December 3, 1916 – December 17, 2016
Melvin Brook, who recently celebrated his100th Birthday with family and friends, passed away peacefully on Saturday at 2:45pm in his home in Indianapolis, with loved ones by his side. Mel dedicated his life to serving his country and community and to providing love and laughter to family and friends who will forever cherish his memory.
Mel was born to the late Rose (Frank) and Samuel Brook here in South Bend on December 3, 1916. Mel served as a Sargent, Firefighter and Medic in the Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. On October 27, 1946 he married the late Betty (Fromm) Brook, his soulmate and love for over 60 years. During his years in South Bend, Mel dedicated countless hours to the World War II Veterans organization. Mel worked in sales as well as serving as Bailiff in the St. Joseph Superior Court. He was passionate about supporting the St. Joseph Fire Department, driving the Salvation Army Canteen to fires across St Joseph County. Mel, along with his late wife Betty, were active members of Sinai Synagogue, embracing years of dedication to a spiritual community they loved. Throughout his 100 years, Mel’s selfless dedication to family and community was marked by a quick wit and a sense of humor that always brought a smile. His lifetime is cherished by surviving family members: son Sanford (Jenny) Brook of Denver, CO, Barbara Brook of South Bend, IN, and children: Cara (Brian) Hardin of Milwaukee, WI, Lisa (Derek) Juffer of Fishers, IN, Riley Brook and Conner Brook both of Denver; son Neil (Dora) Brook of Indianapolis, and their son Max (Sandra) Brook of Florence, KY. Also celebrating his memory are great-grandchildren: Noah, Bennett, Elliot, Brandon, Cole and Samantha.
Services will be Tuesday at 11:00 am at Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle Ave, South Bend, IN 46617 with Rabbi Michael Friedland, officiating. Burial will follow at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to Sinai Synagogue, in Mel’s memory.
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