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HACKMAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES

We are proud to be one of the only funeral homes owned and operated by life long residents of the area. All of our staff are also local residents and they possess many years of local knowledge, serving every family with care, compassion and concern. At Hackman Family Funeral Homes, we take pride in simple personal touches such as answering the phones 24 hours a day, visitations with owner present and customized funeral and cremation care.

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Our Obituaries

Theodore Edward Tischler

August 4, 1941 - December 5, 2016

Theodore Edward Tischler age 75 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon, December 5, 2016 at his home. He was born August 4, 1941 in Reading, Pennsylvania son of the late William and Ella (Kiwak) Tischler. Ted resided in Burr Oak for the past 16 years coming from Reading, Pennsylvania. On November 25, 1967 he married Mildred Meck in Reading. Ted was employed as...
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Richard Earle Kane

June 27, 1934 - December 4, 2016

Richard Earle Kane age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning, December 4, 2016 at his home. He was born June 27, 1934 in Amherst, Ohio son of the late Raymond W. and Mary Edith (Hile) Kane. Dick resided in Sturgis since 1958 coming from Birmingham, Ohio. He had a love for Arizona and truly enjoyed the 13 years he and Shirley wintered there. On September 3,...
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Eleanore J. Laughry

April 15, 1941 - November 29, 2016

Eleanore J. Laughry age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016 at the Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, Indiana. She was born April 15, 1941 daughter of the late Jeremiah and Florence (Smith) Bupp. Eleanore resided most of her life in Sturgis. On September 23, 1960 she married John E. Laughry in Angola, Indiana. Eleanore retired from...
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Michael J. Cox

July 10, 1941 - November 28, 2016

Michael J. Cox age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday evening November 28, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born July 10, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan son of the late Kenneth James and Dorothy Elizabeth (Rich) Cox. Mike resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960. On May 9, 1994 he married Lou Ann James in...
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Ruben Garcia

May 8, 1956 - November 25, 2016

Ruben Garcia, age 60, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born May 8, 1956 in Zinapcuaro, Mexico a son of Jose Luis and Magdalana Garcia. Ruben has been a resident of the Sturgis area since 1993. He previously lived in California and Mexico. On Dec. 14, 1985 he married Blanca E. Garcia. He had been employed at Sturgis Iron & Metal and then...
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Phyllis T. Brown

June 26, 1923 - November 23, 2016

Phyllis Catherine (Tschumy) Brown age 93 of Klinger Lake, Sturgis, Michigan passed from this world early Wednesday morning November 23, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio on June 26, 1923, the oldest of two children born to Herbert Paul and Catherine (Stull) Tschumy. Phyllis was a 1941 graduate of Ross High School in Fremont. ...
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Rita Jo Zerbe

March 13, 1952 - November 23, 2016

Rita Jo Zerbe age 64 of Schoolcraft, Michigan began her heavenly walk peacefully after a "beautiful fight" with ALS on November 23, 2016. Although the fight was difficult, her last breath was pain-free surrounded by her immediate family; her greatest joy. She was born to her earthly journey on March 13, 1952 in Muncie, Indiana daughter of the late Herbert Lowell and Ellen (Bidgood) Shroyer....
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Burrett "Buster" M. Allabach

October 14, 1934 - November 21, 2016

Burrett M. "Buster" Allabach age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday evening November 21, 2016 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in LaGrange, Indiana. He was born October 14, 1934 in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania son of the late Charles and Lillian (Dauberman) Allabach. Buster resided most of his life in Sturgis, coming from Mill Hall Pennsylvania at the age of 5. On...
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Marjorie K. DeWitt

November 15, 1938 - November 16, 2016

Marjorie K. DeWitt, age 78, a lifelong Sturgis resident, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. Marjorie was born Nov. 15, 1938 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late Lowell K. and Beulah M. (Lehman) DeWitt. She had worked at the ARCH Workshop, the Sturgis High School Dietary Dept., and Thurston Woods Laundry Dept. She also enjoyed volunteering for the activities...
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William J. Schuler

November 13, 1921 - November 14, 2016

William J. Schuler age 95 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday morning, November 14, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born November 13, 1921 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania son of the late James Guy and Agnes (Smith) Schuler. Bill was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1939. On June 15, 1944 he married Lois P....
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Paul "Skip" Douglas Fergeson, Jr.

