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Naragon, Willis E.  
Willis E. Naragon Dec. 8, 1927 - Apr. 19, 2015 NORTH LIBERTY - Willis E. Naragon, 87 years old, a lifelong resident of North Liberty, passed away at 4:27 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Hospice House, South Bend. Mr. Naragon was born on December 8, 1927 in Edwardsburg, MI to the late George and Martha (McQuisten) Naragon. On January 16, 1949 in North Liberty at St. John's Lutheran Church, Willis was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Grise. Along with his wife of 66 years, Dorothy, survivors include their six children, Ardith "Ardi" (Steven) Kiser of Douglasville, GA, Darla Smith of Woodstock, GA, Sherry (Bob) Rensberger of Lakeville, Kent (Vickie) Naragon of Dunedin, FL, Eric "Rick" (Kay) Naragon of South Bend, and Brian (Richelle) Naragon of Salt Lake City, Utah; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Phyllis Neiswender of Walkerton. Mr. Naragon was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Terry Smith; one grandson, Matt Counts; four sisters, Rosa, Blanche, Laura, and Goldie; and four brothers, Lyle, Robert, John, and Roy. Mr. Naragon worked for Studebaker Corporation until they closed. He then worked for Wells Aluminum in North Liberty in the 1960's where he was proud to have assisted in organizing the union. Mr. Naragon was a carpenter for 17 years and retired in 1993 from A.M. General Corporation after 10 years. He was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church in North Liberty. Mr. Naragon served his country with the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion in North Liberty and an auxiliary member of the VFW in North Liberty. He was a proud member of the Carpenter's Union #413 and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in North Liberty. Mr. Naragon was a recovering member of AA for the past 29 years. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 24955 Riley Road, North Liberty. Rev. Victoria Blough, pastor of the church, will officiate. Military graveside services will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, North Liberty. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21st, at the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan Street, Lakeville and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Contributions in memory of Willis E. Naragon may be donated to St. John's Lutheran Church, 24955 Riley Road, North Liberty, IN 46554; Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or to Alzheimer's Services, 922 E. Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617. Online condolences may be offered to the Naragon family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 21, 2015
Neiheisel, Jacob F. "Jake"  
Jacob F. "Jake" Neiheisel Oct. 17, 1965 - Apr. 20, 2015 DOWAGIAC - Jacob F. "Jake" Neiheisel, 49, of Dowagiac, Michigan, passed away at his home on Monday, April 20, 2015, from a massive heart attack. He was born on October 17, 1965, in Kokomo, the son of Jack and Mary Ann (Hamlin) Neiheisel. Jake was a 1984 graduate of Kokomo High School where he was the class president. He went on to graduate from Ball State University in 1988 with a business degree. He had been employed with Chrysler Corporation for several years. Jake had also been employed with JD Byrider in South Bend, along with being a business owner of a used car dealership in Mishawaka, IN. Since January, he had been coming home to work for his sister Lori at her store, Mac's Market, to help with an expansion. His specialty was breakfast and he loved handing out free samples to his customers. Often customers came in just to drink coffee and shoot the breeze with Jake. His sister Amy and best friend brother David were doubly blessed because they got to laugh with him every day at work, making even more beautiful memories. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Black Hawks. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting breakfast for his neighbors at the lake on Sundays, where as "Mayor", he officially declared it "Sunday Fun-Day". Jake's home was on Dewey Lake where he had wonderful friends who were his second family. He and his friends loved to gather at BT's and watch sports, have cook-off contests and congregate for family meals. We will never be able to repay his friends at the lake for all of the love, kindness, and wonderful stories they have shared with our Jake. Jake is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Neiheisel of Kokomo; sisters, Lisa (Mike) Fox of Kokomo, Lori Sawyer (and boyfriend Jamie Miles) of Kokomo, Mary Pat (Glenn) Grise of Evergreen, CO, and Amy Neiheisel of Kokomo; brother, David Neiheisel (and girlfriend Stephanie Hulce); nieces and nephews, Jacob (Natalie) Fox, Joey Fox (and girlfriend Christian Lawhead), Katy Sawyer (and boyfriend Matt Duncan), Brooke Sawyer, Drew Sawyer, AJ Grise, Same Grise, Jackson Grise, Mara Hulce-Neiheisel, Jacob Ashburn, and Nicholas Ashburn; great-niece, Sydney Rae Fox, along with his dog, Blue and cat, Baxter. Jake was preceded in death by his father, Jack Neiheisel, and his grandparents. Jake made life fun for everyone he knew. He deeply cared about all of his friendships and would help anyone in need. He was the best son, brother, and uncle, and we are all struggling to say goodbye. But, our Dad had to be elated when Jake joined him in heaven! What a reunion that must have been! They both will be cheering for our Cubbies from the upper deck this year, and who knows-maybe it will be our year! Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 27, 2015, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor Dick Sanburn and Chuck Jansen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Jake's memory to the Kokomo Rescue Mission or the Special Olympics. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 26, 2015
Neiswender, Curtis D. "Curt"  
