SOUTH BEND -- Latife N. Marciniak, 51, South Bend, died at 11 p.m. Sept. 26, 2003, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
A service was held Sept. 27, at the Islamic Society of Michiana. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, Ind.
Mrs. Marciniak was born May 6, 1952, in Izmir, Turkey, to Ali and Naciyie (Vavarlikulu) Durna.
Survivors include one daughter, Belinda J. Gillem, Michigan City; one son, Ali Marciniak, Kokomo, Ind.; her mother, Naciye Durna, Izmir.; her fianc/, Henry Adkins, South Bend; three sisters, Emel Jackson, Belmont, N.C., Zuhal Hoskan, and Naile Durna, both of Izmir; one brother, Ahment Durna, Izmir; three grandsons, Anthony, Ethan and Trey Marciniak, Kokomo; three nieces, Naciye, Emily, and Begum; three nephews, Batu, Okan and Maurice; two great-nieces, Meaghan and India Madison; and one great-nephew, Burahan.
Memorials may be made to the family. Bubb Funeral Chapel of Mishawaka handled arrangements.
TRAIL CREEK -- Leo J. Kaminski, 91, Trail Creek, died at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15, 2003) at St. Anthony Memorial Health Centers.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Terrence Chase officiating. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel. The St. Joseph Young Men's Society will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
He was born Feb. 19, 1912, in Michigan City, to Bert and Josephine (Mazur) Kaminski. In Michigan City, on July 22, 1939, he married Frances Foldenauer, who died May 31, 2001.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally (Bob) Kelly, Angola, Ind., and Pat Calentine, South Bend; two sons, Donald (Kathy) Kaminski, Michigan City, and James (Debbie) Kaminski, LaPorte; three sisters, Floretta Henderlong and Dorothy Kaminski, both of Michigan City, and Margaret Oszuscik, Trail Creek; two brothers, Robert Kaminski and Lawrence Kaminski, both of Trail Creek; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Also preceding Mr. Kaminski in death were one son, Jack L. Kaminski; and one sister, Lucille Geyer.
Mr. Kaminski retired as a maintenance man from Weil-McLain. He had also worked at Pullman Standard as a welder and as a maintenance man at Jaymar Ruby. Mr. Kaminski was a member of Queen of All Saints Church and the St. Joseph Young Men's Society.
Howard E. Mitchell, 85, Michigan City, died at 12:10 p.m. Monday (Oct. 13, 2003) at St. Anthony Memorial Health Centers.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Earl Road Christian Church, with the Rev. Kim Cole officiating. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, with full military rites performed by John Franklin Miller American Legion Post 37.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carlisle Funeral Home.
He was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Michigan City, to Edward Franklin and Minnie (Draves) Mitchell. In 1940, in Michigan City, he married Lola Stradtner, who survives.
Survivors also include two sons, Dennis Howard (Janith) Mitchell, Zephyr Hills, Fla., and David Lee (Carol) Mitchell, Trail Creek; one daughter, Linda (Jerry) Ross, Michigan City; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and one sister preceded Mr. Mitchell in death.
Mr. Mitchell had been employed as an electrician with IBEW Local 531. A member of Earl Road Christian Church, he also served as an elder for the church. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mitchell was a charter member of IBEW Retirees Club and was a member of the John Franklin Miller Post 37, and the FOP Lodge 75 of Michigan City. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Memorial contributions may be made to Earl Road Christian Church.
NEW BUFFALO, Mich. -- Gertrude Revord, 80, New Buffalo, died at 8:03 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15, 2003) at St. Anthony Memorial Health Centers.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. EST Saturday at St. Mary of the Lake Church, New Buffalo, with the Rev. James Morris officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home, 15 N. Barton St., New Buffalo.
Mrs. Revord was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Berlin, Germany, to Otto and Anna (Ruszbuld) Mueller. On Nov. 29, 1947, in Newberry, Mich., she married Eugene Revord, who survives in New Buffalo.
