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Gisella C. (Csenar) Probst

October 1, 1926 ~ March 21, 2020 (age 93)


Gisella Probst passed away at Dujarie House on March 21, 2020. She was born on Oct 1, 1926 in South Bend, IN to Anna (nee Widl) and Jacob Csenar. She was raised in Rum Village and had many lifelong friends from the neighborhood. She graduated from the former St Joseph’s Academy as Valedictorian and worked as a secretary at Studebaker and Ford. She traveled with friends all around the United States and Europe.


On April 11, 1959, Gisella married Edmund J Probst at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church in South Bend. She was a stay at home wife and mom, and worked part-time at South Bend Hardware as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Little Flower and St Joseph Catholic Churches in South Bend, IN, and St Joseph Catholic Church in White Pigeon, MI. She was a 70+ year member of The Christ Child Society of South Bend and a founding member of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society. She was also a member and volunteer for Corvilla and Indiana Landmarks. Mom loved to garden, sew and crochet.


Gisella was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, both her brothers and sisters-in-law Tony and Phyllis Csenar, Frank and Rita Csenar, and sister-in-law Mary Gail Probst.


She is survived by her daughter Anne (Peter M) Maginot, step-grandson Pete G (Kelli) Maginot and great-grandsons Peter James, Gregory and Zachary Maginot. She is also survived by brothers and sisters in-law Joe (Barb) Probst, Cynthia (Tom deceased) Haggerty and John (Dorothy deceased) Probst, and many nieces and nephews.


Mom was able to live at home until a month before she passed with care and friendship from close friends and family-Jackie, Mary D, cousin Jane, Gail and Marie Noelle. They are truly Mom’s other daughters. Thank you to Les, Mary B, Greg and Virgil - neighbors and good friends for decades. We are also grateful to the Dujarie House staff and Cyndi, Pam and Barb for their care.


Though Mom loved her gardens, in lieu of cut flowers, please consider a donation to The Christ Child Society, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN, 46624.


Due to safety concerns, burial will be private. A memorial service will be published at a later date.


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Private Services

Highland Cemetery
2257 Portage
South Bend, IN 46616


Christ Child Society

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