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Braeton Mackenzie Francis Stephens
Aug. 13, 2000
Braeton Mackenzie Francis Stephens passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va. Braeton is survived by his mother, Teri Stephens of Virginia Beach, Va., and South Bend, Ind.; his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Barbara Stephens of South Bend; maternal great-grandmother, Dolores Stephens of South Bend; an aunt, Kathy Jo Stephens of South Bend; an uncle, Donny (Katherine) Stephens of South Bend; and by three cousins, Trevor Stephens, Michael Ross Stephens and Madison Stephens. Private graveside services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. THIS LITTLE ANGEL
AS SWEET AS THE SMELL OF A ROSE
AS STRONG AS THE PILLARS
OF AN ANCIENT GREEK TEMPLE
THIS LITTLE ANGEL AWAITS
THE WORLD TO HAPPEN
AS SOFT AS THE WORLD'S FINEST SILK
AND AS EVER-CHANGING AS A
BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM HIS COCOON
THIS LITTLE ANGEL HAS THE POWER
TO CHANGE LIVES, CREATE TEARS, AND
SMILES & WARMTH
THIS LITTLE ANGEL, LITTLE BLESSING
LITTLE LIFE IS WHAT GIVES PEOPLE HELP
FOR NEW DAYS AND FAITH THAT MIRACLES
STILL DO HAPPEN EACH AND EVERY DAY

Godmother Jen

Theresa L. Strycker
Oct. 23, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2000
Theresa L. "Lee" Strycker, 81, of Oak Road, South Bend, Ind., died at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in her residence. She was born on Oct. 23, 1918, in South Bend, and was a lifelong area resident. On Nov. 30, 1940, in Goshen, Ind., as Theresa Augustine, she married Howard Strycker, who preceded her in death on May 23, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents, William L. and Theresa L. (Carey) Augustine; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Hess, who died in 1985; and by three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by four daughters, Virginia (Dennis) Hixenbaugh of Pittsburgh, Pa., Rosemary (John) Hess of South Bend, Bonnie Strycker of South Bend and Laura (Robert) Overholser of Atlanta, Ga.; four sons, William (Valerie) Strycker and Daniel Strycker, both of South Bend, Larry (Karen) Strycker of Lakeville, Ind., and Michael (Vickie) Strycker of Ft. Collins, Colo.; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Loretta (Robert) Barthel of South Bend. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday in the ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME, 824 S. Mayflower Road, where a Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lakeville. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Strycker was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County, 2222 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46628.

Robert E. Tucker
June 15, 1936 - Aug. 13, 2000
Robert Eugene "Bob" Tucker, 64, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Buchanan, Mich., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, in Leesburg. He was born on June 15, 1936, in Buchanan, to the late Ellis and Elsie Tucker. Bob was a 1956 graduate of Buchanan High School, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Bob retired after 20 years of service on the Orlando Police Department, and in June as a security officer from the Leesburg Regional Medical Center North Campus. Bob is survived by and will be deeply missed by his loving family: his wife, Sylvia Tucker of Leesburg; two sons, Michael (Melanie) Tucker of Leesburg and Christopher (Erin) Tucker of Leesburg; one daughter, Jamie Tucker of Leesburg; two stepchildren, Dean and Ericka O'Brian; two grandsons, Austin and Philip, both of Florida; three sisters, Dolores (Clifton) Amiel of Niles, Mich., Bonnie Coffinger of South Bend, Ind., and Patti (Donald) Johnson of Buchanan; and by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Page-Theus-Blanchard Funeral Home, Leesburg (352/787-5511). Grave-side services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Astatula Cemetery.

C. Kenneth Wilber Jr.
April 3, 1956 - Aug. 15, 2000
Ken Wilber died on August 15, 2000, beginning the second and final stage of birth - birth in the Kingdom where we will one day be reunited. He was born on April 3, 1956, in Portland, Ore., the son of Charles K. and Mary Ellen Wilber, who both survive. He is also survived by his wife, Terri Lynn Wilber; a son, Charles K. III; three daughters, Ashley Marie, Leslie Ann and Elizabeth Ruth. He is also mourned by two brothers, Matthew and Louis Wilber; four sisters, Teresa Goddard, Alice Walker, Mary Anderson and Angela Ceo; a grandmother, Erabelle Evans; and by many nephews and nieces. Mr. Wilber was a local attorney who graduated from IUSB and Valparaiso Law School. He served his country for three years as a M.P. in the 82nd Airborne. He had also been a policeman in Baltimore, Md. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 17, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 Bendix Drive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, in Holy Cross Catholic Church. A lunch will follow in the school cafeteria. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a college trust fund for the Wilber children at any National City Bank.

