Jill Ornat

Jill H. Ornat May 22, 1953 - June 20, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Jill H. Ornat, 61, passed away June 20, 2014, after a brief illness. Born May 22, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Steve E. Sr. and Helen J. (Molnar) Varga. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Steve Varga, Jr. of Sanford, NC, and Robert (Bobbie) Varga and Jeffrey Varga both of South Bend, IN. On September 6, 1975, Jill married the love of her life, Edward F. Ornat. He survives. She is also survived by mother-in-law, Ramona Harms Ornat of South Bend; brothers-in-law, Rudy Ornat and Baron A. Ornat, both of South Bend; sisters-in-law, Carol Varga of Sanford, NC, and Suzanne Ornat, Lynne Varga, and Myra Varga, all of South Bend; nieces, Cindy Varga of South Bend, Vickie (Daniel) Schudel of Durham, NC, Laurie (Dan) Howe of Walkerton, IN, and Carol (Dave) Kolecki and Kim Ginter, both of South Bend; nephews, Baron M. Ornat, Jordan Ornat, and Allen Varga, all of South Bend, Jimmy (Jennifer) Varga of Sanford, NC, Joe (Melanie) Varga of Gibsonville, NC, Jeffrey Varga of South Bend, Kenneth (Sherri) Wenrick of Edwardsburg, MI, and John (Denise) Wenrick of South Bend; great-nieces, Madelyn Varga, Abigail Schudel, Adah Schudel, Riley Varga, Kimberly Wenrick, Lauren Kolecki, Jessica Kolecki, Kelsey Ginter, Paige Howe, and Regan Howe; great-nephews, Daniel Varga, Andrew Varga, Luke Varga, Bryer Varga, Zachary Wenrick, Justin Ginter, Chase Howe, Ben Pluta, and Dave Pluta; aunt, Mary (Micky) Paszkiet of Kokomo; and cousins, Christine Paszkiet of Kokomo, and Shari Cuzinski and Sharon (Andy) Pletcher, both of South Bend. Jill attended Ardmore Grade School and Washington High School. She was assistant manager at the Burger Dairy stores on Western Ave. and Sample Street in South Bend in the mid 70's. Jill was a very loving and caring wife and had a kind heart to everyone she met. She loved her dog, Bailey. She loved working in her garden and tending to her flowers; and was an avid Notre Dame Football and NASCAR fan, always cheering for her driver, Tony Stewart; and was an amazing cook, and loved having Christmas gatherings for the entire family at her home, often making Hungarian dishes. Everyone loved her deviled eggs and chicken paprikash with rice or sour cream and dumplings. Jill's family meant the world to her. She always treated her nieces and nephews like they were her very own children. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Jill and her husband would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in September. Per her request, cremation will take place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

Published in South Bend Tribune on June 25, 2014