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Ann H. Pitts
Feb. 11, 1921 - Dec. 14, 2001
Ann Huntington Pitts, 80, who resided on East Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Friday, Dec-ember 14, 2001, at the St. Joseph Medi-cal Center Hospital of South Bend. She was an only child that was born Feb-ruary 11, 1921, in Brighton, Mass., to Paul O. Huntingon (died 1980) and Ethel Goodenough (died 1924). She spent her entire life as a devoted homemaker, wife and mother for her family and was, indeed, a true friend to many, many others. In June, 1947 in Brookline, Mass., she married Joseph Carleton Pitts who survives after the 54-year marriage. She is also survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws: JoAnn Pitts McKenna; and Pamela Pitts McNeer and D. Dendy McNeer of Granger, Indiana and grandsons Alan and Trent McNeer and granddaughter, Shannon McNeer. After about seven years as a navy wife, Ann and her family moved to South Bend in January 1955 when her husband was employed by the Bendix Corporation in Mishawaka, Indiana. Ann was an active participant in the local affairs of the South Bend area having been a member of such organizations as: The First Presbyterian Church, the South Bend Country Club, The Elks Club, the University Club, the Summit Club, and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Out-of-town guests for the funeral include: brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charles and Edward Pitts and Frances May Pitts and niece Margaret Pitts Gay and children of Chesapeake, Virginia; brother-in-law O.P. Pitts of Signal Mountain, Tennessee; niece, Lynn Yarbrough Vincent, and nephew, Gary Yarbrough, both of Nashville, Tennessee. Others include cousin, Janice Payne Hastings of Fayetteville, Tennessee; as well as sister-in-law, Virginia Pitts; and nieces, Diane Pitts Rogers of Dallas, Texas, and Toni Pitts Smythe of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following her wishes, the body will be cremated. Friends may call between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, December 17th, at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 18th, at the First Presbyterian Church at 333 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., P.O. Box 51066, Indianapolis, Indiana 46256.

Laszlo Raszipovits
Nov. 17, 1924 - Dec. 13, 2001
Laszlo Raszipovits, 77, passed away at his home on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001. He was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in South Bend, Ind., to the late Alex and Esther Raszipovits. Living here all his life, Laszlo married Elda Raszipovits on Aug. 26, 1943. S he precedes him in death. Laszlo retired from A.M. General in 1986 and had also worked at Studebaker's for 23 years. Surviving Laszlo are his daughter, Linda (James) Teske and Deborah (James) Hirsch of South Bend, Patricia Boggs of Jersey, Virg., Sheryl (Thomas) Myers of Mishawaka; sons, Leslie, Mark, Michael and Arthur, all of South Bend; a brother, Alex (Sheila) Raszipovits of St. Charles, Mo.; sisters, Julie (Carl) Anspach of Rochester, Ind., and Mary (Arthur) Langell of Oklahoma City, Okla. He also has 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Laszlo will always be remembered as a man who loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed taking his children mushroom hunting. He was also a NRA life member and a member of UAW L ocal 5, and was an Army veteran of World War II. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today in the Guisinger Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 3718 South Michigan Street. Funeral services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with burial following at Southlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mr. Raszipovits' name may be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County.

Lillie F. Reynolds
Jan. 29, 1934 - Dec. 13, 2001
Lillie F. Reynolds, 67, of Oakside Avenue in Mishawaka, Ind., passed away of natural causes at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Saint Joseph Com-munity Hospital in Mishawaka. Mrs. Rey-nolds was born Jan. 29, 1934, to Chester and Pearlie Marie (Oney) Sutton. Mr. Sutton survives along with Lillie's stepmother, Molly Sutton, and they reside in Elkhart, Ind. In Spartan, N.C., in 1953, Lillie married James Reynolds. He survives, residing in Mishawaka. Also surviving are her sons, Brian Reynolds and Gregory Reynolds of Mishawaka; her daughter, Marsha Reynolds of Mishawaka; two brothers, Elmer and Eugene Sutton of Elkhart; a stepbrother, Tommy Richie of Elkhart; and a sister, Vivian Kinaird of Georgia. Also surviving are her four grandchildren, Christa Baxter, Larry Hanks Jr., Lindsay Reynolds and Brandon Reynolds. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, Ind. Services will be conducted by Reverend Adolph Lacy on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Mrs. Reynolds worked for several years at Nyloncraft in Mishawaka. She also served her family as a homemaker for many years. Mrs. Reynolds enjoyed planting flowers in her garden and bird-watching as hobbies. She will be greatly missed.