Kathleen T. Buck
Feb. 13, 1926 - Dec. 10, 2000
Kathleen T. Buck, 74, of Pin Oak Circle, Mishawaka, Ind., died at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, in her residence. She was born in South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 13, 1926, and had lived in this area all of her life. As Kathleen Herrick, she married Russell B. Buck in South Bend on Aug. 20 1949. He died on May 13, 1971. Mrs. Buck was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary (Evers) Buck. She is survived by a daughter, Linda C. (Harold) Fleming of Mishawaka; a son, Charles F. (Rebecca) Buck of Mishawaka; two granddaughters, Kimberly Lenoir of South Bend and Jennie Stitsworth of Mishawaka; two grandsons, Charles Speelman and Russell Buck, both of Mishawaka; four great-grandchildren; and by two brothers, Richard (Martha) Herrick of Illinois and Donald (Evelyn) Herrick of Muskegon, Mich. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Bubb Funeral Chapel North, with Rev. Ervin Mize officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Edward L. Carpenter
March 9, 1950 - Dec. 10, 2000
Edward L. Carpenter, 50, of Adams Street, South Bend, Ind., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, in Hospice House. Mr. Carpenter was born on March 9, 1950, in South Bend, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was employed by the City of South Bend as a parts foreman for the Division of Equipment Services for almost 20 years. On May 17, 1980, in South Bend, he married Rebecca Batdorf, who survives. Mr. Carpenter is also survived by a daughter, Molly; two sons, Sam and Robert, all at home; his father, Buddie Carpenter of South Bend; a brother, Russell Jacobson of Knoxville, Tenn.; and by several nieces and nephews, and many friends. He belonged to the St. Anthony Golf Club and the South Bend Men's Classic Bowling Leagues. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 13, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. Funeral services for Mr. Carpenter will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Kaniewski chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edward L. Carpenter Children's Fund, c/o Imeco Federal Credit Union, 3404 W. Boland Drive, South Bend, IN 46628.

Martha Juhas
Sept. 16, 1913 - Dec. 11, 2000
Martha Juhas, 87, of Humboldt Street, South Bend, Ind., died at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 16, 1913, in South Bend, and was the daughter of Joseph and Stella (Kitkowski) Chmielewski. Mrs. Juhas was an employee of the former O'Brien Corporation, and was a member of the Harvest House of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. On June 13, 1953, in South Bend, as Martha Chmielewski, she married John Juhas, who survives. She is also survived by a daughter, Anita (Mike) Foldenauer of South Bend; two grandchildren, Ian and Sara Foldenauer, both of South Bend; four sisters, Sophie Rezewski, Josephine Chmielew-ski, Alice Janowiak and Virginia Jelinski, all of South Bend; two sisters-in-law, Mary Chmielewski and Geralda Boyer, both of South Bend; and by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Juhas was preceded in death by her twin sister, Marie Chmielewski; and by a brother, Leonard Chmielewski. Family and friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME, 824 S. Mayflower Road, where a Rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

Ida McDougal-Joyner
Jan. 22, 1900 - Dec. 11, 2000
Ida Mc-Dougal-Joyner, 100, born on Jan. 22, 1900, in Forest, Miss., passed into the arms of God in the Cardinal Nursing Home on Monday, Dec. 11, after a long and beautiful life. She is survived by her son, Wilbur, and his wife, Mary; a sister, Delois Mason of Jackson, Miss.; four grandchildren, Wilbur (Barbara) McDougal Jr. of Forestville, Md., Linda McDougal and John McDougal of South Bend, Ind., and Rhonda (Anthony) Thompson of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and by one great-grandchild. Her nieces and nephews and her many friends will remember her generous spirit and strong faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin McDougal in 1945, and Thomas Joyner in 1947; two sons, Benjamin Jr. and Rudy; and by three sisters and a brother. Ida was the oldest member of Pilgrim Baptist Church and was a member of the Missionary Society. She came to South Bend from Louisville, Ky., in 1920. Her recollections of local black history are available on tape at the Northern Indiana Center for History. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. today, Dec. 13, in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home.

Ruth M. Milliken
Nov. 17, 1902 - Dec. 11, 2000
Ruth M. Milliken, 98, of New Carlisle, Ind., passed away at 8:40 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, in Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle. She was born on Nov. 17, 1902, in Ada, Ohio, to the late John Whetsler and Eliza (Collier). On Dec. 5, 1923, in South Bend, Ind., she married Edward Miles Milliken, who died in 1979. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, and sons, Malcolm "Bud" Milliken and Richard Lee Milliken; and by two sisters, Ida Camp and Goldie Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline (Robert) Veith of South Bend, Joan Thornburg of New Carlisle and Elizabeth (Robert) Bonebrake of South Bend; her grandchildren, Molly Jo Chaucer, Bruce Miller, Jill Ainsworth, Lori Lechlitner, Jackie Digildo, Brad Milliken, John Milliken, Julie Robison, Janet Simmons, Cindy Schuler, Gene Bates, Carmen Olds, Kimberly Lavine, Ruth Ann Korn, Bob Bonebrake, Mike Bonebrake, Steve Bonebrake and Lisa Dally; and by 43 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Milliken was the former owner of M&F Restaurant, and Ruth and Eunice's Noodle Shop in South Bend. She also worked at the South Bend Country Club and at the Franklin Club. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter, the World War II Mothers, and she belonged to the Lydick United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, with Pastor Kevin Buckley officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends are invited to call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the WELSHEIMER FUNERAL HOME, 521 N. William Street, South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Residence Benevolent Fund at Hamilton Grove or to the New Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department EMS.

