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Apple-Connell, Madison Reakay  
Madison Reakay Apple-Connell Nov. 17, 2014 - June 19, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Madison gained her wings June 19, 2016, at 12:14 a.m. Madison was born November 17, 2014, to Adrienna Apple and Dominick Connell. She is survived by her parents; her grandparents, Charles and Janell Apple, and Paula and Robert Connell; her great-grandparents, Kevin and Patricia Hammond; her aunt, Kayla Apple, and uncles, Joshua Apple and Robbie Connell; her great-aunts, Rhonda Burnett and Angie Burks, and great-uncle, Brian Stump; her cousins, K.C., Chad, Katie Nickerson; Malachi, Timmy, Abby Stump; Athena Connell, Liam Lloyd and Breanna and Octavia Nickerson; and special friends, Kathy and Gary Fager. The family would like to thank the nurses and physicians at Payton Manning Children's Hospital and Memorial Children's Hospital and offer many thanks to the members of *Team Madison* on Facebook for all the thoughts and prayers throughout Madison's journey. A Memorial Service for Madison will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Palmer Funeral Home - River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Go Fund Me: Team Madison account in memory of Madison. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com . We love you, Boogie!
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 22, 2016
Babcock, Francis Lee  
Francis Lee Babcock Sept. 17, 1928 - Dec. 23, 2015 CULVER - Francis Lee “Bud” “Doc” Babcock, 87, passed away of natural causes on Dec. 23, 2015, at his home in Green Valley, AZ. Born Sept. 17, 1928, in Rochester, IN, Bud's youth was happily spent on Lake Manitou, where his parents owned rental cottages and -- over the years -- other businesses, including a restaurant, a meat processing plant, and a boat dealership. Before pursuing his BS and Doctor of Optometry degrees at Indiana University, Bud proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. While he was stationed in Bainbridge, MD, he met his “life's helpmate and one love,” Mary Galinski, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Generally known as “Doc,” Bud moved his growing family to Culver, and opened his optometry practice in 1957, where he practiced until his retirement in 1998. For many years, he traveled to Argos twice a week to care for patients there, as well. Bud found great joy in helping others - from annual elementary school vision checks to home visits for shut-ins to providing blood pressure monitoring at local clinics during his retirement. He helped make our little corner of the world a clearer place -- thanks to a child's brand new set of glasses or early detection of eye disease. Optometry was his profession, but making a difference in people's lives was his art and his gift. He is survived by his children, Mary Theressa “Terry” Babcock of Tucson, AZ, Lawrence Alexander “Larry” Babcock of Ft. Wayne, IN, Robert Allen Babcock, Sr. (Susan) of Rome, GA, William Howard Babcock of Rome, GA, and Rebecca Ann Babcock Kelly (Andrew) of New Orleans, LA; and grandchildren, R. Allen Babcock, Jr. of Leysin, Switzerland, Andrew Cooper Babcock (India) and Bradley Ross Pollard of Rome, GA, and Kathleen Mariella Kelly and Eamon Francis Kelly of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ella Galinski Babcock; his parents, Lawrence Isaac “Doc” and Theressa Mae (Hendricks) Babcock; his siblings, Bonita Jean Stewart and William L. Babcock; and his granddaughter, Mary Alice Babcock. In accordance with their wishes, Mary and Bud's ashes will be interred together during a private, graveside memorial service that will be held at the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver, IN, on June 29. Odom Funeral Home of Culver will be in charge of arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 26, 2016
Babcock, Mary  
Mary Babcock Feb. 16, 1928 - Oct. 11, 2015 CULVER - On Oct. 11, 2015, we lost our lifelong example of compassion, thoughtfulness and selflessness. Mary Ella (Galinski) Babcock, beloved wife of Dr. Francis Lee Babcock, passed away from multiple organ failure at her home in Green Valley, AZ. Mary was born in Gary, West Virginia, on Feb. 16, 1928, and grew up in Elkton, MD. She was a graduate of Elkton High School. She is survived by her sister, Neta Foley of Havre de Grace, MD; her children, Mary Theressa “Terry” Babcock of Tucson, AZ, Lawrence Alexander “Larry” Babcock of Ft. Wayne, IN, Robert Allen Babcock, Sr. (Susan) of Rome, GA, William Howard Babcock of Rome, GA, and Rebecca Babcock Kelly (Andrew) of New Orleans, LA; and her grandchildren, R. Allen Babcock, Jr. of Leysin, Switzerland, Andrew Cooper Babcock (India) and Bradley Ross Pollard of Rome, GA, Kathleen Mariella Kelly and Eamon Francis Kelly of New Orleans, LA; as well as her treasured nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, Alexander Joseph and Lula Pearl (Terry) Galinski; her sister, Helen Liberatore of Havre de Grace, MD; and her granddaughter, Mary Alice Babcock of Rome, GA. Her husband, known to his friends as “Bud” and his patients as “Doc,” stayed with us for just two more months until his passing on Dec. 23, 2015. On March 25, 2016, her younger sister, Elva Galyen, passed away in Elkton, MD. In honor of Mary Ella Galinski Babcock's service to her community, please consider doing something kind for a friend or stranger. Make someone else's day a bit easier or happier, just as our mother would have done. In accordance with their wishes, Mary and Bud's ashes will be interred together during a private, graveside memorial service that will be held at the Masonic Cemetery, Culver, IN, on June 29. Odom Funeral Home of Culver will be in charge of arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 26, 2016
Badgero, Dorothy P.  
