Nana Napier, 87

Eda F. “Nana” Napier, age 87, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.

She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Hardburly, Ky., a daughter of Ermindo and Pasqua (Felici) Nucci.

Eda had resided in Sturgis since 1967 coming from Kentucky.

On May 7, 1957, she married Irvin Napier in Kentucky. He died Sept. 1, 1969.

She retired in 1990 from Ram Products in Sturgis following 17 years of dedicated employment. Following her retirement she had worked at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Sturgis for several years.

She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis.

Eda enjoyed attending activities at the Sturgis Senior Center, playing Bingo and loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters, Angela (Billy) Griffith of Sturgis, Peggy Napier of Kalamazoo, Sheila (Dan) Mowry of Portage, Mari Ann (Richard) Alldredge of Sturgis and Traci (Richard) Donley of Sturgis; 11 grandchildren, Heather Anders, Courtney Griffith, Jonathan Wood, Michael Wood, Alison Mowry, Adam Mowry, Stephanie (Kenny) Douangmala, Lauren Alldredge, Christina Donley, Daniel Donley and Amanda Donley and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Navi Grigsby; and four brothers, Dill Nucci, Confort Nucci, Enido Nucci and Perfect Nucci.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Eda F. “Nana” Napier will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father Richard Fritz 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. Napier’s memory consider the American Cancer Society, 1400 West Milham, Kalamazoo, MI 49024 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2300 Portage St., Suite 341, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

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

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