2011 
OBITUARIES
 
Obituaries

Sue Ballard Singleton
                                      1922  - 2011

Sue Ballard Singleton died on December 26, 2011, from old age. She was born in 1922 to Ruth and Luke Ballard who predeceased her. She was married to Palmer C. Singleton, Jr., who also predeceased her after 63 years of marriage. Her only sister, Peggy Ballard Klein, also predeceased her. 

Sue is survived by her children: Sarah Michael Singleton (Santa Fe, NM) and Palmer Singleton (Atlanta, GA); grandson, Samuel Singleton Freeman (Ann Arbor, MI), and sisters-in-law: Nancy Singleton (Ogden Dunes, IN) and Virginia Singleton (Durham, NC). Her many beloved nieces and nephews also survive her. 

While Sue spent her last years in Atlanta to be close to her son, she was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. Sue graduated from Hammond High and Indiana University. She was an active volunteer with the Red Cross. Sue was a member of the League of Women Voters, Save the Dunes Council, and the Calumet chapter of ICLU. 

At Sue's request, no services will be held. If you are inclined to make a donation, please think of the Humane Society of the Calumet Area, 421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321 or American Red Cross of NW Indiana, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410.

David Wells Whitton
                         Nov. 10, 1944 - Dec. 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND - David Wells Whitton, 67, formerly of New Castle, IN, died Dec. 25, 2011. Survivors include his parents, Roy P. (Kay) Whitton; his mother, Norma Louise Whitton; daughter, Abigail (Murray) Weaver, and son, David Michael (Amy) Whitton. He has one brother, Matthew Roy (Judy) Whitton, and five grandchildren, Evelyn and Ian Weaver, Mark, Adam and Jason Whitton. Friends may call beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Kern Road Mennonite Church for a time of remembrance. Donations may be made to the Hope Rescue Mission.


Dee ‘Punky’ Seaman
March 25, 1931 – December 23, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Dee ‘Punky’ Seaman – Born in South Bend, In. on March 25, 1931 to Walter and Sophie Kint. Resident of Granger, In since 1957. Graduated from John Adams High School in 1949. She married Ralph Seaman on December 16, 1950 who predeceased her on June 11, 1981.

Survivors include her three children and six grandchildren. Murray and wife Kathy and their children Matt, Rachel and Ben of Colchester, VT; Mona and husband Denny and son Sam of Santa Claus, IN; and Shawn and wife Cindy and children Drew and Nicole of Scottsdale, Az. Three sisters and brother-in-laws – Betty (deceased) Houghton and husband Bob of Hemet, Ca. Sharon Dolan and husband Bill of Springhill, Fl. Sandi Castleman and husband Dave of Granger, In.

Predeceasing her were her husband Ralph, daughter Kathleen, parents Walter and Sophie Kint, In-laws Arthur and Rena Seaman, brother-in-laws Bill Seaman and Peter Damianakes, and sister Betty Houghton.

The family would like to express their thanks to Sandi and Dave Castleman, Kathy and Brad Armour, and Diane Holzhausen for their support and care of their mother.

She was a life member of VFW Post 360, past president of VFW 624 Club in Roseland, member of the American Legion 161 in Mishawaka, member of the Mishawaka Moose Club, member of Mishawaka Eagles 2083 Club, member of the Memorial Hospital Club and member of the Clay Democratic Club.

She loved family ski vacations in Colorado and travelling to Las Vegas to gamble and enjoy the night life. She was frequently found enjoying friend’s company and dancing at the many clubs she was involved in as well as other local restaurants.

The family will meet and greet friends Friday from 9:30-11:00am followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00am in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.), Brother Ed Erskine, Pastor of Norway Church of Christ, officiating. Her ashes will be interred at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. 

Donations may be made to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 941 E. 86th Street Suite 100, Indianapolis IN 46240 or donor’s choice. 

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


Dorothy A. Granfield
      Dec. 1, 1921 – Dec. 20, 2011

SOUTH BEND — Dorothy A. Granfield, 90, of South Bend, died on December 20, 2011 at Sanctuary at Holy Cross. She is survived by two sisters, Jean E. at West Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South Bend and Geraldine C. of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and special friends Michael Kelly and Robert Hohl. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Traves Granfield and Anna FitzGerald Granfield. She retired from the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Librarian at the Hesburgh Library.

Miss Granfield was a long-time member of Sacred Heart and Corpus Christi parishes.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial Mass is scheduled for mid-January, 2012, at Corpus Christi Church. Day and time will be printed at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County or Pet Refuge.

McGann-Hay Funeral Homes is caring for the arrangements. 

Condolences may be sent through the funeral home, www.mcgannhay.com.


Edward Ernest Stone
 July 29, 1937 -- December 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Edward Ernest Stone, 74, passed away Sunday at 3:15pm at Kindred Healthcare (formerly Regency Place) following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Ed was born to the late Allice (Wood) and Edward E. Stone, Sr. in Swapscott, MA. He was married to Rosalee Gertrude (Wolver) Stone on January 14, 1961 in Van Nuys, CA. They were married fifty years. 

She survives along with their sons: Flint Alan (Dorothy) Stone, Clint A. (Bonita) Stone and Brent E. (Dawn) Stone all of South Bend along with nine grandchildren and seven great-grand children. He also leaves behind a sister Susan (Lou) Davison of Banning, CA. Mr. 

Stone worked as a Branch Manager for National Bank, later worked at 1st Source Bank, Honda of Michiana and was the owner of Michiana Motor Supply. A motorcycle racer he was known as “Flint Stone,” he also enjoyed bowling in the Classic League at Chippewa and the Senior League in Niles. Mr. & Mrs. Stone have many joyous memories from the time they spent at their lake cottage near Dowagiac, MI. 

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Wednesday and funeral service will be at 11:00am Thursday both at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Main & Jefferson, Mishawaka. 

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


Rocco J. Lupresto, Sr.
     September 5, 1923 – December 15, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Rocco J. Lupresto, Sr., 88, passed away in his home on Thursday, December 15, 2011. 

He was the son of the late Pasquale and Josephine (Iemma) Lupresto. On June 7, 1952, Rocco married Alberta Frank in St. Joseph Church, South Bend. She survives. Also left to mourn him are his sons, Patrick, Andrew, Anthony, and Rocco Jr. (Wendy) of South Bend, and Michael of Mishawaka; a daughter, Carol Ann Holcomb of South Bend; grandsons, Chad Holcomb of Osceola, Michael Lupresto of Mishawaka and Josh Lupresto of Eagle Mountain, UT; granddaughter, Kelly Holcomb of South Bend; and great-grandchildren, Donovan, Isaiah, Audry, Aidan, Abby and Bridger. Also surviving him are his brother, Joseph P. Lupresto and two sisters, Julia Ann Kempf and Rose M. Brzezinski, all of South Bend. A brother, James T. Lupresto, preceded him in death. 

Rocco was a basketball coach at Saint Joseph Grade School, South Bend, and won a Golden Gloves Award for boxing. He retired from Simon Bros, and after retirement, he could be seen on the golf course weekly with his friends, Tony Papandria and Nick Ferarro. He will be greatly missed. 

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at 5:00PM. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior.

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

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


Charles Lewis Gruner
      October 19, 1941 – December 15, 2011

GRANGER-Charles L. Gruner, 70, passed away peacefully in his home December 15, 2011. 

Born October 19, 1941 in Patterson, NJ, he was the son of the late Charles Lewis Gruner and Bernice Wilday.

After graduating from Middletown High School, Middletown, NY in 1959, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years in Panama City, FL. He then graduated from State University of New York, Albany, NY, and completed graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Rensselaer, NY.

On August 23, 1964, Charles married Joan Murray. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Kurt Patrick (Jill) Gruner of Austin, TX and Kris Charles (Erika) Gruner of Evanston, IL; brother, C. George Gruner (Christina) of Middletown, NY; and five grandchildren - Emily and Annabelle (Kurt and Jill), Adele, Kathryn and Charles N. Gruner (Kris and Erika).

He went on to achieve remarkable success in management and business. As President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of several companies, he created atmospheres of success and learning for those privileged to work with and for him. In his heart he most loved to teach and mentor, sharing his uncompromising values and standards with his colleagues, peers, and employees.

Charlie was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and he dearly loved his family, friends, and country. He battled, toiled, and negotiated achieving professionally to provide the best for his family over the course of his life - only his love of fast cars, fine spirits and Cape Cod could rival his enjoyment of spending time with them. He will be so missed by those who had the great fortune to call him what he was at his core: Husband, Dad, Brother, Grandpa, and Friend.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 11:30 am with visitation starting at 10:00 am, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, with Rev. James Miller officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church or Center for Hospice of South Bend, IN.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.McGannHay.com.


John Edward Doran
       October 27, l927 – December 14, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- John Edward Doran, known to his family and friends as “Jack”, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 8:06 a.m. at Hospice House.

Jack was born in South Bend on October 27, 1927 to the late M. Edward and Edna Mae (Hartford) Doran. He attended St. Joseph Grade School and Central Catholic High School from which he graduated in 1945. Jack began his college education at the University of Notre Dame, wishing to pursue a degree in law. His classes were interrupted when he was drafted by the Army. Upon his return to Notre Dame, Jack earned a B.S. degree in 1951, and a J.D. degree in 1952. After graduation, Jack joined his father’s law firm of Doran, Manion, Boynton & Kamm. Later he formed the law firm of Doran & Blackmon where he practiced until his retirement.

Jack was a member of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, serving as President in 1979. He also held memberships in the Indiana State and American Bar Associations, Indiana Defense Lawyers Association (Diplomat), Defense Research Institute , and was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a life-long Democrat and served as President of the St. Joseph County Election Board for 18 years.

A long-time member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew, Jack also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Council 533. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and a Notre Dame fan and supporter. Jack was also a member of the Indiana Club.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a twin-sister, Mary Ann (Joe) Roemer, and a brother, James W. Doran.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne (Wack) Doran and their six children, Maribeth (Tom) Curry, Edward J. Doran, James T. (Kimberly) Doran, Kathleen (Greg) Childers, Meg (Frank) Rotundo and Amy Doran Galecki plus 17 grandchildren. Jack’s sisters, Margaret Rose (David) Walter and Marilyn (Donald) Dennig also survive. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Matthew with burial following at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Christ Child Society or the Bishop Crowley Fund at St. Matthew. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.


Russell E. Graf, Jr.
       October 8, 1945 -- December 10, 2011

ELKHART -- Russell Enoch Graf, Jr., 66, of Elkhart, surrounded by his family, went to be with God on Saturday, December 10, 2011 after a long battle with Glioblastoma, brain cancer.

He was born October 8, 1945 in Augusta, GA to Russell E. Graf, Sr. who survives of Bowling Green, KY and Lois (Eklof) Graf who preceded him in death. On June 15, 1968 he married Marilyn Kay (Snyder) Graf who survives of Elkhart. 

Russell and Marilyn were blessed with: a daughter Kim (Chad) Haas of Osceola; a son Russell E. (Megan Gee) Graf, III of Elkhart; four grandsons: Mason and Noah Haas of Osceola and Russell E. Graf, IV and Camden Graf both of Elkhart; Stacy Graf of Granger; two brothers: Allen of Bowling Green, KY and Robert (Sandy) Graf of Ft. Wayne as well as several nieces and nephews.

Russell was a former Pastor for over 20 years and a lifelong member of the Community of Christ, South Bend. Prior to and during his time as a pastor Mr. Graf conducted and assisted with many Junior and Senior High youth camps and classes for Community of Christ. His work with youth lasted for over 30 years and was truly a passion of his. Additional accolades include being a Cub Master and an Eagle Scout. He served in the Army Reserves for six years, where he was a member of the graduating class of 1966 of the U.S. Army Southeastern Signal School and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1971. Russ attended South Georgia College and graduated from Purdue University with an associates degree in 1985, then graduated from Bethel College with a BA from the College of Liberal Arts in 2002.

He worked as an IT Specialist for AEP for 35 years and went into semi-retirement at Lowe’s and substitute teaching at the PHM School Corporation, he also taught Junior Achievement for several years at Penn High School. Mr. Graf was a Past-President of the AEP Employee’s Club. He was a member of Jaycees and Toast Masters Club.

Russ will be remembered for his warm heart, great sense of humor, and quick wit. He was a devoted follower of God. He loved spending time with his 4 grandsons showing them how to build things, shoot rockets, and enjoy life. 

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into 
the heart of men the things for which God has 
prepared for those who love Him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8pm Wednesday at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.) where the funeral service will be at 11:00am Thursday, Evangelist Carol Walden, officiating. Burial will follow in Adamsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to any of the following: Community of Christ, 2732 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46614 or Center for Hospice of Elkhart, 22579 Old U.S. 20 East Elkhart, IN 46516 or to Ryan's Place (grief care for children and families), PO Box 73, Goshen, Indiana, 46527. 

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


Rose Clara Pischalko
  June 19, 1911 – December 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Rose Clara Pischalko, 100, died Friday at 7:35 p.m. at Forest Glen Assisted Living where she had been a resident since March 2010. She was a long-time resident of both Dowagiac and South Bend.

She was born June 19, 1911 in South Bend, Indiana to Frank J. and Rosy (Abraham) Sauer. On May 30, 1931, she married Steve J. Pischalko at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church in South Bend, Indiana. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1992.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jane Horvath of Granger; her son, Steve (Joyce) Pischalko, Granger; seven grandchildren: Vickilyn (David) Fleisher, Dowagiac, Leslie Horvath, Bakersfield, CA, Donald (Kim) Horvath, Evansville, IN, Teresa (James) Savidge, Dowagiac, Michele Pischalko, Duvall, WA, Steve Pischalko, South Bend, and Melanie Pischalko, Olympia, WA; nine great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great grandchildren; along with two nephews and one niece. 

She worked as a seamstress at Wilson Brothers and operated a cleaning service for 1st Source Bank. In addition, she worked on the family farm in Dowagiac. She loved gardening and preserving goods, along with growing an array of flowers – she had a “green thumb.” However, most important to Rose was her family. She loved being surrounded by family and friends and entertained them graciously throughout the years, always making sure there was plenty of food with her well known invitation of “have some coffee and cake, honey.” She had a quick wit, a loving smile and a twinkle in her eye. These characteristics she carried with her throughout life as she gave to others the joy of living. 

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 12th, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at McGann Hay Funeral Home, Granger Chapel, 13260 S.R. 23, (enter off Cherry Road), where the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13th, at 1:00 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, S.R. 933 North at Darden Rd., South Bend, Rev. Neil Wack, CSC, Pastor.

Contributions in memory of Rose may be made to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, MI 49017. To send condolences to the family or for directions logon on to: www.mcgannhay.com.


Patrick “Pat” Thomas Swain
        January 1, 1952 – December 1, 2011

GRANGER - Patrick T. “Pat” Swain, 59, passed away December 1, 2011 in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 1, 1952, he was the son of Paul J. and Margaret (Cressy) Swain. His father, Paul, preceded him in death. 

On September 6, 1975, Pat married the love of his life, Joyce Marie Hancock. She survives. He is also survived by his son, Paul Swain of Granger; mother, Margaret of Granger; brothers, Rick Swain of Tyler, TX and Kevin (Debbie) Swain of South Bend; sister, Eileen (Ed) Farrell of Batesville, IN; and six grandchildren, Jesse, Nathan, Delilah, Dylan, Paul Jr., Isabella Swain, and many other loved ones. 

Pat graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Business. He loved spending time with his family at the beach, watching the sun set; and he was a true fan of the White Sox.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 12PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd, with visitation one hour prior. 

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

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.McGannHay.com.


Leon Hladky
July 16, 1914 -- November 26, 2011

GRANGER -- Leon Hladky died peacefully on November 26th, at the age of 97 at his home in Arborwood Assisted Living.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Anna (Jambor) and Frank Hladky; nine siblings and his wife, Marie. He is survived by three nieces: Pam Duncan, Genelle King, Kathleen McFann; two nephews: James Duncan, Dennis Duncan and their families.

Leon was born on July 16, 1914 in Crete, Nebraska. He served two tours of duty during WW II as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He saw action in Sicily, Italy, France, North Africa, and Holland. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, The Distinguished Unit Service Citation in June of 1944, and a Purple Heart in October 1944.

After returning from the war he worked for Otis Elevator Company for 37 years.

At his request, there will be no visitation. There will be a private burial with the immediate family.

He will always be remembered for his affable spirit and his winning smile.

The family wishes to thank all those who took such wonderful care of him during the last few years. 

Memorials to Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. 

McGann Hay is in charge of arrangements.


Frederic “Rick” Nelson Watts, II
May 13, 1951 – November 27, 2011

GRANGER-Frederic “Rick” N. Watts II, 60, passed away November 27, 2011. 

Born May 13, 1951, he was the son of the late Frederic Dickison and Irma (Weiss) Watts.

On September 29, 1989, Rick married Anne Marie Priebe. She survives along with their three children, Paul, Anna and Joseph Watts; two sisters, Carrie (Jim) Hoffman of Madras, Oregon and Barbara Allen of Kalamazoo, Michigan; three nephews, Christopher and Eric Hoffman and David Allen; and one niece, Jennifer Allen. 

Rick was a beloved husband, father, friend, musician and life-long tuba player. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-8PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter of Cherry Road. A Memorial Service will be Thursday at 1:00PM at River Valley Church, with Pastor Rick Callahan officiating. 

Memorial donations may be made by visiting Teacher’s Credit Union, 13050 S.R. 23, Granger, IN, 46530, or visiting www.tcunet.com where a fund has been set up for the children’s college education.

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


Blanche E. Rosenberg
  July 6, 1915 – November 26, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Mrs. Blanche Esther (Goldner) Rosenberg, 96, of Mishawaka, passed away peacefully at Hospice House in South Bend.

Mrs. Rosenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 6, 1915 to the late Isadora and Rose (From) Goldner. She was a 1932 graduate of Riley High School. She married Harry M. Rosenberg on May 9, 1936. He passed away on February 25, 1993. She and her husband co-founded Michiana Wholesale, Inc. and she worked their full time until 1965 and part time until around 1975. She was a member of Sinai Synagogue and served many other organizations over the years.

Blanche is survived by a son Irving M. (Ina) Rosenberg of South Bend; a daughter Elaine T. (the late Max) Koenig of Naples, FL; five grandchildren: David (Kim) Koenig of Indianapolis, Kate (Alan) Kaplan of Charlotte, NC, Steven Rosenberg of Chicago, Michael (Lisa) Rosenberg of Granger and Jonathan (Kristen) Rosenberg of Katy, TX. Also, surviving are nine Great-Grandchildren: Jared and Adam Koenig, Josh and Kayla Kaplan, Seth, Ian and Harrison Rosenberg, Jacob and Arielle Rosenberg. Blanche was predeceased by all her siblings: Molly Hodgetts, Sarah Pomeranz and Joseph Goldner.

Funerals services will be Monday at Noon in the Chapel of the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, Rabbi Michael Friedland, officiating.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Shaya Mokfi, Hospice and Tina Kloski for the loving care they gave to Blanche.

Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to: The Senior Fund at the Jewish Federation, Sinai Synagogue or to the Center for Hospice Care. 

Condolences to the family may be left at: www.McGannHay.com.


Richard James Bueche
      October 1st, 1931- November 19, 2011

GRANGER-Richard James Bueche, 80, of Granger, passed away peacefully in his home in the company of those he loved on Saturday, November 19th. 

Born October 1, 1931, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Marigold (Mathisen) Bueche.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doris (Cave); three children, Ron (Debbie Moyer) Bueche, Sherry Bueche, and Russ Bueche; four grandchildren, Jessica Phelps, Sean Bueche, Alicia Bueche, and Brett Bueche; and two great-granddaughters, BriYanna and Kynzie who always brought a shine to his eyes; a brother, Kenneth (Diane) Bueche, nephews Keith and Kevin, and niece Debbie, as well as several extended family members.

Richard graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1951, where he was a member of the state championship football team of ‘51. He led a full and rich life with service in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. On October 1st, 1955, his birthday, Richard and Doris were married. He was an employee of Indiana Michigan Power at Twin branch and retired in 1991 after a 40 year career. Richard had many hobbies and interests and was a 4-H leader for over 20 years.

Richard had a great number of friends which included fellow service members of VFW Post 360, friends in the Amish Community, and countless others. His genuine smile and personality touched the lives of everyone he met.

Friends may call on Tuesday, from 3-8PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11:00AM, in the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.

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


Margaret E. “Peg” Marchelewicz
       August 10, 1929 -- November 16, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth “Peg” Marchelewicz, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday at 9:55am in her home.

Born in South Bend to the late Paul Oliver and Esther Elizabeth (Archambeault) Beriault on August 10, 1929. She married James “Marke” Marchelewicz on July 30, 1949 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend where she was a lifetime member. She had worked as an Administrative Assistant at The Ridge Company, Dr. Bernard Dolezal’s Medical Office and Lubrication Devices, through the years. 

Peg went through life always keeping her sense of humor which contributed to her memberships in such groups as: The Achievement Forum, The Press Club and The Presbyterian Players. She also believed in giving back, apparent through her memberships at St. Joseph Parish and it’s former Altar Society, The Christ Child Society and the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. She also enjoyed her membership at the former University Club and Disney Vacation Club. Known by many just as “Gram” she will be missed by all who’s life she has touched.

Peg is survived by her loving daughter Pam and her husband Steve Matz their three children: Greg Matz, Jim (Emily) Matz all of South Bend and Angie Matz of Sarasota, Fl and two great-grandchildren: Payton and Sylvia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church Hill and LaSalle, South Bend. Burial will follow next to her husband at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 3-7pm and from 10:00-10:30am Tuesday at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood. 

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

Sam Goldberg
April 13, 1916 – November 17, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Sam Goldberg, 95, passed away November 17, 2011. Survivors include three children, Steve (Margaret) Goldberg of South Bend, Bruce (Barbara) Goldberg of Scottsdale, AZ and Lynn (David) Valinetz of Indianapolis; long-time companion, Martha Lykins of South Bend; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:30AM, Sunday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 415 S. Ironwood Dr. Instead of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Hebrew Orthodox Congregation. www.McGannHay.com.


Louis V. Pola
       August 17, 1927 – November 17, 2011

GRANGER - Louis V. Pola, 84, passed away November 17, 2011. Survivors include his son, Louis J. Pola and sister, Alda Frucci. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; and son, James. 

Louis graduated from Central High School. He was a WWII Army Paratrooper and a member of St. Pius. 

Graveside services will be Friday, November 18, at 2:30PM at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. 

Condolences may be made at www.McGannHay.com.


Philip James Ruscio
     September 7, 1956 – November 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Phil J. Ruscio, 56, passed away November 9, 2011. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Daryl Ruscio; and sister, Pam. Survivors include his brother, Bill (Patty) Ruscio of South Bend and son, Adam Ruscio of Mishawaka. Phil was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held today at The Plaza, Niles, MI at 3:00PM. Memorial donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home to help cover expenses. www.McGannHay.com.

Johnnie K. Holston
       Jan. 29, 1944 - Nov. 7, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Johnnie K. Holston, 67, died November 7, 2011. 

Survivors include his wife, Bettejoe "Bea"; son, Joshua C. (Sharon) Holston; mother, Mary D. Holston; brother, Drew (Patty) Holston; two sisters, Sharon Holston and Patricia Stratton; and grandchildren, Ian Young and Alex, Liam and Claire Holston. 

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, November 13, from 2-6 PM at the Greene Township Community Center, South Bend, IN. 

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Kathleen McCaffery Ward
  Oct. 14, 1925 – November 6, 2011

GRANGER – Kathleen McCaffery Ward, 86, of Granger and Diamond Lake, formally of South Bend, died Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Cass County Medical Care Facility, where she had been a resident for over two weeks. 

Kathleen was born Oct. 14, 1925 in South Bend to Joseph J. and Loretto (Poulin) McCaffery. She married Robert B. Ward on August 28, 1948 in South Bend. He preceded her in death in February, 1988. 

She is survived by one son, James R. Ward (Laurel) of Diamond Lake, two granddaughters, Abigail Ward and Rachel Ward of Columbus, Ohio, a sister Mary Patrice Robertson of Green Valley, AZ., and a brother James R. McCaffery of South Bend. She was preceded in death by her brother Joseph J. McCaffery, Jr.

Kathleen graduated from Central High School in 1943, attended The University of Wisconsin and graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1948. She taught kindergarten at Stanley Clark School from 1965 until her retirement in 1995. She served on the board of the South Bend YMCA, Children’s Dispensary, Red Cross, and was a past president of the Junior League. But her favorite activity was her “bridge club,” a group of very close friendships that span nearly 80 years. Kathleen was a member of the Diamond Lake Yacht Club and until recently never missed a Ladies Luncheon or Saturday Night Cocktail Party. Her favorite place was her summer cottage on Diamond Lake which she enjoyed since 1938. She loved entertaining family and friends there for over 70 years. Kathleen was a member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Granger and attended Saint Ann’s Church in Cassopolis in the summer months.

There will be visitation from 4 PM to 7 PM Wednesday November 9, 2011 at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road) and a funeral mass at 10 AM on Thursday at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger. There will be an hour of visitation before the mass and a luncheon immediately following. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Kathleen may be sent to Stanley Clark School, 3123 Miami St., South Bend, IN. 46614 or Christ Child Society of South Bend, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624.


Samuel Raitzin
      December 9, 1916 – November 3, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Sam Raitzin was born in New York City. His parents were Ruben and Rose Raitzin, both of whom have died. Educated at City College in New York, Sam then served his country faithfully during the Second World War, both in the European theater and stateside. In 1946, Sam met and married his dear Shirley Tucker, who survives. The young couple made their home in South Bend. They were blessed with 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 seven great-grandchildren, Deanna Weinraub, Michael Weinraub, Ryan Weinraub, Abriella Guerra, Elliot Guerra, Richard Fink and Daniel Fink. 

