Deborah M. (Chapman) DeKnikker

March 23, 1955 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Deborah M. (Chapman) DeKnikker, 68, of Goshen, passed into eternal rest on Sunday, August 27, 2023, in her home surrounded by her family.

Deborah was born on March 23, 1955, in South Bend, to the late Virgil D. and Catherine (Sills) Chapman.  She married Bert A. DeKnikker on November 27, 1993, in South Bend, and they remained lifelong residents to the area. Deborah retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a Paralegal Secretary.  She like spending her time crafting, reading, and listening to good music.  She also enjoyed cooking for her family and spending as much time with them as she could.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Bert A. DeKnikker of Goshen, by her stepdaughter, Miranda DeKnikker of New York, by her stepson, Joshua DeKnikker of New York, and by six grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Christopher Chapman of South Bend, by her nieces, Destiny Keele and Brandy Huff and also by her nephews, Jeremiah Chapman, Virgil Chapman and Brandon Chapman.  She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tim Chapman. 

Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home-Southwest Chapel, 23421 S. R. 23, South Bend, IN 46614.  There will be a funeral service at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 31, 2023, in Hanley and Sons Funeral Home-Southwest Chapel with burial following at Southlawn Cemetery. 

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” and Cremation Service is handling arrangements and extends our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Deborah’s family and friends.  Condolences may be expressed at:

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August 30, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hanley & Sons Funeral Home "Southwest Chapel"
23421 State Road 23/West Ireland Road
South Bend, IN 46614

Funeral Service
August 31, 2023

11:00 AM
Hanley & Sons Funeral Home "Southwest Chapel"
23421 State Road 23/West Ireland Road
South Bend, IN 46614


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