June 13, 1949 - Oct. 19, 2013
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NILES - Linda Kay Balentine, 64, of Niles, MI, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, in her home with her family by her side. She was born June 13, 1949, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to John and Erma (Brewer) Duncan. On November 17, 1984, in Granger, she married John Balentine, who survives along with her daughter, Mellissa Lovet of Niles; and son, Michael Gerndt (Lisa) of Granger; five stepdaughters; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her siblings, Debra Born of Mishawaka and David Duncan of Granger. Linda was the office manager for the family's business, Custom and Moore tree service, for over 30 years. And a successful Realtor. She loved long drives in the country with her husband. Linda was a strong and amazing woman, who loved her family and friends. Linda put gusto into everything she did including clown school so she could be "Nana Jingles" for her grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart. There is nothing in life Linda could not accomplish. Linda had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Maple View Free Methodist Church. She donated her time to work in the church office and also helped with the elderly. Linda will be loved and remembered forever. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. Friends may visit with the family Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home. As the family requested, cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Ln., St. Joseph, MI 49085. E-Mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 22, 2013