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George C. VanGoey - August 17, 2013

George Charles VanGoey died in the company of his family at the Dujarie House, Notre Dame, Indiana on Saturday, August 17, 2013. George was born in South Bend, Indiana to Karel L. and Alphonsine Jean Felix VanGoey on December 25, 1927. George graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. Following his service in the Navy, George worked for the Studebaker...

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Timothy Cencelewski - August 16, 2013

Granger - Timothy W. Cencelewski, 63, of Granger, passed away Friday August 16, 2013, in Memorial Hospital, after a courageous 16 year battle with Parkinsons. He was born on June 7, 1950, in South Bend, and was a lifelong area resident. On May 19, 1979, he married Jeanne Badora, who surives. Along with his loving wife, he is survived by his daughter, Erica Cencelewski of Granger; his son, Jason (Michelle) Cencelewski of Mishawaka; two...

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Vincent L Piotrowski, Jr. - August 16, 2013

South Bend - Vincent L. Piotrowski, Jr., 70, of South Bend passed away Friday in his home. He was born on September 8, 1942, in South Bend to the late Vincent, Sr. and Louise V. (Kazmierczak) Piotrowski and was a lifelong area resident. After graduating from Washington high school, he attended Ball State University. He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Jack of Granger and Dean (Rene') of Bedford, TX; and by two nieces, Alisha (Jeremy)...

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Stanley J. Fleece, Sr. - August 11, 2013

South Bend - Stanley J. Fleece, Sr., 85, of South Bend, passed away Sunday August 11, 2013, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Born to the late Michael and Agnes Fleece on June 3, 1928, in Battle Creek, MI, he resided in South Bend since 1976. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were five brothers: John A., Seattle WA, Anthony J., Battle Creek, Paul T., killed in action, New Guinea, WWII, Paul I., killed by street car, Battle...

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Joan Kitkowski - August 11, 2013

Joan Kitkowski, 78, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 8:27 a.m. Sunday, August 11, 2013, with her family near her side at Hospice House. Joan was born on Aug. 24, 1934, in South Bend IN to Edmund and Violet (Nowak) Opaczewski. She lived in South Bend until 2008, before moving to Plymouth, IN. She married Elias "Kit" Kitkowski on May 11, 1955. Surviving are her three children, Jeff Kitkowski of South Bend, IN; Stacie (Robert)...

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Brother John Anthony Terlisner, CSC - August 11, 2013

Brother John Anthony Terlisner of the Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross died on August 11, 2013. Born in Carroll, Iowa, he first served as a teacher, dean, coach, principal and Religious Superior at St. Anthony High School, Long Beach, California from 1954 until 1967. He then served as a teacher, coach, dean and Athletics Manager at Archbishop Curley High School in Miami, Florida from 1967 until 1971. He also served as teacher...

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Brother Guy Joseph Eckels, C.S.C. - August 10, 2013

Brother Guy Joseph Eckels, C.S.C., age 68, died on August 10, 2013 at Gilmour Academy, in Gates Mills, Ohio. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the son of Guy and Genevieve (Sovich) Eckels. He attended St. Mary of the Lake Elementary School in Gary and then proceeded on to Andrean High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in June of 1963. He was accepted into the juniorate program of the Brothers of Holy Cross at...

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John Patrick Loughnane III - August 10, 2013

John Patrick Loughnane III passed away at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana on August 10, 2013, following a long illness. He was born on October 8, 1943 in Joliet, Illinois to John P. Loughnane II and Mary K. (Hausser) Loughnane. John was a graduate of Southern Illinois University and Valparaiso University School of Law. He was retired from the United States Army and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department. John is...

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Leota Ferne Rowe West - August 10, 2013

Leota Ferne Rowe West, 84 of LaPorte, Indiana died Saturday, August 10, 2013 in a car accident. Leota was born February 7, 1929, in Winamac, Indiana to Oszro & Nellie (Pfost) Osborn. She was a homemaker. She married Glenn Rowe on September 18, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1988. She then married Hobert L. West on July 21, 1997. He preceded her in death in the tragic car accident. Leota is survived by her children, Wanda (Jerry)...

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Josephine Seat - August 9, 2013

Josephine Seat, 67, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:30 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2013 in her home. Josephine was born on December 7, 1945 in Waterloo, Alabama, to Gilbert and Nora Lee (McDaniel) Vinson. She had lived in South Bend since 1967. On September 2, 1967 in Florence, Alabama, she married James Alfred Seat who survives. Also surviving are her two children, Jessica Alyce Seat and James Anthony Seat both of South Bend, Indiana;...

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