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Darla Ryan, 79

Darla M. Ryan, age 79, of Three Rivers passed away surrounded by her two daughters on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at her home. She was born in Chicago, IL on December 16, 1939 the daughter of Frances and Madge (Wisniewski) Ryan. Darla graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1957. She was employed for many years at …

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Mary Ann McElvain, 76

Mary Ann McElvain, age 76 of Three Rivers died Monday, June 3, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on Sep. 1, 1942 the daughter of Marion and Ann (Miller) Hughes. She graduated from Colon High School with the Class of 1960. Mary Ann was married to Walter L. McElvain on May 11, …

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L.J. “Chris” Christopherson, 91

L.J. “Chris” Christopherson, age 91 of Centreville, died June 1, 2019 at Fairview Living Center.He was born on December 25, 1927 in Little Falls, MN, a son of James and Esther (Cherry) Christopherson. In 1954, Chris married Evelyn Lundberg, and later divorced.On October 14, 1972, he married Eleanor Waltz Shingledecker in Centreville. Chris retired from Viking RV in Centreville and …

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Karen Broadworth, 77

Karen Kaye Broadworth, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 29, 2019, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born April 22, 1942, in Mishawaka, a daughter of the late Arden W. and Gladys (Holtzapple) Paxton. Karen resided most of her life in Sturgis and attended Sturgis High School. She retired from Owens Illinois Inc. in Constantine …

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Kathleen Caywood, 87

Kathleen Caywood, age 87, of Sturgis, peacefully passed away Wednesday morning, May 29, at Thurston Woods Nursing Center, surrounded by her faith and the love of her family. As Kathleen recently said, “I have lived a good life.” That was certainly true. She was born in early March, 1933, to Peter and Irene Miller. After graduation from Constantine High School, …

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Edna McMaster, 85

Edna Mae McMaster affectionately known as “Petie” went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Heartland Healthcare in Three Rivers. Edna was born on August 16, 1933 in Sturgis.  She was the 3rd child born to Joe Harris and Olive Gertrude (Davison) Perkins.  She deeply loved all her siblings and shared with them an unbreakable …

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David Kauffman, 62

David A. Kauffman, age 62, of Centreville, died on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home following a short illness. He is survived by his wife Mary Kauffman, son Samuel Kauffman, 4 daughters Loretta Combs, Sarah Odubela, Rosanna Miller, Malinda Schwartz, and 7 grandchildren Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel in …

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LuAnn Herding, 65

LuAnn (Studeman) Herding, age 65, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, May 26, 2019, at Glenn Arbor Hospice residence in Battle Creek. She was born Feb. 19, 1954, in Detroit. Her parents, Robert Frank and Grace E. (Parker) Studeman, preceded her in death, along with twin infant sisters Marilyn and Mary Studeman. On Feb. 19, 1973, she married George …

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Foy Heltzel, 87

Foy Heltzel, age 87, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Nov. 23, 1931, a son of Milton and Sylvia (Itt) Heltzel. Foy lived in LaGrange County, Ind., for 31 years, moving in 1962 to Sturgis, where he lived until his death. He was a veteran of U.S. Army, serving 1952-1954, …

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Sandy Swartzentruber, 77

Sandra “Sandy” Jean Swartzentruber, age 77, of Mendon, passed away in the early hours on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 15, 1941 the daughter of Frances and Helen (McElvain) Truckey. Sandy was a long-time resident of Mendon, having graduated from Mendon High School in the class of 1959. She retired from …

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