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Tarkington Traditional School Principal Mark Tulchinsky devoted nearly 40 years of his life to the education of South Bend's youth. And even after all that time, he never forgot a name. He had a knack of looking past a person's gray hair and crow's feet and seeing the child he taught so many years ago.

Tulchinsky, who would have turned 61 this weekend, died early Tuesday afternoon. He was in his office and medical efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

A graduate of Adams High School, Tulchinsky earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and his master's from the University of Notre Dame. In 1968 he began his teaching career in South Bend at Perley Elementary. Since then he has served as a principal at Jefferson and Monroe elementary schools and for the past six months at Tarkington.

Tulchinsky loved sports and began officiating basketball games in 1970 and football games in 1972. He continued to officiate sporting events in the area for more than 30 years.

His absence will be noticed almost immediately at Notre Dame as the women's basketball team plays tonight. Tulchinsky was a timer for both football and basketball games at Notre Dame. His wife, Nan, who retired recently as the South Bend Community School Corp.'s athletic director, is the official scorer.

Tulchinsky's passing is a great loss to the community he was intent on serving.

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Published in South Bend Tribune from Jan. 22 to Feb. 28, 2008.
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December 21, 2012
Tulch (as he was known to us in college) was one of my closest friends during my freshman year at the University of Chicago. He was probably the nicest, most caring person I knew at the time, and I have long regretted not staying in touch. I learned of his passing only now, in a rather random web search. I am not surprised to learn that he was a profoundly infuential teacher to so many, and am so sorry to learn that he was taken while still so young.
Billy Lazarus
May 16, 2011
To the Tulhinsky Family

Our deepest sympathy in your loss of a very influential man!
May God bless you all


Wardlow Hillman Family

Hillman Wardlow Family
Stephanne D Hillman
February 25, 2008
"Mr. T's" first year as the assistant principal at Jefferson Elem/Jr High, was also my first year as a 7th grader at that school. He was considered the "cool" principle. He was a great man and will not be forgotten.
Jeannette Hagood-Troutman
February 24, 2008
We will continue to teach our kids to do "there personal best" as Mr T. would say. We are very saddened by your loss and everyone else's. God bless you and your family.
Armando & Beth Verteramo
February 23, 2008
MR.T, was a great man.He always had a smile and always took the time out for people. He had a wonderful wife and great kids , i feel for the family but he is in a better place. May god bless his family.
lynn mitchem
February 22, 2008
hi i miss you hope you have a nice time in heaven!
Taylor Jackey
February 22, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
The Grayson Family
February 22, 2008
Our prayers are with you and your family,"Mrs.T" He was truly a great teacher and principal,he was one the reasons for Gregory Michael Graham suceeding at Perley when it became an alternitive school.May God continue to keep you and your family in his care.
Anita- Andrea-Anthony-Greg
February 20, 2008
Mrs. T I wanted to say that Mr. T was so good to me when I worked at Monroe. He was in the lunch room both at breakfast and lunch. He would always ask me on pizza day if I had burned any yet?? It seemed like it never failed that sure enough I would burn at least one pan. We would laugh and he would tell me maybe next time Mary!I am so greatful I had the chance to know him. Thank you Mr. T. Know that
your family are in my prayers.
Mary Smith
February 19, 2008
I am 48 years young now and I still remember you and Mrs. T from my elementary school days. Your life was a gift to many. May God rest your soul Mr. T. My prayers are with you Mrs. T
Lesia Harden-Ivory
February 18, 2008
MR.T WAS MY PRINCIPAL FOR 6 YEARS I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE DIDN'T LIKE ME BUT HE ACTUALLY DID I WILL REALLY MISS MR.T AND I WISH THAT I NEVER HAD TO MOVE FROM MONROE 9 WEEKS INTO 3RD GRADE SO I COULD HAVE SAID GOODBYE TO HIM. MR.T YOU WILL BE MISSED AND TO MR.T'S FAMILY MY FAMILY AND I SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOU ALL.
REBECCA GONZALES
February 15, 2008
Mr. T, as we all called him, was a special person in my life. He was my principal back in the middle 70's and he also hired me into Jefferson when it was an elementary school ten years ago. My name is Donna Lewis-Jones and Mr. T was more than just a principal, he'd look out for you in any way if he could. If it wasn't for Mr. T. I wouldn't have all the memories of my wedding or family gatherings because I was just starting out and he knew that I didn't have much, after he found out that I was getting married and didn't have a video camera, he offered to lend me his. You see Mr. T. goes way out and beyond the call of duty. He'll be missed so badly, we all enjoyed him here, now it's time for the angels up above to have their share. Rest well in peace.

