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Lang, Richard C.  
Richard C. Lang May 20, 1939 - July 21, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Richard Charles Lang, 76, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Signature Health Care in South Bend. Richard was born on May 20, 1939, in Mishawaka, to Raymond J. and Irene (Swartz) Lang. he was preceded in death by his parents. On April 27, 1974, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, he married the former Sharon Lee Coe. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2015. Surviving are his brother, William D. Lang of Mishawaka; nephew, Terry (Mary) Lang; great-nieces, Zoe Lang, Julie (Ray) Essig, Jennifer (Dwayne) Cossey; and great-great-niece and nephew, Kayla and Grace Cossey, and Bentley Essig. Richard was a 1961 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of South Bend Elks Club #235, and loved animals. He was a Financial Manager for Clark Equipment in Buchannan, MI. As per Richard's wishes, there will be no visitation. Private family services will take place. Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka, has been entrusted with handling the final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pet Refuge, Inc., 4626 Burnett Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46614; or St. Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Rd., 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 July 26 to July 27, 2015
Leaver, Chester W. "Chet"  
Chester W. "Chet" Leaver July 21, 1929 - July 24, 2015 MISHAWAKA - Chester W. "Chet" Leaver, age 86, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 11:45 pm on July 24, 2015, at Golden Living Center in Mishawaka, IN. Mr. Leaver was part of the U.S. Army where he served his country in Post WW II. While in the Army he earned the title of Golden Gloves Heavy Weight Champion. He worked in the construction business as a Superintendent. During his time in the construction business he traveled all over the country supervising many industrial sites including the Chrysler Plant, hospitals, breweries, and many more. Mr. Leaver is survived by two sons, Jeffrey C. Leaver and wife, Martha of Mishawaka, IN, Stephen Ross Leaver of Russellville, AK; two daughters, Pamela Megyeri of Mishawaka, IN, Rebecca Leaver Bobo and husband, Danny L. of Sharp, KY; one brother, Huel Leaver of Paducah, KY; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Snodgrass and husband Tim of Paducah, KY, Jason Schaffer of Paducah, KY, Lindsey Sigmin and husband, Justin of Paducah, KY, Alex Leaver of Paducah, KY, George Leaver and wife, Carrey of MI, Dan Leaver of Mishawaka, IN, Tabitha Leaver of South Bend, IN, Dana Dinger and husband, Eric of Mishawaka, IN, Silas Leaver of Russellville, AK, Mitchell Megyeri of Niles, MI; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grand-children; and the mother of his four children, Imogene Ramey. Mr. Leaver was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Leaver and Elsie Clark; stepmother, Mattie York; one sister, Lillian Leaver. A funeral service for Mr. Leaver will be held at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Mike Monahan officiating. Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery. A visitation for Mr. Leaver was held at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Also on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association. 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222.You may leave a message, light a candle of remembrance or share a song tribute with the family at www.milnerandorr.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 29, 2015
Lees, Loretta Judith Widup  
Loretta Judith Widup Lees Nov. 12, 1939 - July 21, 2015 ROUNDUP, MT - Loretta Judith Lees, 75, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Roundup, MT. Judith was born November 12, 1939 to Cyril and Mildred (Costello) Widup in Winamac, IN. She attended school in Walkerton and Star City, IN. Judith married Fred Crist and with this union they had three children. Judith later married Richard Dellos and they had one son. Judith was preceded in death by her parents, her son Eric Crist, brother Paul Widup, and husband David Lees. She was also preceded in death by her special companion, Vern Moore. Judith is survived by her children Rhonda (Phil) Schmeltzer of Worland, WY, Valerie Crist of Boulder, CO, and Kurt (Diane) Dellos of Ft. Collins, CO. Judith is survived by siblings Mary Lou (Branson) Hiatt of Walkerton, IN, Betty (Kermit) Parcel of Winamac, IN, Jim (Eunice) Widup of Billings, MT, Terri (Glenn) Pipes of Midland, TX, Ruby (Ted) Ondo of Worland, WY, Merlin (Val) Widup of Waukesha, WI, and Cyrlin Green of Tuscon, AZ. She is also survived by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and the daughter of her special companion, Juleen Moore. Cremation has taken place and services will be held at 10:30 a.m. August 1, 2015, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Worland, WY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held August 29, 2015, in Roundup, MT. Contributions in Judith's memory may be made to ASPCA.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
Lemert, Joyce  
