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“We are sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very sweet and wonderful Lady. Tim and Paula Swan ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Tim Swan - Burr Oak, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Gushwa family, George W Kirst and family ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: George W Kirst - Niles, MI

“Fred, I am so sorry for your loss. Always remember the good times with your Grandma and cherish them forever. All my love, Amy ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Amy Morris (Patterson) - MI

“David- We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother! Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family through this difficult...Read More ยป
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Olive Dorthea Gushwa, age 91, of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born in Three Rivers, MI on July 31, 1918 a daughter of the late Edward Hugh and Elmira (Parsons) Baker. Olive had been a resident of Sturgis and the Three Rivers area all of her life. She graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1936 and was a good athlete excelling in all sports. On March 4, 1942 in Bryon, OH she married Fredric L. Gushwa. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1968. She was a homemaker and a beautician working at Cramer's Beauty Shop in Three Rivers. She then worked and retired from the Kirsch Company in Sturgis after many years of service. Olive was a member of the Lima United Methodist Church, The Mintdale Women's Club, and enjoyed being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family. Surviving are 2 sons: James (Kristine) Gushwa of Jones, MI and Gary (Gail) Gushwa of Sturgis, MI; 6 grandchildren: Fred Gushwa of Sturgis, Heidi Sorkoram of Kalamazoo, Karen Marie (David) Yearick of Raleigh, N.C., David Gushwa, Stacie (Cary) Cookson, and Steven (Holly) Gushwa all of Sturgis, MI; 13 Great-grandchildren; and 2 Great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters: Ruth Schug and Arlene Nole, and 2 daughters-in-law: Mary Gushwa and Janet Gushwa. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Home – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091 (269)651-3284. A service celebrating the life of Olive Dorthea Gushwa will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, at the Lima United Methodist Church which is on corner of 700 N. & 450 W., Howe, IN 46746 with Pastor Jeff Stedge, officiating. Interment and graveside services will follow in White Pigeon Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the Lima Unied Methodist Church, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfunerahome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.