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Paiano, James J. - Plymouth  
James J. Paiano May 9, 1928 - Nov. 19, 2014 PLYMOUTH - James Joseph Paiano, 86, a resident of Plymouth, passed away Wednesday evening in the Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson. Jim was a former resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania and moved with his family to Plymouth 42 years ago. Jim was born on May 9, 1928, in Philadelphia, the son of Rocco and Philomena (Giancristoforo) Paiano. There he attended schools and met his future bride, Josephine A. "Jo" Zmuda, whom he would marry on July 31, 1948. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Army in the 2nd Armored Division until his honorable discharge in 1954. He then attended the Cleveland School of Management and International Correspondent College in studies in Industrial Management. In his early years he liked playing golf and bowling. Jim was employed at Johnson Bronze Co. for five years and then enjoyed working with Rockwell International first in New Castle, then transferring with the company in 1972 to its plant in Knox, Indiana. He retired as plant manager in 1973 and began to enjoy travel with trips to Arizona and a European tour. Winters were spent in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was a loyal member of St. Camillus & St. Vitus Catholic Church in New Castle and St. Michael in Plymouth. Jim also held membership in Plymouth Moose Lodge #741, American Legion Post 27 in Plymouth, Fraternal Order of Eagles #455 in New Castle and the 2nd Armored Division Association. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Jo and son James of Plymouth and daughter Terry L. High and spouse Hassan High of Atlanta, Georgia. He was the proud grandfather of two; Hassan R. High and Nur S. High both of Atlanta. Also surviving are two brothers, Donald Paiano of New Castle and Raymond of Philadelphia, two sisters-in-law, Gloria Paiano of New Castle and Diane Paiano of Glendale, AZ, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Maria Paiano and four brothers, Philip, Robert, Rocco Jr. and Joseph Paiano. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 23rd from 4 6 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Visitation will continue on Friday, November 28th from 5 8 p.m. in the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home 3000 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, November 29th at 10 a.m. in St. Vitus Catholic Church, 910 S. Mercer Street, New Castle, PA. Entombment will be in the Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle. Memorial gifts may be given to a local Cancer or Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.johnson-danielson .com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 22, 2014
Patrick, Mildred - Plymouth  
Mildred Mae Patrick Apr. 10, 1941 - Nov. 17, 2014 PLYMOUTH - Mildred Mae Patrick, 73, a blessed mother of eight children, passed away peacefully the morning of Monday, November 17, 2014 at her residence on Pennsylvania Avenue, Plymouth, Indiana. Mildred was born at home to parents Rev. Creed & Mary (Fields) Allen on April 10, 1941 in Knox, Indiana. She was a member of the House of the Lord Church in Plymouth. Mildred spent her youth growing up in Knox a preacher's daughter. She married the love of her life, Luther Patrick of North Judson. They married at Pilgrim Holiness (Methodist) Church in North Judson on October 6, 1957. Luther and Mildred have celebrated 57 years of marriage. From 1959 to 1968 Mildred brought eight children into the world. In 1973 she and Luther moved the family to Plymouth. The children were the heart of Mildred. The children -- Candi, Stephen, Jerry, Mary, Luther Jr., Barbara, Janice, and David defined her role in life. Mildred resided most of her life on Beerenbrook Street where she attended Pilgrim Gospel Light House Church, a short walk away. Mildred would walk through the rain and snow often to attend services. If the walk was icy she would say "I will just take my time." She could often be heard singing gospel songs and sharing testimony before the Sunday congregations. Always giving praise to the Lord Jesus Christ and thanks for what He had done year after year. It was in Jesus Christ that Mildred set the example for her children. Many times she spoke directly with love, other times with a whisper of wisdom from the years of raising them. Mildred knew in the good times and the bad times over the years that God had always provided. Mothers took advice from Mildred. She always offered helpful words. When the struggles of life came to her children or grandchildren she turned to God. She spent many nights on her knees in prayer knowing that He, the Lord, was a personal friend of hers. Even at the death of her own child she sought after the Lord for strength to live on. And she did. Mildred kept family at the center of her life. Keeping up with the news and current events was one of her interests. She said, "There aren't any men leading families these days and the women aren't helping! That's the problem." Making humor out of life was always a way to get a laugh out of Mildred. She knew once a mistake was made, you may as well laugh, because it wasn't going to get any better being down about it. She showed that life is really meant to be simple. Through her loving heart she brought immense value