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LaVerne Walters, 82

LaVerne L. Walters, age 82, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away, Thursday June 9, 2011, at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born May 16, 1929, in Colon, Mich., a son to the late Lawrence and Doris (Sturges) Walters. LaVerne graduated from Colon High School and has been a resident of the Sturgis area most of his life. He was …

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Roberta Marbaugh, 62

Roberta Jean Marbaugh, 62, of Sturgis, passed away early Friday morning, June 10, 2011, at her home, following a 2 1/2 year hard-fought battle with brain cancer. She was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Sturgis, a daughter of Bobbie G. and Irma J. (Fetch) Marbaugh. Roberta had been a Sturgis resident since 1982. Her early life was spent in White …

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Harold Smoker, 81

Harold J. Smoker, age 81, of Sturgis, passed away early Thursday morning, June 9, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home in LaGrange, Ind., where he had been a resident for the past six years. He was born March 6, 1930, in Batavia, a son of the late Anthony and Eva (Hudson) Smoker. Harold was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On …

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Adam Learn, 14

Adam Jacob Learn, age 14, of Three Rivers, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 6, 2011. He was born on January 1, 1997, in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Monty and Vicki Learn. Adam was a selfless and inspirational young man. His infectious and gentle smile and his kind nature made him a joy to be around. He was loved …

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Nancy Waddell, 80

Nancy Harvey Waddell, of Charlevoix, died on June 4, 2011, after a short illness. Nancy Anne Harvey was born June 25, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, the first child of Ruel Britton and Margaret Elizabeth (Reid) Harvey. Her family soon moved to Birch Lake near Vandalia, Mich., where she would live for 40 years. She attended a one room school in …

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Frances Wunder, 99

Frances Helen (Mast) Wunder, age 99, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Monday afternoon, June 6, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Oct. 16, 1911, in LaGrange County, Ind., a daughter of the late Jesse and Frances (Jones) Mast. Mrs. Wunder’s early life was spent in northern Indiana. She lived several years in Speedway, Ind., returning to the …

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