Our Obituaries

William James Rodgers, II

August 19, 1952 - July 15, 2014

South Bend - William James Rodgers, II, 61, of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 15, 2014 in his home. He was born on August 19, 1952, in Highland Park, MI, to the late Herbert and Catherine Rodgers. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Herbert. William is survived by his two sons, Ryan M. Rodgers of Carmel, IN and Tony Rodgers of Houston, TX; two grandchildren, Andrew...
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Sister M. Cecilia Ann Kelly, C.S.C.

December 4, 1927 - July 9, 2014

A Sister of the Holy Cross for 63 years, Sister M. Cecilia Ann died in peace at Saint Mary's Convent at the age of 86. She had two aunts who were Sister of the Holy Cross who preceded her in death. She was born in Akron, Ohio, one of nine children, where her early education took place. She earned her B.A. from Saint Mary's College and then a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Utah. For...
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Brother Albin M. Kuzminski, C.S.C.

November 9, 1928 - July 6, 2014

Brother Albin Martin Kuzminski, C.S.C., age 85, died on July 6, 2014 at Dujarie House, of Holy Cross Village, in Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 9, 1928, the son of John and Anna (Jurecki) Kuzminski. He attended Saint Ann Grammar School in Chicago and then St. Ann High School where he graduated in 1947. He worked for two years at Continental National Bank and...
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Jack L. Mazlo

March 11, 1927 - July 6, 2014

South Bend - Jack L. Mazlo, 87, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday July 6, 2014, in Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, South Bend. He was born on March 11, 1927, in Mishawaka, IN, to the late John and Frances (Scott) Mazlo. He married Bernice A. Nordblad on August 16th 1947. In August 1951, he married Helen Doris "Sue" Nay, who preceded him in death on October 1, 1975. He was also...
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Angela Rafert

May 2, 1972 - July 5, 2014

Granger - Angela E. Rafert, 42, of Granger, passed away on Saturday July 5, 2014, in her home. She was born on May 2, 1972, in South Bend, to John and Pamela (Jones) Rafert. On July 17, 1999 she married Robert Moritz, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Sarah and James Ready, Jr.; step-sons, Brandon and Robbie Moritz; her mother, Pamela I. Crider of Spring Hill, FL, step-father,...
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Carol Ann Kennedy Mylod

November 9, 1938 - July 4, 2014

Carol Ann Kennedy Mylod November 9, 1938 – July 4, 2014 NOTRE DAME – Carol Ann (Kennedy) Mylod passed away on July 4, 2014. Carol was born in New York City to the late Edward Kennedy and Jennie Lee Kennedy. She graduated from Dominican Academy, the College of New Rochelle, and St. John's University. Carol taught, both full time and part time, for 45 years- overseas, in NYC and in the suburbs...
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Sharon L. Kapsa

June 18, 1947 - July 3, 2014

Sharon Lynn (Pejza) Kapsa, 67, passed away on July 3, 2014. She is survived by her husband, James M. Kapsa. She was born in South Bend, Indiana, on June 18, 1947 to the late Eugene and Dorothy (Szymanowski) Pejza. She attended St. Casimir's Grade School and Washington High School, class of 1965. She and her husband were married at St. Casimir's Catholic Church on June 28, 1969 and they recently...
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Lorraine Kertis

August 10, 1925 - July 3, 2014

Lorraine Kertis, 88, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 6:45 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Lorraine was born on August 10, 1925 in South Bend to Leo and Bernice (Borowski) Paszkiet, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed as a Registered Nurse with Memorial Hospital, Dr. Clark, Torrington, American Red Cross (where she traveled to a number of...
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James C. Pickens

October 27, 1965 - July 2, 2014

James Carl Pickens, 48, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. James was born on October 27, 1965 in South Bend to Harold R. and Joyce (Schlundt) Pickens. He had been previously employed with Mittler Supply and Airgas. Survivors include his daughter, Brittany Coffman of South Bend, Indiana; two sons, Austin and Brandon both of South Bend, Indiana; his mother, Joyce ...
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Rev. Alfred F. D'Alonzo, C.S.C.

July 16, 1926 - June 27, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Rev. Alfred F. D'Alonzo, C.S.C., 88, died Friday (June 27, 2014) at Holy Cross House. He was born on July 16, 1926, to Modestino and Michelina (Stanziale) D'Alonzo, in Orange, N.J. He graduated from Orange High School in 1944. Fr. D'Alonzo entered the University of Notre Dame in 1944. He was a member of the Fighting Irish football team. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July...
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George H. Gollnick

August 25, 1949 - June 25, 2014

George H. Gollnick, 64, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 10:55 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. George was born on August 25, 1949 in South Bend. He had been employed as a Sales Manager for Haines Criss Cross Directory for 15 years. He was also the owner of American United Systems from 1980-1987. He is survived by his son, Jason P. (Sara Ray) Gollnick of South Bend,...
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Irene L. Niedbala

June 5, 1919 - June 25, 2014

Irene L. Niedbala, 95, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2014 at Healthwin Specialized Care, South Bend, IN. She was born on June 5, 1919 to the late Frank Sieradzki and Frances (Wieczorek) in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was also preceded in death by three sisters; and two brothers. Irene retired in 1975 from...
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Darryl J. Wojciechowski

November 30, 1961 - June 25, 2014

Darryl J. Wojciechowski, 52, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in his home. He was born on November 30, 1961 to the late Arthur and Loretta (Kitkowski) Wojciechowski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with his parents; two brothers, David and William Wojciechowski also preceded him in death. Darryl worked as a Chef at various local...
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Michael W. Nimtz

October 1, 1962 - June 24, 2014

Michael W. Nimtz, 51, of South Bend, Indiana passed away 9:17 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Michael was born on October 1, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana to Richard D. Nimtz, Sr. and Mary (Grayckowski) Nimtz. He is survived by his daughter Erin Nimtz of Mishawaka Indiana; his mother Mary Nimtz of South Bend, Indiana; and four brothers, Richard (Mary) Nimtz Jr....
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Brother Philip Armstrong, C.S.C.

