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Bernard "Barney" Jerome Jelinski

August 31, 1928 ~ March 28, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Bernard "Barney" Jelinski Obituary

Bernard (Barney) Jerome Jelinski, 95 years old and a resident of South Bend, Indiana, went on to be with our Lord on March 28, 2024.

Bernard’s father and mother, Joseph and Anne Jelinski waited for his arrival at Heaven’s Gate. Angels sing praises over Bernard’s return home. He is greeted by the saints, a huge cloud of witnesses who have gone before him to Glory. No words can define this moment when first sees the face of Y’shua (Jesus), looking straight at him. A silent pause consuming 95 years of expectation of his return to see Y’shua’s eyes of love, and all for Bernard. His life was well lived by God’s standards. It was one of constant gratitude to God for all his goodness, a life refusing to dwell on the negatives/ the “What If’s” of life. Bernard knew he had failed in certain areas but chose to forgive himself and ask Jesus to forgive him so life constantly held for Bernard “The More” the expectant future waiting to be discovered. God’s Holy Spirit woke him up one day to see there was always more to explore with God. Bernard and God had, from that moment on, a deeper relationship with one another.

Throughout Barney’s life he was richly blessed with loving parents, three sisters, as well as a beautiful marriage of forty-five years to Jane (Sroka) Jelinski, to whom he was a faithful husband and devoted father. In her passing the Lord gave him Violet (Csik) Jelinski as his loving wife for 25 years, of whom he is survived by.

Barney was blessed with eight children, six from his marriage to Jane (Sroka) Jelinski and two from his wife Violet. He is survived by Nancy (Tom) Kyser, Tom (Sonya) Jelinski, Jim (Brenda) Jelinski, John Jelinski, Maggie (Jim) Bair, Mona (Ron) Willis, and Allen Ellis. He was preceded in death by one son Michael Jelinski.

Barney is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. One great grandson, Otto Jelinski is in heaven.  He will always have a special sport in the hearts of those he has left behind.  

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the Kaniewski funeral home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr. South Bend, IN from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 at Highland Cemetery at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 230 W. Catalpa Dr Ste D, Mishwaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be left at

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April 6, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home Chapel
3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Funeral Service
April 6, 2024

12:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home Chapel
3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Graveside Service
April 8, 2024

2:00 PM
Highland Cemetery
2257 Portage Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46616


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