Love,
Donna Lewis-Jones
Donna Lewis-Jones
February 13, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.Mr.T (as so many called him)was the princable at Monroe when my 2 younger daughters went there.We thought he was one of the sweetest,caring,and most thoughful people we knew.I'm truely sorry for your loss,and God bless you and your family.
michelle paparis
February 12, 2008
To The Family: I would just like to give my condolenses and know that the Eastside community will miss Mr. T
LaShanda Bates
February 12, 2008
He gave me my first teaching job 9 years ago at Jefferson, he was a wonderful principal whom I learned a lot from.
Amy Spier (Chimienti)
February 11, 2008
Mr.T, as he was affectionately called by his "kids" will be sorely missed. My grandchildren had the honor of having him as their principal and their friend. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nan, and their family.......Dawn
Dawn l Waddell
February 11, 2008
To Mr. T's Family,
Our lives have come in contact with Mr. T and Nan through our children, teaching K with Nan at Brown El., and working with Mr. T at Monroe for 3 years. You both have always been very supportive, setting a great example for dedication and involvement with students, compassion for others, and wisdom. Our hearts go out to your family at this very difficult time. The community has lost a great leader and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. T was so proud of his children and grandchildren!!! He will be greatly missed.
Kathy and Jim Johnson
February 10, 2008
Nan,
I am so sorry to hear about Mark's passing.God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Mike Gooding
February 7, 2008
Mrs. T,

Words can not express how I feel about the role you and Mr. T played in my life. I know that I am a better person because of two wonderful teachers who really cared like the two of you. God Bless and keep you and your children. I will truly miss seeing Mr. T. running this summer.
Kim (Baker) Staggers
February 6, 2008
Nan,
We were very upset that we could not pay our repects to Mark, but we understood that they had to close the doors early. Mark is really going to be missed not only by the friends who knew him but also by the young students who will never have the chance to meet such a fine, gentle and devoted educator. I am glad I had the chance resently to visit with you both over breakfast. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. We are proud that we had the opportunity to know you both while at LaSalle and I know that Jamie and AJ too are PROUD to HAVE known Mark and also to have the opportunity to work with you both as well. All our love,
Jim and Cheryl Nowicki
Cheryl Nowicki
February 5, 2008
To the Tulchinski Family:
We had a great Principle, I was a former 3rd grade student at Tarkingington Elementary and we helped to name the Tarkington Tigers! Personal testominals are exeremely important. "Luke 12:8 " Mr T was a good Guy.
Natay Ann Palmer-Wilson
February 5, 2008
To the Tulchinsky Family,
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family. Mr. T has touched so many lives. I feel so privileged to have known him. Mr T. not only had a influence in my life but my sister, brother and currently he was my nephews principal. I want to thank Mrs. T and the children for sharing Mr. T with so many people. You all have hearts just as big as his. We will forever remember his smile and kind words.
Dana Austin-Marsh
February 5, 2008
I remember Mr. T running the recreation programs at Jefferson School. I also had the pleasure of being educated by his Mom, Mrs. T and his other two Brothers. One can see the fine stock and noble people this family has shared with our community.
Bobby Bond
February 4, 2008
I had the pleasure of having Mr. T for a principle at Jefferson Elementary. I was not a stranger to his office as I was often sent there for disciplinary reasons. The heart filled lectures he gave me straightened me out in those juvenile years. He will be greatly missed, my condolences to the family.
Timothy Kinney
February 4, 2008
I remember Mr T from back in the day when he actually lived across from Perley and he and his wife worked for the Park District.

