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Delores Irene Krause

June 7, 1924 - April 24, 2015

Delores Irene (Harr) Krause, 90, of South Bend, formerly of Michigan City, Indiana passed away peacefully on Friday April 24, 2015 in South Bend. Delores was born June 7, 1924 in Napolean, ND to the late John and Catherine (Rosen) Harr. Delores worked as a Manager for Majerek's Hallmark for over 30 years before retiring on September 29, 2005. On March 12, 1960 she married Jack James Krause, who...
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Judith A. McCormick

February 27, 1942 - April 21, 2015

South Bend - Judith A. McCormick, 73, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2015, at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility, South Bend. She was born on February 27, 1942, in Watervliet, MI, to the late Arthur and Alice Marie (Dukesherer) Hawks. On May 29, 1976, as Judith A. Hawks, she married John L. "Mack" McCormick, who survives. Also surviving are her sister, Elaine (Bill Sanford)...
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Brother Charles Bernard Gregg, C.S.C.

January 19, 1942 - April 19, 2015

Brother Charles Bernard Gregg, C.S.C., age 73, died on April 19, 2015 at his home in the Maple Court Apartments, in South Bend, Indiana. He was born in Akron, Ohio on January 19, 1942, the son of Francis and Dorothy (Joles) Gregg. He attended St. Paul's Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Akron in June 1958. He studied for a year at John Carroll University in Cleveland,...
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Linda K. Cornell

November 15, 1952 - April 17, 2015

Linda K. Cornell, 62, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 in her home. Linda was born on November 15, 1952 in South Bend, to David and Hattie (Wojtisak) Emmons, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed with RACO for 11 years as a press operator, and then worked for Aramark for 8 years. On February 11, 1978 she was married in her mother's home, by...
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Jeanne Ireland (Cross) DeCelles

December 26, 1933 - April 17, 2015

SOUTH BEND - Jeanne Ireland (Cross) DeCelles passed away on April 17, 2015, after a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving and compassionate husband, Paul, and many devoted family members and friends. Jeanne was born at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, on December 26, 1933, to Harold and Helen (Niman) Cross. Her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she first met Paul in...
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Anne Helen Kotoske

October 24, 1930 - April 17, 2015

Anne Helen Kotoske departed this life peacefully at home on Friday, with the sun shining and birds chirping. She re-joins her beloved husband, Dr. Don E. Kotoske, who passed in 2012, her parents Paul and Margaret Sergio, siblings Tony Sergio, Josie Muhlherr and Joe Sergio and her beloved grandchild Dalton Metcalf. Left to cherish her memory are her children David Kotoske (Becky Lannan), Kathy...
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Norma Yager

July 3, 1930 - April 17, 2015

Norma Yager, 84, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:41 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. She was born on July 3, 1930 to the late Wilbur and Anna Beulah (Loyd) Manlove in E. St. Louis, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 2013, coming from Glen Ellyn, IL. Along with her parents; two sisters, Lois Yager; Dorothy Bartel; and one brother, Russell Manlove also...
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Rita M. Bland

August 17, 1931 - April 17, 2015

Rita M. Bland, 83, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday at Sterling House, 17441 Indiana 23, in South Bend, with Jack, her devoted husband of 62 years at her side. Rita courageously battled Alzheimer's in the last few years of her life. She was born in Three Rivers, Mich., on Aug. 17, 1931, the only daughter of Helen and Michael Antkowski. Rita was an outstanding student at South Bend Catholic High School,...
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Harry E. Niemier

September 5, 1926 - April 17, 2015

Harry E. Niemier, 88, passed on peacefully to his next adventure the morning of April 17, 2015, following an unexpected and brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. Harry was born in South Bend, Indiana, on September 5, 1926. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Harry was employed at Studebaker's as a tool and die maker. On November 15, 1952, Harry married Marcelle Jane...
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David W. Lindborg DDS

July 30, 1952 - April 15, 2015

David William Lindborg DDS, 62, of Niles, Michigan died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from a heart attack while working in his woods in Niles, Michigan. David was born July 30, 1952 in South Bend, IN and was a lifelong resident of the area. He worked as a dentist for 31 years in South Bend. David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cynthia Kay Lindborg, DDS of Niles, Michigan; daughter,...
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Diana J. Benjamin

June 19, 1922 - April 15, 2015

Diana J. Benjamin, 92, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away on Wednesday April 15, 2015, at IU Health LaPorte. She was born on June 19, 1922, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Burl and Nora (Hathaway) Harrington. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Smith of Rolling Prairie, IN; and two sons, Chuck Manzuk of Hudson Lake, IN and Dean Manuzuk of Rolling Prairie. There will be no services, cremation will...
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Laura M. Wood Barkowski

August 15, 1954 - April 15, 2015

Laura M. Wood Barkowski, 60, of South Bend, IN, passed away surrounded by her loving family, at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross in South Bend, IN. She was born on August 15, 1954 to the late Ben and Grace (Swaney) Wood in Toledo, OH, and has lived most of her life in South Bend, IN. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her sister, Marcia...
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Alice M. Ward

