Mardelle J. DeLanghe, 87, passed away on Thursday morning, April 29, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. She was born on August 18, 1933 in South Bend, to Arthur and Catherine (Renes) Shults, both of whom preceded her in death.
On October 10, 1958 in South Bend, Mardelle married Julius H. DeLanghe, who preceded her in death on October 10, 2015.
Mardelle is survived by her daughters, Tami L. (Danny) Beckham of Osceola, IN; Tonya G. (Mark) Karczewski of South Bend, IN; and Susan R. (Mark) Isenberg of Anderson, IN; sons, Randall (Sheril) DeLanghe of Avondale, AZ, and Jeffrey B. (Yuh-Shiow) Sandlin of Grand Rapids, MI; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mardelle was employed initially in retail sales at Robertson’s Department Store in downtown South Bend. She was later employed by Koontz-Wagner, from which she retired in 1996. A lifelong resident of South Bend, she attended Epworth Memorial United Methodist Church.
As a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mardelle was dedicated to family. She was always smiling. There were never any words left unspoken, as she was very open and expressive with all. She continually encouraged her family to live up to their potential. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, whether it was camping in a camper or traveling with her husband by train to California. Mardelle particularly enjoyed hosting family and guests for the holidays, especially Christmas.
Mardelle collected Madame Alexander dolls, toys, paper dolls, and Barbies. She enjoyed going to doll shows and buying/selling on eBay. Mardelle was a very organized person, who enjoyed documenting everything. In addition to her doll collections, she had a fondness for all animals.
Funeral services for Mardelle will be held at 11:00am on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Palmer Funeral Home—Bubb Chapel, 3910 N. Main Street, Mishawaka, IN. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. Friends may visit with the family from 3:00-6:00pm on Sunday, May 2nd at the funeral home, as well as from 10:00-11:00am on Monday prior to the service.
Contributions in memory of Mardelle may be donated to Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or Pet Refuge, 4626 S. Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614.
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Humane Society of St. Joseph County
2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka IN 46545
4626 S. Burnett Drive, South Bend IN 46614