The man believed in public service and was a good man. He made people better for knowing him.
Rick Mitchem
February 4, 2008
I remember Mr T from back in the day when he actually lived across from Perley and he and his wife worked for the Park District.

The man believed in public service and was a good man. He made people better for knowing him.
Rick Mitch, em
February 4, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. As a '64 grad of Adams, I was in a few classes with Mark. He struck me as a serious- minded individual. Little did I suspect we would both choose education as our lifetime endeavor.
Herb Peer
February 3, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go with your
family. May God bless you and keep
you in his loving care and bring you
peace and comfort.
Melanie Stump
February 3, 2008
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING IN MY DAUGHTERS LIFE , YOU OPENED HER CAPRI SUN FOR LUNCH ALMOST EVERYDAY AND THAT MADE HER DAY , THANKS ...
TONYA & BREYONA GRAY
February 3, 2008
Mrs. T and family.
I know longer live in SouthBend. so i periodically check the tribune. i am sorry that i had to run across this particular obit. i want to say i am sorry for your lost. as Mr. T was my former principal at Jefferson elemantry. He will be deeply missed.
Veronica Clayton (Murphy)
February 2, 2008
To the Tulchinsky Family,

We are sorry to hear of your loss. He is an angel called home.

Former Tarkington Tiger
Lynn B
February 1, 2008
My condolences to Mrs. T and the entire family. Many of us remember Mr. T and Mrs. T back at Perely school, even before she began Mrs. T.
Mr. T was a great teacher, principal and neighbor. He dedicated his life for the well being and education of his students. We Thank his family for their sacrifice . “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14b
We were Blessed to be with Mr. T during his season.
Rhonda Baker
February 1, 2008
Dear Terry and Jill,
We are so sorry to hear abut the sudden death of Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carolyn and Larry Garber
Carolyn Garber
February 1, 2008
Ive been out of grade school a very long time.. Mr. "T" stands out.

Sincerest condolences to the "T" family. Hesitantly, I am saddened for you all because it may feel as if your husband/father was taken too soon, but in fact he has lived a full life doing just what he had always wanted to.. Love Everybody.

Rejoice, not all can say they have had the rare opportunity of "Being Yourself & Loving what You DO"

I lovingly pray the "T" family finds comfort & strength in the wonderful Legacy Mr. "T" leaves behind.
Sheryl (Engram) Hardy
February 1, 2008
Nan and family:
I worked with "Mr. T" at Monroe until I retired. What a kind, caring man!! He really cared for us as teachers, supported us. I truly appreciate that. Mr. T. gave me gentle "reminders", not reprimands. That says a lot to me about his character. Please know that he touched so many lives and I, for one, am better for it.
"Mrs. G"/Eileen Guckenberger
Eileen Guckenberger
January 31, 2008
To the Tulchinsky Family,

I am so sorry to here about your loss. I played softball with Sarah at Adams High School and really respected Mr. T. for what he did as a leader.
Leslie Bohn (Wienert)
January 31, 2008
Nan:

Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.
Jim and Beth Kominkiewicz
January 31, 2008
Peter,
Sorry to hear about your loss. Everyone in the athletics department is thinking about you and your family.
Kyle Wills
January 30, 2008
Nan and Family
Sorry to here of passing of Mark was shocked when found info on internet, we remembered from little league and Adams High School softball games.
Barb & Bill Wienert, Leslie & Kevin's Parents
January 30, 2008
Mr. T, our lost is Heaven's gain. You will be missed and forever remembered in our hearts and fond memories. Well done, my good and faithful servant. Rest in Peace.
Tina Kilgore-Taylor
January 30, 2008
“A heart needs only its own voice to do what is right.”

