday evening. Mr. Klimek was born on September 3, 1960 in South Bend to Louis and Josephine Klimek. He earned a BS from Indiana University and had attended graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. David was employed for many years as a Mechanical Engineer. He is survived by his mother, sister and brother-in-law, his wife and son, age 15. He was preceded in death by his father Louis Klimek who was a decorated WWII Navy Veteran. He was an active and dedicated lifetime member of Little Flower Catholic Church. Mr. Klimek was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council # 553, he was also a member of BPO of Elks Lodge # 235. David was active in coaching he son's sports teams through the years which included: Irish Youth Hockey, St. Pius X Football and Clay Little League. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame Sports. Through these activities he instilled in his son a love of sports and sportsmanship. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Little Flower Catholic Church at 11:00 am today, May 1st, with Rev Cornelius Ryan, CSC, Pastor, officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to mass in the church. Committal services will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to The Building Fund at Little Flower Parish, 54191 N. Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN 46637. McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences to the family please log on to their web site at:
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July 20, 1972 - April 26, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Timothy Charles Hardt, 36, of South Bend, IN, passed away April 26, 2009, from complications during heart surgery. Born July 20, 1972, he was the son of Charles and Melinda (Lehman) Hardt. His father preceded him in death. On July 7, 2001, Tim married the former Lauren McClenahan, who survives. He is also survived by his mother, Melinda of Crown Point, IN; brother, Jeff Hardt of Indy; sister, Beth (Chad) Salsman of Indy; niece, Ava Grace Salsman of Indy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Linda McClenahan; and his beloved dog, Emma. Tim was a science teacher at Washington High School, South Bend, from 1995 to the present. In that time he achieved the Teacher of the Year Award. He had many passions including wood working, camping, and he loved to cheer on the Lady Panther's basketball team. He was a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame, but his loyalty was to his alma mater, IU Bloomington. The family is receiving friends from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, May 4th, in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. A private committal service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tim Hardt Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Teachers Credit Union, PO Box 1395, South Bend, IN 46699, or to any other TCU location. To send condolences or get directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

 



Eleanor H. Campbell

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Sept. 21, 1919 - April 22, 2009
GRANGER - Mrs. Eleanor Helen Campbell, 89, of Granger, passed away at Regency Place, late Wednesday night, following an illness. Mrs. Campbell was born September 21, 1919 in South Bend, to the late Larry J. and Clara M. (Fluegel) Bojewicz. On April 20, 1946 she married John D. "Jack" Campbell. He passed away on November 16, 1982. She enjoyed playing Bridge and often played at the Elks Lodge #235, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, South Bend. Eleanor is survived by her son, J. Scott Campbell of Granger; and sister, Ginnie (Don) Roe of Denver, Co. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara A. Campbell; and brother, Robert Boyer. A graveside service will be held today, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery, with Rev. John Klimczyk, Associate Pastor at St. Patrick's Parish, officiating. McGann Hay, University Chapel is helping arrange the services, to send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

 



Frank Sherman

May 21, 1912 – April 18, 2009

MISHAWAKA
—Mr. Frank Sherman, age 96, passed away
Saturday in his residence at Tanglewood Trace.

He was born in Columbus, OH and lived in South Bend all of his adult life.  He was a US Army Veteran and served two years in the Philippines and Japan during WWII.  He was married for 68 years to the former Ruth Berg, who predeceased him.

Mr. Sherman was a Merchandise Manager at Robertson’s Department Store.  After his retirement he was a volunteer for more then 20 years in the gift shop at St. Joseph
Regional Medical Center, South Bend.  He was a member of Sinai
Synagogue.

He is survived by his two sons: Peter R. of Washington, DC and
Lee A. of Arlington, VA.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday at 11am at the Hebrew
Orthodox Cemetery, Jefferson & Logan with Rabbi Michael Friedland,
officiating.  McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Homes is in charge.
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Diane E. “DiDi” Conner

November 24, 1995 --April 3, 2009

Granger, IN--Diane E. “DiDi” Conner, 48, of Granger, IN, passed away suddenly in her home on April 3, 2009. 

She was born December 4, 1960 in Los Angeles, CA, to the late William and Betty Botsford. 

On November 24, 1995, Diane married Fred Conner. He survives.  Also surviving are three sisters, Connie McLaughlin, Maryanne Langley and Jeanne Green; four brothers, James, Michael and William and John Botsford, all of California; and twelve nieces and nephews.

Diane will be sorely missed. She always cared for other’s needs before herself.  She touched many hearts and will be forever remembered.

A memorial service is being held at the Conner family residence on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00pm.

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Diana Lynn (Postelli) Helton

May 26, 1945 – April 5, 2009

Eau Claire, MI- Diana “Dee Dee” Postelli Helton passed away April 5, 2009, with her family by her side.  She suffered a massive stroke and couldn’t recover.  Diana was 63. She was born May 26, 1945 in St. Joseph, MI to Michael N. and Eleanor (Pullens) Postelli. 

Diana loved spending time with her family, friends and especially her 3 grandchildren.  She loved to read and play cards with her special cousins, Fran Postelli, Marie Shockly and Shirley Loomis; and playing scrabble with her mother.  She enjoyed lunch on Wednesdays with her mother; sister Carole, and daughter, Laura; and loved when her son, Billy, would cook her breakfast every morning. She also loved the casino, which is why she was called “queen of the slot machines.”

She worked at Lake Michigan College for 22 years and loved every minute of it. Also, she was the co-owner of DD’s Trading Post for 15 years. 

She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in May, 1963, and later married Bill Helton, Jr. November 9, 1963.  They shared 45 loving years of life together. Diana was a wonderful, friendly woman and she always had a warm smile.  Those who knew her will miss her.  She is survived by husband, Bill; daughter, Laura (J. Shannon) Helton-Adams; their children, Jonathon and Shanna; son, William M. Helton; his daughter, Caroline; mother, Eleanor Postelli; brothers, Michael (Jean) Postelli Jr. and John (Natalie) Postelli;  sister, Carole (George) Rosenthal; several nieces and nephews; and her high school friends, Linda Whitaker Meyers; and Sherry Whitaker Knight.

