News and Updates at Unit 154

70% + Games on BBO

Elaine DeLaney, South Bend & Richard Mao, Mishawaka:  73.69% 5/7
James Cordas & Elaine DeLaney, South Bend:  71.82% 6/5


On May 15, Club Manager, Gary Chaney delivered $12,594 in checks, donated by 110 club players, to Community Harvest Food Bank's Executive President, Carmen Cumberland. The challenge began when players were asked to donate what they would have paid (or more) to play since the club has been closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most donated much more, in amounts ranging from $20 to $1,000. Using a purchasing statistic provided by Bob Gasser, our players have enabled the Food Bank to purchase 66,284 pounds--33 tons--of food to be distributed to our  fellow citizens in their time of need. To all who gave, a big THANK YOU!



For the past six years the Fort Wayne club has raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Association’s research and service programs through its annual Longest Day event—including more than $18,000 last year. Because the 2020 event has been cancelled, donations are being solicited from club players and friends at, where (with other funds promised) we are almost halfway to our goal of $12,000 by the end of June.


Dr. Daniel Cunningham

On May 23, 2020, the Michigan City and Long Beach Duplicate Bridge Clubs learned of the sudden passing of Dan from a heart attack.  He was scheduled to play in a BBO game with his longtime partner, Glen McGeady, and passed away in his garden minutes prior to the game.

Never without a cup of coffee at the bridge table, this Bronze Life Master regaled his bridge friends and his family with his storytelling following the Irish tradition of holding court and delighting himself along with his listeners.

Dan earned a medical degree from the University College Galway and completed his pediatric training at Loyola University at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.  He was an academic Pediatrician for 50 years, and excelled as a kind doctor and role model for scores of young physicians.

With his family and friends, Dan shared joy, laughter and unconditional acceptance.  In his retirement, working in his garden brought him peace and bridge brought great friends.  He loved poetry, music, food and drink, and of course, Ireland.   Dan is survived by six children and their families, and his wife of 60 years, Peg, also a duplicate bridge player.

Shirley Hahn
1924 - 2020

Shirley Hahn, a long-time resident of Hobart, sang her last song, baked her last pie, and cleaned her last kitchen sink on May 14, 2020.

Described by her friends as a happy, bright light, Shirley had a great love of music.  Throughout her years, she worked as a police radio operator at the Hobart, New Chicago, and Lake Station Police Departments.  She was also an avid volunteer on various church committees, community outreach programs, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Shirley married Bill Hahn, also a duplicate player, in 2011, and they enjoyed some fabulous cruises to Alaska, through the Panama Canal twice, around Cape Horn, and from England up around Norway to Russia. Having just celebrated her 75th Mother’s Day, Shirley’s four daughters and one son were the apple of her eye.

Shirley will be deeply missed by her duplicate friends in the Portage 399er game and at the Valparaiso DBC.

Ruthe Tobias

Always sitting South at Table 3, Ruthe’s smiling face will be sorely missed by her long-time partner, Pat Hoodwin, and the rest of her bridge friends in Michigan City.  Ruthe passed on December 27, 2019.

Ruthe attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Miami.  She was an active member of Sinai Temple, where she volunteered in the Sisterhood, served as co-chair of the Temple gift shop, and taught first grade in the Sunday School for many years.   In addition to being known for her artistic talents, serving as a substitute teacher and a tax preparer, she ended her career working for Jaymar Ruby for 23 years, where she helped computerize the Allocations Department.

Ruthe and her husband, Howard, were married for 65 years prior to his passing and three children survive.

Carl Zurcher

How we will all miss the humor and wit of Carl at the bridge tables in Michigan City and Long Beach.   You knew when you sat down at the table with him, it would be relaxing and always humorous.  When not sitting at the bridge table, Carl could be found on the golf course.

Carl passed on December 16, 2019, after fighting lung cancer with dignity and grace.

He was a graduate of Indiana University School of Business in Bloomington, IN.   He served the banking communities of Fort Wayne, Seymour and LaPorte.  Involved in many civic organizations, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Carl proudly served in the United States Air

National Guard and was activated during the Berlin Wall crisis.  Carl is survived by two sons and their families.  Sadly, his wife, Jean, passed away 3 ½ months after Carl.