Sam always made his living in the trucking industry. He was President and CEO of C & E Trucking, President and CEO of Tucker Freight Lines and most recently had been Chairman, President and CEO of the Raitt Corporation. He served his chosen profession as a Director and Chair of the Regular Common Carrier Conference of the American Trucking Association, the Central Motor Freight Bureau, the Indiana Motor Truck Association, and the Indiana Motor Rate and Tariff Bureau. In addition, he was a significant contributor to a great many other businesses in the community, acting as a director for Transpo, Home Town Finance, St. Joseph/Society Bank; American National Bank and Facet, Inc., to name a few. Throughout his business and professional activities, Sam was widely respected for his financial insight and his personal integrity. 

Outside the business arena, Sam was deeply involved in efforts to support religious, educational and community organizations. He was a member of Temple Beth El and the Sinai Synagogue. He served at various times as Director, Chairman and President of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. He was a member of the President's Committee at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Board of Advisors at Indiana University of South Bend. He was also a contributor at the Board level with YMCA, United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the St. Joseph Medical Center and the St. Joseph Care Group. Sam and Shirley also sponsored various community endeavors through their involvement with the St. Joseph County Community 
Foundation. In all these various capacities, Sam will be remembered for his judgment, common sense and sensitivities. 

Sam's passing will be mourned by his wife Shirley, his 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 Tuesday, November 8, at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be delivered to the Sinai Synagogue. 

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


Susan R. (Binder) Hooley-Campbell
Sept. 18, 1955 – November 2, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Susan R. (Binder) Hooley-Campbell, 56, of South Bend, passed away at 3:40am Wednesday at her home.

Daughter of Frederick A. (Terri) Binder Jr. and the late Mary Ann E. (Wagner) Binder, born on Sept. 18, 1955, in South Bend, IN. Susan graduated from Clay High School, 1973. Her husband and best friend of 17 years, Robert W. Campbell (Otis), survives her. Susan always put her family and friends first. She loved organizing family gatherings and never missed a birthday or lost touch with those who were important to her. She enjoyed boating, fishing, and sitting on the sand bar at Camp Wildwood on Juno Lake in Edwardsburg. She worked at Lesco for 17 years and at Center Plate Catering. She enjoyed arts and crafts and loved playing with her dog Ellie Mae. Susan was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred A. Binder III and sister in-law Kathy (Porter) Binder.

She is survived by her three children and two step daughters: Dan Hooley(Natalie Smith) of South Bend; Doug Hooley (Heather Rzeszewski) of South Bend; Mandi (Lane) Kaufmann of Goshen; Jessica Campbell of Tampa, FL, and Chelsey (Michael) Trondle of Dana Point, CA. She is also survived by her four siblings and four step-siblings: Mary Ann (Scott) Horner of Lakeville; Bob Binder (Sharon Terry); John Binder of South Bend, Mikel Binder (Sheila Harness) of Elkhart, Joan Zavislak; Jean (David) Stark; and Patrick and William Hinkle, of South Bend; as well as 18 nieces and nephews, 21 great nieces and nephews and her “grandbabies” G-Bow and Cinder.

A visitation will be held 2-5 pm, Saturday and from 2-3pm Sunday followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00pm all at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR. 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.).

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46617 or to Pet Refuge, 2300 W 6th St., Mishawaka, IN, 46544. 

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D. Jean Willems
     Aug. 15, 1925 - Oct. 22, 2011

SOUTH BEND - D. Jean Willems, 86, of South Bend, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011. She was born on August 15, 1925, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to the late Cyril and Ida Kotz. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Don and Bob. 

She is survived by her brother, Jack. On June 2, 1951, Jean married Edward Willems in Kenosha. They moved to South Bend in 1956 and made it their lifelong residence. Edward passed away October 24, 2010. 

Surviving family members include their daughters, Jean Marie Willems, Mary Armstrong (Richard), Jane Jones (David) and Anne Malone (Daniel); their sons, David Willems (Petra Riedel), Mark Willems, Paul Willems and John Willems (Lauri); and grandchildren, Kate Bly (Ben) and Kyle Malone, Kara, Kristina, Aaron and Cason Jones, and Danielle and Taylor Gadus. She also loved her cat, Callie. 

Prior to marriage, Jean was employed by Snap-On Tools. She was an excellent cook and a voracious reader. Jean loved lively discussions. One of Jean's favorite activities was participating in a women's church group for more than 35 years. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 on Friday, October 28, at Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 North Ironwood Road. The funeral will follow at 2:00. Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Flower Food Pantry. 

To send condolences, please visit www.McGann Hay.com.


Sheila K. Brown
  May 19, 1942 – October 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Sheila K. Brown, 69, passed away peacefully October 18, 2011, in her daughter’s home, surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Kelly Brown and Amy Brown, both of South Bend; and two grandchildren, Shaun McClain and Kaitlin McClain, also of South Bend. She is also survived by her brother, Tom (Alice) Terry of Goshen; and cousin, Roma Holmes of Buchanan, MI. 

Sheila was born Sheila Terry in LaPorte, IN on May 19, 1942. She married C. Ronald Brown in 1962. After raising her daughters, she worked as a proofreader and office manager for U.S. Directories for ten years. She became a certified Instrument technician and worked for LaPorte Hospital for five years and South Bend Memorial Hospital for five years.

Upon retirement, Sheila became an active member of Southside Christian Church. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School, being a member of the Board and participating as a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. 

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 22, at Southside Christian Church at Noon. Friends may visit from 11:30 to Noon. Interment will take place at Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte, IN. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, Southside Christian Church, Pet Refuge or the Lung Cancer Association.

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


Eddie D. Holderman
  August 15, 1955 – October 6, 2011

ELKHART – Eddie Dean Holderman, 56, died Thursday. Born: to the late Chester Raymond and Mary Helen (Fisher) Holderman. He was a life long Michiana area resident. Survivors: 2-brothers: Dick L. (Pam) Holderman of Winter Haven, Fl and Jack R. (Judy) Holderman of Sun Prairie, WI; son Rocky Martin of Bristol, IN and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorial service: 11am, Saturday Oct. 22, Osceola United Methodist Church, Pastor Bob Vale, officiating. American Cremation Society in charge. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations to: American Cancer Society. 

Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.


Ziva Virginia Cossman
     September 23, 2011 – October 14, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Infant Girl, Ziva Virginia Cossman, 3-weeks old, passed away Thursday at 1:08pm, at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Ziva was born in South Bend to Daniel Owen and Kimberly Marie (LaPlace) Cossman. Her parents survive along with two sisters: Abigail LaPlace and Sarah Cossman all of Mishawaka; paternal grandparents: Nathan and Linda Cossman of South Bend; maternal grandparents: Oscar and Brenda LaPlace of Mishawaka. Predeceased by maternal grandmother, Sharon DeBroka.

Graveside services will be Sunday at 3pm at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. 

Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.


Michael J. Rankin
      September 30, 1947 – October 13, 2011

Michael J. Rankin, 64, passed away October 13, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albertus John and Betty Fay Rankin; and sister, Sue Rankin. Mike is survived by two daughters, Crystal Rankin of KS, and Mary Rankin of GA; his twin-sister, Pat Herban of South Bend; and three other sisters, Sharon Finn of South Bend, Joan Lytle of Elkhart and Nancy Sabbe of Mishawaka. He was a proud Marine and will be greatly missed. Condolences may be sent at www.McGannHay.com.


Robert B. Riley, Jr.
     September 10, 1961 – October 10, 2011

Mishawaka—Robert B. Riley, Jr., 50, passed away unexpectedly October 10, 2011. 
He is survived by his daughter, Danielle S. Riley, age 8; her mother, Jamesen “Jamie” Miller of Granger; her grandfather, Daniel Miller of South Bend; and a large family of friends in Florida. He was the Senior IT Audit Consultant at the University of Notre Dame. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 23 from 3-6pm in the Donors Room at the Morris Inn on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. 
  
Visitors who have special memories or stories to tell are encouraged to write them down. Collected stories and photos will be combined to make a Memory Book for Robert's daughter Danielle, who will be turning 8 in a few short weeks. 

To send condolences or to find out update regarding the service please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Harry J. Kevorkian
August 14, 1929 – October 9, 2011


GRANGER – Veteran broadcaster Harry J. Kevorkian, 82, of Granger, passed away Sunday at Hospice House in South Bend following a brief illness. Born Aug. 14, 1929 in Chicago, Harry was the son of the late Kachadoor and Paroos (Sahagian) Kevorkian, Armenian immigrants who fled Turkey to escape the Armenian genocide. 

Harry was proud of his heritage and his parents’ sacrifices to make a better life in America. He grew up in a mixed immigrant neighborhood, where he developed his love of different cuisines and cultures. He had a rare gift to be able to pronounce anyone’s name correctly, an important asset to a news anchor. 

Harry graduated from Wright Junior College in Chicago and served in the Air Force, including 18 months in Morocco. Later, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, where he would meet his future wife Joyce Caroline Damron, who survives. They were married June 7, 1958, in Elmhurst, IL.

A voracious reader, Harry loved literature and the English language. He enjoyed playing with words, and affectionately dubbed his wife “Funny Duck,” a loving nickname that he used for 53 years of marriage. He enjoyed theater, music and the arts, and traveled extensively with family and friends. Always a quick wit, Harry enjoyed a good joke and with a twinkle in his eye, often delivered hilarious one-liners. He was an avid amateur photographer, though continually professed his lack of skill.

Besides Joyce, he is also survived by his son, Raiman Kevorkian, of Swampscott, Mass; two daughters, Virginia “Ginny” (Bruce Harris) Kevorkian, of Granger, and Melissa “Missy” (Jack Fields) Kevorkian, of West Harrison, Ind.; twin grandchildren, Anna and Gregory Harris, of Granger; three step-grandchildren; Brandon and Megan Fields, both of Iowa, and Jenifer (Fields) (Trevor) Hope, and their twins Logan and Lyla Hope, all of the Chicago area.

Besides his parents, Harry is preceded in death by two brothers Gregory and George, and two sisters Albis and Anny.

He started in the news business at the age of 14 as an ad runner for the Chicago Sun Times. He worked as a radio newscaster in Roanoke, Va., before moving to South Bend to join WSBT. He earned his master’s degree in communications from Notre Dame. He later worked as a political reporter for WISH-TV in Indianapolis before returning to South Bend in 1967 to become news director of WNDU-TV.

For more than 25 years, he worked for WNDU as a newscaster, assignment editor, news director and public affairs director. He retired from the station in 1993 as vice president for education and administration.

His love for education was life-long. He helped to establish WNDU’s broadcast education program at Notre Dame in 1976 and taught broadcast courses there. He served on the board for Connect, the Coalition for Educational Success, winning the Exemplar Award in 1997.

Harry received many broadcasting and community awards. He was past president of the Indiana Broadcasters Association and a charter member of the local Sigma Delta Chi chapter, a professional journalism organization. He was co-founder of PGL, the Pathetic Golf League, which started off with a handful of members and now has more than 40 members. 

An active Rotarian, he served on various boards and committees. Harry was recognized extensively for his contributions, including the Paul Harris Fellowship award by the Rotary Club of Downtown South Bend in 1994.

A service celebrating Harry’s life will be at 6 pm Wednesday at the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, with the Rev. James Miller, Sunnyside Presbyterian, officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 pm prior to the service.

Harry requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation, 120 W. LaSalle Ave., #500, South Bend, IN 46601 or South Bend Civic Theatre, PO Box 1146, South Bend, IN 46624. 

Condolences to the family and memories of Harry may be shared with them at: www.McGannHay.com.


Harvey A. Bender, Ph.D.
    June 5, 1933 – October 1, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Dr. Harvey A. Bender, 78, passed away late Saturday night. As a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Bender taught nearly fifteen thousand students over fifty-two years. In addition to his tenure at Notre Dame, Dr. Bender was also an Adjunct Professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

The youngest child of the late Oscar and Esther Bender and the brother of Ruth Scott, Harvey Bender was born on June 5, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became an accomplished scholar, musician and athlete. In 1956, Dr. Bender married Eileen A. Teper, who preceded him in death.

Dr. Bender is survived by his three children, Leslie C. (Chris Wunder) Bender of Baltimore, MD, Samuel D. (Ellen F.) Bender of New York, NY, Philip M. (Linda Rotunno) Bender of Washington, DC; companion, Rosalind Tucker of Granger, Indiana and eight grandchildren. 

Professor Bender received his undergraduate training at Case Western Reserve University majoring in Chemistry and English. His graduate studies in Developmental Genetics were undertaken at Northwestern University where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Bender served as a U.S. Public Health Fellow in Genetics at the University of California (Berkeley) and held postdoctoral positions as a Gosney Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and as a Visiting Professor at Yale University Schools of Medicine and Law. At the time of his death, Bender’s research activities involved the Epidemiology of Human Genetic Disease and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 

Dr. Bender was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, a Fellow of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and a Life Member of Sigma Xi. He was active in many other professional societies, including the American Association on Mental Deficiency, American Association of University Professors, American Institute of Biological Scientists, American Board of Medical Genetics (Diplomat), American Society of Human Genetics, Genetics Society of America, Indiana Academy of Science, the Radiation Research Society, Society for Developmental Biology and the Society for Values in Higher Education.

He served as the founding Director of the Regional Genetics Center at the South Bend Memorial Hospital, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana University School of Medicine and the Memorial Hospital of South Bend and most recently served as the Director of the Cancer Genetics & Risk Assessment Center of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center of South Bend, IN. Professor Bender was elected a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation in 2001 and a Kaneb Teaching Fellow at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. In 2006, the Governor named Professor Bender a recipient of the Distinguished Hoosier Award, one of the highest honors given by the State of Indiana to its citizens.

Professor Bender was a prolific editor and author, for both peer-reviewed journals and the popular press on topics ranging from Genetics and Ethics to the Law and Teaching.

Dr. Bender’s contributions extended far beyond the laboratory and classroom. He twice served as the Director for the University of Notre Dame’s United Way Campaign and was on the Boards of Directors for the Cancer Society of Saint Joseph County, Upward Bound of Saint Joseph County and the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

In addition, Dr. Bender was a powerful advocate for the disabled, both locally and on a national level. His service included acting as the First Vice President of the Board of the Council for the Retarded of Saint Joseph County, the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Northern Indiana State Hospital and the Executive Director of the National Center for Law & the Handicapped.

Bender’s personal interests were wide-ranging. He was a licensed pilot, an East Side Little League Coach, an avid supporter of Chicago’s Lyric Opera and a fifty-year member of Temple Beth-El of South Bend. Dr. Bender treasured his grandchildren Eliza, Madeline, Alex, Thea, Gideon, Chase, Grant and Brooks. 

A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth-El on Thursday at 11:00AM. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be to the University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (574-631-7164) or online at http://supporting.nd.edu/ Please be sure to designate that your gift is in Dr. Harvey Bender’s memory. 

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


Judith A. Watkins
December 15, 1936 – October 2, 2011

SOUTH BEND — Mrs. Judith Ann (Eichele) Watkins, 74, passed away in Memorial Hospital Sunday at 2:40pm with family gathered at her side.

Mrs. Watkins was born in East Orange, NJ on December 15, 1936 to the late Cornelius Aloyisius Callaghan and Lillian (Hasbrouck) Eichele. Judi was later adopted by her mom’s 2nd husband Mr. Bill Eichele. She was a loving and caring homemaker most of her adult life. Mrs. Watkins was a fifty-year member of Grace United Methodist Church, South Bend. Judi enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends in two Bridge Clubs for many years. What she mostly enjoyed was staying in touch with friends and family with cards for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Thank-you and Get Well notes. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband Dr. Robert Verne Watkins whom she married on November 14, 1959 in West Lake, OH. She and Bob had three children: Jeffry V. of Mishawaka, Wendy J. Floran of South Bend and Todd R. (Kimberly) of Mishawaka. She absolutely adored her five grandchildren: Leia, Patrick, Arden, Lauren and Landyn and the one great-granddaughter Bailey.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4-7pm in the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson. Rev. Gregory Green, CSC, University of Notre Dame Chaplain will conduct a short prayer session at 6:30 that evening. The funeral service will be on Friday at 11am in the funeral home, with Rev. David Schrader, Sr. Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka.

Memorial donations in Judi’s memory may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 3012 Twyckenham Dr., South Bend, IN 46614. 

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Hill Gillis
       September 2, 1919 – October 1, 2011

GRANGER – Mr. Hill Gillis, 92, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. 

Born in Boston, MA to the late Harry and Mamie (Chalfin) Gillis on September 2, 1919. Mr. Gillis retired after a long career as a Sales Manager at the former Walk-Over Shoes in Boston. 

Graveside services will be held TODAY at 1:45pm at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA, with conservative Rabbi Jonathan Housman, officiating.

Survivors include his son, Howard M. (Sacha Bunge) Gillis, of Mill Valley, CA; his daughter, Nancy (Mitchell) Goldstein, of Granger, IN; his sister, Sylvia Grossman of Foxboro, MA and five grandchildren: Levi & Seth Gillis and Jillian, Joshua and Stephanie Goldstein. Hill was a member of the Free Masons and the Blind Federation of Boston. He was a very charitable man.

Memorials contributions may be made in his memory to: The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts,
140 Wood St., Somerset, MA 02726. 

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Evelyn (Nagy) Pola
      February 8, 1928 – September 29, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Evelyn Pola, 83, passed away September 29, 2011. Survivors include her husband, Louis V. and son, Louis J. Pola, and brother, Robert (Janice) Nagy. Her son, James, predeceased her. Evelyn graduated from Our Lady of Hungary grade school and Riley High School. She worked at A.M. General; and was a member of St. Pius. Committal services will be Tuesday at 1:00PM, with visitation at 12:30PM, in the chapel at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. www.McGannHay.com.


Thomas Scott Barth
      October 4, 1953 - September 24, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Tom passed away after a sudden illness on Saturday morning Sept. 24th.

Tom is survived by his brother Rick (Mary Kay), 2 nieces which he adored,
Angie ( Barth) Handley (Dan) of Reynoldsburg Ohio, Sarah J. (Barth) Ressler (Derek) of South Bend, IN; as well as, three great nieces, Kaisee, Ryan and Riley 
Handley; and one great nephew, Elijah Alan Ressler.

Tom ‘Mobe’ was preceded in death by his Father Jack F. Barth in 1982, and his
Mother Eathel (Ede) Barth in 2003.

Tom was an Avid sports fan. For several years he was a season ticket holder for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball which he loved and enjoyed watching with his close long-time friend Sharon Cline. In addition to the ‘Lady Irish’ he was a diehard fan of the Fighting Irish Football Team, the Chicago Bears and many other Pro Football and Pro Basketball teams.

Tom was an avid bowler, a lover of 1950’s-1960’s rock and roll. He enjoyed listening to his 45’s on his jukebox. He was an avid collector of this music his entire adult life, he was also a member of Turners for most of his adult life. 

Tom was known to family and friends as one always ready with silly jokes and insightful commentary on ND Football and ND Women’s Basketball. In addition to all those things foremost in Tom’s life was his love of the Lord. His acts of kindness, devotion, and volunteer work was abundant.

These are just some of the reasons Tom will be greatly missed. We know he was greeted in heaven by his mother and father.

Many thanks and thoughts go to his closest friends, Sharon Cline, Tom Stanton, Kevin and John Whisler, John Ballews, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Sobieralski, among so many others. Tom was a member of First United Methodist Church and a former member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Tom graduated from Jackson High School and Ivy Tech Culinary School.

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Tom’s life on October 15th at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 201 West 3rd Street, Mishawaka, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or First United Methodist Church of Mishawaka.

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


Kristin Mary Kunzer
       August 1, 1988 – September 25, 2011

GRANGER - Kristin Mary Kunzer, born August 1, 1988, passed away unexpectedly and accidentally on September 25, 2011. Kristin had just spent a wonderful weekend with her mother and father and was very happy. Kristin’s smile would light up a room, and she always gave her brothers a big hug and kiss that made them feel loved. We remember her dancing and laughing. We remember family vacations to St. Augustine and Christmases filled with happiness. We remember her glowing, loving spirit and the special twinkle in her eyes; they remind us that only a higher power could create a person so beautiful and wonderful.

Kristin loved seven people deeply: her mom and dad (Mary and John), her brothers and their wives (John Michael and Amanda, Kevin and Brook), and her friend Ross. We had the blessing that Kristin was able to hold her newborn nephew Jackson; we knew from her instant smile that she loved him deeply too. Kristin also had many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her: the Pionkies, Silkitasises, Basolos, Pattons, all of the Kunzers, and all of the Coello family.

Kristin taught us to love unconditionally. She enjoyed making artwork for her family to express her love. Kristin loved seeing the hummingbirds outside the sunroom window. She loved the phrase “Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes; embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of every day. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.” Kristin was taken too soon, but we are so grateful for the time we had with her; she brought joy to our lives that will last a lifetime. 

The family will have a small private ceremony this week and is planning a larger celebration of life in the coming month. Kristin loved animals and aspired to be a veterinarian; she especially loved her dogs Peaches and Buddy. Memorial contributions can be made to ASPCA at www.aspca.org. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

We also encourage those who have a loved one struggling with an addiction to remember that person did nothing wrong to deserve it. Addiction is a horrible disease. Although drugs can take one away in an instant, they can never take away one’s beautiful spirit. Today, reach out to your loved one and tell them Kristin’s story. Our angel may have been sent here for you as well.


Sylvia Plotkin
July 10, 1916 – September 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Sylvia Plotkin, 95, passed away peacefully September 25, 2011, surrounded by her family. 

She was born in Chicago on July 10, 1916, to the late Phillip and Anne Cohn.
On March 10, 1935, Sylvia married Leo Plotkin in South Bend. He preceded her in death on January 12, 1998. Her sister, Florence, also preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Nancy (Ron) Cohen of South Bend, Phyllis (Alan) Silver of Boston, and Charlene (Dr. Gary) Pippenger of South Bend; and 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Melvin (Betty) Cohn of San Diego. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

Sylvia and Leo ran the L&S Grocery in South Bend for many years. She was long time member of Sinai Synagogue.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the caregivers at Southfield Village, Senior1Care and Hospice, who lovingly cared for her.

Funeral services will be Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sinai Synagogue or to any charity of the donor's choice.

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





Elizabeth Louise "Betty" Pomush
     Sept. 6, 1917 - Sept. 20, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Pomush 94, of South Bend, joined her husband and her parents on September 20, 2011. 

She was a member of Temple Beth-El congregation. She was Born September 6, 1917 in Tipton, Indiana. She worked at General Liquors, retiring in 1986. After retirement, Elizabeth worked retail at several area clothing stores including Milady, Hudson's, Marshall Fields and Macys. She was a volunteer at Temple Beth-El and St. Joseph Hospital. She was well-loved and respected by the South Bend community for her hard work and volunteer efforts. She was a member of Temple Beth-El for much of her life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
 
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary O'Banion, her husband, Lewis F. Pomush, her son Larry McMann, daughter Brenda Jean Reynolds (Robert) and grandson David Reynolds. 

She is survived by her daughter Sharon (Nick), sons, James R. Pomush (Leona) and Jerry D. Pomush and, eight grandchildren (Cathy VanArsdall, Shelley Love (Chris), Larry "Chip" McMann Jr. (Wendy), Loukas, Michael McMann (Melissa), Bonni Pomush, Britt Pomush and Daniela Pomush. and seven great grandchildren (Josh, CJ, Zack, David, Nathan, Seva Moon, and Liam). 

A memorial service will be held at Temple beth-El, Sunday, October 2, at 2:00PM, with Rabbi Eric J. Siroka officiating. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to the March of Dimes. 

The family extends its sincere appreciation to Rosewalk at Lutherwoods and Harbor Light Hospice Care in Indianapolis who provided loving care. 

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


Maxine L. Vollmer
      May 27, 1918 - Sept. 21, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Maxine L. Vollmer, 92, of River Park, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on September 21, 2011. 

She was born to the late Alice Marie (Larsen) Schott and Clarence Schott on May 27, 1918 in River Park. She married Charles Vollmer on August 5, 1939. He preceded her in death. 

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Sandra J. (Jerry) Keller of CA and Jane (Pat) Pollex of Mishawaka; three grandchildren, Joan (Dave) Patterson of CA, Kristi (Greg) Noble of Elkhart and Brian Keller of South Bend; two step-grandchildren, Dr. Emily (Eric) Stout and Angela Noble; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Patterson of CA and Nathan Grant of Osceola; great-great grand daughter, Summer Patterson; two sisters-in-law, Del Rodts of FL and Harriet Vollmer of New Carlisle; brother-in-law, Ralph (Barbara) Vollmer of South Bend; special cousins, Joyce (Ted) Bernard, Don (Corrine) Larsen, Debra ( Mike ) Lanko, Jane (Williamson) Pollex, and Les Williamson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family. 

Maxine was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She had a special relationship with both her daughters and granddaughters. No one will ever replace her in our hearts. She worked at Security Loan Co. for eleven years, and the vocational rehabilitation division for seventeen years, and was a long time member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living Center in Mishawaka for the kind and loving care they showed to Maxine during her stay with them. Each and every one of them has shown the utmost professionalism and love to our Mother and Grandmother. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

Cremation will take place, and a private service will be held later. 

Donations may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, or to the donor's choice. 

I have so many things to see and do, You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. I gave you my love; you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me If grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, For life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home."

Robert E. Waltz
    Sept. 13, 1941 - Sept. 20, 2011

GRANGER - Robert "Bob" Waltz, 70, a thirty-one year resident of Granger, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on September 20, 2011. 