September 18, 1924 - April 14, 2015

Alice M. Ward, 90, formerly of Terre Haute, passed away on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Hamilton Grove Communities, New Carlisle. She was born September 18, 1924 to Wilburn R. and Esther J. (Catlin) Butland. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ward (Peggy Weber) of Clinton, IN and Kathy (Mark) Belsaas of New Carlisle; two grandchildren, Matt (Desma) Belsaas of Indianapolis, IN and Kari ...
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Joan M. Webber

December 22, 1930 - April 13, 2015

"Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star, so strong and bright, gentle mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, teach us love." Joan Marie (Chrobot) Webber passed away early Monday morning, April 13, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family, and is finally at peace after her battle with cancer. Though her death was difficult, we know by her selflessness and faith that never has such a...
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Carol A. Bogol

September 1, 1936 - April 13, 2015

Carol A. Bogol, 78, of Mishawaka, IN, died on April 13, 2015 in her home surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness. She was born on September 1, 1936 in South Bend, IN, and spent her entire life in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. She was the daughter of the late Marie (Kolanda) and Clement White; and sister to Thomas (wife Anne) White of Mishawaka, IN. Carol and Robert...
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Dick E Swisher

November 26, 1949 - April 12, 2015

Dick E. Swisher, 65, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. Dick was a devoted husband and father. He was born on November 26, 1949 in Watervliet, Michigan to James and Melva (Kisor) Swisher. He had been employed as a salesman in the automobile and manufacturing industries. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen S. Swisher. He is...
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Judith A. Kobb

May 15, 1948 - April 12, 2015

Judith A. Kobb, 66, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:26 a.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 in her home surrounded by friends and family. Judith was born on May 15, 1948 in South Bend the late Joseph W. and Margaret Corinne (Walsh) Wroblewski. On October 2, 1976, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, she married Kenneth W. Kobb, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Jennifer Ford of...
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Alice H. Janiszczak

March 31, 1935 - April 11, 2015

Alice H. Janiszczak, 80, of Mishawaka, Indiana, passed away at 4:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Alice was born on March 31, 1935 in South Bend to Louis and Hattie (Szymanowski) Botka. She had been employed as the Head Baker for St. Mary's College for fifteen years and then worked in Advertising Sales with Ave Maria Press for ten years. On October 26,...
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Rev. James T. Burtchaell, III, C.S.C.

March 31, 1934 - April 10, 2015

Rev. James T. Burtchaell, C.S.C., 81, died Friday (April 10, 2015) at Holy Cross House. He was born to James T. Burtchaell, Jr. and Marion M. (Murphy) Burtchaell on Mar. 31, 1934, in Portland, Ore. He attended All Saints and Columbia Prep School. He was received into the Congregation on August 15, 1952. He professed vows on August 16, 1953 and graduated with a bachelor degree from the...
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Catherine F. Pieronek

August 14, 1962 - April 9, 2015

Catherine F. Pieronek, 52, of South Bend, Indiana died on April 9, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. Cathy was born on August 14, 1962 in Detroit , MI. She is survived by her mother Joann Pieronek, and predeceased by her father Richard Pieronek. Cathy graduated in 1984 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Following her childhood dream of working in...
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Jeanette A. "Janet" Luczkowski

May 17, 1929 - April 8, 2015

Jeanette A. "Janet" Luczkowski, 85, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 5:55 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Sprenger Health Care of Mishawaka. Janet was born on May 17, 1929 in South Bend to Casimir and Ann (Bogunia) Graczyk, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed at the University of Notre in the Dining Hall and as a seamstress with Wilson Brothers in the mid 1940's. On...
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Dolores T. Pinkowski

December 22, 1928 - April 5, 2015

South Bend - Dolores T. Pinkowski, 86, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday April 5, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born December 22, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Vince and Irene (Stanger) Ciesielski and was a lifelong area resident. On May 19, 1951, she married Edward R. Pinkowski, who preceded her in death on November 26, 2002. She was also preceded in death by a sister,...
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Benjamin J. Prentkowski

November 22, 1922 - April 5, 2015

Benjamin J. Prentkowski, 92, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:02 a.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Hospice House. Benjamin was born on November 22, 1922 in South Bend to John and Blanche (Golihowski) Prentkowski, and was a lifelong resident. He retired from RACO in 1986. Benjamin had also been employed with Studebaker and White Farm Equipment. On April 12, 1947 he married Esther Piasecki...
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Isabel M. de Quesada

March 14, 1938 - April 4, 2015

Isabel M. de Quesada, 77, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Holy Saturday evening, April 4, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had a holy and peaceful death at home surrounded by family. Isabel was born on March 14, 1938 in Camagüey, Cuba to E. Alejandro de Quesada and Hortensia M. Pichardo. She was the loving mother of Frederick W. (Lisa) Everett of South Bend. She was...
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Irene B. Gumkowski

April 5, 1931 - April 4, 2015

South Bend - Irene B. Gumkowski, 83, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday April 4, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on April 5, 1931, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Joseph and Belvina (Mish) Cichon. She moved to South Bend in 1950, coming from LaPorte, and on June 17, 1950, as Irene B. Cichon, she married Bert A. Gumkowski, who survives. Also surviving are her sons, Michael...
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Edward F.H. Bauer

