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Bernard Francis Misch dies at 84

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Bernard “Bernie” Francis Misch, of Liberty Twp., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso. He was 84.

He was born Aug. 16, 1923 in Hammond, the son of Valentine and Wanda (Zitz) Misch (Musielak), both of whom preceded him.

On Sept. 19, 1953 in Valparaiso, he married Elizabeth Louise DeNicola, who survives.

Also surviving are six sons, Daniel (Nanette) of Fla., Donald (Birda), of Calif., Douglas (Lisa), Dennis (Carol) and David (Carol Jane) all of Valparaiso and Dale of Portage; 10 grandchildren, Thomas, Melinda, Nicholas, Alexandria, Daniel, Jack, Mary Kate and Hannah Misch and Matthew Arndt and Zachary Hartinger; brothers, Robert of Ill., Edward (Mary) of Mass.; sister, Mrs. Francis (Marion) Sheppard; in-laws, Eugene Dymek of Wis., Mary Ann Anderson and Mrs. Gus (Edith) Graziano, both of Ill.; Dena Yuriga of Gary and Anthony (Judy) of Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Florence Dymek.

Bernard retired from NCR (National Cash Register Co.) after 42 years of service. He was in the US Navy during WWII, serving on the USS Cadmus, when it was commissioned. He was a member of the American Legion Post #777 in Indianapolis. He helped organize the Liberty Twp. Volunteer Fire Department and was a past charter member. He was a volunteer coach for Liberty Township’s children’s baseball league.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Joseph Pawlowski and Msgr. John J. Charlebois concelebrating, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 with Wake Service at 3 p.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Building Fund, St. Agnes Center, 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46385 or the VNA Hospice Center, 501 Marquette St. Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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Posted 3/14/2008