Vanna Bonta quotes

“A heart needs only its own voice to do what is right.” Vanna Bonta
Mark would tell me, “That to be a principal and to be happy; you need to know you did the best you could that day and to be ok with the frequent fact that no one knew the good deeds done”. He would inspire me to be more than I dreamed I could be. I was happy to be a teacher, I loved teaching; but he suggested I may want to consider administration. I did not see this; but he did. When I became a principal and often asked for his advice he would remind me that I already knew the answer- the answer was always- do the right thing, do the fair thing, do the kind and loving thing. He modeled that everyday in each occasion I shared with him in school and out of school. I find myself asking- What would T do or say and I find myself telling students, parents, teachers and community members some of the same things I heard him share with us. He was a humble man who glorified others with his belief in their dreams. He was a man of peace. He hated conflict at all levels and always looked for ways for each person to save face and work together. Even as a principal he was a ref, wanting to see good sportsmanship, teamwork and the rewards of learning from our mistakes. “Oh Captain, My Captain”- he sailed us through many school improvement plans to make our schools better. As we have seen in his tributes and accolades he loved children, he also loved teachers, colleagues and most everyone he ever met. Mark would be so very grateful for all these sentiments and would take the time to give a handwritten note to all of us telling us how important we are to him. We need to continue to honor the work that T did, we need to mentor more, read to children more, smile at people more and believe in the dreams of young people. I hope to see more people share a Mr. T moment with a child in a school as long as the memory of Mr. T inspires them to give back the way he so expertly modeled for all of us. Many times it takes a loss to know what you had, in this case when I was at Jefferson as a teacher and Mr. T was my principal- we knew we were the Jefferson Family- we knew we were excellent cutting edge educators- we knew this because Mr. T told us we were! T believed in our dreams to be excellent teachers, paraprofessionals, teachers’ aides, custodians, lunchroom staff, librarians, social workers, and all that helped make a school great! I am sure in some small ways I will use T’isms for the rest of my career and life. Thank you Mark, Thank you. Love, Carla Killelea
Carla Killelea
January 30, 2008
Nan and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss.

Marilyn Housemeyer and family
Marilyn Housemeyer
January 29, 2008
just wanted to say sorry for your loss Mrs. T. Were here for you if you need anything. I remember when i first started substuting teaching 10 yrs. ago and i went to jefferson elementary at that time. Mr. T made me feel at home when i went there. Love and prayers jennifer sigafoose and family robert, zach, tiffany
jennifer sigafoose
January 28, 2008
Mr. T., nine years ago my mom started working under you, and ever since then you have been a steady piece of my growing up. My mother tells me of how you always said to give us time, we're good kids, we'll find our way. I'm just sorry I never had the chance to thank you for everything you did. Being a staple of the community, and a loved member of your family and the school corporation is a heavy weight to carry, but I never saw you falter. When I grow up, get out of college, get that first band director position and sign the mortgage on my first house, I hope you know that you helped to get me there. I hope I can even be half of the great man you are.

With love,
David Jean
January 28, 2008
To the Tulchinsky family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
Marci Smith (Mechling)
January 28, 2008
It is with my deepest respect to offer gratitude for a worthy servant. peace & prayers
BAMBI GUESS-GARNER
January 27, 2008
MRS T. and FAMILY--It was and is my pleasure to have known Mr.T and you. You have my deepest Sympathy in your hours of Breavement. Let not your heart be troubled. Sincerly
JESSIE NEWBURN-RICHARDSON
January 27, 2008
I had the great opportunity of working for Mr. T as the permenant sub for Jefferson Elementary School. He encouraged me to be the best I can and work hard to get what I want...thank you so much. You are loved and will be missed, GOD BLESS!!
Yolanda Suggs (Kirkendolph)
January 27, 2008
Nan, Dan, Peter and Sarah

