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Mel Cranmer

Apr 23, 1961 - Nov 22, 2023

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South Bend, IN

Mel Bryan Cranmer, 62, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 7:45 p. m. Tuesday, November 22, 2023 in his home, following a lengthy battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born on April 23, 1961 in Elkhart, IN and has lived in South Bend since 2002, coming from Elkhart. He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy (Inbody) Russell; and his son, Joseph W. Schmidt on June 8, 2016. Mel graduated in 1979 from Elkhart Memorial High School and then attended Bethel University in Mishawaka, IN, w...Read More

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Michael D. Baker

Jan 01, 1957 - Feb 19, 2024

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South Bend, IN

Michael D. Baker, 67, of Niles, Michigan, died Monday, February 19, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.He was born January 1, 1957 in Goshen to Bernard D. and Nancy L. (Oswald) Baker. They preceded him in death.He is survived by a daughter, Angela Baker of Niles, Michigan; two grandchildren, Brock and Grace Harkins; a sister, Barbara Cripe of Syracuse; and a brother, Mark (Wendy) Baker of Goshen.A 1976 graduate of Fairfield High School, Mr. Baker worked most recently for Supreme Inc.Mike enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, playing golf, and loved his pets.A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Sandra S. Raabe

Dec 16, 1948 - Feb 18, 2024

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South Bend, IN

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Michael Miller, Sr.

Mar 06, 1956 - Feb 18, 2024

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South Bend, IN

Michael Miller, Sr. Obituary Family and friends mourn the death and celebrate the life of Michael “Spike” Miller, Sr. who passed away on February 18, 2024, surrounded by his family. Born in Michigan City, IN, Mike and his family moved to South Bend when he was just one year old. Growing up in South Bend, Mike attended St Joseph Grade School and John Adams High School. It was in the Spring of 1978 when he met the love of his life, Kimberly, his wife and companion for the next 46 years. They were blessed with two sons, Jerry & Michael Jr. During his 30+ years in construction, Mike was foreman on some of the largest projects on Notre Dame Campus, including the Stadium Expansion Project. After retiring from the trades, he served as a safety inspector on the Eddy Street Commons project. He loved walking his dog, stopping to visit with neighbors and watching old movies. Those who have had the pleasure of knowing him or working for him will remember him as a kind, fair and selfless man who always put his family and friends first. Mike is survived by his wife and two sons; his father, Jerry Miller; his brother, Robert (Bob) Miller; and his beloved dog, Rex, all of South Bend. He is also survived by his sister, Terri (Drew) John of Collegeville, PA; and four nieces and nephews, Nicole Miller, Andrew and Matthew John, and Alexandria Czar. Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou Miller; and sister, Beth Ann. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Saturday, February 24, 2024 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 309 S. Taylor Street, South Bend, IN 46601. Friends may visit with the family for one hour prior to mass on Saturday in the church. Palmer Funeral Home – Hickey Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to All 4 Animals Rescue, 2600 W. 6th Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 or Best Buddies in Indiana, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 165, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Online condolences may be left for Mike’s family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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Mary Alice Fletcher

Jan 11, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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South Bend, IN

Mary Fletcher Obituary Mary Alice Fletcher peacefully passed away on February 18th, 2024, at the age of 86, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born on January 11th, 1938, to Otho and Grace Mikel. Upon the passing of her father, Mary’s mother married John Auer. She is survived by her sister, Jean Lightfoot, brother John (Sue) Mikel, and step-brother, Larry (Carol) Ross. She is preceded in death by her step-sister, Katherine (Leroy) Ross and brother-in-law, Robert Lightfoot. Mary attended James Whitcomb Riley High School in South Bend. She met her high school sweetheart, Richard L. Fletcher, on the dance floor at the YMCA, and they married in 1957. Mary is also survived by her and Richard’s children: Steven (Tonya) Fletcher and Kimberly (Eugene) Dudeck; grandchildren: Trent (Kayla) Fletcher, Corey (Katlynn) Fletcher, Gracie (Daniel) Clickovich; great-grandchildren: Oliver and Kylan Fletcher, Ava Clickovich. After high school, Mary attended nursing school. She worked as a general practice nurse for Dr. Tapley and Dr. Pairitz before transitioning to a radiology/oncology nurse at Memorial Hospital. During her lifetime, Mary enjoyed traveling to warm climates to visit friends, fishing with family in Wisconsin, and spending time with her grandchildren where her age never got in her way of doing things she probably shouldn't have, like belly sliding down the hills of Erskine Golf Course during the winter. One of the things Mary always looked forward to every year was taking the South Shore to Chicago to go Christmas shopping. In her later years, Mary loved when her grandchildren would sneak her sweets. She was full of life and lit up every room she entered. Mary Alice had a fierceness about her that stemmed from the love she had for her family and friends. Her contagious laughter and warm hugs were loved by everyone she met. Private family services will be held and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice;620 W. Edison Rd #122, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Please leave condolences for the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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Benito Murrieta Hernandez

