Alumni News

Mrs. Gruber
Kimberly Gruber '91 was named Amazing Teacher for September, 2021 by the South Bend Tribune. A resource teacher at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mishawaka, IN, Kim is a trained speech pathologist and teaches children who have a range of disabilities.
Leo Priemer Photo
Leo Priemer '02 now works as an Edward Jones financial advisor with an office in South Bend. This past May, Leo was recognized with the 2021 Michiana Forty Under 40 award, and was then named to the annual list of “Next-Gen Wealth Advisors” by Forbes magazine and SHOOK® Research. He and 499 other financial advisors were selected out of over 13,000 and Leo is one of only 10 advisors to represent Indiana on the list.
Coiro Family
Vincent Coiro '12 is currently working in St. Louis, MO, doing software implementation for Boeing. He and his wife Alli have two boys, Louis and Brody.
Olivia Douglass '18
Olivia Douglass '18 was recently awarded a full-ride HPSP Scholarship for dental school through the active-duty Army. She will be attending Roseman University this Fall.

Stephen Seidl '03 & Angela Assalone - wedding planned for 8-26-22

Michael McShane '06 & Shannon Cressell - wedding planned for 11-30-22

Brannon Parker '07 & Kelsey Remington - wedding planned for 10-15-22

Daniel Smogor '08 & Lauren Gale - wedding planned for 7-16-22

Santana Bozman '09 & Ryan Richter - wedding planned for 10-15-22

Emily Griffith '10 & Chris Ernest - wedding planned for 6-24-22

Nick Kwiatkowski '10 & Cherokee DeLeon - wedding planned for 9-17-22

Valerie Reust '10 & Michael Chernoff - wedding planned for 8-6-22

Tess Gunty '11 & Andrew Krizman '08 - date pending

Lee Henry '11 & Kenley Harrington - date pending

Taylor Krugh '11 & Katie Nichols - date pending

Ashleigh Lentych '11 Alex King '11 - wedding planned for 7-23-22

Chase Parker '11 & Catherine Williams - wedding planned for 2-3-23

Matt Thomas '11 & Bethany Chamberlain - date pending

Patrick Russell '11 & Nicole Walter '11 - wedding planned for 5-27-23

Amanda Wynen '11 & Bill Winnicki - wedding planned for 9-10-22

Andrew Price '12 & Abbey Edel - wedding planned for 10-22-22

Elizabeth Eversole '13 & Armand Daigle - wedding planned for 12-10-22

Joe Walter '13 & Erin Meyer - wedding planned for 11-5-22

Chris Coulter '14 & Janae Momchilovich - wedding planned 7-9-22

Brittany Krugh '14 & Matthew Smallbone - wedding planned for 8-13-22

Tyran Ottbridge '14 & Sieria Gillon - wedding planned for 10-14-22

Ashley Simeri '14 & Ray Kowalski - wedding planned for 10-29-22

Emily Trethewey '14 & Erik Gottschalk - wedding planned for 10-1-22

Anna Barnard '15 & Thad Kryshak - date pending

Emily Cseh '15 & Dylen Eby - wedding planned for 9-23-23

Devin Cannady '15 & Katie Lou Samuelson - date pending

Jay Eggeman '15 & Katie Peck - date pending

William Glascoe '15 & Erica Schnippel '15 - date pending

Gabrielle Ravotto '15 & Mark Colella - wedding planned for 9-2-22

Anthony Blum '16 & Makenna Kaniewski - wedding planned for 9-24-22

Hannah Deitchley '16 & Logan Hawk - wedding planned for 9-2-23

Christian Dennis '16 & Sarah Hoegler - wedding planned for 5-13-23

Kenneth Derucki '16 & Brooke Anthony - date pending

Allison Hatten '16 & Stephen Frushour - wedding planned for 7-16-22

Austin Greider '16 & Hannah LaMar - wedding planned for 7-15-22

Gavin Verslype '16 & Madison Michael - date pending

Jacob Whitfield '16 & Alicia Otto - wedding planned for 6-10-23

Michael Cataldo '17 & Gina Tordi '17 - wedding planned for 10-29-22

Natalie Winters '17Zander Horvath '17 - wedding planned for 7-1-23

Abigail Mielke '18 & Will Bales - wedding planned for 7-3-22

Anne Henry '20 Joe Rice '20 - wedding planned for 6-25-22


Betsy Fulnecky '03 & Wayne Purucker - married on 6-26-21
Adam Kwiatkowski '03 & Christine Lane - married on 9-24-21
Emily Blanche '08 & Dean Anderson - married on 12-31-21
Miriam Copenhaver '09 & Anthony Stachowski - married on 6-25-22
Amanda Diltz '09 & Edward Morrison - married 9-18-21
Kasey Schultheis '09 & Kyle Zartman - married on 7-24-21
Tyler Basham '10 & Kate Fey '13 - married on for 6-18-22
Audrey DeGeyter '10 & Tyler Shook - married on 8-28-21
Ryan Finkler '10 & Danielle Hall - married on 9-25-21
Ryan Luczkowski '10 & Adriana Macri - married on 10-9-21
Jordan Ludwig '10 & Derek O'Connor - married on 9-25-21
Danielle Meyer '10 & Eddie Quagliata - married on 7-24-21
Jordan Milligan '10 & Breanna Kalber - married on 12-11-21
Katy Winters '10 & Nick Dorner - married on 7-10-21
Hank Blum '11 & Nicole Walker - married on 6-11-22
Ted English '11 & Jade Lewright - married on 5-28-22
Michael Hunckler '11 & Catherine McNeal - married on 12-18-21
Jasmine Podell '11 & Darrick Dewitt - married on 9-19-21
Bridget Doyle '12 & Jack Hanle - married on 12-21-21
Gaby File '12 & David Barrent - married on 6-26-21
Molly Mochel '12 & Jonathan Harris - married on 12-18-21
Brittany Duszynski '13 & Cody Bruette - married on 10-30-21
Nicholas Johnson '13 & Kelsey Mott - married on 8-14-21
Cassie Sloma '13 & Brian Henhapl - married on 5-7-22
Abby Halling '14 & Kyle DeWees - married on 6-24-21
Tory Millar '14 & John Gadient - married on 6-11-22
Zachary Morton '14 & Megan Smith - married on 7-24-21
Stephanie Rothbauer '14 & Jeff McFerron - married on 6-18-22
Morgan Talos '14 & Dae'Shawn Lewis - married on 10-9-21
Sara Tordi '14 & Jackson Beckman - married on 10-9-21
Joshua Turnock '14 & Josie Winner - married on 12-18-21
Leah Flory '15 & Boniface Muguro '15 - married on 2-26-22
Teresa Lehmann '15 Russell Saputo '15 - married on 8-14-21
Morgan Keenan '15 & Jimmy Catanzarite '14 - married on 8-6-21
Marie Oliva '15 & Mark Roy - married on 6-3-22
Josie Gropp '16 & Matthew Stankovsky - married on 10-1-21
Jacob Imus '16 & Sydney Traylor - married on 8-28-21
Nick Rothbauer '16 & Rachel Corpe - married on 10-23-21
Abby Tragesser '16 Ricky Vogel '16 - married on 10-16-21
Shyanne Girres '17 & Tucker Estes - married on 6-23-22
Sydney Stevens '17 & Andrew Caes - married on 8-13-21
Briauna Chevrie-Kaser '18 Jaden Oviedo '18 - married on 5-28-22
