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Goeller, William  
William Goeller April 13, 1952 - Oct. 16, 2016 MISHAWAKA - William J. Goeller, 64, of Mishawaka, passed away suddenly Sunday, October 16, 2016, in his home. Bill was born April 13, 1952 in Mishawaka, a son of the late John C. and Angeline R. (Raab) Goeller. He grew up in Mishawaka and was a graduate of Marian High School. Bill attended college for several years. In 1973, Bill moved to Texas where he was employed in sales in the boating industry. He loved sailing and being on the water. Bill returned to Mishawaka in 2014 where he was a volunteer for the CAP Program (Citizens in Alliance with Police) which patrols the Mishawaka Riverwalk. He loved animals and particularly dogs. Bill's surviving family includes five siblings, John (Diana) Goeller of Mishawaka, Carolyn (Thomas) Teeter of Mishawaka, Sister Mary Ellen Goeller, PHJC, of Portage, Jerry (Ruth) Goeller of Mishawaka and James Goeller of Texas; and many nieces and nephews. In keeping with Bill's wishes, there will be no visitation and private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Goethals & Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Mishawaka. An online guest book is available at .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 20, 2016

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Goen Jr., Cecil  
Cecil Goen, Jr June 28, 1925 - Oct. 13, 2016 NEW CARLISLE - Cecil B. Goen, Jr., 91, beloved husband, father, papa, and great-grandfather, passed away on Thursday, October 13th, in New Carlisle, IN. Cecil was born June 28, 1925, in Montrose, IL, to Clara and Cecil B. Goen, Sr. He was raised in Osceola, IN, with his brothers, Jack, Leroy and William, and was a graduate of Mishawaka High School. On June 30, 1951, he married the love of his life, Betty K. Saltsman, in Renovo, PA. Together, they raised three children in South Bend. Over the years, he worked for the Ballband and Bendix Corporations, eventually retiring from Reese Products in Elkhart. A meticulous draftsman, Cecil designed homes in the Clay Township / South Bend area for a number of years. Gifted with a burly bass, he sang in a local quartet, and served as a music director at Calvary Baptist Church, South Bend. He also served as a substitute preacher at Grace Baptist Church and shared his love of the Lord by teaching Sunday school. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church upon his passing. Cecil was a history buff, especially when it came to aviation, and he passed that love to his children and grandchildren. Family vacations were always an educational opportunity, even if it was Las Vegas - - Utah. He loved to travel, and enjoyed many trips to the west coast over the years. By far, his favorite vacation was the land and sea adventure in Alaska. His favorite meal was breakfast, and he and Betty were known as “regulars” at many local restaurants where the waitresses regaled in his long repertoire of jokes. In addition to his wife of 65 years Betty, Cecil leaves to cherish his memory his brother, William (Diana) of Gresham, Oregon; son, Stephen (Julie) of South Bend, and their children, Christopher of Wichita, KS, & Erich of Valdosta, GA; son, David (Starlene) of Indianapolis, his children, David Jr. of Mishawaka & Rosita of South Bend; and beloved daughter, Shelly Vanett (Michael Boyer) of South Bend. Additionally, Cecil was blessed with one great-granddaughter, Aubri, also of South Bend- 4 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, at 11:00 am at Palmer Funeral Home - River Park, with Pastor Joe Risinger presiding. Visitation will be held Monday, October 17th, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and one hour before Tuesday's service. Interment will be at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 230 W. Catalpa Drive, Suite D, Mishawaka, IN. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: . The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nursing staff at Hamilton Grove, Molly and Andrew on the 9th floor and April (May, June) on the 11th floor of Memorial Hospital, and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion FOREVER. Psalm 73:26. What a beautiful journey Dad!
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 16, 2016
Gruber, Lillian N.  
Lillian N. Gruber Aug. 15, 1927 - Oct. 12, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Lillian N. Gruber, 89, passed away at 6:30pm, Wednesday October 12, 2016 in the Brookdale Senior Living Center. Lillian was born on August 15, 1927 in South Bend to John and Mary (Gyori) Koczan.. She was a member of St. Pius X Church, BK Club, the Women's Society of St. Pius X, Broken Arrow Bowman, and the Izaak Walton League. On February 7, 1948 in South Bend she married the former Steve Gruber who died on February 2, 2016. Lillian was also preceded in death by her parents, step-mother Martha, a brother John Koczan, sister Mary Koczan, and step-sister Margaret Ettl. Surviving are a son Stephen J. (Susan) Gruber, Jr. of Dowagiac, MI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in St. Pius X Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may from 4-7 Monday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue where a vigil service will be held at 4:00pm. There will also be an hour of visitation prior to services in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Church or the Christ's Child Society. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at , or our facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home.
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2016
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