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Velma Elizabeth Cruea
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Obituary for Velma Elizabeth Cruea

Velma Elizabeth Cruea age 86 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born August 29, 1931 in Troy, Ohio daughter of the late John and Goldie (Pullens) Wray.
Mrs. Cruea resided in Sturgis since 1965 coming from Troy, Ohio.
On January 15, 1949 she married LeRoy Joseph Cruea in Richmond, Indiana. He died August 13, 1991.
Velma retired from Alice’s Café in Angola following three years of employment and she had also been employed by the Transogram Company in Sturgis and Riblet Inc. in Howe, Indiana.
She enjoyed playing Bingo, Pokeno, Euchre and working puzzle books. She also had a passion for March Madness and loved participating in the Thurston Woods Olympic Games.
She is survived by one daughter: Pamela (Jeffery) Smith of Lebanon, Missouri; five sons: Roger Dale Cruea of Sturgis, John David (Merlene) Cruea of Sturgis, Allen Eugene (Shirley) Cruea of Rockdale, Tennessee, LeRoy Joseph Cruea of New Mexico and Richard Edward (Diana) Cruea of Howe, Indiana; 27 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren; one sister: Mary Plunkett of Tipp City, Ohio; two brothers: John Wray of Franklin, Indiana and Donald (Sherry) Wray of Troy, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son: Michael Lee Cruea, 2006; one daughter: Alice Kay Cruea, 1971 and one infant daughter.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. Friday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 followed by a procession to Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis where a graveside service and burial will take place at 2:45 P.M. Friday. Pastor Glenn Russell, Chaplin of Thurston Woods Village will officiate.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to Thurston Woods Village or Villa, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091





2:45 PM
Oak Lawn Cemetery

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

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Oak Lawn Cemetery

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091


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