Rebecca Pappas, age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening July 30, 2010 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born March 16, 1928 in Goshen, Indiana a daughter of the late Willis J. and Minnie (Weirich) Stahl.
Rebecca had resided in Sturgis since the age of 15 coming from Goshen, Indiana and she graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1945.
She married James Pappas, Sr. and this marriage ended in divorce.
Most of her working life was involvement in retail and she retired from Kroger’s in Sturgis following many years of dedicated employment.
She was a dedicated mom, grandma, great grandma and truly cherished time spent with her family. She also was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Rebecca is survived by one daughter, Debra Layman of Sturgis, one son, James (Leslie) Pappas of Burr Oak, three grandchildren, Angela Layman of Kalamazoo, Clinton Pappas and Matthew (Wendy) Pappas both of Burr Oak, granddaughter-in-law, Erika (Dwayne) Darwin of Sturgis, eight great randchildren, Lucas, Dillon, Zander, Haylee and Ryland Pappas, Jadyn, Blake and Braylan Darwin, foster grandson, Terry (Luciana) King of Alpena, brothers and sisters, Otis Stahl of Sturgis, Ernest (Mildred) Stahl of Goshen, Indiana, Ella Ruth Kelley of Sturgis, Helen Salisbury of Ocean Side, California, Paul (Ann) Toth of Delta Junction, Alaska, Eleanor Jean Toth of Kalamazoo and Barbara (Dale) Gearhart of Three Rivers, sisters-in-law, Lois Sanderson of Sturgis and Kathy Toth of Wyoming, Michigan, brother-in-law, Richard Kelley of Eagle, dear friend, Diane Smith of LaGrange and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Clay Pappas and three brothers, Lewis “Bud” Sanderson, Tom Toth and Karl Toth.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes- Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091. A memorial service celebrating the life of Rebecca Pappas will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Mr. Larry Wallman 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 Rebecca’s memory consider the Riverside Health Clinic, P.O. Box 117, Three Rivers, MI 49072.