September 12, 1921 - April 4, 2015

Edward F.H. Bauer passed away Saturday afternoon at home surrounded by family. He was 93. Ed was born Sept. 12, 1921, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis to Henry G. and Nancy L. (Daugherty) Bauer. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Earl, William (Joy) and a twin who died during childbirth; sisters Ruth Bauer, Ellen Bauer, Elizabeth (George) Derr, Clara (Floyd) Allen...
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Mary A. Michalak, DVM

September 5, 1955 - April 4, 2015

Dr. Mary A. Michalak, 59, of Granger, passed away on Saturday, April 4th at home. Mary was born on September 5, 1955 in Bay City, MI to Harry and Leona (Wisniewski) Michalak. On July 19, 1986 in Bay City she married Lynn Schram, who survives along with their son, Luke Schram of Granger. She is also survived by her three brothers: Tom (Kris) of MI, Tim (Nancy) of ME, and Larry (Alison Thorburn) of...
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Read E. Smythe II

March 15, 1950 - April 3, 2015

South Bend - Read E. Smythe II, 65, of Mishawaka, passed away Friday April 3, 2015, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on March 15, 1950, in Oakland, CA, to Read E., Sr. and Hazel Fern (Myers) Smythe. He moved to the area in 1985 and married Mary Bunnell on October 1, 1996, she survives. Also surviving are his niece, Jennifer Mink; and his sister-in-law, Christine...
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Patricia L. Tollens

March 17, 1928 - April 2, 2015

Patricia L. Tollens, 87, of South Bend, passed away Thursday April 2, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born on March 17, 1928, in Mishawaka, IN, to the late Firman and Caroline (Held) Tollens. She was also preceded in death by a brother, John L. Tollens. Patricia is survived by a sister-in-law, Diane Tollens of Evanston, IL. She graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1945...
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Patricia A. Wagner

July 29, 1930 - April 2, 2015

South Bend - Patricia A. Ferguson Wagner, 84, of South Bend, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on April 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. A native of Bourbon, IN, she was born July 29, 1930, to Harrison and Osa La Vada (Buzzle) Ferguson. Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Howard R. Wagner, and their eldest daughter, Andrea (Marc) Chizek. She is survived by her daughters,...
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Eva Lea Barclay

July 3, 1925 - March 31, 2015

Eva Lea Barclay, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in her home, following an illness. She was born to the late Heenan and Irene (Rosselott) Carter in Walnut Ridge, AR, and has lived in South Bend since 1951, coming from Arkansas. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Susan Barclay;...
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Mary Frances Terry

August 30, 1931 - March 23, 2015

South Bend - Mary Frances Terry, 84, of South Bend, passed away Monday March 23, 2015, in her home. She was born on August 30, 1931, in Royalton, IL, to the late Joshua and Clara (Hieple) Lefler. On December 3, 1973, she married Robert C. Terry, who preceded her in death on February 6, 2013. She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Scott Hoover; two sisters, Modena Carpenter and...
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Ronald D. Meert

February 12, 1936 - March 23, 2015

Ronald D. Meert, 79, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:48 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 in Memorial Hospital. Ronald was born on February 12, 1936 in South Bend to Louis and Germaine (Beckelandt) Meert, and was a lifelong resident. Ronald retired from the Bendix Corporation where he was employed for 30 years as a Supervisor in the Brake and Steering Department 9A. He had also been...
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Sarah L. "Lois" McDonald

November 4, 1916 - March 20, 2015

Sarah L. "Lois" McDonald, 98, of New Carlisle, Indiana, formerly of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Hamilton Communities. Sarah was born on November 4, 1916 in Laurel, Mississippi to Alexander and Julia (Derbin) Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean E. McDonald; her half sister, Verna Joiner; and three brothers, Ernest Hoyle, Robert Hollis, and...
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Benjamine "Ben" Lowe Neuman

March 29, 1980 - March 17, 2015

Benjamine "Ben" Lowe Neuman, 34, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Ben was born on March 29, 1980 to Charles and Maryann (Lowe) Neuman in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong New Carlisle resident. He graduated from New Prairie High School in 1998 before attending Indiana University South Bend. He was currently employed as a Delivery Driver for Siding World in South...
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Ronald G. Piekarski

January 19, 1960 - March 16, 2015

New Carlisle - Ronald G. Piekarski, 55, of New Carlisle, passed away Monday March 16, 2015, in his home. He was born on January 19, 1960, to the late Stanley and Mildred Piekarski. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Piekarski and a step-father, Raymond Dankowski. Ron was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1978. Ron is survived...
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Lawrence E. Zook

September 10, 1949 - March 13, 2015

Lawrence E. Zook, 65, of New Carlisle, passed away suddenly on Friday March 13, 2015, in his home. He was born on September 10, 1949, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Virgil and Donna Bell (VanDusen) Zook and was a lifelong area resident. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Maryann (Russ) Oake of Mill Creek, IN; two sons, Jason (Brooke) Zook of South Bend and Matthew (Tiffany) Zook of...
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Brother Louis Steffes, C.S.C.

