Mary Alice (Burich) Pernic

Born: Sat., Nov. 12, 1938
Died: Tue., Jan. 26, 2016


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 31, 2016
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 PM Mon., Feb. 01, 2016
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

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 Mary A. Pernic

Nov. 12, 1938 - Jan. 26, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Mary Alice (Burich) Pernic, 77, of South Bend, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on November 12th, 1938, in Granite City, Illinois, the fifth of seven children.

Mary met her husband, Edward, at a Guys and Dolls dance in 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri. They were married on March 14th, 1970, in Granite City, Illinois. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Germany, where Ed was stationed in the U.S. Army. They took advantage of every opportunity to travel Europe, including their ancestral lands of Croatia and Slovenia. After Ed's discharge from the Army in 1971, Ed and Mary moved to South Bend, Indiana, where they raised four children - Rachel, Matthew, Trevor and Allison.

Mary was a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and a master of crochet. Her strong Catholic faith was evidenced by her well-worn Rosary, and her compassion for those in need by her frequent contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, Boys Town, St. Jude's Hospital, the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Toys For Tots, and Shriners Hospital.

She also will be remembered for her ever-present sense of humor, resilience, amazing apple pies, love of babies, and her devotion to her family.

Mary is survived by Edward and her four children, as well as granddaughter, Beatrix, and a grandson expected in May 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 1st, at St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31st, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, and one hour prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. Cremation will follow at Welsheimer Crematory. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

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Paige Barnett
   Posted Fri January 29, 2016

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES      TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Paige and Chip, Sheri and Dan, Jennifer and Jason.

Dearest Rachel, Beatrix, and Pernic Family - We send you our love and sympathy and pray that your warm memories of Mary are a comfort to you. Thinking of you, Paige and Chip, Sheri and Dan, Jennifer and Jason

Dave & Marilyn Schmitt
   Posted Sat January 30, 2016
Ed & Family,
We are truly sorry to learn of Mary's death. She will be remembered in
our prayers.

Stacey Savo
   Posted Sun January 31, 2016

GARDEN PATH was sent by S. Savo.

Meredith and Matt - May peace and love surround you during this difficult time. Our hearts and thoughts extend to you and the Pernic family. With sincere sympathy, Your HCSC OE team