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Emmy Ellen Knavel
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Obituary for Emmy Ellen Knavel

Emmy Ellen Knavel age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday morning March 9, 2018 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
She was born May 4, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan daughter of the late Fred Leroy and Emma (Koehl) Wheeler.
Emmy resided in Sturgis since 1946 coming from Detroit.
On July 28, 1972 she married Harvey Knavel in Sturgis.
Emmy retired from Sturgis Molded Products in Sturgis following several years of dedicated employment.
She was a member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of Women of the Moose Sturgis Chapter #613 and Eagles Lodge #1314. Emmy enjoyed horses, flower gardening, her pond and camping. She loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband: Harvey; three daughters: Debra Dunlap, Patti Gene Dunlap and Billie (Ralph William) Wells all of Sturgis; two sons: Gary (Janell) Dunlap and Brett (Tammy) Dunlap both of Sturgis; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two brothers: Gene (Marty) Wheeler of Sturgis and Roger (Joann) Wheeler of Elkhart, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Fred “Sonny” Wheeler.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 where funeral services celebrating the life of Emmy Knavel will begin at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday. In accordance with her wishes cremation will follow the services.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family or St. Joseph County Animal Control, 652 E. Main St., 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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Visitation

Tuesday

13

Mar

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

Service

Tuesday

13

Mar

1:00 PM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

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