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    Michael Heintz

    Michael Heintz May 31, 1945 – March 6, 2017 After a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Mike died peacefully on the morning of March 6 at his home in Redington Shores, Florida. Mike was in born in Elkhart Indiana, on May 31, 1945 to Adam and Marie (Stoner) Heintz, both of whom preceded him in death. Following service in the United States Navy, he met Jude Xepoleas in San Francisco, and they were subsequently married in San Bruno, California on September 4, 1966. Jude passed away on February 19, 1999. On March 11, 2000, he married Sue Lyon, and they retired happily to Florida. Prior to his retirement, he was…

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    Roy Carroll

    Roy Lewis Carroll, 75, of Mishawaka died on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:48 PM. Roy was born on September 7, 1941 in Tennessee to James and Mary Carroll, who both preceded him in death. Roy was a graduate of Mishawaka High School. He joined the Army in 1964 and served in Germany during the war in Vietnam. He was very proud of serving and loved telling stories of his years in the United States Army. He especially was fond of having his brother-in-law, Wayne Conway, who passed away two hours after Roy, being in the military at the same time. Roy enjoyed telling how he would get a pass…

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    Frances Tilton

    Frances L. (Shorb) Tilton, 92, of Granger, passed away at 11:30pm, Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the comfort of her own home. Fran was born on November 29, 1924 in Boulder, Colorado to Mark Shephard Cruthers and Grace Rosie Wright. On April 4, 1974, she married Raymond Tilton. “Frances had the special gift of love and laughter; you never left her house without feeling loved. She had a smile of encouragement that enabled you to do more than you ever thought possible. She was loved greatly by many.” She is survived by nine children, Jerry (Karen) Shorb of Galesburg, MI, Melvin (Mary Ann) Shorb of Kalamazoo, MI, Brett (Cindy) Shorb…

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    David Berger

    David J. Berger, 37, of Mishawaka, died Friday March 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Mishawaka native was born April 20, 1979 to George L. & Diann (Wisniewski) Berger and graduated from Penn High School with the Class of ’98. David was employed as a Courtesy Associate with Wal-Mart since 1999 and was a member of Willow Creek United Methodist Church. An avid bowler on several leagues, he was also a fan of the Chicago Bears & Cubs, and was excited to see his team win the World Series. David was known for his kindness and his “heart-of-gold”, he would “give the shirt from his back” to help…

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    Betty Cordes

    Betty L. (Brown) Cordes, 89, of Osceola, died Friday March 3, 2017 at Riverside Village in Elkhart. Betty was born in Mishawaka on January 27, 1928 to Clarence & Florence (Cunningham) Overmier. She was a member of Osceola General Baptist Church and was an animal lover who enjoyed crochet, gardening, music & dancing, collecting dolls and browsing area auctions & garage sales. In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Brown, her second husband, Norman Cordes and her sisters, Beatrice & Marie. She is survived by her children, Peggy (Tom) Summers and Larry (Polly) Brown, both of Elkhart; grandchildren, Michelle (Kurt) Zufan…

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    Linda Swinehart

    Linda A. Swinehart, 81, of Granger, died Wednesday March 1, 2017. Born in Noble Co. on June 21, 1935 to George & Barbara (Bryant) Buckles, she graduated from Albion High School with the Class of ’53. Linda earned her Nursing Degree from Parkview School of Nursing in Fort Wayne and worked as a registered nurse at Elkhart General Hospital. On May 30, 1959 she married Don Swinehart in Simpson Methodist Church in Elkhart. He survives after 57 years of marriage. Linda was a member of Granger Missionary Church and was a devoted to her family. Always happy, upbeat & positive, she enjoyed crochet, collecting red glass and working word puzzles…

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    Gail North

    Gail J. North, age 91, of Elkhart, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday February 18, 2017 at kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 2, 1925 to Gail & Flo North of Lancaster OH. Gail was of the Baptist faith. He was an avid fisherman and following retirement from Smith Transfer, he enjoyed more fishing trips to Leech Lake, Minnesota. He and his wife also enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the US and several trips to Israel. Gail is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Adeline North; his five daughters, Connie (Roger) Chrispyn of Goshen, Sharon (Larry) Brown of Osceola, Carolyn Shetler of…

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    Collen Overmyer

    Collen Scott Overmyer, stillborn, passed away on February 24, 2017 at 1:55 AM in Elkhart General Hospital. He was born to Scott and Mina (Babcock) Overmyer in Elkhart. Collen is survived by his parents; his siblings, Taylor (Joe) Rohrer, Caleb Overmyer, Evan Overmyer, Jana Overmyer; his grandparents, Carl (Dotti) Overmyer, Judy (Lee Cloninger) Overmyer, Mel (Cindy) Powell, Bud (Sheri) Babcock. He was preceded in death by his brother, Noah Overmyer. No services are planned at this time.