October 9, 1932 - June 24, 2014

Brother Philip Armstrong, C.S.C., age 81, died on June 24, 2014 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in South Bend, Indiana on October 9, 1932, the son of James and Marion (Attick) Armstrong. He attended St. Matthew's and Holy Cross Elementary Schools in South Bend and graduated from Central Catholic High in 1950. The example of the Brothers must have had a...
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Rose W. (Witkowski) Bujeker

September 4, 1916 - June 24, 2014

Rose (Witkowski) Bujeker, 97, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Sanctuary at St. Paul's- South Bend, IN. She was born on September 4, 1916 in Mishawaka, IN to Kazmier and Josephine (Kochara) Witkowski. She attended St. Bavo Elementary School and Mishawaka High School. On December 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Matthew Bujeker of South Bend in St...
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Gerald George "Jerry" Gotsch

April 26, 1931 - June 23, 2014

Jerry was born on April 26, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Clara (Molke) and George Gotsch. He married Joanne Matousek on August 21, 1954, at St. Matthias Church in Chicago, Illinois. Surviving to cherish his memory in addition to his wife of nearly 60 years are his two sons, Hon. Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. (Sarah) and Thomas J. Gotsch (Marilyn), nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson....
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Dorothy M. Julies

May 1, 1923 - June 21, 2014

Dorothy M. Julies, 91, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Saturday June 21, 2014, in the Hearth at Juday Creek. She was born on May 1, 1923, in Chicago, IL, to the late Burton and Mary (O'Connell) Nash. On September 30, 1943 she married William "Bill" John Julies, who preceded her in death on November 28, 2012. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William and two sisters, Agnes and...
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John R. Nemeth

July 1, 1934 - June 17, 2014

John R. Nemeth, 79, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Silverbrook Manor, Niles, Michigan. John was born on July 1, 1934 in South Bend to John L. and Vera H. (Walkowski) Nemeth and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed with A.M. General for 32 years. On January 4, 1958, in St. Stanislaus Church, he married Vala L. Frank, who preceded him in death...
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Larry "Joe" Dombrowski

May 29, 1940 - June 15, 2014

Larry "Joe" Dombrowski, 74, of South Bend passed away on Sunday June 15, 2014. He was born on May 29, 1940 in St. Joseph County. On December 29, 1990 he married Sheila Armstrong, who preceded him in death on May 27, 2013. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Mike Dombrowski. Larry worked as a painter. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.
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Frances Helen Nemeth-Kuzmitz

December 30, 1919 - June 15, 2014

South Bend - Frances Helen Nemeth Kuzmitz, 94, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday June 15, 2014, in St. Paul's Retirement Community, South Bend. She was born on December 30, 1919, in Knox, IN, to the late Garland and Burnis (Yelton) Kesler. On June 19, 1943 she married Louis A. Nemeth, who preceded her in death on June 23, 1973. On June 21, 1980, she married Frank V. Kuzmitz, who preceded her...
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William Edward Charleston

January 30, 1947 - June 11, 2014

William "Ed"ward Charleston, 67, of South Bend, passed away on Wednesday, June 11th after battling mesothelioma and complications from surgery. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth, son Chad (Kim), daughter Kathryn Brewer (Jason), daughter Kristina, grandchildren Keeghan, Devin, Ellissa Brewer, and Olivia Charleston, sister Vesta Ferguson, and brother Maurice Bacon. He was greeted in Heaven by...
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Pauline J. Johnson

April 9, 1929 - June 11, 2014

Pauline J. Johnson, 85, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at I.U. Health La Porte Hospital in La Porte, IN, following a brief illness. She was born on April 9, 1929 to the late Walter J. and Stella (Dudeck) Kantorowski in Edwardsburg, MI, and has lived in New Carlisle since 1951. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Hattie...
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Josephine S. Loster

March 2, 1916 - June 9, 2014

Josephine S. Loster, 98, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 11:40 p.m., Monday, June 9, 2014 in Hamilton Communities. Josephine was born on March 2, 1916 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Ignatius and Eva (Loduha) Stano. She had lived in New Carlisle since 1963, coming from Chicago, Illinois. Josephine had been employed with Jay's Potato Chips, Chicago, Illinois. On May 17, 1937 in Chicago, she...
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Alvin J. Menting

April 23, 1927 - June 8, 2014

Veteran United Airline pilot," revered" father, grandfather and "favored" uncle, Alvin "Al" J. Menting died June 8, 2014, in Dujarie nursing facility at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN. He was 87 years old. He is survived by his widow, Montel Hawkesworth Menting, four children, Christina Marie (Tina), Terri Lynn Setnik, Anthony ( Frank(Tony), and Ted Andrew, and seven grandchildren. One...
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Thomas J. Hinz

