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Clifford Sowers, 90

Clifford LaVerne Sowers, age 90, of Kalamazoo, died Friday, May 18, 2018 at Kairo’s Dwelling in Kalamazoo. He was born in Greenville, MI on Oct. 21, 1927 the son of Clifford Henry Sowers and Estella M. (Albright) sowers. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1945 and later attended Western Michigan University and Glen Oaks Community College. Clifford served …

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Jane Roberts, 94

Jane L. Roberts, age 94, passed away Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare. Jane was born November 8, 1923 in Niles, the daughter of Grace and Earl Burge. Jane was married to Jack Roberts, they had three children- Judith Kay, Nancy Jo, and Terry Lee. They moved to Marcellus from Three Rivers in 1951, where she resided until her …

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Dr. Tom Mathews, 87

Dr. Thomas E. Mathews, age 87, of Three Rivers, died Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Johannesburg, MI on Sep. 24, 1930 the son of the late James W. and Lena L. (McCoy) Mathews. He worked on his father’s farm while growing up and graduated from Johannesburg High School in 1947 …

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Craig Dunlap, 50

Craig W. Dunlap, 50, of Nottawa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Angola, IN on July 26, 1967, a son of Keith and Eloise (Wallace) Dunlap. Craig graduated from Angola High School and went on to attend Indiana University and Indiana State University before graduating with his doctoral degree from …

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Barbara Vanderaa, 72

Barbara Louise Vanderaa, age 72, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted and memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Hohner Funeral Home.

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Bill Harter, 70

William E. Harter, age 70, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 16, 2018, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Sturgis, a son of the late Virgil Martin and Viola Belle (Nusbaum) Harter. Bill was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1965. He retired from …

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Shirley Adams, 80

Shirley Mae Adams, age 80, of Sturgis, passed away early Saturday morning, May 5, 2018, at her home. She was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Ivan and Grace (McGary) Notestine. Shirley was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On April 25, 1953, she married Ralph Adams in LaGrange, Ind. She worked as a waitress for many …

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Barbara Eichorn, 70

Barbara J. Eichorn, 70, of Goshen, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. She was born April 21, 1948, in Sturgis, the oldest of three children, to Edwin L. Eichorn and Elma (Yoder) Eichorn Stauffer, both of whom preceded her in death. Her stepfather for four years was Glenn E. Stauffer, also deceased. On Jan. 1, 1998, she married Roy M. Bergey …

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Jim Cleveland, 67

James Arthur Cleveland, age 67, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday morning May 8, 2018 at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1950 in Sturgis, son of the late LeRoy and Ida June (Laughlin) Cleveland. Jim resided in Sturgis most of his life with the exception of the years he lived in Kalamazoo and Valparaiso, Ind.  He was a graduate …

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Elwyn Dodgson, 89

Elwyn George Dodgson, age 89, of Leonidas Township, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home. A celebration of Elwyn’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Factoryville Bible Church, with Pastor Fred Goebert officiating. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the church, and from 10 …

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