Joseph P. Tomkiewicz

Born: Fri., Feb. 3, 1939
Died: Tue., Mar. 13, 2018


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 18, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Christ the King Catholic Church

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 Joseph P. Tomkiewicz, 79, of South Bend, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Memorial Hospital. Joseph was born February 3, 1939, in South Bend, to the late Mary (Klockowski) and Joseph Tomkiewicz. He was also preceded in death by his son, Gregory Tomkiewicz in 2016, and a sister, Virginia Adams. On December 2, 1989 in South Bend, Joseph married the love of his life, Bernadette “Bea” (Mikolajczak), who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Laura Tomkiewicz (Tom Kowalski) of South Bend, and Melissa Kush (Bob) of Cassopolis, MI, step-son, Michael Kowalewski (Lori) of Granger, nine grandchildren, Casey Warner (Shane), Saige Tomkiewicz, Maggie Smith, Christopher, Zac, and Molly Kush, Gavin, Rebeca, and Andrew Kowalewski, one sister, Delores Cebulski, two brothers, George Tomkiewicz (Connie), and Dan Tomkiewicz (Paula), and many nieces and nephews. Joe retired from Bosch after forty nine years, where he made many lifelong friends. Joe was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, American Legion Post 50, and Bendix Retirement Club. He proudly served his country with the U S Army. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, whether it was watching them play sports or watching their favorite sport teams. Joe was an avid Notre Dame fan and was excited to see the Cubs win the World Series. He especially loved taking his dog “Lola” for car rides to Mc D’s for his daily coffee. Joe will be missed by all who knew and loved him dearly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 19th, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 S R 933 North, South Bend, with Fr. Michael Palmer C.S.C. officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Polish Roman Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 18th, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, where a parish rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P O Box 1000, Dept. #142, Memphis, TN, 38101-9908, where envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the following organization:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908

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Christina Zebell
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
To the Tomkiewicz family, I worked with Joe at Bosch for years. He was one of the good guys. You just had to love him and that smile was the best. He was always helpful to everyone and easy to talk to. Your all in my thoughts and prayers. We all have many memories of Joe to carry in our hearts. He was so pleasant and nice to everyone...He will be missed...My Deepest Sympathy to all the family...

Jodie And Chris Edge
   Posted Fri March 16, 2018
Melissa, Bob, Molly, Christopher, and Zac,

You have our deepest sympathy as this time! Love your family so much!

Ruth Riedlinger
   Posted Fri March 16, 2018

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Sonja, Saige, Maggie, Nadine, Grandma Ruth and Grandpa David".

Heart felt sympathies to each and praying God's love and comfort be with you. Sonja, Saige, Maggie, Nadine, Grandma Ruth and Grandpa David

Vickie G
   Posted Fri March 16, 2018
My condolences to the entire family on your loss.

Bob Wieczorek
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
To the Tomkiewicz Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. I worked with Joe for a little over 8 years at Bosch St. Joe plant and he was certainly a wonderful man. He was a hard worker and always put in long hours but always made time to help everyone out and always did so with a smile. He had a very hectic job and I have no idea how he stayed so calm - in any case - Joe was a joy to work with and I will always remember him. Some years later I found out that Joe had graduated with my Mother (Sylvia) and she would see him from time to time at some of here class functions. She had similar stories to mine - what a wonderful man Joe was. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob Wieczorek

Chad and Jennifer Kimbrough
   Posted Fri April 06, 2018
Bea, we are incredibly sorry for your loss. We just found out about Joe’s passing. Explains why we haven’t seen him outside of the house or at mass. Every weekend at mass, he always check on us. He would stop by with Lola on their walks..... He will be greatly missed. Godspeed