Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

March 9, 2013

Friends mourn the loss of Millicent Morros

NILES, Mich. — God gained a wonderful angel — and she was amazing.

These words describe how Julia Ramirez of South Bend felt about Millicent Morros, who was gunned down Monday morning by her ex-boyfriend John Eric Haitsma on North Fifth Street while walking to work in downtown Goshen. Haitsma then took his own life.

“She was a very dear friend and she will be missed,” Ramirez said, with tears in her eyes outside Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles Friday evening. “She was loyal and I have very few friends who are loyal like she was. It’s hard. She was amazing.”

Ramirez, a friend and former co-worker of Morros, also described her as someone who didn’t mince words and someone to go to for advice.

Ramirez was just one of many family members and friends who made the sad trip to the funeral home. Once there, those who knew Morros best shed tears and shared hugs and laughter while sharing special moments about her 48 years of life.

Another of those people was Chris Gobble of Elkhart who worked with Morros at Yoder, Ainley, Ulmer & Buckingham law office in downtown Goshen.

“She was so much fun. She loved to tease and joke. She had a great sense of humor and would say the unexpected and make you laugh,” Gobble said. “She was very down to earth and natural. She was an outgoing people person. She was loved by everyone. It’s tragic what happened.”

Dawn Fein of Niles worked with Morros at the former Sheller-Globe Plant in Niles and recalled how friends would call her “Red” because of the color of her hair.

“She was a lot of fun. We always had a lot of fun,” Fein said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her and was shocked at what happened. It’s tragic the way she died. She was nice and I liked her.”

There were neighbors who grew up next to Morros who paid their respects, including Corey Hojara of Niles. He described her as being loud and opinionated while having fun.

“She would tell you what she thought, whether it hurt your feelings or not,” Hojara said. “She didn’t worry what other people thought.”

Geneva Green of Niles was another neighbor to the family and described Morros as being a “good kid, who grew up to be special and good.”

Alan Hunt of Niles lived next door to Morros and was shocked at the family experiencing another tragic loss. He referred to a similar incident when her older sister, Valorie, was shot and killed in 1990 at the age of 26 along with her boyfriend by her ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself as police closed in.

“I cannot believe this tragedy happening twice to the same people. They are a quiet and happy people,” Hunt said. “We would play football and other sports. They raised baby deer and we would feed them. They raised rabbits and had all kinds of animals.”

And Cindy McCall of Niles went to school with her brother and described Morros as being “a sweet person,” McCall said. “She was a real sweet girl.”

Lisa Popielski and Victoria Burkhart, both of South Bend, also shared their feelings about their former co-worker.

“She was more than a trusted co-worker. She was truly a friend. We remained friends and kept in contact through the years,” Popielsksi said, with tears in her eyes. “If I hadn’t lost my job, I wouldn’t have met Millicent. Everything happens for a reason. She was great to work with.”

Dennis Butler of Elkhart was just getting to know Morros after dating her for one month. He met her family for the first time at the visitation, he said.

“She was feisty, determined and headstrong. And she was always about improving herself and couldn’t wait to finish her bachelor’s degree,” Butler said. “She lit up a room and she was a class clown.”

He said the couple was talking Sunday evening and Morros shared the story about her older sister and what happened to her. “Then she told me, ‘Tomorrow is never promised, so love who you can love today.’

 “We were still sharing all the stories. I keep talking how blessed I am to have known her the short time I did,” Butler said.” I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

1
Text Only
Breaking News
  • Police cars hit during multi-county chase According to Middlebury police, officer Gary Smith attempted to locate a silver Saturn leaving McDonald’s on Ind. 13, near U.S. 20 in Middlebury at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    August 19, 2014

  • GN140820 hospital network hacked.jpg Kosciusko Community, Lutheran hospital among 206 hacked

    WARSAW — Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals including Kosciusko Community Hospital and Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, announced Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Perry Indicted [GOSHEN NEWS] Texas' Gov. Perry indicted AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rail work to close U.S. 33 Sunday, Monday

    The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 33 at Ninth Street, is scheduled to close the morning of Sunday, Aug. 17 as Norfolk Southern rebuilds its railroad crossing. 

    August 13, 2014

  • Obit Robin Williams_Selm.jpg Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Israel Palestinians-12 [GOSHEN NEWS] Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza cease-fire proposal CAIRO — Israel and the Hamas militant group on Sunday accepted a renewed Egyptian cease-fire proposal, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce meant to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Iraq [GOSHEN NEWS] US officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil NEW DELHI — American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Millersburg under boil order

    August 5, 2014

  • Concord classrooms will get technology update

    August 4, 2014

  • Name of man found dead in parking lot released

    August 4, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results