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Robert Moore Zimmerman

November 2, 1933 - August 1, 2017

On this date, August 1, 2017, Robert Moore Zimmerman left his earthly home to join his parents in their heavenly home. Bob was born in South Bend, IN on November 2, 1933 to Doyle and Dorothy (Manross) Zimmerman who preceded him in death. Robert was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2013. He was 83 years old, when he succumbed to cancer. II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have...
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Helen Laurie (Richmond) Reed

November 17, 1969 - July 17, 2017

Helen Laurie Richmond Reed, age 47, of White Pigeon, MI passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at Three Rivers Health Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 17, 1969 in Washington, DC on Andrews Air Force Base. Surviving are one son: Anthony Reed; her father: Gary (Tina) Richmond Sr.; a sister: Marcie (John) Winfrey; a brother: Gary (Neena) Richmond Jr.; 5 aunts; 7 uncles; 33...
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Brian Karl Fox

May 26, 1976 - July 10, 2017

Brian Karl Fox age 41 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday morning July 10, 2017 in LaGrange County due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the Indiana Toll Road. He was born May 26, 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan son of Karl and Mary (Jenner) Fox. Brian resided nearly his entire life in the Sturgis area and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class 1994. ...
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Nancy L. Inman

November 9, 1936 - July 3, 2017

Nancy L. Inman age 80 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning July 3, 2017 at her home. She was born November 9, 1936 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Harold and Leona (Siefert) Wegner. Nancy was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1954. On April 27, 1957 she married Alvin Inman at the Trinity Lutheran Church...
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Patricia A. Phillips

October 29, 1937 - July 1, 2017

Patricia A. Phillips, age 79 of Sturgis, MI passed away July 1, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born October 29, 1937 in Traverse City, MI a daughter to the late Arthur F. and Dorothy B. (LaMott) Patterson. On December 18, 1953 in Traverse City, MI she married Gary E. Phillips and they moved to Sturgis in 1963. Patricia was employed for over 25 years as a School Aide at both Wall and...
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Francis "Frank" Finnerman

February 11, 1928 - July 1, 2017

Francis "Frank" William Finnerman, age 89, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017. He was born Feb. 11, 1928 in Sturgis, MI-a son to the late Maurice and Alta (Adams) Finnerman. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabee's earning the rank of Machinist's Mate third class, serving during WWII. He graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1947. On August 5, 1994...
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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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson

May 5, 1936 - December 14, 2016

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson, age 80, of Sturgis, MI passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital after a long struggle with A.L.S. She was born May 5, 1936 in Ann Arbor, MI and was adopted by Henry and Freda Bowen of Adrian, MI. Upon graduating from Adrian High School, Cindy attended Stephens College in Missouri and then transferred to Michigan State University, where she...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Justine Ann Palenick

August 31, 1954 - May 20, 2016

Justine Ann Palenick, age 61, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 from complications of C.O.P.D. at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born August 31, 1954 in Three Rivers, MI a daughter to the late Al and Mary (Sedlacek) Palenick. Justine graduated from Constantine High School and resided most of her life in the Constantine and Sturgis Area. She was employed by several local factories...
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Reba Hamblin

January 25, 1937 - May 8, 2016

Reba Hamblin, age 79, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, MI. She was born Jan. 25, 1937 in Hazard, KY a daughter to the late Tinsley and Alcie (Eldridge) Baker. Reba spent her early life in Kentucky and lived in Shipshewana, IN for 20 years, LaGrange, IN for a short time, and moved to Sturgis in 2014. She retired from Mastercraft...
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Edna Mae Dale

August 13, 1932 - April 28, 2016

Edna Mae Dale age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening April 28, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born August 13, 1932 in Bronson, Michigan daughter of the late Vitalis A. and Mary Marie (Kibloski) Losinski, Sr. Edna resided in Sturgis since 1962 coming from Bronson, Michigan. She retired August 15, 1997 from Sturgis Molded Products in Sturgis following many...
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Brad Lee Wells

December 21, 1957 - April 19, 2016

Brad Lee Wells age 58 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning April 19, 2016 at his home. He was born December 21, 1957 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Robert E. and Frances Jean (Wellington) Wells. Brad was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1976. On September 18, 1998 he married Jacquilyn "Jackie" Everitt...
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Robert "Arjay" J. Livingstone

