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Bajdek, Eugene J.  
Eugene J. Bajdek Nov. 30, 1922 - April 30, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Gene passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in his home at Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Gene was born November 30th, 1922, in South Bend, Indiana, to Mary & Stanley Bajdek of 727 S. Warren Street. Preceding Gene in death were his brothers, Jerome, Joseph, Leonard and John; and sisters, Ruphine (Roman) Kajzer and Mildred (Tony) Borowski. Gene is survived by younger sister, Luella (Richard) Paczkow-ski of South Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene married Ruby Davis in 1947. Ruby passed away in 1988. In 1989, Gene married Margaret (Peggy) Peterson of Goshen, Indiana. Peggy subsequently passed away in 2006. Gene honorably served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Blackwood, a destroyer escort as a First Class Petty Officer. Gene retired from Simon Brothers in 1984 and spent many winter months in Apache Junction, Arizona. During these winters he volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, baseball spring games and many other local functions in Mesa, Arizona. The local and some national press will remember Gene as being in charge of feeding them in the Press Box at Notre Dame football games from 1955 to 2000. Gene also regularly gave blood and volunteered at Memorial Hospital. Gene was also employed at Singer Sewing Machine Company until it closed in South Bend in 1955; a short time social member of the St. Joseph Young Men's Society; and an usher at St. John the Baptist & Holy Family Churches. He was also a longtime member of P.N.A. 83 and American Legion Post 357. Gene had a long fruitful life and was blessed to have been loved by all who knew him. Visitation for Gene will be 10:00 am to 11:00 am Monday, May 4, 2015, in Holy Family Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Monday, May 4, 2015, in the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 Mayflower Rd., South Bend, Indiana 46619; or to the donor's choice. Condolences for the family may be made at www.sjfh.net .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 4, 2015
Baker, Elizabeth  
Elizabeth Baker June 8, 1924 - April 25, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Elizabeth entered into eternal peace on Saturday, April 25, 2015 surrounded by her family at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Betty was born on June 8, 1924 to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Mackey. She married the late Robert L. Baker on November 29, 1947. She resided on Essex Drive in South Bend for over 50 years, then moved to Sedgwick House in 2009 where she made several loving and supportive friends. Betty was an amazing cook. She loved hosting holidays, dinner parties and cookouts for her family. She also loved traveling with Robert as well as with the family on numerous vacations all over the United States. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years, Robert L Baker in 1990; her three brothers: Robert Mackey, Jim Mackey and Richard (Mike) Mackey; and her two sisters: Margaret Mackey and Jean Eckenhoff. Betty is survived by her daughters: Nancy (Robert) Swanson of Longview, Washington, and Rebecca (Cindy) Lanning of South Bend; her son, Robert (Mary Jo) Baker of Mishawaka; her ten grandchildren; her eleven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Helene Bernhagen of Houston, Texas. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 30, from 11 to 1 p.m., with the Funeral at 1:00 P.M., at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Father Ruppert will be officiating. Burial is at St. Joe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN 46545. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Apr. 27 to Apr. 30, 2015
Barkman, Jacqueline  
Jacqueline Barkman March 10, 1937 - April 30, 2015 EDWARDSBURG - Jacqueline Barkman, 78 years old, of Edwards-burg, MI, passed to her rest April 30, 2015, at Elkhart General Hospital after a brief illness. She was born March 10, 1937, in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of Willard R. and Helen (Tumbleson) Lyons, and had been living in this area for the past 40 years. Jacqueline "Jackie" worked for Bendix, now Honeywell, in South Bend for over 30 years in the Aerospace Division doing final calibration. Lastly, she worked in Edwardsburg for MDI. All who knew our sweet, wonderful mother, knew what a loving, caring and generous woman she was. She survived two battles with cancer, yet always put everyone else's needs and happiness before her own. Our mother loved flowers, animals and relaxing on the deck with family and friends on a nice sunny day. Jackie is survived by her children: Mark Kwiatkow-ski of Edwardsburg, Laura Boepple (Mike Pierucki) of Edwardsburg and Kelley (Jason) Jablonski of Mishawaka. She is also survived by her companion, George Vagis of Edwardsburg, her five loving grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren. She is the last of her siblings to pass. Family and friends may gather Monday, May 4, 2015, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 West Main Street (US-12), Edwardsburg. The visitation will conclude with her favorite songs and melodies. Cremation will follow this celebration. After cremation, she will be with her family. Memorial donations may be made to Cass County Cancer Services, Inc., P.O. Box 676, Edwards-burg, MI 49112. Arrangements are by the Paul E, Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, MI.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 4, 2015
Barnett-Riggs, Susan L.  
