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James Robert Rzeszewski

February 23, 1936 ~ December 23, 2018 (age 82)

James Robert “Jim” Rzeszewski, age 82, passed away at his home in Osceola on Sunday, December 23, 2018 surrounded by his family.  Jim was born February 23, 1936 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Edward and Sophie (Chmielewski) Rzeszewski.  Jim enlisted in the US Navy in February of 1956 and was honorably discharged in March of 1962. He later served over 22 years as a Police Officer with the South Bend Police Department, retiring in the early 1980’s.   On June 9, 2007 Jim married Patricia (McDougal) Teeter in South Bend. 

Pat survives, along with Jim’s children Suzanne Rzeszewski of Mishawaka and Scott Rzeszewski of South Bend.  Also surviving is his brother Paul (Billie) Rzeszewski of South Bend, a granddaughter Heather (Doug) Hooley, and 2 great grandsons, James and Robert.  Jim is also survived by his stepsons Tommy D. Teeter and Scott Teeter, both of Mishawaka, 7 step grandchildren; Taylor, Morgan, Payton, McKenzie, Madison,  Macayla and Malayna and 2 step-great-grandchildren Aiden and Joseph.  He was preceded in death by his sister Rosie Eyged.

Visitation will be held from 11am-2pm Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Cruz Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Osceola.  A rosary and funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with military honors to follow.  Following Jim’s wishes, cremation will follow, and interment will be at a later date.

Jim was a devout Catholic who attended Mass at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Mishawaka.  In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Pat, boating, watching westerns, and doing carpentry work. 

Jim was very social, and enjoyed spending time at the Elks Lodge #235, the Moose Lodge, the FOP and the American Legion, but most of all, Jim will be remembered for his uncanny ability to tell stories to keep his family laughing and entertained.

In his memory, donations may be given to the Elks Lodge #235.  To light a virtual candle, leave a condolence for his family, or view his online video tribute, please follow the links provided above on the “tribute wall” tab. 

Donations may be made to:

Elks Lodge # 235
3535 W. McKinley Aveune, South Bend IN 46635
Tel: 1-574-233-1139

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