She was met in Heaven by her father, Michael Postelli, Sr.; grandmother, Augusta (Betty) Jones; and her special cousin, Joey Postelli. 

Memorials can be made to the family, in care of Laura Adams, 2509 Park Rd. Eau Claire, MI 49111.  A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in her home, 2535 Park Road, Eau Claire, MI 49111. John, Arnold and Boyd Saylor will be officiating the service, while Judy Saylor will be leading the music. Anyone who wants to attend is welcome.  

Mom always said “Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father, who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow and everyday.  Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations and say continuously, ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart has trusted Him and I am helped. He is not only with me, but in me, and I in Him.’”


Oct. 2, 1935 - April 6, 2009
GRANGER - Lucille Marie Clemons, formerly of Gladwin and Grass Lake, Michigan, 73, died Monday, April 6, 2009, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend, Indiana. She served in the U.S. Army in the 14th Army WAC band, and had a career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) until 1979. She is survived by one daughter, Debbra (Robert) Talvensaari of Granger, Indiana; and two sons, Daniel (Robin) Clemons of Linden, Michigan, and Daryl Clemons of Whitmore Lake, Michigan. She had six grandchildren, Christopher Clemons, 28, Jason Clemons, 24, Dale Clemons, 24, Candice Clemons, 22, Jennifer Talvensaari, 21, and Travis Clemons, 20. Memorial services will be held April 24, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, where she will be laid to rest next to her deceased and beloved husband, Carl Wayne Clemons. Lucille loved her cats, gardening, reading, classic movies and, in earlier years, was actively involved in community theater and was an avid golfer. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society .http://www.cancer.org/docroot/don/don_0.asp. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.



Jan. 11, 1946 - April 5, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Mr. Oakley Lewis Rogers, 63, of Roseland, passed away Sunday at 2:51 p.m. in Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Lewis was born in South Bend on January 11, 1946, to the late Oakley Glen and Sedret (Pearson) Rogers. He is survived by a sister, Nina M. (Russ) Huss of Roseland, and a brother, James M. Rogers of Sullivan, IN. Memorial donations may be made to McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend, IN 46615-3515, to help defray cremation costs.
 

 

Florence Morris

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Nov. 10, 1911 - April 4, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Florence Morris, 97, of Chicago, IL, formerly of South Bend, IN, passed away April 4, 2009. Born November 10, 1911, in Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Moss. In 1933 Florence married Julius Morris, who also preceded her in death in 1989. She is survived by one son, Mitchell Morris of Chicago, IL; one daughter, Frances (Richard) Ugoretz of San Diego, CA; and a sister, Toby Hersh of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Florence was a past president of the Sinai Synagogue Sisterhood. Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6th, in the Chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sinai Synagogue. To send condolences, please visit
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Robert McGuan

October 19, 1944 – April 2, 2009

 

SOUTH BEND—Mr. Robert McGuan, 64, of Catalpa Dr., passed away Thursday at 10:35am, at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross.

 

Mr. McGuan was born in Chicago and came to this area 15 years ago.  He was a United States Army Military Veteran of the Viet Nam War era serving from 1963-1966.  Mr. McGuan worked for many years as a Longshoreman in the Steel Mills in Northwest Indiana until his retirement.  He was a member of the Longshoremen’s Union.

 

He is survived by a brother, Daniel Joseph McGuan,Esq. of Maryland. He was beloved by those that knew him and was a kind and graceful man according to those who cared for him at Holy Cross.  In the short time he was there he touched their lives.

 

McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd. has been entrusted with his cremation.  No services are planned at this time.   Condolences maybe sent by logging on to: www.McGannHay.com.  Memorial Donations maybe made to any charity. 


Jeffery L. Luber

December 2, 1941 – March 27. 2009

 

GRANGER—Mr. Jeffery Lynn Luber, 67, of Granger passed away Friday at Memorial Hospital following an illness.

 

Mr. Luber was born in Lafayette, IN on December 2, 1941 to Clayton Talbet and Elsa Faye (Lambert) Luber.  Mr. Luber was a manager at Southern Wine & Spirits Company.

 

He is survived by cousins: Robert W. (Marie E.) Lambert of Granger  and Laurel (Richard) Melton of Cincinnati, OH, Bob Peterson of Oregon, John Lambert of  Florida, Charlie Lambert of Granger and Greg Peterson of Texas; nieces: Amy of North Dakota, Jackie (Michael) Platz of Osceola, IN and two nephews: Ron (Kelli) Lambert of Elkhart and Jeff (Angie) Lambert of Granger.

 

Private burial will be Monday at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.  McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.  Memorial donations in Jeff’s name may be made to John Hagee Ministries, P.O. Box 1400, San Antonio, TX  78295-1400.


Jacquelin N. Libstaff

November 12, 1929 - March 25, 2009

 

Middlebury—Mrs. Jaquelin  “Jackie” (Crites) Libstaff, 79, passed away on Wednesday at Goshen General Hospital following an illness.

 

Jackie was born on November 12, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Clarence Clifford and Dorothy Bell (Ripple) Crites, Sr.  She is survived by her husband of nearly sixty years Harold Monroe Lidstaff of Middlebury; her son Harold Henry “Mick” Libstaff of Adrian, MI and a brother Harold (Ruth) Crites of Horton, MI.

 

No services are planned. She will be cremated and her ashes will be buried later at Gracelawn Cemetery in Middlebury.  McGann Hay, American Cremation Society, South Bend was allowed to help the family. 

 

Memorial donations may be made in Jackie’s memory to: Care at Home & Hospice Services, 1721 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526. Condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to www.McGannHay.com.