December 12, 1963 - June 8, 2014

South Bend - Thomas J. Hinz, 50, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday June 8, 2014. He was born on December 12, 1963, in South Bend, to the late Raymond L., Sr. and Audrey Joan (Vogler) Hinz. On August 28, 1987 he married Carmen O'Brien, who survives. Also surviving Tom are his two sons, Thomas A. Hinz and Mitchell J. Hinz, both of South Bend; a granddaughter, Lilly; two sisters, Janine (Chris)...
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Paul Joseph Hrutkay

January 25, 1932 - June 8, 2014

Paul Joseph Hrutkay, 82, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 2:28 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 in his home. He was born on January 25, 1932 to the late Joseph B. and Rose Marie (Kostrzewa) Hrutkay in Detroit, MI, and has lived in South Bend since 1963, coming from Taylor, MI. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by his infant brother, Joseph Hrutkay, Jr. and his grandson, Austin...
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Norman Joseph DeBoever

September 19, 1941 - June 7, 2014

Norman Joseph DeBoever, 72, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday June 7, 2014, in his home of an extended illness. Norm was born on September 19, 1941, in Mishawaka, IN, the only son of Joseph M. and Madeline (Christiaens), who both have preceded him in death. Norm was a lifelong resident of the area. Norm is survived by his wife Patty (Deeds), of 18 years. Also surviving are a daughter; Kim ...
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Dolores M. Fuchs

May 24, 1924 - June 7, 2014

Dolores M. Fuchs, 90, of Holy Cross Village passed away Saturday morning, June 7, 2014 in Hospice House. Dolores was born on May 24, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Matthew T. and Mary M. (Ciesielczyk) Miskinis. On January 13, 1944 she married her loving husband, John, who survives. Also surviving are her children, John Michael (Kathy) Fuchs of New Durham, New Hampshire, Dr. Paul Daniel ...
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Brother Thomas Michael Shaughnessy, C.S.C.

May 4, 1936 - June 6, 2014

Brother Thomas Michael Shaughnessy, C.S.C., age 78, died on June 6, 2014 at Dujarie House, Holy Cross Village, in Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Lakewood, Ohio, the son of John and Coletta (Morgahan) Shaughnessy. He grew up there and attended St. Luke Elementary School and St. Edward High School, where he was a member of its first graduating class in 1953. He attended the University of Notre...
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Gladys E. Miller

May 19, 1925 - June 3, 2014

Gladys E. Miller, 89, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday June 3, 2014, in her daughter's home in South Bend. She was born in Suffolk County, England, to the late Ernest and Ann (Dysord) Fuller. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Miller; a sister, Ella Ridgeon and by five brothers, Bernard, Albert, Ernie, Arthur and Bert Fuller. Gladys is survived by her daughters, Jean (David)...
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Ronald J. Williamson

September 20, 1961 - June 2, 2014

Ronald J. Williamson, 52, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 in Prattville, Alabama. Ronald was born on September 20, 1961 in Valparaiso, Indiana. He had lived in New Carlisle since 2005. Ronald was employed as a Truck Driver with AG Expeditus. On June 16, 2006 in South Bend, he married Sherrie L. Edwards, who survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Skie...
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Elaine L. Miller

October 26, 1932 - May 30, 2014

Elaine L. Miller, 81, of Mishawaka, IN (formerly of South Bend) passed away at 7:22 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 in her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on October 26, 1932 to the late Alexander and Regina (Sikorski) Nowacki in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Kaniewski. On April 19, 1952, as...
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Duane K. Annable

June 13, 1927 - May 30, 2014

Duane K. Annable, 86, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 in his home, following a brief illness. He was born on June 13, 1927 to the late Benjamin H. and Gladys M. (Brown) Annable in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by his two sons, Jeffery and Daniel Annable; and a brother, Benjamin Annable. Duane...
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Carole Miller

February 9, 1935 - May 27, 2014

Carole Miller died early afternoon Tuesday May 27th at Hospice House in South Bend, IN. She began life as Carole Sue Gyorgyi, daughter of Alexander and Lucille Gyorgyi of New Carlisle, IN. Carole grew in her mother's beautifully created home and her father Al's grocery. She thrived, becoming Valedictorian of New Carlisle High School class of 1953. She played clarinet and enjoyed writing. She...
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Dolores M. Asire

May 29, 1931 - May 27, 2014

Dolores M. Asire, 82, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Signature Health Care Nursing Home, South Bend. Dolores was born on May 29, 1931 to Joseph and Clara Maculski of Mishawaka. She was preceded in death by a son, James Asire of Fort Wayne, her brother, Edward Maculski, and her sisters, Dorothy Fay and Irene Horvath. She is survived by one sister, Barbara Cross of Tucson,...
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James C. Goodman

March 17, 1927 - May 26, 2014

James C. Goodman, 87 of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. James was born March 17, 1927 in El Dorado, Kansas to Walter & Millie (Faunce) Goodman. He had been employed with New York Blower, LaPorte, Indiana, Clark Equipment, Buchanan, Michigan, and Kingsley Furniture, LaPorte, Indiana. On February 15, 1948, James married Elizabeth E. Ordway who survives. Surviving...
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Ronald J. Szalay

