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Mildred Russell, 104

Mildred L. Russell, age 104, of Mendon, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Ascension-Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Mendon on July 25, 1914 the daughter of Roy D. and Elma (Mathis) Stiteler. She attended country schools and graduated from Mendon High School with the Class of 1931. Mildred was married to Oscar L. Russell in South …

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Harry Wells, Jr., 59

Harry E. Wells, Jr., age 59, of Constantine, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Kalamazoo. Harry was born in Memphis, TN on October 5, 1959, a son of Harry and Edith (Maghee) Wells, Sr. He graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1978 and then served in the United States Marines until 1982. On September 18, 1993 he …

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Keith Schrader, 61

Keith Edward Schrader, age 61, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019, at his home. He was born March 8, 1958, in Kansas City, Kan., a son of the late Lawrence and Margaret (Smith) Schrader. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. Keith resided in Sturgis for the past 34 years, coming …

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Betty Burton, 80

Betty Joan Burton, age 80, of Minneapolis, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her home. Betty was born Oct. 5, 1938, near Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Clyde L. and Rhoda M. (Frazier) Burton. She spent her formative years in Allen County, graduated from Huntertown High School in 1956 and received both a …

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Janice Johnson, 80

Janice L. Johnson, age 80, of Burr Oak, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, at her home. Janice was born Sept. 19, 1938, in Athens, a daughter of the late Frank and Hazel Anthony. She grew up in Union City, graduating from Union City High School. She married Harold Johnson and had lived as a homemaker in the Burr Oak …

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Dennis James, 79

Mr. Cyril “Dennis” James, age 79, of Flowerfield Twp., passed away suddenly on Monday, June 24th, 2019 at his home.  He was born on May 31, 1940 in Chicago, the son of the late Cyril Raymond and Mildred (Chorich) James. Dennis has been a long time resident of Flowerfield Twp., along with his wife moving here from the Chicago area.  …

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Helen Peck, 86

Mrs. Mary Helen Peck, age 86, of Three Rivers, went to be with her Savior on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Heartland Health Care Center. She was born on April 1, 1933 in Milan, MI., the daughter of the late William and Margaret Susan (Trachel) Bame. Helen moved with her family to Three Rivers in 1961 to work at …

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Betty Thomas, 81

Betty Valetta Thomas, age 81, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 21, 2019. Born May 26, 1938, in Three Rivers to the late Raymond and Anne. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Eugene Thomas, in March of 1957, who preceded her in death in 2004. Betty enjoyed antiquing, rug hooking, knitting, swimming, tennis, walking, and …

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Mary Parsons, 80

Mary Louise Parsons, age 80, of Constantine, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Three Rivers Health. She was born in Jackson, MI on May 14, 1939, a daughter of Earl and Louise (Roddam) Raudman. Mary attended Jackson public schools, graduating in 1957, and received her teaching degree from Western Michigan University. On June 20, 1959, she married Kermit Parsons …

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Austin Stemen, 19

Austin Peter Stemen, age 19, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 2000, in Sturgis, a son of Daniel Peter and Tina (Gilliland) Stemen. Austin was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 2018, and was currently a student at Kellogg Community College …

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