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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

Joan Elaine Teadt

April 30, 1945 - June 21, 2017

Joan E. Teadt age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 21, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born April 30, 1945 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Clarence and Alice (Wallman) Teadt. Joan was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1963. Joan retired from the U.S. Navy...
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Judy M. Brubaker

May 27, 1955 - June 20, 2017

Judy M. Brubaker age 62 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning June 20, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born May 27, 1955 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of John and Doris (Hostetler) Brubaker. Judy resided in Sturgis for the past five years. Most of her working life she was employed in sales and management. Judy...
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Dagmar Elaine Berdan

December 19, 1929 - June 17, 2017

Dagmar Elaine Berdan, age 87, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born December 19, 1929 in Wakefield, MI a daughter to the late Nels and Edith (Saari) Teppo. On March 26, 1949 in Muskegon, MI she married Ronald E. Kinsman. He preceded her in death June 6, 1989. On July 19, 1991 in Sturgis, MI she married Jack F. Berdan. He preceded her in...
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John C. Frye

July 16, 1936 - June 17, 2017

John C. Frye age 80 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening June 17, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born July 16, 1936 in Elkhart, Indiana son of the late Benjamin Smith and Anne (Craig) Frye. John resided in Sturgis, at Klinger Lake for the past 54 years. His early life was lived in Elkhart, Indiana where he was a graduate of Elkhart Central High School...
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Florence Joan Duecker

April 20, 1932 - June 16, 2017

Florence Joan Duecker age 85 of Lansing, Michigan passed away Friday morning June 16, 2017 at the Medilodge of Lansing in Lansing. She was born April 20, 1932 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Ralph and Geneva (Hackett) King. Joan resided with her daughter in Lansing for the past six years. Prior to moving to Lansing she lived in Burr Oak where she was a graduate of Burr Oak...
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Jayne Lou Krebser

March 21, 1934 - June 15, 2017

Jayne Lou Hostetler Krebser, age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan made her transition to the next world Thursday evening June 15, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis where she was surrounded by the incredibly loving staff of nurses and caregivers that she loved wholeheartedly. She was born March 21, 1934 in Shipshewana, Indiana daughter of the late Tyrus LaJoie and Zella Mae (Hutton) Hostetler...
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Elena Rae Myers

August 18, 1978 - June 15, 2017

Elena Rae Myers age 38 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, June 15, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born August 18, 1978 in Clarksville, Tennessee daughter of Bertram and Shirley (Hicks) Myers. Elena resided most of her life in Sturgis and attended Sturgis High School until the day she was involved in an automobile accident. She...
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Annette Eleanor Magness

July 27, 1926 - June 15, 2017

Annette Eleanor (Moore) Magness age 90 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening June 15, 2017 at her home. She was born July 27, 1926 in Waterbury, Connecticut eldest daughter of John and Mary (Mulhern) Moore. Annette attended school in Waterbury and graduated from Waterbury Catholic High School, and then St. Vincent School of Nursing in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She worked...
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Margaret Lodema Hudson

May 3, 1926 - June 14, 2017

Margaret Lodema (Shotzman) Hudson age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening June 14, 2017 at her home. She was born May 3, 1926 at home in Quenemo, Kansas daughter of the late Jacob Wesley and Blanche Dora (Rodgers) Shotzman. Margaret's early life was lived in Charleston, Arkansas where she was a graduate of Charleston High School with the class of 1944. ...
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John "Jack" Robertson

November 21, 1935 - June 13, 2017

John "Jack" Edward Robertson age 81, of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday June 13, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born November 21, 1935 in Toledo, OH the son to the late Clifford and Ida (Heaser) Robertson. The family moved to Detroit, MI for a brief time before settling in Short Hills, NJ. After graduation from Milburn High School, Jack attended Michigan State University and...
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Mary Ellen Wygant

July 22, 1921 - June 12, 2017

Mary Ellen Wygant age 95 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon, June 12, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born July 22, 1921 in Huntington County, Indiana near Roanoke daughter of the late Edward and Florence (Duhammel) Wygant. Mary Ellen resided her early life in Roanoke and was a graduate of Roanoke High School with the class of 1939. ...
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Neil H. Johnston

May 4, 1933 - June 10, 2017

Neil H. Johnston age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Saturday morning June 10, 2017 at his home. He was born May 4, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan son of the late Paul R. and Mary Elizabeth (Simons) Johnston. Neil resided in Sturgis since the early 1960s coming from Grand Rapids. On July 3, 1967 he married Gladys Kanouse in Sturgis. Neil owned and operated...
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Connie Sue Sorko-Ram Budfuloski

August 11, 1961 - June 9, 2017

Connie Sue Sorko-Ram Budfuloski age 55 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully Friday, June 9, 2017 at her home. She was born August 11, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota daughter of the late Paul Ollie and Patricia (Burns) Sorko-Ram. Connie resided most of her life in Sturgis. She had been employed as a certified Medical Financial Biller for the Westside Clinic in Kalamazoo. ...
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Donald Ray Hansen, Jr.

