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Kelley, Bonnie L.  
Bonnie L. Kelley Sept. 24, 1936 - Feb. 20, 2015 BURR OAK - Bonnie L. Kelley, 78, of Burr Oak, formerly of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away peacefully surrounded by her kids on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Sturgis Hospital. As per her wishes Bonnie will be cremated and a private family service is planned for May 30, 2015 at Dygert Cemetery in Fremont, Indiana. Bonnie was born September 24, 1936 in Clunette, Indiana to Ward and Isabelle (Sechrist) Corl. Bonnie spent most of her life working in the restaurant business and did a few other things along the way, raising her kids and her pets, milking cows and feeding the pigs. Later she became the owner of Junction Caf‚ in LaPorte, Indiana and then she became the owner of Sunset Inn in Hudson Lake , Indiana. She loved to keep busy and be around people so she continued to work after "retirement" for Jim and Vera Bippus at their Deli in Three Rivers where she met many friends. Bonnie loved to read as there are not too many books left at Burr Oak Library that do not have her initials in them. She also enjoyed puzzle books, watching the Wheel of Fortune, Walker Texas Ranger, the Young & the Restless and animals, especially her beloved pet "Baby Doggie" aka Jacob LeRoy, the biggest beagle in Burr Oak. Bonnie was known for helping anyone in need; at Christmastime she would provide Santa and Santa's gifts to anyone. Bonnie is survived by her kids, Robert Rice of Burr Oak, Clifford (Michelle) Rice of LaGrange, Indiana, Teresa (Eugene Ferrell) Rice of Zebulon, N. Carolina and Virginia (Scott Fritz) Rice of Fremont, Indiana; her grandchildren, Jesse Rice, Justin Rice, Laine Warnock and Billy (Jodi) Schnetzler Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Christian Schnetzler, Mackenzi Schnetzler, Hunter Schnetzler and Brady Schnetzler: and her sisters, Martha (Dick) Schlitz of Elkhart, Indiana, Patsy Corl of South Bend, Indiana and Vicki (Larry) Fruchey of Elkhart, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of SW Michigan or Burr Oak Public Library. The family is being served by Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson, Michigan.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 25, 2015
Kelnhofer, Robert  
Robert G. Kelnhofer Feb. 16, 1936 - Feb. 26, 2015 ELKHART - Robert G. Kelnhofer passed on Feb. 26, 2015, at Elkhart Hospice House after an illness. Services are Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Hope United Methodist Church, 69941 Elkhart Rd., Ed-wardsburg, MI. There will be one hour of visitation before the funeral. Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, MI.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 1, 2015
Kish, Margie  
Margie Kish Oct. 5, 1933 - Feb. 21, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Margie was born on October 5, 1933, to the late Peter and Ann Elizabeth LaCava. Margie had a beautiful voice and started singing at an early age in her family's band. As a young girl, she worked at her family's restaurant, the Casa Maria. Margie was a varsity cheerleader for four years at Mishawaka High School. She met the love of her life, Jim Kish, and married him on November 13, 1954, in St. Monica's Church. As a young wife and mother Margie sang in different bands and worked at Indiana Bell. As her family grew she decided to be a stay-at-home mom and loved that role. She doted on her family and loved volunteering at her children's schools which she was still doing at the age of 80! She received a Lifetime PTA Achievement Award in 1996 and is on the MHS Wall of Fame. She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, Jim, and even visited Ireland, Hawaii, England, Italy, Monte Carlo, Paris, Switzerland, Alaska and Hong Kong. She was a lifetime Notre Dame fan and was a season ticket holder for women's basketball games. Margie, affectionately known as "Nana" to her grandchildren, loved entertaining family and friends at her pool, cooking, making her famous caramels, attending her grandchildren's sporting events, riding her bike, playing solitaire, doing word search puzzles, shopping, gardening, watching old movies, attending MHS alumni luncheons, and talking on the phone to her sister Rosie. Her grandchildren were her pride & joy and she loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the following organizations: Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum, PTA, Tri Kappa, Mother-of-Twins Club, BK Ladies Auxiliary, D'Amici's Club, MHS Alumni Association and St. Bavo Church. Margie is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jim; children: Mike Kish, Kim Kish, Jamie (Mark) Ryan, Pete (Kris) Kish, Paula (Tod) Meersman, Roxy (Brian) Artusi; grandchildren: Lindsey (Rich) Hanback, Lisa (John) Saylor, Mike (Crystal) Gordon, Jeremy, Matt and Keegan Ryan; Alex (Caitie) and Drew Kish, Mitchell and Dani Meersman, Grayden and Grace Artusi; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Rosie Marie Robinson; brother, Peter LaCava Jr.; and brother-in-law, Ernie (Yvonne) Kish. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Roxy Werbrouck and Betty Karnes; brothers-in-law: Julius Webrouck, Joe Robinson and Bob Karnes; sister-in-law, Doris LaCava; in-laws, Ernie and Mary Kish; and nephew, Bobby Karnes. Margie will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Friends and family may call from 4:00 8:00 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday at 10:00 am in St. Bavo Catholic Church, Mishawaka; entombment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. Donations may be made in Margie's name to the Mishawaka Education Foundation. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com . Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2015
Kolski, Jean A.  