Apr 04, 1976 - Feb 17, 2024

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South Bend, IN

Benito Murrieta Hernandez Obituary Benito Murrieta Hernandez, 47, passed away at his home in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, February 17, 2024. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico on April 4, 1976 to Benito Murrieta Arcos and Guadalupe Hernandez Gomez. He immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1997 to chase the American dream. Benito worked for 17 years at Forest River Marine where he started as a welder and was eventually promoted to weld shop supervisor. He was known by his coworkers for being kind, smart, responsible, and having an easy smile. Benito’s dream was to start his own construction company, something that his family and loved ones could be a part of and enjoy. He had a lot of skill and imagination and was looking forward to being his own boss and creating beautiful things with his clients and friends. In December he created Murrieta’s Construction Company and he and his family and friends could not have been more proud of his accomplishment. In his free time Benito loved spending time with family and friends. He was known as a great cumbia dancer and enjoyed years of latin dancing in and around South Bend. He formed great friendships and acquaintances through latin dances at The Landing, Palacio Tropical, Studio Rumba, and Latin Wednesdays at Ironhand Wine Bar. If he wasn’t on the dance floor he was enjoying a good whiskey and joking with his many beloved friends. As a boy in Guadalajara Benito fell in love with Formula One racing. He was a lifetime fan of the sport and loved following the young Mexican driver Sergio “Checo” Perez, also from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. Benito was a loving father to his two nephews Alvaro and Ulises, and he was known to everyone as happy, kind, and respectful. He was always willing to lend a hand for a project, a move, a cookout, or a talk. He is survived by the love of his life, Lidia Martinez; his nephews, Alvaro and Ulises; and his brothers and sisters, Alejandro, Fermin, Patricia, and Norma. Visitation for Benito will be held from 1pm-3pm on Friday February 23, 2024 at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St. South Bend. A funeral will begin at 3pm at the funeral home. Benito wished to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over beautiful Lake Chapala just southeast of Guadalajara. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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Richard Robinson

Apr 03, 1963 - Feb 18, 2024

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South Bend, IN

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Valerie Mitchell

Feb 14, 1982 - Feb 17, 2024

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South Bend, IN

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Joseph Robert Burleson

Mar 23, 1981 - Feb 12, 2024

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South Bend, IN

A Celebration of Joseph's Life will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 in our South Bend funeral home. Times will be posted when confirmed. To to the family or in memory of Joseph Robert Burleson, please

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Marjory Alice (Miller) Osborn

Aug 22, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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South Bend, IN

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Rita T. Valdez

Mar 10, 1939 - Feb 19, 2024

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South Bend, IN

Rita T. Valdez, 84 years old, peacefully passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 surrounded by her family at her residence in South Bend, IN. Rita was born on March 10, 1939 in Brownsville, TX to the late Gavina Torres. Rita was also preceded in death by her sisters, Emilia Canul and Julia Roa; and her brother, Armando Canul. Left to cherish the memory of Rita is the love of her life, Jesus Valdez; daughters, Hazel Salinas and Norma L. (Ramon) DeLeon; sons, Guadalupe Salinas, Ernesto Gaytan, David Gaytan, and Christobal Gaytan; 24 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Rita loved bowling, playing softball, doing puzzles, dancing and singing, going to the casino and playing bingo. She specifically loved playing Mexican Chalupa with her family. Rita also loved watching action movies and shows – especially ones with Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal and Jason Statham. Above all, Rita loved spending time with her family. She loved having cookouts, spending as much time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and reminiscing with her friends. She will be missed by all. Visitation for Rita will be from 4:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, February 22, 2024 at St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 S Mayflower Rd, South Bend, IN 46619, with a prayer and time of sharing to start at 6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will start at 10:00am Friday, February 23, 2024 at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 1302 W Dunham St, South Bend, IN 46619. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in South Bend, IN. Online condolences can be made at sjfh.net. To to the family, please

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