Eugene Page Sr.
Jan. 4, 1925 - Dec. 7, 2000
In Loving Memory
Eugene "DaDa" Page Sr., 75, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was called to his resting place on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000. He resided on East LaSalle Street, South Bend, Ind. He was a devoted father until the Lord called him home. Eugene was born to the union of the late Joseph Paige-El and Pearl (Washington) in South Bend. He was also preceded in death by three sons, Torrence, Terry and Anthony; and by five sisters, Pinkie, Joanne, Mary, Lula and Cyntheria. He served four years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He was employed by the Wheelhorse Corporation until his retirement. Eugene and Augusta (Nickerson) were united in Holy Matrimony in South Bend on Dec. 15, 1943. They shared the birth of ten loving children. He is survived by three daughters, Benetta (Bracey) Page, Tracey Page (Thomas) Jones and Marcella Page; eight sons, Eugene (Bessie) Page Jr., Robert, Gregory, Allen, Andy, Paul and James, all of South Bend, and Timothy (Lisa) of Muncie, Ind.; and by three brothers, Milton (Christine) and Sherman, both of South Bend, and Robert of Virginia. Mr. Page was a loving grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by two special grandchildren, Anissa Thomas and Dealto Williams. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church, 313 E. Ohio Street, South Bend. Visitation will be held one hour before services. Interment will be held at the National Cemetery, Marion, Ind. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Eugene "Uncle Boots" will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.

Arthur J. Quigley
Nov. 25, 1914 - Dec. 11, 2000
Arthur J. Quigley, 86, an associate professor of electrical engineering of the University of Notre Dame, died on Monday, Dec. 11, in the Saint Joseph Re-gional Medical Center. Mr. Quigley was born on Nov. 25, 1914, in Boston, Mass., to the late William F. and Mary F. (Carroll) Quigley. He was preceded in death by three brothers, four nephews, and by his son, A. Joseph Jr. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1932, Northeastern University, Boston, with a B.S. in electrical engineering, magna cum laude in 1937, Harvard University, M.S., communication engineering, 1939, University of Notre Dame, doctoral degree, ABD, physics, 1942. Mr. Quigley joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department in 1942, and continued to teach at the University of Notre Dame for 54 years. During World War II he taught engineering classes at Notre Dame, three-semester programs for Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force members. Art was an active member of Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend, participating in Troop 505, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, girls Camp Fire Program, chairman of several committees including social justice and liturgy, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) and PTA. He was also active in scouting for 40 years, and was the holder of the Eagle, Silver Beaver and St. George Awards. He was the recipient of the KofC and Man of the Year Award 1967, the Pope Pius Award 1968, and was active in the Christian Family Movement. Art was president of the Northeast Neighborhood Council for over 20 years, working with others to maintain and develop the northeast area. He was on the board of REAL Services and received the Center City Association Downtown Recognition Award and the Hometown Heroes Award. On March 25, 1948, he married Arlene F. Rose in Boston. They have resided in South Bend since April 1940. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; his daughters, Kathleen and David Sullivan of Winterset, Iowa, Patricia Q. Bodnar of Dayton, Ohio, and Mary Q and Ted Price of Grapevine, Texas; nine grandchildren, four grand-in-law and one great-granddaughter, June R. Hunsicker of Morgan Hills, Calif.; a sister-in-law; and loving nieces and nephews, and families in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and California. Because of his long association with people, Arthur was a unique person with a special depth of character. We will miss him greatly. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the St. Joseph Catholic Church, corner of Hill and LaSalle, South Bend. Cremation will follow later. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday in the McGann Funeral Homes, University Area Chapel, 2313 E. Edison, South Bend. There will be a Rosary at 3:30 p.m., and a wake service at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, Northeast Neighborhood Center, to The Arthur J. Quigley Scholarship in Electrical Engineer-ing at Notre Dame, or to the charity of donor's choice.