March 21, 1947 - May 25, 2014

Ronald James Szalay, 67, of Irving, Texas passed away on May 25, 2014. Ron was born in South Bend, Indiana to Nicholas Szalay and Mary (Deranek) Szalay who predeceased him. He is survived by a brother, Robert, a sister, Marilyn (Szalay) Emerick, two nephews and two nieces. Ron attended John Adams High School in South Bend graduating in 1965. After attending Indiana University, Ron worked in...
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Norman D. Kelley

November 21, 1947 - May 25, 2014

Norman D. Kelley, 66, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana passed away at 1:05 a.m., Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Indiana University Health, LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, Indiana from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Norm was born on November 21, 1947 in LaPorte to Donald and Maxine (Norman) Kelley, and was a lifelong area resident. He retired from USF Holland Trucking. Norm is survived by his two...
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Fred J. Klaye

February 6, 1922 - May 22, 2014

Fred J. Klaye, 92, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hospice House in Elkhart, IN, following an illness. Fred was born on February 6, 1922 to the late John and Cecilia (Kornfeind) Klabusich in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. He was retired from Bendix Corporation, where he worked as a Steel Buyer for 30 years. Beloved father of Judith De...
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Maria Schirripa

July 28, 1920 - May 22, 2014

Maria Schirripa passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 22nd, surrounded by her loving family. Maria was born on July 28th, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 6 she moved to Italy with her family. October 6th, 1946, Maria married her true love, Salvatore. In 1966 Maria and Salvatore returned to America, establishing a home for their six children in South Bend, IN. She will...
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Rev. Merwyn J. Thomas, C.S.C.

August 21, 1940 - May 18, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Rev. Merwyn Jerome Thomas, C.S.C., 73, died Sunday (May 18, 2014) at the Center for Hospice Care. He was born on Aug. 21, 1940, to Joseph H. and Evelyn M. (Corbat) Thomas in Jacksonville, Fla. Fr. Thomas graduated from Bishop Kenney High School in Jacksonville in 1958 and attended Jacksonville University for a year before transferring to the University of Notre Dame. He...
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Evelyn M. Futa

April 4, 1925 - May 17, 2014

Evelyn M. Futa, 89, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday May 17, 2014, in her home. She was born on April 4, 1925, in South Bend, to the late Martin and Hattie (Pzybylski) Orlowski. On November 20, 1948, she married Joseph Futa, who preceded hear in death on August 12, 2005. Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Futa in 2012; a sister, Rita Celichowski...
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Genevieve Jastrzebski

April 11, 1931 - May 16, 2014

South Bend - Genevieve Jastrzebski, 83, of South Bend, passed away on Friday May 16, 2014, in Sanctuary at Holy Cross, South Bend. She was born on April 11, 1931, in Mishawaka, IN, to the late August and Florence (Britz) Noens. In October 1950, she married Edward Jastrzebski, who preceded her in death in October 2005. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Lynn Jastrzebski....
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Randy A. Rogers

March 26, 1962 - May 13, 2014

Randy A. Rogers, 52, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Randy was born on March 26, 1962 in South Bend to Robert E. and Loretta A. (Nalepinski) Rogers, and was a lifelong resident. He was employed as a Maintenance Engineer with the Four Winds Casino in Hartford, Michigan. On December 4, 1982 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church he...
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Alice M. Soboleski

August 1, 1909 - May 13, 2014

Alice M. Soboleski, 104, passed away at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Sprenger Health Care of Mishawaka. She was born on August 1, 1909 to the late Frank L. and Stella (Radaj) Dobski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her son, Patrick H. Soboleski; and two brothers, Theodore and Edmund Dobski. Mrs. Soboleski worked as...
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Sandra L. Newman

July 25, 1942 - May 12, 2014

Sandra L. Newman, 71, of South Bend, passed away peacefully on Monday May 12, 2014, surrounded by her children at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on July 25, 1942, in South Bend, to the late Michael and Virginia (Wroblewski) Szalai. She graduated from South Bend Central High School, worked for many years at Carlyle Nursing Home, but retired from South Bend Community School...
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Brother James Patrick Sullivan, C.S.C.

October 14, 1932 - May 12, 2014

Brother James Patrick Sullivan, C.S.C., age 81, died on May 12, 2014 at Memorial Hospital, in South Bend, Indiana. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 14, 1932, the son of Martin and Jane (Swaine) Sullivan. He attended St. Theodore Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 13 he persuaded his parents to let him be a Holy Cross Brother so in September 1946 he traveled to Sacred...
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Nichola "Nikki" V. (Strom) Nowak

May 3, 1949 - May 11, 2014

Nichola "Nikki" V. Nowak, age 65, passed away at her home in Columbus, Ohio on May 11, 2014. Nikki was self-employed as an amazing & caring homecare provider . Born in South Bend to John and Phyllis (Kronewitter) Strom on May 3, 1949, Nikki graduated from St. Joseph High School and in 1968 married the love of her life, Edwin J. Nowak, Jr., who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death...
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Hildegard R. Pinkowski

October 29, 1921 - May 11, 2014

Hildegard R. Pinkowski, 92, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at The Milton Home in South Bend. She was born on October 29, 1921 to the late Vincent K. and Helen (Nowaczewski) Kaniewski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her son, James Pinkowski; a sister, Jean Fergison; and a brother, Bernard...
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Larraine F. Cress