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    Deloise Christner

    Deloise Jane Christner, 85, of Mishawaka, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Golden Living Center in Mishawaka, IN. The South Bend native was born May 16, 1931 to Ralph and Verna Boles, who have both preceded her in death. In 1987, Deloise was baptized in the Jehovah’s Witness faith and was a dedicated follower. Deloise is survived by her children, Terry (Judy) Smet, Victor (Sandra) Lynn, and Joseph (Lois) Smet; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Allen Smet. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2-3 PM at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776…

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    Kathryn Durbin

    Kathryn Durbin, 87, of Elkhart, died Monday February 20, 2017. The South Bend native was born May 4, 1929 to Jacob N. & Ester (Brady) Wagener. On February 21, 1948 Kathryn married Noble A. Durban (Sr.) in South Bend. Noble preceded her in death on February 14, 2001 after 53 years of marriage. Kathryn was a member of New Life Church in Osceola. In addition to her parents & husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Julia Ann Wagener and son-in-law, Bill Middleton. Kathryn is survived by her children, Wende (Dave) Allard of Osceola and Sally J. (Dennis) Parker, Carrie Middleton and Noble A. Durbin, Jr, all…

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    Cecil Joiner

    Cecil M. Joiner, age 81, of Mishawaka passed away on February 24, 2017 at 10:04 PM in Hospice House, South Bend, IN. He was born March 16, 1935 to Homer and Mary Sue (Risner) Joiner in Florence, Alabama. On November 22, 1956, Cecil married Betty Ledgewood. She survives. Mr. Joiner worked at Uniroyal as an electrician for 33 years and retired in 1990. He then worked for the University Of Notre Dame in the Library for 17 years retiring in 2012. Cecil found great pleasure in “tinkering” in the garage, repairing anything he could. Cecil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; his children, Debbie (Terry) Hembrecht and…

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    Davey Dawalt

    Davey Lee Dawalt, age 81, of Mishawaka passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at home. He was born July 29, 1935 to Glen and Desmonia (Sarber) Dawalt in Mishawaka, Indiana. Davey was a Mishawaka High School graduate and went on to serve his country honorably in the United States Army. He enjoyed painting, traveling, and visiting zoos. Davey is survived by his nieces and nephews, Michelle Teters, and Suzanne Daniels both of Mishawaka, Linda (Chuck) Servey of Missouri, Sally (George) Dawidko and Connie Lustig both of Michigan, Gary Procacino of Mississippi, and Louis Procacino of California; many great nieces and nephews. Davey was preceded in death by his parents,…

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    Edward Hardy

    Our beloved father, Edward Guy Hardy died Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community. Ed was 95, born August 17, 1921, and was a lifetime resident of Elkhart. He was married to Donna Green, together they raised four children, Larry, Cathie, Doug and Carol. He was a loving grandfather and great grandfather, sharing imaginary characters and wonderful stories and love with all. Dad was proud of his service to our country during WWII. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp, and spent the duration stationed in India where he served as a crew chief servicing airplanes. Much of his working career was spend as a representative/organizer for the…

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    Debra Hanson

    Debra K. Hanson, 56, of Elkhart, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. The Elkhart native was born May 11, 1960 to Robert and LaVonne (Nash) Guffey who have both preceded her in death. On June 3, 1995, Debra married Edward Hanson, who survives. Debra attended the Osolo Missionary Church for many years. She was a member of the Elkhart Moose and The Blue Star Mothers. She will be remembered as a person who walks, going to parks and festivals, the 4-h fair, fishing, and Simonton Lake Turkey Shoot. Debra loved campfires and spending time with her family along with the occasional trip to the…

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    Shirley Rosbrugh

    Shirley M. Rosbrugh, 83, of Mishawaka, died Sunday February 19, 2017. The South Bend native was born February 17, 1934 to Fredrick & Margaret (Simmons) Wagner. Shirley graduated from Riley High School with the Class of ’52 and on April 24, 1953, she married Richard P. Rosbrugh in South Bend, who survives after 63 years of marriage. Shirley retired from the offices at South Bend School Corp. In addition to her husband Dick, Shirley is also survived by their children, William (Kristie) Rosbrugh, Michael R. Rosbrugh and Timothy (Tammy) Rosbrugh, all of South Bend; her sister, Joan (Robert) Zimmerman of Klinger Lake and Lehigh Acres FL; 8 grandchildren and 6…

