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Eugene Edward “Bud” Budzinski ended a lifelong career of giving his family and friends a hard time on January 10, 2024, just two days short of his 92nd birthday, and is no doubt complaining to our good Lord for not letting him live just two stinking days more so he could exercise one of his greatest talents: finding the best birthday breakfast discount in South Bend.
Gene was born on January 12th, 1932 to Eugene and Stella (Galus) Budzinski. They were so impressed with Gene, they had four more: Jeanette Ciesiolka and Ronald Budzinski who preceded Gene in death and Edward Budzinski and Carol Staszewski who survive him.
He married Carolyn Witucki on August 6, 1960 and they hit it out of the park not once, but twice, birthing two amazing sons: Robert (Angela) Budzinski and the Reverend Andrew Budzinski both of South Bend. He had just one granddaughter: Tori (Ryan) Balanow, because you can’t do any better than her and just one great-grandson, Robert Balanow, for the same reason.
Gene graduated South Bend Catholic High School in 1950. He was drafted into the United States Army and is a veteran of the Korean War, achieving the rank of staff sergeant in the 7th Infantry Division, in which a commanding officer with very questionable judgment put him in charge of a mortar platoon.
After the war he served our nation in uniform for an additional 28 years as a postman for the United States Postal Service in Mishawaka. He crashed only one jeep. He was also a proud member and commander of VFW Post 3194, part-time bartender at Z.B. Falcons and Al’s Anchor Inn, and worked in retirement for Veldman’s Service Center for 15 years.
He was a longtime usher at Holy Family Catholic Church where he would thump your chest with the collection basket if you didn’t put enough in. He loved the Cubs and the Irish. And he was an avid golfer who improved every lie until he was 84.
But what Eugene was best at was spending time with Bob, Angie, Andrew, Tori, Ryan, and little Bobby. The Budzinski Family would like to thank St. Paul’s retirement community where he lived for the past few years, but Eugene would like to complain about the food one last time.
Mass of Christian Burial is at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, Monday, January 15th, 11AM, 1701 Miami St. South Bend, Rev. Andrew Budzinski presiding. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation is at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N Bendix Dr., South Bend, Sunday, January 14th from 2 to 6pm with a 5:30pm Rosary and from 10 AM until 10:45 AM Monday in the Cathedral of St. Matthew. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka, IN.