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Shirley Modert, 67

Shirley J. Modert, age 67, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek. She was born Feb. 17, 1950, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Mathias J. and Mary Rebecca (Mathews) Modert. Shirley resided in the Sturgis, White Pigeon and Bronson areas her entire life. She had been employed in the …

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Joan Mroczek, 84

Joan was loving, caring and always put other’s needs before her own. Joan (Walsh) Mroczek was born February 6, 1933 and took her last breath peacefully at home on November 22, 2017, just 2 days after Walter, her husband of 61 years passed away. Joan was born in Chicago where she later graduated college and became a school teacher.  While …

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Carroll Fisher, 72

Carroll R. Fisher, age 72, of rural Centreville, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Bono, Arkansas on Oct. 18, 1945 the son of Joe Bob and Ellen (Webb) Fisher. He was married to Sharon Carter on July 31, 1966 in Martinsville, Indiana and they have resided in Michigan since 1969. …

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Gene Shepherd, 68

Gene Shepherd, age 68, of Mendon, passed away on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. Cremation will follow. A graveside Service and burial of ashes will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Mendon Cemetery.

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Kitty Miller, 64

Kitty Miller, age 64, of Elkhart, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017. She was born January 9, 1953 in Van Wert, OH, daughter of Charles and Betty (Potter) Spahr. Kitty graduated from Hillsdale High School. On June 11, 1988 she married Ernie Miller in Centreville. Kitty was employed at Valmont Industries and previously at Pro Design in Elkhart. Kitty enjoyed …

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Diane Heckler, 66

Diane Elizabeth Heckler, age 66, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. She was born Aug. 29, 1951, in Sellersville, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert and Arlene (Hartman) Heckler. Diane resided in Sturgis since 1986, coming from Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker and enjoyed online gaming, watching …

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Edna Allen, 95

Edna Allen, age 95, of Sturgis, and a former longtime Three Rivers resident, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. Friends and family will be received from 10:00-11:00 A.M., Wednesday at the Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 S. River Road in Three Rivers where funeral services celebrating the life of Edna Allen will begin at …

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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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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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