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Betty Jean VanPelt
  • Hospice of Sturgis
    P.O. Box 126
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“Aunt Betty we loved you so much and miss you greatly. You have left me with so many memories and smiles in my heart I will forever remember you....Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Elizabeth (VanPelt) German - FL

“Loved Aunt Betty soo much..heaven got another beautiful angel..until we see you again. . Sending love and hugs to Uncle Norm, cousin Linda and cousin...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Robin Marshall Sims - fort myers, FL

“Sorry for you loss Norm and family.. Wanda Frye(Sabrosky) and children Jim and Sally. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Sally Berglin

“I can't remember when we didn't know and LOVE Betty! Her smile was contagious. Her willingness to pitch in and do whatever necessary was part of her...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Susan Hopkins - Sturgis, MI


Betty Jean VanPelt age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday afternoon February 9, 2014 at her home.
She was born February 28, 1928 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late William and Theda (Staples) Jourdan.
Betty was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1946.
On February 15, 1947 she married Norman VanPelt in Angola, Indiana.
Betty was an active dedicated member of the First Baptist Church in Sturgis. She enjoyed bowling, was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved time spent with her family.
She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 67 years, Norman; one daughter: Linda (Ken) Davenport of Iowa City, Iowa; one son: Mike VanPelt of Sturgis; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three sisters: Brenda (Max) Sayles of Avilla, Indiana, Judy Taylor of Goshen, Indiana and Suzzanne (Gerald) Daniels of Cadillac; three brothers: Earl Jourdan of Colon, James Jourdan of Sturgis and Clarence "Lee" Jourdan of Sturgis and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Henry "Hank" Jourdan and William Jourdan.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Betty Jean VanPelt will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. James Bender will officiate. A graveside committal of the ashes will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery 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. VanPelt's memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.