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Brown, Jane, 89, of South Bend, died Saturday; , Granger


Joseph W. Mitchell
                                        January 17, 1935 -January 19, 2015

Joseph William Mitchell, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday surrounded by loved ones.            
Joe was born in Lumberton, NJ on January 17, 1935 to the late Joseph William and Alice (Thomas) Mitchell.  On February 7, 1959 he married Julia Loretta Werz in Ft. Wayne, IN.  He was an honorably discharged veteran of the Korean War.  He found employment in the business he loved…Fly Fishing, founding his company River Tenders.  He was also the founder of the St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fisherman’s Club.  He was a long time member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger.
Survivors include his wife Julia L. Mitchell of Mishawaka; a daughter Denise (Pat) Parker of Granger; a son Michael J. (Dawn) Mitchell of Elkhart; two grandsons: Mitchell Parker and Brian Parker; his twin sisters: Monica (Bud) Evans and Mary Ann (Jerry) Tyner; three brothers Stan Mitchell, Johnny (Ilene) Mitchell and Billy Mitchell.
 A funeral mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Joe on Friday January 30th at 11:30am at St. Pius X Parish, with Rev. Terry Coonan, Associate Pastor officiating.  The family will receive guests from 10:30 – 11:30 am in the church prior to mass.
Memorial donations may be made to Julia Mitchell to help defray costs.  To send condolences or share FISH STORIES and/or FISH PICTURES with the family log on to:

Lucille Jane “Dolly” Simon
                                         July 22, 1931 - January 17, 2015

Lucille Jane “Dolly” Simon, 83, passed away Saturday at 5:45am at Morningside Nursing and Memory Care Center.

Dolly as she was known by her friends and family was born on July 22, 1931 in Mishawaka to the late John Edward and Anna Dorothy (Stencel) Collins. She was married on October 27, 1951 to Frank Geza “Sy” Simon who survives of South Bend. She worked as a Procedure Writer at Data Link before her retirement in 1993 after ten years with the company. She was a member of St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church.  Dolly loved antiquing with her family.

Surviving along with Sy are two daughters: Rebecca (Ronn Kirkwood) Simon and their two children Ellie and Maggie Kirkwood all of Whitefish Bay, WI; and Vickie (Mark) Wallace and their three children: Nicholas (Racheal) Wallace and their daughter Willow Wallace and Matthew Wallace and his children: Brayden and Avah Wallace; and Elizabeth Wallace all of Perrysburg, OH. Also surviving is a sister Gladys Nowak of South Bend. Along with her parents, Dolly was predeceased by her siblings: Ann Voss, Virginia Micinski and Edward Collins.

The family would like to thank Harbor Light Hospice for their kind help. Special thanks goes to the staff at Morningside Nursing and Memory Care Center for their loving care of Lucille.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison near Ironwood, with Rev. David Rupert, Pastor of St. Anthony’s officiating.

Memorial donation may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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James E. Huffman
                                 March 20, 1937 - January 17, 2015

James E. Huffman, 77, of Granger, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17, at 7:30pm at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Jim was surrounded by his family, who took great comfort knowing that he was met in Heaven by God and his daughter, Cynthia, after a life very well lived.

Jim was born on March 20, 1937, in Fort Wayne, to Clarence and Ruth Huffman. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 17. He graduated from South Side High School, Fort Wayne, in 1955. Jim went to IU and Ball State before doing what he really dreamed of, becoming a United States Marine. He was honorably discharged in December, 1959.
Jim married Jean Ellen Kammerer on December 20, 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kendallville, IN. They were blessed with four children: Deborah Ellen, Laura Elizabeth, Cynthia Elaine and Matthew Edward.

Jim had a 42 year career with International Harvester/Navistar. Jim was initially hired as a clerk typist in 1960. Over many years, with great integrity and hard work, Jim became a highly respected executive, leading teams in financial analysis and manufacturing accounting. Jim traveled throughout the world for International Harvester/Navistar; his favorite travels were to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Job transfers and promotions took Jim and Jean from Fort Wayne to Chicago to Springfield, OH; back to Chicago and finally to Monterrey, Mexico. Jim retired in 2002. Jim and Jean returned to their home state of Indiana, where they bought a home in Granger. They also spent a lot of time with their family at their lake cottage on Eagle Island on Waldron Lake. Jim worked hard throughout his career, and he and Jean were an incredible team. Jim taught each of his children to embrace their educations and careers and, equally important, to always have fun at work. Jim and Jean were gracious and generous hosts who loved to entertain guests in their homes. Jim was also a fantastic storyteller; his stories will remain with us always.

