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Patrick Hempel, 59

Patrick Joseph Hempel, age 59, was called home by the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. He was born in Three Rivers Hospital on Oct. 29, 1959 the son of Robert L. and Sarah F. “Sally” (Thorsdale) Hempel. Pat graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1978 and later earned his Associate Degree at Glen Oaks Community College. …

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Terry Nieman Sr., 64

Terry Dale Nieman, Sr., age 64, of Sturgis, died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Alma, Michigan on May 1, 1954 the son of Dale George Nieman and Elva Jane (Witting) Nieman. He was a longtime builder of recreational vehicles in northern Indiana, building boats in LaPorte and JAYCO Campers in …

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Rhea Long, 79

Rhea M. Long, age 79, Nottawa, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 surrounded by her family at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo.  She was born in LaGrange on March 30, 1939, a daughter of Paul and Ella (Sams) High.Rhea attended Ashley Schools in Indiana. In 1955, she married Arnold Long in Angola.  He preceded her in death on January 26, 2016. …

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Idella Troyer, 87

Idella Katherine Troyer, age 87, of Sturgis, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Oct. 10, 1931 in Miami County, Indiana a daughter to the late Willard and Norma (Miller) Sommers. Idella moved to Sturgis in August of 2000 from LaGrange, Indiana. On Nov. 25, 1962 …

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Grace Pridgeon, 82

Grace Eloise Pridgeon, age 82, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday evening, March 6, 2019, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Fawn River Township, a daughter of the late Ora and Mary Ann (Miller) Schrock. Grace was a lifelong Sturgis area resident and a graduate of Centreville High School with the class of 1955. …

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Cliff Bowlby, 68

Clifford “Cliff” L. Bowlby, age 68, of Bristol, passed away at Elkhart General Hospital on Friday, March 1, 2019. He was born in Three Rivers on Jan. 8, 1951 to the late Hiram and Hazel (Kreitzer) Bowlby. He was married to his wife, Virginia “Polly” Hicks, on April 16, 1977 who survives at home after 42 years. He is also …

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Florence Roberts, 89

Florence Alice Roberts, age 89, died on Sunday, March 3, 2019. In accordance with Florence’s wishes cremation will be conducted and no public services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Hohner Funeral Home.

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Lloyd Pike Jr., 60

Lloyd Elwood Pike Jr., age 60, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday afternoon March 3, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born June 25, 1958, in Lakewood, Calif., a son of the late Lloyd and Dolly (Keyser) Pike. Lloyd lived in Sturgis from the age of 12, when he and his family moved here from California. He had …

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Carolyn Dougan, 80

Carolyn J. Dougan, age 80 of Sturgis, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2019, at Thurston Woods Villa in Sturgis. She was born May 22, 1938, in Muskegon, a daughter of the late Melvin E. and Lois M. (Cassidy) Dougan. Carolyn resided in Sturgis since 1978, coming from Fremont, Michigan. She worked at Arch Workshop in Sturgis and was baptized …

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April Lynn Blackman-Musselman, 35

April Lynn Blackman-Musselman, age 35, of Colon Township, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. A celebration of April’s life will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation in Union City. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, just prior to the …

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