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Bates, Jay  
Jay Bates April 27, 1933 - Sept. 27, 2016 BOURBON - Jay F. Bates, 83, of Bourbon, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at home with his family by his side. Jay was born April 27, 1933, in Plymouth, Indiana, the son of Harry W. and Olive H. (Ecker) Bates.  He was a lifelong resident of Bourbon, graduating from Bourbon High School in 1951. He continued his education at Purdue University, studying agriculture from 1951-1952. Jay was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1953-1955 as a shovel crane operator. He received his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, before transferring to Fountainbleu, France, just outside Paris, where he remained until his honorable discharge. After returning home in 1955, he started a livestock hauling business that he operated until the mid 1970's hauling livestock out of the Chicago Union Stockyards. Since 1960, he was an active farmer in the community raising grain crops and, for a time, Holstein replacement heifers. In 1980, he turned the feed lot into a tractor salvage business known world-wide and specializing in new, used, and rebuilt IH tractor parts. His daughters along with their spouses continue to own and operate Bates Corporation today as a third generation business. Jay married Sue Ann Haenes of Bremen, eloping on Valentine's Day 1969 to Watseka, IL. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann, identical twin daughters, Patricia Ann (Brian) Kitch and Teresa Lynn (Kenneth) Barnhart, and grandchildren, Trenton Samuel Barnhart, Brandon Jay Kitch, Travis Charles Barnhart, and Brooke Ann Kitch. Sister Barbara Ann (Donald) Faulkner and brother James Allen Bates, all of Bourbon, along with several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jay was a member of the Bourbon First United Methodist Church, Bourbon American Legion Post #424, Plymouth Masonic Kilwinning Lodge #149, Fort Wayne Scottish Rites, and Fort Wayne Mizpah Shriners. He was a charter member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) and Northern Indiana International Harvester Collector's Club Chapter #33. He was a 10 year Marshall County 4-H member. He enjoyed traveling extensively with his family and noted that one of his greatest joys was exploring 48 of the 50 states all by car during summer vacations before his girls turned eighteen. He also enjoyed telling the story of driving his shovel crane while in the Army around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, twice, just because he could. Jay and Sue wintered in Haines City, FL, for 28 years. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 2:30 - 7 P.M. at the Bourbon First United Methodist Church, 204 N. Washington Street, Bourbon, Indiana 46504. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:00 PM in the church. Funeral services will be Monday, October 3, 2016, at 10:30 A.M. in the Church with Pastor Rob Seewald officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bourbon, Indiana, with graveside military services by the Bourbon American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Marshall County Community Foundation ( marshallcountycf.org ) to support the family's charity of choice. Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted in arranging the services of Jay F. Bates. Condolences may be left at deatonclemensfh.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 29, 2016
Baumbaugh, Barry William  
Barry William Baumbaugh Oct. 31, 1953 - Sept. 21, 2016 GRANGER - Barry Baumbaugh, 62, passed away unexpectedly September 21, 2016, after suffering a massive heart attack. Barry was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on October 31, 1953, to the late William Edward and Vella Mae (Smith) Baumbaugh. On May 30, 1987, Barry married the love of his life and his best friend, Carole “Kelly” Havens. He was blessed with four sons: Tad, Brandyn, Travis and Randy, and is also survived by his brother, Alan Baumbaugh of Syracuse, with whom he was very close. Barry was a man of many talents. A devoted father and husband, he enjoyed cooking, canning, wine making, rebuilding his Triumph motorcycle, and tinkering. Intelligent and well-read, he was politically active, serving as president of Citizens for Common Sense. Barry was also an instructor for the Civil Air Patrol, a retired Harris Township (now Clay Fire) Firefighter, and an EMT. He worked as a research engineer for high energy physics at the University of Notre Dame for nearly 40 years. An outdoorsman, Barry loved hunting and fishing, and recently took up bee-keeping. Church and community were very important; he was an active member and worship leader at New Salem United Methodist Church. He held to strong values of personal responsibility, respect for others, preservation of our constitutional rights, and always extending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. His unexpected loss leaves a great void in the hearts of many. He will be dearly missed, but his family knows that he is in heaven with his two dogs, Trapper and Trace, hunting ducks - and actually seeing some. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at New Salem United Methodist Church, 52173 Ash Rd., Granger, IN 46530. Funeral services, with a brief bell service being conducted by the Fire Department Honor Guard, will be Tuesday at the church at 10:30 AM. Pastor Michael Jenkins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Salem United Methodist Church. To send condolences to the family, please visit BarryBaumbaugh.com . McGann Hay Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 25, 2016