May 26, 1947 - June 9, 2017

Donald Ray Hansen, Jr. age 70 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday afternoon, June 9, 2017 at his home. He was born May 26, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana son of the late Donald Ray and Zanna (Rhea) Hansen. On May 31, 2014 he married Carol McGary Matz at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Donald retired from a powder coating company in Edwardsburg. He had also been...
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Philip Alan Cary

November 21, 1938 - June 6, 2017

Philip Alan Cary, age 78, of Bronson, Michigan passed away late Tuesday morning June 6, 2017 at his home. He was born November 21, 1938 in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the son of the late Phillip and Marian (Fennell) Cary. Alan grew up in Bronson where the Cary families were known for raising gladiolas and delivering them to wholesale houses. During winter months, they would often...
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Lester F. Ettinger

April 4, 1947 - May 31, 2017

Lester F. Ettinger, age 70, of Sturgis, MI passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born April 4, 1947 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Albert K. and Thelma E. (Snook) Ettinger. Lester had resided in Sturgis most of his life and was employed for several years at Americraft Carton before failing health forced him to retire. He enjoyed watching...
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Susan K. Poffenberger

October 15, 1945 - May 29, 2017

Susan K. Poffenberger age 71 of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a longtime former Sturgis resident passed away early Monday morning May 29, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born October 15, 1945 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Francis and Anna Mae (Kreider) Horning, Sr. Susan had resided in Kalamazoo for the past three years. Before moving to...
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Alberta Arlene Roberts

April 4, 1924 - May 26, 2017

Alberta Arlene Roberts, aged 93, of Sturgis, passed away on May 26, 2017. She had been a resident of Thurston Woods Village since 2016. Arlene was born April 4, 1924 in Rome City, Indiana to Russell and Madeline (Tormey) Morrison. She graduated from Rome City High School and moved to Sturgis in 1942. She was employed by the Harter Corporation in the sales department and spent several years in...
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John Paul Jones

July 31, 1957 - May 23, 2017

John Paul Jones age 59 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday May 23, 2017 at his home. He was born July 31, 1957 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late George Alfred and Alice Luella (Fox) Jones. John resided most of his life in the Sturgis area and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1975. He was currently employed by Sturgis Molded Products in Sturgis...
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Tony Gene Klopfenstein

July 18, 1956 - May 16, 2017

Tony Gene Klopfenstein age 60 of Howe, Indiana passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2017 at his home. He was born July 18, 1956 in LaGrange, Indiana son of the late Carl J. and Aretha Mary (Klopfenstine) Klopfenstein. Tony was a lifelong Howe resident and a graduate of Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana with the class of 1974. He furthered his education at Glen...
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Howard John Bauman

February 9, 1941 - May 16, 2017

Howard John Bauman age 76 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017 at Brookdale Portage Assisted Living in Portage, Michigan. He was born February 9, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Arthur and Erma (Pridgeon) Bauman. Howard was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On October 28, 1967 he married Sandra Pelkey in Three Rivers. Howard retired from...
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Madeline Hill

February 7, 1949 - May 15, 2017

Madeline Hill age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon, May 15, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born February 7, 1949 in Ancoe, Knott County, Kentucky daughter of the late Willie and Pearlie (Jent) Singleton. Madeline resided in Sturgis since 1965 coming from Kentucky. She was a homemaker and was happiest when she was able...
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James Paul Krontz, Sr.

April 13, 1946 - May 13, 2017

James Paul Krontz, Sr. age 71 of Bronson, Michigan passed away early Saturday morning, May 13, 2017 at the Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater, Michigan. He was born April 13, 1946 in Butler, Indiana son of the late Walter and Pauline Krontz. James resided in Bronson for the past three years coming from Orland, Indiana. He was a welder by trade and a fan of...
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Roy E. Lewis

January 14, 1963 - May 12, 2017

Roy E. Lewis age 54 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Friday morning, May 12, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born January 14, 1963 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late William J. and Betty L. (Carper) Lewis. Roy resided most of his life in the Sturgis, LaGrange, Indiana and Burr Oak area. Most of his working life was involved in the Recreational Vehicle Industry. ...
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John Jay Lichty

August 24, 1921 - May 11, 2017

John Jay Lichty, 95 years old, died at Porter Hills Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, May 11. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, he enriched the lives of all who knew him. Preceding him in death were his greatly loved wife with whom he shared 66 years of marriage, Nadyne Poynter Lichty; son, Jeffrey Scott Lichty; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and...
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Karen Ann Elmore

