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Dorothy “Dee” Burkhard
                     December 6, 1929 - March 14, 2015

Dorothy “Dee” Burkhard passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Retirement Community Saturday March 14th, 2015.

Dee was born in Dickinson, North Dakota. She was born on December 6, 1929 in Dickinson, North Dakota and was the devoted daughter of Earl and Dorothy Burkhard, and the caring sister of Edward Burkhard.

In 1950 she graduated from the University of North Dakota. The following year she moved to San Diego, California to become a Junior High math teacher. She later received a Masters degree from San Diego State University. Dee shaped young minds for 38 years before retiring in 1989. In 1991, she relocated to South Bend, Indiana to help care for her parents.
For much of her adult life, she spent summers at beautiful Indian Lake in Dowagiac, Michigan with family. She enjoyed fishing, swimming, and boating. She might have been the most patient driver on the lake helping all her young nieces and nephews get up on water skis.

Dee also enjoyed art, reading, photography and of course PEO, where she served as treasurer and chaplain. Dee was proud that she was a third generation PEO member. Her mother was a member for over 60 years.
In 1952, she travelled on the Queen Elizabeth and toured much of Europe, returning on the legendary Queen Mary. Indeed, it was the trip of a lifetime.
But her loving family gave her the most satisfaction. Kind, caring, generous - she will be missed.
 
Dee is survived by six nieces and nephews: Wendy Balden, Ed Burkhard, Jim Burkhard, Tom Burkhard, Mary Goodfellow, and Mimi Burkhard Vetrano.

Services will be held at the chapel in St. Paul’s Retirement Community on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 1:30PM. Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:30PM prior to the service at St. Paul's. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Hope Ministries, 532 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601.

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James Stuart Gutknecht
                           October 7, 1930 - March 13, 2015

James Stuart Gutknecht passed away Friday afternoon, March 13, in South Bend, Indiana. James was an only child, born on October 7, 1930, to Gustav C. Gutknecht and Wilomine Bennett Gutknecht. He graduated from Riley High School, class of 1949.

James was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, the same church his grandfather Theodore Gutknecht, a German Immigrant attended in the 1870's as a tenor in the choir. Dad's family was brought up in the traditional German Lutheran church where Dad also served as a Deacon.

James married Patricia A. Miller in December, 1950. In 1969 on April 19th, James married Dorlene Chase from Plymouth, IN. She passed away on August 24, 2009.
 

James served in the Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged in May, 1958. He was an Industrial Engineer at Studebaker's, until they closed operations in South Bend in 1963. He retired in the mid 1980's as Superintendent at Miles Labs.

He leaves behind three children: Debra J. Covic (John) of Ohio, Janet K. Mitchell (William R.) of South Bend and James Scott Gutknecht of South Bend. Also he had 5 grand sons, Jacob W. (Nicole) Mitchell of Mishawaka , Steven J. Mitchell (Christine Singell) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Daniel J. Mitchell of South Bend. Also, Jeffrey Watzman and Matthew Watzman, both of Ohio. He is also survived by his great grand children, Quinn J. Mitchell and Riley J. Mitchell both of Mishawaka.
 

Dad was involved with the Riley High School Reunion Committee and deeply loved his Riley Wildcats. When his daughters, Debra and Jan went to Indiana University, James became a rabid IU basketball fan. He and Dorlene would travel around the country following their beloved team and enjoyed celebrating several National Championships. In fact, he died wearing his red IU sweater.
 


James was a genius when it came to military history and sports statistics. He could remember every Riley football player from the 1940's, the number on their jersey, where they lived, what their parents names were and what their dog's name was. We will miss his stories about growing up in South Bend, he could remember where every building used to be and where everyone used to live. Special thanks to Meals on Wheels and the dedicated volunteers who came to Dad's door every day. He appreciated each and every one of you.
 

A lifelong lover of animals, if you wish to donate to a special charity, Dad would love that you sent a check to Pet Rescue or Humane Society.
 

Dad will be interred at Highland Cemetery and services will be private. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com



Nancy Badgero
                                June 28, 1936 - March 11, 2015

Nancy (Bock) Badgero, 78 of Granger, IN passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015 while surrounded by her loving family.
 

Nancy was born in Mishawaka, IN on June 28, 1936 to the late Oscar Dane Bock and Helen Aileen (Clement) Bock and lived most of her life in the Granger and South Bend, IN area. On April 27, 1957, Nancy was united in marriage to George D. Badgero in South Bend at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.
 

