Miss Helen Borough 1981

Miss Helen Borough 1981

Miss Helen Borough. 21. of DeerField Beach, Fla. formerly of South Bend and Diamond Lake. died Monday in her home. The Broward County Medical Examiners Office ruled her death a suicide by hanging, adding she was last seen alive around 7 a.m. Monday. Her body was found by her sister shortly after.3 p.m. that day. She was a resident of Deerfield Beach for three years. She was born on May 26, 1960, and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and Florida Atlantic University. She. is survived by three sisters. Mrs. Kent (Mary) Squiers of Delray Beach. Fla.. Mrs. Arthur (Alice) Ahrens of Boca Raton and Miss Carol Borough of Deerfield Beach; her parents. Mr. and Mrs. William I. Borough of Deerfield Beach and her maternal grandmother, Mrs.Kathleen O'Boyle of South Bend .Funeral services were today in the Becker Funeral Home. Deer­field Beach. Rev. Dwayne L. Black. pastor of the First United Presby­terian Church of Pompano Beach. officiated

Bradford Phelps 1984

Bradford Phelps 1984

Bradford Phelps, 26, of 1314 Hine St., died Wednesday night in Memo­rial Hospital of natural causes. Clark's Funeral Chapel is in charge arrangements.

Jeffrey K. Merrill 1986

Jeffrey K. Merrill 1986

Jeffrey K. Merrill, 27, of Portland, Ore. Formerly of South bend, was killed Saturday in an accident in Tracy, Calif. Mr. Merrill’s van went over an embankment and overturned after the right rear tire blew out according to a spokesman for the California Highway patrol. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. Mr. Merrill as born Aug. 8th, 1959 in Sought Bend and lived in South bend until six years ago. He is survived by two sisters, Tammie S. Merrill and Lori G. Merrill, both of Mishawaka : Five brothers Jack K. Merrill and Randall E. Merrill both of South Bend and Mark A Merrill, Michael P, Merrill and William L. Sanderson all of Mishawaka. His Parents Blanche E. Sanderson Of Mishawaka and Jack K, Merrill Sr. of South Bend, His maternal grandmother Hazel Gilchrist of South bend and his paternal grandmother, Marion Merrill of Mishawaka. Service will be at 1:00pm Thursday in Guisinger Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 pm today in the funeral home. Mr. Merrill was an Air Force Veteran.

Kevin Lipsey 1989

Kevin Lipsey 1989

Lipsey - Services for Kevin Ray Lipsey, 29,. of 813 N. Hill St, Who died October 24 in Seattle, Wash. Following an automobile accident, will be at 1 p.m Wednesday at Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ. Burial will be In Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Alfords Mortuary

Tony Lee Ivory 1990

Tony Lee Ivory 1990

1958 - 1990

South Bend- Services for Anthony Lee Ivory, 32 of Chicago formerly of South Bend, who died Tuesday at his home after an illness, will be at 6:p.m. Saturday in Clark’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services on Saturday in the funeral home.

Mr. Ivory was employed as a security guard in Chicago. He was born January 24, 1958, in South Bend and Moved to Chicago from South Bend in 1978. He is survived by his parents, Mary Katherine and John L. Ivory of South Bend; three sisters, Beverly Harbor and Robin Ivory, both of South Bend, and Cheryle Aldridge of Niles; and three brothers, John and David both of South Bend; and Jay L. of Atlanta. He was a Graduate of LaSalle High School and Devry Institute of Technology, Chicago

Steven C. Stout 1994

Steven C. Stout 1994

1958 - 1994

Aug. 23. 1958 – Dec. 15. 1994 SOUTH BEND Steven C Stout. 36, of Boston, formerly of South Bend, died about 7 p.m. Dec 15 in his home after an Illness. Mr. Stout was self-employed as the owner of South Street, a specialty design and paint­ing firm. He was born Aug. 23, 1958, In South Bend and lived in South Bend until 10 years ago. He is sur­vived by a friend. Larry Barron of Boston; his parents, Lorraine and Frank Stout of South Bend; a sister. Kim DeBaille of South Bend: a brother, Brian of Walkerton; and two nieces and nephews He was a graduate of LaSalle High School, Indiana University and Boston Museum of Fine Arts Cremation has taken place J.S. Waterman & Sons Funeral Home, Boston, handled arrangements Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Hospice, 1ll Cypres St., Brookline, MA 02146

