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Pawlik, Clement  
Clement Pawlik Nov. 2, 1921 - March 27, 2015 KNOX - Clement "Kemo" John Pawlik, 93 years old, of Knox, IN, died Friday, March 27, 2015, in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was born Wednesday, November 2, 1921, in Knox, Indiana, son of the late Hugo Pawlik and the late Philomane Pawlik. Kemo was a member of Knox Community School Board from 1976 to 1984. Kemo was inducted into the Knox High School Hall of Fame on 1-29-2011. Kemo was a member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Department. He was a huge supporter of the Knox athletic department. Kemo loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. Kemo was a Sgt. in the Marines from June 1942 to September 1945. He worked as a laborer for Bethlehem Steel. Surviving are his wife, Rose Pawlik of Knox, IN, Son, Roger (Dolores) Pawlik of Alsip, IL, Son, Rod (Lisa) Pawlik of Granger, IN, Daughter, Kim (Paul) Wojtyla of Palatine, IL, Brother, Alvin (Vi) Pawlik of Knox, IN. He was preceded in death by parents, Hugo & Philomane Pawlik, and brothers, Hugo, Rudy, Joe & Ed Pawlik, and sisters, Philomane Pawlik, Sophie Gould and Mary Arendt. Friends will be received 4-8 PM Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox, Indiana. Services will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11 AM, with Father Rick Holy officiating. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Center.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 29, 2015
Powell, Elizabeth Decker "Betty"  
Elizabeth "Betty" Decker Powell June 10, 1919 - March 23, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Elizabeth "Betty" Decker Powell entered into rest on March 23, 2015, in Mesa, AZ. She was born in South Bend, Indiana, on June 10, 1919, to William and Genevieve [Lane] Vanderbosch. She married Andrew Linden "Pete" Decker in South Bend on September 21, 1943. They had forty-six years together before he passed on March 15, 1990. On June 29, 1996, she married Robert A. Powell in Mishawaka, Indiana. He passed on November 27, 1999. She is survived by her five children: Lynn (Michael) Verhaeghe of Bremen, Indiana, Tom (Dwight Auten) Decker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jerry (Judy Veris) Decker of Trinidad, Colorado, Cynthia Decker of Mesa, Arizona, and Michael Decker of Mesa, Arizona. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Mark (Kim) and Matt Verhaeghe, Isabel Mason, Jesse (Kyle) Mullins, Jonah (Emily) Decker, Johanna Decker (Trevor) Reedy and Jason (Tiffany) Decker; eight great-grand-children: Brytni and Jordan Verhaeghe, Lucas and Maverick Decker, Trenten and Kaleb Reedy, and Adeline and Andrew Decker; and one great-great-grandson, Kaedon Wolfe. She also leaves behind three stepchildren: Carolyn (Craig) Grant of Bradenton, Florida, Robert J. Powell of Syracuse, Indiana, Ron Powell of Mishawaka, Indiana, and their families. Betty lived an extremely active social life ("Decker special", anyone?) more active than anyone else we know. The room always lit up when Betty arrived. Always a positive person, she had a great following of many friends. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, (480) 830-4422. Please visit www.mariposagardens.com to leave a tribute.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 29, 2015

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Pixley, Christina Grace  
Christina Grace Pixley Mar. 22, 1950 - Mar. 24, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Christina Grace Pixley, 65, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, in her home. Christina was born on March 22, 1950, in Marion, IL, to Albert Darrel and Elizabeth Ann Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents. On August 28, 1971, in River Park, South Bend, she married Allen Pixley. She is survived by her loving husband, Allen; a son, Michael Austin Pixley; stepchildren, Allen (Judy) Pixley Jr., David Pixley and Shauna (Don) Carrico; five grandchildren; a sister, Cindy (Eric Grenert) Stewart; niece, Mellissa (Micah) Towne; great-nephew, Maxwell; nephew, Matthew Stewart; and many other nieces and nephews whom she cared for and loved as her own. Chris was a loving, caring and giving person. She took enjoyment in putting others before herself. One of her many passions was event planning and decorating. She leaves behind a legacy of talent and love that she shared with everyone involved in her wonderful life. Chris took pride in taking care of her nieces and nephews and helped raise them. Her selfless spirit and warm heart will always be remembered by family and friends. Visitation will be on Friday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Special Remembrance service at 7 p.m., in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions to River Bend Cancer Services, 919 East Jefferson Blvd., First Floor, South Bend, IN 46617, www.RiverBendCancerServices.org . To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 26, 2015