April 26, 1949 - April 18, 2016

Robert J. "Arjay" Livingstone age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon April 18, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born April 26, 1949 in Evergreen Park, Illinois son of the late Robert J. and Marie (Rogers) Livingstone. Bob resided in Sturgis for over 35 years coming from Chicago, Illinois. Arjay had been employed by Accurate Tool...
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Juanita M. Reagan

June 12, 1937 - April 5, 2016

Juanita M. (Reed) Wood-Reagan, age 78, of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 12, 1937 in Cassopolis, MI a daughter to the late Roland and Frances (Kratzer) Reed. Juanita has been a resident of Sturgis since 1950 and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1955. She had worked at Wise Lunch Main Café,...
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Callie L. Richardson

July 25, 1925 - April 1, 2016

Callie L. Richardson, age 90, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday, April 01, 2016 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. She was born July 25, 1925 in Putnam County, Tennessee a daughter of the late Ebbie and Victoria (Shaver) Dishman. Callie had been a resident of Sturgis since 1956 previously living in Detroit and Tennessee. On April 27, 1943 in Brotherton, TN she married Charlie M. Richardson. ...
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Clara Mae Green

December 17, 1944 - March 25, 2016

Clara Mae Green, age 71, of Coldwater, MI passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater. She was born Dec. 17, 1944 in Colon, MI a daughter to the late Ore and Treva (Strome) Metzger. Clara had been a resident of the Bronson and Sturgis area all of her life and has resided in nursing home care for the past 20 years. She was first married to Richard Vargo...
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Ione Emma Pappas

July 30, 1932 - February 16, 2016

Ione Emma Pappas, age 83, of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born July 30, 1932 in Chicago, IL a daughter to the late Gustav and Emma (Wolter) Zerbs. As a teen Ione moved to Burr Oak, MI where she graduated from Burr Oak High School. She has since resided in the Burr Oak and Sturgis area. She was first married in 1952 to Herman Thompson Jr. ...
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Rodney Eugene Mayer

November 13, 1933 - February 10, 2016

Rodney Eugene Mayer, age 82, of Sturgis, MI passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 13, 1933 in Bluffton, IN a son to the late Orla and Ina (Kaehr) Mayer. Rodney moved to Sturgis in the mid 1940's from Bluffton, IN and graduated Sturgis High School with the class of 1951. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean...
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Douglas Edward Fitch

May 29, 1943 - December 24, 2015

Douglas Edward Fitch age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Mercy (St. Mary's) Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Doug had suffered Alzheimer's disease for the past seven years. He was born May 29, 1943 in Coldwater, Michigan son of the late Jack Charles and Bertha Dolores Fitch. On November 14, 1969 he married Sue E. Carpenter in Coldwater. For...
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Menno Chupp

October 21, 1923 - November 24, 2015

Menno Chupp, age 92, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 21, 1923 in Jasper County, Indiana a son to Daniel and Sara (Schwartz) Chupp. Menno spent his early childhood in Allen County, Indiana with his parents and 9 siblings. The family moved to St. Joseph County, Michigan when he was 12. Menno was...
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Anna L. (LaCross) Kouder

December 30, 1931 - November 19, 2015

Anna L. (LaCross) Kouder Anna L. Kouder of Sturgis, MI, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, November 19, 2015. She passed away at Bronson Hospice Residence. Anna was born December 30, 1931 in Otisville, MI, Genesee County to Rene and Lavena LaCross. She lived most of her life in the Sturgis, MI area. On March 23, 1979 she was united in marriage to Donald...
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Bradley Joel Baker

January 14, 1960 - November 14, 2015

Bradley Joel Baker, age 55, a lifelong resident of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family after a valiant battle with Glioblastoma (brain cancer). Everything Brad did in life was done with care and passion. Whether he was volunteering as a Sheriff Reserve Deputy, holding a monthly appreciation luncheon for the employees at Neo Mfg., or...
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Arnold D. Borgert