Since moving to Granger, Jim and Jean have been very active with their congregation at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles MI. He served as the President of the congregation for the past 10 years. Jim believed very much in giving back, and being kinder than necessary. He truly enjoyed serving God and others while being a leader within his congregation.
Jim had recent health challenges, and his family is grateful to Jim’s doctors and the many kind nurses and health care professionals at Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Michiana Health and Rehabilitation Center. We are also very appreciative of pastoral support from Jim’s dear friend and pastor, Reverend Carl Bassett.

Jim leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Jean, and their children Deborah Deutsch (Dennis Barnum), Laura Windahl (John), and Matthew Huffman (Kari). He was a wonderful Grampy to Luke and Kendall Deutsch, Adam Voss and Justin Voss, Lily and Conor James Huffman. Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia, on July 11, 2013, his parents, his mother and father-in-law, two brother-in-laws, and a sister-in-law.

Visitation will be at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd., on Tuesday at 5-8pm. Funeral services will be at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Niles, MI on Wednesday, January 21 at 11:00am, with family receiving visitors an hour prior to the
service. A dinner will follow in the church Family Center. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Church, Corunna, IN on Thursday at with Pastor Carl Bassett presiding.
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Louis Ziker
                                         August 28,1916 - January 16, 2015

SOUTH BEND — Louie Ziker, 98, passed away on January 16, 2015.
Louie was born on August 28, 1916. His parents Charles and Anna, and sisters Frances and Seema predeceased him. Brother, Sy Ziker, lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Louie married Doris “Tootsie” Yashun in Baltimore Maryland in 1943, prior to deployment overseas to the European Theater. Louie was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945 with the rank of Captain. Tootsie preceded him in death in January 2003. After the war, Louie returned to South Bend and founded the American Distributing Company, originally located on South Michigan Street and then East Colfax. Louie remained in the business of distributing auto and small engine parts until 1993.

Not one to stay idle in retirement, Louie worked at Acme Air Filter, a company owned by his nephew, Chuck Eder and then for Basney Ford driving the customer shuttle for awhile. Louie also volunteered at Memorial Regional Cancer Center and kept busy well into his late 80s. It was during this time, that he and Tootsie lived in Copperfield Villas and developed long lasting friendships with their neighbors.
Tootsie and Louie had two children: Barbara Ziker Brook and Fred Ziker; four grandchildren: Lisa Juffer, Cara Hardin, Ben Ziker, and Dana Buschmann. Louie was blessed with nine great grandchildren: Brandon, Cole and Samantha Juffer, Noah, Bennett and Elliot Hardin, Daniel and Allison Ziker and Philippa Buschmann. Louie’s extended family, whom he adored as his own children, were: Linda and Ken Sumner, Chuck and Dvorah Eder, Rob Eder and Mel and Sally Silverman.

Louie was a member of Temple Beth-El, South Bend for over 50 years and participated in many Jewish organizations. Louie loved life, travel, and a good meal. He thrived on his social contacts at the public library, O’Brien Center, restaurants and grocery stores. He was a loyal and devoted friend. Louie had a great run through life, may he now rest in peace.

Special thanks go to the caregivers at The Milton Home, South Bend, and Harbor Light Hospice who made the last years of his life comfortable.

The funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00pm at McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood, Dr. with burial to follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth-El Food Pantry or a charity of the donor’s choice. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to:

David W. Willis
                                       September 22, 1949 - January 14, 2015

David Wayne Willis, 65, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family January 14, 2015. He fought a courageous battle with colon cancer and Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Born September 22, 1949, he was the son of the late Joseph and Barbara (Kuespert) Willis. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Willis and Terry Kuespert, Sr.
On March 27, 1976, David married the love of his life, Teresa Ann Sexton. She survives.
Also left to cherish his memory are two daughters and their husbands, who he loved like his own sons: Amy (Monty) Pellow, and Anne (Steve) Held; sister, Barbara (Mick) Bowen; four brothers, Tim, Chuck (Laurie), Rich and Jack (Norma) Willis; and five grandchildren, Clayton and Kennedie Held, Alexis Achterberg, and Skylar and Frances Pellow, all of South Bend.
Dave was Union member of OPCMIA Local 692, area 101, and retired after 30 years of service. He was a devoted family man and an avid Notre Dame Fan. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, fishing, mushroom hunting, and being at Chain-O-Lakes Conservation Club, where he was a life long member.
While proudly serving in the Army,he did a tour in Vietnam in 1969, and was honorably discharged in 1970.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on Sunday, January 18th at 2PM at Chain-O-Lakes Conservation, 26230 Southport Drive, South Bend, IN 46628. Please wear Notre Dame colors-blue, green or gold.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the family to help cover medical expenses.
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Dorothy Shapiro Fromm
                               May 14, 1916 - January 12, 2015

