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Gadacz, John J. (In Memoriam)  
IN MEMORIAM John J. Gadacz Aug. 1, 1915 - Sept. 18, 1977 Happy 100th Dad Dolly - Jerry - Jim & Family
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 1, 2015
Garcia, Julayne  
Julayne Garcia Aug. 9, 1955 - July 25, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Julayne Y. Garcia, 59, of South Bend, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the South Bend Hospice House. She was born August 9, 1955, in South Bend, to the late Jack and Audrey (Hand) Skelton. Surviving are her son, Sharrocco Garcia; her grandson, Natrian Garcia; her brother, Bert Skelton, all of South Bend; three sisters, Debbie Suryani of Mishawaka, Janus (Dennis) Horral and Becky (Leon) Albrecht, both of South Bend. Julayne enjoyed listening to classic rock music, gardening, and bird watching. She owned and operated her own cleaning business for over twenty years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with her arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice Care.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
Gasko, Lucille M.  
Lucille M. Gasko July 27, 1920 - July 26, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Lucille M. Gasko, 94, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday July 26, 2015 at Hospice House, South Bend. She was born on July 27, 1920, in South Bend, to the late Charles, Sr. and Stella (Kalamaja) Maternowski. She graduated from South Bend Catholic High School in 1938. On November 25, 1948 she married Benjamin S. Gasko, who preceded her in death on November 9, 2008. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Esther Kromkowski and two brothers, John and Charles Maternowski. Lucille is survived by her daughters, Mira Gasko of South Bend and Valerie (John) Gaylor of Carmel, IN; her son, Dr. Michael (Nancy) Gasko of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Gasko, Angela (Dr. Phil) Hartwell, Kathleen (Kevin) Poe, Joseph (Lynsey) Gaylor, J.D. Gaylor, Jennifer and Julie Gaylor; eight great-grandchildren, Drew, Megan and Logan Hartwell, Hannah and Ethan Poe, Lily and Abby Gasko and Shelby Botkin; a sister, Marie Czarnecki of South Bend; and a brother, Dr. Chester Maternowski of Grand Rapids, MI; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Gasko was a parishioner of St. Casimir Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Lucy was very active with her children when they were growing up (Class Mom, PTO President and Den Mother). She then went to work and retired several times from many clothing establishments in town (Robertson's, Wyman's, Gilbert's, Newman's and Abigail's). She always enjoyed dressing up and had a great sense of style. She was very proud of her children and their accomplishments in life, but continued to worry about them none the less. She was a woman of faith and prayed to the Holy Spirit nightly to keep all of her loved ones safe. Although she wasn't that fond of water, she enjoyed going to Diamond Lake and spending time with her family. Mom was "kindly assertive". When mom said no she meant no and there was no getting her to change her mind. Special thanks to Center for Hospice Care for supporting the family so that she could remain at home and to everyone that helped with her 24 hour care. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday July 31, 2015 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday August 1, 2015, at St. Casimir Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Casimir Church, 1308 Dunham St., South Bend, 46619 or to Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
Gast, Harry T.  
Senator Harry T. Gast Sept. 20, 1920 - July 30, 2015 ST. JOSEPH - Senator Harry T. Gast, 94, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, August 3, 2015 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, MI. Friends may visit from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Harry may do so to Lake Michigan College, Glen Oaks College, Southwestern Michigan College or Gogebic College; or to the charity of your choice. Those wishing to share a memory of Senator Harry online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com . Harry was born September 20, 1920 in St. Joseph to Harry T. and Fern (Shearer) Gast. Harry grew up on the family farm, which used draft horses. One winter the snow was so high that Harry and his brothers and sister dug a tunnel from the old house to the barn so they could travel the tunnel to do their chores. While still living in the old house, he watched the new brick house being built. The house he remained in and where, with the help of his grandsons Nick and Tom, he was able to stay until he died. Harry married Vera Jean Warren on June 6, 1943. A young Harry played softball on Planger's team in the 50's, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. The hunting became his yearly trip to the Upper Peninsula that continued into his 80s. Harry took to cards, to poker and later enjoyed the casinos that came to the area. In 1944 Alfred Bartz, the Lincoln Township Supervisor, visited Harry out in one of his fields and talked him into the job of township Treasurer. He also served on the School Board. When Al retired, Harry ran for Supervisor and a trend was started. He went on to become the Lincoln Township Supervisor for 7 years and then on to the Michigan House of Representatives when Don Pears retired. The Senate came 8 years later. Weekdays in Lansing and weekends and summers on the farm kept Harry going at a fast pace and the whole family pitched in to make it work. When Harry ran in the Republican Primary for the 43rd State Representative seat everything moved up a notch with campaigning in a race with 3 other Republicans. During his time in office, Harry was a staunch supporter of local education, especially community colleges. When he retired from the Senate in 2002 he had about $25,000 left in his campaign fund, which he split between 4 community colleges. Harry was also an avid, if frustrated, Tigers fan. He would listen to the games on the truck radio while picking peaches or tomatoes. Harry enjoyed cars and driving, which was lucky because he pretty much lived on the roads between the farm and Lansing for many years. His car was even struck by lightning on I-94, shutting down all electronics and trapping him in the car. Harry is survived by his wife of 72 years, Vera Jean; daughters, Linda Gast of Newport OR and Barbara (Bill) Curtis of Wheeler, MI; son, Dennis (Friedericke Greuer) Gast of Chassell, MI. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Chris (Jen), Kelly, Nick, Tom, Becca, Skip, Jenna, and Lilli Gast, and Lisa (Matt) Wolf. Harry was preceded in death by his brothers Richard (Dick) and Lee and his sister Ellen Carpenter.
