Barbara Ann (Dupy) Humnicky

Born: Sat., Nov. 24, 1945
Died: Sun., Sep. 1, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 07, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Sep. 07, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Barbara Ann Humnicky’s Life Story

November 24, 1945 – September 1, 2019

Barbara Humnicky, 73, passed away on September 1, 2019, at home in South Bend after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Barb was born on November 24, 1945, to the late Willard and Anna (Vargo) Dupy and was a lifelong South Bend resident.

On September 20, 1969, in South Bend, she married Greg Humnicky, who survives with their children, Phillip (Jamie Bradfield) Humnicky of Silver Spring, MD, and Anna Humnicky (Steven Ehret) of Smyrna, GA.

Barb graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1964. She attended Purdue University, graduating in 1978, and earned her Master’s degree from Purdue in 1985, then continuing as a life-long member of the Purdue Alumni Association and the Purdue Club of Saint Joseph Valley. She taught in the South Bend Community School Corporation for 29 ½ years and retired in 2008 as the Clay High School Librarian/Media Specialist. From her “Wild Things” romps at her elementary schools to opening the doors before school started at Clay High School welcoming students to a coffee house-like atmosphere, her libraries were always brimming with energy and vitality. In 1988, she was selected as the South Bend Community School Corporation’s elementary teacher of the year.

Barb enjoyed cooking, particularly her family’s Hungarian recipes, as well as traveling in retirement, most notably taking her “bucket-list” trip with the family down the Danube River from southern Germany to Budapest, Hungary in the summer of 2015. Barb was also renowned for her baking, known for having the best chocolate chip cookies south of the Canadian border, once garnering praise from Al Gore, and her family’s kolach recipe, made with no less than four sticks of butter.

A special thanks to Bonny, Judy, Kathy and Kari from Home Instead for their care of Barb over the past 5 years. Also, a large thanks to Laura at the Center for Hospice for assistance in her final weeks. Additionally, a large thank you to Vicki Skodras of Real Services for her assistance.

Cremation will take place with Welsheimer Funeral Home assisting the family with the arrangements. Visitation will take place at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, on Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 am to 12 Noon followed by a Celebration of Life service at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 East Colfax, South Bend, IN 46617 or the Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 Family and friends may leave condolences at Welsheimer’s website:

Charitable donations may be made in Barbara's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46617

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Jon Thompson
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Greg.....So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers coming your and in the days ahead.

Sincerely, "JT" (Jon Thompson)

Mary Lue Binning
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Sorry to learn of Barb's passing. Her battle with Alzheimer's is now over. May she rest in peace.
Barb was respected for her innovative work as a library/media specialist for the South Bend Community School Corporation.

Marty Hudkins
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019 sorry to hear about your wife..... it seems you had a wonderful life together............ you and your wife are in our prayers......... If I can do anything let me know............ good luck in the future and remember all the good times you had together

Paul Laskowski
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Greg and family - Cheryl and I are out of town and we’re saddened to read of Barb’s passing in the newspaper. Greg you did a great job caring for Barb for a long time and are a role model for loving commitment. I’ll be praying that God blesses you with ongoing memories of wonderful times together. Paul Laskowski

Barbara Curran
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
So sorry Greg. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. I will be thinking of you as I cannot make the viewing.

Greg Bitsko
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Greg, Phillip and Anna,
It was with great sadness that we learned about Barb’s passing. If ever there was a person who brought joy and humor to all that knew her, it was your amazing wife and Mother. Whether in the library, classroom, gym or get-together afterwards, you could be sure of a few things, Barb was sure to lend a hand, crack a joke and if necessary take charge. The Adams, Central, Clay and Purdue communities are mourning her passing. Simply put, Barbara Ann Humnicky will be missed.
Memory Eternal!

Greg and Suzanne Bitsko

Mickey Glon Lane
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Greg, Barb and I went to grade school together. A few years ago she sent me a photo via Maryanne, of my neighbor that moved away when we were in 7 th grade. I remember Barbs beautiful smile. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

Joan Nowak
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
Greg, I am so sorry for your loss. You were so good for her. I am riffing Saturday or I would be there. My deepest sympathy. Joan

Rosemary and Bob Nemeth
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
We are sorry we can’t make the service but we are keeping Barb and your family in our thoughts and prayers (Ann and Steve were cousins) and I worked with Ann for years at Kuert Concrete Peace be with you

Ed Szucs
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
I was sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Greg, Phil, and Anna, you are in my thoughts and prayers.