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clara burkey

Posted on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

June 5, 1930 - Nov. 30, 2012

MOTTVILLE, Mich. — Clara Burkey, 82, of Mottville, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Cass County on June 5, 1930. Clara graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1947 and served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. On March 25, 1950, she married Max Burkey in Bronson. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 2009.

Clara worked at Industrial Lamp Inc. and Vent Line, both in Bristol, Ind. She enjoyed crochet and collecting chicken keepsakes.

Clara was a devoted and loving wife mother and grandmother who cherished her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Karla (Jim Jr.) Sweat of Constantine and Cheryl (Ed) Bradford of Mottville; son Eugene (Brenda) Burkey of Mottville; grandchildren Robert Burkey, Tena Zimmerman, Joshua (Rachael) Sweat, Jim (Charla) Sweat III, Jerod (Kassandra) Bradford and Larry Fulhart; six great-grandchildren, Natasha Zimmerman, Savannah and Sydney Sweat, Alexa and Trenton Sweat and Cayden Bradford; sisters Luciel Connans of Elkhart, Ind., and Alma Cassalman of Constantine; brothers James (Diane) Akin of Elkhart and Edward Akin of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Lavern, Paul and Richard Akin; and sisters Ethel Cannan, Hazel Anglemyer, Geraldine Anglemyer, Hilda Church, Vivian Chiddester, Dorothy Akin and Marcilene Akin.

Relatives and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine, where religious services will follow at 1 p.m. Pastor Jim Garnett will officiate. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date in Mottville Township Cemetery.

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