Joyce D. Lemert Sept. 24, 1934 - July 20, 2015 NORTH LIBERTY - Joyce D. Lemert, 80, of North Liberty, IN passed away at 12:15 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth, IN. She was born on September 24, 1934 in South Bend, IN to Stokes and Maude (Williams) Toone. She married Larry G. Lemert at Sumption Prairie Church in South Bend on August 10, 1985. Mrs. Lemert is survived by her husband, Larry G. Lemert; five daughters, Brenda (David) Shaffer of Elkhart, IN, Kay (Paul) Bergland of North Liberty, IN, Karen (Dick) Bogard of South Bend, IN, Roxane (Jesse) Minix of Winamac, IN and Lori (Vernon) Sauer of Lakeville, IN; four sons, Larry (Donna) Lemert Jr. of Plymouth, IN, Mike (Gail) Lemert of New Paris, IN, Mark (Maria) Lemert of Plymouth, IN and Mark Blosser of South Bend, IN; sixteen grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren and brother, Roy (Carolyn) Toone of Salt Lake City, UT. She was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, Paige Minix, Tyler Bergland, and Zachary Shaffer and sister, Margaret Rotruck. Mrs. Lemert was a lifelong area resident. She retired from International Wire (formerly Wirekraft) after thirty-five years of service. She loved painting, calligraphy and college basketball, especially Notre Dame Women's basketball. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 at Palmer Funeral Home, 202 N. Main St., North Liberty, IN. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will take place at Westlawn Cemetery at a later date. Contributions in memory of Joyce D. Lemert may be offered to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 22, 2015
Lestinsky, Albert  
Albert Lestinsky March 17, 1928 - July 21, 2015 LAPORTE - Albert J. Lestinsky, 87, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at his home. Albert was born March 17, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Albert &Karoline (Plany) Lestinsky. On September 19, 1953, he married Audrey June Zook, who survives. He was a veteran serving in the Korean War. Albert is survived by his four sons, Pete (Deborah) Lestinsky, John (Lucy) Lestinsky, Tom Lestinsky and Carl (Sue) Lestinsky; one daughterv Mary (Dick) Shepperd; ten grandchildren, Leslie, Dan, Jenna, Nicole, Nanette, Caroline, Emily, Katie, Samantha and Paige; eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Luke, Evanna, Sarina, Olivia, Wyatt, Brooklyn, and Willow; three sisters, Mildred (Jim) Soda, Ann Reed and Rose Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Caroline; one brother, Steve Lestinsky; and his three sisters, Margaret Ward, Annette Paprocki and Caroline Mrozinske. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, Essling Funeral Home-Frank L. Keszei Funeral Director, 1117 Indiana Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2015, Essling Funeral Home, where family and friends may visit one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Patton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or contributions, Albert requested you do a random act of kindness for a stranger. To send condolences online, please visit Essling Funeral Home.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 23, 2015
Lis, Stefan S. (In Memoriam)  
IN MEMORIAM Stefan S. Lis Mar. 27, 1935 - July 25, 2010 Five years have passed since we lost you. Not a day passes without thinking of you. You will never be forgotten. For though we are apart you are always within our hearts. Ja Cie Kocham, Jozia Love, Yola, Rich, Jerry, Kim, Mary Ann, Tony Matt, Torie, Ava, Eric, Jessica, Brandon, Nathan
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 25, 2015
Mackin, Marian Katherine  
Marian Katherine Mackin Sept. 1, 1925 - July 28, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Marian Katherine Mackin, 89, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in her home. Marian was born on September 1, 1925, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Perry L. and Blandina (Schulte) McCrea. She had been employed for 17 years with Liberty Mutual. On June 11, 1946, she married John J. Akens. He died September 22, 1980. Then on February 3, 2001, she married Robert J. Mackin, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Susan (Robert Feldten) Akens of Benton Harbor, Michigan, J. James (Anne) Akens of Falmouth, Massachusetts, Kenneth (Margaret) Akens of South Bend, Indiana, and Robert Akens of Wasilla, Alaska; three stepdaughters, Joanne Mackin of Plymouth, Indiana, Mary Beth Mackin of Milton, Wisconsin, and Kelly Mackin of Niles, Michigan; three stepsons, Patrick (Nancy) Mackin of New Carlisle, Indiana, John (Susan) Mackin of Dyer, Indiana, and Christopher (Lisa) Mackin of South Bend, Indiana; five grandchildren, Celena Akens, Briana (Jon) Akens Harned, Michael (Mayuko) Akens, Christopher Akens and Robert A. Akens; five step-granchildren, Julie Kush-man, Christopher (Lisa) Mackin, Kellen (Sierra) Mackin, Stephen Mackin and Sarah Mackin; one great-grandson, Charlie Harned; two step-great-grandchildren, Brady and Andrew Kushman; and one brother, Melvin McCrea of New Haven, Indiana. Marian was preceded in death by her sister, LaVola Dombrowski; and two brothers, James McCrea and Terrance McCrea. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Chapel at the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. A visitation will take place from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Marian will be buried at Violette Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana. Marian was a member of Holy Cross Parish and Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the Ladies of the Knights of Columbus #553, where she served as past president. Marian had been a lifelong volunteer. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church or to have Masses prayed at The Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 29, 2015
Maehler, Paul A.  
