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Shirley A. Hooker - October 1, 2014

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Gerald J. Ujdak - October 1, 2014

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Paul W. "Bud" Lies - September 30, 2014

Paul W."Bud" Lies, 97, of South Bend, died on Tuesday September 30, 2014, in Hospice House, South Bend, IN. He was born on December 8, 1916, in Naperville, IL to John P. and Katherine (Frisch) Lies. On October 24, 1942 he married Esta Mae Lichtenbarger who survives. He is also survived by his son Ronald (Elizabeth) Lies, grandson Scott (Mariha) Lies, Brothers; Francis (Fay) Lies, Charles (Charlotte) Lies, Sister-in-law; Phyllis Kinzie, and...

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Alfred R. Denby - September 28, 2014

Alfred R. Denby, 95, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 7:10 a.m., Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Morningside Nursing and Memory Care. Al was born on March 18, 1919 to Maximilian and Genevieve Denby, as a Depression Era child. On September 26, 1941, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. He attained the Rank of Sergeant Major, and was honorably discharged from the service on December 8, 1945. He graduated from DePaul University earning a...

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Gregory A. Garvin - September 28, 2014

Gregory A. Garvin, 65, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday September 28, 2014, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on December 30, 1948, in Mishawaka, to Fred and Edna (Diemer) Garvin. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah (Jeff) Cox of Mishawaka; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Ryan, Steven and Allison; his father, Fred (Norma) Garvin of Columbus, OH; three sisters, Janet (Denny) Hartman of South Bend, Andrea (John)...

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Helen L. Murphy - September 24, 2014

Helen L. Murphy, 90, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in her home, following an illness. She was born on January 21, 1924 to the late Clarence and Daisy (Fraze) Fouse in Winchester, IN, and has lived in South Bend since September 1, 1949. Along with her parents; she is preceded in death by her two sisters, Annabelle Peters; Yvonne Lasley; and three brothers, Clarence Eugene Fouse; John Fouse; and...

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Thomas E. Owens, Jr. - September 24, 2014

Thomas E. Owens, Jr., 83, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 5:52 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Thomas succumbed to cancer and died peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 1, 1931 in Cicero, Illinois to Thomas E. Owens, Sr. and Edith (Bognar) Owens. Tom was the owner of the former Sun Valley Orange Juice Company in Michiana, and was known as the "Juice Man". He had also been employed as a...

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Joanne M. Gotsch - September 21, 2014

Joanne Marie (Matousek) Gotsch was born on February 24, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Margaret (Spinner) and Joseph Matousek. She married the late Gerald (Jerry) Gotsch on August 21, 1954, at St. Matthias Church in Chicago, Illinois. Surviving to cherish her memory are her two sons, Hon. Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. (Sarah) and Thomas J. Gotsch (Marilyn), nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson. A 1956 graduate (cum laude) of...

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Ella M. Riffel - September 18, 2014

Ella M. Riffel, 87, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 18, 2014, following an illness. She was born on June 23, 1927 to the late James J. and Gizella (Horvath) Fokey in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Sue Johnston; two sons, Michael R. Riffel; Jeffery A. Riffel; one sister, Mary Ann Frisz; and two brothers, James P....

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Josephine V. Sopczynski - September 16, 2014

South Bend - Josephine V. Sopczynski, 90, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday September 16, 2014, in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. She was born on August 23, 1924, in South Bend, to the late Joseph and Victoria (Rembleski) Olszewski and was a lifelong area resident. On October 16, 1948 she married Richard G. Sopczynski, who preceded her in death on August 25, 2000. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Nowacki and her...

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