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Michael N. Dunkelberger

Born: Wed., Sep. 5, 1945
Died: Fri., Sep. 10, 2021

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  Michael N. Dunkelberger, 76, of South Bend, passed away on Friday, September 10th in Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka.

  Mike was born September 5,1945 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Neil and Roberta (Smathers) Dunkelberger.

  On July 22,1967, Mike married Suzanne Kobold at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka and the couple made South Bend there home.

  After graduating from High School and attending Purdue for two years, he served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.  Upon being honorably discharged from the United States Navy, he was employed with the United States Post Office as a clerk for 36 years. 

  Mike’s surviving family includes his devoted wife of 54 years, Suzanne; two children, Shellyanne (Brian) Walter, and Scott (Lorrie) Dunkelberger; seven grandchildren, Ashley (Matt), Nicholas, Jessica, Michael, Ryan, Victoria, and Julianna; two great-grandchildren, Kinley and Kohen.  A sister Cheri (Steve) Pierson also survives.

  Mike was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Mishawaka where he served as head usher and lector for over 50 years.   His hobbies included playing basketball and softball, collecting vintage toy cars, fishing, and listening to music by the fire pit.  His biggest passion was coaching baseball, softball, and basketball with his beloved children and grandchildren.  He volunteered as a coach and umpire at South East Little League, Clay Jr Baseball Association, and Michiana Basketball Association.  He made a positive impact on the lives of many young men and women, everybody loved “Coach Dunk”.  When not coaching, he enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers, Chicago White Sox, and Purdue Boilermakers.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to First English Lutheran Church, 16495 Ireland Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544.

  The HANLEY and Son’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to all Mike’s family and friends.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com


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Colette Makielski Bent
   Posted Mon September 13, 2021
Dear Sue and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the many good memories/blessings will lift your hearts when you are missing him the most.

Denise Merrill and Chris Donahue
   Posted Mon September 13, 2021
Dear Sue and Family,

We send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. May the precious memories of a beautiful life bring you comfort and peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Denise and Chris

Jon and Jennifer Cleaver
   Posted Mon September 13, 2021
We are so sorry for your family’s loss - praying for peace and comfort.

Roberta (Robbie) Dunn
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021
Dear Sue and family, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your Mike. May God wrap His arms around each of you, guide you, and console you. May your hearts be filled with joyous memories of his wonderful life.

Robbie Dunn SJHS 1967

john r goeller
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021

Jeff Horn
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021
Mike and I started at the post office about the same time. We not only worked together for many years but also played softball and basketball together. He was a genuinely nice guy. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.

mike and karla cashen
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021
we are so sorry to hear this. God bless you Sue and family. My husband Mike spent many days out on the lake fishing with Dunk over the years. He was a wonderful, kind person. We were driving by Christiana Lake in Edwardsburg a few days ago and my husband was reminiscing about fishing tales with his cousin Len and your husband. My husband had spoken to him a month or so ago and so enjoyed talking to him and was hoping to do so again. we will miss him. God bless all of you

Kevin Gerencher
   Posted Wed September 15, 2021
I am so very sorry. I remember like it was yesterday...Talking to him after a baseball game that he attended to watch us play. What struck me at that time is how genuine he was to me and how much he knew about about baseball. And...More importantly...He cared about me as an individual. I am thankful that he played a part in my life. I am praying for all of you.

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