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Ralph W. Szymanski

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“Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your dad. He was a very special person. We loved him. He took special care of your Mother even before...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Glenda Pozsgai - South Bend, IN

“My condolences to the Szymanski family. May God bless you all and bring comfort and peace to you. It was a pleasure and blessing to me to have known...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ed Farthing - Family Friend

“To Sue and family our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ralph. He has joined family and friends in a greater place. God Bless. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mark & Judy Liszewski - IN

“Sue.....I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I've been through that and know what a difficult time it can be, Good thoughts to you and your family,...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jon Thompson - Granger, IN

“Our hearts are filled with many fond memories of Ralph. Blessings and our sincerest condolences during this difficult time. From all of us: Craig,...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Karen (Brzowski) Beam - CA

“We love Ralph and will miss him so much. We have spent Thanksgiving with him for many years at Sam and Carole's home. He was so fun to be around...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Melanie Cudeck - St. George, UT

“Ralph was an amazing uncle. I learned so much from him. I will miss him dearly. "Firefighters never die, they just burn forever in hearts of the...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Cudeck - Portland, OR

“I knew Ralph since grade school. I was fortunate to move next door to Sue after all these years and be able to see and speak with him at least once a...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Susie,sorry for your loss ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: bert prawat - bradenton, FL

“Ralph & Ann Marie:So sorry for my error, it was early this AM when I saw this and responded without thinkingJim ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Hummell - Sebring, FL

“Ralph was our Wedgewood Park neighbor for several years, a wonderful man and person. May he rest in peace. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Hummell - SEbring, FL

“Work with her off my first day on the job January first 1966 A true professional and friends may he rest in peace ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Nawrocki - Lakeville, IN


Ralph W. Szymanski, 91, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his home. Ralph was born on October 27, 1925 in South Bend, Indiana to Ladislaus and Blanche (Brzezniak) Szymanski, and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed as a Firefighter with the South Bend Fire Department from 1951–1976. Ralph was also a private gardener and maintenance man for O.C. Carmichael and Dr. Stanley Clark for many years. He worked at the South Bend Public Library from 1977-1992. On June 7, 1947 in St. Casimir's Church, he married Doris Casper, who preceded him in death on September 28, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his son David Szymanski; and his sister Lucille Zmudzinski. Ralph is survived by two daughters, Susan Gilmore of South Bend, Indiana and Kathleen (Edward) Golightly of Indianapolis, Indiana; one son, Douglas (Carole) Szymanski of Rancho Mirage, California; four grandchildren, Abby Gilmore, Emily (Scott) Holt, James Golightly, and Evan Golightly; and one great-grandson, Eric Holt. Ralph served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 in the Army Infantry III under General George Patton.

Ralph and Doris were married for 63 precious years. He so lovingly and unselfishly cared for her during her illness of 13 years. For the past 6 years he proudly volunteered three mornings a week at Heathwin Specialized Care and with his knowledge of 3 languages, he could interact with many patients. Ralph's sense of humor was matched by few and he was always good for a joke or two, told through his sparkling blue eyes. He will be missed by his family and by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Healthwin Specialized Care.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 8th, 4-8 pm at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. A Mass in his honor will be said Friday, December 9th, 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com.