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Eufracia Peebles, 63

Eufracia Manalansan Peebles, age 63, passed away peacefully at Kairos Dwelling in the late hours of Tuesday, April 23, 2019. She was born on April 5, 1956 in Lubao, Philippines to Davison and Flaviana (Paule) Manalansan. Eufracia was a kind and loving person who will be missed greatly by all who knew her. She leaves to cherish her loving memory …

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Lois Veasy, 90

Lois L. Veasy, age 90, a lifelong Sturgis resident, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Skaggs Adult Foster Care in Burr Oak. She was born Nov. 15, 1928 in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Ora A. and Marjorie (Sweezy) Blood. Lois was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1946 and attended International Business College. …

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Johnny Garner, 77

Johnny E. Garner, age 77, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at his home, following an extended illness.  Memorial services and interment will be held at a later date at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.  Arrangements are by Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon.

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Marion Evans-Smith, 76

Marion L. Evans-Smith, age 76, of Colon, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Marion was born March 23, 1943, in Three Rivers, a daughter of the late Jesse C. and Elizabeth I. (Hartman) Evans. Marion grew up in Three Rivers, graduating from Three Rivers High School, then continued her education at Glen Oaks …

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Allan Decker, 82

Allan Ray Decker, age 82, of Vicksburg, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Colon on Jan. 16, 1937 the son of Clair and Frances (James) Decker. He graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1955. Allan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea with the Signal …

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Glenna Bennett, 86

Glenna Jean Bennett (Reber) was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 following a sudden illness.  Her devotion to family and love for Three Rivers and Fishers Lake communities brought much joy to her life on this Earth.  Glenna was 86 years old. She was born to Russell Coleman Wince and Sarah Elizabeth Wince (Haught) on September …

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Nancy Hipelius, 87

Nancy Ann (Clayton) Hipelius, age 87, of Lawton, passed away Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019. Nancy was born in Chicago  on March 24, 1932, the daughter of Henry and Laura (Himan) Clayton. She married Carl Robert Hipelius in 1955. They were married for 49 years before Carl sorrowfully passed away in August of 2004. Together, they had three children: Laurie …

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Ellie Grunert, 94

Eleanor (Ellie) Virginia Grunert, age 94, of Three Rivers, went to be with the Lord early Monday, April 22, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 17, 1924, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Wint and Lottie (Kapp) Hughes. Ellie grew up in Detroit where she met her beloved husband Fred. After Fred came …

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Richard Tymkew Sr., 84

Richard William Tymkew Sr., age 84, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday morning, April 21, 2019, at his home. He was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Albion, a son of the late Walter and Stella (Klimkiewicz) Tymkew. Richard resided in Sturgis since 1969, coming from Springport. On July 18, 1968, he married Carole Baum in Springport. Richard retired in June 1995 …

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Ken Bir, 67

Kenneth R. Bir, age 67, of Bronson, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019, at his home. A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Bronson, with Pastor Ryan Bibb from Radiant Life Church in Sturgis officiating. Visitation will take place 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Dutcher Funeral …

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