Bedford, Alan  
Alan Bedford Aug. 19, 1926 - Sept. 25, 2016 MISHAWAKA - Alan Bedford, 90, of Mishawaka, IN passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Tanglewood Trace, Mishawaka, IN. He was born on August 19, 1926 in Nelson, Lancashire, England to the late Percival and Margaret (Bailey) Bedford. On September 16, 1978, in South Bend, he married Anita (Nyikos) Donoho. Alan is survived by his daughter, Rosalind Ann (John) Churn of London, England; his son, Philip Bedford of Belfast, Northern Ireland; three stepchildren, Mark (Peggy) Donoho of North Liberty, Michael (Lynne) Donoho of South Bend and Becky Starzynski of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Mark Wayne Donoho of Mishawaka, IN, Tracy Sopher (Dave) Gee of Plymouth, Scott (Lisa) Donoho of Simi Valley, CA, Kerry (John) Leader of Mishawaka, Eric (Jennifer) Donoho of Carmel, IN, Amy Starzynski (Zachary) Coddens of Bloomington, IN and Anthony (AJ) Starzynski of South Bend; nine great-grandchildren, Britney Sopher, Kennedy Sopher, Lexi Leader, Jake Leader, Benjamin Leader, Eleanor Coddens, Emma Coddens, Kayleigh Donoho, Byron Donoho; two step-grandchildren, Cara Gee & Caylee Gee and one step-great-great-grandchild, Emma Thompson. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Rose (Gauden) Bedford in 1977, his second wife, Anita (Donoho) Bedford on April 13, 2016 and his parents, Percival and Margaret Bedford. Alan served in the British Army during WWII as a Private. He graduated from Queen Mary College, London, England in 1947. Alan came to the United States in 1966 to work for Bendix Aerospace Systems Division in Ann Arbor, MI. He later transferred to Bendix in Mishawaka, IN as an Aerospace Engineer testing brakes for 707 jets and designing missiles for NASA. He was part of the team on the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP). Alan became a Citizen of the United States in 1982. He liked running in the Sunburst 5K Run and the Princess City 5K Run, his latest run being at the age of 70, running with his granddaughter, Kerry Leader. The family would like to thank the staff at the Center for Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Alan and for the outreach and support they gave his family. And a special thank you to Tanglewood Trace Assisted Living Center, Mishawaka, IN for their daily love and care for Alan and the generous hospitality extended to his family. There will be no visitation or funeral service as requested by Alan. There will be a private burial at Riverview Cemetery, South Bend. Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 27, 2016
Behling, Leona D.  
Leona D. Behling Jul. 19, 1920 - Sep. 26, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Leona D. “Teek” Beehling, 96, passed away peacefully, at 9:15 a.m., Monday, September 26th in her residence at the Hearth at Juday Creek, Granger. Mrs. Behling was born July 19, 1920 in LaPorte, IN to the late Irene (Stahner) and Walter Giese but lived most of her life in South Bend. On May 24, 1941 in South Bend as Leona Giese she married Harold Behling who preceded her in death April 23, 1995. Also preceding her in death was a son, Bruce Behling on June 10, 2011. She is survived by a son, Steven Behling (Audrey) of South Bend; and several nieces and nephews. Leona was a graduate of Central High School. She was a church secretary for many years at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Through her years, many of her interests were bowling, golf, knitting, and watching the Cubs. Her two cats, Willie I and Willie II preceded her in death. The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone at the Hearth at Juday Creek and Harbor Light Hospice for all their care. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Rev. Gregory Fiechtner of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Committal services and burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Thursday one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers Leona asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Rd., South Bend, IN, 46637 or Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Rd., Mishawaka, IN, 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 28, 2016
Belford, Margaret  
