Gloria D. Kotal

Gloria D. Kotal
Sept. 5, 1934 - Aug. 25, 2011

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

NORTH LIBERTY — Gloria Deane Kotal, 76, of North Liberty passed away at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in Miller’s Merry Manor, New Carlisle after a long illness. She was born Sept. 5, 1934 in Gary to Joseph J. and Rose E. (Carrico) Valovich.
Gloria’s life is celebrated by her children, Frances M. Touhey of Mishawaka, Thomas C. Touhey Jr. of Koontz Lake, Theresa R. (Brian) Eckert of New Carlisle, Laurie A. Touhey of New Carlisle, Joseph Timothy (Lisa) Touhey of Cassopolis, Mich. and Rachel L. (Dave) Williams of South Bend. She will always be loved by her grandchildren, Sarah L. (Jack) Barbour, Ruth E (Al) Clark, Matthew Touhey, Andrea N. (Justin) Goss, Chase E. Touhey, Celia R. (Adam) McCarty, Melanie M. Voss, Joseph L. (Colleen) Voss, Timothy P. (Carley) Touhey, Sean M. Touhey, Charles L. Touhey, Joseph J. Touhey, Jesse D. Williams and Cody J. Williams. Twenty-three great-grandchildren will share memories of visiting the “cow grandma.” Two great-great-grandchildren and those yet unborn will grow up with stories of her delicious pies, unconditional love and her charity. Gloria was the eldest sister of Charles E. Valovich, Rose E. (Charles) Sorg, Stephen A. (Linda) Valovich, Joan S. (Everett) Lee and Ruth A. Blystone, who survive. A special nephew, John (Celeste) Dooms of North Liberty, also survives her. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Thomas C. Touhey, Sr. and Joseph F. Kotal; her beloved daughter, Christina M. (Touhey) Voss; her beautiful grandson, Seth I. Eckert; brother, Joseph J. Valovich, Jr. and brother-in-law, Frank E. Kotal.
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 810 Tyler St., Walkerton. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, South Bend. Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Gloria D. Kotal may be offered to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to