December 14, 1928 - May 11, 2014

Larraine F. Cress, 85, of Brighton, Michigan passed away May 11, 2014. She was born December 14, 1928 in South Bend, Indiana to Louis M. Kiska & Dorothy Kaminski. On September 9, 1950 in Holy Cross Catholic Church in South Bend, Larraine married Ronald C. Cress who survives. Surviving with her husband of 63 years are daughters, Karen (David) Trzcinski of Howell, Michigan, Carla (Bruce)...
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Mary A. Jester

June 11, 1946 - May 9, 2014

SOUTH BEND - Mary A. Jester June 11,1946- May 9, 2014 Mary A. Jester, 67, of South Bend passed away Friday, May 9 at Hospice House in Roseland surrounded by ALL of her children and loving husband. Mary was born to James Grant Monteith and Mary Marguarite Miller on June 11, 1946. She lived in South Bend most of her life. Mary went to Riley High School. On June 29,1964, Mary...
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Betty A. Kwasneski

October 11, 1929 - May 9, 2014

Betty A. Kwasneski, 84, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Hamilton Grove in New Carlisle, IN. Betty was born in Mishawaka, IN to the late David and Marie Durant. She was also preceded in death by her husband Leo Kwasneski on May 5, 2014, her daughter, Elizabeth Mroczkiewicz, sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Robert Hillebrand and brother-in-law, Daniel Kwasneski. She is survived by...
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Jimmy D. Stanley

January 7, 1930 - May 5, 2014

South Bend - Jimmy D. Stanley, 84, of South Bend, passed away on Monday May 5, 2014, in his home. He was born on January 7, 1930, in South Bend, to Andrew and Velma (Seward) Stanley. Due to the untimely death of his Mother when Jim was only 3, he and his siblings were reared by the maternal grandparents, Vern and Mabel Seward of Royal Center, IN. Jim attended school in Royal Center and was...
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Leo C. Kwasneski

March 7, 1928 - May 5, 2014

Leo C. Kwasneski, 86, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Hamilton Grove in New Carlisle, IN. He was born on March 7, 1928 to the late Leo and Lottie Kwasneski in South Bend, IN. He was also preceded in death by his brother Dan Kwasneski, daughter Elizabeth Mroczkiewicz, and brother and sister-in law Robert and Margaret Hillebrand. Leo is survived by his wife of 62 years Betty, son Michael ...
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Florence B. Bajdek

June 29, 1916 - May 4, 2014

Florence B. Bajdek, 97, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, IN. She was born on June 29, 1916 to the late Alexander and Wanda (Rozanski) Krzyzewski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by two sisters, Eugenia Klepper; Ann Urbanski; and two brothers, John and...
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Sister Theresa Jane (Sister M. Bertilde) Bellner, C.S.C.

August 4, 1924 - April 15, 2014

Sister Theresa Jane, a Sister of the Holy Cross for 69 years, was born in Toledo, OH and died in peace at Saint Mary's Convent at the age of 89. Sister taught for 27 years in elementary schools in Virginia, Ohio and Texas. Following her teaching career, she returned to school and worked in Home Health Care for six years in Texas. Reception of the body and wake service on Wednesday, April 23,...
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Barbara Ann Peacock

June 2, 1922 - April 14, 2014

Barbara Ann Peacock, 91, of South Bend, passed away on Monday April 14, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on June 2, 1922, in Michigan City, IN, to the late John W. and Justine A. (Timm) Wetzel. Barbara graduated from Niles High School in 1940. On October 4, 1947 in Niles, MI, as Barbara Ann Wetzel, she married Lyle E. Peacock, who preceded her in death on December 20,...
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Arthur C. Podemski

February 28, 1930 - April 13, 2014

South Bend - Arthur C. Podemski, 84, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday April 13, 2014, in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility, South Bend. He was born on February 28, 1930, in South Bend, to the late Andrew P. and Madeline B. (Micinski) Podemski and was a lifelong area resident. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jerome Podemski in 2003; and by two aunts, Virginia Micinski and...
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John Keiser

April 5, 1931 - April 11, 2014

John A. Keiser, 83, of South Bend, passed away too soon after living a full and content life on Friday April 11, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. He was born on April 5, 1931, in Wolcott, IN, to the late Othar and Adah (Haycraft) Keiser. On August 26, 1960 he married Charlotte Mangin who preceded him in death on March 13, 2007. Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a...
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Gaeney Ryan Pellow

September 26, 1921 - April 11, 2014

South Bend - Gaeney Ryan Pellow passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. Gaeney was born on September 26, 1921, in Iron Mountain, Michigan to the late Michael Joseph Ryan, Sr. and Mary Nolan Ryan. Her family moved to Ishpeming, MI soon after where Gaeney attended St. John's Grade School, The Ishpeming High School...
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Nancy J. Healy

August 6, 1926 - April 9, 2014

Nancy J. Healy, 87, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 1:40 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Nancy was born on August 6, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida to Virgil and Meerolin (Hill) Watt. She had lived in South Bend for over fifty years. On July 17, 1954, in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, she married Robert James Healy, who preceded her in death. ...
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Dr. James William Frick

August 5, 1924 - April 9, 2014

James W. Frick, former vice president for public relations, alumni affairs and development at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (April 9) at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 89. Born Aug. 5, 1924, in New Bern, N.C., Frick, the third of five children in a family beset by the Great Depression, was raised and educated through high school in a Catholic orphanage. He served in the U.S. Navy...
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Dermot L. Meyer

