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Dick Parsons, 53

Richard D. “Dick” Parsons, 53, of Constantine, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 22, 2011, of natural causes at the family residence. He was born Oct. 15, 1957, in Three Rivers.  He graduated from Constantine High School in 1976.  Richard was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Indy 500, and the winter and summer Olympic Games. He worked for …

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Pearl Blank, 86

Pearl A. Blank, age 86, of Centreville, died Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. Pearl was born in Three Rivers on April 11, 1925 a daughter of  Elbert and Bertha (Peck) Ruggles.  On December 5, 1942 Pearl married Donald E. Blank in Three Rivers. He preceded her in death September 16, 2002. Pearl worked …

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Brock Schrader, 33

Brock T. Schrader, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at his home in Mendon. He was born in Sturgis on July 21, 1977 the son of Tom and Mary (Orbeck) Schrader. Brock’s bright smile, charismatic personality and loving nature made him a joy to be around. He was the type of friend a friend would like …

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Emma Pagels, 81

Emma Jeanette (Garlets) Pagels, age 81, of Sturgis, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village. She was born to Harry L. and Ruby O. (Boyd) Garlets on July 31, 1929, in South Bend, Ind. On Aug. 23, 1953, Emma married Norman F. Pagels at the United Methodist Church in Mongo, Ind. Emma graduated …

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Ruth Tutewiler, 89

Ruth Cora Tutewiler, age 89, of Leonidas, died Saturday May 21, 2011, following a long illness. She was born in Cherokee County, Okla., the daughter of James F. and Cora (Warner) Draper. The family moved to Leonidas when Ruth was in the fifth grade, and she graduated from Athens High School. Ruth was married to Richard Tutewiler on Sept. 6, …

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Maggie Smolarz, 83

Margaret “Maggie” Mary Smolarz, age 83, of Colon, and formerly of Naubinway, Mich., passed away Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. Maggie was born April 21, 1928, in Ferndale, a daughter to the late George and Mary (Pate) Durr. Maggie graduated from St. James Schools in Ferndale in 1947. After attending college …

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Rebecca Godfrey, 36

Rebecca Lynn Godfrey, 36, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Three Rivers Health. She was born on June 28, 1974 in California the daughter of Genevieve Johnson. Rebecca has been a resident of this area for almost 20 years. She was employed at Aquatic Bathware, formerly Lasco Corp., where she recently obtained her bachelor’s …

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Frankie Briney, 96

Frankie M.  Briney, 96, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Riverview Manor Nursing Home. She was born on Aug. 19, 1914 in Flowerfield Township, the daughter of the late Frank and Myrtle (Knight) Youells. Frankie graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1933. On June 1, 1934 in Angola, Ind., Frankie was united in marriage …

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Gail Woods, 77

Gail Eugene Woods, 77, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning, May 20, 2011, at his home.  He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Sturgis, a son of the late Gerald and Genivieve (Poe) Woods.  Gail had resided his whole life in the Sturgis, and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1951.  On Nov.26, …

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Ronald Juday, 62

Ronald E. Juday, 62, of Mottville, died May 19, 2011, at his home following an extended illness.  He was born April 13, 1949, in Sandusky, Ohio, a son of Marion L. and Rosemary (Grover) Juday.  He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force and had lived in Mottville for 35 years, coming from Union.  On June 26, 1976, he married …

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