Margaret Belford July 25, 1916 - Sept. 24, 2016 ELKHART - Margaret Belford, 100, was quietly and peacefully called home September 24, 2016 surrounded by her family that she loved so deeply. Margaret Quintina was born July 25, 1916 in Ontario, Canada to Lucy (Cerutti) and Peter Galinet. She is survived by her only son, Larry (Pat) Yeater; her granddaughters, Stormi McDonald, Stacey Dale, and Brandy (Christian) Rowe; along with 8 great -grandchildren that she prayed for daily. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Cecil Yeater and Ken Belford as well as her sister, Nina Theresa and her brothers, Peter Costanso “Pete/Stosh”, David Peter “Pee Wee” and John Anthony “Johnnie/Tony”. In keeping with her strong Italian heritage, Margaret lived her life with three basic principles: Eat, Pray, Love. Eat: One of her greatest joys in this world was food, either making it or serving it. She received the most joy from baking cookies, cooking a meal for family, and being a waitress so many years at the Fisherman's Wharf in Edwardsburg, where if you were a regular, she might have surprised you on more than one occasion with a plate of her homemade cookies to enjoy on the ride home. Pray: Margaret's religion was prayer. She said her secret to her long life was simple: “I pray every day”. Whether you knew her or simply passed by her sitting on the front porch, one thing is for certain, she said a prayer for you. If you are reading this now, she is undoubtedly praying for you right now. Love: She always said “I never knew a stranger, and if I did, it wasn't for long”. To know Margaret was to love her, and to her, LOVE WAS EVERYTHING! “It always protects, always trusts, always preserves. Love never fails” Corinthians 13:7-8. Our family couldn't have loved her more, so we ask you to support us today by doing the following: Love yourself, your family, and your neighbor without fail, pray for everyone you meet, and finally gather your family, give thanks and share a meal. “Mangia!”: Now Eat! Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 12-1:00 at the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Services to be held immediately following led by Rev. Ted Stanley of Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery in Elkhart. In lieu of flowers, Margaret asked that memorial contributions be made to “The Parish Nurse Ministry” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 30888 C.R. 6, Elkhart, IN 46514. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 26, 2016
Benson, Duane  
Duane Benson Aug. 6, 1945 - Sept. 24, 2016 NILES - Duane E. Benson, a faithful servant of God, died peacefully at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 with family gathered at Hanson Hospice Center following an extended illness. He was born on August 6, 1945 in Charlotte, Michigan to Clynis Albin and Edythe Esma (Ballard) Benson. He was graduated from Charlotte High School, earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry from Spring Arbor (Michigan) College (now University), and continued his education at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo). He began his teaching career at Concord Michigan Community Schools before coming to Niles Community Schools where he taught - mostly in the science classrooms at Ballard and Ring Lardner Junior High Schools - for thirty-two years. Duane was a member of the Mapleview Free Methodist Church in Niles for forty-seven years. At Mapleview he taught Sunday School, was an adult leader for the teen program, sang in the praise team, and was a member of the Board of Trustees. He also served on the boards of Somerset (Michigan) Beach Campground of the Free Methodist Church, and the Michigan Science Olympiad. At Ring Lardner he sponsored the Science Olympiad Club, coached the football and volleyball teams, and advised the model building club and the rocketry club. He could also be found in his home shop building models, and woodworking. His life was focused on serving God by caring for everyone in his life. Family members, friends, students and many others benefited from a variety of caring gifts that Duane offered. He also participated in mission trips in Michigan, Kentucky, Brazil, and Nigeria. In every endeavor - teaching, cabinetmaking, or studying God's Creation - Duane strove for the greatest level of excellence, to give glory to God. On September 9, 1967 in Pontiac, Michigan he married the former Elizabeth L. Morris with whom he celebrated two weeks ago the forty-ninth anniversary of their wedding. Surviving family includes his wife, Liz Benson and their children, Curtis (& Gwen) Kenney-Benson of Lockport, Illinois, Michael Benson of Lakeview, Oregon, and Jean Ziesmer of Largo, Florida; grandchildren, Spencer Kenney-Benson, Duncan Kenney-Benson, and Jillian Ziesmer; Duane's siblings, Karl Benson of Danville, Kentucky, Neil Benson of Red Wing, Minnesota, Cheri (& Milton) Green of Burgaw, North Carolina, Lora (& Steve) Dunham of Lone Tree, Iowa, and Tina Benson of Lexington, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Duane Benson will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Mapleview Free Methodist Church, 1837 Niles-Buchanan Road, Niles with the Rev. Greg Rensberry of the church officiating. Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions in memory of Duane may be made to the Mapleview Free Methodist Church for youth camp scholarships. www.halbritterfunerals.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 27, 2016
Beres, Carla L.  
