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Joan C. Bonfield Jarka

January 9, 1939 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Joan C. Bonfield Jarka
January 9, 1939 - December 13, 2023 

Joan C. Bonfield Jarka, 84, Michigan City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 7:45 pm in Franciscan Health - Michigan City, Michigan City, Indiana.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Buffalo & 10th Streets, Michigan City, Indiana with  Rev. David Kime, officiating. Private family entombment will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana.  Visitation will be from 9:00 am -10:30 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana. 

She was born January 9, 1939 in Michigan City, Indiana to the late Joseph and Helen (Mazzaia) Bonfield.   On July 29, 1961 in Michigan City, Indiana she married James Joseph Jarka who preceded her in death on  December 3, 2017.

Surviving are Three daughters, Karen (Jim) Wolf of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, Kimberly Cash of Michigan City, Indiana, and  Debora (Ellis, Jr.) Kennedy of Channahon, Illinois; son, John (Christy) Jarka of Chesterton, Indiana; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Todd of Stevensville, Michigan along with  many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Sharon Bonfield of Placentia, California, Gail Bonfield of Michigan City, Indiana, and Karla Bonfield of Chesterton, Indiana; She was preceded in death by son-in-law, Barry Cash; three brothers, Richard Bonfield, Daniel Bonfield, and James  Bonfield;  sister-in-law, Judy Bonfield and  brother-in-law, Al Todd;   

Joan was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Michigan City, Indiana supporting and assisting with many of the church programs. She volunteered for many organizations within the community.  She was a member of the Senior Center of Washington Park and being a part of her Dominoes game group. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and attending her grandchildren's events.  She was a talented seamstress making/sewing clothing for schools, weddings, proms and the community.

Contributions may be made to Share Foundation for the Handicapped P.O. Box 400 Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 

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December 20, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel
418 Washington St.
Michigan City, Indiana 46360

Funeral Mass
December 20, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
10th & Buffalo Streets
Michigan City, IN 46360

Private Entombment

St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery


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