Born in Chester, PA on September 13, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Stella E. (Czaplicka) Waltz. On June 3, 1967, Bob married the love of his life, Diane Kiley. She survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Stephanie (Joe) Migas of Granger and Sarah (Eddie) Spiker of Kalamazoo, MI; two grandsons, Andrew Migas and Jason Migas; as well as, three sisters, Sandra (Spence) Weber, Mimi Wyse and Carolyn Gray, all of PA; sister-in-law, Carol (Bob) Lairsey of CA; two brothers-in-law, Bill Kiley of DE and Bob (Sue) Kiley, of PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Bob retired from the Franciscan Alliance (formerly Sister's of Saint Francis Health Services, Inc.,) located in Mishawaka, in 2003 after 24 years of service. He was an avid photographer who enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy, and camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes. But most important, Bob was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. 

Visitation will be held from 10AM-12PM on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Funeral services will immediately follow at Noon. 

The family would like to thank everyone at the Center for Hospice Care for their support during this difficult time. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations, in Bob's name, to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.


Willis W. Branstetter
     January 25, 1947 -- September 20, 2011 

SOUTH BEND – Willis Westley Branstetter, 64, passed away in his residence on Tuesday.

Mr. Branstetter was born on January 25, 1947 in Niles, MI to the late Willis W. Sr. and Iva Bell (Cain) Branstetter. On April 26, 1980 in South Bend he married Sandra Agnes Taberski. She passed away on March 29, 2002. Willis was a Truck Driver for Big C Lumber and the former McKinley Lumber. He was a Viet Nam War US Army Veteran. Mr. Branstetter belonged to the Clay Township Democratic Club, the former VFW Post in Roseland, AMVETS and Army Navy Union.

Survivors include: a son, Thomas A. (Kathryn) Branstetter, a daughter, Carey R. (Stephen Warren) Branstetter and a son, Jeffery Branstetter all of South Bend; three sisters Claudice, Edna and Wilma and six grandchildren. Willis was preceded in death by a son, Todd (Erika) Branstetter; two sisters: Betty and Terry and a brother Dennis.

A Memorial Service will be held at at 1:00pm on Monday, September 26, 2011, in the McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations Chapel, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd. (enter off Shellbark Ave.), just east of Portage Rd., with Rev. James McKinnies, officiating. American Cremation Society is handling his cremation. 

Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to: St. Joe County Humane Society. 

To share a memory or send you condolences to the family visit: www.McGannHay.com.


Marie H. Goldner
 June 8, 1916 – September 20, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Marie H. Goldner, 95, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at her home.

Marie was born on June 8, 1916 in Anderson, IN to the late Joseph L. and Tela (Kursch) Lipschitz. In February 1950 in South Bend she married Joseph Goldner who preceded her in death on February 28, 2001.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Ruth Ann (Paul) Weinberg of Highland Park, IL and Alan Irvin (Karyn) Goldner of Pleasanton, CA; her sister, Jeanette Schaevitz of Chevy Chase, MD; two grandchildren: David and Emma Goldner of Pleasanton, CA.

Marie was a member of Sinai Synagogue (and former member of Hebrew Orthodox Congregation), Sinai Synagogue Book Club and a former member of Pioneer Women. She was a Gold Life Master in The American Contract Bridge League and she was very devoted to her garden.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery at 2:30pm Thursday, September 22, 2011 with Rabbi Michael Friedland, officiating. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations in the memory of Marie Goldner may be made out to The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615.

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


Beulah V. (Poynter) Schwanke
 May 7, 1916 – September 20, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Beulah V. (Poynter) Schwanke, 95, of South Bend, passed away September 20, 2011. 

Born May 7, 1916, she was the daughter of Harvey and Anna (Sheik) Poynter. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Schwanke and son, Rick Schwanke. 

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronald (Mary Joan) Schwanke of Indianapolis and Nancy Gay Connolly of Texas; daughter in law, Linda Schwanke; sister, Phyllis Baldoni of South Bend; brother, Grant (LuAnn) Poynter of Kokomo; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Beulah was a member of D.A.R. and Altrusa International and a long time member of Hilltop Lutheran Church.

Private burial services will be held. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hilltop Lutheran Church, the YMCA or to Bethel College. 

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


Marilyn V. Saffer
      August 30, 1926 – September 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Marilyn McGown Saffer, 85, passed away peacefully September 18, 2011. She was married June 14, 1947 to William Saffer, who preceded her in death in 1992. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Douglas) Deck of Carmel and W. Randall Saffer of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren, Brian (Hillary) Deck of Chicago, Carson (fiancé Lindsey Bibler) Deck of Dayton, OH and Stephanie Saffer of Nashville, TN; brother Russell (Kathryn) McGown and sister Phyllis Rachunas of Springfield, IL.

She was employed by Associates/Apex as a department manager and retired in l988. After retirement, Marilyn was an avid and competitive ballroom dancer and enjoyed the Dan O'Day Dance Studio and Dance Sport on the Plaza.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in Springfield, Illinois. 

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


John J. Rucano
        June 24, 1924 -- September 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mr. John Joseph Rucano, 87, of South Bend, passed away Sunday morning at Cardinal Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center from complications after a two and a half year battle with Leukemia.

Mr. Rucano was born in South Bend on June 24, 1924 to the late Pasquale and Angelina (Nesci) Rucano. On September 28, 1946, John married the former Louise F. Steenbeke in Sacred Heart Belgian Catholic Church on Thomas Street in South Bend. He graduated from South Bend Central High School and served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, where he was a Navigator/Bombardier. He retired in 1987 after thirty years with the Bendix Corporation where he worked as an Aerospace Experimental Technician. He had previously worked at Studebaker’s.

John was a faithful member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, he was a founding member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus John Carroll Council #5570, he was a prior member and Financial Secretary of the Notre Dame Council #1477, a Sir Knight of Fourth Degree Fr. J.A. Neuwland Assembly #242, and Past President of Corvilla which means “House with a Heart”, a name he created. A very intelligent, humble, modest, and deeply religious man; he touched many lives with his warmth, wisdom and advice. Among other things, John was widely known for his famous Spaghetti Sauce that he would make for almost any school or catholic fundraiser. He was a great vegetable gardener and an inspiration to all who knew him. John knew about Saturday’s Notre Dame Football victory and was very happy. He loved all ND sports but especially football and basketball. In 1972, John was named "Outstanding Catholic Layman" by the K of C.

John is survived by his wife Louise F. Rucano, of South Bend; and three children: John J. Jr. (the late Cheryl) Rucano of South Bend, Eileen A. Rucano of Dayton,and Rozanne M. Rucano of South Bend; a sister Rose Van de Walle of South Bend; a brother Richard (Rita) Rucano of Granger, IN; five grandchildren: Keith R. Boroczk, of Dayton,OH, Lisa M. (Andrew) Brown of Anchorage, AK, Andrea (Tim) Whittaker, of Indianapolis, IN, Gina (Eric) Nichols of South Bend and John J. Rucano, III, of South Bend; four great-grandchildren: Haley & Tyler Nichols of South Bend and Alyssa & Kaitlyn Brown of Anchorage and mother-in-law, Marie Steenbeke.

John's family would like to thank Dr. Jose Bufill, Jen Ewing, and the staff at Michiana Hematology & Oncology and Dr. Larson and his Oncology Team at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood, where the Holy Rosary will be prayed by the K of C and Parish at 3:30pm. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday September 22, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Rev. Daryl Rybicki, Pastor, officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Corpus Christi Parish, 2822 Corpus Christi Dr., South Bend, IN 46628. 

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


Dalton E. Metcalf
     February 23, 1993 – September 15, 2011

ELKHART, IN – Dalton Ellis Metcalf passed from this earth peacefully into the loving arms of God on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Throughout his eighteen years of life, Dalton was a tremendous source of inspiration and love. He was not able to move or talk or enjoy food the way most of us do. Cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease caused him to endure severe physical restrictions and pain. Nonetheless, he was filled with joy, as he showed us endlessly through his boundless smiles. He was pure of heart and he shared love with people without judgment or hesitation. Dalton continuously demonstrated strength, perseverance and courage. He taught us to fight through life’s challenges. He enriched the lives of those who looked past his physical disabilities and took the time to know him. 

Dalton and his loving mother, Karen Kotoske Metcalf of Elkhart, IN, had a special bond. Her spirit is strengthened by Dalton's legacy of unconditional love and courage. Karen is left to cherish his memory, along with his maternal grandparents Anne and Donald Kotoske, D.O. and his aunts and uncles on his mother’s side: David M. Kotoske, Kathleen K. (Thomas) Brickley, Thomas G. (Andrea) Kotoske, D.O., and Lisa K. Franzke, and his cousins Shawn Kotoske, Tara Kotoske, Kristen Brickley, T.J. Brickley, Zachary Kotoske, Hunter Kotoske and Nathan Franzke. 

Also left to cherish his memory are his father Darin J. (Kami) Metcalf of Elkhart, IN; and his paternal grandmother, Sandy Metcalf, and his step-siblings Brandon Metcalf, Brianne Ballow and Kendra Metcalf, his aunts and uncles on his father’s side Karin (Mike) Logan, and Brian (Becky) Metcalf, his cousins Braxton Metcalf, Bronson Metcalf, Brock Logan and Nicholas Logan, and his step-father, Scott Harvey. Dalton was preceded in death by his grandfather, Larry Metcalf.

Family and friends are invited to a service followed by a meal to celebrate Dalton’s life on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 starting at 11:00am at Jamestown United Methodist Church, 59218 County Road 3, Elkhart, IN 46517. Pastor Paul Rogers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions on Dalton’s behalf to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station P.O. Box 780 New York, NY 10008-0780, or to United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239. McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel is handling arrangements. 

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


Stephen K. Eastman
June 21, 1945 – September 15, 2011

ELKHART-Stephen K. Eastman, 66, passed away peacefully in his home September 15, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. 

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Tracey Roberts, Mike Damp, and Josh, Jeffrey and Ashley Phillips; and nine grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, dad and papa. He will be greatly missed. He proudly served our country and loved to fish. No services are being held. 

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


Mary K. Block
       March 22, 1951 – September 10, 2011

GRANGER – Mary Kay (Tagami) Block, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Mary was born on March 22, 1951 in Chicago, IL to the late Kay Kakumi Tagami and Mary Kikue (Shiroma) Tagami.

Left to cherish her memory include: Jeff Watkins of Mishawaka, IN, her longtime companion of 17 years; daughter: Amy Block of Granger, IN; son: David (Michelle) Block of Aurora, IL; brother: Gerald (Diane) Tagami of Costa Mesa, CA; and her three grandchildren: Michael Block and Alex Williams, both of Granger, and Caitlin Block of Aurora, IL.

Mary will be remembered forever, by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother.

A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at Michiana Community Church of God, 51637 Ash Rd., Granger, IN 46530, at 11:00am on Saturday, September 17, 2011, Pastor Denver Burns, officiating. McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel are handling arrangements. Cremation will be at the American Cremation Society, South Bend.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to: Michiana Community Church of God, 51637 Ash Rd., Granger, IN 46530. 

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


Phyllis M. Kuboske
 July 17, 1921 – September 7, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Phyllis Marie (Smith) Kuboske, 90, of South Bend passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with family at her side after suffering a massive stroke.

Phyllis was born in Whiting, IN on July 17, 1921 to the late Russell Frank and Beatrice (Hollinger) Smith. She was a January 1939 graduate of the former Central High School in South Bend. On Valentines Day 1942 she married Lon Joseph Kuboske. He passed away on September 21, 1997. She was a Supervisor at Indiana Bell Telephone Co before she started her family. Later in life she returned to work at Cressy & Everett as a Realtor. She was a long time member of St. Joseph Parish, South Bend. She was a member of various clubs and organizations throughout her life.

She is survived by her two daughters: Patricia A. Kuboske of Cassopolis, MI, Karen A. (John C.) Karason of South Bend; a grandson Michael J. Karason of South Bend; a sister Betty H. Paulk of Sequim, WA; a sister-in-law Mary E. Chadwick of Grand Rapids, MI and many nieces and nephews. A brother Russell F. Smith, Jr. preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend with Rev. John Patrick Riley, CSC, Associate Pastor, officiating. Cremation will follow at American Cremation Society. Friends may call on Sunday from 3-7pm in the McGann Hay Funeral Home, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood. 

To honor Phyllis’s memory, in lieu of flowers, please consider performing a Random Act of Kindness or donate to the Center for Hospice Care, 11 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Home Instead for their loving care of Phyllis over the last two and a half years especially: Alice, Candy, Linda, Sande and Sarah.


Marjorie Ann Smith
    November 29, 1937 - September 6, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Marjorie Ann Smith, 73, passed away Tuesday peacefully at Hospice House. She was born to the late Charles & Dorothy (Branson) Robison. On June 29, 1963, she married James M. Smith. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Brannan. 

Surviving are two siblings, Audrey Johnson & Charles (Millie) Robison; four children Robert E Young, Michelle (Ed) Rivera, Laura (Jeff) Hatfield and Cherri (Cory) McBain; along with seven grandchildren, Marcus, Kayla, Mason, Maribelle, Chelsea, Eddie (Roxie) & Robert (Dawn); 6 great-grandchildren, Caitlynn, Chloe, Dante, Arianna, Bryce
and Nolan; and several nieces and nephews. 

Marjorie graduated from the old Central High School. During her life, she worked at Wyman's, Robertson's & Lerner's. She had many interests, including crafts, reading, coloring and puzzle books, her soap opera's and she always looked forward to the football season. She also very much enjoyed spending time with family and friends. 

There will be no services or visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to McGann Hay Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Marjorie Ann Smith may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Hospice House, and their staff, for their help and assistance.

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


Marie Putt Cartwright
  June 2, 1919 – September 3, 2011

GRANGER – Anna Marie (Hustosky) Cartwright, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at The Hearth at Juday Creek in Granger.

Marie was born on June 2, 1919 in Dunbar, PA, to the late John F. and Helen A. (Comminsky) Hustosky. On May 23, 1942, in Fort Knox, Kentucky, she married Charles F. Putt. Marie and Charlie raised their two sons in South Bend before he passed away on October 18, 1973. On July 25, 1986, Marie married Leo Ray Cartwright in South Bend. They lived in Peoria, AZ, until he passed away on December 11, 1997. Marie continued to live in Arizona until 2010 when she returned to the South Bend area to be closer to her family.  Also preceding Marie in death were her six brothers: Sylvester, Lewis, Stanley, John, Philip and Thomas; and two sisters, Veronica and Rose.

Marie is survived by her two sons: James (Pamela) Putt of Granger and Thomas (Susan) Putt of Paw Paw, MI; her grandchildren: Christopher (Erin) Putt of Granger, Karen Putt of South Bend, Jeffery (Kira) Putt of Hershey, PA, and Stephanie Putt of Kalamazoo, MI; great-grandchild Olivia Maleckas of Kalamazoo; and her sister Helen Ruggieri of Dunbar, PA.

A committal service will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11:30am at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Rev. Michael Matthews, CSC, Pastor of Holy Cross and St. Stanislaus Catholic Churches, will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made in Marie’s memory to: Keepsake Village at The Hearth of Juday Creek, 6330 N. Fir Rd., Granger, IN, 46530.

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


Kristina Ann Lackman Flora
  April 8, 1952 – September 4, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Our much beloved wife, mother, daughter, aunt and sister died on Sunday evening September 4 in her home with loved ones at her side. She was a model of grace, dignity and fearless bravery as she valiantly fought a battle against cancer for nearly 5 years.

Kris was born on April 8,1952 in Mishawaka, Indiana to John and Audrey Lackman who survive. She was a graduate of John Adams High School and Indiana University. She received her MLS from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 1978.

On May 17, 1974, at her parents’ home in South Bend, she married Anthony Flora who survives, along with their sons, Matthew and Mark, both of Bloomington, Indiana.

Kris is also survived by her brothers, Michael (Judy) Lackman of South Bend and Jeffrey Lackman of Spotsylvania,VA; and her sister, Jennifer (Drew) Lackman-Chuppe of South Bend. Kris was a caring aunt to nieces and nephews, Heather (Chris) Lorenz of South Bend, Michael (Tracey) Lackman of Lansing, MI, Daniel (Heidi) Lackman of Macy, IN, Kevin Lackman of South Bend, Lara and Amelia Chuppe of South Bend and to great nieces and nephews, Maddie Lorenz, Alexis and Ashley Lackman, and Katie and Ryan Lackman.

Kris enjoyed contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge in her role as medical librarian at the South Bend Medical Foundation, where she worked for seven years, and was awarded a grant from the National Library of Medicine for modernizing local medical libraries. Kris was proud to continue to work until 3 weeks before her death and the family wishes to express their thanks to the South Bend Medical Foundation for their support of Kris during her illness. Kris was a proud member of professional organizations Michigan Health Science Libraries Association and Indiana Health Science Library Association.

Kris loved spending time in nature and was an avid organic gardener. She was also devoted to animal rights causes and during her life was a devoted “pet mom” to Fritz, Otto, Heidi and Missy, who preceded her in death, and to her current much loved cat, Salem.

Kris was grateful for the medical care she received from Dr. Bilal Ansari and the medical advice of Dr. Steve Gregoritch. In spite of a devastating medical diagnosis Kris was an inspiration to her family throughout her illness as she continued to work, travel and make much treasured memories with her family.

To honor Kris’ life, her family is underwriting improvements to the butterfly garden at Fernwood Nature Center, where a plaque in her memory will read:
A symbol of hope
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed…
We feel lucky to have seen it

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, the Humane Society of United States and the Natural Resources Defense Council. A private memorial service for friends and family will be held to celebrate the life of our much loved Kris.

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


Glen L. Rummel
     Sept. 27, 1946 - Sept. 1, 2011

GRANGER - Glen "Butch" Lamar Rummel, Jr., 64, of Granger, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, September 1, 2011, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Glen was born to the late Glen, Sr. and Nina (Gilbert) Rummel on September 27, 1946 in Goshen, IN. 

Surviving family members left to cherish Glen's memory are his wife, Catherine (Daniels) Rummel of Granger, whom he married on August 19, 1979 in Havre de Grace, MD; his son, Jason (Cheryl) Rummel of Marietta, GA; daughter, Lisa Rummel of South Bend; son, SSgt. Daniel (Jennifer) Rummel, USMC, of Kokomo, IN; son and daughter, William and Nicole Carmon of Granger; his two sisters, Carol (Don) Bowman of Granger and Nancy (Tom) Holsinger of Butler, GA; two brothers, Jerry (Jean) Rummel of Goshen, IN and Kerry (Deb) Rummel of Bristol, IN. Also surviving are Glen's four grandchildren: Alesia Rummel, Aiden Rummel, Hudson Carmon and Juliet Carmon. 

Glen was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and retired from the US Army in 1986, after 20 years of service. Following his retirement from the military he owned and operated two Dixie Cream Donut Shops in Mishawaka on LWW and on Johnson St. in Elkhart until he sold them in 2007. After that he was worked in management at the Family Dollar on Edison Rd in South Bend. Glen was also a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter 2, Elkhart. 

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 6, from 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, located at 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd). A Military Honors Service will take place at 7:00 pm. Cremation will be at the American Cremation Society, South Bend. 

Donations may be made in Glen's memory to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or to The Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. 

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


Robert J. Hoffman
   May 21, 1939 – August 30, 2011

OSCEOLA - Robert “Bob” Hoffman, 72, passed away peacefully in his home on August 30, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. 

He is survived by four children, Robby Hoffman, Jan Wise and Dave and Rick Harrel; two siblings, Randy and Ray Hoffman; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard. Bob was a loyal member of the ABATE association. He will be dearly missed. 

No services are being held at this time. 

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


Victor A. Feeley
    Oct. 19, 1944 - August 26, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Victor A. Feeley, 66, passed away August 26, 2011. He worked for New York Central Railroad, Penn Central Railroad, Conrail and Norfork Southern, where he retired after 33 years. 

Victor was predeceased by his father, Victor Colella, mother, Helen Feeley. and stepfather, Robert Feeley. 

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; two sisters, Peggy Sherman and Christine Feeley, both of Florida; and caregiver, Jack Yarbrough of Granger, IN. 

No services are being held. 

Memorial donations may be made to Center for Hospice Care. 

Condolences may be sent at www.McGannHay.com.


Margaret Mary “Peg” Stark
 October 31, 1922 - August 26, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Margaret Mary “Peg” Stark, 88, of Catalpa Drive, Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away peacefully with her family near her side on August 26, 2011 in the Michiana Health & Rehabilitation Center under the care of the Center for Hospice.

Born October 31, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Delbert S. and Blanche E. (McCreary) Thompson. She was predeceased by her husband, G. Frank Stark on April 27, 2004, and her sister Mary Eileen Schlager of Detroit, Michigan.

Peg is survived by her brother, John D. Thompson and his wife, Dorothy of South Bend, Indiana; and her brother-in-law, Forrest and his wife, Dolores of St. Charles, Mo.; four children, Paula (Charles) Narveson of Gold Canyon, AZ, Margaret “Pegie” (Stuart Adam) Stark Adam of Ontario, Thomas J. Stark of Mishawaka, and Scott F. (Myra) Stark of Queen Creek, AZ; eight grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Peg grew up in South Bend and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Central School.

Peg was married to G. Frank Stark on October 23, 1945 in South Bend, Indiana at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, South Bend where she has been a member all of her life. She was an active and dedicated volunteer in a number of organizations such as The Altar Society of St. Joseph Catholic Church, The Circle of Mercy, St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, and Cambridge Square where she lived. She also held positions of President and other director positions in several of these organizations.

Peg was loved by everyone because she was a giver. She loved to do for others. She was a wonderful mother, and grandmother, and would spend any free time volunteering. Everyone commented on her beauty, her smile and her lovely blue eyes that danced when she was entertaining family and friends. She was a role model for all of us. Thanks especially to her son, Tom, who took such good care of her, making it possible for her to live at home alone and have her independence, which meant so much to her. She had a sweet strong spirit and a great faith in the Lord. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.

Visitation will be held at The McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison near Ironwood, Tuesday morning starting at 9:30 AM. A rosary will be said at 12:30 PM followed by a Catholic funeral service at 1 PM in the funeral home and the interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. A luncheon reception will follow immediately at The Windsor Park Conference Center at 4020 Edison Lakes, Mishawaka (271-8060).

In lieu of flowers, friends and family can send donations to the Center for Hospice Care,111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, Indiana 46637 or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of South Bend, Indiana.

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


Judy A. Bushkill
  March 31, 1950 – August 21, 2011

EDWARDSBURG - Judith Ann (Earhart) Bushkill, 61, formerly of Granger and South Bend, passed away peacefully in her home on Eagle Lake late Sunday night, surrounded by family. 

She was born on March 31, 1950 to Robert W. Earhart, who preceded her in death, and her mother Joan A. (Foster) Earhart who survives of South Bend. Other family members left to cherish Judy’s memory are: her husband, Charles R. Bushkill of Edwardsburg, MI, whom she married on June 21, 1975 in South Bend; her two daughters: Lindsay Bushkill of Gastonia, NC and Alison Garcia of Albuquerque, NM; and her brother Thomas Earhart of Warsaw, IN.

Judy will be best remembered as a fabulous mother to her children. She enjoyed reading, exercising, laying out in the sun at the lake, water (and snow) skiing, caring for her cat, wild birds, flowers, and “marketing” as she called it at the Farmer’s Market, among many other things. Judy loved to travel and especially visit her two daughters. She was a member of Clay Church, the Indiana University Alumni Association, and Tri-Delta Alumnae Association. She was Sustainer in Junior League and a past member of Service Guild. Judy was a 1968 graduate of Riley High School who went on to graduate with a BS and Masters in Education at IU-Bloomington. She spent 39 years in the South Bend Community School Corporation teaching elementary grades and special programs such as gifted and talented, along with being a resource teacher for Title 1.

A memorial service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held this Friday, August 26, 2011, at 11:00am, with visitation an hour prior at McGann Hay Funeral Cremations and Gatherings, Granger Chapel located at 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). Dr. Herb Buwalda, Pastor of Clay Church, officiating.

To honor Judy’s memory the family requests memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers to: Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN 46635. 

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


Donald Michael Trammel
October 1, 1939 – August 13, 2011

GRANGER-Donald M. Trammel, 71, passed away peacefully in his home on August 13, 2011, in the company of those he loved. Don was born on October 1, 1939, to the late Donald W. and Marjorie (Ness) Trammel. 

Don is survived by his wife Linda, the love of his life, who he married on January 23, 2006. He is also survived by a son, Kevin (Lil) Trammel of Georgetown, CA; daughter, Debbie (Matt Norby) Trammel of Columbus, OH; step-daughter, April (Jayson) Oresik of Columbus, IN; two brothers, Chuck (Sandy) and Paul (Sharon) Trammel; two sisters, Diane Haines and Kathy (Tom) Weikart; and two grandchildren, Erika and KC Norby. 

Don was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He cared deeply for his family and friends and showed it in countless acts of kindness. Don loved fishing, golfing, Corvettes, and tending his yard. His sense of humor, his compassion and selflessness will be sadly missed by his family, dear friends and fishing buddies--as will his participation in the trips to northern Wisconsin. He was retired from AM General, where he worked as an engineer for over 20 years.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on September 10, 2011, at Oliva’s Restaurant on Union Street in Mishawaka. Please dress in casual attire. 

Memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.


Julie B. Parent
   July 11, 1918 – August 16, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Julie B. Parent, 93, passed away peacefully August 16, 2011. 

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Josephine (Swiniarski) Sokoloski. 

She is survived by sister, Antoinette Christiaens of Sturgis, MI; and nieces, Rebecca McNally of New York, Carol Burling of Granger, Pamela Gay of Battle Creek and Barbara Adams of New Carlisle. 

Funeral services will be held at Community Baptist Church on Thursday, at 11:30AM, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Polish Cemetery. 

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


Robert Louis Van Vynckt
January 20, 1948 - August 12, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Robert L. Van Vynckt 63, of Ironwood Drive in South Bend, peacefully went home to meet his Maker at 3:20pm on August 12, 2011 at the Regency Place where he was surrounded by his family.

Robert was born on January 20, 1948 to John and Luella Van Vynckt of South Bend who preceded him in death.

