ELKHART— Sue Ann Geerts-Sturm, 78, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 13, in the home of her son after a long illness.
She was born June 6, 1935, in Elkhart, to John W. and Wava E. (Barnes) Geerts.
She married Henry “Hank” Sturm on April, 1, 1966, in Elkhart.
Surviving are a son, John (Kelly) Galbreth of Vandalia, Mich.; two daughters, Julia Ann (Al) Newvine-Johnson of Elkhart and Suzette Marie (Dr. Michael) Hufford of Chapel Hill, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Nckole (Toby) Grose of Elkhart, Shane Estes of Middlebury, Erik Estes of Granger, Ian, Alexandria and Oliver Hufford of Chapel Hill, Beth Hummel of Vandalia and Cory Hummel of Columbia City; two great-grandchildren, Taelor and Nolan Grose of Elkhart; and a sister, Sally Flynn of Elkhart.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hank on Sept. 5, 2001, and her companion, Carlos Mendez.
Sue Ann graduated from Elkhart High School in 1954 and retired as owner of Geerts Flowers by Sue Ann after 50 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Women of the Moose. She was an avid golfer and a Cubs fan.
Visitation for Sue Ann will be from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service Monday, March 17, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Glenn Kohrman will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Cancer Services of Elkhart County or Humane Society of Elkhart County. Online condolences may be sent at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.