Joyce Black, 72

Joyce Ann Black, age 72, of Sturgis, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. 

She was born June 19, 1939, in Central Lake, a daughter of the late Harvey and Edna (Zimmerman) O’Brien. 

Joyce had been a resident of Sturgis for the past 40 years, moving from the Benzonia-Traverse City area. 

She was a homemaker and enjoyed puzzles, reading, crocheting, crafts, gardening, NASCAR, especially her favorite driver Carl Edwards, and camping with the family.

Surviving are three sons, Kenneth Barrett and Barb Bender, Daniel Black and Tracie Chapel, and Henry Smith Jr. and Jennifer Smith, all of Sturgis; a daughter, Cindy Fall and Charles Thomas of Traverse City; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her fiancé, Henry Smith Sr.; two sons, Morrell James Barrett and Paul Barrett Sr.; and two brothers, Carl and Donald O’Brien.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Hackman Family Funeral Home — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sturgis Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Fawn River Road, with the Rev. George Cleverly of Sturgis Church of Christ officiating. 

Memorial donations may be directed Rosenberg Chapel, P.O. Box 9, Sturgis, MI 49091, to be used for a charity of the family’s choice at a later date. 

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

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