Carol E. (Stebinger) James

Born: Fri., Dec. 22, 1961
Died: Wed., Apr. 5, 2017


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Tue., Apr. 11, 2017
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church

Recitation of the Rosary

3:30 PM Tue., Apr. 11, 2017
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

4:00 PM Tue., Apr. 11, 2017
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church

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 Carol E. James

Dec. 22, 1961 - Apr. 5, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Carol E. James, 55, of South Bend died Tuesday, April 5th at her residence. Carol was born December 22, 1961 in South Bend to Robert C. Strebinger and the late Marilyn M. (Bill) Strebinger and was a lifetime area resident. On July 6, 2003 in South Bend she married Philip E. James who survives. She is also survived by her daughters, Tori Williams of Mishawaka and Tiffiney L. James in South Bend; her son, Kyle R. Williams of Ft. Wayne, IN; her father, Robert C. Strebinger of South Bend; sisters, Annette Heminger (Bob) of South Bend, Marcia McMillen (Ed) of Granger and Sharon Strebinger of South Bend; and brothers, David Strebinger (Patti), Paul Strebinger and Kevin Strebinger (Kay) all of South Bend. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn M. Strebinger; and brothers, James, Brian, and Mark Strebinger.

Carol was a lifelong member of Holy Cross Church and serving the parish brought her tremendous joy. Carol loved to cook and bake for all who would sit down long enough for her to whip something up. Learning from her own mother, she opened her home to all, acquiring new friends, confidantes, and “children” along the way. Carol always gave and never asked for anything in return. Carol relished being a mother and it was her greatest passion in life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 11th at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1050 N. Wilber St. The family will receive friends in the church on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and welcomes you to share memories from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A parish Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 in the church.

Memorial contributions in Carol's name may be made to Holy Cross School Scholarship Fund. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Carol's memory to the following organization:

Memorial contributions in Carol's name may be made to Holy Cross School Scholarship Fund.

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Liźbeth Maternowski Ewing
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Carol was a sweet lady.

carol latowski
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
To all of the family: I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my thoughts.

Judy Kolber
   Posted Tue April 11, 2017
I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom, Kyle.
She IS an Amazing person!!!! She was always so nice, so supportive, just a great person all around!!!!
If you want to email me at anytime please do. I know you have family and friends to talk to but I am here for you too!
Blessings to the Family.
Judy Kolber (Braunsdorf) Justin's mom

   Posted Tue April 11, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family of Carol. God cares for those mourning
and hears their prayers for comfort. Rely on him for help and comfort
at this difficult time. Each sweet and loving memory of Carol will always
be a part of you. Cherish them.
Psalm 62:8

Nancy Mah
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
So sorry to hear about your mom! I just started reconnecting with her at Holy Cross this past year when she "hosted" the tailgate event at the school. Tori, you were the main reason for our connection starting in grade school...she was such a strong, positive person and will be sorely missed. May you all find peace through the beautiful memories she leaves behind. I'm sorry I missed the Mass this past week, as we had been out of town. Lian told me the sad news. Peace, love and blessings...Nancy Mah

LeeAnn Stebbins
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
We are shocked and saddened by the news of Carol's passing. She touched our lives at or office and we will always remember her smile and her wonderful cookies. our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all she touched.