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James Kerschner, 89

May 9, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

James Phillip Kerschner, age 89, of Sturgis, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital.

He was born to Harry and Ethel (Beck) Kerchner on Aug. 22, 1921, in Sturgis, Mich.

James graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1939. He then graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1943, where he was the captain of the basketball team for two years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II and co-managed the Sturgis Lumber and Supply Company with his brother Bob. For several years James was a vocational instructor for the building trades program at Sturgis High School before owning his own contracting business. He enjoyed golfing with the “Crutch Players” golf group and the Monday night “Men’s League” with Keith. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

James is survived by children, Connie (Al) Alsedek, Ron (Deb) Kerchner, Wendy (Steve) Weith, and Keith Kerchner; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and special friend Billie Lou Englehart.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Barbara, Joan and Mary; two sons, Scott Kerchner and Lee Lahmeyer; his parents; brother, Robert Kerchner; and sister Kathleen Schmueller.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, from 4- 8 p.m. at the house of Keith Kerchner’s, 804 N. Nottawa, Sturgis, MI 49091. The memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave. Sturgis, MI 49091. The Rev. Mike Wicks will officiate.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 East Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284 is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Thurston Woods Village ( Froh Home), 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

Dorothy Munk, 98

May 8, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Dorothy Kathleen (Schultz) Munk, 98, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. She was born May 6, 1912 in Three Rivers the daughter of the late Francis Willard and Ella Mae (Kaiser) Schultz. She was a graduate of the Three Rivers High School and an Alumnus of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago by correspondence.

She was united in marriage to Charles Kenneth Munk on Sept. 10, 1930, who after 56 years of marriage preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1986.

She and her husband moved to Kalamazoo in the fall of 1951. She was employed by Gilmore Bros. for a short time and for nine years as a file clerk at K.V.P. in Parchment, retiring in September of 1961. Her first love was working with children and for over 40 years she was dedicated to this work. She served in various churches in the area in this capacity, as well as serving on the Child Evangelism Board. She also served as church secretary and as Receptionist at Radio Station WKPR for a number of years. As long as her health permitted, Mrs. Munk attended Calvary Bible Church. Before moving to Kalamazoo, she and her husband were members of the Three Rivers Bible Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Eleanor Mae Riggs of Portage; one sister, Evelyn Myers of Three Rivers. 

She leaves to cherish her loving memory one son-in-law, Robert Riggs of Portage; two grandchildren, Steven (Dianne) Riggs of Hickory, N.C., and Pamala (Warren) Logan of Morrisville, Pa.; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Matthew Riggs of Hickory, N.C., and Jonathan and Joshua Logan of Morrisville, Pa.; several great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at the Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 www.hohnerfuneral.com. Dan Johnson will officiate.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

Memorials may be donated to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Kalamazoo or the Moody Bible Institute Student Training Fund in Chicago, Ill. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

Dorothy Munk, 98

May 6, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Dorothy Kathleen (Schultz) Munk, 98, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. She was born May 6, 1912 in Three Rivers the daughter of the late Francis Willard and Ella Mae (Kaiser) Schultz. She was a graduate of the Three Rivers High School and an Alumnus of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago by correspondence.

She was united in marriage to Charles Kenneth Munk on Sept. 10, 1930, who after 56 years of marriage preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1986.

She and her husband moved to Kalamazoo in the fall of 1951. She was employed by Gilmore Bros. for a short time and for nine years as a file clerk at K.V.P. in Parchment, retiring in September of 1961. Her first love was working with children and for over 40 years she was dedicated to this work. She served in various churches in the area in this capacity, as well as serving on the Child Evangelism Board. She also served as church secretary and as Receptionist at Radio Station WKPR for a number of years. As long as her health permitted, Mrs. Munk attended Calvary Bible Church. Before moving to Kalamazoo, she and her husband were members of the Three Rivers Bible Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Eleanor Mae Riggs of Portage; one sister, Evelyn Myers of Three Rivers.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory one son-in-law, Robert Riggs of Portage; two grandchildren, Steven (Dianne) Riggs of Hickory, N.C., and Pamala (Warren) Logan of Morrisville, Pa.; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Matthew Riggs of Hickory, N.C., and Jonathan and Joshua Logan of Morrisville, Pa.; several great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at the Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 www.hohnerfuneral.com. Dan Johnson will officiate.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

Memorials may be donated to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Kalamazoo or the Moody Bible Institute Student Training Fund in Chicago, Ill. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

Lauretta Mader, 101

May 6, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Lauretta C. Mader, 101, of Three Rivers, died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 11, 1909, in Warsaw, Ind., a daughter of Lewis O. and Emma A. (Lee) Fisher. She had been a resident of Three Rivers, White Pigeon and Lake Templene.

