Linda R. (Purucker) Gramza

Born: Mon., Oct. 9, 1950
Died: Fri., Feb. 28, 2014

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Oct. 9, 1950 - Feb. 28, 2014
SOUTH BEND - Linda R. Gramza, 63, of South Bend died at 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014 in her residence surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born October 9, 1950 in Mishawaka to Elizabeth (Ecker) and the late Beryl Purucker and was a lifetime area resident. On October 1, 1999 in South Bend, as Linda Newman she married David L. Gramza, who preceded her in death September 28, 2009. She is survived by her son, Barry Newman (Shannon) of South Bend; four grandchildren, Jose' Newman, Ash Newman, Christopher Newman and Barb Letford; her mother, Elizabeth Purucker of Niles; her sisters, Brenda Low of South Bend and Karen Manasco (Joe) of Niles; and her brother, Daryl Purucker (Kristi) of South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Sharon West. Linda loved to travel and experience new locations. She especially loved to take the arch of Michigan and visit all of the lighthouses along the coast. She also loved to visit the Mackinac and Frankenmuth areas. There will be no visitation or services, per her wishes. Welsheimer Family Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions in Linda's memory may be made to St. Joseph County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 643, Mishawaka, IN 46546. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Linda's memory to the following organization:

St. Joseph County Special Olympics
P.O. Box 643, Mishawaka, IN 46546

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