Jan 2, 1930 - Mar. 23, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Ellen Virginia McMahon, 79, of South Bend, IN passed away on Monday March 23, 2009 in her residence. She was born in South Bend to William James and Urbany (VanDeWalle) McMahon. They preceded her in death. Her brother, James; and nephew, Dr. Michael J. McMahon also preceded her in death. Surviving are a brother, Joseph (Mary Ann); sister-in-law, Anne (Kil) McMahon; niece, Mary Katherine McMahon of Chicago; and five nephews, James Patrick (Amy) of Carmel, IN; Kevin Michael (Martine) of Lockport, IL, Brian Sean (Jodie) of Granger, David William (Kimberly) of Sarasota, FL and William McMahon of St. James City, Fla. Other survivors include her beloved great-nieces and great-nephews: Ashley, Allison, David Michael, Julie, Angelina, Kyle, Mitchell, Dylan, Shannon, Hanna, Ryan, Keri and Michael. Ellen was a dedicated professional retiring from Associates after more than thirty years of service. She spent her weekends entertaining her beloved family and friends at their cottage on Donnell Lake. She was a devoted member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, where she volunteered her time in the parish office for many years. Her love for the church and especially the Blessed Mother is what we will remember most when we think about "Auntie Ellen." A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Ellen tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, corner of Hill & LaSalle, South Bend with Rev. John DeRiso, CSC, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm today and from 8 to 8:30 am tomorrow at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood Dr. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm today at McGann Hay. Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County for St. Joseph High School for the Michael J. McMahon Scholarship Fund, PO Box 837, South Bend, IN, 46624. To send condolences to the family or for directions, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

Nov. 25, 1946 - March 19, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Antonio L. "Tony" Becerra, 62, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away March 19, 2009. He was born in Cuba on November 25, 1946. He is survived by two sisters, Catalina and Barbara Becerra of Cuba; his girlfriend, Sandra Gonzalez of Mishawaka; and by many friends. Tony worked in the maintenance department at Notre Dame for over 26 years. He will be remembered for his charisma, his love of dancing and animals, and for being a great friend to everyone he would meet. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The McGann Hay Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help cover funeral arrangements. To send condolences, please visitwww.mcgannhay.com.


Handwork Jr., Bertrand A
.
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April 9, 1927 to March 18, 2009

SOUTH BEND - Bertrand A. Handwork, Jr. was born in South Bend, Indiana on April 9, 1927 to Ianthe Cole Handwork of South Bend and Bertrand A. Handwork, Sr. of Huntington, Indiana. As grandson of Dr. Elmer Ward Cole and Alice West Cole he grew up in the parsonage of the First Christian Church on Main Street. He attended Madison Elementary, South Bend Central High School and De Pauw University where he was an ATW. He was a noncommissioned officer in the Army Air Corps during his early military service. After receiving a master's degree from the University of Stockholm he reentered the military service as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve. During these years he taught social studies at Madison School where he was also coach. After graduation from the Command and Staff College in Manhattan, Kansas, he served the remainder of his service time on active duty. He received many medals, letters of commendation, and a master's degree from the Army War College. His final promotion was to Colonel while serving as an instructor at that post in Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Handwork; his brothers, Larry Handwork of Huntington and Ronald Handwork of Sarasota, Florida; and his former wife, Nancy Bittle Handwork of Fairfax, Virginia. His children include: Ruth Nieboer (Kourtney), Susan Bacs (Aron) of Orlando, Florida, John Handwork of Clackamas, Oregon, and Julia Thomas (Mark) of Fairfax, Virginia. His grandchildren are Geoffrey, Elizabeth, and Emily Nieboer; Aron and Gordon Bacs; John, Ryan, Melissa and Matthew Thomas. He also has two great-grandchildren: Sydney Baugh and Anna Finkelstein. Funeral services will be at 1 pm on Monday, March 23, 2009, in the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. at Jefferson, with Rev. Susan Beamer, Interim Pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Friends may call on Monday from 11 am to 1 pm in the funeral home. Military Honors and burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Col. Handwork's memory to First Christian Church, 1001 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.
Myers, Harry Bruce
May 22, 1926 - March 17, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Harry B. Myers, 82, passed away Tuesday. He was born May 22, 1926, to the late Bruce and Edna Myers. He is survived by daughter, Shirley Myers of South Bend; two sons, Tom (Becky) Myers of Indianapolis and John Myers of Syracuse; daughter-in-law, Jacquiline of Osceola; and three grandchildren. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the McGann Hay, Morning Star Funeral Home, 21275 W. Cleveland Road. Services will be at the funeral home on Friday at 1:30p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Reins of Life. www.mcgannhay.com
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 3/18/2009
Mast Jr., D. John
July 20, 1943 - March 14, 2009 SOUTH BEND - Mr. Donald John Mast Jr., 65, passed away Saturday at 5:43 a.m. in Memorial Hospital. Mr. Mast is survived by a son, Mitchell Mast of California; three sisters, Donnajean "D.J." Tehl of South Bend, Martha (Dominique) Grand of Grenoble, France, and Barbara (John) Meloy of Florida; and a brother, Douglas (Lauren) Mast of South Bend. A sister, Joan Dubin, predeceased him. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Homes, 435 S. Ironwood Drive, is handling the cremation. No services are planned.
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 3/18/2009


Witz Sr., Charles A.
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July 30, 1922 - March 13, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Charles A. Witz Sr., 86, passed away March 13, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Roher; and two sons, Terry and Robert Witz. Survivors include daughter, Marjorie (Delmar) Robinson of South Bend; two sons, Charles Jr. (Mary) of Plymouth and William of Mishawaka; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, at 11:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Associationwww.mcgannhay.com



