Donnie Stauffer, 78

March 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Stauffer obitDonald L. Stauffer, age 78, of Centreville, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family, after several weeks of failing health.

Donnie was born June 7, 1935, in Centreville, a son of the late Christian and Emily (Schwartz) Stauffer.

Donnie had made his home at his present address, where he had enjoyed farming most of his life.

He attended New Beginnings Church of Sturgis. Donnie enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, hunting and was one of the founding members of Wasepi Bluegrass Gospel Singers.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Stauffer of Centreville; a son, Randy (Melissa) Stauffer of Centreville; four grandchildren, Noah, Courtney, Danielle and Sarah Stauffer, all at home; a sister, Mary Schwartz of Colon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Sally Zehr, Katherine Wilcox and Virginia Stauffer; and four brothers, Amos, Christopher, Menno and Freeman Stauffer.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Donnie L. Stauffer will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at New Beginnings Church, Sturgis, with Pastor Randy Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Nottawa Township Cemetery in Nottawa.

If desired, the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Donnie to New Beginnings Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church.

Jake Losinski, 26

March 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Losinski obitAaron “Jake” Losinski, 26, of Bowling Green, Ky., and formerly of Bronson, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in Kentucky.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Bronson, with the Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz and Pastor Richard A. Martin officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson.

Jake was born March 18, 1988, in Sturgis, to James and Laura (Byler) Losinski. He graduated from Bronson High School in 2006 and from Kellogg Community College in 2009 with an associate degree in computer aided drafting and design.

On Aug. 21, 2010, Jake married Whitney Miller in Sturgis, and they moved shortly thereafter to Bowling Green, Ky. He had worked for M&L Electrical in Bowling Green for the past two years and his love of computers led him to pursue a degree in computer technology. He was currently attending Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College.

Jake had been a member of St. Mary’s Church in Bronson and attended Glenview Christian Church in Bowling Green. He enjoyed sports, having wrestled in high school, and currently played goalie for a recreational hockey team in Bowling Green.

Jake is survived by his wife, Whitney; his parents, James and Laura Losinski of Bronson; his brothers, Tyler and Bradley Losinski, both of Bronson; his grandmothers, Vera Losinski of Bronson and Grace Byler of Burr Oak; his mother and father-in-law, Rick and Connie Miller of Bronson; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Jennifer) Miller and Aaron (Bailey) Miller, all of Bronson; two nephews; a niece; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Samuel Byler and William Losinski Jr.; and his aunt, Betty Jo Losinski.

Memorials may be directed to Glenview Christian Church or Warren County Inline Hockey League.


Bonnie Walter, 58

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Bonnie Sue Walter of Three Rivers, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend has lost her long, valiant fight with cancer, but is now walking victoriously, hand in hand with her savior, Jesus Christ. Bonnie was born November 14, 1955 in Grand Rapids Michigan to Tony and Carolyn (Bremer) Flack. On September 6, 1975 she was married to Marlin A. Walter in El Cajon, California. In January 2014, Bonnie retired from St. Joseph County Probate court after 22 years of service, 19 of those years she held the position of Deputy Probate Register. Bonnie and her husband, Marlin, shared an enjoyment of sports, especially Detroit Tigers baseball and University of Michigan football; boating with friends and family; traveling, especially to any location with a beach, lighthouse or maritime museum and spending time with their precious grandchildren. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Marlin Walter; two daughters Brandy (Dan) Gregart of Vicksburg and Kelly (Jay) Korf of Schoolcraft; two grandchildren Bauer Gregart and Bo Gregart; parents Tony and Carolyn Flack of Springfield, Missouri; two brothers Daniel (Sheryl) Flack of Jenison and Michael (Nancy) Flack of Joplin, Missouri; one sister Nikki (Wayne) Yost of Springfield, Missouri; brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry (Joyce) Walter of Kalamazoo, June Colter of Vicksburg, Nancy (James) Marlin of White Cloud and Doug Walter of Mottville; one uncle George (Joan) Slopsema of Byron Center and numerous wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her grandparents, several aunts and uncles, brother-in-law David Colter, nephew Steven Walter and Dan and Brandy’s nephew Calvin Harvey. Bonnie was a long time member of Bethany Chapel in Three Rivers. A private burial will be held. A memorial service will take place at the Three Rivers Bible Church on Saturday, March 29th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bethany Chapel Missionary fund. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of Bonnie’s arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Faye Letner, 84

