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Suzanne J. (Harley) Lakovits

Born: Thu., Nov. 29, 1934
Died: Mon., Mar. 23, 2020

Private Services


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Mar. 27, 2020
Location: Hanley and Sons

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 Suzanne J. Lakovits 85 of South Bend passed away on Monday, March 23rd in her home following an extended illness with her loving family by her side.

 Suzanne was born on November 29, 1934 in Mishawaka to the late Bernard L. and Esther E (Lindholm) Harley.           

 On May 13, 1954 in South Bend Suzanne married John J. Lakovits. John passed away on January 30, 2012. She is survived by her loving family; daughters Barbara J. (Andy) Riley of Cincinnati, OH. and Tina M. Odiorne of Elkhart, three grandchildren: Denise Higgenbottom, Erin Odiorne and Theresa Hutkins and her loving great-grandchildren: Henry, Eli Higgenbottom, Bella Yoder, Alyssa and Olivia Hutkins.

 Suzanne was a homemaker and enjoyed being around her loving family and friends. She had a true love of horses, boarding and raising, was highly involved with the St. Joseph County 4-H Horse and Pony Club being a member and leader for years, gardening and an avid pet lover.

 The family would like memorial contributions be made in Suzanne’s honor to the German Twp. 4-H Club, 19298 Staffordshire Drive, South Bend, IN 46637.

  A private visitation, (family only) will be on Friday, March 27th at the funeral home with the committal service at 11:00 AM with Dr. Martin Langhofer, officiating. Entombment will take place at Highland Mausoleum following the service. The family plans to have a Celebration of Life in honor of Suzanne at a later date.

 The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Suzanne’s family.

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Tom Lunneen
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Hi Barb sad to hear of your mothers passing.
I know you and your mother shared a love of horses.
My thoughts and prayers with you.


Tommy Lunneen

Ken Bradford
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Sue and John Lakovits were like family to me when we were baling hay years ago in German Township. I had not met anyone quite like Mrs. Lakovits. She worked as hard as us boys and kept her cool when the rest of us were frazzled. One of the things I learned from Sue and John was how to enjoy the laughs once the work was done. I miss them. I offer my condolences to my old friends Barb and Tina.

Mark Bradford
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
My best farm memories from way back when nearly always include Sue and John Lakovits. Sue was a modern woman before her time. The barn was where she belonged, tossing hay bales around, helping everyone she could with horses. I recall driving up their long lane many times and always knowing that we would be greeted with open arms and a quick joke or two. This was a remarkable family without ever trying to be remarkable. Barb and Tina, please accept my family's condolences and I hope you understand the impact your parents had on us farm kids. Hard work and honesty, what else is there?

Mark A. Dale
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Lakovits Family, with many kind thoughts and deepest sympathy. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet the Lakovits through the German Township 4-H program. Mrs. Lakovits was always words of encouragement and support for me as I worked as the township 4-H coordinator. The Lakovits have supported the 4-H program for a long time and have influenced and impacted many people over the years. Thanks for be a blessing in our lives.

Bryan Meredith
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Barbara and Tina
I am so s sorry for your loss
Prayers go out to you both and the extended family
If I can do anything holler
I am sorry I don't have any contact info anymore
My love to both of you

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