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  • Memorial Service:  3:00 p.m., Saturday at the Greenville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Mrs. Mildred Belle Sturgis, of Greenville, passed away on her 93rd birthday, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital, Greenville.

The daughter of Jess & Lula Sperry, she was born on Feb. 10, 1916 in Fowler. After graduating high school, she married George Benjamin Sturgis on March 24, 1934 in St. Johns.

Together, they raised five children, were blessed with over 74 years of marriage, and were members of the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses in Greenville.

Mildred will be remembered as a skilled seamstress, having made clothing for herself and family and even reupholstering furniture.  She also enjoyed gardening and mowing the lawn, but her greatest love was her God, Jehovah, and her work for His ministry.

One of her favorite verses of Scripture was Revelations 21; 3-4 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Martha Sturgis; a sister, Pearl Blow; and a brother, Jesse Sperry.

Surviving are her loving husband of nearly 75 years, George B. Sturgis of Greenville; their children, Martella & Joseph Greenwood of Greenville, Carolyn & Paul Maue of Taylor, Texas, Eunice & Ronald Rondeau of Swartz Creek, Lois Martinez of Greenville, and Timothy Sturgis of Lansing; five grandchildren, Jonathan Greenwood, Joanna Willison, Suzette Regina, Stephen Rondeau, and Abigail Baragrey; six great grandchildren (with the seventh due any day); four nieces; and numerous close friends.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at the Greenville Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 915 Industrial Park Drive at M-57 East.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and burial will be in St. Johns at a later date. Contributions in Mildreds memory may be directed to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses-East Congregation.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mildreds online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.

The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on February 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    02/28/2009 –

    GARY & JANE MARLIN

    THERE ARE ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE AND 250 WORDS ARENT ENOUGH.
    HOSPITALITY WAS ONE OF MILDRED’S QUALITIES WORKING IN F.S. WITH CAROLYN, SHE WOULD TAKE ME TO HER HOUSE FOR LUNCH AND MILDRED QUICKLY SET A PLACE AND FED ME WELL.
    I WAS YOUNG, NEWLY MARRIED,FAR FROM HOME, MILDRED FILLED THE GAP,WHEN WE GOT OUR FIRST HOME, MILDRED EXPLAINED OUR CUPBOARDS WERE WOOD AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.
    F.S. WAS A JOY. HER ENDURANCE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. EVEN ONE OF OUR C.O.S SAID TO ME, “THE STURGIS FAMILY HAVE PUT THE RIGHT THINGS IN THE HANDS OF THEIR CHILDREN”.
    SOON WE WILL SEE HER IN PARADISE. MAY WE ALL BE THERE.


    02/28/2009 –

    GARY & JANE MARLIN

    THERE ARE ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE AND 250 WORDS ARENT ENOUGH.
    HOSPITALITY WAS ONE OF MILDRED’S QUALITIES WORKING IN F.S. WITH CAROLYN, SHE WOULD TAKE ME TO HER HOUSE FOR LUNCH AND MILDRED QUICKLY SET A PLACE AND FED ME WELL.
    I WAS YOUNG, NEWLY MARRIED,FAR FROM HOME, MILDRED FILLED THE GAP,WHEN WE GOT OUR FIRST HOME, MILDRED EXPLAINED OUR CUPBOARDS WERE WOOD AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.
    F.S. WAS A JOY. HER ENDURANCE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. EVEN ONE OF OUR C.O.S SAID TO ME, “THE STURGIS FAMILY HAVE PUT THE RIGHT THINGS IN THE HANDS OF THEIR CHILDREN”.
    SOON WE WILL SEE HER IN PARADISE. MAY WE ALL BE THERE.


    02/22/2009 –

    Eddy and Marsha Pundsack

    Dear Family,
    We want to send our condolences and we are keeping you in our prayers. May Jehovah comfort you during this difficult time.


    02/22/2009 –

    Iveola Jackson & Family

    Our deepest sympathies and love for the Sturgis Family.


    02/22/2009 –

    Tommie & Jo Nell Gage

    To the Sturgis Family, we wish to express our deepest sympathies and look forward to the resurrection.


    02/14/2009 –

    Pamela S. Neumann

    Martella ,Carolyn and Joe and George I will miss Mildred and her smiling face . We talked many times at the checkouts . Heather and Heidi Kent introduced us and she always would look for me when she shopped. You are in my prayers and may God Bless You. Pam Neumann


    02/13/2009 –

    Shellee Jensen

    Mildred was a great lady and will hold a special place in my heart. She always had that “twinkle” in her eye and her laugh always made you wonder what was going to happen next. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. As a child, I remember going over to their house and picking cherries off their tree in the front yard and mom making cherry pie with them. I look forward to seeing her in the paradise


    02/13/2009 –

    Mary Button

    I’m sorry for your loss. She was a sweet and wonderful lady. I remember she loved my pock a dot blanket. She was a wonderful example of Gods love. I will miss her smile.


    02/13/2009 –

    Alex & Teresa Rinckey

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Sturgis family. What a wonderful example of faith and zeal Mildred was, and what a wonderful spiritual heritage she and George have passed on to their whole family. Sincerely, Alex, Teresa & Alissa Rinckey


    02/13/2009 –

    Valjene Kramer (Waydak)

    There is so much I remember with fondness from my early years with Mildred and your family, such as her wonderful homemade bread and the honey that was always kept in the red dish. I loved learning about Jehovah and the Bible texts that she taught to me while teaching Tim and Lois at the same time, such as John 17:3, or such as 1 Cor. 9:27. We always had a wonderful time in service with your family. I remember going on a Bible study once that Mildred conducted with an older lady – and Lois and I sat in on it. I liked listening to what Mildred had to say to her. (Of course, we also got to pick some beautiful stones from her large pile outside near the barn, which was lots of fun when you were 5 or 6 years old.) But that made me appreciate Jehovah, too. Everything I learned from Mildred was how special Jehovah was and how important it was to serve him with all our heart. Although I haven’t seen her much in recent years, it was a privilege to visit with Lois in September and I surely look forward to seeing her wake up in Jehovah’s beautiful paradise, Jehovah willing I am there. I have no doubt about her! May Jehovah bless you and help you through this difficult time. Please know how much we love you all and that our prayers are being said in your behalf.
    With Affection,
    Valjene and Carl Kramer


    02/13/2009 –

    Lois Schroeder

    I remember the good old days when families had time to visit one another and whenever we got together it was very enjoyable. Mildred exemplified kindness and hospitality to all who showed up at her doorstep. And we could always count on seeing her at every assembly making the rounds to talk to all the friends. What a sterling example of faith! We want to express our condolences to the Sturgis family.
    Sincerely, Joseph Ramirez Lois Ramirez Schroeder Ruth Ramirez Eberhart


    02/12/2009 –

    Sarah Mahar & staff

    Lois, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May all your favorite memories keep her close in your heart.
    Dr. Mahar, Amy, Mellissa, Cheri & Jen


    02/12/2009 –

    Joseph and Mary Ramirez

    We will miss her but we know she is in Jehovah’s memory.


    Thomas Schroeder

    I have the most wonderful memories of Saturday field service with EVERYBODY jammed into the same car. The CBSC was a pleasure and such a part of my life. George and Mildred’s care for our family had a lasting impact on our lives. Please accept Raquel’s and my love and sorrow at the passing of such a dear and loyal servant of Jehovah.


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