Virgin Mary

Mary L. Velleman

October 11, 1927 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 94)


Mary L. Velleman, 94, of Mishawaka, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022, at The Pendle Home, South Bend.

Mary was born October 11, 1927 in Mishawaka to the late Leonard and Rosalie (Huemmer) Chamberlin. She was a graduate of Mishawaka High School and a life-time resident of the community.

Mary married Joseph Velleman on April 12, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka. He preceded her in death along with a son, Thomas; eight brothers, Charles, James, Jack, Robert, Kenneth, Frank, Bill and Joseph Chamberlin; a sister, Dottie Dosmann; and a son-in-law, Paul Rerick.

Mary is survived by her five children, Michael (Kathy) Velleman, Dianne Rerick, Stephen (Nancy) Velleman, Vicki Whitten, and Linda (Andy) Knapp; 16 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Barbara) Chamberlin; and a sister-in-law, Betty Chamberlin.

At one time, Mary was employed as a secretary with the Indiana Toll Road. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka where she was a Eucharistic Minister and belonged to the Rosary Society. She volunteered with the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary and served as a Eucharistic Minister at the hospital. Mary was also a member of the MHS Chatterettes. She was a talented homemaker and was an excellent cook and baker and enjoyed cross stitch and crocheting. She liked camping and traveling and even went sky diving on her 90th birthday. Most of all her family was the center of her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. Mill Street, Mishawaka. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday in Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd Street, Mishawaka.

The family requests that masks be worn at the funeral home and at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to The Pendle Home or American Diabetes Association.



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February 23, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Goethals & Wells Funeral Home
503 W. 3rd Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Mass of Christian Burial
February 24, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
225 S. Mill Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544


American Diabetes Association
8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis IN 46250

The Pendle Home
19303 Pendle Road, South Bend IN 46637

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