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 Olivia Remie Constable
                             June, 1960 - April 16, 2014

Remie Constable, 53, died peacefully at home on April 16.

 A native of Boston, Remie was the daughter of the late Evhy (Young) Constable and of Giles Constable. She moved to South Bend in 1995 to take up a position as a professor of medieval history at the University of Notre Dame, where since 2008 she has been the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. Remie was a scholar of international reputation in her field, yet she wore her learning lightly and was always approachable for students and colleagues and for those she got to know socially or through her hobby of horseback riding.

She is survived by her husband Matthew Bell and sons Owen and Sam, by her father Giles and stepmother Patricia Woolf of Princeton, NJ, and by her brother John of Fresno, CA. Her family is deeply grateful for support from so many quarters during Remie’s illness and also appreciates the many colleagues, students, friends, and family who sent her personal messages from near and far, evidence of the affection she inspired and the sense of loss at her passing.


Memorial arrangements are pending.

In light of Remie’s pronounced fondness for manatees, her family asks that donations in her memory be made to:
Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave, Maitland, FL 32751, 800 432-5646, www.savethemanatee.org.

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



Wava M. Sweet Tetzlaff

                                May 18, 1950 – April 12, 1914

SOUTH BEND –Mrs. Wava Marie (Sweet) Tetzlaff, 63, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Saturday. 

Born in South Bend on May 18, 1950 to the late John David Sweet and the late Ermal Myrtle Sweet Wilson.  She was had been a waitress since she was 14 years old and recently a cab driver being the owner of Shamrock Cab Co.

Left to cherish her memory are: a daughter Christina Jewell of Columbus, OH: a son Terry Tetzlaff of South Bend; and four grandchildren:  Joshua Merryman, Jessica Nickels, Damian Stamper and Michael Marren, II all of Columbus, OH and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial fundraiser dinner to help with expenses will be announced later.  In memory of Wava memorial donations may be made to the Wava M. Sweet Tetzlaff Memorial Fund at any 1st Source Bank branch. 

McGann Hay, Forest G Hay Chapel and American Cremation Society are handling the cremation.


Gloria A. Heller
                                July 31, 1937 - April 12, 2014

Gloria Ann Heller, 76, went into the loving arms of Jesus on April 12, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 
Born July 31, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sylvia (Bailey) Teeple.
Left to cherish her memory are three children, LeRoy (Kathy) Heller of Edwardsburg, Khristy (Joe) Beck of Edwardsburg and Bobbie (Terry) Brown of Niles; and their father, LeRoy Franklin (Lori) Heller of Vandalia; a brother, Richard (Julie) Teeple of Ohio; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
 
Gloria was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. She was extremely kind, generous, and thoughtful; and was always more concerned for others than herself. She was a strong woman of faith and loved to hum her favorite hymns with her beautiful soprano voice. She was a former member of Ontwa Baptist Church in Edwardsburg, MI; and a current member of Elkhart Church of God.

She graduated from Poling High School and Ball State University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She was an elementary teacher at Baugo School and retired in 2002. She loved being an educator, but she especially enjoyed making a positive impact in the lives of young children. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral services will be on Thursday at the funeral home at 11:00AM, with visitation one hour prior. Graveside services will follow at West Lawn Cemetery, in Geneva, IN at 4:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baugo Schools, Gloria Heller Memorial Fund, 29125 County Road 22, Elkhart, IN 46517.


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




Terry D. Caron

                               June 24, 1955 – April 11, 2014

SOUTH BEND – Terry Darlynn (Rosander) Caron, 58, passed away peacefully in the home where she lived and grew up on Saturday with loved ones by her side.

Born in that house on June 24, 1955 to the late Roland Denant Rosander, Sr. and the late Patricia Ann (Harkins) Rosander.  She was a waitress for 12 years at Frank’s Place.  She loved animals, loved to cook and loved her family. 

Left to cherish her memory are:  her soul mate Johnny Wambaugh; a son Robert A. Caron, III; a brother Roland D. Rosander, Jr.; a sister Debbie Rosander; two grandsons: Robert A. Caron, IV and Gabriel A. Caron all of South Bend and several nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-6pm at McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd., enter off of Shellbark Ave.  Cremation will follow at American Cremation Society.

Memorial donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Pet Refuge, 4626 S. Burnett Dr., South Bend, IN 46614.  To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.






Angeline M. Boettcher
                              April 9, 1927 – April 10, 2014

MISHAWAKA – Angeline Marie (VanDurmen) Boettcher, 87, of Mishawaka and Clear Lake, Three Rivers, MI, passed away peacefully Thursday at 4:49 PM in the Golden Living Center, Elkhart, with all her loving children by her side.

 Angie was born to the late Julius and Louise Marie (VanVlanderen) VanDurmen in Mishawaka on April 9, 1927. She was a member of the 1945 graduating class of Mishawaka High School. She married Knoble Wayne “Friday” Boettcher on May 22, 1948 in Mishawaka. He passed away on July 31, 2007. Along with her parents and husband, Angie was also predeceased by a sister Anne M Spencer and her step-father Camiel VanHecke. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Patrick (Mara) Boettcher of South Bend, Janice Boettcher of Granger, Dennis (Paige) Boettcher of Reno, NV, John Boettcher of Granger, and Katherine Boettcher of Granger; two step-sons: Robert (Barbara) Boettcher of Salt Lake City, UT and Michael (Marlene) Schmalz of Dubuque, IA; a sister Mary Lou (George) Demarest of North Ft. Myers, FL; a sister-in-law Mary Boettcher of Niles, MI; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter born the day Angie passed away and many nieces and nephews.

 Mrs. Boettcher LOVED being a mother and her primary occupation was being a homemaker for her family, however she did also work as a bookkeeper at Goldblatts in the Town & Country Shopping Center and McDonalds in Three Rivers, MI. She also was a cook at YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. Angie was a member of “The Chatterettes” after graduating from Mishawaka High School. Angie loved living at the lake house on Clear Lake. She also loved to spend the winter in Mission, TX. She made many friends no matter where she lived or went.

 The family wants to thank Asera Care and the staff at Golden Living Center for the wonderful care and comfort that she received.

 Visitation for Mrs. Boettcher will be Sunday from 4-8pm and from 10-11am Monday at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd). The celebration of her life will be at 11:00 AM Monday with Rev. Lloyd Decesaro, officiating. Following the service she will be laid to rest next to her husband in Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka.

 Donations in Angie’s memory may be made to Alzheimer's Research, Parkinson's or to the donor’s choice of charities.

To extend condolences to the family or for directions visit: www.McGannHay.com.

Tam V. Tran
                             September 20, 1949 - April 7, 2014

Tam V. Tran, 64, passed away peacefully in his home April 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Born September 20, 1949 in Vietnam, he was the son of the late Du and Vinh Tran.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Bau Tran; three sons, Thong (Vivian) Tran of Fishers, IN, Thien (Trang) Tran of Osceola, and Cuong Tran of South Bend; and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Dylan Tran.
Tam was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. His family and faith meant more to him than anything. He was always helping anyone he could, and made sure his family was taken care of very well. He was a long time member of St. Joseph Church-South Bend, and had a strong faith in God. He will be greatly missed by many.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8PM at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church-South Bend. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 226 N. Hill St. South Bend, IN 46617.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com

Anita F. Boorda
                                          August 17, 1921 -- April 3, 2014

SOUTH BEND -- Anita F. Boorda passed away on Thursday, at The Hearth at Juday Creek with her daughter at her side.
  She was born Anita Ruth Feiwell to Rose and Joseph Feiwell in South Bend on Aug. 17, 1921, and was a life-long resident. She graduated from Central High School in 1939 and received an A.B. in Journalism in 1943 from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was an honor student. She was a
member of Temple Beth El and Theta Sigma Phi, journalism honorary, and Pi Sigma
Phi, government honorary. She was also a member of the Dean of Women's Governing Committee and
Associate Editor of the Indiana Daily Student, the University newspaper. From 1943 to the end of World War II, Anita was employed by the U.S. Air Corps in South Bend as a civilian Personnel and Public Relations Specialist.  On August 12, 1945 at the Oliver Hotel, Anita married Sol W. Boorda, also a South Bend native. Mr. Boorda had just returned from 26 months duty with the Air Corps in the South Pacific theater, where he served as a Technical Sergeant in communications, primarily on Guadalcanal. After the war, he worked at the Max Adler stores in downtown South Bend, at Scottsdale Mall and at University Park Mall, where he rose to be president of all three operations. Mr. Boorda passed away March 26, 1986 in South Bend.  Anita is best known for her dedication to South Bend in a variety of capacities, including the American Association of University Women, the South Bend Broadway Theater League, and various university and community committees. In 2002, Anita was honored by being inducted into the South Bend Hall of Fame and by the State of Indiana as a "Sagamore do the Wabash."  She served the South Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as President; served on the Indiana Board of the Association; wrote the AAUW regional history; chaired the Indiana Convention; and was appointed National AAUW Voting Chairman for the National Convention in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1960s, where computerized voting machines were used for the first time.  In 1965, Anita was elected to the Board of Directors of the Broadway Theater League of South Bend, Inc. In quick succession, she became Subscription Chairman, First Vice President, and President. In 1982, Anita moved to the operational side of the League as Executive Secretary (a new position). As Executive Director, Anita was responsible for contracting for shows, marketing (including editing the Playbill), negotiating with unions and maintaining contact with New York touring and production companies.  Her efforts led to South Bend becoming a regular stop on the New York touring circuit. Under her leadership, the Broadway Theater League became a regional operation attracting audiences from adjoining states as well as calls from New York producers asking her advice on a variety of touring issues. Anita retired from the Broadway Theater League in October 2001. She was named Director Emeritus.  Anita also served on the Madison Center Board of Directors for a number of years, as well as on the Board of the Madison Center Sunshine Club. Anita was President of the Indiana University Alumni Club of St. Joseph County, a member of the Indiana Varsity Club, and an avid follower of I.U. Basketball. When possible, Anita was known to plan Broadway Theater League bookings so they did not clash with NCAA tourney dates. One could usually find a television set in the box office when the League had a theater performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center during the basketball season.  Anita always had an affinity for the Morris Performing Arts Center despite the challenges faced in bringing performances into the historic theater, including the small stage size and older lighting and sound equipment. She also worked hard to make sure that audiences were happy with their seats. During her tenure the League voted a $250,000 contribution toward the Morris restoration and she served on the restoration building committee. She was a charter member of the Morris Entertainment Board, appointed by Mayor Joseph E. Kernan.  Among other community activities, Anita was appointed to the Mayor's Bicentennial Committee to plan activities for the nation's 200th birthday. She co-chaired the Bicentennial Dinner at St. Mary's College and also served on the College's Community Relations Committee. She served on community committees at IUSB and was responsible for entertainment at South Bend's first ethnic festival.  Her favorite pastimes were reading, travel, and photography. Those who knew Anita best remember her ever-present sense of humor. She loved life and people. She would be the first to tell you that none of the above activities would have been possible without the love, encouragement and support of her husband, children, parents, and brother. She was first and foremost dedicated to and very appreciative and proud of her immediate and extended family.  Anita is survived by a daughter, Patricia Rice (Alan Rice) of Germantown, Maryland, and by a grandson, Jeffrey Rice and his fiancé, Brooke Autry of Germantown.  Anita was predeceased by a son Gary Michael Boorda, on May 22nd, 1999 in South Bend.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at 11AM in the Chapel in the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.  The McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Forest G. Hay Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Theater League of South Bend, 209 N. Main St., Suite 201-B, South Bend, IN 46601 or to the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615 or a charity of your choice.

Michael Bailie
                              September 27, 1936 - March 30, 2014

SOUTH BEND — Dr. Michael David Bailie, 77, formerly of South Bend, former regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, died in Los Angeles March 30, 2014.
 

A respected pediatrician and scientist, he was born in South Bend, Ind. to Harry and Mayda Bailie on Sept. 27, 1936. He attended Culver Academy and then Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine, receiving both an M.D. in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1966.
As a scientist, he had many publications, some with cherished colleagues, on renal function, pharmacology, and electrolyte metabolism.

He had a long career as a physician and academic leader, first at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (1973-1979) and then as professor and chair of pediatrics at the Universities of Kansas Medical Center (1979-1983) and Connecticut (1983-1991). He was appointed as regional dean and professor of pediatrics of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 1991 and then became vice dean at the School of Medicine University of Illinois and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago, from which he retired in 2008.
He was a member of many professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Physiological Society and was president of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 1983-1984. He was also visiting professor at Sophia Children’s Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
 

Above all, he cherished and cared for his family. He was a devoted husband to Elaine (Taub) Bailie (married January 1958) until her death in 1987, and to Naomi Shlefman Bailie (married September 1988) and loving father to his children Marc (Becky), Michelle (Charles), Sam and Alana, and proud grandfather to Erik and Caleb K. Bailie.
He also leaves behind his beloved sister-in-law, Barbara, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Steven.
 

His friends and colleagues remember him as one of the most kind and gentle men they knew, someone who could bring together fighting sides with few words. He knew the right path. One former student said, “He was not just my mentor for my career, but for my life.”

 Services will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST Sunday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr., at Jefferson, South Bend, Ind. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.mcgannhay.com.
 Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to:
UIC Office of Medical Advancement
Attn: Dr. Bailie Memorial 
1747 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 302 WROB
Chicago IL 60608-1203






Pamela E. Maddox

                        January 11, 1944 - March 29, 2014

SOUTH BEND -- Pamela Elaine Maddox, 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Chicago IL on January 11, 1944 to Harry Jacob and Shirlee Rose (Freeman) Balanow. They preceded her in death along with her brother, Edwin Balanow.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Denise (Bob) Linkous of Arlington, TX and Donald E. Talley of South Bend; two sisters: Shelly Harris of Millen, GA & Jill Clark of Granger, IN; three grandchildren: Matthew, Alicia and Darrelle; & three great-grandchildren, Lillian, Julian, Abigaile.

“She loved gardening and had the biggest green thumb you every saw. She would grab seeds for any plant or flower she saw to plant in her garden,” according to her daughter. Pamela retired from Kay’s Merchandise and worked at the Balanow family owned Hot Dog House on LWW in Mishawaka.  She will be greatly missed by many.

Graveside services will be at 3pm Thursday at Rosehill Cemetery, 1700 Miami St., South Bend.

To send condolences to the family, please visit:  www.McGannHay.com.



Edward P. Croto
                                            May 22, 1931 - March 30, 2014

Edward Paul Croto, 82, of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep about 2:00am, Sunday March 30, 2014, in his home with loved ones near by.

  Ed was born in Winchester, MA on May 22, 1931, to the late William Victor and Pauline Elmer (Denomme) Croto.  He was married to Gertrude Hazel (Riley) Croto who passed away on June 9, 2006.  He was retired as a Custodian at Brighton Marine Hospital in Brighton, MA.  He is survived by: his four daughters and a son:  Rita P. (Joseph S.) Grzegorek, Sr., and their daughter Rita K. (Tom) Shaw all of South Bend; his son, Robert W. Croto of MA; three other daughters: Gertrude A. Oliveira of Everett, MA, Arlene R. Croto of NC and Maryellen Croto of Winthrop, MA; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Besides his parents and wife he was also predeceased by a son Edward P. Croto, Jr.

  Mr. Croto served in the Merchant Marines and grew up in a Migrant Farm Worker’s family moving all around the United States sometimes living in shacks and tents with his family.  He liked to walk and could be seen walking all over the place.  He loved all kinds of music (except classical) and would often take his kids to Rock Concerts.  His favorite quote was: “mind over matter.”

  Cremation is being handled by McGann Hay Morning Star Chapel and the American Cremation Society, South Bend.  Burial will be with his wife at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA.

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





Daniel R. "Dan" Sheets, Sr.
                                           August 31,1935 - March 27, 2014

Daniel R. “Dan” Sheets, Sr., 78, passed away March 27, 2014, after suffering the last stages of dementia.
 

He was born August 31, 1935 and raised by his mother and grandfather, Audrey (Sheets) Staats and Joseph Sheets, who both preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Vera (Byers) Sheets; two children, Daniel R. (Cherie) Sheets, Jr. of Mishawaka and Timothy Sheets of Mishawaka; four grandchildren, Jessica (Josh) Berns, Michael Sheets, Randi Savko and Shane Mester; four great-grandchildren, Leah Berns, Kamrynn, Kamiyah and Kylah Savco; and his beloved dog, Charlie.

Dan proudly served our country in the Air Force. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, and he enjoyed dancing with his wife and fishing with his sons. He worked at Janco for over 10 years before joining his sons at Sheet’s Electric. He will be missed.
 
A committal service will be held Wednesday, April 2nd , at 2:00PM in the mausoleum chapel at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E. Edison Rd. South Bend, IN 46615, to help cover expenses.

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


Armando J Mariottini
                                        February 6, 1919 - March 28, 2014

Armando J. Mariottini, 95, passed away at home on March 28, 2014 and is now soaring the heavens above dancing away. He is survived by his loving daughter who resided with him, Suzanne Dias; and two sons, James of Mishawaka, and Daniel and his partner James Baker of Washington, D.C.. Armando is also survived by his 94-year-old sister, Alice Wiand of South Bend; numerous nieces; nephews; and his precious felines, Ripley, Stache and Molly. Armando was preceded in death by his wife Loretta; his sister, Rose Krasean; and his parents, Mary and Guido Mariottini.
 
Born on February 6, 1919 in West Stockbridge, MA, his family moved to South Bend at the age of 4. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army from 1940-1945 and fought in WWII as a tank commander under General Patton in Africa, Italy, and Germany where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Armando was fortunate to have General Patton’s son drive one of his tanks. He married Loretta Rickert in 1947. They were married for 58 years building their home and life in South Bend before her passing 2005.

After the Army, Armando served with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 33 years retiring in 1973. His retirement days were spent with his wife taking long drives in the country and enjoying life. He loved football, baseball and was die hard Packers and an avid Notre Dame fan. Everyone who met him adored him, his stories, and his sense of humor. He was an easy man to love and cherish and we are all extremely fortunate that God blessed him with a long life.
 
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 2 from 5-8PM at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood. Dr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00AM at St. Matthew Cathedral, with visitation one hour prior in the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Armando’s name to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Center for Hospice Care.

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



Carol Lee Leeke
                                     December 25, 1944 - March 27, 2014

Carol Lee (Minder) Leeke, 69, went to be with the Lord March 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 25, 1944, she was the daughter of Frances G. and Josephine (Crawford) Minder. They preceded her in death along with four siblings, Josephine (Minder) Lipowski, and William, Michael and Donna Minder.
 
On September 8, 1962, Carol married the love of her life, Albert S. Leeke. He survives. Also left to cherish her memory are three children, Darlene (Terry) Nivens of South Bend, Diana (Roger) Brown of Green Bay, WI, and Debra (Steve) Roberts of Niles, MI; four siblings, Jack (Bonnie) Minder of Mishawaka, Pat (Art) Piesecki of TX, Frank (Sylvia) Minder of Mishawaka, and Mark (Lisa) Minder of South Bend; six grandchildren, Steven and Meagan Nivens, Tyler  and Ryan Brown, and Jesse and Jamie Roberts; and seven great-grandchildren.

Born on Christmas, she was everyone’s Christmas angel. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was generous, loving and would give to anyone in need. She loved to have guests over and cook for them; and she never met a stranger. Carol retired from St. Michael’s Laundry on the campus of Notre Dame. She will be greatly missed by many.
 
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 1st from 2-4PM with the service starting at 4PM at the McGann Hay, Morning Star Chapel, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd. South Bend.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses.

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






Beverly J. Robinson

Beverly Joann Robinson, 87, passed away on March 23rd following a six year battle with Alzheimer’s with her daughter and granddaughters at her side.

She was born in South Bend on October 27, 1926 to the late Homer and Almeda (Heilman) Morgan.  The youngest of four daughters, Beverly was also preceded in death by her older sisters Mary Ellen (Herb) Zeissig, Doris (Charles) Prussner and Bernetta (Forest) Chapman.  In 1949 she married Kenneth Robinson who passed away in May 1993.

  Beverly is survived by a family who will miss her easy going personality and wonderful sense of humor but will cherish always the wonderful memories held in their hearts:  her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jack Freel of Granger; her beloved granddaughters: Lauren (Andrew) Fiedler of South Bend, Lesley Freel of Columbus, Ohio and Aubrey Freel of Granger; as well as her much loved nephew Timothy (Patricia) Chapman and niece Debra Chapman and great nephews: Timothy (Kris and son Cole) Chapman all of South Bend and Jeffrey Chapman of Los Angeles, CA.

Beverly was employed by the Studebaker Corporation upon her graduation from Riley High School in 1944 until the company’s closure in 1963.  She then worked in the personnel department of Clark Equipment Company in Buchanan, MI until her retirement in 1986 when she devoted her time to her family and her church.  Beverly was an active member of the former Maple Lane United Methodist Church where she served as the church’s secretary for many years as well as a member of the women’s auxiliary.  Beverly will forever be remembered by her family for her positive outlook on life, her patience, her lovely smile and her readiness to help anyone in need.  She enjoyed time spent with her granddaughters as well as her sister and best friend, Bernie.  Beverly was an accomplished baker and her family will always remember the fabulous pies and pastries she made.  She shared a love of animals with her family and was an active supporter of the Humane Society and a generous financial supporter of the National Wildlife Foundation, the Audubon Society and many other conservation and animal help organizations. She enjoyed traveling and was always ready to pack her suitcase for the next adventure or take a trip to Chicago for a Cubs game.

Beverly’s family would like to recognize the wonderful staff of both Hospice and Caring Junction Residential Facility for their loving care during the past few months.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 4-7pm and on Saturday from 9:30-10:30am, at the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off of Cherry Rd.

A Service of Remembrance will be celebrated at 10:30am Saturday with Pastor Michael Butler, of Granger Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, officiating, at McGann Hay, Granger Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Beverly may be donated to the St. Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545.

To send condolences to the family or for directions please visit:  www.McGannHay.com.


Joseph B. “Joe” Garrett
                                                                     May 2, 1954 - March 22, 2014

SOUTH BEND -- Joseph “Joe” Garrett, 59, passed away in his home, Saturday, after a courageous 10 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born May 2, 1954, he was the son of C. Raymond and Bertha (Brittingham) Garrett. He was preceded in death by his f
ather, Ray. His mother survives in South Bend.

On May 20, 1978, Joe married Elaine (Penner) Garrett. She survives. Also, left to cherish his memory are their children: Natalie Garrett of Miami, Florida, Joey Garrett of New York City, and Matt Garrett of Indianapolis.  Also surviving are: brothers: Paul (Carol Brunzell) Garrett of Inver Grove Heights, MN, David (Junko Ueno) Garrett of Tujunga, CA and a sister, Karen (Pete Garfinkel) Garrett of Manhattan, KS as well as numerous cousins, nephews and in-laws.

Joe attended Elmhurst High School and graduated from Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, IN in 1972. He graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management in 1976.

Joe went to work for City Securities Corporation as an Investment Advisor with his beloved mentor, Richard E. Greulich, where Joe worked for 37 years and became Vice-President.  Joe had hoped to work for many more years, having recently attained his Certified Financial Planner designation.

Joe was a member of the South Bend Rotary Club for 36 years, having served as a board member. He was also a board member of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County for 26 years, serving two terms as President.

Joe loved his sports: tennis, softball, basketball, fishing, golf, and the long-term friendships that came from those. He particularly enjoyed his tennis league and won a few city doubles tiles with his good friend Dave George.  He also had a love for music, having played tenor saxophone and he appreciated nature.  Joe volunteered many hours for youth sports.  He helped coach ICCL basketball at St. Jude's School, baseball at South East Little League, and tennis at Marian High School for many years.  Joe deeply loved his family and he will be with them always.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rafat Ansari and Brandee Flagg, as well as the chemotherapy suite nurses, for their kindness and care over these past 10 months.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8pm at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd.  The Holy Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home in the afternoon at a time TBA.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew Cathedral on Thursday at 10:30am, Msgr. Michael Heintz, Pastor and Rector, officiating.  Burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations in Joe’s memory be made to: The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County, 3515 N. Main St., Suite C, Mishawaka, IN 46545; Rotary Club of South Bend, 108 W. Colfax Ave., Suite B, South Bend, IN 46601 or to St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St. South Bend, IN 46613.  To send condolences to the family, please visit:  www.McGannHay.com.


Robert E. Casto

                                             November 10, 1961 - March 20, 2014

Bob (Robert) Casto, beloved husband and father, passed away due to cancer on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. He was 52 years old. Bob spent his last few days surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends.

He was born on November 10, 1961 in Niles, MI and resided in Granger, IN with his adoring wife and best friend, Lori Leazenby Casto.

Bob’s favorite activities were running, family vacations, exercise, photography, communicating with friends and loved ones, and participating as an active member of Granger Community Church. He also loved mornings at Panera with friends, collecting flip flops, watches, dance music, and watching classic shows like I Love Lucy.

In the last five years, Bob enjoyed competitive running in such races as Logan’s Run, the Sunburst Races, the Niles Thanksgiving Day Run, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in honor of his sister-in-law Lisa Heckman.

Bob was raised in Buchanan, MI and attended Buchanan High School. He graduated from Southwestern Michigan College and Indiana Wesleyan University with an associate and bachelor’s degree respectively. 

He married his beloved wife on December 10, 1982 and moved to Granger, IN in 1998 with his sons Adam and Joshua.

For much of his career, Bob was an Information Data Analyst for Trinity Health. He also worked at Granger Community Church in the finance department for several years and volunteered there in the arts and groups ministries.

Bob was an amazing role model to his family and friends. His loving, compassionate nature and sense of humor will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Bob is survived by his wife Lori, his mother Patricia May Casto, his sons: Adam and Joshua, his daughters-in-law Meg Schleiger Casto and Alyssa Ruth Casto, his sister Yvette (Ed) Albright, and many cherished friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his father Ronald.