Jake Whitesel '18 & Jessica Burda - married on 5-27-22
Autumn Leap '20 Elijah Coburn-McDonald '18 - married on 6-17-22
BJ Kloska '97 & Ali welcomed Cameron Thomas on 7-16-21
Kelly (Gnivecki) '02 & Andy Kominowski welcomed Taylor Addison on 8-5-21
Katie (Krisch) '02 & Thomas Konopka welcomed Charlotte Maggie on 12-13-21
Leo Priemer '02 & Ashley welcomed Zoe Thalia on 7-22-21
Claire (Shearer) '05 & Stephen Freddoso welcomed Dominic Thomas Joseph on 10-28-21
Rebecca (Screes) '05 & Ben Zajeski welcomed Corbin Ryan on 11-17-21
Mathew Welsch '05 & Alyssa welcomed Michael on 2-2-22
Kelly (Deranek) '06 & Adam Steinbach welcomed Penelope Rose on 11-1-21
Adam Prister '06 & Lauren welcomed Jude Peter on 6-25-21
Walter Lehmann '07 & Lea welcomed Millicent Monica on 3-23-22
Michael McMahon '07 & Maria welcomed Gabriella Clare on 1-3-22
Blair Powell '07 & Claire welcomed Adaline Blair on 2-23-22
William Hoffman '08 & Briana welcomed William Henry on 1-11-22
Brandon Bourgeois '09 & Hannah welcomed Danielle Renee on 12-19-21
Maggie (Konstantine) '09 & Brad Gendel '08 welcomed Finley Edward on 6-12-21
Joseph Mauro '09 & Krystle welcomed Milo Rocco on 4-3-22
Danielle (Menting) '10 & Ryan Casassa welcomed Lucas on 9-17-2021
Mitchell Derucki '10 & Sarah welcomed Lylah Mae on 6-8-21
Jennifer (Ditsch) '10 & Alex Loepker welcomed Ellington Thomas on 7-2-21
Mary (Ganser) '10 & Francis McDonald adopted Olivia Mae on 9-8-21
Robert Grossnickle '10 & Aubrey welcomed Jude Alexander on 11-27-21
Alyssa (Weidner) '11 Michael Hoffman '11 welcomed Vincent Reid on 6-8-21
Michael Rutledge '11 & Sofie welcomed Theodore Warren on 11-3-2021
Melissa (Cunningham) '12 & Andrew Derucki '12 welcomed Mia Grace on 3-28-22
Kristah (Gomez) '12 & Sergio Quijada welcomed Eliza Maria on 6-25-21
Olivia (Ganser) '13 & Graham Gates '13 welcomed Frederick Warren on 9-8-21
Sarah (Krizman) '13 & Alex Stopczynski '13 welcomed Mary Jane on 2-21-22
Morgan (Glon) '13 & Tray Meyer welcomed Mason Allen on 11-10-21
Jacob Burnham '14 & Anna welcomed Josie May on 7-13-21
Jenna (Holland) '16 & Gil Hernandez welcomed Lorenzo Lee on 2-17-22

Philip Martin Belting ‘68 passed away November 30, 2021. Philip is survived by his brothers, Craig ‘69 (Nancy) Belting of Osceola, Gary Belting of Mishawaka, and Douglas Belting of Mishawaka; his sister, Barbara (Joseph) Hartsough of South Bend; a niece, Candice '00 (Brandon) McDonald; and nephews J.D. '04 and Maxwell '14 Hartsough. Philip is preceded in death by his parents. Philip was a lifelong resident of Michiana. He graduated from the first graduating class of Marian High School – Class of 1968. Philip then proudly served his nation in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant and serving in Vietnam for two years; he received many medals and honors for his service including a Bronze Star. Upon returning from the war, Philip worked in many technician positions. He also served as the Chaplain for the VFW Post 360 in Mishawaka and was a parishioner for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka. One of his favorite hobbies was photography. He spent much of his time trying to get the perfect photo of various flowers and objects.

Alan L. Erow ‘68 passed away on May 7, 2022, at his home after a lengthy illness. Alan was born on July 19, 1950, in Mishawaka, Indiana, to Richard Sr. and Bernice (Brockus) Erow, who preceded him in death. Alan is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" (Berrier) Erow; children, Karey Freel, Michael (Tammy) Green and Brett (Amy) Erow; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, James, Kyle and Jenna Freel; and siblings, Richard Erow Jr. and Teri Rumsey. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marilyn ‘70 Staton. Alan was a supervisor at the blast furnace for Arcelor-Mittal. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved the mountains. He was a diehard Notre Dame Football fan. Alan had a card crew of buddies as well as a breakfast crew who were very near and dear to his heart.

Gene “Nick” Nicolini, Jr. ‘68 passed away on May 5, 2022. He is survived by his wife Sue; his children, Kevin (wife Angela), Keith, Julia (husband Aaron), and Jon (fiancé Jordan); and his grandchildren Leo, Maximus, Stella, Roxie, and Sacha. Nick was born and raised in Mishawaka, the fourth of six children. He began his hall of fame football career under coach Bob Otolski at Marian High School as part of the school's first graduating class. He went on to play football and study business at Bowling Green State University. After graduating in 1972, he joined his family at Valley Beverage, followed by a record-breaking sales career at Westlaw for over 25 years. In 1974, Nick met the love of his life, Susan Davis. They married in 1978 and had four children. In his free time, Nick was always basking outside, fishing and mushroom hunting, and of course, refurbishing boat oars. Those who knew Nick knew no matter where he was, his heart was always at Diamond Lake, where he enjoyed summers from the age of five.

Stephen P. Ernst '69 passed away on March 20, 2022. He is survived by a brother, David M. Ernst '70 and a sister, Susan '71 Noppen.

Gordon L. Sipocz ‘69 passed away December 31, 2021. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Christopher. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne; sons Matthew (Ashley) of Mishawaka; Daniel (Jessica) of Chattanooga, Tennessee; two granddaughters, Emily and Aubrey of Mishawaka; and sister, Chris (John) West of Florida. Gordon was dedicated to his family. He worked tirelessly as a screen printer and ensured many family vacations to the beach and Disney World. He loved keeping busy outdoors, tending to his garden and taking pride in his lawn. Gordon had a lifelong interest in NASA and space, often watching early morning Space Shuttle and rocket launches. He was a proud member of the Dodge Challengers of Michiana and loved showing off his Dodge Challenger nearly as much as he loved spending time with his beloved grandchildren and pranking them.

