William Tschida, of Avon Park, Florida

Published 11:24 am Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nov. 8, 1922 — May 15, 2016

William Tschida, 93, of Avon Park, Florida died on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Sebring, Florida following an illness.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1922, in South Bend, Indiana to John and Rose (Sieracki) Tschida. He was graduated from South Bend Central High School. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and later owned and operated Shamrock Development, Inc. in South Bend. He moved from South Bend to Avon Park in 1990.

Bill was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park. He enjoyed golfing and University of Notre Dame Football. He was a gifted wood carver, using settings from nature as subjects. More than anything, his family brought his greatest joy.

On Dec. 28, 1944, at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles he married the former Marianne T. Martin. The remarkable 68th anniversary of their wedding was sadly marked by the death of Marianne on Dec. 28, 2012. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Violet Tidewell.

Surviving family includes his son, William J. (Kathryn) Tschida of Bernalillo, New Mexico; grandchildren Sarah (John) Douglass, Marty (Meghan) Tschida, and Tom (Lindsay) Tschida; great-grandchildren, Clark and Abby Douglass, and Danielle and Nolan Tschida; and his companion, Florence Mariano.

The Mass of Christian Burial for William Tschida will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles by the Rev. Alphonse Savarimuthu, MSFS of the parish. Committal Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Niles, and will conclude with Full Military Honors.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles from 6 until 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Saint Mary Catholic Church.