A memorial service will be held in Bob’s honor on Tuesday, March 25 at 8am at Granger Community Church, 630 East University Dr., Granger, IN. The service will be immediately followed by a coffee and bagel reception in honor of Bob’s daily morning tradition.

He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger, IN.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family requests that donations be made in his name to a charity close to their hearts. They suggest The Center for Hospice Care (centerforhospice.org), The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (sarcomahelp.org), and the Cancer Research Institute (cancerresearch.org). 

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Larry C. Zimmer
                                October 13, 1940 - March 19, 2014

Larry C. Zimmer, 73, passed away peacefully March 19, 2014.

Born October 13, 1940, he was the son of the late Christian Zimmer Jr. and Pauline (Troesch) Zimmer Baker (the late Orville). He was also preceded in death by his brother, Neil L. Zimmer.
He is survived by two sisters, Norma (Roger) Horn of Mishawaka and Mary Lou (Jerry) Vorheis of Midland TX; and sister-in-law, Barbara Zimmer of Lexington, KY. He was also an Uncle to nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews.
 
Larry was a brick layer earlier in his life. He was awarded Outstanding Newspaper Boy of 1954 from more than 1,100 Tribune carriers, at that time, which he was very proud of. He enjoyed playing baseball and loved sports. He liked playing hide-and-seek with his nieces and nephews and teasing them lovingly with the change in his pocket. He will be truly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. on Wednesday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior.

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Jesse Chatman
                                         March 24, 1978 - March 19, 2014

Jesse Chatman, 35, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on March 19, 2014.

Born March 24, 1978, he was the son of Jesse Tibbs and Jeanette Chatman.
He is survived by many loving friends, who were like his family: Lisa, Ann (“Bumblebee”), Christina (“Lil Bit”), Theresa, Tanisha, Rachel, Tom, Bill, Elizabeth, Jerid, Denise, Jeff, Ronnie; and many beloved staff members at Partners in Opportunities and Club Your Place.

Jesse was a “one of a kind” fun spirited guy who never met a stranger. He enjoyed telling his many stories to others. He enjoyed socializing with his friends at Club Your Place where he was a valued member. Jesse enjoyed music, watching scary movies, singing, dancing, basketball, playing pool, going out to eat, spending time at the library, bowling, but mostly, hanging out with his friends. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held on what would have been his 36th birthday, Monday, March 24th from 12-2PM at Club Your Place.
 
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or to the Epilepsy Foundation.

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Dr. Alfred Fromm
                                        January 25, 1914 - March 18, 2014

Dr. Alfred Fromm passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 18th. He was born on January 25,1914 in Newark, New Jersey. His parents Sam & Kate Fromm, preceded him in death along with his brother, Daniel Fromm of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and his sister, Betty Brook of South Bend.
 
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara Cohen (Niessen) of South Bend; and a son, Gary Fromm (Nana) of Mishawaka. Also surviving are his 4 grandchildren: Mimi Dell (Doug)of Denver, CO, and Cary Cohen (Mishelle) of Indianapolis, IN, Jason Fromm of Gainesville, FL, and Adam Fromm (Kathy) of Elmhurst, IL , 6 great grandchildren: Michael & Matthew Dell, Kayla Cohen, Sophia, Nora and Amelia Fromm.
 
After taking a sales job in Fargo, North Dakota, Al met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Shapiro in 1938. Recently, the Fromm’s were happy to celebrate their 76th wedding anniversary followed shortly by “Grandpa Al’s” 100th birthday. It was quite a major milestone he had always aspired to. He made it!
 
Professionally, Dr. Fromm graduated in 1946 from Loyola University Dental School (Chicago). After moving to South Bend in 1947 with Dorothy and their young daughter Barbara, he opened his dental practice. Later he trained as a pedodontist (children’s dentist) and became the first pedodontist licensed in Indiana. He was one of the founding partners of the South Bend Dental Center.

Throughout his lifetime in South Bend, Dr. Fromm was a generous contributor and member of Hebrew Orthodox Congregation, Temple Beth-El and Sinai Synagogue. He maintained a lifelong passion for learning and even in recent years as his eyesight and hearing were failing, he used books on tape to sustain his quest for knowledge as a perpetual student. He was an avid bridge player until the age of 99.

The entire Fromm family wishes to express our gratitude and appreciation to Rose Riley for her continued dedication and loving care for both Al and Dorothy over the past 6 years.
 
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 1PM at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 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.


Dennis J Laskowski
                          January 30 1943 - March 13, 2014

Dennis J. Laskowski, 71, passed away unexepectedly March 13, 2014.
He was born January 30, 1943 to Clem Laskowski and Norma (Freeland) Laskowski Hafer. They preceded him in death.
 
He is survived by two siblings, Cheryl A. (Robert) Horvath of South Bend and Barry Hafer of Lake Geneva, WI; four nieces, Rose and Carrie Horvath, Kylie Horvath Jonas and Amanda Hafer; nephew, Alan Hafer; and many great nieces and nephew that he enjoyed spending time with.

Dennis was a teacher for the South Bend Community School Corp. for over 26 years. He was a car enthusiast and loved to collect car and sports memorabilia, and enjoyed Formula 1 racing. He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.

Per his request, a short and simple service will be held in the mausoleum at Highland Cemetery on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:30AM.
 
Donations may be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America.

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Frances B. Thornton
                                        January 19, 1914 - March 5, 2014

Frances B. Thornton, 100, passed away peacefully March 5, 2014.
Born January 19, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Max and Katherine (Mischker) Eble.
On September 17, 1938, Frances married Howard S. “Sid” Thornton. He preceded her in death in 1968. She was also predeceased by siblings, Molly Batdorf, Max Eble, Rosella Guentert, Beatrice Eble, Paul Eble, and Ruth Jurek.
 
Left to cherish her memory are three children, Katherine R.(Ray) Hayes of Decatur, MI, Howard J. (Karen) Thornton, and Paul F. (Diane) Thornton, both of South Bend; grandchildren Mark (Kathy) Thornton, Eric (Sherry) Thornton, Mary (James) Bogol, Deneene Barrier, Scott (Jolene) Hayes, Ryan (Diana) Hayes, Lyndsey LaLonde, Jennifer (Joe) Schuring; eighteen great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She had a giving heart and spent many years as a volunteer at Healthwin and Cardinal Nursing Homes. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church-South Bend, and was a member of the former Altar Society of the church. She continued to attend mass every Sunday at her care facility. Though blind she was still very sharp of mind as she worked crossword puzzles with the aid of her children. Also she knew the birthdates of all friends and relatives. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed hearing a good joke. She loved to reminisce about any subject.
The family would like to thank the staff, volunteers and residents of Healthwin Specialized Care on Darden Road for their loving care and support.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4PM at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church-South Bend or Healthwin Specialized Care.

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Betty J. Morris
                                            May 22, 1935 - March 4, 2014

Betty J. Morris, 78, formerly of Rochester, NY, passed away into the loving arms of Christ, March 4, 2014, with her three children at her side.
 
Born May 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Bahr) Kaiser.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Laurie (John) Pinter of South Bend, Brian (Julie) Morris of Westfield, NJ and Keith (Laura) Morris of Chicago; their father, James Morris of Salem, South Carolina; a brother, Alan (Carol) Kaiser of Spencerport, NY; and five grandchildren, Jennifer and Colleen Morris, and Matthew, Daniel, and Erin Pinter.
Betty was a generous, modest, and kind woman who loved God and her family more than anything. She had a strong faith and was a devoted member of Evangel Heights United Methodist Church. Betty spent most of her work years as a bookkeeper for the Greece Central (NY) school district, and retired to start a small business in craft making. She was a warm, gentle soul with a soft spot for her grandchildren and her wonderful friends in the Whispering Pines community.
 
Per her request, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8 at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church at 2:30PM, with visitation one hour prior.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Tania L. Deren
                                   September 19, 1970 - February 28, 2014

Tania L. Deren, 43, passed away unexpectedly February 28, 2014.

Born September 19, 1970, she was the daughter of Dale and Carole (Fike) Coddington.
They survive in Florida.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents; a daughter, Abigail Deren of Mishawaka; and her father, Jim Deren of Mishawaka; a brother, Lt. Col. Christopher (Yvette) Coddington of Bonaire, GA; nieces, Isabella and Lydia Coddington of Bonaire, GA; and her beloved dog, Ozbert.
 
Tania was a loving mother, daughter, and sister. She had a generous, kind, compassionate heart for people, and showed it every day as a social worker for Memorial Hospital. She had a heart for God; and while she leaves a void in the hearts of many, we know she is in the loving arms of the Lord. She will be greatly missed.
 
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd.  A memorial service will be on Friday at 11:00AM at Osceola United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider investing in Abigail’s future at any TCU branch for Abigail’s college fund.

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Wilma E. Schermerhorn

                                August 18, 1910 -  February 26,2014
SOUTH BEND - Wilma E. Schermerhorn, 103, passed away on February 26, 2014 at 1:01PM at Healthwin Nursing Home.

Born in Goshen, IN on August 18, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Ora and Macy Weister.
On July 27, 1929, Wilma married Paul Schermerhorn at Fishlake Church in Middlebury, IN. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Patricia) Schermerhorn of Granger, IN; and their three children, Robert Jr. (Marcy) Schermerhorn of Allentown, PA, Patti Jo (Dave) O’Malley of Sumner, WA, and James Schermerhorn of Granger, IN; her son-in-law, Mike (the late Donna Schermerhorn) Miller; and their children, Mike Jr. (Claudia) Miller, Timothy (Jan) Miller and Cindy (Dan) Eddingfield, all of Columbus, OH.
She had six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
 
Per her request, no services are being held. Private burial will take place.

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Mary Ann Turner
                                June 8, 1931 - February 27, 2014

SOUTH BEND - Mary Ann Turner, 82, passed away February 27, 2014.
Born in South Bend, June 8, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John Fredrick and Vera (Lindell) Sallows.
 
On October 31, 2009, Mary married Levell Liggins. He survives.
Also left to cherish her memory are her children, Anna Marie Hardin of South Bend, Robert (Katrenia) Hardin of GA, David (Michelle) Hardin of SC and Bob (Sherrie) Wojcikowski of WA. She is also survived by two siblings, Sister Carmel Marie Sallows of South Bend, and Charles (Thyra) Sallows of South Bend; and 7 grandchildren.
 
Mary Ann graduated from St. Joseph High School, which was an all-girl school at that time. She proudly served our country in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1955. She spent many years of her life volunteering at Memorial Hospital. She will be dearly missed.

Per her request, cremation will take place. Private services will be held at a later date.
 
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Harold D. Tolbert
                                    January 25, 1926 - February 19, 2014

Edwardsburg, MI - Harold Delos Tolbert, 88, passed away February 19, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.


He was the first born of Harold S. and Laura E. (Spencer) Tolbert on January 25, 1926 in Cassopolis, MI.
Coming from Jones, MI, he purchased his first farm west of Edwardsburg in 1957 where he farmed and milked cows with the help of his children. He enjoyed a fulfilled life of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, riding snowmobiles, cutting wood, and farming until the age of 85.
 

On November 8, 1969, he married the former Christine (Meister) Tucker, uniting two families. She survives with their children, Laura (Tom) Carroll, Jeffrey (Melissa) Tolbert and Steven (Kathy) Tucker, al of Edwardsburg, Richard (Jackie) Tolbert of Sandy, OR and Cathy (Marty) Tucker of Indianapolis, IN.

There are 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter. Surviving also are brothers, Loren E. (Mary Jo) Tolbert of Edwardsburg, MI, John (Leta) Tolbert of Lakeland, FL; a sister, Carolyn (Harold) Rodman of Union, MI; brother-in-law, William (Karen) Meister of Osceola; sister-in-law, Dawn Seifer of Plymouth; and his beloved Lab, Annie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Georgia Filbrandt; a nephew, Mike Tolbert, and brother-in-law, Virgil Seifer.
 

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-8PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Edwardsburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County Animal Control & Shelter, 323 M62 North, Cassopolis, MI 49031.
 

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Rosalyn Berman Schuster
                                    April 12, 1989 – February 18, 2014

WARSAW, IN -- Rosalyn Berman Schuster, 24, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday in her home.  She was born in Warsaw on April 12, 1989.

Rosalyn loved music, both listening to music and singing and was known for her keen sense of humor.  She attended Stanley Clark, Thomas Edison and John Adams High School, all in South Bend.

Rozzie is survived by her children: a daughter Carolyn Karsten, almost 4, and her son Kash Karsten, 2, both of Warsaw; her mother Cheri Berman Schuster and her fiancé Terry Hoffman of Mishawaka; a brother and his wife Ryan B. & Nicole Dailey Schuster of Chicago and her paternal grandmother Alice Schuster of Mishawaka. Rosalyn is also survived by her birth family: mother Shay Culbertson; father Michael Hale; her siblings: Derek Hart, Kylie (Doug) Caverley, Zach Cook, and Chase Prater along with her grandmother Sue (Robbie See) Rodgers and paternal great-grandparents Jack and Maudie Ford all of Warsaw and all her loving and supportive aunts, uncles and cousins and friends.  She was predeceased by her: father Brian S. Schuster in 1996; paternal grandfather Boris Schuster and her maternal grandparents Rozz and Ralph Berman.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Sinai Synagogue, LaSalle and Eddy St. in South Bend, Rabbi Michael Friedland, officiating.  Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.  Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to either:  Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle Ave, South Bend, IN 46617 or to The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615.

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Elizabeth A. "Beth" Page
                                  February 12, 1961 - February 12, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Page, 53 of Mishawaka, born on February 12, 1961, died February 12, 2014, on the day of her birth the Lord has called Elizabeth a.k.a. Beth home to His heavenly kingdom.

Beth was a gentle soul with a heart the size of Texas, who was loved dearly and will be missed by so many. Our comfort is in knowing that she is now at peace and with Her earthly Father and Her Heavenly Father.

Beth is survived by: her husband Terry Lee Page; her mother Agnes Jan Doran; brothers: James, David, Danny Ray, Tony and Paul. Extended family members: sister in laws: Bonnie, Kim, Heather. Also, her aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Rest in Peace Elizabeth (Beth)!

A celebration of the Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday Feb. 18th, at 10:30am at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger with Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor, officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to mass in the church and on Monday from 5-7pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter from Cherry Rd., where there will be a parish Vigil Service at 5pm.

Memorial contributions 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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Sandra R. Navarro

                                  September 8, 1945 – February 1, 2014

MISHAWAKA-Sandra Ruth Navarro, 68, was taken by the angels to meet her Savior Jesus, on Saturday, February 1, 2014. She had been a resident of Golden Living Center at Fountainview since July 2013. Prior to that, she had been a resident of Elkhart for many years.

Sandy, as known by family and friends, was born to Jack and Ada Morris in California in 1945. A year later they moved to South Bend, and 6 years later, the moved to Mishawaka, where she lived until marrying Dan Kelly. They had 1 child, a daughter, Ada Marie, who survives and lives in Kansas. On December 14, 1985, Sandy married Carlos Navarro in Elkhart. They had one son that was still born, whom she loved very much and they are now united in Heaven. 

Also surviving to cherish her memory are: one brother, Phillip E. (Sandy) Morris of Elkhart; two sisters, Cherie (Phillip) Whybrew of Mishawaka and Rexanna (Loredano) Stretch of South Bend.; and three grandchildren, Leah Stewart of Mishawaka, James Stewart of Elkhart, and Lee Stewart of Michigan.

Sandy was predeceased by both of her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. A sister, Cynthia Ortiz passed away in 1982. 

Sandy enjoyed the outdoors, and going fishing every chance she got. Watching birds and wild life gave her great pleasure. Sandy was an artist in her own right. Jesus and family were the most important things to her.

Sandy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. We will miss her kind and loyal heart. She loved Jesus with all her heart, and was a shining example of what a true Christian is. Her life is a true witness of God’s love.

Per Sandy’s request, cremation will take place with no services being held.

Thank you, Lord, for the time we had with Sandy.

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Robert H. Hampton

                                       April 28, 1950 – February 10, 2014 

GRANGER – Robert H. Hampton, 63, passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on Monday at his home in Granger, IN.

Bob was born in Detroit, MI on April 28, 1950 to the late Myron “Russell” and Mildred (Lewinski) Hampton.  On May 16, 1970 in Three Rivers, MI he married the former Janice E. Lash.

His wife Jan survives of Granger along with two daughters:  Kristi (Trent) Gouker of South Bend, IN and Virginia Hampton of Osceola, IN; three brothers: Greg (Nicole) Hampton of Plymouth, IN, Eric Hampton of Jones, MI, Perry (Dawn) Hampton of Granger; six sisters: Myra Hampton of Kalamazoo, MI, Lorraine (Buril) Ragsdale of Natchez, MS, Barb Hampton of Garland, TX, Valerie (Ken) Bell of Garfield, AR, Nora (Jeff) Hacker of San Antonio, TX and Carol (Todd) Canton of Owasso, OK; five grandchildren: Lexie, Zoe, Xavier, Curstin and Paige and three step-grandchildren.

His Cocoa Beach, FL condo was Bob’s favorite place to vacation; where he could often be found indulging in his favorite pastimes: reading, especially the Wall Street Journal looking at old cars, listening to opera and watching Bill O’Reilly while enjoying a glass of Merlot wine and some Cabot Cheese.  Bob was a proud member of the Republican National Committee. Bob was very generous and would help anyone who needed it.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Bob at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger at 11:30am Friday with
Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor, officiating.  Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm where there will be a parish vigil service at 6:30pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:30 to 11:15am in the back of church.

The family has asked that those wishing to make memorial donations consider a donation to the MD Anderson Cancer Institute, 1400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806, where Bob received such wonderful care.  To send your condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Edward Lee Peterson
                                  December 18, 1943 - February 2, 2014

Edward Lee Peterson, 70, formerly of South Bend, passed away in the Ruskin Hospice House in Florida on February 2, 2014.
 
Edward is survived by his wife of twenty-six years, Mary Ann (Downey) Peterson. He is also survived by his twin children, Michael (Shannon) Bergeron and Michelle (Mike) Dempsey; eight grandchildren; a sister, Judy (Bob) Bennett; a loving nephew, Jack Bennett; niece, Jill (James) Grochowaski; and their children, Kayla, Lyndsey, and Ryan.
 
When Ed married Mary Ann, he inherited a large extended family and became a stepfather to Kevin (Kathy) Downey and Ben (Lindsey) Downey; and grandpa to their eight children.
 
Ed spent most of his working career managing South Bend Warehouse and Distribution, Independent Concrete Pipe and his last employment in South Bend was with Real Services providing rides and grocery shopping to elderly people in need.
 
Ed will be remembered for his loud, infectious laugh, sense of humor and willingness to help people in need. He was an avid sports fan, and his love of the Cubs was replaced by loyalty to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was an avid SJHS football fan and helped line fields and sell 50/50 tickets; as well as attend all games. He would watch any sporting event he could on TV, and it was only fitting he passed on Super Bowl Sunday.

In South Bend, he will be remembered for his manicured lawn and gorgeous flowers. He opened his pool to the neighborhood residents, friends, Mary Ann’s students, and family members. Uncle Ed, in hopes that all would have fun, hosted many parties and celebrations.

Ed will be remembered and missed by many people and each will have a unique story to tell. He will always be in a baseball cap and a favorite tee-shirt.

Per his request, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made, in Ed’s name, to the St. Joe Football Program.
 
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Henry Dewey Flesh (1926 - 2014)

H. Dewey Flesh, age 87, formerly of Edwardsburg, Michigan, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014, in South Bend, Indiana.

Dewey was born in Saint Louis, Missouri on June 07, 1926, the son of Henry Dewey Flesh, Sr. and Julia Schierhoff.

 Dewey served honorably in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, then returned home to Saint Louis where he attended Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

 He married Betty L. Beamer, of Saint Louis, Mo. in 1952, and then settled in Griffith, Indiana.

 Dewey had a long career as an administrator with Ancilla Domini Hospitals, beginning at Saint Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago and ending at Saint Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, from where he retired in 1985.

 Dewey continued his education and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and he was very active in the community.  He gave many hours of his time to the Salvation Army, Kiwanis, the Boy Scouts of America, Saint Matthew’s Parish, and other local organizations.

 A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Dewey enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his family. His most recent favorite pastime was visiting with his grandchildren and hearing about all their activities and interests.

 Dewey is survived by his daughter Renee Hensley and son-in-law Brian Hensley of Edwardsburg, Michigan; son Bill Flesh, daughter-in-law Betsy (Greve) Flesh, granddaughter Emma Flesh, granddaughter Samantha Flesh, and grandson Nathan Flesh of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewey, Sr. and Julia Flesh and his wife, Betty L. Flesh.

 Funeral services will be held at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd., on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at noon, with visitation from 10-noon prior, with Rev. Terry Coonan, Associate Pastor at St. Pius X Catholic Church, officiating. Cremation will follow with burial later at Edwardsburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a memorial donation in Dewey's memory to the: Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 1, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, Indiana 46513

 


Stanley Krulewitch
                                      March 6, 1934 - February 4, 2014

Stanley Krulewitch, 79, passed away peacefully at Signature Nursing Home, formerly Regency Place on Tuesday at 3am.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00am in the Chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, with Rabbi Meir Bulman, of the Hebrew Orthodox Congregation, officiating. McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Forest G. Hay Chapel is in charge.
 
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Hayden Blaine Kimmerly
                                 November 7, 2012 - February 2, 2014

Hayden Blaine Kimmerly, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, great-grandson, and God-son, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by his family and those who cared for him.
 

Hayden and his identical twin brother, Hudson, were born on November 7, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, the sons of John G. Kimmerly and Nicole B. Muir-Kimmerly.

The twins were born almost twelve weeks premature. At birth, Hayden weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces and was 12 and 1/2 inches long.
 

Hayden fought many battles in his short life, faced several diagnoses, and endured several surgeries. He quickly earned the nickname Superman. It was a title he surely earned.
 

Hayden spent his entire life hospitalized. Although he never got to come home, Hayden was blessed with the care and support of many nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists who hold a special place in his family's hearts.
 

Despite all the hardships, Hayden was a gentle, happy soul with a smile that was contagious.

Hayden is survived by his parents John and Nicole; his brother Hudson; his grandparents Skip and Karen Muir; his uncle and God-father Nicholas Muir; his God-mothers Jennifer Burke and Erica Joubert; his great grandmother Barbara Smallwood; and a host of other relatives.
 

Hayden was preceded in death by several extended family members and his family is comforted knowing he is surrounded by loved ones in Heaven.

Hayden's family extends their heartfelt thanks to Memorial Children's Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital for the care they provided to Hayden.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation on Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road and the funeral service on Friday at 9:30am at McGann Hay’s Granger Chapel.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests superhero themed blankets and superhero themed stuffed animals which the family will donate to the Memorial Children's Hospital NICU and the Nationwide Children's Hospital C4 NICU in Hayden's memory.  
 

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Eleanor B. Sweitzer
                                   February 16, 1916 - January 31, 2014

Eleanor Banks Sweitzer, 97, passed away January 31, 2014 at the Sanctuary at St. Pauls.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 19, 1916 to the late Parley and Helen (Heaton) Banks.
In 1935 in South Bend, Eleanor married Robert J. Lyons, who preceded her in death in 1949. In 1958, in South Bend, she was married to Robert D. Sweitzer, who preceded her in death in 1994. Four sisters, Dorothy Shambleau, Shirley Faller, Bernice Therkelsen, and Beverly Simrall; and one brother, Parley F. Banks, Jr. also preceded her in death.
 

She is survived by a son, Robert J. (Kathleen) Lyons, Jr. of Sarasota, FL; and a daughter, Judith A. (Charles) Smith of Osceola, IN. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Lisa Lyons Wiley of Collingwood Ontario, Laura Lyons (James) Lenhard of Landenburg, PA, Todd H. (Sheila) Bigelow of Lawrenceburg, IN, and Tracy Smith Megyesi of Osceola, IN; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. One brother, Philip M. Banks of Minneapolis, MN, also survives her.
Eleanor was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, South Bend, where she served as a Trustee and Elder.
She graduated from Central High School and the South Bend College of Commerce. She then worked as a secretary for Drs. Wright and Wright for many years, before retiring in 1976.

She was a former member of the Junior League of South Bend, and served as a Director of the former Indiana Club; and was a member of the University Club.

The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the staff at the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s for their compassionate and loving care; and a thank you also to the staff at Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.
A private entombment will take place at Riverview Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of South Bend, American Cancer Society, Center for Hospice Care, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
 

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Earl William "Bill" Walker
                                      May 4, 1944 - January 28, 2014

Earl “Billy” Walker, 69, passed away January 28, 2014 at Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 4, 1944 in South Bend, IN to the late Dorsey and Myrtle Frances Walker. His brother, Dorsey Walker, also preceded him in death.

On October 14, 1967, Earl married the love of his life, Betty Platz. She survives. He is also survived by daughter, Elizabeth Walker; brother-in-laws, Paul (Linda), Raymond and Bob Platz; the Robichaud family-Bryan, Karlie, Justin and Jason; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Billy was a hard worker. He was a machinist and retired from Janther. He was a well-loved guy and in the SB Housing Authority, he was known as “Pops.” He loved to fish with his friend, Bryan; and he was very gifted in fixing lawnmowers. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 4, from 1:00 to 1:30PM, with the funeral starting at 1:30PM, at the McGann Hay, University Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

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



                                                                      Virginia C. Gallagher

Gallagher
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Virginia C. , 93 , of Souh Bend , died Sunday ; McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel South Bend .



                                                                          Florence Carlson

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Florence , 96, of Mishawaka, died SaturdayMcGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel, South Bend.

Irma Kocsis
                                                                           March 6, 1939 - Jan. 23, 2014

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated
THURSDAY, January 30 at 1:30PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial.


Irm
a Kocsis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, diedJanuary 23, 2014 after a long bout with double pneumonia.
 
Best known for her infectious smile, her wit and her acumen for gourmet Hungarian cooking (not to mention her moxie for never mincing words), Irma will be lovingly remembered by those she touched with her extraordinary kindness, warmth, generosity and vibrancy.