Smith, Anna Tutino
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Sept. 24, 1950 - Mar. 12, 2009
SOUTH BEND- Anna Tutino Smith, 58, of South Bend, IN, passed away March 12, 2009 in Cardinal Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 24, 1950, she was the daughter of Dominic and Teresa Tutino, who preceded her in death. A brother, Louis, also preceded her in death. On October 25, 1980, she married Roman Smith, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Laura of Cincinnati, Joseph of South Bend, and Rita of Indianapolis. Anna attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1968. She also graduated from the South Bend College of Commerce. She worked ten years in the Notre Dame Financial Aid Office, before leaving to raise her children. She later returned to the same office and completed an additional sixteen years of service. Anna was a Sacristan and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at St. Joseph Church in South Bend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Saint Joseph Church, South Bend. Visitation will be held Monday at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, Edison Rd., from 4-8 p.m., with a rosary being said at 4:30 p.m., and from 11-12 on Tuesday, also at the funeral home, prior to the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Church, South Bend or the Notre Dame General Scholarship Fund. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Horvath, Arthur Louis
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May 10, 1932 - March 5, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Arthur Louis Horvath, 76 of Mishawaka, IN, passed away March 5, 2009. He was born May 10, 1932 in South Bend, IN to Michael and Mary Horvath. They preceded him in death. On April 5, 1969, Arthur married the former Johna L. Bowmar. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Patricia King of Houston, TX, Arthur M. (Jana) Horvath and Pamela Rice, both of South Bend; eight grandchildren; and five great-grand children. Art was a proud Navy Veteran. He was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooter's Association, the Chain O'Lakes Gun Club, where he was a past-president, the Illini Indians, and Tracy United Methodist Church. He was inducted into the Indiana Trap Shooter Association Hall of Fame, and was the Indiana State Shoot singles title Champion in 1973. A memorial service will be held at Coalbush United Methodist Church, 15977 Jackson Rd., at SR 331, Mishawaka, IN on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Dinner will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Amateur Trap shooting Association (Hall of Fame), 601 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377 or Tracy United Methodist Church, 1702 E. Hwy 6, Hamlet, IN 46532, or to the donor's choice. To send condolences please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



King, Elaine L.
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Feb. 11, 1947 - Feb. 28, 2009
NILES - Elaine L. King, 62, of Niles, MI, passed away on February 28, 2009. Born February 11, 1947, in Lebanon, IN, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alfreda Fellmy. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965 and Ball State University in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree. On June 5, 1969, she married Dr. Robert B. King. He survives. Elaine is also survived by daughter, Allison (Robert) O'Connor of Baroda, IN; son, Brett King of the US Navy Submarine Corps; three grandchildren, Hanna, Maggie and Grace O'Connor; and one brother, Charles T. Fellmy of North Point, FL. Mrs. King accompanied her husband to Belgium in 1970, where he attended Medical School. She worked for CPC International, becoming the head of the company's capital expenditure for Europe and North Africa. Upon returning to the states, she became a full-time housewife and mother. Later in life she became an avid genealogist and family historian, researching the family's ancestry and times. Cremation is taking place, and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, to the Humane Society or to the donor's choice. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.




Frederick, Robert J.
Aug. 10, 1938 - Feb. 28, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Robert J. "Bob" Frederick, 70, passed away February 28, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two children, Kathleen "Kathy" (Mike) Martinczak of SB and Paul (Barbara) Frederick of NV; a sister, Peggy Boin of OH; a brother, Joe (Candy) Frederick of MI; and two grandsons, Richard and Kevin Martinczak of SB. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, in the Community Congregational Church, with visitation one hour prior. Memorial donations may be made to the church. www.mcgannhay.com

 

 

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Cohn, Elliot I.
 
May 27, 1916 - Feb. 24, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Elliot I. Cohn, 92, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly from South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2009. Born May 27, 1916, Elliot was the son of the late Leo R. and Mayme (Kolinsky) Cohn. In 1944 he married Ruby "Bobby Lee" Zimmerman. She preceded him in death April 26, 2000. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Devorah Wald and Sheila Dekel. Elliot is survived by his daughter, Judy (Andy) Orent of Cincinnati, OH; two sons, Richard (Lisa) Cohn of Cranbury, New Jersey, and Stuart (Nedra) Cohn of South Bend; six grandchildren, Jaime and Jackie Orent of Cincinnati, OH, Melissa Cohn of New York, Amy (Michael) Mayer of Chicago, IL, Jeffrey Cohn of Granger and Lindsey (Jeremy) Nelson of San Diego, CA; and two great-granddaughters, Madeline Ruby Mayer and Alexandra Nelson. Mr. Cohn was a member of Temple Beth-El, Masonic Lodge #45, Elks B.P.O.E. #235, the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and the Morris Park Country Club. Services will be held on Friday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, Hadassah, or to the charity of one's choice. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


 
Haynes, Lois J.
 
Oct. 27, 1933 - Feb. 18, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Mrs. Lois J. Haynes, 75, of South Bend, IN passed away February 18, 2009 in South Bend, IN. Born October 27, 1933, in Fort Wayne, IN, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Traubant) Weschgel. On June 26, 1954, she married Henry Clay Haynes. He preceded her in death May 29, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her beloved son, Gregory C. Haynes on October 29, 2008. Lois is survived by one daughter, Tracie (Brett) Day, of South Bend, IN; daughter-in-law, Karla Haynes of South Bend; and four grandchildren, Patricia J. and Clayton T. Haynes and William Z. and Scarlett S. Day, all of South Bend, IN. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today, February 20, 2009 at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send condolences, or for directions, please visitwww.mcgannhay.com.




Rupley, Francis J.
 

Oct. 3, 1920 - Feb. 16, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Francis Rupley, 88, died peacefully under the care of Hospice at 1:20 p.m. on February 16th. His beloved wife died October 20, 2008, and they are now together as they were for the 68 years of their marriage. He is survived by his two sons, Michael L. Rupley and Charles A. Rupley; three grandchildren from his son Michael: Michael Rupley Jr., Cheryl Sweeney and Laura Ivers; a granddaughter from his son Charles, Sara Rupley of metropolitan Chicago; nine great-grandchildren from his son, Michael, Jordan and Logan Sweeney of Bloomington, IN; Nicolas, Susan, Re-becca and Jacob Rupley, of Mishawaka; Kyle, Glen and Ryan Ivers of Syracuse, NY; and, a great-granddaughter from his son, Charles, Page Rupley of metropolitan Chicago. Francis J. Rupley served in the U.S. Navy during WW-II and was married on May 4, 1940. After several jobs as a young man, he owned and operated A-1 Supermarket in Osceola which evolved from a grocery store to a country and western nightclub with live country bands that seated 200-plus, along with an adjacent pizza parlor. Francis particularly enjoyed time with his family and friends at their cottage on Diamond Lake where his passion was trolling for the "big fish" until the wee hours of the night. He was a hard worker who went above and beyond for his two sons, helping them out in any way he could as they grew into middle-aged adults. He loved his wife, Ruth, dearly and her recent passing was very difficult for him. He lived a rich, a full life, and he will be deeply missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Francis on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Little Flower Catholic Church on North Ironwood Road. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the McGann-Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road at Ironwood Drive. Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Catholic Church. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


