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Paul James Coughlin Obituary – South Bend Tribune

Paul James Coughlin, 96 of South Bend, Indiana died Saturday, October 8, 2022 surrounded by family at his home. Paul is survived by two sons, Kevin J. Coughlin (Tina) of Valrico, FL, Brian P. Coughlin (Nancy) of South Bend, and four daughters, Kristi Anne McDowell (Brian) of Kerrville, TX, Patti Jo Pahr of Burnsville, MN, Paula Sue Slane (Robert) of South Bend and Mary Jill Kroske (Robert) of Greer, SC, and a daughter-in-law, Dalthea Coughlin of Richland, MI. Paul was predeceased by his wife, parents, three sisters and eldest son, Michael P. Coughlin.

Born in 1926 in Michigan City, Indiana, Paul attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Marquette High School. Mr. Coughlin was a World War II veteran, a naval aviation ordnanceman serving in the Pacific. Paul retired from Allied-Signal, Inc. (now Honeywell) in 1991 as Design Supervisor and Design Review Board Chair, with 41 years of service. He was a member of the Bendix Management Club, Bendix Retired Salaried Employees Club and South Bend BPOE N. 235.

Paul married the love of his life, (late) Geraldine Blair, on October 18, 1947 at St. Stanislaus Church, Michigan City, IN.

Mr. Coughlin has served the community by being involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a youth and as a leader. He was active in Pack 42 and Troop 42 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Parish in Michigan City as well as Troop 421 at Christ the King Parish in South Bend. He served 18 years with the Boy Scouts and is a recipient of the St. George Award.

Paul was Past Faithful Navigator of the Father Sorin Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Santa Maria Council 553 and Father Niewland Assembly, Knights of Columbus.

His title of Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus is an apt description of his way of life. By example, he quietly led his family, friends and colleagues through life’s trials and celebrations. Paul was a loving son, husband, and father, and a friend to all who worked with him. His family gave him great joy. He taught his children and grandchildren woodworking, gardening, stained glass techniques and painting. Paul is admired for being the designer and builder in part of the family homes in Michigan City and South Bend. He will always be remembered as the man who can fix anything and for his contemplative nature which was a reflection of his faith and upbringing.

Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, Michele Bishop (Bryan) of Richland, MI, Dorthea Kruis (Kenneth) of Zeeland, MI, Christopher Coughlin (Krista) of Valrico, FL, Andrew Coughlin (Ava) of St. Petersburg, FL, Joseph Nufer (Emily) from South Bend, IN, Nicole Lehman (John) from Edwardsburg, MI, Kathleen Hill (Steven) from South Bend, David Coughlin from South Bend, IN, Greta Pahr from Rochester, MN, Hanna Pahr (Carson King -Fournier) from St. Paul, MN, Adam Hesch (Brittany) from Mandeville, LA, Susan Niemier (Robert) from Jacksonville, FL, Benjamin Kroske (Jazmin Montoya) from Greenville, SC, and William Kroske from Charlotte, NC.

Paul also loved and was loved by twenty great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, October 14 from 4-7 p.m. at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N Bendix Dr, South Bend, with the Rosary Prayer Service at 6 p.m. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 SR 933, South Bend on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, where military honors will take place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gibault Children’s Services, 6401 SUS Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802. To send your condolences online, please visit

Posted on October 09, 2022

Posted in South Bend Tribune

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Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N Bendix Dr, South Bend; with the Rosary prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

October 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Christian burial mass

Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 SR 933, South Bend

October 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.