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James L. Moreland

                              October 29, 1949 - March 2, 2015

James L. Moreland, 65, of Granger, passed into the arms of God on Monday, March 2, 2015 at his home after an extended illness. Jim was born in Kalamazoo, MI to James B. and Barbara R. Moreland (who preceded him in death). He is survived by the love of his life, married for 26 years to Shiree Moreland. Their’s was a true love story and a blessing from God. Jim is also survived by four children, Mindy (Yancy) Gradeless of Mishawaka, Jimmy V. Moreland, Charleston, SC, Keith (Tracy) Knudsen of Ann Arbor, MI, and Kirk (Lisa) Knudsen of Mount Vernon, WA. He was also the proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren.

Jim was the oldest of nine children. He is survived by: Jill (Tom) Deka of Lakeland, FL; Paul (Karri) Moreland of Osceola, IN; Rita (Rudy) Szalai of South Bend, IN; Mark (Marisa) Moreland of Mishawaka, IN; David (Nancy) Moreland of South Bend, IN; Steve (Lori) Moreland of Tampa, FL; Sara Pontius of Cincinnati, OH; and Kevin Moreland of Champions Gate, FL. He is also survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Jim was a resident of the South Bend area since his early teens, attending Jackson High School. He was a long time member of the South Bend Police Department and retired as a Staff Sergeant after a 20 year career as a Police Officer, he worked another 17 years as a supervisor in the South Bend Communication Center (911). He was an avid golfer and could be found most days playing golf with friends on the South Bend City courses. He also loved Notre Dame sports, the Detroit Tigers, and traveling with his wife, Shiree. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 for many years.
Jim was loved by all who knew him. His warm smile will be missed by so many family and friends. He never went a single day without calling his friends on the phone or telling his wife, Shiree, how much he loved her. Jim had a remarkable memory and remembered stories and people from years ago and loved to tell them to all who would listen. Stories included life growing up with 8 brothers and sisters, traveling with Shiree and many of his friends, life on the police force, working in the 911 center and sporting events. He loved to make others smile. When he passed, the world lost a good, kind hearted man….one that can never be replaced.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 St. Road 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Msgr. Michael Heintz will be officiating. Burial services will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202, or to the South Bend Police Fallen Officer's Scholarship Fund, c/o Policemen's Federal Credit Union, 1130 S. Main St. South Bend, IN 46601.

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Christina Marie McKew

                         July 30, 1965 - March 2, 2015

Christina Marie McKew passed away at 7:30pm Monday in her residence with loved ones by her side, after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 30, 1965 to James and Rosetta (DeMeyer) Rose. She is survived by her husband Jeff McKew, of Laporte, her mother Rosetta Rose, her brother David Rose, two sons David and Justin Hufkens, her grandson David Anthony, and her faithful partner and caretaker, Don Johnson. She is also survived by her favorite aunt Rosella, and best friends Dawn and Debbie.

Preceding her in death was her father James and her brother Jimmy.

The family would like to thank The Center for Hospice for their compassionate care in her final days.
Over the past thirty years Chris has touched tens of thousands of lives as a waitress, bartender and banquet manager. She will be missed by all who knew her. Per her request there will be no service. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

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Mary Ann Randall
                       November 9, 1919 - December 27, 2014

Mary Ann Randall lived a wonderful life and passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Her husband, Charles Randall, predeceased her. Daughter, Christina Randall of Los Angeles, CA is left to cherish her memory. Burial of cremains will take place.
Becky Jo Tester
                             May 19 - February 18, 2015

Becky Jo Tester, 71, passed away February 18, 2015.

She was born May 19, 1943 in Fort Wayne, IN. Her parents, Lynn Neat and LaDonna (Pickett) Neat, preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are two children, Delaina Tester of Niles and Anthony (Stephanie Hodges) Tester of South Bend; two grandchildren, Andrew Eastwood and Austin Hattenbach; and a brother, John Neat of Fort Wayne.

