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Sherman Dunafin, 95

Sherman Dunafin, Jr., 95 of Sturgis, passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on January 4, 1923 in the Mongo-Stroh area in Indiana. Sherman’s childhood was spent in an orphan home until 1933 at the age of 10 when his foster parents, George and Martha …

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Mike Speicher, 67

Michael Alan Speicher, age 67, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mike was born Jan, 18, 1951, in Sturgis, a son of Milton Robert “Bob” and Billie Yvonne (Beckwith) Speicher. He lived most of his life in Sturgis, enjoying his childhood at the family cabin on Crotch Lake, attending Holy …

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John Williams, 57

John Christopher Williams, age 57, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning Dec. 10, 2018, at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1961, in Sturgis, a son of John and Loretta (Patrick) Williams. John resided most of his life in Sturgis and also had lived six years in Hazard, Ky. He had been employed at Iceburg Enterprises, Burr Oak …

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Venus Stewart, 32

Venus R. Stewart, age 32, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010. Venus was born August 4, 1977 in Coldwater, a daughter to Larry and Therese (Jasper) McComb. Venus graduated Bronson High School with the class of 1992 and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement at Western Michigan University. She had also worked for PNC bank …

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Priscilla Waltke-Miller, 90

Priscilla Bogen Waltke-Miller, age 90, of Colon, passed away late Sunday evening, Dec. 9, 2018. at her home. She was born May 24, 1928. in Dearborn, a daughter of the late John J. and Rose (Bogen) Smith. Priscilla resided in Colon for the past 16 years, coming from Sturgis, where she lived most of her life and was a graduate …

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Juanita Winer, 98

Juanita V. Winer, age 98, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, 2018, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born May 5, 1920, in Decatur, Ind., a daughter of Russell and Viola (Ray) Bowman. Juanita worked at Kirsch Company and Sturgis Journal in Sturgis. She enjoyed sewing and crafts, shopping, playing the organ, square-dancing with …

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Larry Millard, 62

Larry Lee Millard, age 62 of Muskegon, and formerly of Mendon, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born in Three Rivers on Aug. 31, 1956 the son of Charles and Genevieve (Searer) Millard. He graduated from Mendon High School in 1974 and later from Western Michigan University. Larry worked in the …

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Dale Kline, 61

Dale A. Kline Jr., 61, of White Pigeon, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo following a sudden illness. He was born Feb. 8, 1957, in Three Rivers, the son of Dale A. and Alice A. (Alber) Kline Sr. and a resident of White Pigeon since 1966. He retired this year from White Pigeon Paper Co. …

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Bev Casterline, 94

Carolyn B. (Bev) Casterline – loving wife, mother and grandmother passed on to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the age of 94 surrounded by her loving family. Bev was born in Ferndale, Michgan on September 8, 1924. She was married to Donald L. Casterline for 69 years who preceded her in death on October …

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Marie Frye, 82

Marie Dorothy Frye, age 82, of Three Rivers went to be with her Lord in Heaven on Friday, December 7, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving children. She was born March 29, 1936 in Fabius Twp, the daughter of the late Calvin and Gladys (Holderman) Jones. On July 28, 1955 Marie was united in marriage to Amos L. …

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