He is survived by children: Richard (Debbie) Van Vynckt of South Bend, Michael Van Vynckt of Mishawaka, Dayna Vellos of Mishawaka, Aaron Van Vynckt of St. Louis, MO., and Joel (Alaina) Van Vynckt of South Bend.

His legacy lives on through his grandchildren: Mark, Emily, Georgia, Camille, Niko, Ava, and a seventh grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his siblings: Richard Van Vynckt, Eugene Van Vynckt, Charles Van Vynckt, and Mary DeVolder. His surviving siblings are: Edward Van Vynckt, John Van Vynckt, Margaret Stuff, Joanne Jurek, Irene Marazita, and Elinor Van Vynckt.

Robert worked for many years as an auto mechanic at McKinley Frame and Front End in Mishawaka, followed by many years of employment with Hyline Industries in Elkhart. He spent the past 15 years operating his own home construction and remodeling business R2V2 Services. Robert enjoyed his love of home remodel, repair, building, and sharing his immense knowledge of this trade. This knowledge he has proudly passed on to his sons.

Battling Cancer, Robert enjoyed his last months sharing the lives and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren with all who came to visit. His last days were spent completely surrounded by his family and dearest friends.

Visitation will be at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel located at 13260 SR 23 (at Cherry Road) on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm with a Memorial Service immediately following at 7pm.

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


Mark V. Lindorf
November 4, 1953-August 12, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Mark V. Lindorf, 57, passed away peacefully in his home on August 12th, 2011, after months of battling against infections acquired during his stays in the hospital on 2 separate occasions this year.

He was the son of the late Vincent and Evelyn (Walters) Lindorf.

On March 24, 1984; Mark married the love of his life, Tiana M.(Bailey) Miltroka. She survives. Also left to cherish his memory is a son, James V. Lindorf of Terre Haute, a step-son Jason R. (Heather D. Horton) Miltroka and grandson Gino A. Miltroka of Elkhart; a sister Cindy Snyder of Roseland, IN: and numerous Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, and Aunts and Uncles; who loved and will miss him dearly.

He worked at Qualex(Kodak) and at Hoveround as a Maintenance Technician. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy.

Cremation will take place soon with a celebration of life to be held later on his birthday at his favorite watering hole.

To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com


Sharon Novia Janowsky
 February 27, 1964 - August 8, 2011

GRANGER -- Sharon Novia Janowsky, 47, passed away on Monday August 8.

Sharon was the mother of four children, Karina, Nicholas, Christopher, all of Granger, and Danielle, who preceded her in death. She was married to Kurt Janowsky for 20 years. She is also survived by her mother Nonie Werno (Chellstorp) of Elkhart, her father Fred Werno of Willow Springs North Carolina, and her brother Tad Werno of Elkhart.

Sharon's family will remember her as a loving and caring mother and her friends will remember her as thoughtful, playful and mischievous.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11am at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd) with Rev. Lloyd Decesaro, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Child and ParentServices (CAPS) at 1000 W. Hively Elkhart, IN 46517 or the Wellfield Botanic Garden at 1000 N. Main St. Elkhart, IN 46514. 

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


Shirley Ann Turney-Carpenter
      February 8th, 1939 – August 6th, 2011 

EDWARDSBURG -- On August 6th, 2011, our beloved Mother, Shirley Ann Turney-Carpenter, 72, was called home, with the grace and gentleness that this amazing spirit so deserved. Shirley was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Richard and Nellie Turney, followed by her only brother Richard Turney, Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard Turney, Jr. 

On September 29th, 1956, Shirley Turney married Robert Crawford. She later married Robert Carpenter, September 10th, 1996, who then preceded her in death in 2001. Surviving are her children, Robert Crawford, Jr., LeAnn (David) Money of Niles, MI, and Lisa Mason of Elkhart, IN. Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Shirley lived in Edwardsburg, MI, where she spent her days enjoying the outdoors and wilderness around her. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953. As a dignified and compassionate woman, she was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

Shirley believed her greatest legacy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and nothing meant more to her than family. She lit up a room with her smile and powerful presence. As a determined and strong woman, she was able to beat breast cancer not once, but twice. She was an avid collector of angels, a well known QVC customer, animal lover, and skilled in the kitchen – especially known for the best homemade banana cream pie imaginable. As a passionate gardener, she grew a variety of flowers and fresh herbs, which she enjoyed sharing with many. She lived life to the fullest and was grateful for each day. Most importantly, she lived her life as a giver. As a true friend with a caring heart, she put others' needs before her own. Family and friends are blessed because of her support, and she will continue living as an angel supporting and watching over us, delivering happiness and spreading her wings to comfort those in need. 

Family and friends may visit from 4 to 6 p.m. with a service to follow, on Friday, August 12th, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, Granger, IN. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley's name to the American Cancer Society. 

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


Helen Jewel (Blackston) Browne
  October 2, 1921 – August 7, 2011

NEW CARLISLE - Helen Browne, 89, joined her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 7, 2011. Helen passed peacefully in her residence at Hamilton Grove Retirement Community. 

Helen was born on October 2, 1921 in Union, Kentucky. She married Robert Edward Browne, who preceded her in death. Their union produced two sons, Myron Wesley Browne, of Branson, MO, and Raymond Earl Browne, of Tucson, AZ; and one daughter, Marilyn Anita Burnett of South Bend. Also surviving are two brothers, George Blackston of New Carlisle and Joe Blackston of Oroville, CA; four grandsons, Robert E. Burnett, of New Carlisle, Scott A. Burnett of Saugany Lake, Steven R. Burnett of La Porte, and Charles Browne of Branson, MO and two granddaughters, Amy S. Rosa of Rolling Prairie and Lori A. Dodd of South Bend, in addition to numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Helen moved to New Carlisle from Henderson, KY, where she was employed at East Heat, retiring after 35 years of service. Helen was a devout Christian and enjoyed singing in a traveling choir at various area churches.

Funeral services will be conducted at the McGann Hay, Morning Star Chapel, 21275 W. Cleveland Rd, South Bend, on Wednesday at 12:00PM, where friends and relatives may attend viewing two hours prior to the service.

The family wishes to express their profound appreciation to the staff at Hamilton Grove, for their treatment and care of Helen during her residency there. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Condolences may be made online at www.McGannHay.com.


Esther E. Bliler
  September 18, 1914 -- August 4, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Mrs. Esther Elsie (Kuespert) Bliler, 96, passed away Thursday at Evergreen Senior Center, Springfield, MI, near the home of her son Tom.

Esther was born here in St. Joseph County Indiana to the late Adolph and Elsie M. (Rothe) Kuespert on September 18, 1914. She married George Robert Bliler on February 4, 1940 in South Bend, he died on May 9, 1965. She was also predeceased by: a son, James E. Bliler on June 15, 1999, two sisters: Irene Kuespert Cook, Shirley Kuespert and a brother Carl Kuespert..

Mrs. Bliler is survived by a son Thomas R. (Judith) Bliler of Battle Creek, MI; five grandchildren: Deborah A. (Dan) Hanson, George R. (Linda) Bliler, John W. (Candy) Bliler, Jeff Scott (Julie) Bliler and Edward James (Jeanna) Bliler; seven great-granddaughters and five great-grandsons.

Esther was a homemaker and was very active in the Shrine and Eastern Star. On March 25, 1966 she was installed as “Worthy High Priestess.” She loved arts and crafts attending/showing in many art shows. She enjoyed playing card games and scrabble with her grandkids and great-grandkids. An avid Notre Dame fan she was also very involved in politics.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday from 12 noon to 1:30pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.). Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery with Rev. Lloyd Decesaro, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in Esther’s memory. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Frank L. Nowakowski
   September 1, 1945 -- August 4, 2011

GRANGER – Mr. Frank L. Nowakowski passed away on Thursday in Hospice House at 65 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents: Frank L. and Anna (Selecki) Nowakowski. Frank was a life-long resident of the South Bend/Granger area.

After graduating from South Bend Central High School in 1963, Frank proudly served his country in the United States Army, spending a portion of his service in Germany. He received an honorable discharge for his service.

Frank's interests in motorized transport led him to devote the majority of his employment life to the area of vans and recreational vehicles. He held positions in dealership development, sales, client training, development, and supervision. He retired from the industry in 2010.

Vegetable and flower gardening were Frank’s hobbies. He served on the board of Wellington Lakes Villas in a capacity working to maintain the lakes and grounds. Often vegetables from his garden found their way into special meals he prepared for family, neighbors and friends. He had the nickname of "Chef Frank."

Long a sports fan, Frank was a golfer and a former member of the Knollwood Country Club for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and football -- especially as a Notre Dame Football spectator.

Frank is survived by his wife, Joan (Fuson); children: Julie Ann (David) Solliday and their son Matthew of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffrey Nowakowski of Scottsdale, AZ, Erica (Paul Guerra) Nowakowski and their son Antonio Guerra of Altamonte Springs, FL.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7pm at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.). A funeral service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held at 11am Thursday, August 11, 2011 at McGann Hay Granger Chapel with Deacon John Tugman and Diane Schatterbeck of St. Pius X Parish, officiating. Burial and graveside committal services will follow at the St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family would like for people to consider memorial contributions to: the American Heart Association, The American Heart Association, Memorials & Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968 or The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences to the family may be sent at: www.McGannHay.com.


Kenneth G. Blunier
   February 16, 1932 – August 2, 2011

GRANGER –Mr. Kenneth G. Blunier, 79, passed away at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday in his home.

Mr. Blunier was born in Elkhart, IN to the late George Washington and Alta L. Lonora (Beehler) Blunier. He is survived by his wife Sally A. (Paul) Blunier, two sons: Jeffery D. and Dale E. (Leigh Goyings), five grandchildren: Joshua (Tracy), Jason and Justin (Sara) Blunier, Jacquelyn (Bill) Swentor, and Thomas Blunier, as well as eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Blunier was well known in this area for having owned Safety Racing Equipment, an auto racing business in Eau Claire, MI from 1960 to 1976. He also owned two 7-Eleven stores in Henderson, Nevada until selling them in 2004. Ken was a member of the VFW in Nevada after serving as an X-Ray Tech in the Navy during the Korean War.

The family wishes to recognize and thank Tomeka Daly of Home Care Assistance of South Bend and Marie Garatoni of Southern Care Hospice of Mishawaka for their compassion and loving care.

At Ken’s request there will be no services and his remains will be cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Hope United Methodist Church, 69941 Elkhart Road, Edwardsburg, MI 49112-8405 or to Southern Care Hospice, 310 W McKinley Ave. # 340, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5651. 

Condolences may be send to the family at: www.McGannHay.com.


Maryrose Adella Clayton
    May 28, 1933 – August 2, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Maryrose Adella Clayton, 78, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home surrounded by family on August 2, 2011. 

Born May 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ival Leisure and Ruth (Smith) Cwiklinski. She was also preceded in death by two sons, William Clayton and Herbert Clayton III. 

On December 23, 1951, Maryrose married Herbert Clayton, Jr. He preceded her in death. She is survived by four children, Michael (Linda) Clayton of Hobart, IN, Virginia Caldwell of Peru, IN, Candy Spillman of South Bend and Kelly Clayton of South Bend; 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Jeff, Eddy, Michele and Barbara Clayton, Ruthann Sanders, Nikki and Michael Spillman, and Connor and Brandon Caldwell; 6 great-grandchildren and her pets Missy & Molly.

Maryrose loved the Chicago Cubs, cooking, baking, and working on her garden. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She especially loved holidays because the whole family would be together at the same time.

The family would like to thank Southfield Nursing home, Riverbend Cancer Services, the Center for Hospice and Beth Ferlic for their help and compassion. 

Private services are being held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home to help cover funeral expenses.

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


Laura (Corea) Siguenza
    June 3, 1921 – August 1, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Laura C. Siguenza, 90, of South Bend, passed away with her family at her side on August 1, 2011. 

She was born in Armenia, El Salvador on June 3, 1921 to the late Ismael Corea Palma and Clorinda (Rodriguez) Corea.

Laura is survived by her loving husband, Lutgardo Enrique Siguenza, who took such good care of her until the end. Also surviving are her children, Laura Siguenza-Ivy of South Bend, Jaime Siguenza of Edwardsburg, Eduardo Siguenza of Mishawaka and Mario and Jeannie Siguenza of South Bend; and grandchildren, Matthew Ivy, and Maverick, Jarod, Madeleine, Simon and Salvador Siguenza.

Laura enjoyed sewing and reading; but especially, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She showed them love and strength and the importance of a strong relationship with the Lord.

Memorial services will be held at 10AM Friday at St. Casimir’s Parish. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, who the family thanks for being so kind and taking such good care of their mother. 

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


Jeanne Marie Weaver
    June 17, 1927 – August 1, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Jeanne M. Weaver, 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on August 1, 2011. 

Born June 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Rosina (Byl) Miller. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, C. Laurence and Robert L. Miller. 

Jeanne is survived by two daughters, Janice M. (Bruce W.) Reaves of South Bend and Jill M. Weaver of Mishawaka; son, Gary A. Weaver of South Bend; sister, Marianne Murphy of Bloomfield Hills, MI; 2 grandchildren, Jeremy W. (Allison Frame) Reaves, and Brady A. Weaver; 2 great-grandchildren, Brayden R. and Ryland W. Reaves; sister-in-law, Sharon K. Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Jeanne retired from the St. Joseph County Auditor's Office. She loved to jitterbug, read, and play euchre. Her grandsons and great grandsons were the joys of her life. She had a passion for clothes and costume jewelry and was always beautifully dressed. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd, at 11:00AM, with visitation one hour prior. 

The family would like to especially thank the residents and staff at Healthwin who were so kind and took such good care of mom. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Healthwin. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.

Kathryn Schipiro

The services for Kathryn Schipiro will be held on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00am in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, with Rabbi Michael Friedland. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel are handling arrangements.


Mary Tagami
      July 25, 1921 - July 23, 2011

GRANGER - Mary K. (Shiroma) Tagami, 89, passed away peacefully, Saturday morning, July 23, 2011 in the home of her daughter.

Mary was born on July 25, 1921 to the late Kame and Kama (Maeshiro) Shiroma and was the second eldest of seven children in her family.

She is survived by her eldest daughter Mary Block of Granger, IN and her son Gerald (Diane) Tagami of Costa Mesa, CA; her granddaughter, Amy Block of Granger; two grandsons: David Block of Aurora, IL and Chris Block of Granger. Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren, Michael Block, Alex Williams and Caitlin Block.

Mary was very involved with her church, Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL and loved playing the piano. She also worked many years as a Secretary for Mitsubishi.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660. Cremation is being taken care of by McGann Hay Granger Chapel and American Cremation Society. 

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


Woodrow W. Kessler
      May 2, 1917 - July 19, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Woodrow Wilson "Woodye" Webber Kessler, 94, of South Bend, Indiana (formerly of Iowa City, Iowa), died in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility on July 19, 2011. Visitation will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the McGann Hay, University Chapel (2313 E. Edison Road),followed by the funeral service at 6:30 p.m., with the Reverends Wilda Morris and Janell Bloem officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Solon, Iowa, prior to lunch for family and friends at First Baptist Church. Woodye was delivered by her father and 17 year-old sister Abbie on May 2, 1917, in Fairfield, Iowa, in the home of her parents, Myron David and Dorinda Rebecca Strange Webber. Her father named her after then U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, a story that she took great pleasure in sharing with friends and younger members of the family. In 1926 the family moved to Iowa City. Woodye remained in Iowa City until 2002 when she and her husband Orville relocated to South Bend to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Dorinda and John Rupe. On December 25, 1952, Woodye married Orville Leroy Kessler with whom she celebrated 54 years of marriage prior to his death in 2007. Family was a high priority to both Woodye and Orville, and she was a devoted mother to their five children, as well as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and grandmother to a large extended family. After attending high school in Iowa City, Woodye was employed in various positions including that of nurse's aide, restaurant manager, and salesclerk. After marrying, she spent several years as a full- time homemaker. Subsequently, putting her cooking skills to use, she did catering for local service organizations. She also assisted with her sister Ersel's drapery business. She was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church of Iowa City for 85 years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, on the Mission Board, in women's ministry, and visitation ministries for hospital and nursing home visits. She and Orville were always on call for any need from family, church members, friends, and neighbors. All were also welcomed in their home, where they were noted for their hospitality. She was known for her loving and giving ways. In the early 1970s, Woodye experienced a vocational call to ministry with inmates in the Johnson County jail, where she met weekly for Bible study and fellowship. Her local efforts grew into a mail ministry to inmates and former inmates of the county jail and the state penitentiaries, in which she wrote hundreds of letters annually. Woodye often visited inmates in the state penitentiaries. She also edited a newsletter entitled Woodye's Witness. Woodye and Orville opened their home to men and women upon their release, and offered assistance during their transitions back into their communities. Woodye was a strong advocate for those in the criminal justice system, and often functioned as the loving parent many had missed in their youth. On October 21, 1999 she was honored by then Johnson County Sheriff Robert Carpenter in a ceremony celebrating her twenty-six years of service in the county jail. Woodye's recreational passion was family genealogy. She was meticulous in her research and documentation in a time before online research tools. She left her family detailed records of family information, often including personal stories, dating back to the early 1600s. Woodye was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Orville, eight siblings and their spouses, Norman (Irene) Webber, Abbie (Gust) Brender (and earlier, Charles Smith), Aaron (Margaret) Webber, Hattie (Rindle) Hutton, Fred (Carol) Webber, Norinne (Cleo) Hines, Lottie (Lyle) Whitsel, and Ersel (Laird) Addis, two sons-in-law, James Kauzlarich, I and John Rupe, and one great granddaughter, Florence Penrod. Survivors include her five children, Dorinda WebberKauzlarich Rupe, South Bend, Indiana, Wilda Webber (Ed) Morris, Bolingbrook, Illinois, Thomas (Adel) Kessler, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Rebecca Kessler, Iowa City, Iowa and Alice (Robert) Rohret, Jesup, Iowa, 3 step grandchildren, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and an honorary son, Doran Pearson. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 500 North Clinton St., Iowa City, Iowa 52245; or to Healthwin Specialized Care, 20531 Darden Road, South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences, please visit www.McGann Hay.com.


Verner Joseph Hansen
   September 25, 1921 – July 16, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Verner J. “Irish” Hansen, 89, passed away in his home July 16, 2011. 

Born September 25, 1921, he was the son of the late Peter and Helga (Alstead) Hansen. He was married to Beverly (Asire) Hansen, who preceded him in death. 

Left to cherish Verner’s memory are his children, Denny Hansen of West Lafayette, Jan (John) Husband of South Bend and Nancy (Sean) Kerrigan of Boynton Beach, FL; and his grandchildren, who he loved so much, Chad, Jennie, Michael and Katelyn Husband, and Samantha and Connor Kerrigan. 

Verner worked as a car salesman for Yeager Buick in South Bend, which later became Gurley Leep, where he continued to work for many years. He proudly served in the Air Force during WWII. He was stationed in Honolulu. He loved golfing, and fishing, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.

Private burial services will be held on Thursday. The McGann Hay, University Chapel is handling arrangements. 

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

Thomas L. Wargo
Jan. 17, 1944 - July 17, 2011

GRANGER - Thomas L. Wargo, 67, passed away in his home after an illness surrounded by his family early in the morning of July 17, 2011. 

He was born January 17, 1944, in South Bend, Indiana, to the late Manus and Lucille (Delinski) Wargo. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Joseph's High School and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam, and a was a longtime parishoner of St. Pius X Church. 

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite "Peggy" Wargo; two daughters, Jennifer K. (Christopher) Freitas of Jupiter, Florida, and Sarah E. Wargo of South Bend; son, Patrick T. Wargo of Dallas, Texas; stepson, Joseph R. Tuttle of South Bend; sister, Lucy Wargo of South Bend; and grandchildren, Christopher John "C.J.," Brendan Thomas and Henry Patrick Freitas, and Olivia Grace Tuttle. 

Friends may call from 4-7 PM on Tuesday in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. A gravesite service will follow at Highland Cemetery. 

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Center for Hospice Care or to the St. Pius X Building Fund. 

To send condolences or share memories with the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Angelina “Lena” McMahon
      December 8, 1926 – July 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Angelina “Lena” McMahon, 84, passed away peacefully, with her family near her side, on July 9, 2011.

Born December 8, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Leopoldo and Angelina (DeCosmo) Silvaggio. On October 22, 1953, she married John J. McMahon. He preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her sister, Emma Plummer. 

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Maureen (Kevin) Hamel and Marissa (Bill) O’Hayer, both of South Bend; son, Patrick McMahon of South Bend; five grandchildren, Patrick and Aileen O’Hayer, both of South Bend, Sara (Matthew) Orahood of Carmel, Kim (Michael) Koch of Carmel, and Angelina (Nathaniel) Sagarsee of South Bend; and seven great-grandchildren. 

She will be greatly missed by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00PM on Wednesday, July 13, at Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park. 

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

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


Marilyn Helen Zelasko
       January 16, 1934 – July 2, 2011

MISHAWAKA—Marilyn H. Zelasko, 77, entered into eternal life July 2, 2011. 

She was born January 16, 1934 in Chicago, IL to William J. and Helen M. (Brazauskas) Kareiva. They preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Stazy Zelasko; and nephews Donald Kareiva, Jr. and Phillip Kareiva.

Survived to cherish her memory are her brothers, William (Julia) Kareiva, Jr. of Berwyn, IL and Donald (Carol) Kareiva of Valparaiso, IN. She was a loving aunt to her nieces, Karen Dunbar of Valparaiso and Sharon Kareiva of Berwyn, IL; and to her great nephew, Michael Dunbar of Chicago. 

Marilyn loved being a longtime member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church community. She was a member of the D-G Post 271 of the American Legion Auxiliary; and was also active with groups in seeking legislation and support for providing public access for handicapped persons, having been confined herself to a wheelchair for 55 years as a result of being one of the last polio victims.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Granger, IN; where friends may call one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Home Bound Ministry at St. Pius X Parish, 52553 Fir Rd, Granger, IN 46530. 

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


John Robert Penn
January 6, 1937 – July 2, 2011

GRANGER – John R. Penn, 74, passed away at 10:38PM on July 2, 2011 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. 
John was born in Mishawaka, IN on January 6, 1937 to the late Forrest W. and Helen G. (Leslie) Penn. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1955, and went on to graduate from Tri-State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He owned United Tool and Engineering in Mishawaka, IN with his brother, Richard A. Penn. In 1956, he married the love of his life, Mona L. Reeves, on December 22. They were married over 55 years. John is survived by his wife, Mona L. (Reeves) Penn; his children, John R. Penn, Jr. of Mishawaka and Leslie A. (Penn) Podell and her husband, Brian “Max” Podell of Granger; and his granddaughter, Aubrey L. Podell of Boston, MA. He is also survived by his younger brother, Richard A. Penn and Marcia Penn of Marcellus, MI; as well as, Susan Penn of Granger, IN, the late Rick Penn, Stephen Penn, Sueann Barnes, and Samantha Creakbaum. 

John was a lover of the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with his dear friends and family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was so loved by his family and friends, and will be forever missed. 

Visitation will be held from 3-8PM on Thursday, July 7, at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Funeral services will be on Friday at the Funeral Home at 11:00AM, with visitation one hour prior. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.


Carl E. Gregory
 April 5, 1944 – June 26, 2011

Mishawaka-Carl E. Gregory, 67, of Center St., Mishawaka, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, after a fall in his home. Carl was born to Cosby R. and Naoma (Jones) Gregory, who both preceded him in death. 

He lived in South Bend and Mishawaka all his life, except for a few years, which he spent in Dowagiac, Michigan. Carl graduated from Penn High School in 1964. Even though Carl suffered from cerebral palsy from birth, he managed to inspire three generations by his tenacity and determination. We believe he was a special gift from God, sent to teach everyone who knew him the meaning of compassion. Although he was never able to drive a car, he was a familiar sight to many people from Roseland to Niles, riding his bike and stopping at every garage sale along the way. He has lived in Mishawaka for the past several years and enjoyed the freedom a motorized scooter gave him. He considered many people his friends even though he was quite shy. As a final gift, Carl was an organ donor; hopefully helping people by giving the only thing he had to give. 

In addition to his parents, Carl was pre-deceased by his brother, Ralph D. and sister, Janice K. Gregory, both of Mishawaka. He is survived by sisters, Joyce O’Banion of Mishawaka and Linda O’Banion of White Pigeon, MI, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Carl will be cremated with private burial services at a later date. To send condolences, visit www.McGannHay.com.


Reginald Jay Sexton
       March 24, 1951 – June 26, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Reggie J. Sexton, 60, passed away unexpectedly June 26, 2011. Survivors include his daughter, Jackie (Terry) Rife; brothers, Gary and Rod (Penelope) Sexton; and sisters, Teresa (Dave) Willis and Debbie (Dave) Hiles. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held from 5-8PM on Thursday at the Chain-O-Lakes Conservation Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McGann Hay Funeral Home to help offset expenses. To send condolences, visit www.McGannHay.com.


Joseph W. Springstead, Jr.
June 28, 1949 -- June 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mr. Joseph Winslow Springstead, Jr., 61, passed away unexpectedly Saturday while working in his yard. 

Joe was born in Milford, MI, to the late Joseph Winslow, Sr., and Lodema (Hale) Springstead on June 28, 1949. He married Sandra Kaye Slater on June 11, 1976 in South Bend who survives in South Bend. 

Joe and Kaye had two children: Richard P. “Rick” (Adrienne) Springstead and their daughter Giselle and Amanda Springstead all of South Bend. Also surviving are a brother John (Laurie) Springstead and his sister Lissa (Jerry) Kent both of Central Lake, MI. 

