Gritzmaker, Abigail

Written by David Green.

Abigail Michelle Gritzmaker, unborn daughter of Jacob and Lisa Gritzmaker, died July 13, 2012, in Blissfield, Mich.

She is survived by her father, Jacob; sisters Alyssa and Autumn of Blissfield; maternal grandparents, Robin (and David) McCowan of Morenci, and Mark Burrow of Jasper; paternal grandparents, Roger and Lisa Gritzmaker of Blissfield; maternal great-grandmother Marlene (and step-grandfather Bill) Burrow Cates; and great-grandparents Roger and Sue Gritzmaker of Adrian and Norman “Red” Suydam of Adrian.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lisa Gritzmaker; aunt, Amy Merrill; great-grandfather Herschel “Papa” Burrow; and paternal great-grandparents.             

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Blissfield Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating. Private graveside services will follow at a later date. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday  at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, and also on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Blissfield Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made for the family and children through the Blissfield Baptist Church, 717 N. Monroe St, Blissfield, MI 49228.

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