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“I remember her chipper laugh and her beautiful smile.aunt barb was very close to my heart and will allways be.i just wish she could have met our...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: john schwartz - sturgis, MI

“I send my condolences and my prayers to the family as they lay Barbra to rest with our good lord above. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Levi Chapman & Family - Niles, MI

“SHE was wonderful lady and will be missed ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Elisha Bradley - Fort Wayne, IN


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Barbara M. Chapman age 71 of Nottawa, Michigan passed away early Monday morning October 29, 2012 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born December 29, 1940 in Centreville, Michigan a daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Yoder) Schwartz. Barbara lived her early life in the Centreville area. In 1964 she moved to Iowa where she resided until 1973 at which time the family relocated back to the local area. On April 3, 1961 she married Robert P. Chapman in Nottawa. He died January 26, 2000. Barbara was happiest when she was able to do for others. She worked for 6 years at Fairview Living Centre as a nurse's aide and for 20 years she had been employed by the Nottawa Community Schools as a Bilingual Accredited Title One Para Educator. She graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1986 from Three Rivers Community Schools Adult Education Program. Barbara was a 36 year member of the Wasepi Mennonite Chapel in Centreville where she was active in the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and Bible Study. Barbara had complete dedication and total love for her family especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her special holiday cooking, gatherings and festivities will be forever missed by her family. She is survived by her children: Violet (Richard) Sears of Mendon, Tina (Kevin) Sears of Edmonton, Kentucky and Mary (Shawn) Fabian of Nottawa; step-children: Debbie Keplinger of LaGrange, Indiana, Robert Woodward of Auburn, Indiana; grandchildren: Rebecca, Josh, Steven, Cassondra, Bryant and Gabrielle; 11 great grandchildren; her siblings: Jake (Martha) Schwartz of Sturgis, Rose (Jim) Chapman of Nottawa, John (Mary) Schwartz of Nottawa, Marvin (Maryanna) Schwartz of Millersburg, Indiana and Mary Ellen (Eli) Helmuth of Middlebury, Indiana and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; step-daughter: Vicky and brother: Peter "Sonny boy". The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday and 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, 29525 Findley Rd., Burr Oak, MI 49030, 269-489-5041 where funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara M. Chapman will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday. Pastors Doyle Miller and Jake Schwartz will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the Nottawa Cemetery in Nottawa. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Barbara's memory consider the Wasepi Mennonite Chapel, 25609 Wasepi Rd., Centreville, MI 49032.

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