November 12, 1959 - November 14, 2016

Paul "Skip" Douglas Fergeson Jr., age 57, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Monday evening Nov. 14, 2016. He was born Nov. 12, 1959 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Paul D. and Patricia J. (Bridges) Fergeson Sr. Skip had been a resident of the Sturgis area all of his life except for a few years he lived in Colorado. On June 22, 1984 he married Debora Ann ...
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David William Sprister

July 18, 1952 - November 10, 2016

David William Sprister, age 64, a lifelong resident of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born July 18, 1952 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late William David and Marlene Lou (Kisseberth) Sprister. David was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1970. After high school he was employed by several local grocery...
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Thomas Wellington Bradley

December 29, 1918 - November 9, 2016

Thomas Wellington Bradley age 97 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at his home. He was born December 29, 1918 in Decatur, Indiana son of the late Wellington and Lulu (Smith) Bradley. Tom resided in Sturgis since 1969 coming from LaGrange County, Indiana. On September 24, 1942 he married Mary E. Willhite in Bowling Green, Ohio. She...
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Herbert S. Ledyard

April 25, 1942 - November 9, 2016

Herbert S. Ledyard age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior late Wednesday morning November 9, 2016 at his home. He was born April 25, 1942 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Arthur and Blanche (Pridgeon) Ledyard. Herb was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a truck driver by trade for all of his working life. He was a member of the LaGrange Church of...
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Audrey Wilson Ledyard

September 19, 1935 - November 9, 2016

Audrey Wilson Ledyard age 81 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born September 19, 1935 in Manchester, England. Audrey resided in the Sturgis area since the 1950s and lived in Kalamazoo from 1965-1976. In 1960 she married David Wilson. This marriage ended in divorce. On August 23, 1981 she...
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Lois P. Schuler

September 24, 1925 - November 8, 2016

Lois P. Schuler age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning November 8, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born September 24, 1925 in Sherman Township, Michigan daughter of the late Dwight and Mary (Haifley) Crosbie. Lois was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1943. On June 15, 1946 she married...
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Lenore Forrest

March 4, 1915 - November 7, 2016

Lenore Forrest age 101 passed away peacefully Monday morning, November 7, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 4, 1915 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Vern and Emma (Wisler) Free. Lenore was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1934 and continued her education and graduated from the International...
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Timothy C. Kennard

May 25, 1954 - November 5, 2016

Timothy C. Kennard age 62 of Chesterfield, Michigan and a former resident of Sturgis passed away early Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at the McLaren Macomb Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1954 in Elmhurst, Illinois son of Donald L. and Phyllis J. Kennard. Tim resided in Chesterfield since 2003 going there from Sturgis and his early life was lived in Glen...
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Cathy A. Wells

June 29, 1957 - November 2, 2016

Cathy A. Wells age 59 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away late Wednesday evening, November 2, 2016 at her home. She was born June 29, 1957 in Mexico, Indiana daughter of Elbert Earl "Bud" and Mary Gervase (Anderson) Mygrant. Cathy resided in Burr Oak since 1978 coming from Peru, Indiana. On April 8, 1978 she married Daniel Wells in Mexico, Indiana. Cathy was a licensed...
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Alita D. Peerbolte

May 8, 1914 - October 30, 2016

Alita D. Peerbolte, age 102, passed away late Sunday night, October 30, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born May 8, 1914 in South Holland, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Jonkman) Dykema. She graduated from Thornton High School and Junior College in 1932. She began her working career as a dental assistant working for Script (paper...
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Rosemary Currier

January 29, 1944 - October 30, 2016

Rosemary Currier, age 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 30, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo after an extended illness. Rosemary was born on January 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Elizabeth (McDonnell) Hora. Rosemary moved from the Chicago area to Centreville, Michigan at the age of seven. She graduated with the class of 1962. She met the...
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Robert Leroy Wilson

February 22, 1948 - October 28, 2016

Robert Leroy Wilson, age 68, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday evening October 28, 2016 at home with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 22, 1948 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Henry and Twyla (Howe) Wilson. Robert has been a resident of the Sturgis area all of his life and graduated from Sturgis High School before being drafted by the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam earning the Bronze...
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Irene Carrie Parker

April 21, 1917 - October 26, 2016

Irene Carrie Parker age 99 of White Pigeon Township, Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning, October 26, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born April 21, 1917 in Sherman Township, Michigan daughter of the late Fredrick W. and Carolyn "Carrie" Marie (Walters) Pagels. Irene was a longtime White Pigeon Township resident. On July 3, 1937 she married Louis...
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Evelyn Mae Baker

July 12, 1920 - October 24, 2016

Evelyn Mae Baker, age 96, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday Oct. 24, 2016 with family near her side at Thurston Woods Village. She was born July 12, 1920 in a log cabin in Lehigh, Montana a daughter to the late Henry and Luetta (Compton) Jones. Evelyn moved to Bronson at the age of 3. She graduated from Bronson High School with the class of 1938 and attended Tri State College in Angola, IN. ...
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Hilda Joyce (Hawkins) Osmun