July 17, 1925 - November 7, 2015

Arnold D. Borgert, age 90, of Sturgis, MI and formerly of Coldwater and Bronson, passed away Saturday morning Nov. 7, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village. He was born July 17, 1925 in Oxford, Junction, Iowa a son to the late Albert and Dorothy (Weiderman) Borgert. Arnold moved to Burr Oak, MI in 1930 and resided in Burr Oak until joining the U.S. Marine Corp in 1943. He earned the rank of Corporal...
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Anthony E. Scarpella

March 23, 1933 - October 19, 2015

Anthony E. Scarpella age 82 of Coldwater, Michigan passed away Monday evening October 19, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born March 23, 1933 in Steubenville, Ohio son of the late Albert and Doris (Sewer) Scarpella. Tony resided in Coldwater for the past 25 years. Prior to moving to Coldwater he lived at Klinger Lake in Sturgis. His early life was...
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Marian Long

January 6, 1941 - October 7, 2015

Marian Long, age 74, of Coldwater, MI passed away at home unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. She was born January 6, 1941 in Battle Creek, MI a daughter to the late Jack and Laura (Lawton) Elliget. Marian spent most of her life in Sturgis, MI and moved just a few years ago to Coldwater. In November 1959 she married Steven Snyder and they divorced after 21 years of marriage. On June 26,...
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Steven J. Mesler

August 3, 1967 - October 6, 2015

Steven J. Mesler, age 48, of Burr Oak, MI passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at his home. He was born August 3, 1967 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Donald Francis and Judith Ann (Poorman) Gross. Steven was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1985. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1985 – 1987. He resided in Sturgis until 7 years ago when he...
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Myra Alice (Cary) Mayer

November 20, 1929 - September 25, 2015

Myra Alice (Cary) Mayer, 85, of Lake Alfred, FL, originally from Bronson, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 in Winter Haven, FL. Myra was born in Kendallville, IN on November 20, 1929 to John Russell and Ruby (Riehm) Cary. She was the youngest daughter of 10 siblings. When Myra was a child, the family moved to Burr Oak, MI where they started the inaugural family gladiola business of...
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Edward J. Dunlap

November 2, 1932 - September 21, 2015

Edward J. Dunlap, age 82, of Centreville and formerly of Nottawa passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, MI. He was born November 2, 1932 in Ottawa, Ohio a son to the late Dale J. and Hazel (Mason) Perdue. Edward moved to Sturgis at the age of 17 and worked with a construction crew that built Trinity Lutheran Church. Most of his adult...
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Sharon Ann Monroe

May 23, 1942 - August 29, 2015

Sharon Ann Monroe, age 73, of Sturgis, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, August 29, 2015. She was born on May 23, 1942, to George and Cherry (Morrison) Monroe. She graduated from Sturgis High School, attended Cedarville College, and received a degree in education from Western Michigan University in May 1966. Sharon taught in the Fennville School System for one semester...
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Louis C. Pavel

May 19, 1926 - August 27, 2015

Louis C. Pavel, age 89, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born May 19, 1926 in Dearborn, MI a son to the late Vasile and Selby (Powell) Pavel. On Oct. 27, 1945 in Detroit, MI he married Phyllis Jean Sutton and they spent most of their married lives in Sturgis, MI. Louis graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, MI and from Wayne...
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James Jay Jourdan, Sr.

June 27, 1939 - August 21, 2015

James Jay Jourdan, Sr. age 76 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born June 27, 1939 in Fawn River Township, Michigan son of the late Henry William and Theda Almeda (Staples) Jourdan. Jim was a lifelong Sturgis resident. He retired from Grumman-Olson in Sturgis following several years of employment...
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Mildred Phillips

January 31, 1917 - August 10, 2015

Mildred Phillips, age 98, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village. Mildred was known by several names; "Millie", Aunt Millie, Mom, and Nana. She was born January 31, 1917 in Starke County Indiana to John and Nellie (Dipert) Clark. She moved to Michigan with her family as a small child. She married Leroy Phillips February 1934, he died June 1934 and a...
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Lester F. Harter

April 28, 1919 - August 1, 2015

Lester F. Harter age 96 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Saturday morning August 1, 2015 at his home. He was born April 28, 1919 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Saul and Daisy (Stringer) Harter. Mr. Harter was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On June 9, 1940 he married Edith Robison at the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Jacobs. He retired March 18, 1983 from...
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Lois E. Eagan

