Submitted by: Dan Rich


Gertrude M. Szuba

Nov. 8, 1928 - July 21, 2008


South Bend Tribune 7/22/2008
MISHAWAKA - Gertrude M. Szuba, 79, of Mishawaka, IN, passed away at 9:30 AM Monday, July 21, 2008, in Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend, following a brief illness. She was born on November 8, 1928, to the late Ludwik and Frances Putek in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with her parents, five sisters, Anna, Mary, Louise, Helen and Irene; and five brothers, Frank, John, Walter, Roman and Harry, also preceded her in death. On May 5, 1948, as Gertrude M. Putek, she married Joseph M. Szuba at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in South Bend, IN. Joseph died on August 11, 1993. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Ronald) Rzepka of Granger, IN, and Kathy (Richard) Cavinder of North Liberty, IN; one son, James J. (Mary) Szuba of Granger, IN; seven grandchildren, Rachel (David) Hartz, Brandon Szuba, Tara (Jake) Rodts, Kyle Rzepka, Corey Rzepka, Tracy (Joel) Kenna and Ryan (Ryanne) Cavinder; two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Madelynn Cavinder; and several nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Szuba was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, where she was a former member of the Altar & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Retirees Club at St. Casimir Parish. Gertrude enjoyed life, especially with her family. Anytime the family came to visit you could see the joy in her eyes, especially her grandchildren (husbands and wives and girlfriends), and great-grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. Gertrude also enjoyed cooking for her family, which was the best meal one could eat. She also enjoyed decorating her new home with style and class. Gertrude never spoke a bad word about any family member and always treated each with the same respect. She was a devout Catholic who loved Jesus Christ. Special thanks to Kathleen Michor, her best friend, for her loving care and companionship. Mom will be missed by all who knew her.


There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 23, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN, is handling arrangements.