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, George, three children: Dane P. (Kim) of Granger, Kirk D. (Donna) of Ruskin, FL and Rochelle “Shelly” Dallich (Dave) of Granger. She is also survived by a sister, Susan Bock of Carmel, IN and two brothers, John H. (Patricia) Bock of El Paso, TX and James A. (Linda) of Mason, OH. Also surviving Nancy are six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren along with several other family members including an Aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nancy’s biggest enjoyment was spending time with her family. She loved the Spring and Summer seasons as she enjoyed being outdoors. She loved flowers, dogwood trees, and taking trips to Baldwin, MI. She was extremely selfless as she always tried to please others as opposed to pleasing herself. She loved to bake and graciously shared all of her “goodies” with neighbors, friends, and family. Nancy also loved to brighten countless people’s days by sending Hallmark cards at the most opportune times.

Nancy graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend, in the Class of 1954 and then attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She attended and was an active member at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for several years. Nancy will be extremely missed by those who called her wife, Mom, niece, Grandma, Mossy, Pucka, sister, cousin, and friend.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 2-6pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. A funeral celebration of Nancy’s life will be held Monday, March 16, 2015, at 11:00am in the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Marshall, officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Center For Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Ct., Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234 or Christmas Commandos of South Bend online at
http://www.christmascommandos.org

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Bonnie J. McFadden
                                        December 1, 1930 - March 4, 2015

Bonnie Jean Wilson McFadden passed into God’s Kingdom of natural causes on Wednesday, March 4th at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. Bonnie was born December 1, 1930 in Muskegon Michigan to Mary Elizabeth McBride Wilson and Douglas Wilson. Bonnie loved both her parents but was also fortunate to have a loving stepfather, Al Yemc.

Bonnie spent her childhood and teen years in Grand Haven, Michigan where she met her sweetheart and future husband Victor McFadden. They were married on June 1, 1951 in Castro Valley, California by Monsignor Patrick Stack while Vic was at Oakland Knolls Naval Hospital recuperating from serious combat injuries sustained in the Korean War.

Mom and Dad arrived in South Bend in 1952 when Vic enrolled as a 24-­‐year-­‐old freshman at the University of Notre Dame. Vic and Bonnie lived in Vetville for 7 years while Vic earned his bachelors and law degrees while Mom was busy raising a lively bunch of kids. Mom was just 22 when her first child was born and between 1952 and 1960 four more children were born. Mom stayed at home until the kids were older but later earned a degree from Holy Cross College and enjoyed a late life career at the Notre Dame Credit Union where for many years she ran the Member Emeritus program.
 
After Vic died in November of 2003, Mom devoted herself almost entirely to her children, grandchildren and friends. Mom was a giver, never a taker. She was a child of the Great Depression and the hard times of her childhood greatly affected her life. Mom was always there for friends in need, providing home cooked meals to sick friends on occasions too numerous to count. Mom always made sure there was a place at the dining room or kitchen table for those who were alone or away from friends and family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, the McFadden Christmas Eve parties hosted by Bonnie and Vic from the 1960’s through the 1990’s at 115 Peashway were legendary, eagerly looked forward to by family, friends and neighbors alike. The parties were special due to Bonnie’s lifelong love of music. She was blessed with a gorgeous singing voice and, with a little coaxing, she would belt out her famous rendition of “Second Hand Rose.”

In the summer, the pool Dad and the kids created was always a gathering spot for family, friends and neighborhood kids. The grandkids all learned to swim at Grandma Bonnie's. Mom always made sure there were plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone. She was an incredible hostess. Mom would go out of her way to make Christmas and birthdays special for her kids and grandkids, always striving to find the perfect gift. She never thought of herself first. Family and those in need always were Mom’s priorities. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and all those kids who considered the McFaddens’ a second home and Bonnie a second mom.

Bonnie and Vic loved to travel throughout the US, visiting their endless list of friends, but Ireland always held a special place in their hearts. They frequently traveled with Bonnie’s sister, Mary Grace, her husband Frank, and their lifelong friends, Jackie and Nick Eufemi. Jackie preceded Mom in death by just 4 months. They also took most of their children and many of their grandchildren to the land of their ancestors.