Eugene E. Ring
Oct. 10, 1928 - Dec. 13, 2001
Services for Eugene E. Ring, 73, Indianapolis, Ind., a retired athletics director at Broad Ripple High School, will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in Christ the King Catholic Church, where he was a member. Calling will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today in Leppert & Hensley Mortuary, Nora Chapel. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers. Mr. Ring was the athletics director of 22 years for Broad Ripple High School, retiring in 1991. Previously, he was a basketball coach seven years for Broad Ripple High School. Prior to that, he was an assistant basketball and baseball coach for Indiana University and a coach at South Bend Riley High School. Mr. Ring played basketball and baseball for Indiana University, of which he was a graduate, winning all Big Ten honors in both sports. He received the L.G. Balfour award during his senior year. Mr. Ring was captain of the basketball, baseball and football teams at South Bend Central High School, where he played for Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coaches John Wooden and Bob Primmer. Mr. Ring was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. He played professional baseball for the Indianapolis Indians, batting .400 in 1954. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the I Man and the Knights of Columbus. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, 1 Hall of Fame Court, New Castle, IN 47362, or to the American Cancer Society. Survivors include wife, Marilyn Crouch Ring; children, J. Steve, Robert E., Susan M. Ring, Cheryl R. Corey; a brother, James Ring; a sister, Adeline Hack; and two grandchildren.

Rick Scarberry
March 4, 1943 - Dec. 14, 2001
Rick Scarberry went home to be with his Lord Friday, Dec. 14, 2001. Rev. Scarberry was the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church, located at 3050 Edison, South Bend, Ind. There he pastored since its organization in 1997. Lovingly and consistently sharing the word of God with his congregation and anyone he met, he loved to preach, whether behind the pulpit, at a restaurant or in the gym. Prior to his calling to South Bend, Rick, with his wife Martha, resided in Peoria, Ill., where he was executive vice president of Fellowship Baptist College for three years, and continued as an evangelist for three years. His pastoral ministry began in 1970 when he traveled from Oklahoma to Superior, Wis., with his wife, two small sons and a small rental truck, which carried all his earthly possessions. There in Superior, he organized Twin Ports Baptist Church where he lovingly pastored for 21 years. He and his wife raised their four children there. As he served his Lord through shepherding his flock, establishing a K-12 Christian school, discipling children and adults, and impacting the community through evangelism and service. He was proud of his status in El P aso, Texas, as Hillcrest Baptist Church's "First Preacher Boy," where he served under "HIS" Preacher, Rev. Bob Stewart. He remained straight and true through countless generations. His legacy can be seen through the preachers and missionaries around the world who surrendered under his direction and influence. He enjoyed meeting and ministering to people in every community he lived in from Wisconsin to Texas. Every social activity he took part in from participating in community events to playing basketball at the YMCA. He was an impartial friend and loved everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife Martha of 36 years; his mother, Jewell Scarberry of Ardmore, Okla.; his brother, Darwin "Brother" and his family; and his younger brother Garland and his family. His oldest son David, with his wife, Britteny; their children, Brad, Brooke and Blake; his middle son Daniel, with his wife Andrea; their children, Louis, Levi and Lucas; his third son, Derick, with his wife Michelle; his youngest child, Deborah Jewell Ann, "his baby girl". He is also survived by countless loving people who comprised his church family. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Dickerson Scarberry. Thus, this ends Rick's earthly life. Having been a vessel of honor fit for his M asters use! All of his accomplishments he attributed to God's grace and for his Father's glory in whose arms he now abides eternally. Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Lighthouse Baptist Church, 3050 Edison Road,. South Bend, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour before services on Wednesday. Interment will be at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend. Memorials may be sent to "The Rick Scarberry Memorial Fund," c/o Lighthouse Baptist Church, 3050 Edison Road,. South Bend, IN 46615.