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Published in South Bend Tribune from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2015
Gilliom, Mark O.  
Mark O. Gilliom July 26, 1954 - July 24, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Mark O. Gilliom, 60, of South Bend, passed away at 3:34 AM on Friday, July 24th at Center for Hospice Care after an extended illness. Mark was born on July 26, 1954 in Plymouth, IN to the late Howard D. and Marilyn J. (Owen) Gilliom. He is survived by his daughter; Jami L. (James) Olesen of South Bend , his son; Sean A. Gilliom of Elkhart, two grandchildren; Marshall W. and Madilyn N. Olesen at home whom he loved and cherished. Mark is also survived by a brother; Brent D. Gilliom of South Bend. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children Nancy A. Gilliom on September 27, 2010, sister Kristi L. Gilliom on July 31, 2004, his mother on January 10, 2014 and his father on September 29, 2000. Mark loved being with family and friends, golfing, listening to oldies music, IU basketball and Notre Dame football. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and numerous friends he made during his life's journey. When it's time to travel there, I think I'll wear a smile, I'll say good-bye to those I love, But only for a while, Knowing there are others Who have traveled there alone, Who cannot wait to greet me and to whisper "welcome home." Friends may call 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 30th at Hanley & Sons Funeral Home, W. Ireland Rd/State Road 23, South Bend. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:00 PM in the funeral home. Mark's wishes were to be cremated and his loving family has honored his request. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Condolences may be expressed online through our website: www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com . The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements and services and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Gilliom family.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
Gimson, Vicki  
Vicki Lee (Horvath) Gimson Nov. 3, 1948 - July 30, 2015 GRANGER - Vicki Lee Gimson, 66, passed away peacefully in Hospice House, South Bend, on July 30, 2015, surrounded by family. Born November 3, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Joan Shirley (Goetz) Horvath. Her brother-in-law, Albert Szoke, also preceded her in death. Vicki's memory will be cherished by her husband, the love of her life, Larry Gimson of Granger; two children, Kelly (Michael) Danielson Harten of CT and Adam (Alissa) Danielson of TX; 3 step-children, Donna (Jay) Gimson Costello of South Bend, Dianna (Jim) Gimson Tucker of Niles and Scott (Sherie) Gimson of South Bend; sister, Pam Szoke of Granger; 6 grandchildren, Maddie Brower, and Caleb, Parker, Ella, Corbin and Landon Danielson; 11 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; a nephew, Mike (Jillian Zeeff) Szoke of Granger; and great-nephew, Cameron Szoke. Vicki enjoyed eating out, going to casinos, and most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She was kind, caring and had a great sense of humor. She was a past volunteer for SOS, the Arthritis Foundation and the MDA telethons. She left this world too early and will be greatly missed. The family would like to give a special thanks to Vicki's home-care nurse, Tracy, and all the other nurses at the Center for Hospice Care for the care and compassion they provided. Per her request, cremation will take place with no services. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 2, 2015
Ginther, Eugene  
Eugene H. Ginther March 25, 1926 - July 29, 2015 KOKOMO - Eugene H. Ginther, 89, of Kokomo, formerly of South Bend, passed away at 6:58 PM Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at his residence in Northwoods Commons. He was born March 25, 1926, in South Bend, to Ray Ginther and Merle (Feece) Ginther. On June 11, 1946, in South Bend, he married Mary A. (Clay) Ginther. She preceded him in death September 19, 2013. He worked for many years for Stude-baker in South Bend as a press punch operator. He later retired from Oak Industries in South Bend where he worked as a foreman and tool and die setter. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served on an LST (Landing Ship Tank) in the South Pacific during WW II. Eugene enjoyed model trains, boating, and fishing. Survivors include a daughter, Judy, and husband, Dean Despinoy of Kokomo; brother, Herman, and wife, Rose Ginther of Cromwell; brother, Richard, and wife, Mary Ginther of Mishawaka; granddaughter, Jennifer, and husband, Dr. Hannes Kalscheuer of Germany; granddaughter, Natalie Despinoy of Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Henrik and Finja Kalscheuer, both of Germany; and also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Laura. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Indiana, at a later date. You are invited to read Eugene's obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com , where you may sign the guestbook or share a personal message.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 2, 2015
Girten, Dennis  