Mark Powell Nicolini ‘70  passed away on January 19, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother, Christopher (Gail); and his wife, Basilisa Virella, to whom he had been married for 22 years before her death in 2013. He is survived by his brother, Timothy ‘68, and his sister, Mary ‘76 (James Schmidt). In addition, he is survived by seven nieces and nephews, including Andrew Nicolini ‘98, Monica Nicolini ‘03, and Patrick Nicolini ‘07, and nine great-nieces and nephews. Mark leaves behind his fiancée Kathleen “Kathy” Oestreich of Milwaukee and her children: Thomas (Allison), Timothy (Molly) and Melanie; her three grandsons: Logan, Blake, and Collin, and her mother, Lois. Mark graduated from Marian High School, Wabash College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went on to a 35-year career in public service as a Budget Analyst in the Department of Public Instruction and in the State Budget Office in Madison, Wisconsin. He also served the city of Milwaukee as a Fiscal Review Manager, Strategy Manager, and as the city's Budget and Management Director. Mark was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Milwaukee, and an active volunteer in community organizations such as the Near South Side Interfaith Elderly Assistance Program, and the St. Francis of Assisi Parish community meal program. Mark enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking Italian food, fishing and sports.

Gregory John Canfield ‘71 passed away October 29th, 2021. Gregory is survived by his son, Jason Canfield, his daughter Mercedes Canfield; grandchildren, Austin Canfield and Alissa Canfield; sisters, Marilyn (Jim) Skaalerud and Janet Grauel; and brothers, Tom (Deborah) Canfield, Mike (Celine) Canfield, and Jim (Irma) Canfield. Gregory was preceded in death by his wife, Vera (Craven) Canfield, sisters Patricia Welling (Canfield), Dolores Canfield ‘70, and brother Martin Canfield. Greg was a dedicated father, grandfather, sibling and friend. He was known for his strong sense of self and for being steadfast in moments of weakness; he loved music, and outdoors is where he felt the most relaxed and connected to the world.

Craig Alan Vanden Bossche ‘71 passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2022. Along with Jami, his loving wife, Craig is survived by their daughter, Kate (Dan) Kovatch; mother, Winifred Vanden Bossche; sister, Micheline ‘74 (Gary); and brother, David ‘82 Vanden Bossche. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Paul Vanden Bossche, and his brother, Dennis ‘68 Vanden Bossche. A native of South Bend, Craig had lived in North Liberty for the past 43 years. He retired from AM General where he worked as a quality engineer. He was the President of the Lakeville Conservation Club.

Janice Marie (Hausenbauer) LaPlante '72 passed away July 24, 2021. Janice is survived by her husband, Gary, her two daughters, Becky and Laura, two grandsons, Alex Romanowicz and Sirius LaPlante-Niksa, her sister Laura '69 (Wilson) and her brother Thomas Hausenbauer '70. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Michelle LaPlante-Romanowicz. Janice and Gary lived in Connecticut, where Janice had a successful interior decorating business before earning a doctorate in Molecular Biology from UConn. She went on to a 16-year career in medical research while on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, followed by more years as a professor at various colleges in the New England area. Janice was a kind, gentle, and virtuous woman and a devout Catholic.

Mark Joseph Soltys ‘72 passed away on April 12, 2022. He is survived by Pat, his wife since 1975; children Jenn Soltys, Mark (Melinda) Soltys II, Elizabeth Clark and Serena (Mark) West; grandchildren Lannon Clark, Tobin Soltys and Camwyn Soltys; siblings Mary ‘74 (Mike) Church, Clare (Diane Peterson) Soltys, Frank (Mary Ellen) Soltys, Jane ‘79 (Jack Gilbert) Soltys, Joann ‘80 Soltys, Edith ‘82 (Jon Randall) Gulley, Adele ‘87 (Shawn) Thurin, and Veronica ‘88 (Greg Niemann) Soltys-Niemann; and 32 nieces and nephews. Mark was born in Chicago, IL, the oldest of nine children. A hard worker, he celebrated the successes of those who worked with him, and projects accomplished. In the field of SAP Project Management, he was known as Superman for the many projects he rescued. He loved to entertain, play golf, travel and most of all have family and friends nearby. He truly loved life and always greeted you with a big smile and/or a bear hug.

Joseph Rene Baele '73 passed away September 24, 2021. He is survived by his wife Janice, his three children, Nicholas, Dana, and Mark, his sisters Barbara '72 Vincensi and Mary '79 (Frank) Zirille, and brother Roger '75 (Robin) Baele. Joe spent most of his career as a trauma orthopedist with OrthoIndy in Indianapolis. He and Jan were a part of disaster relief efforts, including New Orleans in 2005 and Haiti in 2010. Joe derived the greatest joy from spending time with his wife and kids.

Gregory D. Toth ‘74 passed away on May 16, 2022. Greg is survived by his sons, Matthew Gregory Toth and Graham '04 David Toth; his former wife and mother of his children, Bobbie Toth; as well as sisters, Helen Moore, Karen (Mark) Evans, Terry T. (David) Carroll, Ann ‘79 (Charles) Kesmodel, and Dr. Paula ‘82 (Michael) Toth-Russell; and one brother, John ‘68 (Carol) Toth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Michael Toth. Greg graduated from Marian High School in 1974 and from IUSB in 1978. He went on to be a 1986 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, AL. Greg worked for attorney Paul Kusbach before becoming a partner in the Heppenheimer, Korpal and Toth law firm. Greg offered wonderful care and service to his family, especially to his parents while they were ill. Greg was an avid golfer and loved spending time at Birch Lake. He dearly loved his boys and will be missed by all who knew him.

Cynthia A. Rogers '83, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Rogers '71, Deborah '73 (Richard) LaSalvia, and Brenda '73 (David) Dolatowski. Cyndi was a pet lover. She was a very generous person, and always tried to help someone in need. Cyndi brought light to all of her friends and family. She was a frequent blood donor and encouraged family and friends to become donors. She will be truly missed.

Christopher S. “Skip” Wright '83, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, after battling cancer for nearly two and a half years. Skip is survived by his siblings, Stacey (Lowell Amos) Ankony of Goshen, IN; Dr. Jackie O’Beirne of Lakewood, CO; Sue Marx-Bohan of Auburn, GA; Laurie Badger of Galesburg, MI; and Chet (Deb) Wright of Smyrna, GA; the mother of his son, Jennifer Wright of South Bend, IN; and his son, Jackson Wright of South Bend, along with a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. Skip worked for over 30 years in the wine and spirits industry and most recently as an account manager for the South Bend Tribune. Skip had many opportunities to further his career by moving out of South Bend, but he loved his hometown and he loved the people, so he stayed put. Nothing was more important to him than his role as a dad.