Delmar C. Cronkhite
Feb. 9, 1914 - Feb. 16, 2003
Delmar C. Cronkhite, 89, of Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, Ind., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Miller's. Delmar was born on Feb. 9, 1914, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the late Forrest and Dora (Ses-sler) Cronkhite. As a young child he moved to the South Bend, Ind., area where he met Leona T'Kindt. On Oct. 19, 1940, in South Bend, he married Leona. Delmar and Leona resided in South Bend until 1952, when they moved to the New Carlisle area and had lived there ever since. On Oct. 8, 1999, Leona preceded Delmar in death. He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Mason of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren, Michael (Kelley) Mason of New Carlisle and Lori McAtee of Indianapolis; four great-grandchildren, Hillary Mason and Lindsay Mason, both of New Carlisle, and Laynie Mason and Logan McAtee, both of Indianapolis; a sister, Jean Hursh of Arizona; and by a brother, Frank of Fort Wayne. Mr. Cronkhite worked for Raco, Inc., of South Bend for many years. He enjoyed gardening and pets. There will no visitation. Private graveside services will be held. The Kaniewski Funeral Home, 201 S. Filbert St., New Carlisle, is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545-3099.

Henry Jenkins
June 15, 1918 - Feb. 14, 2003
Mr. Henry Jenkins, 84, dear husband, father, grandfather and brother, who lived on West LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, Ind., passed from this life following an illness at 9:35 p.m. Fri-day, Feb. 14, in the Saint Jo-seph Regional Medical Cen-ter. Henry, son of the late Henry and Louise (Shirley) Jenkins, was born in Cleveland, Miss., on June 15, 1918. On Oct. 21, 1939, in Cleveland, he married Gracie Reid. Coming from Cleveland, they relocated to South Bend in 1953. Mr. Jenkins was employed as a butcher by the Gentner Packing Company where he retired after 30 years of service. Mr. Jenkins has left a loving family that includes his wife, Gracie; three daughters, Grace (Richard) Broadway and Valerie Jenkins, both of South Bend, and Colette (Darryl) Parker of Warren, Ohio; four sons, Henry Jenkins Jr., T. Floyd (Della) Jenkins, Willie C. Jenkins and Carl Jenkins, all of South Bend; 24 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Viola Burton, and a brother, Calvin Jenkins, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; a special friend, Jesse Walker of South Bend; along with a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Those family members who have preceded him in death include his parents; four sisters, Pricilla Jenkins, Carrie Jenkins, Louise Willis and Henrietta Merritt; and four brothers, Robert Jenkins, George Jenkins, Revell Jenkins and William Jenkins. Funeral services for Mr. Jenkins will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Alford's Mortuary, with Bishop Stephen Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Arrangements have been entrusted with ALFORD'S MORTUARY.

