Marlene G. (Gard) Stuppy, 84, passed away August 6, 2019

Marlene G. (Gard) Stuppy, 84 of South Bend, IN passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at her home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph with Chaplin Arlen Cochran officiating. She will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 5:00 PM until the time of service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care of Indiana or St. Joseph First United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at

Marlene was born on February 7, 1935 in Benton Harbor, MI to William & Nellie (Horn) Gard. She was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School class of 1953. During her senior year she married the love of her life Charles J. Stuppy on January 12, 1953 in Angola, IN. Marlene kept a busy schedule caring for her home and her family. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Marlene is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Charles; children, David (Jami Nate) Stuppy of Dowagiac, Timothy (Ana) Stuppy of FL, Melissa (Kurtis) Cox of Dowagiac, Ronald (Jinky Shapiro) Stuppy of CA and Merry (Michael) Rickert of CO; sixteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and sister Rheta (Donald) Peters of St. Joseph; son-in-law Mark Couet of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter Kim Couet and son David Charles Stuppy, sister and brother-in-law Rhoda & George Wiesemes. 

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