February 20, 1961 - May 11, 2017

Karen Ann Elmore, age 56, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at home with her family by her side. She was born Feb. 20, 1961 in LaGrange, IN a daughter to the late Donald and Dorothy (Marks) Lance. Karen has been a resident of Sturgis all of her life and on March 26, 1981 in Sturgis she married Edward Elmore. She had been employed at Precision Speed in Sturgis for over 10 years...
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Violet Virginia McClanahan

July 15, 1932 - May 10, 2017

Violet Virginia McClanahan age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born July 15, 1932 in Bronson, Michigan daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Colpetsir) Grindle. Violet resided most of her life in the Sturgis and Bronson area. She was married to Kenneth Overholt. This marriage ended in divorce. ...
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Karen Cherney Willis

December 31, 1962 - May 3, 2017

Karen Cherney Willis (previously Santee), 54, passed away on May 3, 2017 at her home in Sturgis, MI. She was born in Racine, WI in 1962, daughter of Robert and Lucille (Nelson) Cherney. After graduating from J.I. Case High School in 1981, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL where she lived for 28 years. She married Clifford B. Santee Jr. in 1984, and Richard C. Willis in 2007. Karen worked as...
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Kelly Jean Gottschalk

September 14, 1967 - April 24, 2017

Kelly Jean Gottschalk age 49 of Howe, Indiana passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born September 14, 1967 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of Darryl and Sharon (Schrock) Gottschalk. Kelly had resided in Howe since 1995 coming from Sturgis, Michigan where she was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class or 1986 and a member of the...
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Lisa Ann Lego

July 13, 1959 - April 21, 2017

Lisa Ann Lego age 57 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday morning April 21, 2017 at her home. She was born July 13, 1959 in Hayti, Missouri daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Ann Elizabeth (Dowdy) Muller. Lisa resided in Sturgis since 1992 coming from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. On May 26, 1991 she married Ronald Lego in Rocky Mount. Lisa had been employed by...
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William G. Milliman

December 5, 1929 - April 18, 2017

William G. Milliman age 87 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning April 18, 2017 at Drew's Place in Coldwater, Michigan. He was born December 5, 1929 in Burr Oak, Michigan son of the late Nelson and Mildred (Robbins) Milliman. Bill was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1948. On September 16, 1950 he married...
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Wilbur H. Kotcher

November 11, 1925 - April 17, 2017

Dr. Wilbur H. Kotcher age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning April 17, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born November 11, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late Wilbur Joseph and Cora (Kennard) Kotcher. On December 7, 1992 he married Eugenia M. Gonzales in Reno, Nevada. A Chiropractic doctor, he was a graduate of the National College of...
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Elizabeth "Betsy" Catherine Mowry

March 31, 1933 - April 16, 2017

Elizabeth Catherine "Betsy" Mowry (Woehr) of Sturgis passed away after a short illness on April 16th, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Betsy was born on March 31st, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to proud parents Vada L. Woehr (Reynolds) and Andrew Emil Woehr. She was the youngest of 4 siblings and adored by her Grandmother Reynolds who raised her in the family home while both...
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Ruby Marie Webb

February 7, 1929 - April 16, 2017

Ruby Marie Webb age 88 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior early Easter Sunday morning April 16, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born February 7, 1929 in Goshen, Indiana daughter of the late Harvey and Edna Weirich. Ruby resided in the Sturgis area most of her life and was a graduate of Shipshewana High School in Shipshewana, Indiana with the...
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Gloria R. Marks

November 17, 1938 - April 14, 2017

Gloria R. Marks age 78 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully Friday evening, April 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born November 17, 1938 in North Liberty, Indiana daughter of the late Kenneth A. and Sarah Elizabeth (Robison) Keyser. Gloria resided in Sturgis since 1954 coming from Plymouth, Indiana and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class...
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Norman VanPelt

February 14, 1928 - April 10, 2017

Norman D. VanPelt age 89 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday morning April 10, 2017 at his home. He was born February 14, 1928 in Fawn River, Michigan son of the late Crate and Viola (Knight) VanPelt. Norman was a lifelong Sturgis area resident. On February 15, 1947 he married Betty Jean Jourdan in Angola, Indiana. She died February 9, 2014. Norm retired from the City of...
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Harvey Robert Schlabach

December 28, 1943 - April 10, 2017

Harvey Robert Schlabach age 73 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Monday morning April 10,2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec 28, 1943 in Litchfield Michigan son of the late Joas and Barbara (Schwartz) Schlabach. He worked at Burr Oak Tool and Gauge and retired from Jayco in 2007. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, farming,...
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Donna C. Root