Deardorff, Lloyd
 

Feb. 16, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Lloyd Deardorff, 93, of Fountainview Place of Mishawaka and a lifelong resident of Ardmore, passed away on Monday, February 16th. Lloyd is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Bill) Tofthagen; three sisters, Madelyn (Sam) Larken, Geraldine (Jerry) Toner of Niles and Dorothy (Bob) VanDusen of South Bend; and sisters-in-law, Norma Deardorff of Mishawaka, Dorothy Sapusek of South Bend and Phyllis Hoover of South Bend. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Lloyd (Karen) Gregory, Clark (Sonja Johnson) Gregory, Charles Gregory, Larry and Gary Tofthagen, Cora and Jeremy (Amanda) Wagner. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Hazel (Higbee) Deardorff; his wife, Corabell (Temple); brothers, Carl and Edward; a daughter, Mary Helen Singleton; and his longtime companion, Virginia Imus. Lloyd was a charter member of the Ardmore Lions Club, which was formed in 1956. When they disbanded he became a member of the Clay Township Lions Club. During his membership he held many offices including president, treasurer, zone chairman, district governor in 1964 and 1965, and was an honorary member. He was also a member of Bowlers Country Club, Ardmore Wesleyan Church and Bendix Old Timers Club. Lloyd was employed by The Bendix Corporation for 33 years, and retired in 1973. Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 19th, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 South Ironwood Drive, and one hour before services, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 20th, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on West Edison Road. The family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care Lloyd received during his residence at Fountainview Place. The residents and staff quickly became his extended family because of the love and care he was always given while living there. Memorial contributions may be made to Lions Club Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan.



Blue, William C. "Bill"
 

Jun. 18, 1936 -Feb. 12, 2009
GRANGER - William C. "Bill" Blue, 72, of Granger, IN, passed away Thursday, February 12, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy (Cobb) and his three children, Scott (Lynn Ellis) of South Bend; Victoria (Stephen) Gobeli of Dallas, TX; and Christopher (Joy Atkinson) of Greenville, SC; along with seven grandchildren, Kevin, Tim, and Eric Blue, Adrian Jane and Zachary Gobeli, and Thea and Lyle Blue. He is also survived by his brothers Byron and Craig and his sister, Pam Whitehead. Bill was born on June 18, 1936, in Ney, Ohio, to William and Lucille Blue. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautical engineering. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he maintained his close friendships with his brothers all his life. After graduation, Bill married the love of his life, Judith Ann Cobb. He worked as an engineer for many years. He and Judy lived coast to coast before finally returning to South Bend where Bill worked with his father in the family business. Eventually, he started his own company, Bludot, Inc. The center of Bill's life was always his family which extended to a wide circle of friends. Loved by many and respected by all who met him, Bill's larger than life personality filled the room. His sense of humor was contagious and those who knew him would confirm that he made everything fun. He was a generous, caring person who was there for anyone who needed him. He had a solution for every problem and solved the problems of many people who called upon him. Bill always "had a plan" and was constantly thinking about how to make the lives of others easier. He cared about those he never knew, devoting his time and resources to the Center for the Homeless as well as personally putting together and sending care packages to the troops in Iraq. He is loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. The void will not be filled. Plans to celebrate Bill's life are for visitation from 4 to 8 pm, Sunday at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd) Granger. Services will be Monday, February 16th at 2:30 pm in the Granger Chapel. Graveside services and burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park Memorial donations can be made to the Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601 or to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Joesph County, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Sumption, Jack G.
 

