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Mildred C. (McClain) Ulicny

October 7, 1925 ~ October 11, 2019 (age 94)


Mildred (McClain) Ulicny, aged 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.

Mildred was born on October 7, 1925 in Jeannette, PA. She grew up in the small coal mining town of Crabtree, PA, with her two sisters.

Mildred excelled at school, which she started early, and finished in the top of her class at Greensburg (PA) High School. Upon graduation, she and her two sisters worked at Royers' Department Store in Greensburg. She married her devoted husband, Edward Ulicny in 1954, and they had three children: Marian (Adam) Szczepanski of Houston, TX; Maureen (Colin Marshall) Ulicny of Evanston, IL; and Brian (Sarah) Ulicny of Winchester, MA, all of whom survive her.

Mildred and Ed moved with their children to South Bend, IN, in 1976, where she thrived. She was proud of her work at the Development Office of the University of Notre Dame and other roles. She overcame her fears to become an avid adult swimmer, and she went to college as an adult, earning a bachelor's degree at Indiana University South Bend.

Mildred was devoted to her family, the Church, Notre Dame, and her parish, Christ the King. She loved a good book and a cup of tea, playing bridge with friends, her wonderful neighbors, music—especially musicals and opera, and classic movies. In later years, she and Ed traveled extensively in North America, Europe, and North Africa. She was active in the Ladies of Notre Dame and St. Mary's and several faith-supporting groups. She was a lifelong learner.

Mildred and Ed have seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons, all of whom brought her great joy. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Sr. Mildred McClain, SC, and Sr. Cecilia McClain, SC, both Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30am on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of University of Notre Dame. Graveside services and burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:00am at Palmer Funeral Home—Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN.

Contributions in memory of Mildred may be donated to Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 S.R. 933, South Bend, IN 46637, or to Christ Child Society, 308 S. Scott Street, P.O. Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624.

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October 15, 2019

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel
17131 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46635

Mass of Christian Burial
October 15, 2019

9:30 AM
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Christ the King Catholic Church
52473 S.R. 933, South Bend IN 46637
Tel: 1-574-272-3113

Christ Child Society
308 S. Scott Street, PO Box 1286, South Bend IN 46624
Tel: 1-574-288-6028

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