Dorothy Shapiro Fromm 98, was born on May 14,1916 in Fargo, North Dakota. Her parents, Sadie and Morris Shapiro and her older brother, Louis have all preceded her in death.

 On January 16, 1938, Dorothy married Alfred Fromm in Fargo. Al preceded her in death this past March after 76 years of marriage. Dorothy and Al had two children: a daughter, Barbara Cohen (Niessen) of South Bend and Gary Fromm (Nana) of Mishawaka. The Fromm’s had 4 grandchildren: Mimi Dell (Douglas) of Arvada, CO, Cary Cohen (Mishelle) of Indianapolis, IN. Jason Fromm (Nicole Tester) of Gainesville, FL, and Adam Fromm (Kathleen) of Elmhurst, IL. They also had 6 great grandchildren: Michael and Matthew Dell, Kayla Cohen, and Sophia, Nora, and Amelia Fromm. Dorothy was affectionately called “Mom” by both her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

Back in the 1940’s while putting her husband Al through Dental School in Chicago, Dorothy worked as a war secretary and became the supervisor of many young women. Later while raising her family in South Bend, she served for over 15 years as a youth advisor for BBYO, (B’nai Brith Youth Organization). In the late 70’s she was honored with a distinguished Gold Key award and the Hyman Maza Memorial Award for her outstanding and devoted years of service to the Jewish youth of South Bend.

Dorothy was loved by many people during her life in the South Bend community. Although she was small in stature, she was big in heart! She possessed a quiet, sweet and gentle nature with lovely soft skin and hands. Dorothy took great pride in her appearance by making certain she had the perfect shoes, necklace and purse to go with each dress in her closet. Dorothy was quite a lady!

The entire Fromm family wishes to express gratitude and deep appreciation to Rose Riley, for her loving and devoted care for Dorothy during her last years.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 14th, at 1:00pm, McGann Hay Funeral Home at 435 S. Ironwood Dr. with burial following at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka. Memorial remembrances may be made to Sinai Synagogue 1102 E. LaSalle Ave. South Bend, IN 46617, or to the IUSB School of Dental Hygiene, Dorothy Fromm Scholarship Award Fund, ℅ Anne McGraw P.O. Box 7111 South Bend, IN 46634.

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Michael F. Payne
                              February 181953 - December 26, 2014

Michael Frederick Payne, born February 18, 1953 to Edward Dale Payne and Florence Mae Johnson in St. Joe, Michigan, left this life to be with The Lord December 26th 2014.

He graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1971 and was married to and divorced from Tammy Lynn Poff. Mike, as his friends knew him, has one son; Jeremy Lee Payne; and three grandchildren; Phineas, Colt and Grace Payne. He is also survived by one brother, Ron; and one sister, Laurie; their children, Montessa Payne (Tim) Young, and Monique Payne (Brian) Schilling; and their children.

Mike had many friends and was a council to others throughout his life. He was a Christian and a man of peace. He was a self-employed carpenter for many years. Mike loved to hunt and fish. He was inspired by music and loved to ride his motorcycle. His favorite way to spend his time was with his grandchildren. Without materialistic riches, he left a lasting legacy of love.

Memorial services will be held at Calvary Tabernacle on Saturday, January, 24th 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Melvin Feferman
                                October 28, 1946 - Janurary 7, 2015

Mel Feferman, 68, passed away on Wednesday, January 07, 2015, at Memorial Hospital.
Mel was a lifelong resident of South Bend, and for the past several years resided at Ironwood Health and Rehab Center. Often referred to as a “perpetual scholar,” shortly after graduating from John Adams High School, Mel began a 50 year journey of study and learning which continued until his death. A man of vast intellect, Mel was as comfortable on the floor playing board games with children, as he was discussing French philosophy over a cup of coffee. His purity of heart, gentle manner, and playful sense of humor, truly endeared Mel, to those who knew and cared for him.

