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Erna Drews, 90

Hildegard Erna Drews, age 90, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully with her family nearby on Monday, October 24, 2016 at her home.  She was born on January 2, 1926 in Essen-Stahle, Germany, the daughter of Geerd and Matilde (Altenbeck) Nykamp. Erna was a devoted wife who worked her entire career at Continental Can in Three Rivers.  She and Albert …

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Terry McKenzie, 76

Terril “Terry” R. McKenzie, age 76, died on Monday, October 24, 2016.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial services beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Hohner Funeral Home. Interment of cremains will be held at Fish Lake Cemetery.   

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Eric Biland, 20

Eric Biland, 20, of White Pigeon, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 He was born June 6, 1996, in Three Rivers, a son of Peter E. and Sara E. (Meadows) Biland. He enjoyed Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hanging out with his friends. Surviving are his mother, Sara Meadows of Denver; his sisters, Andrea McGovern of Aurora, Colo., and Jessica Outman of …

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Kiyana McNeal, 4

Kiyana Kyree McNeal, age 4, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at her home. She was born in Kalamazoo on January 30, 2012, a daughter of Jacey McNeal Wolkins and Gerald Johnson. Kiyana was her mom’s shadow. She loved to sing and dance and loved learning new things. She was most recently learning to play the keyboard and …

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Roary Sanford, 18

Roark (Roary) was born April 1, 1998, in Kalamazoo, and was taken from us suddenly on Oct. 22, 2016 at the age of 18½. Roark resided in Kalamazoo and attended Mattawan High School. He wanted to be a veterinarian. Roark loved animals and had a way with them that spoke to the soul. He was a man with a loving, …

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Lydia Martin, 91

Lydia Marie Martin, 91, White Pigeon, died on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at her home. She was born on August 20, 1925 in Columbia City, IN, a daughter of George and Ethel (Smith) Hawn. On February 21, 1948 Lydia married Cleo Martin in Columbia City, IN. He preceded her in death December 30, 2006. She worked at Door Products in …

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Barbara Lambdin, 64

Barbara Ann Lambdin, age 64, of White Pigeon Twp., died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. She was born March 10, 1952 in Clarksville, TN, a daughter of George and Leala (Rye) Ray. Barbara enjoyed gardening, knitting, cooking, and caring for her family. Surviving are her daughter Tesa Rance, Kalamazoo, son Paul (Sarah) Webb, White Pigeon, George …

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Rod Howard, 66

Rodney Andrew Howard, age 66, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Rod was born on Dec. 17th, 1949 in Adrian, MI., the son of the late Andy and Elizabeth (Cox) Howard. Mr. Howard grew up in the Adrian, MI. area and served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam …

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Ralph Bushman, 74

Ralph Leo Bushman, age 74, of Three Rivers passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  He was born on September 28, 1942 the son of Frances and Doris Bushman. In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted and there will be no public services at this time. Memorial donations may be directed to Michiana Guardianship.  Envelopes available at the funeral …

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Diana Tompkins, 54

Diana Lynn Tompkins, age 54, of Coldwater, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at her home. She was born in Ionia, MI on July 4, 1962 the daughter of George A. and Monalene (Wilson) Mansmith. She attended Ionia and Brighton Elementary Schools and graduated from Coldwater High School in 1980. She resided briefly in White Pigeon and worked at a wholesale …

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