I was so very sorry when my mom told me about Mr. T passing. These pages are a wonderful tribute to a great man.
I always felt as if he took special interest in my family. I realize now that he had the amazing ability to make so many people feel that way. It was truly a gift.
South Bend will surely miss Mr. T. My heart goes out to your family.
Greta Bradley
January 27, 2008
The earth is the Lord"s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalm24:1
Mr. T will be greatly missed. How sad I was to hear of him passing. A very sweet and caring teacher,leader, and a father figure to many. Job well done...
May God bless and keep the family close to him during this sad time.
Rest in peace Mr. T.
vee phillips
January 27, 2008
My first encounter with Mr T, years ago he was one of the officials for are basketball game.What made me really take notice of Mr T, he spoke to me one day and called me by my first name and we had never been formally introduced. Every time I would run into Mr.T and Nan it was always how are you doing Seabe. He always made you feel good about yourself. God always takes the good one's too early.But he's been sent to oversee another school,God bless you Nan......
seabe gavin
January 27, 2008
I had the honor of know MR. T and I will miss him greatly. He was more than a friend, I considered him family, he always had words of wisdom, and also a fun loving guy. Mr. T you will be missed greatly. If you got to know him you were lucky, because he was the person you wanted to know. R.I.P. Mr. T. And Mrs. T your in my prayers, love you guys
John Collins
January 26, 2008
I had the privilege of teaching for Mr. T. for many years. We worked together on documents, grants, etc., and his ability to come up with just the right phrase was nothing short of brilliant. He was always there for my family through every one of our family losses, even when he was no longer my principal. One of the last times I saw him he showed me the pictures of his grandchildren in his wallet. They lost a wonderful, wonderful grandpa. May God bless his family and may they be comforted by the knowledge of how much we all loved him.
Beverlie Beck
January 26, 2008
Mr. Tulchinsky will always be remembered as a giving person who showed up and led in places where a lot of people did not have the courage to. He cared responsibly and tirelessly to the South Bend Community. His smile, his example, and his leadership will be dearly missed.
Kevin Bradford
January 26, 2008
Mr. T was an inspiration to students and teachers in South Bend. When I was a student at Jefferson he was the principal. I remember when he and the gym teacher started calling my sister and I "Fiesta 1 and Fiesta 2." We had just returned from watching ND play in the Fiesta Bowl. He made going to school fun and interesting. He always told me that he knew I could do better. He never gave up on me. This has helped to shape my future as I am now a teacher in South Bend. It is ny hope that I can inspire my students the way that Mr. T has inspired so many. Please know that your family is in my prayers.
Karen (Godfrey) Dubie
January 26, 2008
Our deepest sympathy goes to Nan and her family. He was an amazing man dedicated to children of South Bend.
Sincerely, Jim Powers
James Powers
January 25, 2008
Mark was everything right about South Bend schools. His connections with the kids, families, teachers, and community were unparalleled.

Thank you Sir, for providing my model to strive for.

My warmest thoughts and condolences, Nan.
Michael Slattery
January 25, 2008
I just wanted to write to you and tell you that you will be greatly missed and that i never did thank you for all the help you provided me at jefferson. I was a student there for seven years all while you ran the school. you were a great man and at the time i looked up to you and viwed you as a father figure. You ill be greatly missed and will always be rememberd
Jonathan Larkin
January 25, 2008
Thank you Mr. T. for all the guidance and love you gave to the students of South Bend. Your presence and visability in the school community will be sadly missed.
Again, thank you and God Bless you and your lovingly family.
Barbara & Larry Varda
Barbara/Larry varda
January 25, 2008
You were always a very kind man. I'll miss you.
Michael Jean
January 25, 2008
Thank you for being you and giving so much of yourself. The world is much better because you were here, even though it was far too short. I'm sure Heaven is brighter now that you're there. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Sheila Bergeron
January 25, 2008
GOD, THANK YOU FOR USING MR.
TULCHINSKY AS YOUR INSTRUMENT OF YOUR LOVE WITH ARE CHILDREN. HE WILL BE MISSED!!!!
ANGELA REDDING
January 25, 2008
One of the greatest measures of an individual is the number of lives that they have touched during their time on earth. Lives that are better for simply having known such an individual. The value of such a person is incalculable, their impact indelible. These sentiments clearly describe the life of Mr. Tulchinsky. While sorrow and sympathy weighs heavy in the hearts of those who knew Mr. Tulchinsky, we still must take the time to reflect and celebrate the life of a man who meant so much to so many. God Bless Mr. Tulchinsky. To Mrs. Tulchinsky, Peter, Sarah, and Daniel, our thoughts and prayers are with you always. May you take solace in knowing the tremendous legacy left by your husband and father.
Tony and Bobbie Kiene
January 25, 2008
As a former Jefferson Bulldog, I wish your family peace and serenity during this difficult time. May you find comfort knowing that Mr. T.'s legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched.
Amber (Taylor) O'Rourke
January 25, 2008
I first met "Mr. T" almost forty years ago, right after he had just started teaching at Perley and was employed over the summer at the summer recreation program held at Jerfferson School. I and my brothers attended this program for many years, and Mr. T was always a fixture. I always admired his fairness and they way he set such a good role model for all the kids. His devotion to kids was and continues to be an inspiration to me even after all these years. Over the whole length of time that I knew him, he always remembered me as well as my brothers and would always ask about our family. When my son followed in my footsteps and attended Jefferson, Mr. T came back into my life and helped guide my son, for which I was extremely grateful as I was a single mother at the time. Some years later, our paths crossed yet again, when I remarried and we moved into a new neighborhood, only to find Mr. T right down the street!