She spent the last decade of her life on Diamond Lake, in Cassopolis, Michigan, where she found great joy in the birdlife (cardinals were a favorite), and in her lavish assortment of flowerpots -- bursting with geraniums, petunias, snapdragons and impatiens. The flower she treasured most was the wild daisy. It spoke to her carefree, independent spirit.
Irma loved to be mesmerized by the frequent sailboat races taking place just outside her kitchen windows. Her sense of adventure would unfold as she watched the beauty, strength and fluidity of Mother Nature's hand guiding the sail. She talked of learning to kayak in the upcoming summer months with her granddaughter, Camille. They would have both been beginners.
Irma was an avid follower of world politics, her beloved Fox News piped throughout the home 24/7. A Lifetime movie would never trump the admiration she held for her esteemed idol, Bill O'Reilly. She had the "No Spin Zone" doormats, coffee cups and other sundries to prove it. Her savvy for American politics only grew in her later years. And of course -- she won every argument or political debate she engaged in.
 
Irma leaves behind, her devoted husband of 55 years, Alex. For her, he was the man she could not live with, and most certainly could not live without. She loved him deeply. Together, they traveled the world and experienced a million lifetimes of remarkable memories.
Alex would ensure that Irma would want for nothing. The laughs along the way were many, as the two of them often revealed their natural skill for wit, impeccable timing, and the ability to find humor in everything.

Irma had passion for fine fashion, often completing her stylish looks with a matching hat and handbag. Her signature scent was Cabochard, which she discovered in Paris many years ago.
 
Irma passed at the golden age of 74. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, but spent much of her life in the South Bend area, arriving in 1957 as a refugee. Her first job was in 1958 as an elevator operator for First Bank & Trust in downtown South Bend. Her favorite floor was "six," pronounced "sex" by Irma.

Irma is survived by her loving husband Alex Kocsis of Cassopolis, MI; her children, Clara Layman (husband Tim Layman) of Niles, MI; Kathy Kocsis Teter (husband Matthew Teter) of Elbert, CO; and Thomas Kocsis (wife Judie Feilen-Kocsis) of Buffalo Grove, IL. Irma's grandchildren are Kristopher Kocsis (wife Nicole Kocsis) of South Bend, IN; and Camille Kocsis, of Granger, IN. Her great grandchildren are Audrey and Addison Kocsis, daughters of Kristopher and Nicole.
 
Those who knew and loved Irma, will miss her dearly, but her zest for life will forever live in their hearts.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Thursday, January 30, at 1:30pm, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com
Kayla Marie Black
                                             Sept. 18,1987 – Jan. 23, 2014

SOUTH BEND – Kayla Marie Black, 26, passed away peacefully Thursday at her residence. She was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina to David Charles and Joni Christine (Drown) Black who both survive of South Bend.

Those left to cherish her memory along with her parents are her three children: Alyssa, age 6, Abigail, age 5 and Nicholas, age 3, all of South Bend; her two sisters, Ashley Mdalaleh of Goshen, IN and Kelly Black of Irving, TX, her brother-in-law Mike Mdalaleh & niece Leena Age 7 months both also of Goshen,IN, Maternal Grandfather, George Drown of Michigan as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.Preceding her in death her Maternal Grandmother Joan Drown, of Galien, MI and Paternal Grandparents Harrison and Carol Black, of South Bend.

Kayla was a 2006 graduate of Clay High School and received her nursing degree in 2010 from Brown Mackie College. She was a loving Mother, Daughter & Sister.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Tuesday at the McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood, followed by a memorial service at 7pm with Senior Associate Pastor Collin Seitz, of Crossroads Evangelical Free Church, Plymouth, IN, officiating.  Graveside services and burial will be at 3pm Wednesday at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, MI.  Memorial donations may be made to any charity in her memory.

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

Sanger E Reed

                                             Sep 29, 1921  -  Jan 21, 2014

GRANGER -   Mr. Sanger E. Reed, 92, passed away Tuesday at the Hearth at Juday Creek. Sanger was born in Ligonier, IN on September 29, 1921 to the late William L. and Veva Annis (Smith) Reed. On August 11, 1947 in Ligonier he married Janet Verneda Spears who survives of Granger. Other survivors include three children: Susan V. (Larry) Wise of Tucson, AZ, Jennifer A. (Michael) Shira of Wabash, IN Lynn A. LaFree of Mishawaka and 12 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. A son Phillip was tragically killed in and motorcycle accident in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2004. Mr. Reed served honorably in the US Air Force WWII and was held as a POW in Japan for three years. He was a small plane pilot and Flight Instructor in South Bend and Grand Rapids, MI. He was a member of the former Business Flyers Club. Mr. Reed was retired in 1978 from the Reith Riley Construction Company as a Heavy Equipment Mechanics Supervisor of Road Construction. A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday Jan. 25, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 in Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, Rev. James Miller,DD, Pastor, officiating. Cremation took place at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions maybe made to: The Center for Hospice Care or Make A Wish Foundation. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Sherwin H. DeVorkin
                                         Feb. 16, 1936 - Jan. 22, 2014

SOUTH BEND - Sherwin H. DeVorkin, 77, passed away Wednesday evening, January 22, 2014, after complications from surgery.
He was born to Erwin T. and Ruth DeVorkin on February 16, 1936, in Mishawaka, IN.
Surviving are his wife, Carol; and sons, Eric (Jill Pennebaker), and Kevin. Also surviving are his brother,
Jerry and his wife Phyllis; along with his two nieces, Teri (Daniel) German and Lora (Michael) Black; and Sherwin’s Mother-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Brown. Sherwin met Carol Brown in Michigan City. They fell in love and married on January 2, 1967.
Sherw
in has always enjoyed life. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1954, continuing on to Indiana University where he studied Journalism. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau.
After college, Sherwin pursued a career as a Sports Writer and Editor in Peru, IN and then in South Haven, MI.
In the mid-60’s, Sherwin and his brother began their own business, DeVorkin Distributing Co., in Michigan City, supplying coin and stamp collecting items to retailers in a 150 mile radius. They then opened their own retail store in downtown Michigan City. After their father’s passing, the brothers moved their business to Mishawaka, and continuing to operate the Mishawaka News Agency. Shortly after, they began opening retail locations, Book World, Books Plus and Teri’s Gifts. Sherwin worked tirelessly to promote Downtown Mishawaka. He was on the Board of the Downtown Mishawaka Business Association and was Chairman of the Downtown Mishawaka Sidewalk Days for many years.
Jerry and Sherwin worked well together for over 40 years, and continued in business until they closed their University Park Mall store in 2004.
Sherwin was a member of Temple Beth-El. He served on the Congregational Board, enjoyed ushering and working with the Youth Softball Team. His greatest joy was being a part of his sons’ lives. He was so proud of the men they had become.
Sherwin was also a 30-year member of the Monday Night Movie Club, four guys enjoying dinner and a movie, usually movies earning no more than 1 and a half stars.
Always an animal lover, Sherwin was tolerant of his wife’s many pets. He especially loved his Pugs.
He thoroughly enjoyed a leisure breakfast at his favorite restaurants, deeply immersed in the daily newspaper.
It is so hard to imagine life without him. He will always be in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth-El Friday at 1:00pm. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth-El’s General Fund, or the donor’s favorite charity.
Condolences to the family may be sent through www.McGannHay.com
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Ruth Ann Ryker
                                                Mar. 5 1929 - Jan. 18 2014


SOUTH BEND - Ruth Ann Ryker, 84 years old, passed away on Jan 18th following an illness. She was born on March 5, 1929 in South Bend IN. A lifelong resident of South Bend, she worked at Robertson’s Department Store in South Bend. She also worked for Naturalizer Shoes at Scottsdale & University Park Malls. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony de Padua Church for 62 years. She belonged to the Lady’s Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police & was on the reunion committee of Riley High School.
 
Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph & Ruth (Condon) Torok; and her sister, Geraldine “Jerry” Van Camp. She was married to Russell D. Ryker on May 29, 1948. They were married 51 years before he passed away in 1999.
 
Surviving are her children, Connie Jo Swanson (Gary) living in Homestead, FL and Rick J. Ryker (Linda) living in Granger, IN; Grand-children, Vance Russell “Rusty” Young (Amie) living in Smyrna, TN, Andrew Joseph “Andy” Young (Anais) living in Homestead, FL, Shannon Lyn Ryker living in Delaware, OH and Ryan Walter Ryker living in Granger, IN; and Great-Grand children, James Logan Young & Aubrey Mae Young.
Special thanks to her Goddaughter, Carrie (Maul) Smalley (Dave) for all their help.
She enjoyed gambling at Las Vegas & the Blue Chip, and working in her yard.

A private service will be held following cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com

J. Erik Turns
                                             Sept. 14, 1982 – Jan. 14, 2014

GRANGER – James Erik Turns, 31, of Granger passed away Tuesday evening.

Erik was born in Goshen, IN on September 14, 1982 to Billy Joe and Cynthia Anne (Wieghard) Turns of Granger.  Left to cherish his memory are his parents of and a brother Alex Turns all of Granger, his older brother Reese (Victoria) Turns of Melbourne, Australia; his maternal grandmother and step grandfather Mary (John) Challman, and his paternal grandparents Jimmy and Nancy Turns of Elkhart, IN; along with many cousins.
 
Erik was an Assistant Manager at Pay’N Pakit Discount Food in South Bend.  He was a 2001 Graduate of Penn High School and received an Associates Degree in Music Engineering from Full Sail Institute in Orlando, FL.  He liked to D.J. and was a Web Site Designer.  He loved to Snowboard and sail on their boat on Lake Michigan out of Holland.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 at 11am at the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, Rev. Ed. Geleske, Pastor of Wakarusa United Methodist Church, where he was a former member.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the United Way of St. Joseph County on line at: www.UWSJC.org<http://www.UWSJC.org.
 
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Robert S. Gross

                                        Aug 08, 1931  -  Jan 13, 2014

DELRAY BEACH, FL -   Robert S. “Bob” Gross, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away on Monday morning. Born and raised in South Bend, Bob was the first of two children of Florence and D. D. (Doc) Gross. He was a graduate of John Adams High School followed by graduation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Business degree. Afterword, he served two years in the Army in an IBM unit. He then returned to South Bend and joined his father in the ladies apparel store, Milady Shop. Over the years, they expanded from one downtown location into all major shopping centers and malls. “Mr. Bob” was truly beloved by his dozens of long-tenured employees. He closed the business in 1996 and relocated to Florida shortly thereafter.

  He will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Ruth (Marcus) Gross; his daughters, Debbie (Evan) Lister, and Nancy (Gary) Drillings; his grandchildren, David, Jonathan, Jocelyn and Jordan; his sister, Carol Zhiss of Encinitas, California; his nephew, Ron Zhiss, and nieces; Terri Begun and Marlene Smith.

  Bob was a prominent member of the business community in South Bend. He served as President of the former St. Joseph County Retail Merchant Association and as a Director and President for many years of the South Bend Civic Center Building Authority. He was a Director of the Parking Facilities of South Bend Bonding Authority and a Past President of Temple Beth-El. For fifteen years, he served as a Director of the St Joseph (later KeyBank) Bank.

  Bob was an avid golfer, having learned the game as a 9-year-old. Playing for the John Adams team in high school, he scored a hole-in-one. As a passionate Notre Dame fan, he was able to indoctrinate all his grandchildren in this endeavor.

  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka with Rabbi Eric Siroka officiating.

  Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Temple Beth-El, 305 W. Madison St., South Bend, IN 46601, to any recognized Cancer organization, or Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton, FL.

  To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Mary M. Van Hulle
                                          Dec 01, 1927  ­  Jan 10, 2014

SOUTH BEND  - Mary M. Van Hulle, 86, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus on January 10, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Born December 1, 1927 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late John and Ella (O'Donnell) Hughes.
On June 18, 1949, Mary married the love of her life, William C. Van Hulle. He preceded her in death in 1980. Her beloved sister, Dr. Anne E. Hughes and her brother, Edward Hughes, also preceded her in death.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Rosellen M. (James L.) Brunette of Granger, IN; son, William C. Van Hulle, Jr. of South Bend; two grandchildren, Christine (David) Rafinski of Granger, and Jaime (Jason) McDaniel of South Bend; and five great-grandchildren, Dominik, Cameron, Chloe and Devyn Rafinski and Abigail McDaniel.
Mary was a kind, selfless, vibrant, and fiercely independent woman with a heart for God. She was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church for over 50 years, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She attended the University of Detroit; and in the 40’s and 50’s, worked for Mo-Town Records, which back then was Hitsville USA. She had the voice of an angel even until the end. Mary loved to travel, especially with her sister, Anne, and they went all over the world. More than anything, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she wanted nothing but the best for them.
Mary became a self-employed health care worker after her husband passed. Over the course of 20 years, she helped so many people and literally changed the lives of two of her female charges. She was truly a giving person who was always smiling and sincerely wished good tidings on everyone. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus at Arborwood for their caring ways and treating mom with such compassion.
Friends may call from 3-7PM on Tuesday, January 14 at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., where a rosary will be prayed at 4PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11AM at Little Flower Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com

Barbara Lou Brunette

                                      May 20, 1924 – January 7, 2014

 SOUTH BEND- Barbara Lou Brunette, 89, passed away peacefully in her home, January 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

 Born May 20, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Lewis L. and Lillian (Dickson) LaCosse.

 On August 23, 1940, Barbara married, the love of her life, Donald J. Brunette. Before he preceded her in death, they were married for 62 years. She was also preceded in death by their son, Donald H. Brunette.

Left to cherish her memory are three children, Barbara (the late Rodney) Anderson of South Bend, James L. (Rosellen) Brunette of Granger and Joseph L. (Margaret) Brunette of Osceola; eleven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and two brothers.

 Barbara was a computer supervisor with the St. Joseph County Auditor’s Office for over 28 years. She loved being caught up with the news, both watching on TV and reading the paper; and she was often seen working on a crossword puzzle. More than anything, she loved her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

 Cremation will take place with private services being held at a later date this year in May.

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


George A. Avon

DUE TO WEATHER, SERVICES FOR GEORGE A. AVON HAVE BEEN RE-SCHECDULED FOR:      
MONDAY JANUARY 13, 2014 AT 6PM

  A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held Monday, January 13th at 6PM, with visitation one hour prior, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter of Cherry Rd. Cremation has taken place with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.



                                          Aug 05, 1933  -  Dec 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND -   Gone to celebrate Christmas with his wife in The Most Perfect Place is George A. Avon, 80, who passed away Thursday evening, December 19, with his devoted daughter at his side. George was born on August 5, 1933 to George A. and Elizabeth (Rozpovits) Avon, who preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of South Bend.

  To those fortunate to have known him, George was a humble man of great character. He endured relentless adversity with his health in recent years, courageously facing each challenge with dignity and grace. His spirit was something to be admired, and his strength and determination were an inspiration to many.

  On July 19, 1952, George married the love of his life, Marilyn Jean (Frye), who left to make a place for him in Heaven on November 5, 2012. Together they had a daughter, Susan Marie Quimby of South Bend, who survives along with her husband Stan.

  George adored his wife and daughter, and to them he was a hero. He found true enjoyment in his life's work, serving as Vice President of Marketing for I. T. Equipment, Inc., of South Bend and Plymouth, where he was employed for over 41 years. George was an avid sports fan and particularly loved "his" Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

  Mr. Avon was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and South Bend College of Commerce and proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

  A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held Monday, January 13th at 6PM, with visitation one hour prior, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter of Cherry Rd. Cremation has taken place with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

  Memorial donations in George's honor may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46617, whose compassionate care was so deeply appreciated.

  To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

   The first man I loved,

   my daddy back then.

   In my heart forever,

   my father, my friend.

   -Susan Avon Quimby


Willis E. Whirledge
                                        Aug. 28, 1928 - Dec. 27, 2013

GOSHEN-Willis (Bud) E. Whirledge passed away Friday morning at the home of his daughter.  He was 85 years old.  He was born to Leo and Jessie Ethel Whirledge August 28, 1928.
 
June 4, 1948 he married Cherie Jean Myers of Millersburg.  She preceded him in death Feb. 1, 2013.  Willis was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.  He is survived by children, David (Karen) Whirledge of New Jersey, Shan (Michael) Robinson of Elkhart, Jonathan Whirledge (friend Michelle Choquette) of Oregon.  His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Zachary, Derek, Lucas(Stephanie), and Alex of New Jersey, Blake of Elkhart, Brett of Indianapolis, Corey and Chelsea of Oregon. His great-grandchildren, Brayden and Rylee of Oregon.  His family always came first with him.
 
Willis lived most of his life in the Millersburg area and graduated Millersburg High School in 1947.  He spent a lifetime showing by example an excellent work ethic, be it running a milk route or candy delivery for Gill-Parson Wholesale or working presses at Goshen Rubber, Triangle Rubber, Excel Rubber, and lastly, Western Rubber.  He worked after "retirement" for Goshen News cleaning the printing presses until sidelined by a stroke, around 1997.
 
Willis and Cherie enjoyed their last 13 years together at Oak Court of the Greencroft Goshen Campus surrounded by wonderful neighbors.
 
Willis chose cremation with no formal funeral.  Private burial will follow cremation at Brown Cemetery in Millersburg.  The family will host a celebration of his life to be announced at a later date.
 
In leiu of flowers, donations may be made www.mercuryone.org.
 
Arrangements are with McGann Hay Funeral Homes of South Bend.  Onlilne condolences may be shared with the family at www.McGannHay.com

Thomas M. Taylor, Sr.

                                         Apr 08, 1919  -  Dec 27, 2013

SOUTH BEND - Thomas Michael Taylor, Sr. passed away December 27 at the DuPage County Convalescent Center Wheaton, IL surrounded by family. A life long resident of South Bend, he had been living with his son in Warrenville, IL.

  Tom was born in Chicago on April 8, 1919 to Irish immigrants, John and Mary (Killelea) Taylor. Siblings included Mary Alice "Macy" Walsh (Dan), Kathleen Robinson (Robby) and John Taylor (Hilda), all who have preceded him in death.

  He attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1938. After the war, he attended the University of Notre Dame getting a certificate in Accountancy.

  He was married for 44 years to Mercedes "Dee" Johnson Taylor on May 28, 1949 who preceded him in death. They had three children; Myrene Biernat (Gene) of St. Anthony Village, MN, Thomas, Jr. (Dianne) of Warrenville, IL and Patrick of Cincinnati. There are 5 grandchildren ; Niki Taylor of Glen Ellen, IL, Danielle Taylor Spalenka (Josef) of Naperville, IL, Ashley Taylor Abraham (Joel) of Naperville, IL, Sarah Biernat of St. Anthony Village, MN and Christopher Biernat of New Orleans, LA. The first great-grandchild is due June 2014.

  He was a 3rd degree honorary life member of Knights of Columbus Council 553 South Bend. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army serving in WWII in the Pacific theater and Korea as a Sergeant.

  He worked for IBM for many years before he switched careers to become a salesman for Moore Business Forms and Shelby Business Forms from whom he retired in 1985.

  An avid golfer, he was shooting in the 40's and walking 9 holes well into his 80's. By all accounts he was the number one Notre Dame football fan, a season ticket holder since the 1940's. In 1960 they bought property in Michigan along Lake Michigan where the family camped until buying a small cabin. The nine hole golf course just out the front door and walks along the beach at sunset defined who the family was and remains, Family and friends were celebrated at every opportunity and he exemplified that kinship and love which he passes on to his children, their children and friends.

  There will be a Funeral Mass, Saturday, January 4th, 2014 (11:00AM) at Holy Cross Church, 1050 Wilber St. South Bend. There will be no viewing.

  In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the DuPage Convalescent Foundation, wwwdupageco.org or Holy Cross Church .

  To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


George A. Avon

                                          Aug 05, 1933  -  Dec 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND -   Gone to celebrate Christmas with his wife in The Most Perfect Place is George A. Avon, 80, who passed away Thursday evening, December 19, with his devoted daughter at his side. George was born on August 5, 1933 to George A. and Elizabeth (Rozpovits) Avon, who preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of South Bend.

  To those fortunate to have known him, George was a humble man of great character. He endured relentless adversity with his health in recent years, courageously facing each challenge with dignity and grace. His spirit was something to be admired, and his strength and determination were an inspiration to many.

  On July 19, 1952, George married the love of his life, Marilyn Jean (Frye), who left to make a place for him in Heaven on November 5, 2012. Together they had a daughter, Susan Marie Quimby of South Bend, who survives along with her husband Stan.

  George adored his wife and daughter, and to them he was a hero. He found true enjoyment in his life's work, serving as Vice President of Marketing for I. T. Equipment, Inc., of South Bend and Plymouth, where he was employed for over 41 years. George was an avid sports fan and particularly loved "his" Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

  Mr. Avon was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and South Bend College of Commerce and proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

  A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held Monday, January 6th at 6PM, with visitation one hour prior, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter of Cherry Rd. Cremation has taken place with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

  Memorial donations in George's honor may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46617, whose compassionate care was so deeply appreciated.

  To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

   The first man I loved,

   my daddy back then.

   In my heart forever,

   my father, my friend.

   -Susan Avon Quimby


Thomas R. Morganti

                                      April 12, 1923 – December 19, 2013

 Granger - Formerly of Bonita Springs, FL. Thomas R. Morganti passed away December 19, 2013.

 Tom was born on April 12, 1923 in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Rosario and Clelia (Librace) Morganti, who preceded him in death.  On November 25, 1942, Tom married his beloved wife Ruth A. (DuLong) who survives him. Tom is also survived by his children, Beth (Sean Smith) Morganti, and Steve (Beth) Morganti. Tom was grandfather to Brooke (Dan) Zabloudil, Dan (Jenny) Morganti, Riley and Calder Smith, and great-grandfather to Brady, Landon and Cooper Zabloudil and Camden Morganti. Tom was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas R. Morganti Jr. and Pat (Suite).

Tom served in the Army during WWII and he will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Road, Mishawaka, IN. Services have been held.

McGann Hay Granger Chapel assisted the family.


Janice M. Waltz

                                    June 3, 1964 – December 23, 2013

Janice M. Waltz, 49, passed away peacefully in her home December 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Born June 3, 1964, she was the daughter of the late Carl Eugene and Carolyn Louise (Mueller) Butts.
On December 10, 2011, after 6 amazing years, she married the love of her life, Matt Waltz. He survives. Also left to cherish her memory are five children, Danielle Platz, Natalie Brugh, Sydney Waltz, Ryan Brugh and Jarrod Brugh, all of South Bend; and three siblings, Tim (Paula) Butts and Laurie (Jim) Sipocz, both of South Bend and Amy Butts of Chicago. Her two adored dogs, Bailey and Lilly, also survive her.
 
Janice embraced everyone she met. She had a zest for life and loved meeting new people. She was kind, generous, a protector, a fighter, selfless and was also not afraid to speak her mind. She loved playing poker, and boy was she good. She enjoyed traveling, riding with her husband on their motorcycle, camping, and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. But, more than anything, she loved her family. She was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
 
She worked 15 years for Dujarie House in the human resources department. She loved what she did and the people she worked with.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, December 29th at 5:00PM with visitation one hour prior at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

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


John E. Farr
                                      Feb. 6, 1946 – Dec. 2, 2013

MISHAWAKA – John  Farr’s  family and friends will gather to celebrate an "After Life Party" on Saturday Jan. 4th at the Mishawaka VFW Post 360 located at 1307 E. Jefferson Blvd. starting at 5pm going late into the evening.

A1963 Graduate of Mishawaka High School, former Boy Scout, US Navy during the Viet Nam War 1964-67, South Bend Police Officer 1968-79, was a Warehouse Manager at Frito-Lay, worked Mishawaka Parks Dept. member VFW

Survived by daughter Danielle Farr; son Eric T. (Cheryl Wise) Farr; grandson Timothy Farr; sister Marianne (Tom) Daffron; brother Terry Farr.  Brothers predeceased: Tim Farr and Jim (Tina) Farr.

He will be cremated at American Cremation Society, South Bend.  McGann Hay Granger Chapel is assisting the family.

Memorial Contributions: Eric T. Farr, i/c McGann Hay, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN 46615.  Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.

Audrey Marie Fecteau-Spaargaren
                                          July 9, 1963 - December 24, 2013

Audrey Marie Fecteau-Spaargaren, 50, passed away at home with her family present in Granger, Indiana, on Tuesday, December 24 after a long battle with cancer.

Born July 9, 1963, in Detroit, Michigan, to Julie Macko and Fred Fecteau, she attended Southfield High School and went on to obtain her Mechanical Engineering Degree at Lawrence Technological University in 1988 and her MBA at Indiana University in 1999. Audrey worked at Allied Signal Corporation in the Automotive Engineering Department from 1988 until 1994. She also worked at Honeywell Aerospace Engineering facility in South Bend in 2011. On July 27, 1991, she married Robert Spaargaren.

Audrey devoted her time to raising her three children and volunteering in many activities for their school and other charities. She chaired several committees at school, revitalized the Art Smart Program and became Vice President and President of the PTO. Audrey was also a scout leader, donated time to the Ronald McDonald House and delivered food from community restaurants to schools.
 
Audrey was a loving, fun, and devoted mother who relished being with her children. She will be remembered for her strength, care and compassion for others, and her passion for and love of life. Audrey loved to travel and toured the US and Europe extensively. She was an avid experienced skier who skied for the pure joy of it. Audrey is survived by her loving husband, Robert; children Natalie (19), Michael (18), and Eric (14); parents, Julie and Fred; and siblings, Mark Fecteau and Ann Meyers.

Viewing services will be 5-8PM, Friday, December 27 and 10-11AM on Saturday, December 28 followed by a funeral service at 11:00AM at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, Granger, Indiana, enter off Cherry Rd. Burial will be held in private. Relatives and friends are welcome at the viewing and funeral service.
Memorial donations may be to the American Cancer Society.

Thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Center for Hospice Care, and a special thanks to Dr. Michael Rodriguez for all his love, care, and guidance.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Stephen E. "Hollywood" Barrier

                                         Sept. 27, 1953 - Dec. 18, 2013

SOUTH BEND
-  Stephen E. "Hollywood" Barrier Sr., 60, passed away peacefully in his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Born September 27, 1953, he was the son of Billy Barrier Sr., who resides in Buckeye, AZ, and Jessie (Berrie) Barrier, who preceded him in death in 2007. His brother, Billy Barrier Jr., also preceded him in death in 1980. Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Desiree (Clyde Foster) Barrier of Mishawaka, Stephen Barrier Jr. of South Bend and Dylan (Holly Garner) of Mishawaka; two siblings, Diana (Henry) Barnett and Jeffrey (Deanna) Barrier, both of Buckeye, AZ; his loving companion and caregiver, Marjorie Moss; three grandchildren, one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews, including his nephew, Justin Clark, with whom he shared a very special bond.
 
The man we called "Hollywood" will never be forgotten. Everyone who knew him loved him. He lit up a room with not only his own laugh, but his ability to make everyone else laugh, even when it wasn't appropriate. He was a talented craftsman, being remembered for often making the most amazing gifts if he couldn't afford to buy them. He was a hunter, an exceptional archer, a lover of motorcycles, nature, mushroom-hunting, smoking, drinking, but mostly having fun! He was a courageous fighter even through cancer and chose to go through life "his" way, and always with a sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Per his request, cremation will take place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, so stay tuned! You will want to be there!
 
Memorial donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN 46615, to help cover expenses.
 
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Mary Mazzone
                                
                                    January 8, 1917
- December 13, 2013

Mary Mazzone, 96, passed away peacefully December 13, 2013.
Born January 8, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Carmella (Bruczessi) Nate.
On November 21, 1936, Mary married Frank Mazzone. He preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were four siblings, Joseph and John Nate and Rose LaPara and Josephine “Babe” Palmer; and two son-in-laws, Joel Welch and Richard Kucela.
 
Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Betty Welch of Bristol, IN and Joni Kucela of Mishawaka; one brother, Rocky (Theresa) Nate of South Bend; five grandchildren, Scott (Kim) Welch of Elkhart, Christopher (Jenny) Welch of Union, MI, Brian Rogalski of Mishawaka, Carrie (Ron) Martin of Mishawaka and Nicole (Jeff) Persyn of Osceola and 10 great-grandchildren.
 
Mary was a loving and kind woman who was always doing for others. She was a great cook. She’ll be dearly missed by her family.
 
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:30 -7:30PM at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11AM at St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 615 N. Michigan St. 3rd Floor, South Bend, IN 46601.
 
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Steven R. Rodin

               August 15, 1942 – December 12, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Steven  R. Rodin, 71, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.

Steve was born August 15, 1942 to Herman Harold Rodin, M.D. and Marjorie (Koerth) Rodin. His father preceded him in death on October 24, 1983 and his mother preceded him in death on December 30, 1997.

Steve was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from John Adams High School and from Indiana University (Bloomington) with a degree in education.  He pursued his teaching career in area high schools and adult education institutions across Northern Indiana.

In his later years, Steve actively followed his passion for coin and stamp collecting. He was widely regarded as an expert in the field of numismatics and was frequently consulted by area professionals on valuation and authentication issues.

Steve is survived by two sisters, Virginia (Jon) Crawford of Bakersfield, California and Donna (Ed) Christensen of Camarillo, California.

Funeral services commemorating Steven’s life and accomplishments will be held Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10am EST in the chapel at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN.

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



Mary M. (Swiatowy) Hogman

                               November 22, 1915 – December 11, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Mary M. (Swiatowy) Hogman, 98, passed away December 11, 2013.

Born November 22, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Jakob and Rozalia (Hojnacka) Swiatowy.

On November 30, 1943, Mary married Harry Hogman. He preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Terry Hogman (Elayn Tamandli) of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Gary (Karen) Hogman of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Sherry Wise (Scott) of Centennial, CO; five grandchildren, Brian Wise of Thornton, CO, Eric Wise of Centennial, CO, Allyson (Mike) Krumenacker of Aurora, CO, Anna Hartman (Andy) of Canton, GA, and Nick Hogman of Bedford, TX; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary was a pilot early in her life. She was a gifted cake decorator and loved Notre Dame Football. She lived her life to the fullest and was much loved by her family.

Funeral services will be held at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. on Tuesday at 10:30 AM, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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


Sarah Ruth (Drucker) Brickman

                                December 5, 1929 – December 13, 2013

MICHIGAN CITY-Sarah Ruth (Drucker) Brickman, 84, passed away peacefully December 13, 2013.

She was born December 5, 1929 in Brest, Poland; and escaped during the Holocaust.  She was the daughter of the late Malech and Miriam (Silberwasser) Drucker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Al Abe Brickman.

Sarah is survived by two daughters, Michelle Eli of South Bend and Sharon Brickman Corr of Michigan City, IN.

Sarah was a member of Sinai Temple in Michigan City. She had served in the Sinai Temple Sisterhood, and Hadassah.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Sunday, December 15, 2013 in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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


Robert “Robbie” Charles Stogsdill
                                February 15, 1975 – November 30, 2013

SOUTH BEND- Robert “Robbie” C. Stogsdill, 38, passed away unexpectedly November 30, 2013.

Born February 15, 1975, he was the son of Ralph and Janice (Gamache) Stogsdill. His mother preceded him in death.
Survivors include his father, Ralph of South Bend; brother, Ross (Ashley) Stogsdill of South Bend; three sons, Jordan, Nathaniel and Joshua Stogsdill; and one daughter, Arianna Stogsdill.

The family will hold a private service.

Memorial donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN 46615,
to help cover expenses.

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

John E. Farr

                                              Feb. 6, 1946 – Dec. 2, 2013

MISHAWAKA – John Evans Farr, 67, of Mishawaka passed away Monday at 2:20pm, in Kindred Hospital of Northern Indiana.

John was born in South Bend on February 6, 1946 to the late Evans Charles Farr and Mary Jane (Brady) Farr Wigent.  He was a 1963 Graduate of Mishawaka High School.  He was a former Boy Scout and served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War.  He was a South Bend Police Officer from 1968 to 1977 and had worked at Frito-Lay in Mishawaka as a Warehouse Manager, most recently he worked for the Mishawaka Parks Department.  He was a member of the VFW.

He is survived by his daughter Danielle Farr of Indianapolis; his son Eric T. (Cheryl Wise) Farr of Mishawalka; his grandson Timothy Farr of Mishawaka; his sister Marianne (Tom) Daffron of Vandalia, MI and brother Terry Farr of Mishawaka.  Two brothers predeceased him: Tim Farr and Jim (Tina) Farr of South Bend.

He will be cremated at American Cremation Society, South Bend with a memorial service to be held at a later date.  McGann Hay Granger Chapel is assisting the family.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Eric T. Farr, 54985 Elder Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46645 to help defray expenses.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Joseph M. Walley

                        November 18, 1946 – November 30, 2013

SOUTH BEND - Joseph M. Walley, 67, passed away Sat., November 30, 2013 at the IU Health Center in Indianapolis.

 He was born November 18, 1946, in Taylor, PA; and was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Agnes (Kraftchik) Walley.

 On May 26, 2000, Joe married Judy Rose. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Derek (Maurica) Walley of CA, Jonathan (Rhonda) Walley of South Bend, and Joel (Heather Addington) Walley of CA; and their mother, Norma (Shuck) and Ron Miller of South Bend; four grandchildren: Savannah Marie, Maleah Rose, Alora Lilly and Amelia Poppy; his sister, Phyllis (Lucian) Terranova of CT; and two nieces, Lisa Allen and Laura Terranova, both of CT. 

 Joe graduated from the University of Bridgeport, in 1969, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for General Electric in Bridgeport, CT, and Morrison, IL. He retired in 2009 after being self-employed painting and remodeling homes, kitchens, and basements.  He loved cooking and grilling, and spending time with his sons playing Backgammon. In honor of Joseph’s wishes, organ donation was made to the Indiana Lions Eye Bank.

 The family would like to give many thanks to the wonderful caregivers at both Memorial & IU Hospitals and at Signature Health Care.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Church or First Brethren Church.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Milton P. Rudnick

                              August 17, 1919  -- November 27, 2013

 MISHAWAKA, IN -- Milton Philip Rudnick age 94 passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 27, 2013 at Fountainview Place in Mishawaka.


"Milt" was a long-term resident of Oneida, NY from 1950 to 1996 where he and his wife Edna (deceased 2011) raised their family. Milt was born on August 17, 1919 in Galena, MD. He was the eldest son of Harry and Rose Rudnick.

Milt was a veteran of World War II where he served in the United States Army. He had a business background which the Army recognized and quickly made him a Warrant Officer. Shortly thereafter
he was again promoted to Captain and served out his obligation stateside working in the financial branch of the service. It was at this time (1944) that he met his bride to
be, Edna, who was working as a civilian at Fort Huachuca, AZ. They met in the officers club where they danced together and married eight months later. After the war they moved to St. Joseph, MI, Edna's hometown, where their first two children (Ellen and Jack) were born. Milt moved his business (Jack's Snacks) to Oneida, NY around 1950. Their third child (Marcia) was then born in 1952 and this is where he loved and raised his family.

As a local businessman, Milt was very active in the community and was a member of many organizations. He was particularly proud of his service on the school board, which spanned several years. He was also appointed to the New York State School Board. He was a genuine and honest man and had many friends. He enjoyed playing golf at Kanon Valley and tennis at Allen Park. He had been an accomplished athlete in Galena where he excelled in football, boxing and track and field. He held the shot put record for many years. He was also an excellent pool player and put on exhibitions while he was in the Army. He even beat Minnesota Fats who had come to entertain the troops.  Probably his most favorite sport was skiing which he learned to do later in his life at Snow Ridge. It was a family activity every winter weekend and he loved doing things with his family. Milt continued to ski well into his 70's .

Milt's business career which spanned over 50 years began as an entrepreneur starting Jack's Snacks which later became part of Bachman Foods. He started a bakery business in Syracuse, worked with Lippes Bakery in Buffalo and eventually took an executive position with Bachman in Reading, PA from which he retired after many years. During retirement however he started a consulting business and worked with a number of privately held snack companies throughout New York and New England. He spent several years working with Terrell's potato chips in Syracuse who he claimed made the best chip in the country and he would know.

During retirement, Milt traveled extensively with his wife Edna visiting their children and grandchildren. They moved to Middlebury Vermont in 1996 where all three of their children had attended Middlebury College. He thoroughly enjoyed the campus community and that two of his grandsons, Matt and Drew were also there. He eventually moved to the South Bend area in Indiana in 2005 to be near his daughter Marcia, for care and love until his death.

He is survived by his daughter Marcia Colip (Granger, IN) and son, Jack (Skaneateles, NY). He was predeceased by his wife Edna in 2011 and his daughter Ellen Fisher (Sun Valley, ID) who died much too young in 1988. He was a grandfather known as " Pop" to Ellen's three daughters: Lisa Fisher, Suzanne Fisher Long and Sarah Fisher Grinnell (Boise, ID), Marcia's son Conrad (Granger) and Jack's two sons: Matt (Cohasset, MA) and Drew (Denver,CO) and Jack's three younger children , Emma, Ben and Lydia (Skaneateles). He was also the great-grandfather to Sydney (Lisa), Andrew and Alex (Suzanne), Denna and Kaylin (Sarah) and Ty, Ali and CeCe (Matt). Not surprisingly, Milt is also survived by his two younger brothers: Frank Rudnick (Chestertown, MD) and Joe Rudnick (Wilmington, DE). His sister Phyllis Ross predeceased him.

Milt lived a long and full life for one single purpose to take care of his family, which he accomplished without question. There will be a private family gathering to celebrate his life and his love.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.
Helene Namtze
                    March 18, 1923 — November 27, 2013
SOUTH BEND — Helene Namtze passed away peacefully during the early morning of November 27th at Healthwin Specialty Hospital.
Helene was born in Cologne, Germany, March 18, 1923 to Heinrich and Maria Stemmler.  She studied at the University of Wurzburg, and was a school teacher in Germany.  Helene left her homeland to escape the destruction of WWII and start a new life in the United States, moving to St.
Louis, Missouri where her younger brother Johannes was studying.  It was there that Helene met her husband to be, Dr. Chan Nam Tze, who was doing his OBGYN residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital.  They met at a party for foreign students and were drawn together as they both spoke French better than English (Chan was born in Vietnam what was then French Indo-China). They were married three months later and subsequently moved to the Michiana area in the early 1960’s where they eventually combined Chan’s middle and last name into the last name of Namtze.

Helene was preceded in death by her brother Heinz, who was listed as missing in action in the Russian Front on the last day of WWII, her sons Peter and Christopher and her husband, Dr. Chan Namtze, who passed away in 1998. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Johannes (Christel) Stemmler of Cologne, Germany, her daughter Jennifer Helmen and son in law Fred J. Helmen of Granger, her grandson Frederick A. (Erin) Helmen of Granger and granddaughter Nina (Jason) Cooper of Chicago.  Helene had three great grandchildren, Frederick R. and Adeline Helmen, and Maxwell Cooper.

Anyone who knew Helene would agree she was feisty, outspoken and chic.  She had a great love for all animals, sharing her life with countless dogs and cats that she spoiled outrageously!

The last year of Helene’s life was spent at Healthwin Speciality Hospital where she was so well cared for by the wonderful nurses and caregivers.  We are so grateful to the staff of Healthwin for their kindness and compassion.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions in Helene’s name may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County or Heartland Small Animal Rescue.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

Jeanne M. Burgess

                                                                   December 21, 1942

SOUTH BEND -- Jeanne Marie (Lawler) Burgess residing at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross passed away November 26th, 2013.  She was born December 21, 1942 in Pontiac, MI,  the daughter of the late James Joseph & Jeanne Marie (Springer) Lawler.

During World War II she lived with her mother & grandparents in their home on the shore of Lake Huron in Port Sanilac, MI until the return of her father from military service in Europe.  After the war they moved frequently because of her father’s transfers with General Motors.  On the day Studebaker announced it’s closing, December 20, 1962, the Lawler Family including Jeanne, moved to South Bend where she has resided ever since.  Jeanne attended St. Augustine Academy in Lakewood, OH & Marycrest College in Kankakee, IL.

Jeanne was married on September 3, 1966 to Richard Edward Burgess, Jr. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in South Bend, he survives of South Bend. They had met at the National Bank & Trust of South Bend where they had both worked.

Jeanne retired from the University of Notre Dame after 25 years of service where she worked in Reserve Books and Microtext/ Periodicals where she especially enjoyed working students and faculty.

Surviving along with her husband Dick are their two daughters: Ellen M. Coleman (James), Laura J. Burgess Butler Winslow; three sons: Joseph W., Andrew E. and John R. Burgess all of South Bend and five grandchildren: Cody Butler (Amanda) of Guam, Scott Butler of Fort Campbell, KY, Derek Butler, Amanda Butler, Emma Winslow and Genevieve Coleman all of South Bend. Also surviving are three great grandchildren: Anthony & Adriana of Guam and Gabriel of Syracuse, NY; five siblings: Patricia Armelin (Michael) of Washington, DC. James (Claire), Russell of South Bend, Michael of Bolingbrook, IL and Thomas (Jody) of Valley Village, CA.  A sister Susan Cholis (Paul) of South Bend preceded her in death.

She will be cremated with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at sometime in the future at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church where she was a member for forty seven years. 

To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.
Robert E. Makielski
Sholom I. Gliksman

                                      May 18, 1943 – May 16, 2013

MADISON, WI-Sholom I. Gliksman, just shy of 70, passed away in his home May 16, 2013.

Born May 18, 1943, he was the son of the late HaRav Shlomo HaCohen Gliksman and Anna (Galex) Robinson. A brother, Harry Gliksman also preceded him in death.

In May of 2000, Sholom married Carol Brumer. She survives. A brother, Rabbi Yoseph Nadler; and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews across the world, also survive him.

 He worked most of his life as a budget administrator for non-profit and government organizations.  He was also very involved with Oak Park Temple in Oak Park, IL. He loved talking about politics and sports. He was an avid book reader and collector; he enjoyed bird watching, loved nature and traveled the world. Most importantly, he was kind to everyone, and loved by many.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30PM in the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel in Mishawaka, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oak Park Temple, Oak Park, IL, or the National Audubon Society.

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



Christopher J. Namtze
                                       Dec. 18, 1953 -- May 10, 2013
SOUTH BEND -- Christopher Johannes Namtze, 59,  passed away Friday evening in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri to Helene and Dr. Chan Namtze, moving to the Michiana area in the early 1960’s.  Chris was a graduate of St. Joseph High School Class of 1971, received his Bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a Master’s degree from Brandeis University in Boston.  His career was in finance, working in Boston and New York City.

Chris was preceded in death by an infant brother Peter and his father, Dr. Chan Namtze. He is survived by his mother, Helene, of South Bend, his sister Jennifer (Fred) Helmen of Granger, his nephew Frederick (Erin) Helmen of Granger, his niece Nina (Jason) Cooper of Chicago, great nephews Frederick Reiter Helmen, Maxwell Clive Cooper, and great niece Adeline Rose Helmen. Chris was married twice to two lovely women, Diane Williams and Jennifer Kunkel.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no private service.  Memorial contributions may be made in Christopher’s name to the Life Treatment Centers of South Bend, 1402 S Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46613 or the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545.
 
To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


                                      Erna Ferrell

                                           May 16, 1931 – May 12, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Erna Ferrell, 81, passed away peacefully in her home with her loving husband by her side on May 12, 2013.

 Born in Poland May 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Anton and Klara (Abramczyk) Lischka.

Erna met her future husband, Jim Ferrell, while he was stationed in Germany. He later returned to Germany and married Erna on February 21, 1953. They had 60 wonderful years of wedding bliss.

 Aside from her husband, she is survived by 2 sisters, Rosa (Bill) Harvey of Sacramento, CA and Maria Taleman of Germany; a brother, Max (Elke) Lischka of Germany; and many friends.

 Per her request, cremation will take place and no services will be held.

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


Joseph A. Doyle
                                         Oct. 1, 1920 – May 10, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Joseph A. Doyle, 92, passed away, with loved ones by his side, Friday afternoon at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

Joe came to South Bend by way of Wisconsin, IL, and the U.S. Air Force. He was born on Oct. 1, 1920 to John R. and Olive B. (Comiskey) Doyle at Shullsburg, WI., an agricultural and mining hamlet in LaFayette County.

He attended elementary school at St. Matthew’s School in Shullsburg, and also in South Wayne, WI and four other one-room township schools. He graduated second in his class of 30 from Shullsburg High in 1918.

The Doyle family moved to Stockton, IL in 1939 and from the farm life Joe migrated to the US Army Air Corps Cadet program in 1941 and then the Army (and later Air Corps) training in 1943. His basic training was served in the Army’s armored corps and then in air corps in Superior (WI) Teachers’ College.

Pre-flight school at Santa Ana, CA, and aerial gunnery school at Kingman, AZ, preceded navigational school at San Marcos, TX.  After graduation, he served briefly with a MATS group in Wilmington, DE, where he was first was exposed to ocean flying. When he was assigned to a P-61 Weather Observation group for Pacific duty, he went to weather school at Canute Field in IL.

End of the World War II in the Pacific did not preclude graduation from weather forecasters’ school, but it allowed Lt. Doyle to return to civilian life. From Stockton, IL, he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame in early 1946. He graduated with an Arts and Letter degree (Magna Cum Laude) in January of 1949.

Joe’s passion for the newspaper business (fueled by numerous activities in school and military papers) was fulfilled when he joined the South Bend Tribune as a copy editor, reporter and finally sports editor in 1951. He actively joined in Notre Dame sports coverage in 1949 and began a 60-year career of following Notre Dame’s football teams, under 11 head coaches.

Although a small-time editor, Joe also was able to report and write his daily column on national events, including the World Series, the U.S. Golf Open, and the Super Bowl.

Before starting his newspaper career, Joe was married to the former Juanita Lees, a South Bend nurse. They raised five children, including a special needs daughter who directly linked Joe to the programs of the Council for Retarded of St. Joseph County (now LOGAN).

During Joe’s six years as president, the Council built the $1.6 million LOGAN Center on N. Eddy St. near Notre Dame and, at the same time, worked actively to require special education training in the public schools.

When he was not spending time as sports editor and as an active advocate for special needs children, he re-entered another phase of his life, a flying career as an Air Force navigator.  After 12 years in the tactical forces, with mostly C-119s flying out of Columbus, IN, Joe returned to the long-range flying of MAC (military airlift command) at Scott AFB, IL, Richards – Gebauer AFB, MO (both C-124 bases) and then Charleston AFB, S.C. (C-141 and C-5 jet transports).

The C-141 flying was world-wide, including several trips into the war zone in Vietnam.  After nearly 7,000 military hours in a dozen different air craft, the flying days ended in 1973.  After 30 years (active and reserve) and serving through three wars, Joe retired as Lieutenant Colonel.

Joe is best known for his daily newspaper column “According to Doyle.”  He is also known for being a Notre Dame football historian, which allowed him to be called on from around the world for information.  He contributed his knowledge to many books and magazines, including his own book writing of “A Hundred Years of Notre Dame Football.”  He recently donated all of his Notre Dame archives to the Historical Archive Department at the University.  He wanted to make sure that people could enjoy and find useful all of his years of knowledge collection.

Joe is survived by his present wife (married to Doris Ann Linville in 1985), one sister Olive Cody, Shullsburg, WI; five children and two step-children. They are: Roberta Doyle, Baltimore, MD; John (Barbara) Doyle, St. Joseph, MI; Kathy Doyle, Santa Cruz, CA; Gail (David) Ciarlone, Upper St. Clair, PA; and Nancy Young, Swedesboro, N.J. Stepchildren are Mark (Cheryl) Linville, Zionsville, IN, and Cheryl (John) Notchie of Hayesville, N.C.

Grandchildren are Pamela Doyle and Ashley (Andrew) Grumbine, Michael, Annie, and Leo Ciarlone; Garrett and Tyler Linville; Grace and Katherine Young and Johnathan Notchie. One great-grandchild is Penelope Grumbine.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by: his daughter, Mary Doyle; three brothers and three sisters.

Joe was a member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew Parish and American Legion Post 568, Stevensville, MI and was active in many other community and professional organizations over the years.  Joe had been inducted to both the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.

A memorial mass to celebrate Joe’s remarkable life will be held on Tuesday May 14th at 9:30am in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the University of Notre Dame Campus, with Rev. Paul F. Doyle, CSC, officiating.  Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 3-8pm in the McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.  His ashes will be buried at a later date.

Those wishing to honor Joe’s memory may do so by making a memorial donation to:
Ara Parseghian medical research foundation
3530 East Campo Abierto Tucson az 85718

Riverbend Cancer Services
919 E. Jefferson Blvd., Ste 401, South Bend, IN 46617

LOGAN
PO Box 1049, South Bend, IN 46634
 
To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com,  574-232-1411.

Shirley B. Paxton

                                        October 3, 1935 – May 5, 2013

GRANGER- Shirley B. Paxton, 77, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, May 5, 2013, after a long illness. She was born October 3, 1935 to Leon and Edith Shaftick in South Bend, IN. She graduated from Adams High School in 1953. She retired from Miller Insurance in Bremen, IN. Shirley is survived by a son, Thomas (Lisa) Latimer; and grandchildren, Alicia and Olivia Latimer, all of Granger, IN. A sister, Kathy (Roland) Jerue of California is also surviving. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 11am at the Church of the Brethren, 921 Woodies Ln., Bremen, IN 46506, where she had been a member.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Dewitt A. Latimer
                                          June 27, 1962 -- May 5, 2013

GRANGER, IN – Mr. Dewitt Austin Latimer, 50, passed away Sunday at 2:14pm as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Norris, MT.

Dewitt was born in Southern Pines, NC to Austin Charles Latimer and the late Alexia (Broughton) Latimer on June 27, 1962.  He received his BS and MS degrees at Clemson University and his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Mr. Latimer was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Montana State University.  He had formerly been the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Deputy CIO at the University of Notre Dame.  Dewitt was an active leader in his professional communities of EDUCAUSE and Internet2.  He served on numerous committees & working groups advancing important initiatives.  Dewitt was a highly regarded presenter & author on various technologies and consulted nationally and internationally.  He recently joined both the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group (HEAG) as well as the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) and was already making valuable contributions.

Over the years, Dewitt was also actively involved with his family and community.  He helped in Boy Scouts, coached Mathcounts and multiple youth sports teams, loved skiing and woodworking, and served on the Covington Shores Neighborhood Association as president.

On December 17, 1988 he married Kim M. Hayden Latimer in Goose Creek, SC.  She survives him along with their four children:  Kevin, 17, Steven, 16, Katie, 13, and Lauren, 10, all of Granger.  Also surviving is his father Austin C. Latimer; a sister, Marian Russell both of Greenville, SC; a sister, Peggy Sarif, of Rosarito Beach, Mexico and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Milton and Joyce Hayden of Granger, IN.

Funeral services to celebrate his life will be Friday May 10, at 10:00am at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 enter off Cherry Road, Granger, IN.  Friends may call Thursday from 4-8pm and one hour before the service, 9-10am, on Friday all at the funeral home.   Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.

Memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund set up for his children at Old National Bank, 7030 Heritage Square Dr., Granger, IN 46530, 574- 271-6420.

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


Harold Silberman

     

                                     September 21, 1937 – May 5, 2013

SOUTH BEND- Harold Silberman, 75, a lifelong resident of the South Bend area, passed away
May 5, 2013. 

Born September 21, 1937, he was the son of the late Ruben and Rose (Baim) Silberman. His sister, Bonnie Bailer, died in 1996.

Harold attended James Monroe elementary school, where he played basketball, and Riley High School, where he played golf. He attended the University of Michigan, and graduated from Indiana University School of Business.