Becky was a loving mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren gave her so much joy. She enjoyed gardening, reading and watching the birds. She left this world too early and will be greatly missed.
Per her request, cremation will take place and no services are being held.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Meng-I (Angela) Woo
                        September 22, 1925 - February 20, 2015

Meng-I (Angela) Woo completed her passage through and from this life on February 20, 2015. Picture a mid-summer’s voyage 67 years ago across the Pacific from Shanghai to San Francisco, when Meng-I Tung, age 22, journeyed to meet Ji Yah (Jerry) Woo, a man familiar only by family name, seven years her senior, who was to become her husband in America. They became engaged in late October and two months later married in South Bend, Indiana, on Christmas Day, 1948. They remain loving, constant, and true to each other even after Jerry’s passing on November 3, 2001.

There were days when Angela would miss her family in China quite deeply – she would tell you, and you could sense a palpable change in her demeanor. Sadly, she would not have the opportunity to see her mother and many other members of her family in China again. But in 1984 a burst of happiness arrived as Angela’s father was allowed to leave China, and he, along with a younger brother, moved briefly to the United States. It was such a sweet moment at O’Hare Airport when she met and embraced her dad – 36 years had passed since she last saw him.

Angela would regale her children with stories about a privileged life in Shanghai. Her father was a prosperous textile (cotton) industrialist, and she was the eldest of eight siblings who lived on a family estate that likely would rival Downton Abbey. The essence of her station in life might be captured by the fact that the “downstairs” included full-time servants for her and each of her brothers and sisters. Among their responsibilities was the obligation to stand attentively behind their charge at every family meal, ready to provide. Angela admitted to being a bit spoiled by the attention. Her life in China was by no means cloistered, but private moments were few and far between. Learning to become a wife and homemaker in South Bend during the 1950s, grasping the social and civil upheavals of Communist China that affected and threatened her family, and abiding through the colorful palette of American culture through the years could leave her teetering at times, but she bore through this ever-changing panorama with enormous grace and kindness to all who would come within her orbit.

If refining her English and learning her way around a modern kitchen weren’t enough, Angela, a wonderful full-time mother, more than handled the challenges of raising four children. If there is a family game that could capture how hard that could be at times, think of Twister. Imagine Angela as the game mat and the feet and hands of her kids grasping for attention and care. She would never show her discomfort or displeasure when the children stressed her. Angela was a cup of fragrant green tea bringing a sense of order and comfort into life’s energized moments, such as the weddings of David (Kathy), Paul (Melanie), Yvonne, and Annette (Bob). Spread among the Woo children are four grandchildren – Brian, Nicole (Bryan), Kelsey, and Jeremy, and three great-grandchildren – Hunter, Xavier, and Sophie. All of them can look forward to hearing stories about Meng-I and Ji Yah in the coming years.

As the Woo children grew, the family realized that Angela had a particular talent and vision for knitting and crochet that went far beyond the dresses she loved sewing for her daughters. She had the patience and focus for creating beautiful knitwear that she would gift to those she loved and appreciated. Remarkably, this creative energy also included a strong interest in floral arranging, and Angela adventured to Chicago for a month in 1974 to learn the craft. For a number of years following she worked part-time in a Mishawaka flower store reanimating flowers into incredible floral displays. She always took great pride and pleasure in creating something real from her imagination.

And so it is that Meng-I’s love for her family in China, Ji Yah, the children and their spouses, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends, and caregivers at the Hearth at Juday Creek is never beyond their imagination – made tangibly real by their memories and inescapable love for her. Services will be private.

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Becky Jo Tester
                         May 19, 1943 - February 18, 2015

Becky Jo Tester, 71, passed away February 18, 2015.

She was born May 19, 1943 in Fort Wayne, IN. Her parents, Lynn Neat and LaDonna (Pickett) Neat, preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are two children, Delaina Tester of Niles and Anthony (Stephanie Hodges) Tester of South Bend; two grandchildren, Andrew Eastwood and Austin Hattenbach; and a brother, John Neat of Fort Wayne.