Mr. T has truly been of service to the South Bend community as a whole, and to the South Bend Community Schools in particular. It is with great sadness that I have learned of this loss to the community and my thoughts are with his family during the grieving and beyond. Please know that he was a singular man and made a lasting impact on many, many lives. Few of us will make that kind of mark in our lives, which is why we pay tribute all the more to those that do.
Amy Alford (Knox)
January 25, 2008
Blessins to the Tulchinskys
Jason Garza
January 25, 2008
I have been blessed to have come across some "great"people in my life, but Mr.& Mrs. T sit near the top of the list of all time "greats". Great educators, great parents, great neighbors, great professionals,great role models,great ambassadors for the SBCSC and great people. Mr.T was one of a kind and there will never be another, but any young educator, such as myself, who has been touched by this man, would do well to strive to reach the standard that he set. I certainly will miss seeing him at sporting events, Martins supermarket, walking around the eastside and at Notre Dame. Mr. and Mrs. T have been pillars of this community, particularly on the eastside, and the community is devasted by his passing, but absoulutely blessed that God sent him our way. A legacy of love, compassion, integrity and committment never passes away, it simply roots itself in the hearts of the people who were influenced by it and continues to abound. God bless you Mrs. T & family, remember he loves and so does this community.
Matt Adams
January 25, 2008
I was very sorry to hear about Mr. T's passing. He was a great boss. I enjoyed working with him at Monroe.
Heather Lowe-Kling
January 25, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Let his life be a testimony to the impact one positive individual can have on many individuals.
--"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!"
Mr T., I'm smiling!!

Be Blessed, Mrs. T, Peter, Sarah, and Daniel! I still remember you!
Elayna (Peaches) Hardy
January 25, 2008
Mrs. T and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. T was the principal for my two sons at Jefferson. I remember his smile and how he would say hi to the students and would know them by name. He was so caring and such a blessing. Mr. T will be truly missed. God Bless you and your family. Jim, Tammy, Corey and Kyle Hickman (Cape Coral, Florida)
Tammy Hickman
January 25, 2008
I have had to deal with many people in the South Bend Community School Corp. the past five years. Mark Tulchinsky was easily one of my favorites. When I heard he had died it took the wind right out of me. I truly cherished each time I spoke with him, be it in his office, after a school board meeting or before a Notre Dame game. There was just something about him that was warm, comfortable and true. He made everybody around him a little better. I'm proud and grateful for the chance I had to know him.
Michael Wanbaugh
January 25, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gordon Bethel and Family
January 25, 2008
Mrs T. & the family, I'm sending my deepest sympathy, for a man that left so much of a impact to the State of Indiana. I was in second grade at Perley on your wedding day, why would I remember this moment, maybe, because it was a great moment during such hard times. Your first home together was just a block away from our's. The both of you were so important to our community, you gave parent's & student's alike...the feeling that you truely care about our education. Mr. T. was not only a teacher, but for most of us...he was a friend, an older brother, and our make believe father. During the summer of '75, Mr. T. & I worked together at Madison school for the summer program. During this time, he taught me how to drive my father's VW, I was so proud of myself that I drove to your house to show-off my new acheivement. Mr. T. also encouraged me to participate in the Hot Shot Basketball Contest, that was held at Adams High School, to say the lease...I won. I thank the both of you for the man that I came to be.
John Baker, Marciniak, Kelley III
January 24, 2008
His smile was infectious; his friendliness abounded. His personal caring was deeply felt by those he knew; his loyalty to his profession was never doubted, and his love of family was a model great men follow.
His death fills us all with a feeling of tremendous loss, but our gain, through his life, is far greater as demonstrated through the heartfelt messages in this book, the record number of mourners standing in the viewing line, and the numerous cards being sent. Nan, Terry, and your families, know I send my most sincere sympathy.

