Nadyne Lichty, 87

Nadyne Lichty, 87, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 11, 2009, at Sturgis Hospital.

She was born June 29, 1922, in Hillsdale, a daughter of the late Maxwell and Vera (Stevens) Poynter. She graduated with the class of 1940 from Bryan High School in Bryan, Ohio.

On July 17, 1943, she married John Lichty, her high school sweetheart, in Eugene, Ore. John was at the time stationed in Eugene, Oregon with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

Nadyne was a full-time homemaker, loving wife, devoted mother, proud and adoring grandmother and great grandmother. She attended when possible all the special activities and events of her large family over the years. She found time to travel often with her husband on many of his business trips for the Kirsch Company and L.C. Clark publishing of Jupiter, Florida.

For many years, Nadyne was involved in various local school and hospital activities, especially the Sturgis Hospital guilds and fundraisers. She served as co-chairperson of the hospital gift shop guild for several years. From 1975-1976 she served as the president of the Hospital Auxiliary.

In her Jupiter, Fla., condo community she served as co-chairperson of the entertainment committee for several years and was very active in the bridge group.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed swimming. Nadyne had a true passion for the game of bridge and was an original member of a bridge club in Sturgis that has survived for more than 50 years.

In recent years she had suffered from numerous health problems that limited her activities. Her ready smile, quiet, pleasant manner and excellent cooking will be long remembered and sorely missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, John Jay; two daughters, Leanne Schoenherr of Kalamazoo and Mary (Dave) Gebhardt of Grand Rapids; a son, John R. Lichty of Shawnee, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Anna, Kate, Jay, Sarah, Alex, Debbie, David and Dan; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Marjorie “Midge” Culbertson and Eugenia Poynter, both of Bryan, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeffrey Scott Lichty; two brothers, Robert Poynter and Richard Poynter; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Jim Gleason.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 1-1:45 p.m. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, Sturgis, where memorial services celebrating the life of Nadyne Lichty will begin at 2 p.m. The Rev. Michael Wicks of the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis and the Rev. Robert Keim, longtime friend of the family, will officiate. A graveside committal of the ashes will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Lichty’s memory consider the Sturgis District Library, 255 North St., Sturgis, MI 49091 or Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

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