Bertha Stauffer, 82

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Bertha A. Stauffer, age 82, of Centreville, passed away April 3, 2014 at Birch Adult Foster Care in Leonidas. She was born on October 1, 1931, in Nottawa Twp, a daughter of William and Lydia (Miller) Bontrager . On September 21, 1950 Bertha married Henry J. Stauffer in Nottawa. He preceded her in death on September 20, 2013.

Bertha was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph County. She loved sewing and reading and reading God’s word. Many years she worked outside the home.

Surviving are her children Orla (Rhonda) Stauffer, Schoolcraft, Lena Gregory, Carry, NC, Ruth (Wayne) Garratt, Sydney, Australia, Thomas (Debra) Stauffer, Sturgis, William (Jodie) Stauffer of Marcellus, son-in-law Roger Jones, Kalamazoo, 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, sister Marie (Ezra) Bontrager, Centreville, brothers Leroy (Marjorie) Bontrager ,Hicksville, OH, Alva (Anna) Bontrager, LaGrange, IN, Samuel (Bessie) Bontrager, Napannee, IN, brothers in law Ezra Gingerich and Levi Hostetler and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Henry Stauffer, daughter Phyllis Jones, sisters Pauline Gingerich and Alta Hostetler and sister in law Katie Ann Bontrager.

Relatives and friends will be received Sunday from 4-7 pm at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville, where Religious Services will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. Interment will take place at Calhoun Cemetery in Florence Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Birch Adult Foster Care. Online Messages may be left for the family at

Jean McKenzie, 89

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Jean McKenzieJean Marie McKenzie, age 89, of Three Rivers, passed away early Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Riverview Manor following a short illness. Jean was born May 3, 1924 in Three Rivers, the daughter of George H. and Vera (Boyer) Harmon.

Jean was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. She was extremely active in the American Legion Auxiliary, where she held many offices from Chaplain to President, also 8 & 40 past president as well. She was employed for Oldsmobile in Lansing and also Montgomery Ward in Three Rivers. Jean enjoyed selling Avon as the ‘”Avon Lady” to many, always showing up with her basket of goodies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph McKenzie, two sons, Joseph “Skip” McKenzie IV, Patrick M. McKenzie, two sisters, Grace and Helen Dodge, one brother Art Harmon, grandson, Ronald “Jay” Hotovy, and a great granddaughter, Rhonda McKenzie.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters, Vickie (Doug) Austin, and Sharon (Ed) English, both of Three Rivers; one brother, George Harmon, of Carol, MI.; six grandchildren, Patrick, Farrah, and Myrriah McKenzie, Scott Maurer, Chad Hotovy, and Nichole Mosty. Seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Rev. Karleen Kinker officiating.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to the American Legion towards Girls State or the Scholarship Fund. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Yovonda Crossgrove, 54

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Yovonda CrossgroveYovonda Marie Crossgrove, age 54, of White Pigeon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center. She was born on June 12, 1959 in Wellsville, New York the daughter of Robert and Vivian (Tanner) Payne.

On Oct. 7th, 1989 Yovonda was united in marriage to Mr. Samuel Crossgrove. Together they raised their two daughters in the Constantine and White Pigeon area. Yovonda was a faithful and active member of the Constantine Bible Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband, playing cards, and shopping with her friends and family. She especially loved her children and grandchildren.

Yovonda was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Vicky (Payne) Creech.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Samuel Crossgrove, of White Pigeon; mother, Vivian Payne of South Whitley, IN; two daughters, Jennifer (Crossgrove) Byrd, of Huntsville, TN. And Melinda (Charles) Bowers, of Constantine. Siblings, David Payne, Bridget (Terry) Smith, Chris (Amy) Payne, Jeff Payne, and Robert (Vicky) Payne. Six grandchildren, Caleb, Haylie, Dakota, Taylon, Savanah, and Abigayle; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 5:00p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Rev. Rudy Grantham officiating

Interment will follow at Madison Lake Cemetery.

Memorial donations in memory of Yovonda may be directed to the Constantine Bible Baptist Church. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Berdeen Poe, 92

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

002Berdeen F. Poe, age 92, of Dowagiac, MI, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

She was born May 16, 1921, in Cass County, MI, the daughter of Howard J. and Beulah M. (Stanard) McKenzie. On January 31, 1941 she married Kenneth M. Poe who preceded her in death in 1991. In 1996 she married Glen Reifenberg who also preceded in death in 2008.

