Etta Lorraine (Soto) Pieper

Born: Fri., Jul. 24, 1931
Died: Wed., Mar. 6, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Ironwood United Pentecostal Church of South Bend

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Mar. 12, 2013
Location: Ironwood United Pentecostal Church of South Bend

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Etta L. Pieper

July 24, 1931 – March 6, 2013

Former South Bend resident Etta Lorraine Pieper, 81, of New Carlisle died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Miller’s Merry Manor.  Mrs. Pieper was born July 24, 1931 in Melrose Park, IL to the late Myree Bessie (Jackson) Soto and Jesus Andreas Martinez Soto and had lived in the South Bend area since 1951.


On July 15, 1950 in Pleasantville, IA she married Melvin A. Pieper who survives.  Also surviving are four daughters, Linda Baughman (David) of Arlington, TX, Lorraine Alwine (Gary) of South Bend, Cathy Greer (Lowell) of Elkhart, IN, and Susan Malone (Len) of Whitney, TX; four sons, Andrew Pieper (Cheryl) and Edward Pieper (Sue) both of Granger, Scott Pieper (Tereasa) of South Bend, and Jonathon Pieper (Jennifer) of Plymouth, IN; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Caroline Waits and LaQuita Chezum; and three brothers, Rayes Soto, James Soto, and Johnny Soto.  She was preceded in death by four sisters, Virginia Kennedy, Kathleen Gibford, Frances McCreery, and Eunice Shappell and two brothers, David Conley and Andrew Soto.


Etta was a devoted Christian who loved GOD first, Family second and others third.  She will always be remembered for her exceptional generosity and a heart that was often bigger than her pocketbook.  All those who were fortunate enough to be blessed by her presence will never forget her.  She touched so many lives, in so many ways, that this world was made a better place by her life.  She will be missed by all, but there is peace in knowing that she has fought a good fight, finished her course, kept the faith and has now gone on to receive her heavenly reward.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12th at the Ironwood United Pentecostal Church of South Bend, 4609 S. Ironwood Rd. with Rev. Kenneth Mendenhall officiating.  Committal services and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka.  The family will receive friends in the church from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday, March 11th.


Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 4330 Miami St., South Bend, IN, 46614 or the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312.


Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at



Charitable donations may be made in Etta 's memory to the following organization:

Harbor Light Hospice.

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Linda Van Dusseldorp
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
I am so grateful to have known Etta! She has been such a blessing to our church and to myself all of these years (First Apostolic Church of Viola, IL). We will miss her! Take comfort in knowing that she has fought a good fight, and was a wonderful person.

Linda Van Dusseldorp

Amy Sims (Coon)
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Grandma Pieper was a remarkable woman with whom I have been blessed to have in my life since I was a very young child. She was the heart of Lydick. Her home was "our neighborhood gang's" second home. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. Losing her feels to me as if I have lost yet another grandmother. I was fortunate to have spend this past Christmas with her at Gary and Lorraine's house, which just makes me even more of a true believer that "EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON". I will cherish all of the memoris that I hold of her so deeply in my heart. She is free from hurting and illness once again and for that I am so thankful after watching her go through some very hard times. We love you grandma.......... until we meet again!

Marty Tam
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Sister Pieper was a source of strength to me. I'm sad she has left this world but delighted she is with her Master, Jesus Christ, where she will spend eternity pain free, full of joy and peace, released from her earthly trials. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Alonzo and Judy Mejia
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
We were so privileged to have know Aunt Etta and will dearly treasure the memories we have of her! We know in Christ this is her beginning and we will meet again soon, even so she will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her family during this very difficult time.
First Apostolic Church of Viola, IL