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“I worked with Amy many years ago and I remember it as if it were yesterday. She was a kind sole with a great sense of humor. My condolences. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Robin Marshall - Seymour, IN

“So very sorry to hear of Aunt Meade's passing. I and Ken enjoyed re-connecting with her and Dean. She was a favorite aunt to me and my brothers...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Sandy KIEL - GREENWOOD, IN

“My deepest sympathy to Chris and Greg. I remember when your Mom and Dad (Marvin & Coralie) would stop by our home with your Mom and Dad (Dean &...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Fran Rinehart - South Bend, IN

“My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family at this difficult time. Sorry for you loss. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sandra (Wilson) Boyce - Granger, IN

“Chris - our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Greg. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Bill & Cheryl Morey - Walkerton, IN

“To Dean, Our Condolences. We remember all the good times. Ed and Esther KuklaDean, You and Amy were our Dearest Friends. Not only did I teach Amy to...Read More »
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“Thoughts, love, and prayers to the whole family. So sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Julie Slater - South bend, IN

“To Jan -- My coworker, My friendNo one can take the place of your mother.There is no one like her, In this moment of unforeseen grief she is with...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Patricia Phillips - Nashue, NH


Amelia Elizabeth Benninghoff, 89, a longtime resident of German Township, died at Hamilton Grove Communities in New Carlisle on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Mishawaka, IN to the latest Ernest and Olga (Wader) Eberly, she was one of nine children and lived her entire life in the area. Amelia attended Mishawaka High School until the death of her mother, whereupon she went to live with an older sister in Bremen and graduated from high school there.
She met the love of her life, Harold Dean Benninghoff, while he was home on leave from the Navy. After World War II, she and Dean were married and had three children, Jeane (Pat) Kush, of South Bend; Janet (Greg) Heckber, of Herndon, Va.; and Greg (Chris) Benninghoff of Berrien Center, Mich.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Amelia worked various jobs over the years, at Sears, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union and, AAA Federal Credit Union. She enjoyed people and made many friends and social acquaintances through her work. Amelia enjoyed gardening and traveling, whether it was a business trip or one of the many trips she and her husband, Dean, made through his work with the athletic department at the University of Notre Dame.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend, IN where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be at Riverview Mausoleum.
Donations may be made to: The Hospice Foundation, Supporting Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234 or to Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend, IN 46628.
To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.