Survivors also include one son, Michael (Carmelita) Revord, Austin, Texas; one daughter, Doris (Daniel) Quillen, Kokomo, Ind.; three grandchildren, Danielle (Donald) Evans, Tereassa (Trent) Bright and Janelle Revord; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Revord was a postal clerk with the New Buffalo Post Office for 21 years. A member of St. Mary of the Lake Church, Mrs. Revord served on the Altar Society and was a member of the choir. She was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 169 Auxiliary in New Buffalo, and was a member of the Women of the Moose 935.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Lake Church.
MADISON, Wis. -- Eugene Rulff, 75, Madison, died Monday (Oct. 13, 2003).
Burial will be in Michigan City.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1927, in Michigan City, to Walter and Elizabeth Rulff. His wife, Betty, died Dec. 14, 2001. The Rulffs had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on July 15, 2001.
Survivors include two sons, Christopher (Sandra) Rulff, St. Paul, Minn., and Mark Rulff, Seattle; one grandson, Lucas Rulff, St. Paul; and one sister, Sylvia Gott, El Cerrito, Calif.
Mr. Rulff had been a resident of Madison since 1954. He was a teacher in Madison for a short time. In 1955, while working on his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, he contracted polio. Despite his disabilities, Mr. Rulff founded a business, Handy Cabs, raised two sons, served on various local committees to improve services for the handicapped, attended sports events at the university and led a Great Books class for many years. None of this would have been possible without the devotion of his wife, Betty.
Ronald W. "Buss" Schofield, 74, Michigan City, died at 3:20 a.m. Monday (Oct. 13, 2003) at Westside VA Hospital, Chicago.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carlisle Funeral Home. Cremation will take place. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.
He was born April 7, 1929, in Michigan City, to Ronald T. and Gertrude H. (Wojciehowski) Schofield. On May 13, 1961, in Edgewood, Md., he married Doreen J. Richley, who survives.
Survivors also include three daughters, Deborah L. Schofield, Donna L. Schofield and Robin M. Jasicki, all of Michigan City; eight grandchildren, Adam Whitehead, Anthony, James and Erik Schofield, Christy and Matthew Woolum, and Amber and Amanda Jasicki; and one brother LeRoy (Julie) Barth, Michigan City.
Also preceding Mr. Schofield in death were one son, Ross W. Schofield; and one sister, Marlene Moore.
Mr. Schofield had been employed by Clark Equipment for 10 years and at Sullair Corp. for 10 years. He served in the U.S. Navy for seven years and in the U.S. Army for 15 years. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and retired from active duty in June 1969. Mr. Schofield was a lifetime member of the VFW of Michigan City. He enjoyed bowling with various teams in the Michigan City area and liked spending time with his friends at the Elks Club. Mr. Schofield also had his special dog, "King".
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Walter A. Gallas, 97, Michigan City, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 19, 2003) at Life Care Center of Michigan City.
The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Root Funeral Home, with the Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Burial is in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Gallas was born Jan. 16, 1906, in Michigan City to Anton and Pauline (Losinske) Gallas. He married Rose Poczekay, who died in 1986.
Survivors include one son, Eugene (Barbara) Gallas, Michigan City, and one granddaughter, Cheryl Zimpfer, Michigan City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Jamorz, Frances Kazmucha and Katy Povlock; and four brothers, John, Casimer, George and Joe Gallas.
Mr. Gallas retired as an assembler at Joy Manufacturing after 15 years of service. He also worked at Pullman-Standard in Michigan City and at the steel mills in Gary. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and loved to fish.
NEW CARLISLE -- Florence E. Punsky, 76, New Carlisle, died at 11:05 a.m. Monday (Oct. 20, 2003) at LaPorte Hospital.
The funeral is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Haverstock Funeral Home, LaPorte, with the Rev. Dennis Meyer officiating. Interment of ashes is at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.; and 8 a.m. until the service Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Punsky was born Sept. 18, 1927, in LaPorte to Frank and Marie (Weidman) Teveson. On June 2, 1946, in LaPorte, she married Howard Punsky, who died Sept. 15, 1995.