Lauren Elizabeth Zmirski '09 passed away October 21, 2021, after a long and hard-fought battle with Mitochondrial Disease. Lauren is survived by her mother, Victoria Zmirski; father, Anthony Zmirski; sister, Jennifer '07 (Benjamin) Emmel; nieces, Grace, Rose and Clare Emmel; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Ann Steininger; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Lauren attended Seton Hall University and Case Western Reserve University majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy until her health required her to withdraw. Her hobbies included baking, working on jigsaw puzzles, bird watching, and creating art while painting, drawing, and coloring pictures to decorate packages to her nieces. She was a master bargain finder and she loved animals, most notably her cat Aurora (“Rory”) and Topaz, her service dog.

Isobel (Heron) Adamson passed away on March 16, 2022. She is survived by a son David ‘82 Adamson (Tonya), son Tom ‘81 Adamson, daughter Nan ‘79 Cramer, eight grandchildren; Adam ‘06 Gilbert, Kristin ‘08 Gilbert, Devon ‘10 Gilbert, Lindsey ‘11 Gilbert, Thomas ‘12 Adamson, Ansleigh Adamson, Nicholas Adamson and Rheese Adamson, a sister; Nan Matherland and three brothers; Tom Heron, Harry Heron and a sister-in-law Etta Heron. Born in Scotland, Isobel and her husband Thomas Adamson moved to the United States in early 1967 with their young children and started a new life in Indiana. They were the founders and owners of Claymore Tools, a custom machinery and tool manufacturing shop in Mishawaka, IN. A sprite Scottish woman with a thick brogue that lasted until her final words, she was fond of playing golf with her husband, and was devoted to her children, whether as a Camp Fire leader for Nan, an avid Marian football game attendee for Tom, or the wrestling meet cheer section for David. Gatherings for holidays were always made special by Isobel’s famous Scottish cooking and the gifts and gestures that spoiled her grandchildren. She always loved when people visited her home for a cup of tea, a friendly chat, and a glance at the nature that blessed her backyard.

Mark Melcher Anderson passed away December 12, 2021. Mark is survived by his wife, Marcia Watson. He is also survived by his sister Dayle Anderson, his former wife Candace Anderson, his son Matthew Anderson, his grandson Sky Anderson, and his granddaughters Catherine Anderson, and Mia Anderson. Mark is also survived by his stepson Jonathon Watson, stepdaughter Sarah Watson, and step grandchildren Claire ‘23 Watson, Madeline ‘25 Watson, and Ellie Watson. While growing up, Mark lived all over the country. He graduated from Purdue University and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he worked for Stryker Corporation before moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1986. Mark loved reading, sailing, flying, climbing mountains, and traveling the world.

Alberta R. Barnes passed away on January 31, 2022. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Michael Phillip Barnes; her parents, Harold and Mary Edwards; sister Barbara Hodapp; and brother Thomas Edwards. She is survived by her sister, Frances Jackovich; brother-in-law Patrick (Teresa) Barnes; sons Timothy L. ‘95 (Dawn) Barnes and John P. ‘99 (Bess) Barnes; and four grandchildren. Alberta was a devoted wife, mother, sister, Nana, and friend who spent over 40 years of her professional life as an elementary school teacher. In retirement, Alberta spent countless hours volunteering for organizations that helped her neighbors in the community who were struggling and needed a hand.

Daniel Frank Bezi passed away on December 24, 2021. Dan was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jeanne, a son-in-law, John Jacobs, and a granddaughter, Krystal. Dan is survived by his four daughters, Jessica (Chris) Niedbalski, Jennifer Jacobs, Monique (George) Gergis and Stefanie (Russ) Buysse; his son, Michael Bezi; eight grandchildren, Megan, Heather, Tyler, Lexie ‘12, Daniel, Maddie ‘19, Bella ‘21 and Domenic; six great grandchildren; and his brother, Frank (Pat) Bezi. Dan was a 1954 graduate of Mishawaka High School and served his country in the US Navy from 1955 to 1956 on the USS Macon (CA-132), followed by a period in the US Naval Reserves. He was a Journeyman Pipe Fitter-Plumber and retired from National Standard in Niles. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and DeAmicis Club in Mishawaka. Dan enjoyed fishing and hunting, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Notre Dame Football, and ushered at Notre Dame stadium. He was especially fond of his dog, Yogi.

Paul F. Bultinck passed away on January 3, 2022. Paul is survived by three sons: Rick Bultinck of Mishawaka, Jeff Bultinck ‘89 (Molly) of Osceola and Tony Bultinck (Amy) of Indianapolis. He was grandfather to eight grandchildren, Reid, Sloane, Logan, Shannon ‘18, Brian ‘23, Hope, Mia, and Lilah Jane Bultinck; and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: Charles of Mishawaka and Steve Bultinck ‘74 of Lafayette. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Maureen. Paul was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed family, sports, and music. After Paul graduated from Mishawaka High School he attended Indiana State University and later transferred to Tri-State where he earned a degree in accounting. He spent over forty years working in accounting, most of that time with Bayer Corp (formerly Miles) in Elkhart.

Billye "Jane" (French) Burns passed away on December 7, 2021 after a courageous 4 1/2 month battle with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Jane is survived by her children, Jennifer J. Abrell (Gordon Hughes), Richard "Rick" Burns, Jr. (Cynthia), Timothy A. Burns (Shannon), and Daniel A. Burns (Linda); nine grandchildren, including Sarah '18, Ian '20, and Regan '21 Burns, and two great-grandchildren. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Burns (2004) and her parents. She attended Oklahoma State University for two years before marrying Dick and putting aside her schooling to help him get through dental school and care for their growing family. She would eventually earn her bachelor's degree from Goshen College in 1986. Dick was in the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Air Force, and he and Jane lived all over the U.S. and in Japan. Settling in Elkhart, Jane became involved in PTA and was a den leader for the Boy Scouts; she was on the Board of the Woodlawn Nature Center for more than 20 years; and she was deeply involved in the Elkhart community, serving on many boards. She and Dick were founding trustees of the Midwest Museum of American Art, and Jane served as Director of the museum from 1981 until her retirement in 2015. She was an accomplished skier, an avid golfer, and loved to travel abroad.

Domenico "Dominic" Cataldo passed away August 5, 2021.  Dominic is survived by his wife Sarita, his children: Joseph '89 (Autry) Cataldo, Teresa '92 (David) Gauvreau, Giovana '93 (Lonnie) Heeter,  Massimo '96 Cataldo, grandchildren: Dominic '15, Michael '17, Catherine '19, Claire '20, Anne '22, Anthony '24, Mary, and Lucy Cataldo, Isabella, Mariella, Paul, Anabelle, Nora, and David Gauvreau, Cecilia, Nico, and Emila Heeter, and Domenico Cataldo, brother, Paolo Cataldo and sister Maria Lizzi. Dominic worked tirelessly day and night to provide “a better life than he had” for his family, whom he loved more than life itself. On any given day of the week, you could find him and Sarita hosting family, friends, or complete strangers who would later become good friends. Dominic had a zest for life like no other.

