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Joyce Giles, 83

Joyce M. Giles, age 83, of White Pigeon, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Goshen, following an extended illness. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Donations …

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Janet Grove, 78

Janet L. Grove, age 78, of Sturgis, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born Dec. 30, 1939, in Jackson, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Pauline (Brooks) Walling. Janet had resided in the Sturgis area since 1987, coming from Coldwater. She was first married to William Leon Spade. On Aug. 22, …

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John Freeman Sr, 68

John James Freeman, Sr. age 68, of Sturgis, passed away early Sunday morning, December 23, 2018 at his home. He was born June 23, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee son of the late Shirley Jean Freeman. John resided in Sturgis since 2005 coming from Fremont, Ohio. He was a talented airbrush artist. His work was featured in many different publications including …

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Fred Wolf, 68

Frederick W. Wolf, age 68, of Constantine, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at his home. He was born June 18, 1950 in Sturgis a son of Fred and June (Geark) Wolf. Fred graduated from Sturgis public schools. On August 29, 1981 he married Catherine Renee Cruce in Constantine. He was employed for many years at Oak Products in Sturgis …

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Lilly Misner, 91

Lilly J. Misner, age 91, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Elkhart General Hospital. She was born June 26, 1927 in Colon, a daughter to the late George and Lilly (Thrams) Schellhous. Lilly was a graduate of Colon High School and resided in Sturgis all of her adult life. On May 10, 1946 she married Lee Monroe …

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Leone Huff, 103

On Friday, December 21, 2018, Leone Viola (Schoch) Huff of Volinia went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed away at her home after a long illness surrounded by her family. Leone was born in Howardsville, MI on December 26, 1914, to Leora and Arthur Schoch. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to …

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Denna Close, 55

Denna L. Close, age 55, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born May 31, 1963, in Sturgis, daughter of Wallace “Butch” and Patricia “Pat” (McLaughin) Bowman. Denna resided in the Sturgis and Constantine area most of her life. She had been employed at Bay Bridge Manufacturing in Bristol, and …

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Donald Hollister, 87

Donald R. Hollister, age 87, of Bronson, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his home. He was born May 26, 1931, the son of Marxal Beryl and Loretta Irene (Walters) Hollister and lived his life in the Burr Oak and Bronson area. On November 23, 1951, in Angola, he married Kathleen Elaine Reed and …

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Eleanor White, 73

Eleanor Ruth White age 73 of Sturgis, passed away Thursday morning December 13, 2018 at her home. She was born June 25, 1945 in Grand Rapids, daughter of the late John R. and Dorothy (Eckman) Verduin. Eleanor resided in Sturgis for the past 5 years, coming from the Mendon area where she had lived for many years. On June 19, …

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Phil Matz, 91

Phillip Henry Matz Jr., age 91, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2018, at the Valley View Health Care Center in Elkhart. He was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Mishawaka, son of the late Phillip and Ida (Steinke) Matz, Sr. Phil resided in LaGrange since 1994 coming from Sturgis. On July 3, 1949, he married Mary Weiss in …

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