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Elva A. Root


1917 - 2019
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Elva A. Root

May 6, 1917 - August 16, 2019

BURR OAK, MI - Elva A. Root, age 102, of Burr Oak passed away peacefully at home Friday, August 16, 2019. Elva was born in Huntley, IL on May 6, 1917 the daughter of the late John William and Agnes (Schmalz) Anderson. Elva married Robert (Bob) E. Root on December 31, 1942 in Rockford, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob (July 3, 1979), three brothers (Harvey, Charles and Raymond) and recently (May 12, 2019) son-in-law Robert (Rob) B. Herman. Elva is survived by her children, Barbara Herman, Kirk (Sue) Root, Marcia (Bob) Wilson, and Mary (Ollie) Irvin; grandchildren, Karla (Greg) Kughn, Denise (Kevin) Hahn, Tim (Jean) Root, Katie (Kirk Lilley) Root, Kevin (Jennifer) Lock, Amy (Jamie) Leonard, and Spencer (Danielle Moticka) Lock; great-grandchildren: Jake, Jared & Emily Kughn; Grace & Madison Hahn; Elka Root; Racine & Linden Lilley; MJ Lock; Josh, Max & Sammy Leonard; her sister-in-law, Helen Anderson and numerous nieces & nephews.

Elva graduated from Byron, IL High School and attended Western Michigan University, graduating with the class of 1940. She and Bob met at WMU. Elva taught Home Economics at Plainwell, MI High School before marrying Bob and for one year at Burr Oak High School. Elva and Bob resided in Kalamazoo for several years. In 1948 they moved to Burr Oak where Bob became proprietor/pharmacist of the Burr Oak Drugstore.

According to Elva's wishes, she will be cremated and laid to rest next to her beloved husband in the Burr Oak Township Cemetery. A celebration of Elva's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Burr Oak Methodist Church. Graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Burr Oak Garden Club, the Burr Oak Township Library, or the Burr Oak Fire Department. Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 81, Burr Oak, MI 49030.

At www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 1, 2019
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