Paul A. Maehler May 17, 1938 - July 25, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Paul Allen Maehler, 77 years old of South Bend and formerly of Edwardsburg, passed to his rest on July 25, 2015 at his home unexpectedly. Paul was born May 17, 1938 in Cassopolis, the son of Paul E. and Gladys (Mohney) Maehler. During Paul's infancy, his parents passed and Paul was raised by his great aunt and her husband, Edith and Fred Stone in Edwardsburg. During Paul's young years he loved his family and that carried with him all of his life. He wanted to excel in all of life's work. He graduated from Edwardsburg High School and then graduated from Acme School of Die Design. One of his fondest memories was working in New Orleans for Martin-Marietta, doing design programs for the US Space Shuttle. Other companies he worked for was Hess Engineering, Adams Engineering and lastly RACO. Paul was married Jan. 16, 1965 in South Bend at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to Doris E. Sizemore and she survives with two children, Beth Ann (Andrew) Cusick of South Bend and Mark A. Maehler of South Bend. There are several cousins that survive. Paul had a very interesting hobby, collecting model trains and he attended many 'meets' with this group. He loved his daughter's dog Sophie and referred to her dog as his 'grand-dog', and he was saddened when Sophie passed. He liked to watch the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed the old television programs of Gun Smoke and The Lone Ranger, to name a couple, and he liked the old time singers like Johnnie Cash. He was known around the house as 'Mr. Fix It', because everything in his home and the homes of his extended family had to work and work right! He was very particular about his cars. Family and friends may gather at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 West Main St. (US-12), Edwardsburg, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 9:30-11:00 AM. The service of Remembrance will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Fiechtner, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, South Bend. Interment will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis, where he will be in the Maehler lot. Memorial donations may go to the Edwardsburg Food Pantry, 24832 US-12, East, Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, MI.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
Maxey, Sheldon  
Sheldon Maxey Dec. 9, 1930 - July 25, 2015 SOUTH BEND - Sheldon R. Maxey, 84, residing in South Bend, Indiana passed away at 9:20 PM Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Trail Point Nursing Home, South Bend. Sheldon was born on December 9, 1930 in Mishawaka, IN to the late James Clark Maxey and Thelma Priscilla (Moore) Maxey, and has been a lifetime resident of this area, attending James Whitcomb Riley High School and Indiana University. Sheldon proudly served our country in the United States Marines during the Korean War Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post 303, South Bend, where he served eight times as a Past Commander. Sheldon worked as a manufacturing engineer for Bendix Corporation for 28 years, retiring in 1988 and was a member of the Bendix Senior Management Club. Sheldon and his wife, Shirley, and their family enjoyed traveling throughout the west. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and loved their pet dog, Sassie. On June 6, 1952 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, South Bend, he was united in marriage to Shirley L. (Ferro) Maxey, who survives. He is also survived by his two sons, Tony R. Maxey of St. Charles, Iowa and Tracy L. Maxey of Granger, Indiana; and his brothers, James (Coralice) Maxey and Richard (Judith) Maxey, both of South Bend. Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents, James and Thelma Maxey; and his son, Scott Allen Maxey, who died at birth. Memorial Service and Military Rites for Sheldon R. Maxey will be at 4:00 PM Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Palmer Funeral Home River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46616, where friends may gather with the family 2 hours preceding services (2:00 PM till 4:00 PM). Memorial contributions may be given to American Legion Post 303, 2503 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615 or to ABC Clinic Animal Hospital, 4525 S. Burnett Dr., South Bend, IN 46614. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2015
McKenzie, Carol Ann  
Carol Ann McKenzie June 8, 1944 - July 21, 2015 GREENWOOD - Carol Ann McKenzie, 71, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in the Franciscan St. Francis Health Facility in Indianapolis, IN. Carol was born June 8, 1944, in South Bend, to the late Forrest Wayne and Donna (Conrad) Adams. On January 20, 1982, Carol married Gilbert McKenzie, who preceded her in death on March 26, 2006. Survivors of Carol include her children, Joseph (Elsa) Swilo of Mishawaka, John Swilo of Niles, MI, James Swilo of Murfreesboro, TN, and Jennifer (Matthew) Watson of Greenwood, IN; grandchildren, Aaron, Hayden, Jacob, Elijah and Emma; and cousin, Kim Conrad of Houston, TX; and her best friend, Ginny Lowel. Carol was a parishioner of St. Barnabas Catholic Church and a member of the Widows Group. She was a founding member of the Lupus Foundation of America in South Bend. Carol enjoyed playing bingo and camping. She looked forward to spending time with her friends and family and, most of all, her grandchildren. There will be a graveside service for Carol at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Riverview Cemetery, 2300 Portage Avenue, South Bend. ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME, 824 S. Mayflower Road, is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, 9302 N. Meridian Street, Suite 203, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Condolences for the family may be made at www.sjfh.net .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 24, 2015
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