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Stephen J. Horvath, Jr.

May 13, 1947 ~ March 10, 2018 (age 70)

Steve was born in Milwaukee, WI to Stephen and Betty (Cohoe) Horvath Sr.  He passed away at home with family by his side.  On October 16, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra K. Niver.  Along with his wife of 52 years he leaves to mourn his passing a son, David (Barbara) Horvath of Galway, NY, a daughter , Jody (Roger) Church of Osceola, IN, 7 grandchildren: Melissa Horvath, Brittany Horvath, Cassandra Horvath, Nicholas Webb-Horvath, Timothy Webb-Horvath, Sam Webb-Horvath and Tera Church-Bunch.  11 great-grandchildren: Kamrie Horvath, Austin Kovatch, Alaina Weldon, Se’Quia Anderson, Adrien Anderson, Donovan Warren and one more due in April.  Also his mother Betty Treadway of Tampa, FL, 3 sisters, Sandra Wisham of Miami, FL, Suzanne Anderson of Land-O-Lakes, FL, and Synthia Horvath of Lutz, FL.  His godmother, Florence Freitag of South Bend, IN and a sister-in-law Vera Burger of Mishawaka, IN.  Many nieces, nephews and cousins.  His father, Stephen Sr. preceded him in death.  

Steve lived his entire life in the South Bend / Mishawaka area.  He attended Our Lady of Hungary grade school and James Whitcomb Riley High School.  After graduating from Riley he did a short stint in the United States Marines leaving with an honorable discharge due to health issues.  He then went to work for South Bend Lathe, Wyerhauser, Garden City Fan, C.G. Conn, Starcraft and finally A.M. General from which he retired. 

Steve was a very outgoing gregarious person with a great personality.  He made many friends traveling around the world due to his work through A.M. General.  Steve was known in his high school days as “Bugs” and then dubbed “Pops”, “Gramps”, and “Grandpa”.   He was a die hard Notre Dame (taping all the games he watched) and Chicago Bears fan.  He enjoyed a bowl of fresh raspberries which he grew himself in the backyard.  He also enjoyed camping, bowling, a little golf, fishing, and boating.  More than anything he loved helping raise 12 dogs and 5 cats, 2 of which still reside at home.  Lily who was Steve’s recliner buddy, Mittens who was his bud at feeding time and when tummy rubs were needed.  He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

In lieu of flowers we would appreciated donations be made to the Pet Refuge in South Bend and Mayo Clinic towards research for Myelofibrosis.  We (Steve’s family) would like to thank all the wonderful and caring people in the Oncology and Transfusion Centers at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Many thanks to the paramedics and police department for the care they took in handling Steve through this ordeal.  The 911 operator for being there at our time of need and finally to Zahoran Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Friday, March 16, 2018 in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue.  Services will be conducted at 7:00pm Friday in the funeral home by Fr. Kevin Bauman.  To leave an online condolence please visit

Donations may be made to:

Pet Refuge
2300 W. 6th Street, Mishawaka IN 46544

Mayo Clinic, Myelofibrosis research

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