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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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Edmund J. Nowak - September 13, 2014

Edmund J. Nowak, 87, of Niles, Michigan, formerly of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 4:35 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 in his home. Edmund was born on June 16, 1927 in South Bend to Vitalis and Maryann (Wojciechowska) Nowak. At the age of 17 he wanted to serve his country and joined the Navy. He served as a Seaman Second Class during W.W. II and received a Victory Ribbon and W.W. II American Area Ribbon. After his honorable discharge...

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Denise Rae Geraghty Hagerty - September 12, 2014

Denise Rae Geraghty Hagerty, 56, of South Bend, Indiana entered eternal life on Friday, September 12, 2014 surrounded by her family in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Denise was born on May 10, 1958 in South Bend to Richard Eugene and Doris Jean (Rockwell) Geraghty, who both preceded her in death. On February 3, 1979 in St. Matthew Cathedral, she married P. Michael Hagerty, who preceded her in death on May 28, 2011. ...

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David R. Kunkel - September 12, 2014

David R. Kunkel, 71 of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. David was born on November 19, 1942 in Michigan City, Indiana, to Loren and Vivian Irene (Rogers) Kunkel. He retired from Bethlehem Steel, where he had been employed for 35 years. Survivors include two sons, David Kunkel, II of Michigan and Darrin (Kathy) Kunkel of LaPorte, Indiana; one step-daughter, Lisa...

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Roy R. Lowman - September 11, 2014

A hero passed away on September 11, 2014. Roy Richard Lowman was not only a hero as a former Marine and South Bend fire fighter but also a hero to all the lives he touched. Family came first to Rick. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. As a faithful member of the Elkhart East Christian Church, much of his time was spent at services and church functions. His hobbies consisted of traveling, golfing, and...

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Joan "Joni" M. Niedbalski - September 10, 2014

Joan "Joni" M. Niedbalski, 84, of South Bend, IN, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in her home. She was born on May 15, 1930 to the late Eugene and Mary Ann (Glon) Rakowski in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents; she was preceded in death by her brother, David Rakowski. Joan graduated in 1948 from South Bend Catholic High School. Mrs. Niedbalski retired in 1992 as a...

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Thomas Edward Brubaker - September 8, 2014

Thomas Edward Brubaker, 84, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 7:02 a.m., Monday, September 8, 2014 in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. Thomas was born on November 2, 1929 in Elkhart, Indiana to Gerald and Nellie (Myers) Brubaker. He had been employed with W.S.B.T. for 19 ½ years. He had also been employed with Channel 34, and was an Executive Director for the Studebaker Museum. After retiring, he was a Set Designer for the South Bend...

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H. Stephen Nye - September 8, 2014

H. Stephen Nye, 71, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:55 a.m., Monday, September 8, 2014 in Morning View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Stephen was born on November 17, 1942 in Buffalo, New York to Harry and Bernice (Zamorski) Nye, and had lived in South Bend since he was seven years old. Stephen was the owner of EIS Environmental Engineers in South Bend. On April 3, 1998 at Diamondhead Waikiki, Hawaii, on a sailboat, at sunset, he...

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