Rose Chmiel, 91, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 12:42 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Memorial Hospital. Rose was born on November 17, 1927 in East Chicago, Indiana to Isador and Mary (Samchuck). She had been employed for 20 years as an accountant and office manager for Bill Sherman Buick in Michigan City. She then worked for City Supply in Michigan City as an office manager for 10 years. On June 21, 1947 she married Marion M. Chmiel, who preceded her in death on August 7, 1990. Rose was also preceded in death by her brother, George Shkroba; and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Shkroba. Rose is survived by her daughter, Barbara Chmiel of South Bend, Indiana; two sons, Thomas (Annette) Chmiel of Cincinnati, Ohio and Gregory (Joan) Chmiel of Destin, Florida; six grandchildren, Derek (Stephanie) Carr, Melanie (David) Artibani, Amy (Aaron) Nedd, Christopher (Michelle) Chmiel, Candice Schierloh, and Melanie Weisser; and seven great-grandchildren, Taylor Rose Artibani, Griffin Chmiel, Hazel Chmiel, Carley Weisser, Connor Weisser, Eva Marie Nedd, and James Marion Nedd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, in St. Pius X Church. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, where a parish Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Friday in the church. Rose was a member of St. Pius X parish, where she was a former member of the Resurrection Choir. She was a very generous person who liked to volunteer at hospitals and nursing homes. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, and reading. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day to laugh, to love,
to work or play.
I’ve found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these
things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now;
He set me free.