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Edith Duffield, 99

Edith C. Duffield, a former longtime Sturgis resident, teacher and librarian for Sturgis Public Schools at Congress Elementary and Wenzel Elementary schools, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Addington Place in Northville. Edith, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was a longtime school educator and librarian and active community member who truly embodied her beliefs in continual …

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Eddie Mae Webb, 89

Eddie Mae Webb, age 89, formerly of Sturgis, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born April 18, 1929, in Popular Grove, Ark., a daughter of the late Sam and Sara (Bryant) Pippens. On Dec. 23, 1948, she married Isaiah Webb in Arkansas. He preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1998, after 50 …

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Zelma Castle, 94

Mrs. Zelma Mae Castle, age 94, of Three Rivers, passed away early in the morning on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Three Rivers Health. She was born December 12, 1923 in Goshen, Indiana the daughter of the late Henry W. and Iva E. (Albin) Davidhizar. She graduated from Marcellus high school in 1941. In 1942 she married the love of …

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Hazel Markus, 89

Hazel Janell Markus, age 89, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully Friday, June 15, 2018, with cherished family members by her side. Hazel was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Grove Hill, Ala., although spent the majority of her younger years in the Mobile area. On Dec. 6, 1952, Hazel married Edward Louis Markus of Colon while Edward was stationed as a …

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Harold Moyer, 95

Harold LaVerne Moyer, age 95, passed away peacefully Friday, June 15, 2018. Harold was born Aug. 16, 1922, to Ezra and Myrtle (Noel) Moyer. He graduated from Constantine High School in 1940. He entered International Business College in Fort Wayne, where he later was employed by General Electric Company. In February 1943, he was drafted into the Army’s 62nd medical …

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Edward Arnold, 79

Mr. Edward Arnold, age 79, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at his home surrounded by loving family. He was born on July 6, 1939 in Manchester, Tennessee the son of the late William and Meda (Wilson) Arnold. Edward worked and retired from General Motors. He leaves to cherish his memory four children: Terisa Arnold, …

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Marylou Sears, 74

Marylou (Nelson) Sears, age 74, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Irvin F. and Doris M. (Bunnell) Nelson. Marylou graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of …

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Jo Baldwin, 88

Jocelyn J. Baldwin, age 88, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday afternoon June 9, 2018, at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living in Gaylord. She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Battle Creek, a daughter of the late John and Blendina (Cummings) Gest. Jo resided in Sturgis since 1949 and also had lived in the White Pigeon and Burr Oak areas and graduated …

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Nancy Gottschalk, 86

Mrs. Nancy Lee Gottschalk, age 86, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on Nov. 14th, 1931 in Three Rivers, the daughter of the late Dwight Sr. and Dorothy (Youells) Monroe. Nancy has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers.  She enjoyed her gardens and bird watching …

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