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Bob Belson, 94

Robert S. Belson, age 94 of Athens, died Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 at the Birches in Leonidas where he has resided the past six months. He was born near Hastings, MI on Feb. 27, 1919 the only child of Charles A. and Blanche P. (Workman) Belson. Bob graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1938. He was married …

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Maudy Hackett, 75

Maudy Arlene Hackett, age 75, of Centreville, Mich., and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Monday morning Dec. 30, 2013, at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville, Mich. She was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Mich., daughter of the late Henry and Corneilia Griffioen. Maudy moved to Sturgis in 1976 from Kalamazoo. On Jan. 17, 1969, she married …

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Keith Buckhold, 77

Keith Buckhold, 77, of Marcellus, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born March 10, 1936 in Marcellus, the son of Raymond R. and Lucille (Stage) Buckhold. He graduated from Marcellus High School in 1954. He retired as an accountant from Continental Can, Three Rivers and had previously lived at Big Fish Lake and truly enjoyed living there. He …

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Grace Zurzawski, 84

Grace L. Kurzawski, age 84, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Thurston Woods Village. She was born May 9, 1929, in Chicago, a daughter to the late Virgil and Ruth (Cowdery) Donohoo. On May 28, 1949, in Chicago, she married Alfred Kurzawski Sr. He preceded her in death March 10, 1992. Grace has been a resident …

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Dwayne Gortner

Dwayne Charles Gortner passed away at home on Dec. 19, 2013. He was born to parents Leroy James and Willajean Gortner in White Pigeon, St. Joseph County, Mich. He was a longtime resident of Orcutt, Calif. Before moving to Orcutt, Dwayne lived many years at Eagle Rock, Calif., and White Pigeon, Mich. He served in Vietnam with the Navy Seabees …

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Elmer Black, 93

Elmer R. Black, 93, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Elmer was born in Sturgis, Michigan on January 24, 1918 the son of Clarence W. and Helen (Sherer) Black, Sr. In 1924 the family moved to Moorepark to reside on the Joseph Wilbur farm, later known as the Plantation. Elmer attended the one room school in …

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