Bettie Sue (Fisher ) Emerson 1994

Bettie Sue (Fisher ) Emerson 1994

Oct 19 1958 – Jan 25 1994

South Bend - Services for Betty Sue Emerson 35, of 407 Birdsell St. who died at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday in her home after an illness. Service will be at noon Friday in Alford’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery Friends may call one hour before services Friday in the funeral home. Betty was employed by Indiana Bell Telephone Co. As an operator. She was born Oct 19, 1958 in South Bend. In South Bend, she married Michael Emerson. He survives, with her mother, Louise Fisher of South Bend; an aunt, Cozzie Scott of South Bend; and an uncle, Clarence I. Tharpe of Indianapolis

Richard A. Lechtanski 1995

Richard A. Lechtanski 1995

Sept 21, 1958-Aug 14, 1995

SOUTH BEND ~ Richard A. Lechtanski. 36, of East Calvert Street, died at 11:28 p.m. Monday in Memorial Hospital of a gunshot wound Mr. Lechtanski was employed by Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172. He was born Sept. 21, 1958, in South Bend. He is survived by his parents, Lillian R. and Steve R. Lechtanski of South Bend; and two brothers, RobertA. of South Bend and Russell of Edwardsburg. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School.Services will be al 10 a.m. Friday in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Cremation will place. McGann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.

Robert W. Rodick: 1998

Robert W. Rodick: 1998

Sept. 27, 1958-Feb. 28, 1998 SOUTH BEND – Robert W. “Birddog” Rodick, 39, of N. Brookfield Street, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Rodick was born on Sept. 27, 1958, in South Bend, Ind. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1977 and attended Hillsdale and Kellogg Community Colleges where he played football and baseball. Robert was active in the South Bend city recreation softball and flag football leagues. He played on the M.R. Falcon 1979 State Champion Flag Football team. He is survived by his parents, Donald “Dutch” Rodick of South Bend and Betty Rodick of Douglasville, Ga.; a sister, Christine Pullin of South Bend; and by four brothers, Greg of Indianapolis, Steve of Douglasville, and Doug and Joe, both of South Bend. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dutch, who died on March 10, 1986. A Mass of Christian Burial will be performed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 today in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 S. Kemble Avenue. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilson’s Disease Association, C/O Ascher Sellner, M.D. 4 Navahoe Drive, Brookfield, CT 06804.

Guy A. Fulton 1999

Guy A. Fulton 1999

Dec. 3, 1957 - April 28, 1999
Guy Alan Fulton (Shaque Jabril), 41, who resided in Buffalo, New York, formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, April 28, in his residence. On Dec. 3, 1957, in Buffalo, he was born to the union of James and Shirley R. Fulton, Sr. His father, James Fulton, Sr., and a sister, Bertha Lee Baldwin, both preceded him in death. Guy graduated from LaSalle High School and Indiana University School of Music. He toured many countries, singing in numerous operas, which included Germany, Denmark, Italy and Rome, the Grand Opera House, Vienna, Austria, and the New York Metropolitan Opera. At the time of his death he was employed as a supervisor with the Graphic Controls Corporation and the Buffalo Metropolitan Opera. Surviving relatives include his mother, Shirley R. Fulton; three brothers, Theodore Fulton, James L. (Rose) Fulton, Jr., and Gary Fulton, all of South Bend; two sisters, Tenika Cooper of Yazoo City, Miss., and Justin Bailey of Buffalo; two nieces, Jennifer Fulton and Jamillah Fulton, and a nephew, Jahmad Fulton, all of South Bend. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Alford's Mortuary. Private services were held at Misjid Darasalaam, with burial following in Buffalo where the Richard Meadows Funeral Home handled arrangements. Alford's Mortuary is handling local arrangements.

Dean B. Heintzelman 2002

Dean B. Heintzelman 2002

July 10, 1958 - Dec. 2, 2002
Dean B. Heintzelman, 44, residing on Brush Trail, South Bend, Ind., passed away at 7:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, after a car accident on Redwood Road, South Bend.
Dean had been a building inspector for the St. Joseph County Building Department since 1984. He was born on July 10, 1958, in South Bend, to the late Walter and Esther (Glon) Heintzelman, and lived in this community all of his life.
On Sept. 30, 1995, in South Bend, he married Melody Lemon, who survives. Surviving along with his wife, Melody Heintzelman, are two daughters, Sarah Heintzelman and Patricia Lemon, both of South Bend; a son, Dean Michael Heintzelman of South Bend; his aunt and uncle, Virginia and Harold Koch of South Bend; three sisters, Darlene Hite, Michaelene "Mickey" (Gerry) Lane and Kathlene (Joe) Cornelis, all of South Bend; and by a brother, Joe (Karen) Heintzelman of Granger, Ind.
Dean enjoyed riding KTM dirt bikes, was a certified skin diver, an avid fisherman, and enjoyed playing pool at his brother's pool hall, "Oscar's Billiards," and other pool leagues.
Memorial services will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 6, in Calvary Chapel, 2511 Milburn Blvd. Mishawaka, Ind. Rev. Duane Wilson, pastor of the church, will officiate. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dean B. Heintzelman may be made to his children's College Education Fund, c/ o Teacher's Credit Union, 110 S. Main, South Bend, IN 46601.

