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Nellie Riddle, 98

Nellie R. Riddle, age 98, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville. She was born March 6, 1920, in Bronson, a daughter of the late Joe and Rose (Hudson) Harmon. Nellie resided in Michigan for the first 35 years of her life, when she moved to California, where she lived for 30 …

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Mike Parlin, 79

Michael A. Parlin, age 79, of Centreville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Mike was born May 19, 1939, in Battle Creek, a son of the late Aaron and Maurine (Simpson) Parlin. Mike grew up in Athens, graduating from Athens High School in 1957, and later moved to Centreville. On May 19, 1972, he …

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Richard Zechman, 78

Richard Joseph Zechman, age 78, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 2018, at University Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born June 18, 1940, in Findley, Ohio, a son of the late Estel and Dorothy (Ball) Zechman Richard resided in Sturgis since 1990, coming from Ohio. On Sept. 15, 1970, he married Neola Greer in Clintwood, Va. …

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Margie Close, 89

Margie Edna (Edson) Krontz Close, age 89, of Bronson, passed away late Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, 2018, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1929, to Ethel Maud Edson McAuliffe, in Somerville, Mass. She was raised by her German step-grandmother, Caroline Spangenburg Edson Miller, in Sturgis, having been told her mother died after giving birth. Margie had many stories …

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Alta Toush, 93

Alta Blanche (Flanders) Toush, age 93, of Marcellus, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2018. She was born on March 17, 1925, in Dowagiac, the only child of Carl Louis and Amy (Smith) Flanders. On July 8, 1950, she married Robert L. Toush, whom together had one daughter: Sheila (James) Roberts of Three Rivers, and one son: Lawrence “Larry” Toush of …

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Charles McClain, 94

Charles LaVerne McClain, age 94, of Constantine, passed away Monday, September 24th, at Heartland Health Care Center, Three Rivers. Charles was born in Osceola, IN on November 1, 1923, a son of William Stewart and Edna Mae (Simpson) McClain. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1941. Charles served in the US Army and the Merchant Marines. On July 20, …

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Ella Lamphere, 92

Ella (Brabec) Lamphere, age 92, of Mendon, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at the Three Rivers Health Emergency Room. She was born in Chicago on Nov. 25, 1925 and attended schools there. She was married to Rolly Arthur Lamphere in Chicago on Dec. 20, 1941. Ella worked for Delco Radio in Chicago. After moving to Mendon in 1949 she worked …

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Elsie Ludwig, 84

Elsie M. Ludwig, age 84, of Jones, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center. Elsie was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 10, 1934, a daughter of Mabel (Quake) and Jesse Arnold. She attended school in Three Rivers. On August 26, 1950, she married Orson “Bud” Ludwig in Three Rivers; he preceded her in death on May …

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Vivian Ochampaugh, 94

Vivian J. Ochampaugh, age 94, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 20, 2018, at her home. She was born Nov. 2, 1923, in Flint, a daughter of the late Beaumont and Grace Lucille (Phillips) Lavender. Mrs. Ochampaugh resided in Sturgis for the past year and a half. She had lived in Kalamazoo for many years and her early life …

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Robert Schabes, 87

Robert “Pidge” John Schabes, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at his home. He was born in Chicago on March 29, 1931 the son of the late William J. and Catherine (Collopy) Schabes. Mr. Schabes served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married his first wife Joan …

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