May 22, 1914 - Feb. 12, 2009
EDWARDSBURG - A bright shining star dimmed here on earth, but now Heaven is shining ever brighter. Jack G. Sumption passed away in the early morning of February 12, 2009, in Elkhart General Hospital. He was born May 22, 1914, in South Bend, Indiana, to George E. and Agnes C. (Saberniak) Sumption. His father was an early descendent of St. Joseph County, Indiana, who first settled in South Bend in 1830 in an area known as "Sumption Prairie." He is survived by his wife, Terry (Otis) Sumption, his faithful companion who added much love and joy to the last years of his life; his nephews, Robert A. (Diane) Sumption of Cassopolis, MI, and James A. (Susan) Sumption of South Bend, IN; a niece, Mary G. Persyn of Valparaiso, IN; great-nephews, Arthur, Dan and Michael Sumption; great-nieces, Jennifer Sumption-Reed and Deanna Sumption-Jordan; his stepchildren, Jimmy R. (Catherine) Otis of South Bend and Doug Otis of Mishawaka; his special friends, Maury Cocquyt, Bev Jacques, Rita and Dave Weiss, Bob Harwood, Jay and Boyd Harwood, Loretta Schmidt and the entire Rose Brick family. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Arthur J. (Ila) Sumption, and sister, Geraldine (Henry) Persyn. On October 23, 1944, in Baltimore, MD, he married Clare Rita Miller, who later died in August 1981. On December 10, 1985, in Edwardsburg, MI, he married Peggy Reese, who later died on April 19, 2002. Jack, very lively and social, began his long and fulfilling career first at the Studebaker Corporation where he learned the basics of hard work and dedication. During WWII he worked for U.S. Rubber on the production of liners for airplane fuel tanks in Baltimore from 1942 to 1947, where Jack met his first wife, Rita. After returning to South Bend he went to work for the Ullery Coal Company in 1948. In 1961 Rose Fuel and Materials acquired Ullery Coal Company and their best salesman ever, Jack. The Roses became like a second family to him and an important part of his life. During his time at Rose Fuel he recruited and mentored his very special friend, Bev Jacque. He worked for Rose Fuel and Materials until his retirement in 2007. During his long career, Jack formed lasting relationships in the Home Builders Association with special friends, Dave and Rita Weiss, Bob and Brenda Ross, Jim and Jane Cerney, and Jim Arendt. Jack was a member of the Home Builders Association of St. Joseph Valley for 55 years. In February 2008 Jack received a special award for his 50-year membership in the National Association of Home Builders. In 1968 Jack won the "Top Spike of the Year" award for selling more NAHB memberships than anyone else in the entire nation. In 1969 he pushed his sales even higher and became one of only seven members in the United States to earn the coveted Red Coat award. Jack helped to build the Holy Family Catholic Church in South Bend where he was a longtime member and volunteer. Jack's motto was "life lived to the fullest" which he proceeded to do in full force and never stopping. His love for life was contagious and his laughter and sense of humor infectious. Jack was an avid Notre Dame football fan and was a season ticket holder for over 50 years. He could say that he knew Knute Rockne and loved to say he was commonly mistaken for Lou Holtz Sr. and enjoyed signing autographs for the ladies. He could be found at most every tailgate with beer in hand and around fun-loving crowds. Jack prided himself in being a connoisseur of fine foods and would always be seeking out the locally owned restaurants. His favorite places to dine were Rocco's, Simeri's and Sunny Italy. Jack's favorite place of all time was Maury's Pub (formally known as Pat's Colonial Pub) where he met Maury Cocquyt, who became like the son that he never had and his best friend. It was also the excellent staff at Maury's Pub who made it his favorite restaurant. At Eagle Lake Jack enjoyed dining at Stacy's, where he had a table dedicated with a plaque in his honor. He enjoyed visiting with the owners Kevin (Fish) and Stacy along with his good buds, Tom (Cub) Williams, Dave and Maryann Taylor, Leslie Paul, Billy, Dennis, the great staff and a host of many others, too long to mention. His newest favorite hangout was Between the Buns in Granger where he made fast friends with the manager, Phil, and his pleasant staff. Jack enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and walking with his special canine companion, Casey. He loved riding around in his convertible, top down and sun shining with Terry and Casey, ball caps and sunglasses on. Jack spent many a lunch out on the town with his caretaker, Kim Garland, who's company and care helped keep him going. He could be found in the summer taking leisurely boat cruises around Eagle Lake with his friends and family or just sitting on the patio watching the boats and the sunsets with Terry. Where there was fun and good times, Jack was in the middle of it. He attracted people wherever he went and made so many special friends during his long and fulfilling life. Jack will be missed very much by all who knew and loved him. His smile and charm will live in our hearts always. When asked once about his love life, he said "I have enjoyed the hell out of it, and I love to meet new people. Life is good - you just gotta live it!" In recent months the news of the economy effected Jack and his concern for the people in the community, as he had experienced much of the same during the Depression. To honor Jack's memory the family requests that you help us "Stuff a Bus" of non-perishable foods or money donations to help our community. Please join us in celebrating Jack's life by bringing items to the funeral home today. Other donations may be made to Pet Refuge or to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Visitation will be held today, February 15th, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 13260 SR 23 (enter off of Cherry Road), Granger, IN. The funeral service will be held Monday, February 16th, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Lake, 24832 US Hwy 12, Edwardsburg, MI. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Graveside services and burial will be held at Sumption Prairie Cemetery, South Bend.
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Johnson-Beck, Barbara
 

Oct. 29, 1948 - Feb. 8, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Barbara W. Johnson-Beck, 60, of South Bend, IN, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on February 8, 2009. Born October 29, 1948, in Niles, MI, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Leland and Lois Charlotte (Walker) Johnson. Also preceding her in death were her beloved son, Robert Allen Beck, Jr.; and a sister, Marjorie Lois Johnson. She will be greatly missed by her children, Julie (Greg) Spurgeon of Mishawaka, Patricia (Alan) Penrose of South Bend, Barbara Beck of KY, Kimberly (Bryan) Tudor of OH, Paul (Wendy) Beck of Mishawaka and Tracie (Eric) Hunsberger of Mishawaka; the father of her children, Robert Allen Beck Sr. of South Bend; sisters, who were like her angels, Carol (Tom) Holley and Eileen (John) Bennett, both of Mishawaka; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially near the water, bird watching, fishing and Notre Dame football. However, nothing pleased her more than spending time with her family and friends, but most importantly, her grandchildren and her sisters. She was a longtime member of American Legion Post 303, and retired from Simplicity Products. Friends may call in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, enter off Cherry Road, on Wednesday, February 11, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m., where friends may call a half-hour prior. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. The family would like to thank all those who made a difference in her life.


Robertson, Marcia
 

Aug. 9, 1925 - Feb. 7, 2009
ELKHART - Visitation for Marcia Frye Robertson, 83, will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a service to follow on Thursday, February 12th, in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, Granger, Indiana. Marcia was born August 9, 1925, in Elkhart, Indiana. She was the daughter of Benjamin Smith Frye and Anne Craig Frye. Marcia died February 7, 2009, at her home in St. Charles, Illinois. Marcia Robertson was a longtime resident of Evanston, IL, where she and her husband Neil raised their three children. Marcia was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Evanston and active in The Women's Club of Evanston. Her many volunteer activities included serving on the board of The Park Ridge School for Girls, The Women's Board of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, and the House Board for the Pi Beta Phi Chapter at Northwestern University. Marcia was preceded in death by Neil, her husband of 54 years, her parents, and her brother, David Craig Frye. Marcia is survived by her children, Connie (James) Meister of St. Charles, IL, Bruce (Anne) Robertson of Midland, TX, Carolyn (Christopher) Meyer of Indianapolis, IN; her grandchildren, Carolyn Meister, John Meister, Craig Meister, Philip Robertson, Elizabeth Robertson and Carl Meyer; her sister, Connie McKeague; and by her brother, John Frye. Marcia's family and friends will fondly remember her creative talents, her humor, and her sense of adventure. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633; or online at www.alz.org. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Kolodziej, Marilyn Jo
 

