Goldie Frohriep, 99

Goldie M. Frohriep, age 99, of Sturgis, passed away early Friday morning, Jan. 24, 2014, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.

She was born Jan. 15, 1915, in Wabash County, Ind., a daughter of the late Carver and Etta (Thomas) Smith.

Goldie resided in Sturgis since 1950, coming from Fort Wayne, Ind. The last few years of her life were lived at Thurston Woods Village.

She retired in 1973 from the National Carbon Coated Paper Company following 15 years of dedicated employment. Prior to joining the paper company, she worked at Beebe Cleaners and the St. Joseph County Credit Bureau.

Goldie was a member of Sturgis Wesleyan Church. She was a past member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Birthday Club. She enjoyed reading, gardening, music, cooking, keeping her home and time spent with family.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Carol Richard; two grandsons, Christopher Richard and Michael Richard; a granddaughter, Lisa Stahl; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; special friend Kay Kline; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arnold Frohriep; a son, Max; a daughter, Lois Ann; three brothers, Alva, Rollin and Claude Smith; and four sisters, Cleo, Edith, Ethel and Louella.

The family will receive friends from noon-1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Goldie Frohriep will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Steve Bean of the Sturgis Wesleyan Church 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. Frohriep’s memory consider Arch Workshop, 511 West Lafayette St., Sturgis, MI 49091.

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

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