Goshen News, Goshen, IN


August 27, 2013

Mary E. Kempf

SHIPSHEWANA — Mary E. Kempf, 69, passed away at 11:27 p.m. Monday at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

Mary was born July 18, 1944, in Mishawaka, the daughter of the late Ralph Bartels Sr. and Eleanor (Foltz) Rauch.

On Feb. 26, 1966, she married Dennis Kempf Sr.

Mary is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; three children, Debbie (Josh) Martin of Granger, Theresa (David) Garman of Goshen and Dennis Kempf Jr. of Goshen; and five grandchildren, Heather, R.J., Abbie, Chase and Brooklynn.

She is also survived by a sister, Jennie Traxler of South Bend; and two brothers, Ralph Bartels Jr. of South Bend and Herman (Marti) Bartels of Edwardsburg.

Mary graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1962. She worked for Syndicate Systems of Middlebury for 29 years before her retirement in 2003.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the 10 a.m. graveside service Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.


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