On July 9, 1956, she married Harry Mader in Howe, Ind. He preceded her in death June 28, 2000.

She was employed at Adams Westlake in Elkhart, Ind., for 13 years, and Kirsch Company in Sturgis for 28 years, retiring in 1972.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Three Rivers. She was an avid volunteer for many causes, including Fairview in Centreville and secretary for Kirsch Retirees. She enjoyed traveling, bingo, cooking, canning, knitting and crocheting.

Surviving are a daughter, Juanita Diller of White Pigeon; a son, Richard (Kay) Dale of Three Rivers; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sons, Ronald and Raymond Dale; two sisters, Esther Ivins and Mildred Freese; and a brother, Thomas Fisher.

Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, where a funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Constantine Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Donald Tiedeman, 92

May 6, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Donald R. Tiedeman, age 93, of Cumming, Ga., and a former Sturgis resident, passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 22, 2011.

He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Swartz Creek.

Mr. Tiedeman was a loving husband and father. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and active for many years at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis, a Shriner for over 60 years and a member of the Elks Lodge. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marie; children, Donald (Jane Ann) Tiedeman II of Crossville, Tenn., Margie (Claud) Summers of Cumming, Jo (Larry) Langlois of Spring Lake, and Sue Cubberley of Cumming; grandchildren, Nicholas Tiedeman of Battle Creek, Sarah Gust of Comstock Park and Rebecca Langlois of Lansing; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. May 15 at the Great Hall of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis, where a Masonic Memorial service will begin at 7 p.m., officiated by the Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge #49 F&AM. A memorial Requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. May 16 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Canon Meredith Hunt will officiate. Interment of the ashes will follow the Mass in the Church Garden where full military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, assisted the family with local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Tiedeman’s memory would be appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2300 Portage St., Suite 341, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 or the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 110 S. Clay St., Sturgis, MI 49091.

His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

June Koehl, 87

May 5, 2011 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

June Louise Koehl (Ware), age 87, passed away March 10, 2011, at the TenderCare Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.

June was born June 5, 1923, in Sturgis, to Ernest “Slim” and Elsie Louise Ware. She was raised in the Sturgis area and graduated in 1940 from Sturgis High School.

June married her high school sweetheart William (Bill) Koehl on April 11, 1942, in Sturgis. They moved to Georgia while Bill was in basic training for World War II. When Bill shipped out, June returned to Sturgis and began working at Kirsch Company as a certified welder of aircraft frames. June continued working there after World War II, in the accounting department, and later in the lab until her retirement. They resided in both Burr Oak, and Sturgis during their married life.

June enjoyed sports. She played basketball in high school, was an avid bowler, and an excellent golfer. She was ladies golf champion at Cedar Lake Golf Club and celebrated the time she once scored a hole-in-one. She also enjoyed exploring the outdoors and fishing. She found joy in the art of painting and taught classes in toll painting. June was a loyal citizen and life member of the Sturgis VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization in Sturgis.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burr Oak. Later June moved to Kalamazoo to be closer to her family. While living there she was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

June is survived by her son, Rev. Ted (Fran) Koehl of Plainwell; grandchildren Diane (Bill) Barton of Plainwell, Heidi (Ed) Pfannes of Mattawan, and Bill (Sue) Koehl of Otsego; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, John Robert of Burr Oak; and many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, Slim and Louise; her brothers, Charles, Donald, Ernest (Smudge), Jack, and her sister, Pat Marker.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, where a memorial service celebrating the life of June L. Koehl will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Ted Koehl will officiate. Private burial of the ashes will take place at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Koehl’s memory consider the St. John’s Lutheran Church 218 W. Main St., Burr Oak, MI 49030 or the Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St. #A, Allegan, MI 49010.

Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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