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Mary Jane (Firestone) Teske

Mary Jane Teske, 100, of South Bend, IN, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in South Bend.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Charles Teske, and her mother and father, Martha and Harley Firestone, her brother Weldon Firestone, and her daughter Sue (Jerry) Pastryk.

 She is survived by her daughter Martha (Gary) Winenger, her son Jim (Chris) Teske and her son-in-law, Jerry (Glenda) Pastryk. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Rick (Lisa) Winenger, Lori (André) Yoder, Stacy (Neil) Arnold and Scott (Sara) Pastryk; and 14 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Ben, Emma, Caleb, Grant, Brooke, Chad, Tate, Ryan, Kylie, Nolan, Spencer, Levi and Harvey.

Mary Jane graduated from Riley High School in 1936. She married Charles Teske, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and they lived in Texas while he was stationed in San Angelo. Afterwards, they moved to South Bend, IN, to make their home.

Mary Jane was a wonderful devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a devout Christian who loved to serve the Lord in her church. She was a lifelong member of First Brethren Church of South Bend.

She was an excellent seamstress and a wonderful baker who baked delicious goodies for family events and church functions, and she was a chocolate lover. Mary Jane was a faithful blood donor and also served for many years as a volunteer at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

The Lord will have a special place for her in heaven.

Friends may visit with family on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm at Palmer Funeral Home—Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7th at 11:00am at the funeral home with additional visitation from 10:00-11:00am prior to the service. Reverend Larry Baker will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, South Bend.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Brethren Church, 4909 Ironwood Road, South Bend, IN 46614 or Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

Online condolences may be made to the Teske family at

Donations may be made to:

First Brethren Church of South Bend
4909 Ironwood Dr., South Bend IN 46614
Tel: 1-574-291-4909

Center for Hospice Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend IN 46637

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