She graduated from Marcellus High School, Marcellus MI and was a member of DAR and the Wakelee United Methodist Church, Wakelee, MI.

Surviving are two sons, Stephen (Jane) Poe and Bruce (Mary) Poe; two sisters, Carol Bainbridge and Sharon (Brant) Cotterman; one brother, Keith (Darlene) McKenzie; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son A.J. Poe.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014 in the funeral home with Pastor John Messner of the Wakelee United Methodist Church officiating. Memorials may be directed the the Wakelee United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Sharon Kline, 54

April 1, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kline obitSharon Irene (Sowles) Kline, age 54, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday morning, March 30, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born Feb. 7, 1960, in Gary, Ind., a daughter of the late Ray and Dorothy (Crowe) Sowles.

Sharon spent the past 20 years in Sturgis, where she was a friendly and familiar face in the community and a beloved friend. Many will remember her from her 10 years working at Century Bank and Trust in Sturgis. She was a graduate of Hobart High School in Hobart, Ind., with the class of 1978.

On Aug. 20, 1999, she married Gary E. Kline in Sturgis.

Sharon was an avid NASCAR fan, her favorite driver being #24 Jeff Gordon. She enjoyed fishing, spoiling her three beagles and spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren, whom she so dearly loved.

She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband: Gary; two sons, Danny Silich Jr. of Sturgis and Adam Silich of Hobart; a daughter, Jennifer Silich of Dallas; and three grandchildren: Madyson, Lily and Adam Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ray Sowles Jr. and Garry Sowles; and her beloved beagle, Kosmo.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate and remember the life of Sharon I. Kline will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the home of Sarah and Jamey Lehman, 68831 Oak St., Sturgis, Klinger Lake.

The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted the arrangements.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Sharon’s memory consider Gift of Life Michigan, 3861 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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

Bill Mitchell, 88

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Bill MitchellMr. William “Bill” Hugh Mitchell Jr., age 88, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at his home. He was born in Burgoon, OH., on May 2, 1925 the son of the late William Hugh and Minnie E. (Voorhies) Mitchell.

Bill graduated from Jackson Burgoon High School in 1943. Upon graduation Bill joined the U.S. Navy and attended the Midshipmen School Northwestern in Chicago, IL. to become an officer. On September 29, 1946 he married Phyllis (Garn) Mitchell.

Their first son Tom was born in 1948 while on the family farm in Burgoon, OH. Bill was called back to the Navy in 1951 in California. Upon his release in 1953 Bill attended Ohio State University and had his second child Reggie. He was a 4-H Agent in Wood County in 1955 and also a County Agent in Wyandot County and in 1956 welcomed their third child Debi.

In 1964 Bill entered the banking business and worked at many places during his career including, Fostoria, Old Fort, Bowling Green, and later the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Banking Degree. He later went to work in Litchfield, Allison, and was President of First Savings Bank in Three Rivers in 1982 when the family moved to Three Rivers. Bill was an active member of both the Burgoon United Methodist in Ohio, and First United Methodist Church of Three Rivers.

After his first wife’s passing in 1994 Bill married Mrs. Barbara (Warner) Schabes on May 12th 1995. Together they traveled in an R.V. group many miles over a ten year period including a stay in Florida before moving back to Three Rivers.

Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Phyllis, infant son, William III, one brother Ray, and two sisters Dorothy and Kate.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, wife, Barbara (Schabes) Mitchell, of Three Rivers; children, Tom (Gloria) Mitchell, Regina (Paul) Suprenant, and Debi (David) Cahall, Fred Schabes, Nona (Robert) Kirchner, and Jeff (Cathy) Schabes; grandchildren, Ryan Mitchell, Josh and Brice Suprenant, Chad (Jessica) Cahall, Jenna (Kyle) Clark, Phillip, Ashley, and Lucas Cahall, Nichole Kirchner, Derick (Melissa) Schabes, Katrina (Miguel) Zamudio, Kelli Schabes, Karrie, Kris (Tessy), and Kevin (Becky) Hoover. Great-grandchildren, Alexis, Savannah, Chase, Isabella, Emma, Alyvia, Alexys, Miguel Jr., Layla, Lilyana, Abbigail, Alyssa, Brooklyn, Mike, Alyssa, Isaiah, Amaria, Drake, Conner, Dylan, and Gabriella. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Nystrom officiating.

Interment with Military honors will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, OH., on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be donated to the First United Methodist Church.

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