Joe was an electrician having had his own electrical contracting business for many years but was currently employed at the University of Notre Dame were he had worked since 2001. Joe was a “Horse Show Dad” and member of the Indiana Paint Horse Association and had volunteered for years with 4-H. Most recently he loved being a new grandfather. He was proud of his son, Rick, for his service as a firefighter, and his daughter Amanda’s recent graduation from the University of Notre Dame. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will celebrate the life of Joe at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 3:30pm Friday at the Notre Dame Campus with Rev. Paul Doyle, CSC, officiating. His ashes will be buried later at Lakeview Cemetery in Eastport, MI. Visitation will be from 11:30am to 3:00pm at the McGann Hay University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. near Ironwood prior to Mass on Friday.

Rather than sending flowers Joe’s friends and family are encouraged to make a donation to remember Joe to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Bernice T. Wolvos
       August 6, 1918 – June 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Bernice T. Wolvos, 92, died at home late Saturday night. Born in Chicago to the late Max and Ida (Herskowitz) Teichman. Married the late Leon M. Wolvos on June 30, 1940 in South Bend. Survived by her son Joel H. Wolvos and five grandchildren. Her daughter Sharyl Benovitz predeceased her. Services will be MONDAY 6/27 at 2pm in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery with Rabbi Eric Siroka. She was a former member of Temple Beth El.

Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.


Trudy Rose
     December 21, 1928 - June 23,2011

SOUTH BEND -- Gertrude (Trudy) Marie Rose, 82, of South Bend, died at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community June 23 in Elkhart. 

Born in Chapel Hill, NC on December 21, 1928, along with her identical twin, "Jo", to the late William and Gertrude (Meilstrup) Cerney, where their father had been on the football coaching staff at the University of North Carolina. Having played on Knute Rockne's national championship teams in the 1920’s, Bill Cerney returned with his family to South Bend in 1933 to work as assistant football coach at Norte Dame under Elmer Laden.

Trudy graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1945, married Peter Rose in October 1950 and raised three children, Michael of Los Angeles, CA (Angela Torreson), Kitty of Mishawaka, IN (Ed Everett) and Patrick, deceased 2001 (Colleen Kelley).

She was an avid dancer and took every opportunity to get on the dance floor; Trudy and Pete were longtime members of the Assemblers Dance Club, the Merri-Time Dance Club and regulars at the Elks Club Friday dinner/dances. Trudy continued as a member of the Elks and her "Tuesday Night Group" that met each week at the club, were some of her dearest friends. She was an accomplished, award-winning artist and a member of the St. Joseph Valley Watercolor Society. Trudy had devoted many years of service to the Christ Child Society by designing and making Christmas decorations, sold at the annual Christmas Charity Bazaar that she would help organize. She was an ardent bridge player and golfer, belonging to two bridge clubs and two golf leagues- the Robin Hood Women's League and the Erskine Women's League (along with her buddy Jo Midla.) She was fiercely proud of her entire family, especially her grandchildren, Kyle and Michael Everett, Sean Rose and Caitlin Rose Kelley. In addition to her son Patrick and husband Peter, her twin Jo Ann Reagan and brother William Cerney preceded her in death. Trudy is survived, by her two children and four grandchildren, along with two sisters, Billie Lou Thomas and Pat Fewell of South Bend; a brother, James Cerney (Jane) of South Bend; a daughter-in-law, Colleen Rose Kelly of Anchorage AK; a sister-in-law Maryvonne O'Doherty of Rocky River OH; and the family's "adopted" foreign exchange student Hans Hilden, M.D. of Bremen Germany.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at McGann Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10:00 AM at St. Matthew Cathedral, Miami St. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Christ Child Society, P.O. Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624 or Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, Indiana 46637. To send condolences to the family or for directions log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Sandra K. Basham
  May 7, 1947 - June 24, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Sandra Kay Basham passed away early Friday morning, June 24, 2011, at Regency Place of South Bend. 

Sandy was born on May 7, 1947 in Toledo, OH, to the late Emery Vernon Olson and Norma Jean (Wood) Harvey. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Donald Lee Olson. 

Left to cherish Sandy's memory are: her daughter Sheryl (Anthony) Granlund of South Bend; her son Brian (Kristin) Basham of South Bend; her sister Vicki (Ray) VanderHorst of Toledo, OH, and her brother Emery (Sally) Olson of Scandinavia, WI. Other survivors also include her four grandchildren: Sydney Granlund, Tyler Basham, Lyndsie Basham and Ashlie Self, all of South Bend; two nieces: * Ryan Mlotzek of Myrtle Beach, SC and Kelly VanderHorst of Toledo, OH; her great-nephew Max Gregory and great-niece Presley Gregory, both of Myrtle Beach, SC, and her former husband Bob Basham of Goshen, IN. 

Sandy loved spending time with her entire family more than anything and she enjoyed caring for her dogs. The family would like to thank the staff at Regency Place of South Bend for all of the care they provided for Sandy and also send a special "thank you" to Dr. Bathrick. 

Friends and family may visit Tuesday, June 28, at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood Dr., from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with a memorial service being held at 2:00 pm to celebrate Sandy's life. Cremation will follow at American Cremation Society. 

Rather than sending flowers, it is requested that a donation be made out in Sandy's memory to either of her favorites: the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to the Pet Refuge, 2300 W. 6th St. Mishawaka, IN 46544. 

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


Cecellia M. “Sally” Nivens
 May 20, 1931 – June 24, 2011

GRANGER -- Cecellia M. “Sally” Nivens passed away Friday in the residence of her daughter with loved ones near. 

Sally was born in Port Huron, MI, on May 20, 1931 to the late Russell and Nina Bacheller. She lived the past 60 years in South Bend. On August 17, 1950 she married the late Robert J Nivens who passed away on May 15, 1993. 

Their marriage was blessed with two daughters: Debbie (William) Beelaert and Pam (Mike) Davis; three grandchildren: Candice Beelaert, Courtney (Mike) Hartnagel and Brent (Allyson) Gustafson; two great-grandchildren: Payton Gustafson and Colbie Gustafson. Also surviving are two brothers: Orlin Bacheller and Larry Bacheller. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by: three sisters and three brothers: Ruth Stuart, Leo Bacheller, Jerry Bacheller, Wanda Peters, Verne Bacheller and Donna Fleming. 

Family was the main focus of her life. Everybody who knew her loved her for her caring ways and sense of humor. She loved computers, sewing, and movies.

Friends may call Sunday 4-8 pm Sunday at McGann Hay Funerals, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.). A memorial Service will be held on Monday at noon with visitation one hour prior in the Granger Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers please honor Sally’s memory by sending a contribution to any one of the following three organizations: International Multiple Myleoma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421, the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46635 or the American Cancer Society. 

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


Vernon Ray Buzzard
   November 17, 1921 – June 21, 2011


NILES-Vernon R. Buzzard, 89, of Niles, MI, formerly of Granger, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on June 21, 2011.

Born November 17, 1921, he was the son of the late Med and Ethel Buzzard. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Shafer; and a granddaughter, Christy Apple. 

Vernon married Lola Belle VanClake, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Christina Apple of Niles, Renee (James) Vargo of Granger, Allene (Kevin) Farmer of Plainfield, IL, and Ethel (Richard) Oppman of Niles; sisters, Grace Hargis of Tennessee and Phyllis Rowland of Michigan; and grandchildren, Tamara Pecot, Leroy Apple, Jr., Vernon Apple, Ryan Perry, Alex and Jill Vargo, Levi and Elijah Farmer, and Kyle, Bailey, Joe, Tait, and Abe Oppman. 

He was a proud Army Veteran, serving in WWII as a Medic. He worked in the Coal Mines in Cabin Creek,West Virginia; and later worked at UniRoyal. He had a passion for history, music and poetry but most of all, for animals. He leaves behind his beloved cockatiels; Aussie and Sunny. His charming and intelligent personality will be greatly missed by his family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 at 2:30PM. Friends may call one hour prior. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, or to Hospice at Home.

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

Sharon K. (Frantz) Moore
         Oct. 17,1943 – June 20, 2011

GOSHEN- Sharon K. (Frantz) Moore, 67, died 10:30 pm Monday June 20, 2011 at IU Hospital of Goshen, IN.

She was married to John D. Moore on November 8, 1963. She was employed by Elkhart County Landfill until 1998.

She is survived by husband John D. Moore, Goshen – Daughters Linda (Rick) Berkey, Goshen –Lisa Moore, Goshen- Grandchildren Ashli and Taylor Berkey, Goshen-Elizabeth Bolanos, Quito Ecuador.

She was preceded in death by Parents, Art and Doris Frantz Goshen IN.; Mother In-Law, Ellen Moore and Father In-Law Frank Moore, Marysville MI.

No Service or Visitations are scheduled. Cremation has taken place. McGann Hay Funeral Home, South Bend, assisted with arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to : The Transverse Myelitis Association @ www.myelitis.org in care of Sharon Moore.

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


Edward D. Hab
     February 4, 1958 – June 16, 2011

GRANGER- Edward “Ed” Hab, 53, passed away June 16, 2011. He was born February 4, 1958, in South Bend. He is survived by his parents, David L. and Marilyn W. (Stebner) Hab; two sons, Michael and Kevin Hab; and their mother, Brenda Hab, all of Granger. Ed was a devoted father and a caring, considerate son.

Ed had a passion for dogs. He raised many during his life and at the time of his death was the loving owner of Gringo, a German shepherd, and Lily, a Maltese. A lifelong car enthusiast and meticulous owner, Ed acquired a variety of different models through the years. He especially enjoyed detailing his cars. Ed also loved NFL football. He was a lifelong Bears fan but also known to follow the Colts. He appreciated music and listened to a variety of artists, especially the Eagles.

Ed was a graduate of Indiana University. For the past eight years, he enjoyed working as an account executive for Follett Library Resources, a leading producer and distributor of school text books. He was a kind, well-liked co-worker and employee.

A memorial service will be held at the New Apostolic Church, 5602 S. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, just south of the county fairgrounds on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, or to the New Apostolic Church. 

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


Matthew James Dennin
    September 5, 1960 – June 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Caring and devoted dad, brother, uncle and friend, Matt was born on September 5, 1960 in Sea Isle City, NJ to Thomas F. and Kathleen Margaret (McPeak) Dennin. He passed away on June 18th in the loving company of family members and his dear friend Karen Mitchell.

Matt worked in the RV Industry much of his adult life. His job allowed him to travel the country and he loved telling stories about some of the beautiful places he visited. He loved music and was very good at playing guitar. Matt loved spending time with family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed telling stories to his nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a loyal and loving friend. One who would drop everything to be there for a loved one. At times he was there when nobody else was. He was committed to his family and wanted nothing more than to see us all together and happy. He will be so greatly missed.

The dedicated and caring people of Ironwood Health and Rehab, The Center for Hospice Care as well as the thoughts and prayers of our family and friends and the many people who visited and expressed their love for our brother have carried us through this unspeakable journey. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Matt leaves behind his daughter Erin of Denver, CO., brothers Tom of Indianapolis, Jim and Mike, his sister, and kindred spirit, Margaret Mary and his “baby” sister Patty (Kenny) Langley, nephews Matthew, Chris, Shaun, Dillon, Eric, Luke and Anthony, nieces Kaitlyn, Cassidy, Jamie, Kaylie and Kathleen, devoted girlfriend Christine and her children Kristen, Patrick and Michael, Aunt Rosemary and countless friends. 

Preceding Matt was our sister Veronica and our parents Tom and Kathleen.

God’s speed Matt. We all love you so very much and will miss you every day until we meet again.

“As He calls us one by one the chain will link again”

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-7pm at McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. at Jefferson.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00am at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St. with Msgr. Michael Heintz, Rector. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Matt’s memory to The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

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


Morris Pollard
 May 24, 1916 – June 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Morris Pollard, 95, of The Waterford, Park Place, Mishawaka, died on June 18. 

Dr. Pollard was the Coleman Professor and recent Director of the Lobund Laboratory, University of Notre Dame. His early scientific work included seminal studies on viral diseases, including the discovery of the first retrovirus (AMV, in 1938), the type of virus later found to cause HIV/AIDS. During World War II, Morris worked at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, on detection of Q-fever, typhus, primary atypical pneumonia, and on “Bullis Fever” in soldiers, for which he received the Army Medal, among the Army’s highest award for non-combat heroism. Following WWII, Pollard joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas as an Assistant professor and Director of the Virus Research Laboratory. There he studied polio and rabies; developed the first serologic test for hepatitis A; discovered that tetracycline could be used to cure trachoma, a major cause of blindness in the world; discovered that aureomycin could be used to treat parrot fever (psitticosis). In 1961, Morris Pollard was recruited to the University of Notre Dame where, as Lobund Director, he worked on virology and cancer in “germ-free” animals. During this period he developed a widely used model of prostate cancer in rats which proved to be a faithful proxy for hormone resistant prostate cancer in man; developed bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia and sarcomas, for which he received the Hope Award from the American Cancer Society; showed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could suppress colon carcinoma and related metastases; and pioneered the discovery that tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) could be used to dissolve blood clots in the brain and elsewhere. Morris Pollard was an honorary alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, and an enthusiastic member of the Notre Dame family. On the national level, Dr. Pollard was a founding member of the American Academy of Microbiology; and served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health, DHEW/DHHS), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy, where he served on the Oversight Board for the Argonne National Laboratory, including two years as chair. 

Morris Pollard was pre-deceased by Molly, his wife of 65 years. He is survived by his son Harvey B. and his wife; his daughter Carol A. Pollard-Levy and her husband; and his son Jonathan Jay and his wife; two grandsons; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery at 10 AM, Monday June 20, 2011.There will be no visitation. The McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations in the memory of Morris Pollard should be made to the University of Notre Dame LOBUND Laboratories (c/o Thomas Blum, University Relations, University of Notre Dame, 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend, IN. 46617; T: 574-631-5148.)
 
To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Cecelia A. S. Allmon
April 20, 1915 – June 11, 2011
SOUTH BEND – Cecelia A. (Swanson) Allmon, 96, died at Hospice House.

She was married to Francis Elwood “Ellie” Allmon who died in Nov. 1990.

Survivors: four grandchildren, including Wendy J. Centers; son Robert E. (Pam) Allmon; six great-grandchildren among them is Adrienne Allmon and Austin Centers; daughter Diane Covert, cousin D’Ann Bayman.

ACTIVITIES: Schuyler Colfax-DAR 60yrs., Past Pres. Memorial Hosp. Aux., First Presbyterian Church, community volunteer including Bi-Centennial Chair, school teacher, homemaker. 
Services held later.

Memorials to: McGann Hay, 2313 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN 46615. Condolences: McGannHay.com.


Emmagene U. Walz
  July 13, 1913 – June 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Emmagene Ullery Walz, 97, formerly of South Bend, passed away June 9, 2011 in St. Petersburg General Hospital in Florida.

Born July 13, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Elmer W. and Bessie (Platz) Ullery. On August 31, 1935 in South Bend Emmagene married J. Woodrow Walz. He preceded her in death on December 13, 2002.

Survivors include two daughters: Carole L. (Dr. James S.) Prawat of Richmond, IN and Linda M. Kring of Dubuque, IA and son J. W. “Jay” (Carmen) Walz of Pinellas Park, FL. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Emmagene was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church and was past President of the James Monroe PTA. She was also a member of the first graduating class of Riley High School in 1931 & one of Riley's first cheerleaders.

Visitation will be held on Friday June 24, 2011 at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Dr. at Jefferson from 3-6pm. Funeral services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday June 25,2011 at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Goodwill Industries of Michiana, 1805 West Western Ave., South Bend, IN 46628, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Norman H. Staien
    December 1, 1930 - June 6, 2011

GRANGER -- Born in Birmingham, England. Norman and his wife, Ann, immigrated to the US in 1957 where they lived in Norwalk, CT for 41 years before retiring to Granger, Indiana in 1998. Norman died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a long illness with pancreatic cancer.

Norman is survived by his wife, Ann Staien of 55 years, three children, Gary Staien (wife Julie), Gregg Staien (wife Melissa) and Sue Hutchings (husband Peter) and 6 grandchildren. Norman was a selfless and caring individual and will be missed by many.

Memorial services will be held at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend (115 South Frances Street South Bend, Indiana 46617) on Friday, June 17th at 11 am. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society (601 W. Edison Rd, Mishawaka, 46545 or call 257-9789) or the Humane Society of St. Joseph County Indiana (2506 Grape Rd. Mishawaka, IN 46545 or call 255-4726). To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Gary Carrenzo Clark
     November 22, 1957 – May 31, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Gary C. Clark, 53, passed away May 31, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Debby Clark; daughters, Jada Howell and Tyisha Clark of California; stepchildren, Mark and Ashley Minder of South Bend; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the McGann Hay, Morning Star Chapel, Cleveland Rd. on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 3PM, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to help defer expenses. www.McGannHay.com.


Rupert (Rudy) Coffman
 May 6, 1936 -- May 27, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Rudy died Friday, May 27th at 9:22pm after many years fighting Parkinsons disease.

He was born in South Bend to Edna and B.A. Coffman and lived in South Bend all his life. He was married Sept 5, 1953 at 7pm in the Indiana Ave. Christian Church to

Bonnie J. Jones. He began his career at Midland Engineering serving as a foreman for many years. He became the owner of Seal Fast Roofing Company. Rudy spent his semi retirement driving a tanker for Waggoner Oil and retired to his first love of farming.

Rupert is survied by his wife Bonnie; four sons: Johnnie Paul (Mary), Larry (Lori), Terry (Vicki), Jamey (Sharon), a daughter Laurie Marie (Bill); two sisters: Lorriane of South Bend and Ilene of San Antonio, TX; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in Rupert’s memory may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 47737 or to the National Parkinson Foundation
Gift Processing Center,
PO Box 5018
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com

McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations and American Cremation Society are in charge of his cremation.


Mary Ellen Guentert
     September 3, 1923 -- May 23, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Mary Ellen Guentert, age 87, died at The Sanctuary at Holy Cross on May 23, 2011 after an extended illness.

Born September 3, 1923 in Mishawaka, Indiana to John and Anna Frank, she attended St. Mary’s Academy and was her class salutatorian in 1941. On December 30, 1944 she married Joseph J. Guentert, Jr. of South Bend, who preceded her in death.

Mary Ellen lived in South Bend and worked at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and served as Secretary for Indiana Right to Life over the years.

Mary and Joe were founding members of Little Flower Parish and edited the parish paper, The Party Line, for more than 20 years. They were active in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men and Women and continued to support parish activities at Little Flower Parish, St. Joseph’s Parish, South Bend, and St. Anthony de Padua Parish throughout their lives. As part of her life of service, she volunteered for countless school and parish activities and she and Joe served as Foster Parents for newborn babies for over 10 years. Mary will be remembered as a woman of faith, who lived her life dedicated to her husband, her family and to God.

Survivors include her brothers: John Frank (Dorothy, Galveston, TX) and Tom Frank (Joanne, South Bend, IN) and nine children: Anne Cassler (Dan, Humble, TX), Joe (Charlotte, NC), Louise Springer (Terry, Menasha, WI), Christine Morningstar (Dave, Nashville, NC), Mary Claire Kopp (Lawrence, Greenlawn, NY), Larry (Lafayette, IN), Maggie Simmons (Phil, Ft. Myers, FL), Andrew (Becky, Crown Point, IN), and Paul (Laura, South Bend, IN). In addition, her grandchildren: (David, Don, Jennifer, Annie, Kristi, Jeff, Joey, Molly, Maggie, Bob, Matt, Melany, Katie, Patrick, Christopher, Edward, Bryan, Catherine, Hans and Johanna) will miss her dearly. Grandson Daniel White preceded her in death. There are also nearly 30 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family who will miss Mary.

Visitation will be held at McGann Hay Funeral Home, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd, South Bend, from 4-7 pm Friday with a Rosary at 6 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 226 N. Hill Street, South Bend, on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 1 pm. Relatives and friends are welcome at both services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph County Right to Life, 320 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601 or the Friends for Faye (ALS Research), ALS TDI, 215 First Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Mary’s family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Faye Magneson and Dr. Stephen Anderson and the Staff at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross for their compassionate care during her extended illness. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


David Anthony Hosinski
      October 20, 1937 – May 20, 2011

MISHAWAKA -- David Anthony Hosinski, 73, passed away Friday at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Mishawaka, IN after a brief illness. 

David was married on June 20, 1959 to the former Margaret L. Pinter who survives of Mishawaka. He is survived by his seven children: Mary Beth (Duffy) Burns and Thomas (Christine) Hosinski both of Sylvania, Ohio; Kenneth of South Bend; Karen (Matthew) Payton, Joseph (Holly) Hosinski; Robert (Maureen) Hosinski and Anne (Jonathan) Watson all of Granger. He is also survived by his seventeen grandchildren who were the lights of his life: Amanda, Daniel, Jane and David Payton; Nicholas, Allison, Jason and Andrew Hosinski; Kyle and Megan Burns; Evan and Grace Hosinski; Molly, Nora and Teddy Hosinski and Claire and Madeline Watson; one brother, Ronald G. (Elizabeth) Hosinski of South Bend and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victoria (Jankowski) and Frederick Louis Hosinski.

Dave attended St. Stanislaus Grade School and South Bend Catholic/St. Joseph High School in South Bend where he met his wife of 53 years. They were married on June 20, 1959 at the former Sacred Heart Church, South Bend. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame in 1959 and from the Notre Dame Law School in 1963. 

Dave worked for over 25 years at the St. Joseph Bank in South Bend as Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. In 1988, he co-founded the Indiana Trust and Investment Management Company, the first non-bank trust firm in Indiana, from which he retired in 2009. He was an active member in the community and served on the boards of Samaritan Center, Hospice of St. Joseph County and many others.

Dave lived a life full of joy. He found joy first in his family, whom he was surrounded by at his passing. He valued his family above all and was an inspiring example of what it means to be a good husband, father and mentor. He was a faith filled man and led his family and his business with integrity, quiet confidence and a servant’s heart. He shared his love of basketball by coaching his children and grandchildren for many years. He was proud of all his grandchildren’s various talents. He loved to ski, and traveled for many years to Vail, CO. He enjoyed many summer family vacations at South Haven, MI and took great pride in his yard and home. He loved all things Notre Dame.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 24 from 4 to 8pm at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter on Cherry Rd.), where there will be a Vigil Service at 5pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with visitation one hour before the Mass. Burial will follow immediately at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in David’s memory to: The Christ Child Society, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624 or to: St. Pius X School Tuition Assistance Fund, 52553 Fir Rd.
Granger, IN 46530.


Alfred R. Holston
April 17, 1930 – May 19, 2011

SOUTH BEND, IN – Alfred Roger Holston, 81, passed away Thursday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Al was born on April 17, 1930 in Wausau, WI, to the late Alfred Clayborne Holston and Marie B. (Drews) Holston. Other family members preceding him in death include: his son, Stephen Holston; daughter, Alana Holston; sister, Toni Ritchie and one grandchild, Rebecca. 

Mr. Holston was employed for over 20 years with IATSE the Theater Stage Handler’s Union. He retired as the Department Head of the Prop Dept. having worked locally at The Morris Center for Performing Arts and at the University of Notre Dame. 

Surviving Al is his wife, Anna (Schonberner) Holston, whom he married on April 21, 1954 in Newkirk, OK; six sons: Robert (Angie) of Salina, KS, David (Christi) of Monee, IL, Richard (Cathy) of Westminster, CO, Anthony (Suzan) of Muskogee, OK, Bruce (Vanessa) of Cape Coral, FL and Clay (Brenda) South Bend, IN Holston; three daughters: Jeannie (Paul) Farmer of Beebe, AR, Cynthia (Scott) Grzegorek of South Bend and Laurie (Ed) Law of Mishawaka, IN; one sister: Virginia Plonka of Westville, IN; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

McGann Hay Funeral Homes and American Cremation Society are in charge of arrangements. There will be no services. Burial of his ashes will be later at Crown Point Cemetery, Knox, IN. Memorial donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


Geraldine E. Snelling
   July 9, 1917 – May 6, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Geraldine Elizabeth Snelling, 93, passed away peacefully May 6, 2011. 

Born July 9, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Marion (Torok) Walsh. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Snelling; sisters, Marjorie Horn, Mary Kay Shoemaker, Helen Kronewitter, Genevieve Berger, Betty Walsh, and Evelyn Walsh; and brother, Patrick Walsh. 

Geraldine is survived by her nieces, Judy Filley of Vandalia, MI, Jeri Devlin of Albian, MI, and Joyce Bernas and Carol Romero, both of South Bend; nephews, Reginald Horn of Pawleys Island, SC, Robert Kronewitter of Denver, CO, Craig and Mike Berger, both of Chicago, and Alan Walsh of Pedro, OH; and special friends, Dan and Marylen Robinson, Irene Robinson and Ted Robinson.

She was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend. 

Friends may visit Friday, May 13, at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., from 12:30 to 1:30pm, with a memorial service being held at 1:30PM. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. 

Memorial Donations may be made to Center for Hospice Care. 

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


Noah Thomas Laidig
     December 14, 1994 - May 2, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Noah Thomas Laidig, 16, of Mishawaka, passed away unexpectedly in his residence on Monday.

Noah was a student at Penn High School just finishing his sophomore year. He played the guitar and loved his country and was considering enlisting in the college US Army ROTC after graduation. He was a member of the South Bend Rangers Skeet Shooting team. He was just loved by everyone and will never be forgotten.

Left to cherish his memory are: his mother Monica (Steve Largent) Laidig of Mishawaka; his father Del D. Laidig of Elkhart; his sister Ava Laidig, age 12, of Mishawaka; two brothers: Brad Largent, age 17 and Ben Largent, age 15, both of Mishawaka; his maternal grandparents: Thomas J. and Sarah A. Mueller of South Bend; Paternal Grandparents: Dwight and Sandra Laidig of Plymouth, IN. 

