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Mary Niezgodski

October 6, 1927 ~ September 12, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Mary Niezgodski Obituary

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Niezgodski, age 95, announce her peaceful passing at 3:45am, Tuesday September 12, 2023.

Mary Ruppel was born October 6, 1927 in Flint, Michigan to the late Henry C and Mary C (Meyer) Ruppel. She was a graduate of St Joseph High School, St Joseph Mi. She married Stanley Rutkowski on November 20, 1948. Stanley preceded her in death in March, 1973. Her second husband, Benjamin Niezgodski, preceded her in death in 1999. Her very dear friend, Ronald Zell, preceded her in death in 2022. 

Mary was also preceded in death by her son, Ronald S (Marian) Rutkowski; her grandson, Andrew D Dinger; sister Anne (Marshall) Ott; and brothers Henry (Ellen), Peter (Beverly), Chris, and Walter.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Barbara Dinger (Larry Berry); grandson David A Dinger; great grandson Ian M Thomas; sister Esther (Walter) Abbott; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the hundreds of people whose lives Mary touched with her compassion, smile, generosity, and laughter.   

"Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever"

Mary was a life member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 357. She was also a member of ZB Falcons and golfed on their league at Bowlers CC.  She was a volunteer at St Joseph Hospital, a job she absolutely loved. She loved people! She was always smiling - a light hearted soul, until you made her mad!!!  She loved, loved, loved to dance and she could polka all night!  She was always whipping up something yummy in the kitchen and was remembered for her perfect apple pies and cookies. No one left her house hungry! She loved her sweets and her coffee! Right, Brookdale staff??

Our mom, buscia, great gramma, sister, auntie, friend is going to be so missed. She was a woman of faith and her faith has carried her forward as she now happily serves her Lord.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 21 at St Joseph Funeral Home, from 12pm-2pm with a service beginning at 2pm. Entombment at St Joseph Cemetery will follow. 

A very special Thank You to the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, Granger, as well as to the Angels from Southern Care Hospice, for your devotion to my mother. It meant the world to me.

Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Parish or Southern Care Hospice.



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September 21, 2023

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Saint Joseph Funeral Home
824 S. Mayflower Road
South Bend, IN 46619

Funeral Service
September 21, 2023

2:00 PM
Saint Joseph Funeral Home
824 S. Mayflower Road
South Bend, IN 46619

September 21, 2023

2:45 PM
St. Joseph Cemetery


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