Brenda Kay Bolen

January 08, 1944 - January 05, 2021

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Thursday, January 07, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Salem United Baptist Church, 8227 N SR 9, Kendallville


Friday, January 08, 1:30 PM
Salem United Baptist Church, 8227 N SR 9, Kendallville


Brenda Kay Bolen, 76, of Kendallville died Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 1:20 a.m. at her residence.

She was born January 8, 1944, in Kankakee, Illinois, to Robert and Mary (Stiles) Love.

Mrs. Bolen was a homemaker and had previously worked at K&L Stamping in Kendallville.

She was a member of Salem United Baptist Church.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren. She frequently took them fishing and then to Burger King or Dairy Queen to eat. She enjoyed sitting on her porch and watching people. Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives was her favorite cooking show to watch.

Surviving are four daughters, Angel (Tim) Krohn of Harker Heights, Texas, Sandy (Rich) Palermo of Monee, Illinois, Rebecca (Ralphie) Mosley of Kendallville, and Debbie (Joe Ray) Prater of Warrior Mines, West Virginia; three sons, Billy (Angie) Harmon of Coats, North Carolina, Robert (Debbie) Bolen of Kendallville, and Danny (Sue) Bolen of Elkhart; grandchildren, Mary (Jeremy) Johnson, Kayla Bolen, McKinley Bolen, Dalton Williams, Dustin Naese, and Jason (Jessica) Prater; great-grandchildren, Tiyson, Tanner, and Aiden; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juanita (Dana) Williamson of Montgomery, Illinois, and Pamela Lawrence of Bradley, Illinois; and two brothers, Danny (Joyce) Benjamin of Kankakee, Illinois, and Tommy (Cheryl) Schlesinger of Kankakee, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Love; her mother, Mary Benjamin; two grandsons, Cody Mosley and Bobby Joe Prater; and two brothers, Roy Love and Wally Benjamin.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Salem United Baptist Church, 8227 N SR 9, Kendallville with Pastor Glen Jackson and Pastor Phil Lucas officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Cemetery.

Brenda’s funeral service on Friday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.

Honorary pallbearers are Dustin Naese and Tanner Johnson. Active pallbearers are Kayla Bolen, Tiyson Johnson, Rich Palermo, Ralphie Mosley, Jeremy Johnson, and Jason Lewis.

Visitation is Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church where there will be an evening service at 6 p.m.

Per the Governor, face masks are required.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the family.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Lena Mitchell
January 8th, 2021 3:31pm

So sorry for your loss Rest In Peace

Jack, Beth and Hannah Handshoe
January 6th, 2021 11:01am

Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all. She will be missed.

Lynette Handshoe Page
January 6th, 2021 7:00am
Fort wayne

She was such a special lady to me. She sure put up with a lot of our " stunts " at the point of us turning into teenagers.....! And she still always managed to have a beautiful smile on her face for us. I still look to see if she's sitting on the porch everytime I drive by the tennis courts. My love and prayers to all of you

Tiffany and Marlene Arnold
January 6th, 2021 2:53am

January 5th, 2021 10:51pm

My dear friend. I am going to miss you so much. What a blessing to have known you. Rest in peace. All my love and prayers to your family