In addition to her husband and parents, Bonnie was predeceased by a special daughter-in-law, her son Dennis’ wife, Barbara Donchetz McFadden. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Grace (Frank) Lyonnais of Canadian Lakes, Michigan, Pamela DeVries of Holland, Michigan, and Sandra (Mike) Leuth of North Muskegon, Michigan; aunt, Patricia Hill of Grand Rapids, Michigan; children, Patrick (Audrey) of South Bend, Thomas (Joyce) of La Grange, Illinois, Maureen (James) Dorgan of Granger, Dennis of Granger, and Terence (Laurie) of South Bend. She is also survived by grandchildren, Katie (Hamish Allanson) and Mary Clare McFadden, both of Chicago, Illinois, Erin McFadden of Bloomington, Indiana, Brendan McFadden of South Bend, Ryan Dorgan of Casper, Wyoming, Conor Dorgan of São Paulo, Brazil, Patrick Dorgan of Bloomington, Indiana, Colin and Kevin McFadden of Granger, and Michael, Sean and Charles McFadden of South Bend; as well as two great-­grandchildren, Benjamin and Christopher Allanson of Chicago; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and home were always Mom’s primary focus and it is hard to imagine a more unselfish person than Bonnie McFadden. Her passing leaves all of us a little less whole. We love you Mom and we will certainly miss you.
 
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of North Woods Village and all the doctors and nurses who took care of Mom in her last years.

Visitation will be at McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, on Thursday, March 12, from 4 to 8 pm and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, March 13 at 9:30 am. Burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery immediately following Mass where Bonnie will be buried next to her beloved Vic. Rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Real Services Area 2 Agency on Aging, 1151 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601.

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




Patricia L. Forray
                               January 18, 1930 - March 3, 2015

Patricia Lovey (Boardman) Forray was born Jan 18, 1930 in Ashton-in-Makerfield, England. The daughter of James Leo and Mary Winifred Boardman; her father James Leo was a veteran of the First World War.
She is survived by sisters Margaret, Freda, Helen, Agnes; and was preceded in death by her brother, Frank. She met her future husband, George Franklin Forray, on a blind date that a friend had arranged for her going away party from Burtonwood Airbase in England.

In September of 1954, Patricia moved to Canada with her 3 best friends. Soon after arriving in North America, she decided to journey to Goshen, Indiana to meet her childhood WWII pen-pal. While in Indiana, she reconnected with George and it wasn't long until the two were in love. They celebrated 59 years together February 11, 2015 and have three children: George Jr. (Jennifer), Paul (Patricia Boomhower) and Mary Forray Spillane; and also three grandchildren: Alexandra and Andrea Forray and Matthew Spillane.

Throughout her life, Patricia always had an innate appreciation for the arts. She enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist for The Elkhart Truth, and also Drakes & Milady Shop from the 1960's through the 1980's. She was also an interior decorator, a supporting member of The British Club of St. Joseph County, and a founding member of Knollwood Country Club. She worked part-time as a Sales Associate at L.S. Ayres, affording her the ability to clothe her grandchildren in style.

Patricia was known for her generosity and kindness and was always steadfast in her faith. She was a devout Catholic and a lifelong and active member of St. Pius X Church in Granger and member of San Marco Catholic Church in Marco Island, Florida. Patricia enjoyed the finer things in life. She had the fortune of being able to travel the world, enjoying cruises with her husband above all. She frequently visited her beloved family in England, and cherished the lifelong friends that she made, both at home and abroad. Patricia embodied the idea of class, she was elegant and refined, but yet approachable and amiable at the same time. She worked hard her entire life, but she never forgot how to have fun.

She was an avid gardener, a gourmet cook, a skilled seamstress, interior decorator, swim instructor to countless Michiana children and avid swimmer until age 84. She always seemed to put her all into the things she did. Patricia loved her family and was always quick to lend a helping hand whenever family would call. Patricia possessed the type of soul and spirit that most of us can only strive for. She was kind, generous and selfless and she will surely be missed.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10th from 4:00-7PM, with a vigil service starting at 4PM, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Pius X Catholic Church for the building fund.






Dawnine DeFauw
                                 June 15, 1925 - March 5, 2015

Dawnine DeFauw, age 89, passed away peacefully at Arborwood in Granger, IN.
She was born June 15, 1925 in Beloit, Wisconsin to George and Ora (Ellis) Marsden. Dawnine was engaged at 17 to her high school sweetheart, Roger, who called her “Rusty” for her beautiful red hair. Roger entered the Army Air Corps and went to fight in WWII. As he served in the South Pacific, she busied herself with nearly every club in South Beloit High School (Illinois), where she graduated. After the war, they married on February 2, 1946. While Roger attended Beloit College, Dawnine worked as a secretary in the Dean’s Office and made hamburgers which she and Roger delivered by bicycle to students on campus. During that time on campus, Dawnine had two boys, Roger David and Gene Allen (deceased).
 

