Nicholas E. Smith

Born: Sun., Dec. 11, 1977
Died: Sun., Sep. 18, 2011

Private Committal

Location: - Not available -


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 22, 2011
Location: Hickey Chapel

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Nicholas E. Smith, 33, residing in South Bend, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in his home. He was born in South Bend on December 11, 1977 to Stephen Smith and Cathy (Muia) Eader, who survive.
Nick has been a lifelong resident of the South Bend area, graduating from Penn High School in 1996 and then earning his bachelor's degree in Psychology from IUSB.  He was currently working on earning his master's degree in Social Work, also from IUSB. 
Nick worked with foster children and foster families at Dockside Services as a Case Manager for Foster Care Kids.  Nick enjoyed listening to and playing music.  He loved playing with his nephews and had an amazing affection for children.  He dedicated himself to his work with foster kids and touched the lives of all with whom he came in contact.  Nick had an uncanny ability to bring joy to others even in difficult times.  He was very quick to offer a hug and a kind word to those in need.  We love Nick dearly, and he will be greatly missed.  We are very proud of the work he did with children, and his legacy will live on through the many lives that he touched.
In addition to his parents, Stephen Smith of South Bend and Cathy (Thomas) Eader of Granger, Nick is survived by one brother, Scott (Shawn) Smith of Madison, WI; one stepbrother, Thomas J. Eader of St. Croix, Virgin Islands; one stepsister, Erin Williamson of South Bend; one grandmother, Grace Smith of South Bend; and his girlfriend of several years, Wendy Balmer of South Bend.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lillian and Eugene Muia; and paternal grandparents, Chalmer and Wilma Smith.
Funeral services for Nick will be private. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22, 2011 in the Palmer Funeral Home-Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Nick may be made to CASA, 1000 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN  46601. Online condolences may be offered to the Smith/Eader family at  

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Joshua Jones
   Posted Tue September 20, 2011
Nick was a good close friend of mine for more than fifteen years. He was one of the few people in this world I could talk with about anything when I felt like all else failed me. Nick was a kind caring person that took calls all hours of the day and night for work weather he was on the clock or not. He set his needs aside to be of any help he could to others in need. I will forever miss my friend Nickand give my condolences to his family and friends. May God be with you and yours.

Leslye (Reed) Russell
   Posted Wed September 21, 2011
My heart aches for Nick's extended family, friends and all those lives he touched! As I did not know him personally, I am a friend and old neighbor of his brother and his mother, I know that if he portrayed any of the qualities of that of his family, (and after reading his obit, he does) he must have been a jewel!It takes a special kind of person to work so closely with children, I know this, as I too work with children myself. Nick, may you rest in peace my friend. To his Mom Cathy and Scott personally, I am sorry I cannot be there, but know my prayers are with you both. Love y'all!

Deanie Sills-Kopec
   Posted Wed September 21, 2011
I remember Nick as one of my "pool kids" at Scottsdale many years ago. He was always a cut up and a good hearted person. What an amazing man he grew up to be. To Cathy, Scott & Tom, and the rest of the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Find strength in God to pull you through it. Peace be with you all. Deanie Sills-Kopec

frank and darla franko
   Posted Wed September 21, 2011
to scott and mr. and mrs. smith, our sincere condolences. our son has been close friends with scott since high school and fondly remembers nick. words cannot express what our hearts feel for your family at this time.
frank and darla franko

Tom and Marie Kryder
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
To Cathy, Tom and Family. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, Nick. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you today and in the coming days.

Sam and Pat Delaney
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
Pat and I met Nick through Cathy and Tom during visits to the South Bend area. Nick was a very likeable and personable young man and you could sense his love for his family just by his actions. He was extremely kind to "Morgan". Pat and I, and our family send our condolences to Cathy, Tom, Scott and all of your extended family. May God give you strength and comfort during these difficult times.
We love you guys,
Sam and Pat Delaney

Todd Heaney
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
My good friend and Nicks brother Tom put it best. Nick and I met the first day of High School at a time when you are lucky to meet someone you can connect with. It was my great fortune that Nick and I remained so close through College and beyond. I can''t begin to imagine how many hours I spent with Nick but I am grateful for every minute. Life and distance made things tough the last couple of years but I pray Nick knew that our friendship would last forever. He brought so much laughter and happiness to my life and I will forever miss him. To Nicks family, he loved you all so much and I pray that you find peace during this difficult time.

Len Buysee
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
To Steve, Scott, Cathy and Tom. Nick was a wonderful young man and will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to all of you in this difficult time. God will take care of Nick now and he will be at peace. Words cannot express the sorrow we all feel, especially for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God be with you now.

Jenni Cushman
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
Nick was someone you would describe as a good guy - fun to be around, a great sense of humor, and a friend who was there for you anytime you needed.
I have many great memories of Nick - from hanging out in the hallway at Penn, at friends houses, and in the neighborhood. He and Tom often gave me a ride to and from school and I vividly remember listening to music with them (Jefferson Airplane comes to mind) in the Zepher making our way to and from Penn in good weather and bad. That's how I'll remember him - smiling and singing along.

Missy Paolucci
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
I remember Nick to be smiling, happy, light-hearted, caring, kind-spirited, and just a joy to be around. He is already missed... but his legacy will live on forever. My deepest sympathy to Nick''s large group of close friends and wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Monte Sriver
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
I remember Nicholas as a little boy. He was a close friend of Ryan, my youngest son. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his mother, Cathy, his brother, Stephen and his step-father, Tom Eader. I can't imagine what it must feel like. Know that many are thinking of you and Nicholas and are in our prayers.

Jill Null - Good
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
To Nick's family and loved ones - I am so sorry to hear about Nick's passing. I knew Nick in High School. He had a kind and sweet soul and was such a special guy. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ken and Priscilla Wolfe
   Posted Mon September 26, 2011
Steve, Cathy, Scott and family.
We are deeply sorry for your lost. Nick's Grandma Grace truly loved this young man and shared what a fine person he has been. We pray that God's love will surround you and give you peace and comfort.

Carol Rippey Massat
   Posted Wed September 28, 2011
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. As the new director of the IUSB Social Work program, I read with deep sadness that one of our former students was now lost to his family and community. I hope that you may find comfort in the love for Nick that you have, and that some day all of the good moments and loving memories will bring comfort to you. Our thoughts are with you.

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