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Dorris Garbine


Dorris Elaine Garbine,84, Elkhart, formerly of Sturgis, Mich., and Shipshewana, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Hoosier Home Care in Elkhart.

    She was born May 26, 1927, in Fawn River Township, Mich., to Harold J. and Dorothy M. (Domer) Hines.

    Moving to Elkhart three years ago, she had lived in Sturgis, Mich., since 1950.  Her early life was spent in Shipshewana and she was a 1945 graduate of Shipshewana High School. She worked at the Transogram Company and Freeman Manufacturing, both in Sturgis, Mich., and did babysitting in her home. She was an active member of the Sturgis Evangelical Church, serving as church organist, singing in the church choir, and teaching Bible School.

    She was married August 27, 1950, in Howe, to Robert J. Garbine. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2001.

    Surviving are three daughters, Karel Elaine (Larry) Hilton, Florida, Karen (Tim Hardt) Hughes, Lincoln, Neb., and Cynthia (Allen) Elsbury, Iowa; one son, Fredrick (Judith) Garbine, Granger, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Sherri (Jamie) Crites, Sturgis, Mich., Scott (Lea) Garbine, Palm Springs, Calif., Eric Hughes, Burr Oak, Mich.; Tim (Erin) Garbine, Sturgis, Mich., Melissa (Javier) Leija, Eagle, Neb., Phillip (Mindi) Hughes, Crete, Neb., Amber Hughes, Lincoln, Neb., and Adam Hughes-Hardt, Lincoln, Neb.; four stepgrandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis McBride, LaGrange; and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Roberta Jayne Garbine, and one sister, Harriett Wilson.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 10 at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel in Sturgis, Mich.

    Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at Sturgis Evangelical Church in Sturgis, Mich., with Reverend Rodger Moyer officiating. 

    Burial will be in Trayer Cemetery, Branch County, Mich.

    Memorials may be directed to Hoosier Home Care, 54489 County Road 1, Elkhart, IN 46514.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.hackmanfamily

    Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel in Sturgis, Mich., is in charge of arrangements.