June 18, 1918 - July 27, 2015

Lois E. Eagan age 97 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac, Michigan. She was born June 18, 1918 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Louis and Alta (Foss) Holtz. Mrs. Eagan resided most of her life in Sturgis but did live for a short time in Jackson, and New York and she was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the...
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Catherine M. Clark

September 28, 1927 - July 8, 2015

Catherine Mae Clark age 87 of Constantine, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening July 8, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born September 28, 1927 in LaGrange, Indiana daughter of the late Robert B. and Letta (Carper) Leer. Catherine resided in Constantine since 2000. Prior to moving to Constantine she lived in Sturgis and White Pigeon and her early...
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Gathel Aleta Friend

November 26, 1919 - July 5, 2015

Gathel Aleta Friend age 95 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning July 5, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born November 26, 1919 in Wichita Falls, Texas daughter of the late Edward and Grace (Fritts) Halley. Mrs. Friend resided in Burr Oak since 1946. She was first married to Guy Alt. Gatha lost him as he was a casualty of WWII. In 1945 she...
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James Robert Dodson Carlson

September 29, 1981 - July 4, 2015

James Robert Dodson Carlson age 33 of Constantine, Michigan passed away tragically early Saturday morning July 4, 2015 in Constantine Township due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born September 29, 1981 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Randy and Penny (Carlson) Dodson. Jim resided in Constantine for the past 17 years. Before moving to Constantine he lived in Mendon...
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Howard Allen Miller

February 2, 1919 - June 23, 2015

Howard Allen Miller, age 96, of Burr Oak, MI and formerly of Sturgis, MI passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at home. He was born Feb. 25, 1919 in Howard City, MI a son to the late Jesse and Della Jane (Baldwin) Miller. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII. Howard had been a resident of Sturgis most of his life and on Dec. 21, 1946 in Angola, IN he married Jennie "Betty" Elizabeth...
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Lovada E. Pagels

December 1, 1922 - June 15, 2015

Lovada E. Pagels, age 92, of Burr Oak, MI and a lifelong resident of St. Joseph County, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Dec. 1, 1922 in Mendon, MI a daughter to the late Clifford and Vera (Bennett) Happel. On August 14, 1943 in Sturgis, MI she married Harold A. Pagels. He preceded her in death Nov. 7, 1997. Lovada was a graduate of Sturgis High School...
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Randall "Red" Sweet

September 21, 1960 - June 12, 2015

Randall D. "Red" Sweet age 54 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Friday afternoon, June 12, 2015 at his home. He was born September 21, 1960 in LaGrange, Indiana son of Larry Dean and Patricia (Scott) Sweet. Randy was a lifelong resident of the LaGrange County, Indiana and St. Joseph County, Michigan area. He was currently employed by Morgan Olson in Sturgis. He had also been...
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Lavancha Helen Waddell

June 17, 1918 - May 29, 2015

Lavancha Helen Waddell of Sturgis passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 in Charlevoix, Michigan. She was born in Kendallville, Indiana on June 17, 1918, the only child of Nathan and Alzenah (Browand) Waddell. In 1923 she moved to Sturgis, graduating from the Sturgis High School in 1936. She took the short course from the Business and Professional School in Detroit, graduating in 1937. After school...
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Phyllis I. Schoup

April 10, 1931 - May 28, 2015

Phyllis I. Schoup, age 84, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home. She was born April 10, 1931 in Kendallville, IN a daughter to the late Roy and Alice (Ford) Wentworth. On April 20, 1950 in Kendallville, IN she married Loyal J. Schoup. He preceded her in death July 30, 1985. Phyllis had been employed at Sturgis Newport Business Forms from 1957 – 1970. She enjoyed...
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Jerry H. Routsong

May 26, 1943 - May 13, 2015

Jerry H. Routsong, age 71, of Bronson, MI passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centreville, MI. He was born May 26, 1943 in Detroit, MI a son to the late Harold and Neva (Ettinger) Routsong. On July 4, 1969 in Richmond, MI he married Gail A. Hebel. Jerry had moved to the Sturgis area in 1971 coming from the Detroit, MI area and has resided in...
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Leland "L.D." Smith

