Ruth E. Szekendi was born on July 23, 1925 to Andrew and Martha (Pierczynski) Popielski. Residing in South Bend all her life, she attended Oliver Elementary School and graduated fourth in her class from Washington High School.
On April 27, 1946, she married Joseph W. Szekendi in St. Hedwig Church. He preceded her in death in 2004 after 58 wonderful years of marriage and raising three children, James P. Szekendi (Paula), Susan J. Hanefeld (Dana) of Plymouth, In. and Mary J. Szekendi of South Bend, grandsons Tim Szekendi and Tom Szekendi of South Bend. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, JoAnn (Daniel) Popielski of South Bend along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were brothers, Richard and Daniel Popielski and sister, Dorothy Pacay.
Ruth was employed at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for 7 years prior to starting her family. She loved every facet of homemaking, cooking, baking, sewing and flower gardening along with classical music, nature and bird watching. She enjoyed traveling to Williamsburg, Virginia and historical points of interest there. Highlighting her life in retirement was traveling to the beautiful country of Hungary with her husband and being toured by his cousin, a Catholic priest. She was a devout member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and the choir.
Private graveside services will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Zahoran Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Hungary School or the Hospice Foundation.
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Our Lady of Hungary School
735 W. Calvert Street, South Bend IN 46613
The Center for Hospice Care
501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka IN 46545-5234