March 12, 2015

Brother Donard (Louis) Steffes, C.S.C., age 100 years and 3 months, died on March 12, 2015, at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Carleton, MI, on December 10, 1914, the son of Daniel and Clara (Eby) Steffes. He attended St. Joseph's School in Maybee. He was influenced by the Sisters to become a Holy Cross Brother and went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown...
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Sophie C. Brooks

November 22, 1918 - March 12, 2015

Sophie Brooks Nov 22, 1918 – Mar 12, 2015 Sophie C. (Rakowski) Brooks, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2015 at The Sanctuary at St. Paul's where she had been a resident since September 2010. Sophie was born on November 22, 1918 to Alexander and Josephine (Werwas) Rakowski in South Bend. She was the 9th of their ten children. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death were her...
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Ronald "Ron" William Przybylinski

September 15, 1953 - March 12, 2015

Ron Przybylinski, 61, of St. Charles, MO (formerly of South Bend, IN) passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He was born on September 15, 1953 to Casimir and Helen (Jaworski) Przybylinski in South Bend, IN. His father preceded him in death. Ron was a Science and Operations Officer at the National...
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Dorothy F. Nurkowski

March 20, 1920 - March 11, 2015

Niles, MI - Dorothy F. Nurkowski, 94, of South Bend, passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2015. She was born March 20, 1920 in South Bend, to the late Joseph and Mary (Kovacs) Nurkowski. Dorothy is survived by her nieces, Judy (Mike) Miller of Birmington, WA, Jayne (Billy) Kanczuzewski of South Bend and Mary Ellen (Rick) Frantz of Washington, MO; two nephews, John (Tina) Nurkowski of South Bend...
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Frank F. Sojka

December 7, 1928 - March 11, 2015

Frank F. Sojka, 86, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in his home. Frank was born on December 7, 1928 in Page, Nebraska to Felix and Antonia (Bogusz) Sojka, and had lived in South Bend since 1951. He retired in 1984 from Honeywell, where he was employed as an Electronics Technician for 33 years. On May 28, 1955 in Holy Cross Church, South Bend, Indiana, he married...
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Sophia Kuta

April 20, 1919 - March 10, 2015

Sophia Kuta, 95 years old, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM of natural causes at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Sophia was born on April 20, 1919 in Lublin, Poland and lived in South Bend since 1951, emigrating from Germany. Sophia retired from the former Western State Bank where she was employed for 40 years. She was a parishioner of St. Casimir Catholic Church. ...
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Evelyn E. Beck

July 20, 1925 - March 7, 2015

Evelyn E. Beck, 89, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, in her home. Evelyn was born on July 20, 1925 in South Bend to Delbert and Nellie (Millhouse) Morrow, and was a lifelong resident. She retired from Memorial Hospitial, where she was employed for 27 years. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. Beck; and two granddaughters, Tracey...
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Sister M. Clare Anne (Naomi Mary) Rumschlag, C.S.C.

December 17, 1914 - March 6, 2015

Sister M. Clare Anne, CSC (Naomi Mary Rumschlag) Dec. 17, 1914 - Mar. 6, 2015 NOTRE DAME - The oldest of fifteen children, Sister Clare Ann entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross after high school. She taught only one year before she was sent to Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio in 1936 to fulfill her heart's desire to become a nurse. She taught nursing and gave nursing service in...
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Ray Stafford

March 16, 1943 - March 5, 2015

Henry Raymond Stafford, Jr., 71, of South Bend, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN after battling a sudden but overwhelming illness. Ray, born March 16, 1943, made South Bend his lifelong home. Son of Henry Raymond Stafford and Marie Barbara Stafford (Fuzy) (both deceased) and older brother to Sue Heick (Ron). As a young boy, Ray was very active in community...
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Richard Briohn (a.k.a. Richard Bruce Williams)

January 16, 1955 - March 5, 2015

Richard Briohn (a.k.a. Richard Bruce Williams), 60, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 8:48 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care Center in Marion, IN, following a brief illness. He was born on January 16, 1955 to Ralph O. and Frances B. (Bogucki) Williams in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Ralph O. Williams....
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John Francis Richey

May 30, 1952 - March 4, 2015

Woodbridge, VA - John Francis Richey, 62, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He was born May 30, 1952 in Taylor, Michigan. As a young man, John had been employed by Ford Motor Company and worked on the assembly line. He joined Midas Muffler Co. as a mechanic where he met his future wife Vicki Nymberg. John and Vicki were married in 1988 in South Bend, IN. The couple later...
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Cleo Ann Kowalski

April 21, 1937 - March 4, 2015

South Bend - Cleo Ann Kowalski, 77 of Niles, MI. passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 4:24am surrounded by her family following a heroic health battle. She kept herself young and fun by hosting pool parties for her family, lounging on the beaches of Lake Michigan, being a #1 cheerleader at her grandchildren's sporting events and channeling her inner card shark at euchre club....
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Jason Stephen Evans

May 6, 1969 - March 3, 2015

Jason Stephen Evans, 45, of Mishawaka, Indiana passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends. Jason was born on May 6, 1969 in South Bend, IN to Kathleen D. Mahoney (Mishawaka, IN) and Edward L. Evans, Jr. (deceased). Jason is survived by his mother, brother, Robbie Evans (Mindy) of Granger and his sister, Jennifer Prawat of...
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Brother Henry Peter Skitzki, C.S.C.

