David Tydgat

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- David R. Tydgat, 66, Mishawaka, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 12:10 p.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

David was born on December 29, 1946, in Mishawaka, to Omer and Angela (Spart) Tydgat. He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother- and father-in-law, Robert and Voleta Costello.

On October 14, 1979, David married Mary in Defiance, Ohio, in her parent's home. Surviving are his wife, Mary; daughter, Kathryn "K.C." Tydgat of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Lynda (Joe) Bathje of Mishawaka; a brother-in-law, Michael E. Costello of Defiance, Ohio; two nieces, Stephanie (Gary) Berch and Julie (Nick) Fisette; four great-nieces, Bailey, Mackenzie and Gabriella Fisette and Victoria Berch; and one great-nephew, Nathaniel Berch. David also cherished his "little dog" Annie.

David was a teacher and administrator for Penn-Harris-Madison Schools from 1972 until 2008. He was a member of Indiana Retired Teachers Association, ASCD (Association for Supervision in Curriculum Development) and the BK Club. David received his bachelor of science in education from Indiana University South Bend, his master of arts in English from Western Michigan University and his doctorate of education (Ed.D.) from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 8, from 2-6 p.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka, and one hour prior to services. Memorial services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. The Rev. Kevin Bauman will officiate. Cremation will take place after the service.

The family would like to thank the nursing staffs of the 2nd and the 6th floor at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, the Infusion Center and 10 South at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and also the entire staff at Michiana Hematology and Oncology. They have been tireless teammates during David, Mary and K.C.'s more than 17-year fight with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pet Refuge at 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, Ind. 46614 (petrefuge.com); or to the P-H-M Education Foundation at 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Ind. 46545 (phmef.org).

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