January 27, 1936 - October 23, 2016

Hilda Joyce (Hawkins) Osmun, age 80 of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Jan. 27, 1936 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late Claude and Erna (Koehl) Hawkins. Hilda worked at Transogram, Wheelers Market, and retired from Freeman Mfg. She belonged to the ladies Aux. of the Moose where she was on their bowling league, and also the ladies Aux....
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Carlene Fisher

November 23, 1946 - October 22, 2016

Carlene Fisher age 69 of Brighton, Michigan passed away Saturday evening October 22, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born November 23, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan daughter of the late Sidney and Mildred (Boven) Visser. Carlene had resided in the Brighton area since 1991 coming from Columbus, Indiana. Her early life was lived in Grand Rapids where she was a...
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Verna I. Phillips

March 15, 1936 - October 19, 2016

Verna I. Phillips age 80 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning October 19, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 15, 1936 in DeKalb County, Indiana daughter of the late Daniel and Elsie (Morgan) Pierson. Verna resided most of her life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1954. On September 26, 1953 she...
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John Stackman

December 21, 1941 - October 17, 2016

John Stackman age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with his Lord and Savior early Monday evening October 17, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born December 21, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late P. Donald and Violet (Stevens) Stackman. John graduated from Centreville High School with the class of 1959. While in high school he was active in the Future Farmers of America. ...
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David Edward Horstman

November 4, 1958 - October 13, 2016

David Edward Horstman age 57 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly Thursday morning October 13, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born November 4, 1958 in Austin, Texas son of the late John and Anna (Burke) Horstman, Sr. For the past 4 years David had been employed by Medilodge of Portage. He also had been employed by the Kirsch...
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Fred Mandigo, Jr.

August 3, 1922 - October 13, 2016

Fred Mandigo, Jr. age 94, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening, October 13, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born August 3, 1922 in Sturgis, Michigan, son of the late Fred and Ida Charlotte (Grant) Mandigo. He grew up in Klingers, MI where his family had a general store. He took guitar lessons from Jay Stacy for several years in the 1930s. Fred attended and...
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Lemoyne H. Patterson

February 18, 1922 - October 12, 2016

Lamoyne H. Patterson age 94 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning October 12, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born February 18, 1922 in Burr Oak, Michigan only child of Ray and Mable (Hollister) Bowdish. Mrs. Patterson was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1939. On December 15, 1940 she...
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Arthur W. Hopkins

November 23, 1944 - October 7, 2016

Arthur W. Hopkins age 71 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening, October 7, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born November 23, 1944 in Fawn River Township, Michigan son of the late Paul Dale and Helen Mae (Snook) Hopkins. Art had been employed in the restaurant of the Holiday Inn in Sturgis and was a member if the First Baptist Church in...
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Edwin Morseau

October 8, 1935 - October 5, 2016

Edwin Morseau age 80 of Portage, Michigan passed away Wednesday October 5, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born October 8, 1935 in Silver Creek Township, Michigan son of the late Edward and Hazel (Ambrose) Morseau. Edwin resided in the Portage and Kalamazoo area most of his life and was a graduate of the University High School in Kalamazoo. ...
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Joseph Wayne Hittler

June 23, 1950 - September 30, 2016

Joseph Wayne Hittler, age 66, of Sturgis, MI passed away in the loving comfort of family at his home on Friday, September 30, 2016. He was a dignified man, who died as he lived. He was born in Toledo, OH on June 23, 1950, a son of Joseph and Josephine (Lasko) Hittler. He graduated from Bedford High School of Temperance, MI in 1968. After high school, he attended Ferris State University and...
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Martha Jane Pant

February 24, 1928 - September 28, 2016

Beloved mother and grandmother Martha Jane Pant, age 88, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born February 24, 1928 in Sturgis, MI a daughter of the late William "Pete" and Dorothy (Lough) Krontz. Martha has been a resident of the Sturgis area all of her life and on Sept. 29, 1945 she married Raymond...
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Wayne McLauchlin

May 30, 1931 - September 27, 2016

Wayne McLauchlin age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday afternoon, September 27, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was born May 30, 1931 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Garnard and Myrtle (Wittenberg) McLauchlin. Wayne was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1949. On...
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Christopher Phillip Calhoun

January 20, 1977 - September 24, 2016

Christopher Phillip Calhoun age 39 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning September 25, 2016 in Sturgis. He was born January 20, 1977 in Palos Hills, Illinois son of Joseph Glen and Cheryl Ann (Hoessler) Calhoun. Chris resided in the Sturgis and LaGrange, Indiana area since 2003 coming from Chicago, Illinois. He had been employed by Grumman Olson in Sturgis and also in...
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Terry Lee Saddison

March 2, 1948 - September 24, 2016

Terry Lee Saddison age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2016 at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Michigan. He was born March 2, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Vern and Dorothy Saddison. Terry was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967. In April of 1983...
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David Christopher Lee Gosling