Maria Rosa Cataldo passed away October 24, 2021. Rosa is survived by her daughter Anna Marie '84 (Randy) Chaffee, son Joseph '87 and son John '88 (Cara). Rosa is also survived by her grandchildren: Michael, Bruno and Max Chaffee: Bruno, John '18 and Julie '19 Cataldo, Bruno '21, Rocco and Mario Cataldo. Rosa was born in Ardore Superiore, Reggio Calabria, Italy and married Bruno Cataldo of Gerace, Reggio Calabria Italy on April 5th 1964. They came to America shortly thereafter and began 54 years of married life characterized by an exemplary and exceptional work ethic and an unwavering and constant devotion to family. As co-founder of Bruno's Pizza, Rosa shared her culinary skill and warm hospitality with generations of customers. At home, Rosa's hands were never idle; she was known for her sewing and her green thumb. A devout woman, her favorite prayers were the Mass and the Rosary.

John Cybulskis passed away on April 17, 2022. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Pamela ‘71 (Berzai); his sons, Viktor (Erin) and Nicholas (Kelly); and his granddaughter, Eleanor. His second granddaughter is expected to arrive in June. Also surviving are two brothers, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isabella and Viktors; sister, Anna; and brother, Vitolds. John was born in Ansbach, Germany in 1946 and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1964, from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids in 1968, and earned a masters in Secondary Education and Teaching from Indiana University in 1983. He began his career as a director of guidance, a teacher, and a coach at Marian High School in 1969, where he taught physics and mathematics until 1985. He then taught for twenty-seven years at Niles High School, where he also coached football and track. After retiring in 2012, he served as an Instructor of Mathematics and Physics at Holy Cross College until 2016. John was the consummate teacher, coach, and mentor with a career spanning nearly five decades in education. He was beloved husband, father, grandfather, and dear friend of superb intellect and kindness who placed family and friendship above all else. He was an avid outdoorsman, runner, stamp collector, and reader with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and deep admiration for his Latvian heritage. He touched all who interacted with him and will be deeply missed.

Lawrence J. “Larry” Daher passed away peacefully on Friday, September 24, 2021. Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Mary Therese; his children Mary Anne '79 Leonard (Glenn), Mary Theresa '83 Watson (Anthony), and Lawrence '85 (Carole); and his grandchildren Elizabeth and Sarah Watson and Lawrence '21, Patrick '24, and Rachael Daher. Larry lived his life with humility and grace, humor and generosity, and unwavering devotion and love for God, the Blessed Mother, and his family. Offering a smile to everyone he met, Larry was a very kind man who will be missed more than he could ever have imagined.

Josephine "Jo" A. Dibley passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Jo is survived by seven children, 42 grandchildren, including Michael B. '01 (Ina) Dibley, Andrea '03 (David) Campain, Katie '05, Emily '07 and David '08 Dibley; Eddie '20, Michael '22, Jake '24 and JoJo '25 Murphy; and 21 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband Mike, a grandson Matthew '04 Dibley, brothers Leonard Lucchese and Frank, and sister-in-law Kay Lucchese preceded her in death. Jo's main passion and focus in life was being a loving mother and grandmother to her family, and her love for Jesus. She was a longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the rosary society, Martha and Mary quilting group, and the St. Thomas soup kitchen. She enjoyed cooking and sewing, and was a strong supporter of Elkhart County Right to Life, but what made her eyes light up was spending time with her loving family and grandchildren.

Donna Joan Durham passed away on February 22, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas Durham, her sisters, Lillian (Donatt) Burton and Helen Mae (Donatt) Alleman, and her brother, Donald Donatt. Donna is survived by her six children: Dr. Timothy ‘77 (Janet) Durham, Denise ‘78 (Kent) Etchison, Daniel ‘79 (Karen) Durham, Todd ‘82 (Jane) Durham, Ted ‘83 Durham, and David ‘91 (Lenitra) Durham. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Born in Ogelsby, IL, Donna earned her LPN from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in LaSalle, IL in 1955. She and Tom moved to Elkhart in 1963. She loved attending mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where she was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a member of the Choir, Rosary Society, and Prayer Groups. Donna was a dedicated Pro-Life advocate. She delivered for Meals on Wheels and tutored adults working toward their GED. She was a member of the Elks and Moose. She enjoyed tennis and golf with Tom and their friends, traveling, and snow skiing with her family. Donna was the emotional leader of the Durham family, always cheering on her children, instilling them with great confidence.

Thomas Eugene Durham, MD, 88 of Elkhart, passed away September 27, 2021. Thomas is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, Donna (Donatt) Durham, six surviving children: Dr. Timothy ‘73 (Janet) Durham, Denise ‘78 (Kent) Etchison, Daniel ’79 (Karen) Durham, Todd ‘82 (Jane) Durham, Ted ‘83 Durham, and David ‘91 (Lenitra) Durham, seventeen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Dr. Durham earned his MD from Marquette University Medical School in Milwaukee, WI in 1958 and practiced medicine in Elkhart for 40 years, helping thousands of patients recover from their injuries. He was a founding partner of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) of Northern Indiana. Thomas was a devoted parishioner of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church and a dedicated family man. He enjoyed the outdoors and became an expert tree surgeon after he retired. He was an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan.

David Egan passed away July 25, 2021. Dave is survived by his wife Jeniphor, sons Bransen '18 and Brennen '22, sister, Beth (Jerry) Barhorst, Aunt Sister Mary Therese Egan and Uncle Father Dick Egan, brother Mike (Cathy) Egan, sisters Kathy (Dave) Pietras, and Jeanne Armacost, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Also known as "Steeg", "Coach Egan" and "Cigar Dave", he lived life to the fullest. His passions were sports and racing. As a long-time football and lacrosse coach for St. Matt's, he was a mentor and role model to many.

Terrance Paul Egan passed away November 20th, 2021. Terry was preceded in death by his daughter, Briana ‘96 Egan.  He is survived by his wife, Julie; by five children, Shannon (Nick), Griffin ‘10 (Michael), Christopher ‘18, Thomas ‘20 and Margaret ‘21; and by eight grandchildren, Bailey, Emma, Michael, Lily, Joseph, Millie, Luke, and Theresa. Terry was an excellent athlete who especially loved playing the sports of baseball, football, and boxing. In his adult life, he was an avid White Sox fan, valued learning through reading, and played chess every day.  He took particular joy in coaching his daughter’s softball teams at East Side Baseball/Softball Association.  As a fellow coach said, “he made every girl he coached feel like an All-Star no matter their ability”.  In the words of his children, he was the smartest, strongest, funniest, toughest man they will ever know.

Thomas (Tom) Evan Felix, 57, passed away unexpectedly in his home on September 17, 2021. Tom is survived by his parents, Robert and Sharon (Livengood) Felix and his siblings, Ron (Kelly), Sherri, Andy (Heather) and Joe (Mary). On July 15, 1995, Tom married the love of his life, Sue '82 (Canarecci) Felix. She survives along with their three amazing children, Will '15, Abby '16 and Maddy '18. Tom was an avid Chicago Bears fan and a jack of all trades with a knack for fixing things. Although a man of few words, he loved music and dancing and had a contagious laugh. He loved fishing and could spend hours sitting on a pier or in a boat casting away.