December 9, 1928 - April 9, 2017

Donna C. Root age 88, of Burr Oak, MI passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Fairview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Centreville, MI with her granddaughters by her side. Donna was born Dec. 9, 1928 in Flint, MI a daughter to the late Jacob and Vera (Bell) Smart. Donna moved from Flint, MI to Burr Oak, MI as a child and graduated from Burr Oak High School. On June 6, 1947 in Burr Oak she...
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Carol Edith Easterday

April 17, 1928 - April 5, 2017

Carol Edith Easterday age 88 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon April 5, 2017 at her home with her daughter at her side. She was born April 17, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio daughter of the late Homer Edward and Edith E. (Bury) Townsend. Mrs. Easterday resided in Sturgis since 1960 coming from Columbus, Ohio. On September 20, 1950 she married Donald E....
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Jean Eckert

May 19, 1922 - April 5, 2017

Jean Eckert age 94 of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and a former resident of Sturgis passed away late Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Huron Woods in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was born May 19, 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, daughter of the late Virgil and Louise (Rippey) Mast. Mrs. Eckert resided in Sturgis until 1948 when she and her husband moved to Ypsilanti where they lived until 1980. They...
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Dorothy Eleanor Greider

July 15, 1915 - April 4, 2017

Dorothy Eleanor Greider age 101 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning, April 4, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born July 15, 1915 in Vaughnsville, Ohio daughter of the late Lloyd and Hazel (Bressler) Dackin. Dorothy was a graduate of Lima Central High School in Lima, Ohio. She furthered her education and graduated from the Lima Business College...
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John Otto Frohriep

December 1, 1929 - April 1, 2017

John Otto Frohriep age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan and longtime Colon resident passed away Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2017 at his home. He was born December 1, 1929 in Colon, Michigan son of the late Clifford Carl and Bertha Beatrice (Frye) Frohriep. John resided in Sturgis since 2003 coming from Colon where he lived most of his life and was a graduate of Colon High School with the...
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Earl A. Frohriep

August 23, 1928 - March 30, 2017

Earl A. Frohriep age 88 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Thursday evening March 30, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born August 23, 1928 in Fawn River Township, Michigan son of the late Emil L. and Luella (Diekman) Frohriep. Earl was a lifelong Sturgis area resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1956. On October 17, 1959 he...
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Robert Edward Potts

December 18, 1948 - March 30, 2017

Robert Edward "Poncho" Potts age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning March 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born December 18, 1948 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Royal and Dorothy (Chrisman) Potts. Bob resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967 where he excelled in music. ...
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John Williams

September 18, 1937 - March 27, 2017

John Williams, age 79, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born Sept. 18, 1937 in Hazard, KY a son to the late Eli and Melda (Cambell) Williams. John has been a resident of the Sturgis area since 1960, moving here from Kentucky. On Dec. 6, 1960 in Nottawa, MI he married Loretta Patrick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp....
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Randall L. Andrews

July 17, 1933 - March 27, 2017

Randall L. "Randy" Andrews age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday morning March 27, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born July 17, 1935 in Tarpon Springs, Florida son of the late Doyle and Gladys (McGeehee) Andrews. Randall attended many different schools in his younger years while living in Florida and Michigan and graduated from...
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Sadie Belle Hardy

November 27, 1923 - March 26, 2017

Sadie Belle Hardy age 93 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning March 26, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Michigan. She was born November 27, 1923 in Burr Oak, Michigan daughter of the late John Arthur and Eva Merle (Brooks) Dunham. Mrs. Hardy was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1941. On August 14...
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Norma J. Bontrager

September 10, 1929 - March 25, 2017

Norma J. Strang Bontrager age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, March 25, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born September 10, 1929 in Bronson, Michigan daughter of the late John and Amanda Marie (Green) Chapman. Norma resided nearly her entire life in the Sturgis and Bronson area and was a graduate of Bronson High School. On September 20,...
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Mary Ann Christner

July 4, 1950 - March 24, 2017

Mary Ann Christner age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Friday evening March 24, 2017 at her home. She was born July 4, 1950 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Harry and Leona Mae (Garett) Huber. She resided nearly her entire life in the Sturgis area. Mary was a home maker and enjoyed arts and crafts. She is survived by three daughters: Melissa Davis,...
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Duane Harley Fair

January 10, 1926 - March 18, 2017

Duane Harley Fair age 91 of Bronson, Michigan passed away Saturday afternoon March 18, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born January 10, 1926 in Noble Township, Michigan son of the late Marshall and Wava (Pocock) Fair. Mr. Fair was a lifelong Bronson area resident and a graduate of Orland High Scholl in Orland, Indiana with the class of 1944. On June 6, 1953...
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Hillary Marie Miller

