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Lyle Thrasher, 85

Lyle E. Thrasher, age 85, a lifelong resident of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his home, with family by his side. He was born June 15, 1933, in Sturgis, a son of the late Ambrose and Hazel (Bordner) Thrasher. On June 25, 1960, he married Mary L. Persails. Surviving are his wife, Mary; two sons, Alan (Renae) …

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Dixie Melchi, 77

Dixie L. Melchi, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at her home, with her family at her side. She was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Irene (Abbs) Thompson. Dixie resided in Mattawan for 30 years. The rest of her life was lived in Sturgis, where she was …

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Sandra Swartzentruber, 77

Sandra “Sandy” Jean Swartzentruber, age 77, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. In accordance with Sandy’s wishes cremation will be conducted and a celebration of her life will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Hohner Funeral Home.

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Samuel Tullos, 69

Samuel Daniel Tullos, age 69, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born May 3, 1950, in Luise, Miss., a son of Sherman and Betty (Horton) Tullos. Samuel was born and raised in Mississippi and worked as a migrant worker in the cotton fields as well as working in catfish …

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Pete Ziemkowski, 92

Peter J. Ziemkowski, age 92, of Colon, and formerly of Calumet City, Ill., passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Alexandria, La. Peter was born Aug. 15, 1926, to the late Bertha R. (Kaczmarski) and the late Peter J. Ziemkowski. Raised in Calumet City, Ill., by Bertha and her husband, Theodore Zygmunt, he attended Thornton Fractional Township High, but left …

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Keith Borgert, 86

F. Keith Borgert, age 86, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, May 19, 2019. He was born June 14, 1932, in Kalamazoo, the only child of the late Vern and Catharine (Fetch) Borgert. Keith was a lifelong Nottawa Township resident. At age 16, he graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1949. While at Sturgis High School, …

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Mary Snow, 81

Mary Reed Snow, age 81, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully Friday, May 17th, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Mary was born on May 9th, 1938 in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of the late Fred R. and Virginia (Stevenson) Reed. On August 30th, 1959, Mary was united in marriage to, Taylor Snow, whom she adored and met while …

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Ray Wheeler, 78

Raymond Forrest Wheeler, age 78, of Mendon, died Friday, May 17, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Manistique, MI on March 30, 1941 the son of Forest and Beulah (Blentlinger) Wheeler. He was married to Geneva (Huddleston) in Three Rivers and they have resided near Mendon the past 49 years. Ray had been employed …

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Gary Phillips, 83

Gary E. Phillips, age 83, of Sturgis, passed away early Thursday morning, May 16, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born July 9, 1935, in Holland, a son of the late Ernie M. and Thelma E. (Smith) Phillips. Gary resided in Sturgis since 1963, coming from Traverse City. On Dec. 18, 1953, he married Patricia A. …

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Thelma Fiebelkorn, 87

Thelma E. Fiebelkorn, age 87, of Burr Oak, passed away Wednesday morning, May 15, 2019, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Clarence and Pauline (Maxwell) Maystead. Thelma resided most of her life in the Burr Oak area and was a graduate of Burr Oak High School with …

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