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Mike Deskovitz, 54

Michael “Mike” Deskovitz passed on to the Eternal Big House while doing what Mike loved most … watching U of M win during March Madness. Mike was born in Dearborn, Michigan to Michael and Adelaide Deskovitz, and is preceded in death by his Mother and is survived by many treasured family and friends. Mike loved anything sports. He was an …

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Wanda Gilson, 96

Wanda Beatrice Gilson, age 96, of Three Rivers passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Grace Healthcare Center.  She was born in Fowlerville, MI on October 3, 1921 the daughter of Floyd and Nellie Mae (Phillips) Sidell. She worked as a bookkeeper for close to 50 years at various lumber and wholesale window companies in Flint.  Wanda was a long standing …

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Stan Holtz, 81

Stanley Eugene Holtz, age 81, of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born March 23, 1937, in Sturgis, a son of the late Emerson “Mike” and Wilma (Gest) Holtz. Stan resided in the Burr Oak and Sturgis area most of his life, and truly loved wintering in Florida for more than 14 years. On March 20, …

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Mary Lou Schlabach, 78

Mary Lou (Yoder) Schlabach, age 78, of Centreville, went to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Colon, a daughter of the late Levi B. and Lulu C. (Wickey) Yoder. On Oct. 21, 1960, Mary Lou married LaVern Edward Schlabach. The most important …

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David Ray, 63

Senior Chaplain David Lee Ray, age 63, of Mendon, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born Nov. 30, 1954, in Arizona, a son of the late Chester and Beulah (Gibson) Ray. David had resided in Mendon for the past 41 years, coming from Sturgis. On Sept. 17, 1977, he married LaVonna …

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Sadie Hoffert, 44

Sadie Lynn (Haskins) Hoffert of Pierceton, Indiana, died on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born on August 24, 1973, in Three Rivers. Her parents are Gary and Cheryl (Milliman) Haskins of Jones. She was married to Matthew Hoffert on March 31, 2007, at the Constantine United Methodist Church. Sadie graduated from Constantine High …

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Dale Lucas, 86

Dale R. Lucas, age 86, of Constantine, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in his home. He was born on November 3, 1931 in Marcellus, a son of Raymond and Elsie (Buck) Lucas. Dale moved to Constantine at age 13 attending Constantine High, graduating in 1950. He excelled in basketball and baseball. Dale continued to …

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Jacob Johncock, 26

Jacob Russell Johncock, age 26, of Three Rivers passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 6, 2018 at his home. He was born in Three Rivers on July 21, 1991 the son of Warren and Theresa (VanZandt) Johncock. Jacob attended Three Rivers Schools where he was a member of the Drama Club and participated in The Wizard of Oz, Guys and …

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June Culp, 91

June M. Culp, age 91, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Constantine, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Kalamazoo, a daughter of Neil and Florence (Taylor) Locey. June attended school in Mendon. On Nov. 8, 1943, she married Kenneth Culp in Mendon. June spent years traveling with Ken while …

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Doug Miller, 61

Douglas W. Miller, age 61, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday evening, March 24, 2018, at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville. He was born Oct. 20, 1956, in Sturgis, a son of the late Roy and Violet (Hughes) Miller. Doug resided most of his life in the Sturgis area. He had been employed by the city of Sturgis in the …

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