On February 23, 1991, he married Cynthia “Cindy” Clark.  She survives. He is also survived by one son, Richard (Randi) Silberman, of Brooklyn, New York; one daughter, Susan (Jeff) Wang, of Lafayette, Colorado; 3 stepchildren, Elizabeth (Doug) Griffin of Elkhart, IN, Patricia (Rob) Lobe of Hoboken, NJ and Charles James (Windy) Clark of Galesburg, MI; three grandchildren, Evie Silberman, and Evan and Seth Wang; and 7 step-grandchildren, Chelsea, Kaitlyn and Max Griffin, Olivia and Alexander Lobe, and Charli and Bowie Clark.

Harold had a keen sense of humor that will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

Harold was a lifelong member of the Hebrew Orthodox Congregation in South Bend. He had recently been honored for his role in helping save the congregation financially in 1970.

He owned Super Auto Salvage in South Bend for most of his long career as a businessman. He loved doing business and making deals and started many enterprises during his career, including Michiana Auto Radiator and Harold’s Tickets.

Harold was a huge Notre Dame fan and an avid collector. He collected baseball cards, Mickey Mouse paraphernalia, Notre Dame football programs, and college and professional sports team pennants.

Although Harold had COPD for more than 11 years, he used his great will and determination to continue leading an active life in spite of his illness.

Funeral services were held May 7th  at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel. Burial took place at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harold’s name, to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 2004 Ironwood Circle, South Bend, IN 46635.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.



Juanita V. Eckenberger
                                         May 7, 1913 – May 3, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Juanita Virginia (Trittipo) Eckenberger, 99, passed away
peacefully on Friday just days before her 100th birthday.

Born to the late Elmer and Issie (Lardon) Trittipo on May 7, 1913 in South Bend
she was a lifetime area resident.  In Goshen on December 21, 1932 she married  Clyde Eckenberger.
He passed away on April 15, 1970.

She retired in 1990 after 25 years working at City Awning as a Sewing Machine Operator.
Juanita had a great sense of humor and loved to Quilt and Crochet and drinking her favorite beer Miller Lite
with her family.  She didn’t drive so she liked to walk everywhere and loved playing Bingo.
                                              
Juanita had thirteen children including four daughters: Virginia Lewinski of South Bend,
Elizabeth Walsh of LaPorte, Janice Conlon of South Bend and Sarah of Granger; nine sons:                                Benny Eckenberger (d. 1933, William Eckenberger (d. 1997) Emil Eckenberger of Mishawaka, Bill “Ira” Nieswonger (d.2000) John Aydelotte of Missouri, Tom Bolinger of South Bend, Max Eckenberger (d.1964), Terry Eckenberger of Ft. Meyers, FL, Dennis Eckenberger of South Bend; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters and two grandchildren Terry and Donnie Walsh.

Services will be at 1:00pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings,
Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr at Jefferson.  
Friends may call from 4-8pm Monday in the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to:  the Center for Hospice Care.

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

Elaine Crystal Pfeil-Cotherman

                                         Sunrise: 11-15-1933
                                           Sunset: 4-30-2013

Elaine was received into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ on April 30, 2013. She was born on November 15, 1933 in Ligonier, IN. She was the only child of her parents Glen and Pauline Vance.  A few years after she was born, they moved to Niles, MI. Elaine attended Niles High School and graduated in 1951. On August 7th, 1954 she married her high school sweetheart, Richard J. Pfeil. They made their home in South Bend, IN. Together, they had three children.  Encountering the physical disabilities of two of her children, Elaine relied on her Catholic faith for strength and joy. She participated in many Bible studies, Cursillo retreats, Christian Women’s Club, and the People of Praise Community. She played guitar and organ, and listened to Jazz music. Throughout her life, she loved going to the beach (especially the Gulf Coast), sunlight and pastel colors. She enjoyed reading, spending time with friends, Art, riding her bike, beautiful flowers and clothing. Elaine’s mission in life was caring for others, in addition to caring for her children, she volunteered at local hospitals and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Elaine married, Donald L. Cotherman on Oct. 25, 1986 in Cape Coral, FL.  They enjoyed many happy days together until his passing in 1992. She lived in Ft. Myers Beach until the Fall of 2009 when she moved back to South Bend.  Elaine was also preceded in death by an infant son, James Robert Pfeil 1960. She is survived by her three children Mary Ellen Pfeil (Dayton, Ohio), Laura (Todd) Elliott, John and Anne Pfeil of Granger, IN, four grandchildren; Jonathan and Martha Alsip, James and Katelynn Elliott, nephews; Michael (Janet) Pfeil and James (Gretchen) Pfeil.

The family would like to thank her caregivers at The Milton Home and The Hearth at Juday Creek. We are grateful for the support of Harbor Light Hospice, Senior Helpers and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana.

Visitation will be on  Friday, May 3, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm with a Divine Mercy Chaplet rosary at 7pm at the  McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd., Granger, IN. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church, SR 933, South Bend, IN.  A family burial service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elaine’s honor to the organizations who supported her, Little Flower Food Pantry, South Bend, IN and Catholic Extension (Missions), Chicago, IL.

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

Sandra L. Decesaro
                                               February 21, 1949 – April 24, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Sandra Lynn Decesaro, 64, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Sandy was born in Cleveland, OH on February 21, 1949 to the late William Burl Gouge and the late Dorothy Carolyn (Garapic) Gouge Cimesa.  On June 21, 1969, in Bowling Green, OH she married the love
of her life Pastor Lloyd Decesaro who survives of South Bend.  Other survivors include: her daughter Beth (Chris) Gygi of South Bend; two brother-in-laws: Nolan Steiner and James Holman; nieces and nephews: Aimee (Howard) Horton, Susan (Darin) Johnson, Scott (Leslie) Steiner, Debbie (Martin) Lund, Cheryl Ibarra, Tim (Carolyn) Holman and many great nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Barbara Lee Steiner, a sister-in-law Linda Holman and four grandchildren: one unnamed, Savanah, Cynthia and Bethany.

Sandy was Co-Pastor of the Living Word Community Church with her husband Lloyd.  “She was everyone’s mother” according to her daughter and son-in-law and “her family and friends were very important to her.”  She was also a certified Life Coach.

Services to celebrate her life will be held on Monday at 3pm Monday April 29, at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.  Friends may call from 1-3pm prior to the service in the funeral home.  Burial will be private at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to either the Living Word Community Church or the family to help with expenses.  To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

Elmer J. Danch

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 a Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:00am in St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St., South Bend, for Elmer J. Danch.  Mr. Danch, a life-long resident of South Bend, passed away on Dec. 26, 2012 at Dujare House in Holy Cross Village.
                                            


                                         Dec. 12, 1913 - Dec. 26, 2012

SOUTH BEND - Elmer Joseph Danch, 99, passed away after a brief illness at 5:05 pm in Dujare House at Holy Cross Village. Born to Hungarian immigrants who located in South Bend, Elmer was the eldest child of Michael A. Danch Sr. and Therese (Nagy) Danch both of whom are deceased.

On September 1, 1937 at St. Patrick's Church in South Bend, Elmer married Angela M. Hertel, a co-worker he met while employed at the South Bend News Times. The couple enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage before Angela passed away on January 2, 2003.

During their marriage, Elmer and Angela adopted three chldren who continue to live in the Michiana area. They are Mary Sparks (Jeff), David Danch and Michael Danch (Conie). Additional survivors include grandchildren Laura Weaver (Mark), Lisa Brammer (Michael), Elizabeth Badics (Rick), Sara Martinez (Louis), Ellen Emery Michael), Stephen Danch, Thomas Sparks, Mary Angela Sparks; two step-grandchildren, Michael Frank (Christina) and Brian Frank; twenty great-grandchildren, one step grand-child and one great-great-grand child.

Also surviving are Elmer's sisters Elsie Horvath and Evelyn Szucs, both of South Bend. Two brothers, Alfred and Michael preceeded Elmer in death.

A journalist at heart and one who loved sports, Danch began his career while still in high school (age 15) writing sports for the South Bend News Times. He remained with the paper after his high school graduation (he was a member of Riley High School's first grauation class in 1931) until the paper closed in 1938. Working assignments included covering Notre Dame football and Coach Knute Rockne along with high school basketball games played by South Bend Central under Coach John Wooden.

Danch stayed in the newspaper business as a reporter for the South Bend Tribune leavng around 1949 to become Studebaker's supervisor of publications, a job that included being the editor of the company newspaper and also working in the advertising department. After Studebaker closed in 1965, Elmer was named director of advertising and public relations at Da-Lite Screen Co. in Warsaw, Indiana, a post he held until he retired in 1985.

During much of his working career and even into some of his retirement years, Danch had been a free lance writer/stringer for the Catholic Diocesan newspaper "Our Sunday Visitor" now known as Today's Catholic. This part of his love affair with journalism lasted some 62 years.

A sample of his community involvement includes his work with the Knights of Columbus and the Sierra Club, holding lifetime membership in both orgainizations. He is a past Grand Knight of Santa Maria Council 553 and was a member of the Fourth Degree of the Father J. A. Nieuwland Assembly. For 16 years he served as President of the Inter City Catholic League which oversees the Catholic grade school athletic programs in our area.

A huge Notre Dame fan, Elmer enjoyed his many years working in the Notre Dame Press Box for home football games as well as  traveling to see the Irish play on the road.

A member of St. Matthew Cathedral parish in South Bend since 1950, Elmer has been on the Parish Council, been part of the usher program,and served as a lector at Mass and other services.

Our family would like to thank the Holy Cross Brothers, the staff, healthcare providers and residents of Dujare House and the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center, all who befriended our dad and took care of him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop Joseph R. Crowley Education Fund at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St., South Bend, IN 46613 or to the building fund at St. Joseph High School, 453 Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

 
Denis P. Turnock
                                     September 20, 1932 -- April 25, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Denis Patrick Turnock, born September 20, 1932, in South Bend, Indiana died April 25, 2013, at his home in Morganton, North Carolina. Denis attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, J.W. Riley
High School and Indiana University where he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. In 1954 he graduated from the University of Notre Dame after serving 2 years in the Korean War. Also in 1954 he married Mavis Jean Davis of South Bend on the beaches of Honolulu where he was stationed at the end of the war. She predeceased him after 35 years of marriage. Together they raised 5 children in Miami, Florida where he was a stock broker and real estate broker. He also lived in Baumholder, Germany, Tulsa, Oklahoma and had a home in Winter Haven, Florida.
A lifelong Notre Dame fan, he was president of the Notre Dame Club of Miami, Florida for many years, was a Knight of Columbus, member of Holy Rosary Church and Palmetto Golf Club. He enjoyed golf, his children and grandchildren and was a knowledgeable collector of Japanese cloisonné, golf memorabilia, art and antiques. In his later years he enjoyed many car rallies in Scotland, France and Italy with his brother-in-law.
The family headstone at Highland Cemetery in South Bend depicts the 19th hole where he will be laid to rest with his wife and Turnock family.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Maureen Megan and Mark Young, Morganton, N.C., son and daughter-in-law, Denis Michael and Doris Turnock, Vienna, Austria, son, Brian Patrick Turnock, Austin, Texas, sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Anatoly Arutunoff, Tulsa, OK and nephew and his wife, Trace and Maya Sheehan, Brooklyn, N.Y. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jill Turnock Belmonte, Orlando, FL, son, Kevin James Turnock, New York, NY, and parents Pat and Fritzi Turnock of South Bend.
Also mourning his loss are 10 grandchildren; Matthew, Mitchell and Madison, Alex, Mavis, Sean, Christina, Michael, Kelen and Colin and a great niece, Quinn.
As son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle each and every life was in some way in his hands. He took care of everyone with his great enthusiasm for life, family, Irish heritage and Notre Dame. Our lives will never be the same but, oh, how lucky we were to have known and loved him!!
Viewing will be at the McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E. Edison Road on Wednesday, May 1, 11:15, followed by a funeral mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1 P.M. and internment at Highland Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the University of Notre Dame. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.
                                                                   
Kathryn Neal Corroto

                                         April 21, 1930 – April 20, 2013

 SOUTH BEND-Kathryn Neal Corroto, 82, one day shy of 83, passed away peacefully in her home, April 20, 2013, surrounded by her family.   

 Born April 21, 1930 in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clayson and
Dorothy (Burkett) Neal. 

On July 19, 1958, Kathryn married Robert E. Corroto. His job resulted in moves to Akron and Tallmadge, Ohio, and they eventually settled in South Bend in 1976. Robert preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Fetz (Lawrence) of New Albany, IN; and a son, Robert Neal Corroto of South Bend; two grandchildren, Lauren Main (John) of Klamath Falls, OR and Deidre Fetz of New Albany, IN; and two brothers, William Neal of Canton, TX and Ernest Neal of Columbus, OH.

Kathryn graduated from Chaney High School in Youngstown, OH, and later received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. She was formerly employed by the Youngstown Board of Education and later the U.S. Steel Company.  Golf was a past-time that she enjoyed immensely.

Per her request, cremation will take place. A celebration of life will be held from 12-3PM Thursday at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.

Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care or The American Cancer Society.

To send condolences or for directions, please visit www.McGannHay.com
Sylvia L. Paskin
                                       February 17, 1924 - April 17, 2013

Wilmette, IL-Sylvia L. Paskin, 89, formerly of South Bend, IN, Orlando, FL and more recently Wilmette, IL, is survived by her sons Rick and Steve; daughters-in-law, Debbie and Shannon; and grandchildren, Marc, Kendall and Mike. She was predeceased by her husband Sam and parents Roy and Ann Bloch. Her son Marc died in 1977.

Sylvia was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived there as a child until a business opportunity took her family to South Bend, IN where Sylvia graduated from Central High School. She then attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1941 and subsequently returned to South Bend to work in the administration departments at the University of Notre Dame and Wyman’s Department Store. She met Sam Paskin in South Bend and they married in 1949. Following Sam’s graduation from IU in 1950, they settled in South Bend and raised their family. After their sons were grown, Sylvia and Sam relocated to Orlando FL in 1981, where they owned and operated the Midas Muffler Shop on S. Orange Avenue. In addition to working in the office of their Midas Shop, Sylvia was a passionate volunteer at Hubbard House, a “home-away-from-home” for families of out-of-town patients of the Arnold Palmer Hospital. She was also an avid sketch artist and painter, an interest that she had shared with her son Marc.

In 2005, Sylvia and Sam moved to Glenview, IL to be closer to their family. She continued her volunteer work at the North Shore Senior Center. Following Sam’s death, Sylvia (or Shayne as Sam loved to call her) relocated to the retirement community at Mather Place of Wilmette.

Funeral Services will be Sunday 11 a.m. at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery chapel, corner of Jefferson and Logan, Mishawaka, IN.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Hubbard House, 29 W. Miller Street, Orlando FL 32806, 407-649-6886.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com



Ramona Willis

                                    August 21, 1931 – April 17, 2013

 SOUTH BEND -- Ramona Willis, 81, passed away April 17, 2013.

 Born August 21, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Clara (DeLorme) and Marquis C. Wainscott, Sr. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Annabell Hughes; and five brothers, Marquis Jr., George, Richard Wainscott Williams, Wayne and Lonnie Wainscott.

 On June 29, 1957, Ramona married Charles Harlen Willis. He survives. She is also survived by a daughter, Sharron (Larry) Gaskill of LaPorte, IN; sister, Betty Lou White of Middlebury; brother, Vern (Sonya) Wainscott, of Angola, IN; and two grandchildren, Lisa (Jay) Letterer and Larry Gaskill.

 She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be greatly missed.

 Per her request, cremation will take place. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

 
Dorothy Dubala Murphy, R.N.

                                       June 27, 1927 – April 15, 2013

 SOUTH BEND -- Dorothy Dubala Murphy died Monday, April 15, 2013 at her home in South Bend after suffering a severe stroke.  She was 85 years old.

Dorothy was born in South Bend on June 27, 1927 to Joseph and Genevieve Dubala.  She attended Saint Stanislaus grade school and graduated from South Bend Catholic High School in 1945.  After graduation, she attended the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and received her R.N. degree in 1948.  She was married to William Host Murphy.  She worked at Memorial Hospital of South Bend in surgery and obstetrics.  Though she stopped working in order to raise her family, she remained involved in obstetrics by becoming a natural childbirth labor coach.  She began the movement that ultimately resulted in fathers being present in the delivery room, and attended the first twenty local natural childbirths with fathers present.  She founded the South Bend Chapter of the La Leche League, an organization that promoted breast feeding at a time when bottle feeding was the norm, and was a leader in that Chapter for seventeen years.  She served on the board of the local American Cancer Society, and chaired the Professional Advisory Committee which promoted the new Reach to Recovery and Breast Self-Exam programs.  She returned to nursing, first as an office nurse, and then as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit at Memorial Hospital.  She was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, reader, and volunteer in the parish food pantry.   She was a deeply spiritual woman and a dedicated mother.

The is survived by her son, Thomas Murphy (Laura David) of Lyndhurst, Ohio; and daughters, Catlan Bell (Robert Bell) of Elkhart and Molly Kehr (Geoff Pangrac) of Tucson, Arizona; granddaughters, Erin Murphy of Centennial, Colorado and Megan Murphy of Arlington, Virginia; and one sister, Sr. M. Cyril, C.S.C. of Saint Mary’s Convent.  

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 17th at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. from 5-8PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend on Friday at 10:30AM.  The family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Pantry at Little Flower Parish.

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




Michael Thomas Hughes
                                          May 12, 1963 – April 8, 2013

MISHAWAKA -- Michael T. Hughes, 49, passed away April 8, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 12, 1963, he was the son of Thomas Hughes and Wanda (Sheffer) Willis. They both survive.

Also surviving are two children, David Michael and Jennifer Hughes, both of Mishawaka; two brothers, Brian (Lisa) Hughes of Cambridge City, IN, Patrick (Angela) Hughes of Richmond, IN; a sister, Karla (Bruce) Johnson of Richmond, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his former wife, and mother of his children, Raylena Smith. They always stayed friends. Michael was a loving father and a friend to many. His biggest joy was giving to others and making them smile. He was a selfless man. He will be greatly missed.

Per his request, cremation has taken place. A benefit is being held to help cover expenses on Sunday, April 28th, starting at Noon, at the Center Street Pub.

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com
Carrol Adeline (Dell) Van Story
                                     September 11, 1924 – April 10, 2013

SOUTH BEND- Carrol A. Van Story, 88, passed away peacefully April 10, 2013.

Born September 11, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Allison and Helen Melvina (Baker) Dell. She married David William Van Story, who preceded her in death in 2005.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki L. Dubuc of South Bend; two grandchildren, David R. (Carla) Dubuc of Broadway, NC and Andrea M. (Patrick) Monsour of Fayetteville, NC; and five great-grandchildren, Skylar, Cameron and Emma-Grace Dubuc of Broadway, NC and Christopher R. Dubuc and Gavin T. Monsour, both of Fayetteville, NC.

Carrol was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and friend to many. She was a member of Morris Park Country Club, the Beta Chi Sorority and Clay Church.

Per her request, no services are being held.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Center for Hospice Care.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann (Ryan) Scharpf

                                   September 28, 1940 – April 4, 2013

GRANGER-Elizabeth “Betty” Ann (Ryan) Scharpf, 72, passed away the evening of April 4th, surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne (husband, Bob) Kimball of Nazareth, PA; three sons: Daniel (wife, Cathy) Scharpf of New London, NH, Matthew (wife, Robin) Scharpf, of Berwyn, IL, Thomas (wife, Denay) Scharpf of San Francisco, CA; and grandchildren, Michael and Meghan Kimball, Abigail and Elizabeth Scharpf, Amelia and Elizabeth Scharpf and Ryan and Nathan Scharpf.

Born September 28, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of James Joseph and Elizabeth Kneisel Ryan. On October 5, 1963, Betty married Francis R. “Frank” Scharpf, Lt. Col. US Army (ret.). He preceded her in death May 4, 2008.

Betty was a military wife for 20 years. She was very involved with the Christ Child Society of South Bend, the Fortune 15 Investment Club, the Granger Garden Club, and she was a Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer. In 1962, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Art at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. She enjoyed antiques and collecting, and she was a gifted painter in watercolors. Most importantly, she loved life, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and brought laughter and joy to all she met. She will be greatly missed.

She was also a longtime parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church and never stopped giving of her time and talents.

Friends may visit Sunday, April 7th from 3pm to 7pm, and Monday April 8th from 3pm to 7pm, at the McGann Hay Funeral Home in Granger, located at 13260 State Road 23. The Vigil Service will be held Monday evening at McGann Hay at 5:30PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Burial will follow at the West Point Cemetery. The Mass and burial are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 11th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
The Christ Child Society
PO Box 1286
South Bend, IN 46624 or www.ChristChildSB.org.

To send condolences, inquire about funeral details, or receive directions, please contact McGann Hay at (574) 232-1411 or at www.McGannHay.com.



Rachel Weinstein
                                 March 13, 1927 – March 26, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Rachel (Hazan) Weinstein, 86, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN.

Rachel was married on September 18, 1954 in New York City, beginning a love affair that would last over a half a century, to Dr. Paul Peter Weinstein a professor for forty years at the University of Notre Dame.  He passed away on January 5, 2008.

She is survived by her daughter Amy (Jack) Meyers of North Haven, CT and her son Michael P. (Kathryn Trkla) Weinstein of Riverwoods, IL, her granddaughter and namesake Rachel Meyers, a sister Sophie Markoff, Ocala, FL and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Martin (Suzanne) Weinstein of Merrick, Long Island, and her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30pm Friday at Temple Beth-El, 305 W. Madison St., South Bend, IN 46601.  Burial will follow in the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
 
To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com


Leonard R. Jobe, Sr.
                                        January 3, 1930 – March 26, 2013

ELKHART- Leonard R. Jobe, Sr., 83, passed away March 26, 2013 after a short illness.

Born January 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Freeman and Lorraine (Rupe) Jobe.

On November 10, 1978, Leonard married Jacqueline (Riley) Poormon. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Donna (Bill) Ricker of Mishawaka, Leonard R. (Cheryl) Jobe, Jr. of South Bend and Brian K. (Linda) Jobe of Florida; three step-children, Suzanne (Mike) Byrne of Middlebury, Cynthia (Wayne) Armstrong of Alabama and Sally (Phil) Shupe of California; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren. His beloved dog, Lucy, also survives.

Leonard was a very passionate and hard-working man. He was employed as a Charter bus driver for Cardinal Buses for over 20 years. He loved his job and enjoyed meeting new people. While his family loved him and missed him while he was gone, they always knew how much he loved and missed them too. His passing will leave a void for so many.

Funeral services will be held on Good Friday, March 29 at 11AM at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Loretta J. Hezlep

                                       August 20, 1930 –March 25, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Loretta J. Hezlep, 82, passed away peacefully in her home, March 25, 2013.

Born August 20, 1930 in Chicago, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Tierney) McMahon.

On May 30, 1949, Loretta married Norman Hezlep. He preceded her in death February 8, 1997. Her sister, Mary Eileen McMahon, also preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are four children, Mary (Terry) Crothers of Granger, Susan (Greg) Parker of Osceola, and Norm (Barb) Hezlep and Mark Hezlep of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Brian (Kim) and Michael Crothers, Shannon (Erik) Ellis, Ashley Parker, Casey and Norman S. Hezlep and Nick (Gussie) Catanzarite; nine great-grandchildren, Abi, Michael, Gina, Katelyn, Cameron, Christopher, Nicole, Kynzie, and Lacey; and one sister, Patricia Jennings of Illinois.

Loretta was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life revolved around her family. She never missed a game, concert or any other activity in which her children and grandchildren were involved. She was also a die hard Cubs fan, always believing THIS would be the year they’d win the World Series.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 31, from 4-8PM at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 1, at Corpus Christi Parish at 11AM. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Center for Hospice Care.

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



Susan Reed McGonigal
                                      August 18, 1953 – March 22, 2013

MISHAWAKA -- Susan Reed McGonigal, 59, passed away peacefully in her home on March 22, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Born August 18, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Jack Anthony and Beverly J. (Fothergill) Reed. Susan was a 1971 graduate of John Adams High School.

On January 11, 1992, Susan married Sean G. McGonigal. He survives along with their daughter, Chelsea R. McGonigal both of Mishawaka; brother, Jack Anthony “Tony” (Marje) Reed of Oak Park, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

For thirty-five years Susan excelled as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Sports Information Dept. at the University of Notre Dame. She was an honorary member of the ND Monogram Club, and one of the founding members of the Bus of Us Girl’s Club. She will be greatly missed by her family and many, many friends.

Memorial services will be held at a later date both here in the South Bend area and at Klinger Lake where she enjoyed many summers water skiing, boating and visiting with family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to Heartland Hospice Services, 826 W Edison Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or Pet Refuge, 2300 W 6th St, Mishawaka, IN 46544.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Janet A. Langel
                                    January 5, 1964 – March 24, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Janet Ann (Gerschoffer) Langel, 49, passed away Sunday in the care of her loving family at 10:45pm.

Janet was born on January 5, 1964 to the late Andrew Emery and Anna Victoria (Barrett) Gerschoffer here in South Bend.  She worked in Food Service at Marian High School and grew up in St. Anthony’s Parish.

She is survived by her two brothers and a sister: Thomas Gerschoffer, Suzanne (Larry Mitchell) Gerschoffer and James R. (Shelly Daughtery) Gerschoffer all of South Bend and an Aunt Kathleen Cree of Mishawaka.  She loved all animals especially her cats Maggie and Lucky.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Holy Thursday at 11am with an hour of visitation just prior from 10-11am at St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church, Rev. David Rupert, Pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be hade in Janet’s memory to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN  46637.
 
To send condolences to the family log on to www.McGannHay.com


F. Camilla Butterworth Goerg
                                              October 10, 1932 -- March 6, 2013
 
SOUTH BEND -- On March 6th, 2013, Frances Camilla Butterworth Goerg, while peacefully holding the hand of her oldest son, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 3
brothers, and 1 daughter. She is survived by her twin brother, 7 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  She attended St. Patrick’s School in South Bend, IN as a youth; attended the Indiana University; married and raised her children; and completed her education at the University of New Mexico in nursing.  She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandma, and friend.  Her love and devotion to Jesus was inspiring to those who knew her.  She was a member of the Franciscans, and modeled that simple life.  She was also willing to use her pen and her vote for causes which were dear to her, like defending those who were defenseless.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved a good joke.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and how special she was.   Committal Services will be held at 1pm on Thursday March 28th in the Chapel at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. 
To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Marilyn (Michaels) Becker
                                February 10, 1937 – March 20, 2013

GRANGER, IN – Marilyn (Michaels) Becker, 76, of Granger, IN formerly of Mt. Pleasant, MI, passed away with her husband holding her hand, Wednesday at 11:05am at Hospice House, South Bend, IN.