Dorothy P. Badgero June 24, 1924 - June 19, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Dorothy P. Badgero, 91, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in her home. Dorothy was born on June 24, 1924, in Hardy, AR, to the late Noel and Beulah (Jones) Russell. Dorothy was married to Rubert Ray on June 28, 1941, and Bruce Badgero December 17, 1977. Dorothy was preceded in death by both her husbands, Bruce Badgero, on January 4, 2002, and Rubert Ray, on July 3, 2006. Dorothy is survived by her children, Carolyn (Don) Simpson, of South Bend, IN, Sue (Jerry) Handley, of South Bend, IN, Dottie (Lester) Prout, of Mendon, MI, Lottie (David) Holt, of South Bend, IN, 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 21 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by 1 brother, Bill (Maxine) Russell, of Hardy, AK, 3 step children, Vicky (Jan) Brooks, of Indiana, Linda (John) Kophamel, of Florida, Mike (Kemelicia) Taylor, of Indiana, 4 step grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, and a sister in law, Lois Russell. Dorothy was also preceded in death by; 3 brothers, Bob, Buddy, Jerry Russell, 1 grand daughter, Pamela Simpson, and 1 great grandson, Francis Sterry. Dorothy has a great-great grandchild on the way. Dorothy was a member of Harvest Church of Christ, in Mishawaka, IN. Dorothy was devoted to her family and her church. She was a Sunday school teacher and held devotions for ladies groups. Dorothy worked for the South Bend School Corporation. Visitation for Dorothy will be held on Wednesday June 22, 2016, from 4-8 pm in Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN. A funeral service will be held on Thursday June 23, 2016, at 11 am in the funeral home, with visitation 1 hour prior. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 21, 2016
Barhydt, Betty E.  
Betty E. Barhydt Oct. 20, 1929 - June 21, 2016 MISHAWAKA - Betty B. Barhydt, 86, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Golden Living Fountainview Nursing Home. Betty was born on October 20, 1929, in Elkhart, IN, to the late Earl and Ruby (Walker) Beghtel. On January 9, 1948, she was married to Richard Barhydt Jr., who preceded her in death on May 25, 1983. Betty is survived by her children, Kurt (Tina) Barhydt of South Bend, IN, Kent (Sara) Barhydt of South Bend, IN, Karla (Bruce) Schumaker of South Bend, IN; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Betty was also preceded in death by her sister, Marion Plummer. The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living, and also Asera Care of Elkhart. Visitation for Betty will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016, in the funeral home at 10:00 am, with visitation 1 hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Asera Care of Elkhart.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 23, 2016
Bill" III, Middleton Walter William "Sweet  
Walter William “Sweet Bill” Middleton III Sept. 2, 1957 - June 24, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Walter William “Sweet Bill” Middleton III passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 unexpectedly at his home. He was born September 2, 1957 to the late Walter and Gladys Middleton of South Bend, Indiana. Along with his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Ann Robison. On February 21, 1995, Bill married the love of his life and true soul mate, Cheri Gasaway, who survives. Walter is also survived by one daughter, Stephanie Richie (Brandon) and grandson Bo, his loving sister, Kathi (Tony) Phillips, a very special sister-in-law, Michelle Clark, Michael Gasaway, Danny Gasaway, and mother-in-law, Margaret “Toots” Phillips. And no one could ever forget how much Papa loved to take Ziggy for walks and play ball. He loved being a part of his nieces', nephews', great-nieces' and great-nephews' lives. His life lessons will help them do great things. They include: Kim Komendat (Kenny), David Robison (Ali), Nicole Bowers-Thompson (Dane), Taylor Philips (Liz), Whitney Gasaway (Rick), Carley Gasaway (Jason), Michael Patrick Gasaway, Brett Robison, Derek Robison, Lynnae Robison, Ryan Robison, and Emily Robison. Bill had a large extended family that he loved. They include: the best neighbors ever, Melissa and Marguerite, Ann McMahon, Matt and Kristen, and best friends, Wayne and Jocelyn Raybuck, his wrenching buddy, Jimmy Bauer, his forever-friend, Hal Bud, Debbie Briski (Bill 2), Jil Pence, Brenda Pawell (Bob), his sister-wife, Sandra (Bill), and sister, Cynthia Dent (Tommy). He