November 6, 1943 - May 3, 2015

Leland "L.D." Smith, age 71, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born Nov. 6, 1943 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Albert and Phyllis (Neadstine) Smith. L.D. had been a resident of Sturgis most of his life and on July 4, 1969 he married Mary Jane Jackson. She preceded him in death March 1, 2006. He was a member of the U.S. Army and had worked most...
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Thurl B. Noland

December 21, 1929 - April 19, 2015

Thurl B. Noland, age 85, of Howe, Indiana and formerly of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, morning April 19, 2015 at home. He was born Dec. 21, 1929 in Salamonia, Indiana a son to the late Rev. A. Ray and Freda (Ballinger) Noland. Thurl moved to the Sturgis area in 1942 from Winchester, Indiana and on Nov. 3, 1950 at the Lima United Methodist Church, he married Elaine Yunker. Thurl graduated...
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Sara K. Church

November 10, 1940 - April 18, 2015

Sara Church, age 74, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sat. April 18, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born November 10, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana to Donald Tyler and Vivian Lois Church, and was raised in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. Sara graduated from Wright's Beauty Academy in Battle Creek, MI in 1964. She was a hairdresser in the Sturgis and Traverse City areas for 35...
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Patsy Jean Scott

May 16, 1952 - April 18, 2015

Patsy Jean Scott age 62 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015 at the I.U. Health Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. She was born May 16, 1952 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Robert and Jean (Lane) King. Patsy resided her whole life in the Burr Oak and Sturgis area and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1970. On March 14,...
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Harold "Skip" Meggison

June 10, 1944 - April 11, 2015

Harold "Skip" Clark Meggison, age 70, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Goshen Hospital. He was born June 10, 1944 in Traverse City, MI a son to the late Robert and Lorene (Moore) Meggison. Harold has been a resident of Sturgis since 1971 moving here from Colon, MI. He met the love of his life, Linda Deter in 1966 and they were united in marriage in 1980. Harold had...
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Maxine V. Housour

June 8, 1918 - April 8, 2015

Maxine V. Housour, age 96, of Sturgis, MI and Ft. Myers Florida passed away April 8, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born June 8, 1918 in Macon Missouri a daughter to the late Frederick and Nora (Elkins) Magnus. Maxine moved to Sturgis in 1924 from Macon, MO and moved to Florida in 1980. She was first married to Bill Lamb on July 1, 1939 in Sturgis, MI. He preceded her in death Dec....
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Paul S. Pelfrey

August 29, 1949 - April 2, 2015

Paul S. Pelfrey, age 66, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at his home. He was born August 29, 1948 in Hazzard, Kentucky a son to the late Clayton and Lillie (Caroll) Pelfrey. Paul has been a resident of Sturgis for over 30 years and had been employed at Midwest Tool and Cutlery in Sturgis. On March 15, 1975 in Buchannan, Michigan he married Brenda Gregory. He was a member of...
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Robert Evans Cox, Jr.

November 20, 1958 - March 30, 2015

Robert Evans Cox Jr., age 56, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at the South Bend Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 20, 1958 in Jackson, MI a son to Robert E. and Dottie (McDonald) Cox Sr. Bob had been a resident of Sturgis for the past 26 years and had resided in Coldwater, Jackson, and the Hillsdale area previously. On April 10, 1992 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis,...
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Virginia Ferrell

August 16, 1918 - March 24, 2015

Virginia (Corwin) Ferrell passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after a long battle with dementia. She was born August 16, 1918, to Alva and Josie (Rohwer) Corwin in Milford, Indiana. The family moved to Sturgis when she was 10 years old, where she attended Sturgis Public Schools, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1935. As a young woman, she was proud to have worked at a factory...
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Sara Lou Wisler

August 2, 1934 - March 23, 2015

Monday morning March 23, 2015 Upon saying Amen while praying with her friends at the Pregnancy Helpline Sara Lou Wisler, age 80, of Howe, Indiana was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born August 2, 1934 in Toledo, OH a daughter to the late Charles L. and Mildred L. (Bryie) Russell. Sara graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1952 and attended...
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Deborah Jean Hunt

February 11, 1950 - March 1, 2015

Deborah Jean Hunt, age 65, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday Evening March 1, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born Feb. 11, 1950 in Akron, OH a daughter to the late Jack and Betty (Thomas) Guinther. Deborah has been a resident of Sturgis most of her life graduating from Sturgis High School with the class of 1968. Deborah enjoyed gardening, plants, music, animals,...
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Rita M. Ortmann