Michael J. Murray 2003

Michael J. Murray 2003

 1958 - May 13, 2003

SOUTH BEND -- Michael J. Murray, 44, of Sheridan Plaza, died Monday in Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lottie and Larry Williamson of Mishawaka; his father, Dan Murray of Marion, Ind.; three sisters, Diana Williamson of Mishawaka, Donna Solleder of Boise, Idaho, and Bridget Murray of Bloomington, Ind.; and a brother, Steve Butler of Fort Wayne. There will be no services or visitation. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Cindy Orlovic 2003

Cindy Orlovic 2003

Cynthia J. "Cindy" Orlovich, 43, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Friday, Sept. 19.2003
She was an accounting supervisor for E.T.S. for 10 years. Cynthia was an active member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., with services at 4 p.m. in Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2015 S. Arlington Ave., Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Community Hospital Foundation Hospice Unit.
She is survived by her mother, Margaret (Tucker) Mynsberge; a brother, Keith (Tina) Mynsberge; a sister, Shelly Orlovich; nieces, Kristin Mynsberge and Helen Orlovich; a nephew, Brandon Mynsberge; her companion, Norman Green; aunts and uncles, Lanita and Bob Wallace, and Cal and Lorraine Mitchell, Marvin and Betty Nix; and by many close cousins and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Mynsberge.
Services have been entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, Indianapolis.

Robert Christopher "Bob" Stachowiak 2005

Robert Christopher "Bob" Stachowiak 2005

Robert Christopher "Bob" Stachowiak 2005
Robert Christopher "Bob" Stachowiak, 46, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 4, 2005, of an apparent heart attack.

He was born on March 11, 1959, in South Bend, Indiana, to Patricia and Leonard Stachowiak.
On May 30, 1985, in South Bend, he married Dawn Reed, who survives, along with a daughter, Mandy of Savannah, Ga. Bob is also survived by a sister, Trina (Tom) Schultheis of Mishawaka; brothers, Chuck of Keller, Texas, and Doug (Amalia) of Glenco, Ill.; nieces, Tagin and Cameron Schultheis; nephews, Zach Schultheis, Nicholas and Trevor Stachowiak; and an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding Bob in death were his father, Leonard; maternal grandparents, Jennie and Eddie Smith of Poquoson, Va.; and paternal grandparents, Sophie and Sylvester Stachowiak of South Bend, Ind.
Bob moved to Jacksonville over two decades ago where he was gainfully employed in the construction trades. His co-workers valued him. Friends and neighbors loved Bob for his kindness and willingness to help and knew he was the man to call if they needed any help at all. No one can take his place, and all who knew him will surely miss him.
Funeral was held on April 8th in Jacksonville. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the American Heart Association.
When I am gone, release me, let me go,I have so many things to see and do.You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess, How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it's time I traveled on alone.So grieve a while for me, If grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on, So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near, And if you listen with your heart you'll hear. All of my love around you soft and clear, And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll great you with a smile and "WELCOME HOME."

Jerome C. Comer 2006

Jerome C. Comer 2006

May 24, 1959 - July 4, 2006
On July 4, 2006, at 5:39 a.m., Jerome Clark Comer, 47, passed away unexpectedly in his home.
He was born to Lestine Pettus of South Bend, and was adopted by James and Minnie Comer, who both preceded him in death.
On March 19, 1980, he married Karen Brandy. From this union, his heart, Jennifer Vance, was born. Jennifer and her husband, Mark, later gave him two grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.
Jerome graduated from LaSalle High School in 1977. He played basketball and was an extraordinary tennis player up until his death. He was baptized at Saint Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Gilbert C. Washington.
For several years he worked for Mastics Corporation before their closing. After working for Mastics, he worked as a telemarketer in downtown South Bend.
Jerome was very loved by his family and his memory will be cherished by his ex-wife, Karen Brandy-Comer of South Bend, Indiana; his daughter, Jennifer V. (Mark) Liddell of South Bend; two grandchildren, Kevin Jerome and Kamille Charlotte; his in-laws, Barbara V. Brandy and Eddie Brandy of South Bend; two brothers-in- law, Abdulla Karim and Kenneth (Tanicia) Brandy, all of Chicago; a sister, Ruth Clark; biological mother, Lestine Pettus of South Bend; and a biological brother, Rev. Anthony Pettus of Fort Wayne, Indiana; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jerome Comer Memorial Fund at Teachers Credit Union.
Services for Jerome Clark Comer will be held on Monday, July 10, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. in Alford's Mortuary, where friends may call one hour before services for visitation.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Alford's Mortuary. Condolences may be sent to, c/o the Comer family.

