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Celebration of Life

Our Lady Of The Springs Catholic Church
Saturday April 5th, 2014

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Jacqueline M Diffendarfer

Jacqueline “Biron” Diffendarfer, age 74, loving wife of Rex A. Diffendarfer of French Lick, Indiana passed away on March 31st, 2014 at her residence in French Lick, Indiana after a long courageous battle with cancer.  

Jackie was born on May 2nd, 1939 in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late William J. and Vivian R. “Carothers” Biron.

She married Rex Diffendarfer on March 2nd, 1982 and he survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jackie loved to cook and bake and was known for her famous desserts. She will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.

Jackie is survived by:

Husband Rex Diffendarfer French Lick, Indiana

(2) Sons Richard Shireman (Tina) Mishawaka, Indiana
David Shireman South Bend, Indiana

(1) Daughter Debra Ferguson (William) Higganum, Connecticut

(2) Sisters Barbara Conway (Art) Waitsfield, Vermont
Carole Gross (James) South Bend, Indiana

(1) Brother William Biron (Susan) Mishawaka, Indiana

(6) Grandchildren Andrew, Tyler and Lauren Tordanato Higganum, Connecticut
Evan, Faith and Noah Shireman South Bend, Indiana

(3) Step Children Pam Tuck French Lick, Indiana
Ken Diffendarfer Clearwater, Florida
Diana Clark (David) Naperville, Illinois

(5) Step-Grandchildren Laurel, Hunter, Zachary, Jessaca and Shannon

(1) Step-Great-Grandchild Danzig

A special cousin – Sharon Moffitt of New Carlisle, Indiana along with several nieces and nephews also survive Jackie.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on April 5th, 2014 at the Wickliffe United Methodist Church in Eckerty, Indiana.

Officiating- Rev. Joe Hollen and Rev. Doug Finney.

Cremation was chosen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made In Memory of Jacqueline Diffendarfer  to Hospice Southern Care Inc, 1923 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403 or to the Palliative Care Unit at Memorial Hospital, 800 West 9th Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546.

Arrangements are in the care of the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, 9640 West State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook Page Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, or at our website www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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Debbie and family:  When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help you find your smile.  Memories are the legacy of love.  I wish you peace.

Kathleen Thallemer Apr 10 2014 12:00 AM

My heart is broken.  I am the luckiest daughter in the world to have had you as my Mom.  I miss you so very very much.  Love you forever and always.

Debra Ferguson Apr 7 2014 12:00 AM

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Arrena- Monte - Dave.

She was always such a loving gal, Our love will always be with her

David Young Apr 3 2014 12:00 AM

Jackie will be missed by all her church family and remembered always for her sweet smile and laughter.  May her family know the comfort of God's grace and love as He holds her in His tender arms.

Mike and Cindy Howard Apr 2 2014 12:00 AM

Jackie was a dear friend that we will both miss very much.  We always enjoyed going over to their home to play dominoes and eat chocolate cake.  She enjoyed the lake, both boating and swimming, and liked to eat the bass that was caught.  She always called herself a city girl but we are certainly happy she lived in the country in Southern Indiana while we have been here.  We loved you Jackie!

Daryl &Cathy Devers Apr 2 2014 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to you Rex, and to your entire family.  What a sweet lady Jackie was and we have deeply appreciated the friendship we've had with both of you over the years since you folks moved to this area.  Although we can't be there for the Celebration of Life on Saturday, our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Ann & Wayne Ferguson

Ann & Wayne Ferguson Apr 2 2014 12:00 AM