Marda Kay “Marty” <I>Cornell</I> Lentz

Marda Kay “Marty” Cornell Lentz

St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Sep 2016 (aged 62)
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Burial South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 169690769 · View Source
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SOUTH BEND - Marda K. “Marty” (Cornell) Lentz, 62, of South Bend, formerly of Rolling Prairie, went home on Monday, September 5th to be with the love of her life, Dennis, who preceded her in death just six months ago. They were married on May 1st (May Day!) 1982 in South Bend. Together they raised their blended family of five children whom all survive. They are daughters Robyn Hughes (Todd) Harbaugh, Buchanan Michigan, Jennifer Hughes (Ryan) Wade, South Bend, and Julie Lentz (Rob) VanDurmen, of Fort Wayne; and sons James (Kim) Lentz, and Steven Lentz, of Mishawaka. She also leaves behind her seven beloved grandchildren; Ashley Hess (Chris) VanHuffel of Mishawaka, Raymond Darnell of Hillsboro, Ohio, Devaney (Courtney) VanDurmen, and Hayley VanDurmen of Fort Wayne, Burgundy, Justin and Austin Enders, all of South Bend. She also has one great grandson, Joshua Steuer, 9 months whom she ADORED.

Marty was born on January 5, 1954 to the late Jerry F. and Fae (Miller) Cornell. She was number five of six sisters and was preceded in death by four of them; Betty Stoner, Carol Ross, Patricia Scofield, and Billie Jo Schoff. The youngest sister, Wendy Cornell (Brian) Roseman of LaPorte survives. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Buster Brown whom she loved dearly.

Together with her late husband, she was manager of Summer Song of South Bend, (formerly known as Renwald's) for 38+years and loved it.

In her early years she enjoyed playing her banjo, hubby on guitar, and both singing with friends. She also enjoyed karaoke, camping, and poker games at home for fun. Country music was her favorite, especially 80s and 90s.

She lived life to the fullest and traveled to many states. Her home was always open to all, EVERYONE was family. Blood didn't matter. She was the most giving person who was always helping someone. She was a mom, sister, nana, aunt, friend and confidant. She loved ALL of her family very much. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Monday, September 12, from 5-8pm at Palmer Funeral Home 2528 Mishawaka Ave. South Bend. Services will be Tuesday at 11 am at the family's church, St. Peters United Church of Christ, 915 Ironwood Dr. in South Bend, with visitation one hour before. Entombment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, on Portage. Memorial Contributions to the St. Joe County Humane Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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  • Created by: C & Y Zinn-Haines
  • Added: 10 Sep 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 169690769
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marda Kay “Marty” Cornell Lentz (5 Jan 1954–5 Sep 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 169690769, citing Riverview Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by C & Y Zinn-Haines (contributor 47043207) .