Gerald Barr 2007 

Gerald Barr 2007 

Aug. 18, 1958 - Dec. 8, 2007
SOUTH BEND - Mr. Gerald Curtis Barr, 49, died Saturday morning, the 8th of December. Gerald was born on August 18, 1958, to the union of Harvester Barr and Jacqueline Barr, who survive. Other survivors include three brothers, Gregory, Gary and Glen (Marion) Barr; a sister, Gail Barr-Smith; two sons, Gerry Barr and Jeremy Barr; two daughters, Genita Barr and Gemisha Barr; three grandchildren, Jeffery Davis, Geoin Barr and Geron Barr; stepdaughters, Tawana, Tateea and Tara Brown; nephews, Keith, Ryan, Aaron and Derrick; his fiancée, Rose Ellis; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services for Gerald will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. Friends may come one hour prior to the services in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.

Steven W. Williams 2008

Steven W. Williams 2008

Feb. 23, 1959 -- March 5, 2008
SOUTH BEND -- Steven W. Williams, 49, passed away March 5, in his residence. Survivors include his parents, Richard (Anna) Malone Williams and Doris (Dan) Kaizer, all of South Bend; his wife, Penni Williams; daughter, Kelly (Eric) LaLone of LaPorte; son, Todd Williams of North Carolina; sister, Marcia Williams of Elkhart; brother, Richard (Sherri) Williams of Rolling Prairie; and a grandson, Connor LeLone. Cremation will take place. Friends may visit with the family
on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McGann Hay, University Chapel on Edison Rd.

Beth A. (Johnson) Hesler 2010

Beth A. (Johnson) Hesler 2010

Nov. 11, 1958 - May 1, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Beth Ann Hesler, 51, residing in South Bend, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Miller's Merry Manor, Walkerton, IN. She was born November 11, 1958, in South Bend, the daughter of Earl and Norma Lee (Kollar) Johnson, and had remained a lifelong resident of this community. On September 15, 1979, in South Bend, as Beth Ann Johnson, she was united in marriage to Jerry R. Hesler, who passed away March 24, 2010. She was also preceded by twin infant sons, and by a sister, Janice Rose. Beth is survived by three daughters, Lorie Hesler, Andrea (Terry) Kuespert and Shaunda Hesler, all of South Bend; two grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Kuespert; her parents, Earl and Norma Lee Johnson of Foley, Alabama; a sister, Lynne (James) Korpal of Granger; along with many nieces and nephews. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 South Michigan Street, South Bend. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. today in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy on behalf of Beth Ann Hesler may be offered to the Palmer Funeral Home. Online condolences to the Hesler family may be sent to
Published in South Bend Tribune on May 4, 2010

Victor Charles Cummings Sr.

 Victor Charles Cummings Sr 2010

 Sept. 16, 1959 - Sept. 13, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Mr. Victor Charles Cummings , Sr., 50, beloved father and brother, who resided on Windsor Place, South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

Victor was born to the union of Willis and Elaine (Cornell) in Chicago, Illinois, on Sept. 16, 1959. His employment history included managing McDonald's and Pizza Hut for many years and working as a truck driver for Snyder's for three years. He worked as a laborer three years for Lock Joint Tube and at the time of his death he was employed as a pipe cutter for Curtis Products. His hobbies included playing bingo, listening to music, eating, and watching Notre Dame football and Chicago Bears football games.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Elaine Cummings , and three brothers, Valton, Vincent and Van Cummings .

Survivors left to cherish his memory include one son, Victor Charles Clifton Cummings Jr. of South Bend, Indiana; two sisters, Valerie Cummings of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Vivienne (Ronald) Lax of South Bend; three brothers, Edward (Cleary) Cornell of Locust Grove, Virginia, Vern (Amy) Cummings of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Vaughn Cummings of Manassas, Virginia; three aunts, Vivienne Cornell and Jean Robinson, both of Chicago, Illinois, and Patricia Jackson of Battle Creek, Michigan; one uncle, Paul Cornell, Sr. of Springfield, Illinois; special friends and extended family, Catherine (Roy) Davis, Lynda Nolan, Yeesha Tillis and Rochelle (Nay-Nay) Conigan; along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Victor Charles Cummings Sr. will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, in Alford's Mortuary. Viewing will be at the chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alford's Mortuary where messages of condolence may be e-mailed to, c/o the Cummings family.
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Michael J. Albright

Michael J. Albright 2010

Oct. 8, 1958 - Oct. 26, 2010 
SOUTH BEND - Michael James Albright , 52, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2010, in his home after an illness.