May 1, 1933 - September 12, 2016

David Christopher Lee Gosling Three Rivers, Michigan Died at 9:00 a.m. on September 12, 2016. David was the youngest son of John Gwynne and Nell (Lee) Gosling, and was born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1 May 1933. He grew up near Klinger Lake, Michigan, where he lived until he moved to Three Rivers in 2000. David is survived a sister-in-law, Enid Gosling; a brother and sister-in-law, Drs. Peter and...
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Charlie M. Richardson

January 26, 1925 - September 11, 2016

Charlie M. Richardson, age 91, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. He was born January 26, 1925 in Overton County, Tennessee a son to the late Eddie and Georgie (Dennis) Richardson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. On April 27, 1943 in Brotherton, TN he married Callie L. Dishman. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2016. ...
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William Glyde Blatter

October 29, 1939 - September 10, 2016

William Glyde Blatter age 76 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening September 10, 2016 at his home. He was born October 29, 1939 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Hershel and Pauline (Bramen) Blatter. Bill had lived in Bronson and Coldwater but resided in Sturgis most of his life and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1957. He retired in 2008...
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Michael Miller

November 2, 1949 - September 8, 2016

Michael Miller age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born November 2, 1949 in Hazard, Kentucky son of the late Robert and Geneva Miller. Mike was a longtime Sturgis resident. He was a retired auctioneer by trade and graduate of the American Auctioneer College in Sarasota, Florida with the...
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Robert Lee Keckler

June 15, 1974 - September 8, 2016

Robert Lee Keckler age 42 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his home. He was born June 15, 1974 in Attleboro, Massachusetts son of Lyle and Rosemary (Cassidy) Keckler. Robert resided in the Sturgis area most of his life and was a member of the Spirit of Truth Church in Three Rivers. He is survived by one sister: Alice Keckler of...
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Leslie "Droopy" Clyde Schrader, Jr.

July 2, 1961 - September 6, 2016

Leslie Clyde "Droopy" Schrader, Jr. age 55 of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a former longtime Colon resident passed away Tuesday morning September 6, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born July 2, 1961 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Leslie and Kathie (Shear) Schrader. Les resided in Kalamazoo for the past six months, the rest of his life was spent in Colon and he was...
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Glen Darrel Frederick

February 13, 1954 - August 31, 2016

Glen Darrel Frederick age 62 of Three Rivers, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning August 31, 2016 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. He was born February 13, 1954 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Robert Louis and Betty (Davis) Frederick. Darrel resided most of his life in Three Rivers and had been employed by Chenoweth Roofing in Three...
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Susan Ann Taylor

October 3, 1932 - August 30, 2016

Susan Ann Taylor age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday evening, August 30, 2016 at her home. She was born October 3, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan daughter of the late Clare and Losia (Bass) Kirtland. Sue resided in Sturgis since 1971 coming from Kalamazoo, Michigan. On December 12, 1951 she married LaMar Dean Taylor in Angola, Indiana. She had been employed as a nurse at...
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Richard P. Rueckert

February 3, 1924 - August 30, 2016

Richard P. Rueckert age 92 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday evening August 30, 2016, surrounded by family at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born February 3, 1924 in Kankakee, Illinois son of the late Frederick and Edna (Culbertson) Rueckert. Dick resided in Sturgis since 1966, coming from Indianapolis, Indiana. On August 28, 1949 he married Carol Lott in Heyworth,...
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Jerry D. Fair

July 5, 1948 - August 28, 2016

Jerry D. Fair age 68 of Marcellus, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, August 28, 2016 at his home. He was born July 5, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late LeRoy and Beulah Marjorie (Draime) Fair. Jerry resided in Marcellus since 1994 coming from White Pigeon and his early life was lived in Sturgis. Much of Jerry's working life was spent as a supervisor in the folding...
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James Walter Tullos

April 6, 1932 - August 27, 2016

James Walter Tullos age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning August 27, 2016 at the Life Care Center of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born April 6, 1932 in Mississippi son of the late Leslie and Johnnie (Caulwell) Tullos. Jim resided in Sturgis since 1953 coming from Mississippi. On September 20, 1955 he married Jean Dingman in White Pigeon, Michigan. ...
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Wilma (Jeanne) Lueders

September 2, 1940 - August 26, 2016

WILMA (JEANNE) WILDER LUEDERS Wilma "Jeanne" Lueders, age 75, of Sturgis, MI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 26, 2016 after a courageous five year battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 2, 1940 on her parents farm near Hillman, MI; the second daughter of Roy and Cora (Daily) Wilder. Jeanne's childhood was spent around the Hillman, MI area where she attended Hillman public...
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Evelyn Myrta Brunner