August 7, 1924 - April 9, 2014

New Carlisle - Dermot Meyer, 89, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, Indiana. Derm was born on August 7, 1924 in Mill Creek, Indiana, to the late Leslie and Edna (McKesson) Meyer. He was a lifelong area resident. On March 3, 1950, in New Carlisle, he married the former Jennie Blendeman, who preceded him in death on July 18, 2009. Derm is survived by...
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Josephine Skarbek

September 8, 1907 - April 9, 2014

Josephine Skarbek, 106, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in West Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation. Josephine was born on September 8, 1907 in Tyczyn, Poland to Wincentego and Katarzyna (Dudek) Jamroz. She was widowed at a young age and raised her children alone and was instrumental in their success. She was a wonderful Mother and Busia and very proud of...
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James M. Plencner

August 4, 1941 - April 7, 2014

James M. Plencner, 72, of South Bend, passed away on April 7, 2014, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on August 4, 1941, in South Bend, to the late Casimer and Eleanor (Lemanski) Plencner. On May 7, 1966 he married Helen Shibovitch, who survives. Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa Plencner (Michael Malesa) and his son, Doug Plencner, both of...
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Calvin Jacob Watkins

February 8, 1990 - April 5, 2014

Calvin Jacob Watkins, 24, of New Carlisle passed away Saturday April 5, 2014, in New Carlisle. He was born on February 8, 1990, in LaPorte, to Mark Watkins and Lynn Chapman. He is survived by his parents, Mark J. (Theresa) Watkins and Lynn "Dede" Chapman; his sister and best friend, Joanna Singh; and by his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Betty Chapman, all of New Carlisle. He was preceded in...
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Helen C. Haymes

July 1, 1941 - April 5, 2014

Helen C. Haymes, 72, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Hospice House. Helen was born on July 1, 1941 in Owensboro, Kentucky to Frank Bertke, Jr. and Helen (Long) Bertke. She had lived in South Bend since 1969. Helen had been employed as a secretary with Chuck and Sons Plumbing. On November 30, 1968, in Kentucky, she married Danny E. Haymes, who...
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Clyde "Fred" Frederick Robinson

December 18, 1929 - April 5, 2014

Clyde "Fred" Frederick Robinson, 84 of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. Fred was born on December 18, 1929 in Bloomington, Indiana to Leland Clyde and Dolly (Weddle) Robinson. Clyde was a 1948 graduate of Bloomington High School, Bloomington, Indiana. He was a 1959 graduate of Purdue University majoring in Agriculture. Fred was a Master Sergeant in the United States...
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Madelyn M. Larkin

August 21, 1921 - March 30, 2014

Madelyn M. Larkin, 92, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:14 a.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Hamilton Communities. Madelyn was born on August 21, 1921 in South Bend to Earnest and Hazel (Higbee) Deardorff, and was a lifelong resident. She retired on September 1, 2010 as the Bar Manager at the Maennerchor Club in South Bend. On December 20, 1941 she married Samuel R. Larkin, who preceded...
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Brother Richard Joseph Keller, C.S.C.

March 11, 1941 - March 29, 2014

Brother Richard Joseph Keller, C.S.C., age 73, died on March 29, 2014 at Gilmour Academy, in Gates Mills, Ohio. He was born in Shelby, Ohio on March 11, 1941, the 10th of 12 children of Steven and Martha (Brown) Keller. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated from Shelby High School in 1960. He worked for General Motors as a successful tool and die maker for more than three years...
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Daniel "Danny" Ferry III

July 28, 1954 - March 25, 2014

Daniel "Danny" Ferry III, 59, of South Bend, IN passed away at home and returned to the Lord on March 25, 2014. Beloved son of Daniel J. Ferry Jr. of New Carlisle, Indiana and the late Doris "Dorry" (Robertson) Ferry. Devoted brother to Mike (Annie) Ferry of South Bend, Joan (Keith) VerVaet of Peninsula, Ohio, Patrick (Julie) Ferry of Temperance, Michigan. Loving Uncle to Michael &...
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Evelyn P. Pinter

November 4, 1916 - March 25, 2014

South Bend, IN Evelyn P. Pinter (November 4, 1916 – March 25, 2014) Evelyn P. Pinter passed away at the age of 97, on Tuesday March 25, 2014. Evelyn was born to the late Frank and Stanislawa Staszewski on November 4, 1916. She was employed with the University of Notre Dame for 17 years. In 1938, she married Stanley Grochowalski, who passed away on January 15, 1966. Together they had a...
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Issa Grace O'Brien

June 7, 2013 - March 24, 2014

Issa Grace O'Brien, 9 months old, of South Bend, IN, passed away in the loving arms of her family, on Monday, March 24, 2014, after living for nine months with Trisomy 18. She was born on June 7, 2013 to Sean and Felicia (Johnson) O'Brien in South Bend, IN. Issa is survived by her parents, Sean and Felicia O'Brien of South Bend, IN; maternal grandparents, Perry and Helen Johnson of...
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Dorothy J. Ghyselinck

November 11, 1930 - March 22, 2014

Edwardsburg, MI - Dorothy J. Ghyselinck, 83, of Edwardsburg, MI, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away in her home on Saturday March 22, 2014. She was born on November 11, 1930, in South Bend, to the late Adam and Teresa (Grott) Smorin. On November 25, 1950, she married Robert R. Ghyselinck, who preceded her in death on March 28, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her sister...
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Ann G. (Derda) Janiszewski