Susan L. Barnett-Riggs July 6, 1950 - April 27, 2015 GRANGER - Susan L. Barnett-Riggs, 64, of Granger, IN, died Monday April 27, 2015, in her home with her loving family with her. She was born July 6, 1950, in South Bend, to the late James R. & Juanita J. (Firestone) Royce. On March 3, 2000, she married Robert Riggs who survives along with her son Ben Barnett and (Sarah Newton) of Mishawaka and grandchildren Kaitlyn and Aiden Newton. Susan is also survived by her siblings Brenda Barbo (Milton Jones) of Union, MI, Linda I. Fecteau (John) of Granger. Susan retired from 1St. Source Bank after 34 years and worked in the commercial insurance department. Susan was a loving wife, mother and sister. She had to have a purpose in her life and that was to provide for her loves Ben and Robert. Susan loved the outdoors gardening, flowers and fishing with Robert. As Bend was growing up she was active in his scouting life. Friends may visit with the family Thursday April 30, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North 17033 Cleveland Rd. As her wishes cremation will follow visitation. In Lieu of flowers Memorial contributions made to The Center for Hospice Care 501 comfort Place Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to the family. E-Mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 29, 2015
Barrick, Annabelle L.  
Annabelle L. Barrick Sept. 28, 1923 - April 26, 2015 NAPPANEE - Annabelle L. Barrick, age 91, of Nappanee, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 3:56 p.m. at IU Health Goshen Hospital Emergency Room of natural causes. She was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Hartford City, Indiana, to Virgil and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Slain. She moved to Nappanee in 1961 from Benton Harbor. She was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church, Garden Club, and the Rebekah Circle at the church, and the Nappanee Bridge Club. Annabelle married Howard J. Barrick on July 31, 1948, in Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1992. Surviving are a son, Phillip Barrick of Arlington, Texas; and a sister, Evelyn Blevins of Virden, IL. She was preceded in death by sisters, Mildred Kumfer and Betsy Wood. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and an hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. There will be graveside services at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne, 6600 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804, at 2:30 p.m., also on Thursday, April 30. Pastor Jim Davidson will officiate. Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee United Methodist Church.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 29, 2015
Batten, James  
James Batten May 23, 1942 - May 2, 2015 OSCEOLA - James Batten passed away Saturday morning at his residence with family by his side. James was born to Clyde E. and Alberta E. (Chambers) Batten in Mishawaka. He had worked as an auto painter for Basney Ford for many years. He loved hunting, fishing and camping; once a year he would have a family campout at Potato Creek with his entire family; this was a real joy to him. James would also go up to the U.P. in Michigan to smelt fish. James had a special little friend who was always by his side whose name was Eddie, a little Jack Russell terrier. He was also an avid NHRA drag racing fan. James married the love of his life, Jerry Lee (Alford) and they would raise two children. James is survived by son, Raymond (Laura) Batten and daughter, Sherri Batten and her soul mate, Kent Nusbaum, and two grandchildren, Michelle (Brian) Hartz and Elizabeth Batten; he also has two brothers, Robert (Sharon) Batten and David Batten. Friends may gather at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, IN on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 4:00pm 8:00pm. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm with a one prior visitation with burial to immediately follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Bob Vale officiating. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook go to www.chapelhillmemorial.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 5, 2015
Beck, Irene C.  
