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JEANETTE
 SOLTYS

June 11, 1929
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May 20, 2009

A Creed to Live By

OSCEOLA - Jeanette M. Soltys, 79, died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday May 20, 2009 in Our Lady of Peace Hospital, South Bend. She was born on June 11, 1929 in Plum City, WI, to the late Frank and Magdalene (Sagstetter) Hince.

 On June 20, 1953 in Minneapolis, MN, she married Joseph L. Soltys who preceded her in death on August 24, 2005 in Osceola. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Edith Hoffman and a brother, Joseph Hince. She was a retired registered nurse. She graduated in 1947 from High School in Farmington, MN. Received her nursing degree in St. Paul, MN. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Mishawaka and a member of St. Anthony's Circle at the church. Jeanette enjoyed working in her flower garden and feeding and watching the birds.

Survivors include sons, Mark (Pat) Soltys of Smokerise, GA and Frank (Mary Ellen) Soltys of Great Falls, MT; daughters, Mary (Mike) Church of Elkhart, Edith Gulley of Plainfield, IN, Clare Soltys of South Bend, Jane Soltys and her husband, Jack Gilbert of Palm Harbor, FL, JoAnn Soltys of South Bend, IN, Veronica (Greg) Soltys-Niemann of McKinney, TX and Adele (Shawn) Thurin of Palm Harbor, FL; 27 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank (Gloria) Hince of Plum city, WI and William Hince of Farmington, WI.

Funeral mass will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) Saturday, May 23, 2009 in Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4508 Vistula Road, Mishawaka, IN, with Fr. Daniel Scheidt officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in St. Vincent Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Zimmerman-Inman Funeral Home, Osceola Chapel, 1109 Lincolnway W., Osceola, IN, where a Rosary will be said at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. A procession will form at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Vincent Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Jeanette kept a copy of "A Creed to Live By" posted on her refrigerator.  The copy she had was read at her funeral and may be downloaded by clicking here.  The original was authored by Nancye Sims as a poem and is posted below.

A Creed to Live By

Don't undermine your worth
by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different
that each of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what
other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
for without them life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers
by living in the past or for the future,
By living your life one day at a time.

Don't give up when you still have something to give
nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less then perfect.
It is a fragile thread that binds each of us to each other.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly;
And the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don't dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don't run through life so fast
that you forget not only where you have been
but also where you are going.
Life is not a race,
but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

--- Nancye Sims
 

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