Patricia M. Hancock passed away November 14, 2021. She is survived by her husband Daniel A. Hancock; three daughters, Vicki (Tom) Gleitz of Mishawaka, Indiana, Rhonda (Paul) Menting  and Lynne (Brian) Bishop both of South Bend, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Jenna) Fischer, Danielle ’10 (Ryan) Casassa, Patrick ’14 (Teresa) Fischer, Allison ‘15 and Mitchell ’21 Menting, Jacob ‘19, Joci ’21 and AJ Bishop; three great-grandchildren, Cole and Evan Fischer and Lucas Casassa; her brother, Robert (Shirley) Tindall of Titusville, Florida; and her dear cousin, Deb (Tom) Leonakis. She was employed for 27 years at the Family and Children’s Center. She and Dan met when they were 14 years old and were married at age 18; they built a strong and beautiful family and were blessed to be in love for nearly 70 years. Patricia was a parishioner of St. Matthew Parish. She loved her Notre Dame Football Saturdays, but her greatest love was being MawMaw to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Phillip W. “Stick” Hickman passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2022. Phillip is survived by his loving wife, Amy Hickman; daughters, Elise ‘22 and Sydney ‘24 Hickman; stepchildren, Jacob (Scot) Nieman, Rachel (Larry) Nieman, and Meg (Matt) Hamilton; grandsons, Andrew Nieman, Maxwell “Maximus” White, and Jamesson “Jamie” Hamilton; sister, Lisa (Sam) Caudle; nephews, Travis Caudle and Chase Di Lorenzo; and 19 special lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stephen Hickman. Phillip worked for Beacon Health Systems for 30 years as a nuclear medicine technician specializing in nuclear cardiology. To many of his friends he was known as “The Professor” since he was always reading a book and able to help his friends with any questions they threw at him, whether it was regarding his knowledge of IU and Ball State sports (especially basketball), medicine, or asking for his sage advice. Phillip had a big heart and would do anything to help anyone in need, especially his patients that he cared for deeply. Phillip will be missed greatly by all those who were touched by his caring heart and deeply missed by his loving family and many lifelong friends.

Leonard Daniel Isban, 93, passed away on August 10, 2021. Daniel is survived by his wife, JoAnn, children Jessica (Paul) Maich, Michael (Debi) Isban, and Susan (Greg) Payne, grandchildren Emily '94 (Chris) Killilea, Katherine Maich '00, Hilary Maich '06, Cole (Veronica) Isban '03, Connor Isban '13, Kelly (Tom) Rybicki, Brittany (Stephon) Tuitt, Davis (Mikayla) Payne, and Lily Payne, and seven great-grandchildren. Leonard established his own business in Plymouth and was a supporter of many worthy causes, including the Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County. He was an avid golfer and Notre Dame fan. It is hard to summarize a person's life, but this young boy, part of a Polish family growing up after the Great Depression in the West End of South Bend, went on to do great things for his family and friends and many who never knew him.

Toni Louise Kowalski passed away on April 7, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Diane Killilea of Mishawaka, IN. She is survived by Robert Logan Kowalski, her husband of 50 years; her daughter, Sheila M. Kowalski ‘97; her son, Robert L. Kowalski; and her brother, Michael J. Hammes. Born in Kankakee, IL, Toni graduated from Christ the King Elementary School and Saint Mary's Academy in South Bend, IN; and received a B.A. in biology from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA (including a semester abroad at The Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria). Toni worked as a Research Scientist in pharmaceutical development at Miles Inc., subsequently also working at B&F Realty, Jim Hammes Oldsmobile, the Religious Education Office at St. Thomas Elementary School, Integra Bank, the Kalamazoo Literary Council, and as a paraprofessional for Emotionally Handicapped at Monger Elementary School. As a young adult, Toni obtained her private pilot certificate and enjoyed golf, bowling, skiing, and travel (especially in Europe). In her later years she enjoyed live theater, movies, reading, gardening, playing scrabble, crossword puzzles, antiquing, everything Notre Dame football and women's basketball, attending Newcomers luncheons, swimming at the YMCA, and attending mass several times a week at Saint Catherine of Siena Church. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Tara B. Lower unexpectedly passed away on December 9, 2021 as the result of an automobile accident. Tara is survived by her son, Reece Sausman '24; mother, Debra A. Lower of South Bend; sisters, Jennifer (Jonathan) Thomas and Heather Lower, both of South Bend; 1st cousins, Andrew Koszegi, Jonathan Thomas, Jr., and Jalen Thomas. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Her father, Daniel, preceded her in death on September 25, 2014. Tara was working at Doors & Drawers in a sales position. Tara was loved and she will be missed.

Mary Muhlherr Lozano passed away on March 8, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Isabel Lozano ‘19; her mother, Maria (Sergio) Muhlherr; her sister, Paula Muhlherr; her nieces and their husbands, Ashley '03 and Tim '01 Baranowski and Lauren and Ben Vronko; great-nephews Jonathon and Trevor Baranowski and Rowan Vronko; aunt Catherine Sergio; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Lt. Col. Joseph J. Muhlherr; grandparents, Paul and Margaret Sergio and Joseph and Talitha Muhlherr; and cousin, Gene Muhlherr Jr.. Mary grew up in Virginia and California, with trips to visit extended family in South Bend. She spent her early career making others beautiful as a hairstylist before becoming a Human Resources professional at Comcast, Better World Books, and the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The greatest joy in Mary’s life came from being Isabel’s mom.

James. M. Lyons passed away on February 3, 2022 at his home in Irving, Texas, where he has lived the past 45 years. Jim was born in Lakewood, OH on January 25, 1947. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas P. and Alice (nee Feeney) Lyons and his brothers, Pat, John (Elaine, deceased) and Vincent (Sue). He is survived by his son, Michael, his sister, Sr. Kathleen, SND (School Sisters of Notre Dame), brothers, Tom, Terry and David (Jane), and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim graduated in 1965 from St. Edward High School and went on to receive a Bachelor Degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1969 and also a law degree from Notre Dame in 1976. From 1970-1973 he taught at Marian High School.

Raymond McQueen passed away on November 17, 2021. He is survived by his first wife, Cheri, and their children Jeff (Debbie), Scott, and Christi (TT Beane); his second wife, Konnie Beasley, stepson Brian, two step-granddaughters, Peyton and Kolie ‘07, and four step-great-grandsons: Lonnie ‘24, Jordayne, Nason, and Beasley; and four adopted children, twins Sapphire ‘19 and Stefani ‘19 and sisters Kaylee ‘20 and Lucy ‘22 McQueen. Born in Ireland, Ray's family moved to England, Canada, and then South Bend. He began work at an early age and for many years was working two jobs to support his family. Through the rough times and the good times he loved to make people laugh.