Michael was born October 8, 1958, in South Bend, Indiana, to James F. Albright , who preceded him in death on May 8, 2002, and Betty J. Grannell, who preceded him in death on March 31, 1997. He was also preceded in death by grandparents, Carolyn and Frank Albright , and Hardy Grannell.

Michael was employed with Walgreen's for 31 years, and was a store manager at the Walgreen's Drug Store on Bendix Drive in South Bend, Indiana.

On July 22, 1978, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Tamara, "Tammy" K. (Lee) Albright . Surviving with his wife Tammy are his daughter, Crystal (Mathias Ballard) Albright of Mishawaka, Indiana; grandchildren, Kassidy Whitt and Peyton Ballard; and a sister, Elyse (Raymond) Russell of North Liberty, Indiana.

Michael was a 1976 graduate of LaSalle High School and attended Vincennes University. He was a hardworking, dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to build remote control cars, loved Notre Dame football, racing, traveling, nature, and his labs, Molly and Simba. Michael worked in many different communities and truly enjoyed and respected everyone in the Walgreen's family.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, October 29, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Highland Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, to the American Cancer Society or to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

To send condolences, please visit
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Robert L. Heard

Robert L. Heard 2010

Jan. 14, 1959 - Nov. 25, 2010 
Robert Heard was born on January 14, 1959, to Mary Heard and Calvin Bowles in South Bend, IN. Robert and Bonita Heard were united in marriage on January 16, 1993. Robert worked for the United States Postal Service until he became too ill to work. Robert loved to travel with his wife. 

He leaves behind his dedicated and loving wife, Bonita Heard ; four sons, Quincy Heard , Eddy (Rachel) Vann Jr., Eugene (Addahleah) Williams II and Kenneth Ellis Jr.; a daughter, Raquel Heard ; three sisters, Sherriel Heard , Kelly Newbill and Stefanie Fouché Troupe; and a brother, Gary Heard . Robert had six grandchildren, Camille Van, Preston Vann, Michael Andrews, Quanya Heard , Quincy Heard Jr. and Tyjhorn Heard . A very special, loving mother-in-law, Hilda Boney. Special Aunts, Fanny "BB" Greer and Alice Smith. He had a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding Mr. Heard in death were his parents, Mary and Calvin Bowles; aunts, Buelah Walker and Mildred Davis; and uncles, Preston Jones and Eddy Jones.

Services for Mr. Heard will be Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home; visitation 11:00 a.m. and funeral services noon. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with services. Visit to view his photo tribute and sign the guestbook.
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Stacy S. Simcox

Stacy S. Simcox 2012

May 26, 1959 - Oct. 29, 2012 

SOUTH BEND - Stacy S. Simcox , 53, residing in South Bend, IN, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her home. She worked for ADEC-South Bend, as a Follow Along Specialist. Stacy was born on May 26, 1959, in South Bend, IN, to the late William H. and Sue (Goodpaster) Brillan and lived here most of her life.

Stacy is survived by her daughters, Ashley Giltner of Lafayette, IN, and Maggie Simcox of South Bend; father of Ashley, Marvin Giltner of Mishawaka; father of Maggie, Gary Simcox of South Bend; and two sisters, Tina (James) Brush of TX and Linda Kasprzak of Mishawaka.

Stacy loved her daughters and her family. She graduated from Indiana University.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, South Bend. Rev. Greg Crump will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. Friday until time of services in the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Stacy may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 911 E. 86th St, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240; to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46278; to the Scleroderma Foundation, 12 Kent Way, Suite 101, Byfield, MA 01922; or to Pet Refuge, 2300 W. 6th Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544. Online condolences may be sent to the Simcox family at
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Ollie Rochelle Collins- Perkins

