Laura Mae Bowdish, 83

Laura Mae Bowdish, 83, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away early Saturday morning, March 7, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.

She was born Nov. 24, 1925, in LaGrange County, Ind., a daughter to the late Frances and Laura (Sailor) Ringler.

Laura had resided most of her life in the Sturgis and LaGrange County, Ind. area.

On April 14, 1955, she married Paul Bowdish in Goshen, Ind. He died Oct. 2, 2006.

She had been employed by Harvey Paper Company and Paramount Furniture Company, both in Sturgis, in her younger years. Her true love was being a home maker, stay at home mom and dedicated wife.

Laura was an active member of the First Church of God in Sturgis where she had been very involved in many church activities. She enjoyed camping, gardening and canning. The joy of her life was spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Kim (Curt) Haack of Arlington, Texas; two grandchildren, Melissa (Jeff) George of Arlington, Texas and Benjamin Haack of Arlington; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn George; one brother, Donald (Evelyn) Ringler of Wolcottville, Ind.; one sister, Helen Busk of Reed City, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews including a special niece Nancy (John) Purcell of Sturgis.

Her parents; husband; one son, Douglas Bowdish; one daughter, Kristin Bowdish; six brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral HomesRosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Laura Bowdish will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Douglas Carr 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. Bowdish’s memory consider Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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