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Joseph F. Palmero

December 18, 1935 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 83)


Joseph F. Palmero, 83, of Elkhart, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.  He was born on December 18, 1935 to Charles P. “Patsy” and Marie R. "Vetrano" Palmero in Elkhart. 

Joseph married Joyce J. Baker on October 19, 1957.  She preceded him in death on June 11, 2016.  He was also preceded in death by parents, his brother Charles Palmero, Jr. and his sister Catherine M. “Cathy” Rulli.

Joseph was an Assembler at Excel for 26 years.  He retired in 1981.  He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in South Bend.  Also, a past member of Excel UAW, Elkhart Writers Club and Friendly Pioneers Club.  Joseph enjoyed ceramics and bingo.  He was a cake baker/decorator and rosary maker.  He loved his cat Baby.

He is survived by his daughters Mary (Jim) Reitz and Margaret “Maggie” Palmero, grandchildren Tiffany (Lloyd) Hunsberger, Taylar (Isaac) Troyer, great grandchildren Hadley Hunsberger and Henry Hunsberger, and long-time family friend Penny Huffer.

Visitation will be held at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home Monday, March 4, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00PM with the Holy Rosary recited at 6:30.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at 11:00 AM.  Burial will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507


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March 4, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home
403 W. Franklin St.
Elkhart, IN 46516

Mass of Christian Burial
March 5, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church
1108 S. Main
Elkhart, IN 46516


Elkhart County Humane Society
54687 CR 19, Bristol IN 46507

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