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Carla Regina (Bombassei) Dearing


Carla Regina (Bombassei) Dearing, 78, of Richland died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at The Reflections in Battle Creek.  She was born on Sept. 3, 1936, the daughter of Simone and Irene Bombassei, and lived nearly all her life in Battle Creek as a devoted wife and mother, a prominent businesswoman and a tireless community servant. She graduated from Lakeview High School, attended the University of Michigan, and married her husband of 59 years, Jimmie E. Dearing, on Sept. 10, 1955. She spent the next 20 years at home, raising their eight children, and then began a successful real estate career at RE/MAX Perrett Assoc. She was the 1989 Battle Creek Realtor of the Year, earned RE/MAX Executive Club honors for 10-plus years, was an officer and director of the Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors and served as a delegate to the Michigan and National Associations of Realtors. A woman of kindness, compassion and service, she touched countless lives in Battle Creek.  She was a board member or otherwise active in organizations that include The United Way, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Authority, St. Philip Catholic Church, Teens Inc., Teens Encounter Christ, Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Pegasus and Wellspring, an international house of prayer that she founded later in life. In 1997, she was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Lakeview High School. Her large extended family will cherish their memories of her as a free spirit, a fabulous cook and an equestrian.

She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher, her parents, and her brother, Thomas Bombassei. She is survived by her husband; five daughters: Talia Champlin of Battle Creek, Carla E. Dearing of Louisville, Ky., Lisa Damron of Battle Creek, Anastasia Dearing, and Tiziana Dearing of Newton, Mass; three sons: Tony Dearing of Basking Ridge, N.J., and William Dearing and Theodore Dearing, both of Battle Creek; a sister, Adele Lenz, of Ludington; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the Rosary to be recited at 4 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic  Church, 61 N. 23rd St., Battle Creek. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan or to St. Ambrose Parish in Parchment.

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2014.
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January 1, 2015
I would like to give my condolences for your loss. I would also like to thank the Dearing family for sharing their earthly angel
Rose Miller
December 20, 2014
To the Dearing Family,
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Kim Theel-Thompson
December 17, 2014
I just heard the sad news. Until a few years ago, I was privileged to have Carla and Jim as next-door neighbors. I still miss the exquisite flower garden Carla lovingly tended on my side of their home. She was a caring, special lady. Heartfelt condolences to Jim and the entire family.
Mike Eddy
December 15, 2014
Talia, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Dean and I will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Dean & Pat Watts
December 15, 2014
Carla was an amazing woman. She was a major part of my life when I first moved to Battle Creek and was starting my career in the real estate business. She was always kind and a great Realtor. I learned you could be a nice person but still expect and demand excellence and professionalism. My prayers go to her wonderful family.
Kevin Kossen
December 14, 2014
To the Dearing family, I am truly sorry for your loss and the pain you are all feeling. She had such an impact on so many.
God bless and keep her. May peace be with you all.
Stasi Small
December 13, 2014
I moved to Battle Creek in 1973 and Carla and Jim were my first new friends. I met many wonderful people through them in my 16 years there. Carla was warm and wise, beautiful and sincere. She is someone I will always keep in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss, Dear Dearings.
Susan (Collister) Kimball
December 13, 2014
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Adam's "other" family, as you mourn the passing of Carla, yet celebrate her new , healthy body in Heaven. Carla was always especially kind to our mother and grandmother, and that was greatly appreciated.

Bobby, Lisa, and Liz McFletcher
Liz McFletcher
December 13, 2014
Jim -my sincere condolences...
Jim Macey
December 12, 2014
To the Dearing family, I only knew Carla for a short time but I feel very privileged and honored to have helped take care of her in this last year. She was a wonderful woman. Her family meant the world to her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jennifer Wills
December 12, 2014
My thoughts, and prayers are with your family. I have many wonderful childhood memories. Carla was class, in its purest form. Another loss from our Catacumanent family.
Gary Wolfe
December 12, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr and Mrs Dearing were so nice and caring to me and my late husband. My heart goes out to Mr Dearing and your entire family.
Robin Miller
December 11, 2014
My prayers are with all of you! Carla welcomed my family when we were too far from our own, she was like that! She all was made room for us all! She was my mom's best friend! I'm sorry I can't be there with you, your family is so special to me!
Ronnie Farrell
December 11, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Tom Vieyra
December 11, 2014
Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Carla was such a wonderful, caring person. She was generous with her time and compassion. She will be terribly missed.

Rhonda Ostrander-Cook and Dick Cook
December 11, 2014
Beautiful, kind and classy. That's how I remember Carla. To the entire family, my thoughts are with you.
Rita DeVore
December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014
Talia and family,
Thinking of you and keeping all of you in my prayers.
Beth (Baker) Jones
December 10, 2014
A very involved and very kind citizen of Battle Creek. She will be well remembered by all who met or knew her.
Victor Sanchez
December 10, 2014
"A woman of kindness, compassion, and service" aptly describes the beautiful woman I knew over the years we worked together for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
Bonnie Garbrecht
December 10, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Dave & Sue Eddy
December 10, 2014
Jim and Talia, I am sorry to hear about Your loss, May God be with You.
Henry (Hank) Finney
December 9, 2014
I will always remember Carla Dearing, Ted's mom, as a kind, caring, and loving mother. Growing up in the neighborhood, we always would go to Ted's house to play basketball, study or just hang out. She always welcomed us. I have great memories of those times. She will be missed.
Pete Groothuis
December 9, 2014
Hi I was shocked to hear of Carla's passing. We were schoolmates in Springfield school. I sat behind her in homeroom. What a beautiful lady. I was proud to be her friend. God bless Jim and family.

I live in south Texas and will not be able to attend the services. She most certainly is in Jesus's loving arms and has a wonderful future ahead. Brian Hartford
December 9, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss, your Mom always thought I was going to keep Ted out late she was cool.
Eric Cornell
December 9, 2014
My deepest sympathy for your loss !
Betty Powers Phillips
December 9, 2014
Jim and family

Carla was a special lady. We met through Habitat. It was always a joy when she would visit the houses we were working on.
Deb Stuart
December 9, 2014
You have my deepest sympathy at the loss of this beautiful woman in your lives. Beverly Terry-Gray
December 9, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Dearing family. Carla was a great lady and I enjoyed knowing and working with her. God bless.
Cat Rochelle
December 9, 2014
We all love you mom.
Ted Dearing
December 9, 2014
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I am always with you." And you will always be with me.
Theodore King
December 9, 2014
Lisa and family, I remember your mom being so vivacious and lovely!!! Anytime I visited your home as a teenager I was in awe of her energy...especially inspiring with a large family and me being an only child:-) She was always so well put together. I pray you find peace in your memories and that you lean on God for His strength and comfort.
Lisa Piper-English
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