South Bend's Dainty Maid bakery likely to close after owner's death

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By: Tori Fater
tfater@elkharttruth.com

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Dainty Maid Bake Shop in South Bend celebrated its last Fat Tuesday this week.

Owner David Hab died Friday after complications from a heart attack the week before, and his family is looking for someone to take over the bakery.

Hab’s passing was announced to Dainty Maid’s loyal fans on the bakery’s Facebook page.

“Please keep our family in all your prayers!” an administrator posted Friday.

The bakery has been a fixture in downtown South Bend for 88 years, the South Bend Tribune reported. Hab and his wife, Marilyn, took over the business in 1980.

It’s unclear if Dainty Maid will go on without Hab. The bakery’s owners posted on Facebook that the bakery will be open as usual until closing time at 4 p.m. Saturday, and they will seek new owners.

Memorial services for Hab start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at New Apostolic Church, 5602 S. Ironwood Drive in South Bend. A visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the funeral service.

The bakery will close early on Friday at 4 p.m. so employees can attend the memorial services.

Tori Fater is a reporter for the Elkhart Truth and writes for Flavor 574.
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