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Violet Spence, 88

Violet J. Spence, age 88, of rural Three Rivers, died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton surrounded by her family. She was born in Knoxville, TN on June 4, 1931 the daughter of John R. and Mary O. (Crowe) Gentry. She graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1949. She was married …

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Robert Babcock Jr., 66

Robert James Babcock Jr., age 66, of Chapin, SC, formerly of Union, MI, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 22, 2020. He was born January 26, 1954 in South Bend, a son of Robert and Sheila (Gustafson) Babcock Sr. Robert graduated from Constantine High School in 1972. On June 23, 1973 he married Carla Creakbaum in Elkhart. Robert …

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Reta Hetmansperger, 86

Reta M. Hetmansperger, age 86, of Three Rivers, went to be with her lord and savior Jesus on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with bipolar, depression, and dementia. She was born on November 19, 1933 in Athens, MI the daughter of Charles and Dora (Moyer) Lafler. She attended Centreville High School …

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Orson Poley, 95

Orson Franklin Poley Jr., age 95, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 23, 2020, at his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Raisin Township, Lenawee County, a son of the late Orson F. and Annie E. (Fackler) Poley Sr. Orson was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, where he flew B-29 Bombers …

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Carol Fair, 95

Carol J. Fair, age 95, of Centreville, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on November 16, 1924 in Sturgis, a daughter to the late Samuel L. and Rhea (Arver) Cook. Carol was a lifelong resident of the Sturgis and Centreville areas and a graduate of Sturgis High School in 1942. On January 8, …

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Rosa Harmon, 89

Rosa Lee Harmon, age 89, of Three Rivers, died peacefully at home on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. She was born in Dunbar, Oklahoma one of six children born to Roy and Blanche (Tarbutton) Bryant. She was married to William Harvey Harmon on Aug. 24, 1945 in Forrest City, Arkansas. They moved to Three Rivers in 1955 and Rosa worked at …

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Deb Johnson, 64

Deborah Lee (Crabtree) Johnson, age 64 of Centreville, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 in a motor vehicle accident in Nottawa Township. She was born in Three Rivers on June 13, 1955 the daughter of Joel and Margaret (Bubetz) Crabtree. She graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1973 and attended Western Michigan University. Deb was self employed and …

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Jimmy Weiss, Jr., 49

James Douglas Weiss,  Jr., age 49, of Burr Oak, died on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Sturgis Hospital. He was born December 21, 1970 in Southfield,  a son of James D. and Patricia (Perrin) Weiss. Jimmy attended Constantine Schools and graduated from Howe Military School in 1988. He received his auto mechanic degree from ITT in Ft. Wayne and also …

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Joan Fesler, 74

Joan Elizabeth Fesler, age 74, of Three Rivers, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Kalamazoo on April 29, 1945 the daughter of Otis and Peggy (Snow) Roberts and attended Kalamazoo Schools. Joan has lived in Three Rivers since 1988, coming from Sister Lakes. While living in Three Rivers she …

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Ann Stutsman, 92

Ann Martha (Tesarik) Stutsman, age 92, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020. She was born April 27, 1927 in Perrinton, MI, the daughter of Frank Tesarik and Lilli (Ondruka) Tesarik. She worked at Kalamazoo Spring in Kalamazoo and later at Kirsch in Middlebury. She loved being outdoors, cooking, baking, gardening, and spending time with her family. She …

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