Dorothy Sandell, 96

Dorothy Louise Sandell, age 96, of Sturgis, passed away early Thursday evening, April 26, 2012, at her home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1915, in Robertsdale, Ala., a daughter of the late Herbert S. and Clara K. (Aubert) Hough.

Mrs. Sandell resided in Sturgis since 1954 coming from South Haven.

On April 28, 1951, she married Theodore H. Sandell in Angola, Ind. He died Jan. 31, 2006.

She had been employed by the Upjohn Company, Girl Scouts of America and she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Sandell was a member of Burr Oak United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a charter member of the Audubon Society.

She had a longtime involvement in Girl Scouting, serving as a leader and a day camp director for 25 years. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening and needle work.

Mrs. Sandell is survived by two daughters, Susan Vetter of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Patricia Apps of Bronson; son, Brian Sandell of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Lisa (Paul) Vetter and Tom Vetter both of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jennifer (Randy) Falkenstein of Sturgis and Marshall (Rebecca) Scheetz of Williamsburg, Va.; a step-granddaughter, Makia Apps of Three Rivers; three great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, William Hough; and a sister, Mary Roe.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Dorothy Sandell will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Deb Johnson of First United Methodist Church in Sturgis will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow the services. Private burial of the ashes will take place at McDowell Cemetery in South Haven at a later date.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Sandell’s memory consider camp Fort Hill, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.

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

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