William E. Smith
March 14, 1921 - Dec. 13, 2001
William E. Smith, 80, of Milton Street in South Bend, Ind., passed away of natural causes on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Hospice House of St. Joseph County. Mr. Smith was born March 14, 1921, to Emerson and Effie (Sheets) Smith in Anderson, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents. On April 12, 1979, William married the former Ms. Susan Sheldon in Osceola, Ind. She survives. He is also survived by his two sons, Ron Smith of Seymour, Ind., and Bill Smith of Freetown, Ind.; four daughters, Chris Riesenbeck, Sandra Pferrer and Judy Smith, all of Florida, and Rebecca Wucsina of Mishawaka, Ind.; and by a stepdaughter, Roxanna Root of Freetown, Ind. Also left to cherish is memory are his brother, Jack Goens of Granger, Ind.; a sister, Juanita Cole of North Webster, Ind., and his twin sister, Delores Addison of Alexandria, Ind.; along with 16 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 16, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola. There will be no services. Mr. Smith was employed for many years in the maintenance department at the Park Jefferson Apartments. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Margaret A. Snyder
Nov. 5, 1920 - Dec. 8, 2001
Margaret A. "Maggie" Snyder, 81, of Mayflower Road, South Bend, Ind., died following a lengthy illness at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Your Home Assisted Care, South Bend. Mrs. Snyder was born Nov. 5, 1920, in Winthrop, Mass., to Alvin and Guida (Guillison) Smith, and had lived in South Bend since 1945. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lila R. Snider; and by a sister-in-law, Anne Kahn. On Oct. 30, 1948, in South Bend, as Margaret A. Smith, she married Arthur E. "Gene" Snyder, who survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Patricia L. (William) DeClue of Lander, Wyo., and Diane K. (Jon) Sloan of Hollywood, Fla.; one son, Richard E. (Chantelle) Snyder of South Bend; five grandchildren, Duke, Rex and Erik DeClue, Hayley Ann and Quincy O'Bryan; two brothers-in-law, William L. (Peggy) Snyder of Warsaw, Ind., and Albert Kahn of Cassopolis, Mich.; five nieces, Kimberly Fennel of LaGrange, Ind., Beth Ellen Moran of South Bend, Sally Efremoff of Canton, Ohio, Carol Bieneman of Columbus, Ohio, and Kathy Rusk of Kirkland, Wash.; and by two nephews, Daniel B. Snider of South Bend and Steven Snider of Muncie, Ind. Mrs. Snyder was a graduate of Medford High School in Medford, Mass., and Cambridge Hospital Nursing School in Cambridge, Mass., and received instruction in public health nursing at Indiana University. She served as an Indiana public health nurse, as a school nurse in Mishawaka, Ind., and as a Weight Watcher lecturer for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, South Bend, and the Morris Park Country Club, South Bend. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18th, in the Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street, with Rev. Daniel Berger of First United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation will take place at Michiana Crematory, South Bend. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service in the funeral home. Contributions may be made in memory of Peggy Ann Snyder to the Trinity Trust of First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601; or to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

Donald C. Sramek
Oct. 20, 1946 - Dec. 14, 2001
Donald C. Sramek, 55, of Windover Lane, Granger, Ind., died of kidney cancer Friday afternoon, Dec. 14, in Hospice House of St. Joseph County. Donald was applications engineer with C& E Sales of Dayton, Ohio. He was born Oct. 20, 1946, in LaPorte, Ind., to Raymond and Mildred (Skibbe) Sramek of South Bend, who survive. Donald was a 1965 LaPorte High School graduate, and he graduated from Indiana University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his two children, especially fishing and computer games. His hobbies included genealogy and model trains. On Jan. 28, 1969, in Indianapolis, Ind., he married Becky Irvin, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Amy Sramek of Mishawaka, Ind.; a son, Peter Jaeger of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Jean (Ron) Dubyak of Dorado, Puerto Rico; brother-in- law, Michael (Terri) Zimmerman of Indianapolis; a niece, Pamela Dubyak of Dorado; and three nephews, Luke and Patricia Zimmerman of Indianapolis, and Ron Dubyak II of Dorado. Donald was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Sramek Zimmerman. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Rd. (Auten and Laurel Roads, South Bend), with R ev. Gregory Fiechtner, pastor, officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger, Ind. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the HICKEY Funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road, 289-1000. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Logan Communities Resources, 1235 N. Eddy St., South Bend, I N 46617; or to the Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637; or to the church.

Joseph J. Vicsik
March 19, 1948 - Dec. 14, 2001
After a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, Joseph J. "Butch" Vicsik, 53, passed away early Friday morning, Dec. 14, in his brother's home in Granger, Ind. He is survived by a son, Jeremy T.; two brothers, Gary (Cathy) of Granger and James of Florida; nephews and nieces, Timothy (Christine) Vicsik of Mishawaka, Ind., Jimmy and Chris Vicsik of Florida, Barbara (Andrew) Fletcher of Niles, Mich., and Katie Vicsik of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. and Kathryn J. Butch's life began in South Bend, Ind., but after joining the Navy and serving two tours in Viet Nam, he made it a priority to travel and explore the world. Never staying in one place for long, he enjoyed the freedom of always moving on toward the next place he could call home. The last 15 years of his life were in Scottsboro, Ala., where he spent many hours with family and friends living life as he chose it. His closest companion was his dog "Bandit," who remained faithful and watchful until the end. As per his wishes, there will be no service, and he is to be cremated with his ashes spread in one of the few places he never visited, Alaska. Please make donations to Hospice House of St. Joseph County. Without their caring and constant attention, his final days would never have been so loving and dignified. The American Cremation and Burial Society, 2313 E. Edison Road, South Bend, I N 46615, is handling arrangements.

