Mary E. Kluga

Born: Thu., Mar. 19, 1925
Died: Fri., Jan. 7, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 12, 2011
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jan. 13, 2011

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 Mary Kluga

Mary Elizabeth (Parks) Kluga, 85, passed away on January 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. She was born in South Bend on March 19, 1925 to Millard S. and Ernestine (Doetsch) Parks. Mary lived in South Bend all her life. In July 1950, she married Henry E. Kluga who preceded her in death. She graduated from John Adams High School. In a lifetime of work and service, she was employed by Robertson Department Store, Studebaker Corporation, Shippers Dispatch, Inc., St. Mary's College, and AM General Corporation, from which she retired in 1992. She is survived by daughters, Pamela Roland (Larry) of Overland Park, KS and Sandra Weides (Richard Culiar) of South Bend. Daughter Deborah Kaye Kluga preceded her in death. She is also survived by three grandsons of whom she was so proud, Jason Weides (South Bend), Matthew Weides (South Bend), and Christopher Roland (Emporia, KS), loving nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Mary's life was a testimony to her love of family and friends. Mary loved music and her church. She lived her life in grateful service to others and was a shining example to all who knew her. She maintained her dignity and sense of humor through her final days. The family would like to extend their gratitude to staff at Morningside and Memory Care for their skilled and compassionate care. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Zion United Church of Christ, 715 E. Wayne St., South Bend, IN 46617. Friends may visit with the family 4 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street. In Mary's memory, contributions may be made to Zion United Church of Christ in South Bend. 


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

Zion United Church of Christ
715 E. Wayne St. South Bend, 46617

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Mary (Kopec) Duyck
   Posted Tue January 11, 2011
Sandy and Pam,

I have a very special place in my heart for your mom, my namesake. She was such a good friend to my mother and was a friend to me as well. I will never forget my road trip to Colorado with the two of them with a stop in Kansas City to visit Pam. We had a great time. One time when I was with her she marveled over a beautiful iris garden that we drove by. Ever since that day I think of her every time I see an iris. So, when my irises bloom in the spring it will be like a hello from Mary Kluga. My heart goes out to you and your families.

Mary Duyck

Judy Cavanaugh
   Posted Tue January 11, 2011
My sympathy to Mary's daughters and their families. I worked with your mom at AM General in the 80's. She was a super co-worker and friend. She was so proud of her girls.

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