Other survivors include his aunts and uncles: Mark and Elizabeth Mueller of Chandler, AZ, Annmarie and Eric Baumgartner of Lima, OH, Matthew and Diane Mueller of Washington, DC, James Mueller of Washington, DC, Matt and Beth Laidig of Mishawaka, the late Bart (Angela and Doug Watts) Laidig of Lakeville, and Shelley and Anthony Johnson of Jacksonville, FL. He is also survived by many cousins: Megan, Luke, Emma, David, John, Ashley, Brittany, Tiffany, Tyler, Sarah, Brad, Luke, Taylor, Kylie, Gabe, Sierra and Elijah.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7pm at the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.) where there will be a Prayer Service at 7pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame at 9:30am, Friday, with Rev. James B. Lewis, O.Carm, celebrating and Rev. Jeff Largent, concelebrating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame.

Rather than sending flowers, the family wishes that memorial donations be made to one of Noah’s favorite causes: The St. Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 N. Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Memories may be shared and condolences may be send to the family and directions found at: www.McGannHay.com.



George D. Chaney
       March 24, 1920 - April 30, 2011

OSCEOLA - George Desmond Chaney, 91, of Osceola, IN, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Elkhart Hospice House. George was born March 24, 1920, in Lindsay, CA, to George Riley Chaney and Savilla M. (Duncan) Chaney. In 1956 he married Joanna A. Whittenberger, who passed away in October 2007, just short of 51 years of marriage. During WW II he was in the division headquarters medical section, serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Europe. While hospitalized himself, George assisted the wounded by writing letters home and encouraging the patients to get better so they could go home. Mr. Chaney graduated with a BA degree in Music from Fresno State College and a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Notre Dame. He spent 32 years in education as a teacher, counselor and principal in California and at Coquillard and Studebaker Schools in South Bend, IN. He was a member of First Baptist Church, South Bend; a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Della Kappa, Honorary Music and Education Fraternities. After retiring from the education field, Mr. Chaney continued to work in Smith's China Shop and the office of the home owners Association of Paradise Park Masonic Club in Santa Cruz, CA, until they returned to South Bend in 1995. Throughout his life, George enjoyed construction and assisted in the building of new homes; he was a Boy Scout Master and a 4-H leader in California. He was also one who gained great pleasure in gardening. For several years he delivered flowers from his garden to his bank tellers and doctors' offices for all to enjoy. In addition to Joanna, George was preceded in death by his parents, George Riley and Savilla M. (Duncan) Chaney; his brother, Glenn W. Chaney; and sister in law, Lola Chaney. Survivors include his brother, Wayne Chaney, and sister-in law, Marie Chaney in San Joaquin, CA; and his brother-in-law, Duane (Odelia) Whittenberger, Cleveland, OH. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Sharon (Curt) Moody, Medina, OH, Cathy (Dennis) Keller, Larry, Christie, Thomas (Betty) Chaney, Anna (Tim) Boardman in California, and their families, as well as numerous loving cousins, mostly in Montana. In recent years, George was assisted by two helpful angels, Cheryl Bennett and Donnie Ingle. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mr. Chaney will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, and friends may call from 10-11 a.m. in McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, South Bend. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


Natalie M. Stober
    January 26, 1953 -- April 29, 2011

GRANGER – Natalie M. Stober, 58, of Coldwater, MI, passed away at the Lifespan Hospice residence in Battle Creek on Friday, April 29, 2011, after an extended illness. 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 3 – 8 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home, 440 W. Chicago St., Coldwater, MI 49036 and again on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 4 – 8 PM at the McGann Hay Funeral Home, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.), Granger, IN 46530. Cremation has taken place. Natalie’s final resting place will be the Mary, Queen of Angels Mausoleum, in the Our Lady of Sorrows mausolea complex at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the University of Notre Dame campus. There will be a private committal service.

Natalie was born January 26, 1953 in Defiance, Ohio to Jerald & Rozena (Carder) Wolf. She grew up on the Wolf family farm in Henry Co., Ohio, near the village of Pleasant Bend, and graduated from Holgate High School in 1971. Natalie married Tom Stober on August 31, 1974 in New Bavaria, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University for one year, The Ohio State University for two years, and the University of Minnesota for one year, graduating there with a degree in ornamental horticulture in 1975. In the late 1970’s, Natalie was employed by Phillips Flowers in Calumet, IL and later worked as the buyer for Outside In, a plant store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Natalie earned an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1988. She and Tom lived in St. Paul, MN, Richton Park, IL, Park Forest, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, Olympia Fields, IL, Deerfield, IL and Bloomington, IN, before moving in 1995 to Granger, IN. In May 2005, Natalie and Tom purchased a house on Morrison Lake outside Coldwater, MI, where they and their sons spent many happy days. In August, 2008, Natalie and Tom made the Coldwater house their permanent home.

Natalie devoted her energy and effort to raising her family, attending her sons’ sporting events, and enjoying her hobbies. She spent many hours decorating, tending to her flower gardens, especially those in Bloomington and Granger, creating quilts for family and friends, and compiling scrapbooks for her sons of their high school activities. She acquired a very wide circle of friends who will miss her very much.

Natalie is survived by her husband Tom, three sons, Nick, of South Bend, IN, Nate (Erin Burke) of St. Paul, MN, and Steve, a senior at the University of Notre Dame. Other survivors include her sister, Chris (Larry) Wolf-Kussmaul of Arlington, Ohio, her brother Tom (Darlene) Wolf of New Bavaria, OH, two nieces and five nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents.

Contributions in Natalie’s memory may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice, 166 East Goodale Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.dutcherfh.com.


Lois Sights
    December 10, 1921 – April 29, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mrs. Lois Jeannette (Agnew) Sights, 89, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s with loved ones by her side.

Born in Frankfort, IN to the late Robert William and Bessie (Zellers) Agnew on December 10, 1921. She married Herbert R. Sights on November 21, 1942 in South Bend, he died on December 3, 1993. She lived on East Oakside Street in South Bend for many years and was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Lois worked at Bendix for 23 years as an office clerk retiring in 1969.

She was predeceased by three brothers and survived by two sister-in-laws: Richard of Kewanna, IN, Wayne E. (Helen) of Kokomo, IN and John (Virginia) of Kewanna. Surviving are a number of nephews and nieces.

Services are planned for Wednesday at 1:30pm in the Chapel at the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s with Rev. Eldon Heatwole, Chaplain, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. Visitation will be from from 11:30 to 1:30pm in the St. Paul’s Chapel prior to services. 

McGann Hay Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements. Memorials maybe made to in her memory to any charity. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


David R. Schoen
March 23, 1944 - April 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND - David Robert Schoen, 67, of South Bend, died Monday morning, April 25, 2011 in South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Born in Detroit, MI, March 23, 1944 to the late Robert Thomas and Mary E. (Yenny) Schoen, David was only three months old when his biological father died bravely in WW II. His mother than eventually married his father's best friend, Robert Schoen, who raised David for most of his life. David was also very close to his grandmother, Thelma Baker, who has also preceded him in death.

David was a United States Army veteran (serving from 1962-1965) and a member of The America Legion. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, watching sports on TV, war movies and the History Channel. 

David is also survived by his sons: David (Brenda) Schoen of South Bend, Kent Schoen of Loudenville, OH, and Chad (Jackie) Schoen of Mishawaka; his six grandchildren: David Stair, Alix Sheler, Makayla Schoen, Nathan Schoen, Ashley Schoen and Emily Schoen and his two brothers: Dan and Terry Schoen.

McGann Hay and American Cremation Society are in charge of arrangements. After cremation, burial will be later at Fort Cuter National Cemetary in Lansing, MI. No services are planned at this time. Donations may be made in David's memory to: The Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601, which was very helpful to David in a time of need, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. To send condolences to the family, please log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Ellen Gentner
      October 24, 1917 – April 23, 2011

BONITA SPRINGS, FL - Ellen Gentner, 93, formerly of South Bend, passed away April 23, 2011. Her husband, Reuben, preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter, Lynn (Edward) Norris; son, David Gentner; grandchildren, Phillip (Kerri) and Ed Norris; great-grandchildren, Braeden and Declan Norris; and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00AM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, with burial following at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Condolences may be made at www.McGannHay.com.


Margaret “Pauline” McDougal
   December 24, 1911 - April 16, 2011

Margaret “Pauline” McDougal, age 99, of Granger, IN passed away on April 16th, 2011. Born December 24, 1911 in North Robinson, OH, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Dessa (Brown) Sweney. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Sweney. 

On June 22, 1932, she married Richard McDougal. He preceded her in death in 1962. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Bruce (Toni) McDougal of Granger; sister-in-law, Delores Sweney of North Robertson, OH; grandchildren, Grant (Monika) of Carmel, IN and Ryan (Julia) of Santa Monica, CA; and three great-granddaughters, Olivia, Melina and Josefina.

Pauline had many passions, which included crocheting, reading, tending to her garden, and traveling all around the world. She belonged to the Mother’s Club, the Research Club, and was a lifelong member, since birth, of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Robinson, OH. 

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, April 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2307 State Road 602, North Robinson, OH 44856.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Kevin P. Herceg
     November 8, 1975 -- April 17, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Kevin P. Herceg, 35, of South Bend, died Sunday, April 17, 2011 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a brave fight against a combination of pneumonia and influenza. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends all of whom Kevin had touched during his short but memorable life.

Born in Memorial Hospital in South Bend, November 8, 1975 to Kathy and Ken Herceg, who survive. Kevin was a loving brother, talented artist, capable helper and a giving uncle while struggling with autism his whole life. Kevin enjoyed painting, wood working, doing yard work for his grandmother, vacuuming the indoor soccer field at the Trinity Athletic Center, running, hiking and swimming in his family pool.

Kevin is also survived by his sisters: Lisa Herceg, Shelly Herceg Bell, and Tina Herceg Tembo; his brothers: Ed Herceg and Neil Herceg; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy J. McCartney; his aunts: Mary Lou McCartney, Nadge Herceg, and Laurie Herceg; his uncles: Bruce McCartney, Edward E. Herceg, Frank Herceg, William Herceg, and Michael Herceg; his nephew Bryn Bell; nieces: Zoë Tembo and Brigitte Bell and numerous cousins. The Herceg family would like to thank all the caregivers of AWS who have lovingly cared for Kevin for many years especially Prince Jacobs, Paul Davies, Samuel Muhuhu.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am with visitation from 10-11am on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir Rd. & SR 23, Granger, IN. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, April 19, 3pm to 8pm, at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.), Granger. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kevin Herceg’s name to the Autism Society, 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350 
Bethesda, MD 20814 or copy & paste the following link to donate online: http://support.autism-society.org/site/TR?type=fr_tribute_fund&fr_id=1040&pxfid=8440&post_id=23960&bpg=rlist&pg=fund#p23961

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


Monica T. Koehnke
 June 5, 1922 – April 17, 2011

GRANGER – Monica Theresa “Mickey” Koehnke, 88, passed away at 2:45am Sunday in her home.

“Mickey” as she was lovingly known by many was born South Bend on June 5, 1922 to the late Stanley and Helen (Stajkowski) Sobczak. She was married to Walter G. Koehnke on November 6, 1943, he passed away on November 3, 1991. She retired from Memorial Hospital in December of 1985 after ten years of service. Mrs. Kohnke was a member of St. Pius X Parish since 1961 where she served on the funeral meal committee.

Survivors include five of her six daughters: the late Gertrude (Jack) Ernhart of South Bend, Patricia (James) Garveel of Elgin, IL, Janet (the late Larry) Monroe of North Liberty, IN, Judith (Robert) Lytle of New Haven, IN, Marie Ronan of Lakeville, IN and Marsha (Derk) Teitsma of Elkhart, IN; 17-grandchildren; 24-great-grand and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 1:30pm, with visitation at 12:30pm in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir Rd & SR 23, Granger. Friends may also call on Tuesday from 2-8pm at McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd., where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mrs. Kohnke’s memory may be made to: St. Pius X Parish, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, IN, 46530 or Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Haroldyne J. Fenimore
August 24, 1943 - April 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Haroldyne Jean Fenimore, 67, passed away Wednesday, unexpectedly of a an apparent heart attack, with family by her side at Saint Joseph Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Haroldyne was born in Alton, IL on August 24, 1943 to the late Lester and Gulla (Curry) Alexander. She loved playing poker with her husband and with her friends, as well as online.

She is survived by her husband, William B. Fenimore of South Bend, whom she married on June 24, 1961 in Alton, IL. Other survivors include her two sons: William T. (Terri) Fenimore of Osceola and Jeffrey (Kristi) Fenimore of Elkhart; five grandchildren: Nicole Phillips of South Bend, Tiffany and Breanna Fenimore both of Osceola, Jeffrey and Brandi Fenimore both of Elkhart and one great-granddaughter Kasandra Smith of South Bend; two brothers: Lester, Jr. and Jeffrey Alexander both of Alton, IL.

The family will receive friends from 10-11am Saturday and a Memorial Service to celebrate Haroldyne's life will take place at 11:00am at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood Dr. with Rev. Kenneth Mendenhall, Pastor of Ironwood United Pentecostal Church, officiating. After cremation at American Cremation Society, burial will be later at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger.

Memorial donations may be made in Haroldyne's memory to: American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.McGannHay.com.


Paul D. Grasso
June 26, 1947 - April 12, 2011

GRANGER – Mr. Paul Dennis Grasso, 63, passed away Tuesday morning at Triumph-Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Mishawaka. 

Mr. Grasso was born in Elkhart, IN on June 26, 1947 to the late George and Viginia (Galasso) Grasso. Paul served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. A graduate of Mishawaka High School and Indiana University-South Bend his career was in industrial management. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, as well as St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Ballard) Grasso, whom he married on June 25, 1994 in South Bend. Other survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Grasso of Mishawaka; step-children, Jimmie (Crystal) Juhasz and Shelly Ward both of Cedar Grove, WI; his twin sister, Linda (Jim) Moen and another sister, Mary (the late John) Moen, both of Elkhart; his 3 brothers, Dominic (Joyce) Grasso of Muncie, John (the late Sue) Grasso of Ft. Wayne, and Dr. Anthony (Rosemary) Grasso of Muncie; and 14 nieces and nephews. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am with an hour visitation prior (9-10am) at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fir at SR 23, Granger. Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 2:00-6:00pm with a Parish Vigil Service at 4pm in the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Granger Chapel 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road). 

Memorial donations may be made in Paul’s memory to: St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN 46530. To send condolences to the family please visit: www.McGannHay.com.



Mary S. Waltz
    September 23, 1939 – April 8, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Mary S. Waltz, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, April 8, 2011. She will be greatly missed.

Born September 23, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William and Pauline Tatay. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Don Waltz; and brother, Chuck Tatay.

Left to cherish her memory are three sons, Robert (Tammy) of Columbus, OH, Matt (Janice) of South Bend and Steve (Linda), of Granger; seven siblings, Bill (Molly) Tatay of New York, Marge (Mark) Tavernier of Mishawaka, Jack (Monica) Tatay of Wisconsin, Mike (Sherry) Tatay of Granger, Kathy (Mike) Youngs of Mishawaka, Steve (Susan) Tatay of Niles, and Greg, (Darlene) Tatay of South Bend; sister-in-law, Carol Tatay of Texas; and five grandchildren, who meant the world to Mary: Zack, Noah, Sydney, Payton and Shane Waltz. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 6PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior. 

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

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


Patricia D. Kroger
            January 6, 1925 – April 2, 2011

Patricia D. Kroger, 86, of South Bend, IN, known to all as “Aunt Pat”, died on April 2, 2011, at Memorial Hospital. Born January 6, 1925, in Pocatello, Idaho, she was the daughter of the late Albert A. MacDonald and Emma I. (Nadeau) MacDonald. On March 24, 1945, Pat married William H. Kroger, who predeceased her on August, 10, 2010. She was also predeceased by her son, Robert H. Kroger, who died in February 1968 in Viet Nam while serving his country in the U.S. Army. Pat is survived by her sister, Mildred R. Seall, her brother, Winfield A. MacDonald, her sister-in-law, Phyllis J. Fitzgerald, her two brothers-in-law, Ronald G. (Jan) Kroger, of Clayton, IN, and Darryl D. (Judy) Kroger, her many nieces and nephews, and her good friends Walter and Marie Overton.

Pat attended South Bend Central High School, and was a homemaker throughout her life. In her younger days, she was involved in many activities in St. Joseph Parish, including The Altar Society and St. Joseph Grade School’s Parents and Teachers Association. She was also active in The Christ Child Society.

Pat was like a second mother to her many nieces and nephews. Whenever her nieces or nephews, or their children, were participating in any athletic or other event, Pat and her husband Bill were always in attendance to offer their support and encouragement. She was also an avid fan of all Notre Dame sports teams, as well as the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 211 North St. Louis Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617, REAL Services, Inc., P.O. Box 1835, South Bend, IN 46634-1835, or any charity of the donor’s choice. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Susan E. “Sue” Smith
 July 9, 1945 – April 2, 2011

GRANGER - Susan Elizabeth "Sue" Smith, 65, passed away Saturday in Memorial Hospital. Sue was born in South Bend to the late Owen Francis and Esther Mae (Hullinger) Brothers. She was married to Ray Lyle Smith on February 10, 1962, in South Bend. Ray passed away on January 3, 2008. As a homemaker she and Ray together raised a family of three children who survive. They are Bonnie (Michael) Nowaczewski of South Bend, Vicki (Gene) Reece of Osceola and Randy L. (Amy Batdorf) Smith of South Bend; also surviving are her grandchildren, Billy (Kim) Reece of Mishawaka and Phillip Nowaczewski of South Bend; a great-granddaughter, Heidi Elizabeth Reece of Mishawaka (born on Sue's birthday); six siblings, James (the late Doris) Brothers of Mishawaka, Dorothy (Gene) Yoder of South Bend, Ruth Ann Brothers of Cello, IL, Robert (Jean) Brothers of Fayetteville, GA, Karen (Leigh) DeBover of South Bend and Richard (Janet) Brothers of Mishawaka. Sue frequently attended Willow Creek Church with family members; she played BINGO at the Moose Lodge in Elkhart with her buddy Jo Anne and loved going to the Four Winds Casino to play her favorite "Flipper" machine. She liked Notre Dame football and NASCAR. She had an extensive Precious Moments collection. Rev. Milton Gould, pastor of Willow Creek United Methodist Church, will conduct funeral services for Sue today at 10:00 a.m. in McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road); graveside services will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. Friends called on Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. in McGann Hay, Granger Chapel. Memorial donations in Sue's memory may be made to the American Lung Association at www.lungusa.org/donate/ or 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.McGannHay.com.


William Joseph Stumpf
June 8, 1949 – March 24, 2011

GRANGER-William J. Stumpf, 61, passed away peacefully in his home on March 24, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Stumpf and mother, Lucille (Faulkner) Dippel.

On June 12, 1970, he married the love of his life, Jean Louise Henke. She survives. Also surviving are two children, Kevin (Carrie) Stumpf and Kim Gandy, both of Granger; step-father, Carl Dippel; and his greatest joy, his grandsons, Owen William Stumpf and Gregory Porter. 

William had the gift of lighting up a room, and he never met a stranger. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by so many. He had a strong faith in the Lord and not only spoke it, but acted it, as well.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-7PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd. The funeral service will be on Tuesday at 10:30AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to RiverBend Cancer Services, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 401
South Bend, IN 46617.

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


Elfreda (Oma) Lukas
  July 10, 1922 -- March 23, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Elfreda (Oma) Lukas, 88, passed in peace to God’s loving arms, on March 23, 2011, at River Crest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana. Born in Emmendingen, Germany on July 10, 1922 Oma (German for grandmother) was raised in a loving family. During World War II Oma worked as a nurse in a Children’s Hospital in Baden-Baden, where she met George, her husband of fifty-nine years. They were married in Emmendingen on August 2, 1947 and left post-war Germany in 1949 to start a new life and live the American Dream. Arriving in Bourbon, Indiana George worked on the Erwin Farms and Oma raised the family. In 1955 they proudly became American citizens and four years later moved to South Bend. They became owners of Progressive Bakery where Oma was fondly known as the “Bakery Lady”. After retiring from the bakery in 1984, Oma enjoyed her years’ thereafter traveling, reading, playing games, cooking and spending time with her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her passion. 

Proceeding her in death were her parents, Gustauv and Ernestine Schillinger, brothers, Gustauv, Oscar and Reinhold and husband, George. Oma is survived by her son George (Paulette) of Columbus, Indiana; daughters: Barbara Mejer of Westminster, Colorado and Susie (Michael) Raymond of South Bend. Grandchildren: Stacie (Dan) Fedewa of Columbus, Indiana, Aaron Raymond of Charlotte, North Carolina, Eric Lukas of Columbus, Indiana, Tarah Raymond of Charlotte, North Carolina and Tania Mejer of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Great grandchildren: Lukas and Lyndsey Fedewa of Columbus, Indiana and Isaac and Porter Raymond of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Pastor Steven Latzke of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will officiate the funeral ceremony at 11:00 A.M on Monday March 28, 2011 and visitation will be on Sunday March 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E Edison Road South Bend, Indiana. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Academy, 6840 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, IN 46628. To send condolences to the family log on to www.McGannHay.com.

Oma, you may be gone from this earth but will remain forever in our hearts.


Debbie Baldwin Porter
    February 1, 1954 – March 23, 2011

GRANGER- Debbie B. Porter, 57, passed away peacefully in her home on March 23, 2011, surrounded by her family. 

She was born February 1, 1954 in Lansing, MI to Maurice Baldwin and Levina “Barney” Yeager. Her father preceded her in death. She often helped her mother “Barney” at the Lansing City Market, selling flowers and produce in order to put herself through college at Michigan State University.

On May 4, 1978, Debbie married the love of her life, Dennis P. Porter. He survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Latasha (Matthew) Little of Greenfield, IN and Beth Porter (David English) of Fort Wayne; mother, Levina “Barney” (Gordon) Yeager of Lansing, MI; and siblings, John Baldwin of Houston, TX, Sherry Wolf of Fairbanks, AK, and Jim Baldwin of Manistee, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

Debbie will be missed by many—she inspired and touched a lot of people throughout her life. When she decided to do something, she excelled at it and never gave up when confronted with an obstacle. She had a passion for teaching (she was a teacher at LaPorte High School) and loved all her students. She also had a passion for animals. One of her favorite hobbies was growing things, and was a great gardener, as well as an amazing artist/decorator and cook. She enjoyed traveling with family; one of her favorite places to visit was Lake Michigan. She always knew how to make everyone feel loved and cared for and always had an energetic positive outlook on life. She was a devoted mother, loving wife, caring daughter, and always put others first. The world is a better place for Debbie having lived here and she will be genuinely missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3PM Saturday at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter of Cherry Rd. Visitation will be two hours prior.

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Joe County Humane Society.

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

Betty Mae Truran
   January 22, 1925 – March 23, 2011

GRANGER-Betty M. Truran, 86, formerly of East Canton, OH, passed away March 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Truran, Jr. Survivors include her children, Cassie (Sam) Walter of Columbus, OH and Chip (Peggy) Truran of Granger; and grandchildren, Amy (Justin) Hooper of Columbus, OH, Jason (Holly) James of Akron, OH and Kelli (Mike) Jett of Hartville, OH. Private graveside services will be held later. To send condolences, visit www. McGannHay.com. Memorials: American Heart Association.


Beverly D. Kubisiak
  December 14, 1963 -- March 18, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Beverly Diane Kubisiak, 47, beloved daughter, mother and sister, went to meet the Lord, Friday, March 18, 2011, very peacefully in her home.

She is survived by her two sons: Timothy and Thomas Lewallen; parents Theodore and Sharalyn Kubisiak; sisters: Karen (Glenn) Deal, Kimberly Clendenin, Sharyl (Peter) Riley and a brother Lt. T.J. (Lisa) Kubisiak; step-children: Stacy and Courtney and Nicholas Williamson; her companion and best friend Dan Laseh and finally her BFF Chocalate Lab Sofie and many nieces and nephews.

Bev graduated from Washington High School and IUSB with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She loved gardening, pottery, crocheting. Sitting by a campfire in the woods was a great pleasure to her. She attended Granger Community Church. She was a lifetime member of Fellowship, Inc. She was a friend of Bill W.

The family will receive friends from 4-8pm Wednesday and a Memorial Service to celebrate Bev’s life will be at 6:00pm at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison at Ironwood Dr. with Rev Jim Toole, Pastor of Lydick United Methodist Church, officiating. After cremation at American Cremation Society her ashes will be at rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Fellowship House, Inc., 1438 E. Calvert St., South Bend, IN 46613-3347. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Donald L. Holloway
April 15, 1958 – March 18, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Donald L. “Da Hollywood” Holloway, 52, passed away Friday unexpectedly in his residence of natural causes. 

On April 15, 1958 he was born in South Bend to the late Richard Guy and Beatrice Pearl (Rauch) Holloway. He graduated from Niles High School.

Survivors include his children: Carley Holloway of Granger, Stacey Holloway of Indianapolis, Stephanie Gregorich (Holloway) of Mishawaka, Erica Holloway of South Bend; his grandchildren: A.J., Devin, Terry, and Joszlyn; sister Diane (John) Meyer and a brother Richard G. (Jane) Holloway both of Niles.

Don was a former D.J. at Shula’s Nightclub, and worked on Grounds Maintenance at Jackson Field for the South Bend Community School Corp where he earned much notoriety after he was the subject of a special feature News Report on WNDU-TV. He was a member of the Scikotics Scion Car Club. He was a huge Notre Dame and NASCAR fan and liked a number of drivers especially Rusty Wallace but enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren most of all.