June 3, 1913 - March 20, 2014

South Bend - Ann G. (Derda) Janiszewski, 100, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday March 20, 2014, in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. She was born June 3, 1913, in South Bend, to the late Adam W. and Mary (Kaminski) Derda. On July 21, 1941, she married Benny J. Janiszewski, who preceded her in death October 25, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, including Adam Derda,...
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Robert H. DeLater

July 20, 1928 - March 16, 2014

Robert H. DeLater, 85, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:47 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014 at The Hearth at Juday Creek. Robert was born on July 20, 1928 in South Bend to Henry and Jenny (Wlodarski) DeLater and was a lifelong resident. He retired in 1990 from RACO where he was employed for 35 years. On November 11, 1966 he married Eleanor Cichowicz, who preceded him in death on September...
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Maria M. (Mary) Nowicki

October 5, 1920 - March 15, 2014

Maria M. (Mary) Nowicki, 93 of South Bend, Indiana passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was born October 5, 1920 to Wicenty & Mary Anna (Kucharski) Jeziorski. Mary was employed with Hillview Bakery as a decorator, Briteway as a sales clerk, South Bend Community Schools in the cafeteria, and owned & operated Four Seasons Tours for over 30 years. On December 28, 1946 in St. Casimir...
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Adella Helen Reese

March 5, 1930 - March 14, 2014

Adella Helen (Stedry) Reese, 84 of South Bend, Indiana passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. She was born March 5, 1930, in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Vincent and Millie (Klapka) Stedry. Adella had been employed with the State of Indiana and private construction companies. Surviving are her children, Leita A. (Dan) Tallman of Maricopa, Arizona, Amy L. Reese of Fargo, North Dakota, Eric ...
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Genevieve R. "Gene" Kucharski

October 7, 1921 - March 10, 2014

Genevieve R. "Gene" Kucharski, 92, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility at 12:35 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014. She had suffered from declining health in recent years. She was born on October 7, 1921 to the late Anthony and Lottie (Celichowski) Strozewski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents; one brother, Frank...
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Dorothy M. Nawrot

December 10, 1925 - March 10, 2014

South Bend - Dorothy M. Nawrot, 88, of South Bend, passed away peacefully on Monday March 10, 2014, in her home, after being comforted by family members. She was born on December 10, 1925, in South Bend on Poland Street, to the late Nicholas and Antoinette Krojniewski and was a lifelong resident. On April 23, 1949 she married Daniel Nawrot, who preceded her in death in 1982. She was the...
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Diana Claire Meeks

March 28, 1961 - March 9, 2014

Diana Claire (Beke) Meeks, age 52, passed away on March 9th, 2014 at the Kobacker House. She was born March 28, 1961 in South Bend, IN, daughter of Roger and Esther (Simonis) Beke. She met her husband, Michael, in 1984 in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana, where they wed in 1988. Diana and Michael raised their children, Marie, Claire, and Joseph in Columbus, Ohio. Diana valued education,...
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Casimir J. "Casey" Jedd

December 31, 1921 - March 5, 2014

Casimir J. "Casey" Jedd, 92, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Casey was born to Joseph and Caroline in Chicago, IL on New Year's Eve in 1921. What a bundle! He was educated in Chicago Catholic Schools and graduated in 1941- enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force immediately after high school. Casey served with the military in...
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Patricia Ann Mitchell

December 14, 1929 - March 5, 2014

Patricia Ann Mitchell, 84 of New Carlisle, Indiana passed Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was born December 14, 1929 in Sumnerville, Michigan to Fred & Hazel Spitler. Patricia & her husband John were Dairy Farmer for 60 years. She was employed with the LaPorte County Auditor's office in the 1970's and WireCraft in the 1960's. On November 6, 1949, Patricia married John Mitchell who survives....
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Thomas John Hill

November 22, 1942 - March 5, 2014

Thomas John Hill, 71, of South Bend passed away on Wednesday March 5, 2014, in his home. He was born on November 22, 1942, in South Bend, to the late Leroy Dowd Hill and Elva May (Madson) and was a lifelong area resident. Thomas is survived by his wife, Angie (Righter) Hill; two daughters, Lori (Nick) Russo and Michele (Chad) Nagy, both of South Bend; sisters, Gail Huys and Joan (John) Davis and...
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Modest (Monty) R. Holston

April 27, 1934 - March 4, 2014

Modest (Monty) R. Holston, 79, of Niles, MI (formerly of South Bend, IN and Plymouth, IN) passed away at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in his home, with loving family members at his side. He was born on April 27, 1934 to the late Ralph and Helen (Smous) Holston in Argos, IN, and has lived in Niles, MI for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he lived in South Bend for 25 years. Along with...
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Francis G. Connors

September 22, 1920 - March 4, 2014

South Bend - Francis G. Connors, 93, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday March 4, 2014, in Hamilton Communities, New Carlisle. He was born on September 22, 1920, in South Bend, to the late Frank S. and Margaret (Wisneski) Connors. In 1941 he married Virginia Powers, who preceded him in death in 1990. He married Betty Devenport in 1993 and she passed away in 2000. He was also preceded in death...
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Ronald J. Rogers, Sr.

