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10/19/2012 8:00:00 AM
George J. Minarik
April 19, 1920 - Oct. 16, 2012
George Minarik
George Minarik

George J. Minarik, 92, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 in his home.

George was born on April 19, 1920 in Pulaski County near North Judson, to Frank and Stephanie (Kajer) Minarik.

In 1950, he married Frances Sensenbaugh, and they had five children. Then on June 18, 1977 he married Marjorie Cauffman, who survives.

He retired in 1986 from the Sibley Corporation, where he was employed for 36 years. He then worked for ServiceMaster from 1990 until 2002.

George was a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He served in the European Theatre for four years from Jan. 20, 1942 - May 1945. He received many medals and military awards, including the Legion of Honor Medal from France.

He was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post No. 50 and V.F.W. Post No. 9820. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 360. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved people and was known as the neighborhood handyman.

Surviving George are three daughters, Nona (Harry) Hutchins, of Walkerton, Sandy (Jim) Sanders, of South Bend, and Becky (Kern) Kretchmer, of Plymouth; two sons, George (Donna) Minarik, of Mishawka, and Tim (Karen) Minarik, of South Bend; two stepdaughters, Norva (Roger Sabaj) Cauffman, of South Bend, and Sally Stypczynski, of Columbia, S.C.; four step-sons, Edward (Diane) Cauffman, of Arizona, John (Judy) Cauffman, of South Bend, William (Jackie) Cauffman, of New Carlisle, and Rory (Connie) Cauffman, of Fort Wayne; 30 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; many great-great and great- great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Ella Lockwood, of Rochester, and Louise Moore, of Lakeville; two brothers, Edward Minarik, of North Liberty, and Frank Minarik, of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by one great-great grandchild; three sisters, Evelyn Bascom, Barbara Baron, and Marie Minarik; and two brothers, Steve and Joe Minarik.

Funeral service is at noon Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday, where a rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m., and for one hour prior to services on Saturday in the funeral home.

Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association.

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