November 5, 1985 - March 18, 2017

Hilary Marie Miller age 31 of Sturgis, Michigan and formerly of LaGrange, Indiana passed away Saturday evening, March 18, 2017 at her home. She was born November 5, 1985 in Fort Wayne, Indiana daughter of Kelly Richards and Charles Litherland. Hilary resided in Sturgis for the past five years coming from LaGrange, Indiana. She enjoyed her cat and tropical fish and watching...
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Martin Paul Gillette

June 12, 1971 - March 17, 2017

Martin Paul Gillette age 45 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday morning, March 17, 2017 at his home. He was born June 12, 1971 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Clyde and JoAnn (Collins) Gillette. Martin was currently employed by ACM Plastics and had worked over 10 years for Longstreet Furniture both in Sturgis. He enjoyed hunting and mushroom hunting. He is survived by one...
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Norma June Adams

February 22, 1924 - March 15, 2017

Norma June Adams age 93 of Sturgis and a former longtime Burr Oak, Michigan resident passed away Wednesday evening March 15, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born February 22, 1924 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Leon and Ethel (Matti) Adams. Norma resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area her whole life and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the...
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James August Cobb

July 7, 1960 - March 14, 2017

James August Cobb age 56 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born July 7, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan child number 6 of seven of the late Edsel and Lucille (Bison) Cobb. Jim was the top of his class when he graduated from Burr Oak High School with the class of 1979. He is survived by one brother: John (Patty) Cobb...
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Helen Siebenthal Munson

July 27, 1933 - March 11, 2017

Helen Siebenthal Munson age 83 of Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, Michigan passed away in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She leaves behind her grieving husband, Bernard "Budd" Munson, sons: Gregory (Cindy) Siebenthal of Coronado, California, Bryan (Karen) Siebenthal of, Salem, Connecticut, Kevin (Pamela)Siebenthal of San Diego, California, Brent (Liz) Siebenthal of South Bend,...
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George E. Horn

March 29, 1937 - March 11, 2017

George E. Horn age 79, of Kalamazoo, Michigan went to be with his Lord after a battle with cancer on March 11, 2017. George was born in The Bronx, New York on March 29, 1937 the only child of the late Fred and Dorothy (Tuller) Horn. As a child his family moved to southern New Jersey where he remained for the entirety of his youth. Upon graduation from high school, George joined the U.S....
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Janet Glee Swihart

June 26, 1943 - March 8, 2017

Janet Glee Swihart age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born January 26, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Jones) Hartsel. Janet resided in the Sturgis and Bronson area most of her life and was a graduate of Bronson High School with the class of 1961. On...
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Margaret "Peg" Anteau

August 28, 1930 - March 8, 2017

Margaret "Peg" Ann Anteau, age 86, of Sturgis, MI passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, MI. She was born August 28, 1930 in Schenectady, New York a daughter to the late James and LaRita (Allen) Davidson. Peg has been a resident of Sturgis since 1970 moving here from Rockford, IL. On May 16, 1953 in Tecumseh, MI she married Robert J. Anteau. He preceded her...
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Ruth E. Schmidt

March 8, 1921 - March 4, 2017

Ruth E. Schmidt age 95 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Saturday evening, March 4, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 8, 1921 in Mary's Town, West Virginia daughter of the late John and Mary (Davis) Short. Mrs. Schmidt resided in Michigan since 1946 coming from Virginia. On February 21, 1946 she married David E. Schmidt in Bluefield, Virginia. He died...
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Frank Arthur Palmer

June 10, 1949 - March 3, 2017

Frank Arthur Palmer age 67 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday morning, March 3, 2017 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. He was born June 10, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan son of the late Wayne and Gladys V. (Reed) Palmer. Frank resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area for many years, with his early life being spent in Battle Creek. He had been...
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JoAnn L. Maravolo

April 5, 1947 - February 27, 2017

JoAnn L. Maravolo age 69 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday evening, February 27, 2017 at her home. She was born April 5, 1947 in Chicago Heights, Illinois daughter of the late Chester and Iona (Cirks) Blackwell. On October 17, 1971 she married Eugene N. Maravolo in Chicago, Illinois. JoAnn and Gene began coming to Sturgis in 1972 when they purchased their cottage on Omena...
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Blake Allen Lauseng

February 8, 1987 - February 27, 2017

Blake Allen Lauseng age 30 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, February 27, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born February 8, 1987 in Sturgis, Michigan son of John and Tina (Russell) Lauseng. Blake resided in Sturgis and Florida most of his life. On October 7, 2016 he married Holly Whitcomb in Centreville, Michigan. Most of...
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Judith "Judi" Elaine Happel

June 27, 1942 - February 25, 2017

Judith "Judi" Elaine Happel, age 74, a lifelong Sturgis resident, MI passed away Sat. Feb. 25, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born June 27, 1942 in Sturgis, MI and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1961. On January 20, 1962 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis she married Lee G. Happel. Judith was employed at Kirsch Company, C.O.A....
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Jerry J Marbaugh