Marilyn was born in Indianapolis, IN to the late Charles Elmo and Margaret Rose (Queen) Michaels on February 10, 1937.  She attended St. Joe Academy to then be among the first graduation class of St. Joseph High School in 1955.  She was the “Sweetheart” of 56 years to her husband William J. “Bill” Becker, who survives of Granger.  They were married on August 18, 1956 in South Bend at St. Jude’s Catholic Church.  She was a Medical Assistant and McDonald’s Restaurant Co-Franchisee along with her husband Bill and operated multiple locations together until their recent retirement.

Family members left to cherish her memory along with her husband are four children: William J. (Deborah) Becker, Jr. of Warsaw, IN, Beth (Mike) McHugh of Greenwood, IN, Carolyn (Don) Oblinger of Mt. Pleasant and Mark D. Becker of Granger; four siblings: Judy (Rufus) Safford of Glenwood, NM, Sandy (the late Mike) Kompar of Dayton, OH, Kathy Caller of Denver, CO and Mike W. (Penny) Michaels of Granger.  Also surviving their “Mimi Sweetheart” are nine grandchildren: Michelle, Randy (Allie), Laura (Conner), Kevin, Ellen, Leena, Adam, Maggie and Marie.

She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, The Christ Child Society, St. Joseph County Republican Party, North Ironwood Public Library Book Club, and the McDonald’s Operator’s Organization.  Mimi loved reading, playing cards, decorating she would often say "oh, we can make that".   As a talented gardener and landscaper she could even be seen tearing out bushes in her yard.  She was known for her hospitality and was a welcoming hostess to all guests who visited her home.  She loved to cook and liked entertaining, she was one of those ladies that would always make you think that you were “special.”  She was quick to offer her opinion and advice.  Her grandkids would often boast, “you can pick a word and my Mimi can sing a song with that word in it.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30am with visitation one hour prior, 10:30-11:30am, at St. Pius X Parish, Fir Rd. at SR23, Granger, Msgr. William Schooler, Pastor, officiating.  Friends may also call on Friday from 5-8pm with a Parish Vigil at 7pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations |Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.

To honor the memory of Marilyn the family has asked that you consider a donation to the Ronald McDonald Room at Memorial Children’s Hospital, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601, in lieu of sending flowers. 
To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to:  www.McGannHay.com.



Irene E. Horvath
                           December 30, 1924 -- March 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Irene E. Horvath, 88, of South Bend passed away March 19, 2013 in Altamonte Springs, FL.   She was the daughter of Rose G. Hadarich and Louis J. Horvath, South Bend, IN.  She was preceded in death by two brothers: William (Ocala, FL) and Louis Horvath (South Bend) and one sister, Margaret R. Pierce of Altamonte Springs, FL.   She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Radtke of Winter Park, FL; two nephews and three nieces.  Irene moved to Winter Park, Fl in 1973 and returned to South Bend in 2004.  Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.


Rebecca J. (Rowe) Smith
                                  November 7, 1951 -- March 15, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Rebecca Jean (Rowe) Smith, 61, pass away on Friday at Hospice House, South Bend.

Becki was born on November 7, 1951 in South Bend.  Her parents, Sam and Jane (Sommer) Rowe and a brother Benjamin Rowe preceded her in death.
On November 7, 1992 she married Gary Lee Smith who also preceded her in death.
Becki and Gary adopted a granddaughter, Sabryna Smith who survives.  She is also survived by sisters Linda Rowe-Regelean of South Bend, Deborah Rowe of Mishawaka, a brother Jeffrey (Bev) Rowe of Plymouth, a step-brother Jim (Gretchen) Nieb of South Bend, a niece Jeney Regelean of South Bend and her children Aislinn and Kamryn and a nephew Aaron Rowe of Plymouth.   Also surviving are an Aunt Lee Sturm; a cousin Chris (Sara Gustafson) Sturm of Orlando, FL; a sister-in-law Sandy (Ron) Krise of Ft. Myers, FL; stepsons: Gary, Norman, Michael (Maria) and Todd (Spring) Smith, several step-grandchildren; her dogs: Cheerio and Sophie and her cat Sherbet.

Becki attended South Bend schools Perley, Jefferson, St. Patrick's and was in the last class to graduate from Central High School in 1970. She attended classes at IUSB for 2 years.  She worked for Indiana Bell, Vegetable Buddies night club and then moved to Bloomington, IN where she worked for Sunrise Publications.  She returned to South Bend in 1986 and worked for the South Bend Medical Foundation until she became disabled due to lung cancer.  She retired in 2011.

Becki wished to express her gratitude to her family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and medical staff.  She was truly surprised by the amount of love, support and generosity she experienced during her illness and it touched her deeply.  A life long family friend, Sandra Streets so generously gave her time to stay with Becki and take care of all her needs.  Becki’s family wishes to thank the employes of Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Wellness Center and the Center of Hospice Care who lovingly cared for her the last days of her earthly life.

There will be a two hour informal gathering at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend from to 1-3pm Tuesday, immediately following will be a procession to Porter Rae Cemetery at Potato Creek State Park, where a natural “Green Burial” will take place with a graveside service.  Becki's late husband Gary's ashes will be buried with her.

Donations may be send to Riverbend Cancer Services 919 E. Jefferson South Bend, 4617 and Pet Refuge, 2300 W 6th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.mcgannhay.com. She was a member of the Baha'i Faith.


Elma Lois Kiplinger
                              January 20, 1920 -- March 15, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Elma Lois Kiplinger, 93, passed away Friday at 10:30pm, at the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s.

She was born in and was a lifelong resident of South Bend.  Lois, as people knew her, was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Alice Cole Kiplinger and her father, Berton John Kiplinger and her four older sisters: Alpha LaMar, June Huber Klockow, Marigrace Dunn, Ellen Jeffries Springsteen.

She is survived by nephews Paul B. LaMar, Michael Duane LaMar, Spencer Jeffries, Robert Huber, James Dunn and niece Karen LaMar-Clark.

Miss Kiplinger worked as a waitress at Robertson's Tea Room and retired from Bendix (now Honeywell) after 45 years as a Comptometer Operator. She sang in the Bendix Women's Choir, was an avid dog lover, was a 68 year member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, an active lifetime member of Evangel Heights church (formerly Lowell Heights) where she sang in the choir for 50 years. Lois was a much-loved aunt and sister and enjoyed her family and friends.

Viewing will be on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 3-7pm at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Forest G. Hay Chapel on 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson.   There will be a memorial service at a later date. Burial will be on Wednesday at Highland Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to Evangel Heights United Methodist Church or The Sanctuary at St. Paul's.
  
To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com


Donald Vernon Karnes
                        
                                                             October 15, 1921 – March 14, 2013

MISHAWAKA -- Donald Vernon Karnes, 91, passed away in his residence on
Thursday, March 14th.  Don was born in Mishawaka on October 15, 1921 to the
late Rolley and Trella (Freed) Karnes.  He was a Purple Heart recipient
while  in the US Army during World War II,
and was a member of VFW Post

#360.  He worked as a Machinist at Wheelbrator’s. He married Adalyne Johnson
in 1944.   He is survived by his three children.  Linda  Karnes Hall of
Elkha
rt; Kent (Pam) Karnes and Keith (Terri) Karnes both of Corydon, IN.
He had 6 grandchildren (Melissa, Doug, Matthew, Noah, Joshua, Jennifer), 4
great-grandchildren (Crystal, Madison, Mackenzie & Mason) and numerous
nieces and nephews. Two brothers, William Karnes and Robert Karnes
predeceased him.  One brother Lloyd (Virginia) Karnes of Mishawaka survives.
Don was a big sports enthusiast.  He especially enjoyed golfing and bowling.
He was an avid Notre Dame, Chicago Bears and  Cub fan.  Cremation will take
place and his  ashes buried on the grave of his mother at Fairview Cemetery.
McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations is in charge.  Donations may
be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 
To send condolences to the
family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Mary Clare McCabe

                                   June 14, 1931 – March 10, 2013

ARLINGTON, VA- Mary Clare McCabe, 81, died peacefully on Sunday, March 10, in Arlington, VA, of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. A wake and hospitality visitation will be held on Friday, March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s Campus. Immediately following the liturgy a gravesite interment will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame. 

Mary Clare was born on June 14, 1931 in Pittston, PA.  She was the daughter of the late William and Claire (Allan) Loftus.  She is preceded in death by her sisters Bernadette Albus and Kay Pursel; and her daughter, Margaret McCabe Kristl.

A life long learner, Mary Clare was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School in Pittston and the College Misericordia in Dallas, PA.  She received a Masters of Library Science from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1954 and a Masters of Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1973.

Mary Clare joined in the sacrament of marriage with Sheridan Patrick McCabe on August 16, 1958, in Washington D.C.  They resided in Portland, OR from 1958 until 1967 and in South Bend until 2011.

Mary Clare is known for her hallmark of hospitality and caring for others.  She enjoyed a diverse and fulfilling professional life, distinguished by her love of learning, service and ministry. Following her degree at Catholic University, she worked as a librarian for the Georgetown School of Nursing, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Naval School of Intelligence. She served as a librarian in Washington, D.C., Portland, OR and South Bend.  After pursuing a counseling degree, she worked in Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame with faculty, staff and students. She also received a Certificate of Homiletics from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  Mary Clare’s ministerial work included development of small faith sharing groups for the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese.  Her faith and spirituality graced her work and relationships.  She was a long time member of Little Flower Parish in South Bend and an active participant in the life and luster of the Catholic faith tradition.  A lover of music, in addition to her beautiful singing voice, she was an accomplished musician playing both organ and piano.  She appreciated fine art and enjoyed being a docent for the Snite Museum.

She is survived by her husband and her daughters: Elizabeth McCabe, Catherine (David) McCabe Grossman, RoseAnne (Gary) McCabe Halperin, and Patricia (Miguel) McCabe Estrada. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Madelyn, Isaac, Hannah, Joseph, and Margaret Clare (Megan), her brother, John Allan Loftus, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 1604 Spring Hill Road, Suite 450, Vienna, VA, 22182.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Rita Bonventre

                                     November 8, 1917 – March 10, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Our beloved mother, Rita Bonventre, passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday, March 10, 2013, of natural causes. She was born in Paterson, NJ, and came to South Bend in 1970 with her husband. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Jack, after 45 years of blessed marriage. The devoted family she leaves behind includes a daughter, Noelle (Paul, Tom), a son, Michael (Kathy), three grandchildren, Greg (Mary), Eric (Renee), and Adrienne; and three great-grandchildren, Bethany, Alaina, and Kyle. She attended Douglass College for Women, Rutgers University, and retired as an English teacher. She volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend Public Library, and South Bend Literacy Council. A family graveside service will be held at a future date at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, IN.
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


John P. Gesellschap
                                         July 27, 1985 – March 9, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- John Paul Gesellschap left us suddenly on March 9, 2013.  His life began July 27, 1985 born at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida.  John was the son of the late Wayne Robert Gesellschap and Mary Komora Coty.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Martha Komora, and paternal grandparents, Robert and Jamie Gesellschap.

John is survived by his mother, Mary Coty and stepfather, Gil Coty, son, Aidan (6) and daughter, Isabella (2).

John attended St. Joseph Grade School, St. Joseph High School, and Brandywine High School.

He loved music, and had a passion for guitar.  His favorite time was when he was with his children at the park, enjoying the lake, or outdoors.  He loved football, basketball, and baseball.

He leaves behind his aunts, Kathie Komora Gattman and Debbie Gesellschap O’Brien, uncles, John (Wilda) Komora , Michael (Vickie) Gesellschap and Steven Gesellschap, cousins, Phillip Covard, Sean Komora, T.J. O’Brien, Kelly O’Brien, Beverly Gesellschap, Cezar Gesellschap, and Brianna Kujawa.

John was a big guy with a big heart and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, 13260 SR 23, Enter off Cherry Rd. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10am on Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend corner of Hill and LaSalle. 
To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

In honor of John’s memory please consider a donation to Dismas House, PO Box 4571, South Bend, IN 46634, in lieu of flowers.


Vera Simcox
                                           Nov. 12, 1911-March 7, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Vera Simcox, 101, died as she lived:  on her own terms.  She said, “I never thought of living this long, but I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

She was born in Iuka, Illinois and was the daughter of Grover C. and Hattie Ann Garges.  Her youth was spent on the family’s farm, ice skating on the pond, helping her mother with her hair and nails, playing tennis and modeling in South Bend and Chicago.  She married Chester Willard Simcox (Chet) at the First Baptist Church in South Bend on May 15, 1932.  They had one daughter, Gloria Joan.  Both preceded Vera in death, along with Gloria’s first husband, Richard John Ricci.

Vera was life-long Democrat, and worked the polls on Election Day for over 50 years.  She was a member of the former Ridgedale Presbyterian Church of South Bend.
Vera was well read and up to date, whether it came to politics, fashion, health issues or her endless supply of magazines, including Cosmopolitan.  Even at 101, she was still “That Cosmo Girl.”  She loved beautiful jewelry and maintaining her home on Sutherland Lane. Though she lived in a condominium the last 15 years, she remained independent.  The family is grateful to a number of very patient caregivers and volunteers who made this possible.

She is survived by her four sisters:  Helen Roussakis, Margaret Studebaker, and Dorothy Johnson (all of South Bend), and Genevieve Foley (Alexandria, VA),  five grandchildren: Kathleen Ricci (Madison, WI), Melissa Ricci (Granger), Dino Ricci (South Bend), Tony Ricci (Edwardsburg, MI) and Bart Goldberg (Chicago), seven great-grand children:  Ryan Ricci (Ingalls, IN), Katie Davis (Noblesville, IN), Claire Riddiough and Chelli Riddiough (Madison, WI), Anthony Ricci (Clarksville, TN) and Ross Ricci (South Bend) and Max Ricci (Edwardsburg, MI/Madison, WI).  It was with great joy that Vera welcomed three great-great grandchildren, Keegan Matchett-Ricci, Makenzie Davis and Macy Matchett-Ricci.  She is also survived by her son-in-law, Paul Goldberg (South Bend).

Vera was preceded in death by her loving husband Chet, her daughter Gloria Goldberg, her oldest sister Serena Smith Cronin, and her brothers Robert V. Garges and Grover C. “Bill” Garges.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in South Bend, with details to follow.  If you would like information, please email kathy@ctmtheater.org.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Vera’s name to Memorial Health Foundation, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601.  Thank you to the wonderful nurses, staff, family and friends who helped Vera live her final days with dignity.
 
McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings assisted the family.


Leo "Bud" Horwath

                                      January 2, 1923 – March 4, 2013

GRANGER- Leo “Bud” J. Horwarth, 90, a life-long area resident, passed away peacefully
March 4, 2013.

 Born January 2, 1923, he was the son of the late John M. and Kathryn (Yandl) Horwarth.

On April 12, 1947, Leo married Gizella Kalmar. She preceded him in death September 1, 1995. He was also preceded in death by seven siblings, Josephine, Kathryn and John Horwarth, Agnes Berlakovich, Margaret Greisinger, Gertrude Hemmelgarn and Helen Lukasiewicz.

Left to cherish his memory are four children, Michael (Jenny) Horwarth of Granger, JoAnn Layden of Mishawaka, William Horwarth of South Bend and Barbara (Richard) Jacques of Greenfield, IN; four grandchildren, Adam (Dayna Viele) Davis, and Sean (Melissa Brownbridge) Horwarth, Brandon (Nicole Miller) Horwarth, and Courtney (Adam Gilson) Horwarth; three great-grandchildren, Halie and Bryce Horwarth and Noah Gilson; one sister, Anna (Stephen Jr.) Elek of South Bend; and many nieces and nephews.

Bud proudly served our country during World War II, where he was stationed in Germany and Japan. He retired from Sibley Machine & Foundry after 30+ years. After retirement, he worked part time at Mishawaka Auto Auction. He loved Notre Dame Football, the Cubs and NASCAR; but most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a longtime member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 7 from 4-8PM at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday at 10:30AM at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Mishawaka, with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care.

The family would like to thank all the Doctors that kept Bud going through the years-especially Dr. Oppman; as well as, the wonderful staff at the Center for Hospice.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com



Evelyn M. Stoneking

                                March 26, 1922-March 5, 2013
SOUTH BEND -- Evelyn M. Stoneking, 90, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.
 
Born in Guernsey, Wyoming on March 26, 1922, to the late Hiram E. and Glayds E. (Sweet) Stoneking. She worked as a Private Eldercare person.
 
She will be cremated and her ashes returned to Prairie Rest Cemetery in Guernsey, WY.  She is survived by two sisters: Hazel Rizor of South Bend and Vernadelle Teter of Bethel, AK; nine nieces and nephews and many grand- nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she had two brothers who predeceased her LeRoy and Darrel Stoneking and a sister Harriet Rizor all of Wyoming.
  
She was a lifelong member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
 
McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel handed arrangements.



Shirley Raitzin
                                        March 3, 1924 -- March 2, 2013

 SOUTH BEND -- Shirley T. Raitzin, 88, died at her residence in Boca Raton, FL, on Saturday March 2, 2013.  She was born on March 3, 1924 in Moline, Illinois, but spent substantially all of her life as a resident of the South Bend community. Her parents were Frances and Maurice Tucker, both of whom have died. She had one brother, Robert, or “Red” to his family and friends, who also is deceased.

Shirley attended Central High School in South Bend and earned a degree from Stephens College
in Columbia, Missouri. In 1946, in Miami, she met Sam Raitzin of New York City, who had recently returned from military service in Europe. “He asked me to dance,” she said. Romance blossomed and the young couple subsequently were married, a union that was to flourish for more than 64 years. Sam predeceased Shirley on November 3, 2011.

The Raitzins made South Bend their home. Shirley and Sam had two daughters: Nancy (Jay) Chodock of Phoenix, Arizona and Dona Weinraub of Boca Raton, Florida. They have four grandchildren: Marc Chodock, Rochelle (Tim) Fink, Emily (Erick) Guerra, and Andrew Weinraub (deceased), and eight great grand children: Deanna Weinraub, Micheal Weinraub, Ryan Weinraub, Abriella Guerra, Elliot Guerra, Richard Fink, Daniel Fink, and Lawrence Fink.

Shirley was an active supporter of B’nai Brith Society, especially its Temple Beth El Youth Organization, Hadassah’s efforts to support hospitals and medical facilities in Israel, the Assistance League of Denver and the Arizona Asthmatic Children’s Foundation. Shirley and Sam have also sponsered various community activities and have been actively involved with the St. Joseph County Community Foundation and the St. Joseph County Jewish Community Center. Throughout her life, she was known for her wisdom, her serenity, loyalty and her dry wit.

Shirley’s passing will be mourned by her daughters and their families, along with a host of relatives and friends. A service, in keeping with the Jewish orthodox ritual of burial, will be held at Sinai Synagogue on Wednesday at 11:00am.  Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be delivered to the Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com


Nancy Jane Hammond
                                    February 4, 1939 – March 1, 2013
 
MISHAWAKA --  Nancy J. Hammond, 74, passed away March 1, 2013, in her daughter’s home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Born February 4, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Shirley (Hackney) Smith. Her companion, Edgar Broschears, also preceded her in death.
 
Left to cherish her memory are six children, Rick (Jackie) Hammond of Mishawaka, Ken (Melissa) Hammond of South Bend, Cheryl Hammond Uselton of South Bend, Ron Hammond of Florida, Pam (Mike) Griffin of South Bend and Kim Hoffman of Mishawaka; five brothers, Robert (Gladys) of Dowagiac, MI, Donald (Kathy) of Shawnee, OK, Gary (Sue) of South Bend, David (Darla) of Lafayette, and Greg (Sue) Smith of South Bend; one sister, Martha (Bob) Allen of South Bend; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
 
Nancy enjoyed planting and gardening, going to casinos, but most of all, she loved her family. Even with all her pain, she was a fighter until the end. She stayed positive for her family. She will be greatly missed.
 
Private services are being held. McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings is handling arrangements.
 
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Center for Hospice Care.
 
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com



Rex Allen McDaniel
                                       March 27, 1951 – February 28, 2013
 
MISHAWAKA -- Rex Allen McDaniel, 61, passed away February 28, 2013 in his home.
 
Born March 27, 1951, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Irene (Cleveland) McDaniel. The mother of his children, Martha, also preceded him in death.
 
Rex is survived by four children, Carey (Jeremy) Binns of Elkhart, Kelly (Jesse) Kendall of South Bend, John (Jessica) McDaniel of Elkhart, and Tyler Zieber of LaPorte; a sister, Patricia Anderson of Mishawaka; and 9 grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
 
Rex was a wonderful father and grandfather. He would do anything for his family and tried to attend all of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers, where he received his apprenticeship. He later attended college and became a social worker, specializing in drug addiction.
 
Per his request, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
 
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Naomi Ruth Halperin Spigle

                                 January 3, 1926 - February 20, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Naomi Ruth Halperin Spigle, 87, a resident of South Bend, died in her home on Feb 20, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  She is survived by sons John Spigle (Marilyn Martin) of Lafayette, IN, Ken Spigle (Jane) of Needham, MA, and daughter Judy Spigle (Frank Fujita) of South Bend, her grandchildren, Megan Daviduke (Brian), Daniel Spigle, and Jacob Spigle, her brother David Halperin (Joan) of Berkeley, CA, and nieces and nephews, Matthew Halperin, Ilana Halperin, JoAnn Tamarin, Nancy Scheffer, Rick Groman, and Ellen Fair.  Her parents, Casriel and Fanny Halperin, died in the 1980s, and her husband, best friend, closest confidant, and soul mate, Harry A. Spigle died in 1992.

Naomi received her Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Chicago and took masters-level classes at Indiana University South Bend.

Naomi and Harry were active members of Temple Beth-El from the time they moved from Chicago to South Bend in 1953.  Naomi served as Sisterhood President and was a religious school teacher, and with Harry, wrote plays and parodies for Temple functions.

As a young woman Naomi enjoyed horseback riding and was a camp counselor for many years at Camp Agawok.  She often said she was “born wanting a dog,” and from the time she and Harry married, there was nearly always at least one dog in the house.  Naomi and Harry were passionate about theatre and the arts.  They loved to travel together, making many trips to Stratford, Ontario’s Shakespeare Festival, woodsy retreats like Wisconsin’s Door County for bike riding, and Sanibel Island, Florida.

Naomi was a writer all her life, winning her first writing award and representing the state of Illinois in a national journalism contest that earned her a trip to New York City when she was just a teenager.  Professionally, she was an advertising copywriter and layout artist, working locally for Wyman’s, Newman’s, Robertson’s, and Radio Furniture Mart, and for John T. Shayne in Chicago.  In 1964, Mahalia Jackson recorded “Song for My Brother,” with lyrics by Naomi (composed by Ruth Rosenbaum), a song celebrating racial harmony.  For decades, Naomi was an occasional contributor to the South Bend Tribune, delivering domestic humor and tongue-in-cheek commentaries on politics through jingles and articles. 

Later, Naomi became a serious poet, with her work published in such prestigious journals and publications as Kalliope, The Windless Orchard, Indiana Writes, Canada’s The Fiddlehead, and The Christian Science Monitor, among many others.  Her poem, “A Living Will,” was published in the anthology I Am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted and was later reprinted as the opening to a textbook on Alzheimer’s patients.  At least 18 poetry awards included First Place honors in Write-On, Hoosiers, Silver Quill, Harbinger, Indiana Collegiate Press Assoc., The Connecticut Writer, the Lester Wolfson Poetry Competition, and the Judah Magnes Museum. 

Local readers will remember her four-part series in the Tribune on widowhood in the 1990s after Harry’s death, which lead to her beloved column, “On Second Thought.”   Her articles and stories were also published in The Chicago Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor. 

Most of all, she adored her family and friends, and Naomi and Harry’s home resonated with warmth and laughter.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth-El, 305 W. Madison St., South Bend, followed by internment at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Friends and family may call at Judy and Frank’s home on Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. on.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any Parkinson’s research organization, Temple Beth-El, or the IUSB General Studies scholarship fund.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Dorothy R. Jennings

                                      July 22, 1922 – February 16, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Dorothy “Dot” R. Jennings passed away the evening of February 16, 2013 surrounded by her family at Healthwin Specialized Care facility after a long illness.

The daughter of Curtis and Irene Richards, Dorothy was born in Canada as an American citizen while her father worked on a farm there.

After graduating from Washington Clay High School she then married Earl “Red” M. Jennings in Ohio in 1941 and then moved to South Bend. There she was a devoted wife and mother and also worked various jobs in the community. When her husband retired, they moved to Homosassa, Florida until he preceded her in death in January 1988. She eventually moved back to South Bend to be with family.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Jennings of Apache Junction, AZ and Dennis (Patricia) Jennings of South Bend. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jeffrey of Rimrock, AZ, Lori (Andy) Pallo of South Bend, and Carrie (Tracy) Niezgodski of South Bend; along with great-grandchildren, Ben and Dominick Pallo of South Bend and Kalie and Mallory Niezgodski of South Bend.

Besides her husband, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Beverly (Michael) Jennings of Arizona.

Dorothy had many friends in life thru being a former Matron of Honor with Eastern Star before moving to Florida. While in Florida, she joined the TOPS group and continued with that group after moving back to South Bend, where she served as the group’s leader. She also helped with making quilts with the group from Lakeville United Methodist Church. She loved socializing with her friends and never had a bad word to say about anyone who she ever met.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at Healthwin for the great care they gave mom during her time there.

