May 27, 1917 - Feb. 3, 2014
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NEW CARLISLE - Fred R. Fershin, 96, of New Carlisle, Indiana, died Monday, February 3, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Fred was born in Elkhart on May 27, 1917, to Gasper & Victoria (Barilich) Fershin, and was a lifetime area resident. An honored U.S. Army veteran of WW II, whose decorations included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Emblem, WW II Victory Medal and others. He married Matilda Merlo on May 17, 1941. Fred retired in 1981 from management of dry cleaning businesses. A member of St. Monica Catholic Church, he was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and an avid golfer, having won a League Championship at Eberhart Golf Course at 90 years of age. Fred was also a talented woodcarver and an avid gardener. He was preceded in death by siblings, Steve, John, Frank, Frances and Betty. (Fred's son, Robert Fershin of Las Vegas, NV, has also died, having passed later on the same day as his father, Monday, February 3, 2014) Fred's survivors include his beloved wife of 72 years, Matilda Fershin; his children, Diane Williams of South Bend, James (Pamela) Fershin of Granger, Kenneth (Pamela Calvano) Fershin of St. Joseph, MI, Joi (John) Beck of Midlothian, VA; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Resurrection 10:30 am Tuesday, February 11, 2014, in the Chapel at Hamilton Grove, 31869 Chicago Trail, New Carlisle. Friends may call at Hamilton Grove one hour prior to Mass. Entombment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at a later date. The family's preferred memorial is the
. Arrangements through Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy. To sign the guestbook or to leave condolences, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial .com. "With memories strong, and love so well-shared; we go on as we must, God sent us prepared. We came here with knowledge, of God's love so sweet; When "our" time is over, again we will meet."
Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 7, 2014