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Omer Bontrager, 85

Omer D. Bontrager, age 85, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home, following a nine-month illness. He was born July 6, 1934, in Mio, a son of Dan and Fannie (Kaufman) Bontrager. He was a resident of White Pigeon since 1965, coming from Sturgis and Lansing. He was employed by Elkhart Products, retiring in 1999. Omer …

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Drake Ward, 87

“Drake” Frank Edward Ward, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 surrounded by his devoted and loving family. He was born April 20, 1932 in Lancaster Wisconsin, the son of Lyle Ward and Eva (Tindell) Ward. He was a Staff Sargent in the US Air Force, from April 1951 until April 1955, serving in England. …

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Bob Zerfas, 82

Robert W. (Bob) Zerfas passed away Monday, July 15, 2019.  He leaves behind his loving wife Patricia (Essig) of 58 years, five children Kelline (Michael) Holt, John, Norman (Kristin), Jeffrey (Monica), and   Benjamin (Deb), 11 grandchildren, a sister Evelyn Lynch, a brother Donald Zerfas and honorary son, Jorge Gaytan. Bob loved to fly.  He spent 5 years in the United …

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Judith Bohne, 62

Judith Lynn Bohne, age 62, of Colon, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Judith was born May 5, 1957, in Coldwater, a daughter to the late Henry and Phyllis (Borgert) Leaf. Judith married Elwin Bohne in 1982 in Freemont, Indiana. She had worked many years for Walmart as a stocker. She is …

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Margaret Henry, 80

Margaret Evelyn Henry, age 80, died on Friday, July 12, 2019. In accordance with Margaret’s wishes cremation will be conducted and no public services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Hohner Funeral Home.

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Marjorie Fisher, 89

Marjorie Fisher, age 89, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Three Rivers Health while surrounded by family. She was born on September 8, 1929 in Constantine, one of 6 children born to Marquis and Mary Day. Marjorie is survived by her daughter, LuAnn Seely of Sturgis; son, David Fisher of Three Rivers; three grandchildren, Meagan Fisher, Thomas Fisher, …

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June Powell, 95

Leatrice June (Adams) Powell, age 95, of Plainwell, previously of Marcellus, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. Leatrice went by June. She was born June 20, 1924, in Schoolcraft, the daughter of Carl V. and Helen M. (Manning) Adams. On June 1, 1964, she married Phillip J. Powell, in Kalamazoo. Together they had four children; three daughters: Sandra, Kyle, …

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Lydia Bontrager, 94

Lydia Mae Bontrager, age 94, of Centreville, passed away Sunday morning, July 14, 2019, at her home. She was born April 22, 1925, in Centreville, a daughter of the late Alvin J. and Lydia (Hochstetler) Yoder. On March 1, 1942, she married William Bontrager. He preceded her in death Oct. 2, 2009. She is survived by 10 children, Alvin (Susie) …

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Jean Rynberg, 89

Jean Dare (Osbon) (Lukomski) Rynberg passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. She was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Colon, to Richard and Dorotha (Slagle) Osbon. She attended Colon High School, graduating in 1947, and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jean worked as an auditor for First National Bank in Sturgis until her retirement. On July 12, 1985, …

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Fr. Jude Bell, 91

Fr. Jude Bell, monk of St. Gregory’s Abbey, an Episcopal Benedictine monastery in Three Rivers, died peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Feast of St. Benedict. He was born as Roger Craig Bell on June 20, 1928 in Otwell, Indiana of William F. Bell, Sr. and Edna Craig Bell. He received an AB at Indiana University Bloomington in 1949. …

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