Becky was a loving mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren gave her so much joy. She enjoyed gardening, reading and watching the birds. She left this world too early and will be greatly missed.
Per her request, cremation will take place and no services are being held.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Alma R. Whitaker

                     March 7, 1918 - February 16, 2015

Alma Rose Whitaker died peacefully, February 16, 2015 at Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN.  She entered into God’s care just two weeks prior to her 97th birthday.  

She was born March 7, 1918 in Tipton, Iowa, to parents Emma Kuehl and Mifflin Funk.  Her parents preceded her in death as did sisters: Pauline and Marie and brothers: Richard, Cecil and John Funk.  Surviving are brothers: Chet and Meff Funk of Davenport and Bettendorf, IW respectively and sister Eva Moeller of Costa Mesa, CA, special nieces Jann (John) Rowe of Tustin, CA and Winn (Charles) Stegmier of Newport Beach, CA.  Alma married Wilbur J. Whitaker in 1947 in Cedar Rapids, IW.  Wilbur preceded her in death in 1975.  

The center of Alma’s life was her family.  She is survived by son Ronald (Patricia) Cope of Pensacola, FL, daughter Donna (James) Menchinger of Portage, MI and son Tom (Debra) Whitaker of Granger, IN.  Grandchildren: David (Shelly) Cope of Lewisville, TX, Ron (Denise) Cope of Val Rico, FL, Amy Cope of Pensacola, FL, Debbie (Brian) Bahr of St. Charles, MN, Jeffery (Dana) Menchinger of Yorba Linda, CA, Brent Menchinger of Murray, Kentucky, Derek Menchinger of Portage, MI, Kalyn Whitaker of Granger, and Jordan Whitaker of Granger, along with 10 Great Grandchildren.  

Alma and Wilbur moved to the South Bend area in 1947.  She worked for Freemen Spicer in accounting and payroll and for Garretts Restaurant as office manager and bookkeeper.  She later retired as office manager and bookkeeper of State Farm Insurance in Mishawaka.  

Alma’s lifelong interest was her family.  She loved music, dancing and watching her grandchildren in the performing arts and athletics.  Alma volunteered at Grace United Methodist Church of South Bend in the office and nursery.  She was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed the experience of the ballpark with her family and friends.  She was a "mom" to many and a friend to all.  

The family would like to thank all the staff and residents at Dujarie House for their love and support of Alma during her stay there.  Thanks also to Hospice for their caring and attention during these last few months.  

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21, 2015 with Rev. Dr. David Schrader, Pastor,at Grace United Methodist Church, officiating with burial to follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00pm on Friday, February 20, 2015 at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off of Cherry Rd. and for 1 hour prior to the service at the church.  

In lieu of flowers, Alma’s request is for contributions to be made to Holy Cross Village Foundation, PO Box 303, Notre Dame, IN, 46556 or to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to the music program at Grace United Methodist Church, 3012 S. Twyckenham Drive, South Bend, IN.   To share memories, share condolences or for directions log on to:    

Betty J. Sandock
                                         October 8, 1925 - February 13, 2015

Betty J. Sandock, 89, passed away late Friday in her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Chicago to the late Fannie Russakov Katzenberg and Herman Katzenberg on October 8, 1925. Betty received a BA in Home Economics from Purdue University. On January 20, 1946, she married Melvin Sandock in Chicago and they lived their entire married life in the South Bend area. For over 30 years, they spent winters in their home in Tucson, enjoying family and the warm weather.

The center of Betty’s life was her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Melvin; her children Mark (Susan) Sandock of Mishawaka, Dale (Robert) Mayerfeld of Tucson AZ, and Paul (Debbie) of Carmel IN; her grandchildren Aaron Sandock of Granger IN, Joel (Leslie) Sandock of Ephrata PA, Sarah (Michael) Angiulo of Yarrow Point WA, Daniel (Kelly) Mayerfeld of Houston TX, Melissa (Scott) Allen of Carmel IN, Gail Sandock of Grand Rapids MI, Jeremy (Yaara) Sandock of Nave Israel, and Jennifer (Michael) Weinstein of Shaker Heights OH; 21 great-grandchildren; and her brother Edgar (Rosalyn) Katzenberg of Tucson AZ .