November 29, 1932 - August 19, 2016

Evelyn Myrta Brunner age 83 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Friday evening, August 19, 2016 at Drews Place of Coldwater in Coldwater, Michigan with her family at her side. She was born November 29, 1932 in St. Petersburg, Florida daughter of the late Harry and Alice (Calloway) Link. Mrs. Brunner resided in Burr Oak since 1946 coming from Florida. She was a graduate of Burr Oak High...
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Margaret Clow

March 20, 1941 - August 15, 2016

Margaret Clow, age 75, of Sturgis, Michigan, passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Michigan. She was born March 20, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan a daughter of the late Myrl and Mildred (Gunthrope) Phillips. Margaret resided in Sturgis for the majority of her life. She was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1958 and she graduated in 1961 from...
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Kenneth Hugh Phillips

February 17, 1944 - August 15, 2016

Kenneth Hugh Phillips age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning August 15, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 17, 1944 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Russell W. and Marie (Hasbrouck) Phillips. Ken resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On February 5, 1999 he...
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James A. Boyden

April 20, 1944 - August 15, 2016

James A. Boyden age 72 of Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, Michigan passed away early Monday morning, August 15, 2016 at his home. He was born April 20, 1944 in Lansing, Michigan son of the late Charles and Martha (Gegung) Boyden. Jim resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On September 26, 1981 he married Jane Clock in...
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Dorothy M. McDonald

May 24, 1925 - August 13, 2016

Dorothy M. McDonald, age 91, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born May 24, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan daughter of the late Ross and Mary (Peters) Nugent. Dorothy resided most of her life in Sturgis with the exception of the 18 years she lived in Florida and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1946. On Oct....
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Doris Michele Keeslar

July 7, 1949 - August 11, 2016

Doris Michele Keeslar age 67 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at her home. She was born July 7, 1949 in Hamilton, Ohio daughter of the late Haven and Aurilla (Witters) Holland. Doris resided in Sturgis since 1969 coming from Hamilton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Glen Oak Community college in Centreville where she received her Associate...
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Mildred "Miki" Wade Sayers

August 26, 1921 - August 11, 2016

Mildred Wade "Miki" Sayers age 94 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning, August 11, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born August 26, 1921 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina daughter of the late Orville and Irene (Wade) Guthrie. Miki resided in Sturgis since 1952. Her early life was lived at Fort Benning Georgia where at the age of 16 she graduated in...
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Sue Ann Adams

May 22, 1941 - August 10, 2016

Sue Ann Adams age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening, August 10, 2016 at Brookdale Delta in Lansing, Michigan. She was born May 22, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Phillips) Minser. Sue resided in Sturgis for over 50 years coming from Elkhart, Indiana where she was a graduate of Elkhart Central High School with the class of 1959....
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Teresa A. Hamilton

November 17, 1965 - August 7, 2016

Teresa A. Zaika Hamilton age 50 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday afternoon August 7, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. She was born November 17, 1965 in Pontiac, Michigan daughter of Birt and Germain (Pykor) Zaika. Teresa resided in the Sturgis area for the past 18 years and her early life was spent in Manistee, Michigan. She had been employed by Vaupell...
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Becky Alice Ultz

April 4, 1958 - August 4, 2016

Becky Alice Ultz age 58 of Burr Oak, Michigan was surrounded by her family Thursday evening August 4, 2016, following a long hard fought battle with cancer, she was called home to a place where there is no more sadness or pain where she can glorify God with her infectious smile forever. She was born April 4, 1958 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of Dale and Evelyn (Link) Brunner. Becky...
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James Reiff

March 17, 1935 - August 3, 2016

Dr. James Reiff, age 81 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. He was born March 17, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois a son to the late Nathan and Frieda (Shertz) Reiff. James spend the majority of his life in the Michiana area. Settling in Sturgis, Michigan 22 years ago. He worked as a doctor for many years in the family...
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May Irene Hovda

November 12, 1913 - August 1, 2016

MAY IRENE HOVDA AGE 102 OF TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN AND A FOMER LONGTIME RESIDENT OF STURGIS PASSED AWAY MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 2016 AT THE GRAND TRAVERSE PAVILIONS IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN AND HAS JOINED, IN HEAVEN, FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HER SAVIOR, WHO WAS THE FOUNDATION OF HER LIFE. BORN NOVEMBER 12, 1913, (11-12-13), IN OAK PARK, MINNESOTA TO EDITH ECKSTROM AND ALFRED LUND, HER...
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Roger V. Kamphues

