Our Staff


Kent R. and Dolores Palmer

Kent R. and Dolores Palmer

Kent graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1958. He was a member of Lakeville United Methodist Church, North Liberty Masonic Lodge #266 F & AM, Shrine Club of South Bend, North Liberty OES #290, Past Patron, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Orak Temple AAONMS of Michigan City, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, White Shrine of Jerusalem #10, Rebekah Lodge, Avalon Grotto and BPO Elks, San Carlos Golf Club, Fort Myers, FL and 4-Lakes Country Club-Edwardsburg, MI.

He was also a member of Mercator Club and North Liberty Lion's Club. He had foresight and energy and a compassion for people. He served for 35 years in his profession never tiring of serving families. He leaves a wonderful legacy to his sons. Kent R. Palmer passed away on December 5th, 2006.


K. R. Palmer

K. R. Palmer

K. R. is co-owner of the Palmer Funeral Homes, Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Pet Services. He has been part of the family business since 1984. He received his Associate Degree from Purdue University and Mortuary Science Degree from Mid-American College and finished his Bachelor Degree from Bethel College in 2012. He is on the Board of Directors for the River Park Business Association. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children Christian, Graham, and Meredith. 


Kerry Palmer

Kerry Palmer

Kerry is the co-owner of the Palmer Funeral Homes, Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Pet Services.  He has been active in the family business since 1992 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette and Mortuary Science Degree from Worsham College.  Kerry is a member of the Lakeville United Methodist Church, Lakeville Lions Club and Lakeville Masonic Lodge.  He is a board member for the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair.  Kerry and his wife, Sandy, have a blended family with five children, Isaac, Lucas, Simon, Casey and Carley.  



Tracy Faudree

Tracy Faudree

Tracy Faudree has served as a Family Service Counselor and Director of Operations for the Palmer Funeral Homes for 30 years. He is a lifelong resident of South Bend, and he attends Trinity Evangelical Free Church where he serves as Organist, sings in the Chancel Choir, and is a Connection Group Leader. Married to his wife Donna for 35 years, they enjoy traveling and attending Notre Dame football and basketball games. He is a member, Organist, and Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge #45, F. & AM. in South Bend.


Donna Adkins

Donna Adkins

Donna joined the Palmer family in July of 2010. She attended Purdue University and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She is a member of the Moose Lodge #599 of Elkhart and St. Joseph County Homemakers Association-Penn Neighbors. Donna is currently Secretary-Treasurer of Northern Indiana Funeral Directors Association. She is a licensed funeral director in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.  She and her family are members of Queen of Peace Church in Mishawaka. 


Rick Palmisano

Rick Palmisano

Rick joined the staff at Palmer Funeral Homes in April of 2012.  He began his career in funeral service at the age of fourteen.  He attended Andrews University and graduated from Southwestern Michigan College and Wayne State University.  In 1989, Rick became a Licensed Funeral Director in the states of Indiana and Michigan and in Arizona in 2003. Rick resides in Berrien Springs, MI with his wife Jamie, three children: Drew, Amara, and Gabriel, and a dog, “Capone,” in their home. Three adult children and three grandchildren complete their family. Rick enjoys running, working out at the YMCA, and spending time with family and supporting their sporting events. He attends Pioneer Memorial Church and the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. 


Jordain Paluzzi Sizer

Jordain Paluzzi Sizer

Jordain joined the Palmer Funeral Home staff in December 2015.  Jordain was born and raised here in the Michiana area, a graduate of Mishawaka High School.  She is a licensed funeral director & embalmer, earning her Mortuary Science degree from Vincennes University.  Jordain was awarded the Isaac Ball Scholarship from the Indiana Funeral Directors Association in June 2013. She and her husband, Kolt, enjoy spending time at the beach, visiting art & natural history exhibits, and spoiling their fur children, Maverick, the dog & Boo, the cat.


Joshua Dama

Joshua Dama

Joshua recently relocated from Northern Virginia and is new to the Palmer Funeral Homes family. He has been in the funeral service industry for over ten years, serving as a licensed funeral director since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and his Funeral Directing and Embalming Degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2006. He and his wife, Chelsea, have two children, twins, Rowan and Silas, and a chocolate lab, Wallace. Josh enjoys spending his free time outdoors, fishing, hunting, golfing, hiking and camping with his family.  


Dave Tinsley

Dave Tinsley

Dave joined the staff of Palmer Funeral Homes in August of 2017. He started his career working for a small funeral home in his hometown while in high school. He then went on to graduate with honors at Vincennes University in 1988 and also received membership to the National Dean's List. Dave has been passionately serving families for 30 years in other cities including Los Angeles, California and also Marion and Warsaw, here in Indiana. Dave has three children, Elisa, Jayme and David and loves animals, especially his cats, Garfield, Amber and Charlie and his dog, Brutus. Dave is of the Wesleyan faith and enjoys sporting events and spending time with his family.