Services by family and friends to celebrate Don’s life will be at 10:30am Wednesday with visitation Tuesday from 4-8pm all at McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood, South Bend, IN, 46615-3515. Donations may be made to McGann Hay to help defray expenses in lieu of sending flowers. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Raymond H. Schmidt
July 21, 1916 - March 16, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Mr. Raymond Henry Schmidt, 94, passed away Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. A lifetime Michiana area resident, he was born in Mishawaka to the late Jacob H. and Catherine (Abberger) Schmidt on July 21, 1916. On May 3, 1947, he married Donna Mae Castello at St. Joseph Church, Mishawaka, who passed away on March 4, 2004. Surviving are his children, John (Karen) Schmidt of Ellwood, PA, Marianne (Kenneth) Keber of Granger, Therese (Matthew) Veldman of Granger; a brother, Francis Schmidt of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Ellen Schmidt, Jennifer Keber, Andrew Keber, Christopher Keber, Stephen Veldman, Lisa Veldman and Bridget Veldman . Ray was a tank commander during World War II, serving in the 12th Armored Division from 1941-1946. He was honorably discharged as a captain after receiving a number of medals including The Bronze Star for Valor. Ray received an associates degree from IUSB in accounting. He was the secretary/treasurer of South Bend Lathe Corporation where he worked for 35 years, retiring in 1984. Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. Anthony's parish. One of Ray's favorite places was his cottage on Clear Lake in Michigan where he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He enjoyed fishing, boating and even water skiing into his 70s. He was an outdoorsman who loved nature whether it was yard work, gardening, hunting or fishing. Ray also enjoyed attending and later watching Notre Dame football. He knew Notre Dame football history and enjoyed telling old stories about the game. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony dePadua Catholic Church on Monday at 11 a.m., with burial and Military Honors following at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call today from 4-7 p.m. in McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road), where the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. In memory of Ray, donations may be made to St. Anthony's Parish, 2120 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.


W. Jean Ross
       July 28, 1924 – March 14, 2011

MISHAWAKA – Wilma Jean Ross, 86, passed away Monday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was born in Claypool, IN. Survivors include her daughter Debbie Lovisa and son Tony (Sandy) Ross of Mishawaka; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A daughter Darlene North predeceased her along with her husband Charles Jackson Ross. Visitation: Today, Wednesday, 5-7pm at McGann Hay Granger Chapel, enter off Cherry Rd. Service: Thursday, 11am also in the Granger Chapel, Pastor Davy Troxel, officiating. Memorial donations: Mishawaka Grace Brethren Church. Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.

John T. Hoffman
Dec. 6, 1961 - March 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND - John "J.T." Hoffman passed away after a short illness. J.T. lived and worked his entire life in the Michiana area. He graduated from Holy Cross Grade School and LaSalle High School in 1981, then worked for his father's company, Jachel Incorporated, before joining the South Bend Police Department. J.T. was known for his wise-cracking humor and generosity. He would often take someone's vehicle, who was down on their luck, and fill the gas tank, then slip them a $20 bill. He often gave food to families that were suffering, and added a joke on top of it. He is survived by his parents, John J. and Jacqueline Hoffman of South Bend; two brothers, Michael Hoffman of Granger, Andrew and his wife, Tracie Hoffman of Chicago, IL. He was the best uncle to his three nieces he adored, Hannah, Emily and Andrea. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Road) where friends may call Thursday from 3-5 & 6-8 p.m. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to any charity. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.


Manya M. Grabshteyn
 Oct. 9, 1936 - March 11, 2011

MISHAWAKA - She immigrated to Michiana in 2000 from the former USSR. She enjoyed life here with family and friends. They would like to thank The Jewish Federation for their help and support. She was a medical doctor for 45 years. Survivors include her husband, Eduard S. Grabshteyn; daughter, Emma (Boris) Gamzeleva; and a brother, Michael Gorelik. Visitation is on Monday from 10-11 a.m., celebration of her life at 11 a.m., all at McGann Hay, 435 S. Ironwood Drive. Condolences: McGannHay.com.


Alberta K. Leffman
June 23, 1922 - March 8, 2011

GRANGER - Alberta K. Leffman, 88, passed away Tuesday morning, March 8th, at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Granger, IN. She had lived with her daughter for the past seven years. Alberta was born on June 23, 1922, in Malta Bend, MO, to the late Percy Morrison Brown and Abbie Lee (Bryan) Brown. On June 23, 1946, in Malta Bend, MO, Alberta married Kenneth T. Leffman, who preceded her in death on September 3, 2006. Surviving are two daughters, Peggy A. (Robert A.) Sudrovech of Granger, IN, and Janis L. (Ralph C.) Wohlberg of Homer Glen, IL; five grandsons, Sean M. (Sarah L.) Liddell of Moline, IL, Brian C. (Delilah L.) Liddell of South Bend, IN, Kyle C. (Rachael A.) Liddell of Granger, IN, Matthew A. Wohlberg of Homer Glen, IL, and Andrew S. (Amanda D.) Wohlberg of Oak Park, IL; four great-grandchildren, Nathan J. and Hannah K. Liddell of Moline, IL, Connor R. Liddell of Granger, IN, and Makenna P. Wohlberg of Oak Park, IL. Also surviving is a sister, Zara L. (Fred C.) Castle of Marshall, MO. Alberta worked as a receptionist at Life Realty after moving to South Bend in August 1970. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. The family wants to thank Stephen L. Anderson, MD, and William S. Sarnat, MD, for their many years of exceptional medical care. Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, in the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Friday morning prior to the funeral. To send condolences to the family, log on to: www.McGannHay.com. Pastor Steve Schweir from Christ the King Lutheran Church will preside at the funeral. Committal and burial will take place at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Mishawaka, IN. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a memorial contribution be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 22579 Old US 20 East, Elkhart, IN 46516.


James Eugene Young
August 8, 1927 – March 3, 2011

SOUTH BEND—James E. Young, 83, of South Bend, passed away March 3, 2011, with his family by his side. 

Born in Muskegon, Michigan on August 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Ferdinand Joseph and Leonora Frances (Fleckenstein) Young. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dr. L. Jeanne Young. 

On June 18, 1955, James married Marilyn Y. Grinstead at Sacred Heart Church, in Notre Dame, IN, with permission being granted by Father Edmond P. Joyce, C.S.C. She survives. He is also survived by his son, James T. (Sara Anne Hook) Young; and sister, Mary Louise (Richard J.) Yeager, of Penney Farms, FL; and several nieces and nephews. 

Jim was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War, serving at the Army Chemical Center, in Edgewood, Maryland. Jim’s service began in 1950 and included work with the United States Air Force, as well. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

Jim was a member of the class of 1949 at the University of Notre Dame. He then received his master’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1955. 

Jim worked in his career as a research scientist and inventor. He worked for a number of Department of Defense contractors. During his career, Jim held over a hundred US and foreign patents. He also formed his own corporation, Elchemantic Systems, Inc. 

In 2007, Jim and Marilyn retired to live at the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s in assisted living. 

Funeral services will be held at the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s, 3602 S. Ironwood Drive, on Wednesday, March 9 at 11:30AM, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph County Humane Society.

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


Barbara Anne Scarnecchia
       August 3, 1946 – March 3, 2011

GRANGER-Barbara A. Scarnecchia, 64, passed away March 3, 2011, with family by her side. Survivors include her daughters, Andrea (Jim) Hawkins of Osceola and Arianne Scarnecchia of Cincinatti; mom, Anne Wortman; siblings, Walter, Richard and William Wortman and Christine Noble, all of Ohio; and grand daughter, Joanna Hawkins. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-8PM, with a vigil service at 7:30PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, SR23. Services will follow in Ohio. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Elma M. Dampier
       March 28, 1922 – March 3, 2011

Champaign, IL-Elma M. (Casias) Dampier was born on March 28, 1922 in Ortiz, Colorado, the youngest child of Ricardo and Reuben Casias. She died after a brief illness at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on March 3, 2011.

Elma grew up on a sheep ranch in southern Colorado. She graduated from the Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico just after her sixteenth birthday. She studied piano at a music conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. During World War Two, she enlisted in the United States Women’s Army Corps. Stationed in Tokyo, Japan after the war, she met and wed Joseph D. Dampier.

Elma built a long and enduring life in South Bend, Indiana, and, more recently, in Champaign, Illinois. Her hands touched many lives: raising American Beauty roses; kneading bread; playing hymns; winning at Scrabble; translating technical manuals; pampering poodles; reading Cather, Dickens, and Psalms in English and Spanish; sharing hugs; squeezing scared hands; caressing sad faces.

Her faith saw her through the good and the bad. She was a long-time member of Stewart Memorial now Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana. While in Champaign, Illinois, the members of Temple Baptist Church embraced her.

Elma M. Dampier was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Dampier, and son, Bruce W. Dampier, of South Bend, Indiana in addition to eight brothers and sisters and her beloved parents.

She is survived by her son, Brian, and Ann Osterling-Dampier, and grandson, Paul Dampier, of Champaign, Illinois; her sister, Bertha Carlson, of South Bend, Indiana; Bertha’s dear children and families: Elma (Carlson) and Galen Watterson of Tucson, Arizona and Henry and Patricia Carlson, and their children, Cassandra, Foster, and Nicholas Carlson of Mishawaka, Indiana; and many other nieces and nephews and their families across America.

She is missed and cherished.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 8, 2011, at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 South Ironwood Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a memorial service at 11. 

Instead of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. 

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


Margaret M. O'Hagan
Sept. 28, 1929 - Feb. 25, 2011

MISHAWAKA - Mardy O'Hagan was born Margaret Mary Murphy on September 28, 1929, to Dr. Charles and Lucile Murphy in Lansing, Michigan. She was their only daughter and had four brothers, Charles T. Murphy (d), Dr. Joseph Murphy (d), Thomas Murphy (d), and Dr. Michael Murphy of Lansing. She was raised in Lansing and attended Mary Grove College in Detroit, Michigan, then worked as a secretary at Dominion Life Insurance Company in Lansing. She met Bazil O'Hagan (of Lake Orion, Ml) while working on her brother's (Charles) campaign for judgeship in 1951. Their courtship ensued, and they were married in Lansing in 1954 in a Mass celebrated by Baz's brother, Fr. Paschal O'Hagan (d). They began their married life in Springfield, Illinois, before moving to the South Bend area. Winding Brook Park was her home for nearly 50 years, and she loved the close-knit neighborhood that provided rewarding friendships and support throughout the years. She devoted her life to raising her family of six children, and is survived by her husband of 56 years, Baz O'Hagan; her son, John O'Hagan; and daughters, Molly (Mark) Gantner, Anne (Jeff) Roberts, Margaret (Mark) McGill, Eileen (Bill) Stotzer and Katie (Greg) Furry. She was also the devoted grandmother (Mimi) of 17 grandchildren. She loved and was adored by her five granddaughters, Andrea, Grace, Katherine, Maggie and Elise; and loved cooking for her 12 grandsons, Karl, Phillip, Mark, Scott, Michael, Brendan, Eric, Tommy, Gavin, Daniel, Bazil and Charlie. Mardy was an excellent, lifelong bridge player and was active in several bridge groups locally. She also enjoyed reading with her women's book club group. She was an avid golfer and was the Morris Park Country Club Women's 9-hole Champion in 1980. She treasured the close friendships she made through these activities. She volunteered her time at the South Bend Christ Child Society and was a lector at St. Monica's Church. She was an avid sports fan and loved all things Notre Dame, attending Fighting Irish football and basketball games for decades. She had a passion and flair for fashion, and loved shopping for clothes and accessories with her five daughters and granddaughters. Her holiday meals for 30 were always delicious and prepared with much love, and her hospitality brought great joy to her family. Her Irish humor was her touchstone, and laughter was an important part of her life. She valued nothing more than a close and loving family, close friends, and prayed daily Rosaries for those blessings. Her strong Catholic faith gave her the resolve and strength to forge a long battle with cancer, and was the foundation on which she based her life. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, March 1st, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., with a vigil at 5:00 p.m. in the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Road. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at St. Pius X Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN 46530, at 10 a.m. with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. Donations may be made to Center for Hospice Care or to St. Pius X Church of Granger. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


James E. Lidy, Sr. 
     October 16, 1945 – February 20, 2011

SOUTH BEND – James E. Lidy, Sr., 65, died Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Born in Chicago to the late Rene Eugene and Pelia Frances (Hubbard) Lidy. Jim retired from A.M. General as a Security Guard. 

He is survived by two sons: James Lidy, Jr. of Auburn, IN, Joseph Lidy of Oak Groves, CA; two daughters: Jessica Lidy of Walkerton and Joy Lidy of North Liberty and seven grandchilren.

Arrangements by McGann Hay, University Chapel and American Cremation Society. Condolences: www.McGannHay.com.


George A. Resnik, Sr.
       December 27, 1927 -- February 21, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- George Anthony Resnik, Sr., 83, of South Bend died February 21, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 27, 1927 and was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Resnik was a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Chemical Engineering. He worked at Watcon over 60 years. On May 26, 1951, he married Mary Alice Casey, who preceded him in death in 1975. On May 18, 1978, he married Regina Mc Manus, who passed away in 1994. 

He is survived by his children: Dr. Ann Resnik, Mary Resnik, George Resnik, Jr., Dr. Kathleen Horn, Carolyn (James) Houswerth, James Resnik, Barbara Resnik, Patricia (Jeffery) Mattes, and Thomas Resnik, as well as his stepchildren: Patrick (Kathryn) McManus, Don (Patty) McManus, Peggy McManus, Jean Geissler, Jan (James) Williams, and Martin (Breann) McManus. He was blessed with 27 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

George was a long time member and Past-President of Downtown South Bend Rotary Club. He belonged to the Serra Club and Fourth Degree Fr. J.A. Nieuwland Assembly #242 of the Knights of Columbus and 3rd Degree member of the Archbishop John Carroll Council #5570. He was inducted into the Order of the Knights of Malta. He was also a member of the American Water Works Association and the American Chemical Society and Toastmasters. He was a participant of the Barth Hamilton Annual Retreat at St. Meinrads. George was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mishawaka and joyfully sang with their choir. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:00am in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Terry Fisher, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 & 5-7pm Sunday at the McGann Hay Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 (enter off Cherry Rd.) where there will be a combined parish, 3rd & 4th degree K of C Rosary at 3pm.

In the spirit of George’s lifetime of generosity, in lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to your favorite charity. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


Betty Rose Gardner
      September 30, 1930 – February 21, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Betty Rose Gardner, 80, passed away February 21, 2011. Born September 30, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Paul Pridmore and Mary Stafford. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald C. Gardner. Survivors include her children, Vickie Null, Patricia Ann (Dave) Barkley, and Jim (BJ) Gardner, all of South Bend; four grandchildren, Laura, Holly, Stacy and Jimmy; and stepfather, Frank Stafford of South Bend. No services are being held at this time. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.





Daisy Skinner
 May 11, 1969 - Feb. 15, 2011

OSCEOLA - Daisy Skinner, 41, formerly of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly February 15, 2011. Born May 11, 1969, she was the daughter of Reginald and Linda Skinner (nee Farr). Her mother, Linda, preceded her in death. Daisy is survived by her father, Reginald and stepmother Clara; sisters, Melinda Lee Bush and Regina Lynn Shelton; brother, Reginald Skinner Jr.; as well as half brothers, Brandon Rick Skinner and Charles Shane Skinner; and grandparents, Charles R. and Evelyn Skinner. Daisy will always be remembered for her sweet spirit and the way she met adversity straightforward and with incredible strength and fortitude. She expressed her delight with life by sharing beautiful smiles with people she was close to and cared about; she loved to dance in her wheelchair to her favorite country western music. A special thank you goes to her friends and support staff at Anthony Wayne Service, Logan Protective Service Board, and the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, for their extraordinary care and attention toward Daisy. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 at First Christian Church of South Bend, 1101 E. Jefferson. Donations may be made to Logan Protective Service Board or to Anthony Wayne Service. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


Robert E. Foley
       June 16, 1951 – February 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Robert Edmond Foley, 59, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, February 13, 2011, in his home.

Born on June 16, 1951, in St. Louis, MO, he was the son of the late Edmond and Theresa (Westhus) Foley. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou (Martinez) Foley, whom he married in Liberty, TX. Other survivors include his six children: Paul (Nicole) Foley, Marcus Foley, Matthew (Emily Lambeth) Foley, Michael (Amber) Foley all of South Bend;, Theresa (David) Jancha of Florida, and Kathleen Foley of South Bend; four brothers: Fr. Timothy Foley, Michael (Kay) Foley, Patrick (Leslie) Foley, and William (Judy) Foley and five grandchildren: Marissa, Tianna, Haley, Blake and Axel.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, from 4-8pm, with a rosary at 7pm, at McGann Hay University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd. at Ironwood. The funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Church South Bend on Thursday at 11:00am. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.


 Sigmund Harold Fabian
    October 2, 1912 – February 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Sigmund H. Fabian, 98, passed away Sunday Feb 13, 2011. Born Oct. 2, 1912 in South Bend IN, he was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Sigmund and Cecelia Fabiankovich from Hungary. 

He proudly served in the Navy during WWII, and was a self-employed barber until 1985. 

He is survived by his wife, Garnett B., daughter, Carolyn A. (Robert) Gibson of Columbia City IN; sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Hojnacki of South Bend and Ruth Fabian of West Sacto CA; special niece, Debbie Kuskye; special friends, Paul and Patricia Buehler and Ruth Hess, all of South Bend and John (Diana) Rasmussen of Overland Park, KS; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Matilda (Bojtor) Fabian; brothers, Joseph and Stephen Fabian; and step-sister, Louise Horvath. 

A private burial will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. 

Donations may be made to Hospice Care. Condolences may be made at www.McGannHay.com.


Charles B. Gring
     July 30, 1940 – February 11, 2011

SOUTH BEND - Charles “Chuck” B. Gring, 70, passed away February 11, 2011 in his home, surrounded by family. 

Born July 30, 1940, in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Helen Grace (Grimm) Gring.

On September 2, 1961 in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Chuck married Lorraine White who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Scott (Mary Pat) and Kevin B. (Lynda) Gring of South Bend; daughter, Amy Wilmes of Walnut, IA; sister, Beverly Lenharr of Reading, PA; former daughter-in-law, Ana Gring of South Bend and ten grandchildren. 

Mr. Gring was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 553 - 4th Degree, and was a proud US Air Force Veteran. 

A memorial Mass will be at Little Flower Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11AM. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care or to Little Flower Catholic Church. 

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


Joanne C. Springer

    February 13, 1938 – February 11, 2011

 

GRANGER-Joanne C. Springer, 72, passed away February 11, 2011, in her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert and LaVerne (Kordoske) Ohmstead of Kenosha, Wisconsin and a sister, Bonnie.

 

Survivors include her husband, Harold; four children, Wanda (Wayne) Sobczak, Nancy (Mike) Kinney, James (Kathleen Schultz) Springer, and Jessica Springer; four grandchildren, Lisa (Gabriel) Gonzalez, Andrew (Carrie) Schaefer, Eric Geyer, and Becky Geyer; four great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

 

She attended high school in Kenosha and Whitewater, Wisconsin, graduating from Whitewater College High School.  An Associate Degree in Science RN was earned at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Springer married May 4, 1956 to Harold Springer of Zion, Illinois. They resided in Antioch, Illinois for 27 years and in Granger, Indiana for 21 years.

 

Family was the love of her life, employment being only as necessary.  Her favorite pastimes were camping the U.S.A., church and children’s activities, genealogy and gardening.

 

Visitation, including a brief prayer service at 6:30PM, will be held on Monday, February 14, from 4-7PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, Granger, IN.

 

Visitation will also be held in Antioch, Illinois at Strang Funeral Home, 1055 Main Street, on Wednesday from 4-8PM. The funeral mass will be at St. Peter’s Church, 557 Lake Street, Antioch, on Thursday at 10:00AM.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct. South Bend, IN 46637.



Carol Jean Gida
 December 10, 1946 – February 6, 2011

SOUTH BEND- Carol Jean Gida, 64, passed away at home early Sunday morning.

Born December 10, 1946, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary Wagner. Her father preceded her in death, along with a son, Mark Lyon.

On August 9, 1996, Carol married Frederick Gida, Jr. He survives. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Wagner of Parchment, MI; sons, Fred Gida, III of Fort Madison, IA; Christopher and Steven Gida, both of Louisville, James Lyon of Kalamazoo; and Kevin and Matthew Lyon, both of Atlanta; grandchildren, Matthew and Zackery Gida, both of Fort Madison, IA, Kyle and Jacob Lyon, both of Atlanta, and Allison and Stephanie Lyon, both of Kalamazoo; and one brother, Scott Wagner of St. Joe, MI.

Carol was a devout Christian. She loved to sing in her church choir. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12th, at 11:00AM at the Evangel Heights Methodist Church, where friends may call one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church for the choir. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

When a person is blessed, then once in your life, you will meet your true soul mate. When Carol and I met, it was like we have been always. I now know what it is to be truly loved by an angel here on earth.


Manuel E. Garrison
   January 6, 1947 – February 4, 2011

GRANGER, IN -- Mr. Manuel Eugene Garrison, 64, of Granger, passed away unexpectedly late Friday night at Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Elizabethton, TN, on January 6, 1947 to the late Everett and Moilee (Estep) Garrison. On April 26, 1986 he married the former Alberta Ruth (Haynes) Horvath.

Survivors include: his wife Alberta Garrison of Granger; his daughter Dawn Pletcher and his son Steven (Janice) Garrison both of South Bend; a step-daughter Heidi (Jeff) Sellers of St. Joseph, MI; two step-sons: James (Diane) Horvath of Granger and Jeff (Chris) Horvath of Mishawaka; two sisters: Iris Kirk and Martha Perry both of Sun Lakes, AZ; six grandchildren: Sara Sellers, Alycia Sellers, Brandon Pletcher, Jacob Pletcher, Abigail Garrison and Grace Garrison.

Manuel retired in January 2001 from Memorial Hospital where he was a Patient Accounts Administrator. He was a member of the South Bend Masonic Lodge 45 F&AM, was a former coach at Osceola Little League. He was an avid Notre Dame fan and huge fan of PENN High School Athletics especially football, baseball and girls soccer. He graduated from PENN High School in 1965. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday, at McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel 13260 Sr. 23 (Enter off Cherry Rd.) where friends may call from 4-6pm prior to the services, Pastor Throstur Thordarson, officiating.

In remembrance of and to honor Manuel those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers may donate to their own favorite cause. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

Joan E. Hayes
June 24 – December 25, 2010

SOUTH BEND-Joan E. Hayes passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010, surrounded by loved ones and friends at Hospice House in South Bend, Indiana. She was born on June 24 in New York City to Martin F. Hayes and Elizabeth [Geis] Hayes who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Martin F. Hayes, Jr. and Robert Hayes and her sister, Rita Mangani.

She graduated from Newtown High School in New York City as a class leader in the school choir and as captain of the Newtown Cheerleading Squad. She attended St. John's University and the Columbia University Department of Journalism in New York before dedicating her life to raising her four children, who survive her: daughter Lyn Leone [husband Michael Holton] of South Bend, Indiana, and her sons: Michael J. Leone, Jr., of San Diego, California; Lawrence R. Leone [wife June], of Stanton, California; and James E. Leone of South Bend, Indiana. Also surviving are her beloved Grandchildren: Anthony and Teryn of San Diego, California; and James, Michael, Julianne, and Daniel of Stanton, California.

She is also survived by her husband of 20 years, Leon B. Holcomb, who was her loving and dedicated caregiver during her long-term illness. Also surviving is her step-son, Robert D. Holcomb of Ft. Edwards, New York.

When residing in Elkhart, Indiana, Joan worked as a features reporter for the South Bend Tribune, the Elkhart Bureau. Her proudest Tribune feature was her coverage of the historical 1965 tornado in Elkhart. She also served as President of the St. Vincent's parish Parent Teacher's Association as well
as chairing many successful Elkhart hospital benefits for which she lent her brilliantly talented art skills as she designed the giant character figures from the various Hospital Gala themes. Her children recall their family home being converted into an artist studio on an annual basis. She never stopped being a cheerleader to her children -- especially at the various athletic events of her sons who played baseball, basketball and football at Elkhart Central. When she
cheered for her sons, there was no mistaking her loud shrill whistle --- a rare talent, indeed.

When Joan retired to Daytona, Florida, she undertook a belated career which garnered her countless awards and special recognitions for her endeavors in fashion and sales.

Joan loved company. When her children's friends visited they always migrated to the kitchen to be entertained by her endless jokes. Everyone remembers her incredible sense of humor and her love for making people laugh -- even to the very end. It seems she had great jokes to share for every occasion --- and had a special talent for telling them. She loved people and would tell everyone who came to visit her that the "door is always open." And, it always was. 

A special memory comes from South Bend Social Worker Betsy Lattanner, LCSW, MSW, of the Center for Hospice Care, Inc. who knew her in her final days remembers her as follows:

"I have such fond memories of Joan, who was my first hospice patient as the assigned social worker, a year and a half ago. That first visit, Joan was telling jokes, kidding around, had us all laughing, had such fun. Joan said over and over that she loved to see people laugh, which she was consistent about even through her last weeks of life. Joan was so very loving and welcoming! She was so proud of her father and even when her thinking was not as clear, would remember things about her love for her father. It was obvious to me that her faith was also very important to her, gaining great comfort when told that she was prayed for, a small thing that she was very grateful for. The relationship that Joan and Lee had was wonderful, Lee provided such loving care long past the time that most of us could have. Joan is someone who I am grateful to have known and will never forget." 

Joan told everyone she met that she felt as though she knew them her whole life. There's certainly no doubt she has had a lasting impact on people who were blessed to know her.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and especially the Center for Hospice Care Workers and Volunteers for the kind and loving care given to our Mother, Lee's Wife, blessing her with a special quality of life in her remaining days. We also thank the special volunteers and Priests from Notre Dame who spent time with her and prayed with, and for, her.

Please send your "Memories and Good Wishes" to the family at: www.McGannHay.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Center for Hospice Care, Inc. 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637 and/or 
St. Polycarp c/o Deacon Larry Leone, 8100 Chapman Avenue, 
Stanton, CA 90680.


