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Hortense A. Newman


Hortense A. Newman, 87, Sturgis, Mich., formerly of LaGrange, died Monday, August 27, 2012 at Thurston Woods in Sturgis, Mich.

    She was born October 23, 1924, in Ligonier, to Emil C. and Elsa (Ferm) Burgi.

    Living most of her lifetime in LaGrange County, she retired in 1983 after 37 years at Kirsch Company in Sturgis, Mich.  She was a member of East Springfield Methodist Church in LaGrange.

    She was married May 14, 1944, in LaGrange, to Elvin H. Newman. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1997.

    Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, E. Deuane and Gail Newman, Spokane, Wash., Michael and Debra Newman, Forrest, Virg., and Danny and Linda Newman, LaGrange; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by one grandson, Danny Ray Newman, her parents, her stepmother, Maude Burgi, and two brothers, Joseph and Palmer Burgi.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, September 6, at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Reverend Carldean Merrifield officiating.

    Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or National Parkinson Foundation.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.