September 26, 1938 - February 28, 2015

Brother Henry Peter Skitzki, C.S.C., age 76, died on February 28, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 26, 1938, the son of Henry and Florence (Jankowski) Skitzki. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School for four years in Garfield Heights, Ohio and following a family move, attended St. Angela de Merici Elementary...
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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

May 25, 1917 - February 26, 2015

President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, C.S.C., 97, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. Fr. Hesburgh was born on May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, N.Y. He was the second of the five children to Theodore Bernard and Anne Marie (Murphy) Hesburgh. He graduated from Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse in 1934. He knew from a...
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Jeanette M. Potter

June 30, 1921 - February 26, 2015

Jeanette M. Potter, 93, formerly of South Bend, passed away on Thursday February 26, 2015, at Sunset Village, Sylvania, OH. She was born on June 30, 1921, in New Carlisle, IN, to the late Emil and Elizabeth (Packee) Dhaeze. On October 6, 1945, she married Warren J. Potter, who preceded her in death on September 29, 1989. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hurst and Valerie...
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Lorene Joy Strow Stoneburner

November 26, 1920 - February 21, 2015

New Carlisle - Lorene Joy Strow Stoneburner, 94, died February 21 in Fort Wayne IN. She was born November 26, 1920 in Waterloo IN to Russell and Faye Strow. She was married to Harry E. Stoneburner on July 3, 1943. Lorene lived most of her life in New Carlisle, IN She was an elementary school teacher and taught at Olive Township Elementary (New Carlisle) and for the South Bend School Corp. She...
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Ervin E. Nowaczewski

July 12, 1932 - February 21, 2015

Ervin E. Nowaczewski, 82, of South Bend passed away Saturday February 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. He was born July 12, 1932, in South Bend, to the late Frank and Hattie (Demski) Nowaczewski, Sr., and was a lifelong area resident. On November 9, 1957, he married Theresa Masszi, who survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Tina (Jim) Holtsberry of Bremen, IN and Terri (Gene) Bolin of...
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Elayne M. Bajdek

May 9, 1934 - February 20, 2015

Mishawaka - Elayne M. Bajdek, 80, of Mishawaka, passed away Friday February 20, 2015, in Hospice House, South Bend. She was born May 9, 1934, in South Bend, to the late Clem C. and Josephine C. (Barczykowski) Kucharski. On May 15, 1954 she married Leonard T. Bajdek, who preceded her in death on September 16, 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Jo (Dennis) Bajdek-Slomski of Laguna...
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Donald Alfred Cornelis

June 24, 1928 - February 18, 2015

Donald Alfred Cornelis, 86, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Dujarie House located in Holy Cross Village. Donald was born on June 24, 1928 in Bristol, Indiana to Maurice and Beatrice (Dobbelaere) Cornelis. Donald had been employed as a Police Officer with the South Bend Police Department, retiring in 1971. He had also worked for the former Studebaker...
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Gertrude M. Wettergren

September 5, 1920 - February 16, 2015

Gertrude Marie (Gorski) Wettergren, age 94, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Lake Placid Health Care Center, Lake Placid, FL. She was born on September 5, 1920 to the late Michael and Laura ( Guzicki) Gorski in South Bend, IN, and has been a lifelong area resident, until moving to Florida three years ago. Gertrude retired from the Department of Public Welfare in...
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Gale C. Andrews

September 17, 1937 - February 12, 2015

Gale C. Andrews, 77, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 2:58 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Hospice House. Gale was born on September 17, 1937 in Athens, Ohio to Luther B. and Florence Madelyn (McMurray) Andrews. He had been employed with Nickles Bakery for 4 years as a Route Driver ; L.B. Price Mercantile for 17 years, serving as a manager for 8 years; he was also self employed with...
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Linda L. Stickler

December 6, 1942 - February 11, 2015

Linda L. Stickler, 72, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN. After a lengthy illness, Linda is finally at peace home with the Lord. She was born on December 6, 1942 to the late Orval and Virginia (Neighbors) Lung in Sturgis, MI, and has lived in South Bend, IN since 1950, coming from Sturgis. Linda was retired from...
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Kenneth L. Tooley

December 29, 1957 - February 11, 2015

Kenneth L. Tooley, 57, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 10:41 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Ken was born on December 29, 1957 in South Bend to Alton and Margie (High) Tooley, and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed since he was 18 years old with Logan Industries. After 39 years at LI, he retired to the Logan Senior Program. Ken is...
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Benedict L. "Ben" Kopinski

September 10, 1916 - February 11, 2015

South Bend - Benedict L. "Ben" Kopinski, 98, of South Bend, left this world for eternal life on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at Brownsburg Health Care Center, Brownsburg, IN. He was born September 10, 1916, in South Bend, to the late Michael and Helen (Torzewski) Kopinski. On January 11, 1947 he married Natalie Yuhas, who preceded him in death on June 20, 2006. He was also preceded in death by...
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Thomas Scheurer, CSC

April 26, 1938 - February 10, 2015

Brother Thomas Henri Scheurer, C.S.C., age 76, died on February 10, 2015, in Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Mankato, MN, on April 26, 1938, the son of Clement and Anastasia (Leonard) Scheurer. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School and Loyola High School, graduating in 1956. Thomas worked as a heavy construction equipment operator with his Father...
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Daniel A. Pejza

