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Sally Stevens, 77

Sally Lou Stevens, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning, August 24, 2019 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
She was born April 15, 1942 in Sturgis, daughter of the late Owen Henry and Maxine Pearl (VanDyke) Powers.
Sally was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960. On October 5, 1979 she married her Mr. Right, Leonard Raymond Stevens in Niles. He died July 23, 2012.
Sally had been employed by the Kirsch Company for many years until the company closed. Being one to appreciate opportunities she took advantage of the retraining program offered by the Kirsch Company by enrolling at Glen Oaks Community College where she earned an Associate Degree. Following her graduation she accepted a position with the college where she worked for several years.
Sally enjoyed Friday morning coffee at Five Lakes Coffee in Sturgis with her friends, many of them being former Kirsch employees. She was an avid loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers and she loved time spent with family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by one daughter: Kelli (Joe) Brooks of Burr Oak; one son: Jeff Hepner of White Pigeon; one step-son: Scott (Debbie) Stevens of Manning, South Carolina; three step-daughters: Patricia (Rocky) Rhodes of Nashville, Tennessee, Sandi (Bruce) VanEmon of Three Rivers, and Miki Rees of Sturgis; 12 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one beloved sister: Sue Bontrager of White Pigeon; lifelong best friend: Marilyn Cookson of White Pigeo; her special friend who was like a daughter: Milinda Smith of Sturgis and several nieces and nephews including a special niece: Amy Czajkowski of Bronson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and one sister: Shirley Lutz.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of life will begin at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 21st at Sally’s home at 423 Center St. in Sturgis.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Stevens’ memory consider St. Joseph County Animal Control, 652 E. Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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