Nancy L. Gruber(1937 - 2018)

Nancy L. Gruber

Feb. 6, 1937 - Jan. 3, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Nancy L. Gruber, 80 passed away at 11:05am Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in St. Joseph Regional Med Center.

Nancy was born on February 6, 1937 in Mishawaka to August and Irene (Van De Putte) Leavens. She was the co-owner of Gruber's Supermarket and retired from St. Mary's College, after 16 years, where she was the Executive Secretary for Academic Affairs. Nancy then worked part time at the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore. She was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Church, its Sacred Heart & Rosary Society and St. Anne Society and was a Eucharistic Minister. At Our Lady, she was a past president of Home and School Assoc., chaired Card Party and Fashion Shows. Co-Chaired the first Annual OLH dinner dance, worked at multiple festivals and was a part of the OLH bakers group for Kolache. Nancy also wintered in Bradenton, FL where she was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph Parish. She volunteered in the Medjugorje conferences for over 20 years, assisting Queen of Peace Ministries.

On July 4, 1957, at St. Bavo's Catholic Church, in Mishawaka, she married John S. Gruber, Jr. who survives along with 2 daughters Sue (Gary) Mason of South Bend and Judy Gruber of Indianapolis, 2 sons John Gruber and Michael (Regena) Gruber both of South Bend, 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Monday, January 8, 2018 in Our Lady of Hungary Church. Cremation and burial at a later date. Family and friends may call from 2-8 Sunday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue where a rosary will be recited at 5:00pm. Visitation will also take place from 10:00am until services Monday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., Our Lady of Hungary Parish or Queen of Peace Ministries. For more information for these donation sites or to leave an online condolence, please visit

Funeral Home

Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Avenue South Bend, IN 46613
574 287-7125

Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 5, 2018