Hilary J. Staszewski

  • Born: December 1, 1923
  • Died: November 26, 2016
  • Location: South Bend, Indiana

Kaniewski Funeral Homes, Inc.

3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Tel. (574) 277-4444

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hilary J. Staszewski, 92, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016, in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Hilary was born on December 1, 1923 in South Bend to Andrew and Helen (Kazmierzak) Staszewski and was a lifelong resident. He retired on February 5, 1986 from the South Bend Fire Department after 28 years of service. On September 8, 1951 in St. Stanislaus Church, he married Selma B. Nowacki, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Patricia Olson of South Bend, Indiana, Lois (Jeff) Bauer of South Bend, Indiana, and Joyce (Thad) Wright of Bristol, Indiana; two sons, Thomas Staszewski and Robert (Susan) Staszewski both of South Bend, Indiana; nine grandchildren, Leslie (Aaron) Hoeppner, Lindsey (James) Foley, Nicholas Bauer, Adam Staszewski, Christopher Staszewski, Michael (Amanda) Tyburski, Brett (Katie) Tyburski, Katie Wright and Eli Wright; six great-grandchildren, Avery Hoeppner, Alyssa Hoeppner, Drake Tyburski, Erik Tyburski, Max Bassett, and Owen Tyburski; and two sisters-in-law, Sally and Eleanor Staszewski. Hilary was preceded in death by two sisters, Marge Zielinski and Genevieve Hasten; and two brothers, Chester and Edwin Staszewski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's Chapel. Military Services will be conducted by members of United States Army and the American Legion Post #357 immediately following the Mass. Burial will take place at a later date in Marion National Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's. Hilary was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish. He was a W.W.II Army Veteran. Hilary was a member of the American Legion Pulaski Post #357 and the Breezer's. He enjoyed Bluegill fishing at Saugany Lake in Rolling Prairie, playing Euchre, and riding roller coasters with his kids and grandkids. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Sanctuary at St. Pauls' Assisted Living and The Inn for their loving care. Memorial Contributions may be directed to St. John the Baptist Parish, 3526 St. John's Way, South Bend, Indiana 46628 or the South Bend Firefighter's Memorial Association, P.O. Box 3581 South Bend, Indiana 46619. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com

Condolence & Memory Journal

it's always hard to lose a close one that has been part of your Life and Soul, but the good LORD as a place for us all. I am sure is among all His loved one and when the time comes we have our place next to them as well. My friend I'm So sorry for your lost.

Luigi Lamanna

Posted by Luigi Lamanna - Colleyville, TX - Friend   December 05, 2016

Tom (Duck),Patty and the entire Staszewski Family. Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Condolences. Your Dad was a great man and dedicated Firefighter. Which I had the pleasure to work with. God bless all of you.And Godspeed Hillary

Posted by Jim Gadacz - south bend, IN   December 02, 2016

Dear staszewski family,
My condolences on the loss of your dad. Pat you were the one I
Grew up with in grade school and high school and our involvement with the Falcons. When we girls would get together and your dad was around he always was thought of by me as such a nice man and I respected him in his career as a fire fighter.
Thinking of you at this difficult time and on this his birthday too.
Camille "Meech" Bujeker

Posted by Camille "meech" Bujeker - Granger, IN - Friend   December 01, 2016

I'll always remember Uncle Hilly at the lake. I have so many wonderful memories of he and Aunt Selma during my summers there as a child. I'll also remember Grandpa J telling stories of the two of them as firemen. My condolences to Aunt Selma, Joyce, Pat, Lois and all the children and grandchildren. He was a wonderful man, and I'm grateful he was part of the family.

Posted by Jennifer Huber - New Orleans, LA   December 01, 2016

My treasured memories of Uncle Hilly spreading out over 60 years all put a smile on my face. He always had a smile for me and everyone. My fondest memories are when we saw his boat approaching the beach. The kids would meet him there to see his catch, which it seems was always impressive and of course came with his biggest smiles. He will be missed.
Love, Doug

Posted by doug nowacki - santa barbara, CA - Family   November 30, 2016

Mr. Hilary was a good man! Took care of him at St Paul's! He will be missed! Rest in peace Mr. Hilary!

Posted by Penny Hughes - South Bend, IN   November 30, 2016


My condolences to the family. Hilary was a great guy. We worked together on the Fire Department.

Jim Flowers

Posted by James Flowers - South bend, IN - Friend   November 30, 2016


Heartfelt condolences to the Staszeski family on the passing of Hilary. No reason to be sad because we know he has gone to a better place and will be made whole again.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this time of loss.

Posted by Tim Williams - South Bend, IN - Family Friend   November 30, 2016

Tom & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember meeting him at your home back in the late 80's. Wonderful man. God Bless You All

Posted by Denise Drake - Walkerton, IN   November 30, 2016

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Sue Nowacki    November 30, 2016

We are sorry for your loss and have you in our thoughts and prayers; we love you! - The Rackow family

Posted by The Rackow Family - South Bend, IN - Family   November 29, 2016


Lois ,Jeff & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.God bless!!

Posted by Bill & Bonnie Bauer - Monterey, IN - Family   November 29, 2016