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Mildred J. "Millie" Zelasko

November 14, 1929 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 89)

Mildred J. "Millie" Zelasko, 89, of South Bend, passed away on Wednesday August 21, 2019 in her home. She was born on November 14, 1929, in South Bend, to the late Stanley and Rose (Nemeth) Gray and was a lifelong area resident. On August 27, 1949, as Mildred Gray, she married Leo Zelasko, who preceded her in death on January 7, 1988. Millie is survived by her brother, Richard Gray, nephew, Greg Gray both of South Bend; nieces, Tamara (John) DeCloedt and Tracy Rodriguez, both of Mishawaka, IN and Debbie (Mauri) VanNevel of Hesperia, MI; and great-nieces, Amelia and Sara and great-nephew, Ryan (Tabitha) Dubie; and great-great nieces and nephews, Kolten, Joseph and Amelia. Millie worked as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman and C.E.O. of A.M. General, before retiring on June 30, 2011 after 44 years with the company. She was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church, South Bend. Millie loved her cottage at Birch Lake, Vandalia, MI, where she enjoyed her time for over 50 years. She loved to travel extensively in her lifetime and enjoyed every minute. Millie was an avid Notre Dame Girls Basketball fan and had a very special bond with her nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly! Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday August 25, 2019 at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr., where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday August 26, 2019 at Holy Family Church, 56405 S. Mayflower Rd., South Bend (meet directly at church). Private burial will take place at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234 or to Pet Refuge, 4626 S. Burnett Dr., South Bend, IN 46614 .The family would like to thank the Center for Hospice for the wonderful care they provided during her last days, especially her nurses Helen and Ron. To send online condolences, please visit

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