Marianne T. Tschida, 89

Published 2:27pm Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Born: Feb. 17, 1923

Died: Dec. 28, 2012

Marianne T. Tschida, 89, of Avon Park, Fla., and formerly of Niles, Mich., and South Bend, Ind., died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 in Sebring, Fla. following a brief illness. She was born on Feb. 17, 1923 in South Bend to Francis A. and Barbara A. (Buckner) Martin.  She was graduated from Niles High School, and has lived in Avon Park since 1990, moving there from South Bend.

Marianne was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, and while in Niles attended Saint Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed golfing, but her greatest joy was her family. She looked forward to every telephone call to “Gramma”, and every letter or card in the mail, which she would hold, and pat, and read over and over.

On Dec. 28, 1944 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles she married William Tschida with whom she celebrated the sixty-eighth anniversary of their wedding, on the day of her death.

Surviving family includes her husband, Bill Tschida and their son, William J. (& Kathryn) Tschida of Fort Collins, Col.; grandchildren, Sarah (& Jonathon) Douglass of Bridgman, Mich., Martin (& Meghan) Tschida of Westminster, Col., and Thomas Tschida of Granger, Ind.; great-grandchildren Clark and Abigail; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brother, Frances A. “Andy” Martin, and sister, Madelon Vanderbosch.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Marianne Tschida will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles by the Rev. David Otto of the parish.  Committal Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with recitation of The Rosary at 6:30 p.m. by Deacon Roger Gregorski of Saint Mary’s.  Contributions in memory of Marianne may be made to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main Street, Avon Park, Florida  33825.

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