Suzanne M. Pearman, of Chicago

Published 8:45 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

Feb. 17, 1990 — Oct. 25, 2015

Suzanne M. Pearman, 25, of Chicago, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Suzanne was born in South Bend on Feb. 17, 1990, to Sean and Anne Pearman. She graduated from Brandywine High School in Niles and Columbia College Chicago. At the time of her death, Suzanne was enrolled in DePaul University’s MBA program, which she was expected to complete this year.

Suzanne Pearman

Suzanne Pearman

She was a writer and poet whose work has seen print in New Bile, Have U Seen My Whale, Voicemail Poems, Spelk Fiction, and other publications. Her undergraduate degree was in screenwriting, and her screen work has appeared in film festivals and on broadcast television. Her self-published 2013 book “98% Enemy” was under revision and soon to be re-released. Suzanne read her work frequently in venues in Chicago and other cities, including The Store, Phyllis’s Music Inn, and The Elbo Room, and had recently begun performing stand-up comedy.

Suzanne had a strong sense of social justice, frequently giving down to her last dollar. She was a vegan who loved to laugh and loved to post humorous, insightful and ironic observations on Facebook and Twitter.

Suzanne is survived by her parents, Sean and Anne Pearman of Niles, her sister Loralee, of Durham, North Carolina, and her brother Stuart, of East Lansing, MI; her grandparents Marcella Pearman, of South Bend, Ralph and Susan Becker, of Coupeville, Washington, Jack and Kathryn Seeley, of Leesburg, Virginia, and Ford and Bambi Bond, of Tampa, Florida; her aunts and uncles Marci and Jim Daniel, of Mattawan, Michigan, Brenda Pearman, of Hayward, Wisconsin, John Seeley and Paul Seaton, of Baltimore, Maryland, Nick Seeley and Kate Washington, of Amman, Jordan, Jeanne Seeley and Danny Hendrix, of Leesburg, Virginia, and Bruce Boehrer and Linda Hall, of Tallahassee, Florida, Jeanne Griffin, of Concord, North Carolina; and her cousins Rachel and Ryan Daniel, of Mattawan, Michigan, and Laurelee Seeley, of Leesburg, Virginia., and far too many loving friends to mention.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (, or to one of the many causes nearest to Suzanne’s heart, including Trevor Project (, and The South Bend Center for the Homeless. A celebration of Suzanne’s Life will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. A visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. To send online condolences, please visit