Norman L. Bone

Norman L. Bone

Norm became part of the Palmer Funeral Home Staff in April of 1999. In June of 2007 Norman retired after 37 years of serving our community  as a Funeral Director. He retired to spend more time with his wife Caroline of 37 years, his daughter and son–in-law, Beth and Jay and granddaughters Katelyn and Lauren. Although he has retired, Norman still responds when called upon.


Tom Hickey, III

Tom Hickey, III

Tom is a 1974 graduate of John Adams High school and Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida with a Associate in Science degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  Tom joined the Palmer Funeral Home after the acquisition of the Hickey Funeral Home in September 2009, which served the Michiana area over 72 years.  Tom is married with 3 children, a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and an active member in Roseland Rotary Club, South Bend.


Jim Hanley

Jim Hanley

Jim graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1965. He is a member of St. Pius X Church. He is a United States Army veteran having served as a paratrooper. Jim served many years as a funeral director at Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, as a board member and past president of Hospice of St. Joseph County, board member and past president of Visiting Nurses Association, and former board member of St. Joseph County Special Olympics. He is married to Hilda and they have four children and one granddaughter.


Elaine Crump

Elaine Crump

Elaine joined the Palmer Staff in March of 1999. She serves as Executive Secretary with her primary office at the River Park, South Bend location.  Elaine is the heart of our administrative support team. She graduated from Anderson University in 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is married to Greg, who is also a member of the Palmer staff, and mother of Kelly and Mike.


Helen Heim

Helen Heim

Helen joined the Palmer Funeral Home Staff in September 2003. She serves as the secretary for the Guisinger Chapel and the Lakeville Chapel. She spent 17 years in the banking industry before joining the staff of Palmer's. She attends Granger Community Church and volunteers at her granddaughter’s school. She has a son, Todd, daughter, Marcy, grandson, DaCota, two granddaughters, Aurora and Elizabeth and a grandson, Evan due in January 2018.


Christy Brewers

Christy Brewers

Christy Brewers joined the Palmer Funeral Home Staff in July, 2001 as a part-time secretary. She became a full-time secretary in September, 2009 with the addition of the Hickey Chapel on Cleveland Road. Christy received her B.A. from Ball State University in 1988 and relocated to Elkhart. She lives there with her husband and three sons, where they attend St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.


Tony McKee

Tony McKee

Tony joined the Palmer family in December 2010. He has a degree from IUSB. Tony and his wife, Elaine have four sons and a daughter. He is a member of Corpus Christi Church.


Shauna Luthringer

Shauna Luthringer

Since 1993 Shauna has been listening and helping loved ones honor families lives through funeral pre arrangement relieving both an emotional as well as a financial burden. In addition to funeral pre arrangement and aftercare, Shauna is a Saging Circle Facilitator through Brainworks Memorial Hospital.  She has also been involved with South Bend School Corporation’s Women with Wisdom. She is married to John and they have a daughter Vaushna, son-in-law Leo, and four grandchildren Ty, Reilly, Braxton and Avery. They are members at North Liberty Church of Christ.


Kristi Palmer

Kristi Palmer

Kristi received her B.S. from Purdue University in 1988. She taught special education and was also a Regional Sales Manager for in home sales until joining her brothers at the funeral homes in June of 2002. Kristi is the co-manager for Southlawn Cemetery and design consultant for all of our monument and marker sales. She also assists families with pre-arranging their funerals. She is the mother of two children, Leigha and Landon. and they attend North Liberty Church of Christ.  Her direct number for Monument or Marker sales is 574-292-5923.


Jamie Hall

Jamie Hall

Jamie joined our staff at Southlawn Cemetery in January 2011. She assists families with preplanning and after care.   Jamie is married to Gary and they have a daughter, Julia. She and her family attend Lakeville United Methodist Church


Cathy Shamo

Cathy Shamo

Cathy joined the Palmer family in January 2014 as a greeter and now serves as administrator at Southlawn Cemetery. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Tech.  She is married to Jim and has a son Kyle, stepdaughter Beth, son-in-law Tony, stepson Brian, daughter-in-law Jamie, grandson Clark, granddaughter Hazelle, and second grandson Parker.  She lives in Lakeville and is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.



Jerry Klotz

Jerry Klotz

Jerry joined the Palmer Family in March of 2002. He is a member of The Nappanee Missionary Church. Jerry helps with the maintenance of Southlawn Cemetery and manages Southlawn Cremation Services and Palmer's Pet Services.   Jerry and his wife Pam have two children, Hayden and Hannah.