John A. Lindzy
Jan. 23, 1952 - Feb. 15, 2003
John A. Lindzy, 51, of Weber Street, South Bend, Ind., died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy battle with kidney disease. John was born Jan. 23, 1952, in South Bend, to the late Ralph G. and Beryl I. (Weinberg) Lindzy, and was a lifetime area resident. He is survived by five brothers, William (Sandra) Lindzy of Kona, Hawaii, Robert Lindzy, Jack (Nancy) Lindzy and Dick (Judy) Lindzy, all of South Bend, and Thomas (Debbie) Lindzy of Granger, Ind.; his favorite aunt, Norma Young of South Bend; and by several nieces and nephews. He had been employed as a sales clerk at the former Richman Brothers Clothing Store and J.C. Penney Company, and most recently with his brother Dick at Factory Tile in Roseland. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Welsheimer Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, with Rev. Ronald Drake of Forestbrook Missionary Church officiating. Cremation will take place at Michiana Crematory, South Bend, with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, Ind. Friends may call in the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Sister M. Mercita Lynch
Nov. 10, 1916 - Feb. 16, 2003
Sister M. Mercita (Helen Elizabeth Lynch), 86, was born in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 10, 1916, to the late Hugh F. and Rosemary Carolan Lynch. Sister is survived by her brother, Hugh Lynch of Chicago; sister-in-law, Jill (John) Lynch of Carmel, Calif.; nephews, Michael K. Lynch of Lemont, Ill., James R. Lynch of Costa Rica, Hugh Lynch III of Chicago and Richard J. Nielsen of Big Walls, Wis.; and by a niece, Leandra Lynch, MD, Crested Butte, Colo. Sister Mercita entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1933, made her first profession in 1936, and final profession Aug. 15, 1939. Her early education was done in Illinois and she entered St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., and graduated in 1939 with a BA degree, major in history and minor in education. She also attended the University of Notre Dame, University of Denver, Denver, Colo., and Rosary College, River Forest, Ill., from which she received her MA degree in library science in 1959. Sister taught elementary grades in Davenport, Iowa, Michigan City, Ind., and Evergreen Park, Ill. She was librarian at Saint Angela Academy, Morris, Ill., principal at Immaculate Conception School, Morris, Ill., and then moved into secondary education and was librarian at Saint Mary's School and Marian Central High School, Woodstock, Ill., and Holy Redeemer High School, Flint, Mich. In 1966 Sister was assigned as librarian at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, until 1976 when she became director in Rome, Italy, of the Saint Mary's College Rome Program. She returned and was director of the Rome Program at the college from 1981-1984. Sister M. Mercita served as religious superior for a number of convents on the Saint Mary's campus. In 1988 she moved to Our Lady of Holy Cross Convent, South Bend, where she was housekeeping supervisor. She returned to Rosary Convent as superior and convent librarian in 1991. Her next move was to Saint Mary's Convent and she became active in the Ministry of Prayer until her death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Cross Ministry with the Poor Fund, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Wake services will be at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 18, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame. The Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Margaret M. Prickett
Feb. 26, 1908 - Feb. 14, 2003
Margaret Marie Harris Prickett, 94, of Linden Avenue, Mishawaka, Ind., died at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in Hope Hospice House, Cape Coral, Fla. She was born in Mishawaka on Feb. 26, 1908, and was a lifetime area resident. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Myrtle Mae (Jones) Harris; and by her four brothers, Clarence, Clifford, Frank and Edward. She married Ward Delwin Prickett in Van Wert, Ohio, on Aug. 29, 1929. Mr. Prickett died on June 27, 1955. Mrs. Prickett is survived by her daughters, Carolyn P. (Phillip) Gutman of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Joyce P. Coppens of Fort Myers, Fla., and Marilyn P. (Alan) Womersley of Mishawaka; seven grandchildren, Phillip Edward (Laura) Gutman Jr., Gretchen Kay Gutman, Kurt Alan (Carrie) Gutman, Randal Ward (Gail) Coppens, Ryan Keith Coppens, Edward Charles (Laura) Ellsasser and Richard Harris Ellsasser; seven great-grandchildren, Jaclyn Elizabeth Gutman, Phillip Edward Gutman III, Andrew David Gutman, Kathryn Margaret Coppens, Emily Elizabeth Coppens, David Joseph Coppens and Austin Charles Ellsasser; and by two step-grandchildren, Ryan Steven Yoho and Evan Lincoln Coppens. There are also two nieces, Dorothy Harris of Florida and Beverly Harris of Michigan; and three nephews, Jack Harris of Florida, Frank Harris of South Bend and Bob Harris of Nevada. Maggie, as she was affectionately known, was a four-term mayor of Mishawaka. She was a member of Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce and First United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held in First United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with Rev. Lorin Clemenz officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or to Shiojiri Japanese Gardens Park. All friends are invited to join the family in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church following the service on Thursday.

William H. Runyan
April 8, 1928 - Feb. 14, 2003
William H. Runyan, 74, of Naples, Fla., formerly of South Bend, Ind., died Friday, Feb. 14, in Cleveland Clinic, Naples. Mr. Runyan was born April 8, 1928, in South Bend, to the late William V. and Mildred (Harris) Runyan, and had lived in South Bend all his life until moving to Naples last year. On Dec. 21, 1984, in South Bend, he married his devoted wife, Patricia (Knittel) O'Dea, who survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Debra Runyan, Kathleen Buss and Krista Stockton, all of San Diego, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Dana Scott of Naples; a stepson, Jeff (Karen) O'Dea of Granger, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Stephanie, Michelle, Ashley, Nathaniel and Jessica; a sister, Elaine (Carl) Loyd of South Bend; a brother, David Runyan of Hammond, Ind.; and by several nieces and nephews. Bill was a lifelong banker in South Bend, and well-respected for his knowledge and expertise in the banking industry. He began his career with First National Bank and was later employed with St. Joseph Bank and Trust which eventually became Key Bank. He retired as a vice president in 1990. He will be remembered as a good, kind man, loving God first and his family. He was a man who made his family extremely proud and will forever be missed. He was an avid fisherman and loved to play golf. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Welsheimer Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, with Rev. Mike Hannafee of Community Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 18, in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
When the lakes are calm as ever
And the wind is from the west
We'll be fishing in the sky forever
That is when they bite the best.

Alex Szymanski
Dec. 27, 1924 - Feb. 15, 2003
Alex "Marty" Szymanski, 78, of South Bend, Ind., died at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Memorial Hospital. He was born in South Bend to Alexander and Mary (Rozycki), who have preceded him in death. On Aug. 21, 1948, he married Mary Lou Laskowski, who survives. Alex was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Szymanski in 1965; and by a sister, Ruth Rupert. Alex is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Laskowski); two daughters, Cathy Sager of Jackson, Fla., and Jane (Tom) Hoff of South Bend; four sons, Mark (Terry) Szymanski of Bremen, Ind., Richard (Mary) Szymanski of Mishawaka, Ind., Michael (Tina) Szymanski and James (Giana) Szymanski of South Bend; a sister, Alice Martinczak of South Bend; and by nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II until 1946. Alex was an active member of American Legion Post 357, St. Joseph Young Men's Society, St. Adalbert Usher Club and St. Adalbert Church. He was a retired painting contractor who worked locally for many years. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 18, in the ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME, 824 S. Mayflower Road, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in St. Adalbert Catholic Church. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, South Bend.