Becky Hartman
Becky Hartman
January 24, 2008
Dear Mrs. Tulchinsky and family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
We only knew Mr. T. through the stories of this good man from our daughter, his secretary, Melody. I know he will be sadly missed by all.
Karl & Jeanne Murphy
January 24, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. God Bless you and your family.
Amy McGlothlen (Nemeth)
January 24, 2008
Nan,Peter,Sarah,and Daniel,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Mark touched so many lives in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. You will always be in my prayers....
Mary Wisniewski
January 24, 2008
Deepest sympathies to you all. Your husband/father was a true reflection of God's love.
January 24, 2008
TO MR. T'S FAMILY YOUR IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HE WAS A GREAT PRINCIPAL AND FRIEND MY SON KNEW HIM FOR 6 YRS AT MONROE EVERYDAY HE SAID NOTHING BUT GREAT THINGS ABOUT HIM. HE WILL BE MISSED.
JENNIFER TIJERINA
January 24, 2008
Mr. T is a true legend in this community. I was a Jefferson Bulldog when Mr. T was principal, along with my brother and sister. He treated us like family. His encouraging smile and words of inspiration are still vivid in my memory today. As a teacher myself today, I remember his calm demeanor and positive light he brought to everyone he met. It was always so nice to bump into him at Martin's and he would ask how the entire family was doing, by name. It's hard to find that kind of true caring and compassion today. He will truly be missed, but his memory lives on in more ways than imaginable. God's peace to you and your family.
Jennifer (Dailey) Sweazy
January 24, 2008
To Mr. T's family:
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mr. T was one of the few people I truly trusted. He was with no doubt a leader, a professional at what he did, and an all out good man. He was my principal at Monroe Elementary School. He was one of the only people who knew and understood what I was going through in my 4th grade year. I was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease and put into Riley's Children Hospital. Every week Mr. T and the classes from the school would send me e-mails telling me to get better. My mother worked at Monroe while Mr. T and I were there and he treated us like family. He actually started up a collection for my mother while I was in the hospital. That was back in 2002-2003, and I will always remember what he did for me and my family. I can honestly say he was my favorite principal and has been a positive part of my life, and that is no exaggeration. I thank Mr. T for changing my life, and my deepest regards go out to all of his family and friends. Thank you.

R.I.P. Mr. T
Kyle Laskowski
January 24, 2008
Mr. T was my principal at Jefferson Elementry for 7 years and also my brother's for 7 years and also a co-worker of my mother's for 3. He was a great guy and great at his job and the community turn out at his wake reflected that. There was a 2 hour wait to talk to his family and the funeral home had to was turn people away. I can not think of many people in this town who would have such an overwelming amount of support. We miss you Mr. T.
Molly McGee
January 24, 2008
Reading the guest book entries drives home Mark's exceptional ability to enhance the lives of so many others and their appreciation and love for him. He is one of those who has done what so many of us would aspire to; he has made the world a better place. We grieve for him and his family and friends.
William and Joy Engel
January 24, 2008
To Nan and the rest of the Tulchinsky family:
We have wonderful memories of Mr. T from Perley thourgh Adams High School. Our daughter Pam (Byers) Kunas and Sarah Tulchinsky went through school together. As parents, we knew he was always there to support Sarah at events, but he always kept a watchful eye on ALL his adopted kids. Through the years, he would always asked about where Pam was and how she was doing. What a gift he had for names and faces. He will truly be missed. God Bless the Tulchinsky family. We have been blessed to have known him.
Walt and Carol Byers
January 24, 2008
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Tulchinsky family. The entire community has suffered a great loss.

