Jan. 17, 1925 - Dec. 14, 2007
SOUTH BEND - Betty Jean (Lynn) Rudasics passed away on December 14,
2007, at Holy Cross Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Betty began life on January 17, 1925 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Muskingum County)
She was the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Zink) Lynn who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were a sister, Elizabeth and a brother, Russell Lynn.
Betty graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School in 1943, and on September 7, 1946, was united in marriage with James E. Rudasics, who survives.
Other survivors include daughter, Hon. Mary Rudasics Harper (Hon. David Chidester) of Valparaiso, Indiana; sons, Thomas J. (Debra) Rudasics, of St. Helena Island, S C, Randall J. (Kathie) Rudasics, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Jeffrey E Rudasics of Granger, IN.
Also surviving is grandson, James E. Harper of Washington, DC.
Following high school, Betty was employed in the process engineering department of the Bendix Corporation.
She also engaged in voluntary roles with several not-for-profit organizations.
Her hobbies included gardening and watching and feeding the birds. For the last two decades she was able to spend winters at her home on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she and her husband Jim would enjoy the beauty, birds and flora of the Aloha State.
Her willingness to impart happiness and smiles to her family and friends will be missed.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00 p.m. in McGann Hay
Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23 where friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 -2p.m. Wednesday, before the service.
Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.
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Published in the South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Indiana on 12/17/2007
SOUTH BEND - James Eugene Rudasics passed away on July 5, 2018 at home.
Jim began life in South Bend in 1924.
He was the son of Steven and Ethel (Nemeth) Rudasics who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was his identical twin brother, Steven.
Jim graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1942. At Central, he excelled at tennis and lettered for four years on the Central baseball team under Coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden was responsible for helping Jim and his brother Steve obtain baseball scholarships to Purdue University.
During World War II, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 20th Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Infantry, in the Normandy Campaign.
He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries suffered at St. Lo, France.
He also was awarded a Bronze Star, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, as well as the Good Conduct Medal.
He was honorably discharged from the service while a patient at Vaughn General Hospital, Hines, IL.
After his separation from the Army, Jim earned a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue, as well as a Master's Degree in Psychology.
Jim was an entrepreneur who started several successful businesses, including Michiana Personnel and Star Staffing Services.
He was active in the Elks, Optimist Club
His family often heard stories of him sneaking into Notre Dame basketball games as a child, serving as a Notre Dame bat-boy, and working as a caddie; and his baseball exploits including playing in a semi-pro baseball game with Jackie Robinson, and Jim's 3-day tryout with the Cubs in 1947.
For many years Jim and his wife vacationed at their second home on the Big Island of Hawaii where he enjoyed playing tennis, the beach, and dining out.
Jim loved meeting people and loved having engaging conversations with family, friends, and strangers.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation from 11:30am to 1:30p.m., at the McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 SR 23, enter off Cherry Rd.
Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park