Thomas P. Mielke passed away on February 19, 2022. Tom is survived by his bride, Kay, and children; Marie Mielke, Mark Mielke, Michael (Tiffanni) Mielke, Lisa (Mike) Portolese, Karla (Lincoln) Warriner, and Tommie (Melea) Mielke Jr.. He is also survived by 20 granchildren, including Katie ‘13 (Matt Kreft), Michael ‘16, Olivia ‘18, and Abby ‘22 Portolese. Tom is also survived by 7 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death preceded by his parents, son, Paul Edward Mielke, brothers, Bill Mielke and Myron "Bud" Mielke, and sister, Jill Mielke. Thomas was born in Stevensville, Michigan and graduated from Stevensville High School in 1952. He married Kathryn Nower on November 12, 1960 at St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor. Tom served his country in the US Army. He was a member of St. Basil Catholic Church in Stevensville and a proud 4th Degree member of The Knights of Columbus.Tom loved sports and was an avid University of Michigan fan, as well as an avid golfer and softball player. He played softball until his mid- sixties and golfed as recently as this last summer. Tom would not miss any of his children's sporting events, and attended his grandchildren's events when possible. Tom worked in banking and finance which brought him to South Haven, MI, and spent many years in car sales for Seelye Wright.

Ann Molenda passed away on June 17, 2021.  Ann is survived by Kate Willson Voelker '77 (Mark), Dr. Michael Willson (Marilyn), Fran Willson Bedan '79 (Richard), Ellen Willson Hoover (Gary), 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, sister Margaret Leonard Karczewski, and former husband Richard L. Willson.  Proud of her Irish ancestry and always witty, Ann was a known historian of great depth, particularly of the Civil War, with a focus on President Lincoln, Schuyler Colfax, as well as the nursing nuns on the battlefield.

Mary JoAnne Norell passed away January 1, 2022. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters Joanne ‘07 (Granger, Ind.) and Amanda ‘09 (Chicago); son Bobby ‘12 (Bristol, Ind.); father Bernard and stepmother Mary Therese Hester; sisters Elizabeth Hester, Diane Hester and Colleen Wracker (Tim); stepsisters Teresa Olson (Bob) and Nancy King (Brook); sister-in-law Jeanne McLaughlin (Sean); nephews Christopher and Nicholas Wracker, Collin and Patrick McLaughlin, and John (Lauren) and Tom Olson; and niece Maria McLaughlin. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne (Tobin) Hester, and brothers Terry and Bernard Hester. Mary Jo lived a life marked by deep relationships and utter sweetness. Though she faced many hardships, her strength and unwavering faith always saw her through the toughest times. She and her husband Bob built a beautiful family over 35 years of marriage. She loved cooking and baking, watching Hallmark movies and HGTV, reading in the sun, and nuzzling with her dearest pup, Ozzie, and cats Kitty and Petey.

Patricia (Patti) Jean (Seelig) Otolski passed away on August 3, 2021. Patti is survived by her husband Bob Otolski, longtime coach at Marian High School, their children, Lance (Amy) Otolski and Becky (Cameron) Bumgarner, and grandson Casey Otolski. As a wife of a coach, Patti supported, entertained and cheered on Bob’s teams for over 21 years. She loved golfing with her husband, hanging with all of her girlfriends, dancing, and playing Bridge and Mahjong. Patti was known for her great smile, energy, decorating skills, and caring for others.

Casimer A. Pikuza passed away February 6, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Natalie Szymczak and Katherine Kotornoha; and one brother, Andrew Pikuza. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 ½ years, Toni Pikuza; two daughters, Jennifer Pikuza and Jill Underly; two sons, Jeff (Carolyn) Pikuza and Jason Pikuza; five grandchildren; and one sister, Maria Pikuza. Born in Poland during World War II, Casimer's family came to South Bend, IN in 1947. He received both his Bachelor Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Latin from Indiana University. He taught Latin at his alma mater, Washington High School, for 38 years; following his retirement in 2001, he taught Latin part-time at Marian High School for four years. Cas loved his time as a teacher and was affectionately referred to as “The King” by his students. He was also an avid Indiana University sports fan and was passionate about playing euchre with his family. Cas was a member of Corpus Christi Parish.

Elizabeth "Bette" Katherine Piraccini, passed away on Dec. 17, 2021. Bette is survived by four children, Lisa ‘73 (Donald) Squibb Jr., John ‘74 (Jayne) Piraccini, Aldino (Carmen) Piraccini, and Gina Piraccini.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, including Melina ‘00 (Erik) Sample, Cameo ‘04 (Walt Weise) Piraccini, Luke ‘20 Piraccini, and Ryan ‘20 Piraccini, and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that enjoyed her wonderful cooking and sense of humor. As a beloved mother and grandmother, she was ready with whatever was needed, whether it was a moment of listening or just sharing one of her delicious Italian dishes.

Fr. Chad Puthoff, SDS passed away on March 24, 2022 after a short illness. A history teacher at Marian in the late 60s and early 70s, he was a member of the Society of the Divine Savior, the Salvatorians, for 57 years, and a priest for 50.

James Joseph Rakowski passed away January 23, 2022. James is survived by his wife, Catherine, along with their six children: Ann Marie ‘90 (Tom) Udale; Mary ‘91 (Tom) Kuefler; Alan ‘93 (Kathryn) Rakowski; Elizabeth ‘95 (Brian) Cook; Katie ‘97 (Joshua) Schaffner; and Peter ‘99 (Ethel) Rakowski. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren; a sister, Mary Clare (Daniel) DuBois; a number of nieces and nephews; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother John. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, James received a bachelor's degree from Creighton University and a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and taught economics there until his retirement in 2010. He will be remembered as a tough ("the Rack") but fair teacher who offered his friendship as well as his knowledge. He also taught through a Rockefeller-funded exchange program at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and again at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He and Catherine were blessed with 50 years of loving marriage. Jim was a train enthusiast, a gardener, birdwatcher, and bicyclist.

James "Sol" Solomon passed away June 13, 2021.  Sol is survived by his sons John Solomon '84, Jeffrey '85 “Fred” (Amy) Solomon, Patrick (Michelle) Solomon, and Mark (Kathleen Karkiewicz '89) Solomon and 10 grandchildren. He was the owner and sole proprietor of Sol’s Hardware in South Bend. It was there on the West side where Sol thoroughly enjoyed serving each and every customer who entered his store with kindness and joy, endearing himself to the community and all who knew him.