Jean A. Kolski Sept. 23, 1927 - Feb. 26, 2015 NILES - Jean Ann Kolski, age 87 years of Niles, Michigan died on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Buchanan Meadows Living Center in Buchanan, Michigan. She was born on September 23, 1927 in South Bend, Indiana to Zygmunt and Hattie (Hosinski) Kolski, who preceded her in death. Jean retired as Assistant Director of Investor Services from the former Associates Corporation Of North America after 37 years of service. She was with the initial group that relocated the corporate headquarters to Las Colinas, Texas in the early '70s. Surviving family includes her sister, Elaine Delinski of Niles, niece Janet (Don) Miller of Niles, nephew David (Sonya) Delinski of Niles, and grand-nephew Brock (Kathleen) Delinski of Sedona, Arizona. Jean enjoyed spending time with her family, tending her flowers, and sewing. Jean's strong devotion to the Catholic faith was a constant source of comfort for her. The Mass of Christian Burial for Jean Kolski will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles by the Rev. Thomas King, C.S.C. of Saint Mark Catholic Church in Niles. Committal Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Niles. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday at the church, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. www.halbritterfunerals.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 28, 2015
Kovatch, Mary Lou  
Mary Lou Kovatch Feb. 1, 1927 - Feb. 22, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Mary Lou Kovatch, 88, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family. Mary Lou was born February 1, 1927 in South Bend, IN to the late Leroy and Treca (Stoner) Pepple. On August 5, 1950, Mary Lou married her loving husband, Ernest Kovatch; he preceded her in death on December 8, 2008. Mary Lou is also preceded in death by a sister, Judy Ketcham. Survivors of Mary Lou include her 6 children, Debra (Jim) Fraser of South Bend, Lisa (Ed) Szarkowicz of Lake Zurich, IL, Mike (Janie) Kovatch of Fishers, IN, Brad Kovatch of South Bend, Rev. Tom Kovatch of Bloomington, IN and Scott (Jill) Kovatch of Granger; 14 grandchildren, Jenna, Evan, Allison, Michele, Teresa, James, Sean, Jessica, Adam, Stephen, Eddie, Matthew, Katherine and Thomas; 4 great-grandchildren, Tori, Keaton, Cole, and Noah; sister, Dixie Brown of Bloomington, IN, and a brother, Craig Pepple of Ann Arbor, MI. Mary Lou enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends. She loved her Golden Retrievers, Lillie and Annie. Mary Lou retired in 1989 from the South Bend Community School Corporation where she was a kindergarten and 6th grade teacher at Tarkington and Greene Elementary Schools. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Sigma Kappa Sorority. Mary Lou volunteered at the Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, the South Bend Soup Kitchen, and at St. Matthews School. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in the Cathedral of St. Matthew with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to COVE Alliance or the Hospice Foundation. COVE Alliance is a missionary venture affiliated with Fr. Tom for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda. www.covealliance.org Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544. Condolences for the family may be made at www.sjfh.net .