May God's love forever give you strength.
Alice Wilson & Family
January 24, 2008
Our heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. T. and the entire family. Our prayers are with you.
The Bankowski Family
January 24, 2008
Hey Mr.T's family I'm very sorry about your loss I am myself very sad still. I loved how he smiled at everybody when they walked by.I knew in his head he was saying their names and thinking if they were good or bad kids. So he was a really good person.So I hope Mr.T's family will be ok soon because he had his time on earth, heaven is just like here down on earth. So I'll miss Mr.T very much and I'm sure everyone else does too.Feel better Mr.T's family and Sarah I know your name because Jodi Donathen is my teacher at Monroe so you feel better and tell your family to feel better too bye.
Alyssa Jackey
January 24, 2008
To all the members of the T family: I was lucky enough to be a student of the one of the Tulchinsky teachers,Terry as a matter of fact. It was a great experience that I will never forget. All of the Tulchinsky teachers are great role models and wonderful people. I feel for you and your loss and you have my deepest sympathy.
Ann Michalak
January 24, 2008
God reached down and took his most precious gift, the reward for years of dedication to his students will surely find Mr. Tulchinsky a place in Heaven.
January 24, 2008
Dear Mrs. T, Peter, Sarah & Daniel
Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. At the time of me living in South Bend, my Grandmother(Mrs. Anna Collins)was neighbors with your family on Campeau. Me and my brother Keith basically grew up alongside Peter, Sarah, and Daniel. Although time has passed on, our family bond will always remain strong.
Nicole Collins
January 24, 2008
Mark was my good friend from the 4th grade through Edison Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and John Adams. Everything that people have said about him as an adult were true about him growing up as well. The Talmud says the Crown of a Good Name is the most worthy crown of all. He certainly earned that crown. Zacher tsaddik livracha (May the memory of the righteous be a blessing).
Steve Steinberg
January 24, 2008
My condolences goes out to Mrs. T and family. I have had the pleasure of having Mr. T as a teacher at Perley and principal at Jefferson and he really did make a difference in not only my life, but so many. He had the best interest of the children, I just wish my children had the chance to experience what I did because he was a great educator and person.
Norine Ivy-Stokes
January 24, 2008
Nan and all of the Tulchinsky family,

My deepest sympathies concerning Mark's passing. I, along with countless others, considered him a friend. I always admired him and the kind way he treated others.

I enjoyed the times we spent at football rules meetings and talking with him at ND football and basketball games. He always seemed to have a smile on his face.

Please know that our family's prayers are with you all. May God's love and peace comfort you during this time.
Scott Siler
January 24, 2008
Wow..I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a great role model in the South Bend community. Mr. T was my principal at Perley, Mrs. T was my second grade teacher and I graduated with Peter. Your family is in my prayers always. Please find comfort in knowing how much Mr. T was loved and how much of an impact he had in shaping so many lives. He will be missed.
LaTasha (Taylor) Morgan
January 24, 2008
To The Tulchinsky Family:

My sister and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Tulchinsky. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless and confort you.

We have a lot of fond memories of Mr. T.
Maria and Mary Robinson
January 24, 2008
Mrs. T and family

We are sorry for your lost. We are praying for your family in your time of need.

It was really nice to see both of you at my grandson's game.

We are praying for your family. Thanks for being there when my kids went to Jefferson.

Sending plenty LOVE.


Melva Maefield
Melinda Maefield
Melvin Maefield, Jr.
Toni Maefield
January 24, 2008
TO NAN AND THE TULCHINSKY FAMILY,
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MANY WARM MEMORIES OF MR.T AND REMEMBERING
THE WONDERFUL SHARING AND CARING OF OUR FAMILIES. BLESS YOU ALL.
LOVE THE GARRETT'S WYATT/ANGELA & SONS JERRELL, CAMERON, AUSTIN
ANGELA (KENDALL) GARRETT
January 24, 2008
the angels from heaven are smiling down on you saying what a wonderful person you were
mrs sonja johnson & gandy family
January 24, 2008
Mrs. T and family,
Our condolenses are with you during this difficult time. He will truly be missed in the South Bend area. We tried to stop by the viewing yesterday, but there was so much respect and admiration for him that it prevented us from entering.
The Echevarria's
January 24, 2008
To Mrs. T and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.
Mike Hannah
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