January 28, 1919 - July 25, 2016

Roger V. Kamphues, age 97, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at home. He was born January 28, 1919 to the late Joseph and Mabel (Prestige) Kamphues. Roger has been a resident of Howe, IN and Sturgis, MI all of his life. He was first employed by Roto Finish in Kalamazoo, MI and later employed at Burr Oak Tool & Gauge Co. for 42 years and retired when he was in his 80's. On May 5...
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Mark Allen Hendricks

September 7, 1969 - July 24, 2016

Mark Allen Hendricks age 46 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2016 at his home with his loving wife at his side. He was born September 7, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late David Dean and Donna June (Wesse) Hendricks. Mark was a lifelong Sturgis and White Pigeon resident and a graduate of White Pigeon High School with the class of 1989. On October...
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David "Butch" G. Hutchison

August 3, 1949 - July 24, 2016

David Gay "Butch" Hutchison age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Sunday evening July 24, 2016 at his home. He was born August 3, 1949 in Ravenna, Ohio son of the late Guy Jackson and Zella Mae (Ringley) Hutchison. Butch resided most of his life in Sturgis. He was employed by the Kirsch Company in Sturgis for 30 years until the company closed. He was also a talented...
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Phyllis V. Palmer

April 18, 1925 - July 21, 2016

Phyllis (Hart) Palmer, 91, of Sturgis, died July 21, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend with a keen sense of humor who will be deeply missed. Phyllis was born April 18, 1925, in Howe, Ind., to the late Fay W. and Kathryn (Wright) Hart. She attended school in Brighton, Ind., for 11 years before...
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Lee J. Yoder

August 15, 1958 - July 17, 2016

Lee J. Yoder age 57 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday afternoon, July 17, 2016 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. He was born August 15, 1958 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Kay and Joyce (Zirjacks) Yoder. Lee was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1980. Growing up close to Augsburger...
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Herbert L. Haskins

April 2, 1920 - July 17, 2016

Herbert L. Haskins, age 96, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. He was born April 2, 1920 in Springfield Twp., LaGrange County, Indiana a son to the late Louis and Minnie (Keller) Haskins. On November 14, 1945 in Angola, Indiana he married Margaret Robbins. She preceded him in death March 16, 1989. Herb attended Mongo High School, served in the U.S....
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Bruce Lee Waldron

July 9, 1959 - July 16, 2016

Bruce Lee Waldron age 57 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Saturday evening July 16, 2016 at his home. He was born July 9, 1959 in Tipton, Indiana son of Burton Lee and Frances Ann (Robbins) Waldron. Bruce was a Certified Master Mechanic and enjoyed fishing on the Great Lakes and hunting and loved time spent with his family especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his...
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Timothy P. Reilly

August 31, 1960 - July 12, 2016

Timothy Reilly, age 55 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Tuesday morning July 12, 2016 at his home. He was born August 31, 1960 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina son of James and Sue (Blakeslee) Reilly, Sr. Tim resided in Sturgis for the past 25 years coming from Detroit. On March 28, 2009 he married his soulmate Denell Holst on the beach of Siesta Key, Florida. Tim was a...
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Daniel Lee Myers

December 18, 1943 - July 12, 2016

Daniel Lee Myers age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016 at his home. He was born December 18, 1943 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Lewis H. and Alice Mae (Denison) Myers. Dan was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On April 15, 1974 he married Kathleen Bouman in Coldwater, Michigan. ...
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Jimmy Berlin "JB" Whitt

August 21, 1960 - July 10, 2016

Jimmy Berlin "JB" Whitt, age 55, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI surrounded by his loving family. JB was born August 21, 1960 in Morehead, KY a son to the late Berlin and Thelma (Winkleman) Whitt. He moved to Sturgis as a child and was a lifelong resident. On August 13, 1990 in Cassopolis, MI he married Donna Rose. He...
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Norma Jean Arney

November 1, 1943 - July 9, 2016

Norma Jean Arney age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning July 9, 2016 at the Fort Custer Recreational Area Campground in Augusta, Michigan. She was born November 1, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan daughter of the late Stanley and Joyce (Wagner) Harriman. Norma resided in Sturgis for most of her life. Her early life was spent in Richland, Michigan where...
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Adam Donald Riach

February 15, 1971 - July 7, 2016

Adam Donald Riach age 45 passed recently at his home in LaPorte, Colorado. He was born February 15, 1971 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada son of Donald and Linda (Cakebread) Riach. Adam resided in Colorado since 2008 coming from the Chicago area and he was a graduate of Wheaton North High School with the class of 1989. His early life was lived in Ingersoll, Ontario. Most of...
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Keith Ernest Schemahorn

June 20, 1932 - July 7, 2016

Keith Ernest Schemahorn age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening July 7, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born June 20, 1932 in Brighton, Indiana son of the late Clyde and Edith (Hanlon) Schemahorn. Ernie resided in Sturgis since 1955, coming from Brighton, Indiana where he was a graduate of Brighton High School with the class of 1950. Ernie also lived a short...
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Jeannette M. Fenner