Carla L. Beres June 28, 1943 - Sept. 22, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Carla L. Beres passed away on September 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. She was born to George and Helen Beres in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Carla is survived by her brother, Michael Beres; sister, Angeline Hartman; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She had a special place in her heart for her great-nephew, Logan. Carla graduated from St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Wayne and Indiana University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Carla dedicated her career to caring for infants and children as a public health nurse and consultant. She was a public health nurse for Hennepin County Health Department in Minneapolis as well as the St. Joseph County Health Department in South Bend. She worked for 40 years at the Children With Special Health Care Needs Program as the regional nursing consultant in northern Indiana. After retirement, she worked for the WIC program and gave countless hours of her time as a volunteer for Christ Child, the Children's Immunization Program, Coordinator for SuperShots, advisor and board member of the Spina Bifida Association, March of Dimes and the Memorial Hospital Community Enhancement Program. She taught sewing classes at the Sew Loved Program and BABE store, where she donated dozens of her handmade boppy pillows. Carla belonged to the Indiana State Nurses Association, Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana Immunization Coalition and Quilters Club of America. She was a master at creative sewing, quilting, cooking, gardening and baking (she was renowned for her famous kieflies and kolach at Christmas time). She traveled the world and enjoyed visits to her relatives in Canada and in the states. Carla was a true guardian angel, who had a deep faith and selflessly shared her gifts for life and love with anyone who crossed her path. Carla was a blessing to us all, and she will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial for Carla will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Friday, September 30, 2016, in Sacred Heart Parish Crypt on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, and Southlawn Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Carla may be donated to the Christ Child Society, 308 S. Scott Street, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624. Online condolences may be left for Carla's family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 25, 2016
Berkey, Harold L.  
Harold L. Berkey Dec. 25, 1926 - Sept. 21, 2016 GOSHEN - Harold Leroy Berkey, age 89, of Goshen, went home to be with his Lord, at 9:10 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at his residence. Family and friends may call from 2-8 Friday, September 30, 2016 at Nappanee Missionary Church and for 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service which will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 1st also at the Church. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 23, 2016
Berlakovich, George John  
George John Berlakovich Nov. 26, 1959 - Sept. 24, 2016 SOUTH BEND - George J. Berlakovich, 56, passed away unexpectedly into the arms of the Lord September 24, 2016. He was born November 26, 1959 to Frank John and Agnes Marie (Horworth) Berlakovich. He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Berlakovich. On August 6, 1983, George married his high school sweetheart, Yvonne Carlson. She survives. Also left to cherish his memory are his father, Frank Berlakovich of Carmel, IN; two siblings, Frank (Carol) Berlakovich of Argyle, TX and Mary Kay (Roger) Banner of Westfield, IN; three children, Jessica (Anthony Havens) Platz of South Bend, IN, John Berlakovich of Austin, TX and Joel Berlakovich of South Bend, IN and granddaughter, Josephine Havens of South Bend, IN. George was devoted to his family, and his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, where he was a moderator and was a student at Bethel College. Visitation will be held Wednesday, 4-7 PM at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR23, enter off Cherry Rd. The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at First Baptist Church, 3010 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN 46614, with Reverend Diana Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 27, 2016
Best, Rex Lee  
Rex Lee Best Apr. 09, 1944 - Sept. 22, 2016 NILES - Rex Lee Best, age 72, of Niles died Thursday September 22, at St Joseph Regional Medical Center Mishawaka. He was born April 9, 1944 in Buchanan to the late Robert Lee and Barbara Jean Houston who preceded him in death. On May 19, 1962 in Buchanan he married Mary Ellen Coffinger who survives along with a daughter Donna (William) Gallippo of South Bend, a son Scott (Patricia) Best of Elkhart, Indiana. He is also survived by a brother Tim Best of Niles. Six Grandchildren: Adam, Bryan, Josh, Eric, Jordan, Rob and three great grandchildren Sawyer, Brantley, Kal'El. A brother Tom preceded him in death.. Rex farmed in Bertrand Twp. and was active in 4-H in both Berrien & Cass County. He and his wife Mary Ellen wintered in Fla. and together they made many friends who were also involved in the operating and setting up concession stands. A service to celebrate his life will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday September 26th at Faith United Methodist Church where friends may begin calling two hour's prior to the service. Pastor Edward Slate officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made Faith United Methodist Church or Berrien County Youth Fair. The family is being served by Swem Chapel in Buchanan, to leave a condolence message please visit our web site www.swemchapel.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 24, 2016
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