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Martin "Marty" A. Kovalan

April 8, 1968March 31, 2021
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Martin A. “Marty” Kovalan, 52, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away March 31, 2021. He was born April 8, 1968 in Valparaiso, Indiana to John and Janet (McDonald) Kovalan. He was a graduate of Chesterton High School and University of Dayton.

Marty is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeanna (Williams) Kovalan; three children, Margaret (Maggie), Sophie, and Matthew; his parents, John and Janet Kovalan; two brothers, John (Lisa) Kovalan and Patrick Kovalan (Jen); sister, Amy Kovalan (Edward Kerros); and several nieces and nephews.

Marty was a devoted husband, son, and father. His children were his pride and joy. Marty never met a stranger, he was a friend to everyone. He was a wonderful cook and loved cooking for his family. He was an avid Indy 500 fan and was proud to be a University of Dayton alumnus where he made friends who became family.

Marty was employed by IU for over 30 years as a grant manager and counted his co-workers among his dearest of friends. He was a member of St. Pius X Church in Indianapolis.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be a prayer service following the visitation at 7 PM, also at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. The prayer service will be livestreamed and there will be a link available at www.leppertmortuary.com. Masks are required to enter the funeral home and social distancing will be enforced.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton, Indiana 46304. Due to COVID attendance limitations, the Mass will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marty’s memory may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 3001 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218 (http://www.svdpindy.org/i-want-to-help/#donate-money), or to the Share Foundation with the Handicapped, PO Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 (In Loving Memory | The SHARE Foundation).

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Prayer Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Cathy Warth Klein

April 8, 2021

I had the great blessing of being a fellow UD Flyer. I met Marty and his roommate Kevin in August 1986. One of them became my partner in marriage, the other became my partner in crime.
Marty’s super power was that he could move so easily from silly and self deprecating, to empathetic and sensitive. His huge heart and his willingness to bare it wide open, made him the best friend a girl like me could ask for.

I feel as though I grew up, like really became an adult, with Marty. We may have attempted to prolong childhood for as long as possible, but In the end, I am in awe of the Man Marty has become. I feel so blessed to have had him in my life these past 35 years.

Kevin Klein

April 6, 2021

Marty’s fellow Dayton Flyers giving Marty the “stubby salute”. We love this man more than words can describe.

Victoria Champion

April 6, 2021

Marty has been my constant link to all financial and grant related issues for decades. At times that I was agitated because of external grant issues, Marty was always the calm presence and voice of logic. He was always there for me and was forever kind and patient. My prayers are with his family. He has left a lasting legacy at the SON and has changed us forever.

Terry White

April 6, 2021

Marty was a pleasure to work with. He put a sparkle in conversations and was thoughtful when we were sorting through problems. He will be missed in the ORA office. --terry

Susan Pressler

April 5, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Marty,
Please accept my sincerest sympathy on your loss. Marty was a wonderful colleague to me over many years. I first met him when he began his work at the School of Nursing. He helped manage my budgets for years. Marty was very talented and smart. He was so patient with us, too. What I remember most, though, is how much he loved his wife and children. He was was proud of his family and often shared what all of you were doing. Knowing Marty was a blessing to me. I know he is with the Lord now.
Fondly,
Susan Pressler

Susan Rawl

April 5, 2021

Dear Jeanna, Maggie, Sophie and Matt

My heart is heavy with the thought of losing Marty. You, his family, will surely miss him most. Many of us who had the chance to work with Marty at the IU School of Nursing will miss him too.

He was such a ray of sunshine, with his amazing sense of humor, who made me laugh every time I spoke with him. No matter how complicated financial issues were, his calm presence and confidence in all he did always reassured me. He was a patient man who answered the most mundane and repetitive questions with grace and kindness.

He was incredibly proud of his family and updated me regularly on how his wife, children, and parents were doing. Marty will be sorely missed and left us far too soon. Keeping you all in my prayers and may Marty rest in peace.

Connie Krier

April 5, 2021

Jeanna, Maggie, Sophie, and Matt,
It’s impossible to imagine how devastated and heartbroken you must be. The sense of loss is simply overwhelming. Marty and I worked together for 18 years. During that time, he became a treasured friend as we laughed and swapped stories about our youth, kids growing up, aging parents, vacations, and the like.
I admired how Marty was such a great family man. When we last talked which was about a week ago, I answered the phone and asked the typical “How are you?” question. Marty said, “Living the dream!” Although we both chuckled at the time since the call was work-related, I know that’s truly how he felt. As long as he had his family by his side, regardless of what else might be happening, he was “living the dream”. I will miss Marty terribly but never forget him. He will always be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Connie Krier

Bonnie Revel

April 5, 2021

Jeanne and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers

Joan Haase

April 3, 2021

To Marty’s family and friends,
As a faculty at IUSON, it was always a joy to see Marty, whether, in a meeting or even just passing him in the hall. He will be missed by all of us at IUSON.
I am praying for your family, that you will all be comforted by Marty’s faith and by the prayers and support of the many people who knew him.
Blessings,
Joan Haase

LAURA GORDON

April 3, 2021

When I was sick last year, Cora kept telling me that Sophie's dad wanted to cook for us. We had more than enough help at the time, but I have never forgotten it. My only regret is not having had the opportunity to get to know him better. You are all in my thoughts and in my heart right now.
Laura Gordon

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Biography

Martin A. “Marty” Kovalan, 52, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away March 31, 2021. He was born April 8, 1968 in Valparaiso, Indiana to John and Janet (McDonald) Kovalan. He was a graduate of Chesterton High School and University of Dayton.

Marty is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeanna (Williams) Kovalan; three children, Margaret (Maggie), Sophie, and Matthew; his parents, John and Janet Kovalan; two brothers, John (Lisa) Kovalan and Patrick Kovalan (Jen); sister, Amy Kovalan (Edward Kerros); and several nieces and nephews.

Marty was a devoted husband, son, and father. His children were his pride and joy. Marty never met a stranger, he was a friend to everyone. He was a wonderful cook and loved cooking for his family. He was an avid Indy 500 fan and was proud to be a University of Dayton alumnus where he made friends who became family.

Marty was employed by IU for over 30 years as a grant manager and counted his co-workers among his dearest of friends. He was a member of St. Pius X Church in Indianapolis.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be a prayer service following the visitation at 7 PM, also at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. The prayer service will be livestreamed and there will be a link available at www.leppertmotuary.com. Masks are required to enter the funeral home and social distancing will be enforced.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton, Indiana 46304. Due to COVID attendance limitations, the Mass will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marty’s memory may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 3001 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218 (http://www.svdpindy.org/i-want-to-help/#donate-money), or to the Share Foundation with the Handicapped, PO Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 (In Loving Memory | The SHARE Foundation).

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.