Jane M. Wagner
Feb. 12, 1939 - Dec. 14, 2001
Jane M. Wagner, 62, of 26271 CR 50, Nappanee, Ind., died at 6:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the IU Medical Cen-ter, Indiana-polis, Ind., where she had been taken earlier in the day after a sudden illness. She was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Bremen, Ind., to Henry W. and Bernice A. Montague Unsicker. She lived her lifetime in this area. She was a 1957 graduate of Bremen High School. On Feb. 2, 1958, she married Larry L. Wagner in Nappanee. She was a homemaker and co-owner of L.J. Wagner Home Interiors in Nappanee. She was a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church since 1958 where she had held many leadership positions. She was a member of the Nappanee Home and Garden Club, and was very active in the Nappanee community. Mrs. Wagner is survived by her husband, Larry; a daughter, Mrs. Brad (Cheryl) Yoder of Nappanee; a son, Steve (Lori) Wagner of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Heath and Haley Jane Yoder of Nappanee; a sister, Mrs. Tom (Becky) Lehman of Nappanee; and brothers, James Unsicker of Osceola, Ind., and Rick Unsicker of Elkhart, Ind. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. today and from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 18, in the Nappanee Missionary Church. Rev. Dave Engbrecht will officiate. Burial will be at Union Center Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jane Wagner Memorial Fund at Nappanee Missionary Church. Arrangements are with the Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

James W. Walker
Oct. 28, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2001
James Wesley Walker, 68, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Conecett County, Ala., to Oakley and Willie Mae Walker. He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie Mae; father, Oakley; two sisters, OraLee and Ann; and by a special friend, Joe Fennessee. In 1991 he married Ernestine Burdette. He has three daughters and two sons from previous marriages. James was a respectful person, and was loved by many people. James retired from the St. Joe County Highway Dept. He also enjoyed working construction. He was a beloved husband, father, brother and uncle. James will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory his wife, Ernestine Burdette of South Bend, Ind.; three daughters, Tina (Nelson) Cotton and Tracy Walker, both of South Bend, and Janay Walker of Dayton, Ohio; two sons, James Wesley Walker II and Atlantis Walker, both of South Bend; one stepdaughter, Bridgette Burdette of South Bend; and two stepsons, Maurice Burdette of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Angelo (Patricia) Burdette of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Aline Berrard of East Orange, N.J., and Dorothy Harris of Marietta, Ga.; four nieces and nephews; 17 grandchildren; special friends, Cary Batteast, Charles Trotter and Alberta "Mama Bert"; along with a host of other relatives and friends. Services for James W. Walker will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Greater St. John M.B. Church, 101 N. Adams Street, South Bend. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. and funeral services will be at noon. Burial will follow funeral service at Highland Cemetery, South Bend. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with services.

Michael J. White
March 21, 1955 - Dec. 13, 2001
Michael J. White, 46, of South Bend, Ind., died suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001. He was born March 21, 1955, in South Bend, to Ann Lippincott and the late Honorable William S. White. He is survived by his wife, Alnetta Levy, to whom he was married Aug. 22, 1998; three stepchildren and seven stepgrandchildren; a sister, Mary Staurt White of Brighton, Mich.; brothers, Stuart Woodward White of Lansing, Mich., and Stanley Lippincott White of Indianapolis, Ind.; and by nieces, Kristen, Kathleen and Samantha. Michael worked as a juvenile officer for the Berrien County juvenile center as a youth specialist for the past 14 years. He graduated from Lake Forest Academy and attended Hillsdale College and Western Michigan University. Michael was a founding member and captain of the "Walloonie Pirate Association." He was a devoted family man, and a respected model for the area's troubled youth. He was loved by family who will miss him. A memorial celebration of Michael's life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec.17, in the Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N. William St. There will be no visitation, and cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Diabetes Association of St. Joseph County.

Ann Blissenbach Wray
March 10, 1910 - Dec. 13, 2001
She was born March 10, 1910, in Mankato, Minnesota, to Joseph and Rose (Dahm) Blissenbach. She was a graduate of Mankato State Teacher's College with a BS in education. During World War II she was a social worker with Catholic Charities in the USO. Later in life, she taught in the Walkerton and North Liberty public schools. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Walkerton and served as President of the St. Patrick Women's Club. Her other memberships included Tri Kappa Sorority, the Row Crop Food Producers, the Walloon Lake Association, and the Johnson Township Extension Homemaker's Club. Her husband of fifty-four years, Donald I. Wray, preceded her in death on March 19 of this year. Two sisters and one brother also preceded her in death. She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Helen Wray of Walkerton and Virginia Malloy (Dennis) of Houston, Texas. The funeral M ass will be at 11:00 (EST) Tuesday, December 18, at St. Patrick Church in Walkerton. Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Patrick Church.

