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Rita Zerbe, 64

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Rita Jo Zerbe, age 64, of Schoolcraft, began her heavenly walk peacefully after a “beautiful fight” with ALS on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Although the fight was difficult, her last breath was pain-free, surrounded by her immediate family, her greatest joy. She was born to her earthly journey on March 13, 1952, in Muncie, Ind., a daughter of the late …

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Wava Chapman, 66

Wava Jane Chapman, 66, of Jones, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at her home. She was born June 25, 1950 in Mishawaka, a daughter of James and Gloria (Bang) Simpson. Wava attended country schools and Mendon Schools. She was employed at Crocker Limited in Three Rivers for 30 years retiring in 2009. Wava, along with her boyfriend Jerry Potter, …

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Karen Blonde, 64

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Karen Marie Blonde, 64, of Constantine, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at her home following a two-month battle with cancer. Karen was born March 5, 1952, in Detroit, Mich. At the age of two, she moved with her family to the shores of Klinger Lake in the White Pigeon area. Karen’s childhood at the lake included time with …

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Mary Jane Martin, 77

Mary Jane Martin, age 77, died on Friday, November 18, 2016. In accordance with family wishes, cremation will be conducted and there will be no public services held at this time. Arrangements by Hohner Funeral Home.

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Lucille Regan, 87

Lucille M. Regan, age 87, of Marcellus, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016. She was born March 31, 1929 in Chicago, the daughter of Fritz and Jean Schwabe. She was very proud of working for Edward Lowe and through him she became a national spokesperson for his brand Kitty Litter and was on the David Letterman Show. She was …

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John Wise, 59

John Paul Wise, age 59, of Sturgis, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Sturgis on Sep. 22, 1957 the son of the late Olley Ray and Barbara Jeane (Johnson) Wise, Jr. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1975 and moved to Mendon with his family later that year. John …

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