October 28, 1952 - July 2, 2016

Jeannette M. Fenner age 63 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Saturday evening July 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born October 28, 1952 in Ludington, Michigan daughter of the late Robert and Janet (Vorac) Daugherty. She was a 1970 Ludington High School graduate with honors. Jeannette resided in Sturgis since 1984 coming from Reed City. She...
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Kathryn Wielgos

February 11, 1923 - July 2, 2016

Kathryn Wielgos age 93 of Sturgis, Michigan and a former longtime Bronson resident passed away Saturday morning, July 2, 2016 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. She was born February 11, 1923 in Jay County, Indiana, daughter of the late William Russell and Bertha (Elick) Cantrall. Mrs. Wielgos resided in Sturgis since 1991 coming from Bronson. In...
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Marina Avila

January 25, 1965 - July 2, 2016

Marina Avila age 51 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, July 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 P.M., Monday, July 4th at the Holy Angles Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Marina Avila will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Holy Angles Catholic Church. The Rev. Father Evelio Ramirez...
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Judy Gail Parish

October 19, 1950 - June 27, 2016

Judy Gail Parish, age 65, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born October 19, 1950 in Springfield, TN a daughter of the late Kelton and Eva (Crawford) Jackson. On March 18, 1972 in Springfield, TN she married Eugene Parish. He preceded her in death in 2001. Judy had been a resident of Sturgis all of her adult life and had...
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Norma Jean Shultz

December 7, 1941 - June 27, 2016

Norma Jean Shultz age 74 of Howe, Indiana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday afternoon, June 27, 2016 from her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 7, 1941 in LaGrange County, Indiana daughter of the late Garold E. and Evelyn Z. (Wilder) Northup. Jean resided nearly her entire life in LaGrange County with the exception of the 10 years she lived in...
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John "Poppi" Franklin Pinney

November 17, 1920 - June 26, 2016

John "Poppi" Franklin Pinney, age 95, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully Sunday morning June 26, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. He was born November 17, 1920 in Burr Oak, MI a son to the late Byard and Edith (Selby) Pinney. John has been a resident of the Burr Oak and Sturgis area all of his life except for a few years the family lived in Three Rivers, MI. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
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Jaime Schuler

December 26, 1981 - June 26, 2016

Jaime Nicole (Wilson) Schuler age 34 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 26, 2016 at her home. She was born December 26, 1981 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of Richard and Kathy (Molter) Wilson. Jaime was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 2001. On October 10, 2009 she married Shawn Schuler in Sturgis. ...
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Barbara Jean Osbon

October 5, 1952 - June 23, 2016

Barbara Jean Osbon age 63 of Constantine, Michigan passed away Thursday morning June 23, 2016 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centreville, Michigan. She was born October 5, 1952 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Gerald "Jerry" and Virginia (Rice) Osbon. Barbara resided in Constantine for the past three years. Most of her life was lived in Sturgis. ...
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Richard Christopher Willis

April 28, 1967 - June 21, 2016

Richard Christopher Willis age 49 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Albion, Indiana. He was born April 28, 1967 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of Richard L. and Janet (Keenan) Willis. Chris resided in Sturgis for the past six years coming from St. Petersburg, Florida where he had lived since the age of six. He was first married to Debbi Evans. This...
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Curtis Harold Morrison

August 22, 1955 - June 19, 2016

Curtis Harold Morrison, age 60, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at home following a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 22, 1955 in Gillette, WY a son to Richard H. and Aileen (Rustad) Morrison. Curtis graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1973 and had resided in the LaGrange and Sturgis area most of his life. He was married to Patricia Riley...
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Richard A. Batten

December 23, 1948 - June 17, 2016

Richard A. Batten age 67 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday afternoon June 18, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. These past few months, he fought an intense battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born December 27, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan, son of the late Cecil Neil and Esther L. (Frohriep) Batten. Richard resided in Sturgis most...
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Audrey "Sue" Lou Haines

August 6, 1946 - June 17, 2016

Audrey "Sue" Lou Haines age 69 of Orland, Indiana passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at Parkview Health Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born August 6, 1946 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Sue resided in Orland, Indiana for over 10 years coming from Sturgis, Michigan. She retired from HWI in New Haven, Indiana following 25 years of dedicated employment. Sue enjoyed...
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Norma Lee Large

September 15, 1925 - June 16, 2016

Norma Lee (Rhoads) Large age 90 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning June 16, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. She was born September 15, 1925 in Goshen, Indiana daughter of the late Glen A. and Alice (Yoder) Rhoads. Norma resided most of her life in Sturgis and she was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1943. On January 6...
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Donna Jean Sweet

