Dec. 30, 1927 - Dec. 10, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Mary Louise Kohn, also known as "Mollie", 85, residing in South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 8:10 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at home. She was born December 30, 1927 in Northeastern Pennsylvania to the late Harold T. and Mary L. McGovern. She has lived in the South Bend area since 1957. On August 30, 1958 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, at St. Rose Church Mary Louise married the love of her life, James Paul Kohn, who preceded her in death on May 26, 2003. James P. Kohn was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Mary Louise graduated from St. Catherine's Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, New York. Upon moving to this area, she worked at the Children's Dispensary in South Bend from 1957 to 1959, at the Northern Indiana Children's Hospital from 1963 to 1965 and as a registered nurse in the infirmary of St. Mary's College for ten years before retiring. During her lifetime Mary Louise volunteered at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, and assisted with CCD at Sacred Heart Parish. She was a longstanding member of Sacred Heart Parish. Surviving Mary Louise are her daughters, Kathleen A. Kohn and Mary L. Kohn, both of South Bend; her son, Kevin P. Kohn and daughter-in-law, Debra Kohn, also of South Bend; granddaughters, Sarah and Amanda Kohn; and her brother, Paul McGovern of Carbondale, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am Friday, December 20, 2013 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Graveside services and burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013 in the Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mary Louise may be donated to the James P. Kohn Scholarship Fund at the University of Notre Dame. Online condolences may be left for the Kohn family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Dec. 17, 2013