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Matthew Mason, 32

Matthew Mason, age 32 , passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Goshen Hospital. Matthew was born December 04, 1986 in Harbor City California the son of Thomas Mason and Linda (Woody) Mason. Matthew loved the outdoors he was an accomplished snowboarder and water Skier, he enjoyed fishing, golf and baseball, but one of his favorite pastimes was rollerblading …

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Ann Marie Fields, 61

Ann Marie Fields, age 61, of Scotts, and a former longtime Sturgis area resident, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1958, in Wyandotte, a daughter of the late Albert R. and Donelda (Bryan) Fields. Ann resided most of her life in the Sturgis, Burr Oak and Colon areas. She had been …

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Linda Kirkpatrick, 75

Linda Sue Kirkpatrick, 75, of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. The family is being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home in Bronson. Linda was born Sept. 16, 1943, to Bill and Ilene (Tiner) Cooksey in Wabash, Ind. On Sept. …

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Roger Lego, 65

Roger Wayne Lego, age 65, of Sturgis, passed away early Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Sturgis, Mich., son of the late William A. and June (Shorey) Lego. Roger was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On Dec. 10, 1976, he married Therese Cummins in La Plata, Md. Roger …

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Anna Mae Yoder, 85

Anna Mae Yoder, age 85, of Colon, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her home. Anna Mae was born Feb. 2,1934, in Shipshewana, a daughter of the late Jonas and Sylvia (Miller) Hostetler. On June 4, 1955, she married Ralph L. Yoder in Sturgis. He preceded her in death July 3, 2005. She had lived at her present address …

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Charles Swihart, 73

Charles D. Swihart, age 73 of Leonidas, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home. He was born in Flowerfield Township on July 18, 1945 the son of the late Walter Harold and Ethel Maebelle (Ware) Swihart. He graduated from Colon High School and went to work for Reith-Riley Construction before joining the U.S. Army in 1967. He served in …

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Max Bessinger, 89

Max Elden Bessinger, age 89, of Three Rivers, MI passed away surrounded by his loving family in the morning hours of Friday, March 15, 2019. He was born on September 11, 1929 the son of Raleigh and Lydia (Eaglebarger) Bessinger in Marshall County, Indiana. Max was a life-long member of both the Fraternal Order of The Eagles and the Moose …

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Eleanor Cotter, 79

Eleanor Cotter, 79, of Hammond, IN, passed away Wednesday, March 13th, at Hospice of the Calumet Area in Munster.  She was born in Nottawa on October 9, 1939, a daughter of the late Arthur and Violet (Parham) Cotter. Eleanor graduated from Centreville Schools in 1957. She worked as an admissions counselor at Purdue University for 20 years, retiring in 1998. …

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Melinda Dale, 51

Melinda Lee Dale, age 51, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at her home. She was born July 5, 1967, in Three Rivers, a daughter of Earl Dean and Margaret (Crawford) Hammond, Sr. Melinda had resided in Sturgis for the past 18 years, coming from Three Rivers. Melinda was a homemaker who enjoyed camping and gardening, and …

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Bonnie Levitz, 85

Bonnie L. Levitz, 85 of Centreville passed away March 12, 2019 at Borgess Hospital.  She was born on August 14, 1933 in LaGrange, IN, a daughter of Walter and Lexie (Powers) Jennings.  Bonnie went to Springfield Schools, and later obtained her GED in 1985. In 1969, she married Raymond Wall in Howe; he preceded her in death on January 16, …

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