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Mary Ellen Adams - December 17, 2014

Mary Ellen Adams, 71, passed away on December 17, 2014, surrounded by her family in her home in South Bend, Indiana following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mary was born February 24th, 1943 to the late Bernice (Radecki) and Benedict Sopczynski in South Bend, Indiana. On June 16, 1966, she married Everett Dean Adams with whom she shared many happy years until his death in February 2011. Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Matthew...

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Patricia Ann Bonczynski - December 17, 2014

Patricia Ann Bonczynski, 81, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in her home. Patricia was born on September 16, 1933 in South Bend to Chester L. and Florence (Burger) Merrill. She retired in 1990 from Indiana Bell after 33 years of employment. She had also been the secretary/treasurer for Local CWA 4802. On April 26, 1952, in the Linden Avenue Church of Christ, she married Edward Bonczynski, who...

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Rev. James F. Blaes, C.S.C. - December 14, 2014

Rev. James F. Blaes, C.S.C., 88, died Sunday (December 14, 2014) at Holy Cross House. He was born to Frederick and Agnes (McNellis) Blaes on Sept. 16, 1926, in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended St. Joan of Arc grade school and Cathedral High School, run by the Holy Cross Brothers, graduating in 1944. With WW II ongoing, Fr. Blaes attended the University of Notre Dame for four months, followed by a stint in the U.S. Army. In 1946, he entered the...

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Esther J. Homeleski - December 14, 2014

Esther J. Homeleski, 86, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday December 14, 2014, in her home. She was born on June 12, 1928, in South Bend, to the late George and Josephine (Celmer) Gotowka. On June 5, 1948, as Esther J. Gotowka, she married Alexander Homeleski, who preceded her in death in April 1978. Esther is survived by her son, Michael (Marcy) Homeleski of Fishers, IN; her grandsons, Blayne (Rana) and Tyler Homeleski, both of Fishers; a...

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Henrietta L. Elias - December 13, 2014

Henrietta L. Elias, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. She was born on February 8, 1925 to the late Joseph Martin and Josephine (Stankiewicz) Chlebek in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Clara (Dorn) Chlebek; and a brother, Joe Chlebek. Henrietta was a homemaker, and also worked as a...

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Essie "Fay" (Howell) Lies - December 9, 2014

Fay Lies, 90, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, surrounded by family. She was born July 1, 1924 in Iowa Park (Burkburnett), Texas to Samuel P. and Thelma B. (Collier) Howell. She married Francis A. Lies on October 5, 1945 in the Catholic chapel on Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX on his return from WWII, and resided in South Bend since. Mrs. Lies was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Francis, a daughter Joy...

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James P. Panowicz - December 9, 2014

Granger - James P. Panowicz, 84, of Granger, passed away on Tueseday December 9, 2014, in Michiana Health and Rehabilitation. He was born on January 18, 1930, in Dunkirk, NY, to the late James and Wanda (Konwinski) Panowicz. On September 5, 1959 he married Mary Ann Feirrell, who preceded him in death on August 12, 1993. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Panowicz in 2000. James is survived by his three daughters, Susan (Robert)...

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Virginia H. Wesolowski - December 9, 2014

Virginia H. Wesolowski, 84, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 11:16 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, Indiana. Virginia was born on August 7, 1930 in South Bend to Chester and Helen (Greszczk) Deranek, and was a lifelong resident. She had been employed with Singer Sewing for 10 years; Simon Brothers for 10 years; Louvered Door Restaurant as a cook for 12 years; and St. Mary's Convent as a dietician for...

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John T. Przybysz - December 7, 2014

John T. Przybysz, 83, of Dowagiac, Michigan, formerly of South Bend, passed away at 4:56 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. John was born on May 24, 1931 in South Bend to Alex and Christine (Odusch) Przybysz. He was a retired salesman, having been employed with US Aviex and Standard Products. On October 13, 1952, in Holy Cross Church, he married Donna M. Ellis, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters,...

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Sister Joyce Troyer, C.S.C. - December 6, 2014

Sister Joyce Troyer, a Sister of the Holy Cross for over 55 years, was an elementary teacher in Midwest schools for 16 of those years and quoting her, "I loved every minute of it." How fitting that Sister Joyce went to God on the Feast of St. Nicholas described often as a festival for children. A serious illness caused Sister Joyce to move out of elementary teaching to teaching for eleven years in the Basic Adult Education Center in Elkhart,...

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