January 24, 1925 - February 8, 2015

Daniel A. Pejza, 90, of Decatur, MI, passed away on Sunday February 8, 2015 at Bronson Hospital. Daniel was born January 24, 1925, in South Bend, IN to Al and Sadie Pejza. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Delores (Klosowski) Pejza. Daniel is survived by his wife, Catherine (Platt); three sons, Christopher (Jan) Pejza, Charles (Mechelle) Pejza, Darl (Ruth) Platt;...
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Veronica Majcher

July 12, 1924 - February 8, 2015

Veronica Majcher, 90, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday February 8, 2015, at Hospice House, South Bend after an extended previous stay at Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 12, 1924, in South Bend, to the late Charles and Laura (Kowalski) Holubiak. On May 18, 1946, she married Henry Majcher, who preceded her in death on February 9, 2003. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary...
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Cecil "Chief" J. Jump

February 14, 1922 - February 7, 2015

Attention! All hands on deck!! Cecil "Chief" J. Jump is on final patrol in the Silent Service. Jump, 92, died peacefully Saturday, February 7, 2015. He had his taxes in the mail. Jump is survived by 7 children: Darryl of Salinas, CA; Jill (Peter) Hallenbeck of Efland, NC; Jerome (Jane) of Gaithersburg, MD, Jon of Solana Beach, CA; Joseph of Raleigh, NC; Jeffrey (Connie) of Richland Center, WI;...
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Rita T. Trzop

February 20, 1925 - February 7, 2015

Rita T. Trzop passed away on February 7, 2015 in her home on the family farm, which she loved dearly, just two weeks short of her 90th birthday. She was born in South Bend on February 20, 1925 to Stanley and Josephine (Cierzniak) Dombek. On May 17, 1947 she married Walter Trzop, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her four sisters: Mrs. Carrie Manuszak, Sr. M....
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Bob G. McQueeney

February 3, 1933 - February 6, 2015

Bob G. McQueeney, 82, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 12:40 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015 in Hospice House, Elkhart, Indiana. Bob was born on February 3, 1933 in Greenfield, Indiana to John R. and June I. (Thomas) McQueeney. He retired on January 1, 1996 from the Unifax Corporation, where he was employed for 20 years. On November 24, 1956 in New Carlisle, he married Ruth M. Harrington,...
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Lenore Roark

January 29, 1932 - February 5, 2015

Lenore Sharpe Roark passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 29, 1932 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Sarah (Dunn) Sharpe. She attended Mason City Schools and graduated from Mason City High School in June of 1950. On October 20, 1951, at the 1st Baptist Church in Mason City, she married Richard D. Roark,...
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Norma I. Janczak

July 18, 1926 - February 4, 2015

Norma I. Janczak, 88, of Mishawaka, Indiana passed away at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Norma was born on July 18, 1926 in Callao, Missouri to Luther and Alma (Sloan) Roberts. She retired in July 1988 from Memorial Hospital, where she was employed as a Computer Operator. On June 8, 1946 in St. Patrick Church, she married Louis Janczak,...
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Thomas Leon "Tom" Mihail

March 27, 1968 - February 2, 2015

Thomas Leon "Tom" Mihail, 46, of South Bend, went to be in the hands of the Lord on Monday, February 2, 2015, in South Bend. He was surrounded by the loving prayers and comfort of his parents, Brunette Mihail and Andy Mihail. Also present were his loving mom, Christine Mihail and long time girlfriend, Karla Milbourn. He was born on March 27, 1968, in Athens, Greece, but spent most of his life in...
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Theodore C. "Ted" Honchell

November 24, 1936 - February 2, 2015

Theodore C. "Ted" Honchell, 78, of South Bend, Indiana passed away the morning of Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross Rehabilitation Center. Ted was born on November 24, 1936 in South Bend to John Honchell and Wreatha Harrison (Wolford), and was a lifelong resident. He retired in 2001 as the successful Owner and Operator of T.H. Transport. On July 26, 1958 in the Ardmore...
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Richard L. "Dick" Botka

January 6, 1924 - February 2, 2015

Richard L. "Dick" Botka, 91, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN, surrounded by family. Dick was born on January 6, 1924 to the late Louis A. and Hattie (Szymanowski) Botka in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents; Richard was also preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Kulwicki; three...
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Florian H. Moskwinski

July 11, 1929 - February 1, 2015

Florian H. Moskwinski, 85, of South Bend passed away on Sunday February 1, 2015, in his home. He was born on July 11, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Henry and Martha (Jeziorski) Moskwinski. On May 17, 1958 he married Rita J. Przybysz, who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Susan (Duane) Wachowiak and Christine (Fred) Cencelewski, both of South Bend; his son, Michael (Diane) Moskwinski...
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Sister Harriet Marie, C.S.C. (Ruth Elizabeth St. Marie)

May 9, 1922 - January 31, 2015

A Holy Cross Sister for 70 years, Sister Harriet Marie was born and educated in Pocatello, Idaho. She earned her BA in education at Saint Mary of the Wasatch College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then taught in elementary schools in the West for 25 years. During her second half of life she was able to do more of what she said she really wanted to do--"to work with people directly." Reception of...
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Laverne M. "Bunny" Kwasneski