Colleen L. Ward
Nov. 21, 1957 - Feb. 13, 2003
Colleen L. Ward, 45, of South Bend, Ind., passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in her residence from complications from an ag-gressive form of breast cancer (infiltrating ductal carcinoma). She was born Nov. 21, 1957, in South Bend, to Rob-ert and Ruth (Keen) Hall. Colleen was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth, who died at the age of 48 from ovarian cancer, and by her stepmother, Judy. On Aug. 14, 1989, Colleen married Michael Ward, who survives. She is also survived by her father, Robert (Sandra) Hall; daughter, Michelle (Claude) Ogle of Plymouth, Ind.; sons, Matthew (Heather) Ward of South Bend, Robert Ward of Plymouth and Adam Ward of South Bend; sisters, Deborah (Archie) Lenoir of Hermitage, Tenn., and Brenda (Robert) Jewell of White Pigeon, Mich.; nieces and nephews, Robert, Jeanine, Renee, Scott, Timothy, Benjamin and James; and by her grandchildren, Allie Ogle, Conner Ward and Erin Ogle. Many aunts and uncles also survive her. Colleen lived in South Bend her entire life. She attended Clay High School in South Bend where she was a member of the original "We Together" singers. She worked at Standard Federal Bank as a teller for two and a half years and in the South Bend Community Schools as a teacher's aide. Colleen also taught Sunday school at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was a member. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 18, in the ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME, 1827 E. Ireland Road, with memorial services at 7 p.m. Memorials should be directed to Hospice of St. Joseph County or to the Riverbend Cancer Society.

Bobby F. Clayton
April 23, 1936 - Sept. 30, 2002
Bobby F. Clayton, 66, of West Superior, Osceola, Ind., passed away of natural causes at 4:11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Elkhart General Hospital. He was born on April 23, 1936, in Florence, Ala., to the late William Clayton Sr. and Susie Ada (Nunnelly) Clayton. Bobby was the owner/operator of Clayton Construction. On April 8, 2000, in Osceola, he married Rebecca D. McKelvey, who survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Teresa (Dan) Riffle of Mishawaka, Ind., and Tina (Roger) Davis of Chandler, Ariz.; two sons, Darrell and Dennis (Terri) Clayton, both of Osceola; two stepdaughters, Cynthia (Thomas) Newsom and Jamie (Shawn) Jackey, both of Elkhart, Ind.; one stepson, William Brown Jr. of Granger, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Daniel Riffle II, Joseph Riffle, Christal Davis, Roger Davis Jr., Adrian Clayton, Chelsea Clayton and Marcus Clayton; six great-grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren; and by three sisters, Martha Polk of Franklin, Tenn., Delores McDonald of Niles, Mich., and Marie Skinner of Franklin. Bobby was preceded in death by one brother, William Clayton Jr.; and by three sisters, Nellie Goodman, Magaline Pendergrass and Velvie Bates. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Palmer Funeral Home, 1109 Lincoln Way West, Osceola, with Rev. Adolph Lacy officiating. Graveside and burial services will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Bobby F. Clayton may be made to the family, c/o Rebecca Clayton, 805 W. Superior, Osceola, IN 46561.

Richard J. Dewey
Jan. 18, 1914 - Sept. 29, 2002
Richard J. Dewey, 88, former Harris Township Trustee and longtime area resident, died Sunday, Sept. 29, in Memorial Hos-pital. He was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Rochester, N.Y., and had lived in the South Bend-Granger, Ind., area over 50 years. He at-tended Niagara University and was employed in 1936 in the New York City offices of Travelers Insurance Company, later working in various Travelers offices throughout the East and Midwest. On June 25, 1942, he married Mary Helen Moulder of Buffalo. Dick and Helen celebrated 60 years of marriage in June 2002. A three-year veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, he moved to South Bend in 1946 and in 1950 built his own home in Granger, where he and Helen resided until 1981, retiring in South Bend, then Mishawaka, Ind. Dick was an active community member during his years in Granger, and an officer of the original Harris Township Improvement Association. A founder and organizer of the Harris Township Fire Department, he served as an active volunteer fireman for 27 years. He also lead a committee that waged and won a 2-year legal battle with the City of Mishawaka, preventing the city from placing their landfill just east of the village of Granger. Continuing his political activism, he was elected to a 4-year term as township trustee/assessor in 1962. He did not seek reelection as he foresaw the growth of Harris Township and felt the office was best held by someone not employed full-time; however, he continued to serve as township clerk until 1981. He was a former member of the Four Lakes Country Club, the Granger Lions Club, and Elks Lodge #235. He served several years as a tax-preparer for the AARP-IRS tax service program. In 1977, Dick received the "George" award for his many years of service to the community. Survivors include his beloved wife, Helen; son, Stephen Jerome Dewey, and his wife, Michaelene of Mishawaka; a daughter, Ann (Dewey) Adamus and husband, Victor of Cocoa, Fla. Other survivors include a sister, Arlean Taylor of Roswell, N.M.; four grandchildren, Alison (Dewey) Witters, Christopher Dewey, Rebecca Adamus and Jon Adamus; and by a great-grandchild, Isabel Adamus. He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael in 1956. Calling hours are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a service of remembrance at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the HICKEY Funeral Home, 3516 E. Jefferson Boulevard, 289-1000. Interment at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of your choice.