Ollie Rochelle Collins- Perkins 2012

April 11, 1959 - Oct. 29, 2012 

SOUTH BEND - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. - 2 Timothy 4:7-8 NKJV
Ollie Rochelle Collins, 53, of South Bend, Indiana, departed this life on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Memorial Hospital of South Bend. She was born on April 11, 1959, in South Bend, Indiana, to the union of Johnny Sr. & Geraldine Collins.She graduated from LaSalle High School in 1978 and in 2010 continued her education in General Studies at Ivy Tech College. Ollie worked for the South Bend Community School Corporation as a Night Engineer, retiring from there in 2009. She was active in community outreach through the CASA Advocates program, the Women's Ministry at Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, and the Princesses Program, which is an outreach for minority females in the South Bend community.
On August 26, 1981, she married Wadell Newman Jr. and to that union of 13 years 4 children were born. She later in life married Grady Perkins on January 1, 1997, and at that time, 4 additional children joined the Perkins family.She gave her life to Christ at an early age and united with Compassionate Heart Ministries, South Bend. There, she was a part of the women's ministry and worked diligently with the kitchen committee. She loved working within her community, oftentimes housing, clothing and feeding young children and their families in the area. She was often referred to as a modern day Madea, being called "Mom" by many. She was well-known for her cooking skills. Oftentimes, she had requests for her peach cobbler, lasagna, and dressing. Her favorite saying was, "I may not have all those fancy degrees,but I have a Ph.D. in Life."
Ollie leaves to cherish her many memories 3 brothers: Col. George Ralph Collins (retired), Johnny (Denise) Collins Jr. and Gregory Lon (Toye) Collins; 1 sister, Lillian Annette Bracey; 8 children, Terrance (Nicole) Newman, Ch'Del Newman, Christopher Newman, Erich Newman, Daiveon Perkins , Mariah Perkins , De'Khari Perkins and Aah'Nyeya Perkins ; 5 grandchildren, Terrance Newman II, Michael Newman, Ch'Rya Newman, Christopher Newman II and Taylor Newman; 2 aunts, Annell Waters and Della Luten; along with other relatives and numerous friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Collins Sr.; her mother, Geraldine Collins; a sister, Bobbie Jean Collins; maternal grandparents, Lonnie Luten and Lillian Luten; paternal grandparents, Alex Collins and Ollie Collins; uncles, Willie Collins, George Collins, Edward Collins, Walter Collins, Ladell Collins, Alexander Luten and Joseph B. Luten; aunts, Velma Collins, Lizzie Mae Baldwin, Eula Rowland and Mary Louise Stevens. The family would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to "Buddy," Lillie Chandler for all of the support and prayers that she has extended to the family.
Visitation for Ollie Rochelle Collins- Perkins will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. today, November 4, 2012, in the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home Inc., 2702 Lincoln Way West. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 101 N. Adams Street. Friends may call one hour prior to services for visitation. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery. Visit to sign her guestbook. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with her arrangements.
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 Brian D. Rohde

 Brian D. Rohde

July 9, 1959 - Oct. 12, 2012 

PLYMOUTH - Brian D. Rohde , 53, of Plymouth, IN, and formerly of South Bend, IN, died peacefully at 4:20 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012, at Hospice House, South Bend, after a brief illness.

He was born on July 9, 1959, in South Bend, to the late Gerald D. and Judith Ann (Dunham) Rohde . Brian was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Beverly K. Rohde .

Brian graduated from LaSalle High School with the class of 1977. After graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served his country from 1977-1983. He worked as a machinist for Adapto for over twenty years and later for Janco Industries in Mishawaka, and attended the Christian Center Church in South Bend. He was an avid hockey fan, and especially enjoyed following the Boston Bruins.

Brian is survived by his son, Brian Austin Rohde ; his loving companion, Lynnette Alexander; and stepdaughter, Jessica Alexander-Banicki, all of South Bend; two step-grandchildren, Jason & Joey Reed; a sister, Barbara (Douglas) Baney of Plymouth, IN; a niece, Amanda (Frank) Thomas; a nephew, Wesley Garrison Jr.; and three great-nephews, Tyler & Cody Thomas, and Gavin Garrison.

Memorial services will be at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Christian Center Church, 530 E. Ireland Road, South Bend. Military honors will take place at the conclusion of the service by American Legion Post #284, South Bend. The family will greet relatives and friends from 4-6:00 p.m. at the church. Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville Chapel, and the Southlawn Cremation Services assisted the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice or to Christian Center Church in South Bend. Online condolences may be made at
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 Virginia F. Runyan

 Virginia F. Runyan 2013

Aug. 22, 1959 - June 18, 2013 

SOUTH BEND - Virginia F. Runyan , 53, of South Bend, Indiana passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Virginia was born on August 22, 1959, in South Bend, Indiana to Victor & Suzanne (Heist) Kuspa. She had been employed as the Housekeeping Manager for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana, for 17 years.

