Shirley Wilkinson, 77

Shirley Ann Wilkinson, age 77, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.

She was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Elkhart, Ind., a daughter to the late Ivan and Helen (Kunkel) Kunce. Shirley graduated from Sturgis High School and has been a resident of the Sturgis area most of her life except for a few years where she resided in London, Ky.

On Oct. 23, 1951, in Sturgis, she married LaVerne Walters. This marriage ended in divorce and in August of 1995 she married Michael R. Wilkinson. He preceded her in death in October of 2007.

Shirley had been employed by the Haas Corporation in Mendon and had owned and operated Walters Gun Shop for 16 years with her first husband.

She enjoyed playing cards, hand held games, watching Game Show Network and Star Trek, and putting puzzles together. Shirley also enjoyed her cats and spending time with her family and grand and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are four children, Constance Ann Rose, Brent A. Walters, Bruce A. Walters, and Bryan A. Walters, all of Sturgis; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd Kunce of Sturgis, and Donald Kunce of Winter Haven, Fla.; 7 step-children, Patrick (Wendy) Wilkinson, Dennis (Sherryl) Wilkinson, Jim (Cynthia) Wilkinson, Linda (Bruce) McKenzie, Robert (Dorothy) Wilkinson, Donald (Meridith) Wilkinson, and Theresa (Kevin) Troupe; 10 step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Michael.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd. Sturgis, MI 49091. A Graveside service and burial will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Indian Village Cemetery, Indian Village, Ind., with The Rev. Floyd Kunce, officiating. Memorial donations may be directed to Pet Haven, P.O. Box 853, Sturgis, MI 49091.

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