December 22, 1932 - February 23, 2017

Jerry J. Marbaugh, age 84, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Millers Merry Manor in LaGrange, Indiana. He was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Mercer County, Ohio a son to the late Walter and Marie (Woodruff) Marbaugh. Jerry has been a resident of Sturgis most of his life moving here as a child from Decatur, IN. On Feb. 23, 1963 in Sturgis, MI he married Roselyn Myrle Snider. She...
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John Richard Cary

August 3, 1931 - February 23, 2017

John Richard Cary, age 85, of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at his home. He was born August 3, 1931 in Kendallville, IN a son to the late John Russell and Ruby (Riehm) Cary. John was a veteran of the U.S.Navy, serving from 1951 – 1955, he was stationed with the "Blimp" Navy in Weeksville, NC and was also an air crewman on the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt Air Craft...
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Shirley L. Zarza

January 20, 1926 - February 19, 2017

Shirley L. Zarza, age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born January 20, 1926 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, Canada daughter of the late George and Anna (Miller) Garside. Shirley resided in Fort St. John, British Columbia until the age of three when the family moved to Albany Georgia where she lived...
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Joseph Leo Thomas Hice

March 23, 1987 - February 16, 2017

Joseph Leo Thomas Hice age 29 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Burr Oak Township due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born March 23, 1987 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Steven and Jane (Cobb) Hice. Joe resided his whole life in the Sturgis, Burr Oak and Bronson area and was a member of the Sturgis High School Class of 2005. He...
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William Edward Sowers

July 14, 1956 - February 15, 2017

William Edward Sowers age 60 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home. He was born July 14, 1956 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Jack M. and Thelma (Rambadt) Sowers. On March 13, 2000 he married Rose Frontera in Detroit, Michigan. She died July 11, 2009. Bill was an active member of the Whole Life Christian Fellowship Church in Sturgis. ...
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Kevin Clyde Jones , (KEBA)

May 1, 1960 - February 14, 2017

Kevin Clyde Jones (KEBA), age 56, of Sturgis, MI, a proud member of the Miami Nation of Native Americans, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at his home. He was born May 1, 1960 in South Bend, Indiana, a son to Herbert Clyde and Donna (Smead) Jones. Kevin spent most of his life in Sturgis, MI except for a few years he resided in Texas. He attended Sturgis High School, worked at many places in...
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Dale E. Gerig

November 13, 1929 - February 12, 2017

The Rev. Dale E. Gerig age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday evening February 12, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital. Dale was born November 13, 1929 in DeKalb County, Indiana the eighth of nine children to Menno and Zula (Sponhower) Gerig. He attended the one room school just down the road from the family farm. He graduated from Spencerville High...
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Randy L. VanDosen

February 2, 1962 - February 9, 2017

Randy L. VanDosen age 55 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born February 2, 1962 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Donald and Mary E. (Bunge) VanDosen. Randy was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1980. He enjoyed fishing, walking, working and...
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Robert Walter Puckett

April 30, 1923 - February 9, 2017

Dr. Robert Walter Puckett Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, Michigan April 30, 1923 – February 9, 2017 An 80 year love affair ended early Thursday morning, February 9, 2017 when he said "I love you Jean" and passed away at his home. He was born April 30, 1923 in Hampton, Iowa son of the late Bertram and Mary O. (Mitchell) Puckett. Dr. Robert Puckett met Jean Daniels 80 years ago...
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Susan Marsha Gibson

April 26, 1950 - February 6, 2017

Susan "Marsha" Gibson age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday evening February 6, 2017 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. She was born April 26, 1950 in Benton Harbor, Michigan daughter of the late William M. and Phyllis G. (Ragsdale) Hinton. Susan resided most of her life in Sturgis. She was employed as a secretary at Advance Schools in...
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Donald Charles Gruber

March 12, 1933 - February 5, 2017

Donald Charles Gruber age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 at his home. He was born March 12, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin son of the late A.A. and Edna (Dahlmann) Gruber. Don resided in Sturgis since 2000 coming from Kalamazoo where he lived from 1960 until moving to Sturgis. His early life was spent in Milwaukee where he was a...
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Roland H. Bedard

June 21, 1935 - February 5, 2017

Roland H. Bedard age 81 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday evening February 5, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born June 21, 1935 in Danielson, Connecticut son of the late Joseph Henry and Lillian (DePorche) Bedard. Roland resided in Sturgis since 1957 coming from Connecticut. On February 2, 1957 he married Marion Elizabeth Barr in Oneco, Connecticut. ...
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June Joan McCarthy