Oct. 28, 1939 - Feb. 6, 2009
GRANGER - Marilyn J. Kolodziej, 69, of Granger, IN, passed away on February 6, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born October 28, 1939, in Dowagiac, MI, she was the daughter of John Berwyn and Mildred Luetta (Brewer) Sellers, who preceded her in death. Marilyn was a 1957 graduate of Niles High School, and later attended the Michiana College of Commerce. She will be greatly missed by her children, Michael (Christina) Kolodziej of Granger, Mark Kolodziej of Mishawaka and Kristine (Joe) Weber of Mishawaka; a sister, Kay Griggs of Ohio; grandchildren, Amy (Mike) Lietzau, Kate (Tom) Gillis, Kelly (Shelby) Howard, Lesli Kolodziej, Angela Kolodziej, Haley Kolodziej, Michael Kolodziej and Mark Paul Kolodziej; and two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Lietzau and Shelby Howard V. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today, February 10th, in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Rugged Cross Church, 60041 Vermont Street, Pokagon, MI 49120. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Howard, Larry H.
 

Oct. 24, 1947 - Feb. 5, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Larry H. Howard, 61, of South Bend, IN passed away February 5, 2009. He was born October 24, 1947 in LaPorte, IN, to the late Ernest and Ginus Howard. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by many friends and caregivers. They include Randy Sims, Susan Davis, Gail Ricketts, Edgar Alleyabu, Terrance Hunter, Frank Mwaisaka, Regina Mbowera, Keziah Mwangi, Loice Taruwinga, Wezzie Munthali, Stephen Ogola, Ndumiso Maseko, Stephen Muchiru, Andrew Muturi, Janet Kazora, Charles Masunya, Annette Lungu and Tiffany Lehaman. Larry will be especially remembered for his love of coffee and his ability to flirt with women. He really enjoyed going to Denny's and Bob Evans for breakfast. He enjoyed shopping at the mall, especially at the pet store. Larry loved meeting new people and always having a friend by his side. Friends may call from 11 to 3 with a funeral service at 3:00 p.m., at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, Edison Rd. on Monday, February 9, 2009. Burial will follow on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Riverview Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Pet Refuge, Inc. or Pets Connect, Inc. To send condolences, please visitwww.mcgannhay.com.


Reese, Woodford H.
 

Jan. 15, 1915 - Jan. 31, 2009
EDWARDSBURG - Woodford "Woody" Reese, 94, of Edwardsburg died 2:30 am on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Cass County Medical Facility, Cassopolis. He was born January 15, 1915 in Booneville, MS to Thomas and Alice (Starling) Reese. On November 7, 1943 he married Dorcie L. Hill in Osceola, AR. She survives with two daughters, Bonnie (Jack) Seiler of Holland, MI, and Brenda Reese of Granger; two grandchildren, Mark Kelley of Holland, MI and Kristy (Joe) Leininger of Mishawaka. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Richard Woolner. Mr. Reese was 1 of 13 children. Surviving are Joe "Shorty" Reese of Elkhart, Doris Sailor of Elkhart, Willie Reese of MO, and Essie Hill of Osceola, AR. In his early years he served in the Army Reserves, farmed, worked construction, and also worked many years at Du Well Metal Products in Bangor, MI until the plant closed. Later he worked at Sailor Manufacturing in Elkhart, IN. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. A memorial service will be held at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, on Saturday, February 14th at 1 pm. Memorial Donations may be made to the Cass County Medical Facility, or to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. To send condolences, please visitwww.mcgannhay.com.


Herbruck, Daniel C.
 

Jan. 26, 1943 - Feb. 3, 2009
MISHAWAKA - Daniel C. Herbruck, 66, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away February 3, 2009. He was born January 26, 1943, to Carl and Loveoan (Hartman) Herbruck, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, MI, in 1961. In June 1964 he married Barbara Jefferies. They had two daughters, Angela Herbruck of Chicago and Amy (Tom) Cosper of Leesburg, IN, who survive him. He is also survived by three brothers, Darrell (Maureen) of Mt. Pleasant MI, Douglas (Jackie) of De Witt, MI, and Dallas (Teresa) Herbruck of Lansing, MI; and six grandchildren, David, Evan, Sean, Kelly, Phillip and Scott. In November 1984 he married Lorriane Warren, who preceded him in death in 1998. Daniel worked over 22 years for Wheel Horse Products. He was union president for The International Union of Electrical Workers while working for the Thermoplastics Co. in Mishawaka. He retired in 2001. He will be remembered for his love of photography, sailing and gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. Cremation is set to take place. Friends may visit with the family in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR 23, on Friday, February 6, 2009, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Carter, Shirley L.
 

Jan. 22, 1922 - Feb. 2, 2009
PLYMOUTH - Mr. Shirley L. Carter, 87, of Plymouth, IN, died February 2, 2009. Born January 22, 1922, in Grass Creek, IN, he was the son of the late Ernest and Goldie (Good) Carter. On September 18, 1943, he married the former Marjorie Wentzel. She survives. Also surviving are three sons and one daughter, James (Susie) of Traverse City, MI, Robert (Jane) of Big Rapids, MI, Valerie (David) Kemble of Kewanna, IN, and Jeffrey (Janice) of Mishawaka; a sister, Phyllis Adams of Argos, IN; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and one more on the way; and his beloved dog, Daisy. Shirley formerly lived in Culver, Niles and Goshen before settling in Plymouth. As a youth, he caddied at the Culver Military Academy Golf Course and became an avid and accomplished golfer. He played regularly at the Plym Park Golf Course in Niles, MI. Also, Shirley was a proud veteran who served nine years in the Army Air Corps. During WWII he served two tours of duty in Panama with the 53rd fighter group, and obtained the rank of master sergeant. He also served in the Korean War. A memorial service will be held in New Song Community Church, 400 N. Kingston off E. Jefferson, Plymouth, IN, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.

Simons, John J.

