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Peggy J. Duff Oct. 30, 1947 – July 28, 2003 ELKHART — Peggy Jeanne Duff,55,of Fort Wayne,formerly of Elkhart,died at 8:50 a.m.Monday in Byron Health Care Center,Fort Wayne,of natural causes.Survivors include two daughters,April Snyder of Columbia City,Ind.,and Wendy Hunsucker of Paragon,Ind.Services will be at 3 p.m.Saturday in DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home,Columbia City, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.Friday and one hour before services Saturday. Patricia A. Gray April 28, 1923 – July 29, 2003 MARCELLUS — Patricia Ann Gray,80,of 12500 Hoffman St., died Tuesday in her home.Survivors include her husband,Clarence M.;a daughter,Suzanne Gray of Elkhart; and a son,David of Eaton Rapids, Mich.Private graveside services will be held.There will be no visitation. Mater Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Phillis W. Gregory April 14, 1945 – July 29, 2003 GOSHEN — Phillis Wanda Gregory,58,of 211 Queen St.,died at 12:18 a.m.Tuesday on North Main Street of natural causes. Survivors include two daughters, Wilma Wagner and Teresa Gregory, both of Goshen;a son,Michael of Mishawaka;four sisters,Bonnie Boynton,Alice Martinez,Jewellene Diaz and Salley Auglliar,all of Goshen;and three brothers,Paul Troxell and Dallas Troxell,both of Goshen,and Steve Troxell of Elkhart.Services will be at noon Thursday in Yoder-Culp Funeral Home,where friends may call one hour before services. Inez J. Gruver Oct. 20, 1912 – July 28, 2003 ELKHART — Inez J.Gruver,90, of 28070 County Road 24,died at 11 p.m.Monday in Hubbard Hill Estates of natural causes.Survivors include a daughter,Ruth A.Bohs of Rochester,three sons,Hugh J.and Ted A.,both of Elkhart,and Ned A. of Goshen;and two sisters,Doris Erb and Marigrace Forrest,both of Elkhart.Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hubbard Hill Estates. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home,and one hour before services Thursday in Hubbard Hill Estates. Johnathan A. Haynes May 17, 1987 – July 28, 2003 ARGOS — Johnathan A.Haynes, 16,of 7719 19th Road,died at 10:32 a.m.Monday when his car struck a tree on 19th Road,west of Fir Road.Survivors include his par- ents,Ravonda and Charles Haynes; a sister,Melynda Haynes of Argos; and a brother,Waylon of Argos. Services will be a 11 a.m.Friday in Walnut Church of the Brethren. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home,Plymouth,and one hour before services Friday in the church. Anna M. Hoening April 2, 1916 – July 28, 2003 LAPORTE — Anna M.Hoening, 87,of 2632 S.U.S.35,died at 4:10 p.m.Monday in LaPorte Hospital of natural causes.Survivors include a son,Robert H.of LaPorte.Services will be at 11 a.m.Thursday in Haverstock Funeral Home,where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Dora C. Jarvi Oct. 20, 1914 – July 3, 2003 MENTONE — Dora Catherine Jarvi,88,of Colorado Springs, Colo.,formerly of Mentone,died at 5:10 a.m.July 3 in Colorado Springs.Survivors include two daughters,Joanna Forste of Naples, Fla.,and Aino Jarvi of Colorado Springs;a son,Edward Weitz of Shrewsbury,Mass.;and two brothers,Paul Redinger of Oswego,Ind., and Byron Redinger of Fort Wayne. Services will be at 11 a.m.Saturday in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel,Warsaw.There will be no visitation. Eugene J. Kowalik Sept. 18, 1927 – July 28, 2003 SOUTH BEND — Eugene J. “Sarge”Kowalik,75,of Dresden Drive,formerly of Brookfield Street, died Monday in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center after an ill- ness.Survivors include his wife, Dolores H.(Kosinski);three daughters,Ann M.“Annie”Weller of Mishawaka,and Cindy DeBruyne and Michelle Wasoski,both of South Bend;a son,Jim S.of Mishawaka; two sisters,Wanda Lukasiewski of Seminole,Fla.,and Helen Blalock of Palm Bay,Fla.;and a brother,Joe of Homosassa,Fla.Services will be at 10 a.m.Friday in St.Stanislaus Catholic Church.Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m.Thursday in Kaniewski Funeral Home,3545 N. Bendix Drive,where a rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Bud N. Lester Feb. 28, 1919 – July 27, 2003 WAKARUSA — Bud N.Lester, 84,of 10501 Patterson Road,died Sunday in his home.Survivors include his wife,Alma (Horn);four daughters,Elizabeth Hulsey,Susan Pittman,Lena McClure and Rita Russwurm,all of Elkhart;four sons, Darrell,Elisha “Buck,”Tony,all of Elkhart,and J.Richard of South Bend;a sister,Armanda Osborne of Virginia;and two brothers,Clyde of Elkhart and Bill of Virginia.Services will be at 1 p.m.Thursday in Billings Funeral Home,Elkhart,where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 Penny Makela July 14, 1954 – July 15, 2003 NILES — Penny (Feirick) Makela,49,of Universal City,Texas, formerly of Niles,died July 15 of cancer.Survivors include her husband,Bruce;a daughter,Staci;her mother,Maxene Feirick of South Bend;a sister,Sandy Vanderboegh of Niles;and two brothers,David Feirick of Niles and Bud Feirick of Elkhart.Memorial services will be at 5 p.m.Saturday in the family home. Colonial Funeral Home,Universal City,is handling arrangements. Nelson E. Marks Aug. 10, 1927 – Feb. 22, 2003 PLYMOUTH — Nelson Ellsworth Marks,75,of Denver, N.C.,formerly of Plymouth,died Feb.22 in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte,N.C.Survivors include his wife,Joyce (Smith) Marks;two daughters,Ganell Waterman of Raleigh,N.C.,and Ann Herold of Huntersville,N.C.;two sons,Curtis of Raleigh and Jimmy of Dunn, N.C.;five sisters,Betty Zillmer and Luella Anderson,both of Bremen, Barbara Harley of Argos,Ellen Samuels of Plymouth and Janet Mankowski of South Bend;and two brothers,Eldon of Fresno,Calif.,and Paul of Baltimore.Services were held in Charlotte.Friends may call from 11 1 p.m.Saturday in the James Anderson residence. Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home is handling local arrangements. Mary S. Miller Dec. 21, 1928 – July 28, 2003 NEW PARIS — Mary S.Miller, 74,of 69257 County Road 21,died at 2:15 p.m.Monday in Goshen General Hospital.Survivors include her husband,John C.;two daughters,Cheryl Cotter of Bryan,Ohio, and Karen Kubota of Lowell,Ohio; three sons,Gary of Goshen,Randy of Norfolk,Va.,and Timothy of Overland Park,Kan.;a sister,Wilma Yoder of Nappanee;and three brothers,Marvin,Gilbert and Edward Stutzman,all of Nappanee. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in East Goshen Mennonite Church,where friends may call from 6 to 8,2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday and a prayer service will be at 9:15 a.m.Friday.Yoder- Culp Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Timothy E. Mitchell Jan. 6, 1969 – July 29, 2003 GOSHEN — Timothy E.Mitchell, 34,of 205 South Greene Road,died at 11:55 a.m.Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital as the result of a motorcycle accident in 1987. Survivors include his mother, Marcia J.Mitchell of Goshen;his father and stepmother,Ed and Linda Mitchell of Granger;and a sister,Tamara Appenceller of Milford.Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.Thursday. Charles E. Neldon July 2, 1957 – July 28, 2003 SOUTH BEND — Charles “Chuck”E.Neldon,46,of Leer Street,died Monday in Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Survivors include his wife,Lou Ann (Bollinger);two daughters, Kimberly and Julie Neldon,both at home;a son,David at home;his mother,Leah Neldon of Bulls Gap, Tenn.;a sister,Beverly Pendergrass of Mishawaka;and two brothers, Mike of South Bend and John of Niles.Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Palmer Funeral Home- River Park,where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 George F. Noelanders April 16, 1932 – July 29, 2003 DOWAGIAC — George Francis Noelanders,71,of Marcellus Highway,died Tuesday in his home of natural causes.Survivors include his wife,Patricia (Vollmer);and two sons,James L.Vickery of Adrian, Mich.,and Michael K.Smith of Dowagiac.There will be no services or visitation.McLaughlin-Clark Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Geraldine A. Owsley Jan. 5, 1940 – July 28, 2003 PIERCETON — Geraldine A. “Gerry”Owsley,63,of 289 EMS R 4 Lane,died at 6:10 p.m.Monday in Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.Survivors include her husband,Holley;two daughters, Kathy Wright of Columbia City, Ind.,and Cindy Lursen of Warsaw; two sons,Toney of South Haven, Miss.,and Holley “Bubs”of Pierceton;two sisters,Frankie Grammond of Turner,Ore.,and Betty Ochs of Yakima,Wash.;and a brother,Claude Smith of Yakima. Services will be at 1 p.m.Friday in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton,where friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m.Thursday. Lynnette Shippee March 15, 1927 – July 28, 2003 ROLLING PRAIRIE — Lynnette Shippee,76,of 3322 E.U.S.20,died at 9:25 p.m.Monday in LaPorte Hospital of natural causes. Survivors include her husband, Richard;a daughter,Michelle Finney;two sons,Reinie of Rolling Prairie and Richard of New Buffalo; her mother,Theresa Hopper of LaPorte;a sister,Marion Brady of Rolling Prairie;and two brothers, James Hart of LaPorte and Alden “Chuck”Hopper of Michigan City. Services will be at 11 a.m.Friday in Cutler Funeral Home,LaPorte, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday and two hours before services Friday. George N. Spillman Nov. 13, 1908 – July 26, 2003 GRANGER — George N. Spillman,94,of Cleveland Road,died Saturday in Regency Place of South Bend of natural causes.Survivors include five daughters,Patricia Perkins,Louise Karasiak and Darlene Peiffer,all of South Bend, Judy Roberts of Granger and Debra Franks of Satsuma,Fla.;three sons, Theodore of Escondido,Calif.,Paul of Osceola and James of South Bend; and two sisters,Dorothy Morgan and Marion Brown,both of Albuquerque, N.M.Memorial services will be held at a later date.There will be no visi- tation.Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N.Williams St.,is handling arrangements. Patrick A. Sunday Feb. 14, 1951 – July 29, 2003 BRISTOL — Patrick Arthur Sunday,52,of 16128 County Road 108,died at 3:41 a.m.Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital of an apparent heart attack.Survivors include his wife,Sue A.(Churchill); daughter,Heather R.Gingerich of Elkhart;his mother,Marie Sunday of Bristol;and a brother,Michael A. of Saginaw,Texas.Memorial services will be held at a later date.There will be no visitation.Hartzler- Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Kitsy M. Weldy Aug. 11, 1936 – July 29, 2003 BREMEN — Kitsy Marie Weldy, 66,of 903 N.Center St.,died at 4 a.m. Tuesday in her son’s home.Survivors include a daughter,Tina Keyser of Bremen;two sons,Dale Jr.and Mike, both of Bremen;three sisters,Dorothy Youngman and Donna Rhoades,both of Granger,and Bette Warner of Mishawaka;a brother,George Markley of Roseland;two stepsisters, Leslie Eppert of Nappanee and Debbie Eppert of Lapaz;and a stepbrother,Mike Markley of Bremen. Services will be at 2 p.m.Friday in Mishler Funeral Home,where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.Thursday and one hour before services Friday. Taylor W. Willis Jr. April 22, 1929 – July 28, 2003 LAPORTE — Taylor W.Willis Jr., 74,of 1225 W.Severs Road,died at 5 p.m.Monday in LaPorte Hospital of natural causes.Survivors include his wife,Lois;and two daughters,Debra W.of Chicago and Janet of LaPorte. Services will be at 1 p.m.Thursday in Haverstock Funeral Home,where friends may call from 4 to 8 Friends may come to celebrate his young life on Thursday, July 31, 2003, from 4 to 8 the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N.Michigan St., Plymouth. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m.Friday, Aug.1, in the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos, where funeral services for John will be held at 11 a.m., with Pastor Tony Schneiders officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery, Argos. Memorial gifts in John’s name may be made to the Argos High School Weight Room, a place he enjoyed and where he would wish to have enhanced in his memory. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson- . BBuudd NN.. LLeesstteerr Feb. 28, 1919 – July 27, 2003 Bud N. Lester of 10501 Patterson Road, Wakarusa, Ind., died in his residence on Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the age of 84. He was born Feb.28, 1919, in Dwight, Va., the son of Elisha C. and Judy (Mullins) Lester.He married Alma Horn on Feb.7, 1942, in Paynesville, W.Va.He is survived by his wife;four sons, Darrell (Phyllis) Lester, Elisha “Buck”Lester, Tony (Sandy) Lester, all of Elkhart, and J. Richard (Marsha) Lester of South Bend;four daughters, Elizabeth (Clyde) Hulsey, Susan (Tryone) Pittman, Lena (Jim) McClure and Rita Russwurm, all of Elkhart;31 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren;two brothers, Clyde Lester of Elkhart and Bill Lester of Virginia;and one sister, Armanda Osborne, also of Virginia.Mr.Lester and his wife lovingly cared for two grandchildren, Joe and Tina Quaraishi;and one great-grandson, Steven Potts since birth.He is preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Goorehouse, two brothers and one sister. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8, July 30, 2003, at the Billings Funeral Home in Elkhart, where the service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.Pastor Rick Pirtle of the Riverview General Baptist Church of Elkhart will officiate.Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Bud was a veteran, serving in the U.S.Army during World War lI. After returning to civilian life, he worked as a farmer and a cabinet maker for several manufactured home companies in the area, eventually retiring from Michiana Industries. If not with his family, Bud spent most of his time either in his garden or in his wood shop.He was a blessing in our lives and will be greatly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Elkhart County, and condolences may be sent to the family at www.billings - . PPaauull AA.. MMoonnttaavvoonn IIIIII Sept. 30, 1947 – July 24, 2003 Paul Aloyious Montavon, III, 55, of Woodbridge, Va., died on Thursday morning, July 24. He was born Sept.30, 1947, in New York City, N.Y.He lived in Woodbridge for the last 18 years, coming from Mishawaka, Ind., where he had been a longtime resident and Clay High School graduate. Survivors include his companion, Sally Verstreet;daughters, Carol Montavon-Bealor of Granger, Ind., Jacqueline Montavon of Mishawaka and Yvette Montavon of Newport News, Va.;sons, Paul Montavon IV of South Bend, Ind., and Nicholas Montavon of Mishawaka;his mother, Stella of Sarasota, Fla.;sisters, Mary of Carbondale, Ill., Michele of Boston, Mass., Elizabeth of Milwaukee, Wis., and Stephanie of Sarasota; brothers, William of Sarasota, Matthew of Rome, Italy, Anthony of Harrisonburg, Va., and John of Carrboro, N.C.;and three grandchildren, Izzy, Alexis and Lydia. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Aug.1, at 8 the Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend.Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m.prior to the service in the funeral home. CChhaarrlleess EE.. NNeellddoonn July 2, 1957 – July 28, 2003 Charles “Chuck”E.Neldon, 46, residing on Leer Street, South Bend, Ind., passed away at 3:10 a.m.Monday, July 28, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. He was a manager for G.L.Perry, South Bend, for 26 years, from 1972 until the store’s closing in 1997.Most recently, he was employed with Liberty Mortgage, Mishawaka, Ind. Chuck was born on July 2, 1957, in Niles, Mich., to James and Leah (Nieb) Neldon.He was preceded in death by his father, James Neldon in 1993. On Aug.13, 1982, in Nappanee, Ind., he married Lou Ann Bollinger, who survives. Along with his wife, Lou Ann Neldon of South Bend, he is survived by two daughters , Kimberly Neldon and Julie Neldon, both at home;one son, David Neldon at home;his mother, Leah Neldon of Bulls Gap, Tenn.;maternal grandmother, Mary Yanke of Niles;one sister, Beverly Pendergrass of Mishawaka;and by two brothers, Mike Neldon of South Bend and John (Dana) Neldon of Niles. Chuck was a member of the Western Avenue Business Association where he served as president, and was a graduate of the 1975 class of Niles High School. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.Thursday, July 31, in the Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend. Rev.Ed Erskin, pastor of Northway Church of Christ, South Bend, will officiate.Graveside services and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 in the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Chuck E.Neldon may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7363 E.21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219. DDiiaannee RRoosseennsswweeeett Sept. 8, 1906 – July 28, 2003 Diane (Wise) Rosensweet of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away quietly on Monday, July 28, at the age of 96. Her son, Ron, and wife, Ruth, her daughter, Barbara and husband, Bill, along with grandchildren, Debbie, Lisa and Amy, and great- grandchildren, Andrew and Jenna, survive Diane, devoted wife of the late Joe Rosensweet. Diane was born in Russia, immigrated to the the age of three months, and was raised in Seattle, Wash.After marrying Joe in 1927, they enjoyed 76 blessed years together.Joe and Diane retired to Scottsdale in 1976 after residing in South Bend, Ind., and Wilmette, Ill.Although family and friends will miss her, they are consoled that she has rejoined Joe. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, in Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Brandeis University, National Women’s Committee, P.O.Box 549110, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. FROM PAGE D5 Obituaries FROM PAGE D5 Notices CYANMAGENTAYELLOWBLACK EDITION D6 South Bend Tribune MIWednesday, July 30, 2003 43367701 Blue Water Bridge delays jeopardize safety,trade PORT HURON,Mich.(AP) — The Blue Water Bridge is plagued by delays that could jeopardize the safety of commuters and hamper international trade between the United States and Canada,officials said. The bridge is one of the busiest commercial crossings on the U.S.-Canada border,with between 14,000 and 20,000 vehicles crossing its twin spans daily. American and Canadian officials discussed security,infrastructure and economics at a state Senate Transportation Committee hearing Monday on border crossing safety in Port Huron. Canadian House of Commons member Roger Gallaway pleaded for greater political dialogue be- tween Michigan and Canada. Post-Sept.11,2001 security measures and design problems are threatening a blossoming economic relationship,Gallaway said. He spoke of an Ontario taxi driver detained and turned away for “entering too many times,”and an International Symphony volunteer refused entry to the United States on suspicion of being unlawfully employed. “These (arbitrary refusals) impact not only our local and regional economies,but also erode personal and cultural exchanges,”Gallaway said. “There must be a greater degree of objectivity in sifting those who enter.” State Sen.Jud Gilbert,R-Algonac,chairman of the transportation committee,pledged to work closely with Gallaway to address some of the issues he raised. Dan Elash of the Blue Water Bridge Authority, which operates the Canadian side of the bridge, said the Canadian plaza needs to be expanded and improved. The Michigan Department of Transportation also is doing a planning and environmental study to expand the U.S.plaza to meet security and transportation needs for the next 30 years. Bridge manager Paige Williams estimated the project will cost between $150 and $200 million.

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