There will be no visitation and she will be cremated, after which she will join her husband in Florida at a later date. McGann Hay Funeral Home is in charge of any arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Healthwin Specialized Care in South Bend.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com




Alonzo H. Wynns
                         December 14, 1924 – February 11, 2013
 
SOUTH BEND -- Alonzo H. Wynns, 88, passed away February 11, 2013 after an unexpected illness.
 
Born December 14, 1924 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the son of the late Alfonso and Sarah (Hagler) Wynns. Alonzo was raised in Ullin, IL, by his grandfather, Wiley Wynns, founder and pastor of Wynns Chapel AME Church and Henry and Avis Wynns (uncle and wife). He was also preceded in death by three siblings, Rufus Wynns, Gladys Wynns Ballard and Otis Riggins, Sr.; and four nephews, Donald Riggins, Jr., Ellis Howell Sr., Ellis Howell, Jr. and Jason Howell.
 
On March 10, 1951, Alonzo married the love of his life, Rosita G. Willian. She survives along with their daughter, Zonia “Kathy” Wynns of Orlando, FL; his siblings, Elizabeth Riley of Indianapolis, Donald Riggins of Indianapolis and Pearlee Edwards of Indianapolis; nieces, Marcedis Wynns, Coryliss Wynns, Rochelle Riggins, Elaine Stewart, Cherita Riggins-Sewell, and Nicole Sanders; and nephews, James Wynns, Otis Riggins, Jr., Michael Riggins, Eural Henry “Toots” Riggins, Kenneth Riggins, Damon Howell and Anthony Sanders.
 
Alonzo was a wonderful husband and father. He was an honest man and was never afraid to speak the truth. He started his career as a Machinist at Studebaker Motor Company, then Southbend Range Corp. He later retired from AlliedSignal Inc. (Bendix) after achieving his Journeyman certification. Even into retirement Alonzo was thought of as being able to fix anything and was always willing to share his knowledge and learnings. He was a long-time devoted member of the Kingdom Hall. He will be greatly missed.
 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013,  at the Kingdom Hall, 2431Filbert Rd., Mishawaka, 46545 at 1:00pm.
 
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Center for Hospice Care.
 
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Joseph "Smokin' Joe" Kachoris

                                 October 7, 1960 – February 12, 2013

CASSOPOLIS-Joseph “Smokin’ Joe” Kachoris, 52, passed away in his home February 12, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born October 7, 1960, he was the son of Joseph and Starr Helen (Culbertson) Kachoris, who both survive in Niles.

On August 6, 2012, Joe married the love of his life, Tammy Cutler. She survives. He is also survived by a son, Joshua Cutler of Cassopolis; daughter, Brittney Starr Cihak of TN; granddaughter, Taylor Sue Cutler; brother, Michael Joseph Kachoris of Austin, TX;  sister, Linda (Bill) Klipple of Austin, TX; and three loving nephews.

Joe proudly served our country as an Army Paratrooper, and was honorably discharged in 1982. He loved adventure, was an active backpacker, hiker, and loved the mountains. He enjoyed high adrenaline sports, and was a pro street luger.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion on US12E in Edwardsburg, MI, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, starting at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA or to Hospice at Home, St. Joseph, MI.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com

Percy Reid Staffelbach

                                  May 23, 1920 - Feb. 8, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Percy Reid Staffelbach, 92, passed away on February 8, 2013, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born in Palouse, WA, on May 23, 1920, to Percy and Alma Staffelbach. Reid is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Eva; sisters, Barbara Godbolt (Jim) and Donna McDougal (George); sister-in-law, Doris (Jack); daughters, Susan Busk (Stephen) and Linda Swindell (Bill); and sons, Greg (Jill) and Dennis Staffelbach (Alice). He is also survived by his 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Charlotte Tracy, sister-in-law, Edna Hansen (Mervin), son-in-law, Bill Swindell, and granddaughter, Tara Staffelbach. Reid graduated from Chico High School, Class of '37, and attended Chico State College for 18 months before making the decision to join the Army in July 1941. He trained to be a weather observer at Chanute Field, IL, and served in that role until 1943. After attaining the rank of Corporal, he requested a transfer to the Army Air Corps to train as a combat pilot. Reid took his initial flight training at Hancock College of Aeronautics in Santa Maria, and received his wings and rating of flight officer at Williams Field, AZ, in January 1943. On the 15th of July, 1943, Reid arrived in Europe and began his service with the 98th Bomb Group of the U.S. 15th Air Force, where he took command of his B-24 Liberator bomber, the "Jack Frost." He flew his first of fifty missions over Foggia, Italy, in August of 1943, and his last on D-Day, over the infamous oil fields of Ploesti, Romania. He lost many B-24 (aka "flying coffin") comrades, but no crewmembers during his service in the European and Mediterranean theatres. Reid returned home in 1944 to train pilots at Ft. Myers, FL, before his honorable discharge at the rank of captain on September 12, 1947. While training in Santa Maria, he met and became engaged to marry Eva Mary Flake, with whom he shared his full life for over 68 years. Together they started a family and built memories that continue to touch lives. His job with Kellogg Sales Company took them and their four children to Hawaii in 1966, where he worked until his retirement in 1980. After Eva's retirement in 1986, they moved to their current residence on Kenilworth Road in South Bend. Reid was a true patriot and hero to his family. He is known by many in the South Bend area as the "Iris Man of Kenilworth Road," where each season he would sell some of his half-acre of iris and hostas at bargain prices to whomever would stop by. To those closest to him, Reid was recognized as the hardest worker and truest gentlemen they knew. Each night at prayer Reid would mention by name all of his 60+ family members. He is, and always will be, deeply missed. A private Mass for Reid was celebrated by the Reverend Kenneth Grabner, C.S.C., on Tuesday, February 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Chapel at the Brotherhood of the Holy Cross. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com
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Graham "Hank" Henry

                                     April 11, 1920 – February 5, 2013

 SOUTH BEND-It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Graham ‘Hank’ Henry, 92. Hank passed away peacefully February 5, 2013, with his wife Alice of 53 years by his side, after an extended illness.

Hank was born in Old Harbor Bay, Jamaica April 11, 1920. He served in the British Navy in World War II as a chef, before immigrating to the United States following the war.

Hank is survived by his four loving daughters, Helen (Robert) Ursery, Kathleen (Ron) VanderMolen, Lynne (Michael) Hamilton, and Kimberly (Tom) Brady, and a son Graham Henry Jr., along with eighteen grandchildren including Michael, William, Hilary, Kelly, Graham III, Graham IV, Christina, Isaiah, Orion, Cole, Colin, Connor, Maxwell, Catherine, Jackson, Jordan, Aaron, Drew  and nineteen great grandchildren.

Along with Alice, he started his own janitorial service in 1970. ABC Janitor service, Inc. Hank worked well into his eighties before retiring after having heart surgery. 

He was an avid gardener, and a wonderful cook who loved preparing meals for Sunday dinners and special occasions. It didn’t matter what he prepared it was all great. Hank is best known for his lemon meringue pie and homemade salsa made with fresh tomatoes and peppers from his garden.

It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that we'll remember the laughs, the stories and the smiles.

That a special father, husband and person he was. Hank, Dad, Grandpa you will be missed. Rest in peace.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”—Thomas Campbell

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10AM on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend. Friends may call from 2-6PM on Sunday at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd, where the Rosary will be prayed at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center for Hospice Care or Logan Center Recreation.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Rose Urband
                                   October 24, 1914 -- January 31, 2013

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Rose Urband, 98, of North Hollywood, CA formerly of Pyle Ave. in South Bend passed away late Thursday in Burbank, CA with her son by her side.  Rose was born in Dubuque, IA, to the late Sam and Sarah (Watkin) Shapiro both immigrants from Russia.

She married Henon Urband and he passed away on July 16, 2004.  She was a cashier in the retail clothing industry for forty years, part of that time working at the former Milady Shop.  She was an avid Notre Dame Football fan, she liked to listen to music and loved to read.  Rose was a former member of former Williams Street Shoal and Sinai Synagogue.
 
She is survived by beloved son, with whom she made her home since moving to California, Jeff M. Urband of North Hollywood.  Other survivors include cousins: Dora Yockelson, Norman Yockelson, Dr. Solomon Swierdsol; sister-in-law Fran Shapiro and cousins Gary Shapiro, Sid Shapiro and a family friend Phyllis Szymkowicz.  A brother Ed Shapiro, and schoolmates: Luba Minkow and Myrtle Inwald also predeceased her.

Funeral services will be in the Chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka on Thursday at 12:15pm. To send condolences to her son log on to www.McGannHay.com.


Cherie J. Whirledge
                                      August 26, 1929 -- February 1, 2013

GOSHEN -- Cherie Jean Whirledge passed away Friday morning, Feb. 1, 2013.  She was 83 years old.  Cherie was born August 26, 1929 to Wayne and Nadine Myers of Millersburg, IN.
 
She married Willis E. Whirledge June 4, 1948.  He survives with their children: David (Karen) Whirledge of New Jersey,  Shan (Michael) Robinson of Elkhart, IN,  Jonathan Whirledge and friend Michelle Choquette of Keizer of Oregon.
 
Cherie was a wonderful Grandmother to: Zachary, Derek, Lucas (Stephanie), and Alex of New Jersey, Blake of Elkhart and Brett of Indianapolis, Corey and Chelsea of Oregon.  Great Grandma to Brayden of Oregon.
 
Cherie lived most of her live in Millersburg, IN.  She spent the last 12 years enjoying her neighbors of Oak Court on the Greencroft Campus in Goshen, IN.
 
Cherie graduated from Millersburg High School.  She retired from the workforce when she left the former Switches, Inc. of Goshen.
 
Cherie chose cremation with no formal funeral to be handled by the McGann Hay Funeral Homes of South Bend, IN.  A private burial will follow cremation at Brown's Cemetery.  The family will host a celebration of her life to be announced at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Humane Shelter.
 
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.McGannHay.com


Orison G. Kennedy, Jr.

                                      April 10, 1952 -  January 31, 2013
 
SOUTH BEND – Orison "Ken" Glen Kennedy, Jr., 60, of South Bend passed away Thurs. Jan. 31.
 
He was born in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1952 to the late Orison G. and Betty J. (Ash) Kennedy.
 
Orison is survived by his wife Karen Kennedy and three children; two daughters, Kristina Ash (Richard) Bridenstein of Elkhart, Karolyn (Grant) Osborn and grandson Gael; one son Everett Kennedy; sister, Dr. Katherine (Robert Herndon) Kennedy and niece Mary Elizabeth Herndon all of Vienna, VA.
 
Ken attended Salem College, Salem WV. Where he was a member of the golf team. He graduated from the University of West Virginia and continued graduate work at Furman University, So. Carolina.

Ken spent his career in the van conversion industry as a owner and in sales.
 
A Memorial Service will be Sat. Feb. 9, 2013 at 11am EST with visitation 1 hour prior to service at 10am – 11am at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.
 
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay





Richard T. “Rick” De Vreese
                                 February 5, 1955 -- January 29, 2013

SOUTH BEND-Richard T. “Rick” De Vreese, 57, passed away January 29, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born February 5, 1955, Rick was the son of Daniel De Vreese, Jr; and Virginia (Aftowski) De Vreese. His father preceded him in death. Two children, Keisha and Zack De Vreese; and a sister, Beth De Vreese, also preceded him in death.

Rick is survived by his mom; two children, Daniyelle De Vreese and Candy Benson, both of Michigan; three siblings, Jeffery (Tam) De Vreese of South Bend, Ann (Cory) Melinda of South Bend and Daniel (Jen) De Vreese, III of South Bend; and a special aunt, Pat (Ray) Czarnecki of South Bend.

Even though Rick had a rough life, he kept his faith. His family loved him very much and will be miss him greatly.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church on his birthday, Tuesday, February 5 at 11AM.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Thomas T. Tonge

                                    April 11, 1937 – January 28, 2013

VANDALIA-Thomas T. Tonge, 75, passed away January 28, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Robert and Adelaide (Heald) Tonge.

Left to cherish Tom’s memory are his significant other of 12 years, Sheri Hickman; three children, Lynda (Donald) Pedersen of Pocono Pines, PA, Kim Al-Robaee of Granger and Thomas (Rebecca) Tonge of Atlanta, GA; brother, Robert (Chrissy) Tonge of Durango, CO, and two other brothers; a cousin, Judy (Rudy) Shunta of Muskegon, MI; and 8 grandchildren.

Tom loved his family more than anything. He would do anything he could to bring a smile to their faces. He and Sheri enjoyed going to Broadway shows and traveling to new places. Tom loved the outdoors, especially boating and skiing, which he was exceptional at. He also very much enjoyed genealogy. He had thick books collected from many years of searching. He was a wonderful man, loved by all and will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 1st at 1:00PM at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd, South Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Marjorie Ellen Milliken

                                     January 21, 1934 – January 27, 2013

NILES, MI -- Marjorie Ellen Milliken, born January 21, 1934, moved to her forever heavenly home on Sunday, January 27, 2013 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s. 
She left behind her faithful, loving husband of almost 59 years, Wayne Milliken.  She and Wayne were farmers in Bremen, IN and then moved to Niles, MI in 1961.
 
After retirement, they were able to spend winters in Naples, FL and summers in Niles, MI.  They were also able to travel to many places around the world including Brazil, South America, where they arrived via a river plane to visit a mission hospital they had helped to fund.  Marjorie loved to crochet, sew, garden, teach Sunday school, and hold her grandbabies.
 
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; children, Janet (Ken) Baker, James (Lorenna) Milliken and Jill (Edward) Medren; siblings, Theodore Haas, Fred Haas, Dorothy Cline, Ralph Haas, Evelyn Leiter, Kay Russell, Arthur Haas, and Nancy Lambert; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
 
Calling hours are Friday from 4-8 PM at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 S.R. 23, Granger, IN, enter off Cherry Rd.
The funeral service is at 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.  Services are to be conducted by Pastor Ken Baker, son-in-law, and Dr. Dan Gelatt.  Burial will follow in Bremen, IN.
  
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Amazon Baptist Hospital in Santo Antonio do Ica, Brazil. 
Send to ABWE, P.O. Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA  17105-858
5.
 
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Morris J. Katz

                                  March 3, 1926 – January 22, 2013

 SOUTH BEND-Morris J. Katz, a resident of South Bend, IN and Delray Beach, FL, born March 3, 1926 in Mishawaka IN, died Jan. 22, 2013 in Delray Beach, FL of natural causes.  His family was by his side.

Morris was a loving husband of Muriel “Cookie” Katz and the late Betty Ein Katz. He was also a loving father of Howard (Dan Powell), Stuart (Keith Erickson) and Ken (Sahara); loving stepfather of Lisa (Dave Harding) and Gary Page; and loving grandfather of Brittany, Landon, Brian, Barbara, Nathaniel and Adam. 

He was a past president of Sinai Synagogue; and a member of B'nai B’rith and the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. 

Funeral services will be at Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle, South Bend, IN Sunday, Jan. 27th, 11:30 AM.  Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Sinai Synagogue or the Jewish Federation.

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com



Ernest E. "Gene" Engle

                                               1924 – 2013

  GRANGER -- Ernest E. “Gene” Engle, 88, formerly of Munster, IN, passed away after a brief illness.

He was born in 1924 to the late Herman and Rhea (Eason) Engle.

Gene is survived by his wife, Mary G. Engle; five children, E. Eason (Nancy) Engle of Crown Point, IN, B. Lynne Parlor of Merrillville, IN, Dr. William (Katrina) Engle of Clermont, IN, Tim (Alyson) Engle of Cumming, GA, and Jennifer (Matthew) Ellen Garrett of Monona, WI; sister, Marilyn Crooke of Springfield, MO; sister-in-law Geraldine Chamberlin of South Bend, IN; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church at 11AM, with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, your local public library, or your charity of choice.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com

   



Kenneth R. Harkins, Sr.

                               May 28, 1937 January 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND- Kenneth R. Harkins, Sr., 75, passed away at 10:00AM Saturday, January 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 28, 1937, he was the only son of the late Marvin and Gladys (Callentine) Harkins.

On December 15, 1956, Kenneth married Rita Harkins for the first time.
Although their love was interrupted for a period of years, the love never died. They were remarried on September 30, 2012. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Vicky (Jeff) Darnell of South Bend and Lori (Billy) Nelson of Mishawaka; two sons, Gregory and Kenneth Harkins, both of Mishawaka; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren, with another due June 2013.

Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father and PaPa. Ken loved to garden and sit outside in his gazebo, go on gambling trips to Vegas and Junica, MS, football, playing the lottery, and his beloved Cubbies and Bears. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Ken retired in 1999 from A.M. General.

Ken was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Louise Nicks, Dorcus Peavey, Patricia Rosander, Donna Tierny; and two granddaughters, Danielle Harkins and Lauren Darnell.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 3-7PM at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. South Bend. The funeral will be held on Friday at 3PM at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the funeral home to help cover expenses.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Beverly J. Rubin
                                      June 18, 1926 – January 20, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Beverly Jeanne (Baim) Rubin, beloved mother, grammy and great-grammy passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side at the age of 86 on January 20, 2013.  She is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents Irving and Genevieve Baim, her sister,
Virginia Lyon, and her bother Ronald Baim.
She is Survived by four children: Mark (Cheri) Rubin of Farmerville, TX; Rochelle (Terry Rohrer) Orr of Litchfield Park, AZ, Debra (Danny) Isaacs of Avondale, AZ and Cary (Debbie) Rubin of Phoenix, AZ.  She has 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way.  She is also survived by her bother David E. (Betty) Baim of Muncie, IN.
She was born June 18, 1926 in Mishawaka, IN.  She previously resided in Femdale, MI, Salt Lake City, UT and Dayton, OH before settling in Arizona in 1999.  She and her husband were active in the Jewish community.  She was a great lover of elephants, jewelry, rings and traveling to Hawaii.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.  Funeral services will be Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2pm at the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. 
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Arthur Schulman
                                       October 9, 1912 – January 21, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Arthur Schulman, 100, was a lifelong resident of South Bend but died in New York where he had been with his daughter, Judith Schnall, on January 21, 2013.
He was born in South Bend, IN on October 9, 1912 to the late Ralph Jacob and Tela Schulman.  Married Mary Lee Dubin on April, 1948 in Gary, IN.  Mary passed away on May 1, 2004.  Survivors include two daughters: Judith (Rabbi Allen) Schnall of Monsey, NY and Tela (Dan) Schulman-Hektor of Lakeville, IN; ten grandchildren: Joshua Saffren, Zahava Rosenfeld, Avigdor Chaim Schnall, Raphael Yaakov Schnall, Chana Zidell, Mordechai Schnall, Aliza Schnall, Yochanan Schnall, Chaya Itta Abramsky, and Gitty Klagsbrun and many, many wonderful great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by threee brothers: Louis Schulman, Samuel Schulman, Albert Schulman and two sisters Edith Schulman and Jennie Cohen.  He owned South Bend Freight Line, Inc. with his brothers and sisters from which he retired in 1995.

He was a member of Jewish War Veterans and Hebrew Orthodox Synagogue.


Funeral at Hebrew Orthodox Congregation synagogue Tuesday, January 22 at 10am.  Burial next to Mary Lee in the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.  To send condolences to the family log on to:  www.McGannHay.com.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: The Hebrew Orthodox Congregation, 3207 S. High Street, South Bend, IN  46614.


Harold Anthony Berger

                                   August 20, 1920 – January 19, 2013

Notre Dame -- Harold Anthony Berger, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Dujarie House of Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN. 

"Hal"
was born on August 20, 1920, to Bertha (Hochgesang) and Ambrose Berger, in Detroit, MI. 
His parents and his younger sister, Mary Ann (Berger) Daily, all preceded Hal in death.  In 1930 the family moved to Jasper, IN, where Hal graduated from Jasper High School in 1938.  He went on to earn a degree in accounting from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC, and subsequently completed training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, VA.  He was installed as one of the youngest agents in the history of the Bureau in 1943.  During WWII, he served on the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Army in Germany, attending the Nuremberg Trials following the war.  Honorably discharged in 1946, he was assigned to Louisville, KY as a special agent for the FBI, where he met the former Dorothy Anne Madden.  Hal and Dorothy married on May 17, 1947.  He was sent to Washington, DC, to Indianapolis, IN, and finally as the Senior Resident Agent in charge of the South Bend office of the FBI in 1950, where he retired in 1975.
 
Hal and Dorothy raised 5 children, Donald (Kathleen), of South Bend, Sheila (Tom, deceased) Walerko, of South Bend, Patricia (Michael) Newlin, of Riverton, WY, Barbara (Peter) Volk, of Carmel, IN, and Susan, of Granger, IN, who have given them 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

A faithful member of St. Anthony de Padua and then St. Pius X parishes, Harold served as president of the Deanery Council of Catholic Men, and as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.
  He also served a term as president of the American Cancer Society, was a member of Kiwanis, and a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  In his free time, Hal enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and gardening.  His lawn was always the envy of the neighborhood, and something in which he took great pride.  He was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame football.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Cross Chapel, Dujarie House, on Thursday, January 24, at 10:00 am.  Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, January 23 at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd, and on Thursday at the Holy Cross Chapel, one hour prior to the funeral Mass.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hal's name can be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637-3437, or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 520 Crescent Avenue, South Bend, IN  46617-1920.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Gerald Phillip "Jerry" Wolf
                              September 21, 1938 – January 19, 2013

GRANGER – Gerald Phillip “Jerry” Wolf, 74, passed away January 19, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his family.

Born September 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Clarence and Jennie Wolf.
On January 3, 1977 Jerry married Sherrie Winkelman.  He is survived by his wife, four children; Jayme Moore (Tom), Ryan (Victoria), Jerry II (Christine Cox), Tyler (Jill) with eight surviving grandchildren: Mackenzie, Hannah, Brady, Mikel, Dylan, Danielle, Emily, and Audrey.  He also has two surviving sisters, Janet Wolf of Parma, Ohio and Jacqueline (Jackie) Rush in Winterville, NC.

Jerry was a loving husband and father and enjoyed the theatre, golf and traveling with his family.  He attended Miami University of Ohio, graduating in Naval Science in 1961.  He immediately joined the Navy serving as a pilot until 1968.  He retired as a captain after 30 years of service in the Naval Intelligence Reserve.  He also graduated with a Masters Degree in International Business from Thunderbird Management School of International Business and an MBA from Arizona State.  He served as a financial controller in his civilian life.

Memorial services will be held at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, MI on Saturday, February 2 from 3 – 5 pm. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to The South Bend Civic Theatre.

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Essi Adelberg Katz
                                    February 29, 1916 – January 19, 2013

MISHAWAKA -- Essi Adelberg Katz, 96, of Mishawaka was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Benton Harbor, MI as a young child.  She grew up to be known as quite a beauty and took great care with her appearance for her entire life.  In 1938, she moved to Mishawaka, IN as the bride of Lewis Katz.  Together they raised three children:  Harlan (Paulette) Katz of Granger, Michael (the late Kathryn and Barbara) Katz of Willmette, IL and Michelle married to the late Mark Modesitt and now to Chuck Arnett of Pleasanton, CA; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Essi enjoyed life as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a volunteer, a business woman, a reporter and a bridge player.   Lewis and Essi shared 60 years together before he preceded her in death in 1998; and together they carefully and respectfully tended to the needs of their own parents, the late Bertha and Hyman Adelberg and Martha and Charles Katz.......a lesson learned well by their own devoted children.  Essi served several tenures as President of the Local Chapter of Pioneer Women; she frequently reported on area news for the Indiana Jewish Chronicle; and she earned enough points at bridge to qualify as a Master.  In the 1940s, she was the owner and proprietor of Essi's Cotton Shop in downtown Mishawaka.

If one pictures Essi Katz, it is never without those large hoop earrings that she made her signature and likely wearing teal blue.  She wore shades of teal blue so often that the family was convinced that it was actually the Katz Color.

And if one met her in later years, it would not be without a book in hand.  Thinking about Essi, one friend remarked that "Essi's mind was so up to date.  She talked easily with those old and those young."   Of course, some of the young here will remember that there was one word that she deemed unacceptable for use.  But that is a family secret and will not be revealed here.

Essi treasured moments with her family.  Time spent with her late brothers Hal, Bill and Myron gave her great pleasure.  She was delighted with visits from, reminiscing with and seeing pictures of her grandchildren:  Marc (Margie) Katz, Marcia Swarens, Carrie (James) Katz-Knutson, Craig (Pam) Katz, Brent Modesitt and Lisha (Ken) Erez and their children:  Henry, Oliver, Parker, Lillian, Brie, Caleb and Samantha, Malana and Katiya.

The funeral service will be at 12:30pm,  Monday January 21, 2013 at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel, Mishawaka, Rabbi Shoshanna Feferman, officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46617.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Virginia C. Nicksin
                                   January 15, 1922 – January 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Virginia C. Nicksin, 91, of South Bend, was born on January 15, 1922 in East Chicago, IN. She was a graduate of the former East Chicago Washington High School and of the Chicago College of Commerce, and attended both Purdue and Indiana Universities.

           On September 11, 1946 she was married to Rudolph W. Nicksin, who preceded her in death on April 22, 1972. Dr. Nicksin practiced optometry in this area for many years.

           She was proud of her family, consisting of William R. Nicksin (Lucy) of Indianapolis, IN, Robert S. Nicksin (Cathy) of Glendale, CA, and Carole R. Nicksin of New York City, as well as granddaughters Erica Nicksin of New York City and Rachel Nicksin of Bloomington, Indiana.

           One brother, Edward Styles of Wilson, NC, survives, while another brother, Robert Styles, formerly of Hilton Head, SC, preceded her in death. Not to be forgotten are several nieces and nephews.

           She enjoyed traveling and visited Europe on four occasions. She also toured Asia as well as our Southern neighbors: Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.

           In years past, she was a member of the University Club at Notre Dame, Morris Park Country Club, Sacred Heart Parish, the Indiana Ladies Bridge Group and other organizations.

