Mary Jean Knapp, 80

Mary Jean Knapp, 80, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Oreana, Ill. a daughter to the late William and Elizabeth (Hogan) Fitzgerald.

Mary has been a resident of Sturgis for the past 11 years, previously living in Elkhart, Ind., Parkville, Three Rivers, and on the St. Joseph River in Mendon.

Mary had been employed as a Respiratory Therapist at the Three Rivers Hospital and she enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are three children, twins Michael Kevin (Linda) Watrous of Constantine and Debra Susan (Robert) Cantu of Coopersville, and son Richard William (Willemina) Watrous of Sturgis; eight grandchildren, Jason, Tracey, Melissa, Amy, Eric, Craig, Thomas, and Kimberly; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry Knapp; one sister, Helen Summers; three brothers, William, Daniel, and Everett “Fitz” Fitzgerald.

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

Funeral Services celebrating the life of Mary Jean Knapp will be held immediately following visitation at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home with The Rev. Father Richard Altine, Holy Angels Catholic Church, officiating.

Cremation will follow the services and the family suggest memorial donations be directed to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048. 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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