Born into the union of Henry Feferman and Louise Sandock, Mel was preceded in death by both of his parents. Surviving to cherish his memory are his sisters: Rochelle Feferman Roenfeldt of Wichita Falls, TX, Anne Feferman of South Bend, IN, and his brother, Bennett Feferman of Norristown, PA. He is also survived by his loving cousins, Louis and Diane Sandock, who cared for him as a brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm, on Friday, January 9th, at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Drive in South Bend. Burial will immediately follow at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery on Jefferson and Logan, in Mishawaka. Rabbi Shoshana Feferman will officiate.

The family wishes to thank Mel’s friends and guardians at Real Services who worked to insure Mel’s care and wellbeing. Their efforts helped to provide Mel’s friends and family an opportunity to enjoy their time with Mel and provided for a more meaningful life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations, in memory of Mel Feferman, be made to: Real Services, 1151 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601.

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Magdalyn "Tags" Ball
                                          April 17, 1921 - January 4, 2015

Magdalyn Ball, better known as "Tags," died on Sunday, January fourth,
2015, at the age of 93.Tags died peacefully after a long and wonderful
life, and was surrounded by members of her family.

Tags was born April 17, 1921, in Mishawaka, Indiana, and lived the majority
of her adult life in South Bend, Indiana.

After successfully suing the Board of Realtors for refusing to allow women
with children under the age of 21 into the profession, Tags went on to
become one of the top real estate agents in the greater South Bend area. It
was a career she loved, along with the many people she helped find their
perfect "home". Tags was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Notre Dame Circle and Zonta International.

Tags was preceded in death by her late husband, Richard William. She is
survived by four daughters: Susan Laurie of Boston, Mass., Rebecca Wszolek
of Nassau, Bahamas, Deborah Schnell of Cincinnati, OH.,, and Mary Miller of
Peoria, Illinois, and a son, James Ball of Columbus, OH. Tags also leaves
behind 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her sister Elsie
Baldonie, of South Bend, is her only surviving sibling.

A celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday Jan. 9, 2015 at St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church where she was a long time member with Rev. David Rupert, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. Friends may call on Thursday from 5-7pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood.

Memorial donations in Tags’ memory may be directed to St. Anthony’s Parish, 2120 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615 or to the donor’s own favorite charity.

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Doris M. Chrastil
                                           May 29, 1919 - January 4, 2015

Doris Marie Chrastil died in her home on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the age of 95. She was surrounded by family.
Doris was born in Gosper County, Nebraska, to Marie Debban (Puls) and Arthur Henry Debban.
She grew up on a farm during the era of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. It instilled in her a respect for hard work, a strong determination to do one’s best, and a deep, abiding faith.
While she was working in a creamery in Kearney, Nebraska, she met the love of her life, the late Clarence C. (Herb) Chrastil, whom she married on March 8, 1941. They had three children, the late Margaret A. Bell (Robert), Roger A. Chrastil of South Bend, and Marilyn S. Thompson (Jon) of Granger.
Doris’s family was her pride and joy. She had nine grandchildren, Robert Bell (Stephanie McCune Bell), Thomas Bell (Jackie), Anne Lewis (Phil), Michael Bell (Maureen), Michael Chrastil (Ying), Rachel Chrastil (John Fairfield), Elizabeth Chrastil (Berney Peng), Stephanie Termont (Keith), and Andrew Hurst (Sara). She is survived by 16 great-grandchildren, Elliot Stoetzel, Dianna McCune, Jennifer Fansler, Romey Bell, Madison Bell, Baylee Bell, Brett Bell, Alyssa Bates, Abigail Bates, Dalton Bates, Joe Bell, Bridget Bell, Brandon Termont, Collin Termont, Mason Termont, and Ashlyn Termont. She is also survived by her sister, Audrey Ems, (Pete) and several nieces and nephews. Sarah, Doug, and Emma Booher, Rebecca and Ryan Boyle, and Josh and Jenn Thompson joined her family circle when Doris' daughter married Jon Thompson.

Doris lived the majority of her adult life in Indiana, in South Bend and Muncie. Her love of card-playing, polka-dancing, and rooting for the Cubs was known by all her family and friends. She will be remembered for her kindness, her devotion to her faith, her positive attitude, and her gracious acceptance of whatever life presented. A member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in South Bend, she was very active as a volunteer at St. Paul’s Retirement Community, where she had lived since 2000. In 2006, at age 86, she was nominated as a 2006 Michiana 55 Plus Outstanding Community Volunteer.
Friends may offer condolences from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 8, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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