Bendel celebrates 100th birthday
THREE RIVERS — Helen Bendel was born at home to Joe and Blanche Williams on Nov. 9, 1916. Helen was one of eight siblings, four brothers and three sisters — by age: Dick, Elenore, Dorothy, Helen, Luke, Roy, Ruth and Harold. She attended the Blue School House in Mottville and White Pigeon High School.
Helen married John Bendel on Aug. 25, 1934 in Michigan City, Ind. They resided in Mottville where John built their home. In 1939 they welcomed their only child, Sonya Burnham (Williams). John passed on Feb. 1, 1991 after 57 years of marriage.
After John’s death, Helen relocated to Three Rivers where she currently resides.
She has one daughter, three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.