April 15, 1936 - February 4, 2017

June Joan McCarthy, age 80, of 1942 Alder Lane, Sturgis, Michigan died Saturday morning Feb. 4, 2017 at her home. She was born April 15, 1936 in Sturgis, Michigan, a daughter of Chalmer Charles and Hazel Irene (Smith) Merriman. She was a resident of Sturgis for 53 years, moving there from White Pigeon, Michigan. She married Michael Terence McCarthy On October 9, 1954, at the Holy Angels...
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Susie Miller

November 5, 1944 - January 31, 2017

Susie (Howard) Miller age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan went to join her Lord and Savior in heaven early Tuesday morning January 31, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family following a 13 month hard fought battle with ALS. She was born November 5, 1944 in Garrett, Kentucky, Son of the late Alf and Virginia (Chaffins) Howard. Susie resided in Sturgis for the past 23 years coming from...
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Brenda Joyce Jackson

November 13, 1944 - January 31, 2017

Brenda Joyce Jackson, age 72, of Sturgis, MI passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning Jan. 31, 2017 at her home. She was born November 13, 1944 in Canton, GA a daughter of the late George Frank and Dorothy (Wall) Sexton. On Sept. 1, 1962 in Atlanta, GA she married Steven Dale Jackson. Brenda was a long time resident of Sturgis and enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, and...
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Kathleen D. Newman

August 21, 1923 - January 30, 2017

Kathleen D. Newman, age 93, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born August 21, 1923 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late William and Trilby (Harter) Darby. Kathleen had been a resident of Sturgis most of her life except for a few years living in Arizona and Fort Wayne, IN. On June 12, 1943 in Sturgis, MI she married Harold C. Newman. He...
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Thomas Scott Dobberteen

March 19, 1955 - January 27, 2017

Mr. Thomas Scott "DOBB" DOBBERTEEN age 61 of Sturgis, Michigan. The "Alpha-1" disease and hard fought journey of 21 years ended peacefully for Mr. Thomas S. Dobberteen at his home on January 27, 2017. Thomas was born March 19, 1955, in Sturgis, Michigan the son of the late William and Shirley (Geil) Dobberteen. Tom was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduate of Sturgis High School...
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James Wilson Bohyer

May 5, 1942 - January 26, 2017

James Wilson Bohyer age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning January 26, 2017 at his home. He was born May 5, 1942 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Ralph and Maria (Guerrero) Bohyer. Jimmy resided in Sturgis for most of his life with the exception of the time he lived in California where he worked as a currier. Jimmy was a talented electrician by trade...
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Wayne C. Embler

August 17, 1937 - January 26, 2017

Wayne C. Embler age 79 of Bronson, Michigan skated out of this world late Thursday evening January 26, 2017 at his home. He was born August 17, 1937 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Joseph D. and Alta L. (Summey) Embler. Wayne resided in Bronson since 1957 coming from Sturgis where he was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1955. On September 15, 1956 he...
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Larry Lynn Noragon

September 20, 1948 - January 25, 2017

Larry Lynn Noragon age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning January 25, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born September 20, 1948 in Coldwater, Michigan son of the late Leon and Anna (Ewers) Noragon. Larry had been residing at the Home for Veterans since 2012. From 1987 until his move to Grand Rapids he lived in Sturgis. ...
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Roger Ray Carper

November 25, 1945 - January 25, 2017

Roger Ray Carper age 71 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home from Agent Orange exposure he received while serving in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was born November 25, 1945 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Gerald Ray and Wilma May (Fieberkorn) Carper. Roger was a lifelong Sturgis and Burr Oak area resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High...
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Harold "Pat" Dean Krontz, Jr.

January 27, 1937 - January 25, 2017

Harold Dean "Pat" Krontz, Jr. age 79 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning January 25, 2017 at his home. He was born January 25, 1937 in Weidman, Michigan son of the late Harold D. and Gertrude L. (Phillips) Krontz. Pat resided most of his life in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area. His early life was spent in Vicksburg. On May 22, 1954 he married Laura Lee...
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Kaniesh Sheri Armster

July 16, 1986 - January 23, 2017

Kaniesh Sheri Armster age 30 of Kalamazoo, Michigan and formerly of Sturgis passed away Monday January 23, 2017 in Kalamazoo. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Thursday, February 9th at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 10th at the funeral...
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Orpha Amelia Palmer

February 17, 1927 - January 21, 2017

Orpha Amelia Palmer age 89 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away late Saturday evening January 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born February 17, 1927 in Munising, Michigan daughter of the late Albert Nathaniel and Rachel Rebecca (Wilbur) Ketchum. Mrs. Palmer's early life was spent in Detroit and Elsie, Michigan. She moved to Sturgis in 1951 and resided in Burr Oak...
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Wanda Irene Fennell