Living first in Beloit, where Denise Marie was born, then Detroit, Roger’s work brought them to Mishawaka in 1955. Dawnine was a busy mom of 3, very involved in raising her family. During those years, she was a Kiwanis leader, a Den mother, a Meals on Wheels driver, an active member of her church circle, and bridge club. Dawnine and Roger had one more baby, Lora Rene’, and Dawnine headed back to school, graduating Cum Laude from Bethel College in Elementary Education (while raising 4 children). Dawnine began teaching Social Studies at LaSalle Elementary School in Mishawaka in 1965 and remained in that position until her retirement. She received her Masters in Education from Indiana University.

As a teacher, Dawnine strove to find each child’s gift. She was strong, smart, and lovingly firm. Her students still tell stories of her impact on their futures.
Dawnine’s family was her biggest source of pride. She raised us to be strong and independent and to be “do-ers”. She taught us about justice and service. Her love was unconditional. She provided loving care for Roger until his death in 1988.
 

She was a charter member of The Res, and The Beiger Heritage Corporation, fighting to save our local gems. Dawnine was a member of the Schuyler Colfax Chapter DAR, The Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum, the Missions Board at First United Methodist Church (Mishawaka), United Methodist Women, Dorcas Church Circle, American Association of University Women, The Bashor Children’s Home Auxillary, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Indiana Retired Teachers’ Association, and the American Legion Auxillary of South Beloit, IL. Dawnine was also part of a delegation representing Mishawaka in their sister city of Shiojiri, Japan, and hosting Japanese delegates in her home.

Dawnine spent her retirement years traveling the world to see the places she had taught about. She visited all 7 continents, with Antarctica being the last at the age of 83. She was admired by her children and grandchildren for never slowing down and enjoying life to the fullest.

Dawnine was predeceased by her parents; brother, Ellis Coley Marsden; husband, Roger; son, Gene; grandson, Jason John DeFauw; nephew, Rick DeFauw; and niece, Maureen (Putch) Marsden Gray. She is survived by her son, Roger “Dave” DeFauw (Catherine), of Mishawaka; daughters, Denise Mroczek (John) of Mishawaka, and Lora Rozzi (Dr. William) of Granger. She leaves her grandchildren, David E. DeFauw (Shreveport, LA), Damen Mroczek, Coley Mroczek, Cassidy Mroczek (Rich) Fowler, Dana (Jessica Longenecker) Mroczek, Keith (Jessica) DeFauw, Aaron (Rachel) Rozzi, Elena Rozzi (Adam) Wack, & Roger (Renee’ DeLee) Rozzi to cherish the memory of the love and inspiration she shared with all. Great-grandchildren are Caelum, Eowyn, and Cieran Mroczek, Aiden and Perrin Fowler, Ella DeFauw, Olivia and Sophie DeFauw. Dawnine and Roger had a special relationship with their nieces Dawnine (Phil) DeKeizer and Coleyne Sealy, nephews Ron (Terri) DeFauw and Russ (Jane) DeFauw.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice, The Mishawaka Res, or Mishawaka First United Methodist Church well project for clean water in Africa.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.mcgannhay.com





Merlin J. Bellinger
                                        November 23, 1973 - March 2, 2015

On March 2, 2015, Merlin J. Bellinger passed away in his home at the age of 41 after six years of battling cancer. His loving wife, Kelly Bellinger, was at his side holding his hand. Merlin was born on November 23, 1973 in Flint, MI, to Sharon and Merlin D. Bellinger. He grew up in Grand Blanc, MI, loving his older sister, Kristal, the University of Michigan, alternative rock, and all things Star Wars. He became an Eagle Scout when he was 13. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1996 where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
 
Shortly after graduation, he moved to Chicago, IL, and first worked as an assistant media buyer. Soon thereafter, he earned his Masters Degree from The Kellstadt School of Business at DePaul University. He worked in commercial real estate at General Growth Properties in Chicago until 2011.

At a New Year's Eve Party in Chicago in 2003, he met Kelly Murphy of South Bend, IN and soon thereafter they had their first date at a laundry bar. On July 30, 2005, they were married in The Sacred Heart Basilica at The University of Notre Dame. As they were leaving the reception, they overheard their favorite song at the time, "Hey, Yeah!," asked the driver to stop, and jumped out to dance the song away in the parking lot.