November 27, 1942 - March 3, 2014

Ronald J. Rogers, Sr., 71 of Mishawaka, IN passed away Monday March 3, 2014. He was born November 27, 1942 in South Bend, IN to John F. and Arloa (Hutton) Rogers. Ronald retired from Bayer after 20 years of service. On May 12, 1989, Ronald married Frances Barnes who survives. Also surviving are his children, Evalou Rittenhouse of Vandalia, MI, Ronald J. Rogers, Jr. of Walkerton, IN, Tina...
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Lucille (Ast) Chrzan

January 18, 1927 - March 3, 2014

Lucille (Ast) Chrzan, 87, of South Bend, passed away on March 3, 2014, in Country Care West, South Bend. She was born on January 18, 1927, in South Bend, to the late Henry and Mary (Wroblewski) Ast. On September 4, 1948 she married Daniel "Danny" Chrzan, who preceded her in death on September 7, 2007. Lucy is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Bruce) Weaver of Fort Wayne, IN; her son, Dennis ...
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Peter Veldman

April 4, 1926 - March 3, 2014

South Bend – Peter Veldman, 87, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Monday, March 3, 2014, surrounded by family. Pete was born on April 4, 1926, in Didam, the Netherlands, to Bernard and Wilhelmina Veldman. Pete was preceded in death by his siblings, Wilhelmina Coenan, Ben Veldman, and June Wynen, his daughter, Audrey, and granddaughter, Allison Edmonds. Pete is survived by Wilma,...
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Daniel E. Cherrone

June 12, 1957 - March 2, 2014

Daniel E. Cherrone, warm & loving husband, father and grandfather, 56, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 in his home. He was born June 12, 1957 in South Bend to the late Dominic Cherrone and Arlene (Nye) Sahlhoff of Lakeville, IN. Daniel retired in June of 2013, after 36 years from Unifax as a furnace operator. He was also a lead Paramedic with Community Ambulance....
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Robert E. Wesolowski, Sr.

December 8, 1929 - March 2, 2014

Robert E. Wesolowski, Sr., 84, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 9:37 a.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, Indiana. Robert was born on December 8, 1929 in South Bend to Joseph and Martha (Nowakowski) Wesolowski, and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed with Singer Sewing Machine Company for five years. He then went on to work for the Torrington Company...
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George E. Gruza

July 5, 1925 - March 1, 2014

George E. Gruza, 88, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 7:50 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Hospice House. George was born on July 5, 1925 in South Bend to Walter and Edna (Mnichowski) Gruza and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed with Torrington as a Precision Grinder for 28 years. On October 6, 1951 he married Lois Righter, who preceded him in death on March 19, 1988. Also...
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Greg F. Conery

April 8, 1947 - March 1, 2014

Greg F. Conery, 66, of Cassopolis, Michigan, formerly of Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away at 2:37 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Memorial Hospital. Greg was born on April 8, 1947 in South Bend to Harold "Red" and Selma (Szynski) Conery and was a lifelong area resident. He had been the owner of Benefit Resource Group. Prior to his insurance career he was a firefighter with the South Bend Fire...
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Ann C. Heinrich

January 23, 1914 - February 27, 2014

Ann C. Heinrich Jan 23, 1914 - Feb 27, 2014 CASSOPOLIS, MI - Ann C. Heinrich, 100 years old, of Cassopolis, MI, passed away after a sudden, short illness on Thursday February 27, 2014, in her home. She was born on January 23, 1914, in Tazewell County, IL (outside of Peoria), to the late Louis and Pamela (Cumming) Oetzel. On January 22, 1939 she married Harold R. Heinrich, who preceded her...
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M. Loretta Barthel

April 10, 1925 - February 27, 2014

M. Loretta Barthel, 88, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on February 27, 2014. M. Loretta was born in South Bend, Indiana on April 10, 1925 to William and Theresa Augustine. M. Loretta is survived by four children, Sandra Potokar, Karen Nowak, Nancy Burkus, and Chris Barthel. Her husband Robert O. preceded her October 24, 2013 and her first born Robert L. preceded her on May 19, 1990. She...
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Frederick J. Gnott

November 30, 1920 - February 26, 2014

Frederick (Fred) J. Gnott, 93 of South Bend, Indiana passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in his home. Fred was born November 30, 1920, in South Bend to Edward M. Gnott & Helen Chlebek. He started working at Empire Box which was bought out by Packaging Corporation, where he was employed for 30 years & 6 months. He then worked for Simon Brothers for 5 years, then Jamil Packaging where he...
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Sr. M. Francesca (Mary Ann) Kennedy, C.S.C.

July 7, 1920 - February 25, 2014

NOTRE DAME - Born in Baltimore, Md., Sister Francesca entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross 22 years later. She taught both elementary and high school students in Eastern schools. After earning her doctoral degree in education she advanced to college teaching and administration, and served for 23 years at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind. Patricia Seitz, United States District Court judge,...
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Carl John Weinzetl

March 20, 1940 - February 22, 2014

Carl John Weinzetl, 73 passed away February 22, 2014 peacefully, quick, and without pain at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Carl was born March 20, 1940 in South Bend, Indiana at home to Carl A. and Pauline A. (Tschida) Weinzetl. He was a lifelong resident except when attending school and in the service. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Kathleen and a brother-in...
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Alice V. "Elsie" Smith

October 23, 1929 - February 20, 2014

South Bend - Alice V. "Elsie" Smith, 84, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday in her son's home. She was born on October 23, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Joseph and Valentina (Karpinski) Lykowski and was a lifelong area resident. On June 13, 1953 she married Richard E. Smith, who preceded her in death on December 19, 2011. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and a brother....
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