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Caleb Kroeger

Caleb Timothy Kroeger, infant son of Pastor Scott and Ruth Kroeger of Colon, passed away shortly after birth at Sturgis Hospital. In addition to his parents, he is survived by five siblings, William, James, Ellen, Faith and David Kroeger; grandmother Martha Kroeger and grandfather Brian Gerboth; and several uncles and aunts. He was preceded in death by grandmother Beverly Gerboth; …

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Justine Palenick, 61

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Justine Ann Palenick, age 61, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, from complications of C.O.P.D. at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1954, in Three Rivers, a daughter to the late Al and Mary (Sedlacek) Palenick. Justine graduated from Constantine High School and resided most of her life in the Constantine and Sturgis area. She was …

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Fran Hanachek, 87

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Frances (Fran) Hanachek, age 87, of Colon, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. Fran was born April 14, 1929, in Chicago, a daughter to the late Theodore and Jennie (Meyers) Bronkema. On Jan. 24, 1948, she married Michael P. Hanachek in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2001. Fran had made …

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Paula Stump, 72

Paula Langdon Stump, age 72, of Colon, and formerly of Sherwood, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Visitations will be Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home.

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Jim Bedell, 72

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James L. Bedell, age 72, of Klinger Lake, died Friday, May 20, 2016 at his home following a battle with cancer. He was born October 9, 1943 in Durand, MI a son of LaVerne and Almehda (VanAuken) Bedell. Jim graduated from Saginaw Arthur Hill High School in 1961. He served in the US Navy from 1961 – 1963.  On February 4, …

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Alva Bontrager, 82

Alva Bontrager, 82, of Centreville, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at his home. Mr. Bontrager was born March 21, 1934, in St. Joseph County, to William N. and Lydia Ann (Miller) Bontrager. Living his lifetime in St. Joseph County and LaGrange County, Ind., he was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He was a farmer for many years. …

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