Bettie Jackson

Bettie Jackson

Bettie joined Palmer Funeral Home in October 2015.  She has  one daughter Shalonda, three grandchildren Michael,Tori, and Brad.  Bettie graduated from Washington High School, OIC, and she attended Ivy Tech.  Bettie is a faithful  member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she is the Church Financial Secretary; she is on the Board of Trustee, sings in the choir, and attends Bible Study and Sunday School. Her favororite past time is spending time with her mother, grandchildren, and family. 


Anjali Sengupta

Anjali Sengupta

Anjali joined the staff of Palmer Funeral Homes in 2016 and serves as secretary at Hickey Chapel. She holds an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies from Earlham College and a master's degree in public administration from Indiana University/Bloomington.


Dennis Mitschelen

Dennis Mitschelen

Dennis joined the Palmer family in January 2017. He faithfully serves in the funeral homes, doing whatever is needed to keep Palmer's at its best. He graduated from Anderson University in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. He is a life-long resident of the Michiana area. Married to Linda for 34 years, they are the proud parents of Holly and Andrew. They attend South Side Church of God in South Bend, IN.


Ryan Zerfas

Ryan Zerfas

Ryan began serving as a funeral home assistant with Palmer Funeral Homes in the Spring of 2017. Ryan grew up in the South Bend area, attending Penn High School; he graduated from Ball State University in 2010. Ryan and his wife Emma attend River Valley Church in Mishawaka.


Emma Zerfas

Emma Zerfas

Emma has been serving as a secretary at the River Park Chapel since May of 2017. She is a 2010 graduate of Purdue University. Emma is the proud aunt of three nieces and one nephew: Colene, Elizabeth, Wren, and Ira. Emma and her husband Ryan attend River Valley Church in Mishawaka.


Nicole Noland

Nicole Noland

Nicole joined Palmer Funeral Homes in 2017 at our West Chapel location. She is a life-long Michiana resident and graduated from IU South Bend in 2014. She is a proud aunt to one nephew, Luke.


Chelsea Thompson

Chelsea Thompson

Chelsea started serving as a secretary for Palmer Funeral Homes in 2017. She studied Biology and graduated in 2014 from Purdue University. Chelsea and her husband, Jacob, moved to the area after spending a year stint in Berlin, Germany. Chelsea and Jacob attend River Valley Church in Mishawaka.



Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

Jacob recently joined Palmer Funeral Homes in the Fall of 2017 serving as a funeral home assistant. He is a 2014 Graduate of Purdue University where he studied Math and Math Education. Jacob is a proud uncle of three adorable nieces: Evelyn, Mila, and Anya. Jacob and Chelsea attend River Valley Church in Mishawaka.


Ron Clady

Ron Clady

Ron Clady joined the Palmer Family in 2003 following his retirement from Teachers Credit Union and a thirty-nine year career in banking. He works part-time and assists wherever needed at visitations and funerals.   Ron and his wife of fifty years, Judy, live in Lakeville.  They have two sons, Kent (Cathy) and Todd (Aimee) who have blessed them with six grandchildren.  Ron and Judy are members of Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. Ron is a member of the Kiwanis in Plymouth, Lakeville Order of Eastern Star #479, a fifty year member of the Lakeville Masonic Lodge #353 F. and A.M. and Scottish Rite, Valley of South Bend.  He enjoys antiquing, traveling and tending his beautiful array of flowers and shrubs. 


Jill Hillman

Jill Hillman

Jill joined the Palmer Funeral Home staff in 2013 as a greeter. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Jill sings in the church choir and as a solist. She is also a part of the South Bend Civic Theatre. 


Judy Kelly

Judy Kelly

Judy joined Palmer Funeral Homes in 2011 working part time as a greeter and with the Palmer Lunch and Learn Program.  She is a graduate of Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago; and before retiring enjoyed a 40 year career in nursing.  She lives in Mishawaka, has twin daughters and two grandchildren.  Judy loves to travel and is active in the Knute Rockne Kiwanis Club.


Roberta Spencer

Roberta Spencer

Roberta Spencer has a Master's Degree from Jane Addams School of Social Work and certification as a pastoral minister from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She joined the Palmer staff with 28 years of experience with a local hospice program. She enjoys working with people and uses her knowledge about grief and loss issues to assist others. She and her husband Tom are members of Saint Anthony's Parish. They are active community volunteers with a variety of programs assisting the poor, homeless, and people with disabilities.


Nimbi Cushing

Nimbi Cushing

Nimbi, as she is known, came to us in 2013. A United States Veteran who after an honorable discharge from the Air Force, landed her dream job of flight attendant for a major airline. In 2003, after thirty-one years of flying, she worked various part-time jobs including sales associate at Marshall Field's.

 Nimbi is a frequent traveler visiting friends and family all over the country. Her favorite destination being San Antonio, Texas to visit her only grandchild. As a recognized author, she takes pride in the fact that her books are available at public libraries in six states.

 Known in the community for volunteering through her church, a local nursing home and other notable service organizations, she views her position at Palmer's as a ministry. 


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