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Lila Withers-Godber, 89

Lila Mae Withers, age 89, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Three Rivers Health. She was born February 27, 1927 to Jesse and Effie (Newman) Rumsey. She married Herman Withers on August 30, 1945. She was employed at J.P. Falvey’s for fifteen years. Herman Withers passed away in October of 1977. Lila married F. Merle …

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Don Bradley, 93

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Dr. Donald E. Bradley, age 93, of Colon, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Birch Adult Foster Care Home in Leonidas. Don was born June 4, 1923, in Virden, Manitoba, Canada, a son to the late Dr. John W. and Marion Ellen (Barton) Bradley. Don received his early education in Virden and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air …

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Nancy Franovich, 69

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Nancy Carol Franovich, age 69, of Colon, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater. Nancy was born Nov. 3, 1946, in Chicago, daughter to the late William and Letha (West) McLaughlin. She married Donald A. Franovich in November of 1966 in Dolton, Ill. Nancy had made her home in Colon for the …

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Alice Johnson, 87

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Alice Georgia Johnson, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully Friday, July 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Mishawaka, IN., on May 27, 1929 the daughter of the late Clarence and Hazel (Beard) Thomas. Mrs. Johnson was united in marriage to Mr. Kenneth D. Johnson on Feb. 5th, 1949 and together …

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Jerry Baughman, 80

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Jerry O. Baughman, age 80, of Colon, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, unexpectedly at his home. Jerry was born March 22, 1936, a son to the late Grant H. and Nola B. (Whitford) Baughman. He had lived most all of his life in Colon, graduating from Colon High School with the Class of 1954. He served in the U.S. …

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Mark Fitch, 61

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Mark “Uncle Sam” Fitch, 61, of Muskegon, passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday, July 4, 2016. He was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Three Rivers to Jerry Austin and Mildred Ann (Proctor) Fitch. Mark was an avid Detroit Lions and Tigers fan, having never missed a Lions game in 50 years. He also loved running, fishing, going to the …

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