was employed with Hertz Car Rental for over thirty-six years. His Hertz family includes his most compassionate buddy, Mike Preniczny, Jimmy, Chris, Lawrence, Trish, Julianne, Brenda (Buck), Chuck, Chaxota, Joe (Eli), Ron, Donny, Dan, Dan, Jim, John, Doug, Pat, Gabe, Randi, Kevin, Bob, Dick, Phil, Bert (Shelly), Troy, and the list goes on. Bill was always the life of the party, and one should never forget his philosophy of green grass, blue skies, and a good day at the ocean. He shared special memories with his Florida friends, Rick and Mary Joe (and you never knew who else he would befriend), at the Enchanted Isle. Some of the best memories of his life have been there. In addition to all the people that Bill loved, he loved sports as well. He would always spark some heated debates during Notre Dame football season and often won and lost money because of it. His love/hate relationship with the game of football always had him saying, Roll Tide! and Go Bama! but underneath it all, he loved the Irish. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at Kaniewski Funeral Home at 3545 N. Bendix Drive. Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Kaniewski Funeral Home on Thursday, June 30. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or Our Lady of Hungary School. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 28, 2016
Borsodi, Ruth  
Ruth Borsodi June 28, 1944 - June 22, 2016 MISHAWAKA - Ruth Borsodi, age 72, of Mishawaka, passed away Tuesday, June 22nd, in the comfort of her home surrounded by family after a brief but brave battle with melanoma cancer. She was born in Mishawaka on June 28th, 1944, the daughter of Joseph and Amelia Monica (Wolleh) Sheridan. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Jerry L. Borsod, & 4 children: daughter, Angie Borsodi, son, Jerry L. Borsodi II & wife, Jennifer, Amelia “Amy” Borsodi (Windisch) & husband, Brian, Amanda Borsodi (Phillips) and husband, Phillip. She is also survived by nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by a grandchild, Zachary Williams. Ruth graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1962 and attended college at Butler University where she earned a master's degree in education. She taught at St. Mary of the Assumption School in South Bend, and at St. Joseph Elementary in Mishawaka. Upon retirement from teaching she became a realtor. She was a longtime member of the Mishawaka Breakfast Optimist Club. Ruth loved to travel with her husband, and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. All friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Ruth's life open house at Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course in the clubhouse on Tuesday, June 28th from 4-8p.m., with prayer and life tribute service at 6:30 p.m. Elkhart Cremation Service has been entrusted with her care. In lieu of flowers, contributions for expenses would be appreciated and accepted at any Teacher Credit Union in the name of Ruth Borsodi Fund or donate to CureMelanoma.org .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 26, 2016
Bridgewater, Alfred Vernon "Al"  
Alfred “Al” Vernon Bridgewater Oct. 18, 1945 - June 16, 2016 GRANGER - Alfred “Al” Vernon Bridgewater, 70, of Granger, IN, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 11:15 p.m. at The Hearth at Juday Creek. Al was born on October 18, 1945, in Terre Haute, IN, to the late Owen and Maxine (Lambert) Bridgewater. In 1985, he married Linda Brumitt, who preceded him in death on July 20, 2014. Al is survived by his daughter, Yvonne (Ruckridge) Bridgewater; stepdaughters, Kim (Rick) Renz and Robin O'Block, both of Granger, IN; stepson, Kenneth Szulczyk of Malaysia; and nine grandchildren. Al served in the Navy as a Reserves Recruiter for 20 years, fighting in the Vietnam War, before retiring. Al is remembered by his loved ones as a “ladies man” with charisma and a strong sense of devotion. He loved many local sports teams, including the Pacers, IU and the Chicago Cubs. One of his favorite hobbies was collecting baseball cards, and he had a lifelong goal to solve the JFK murder. Al was baptized at Harris Prairie Church by Bob Butler in 2012. There will be a celebration of Al's life with immediate family in the upcoming weeks. Contributions may be made in memory of Al to Heartland Hospice, 230 W. Catalpa Drive, Suite D, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be left for the Bridgewater family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 22, 2016
Brooks, Elisa R.  