           In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation. A private service is to be held at a later date.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Josephine Loretta Dregits

                                   July 13, 1931 – January 12, 2013

NILES-Josephine L. Dregits, 81, passed away January 12, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. She fought for over 16 years.

Born July 13, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Herman Harn and Catherine (Yurchik) Soper.

On November 1, 1980, Josephine married Louis “Louie” T. Dregits in the Notre Dame Log Chapel. He preceded her in death in 2003. Both Josephine and Louie retired from the University of Notre Dame.

Josephine is survived by two children, Carol (Ron) Krassow-Wilson of Kalamazoo, MI, and Ed (Gloria) McFadden, Jr. of South Bend, IN; their father, Edmund McFadden, Sr. of Niles, MI; six step-children, Maryann (Joseph) Huber of Littleton, CO, Judy (Tom) Wells of  WA, Joseph (Karen) Dregits  of Osceola, IN, John (Jayne) Dregits of Mishawaka, IN, Michael (Mary Jo) Dregits of Granger, IN, and Theresa Hall of South Bend, IN; and a brother, Robert (Linda) Soper of Niles, MI. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren, who she absolutely adored.

 Josephine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family dearly and worked very hard to give them the best life she could. She was a very determined woman and gave everything her all. She even fought her cancer with much diligence, hoping to make it to the age of 91. She and Louie loved to travel and had many great years together. She will be greatly missed, but now she is in Heaven walking the streets of Gold.  A special thanks to all of her physicians and nurses, who helped her through this difficult time.

 Per her request, no services are being held.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


John Francis McTaggart

                                 May 14, 1937 - January 11, 2013

 John F. McTaggart, 75, of Skippack, PA, formerly from Norwich, England, passed away unexpectedly January 11, 2013 in Mishawaka, IN, while visiting family.

Born in Stockport, England, on May 14, 1937, he was one of six children to the late John and Rose (Judge) McTaggert.  His five siblings, Joseph, Bernadette, Rose, Michael and Veronica, preceded him in death.

John is survived by his wife, Karen Daddona McTaggart, and five children, Deborah Jane (Nigel) Seddon of Blackpool, England, Damian McTaggart of Chester, England, Steven (Kathy) Daddona of Robesonia, PA, Susan (Mik) Aoki of Granger, IN, and David (Jennifer) Daddona of East Coventry, PA, and 11 grandchildren: Christopher and Nicholas Seddon, Katie, AJ and Trevor Kelley, Kai, Bryn and Reese Aoki, Aubree, Delaney and Declan Daddona.

John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and love for his family.  He worked as an aircraft engineer for Air UK/KLM Engineering in Norwich, England for 28 years, before retiring and moving to America in 1999.

Memorial services will be held at The Loft at Limerick Golf Club, 765 North Lewis Road, Limerick, PA, on January 27, 2013 at 2:30pm.  At a date to be determined an additional memorial service will be held in Norwich, England. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research at www.michaeljfox.org

To send condolences to the family please visit www.McGannHay.com



Jesse Tyler Brunton
                                    August 29, 1985 -- January 11, 2013

MISHAWAKA -- Jesse Tyler Brunton, 27, passed away Friday Jan. 11. He was born in South Bend, IN, on Aug. 29, 1985. Cherishing the memory of his vibrant life are his mother Kim (Greg) Mock and father Kevin (Kathe) Brunton, brothers Isaac Brunton, Cameron Mock, Brandon Mock and Trace Brunton, children Emily Brunton, Jack Brunton, Jordan Brunton and Cameron Brunton, and their mother Lauren Brunton, and fiancé Jordan Duley.

  Jesse was the store manager for American Freight Furniture in Mishawaka. He worked for several years for Menards at locations in South Bend, Mishawaka, Warsaw and Ionia, MI. He was a 2004 graduate of Penn High School and an exceptional soccer player in competitive leagues including the Edwardsburg Echo.
Jesse had a technicolor personality. He lived life to the fullest and the prisms that reflected through his many facets were full of verve and vitality. Fiercely loyal to those he loved, people always knew when Jesse was in the room. He always had a huge, goofy grin on his face that complemented his quirky sense of humor. He wasn’t a glass half empty or glass half full type of guy. Rather, Jesse just shattered the glass. He was big and loud and strong and generous, but fainted at the sight of blood. Ridiculously sentimental, he cherished a cookbook of his mom’s that dated from before her marriage to his dad. He loved to cook and most recently delighted in using his smoker to create fantastic meat dishes for friends and family. In his youth, his older brother Isaac claims Jesse was the instigator of all things that got them in trouble. An incident with a hockey stick was always a favorite tale to tell.
Following high school, Jesse found himself in the world of retail and soon realized he could sell sand to a camel dealer. A few minutes talking with him and you wanted to buy whatever he was selling. Very few people could forget him after meeting him. And now, with his passing, many, many people will long remember him.

A Celebration of Jesse’s Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1:00pm, at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.  Friends may call from Noon until 1pm prior to the service. For directions or to send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

To honor Jesse’s memory, flowers are acceptable but please consider a donation to a fund that has been established at 1st Source Bank for Jesse's children at: 1st Source Bank, Attn: Trust Department, PO Box 1602, South Bend, IN 46634.


Lillian S. Robbins

                               January 19, 1933 – January 9, 2013

 SOUTH BEND -- Lillian S. Robbins, 79, passed away peacefully January 9, 2013.

 Born January 19, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Agota (Lochmandy) Szabados. Her brother, Eugene Sabados, also preceded her in death.

 On April 21, 1967, Lillian married Ralph G. Robbins. He preceded her in death in 2001. Survivors include a son, Glenn E. (Jacqueline) Robbins of South Bend; granddaughter, Brooklyn; and many loving nieces and nephews.

 Lillian was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She had worked as an operator at Indiana Bell for many years and later as a tutor for the South Bend Community School Corporation, which she really enjoyed. She will be dearly missed.

 Friends may call from 11AM to Noon on Monday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. South Bend. Graveside services will follow at Southlawn Cemetery.

 Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct. South Bend, IN 46637.

 To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay



Mirko V. Jurkovic
                                        May 19, 1970 – January 9, 2013

Mirko V. Jurkovic, 42, of Granger, IN a consensus all-American for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and a 4-time letter winner and member of the 1988 National Championship team, died Wednesday January 9, 2013 at the St. Joseph Medical Center (Mishawaka IN) from complications due to colon cancer.

Jurkovic played Defensive Tackle for the team that won the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. He played Offensive Guard for teams that won Orange Bowl in 89' and Sugar Bowl in 91'.

He was named Notre Dame lineman of the year by the Moose Krause chapter of the National Football Foundation in 1991. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 9th round of his 1992 NFL Draft.

Originally from Calumet City, IL, he attended Thornton Fractional North High School.  Jurkovic graduated with a degree in Marketing from the College of Business Administration at Notre Dame.

He is survived by his loving wife of nineteen years Angi (Didelot) and their three children: Mirko, 15, Claire, 14, Samantha, 10; Parents: Vidak and Zlata Jurkovic of St. John, IN; a brother John (Brandy) Jurkovic and a sister Iva Zakman; nephews and nieces Nikola, Jacob, and Grace Jurkovic, Savanna, Max, and Luka Zakman; Father & Mother-in-law Dick and Mary Didelot of Edwardsburg, MI and  a Brother-in-law, Steve Didelot of Edwardsburg.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd. at SR23, Granger, on Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 at 11am EST. Presided over by Monsignor William Schooler, Pastor. Entombment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 11, from 3-8pm EST at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.

To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www. McGannHay.com. 
At the request of the family rather than sending flowers, please consider making a donation in Mirko’s memory to: The Mirko Jurkovic Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Branch.


Betty Schpok

                               August 24, 1923 – January 9, 2013

Dallas, TX -- Betty Segel Schpok, 89, of Dallas, TX, formerly of South Bend, passed away peacefully January 9, 2013.

Born August 24, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, she was the only daughter of Anna and Max Segel.  She had one brother, Morris, of Albuquerque, New Mexico who died in 2003.

After graduating from West High School in Akron, Ohio in 1941, she became an executive secretary for the next 10 years.  She was married to Sam Schpok of Dowagiac, Michigan from February 1952 until his death in 2004 and resided in Dowagiac from 1954 until 1987 when she moved to South Bend, Indiana.  In 2009, she moved to Dallas, Texas where two of her sons reside.

She was a member of Temple Beth-El and Temple Sisterhood and served on the Sisterhood board as financial secretary for 4 years.  In 1996, she was voted Woman of the Year by Temple Sisterhood.  She was a life member of Hadassah and life member of Jewish Women International.  She was a loving wife and mother, a blessed grandmother, great-grandmother and a faithful friend.  She is survived by her three sons, Terry (Peggy) of Dallas, Texas, Ricky (Sandy) of South Bend, Indiana, and Rodney of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Hilary and Andrea; and two great-grandchildren, Ira and Ada.

Services will be held at Temple Beth-El, South Bend, Indiana on January 15 at 1:30 p.m. and burial will be at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery in Mishawaka.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Beth-El Sisterhood or to the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley.

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Kurt Simon

                             September 22, 1913 – January 8, 2013


SOUTH BEND -- Kurt Simon, 99, passed away peacefully in his home January 8, 2013.

Kurt was born September 22, 1913 in Enkirch, Germany to the late Gottfried and Johanna (Herrmann) Simon. In 1930, at the age of 16, he made the difficult decision to leave a near war struck Germany to start a future in the United States. He arrived in South Bend on a Friday afternoon, registered for classes at Central High School on Saturday and started school Monday morning. He graduated from Central in 1931 and then became the first Jewish student to enroll at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1935 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commerce. He was the director of sales at Simon Brothers, and then became president and chairman of the board. Under his leadership, Simon Brothers became one of the largest wholesale foods and industrial supplies distributors in the area.

During WWII Kurt worked at the Bendix Corporation in the packing and shipping department, helping the war effort. Kurt kept an eye on his family overseas, and as conditions became worse for German Jews, Kurt urged his parents to leave Germany. It took him nearly two years to convince them to come to America.  On July 4, 1937 his parents, his sister and a blind uncle arrived in South Bend, Indiana.  Kurt provided a home for them all.

On March 12, 1942, Kurt married Tessye Dounn. They were married for 59 years
before her passing in 2001. They had one son, Robert, who passed away in 1990.

Kurt is survived by his companion, Mary Lou Gordon. She was his loyal partner
and caregiver for over 10 years. Together they enjoyed family, the community, faith and traveled to the home of Kurt’s birth in Enkirch, Germany, where they visited Kurt’s family home.
Also surviving are nieces, Carol (David) Cohen, Marge (Harold) Steinberg,  Gertrude "Shish" Rubin and grandnieces and grandnephews Jeffery (Aime) Cohen, Michael (Leah) Cohen, Eric Steinberg, Jennifer (Grant) Conroy, Terry Rubin, Wendy (Rob) Johnson, Laurie Rubin (Nick Carlos), David (Carol) Rubin.  Surviving cousins include Charles "Chuck" (Linda) Simon, Lucy Simon Rakov, and second cousins Susan (Vince) Semosen, Victoria "Vicky" (Kathy Sennell) Rakov, Simon (Suzanne) Rakov, Ellyn Ray (Mark) McCaffry, Karyn Jaye (Shane) Galloway. 
He is also mourned by many loving members of the Gordon family and the entire Jewish community.

As a tireless community leader, humanitarian and philanthropist, Kurt leaves a legacy with his gifts, stories, humor and his great desire to help as many people as he could – often identifying the need on his own; not needing to be asked. He and Tessye’s personal commitment and philanthropic contributions have been a beacon of light in the Jewish Community, as well as South Bend, as a whole.
During his lifetime, Kurt and Tessye established numerous initiatives in the community, including:
  In 1998, Kurt and Tessye’s leadership and vision inspired them to make the long-held dream of the entire Jewish community a reality by enabling the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley to begin construction of the Kurt and Tessye Simon Community Building on the Jewish Federation campus.  This center for the Jewish community remained a source of pride and inspiration for Kurt during the last decade of his life as it has flourished into a place where Jews and non-Jews come together to learn, celebrate, and grow.
  The Kurt and Tessye Simon Education Center, Temple Beth-El, built in 1993, provided a large and modern classroom space for Temple’s educational programs. This gift provides a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through Temple’s doors and is a part of providing Temple’s children a place to develop a love and enthusiasm for Judaism. The Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance at Temple Beth-El in the hope that people can learn to protect one another from prejudice, hate and violence.
  The Kurt and Tessye Simon Foundation was established in 1975 to strengthen the ties between the Jewish population and the greater Michiana Community, by sponsoring an Annual Institute on Judaism for area clergy and educators at Temple Beth-El.  In addition, the Foundation underwrites all Adult education programs at the Temple and often provides grants for educational programs broadcast on public radio and television.
  The Robert Simon Leadership Development Award was established at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley in 1990, in memory of Kurt and Tessye’s beloved son Robert, and a similar fund at Temple Beth-El was designed to develop future leaders in the Temple community.
  Well known for their strong interest in Jewish Studies, particularly studies that relate to the Holocaust, Kurt and Tessye created the Kurt and Tessye Simon Endowment for Excellence in Jewish Studies at Notre Dame University which has supported a number of Jewish Studies initiatives for the Notre Dame community including Holocaust related projects on campus.

In the South Bend community, Kurt served on numerous boards, including at the age of 95, serving on the Foundation Board Memorial Hospital. Kurt was one of the original visionaries, champions, and first contributors for the new home for the Memorial Children’s Hospital. Both he and Mary Lou were loyal supporters of the local Ronald McDonald Family Room. Kurt was a long-time, generous supporter of WNIT, his contributions made many programs available to the Michiana community. WNIT produced a documentary on his life this past fall, 2012 and it will be aired again this weekend in his memory. His other passions and contributions to the community include the Indiana University Foundation, the Scholarship Foundation of Saint Joseph County, the Boys and Girls Club of Saint Joseph County and Hospice of Saint Joseph County. Kurt supported many international initiatives, including B’nai B’rith International.
One of his passions close to his heart was the Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund for Temple Beth-El Seniors to live with dignity. Kurt also was a strong supporter of the arts, symphony, and healthcare throughout the community. He lived by the motto, “Do your giving while you’re living”. May his memory be a blessing and his actions an example to us all.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11 at 11:00 AM at Temple Beth-El, 305 West Madison Street, South Bend, IN 46601. Burial will be at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Temple Beth-El, The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, or Memorial Health Foundation.

To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Harvey Aubrey Feiwell
Harvey Aubrey Feiwell, age 85, of Bloomington, Indiana died Friday evening at his residence. He was born in South Bend, Indiana on November 18, 1927 to Rose (Cohen) Feiwell and Joseph Feiwell. He graduated from Central High School and Indiana University and was well known for his cheerleading skills at both schools. He took additional training at Purdue University and the University of Denver. Mr. Feiwell holds Bachelor and Masters degrees along with further extensive training in Speech Therapy and Audiology (with a minor in Psychology).

While he began his career as a member of a local school system in California, he spent approximately 50 years in Detroit, Michigan and the surrounding suburbs as a speech and hearing pathologist. He was one of the first to establish and maintain a thriving private practice while also serving on the staff and as a consultant to Detroit area hospitals. He was active for many years in the American Speech and Hearing Association and a past president of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. He retired to Bloomington approximately 7 
years ago.

  Mr. Feiwell’s interests included world travel, especially the world cruises he took. He was also an active supporter of Indiana University’s basketball and football programs. In addition, he supported the Indiana University International program responsible for sending American students abroad to study.

  He is survived by his sister, Anita Feiwell Boorda, of South Bend, Indiana; his niece, Patricia Boorda Rice and her husband, Alan, of Maryland; his grand-nephew, Jeffery Rice, of Germantown, Maryland; his first cousin and his wife, Sheldon and Erma Cohen and his family, of Memphis, Tennessee andfirst cousins (once removed), Max Cohen and his family, Elizabeth Cohen and her family, Barry Cohen and his family and Brett Cohen and his family.

 Mr. Feiwell was preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, Anna and Phillip Cohen, paternal grandparents, Sophia and Moses Feiwell and one nephew, Gary Michael Boorda.

 Services will be held in the chapel at Hebrew Orthrodox Cemetery in Mishawaka, IN on Tuesday at 12 Noon with Rabbi Barry Cohen officiating.  

 McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel in South Bend is entrusted with the arrangements.  To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com


William J. Shellen

                                  February 8, 1923 – January 2, 2013

South Bend -- William J. Shellen, 89, passed away peacefully January 2, 2013.

Born February 8, 1923, he was the son of the late John and Apalonia (Nejman) Skarupinski. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Walt, Louie, Roman and Ollie; and one sister, Eleanor Underly.

William married Sylvia Konstanty who preceded him in death in October of 1984. They had two children, Mark (Ann) Shellen of South Bend and Debbie Gibbs of Louisiana.  In 2002, Bill married Connie Wolcott. She survives. Also surviving are grandchildren, CJ and Erika Shellen and Josh Gibbs; a step-daughter, Brandy (Charles) Moyer of Elkhart; and their two children, Destiny and Madison Moyer.

William proudly served our country in the Armed Forces during WWII and was stationed for a period of time in France. He initially worked at Studebaker and retired from Bendix in 1985 as a Telecontrol Operator. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Dad's passion was watching CJ and Erika play sports from grade school through high school - he never missed a game.  He would spend numerous amounts of time replaying every play in his mind and then would discuss with anyone that wanted to listen on how great they were. He loved to dance with anybody that would take his hand, especially when he was listening to the best band from the West Side of South Bend - Melody Masters/Flipside. He was an avid great bowler and took pride in his immaculate yard on Mayfair Place.  In his early years he served as an usher at Notre Dame Stadium and his love for the Irish never diminished. He cheered on every play. We only wish he could have been here with us to cheer for ND's Championship Game - 2013.

We will always love you dad and will cherish our memories with you forever.

The family is honoring William's request to keep this a private family matter.

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Louis G. Mickels 
                                       July 20, 1935 -- January 1, 2013 

MISHAWAKA – Louis George Mickels, 77, passed away early New Years Day at Tanglewood Trace with loving family by his side.  A Mishawaka native son he was born there on July 20, 1935 to the late John Mickels, Sr. and Elizabeth (Kahlil) Mickels.  Lou graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and later was involved in helping to plan many of his high school class reunions.  He served honorably in the US Army in the late 1950s.  He was an avid golfer and a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church and BPO of Elks Lodge #235.   He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and a brother they are:  a son Joseph Jude (Beth) Mickels of Granger and their daughter Madison; a daughter Melinda M. (Robbie) Evans of Granger and their four children: Emily, twins Daniel & Michael and Molly; a son Craig (Adrienne) Mickels of Raleigh, NC and their son Conley and a brother Andrew (Jeanne) Mickels of South Bend.  Along with his parents, Lou was predeceased by four brothers: Richard (Doris) Mickles of South Bend, John (Carolyn) Mickels of Mishawaka, James Mickels and Jerry (Sharon Henderson) Mickels of South Bend.  Friends may call on Sunday from 2-7pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. where there will be a parish Wake Service at 4:00pm.  A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday Jan. 7th at 11am at St. Monica Catholic Church with Msgr. Bruce Piechocki, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.      Memorial donations may be made to:   The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana
                                                                            911 E 86th St., Ste. 100
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46240-1848


Bradley L. Dunivant

                                      April 2, 1953 – January 1, 2013

 SOUTH BEND -- Bradley Leroy Dunivant passed away at 12PM Tuesday, in his home, from congestive heart failure. He was 59.

 Bradley was born in South Bend, IN on April 2, 1953, to the late Roland and Gloria (Kaser) Dunivant.

Bradley is survived by his sister, Pamela (Joe) Burkus; nephews, John (Nancy) Kinner and Dean (Jennifer) Burkus; a niece, Erin (Scott) Wise; and an aunt, Mary (Jay) Corley.

His family wants to thank Hospice for the wonderful care they gave him, so that he was able to die at home with this beloved Cat.

There will be no services, per his request.

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Mary Ellen Gilligan
                                     May 17, 1925 – January 1, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Mary Ellen Gilligan, 87, of South Bend passed away at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross at 6:00pm on New Years Day.
 
Mary Ellen was born on May 17, 1925 in Manitowoc, WI to the late Arthur J.  Zingsheim, Sr. and Ellen Ann (Rice) Zingsheim.  She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  On October 14, 1950 in Manitowoc she married Leo Francis Gilligan who passed away on June 20, 1996.  They came to South Bend in 1968 from LaPorte, IN where she had been a Past- President of Junior League and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where she was a Past-President of the Rosary Society.  Here in South Bend, she was a member of the former University Club, Sacred Heart Parish, Notre Dame and Ladies of the Knights of Columbus #4421.

Mary Ellen is survived by three daughters:  Ann (Bruno F.) Pinelli of South Bend, Mary Beth (Thomas) Patton of Walkerton, Amy (Charles) Lovely of Elkhart a son John M. Gilligan of South Bend and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 
Friends may call at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., at Ironwood from noon to 2pm Friday with entombment following at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger.  Prior to the visitation a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Friday at 9:30am at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the University of Notre Dame campus, Rev. Thomas Jones, Pastor, officiating.
 
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In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mary Ellen’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association or Camp Millhouse.


Joan (Schleiger) Johnson

                                 July 31, 1921 – January 1, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Joan (Schleiger) Johnson, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior January 1, 2013.

Born July 31, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Louis F. and Vivian E. (French) Schleiger. A brother, Frederick Schleiger, also preceded her in death.

On May 30, 1942, Joan married Lester R. Johnson. He preceded her in death in 1985. Survivors include two children, Greg (Louann) Johnson of Granger; Rebecca (Peter) Siciliano of Darien, CT; one sister, Joyce Kruyer of San Antonio, TX; two sister-in-laws, Virginia Kimball of Dale City, VA, and Anne Schleiger of Mishawaka IN; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are life long friends the Coe, Fred Gall, and Shafer families.

Joan was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She cared very much for her family and always wanted to know what her children and grandchildren were doing. She was a member of the Connecticut Daughters of the War of 1812, and the DAR. She was also head of recruiting volunteers of the Women’s Auxiliary Corp, during World War II.

Private services will be held by the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care or to the donor’s choice.

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Beverly Blossom Zeitler
                                       June 11, 1930 – December 30, 2012

ELKHART -- Beverly B. Zeitler, of Elkhart, IN, left us on December 30, 2012, surrounded by loving family. She is survived by her husband, Philip S. Zeitler, MD., Elkhart, IN, and four daughters, Madelyn Zeitler-Elia (Robert), of Toronto, CA,  Manette Zeitler (Dick Rogers), Bristol, Marjorie Zeitler (Michael Tibbs), Granger, and Melanie Zeitler, Denver, CO.,   She is also survived by her granddaughters,  Livya, Eleana and Calla and step-grandchildren, Katie , Andrew, Chelsie, Winter, Ross, Bill  and Barbara Ann .  She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Michele Zeitler (Dr. Ben Plotkin) in November of 2010.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Bev earned her nursing degree from Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, where she also served as an Emergency Room Nurse. Later, while serving at Jewish Hospital in New York City, she met and eventually married, Philip.   She and Philip traversed the world, wherever their medical professions took them.  They lived  as far away as Fujitsu, Japan serving as an Medical Army Doctor and nurse during the Korean War.  They also lived in Memphis Tennessee, Columbus, OH, South Bend, and ultimately Elkhart when, in 1960 she helped setup her husbands’ storied medical practice as one of the first orthopedic surgeons  in this area.

Throughout her years as a nurse, mother, and friend, Bev served as a surrogate “Jewish mother”  and matriarch to the multitudes.  She constantly opened her heart and home to anyone in need of a place to lay their head or call home.   Her “Thanksgiving” holiday celebrations were legendary.  They were open to all and always packed with a diverse and interesting group of characters, often possessing an “international” flair with friends and visitors from around the globe.

Bev was also a fashion “maven,” one of the many facets of her “New York City” upbringing.  She was also a life-long ardent Democrat, and a close friend, confidante, and advisor to former Mayor Eleanor Kesim .  Bev served as a special appointee to the Mayor.  She was awarded an honorary degree in history from Indiana University South Bend, a member of the Elkhart Housing Authority, and a member of Elkhart General Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary.  She was an avid reader and historian and conversant on many subjects.  Bev loved animals and imparted this, along with many of her other attributes, to all of her daughters. She loved wintering at their Arizona home until health and family constraints consumed her time.

Most importantly, she adored and devoted her life, heart, soul, and energy to her family.  With love, she tirelessly dedicated her time to prolong the life of her ailing daughter, Michele.  She also lived for her other daughters, Madelyn, Manette, Marjorie and Melanie; for her husband, Philip; her grandchildren and sons-in-laws.  Bev always saw her extended family as her own “flesh and blood.”  Bev was an intelligent, thoughtful, tough, kind and loving person whose passing will be mourned without end by all who knew, adored and loved her.

Bev was a congregant of Temple Israel, where donations in her name can be made; P.O. Box 2051, Valparaiso, IN 46384 or The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN  46615.  A service in her memory will be held at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:00pm.  
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Sharon Craft

                                March 26, 1945 – December 28, 2012

SOUTH BEND -- Sharon (O’Banion) Craft, 67, passed away December 28, 2012 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Born March 26, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Glen O’Banion and Josephine (Freel) O’Banion Fox. She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Frank, Lawrence, Norm, Archie, and Jess O’Banion; and one sister, Maxine Perkins.

Sharon married James Craft in 1965. He survives. Also surviving are three children, Becky (Keith) Palmer of Arkansas, Wilma (Munchie) Trent of South Bend, and Jason Craft of South Bend; two sisters, Sandra (Junior) Smith of South Bend, and Olive Bailey of Kentucky; two brothers, Louis (Pat) O’Banion of Elkhart and Donnie O’Banion of South Bend. 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren also survive her.

Sharon was a free spirit who will be remembered for being fun and loved to dance. She also enjoyed being a mom. She was strong willed and got things done. She will be dearly missed.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2:00PM at Chain-O-Lakes Conservation Club, 26230 Southport Drive, South Bend, IN.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the family to help cover funeral expenses.

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