James E. Spencer passed away June 11, 2022. Jim is survived by his second wife, Marylee; three children, JoLee (Paul ‘86) Dorbin, Kristina (Linh) Nguyen, and Edward “Ted” Hartzer; five grandchildren, Nicklaus and Paige Dorbin, James and Tim Hartzer, and Katharine Nguyen; a sister, Sally (Chuck) Redman; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Besides his first wife, Judy, he was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Hartzer; and sisters, Mary Margaret Lass, Barbara Walter, Patricia Keiser and Andrea Redman. Jim grew up in Mishawaka and was graduate of St. Joseph Grade School in Mishawaka and St. Joseph High School in South Bend. He played football for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming where he earned an Associate’s Degree. Jim's first wife, Judy May Carrier, preceded him in death in 1991. In 1994, he married Marylee (Hamilton) Hartzer and the couple made their home in South Bend. Jim was employed for 32 years as an adjustor with Morgan Drive Away in Elkhart. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend and Knights of Columbus #1878 in Mishawaka. For many years he was Santa Claus at K of C events. Jim had a life-long love of football and followed area high school football, especially Marian High School. He also enjoyed music, going to concerts and was a great dancer.

Dennis Michael Sizemore, Sr. passed away August 9, 2021. Dennis is survived by wife Linda A. DeCloedt, children Dennis M. Sizemore, Jr., Daniel J. (Jill) Sizemore, and David J. (Stephanie) Sizemore, and grandchildren Paige, Taylor '17, and Payton '21; Jack and Joe; and Moriah, Nathan, Kathleen, and Sophia; and by one great grandchild, Ryane Ray. Dennis grew up in Mishawaka and served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 star and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He liked golfing, fishing, and motorcycle riding, but particularly enjoyed his grandchildren and his Bouvier dogs.

Gwendolyn Rae Stancombe passed away on October 4, 2021. Gwendolyn Rae is survived by her parents, Nicholas ‘10 and Stephanie Stancombe, of Carmel, Indiana; her maternal grandparents, George and Mary Simopoulos of Noblesville, IN; paternal grandparents, Brad and Sonia Stancombe of South Bend, IN; maternal great-grandmother, Joan Dunbar also of South Bend, IN; and paternal great-grandmother, Mary Stancombe. She is also survived by her three aunts, Alexandria Simopoulos, Liana Simopoulos and Mary ‘13 Stancombe. Gwendolyn Rae was born on September 10, 2020. During her short, sweet time here on earth, she taught everyone who knew her what strength she had and how her tenacity and strong-will made her the toughest little fighter.

Rose Marie Stuart passed away on April 10, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Stuart; her son, Stephen ‘87 Stuart; granddaughter, Katelynn Stuart; sisters, Lois Arata, Marianne Arata and Ruth Ann "Dolly" Donahue; and daughter in law, Karen Stuart. Surviving are her 11 children, Philip ‘76 Stuart, Paul ‘80 Stuart, Peter ‘82 (Shannon) Stuart, Angela ‘84 (Dave) Majewski, Zita ‘85 Horvath, Anthony ‘88 (Teena) Stuart, Kenneth ‘89 (Julie) Stuart, Sharon ‘92 Stuart (Mike), Monica ‘96 (Joel) Fletcher, Regina ‘97 Stuart and Damien ‘99 (Molly) Stuart; 40 grandchildren, including Patrick ‘16 Stuart; Elizabeth ‘09, Abigail ‘11 (Janowiak), Seth ‘15, Hannah ‘18, and Noah ‘21 Majewski; and Augustine ‘16, Alexander ‘17, Zachariah ‘19, Thaddeus ‘20, and Marianna ‘24 Horvath; and siblings, Janet (Donald) DeCocker, Kathleen (Larry) Hostetler, Frances Sandefur, and Timothy (Robyne) Arata. Rose Marie worked as a Teacher's Aide at St. Bavo School and was proud of her large family. She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, canning, fishing, and traveling. Her faith was important to her, and she stayed active in the St. Bavo Parish.

Michael E. Suth passed away November 15, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna (Claire) Suth, their children, Tamara ‘85 (Tom) Crowe, Gregory ‘86 (Julie) Suth, Kelly ’90 Willhoite, Robert ’93 (Ranae) Suth, Patrick ’96 Suth, Jimmy ’99 (Brittany) Suth; 17 grandchildren including Cooper ’25; and sisters, Maureen Suth, Janeen Conboy and Phyllis Lentych. Mike was a parishioner of St. Jude parish. He coached for St. Jude and Marian High School baseball and basketball for many years. Mike was a member of the Notre Dame Quarterback Club and South Bend Country Club. He was the CEO of Hoosier Spring Company INC. and grew the business to support 120 employees and their families. He enjoyed Notre Dame Football, golf, and sports in general. Most of all he loved his family and grandchildren. Mike had a very generous heart; he had an easier time giving than receiving.

Dolores M. Tepe, passed away December 8, 2021. She is survived by her four children of South Bend/Granger, Indiana, Mark ‘80 (Erin) Tepe, Matt Tepe, Michele ‘85 (Mike) McNeill, and Manette ‘87 Tepe; along with her six grandchildren, Caitlin ‘07 (Rob) Langtry, Brianne ‘09 (Jordan) Roy, Maggie ‘11 (Mike) Buckiso, Brigid ’15 Tepe, Kelaine (Lavarr) Barnett, and Michael Tepe McNeill. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, her sister Mary Carusillo, and many nieces, nephews and relatives. Preceding her in death were her husband Elmer (Sonny) Tepe and granddaughter Manette Josephine McNeill, brothers Joseph, Bob, Chris and Harold Wittling and sister Jeannette Johnson. “Dee”, “Dodo”, “Dolores” did not know a stranger. She was a person of strong faith and determined to put an emphasis on service and volunteering. She volunteered at Service Guild and Logan Center, ran the used clothing department of Christ Child, and after beating lung cancer, she volunteered for Hospice for over 20 years. At Tepe's stores, she would take defective toys and baby goods, create brand new items, and then donate them to those in need. She was an avid golfer and tennis player, with 3 holes-in-one at Morris Park on 3 of the 4 par 3’s. She loved Magician Lake, the family pool, bridge, her luncheons with her high school friends, and her home for over 50 years. She enjoyed her time in the kitchen preparing meals, especially around the holidays. Spending time with her family was her greatest treasure.

Frank A. Zappia Jr. passed away on March 4, 2022. Frank leaves behind his wife of over 64 years, Thelma, along with their five children Frank (Sally) Zappia III, Rosemarie (Regis) Thimons, Joseph (Andrea) Zappia, Cheryl (Douglas) Birkey and Anthony Zappia. He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, including Rosa Zappia ‘10; sixteen great grandchildren, including Ava Zappia '24; a sister, Pam (Sherman) Deal; two sisters-in-law, Sara and Kay Zappia; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his brothers, Dominic, Anthony, Joseph, Patrick, Rocco, and Antonio Zappia (in infancy) and two sisters, Margaret (Joseph) Saldana and Mary (Joseph) Catanzarite. A lifelong resident of Mishawaka, IN, Frank's family and his faith were the center of his life. He was a dedicated worker at Ball Band for 8 years, Wheelabrator-Frye Corporation for 18 years, and both L.L.C. and the St. Joseph County Highway Department for 5 years. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church for 42 years, Frank was an avid Notre Dame fan and puzzle builder, who also enjoyed playing cards, vegetable gardening, fishing, woodworking and being outdoors.