Stan Maddux | May 6, 2013 | South Bend Tribune
MICHIGAN CITY — Frania Turley sang polka songs on the radio before television existed, and as part of her dying wish again belted out a few songs to the sounds of a live polka band.
Turley, 92, a lifelong Michigan City resident, didn't seem like someone whose life was winding down, often raising her hands in delight and carrying the notes like she was still in her prime. With polka firmly rooted in her Polish ancestry, Turley was delighted at the turnout Saturday at The Arbors, where more than 70 people, mostly residents of the nursing home in Michigan City, helped fulfill Turley's dying wish.
Her wish was made possible by DreamCatchers, a group founded by Notre Dame student Caitlin Crommett when she was 15. Crommett was living in Orange County, Calif., at the time, and her idea sprung from a desire to help others after starting to volunteer at a hospice when she was just 12.