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Paar, Delores  
Delores Paar Aug. 15, 1933 - March 19, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Delores J. Paar, 81, passed away Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Her husband, Harold A. Paar, preceded her in death in March 1998. Delores is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debra & Rick Sarkisian of Punta Gorda, FL; grandchildren, Kailey Sarkisian & Brant Sarkisian; sister, Janet G. (Larry) Pethick of South Bend; and half, sister, Imogene Chester of Stevensville, MI. Services will be 11 AM Monday at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, where friends may visit from 4-6 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Healthwin Specialized Care or Battell Center. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 22, 2015
Peterson, Donald  
Donald Peterson July 31, 1937 - March 19, 2015 ELKHART - Donald L. "Pete" Peterson, 77, of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2015, at his home with his family at his side. He was born on July 31, 1937, in Attica, to the late William R. and Marie N. (Van Laere) Peterson. Donald married Charlene M. Polega on June 1, 1963, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Niles, Michigan. Surviving are his wife, Charlene; children, Candace A. Schulze of Evansville, twins, Joy M. Lyvers and Julia M. Peterson, both of Mishawaka, and son, Donald Scott Peterson of Elkhart; 2 grandchildren, Dusten A. Lyvers of Elkhart and Forest G. Lyvers of Mishawaka; sister, Constance (Joseph) Bumbleburg of Lafayette; nieces, Amy (Scott) Bres-sler and Theresa Dobrzy-kowski; and nephews, Ted (Kari) Bumbleburg and Robert (Denise) Peterson. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Peterson, niece, Lee Ann Cruea, and son-in-law, Jerry Schulze. Donald graduated from Attica High School in 1955 and then from Purdue University in 1959 with a B.S. Degree in Pharmacy. While at Purdue, he was active in the ROTC program and served in the United States Army Reserves as a medic. Donald, or "Pete" as his family and friends knew him, retired from Miles Laboratories where he worked in research and development. He later worked at Apex Pharmaceuticals for two years. He was a longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for many years. Donald was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1043. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing cards. He also collected pens, marbles and matchbooks, and Wednesdays were his lunch "date" with his Miles buddies. Pete loved his wife of over 50 years, his children and family, his church and his country. He was a dedicated father who instilled in his children the values of faith, academia and athletics; and will be best remembered for his devout volunteerism and quiet strength that was always present when and where it was needed. Please join his family and friends with a visitation for Don from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. The evening will conclude with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, with visitation for 1 hour prior on March 25, 2015, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart. Reverend Jason Freiburger will officiate. Burial and graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Salem Cemetery in Attica, IN. The family kindly request memorials be given to St. Thomas The Apostle, Humane Society of Elkhart County or Center for Hospice Care. Online condolences may be sent to www.billingsfuneralhome.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 22, 2015
Peto, Keith  
Keith Jeffery Peto March 23, 2015 SCHERERVILLE - Keith Jeffery Peto, 57, passed away March 18, 2015. Beloved son to Donald and Eleanore Peto; loving brother to Kevin (Sue) Peto; adoring nephew to John Josvai and Ruby Josvai. Keith will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Visitation is Wednesday, March 25th, at 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN 46375. For more information or to sign our on-line guestbook please visit www. chapellawnfunerals.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 24, 2015
Piekarski, Ronald  
Ronald G. Piekarski Jan. 19, 1960 - Mar. 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 by his brothers, Thomas (Nancy) Piekarski of South Bend and Kenneth (Gale) Piekarski of Niles, MI; a niece, Alison Piekarski; three nephews, Andrew and Patrick Piekarski and Jason (Tima) Harwood; and by a great-nephew, Nolan Harwood. Ron had a passion for music, high power rocketry and making great chili. He had a love for the outdoors, the woods and the night sky. Private graveside services for Ron will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 25, 2015
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