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Cleon Allen, 78

Cleon M. Allen, age 78, of Leonidas, died Tuesday Sep. 13, 2011. He was born in Mendon on March 18, 1933, the son of Lyle and Frances (Cupp) Allen. Cleon was a 40-year employee of Simpson Paper Co. in Vicksburg. After retirement he enjoyed family and outdoor activities, fishing, and building bird houses. On Aug. 22, 1953, Cleon married Joyce …

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Camphor Thomet

Camphor Thomet, infant child of Lyndsay L. Thomet and Timothy Pugh, was stillborn Sept. 14, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Survivors include his parents, Lyndsay Thomet and Timothy Pugh of Burr Oak; his grandparents, LeRoy and Pam Pugh of Burr Oak and Todd Thomet of Homer; and great-grandparents, Sandy and Richard Alber of Sherwood, and Carolyn Babcock of …

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Ernest Bradley, 63

Ernest G. Bradley, age 63, of Sturgis and formerly of Willard, Ohio, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Oct. 13, 1947, in Lexington, Ky., to the late Eli and Dollie (Castle) Bradley, and had been a Sturgis resident since 1988. Mr. Bradley was a certified welder, having retired from Grumman-Olson Manufacturing …

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Michial Berchiatti, 69

Michial David Berchiatti, 69, of White Pigeon, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 9, 2001, in Auburn, Ind. He was born March 7, 1942, in White Pigeon Township, a son of John and Rosemary (Davidson) Berchiatti. He had been a resident of White Pigeon and Auburn, Ind., most of his life, and had been employed by Kirsch Company in Sturgis for many years. He enjoyed …

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Fred Mumford, 88

Fred K. Mumford, 88, of Marcellus, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2011 at his son’s residence near Constantine. Fred was born July 23, 1923 near Paw Paw, the son of Fred C. and Harriet Rose (Hazen) Mumford. On Aug. 30, 1944 in Paw Paw he married Barbara J. Smith who preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 2009. He …

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Anna Hooley, 81

Anna Mae Hooley, 81, of Goshen, Ind., formerly of Three Rivers, died at 5 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Greencroft Health Care Center, Goshen, Ind. She was born on Jan. 13, 1930, in Haven, Kan., to Daniel C. and Ida (Troyer) Miller. On Sept. 27, 1947, in Shipshewana, Ind. she married Ralph E. Hooley, he died Jan. 14, 1999. …

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Dema Matteson, 79

Dema Matteson, 79, formerly of Three Rivers, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She worked at General Telephone Company, was the store manager at Kirlin’s Hallmark, was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and loved kitties. Dema is survived by her husband …

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Clifford Stefanski, 90

Clifford J. Stefanski, 90, of Bronson, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Bronson, with the Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, with the …

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Ernie Merritt, 90

Ernie W. Merritt,  age 90, of Constantine, died  Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at his home. He was born in Constantine, MI on January 6, 1921, a son of  Frank and Cora (Sawyer) Merritt. Ernie graduated from Constantine High School in 1939 and served the US Army from 1942 to 1945.  On May 25, 1952 he married Zelma Jackson in LaGrange. …

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Audrey Miller, 83

Audrey L. Miller, 83, of Clermont, Fla., and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Sept. 3, 2011, at the Hospice House in Clermont, Fla. Cremation has taken place. She was born June 4, 1928, in Sturgis, a daughter of Myrtle Brenneman and Harry Maxwell. Audrey lived most of her life on Omena Lake, until retiring to Clermont, Fla., with her husband …

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