Eleanor Kennedy, 77

Eleanor Lucille Kennedy, age 77, of Sturgis, Mich., was called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from Thurston Woods Village.

She was born Dec. 28, 1931, at the home of her grandparents in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Gladwyn and Beatrice (Murray) Kennedy.

Eleanor graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1950. After working locally for five years, she enrolled at Emmaus Bible School in Oak Park, Ill., and was employed there for 17 years. She later worked for the Regular Baptist Press in the graphic arts department doing desktop publishing, retiring in 2001 and returning to Sturgis.

Eleanor was very involved in her churches, the Woodside Bible Chapel in Maywood, Ill., and the Sturgis Bible Chapel in Sturgis. She enjoyed playing Scrabble, walking at the Doyle Center, and was an avid knitter, knitting hundreds of vests for children in Africa.

Surviving are two sisters, Laura (Richard) McCoy of Sturgis and Patricia (Frank) Hercinger of Fennville; four nieces, Brenda (Kenneth) Moore of Kalamazoo, Deborah (Larry) Fraylick of Sturgis, Dawn (Paul) Clements of Plymouth and Becky (Michael) Wendlick of Green Bay, Wis.; a nephew, Frank G. Hercinger of Fennville; five great-nephews; a great-great-niece; an aunt, Lucille Holt of Sturgis; numerous cousins; and many close friends, including Florence Ekkel.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. today at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Services celebrating the life of Eleanor L. Kennedy will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastors Robert Ramey and Mark Monroe officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Thurston Woods Village, Sturgis Bible Chapel or the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

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