Dennis E. Bettcher
Oct. 21, 1938 - Dec. 10, 2001
Dennis Earl Bettcher, 63, residing on U.S. 31 South, Lakeville, Ind., passed away at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Fort Wayne Luth-eran Hospital. He was born Oct. 21, 1938, in LaPorte County, Ind., as the son of Robert Earl and Gennevia G. (Mann) Bettcher, and was a lifelong resident of this community. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Terry Bettcher. Dennie Bettcher was a loving grandpa, dad and husband. He cared deeply for his family, friends and those who surrounded him. He gave so much to the community by devoting his time to the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department and the Lakeville Little League, and helping with extracurricular activities at school. His love and devotion for children was so great that he spent 15 years of life driving the school bus for Union North United School Corporation, not only for his regular route but for extra school functions. Dennie graduated in 1957 from North Liberty Township High School. He was the owner/operator of Bettcher's Repair, was a school bus driver, and was a self-employed farmer. He enjoyed woodworking, was a member of the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department, a member and past president of the Lakeville Business C ommerce Association, and was a member of the Lakeville Lions Club. On Oct. 18, 1958, in Mishawaka, Ind., he married Karen F. Basham, who survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Tonya (Charles) Stanley and Dawn (Sid) Myrick, both of Lakeville; four sons, Dennis (Sue) Bettcher, Mike (Patty) Bettcher, Rodney (Cindy) Bettcher and James Bettcher, all of Lakeville; 16 grandchildren, Chad Stanley, Tara Stanley, Kendra Stanley, Charla Stanley, Becka Stanley, Dana Stanley, Dennis Bettcher, Brandon Bettcher, Kelsey Bettcher, Katie Bettcher, Rachael Bettcher, Michael Bettcher, Aaron Bettcher, Rodney Bettcher, Ryan Bettcher and Michaela Bettcher; a great-grandson, Auston Stanley-Horvath; and by a brother, William R. Bettcher of South Bend, Ind. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the First Community Church of God, LaPaz, Ind. Rev. Steven D. Cox, pastor of Cornerstone Community Fellowship, will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Fair Cemetery, North Liberty, Ind. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 South Michigan Street, Lakeville, and one hour prior to services on Saturday in the church. Contributions in memory of Dennis Earl Bettcher may be made to Lutheran Hospital, c/o the Heart Transplant Unit, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Mary A. Colburn
Jan. 21, 1910 - Dec. 12, 2001
Mary A. Colburn, 91, of the Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, D ec. 12, in the center. She was born on Jan. 21, 1910, in South Bend, Ind., to the late Myrtle (Fulkerson) and Charles Worthen. On June 18, 1929, in South Bend, she married Myron R. Colburn, who preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Colburn was also preceded in death by a son, Burton Colburn. Mrs. Colburn is survived by a son, John Colburn of South Bend. Mrs. Colburn retired in 1989 as a salesperson for Van Goey Jewelers and the Milady Shop. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, Mishawaka, Ind., and was a former member of the Order of E astern Star. Services for Mrs. Colburn will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the mausoleum chapel of St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Ind. Rev. Dale Speckman of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ will conduct the services. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. The Welsheimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Amanda L. Cole
July 30, 1910 - Dec. 5, 2001
Mrs. Amanda L. Cole, 91, precious loved one, who resided on South Walnut Street, South B end, Ind., departed from this life on Wednes-day, Dec. 5, in her residence. Amanda was born to the union of the late Obie and Laura (Robie) Childress in Tomnolla, Miss., on July 30, 1910. In 1948, coming from Evansville, Ind., she moved to South B end. Amanda and the late James Cole were united in marriage on Nov. 3, 1960. For many years she was employed as a domestic engineer in residential homes, retiring at the age of 62. Mrs. Cole joined Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in 1952 under the pastorate of the late Reverend D.F. Tate, where she served as president of the kitchen, vice president of the mother's board, and was a member of the Willing Workers Organization. Cherishing her memory will be three daughters, Ophelia (Charles) Morrell of South Bend, Joyce (Carl) Davenport and Bernice Kelly, both of Flint, Mich.; one son, Carlos (Sarah) Mayes of Las Vegas, Nev.; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Catherine (Al) Neal of Detroit, Mich., Marybell Cole of New York, N.Y., and Ruby (William) Watkins of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two stepsons, Robert (Sophie) Cole of Macon, Ga., and George Cole of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Estelle Childress of Muncie, Ind., and Ardessa Mayes of South Bend; a goddaughter, Jermat Mitchell; special friends in Christ, Estella Williams, Gertie Brown and members of the Mt. Olive Mother's Board; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Calvin Mayes; two sisters, Minnie Bishop and Rosie Jackson; and by three brothers, Issac Childress, Arthur Childress and Cleveland Childress. Services for Mrs. Cole will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Progressive Missionary Baptist C hurch, with Reverend Henry L. Giden Sr. officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Alford's Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

