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Mike VanPelt, 61

Mike Dwane VanPelt, age 61, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 5, 2019 at his home. He was born February 25, 1958 in Sturgis, son of the late Norman D. and Betty Jean (Jourdan) VanPelt. Mike was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1976. Mike was employed by Morgan Olson in …

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Barbara Thrapp, 96

Barbara Louise Thrapp, age 96, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 5, 2019 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born November 3, 1922 in Ann Arbor, daughter of the late Leo B. and Wilma E. (Case) Purdy. Barbara resided most of her life in Sturgis with the exception of living in California for 12 years. She married …

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Edward Schrader, Sr., 80

Edward “Popps” Schrader, Sr., age 80, of Constantine, left his loved ones to be with God on Saturday, the 5th of October 2019 in his home. At the time of his departure, he had his wonderful wife of 57 years, Wanda (Howard) Schrader, and three sons, Edward Schrader Jr. of Constantine, Scott Schrader of Three Rivers and Shawn Schrader of …

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Kathryn Mast, 95

Kathryn Mast, age 95, of Sturgis, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. She was born in Sturgis on June 23, 1924 the daughter of Eli and Polly (Miller) Overholt. She attended the Truckenmiller Country School. Kathryn was married to Melvin J. Mast on March 31, 1951 in Sturgis. They moved to Mendon in 1956 where …

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Ken Moser, 81

Kenneth R. Moser, age 81, of Sturgis, passed peacefully in the early morning hours on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Ken was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Altoona, Pa., to the late William and Bertha (Muller) Moser. He was proud to be “100% Swiss.” Ken grew up in South Bend, and graduated from Riley High School in 1956. He joined the …

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Sharon Klopfenstein, 71

Sharon L. Klopfenstein, age 71, of Burr Oak, passed away Friday morning Oct. 4, 2019 at her home. She was born May 5, 1948 in Kalamazoo, a daughter to the late Harold Largent and Loma (Stephens) Beck. Sharon resided in the Kalamazoo and Vicksburg area until moving to Sturgis in 1977. She was previously married to Victor Triezenberg. On Oct. …

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Frederick Borgert, 73

Frederick E. Borgert, age 73, of Burr Oak, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo surrounded by his family. Frederick was born in Sturgis on August 24, 1946, a son to Earl and Margaret (Swihart) Borgert. He lived in the Nottawa and Centreville areas for part of his life, graduating from Centreville High School with …

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Andrew Waltz, 47

Andrew Jason Waltz, age 47, of Three Rivers, passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2019. He was born on December 8, 1971 in Vicksburg, the son of David C. and Karen S. (Flinn) Waltz. Andrew graduated from Portage Public Schools in the class of 1990. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and driving semi-trucks. Andrew is preceded in his passing …

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Ina Foura, 82

Mrs. Ina Mae Foura, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 4th, 2019 at the Fairview Nursing Home in Centreville.  Ina was born on May 13, 1937 in Huntington Beach, CA., the daughter of the late Clifton D. and Goldie (Hast) Winder. Mrs. Foura has been a long time resident of Three Rivers and an avid …

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Thomas Spoores, 68

Thomas Lee Spoores, age 68, of Constantine, died on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center. He was born April 22, 1951 in Bowling Green, OH a son of William Massey and Gertrude Spoores. Thomas graduated from White Pigeon High School in 1970 and studied at Glen Oaks Community College. On May 28, 1970 he married Sharon Carter in …

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