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Shirley Rowe-Grim, 82

Shirley J. Rowe-Grim, 82, of Centreville, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on October 2, 1928 to Herschel & Sarah (Gildea) Summers and married Kenneth F. Rowe. After Ken’s passing in 1984, Shirley met and married Filbert Grim on April 8, 1990. Mrs. Rowe-Grim had been employed as a cook in several places …

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Bob Rendfeld, 83

Robert Rendfeld, age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Thurston Woods Village. He was born May 13, 1928 in Decatur, Illinois a son of the late J.F and Mary (Grubb) Rendfeld. Bob had lived in Sturgis since 1957 coming from Chicago, Illinois. After his retirement he and Roberta moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2000 where …

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Rose Roberts, 95

Rose Roberts, 95, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 4, 1915 in Argo, Ill., the daughter of George and Katie (Namath) Wittendorf. Mrs. Roberts has been a long time resident of this area. She and her late husband Arthur raised eight children on …

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Sandra Hecht,69

Sandra Joyce Hecht, 69, of Sturgis, passed away early Friday, May 26, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. She was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Earl V. and Doris M. (Palmer) Deal. Sandi was a lifelong resident of Sturgis and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960. …

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Dorothy Sowles, 81

Dorothy M. Sowles, 81, of Sturgis, and formerly of Hobart, passed away peacefully at home Friday, May 27, 2011. She was a lifetime Hobart resident until her retirement in 1993 to Sturgis. Dorothy was a gym teacher at Ridgeview Elementary in Hobart for many years. She was also employed as a bank teller at Century Bank and Trust in Sturgis …

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Dorsey Ferguson, 60

Dorsey Ferguson, 60, of Union, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at his home. He was born in Maryville, Tenn. on Jan. 20, 1951 the son of A. Lloyd and Opal (Heaton) Ferguson. The family moved to Mendon in 1961. Dorsey graduated from Mendon High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a military policeman and was …

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Joe Dobberteen, 88

Joseph Franklin Dobberteen, 88, of Albuquerque, N.M., and a former longtime Sturgis resident, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at his home. He was born May 31, 1922, in Sturgis, a son of the late Henry and Ella Dobberteen, Joe lived a good portion of his life at Klinger Lake, enjoying life as a caddy, avid golfer (five holes in one), …

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Harriet Jackson, 97

Harriet Elizabeth Wilhelm Jackson completed her exceptional life of almost 98 years on this earth on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Harriet was born on June 25, 1913 in Bluffton, Ind. to Fred and Anna Wilhelm. She was a loving sibling to her brother Paul and sister Jean, both of whom preceded her in death. And she was saddened that she …

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Jean Sayer, 82

Jean F. Sayer, 82, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Park Township on Feb. 19, 1929 the daughter of George R. and Fannie (Thompson) Rhodes. Mrs. Sayer has been a lifelong resident of this area. On March 8, 1947 she was united in marriage to …

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Don Ritter, 93

Henry Donald Ritter, age 93 of Coldwater, and formerly of Colon and Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at The Laurels of Coldwater. Don was born Jan. 7, 1918, in Monroe, Ind., a son of the late Quincy O. and Elva May (Zerkle) Ritter. He married Ruth C. Saunders in 1940. He later married Carole Schmidt in 1972 in …

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