Nell P. Hubbell
Sept. 4, 1910 - Sept. 30, 2002
Nell Pauline Hubbell, 92, of Bement , Ill., formerly of Hammond, Ill., died at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Kirby Hospital, Monticello, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36, Atwood, Ill., with the Rev. Steve Bramlett officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services in the funeral home. Burial will be at Upper Alton Cemetery, Alton, Ill. Mrs. Hubbell was born Sept. 4, 1910, in Monticello, the daughter of Willis D. and Emma Alice Fitzwater Fristoe. She married William Lincoln Hubbell on June 28, 1936, in Monticello. He died on April 25, 1969. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ned Fristoe and Kenneth Fristoe; and by a sister, Lois Hobbs. She is survived by a daughter, Ann H. Moore of Granger, Ind.; two grandsons, John W. Moore of Warsaw, Ind., and Michael M. Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, Bradford Fristoe of Champaign, Ill.; four sisters, Edith Dukeman of Monticello, Hazel Dill of Fort Wayne, Ind., Martha Sieh of Hammond and Alice McClure of Decatur, Ill.; sister-in-law, Elzora Channer of Decatur; and by many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Hammond United Methodist Church or to the Bement United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hubbell worked with her husband at the Hubbell Pharmacy in Alton. She was a member of the Hammond United Methodist Church.

Lillian S. Palicki
May 28, 1908 - Sept. 28, 2002
Lillian (Ludmila) Sally Palicki, 94, of Brick Road, South Bend, Ind., died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Saint Joseph Regional Medi-cal Center, South Bend. She was born May 28, 1908, in South Bend, to the late Bartley and Maryanna (Przybylski) Jaroszewski, and had lived here all of her life. She was the 13th of 14 children in a pioneer family of St. Stanislaus Parish. Her parents came from Kordleb and Sarbinowa, Poland. Lillian married Dr. Max J. Palicki (optometrist) on July 25, 1942, in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, South Bend. They fell in love after he looked into her eyes during an eye exam. She was the loving mother of Janet Mary Bettcher and James Raymond Palicki, both of South Bend. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Christine, Tim, Lori and James "Jimmy" Bettcher, all of South Bend. She is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews, and was even a great-great-great-aunt. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Hidlegarde Ivins, and brother-in-law, Sylvester Palicki, both of South Bend. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Max on Oct. 8, 1992, and by her son-in-law, William Bettcher, on June 23, 2002. She was also preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters, Lottie Debniak, Bernice Jaroszewski, William, Sr. Mary Aurea, C.S.C., Blanche Lewinski, Casimir, twins Martha and Eleanor Jaroszewski, Clara Palicki, Stanley, Sophie Robaska, Anthony and Edwin. Lillian's life centered on her faith, her family (especially her grandchildren), and her home. In her earlier years she was employed at Wilson Brothers shirt factory, Cudowski Bakery, the O'Brien Paint Company, Green's Department Store, Star Store and Town Tower. She was originally a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, and joined Christ the King Catholic Church in 1948. Lillian was also a member of St. Stanislaus Apostleship of Prayer, the Legion of Mary, Harvest House of Christ the King and Z.B. Polish Falcons. She was a lay member of the Carmelites, and was an advocate of the Our Lady of Necedah shrine. Busia was the matriarch of our family. She was dedicated to the Catholic Church, and had a special devotion to St. Anthony, St. Therese the Little Flower, angels, and the Virgin Mary. Lillian honored the Blessed Mother with a grotto and lovely garden in her yard. She loved family reunions. She looked forward to Easter and Christmas Wigilia celebrations, and incorporated Polish customs into these holidays. Everyone loved Busia's polish pierogis, paczkis and coffeecakes. She became friends with those she met, and touched every person who came into her presence. She had a great sense of humor and always brought a smile to our faces. My dearest mother, you were my sunshine and I was your moonshine. You will be missed by all of us. We give a special thank you to Dr. Craig Elliott, caregiver Verliss Taylor, Interim Health Care, Real Services, Meals on Wheels, and the Choice Program for their support and service. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 U.S. 33 North, South Bend, with her great-nephew, Fr. Don Woznicki, and Fr. Ron Tripi concelebrating. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, where a parish Rosary will be said at 4 p.m., and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the church before services. The family requests prayer support and Mass offerings. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Betty J. Versaw
Sept. 30, 1922 - Sept. 29, 2002
Betty Jane Versaw, 79, of Three Oaks, Mich., died Sunday morning, Sept. 29, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend, Ind. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks, with the Reverend Ray Babcock officiating. The Pobocik Funeral Home, Connelly-Noble Chapel, Three Oaks, is serving the family. Memorials may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Hwy., Stevensville, MI 49127. Mrs. Versaw was born Sept. 30, 1922, in South Bend, to James and Angeline (Eastwood) Marshall. On Nov. 4, 1947, she married John Versaw in Saint Joseph, Mich. Betty lived most of her life in Three Oaks, and thoroughly enjoyed playing bingo. Family members include her husband, John; children, Janet Fatter of Three Oaks and Michael (Jean) Versaw of Three Oaks; grandchildren, Dawn and Shawn; great- grandchildren, Amanda, Emily, Johnny and Lea; sisters, June Hoskins of New Troy, Mich., and Ruth Long of Florida. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Burgoyne.

