Frederick Gnott

Nov. 30, 1920 - Feb. 26, 2014
SOUTH BEND - Frederick "Fred" J. Gnott, 93, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in his home. Fred was born November 30, 1920, in South Bend, to Edward M. Gnott & Helen Chlebek. He started working at Empire Box which was bought out by Packaging Corporation, where he was employed for 30 years & 6 months. He then worked for Simon Brothers for 5 years, then Jamil Packaging where he helped start the company & was the Plant Manager until he retired at the age of 70. On October 20, 1942, Fred married Tillie Catherine Palkowski, who preceded him in death on March 17, 2008. Fred is survived by his daughters, Beverly (George) Smith, Barbara (Kenneth) Magiera, Diane (Cas) Gorski, Debbie (Joe) Zaworski, all of South Bend; grandchildren, Terri (John) Baker, Scott (Chris) Mead, Mark Mead, Tammie (Paul Jr.) Hagedorn, Angie (Brian) Fox, Sheila (Dean) Chandler, Shelby (Shane) Carbiener, Shannon Zaworski; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Britney, Taylor, Hunter, Aaron, Joseph, Kaylin, Sidney; several step-grandchildren & step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Florence Rafalski; and his beloved dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Heather; and brothers, Frank, Joe & Edward Gnott. Fred served as a Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, in the 8th Armored Infantry Battalion. He received a Bronze Star & Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the former Moose Lodge, & American Legion, Post #50. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana, where a parish Rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the WW II Memorial, or , To send condolences online, please visit

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 28, 2014