Irene C. Beck June 27, 1940 - April 28, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Irene C. Beck, 74, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Valley View in Elkhart. Irene was born on June 27, 1940, in Mishawaka, to Kenneth and Catherine (Farrel) Douglas. She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, John Engstrom. On December 2, 1972, she married Donald M. Beck; he survives along with her daughters, Lauri (David) Floyd of Mishawaka, Sandra (John) Mumm of Bremen, IN; son, Donald Michael Beck of Mishawaka; stepson, Chris Beck of Granger; stepdaughter, Colette (Sam) Scott of Niles, MI; grandchildren, Nicole (Travis McCavett) Bonek, Ryan (Martina) Bonek, Kyle Bonek, Jake (Jennifer) Mumm, Katrina (Nate) Jackson, Erika (Lawrence) Balmer, Andrew Beck, Taylor Beck and David Scott; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Mageria of Mishawaka, Shirley (James) Wieczorek of Mishawaka and Carol Engstrom of Dunedin, FL; and nieces and nephews. Irene was a lifelong area resident and was a previous member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 7 in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Funeral services will be in the funeral home on Friday, May 1, at 11 a.m., with Chaplain John Schrock officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545; or Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
Bennett, Susan  
Susan M. Bennett June 1, 1966 - May 1, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Susan M. Bennett, 48, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, May 1, 2015. Susan was born on June 1, 1966, in Kokomo, IN. She brought love, joy and happiness to all involved in her life. Whether it was family, a lifelong friend or just a quick encounter, Susan was always there with a smile or a joke to make a person's day. She was known not only for her love but also her ability to respond with a "one liner" that could make everyone laugh no matter the situation. She learned her skills as a wonderful mother early on, being a large support for her little sisters as they grew up together. On February 21, 2010, she married Jeremy Bennett in Mishawaka, IN, who survives her along with what she considered her two greatest accomplishments, her son, Joshua (Heather) Stachowiak of Mishawaka, and her daughter, Erin Stachowiak of Mishawaka. "Grandma Bear," as she is known, also leaves behind her precious granddaughter, Adleigh Stachowiak, and a stepson, Jonathan Bennett. Susan is also survived by her parents, Thomas and Kathy Stachowiak-Sellers of Mishawaka, and Judy and Joseph Kelly of South Bend; sisters, Lynda (Daniel) Rojics of Osceola and Donna (Randy) Kaps of South Bend; and her brother, Tommy Stachowiak of Mishawaka; nephews, Justin (Erin) Donica, Mitchell Donica, Nathan Rojics, Tyler Kaps and Adam Kaps; niece, Ashley Rojics; and her best friend, Miriam (Carmello) Rosario; as well as her many aunts, uncles and cousins. A gathering will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from noon until 4 pm in Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN. A memorial service will begin at 4 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a college fund set up for her daughter, Erin Stachowiak. "We love you TuTu!"
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 4, 2015
Beres, Patsy M. "Pat"  
Patsy M. "Pat" Beres July 26, 1929 - April 27, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Patsy M. "Pat" Beres, 85, of South Bend, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, in her home surrounded by family. The South Bend native was born July 26, 1929, to Carl & Mae (Taylor) Wagner. Pat had retired from the office at Niles Chemical Paint; she loved reading and good times spent with family & friends, especially hosting cookouts by the pool for all to enjoy. Pat was kind, generous and selfless; she will surely be missed. In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1968. She is survived by her children & stepchildren, Michael Kamp of South Bend, Russell Kamp of Vancouver, WA, Mary Ann Kamp and Angela (Steve) Hartman, both of South Bend, Michael Beres and Carla Beres, both of South Bend; her grandchildren, Nathan Starzynski in Illinois, and Adam Starzyn-ski & Samantha Hartman in South Bend; and her great-grandchildren, Mason & Gavin Vance. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3:00 Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Memorial Chapel at Highland Cemetery, 2257 Portage Ave. in South Bend. Arrangements through Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy. To sign the online guestbook or to offer condolences to the family, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 30, 2015
Birchfield, Bruce  
Bruce Birchfield Oct. 22, 1952 - April 26, 2015 LA PORTE - Bruce H. Birchfield, 62, of La Porte, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at IU Health La Porte Hospital. Bruce was born in La Porte, IN, on October 22, 1952, to Harold and Frances (James) Birchfield. On October 2, 2010, in La Porte, he married Kimberly Tanner, who survives. Also surviving are his beloved children, Rachael Birchfield of Westville, Emily Birchfield of Westville, Katrina Owens of Mishawaka; mother, Frances Birchfield; brother, Jerry (Susan) Birchfield of La Porte; and sister, Tammy (Dale) Sass of La Porte. He was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Birchfield; father, Harold Birchfield; and mother-in-law, Susan Schultz. Bruce had been baptized as a child at Pinhook Baptist Church. He worked for Brentwood as the bus driver and formerly worked as a Field Superintendent with Ideal Interiors of South Bend. Bruce loved fishing, working outdoors and baseball. Bruce was a cherished husband, amazing father and had a deep love for his family and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7 PM (CST)Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, with Pastor Carl Galloway officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 4 PM (CST) until the time of the service on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the funeral home. A cremation committal will take place following the service with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family of Bruce Birchfield, c/o Kim Birchfield, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN 46350. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com .
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