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2015
Landman, William "Bill"  
William "Bill" Landman, Jr. Mar. 9, 1916 - Feb. 25, 2015 SOUTH BEND - William "Bill" Landman, Jr., 98, of South Bend passed away at 10:10 PM Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. He was born on March 9, 1916 in Chicago, IL to the late William Landman, Sr. and Grace (Breham) Landman. On January 14, 1940 in South Bend, IN he was united in marriage to Lucille (Gargso) Landman who preceded him in death on February 28, 1990. Bill is survived by two daughters, Susan Grenert of South Bend, IN and Linda Ellett of Omaha, NE and a son, William "Tom" (Diane) Landman of South Bend, IN. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Beth Grenert, Bill Grenert, Stephanie Murphy and Jason Ellett, 7 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Bill was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, George Grenert and Bill Ellett and a grandchild, Tommy Landman; three sisters, Sadie Spelde, Grace Landman, and Henrietta Crum; and five brothers, Tako, Joe, Henry, Steve, and George Landman. Bill served honorably in the United States Army in World War II. He retired after 20 years of service as a truck driver for Inland Distributing Corporation. He was also a member of the Teamsters Local 364. Services will take place on Monday, March 2 at 1:00 PM at Palmer Funeral Homes - Guisinger Chapel, 3718 South Michigan Street, South Bend, IN. Friends may call on Monday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Military services and entombment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in South Bend, IN. Expressions of sympathy made be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Landman family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 1, 2015
Larson, Ray  
Ray B. Larson Nov. 7, 1923 - Feb. 26, 2015 NILES - I left this life on February 26, 2015, and embarked on my final great adventure. I've had my share of adventuresliving with the head hunters, walking with grizzlies, and visiting the mountain gorillas, not to mention 94 combat missions as a fighter pilot in WW II. Along with my wife, Margaret ("Peg") Larson, I leave one sister, Elizabeth (Tom) Walters of Newport News, VA; five children: Roger Larson of Vero Beach, FL, Steve (Sharon) Larson of Westcliffe, CO, Carol Bell of Morgantown, IN, Katherine Larson of Dexter, MI, and Linda (Ron) Witchie of Granger, IN; eight grandchildren: Nikki Larson of Sturgis, KY, Julie (Kevin) Stewart of Fishers, IN, Sarah (Derek) Clifford of Nashville, IN, Emily (Matthew) Thompson of Juneau, AK, David Bell of Vestaburg, MI, Elizabeth (Tyler) Cragg of Marquette, MI, Austin & Blake Witchie of Granger, IN; and 7 great-grand-children to carry on my name and hope for the future. My extended family includes four daughters and their husbands: Jenny (Al), Meg (Tim), Becky (Dave), Amy (Mike); and eight grandchildren: John (Ali), Mariah, Sarah, Charlotte, Kevin, Alison, Leah and Clarke, who have been a wonderful addition to my family and a great source of enjoyment for me. I was born in Chicago on November 7, 1923, and moved with my parents to Elkhart in 1926. I graduated from Elkhart High School in 1941, entered Purdue as an engineering student and enlisted in the Army Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor. I served in the Pacific Theater and took part in 5 major landings. At the end of the war I went back to finish Purdue and married Ruth Anne ("Fran") Sears in 1947. In 1948 I became a management trainee with RR Donnelley in Chicago. I joined Lamport Fox Ad Agency in South Bend in 1952. In 3 years I became VP of Business Development. Then Dr. Scholl asked me to introduce duct tape to the world. In 1957, 3 investors asked me to start Wells Electronics. Over the next 10 years we started 4 more successful companies: Syscon International, Dynablast, Weltek International and Wells Plastics of California. I hold two U.S. patents. In 1974 I co-chaired the fund drive to raise $14,000,000 for the construction of the Century Center. I have also served on the boards of: South Bend Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Junior Achievement, United Way, Michiana Regional Museum of Art, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, IUSB Foundation, Friends of Snite Museum of Art, Project Future, Crime Stoppers, Fern-wood Endowment Committee, Logan Industries, and The Business Development Corporation. As Chairman of Wells Electronics, in 1983 I retired to spend time with Fran who was dying of cancer. After her death I became a management consultant serving more than 100 start-up companies in the following 29 years. I enjoyed mentoring local companies and small business startups. In 1987 I was lucky enough to find Peg Clarke and married her in 1988. In our 27 years together, we have traveled the world and sailed on many seas. My "bucket list" is empty. It's been a great ride with lots of unbelievable experiences. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 7th, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 on Friday, March 6th, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to The South Bend Symphony, 127 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601; The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, P.O. Box 837, South Bend, IN 46624; or Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Rd., Niles, MI 49120. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 1, 2015