Eleanor Baker

   July 5, 1919 – January 31, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Eleanor (Engel) Baker, 91, died peacefully at Michana Health & Rehab, Mishawaka, Monday.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 11:00am at McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood at Jefferson. Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka.

Eleanor was born in Chicago on July 5, 1919, to the late Otto and Bertha (Glaser) Engel.

She was a third generation member of a six generation family that belonged to Temple Beth-El, she attended YMCA Camp Eberhart in the 1920’s followed by her children and grandchildren. Today her great-grandchildren attend Camp. An avid traveler, she and her husband Louie traveled the world to every continent and played golf on all the continents except Antarctica, “because they didn’t have a golf course.” She was a teacher for 25 years in the Mishawaka and South Bend Community Schools and loved every minute with “her kids.” She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

She is survived by her husband of 70 years Louis Baker of Mishawaka along with three children: Timothy A. (Mary) Baker of South Bend, Paul M. (Dottye) Baker of Ft. Collins, CO, and Mary Baker Anderson of Seattle, WA. A son Richard O. Baker died in 1981. Also surviving are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Memorial donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to: The Camp Eberhart Alumni Association, to support camp scholarships, 316 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN 46617 or to The Boys and Girls Club, 502 E. Sample St., South Bend, IN 46601. To Send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.






Shirley Jean Marta

January 25, 1935 – January 28, 2011

SOUTH BEND-Shirley Jean Marta, 76, passed away unexpectedly January 28, 2011 in Sebring, FL. Born January 25, 1935, she was the daughter of the late George Epperson and Sylvia Randall. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Smith.

She is survived by her children, Tina Grider of Marengo, IN, Sharon Smith of Hohenwald, TN, Joann Handley of South Bend, Joyce Neff of South Bend, Jeannie Bennett of Cushing, TX, and Lee Bennett of Stafford, VA; siblings, Mary Bartholomew of San Diego, CA, Norma Carter of Indianapolis, Doris Wallace of Dowagiac, MI, Sandra Towe of Seneca, SC, and Frank Epperson of South Bend, IN; her long time companion, Harmen Young of South Bend; 26 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Shirley will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 12PM, noon, at the McGann Hay, Morning Star Funeral Home, 21275 Cleveland Rd, South Bend. Visitation will be held one hour prior.  

Marcy A. Donnelly
April 14, 1960 -- January 25, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Marcy Ann Donnelly, 50, passed away very unexpectedly Tuesday at Golden Living Center-Fountainview, Mishawaka where she was admitted Saturday for rehabilitation following minor foot surgery.

A proud 1981 graduate of LaSalle High School, she worked at the University of Notre Dame Food Service as a Service Associate. She had also been employed at LOGAN as a Sheltered Worker and at Fountainview in the Laundry.

Marcy was born in Rochester, PA. Her mother Rita Jane (Keene) Donnelly passed on June 14, 1995, and her father Donald Charles Donnelly passed away on September 27, 2009.

Surviving are a brother Kenneth Keene Donnelly of Ardmore; sisters: Jody Keene Walter of Minnesota, Amy Jane Dorn of South Bend and Megan Mark of Pennsylvania,; nephews: Aaron Walter, 12, Luke Walter, 8, both of Minnesota, Andrew Dorn, 13 of South Bend; nieces: Ashley Dorn, 18, Heather Dorn, 16 and Lindsey Dorn, 14 all of Lakeville, IN; great-nieces: Alexis Noel Stump, 2, of Lakeville, Jaydn Mark, Abigail Mark and Annabelle Mark all of Pennsylvania; brother-in-laws: Ed Walter of Minnesota, Christopher Dorn of South Bend and Andrew Mark of Pennsylvania.

Marcy was loved by everyone she talked to. A member at St. Margaret’s House and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Bible Study Group. She rode TRANSPO all the time and knew everyone. She was a very big part of LOGAN and loved puzzles, bowling, cards, Bingo and travel, especially TCU Bus Trips to the casinos. She won several medals in the Special Olympics. Most of all she loved and watched over her family.

Funeral services to celebrate Marcy’s life will be held Monday January 31, 2011 at 11:00am in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Rd. at Auten Rd, South Bend, IN, 46637, where friends may call from 10-11am, Rev. Gregory K. Fiechtner, Sr. Pastor, officiating. Cremation will follow at American Cremation Society.

Memorial donations maybe made to St. Paul’s at the address above or to LOGAN PSB, PO Box 1049, South Bend, IN 46624. McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.


Sydney Kelsey

    April 26, 1925 – January 23, 2011 

MISHAWAKA-Sydney Kelsey, 85, died January 23, 2011 in Our Lady of Peace Rehab Center in Mishawaka. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine (“Kelley”); his daughter, Sharmon, granddaughters, Mary, Christina, Jennie, Monica; great-granddaughter, Regan; sister, Dorothy, and several nieces and nephews in Scotland, England, Canada. Sydney grew up in England (Yorkshire).

He joined the Civil Engineering faculty at Notre Dame in 1967, from Imperial College in
London. He also taught at the University of Stuttgart. He received the N.D. College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award in 1978.

Sydney requested no wake. The body will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. To send condolences, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.


Mary Louise (Lou) Kistler

October 22, 1920 – January 23, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Mary Louise (Lou) Kistler (90) of South Bend, In. passed away peacefully Sunday evening, January 23, 2011 at Memorial Hospital.

Mary Lou was born October 22, 1920 in South Bend, Indiana to William and Sarah Margaret Donahue. On October 30, 1941 Mary Lou married Chester E. Kistler who preceded her in death on May 24, 2009. Also preceding her in death was a son Daniel Kistler on July 11, 2010.

The remaining children, James (Katy) Kistler of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Kathy (Tim) McDonald of South Bend, Indiana and Daughter-in-Law Carol Kistler of Asheville, North Carolina; four granddaughters, one grandson, and three great granddaughters.

Mom was the family strong link that kept the family close, and she will always be remembered for the kindness and support and most of all, the love that she gave to her family and friends.

On Monday January 31, visitation will be held one hour before the memorial services at Little Flower Catholic Church, which will start at 10:00 a.m. with cemetery services to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Ma. 01923. McGann Hay Funeral Homes, University Chapel assisted. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.


John Charles McConnell

June 16, 1933 - January 21, 2011

SOUTH BEND - John Charles McConnell, 77, passed away surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1933 to Kenneth John Haggerty McConnell and Margaret White Hanson McConnell Ham, in Niles, Michigan, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Eugene Ham.

He graduated from Adams High School in 1952 and joined the Army. He served two years in the Eleventh Airborne, during the Korean War. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to South Bend.
On July 4, 1959, he married the love of his life, Sally Jean Goss at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. This past July 4th they were able to celebrate 51 years of marriage. They went on to have 3 daughters, Kelly (Jeff) Cowsert of South Bend, IN, Kathy (Bryan) Landen of Bargersville, IN, and Karen (James) Bond of Bella Vista, Arkansas. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Kate Landen of West Lafayette, IN, Ken Landen, of Dundee, Scotland, James Bond of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Rachel Bond of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Nicole Cowsert, of South Bend, IN. His family always came first in his life. He was a wonderful, loving and thoughtful husband, father, brother, and grandfather.

He is survived by three brothers: Charles Ham, Albert (Lanny) Ham, Richard (Patricia) Ham, and one sister, Claire Ann (Thomas) Wiggins all of Niles, Michigan. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law: Ronald (Constance) Goss of Salem, South Carolina, Kent (Nancy) Goss of Eaton, IN, and one sister-in-law, Gloria (Robert) DeBuysser, of South Bend, IN.

John spent 34 years in the banking industry beginning as a teller. He worked very hard to earn the title of Vice President at South Bend Federal Savings and Loan. He enjoyed working on the creation of the River Commons subdivision, helping each family build the house of their dreams. John had a special gift of helping others. His way of giving back to others was to serve as a Board Member of the Central Career Center Building Trades, Homebuilders Association of St. Joseph Valley, National Homebuilders Association (Life Spike member), the Credit Bureau of South Bend-Mishawaka, and the State Advisory Committee for Vocation Education for the South Bend Community School Corporation. He was a past Chairman of the St. Joseph Valley Panorama of Homes, the South Bend-Mishawaka Board of Realtors, Mishawaka Building Trades, Penn High School Building Trades and the Economic Club, Michiana Chapter.

He was a long time member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Bend, IN. His personal affiliations include the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Orak Shrine Temple, South Bend Lodge 294 F & AM, and Four Lakes Country Club. He served as a Precinct Committeeman for 10 years and was 1st District Finance Chairman for the St. Joseph County Republican Club.

Most will remember John for his wonderful and quirky sense of humor. He was a great story teller and enjoyed embellishing the stories to include each of his girls. His gift was the ability to make everyone feel at home. Over the years he made many friends while bowling, golfing, traveling, playing poker and going to the casino's.

His faith was very important to him. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".
He carried this card and a cross with him everywhere:

The Cross in My Pocket

I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me, of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. This little cross is not magic, nor is it a good luck charm, it isn't meant to protect me, from every physical harm. It's not for identification for all the world to see, it simply is an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me too, to be thankful, for my blessings day by day, and to strive to serve Him better in all that I do and say. It's also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share, with all who know my Master and give themselves to His care. So I carry a cross in my pocket, reminding me, no one but me, that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if only I'll let him be. Just pray to Him today: Dear Jesus, you are Lord, and I believe that God raised you from the dead. Please come into my heart and be my Savior! Forgive me of my sins, and help me love you with all my heart! Amen.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Road, South Bend, IN 46637 on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with the memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Following cremation his ashes will be placed on his fathers grave. McGann Hay Granger Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at the address above. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.



Betty Jean (Finley) Miller

July 3, 1948 -- January 19, 2011
VANDALIA -- Betty Jean (Finley) Miller, 80, of Donnell Lake died with loved ones near, Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. in her residence following an illness. Betty was born in Walkerton, IN, to the late John H. Sr. and Flossie (Thornburg) Finley. On July 3, 1948 in Roseland, IN, she was married to Earl Jud Miller who survives of Vandalia. Mrs. Miller was a graduate of Grovertown High School in 1948. Her two passions were Jesus and family. She loved spending time with family and playing with her great grandchildren. Besides her husband, survivors include her two daughters: Becky (Darryl) Clevenger of Vandalia, Beth (Bruce Luh) Miller of Lehigh Acres, FL, two sisters: Audrey Reed of Bremen, IN, Nellie Martin of Plymouth, IN; a brother Ben Finley of Koonze Lake, IN; she was affectionately know as "Nana" to her three grandchildren: Katie (Brad) Mroczek of Granger, Emily Clevenger of Granger; Anthony (Jessie) Rajski of Tampa, FL; and to her two great-grandchildren: Anna Mroczek and Brady Mroczek both of Granger. She was preceded in death by two brothers: John Finley Jr. and William Finley, and by two sisters, Georgia Huff and Jane Rush Thompson. No services are planned at this time. Following cremation at American Cremation Society in South Bend, her ashes will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. McGann Hay Granger Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To send condolences to the family log on to:www.McGannHay.com.



                  James H. Richards

May 24, 1975 - Jan. 13, 2011


SOUTH BEND - James H. "Jim" Richards, 35, passed away January 13, 2011. Born May 24, 1975, he was the son of Herbert and Veronica Richards. His father, Herbert, preceded him in death. Survivors include his mom, Veronica; wife, Angela; three children, James, Veronica and Hailey Richards; and two brothers, Steve (Erica) and Shane (Lynne) Richards, all of South Bend. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cathedral of St. James. Condolences may be sent to www.mcgannhay.com.






Ronald Allan Athey

Nov. 18, 1935 - Jan. 14, 2011
SOUTH BEND - Ronald A. Athey, 75, of South Bend, IN, passed away on January 14, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Ron was born on November 18, 1935, in Detroit, MI, to Carl Lynden and Mary Kalierta Athey, both of whom have preceded him in death along with a brother, Carl L. Athey Jr. Ron is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Pattee); daughter, Sharon (Mark) Cloghessy of Western Springs, IL; sons, James P. (Amy) Athey of Eden Prairie, MN, and David A. Athey of Ft. Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kaylee Cloghessy, Brian and Jeff Athey. On June 18, 1960, Ron married Marjorie Pattee of Grosse Pointe, MI. who he had met at a Gourmet Dinner Dance at Michigan State University. In 1999 Ron retired from the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Food Service Director. In addition to overseeing many of the food operations, he designed and supervised the installation of many of the University's food service operations, including the football stadium. Upon retiring, he formed Athey & Associates, a food service design consulting firm specializing in stadium, arena and dining services. Upon graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, Ron rejoined the J.L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, MI, where he had apprenticed for five years before entering college. After graduation, he served as manager of the downtown store and branch stores operations and was responsible for training future managers. He eventually became divisional manager of all food service, bakery, pantry, candy kitchen and retail operations. After leaving J.L. Hudson's, Ron was employed as Food Service Director of Woodward & Lothrop in Washington, DC, owner of the English Muffin Restaurant in Alexandria, VA, Regional Food Service Director of Macy's Department Stores Midwest, and Director of Operations Three Chefs Specialty Restaurants. Ron was involved with or recognized in the following organizations: Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Executive Director and founder of the National Association of Collegiate Concessionaires, Food Service Consulting Society, President of the Clay High School Booster Club, United Way committee member, National Restaurant Association, Committee Chair for the Boy Scouts of America - 31 years, recommended for Silver Beaver award, and the Epicureans Chefs Association, MI, recognized by the J.L. Hudson Co. and City of Detroit for developing a "Hard Core Employable" training program, and was the first to employ African-Americans in a food service department. Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 314 W. Catalpa #F, Mishawaka, IN 46545. A hospitality gathering will be held at a later date. "In my Father's home are many rooms. I go there to prepare a place for you." John 14:2 To send condolences to the family, please visit www.mcgannhay.com.





Joseph D. "Joe" Prorok

March 19, 1919 – January 11, 2011 

MISHAWAKA Joseph D. “Joe” Prorok, 91, died Tuesday in his home in Mishawaka. A nearly life-long resident of the Buffalo, New York area, Joe was born in the city of Buffalo on March 19th, 1919. He was the seventh of eight children of Stanley and Stephanie (Mietus) Prorok, and a graduate of Buffalo’s East High School. Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1941 and was deployed to the Southwest Pacific theater in November of 1941, shipping out of Pearl Harbor two weeks before the December 7th attacks. He participated in the Bismarck Archipelago, East Indies, and New Guinea campaigns, where he served as a staff sergeant specializing in munitions. He received his Honorable Discharge in June of 1945. After returning home, Joe began working for the New York Central Railroad, and remained a railroad man until his retirement from ConRail in 1981. He and his wife Lorraine (Nowak) were married September 29th, 1956, and enjoyed nearly 55 years of married life together. Joe was a great reader and partial to books of historical content. An astute fan of sports, he was an accomplished athlete in his own right, and remained an avid golfer well into his later years. Joe was a delightful storyteller and regaled many a friend and family member with the lighter side of his war experiences, particularly his time spent in New Guinea, the Fijis, and Australia. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a good neighbor to all around him. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Maryfrances Prorok of South Bend; grandchildren Jack and Maggie Feighery and their dad, William Feighery, of South Bend; brother Thaddeus of East Aurora, NY; sisters Eleanor Pawlak (Sun Lake, AZ) and Adele Schoenthal (Walnut Creek, CA), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Charlotte Jankowski and brothers Ferdinand, Charles, and Francis. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 am, January 18th, at St. Anthony de Padua Church, South Bend. Flowers are gratefully declined. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGannHay.com.

Evelyn Alice Beeler
March 20, 1915 – January 10, 2011
 
ELKHART - Evelyn Alice Beeler, 95, formerly of Bristol, passed away January 10, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Pearl Delahanty. On February 12, 1939, Evelyn married Paul E. Beeler. He preceded her in death, along with her five siblings. Survivors include her daughter, Paula C. (Lloyd) Williams; and grandson, Aaron Erickson, both of Bristol; and great-grandson, Adam Erickson of Elkhart. No services are being held. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcgannhay.com.


Judith Ann Russell

September 24, 1945 – January 9, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Judith Ann Russell, 76, passed away at Cardinal Health & Rehab early Sunday morning. 

Born: South Bend to James Babcock Homman and Helen Jean (Correll).  Worked at Goodwill Industries. 

Survived by a son Roger A. (Dawn) Homman; a sister-in-law Jacqueline Homman and her son Dennis (Stephanie) Homman and their daughter Nicole; a niece Diane Pierce and her sons Kyle and Connor all of South Bend. Also predeceased by a son Terry and a brother Dennis.

McGann Hay Funeral Homes and American Cremation Society handled the cremation.  Memorials: Special Olympics.

Scott Peter Johnson
August 12, 1956 -- January 3, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Scott Peter Johnson, 54, went home to the Lord on January 3, 2011 at 11:00am at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He was born August 12, 1956 in Valley City, ND to Mencer Johnson of Aitkin, MN and Dorothy Gratzek of St. Michael, MN. 

After graduating from Crosier Seminary in Onamia, MN (1974), he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1979). His thirst for learning, led him to pursue a Masters degree in Theatre/Communication from Regent University, Virgina Beach, VA (1986), a Masters degree in Philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1992), and a PhD in Communication from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA (2000). 

Scott has been teaching at Bethel College as an Assistant Professor of Communication since 2001. 

His wife, Carolynn Hine-Johnson of South Bend, IN, who he married in 1986, survives. Also surviving are: a brother Lowell (Judy) Johnson of Cold Spring, MN; two sisters, Lori (Chuck) Autio of St. Michael, MN, and Joni (John) Kern of West Bloomfield, WI. Others close to him who survive are: two Godsons, Jake Autio (Nephew) from St. Michael, MN, and Isaac Farias from Oakland, CA. Other nieces and nephews include Erin Autio, Margaret Johnson, Laura Johnson and Russell Johnson of Minnesota. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents and two brothers, Mike and Merle. 

A man of many talents, Scott’s various jobs included: Music Therapist (Wisconsin), Singer, Musician, Actor for Young Audiences of Virginia, Drama Instructor at Arts Alive Academy (So. Bend), Choir/Music Director at Providence Friends Church (Virginia Beach, VA), Associate Professor of Speech In the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, IUSB, Associate Professor of Speech at Hampton University (Hampton, VA) and Associate Professor of Speech/Communications at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. 

He loved Little Flower Catholic Church and was very involved in several activities, Choir Member, Just Faith leader, Reader and directed several theatre productions including “Shadowlands,” “Edith Stein,” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” 

Scott’s passion for God and living life to the fullest was evident in all his endeavors. He loved hiking, camping, philosophical discussions, gardening and reading. But, most of all, he loved to nurture and encourage others to reach their goals. His favorite expression was, “Inhale grace, exhale gratitude.” 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00pm Saturday at Little Flower Catholic Church with Rev. Cornelius Ryan, CSC, Administrator, officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the mass, noon-2pm, in the church. An additional Vigil Service will be held some time next week at Bethel College after the students return. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel is assisting with arrangements. 

To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com. Memorial Donations may be made in Scott’s memory to Research for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma online at: https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/mt/createCard.asp?c=chKOI6PEImE&b=1574289&en=rwJYJ8PUJbIQL8OSIcLQJcO3JvI2LaOSLlI4JdM2IwIfG.


Calistro C. Garcia, Sr.
December 23, 1951 – January 2, 2011 

SOUTH BEND – Mr. Calistro Carlos Garcia, Sr., 59, of South Bend passed away of apparent natural causes in his residence on Sunday about 4:25pm. 

He was born on December 23, 1951 to Blytheville, AR to the late Sylvestre and Lola (Salazar) Garcia. Calistro was retired as an automobile mechanic from the South Bend Police Department. 

He is survived by a daughter Sonia M. ( Sergio Delgado) Garcia-Delgado; two sons: Manuel J. (Tabatha) Garcia, Calistro C. Garcia, Jr. all of South Bend; three sisters: Janie Rowden of Sparks, NV, Mary (Javir) Deleon and Sara Garcia both of South Bend; four brothers: Jimmy (Carol) Garcia, Mike Garcia both of South Bend, Enrique (Marlene) Garcia of Logansport, IN and Jesse Garcia of Sparks; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Garcia could often be found singing Karaoke of his favorite country singer Freddy Fender at Chuck’s Tavern or giving fruit and vegetable gardening instructions to his friends and family. 

The family will pray the Holy Rosary at 10:00am Thursday at the VFW Post, 4829 Linden Ave. followed by a meal and a gathering. On Friday from 2-8 pm the family will receive guests at the home Jimmy & Carol Garcia at 202 E. Haney St., South Bend. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations maybe made to Sonia M. Garcia-Delgano, 2124 Glen St., South Bend, IN 46613. McGann Hay, Morning Star Funerals & Cremations Chapel and American Cremation Society are handling the cremation arrangements. 

Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid. 
For you are close beside me, guarding all the way. But as for me God will redeem my soul from the power of death, for he will receive me. But the good man - what a different story. for the good man-the blameless, the upright, the man of peace - he has a wonderful future ahead of him. 
For him there will be a happy ending. RIP Carlistro Garcia 2011 
Love Always and forever 
Alyssa Garua
Gary F. Brinkley

 April 30, 1947 – January 1, 2011 

SOUTH BEND – Gary Fleming Brinkley, 63, of South Bend, passed away Saturday at 1:45am of an illness at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. 

Gary was born on April 30, 1947, in Dayton, OH, to the late Andrew Gay Brinkley and Dorothy (Brown) Brinkley, she survives of Dayton. 

Surviving in addition to his mother is his ex-wife Diana M. Brinkley; four sons: Justin Brinkley, Joshua Brinkley both of South Bend, John (Sharryl) Brinkley of Sarasota, FL, Nicholas (Sara) Stewart of Granger and two daughters: Kelly Brinkley Bradford, OH, Tricia (Tom Corwin) Stewart-Corwin of Niles, MI; a brother Andrew (Carol) Brinkley; a sister Deborah Brinkley both of Dayton; four grandchildren: Peyton and Mya Brinkley, Isabella and Max Stewart and four nephews. 

Gary was a great sports fan of Ohio State Football, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and any Notre Dame sport. He enjoyed reading and loved politics and was proud to have been raised catholic. He was a US Air Force Veteran and was a member of both the VFW and American Legion. 

A celebration of Gary’s life was held last night during his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team’s Bowl Game from 8-11pm with a time for sharing and Military Honors during halftime at American Legion Post # 284, 23571 Grant Rd. at Mayflower. In lieu of flowers memorials donations for his grandchildren’s College fund may be made in care of Diana Brinkley, 52159 Pickwick, South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

Wanda “Peg” Fowler

 October 27, 1927 – January 3, 2011 
GRANGER – Mrs. Wanda “Peg” Fowler, 83, passed away Monday at 5:45am at Sunset House, Mishawaka, following an illness. 

Peg was born in South Bend on October 27, 1927 to the late Joseph and Grace (Renner) Kring. She married James R. Fowler on August 3, 1946 in Mishawaka, he survives of Granger. 

Other survivors include two daughters: Janet A. (Pamela Duncan) Fliger of South Bend, Gloria J. (Miles) Butler of Ball Ground, GA; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Alani (Jeremy) Jerrett and their sons Braden and Noah of Chattaroy, WA, Kalli Fliger of Perrysburg, OH, Jason (Michele) Butler and their sons Bryson and Blake of Cumming, GA, Christopher (Aimee) Butler and their sons Avery and Jack of Ball Ground and Bradley (Mary) Jordan and their daughter Maggie of South Bend. Peg lost all four of her brothers before her: Joseph, William, John and Jack Kring. 

She was a homemaker, took classes to make Porcelain Dolls and enjoyed bowling in a mixed and women’s leagues. 

Visitation will be on Thursday 2-4 & 5-8pm at the McGann Hay Funerals | Cremations | Gatherings, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, (enter off Cherry Rd.). Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am in the funeral home with Rev. Ed Erskine, officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. 

Rather than sending flowers, the family would prefer that you consider making a donation to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com.

Ralph D. Jordan
January 26, 1936 – December 30, 2010 

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

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

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

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

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

Rather than sending flowers, the family would wish for you to consider a donation in Ralph’s memory to either: St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, IN 46530 or to Pet Refuge, 2300 W. 6th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544. To send condolences to the family log on to: www.McGannHay.com. 
Anthony P. Pica, Sr.
Feb. 10, 1929 - Dec. 29, 2010 

SOUTH BEND - Anthony "Tony" Patrick Pica, Sr., 81, passed away on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:28 p.m. at his home with family by his side. 

Tony was born on February 10th, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Peter Anthony Pica, Sr. and Natalie Ethel (Wilk) Pica, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946. He then served his country in World War II for three years in the US Army. Tony graduated in 1953 from Purdue University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pharmacy. 

On August 18th, 1956 at Holy Family Church in South Bend he married Jane Ann Tobey, who survives. He is also survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (the late J. Michael) Jones, Kathleen (William) Box, Anne (Roger) Brummet, and Jane (Michael) Johnson; four sons, Anthony (Lynn) Pica Jr., Patrick (Carol) Pica, Michael Pica and Peter (Kristen) Pica; his 23 grandchildren, Patrick, Kevin, and Maureen Jones; Andrea, Natalie, and Brendan Box, Amy (Nick McClure), Nick, and Mark Pica, Nicol (Greg Liggins) and Chad Baker; Rachel, Rebecca, and Ross Brummet, Katherine, Mary, Michael, and Andrew Johnson, Collin, Evan, Emmie, and Clay Pica and one great-grandchild, Sarah McClure. Other survivors include one brother, Peter (Bonnie) Pica Jr.; and two sisters, Jacqueline (Walter) Schimmel and Carolyn (Brent) Banulis. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Baker. 

Tony owned and operated McKinley Pharmacy for 40 years and retired March 31, 1995 when he sold the business. Tony will be greatly missed by his friends and family for his generous spirit, sense of humor, guidance, and love of his grandchildren. 

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, January 3rd at the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Road at Ironwood. A PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. To send condolences to the family log on to: McGannHay.com.