Mary M. Wilcox
Aug. 6, 1915 - Oct. 1, 2002
Mrs. Mary M. Wilcox, 87, of 3602 South Ironwood, South Bend, Ind., has been in the LaPorte, Ind., area for most of her life. She was born on Aug. 6, 1915, in Kokomo, Ind., to the late Joseph Grublin and Sophia (Zamalski) Grublin. On June 18, 1938, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, LaPorte, she married Howard Wilcox, who preceded her in death on May 28, 1970. She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Scott Wilcox, and by a sister and a brother. Mary was a loving wife and devoted mother. She was a housewife and homemaker. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in LaPorte, the Rosary Society, and was a volunteer at LaPorte Hospital. She was involved in the Swanson Senior Center and LaPorte Business Girls. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Charles) Haverstock of Granger, Ind.; two sons, Roger (Nancy) Wilcox of Bristol, Ind., and Terry (Paulette) Wilcox of Osceola, Ind.; four grandchildren, Todd Wilcox of Elkhart, Ind., Chris (Kelly) Wilcox of Traverse City, Mich., Kevin Wilcox of Osceola and Allison Wilcox of Osceola. Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Friday in the Haverstock Funeral Home. There will be a Rosary service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, LaPorte, with Rev. George Vrabely officiating. Burial will follow at the Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

Herb Wingo
July 19, 1943 - Sept. 28, 2002
Herb Wingo, 59, of Ann Arbor, Mich., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, at home. He was born July 19, 1943, in Jackson, Miss., the son of Samuel and Lillie (Wingo) Scott. On Aug. 23, 1969, he married Rosetta C. Fews in Baltimore, Md. She preceded him in death on March 21, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Fred Wingo. Herb was a member of Second Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, the Economic Development Council in Ann Arbor, and was past president of the Exchange Club in Ann Arbor. He was the model cities director of H.U.D. in Ann Arbor, owned and operated the Ann Arbor Elias Brothers Restaurant, and was currently a senior financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Ann Arbor for over 12 years. He is survived by his daughter, Kelli Wingo of New Jersey; one sister, Anna Brown of St. Paul, Minn.; and by three brothers, Judge (Eardale) Shelton of Arkansas, Joseph L. (Beverly) Wingo of Indiana and Eugene (Earlean) Wingo of Niles, Mich. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak, Ann Arbor, with Rev. Mark Lyons officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the church. Envelopes are available in the STARK FUNERAL SERVICE Moore Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and in the church from noon until time of service on Friday.

Martha J. Yuhasz
Aug. 31, 1926 - Sept. 27, 2002
Martha J. Yuhasz, 76, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Hamilton Grove Retire-ment Com-munity. Mrs. Yuhasz was born on Aug. 31, 1926, in South Bend, Ind., to Casimir and Josephine Marshall. On June 28, 1947, in South Bend, as Martha Marshall, she married Charles S. Yuhasz, who died on June 19, 1988. Martha was also preceded in death by her parents; and by two brothers, Casimir Marshall and John Marshall. She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Yuhasz and Kathy (Brian) Haygood, both of South Bend; four grandchildren, Justin Haygood, Alex Haygood, Jack Haygood and Alivia Haygood; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Marshall of South Bend and Ann Marshall of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Our Lady of Hungary Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 S. Kemble Avenue, where a Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Before her M.S., Martha was involved with different organizations with which she was very active. She loved her children and lived for her grandchildren. Martha would do something with each of them, playing cards with Alex and Jack, watching TV with Justin, and watching Alivia crawl around. She cherished these moments with her grandchildren. Martha loved to sit outside on the porch. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.


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