Areonna Elizabeth Hesiben
Dec. 15, 2000 - Dec. 10, 2001
Areonna Elizabeth Hesiben, "Aree," our precious eleven-month- old daughter, was taken from our midst after a sudden illness at 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Riley C hildren's Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. Aree was born to Karla M. McFarland and Demond Hesiben in South Bend, Ind., on Dec. 15, 2000. She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Karla McFarland and Demond Hesiben of Mishawaka, Ind.; maternal grandparents, Epsie McFarland of South Bend and Clarence McFarland of Fort Wayne, Ind.; paternal grandparents, Kimberly Hesiben and Tyrone Watford of South Bend; maternal great-grandmothers, Lula Wilson of South Bend and Dorothy McFarland of Toledo, Ohio; paternal great-grandmother, Florence Wilson of South Bend; a special aunt, Kim Davis of Sacramento, Calif.; other aunts, Michelle James of Indianapolis, Ind., Yvonne Willis of Fort Wayne, Vanessa Willis, Jan Willis, Derria Willis and Lori Willis, all of South Bend; uncles, Tyrone Watford Jr., Damon Watford and Michael Merriweather, all of South Bend, James Burkhead of Elkhart, Ind., Chale Watford of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert Merriweather of Sacramento, Calif.; a special cousin, Kenisha Wells of South Bend; a godmother, Denise Herron; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by uncles, Terry Davis and Charles Watford. Although only here for a brief time, Aree touched many hearts. Services for Aree will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Alford's Mortuary, with Brother Mitchell Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the services at Alford's Mortuary , which has been entrusted with arrangements.

Alfred G. Hughes Sr.
Feb. 21, 1929 - Dec. 10, 2001
Alfred Gaylord Hughes Sr., 62, was born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 21, 1929, to Carrie (Griffin) Hughes and John Wesley Hughes. He was called from this life at 8:55 p.m. Mon-day, Dec. 10, in Hospice House of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, Ind. On Jan. 16th, 1987, in Chica-go, he was united in marriage to Wanda Jenkins. The couple relocated to South Bend in 1997. H e joined the St. Augustine Catholic parish after being a visitor for three years. Alfred was educated in Chicago (Englewood High). After graduation he joined and served in the United States Navy, earning three awards: the World War II Victory M edal, a Navy O ccupation Medal and the China Service Medal. He was a member of the Slammers Bridge Club, a member of the St. Vincent Senior Traveling C lub, and was a former member of St. Dorothy's Catholic parish in Chicago. He worked as a commercial printer with the Tri-Ad Printing Company for several years in Chicago. After relocating to South Bend he worked faithfully with the University of Notre Dame (Snite Museum), even during his failing health. He leaves to cherish his memory a beloved wife, Wanda; a loving and devoted son, Alfred Hughes J r. of Forest P ark, Ill.; a stepson, Michael Jenkins; two sisters, Barbara Young of Chicago and Maisie (Calvin) Hayes of Sacramento, Calif.; three brothers, Thomas (Aloma) Hughes of Florence, Miss., James Hughes of Chicago and Leon (Gwenolyn) Hughes of Calumet City, Ill.; one step-grandson, Eric L. Armstrong; a surrogate sister and brother, Ollie M. Scott and Walter (Rip) Herron of South Bend; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many very special friends. Services for Mr. Alfred Gaylord Hughes Sr. will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, in Saint Augustine Catholic Parish, 1501 W. Washington Street, South Bend. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services in the church. Burial will follow funeral services at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Ind. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with services.