Lawson, Priscilla  
Priscilla Lawson Apr. 26, 1924 - Feb. 22, 2015 CASSOPOLIS - Priscilla Jean Lawson, age 90, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Sunday evening, February 22, 2015 in Cass County Medical Care Facility. She was born April 26, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Emery and Edna May (Mitchell) Hill. Priscilla married Leo Lawson December 4, 1943 in Calvin Township, Michigan. Her husband survives. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Linda Vaughn; one grandson, Emerson Haines, III; and three sisters, Elizabeth Holmes, Barbara Copley and Edith Charlene Matthews. Priscilla's passion was to live her life as a Christian and spread her faith to others, even during her days in the nursing home. She and her husband lived for each other and looked forward to spending eternity together. Priscilla will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of over seventy-one years, Leo Lawson of Cassopolis; one daughter, Lois (Emerson) Haines of Niles; one son, Gordon (Sharon) Lawson of Goshen; three grandchildren, Brenda (John) King of Elkhart, Lisa (Michael) Simpson of Niles and Megan Lawson of Elkhart; four great- grandchildren, Montana (Kyle) Wojtys of Mishawaka, Dakota (Tyler) Haines of South Bend, Michael Simpson, Jr. of Niles and Breanna Haines of Niles; two great-great-grandsons, Avery Wojtys and Bentley Wojtys; one brother, James (Sue) Hill of Hemmit, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Family and friends will gather Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until time of service of 6:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis, with the Reverends Russell Haines and Michael Fisher officiating. Mrs. Lawson will be laid to rest in Calvin Community Cemetery, Calvin Township. Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 24, 2015
Lengerich, Vincent L.  
Monsignor Vincent L. Lengerich Oct. 29, 1918 - Feb. 27, 2015 DECATUR, IN - The Very Reverend Monsignor Vincent L. Lengerich, 96, of Carthagena, OH, passed away on the 2nd Friday of Lent, February 27, 2015 in the St. Charles Center. He was born on October 29, 1918 to the late Clement and Catherine (Gase) Lengerich. He was ordained as a Catholic priest on May 22, 1948 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ft. Wayne by His Excellency, Bishop John F. Noll. For his dedication to the Church, Father Lengerich was invested as Papal Chamberlain. Monsignor gave himself in loving priestly ministry as associate pastor of St. Patrick's in Ft. Wayne, St. Vincent de Paul in Elkhart, and Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, where he served as its administrator. He was also chaplain at the Carmelite Home for Girls in East Chicago, administrator of St. Patrick's in East Chicago, and also an instructor at St. Joseph's College. He served as pastor of Sacred Heart in Michigan City, St. Joseph's in Hammond, St. Mary's in Crown Point, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Knox. He had given himself generously in diocesan assignments, particularly in the area of Liturgy as Episcopal Vicar, Diocesan Consultor, and Pre-Synodal Judge. He is survived by a sister, Rita (James) Weber of Ft. Wayne; 21 nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great- grand-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Sr. Mary Rosella, O.L.V.M., Sr. Dorothy Ann, O.L.V.M., and Sr. Ancilla Teresa, C.S.A. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with His Excellency, Bishop Dale J. Melczek presiding. Prior to that an Entrance Rite will take place at 9:30 a.m. and visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the church. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus Seminarian Education Fund. Arrangements by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur, IN. To sign our guest book, click on www.hshfuneralhome.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 3, 2015
Lewis, Joseph  
Joseph Warren Lewis March 25, 1928 - Feb. 26, 2015 VANDALIA - Joseph W. Lewis, 86, of Vandalia, died Thursday, February 26, 2015. Family and friends will gather Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 10:00 until time of service at 11:00 a.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. There will be a Wake Service Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Lewis will be laid to rest at Calvin Township Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Con-nelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Casso-polis. Please visit our website for full obituary and to share an online memory or a message: wagnercares.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 1, 2015
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