12-31-2020 Obituaries

LAURIE DAWN PRADON On Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, Laurie Dawn Pradon, mother of two children and two grandchildren, passed away at age 70 in Mishawaka.

Laurie was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in Watervliet, MI to Lois and Don Rose.

She spent several years abroad in her youth, before returning to Michigan and graduating from Hartford High School in 1968, finally moving to Indiana to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. During her working career, she worked in finance and healthcare, spending many years at Memorial Health Systems, then Ireland Road Medical Group, and particularly enjoyed her time at OBGYN Associates.

Laurie loved musicals, and attended any musical production or touring Broadway performance that came her way. An enthusiastic supporter of her grandchildren, she never missed a marching band performance, football game, or theatrical production and shared their love of football (although rooting for different teams). A woman of firm opinions, where she stood on any debate was clear as evidenced by many varied and lengthy family Thanksgiving dinner table discussions.

Laurie is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David. She is survived by two children, Micael and Stephanie, her beloved grandsons Jacob and Noah, and her sister, Sharon, along with several nieces. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Palmer Funeral Home – Bubb Chapel, 3910 North Main Street, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the Pradon family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.

She will be missed and remembered fondly.

JOHNIE SANSOM JR. Johnie Sansom Jr., our dad, 92, of Coloma, received the greatest Christmas gift ever when he slipped into the Eternal presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Services celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at the Apostolic Tabernacle, 1881 Greenly, Benton Harbor with Bishop Billy Long officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the church. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Tabernacle in Johnie’s name. Arrangements are by the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Township. Please share memories, messages and photos at www.florin.net.

Johnie Sansom Jr. was born Oct. 29, 1928 in McCarr, Pike County, Kentucky to John and Elizabeth “Betty” (Gibson) Sansom. On June 28, 1952 he married the love of his life Gretna Oma Blankenship. They were married in Williamson, WV. Shortly after marriage they moved to Chicago where they resided for 15 years before moving to Southwest Michigan. They have lived for 53 years in the Coloma area. The past couple years he has called Royalton Manor in Royalton Township his home.

Johnie was a hardworking individual. He was first employed in the Coal Mines of Kentucky and then he was employed for the railroad as a track inspector where he walked the tracks six miles each day inspecting and driving spikes. His latest employment was for Bendix / Bosch Corporation in Lincoln Township where he retired in 1991 after 20 years. Johnie was also a minister of the Gospel which was his first love for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Gretna Oma (Blankenship) Sansom in 2018.

Johnie is survived by five sons, Dexter (Delia) Sansom of Bridgman, Randall (Debby) Sansom of Bridgman, Danny (Maxine) Sansom of Coloma, Dennis Sansom of Watervliet, and Johnny (Darla) Sansom of Goodletts, TN. He is also survived by a brother, Earling Sansom, a sister, Geraldine Conroy, a sister-in-law Deloris Blankenship, and a whole host of nieces and nephews, and many great friends. He leaves behind to cherish his memory 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren.

He was a great man of Prayer, Faith and Character, a true Disciple of Jesus Christ. May the world follow his example of loving God and loving people. John 3:16 For God So Loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not Perish but Have Everlasting Life.