Gretchen (Bacon) Chaddock / July 9, 1907-Dec. 7, 2009

Published 10:13am Monday, December 14, 2009

ELKHART, Ind. – Gretchen (Bacon) Chaddock, 102, of Elkhart, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Valley View Healthcare in Elkhart.

Born July 9, 1907, in Munich, Germany, to Irving R and Elfleda (Wheeler) Bacon, she lived in Florida for 20 years, moving to South Haven, where she resided until she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in Elkhart five years ago.

Gretchen was at Valley View Healthcare for rehabilitation following an accident.
The homemaker loved to read and remained an avid reader until her illness made it difficult.

She was married to Robert J. Kubin for 12 years, to Allen O. Adams for 30 years and to Harold Chaddock for 20 years. All three preceded her in death.

Surviving are: a daughter, Portia (John) Borg of Elkhart; grandsons, Joseph (Peggy) Frontczak of Watervliet, Mark (Jean) Frontczak of Sedro Woolley, Wash., Eric Frontczak of Elkhart, Dick Berndt of Stevensville and Steve Berndt of Baroda; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Five siblings, her three husbands and a daughter, Tonda (Mrs. Melvin D. Berndt), all precede Gretchen in death.

Her grandson, the Rev. Mark Frontczak, will preside at services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 E. Main St., Hartford. There are no services scheduled for Elkhart. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Tuesday at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Burial will be in Keeler Cemetery in Van Buren County’s Keeler Township immediately following the services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart, Ind., and Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, are assisting her family with arrangements.

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