Linda Diane Vite, of South Bend

Published 9:11 am Monday, November 19, 2018

Sept. 12, 1957 — Nov. 15, 2018

Linda Diane Vite, 61, of South Bend, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at her home. A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 Cedar St., Niles, with Pastor Rob Snodgrass officiating. Burial will follow at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018, at Swem Chapel, 301 W. Front St., Buchanan.

Linda Diane Vite

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church. Those wishing to share an online memory of Linda may do so at

Linda was born on Sept. 12, 1957, in Niles to Joseph French and Phyllis (Geist) Liggett. She pursued her love of education, obtaining her master’s degree and becoming a teacher.

Born to help others, Linda founded the knitting group “Look no hands, a hug in every stitch, made with love” and was a huge motivator to her fellow amputees. Her greatest joy; however, was her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her children, Michael (Summer) Vite, of Chicago, Illinois, Molly (Shawn) Saputo, of Waterford, Megan Vite, of Cassopolis, and Melissa (Mike) Putnam, of Dowagiac; grandchildren, Sarah, Chelsea, and Kimberly Putnam; significant other, Russ Mills; and siblings, Jerry (Terry) French, Janine (David) Sharrard, and JoAnn McCahill. She was preceded in death by her parents.