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Dolores M. "Grandma D-lo" Bilinski

Dolores M. "Grandma D-lo" Bilinski
  • December 14, 1929 - January 29, 2017
  • South Bend, Indiana

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“I am Dolores's cousin from my mother's side. I learned of her passing from my brother Dave Kindt. I haven't seen Dolores for probably over 50 years...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Kindt Frageman - Plano, TX

“Donna, I am sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Lori Marchand - Fishers, IN

“So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Delores at bingo on monday nights at Holy Family. She was very special and sweet. You are in my...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Ann Whitlock - south bend, IN

“Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family with the passing of such a beloved woman. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Angie Cavalieri - Granger, IN

“Bill, Dennis and Family, our prayers are with you and your family.May your Mom rest in peace.Dowling Family ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Pat Dowling - south bend, IN

“Bill, Guy and Family:I wish to express my sympathy to you at this time of your sorrow. Obviously both she and you were blessed to have had each...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Ron Bella - South Bend, IN

“Bill,Donna and family.My prayers are with you and your family.May your Mom rest in peace.God Bless.Randy Dudeck. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Randy Dudeck - South Bend, IN

“So many fun memories of Dolores ... she was indeed a great lady! She will be greatly missed by many people. Rest In Peace Dolores.Michele ...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Michele Ramachandran - San Jose, CA

“Dennis, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mother. You, Kim and the Belinski family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Rick Hand - Bremen, IN

“Billy and Family--So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. You and your family will be in my prayers--Ron Hecklinski ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Bill...condolences to you and your family.. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Sommers - Peoria, AZ

“Bill.....So sorry to hear about your mom. Been there. Good thoughts for you and your family.....now and in the days ahead.Sincerely, "JT".........Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Delores .. I met her at moms home, playing cards. She was the type of lady that you just want to run up and hug every time you see her. I am very...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Annie Maron - Elkhart, IN

“Bill - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Bill & Cheryl Morey - Walkerton, IN

“Dennis and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Her tribute is beautiful. Heaven gained another lovely soul. God bless, Jackie and John...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Jackie and John Baker - Winamac, IN

“We spent many years as co workers at State Farm and I am so happy to have shared them with Dolores. Sympathy to all her family and may she now be...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Dianne Biddle - Brownstown, MI

“Delores was one special lady. I loved hearing her stories at family gatherings at Nick and Sarah's. She was so interesting and funny! I will sure...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Becky McCloughen - Goshen, IN

“Peace to all of you, Bilinski Family. I didn't know "Grandma D-lo" personally, but she seemed to be an outstanding human being. A life well lived,...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sarah DeCleene - Wayne, PA


Well done Dolores … or "Grandma D-lo" as she was known to her adoring nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A grand lady passed away peacefully at home Sunday night, January 29, 2017 after a brief illness and long life of caring, compassion and kindness for everyone in her world.
There is so much to miss – her storytelling, her many little acts of thoughtfulness, her bright smile and infectious life – and so much to celebrate in 87 years of a full life well-lived.
Dolores was born on Dec. 14, 1929 as the only child to the late Ely and Bernice (Gorski) Buttens.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Bill Bilinski Sr., in 2005.
After retiring from State Farm Insurance, she spent much of her time traveling with family, volunteering for events at Holy Family Church and Knights of Columbus, playing cards with a group of wonderful friends and following the Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame's football and basketball teams – as well as praying for everyone but herself.
Dolores is survived by daughters Barbara (Guy) Morrical of Granger, IN and Donna (David) Rowley of Carmel, IN; and sons Bill Jr. (Jolene) of South Bend and Dennis (Kim) of Bremen, IN; nine grandchildren: Kimberly (Sean) Klimczak, Kelly (Marty) Wright, Sarah (Nick) McCloughen, Andrew Bilinski, Jaclyn (Mike) Croy, Nathan Bilinski, Jenna (Jared) Mrozinske, Patrick Rowley and Shane Bilinski; eight great grandchildren: Ethan, Andrew and Soren Klimczak; Noah and Alexandra Wright; and Kolton, Kroy and Kolby McCloughen.
She leaves all of us with a truly special family legacy: Laugh at yourself and always, ALWAYS, put others first.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545, N. Bendix Dr. South Bend, IN, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Friends and Family may also visit from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 S. Mayflower Road, South Bend, IN 46619, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 S. Mayflower Road, South Bend, IN 46619.
To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com