SOUTH BEND — Mary Frances Kloska, 86, of South Bend, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 at home.
The oldest of five children, she was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 13, 1933, to Beatrice and Quentin Minick.
On Sept. 7, 1957, she married the love of her life, Ronald F. Kloska who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kevin Kearney Jr. and her brother, Michael Minick.
She is survived by five children, daughters Kathleen (Warren) Diltz of South Bend, Elizabeth (Kevin) Kearney of Granger, Mary Jo (Richard) Thomas of Charlton, Massachusetts and Carrie (Matt) Parr of Chicago; son Ronald (Anne) Kloska of Fort Wright, Kentucky; 24 grandchildren, Andrew (Katie) Diltz, Mary Kate, Sarah and Joseph Diltz; Jack, Austin, Madeline, Erin, Ryan and Maeve Kearney, Mary (Chris) Bacsik, Ronald (Natalie) Kloska, Alison (Daniel) O’Conner, Katie and Matthew Kloska, Meghan, Ben, Colleen, Anna and Eloise Thomas; Beatrice, Luke, Wyatt and Finnegan Parr; and one great-grandchild, Maggie Diltz.
She is also survived by her sister Margaret Abbott, and brothers Jack Minick and Tom (Polly) Minick.
She graduated from Mercy College of Nursing in 1954. She worked as a nurse in Ann Arbor and Indianapolis before retiring to stay home with her children.
Mary was active in the community in many ways, including volunteering with her children’s schools, Christ Child Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Matthew’s Cathedral and The Snite Museum of Art.
The center of her family, Mary was a devoted wife, loving mother, and doting grandmother.
Mary’s wisdom, generosity, quick wit and warmth were treasured by all who knew her.
She was gracious, open-minded and supportive, always willing to lend an ear.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St., South Bend.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Christ Child Society, 308 S. Scott Street, South Bend, IN 46601 or Hospice Foundation, Supporting Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.
To send online condolences, visit www.kaniewski.com.