January 4, 1928 - February 22, 2015

Rita M. Ortmann age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning February 22, 2015 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born January 4, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan daughter of the late Thomas and Clara Strzalkowski. Rita resided in Sturgis since 1960 coming from East Detroit, Michigan. On July 24, 1948 she married Norby R. Ortmann at the Sweetest Heart of...
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Jerry L. James

June 3, 1966 - February 18, 2015

Jerry L. James age 48 of Howe, Indiana passed away early Wednesday morning February 18, 2015 at the I.U. Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. She was born June 3, 1966 in Morehead, Kentucky daughter of Gerald and Beatrice (Kissick) Lesher. Jerry resided in Howe for the past 20 years coming from Sturgis. Her early life was lived in Bronson. On November 19, 1996 she married...
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Carol Jean Gonser

April 8, 1923 - February 18, 2015

Carol Jean Gonser age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening February 18, 2015 at her home. She was born April 8, 1923 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Carl and Marjorie (Hurst) Yunker. Carol was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1941. On October 17, 1943 she married Harold Gonser in Sturgis. He died...
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Kristine Anne Reid

May 11, 1950 - January 19, 2015

Kristine Anne "Kris" Reid, age 64, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at home. She was born May 11, 1950 in Three Rivers, MI a daughter to the late Douglas J. and Elizabeth (Meyer) Bullock. As a young girl Kristie became an avid stamp collector and developed a love of reading with "Nancy Drew Mysteries" and "Superman Comic Books." As she grew older she joined the Three Rivers...
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Arlene Rae Pesti

March 10, 1934 - December 20, 2014

Arlene Rae Pesti age 80 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning December 20, 2014 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville, Michigan. She was born March 10, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan daughter of the late Ivan and Martha (Doepker) Baldwin. Arlene was employed by the Ford Motor Company for 10 years and then became a real estate agent. She loved...
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Robert "Joe" J. Rasbaugh

July 20, 1936 - December 11, 2014

Robert J. "Joe" Rasbaugh age 78 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday evening December 11, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born July 20, 1936 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Fredrick and Regina (Ankney) Rasbaugh. Joe resided in Burr Oak since 1965. He married Barbara Steury. Joe's first job at the age of 16 was in construction...
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Edna L. Shimp

September 8, 1928 - December 7, 2014

Edna L. Shimp age 86 of Sturgis, Michigan and a former longtime Centreville resident passed away Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014 at her home. She was born September 8, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan daughter of the late Leon and Gladys (Miller) Hoover. Edna resided in the Centreville and Sturgis area most of her life and enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 26 years. On December 3,...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Lutz

December 15, 1928 - December 4, 2014

Elizabeth "Betty" Lutz age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday afternoon December 4, 2014 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born December 15, 1928 in Prospect Park, New Jersey daughter of the late Thomas E. and Theresa (Plesenger) Redling. Betty resided in Sturgis since 1956 coming from Clarksville, Tennessee. On December 15, 1951 she married Harold C....
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Floyd Dennis Hartman

January 3, 1953 - November 27, 2014

Floyd Dennis Hartman, age 61 of Sturgis, Michigan went to join his Lord and Savior Thursday evening, November 27, 2014 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room surrounded by his loving family. He became the son of Freeman and Berdina (Troyer) Hartman in 1959 at the age of 6. He was born January 3, 1953 to Lonnie and Mary Anne (Haffner) Williams in West Virginia. His birth name was Stephen...
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Brayden Charles Hale

September 25, 2007 - November 14, 2014

Brayden Charles Hale age 7 of Burr Oak, Michigan ran into the arms of Jesus early Friday morning November 14, 2014 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Charlie was born September 25, 2007 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Charlie was a very special "Miracle Baby" who defied the odds and lived to be seven years old. He fought every battle...
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Shirley Ann Potter

December 15, 1944 - November 14, 2014

Shirley Ann Potter age 69 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Friday evening November 14, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born December 15, 1944 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Kenneth B. and Celia Marie (Pierucki) Winkleblack. Shirley was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On...
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