Delphine M. Plencner
1933 - 2017
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Delphine M. Plencner

June 02, 1933 - Jan. 18, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Delphine M. Plencner, 83, originally of South Bend, IN died from Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday, January 18 at SEM Haven Health and Residential Care Center in Milford, OH.

Delphine Cwidak was born to Walter and Mary Cwidak on June 2, 1933. She was married on October 15, 1955 to Raymond Plencner, who preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Anita and Bob Armstrong of Columbus, OH, Bonita and Mark Rice of Loveland, OH, Mary Diane and Mark Deysher of Colorado Springs, CO, and Mark and Susan Plencner of Plymouth, MI. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, their spouses, 2 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Alice Cleppe & Mary Jane Manuszak.

Delphine grew up in St. Adalbert's parish and graduated from Washington High School in South Bend in 1951. She attended nursing school at Memorial Hospital, graduating at the top of her class in 1954, and became a Registered Nurse. She was a wife, mom, homemaker and nurse throughout the years prior to her retirement in 1990 as an occupational health nurse with Bayer Corporation. After retirement, she enjoyed being “Grammie”, working in her garden, serving at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, and living life with Ray at Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, MI. They also enjoyed winter months in Orange Beach, AL and trips to visit children and grandchildren whenever possible.

Visitation will be from 4 - 7 pm Sunday, January 22, 2017 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr, South Bend, IN, with a Rosary to be prayed at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, January 23, 2017 at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, IN. A brief visitation will be held from 9:30 until the 10:30 funeral Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, South Bend, IN.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to SEM (Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry) Haven Health and Residential Care Center of Milford, OH (www.semhaven.org), where Delphine was loved and cared for in the final months of her journey.

Delphine, “Mom”, “Grammie”, “Gramma Del” leaves a legacy of compassionate care both personally and professionally. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, the twinkle in her eye and little wink, her sweet smile, gift of hospitality, and love of children. Those who were touched by her life are thankful for the fingerprints she leaves.

To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.


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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 20, 2017.
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January 12, 2021
I am so glad this popped up on my phone. I just remember the fun we had as kids. Dell was always such a sweet kind person. Thinking of her family today.
Paula Richards
Neighbor
January 28, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. I missed the obit in the paper, and would have attended services had I known. Delphine and Ray were lovely neighbors, and the parents of wonderful children. It was a pleasure to know all of you, and I pray that you will be comforted knowing that God rewards good people like your mom and dad.
Ann Schmiedeler
January 25, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Truly one of the sweetest persons I ever knew. As was your dad. I know my parents adored you all as well. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris Urbanski
January 25, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I wish I had seen the obit. I would definitely have come to the viewing. Would have loved to see all of you!! Your mom was a beautiful person.
Paula Richards (Urbanski)
January 25, 2017
So sorry to hear about your mom's passing, she was truly one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met.
Gregory Urbanski
Neighbor
January 23, 2017
Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane, and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God may assuage your grief. Your mother was truly a saint on earth - a kind, genuine, caring woman. I will cherish fond memories of those formative years on Swift Lane in Naperville, and of the time we spent with your family.
Kevin Browne
Family Friend
January 23, 2017

Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark:

I am saddened to hear about the loss of your mom. Ray and Del were kind, caring people and we truly miss having them as neighbors. They were probably the two most pleasant, cheerful people that I have known, and I think I came away from every interaction with a smile. Take solace in the fact that your mom is now with your dad, and cherish your memories. On another note, I still have your old boat, and I think of you all whenever we take a ride. Let's keep in touch, and please take me up on a boat ride if you get to the area.
Scott Nowicki
January 23, 2017
We have so many fond memories of the years that we spent together in Naperville. Anita was a favorite babysitter. I think I still have a set of sheets that Bonnie gave me after we hosted her once. Your mom was always so kind and gentle. I'm sorry to hear that she couldn't enjoy her later years. Rest in peace dear Del.
Gene and Jan Faulhaber
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January 22, 2017
Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark, I am so sorry about your Mom. I have such pleasant memories of spending time with your family as I was growing up. It touched my heart when I read about how Delphine will be remembered for her gentle spirit, the twinkle in her eye and her little wink. I can still picture that little wink! Please know that I'm sending my love and most sincere sympathy. R7J3P
Jenny Micinski (Kowalski)
January 21, 2017
To Delphine's Family