On September 2, 1978, Virginia married Thomas L. Runyan who survives. Virginia is also survived by her son, Christopher M. (Tonya) Runyan of South Bend; grandchildren, Sean, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Madison, & Stefanie; sisters, Marian (Ron) Rutkowski & Marge Wilkinson of North Carolina; brothers, Victor (Deborah) Kuspa of South Bend & Gilbert (Elaine) Kuspa of North Carolina; and her mother, Suzanne Selvey of North Carolina. A daughter, Amanda Kirkpatrick, a son, Brian Runyan , and a brother, Mike Schaffer, all preceded her in death.

Virginia was a 1977 graduate of LaSalle High School in South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, c/o Gateway for Cancer Research, In memory of Virginia Runyan , 1336 Basswood Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, Indiana.

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Judy Melser

Judy Melser 2014

Jan. 10, 1959 - May 18, 2014

South Bend Tribune (IN) - August 17, 2014
Judy Melser Jan. 10, 1959 - May 18, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Judy A. Melser , 55, residing in South Bend, IN, passed away at her home on Sunday, May 18, 2014. She was employed with Penske Logistics, Mishawaka, for 14 years, where she served as Logistics Operation Manager. Judy was born on January 10, 1959, in South Bend, IN, to the late Dean and Carolyn (Rudnick) Hudelmyer and remained a lifelong resident. On July 18, 1992, in South Bend, IN, she married Randy J. Melser , who survives. Along with her loving husband, she is survived by her stepson, Chris (Jamie) Melser of Florida; one step-granddaughter, Kaylee Melser of Florida; her sister, Karen Hudelmyer of Mishawaka; and one brother, Michael Hudelmyer of South Bend. Judy attended LaSalle High School, South Bend. She loyally supported Pet Refuge and their mission. A Celebration of Judy 's life will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, August 21, 2014, at River Valley Church, 55855 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka, IN. Palmer Funeral Home-River Park is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Pet Refuge, 4626 Burnett Dr., South Bend, IN 46614. Online condolences may be sent to her family at 
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Jones , Christine Matthews

Jones , Christine Matthews 2016

Oct. 26, 1957 - Nov. 24, 2016

South Bend Tribune (IN) - December 1, 2016
Oct. 26, 1957 - Nov. 24, 2016 
SOUTH BEND - Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."-Psalm 91: 1-3
Christine Matthews Jones (59) of South Bend, Indiana, transitioned to eternal life Thursday, November 24, 2016. She was born to Arthur Louis Mathews and Hazel Martin Pryor in Eudora, Arkansas, on October 26, 1957. When Christine passed from this earthly world she re-joined her husband, parents, her beloved aunt, uncle, sister, and grandparents in heaven and received her wings.
Christine was reared in South Bend, IN, where she graduated from the former Oliver School and LaSalle High School (1977). Christine accepted Christ and was baptized in the Christian faith. She attended Temple of God.
She was united in holy matrimony to Willie Earl Jones in June 1990 and cared for him until his transition.
Christine was a caregiver to children, families and the elderly. She was a CASA Advocate and Foster Parent.

Christine found her happiness in her children: Taneka and Trenton-her pride and joy. She leaves many to cherish her memory including her four children: Taneka Jones , Trenton Jones , Willie Jones , and Terry Burton; her siblings, Greta Davis (Henry), Remona Watts (Charles), Carolyn Thompson, Jashay Johnson-Martin, and Charnelle Maefield-Martin, Michael Watts (Debra), Earnest Matthews; her sister-cousin, Georgia Sykes (Isaac) and Ann Sykes (Melvin); 11 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; two godchildren, Michael and Michaele Clark; her first love and lifelong friend, Trenton Sturdivant; her closest friends, Margaret Sturdivant, Carolyn Williams, Brenda Campbell, Chris Rivera, and Tyree Kirkland; and many other cherished friends.

Christine 's Celebration of Life service will be held in St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 South Mayflower Road, South Bend, IN, Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 12 PM. Friends and family are welcome to visit 1 hour prior to the service.

