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Pete Jacobs, 69

Clarence “Pete” D. Jacobs, 69, of Jones, passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at his home. He was born in Three Rivers on Sept. 20, 1942 the son of Clarence E. and Garnette M. (Dukes) Jacobs-McGary. Mr. Jacobs has been a lifelong resident of this area. He was employed by Fisher Body of Kalamazoo, which later became General …

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Ed Wolfe, 75

Edgar Allan Wolfe,  age 75, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning January 4, 2012 at his home. He was born July 19, 1936 in Columbia City, Indiana a son of the late F. Lowell and Lavanga (Weeks) Wolfe. Ed returned to Sturgis in 2003 to care for his father.  For over 38 years he lived in California and …

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Don Fisher, 89

Donald L. Fisher, age 89, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at his home. He was born in Plymouth, IN on December 25, 1922, a son of Floyd and Vera (Snyder) Fisher. In 1940, Don graduated from high school in Plymouth, IN  and later obtained a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ferris Institute. Don served in the …

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Antoinette Ash, 103

Antoinette Ash, 103, of Three Rivers, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Riverview Manor in Three Rivers. She was born in Three Rivers on Oct. 24, 1908 the daughter of the late Edgar James and Mary Alice (Speece) Ash. She was a graduate of Three Rivers High School and earned her Bachelors Degree from Albion College and her Masters Degree …

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Sherry Hammond, 53

Sherry Lynn Hammond, age 53, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on May 29, 1958 in Vicksburg, MI. the daughter of Edward and Phyllis (Haines) Hines. Mrs. Hammond has been a lifelong resident of this area. She enjoyed gardening, …

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Glenn Chappell, 66

Glenn Robert Chappell, age 66, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.  He was born July 10, 1945, in Mountain City, Tenn., a son of the late Stacy and Jewel (Grindstaff) Chappell.  Glenn had been a resident of Sturgis since 1981, moving here from Tennessee.  On Oct. 11, 1969, he married Patricia Heckler …

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Lee Manson Sr., 52

Lee Douglas Manson Sr., age 52, of Burr Oak, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home.  He was born Dec. 14, 1959, in Hazel Crest, Ill., a son of Emery Lee and Mary Lou (Dekker) Manson. At the age of 14, Lee’s family moved to the Fisher Lake area, where he attended Mendon Schools, and later Glen Oaks Community …

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Larry Falkenstein, 62

Larry Lee Falkenstein, age 62, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Saturday morning December 31, 2011 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville, Michigan. He was born May 14, 1949 in Sturgis, Michigan a son of the late Donald L. “Jim” and Ethelynn June (Taylor) Falkenstein. Larry was a lifelong Sturgis resident.  For many years he had been …

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Gladys Smith, 85

Gladys A. Taylor Smith, age 85, of Sturgis, passed away  Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at Thurston Woods Village following a long illness. She was born in Sherman Twp., MI on August 31, 1926, a daughter of  Clarence and Grace (Sink) Harter. She worked as a Assembler at the Kirsch Co. in  Sturgis. Surviving are her daughter, Diana Milliman of Bronson, and son, …

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Mary Matianski, 58

Mary Grace Matianski, 58, of Sturgis, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born Aug. 16, 1953, in Sturgis, a daughter of Jack and Betty (Notestine) Nichols. She had been a resident of the Sturgis and White Pigeon area all her life. On April 25, 1983, she married Daniel S. Matianski is …

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