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Shirley Clauss, 76

Shirley Ann Clauss, age 76, of Sturgis, and a former longtime White Pigeon resident, passed away early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, 2017, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Shirley was born April 27, 1941, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Jesse Robert and Dorothy (Krontz) Chapman. She resided in Sturgis since 2009, coming from White Pigeon, where she lived …

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Yoder attends final county commission meeting

St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder ended his career Tuesday on a high note, receiving numerous accolades from members of the county commission. The 67-year-old Yoder announced three months ago he would be retiring at the end of 2017. Instead, Tuesday was his last day and consequently his final county commission meeting, as well. Yoder conceded he was intentionally tight-lipped …

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Nominations accepted for Sturgis teaching award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017-18 John E. Oster Award for outstanding teaching and community service by a Sturgis Public Schools teacher. The award is in honor of the late John Oster, a Sturgis attorney, who placed high value on education and community service. This will be the 37th award, given annually since the 1981-82 school year. Sturgis school …

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Photo contest winners named

The River Country Tourism Council of Southwest Michigan held a photo contest last month and received dozens of photographs taken in St. Joseph County. The contest theme was “People Having Fun in River Country.” Photos were judged by RCTC officials, who chose three winners. First place went to Tracy Saunders of Three Rivers for her photo, “Sunrise on Pleasant Lake.” Michelle …

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Walter Mroczek, 85

Walter entered the world on November 20, 1932 and entered heaven on the same date, November 20, 2017. Walter J. Mroczek I, passed away peacefully in his home in Marcellus on his 85th birthday. His loving wife of 61 years, Joan Walsh Mroczek, was by his side. Walter was well known for his capacity to work hard and was proud to …

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Thomas Vaccaro, Jr., 61

Thomas Charles Vaccaro, Jr., 61, of Colon, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at The Laurels of Bedford under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4 PM at Crossroads Bible Church in Sherwood, MI with Pastor Trent Hammond officiating. Thomas was born on February 18, 1956 …

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