Elisa R. Brooks Nov. 11, 1936 - June 24, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Elisa Ruth Brooks, 79, of South Bend died at 2:17 p.m. Friday, June 24th in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center following an illness. Mrs. Brooks was born November 11, 1936 in Chicago, IL to the late Elisabeth (Calloway) and Basilio Hawkins and had lived in South Bend since 1971, coming from Skokie, IL. On June 8, 1962, in Chicago, she married Jerry Brooks who survives. Also surviving are her children, Mara Meirick of Edwardsburg, MI and Matthew Brooks (Jennifer) of Livonia, MI; and her sister, Lourdes Kelly of California. Education played a large role in Elisa's life. She graduated from St. Xavier College in Chicago, IL with a Bachelor's Degree in 1957. Following her graduation, she became an elementary school teacher at the Piti School in Piti, Guam. She then attended Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she received a Master's Degree in Education. After attending Smith, she returned to Chicago, IL and taught elementary school at the Francis W. Parker School. In 1965, Elisa became an instructor at the American School in Chicago, IL, an institution offering high school and college level correspondence courses. While with the American school, Elisa authored Introduction to Reading, a remedial reading course, and co-authored a Personality for Business Training course. In 1966, Elisa and her husband Jerry welcomed their daughter Mara. In 1970, Elisa was contracted by the Illinois Industrial Commission as an Operations Reorganization Consultant, where she compiled an employee manual setting forth general work rules and policies for the Commission. While with the Commission, Elisa and Jerry also hosted foreign dignitaries for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1971, Elisa, Jerry, and Mara moved to South Bend, IN. Elisa worked in the Admission Office at the University of Notre Dame, rising to the position of Assistant Director of Admissions in 1975. In 1976, Elisa became the Director of Admission at St. Mary's College, in Notre Dame, IN. During her time at St. Mary's, the college set records at the time for number of applicants and number of students enrolled in the college. Elisa received letters of accommodation from both the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College during her times with these institutions. In 1979, Elisa and Jerry's son Matthew was born. Elisa resigned from St. Mary's in 1981 to focus on homemaking and to also assist Jerry with his business, Michiana Marine and Sports Outlet. Jerry and Elisa ran their boating supply business until they sold the business and retired in the late 1990s. Elisa also assisted Jerry when he owned and ran Corey Lake Marina, prior to the opening of Michiana Marine. Elisa had many hobbies. She enjoyed dance, theater, and attending concerts and plays. She also enjoyed writing in her spare time and continued her love of education throughout her life. Elisa took Master's level courses at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, courses at the University of Notre Dame Law School, and courses at the Forever Learning Institute in South Bend. Further, she and Jerry attended elder hostels with courses on a variety of topics. She and Jerry also acted as host parents for foreign students at the University of Notre Dame for over forty years. She attended countless dance recitals, music recitals, and sporting events involving her children, Mara and Matthew. She was also active with the First Unitarian Church, serving on the Board of Directors, helping to coordinate the church's annual service auction, and volunteering for Sunday School classes. She will be remembered for her kindness and empathy and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 1st in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Rev. Chip Roush of first Unitarian Church officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends on Friday in the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions in memory of Elisa may be made to First Unitarian Church, 801 E. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46617. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 28, 2016
Brown, Andrew "Andy"  
Andrew “Andy” Brown July 8, 1978 - June 19, 2016 MISHAWAKA - Andrew “Andy” Lee Brown, 37, passed away at home on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Andy was born on July 8, 1978, in South Bend, to Arthur Sanderson and Sandra Brown. Surviving are his mother, Sandra Brown of Mishawaka; father, Arthur Sanderson of South Bend; his daughter, Amiah Lee Brown of Rhode Island; his “adopted parents”, Mike and Jackie Hahn of Mishawaka; and siblings, Lacy Hahn-Normandin of Niles, Danielle Salaiz, Chelsea Hahn, Veronica Hahn, Shannon Mars and Robert Binder, all of Mishawaka. Andrew was proud of his accomplishments at Johnson and Wales University when he made the Dean's List many times. He was an avid Cubs fan and believed they would make the World Series this year. Andrew had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone; he had many friends who loved him. He will be truly missed. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m., the family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Rev. Bob Vale will officiate. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 23, 2016
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