Mary E. (Horvath) Lightner
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Sept. 19, 1928 - Nov. 14, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Mary E. Lightner, 85, passed away at 4:03 PM on Thursday, Nov. 14th, at Memorial Hospital after a short illness with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on September 19, 1928, in South Bend, IN, to the late Michael and Elizabeth (Gerencher) Horvath, and was a lifetime resident of the Michiana area. On August 5, 1950, in South Bend, IN, she married Donald A. Lightner, who preceded her in death on September 29, 2011. Mary was also preceded in death by one brother, Michael Horvath. Mary is survived by one daughter, JoAnn L. (John) Small of South Bend, IN; one son, Bruce M. (Janet) Lightner of St. Charles, MO; two sisters, Elizabeth (Frank) Kitkowski of South Bend, IN, and Rose Ann Horvath of Lansing, IL; four grandchildren, Matthew Hammond, Rachel Sullivan, John B. Lightner and Michael Lightner; and 3 great-grandchildren, Dallas, Emma and Dylan. In 2001 Mary retired from the University of Notre Dame, where she worked in the Building Services Department for 17 years. She was also very proud to be able to work at the ROTC Building. She was member of the Women's Bowlers Hall of Fame, being the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game. She was also a member of St. John's Baptist Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, watching old movies, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family and grandchildren. The family would like to thank the doctors, staff and nurses who attended to her at Memorial Hospital, especially Dr. Pankaj Patel and Dr. Christopher Quinn for all their loving care and support. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor's choice or to Catholic Charities, 1817 Miami Street, South Bend, IN 46613. The HANLEY & Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home and Cremation Services handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Lightner family.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 17, 2013.
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