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Rachel Goble, 83

Rachel Maxine Goble, age 83, of Portage and formerly of Mendon, died Sunday April 10, 2011 at Rose Arbor Hospice. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 24, 1927 the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Haas) Flach. She attended the North Star Country School and graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1945. She was married to Levern …

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Blaine Rabbers, 86

Blaine Alvin Rabbers, age 86, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. He was born on May 5, 1924 in Kalamazoo, MI. the son of Oscar A. and Nellie H. (Jones) Rabbers. Blaine attended Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in engineering. He …

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Gary Burch, Jr., 47

Gary R. Burch, Jr., age 47, of Constantine, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at his home. He was born in Indiana on September 11, 1963, a son of  Gary and Mary (Reynolds) Burch. He graduated from Copperas Cove High in  Copperas Cove, TX.  On May 29, 2004 he married Natasha Williams in Constantine.  Gary worked as a …

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Biggie Schuler, 60

William “Biggie” Paul Schuler, age 60, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at his home. He was born June 15, 1950 in Sturgis, a son to William J. and Lois P. (Crosbie) Schuler. William had been a resident of Sturgis all his life. On Aug. 22, 1975, he married Phyllis Bowsher in Centreville. He was self-employed …

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Doris Armstrong, 65

Doris Rae Armstrong, age 65, of White Pigeon, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, following a five-week illness. She was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Drift, Ky., a daughter of Roy and Rose (Kelso) Wright. Doris had been a resident of White Pigeon for 15 years, coming from Marcellus. She was the wife of Charles …

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Dyana VanWagner, 57

Dyana Lynn VanWagner, age 57, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Three Rivers Health Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 16, 1953, in Three Rivers, a daughter of William and Beatrice (Schrader) Price. Dyana graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1971 and resided in Sturgis around Omena Lake all …

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Donna Bonfiglio, 66

Donna Bonfiglio, age 66, of McHenry, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Centegra Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was born June 19, 1944, to Guy and Lucy (Deluca) Bonfiglio in Sturgis Surviving are her son, Mathew Pring; sisters, Betty Kennedy and Teresa Johnson; and a very dear and loving friend and companion, …

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James Breth, 71

James R. Breth, age 71, of Constantine passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 at  Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.  He was born in Detroit, MI on January 31, 1940,  the son of Robert and Esther (Todt) Breth. James graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army for 3 years in Germany. On April 22, …

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John Gross Sr., 84

John A. Gross Sr., age 84, of Colon, MI passed away Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, in Battle Creek. He was born in Albion, Indiana on May 4, 1926, the son of  Howard and Rachael (Addis) Gross.  John graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1944. John served in the US Army from 1944 to …

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Blanche Kline, 101

M. Blanche Kline, age 101, of Mottville, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Fairview Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre in Centreville. She was born in AuGres, Mich., on May 11, 1909, a daughter of David A. Delbert and Merry Jane (Beals) Broadworth. On Oct. 16, 1928, Blanche married Lowell R. Kline in Elkhart, Ind. He preceded her in death …

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