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Legend: ● Obituary in listings ▲ Death notice / Pending BREMEN ▲ Gilmer, Elvina W. CASSOPOLIS ▲ Taylor, Arthur R. Sr. DOWAGIAC ▲ Shearer, Richard E. EDWARDSBURG ▲ DeForest, Henry L. ▲ Leach, Harold E. ELKHART ▲ Bloom, Ray B. ▲ Dunbar, Roger H. ▲ Faust, Dorothy R. ▲ Goodman, Ola V. ▲ Hartman, Marian M. GOSHEN ▲ Conway, Anne ▲ Eger, Lina B. GRANGER ▲ Zimmerman, Donald W. MACY ▲ Norris, Mary F. MICHIGAN CITY ▲ Stephens-Norvell, Evonne MISHAWAKA ▲ Means, Michael R. ▲ Schaller, Diana L. ▲ Violi, Frank NILES ●▲ Feirick, Maxene V. ●▲ Ondresky, Lori Lee ● Prince, Charles R. ▲ Swartz, Howard R. Jr. PLYMOUTH ●▲ Freeman, Richard Dale ROCHESTER ▲ Kern, Melvin J. SOUTH BEND ▲ Collmer, Dorothy L ● Dark, John D ● Gnott, Eleanore C. ● Kidder, Joan ● Krueper, Betty M. ● Lebo, Norma J. ● McKenzie, Gilbert ● Papandria, Rocco P. ● Pillman, Mavis ▲ White, Jeffrey STEVENSVILLE ▲ Workinger, Kathleen M. THREE OAKS ▲ Hass, Gregory WALKERTON ●▲ Bella, Anton WARSAW ▲ Meck, Earl S. WINAMAC ▲ Moon, Della M. AAnnttoonn BBeellllaa Oct. 17, 1917 – April 1, 2006 Anton “Tex”Bella, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Walkerton, passed away on April 1, 2006, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Katherine “Kay”;a son, Larry Alan of Mesa, Arizona;a grandson, Alan Lee (Cathy) of Clermont, Florida;and a great-granddaughter, Grace Katherine, also of Clermont. Anton was born in South Bend to Anton and Mary (Kovacs) Bella on Oct.17, 1917, and was a lifelong resident of the area. While attending Central High School, Anton dropped out of school and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 16 and was always proud of the many achievements of the CCC and what was accomplished for the country during those difficult times. November 17, 1939, was Anton’s first day with the Studebaker Corporation, where he was employed as a bench assembler.Later, he worked for many years in department 210 installing glass and trim. Another milestone in Tex’s life came in the late 30s when Tex met his bride-to-be, “Kay” Dubois, on a blind date arrangement by a friend.They were married on Father’s Day, June 16, 1940. Anton was laid off from Studebaker’s on February 10, 1942, and was later hired by the Bendix Aviation Corporation, where he stayed until being drafted by the Army Air Force on August 20, 1943. During his stay in the Army, Tex was stationed in Amarillo, Texas, where he got the nickname of “Tex.”After the war, Tex returned home to South Bend where he once again worked for Studebaker’s until their demise in 1964. In 1948 Tex and his family moved to Osceola where Tex and his wife, Kay, were faithful members of the Osceola Grace Brethren Church for over 50 years, where he served as trustee, assistant treasurer, and deacon. In 1964 Tex was hired by the Indiana and Michigan Electric Company, now AEP, and worked in various jobs at the Twin Branch generating plant until he retired in September 1979.For the next 14 winters, Tex and his wife enjoyed the warmth of Florida for six months out of the year in Zephyrhills. In later years, as their health gradually deteriorated, it became necessary for them to live at Miller’s Merry Manor in Walkerton.While it was difficult to leave their home of over 50 years, Dad was always brave in spite of all of life’s adversities.He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 will be held in the Zimmerman- Inman Funeral Home, 1109 Lincoln Way West, Osceola, at 2 p.m.Thursday.Interment will follow at St.Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. JJoohhnn DD DDaarrkk June 22, 1931 – March 31, 2006 Beloved husband and father, John Dark, 74, passed of natural causes in Weslaco, Texas, on March 31. Surviving are his wife, Donna Dark (Phillips);three children, Susan (Mickey) Spencer, Louisiana, Ray (MiMi) Dark, South Bend, Sharon (Gary) VanDusen, South Bend;six grandchildren, one step-grandchild, four great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosemary Clady, Lakeville. Preceding him in death were his sister, Joan Sterzik, and his parents, Marvin and Bernice Dark. He retired from Bendix, and was a member of Allied Signal Retirees Management. Hawkins Funeral Home, Weslaco, handled the arrangements. There will be no services. There will be a family gathering on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice. MMaaxxeennee VV.. FFeeiirriicckk July 13, 1923 – April 3, 2006 Maxene V.Feirick, 82, of US- 12 East, Niles, Michigan, passed away after an illness at 7:07 a.m.Monday morning, April 3, while a patient at Regency Place of South Bend.She had lived in the Michiana area all of her life. Maxene was born July 13, 1923, in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of the late Ross L.and Inez B.(Wright) Renwick. Maxene was married June 7, 1941, in South Bend, Ind., to Elroy H.“Slim”Feirick Sr., who preceded her in death on Nov.9, 1998.She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Makela;a son, Robert K.Feirick;and a grandson, Craig Makela. She is survived by two sons, David (Judy) Feirick of Niles, Mich., and Elroy “Bud” (JoAnn) Feirick Jr.of Elkhart, Ind.;and a daughter, Sandy Vanderboegh of Kalamazoo, Mich.She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren. Maxene was a loving mother and grandmother, and was a homemaker. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Paul E.Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, with Rev.Dan Miller, pastor of the Niles Missionary Church, officiating.Burial will follow at Adamsville Cemetery, Edwardsburg, Mich.Friends may call from noon until the time of services Thursday in the funeral home. RRiicchhaarrdd DDaallee FFrreeeemmaann May 16, 1939 – April 3, 2006 PLYMOUTH – Richard Dale “Dick”Freeman, 66, a Marshall County resident for the past 42 years, coming from Kosciusko County, died, following an illness, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, at 11:30 p.m.on Monday, April 3, 2006. Dick had lived at 700 S. Second St., Plymouth. He was born on May 16, 1939, in South Bend, the son of Dale D.and Eva B.Priser Freeman. He graduated from Warsaw High School with the class of 1958. From 1962 until 1964, Dick served in the United States Army. On September 20, 1964, in Warsaw, he and Cheryl Lynn Rosbrugh were married. Dick and his father owned and operated Freeman Construction. A man of many interests, he enjoyed painting, watching movies and working puzzles. A member of the National Rifle Association, he enjoyed guns and participating in target practice. He was a enthusiast and a fisherman.One of his favorite pastimes was teaching his grandchildren how to fish. He liked reading spiritual literature and reading his Bible. A member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Association, Dick attended the Plymouth Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and by their four chil- dren.They are Cathy and Tom Jolly, David and Stefanie Freeman, all of Plymouth, and Christy and Stan Murphy, Bremen, and Daniel and Tara Freeman, Plymouth. Dick’s mother, Eva B. Freeman, Warsaw, and six grandchildren survive as well. His granddaughters are: Brittany Jolly, Cayla Jolly, and Izabell Freeman, all of Plymouth, and Catara Murphy of Bremen.His grandsons are Nathan Jolly and Spencer Smith, both of Plymouth. Dick was preceded in death by his father, Dale, who died on February 4, 2003. Friends will be welcomed by the family at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home,1110 N. Michigan St.,Plymouth, from 4 to 8 p.m.on Thursday,April 6,2006,and at the church for one hour prior to the services on Friday. Funeral services will be held on Friday,April 7, 2006,at 11 the Plymouth Baptist Church, 11345 9A Road,Plymouth. Rev.Doug Jividen and Rev. Jim Repp,pastors of the church,will officiate. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial gifts in Dick’s name may be made to the Plymouth Baptist Church or to the Bremen Health Care Center. Letters of condolence and the sharing of memories may be sent to the family via EElleeaannoorree CC.. GGnnootttt Jan. 14, 1915 – April 2, 2006 Eleanore C.Gnott, 91, of Saint Joseph Care Center, formerly of Brick Road, passed away on Sunday, April 2, at 12:45 a.m.of natural causes. As Eleanore Janowiak she married Frank L.Gnott on June 23, 1934.He died March 27, 1976.She was a homemaker and mother.Preceding her in death were a daughter, Elizabeth A.Gnott in 1994, and a son, Edward E.Gnott in 2004.Also preceding her in death were her brother, Cashmer Janowiak;and sisters, Stella St.Germaine, Helen Grabowski and Mary Buysse. Surviving are two daughters, Jacqueline M.Gnott of South Bend and Janet H.Point of Kokomo, Ind.;and daughter- in-law, Sally L.Gnott of South Bend.She is also survived by six grandchildren, Lisa A. VorBroker (Jim) of Zionsville, Ind., Kevin Point of Chicago, Ill., Eric A.Point of Vicksburg, Mich., Edward E.Gnott II (Lori) of Edwardsburg, Mich., Stacey L.Huff (Tim) of Osceola and Eric M.Gnott of South Bend;13 great-grandchildren;and her beloved grand-dogs, Thorn and Baby Brier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m.on Thursday, April 6, in Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 U.S.33 North, South Bend, Indiana, where friends may call for two hours prior to the Mass.Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Refuge Inc., 2300 West 6th Street, Mishawaka, IN 46545. A special thank youfor the loving care and kindness that was given to our mother by the staff at Saint Joseph’s Care Center. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements. JJooaann KKiiddddeerr Sept. 22, 1926 – April 2, 2006 Joan Kidder, 79, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2006, in her home. She was born on September 22, 1926, in South Bend, to the late Samuel and Madelon (Moore) Bourdon, and was a lifelong area resident. On June 4, 1948, as Joan Bourdon, she married William A.Kidder, who survives.Along with her husband of 57 years, she is survived by her sister, Betty M.Boggs of South Bend; two sisters-in-law, Midge Bourdon and Ime Bourdon, both of South Bend;and by nieces and nephews from Florida to Alaska. She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by a sister, Alice Horn;three brothers, Jack L., Ralph and Richard Bourdon;and by a brother-in- law, Fred Horn. Joan was a member of the First Brethren Church of Ardmore and was well-known to the Ardmore area for her popcorn balls, which she would make during Halloween time. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 PM today, April 5, 2006, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N.Bendix Drive, South Bend. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 6, 2006, in the First Brethren Church of Ardmore, South Bend, where friends may call for one hour prior to the services.Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637;or to The First Brethren Church of Ardmore, South Bend. BBeettttyy MM.. KKrruueeppeerr April 15, 1926 – April 2, 2006 Betty M.Krueper, 79, passed away with her family at her side at 6:35 p.m.Sunday, April 2, in Memorial Hospital. She was born in South Bend on April 15, 1926, to Harry V. and Irene (Fetters) Brunette. Betty and Louis W.Krueper Sr.were married on August 3, 1946, in St.Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend.She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a dearly loved sister and aunt.Mrs. Krueper is survived by Lou, her husband of 59 years;and daughters, Beverly (Stephen) Grove and Mary Ann (Christopher) Kruk;sons, Louis (Judy) Krueper Jr.and David (Chris) Krueper;11 grandchildren, Stephen Grove, Sean Grove, Jocelyn Grove, Chelsea Grove, Beau Kruk, Mathew (Cherise) Krueper, Billy Krueper, Liz Krueper, Sarah (Mark) Futa, Emily (Aaron) Bolin and Drew Krueper;and seven great- grandchildren.She also leaves behind two sisters, Lucille (John) Burkart and Audrey (John) Lackman, and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, and by her sister, Lorraine Wolf, and her brother, Donald Brunette. Betty was wonderful wife and mother who was a role model for all who knew her. We, the members of her family, will never forget her devotion to God and the manner in which she met all obstacles that came her way.Her beautiful approach to life and her dignity at the time of death was a lesson for us all. She was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 6, at 10 a.m.Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 in the McGann Hay, University Chapel, 2313 E.Edison Road, where a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, to The American Cancer Society, to The American Lung Association, or to the charity of your choice. NNoorrmmaa JJ.. LLeebboo April 2, 2006 Norma Jean Lebo, 74, of Gulfport, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Gulfport.Ms.Lebo was a native of South Bend, Indiana, and had been a resident of the Gulf Coast since 1994.She attended Baptist Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO, and graduated from John Quincy Adams High School in 1949 in South Bend, IN.Ms.Lebo was a retired bookkeeper.Ms.Lebo was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Margaret Lebo, and by her sister, Jacquelyn Walker. Survivors include her brother, James L.Lebo, and his wife, Grace of Gulfport, and several nieces and nephews. DEA TH NOTICES AND OBITUAR Y INDEX Anton Bella Oct. 17, 1917 – April 1, 2006 WWAALLKKEERRTTOONN — Anton “Tex”Bella,88,died Saturday in Miller’s Merry Manor.Survivors include his wife,Katherine “Kay” (DuBois);and a son,Larry A.of Mesa,Ariz.Services will be at 2 p.m.Thursday in Zimmerman- Inman Funeral Home,Osceola, where friends may call from 6 to 7:30 Ray B. Bloom Feb. 8, 1914 – April 3, 2006 EELLKKHHAARRTT — Ray B.Bloom, 92,died at 6:10 p.m.Monday in Americare Nursing Home. Services will be at 1 p.m.Friday in Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home,where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday. Dorothy L. Collmer Dec. 2, 1919 – April 2, 2006 SSOOUUTTHH BBEENNDD — Dorothy L. Collmer,86,died Sunday in Hospice House of St.Joseph County of natural causes.Survivors include a daughter,Cynthia Fodness of South Bend.Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m.April 18,in the chapel at Southfield Village.Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m.Sunday in Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. Anne Conway June 18, 1925 – April 3, 2006 GGOOSSHHEENN — Anne Conway,80, died at noon Monday in Americare Living Center after an illness. Survivors include a sister,Nina Miller of Goshen.Services will be at 7 p.m.Thursday in Yoder-Culp Funeral Home,where friends may call one hour before services. Henry L. DeForest March 20, 1932 – March 30, 2006 EEDDWWAARRDDSSBBUURRGG — Henry L.DeForest,74,died Thursday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor,of natural causes. Survivors include three sisters, Vernice Holmes of Vale,S.D.,Inez Nelson of Rhinelander,Wis.,and Joyce VanBeek of Milwaukee. Private services were held.Chapel Hill Funeral Home,Osceola,handled arrangements. Roger H. Dunbar Aug. 24, 1916 – April 1, 2006 EELLKKHHAARRTT — Roger Henry Dunbar,89,died at 6 a.m.Saturday in Americare Living Center of congestive heart failure.Survivors include his wife,Laverna “Bobbie” (Morris);a daughter,Michelle Beard of Osprey,Fla.;and a sister,Joanne Ady of Santa Ana,Calif.Services will be at 10:30 a.m.Friday in Trinity United Methodist Church.Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday in Billings Funeral Home,and one hour before services in the church. Dorothy R. Faust May 11, 1918 – April 2, 2006 EELLKKHHAARRTT — Dorothy R. Faust,87,died at 5:55 a.m. Sunday in Hubbard Hills Estates.Survivors include a daughter,Patricia J.Gearhart of Baltimore;a son,William W.of Granger;and a sister,Marj Duhatschek of LaGrange,Ill.. Private memorial services will be held.There will be no visitation. Billings Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Maxene V. Feirick July 13, 1923 – April 3, 2006 NNIILLEESS — Maxene V.Feirick, 82,died Monday in Regency Place of South Bend after an ill- ness.Survivors include a daughter,Sandy Vanderboegh of Kalamazoo;and two sons,David of Niles and Elroy “Bud”Jr.of Elkhart.Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Paul E.Mayhew Funeral Home,Edwardsburg, where friends may call two hours before services. Richard D. Freeman May 16, 1939 – April 3, 2006 PPLLYYMMOOUUTTHH — Richard D. Freeman,66,died Monday in Memorial Hospital,South Bend, after an illness.Survivors include his wife,Cheryl L.;two daughters,Cathy Jolly of Plymouth and Christy Murphy of Bremen;two sons,David and Daniel,both of Plymouth;and his mother,Eva B.Freeman of Warsaw.Services will be at 11 a.m.Friday in Plymouth Baptist Church. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home,and one hour before services in the church. Elvina W. Gilmer Feb. 24, 1915 – April 2, 2006 BBRREEMMEENN — Elvina W.Gilmer, 91,died Sunday in St.Paul’s Healthcare Center,South Bend,of natural causes.Survivors include two sisters,Rose M.Lindahl of Chesterton,Ind.,and Patricia Phillips of Rockville,Md.Services will be at 11 a.m.Thursday in St.Dominic Catholic Church.Friends may call from 4 to 7 in Palmer Funeral Home-River Park,2528 Mishawaka Ave.,South Bend. Ola V. Goodman May 12, 1913 – March 31, 2006 EELLKKHHAARRTT — Ola V. Goodman,92,died Friday in Elkhart General Hospital of natural causes.Survivors include three daughters,Beatrice James and Hazel O’Connor,both of Chicago, and Viletta Redmon of Milwaukee; three sons,Walter of Bruce,Miss., Will of Nashville,Tenn.,and Charles of Sacramento,Calif.;and a sister, Willie M.Bland of Washington,D.C. Services will be at 11 a.m.Saturday in Canaan Baptist Church.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.Friday in Cobb Funeral Home,Elkhart Chapel,and one hour before services in the church. Marian M. Hartman July 20, 1928 – April 3, 2006 EELLKKHHAARRTT — Marian M. Hartman,77,died at 5:55 p.m. Monday in Elkhart General Hospital.Survivors include a sister,Nettie Waterman of Elkhart;a stepsister,Sharon Butcher of Elkhart;and a stepbrother,Harold Leer of Elkhart.Services will be at 10 a.m.Friday in Stemm-Lawson- Peterson Funeral Home,where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday. ARRANGEMENTS PENDING EEggeerr,, LLiinnaa BB..,, 91, of Goshen, died Tuesday; Waterman Westbrook Clouse Funeral Home, Elkhart. MMeeaannss,, MMiicchhaaeell RR..,, 57, of Mishawaka, died Saturday; Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, South Bend. NNoorrrriiss,, MMaarryy FF..,, 81, of Macy, died Tuesday; Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. WWhhiittee,, JJeeffffrreeyy,, 53, of South Bend, died Tuesday; Clark-O’Neal Funeral Home, South Bend. DEA TH NOTICES OBITUARIES Obituary Department Information Phone : 574-235-6169 F AX : 574-235-6424 E-Mail : See OBITUARIES/Page B5 See NOTICES/Page B5 CYANMAGENTAYELLOWBLACK EDITION 50R IN MEMORIAM Bill Stillson Jan. 20, 1961 – April 5, 2004 Two years ago you were suddenly taken out of my life due to injuries sustained from a tragic fall. By your death you so generously gave the ultimate gift of life through organ donation to four people who live on because of you. In life you also gave unselfishly of yourself to family and many friends. Bill, you are loved and missed so very much. No one knows the silent tears I still cry for you. I do feel your loving presence giving me the strength to continue on. You and my Dad will always remain close to my heart and in my prayers. Until our souls meet on the "Stairway to Heaven " Love, Your Wife, Jan 49708801 B4 South Bend Tribune MIROP OBITUARIES & DEATH NOTICES Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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