 

Nov. 3, 1953 - Jan. 31, 2009
SOUTH BEND--Formerly lived many years in Elkhart. In memory of our beloved loving son, father, brother and uncle, John "Jamie" James Simons, born Nov. 3, 1953, who graduated from John Adams High School in 1971. He played trumpet from elementary through high school bands, and also played a bass guitar and trumpet in the 12th Street Crossing band. He was a professional welder for 30 years. His hobbies were refurbishing classic cars, building pot belly stoves, and models of WWI and WWII airplanes, battleships and submarines, and he was avid about Star Trek and NASCAR races. He is survived by his mother, Sheila R. Ward; stepfather, Roger E. Ward; children, David and Bobby Simons; mother of his children, Debra Simons; and a grandson, Alexander Simons. He is also survived by his brother, Daniel Joseph Simons; sisters, Mara Jeanne Shirley, Crystal Lynn Montgomery, April Ann Woodworth and Rebecca Rae Banks; twin nieces, Sarah Belle Gordan and Angela Marie Salazar; nephews, Michael Anthony Myers, Patrick Ross Myers, Tyrus Stephen Bell Jr., Thomas Jerome Bell, Ryan Jacob Banks and Charles Douglas Shirley; great- nieces, Kayla, Christina, Taylor and Joy Gordan, Janey Salazar and Rachel Bell; and great-nephews, Michael Myers Jr., Thomas Bell Jr., Bryce and Jace Banks. Cremation is being handled by the McGann Hay, Morning Star Funeral Home, South Bend, IN. Memorial services will be held by Pastor Tom Thews in St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1001 West Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, on February 14, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Fitzgerald, Edna

Nov. 19, 1909 - Jan. 30, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Edna nee-Mudd (Lumma) (Ackerman) Fitzgerald, 99, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross in South Bend, Ind. Edna was born to James and LuAnn (Higdon) Mudd on Nov. 19, 1909, in Grayson Springs, Ky. Her formative years were spent in Sawyerville. She graduated from Benld Township High School with the class of 1929. On Aug. 14, 1931, she married the love of her life, Henry Lumma. They had four sons, Richard, James, Robert and Michael. She lost Henry to cancer in 1950. In 1955 she married Henry Ackerman and spent 14 years with him until losing him to cancer as well. In 1972 she married Raymond Fitzgerald, who also preceded her in death. She enjoyed being with her family, cooking, entertaining, playing poker and helping others. Edna is survived by her sons, Richard and Beatrice Lumma of South Bend, Ind., James and Barb Lumma of Jerseyville, Robert Lumma of Hazelwood, MO, and Michael and Sandy Lumma of High Ridge, MO; grandchildren, Mary and John Behrens, Beth and Pat Pingle, Dan and Tracy Lumma, Catherine Lumma, Jim and Sharon Lumma, Bridget and John Pargulski, Rick and Jamie Lumma, Heather and Chris Dohrn, Mary and Bob Sander, Greg and Alissa Lumma, Steve and Veronica Lumma, Scott Lumma and Mike Lumma; 30 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Lumma; and other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Garlon and Edward Mudd; and her three sisters, Nova Mudd, Virginia Grachalla and Myrtle Wickenhouser. In celebration of her life, visitation will be at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, IL. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 155 North Main Street in Glen Carbon, with Fr. Steve Pohlman as celebrant. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, 17475 Dugsdale Drive in South Bend, IN, 46635, and may be accepted at the funeral home. Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon is in charge of arrangements.



Jones, Vera H.
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Sept. 7, 1913 - Jan. 29, 2009
ELKHART - Vera H. Jones, 95, of Elkhart, formerly of South Bend, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Vera was born on September 7, 1913 to Clyde G. and Ethel F. (Hoffman) Olsen. On July 22, 1939, she married Clifford K. Jones. A life long resident of South Bend, Vera retired from Bendix Corporation in May 1972 after more than 30 years of service. She was a member of the Apostolic Temple, South Ironwood Road, South Bend. She is survived by a sister, Marjorie Everett of Pontiac, Michigan; a niece and several nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her twin sister, Verna Ruff; another sister, Sarah Litty; and two nieces. A brief service will be held, before interment, at 1:00 p.m. today (Saturday, January 31) in the chapel at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.



Delahanty, James L.
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Nov. 11, 1917 - Jan. 27, 2009
SOUTH BEND - James Lester Delahanty, 91, passed away January 27, 2009. James was born on November 11, 1917, in Detroit, MI, to the late Edward Lawrence and Pearl Rivard Delahanty. The family moved to South Bend in 1930 where Edward was employed by the Studebaker Corporation. James is survived by his wife, Maggielee (Lancaster) Delahanty. They were married on May 10, 1941 in St. Matthews Catholic Church in South Bend, now called St. Matthews Cathedral. He is also survived by a daughter, Kathleen (William) Stover of St. Petersburg, FL; son, James Jr. (Sue Carrico) Delahanty of West Branch, MI; son, Kevin (Patricia Cudahy) Delahanty of Lawton, MI; and daughter, Jane (Jay) Edmonds of Paola, KS; brother, Thomas of South Bend; and sister, Evelyn Beeler of Bristol. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward, Jr. and two sisters, Marie Thompson and Pearl Shippam. Mr. Delahanty attended Central High School and graduated from Notre Dame in 1940 with a degree in Business Administration. He also attended Indiana University of South Bend. While pursuing his education at Notre Dame, he was employed at Studebaker and served as Sports Editor of the Studebaker Spot Light. After graduation from Notre Dame, Mr. Delahanty went with Automotive News in Detroit as Associate Editor. He returned to South Bend and went with the Uniroyal Corp. until his retirement in 1967. During WWII, Jim enlisted and graduated from the United States Naval War College in Plattsburg, NY. He has always been closely connected to Notre Dame and served as the permanent reunion chairman until 2000. He was given the honor of "Man of the Year" by his fellow classmates. He attended every ND home game from 1939 to 2001, when it became more enjoyable to watch them on T.V. Jim was a life member of the Elks Lodge 235 in South Bend and served as the Inspector on Election Day for many years. A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Anthony de Padua Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. where the family will receive friends a