August 11, 1932 - January 29, 2015

Laverne M. "Bunny" Kwasneski, 82, of South Bend, passed away peacefully at 7:45 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Laverne was born August 11, 1932, in Eau Claire, MI, to the late William and Tilly (Hibner) Kublick and coming from Berrien Co, MI, lived most of her life in South Bend. She had been employed with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., retiring in 1992. On...
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Kevin J. Kusz

April 10, 1959 - January 29, 2015

South Bend - Kevin J. Kusz, 55, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday January 29, 2015, in his home. He was born on April 10, 1959, in South Bend, to the late Aloysius C. "Al" and Phyllis (Kolber) Kusz. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Tina Berta. Kevin is survived by wife, Linda (Norborg); his sons, Brandon Kusz of South Bend and Robbie Kusz of Indianapolis, IN; two step-sons,...
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Brother Robert Fillmore, C.S.C.

May 1, 1939 - January 28, 2015

Brother Robert Elwood Fillmore, C.S.C., age 75, died on January 28, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Barberton, OH, on May 1, 1939, the son of Elwood and Helen (Rogers) Fillmore. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School in Barberton, OH, and St. Mary's High School in Akron, graduating in 1957. That winter he decided to join the Holy Cross Brothers...
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Robert R. "Bob" Traxler

September 25, 1941 - January 27, 2015

Robert R. "Bob" Traxler, 73, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical in Mishawaka, IN. Bob was born on September 25, 1941 to the late Nick and Irene (Valdez) Traxler in Monte Vista, CO. He grew up and spent his childhood in New Carlisle, IN, before moving to South Bend when he married the late Christine Czerna, whom he was married to...
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Gladys T Arch

October 22, 1925 - January 25, 2015

South Bend - Gladys Theresa Arch, RN of South Bend passed away peacefully at the home of her son, Terry, January 25, 2015. She was born October 22, 1925 to Larry and Severina Laskowski. On February 4, 1950 she married Joseph R Arch who preceded her in death June 13, 1991. Surviving are 3 sons, Dr Joseph Arch, Sr, DDS of Chesterton IN, Gene Arch of South Bend IN and Dr Terry Arch, OD of Orlando...
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Marilyn J. Parin

March 16, 1947 - January 24, 2015

Marilyn J. Parin, 67, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at home. She was born on March 16, 1947 to the late Joseph C. and Louella M. (Rinderie) Shappie in Greenville, OH, and spent her childhood in Versailles, OH. Marilyn has lived in Mishawaka, IN since 1991, coming from Cincinnati, OH. Marilyn taught 2nd and 4th grade at...
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Stuart L. Clark

June 5, 1933 - January 24, 2015

Stuart Clark, 81, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Stuart was born on June 5,1933 in New Carlisle, IN, to Aura and Glennie Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 siblings, his son, Matthew, and his granddaughter, Jackie Ewert. Following his graduation from New Carlisle High School, Stuart served in the Navy during the Korean War...
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Rita L. Zielinski

November 4, 1926 - January 23, 2015

Rita L. Zielinski was born on November 4, 1926; the second of four children born to the union of Edward and Lottie (Malkowski) Markiewicz: Sr. Mary Loretta CSFN, Geraldine Litka and John Markiewicz all preceding her in death. Polish being the primary language spoken in her home, she learned English as a second language when she attended St. Casimir's Catholic Elementary School; and, although...
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Dolores T. Derucki

October 6, 1927 - January 22, 2015

Dolores T. Derucki, 87, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in her home. She was born on October 6, 1927 to the late John S. and Cecelia (Kubacki) Derucki in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her siblings, Stanley Derucki, Irene Kaczmierczak, Raymond Derucki, Florence Watkins, and Donna Jackson. ...
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Brother Raymond Joseph Harrington, C.S.C.

September 10, 1929 - January 21, 2015

Brother Raymond Joseph Harrington, C.S.C., age 85, died on January 21, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 10, 1929, the son of John and Margaret (Maloney) Harrington. He went to St. Sabina Elementary School and Leo High School for a year, and then transferred to Calumet High School where he graduated in 1951. Raymond was the...
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Raymond J. Rospopo

December 28, 1935 - January 21, 2015

Raymond J. Rospopo, 79, of South Bend, passed away at Hospice House at 8:24 AM Wednesday after a brief illness. He left this world knowing that he was loved by many. Ray was born on December 28, 1935 to John and Florence (Eberlein) Rospopo. They preceded him in death along with two brothers, Richard and James. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and proudly served this...
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Genevieve "Jean" Cytacki

September 16, 1919 - January 20, 2015

South Bend - Genevieve "Jean" Cytacki, 95, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday January 20, 2015, in Sanctuary at Saint Paul's, South Bend. She was born on September 16, 1919, the second of four daughters to Walter and Clara (Koszewski) Kaminski. Her sisters, Carrie Ganus (2014), Helen Nowak (2009) and Stella Taberski (1966) preceded her in death. On November 26, 1938, she married Casimir A....
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Matthew R. Dhoore