October 4, 1931 - January 21, 2017

Wanda Irene Fennell age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan, passed peacefully into the arms of Our Lord, surrounded by her loving family, early Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She endured a lengthy illness, throughout which her grace, faith, and courage never wavered. Wanda, the oldest of twin daughters, was born October 4, 1931, in a farmhouse in Burr Oak...
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John Andrew Cook

December 29, 1941 - January 14, 2017

John Andrew Cook age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening, January 14, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. He was born December 29, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois son of the late Frederick and Ruth (Grimes) Cook. John resided in Sturgis since 1970 coming from Schoolcraft. His early life was lived in Niles where he was a graduate of Niles High School with the...
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Robert Russell Schrader

June 6, 1941 - January 12, 2017

Robert Russell Schrader age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening January 12, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born June 6, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Wilmer "Jake" and Rachel (Gross) Schrader. Robert was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On January 25, 1960 he married Patricia JoAnn Jordan in Sturgis. She died December 7, 2012. ...
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Janice I. Girton

June 19, 1932 - January 11, 2017

Janice I. Girton age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening January 11, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born June 19, 1932 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Clement and Frances (Hibbard) Bothamley. Janice was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On October 16, 1954 she married David Lee Girton. Janice attended the Hibbard Country School from...
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Faye L. Harris

June 10, 1935 - January 10, 2017

Faye L. Harris age 81 of Howe, Indiana was called home by her heavenly Father late Tuesday afternoon January 10, 2017 at Miller's Merry Manor in Lagrange, Indiana in the company of her family following a short illness. She was born June 10, 1935 in Millington, Michigan daughter of the late Lewis and Vera (Sheridan) Osborn-Kinney. Faye moved from Michigan to Florida and resided in...
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Daniel I. Beery

August 4, 1944 - January 4, 2017

Daniel I. Beery age 72 of Battle Creek, Michigan and a former longtime resident of Sturgis and Bronson passed away Wednesday evening January 4, 2017 at the Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born August 4, 1944 in Branch County, Michigan son of the late Leo and Eleanor (Lilly) Beery. Dan resided in Battle Creek for the past 8 years. Before moving to Battle Creek...
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Joan E. Vezeau

October 31, 1941 - January 3, 2017

Joan E. Vezeau, age 75, of Sturgis, MI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home. She was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Findlay, OH a daughter to the late Marion and Virginia (Geib) Parker. Joan has been a resident of Sturgis since 1981 previously living in Ohio and California. On August 20, 1961 in Findlay, OH she married William E. Vezeau. He preceded her in...
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Arthur Wayne Bowman

July 4, 1948 - January 2, 2017

Arthur Wayne Bowman age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan past away unexpectedly Monday evening, January 2, 2017 at his home. He was born July 4, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Virgil E. and Pauline (Dunham) Bowman. Arthur was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967. In his senior year he earned the Golden Hammer Award, the highest...
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Diane E. Heitger

June 28, 1940 - December 30, 2016

Diane E. Heitger age 76 of Bronson, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday morning December 30, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Sturgis. She was born June 28, 1940 in Sherwood, Michigan daughter of the late Elwood "Jack" and Ruth (Frederick) Johnson. Diane returned to the family farm in Bronson in 1995 where she lived her early life until her marriage in 1958. Before...
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Roger K. Hutchins

July 18, 1943 - December 26, 2016

Roger K. Hutchins age 73 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday afternoon, December 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 18, 1943 in Hillsdale, Michigan son of the late Wendell and Chlois "Betty" (Center) Hutchins. Roger resided in Sturgis for the past 52 years coming from Angola, Indiana. On November 28, 1964 he married Janet Washburn at the...
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Peggy Marie DeVries

July 25, 1952 - December 24, 2016

Peggy Marie DeVries, age 64, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, MI. She was born July 25, 1952 in Norway, MI a daughter to the late Carl and Thelma (Califf) Warner. On November 13, 1976 in Niles, MI she married Ronald L. DeVries. He preceded her in death November 1, 2002. Peggy grew up in Amberg, WI, graduated from High School in...
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Patricia J. Bellaire

May 31, 1934 - December 23, 2016

Patricia J. (Dean) Bellaire age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with her Lord early Friday morning December 23, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loved ones after a seven month battle with cancer. Patricia was born May 31, 1934 in St. Patricia's hospital in Aylesbury, England, the daughter of Thomas and Annie (Coppock) Dean. She married Paul W. Bellaire on August 7, 1954...
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Norma Jean Snyder

March 28, 1923 - December 21, 2016

Norma Jean Auten Snyder age 93 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening December 21, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 28, 1923 in Garrett, Indiana daughter of the late Clair E. and Dora (Wilson) Snyder. Norma was a longtime Sturgis resident. She was first married to Captain Kynard R. Auten of the 11th Airborne and later Marvin L. Snyder. ...
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