As a married couple, Merlin and Kelly lived in Chicago first before relocating to Forest Park, IL, where they welcomed their sunshines, MCB and Avery. In 2011, the family moved to South Bend IN where Merlin became a partner at CBRE/Bradley. Last year, he joined Holladay Properties where he embraced the new opportunities and the people. He was committed to community service and was involved in the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, and served as secretary on the board of trustees of the Studebaker National Museum. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the community's Forty under 40 Awardees.

Merlin will be remembered for his smile, his authenticity, his wonderful sense of humor, and his genuine compassion for others. He made anyone around him feel as though they were special to him. He never lost touch with the people who were important to him. With frequent phone calls or texts, he was the glue that brought many of his friends and family together. And in the all too short time, he was an amazing and incredibly loving father. His true source of joy came from his wife and children.
Through his courageous battle with cancer, he always chose to care more about those around him than himself, chose to make sure others felt comfortable even when he may not have been, chose to bring lightness and life to all he encountered even in the face of personal adversity. When anyone would expect him to curse at the misfortune of cancer, he recounted the many blessings he felt he had in Kelly, his children, his parents, sister, and all of the many friends that shaped his life.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Kelly; and their children, Merlin Christopher, age 6, and Avery Carmen, age 5. He is also survived by his parents, Merlin and Sharon Bellinger; sister, Kristal (Jim) Grossi; nieces and a nephew; and many cherished in-laws.
 
Visitation will be held at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 State Road 23 (entrance off of Cherry Road) on Friday, March 6, from 4:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church at the corner of Hill and LaSalle Street in South Bend on Saturday, March 7, at 10:30am. A reception at the Hilton Garden Inn will follow; all are welcome.
 
Directions to the visitation may be found at www.McGannHay.com and messages to the family may be left at the same site.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County, 502 E. Sample St., South Bend, IN 46601.



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.
 

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


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. www.McGannHay.com.
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: www.McGannHay.com    








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. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the National Audubon Society, online at: audubon.org or, mail your donation to:  National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014.  To share memories or to send condolences log on to: www.McGannHay.com





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. www.claychurch.com/foryou1/share/water/.

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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: www.McGannHay.com.

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



OBITUARIES



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: www.McGannHay.com







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.
 
Memorials may be directed to St Paul’s Lutheran Church. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.




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: www.McGannHay.com.




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.

Condolences and directions: www.McGannHay.com.







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.

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


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.

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







 

James Stuart Gutknecht
                           October 7, 1930 - March 13, 2015

James Stuart Gutknecht passed away Friday afternoon, March 13, in South Bend, Indiana. James was an only child, born on October 7, 1930, to Gustav C. Gutknecht and Wilomine Bennett Gutknecht. He graduated from Riley High School, class of 1949.

James was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, the same church his grandfather Theodore Gutknecht, a German Immigrant attended in the 1870's as a tenor in the choir. Dad's family was brought up in the traditional German Lutheran church where Dad also served as a Deacon.

James married Patricia A. Miller in December, 1950. In 1969 on April 19th, James married Dorlene Chase from Plymouth, IN. She passed away on August 24, 2009.
 

James served in the Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged in May, 1958. He was an Industrial Engineer at Studebaker's, until they closed operations in South Bend in 1963. He retired in the mid 1980's as Superintendent at Miles Labs.

He leaves behind three children: Debra J. Covic (John) of Ohio, Janet K. Mitchell (William R.) of South Bend and James Scott Gutknecht of South Bend. Also he had 5 grand sons, Jacob W. (Nicole) Mitchell of Mishawaka , Steven J. Mitchell (Christine Singell) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Daniel J. Mitchell of South Bend. Also, Jeffrey Watzman and Matthew Watzman, both of Ohio. He is also survived by his great grand children, Quinn J. Mitchell and Riley J. Mitchell both of Mishawaka.
 

Dad was involved with the Riley High School Reunion Committee and deeply loved his Riley Wildcats. When his daughters, Debra and Jan went to Indiana University, James became a rabid IU basketball fan. He and Dorlene would travel around the country following their beloved team and enjoyed celebrating several National Championships. In fact, he died wearing his red IU sweater.
 


James was a genius when it came to military history and sports statistics. He could remember every Riley football player from the 1940's, the number on their jersey, where they lived, what their parents names were and what their dog's name was. We will miss his stories about growing up in South Bend, he could remember where every building used to be and where everyone used to live. Special thanks to Meals on Wheels and the dedicated volunteers who came to Dad's door every day. He appreciated each and every one of you.
 

A lifelong lover of animals, if you wish to donate to a special charity, Dad would love that you sent a check to Pet Rescue or Humane Society.
 

Dad will be interred at Highland Cemetery and services will be private. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com