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Joe Kernan's former Chief of Staff has confirmed that Indiana's 48th Governor was laid to rest Aug. 4, 2020, at the cemetery at Notre Dame.

Listen To A 2015 Conversation With Joe Kernan

Jul 29, 2020

In 2015 as the City of South Bend was celebrating its 150th anniversary, WVPE featured a segment called South Bend Stories. 

One of those stories focused on a conversation wtih Joe Kernan talking about baseball. 

Kernan not only was instrumental in bringing and keeping minor league baseball in South Bend, but he also played baseball while he was a student at Notre Dame. 

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Former Indiana first lady Judy O’Bannon has many accolades to her name. From community activism to youth leadership, she’s always busy. 

Local Leaders Remember Joe Kernan

Jul 29, 2020

Many leaders in South Bend agree that Joe Kernan helped shape South Bend into the city that it is today. 

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During a news conference designed to address the pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb began his remarks with a tribute to Joe Kernan.

A representative for Joe Kernan has confirmed that the former South Bend Mayor and Indiana Governor has died.  A spokeswoman says there will be no public services at this time for Kernan due to COVID-19. 

Ex-Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan In Care Facility With Alzheimer's

Jul 9, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A magazine article published by his alma mater says former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan has lost the ability to speak due to Alzheimer's disease and is living in a care facility. Tina Noel, who was Kernan's gubernatorial press secretary, confirmed the details of the Notre Dame Magazine report to The Associated Press, and said Kernan was diagnosed several years ago. The Democrat won three elections as South Bend mayor before being elected lieutenant governor with Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1996.