Betty was extremely generous with her time as a volunteer. She enhanced the lives of people with vision loss as a reader/transcriber of Braille for The Library of Congress, the Jewish Braille Institute and numerous individuals. She was also a member of the Sinai Synagogue Sisterhood, past president of Hadassah, a B’nai B’rith youth adviser, a volunteer at the Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center (Chapin Street Clinic), past president of the Erskine Park Golf League and a volunteer at the Tucson Medical Center.

The entire Sandock family would like to send a special thanks to Drs. Bilal Ansari and Shaya Mokfi of Mishawaka, Deb Findlay of South Bend and the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend for their wonderful and compassionate care.
Betty was a loving, giving lady whose kind spirit and gentle touch will be dearly missed. To paraphrase a line from her wedding song: We’ll be loving you, always.
The funeral service will be held on Monday at NOON at McGann Hay Funerals Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, (enter off Cherry Rd.) followed by burial at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka, Rabbi Michael Friedland, officiating.
Memorial remembrances may be made to: Sinai Synagogue, 1102 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend IN 46617; the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend IN 46615; or River Bend Cancer Services, 919 E. Jefferson, South Bend IN 46617.
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Helen F. Tovey

                                            November 4, 1923 -- February 10, 2015 

MISHAWAKA -- Helen Francis (Schosker) Tovey, 91, passed away Monday at 7:25am after a lengthy illness.

She was born in South Bend on November 4, 1923 to the late Aloysius James and Mabel Mead Schosker.  She was married in South Bend on February 28, 1947 to Albert Edgar Tovey, II, he was the first manager of the Morris Auditorium, now the Morris Performing Arts Center, he predeceased her on January 16, 1976.

Left to cherish her memory are two sons: Gary Stephen (Suzanne) Tovey of Biloxi, MS and John S. (Cathy Ferrell) Tovey, who gave her loving care the last ten years, of Mishawaka; seven grandchildren: many great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lester (Buddy) Schosker of Michigan City, IN. 

Helen was greeted at Heaven’s Gate by her family who preceded her in death including: two sons, four sisters and five brothers.  The sons were: Albert Edgar (Buddy) Tovey, III and James Philip (Jimmy) Tovey; her siblings were: Harvey Schosker, Elise Schosker Grant, Nellie Schosker Sharber, Henry Schosker, Robert Schosker, Richard Schosker, Leroy Schosker, Betty Schosker Nemis, and Dora (Pat) Schosker Kamp. 

Helen was at one time an active member of the National Audubon Society. She loved walking through our many parks and could name every kind of bird and she enjoyed those simple pleasures.  She worked as the long time manager of the former Town and Country Movie Theater and worked for many years at the Credit Borough of South Bend. of nature.

A memorial service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, March 8th at the South Side General Baptist Church, 1615 S. Spring St., Mishawaka. McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings and American Cremation Society are assisting the family with her cremation. 

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Russell G. Ohlson

                                                              November 19, 1952 - Feburary 1, 2015

            Russell George Ohlson, II, 52, passed away Sunday, Feb.1, 20 15, at Elkhart General Hospital following a stroke. Though we grieve for our loss, he was able to share life through organ donation.
Russ was born Nov. 19, 1962, in South Bend to Russell G. Ohlson, Sr. and Lois Ohlson, who preceded him in death. He was a 1981 graduate of Jimtown High School and a 1986 graduate of Indiana University, where he met his love Kristie (Kurtz) Ohlson.

