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Joyce Smith, 62

Joyce D. Smith, 62, of Sturgis, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 12, 1951, in Goshen, Ind., to Melvin and Velma (Marchant) Beardsley. She was a resident of the Sturgis area for the past 26 years, coming from White Pigeon. She had been employed at Kirsch Company ...

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Ivan Stuckey, 92

Ivan A. Stuckey, age 92, of Burr Oak, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning March 1, 2014, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born May 15, 1921 in Archbold, Ohio, a son of the late Aaron and Sarah (Eicher) Stuckey. Ivan resided in Burr Oak for the past 49 years after moving from ...

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Pearl Bailey, 102

Pearl Marion Bailey, age 102, passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2014, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born April 23, 1911, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late Charles and Petronelle Lupenski. Mrs. Bailey resided in Sturgis since 1974, coming from Chicago. In January 1971, she married Alvin Bailey in Chicago. He died October 18, 1979. She ...

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Catherine Wolfe, 70

Catherine Anne Wolfe, age 70, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 24, 1943 in Garden City, MI., the daughter of Jack and Catherine (O’Byrne) Pelon. Mrs. Wolfe has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She was employed for many years as ...

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Russel Ames, 86

Russel D. Ames, 86, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning, March 1, 2014 at his home. He was born July 24, 1927 in Three Rivers, son of the late Claude and Mildred (Ernest) Ames. Russel resided in Sturgis since 1948 coming from Three Rivers. On Dec. 31, 1948 he married Joyce Ann Holtz at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. ...

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Alice Rockelein, 88

Alice Marie Rockelein, age 88, of Leonidas, died Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Heritage-Upjohn Community Care Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Mattawan on June 24, 1925 the daughter of John and Loretta (McCarthy) Kelly. Alice was married to Joseph L. Rockelein in Paw Paw on October 11, 1952 and has resided on a farm north of Leonidas ...

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