Roger C. Senkbeil

Born: Sat., Sep. 28, 1946
Died: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 05, 2018
Location: Clay Church

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Fri., Jan. 05, 2018
Location: Clay Church

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 Roger C. Senkbeil, 71, of Mishawaka, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. Roger was born September 28, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Charles Senkbeil and Irma (Blaise) Senkbeil. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Cheryth Taylor. On August 12, 1989 in South Bend, Roger married Carol Hoover (Nitka) Senkbeil, who survives. Also surviving is a step-son, Todd A. Nitka of South Bend, nephew, Paul (Nancy) Taylor of North Muskegon, MI, and their children Kate and Jack Taylor, niece, Laura (John) Leybourne and their son Max, of New Castle, CO, step-niece, Kristine (Pat) Tamlin of LaPorte, IN. Roger graduated from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN and graduate school from University of Norther Colorado, Greeley, CO. Roger was active with several local organizations over the years, including South Bend Civic Theater (Past President), the Blair Hills-Hillside Villas Board (Past President), Economic Club of Michiana, NAIFA of Northern IN, and Mishawaka Business Assoc. He loved music and sang in the Glee Club at Wabash College and in the choir at Clay Church. He and Carol loved to travel and took many trips across the country over the years, including Israel and Germany. Roger had been a Financial Advisor for AXA for over 30 years, retiring in of 2017. Prior to being in the financial business, he was the Director at Marshall Starke Redevelopment Center in Plymouth, IN. Roger will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him dearly. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until 12 noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635. Memorial service will follow at 12:00 noon, with Rev. Brian Durand officiating. Contributions may be made to Clay Church or South Bend Civic Theater, 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN, 46601. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Roger's memory to the following organizations:

Clay Church
52866 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

South Bend Civic Theatre
215 W Madison St., South Bend, IN 46601

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Steve and Karen Matthews
   Posted Sat December 30, 2017
Carol, Karen and I were very saddened to hear the news of Roger's death. Please know we are praying for you and thinking about you. Roger was a great fraternity brother and an exceptional roommate. We had some great times, and, because of Roger, I gained a great appreciation and love of classical music because of the "large reel" tapes he would play when we studied. My brother Trip is going to miss a great golf buddy also. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Steve and Karen Matthews

Betsy Kelly
   Posted Sat December 30, 2017
Carol, we are traveling and heard the news. I’m so sorry. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Betsy Kelly

   Posted Sun December 31, 2017
I want to offer my condolences to Roger's family. May your fond memories
of him bring you comfort during this sad time. Also, pray to God for the
help and comfort needed at this time. Pray to him for the strength to
cope with the loss of this dear man. Prayer and your memories will
help you to get through this difficult time.
Psalm 62:8

Rosalie Day
   Posted Sun December 31, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. There aren't words to express my deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers that the hand of God will hold you tight and provide comfort and peace. May you be surrounded by family and friends to help you through this time. God bless you, my friend.
Rosalie Day

Ben and Julie Brouhard
   Posted Sun December 31, 2017
Dear Carol,

Julie and I want to express our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Roger was a wonderful friend and pledge brother. We had many good times. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult and sad time.

Ben and Julie

Terri & Joe Kucharski
   Posted Sun December 31, 2017
We will be lifting you up in prayer.
We are so sorry to hear of Roger's death.
Terri and Joe Kucharski

Ryan Trzaskowski
   Posted Sun December 31, 2017

I was shocked and saddened to see Roger's obituary this evening. You may remember that Todd and I went to Washington together, and Roger and I became acquainted first through him being my Equitable agent then golfing together at the NAIFA benefit when I was with The Center for Hospice. I certainly enjoyed his company and although limited in amount remember it with fondness. Please know that you and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue Bromley
   Posted Mon January 01, 2018
Dear Carol, It is terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I pray that God will grant you strength. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Thinking of you!

COL Dan Vannatter
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
As a member of Wabash Class of 1968 and one who knew and respected Roger, I want his family and friends to know how very sorry I am to learn of his passing. We shared more than a few classes at Wabash and I considered him to be one of the students I truly admired. My impressions of the life he led are that he was a tribute to the standards we all strive to meet as Wabash Men. May God bless his family and give them strength. May Roger rest in peace. Respectfully Dan Vannatter, COL USA (Ret)

Phillip Rodewald
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
May our loving Heavenly Father provide you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Gary Beall
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
Carol, our sincere sympathy on your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

Gary and Nancy Beall

Ronan Marra
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018


With heartfelt condolences on the passing of our respected colleague. A true gentleman. We will miss him. Chuck Gemmer, Ronan Marra, Brent Gramman, and Adam Gemmer GEMMER WEALTH MANAGEMENT/AXA Advisors

nimbilasha cushing
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
Doggone it, Roger. I can't believe I'll not see that million dollar smile of yours again. What a difference you made in the lives of everyone who knew you for even a little while. No doubt you are singing with the angels by now along with our good friend, Bob H.
Carol, please know that you and your family are being prayed for and through this time of sorrow. Blessings to you all.

Ed and Diane Stacker
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018

Prayers to you and your family.

Roger will be missed by all.

Sorry we were unable to attend the funeral. Just returning from Arizona.

Ed and Diane Stacker

Becky Van Goeye
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Carol, I am so sorry for your loss of your best friend. You've been blessed with Roger's love and devotion for so many years. Mrs. Penny Saver came through for you in a big way. My thoughts and prayers are with you.