Surviving are one son, Howard Punsky, Adrian, Mich.; one grandson, Christopher Punsky; two granddaughters, Wendy (Chuck) Vinroe and Rhonda (Scott) Geisler; six great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Teveson, California.
She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Mrs. Punsky worked as a bookkeeper at Coca-Cola for 12 years. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and a 50-year Eastern Star member.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G St., LaPorte, IN 46350.
LaPORTE -- William P. Fischbacher, 91, LaPorte, died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21, 2003) at Life Care Center, Michigan City.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Michigan City, with the Rev. Eugene Kohlbecker officiating. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens after services.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Root Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Mr. Fischbacher was born on March 29, 1912, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Phillip and Anna (Schimps) Fischbacher. On Sept. 15, 1934, in LaPorte, he married Chrystal A. Majot Fischbacher, who survives.
Survivors also include one daughter, Jean Ann (John) Doyle, Michigan City; two sons, Jack (Sharon) Fischbacher, Michigan City, and David (Joyce) Fischbacher, LaPorte; six grandchildren, Eileen Doyle, Niles, Mich., Kathleen "Katy" Doyle, Michigan City, Lynn (Robert) Reynolds, Indianapolis, Pamela (David) Morris, Phoenix, William P. (Melody) Fischbacher II, Des Moines, Iowa, and Lisa (David) Hunter, Burbank, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are three sisters, Olga Zumsted, Sophie Brink and Marie Kuss; and two brothers, Henry and Ernest Fischbacher.
Mr. Fischbacher was the retired owner of Majot Feed and Seed Store in Michigan City and retired President of First Federal Savings and Loan after 10 years of service.
Before serving as President of First Federal Savings and Loan, Mr. Fischbacher sat on the board of directors for many years. He also was a one-term member of the County Council, served as a County Commissioner for 24 years and was a member of Coolspring Township Advisory Board. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and an honorary member of the Saint Joseph Young Men's Society. Mr. Fischbacher was also active in the Coolspring Township Institute.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.
LONG BEACH -- David W. Mantei, 60, Long Beach, died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 19, 2003) at University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago.
The Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Notre Dame Catholic Church, with Father Richard Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McKeon Funeral Home, 2410 Duneland Beach Drive, Michigan City.
He was born April 28, 1943, in Bristol, Conn., to Frederick and Wanda (Zabel) Mantei. On Sept. 6, 1965, in Bristol, he married Kathleen Mockus, who survives.
Survivors also include four daughters, Susan (Jeff) Koepke, Prospect Heights, Ill., Sara (Matthew) Broderick, Chicago, Ellen (Justin) Smith, Western Springs, Ill., and Allison (Greg) Mack, Vernon Hills, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Timothy and Hayley Koepke, Isabella and Justin Smith Jr., and Brendan Mack; one brother, Kenneth Mantei; and he was the fond uncle and great-uncle of many.
Mr. Mantei enjoyed a 35-year career as a mechanical engineer for Northwest Indiana companies. He was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church. Mr. Mantei also was a member of the Long Beach Civic Association. He received his bachelor of science degree at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., and received his master of business administration from Indiana University, South Bend.
Phyllis Steepro, 72, Michigan City, died Sunday (Oct. 19, 2003) at her home.
Cremation has taken place with private family services to be held at a later date. Root Funeral Home of Michigan City is handling arrangements.
She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Michigan City, to Otto and Nell (Garland) Bartels. On April 4, 1952, in Michigan City, she married Harvey A. "Pete" Steepro, who died Dec. 6, 1995.
Survivors include two daughters, Blythe (Larry) Topa and Sandy (Steve) Wajsgras, both of Michigan City; three grandsons, Brett and Brian Topa and Marc Wajsgras, all of Michigan City; one brother, Robert (Marlene) Bartels, Midland, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Donna (Jim) Burris, Michigan City; and many very special nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Steepro was the retired bookkeeper at Steepro's Shell Station in Michigan City for more than 30 years. She also worked at Sun Acre Fruit Farm as a packer and clerk for many years. Formerly, Mrs. Steepro was a member of the Delta Wives of Phi Delta Kappa in Michigan City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barker Road Enrichment Center in Michigan City.