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Faye Ann (Platz) Van Ness Letner, age 84, of White Pigeon, passed away Monday, March 24th, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. She was born in Elkhart, IN on August 13, 1929, a daughter of George and Mae Ann (Hurst) Platz. On June 30, 1945, Faye married Bernard W. Van Ness at Fort McClellan Army Base in Alabama. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1995. On April 1, 1997, she married Carl Letner in Spring Hill, FL. Faye worked as an assembler at Excel Corporation for 15 years. She also enjoyed gardening and refinishing antiques.

Surviving Faye are her husband Carl Letner, White Pigeon, daughters, Georgia Ann (Bruce) Kline, of Schoolcraft; Kathlyn Mae (Glenn) Williams, of Vandalia; Angelyn Faye (Kenneth) Wright, of Cassopolis; son Bernard Sam (Stephanie) Van Ness, of Three Rivers; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, sisters, Mary Deckard, of White Pigeon; Kayola Hershberger, of Middlebury, IN; and a brother, James Platz, of White Pigeon. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bernard Van Ness and brothers Maynard Platz and George Platz.

Relatives and friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Funeral Services will be held 11 am Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Constantine, with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating. Interment will be in Constantine Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimers Assoc. Online messages may be left for the family at

Gary Gales, 51

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Gary Lynn Gales, age 51 of Sturgis, passed away early Sunday morning, March 23, 2014 at his home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1962, in Malden, Mo., a son of the late Charles Lloyd and Mary Christine (Kellum) Gales.

Gary resided most of his life in the Leonidas area. On Dec. 28, 1990, he married Alana Hennessee in St. Joseph.

Gary enjoyed NASCAR, college football, baseball, UFC and following current news and weather on television. He had an appreciation for martial arts. Gary had many interests and hobbies, but what he truly cherished was time spent with his grandchildren he so dearly loved.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alana; three daughters, Raina (Kyle Wolthuis) Gales of Sturgis, Andrea (David Johnloz) Hennessee of Sturgis and Samantha Gales of Benton Harbor; two sons, David Gales of Benton Harbor and Gary Gales Jr. of Kalamazoo; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Steve Gales of Missouri and Joe Gales of Mendon; a sister, Susan Newton of Mendon; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow visitation.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to Hackman Family Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 9, Sturgis, MI 49091, to help with expenses.

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

Frances Shively, 93

March 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Frances ShivelyFrances Emma Shively, age 93, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Bowman House where she resided. She was born on March 15, 1921 in Three Rivers the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Emma C. (White) Brown.

Mrs. Shively attended school both in Beloit, WI., and Three Rivers where she graduated. On July 19, 1942 she married the love of her life Mr. James Herbert Shively. Frances began work as a cashier at Montgomery-Ward Store and Neff’s Flower Shop after school. She later became the business office supervisor for Michigan Associated Telephone Co. which later became General Telephone where she retired.

Mrs. Shively was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three siblings, Edythe J. Marston, Virgil W. Klopp, and Richard D. Brown, and son-in law, Michael Swearingen.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters, Carolyn Frances (Orlin) Roberts, of Three Rivers, and Eloise Mae Swearingen, of Big Rapids, MI.; two grandchildren, Kathleen F. (Swearingen) LaRue and James Heenan Swearingen; one sister, Kathaleen E. Tobin and one brother, Harry Scott Brown.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Hospice Chaplain Johnny Groda officiating.

Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

Memorials may be donated to the Red Cross of St. Joseph County, Salvation Army, or the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

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