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Christine Raker-Nowaczewski

Died: Thu., Jun. 26, 2014

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 30, 2014
Location: Sumption Prairie Cemetery

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Christine Raker- Nowaczewski, 88, of South Bend passed away at 9:10 PM Thursday June 26th at Center for Hospice in Elkhart, IN after an extended illness.

She was born on January 5, 1926 in Salyersville, KY to the late Linville and Amy (Howard) Whitaker.

In 1944, as the former Christine Whitaker, she married William R. Raker who preceded her in death in June 1986.  On August 16, 1995, in South Bend she married Stanley Z. Nowaczewski who survives.  She is also survived by two daughters; Jerry L. Sturma of Middlebury, IN and Sherry C. (Ronald) Jackey of Mishawaka, IN two sons; Robert E. (Sassy) Raker of Fort Lauderdale, FL and William L. (Tina) Raker of Utah, two sisters; Pauline (Allan) Rockhill of South Bend, IN and Jean (George) Gyori of Granger, IN and ten grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, all whom she loved and cherished.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, first husband William Raker, two sisters; Ailean Davidson and Maxine Szucs, and one brother; Morris Whitaker.

Christine loved spending time with her family and especially her sisters.  She was a life member of Women’s Auxiliary, VFW Post 9820.

There will be no visitation.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday June 30th at Sumption Prairie Cemetery.                     

 In lieu of flowers please make all memorial contributions to Elkhart Hospice Center, 22579 Old US 20 East, Elkhart, IN 46516.

Condolences may be expressed online through our website:  www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com

The HANLEY & Sons “Southwest Chapel” Funeral Home handled arrangements and services and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the family of Christine.

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Susan Hochstetler
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
It is always so hard to say good-bye to a loved one, especially a parent and grandparent. I know Christine was much loved and will truly be missed. Please know that my sympathy is with her family at this time. May God bless all of you.

Vickie Conway
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
Rich, you have my sympathy for the loss of your wife, Belinda. I will keep you in my prayers. Please take care of yourself

Vickie Conway
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
So sorry. For the loss of your mom

Kalman Sturma and Dianne Ziegler
   Posted Sun June 29, 2014
We wish to express sincere sympathy at the passing of your Mother and Grandmother. May she rest in peace.

Kristen Matthys, Lacey Perkins & Brandon Galvan
   Posted Mon June 30, 2014
She will be truly missed, with all her spunkiness! May the memories of her help you find peace at this time. Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy for the family at this time of sorrow.
Blessed Be!

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