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Web Carlson, 89

Wilbert D. “Web” Carlson was born near Knox, Indiana on May 18, 1921 to Edith M. Anderson and Carl Enoch Carlson, and died March 19, 2011 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, as result of a stroke.  Web grew up on a farm in Knox, Indiana with his parents and four siblings– Ernie, Jeannette, Lucille and Lavern.  He was industrious at …

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Elizabeth Sears, 25

Elizabeth Marie Sears, 25, North Old Madisonville Road, Crofton, Ky., died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., from complications of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on March 10, 2011, in Christian County, Ky. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Crofton, conducted by the Rev. Barry Smith, with burial …

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Alberta Babcock, 75

Alberta Mae Babcock, age 75, of Huntsville, AL, died Sunday March 20, 2011 at Millenium Health Care in Huntsville. Alberta was the widow of Theodore “Ted” Babcock, formerly of Constantine. For the past 33 years Alberta has lived in Huntsville where she worked as a Registered Nurse at Huntsville Hospital. She was an active member of St. Charles Anglican Church, …

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Fran Lamb, 82

Francis A. “Fran” Lamb, 82, of Jones, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born Aug. 29, 1928 in Kalamazoo to Otis and Anna (Maas) Lamb. He married Millie Seager in Indiana on Aug. 8, 1950. She survives. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. He greatly enjoyed his hobbies of …

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Joanne Sadewasser, 83

Joanne Mae Brown Sadewasser, 83, of Indian Head, MD and formerly of Centreville, MI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16 at the Civista Medical Center in LaPlata, MD.Born July 3, 1927, in the family home in Centreville, delivered by her Grandmother Brown, she was the daughter of John “Jake” Brown and Lenore Marion Schrader Brown. Mrs. Sadewasser graduated from …

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Fred Shank Sr., 79

Fred E. Shank Sr., age 79, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Thursday morning, March 17, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Coldwater, Mich., a son of the late Stanley S. and Esther (Carver) Shank. Fred was a longtime Sturgis resident and had attended schools in Coldwater, Freemont, Ind., and Muskegon. On Dec. 6, 1952, he …

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Jerry Decker, 78

Geraldine May “Jerry” Decker, age 78, of Vicksburg, died Wednesday March 16, 2011, at her home following a three-month illness. She was born in Fulton on May 13, 1932, the daughter of Gerald and Fay (Waits) Spealman and has been a lifetime resident of this area. She graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1949. Jerry was married …

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Bill Franz, 70

Helmut N. ‘Bill’ Franz, age 70, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away unexpectedly early Thursday evening, March 17, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Montau, West Prussia, a son of the late Walter and Kate (Kliewer) Franz. Bill had resided in Burr Oak for the past 44 ½ years coming from Sturgis. On Oct. 1, …

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Norma Gold, 83

Norma Ann Gold, 83, of Elkhart, Ind., died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind. She was born in Elkhart, the oldest daughter of William and Clara (Dunafin) Berry, on Jan. 26, 1928. On Nov. 3, 1959, she married John W. Gold. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1986. She is survived by …

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Polly Melchi

Pauline Fay “Polly” Melchi of Sturgis passed away early Wednesday morning, March 16, 2011, at her home. She was born in Burr Oak,, a daughter of the late Charles Ray and Viola Waive (Reading) Scupholm. Pauline had resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area her whole life. She married Eugene Howard Melchi in Hopkinsville, Ky. He died April 25, …

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