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    Duane Cable

    Duane E. Cable, 101, died Thursday February 13, 2017 at St. Joseph-Mishawaka Regional Medical Center. The Detroit native was born August 1, 1915 to Orville G. & Mary (Castille) Cable. Duane served his country in the US Navy during WWII and on July 26, 1945 he married Patience L. ‘Pat’ Lewis (Cable) in Mishawaka; she preceded Duane in death in 2013 after 68 years of marriage. Duane retired from Miles Laboratories and was a member of Gospel center Missionary Church. During the 1950’s Duane helped build the First Church of the Nazarene and also taught Sunday School there. He enjoyed bowling and belonged to a league; he rode his motorcycle…

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    Samuel Yoder

    Samuel E. Yoder, 87, of Elkhart, died Sunday February 12, 2017. The Nappanee native was born November 16, 1929 to Manasses & Christina (Mullet) Yoder. Sam was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and on June 7, 1969 he married Sara Gray in Michigan City and from that day forward always referred to her as “the love of his life”. Sara preceded him in death on March 2, 2006 after 36 years of marriage. He retired as a driver for C&E Trucking in South Bend in 1991, after 36 years with the company. He was a long-time member of First Brethren Church of Elkhart and a volunteer at…

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    Warren Bradley

    Warren L. Bradley, 87, of Osceola, left for Heaven on Monday February 13, 2017, passing over in a peaceful sleep. The South Bend native was born December 12, 1929 to Clarence A. & Florence (Walters) Bradley. Warren graduated from Mishawaka High School and on September 2, 1950 he married Carolyn Gorski (Bradley) in Bethel Brethren Church in Osceola. Carolyn preceded him in death on November 30, 2004 after 54 years of marriage. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and worked for most of his life in the community as a Union Carpenter and was a member of Elkhart Grace Brethren Church for many years. Warren always…

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    Donald Edward Bowers

    Donald Edward Bowers, 79, of Elkhart, died Monday February 13, 2017. The Mishawaka native was born September 17, 1937 to John C. & Gladys (Hartman) Bowers. Fondly known as Eddie to family & old friends alike, in recent years many called him Don. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and worked for NY Central/Penn Central/Conrail RR for 30 years. Eddie was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Mishawaka Lodge #1262; American Legion Post #308-Osceola; VFW Post #360-Mishawaka; DAV Chapter #19-Elkhart; Elkhart Vintage Auto Club and the Studebaker Drivers Club-Michiana Chapter. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by Jerrilyn Bowers…

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    Linda Creech

    Linda Lou Creech went to be with Jesus on February 11th, 2017, at the age of 68, after an extended battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family as she passed from this world to the next. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Linda was born on March 29, 1948, in Mishawaka, IN, to Lawrence and Darlene (Seiders) Pontius. On July 16, 1966, Linda married Charles Creech. He survives. She was a member of New Life Church in Osceola and the American Legion Auxillary, Post 0189, Walkerton since 1958. Linda is survived by her husband, Charles Creech, Osceola; children, Rodney E. (Danita) Creech and Michael…

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    James Lester

    James R. Lester, age 61, of Elkhart, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at home. He was born April 17, 1955 to John and Patsy (Harbaugh) Lester in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Penn High School. After 35 years of Tig welding in the Elkhart RV industry, Jim started his own business. No customer project was too large or too small. By using his excellent problem solving skills, Jim was able to bring the customers’ vision to life. Although his customers felt he never charged enough, Jim was more invested in the values of helping and creating than the value of the dollar. Jim is survived by his loving…

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    Diane Chupp

    Diane M. Chupp went to be with Jesus on February 7th, 2017, at the age of 57, after an 18 month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family as she passed from this world to the next. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. Diane is survived by her parents, Charles and Pat (Clark) Mitschelen, Mishawaka; husband, Kenneth W. Chupp, Osceola; children, Karen D. (Timothy) Courliss, Mishawaka, Kevin D. (Jessica) Chupp, Aberdeen, ID, Kelli D. Chupp, Chicago, IL; siblings, Sherri Fuson, Burgaw, NC, Laura (Ronald) Luebcke, Plymouth, Mary Butler, Osceola, David Mitschelen, Austin, TX; grandchildren, Vivienna Belle Courliss, Briella Joy Courliss, and Julietta Grace…