July 20, 1934 - Jan. 2, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Ronald W. Michalski, 78, of South Bend, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka, with his loving family at his side. Ron, affectionately known as "Chick" by his close friends and family, was born July 20, 1934, in South Bend, a son of the late Cas and Virginia (Kuberski) Michalski. He graduated from South Bend Catholic High School and was also a graduate of Acme Tool and Die. During the Korean War, he defended his country. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as an MP, and as a torpedo man on the USS Fred T. Berry. Ron started out his career as a firefighter. His first assignment was driving the back of the tiller truck. He was also a scuba diver for the department during its early development. After 24 years of being a fireman, he worked at Notre Dame as a custodian. Ron married Dolores Haluda on November 9, 1957, at St. Adalbert's Church. The couple celebrated their 55th anniversary last year. Family members include four children, Mike (Peggy) Michalski, David Michalski, Kathy Michalski and Chris (Lindy) Michalski, all of South Bend. Ron also leaves 3 granddaughters, Nicole (Dustin) Charrer, Alie Michalski and Ashley Segety; and 5 great-grandchildren, Justyce Stephens, and James and Brooklyn Hankin, as well as Liam Sharrer and Emma Michalski. His 2 brothers also survive: William (Connie) Michalski and David (Esther) Michalski; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray & Betty Haluda, and Pat and Loretta Williams. He has many nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by 2 infant boys, Michael and Christopher. As per his request, Ron's body has been donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine for the advancements of medical education. We would like to thank Dr. Rafat Ansari and Dr. Ewa Bialikiewicz for never giving up hope, and sustaining his life for so long through his long years of battling cancer. A memorial Mass will be held on Jan. 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St. Adalbert's Church, 2505 Grace St., South Bend. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Adalbert's Church or to the
Published in South Bend Tribune from January 6 to January 7, 2013