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Shane Buelna, 31

Shane Matthew Buelna, age 31, of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Dallas VA Medical Center in Dallas. Shane was the beloved son of Melodie Hummer Frazin and Kevin Ivan Bird. He was born July 11, 1988, in Elkhart. Shane honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer. Shane was a lifetime learner and loved …

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Rita Scheske, 84

Rita Christine Scheske, age 84, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 22, 2019, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She was born April 24, 1935, in Morehead, Ky., a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine Irene (Phelps) McClurg. Rita resided in Sturgis since 1969, coming from Southfield. She married Melvin Gerald Scheske in Detroit. He preceded her in …

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Pat Bacon, 87

Harriet L. “Pat” Bacon, age 87, of Fulton, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born in Fulton on March 25, 1932 the daughter one of ten children born to Jonathin D. and Effie May ((Huffman) Parsons, and attended Fulton Elementary School. She was married to Donald W. Bacon on June 25, 1949 in Hastings. …

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Marie Bontrager, 89

Marie Catherine Bontrager, 89, of Centreville, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, surrounded by her family, at her daughter Orvin and Miriam Bontrager’s residence. Marie was born Feb. 19, 1930, a daughter of the late William N. and Lydiaann (Miller) Bontrager. On Feb. 9, 1950, she married Ezra J. Bontrager. They lived most their lives together in the Centreville area, …

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Avis Baldwin, 94

Avis G. Baldwin, age 94, of Three Rivers, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at Three Rivers Health. She was born on Jan. 17, 1925 the daughter of Fred and Elva (Anable) Hassenger. After graduation from High School she attended Beauty College and practiced briefly as a beautician. She was married to Lyle Allan Baldwin on Sept. 14, 1951 in Elkhart. …

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Doug Arney, 55

Douglas Jon Arney, age 55, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept.17, 2019, at Fairview Living Centre in Centreville. He was born Feb. 2, 1964, in Sturgis, a son of Daniel and Norma Jean (Harriman) Arney. Doug was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1982. On July 2, 1988, he married …

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Joe Jackson, 52

Joseph A. Jackson, age 52, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 18, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born April 27, 1967, in Sturgis, a son of the late Gerald K. and Estella M. (Hart) Jackson. Joe was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1986. Most …

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Dan Jones, 86

Dan Jones, age 86, of Constantine, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at his home.  He was born on June 21, 1933 in Constantine, a son of Arthur and Alice (Leister) Jones. Dan graduated from Constantine High School in 1951 where he excelled as an all sport athlete. He was in the US Army from 1953-1955 in Germany. During …

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Dixie Hartman, 85

Dixie S. Hartman, age 85, of Waterford, and a former Sturgis resident, passed away early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2019, in West Bloomfield Township. She was born May 13, 1934, in Centreville, the only daughter of the late James Russell and Inez B. (Elliott) Brown. Dixie’s early life was lived in Centreville, where she was a graduate of Centreville High …

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Ralph Parham, 96

Ralph E. Parham, age 96, of Venice, Fla., and a former longtime resident of Howe, Ind., passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2019, at Venice Hospice House in Venice. He was born July 11, 1923, in Billings, Mont., a son of the late Lyle H. and Nora E. (Brown) Parham. Ralph resided in Florida since 2015. Prior to moving to …

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