Dear Dad…you were the definition of love and kindness. You showed us how beautiful, full and treasured 94 years of life can be. Born and raised in Chicago, son to Gertrude & Earl and younger brother to Dave (oh the stories of those years in Chicago with him and your dog King!) Dave left to serve in the Army & soon you enlisted in the Navy to serve your country honorably during WWII. On leave while visiting relatives in northwest Indiana you met a beautiful woman. After losing your brother to the war and the end of your service time you resumed the relationship and fell in love with Marian Britton of Schererville. In 1947 you married your forever sweetheart Marian vowing to cherish her always. You never went back on your promise up to and even after she passed in 2016 after 68 years of a loving marriage. You moved your bride to Saugatuck, Michigan and started your family. In 1960 you moved your family from Saugatuck, Michigan to Long Beach, Indiana and raised 5 children: Bruce (Vicki Rempala) Haney, Donna Batagianis, Darlene (Steve) Baker, Sharon (Doug) Weber, and Judy (Cary) Costello always showing us the true meaning of love and character. As your parents aged and became ill, you moved them into your home doing all you could to make their lives easier, again reiterating your love and honor through your actions. It was a true joy for you & Mom to watch the family grow through the birth of all of your grandchildren: Chris Batagianis, Jason Haney, Gina Batagianis Spratley, Doug Baker, Kerri Haney Hessey, Randy Weber, Hillary Baker Frever, Melissa Saum Henry, Bryan Haney, and David Weber. In time 18 great grandchildren arrived with #19 on the way. In 1974 you moved to Niles, Michigan and in 1978 relocated to South Bend (Roseland) Indiana. After Mom’s death in 2016 you joined Cary & Judy in their home in the beautiful Hesston area enjoying your sunset years admiring God’s beauty in nature, Notre Dame football and always being thankful for “another beautiful day”. We are all saddened by your passing because we will miss our beacon and guiding light, but are comforted knowing that you are in heaven reunited with your Sweetheart (no doubt dancing up a storm), Father, Mother and Brother. Fair winds and following seas! It will be superb! A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. E.D.T. Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the church. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center Chapin Street Clinic, 326 Chapin Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601 or the Michigan City Salvation Army, 1201 Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, Indiana is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com
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