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Joan Stiteler, 80

Joan L (Dick-Schmitt) Stiteler, age 80, of Mendon, died Friday Oct. 28, 2011, at her home following a long illness. She was born in Findley, Ohio, on May 29, 1931, the daughter of H. Evert and Mary (Killinger) Dick. The family moved to Mendon in the late 1930s, and it was here that she met and married Clement Schmitt on …

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Paul Maxson, 41

Paul Brian Maxson, age 41, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2011, at his home. He was born October 13, 1970, in Quincy, Mich., a son for Thomas and Joyce (Bisel) Maxson. Paul had resided in Sturgis since 2004 coming from Sherwood. On Sept. 23, 2000, he married Jennifer Ludwig in Bellevue, Mich. Paul was currently working …

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Kirk Knapp, 47

Kirk Alan Knapp, age 47, of Three Rivers, passed away Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Kirk was born in Three Rivers on Aug. 1, 1964, a son of James E. and Lettie (Schober) Knapp. He graduated from Constantine High School in 1982 and was employed Armstrong International in Three Rivers for 15 years. Kirk enjoyed …

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Ronald Wolf, 79

Ronald Dean Wolf, 79, of Lakeland, Fla. and formerly of Three Rivers, passed away on Sept. 8, 2011. He worked as a teacher in the Poke County School System for many years. Ronald was a U.S. Air Force veteran, life member of F&A.M. Lodge in Three Rivers, member of the D.A.V., Lakeland Chapter and graduated from Three Rivers High School …

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Charles Bryie, 78

Charles Donald Bryie Jr., 78, of Brethren, formerly of Sturgis, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Cedar Ridge AFC Home in Brethren. He was born Sept. 9, 1933, in Sturgis, the son of Charles and Devona (McCloud) Bryie Sr. Charles retired in 1996 from Gray Brothers Stamping and Machine, Inc, where he was employed as a welder. In his spare …

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Dennie Bower, 67

Dennie H. Bower, age 67, of Colon, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, surrounded by his family. Dennie was born Aug. 17, 1944, in Battle Creek, a son to the late Harold C. and Iola (Stewart) Bower. Dennie had lived in Colon all of his life graduating from Colon High School with the Class …

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Danyale Pulley, 29

Danyale Lynn Pulley, 29, of Constantine, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Mottville Township, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born April 19, 1982, in Sturgis, Mich., a daughter to Ralph D. and Vanessa L. (Markley) Pulley. She had lived in the Mottville area all of her life and was employed at Johnson Corporation in Three Rivers and …

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Peggy Cherrington, 86

     Margaret Anne “Peggy” Cherrington, age 86, of Butler, Indiana and a longtime former Sturgis resident passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Laurels of DeKalb in Butler, Indiana.      She was born April 4, 1925 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Henry Adolphus and Mary Dorothea (Thomas) Wilson, Jr.      Peg had resided in Butler, Indiana since …

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Dwight Hull, 89

Dwight C. Hull, 89, of Sturgis, Mich., died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home. In 2007, Mr. Hull moved from Elkhart, Ind., to Sturgis, and was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Ind. He had worked as an internal auditor for The Associates of South Bend in South Bend, Ind., and had been a school teacher. …

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Bud McKale, 90

LeRoy Dale “Bud” McKale, age 90, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Sturgis, Mich., a son of the late Frank C. and Berniece O. (Young) McKale. Bud was a lifelong Sturgis resident and attended Sturgis Public Schools. On April 1, 1944 he married Ila May Blood in …

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