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Trimmer, Norma Elizabeth  
Norma Elizabeth Trimmer June 30, 1915 - June 28, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Just two days shy of her 101st birthday, Norma Elizabeth (Davis) Trimmer passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Ind. A life-long resident of the community, Norma was born June 30, 1915, to parents Oliver and Elizabeth Davis. The second oldest and only daughter of six children, she graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1933 and went on to take business classes at the South Bend College of Commerce. In 1934 she was hired as a secretary at the Bendix Corporation, where she met William (Bill) Trimmer. In 1940, Norma and Bill married and in 1946 settled into 417 Tonti St., where they raised three children: Paul William (1942), Thomas Davis (1945), and Carolyn Elizabeth (1951). Known for her culinary prowess and an avid bridge player (she belonged to several ladies' bridge groups through the years), she also enjoyed gardening and sewing. Every winter for 33 years, from 1955-1988, she and Bill spent time on Marco Island, Fla., where they enjoyed walking the beach every morning. Her favorite activity above all, though, was doting on her family, especially her five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. It is this overwhelming and unending generosity, love, and devotion to family, along with her sweet, gentle nature, that will be remembered by all who had the great fortune to call her sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. Norma was preceded in death by husband, William E. Trimmer (2004), brothers, Richard Davis (1998) and Ted Davis (2012), and daughter-in-law, Jodie Kay Trimmer (2012). She is survived by brothers, Marvin Davis (South Bend), Paul Davis (South Bend), Don Davis (Orlando, Fla.); son, Paul Trimmer (Elkhart, Ind.), son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nancy Trimmer (Birmingham, Mich.), and daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Thomas (Fort Myers, Fla.); grandchildren, Kristen Freshley (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Karen Beck (Elkhart, Ind.), Robert (& wife Eva) Trimmer (Elkhart, Ind.), Tom (& wife Lisa) Trimmer, Jr. (Boulder, Co.), and Michelle (& husband Scott) Baby (Wilmette, Ill.); 12 great-grandchildren; and six nieces. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 1, at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Chapel in Holy Cross Village. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 and the funeral will begin at 11:00. Following the Mass, interment will be at Highland Cemetery, 2257 Portage Avenue, South Bend. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Village Foundation-Quinn (P.O. Box 706, Notre Dame, IN 46556), or to a charity of your choice. E-mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 30, 2016

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Talton, Billy Eugene  
Billy Eugene Talton May 23, 1949 - June 18, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Billy Eugene Talton, 67, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 3:37 pm on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Billy was born to the union of Ella Mae and Samuel Talton in South Bend on May 23rd, 1949. Billy was a lifetime resident of South Bend. Billy was a jack-of-all-trades. He began working at the age of seventeen and worked for several local businesses, but he was most known as a self-employed handy man. Billy married Tina Farris on February 6th, 1993. Billy was the father of 3 daughters, Falani Talton of South Bend, Katie Talton of South Bend and Dana Gary of South Bend; and 4 sons, Anthony Talton of Washington, DC, Dion Gary of South Bend, Justin Thompson of South Bend, and Roland (Laura) Talton of South Bend. Billy was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Talton; mother, Ella Mae Talton-Taylor; stepfather, Willis Taylor Jr.; sister, Rita Ann Talton; and two nephews, Corey Talton and Johnathon Clay Jr. Billy leaves to cherish his memory all of his children; 10 grandchildren; 6 sisters, Diane (Stanley) Wilson of San Antonio, TX, Mary Ann Talton of Louisville, KY, Evelyn (Robert) Garner of Dallas, TX, Karen Talton-Jelks of South Bend, IN, Eileen Black of Louisville, KY, and Deidra Taylor of South Bend, IN; and 3 brothers, Samuel Talton of San Antonio, TX, Kevin Porter of South Bend, IN, and Henry Taylor of San Antonio, TX; along with a large host of family, friends, and loved ones. Visitation is Friday, June 24, from 6-8 pm at Alford's Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, at 1 pm at Pentecostal Cathedral COGIC. Arrangements entrusted to Alford's Mortuary. Visit our website to send a condolence or to sign family guestbook at www.AlfordsMortuaryInc.com . See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southbendtribune/obituary.aspx?pid=180417725#sthash.8HfotXgv.dpuf
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Published in South Bend Tribune from June 22 to June 23, 2016
Thurston, Barbara J.  
Barbara J. Thurston March 17, 1945 - June 20, 2016 NILES - Barbara Jean Thurston, age 71 years of Niles, Michigan, went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 20, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 17, 1945, in Niles, to Harry Wayne, Sr. and Elizabeth Helen (Rodgers) Phillips. Barbara was retired from Nickell Moulding after over 15 years of service. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #413 in Niles since 1976. On November 11, 1978, in Niles, Barbara married Jerry Thurston, with whom she celebrated their 37th anniversary. He survives with their two sons, Jerry Thurston of Winter Haven, Florida, and Thomas Thurston of Goshen, Indiana; five daughters, Donna Maxey of South Bend, Hope Flint of Niles, Wendy Rose of Niles, Carmen Leopold of South Bend and Lea Held of Niles; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Barbara's siblings, Jack L. Phillips of Byron Center, Michigan, and Robert P. Phillips, Sr. of Niles. She was preceded in death by her half sister, Marjorie Bullard, and brothers, Harry W. Phillips, Jr. and David L. Phillips. The memorial service for Barbara Jean Thurston will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles, with Rev. Carl W. Bassett officiating. Donations in memory Barbara may be made to the family. www.halbritterfunerals.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 23, 2016
Trojanowski, Genevieve "Jeanne"  
Genevieve “Jeanne” Trojanowski Sept. 17, 1926 - June 21, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Genevieve “Jeanne” Trojanowski departed this earth on June 21, 2016, to claim her eternal reward and be reunited forever with her many family and friends she has greatly missed. A devoted and beloved wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, Genevieve was born September 17, 1926, in South Bend, Indiana. She attended St. Stanislaus grade school, graduated from Central High School, and worked at Bendix and St. Mary's College. A devout Catholic and proud of her Polish heritage, Genevieve was a member of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of Chicago, St. Anthony de Padua Church, a longtime member and former regent of the Daughters of Isabella Notre Dame Circle 572, and served as a docent at the Northern Indiana Center for History. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Sobolewski; her husband of 47 years, Clement Trojanowski; sisters, Cecilia, Veronica, Martha and Clara; and brother, Albin. She is survived by son, Mark Allan of Centerville, OH, and his wife, Lisa; daughter, Ann Trojanowski of South Bend; son, John Trojanowski of Bloomington, IN; grandson, Corey, and his wife, Nicole; and great-grandson, Deacon Trojanowski of Indianapolis; and granddaughter, Caroline Allan of Columbus, OH. Her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at St. Anthony de Padua Church in South Bend. Friends and family may call at 10 a.m. at the church to share their stories and memories of this truly remarkable woman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony de Padua Church or to the Women's Care Center of South Bend. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com . REMEMBER ME Remember me when flowers bloom Early in the spring Remember me on sunny days In the fun that summer brings Remember me in the fall As you walk through leaves of gold And in the wintertime remember me In the stories that are told But most of all remember Each day right from the start I will be forever near For I live within your heart
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Published in South Bend Tribune from June 23 to June 24, 2016
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