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Shirley J. Modert
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Shirley J. Modert age 67 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning November 25, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.
She was born February 17, 1950 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Mathias J. and Mary Rebecca (Mathews) Modert.
Shirley resided in the Sturgis, White Pigeon and Bronson areas her whole life.
She had been employed in the food service department at the Sturgis Public Schools Middle School for several years. A job she accepted so she could have more time close to her grandchildren. She also had worked at Creation Windows in Elkhart, Indiana.
Shirley was an avid reader, enjoyed crafts and seemed to be always baking for others. She truly loved and appreciated time with her close family. She got along with everyone, was known as the peacemaker in the family and while reflecting on her life not one family member can recall her ever raising her voice. It was a running joke within the family that the “Sisters” or “Aunts” as they were called all had nicknames. Janet was the quiet one, Thelma the sweet one, Norma the mean (which she relished) and Shirley was the nice one. If you were fortunate enough to know Shirley it was obvious how she got her name. At young ages the brothers knew it was best to just stay out of their way when the four sisters (the aunts) were together. Shirley loved her whole family but what made her the very happiest was when she was together with her grandchildren. Grandchildren that she loved spoiling and while with them the word no could not be found in Shirley’s vocabulary. She could always be found at their many sporting events and activities even while battling health issues that would keep others at home. She was so immensely proud of her grandkids.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated daughter: Michele Mary Jandreau of Sturgis; cherished grandchildren: Brevin Thomas Jandreau and Marah Joann Jandreau; three sisters: Janet (Fred) Schlautmann of Bronson, Thelma Root of LeRoy and Norma (David) Diggins of Navasota, Texas; two brothers: Randy (Darlene) Modert of Sturgis and Rolland (Linda) Modert of Bronson; sister-in-law: Janice Ilene Modert of Frostproof, Florida and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Ronnie Modert and Richard Modert and brother-in-law: Robert Edward Root, Sr.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service honoring and celebrating the life of Shirley J. Modert will be held at 5:00 P.M. Thursday at the Burr Oak Missionary Church in Burr Oak. The Rev. George Milliman will officiate. Immediately following the memorial service a continued time of fellowship and the sharing of a meal will take place in the church fellowship hall. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Adams Cemetery in rural Bronson where she will be laid to rest next to her parents.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donation in Shirley’s memory would be appreciated to the family c/o: Michele Jandreau to help with expenses or the Sturgis Public Schools, 107 W. West St., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


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