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Eugene E. "Gene" Pietsch, Sr.

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“SORRY FOR THE FAMILY LOST. MAY ALL THE FAMILY HAVE COMFORT IN THE GOOD TIMES YOU HAD WITH HIM. REST IN PEACE GENE. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: DAVID Yes - SOUTH BEND, IN

“I can remember when Uncle Gene came to Colorado to my home with my father. My father and Uncle Gene drove back to Indiana together with my daughter....Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Yvonne Pietsch - Fallbrook, CA

“You were always a kind soul and never let my fathers children ever feel as that we were not part of your family. I love you Uncle Gene, and I will...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Yvonne Pietsch - Fallbrook, CA

“As a child he was my Uncle Gene. Loved him! At that time he was married to my Aunt Charlene, Cheryl and Genie mom. I am the oldest of the...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Linda Ecle - Pensacola, FL

“My deepest condolences to your family Gene was the best neighbor I've ever had he is truly missed. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Pat Winston and family - IN


Eugene E. "Gene" Pietsch, Sr., 78, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 5:12 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.

He was born on January 1, 1939 to the late Earl E. and Nellie B. (Lute) Pietsch in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with his parents; he was also preceded in death by three great-granddaughters; and one sister.

Gene worked as a Receiving Clerk at South Bend Lathe Company. He had previously worked at W.W. Grainger in South Bend, IN as a Receiving Clerk.

On August 11, 1984, he married Bernadette M. (McDonald) Laughman at Hilltop Lutheran Church in South Bend.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Bernadette M. Pietsch of South Bend, IN; two daughters, Cheryl Pugh of New Carlisle, IN; Gina (John) Bowman of South Bend, IN; three sons, Eugene Pietsch, Jr. of South Bend, IN; Kent Laughman of Michigan City, IN; Eric Laughman of South Bend, IN; grandchildren, Heather McGinnis, Eugene (Amanda), Justin (Amanda) Pietsch, Lauren, Cory (Kristi) Bowman, Nicole, Justina, Lindsey, Joshua, Jenna, Kaitlin, Austin Laughman ; six great-grandchildren; one brother, William (Sharon) Pietsch of Plymouth, IN; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces & nephews.

Gene enjoyed bowling, camping, and NASCAR.

Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a Funeral Service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, with Rev. Donald Bayne Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Pietsch Family to help defray funeral expenses c/o Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN 46628.

To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.