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Lillian Renfro, 92

October 18, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Lillian Anne Renfro, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Winter Garden, Fla. She was born in Whiting, Ind. on July 27, 1921 the daughter of Andrew and Rosalina (Dancisak) Fedorko. She graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Whiting with the class of 1940. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1942 and served as a Radioman. While stationed in Miami, Fla. she met George Thomas Renfro and they were married on June 3, 1943 at the Church of the Gesu in Miami.

Following WWII George and Lillian lived in Three Rivers where they were longtime owners of the Fisher Lake Shell & Grocery. They moved to Mendon in 1978 where Lillian retired from Lear Siegler Plastics in 1986. She moved to Clermont, Fla. in 1990.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, George in 1984. She is survived by her sister, Rosemarie Bauman of California; brother, George “Jerry” Fedorko of Indiana; daughter, Karen (Renfro) Smith; son, David T. Renfro both of Clermont, Fla.; three grandchildren, Roger Whitus and Evan Stichter of Virginia Beach, VA and Zoe Smith of Clermont, Fla.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers with military honors provided by Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170. Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice. Local assistance was provided by the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel of Three Rivers. Online condolences may be left at www.efhchapel.com.

Lillian Noble, 93

October 16, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Lillian J. Noble, age 93, of Three Rivers, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Chicago, IL., on May 13, 1920 the daughter of David and Joe Vesta (Carr) Noble. She was the third of eight children.

Ms. Noble never married or had children, however, she helped to raise all of her younger sisters children. Lil retired from the Union Carbide/Visking plant in Chicago in 1985.

Ms. Noble was preceded in death by parents, her only brother, L. Jerome Carr, three sisters, Mrs. Jean (Edwin) Brookens, Mrs. Edna (Irvin) Archey, and Ms. Shirley Noble, three nephews, Willis (Mikey) Noble, Edwin Brookens Jr., and Endell Brown Jr.; two great nieces, Mrs. Edith (James) Rivers, and Ms. Ellen Thompson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three sisters, Ms. Dolores Goux, Mrs. Patricia (Sherwood) Mullen, Ms. Vesta Jamison; fourteen nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ms. Lillian Noble’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the On Common Ground Church, formerly First Baptist Church, 1020 Portage Ave., Three Rivers. Arrangements handled by Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.

Donna Lovejoy, 85

October 16, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Donna Jean Lovejoy, age 85, of Three Rivers, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Heartland Health Care Center. She was born in Three Rivers on Jan. 5, 1928 the daughter of Henry and Ella Lucille (Cox) Irwin.

Donna graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1945. On December 11, 1948 she was united in marriage to Mr. Ernest (Ernie) Lovejoy. Donna was employed at Arco Industries, in Schoolcraft, MI. and was a former member of the Three Rivers Moose Lodge. She was an avid bowler and loved to play cards, especially Euchre, and loved doing arts and crafts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernie, two brothers, Jim and Eldon Lovejoy, and two sisters, Dorothy Wilcox and Betty Irwin.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two brothers, Bob (Greta) Irwin, of Grand Rapids, MI., and Johnny (Edie) Irwin, of Three Rivers; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Timothy Raakman officiating.

Interment will be held at the Riverside Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.

Sarah Vogel, 85

October 15, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sarah Elizabeth Vogel, age 85, of Three Rivers passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 10th. Sarah was born in Wabash, IN on September 27, 1928 the daughter of Joseph L. and Flossie (Tippy) Elliott.

Sarah spent her childhood years being raised on the family farm. She pursued her education by earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin University and a Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University in Guidance and Counseling. In 1949 she was united in marriage to Donald Wayne Kroggel. Sarah later was united in marriage to Ralph A. Vogel on August 4, 1973.

Sarah began her local teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Flowerfield Twp, MI. She spent many years teaching at Hoppin School before moving into the counseling field, first at Huss, and then later at Three Rivers High School. Sarah truly enjoyed her students and was a respected member of Three Rivers Community Schools and was awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year.

She served the community in a number of capacities including: president of the Three Rivers Education Association (TREA); president of the Three Rivers Women’s Club and also served as chairman of the state scholarship committee; Fabius Township Board Trustee; Trustee and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers-Centreville where she served on many committees as well; Lord of the Lakes committee; member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW); member of St. Joseph County Republicans; past president of Fabius Association of Concerned Citizens. Sarah also chaired Three Rivers Crop Walk for a number of years.

Sarah was a wonderful cook who loved to prepare many meals for her friends and family and cherished many happy times with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and was a member of several local book clubs. She also loved to travel; Sarah and Ralph enjoyed many adventures all over the world.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Donald W. Kroggel; sisters, Ruth Moore, Rebecca Elliott, and Doris Sauder; son-in-law, Robert McDonough.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Ralph A. Vogel of Three Rivers and her step-children, Terry Vogel, Christine (Vogel) Horsmon, Kathleen Vogel, Barbara Vogel, Lisa (Vogel) Sussex and their families; daughter, Katie McDonough; son, John (Barb) Kroggel both of Three Rivers; sister, Lois Gill of Little Rock, AR; grandchildren, John (Amanda) McDonough, Thomas (John Hannes), Kevin (Leslie), and Kristopher (Anastasia); great grandchildren, Dillon, Grady and Rosie.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers, with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.

Interment will be held at Harwood Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers-Centreville’s United Community Assistance Program (U.C.A.P), Three Rivers Hospice, and either of the youth camps on Corey Lake (Camp Wakeshma and Camp Eberhart). Envelopes will be available at Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.

Terry Calloway, 62

October 12, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Terry Michael Calloway, 62, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Oct. 8, 2013 at his home. He was born in Paw Paw on March 4, 1951 the son of Lloyd and Myrtle (Weston) Calloway.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David and Patrick Calloway; brother-in-law, Fred Reed II; nephew, Fred “Freddy” Reed III.

He leaves to cherish his memory sisters, Patricia Reed and Barbara (Bob) Vanderaa, both of Three Rivers; brothers, Lloyd Calloway, Gary (Hon) Calloway and Freddie (Regina) Calloway; sisters-in-law, Sugie Kim and Vicki Shaffer as well as many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Three Rivers Public Library. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of Terry’s arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com

Christine Smithers

October 9, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Christine Hazel Smithers, age 96, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at the Heartland Health Care Center. She was born in Hollywood, Missouri on November 6, 1916 the daughter of the late Oscar and Oma Travis.

Mrs. Smithers was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Earl Smithers, and her son, William “Bill” Smithers Jr.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one son, Rick (Jenni) Smithers, of Three Rivers, daughter-in-law, Nancy Smithers; ten grandchildren, Carrie, Sherry, Stephanie, Ricki, Kimberly, Samantha, Justin, Joshua, Will, and Billi Jo (Brian) Smithers and several great grandchildren.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Riverside Cemetery, with Pastor Brian Lutz, Heartland Hospice Chaplain officiating.

Memorials may be donated to the family c/o Rick Smithers. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of Christine’s arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.

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