Dennis Girten Jr. Nov. 2, 1965 - July 16, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Dennis L. Girten Jr., 49, residing in South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 16, 2015, at his home. Dennis was born on November 2, 1965, in Elkhart, Indiana, to Dennis L. Girten Sr. and Sharon (Wilson) Girten, and had remained a lifelong resident of this area, attending Elkhart Memorial High School. Dennis enjoyed his job, working as a lineman for 26 years, with AT&T. He also loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dennis is survived by his father, Dennis L. (Patricia) Girten Sr. of Osceola, IN; mother, Sharon Girten of South Bend, IN; sister, Jennifer D. Girten (Brian Price) of Mishawaka, IN; three brothers, Glen, Kurt, and Eric Weimer, all of Osceola, IN; four nephews, Joshua and Jacob Girten-Miller, Gavin and Eathyn Weimer; and niece, Braylyn Weimer. Memorial gathering for Dennis L. Girten Jr. will be from 2:00 4:00 PM Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Papa Vino's, 5110 Edison Lakes Pkwy., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to Reins of Life, 55200 Quince Road, South Bend, IN 46619. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 2, 2015
Goodrich, Ethel Lou (Kehoe)  
Ethel Lou (Kehoe) Goodrich Feb. 13, 1928 - July 15, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Ethel Lou (Kehoe) Goodrich was born February 13, 1928, in Warsaw, Indiana. Growing up, she spent much of free summer time swimming at Center Lake. She moved to Sidney, Indiana, in 1944 and graduated from Sidney High School the following year as a junior. Ethel and Clyde D. Goodrich were happily married on February 4, 1949. They had three children, John Clyde, Jo Ellen "Jody" and James Leroy. Ethel was an accomplished seamstress, sewing thousands of sequins on costumes she made for Jody's baton twirling endeavors. James Leroy predeceased his mother and father. South Bend, Indiana, became home since 1960. Ethel was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. Occasionally she sang special music with her husband or her daughter and good friend, Jim Heiner. Together, Ethel and Clyde enjoyed square dancing, camping, attending church, playing bridge, scrabble and other games, traveling, and most importantly, socializing with family and friends. Though only attending one game ever late in life, she never missed a Notre Dame football game on television. In February 1991, Ethel retired as office manager for Darr & Associates of South Bend. She and Clyde had planned to leave for Frostproof, Florida, the next day but were delayed by an 18 1/2" snowfall that morning. They continued their snowbird tradition at Camp Inn until Clyde passed away in 2006. Ethel continued snow birding until recently, spending most of her time in Indiana and Florida. Ethel passed away in her sleep early July 15, 2015, while visiting family in California. Three of her siblings, Margaret, Lyle, and Betty Jean Kehoe, did not survive childhood. Her other siblings, John, Richard and Edward Kehoe and Lillian Sparks, predeceased her. Ethel is survived and missed by her son, John C. (Deborah J.) Goodrich, and daughter, Jo Ellen "Jody" Praklet; her six grandchildren, John C. (Rhonda M.) Goodrich, Jr., Robert W. (Nicole) Goodrich, Trisha L. (Daniel) Christison, Marci M. (Tommy) Nedialkov, David A. (Jamie L.) Praklet II, and Tracy L. Collmer Praklet; and thirteen (13) great-grandchildren whom she loved, Jessica, Allyson and Cole Goodrich, Madison and Delaney James Goodrich, Taylor and Dustin Lamar, Emma and Reade Christison, Zachary and Owen Nedialkov, and Seth and Riley Collmer. She was a great mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be missed by her nieces and nephews. All will remember her wonderful smile, witty personality and goodness! She was a joy to be around. Visitation will be at 10 AM Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1501 W. Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana, followed by the funeral service at 11 AM. A committal service will be held at 2 PM the afternoon of August 1st at Oakwood Cemetery, 421 N. Maple, Warsaw, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1501 W Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46628. Kaniewski Funeral Homes of South Bend is handling the arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 27, 2015
Gourley, John  
John Phillip Gourley Jan. 2, 1937 - July 26, 2015 MISHAWAKA - John P. Gourley, 78, passed away peacefully July 26, 2015. Born January 2, 1937 in Gary, IN, he was the son of the late Leonard R. and Theresa Ann (Cullin) Gourley. Two brothers, William and Donald Gourley, also preceded him in death. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children, Elizabeth "Liz" (Daniel) Kruk of New Carlisle, IN, Ann (Scott) Long of Mansfield, TX and Christian Gourley of Martinsville, IN; 7 grandchildren, James and Tyler Kruk, Matthew, Katie and Michael Long, and Grant and Grace Gourley; and brother, Jim Gourley of OR. John graduated with a Law Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. He had his own practice in Elder Law and later joined with May, Oberfell and Lorber. He served as the City Attorney for Mishawaka since 1984 and was the former President of First National Bank in Mishawaka. He enjoyed perch fishing on Lake Michigan and was a good golfer in his time, having had multiple holes-in-one. He was funny and had a witty sense of humor. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed. A special thank you goes to dad's life-long best friend, Ralph Peterson, for his friendship, love and support to the entire family throughout the years. The family would also like to express gratitude to Rittenhouse Senior Living of Michigan City, IN, where dad received wonderful care and sincere compassion. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka on Friday, July 31 at 10 AM, with visitation one hour prior in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cross Catholic Outreach, 2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240, PO Box 273908, Boca Raton, FL 33427, or visit www.crosscatholic.org . To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 30, 2015
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