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Anne Baker, 86

Anne Louise Baker, age 86 of Mendon, died Tuesday Jan. 18, 2011 at the Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village in Chelsea, MI surrounded by her family. She was born in Kalamazoo on June 5, 1924 the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary (Vyverman) Schmitt. Anne graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1941 which was responsible for …

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Kenneth Ruggles, 81

Kenneth G. Ruggles, 81, of Three Rivers, passed away on Jan. 15, 2011. A lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area, Kenneth was born on April 24, 1929 to Donald and Irene Ruggles who preceded him in death. He owned Kalamazoo Abstract and Title Company until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Ruggles; children, Pam (Joel) Wright, Brad …

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Ernest Cain, 74

Ernest Earl Cain, age 74, of Colon, passed away Monday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Hillsdale, a son of the late Fredrick and Beryl (Howell) Cain. Mr. Cain had resided in Colon for the past 30 years. Ernie’s entire working life was involved in the recreational vehicle and mobile home industry. …

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Alberta Betcke, 88

Alberta Betcke, 88, of Sturgis, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born July 26, 1922, in Sioux City, Iowa, a daughter of the late Amos and Elizabeth (Laird) Linafelter. Mrs. Betcke had resided in Sturgis since 1953 coming from South Dakota. On March 15, 1945, she married Martin Betcke in Allen, Neb. …

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Arlis Frohriep, 91

Arlis I. Frohriep, 91, of East Peoria, Ill., and formerly of Sturgis, died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. She was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Battle Creek, a daughter of George and Mae Hibbard Hart. On July 12, 1941, she married Arnold Frohriep in Bryan, Ohio. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a …

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Paul Carroll Jr., 81

Paul E. Carroll Jr., 81, of Saline, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Saline Evangelical Home. He was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of Paul E. Sr. and Dorothy F. (Bowser) Carroll. On Dec. 26, 1950, he married Charlotte L. Fitzpatrick, and she survives. Paul retired from General Motors in 1991 with 38 years of …

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