Laurence Fiebelkorn, 83

Laurence L. “Mr. Fieb” Fiebelkorn, age 83, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born June 23, 1926, in Burr Oak, a son of the late Frank and Martha (Greenwalt) Fiebelkorn.

Mr. Fieb had resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area his whole life. On June 30, 1945, he married Lola P. Milliman in Sturgis.

He retired from Holy Angels School in Sturgis, where he had been employed as a custodian for seven years. Prior to that he had worked at G.F. Business Forms in Sturgis for 37 years until the business closed, and for several years he worked for Twin City Foods. Fieb truly loved the time when he was involved in farming.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sturgis, Loyal Order of Moose #574 and past member of the Eagles Lodge #1314, both in Sturgis, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 64 years, Lola; two daughters, Lana Sybesma of Sturgis and Sandee (Scott) Sweet of Sturgis; a son, Brian (Arlene) Fiebelkorn of Sturgis; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Sybesma, James (Jennifer) Fiebelkorn, Amy (David) Keeslar, Susan Fiebelkorn, Sarah (Daniel) Murray, Zackary Sweet and Logan Sweet; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Keitha Post of Coldwater; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Floyd Fiebelkorn, Delbert Fiebelkorn, Franklin Fiebelkorn and Lester Fiebelkorn; three sisters, Lucille Evert, Edna Fiebelkorn and Neva Mitchell; and two infant brothers.

The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Laurence L. “Mr.Fieb” Fiebelkorn will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Deb Johnson of the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis will officiate. A graveside committal will follow at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak where Moose memorial rites will be conferred by Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #574.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Fiebelkorn’s memory consider the First United Methodist Church, 200 Pleasant Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.

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