June 27, 1948 -- May 6, 2013

Don Cukrowicz, 64, of Bristol, formerly of South Bend, died at 2:47 am on Monday,
May 6, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, from heart complications.  He was born on
June 27, 1948 in Mishawaka, to Stan and Mary (Hoerstman) Cukrowicz.  On February
18, 2012 in Middlebury he married Mary (Wengerd) Coblentz, she survives. Survivors
in addition to his wife are seven children, Jennifer (Dave) LaMar of King, NC, Amy
(Wally) Freemon of Kernersville, NC, Montana (Kyle) Wojtys of South Bend, Dakota
(Tyler) Haines of South Bend, Ashley Coblentz and Zachary Cukrowicz both of
Bristol, Karla Coblentz of South Bend; five grandchildren; a sister, Cathy
Stachowiak of Mishawaka.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a
grandson, Austin Melton. He was an optometrist working at Eyecare Express in
South Bend. He was an avid body builder and loved spending time with his family.
Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday May 8, at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on
Thursday May 9, at River of Life Fellowship Church, 11162 State Rd. 120, Middlebury.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Rick Lambright. Burial will be in Southlawn
Cemetery, South Bend, IN. Memorials may be given to St. Vincent De Paul Society,
South Bend.  

                                                 Current Online Condolences
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I enjoyed my last talk with Don even as brief as it was. He was the world to his family
and was an inspiration to many. It was an honor to know him. I know he will be
missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family of such a wonderful person. A fan of
the Iron Brothers.
From:  Dwayne Melton
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Having worked with Don years ago I can honestly say that I have never met a more
faith filled and dedicated man in my entire life.  My life was changed by knowing him
and the compassion he exuded to others.  He will be greatly missed.  You are all in
my prayers.
From:  Melissa Murawski
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Don was the best at his work and enjoyed talking to his patients with all his humor.
He’ll be truly missed.
As his brother-in-law the family lost an anchor!!
May God bless!!!
From:  Bob Stachowiak
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My sincere sympathy to Don’s family, especially to his sister, Cathy. Don and I went
to St. Matt’s grade school together and lived only a couple blocks apart. We spent
summers together playing wiffle ball, ping pong, and euchre. Lots of fun! We were
also the best two altar boys at church according to the unbiased opinion of my
mom. Don and I went on to different high schools and never did stay in touch but he
will always be one of the best people I ever met in my life.
From:  Jeff Horn
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I will really miss the talks I had with Don while working with him at C & B Optical.
He was always a great listener and I valued his honesty and advice.
Rest in peace friend.
From:  Robert C. Battani
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I send my sympathy to Don’s family.I worked with Don at C&B. He was an excellent
optometrist and a true friend to all his co-workers.
From:  Don Trease
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My condolences to Don’s family.  I worked with Don many years ago at C & B.  My
kids called him Johnny Bravo!  Rest in Peace!
From:  Jackie S. Imus
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When I lived in Indiana, I used to go to Dr. Cukrowicz for my yearly eye exams.  I
always liked him and am very sorry to hear of his passing.  He sure was nice.  You’re
all in my prayers.
From:  Brett Brown

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I had the distinct privilege of being the Cukrowicz's nanny when Tana, Kody, and
Zachary were very small. I remember Don always being so patient and kind and
loved talking about old episodes of Saturday Night Live with him. While I've not been
in touch for years I have very fond memories of my early days in South Bend caring
for such a wonderful family. This news saddens me. Prayers go out to Don's family.
From:  Tammy Yohe
Donald Cukrowicz