In September, Russ and Kris celebrated their 25th anniversary--a silver wedding anniversary appropriately spent on the silver bleachers of a son's football game.
His three sons Nathan, John and George will miss seeing their father in the stands at their games, on the sidelines and in the parking lot. They will miss his guidance, their debates and his hearty pat on their backs. They know, though, that he can now watch over all of them wherever they are. And he will always be proud of them.
Russ loved baseball, pitching in high school and coaching many of his sons' teams at the Harris Township Little League. He also served on the executive board for the league. If not coaching, he could be found along the outfield fence where he had a better view of the game.
Russ also loved the water—skiing on the St. Joseph River near his childhood home, taking kids tubing on Michigan lakes and sitting in the sand on Indian Rocks Beach in Florida.
Not only was he a captain and coach for his family, but also a diligent provider. Russ began working in truck sales at Utilimaster in Wakarusa after graduating from college and most recently as chassis manager in Bristol.
The quote under his senior photo in the yearbook reads that he hoped to live a “prosperous and enjoyable life.” If we measure “prosperity” by the lives that Russ touched and “enjoyment” by the laughs he shared, he accomplished that goal. Can't you still hear his laughter?

In addition to his wife and sons, Russ is survived by his brother, Kurt Ohlson; mother-in-law, Patricia Owen; father-in-law, Andrew Kurtz; brothers-in-law, Steve (LuAnn) Kurtz, Gregg Kurtz and Michael (Laura) Kurtz; sister-in-law, Julie Ohlson; nephews, Jared (Molly) Kurtz, Brian Kurtz, Tony Kurtz, Andrew Kurtz and Reid Ohlson; nieces, Holly (Travis) Hemsoth, Amanda Kurtz and Gwynne Ohlson; and a growing number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23. Enter off Cherry Rd. Services will take place Saturday at 12:00 pm at Clay Church, with visitation one hour prior, 52866 N. Ironwood Rd, South Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harris Baseball/Softball P.O. Box 62, Granger, IN 46530, www.harrisbaseballsoftball..
com; or to help provide wells to Burkina Faso: Clay Church, 17646 Cleveland Rd. South Bend, IN 46635, note “Burkina Faso, Russ” in memo.

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Jane Brown

                                 February 21, 1925 – January 24, 2015

 MISHAWAKA -- Jane Brown of Mishawaka, IN, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2014 at Southfield Village with her daughter at her side.

            (Elizabeth) Jane Taylor was born on February 21 in South Bend, IN to the Eleanor and Clyde Taylor. She lived in the South Bend/Mishawaka area all of her life. She graduated from South Bend Central High School where she was the Drum Majorette. She was married in 1947. She worked for 36 years at the Travelers Insurance Company. She was a very hard-working and a dedicated employee missing very few days of work during those 38 years of employment. She led the donor blood drive at Travelers for many years.

            Jane led a very active life. In her younger days she modeled for Wyman’s Department Store and Sonneborn’s. She enjoyed snow skiing in her younger days and belonged to the St. Joseph Valley Ski Club; she served on the National Ski Patrol at Bendix Woods County Park.  She was also a member of Service Guild and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hearing and Speech Center of St. Joseph County. She volunteered much of her time for various community agencies/philanthropic events including the Hearing and Speech Center and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Festival of the Trees.

            Jane enjoyed spending time with her best friend and daughter, Heather, and her ever-faithful grand-dog, Taylor. Prior to residing at Southfield Village, she enjoyed going to aerobics at Battell Center and going to Friday breakfasts with her friends from the class.

            She is survived by her beloved daughter, Heather L. Brown, her ever-faithful grand-dog, Taylor, and a niece and nephews and a long-time family friend, Bill.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert L. Taylor, and her sister, Ruby Lahey. She was a very loving and supportive mother who will be dearly missed.

            Her daughter would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to the entire staff at Southfield Village, who provided loving, compassionate care to Jane and supported her daughter with a special thanks to the 200 floor staff. The staff truly was family. She was also treated with skill and compassion by the Hospice staff and by her long-time physician, Dr. Gail English and her staff.

            Funeral services will be held at the McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd, on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 at 11AM, with Chaplain Deborah Hewitt, officiating.  Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral from 10-11AM.   Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Valley Mausoleum.

            Contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care and/or Pet Refuge.  To send condolences, share memories of for directions log on to:

I don’t want to say goodbye

But we’ll meet again someday

We’ll pick up where we left off

Before you went away


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.
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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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