Bela Lindenfeld

Bela Lindenfeld

Thursday, October 19th, 1939 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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Bela Lindenfeld, 80, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph.

Services have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 269-556-9450. Those wishing to share a memory of Bela online may do so at

Bela was born October 19, 1939 in St. Joseph, MI to Bela & Lyda (Whitney) Lindenfeld. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and then went onto attend Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. On June 14, 1964 he married Jean Withers in St. Joseph. Bela was a teacher in the Benton Harbor School District for 35 years. One of Bela’s hobbies was using the ham radio and in 2005 Bela helped save 96 lives during Hurricane Katrina from a small room in his home. He was awarded the Pillars of Society Award from the Michigan DX Association, an amateur radio organization. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, National Rifle Association and President of the Michigan Education Association. Bela also enjoyed being the camp counselor at camp Hayo-Went-Ha, being a life guard and traveling. He will be remembered as being a loyal friend to all.

Bela is survived by his wife Jean Lindenfeld; daughter Mari Lindenfeld Fasshauer; daughter-in-law Patricia Lindenfeld; granddaughters Victoria Lindenfeld, Maisy Fasshauer and Birdie Fasshauer; brother Harris Lindenfeld; sister Catherine (Ron) Ravich; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Bela was preceded by his parents and brother John Lindenfeld.
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Posted at 10:25pm
Dear Jean, Ginny and I are thinking about you and hoping you can soon find some comfort and peace. Ginny Sykes, Mary Wylie

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Cindy Sillaway Miller

Posted at 08:22pm
We were so sorry to see this notice. Bela was a good man we knew through his brother, Harris, and daughter, Mari.
Our thoughts are with the entire Lindenfeld family. This is a loss to us all. We are so sorry. Cindy and Les Miller

Linda Cramer

Posted at 10:18pm
Mr Lindenfeld was our High School Psychology teacher. We both share many happy memories of his class and his high energy to teach. He always made his class fun and we both enjoyed him not only as a teacher but as a friend. Rest in Peace Mr Lindenfeld. We’re sure you will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Mrs Lindenfeld and family.
Chip and Linda Cramer
Class of 1972

Gloria Fryback

Posted at 12:59pm
He was my 8Th grade Teacher he was the Best he stood up for me.When I need help with others !! He stood beside me when I didn't Know what to do about Other teachers giving me trouble !! He was Great!!! the Best!!! Gloria then Clem now Fryback

Donna Williams

Posted at 09:37am
We remember Bela and Jean from over 35 years ago. We used to see him on a rather regular basis and remember how he had such a love for the ham radio. He used to tell us of some interesting stories of some of his experiences when he taught at Benton Harbor High School. We also remember some of the interesting things that took place in Mexico when he and Jean would go each summer. We have lost touch through the years because of moving out of state but our thoughts of Bela are fond ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time Jean. May God give you strength during this time in your life.
Sincerely, Larry & Donna Williams

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