Beatrice Reese
May 12, 1943 - Dec. 9, 2001
Beatrice (Suggs) Reese, 58, was born in Bono, Ark., to James Suggs Sr. and Sylvia Rogers Suggs on May 12, 1943, and departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Elkhart, Ind. She was united in holy matrimony to George F. Reese in 1968. Beatrice had lived in Elkhart since 1959, coming from Vandalia, Mich. She served faithfully on the board of directors at the James Suggs Underground Railroad Museum, Vandalia, at the time of her death. "B" as we know her, worshiped three years at the Calvary Baptist Church in Elkhart under the leadership of P astor Tim Hewitt. She leaves to mourn her husband, George F. Reese; mother, Sylvia Rogers Suggs; daughter, Marian Edwards James of Elkhart; son, Jerry Lee Edwards of Coldwater, Mich.; sisters, Myrtle Suggs of Grand Rapids, Mich., Martha Suggs Spencer of Niles, Mich., Ethel Suggs Bradley of Grand Rapids, Toka S uggs Saunders of S outh Bend, Ind., Mary Suggs Ward of South Bend, Oddie Suggs Blackman of E lkhart and Trudy S uggs Mc C lellan of E lkhart. She was preceded in death by her father, James Suggs Sr.; a sister, Delartic Suggs; brothers, Tommie Suggs, James Suggs Jr., Isiah "Wink" Suggs and Allen D. Suggs; grandmother, Francis Henry; her great-grandmother, Esbella Contrell; grandmother, Mary Esters; and by grandfathers, Lonnie Rogers and Lee Rogers. Services for Mrs. Beatrice Suggs Reese will be at noon Friday, Dec. 14, in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home, 1032 W. Washington Street, South Bend. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow funeral service at Highland Cemetery. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Bertha Mae Tyler
Aug. 3, 1933 - Dec. 9, 2001
Mrs. Bertha Mae Tyler, 68, dear mother, grandmother and sister, who resided on Lulu Street, Kalamazoo, Mich., formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away after a three-week illness at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Tender Care Westwood Nursing Home, Kalamazoo. Bertha Mae, daughter of the late James and Bessie (Sanders) Williams, was born in Darling, Miss., on Aug. 3, 1933. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shatana Young; a sister, Irene Dixon; and by a brother, Jack Williams. In 1991, in South Bend, she and Robert Tyler were married. He preceded her in death in 1994. Bertha Mae had lived in Kalamazoo for about 18 months, coming from South B end. In 1995 she retired from Automatic Molding Plastic Company. She was also a member of Bethlehem Baptist C hurch where she sang in the choir. Mrs. Tyler leaves to mourn her loss four daughters, Victoria (Ernest) Hightower of Kalamazoo, Vevara (Rod) Hardiman of South Bend, Dorris Harris of Indianapolis, Ind., and Robbie Atkins of South Lyon, Mich.; four sons, Anthony (Linda) Atkins of Plano, Texas, Robert (Catherine) Atkins and Michael Tyler, both of South Bend, and Demetrius Atkins of Kalamazoo; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Irenell Morgan of Harvey, Ill., Ladora (Tommie) Southall of Skokie, Ill., and Mary Gray of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and two brothers, Major (Julia) Williams and Aberry (Vera) Williams of Indianapolis; along with a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Mrs. Tyler will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, in Bethlehem Baptist C hurch, with Reverend H ardy Petty officiating. Burial will follow at C hapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, Ind. Alford's Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

Allie Lee Williams
Dec. 11, 1919 - Dec. 9, 2001
Mrs. Allie Lee Williams, 81, who lived on East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, Ind., departed this life following an illness at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Cardinal Nursing & Re-habilitation Center. On Dec. 11, 1919, in Jackson, Tenn., Allie Lee was born to the union of the late Oncin and Artisha (Moore) Butler. In 1951, in Jackson, she and Nathaniel Williams were married. That same year, Nathaniel and Allie Lee moved to South Bend. They joined St. Paul Bethel Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess. Loving family members who survive include two daughters, Allie Johnson and Viola (Hezikah) Petty; one son, Nathaniel Williams Jr., all of South Bend; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; along with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel, who died in 1983; two sons, James Hankin and Jimmy Newbon; a granddaughter, Sharon Newbon; a grandson, Hezikah Petty; and by five sisters and three brothers. Services for Mrs. Williams will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 14, in St. Paul Bethel Baptist Church, with Reverend Gilbert Washington officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Alford's Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

Ruth A. Anderson
Oct. 1, 1917 - Nov. 21, 2001
Ruth A. Anderson, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born Oct. 1, 1917, to William and Lena (Footer) Fiedler in South Bend, Ind. Ruth was a graduate of South Bend Central High School. On Aug. 20, 1939, she married the late A. E. "Woody" Anderson. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Crawford; and by brothers, Fred and John Fiedler. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine (Michael) Carmichael of South Bend; sons, Tom (Kay) Anderson and Ted (Tracy) Anderson, both of South Bend; and by her six grandchildren. Ruth was an avid sports fan. She always rooted for the Indiana college teams, especially I.U. Funeral services for Ruth will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph Memorial Valley, with a graveside service. Memorials in Mrs. Anderson's name may be made to the charity of your choice. Services are arranged through Guisinger Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 3718 S. Michigan Street.

Chertrice Mayes
Oct. 16, 1980 - Nov. 26, 2001
Chertrice Mayes, 21, of Huey Street, South Bend, Ind., passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. She was born on Oct. 16, 1980, to Roy Mayes Sr. and Minnie Chester. She had lived here all her life, and in school she was an honor student. She is survived by her two children, Josiah Mayes and Ja R yah Barnes; her parents, Roy Mayes Sr. and Minnie, and stepfather, William Howell-Bey Sr.; maternal grandparents, Fred and Ruth Chester; three brothers, Roy Mayes Jr., Jeremy Mayes and William Howell-Bey; and by three sisters, Dominique Anderson, Gemini Howell-Bey and Queen Xiaoli Mayes, all of South Bend. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home, 1032 W. Washington S treet, South Bend. Burial will follow funeral service at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral H ome has been entrusted with funeral services.

