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Mrs. Frances Arlene Gerkin
  • Animal Rescue Fund
    P.O. Box 593
    Centreville, MI 49032

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“So sorry to hear about your mom's passing Cindy. Prayers to you and your whole family. ”
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“Erie and CindyWe are so sorry we did not make it to the services, but we sure was thinking of you and keeping you in our Prayers. Sure enjoyed...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Ron & Shirley Myers - Sturgis, MI

“Fran was always a good friend. We had a lot of fun at 4-H horse shows and activities with the horses. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Joyce Swihart - Ormond Beach, FL

“Your mother was a wonderful woman. I have many memories of her through 4H and her babysitting me and my brothers. My Mom, Brothers, and I offer our...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: James Swihart - Sturgis, MI

“Your mother was a wonderful woman. I have many memories from 4H and her babysitting my brothers and I. My Mom and Brothers and I send our...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: James Swihart - Sturgis, MI

“Cindy, Anna and family your mother was Special and always a Happy Suprise when I can across her on my routine errands. ”
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“Cindy and family, your mother was such a sweet lady , Ialways admired her. So sorry for your loss.Jeannie (Wallman) Gibbeny ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Jeannie Wallman Gibbeny - Sturgis, MI

“Cindy , Ernie , and family So sorry for your lost . ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Logan - KY

“Fran was a wonderful lady. I had the privilege of cutting her hair for 30 years. She was one of my first clients and became a dear friend. She always...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Shaunda Gordon - Sturgis, MI

“Prayers for the family . sorry for your loss Cindy , Ernie, Anna & Jim . I am out of town and unable to attend the services . know you are in my...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Arnie Flowers - Sturgis, MI

“dear cindy and anna, sorry for ur loss of ur mom the flowers family ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: anna flowers - KY

“Cindy,I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady and I enjoyed being around her in our early years of life. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
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“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


Frances Arlene Gerkin age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening August 4, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born March 22, 1933 in Centreville, Michigan daughter of the late Leon C. and Blanche D. (Brown) Hepner.
Fran was a lifelong St. Joseph County resident. On October 20, 1953 she eloped with Ernest T. "Red" Gerkin in Angola, Indiana. He died February 28, 2005.
She had been employed by Martin Products, Olson Products and Bart's Bait and Grocery all in Sturgis and she was a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother.
Fran enjoyed being involved in her children's activities and served as an assistant leader in Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts and 4-H. She also enjoyed working in in her yard and cooking and family gatherings.
She is survived by two daughters: Anna (David) Watts and Cindy Mays both of Sturgis; two sons: James (Donna) Gerkin of Three Rivers and Ernie Gerkin of Sturgis; 5 Grandchildren, Tony Gerkin, Chad Gerkin, Jason Watts, Tara (Gene) Caldwell and Ashely Gerkin and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son: Joseph Gerkin; son-in-law: Steven Mays and sister: June Hepner.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Private burial of the ashes will take place at the Nottawa Cemetery in Nottawa.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Fran's memory consider the Animal Rescue Fund, P.O Box 593, 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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