Curtis D. "Curt" Neiswender Aug. 21, 1921 - April 24, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Curtis "Curt" Neiswender, 93, of South Bend, passed away on Friday, April 24th, at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community in Elkhart, Indiana. He was born on August 21, 1921, in North Liberty, IN, to the late Roy R. and Minnie B. (McCannon) Neiswender. He attended Center Township School, Riley High School and graduated from Greene High School in 1939. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 24 years, retiring in 1966 as a First Sergeant. On June 21, 1980, in South Bend, he married the former Carolyn J. Simon (Basham-Surguy), who survives. He is also survived by three sons, Gregory D. (Peggy) Neiswender of Fair Oaks, CA, Kevin R. (Lorri) Neiswender of Laguna Beach, CA, and Michael C. (Carla) Neis-wender of Fullerton, CA; two stepdaughters, Patricia A. Surguy of Wellston, MI, and Marlene S. (Philip) Korenstra of Bristol, IN; one stepson, William B. (Claudia) Surguy of Plymouth, IN; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Curt was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel L. Neiswender, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, two sisters, Marian Nara-gon and Agnes Smith; and four brothers, Russell, Richard, Clayton and Herman Neiswender. He was a lifetime member of the Greene Township Lions Club and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in South Bend. Curt loved to work on small engines, cutting trees, sawing wood and serving others. Visitation will be held Monday, April 27th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home, located at 23421 State Rd. 23/Ireland Rd., South Bend. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, April 28th, at 11:00 AM at Southside Baptist Church, located at 1130 East Jackson Road, South Bend, with Pastor Scott Smith, Pastor Ken Fetter and Dr. Al Buetler officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery in South Bend. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Southside Baptist Church, 1130 East Jackson Road, South Bend, IN 46614; or to the Greene Township Lions Club, c/o Hanley and Sons Funeral Home, 23421 State Road 23, South Bend, IN 46614. A special "thank you" is extended to the entire staff at Hubbard Hill for the compassionate and excellent care provided to Curt during his illness. Condolences may be expressed online through our website: www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com . The HANLEY & Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Curt's family.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 26, 2015
Nelson, Katharina  
Katharina Nelson Nov. 15, 1934 - April 18, 2015 VANDALIA - Katharina "Miss Kitty" Nelson, age 80, of Vandalia, Michigan, died peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Cass the County Medical Care facility. She was born November 15, 1934, in Munich, Germany. She married Robert Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and two brothers. Katharina worked in her father's construction company as a child. She learned carpentry. She was able to remodel her own home, even building her own kitchen cabinets. She loved her home and her garden. Katharina will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by one daughter, Marla Nelson of Chicago, Illinois; one son, Koebee Nelson of Coldwater; two grand-daughters, Makeesha Nelson, Mikayla Nelson; three grandsons, Marsai Nelson, Koebee Nelson, Jr., Brian Nelson; and her cat, Mischevious. Miss Kitty was especially fond of her neighbors around Vandalia, Michigan, and Paradise Lake. Family and friends will gather Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 23247 Hospital Street, Cassopolis. Mrs. Nelson's remains will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony. Thanks to the staff at Three Rivers Hospital and Heartland Medical Care, both of Three Rivers, Michigan, Lakeland Hospital in Niles, Cass County Medical Care Facility in Cassopolis, Cass County Council on Aging in Cassopolis, Visiting Physicians, and caretakers, Diane Bailey and Rose Hodge. Special thanks to Pastor Richard E. Williams, Jr. for being a faithful friend, a consistent companion, and a trustworthy guardian. Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Casso-polis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 23, 2015
Newhouse, Norman  
Norman Newhouse April 17, 1964 - April 23, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Norman L. Newhouse II, 51, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center April 23, 2015, at 12:56 p.m. He was born April 17, 1964, in Big Spring, Texas, to Norman Newhouse I & Nancy (Robbins) Newhouse. Surviving are 4 children, Flavia Newhouse of Mishawaka, Zachary New-house of Toledo, OH, Noah Newhouse of Petersburg, MI, and Caleb Knobeloch of Mascoutah, IL. Also surviving are his mother and sister, LeAnn (Chris) Dean, all of Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, James Newhouse. Norman was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving from 1982-1993. He was a former Eagle Scout and a former member of Knollwood Country Club. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, purchasing sports cars, and was an avid Notre Dame fan. Norman has loved his two dogs Bailey and Gipper, but most of all was a devoted father and his children meant the world to him. Cremation will take place and there will be a celebration of life gathering at his home Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 1-5 p.m. For directions, please contact the family at 574-323-3142. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Dundee Community Schools Wrestling Program, 420 Ypsilanti Street, Dundee, MI 48131. Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 26, 2015
Niemier, Harry  
Harry E. Niemier Sept. 5, 1926 - April 17, 2015 SOUTH BEND - 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 Speybroeck, his bride of 62 years, who survives him. Harry was predeceased by an infant son, Paul Joseph, a grandson, Joshua Speybroeck Niemier, and his parents, siblings and wife's parents. In addition to Marcie, Harry is survived by 6 children and their offspring: Susan Diedrich: Martha (Carlos) and Tyler (Traci); Kristin (Michael) Horvath: Lisa; Charles (Lois Koerner): Sara (JD), Emily (Vince), Matthew (Hope), and Ryan (Kelly); Mary Niemier Thomas: Catherine, Lizzy and Andrew; Tom (Glynis Benbow) Niemier: Morgan and Kamden; and John (Theri Zimmerman) Niemier: Joshua (deceased), Jessica, Leslie (fianc‚ Stuart), and Lauren. In addition to his 16 grandchildren, Harry is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Harry was the owner/operator of S&S Quality Cleaners for 35 years until his retirement in 1993. In retirement, Harry preferred to start his day with a visit to Christ the King Catholic Church, where he had been a member since 1952, for Mass or a private prayer. Harry also volunteered at Memorial Hospital and enjoyed attending Notre Dame women's basketball games. Harry was a kind and loving husband, an outstanding father and Poppa Harry, and a strong, hard-working man who bowled gracefully, played poker and euchre aggressively, danced joyfully, and tended his family, flower gardens and bird friends lovingly. Harry's firm, lingering handshake was renowned. He will be missed. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a Parish Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Harry's name to Tuition Assistance at Christ the King School or to Memorial Children's Hospital. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com .
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