Geneva Roberts, 87

Geneva E. Roberts, 87, of Sturgis, passed away Monday evening, May 25, 2010, at the Sturgis Hospital emergency room.

She was born July 9, 1922, in Litchfield, Ky., a daughter of the late Fletcher and Anna (Dennis) Mercer.

Mrs. Roberts had resided in Sturgis since 1947. Her early childhood was spent in Kentucky.

On Dec. 14, 1941, she married Eugene A. Roberts in Centreville. He died April 28, 1974.

Following 31 years of dedicated employment with the Kirsch Company in Sturgis, she retired in 1983. She had also worked as a waitress at David’s Dairy Bar and Gibson’s Diner, both in Sturgis, and she was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker.

Mrs. Roberts was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic of Sturgis. For several years she was active in Parents Without Partners and volunteered her time at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis and the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Beardsley and Roberta (Gordon) Krontz, both of Sturgis; three sons, Daniel (Connie) Roberts and Thomas (Judy) Roberts, both of Sturgis, and Richard (Susan) Roberts of Winter Haven, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Alverta Preston of Constantine; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two grandchildren, Michael Kinder and Holly Rowe; four sisters, Irene Benes, Eula Schofield, Altonia Hoffine and Vernetha Wilson; and two brothers, Edgar “Sam” Mercer and Willard Mercer.

The family will receive friends from 1-1:45 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, where funeral services celebrating the life of Geneva E. Roberts will begin at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Calvin Kolzow of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis will officiate.

A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Roberts’ memory consider Trinity Lutheran School, 406 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.

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