Joseph Jirasek

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Joseph A. Jirasek June 5, 1954 - March 22, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Joe Jirasek, 59, passed away at 2:22 PM March 22, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from respiratory failure from the treatment of his lymphoma. Our beloved Joe fought courageously through two bouts of cancer, but was called by the Lord his second time around. He was born on June 5th, 1954, to Arnold and Rose (Ott) Jirasek in Chicago, Illinois. He was the sixth of nine children: three girls and six boys. Joe was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Paul; and his father, Arnold. Joe has a long list of survivors who will miss him deeply, including his loving wife, Mary, and adoring daughter, Molly, both of South Bend; his mother, Rose Jirasek of River Forest, IL; aunt, Rose Marie Jirasek of Riverside, IL; sisters, Peg (Jack) Percival, Westchester, IL, Maree (Ed) Liss of Chicago, and Terry Jirasek of River Forest, IL; brothers, Arne (Rita) Jirasek of Chicago, Michael (Bea) Jirasek of Oak Park, IL, Tom (Jean) Jirasek of Oak Park, IL, and Peter (Kathy) Jirasek of Hickory Hills, IL; mother-in-law, Loretta Musick Planck of South Bend; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Larry Borgman of Delaware, Greg and Nancy Musick of FL, and Julie and Kelton Dickey of Mishawaka; not to mention his loving nieces and nephews, Adam, Luke, Alejandra, Gabi, Kyle, John Michael, Paul, Nick, Meghan, Danny, Anne Marie, Greg, Peter, Brian, Kristin, Kelly, Kevin, Margaret, Pat, Bridget and Johnny. Joe grew up in Oak Park, IL, and graduated from Fenwick High School. During high school, he discovered his love for public speaking through participating in the debate team. He also received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University, Chicago, where he worked passionately at the student radio station. On June 14, 1980, he married Mary Musick. They both worked in Sales and Management in Chicago, but decided to move to South Bend to open a restaurant, "Cape Cod Caf‚ and Market". Joe also served as the General Manager of "The Upper Deck" at Coveleski Stadium. Later he moved into Telecommunications and Networking, and decided to open his own business called "CustomNet Communications, Inc." Joe was always an honest businessman who believed in the American Dream, and treating people with respect. He was a man of many skills who could build a computer or remodel a bathroom with his own hands. His manner was patient, kind, and joyful; his bellowing laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Joe enjoyed activities that teased his brain like playing board games, chess, and cards. Most of all he loved his family. Joe was a dad who had a camcorder at every little occasion, and made a point to spend extra time with his daughter from infancy through her college years. This summer would have marked Joe and Mary's 34th Wedding Anniversary. His love and devotion to his wife is undying. He will be deeply missed by his family. Joe was a parishioner at "Christ the King Catholic Church". He loved his Catholic faith and lived it every day! He was a Lector at church, and through the years participated in many parish events. He loved the Mass and prayed the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 SR 933, South Bend, IN 46637. Graveside services and burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 8:00 PM today, March 26, 2014, in the Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Joe may be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 941 E. 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Masses said in Joe's name are also welcome. Online condolences may be sent to the Jirasek family at

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Palmer Funeral Homes - Hickey Chapel
17131 Cleveland Rd. South Bend, IN 46635
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2014