July 17, 1931 - June 13, 2016

Donna Jean Sweet, age 84 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon, June 13, 2016 at Sturgis Hospital. She was born July 17, 1931 in Burr Oak, Michigan daughter of the late Paul and Marian (Rasbaugh) Ankney. Donna was a lifelong Burr Oak resident. Graduating with the Burr Oak Class of 1949. She married Harold Johnson in 1949, the marriage ended in divorce. In 1971, she married Lee ...
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William "Dub" Dobberteen

November 27, 1930 - June 5, 2016

William L. "Dub" Dobberteen age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning June 5, 2016 in Sturgis. He was born November 27, 1930 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Louis F. and Mabel (Kielkopf) Dobberteen. Bill was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1949. On March 11, 1951 he married Shirley Geil in Rochester. She died...
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Dolores "Dee" S. Kimball

June 10, 1935 - June 3, 2016

Dolores "Dee" S. Kimball, age 80, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday morning, June 3, 2016 at her home. She was born June 10, 1935 in Chicago, IL. Dee was married to Ed Starai. He preceded her in death. On May 25, 1985 in Chicago she married Leon S. Kimball. This marriage ended in divorce in 2005. She was employed as a Nurse for several years at hospitals in the Chicago area and after...
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Arthur T. Williams

February 12, 1934 - June 3, 2016

Arthur T. Williams age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening June 3, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born February 12, 1934 in Bronx, New York son of the late Herbert and Marion (Hopkins) Williams. He had resided in Michigan since 1948 coming from Bronx, New York. Mr. Williams was proud to have served his country entering the U.S....
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Paisley Jane Carpenter

June 2, 2016 - June 2, 2016

Paisley Jane Carpenter was born sleeping at Sturgis Hospital on June 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM. God blessed her parents James Carpenter and Roxanna Russell with her presence in their lives. Baby Paisley was too perfect for this world so she went back to Heaven before her parents could love her through her whole life. Paisley's love was felt through the tears shed for her, for the brief amount of...
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Homer "Jim" James Carter, Jr.

July 24, 1937 - May 31, 2016

Homer "Jim" James Carter Jr., age 78, of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at his home. He was born July 24, 1937 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Homer James and Pearl W. (Brown) Carter Sr. Jim had resided in Sturgis most of his life except for a period of about 8 years where he resided in Elkhart, IN with his wife Carol who preceded him in death. He enjoyed his job of delivering...
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Harold Eugene Riggs

July 7, 1930 - May 30, 2016

Harold Eugene Riggs, age 85, of Burr Oak, MI passed away early Monday morning, May 30, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was born July 7, 1930 in Three Rivers, MI a son to the late Cecil and Wanda (Foust) Riggs. Harold had resided in Three Rivers until his mid 20's when he moved to Sturgis and began his career at M&R, which is the current Abbott Labs where he was employed for 31years...
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Rosabelle "Rose" Large

April 19, 1927 - May 29, 2016

Rosabelle "Rose" Large age 89 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday afternoon May 29, 2016 surrounded by her family at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born April 19, 1927 in Ann Arbor, Michigan daughter of the late Morris J. and Rose (Ulrich) Johnson. Rose resided most of her life in Sturgis and was a member of the Sturgis High School Class of 1945...
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Gracye A. Notestine

January 22, 1931 - May 27, 2016

Gracye A. Notestine age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday afternoon, May 27, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born January 22, 1931 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Russell and Mildred Griffis. Due to the death of her parents at very young ages she was raised by her grandparents: Lawrence and Rosa Shook. Gracye was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a...
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Evelyn Marie Warner

October 23, 1951 - May 22, 2016

Evelyn Marie Warner age 64 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the home of her aunt in Sturgis. She was born October 23, 1951 in LaGrange, Indiana daughter of the late Mildred Maxine Ness. Evelyn resided in Sturgis since 1970 coming from the Wolcottville, Lagrange County, Indiana area where she resided with her grandparents: Theodore Bruno and Geneva...
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Ruth Ann Slagg

July 18, 1926 - May 22, 2016

RUTH ANN SLAGG age 89 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday evening, May 22, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born July 18, 1926 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Sheldon Leonard and Edna (Kime) Butz. Ruth Ann was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1944. On November 12, 1976 she married Lyle L. Slagg in...
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Victor Joseph Galinis

December 21, 1929 - May 22, 2016

Victor Joseph Galinis, Sr. age 86 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning May 22, 2016 at his home. He was born December 21, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late Peter and Nellie (Yermala) Galinis. Vic resided in Sturgis since 1963 coming from Coldwater. On February of 1948 he married Catherine Inde in Kentucky. Vic began his career with Sturgis Molded Products in...
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