to her family. Being a mother was her profession. She didn't need to be recognized by the world for more than that, and she loved it. Mildred enjoyed cooking and canning. She made large dinners for the family, often inviting others into her home that could use some good company. Making a meal was just one demonstration of her love. She waited to eat until others had seconds or they had left the house. When asked why she wasn't joining the meal she would say, "No you go ahead." She put others first! Even if it were to eat last or not at all. Mildred loved everyone and smiled at all of us. She spoke with anyone who would listen. Sending fresh dinners to neighbors in need was common for her. Having her grandchild leave clothes on a doorstep for someone in need was her way of teaching. The character of Christ moved more inside Mildred as the years passed. Mildred confidently knew the beauty of God's promises, and the patience to endure them. She was not one to ask for much from this world. However, she did ask that each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. That was her passion. It was many decades ago Mildred pointed her life to heaven. Now she has surely been received with great joy! Thank you Lord for such a beautiful woman of faith you have given our family. She has taught us more about you Lord, for generations to come. She will be dearly missed until we see her again. With Love, Family Mildred is survived by her husband, Luther Patrick, daughter, Candi (Terry) Norris of Syracuse, son, Stephen (Carrie) Patrick of Plymouth, son, Jerry (Marlene) Patrick of Knox, daughter, Mary (Anthony) Goheen of Winimac, son, Luther Patrick Jr. of South Bend, daughter, Barbara (Richard) VanWynsberghe of Rolling Praire, and daughter, Janice (Gregory) Howdeshell of Rochester. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren: Ken, Kristi, Mike, Josh, Taylor, April, Jeremiah, Candice, Sarah, Matthew, Jaquellyne, Christopher, Victoria, Erica, Brandon, Megan, Jonathon, Dean, Hannah, John David, and twenty-four great grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her last of eight children born: son David Allen Patrick passed away March 17, 1998. She has longed to see him again. Visitation will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the House of the Lord Church, 16493 Old U.S. 30, Plymouth, with Rev. Gerald Allen officiating. Burial will follow services at Crown Hill Cemetery, Knox. A catered meal for friends and family will be held at Knox Community Center, 55 East Lake Street in Knox following burial to celebrate the life of Mildred Patrick. Memorial contributions may be made to: Gospel Lighthouse Youth Center in memory of Mildred Patrick, 701 N. Beerenbrook Street, Plymouth, IN 46563. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the web-site: www.johnson-danielson .com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 19, 2014
Petrella Jr., Nicholas P. - South Bend  
Nicholas P. Petrella Jr. July 14, 1930 - Nov. 17, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Nicholas P. Petrella Jr., 84, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2014, in Memorial Hospital. Nick was born on July 14, 1930, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Nicholas P. Petrella Sr. and Mary (Kantonic) Petrella. He had a long career as a salesman, primarily in the Insurance and HealthCare fields. On February 16, 1957, in Nashville, Tennessee, he married Catherine Johnson, who preceded him in death on October 7, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his son, Nicholas P. Petrella III on January 5, 2013. Nick is survived by his daughter, Laurie (John) Davis of Granger, Indiana; his son, Anthony (Lisa) Petrella of Golden, Colorado; three grandchildren, Jacob, Zachary and Adam Davis; one brother, James Petrella of Sarasota, Florida; and his girlfriend, Carolyn Miller. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at Christ the King Catholic Church. A committal service with Military Rites will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, where a parish vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. Nick was a member of Christ the King parish. He served as a pilot in the US Air Force and graduated from Ohio State University with an MS in Petroleum Engineering. Nicholas was a volunteer since 2008 at St. Joe Med Center in the Cardiac Rehab unit. He enjoyed cooking and gardening, he was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, and he was always quick with a joke (or three). Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church in memory of Nicholas P. Petrella Jr. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2014
Plummer, Mary M. - Rochester  
Mary M. Plummer Jan. 12, 1932 - Nov. 18, 2014 ROCHESTER - Mary May Plummer, 82, of Rochester, IN, formerly of South Bend, IN, passed away at 3:13 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Life Care Center, Rochester, IN. She was born on January 12, 1932, in South Bend, IN, to the late Ralph and Irene Pearl (Jeffrey) Coon. On April 5, 1952, in Lakeville, IN, she was united in marriage to Glen Plummer, who preceded her in death on December 24, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her son, James D. Plummer in 2004, and brother, Ralph Coon Jr. Mrs. Plummer is survived by two sons, Robert G. Plummer of Rochester, IN, and Ronald A. Plummer of South Bend, IN; seven grandchildren, Rona Plummer, Rocky Plummer, Jamie Bolton, Cheri Miller, Ashley Plummer, Tyler Plummer and Chasen Plummer; thirteen great-grandchildren; and sister, Phyllis Travis of South Bend, IN. She retired in 1994 from Raco Corp. after twenty-two years of service. She was a member of Apostolic Temple, South Bend, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion Auxillary. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN. There will be no visitation. Contributions in memory of Mary May Plummer may be offered to Pet Refuge, 4626 South Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 21, 2014
