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Kenneth Arend

Kenneth Earl Arend of Sturgis passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2020 following a brief illness. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Sturgis Foundation/Sturgis Neighborhood Program. Arrangments by Hackman Family …

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Jim Bender, 43

James Robert Bender, age 43, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Three Rivers Health. He was born in Sturgis on March 23, 1976, a son of David and Joyce (Waters) Bender. Jim attended Three Rivers Schools. On June 30, 2018, he married Shawna Sweitzer at Bonneyville Mills in Bristol. Jim was a welder, working on …

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Mary Spence, 56

Mary Belle Spence, age 56, of Sturgis, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Arrangements will be announced by Hackman Family Funeral Homes.

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Stacy Minor, 41

Stacy Lynn Minor, age 41, of Shipshewana, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 17, 2020, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, Ind. She was born April 17, 1978, in Sturgis, a daughter of David and Deborah (Miller) Galinis. Stacy resided in Shipshewana for the past six months, coming from Constantine. On Nov. 16, 2002, she married Jammie Minor in Three Rivers. …

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Robert McDaniel, 79

Robert Leslie McDaniel, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at his home in Constantine. He was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Bloomfield, Ind., a son of the late Ervin and Sarah (Bland) McDaniel. On Sept. 23, 1960, Robert married Della Marchand. He had resided in Constantine for the majority of his life. He loved coon dogs and …

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Doris Evans, 90

Doris Jean (Chrisman) Evans, age 90, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully in Kalamazoo on Sunday, February 16, 2020. She was born on August 7, 1929 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Elmer and Ruth (Eash) Chrisman. Doris was affectionately referred to as “Betty Crocker” by her children and she loved to bake and sew. She baked cookies and cakes …

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Viola Keller, 85

Viola E. Keller, 85, of Three Rivers, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at Grace Healthcare Center. She was born on Dec. 11, 1934 in Saginaw, Mich., the daughter of Laurence and Eva (Peters) Ely. On October 17, 1953, she was united in marriage to Henry Keller. He preceded her in death in 2010. She retired from Lear Plastics after …

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John Cline, 82

John Edward Ellis Cline, Jr., age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away surrounded by his loving family in the early hours of Sunday, February 16, 2020. He was born on January 3, 1938 the son of John Cline Sr. and Florence (Parks) Dinstet in Kalamazoo. John received his journeyman technical degree from Glen Oaks and worked as a mechanical journeyman …

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Michael Persons, 64

Michael V. Persons, age 64, of Mendon, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Ascension Borgess Hospital. Michael was born June 3, 1955, in El Paso, Texas, a son of the late Maurice “Jake” and Darlene (Crain) Persons. Michael lived in the St. Joseph county area most of his life, graduating from Colon High School with the class of 1973. …

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Al Zona Jr., 50

Alan M. Zona Jr., age 50, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, 2020, in Middlebury, Ind. He was born Nov. 2, 1969, in Chicago Heights, Ill., a son of Alan M. and Bonnie (Amadio) Zona. He resided in Sturgis for the past 10 years, coming from Homewood, Ill. Al had a love of automobiles and was a …

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