Your mom and dad resided on Diamond shores just down the road from Joe and I. We both belonged to St. Pius in fact a couple times when Mom was alone we took her to Church. Mom and I had many conversations discussing our children and many other things; She was one fine woman and a very caring person. I know it wasn't easy for her to leave the lake as Joe and I have had to do it was a great place. Your Mom and Dad had a great marriage and once Dad was gone Mom just never seemed to bounce back from his death. I'm so glad we neighbors and able to have some great times together. I'll keep her in my prayers . Joe and I now live in Fishers Indiana joe has had three bouts of cancer so the lake was just to much so we moved closer to our children by the way all three now live in the area after all these years. HI Bonnie Hi Lucas.

prayers joe and janice
janice goossens
Friend
January 21, 2017
My Godmother Delphine was one of those very rare people who you could go for years without seeing, but who always remained strong in your memory. Her caring smile always lit up the room, and made me feel warm and welcome both in my childhood days and as an adult. There is no doubt we were blessed to have God share her with us. Our deepest condolences to Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane, Mark and the rest of the family.
Eric Moore
Family
January 21, 2017
I met Ray and Delphine at Bible study at St. Pious in Granger. What a lovely couple.
Delphine went to lunch with several of us from Bible study and she was always a pleasure to to be around. My husband and I used to see Ray and Dephine on occasion we we got into Mishawaka. You have our most sincere sympathy.
Roseann & Jerry Marchetti
Roseann Marchetti
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January 20, 2017
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January 20, 2017
I am so sorry to here of your loss, your Mom and Dad were so sweet at the lake the Year Anthony was born. Your whole family is just so special to us. Please except my condolences ,Love Kelly and Phil Martino
Kelly Martino
Friend
January 20, 2017
Aunt Delphine, I will never forget the times I spent with you, Uncle Ray and the kids. Your kindness and beautiful spirit will be greatly missed.
Dawn Moore
Family
January 20, 2017
Delphine I will always remember you and your kind heart and endless smile. It was an honor to be a part of your life. Love always Aimee LaPine
Aimee LaPine
Friend
January 20, 2017
Thanking the Lord for the legacy of love and faith she left. What a privilege to have met her. Much love and many prayers that our Heavenly Father will give you strength and comfort today and in the days ahead!
Andy and Lisa Campbell
Friend
January 20, 2017
Del was a special cousin. Always caring and loving. I babysat for her children some when I was in high school. My mother (Gladys) was her Godmother.
Rest in Peace
Kathleen Pajakowski Wesolek
Family
January 20, 2017
So very sad to hear about Aunt Delphine. She was a beautiful lady both inside and out. I know my Mom will miss her dearly- Over the years, she had shared many funny stories about the two of them!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

Respectfully, Sue Larson Carich
January 19, 2017
My Godmother. I will always remember the good times at our family gatherings. Such a sweet, caring person, just like Grandma (Saint Mary). You will be missed. I love you and enjoy paradise with our family.
Chris Manuszak
Family
January 19, 2017
I can remember interviewing Mrs. Plencner for a book I was writing, The Great Child. The book was based on my experiences as a teacher, and how I found students were raised by their parents to become polite, friendly, positive, and productive young adults through consistent tough love. Mary Diane and Mark certainly fit that profile. I am proud and grateful to know the Plencner family. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

Wes Doi
Wes Doi
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January 19, 2017
Always loved Aunt Del. So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to all of you, Anita, Bonnie, Mary Diane and Mark and your families. May God Bless....

Bryan & Karen Piekarski
Bryan Piekarski
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