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Michael F. Mondovics

September 23, 1937 ~ October 7, 2018 (age 81)


Michael Frank Mondovics, 81, of Granger, passed away on Sunday, October 7th. You may have known “Mondo” as a teacher, coach, husband, father, or friend. Mike Mondovics was born on September 23rd, 1937 to Mike and Mary (Bleich) Mondovics in Mishawaka, Indiana. He attended St. Stephen’s School and Washington High School where he met his wife Patricia Michalski. He was an All-State Football athlete and was inducted into the Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He received a full athletic scholarship in September 1955 to attend Indiana University in Bloomington. He married his high school sweetheart Patricia Michalski June 29th, 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1960 and Master of Science in Health and Safety in 1963. In April 1960 Mike joined the United States Army and served as a 1st Lieutenant. In 1963 Mike and Pattie moved to Indianapolis where he taught and coached at the Indiana School for the Deaf. In September 1966, they returned to South Bend. Mike was a teacher and coach for both Riley and Adams High Schools for over 37 years. He taught Physical Education, Health Sciences, Drivers Education (40+ years) and was also a Football Coach, Track Coach, and a Wrestling Referee. Mike’s favorite pastimes were fishing at his lake cottage and hunting with longtime friends. Mike was also a 24-year member of St. Casimir Married Men’s Club. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Patricia Mondovics, daughter Ann (Marcus) White of Milwaukee, son Douglas of Granger, and grandson Michael Jon (Scott Gill) of Indianapolis and was preceded in death by his son Michael Allen. Visitation for friends and family will take place at Kaniewski Funeral Home on Thursday, October 11th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. The St. Casimir’s Married Men’s Club will join with St. Pius X parish for a vigil service at 5:00pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd, Granger, IN at 11:30am with a visitation at 10:30am on Friday, October 12th . Burial will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234 or the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group - Cass County COA - Lowes Center, 60525 Decatur Rd., Cassopolis, MI 49031. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com.
 

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