December 26, 2001 - January 19, 2015

Matthew R. Dhoore, 13, of South Bend, passed away on Monday January 19, 2015, in his home. He was born on December 26, 2001 to Rob and Susie (Brown) Dhoore. He is survived by his parents; a sister, Abbie Dhoore; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Joan Brown of Granger, IN; aunts, Deborah (Chris) Monjeau and Melissa Dhoore Williams, both of South Bend; uncles, Thomas Dhoore of Denver, CO and...
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Helen Irene Harke

April 5, 1914 - January 17, 2015

Helen Irene Harke, at the glorious age of 100, passed away on Saturday evening, January 17, 2015 at The Sanctuary of St. Paul's. Born to William and Lavern (Wiseman) Bloomfield in South Bend on April 5, 1914. Her father was killed in a motorcycle accident when she was three months old. Much of her childhood was spent on her Grandparent Wiseman's farm in Green Township. There she began to drive...
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Opal G. Sexton

December 12, 1917 - January 17, 2015

Opal G. Sexton Born December 12, 1917 in Newport, near London, OH died on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, South Bend, Indiana. In her early years, with the loss of her father in a fire before she had reached her 7th birthday, life was enormously difficult for her mother, brother and sister (all now deceased) . Her grandparents helped as they could and her mother...
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Louise V. Piotrowski

April 29, 1919 - January 17, 2015

Louise V. Piotrowski, 95, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:11 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 in her home. Louise was born on April 29, 1919 in South Bend to Leo and Barbara (Miklas) Kazmierczak, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed as a Clerk with the South Bend Employment Agency and had also worked at the Bendix Corporation. Louise was primarily a homemaker taking care...
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Raymond Dufresne, C.S.C.

May 4, 1926 - January 15, 2015

Brother Raymond Dufresne, C.S.C., age 88, died on January 15, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Somerset, Wisconsin on May 4, 1926, the son of Edward and Emma (Belisle) Dufresne. He attended St. Anne's Elementary School and Somerset High School graduating in 1942. Raymond believed he had a calling for the religious life and entered the Brothers'...
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Mary Margaret Sipes

August 30, 1980 - January 15, 2015

Mary Margaret Sipes, 34, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 9:12 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on August 30, 1980 to Raymond and Diana (Thompson) Sipes. She leaves behind beloved Aaron Torbet and their children Brayden and Makaylah Torbet; mother, Diana and Rod Staples; father, Raymond and Kathleen Sipes; sisters, Jennifer Pieniazek, Elizabeth (Jeff)...
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Ronald M. Plencner

March 30, 1939 - January 13, 2015

Ronald M. Plencner, 75, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 6:40 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in the Golden Living Center-Foutainview. Ronald was born on March 30, 1939 in South Bend to Sylvester and Rosalie K. (Dembinski) Plencner. He had been employed as a salesman for most of his working career. Ronald had been employed with Belville Tile, Detrex Chemical, Customation Technology, and...
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Ronald L. "Ron" Van De Veire

March 24, 1953 - January 11, 2015

Ronald L. "Ron" Van De Veire, 61, of Walkerton, IN, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 in his home, following a brief illness. He was born on March 24, 1953 to the late L. Albert and Betty (Scherer) Van De Veire in South Bend, IN, and has lived in Walkerton, IN the last 10 years, coming from South Bend. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Loretta M. Ewald

May 16, 1925 - January 11, 2015

Loretta M. Ewald, 89, of Granger, IN, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Community North Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She was born on May 16, 1925 to the late Joseph and Nellie Kominkiewicz in South Bend, IN, and has lived in Granger, IN, for over 60 years, before moving to Indianapolis six months ago. On July 3, 1945, as Loretta M. Kominkiewicz, she...
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Anthony J. "Tony" Papandria, Sr.

March 4, 1920 - January 11, 2015

South Bend - South Bend- Anthony John Papandria,Sr., 94, of South Bend,IN, passed away on Sunday January 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rosemary (Chause), and his second wife Jane (Riffel). He was also preceded in death by his brothers (Rocco, Sam, and Peter) and his sisters Anna (Rhodes) and Josephine (Bamber). He is survived by his remaining siblings, George of South...
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Terry B. Dokey

October 7, 1943 - January 9, 2015

South Bend - Terry B. Dokey, 71, of South Bend, passed away on Friday January 9, 2015, in his home. He was born on October 7, 1943, in South Bend, to the late Orville Kenneth and Mary Maxine (Hoyt) Dokey. On June 1, 1968, he married Nancy Kujawski, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Kimberly (Stephen) Sarasin of South Bend, Terry J. (April) Dokey of Fort Belvoir, VA and Tyler...
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M. Gabriella (Margaret Ann) Doran, CSC

August 16, 1922 - January 9, 2015

Sister M. Gabriella, CSC, (Margaret Ann Doran) Aug. 16, 1922 - Jan. 9, 2015 NOTRE DAME - It is no surprise that Sister Gabriella became a Sister of the Holy Cross. Born in a Holy Cross-sponsored hospital in South Bend, she was taught by Holy Cross Sisters in both elementary and high school. She entered the Congregation after graduation and taught for 33 years in Midwest schools. Later she worked...
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