Helen E. Van Wynsberghe
Nov. 21, 1910 - Nov. 29, 2001
Helen E. Van Wynsberghe, 91, of the Elkhart Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Long Island, N.Y., South Bend, Ind., and Sun City, Ariz., passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, in the nursing home. Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1910, in New York, N.Y. She taught school with the Mineola, Long Island, New York Schools and the South Bend Community School Corporation. Helen married Leon Rene Van Wynsberghe, who preceded her in death on June 4, 1981. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Mary Ann (Paul) Shanley of Granger, Ind.; a stepgranddaughter, Margaret (Michael) Rose; step-great-grandchildren, Sarah, Grace and Michael; and by a sister-in-law, Marguerite Pluta of South Bend. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Entombment will take place at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637-3437.

Louis M. Willekens
Aug. 9, 1956 - Nov. 27, 2001
Louis Michael Paul Willekens, 45, of North Main Street in Mishawaka, Ind., passed away following an illness Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Saint Joseph C ommunity Hospital. Mr. Wille-kens was born Aug. 9, 1956, to Frank C. and Betty (Govor-ko) Willekens in Mishawaka. On April 8, 1998, Louis married Mariane Fox in Mishawaka. She survives. Those left to cherish his memories include his parents, Frank C. and Betty Willekens of Mishawaka; a son, Louis Willekens of Mishawaka; a stepson, Timothy McCaige; two stepdaughters, Christina Brogdon and her husband, Chad, and Lisa McCaige and her fiancÚ, Shannon Balentine, all residing in Mishawaka; two brothers, F rank S. Willekens of Bristol, Ind., and Marc Willekens and his wife, Heather of South Bend, Ind.; four sisters, Linda Willekens and Lydia Willekens, both of South Bend, Marie Gildner and her husband, Greg of Mishawaka, and Michaela Newcomer and her husband, Ron of Elkhart, Ind.; two grandchildren, Blaine Brogdon and Austin Balentine; and six nieces and seven nephews. Mr. Willekens was a 1974 graduate of Mishawaka High School. He was employed as a transmission technician in the automotive industry in Mishawaka for over 20 years. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 30, in the C hapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, Ind. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, followed by interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Louis and Mariane, there is no relationship which is stronger, yet more delicate than this union to which you have committed yourselves. The vows you took that day will last for life. There will be days of adjustments and periods of change and growth, but the love that binds you will bring joy far surpassing any problems you may encounter in your lives together.

Genevieve Bender
June 24, 1908 - Nov. 7, 2001
Genevieve Bender, musician and association director, one of the most energetic forces in the South Bend musical and art world for more that 40 years, died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Saint Joseph Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind. She was 93. Mrs. Bender devoted her life to the promulgation of culture in the South Bend community. During the 1930s and `40s she was music director of The Progress C lub, and served as the youngest president of that organization. It was during these years that she served as a director on the board of the South Bend Symphony. In 1941 Mrs. Bender became a director of the South Bend Civic Music Association. As its impresario for more that 35 years, she organized an annual concert series that brought to South Bend some of the greatest artists of the time, such as Ezio Pinza, The Philadelphia Symphony under Eugene Ormandy and the American Ballet Theatre. During the same period she served as a director of the Midland Academy of Art. As an indefatigable fund-raiser for the American Red Cross during World War II, she had as many as 800 volunteers working under her direction. Her success earned her a trip to Washington, D.C., to receive honors awards. By 1951 she had served 10 consecutive years as member of the board of directors. In that year she was named head of the Red Cross residential fund drive. Genevieve Lulu Rebolt was born June 24, 1908, at Templeton, Pa., the youngest child of six. Her musical talents were honed at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. Her instrument was her dramatic soprano voice. It was at Ithaca, New York, that she met her future husband, Wesley Charles Bender, who at the time was studying at Cornell University. As a young lady, she tutored pupils and continued her music studies at Pittsburgh and appeared in various operatic productions. In 1933 she married Mr. Bender, and moved to South Bend when he was appointed to the Notre Dame faculty. In South Bend she became soloist at St. James Episcopal Cathedral. Mr. Bender died in 1995, a professor emeritus at Notre Dame. She was a longtime member of the Ladies of Notre Dame and the Hoosier Art Patrons Association. Her last philanthropic support went to the charitable foundation Preservation America. She was a founding contributor to this charity. The preservation of historic architecture was another aspect of her artistic interests. Her two daughters, Marilyn Bender Meyers of New York City and Alane Bender Singleton of Grand Haven, Mich., survive Mrs. Bender. A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 12, in St. James Episcopal Cathedral, South Bend. Tax-deductible memorial contributions may be made to Preservation America, c/o the Hickey Funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635.


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