Vincent Paul Pongracz

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Vincent Paul Pongracz, age 76, of Columbus, IN passed away June 12, 2014 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility. Vincent was born June 28, 1937 in East Chicago, IN, the son of Vincent and Mary Ferenz Pongracz. He married Margaret Wontorek June 20, 1959. Survivors include his wife, Marge, of 54 years; children: Denise (Mark) Langhenry of Tuscon, AZ, William (Jenni) Pongracz of Springfield, IL and Phillip (Tanya) Pongracz of Indianapolis; brothers: Ronald (Rita) Pongracz of Calumet City, IL and Eugene Pongres of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren: Mike Langhenry, Jen Langhenry, Abby Pongracz and Adam Pongracz. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Michael Pongracz. Vincent graduated in 1955 from Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, IN and Purdue University, in 1959. He retired in 1997 from Cummins Engine Company as a system analyst after 38 years service. Vince was a charter member of St. Columba Catholic Church and a current member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. He generously gave his time to the Columbus Jaycees, Columbus East Kiwanis Club, Salvation Army and the Christmas Cheer Fund. Vince was also a volunteer driver for the Senior Center and coached Little League Baseball for the Columbus Parks and Recreation. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and model railroading. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with the Father Clem Davis officiating. Calling will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Monday. A private family burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbus East Kiwanis Club or Riley Hospital for Children. Services were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, Columbus, IN. You are invited to view his video tribute after 1:00 p.m. Monday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.

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Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, Inc. - Columbus
3855 25th St
Columbus, IN 47203
(812) 372-9923
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Published in The Times on June 14, 2014
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