Elizabeth Ann (Dice) Welsh, a loving matriarch, passed away on August 25, 2022 at the age of 94.
Elizabeth was born in South Bend, Indiana to Mary and Ersal Dice on July 25, 1928. She attended Indiana University. She was married to Robert Roy Welsh in 1955. Before becoming a mom, Elizabeth played basketball for the National Champion South Bend Rockettes and baseball for the South Bend Blue Sox, at a time when women in professional sports was still a novelty. She instilled in her family a passion for sports that continues to this day. Go Cubbies!
After spending many years as an accountant, Elizabeth found her true calling while working as Manager of Assumption and Santa Clara Catholic Cemeteries. Once retired, she continued in service to those who had lost loved ones as a greeter at Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home.
Elizabeth was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. Growing up, she was a constant source of comfort for her children, whether they needed help with their homework or just a shoulder to cry on. Once she became a grandmother, she insisted that everyone called her “grandma” or “Nagyi” (Hungarian for grandma), regardless of relation. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. She was a woman of faith and she instilled in her loved ones the importance of family, hard work and doing what is right. Elizabeth was an inspiration to us all and she will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, to whom she was devoted, Robert Roy Welsh and her beloved brother Donald Dice. She is survived by her children: Susan Welsh and son-in-law Rolando Cocilovo, and Robert Welsh and daughter-in-law Eriko Welsh; her grandchildren: Melissa and Daniel Fisher, Roy and Veronica Schilder, Aiyana, Kelsi and Hana Welsh. She also leaves behind her great grandchildren, Lane, Sarabeth and MaryAnn Fisher and Leia, Lincoln and Simone Schilder, whom she loved with her whole heart. She is additionally survived by a large, extended network of family and friends, all of whom will remember her for her kind, listening ear and ability to make the person in front of her feel like her closest friend and confidante.
The visitation will be held at Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The funeral service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
Mom, Grandma, Nagyi, friend, you will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you. We love you so much. Rest in peace.