Sheryl S. Duckwall

Sheryl S. Duckwall 2016

July 14, 1959 - June 10, 2016

Sheryl S. Duckwall July 14, 1959 - June 10, 2016 SOUTH BEND - Sheryl Sue Duckwall (Trowbridge), 56, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away June 10th, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Sheryl was born July 14th, 1959 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana to Donald E. Trowbridge and Patsy L. Trowbridge (Fischer) who preceded her in death. Sheryl attended LaSalle High School and graduated in 1977. She then went on to attend Michiana College of Commerce, graduating with a degree in accounting in 1979. Sheryl went on to work 15 and a half years at Waste Management Company of South Bend and then 10 years at Culligan Water in Mishawaka, where she retired in 2008. Sheryl married Russell L. Duckwall on August 15, 1981 and on November 19th, 1986 gave birth to their only child, Amanda Leann Barnard ( Duckwall ). Sheryl recently attended Amanda's graduation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where Amanda earned her second Masters Degree. Sheryl was a huge fan of the rock band Def Leppard, bowling, crocheting, and acrylic painting. Her favorite color was purple. During bowling season, you would see her at Bowlers Country Club with her purple bowling ball and her win or lose attitude. She didn't care if her team won or lost, it was about the friendships and good times that were had. Survivors include her husband, Russell Duckwall , her daughter, Amanda and her son-in-law, John Barnard, her brother, Mark Trowbridge and sister, Tracy Allison-Hoglund. Nieces include Rachel Trowbridge and Jade Hoglund. Other survivors include long time best friends, Hannah Raber from Arkansas, Nancy Nickels from Indiana and Ron Gember of Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, 218 W. Washington St. Suite 710, South Bend, Indiana 46601. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 14th at Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street, South Bend, Indiana. Visitation hours are from 5PM to 8PM. Family is asking that visitors wear purple as that was Sheryl 's favorite color. E-mail condolences may be made at
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Pamela Stevens

Pamela Stevens 2017

Dec. 10, 1958 - Feb. 14, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Pamela S. Stevens , 58, residing in South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Cardinal Nursing Home, South Bend. She married Christian Bureau and most recently she was married to Thomas Stevens .Pamela was born on December 10, 1958, in Lansing, Michigan, to Jackie Merle Hires and Margaret "Peg" Clare (Lewis) Hires, and has been a lifelong resident of this area. Pamela attended school at LaSalle High School graduating in 1977 and from Indiana University South Bend. She attended St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, South Bend. Along with her parents, Pamela is survived by her daughters, Alexandra Bureau of Chicago, IL, Ashley N. (Jonathan) Brake of Pittsburgh, PA, and Stephanie Bureau of San Antonio, TX; son, Christopher R. Bureau of Muncie, IN; sisters, Jacqueline M. (Richard) Dalke of Plainwell, MI, Leslie A. Jablonski of Plainwell, MI, and Amy J. Leja of Granger; brothers, Scot J. (Sandy) Hires of South Bend, IN, and William L. Hires of Phoenix, AZ. Pamela loved and adored her children and her children loved her dearly. She was a very creative person, she enjoyed drawing and painting. She could make things out of anything for her children.
Funeral services for Pamela will be at 7:00 PM Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Palmer Funeral Home - River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615, where friends may gather with the family two hours prior to services.
Memorial contributions may be given to Al-Anon, 818 East Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46617. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
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John R. Rybak

John R. Rybak 2017

July 21, 1958 - Feb. 7, 2017

SOUTH BEND - John R. Rybak , 58, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility, South Bend. He was born on July 21, 1958, in South Bend, to the late John C. and Patricia (VanParis) Rybak . On July 10, 1982, he married Carol Mathis, who survives. Also surviving are his son, John W. Rybak of South Bend, his sister, Anne Rybak of South Bend, and a brother, James Rybak of Gastonia, NC, and several nieces and nephews. John worked in construction labor and was a dirt bike enthusiast. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. A visitation will be held from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday February 11, 2017, at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Foundation at To send online condolences, please visit
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Gary A. Belprez

Gary A. Belprez

January 13, 1959 - March 1, 2015

Mr. Gary A. Belprez, age 56 of Macomb Township, passed away on Sunday morning at his home. He was born on January 13, 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama, a son of the late Robert and Margaret (Petz) Belprez. On June 11, 1982, Gary was united in marriage with Diane Costeiu at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Warren. Gary worked as a lab supervisor at Isuzu Tech Center. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and was Mr. Fix It handyman. Gary was a member of St. Thecla Catholic Church in Clinton Township. Gary is survived by his wife of 32 years, Diane and three children, Samantha (Jeff) Niswonger, Garrett and Jacob; grandson, Weston; siblings, Jeff Belprez, Sue (Rick) Simon and Debbie (Brad) Harper; and his extended family, son in law to, Andrew and Elizabeth Costeiu, brother in law to, Dan and Debbie Schreiber, Tom and Denise Wajda, Tim and Cheryl Costeiu and Andrew Costeiu, and many loving nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by two siblings, Robert and Gregory. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 2-9:00 p.m. at Will annd Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday at Twelve Noon (in state 11:30 a.m.) at St. Thecla Catholic Church, 20749 South Nunneley Road, Clinton Township with the Reverend Father Mark Prill officiating. Private cremation will follow the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Share Memories at

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