Mary Curtis, 93

Mary Helen Curtis, age 93, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village.

She was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Hudson, Mich., a daughter to the late Bernard and Alice (Bradley) Timmerman. She lived in Coldwater for a short time before moving to Sturgis, where she has resided for more than 75 years.

Helen worked at Sweet Lake Grocery, in Sturgis most of her adult life with her friend and business associate, Laura Amy Conrod, who passed away in 1984.

She was a devout Christian and member of Moorepark Community Center in Three Rivers. She enjoyed gardening, building her worm ranch, and was especially fond of watching sports on TV, cheering on her favorite team, the University of Michigan.

Surviving are five grandchildren, Terry Holderman of Three Rivers, Steven (Nickolette) Holderman of White Pigeon, Susan Baughman of Three Rivers, Douglas (Diana) Holderman of Burr Oak, and Sara Holderman of White Pigeon; 14 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Betty Timmerman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Barbara Ann Holderman; three grandchildren, Richard Mark Holderman, Curtis David Holderman, and William Joseph Holderman; one great-great-grandson, Austin Alan Holderman; one brother, Lawrence Timmerman; and one sister, Margaret Kaminski.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary Helen Curtis will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Homer Yoder officiating.

Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 9, Sturgis, MI 49091 to help with expenses.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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