Mary J. Gaza DeVolder

Died: Sat., Jan. 6, 2007

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Mary Josephine Gaza DeVolder, 82, of North Fort Myers, FL, formerly of South Bend, passed away Saturday, January 6 in Cape Coral Rehab in Cape Coral, FL. Mary was born on April 2, 1924 in South Bend as the daughter of John and Luella (Bargaron) Van Vynckt. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eugene Van Vynckt Charles Van Vynckt, and Richard Van Vynckt. On October 29, 1949 in Mishawaka Mary married Walter J. Gaza who preceded her in death on July 26, 1994.On November 12, 1994 in Mishawaka she married Camiel B. DeVolder who preceded her on February 3, 2002. Surviving Mary are her two sons, Walter J. (Trudy) Gaza Jr. of South Bend and Mark A. (Brenda) Gaza of Mattawan, MI; three step daughters, Linda A. (Albert) Biesbrouck of Osceola, Joan M. Harkins of Waynsville, MO, Patty S. (Wayne) Heflin of Nacogdoches, TX; a step son Ron D. (Pam) DeVolder of Springville, UT; two grandchildren, Betty (Kevin) Ruthkowski of South Bend and Matthew Gaza of Mattawan, MI; four step grandchildren; four great granddaughters; two step great grandchildren; four sisters. Margaret Stuff, of Marcellus, MI, Joan (John) Jurek of South Bend, IN, Irene Marzita of Niles, MI, Eleanor Van Vynckt of South Bend, IN; three brothers, Robert Van Vynckt of Mishawaka, John Van Vynckt of Hammond, IN, and Edward Van Vynckt of Central Valley, CA.; step niece Janet (Dean) Stryker. Mary attended Adams High School in South Bend. She worked at Bendix during WW IIand then was a Telephone Operator for Indiana Bell for 37 years before she retired in 1983. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and the South Bend Moose Ladies Auxiliary. Family and friends may visit from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10th in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday January 11th in St. Monica Catholic Church with Rev. Jeffery Largent officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Mishawaka.

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Pam Spainhower

Joan and Margaret,



You two ladies and your sister, Mary, were absolutely wonderful to with at Indiana Bell. I would like to express my sincere sympathy at the loss of your sister.




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