Audrey L. Eslinger March 28, 1935 - May 9, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Audrey L Eslinger, 79, cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away May 9, 2014, at Michiana Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mishawaka after a long and brave battle against cancer. Surrounded by family and friends she enjoyed life with a sense of humor and grace until the very end. A lifelong resident of the South Bend / Mishawaka area, Audrey was born in Mishawaka to Alvin and Oliver Mahler Goss. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and immediately went to work at Studebaker, first as a runner on the factory floor and later as a personal assistant in the corporate headquarters. A lifelong automotive enthusiast, she fittingly met Bill Eslinger while cruising in her beloved Studebaker Convertible through downtown South Bend. They were married on January 12, 1957. Bill preceded her in death on August 6, 1980. Together Bill and Audrey borrowed money from both of their parents and opened Eslinger's TV which later became Eslinger's Furniture and Appliance on the south side of South Bend in 1958. Over the next 30 plus years Audrey worked in support of the business in a wide capacity of roles while simultaneously raising her kids and later helping to raise her grandchildren. Audrey is survived by her two children, Tom Eslinger and his wife, Rose of Granger, and Kim Clarke of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Chris Eslinger, Brittany Eslinger and Dave Eslinger, all of South Bend, and John Clarke of Seattle; as well as 3 great-grandchildren. Audrey's family would like to express their most sincere gratitude for the loving care that the staffs of both Michiana Health and Rehabilitation and Harbor Light Hospice provided her in her final day. A celebration of Audrey's life will take place on Thursday, May 15th, at 1:00 p.m. at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana. Committal service and burial will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends and family may call starting at 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made in Audrey's honor to Pet Refuge, 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, Indiana 46614 (www.petrefuge.com) or the
, 55 W Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago IL 60601 (www.lung.org). Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.
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17033 Cleveland Rd South Bend, IN 46635
Published in South Bend Tribune from May 12 to May 14, 2014