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Linda Thrams, 62

Linda Lou Thrams, age 62, of Sturgis, passed away Friday morning, May 24, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born Nov. 20, 1956, in Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of Donald Ray and Mary Lou (Brinkman) Ware. Linda was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1976. On April 17, …

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Tom Millard, 77

Thomas Michael “Tom” Millard, age 77 of Mendon, died peacefully at his riverside home on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He was born in Three Rivers on Dec. 29, 1941 the son of the late Kenneth A. and Mercedes A. (Truckey) Millard. Tom graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1960. He was married to Karen Osgood on Dec. …

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Marialyce Leer, age 91

Marialyce Leer, age 91, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. She was born March 20, 1928, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Fred and Katherine (Raudman) Stutz. Marialyce resided her entire life in Sturgis, with the exception of 10 years when she lived in Algonac. She was …

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Alice Drake, 93

Alice Drake, age 93, of Three Rivers, died May 16, 2019. She was born April 30, 1926 in Constantine, the third of four children born to Stanley and Mildred Drake. Alice will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by one sister, Jane Drake of Lexington, Michigan; nieces, Jennifer Drake of Kalamazoo, Suzanne (James) Crabbs of Quincy, …

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Lyle Thrasher, 85

Lyle E. Thrasher, age 85, a lifelong resident of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his home, with family by his side. He was born June 15, 1933, in Sturgis, a son of the late Ambrose and Hazel (Bordner) Thrasher. On June 25, 1960, he married Mary L. Persails. Surviving are his wife, Mary; two sons, Alan (Renae) …

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Dixie Melchi, 77

Dixie L. Melchi, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at her home, with her family at her side. She was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Irene (Abbs) Thompson. Dixie resided in Mattawan for 30 years. The rest of her life was lived in Sturgis, where she was …

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Samuel Tullos, 69

Samuel Daniel Tullos, age 69, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born May 3, 1950, in Luise, Miss., a son of Sherman and Betty (Horton) Tullos. Samuel was born and raised in Mississippi and worked as a migrant worker in the cotton fields as well as working in catfish …

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Pete Ziemkowski, 92

Peter J. Ziemkowski, age 92, of Colon, and formerly of Calumet City, Ill., passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Alexandria, La. Peter was born Aug. 15, 1926, to the late Bertha R. (Kaczmarski) and the late Peter J. Ziemkowski. Raised in Calumet City, Ill., by Bertha and her husband, Theodore Zygmunt, he attended Thornton Fractional Township High, but left …

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Keith Borgert, 86

F. Keith Borgert, age 86, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, May 19, 2019. He was born June 14, 1932, in Kalamazoo, the only child of the late Vern and Catharine (Fetch) Borgert. Keith was a lifelong Nottawa Township resident. At age 16, he graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1949. While at Sturgis High School, …

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Mary Snow, 81

Mary Reed Snow, age 81, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully Friday, May 17th, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Mary was born on May 9th, 1938 in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of the late Fred R. and Virginia (Stevenson) Reed. On August 30th, 1959, Mary was united in marriage to, Taylor Snow, whom she adored and met while …

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