Powers, Robert W. - Marcellus  
Robert W. Powers Apr. 18, 1929 - Nov. 21, 2014 MARCELLUS - Robert W. Powers, age 85, of Marcellus, MI passed away Friday morning, November 21, 2014 at home. He was born April 18, 1929 in Porter Township, Van Buren County, to Garfield and Grace Powers. In 1949 in Marcellus he married Varetta M. Copenhaver who survives. He graduated from Marcellus High School in 1947 and Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Science and a vocational education certificate. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Sergeant. He returned to Marcellus and co-founded the Abbott & Powers Agency with his uncle Hazen Abbott which he owned and operated for 21 years. He then purchased the Grassland Sod Farm, which he operated for nine years. He returned to the insurance business when he purchased the Guy Eby Insurance Agency in Cassopolis in 1982. In 1997 he retired to his home at Hemlock Lake, Marcellus. During his lifetime, Bob served on many governing boards. He was the Marcellus Township Treasurer, Lewis Cass Intermediate School Director, Cass County Commissioner, Cass County Parks Commission member, Cass County Department of Public Works member and past president of Tri-County Child Development Commission for 30 years. Before retiring in 2011 from the Cass County Road Commission, he served as member and Chairman, again for 30 years. He was instrumental in the completion of Highway 17, connecting Cass County to the Indiana Toll Road. Bob also contributed his time and effort to building projects in Cass County. He chaired the building committee for the Cass County Medical Care Facility, served on the panel that rebuilt the Cass County Courthouse, chaired a building committee for the Marcellus Community Schools and while serving on the Cass County Department of Public Works, the Marcellus sewer system was built. For many years, Bob was active in the Cass County Republican Party and in 1998 was the Republican candidate for the 59th District House of Representatives. Locally, he was a member of the Volinia-Marcellus Lodge, a former Rotarian, and while residing in the village, a member of the Marcellus Fire Department. Bob enjoyed playing cards and in his later years, spent Wednesday evenings with a local card group. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Varetta; son, Phillip of Mattawan; daughter, Tonya (Mike) Brown of Grand Blanc; and granddaughter, Shana, of Bloomfield Hills. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Charles Hering. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus. Memorial services will be held at 5 P.M. Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Online condolences may be left at www.materralstonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 22, 2014
Quist, Deborah J. - Osceola  
Deborah J. Quist Aug. 20, 1979 - Nov. 16, 2014 OSCEOLA - Deborah J. Quist, 35, of Osceola, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on August 30, 1979 in Mishawaka to Peter Christian Quist & Dorothy Jane (Hughes) Quist. Deborah is survived by: her parents, Peter & Dorothy Quist of Osceola, 1 brother, Brian (Cindy) Quist of Osceola, 2 sisters, Michele (Wes) Stith of Edwardsburg, MI, and Lisa Hale of Indianapolis, IN, 2 nephews, Ian Hale of Indianapolis, IN, and Aaron Quist of Mishawaka, and 2 cats, Rotzo and Jhana. There will be no services or visitation. Cremation has taken place. Deborah graduated from Penn High School in 1997, she volunteered at Humane Society, and she loved animals, reading and decorating for the holidays. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the St. Joseph County Humane Society. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2014
Riess, Philipp - Berrien Springs  
Philipp Riess July 31, 1928 - Nov. 17, 2014 BERRIEN SPRINGS - Philipp Riess, 86, of Berrien Springs, passed away at his home Monday, November 17, 2014, having been a cancer survivor for more than 25 years. Philipp was born July 31, 1928, in Cacinci, Yugoslavia. During WW II his family was forced to leave their home, and as refugees they fled to Germany. There, Philipp was able to attend vocational school, completing a journeyman's license in masonry. In 1950 Philipp immigrated to the U.S. with his parents and sister, and he became a U.S. citizen soon after. In 1953 Philipp married Anna Sh„fer, his first wife, with whom he had four children. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1982; his four children: Harold (Tammie), Lora and Christine Riess, all of Berrien Springs, and Paul (Anita) Riess of Traverse City; grandsons, Jeffery Riess of Detroit and Michael Riess of Berrien Springs; sister, Sophie Wutzke of Stevensville; stepsons, Brad and Bryan (Laronda) Birmelin, all of Mansfield, Ohio; and step-grand-children, Bryonna and Brandon. Philipp was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna; his parents, Peter and Sophia; his brothers, Friedrich and Jakob; and stepson, Craig Birmelin. Philipp was a lifelong resident of Berrien County, and as a building contractor constructed numerous custom-built homes, and community and commercial projects. Philipp loved spending time with his family. He was a seasoned traveler, had an avid interest in history, and was a master story teller. He was actively involved in his church, and he served Berrien Springs over 30 years in numerous elected positions as well as giving hundreds of hours in volunteer service to church, school, and his community. A funeral service celebrating Philipp's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 23, in the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 635 St. Joseph Avenue, Berrien Springs, with visitation at 10 a.m. preceding the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church "Sanctuary Renewal Fund," which was dear to Philipp's heart. Online condolences may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com . The family would like to thank Dr. Bilal Ansari, Ruth Conley NP, Dr. Binh Tran, and the wonderful staff at Michiana Hematology Oncology in Mishawaka, Indiana. Also appreciated is the care Philipp received from Hospice at Home.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 20, 2014
Robertson, Louise R. - South Bend  
Louise R. Robertson Oct. 31, 1935 - Nov. 12, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Louise R. Robertson, a loving mother, grandmother and friend, was the daughter born to Reo Alexander and Sara Daniels. Born on Octomber 31, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, Louise entered into eternal rest on November 12, 2014, at the CCNRC Family of Care in La Plata, Maryland, after a long, courageous battle with kidney failure and cancer. Willie Robertson and Louise Alexander met as teens while attending high school in South Bend, Indiana. On October 31, 1951, Louise was united in holy matrimony to Willie Robertson. Three children, Carlton, Gregory, and Don Robertson, were born to this union. Unquestionably, Louise's boys were her greatest source of pride and joy. Cherishing her memory and honoring her life are three sons: Carlton Willie Robertson (Elaine), Crofton, MD, Gregory Allen Robertson (Delaunta), Waldorf, MD, Don Robertson (Santana), Mitchellville, MD. Her memory will also be cherished by two brothers, James (Bertha) and Labaron Alexander of Mobile, AL; her grandchildren: LaTonya Starr, Justin, Gregory Jr., all of Maryland, Carlton II, Adam and Don (Sarahi), all of South Bend, Indiana. Two lovely cousins, Winona Jones-Northern and Carol Washington, both of South Bend, Indiana, that were close to her heart and were always there for support; and a special cousin, Elizabeth Poole of Hot Springs, AR; 5 great-grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins, family and friends. Preceding Louise in death are her parents, Reo Alexander and Sara Daniels; one aunt, Annie Lou; one uncle, James (Daniels); one sister, Wilbert Alexander; six brothers, Herman, Henry, Leo, Edwards and Walter (Alexander); and also her ex-husband, Willie Robertson, who departed this world in 1984. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and viewing will occur from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alford's Mortuary. www.alfordsmortuaryinc.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 20, 2014
Rodriguez, Maria L. - South Bend  
Maria L. Rodriguez Dec. 2, 1955 - Nov. 19, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Maria L. Rodriguez, 58, residing in South Bend, passed away Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. She was born December 2, 1955 in Aguascali-entes, Mexico, to Sophia Romero & Jose Chavaria. Maria had lived in the South Bend area for over 40 years. In July 1976, in South Bend, she married Armando L. Rodriguez Sr., who survives. She is also survived by daughters, Marta (Miguel) Garza and Sylvia (William) Moore, both of South Bend; son, Armando Rodriguez Jr., also of South Bend; nine grandchildren; her father, Jose Chavaria of Mexico; as well as several sisters and brothers. There will be no services. Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, and Southlawn Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the Rodriguez family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 21, 2014
Roeder, Judith Carol - Zionsville  
Judith Carol Roeder Apr. 20, 1941 - Nov. 5, 2014 ZIONSVILLE - Judith Carol Roeder, 73, of Zionsville, IN, passed away November 5, 2014. She was born April 20, 1941, to John and Bernice (Olafsen) Winge in Mishawaka, IN. Judith was a Registered Nurse and worked mainly in long-term care facilities and hospitals. She is survived by her daughter, Ann (Randy) Clark of Carmel, Indiana; son, John Roeder, of Mountville, PA; sister, Susan Morton of Davenport, Iowa; one nephew; and five grandchildren. A graveside service and urn burial will take place at the Highland Cemetery in South Bend at 12 PM on November 25, 2014. Arrangements entrusted to A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services. Friends may leave a message of condolence at www.arnmortuary.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 20, 2014
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